Check out these first images of the BWAF 'State of Mind' being considered in the Tourbillon and Escapement category of the 2017 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. There is some stiff competition in the category with the likes of Arnold & Son, Zenith, Ulysse Nardin and others, to name a few. But Beijing Watch Factory has offered something quite special here with this piece, and appears to really want to stand out from the crowd visually. In terms of striking color use and design, I've never quite seen anything so bold from the Beijing brand.
Limited to a run of only 99, the manual wind tourbillon movement has a power reserve of 63 hours, and is displayed on the off centered indicator at the top of the dial. The case is 42.5mm wide by 11.2mm thick.
There are a lot of hot watches in the category, no doubt...but this watch is hot. I'm not sure exactly what GPHG judges take into consideration, but I hope they'll consider this: among all the watches in the Tourbillon and Escapement category, the Beijing entry is by far the most affordable. Priced at 3'520 CHF or $3650 USD, State of Mind is priced nearly 5x less than the next lowest competing watch (TAG HEUER - 16'574 CHF). The most expensive watch in the category, a Royal Oak Offshore, is 71x more expensive (250'000 CHF) than the State of Mind. Let's hope for the sake of BWAF that realistic affordability is taken into consideration by the GPHG judges.
Don't be fooled by the headline -- this student is actually one of China's most widely regarded watch experts. Logan Rao Kuan, a 20 year old Chinese student currently enrolled and studying in England, is an extremely knowledgeable collector of all things horological.
An unexpected gem from Tianjin Sea-Gull just recently showed up on their Taobao shop in the form of their new 200 Meter Automatic Ocean Star dive watch. The Ocean Star follows up on the success of their Limited Edition Dragon King diver from 2012. There are a few similar elements to the Dragon King, but many more unique features that show a step in the right direction for China's oldest (and the worlds largest) watch manufacture.
In case you haven't seen this piece before and aren't sure exactly what you're looking at, I'll explain. The 3D watch is built to display the time in two different ways, as shown in the two images below. From straight on, you can tell the time as usual with the standard hours and minute hands using the indices on the outer edge of the dial. But you can also tell the time by looking at the watch from the 6 o'clock position below.
This past weekend I was in Macau for the 1st ever International Exposition of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Ancient Art. I was very fortunate to be invited (by my friends from the China Horologe Association) to have a look at some cool watch products that were showcased along with many other Chinese cultural relics, both old and new. I was pleased to be introduced to a brand that was not previously on my radar, Zhang Dao, from Shanghai.
The Chinese Timekeeper has big changes for 2016, starting with the launch of their new website and online store. The French founder Adrien Choux, a former marketing strategist for Panerai with over 15 years in China and Hong Kong, said that by moving online they hope to "...offer a more aggressive price point to our customers globally." CTK brings true Chinese heritage to life through their collection of proudly Chinese themed timepieces.
What has to be the coolest and most unique Year of the Monkey design yet thus far, this concept will be a collaborative effort from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Koncise, a luxury watch brand from Beijing famous for their intricately detailed enamel dials.
Last week the winners were announced for the 2nd China Horologe Design Competition. The contest, held every two years, was for both real and concept watches and clocks. The following is a roundup of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners on the watch side of the competition. The original article can be found here.
In his 1888 novel "Looking Backward 2000-1887", American writer Edward Bellamy predicted a world where cash would be replaced by alternative payment methods. Granted, his predictions came true many years ago with the advent of credit cards, but beginning in just two weeks a major watch brand is paying tribute to the forward thinker by launching their pay-by-the-wrist watch, the BELLAMY, in China.