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.
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.