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?
Chopard's announcement that from July this year it will only use "ethical" gold has rekindled the debate as to what defines "ethical" gold, and the difficulties involved in securing the supply chain.
Featuring a steel case, water-resistant to 100 metres, on a steel bracelet, a rotating bezel and the in- house B01 chronograph movement, Breitling's Chronomat is ready for adventure, for air as well as land and sea.
Omega's professional dive watch, released in 1993, is back in the spotlight. Available in 14 steel and gold/steel versions, it has the look of the original with a new Master Chronometer 8800 movement. A titanium/tantalum limited edition rounds off the collection.
Created to mark Jaquet Droz's 280th anniversary, the emblematic Grande Seconde appears for the first time with a sapphire dial and a skeleton composition.
Released in 1997 and already proposed as a Travel Time, the Aquanaut now comes as a chronograph; a function well-suited to this sports watch. It joins the collection as reference 5968A-001.
Subtly asymmetric, the concentric bi-retrograde hours and minutes of Harry Winston's Z12 breaks the mould of conventional time displays – something of a habit for Project Z, launched 14 years ago and distinguished by cases in Harry Winston's exclusive Zalium™ alloy.