News from the Watch Industry
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.
Independent Swiss watch and jewellery brand CENTURY, founded in 1966 by Hans U. Klingenberg and now run by his son Philip, has produced a new corporate film entitled “Jewels of Time”. It’s a 10-minute film reveals, which, for the first time, reveals the craftsmanship that has guided the House for almost half a century in the arena of the carving and cutting of its cases.
If you’re going to take your inspiration for a new collection from a vintage watch, then the slim and elegant Patek Philippe Calatrava from the 1960s is an excellent place to start. New UK based brand Nikolai, named after owner Serge Nikolai, aim to create an exclusive, high quality watch with a Swiss-made movement but at a distinctly non-Patek Philippe price tag.
Congratulations to Zenith, for the fourth consecutive year they have been awarded an important prize at the GPHG Awards, this time in the Sports Watch category for the El Primero Lightweight. The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix aims to pay tribute to excellence in the field of watchmaking.19 prizes reward the finest creations and the most important operators in the watchmaking sector. 72 models were competing in the various categories, and a model from Zenith Manufacture was honoured by the Grand Prix jury on Friday.
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.