There’s something to be said for classic design. You find something that works, you stick with it. Sure you may refine it slightly over time, enhance this, slim-down that but overall the guiding principles should stay the same. Of course there’s no need to tell German watch manufacturer Glashütte Original this, after all they’ve built an entire business model around the concept. Case in point, the new Senator Chronometer Regulator.
Do you know what I really like about Hautlence? It’s not the unusual displays with jumping hours and retrograde minutes, or the unique TV shaped cases or even the incredible complexity of the HL 2.0, although all those things are definitely praiseworthy in their own right.
If you were to try and define the term ‘excessive’ by way of an example you may very well be inclined to choose the Blancpain Tourbillon Carrousel to illustrate your point.
Despite only officially launching the brand last year Julien Coudray 1518 are already starting to establish themselves as an extremely high-end, high-quality watch manufacturer. Their pieces may not be overly flashy on first appearances but those with a healthy appreciation for the finer things in no life have no doubt already realized that these guys are the real deal. Case in point the new Oeuvre Classica 1548, hewn from one kilogram of solid 18ct Pd125 white gold.
Breitling is another one of those brands I just didn’t manage to get to at Baselworld this year (although I’m slightly less disappointed about that than Glashütte) and so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go hands-on with their new, limited edition Transocean Chronograph QP, a timepiece that is making me feel things that I’ve never felt about a Breitling before.