Intimately bound up with Blancpain's identity, two emblematic red gold timepieces from the Villeret line - the Quantième Complet and the Ultraplate - are now available with blue dials.
In the wake of the First World War, Swiss watchmaking underwent a period of profound crisis, resulting in a State-led reorganisation of the sector. This rescue operation took the form of cartel agreements that remained in place until the 1960s. Part one: the 1920s and 1930s.
As precision instruments used for special missions and covered by military secrecy, some watches made by Panerai in the 1940s had no indication on the dial apart from the hour markers. But other models carried names referring to the luminous substance used on the dial – Radiomir or Luminor – or of the institution which had commissioning the watches, the Italian Navy. Inspired by these is the new Luminor 1950 3 Days, a special edition of 1,000 units, with the inscription "MARINA MILITARE" on the dial, distinguished by its pure lines and strict fidelity to the characteristics of the historic models.
Flagging demand, a strong Swiss franc, competition from smartwatches, changing consumption habits… multiple factors are prompting watch brands to rethink their strategy. Particularly distribution.
While most Breitling watches are born to fly, the brand is also reputed among professionals for its instruments designed to conquer great depths, such as the Avenger II Seawolf. Water-resistant to 3,000 m (10,000 ft), this model flaunts all the distinctive characteristics one would expect from a champion of the abyss.
Resolve and patience, talent and hard work have got Roman Gauthier where he is today. A watchmaker as well as a specialist component supplier, he continues our series of portraits of contemporary artisan-watchmakers who take a different approach to the measurement of time.
When Pascal Raffy acquired the Dimier 1738 Manufacture in June 2006, he gave Bovet 1822 absolute control over its developments.