Since 2005, the house of Swiss Hublot has participated in the biennial charity auction Only Watch, with one-of-a-kind timepiece designed to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For 2017, Hublot has decided to offer a one-off version of its Big Bang Unico Sapphire dedicated to champion sprinter Usain Bolt. As Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, explained, there is no one who better symbolizes victory, courage, and determination – crucial values of dedicated researchers who are on the mission to triumph over this degenerative disease.
The premise of my review of the famed Swiss Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 "Blue" watch (reference 5711/1A-010) focuses on one simple question: "What makes this steel sports lifestyle watch, with all of its love handles, persistently in high demand?" To further illustrate my point, right before the publication of this review, Patek Philippe decided to raise the price of this watch by 20%. Though I've always held a great respect for the Patek Philippe Nautilus, I've never had a particular desire to own one.
In different sizes and levels of complications, the Laureato has been around since its revival in 1996, but it is only since Girard-Perregaux's major updating of the collection in early 2016 that we see a notable uptick in focus, pricing aggressiveness, variety of design, and functionality in the Laureato line.