Watches and Wonders novelties – part II
Vacheron Constantin at Watches and Wonders 2021
Vacheron Constantin has presented one of the most spectacular collections of the fair so far, with watches ranging from the amazing Les Cabinotiers Planetaria and Moonlight Jewellery (superb bespoke pieces), to their traditional Metiers d’Art series, which this year pays hommage to famed explorers (I love how they dig in museums to find old documents about heroes of the past, like they did with their incredible Aerostiers series, which I had the privilege of seeing created under my own eyes).
Never one to say no to gold, but always, always managing to avoid that bling factor, Vacheron Constantin is also launching a fully pink gold Overseas, which, incredibly, looks just as home with a tuxedo or with a nice pair of jeans.
And my personal favorite, the Historique American 1921 – the platinum version. A watch that costs 50,000 euros and will probably last until the end of time.
A special thank you to the wonderful Christian Selmoni, my favorite style and heritage director of all existent watch brands, for always keeping things more than just beautiful.
Hermes at Watches and Wonders 2021
Hermes’ Guillaume de Seynes, the successor of the famed Thierry Hermes, has presented the H08, its first dedicated men’s collection, which will of course not prevent any strong-minded women such as myself to wear it, because, to be frank, it is simply stunning. It has always been a mystery to me how this Maison manages to keep its style so austere and understated and sometimes even cold and still be so utterly seductive. And this new cushion-shaped watch really epitomizes the style that has come to define Hermes timepieces. The H08 is an original cushion-shaped watch that plays with contrasting finishes and subtle gradiations of black and grey tones while certain models make a play of brightly colored highlights through fabric and rubber straps. There are five distinct 39mm references with four in titanium (two with black DLC coatings) and one piece featuring a ‘graphene-filled’ composite case.
TAG Heuer at Watches and Wonders 2021
TAG Heuer is relaunching the Aquaracer under the supervision of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault’s son – Frederic Arnault, CEO of TAG. This is a new, ergonomic, updated, more modern iteration of the model that was born in 1978 and which was also the first watch of Frederic Arnault. It is a sporty, easy-to-wear watch, inspired by the brand’s “Beyond the Edge, beyond fear, beyond reason” motto, which I find perfect for this particular time that we are experiencing. The 36 mm or 43 mm timepieces have very legible, dynamic, clear dials and the watch, after the facelift, is still instantly recognizable, thanks to the work of Guy Bove, a wonderful watch designer that I had the pleasure of speaking to when he was creating for IWC and Chopard. The new Aquaracer line took two years to develop.