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Piaget’s move into the high-end steel sports market surprised many – but how does the Polo S hold up under close inspection?
The Polo S caused quite a fuss when it was released. Not only was this steel sports watch far from what most people expect from the reserved Genevan brand, they also released it at a star-studded launch party in Brooklyn – the sort of event you’d expect from the likes of IWC and JLC.…
The world of luxury offers endless examples of the problems companies can run into when they do something unexpected. Whether something is disruptive and captivatingly revolutionary or just off-putting and off-brand is something very hard to predict (and anyone who could do it reliably would make a killing). Of course, what exactly it is that constitutes a company’s identity is something about which you will get many different answers, depending on who you ask, but, in broad strokes, often a famous company’s basic language can seem a bit set in stone. When we first heard Chanel was doing a watch specifically intended for men, we didn’t quite know what to expect, but we were very impressed by the Monsieur de Chanel after a first look at Baselworld, and a chance to see the watch again, and to spend more time with it, was a chance to get a closer look, not just at the watch, but also at the ingrained prejudices and expectations that come with it.
The Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer watch, keeping track of melting icebergs… and business hours.
It’s not exactly breaking news that 2016 is a tough year so far for the Swiss watch industry. Consumer brands are hurting for sure but luxury brands are having an even harder go of things. Today, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA (better known simply as Richemont), hosted its annual general meeting and announced sales numbers for the first five months of its fiscal year (May-August). Overall, results are what you’d expect, with sales down due to a number of factors. But looking closely at the reports, there are a few details worthy of comment.
Rather than being a remake, the Heritage Military (ref. L2.8188.8.131.52) is loosely based on a 1918 original inside the Longines Museum. The 1918 specimen is typical of First World Watch wristwatches, known as trench watches. Being transitional watches between pocket and wristwatches, trench watches were essentially downsized pocket watches with thin lugs soldered onto the case. Like most […]
The folks over at Christopher Ward sure have been keeping busy. Among a number of recent releases such as the C8 UTC Worldtimer is this Christopher Ward C8 Power Reserve Chronometer with a 120-hour (or 5-day) power reserve built on the company’s in-house, COSC Chronometer-certified caliber SH21 movement.
A luxury giant that owns brands like Cartier and IWC, Richemont just concluded its annual general meeting and reported its results for the five months to end August 2016 and they aren’t pretty. Richemont saw sales and profits in every segment and geography fall, echoing the gloomy results its rival the Swatch Group announced last month. Excluding […]
This week we have a great selection of watches in the HODINKEE Shop. The timepieces range from elegant dress watches to sporty chronographs, with brands like Omega, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, and Vacheron Constantin all represented. Read on to see the full selection.
Acquired by MELB, H. Moser was maker of one of the watch industry’s most innovative perpetual calendars. Launched in 2006, the Perpetual 1, H. Moser’s interpretation of the perpetual calendar, took the form of a highly elegant, easy-to-read and easy-to-use timepiece bringing the company much critical and commercial acclaim.…
Launching a watch brand is not that simple, mainly because you have to face an established industry, with its brands, its suppliers and its habits (and some are secular ones…) The watchmaking industry was extremely difficult with newcomers, until our 2.0 era brought to small independent people, however full of ideas, a process called crowdfunding. E.C.Andersson is among them, with the idea of a sporty pillow-shaped watch with a smaller size than the most famous of all the pillow watches (a certain Officine…), with mechanical movement, for a low price and with nice design. Here is the E.C.Andersson North Sea.