The art of transforming the glittering towers and glassy spires of a buzzing metropolis into a recognisable watch design is no mean feat. Extravagant and irreverent, the Excalibur Blacklight is an ode to vibrant cites like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing at the height of their nightly splendour.
The secondary watch market has been one of the year's biggest stories. From takeovers to dedicated sales spaces, from market studies to consumer analyses and brand-hosted events, pre-owned is hot news. And for a simple reason: at 8% growth per year, second-hand is the luxury industry's best-performing segment.
Having searched ten years for the ideal location, Richard Mille has opened a flagship on 57th Street, in central Manhattan. This is the brand's ninth store in the United States as well as the largest Richard Mille boutique anywhere in the world.
After battling it out on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on October 19-21, Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth world title a week later in Mexico. Rolex was on-call for both races.
Roger Dubuis roared into Macao with partner Lamborghini and Taiwanese rapper Will Pan for the latest leg of its promotional tour. Fans were treated to a special viewing of the new Excalibur Spider Carbon together with the Excalibur Shooting Star trilogy, for the brand's female fans.
Omega hosted a special event in Shanghai for the premiere of its new Constellation "Manhattan" collection, with 101 models in three sizes. Taking the stage for the evening were Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Alessandra Ambrosio and Liu Shishi.
Luxury watches hold strong appeal in China, prompting brands to find new ways of tapping into this market. After experimenting with solutions such as WeChat and e-commerce platforms, more and more brands are using influencers to reach new customers.
After the international launch in Hong Kong last June, followed by Dubai in July and Shanghai in early October, the roadshow arrives in North America on October 27, 2018, at WatchTime New York 2018.