Thanks to the métiers d'art, or through stunning complications, watch dials take us far, very far, from our daily routine.
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Like the minute repeater, tourbillon and the perpetual calendar, the equation of time is a rare and valued complication. True, it is an arcane function that neither chimes the hours, nor fights the effects of gravity, but it is rooted in the history of watchmaking and is therefore meaningful for aficionados.
Some see it as a complication in the horological sense. For others, it brings out watchmaking's dreamier side. Either way, the moon-phase display has become as popular a "function" as the chronograph and, for women's timepieces in particular, almost mandatory.
An X or Y chromosome is no longer a reliable marker. Watches are adopting an intermediate size – 40 mm in diameter – and mixing masculine and feminine. "John darling, just borrowing your Luger"…
SIHH 2017 saw Fine Watchmaking brands embrace the power of social media by tapping into current trends and engaging new audiences. Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman of SIHH and Managing Director of the FHH gave an opening speech in which she cited the forward-thinking stance of this year’s event.
When MB&F, Zenith and Vacheron Constantin teamed up with hodinkee.com, and Omega with fratellowatches.com, to launch limited editions that were only available on their partners' websites, the online watch community went wild.
Difficulties encountered in the markets these past 18 months have sparked major upheaval within the branch, with groups reporting a mixed bag of results alongside a raft of comings and goings at CEO level. Who's in, who's out? And more to the point, what to expect?
Launched with the third millennium and revisited for the 100th anniversary of the tonneau form, the Malte collection testifies to the technical expertise and creative aesthetics associated with Vacheron Constantin. With it, the Manufacture expresses the different facets of its art to outstanding effect, particularly when embracing the demands of its form completely.
The curtain has come down on the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, marked by a record number of exhibitors that proved themselves well able to adapt their products to a mixed environment.