It seems appropriate to have the theme of flight in this week’s newsletter, since our featured watch by Zenith pays tribute to the early pioneers of aviation. The Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903 is a tribute to the Wright brothers’ first powered and controlled heavier-than-air flight and shows an uncanny knack for creating a brand-new watch that looks like it is nearly a century old.
For collectors, things are the other way round. One of the star lots in one of this week’s spring auctions in Geneva is a watch that is 40 years old but which looks like it is new. Find out more in our preview of the three sales and look out for results on the site this week. Some of the estimates are already stratospheric!
The development of the tourbillon is also reaching new heights, thanks to the arrival of a trio of tri-axial tourbillons, which I took a closer at. And on Thursday I take a flight of my own as I head off for the TimeCrafters show in New York, to bring you watchmaking news from across the pond.
Last but not least, I’m delighted to introduce a new contributor to Worldtempus. Nazanin Lankarani is based in Paris and writes about art and watches for the International New York Times. She will be bringing these two areas of expertise together in her articles for Worldtempus, as can be seen in her first piece on the 30th anniversary of the Cartier foundation.
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