Last week in New York Swiss luxury brand Piaget (re)-launched its new Polo Collection, including the heavily scrutinised Piaget Polo S. The response from most (not all) of the media outlets that rely on brands like Piaget to keep the lights on ranged from muted to all out exuberant praise. The feedback on social media channels and watch forums however was noticeably more vocal and critical, with phrases like ‘copycat’ and ‘lazy design’ being thrown around (there were other less sanitary ones too but I won’t publish them here – you’ll just have to use your dirty imaginations). So, how did it all go so wrong for poor Piaget?
Ok, so maybe a new leather watch strap won’t change your life but it will change the look of your favorite timepiece. Who knows though, maybe your stylish new strap attracts the attention of a certain someone on a night out and bam, you meet the love of your life! Or at least the love of your evening. Either way, life changed, just like that. And to think, all it took was a couple of pieces of leather lovingly hand-crafted just for you. Interested? We thought you might be. Here’s three leather watch strap makers we love to get you started.
There is no more satisfying a feeling for a man than when he pairs his favorite Swiss (or German) made watch with his impeccably tailored suit. Ok, so there may be more satisfying feelings but the suit/watch thing is definitely top five. Now, centuries old mechanical watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has taken this concept one gorgeous step further. Presenting the new Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale collection.
I love me a good vintage re-issue watch, especially when things are done right. A favorite from (very) recent memory is the new Heuer Monza Chronograph. Officially launched at Baselworld last week, this retro looking throw-back was created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original edition of the same name. More on this watch’s fabled history after the jump but for now just take a moment to marvel at that ‘70’s-era cool oozing out of this bad boy.
When you think Baselworld you don’t necessarily think pens which is understandable given that Baselworld is marketed as the world’s largest watch fair. In truth Baselworld didn’t really figure that prominently on the circuit for the majority of high-end pen brands either until recently. That’s all changed however and the annual fair has become the destination for luxury pen brands to unveil their latest creations. More on how that came to be after the jump plus a whole lot of gorgeous live shots from this year’s show.