The Swatch fall-winter collection is based on three themes: Worldhood, Think Fun and Deep Wonder. The first of these draws inspiration from the four corners of the earth, where fantasy becomes reality. Its seemingly knitted watches are a nod to the rediscovery of handcrafts. The second embraces the Swatch DNA in which colours, shapes and stripes burst forth in vibrant creations. The third combines colours and high-end materials, alcantara and sparkling crystals.
Originally stuck on to trunks, hotel and transport labels symbolised the art of travel and made each piece of luggage unique. Inspired by the Gaston-Louis Vuitton collection, these stickers now appear on this Tambour World Tour. This steel watch powered by a quartz movement comes in four diameters: 28, 34, 39.5 and 41.5mm. These models are equipped with interchangeable straps. The World Tour concept is also featured on a steel travel clock.
Since its launch in 2011, the Startimer Pilot Heritage has been paying tribute to the avant-garde codes that have forged the history of aviation watches. Four new models featuring an optimised design are now enriching this collection. The 42mm stainless steel case houses the self-winding Al-555 movement with its 38-hour power reserve. The pure, uncluttered dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds, along with a dual-time indication and a date at 3 o’clock.
When first launched over 20 years ago, the Omega Speedmaster “Day-Date” sported an astonishing dial design and colour coding. In tribute to this unique model, the watch Maison is launching a timepiece reinventing the same classic look. Powered by the legendary Omega 1861 movement, this 39.7mm chronograph was created in partnership with online watch magazine Hodinkee, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The 500 timepieces wil be delivered in a special box along with a grey Nato strap.
In January 2018, Vacheron Constantin unveiled its new Fiftysix collection. The pace is now picking up with a new reference the Fiftysix Tourbillon. Extremely slim since it measures less than 6mm thick, and equipped with a gold peripheral rotor, the calibre of this model can be observed through the transparent caseback. The tourbillon alone calls for more than a dozen hours of hand chamfering. This timepiece will be exclusively available from the brand’s own-name boutiques.
Playing on contrast effects by combining noble and innovative materials, the case of this model is adorned with 18K pink gold and black rubber, subtly recreating the brand’s famous Imperial columns. The in-house DW5051 calibre equipped with additional modules drives two functions representing the opposition between real time on the one hand, embodied by the deadbeat seconds hand (also serving as a regulator) which halts between each second; and virtual time materialised by the endless flight of the free seconds.
The brand from Schaffhausen reinterprets the most romantic of all complications dedicated to the moon. Nestling inside the Concept dial free of any logo or indices, the night star shines through a large window at 6 o’clock. The manual-winding HMC 801 movement ensures its precision that will require no adjustment for a full 1,027 years. The ultra-black dial is coated with Vantablack, a substance composed of vertically aligned and juxtaposed carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.965% of light.
This resolutely mesmerising model advocates the “carpe diem” philosophy. The wide orbits hollowed out of the dial invite curious observers to reflect on how they spend their time. The one on the right houses a rotating disc that gradually fades out, symbolising the passing seconds. Light and colour brilliantly highlight the three limited editions of this timepiece, with red, green or blue providing a striking contrast with the monochrome titanium case.
Known for its Grand Complication models and the art of skeleton-working, the Maison reveals an exceptionally simple model housing a new automatic three-hand Manufacture calibre (HW31). The sophisticated 1, 5, 7 and 11 o’clock Arabic numerals appearing on the dial with its particularly elaborate motifs feature a depth that catches the light in perpetually different ways. The gold or titanium case is water-resistant to 30 metres and comes in two 41 or 43mm sizes.
This watch (PAM 00797) features functions and a design identical to the stainless steel version, but the case and crown-guard bridge are made of satin-brushed titanium with polished edges. The alloy used for the case is extremely corrosion resistant and also 40% lighter than steel. The hand-wound movement drives hours, minutes, small seconds and power-reserve indicator functions. The non-treated leather strap matches the dark brown dial bearing beige Super-LumiNova hour-markers.
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