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?
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.
Audemars Piguet has an uninterrupted history of creating exceptional perpetual calendar watches that goes back to the company’s origins over 140 years ago.