One of the things I love most about independent watchmaking is the level of creativity. For example, last week we showed you the stunning DB25 World Traveller that De Bethune launched at SIHH 2016, a highly original take on the classic world timer. This week it’s another independent watchmaker, Andersen Genève, who will be unveiling a slightly more traditional looking world timer at Baselworld next month; the Tempus Terrae 25th Anniversary Edition.
If there is one thing Richard Mille is known for – and to be fair there are many things he is known for – it is the ability to induce shock and awe. Admittedly his watches don’t always land with me and this latest one is certainly no exception but you can’t help but admire the bravado and showmanship. I’m sure you’ve already seen it before but in case you haven’t, meet the new Richard Mille ACJ RM 50-02 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph.
Parmigiani Fleurier is one of those impossibly cool brands that always seems to fly just under the radar, consistently delivering knock out pieces without the usual fanfare of much larger brands. The latest example of this comes in the form of the new Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, launched at SIHH in celebration of the company’s 20th Anniversary, which boasts an in-house movement with a fully integrated chronograph. Not to mention the fact that it looks amazing.
The luxury watch industry may be in for some challenging times ahead but there’s no doubt the independent spirit of innovation is still very much alive. De Bethune, another of the independent brands making its debut at SIHH this year, provides yet another example of this with the introduction of its new DB25 World Traveller watch.