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March 12, 2019
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Inspired By Places

FROM CITIES TO REGIONS, THESE ARE SOME TIMEPIECES THAT WERE CREATED IN HONOUR OF DESTINATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE

The masters of horology have often drawn inspiration from a number of sources for their designs. We’ve seen examples that have borrowed elements from animals, motorsport and aircraft over the years. It is hard to pinpoint where exactly a master craftsman will take inspiration from but often times; they can be drawn from rather unorthodox places. Some watchmakers have also taken ques from rather unique destinations across the planet.

FROM CITIES TO REGIONS, THESE ARE SOME TIMEPIECES THAT WERE CREATED IN HONOUR OF DESTINATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE

The masters of horology have often drawn inspiration from a number of sources for their designs. We’ve seen examples that have borrowed elements from animals, motorsport and aircraft over the years. It is hard to pinpoint where exactly a master craftsman will take inspiration from but often times; they can be drawn from rather unorthodox places. Some watchmakers have also taken ques from rather unique destinations across the planet.

From New York to Singapore

Just this month, Omega revealed its new Limited Edition Seamaster that paid tribute to the Big Apple. The small production run of 399 pieces will no doubt find their way to wrists of New Yorkers, especially as the model features boasts outlines of Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks laser-engraved on the calibre’s inner ring on the case back. The timepiece also features a lacquered, domed grey dial, a subtle nod perhaps to the city’s architectural style. The model is part of Omega’s City Editions Specialities range, which over the years included models that paid homage to the cities of London, Paris, Switzerland and Singapore.

Brights Lights, Big Cities

Vacheron Constantin is one watchmaker that hasn’t been shy about flexing its creative muscles. But the brand’s Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection is arguably some of its finest work. The collection refers directly to the cities of Paris, Geneva, New York and Beijing. The unique aspect of each timepiece though is each dial, which shows off the layout of each city at night when viewed from above. Villes Lumières in English means ‘city lights’ and in order to replicate that motif Vacheron Constantin invited Japanese artist Yoko Imai to bring those elements to life on the enamel dial with iconic landmarks and monuments from each city framed in gold.

Enduring The Antarctic

This limited-edition number from Bremont truly lives up its billing. The Endurance, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, which was crushed by ice in 1915 during an expedition in the Antarctic, served as an essential tool for explorer Ben Saunders retracing of the fateful expedition. To be fair, the Antarctic wasn’t the direct inspiration for the watch, but the harsh elements proved to be the elements that Bremont master craftsmen honed their abilities on. The Endurance was built to withstand the extreme climate conditions of the Antarctic as it was tasked to serve as a crucial navigational device with its GMT hand. The black dial, robust bi-directional rotating sapphire bezel with orange compass heading markers further add eligibility against the snowy white surroundings of this icy region.

Looking North

Tudor looked to the troubled two-year expedition of the British North Greenland in the early 50s as inspiration for the North Flag. The timepiece pays homage to the expedition – and the exploration of the region –which faced some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded. The North Flag embodies the spirit of the watch that was worn by the explorers, and as such features sporty-lines, hybrid steel-ceramic components as well as an integrated steel bracelet and a highly legible dial. The timepiece also features Tudor’s own in-house Manufacture Calibre MT5612 automatic movement.

From New York to Singapore

Just this month, Omega revealed its new Limited Edition Seamaster that paid tribute to the Big Apple. The small production run of 399 pieces will no doubt find their way to wrists of New Yorkers, especially as the model features boasts outlines of Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks laser-engraved on the calibre’s inner ring on the case back. The timepiece also features a lacquered, domed grey dial, a subtle nod perhaps to the city’s architectural style. The model is part of Omega’s City Editions Specialities range, which over the years included models that paid homage to the cities of London, Paris, Switzerland and Singapore.

Brights Lights, Big Cities

Vacheron Constantin is one watchmaker that hasn’t been shy about flexing its creative muscles. But the brand’s Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection is arguably some of its finest work. The collection refers directly to the cities of Paris, Geneva, New York and Beijing. The unique aspect of each timepiece though is each dial, which shows off the layout of each city at night when viewed from above. Villes Lumières in English means ‘city lights’ and in order to replicate that motif Vacheron Constantin invited Japanese artist Yoko Imai to bring those elements to life on the enamel dial with iconic landmarks and monuments from each city framed in gold.

Enduring The Antarctic

This limited-edition number from Bremont truly lives up its billing. The Endurance, named after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, which was crushed by ice in 1915 during an expedition in the Antarctic, served as an essential tool for explorer Ben Saunders retracing of the fateful expedition. To be fair, the Antarctic wasn’t the direct inspiration for the watch, but the harsh elements proved to be the elements that Bremont master craftsmen honed their abilities on. The Endurance was built to withstand the extreme climate conditions of the Antarctic as it was tasked to serve as a crucial navigational device with its GMT hand. The black dial, robust bi-directional rotating sapphire bezel with orange compass heading markers further add eligibility against the snowy white surroundings of this icy region.

Looking North

Tudor looked to the troubled two-year expedition of the British North Greenland in the early 50s as inspiration for the North Flag. The timepiece pays homage to the expedition – and the exploration of the region –which faced some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded. The North Flag embodies the spirit of the watch that was worn by the explorers, and as such features sporty-lines, hybrid steel-ceramic components as well as an integrated steel bracelet and a highly legible dial. The timepiece also features Tudor’s own in-house Manufacture Calibre MT5612 automatic movement.