How can one construct and interpret time in the most refined way possible? Bulgari and the Japanese architect Tadao Ando have attempted to provide an answer to this equation by creating the 160-piece Octo Finissimo Tadao Ando limited series.
An ambitious initiative that delivered on its promises. After ten intense days that put watchmaking worldwide in the spotlight, Watches and Wonders 2021 brings down the curtain on a truly successful edition. New releases, major announcements, exceptional creations, panels, discussions and a hugely popular Morning Show kept interest at a high throughout what was the most important watch Salon ever held online and offline. The enthusiasm surrounding the leading names gathered in Geneva then in Shanghai can be measured by how widely the event was relayed around the globe, generating hundreds of millions of views on social media, to single out Watches and Wonders as a key gathering in a particularly delicate sanitary context.
For the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona, Christie's is holding a special sale on Sunday 10th November. It comes at the same time as the announcement that its creator, Aurel Bacs, is leaving the auction house.
Antiquorum, Christie's and Sotheby's will be putting on the show this 10th, 11th and 12th November in Geneva with a season dedicated to Abraham-Louis Breguet - this year marks the 190th anniversary of his death – and the Rolex Daytona, celebrating its 50th birthday. Aurel Bacs, meanwhile, bows out.
The “Best Swiss Brands 2013” study ranks the 50 most valuable Swiss brands. 16 Swiss watchmakers feature in the top 50, with Rolex and Omega even making it into the top 10! Why, how? Interview with Michel Gabriel, Managing Director of American brand consultancy firm Interbrand who compile the “Best Swiss Brands” study every year.
In honour of thirty years of watchmaking, François-Paul Journe has reproduced as a wristwatch the first ever timepiece, a pocket watch, he invented and made. With its hunter case in guilloché silver and gold, the result is surprisingly up-to-date.
Estimates put growth in exports at between 5% and 10%, which would make for the fourth record year in a row.
All work and no play will make anyone a dull boy, so why not offer the art of time measurement a festive evening, and elect the year's oustanding watches at the same time? Such is the thinking behind the Tiempo de Relojes awards ceremony, part of the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico City. Swatch's Sistem51, Cartier and Girard-Perregaux were the evening's big winners.