Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak is a blessing and a curse. Ever since the Gerald Genta-designed timepiece found fame and fortune, the Royal Oak has defined the brand. Ditto Patek Philippe’s Gentabulous Nautilus. Vacheron doesn’t wear a brand straightjacket – the Swiss watchmaker sells a wide range of not-so-signature styles. Their Métiers d’Art watches crank it up to 11 . . .
You might think luxury watch prices would be immune to annoyances like viral outbreaks and economic downturns. Nope. According to voguebusiness.com, “the last global recession lopped nine per cent off the size of the personal luxury goods market,” lowering luxury watch sales and prices. It would have been worse if not for China. Yes, well, the coronavirus outbreak . . .
Curating the weekly New Watch Alert is a Sisyphean task. No, I don’t have a social disease. It refers to Zeus’ punishment to King Sisyphus (not shown) for his lack of hospitality. For killing his guests. Zeus sentenced the King to push a boulder to the top of a hill – only to have it roll back down when it almost reached the summit. For all eternity. Sisyphus didn’t need a watch, then. But you do, constantly. Here are a dozen recent releases . . .
Mr_Nice_Watch writes: In 2016, Vacheron Constantin introduced their new “luxury sports watch.” The Overseas collection has grown to include a chronograph, a dual timer, a world timer, an ultra thin, a perpetual calendar ultra-thin, a Tourbillon and quartz watches. That’s 32 models in all. The time-only Vacheron Constantin Overseas is the simplest version and it’s a real beauty . . .
H. Moser & Cie.’s Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic dropped this morning. The luxury sports watch arrives hot on the heels of TTAW’s Watch of the Year, the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus. Not to mention the less-wonderful Chopard Alpine Eagle and the hugely derivative Bell & Ross BR05. HM&C reckons the Streamliner’s a “reimagining of the stainless steel chronograph.” Well, it is different . . .