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.
After last year's Tank Crash and Tank Anglaise, make way for the very masculine Tank MC whose 1904 movement already equips the Calibre de Cartier watch. The skeletonised version in palladium is powered by the patented 9611 movement which also equips the Santos 100.
On 25 May this year, the Théâtre de l’Heure Bleue in La Chaux-de-Fonds provided the setting for the awards ceremony of the Cartier Watchmaking Institute contest. Eight timepieces were singled out for distinction.
Concerns are being voiced over the takeover of Swiss brands by Chinese, many of whom hope for a quick return on investment.
Regatta countdowns are all the rage right now. Panerai, Corum, Louis Vuitton and Rolex have all pushed the boat out with some sharp mechanics ready to take sailors first over the start line.
While Patek Philippe again claimed the most valuable lot at the spring auction session in Geneva, Rolex confirmed its ascension with a new world record at Christie's. In contrast, several dozen lots went unsold.
The appeal of the Geneva brand never stops growing, a situation that partly reflects the peaks that Patek Philippe has already reached. The heart is torn between the Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon offered by Antiquorum (estimated at CHF 1 - 1.5 million) and the Rolex split-seconds chronograph, ref. 4113 presented by Christie’s (estimated at CHF 700,000 - 1.2 million). But lovers of antique watchmaking will have to travel to Frankfurt and the Dr. Crott Auction house.