With over a hundred new launches and world premieres, the Geneva Motor Show promises plenty of surprises for petrol heads. WorldTempus is partial to a finely tuned machine, whether horological or automotive, so we decided to have some fun choosing the perfect car/watch pairings. The aim was not to find the most sensible match, or to reflect sponsorship agreements between watch brands and car builders, just to provide a different view.
There’s a lot of debate on the topic of watches as art. Even though a watch should not be art to be of note, I am a firm believer in their capability to straddle the boundaries of purpose, shape, and philosophy where appropriate. In the instance of those Corum Watches Amazon Bubble watches, it seems to be a brand’s attempt at developing a pure objet d’art. It’s correct, the Corum Bubble watches are not really like anything else that the brand makes (or similar to whatever anybody leaves, for that matter), however they are designed to be beautiful items, which is something they have in common with different timepieces bearing the Corum logo.The dedication to the sphere in these pieces is staggeringly unwavering. In my opinion, this collection works only because it’s so unconcerned with anything but the most faithful realisation of its own distinct concept. To make the most of this re-release chance, Corum has partnered with famous cymbal manufacturer Paiste. Paiste are enlisted to create a unique dial for your Corum Bubble Paiste special edition watch. The dial of this Corum Bubble Paiste is a very small cymbal created by Paiste in exactly the exact same manner they’d earn a full-size cymbal. I am quietly confident it would work as supposed were it removed from the housing and attached to a kit, but even if it’s only for show, it seems great.It works particularly well when put behind the magnifying lens of the Corum Bubble watches. The mottled surface of the cymbal jumps out at you — an ever-present reminder of their crafts and techniques which have become the creation of the especially out-there wristwatch. The brass cymbal placed within the PVD-coated black case is a good contrast. The Corum Bubble Paiste watch does not boast the Super-LumiNova of the Op-art watches, but it will adhere to an attractively muted bi-colour scheme of brass and black as a result.The Corum Bubble Op-art watches are powered with the CO082 automated motion, which functions at 28,800vph, also has a power reserve of 42 hours. All watches are 47mm broad and 18.8mm tall. The Corum Bubble Paiste employs the CO110, with exactly the same 25.6mm measurement and technical specifications because the CO082. The price of this Corum Bubble Sphere2 (L082/02849) and also the Corum Bubble Drop (L082/02848) is $3,750, whereas the Corum Bubble Paiste watch (L110/02871) will retail at a price of $4,200.
Aston Martin Vanquish S & Richard Mille RM 07-01
Both British car maker Aston Martin and watchmaker Richard Mille pair the iconic designs of their luxury products with cutting-edge technologies and futuristic materials. After making this a signature feature of his men’s ranges, the extreme watchmaker recently unveiled two new women’s models, the RM 07-01 and the RM 037, in diamond-set NTPT carbon, a material originally developed for racing yachts because of its superior strength and lightness. It was very quickly adopted by Formula 1 builders for their cars’ chassis, and is now being used in aviation. The external design of the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish S follows the company’s celebrated aesthetic codes, with plenty of sleek curves that give it its unmistakeable elegance. But it also has a new carbon fibre front splitter, revised inlet manifolds and rear diffuser with quad-exhaust tailpipes to go with its 600 bhp V12 engine! Both machines have a unique aesthetic, and plenty of power under the bonnet.
Ford Fiesta et Tiffany & Co. East West® Mini
The Ford Fiesta, a classic city car, is back this year with a new look, in not just one but several new models. WorldTempus particularly likes the top-of-the-range Vignale, whose chrome trim and v-patterned radiator grille give it a discreet touch of refinement. And we’re going to pair it with Tiffany & Co’s bold East West® Mini. With its elongated rectangular case and a dial rotated 90° to the right (which is ideal for checking the time when your hands are on the wheel), this striking design is perfect for the modern, contemporary woman who is comfortable enough in her own skin to wear a quirky watch, while still making elegance a priority. Like the new Ford Fiesta, the Tiffany & Co. East West® Mini comes in several flavours (a range of materials, colours, dials and straps) to suit a variety of tastes.
Smart Electric Drive & de Grisogono Tondo by Night
Since its launch in 1998, the Smart has become something of a cult object. The little German car is a modern urban classic and, love it or hate it, it’s certainly unique. Like the Smart, de Grisogono watches also have their own inimitable aesthetic. The original and contemporary Tondo by Night is a collection designed exclusively for women, featuring brightly coloured watches in white, yellow, pink, green, purple and orange, with a diamond-set rotor visible on the dial side. Eye-catching by day, these jewellery watches also sparkle at night, thanks to their “pearly photoluminescent composite fibreglass” (PLF) enhanced with tiny pieces of glittering mother-of-pearl.
Mini Countryman & Panerai Luminor Due
The Countryman is a versatile workhorse, and it’s also the biggest Mini to leave the production line since the model was first introduced 57 years ago. The new generation continues the trend, growing by an additional 20 cm to reach a total of 4.3 metres. The Countryman nevertheless retains the stylistic features that have made it so successful: the big oval “eyes”, elongated radiator grille, two-tone livery and rounded nose. The immediately identifiable Panerai Luminor Due shares the Countryman’s bold styling. With a reduced depth of 10.5 mm, the new Luminor Due watches are the thinnest Luminors ever made. But the diameter and design of the Panerai case needed no revision – they are what define the house style. Two versions are available: a 42 mm model with the hand-wound P.1000 movement, and a 45 mm automatic driven by the P.4000 calibre with micro-rotor.
Toyota Yaris & Bubble de Corum
This year the Toyota Yaris is back with a new, updated look. This urban warrior has freshly rounded curves and revised cabin styling. Reflecting a relatively modern trend, two-tone livery is now possible by pairing a black roof with a grey, white, red or blue body. The iconic Bubble by Corum Watches Admiral’s Cup is a logical companion for the Yaris. Like the car, it’s all about curves. The feature that differentiates this piece from other watches – and from the brand’s other collections – is its boldly domed sapphire crystal.