As 2007 (which was definately a rich year in horological terms) draws to an end what were your thumbs up and down?
Launch of The Hour Lounge: No brand glorification and no a** licking! The Hour Lounge is VC's official discussion forum, we get exclusivity, information, articles etc... and all with a freedom of tone and speach. Kudos to VC.
Vacheron Constantin Strikes Back: For many Vacheron Constantin was a bit like sleeping beauty, the 2005 quarter millennium celebrations kissed the brand awake but this year was a true horological firework with the construction of a consitent brand image and products and mostly the launch of jaw dropping watches and the return of audacity.
The launch of the Masques collection: probably the most exciting watches of the past years.
The launch of the bespoke watch department, once again a 1st among any high end watch brand, you can now commission VC to make you a one off watch, may it be a totally new revolutionnary piece or simply a new dialed watch: every thing is possible!
Kari Voutilainen winning the Geneva watchmaking grand prix: the world seems to (finally) wake to the existance of independent artisans who put their "blood, sweat and tears" in their timepieces.
MB&F's Horological Machine n° 2: not only a watch but a true sculpture which happens to give time. Max Busser has totally revolutionised the merger of design and horology.
The car, motorcycle, yachting, diving sponsored/related watch overkill. Plain stupid, the worst are the limited editions made in honor of such sponsoring.
The use of celebrities (actors, singers, sportsmen) to sell watches, what do brands think? That just because so and so wears a watch (with a million dollar contract) I need to recognise myself in that celebrity and want that watch? Its insulting to my intelligence!
PVD, carbon fiber, titanium overkill: just because a watch has a weird design and is black PVD all over doesn't make it contemporary and modern: often it just looks gimmicky.
The lack of creativity among many brands: we are living an era of intense creativity but many brands just copy the successful designs of others and call it theirs.
The "Antiquorum fiasco". Antiquorum with the help of Osvaldo Patrizzi is definately the auction house which made the watch into a collector's item, to an extent where there is no turning back and no matter what was going on internally I don't think that so many announcements and counter announcements can be beneficial.