A crescent moon dances with time on the new Arceau, revealing then concealing the hour as it turns.
Concerns over trade in a post-Brexit Britain haven't prevented the UK market from performing well these past months, aided by sterling's weakness. As the country heads towards its latest deadline, watch brands are making sure they are prepared for every outcome, including a no-deal scenario.
The spring session of sales, though rather lacklustre, still managed to establish five record prices: three Patek Philippe, one Panerai and a Rolex whose dial, in cloisonné enamel, raised serious doubts as to its authenticity.
The key to the sustainable success of a luxury brand lies in the never-ending quest for perfection. A prominent manifestation of this philosophy is the Lange 1 Time Zone “Como Edition” created exclusively for this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este: in fascinating close-ups, it is presented with a backdrop of historic Rolls-Royce models.
Can a sphere have two faces? In the case of Officine Panerai’s new Table Clock (PAM000581) it can indeed, because the perfectly transparent mineral glass sphere presents two fascinating views of the timepiece: one from the front, of the unmistakable Panerai dial mounted in the centre of the sphere, and the other from the back, which enables the exquisite finish and fine details of the P.5000 manufacture movement to be admired. The two faces express the two authentic identities of Officine Panerai: its long history of Italian excellence, which is expressed in a design of unmistakable purity, and its Swiss watchmaking expertise.
Every two years, the FH Centre in Tokyo conducts a survey of watch purchases among several thousand Japanese consumers. Finding: the Japanese are fond of luxury and Swiss watches.
The brand is bolstering its positions by revisiting some of its past glories. It's also exploring new materials, taking an unexpected tack with a non-chronograph El Primero, and even raising a few eyebrows by introducing a Sellita movement to its Pilot Type 20 range.