Urwerk's UR-100 references C-3PO, the protocol droid in the Star Wars franchise. The fourth episode in the UR-100 collection intergalactic saga, in gold, it recounts the adventures of an atypical time instrument.
Six years after the launch of the Starfleet Machine, the first clock co-created by MB&F and L'Epée 1839, a new expedition is under way. The space station returns in 2020, in a more compact size and enhanced with bright colours, with the name of Starfleet Explorer.
Comparing charts and figures is something marketing directors do, and which certainly has its uses as Fine Watchmaking goes global. There is, however, the risk of casting a shadow over the poetry of a product we have the good fortune and privilege to represent.
Four years after the launch of his debut model, the Prestige hours/minutes which he followed, in 2010, with the Prestige hours/minutes/seconds, Romain Gauthier is preparing to launch his third model: the constant force watch he has had in mind for the past eight years. He looks back at the passion that has brought him where he is today.
As we know, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie exists to spread the culture of Fine Watchmaking. Not just among specialists – although they could sometimes benefit from a brief refresher: as the ancients used to say, Medice, cura te ipsum (doctor, take care of yourself) – but all those who, in a demonstration of style and good taste, are careful to go beyond the surface of things and thus fully enjoy the unique character of something as singular as a watch.
A staunch advocate of independent watchmaking, Alain Silberstein is convinced that innovative products aren't enough. Original distribution solutions are now the crux of the issue, such as travelling pop-up stores.
Between "Charybdis-too-fast" and "Scylla-too-slow" there is an oasis of "just right." Provided, that is, we know how to "take" time rather than let time take over.
A well-balanced sale in the eyes of Aurel Bacs, who on December 14th will preside over this auction of vintage and modern wristwatches. On offer will be several extremely rare timepieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Panerai, alongside a fine selection of pocket watches and desk clocks. Total estimate: USD/CHF 5 to 7 million (EUR 3.8 to 5.3 million).