Probably what comes to mind when thinking about a Seiko watch is an inexpensive quartz timepiece that has great functionality but doesn’t possess the fine mechanics comparable to those found in a Swiss or German model. Seiko aims to change this view, and after 60 years has decided to introduce Grand Seiko mechanical watches into the United States, presented in November at AZ Fine Time, their retailer in Arizona.
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From its first incarnation with a barrel-shaped case, Chapter One from Maîtres du Temps now lends itself to a round case that is “architecturally-inspired,” in the words of this association of watchmakers, and still with the same fascinating combination of complications.
TAG Heuer makes a splash for its 150th anniversary, and unveils the first draft of a movement whose escapement has no balance spring. A revolution in the world of watchmaking. The Calibre 1887 completes the line-up. (See films.)
Developed with watch engineer Jean-François Mojon, Opus X puts circles within circles, inspired by the movement of the planets in endless rotation (see film).
Louis Moinet already caused a stir earlier in the year with its planetarium.
The Salon de la Haute Horlogerie in January paved the way. Now Baselworld follows suit as watchmakers lean towards simpler models, competitively-priced collections at entry level, and a heart-to-heart with the past.
As if to prove that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," those companies that weathered the storm of last year's economic crisis are as determined as ever to succeed in the creation of a proprietary movement.
After numerous collaborations, Peter Speake-Marin has decided to work for himself. The result is the Marin 1, driven by the Calibre SM2. The first movement to be entirely designed and made by Speake-Marin, it will be the starting point for future complication models.
Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum since 2007, has concentrated on putting Corum's fundamentals back at the heart of the brand. The Golden Bridge Tourbillon and the Admiral's Cup Deep Hull give tangible form to these years of experience.