If we’re completely honest, there’s not a lot of winding down going on today at Time+Tide. It’s more of a Friday gear up, really. We’re up to our necks in pre-Basel press releases, schedules and the administrivia that is part and parcel of this sort of venture. So, when we do pop the top off a frosty brew, it’ll be more in the ‘well-earned’ vein than the ‘lazy-Friday-in-the-sun’ vibe. But enough about us, on to the news!
Eagle-eyed Andy Green spotted (because that’s what he does) a PuristsPro post showing a Hodinkee X Vacheron Constantin Cornes de Vache up for sale. Already. And the real kicker? It’s listed at $15K USD above what it sold for originally. Ouch. (Note, the watch has since been removed.)
Watch designers tend to play second (or third) fiddle to the brands they work for, or even to individual watchmakers. Take for example Eric Giroud Eric is one of the most important designers working today, but we suspect very few of the people reading this know his name. One designer who has, through personality and persistence, risen to pre-eminence is the late Gerald Genta. Sure, you all know the Nautilus and the Royal Oak, but are you aware of the Seiko and Bulova designs? This article over at Watch Journal gives a well-rounded view of the industry’s most (in)famous designer.
What really mattered
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the mighty Omega Speedmaster, and hopes are high for some extra-special Speedies at Baselworld. While there are a few more sleeps until the really big reveal, Omega has tantalised us with an interactive timeline of the classic chrono’s history, including a few 2017 teasers, like this sporty Speedmaster Racing.
The week in numbers
1: Female staff member (hi Ceri) who fell hard for Hublot on International Women’s Day
2: Staff members who defended Girard-Perregaux’s honour against spurious charges of inauthentic design.
1: GoPro lost in the line of duty above the fields of Avalon
Infinite: Speculation about the Rolex 2017 collection. Ceramic Coke GMT anyone?