Across the Houses
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.