Responding to Coronageddon, Patek Philippe dealers worldwide have launched “Temporary E-Shops.” Housebound customers can now order their five-figure-and-up timepieces online from an authorized dealer and have their treasured timepiece shipped straight to their door. Not all dealers are in, but most are. And all of them . . .
Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Hublot – Switzerland’s horological heavy hitters have ceased production. The reason given: they don’t want to put their workers at risk. Be that as it may, there’s no point making a Swiss watch. The world market has gone from freefall into hibernation. When it ends, which Swiss brands will survive? . . .
I recently counseled readers to ask for a big discount on a new watch this week, before Big Brother’s banhammer came down. If you haven’t cut a deal by now, it’s too late. All the bricks and mortar watch dealers are either closed or closing. And now the good news . . .
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 . . .
A chronograph is an excellent tool watch for timing an event. That said, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are the best kitchen timers. FitBit’s got the gym, running, swimming, not-dying-from-a-heart-attack-while-trying-to-get-heart-healthy thing wired. So a chronograph is a bit of anachronism, valued as much for its aesthetics as its utility. But if you’re want a useful chrono let’s talk about legibility . . .