With Father’s Day arriving June 18, there is still plenty of time to find just the right watch for dad’s wrist. If you’re still not sure which timekeeper would look best on the male parent in your life, we are here to help with a few suggestions, which we’ll deliver here in two different posts. As usual, we’ve considered a variety of budgets as we narrowed down our Father’s Day watch guide.
Freeman’s auction house this Friday will offer a host of interesting vintage timepieces at its Philadelphia headquarters (and online), including many standouts from Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Rolex.
But not all the top lots in Freeman’s ‘Watches of Distinction’ sale on April 7th are from these banner auction brands. Sprinkled in among the sale’s most intriguing offerings are pieces from F. P. Journe, Breitling, LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin and even Gerald Genta, all names that never fail to attract notice from specific sets of very passionate collectors.
In this follow-up to our recent look at square and rectangular watches, we picture eight more models with cornered cases. As we noted earlier in the week, round cases historically sell best, yet many top brands maintain at least one square-cased or rectangular-cased collection. While some contemporary cornered pieces reimagine early twentieth-century designs, others feature new, high-tech case-making technology. The pieces listed below include a variety of square and rectangular styles, and we’re careful to present a range of prices.
Following last year’s introduction of the limited edition Big Bang Broderie, which won accolades as winner in the 2015 GPHG Ladies category, Hublot now introduces the Big Bang Sugar Skull. Its predecessor, you will remember, employs embroidery on tulle to create the skull motif on the dial. Switzerland-based Bischoff Textil produced the embroidery, while Busch Composites, also headquartered in Switzerland, devised a process to surround the delicate needlework in resin and then layer it with carbon fiber to amplify its texture and strength. Inside is the Hublot-made HUB1110 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
“Hublot is the Art of Fusion.” iW sits down with the North American Managing Director Jean-Francois Sberro to discuss what’s in store for the watchmaker in 2016.
The watch features a 46.5mm titanium case, but still feels light enough to feel comfortable on the wrist. Looking at the watch, the size is comparable to Hublot or Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore watches. The black dial boasts multiple layers that enable the 24-hour disk at 9 o’clock and the other is the winding/time setting crown.
This year maybe the shake-up of football will continue during the matches, considering a major underdog Leicester City won the Premier League in England. The UEFA Euro 2016 championship begins on June 10. Many Americans aren’t football (soccer) fans, but the tournament is a major event for European countries and the few fans in the US.
Fitted with a silicon lever and escape wheel, this 232-part movement drives central hours and minutes, along with chronograph and tachymeter functions, while insuring a 50-hour power reserve. The 42mm brushed stainless steel watch has a transparent sapphire crystal caseback with the Tour Auto logo. This year’s edition, Zenith’s second, features a gray dial and gray fabric strap. In just a few days TimeCrafters 2016 opens at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
iW recently sat down with Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot to discuss the beginning of the All Black concept which, this year, reaches its tenth anniversary. Bold and monochromatic, the All Black concept disrupted the industry, establishing a new trend that spread throughout the luxury industry.
Where to begin when trying to choose from among the plethora of ladies—and unisex—watches available? I think it’s best to consider the three Bs: behavior, budget and boldness. Behavior refers to whether or not the “giftee” is the sporty type or more formal. This would determine whether a sport watch, a dressier watch or a transitional piece would work best. Is she trendy or classic? Reserved or boisterous? “Behavior” also influences whether or not a mechanical watch or a quartz piece would be in order. Is Mom intrigued by the inner workings of a watch, or is she the grab-and-go type who cares little about what goes on inside?