Attached to the watch is a black crocodile strap. These days we like to mix rose gold with a brown strap but black also works - as it did in the 1960s. Glashutte Original will produce on 50 of these Sixties Square Tourbillon watches in this limited edition. Price will be 92,000 euros each.
The Best Men’s Watch award went to the Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu. I really didn't expect this; most of us don't think of Hermès when we think of fine Swiss/French watchmaking. Do read Ariel's review of this watch from earlier in the year.
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
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To measure the intensely quick speeds the chronograph needed to ditch the traditional balance spring escapement system. The new system is more like a violin. Yea. String instruments work because strings move at specific frequencies. The size of the string and speed of the movement determines the sounds. A violin works because one string caresses another to create a vibration. The same system is used in the Mikrogirder, but Tag Heuer uses metal "blades." They are seen through an opening in the dial and can be viewed vibrating quickly when the chronograph is in operation. I don't claim to fully understand the system, but it works. The blade vibrates at 7.2 million times per an hour. Pretty wild if you ask me, and it takes some serious creativity to develop this system. Ironically enough it is a principle that has been studied and around since the 18th century. Mr. Babin was keen to share that this new machine is really based on modern implementations of historic technology.
While I anticipate there to be a range of Bulova Branson watches coming, the first is a rather sober limited edition traveler's watch. It is called the Bulova Accutron Sir Richard Branson Limited Edition watch and comes in a 46mm wide titanium case. Bulova isn't being very clear on what movement it has exactly, but it is a Swiss automatic with a GMT hand. Likely a 2893 if I had a guess. Bulova further COSC Chronometer certifies its. The watch also has an inner rotating bezel with a city indicator that can be used to tell the time all over the world in collaboration with the GMT hand (if the GMT has is set to synchronize with your local time). This makes for a rather decent traveler's watch (but it is hardly unique).
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 80 here.
Put yourself into the mindset of the person leading the effort. Your firm has literally centuries of proud history behind it; you're not just going to bang out a 'me-too' design. You're going to strive to integrate your firm's themes and strengths into an entirely new design.
Was he surprised? I think a bit. Unlike brands like Patek Philippe who've known of their collectible status for a while, Longines has only recently discovered that their heritage includes interest from both a mechanical and activity standpoint. Most of us think about horse racing, Shanghai in the 1920's, Tennis, and Charles Lindbergh when we think of Longines. This is part of the brand's activity history and what they like to focus on today.
A man and lady companion come in and are interested in a rare limited edition Bell & Ross watch limited to around 250 pieces. It does surprise me a bit that his interest is so high given that he is also in a room of totally unique watch creations. The watch that will likely go for the most is a Patek Philippe minute repeater tourbillon. It is the only watch there kept in a secure sanitary bag with the brand's name printed on it and is likely the least exciting piece visually. Impeccable in execution no doubt, the Patek feels like a watch from another era being very small and demure compared to its auction lot colleagues.