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From the Winter Olympics to Valentine’s Day, this week’s watch round-up has something to interest everyone
WorldTempus Team Test X Omega
We kicked off the week with a fun WorldTempus Team Test. Instead of one of us testing a watch, all our journalists are now getting involved. This week we were testing the Omega Seamaster “Beijing 2022” editions and decided to do our own mini Winter Olympics at the office. Some of us took the watch to the mountains, while others tried their luck at the ice-skating rink. Luckily, no bones or sapphire crystals were harmed in the process. Follow the fun here.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M « Beijing 2022 » © WorldTempus/Jordy Bellido
Baume & Mercier X Pierre Soulages
Combining abstract art and watchmaking is not the most obvious operation, but Baume & Mercier has really done a fabulous job at miniaturizing the work of one of the greatest modern artists of all time, Pierre Soulages. Soulages is also known as “the painter of black” for his canvases that he coats with black acrylic paint and then works with tools and brushes to create an interplay of textures. Baume & Mercier has found inspiration in his work for this tribute to the artist Hampton special edition, which we just love.
Hampton Tribute to Pierre Soulages © Baume & Mercier
Czapek Unveils Two New Antarctique Models
We first got a sneak peek at these two new Czapek Antarctique Passage de Drake timepieces at Dubai Watch Week, but they had been under wraps to the general public until this week. We are delighted to now be able to share a closer look with a video report using our ShowCase studio that gets up close with these fabulous dials in glacier blue and salmon.
Antarctique Passage de Drake Glacier Blue © Czapek
News from the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday with IWC’s Chinese/USA brand ambassador Eileen Gu winning the gold medal for China. This freestyle skiing champion is also a sought-after fashion model and an aspiring university student. Discover more about IWC’s all-star ambassador Eileen Gu here.
Eileen Gu with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 © IWC Schaffhausen
Omega, the Official Timekeeper for the Olympic Games, announced a new signing with Swiss athlete Pat Burgener this week, who has nine World Cup podiums and six Swiss Champion titles for the men’s halfpipe. Burgener can be seen in the Beijing snow park with his new Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M in black ceramic and Sedna™ gold, so look out for that on your television this weekend! He is in the finals!
Audemars Piguet Presents its 2022 Novelties
Audemars Piguet presents an array of new timepieces for 2022, which is a special year for the brand with the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak taking place in April. Other exciting news from the brand is that it is reserving a portion of its novelties for new clients so that more people can enter the wonderful world of watch collecting. What a great idea!
Monday 14th February will be Valentine’s Day, so as is customary at this time of the year, we are presenting a selection of special edition timepieces that have been crafted for this romantic day. If you haven’t found that special something for your loved one yet, here are some romantic wristwatches to inspire you.
Lady Serenade © Glashütte Original
The Origins of the Automobile Watch
Our historian/correspondent Grégory Gardinetti takes a look at the history of the automobile watch this week, going back to the first cars, races, and wristwatches that have marked the history of the automobile/watch partnership. Today, numerous brands have joined forces with carmakers, such as Bovet, Breitling, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot, Jacob & Co., Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, TAG Heuer, and more.
Continental GT Number 9 Edition © Mulliner
The One that Got Away – Urwerk UR-103.01
In David Chokron’s column “The One that Got Away”, David looks back at watches that…well, got away. The Urwerk UR-103.01 was one of his first horological crushes and he tells a magical tale of why he still loves it so dearly.
Urwerk UR-103.01 © David Chokron/Worldtempus
For all the new watch releases this week, discover Urwerk’s new UR-100V, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso with an enamelled tiger, and Louis Moinet’s Space Revolution with rockets on the dial. There is also a focus on the Parmigiani PF Micro-Rotor, TAG Heuer’s latest-generation Connected Calibre E, and Piaget’s Polo Skeleton that is adorned with diamonds.
Space Revolution © Louis Moinet
Another busy week at WorldTempus!
Audemars Piguet is one of the few independent family-owned watch businesses and has been based in Le Brassus, in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux region, at the heart of the fine watchmaking industry,...Find out more >
The Baume & Mercier watchmaking Maison has always had powerful emotional and celebratory connotations, while expressing watchmaking excellence in all its creations. Since 1830, it has embodied a...Find out more >
The Bovet Manufacture upholds the tradition of decorative arts applied to its delicately engraved, chased, enamelled, engine-turned or hand-painted cases, dials and movements, thus passing on the...Find out more >
From humble family beginnings Breitling grew into a major player in the world of chronographs and aviation instruments. At the dawn of a new era, the brand is poised for a legendary future.Find out more >
Czapek & Cie. harks back to the origins of one of the watch industry’s most prestigious names, which was born from the watchmaking skills of two Polish émigrés who sought refuge in Switzerland...Find out more >
Ever since 1791, Girard-Perregaux has been pursuing its course in the best tradition of Fine Watchmaking. The Maison’s history has been characterised by legendary timepieces that combine...Find out more >
Glashütte Original is the rightful heir to Germany’s 170 years of legacy in the art of watchmaking. Glashütte Original is an authentic high-end manufactory that outfits all of its watches with...Find out more >
From the outset, Hublot has embodied design and innovation that differ markedly from the established watchmaking order. With the impetus provided by Jean-Claude Biver, by 2004 these values had...Find out more >
With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to...Find out more >
Jacob & Co. is an artistic visionary Maison that displays boundless creative freedom. Setting a completely new tone, both in terms of design and complications, it celebrates being different.Find out more >
Jaeger-LeCoultre: HOME OF FINE WATCHMAKING SINCE 1833. Located in the serene setting of the Vallée de Joux, our Maison radiates a unique sense of belonging. The soul of La Grande Maison is formed...Find out more >
Ateliers Louis Moinet was born out of the passion of one man, and this is clearly to be seen in each of its creations. The Maison takes the concept of exclusivity to its height, producing only...Find out more >
A company of the Swatch Group, OMEGA has been behind major revolutions in watchmaking technology and the timekeeping of numerous Olympic Games. Its watches are worn by world-famous celebrities and...Find out more >
Richard Mille did not simply try to find his place in the watchmaking world – he carved one out for himself, constantly striving not to take anything for granted, and to make innovation and extreme...Find out more >
The Roger Dubuis Manufacture was founded on the desire for independence and watchmaking excellence. With remarkable dynamism, Roger Dubuis quickly ignited the world of Haute Horlogerie and has...Find out more >
Over 150 years of watchmaking savoir-faire and technical innovation have made TAG Heuer a global reference in avant-garde sports watches. As it tracked the rise of sports demanding increasingly...Find out more >
Few brands are as closely associated with the rise of avant-garde independent horology in the new millennium than URWERK, the Geneva-based brand with Swiss-German mechanical foundations.Find out more >