News from the Watch Industry
Cutting edge Swiss brand HYT continues its immersion in the world of sailing, partnering with Alinghi, regarded as one of the greatest teams ever to have sailed the seas and the lakes of Switzerland.
Vacheron Constantin presents Savoirs Enluminés, a 60-piece limited series, described as a voyage of discovery to the very heart of the Middle Ages, of illuminated manuscripts and the transmission of knowledge. Savoirs Enluminés features an original hour display on its ultra-thin self-winding calibre, as well as great mastery of the decorative arts.
This year Baselworld coverage was different largely due to absence of Ernie and Michael Weare, even though Michael played a big supporting role in the background. Nevertheless, VerticalScope, the new owners of Watchuseek, planned a small team and shipped us off to Basel for the coverage. I will be the first one to admit that I was bit apprehensive about meeting and spending the entire time in Basel with VerticalScope team, who are new to WUS.
Part of the brand’s Exceptional Collection, the Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Oil Pump is a timepiece that honors industry. The watch is delicately hand-engraved in gold, and enameled in black, the dial depicts oil pumps at work, unearthing fuel to power the world.
Baselworld has come and gone for another year, but as always, there is so much to cover that we simply cannot squeeze it all into one week, so several watches are featured after the event. Pita, a fiercely independent Barcelona based brand founded by Ancieto Jiménez Pita and Daniel Jiménez. This year they presented two new limited edition watches, the Pita Roadster and Steam. Both watches will be available as of now.
JeanRichard presented two new Terrascope 39 mm blue dial models. JR has adapted its Terrascope model for 2015 to a second 39 mm diameter with subtly reviewed proportions while keeping the strong presence and assertive character of this watch alive.
“The UR-210 represents a serious accomplishment for URWERK. This timepiece opens a new chapter in the evolution of our complications. It doesn't just measure a universal value in a completely original way, but starts a real dialogue between the watch and its wearer. The UR-210 indicates your personal activity; this is yours and nobody else’s.” - Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk Co-Founder and Watchmaker
Famed Swiss watchmaker Jorg Hysek poses the question can a timepiece be both beautiful and technical? And then contends that the Maison’s new Abyss is ample proof of it. The new Abyss Automatic Tourbillon is designed to reveal its in-house calibre, at the same time as showing off highly accomplished detailing. With this twofold appearance, the watch appeals both to those who admire aesthetics and to connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie mechanical movements.
TW Steel Celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. With ’10 Years of Big Time’ as the theme for its anniversary year, TW Steel will be rolling out its celebrations around the world and incorporating its message into all of its brand platforms – including its role as an ‘Official Sponsor’ of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team which includes World Champion’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenz.
I am back from Baselworld with some interesting news from Laco. Met up with Andreas Günther an his team yesterday and they were proud to announce three new models which are not to be found on the Laco online shop yet.