Girard-Perregaux has just unveiled the latest iteration of their iconic world-timer – the WW.TC Chronograph – this time presented in an eye-catching White Ceramic case. As with previous models the WW.TC Chronograph features 24 world times, date, small seconds, day/night indicator and of course a fly-back chronograph.
There is definitely something to be said for the advances in modern technology, especially when they are used to bring a traditional art to life – literally! The newly unveiled Bird Repeater from Jacquet Droz is one such example of this harmonious partnership, and the final result is nothing short of spectacular.
The Bird Repeater is a bona fide automaton; it performs specific functions according to a predetermined set of coded instructions, much like the incredible machine in the movie Hugo. Unlike that particular automaton though, this one has received the enviable benefit of the combined resources of the decorative crafts of the Jaquet Droz Atliers d’Art in La Chaux de Fonds. What does that mean exactly? It means that this is one seriously beautiful timepiece. I mean automaton.
© Schofield Watch Company
If you’re thinking about launching a new luxury brand make sure you check out British watchmaker Schofield for some tips on how to do it big. The young upstart all but stole the show last year with the unveiling of their first ever timepieces at SalonQP, creating the type of buzz that many of the bigger brands would kill for.
One year on and with their full allocation of timepieces for 2012 already completely sold out, the brand will be back at SalonQP again this year and the question on everyone’s lips, understandably, is will they be bringing anything new with them?
As opening night for SalonQP 2012 creeps (thankfully) ever closer, it’s time to take a look at perhaps one of the lesser known, but no less exciting brands that will be exhibiting once again this year; Giuliano Mazzuoli.
We say ‘brand’ but really the Florentine is more of a one-man band. A passionate designer, Mazzuoli takes his inspiration from the world of the mechanical, in particular motorsport and creates timepieces that are at once minimalist but at the same time highly evocative. Just one look at their clean lines and highly polished cases is enough to get your blood pumping.
To date Mazzuoli’s designs have remained fairly subtle, alluding to the world of motoring enthusiasts that inspired them but without overtly stating the fact. That is all set to change this year however, with the introduction of the aggressively styled ‘Trasmissione Meccanica’.