Jaquet Droz, which in 2018 marks 280 years since its founder and namesake began making watches under his own name, has a deep-rooted history in automatons, repeating and chiming mechanisms, musical birds, and elaborately decorated pocketwatches. The modern company, now part of the Swatch Group, pays tribute to all these hallmarks with a unique piece it introduced at Baselworld 2018, the Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch.
Leica, one of the most well-regarded camera producers in the world, announced late last week that it was introducing an intriguing new product line into its portfolio. That’s right, the brand beloved by camera enthusiasts around the globe is crossing over into the watch world with two new timepieces, the time-and-date-only Leica L1 and the Leica L2 GMT.
Whenever a non-horologically inclined luxury brand ventures into the watch sphere, there’s usually a decent amount of skepticism among general consumers and the educated enthusiast. This is fair. There’s a lot of expensive variables that go into watch production and it’s far easier to work out a licensing partnership, throw some branding on a Chinese quartz watch, and call it a day. We see this more than ever nowadays but, thankfully, Leica has used its technological know-how and niche appeal to create an exciting new entry into the watch marketplace that will attract not only the substantial amount of people interested in both fields but the average watch consumer as well.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans took place this weekend at France’s Circuit de la Sarthe, and TAG Heuer, the watch brand with perhaps the most legendary connection to auto racing, took the opportunity in the days leading up to the race to introduce its latest racing-influenced timepieces, which pay tribute to an historic Le Mans victory in 1968. Here’s what you need to know about the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition and the 50-piece Monaco Gulf Limited Edition.
Urban Jürgensen produces some of the most attractive and elaborate time-only watches on the market today. The Reference 1140L RG Brown Limited Edition released at Baselworld is further proof of that. A chocolate brown dial contrasts with the finely-blued hands to create a sumptuous tone. Arabic numerals made of solid rose gold are hand polished and appear as if they’re floating on the dial’s surface. A masterfully guillochéd dial, cross-hatched small seconds, and teardrop lugs (which have been individually forged, heat treated, hand-polished, and individually soldered) elevate the whole dial architecture into a horological dream sequence of epic proportions.