23 March 2017
ALL EYES ON… PATEK PHILIPPE - Nautilus, a lasting coup de foudre
The 1970s was a period of immense change. It was the decade of the oil shock, punk rock, runaway inflation, and a humiliating defeat for America in Vietnam. This was an era of disruption, but it was also a decade that marked some outstanding achievements. Take 1976. It was the year that the supersonic Concorde entered regular service; the year that Toronto’s CN Tower became the world’s tallest building; and the year that Patek Philippe launched its steel sports watch, the Nautilus, water resistant to a depth of 120 metres. Mankind was travelling faster and building higher than ever before; and for the first time since the company was conceived in 1839, Patek Philippe customers could take their watch diving. Concorde would remain in service until 2003, after which we had to return to subsonic crossings of the Atlantic. The CN Tower would retain its title as the world’s tallest tower until 2010. But the Patek Philippe Nautilus is still very much in service and on the wrist.
ALL EYES ON…CHANEL - Since 1987, Chanel gives time a unique allure
In 1987 Chanel decided to make its watchmaking debut, with the aptly named Première. Since then, a great deal of water has flowed under the horological bridge. In the 30 years since, the status of the wristwatch has changed: no longer a tool designed to tell its wearer the time as precisely as possible, it has become an object of pure pleasure: a style statement, a status symbol and an aesthetic indulgence. Thirty years ago, Chanel had already anticipated the profound changes that would affect the watch industry. In thirty years, through a series of watches with an utterly distinctive allure, watches devoted to pleasure, time has proven Chanel right. A testimony of 30 years of Chanel Time.
1 December 2016
ALL EYES ON… F.P. JOURNE - Time proves him right
Over more than three decades, with unerring consistency, François-Paul Journe has constructed a neo-classical watchmaking approach whose watchwords are balance, harmony, rigour and legibility, the inevitable product of an exemplary coherence between the aesthetic exterior and the technical interior. Time has proven him right.
26 October 2016
ALL EYES ON… PATEK PHILIPPE Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300
Taken in the context of Patek Philippe’s history, it’s a pretty major event. The new Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 has just unseated the famous Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 6002 to take the title of most complicated wristwatch in the Geneva watchmaker’s current collection.
17 June 2016
ALL EYES ON… GIRARD-PERREGAUX celebrates a fresh start
On its 225th birthday, Girard-Perregaux is seeking both to reassure and to surprise the global watch community, by reminding it of the company’s historic place in the Swiss watchmaking landscape and its longstanding quest for precision, and by raiding its rich heritage to revive the iconic models of the past.
17 June 2016
ALL EYES ON… With the Calibre 112, ORIS is convincingly reclaiming its illustrious history
This autumn Oris will be introducing a new original calibre, developed and produced in-house: the Calibre 112. The movement, designed specifically with different time zones in mind, offers incontrovertible proof that Oris has truly reconnected with its fundamental values.
17 June 2016
ALL EYES ON… EBEL a window to elegance
The ambition of Flavio Pellegrini, the venerable Swiss watchmaker’s new president, is to take the company back to its core values. He hopes to recapture the ladies’ market with models that combine beauty and precision with a design that is guaranteed to stand the test of time. This year’s exclusive and limited series pays tribute to the company’s historic connection with architecture. Behind the scenes, an immense effort is under way to clarify the brand’s identity.
17 March 2016
ALL EYES ON… CARL F. BUCHERER: The Golden Move
The Lucerne-based brand revitalises its whole identity under baroque symbolic, unveils a very promising family of new calibres and further strengthens its collections. The least we can say is that 2016 is not “business as usual”!
17 March 2016
ALL EYES ON…ROGER DUBUIS launches a charm offensive
Drawing inspiration from the lavish world inhabited by 1940s leading ladies, the Velvet collection pulls off the seemingly impossible tour de force of retaining the DNA of an essentially masculine brand while creating eminently feminine watches. The collection is intended for the woman who knows what she wants!
5 January 2016
ALL EYES ON… CHANEL J12 IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
The J12 is considered by many to be the first iconic watch born of the new millennium, unveiled as it was in the year 2000. Its pure forms giving pride of place to the simple beauty of ceramic, its ability to reinvent itself without ever betraying its fundamental nature and its accomplished exploration of the codes of Haute Horlogerie have quickly earned it classic status.
19 November 2015
ALL EYES ON… A.LANGE & SÖHNE: a new Lange 1 and a road map for the future
This year marked both a major retrospective and a great leap forward for A. Lange & Söhne, with the double celebration of its founder’s two-hundredth birthday and the opening of a new manufacture in Glashütte. It was also time to infuse new life into the brand icon, the Lange 1.
19 November 2015
ALL EYES ON… RJ-ROMAIN JEROME: beyond life and death
The fearless independent Swiss brand pays tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead, as a way of reframing the codes of Haute Horlogerie. The evocative power and stylistic accomplishment of the Día de los Muertos collection will enchant watch connoisseurs and aesthetes alike.
19 November 2015
ALL EYES ON… TIFFANY: The Best of Both Worlds
Like a transatlantic steamer, the New York company crosses the oceans to offer a combination of American DNA and Swiss reliability in timepieces. The Tiffany CT60® Annual Calendar is a perfect example of this felicitous union, taking the vintage flair of the brand to new heights.
30 September 2015
9 BREAKAWAYS - Christophe Claret • De Bethune • Hautlence • HYT • H. Moser & Cie • Laurent Ferrier • MB&F • Urwerk • Voutilainen
In January 2016 the SIHH will have a facelift. In addition to revamped surroundings and the departure of Ralph Lauren, who is returning to his native USA, the main new feature of the Salon will be the inauguration of ‘Watchmakers’ Square’. This fair-within-a-fair will welcome nine Haute Horlogerie mavericks, nine fiercely independent watchmakers – all different, all determined, all dedicated – who have succeeded in leaving their mark on the watchmaking world map with their own very individual concepts of the art of timekeeping.
22 June 2015
LOUIS MOINET - FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE STARS
In barely ten years Jean-Marie Schaller has succeeded in reviving the forgotten name of Louis Moinet and placing it firmly at the centre of the watchmaking scene. Here is the fascinating story of this independent watchmaker, who began in a kitchen and is now reaching for the stars.