A few years ago Arnold & Son released what is arguably one of the most beautiful moon-phases on the market today; the HM Perpetual Moon. Given the incredible attractiveness of this timepiece logic dictates that the only way to possibly improve on its aesthetic appeal would be to duplicate its defining feature, which is exactly what they have done. Introducing the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon. That’s right, double moon-phases.
If you still think Louis Vuitton is a fashion brand trying to play watchmaker it might be time to think again. In January this year the luxury behemoth officially unveiled its new Tourbillon Volant timepiece, complete with the highly coveted Poinçon de Genève (that’s the Seal of Geneva for us English-speakers) stamped proudly on the dial side of the highly skeletonized movement. For the non-watch people reading this the Geneva Seal is arguably considered the highest mark of quality and reliability in watchmaking.
On the 8th of February, China and the numerous Chinese communities from across the world celebrated the beginning of the Year of Monkey. Alongside of this it has become a well-established practice for renowned brands to release Chinese Zodiac themed models each year. A quick money-making scheme, some say, aimed at milking the nouveau riche of the Far East. But is it? Some have called the phenomenon a ‘cultural appropriation’ (or misappropriation?) but others see it more as ‘cultural appreciation’.
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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.