The new Premier Heritage Collection is for the man of impeccable taste. These exquisite timepieces are the brand’s most elegant and refined.
Audemars Piguet releases three new 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Divers in stainless steel. Powered by a new movement, Calibre 4308, these models in khaki, blue or grey sport present a new dial aesthetics as well as a new interchangeable strap system to style up your dive.
China first fell in love with mechanical timepieces in the late 1500s, when Jesuits presented the first clocks to the Imperial Court. Centuries later, this love affair is still going strong and has positioned China top of the league for Swiss watch exports.
Chinese watch firms are investing in Switzerland with the likes of Ebohr, which has launched its first brand; Fiyta, which has taken over Montres Chouriet, and Sea-Gull which is taking a stake in a Swiss movement manufacturer. Their objective is to move upmarket and seduce Chinese customers with the lure of Swiss Made.
Unsurprisingly, my last "In the Air" on the Fine Watchmaking Manifesto sparked quite a reaction. As in all things meteorological, favourable and cross winds blew, though fortunately without serious turbulence. It's never a bad thing to let in some fresh air.
World Expo is not only a fabulous opportunity for the Chinese to apprehend the culture and techniques of each country; it is also a platform for exchange that puts the Chinese on an equal footing with the people of other nations.
The Fine Watchmaking Manifesto is soon to be published, after lengthy research and animated discussions. Mamma mia! But before we go any further, let us answer one question: why does Fine Watchmaking need a manifesto?
What has got collectors in a particular whirl is the recent announcement of the collaboration between Roger Smith and his former mentor, George Daniels. The two are creating a series of 35 Anniversary watches to commemorate Daniels’s invention of the Co-axial escapement.