Louis Vuitton was in the news on WorldTempus over the past month with the inauguration of the brand’s new manufacture, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and the opening of the imposing Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris. WorldTempus attended both events and completed its coverage with an interview with Hamdi Chatti, the brand’s Vice-President of Watchmaking and Jewellery.
While product news was dominated by the launches at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong and the SIAR in Mexico, the industry was also involved in a number of major sporting events. Longines was Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the FEI World Cup and presented a new 1/100th second chronograph dedicated to horse racing fans. The St. Imier brand also re-confirmed its role as a partner of the world’s most important ski races as a Partner and Official Timekeeper of the FIS and added American skier Mikaela Shiffrin to its family of ambassadors.
A. Lange & Söhne celebrated the 20th anniversary of its rebirth last month, which was widely covered on WorldTempus. But Glashütte Original, based in the same sleepy village in Saxony, also had plenty to say, celebrating the art of guilloche at the German watch museum and the roll-out of its new chronograph collection.
At the end of the month, a number of intrepid skippers embarked upon the Route du Rhum – a single-handed transatlantic yacht race that takes place every four years. This year, among the vessels in the “Ultimate” class aiming to be the first to arrive in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe after leaving St. Malo in France last weekend is Spindrift Racing, skippered by Yann Guichard and sponsored by Zenith watches. The El Primero Lightweight chronograph produced for Spindrift Racing picked up the “Sports Watch” prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève last week. At the time of writing Spindrift is in second place as the fleet heads of Madeira. Follow Zenith’s adventures with the team on WorldTempus.