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  • Paolo Gobbi
    Naomi Ornstein
    Courtesy of SIHH 2017

    From Monday January 16th to Friday 20th, the Salon International de la Haute Horologerie opened its doors, also referred to by insiders as the SIHH, which took place at Geneva’s Palaexpo. The first horological exhibition of the year has definitely lived up to expectations: many were the new novelties – greatly appreciated by both collectors and enthusiasts, and perfectly matching the Italian gusto and lifestyle.

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  • Paolo Gobbi
    Courtesy of Patek Philippe

    Just A Little Bit Of History

    The year 1976 was in the middle of a decade characterized by social, economic, political, and cultural upheavals. Growing affluence freed leisure time for sports, travel to faraway places, cultural interests, and intellectual discourse. People worked to live rather than living to work. Philippe Stern was a typical representative of this generation.

    In 1932, his grandfather Charles, along with brother Jean, acquired Patek Philippe, a respected watchmaking company. In 1976, Henri Stern was president of the family-run enterprise, and his son Philippe, who already held an executive position, was poised to succeed him. It was the right time for a showpiece, so he decided to launch a sports wristwatch for the first time in the 137-year history of the manufacture. In close collaboration with Gérald Genta, one of the most gifted watch designers of the 20th century, an innovative timepiece began to take shape: the Nautilus Ref. 3700/1A.

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  • Paolo Gobbi

    An exclusive interview in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Colonna with President Carlo Lamprecht. Getting through the history of the Helvetic organization, speaking about its contribution and what it represents in horology world, as well as sharing with us his insights of this GPHG 2016 Edition in Rome.

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  • Paolo Gobbi
    Photos Courtesy of Chanel

    New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris: this is Chanel’s world Grand Tour for the launch of its last ladies’ timepiece: the J12 XS.

    A small, tiny timepiece, exhibiting a diameter of just 19 millimeters but enough to encapsulate all the magic and the complexity of a collection that has become a cult watch. The name of the watch, XS, is a play on the initials that stand for its “extra-small” size, as well as for the whimsical word “excess”, that perfectly renders  the extraordinary side of a watch model that brings into question all the beliefs that many – perhaps too many – people had about contemporary ladies’ timepieces.

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  • Paolo Gobbi

    An Insider Talk with Wulf Schütz On What Makes the Global Vintage Watch Market So Interesting From an Equity Investor Perpective, the Most Desired Icon Models, and the Current State of the Vintage and Contemporary Horology World

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  • Naomi Ornstein
    Fabio Santinelli
    Paolo Gobbi

    The history of Vacheron Constantin described throughout a portfolio version of 50 artistic images, capable by themselves to portray the design, the originality and the great attention to detail of the renowned Geneva-based Watch Manufacturer.

    The constant pursuit for uniqueness shaped up our portfolio series released in two different formats: the massive Macro, a master coffee table book; and the Micro, featuring a more traditionally-shaped handy library design yet reflecting the same level of excellence.

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  • Paolo Gobbi

    The Tudor Heritage line rolls out one of the most incredibly successful and affordable collection of dive watches produced today. The newest Black Bay, unveiled in Baselworld 2016, is dressed in bronze livery and inherits the general lines, as well as the dial and domed crystal, from the very first Tudor diving watches. It features the particularly prominent winding crown from the fam­ ous 7924 reference of 1958, known as Big Crown.

    It borrows the characteristic angular hands, known as snowflake, from the watches delivered in large quantities to the French National Navy in the 1970s. The drilled holes on the side of the lugs and their particularly pronounced chamfering can be added to the list of notable historic design elements adopted in this new model.

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  • Paolo Gobbi
    Fabio Santinelli

     A book crafted with the same techniques used in the manufacture of the most important and exclusive watches

    Not all the watches are – luckily – the same. Same can be said of books, as well. Or rather, it would be better to say that some watches are just like some books: industrially made series products, all basically alike.

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  • Naomi Ornstein
    Fabio Santinelli

    There is a kind of magic with some objects that makes them stand out, which governs its fortune and stardom with the public, and even more with consumers all over the world. It is a magic mixture of marketing, product, coincidence and destiny that can modify the nature of what we buy or use, making it unique. This is what happened to a timepiece which over a 50-year life span has transformed its own essence: in the beginning it was a chronograph, today it is unquestionably ‘the Daytona’.

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