The watch industry is awash with too much news to cover. Each week, we’ll break down everything worth knowing. This week: Glashütte Original’s new collection of COSC chronometers, the survival of the watch industry, a new era of hybrid smartwatches and more.
At last year’s Baselworld, Glashüette Original unveiled the Senator Excellence, a dressy three-hand piece with the brand’s new Caliber 36 that meets the rigorus standards of the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Glashüette has now added two new complications to the Excellence line: a panorama date and a moonphase as well. Both are available in steel and rose gold, and will range between $10,400 (steel panorama date) and $21,900 (rose gold moonphase) in price.
‘The Improbable Survival of the Luxury Watch Business’
Recent reports suggest an industry on the decline, but in today’s age of smartphones and affordable quartz watches, it seems like a wonder people pay thousands for high-end mechanical watches at all. British journalist and non-fiction author Simon Garfield takes a hard look at why the industry is still going.
One of the World’s Most Lauded Watches, Now in ‘Honey Gold’
To celebrate 22 years of its flagship timepiece, A. Lange & Söhne gives the Lange 1 Time Zone a special gold case.
Hybrid smartwatches — analog watches crossed with wearable tech — are a small but burgeoning segment, led by brands like Withings and Frederique Constant. But after Fossil Group’s acquisition of Misfit Wearables last year, we’re finally seeing a torrent of new analog smartwatch models, made up of 40 models from Fossil’s hugely popular sub-brands like Diesel, Michael Kors, Chaps and Armani.
An Interview With Designer Mark Braun
Designer Mark Braun tells us how he used his training in furniture and product design into one of the best-looking watches in the industry.
GUB Glasshütte 70.1
Before it became Glashütte Original in 1994, it was VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB), an East German state-owned conglomeration of several Glashütte-based watchmakers, formed in 1951. The GUB 70.1 was just one of many watches the conglomerate made during the ’60s.