The revolutionary A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk was unveiled by the German brand in May, 2009. At that time, it was one of the most daring and controversial (as well as immensely beautiful from the point of view of pure engineering) models from the German manufacture. Although not as deliberately high-tech as some wristwatches made by, say, Louis Moinet -another brand that is known for its audacious approach to industrial design- this “digital” timekeeper attracted a lot of attention even before it went on sale later that year.
In the early 1980s, along with the famous Ingenieur series of antimagnetic, shock-resistant timekeepers, the gorgeous IWC Da Vinci line was not just a plain groundbreaker. Almost 25 years ago, when the world was almost conquered by the dirt-cheap, but highly accurate quartz watches, IWC’s master watchmaker Kurt Klaus somehow managed to create an automatic movement with a perpetual calendar complication that gave the whole industry a second chance. This new IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is here to celebrate his heritage.
Although the new CVSTOS Challenge Tourbillon Yachting Club will possibly fail to stun you with extreme legibility or painstakingly measured proportions, its skillfully decorated maze of indicators and displays with ice-cold platinum accented by warm, maritime-inspired wood makes quite a strong impression when you see this ultra-expensive gadget the very first time. Whether impression will be lasting, is another question.
Thirty years ago, Audemars Piguet revealed world’s first ultra-thin self-winding perpetual calendar. This year, the Manufacture presented its special anniversary edition Jules Audemars 30th Anniversary Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 26000PT.OO.D028CR.01).