The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: mysterious watches from Cartier, skeletons from Zenith, Breitling’s potential sale and more.
A Groovy Mystery
Ahead of SIHH 2017, Cartier has unveiled three new watches — the Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, the Skeleton Mysterious Hour and the Panthère Joueuse. The two Mysterious watches set moving parts in sapphire glass to look suspended in mid-air without giving showing how the hands are driven (hence the mystery). The former has a minute repeater complication and “double tourbillon” — a rotating tourbillon cage set inside another rotating sapphire disk, while the former has the hour and minute hands suspended in a stationary disk, with the rest of the movement partially exposed. The Panthère Joueuse, however, eschews traditional hands altogether, in favor of a diamond panther paw (indicating the minutes) chasing a diamond ball (indicating the hours).
El Primero Exposed
Zenith — continuing to churn out various versions of the high-beat El Primero — has unveiled two skeleton versions of the Standard El Primero ($10,600) and the El Primero Tourbillon ($47,600). Both movements are housed in 46mm ceramic cases, affixed to a perforated rubber strap and a carbon fiber finished rubber strap for the Skeleton and Skeleton Tourbillon, respectively.
Breitling to Lose Indie Status?
Bloomberg reports Swiss watchmaker Breitling is considering a sale to a larger company, according to sources familiar with the matter. Breitling is one of the few large Swiss watchmakers to remain wholly independent; the majority are owned by luxury watch groups like SWATCH and Richemont.
‘Going Beyond Time’
The New York Times reports on the growing trend of Swiss watchmakers introducing limited-edition timepieces that benefit charitable causes like environmental conservation efforts and youth programs.
Left Handed? These Watches Are for You
Tudor’s latest timepiece was designed specifically for southpaws, making it one of just a handful you can buy today.
Breitling Datora Chronograph
While the Navitimer is the icon in Breitling’s lineup, the company has a long history of fantastic chronographs. Take, for instance, this Datora Chronograph from the 1940s, which features a 35.5mm 18k gold case, a Valjoux 72 movement and large date windows — an elegant execution from a brand known for its decidedly more rugged rugged pilot’s watches.