Louis Vuitton embarks down a colorful path that may lead to the brand becoming a big player in the luxury watch industry as head of the iconic leather brand’s watch and jewelry division, Hamdi Chatti, recently revealed. And this alongside stunning pieces of haute horologie such as the Tambour TwinChrono and the Escale worldtimer. Is Chatti looking to change Louis Vuitton’s existing strategies, forcing it to morph into something it has never been before?
The complications are getting ever more difficult and chiming watches are really at the crossroads of art and craft. Pre-selected in the Striking category are the Hublot Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater, Claude Meylan La Répétition 5, Urban Jürgensen & Sønner Tourbillon Minute Repeater Regulator, Christophe Claret Soprano, Bulgari Ammiraglio Del Tempo, and Breguet Classique La Musicale.
The Ressence Type 3 is really in a class by itself and I knew, or thought that I knew, just how different it was to other mechanical timepieces. But on a recent visit to an atelier in Switzerland where the Type 3 is assembled, I was profoundly surprised (yet again) at just how dissimilar many of the components in the Type 3 are to those found in more “normal” mechanical watch movements.
The world can be very confusing. But confusion is a tricky concept, with a medical definition to match. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that when I first saw the Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down I had a moment of total confusion. I didn’t even know what was confusing me, I just felt like something was wrong. And then I noticed it: all the numbers were upside down.
A completely new indication, or indications, within an existing category of complications comes up only once in a blue moon. Until the Augustus, calendar complications consisted of indications for date, day, month, moon phase, annual calendars and perpetual calendars/leap year, tides, and astronomical elements such as star charts. That reads like a fairly comprehensive list, but none until now help to avoid the disappointment of forgetting a wedding anniversary or birthday.
In October 2014, Germany celebrates 25 years of reunification and A. Lange & Söhne celebrates 20 years since the truly iconic Lange 1 was introduced. Quill & Pad has the immense honor of presenting a new film to you with a great deal of never-before-seen footage ahead of its October 25 premier in Dresden.
Tutima’s Hommage represents an important premier: it was the very first minute repeater fully conceived, designed and produced in Germany. Outfitted with a gong emitting a “joyful” sound, this finely finished timepiece was created in celebration of Tutima’s return to the Saxon capital of watchmaking.
GaryG provides us with a look at why he bought the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split even though he already owned the brand’s Datograph. The Double Split watch is the world’s only double rattrapante capable of both split-second and split-minute interval timing.
The immaculately finished Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse is a poetic ode to the three-quarter plate typical of German watchmaking. Perfectly befitting the “made in Germany” aesthetic and demand on quality, this intriguing wristwatch’s ingenious movement contains unexpected technical elements in addition to what might well be termed a permanent state of #CasebackThursday.
I clearly remember watching the history-altering events on television on November 9, 1989: the day that the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Since then, watchmaking in Germany, just like the country as a whole, has undergone a lot of change. The rebirth of Glashütte’s horological industry is an unparalleled story, one coming with a great number of human-condition stories that will someday need lots of telling . . . and here is the first.