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For years, the Portofino line from IWC Schaffhausen was seen as the silent star of the company’s portfolio. However the line has increasingly been the focus of attention from watch devotees, mainly due to its appeal based on minimalist design and discreet elegance.
Using your innate skills and in-depth knowledge of cutting edge watch brands, see if you can figure out the hidden message in our festive picture puzzle. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it is marginally more demanding than a Christmas cracker joke.
Blancpain has just released a new corporate film. In fact it’s so new it currently has only 11 views on You Tube. In the last few hectic days of the Christmas countdown, it’s relaxing just to sit back and watch the skill and craftsmanship of high end watches being assembled, and in this movie there are several hard core close ups of tiny screws and hand polished components being carefully placed inside the watch casing. It is curiously hypnotic.
The new Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph features an exclusive central-display chronograph movement and a high-tech case designed to be fully functional in deep waters. It’s made of DLC-coated steel together with CCFC carbon. The watch is issued in a 140-piece limited edition to mark the anniversary of the Geneva-based Maison. Water-resistant to 500 metres, the watch is designed to quicken the pulse of all thrill-seekers.
Simple, understated, yet extremely handsome, the Girard Perregaux 1966 Collection embodies the brand's expertise in the design of classic watches. This collection is part of a Girard Perregaux tradition of elegance and watchmaking mastery.
New from noted New York designer and watchmaker Jacob & Co. is a piece called the Brilliant Rainbow. Nature’s rainbow is reflected in 49 rare natural sapphires set in 18k rose gold to create a full gradient color spectrum on the bezel of the Brilliant Rainbow timepiece. Each gemstone is fastidiously chosen not only for its individual quality, but for the collective effect created by the gem setters selecting and placing the stones to create the effect of the color change.
Everything Stéphanie Barba sees has a rhythm that passes from eye to hand, and the end result is a drawing, a watercolor, a charcoal sketch. As a watercolorist, she looked out from the shore, capturing the coastline in its ever-changing procession of moods. From fleeting landscapes, barely glimpsed her watchful gaze sought the same transience in human movement.
This is where haute horology meets haute hospitality. Zenith, together with TAG Heuer, is the first watchmaking brand to set up in the heart of the ultra-chic ski resort of Zermatt. In partnership with Schindler Haute Horlogerie, Zenith is opening its boutique at no. 14 on the prestigious “Bahnhofstrasse”.The boutique, which opened on Wednesday of this week, is perched at an altitude of 1660 m in the very centre of Zermatt, and was attended by one hundred hand-picked guests.
Hublot has identified yet another lucrative area of enterprise to sponsor, this time it’s the high stakes world of professional gambling. To seal the presence of the Swiss watchmaking brand in this new field, a Big Bang World Poker Tour® watch, with a design heavily inspired by the game, was presented at an event organised in Las Vegas and attended by Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, together with some of greatest players on the circuit.
Man cannot live by watches, or indeed shoes alone, so this week, by way of a change, we have decided upon a novel Christmassy twist to the ever popular series ‘Match The Watch With The Shoe’, whereby, as the title suggests, we usually match a watch with a piece of compelling footwear.