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GMT Magazine - Black and light in the fall issue

GMT Magazine Black and light in the fall issue

The Swiss watch magazine takes its readers to the moon, and its partner, WorldTempus, echoes its editorial.

Ever-present in watchmaking as in life itself, black is also the October theme of the Watch Photo Awards: an initiative launched by our publishing house and echoed by media around the world for the past six months. The 60 watch photos selected since May (respectively themed The Blue, Sport, Holidays, On Two Wheels or Four and Food and Drink) were on show from November 1st to 10th at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, as part of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) exhibition for which GMT is also serving as media partner. Congratulations to the devotees of fine watchmaking whose photos are thus published and displayed. While black is the guiding thread of this fall issue, the GPHG will be very much in the limelight after the prize-giving. GMT presented the competition favorites and gifts the official catalog to its readers, who were able to follow the ceremony live on worldtempus.com, which will also provide an analysis of the results.

Our editorial team is also turning the spotlight on several iconic collections that are nonetheless underestimated by the public at large. The one appearing on our magazine cover, the Grande Seconde by Jaquet Droz, shows the moon in a whole new light… Recurrently featured in the GPHG; the Octo Finissimo by Bulgari submits its skeleton version to the discerning gaze of our in-house watchmaking. In an entirely different style, the Heart Beat collection symbolizes the rise of a champion of affordable watchmaking celebrating its 30th anniversary this year: Frédérique Constant.  And if the mention of these twin themes has sparked thoughts of Luminor and black dials, the new CEO of Panerai will be shedding light on these brand signatures.  Speaking of which, the faces of millions of fans light up at the mere mention of two legendary names: Patek Philippe and Rolex. We offer an analysis of their respective approaches to chronometry (precision timekeeping), an aspect less well known to the public at large.

Black and light in the fall issue

Finally, we cannot resist giving a nod to the man who has contributed to making watchmaking shine brighter than ever over the 45 years, including through developing all-black watches: Jean-Claude Biver, who has announced that he will no longer play an operational role in the LVMH’s watch division. May the light remain.

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