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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews