First launched in 2017 – in red gold with black ceramic bezel, and in titanium with blue ceramic bezel – HM7 is back in a titanium case with a green sapphire crystal bezel, limited to 50 pieces. After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), launching into the sky (HM4), and powering down the road and around the track (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the water with Horological Machine No.7, aka HM7 Aquapod. The organic jellyfish-inspired design of HM7 Aquapod is counter-balanced by the very mechanical horology within: a central flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond. HM7 Aquapod began its gestation as a horological jellyfish, and the architecture of its Engine is appropriately biomorphic. Jellyfish are radially symmetric, Aquapod is radially symmetric. Where a jellyfish generates power from food caught in its tentacle
The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 launched in 2017 heralded a new and fascinating chapter in time measurement, while the Defy Zero G continues writing the future of watchmaking in 2018 with its downsized and optimised gyroscopic “Gravity Control” model.
In 2017, Zenith blazed the trail towards watchmaking’s future with the revolutionary Defy El Primero 21, the only high-frequency automatic chronograph designed to measure hundredths of a second. This year, DEFY appears as a full-fledged collection featuring several degrees of mechanical complexity ranging from three-hand to Grand Complication models. The first embodiment of futuristic Haute Horlogerie, the new Defy Zero G defies the laws of gravity with its downsized and optimised gyroscopic “Gravity Control” module. Zenith’s famous patented device stages a spectacular show at the heart of a skeletonised and grey-toned high-frequency El Primero calibre. Fitted with a sturdy 44mm-diameter case in titanium or pink gold, the Defy Zero G teams its stellar architecture with a supple and ergonomic metal bracelet. A year ago, Zenith wrote the first chapter of tomorrow’s watchmaking with the launch of Defy El Primero 21, an exceptional hundredth-of-a-second chron
In 2017, Audemars Piguet presents a new women’s Royal Oak with a uniquely gem-set look defined by a swirling diamond relief pattern that glides beyond the dial and bezel to the bracelet. Though rooted in the skilled techniques of the expert jeweller’s craft, where the bezel, dial or crown might be set with precious gems to glamorous effect, this new piece presents a different proposition. At first seemingly random, the wave-like pattern of diamonds is precisely considered and set within the Royal Oak’s distinct design in the same way that an abstract painter might approach a canvas. True to Audemars Piguet’s history of creating its own gem-setting techniques within horological craft, the diamonds chosen for the Royal Oak are not simply a decorative touch, they are also considered from a designer’s perspective and fully integrated into the bracelet, dial and bezel, creating design continuity throughout the entire piece. This newly introduced 33mm Royal Oak
The watches in the 2017 Seamaster Aqua Terra Ladies Collection are available in three different sizes and feature refined new cases, innovative design twists and Master Chronometer movements which offer exceptional levels of precision and performance. THREE SYMMETRICAL CASES The new models, available in 38 mm, 34 mm or 28 mm versions, feature beautifully symmetrical cases that now achieve a seamless integration with the bracelet. Not only does this improve the aesthetics, but it also provides a better fit for wearers with slim wrists. PURE DIALS The mother-of-pearl dials remain clean and crisp with diamond hour-markers and 14 different colour variations. For added purity, the “water-resistance” wording has been taken off the dial and engraved on the caseback instead. MATERIALS AND MOVEMENTS OMEGA has used some of its most striking materials for the cases including stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold. Inside the larger watch sizes is the OMEGA Master Chronometer calib
Swarovski new Fall/Winter 2017 collection of effortless yet high shine watches help the modern woman to dial up the glamour and feel daring and irresistible every moment of every day. Infused with distinct Swarovski’s DNA, the new range is composed of versatile timepieces ranging from sleek to bold and from timeless to truly on-trend. It is this combination that is proving to be crucial to the brand’s success, as Swarovski CEO Robert Buchbauer explains: ““We are pleased to announce that the development of our watch business is bucking the global industry trend. While many players suffer from double digit declines, we continue to grow our watch business at a rate of more than 30%. This is due to the uniqueness of our watches which exude the Swarovski design language and renowned sparkle, Swiss made and affordable enough for an everyday style upgrade.” Pure, modern, and feminine, this stunning timepiece with a yellow gold-tone case showcases 850 crystals se
In 2017 Hamilton commemorates the 60th anniversary of its iconic Ventura watch line with the launch of three reinterpretations of the original model. Introduced on January 3rd, 1957, the Ventura was not only progressive in design, but also made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. A revolutionary movement in a revolutionary design, the Ventura was unique in many ways and attracted some famous watch fans such as Elvis Presley himself who wore it in Blue Hawaii in 1961. Mirroring the unconventional case design detail and distinctive features of its ancestors, in 2017, the Ventura Classic and Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton form the backbone of a magnificent trio in which each variation symbolizes the past, present and future of Ventura. And as a remembrance of things past, each dial on the Ventura Classic bears a large electricity symbol as a reminder of the breakthrough innovation that the world’s first electrical watch in 1957 represented. Class
WATCHESPEDIA: How important is the SIHH for H. MOSER & CIE.? EDOUARD MEYLAN: I expect my answer is the same as the other Maisons: it is a key event! I think the SIHH is the opening event of the year. It is a fantastic platform, and it is managed by an extremely well-run team. This is the second year we have exhibited at the SIHH, and there is so much professionalism. We have access to international media in a well-structured and managed format. You know that when you meet people there, it will be the right people. Sometimes in Basel, you can spend an hour talking to people, and ultimately, they are just trying to sell an ad. I am of course aware of the importance of advertising, but we have to set priorities and fairs are really dedicated to customers and press. When you have meeting after meeting, it can be very tiring, and I think at SIHH we can really make the most of this presence. We have press conferences that give us access to many people that we could not reach out to otherwis