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Discover our weekly round-up of watch news with all the industry’s events, new timepieces, and happenings condensed into a 60-second quick read
The Many Levels of Watchspotting
This week’s editorial discusses the dos and don’ts of watch spotting out in the wilderness, as well as the joys of watch spotting on television. For those with a good eye, this activity has almost become a sport in its own right. Discover more in this fun article by our Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Wong.
Autavia Jack Heuer © TAG Heuer
Win a Mathey-Tissot Type XXAT
If you love competitions, read on to see how you can win a brand-new Mathey-Tissot Type XXAT timepiece worth CHF 1,590. This model comes in a 38.5mm stainless steel case, is powered by a self-winding mechanical “Fontainmelon” movement, and comes with a black vintage-style pilots’ dial. To have a chance at the prize, just answer three questions and this watch could be yours.
Type XXAT © Mathey-Tissot
Little Known Histories
Did you know that Louis Breguet, the great great grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, was among the pioneers of French aviation? He was the founder of Louis Breguet Aviation, which created submarine engines and innovative aircraft in the first decades of the 20th century. He also developed designs for seaplanes, fighter jets, and even the forerunner of today’s helicopter. Read more about this Little Known History in this article by Roberta Naas.
Louis Breguet in Breguet aircraft in 1910 © Breguet
Influencers: An Endangered Species
Are influencers still influential? This is the big question that our correspondent Olivier Muller asks this week. He traces the phenomenon back to Rolex when Hans Wilsdorf strapped a Rolex Oyster onto the wrist of ultra-swimmer Mercedes Gleitze when she swam across the English Channel in 1927 to test the watch’s water resistance. Over a century later and the connections between brands and celebrities continue, but things are changing.
Lifestyle © Simon Nogueira
Come Fly with the Blancpain Air Command
This Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph takes its inspiration from one of Blancpain’s rarest models from the 1950s. The story of this interesting piece has become a bit of a legend as it is said that one of Blancpain’s American retailers pitched the United States Air Force with this watch for its pilots. Learn more about this fascinating tale.
Air Command Chronographe Flyback © Blancpain
White Turf: Galloping on the Snow
Our Managing Editor, Jordy Bellido, went up to St Moritz last weekend to discover the famous Longines White Turf equestrian event. Longines has been the Official Timekeeper and the Watch of the White Turf since 2015 and invited our intrepid journalist onto the frozen lake of Graubünden for some ski jöring (skiing while being pulled along by a horse) Discover the article and video here.
Skijöring © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
When three Young Men Walk into the WorldTempus Office with an NFT Project
If you are interested in learning more about watch NFTs and maybe even splashing out on your first NFT, this month could be the perfect moment. We talk to four young digital entrepreneurs from Geneva who are launching a watch NFT brand called Metachronos. Learn more about this exciting new segment of the watch industry here.
NFT watches © MetaChronos
New Releases This Week
Now for the new releases of the week. Discover the Longines Spirit Adventure in 37mm, the new Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon, the Zenith Dery Extreme E “Desert x Prix” Edition, and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm.
Epic X Chrono Tourbillon Blue Titanium © Jacob & Co.
Other News from Around the Watch World
In other news from around the watch world: Bovet 1882’s tennis ambassador Daniil Medvedev ranks number 1 in the tennis world, MB&F unveils a new architectural identity for its M.A.D Gallery, Ralf Tech opens a new showroom in the heart of the French capital, and Rebellion Timepieces opens its first boutique in Abu Dhabi.
MB&F x M.A.D Gallery Dubai © M.A.D Gallery
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 >
Blancpain is the archetypal Manufacture: with a watchmaking heritage dating back several centuries, it has successfully preserved its watchmaking tradition, whilst welcoming a spirit of innovation.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 >
Breguet’s archives, kept in Switzerland and in Paris, record the developments that have sustained Breguet watchmaking for more than two centuries. The firm is committed to remaining ahead of its...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 >
Based in St. Imier since 1832, Longines has a long tradition in watchmaking, characterised by the elegance of its watches. Using expertise gained as the company has evolved, Longines has gradually...Find out more >
In the last century, this legendary maison produced work not only under its own name, but also for some of the most prestigious names in the watch industry. Tucked away in Les Ponts-de-Martel in...Find out more >
In 1996, professional diver Frank Huyghe created the RALF TECH brand: diving suits, buoyancy compensators, regulators, masks, etc. In 2003, on the strength of his personal experience, he designed a...Find out more >
A passion for the ultimate in performance is what drives both Rebellion Timepieces and Rebellion Racing, two entities whose worlds are closely intertwined.Find out more >
Ever since it was founded, Zenith has been cultivating the ability to open up new horizons by assisting with some of the most remarkable human achievements.Find out more >