A passionate admirer of Japanese culture, it was only natural for Michel Parmigiani to design a very elegant timepiece to celebrate hanami, the Japanese custom of admiring the beauty of flowers, in his own unique way.
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Three weeks after the launch of watchesandwonders.com, two of this digital platform's 30 prestigious Maisons take centre stage as Parmigiani Fleurier and Arnold & Son present their latest creations.
After a Hijri perpetual calendar in a table clock in 2011, Parmigiani Fleurier presents the world's first occurrence of this complication in a wristwatch.
"See red", "Feel blue", "Green with envy"... expressions such as these reflect how colour impacts our mood and behaviour. Watch brands also use colour to appeal to our subconscious. Is the owner of that blue chrono buying into their desire for distant horizons? Is the lady with the scarlet automatic a femme fatale? Read on and see what the colour of your watch says about you.
This one-off piece from Parmigiani Fleurier honours the traditions of Fine Watchmaking with its perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon, which it combines with a highly contemporary finish.
The numbers speak for themselves: 15 automakers have stayed away from the 89th Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17), including Volvo, Land Rover, Opel and Abarth. Watchmakers too are conspicuous by their absence. The mechanical emulation that used to be part of the show's charm no longer keeps the dream alive. At least not on the floor.
These are happy days for the kidult generation, now that Richard Mille is running a sweet shop, Romain Jerome has donned a villain's cape and H. Moser & Cie. has taken to watering its straps. Welcome to an age of nostalgia-driven watches, horological comforters and some kickass wrist wear. Because we're all just kids at heart.
Traditionally, luxury watches have been most comfortable with classic shades, with a few notable exceptions. Now more brands are exploring the spectrum as a form of differentiation or to convey a message. New releases from SIHH 2019 confirm that colour rules.
A watch whose one and only function is to give the time is probably the most difficult exercise a maker can undertake. When the emperor has no clothes, what is revealed must be beyond reproach.