By Carlos Matamoros and Israel Ortega, Revolution Editors-in-Chief, Latin America and Mexico
They are famous and cool as liquid nitrogen, reachable only by a selected few though everyone admires them â€” rockstars are like that, and in the watchmaking world, these three pieces represent different degrees of cool,Â from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton.
Richard Mille enjoys making watches for his close friends. Most of them, residents in the sports Valhalla, are bestowed pieces that transcend all conventions and redefine all concepts of high-tech watchmaking. Argentinian Pablo Mac Donough, arguably the best polo player ever, is not an exception.
The science behind the new Richard Mille Pablo Mac Donough is well anchored upon some previous timekeepers that revolutionized the idea of high-impactÂ sports.
The second chapter in this Mille-Mac Donough saga takes from the best of Milleâ€™s recent performances, such as the Nadal RM 27-01â€™s TPT carbon case or the Sapphire RM 056â€™s cable, with pulley and pre-tensors to suspend and protect the tourbillon movement from shocks up to five Gs. Additionally, a laminated sapphire crystal prevents any splinters from affecting the mechanical heart if shattered during a chukka. OnlyÂ 30Â piecesÂ willÂ beÂ available in thisÂ intense blue.
This year, Panerai took its original 2010 lâ€™Astronomo, with its tourbillon and equation of time, and added some romance and cool watch technology to it.
The new Cal. P.2005/GLS reveals a large moonphase and a day and night indication with two superimposed discs. The upper one, with its day, night and 24-hour scale rotates, naturally, over 24Â hours.Â The lower one, with the engravedÂ moon, rotates in the precise lunarÂ cycleÂ ofÂ 29 days and 12:44:03Â hours.
On the front, besides the sunrise and sunset indications, we find the aforementioned equation of time linear display at six, and the regulator at nine oâ€™clock. Now, pay attention to that date disc which, thanks to a new Panerai patent, only shows its number through a polarizedÂ window at three oâ€™clock. If all thisÂ wasnâ€™t enough, the final surprise comes with the fine tuning of the moonphase and sunrise and sunset indications, according to the collectorâ€™s place of residence.
In 1957, predating the slim fashion trends, a slim breakthrough of a differentÂ kind took place: the 9P caliber from PiagetÂ was born, an event that became one of the main features of Piaget watchmaking,Â which now has gone to the extreme with the Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch, erasing the boundaries between case and movement, further than the 900P originally did. The case is machined out of an exotic alloy of cobalt so stiff that it would not deform while alsoÂ serving as a mainplate for the paper-thin movement components. Each wheel has been taken to its absolute minimum thickness: 0.12mm, so there is no room forÂ mistakes â€” and no room for anything else, for that matter â€” the barrel and oscillator are mounted on micro ballÂ bearings and the crown is integrated into the case. TheÂ end result is a completeÂ watchÂ just 2mm thick, with a dimensionality that defies logic. The futureÂ of Piagetâ€™s slim watches will benefitÂ greatly from many ofÂ theseÂ developments.