News from the Watch Industry
Detroit based watch brand Shinola has opened a new dial manufacturing operation in its home town. The brand is teaming up with the Taiwanese company BAT Ltd, makers of dials for more than 30 years. BAT will train Shinola’s Detroit-based craftsmen and women in the art of dial manufacturing via an intensive coaching program and meticulous hands-on instruction.
In the same weekend that Lewis Hamilton was crowned World Formula 1 Champion for the second time in his career, it also proved to be a memorable and well rewarded weekend for the team from Bonaldi Motorsport comprising Edoardo Piscopo and Milos Pavlovic, who claimed the PRO Class World Final title after having seized the PRO Class European Crown on Friday.
Yes, it’s been out since mid-September, but it’s possibly only round about now that the handsome new TUDOR Heritage Ranger is truly calling to you from the frozen wilds to be seriously considered as your Christmas must have watch. This new model, inspired by the Ranger of the late 1960s, carries on Tudor’s approach to showcasing its heritage by providing reinterpretations of iconic models imbued with modern touches, while at the same time preserving the aesthetic codes that contributed to their legend.
Presented at Baselworld earlier this year, the Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon features a flying tourbillon, central seconds synchronised to the tourbillon cage, power reserve indicator, innovative push-only crown and winding-setting function indicator. Recently Brothers Bart and Tim Grönefeld were elated to receive the prestigious prize for Best Tourbillon for their Parallax Tourbillon at the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
Available in steel or pink gold, the Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon Phases, has a transparent sapphire dial. A first for the model. With the intriguing transparency of the working parts, the Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases gives an impression of depth and multiple contrasts. The dial features a smoked-glass effect, while the seconds circle and the inscriptions have been created through printing.
Match The Watch With The Shoe is an occasional series we publish on Fridays to help Watchuseek readers wind down following a tense week of worrying about which watch they are going to wear on the long running ‘let’s see those hands on the steering wheel’ thread.
You may have recently read or heard about the hat worn by Napoleon Bonaparte during one of his greatest ever military victories being sold for a record breaking £1.5million. It was acquired by an anonymous South Korean bidder who paid the enormous sum for the black felt bicorne which the French leader wore at the Battle of Marengo in 1800.
The Opéra “Piano Edition” is a unique concept launched in 2012 by Paris based brand SAINT HONORE to celebrate femininity. It’s a box set containing an Opéra watch with a distinctive dial, accompanied by seven straps that can be changed to suit the occasion.
High-end Swiss Watchmakers Parmigiani Fleurier has launched the "Squelette" edition of the Tonda 1950, which reveals the incredibly complex mechanism and features of this extra-thin model.
Following his recent retirement from Watchuseek, some of you may have read Ernie Romers interview with Ariel Adams on A Blog To Watch. (Just in case you have joined Watchuseek in the last month, or paid very little attention, Ernie is the Founder and former owner of the Watchuseek site). Ariel describes Ernie as ‘one of the good guys’ of the industry. In fact Ernie is the good guy, and more to the point, he is our good guy, for while he may have handed over the reins, he still very much belongs to Watchuseek.