News from the Watch Industry
With IWC's latest incarnation of the 'Petit Prince' chronograph, first introduced in 2013, ‘Le Petit Prince’ Double Chronograph Edition Pilot’s Watch features an innovative jumping star display for the day of the week.
At Baselworld this year, Anglos Swiss watchmaker Speake-Marin unveiled a new watch, which, for the first time, is dedicated exclusively to women: the Shenandoah. Joining the world of the J-Class, this watch adopts design codes from that collection such as the Foundation hands.
One of the few advantages of getting old is being around long enough to remember the Rolling Stones when they first impudently burst onto the scene, shocking the establishment and causing genuine outrage, parental anguish and teenage excitement in equal measure. No Swiss watch brand would have gone within a country mile of them in the early 60’s and the Stones wouldn’t have wanted anything to do with them either.
The most complicated watch ever made is the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication by Patek Philippe. Among its many features is a minute repeater that chimes the fifth bar of Handel's Messiah every hour, a celestial chart detailing Manhattan’s night time sky, a perpetual calendar that self-adjusts for leap years, an indicator for knowing the current moon phase, an alarm clock, and it also tells the time!
Casio G-SHOCK and elite San Francisco purveyors of surfboard goods HUF have announced the release of their collaborative time piece (GD400HUF-1) celebrating shared principles of what they describe as rebellion from the mainstream, perseverance and a passion for craftsmanship.
The founder of SolarPlanet Fundation Raphaël Domjan, will wear a DeWitt watch during the SolarArcticPassage expedition that will take place in Canada.
Raidillon, the Belgian Watchmaker, has created a limited edition Mexican themed racing watch from a country passionate about watchmaking, vintage racing cars and their many classic rallies.
Christopher Ward is the only British watch brand to feature in the inaugural Sunday Times BT Business SME Export Track 100. With international sales of over £2.1m in 2014, which represents a 3-fold increase in international sales in 3 years, the company is positioned in 77th place in the rankings compiled by The Sunday Times.
You can clearly see the Jean-Claude Biver effect on TAG Heuer these days. The big cheese at TAG Heuer has ramped up the celebrity studded photo opportunities dramatically. Incidentally, the cheese he is cutting in the picture above is from his own Swiss dairy farm. Let's hope model Cara Delavigne looking on isn't lactose intolerant.
MB&F’s fantastical Horological Machine N°6 (HM6) ‘Space Pirate’ has been awarded the Red Dot: Best of the Best for top quality and innovative design. In 2015, only 1.6 % of all entries in the competition won this sought-after award.