The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: the most expensive wristwatch ever sold, a new space-themed watch from the production designer of Interstellar, the best watch of the year named, and more.
A Different Watch from ‘Interstellar’
Hamilton has made appearances in swaths of movies since it became the go-to brand of Hollywood in the 1950s. The most notable onscreen example of late has been the watch in Interstellar, which proved that mechanical watches can indeed save planet earth from imminent destruction. It might be unfair to put such high expectations on the ODC X-03, which was designed by the production designer of Interstellar, Nathan Crowley. But it is a cool watch, with a black PVD-coated titanium case and three subdials backed by Jupiter (an homage to that mother of all space movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey).
The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 Named Best Watch of the Year
The judges at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), apparently unfazed by Ferdinand Berthoud’s obsession with its own name, have named the FB 1 the best watch of the year. It’s a white gold timepiece, with a tourbillon and fusée chain, and it costs more than most American homes.
2 New Panerai Radiomirs
Two months out from SIHH, the once-watch of the Italian Navy teased two new pieces, the Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio Brevettato PAM685 and PAM687. Both retro-style dive watches are the same dimensions and roughly the same design as Panerai’s original Radiomir watch; this time around, it’s available in both black and brown “tropical” dial colorways.
The Most Expensive Wristwatch Ever Sold
The right complications and case material, plus incredible rarity, converge in a Patek Philippe watch fetching over $11 million at auction.
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Watch brands like Detroit Watch Co. and Weiss are proving that American watches can use Chinese, German, and Swiss manufacturing to fill in gaps in the US industry to get customers a quality product. The next step? Watches made entirely in America. Our full story in Issue Three of Gear Patrol Magazine and at gearpatrol.com (?:@henrysp)