The menswear shopping site Mr. Porter has again teamed up with Zenith and Bamford Watch Department for a 50-piece El Primero Revival A384 Edge of Space Limited Edition.
On November 9th, three exceptional clocks changed hands for some €800,000 (USD 1,095,590), realising 20% of the total sale of important French furniture, sculptures and works of art. A fourth clock went unsold.
When car enthusiasts talk about their wheels - Porsche, Mercedes, Fiat or Ferrari -, they presume their model rolls off the production line of that particular brand. Not for a second, though, do I imagine they believe every single part was made in that same factory. I think the driver of a Rolls – oh happy man! – knows that the prestigious British marque counts on exclusive, top-notch suppliers for its components and accessories. The artists at Rolls-Royce then assemble them into a result that is necessarily greater than the sum of its parts.
After its pioneering use of silicon, Ulysse Nardin strikes again with diamond. The first industrial unit producing silicon components with a nanocrystalline diamond coating is now up and running in Sion.
Since July this year, water-resistant watches must conform to a new standard, ISO 22810. It turns the situation around by defining water-resistance criteria but giving no indication of the procedure manufacturers must follow to comply.
Year after year, LVMH has patiently acquired shares and derivatives in Hermès and now holds 17% of its capital and 10% of voting rights. While the luxury giant denies any takeover plans, it is now Hermès' biggest single shareholder.
Three auction houses - Christie's, Sotheby's and Antiquorum - are in the starting blocks for three days of sales which, twice a year, maintain Geneva at the forefront of fine watch auctions. Will the May 2010 record of a total CHF 42 million be broken? Answer on November 15th.