Rarer Than Diamonds: Hublot’s Big Bang Paraíba Brings a New Precious Stone to Watchmaking

Here at WatchTime, we admittedly tend to give more credence, and more coverage, to excellence in horological technicity than to decorative disciplines like gem-setting. But the haute joaillerie coup that Hublot pulled off this year is simply too impressive to ignore. With its new Big Bang Paraíba models, unveiled in Geneva last month concurrently with the SIHH, the brand whose mission statement is “The Art of Fusion” stakes a claim to another watch-world first: the first timepieces ever adorned with ultra-rare, baguette-cut Paraíba Tourmaline stones. How significant is this accomplishment? Read on. Continue reading

Romain Gauthier Introduces His First Watch in Stainless Steel

The Prestige HMS was the second watch produced by Romain Gauthier and his eponymous brand. It followed the original Prestige HM and was released in 2010, helping further establish the then-nascent firm’s capabilities before going on to more technically challenging releases such as the Logical One and the Insight Micro-Rotor. Previously rendered in precious metals like red gold, yellow gold, and platinum, Romain Gauthier announced today that the Prestige HMS would serve as the setting for his first series watch in stainless steel. Continue reading