With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
Xi Jinping’s call for “common prosperity” sent shudders through the stock market. This new policy, which portends a drop in purchasing power for the wealthiest Chinese, pushed down luxury share prices, which includes watch brands. What implications does this have?
Introduced by Girard-Perregaux in 1975 and returned centre-stage in 2016, the Laureato has grown into a collection in its own right that now includes a 43mm tourbillon. Unmistakably Laureato, its distinctive design combines with one of the most sophisticated horological mechanisms.
It has the contours of a de Havilland Venom, the body of a Buick Streamliner. The newly revealed Horological Machine N°9 by MB&F shares the dynamic silhouette of mid-century cars and planes.
With a name like Ulysse, a certain hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey inevitably springs to mind. Carrying on this adventure-seeking spirit, Ulysse Nardin is expanding its family of modern-day Ulysses. After free-diver Fred Buyle and kite-surfing champion Alex Caizergues, navigator Sébastien Destremau and snowboarder Mathieu Crepel have teamed up with the brand.
Chopard has kept its promise. Since July, the brand uses only gold from ethical sources. But at just 5% of global watch and jewellery production, sustainable gold is still as rare as the initiatives aimed at making responsibly-sourced gold the norm in the luxury industry.
Philippe Mouquet designed the Heure H in 1996 around Hermès' instantly recognisable capital H. This Double Jeu version sparkles with diamonds in either a horizontal or a vertical setting... but which to choose?
After Swatch Group's decision to pull out of Baselworld, Franco Cologni responds to Nick Hayek's declarations on the future of watch fairs, and specifically that of SIHH.