Alto, Riviera, and Azure are the three yachting-inspired designs in the Horizon watches collection. The nautical influence comes courtesy of ThirtyC, the UK design studio behind numerous power and sail projects. Each of the three Horizon timepieces is limited to just seven watches, too, invoking a further tie to the ocean. The seven represent the seven seas.
Rob Armstrong, ThirtyC’s creative director, says that the team approached the project the same way it does yachts, “with a clean sheet of paper.” He adds, “We ran with a number of trains of thought, from compasses to sea charts and maps. Our final thought was to come back to the simplest of ideas, our connection to the ocean and to the endless horizon it can give, much like time itself.” ThirtyC collaborated with German watchmaker Moritz Grossmann to craft them.
The black-steel Alto watch is the first in production, evoking navigating across the ocean. Specifically, the cutout dial motif represents crashing waves. In addition, the 12, 3, and 9 position markings on the dial resemble those of a compass. The rose-gold Riviera watch, meanwhile, is quite traditional. ThirtyC likens its appeal to that of classic yachts. Finally, Azure is decidedly modern and relaxed. In fact, it pays homage to the contemporary yacht designs under construction globally.
Pricing for each: Alto is €15,000, Riviera is €29,000, and Azure is €11,000. The Horizon watches will see their official global launch in June. Moritz Grossmann is making each to order, too, with €250 per sale benefitting Superyacht Charities. (Superyacht Charities is a foundation raising funds from the superyacht industry on behalf of a variety of charitable causes.)