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Tintin

BASELWORLD 2018

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April 2018


Tintin

They were all there at the conference, just as we remember them. They hadn’t aged in the least, in fact they looked just like the very first time I saw them way back in the 1950s in the Eagle magazine.

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here’s Tintin and his fox terrier Snowy (aka Milou), Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus (aka Prof. Tournesol), Thompson and Thompson (aka Dupont and Dupond) and for once they’re all there on time without the slightest mishap or adventure.

In the presence of Nick Rodwell, the Executive Director of Moulinsart, the company set up to protect and promote the work of Hergé the creator of Tintin, and the CEO of Ice-Watch, Jean-Pierre Lutgen, we discovered that this is an unique all-Belgium affair.

Tintin Milou White
Tintin Milou White

Nick Rodwell wanted to develop a Tintin watch Collection in Belgium and after some research sought out Jean-Pierre Lutgen, the founder of Ice-Watch, to manufacture, market and distribute the watches. Now signed and sealed, the watch company name is Tintin and despite the effervescent presence of Lutgen, this intital collection of twenty-four watches based on Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930) and Destination Moon (1953) is not an Ice-Watch product, but a Tintin product but manufactured and marketed by the Ice-Watch company.

Tintin Lune Haddock
Tintin Lune Haddock

The watches come in sizes from 28 to 44 mm, range from 69 to 149 Euros and are in either stainless steel with leather straps or soft blue silicone or an exotic mixture of both. The watches are true to the ageless designs by Hergé taken directly from the original publications and for ‘Tintinophiles’ there will be an emotional convergence of seeing and reading Tintin and wearing the watch.

Tintin Soviet Classic Car
Tintin Soviet Classic Car

As the two people involved in the creation of this collection Nick Rodwell and Jean-Pierre Lutgen said – along with, of course, the ever-present artistic influence of Hergé – “We thought the project was inaccessible, but here we are with it.”

Tintin Soviet Classic Snow
Tintin Soviet Classic Snow

And with the millions of 7 to 77 year-old Tintin fans the world looks like being their oyster.