Technical and cosmetic innovations will abound this year at Switzerland's watch fairs in Basel and Geneva, with tourbillons continuing to garner a fair amount of top watchmakers' attention.
Corum will give a new twist to the mechanism with its Golden Tourbillon Panoramique, which holds the fabled movement in a case
of clear glass. Eighteen months were needed to develop the mechanism, which requires three weeks to be assembled and adjusted. The watch boasts a 90-hour power reserve. Production is limited to 99 pieces.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is introducing a tourbillon to its AMVOX line, which is a partnership between the fabled manufacturer and British luxury carmaker Aston Martin. The AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT blends tradition with technology by housing the movement in a ceramic case. Materials such as carbon fiber, platinum and iridium alloys, and tiny ceramic ball bearings were used to reduce the watches' weight and girth.
Chopard has filed two patent applications for an innovative high-frequency escapement that is capable of reaching a cadence of 8 to 10 hertz. The higher the frequency of balance oscillations, the more accurately the watch will run. Traditional mechanical watches have a frequency of 4 hertz, or four oscillations per second. So vibrations per hour more than double and the space between seconds will take five-hundredths of a second.
Piaget has a Polo Tourbillon Relatif with a flying tourbillon that circles around the watch once an hour. The watch is designed as a tribute to Paris, with monuments like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower engraved onto the case. Zenith, for its part, is showing off its prowess with tourbillon that offers a moon phase, date and chronograph.
Two of horology's most august names have significant technological introductions. Breguet is offering the Classique 5447, with a perpetual calendar and minute repeaters. The minute repeater has been improved to produce a more sonorous sound. The movement is entirely hand-engraved with a complex retrograde jumping-month mechanism.
Patek Philippe is unveiling its World Time watch ref. 5131, with a mechanism that allows for the permanent display of all 24 time zones. On a cosmetic level, the cloisonné enamel dial highlights Patek's decorative prowess. Fawaz Gruosi, the owner of de Grisogono, continues to make bold statements with his watches. This year, he has created a mechanical digital watch inspired by fast-running computer clocks."My office was crazy when I told them my idea," said Gruosi, who pushed his team to make the watch, which he calls Meccanico. "Ours has 650 pieces, but with only one complication."
Van Cleef & Arpels is also striving to find new applications for mechanical complications. After introducing its so-called "poetic" complications last year for women, this year the jeweler has come up with a poetic complication for men: a watch with a face representing the nighttime sky over Paris' Place Vendôme. It rotates according to the date to give an accurate representation of the firmament.
Tag Heuer is introducing the Grand Carrera series of watches that plays on its heritage in motor racing. At the top of the line is the Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS2 chronograph. The piece, limited to a production of 1,000 pieces, offers twin rotating systems in a sleek and lightweight titanium case.
And Bulgari is offering a new Diagono Calibro 303 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the watch style.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
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@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion