Wempe Watch Blog

Wempe Watch Blog
2018-01-31

International watch brands seem to have their attention focused squarely on the American market. This year, for the first time ever, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) is bringing its "Watches & Wonders" exhibition to the USA. Previously held in Asia, the Watches & Wonders show will be held in conjunction with the Miami Design District and is open to the public.

More than 21 brands will be exhibiting at the Miami Design Center over the President's Day weekend (February 16-19), and visitors will be marveling at some of the recently unveiled timepieces seen at the Geneva Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) earlier this month. Mind you, the watches previewed at SIHH are not yet available in the US market, and when they are, they will be featured in our showcases. For now, visitors to Watches & Wonders may be able to see and touch some of them.

In addition to showcasing the newest trends, the Watches & Wonders show is also promoting a host of exciting programs, events and speakers, who will offer interesting takes on watches, jewelry and design, in general. Expect to see pop-up structures, too, from independent brands, such as Armin Strom, Romain Jerome, Roman Gauthier, Kari Voutilainen, F.P. Journe and Ralph Lauren.

Organized in partnership with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Miami Design District, this four-day event will run concurrently with the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show and the Miami Design District Concours exotic car show.

2018-01-24

As we mentioned last week, women's watches were an important trend at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva, the first important watch show of the year. Cartier certainly pulled out all the stops with its newest elegant watches for women, with scintillating designs enhancing several key collections. In fact, for the Cartier Libre collection, the brand focuses on revelations and transformations.

After reviewing its finest archival pieces, Cartier unveils a host of new watches with an emphasis on black-and-white design and on diamonds and high jewels — in true Cartier style. The concept herein was to play with shapes — something this brand has done with panache since its inception. It has transformed, mixed and blended the shapes of its Crash and Baignoire, offering disruptive volumes and proportions for truly feminine pieces.

These newest watches were just unveiled and we are bringing you a close-up look here, but please keep in mind, they won't be making their way to the markets until late summer, early fall ... just in time to don some real glamour for the holidays.

2018-01-17

As we mentioned last week, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is taking place in Geneva this week — with more than 30 brands showing at this spectacular by-invitation-only exhibition. The show opened officially on Monday, and is in full swing, but here we bring you an insider's look at three key trends stealing the limelight thus far, and that we can expect to see coming into the market later this summer.

Chronographs and chic, sporty watches. There is a renewed interest in split-second timing this year, and many brands are unveiling sporty, chic chronographs that can measure distances or speeds related to one or multiple events. Generally, chronographs have two pushers to operate their time-tracking functions, but we are seeing some wonderful new Monopusher (single pusher) chronographs coming to fruition that are sure to offer a sleeker appeal in a nice contrast to the bulkier, bolder sport watch.

Vintage inspirations and anniversary collections. You just can't get away from the retro styling and vintage inspirations we are seeing at this exhibition — nor would you want to. In fact, the vintage accents run the gamut from 20th century hands and stylized numerals, to silver and parchment dial colors that recall the early 1900s. Some brands are even implementing historic logos on their dials as a nod to their rich past. This year also seems to be an important one for many watch brands, some celebrating 10 years, and other celebrating centuries. Additionally, some brands are paying homage to particular lines or collections that have anniversaries in 2018.

Women's watches. We have been talking about the women's watch market as a growing segment for at least a decade now. Every year, we witness more brands unveiling timepieces geared for women — and often including automatic and mechanical movements, as well as coveted complications. Moonphase and calendar watches remain a favorite for women, but this year we are witnessing a few more complexities, including tourbillons and repeaters. Make no mistake, though, there are still a grand number of women's decorative watches — sporting three-hands and diamonds or other designs — making their way to the forefront.  And, for women, color will be key this year.

We will bring you more in-depth news and product reports from the brands after the show concludes.

2018-01-10

With the new year upon us, we breathlessly anticipate a series of world-class watch exhibitions, including what promises to be one of the best shows of 2018: Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). Opening on Monday, January 15, and running through Friday, January 19, this by-invitation-only Geneva watch exhibition is always packed with surprises.

This year, 30+ brands will showcase their newest timepieces at the Geneva Pal Expo space. This includes all of the Richemont brands, as well as Hermes, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and a host of 17 independent watch brands. Each of these companies will unveil watches that they have spent years working on. For a fine watch to get from concept and design to development can take anywhere from a couple of years to 10, depending on the brand and the complexity of the watch. These designs introduced at SIHH are the ones that will grace our wrists for the coming year.

In addition to the brands exhibiting at the SIHH, a host of others will be showing their latest designs at different venues throughout the city of Geneva, with some independents up in the watchmaking cantons also opening their doors. A veritable Geneva watch week, this promises to be an exciting time, and we look forward to bringing you news of the latest watches from the brands we carry. Stay tuned.

2018-01-03

Welcome to the new year. We expect it to be an exciting one in the world of watches, so this is a good time to get started planning your newest watch wardrobe. Yes, that's right, a watch wardrobe. If you haven't already begun paying close attention to the watch you wear, this is a good time. Watches make a great statement about you and your interests. Lucky for us, this year promises to be a good one — especially since we see so many watch brands jumping on the best colors of the season. Let's face it, color is the ultimate expression of creativity and attitude.

The Pantone Color Institute recently issued its color trends for the winter season — which began late in December and runs through the next few months. The most prominent color on the list — not just for winter but for all of 2018 — is the divine Ultra Violet, Pantone Color number 18-3838. According to the execs at Pantone, this is an optimistic and empowering color — with a hint of rebellion in it.

Additionally, light, bright and intense colors — often with a pearlized or translucent look — come into play. These include celery or leafy greens (an extension of Pantone's Greenery color of 2017), bright yellow, rose, pink and berry hues, and a bit of blue. Black and gold continue to be strong and metallics are still important, but in a more neutral tone (taupe, almond, white) this winter.

So, when planning your watch wardrobe, take a look at the many different colored straps, dial accent colors and even yellow gold-and-black combinations on the market. We are sure you will find the right look to help you battle the winter doldrums.

Credits: PHOTOS COURTESY OF PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE.