The authoritative Swiss watch publishing title offers its readers two gifts this week: firstly, the official catalog of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève inserted into its fall edition; and secondly, a new layout ensuring even more pleasant and convenient reading. Fine Watchmaking enthusiasts around the world can naturally also get the digital version of this fall issue from the WorldTempus shop by clicking here.
Time changes the color of autumn leaves, as well as the visual tone of our GMT pages. Time also modifies contents and aesthetic codes, much as it does with those of iconic watches. The GMT graphic design studio, as well as its salesforce and its editorial team, all wanted to give the same subtle touch of fresh momentum to the Great Magazine of Timepieces, without any major upheavals, just as it has enjoyed others since its launch in 2000. Keeping step with the times is also one of the concerns expressed by the heads of Parmigiani Fleurier and Vacheron Constantin Second Hand Watches Replica interviewed in this issue (WorldTempus readers have already had a chance to enjoy the interview given by Steve Amstutz, indeed making it the most-read article of the week). Design necessarily plays a role in this process, as you will see in our two feature articles dedicated to legibility and to micro-rotors.
Fall also brings what some refer to as the Lake Geneva Watch Week: an amazing few days that begins with the inauguration of the largest independent boutique in Western Switzerland (A l’Emeraude, WorldTempus will be attending the event on November 6th); continues with the Forum de la Haute Horlogerie on November 7th and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève on November 8th, before concluding with the traditional watch sales – complemented this year by the biennial Only Watch charity auction on November 11th! All these are not-to-be-missed dates on the watch industry calendar, for which GMT has been serving as media partner since their respective launches.
This really is a good time to discuss the incoming creation Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph, which was actually a little more distinctive. It did not have the identical type of manufacture movement, and it was a little more straightforward overall but the more aerodynamic case and easy to comprehend bracelet were arguably greater than the newer version. Going back to the instance, the newer Overseas is more tonneau-style in shape, whereas the old model wasn’t as “lengthy,” which benefited the appearance while the watch has been worn on the alloy bracelet. Thus, even though the more recent Overseas is an update in a lot of ways, the new bigger Overseas Chronograph may have lost a bit of their visual mojo that made the group have its distinctive charm.In terms of size the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V household is 42.5mm broad (versus 42mm of their older production) and 13.7mm thick (versus 12.45mm of the older generation). The case is still water resistant to 150m and includes a sapphire crystal on the top and underside. The additional thickness especially makes for a fairly large sized luxury sports watch. The three-hand Overseas Simple Date is easily the better option if case thickness is important to you. If you want a luxury sports opinion and need something rather large, then the Overseas Chronograph is the ideal choice for you. Given that I have a tendency to associate those “high society” steel sports watches as being appreciated for their high-profile afterward, in my opinion, the thickness of the Overseas Chronograph makes for a cool looking watch, although not a specially genteel-feeling watch.The trendiest trick that Vacheron Constantin taught the Overseas was the way to swap the bracelet and strap. The Overseas now comes with a tool-less strap elimination system, along with three strap/bracelet options per watch. This includes the fitting steel bracelet, an alligator strap, along with a high-quality rubber strap. Spoiler alert – I discovered that the rubber strap to be both the greatest looking and the very comfortable.
If this exceptional early November schedule of events were not enough to satisfy collectors, this issue of GMT together with WorldTempus (fondly referred to as WT) are also offering them a chance to acquire 12 unique pieces created by major brands for the anniversary of worldtempus.com. To celebrate this landmark and this new layout, GMT and WT are gifting a splendid Reuge music box to those who are quickest in taking up this offer. Exclusivity is also the keynote of the amazing Rally Timer chronograph from Montblanc’s TimeWalker collection, symbolizing the brand’s new ambitions in the sports niche and featured on the cover of this very special GMT issue. And sport naturally transcends seasons!