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?
Its perfect silhouette and distinctive font make a welcome incursion into horological complications. Deceptively simple in appearance, the Hermès Slim Quantième Perpétuel Platinum turns to one of watchmaking's most demanding feats. It is also a visual delight in blue.
After the Récital 18 Shooting Star, presented in 2016, Bovet continues its exploration of time and the universe. The Récital 20 Astérium brings together a 10-day flying tourbillon with a sky map and an annual calendar with astronomical functions.
As a useful complication, nothing beats the chronograph. A challenge to watchmakers in both construction and precision, it lends a distinctly sporty feel to the wrist, or is a fixture of complication watches. A look at the new releases at SIHH 2017.
The Big Bang Unico GMT is designed to make life easier for anyone with a foot in two time zones and other things to think about than how to set their watch. Ingenious!
In December, the "Grande Maison" sold a record number of watches in its own boutiques. Orders taken during SIHH exceeded expectations. An interview with CEO Daniel Riedo, in a positive mood.