Rolex surprised everyone at Baselworld 2016 when it reintroduced the Air-King, a model it had dropped from its collection two years earlier. The revamped Air-King's aviation backstory featured extensively in its launch, giving an example of a new trend in the industry.
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The Chief Executive of Breguet, Blancpain and Jaquet Droz believes Swiss watchmaking has been following a six-year cycle since the turn of the century. While figures may be pointing in the wrong direction, he prefers to take a positive view as markets still welcome innovative, finely crafted timepieces.
Whenever there is a slight downturn in the market, watch brands concentrate on safe, classic designs, either in new collections or by tweaking existing core collections. This move away from showpieces to standard fare is a good development for ladies’ watches.
Members of the suit brigade know that a watch tucked inside the pocket is the height of horological elegance. Hermès presents two new interpretations that combine style, precision and expertise.
Two faces showing twenty complications including five striking functions inside a majestic white gold case. The Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 is the most complicated watch ever in Patek Philippe's regular collection.