Three is a number full of symbolic power, and Fabergé’s Lady Libertine III is three times lucky in that a trio (or troika, if we wish to allude to Peter Carl Fabergé’s Russian origins) of exceptional women created it: Aurélie Picaud, Fiona Krüger, and Anita Porchet.
I absolutely love negative space. And now MB&F has now created a piece where the viewer’s imagination plays as important a role as the largely empty physical structure. That creation is Destination Moon, a rocket-shaped clock made in collaboration with L’Epée 1839.
Romain Gauthier introduces Insight Micro-Rotor, his first automatic wristwatch. And, as one might expect, it is anything but ordinary despite the fact that it was conceived to be a comfortable, wonderfully efficient daily wearer.
When you strip away complexity, there is nowhere to hide: everything has to be absolutely perfect because the viewer’s gaze has no distractions. Just as the smallest of scratches on the otherwise unblemished paintwork of a new car appear magnified to our eyes, the design and execution of a relatively simple watch have to be flawless.
It should surprise no one that the Greubel Forsey Balancier has achieved that.
The Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton tells a story with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics, a story that began 300 years ago with Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz’s Draughtsman android, which was often programmed to draw a cherub seated in a chariot drawn by a butterfly.
Playfulness, unexpectedness, imagination, creativity, and, yes, perhaps even friendliness. When I look at the stunning Hermès L’Heure Impatiente, I see all of this, a timepiece placed squarely in the lovely Slim d’Hermès line and boasting an ingenious striking module by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor. Read on to find out what its unusual super power is!
I have never seen a California dial come out of Glashütte. But then so many things out of Glashütte are pleasantly surprising, interesting, and excellent quality. And if we’re talking about Nomos Glashütte, then usually at extremely fair prices, too. Check out the new Club Campus models with California dial and prices that must be seen to be believed.
In 2005 I visited Baselworld a portable 20x magnification stereo microscope. Over a few days of examining hundreds of watches, there were only two that stood out as having dials that were flawless under the microscope’s intense scrutiny: one was the wild Harry Winston Opus V by a young brand called Urwerk that had yet to celebrate its tenth birthday. This year Urwerk celebrates its twentieth anniversary and what a 20 years it has been!
Blast from the past! This post is a “reprint” of an article I wrote that was first published on The PuristS in 2005. This article is divided into four parts: Felix Baumgartner and Urwerk, Harry Winston Rare Timepieces and the Opus V, The Urwerk 103.03, and The Urwerk 103.03 user review.
As material science progresses, the watch industry finds itself flush with ever more ways to disrupt the conventional norms of finishing and coating surfaces, many of which have persisted in traditional watchmaking for centuries. Follow me to take a look at some of this disruption and evolution, which recently culminated in the use of Vantablack.