Cut For Time: Bulgari’s Sustainable Future, TAG Heuer’s Ambassadors, New Releases From Hermès, Ming, H. Moser & Cie., And More!
Catch up with all the latest news from Bulgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hermès, H. Moser & Cie, Ming, TAG Heuer, and Watches of Switzerland.
The New Ming 27.02 With Sapphire And Guilloché Dial
Ming introduced its new 27.02 this week with a striking dial made of sapphire crystal that transitions from inky black in the center to clear towards the outside, revealing a blue Clous de Paris guilloché ring that runs around the outside of the watch face. This gradient of color is applied underneath the sapphire, while white-filled markers have been laser-etched to the top.
The Ming 27.02 comes in a 38mm stainless steel case and is powered by the Caliber MING 7001.M1, a heavily-modified ETA 7001 movement with a 42-hour power reserve that includes new bridges and baseplate. The timepiece is limited to 200 pieces, comes fitted with a smooth blue-gray calf leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris, and is priced at CHF 4,950.
H. Moser & Cie. Presents A New Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon
H. Moser & Cie. continues its unique interpretation of Haute Horlogerie with the new Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon. This complex mechanism chimes the hours on the dial side with the hammers on full display against a new electric blue dial stripped of its logo and numerals for a pure aesthetic.
The Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon comes in a 43mm titanium case with the hand-wound HMC 903 caliber that indicates the hours and minutes via central leaf-shaped hands, and it chimes the hours, quarter-hours, and minutes. The timepiece is finished with a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with a red lining.
Hermès’ Nantucket Collection Celebrates 30 Years
The Hermès Nantucket collection came to life in 1991 when Hermès designer Henri d’Origny sketched the outlines of a new timepiece with a rectangle inside a rectangle. D’Origny was inspired by the anchor chain links of the maison’s iconic Chaîne d’ancre bracelet that had been imagined by Robert Dumas in 1938.
The Nantucket story continues today with a new model that brings a new interpretation of the links into a light and supple steel or rose gold bracelet timepiece. This new Nantucket is adorned with a sprinkling of diamonds on the bezel, case, and/or the mother-of-pearl dial. Powered by a Swiss-made quartz movement, it measures 17 x 23 mm.
TAG Heuer Announces Two New Sports Ambassadors
Earlier this month, TAG Heuer announced the signing of British professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood to its team of ambassadors. Fleetwood is a five-time European Tour Winner and was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup Team in 2018. He is now also the face of TAG Heuer’s Connected Golf Edition. Fleetwood will be working closely with the Connected team’s software engineers in Paris to enhance the player experience of the app.
In the world of tennis, TAG Heuer also announced the signing of professional Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka to its extensive list of tennis talents. Osaka is recognized as not only one of the world’s top tennis players, but she is also a committed social activist who uses her voice to make the world a better place, making her the perfect brand ambassador.
Bulgari Presents Its Fourth “Innovating The Present For A Sustainable Future” Webinar
Over the last 12 months, Bulgari has initiated several key initiatives to support the fight against COVID-19, including the purchase of a high-tech microscope for Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, the conversion of its fragrance facilities into hand-sanitizing gel production, and the creation of the Bulgari Virus Free Fund to support research into vaccines.
On January 19th, the fourth installment of the "Innovating The Present For A Sustainable Future" webinar series shared the progress of Bulgari's various COVID-19 initiatives and presented two of the female scientists who received scholarships to cover four years of their Ph.D. The initiative, called the Bulgari Women & Science Fellowship in COVID-19 Research, was set up to support future female scientific talents, and it is a testament to Bulgari’s commitment to diversity and women’s empowerment.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Announces The Publication of Its New Book “Reverso”
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new book entitled “Reverso” is a collaboration between La Grande Maison and the luxury publisher Assouline. The Reverso collection was created in 1931 with a reversible case for polo players who would frequently have their watch crystals broken during a match. By flipping their watch over, they could protect their timepieces from the impact of flying polo balls.
Written by the historian, journalist, and horological specialist Nick Foulkes, this illustrated book traces nine decades of Reverso history, covering 50 calibers and several hundred dials. The book also shares the personal stories of Reverso owners who have personalized their watches in deeply-meaningful ways. The book comes out in February and costs $195.
Watches Of Switzerland And The Responsible Jewellery Council
An active member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since 2011, the Watches of Switzerland Group has been re-certified under RJC's Code of Practices, which provides a clear set of standards for companies to address sustainability best practices.
Brian Duffy, CEO of Watches of Switzerland Group, commented, “I am delighted that we have achieved re-certification with the Responsible Jewellery Council and am proud that we have successfully maintained our ongoing commitment to being a responsible luxury retailer.”
Continuing, he said, “Moving forward, we will continue striving to enhance sustainability best practices in collaboration with our supply chain and working closely with the Responsible Jewellery Council.”