Review What you might have missed last month
Themes covered by Worldtempus last month ranged from classic car rallies to music boxes, as well as a rare award for a watch brand and, of course, plenty of summery timepieces.
The month started with the Cuervo y Sobrinos cup, which saw classic cars take in the most spectacular scenery of Italy, Austria and Switzerland. We published videos of each leg of the rally, as well as a review of the Historiador Racing watch that every participant received.
As usual, we had a monthly competition running on the site, but last month it was to win not a watch but an “Arche” music-box from Reuge worth almost 4,000 Swiss francs. Olivier Müller also interviewed the brand’s CEO Kurt Kupper on the latest developments, including its collaboration with MB&F.
As the watchmakers participating in the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris later this year gradually started to present their collections, Chaumet introduced the twelve high-jewellery sets it has created for the even in the form of a video. The brand also featured in Marie de Pimodan’s comprehensive gallery of the more colourful watches for this summer.
Paris was also the stage for an unusual award made to the Ateliers Louis Moinet. After winning a Red Dot design award and prizes at the International Chronometry Competition and the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, Louis Moinet picked up an award for merit in the development in watchmaking art and technology for the International Institute for Promotion and Prestige (IIPP), which is conferred in collaboration with UNESCO.
With the news that Sotheby’s will be selling the famous Henry Graves “Supercomplication” produced by Patek Philippe in 1933 later this year, the record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction looks set to be broken… by the same watch.
The Graves watch sold for over twice its upper estimate almost 15 years ago in Geneva, when the hammer fell at 11 million dollars. This time around the estimate is in excess of 15 million dollars.
Watches you might have missed:
Ball Watch – Engineer II Marvelight
Ralph Lauren – Safari RL67 Chronometer
De Grisogono – Allegra
Emile Chouriet – Voie Lactée Moonphase
Bell & Ross – BR03 Steel and Rose Gold
DeLaneau – Origin Rondo Translucent Bud
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