Desperate for a trip after a 12 months or extra of pandemic-induced lockdowns?
It’s time to jet off on a Europe-spanning jaunt that mixes spectacular timepieces with luxurious pampering. There is, in spite of everything, no time to waste.
No horological odyssey is full with no journey to Switzerland, the place there’s a glut of recent pilgrimage-ready websites.
Those embrace the year-old, spiral-shaped Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, designed by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels, and Omega’s reimagined museum.
The model was the primary to open such a devoted house 38 years in the past; its latest interactive exhibit skitters by way of the agency’s historical past, together with a walk-in Speedmaster and a sequence of Q-approved devices featured in each James Bond film since “GoldenEye.”
Jaeger-LeCoultre, in the meantime, has simply launched three-hour excursions and courses for the general public at its Le Sentier web site — select between eyeballing watchmakers up-close as they work and a masterclass on the historical past of Swiss watchmaking. (Or join each and spend a day immersed within the model.)
Unwind on the brand-new, suite-only Woodward resort (from $1,350 per night time) on Lake Geneva’s Quai Wilson. The Haussmann-style constructing, relationship again to 1901, has simply reopened after a makeover by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the identical designer who not too long ago remodeled London’s stuffy Savoy into a classy sizzling spot
Next, hop to the City of Lights for 2 probabilities to take pleasure in watchmaking obsessions. Breguet has been tinkering with the museum housed in its boutique on the Place Vendôme because it first opened 21 years in the past; try the newest treasures on present earlier than a pit cease on the Palais Galliera, which reopens in October.
That museum will debut France’s first everlasting exhibit devoted to the historical past of trend, because of a $6.75 million donation from Chanel. No phrase but on which of the house’s timepieces may make the primary curatorial reduce, however control the mannequins’ wrists.
Stay at one other reborn grande dame, the 161-room Le Bristol (from $1,850 per night time), which simply accomplished its most intensive renovation because it opened in 1925
Make London your first pit cease — guide a seat on JetBlue’s new bargain-priced trans-Atlantic flights, with enterprise class fares from simply $1,799 spherical journey.
Stay on the Londoner (from $471 per night time), a swanky new 350-room landmark on Leicester Square that boasts a pub-inspired restaurant outfitted with greater than 50 small batch gins, and the Residence — a 24-hour visitor clubhouse stocked with drinks, board video games and a devoted concierge.
It’s a couple of minutes’ stroll to the newest watch world must-see, the eight-story Breitling Townhouse, which opened final February. The model’s largest boutique in Europe up to now, it’s extra like a clubby hangout than a traditional retail retailer. Downstairs there’s a customized pool desk, bar and lounge — pepper the in-house watchmaker with any questions over a Negroni or two.
Don’t miss Chopard’s European flagship on close by New Bond Street, both — it was rebooted two years in the past utilizing native, environmentally conscious supplies as a part of the marque’s eight-year dedication to sustainability.
Make this your last cease on a whistle-stop European trip — and attempt to snag one in all Hublot’s limited-edition Mare Nostrum Classic Fusion chronographs.
Launched this summer time, the road references the Roman title for the Mediterranean Sea; every of the model’s boutiques in 5 Med sizzling spots gives its personal unique design, together with the brand new Forte dei Marmi store in Tuscany. (Keep an eye fixed out for jet-setters like Giorgio Armani and the Fiat-founding Agnelli household, who’ve lengthy favored the seaside city.)
Book a room, and a desk, on the Principe Forte dei Marmi (from $375 per night time), a glossy, modernist 28-room resort with the very best chef on the town — Michelin-endorsed Valentino Cassanelli — and its personal 78-foot yacht accessible to constitution alongside coastal escapes, just like the Cinque Terre.
Run out the clock with a day journey inland, to tour Panerai’s museum at its Florence headquarters on Piazza San Giovanni, relaunched two summers in the past with new shows — preserve an eye fixed out for a Madame Tussauds-worthy wax likeness of namesake founder Giuseppe.
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