Rolex will be introducing what looks to be a new DeepSea model on August 4th, though exactly what is implied by the Rolex.com homepage right now is pure speculation. Speculators guess that it will be a “blue” version of the heralded Rolex DeepSea watch. That James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D (see movie poster below) is opening on August 8th is very likely not a coincidence.
Speaking of Rolex Deepsea and James Cameron…don’t miss my earlier special reports in which I chronicled the mission to the deepest point on Earth and the Rolex that went along with him:
And of course this all-time Perpetuelle favorite: The (Original) Rolex Deep Sea Special – An Exclusive Report
F.P.Journe adds to its Sport collection with a new variation of the Octa Sport featuring a titanium case and strap with rubber inserts. The movement and dial are made of aluminium alloy, enabling exceptional lightness — the watch weighs just 60 grams with rubber strap, 70 grams with the bracelet As with other pieces in the Journe “Sport” collection, I find this particular model to be an intriguing aesthetic and combination of materials (it feels out of place for a “Journe”) — and $27,000, for that matter.
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Kering announced today it will purchase haute horlogerie watchmaker Ulysse Nardin. Kering is a luxury conglomerate, with brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and watch brands Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard. This deal will open up Kering’s vast distribution network to Ulysse Nardin. On the flipside, Ulysse Nardin brings its significant technical expertise into the Kering stable.
Founded by Mr Ulysse Nardin in 1846 with its roots in the nautical world, the eponymous watchmaking house was taken over and re-launched in 1983 by Rolf W. Schnyder who transformed it into a highly profitable business in a healthy financial position. The company benefits from a very strong brand identity based on its historical expertise in marine chronometers and ultra-complication watches. Ulysse Nardin has long been one of the most innovative independent watchmakers. The brand was a pioneer in the use of cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art materials like silicium, which today ensures that it has the in-house expertise, particularly in regulating systems, to produce its own components. Its coherent range of watches positioned in price segments that are growing and its efficient distribution network are also major assets. – See more at: http://www.kering.com/en/node/8530#sthash.ehdOHArM.dpuf
The botched roll-out (at least as far as several watch bloggers are concerned — see links below) of the Bremont BWC/01 is quite like that of the self-inflicted drama brought on by the TAG Heuer Caliber 1887 several years ago. While Perpetuelle was quite prominent in covering the TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 story years ago (go ahead, read the lavish praise heaped on me for my thorough reporting on the Caliber 1887 (comments section) ), I must say that this Bremont matter was pure deja vu that only had me putting *hand-to-forehead*.
But the distraction is certainly unfortunate for the young Bremont brand who seems to have a lot of good things going for it right now. I’m not going to hold it against them, and the good thing is that this story will soon be a thing of the past and we can all move on.
But still I am reminded that “Give Credit Where Credit is Due” is generally not a bad maxim to live by. Live and learn.