TAG HEUER CARRERA TWIN-TIME 2021
In the English language, there is a word that has become increasingly popular, ‘gentrify’. It is often used to describe how the character of a formerly poor urban area has changed with the influx of wealthier individuals. Effectively, neighbourhoods become more desirable courtesy of improved housing and new businesses moving to the area. Sadly, this leads to many of the existing inhabitants being ‘priced out’ and displaced as a result.
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER – WHERE EXCEPTIONAL IS THE NORM
Introduction – Michel Parmigiani Le Chapeau de Napoléon, a former lookout point, sits atop a mountain, positioned approximately 1000 metres above sea level. From this vantage point, the observer is indulged with remarkable views of France as well as Fleurier and vast swathes of the Val-de-Travers region. This latter area is very familiar to Michel Parmigiani, a master watchmaker and restorer.
CARL F. BUCHERER MANERO FLYBACK SIGNATURE
I am proud to be from Lancashire, a region where it frequently rains and the cuisine is simple but hearty. It may not be glamorous, but it is home and there is nowhere else I would prefer to be. However, there is another place that is also very close to my heart. In my professional role, I have visited Switzerland numerous times. At one stage, I even contemplated purchasing a modest home in this land of cheese, chocolate and, of course, watches.
DELMA BLUE SHARK III BLACK EDITION
Believe it or not, the dive watch used to be a niche category. Built for divers, it appealed mostly to the underwater crowd and those going on rugged adventures. Now it’s one of the most popular sports watches on the market, evolving from a tool into a fashion statement. Even luxury brands have gotten in on the game. For example, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille offer their own versions for about $25K and $90K, respectively. But would most owners risk testing the limits of those watches while exploring the depths in scuba gear? Probably not.
ROGER DUBUIS EXCALIBUR SPIDER EON GOLD 39MM RDDBEX0816
Introduction In the esoteric world of Haute Horlogerie, timepieces usually encompass traditional craftsmanship, practised to an exalted level. Often these watches are made by long-standing companies, some with over 200 years of history. In some cases, such timepieces are classical, while others are best described as ‘contemporary’. Many of these finely appointed watches are endowed with peerless finishing, high complications and, in some instances, artistic crafts.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONNELLE SPLIT-SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH ULTRA-THIN COLLECTION EXCELLENCE PLATINE
If people know you love watches, every now and then someone will say to you, often with a snigger and a nudge, “Why on earth do you need one of those things? If I want to know the time I can look at my phone.” They will do this as though it is, perhaps, some sort of revelation. The same people probably wonder why cathedrals bother retaining choirs to sing evensong when a recording would do just as well and believe that libraries are a relic of a past age. When you come across poor souls like this, take pity on them and show them this watch. If they are not immediately converted, Damascene style, to the One True Faith, there is nothing more you can do for them.
NICOLA ANDREATTA OF ROGER DUBUIS
Roger Dubuis founded his eponymous watch brand in 1995. Since its inception, the Maison has gained a reputation for its nonconformist designs and unimpeachable craftsmanship. Later, in 2008, Richemont Group acquired part of the company’s equity and thereafter, in 2016, purchased the remaining shares.
BREGUET TRADITION 7035
Breguet flipped the script when it launched the Tradition collection in 2005 with the inaugural model 7027. Constructed with the movement on the dial side of the watch, it was the first timepiece to revive this concept for the modern era.