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Kering, a EUR 4.75 billion French luxury goods conglomerate, has acquired one of the stalwarts of the luxury Swiss watch market, Ulysse Nardin. Ulysse Nardin gives Kering greater legitimacy and weight in the watch making industry, analysts have claimed, as the brand is one of the country's few integrated producers, in terms of parts and movements. Ulysse Nardin has high-tech capabilities when it comes to the manufacturing of escapement parts.
Watch winders to the stars BUBEN&ZORWEG has taken its watch winder technology to an even higher new level. The BUBEN&ZORWEG TIME MOVER® was recently upgraded with a set of new features that make it even more advanced and more adapted to the demands of today’s most rare and precious self-winding wristwatches.
Nice work if you can get it! GRIEB & BENZINGER´s bespoke timepieces for Middle East customers have been in significant demand in the Arab region. Following the BLACK TULIP SABUDHA and the GREEN INSPIRATION, GRIEB & BENZINGER have recently created another custom-designed timepiece for a watch connoisseur in the Emirates: the PHAROS AL ARAB IMPERIAL, inspired by the Arabian Sea.
This summer, Vulcain, famous for its Cricket watch, pays tribute to the 60th anniversary of the ascent of K2 made by 14 climbers from the Italian Mountain Club in 1954. Three ascents, each equipped by Vulcain with Cricket watches, have been celebrated by the brand.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady Collection welcomes a new addition; a cognac-coloured dial which features a guilloché decoration making up a pattern similar to the petals of a flower.
The Porsche Design Group has established a subsidiary in Switzerland to continue offering high-quality timepieces. Porsche Design Timepieces AG, based in the Jurasuedfuß region of Switzerland, will be responsible for developing and producing exclusive Porsche Design timepieces. Marketing and sales will be overseen by the Porsche Design Group, from its base in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Ah, the perils of claiming a British first, never mind a world first when it comes to watchmaking. During last weeks’ announcement of the new Bremont Wright Flyer, the BWC/01 movement was hailed as the first movement created in-house by the British brand, whereas more accurately it was developed in partnership with La Joux-Perret in Switzerland. Further to Timeless Luxury Watches well informed article on the new movement, what is true is that the BWC/01 has been used for the first time in the Bremont Wright Flyer.
Some 20 years ago, Baume & Mercier introduced the Hampton collection, a rectangular shaped watch of timeless elegance inspired by a model from Baume & Mercier Museum collection, designed in the 1940s, at the height of the Art Deco era.
Frederique Constant is steadily producing models in tribute to the much loved vintage British sports car Austin Healey, now revived and part of the mighty Chinese Nanjing Automobile Corporation. The new range comprises three watches powered by the FC-350 Automatic GMT movement, and offering 38-hour power reserve. They feature the hours, minutes, seconds, date and GMT 24H functions.
British watchmakers Bremont have released a tribute watch to one of America’s crowning achievements; the first manned flight by the Wright Brothers. On Dec. 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville and Wilbur Wright realised humankind's long sought dream to fly. Their engine-powered flying machine broke free of gravity and completed four short flights. The brothers, who owned a bicycle factory in Dayton, Ohio, had wanted a light aircraft, so they designed the wings of their flying machine with ribs and spars in thin slats of wood with a skin of muslin, which kept the weight to about 341 kilograms with the pilot.