When all balance springs were metal, Swatch Group's Nivarox enjoyed a virtual monopoly. The most widespread alternative, patented silicon technology, is also the property of a handful of manufacturers. However crucial it may be, mechanically and strategically, the balance spring is about materials science, not horological genius.
With the vintage trend showing no signs of abating, now is the time to pay tribute to the iconic watches worn by late, great celebrities. Brands happily revisit legends from the past while at auction, watches with celebrity provenance are achieving record amounts.
Probably what comes to mind when thinking about a Seiko watch is an inexpensive quartz timepiece that has great functionality but doesn’t possess the fine mechanics comparable to those found in a Swiss or German model. Seiko aims to change this view, and after 60 years has decided to introduce Grand Seiko mechanical watches into the United States, presented in November at AZ Fine Time, their retailer in Arizona.
The last days of summer brought a riot of activity to Swiss greens. Between the Omega European Masters and the Audemars Piguet Golf Trophy, it seems Christmas came early for golf enthusiasts… with a couple of horological surprises to boot!
It's tempting to believe that Audemars Piguet has a nose for nautical exploits. After sponsoring the twice victorious Team Alinghi in the America's Cup, the watchmaker is now lending its support to l'Hydroptère, the world's fastest sailboat and a visionary achievement. The new prototype for this extraordinary catamaran will soon take to Swiss waters.
What could be more natural than for a master watchmaker wishing to launch his brand to do so under his own name as a pledge of expertise? Particularly when the majority "cut their teeth" working for the sector's leading firms.
Christian Bédat has left Bedat & Co; Daniel Roth is no longer at Daniel Roth; Franck Muller, Gérald Genta, Jorg Hysek, Martin Braun, Rodolphe Cattin and Roger Dubuis are no longer active at the eponymous brands they created, and which more often than not continue to perpetuate their founder's work…
Audemars Piguet’s latest charitable endeavor is with music luminary Quincy Jones. Together they created the special edition Quincy Jones Millenary watch, limited to 500 pieces.