Two major timepiece retailers here have opened their digital doors.

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Two major timepiece retailers here have opened their digital doors.


A sampling of the timepieces available on Cortina Watch’s e-shop.

The world of luxury is a highly experiential one but it understands that convenience is also a part of it. So it’s good news that luxury timepiece retailer Cortina Watch finally launched its own e-commerce platform at the end of August.

The brands available on www.cortinawatch.online are Bell & Ross, Corum, Ebel, Tag Heuer and Zenith, which means you’ll still have to go to the boutiques for top-tier brands. The e-shop does, however, promise special promotions and online exclusives in the future.

In fact, fellow retailer Sincere Fine Watches is already on that path with its e-commerce platform, ww.sincerewatch.com, which was launched in July. It has partnered Laurent Ferrier for a world exclusive: the Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller with Asia Map Enamel Dial Limited Edition. Sincere’s online stable also includes watches from brands like Franck Muller, Frederique Constant, Maurice Lacroix and Unimatic.

The Hour Glass, while having experimented with capsule collections on its website for a limited period, has yet to move to an “always on” Web store. “We applaud the efforts taken by our peers to deepen their digital reach with prospective watch buyers, but we hold a slightly different view,” shares Michael Tay, group managing director of The Hour Glass. “Our immediate priorities are to enhance the quality of watch-related content on our revamped website, www. thehourglass.com, and improve our in-boutique service engagement. We believe that the luxury watch business necessitates personalised, face-to-face rapportbuilding and specialist consultation.”

Regardless of the different avenues – electronic or otherwise – retailers and brands explore, one thing is clear: More avenues for building one’s horological collection are always welcome.

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The Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller with Asia Map Enamel Dial is a Sincere Fine Watches Web exclusive.
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Outrageous as Urwerk’s designs are, its signature “satellite” hours have always remained an easily recognisable hallmark. With the UR-111C, however, those wandering hours have wandered right off the watch and are replaced by completely new indications. At the bottom of the watch, there are two conical displays, with jumping hours on the left cone and running minutes on the right. In the middle is another minutes display, this time with a retrograde function, because, why not? At the top is the seconds display which, despite its resemblance to a magnifying glass, actually uses a cluster of optical fibres that acts as a conduit between the numerals and the sapphire crystal they’re projected through. The winding crown is a roller in the middle of the watch, while a lever that pops out on the right side of the case takes care of time-setting.
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Even the most casual Panerai appreciator will notice there’s something different about the latest Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio special editions. That something is their Art Deco dial, which was inspired by a pendulum clock that once stood in Panerai’s Florentine shop on the Piazza San Giovanni, well before the brand started making watches for the Royal Italian Navy. The 47mm watch is available in two dial variations – black or ivory – with a railway track chapter ring and additional inner ring, lacquered spear-shaped hands (a first for Panerai) and Arabic numerals in an Art Deco font. It is powered by the P.3000 hand-wound movement, with two spring barrels off ering 72 hours of reserve power.
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The Conquest V.H.P. GMT Flash Setting watch is the latest to join Longines’ recently relaunched ultraprecise quartz line, and embraces modern technology in an unexpected way: The watch can be synced with a smartphone but, instead of using Bluetooth, it uses Morse code. A dedicated phone app will help set the watch time by using the phone’s flash to send light sequences into a tiny opening on the watch dial (hidden in the number 12). The watch is also able to swop between home and travel time zones by pushing the crown. Less generic than a typical smartwatch and more accurate than a mechanical one, Longines has given us a happy medium in the travel-watch category.