With the economy back in business and exports on the rise again, brands are newly inclined to show off their capacity for innovation and imagination. Here are some of the watches from the stream of recent releases.
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Pushing the boundaries of its artistic design even further, Louis Erard reveals a completely unique triptych. Alain Silberstein was given carte blanche, designing the series of three watches like a picture over three panels. Three lots of 178 models at accessible prices.
Corum's signature Admiral's Cup now comes forward to shine in the glow of contemporary watchmaking for the feminine wrist. Retaining the design codes that originally set it apart, the duodenary architecture of its case has now been made smaller, lighter and decidedly softer to form an elegant, yet distinct, frame for artistic dials certain to please the discerning female.
One of the first industrial watch Manufactures in the modern sense of the term was born in a small Swiss village. To fully grasp the revolution such a company represented at the time, it is well worth trying to imagine the winter of 1864 in Le Locle, nestling in the Neuchâtel mountains. Like every other year, the season was far too harsh for tilling the soil and drove farmers to become watchmakers. In 1865, Georges Favre-Jacot, a youthful native of the village barely 22 years of age, founded his watch factory. It was not the first, nor the only one, but it would change forever the way of producing watches. He had spacious light-filled workshops built in a location where they still stand today. They were the first to be fitted with electric lighting and he assembled all the region’s key talents there. Over the years, the factory grew into an international company renowned for the excellence of its production and Georges Favre-Jacot became a captain of industry such as one encounters only a handful per century. Throughout the period the firm remained under his wise guidance, this youthful visionary would consistently instil a unique mind-set into his teams.
Ladies’ watches have a central place in the history of the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture. This expertise dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, a period that saw the emergence of the first ladies’ pocket- watches. The creation of dedicated timepieces remains a strong point of the Maison, giving them a very special place within its collections and its developments. Witnessed in the new Traditionnelle moon phase and power reserve small model, the subtle and refined horological complication is revealed in a feminine interpretation.
With the J12-G.10 watch, Chanel treats itself to a precious twist by adapting the military-world essential, the NATO strap, to feminine watchmaking.
A few weeks ahead of the SIHH 2015, Richard Mille unveils the RM 33-01, a synthesis of chic design and a sporty feel encapsulated in an automatic watch. The embodiment of Richard Mille elegance, it holds the promise of an exceptional 2015 collection.
The initial inspiration for HM6 Space Pirate came from a Japanese anime TV series from Maximilian Büsser's childhood: Capitaine Flam (Captain Future in English). Capitaine Flam had a spaceship called the Comet that consisted of two spheres joined by a connecting tube. Büsser imagined combining two such craft and the seeds of Space Pirate were planted.