News from the Watch Industry
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.
Romain Gauthier is a Swiss manufacture based in the Vallée de Joux in the Swiss Jura mountains. Its founder is 38 year old Romain Gauthier. His brand designs, develops, produces, assembles and regulates entirely in-house.
This year, Girard-Perregaux celebrates a decade of its ladies timepiece Cat’s Eye, the brand’s tribute to feminine elegance and sophistication so Girard-Perregaux has announced their support of ROLE MODEL, a new coffee table art book by photography/directing duo Markus & Koala.
All lovers of Linde Werdelin (even jaded ones) are familiar with the Oktopus, and its latest interpretation is The Oktopus Moon Carbon, said by the brand to be a truly revolutionary timepiece made using 3DTP™ (3-Dimensional Thin Ply), a proprietary method of sculpting carbon into the instantly recognisable, sharply angular shape of an Oktopus case. This process gives the watchcase finely-striped facets and a delicate sheen, and it’s the first watch to undergo such treatment.
The Dakar is the world's greatest, most grueling car and bike race. The 45mm Edox Chronodakar III Limited Edition is a 1000-piece limited timepiece encased in strong but lightweight brushed and polished titanium, specially designed to withstand the extremes of searing temperatures, impacts, choking sand and mud that the race throws at every contestant.
Held for the first time in Dubai, Arabian Watches & Jewellery (AWJ) Magazine hosted the Middle East Premier Awards, alongside the inaugural Salon des Grandes Complications exhibition. The award ceremony was accompanied by a grand dinner reception at the Ritz Carlton. The event was attended by over 300 distinguished high profile guests.
Chopard have created an L.U.C. XP Urushi 'Year of the Goat' timepiece, which is a technique also perfected by independent watchmaker Martin Pauli of Angular Momentum and Manu Propria. The new watch combines Urushi, the ancestral Japanese lacquerwork, with a high level Swiss horological refinement.