Where are watch designs heading in high horology?  2 Comments


Last year Richard Mille's new range of blue torneau shaped dialess watches took the watch industry by storm raising the eyebrows of many conservative watch houses. RM's watches is both sylish and innovative and it was not long after that there will be watch houses that will borrow the concept. The first was CVSTOS which appears very close in design. It appears that this was the beginning of a new trend. An industrial cut look that bares the movement of a watch but it does not have the skeleton movement look. Plates and bridges are all intact without cutaways.

This year we saw the launch of Breguet's new La Tradition line of watches (right watch in photo) and Blancpain's new tourbillon. Will this new trend of watches for high horology catch on? I think its inevitable. Watch manufacturers know that the core attraction of their watches is in the fact that their movement is mechanical and that the demand for exhibition back watches has established itself as a means to showcase the manufacturer's capability to deliver a beautiful movement. Exhibition backs are now deriguer and closed backs are now only almost left to pilot (for antimagnetic properties) and diving watches. Many collectors had reflected to manufacturers that the exhibition backs were as beautiful if not more than the dial. Its only evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) that the dials now appear like the backs. So when the next time you spot someone staring at his or her watch, its likely to be a dialess watch!



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