Once again, we saw, we liked, and we dreamed to put it on our wrists. These are seven novelties from Geneva Watch Days that we find worthy to be on our wish list
Geneva Watch Days was conceptualized as a decentralized and self-managed multi-brand watch event. The new fair’s objective is to introduce retailers and media representatives to base key watchmaking novelties from a broad choice of brands representing the Swiss Watch industry on a “see now, buy now, resell now” basis.
The success of Geneva Watch Days 2020 has encouraged its founding and associated brands to organize the event again in 2021 with a very similar format: phygital (as in, physical and digital), global, decentralized, self-managed and open to the public. From new dials to new complications as well as collaborations and expanding lines, these are our favorite new watches from this year’s edition of Geneva Watch Days:
Arnold & Son Globetrotter Steel
After the red gold version, the updated design for Arnold & Son’s Globetrotter now comes in two stainless steel versions that coordinate perfectly with the large bridge spanning the world map of the Northern Hemisphere. The brand presents the Globetrotter Steel in a blue gradient dial, which is limited to 88 pieces, and a silvery-white opalescent dial that’s not limited. Design-wise, the steel arch bridge that keeps the hemispherical world time display in rotation is what sets the Globetrotter collection apart from all other timepieces.
Bvlgari Octo Roma WorldTimer
Fully inhabiting the concept of Bvlgari’s open invitation to travel, the Octo Roma WorldTimer is presented in black, or satin-brushed and polished steel. Up front, the innovative dial displays home and local time across all 24 time zones, giving its wearer a sense of connection which certainly makes every city a home away from home.
Frederique Constant Highlife Skeleton
Frederique Constant celebrates the technical and aesthetic expertise of the brand with the new Highlife Skeleton Automatic. This time, the watch offers a direct view on the piece’s intricate inner workings, celebrating the savoir-faire of the brand’s watchmakers. Sporty yet chic, with its bold design and elegant lines, the new Highlife Skeleton brings to life a modern vision of skeletonization and mechanical watchmaking in a complex play of light and shadow.
Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar
The singular perpetual flash calendar finally makes its way to the fluid design of H. Moser & Cie.’s steel bracelet watch in the all-new Streamliner Perpetual Calendar. As the name suggests, the third addition to the Streamliner family comes with the independent manufacture’s most prized and utterly unique movement: the perpetual calendar.
At a first glance, it may appear as a simple addition of a date window at 4 o’clock. However, a closer look reveals a small central hand at 12 o’clock to indicate the month, where each of the 12 hours represent one month. A small power reserve indicator is also featured at 10 o’clock, reminding the wearer when to wind it up again for an autonomy of seven days.
Oris Aquis Date Upcycle
What makes the latest Oris Aquis Date Upcycle special? For one, the kaleidoscopic dial of the high-performance diver’s watch is made of recycled PET plastic, a beautiful symbol of the brand’s long-running campaign to bring Change for the Better to our planet. On top of that, each watch is also unique. Available in 41.5mm or 36.5mm, this is also a symbol of Oris’s new climate neutral status.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor
Parmigiani Fleurier introduces the new Tonda PF line, its most forward-looking collection, with the new Tonda PF Micro-Rotor. Aesthetically, the new watch comes in stainless steel with platinum bezel. Nestled in a vertical, oval, double-edged appliqué with extensive finishing, its PF logo at 12 o’clock reflects a new pure aesthetic on a warm grey grain d’orge guilloché dial. Combined with its slimness and sleekness, this watch is surely a refined and elegant watch for any occasion.
Urwerk UR-100 Electrum
Known for building timepieces that push the boundaries of creativity beyond their limits, Urwerk unveils a limited edition of the UR-100 Electrum. The watch is crafted from an alloy of yellow gold and palladium, along with a circular grooved case continuing Urwerk’s mixture of time, space and touch.
Furthermore, in addition to the satellite-type hours and minutes display, the UR-100 Electrum provides a new item of information. Once the 60th minute has passed, the minutes hand vanishes and reappears as a kilometer counter illustrating the 555 kilometers traveled every 20 minutes by every inhabitant of the Earth. This in fact corresponds to the Earth’s average speed of rotation calculated at the Equator.
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