Ulysse Nardin has announced a partnership with Ben Thouard, whose photographs capture the light, movement and beauty of water.
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Brands imagine their watches as objects of desire, intended to appeal to our emotions. When adding method to these emotions, they have two means at their disposal: the addition of complications and words that sell.
In black and khaki, or bronze and midnight blue, both these new recruits take military dress codes to heart – not to mention the minimalist forms of the torpedo ships that gave them their name.
Like anywhere else, China's watch enthusiasts have their favourites. Patek Philippe's Nautilus Ref. 5711, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202, and pretty much anything by Richard Mille or Rolex have proved hugely popular these past four to five years. In contrast, models that sell well in other countries don't always appeal.
Ulysse Nardin's Freak neXt concept watch is a showcase for the brand's technology, not least flexible silicon blades. This prototype prefigures the next generation of Freak watches.
Could it be the fiftieth anniversary of Man's first steps on the moon that has so inspired watchmakers? This year, brands are pulling out all the stops with a host of watches dedicated to the moon-phase complication. Because what could be lovelier than a moon-struck mechanism?
Eliminate clutter, put an end to untidiness.... For Marie Kondo, author of the hugely popular KonMari method, life begins after a good clear-out. Several watch brands appear to have taken her theories to heart to put some order into their collections.
An exceptional timepiece enters the Marine collection as a limited edition of 30. This flying tourbillon with a three-dimensional Moon, tide indicator and anchor-shaped power-reserve indicator is as sophisticated as a luxury yacht.