The population of La Chaux-de-Fonds barely reaches 40,000 people, but don’t let the modest size mislead you: this is one of the two largest watchmaking areas in Switzerland. By the number of watch-related factories and offices, the city located some ten kilometers from the French border, can only be compared to Biel/Bien.
Every year Audemars Piguet has something new for the Royal Oak lovers. This time, there’s a new color combination for the Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ Extra-Thin, four new chronographs for the smaller wrist, a luscious Frosted Gold Chronograph with purple dial, and the Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin with case and bracelet in black ceramic.
There are quite a few GMT designs around, but a globe moved by a chain is certainly not something we see that often. And if you’ve heard the name DeWitt before, you probably already know, their watches never act like a one-trick pony.
With all due respect for the big independent brands, the lion's share of today's market is de facto owned by just a few watchmaking groups. And it’s quite logical to start a long conversation about their origins and structure with the largest one: the Swatch Group.
Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black is a minimalistic culmination from H. Moser & Cie. manufacture. After removing both logo and indices from the dial of its Concept models, it now presents a watch with no hands at all. The glossy black dial features a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock and so its rectangular case with rounded corners looks like a smart watch on standby.
Unlike Switzerland, where a visit to the key watchmaking areas will require a sightseeing tour across half the country, the main chorological heritage of Germany is located in one region. Well, sometimes greatness do come at a very modest size.
In its tenth collaboration with Swiss clockmaker L’Epée 1839, MB&F celebrates the beauty of a jellyfish. Medusa is a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, which can be ceiling mounted or put upon a desk.
While the new entry point to the flagship Ulysse Nardin collection – remember, it was Freak in 2001 who pioneered the silicon parts in top Swiss movements – clearly comes with some shortcuts, it’s fully packed with trademark Freak DNA and screams attitude. Oh, and for the first time it features a winding crown!
The city stretching along lake Geneva seems to be a calm tourist Paradise. The old Europe atmosphere, a wide variety of museums and restaurants, gorgeous views of the Alps and the world-famous cheese and chocolate. However, from the viewpoint of a horology fan it’s primarily the birthplace of numerous legendary brands.
In 2019, Christophe Claret is celebrating a double anniversary: the 30th anniversary of his manufacture and the 10th anniversary of his brand. The watchmaker is enriching his collection of traditional complication watches with a limited-edition anniversary model combining a tourbillon with a long detent escapement and a cable-type fusee transmission system.
Unlike some other big names, manufacture has never seized watch production in more than 225 years of it’s existence. Tons of calibers, 80 patents, and of course some horological milestones that have drastically changed the industry.