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?
If it's true that behind every great man, there is a great woman, Baselworld 2017 showed that there is a woman behind every watchmaker too, particularly now brands have realised the potential of a demographic that is just as appreciate of a bi-axial tourbillon as a skeleton movement.
A fascinating creature, the octopus fits perfectly with the brand's steampunk aesthetic, so don't be surprised to see it at the centre of the Deep Blue Octopus. A 47-mm black case captures the "stealth" style of this 25-piece limited edition.
The most laidback of all Patek Philippe watches lends itself to a new anniversary model in white gold. At 42 mm in diameter, it is also the largest in the Aquanaut line.
Twenty months of ailing exports have put watchmakers in search of a remedy. Slimmer, lighter, more svelte, extra-thin models appear to be just what the doctor ordered, and an opportunity to set new records into the bargain.
Some see it as a complication in the horological sense. For others, it brings out watchmaking's dreamier side. Either way, the moon-phase display has become as popular a "function" as the chronograph and, for women's timepieces in particular, almost mandatory.
The watch we will still want to wear in ten, 20 or 30 years' time is impervious to trends. Its classic good looks and elegant lines will continue to work their charm decades from now. Discover our selection from Blancpain, Breguet, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Hermès, H. Moser & Cie, Jaquet Droz, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Romain Gauthier.