Last night the bi-annual Only Watch auction was held in glamorous Monaco, with all proceeds going to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. There were 34 lots in total – 33 unique watches and 1 lot made up of 14 bottles of vintage Lanson champagne – and when the smoke cleared at the end of the night, the auction had successfully raised € 5,066,000 for charity (approx. US$6.8m.) To be fair though, this was very much a one horse race, with that one horse – the stunning Patek Philippe Ref 5004 in titanium – contributing almost 60% of the final scoop.
The recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Gear – Sean Gallup/Getty Images
There’s been a lot of buzz lately that the next big innovation in the tech space will come in the form of wearable technology. Specifically: smart watches. Samsung has already unveiled their first attempt, the Galaxy Gear, earlier this month beating out major rivals Microsoft and Apple. The long awaited product from the latter is arguably one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year (if it actually happens), with many believing it will revolutionize the humble wristwatch.
This is the question I found myself asking after reading a less than inspiring opinion piece on World Tempus yesterday on the role of bloggers in the watch industry (click here to read the article for yourself.) Now normally I would just roll my eyes at this arguably outdated way of thinking – as I’m sure many of my fellow bloggers would – and simply move on with my life but for some reason this time I just couldn’t let it go. Not only did it seek to attack the integrity of bloggers and cast aspersions over their relationships with the industry, it also suggested that you, the reader, are incapable of differentiating between a well-written, well-researched article (regardless the author) and tripe produced by someone with little or no familiarity with the industry or its products.
What perhaps bothers me the most though is the implication that the luxury watch industry, by and large, is still (to use the author’s own words) ‘leery’ of bloggers, which is quite simply not true. If you need proof just check out the jury for this year’s GPHG, arguably the industry’s most prestigious awards. Sitting on the panel alongside noted expert journalists (and other highly respected industry players) will be Benjamin Clymer, owner and Editor-in-Chief of possibly the most well-respected watch blog out there, Hodinkee.com.
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A few weeks ago Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT Watches, was in London for a short stop-over. Fortunately our diaries aligned and I was able to catch up with him for a quick drink at the front-bar of the trendy Soho Hotel to get the low-down on one of the industry’s hottest rising stars. Here’s what he had to tell me.
Vincent Perriad is a man on a mission.
Despite being in the enviable position of heading up what is arguably one of the hottest young brands in haute horology right now – HYT Watches – he is not resting on his laurels. A demanding travel schedule means he is constantly on the move, never staying in the same place for long and always trying to fit in that extra meeting. For example, when I caught up with him in London for a quick chat a few weeks ago he was only in the country for 16 hours (including transit time), during which time he was attending three meetings and a dinner. He was due to fly home the next morning for the weekend and then it was on to New York for another whistle-stop visit.