Journey to the centre of Sci-Fi
From the quiet of their workshops, watchmakers are busy inventing stories of robots, the end of the world and space conquests, plots worthy of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Royal Oak Offshore, Audemars Piguet makes a big impact with a black ceramic chronograph inspired by the limited-edition End of Days from 1999, which arose following the collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was starring in the film directed by Peter Hyams. And that marked the beginning of a long line of partnerships with celebrities like Jay-Z and LeBron James. But what story does the brand new model tell? Inside its 43 mm case, enhanced with studs, push-piece guards, a titanium back and 8 steel screws, nestles the watchmaker’s latest chronograph movement, equipped with the flyback function to reset and restart the chrono at the push of a button. The black dial is decorated with the new generation Mega Tapisserie Pattern, punctuated with touches of yellow.
Back to the future
Let’s leave the apocalyptic universe of the blockbuster behind us and embark on another journey, this time with Chanel. The Interstellar capsule teleports the iconic J12, Première, Boy•Friend and Code Coco on a futuristic odyssey. Our favourites include the very endearing Première Robot in a limited edition whose yellow gold, black ceramic and blackened titanium case set with 4 brilliant-cut diamonds is the ultimate companion for Sci-Fi heroes. Meanwhile, the Boy•Friend Cyberdata shows the path to the digital abyss, one that IT geeks find irresistible. Ulysse Nardin continues its adventure with the Freak One, begun in 2001, with the presentation of its watch devoid of hands, dial and crown, but equipped with a module resembling a rocket and Roger Dubuis immerses us in its Hyperlife. Could its masterpiece Monovortex Split-Seconds Chronograph be a hint of the innovations that will mark the coming years?