Watches and Wonders 2023 Day 3 Highlights

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 39mm

A day with out fanfare at Watches and Wonders Geneva is as possible as a sunny January day within the Scottish highlands. So it’s that our third day on the honest should start with a watch that nobody should buy, and for which there is no such thing as a value: the Roger Dubuis Monovortex Break up Seconds Chronograph. The watch is a wild one, filled with what we will solely name brazen improvements, together with a “vortex” tourbillon, which the advertising and marketing crew tells us does probably not qualify as a real tourbillon. It additionally leans into the gravity component of the story, as tourbillons do, with a particular rotor referred to as the turbo rotor. Roger Dubuis fortunately tells us that they needed to be a bit foolish, and thus the rotor — being organized perpendicularly to the motion — finds itself in a disadvantageous place. The purpose of this idea is to push boundaries into the realm of the cool — hyper cool, one may say. This message, delivered throughout the product presentation, is a little bit at odds with the official place, however it will simply be part of our listing of questions for the long run, as we word on the finish. For now, we all know that Roger Dubuis calls all this extravagance hyper horology, to differentiate it from vanilla haute horlogerie. It’s even referred to as Hyper Horology, with a “TM,” in a nod to how critically takes Roger Dubuis takes its mission to discover a little bit of enjoyable in timekeeping.  

In a completely distracting and disarming transfer, Roger Dubuis had every kind of robots on show in its stand, together with a Boston Dynamics robotic canine (which will simply appear like that robotic as a result of we didn’t ask) that tried to make pals with everybody. The approaching robotic apocalypse by no means seemed so interesting… Equally, Tudor stole the present from underneath its personal novelties by turning its manufacture right into a digital participant in its debut video. The video showcasing its new facility in Le Locle was deeply absorbing, in addition to being indicative of Tudor’s plan to go all the way in which on the METAS path. Talking of which, Tudor does certainly have an entire slate of latest fashions that can be obtainable for wrists in all places, together with its second-ever METAS mannequin, the Black Bay in 41mm. This watch looks like one other step in direction of Tudor adopting this certification throughout its vary. The agency is clearly in a position to management extra of its manufacturing with the addition of the brand new manufacture. Nonetheless, manufacturing amenities and certifications don’t imply any given watch can be one, which is why the brand new variations of the Black Bay GMT are key. We predict Tudor is paving the way in which for giant issues, however that’s solely attainable with an increasing number of novelties that fireside individuals up. 

Whereas we have now already paid our respects to greater than two dozen manufacturers, this story ought to shut with TAG Heuer, the place we found that we have been each proper and improper concerning the Carrera. Sure, there may be certainly a brand new Carrera on the town, however the present mannequin stays within the image. That is much like what occurred when the brand new Aquaracer debuted in 2021, with each previous and new variations of the identical mannequin household coexisting. The brand new 39mm mannequin is sort of the festive quantity, even incomes itself the catchy glassbox moniker (TAG Heuer proposed this themselves and the Web took the bait, although it’s a bit complicated, however we will consider nothing higher ourselves), and even sports activities an developed model of the automated calibre Heuer 02 referred to as the TH20-00. It’s all a bit mysterious since there are two fashions right here, with date home windows on reverse ends of the dial, and thus two variations of the calibre, which is an inexpensive assumption. As all the time, it will not be a watch honest if we left with extra solutions than questions, however we have now the remainder of 2023 to determine it out. 

Examine our Watches and Wonders 2023 Day 2 Highlights right here.

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