News from the Watch Industry
Buckle up and take-off, it’s the handsome new Pilot Belisar Power Reserve from Union Glashütte. It combines all the qualities of a modern pilot watch with all the elegance of the Belisar collection. Well respected Saxony brand Glashütte Union has a history dating back to 1893. The Pilot Belisar is an imposing 45mm in diameter. Under the curved and non-reflective sapphire crystal, the domed dial reveals hour and minute indexes and distinctive numerals in white, which contrast powerfully against the black dial. The tapered hands feature Superluminova along with the hour markers for easy reading in dark conditions.
Just a few weeks ahead of SIHH 2015, Richard Mille has unveiled the RM 33-01, an undeniably sporty watch coupled with hallmark Richard Mille elegance. The new skeletonized RMXP3 caliber, which will power the RM 33-01, has an off-center platinum micro rotor. This architecture reveals the grade 5 titanium movement, which is wet sandblasted and electro-plasma treated, the surfaces microblasted, drawn and satin-finished and the anglage entirely worked by hand.
Life is all about watches, except of course when it’s about wallets. Facilitate Lmtd. is a brand-new Brooklyn based company founded by two longtime friends, Chris Zumtobel and Bjorn Talbot. They understand this and want to supply wallets with American manufacturing, simplicity of design, and the ideal marriage of aesthetics and functionality.
For the third year in a row, California based surfer brand Nixon and cult French concept store, colette, have partnered up to introduce a limited edition watch. An original Nixon design, with lean lines and a nod towards colette’s signature color, this year’s collab watch features a blue sunray dial and navy-blue NATO style band.
Romain Jerome has released the Batman DNA limited edition watch to tie in with Batman’s 75th anniversary. The tie in is with Warner Brothers and DC Comics, and the issue is limited to just, you guessed it, 75 pieces. At $18,955 it’s certainly going to be one of the more costly pieces of Batman merchandise available.
Following 7 days of frenetic driving in treacherous conditions, with a temperamental car, and racing here for the first time, Erik Comas and Isabelle de Sadeleer have won the 2014 edition of the Carrera Panamericana! The ex-Formula 1 driver and his team-mate showed nerves of steel throughout the course, racing neck and neck with another Studebaker; a perfect demonstration of TAG Heuer’s ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ spirit.
Swiss luxury watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin and its exclusive Turkish partner Sark Saatçilik have just opened the first Ulysse Nardin flagship Boutique in Istanbul at Nişantaşı. The CEO of Ulysse Nardin, Patrik Hoffmann, Chairman of Sark Saatçilik Mustafa Eliaçık and President of Turmepa association Tezcan Yaramancı were present at the boutique opening.
Antiquorum Auctioneers are holding an auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" from November 8th & 9th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva. There will be many horological highlights in the nearly 1000 lot sale including an exceptional Singing Bird Cage Clock attributed to Jaquet-Droz et Leschot Geneva. Collectors can preview highlights from the impressive collection in Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Geneva.
A. Lange & Söhne is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its brand relaunch with a special limited edition. Called the LANGE 1 TOURBILLON HANDWERKSKUNST, it’s a one-minute tourbillon with stop seconds, black enamelled dial and artisanal finishes, enclosed by a 38.5-millimetre platinum case. The watch will be released in a limited edition of just 20 pieces.
US based Cosmos Marketing Inc. has announced the acquisition of the highly regarded brand Xetum (ZEH-tum), an American collection of Swiss automatic watches, well known to Watchuseekers. Cosmos now becomes the sole owner of the watch company, which is based in San Francisco.