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New Tudor #BornToDare Spirit Embodied with Ambassador David Beckham

Tudor’s unveiled BornToDare campaign takes on a new, modern day twist. BornToDare goodwill ambassador David Beckham was recently photographed by renowned fashion photographer David Sims.

The new Tudor BornToDare campaign by David Sims depicts David Beckham in a raw, emotive and classy mood in keeping with the authenticity and unmistakable masculinity of the brand new Tudor BornToDare campaign. Also on offer are a series of intimate videos in which David Beckham, an avid watch collector and respected Tudor Ambassador, reflects deeply on times he embodied the spirit of Born To Dare! How did it all start? As far back as 1953, Tudor watches were tested by Rolex, to ensure their robustness. The tests were, and still, are performed under the harshest conditions. Thus, The Oyster Pearl was born.

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The tests of endurance involve extreme conditions like exposing the timepiece to pneumatic drill vibrations for 30 hours and 252 hours of excavation by hand, as worn by a miner at work. The watch is subjected to a stonecutter for as long as 3 months. Additionally, it is worn for a whole month by a worker on riveting metal girders upon a building construction site. The watch is also worn by a motorbike racer for more than 1,000 miles, and a particular emphasis is placed on the massive strength of these Tudor watches, along with their exact precision, super-efficient winding and waterproof quality in extreme weather conditions. This is the spirit Tudor’s BornToDare embodies and David Beckham is the perfect example of that ethos. The BornToDare mindset portrays the rich history of Tudor and everything it stands for.

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Ever since 1954, when Tudor released the brand’s very first diver’s watch, aptly named the Oyster Prince Submariner, the brand has been steadily solidifying its reputation. The original, hand-built, tool-watch was designed to fulfil extreme criteria including durability, reliability, spot-on precision and 100% waterproofness, with a realistic and reasonable price tag. Today, Tudor watches are the instruments of first choice for professionals, elite soldiers and individuals who have achieved the seemingly impossible on land, ice, in the air or under the water, with a Tudor upon their wrists.

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Rolex Rainbow Daytona Everose 2018: US$95,000

The 2018 Rolex Rainbow Daytona is available in a stunningly beautiful shade of Everose Gold for the very first time! The opulent and ultra m-exclusive Rainbow Daytona chronograph was previously available in white or yellow gold. Rolex’s patented formula of gold blends perfectly with the precious, multi-coloured gemstones that take the place of regular Daytona hour markers.

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Everose is Rolex’s proprietary blend of 18-Karat pink gold combining pure gold, copper, and platinum elements. The platinum content ensures the vibrancy of the gold never loses its warm hue even with exposure to the elements, and this is achieved by locking in the natural pink tint of the copper.

The Everose offers buyers a contemporary twist on an iconic and classic design which takes the creative opulence of the brand further than ever before. The timepiece is magnificently decorated with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds, and the face dial features eleven elongated sapphire hour markers. The chronograph counters are made of pink Gold Crystals, which match the Everose 18ct gold case creating a shimmering effect.

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The 2018 Rolex Rainbow Daytona Everose oscillator utilises an exclusive paramagnetic alloy, which is insensitive to magnetic fields thereby providing excellent stability with extreme temperature variations. The Rainbow Daytona is a genuinely excellent Rolex chronometer that guarantees a rate of accuracy of between −2 /+2 seconds per day, which is more than twice an official chronometer.

Rolex has long been considered an opulent and luxury brand, and this latest addition does justice to the brand’s legacy. The level of workmanship and the exclusivity of the natural and rare materials used combine to come up with one of the most magnificent timepieces ever created. Rolex has done it again, keeping standards high and maintaining a stellar reputation.

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Graff: The Hallucination $55 million

Since inception just a few years ago, Graff has crafted one of the most expensive watches in the world, the striking Hallucination watch. It comes with an incredible price tag of $55 million! Encrusted with multicoloured and rare diamonds, the Hallucination contains 110 carats worth of diamonds, which have been painstakingly inserted, one by one, by master craftsmen to create this colourful and impressive masterpiece. Graff Luxury House has to be taken seriously after the introduction of this unique and beautiful, handmade, diamond encrusted timepiece.

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The Graff Hallucination was first presented at Baselworld, where the public has the chance of seeing it for the first time.  Little did they realise that The Hallucination was the most expensive item ever displayed at the Baselworld exhibition. It is rumoured that Mr Graff spent several years amassing the stones that were eventually used for the watch. Each stone was chosen individually. He described the Hallucination as ‘a sculptural masterpiece and celebration of coloured diamonds. He further commented, “For many years now, I have thought about creating a remarkable watch that illustrates our all-consuming passion for diamonds,” he says. “The Hallucination watch has made my dream a reality.”

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The Graff Luxury house showed the world the unique, ladies’ jewellery watch in the world. The dial and face are entirely encrusted with bright and fancy diamonds. The diamonds are of the very highest quality and come in the following colours, red, pink, violet, yellow, cognac, blue, and green olive. Graff must have realised how incredible the watch would be, thus the name Hallucination, yet is it a beautiful reality! The lucky woman who wears this immaculate timepiece would most certainly be treated like royalty!

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChan 2018 Olympic Gold

Omega’s involvement with the Olympics goes a long way back. Since 1932, Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. This collaboration is set to continue until at least 2032, and Omega has partnered with the Olympics a total of 27 times! Being involved with the Olympic Games for so long has created a reputable and trustworthy brand reputation for Omega. Producing beautiful and exclusive watches is in Omega’s DNA!

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This year’s Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChan 2018 is the latest in a long line of majestic timepieces. It takes its colours from the South Korean flag. The watch measures in at 39.5mm, so the design is slim, sleek, and classy. The style is reminiscent of the 1950’s and 1960’s Seamasters, yet with a modern twist, and today’s technology. The Omega logo appears prominently in red on the dial, printed in enamel. The hour hand reaches microscopically right to the end very of the indices. The minute hand overlaps the hour hand enough to create a minute gap between the edge of the dial, and the point of the minute hand. The fast-moving second hand is slightly longer than the minute hand and reaches the end of the dial. The watch is aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully designed in every respect. Wearing the Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChan 2018 is the epitome of sophistication and good taste.

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The Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChan 2018 come with a price tag of $18,375/CHD 17,500, which is reasonable for a limited edition watch which will inevitably increase in value as an investment. The watch is the perfect example of Omega’s ingenuity and attention to detail. It is an exclusive timepiece that oozes class, exclusivity and pedigree.

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Piaget Introduces the World’s Thinnest Automatic Watch

In 1957, Piaget launched its famous 9P caliber, which measured 2 mm in depth, distinguishing itself in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking. The groundbreaking movement was the catalyst in the creation of the Piaget Antiplano ultra-thin watch line – a tradition that continues to this day. In 2017 the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary of the Antiplano line.

In 2014 Piaget launched the 900P Antiplano, using a groundbreaking design and construction process that merged the movement with the case. This produced the world’s thinnest mechanical watch with a depth of only 3.65 mm. A year later it introduced the Altiplano Chronograph, the world’s thinnest chronograph.

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For SIHH 2018, Piaget has announced the Altiplano Ultimate 910P. At 4.30 mm in depth, it is the world’s thinnest automatic watch. It boasts the same design and construction concepts as the Altiplano 900P mechanical watch. It is the result of a combination of technologies and know-how of both of the brand’s two manufacturing facilities: La Côte-aux-Fées where the movements are developed; and Plan-les-Ouates, where watch exteriors are designed and crafted. The whole process took three years to complete.

Everything in this watch is designed to take up as little space as possible. The caseback serves as the baseplate for the movement components, which eliminates one layer of thickness. The small hours and minutes dial is offset at 10 o’clock and integrated within the thickness of the caliber. The 219 movement components are merged within the case. All of the movement components are no thicker than the balance wheel. All of the bridges are fitted on the dial side in what the brand describes as “reversed movement construction.”

The 910P has a sapphire glass especially engineered to resist bending against the hour and minutes hands if pressure is applied. As an added precaution, the hands are located below the bridges, freeing up space between the cannon-pinion and the glass.

Stylish and elegant, the Altiplano Ultimate 910P is available in two models: 18k white gold for $27,000; and 18k rose gold for $26,000.

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Lady Arpels Planétarium for SIHH 2018

Iconic watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has presented a new piece of horological craftsmanship and expanded its exclusive high jewellery watch collection this holiday season. The Midnight Planétarium™ specially-designed for women is an expression of Poetry of Time® by depicting a cosmo, illustrated by the Sun and Moon, the star constellations along with the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth.

The exceptional watch is a beautiful nod to the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, and represents a re-invented iconic creation from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The new model offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy with an accurate interaction of the Sun and Moon and the closest planets.

Haute Horlogerie is the key innovation that elevates Van Cleef & Arpels’ standard of movement and the ethereal decorations of the dial to its pinnacle levels. The magic of the night sky comes to life in a precious setting depicted by the Mercury, Venus and Earth orbiting around the sun at their actual speeds. All the while the diamond Moon circling around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a curious celestial ballet on the dial.

This eloquent example is courtesy of a new and exclusive module developed in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels. It features a self-winding mechanical movement in a smaller size, which fits perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.

The dial is the epitome of understated luxury and is visible through the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold. On the case back are two apertures that display the day, month and year, all surrounded by a shimmering decor. To complete this High Jewellery design, two bracelets are available in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.

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Audemars Piguet Previews Three New Women’s Millenary Watches

The women’s version of one of the most iconic men’s collections of all time, the Audemars Piguet Millenary certainly has a lot to offer. All dressed up in diamonds, enamel, marquetry, engraving, and other materials, the Royal Oak is the first luxury sports watch for the fairer sex. The Millenary, by way of differentiation, is the opposite of sporty. It has become emblematic for watchmaking’s decorative arts, while at the same time exuding a technical flair with its partially openwork dial.

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) next month, Audemars Piguet has announced the launch of three new models in the Millenary lineup. Two all-gold versions set with diamonds and a version with a “frosted gold” finish will come out just in time for the holiday season. The 18-karat white- or pink-gold versions have the same allure of fine jewelry, with diamonds set into the lugs and bezel with a handcrafted bracelet that can be used on its own. 

A variation on the Milanese mesh style sees the bracelet braded from gold threads in a right-over-left pattern rather than in the same direction, just like a traditional Milanese bracelet is made. The result is a flexible piece of jewelry that comfortably hugs the wrist. The adjustable links can be removed or added in 5-mm sections for an even closer fit. The cases on the new models are scaled down to 39.5 mm, which makes them even more wearable.

The third new Millenary is characterized by a technique from the jeweler’s bench: a signature hammered finish that Audemars Piguet calls frosted gold. It is achieved by using a gold-hammering technique known as the Florentine method that results in tiny indentations giving the surface a shimmering sparkle, like frost on a windowpane. 

Pricing for all three models will be made available in mid-January of next year.

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The New MB&F LM Split

The newest creation from the MB&F ‘Legacy Machine’ line is s a masterstroke of horological compartmentalization and this is not an exaggeration. Its price is just as head-turning as its revolutionary design and bespoke craftsmanship. The MB&F LM Split Escapement retails for $79,000, but is worth every dollar.

It made its debut in 2011 and since then the Legacy Machine range has perfected its complexity without deviating from its core characteristics: manual winding, traditional finishing, round case, huge domed crystal, and a 2.5 Hz balance suspended by a wishbone-shaped cock. The Split Escapement is in a class of its own compared to the last Legacy Machine (the Perpetual).

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There is something unique in the Stephen McDonnell–designed movement. Unlike its predecessors, the Perpetual has chosen to extend right through the movement, and fix the escapement to the back. This configuration was unique for a wristwatch, and it worked well on either side of the watch.

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Now, for the design of the LM Split Escapement, MB&F has worked once again with McDonnell with the intent to simplify and distil this concept into a still purer form. The balance staff extends a full 11.78 mm from the balance wheel to the impulse jewel. This receives its impulse from a lever and escape wheel on the back of the movement. Unlike the Perpetual, the hand-burnished dial of the Split Escapement has enough space to display its timekeeping, date, and 72-hour power-reserve dials. The burnish brush treatment of the dial reflects this space by delivering “a wider, more diffuse frosted finish” than more commonly used in order “to accommodate the larger area.”

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This is what makes the Split Escapement a horological masterpiece. The watch is a juxtaposition of isolation and space. These components are separated into categories: The regulation and timekeeping can be found on the front, and the power, transmission, and distribution are placed on the back. The unique layout of the movement complements the generous space beneath its soaring sapphire firmament, allowing for these categories to occupy large areas of their own real estate.

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Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini team up on Excalibur Aventador S watches

The new partnership between Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s team and renowned designer Roger Dubuis is coming at the right time. The two brands have their creative vision perfectly aligned in terms of personality, design language, and clientele, so naturally the result of their collaboration will appeal to a large number of wealthy buyers.

Taking things further, they have developed something that the horology world does not see every day. The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Strap Details is a superior watch whose signature movement’s layout draws inspiration from the engine bay of the Aventador S. Thanks to close work with Lamborghini’s design team has allowed the artisans to capture this correctly.

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There will be two models of the new watch – each released in a limited addition, making them more exclusive than the iconic car that inspired them. In a nod to Lamborghini’s superior technical composition, Roger Dubuis used Lamborghini’s award-winning carbon composite known as C-SMC carbon to create a thin “cover plate” detail over the watch’s power reserve indication. The automotive composite was of significant interest the brand’s design team who usually relies on Swiss suppliers for their materials.

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All pieces both feature multilayer carbon cases, and are powered by an all-new double balance hand-wound caliber RD103SQ, which runs at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 40-hours. The new caliber can display both hours and minutes, power reserve, and a dead-beat seconds indication. This is a first in the brand’s recent history. Poinçon de Genève finishing completes the composition.

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There are minute differences between the two new Aventador S models; EX613 with yellow accents will be limited to 88 pieces with a retail price of $185,000, whereas the EX624—with orange accents and aforementioned carbon cover plate—will be limited to only 8 pieces priced at $205,000 each.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet Watch is a timepiece that combines the brand’s well-known craftsmanship and aesthetics of perpetual calendar with a classic design. The watch represents one of the three pillars that are the strengths of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a watch-making brand. The new Cermet version of the Deep Sea Chronograph brings to life a watch made of an alloy material that is part ceramic and part metal with incomparable properties of lightness, resistance, and stability.

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Much lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, the Deep Sea Chronograph has a matte finish, a modern look with the retro-styling. As a chronograph, it has water resistance of up to 100 meters. Its case is sleek and modern, which is a nice change for a watch of such calibre. The dial is nicely legible, and offers an attractive minimalist design that is typical of popular retro-style dials.

Jaeger-LeCoultre will produce two dial variations of the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet. There will be the standard Ref. 208A570 with the white colored luminant, and the Ref. 208A57J that has a darker colored lume. This latter model is called the Deep Sea Chronograph Vintage Cermet. The Vintage model will only be available for purchase at Jaeger-LeCoultre mono-brand boutique stores. The starting price for both watches will be $18,000.

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Inside the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet watches are in-house made caliber 758 automatic movements. The 758 is a sweet column-wheel based chronograph with of a 65 hour power reserve and a one-of-a-kind “chronograph function” indicator. The slim size of the Deep Sea Chronograph wears perfectly.  42mm is the best size for a watch like this, one puts just as much emphasis on performance as it does on aesthetics.  The Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph is all about looks and less about actual diving.

The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph boasts is a truly capable sport watch with a robust automatic chronograph movement, three registers, and rotating bezel.