With the cancellation of all major watch events, it was already a pretty weird start of the year (Watches & Wonders cancelled and Baselworld postponed.) Countries like Italy have been in full lockdown mode for weeks, Spain too, and now other European countries follow suit. Schools are closed, sports clubs, gyms, bars, restaurants, museums, zoos, theatres, concert halls, everything, except the bare necessities like supermarkets, pharmacies, and hospitals. Over the coming weeks, we will be “confined to our homes” and it looks like many of you, our readers, will be in a pretty similar situation. Here’s what you may expect from us. Because we’re not giving up on you!
According to the latest news, we’re all confined to our houses until early April. MONOCHROME doesn’t have a big office where all of us work on a daily basis. We always work from home or from “somewhere on the road”; which could be a watch manufacture in Switzerland or Germany, an event somewhere/anywhere or while travelling. We’re digital nomads and we’re used to that. But still, these are weird, surreal times.
Rebecca lives in Madrid, a city she described this morning as a ghost town. People are only allowed to go out to visit the supermarket and pharmacy, but jogging in the park is forbidden. Brice lives in Tours, France, where it’s maybe a bit less strict (for now), but also deserted and people only go out for necessities like groceries. Same for Xavier, who lives in Switzerland, around Neuchatel to be precise, and his usual trips to manufactures are mostly cancelled as almost all brands have a strict no-visitor policy. In Switzerland, like in the Netherlands, schools are closed, meaning both Xavier and I have the kids home.
Of course, we already have a lot of news lined up, from watches that we had in for review or news we already had under embargo. So for the short term, there are some new watches from Breguet, a new blue Porsche Design Flyback or several cool watches from Hamilton coming. Xavier is visiting Bvlgari today (one of the few exceptions to the ‘no-visitor policy’) and he will see Bovet later this week, so there will be some ‘fresh’ news despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides this news, we have a long two-part story about pocket watches, from Erik, and we’re preparing some stories about watches in our personal collections, as well as more in-depth articles that we usually don’t have the time to cover. Just saying, in case you’re confined to your homes, and you’re fed up with yet another Coronavirus update, we have enough horological news for you!
But most importantly, from the entire team at MONOCHROME, stay safe!