News from the Watch Industry
Ah, the perils of claiming a British first, never mind a world first when it comes to watchmaking. During last weeks’ announcement of the new Bremont Wright Flyer, the BWC/01 movement was hailed as the first movement created in-house by the British brand, whereas more accurately it was developed in partnership with La Joux-Perret in Switzerland. Further to Timeless Luxury Watches well informed article on the new movement, what is true is that the BWC/01 has been used for the first time in the Bremont Wright Flyer.
Some 20 years ago, Baume & Mercier introduced the Hampton collection, a rectangular shaped watch of timeless elegance inspired by a model from Baume & Mercier Museum collection, designed in the 1940s, at the height of the Art Deco era.
Frederique Constant is steadily producing models in tribute to the much loved vintage British sports car Austin Healey, now revived and part of the mighty Chinese Nanjing Automobile Corporation. The new range comprises three watches powered by the FC-350 Automatic GMT movement, and offering 38-hour power reserve. They feature the hours, minutes, seconds, date and GMT 24H functions.
British watchmakers Bremont have released a tribute watch to one of America’s crowning achievements; the first manned flight by the Wright Brothers. On Dec. 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., Orville and Wilbur Wright realised humankind's long sought dream to fly. Their engine-powered flying machine broke free of gravity and completed four short flights. The brothers, who owned a bicycle factory in Dayton, Ohio, had wanted a light aircraft, so they designed the wings of their flying machine with ribs and spars in thin slats of wood with a skin of muslin, which kept the weight to about 341 kilograms with the pilot.
A truly fascinating auction is coming up in September in Boston MA, where some historic presidential possessions of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx are to be auctioned by RR Auctions. The star of the show is likely to be the gold Rolex given to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for his heroic role in the planning of the D-Day invasion. It's being auctioned for the first time in its history – valued at an estimated $1 million. The wristwatch is among items from the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection that will be offered during a live auction event to be held later this year by Boston, MA-based auction house RR Auction.
Anglo Swiss brand Arnold & Son has unveiled the TE8 Métiers d’Art II, limited to just eight exclusive timepieces. The watch is inspired by the pocket watches made during the earlier part of John Arnold’s life for King George III and the royal court.
The remarkable technical achievement of the Atmos clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre has been on the horological stage for over 85 years. The months are indicated on an openwork disc at the centre of the dial; while a second dial, displaying hours and minutes, is also home to the most precise moon-phase display in the history of horology – accurate to a single day every 3,821 years.
Ralph Lauren has unveiled Ralph Lauren Black Safari watch models inspired by the beauty of the African landscape and the romance of safari.
The safari theme has long been a feature of his apparel and accessories collections. For his Swiss made timepieces, he contrasts a utilitarian feel with refined elegance, using complex mechanisms to create a collection designed to be at home whether in the city or on the savannah.
If you are any kind of a Linde Werdelin fan you will already be familiar with the Oktopus, but now the cutting edge West London based brand has released the highly anticipated Oktopus MoonLite. Its inner and outer cases feature colourless ALW (Alloy Linde Werdelin), developed specifically for Linde Werdelin. The watch is available for purchase from the Linde Werdelin e-Boutique, or from authorised retailers.
We began the week with chronographs from new brand Areion Watches from Birmingham, UK. We now move on to Aegaon Watches (pronounced Aega-on) from Estonia, apparently Estonia’s first ever watch brand. It’s Elvis himself who can take the credit for the mighty 65mm watch the brand has developed. The designer, Janno Roodi, saw Elvis wear a similar oversized watch in a movie, fell in love with it and decided to create one.