Breguet has consistently ensued fascination by its capacity for innovation. It has enriched watchmaking with a number of inventions including the tourbillon and the gong spring, two of its most remarkable developments. In 1783, A.-L. Breguet was the first horologist to use metal wires coiled around a movement – gong springs – to provide an audible indication of time, whereas the minute repeaters during that era generally told the time by blows struck against casebacks. This avant-garde idea overturned the construction of minute repeaters so radically that Breguet’s invention is as relevant today as when it was first developed.
The big stories at Baselworld were, as always, in the small details. There are few more impressive than the details that surround the creation of the Hermès Arceau Tigre. The first timepiece crafted using the original Email Ombrant (shaded enamel) technique, it’s a method that took two full years to adapt to a watch and uses light to reveal a three-dimensional motif on the dial.
He’s better known across the world of social media as ‘Patekaholic’, but to us as well as in the analogue world, he’s Jasem Al Zerai. But however you know him the one undeniable fact is that he knows his watches. A true passionate aficionado, he has a day-job managing the brokerage desk of one of the leading investment companies in Kuwait. His passion for watches has to fit in around this.
Untamed and Exotic – The Ulysse Nardin Royal Python Skeleton Tourbillon Showcases a Design Evolution
The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton timepiece is a transparent beauty, where the inner workings become the art form. It shares its fluid network of positive and negative space intertwined ever so delicately with its wearer. The seemingly infinite maze of individual movements, parts and bridges are reduced to essential composition and masterfully reinterpreted into a rare piece of work. The Royal Python Skeleton Tourbillon takes the beautiful complexity of its predecessor to an entirely new level.
Slim d’Hermès inspires a cadence based on pure, restrained lines. From the design
of the case to the outline of the numerals, the collection sets the pace for a return
to the quintessence of the watchmaking art. The Manufacture collection now
welcomes models paying tribute to the saddlery and leather-crafting expertise
of the Maison.