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SIHH 2017, what to expect ?

SIHH 2017, what to expect ?

For this 27th year, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will present several new interesting topics to note. For the past 27 years, SIHH has given visitors a 360° view of horological expertise. Spotlighting each brand inside a thoughtfully designed setting, it remains true to its fundamental vocation as an important and exclusive rendezvous for the sector. Visitors can discover the latest collections, meet other professionals, spot future trends, and exchange with the 17 historic Maisons and the new wave of independent artisan-creators inside the “Carré des Horlogers”. Last year, 24 exhibiting Maisons were at the 2016 SIHH. This was one of the two major innovations at this 26th edition, which welcomed nine independent workshops and creators to join the 15 established Maisons that have made the SIHH the first key gathering of the watchmaking year. These nine contemporary brands, which these past years have imposed their own style and…

Pre-SIHH 2017 – IWC reinvents the Da Vinci Collection

Pre-SIHH 2017 – IWC reinvents the Da Vinci Collection

IWC is probably one of the best story tellers in the Swiss watch industry. Collection after collection, the Schaffhausen company takes its inspiration from amazing stories and heritage and translate them into beautiful and unique timepieces. During SIHH 2017, IWC will reveal its new variation of the Da Vinci collection. A true celebration to one of the most brilliant minds of human kind: Leonardo Da Vinci. In the late 1960s, Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary way of thinking inspired IWC to introduce a watch named after him. Even that very first Da Vinci model surprised watch lovers with a special quality that has remained typical of the family to this day: that of always being a little ahead of its time. Many trailblazing innovations have first been developed for use in a Da Vinci. Never before in an IWC wristwatch had a gear train converted the enormous distance travelled by the escape wheel into a single movement…

Vacheron Constantin opens its first store in Japan.

Vacheron Constantin opens its first store in Japan.

Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin opens its first store in Tokyo. The Swiss company picked up one of the most prestigious address right in the middle of Ginza district – Chuo Street. Vacheron Constantin is opening its first ever store in Japan. Until now the Swiss watch-maker had only point of sales via its commercial partners. It is about 24 point of sales around the country, from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Aichi, Osaka or Kanagawa among others. In Tokyo several distributors were keeping the brand presence in high-standards, from sales to Service centers. By opening a owned-store in the heart of the luxury area in Tokyo, Vacheron Constantin reinforce its aim to take good care of the Japanese market. This presence will also highlight the importance of Japanese customers as well as commercial partners. It is a great investment for the Swiss brand and their determination places their ambition quite high….

Friday Chronicles #6: iWatch, Dances with wolves?

Friday Chronicles #6: iWatch, Dances with wolves?

It is amazing how people suddenly got passionate about Apple iWatch. For the past 10 years brands like Suunto or even Nike have proposed “smart watches” that would measure your health and give you something more than time. Then, when Peeble was launched, there was more buzz about the way it was financed than the product itself. And lately, all the Samsung and many Android gear got most of the time slapped by the press. You can read our full review about it here. In any case nobody really dared to compare a Rolex, Omega and Patek with those electronic gadgets. And suddenly, Apple decides to launch its iWatch and everybody started to fire up. The feeling of excitement that this incoming product delivers is basically the same as Kevin Costner’s character in Dances with Wolves, when he discovered the “wild west landscapes. So we are all Lt. John J….

Jaquet Droz, The Bird Repeater

Jaquet Droz, The Bird Repeater

Jaquet Droz launches an amazing Timepiece called The Bird Repeater. This timepiece is completely inline with the Brand heritage and the excellence in watchmaking. In The Bird Repeater, Jaquet Droz displays its art of Automata with a prestigious haute horlogerie’s most virtuoso complications: the Minute Repeater. Here a video made by the Brand displaying the beauty of such handcraft work. Concerning the Timepiece itself here are the technical specifications: Movement: Jaquet Droz RMA88, hand-winding mechanical movement, single barrel Off-centered hours and minutes 69 jewels Power reserve: 48 hours Frequency: 18,000 v.p.h. Case: 18-carat red  gold 47 mm Individual limited serial number engraved on the case-back Dial: Hand engraved and painted mother-of-pearl Black onyx center Hand engraved and painted birds Hands in 18-carat red gold Strap: Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather. Buckle: 18-carat red gold folding clasp Here are some awesome details from this oeuvre d’art. And here a special picture…

The Grande Seconde Off-centered by Jaquet Droz

The Grande Seconde Off-centered by Jaquet Droz

Each time that Jaquet Droz presents a new timepiece, the “time” is for excellence ! One of the legendary fingerprints of the Swiss brand is the Grande Seconde Off-centered. The radiance of gold, a noble material that has served our craftsmen well for three centuries. The strength of the flame, the secret to producing ultra-fine powders to make our unique dials of Grand Feu enamel. A wealth of meticulous skills and techniques perpetuated and reinvented by Jaquet Droz, model after model. The hand of the craftsman, the most precious tool available to the Manufacture, familiar with each gesture and the value of time. All of the master artisans who, in the seclusion of their workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, created the horological masterpiece. GRANDE SECONDE OFF-CENTERED IVORY ENAMEL With the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel, Jaquet Droz combines classic watchmaking tradition with the imagination that has become a house trademark….

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.

Girard Perregaux highlights of the month is the reveal of its Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold bridges. This edition will be available only in 50 units worldwide and represents the perfect blend of timeless elegance, excellence in watch-making and pure technology. All the heritage of Girard Perregaux in a master piece built on the acclaimed Tourbillon with threefold Bridges. A magnificent work of noble materials with high-end techniques. Girard Perregaux has its origins back to 1791 and is a high-class watch manufacturer situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is part of the Sowing group, a subsidiary of PPR. When Constant Girard founded his company in 1852. After a successful marriage with Marie Perregaux, he creates Girard Perregaux Manufacture in 1856. In 1906, Mr. Constant Girard-Gallet who took over the company from his father, took over the Bautte House and merge all companies into Girard Perregaux & Cie. Since that time…