Watch news! Assuming COVID-19 doesn’t do a Mexican wave, the Swiss watch industry’s movers and shakers will gather on Thursday November 12 for their 20th annual orgy of self-congratulationGrand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. For the first time, the GPHG will “allow” smartwatches in the ironically named “Challenge” category . . .
In 2015, German watchmaker NOMOS thrilled the horological world with a home-grown automatic movement using a patented Swing System escapement. They christened the new range of watches the Minimatik. At €3,000 ($3,800), the NOMOS Champagner is the most expensive model in the collection. Worth it?
New watch alert! Coronageddon continues to take its toll on Swiss watchmakers, what with Asian markets down for the count and Baselworld’s 2020 cancellation (not to mention the smartwatch crisis). Meanwhile, manufacturers are bombarding buyers with new product – a SKU torrent that will increase online as they release models that were set to debut at Watches & Wonders and Baselworld. Here’s this week’s carefully curated (i.e. snarky) roundup of the terrible/terrific twelve . . .
The “journalists” at Hodinkee have another brand to protect from their editorial integrity, or lack thereof. Montblanc joins the following brands at the HoDinkee shop: Bulgari, Grand Seiko, Hamilton, Longines, NOMOS, OMEGA, Oris, Ressence, Seiko, TAG Heuer, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, Zenith and Zodiac. Welcome to HoDinkee’s No Criticism Zone! Mont Blanc is now assured of a first-class ass-kissing. Starting now . . .