Reading these definitions, it is easy to come up with scenarios to see how the system can be gamed in order to produce a "Swiss Made" watch. It is funny when a Swiss movement, say an ETA or Unitas, is assembled outside of Switzerland, then brought back in to have the final screw turned and the movement cased up. At that point, the other parts of the watch such as the strap, case, crystal and dial, can be of foreign origin. It then begs the question, where does the "Swissness" begin and where does it end?
The ladies' version, reference 518.104.22.168.04.001, has a bright white dial and bezel and comes fitted to a white leather strap. Timekeeping is managed by the 8520 co-axial automatic chronometer movement and, just like the 46 mm version, water resistance is a dishwasher-safe 600m. Omega has kept the red and blue accent colors for the ladies' Sochi 2014 versions with red and blue dial markings and bezel indexes to match the men's model. Both versions will be limited to a not-so-limited 2014 pieces. No dial text or graphics to suggest Sochi 2014 may mean that these models will be capable of reaching a wider audience, including those that may not be all that interested in the Olympics.
SH: With the Curvex I was amazed by the curve. It is something I was able to accomplish with the curved movement in our rollers on Chapter One and Chapter Two. In the case of the Million Dollar Hommage, I was fascinated with the concept of over 500 moving components, all working with such accuracy to create something that has never been done. And on top of the fact, that only one was made and it was valued at one million dollars!
A couple of days ago we shared with you a sneak, first-look at The Bird Repeater here. Finally ready for debut, the watch has been the subject of several years of development and a dream for the brand which painstakingly searches for novel ways to connect the modern Jaquet Droz with that of the past. The result is a limited edition of just 16 watches that Jaquet Droz coins as being a "true automaton" with technology dating back to the "age of enlightenment."