Audemars Piguet (AP) and Marvel have revealed the first product of their new partnership, the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. The reveal doubles as the launch of a partnership that will produce more Marvel-inspired luxe timepieces in the future.
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.
In its quest for excellence, Louis Vuitton loves to blend old-school craftsmanship with forward-thinking. This becomes especially evident in their Haute Horlogerie models like the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon, which was introduced earlier this year. The watch seamlessly continues the legacy of Louis Vuitton’s emblematic watch, yet is not shy of pushing the envelope with both its futuristic design, as well as with its superb movement.