Montblanc’s New Heritage Watches Include Special Edition Pieces in Tribute to Vasco da Gama (SIHH 2015)

 |  January 19th, 2015

Back in November, I was one of a very elite group of watch journalists from around the world invited to join Montblanc in Cape Town, South Africa, for the unveiling of a new collection of timepieces. That line is called the Heritage Collection in general and with each Heritage watch released there is a special Vasco da Gama version — hence, the reason for the trip. The Vasco da Gama pieces recall a time of exploration – a time when this seafarer traveled the world looking for new sea paths that would open new trade and colonization. It was the 1400’s and early 1500’s – before chronometers, or even sextants. Vasco da Gama navigated by the moon, the stars and…

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Linde Werdelin Goes Green! Introducing the Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green

 |  January 16th, 2015

Ok, we have written about Linde Werdelin here before. This is a wild and crazy luxury Swiss watch brand that departs from luxury not in the sense of materials or craftsmanship, but in the sense of reality. The brand is bold and creates equally as bold timepieces. The newest one on the market: the Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green. A diving watch, the immediately identifiable timepiece is individually crafted in a landmark green case – thanks to new 3DTP ™ (3 Dimensional Thin Ply) technology. This is a proprietary process of sculpting micro-fibers of carbon into the angular Oktopus case. The method offers finely grooved facets and dramatic detail. The watch is so intriguing that while it is a dive…

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Arnold & Son Unveils World’s First: Instrument Golden Wheel

 |  January 15th, 2015

There is just no getting around the fact that Arnold & Son superbly embraces traditional watchmaking and visionary thinking. We have written about this brand with a rich British history so many times here before — as they regulary release ground-breaking timepieces.  Well, 2015 is no exception. The new patented, world-fist watch combines the wandering hour (also known as jumping hour) complication with a true beats second complication (sometimes referred to as a deadbeat seconds). Called the Golden Wheel — so named for the solid gold time carrousel with the true beat seconds hand from the central axis squarely visible on the dial side the watch — the watch is a unique three-dimensional interpretation of the ancient wandering hours complication that has roots…

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Peter Speake-Marin Signs on Pierce Brosnan as Brand Ambassador

 |  January 14th, 2015

Easily one of the worlds best known actors, Pierce Brosnan has joined forces as brand ambassador (for three years at least) with Peter Speake-Marine – a watchmaker and brand that we think the world of here at ATimely Perspective. Brosnan’s roles range from Remington Steele to Thomas Crown, and, of course, the iconic persona of James Bond. In 2015, he will appear in The Moon and the Sun, It, Last Man Out and Survivor. Peter and Pierce met on the set of one of Brosnan’s recent films – where Peter was a consultant for a watchmaker character in the movie. The two struck up an immediate friendship – talking the artistic worlds of films and watches. Says Brosnan, “A lover of…

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A Retrospective of SIHH as it Celebrates 25 Years in 2015

 |  January 14th, 2015

Later this month, the Salon International d’la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) opens its doors to thousands of invited guests from around the world as  16 luxury brand exhibitors unveil their newest timepieces –watches destined to set the trend for the coming year in haute horology. This year marks the 25th edition of the exhibition, which first started in 1991. Interestingly enough, I was there. In fact, except for the year my daughter was born, I have been to every single SIHH and have watched the show morph, grow and become the luxury exhibition it is today. I remember when the announcement was made that Cartier was leaving the Basel Fair and participating in the new luxury show slated to make its debut in Geneva…

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