Across the Houses

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One of the more in­ter­est­ing trends to have emerged in re­cent years is the will­ing­ness of watch in­dus­try brands to col­lab­o­rate with oth­ers out­side of the in­dus­try. We’ve known for years about the dif­fer­ent leather houses work­ing with brands to cre­ate leather straps but up un­til re­cently, it used to be hush-hush. For the mod­ern gentle­man who wants crafts­man­ship in his buys, it’s the best op­por­tu­nity to own a unique edi­tion and for the brand afi­cionado, this is a chance to dis­cover and ex­pe­ri­ence a new side of a brand, es­pe­cially when it’s d one in con­junc­tion with a part­ner or de­signer who wishes to con­vey some­thing dif­fer­ent, or is a po­lar op­po­site from the brand. B ut such part­ner­ships are sym­bi­ot­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial. The watch brand en­joys a style in­vig­o­ra­tion while the sec­ond part­ner gains recog­ni­tion for its craft. Mean­while, col­lec­tors get ex­cited over new and un­usual prod­ucts while watch crit­ics have some­thing to rave about be­sides the stan­dard big name prod­ucts.

Hublot clas­sic fu­sion berluti all black

Af­ter do­ing denim and lace ( Heaven knows why), Hublot car­ried on this year with the dandy’s sweet dream, Berluti leather. It’s mod­ern day alchemy in more ways than one with both brands hav­ing to fig­ure out ex­act tones of the leather that would work for the watch. Très chic.

Co­rum her­itage bub­ble dani olivier

Over 30 new ref­er­ences were in­jected into Co­rum’s lineup this year but eas­ily one of the most eye-catch­ing pieces was the Co­rum Bub­ble Dani Olivier. Minia­tur­is­ing the renowned French pho­tog­ra­pher’s work with hu­man bod­ies cov­ered in coloured light, the watch presents a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of art.

Vacheron con­stantin MÉTIERS D’ART SARTORIALE

As the old­est con­tin­u­ous watch­maker in the world, Vacheron Con­stantin chose the per­fect part­ner this year. The world’s old­est fab­ric man­u­fac­turer, Vi­tale Bar­beris Canon­ico, con­trib­uted to the di­als of the brand’s new col­lec­tion that sees the re­cre­ation of fa­mous wo­ven pat­terns us­ing guil­loché and enam­elling.

IWC SC haffhausen pi­lot’s watch au­to­matic 36

IWC has been work­ing with Ital­ian leather guru San­toni for years now (and been open about it) but this year, the fact that there’s a Pi­lot’s watch with San­toni’s leather makes us very happy men. With the size and its new sun­ray fin­ished dial, it’s a choice for the guys who love pi­lot’s watches but want more style out of it.

Parmi­giani fleurier Tonda Métro MJF

The brand’s part­ner­ship with the lux­ury house of Her­mès for its straps is one that’s well-doc­u­mented but this year’s spe­cial edi­tion for the Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val is per­haps our favourite so far. The finely snailed royal blue dial matches Her­mès’ per­fectly crafted sap­phire blue al­li­ga­tor leather strap.

Zenith academy christophe colomb co­hiba edi­tion

At first glance, it may look like Zenith de­cided to use ac­tual cig ar leaves for the dial on its new Academy Christophe Colomb Co­hiba Edi­tion but that would prob­a­bly have been eas­ier than the truth. To celebrate the Cuban cigar mak­ers ju­bilee, Zenith took to cre­at­ing a unique gold leaf dial, hand-en­graved in enamel and styled to look like the leaves that clad a Ro­busto. It’s the za­ni­est time­piece we’ve seen out of the award-win­ning col­lec­tion yet but one that’s a beauty to be­hold thanks to the unique dial that sur­rounds the self-reg­u­lat­ing gy­ro­scopic mod­ule that’s front and cen­tre on the watch. Lim­ited to just five pieces world­wide (al­ready sold out), we can think of a few cigar afi­ciona­dos who will be beg­ging the brand for more.

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