You see, when Carl F. Bucherer began, it wanted to be a modern Swiss watch brand from a design perspective. Most of the early models as well as the design of their in-house made CFB A1000 movement is very edgy and modern. The A1000's bridges and plate are more inspired by technology than traditional timepieces. They didn't want to mention their ties to the retailer Bucherer for a range of logical reasons. For a period of time the name of the brand was probably just going to be "Bucherer." Anyhow, they aren't going to abandon their more modern collections, but a few years ago they decided to "go classic" based on market pressures.
Tech specs from MB&F: Horological Machine No4 Final Edition; HM4 Final Edition is a limited edition of 8 pieces in blackened titanium
Inside the Romain Jerome Steampunk Chrono is a Swiss made caliber RJ001-CS automatic chronograph movement which I believe was done for RJ by Concepto. It has a custom Romain Jerome automatic rotor as well and 42 hours of power reserve. The watch is wild and "crazy," which is a term I find that the Swiss like to use quite a bit when discussing their own ideas which don't fit within Swiss conservatism. I am beginning to believe that many Swiss people who participate in the production of wild designs such as this might actually think they are crazy, rather than just creative.
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At launch, Spero Lucem debuts with four products. This includes two watches (the other is called La Jonction), a folding Damascus steel knife with moving watch gears in it, and a cross-shaped pendant for women covered in diamonds. It is an interesting little collection of luxury items for sure. From a visual perspective, especially the case, this might be the most conservatively designed watches Yvan Arpa has ever been a part of creating, but I think it is good for him. Though I never thought he'd work with someone ever again.
As far as I know, no Laurent Ferrier watches are available in steel. You get gold or platinum choices only. And if that doesn't fancy you then I believe he has other customers waiting. What first drew my attention to his designs was the watchmaker's touch. Such as the proper proportions on the dial, the fluid ergonomics, the highly detailed and well decorated movement, and a concept of what watch collectors like.
One of the things I noticed as I was shadowing Ariel at the SIHH, was the fact that everyone seemed to know him. I mean, everyone from the top brass of the big brands to the PR people, to other journalists, to those on the periphery of the watch industry. It was difficult to move through the convention when we would be stopped every ten steps by someone greeting Ariel.
At what point does it become advisable to insure your watch collection from home theft?