IN THE LIMELIGHT
The finest Timepieces From the world's Greatest watch makers
A LANGE & SOHNE
Seven years of hard grit have culminated in the appearance of a large grand complication, viewing at the salon international in geneva where scheduled to coincide with the optimum times for appreciating the Grande canneries. What impressed me was that the sound was notably clear, with minimal background noise fall the more impressive because this was achieved without using a alas, the grand complication was far too. grand for us photograph which has left us instead with the 1815 rattrapante perpetual calendar a serious and solidly designed piece of kit.
Barely has the bunting been taken down after last year's40th birthday celebrations for the royal oak and row it's time to break open the bubbly for the 20th birthday of the royal oak offshore, which has marked with a grand complication model that marries a refined and delicate minute repeater to this most butch of the big boy sports watches, almost as complicated, though with softer lines, as the new tradition tourbillion minute repeater chronograph.
BAUME & MERCIER
The big news for Baume this year is a retail partnership with Chinese jewellery glantchow tai fook given the far east's fondness for the simple round Swiss watches, it’s safe to say there will be few complaints about the classic good look of the Clifton complete calendar.
BELL & ROSS
Although it may look like something from a fighter jet the new bell and ross bro1 heading indicator features a typically aeronautical dial depicting a warplane-i am reliably informed that it also tells the time.
The tourbillion at 12o'clock and the carrousel at 6o'clock perform the same function. Both negate the effects of gravitational force on the watch's movement making the tourbillion carrousel accurate to a fault it's an exceptionally elegant timepiece too, with an intricate open worked inner dial and an enamel outer dial with raised roman numerical in rose gold.
Abraham Louis BHreguet invented the tourbillion in 1795.and over two centuries later. The eponymous company continues to innovate this time it's taken a watch from its classique collection and added a tourbillion to it. The classique tourbillion extra flat automatic is also impossibly thin with a case thickness of just 7min.
the famed Swiss chronograph maker has been ringing in the changes which has meant the retirement of brand-builder par excellence count Franz La Rosee, and the arrival of David Beckham as poster boy. horplogically speaking the big news is the relaunch of the lifesaving emergency a wrist worn distress beacon that also gives you the time.
I am looking forward to seeing what Jean-Christophe Babin will come up with the former tag boss has taken over the roman jeweller and given that it was he who brought jack heuer back into the business, i seriously hope that the can entice Giammi Bulgari back into the family firm. Glanni was one of the greatest jewellery innovators of the 20th century and I would love to see a new Glanni-designed Bulgari watch. That said the new Diagono calendar with retrograde indicators is a handsome timepiece.
Baseworld debulant Burberry needed a watch that would ensure it held its own among the multibillion-dollar watchmaking a conglomerate’s present at the fair. The automatic chronograph it launched the 18000 Britain limited edition trench gold which references the brands iconic beige trenches with its muted gold and titanium allow case and masculine alligator straps did just that.