Philippe Dufour is setting salerooms alight; WatchBox has invested in De Bethune; Chrono24 has secured LVMH-backed funding; Watchfinder is presenting all the James Bond watches in its Paris showroom; Richard Mille has launched a certified network for its pre-owned watches… for watch fans, the moving and shaking is on the pre-owned market.
The first occurrence of a stylised terrestrial globe as an integral part of a wristwatch was in 2011, on Greubel Forsey's GMT. Others have since followed suit, and Planet Earth now adorns the wrist of travellers and makes an inspired addition to astronomical timepieces. Enjoy a closer look at these eleven watches - Copernicus would have approved!
We thought they had gone out of style, dropped off the radar, been run out of town by the arbiters of classicism and good taste. But not so fast... not only are super-sized watches alive and well, they are actually gaining ground, much to the delight of a fanbase who expect their timepiece to be jumbo.
At 73, Michael Douglas is delighted to go back to the lab as Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, the creator of the world's tiniest superhero, in "Ant-Man and the Wasp".
September spells the end of summer, when NATO straps and water-patinated bronze cases are just a tanline on the wrist. We've picked ten resilient watches that will help you move smoothly from summer to autumn. #RIPVacation.
The Egyptians used it. So did the Chinese, and the post-Revolution French when in 1793 the First Republic decreed the use of decimal time – which was given the chop less than two years later. These days, decimal time survives only as Swatch Group's Internet time, measured in beats.