For the Swiss watchmaking industry, 2020 was not a great year. It was actually bad for everyone, obviously, but the hard times that fell on many as the coronavirus pandemic shut down entire industries inevitably put a dent in the luxury goods market in general. One casualty was the offbeat Romain Jerome (RJ) studio, famous for their sophisticated luxury mechanical timepieces often created with superhero tie-ins, like Spider-Man.
The tale of King Arthur and his legendary knights has captivated generations and was, for Roger Dubuis, the inspiration to create the Knights of the Round Table. The watches in this collection are quite unique, as Roger Dubuis took an artistic approach, in which they combine craftsmanship with the use of disruptive materials.
If there would be a competition for the finest and most complex travel watch, the GMT Earth from Greubel Forsey will for sure be a top contender to win. Housed in a bold, 45.5mm large case made of white gold does it display world-time as well as a second timezone in the most dramatic way possible. It doesn’t often happen, especially not with a Greubel Forsey, but these complications take the stage from the inclined tourbillon, with which this watch is also fitted.
MB&F’s HM4 watch–or to use their preferred term, Machine–is anything but conventional. Inspired by aviation design, the watch- (and clock-) maker first released this radical design in 2010 with the HM4 Thunderbolt. It would go on to win Best Concept & Design Watch at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.