Strong stories and captivating histories constantly seduce watchmakers to create various special editions, and ballooning is one of those adventurous feats that has captured some horological imaginations. Here Jan Lidmaňský highlights a few watch brands that have floated through the sky, both literally and figuratively.
Here are five of the most interesting stories about repeating timepieces posted on Quill & Pad in the last five years. We hope you enjoy reading them, looking at the photos, and even hearing their chimes for yourself in many cases.
With the Patria collection first introduced in 2013, Tutima continued its noble tradition of offering the high-end Glashütte hallmarks of virtuoso craftsmanship combined with a sense of taste. In 2018, the royal Patria family received a worthy companion: the Patria Power Reserve. Sabine Zwettler reviews it here.
Makin’ a list, checking it twice . . . The holiday season is almost upon us, and while “’tis the season to be jolly,” it is often also a time to hustle to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. In case you needed another reason for watch shopping (and Sabine doesn’t) – a watch certainly would help navigate through stores to find everything on time. Here are five wallet-friendly suggestions that might just be the ultimate “tra la la la.”
“The M2 Pioneer is a pilot’s watch,” Gustavo Calzadilla, Tutima’s U.S. president, stressed to Chris Malburg, explaining that it was not meant to be a diver’s watch. “True,” he countered. “But how often do watch fans ever get into the cockpit or strap on a scuba tank and jump into an 30-degree, gin-clear lagoon?” And that is just what Chris did. Dive in with him right here!
While Ian Skellern had visited German watch brands in Glashütte before, a recent visit to Tutima was his first. And he was surprised, in more ways than one. Starting with that glass floor and finishing in an all-female regatta.
The Tutima Tempostopp flyback chronograph was one of Elizabeth’s biggest Baselworld 2017 surprises: it is simply an outstanding timepiece, inside and out, thanks to both its historical inspiration and the modern use of Glashütte ingenuity.
Tool watches continue their evolution among the watch industry’s most luxurious and coveted brands. Here, Chris Malburg explores where their evolution has gone and might still go.
Munich, the “metropolis with a heart” known for its hospitality and unique Bavarian lifestyle, transformed into the “metropolis of watches” over the weekend of October 27-29, 2017. The tenth edition of MunichTime, the annual consumer watch exhibition that takes place during the last weekend of October each year, attracted thousands of watch lovers to the upscale Hotel Bayerischer Hof located right in the heart of the city.
The history of Tutima is inextricably linked to the history of Glashütte, the German city whose watch industry was founded in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange. Although Tutima’s roots don’t extend back quite that far, its story does begin in 1927, a turbulent time in Germany’s premier city of high watchmaking. Relive 90 years of this brand’s history in this post.