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See what you missed in this week’s watch news in our speedy weekly round-up
As we are gearing up for Watches and Wonders, you could be mistaken for thinking the weeks running up to the show would be calmer with watch news, but the watch industry is definitely a sector that never sleeps.
Team Test: WorldTempus Connects to the New TAG Heuer Calibre E4
This week’s team test took us back into the realm of smart watches with the fourth generation of TAG Heuer’s connected watch. There were lots of exciting updates here, including a smaller 42mm case size and new health functions which allow you to work out with your watch with high interval training sessions programmed into the watch. See what our journalists had to say.
TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 © WorldTempus/Jordy Bellido
Same But Different
This week’s editorial piece by Suzanne Wong celebrated International Women’s Day with a look at the creativity behind women’s watches as well as the situation of equal representation of women across the watch industry. Suzanne also talks about empowering men so that they can feel just as comfortable wearing feminine watches as women do wearing masculine watches. A must read for anyone interested in this hot topic.
Royal Oak Frosted Gold © Audemars Piguet
Turquoise is the Color of Money
This unusual dial colour was catapulted into the hottest trend recently when Patek Philippe’s Nautilus Tiffany set the Internet on fire. This was followed by sightings of the Patek Philippe Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Tiffany spotted on the wrist of LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. Expect more dials in turquoise over the coming months as this is only just the beginning!
Nautilus Tiffany ref. 5711/1A-018 with Tiffany-Blue Dial © Patek Philippe
The Best Social Media Accounts to Follow
Our correspondent, Olivier Muller, takes a look at some of the best social media accounts to follow on the brand side. Where many brands talk about creating a customer experience, their main objective is to sell, but it is not the case for all. Olivier checked out all of the top watch brand’s social media accounts for us and gives us a run-down of the best ones to follow.
The Origins of Clockwise
In this fun and educational series by Grégory Gardinetti, our watch historian delves into the history of watch hands and why they turn clockwise. Most of us have never stopped to even think about the question, but there is a reason behind it. He also looks at a few maverick brands which have broken with tradition to make anti-clockwise hands. These are definitely worth checking out.
Cradran solaire Gnomon
Nautilus, The Never-Ending Ending
The much-touted retirement of the steel Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5711 has created such a phenomenon recently as this über-speculative watch has been trading at 10 to 15 times its official retail price. Our correspondent David Chokron takes a look at what has been happening with this epic model that has been growing in desirability by the minute.
Nautilus 5711/1A-014 © Patek Philippe
All the New Releases
There have been a flurry of new releases this week in spite of the calm before the Watches and Wonders storm. Check out the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, the Frederique Constant Classics Heart Beat Automatic and Classics Index Automatic, the Armin Strom Equal Force Green Jungle, the Maurice Lacroix Eliros Sunshine and the Glashütte Original SeaQ Date Panorama. Omega also released a number of new releases this week including a new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra-Deep that can descend to 6,000 metres / 20,000 feet. It is absolute madness, but proves just how watchmakers love to set themselves cool challenges!
Eliros Sunshine © Maurice Lacroix
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