After more than a year overshadowed by widespread gloom, there has never been a greater need for a little escape. With this in mind, LAURENT FERRIER has revisited his École Annual Calendar, venturing into the field of colour. Resplendent in blue and orange, this new creation is offered in a limited edition of only ten pieces, each of them numbered and engraved as “Série Atelier II”.
LF Switches to Summertime
This most recent creation is housed in the École-shaped case of the Maison. The name derives from the case made by Laurent during his studies at watchmaking school, which inspired him to create a new version, many years later.
The two-zone blue dial of this new reference features a contrasting vertical satin-brushed centre, and circular satin-brushed hour ring. Blue, often associated with dreams and peace of mind, but also a symbol of the sky and sea, is ultimately a colour widely used in both traditional and contemporary watchmaking. Here, it is the product of a galvanic metal treatment process. One of Laurent’s favourites, most of his collection showcases this colour. As always with LAURENT FERRIER timepieces, the intensity of the colour varies with the light. Shades are at times dark and captivating, while at others, clear and refreshing, while further enhanced by intense reflections.
In the wake of its big brother, the Grand Sport Tourbillon, the École Annual Calendar Navy offers a more contemporary and sporting appearance compared to earlier versions. Quintessentially associated with aviation or the navy, vibrant orange here adorns the 18K white gold hands, providing the timepiece with optimal legibility and a compelling look.
The École Annual Calendar Navy boasts a long list of features which together make it a unique timepiece. The time is indicated with LF iconic hands stamped in “Assegais” shape. A snailed small seconds dial placed at 6 o’clock gives character to the composition, while two bevelled apertures, positioned at 12 o’clock, display the day and the month. Finally, the date is indicated by a hand coated in white accompanied by vintage-inspired numerals, on the edge of the dial. The whole offers the full array of information required for daily life while remaining uncluttered and with no unnecessary adornment.
A Useful Complication
As the name suggests, this watch is equipped with an annual calendar. This complication recognises months with 30 and 31 days, progressing automatically to the 1st of the month as appropriate. Manual adjustment is required only once a year, on the 1st of March. The day display is easily set through a pusher on the left side of the case, at 10 o’clock. All the other settings are easily controlled by a pull of the crown and rotating it accordingly, with no need for any tools.
Ressence announces a striking addition to its Type 1 collection: the Type 1 Slim Red. Distinguished by a bold red dial and matching rubber strap, it brings an energetic warmth to the brand’s fundamental design. Limited in number, this new watch will only be produced until the end of 2021.
The new design marks a significant step for Ressence, which to date has tended to draw from a traditional colour palette for its watches. An exception – and specific inspiration for this new watch – is the red Type 3 ‘MC’, a one-off watch created for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, in aid of sustainable development, in September 2020.
The Type 1 Slim was first introduced in 2019, as a thinner, more streamlined evolution of the original Type 1. It is notable not only for its slimmed-down case, which was reduced from 13mm to 11mm thick, but for the move towards an integrated case shape: the case and lugs are milled from one block of grade five titanium for a sleeker, more modern silhouette. In this new Type 1 Slim Red incarnation, that smooth flow from case to strap enhances the impact of the brilliant red.
In keeping with Ressence’s focus on legibility and usability, the red dial is detailed with white hands and pale grey minute markers, with additional rhodium edging to the hour and minute hands for greater definition. The dial markers are coated with white and red SuperLuminova, lending the watch an intense character in dark conditions. The red and white detailing continues to the caseback, where the watch’s reference number is picked out in red.
Crucial to the Type 1 Slim’s identity is its smooth, pebble-like feel in the hand, achieved by a domed sapphire crystal that stretches right to the very edge of the 42mm case. The watch has no crown, instead being wound and adjusted by a recessed lever that flips out from the caseback; this improves ergonomics, making the watch equally wearable on the right or the left wrist, as well as fostering a more engaging bond between the wearer and the mechanical movement of the watch. Adding to the versatile, comfortable nature of the Type 1 Slim, this is the first time the watch has been offered only on a rubber strap.
Like the Type 1 before it, and in common with its sibling, the Type 1 Squared, the Type 1 Slim uses the Ressence Orbital Convex System (ROCS) to display the time. This revolutionary mechanism is central to Ressence’s quest to improve on the traditional mechanical watch; it replaces the static, multi-layered dial and hands with a display where hours, minutes and seconds orbit each other in a single plane. This unique idea improves legibility, displaying time in a more efficient manner – as if animated on a single sheet of paper. The ROCS system, comprising a total of 107 parts, is driven by the minutes axle of an automatic movement, beating at 28,800 vph with 36 hours of power reserve.
First released in 2014, the Type 1 remains Ressence’s simplest watch to date – its groundbreaking concept is found on all other Ressence watches, but here stands unembellished, the better to appreciate the simplicity of an idea that turned centuries-old wisdom on its head. Ressence’s mission to improve the mechanical watch is unique in the industry, and the Type 1 Slim is a perfect example of the brand’s determination to build products that question what a wristwatch can be in the 21st century. The primary emphasis is on creating a better product as a whole – considering such characteristics as legibility, usability, and user experience. Ressence’s “less is more” philosophy produces timeless watches and improved functionality while always adding a playful and magical experience to them.
For over 15 years, connoisseurs of beautiful engineering have honoured the union of automobiles and watchmaking with the limited Vintage Rally series, created by Frederique Constant in tribute to the legendary Austin-Healey. Contributing to this legacy are three new models in retro styles that are every bit as sleek as they are stylish.
It’s become something of a ritual that fans of the Geneva-based Maison have come to expect like clockwork; this year, Frederique Constant is offering new versions of its iconic Vintage Rally collection, the only one it has ever designed for car collectors.
The similarities with watchmaking include: an appreciation of beautiful engineering, precision, timeless design, the combination of leather and metal, comfort, and above all, a certain ‘art de vivre’. The Vintage Rally by Frederique Constant represents all that… and plenty more besides.
This collection is based on a close collaboration with Austin-Healey, the two brands having joined forces back in 2004. Counting 17 years of fellowship geared around sport and watchmaking, theirs is one of the most enduring associations in the industry, reflective of the unbreakable bond the two maisons share in drawing on tradition to create thoroughly modern designs, especially for those who truly appreciate craftsmanship and elegance.
Good company on the road
If the Vintage Rally collection has seen many wonderful breakaways in its time, 2021 is one of the few years to produce not just one, but three editions of the same vintage. Authenticated by the original “Healey” logo marked on the dial, these Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds are in fittingly short supply, with only 888 pieces of each one available.
The green version is probably the most iconic of all. Extending across the whole dial, this particular shade of British racing green alludes to the legendary colour of the Austin-Healey company. A study in contrast and a return to the roots of one of the most iconic rally car colours, ‘British racing green’ has long been associated with the vintage Austin Healeys that are especially desirable among collectors now. For this model, Frederique Constant has opted for luminescent silvered applique hour markers with the 6 and the 12 being more generously proportioned – one of the distinguishing features of the Vintage Rally collection.
The piece has an off-centre small seconds hand at 9 o’clock. Its very traditional complication has only surfaced once in almost 20 years. It is counterbalanced at 3 o’clock by a date window. Running around the dial is the flange complete with 60 minute scale, all set within a 40 mm diameter case, a favourite with collectors on account of its timeless quality.
Finally, the perforated strap has received particular attention; on this ‘racing green’ model, it comes in brown leather. Not found anywhere else on the watch, this colour also recalls the upholstery of the beautiful cars from the 1940s to the 1970s, as well as the gloves worn by gentlemen drivers in their element.
The extra kilometre…
The second version of the new Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds has gone the opposite way aesthetically, in all grey. Modern and understated, the dial and strap are both mid-grey. The piece is characterised by 50 shades of grey, its steel case, leather strap, dial, index hour markers and hands included. Every aspect of its exterior takes on a reflection of its own, as you’ll discover on making your own way along winding roads on a sunny day…
Finally, the last version is supposed to be the most classic, aligned as it is with the fine watchmaking that Frederique Constant has always championed in Geneva. The case is rose gold plated, as are the hour markers, hands and crown. This sunny shade of gold really sets off the midnight blue dial, picked up on the leather strap. Day and night, the classic and classy elegance of the latest Vintage Rally Healey Automatic Small Seconds shines through.
The case backs of these three new models have been engraved with a Healey being driven at full throttle; the famous Healey 100S NOJ393 was purchased by a collector for £155 in 1969 and sold for nearly €1 million in December 2011. Each piece comes in a collector’s gift set, complete with miniature replica of the NOJ393.
Showcasing the skills of master craftsmen, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen the classic rounded accents of the Heritage case to pay tribute to its perpetual calendar. Its Grand Feu enamel dial in brand new shades reinterprets the aesthetic of the brand’s famous fumé dials, with their subtle colour gradations.
This technical feat is further enhanced by the engraving and the enamel inserts adorning the sides of the Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel, which forges a link between past and present, between traditional and contemporary. Reminiscent of the pocket watches converted to wristwatches in the early 1920s using fine attachments, this creation is largely inspired by vintage timepieces conceived by Heinrich Moser, founder of H. Moser & Cie.
At the same time, it displays a resolutely contemporary character thanks to the use of striking midnight-blue fumé and a high-end manufacture movement.
In creating the Heritage line, H. Moser & Cie. took inspiration from the watches that evoke the brand’s history from 1828 to the present day, and specifically those dating from the early 20th century. The distinctive classicism of the Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel is evident not only in its rounded case, but also in the notched crown and Grand Feu enamel dial, brought to life by the Roman numerals and the swallow-tail hands.
Every aspect of this exceptional piece has been created to exude elegance and refinement, with details such as the fine lugs and a railroad minute track enhancing its traditional character. And, because tradition at H. Moser & Cie. never means dull or fusty, behind the classic façade of this watch lies an emphatically irreverent aesthetic, as revealed by the Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel’s deep blue dial, which brings the entire design to life.
Visible behind the sapphire case-back, the HMC 800 movement is the driving force behind the Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel. A masterpiece of simplicity and ingenuity, this hand-wound manufacture calibre, which uses the indices to indicate the months, can be adjusted forwards or backwards at any time of day. Thanks to the “Flash Calendar” system, the date changes instantaneously at midnight, taking into account months with 30 or 31 days and the leap years. Decorated with the famous Moser double stripes, the calibre HMC 800 features a double barrel for a guaranteed power reserve of 7 days.
The Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel is an Haute Horlogerie piece that draws from a broader palette. It is a traditional yet timeless model, which blurs boundaries and is impossible to sum up in a single word. It is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces.
H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.
Issued in eight pieces to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the Bird Repeater, an automaton with a minute repeater, embodies the essence of the House. Its dial in white mother-of-pearl and black onyx features appliqués in 18K red gold. Multiple bird animations, eggs hatching and the river in the background breathe life into this creation. This weave of intricate animations, completely engraved and painted by hand, resonates with a minute repeater, which is housed at the heart of its 18K red gold case in 47mm, one of fine watchmaking’s most virtuoso complications.
In 2012, Jaquet Droz revolutionized wristwatches by creating the Bird Repeater collection. These Haute Horlogerie innovations are the culmination of all the House’s Ateliers d’Art techniques in a single piece, combining traditional watchmaking aesthetic with their one-of-a-kind automaton expertise, in the same movement. In short, this watch displays the Jaquet Droz quintessence and three centuries of heritage, in a single resolutely contemporary creation.
For this anniversary edition, Jaquet Droz returns to the theme of nature to animate its automatons. In the foreground are two robins, one male and one female, like those that can be seen and heard all around the Swiss Valleys, known for their song and proximity to mankind. In the background, to the right, is a farmhouse. However, it’s not just any farmhouse: it’s a replica of the farmhouse where Pierre Jaquet-Droz was born exactly 300 years ago. This historical nod is coupled with a verdant valley and river flowing through it on the left. Again, there is no room for doubt – this is La Ronde, encircling the La Chaux-de-Fonds valley. There is also a Gentian flower in the foreground, whose especially fine wood grain is used by watchmakers for the ultimate polishing of their components. The plant is also used for its medicinal values and alcoholic beverages that have contributed to the region’s success.
Left, right and center, the natural characteristics of La Chaux-de-Fonds are present: red berries and holly leaves, a blue butterfly announcing the arrival of summer and other animals hidden in the scene. A dragonfly can also be spotted, a symbol of strength and fighting spirit, a grasshopper is also featured, whose powerful leap forward embodies risk-taking, the ability to seize opportunities and move oneself forward, much like Jaquet Droz does today, while drawing on three centuries of heritage to move forward in the 21st century built on art and wonders.
“Some watches tell time. Some tell a Story”
Space Jam: A New Legacy inspired Kross Studio 10-piece collector set composed of a Tourbillon watch and an interactive basketball sculpture where performance, technique, and Looney Tunes blend with style.
The latest collaboration between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Kross Studio celebrates the upcoming animated/live-action Space Jam: A New Legacy movie, releasing in theatres on July 16, 2021, and on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release in the U.S.. This marks a new opportunity for the Swiss design studio to draw inspiration from a cherished childhood memory, like the 1989 Batmobile before.
For the occasion, Kross Studio designed a high-end sophisticated watch and a functional art object merging four fascinating worlds: basketball, horology, art, and Looney Tunes.
Embracing the Tune Squad’s spirit, Kross Studio aims to push limits and play the game its own way. The design studio demonstrates its performance and technical prowess in every element of these Collector Sets, balanced by the playful nostalgia of Looney Tunes iconography.
Welcome to the Jam
Basketball is one of the most popular and fast-paced professional sports, requiring skilled technique and excellence of its athletes on every inch of the court. The Kross team developed a wristwatch that embodies the precision and sporty style of the basketball world, demonstrating their own dominance as one of the leading design startups and independent watchmakers in the game today.
The 3 Hz caliber KS 7’000, developed and produced fully in-house by Kross Studio, made its entrance on the court earlier this year. This caliber is the perfect match for the Space Jam Tourbillon, reflecting Kross Studio’s streetwise design style and finely honed technical skills.
The mechanical hand-wound movement, equipped with an oversized barrel that can deliver a 5-day power reserve is placed in the center of the movement. It leaves no space for the regulator that is therefore placed in the center, in a tourbillon cage, on top of the barrel.
Kross Studio raised its game, leveraging the “Space Jam: A New Legacy” collaboration to engineer watchmaking parts that reflect the baller’s action-packed life on and off the court. The fully skeletonized design provides a deeper look at the highly detailed components, such as the wheels that have been styled as basketballs.
The central tourbillon cage towers over the piece, covered with an open-work basketball-like structure that reveals its regulator below. Each of the watch’s 281 parts have been hand-made to offer the ultimate fine-tuned finish.
It’s Game o’clock!
Every detail of the watch invites you to get up and be ready to slam anytime just as the hour hand which turns into a free throw lane or “key”, a marked area on a basketball court surrounding the basket, filled with white blue emission SuperLuminova™. The hours and minutes are also displayed in a unique way. The hands have been affixed to a peripheral display mechanism orbiting 360° around the tourbillon.
Round up the Tunes
The Tunes Squad enters the stage engraved on the fixed hour wheel, and each character of the “Dream Team” appears ready for action, from Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tweety to Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, Granny, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, Elmer Fudd to Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
Tune it up!
A 45mm titanium case with a sapphire crystal dome houses the entire scene, exalting the unique horology savoir-faire of Kross Studio. The reverse side of the case subtly highlights the Studio’s namesake cross emblem through the plate and barrel bridge, which have been coated in blue PVD for a captivating effect.
Watch winding and time setting are done via the “D-ring crown” on the case back and the “Time Set” push button, placed at 3 o’clock on the edge of the watch. Not only does this system ensure design symmetry and a more comfortable experience than a watch with a conventional crown, but it enables faster winding.
The watch is delivered with two straps: one in deep blue calfskin leather, and the other one in laser abraded rubber, reproducing the famous basketball orange color and texture. An interchangeable strap system allows a quick and simple strap change with a single click of the quick-release buttons, located on the underside of the Space Jam Tourbillon watch.
The HAMATIC Vintage and the Benu TOURBILLON impress with ornate, exquisitely finished hands in 750/000 rose gold.
The ultimate in precision fused with consummate aesthetics – Glashütte’s watchmaking artistry never fails to charm. A maxim the Moritz Grossmann manufactory lives by wholeheartedly, taking it to the pinnacle of performance by manufacturing the hands in-house. Moritz Grossmann is one of a small circle of global manufacturers that has mastered this time-consuming, traditional craft and is now breathing new life into it. Manufacturing this essential element – literally the central character for displaying the time – is considered an art in itself.
HAMATIC Vintage & TOURBILLON Goldzeiger “on screen”
This is certainly true for exquisite gold hands, which will preserve their superior value over decades and centuries to come. Grossmann’s skilled specialists spend an entire day perfecting a single set of hands by hand, including the hand bushings. This time-consuming procedure commences by milling and eroding the blank from a gold plate, the fine gold dust is also collected in the process. The blank is then carefully ground all the way around using diamond files. Extraordinary skill, considerable patience and many years of experience are essential for shaping the contours and curves, and for smoothing and polishing all sides and surfaces down to the fractions of a millimetre.
The hand finishers at Moritz Grossmann are only satisfied once the characteristic, fine tip of the silhouette is perfect.
Moritz Grossmann now proudly unveils two new models, the HAMATIC VINTAGE and the TOURBILLON, both featuring handcrafted 750/000 rose gold hands for the first time. The exquisite dials of the two models come in a deep black and beautifully accentuate the fine gold hands. Framed by a rose gold case, the result is a supremely elegant ensemble and the perfect embodiment of Grossmann’s watchmaking artistry.
This Bronze Watch’s Story Has Just Begun
Introducing Hamilton’s new Khaki Field Mechanical Bronze – a heritage design with a future to create, one experience at a time.
“With rugged military-inspired style, our handwinding Khaki Field Mechanical is an iconic Hamilton timepiece and a firm favorite of wristwatch collectors and enthusiasts around the world.”
Now, it’s time to add your own story to this authentic mechanical field watch that’s perfect as both a companion and memento for all of life’s adventures.
Go for the bronze
Faithful to the spirit and style of the thousands of watches we made for U.S., British and other military forces during the 20th century, our newest Khaki Field Mechanical stands out from the crowd with a stunning bronze case. Paired with a rugged black color dial, ultra-legible luminescent 24-hour markings, bronze-tone hands and a high-grade leather strap, the case metal’s deep, sunset tones give our practical field watch a dash of serendipitous charm. Slim and lightweight thanks to the lack of a winding rotor, our exclusive, hand-wound H-50 movement powers the 38mm field watch with military precision behind a titanium case back.
Discover your patina
The material of military decorations, competition medals and historical statues, bronze celebrates previous achievements without staying in the past. This is because oxidation – exposure to oxygen in the water or air – causes the metal alloy to develop a textured patina over time. Reliant on environmental exposure to transform, the evolution of each Khaki Field Mechanical Bronze case will be a unique record of your story.
Truly, a living metal, bronze carries our watchmaking heritage forward, while inspiring a new chapter of its own.
Are you ready to discover your patina?
Masterpiece is the ultimate expression of Maurice Lacroix ownership. Each curving line and crisp facet is designed to enchant the onlooker.
Maurice Lacroix has repeatedly demonstrated its prowess for design, manifest with the numerous awards it has received over the years. Indeed, Masterpiece has become a byword for thought-provoking design, where colours, depths and textures tastefully coalesce. The Masterpiece Gravity burst onto the watchmaking scene only a few years ago, but it has already become an icon, admired by aesthetes and watch lovers alike. It broke convention by placing the escapement and regulating organ front of house, positioned adjacent the off-centre hour and minutes display.
Consistent with its contemporary outlook, Maurice Lacroix has created an additional version of the Masterpiece Gravity, overflowing with modernity. The silver-toned dial sidesteps unnecessary clutter, delivering a clean dial which efficiently imparts time. The refined pairing of silver, dark grey and white tones delivers an abundance of eye-appeal that is clear to see. A contemporary and design watch at the same time.
Now, a new version of the Masterpiece Gravity joins the current collection. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case, it looks very different from its forebears despite sharing many design elements. Indeed, this latest model looks more contemporary and is best described as fresh-faced.
An off-centre hour and minutes display is positioned in the top right corner of the dial. Unlike earlier examples of the Gravity, this display eschews a chapter ring, conferring a neater, tidier appearance. Each hour is denoted with elongated Roman numerals, save for noon where the brand’s ‘M’ logo sits on high. The hour and minute hands are yellow gold plated, infusing the display with a soupçon of colour and heightening the sense of luxury.
The silver sun-brushed off-centre hour and minutes display sits above the exposed main plate which is adorned with concentric Vagues du Jura motif. A dark grey small seconds display is positioned at 4 o’clock, sitting above the main plate, but beneath the hour and minutes display, charmingly playing with depths to glorious affect. The remaining bridges are enriched with sandblasted and brushed finishing.
The left side of the dial area reveals the escapement and regulating organ. The oscillating motion of the balance wheel provides a visual spectacle that is difficult to ignore. Beyond its striking appearance, the Gravity was an early adopter of silicium technology . This glass-like material provides a virtually friction-free sur face, aiding precision and obviating the need for lubrication. Moreover, silicium components have a low mass, mitigating energy consumption.
An exhibition caseback affords views of the automatic Manufacture Calibre ML 230, a rhodium plated movement featuring Grand colimaçon Côtes de Genève on its reverse. This latest version of the Masterpiece Gravity is supplied on a brown calf leather strap, featuring the ‘M’ logo, paired with a stainless steel butterfly buckle.
A New Era
Once again, Maurice Lacroix demonstrates its technical skills with this latest addition to the Masterpiece Gravity collection. This model features a Manufacture movement, exquisite finishing and silicium technology and, consistent with other Maurice Lacroix models, an impressive quality-price ratio. But perhaps most notable of all, the Masterpiece Gravity brims with life, courtesy of its heart beating front of house, a characteristic destined to enchant onlookers.
Armin Strom Makes A Contrarian Bet On A Modern Dress Watch Revival
Armin Strom today announced the introduction of an entirely new timepiece – the Tribute 1; one that reinterprets the classic dress watch in a contemporary context.
“We believe that exceptional hand-finishing, presented in the context of a modern aesthetic design sensibility, is the key to a modern dress watch revival” said Claude Greisler, Master Watchmaker and co-founder of the revitalized Armin Strom.
Exceptional Haute Horology Finishing
“We’re the heirs to a long tradition of manually-wound dress watch design at Armin Strom; but like much of the rest of the market, we had moved away from that” said Greisler. “Over time, this became a source of deep regret for me – and I was ultimately inspired to do something about it. I’ve been obsessed with every detail of this timepiece, particularly when it comes to finishing. Hand polishing the dial-side of each barrel bridge takes over 12 hours to complete. To make the inaugural iteration even more special, we chose to produce that bridge in solid white gold. The gear train bridge on the backside is beveled and polished in 60° – a process that’s far more complex to execute and as a result takes twice as long. The polishing of the hands that I designed for this watch was also extremely time-consuming. The barrel is hand polished and provides 100 hours of autonomous operation. The Caliber AMW21 is adorned with Côtes de Genève, the jewel sinks are polished to a gleaming conclusion and the mainplate is circular grained. The balance cock and the stepped escape wheel cock deliver a three-dimensional allure, while their edges are hand beveled to convey an overall sense of luxury.”
“The “Tribute 1” is also more classic in its dimensions than any of my more recent designs,” said Greisler, “with a diameter of 38mm and a height of just 9mm. The crown is located at 2 o’clock; a nod to modern design that also enhances wearer comfort.”
A Contrarian Bet On A Modern Dress Watch Revival
“The ‘Tribute 1’ is contemporary, technically-innovative and beautifully finished. I love it – and I believe that our collectors will too.” said Serge Michel, co-founder. “At a time when so many of us have spent so much time without any formal social interaction, the looming end of the global pandemic represents a symbolic return to normality – and hopefully a return to the luxury of social gatherings that we may have previously taken for granted. In that context, the acquisition of a dress watch can be seen as an expression of hope – and a meaningful connection to both the past and the future” said Michel.
“Years ago, we were told by almost everyone that there was no economic model that could possibly justify a low-volume independent bringing all of its fabrication in-house,” said co-founder Serge Michel. “The equipment is expensive and it requires a lot of physical space. We followed our passion and did it anyway. And that decision paid off. We’ve since come to the conclusion that following our horological passions will probably eventually make financial sense, even when we can’t articulate exactly how that will play out. Fortunately, we have the luxury of taking risks and following our passion. The “Tribute 1” isn’t just a manifestation of that passion, it’s a ‘tribute’ to it. It’s simultaneously our tribute to the classic haute horology dress watch, adapted with a modern aesthetic sensibility.”
The highly efficient motor barrel in the ‘Tribute 1’ is unusual in that the arbor turns around the mainspring within the barrel itself, which makes it more efficient while conserving space.
Pricing And Availability
The first edition of the “Tribute 1” is available now and is limited to just 25 pieces. It is priced at an intentionally-accessible price point of CHF 13,900. This first iteration is further distinguished by its white gold barrel bridge and a 10-year warranty, exactly double the standard warranty typically offered by Armin Strom.
The Revolution series of tourbillons by Franck Muller represents some of the most ambitious, radical and astonishing achievements in the history of contemporary watchmaking.
Today, Franck Muller unveils the Vanguard™ Revolution 3 Skeleton, that offers an exceptional technical spectacle as well as emotions only to be found at Franck Muller.
Featuring a breathtaking skeleton movement, this timepiece stylishly reveals openworked black bridges and red aluminum indicators that allows to observe one of the most beautiful mechanism in all of Horlogerie.
This triple axis tourbillon corrects the force of gravity in all positions, contrary to a classic tourbillon which only compensates it when the wristwatch is in a vertical position. This complex system of carriages is a technical marvel and is the result of one of the most complex creations in Haute Horlogerie.
Dominating the lower half of the movement, the extraordinary triple axis tourbillon slowly turns through the one-hour, eight-minute and 60-second cycles of its respective three carriages. This highly complex mechanism makes the Vanguard™ Revolution 3 Skeleton a wonder of precision and above all a masterpiece of micromechanics.
Power flows from the gear train through all three carriages to activate the balance wheel five times each second. As the Revolution 3 has three carriages, the gear train has significant resistance to overcome. So as to provide an abundance of energy to drive this triple axis tourbillon, the movement was given a massive 10 days of power reserve. Furthermore, there are two retrograde indications at 4 and 8 o’clock for the progression of the eight-minute carriage and the 60-second carriage.
Housed for the first time in a Vanguard case, this timepiece features a unique sapphire dome on the front and back of the watch, allowing to further highlight the magnificent triple axis tourbillon.
The Vanguard case, made of grade-2 titanium, is treated with black PVD coating. The strap, made of red Alcantara®, effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist and perfectly complements the red decorations on the movement and the Vanguard case.
Wholly designed and manufactured in-house, the futuristic design of the Vanguard™ Revolution 3 Skeleton is a mechanical treasure showcasing the exceptional know-how Franck Muller manufacture. The new Vanguard™ Revolution 3 Skeleton comes with Franck Muller’s 5-year tourbillon warranty and is delivered in a very special box with an automated opening system.
A new bracelet design combines the sporty and refined sides of Panerai
Panerai, a brand acquainted with testing the boundaries of imagination and invention, marks another milestone with the release of the Submersible Blu Notte. It is the first Panerai Submersible 42mm watch with a metal bracelet. A historic Panerai icon, the instantly recognizable crown-protection device, inspired the bracelet’s design. The profile of the device, which was originally invented to assure water resistance and prevent accidental contact with the crown, appears on each link of the bracelet, accentuated by a combination of polished and brushed finishes. And its supreme elegance is matched by the comfortable wear of the graceful, lightweight design, which suits any setting, relaxed or formal.
With the patented Panerai interchangeable strap system, removing the bracelet in favor of a strap whenever the mood strikes is effortless. By using a tool available in the watch storage box, it is possible to push a button at the back of the lugs, which releases the bracelet, allowing a change in just a moment.
The ease of transforming the look of the Submersible Blu Notte makes it the foundation for a flexible and varied watch wardrobe.
Aesthetic purity merges with performance in every facet of the Submersible Blu Notte. The sunbrushed blue dial reflects light with brilliance and vitality that responds to every movement it makes; its legibility is heightened by the presence of hands, dots and indices filled with white Super-LumiNova™.
The watch features a steel bezel composed of a deep blue ceramic in the same color as the dial, the uni-directional counter-clockwise bezel intensifies the monochromatic unity of the watch and is a resistant tool for calculating immersion time.
One of the slimmest movements in the Panerai portfolio, the P.900 caliber animates the Submersible Blu Notte, complementing its lean, refined proportions and nesting seamlessly within the 42mm case. The automatic movement features a three-day power reserve and is an instrument entirely realized by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, guided by a commitment to innovation, precision and a legacy of crafting instruments able to confront daunting conditions.
The Submersible Blu Notte is water-resistant up to 30 bar (about 300 meters deep). In addition to its steel bracelet, it is accompanied by a black strap in SportechTM with contrasting blue stitching and Velcro closure, a tool for interchangeability, a screwdriver and a storage box, whose outer part is made of recycled ABS plastic.