As autumn prepares to roll out a carpet of colours from russet to scarlet, watchmakers too are introducing a new hue to one of their favourite metals: gold.
Gone are the days when brands presented women with scaled-down versions of men’s watches. If there’s anything we have learnt from both SIHH and Baselworld this year, it’s that women’s watches are a serious business.
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While social etiquette of “old” may have dictated that men should never wear a wristwatch at a black tie event – something about it being rude to be readily available to tell the time - many a modern man would feel naked without a timepiece around his wrist.
Times have changed since the days when to be fashionable in hip-hop all you needed was white Adidas shoes, a black fedora hat and statement gold chains. Now Kanye West, Beyoncé, Jay Z and Rihanna are bringing luxury to hip-hop style, which hasn't entirely given up the bling!
Simple, sober, rigorously precise and Bauhaus-inspired: what else but a Nomos watch. The German brand broke the mould at this year's Baselworld with a new reference whose in-house movement is contained in a square case. Glashütte clearly still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
He is the man who put Omega where it is today. Now, after sixteen years at the helm, Stephen Urquhart is bowing out. A sign of changing times, he is the third Chief Executive to step down at the head of the top three Swiss watch brands in under a year.