One of my favourite theories about timekeeping (of which I have several) is that the rise of human civilisation is inextricably enmeshed with the creation of time-measuring instruments. Look up the definition of civilisation and you’ll quickly realise that all the markers of complex human society, the things that separate us from cavemen, are contingent on being able to live by the same chronological rhythms.
A new chapter has now been added to the success story of exceptional timepieces launched by Bucherer BLUE and Panerai with the Panerai Luminor GMT Bucherer BLUE. This model is more than a homage to a historic collaboration spanning more than two decades – this joint creation is an exceptional anniversary celebration of a true Panerai icon that turns 70 in 2020.
The figures give some idea of what’s involved: from 250 square metres, Arije’s Parisian flagship store has grown to 1600 square metres – a sixfold increase. It is probably one of the most grandiose temples to watchmaking and jewellery in the whole of Europe.
When Hermès revealed its take on astronomical complications, embodied by the Arceau L’heure de la lune, it was unveiling a whole new approach that involved overturning traditional moon-phase display codes. With this model, the Parisian brand was entering a territory adjacent to its previous works, imbued with a subtly offbeat conceptual vision and tinged with a certain sense of humor.
Chopard’s Mille Miglia collection was born out of a desire to weave a link between automotive engineering and mechanical watchmaking.
Patek Philippe has leveraged its momentum to enrich its regular collection with a masterpiece of miniaturization and acoustic perfection: the Ref. 6301P Grande Sonnerie. This grand complication is the manufacture’s first wristwatch that presents the grande sonnerie as the epitome of horological complications in its purest form, complemented with a petite sonnerie and a minute repeater.
A reinterpretation of a 1960s diver watch, The Longines Legend Diver occupies a special place in the brand’s Heritage segment. Symbolic of the rich heritage of the brand based in Saint - Imier, this range has gradually expanded over the years and now includes a bronze version.
The Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture epitomises this approach. "Highlife" is the revival of a legendary line, part of an historic collection that has shaped the face of luxurious and affordable contemporary Swiss Made watchmaking.
Jérôme Lambert © Richemont
With his lively, pale eyes, fresh complexion, kind words, and eternally youthful figure, Jérôme Lambert is a discreet gentleman who can be rather difficult to keep up with – unless you are a trained marathon runner.
The incredibly-sporty Alpine A110 captivates with its temperament and its lines inspired by the legendary 1960s berlinetta.