Cut For Time: All The Weird And Wonderful Watch Stories That Caught Our Eye This Week
Watches of Switzerland’s innovative holiday decorations, a luxury Batmobile mechanical clock, the launch of a new brand, and all the other news from the world of watches.
Watchonista’s teams in the US and Switzerland bring you all the latest news from the watch industry, so you don’t miss a thing.
Watches of Switzerland Celebrates The Holiday Season With Artist Olivia Steele
Watches of Switzerland has commissioned contemporary light artist Olivia Steele to create four unique art installations that will be displayed in Watches of Switzerland’s US boutiques for the holiday season.
Steele creates witty statements using hand-blown glass and neon gas. For Watches of Switzerland, she will be interpreting the phrase: “Here For A Good Time.” As part of the inventive partnership with Steele, Watches of Switzerland’s website will also feature a holiday gift guide pairing the artist’s notable phrase-based art with her favorite timepieces.
Panerai To Serve As The Official Timekeeper Of The PRADA Cup
Panerai takes on the role of Official Timekeeper for the Challenger Selection Series of the PRADA Cup, taking place off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand from January 15th to February 24th, 2021.
The winner of the Challenger Selection Series will compete against the America’s Cup defending champion, Emirates New Zealand, in March 2021.
Commenting on the announcement Panerai Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Pontroué stated, “We are extremely proud to have been appointed as Official Timekeeper of the PRADA Cup. The challenge ahead is a great one for us all, and Panerai is fully committed to experiencing this new chapter.”
Hublot’s Digital 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Watchonista team celebrated Hublot’s 40th-anniversary last week via a live presentation by the brand’s CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe in the presence of its many ambassadors who tuned in to wish the brand many happy returns.
We got to see the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Usain Bolt, Lang Lang, Ada Hegerberg, and Andreas Caminada who were all present to celebrate with Hublot. And in true watch anniversary style, the brand is also unveiling a Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary Titanium timepiece that reinterprets the very first edition from 1980.
Vacheron Constantin, The Louvre, Christie’s, And A One-Of-A-Kind Wristwatch
Vacheron Constantin is donating a unique Les Cabinotiers timepiece to the Louvre’s “Bid For The Louvre” auction, with the entirety of the proceeds going to the museum’s solidarity projects. The lucky owner of this timepiece will be able to choose any work of art from the Louvre’s collection to be replicated on the dial using miniature painting or grisaille enamel.
The timepiece also comes with unforgettable experiences in both Paris and Geneva, where the watch’s owner can meet the curators of the Louvre as well as the Vacheron Constantin artisans who will make the watch.
The auction will take place online from December 1st to 15th.
Timeless – A New Brand Worth The Detour
Timeless is a new Swiss watch brand founded by Maël Oberkampf, an industrial designer who has worked for some of the biggest and most prestigious names in the watch industry.
“Timeless watches are inspired by the design codes of the past and future to offer a neo-vintage timepiece that is both unique and accessible,” shared Oberkampf.
Mixes of colors, contrasts, and textures create timepieces that are architectural and pleasing to the eye. And with a price of CHF 1,450, this is a brand definitely worth a closer look.
Kross Studio Unveils The 1989 Batmobile Clock
The Swiss design and manufacturing studio Kross unveiled a new horological creation: The 1989 Batmobile clock.
Batman and the Batmobile have been entertaining superhero fans for generations, and now, Tim Burton’s iconic version of the Batmobile finds itself reinterpreted into a luxury mechanical desk clock.
Powered by a mechanical movement composed of 397 components with a power reserve of 30 days and hand-finished bodywork, the 1989 Batmobile reveals a mechanical/digital reading of the time under the hood.
Limited to 100 pieces, the 1989 Batmobile is priced at $29,900.
Maurice Lacroix X Label Noir Collaboration
Maurice Lacroix presented a new Aikon Automatic Limited Edition this week with a stealthy gray and black look. Created in collaboration with Geneva-based watchmaker Label Noir, this new timepiece comes with a matte gray lacquered dial, black bezel, and a sand-blasted gray DLC-coated case.
Thiébaut Bentz, Maurice Lacroix’s International Product & Marketing Director, was instantly taken with the idea of working with watchmaker and founder of Label Noir, Emmanuel Curti. Bentz explained, “When Emmanuel Curti told us about his desire to work on the AIKON, we were struck by his creative, modern, and innovative approach. We saw the opportunity to redesign our most iconic model by changing certain elements that we wouldn’t have dared to change otherwise.”
The timepiece comes in a 42mm size and is limited to 50 pieces.
(Olivia Steel x Watches Of Switzerland's Photography by Liam O'Donnell)