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Germain Baillot Concept Watch


Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases


Even though it’s the crazy-futuristic, high-concept design language that ultimately informs the future of everyday design, no one actually looks at the sleek lines and unattainable technology packed into a concept car wondering “when will this be the next Toyota Corolla?” That’s because there’s an almost expected, and tangible disconnect between practicality and pure design-porn. To a similar end, we have the Germain Baillot Concept Watch – a radical neo-futurist concept watch straight outta the jet age, equipped with two complications: a 24-hour GMT world timer and a vertical tourbillon. While still purely hypothetical, as a concept, we think it is worthy of attention and discussion.

Design is where science and art break even. —Robin Mathew


Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases



Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases


As a Digital Designer by trade, Baillot’s creation may exist purely in the Autodesk Alias and Keyshot design programs at the moment, but its conceptual origins are steeped in practicality. Inspired by the silhouette of a spacecraft or fighter jet, the watch is designed around a massive domed sapphire canopy, beneath which a trio of cylindrical rollers display the time in readily legible form. A quick twist of the crown at 3:00 sets the hour and minute rollers in the same manner as a traditional 3-handed automatic movement, but it’s here, inside the “fuselage” crown, where the vertical tourbillon is stowed – a particularly neat touch that cleanly integrates the complication without disrupting the rest of the watch’s sleek, nü-retro aesthetic.


Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases



Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases


On the nose of the “ship,” the 9:00 crown rotates the center world time roller, which serves as a UTC reference to the corresponding city, in the same manner of many classic 24hr or GMT watches. It’s worth noting that calling this a “world timer” wouldn’t be entirely accurate, as cycling through the UTC roller doesn’t change the local time. But then again, in terms of practical usability for frequent travelers, the watch’s massive silhouette is probably the more immediately obvious drawback.


Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases



Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases


Despite the relatively simple time-telling complication in the realm of high-end watchmaking, it’s the rest of the case where Baillot starts to deploy much more creative liberty. Details like the riveted, cylindrical case sides and the contrasting black jet exhaust cones at both 3:00 and 9:00 are meant to evoke the danger and mystique prominent in vintage aeronautic and futurist aerospace design.


Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases



Germain Baillot Concept Watch Watch Releases


As mentioned, the thick, pod-shaped silhouette of the watch itself doesn’t lend itself well to daily wear, even with the best efforts of a pair of sharply downward-curved lugs and a matching integrated rubber strap. But then again, practicality was never the point here. Like HYT’s liquid time display, MB&F’s robot clock, or the orbiting satellites on an Urwerk, the high-concept design itself is the means to an end – an experiment in haute horology, where the goal is the pursuit of new and intriguing means of doing what every other 3-handed watch does: tell the time. But will Baillot ever bring this concept to life in this exact capacity? We’ll just have to wait and see. Germain Baillot on Behance.net

TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch

TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch


TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions


When the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon was officially announced early last year, the most talked-about piece of news surrounding the launch wasn’t the future potential of its interesting modular design, or the fact that it would be equipped with a COSC-certified tourbillon movement, but the price: $15,950. Certainly no small chunk of change by any means, but in the rarified air of high-end Swiss-made tourbillons, it’s a bargain by comparison, and actually the most affordable tourbillon in this category to date. One year in, the market appears to have responded in kind to the pricing strategy, as TAG Heuer is set to celebrate the completion of its 1,000th COSC-certified tourbillon movement by auctioning off a special boxed set which includes a Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon and the recently released second-generation Swiss-Made Connected Modular smartwatch.


TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions



TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions


From the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch in the digital domain, to the Heuer-02T tourbillon which carries the trappings of accessible haute horology, the completion of the 1,000th tourbillon movement is seen as a milestone, as it’s largely representative of TAG Heuer achieving its goals of repositioning itself solely as “gateway luxury” at each end of the spectrum of the watches they produce. And while under CEO Jean-Claude Biver, the brand has demonstrated a commendable shift in momentum in the past year, which is also likely the bigger-picture milestone being celebrated here.


TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions



TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions


But also, more specifically, the TAG Heuer Heuer-02T movement is a big deal in and of itself, as it was designed and developed entirely in-house at TAG Heuer with the goal of achieving chronometer-spec accuracy and reliability as a tourbillon, while still coming in below a specific price point. And while its relatively spartan finishing doesn’t carry the super-luxe treatments we’re used to seeing on other movements of its ilk, the stealthy matte carbon-and-titanium aesthetic plays nicely with the skeletonized dial and all-black case exterior. With the exception of the exhibition caseback on the watch, which proudly displays “1,000th Unit,” this one-of-one limited edition is otherwise identical to the standard variant.


TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions



TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions


The watch is packaged with the newly minted Swiss-made Connected Modular smartwatch to illustrate another goal of this modern Carrera, which utilizes a modular design that enables a high degree of personalization through the interchangeability of accessories across the new 45mm case. And if you’ll remember, both the Connected Modular smartwatch and the Carrera Heuer-02T share that same case, so switching back and forth between the tourbillon and its digital companion on the same strap system should be a snap. Given the investment risk TAG Heuer has placed in the 02T, its early suggestions that the gamble is paying off seem reason enough to celebrate – and all the more for a great cause at the same time.


TAG Heuer Marks 1,000th COSC-Certified Tourbillon Movement With eBay Auction Including New Modular Smartwatch Sales & Auctions


At the time of this writing, the auction is live on eBay with a current bid just over $20,000 USD, and is currently slated to close on March 24th, 2017. All proceeds from this unique means of sale will go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland, which brings joy, hope, and courage to children with life-threatening medical conditions. tagheuer.com