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.
Moser’s first ever tourbillon…coming soon…
H. Moser & Cie continues forward under new leadership and ownership working to bring about a resurgence of the brand (see my earlier post for more detail: (Re) Introducing H. Moser & Cie. (with Video Interview)). In just over a month they will unveil their newest piece, a dual-time tourbillon, part of the brand’s Venturer collection. The new Venture Dual Time Tourbillon will feature the first tourbillon ever developed by H. Moser & Cie., the automatic mechanical calibre HMC 802.
This tourbillon will be like no other thanks to two ingenious features invented by H. Moser: firstly, the state-of-the-art Straumann Double Hairspring® (which improves accuracy), and second, the Moser Interchangeable Tourbillon Module (which facilitates easier servicing). The caliber is lavishly decorated and will be housed in white or red gold case, each with varying dial treatments. And of course the watch will also have Moser’s clever dual time function, with an additional red hour-hand conveying the travel time which can be hidden from view via the crown when it is not needed.
Your official first look, here at Perpetuelle.com, on September 5, 2014.
the H. Moser Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time will also have a convex crystal, reminiscent of watches of the 1960s
Vacheron Consantin’s Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time watch was first unveiled in 2011, cased in rose gold. It is now available in platinum, as part of Vacheron’s “Collection Excellence Platine“. Whatever the case metal, the Patrimony Traditionelle World Time is an incredible timepiece, among the best of the best when it comes to world time watches. For starters, it is a single-crown world timer — no pushers on this case (!) — and on top of this it displays every single timezone on the planet, including the half and quarter hour timezones. That’s 37 timezones in total, people! And now, as part of the “Collection Excellence Platine” (platine = platinum), the Patrimony Tradionelle World Time is taken to an all new level of superiority.
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This Rolex Daytona Ref 6263, with ‘Paul Newman’ dial and wonderfully aged dial (“tropical dial” “coffee dial”), was sold by Artcurial earlier this week for 336,600 Euros (about $450,000 US at current f/x). Gorgeous watch & a perfect acquisition for a rabid Rolex collector with money to burn. More details (French & English) here.