When Ralph Lauren first entered the watchmaking business in 2009, aficionados balked at the idea of a timepiece with a fashion designer’s name imprinted on the dial. No matter the craftsmanship, the consistency of the design, or the quality of the movement, a watch emerging from a style guru’s empire just wasn’t going to cut it. Swept under the mat by enthusiasts, ignored the brand’s ambitions went, not unlike others who had attempted a horology upstart years before.
A one-of-a-kind piece: gold bracelet, gold case, gold dial, gold hands, gold. Created by Omega to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of James Bond epic Goldfinger. Not gold? The OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8501 (more on “Master Co-Axial” below) revealed through the transparent crystal caseback. The rotor is gold, though!
This latest addition to Ulysse Nardin’s Classico collection: the Amerigo Vespucci. Ulysse Nardin is one of the very few brands I can think of that actually have what could be called a “cloissoné collection.” In fact Ulysse Nardin’s cloissoné collection of just ships includes the Pride of Baltimore, the HMS Caesar, and the Santa Maria. Cloissoné of course a reference to the technique used to create the enamel dial. Ulysse Nardin thrives in enameling and is one of the few watchmaking houses with in-house capabilities (i.e. very skilled enamel artisans).
Enamel dial-making is an art that has increasingly fascinated me, and I will have much more to tell you on the topic of enameling very soon in a special report I am working on. Until then, enjoy a look at these fine cloissone dial Classico “Amerigo Vespucci” by Ulysse Nardin.
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Creative Academy, the corporate design school of Richemont Group, is now accepting applications for its 2015 program. Creative Academy was established in Milan in 2003 by Richemont, and the program accepts only twenty designers per year who go on to learn and achieve a Master of Arts in Design, with emphasis in the field of the luxury product design. Specifically jewelry, watchmaking and luxury accessories.
It is a prestigious program, with an obvious opportunity to find a career with one of the Richemont Group luxury brands. Famous designer Marc Newson (recently hired by a little company called Apple), among other luminaries, is on the steering academy.
The application process has been extended to September 30th, 2014. Scholarships are available for the 10-month program (including 3 months internship). I recognize this is a bit late but if any of you creative types are looking for an exciting path to venture along, check it out: www.creative-academy.com