News from the Watch Industry
Hublot’s Classic Fusion Aeromoon is a skeleton watch featuring contemporary architecture and a full calendar displaying the moon phases, as well as date and day and month indications. The module was two years in development. The moon phases serve as a reminder that, long before time was measured in hours, minutes and seconds, the moon was used to track the passage of time.
Audemars Piguet had one of the strongest showings at SIHH for both the ladies and men's collection. For the ladies collection, AP unveiled a new hand-wound Millenary 5201 movement. It is a slim, elegant, and aesthetically balanced watch where the old world craftsmanship meets new world design. The balance wheel is revealed on the dial-side.
If you were looking for the wow factor during the SIHH, it happened during Vacheron Constantin presentation. The manufacture came with no less than a brand new collection, already strong of seven models, based upon four new in-house calibers.
There really is horological life beyond SIHH and to prove it, Christopher Ward has announced a new version of their C60 Trident Dive/Sport family with a radical re-engineering and design advancement across the new generation of the brand’s most popular range.
A few years ago, when a Ralph Lauren booth popped up in the middle of Palexpo, where SIHH is located, some laughed. Most people were wondering what a fashion/clothes/fragrance brand could be doing jostling for position with the likes of A. Lange & Söhne and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The Watchuseek team visited with Speake-Marin and observed a gradual evolution of a small brand into a mid-level brand. Pierce Brosnan, after spending some time with Peter on a movie set (where Pierce is a watchmaker by day and assassin by night), is now an ambassador for the brand. Speake-Marin's strategy to make unique watches at various price levels is the key for organic growth.
What happens in the SIHH is strictly related to Richemont and all its brands, plus affiliated brands (Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, Parmigiani, Greubel Forsey). However, once the Palexpo doors opens, the world of independent watchmakers is yours.
Don’t expect anything from IWC but Portuguese. And the reason is the 75th anniversary of the brand’s success – without any chance left for the Ingenieur or any other collection to have a glimpse of attention!
It’s again a world record. It’s again, a ultra-thin caliber. And it’s again, signed Piaget. But this time, it’s a complicated watch : a chronograph.
The announcement could have been missed if it was not Piaget : it’s not again a ultra-thin movement, it’s the first chronograph in Piaget’s collection, ever, amongts the 37 calibers developed by the manufacture, including 25 ultra-thin – and numerous world records.
Panerai is often compared with Rolex. The two brands have many similarities, with rather simple products, faithful to their original models, a design that never changes, very clear collections and a very powerful club of passionate fans around the world – in Panerai’s case called the Paneristis.