Weekly Roundup March 14: Ressence, Richard Mille, Moser, Hublot, Blancpain, Shinola, MCT, Breva
by Ian Skellern
Ressence presented the Type 1, an organically curved wristwatch building on the success of the Belgian brand’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) prize-winning Type 3.
The Type 1 indicates hours, minutes, seconds and days of the week using Ressence’s patented orbital dials. Another neat twist is the lack of a crown, which prevents breaking of the perfect lines of the case, which comprises 80 percent sapphire crystal. The time is set and winding is accomplished using a rotating case back, yet another another patented mechanism. ressence.eu/collection/type-1
Richard Mille unveiled the Quebec Clock in Quebec city in the presence of Mayor, Régis Labeaume, Dominique Guenat (North American distributor), and Richard Mille. The clock is a present to the Canadian province from Richard Mille and the Swiss canton of Jura. Designing, manufacturing, and assembling the monumental clock, a collaboration between Richard Mille, the technical college of Porrentruy and the Neuchâtel Haute École Arc, took six years.
H. Moser & Cie has released an all-black edition of the brand’s ingenious, award-winning perpetual calendar. The uncluttered dial uses the hour indices to also indicate the months by means of a short, central, arrow-tipped hand. This also happens to be one of the few perpetual calendars allowing the time to be set both forward and backward without risk of damaging the movement.
The black PVD-coated titanium case is complemented by a jet-black dial and black movement. hmedia.h-moser.com/en/articles/h-moser-amp-cie-perpetual-calendar-black-edition-bold-elegance-haute-horlogerie/
Hublot organized a “Ferrari day” to coincide with the Geneva Motor show, which closed this week. Hublot ambassador Gianmaria Bruni, winner of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) in 2013, was on hand with his Ferrari 458 GT2. A 2014 Formula 1 Ferrari and a Ferrari F1 safety car also graced the factory’s grounds. www.hublot.com/en/news/ferrari-day-at-hublot
Blancpain, long a supporter of protecting and documenting our planet’s oceans, recently participated in the biannual World Ocean Summit 2014, which it has been sponsoring since the first conference in 2012. www.blancpain.com/en/news/blancpain-world-ocean-summit-2014
Detroit-based Shinola unveiled the first of four vintage-style clocks in downtown Detroit. Inspired by the popular city clocks seen on sidewalks of American cities in the late 1800s, Shinola plans to install clocks at the Cobo Center (where the Detroit Red Wings hockey team plays and the Detroit Auto Show is held); Eastern Market, the largest historic market district in the United States; the intersection of Cass and Canfield, near Shinola’s own first retail location; and the corner of Milwaukee and Cass, in front of the College for Creative Studies. Elizabeth Doerr explains more in this article on Forbes.com www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethdoerr/2014/03/10/shinola-installs-vintage-style-city-clocks-in-detroit/
MCT launched the Sequential Two S200, the brand’s first timepiece housed within a round case, though one bearing all of the key hallmarks that has made MCT so instantly recognizable. The Sequential Two features MCT’s signature prism hour display and an in-house automatic movement with micro rotor. www.facebook.com/notes/mct-manufacture-contemporaine-du-temps/the-sequential-two-s200-changing-the-face-of-time
The Sequential Two is the first fruit of MCT’s verticalization strategy, which has seen the group grow from just a few employees to more than 40 in just over a year.
Breva continues to monitor your environment with the Génie 02 Air, a stunning all-black version of the altitude-focused Génie 02. As the brand says: it has the altitude if you have the attitude. Check out this article by Ian Skellern on the Génie 02: quillandpad.com/2014/01/19/breva-genie-02-terre-its-got-the-altitude-if-you-have-the-attitude-2/.
And two interesting articles that caught our eye on the web this week were Hodinkee’s “In-Depth: A hands-on look at the new Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph and Perpetual Calendar” and from Revolution Online, “Budget recommendations from watchmaking grandmasters -Philippe Dufour, Kari Voutilenen, Laurent Ferrier and Roger Smith.”