Some say we are now living in a post-luxury world, and if it’s true, we may be seeing the last of the tourbillons. This difficult, beautiful and expensive complication became the symbol of the now-waning 20-year boom in luxury watches. Have we encountered a luxury apocalypse? If so, these five great tourbillons introduced at SIHH 2017 may be the last of a dying species.
In hibernation since the 1980s, three complete collections have resurfaced at IWC, Cartier and Girard-Perregaux, and all clearly have women in their sights. Some have been given a full revamp, others are almost exactly as we remember them. At last, these sleeping beauties shall go to the ball!
The entry-level segment has become a recurring theme among Fine Watch brands, and while efforts are clearly being made in this department, one unknown factor remains: the customer, preferably young and less inclined towards luxury.
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In December, the "Grande Maison" sold a record number of watches in its own boutiques. Orders taken during SIHH exceeded expectations. An interview with CEO Daniel Riedo, in a positive mood.
Roger Dubuis begins 2017 at full throttle with the powerful Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon. Almost all eight pieces in this limited edition were sold on the very first day of SIHH.
Living up to its reputation as a "laboratory of ideas", Panerai came to SIHH 2017 with BMG-TECH™, a metallic glass new to watchmaking, and the LAB-ID™ Luminor 1950 Carbotech™ 3 Days – 49mm which requires no lubrication and is guaranteed for 50 years. How do they compare to other innovations?
Sporty and stylish, the new Clifton Club lends itself to five versions, each cut out to keep pace with gentlemen-athletes.