Summer is always a great pretext to ditch monochrome in favour of brighter, sunnier shades. With more and more watchmakers lavishing colour on their dials, the opportunity is too good to miss.
A year after its official launch, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet continues to evolve with five new self-winding date, hour, minute and second references and five new self-winding chronograph models, with complex lacquered dials and a palette of deep colours.
After Starfleet Machine and Melchior the robot, introducing Arachnophobia, the spider-clock that spins a new stage in the partnership launched in 2009 between Max Büsser & Friends and clockmaker L'Epée.
Vacheron Constantin has set a new record for the world's most complicated watch, in the form of Reference 57260. A symbolic figure, as 57 corresponds to the number of complications built into this pocket watch while 260 represents the number of years of uninterrupted activity by the oldest watch Manufacture, an anniversary being celebrated this year.
Reference 57260 is a double-dial horological masterwork of hitherto unimaginable complication and technical innovation. It was developed over a period of eight years by a team of three of the company's Master Watchmakers. Made using the classic principles of watchmaking along with resolutely 21st century thinking, this watch is an original creation exhibiting a total of 57 complications, several of which are entirely new and unique.
Nothing can stand in the way of new Swiss Made legislation that will come into force on January 1st 2017, after the Swiss Parliament's lower house rejected a motion to postpone. A victory in the eyes of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.