Presenting DAMAN Caliber 2018

The newest edition of your most comprehensive annual guide on watch technology and lifestyle have hit the newsstands.

The new DAMAN Caliber 2018

A message from our Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief Ronald Liem

A Wrinkle In Time – Fine watchmaking has always been full of surprises, unexpected developments and, well, constant change. There are, however, some aspects that have always felt timeless—aspects everybody from watch enthusiasts and collectors to media like us can always rely on as a bedrock of stability. The big annual trade fairs used to be like that. But now, as the year comes to a close, more and more brands are leaving what used to be the biggest highlights of haute horlogerie.

It’s hard not to be worried.

Looking deeper into the issue, though, there’s a pretty simple underlying reason. Keeping up with the times. And when legendary names like Audemars Piguet and the entire Swatch Group are taking the lead, it’s hard to argue that this is how the industry will eventually operate. Perhaps it’s less about distancing themselves from traditional fairs and more about embracing bespoke events, digital rollouts and a myriad other ways to reach out to an increasingly connected world and an increasingly younger
clientele.

But some things will never change. Whether a watch is presented at SIHH, unveiled at Baselworld or debuting at a star-studded party halfway across the world from Switzerland, the charm of novelty will not be eroded. The same can be said if a major release happens online. Just look at the success of Omega’s Speedy Tuesday campaign or Patek Philippe that this year finally embraced the charms of Instagram.

Times are changing, but the wonders of haute horlogerie are timeless. And through the following pages, I invite you to explore these wonders from the comfort of your home. Happy reading.

What’s Inside DAMAN Caliber 2018

INSIDERS

The Italian Touch – Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Director of Bulgari Watches Design, chats about design philosophy

Living Legend – Kurt Klaus, master watchmaker at IWC Schaffhausen, talks about innovation and the future of IWC

By Air, Land and Sea –  Breitling Creative Director Guy Bove sits down for a chat on the new direction and creations of the brand

Personal Touch – Michel Navas, founder of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, shares new insight into his creations

Another Step Forward – While the industry might be a tad more cautious, Longines is doing more than just well. Talk with CEO Walter von Känel to find out why

Shaking Things Up –  Zenith CEO Julien Tornare talks about living in the present

WATCH SPREADS

In The Details – Up close and personal with Patek Philippe’s novelties of the year

Timekeepers for Winners –  Watches that celebrate the drive for physical excellence in sports

Back on Black – Sleek, matte or textured, black has once again resurfaced as the color of choice for fine dials

Every Second Counts – Replacing the seconds hand with a subseconds dial offers a cool view of how the seconds go by

A Day In the Life with Cartier –  Meet the maison’s finest timepieces in their “natural habitat.”

BRAND STORY

Forward in Time – While holding fast to time-honored tradition, Patek Philippe moves forward with technical breakthroughs driven by its spirit of innovation

Return of an Icon – TAG Heuer unveils a new creation inspired by the brand’s rich automotive heritage: the Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph

In a Flash – Longines introduces a new iteration of its Conquest V.H.P. watch for today’s tech-savvy globetrotter

An Iconic Update – With the new Multifort Chronometer1 Mido continues to look towards the future with confidence

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