Boutique haute horlogerie brand Greubel Forsey has done more than most established maisons to promote the artisanal virtues of watchmaking. For a good number of years now, the two founders — Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey — have championed the cause of artisanal watchmaking in an industry that is increasingly turning to machines to do the work that was once done by expert craftsmen. To help preserve these age-old skills the duo teamed up with the likes of master watchmaker Philippe Dufour to launch the Naissance d’une Montre project with the lofty aim of resurrecting the centuries-old tradition of hand craftsmanship. Now Greubel Forsey has brought the same watchmaking philosophy to its product line with the introduction of Hand Made 1, a timepiece that takes traditional watchmaking to a whole new level. Writer Nitin Nair takes a close look at the new piece in this article from our sister publication, WatchTime Middle East.
WatchTime New York 2019, the fifth edition of America’s luxury watch show, kicks off tonight, with a record number of sponsoring watch brands and a host of panels, activities, and opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow timepiece enthusiasts and watch industry VIPs. Scroll down to check out each brand’s showcase watch; click on the links to read about them in more detail.
WatchTime New York 2019 is just days away on October 25-26, and this year we’ll be showing a host of amazing watches from the 37 participating brands. One category that always generates a tremendous amount of excitement is timepieces with tourbillon movements. Tourbillons, famous for their rotating cages, difficulty of production, and commanding prices, are frequently a favorite among collectors, and this year, about one third of our partner brands will be showcasing at least one. Here are eight impressive tourbillon watches to see at this year’s WatchTime New York event.
Richard Mille and Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) launch a new watch, featuring an all-new grand complication. The RM 62-01 Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm ACJ is the most complicated watch Richard Mille has ever created.
The second iteration of a collaboration between Richard Mille and Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ), the Airbus subsidiary commercializing bespoke private aircraft, the RM 62-01 Tourbillon Vibrating Alarm ACJ offers a particular focus on the traveler: “The RM 62-01 is imagined, prompting me to continue experiments begun with the RM 50-02 Tourbillon ACJ in a new kind of travel watch. The RM 62-01 is designed for the discretion prevailing in the hushed atmosphere of luxury. Transmitted exclusively by vibrations, its alarm function attests consideration and savoir-faire. It owes its existence to an absolutely singular technical approach. Supremely easy to use, this complication embodies a paradox. Normally, an effective alarm needs to be audible from afar. Ours however, needed to remain within the compass of a few millimeters.”
All of a sudden, they’re everywhere — watches with colorful gradient dials that transition from a pale hue in the center to a dark one at the periphery. In this excerpt from our upcoming WatchTime Design Issue 2020, on sale October 29, we offer you some highlights.
ORIS AQUIS DATE
Oris widens the Aquis model’s already diverse color palette with a variation that transitions from mint green to gray. This combines with the light gray inlays made of the heavy metal tungsten on the bezel to produce a fresh new look. Self-winding Sellita Caliber SW200 with Oris’s characteristic red rotor ticks inside the stainless-steel case. The case has a sapphire crystal and a solid back, and it remains water resistant to a depth of 300 meters. The new dial debuts in the smaller version of the Aquis, which is 39.5 mm in diameter and costs $2,050 as shown.
Returning to WatchTime New York this year is the Swiss haute horologist Kerbedanz. For 2019, the Neuchâtel-based brand will be presenting one of its most famous timepieces: the Maximus. The Maximus was first introduced in 2017 with the tagline, “There is no greater than Maximus,” and it backed up that statement by claiming the largest tourbillon movement inside any wristwatch. And it’s true — with a cage diameter of 27 mm, the Maximus’ tourbillon is indeed immense. Further complemented by its large caseback with gold features, the Maximus undoubtedly stands out in a crowd.