The first week of October had more than its fair share of new watch announcements, with the introduction of the colourful H1 Colorblock from HYT, and on a nautical theme, some newcomers from Bell & Ross and two heavyweight Nautilus anniversary pieces by Patek Philippe. The marine theme continues this week with an article by Brice Lechevalier, recently back from the Monaco Yacht Show, where the fair’s official sponsor Ulysse Nardin unveiled a new special edition, as it does every year: the Diver Chronograph Monaco. The article, which also touches on the company’s other news including the GPHG 2016 and SIHH 2017, will be available to read on Tuesday.

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This week on WorldTempus you will also find interviews with the heads of two major watch companies. Before leaving for his holidays, Paul O’Neil was asked by our partner magazine Shanghai Tatler to interview Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué. The original interview was published in Chinese in the magazine’s October issue, and you will find extensive extracts on our homepage today. Another interview, another magazine, this time closer geographically, since GMT and WorldTempus share the same offices: GMT’s editor-in-chief discusses the first three years as head of the company with Van Cleef & Arpels CEO Nicolas Bos. You can read it on Wednesday. Staying with GMT, the Great Magazine of Timepieces has announced the launch of its Middle East version this November.
There’s a lot of debate on the topic of watches as art. Even though a watch needn’t be art to be of notice, I’m a firm believer in their own potential to straddle the bounds of function, form, and doctrine where appropriate. In the instance of those Corum Bubble watches, it seems to be a brand’s effort at creating a pure objet d’art. It is true, the Corum Bubble watches are not love anything else the brand makes (or similar to anything anyone leaves, for that matter), however they are designed to be beautiful items, that is something they have in common with different timepieces bearing the Corum logo.The dedication to the sphere in these pieces is staggeringly unwavering. In my opinion, this collection works only because it is so unconcerned with anything but the loyal realisation of its own unique idea. To make the most of this re-release opportunity, Corum has partnered with famous cymbal producer Paiste. Paiste have been enlisted to make a unique dial to get the Corum Bubble Paiste unique edition watch. The dial of this Corum Bubble Paiste is a very small cymbal created by Paiste at exactly the same manner they would make a full-size cymbal. I am quietly confident it would function as planned were it removed from the housing and attached to some kit, but if it’s only for display, it seems excellent.

Camille Gendre has been wearing a Corum Watches New York Replica Bubble watch for the past few days, which hasn’t gone unnoticed around the office. On Friday she will be playing her Joker (that’s the name of this colourful model) and sharing her impressions. As for myself, today I look at my favourite perpetual calendars from IWC’s Top Gun, Ingenieur, Aquatimer and Portugieser collections (LINK). Next Thursday I’ll be back with one of the watches shortlisted for the GPHG 2016, the uncompromising Hublot Big Bang Impact Bang. Finally, we end the week in football stadiums all over the globe in the company of TAG Heuer.

Our October competition will make our readers dream of Paris’s hallowed clay courts, as we are offering a magnificent Longines Conquest 1/100th Roland Garros in steel worth CHF 1,500. It could be yours – all you have to do is enter!

In conclusion, the entire WorldTempus team is delighted to welcome Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud as a partner. The young company’s first timepiece has already charmed the jury of the GPHG 2016, which pre-selected it for the final round of the competition. Welcome and good luck to Ferdinand Berthoud.

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