03 feb 2016
The world of watchmaking is usually quite traditional but here at the SIHH, the annual Geneva watch show, I have found three timekeepers that take us into the future, confirming the trend for time travel, is here.
We take off with Richard Mille's, RM50-02 Chronograph, made in conjunction with Airbus corporate jets.
Both companies fly high when it comes to choosing cutting-edge technology, lightweight, yet resistant materials, and energy efficiency. Like a private jet, that can be customized to your every whim. This watch is for the very few, and only 30 will be made.
The bezel is shaped like an airplane window, and is fastened with the same screws Airbus uses. The case is made of a titanium, aluminium alloy as used by Airbus for its jet turbine blades. And the colours echo those of the instruments in the cockpit.
Now that we're cruising comfortably, De Bethune takes us into a diamond studded orbit, the DB 28T Tourbillon Joaillerie, with its mobile lugs, for the ultimate in ergonomics, is a dazzling combination of opulence, futuristic design, and an attention to detail that is out of this world.
Now, this isn't really a watch but a robot that does two things he tells the time and makes you smile. The clock on his body only needs winding every eight days. And with a little push, he will roll on your desk, proving that a wind clock, can look space age.
The future is bright, for the centuries old craft of watchmaking.