It’s On! Geneva Watch Days 2021 Brings Energy, Elegance, and a Whole New Layer of Enthusiasm to Swiss Watch Fairs
And then suddenly, it felt as if the watch world refrained from turning. It felt as though time, itself, was that family heirloom quartz timepiece in the back of your watch box that you hadn’t worn in years because it desperately needed a new battery. You loved it. You did. But it just… wasn’t… working.
Thankfully, however, with the help of vaccinations, mask mandates, and nearly eighteen months of social distancing, that battery has been replaced and the second hand is moving again, and because of this new awakening, twenty of the world’s most respected watch brands gathered in Geneva for the 2nd official edition of Geneva Watch Days, happening from August 30th through September 3rd.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at four of the most interesting and talked about pieces to come out of Geneva Watch Days so far.
The Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante
Oh, uh, Hellllllloooo Czapek! Where in the world did you come from?? Oh, you’ve originally been around since 1845, you say? And you once had a partnership with Antoni Patek that lasted from 1839-1845 under the name, “Patek, Czapek & Cie”? Okay, well, carry on, then.
All kidding aside, after the 2015 relaunch of Czapek & Cie, the brand has been highly respected amongst many a watch collector, but this newest edition to their Antarctique collection of watches may just catapult the label into a different universe, entirely.
The limited edition Antarctique Rattrapante is a split-second mono-pusher chronograph with an attractive and unique dial-side mechanism. The watch’s movement was made in collaboration with Chronode (the company founded by the brilliant watchmaker, Jean-François Mojon) and is unlike anything Czapek & Cie has created since their relaunch, causing many heads to hypothetically explode all over the Instagram universe.
The Updated Globetrotter Steel by Arnold & Son
There’s no denying that there has always been an absolute love fest within the watch collector community for the Globetrotter “world time” edition watch by Arnold & Son. And the release of the updated version of the Globetrotter Steel at this year’s Geneva Watch Days, only a couple of months after the gold edition was released, certainly has the community chatting.
While the Globetrotter Steel, at 45mm in diameter, is larger in size than many of the Geneva Watch Days’ releases, aesthetically, it’s as close to perfection as a world timer can get. The oscillating weight has a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern and is skeletonized and NAC coated, bringing its color closer to that of the movement. The A&S 6022 self-winding caliber (which has been fully developed, manufactured, decorated, assembled, adjusted, and fitted at the brand’s factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland) is finished according to traditional Swiss watchmaking standards, with a pearlized main plate, sunburst Côtes de Genève bridges, satin-finished wheels, and polished screws.
In other words… ((chef’s kiss)).
The Divina Mosaica Tsavorite by Bulgari
With all the recent talk within the watch enthusiast community about timepieces no longer being labeled by gender, the new Divina Mosaica watch by Bulgari released in Tsavorite at Geneva Watch Days is a watch made with women – and with the green watch trend – in mind, and that is a fact that can either be accepted or not. (Also, going the tsavorite route in lieu of emerald takes moxy, which Bulgari has in spades.)
Bulgari has always put their women watch collectors top of mind. They have not neglected women buyers in the watch community by any stretch. This is a brand that understands quality gemstones and hand finishing and it is also a brand that has designed and manufactured what is likely one of the most iconic women’s watches in history (the Serpenti, as if you didn’t already know). Bulgari need not change their ways as it pertains to for whom they design their watches; men, women, or otherwise, and the timepiece community at large is grateful for the impact the brand continues to make.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar
Is anyone even surprised anymore that H. Moser & Cie continues to surprise the watch world? Short answer: nah. Long answer: absolutely, unequivocally nah.
But do we continue to hop on board with just about everything relating to the Streamliner series? YES. Yes, we do, and with good reason (even when we question the placement of the date window).
The new Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is equipped with the HMC 812 calibre, which uses the indices to indicate the months via a small red and white central hand. The watch has a guaranteed power reserve of 168 hours (WHAT???) which is displayed at 10 o'clock on the dial via an indicator. And yes… as mentioned… the date window is at the nontraditional 4 o’clock mark, and according to the brand’s release, the window is “positioned at an unusual angle which required the numerals to be tilted to 26°”.
Is the date window placement the only thing collectors can find fault with on this newest addition to the Streamliner series, then Moser should consider themselves ahead of the game, because let’s face it, these days, in the world of the interwebs, just about everyone has something to say about just about everything.
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