Glashütte Originals have always bore a strong resemblance to one another, making it—at times—tough to distinguish between models. A conspicuous design formula is partially to blame for this, but consider that an established brand identity is often the key to success, because it enables consumers to easily identify with a product and recognize it as none other than a Glashütte Original.
For its talking piece this year, H. Moser & Cie. has decided to craft a new model in its Venturer — with a case created entirely in sapphire crystal and a 3D-printed rubber watch strap. Intrigued? Same here. You don’t get much less conventional than a piece like this! Read on for full details.
Not a sexy name, but the look? Well, maybe. This collaboration with fashionable Italian eyewear/sunglasses brand has resulted in a case featuring a brand new material, Texalium® , whose design is exclusive to the Swiss watchmaking brand. Texalium is unique in that it is aluminium-coated carbon fiber; the great advantage of this is that it can be designed in different colours and has a remarkable brilliance, with all the lightness of carbon fiber. By now well accustomed to carbon fiber cases, you can see that Hublot has gone a step further to achieve a rather vivid color variation. Actually, two colors are unveiled — blue and grey. Each with Hublot’s in-house UNICO chronograph caliber. A 500-piece limited edition of each of these two versions will be produced; each watch comes in a customised Italia Independent display case, complete with a pair of Italia Independent sunglasses, also made from Texalium. And that studded denim strap? Just a little something extra special for you Hublotistas.
The year 2014 was dedicated entirely to Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, but 2015 still gives us some exciting new watches from Patek. Well, exciting, and controversial, at least in view of strong opinions on the new Calatrava Travel Time 5524! Overall, though, 2015 evidences that the brand continues to look ahead. The chronograph & split-seconds chronograph type of watch is part of the core legacy of Patek Philippe: the manufacture’s very first wrist chronograph, presented in 1923, was already a split-seconds model. Since then, the complication – which allows lap and intermediate times to be stopped without interrupting the ongoing measurement – has always featured in the repertoire of regularly produced Patek Philippe wristwatches. Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 5370 split-seconds chronograph, seen here, is a watch whose mechanics are indeed focused entirely on measuring the duration of transient events. But seems a bit of an understatement for a watch which will probably list at over 200,000 Swiss Francs, now isn’t it?!