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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.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon #tide
Last weekend, Maurice Lacroix unveiled a brand-new Aikon collection in collaboration with Tide, an organization that collects ocean-bound plastic and upcycles it into cool new products. This partnership has resulted in a sustainable timepiece with cases that are not only sustainable, but also come in fun new colours. Check out the Aikon #tide range here.
A New Record-Breaking Bulgari Octo
The WorldTempus team was in Rome this week for the launch of the new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra, which has taken the title for the world’s thinnest mechanical watch at a thickness of 1.80 mm, 0.20 mm thinner than the previous title holder, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept. The new Octo Finissimo Ultra also comes with an NFT (engraved on the rachet for immediate access) linking the watch’s owner to an exclusive artwork.
Octo Finissimo Ultra © Bulgari
WorldTempus Welcomes Lionel Meylan
This week we welcome a new retail partner – Lionel Meylan – with boutiques in the Swiss towns of Vevey and Lausanne. Lionel Meylan’s four stores carry over 20 watch brands and 15 leading names in jewellery, along with a curated selection of pre-owned timepieces and jewellery for those who enjoy the vintage world. They also have an experienced and qualified watchmaker on staff for servicing and repairs.
Delving into the Breguet Hora Mundi
Check out our Editor-in-Chief’s in-depth video about the brand-new Ref. 5557 Marine Breguet Hora Mundi that brings a whole new look to this iconic complication with a sunburst blue guilloché dial with sapphire plates.
Flying High with Zenith in Zero Gravity
Our editorial director, Sophie Furley, shares her experience on a zero-gravity parabolic flight with Zenith. Each owner of the brand’s Defy Zero-G timepieces and Defy Double Tourbillons gets a ticket for a “space” experience, so we decided to go and test it out to see just how amazing it is. Discover the Zero-G experience here.
Zenith Air Zero G © Zenith
An Omega X Swatch Launch that Broke the Internet this Week
Omega and Swatch announced a collaboration called the MoonSwatch this week which has been the talk of the watch world. This CHF 250 will go on sale on Saturday 26th March at select Swatch boutiques around the world. The watches are made in bioceramic and come in a range of colours linked to different planets. Discover the MoonSwatch Collection here.
Bioceramic MoonSwatch Neptune ambiance - Mars ambiance © Omega
A Look Back in Time at the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Collection
Audemars Piguet's Raphaël Balestra, Manager of the manufacture's Heritage and Archives Department, shares five historic Royal Oak timepieces with WorldTempus on video.
This Week’s New Releases
Elsewhere on WorldTempus this week, check out the following new watch releases: Jacob & Co’s new Jean Bugatti, HYT Mission Hastroid, Urwerk’s UR-100V, Longines’ Spirit Zulu, Czapek’s Faubourg de Cracovie, Armin Strom's Orbit, MB&F’s M.A.D.1 Red, and H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green.
The ARMIN STROM manufacture expresses the very substance of its founder’s legacy. Its guiding principle is that of reinterpreting watchmaking tradition. To this end, it applies the principle of...Find out more >
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 >
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 >
Bulgari has its own clear definition of excellence, which involves the perfect balance between design, added-value, quality of its products and its worldwide service. In the case of Bulgari...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 >
H. Moser & Cie. was created by Heinrich Moser in 1828. Based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, it currently employs around 60 people, has developed 14 in-house calibres to date, and produces more than...Find out more >
The pioneers of “fluidic time” have become specialists in something that had long been thought impossible: combining mechanics and fluids in a wristwatch.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 >
Based in the Jura region of Switzerland, Maurice Lacroix has been producing fine Swiss timepieces for over 40 years and has developed 14 in-house movements over the past ten years.Find out more >
The early years of the third millennium brought the world a new paradigm of watchmaking, which came to be known as horological kinetic art.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 >
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 >
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 >