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The Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Porsche Design has unveiled it bet timepiece yet – the Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. It will accompany the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series – a powerful breathing performance car with a top speed of 330 km/h.

Porsche Design is the lifestyle brand synonymous with luxury clothing, eyewear, luggage and watches. Now, its new timepiece will coordinate with the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The limited run of 500 cars will be offered by the famous Swabian car manufacturer later this year.

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A total of 500 chronographs will be manufactured to accompany the car and will be named the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Both the car and the watch can be further customized.

The new timepiece boasts the brand’s ‘first mechanical in-house movement’. The development of the movement, the calibre Werk 01.200, took over three years to complete. The chronograph features a flyback function, which is ideal for timing consecutive lap times or honing them to perfection.

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In keeping with Porsche’s reputation for lightweight performance cars, the movement’s barrel bridge is open-worked, which gives the chronograph a lightweight appearance. In addition to this, the adoption of this new design strategy allows the barrel bridge to reveal the flyback function and gear train.

The oscillating mass is affixed with a central locking nut, which bears the Porsche coat of arms – reminiscent of the appearance of a Porsche wheel rim. Would-be buyers can customize with gold accents on the rotor or, alternatively, a completely black ensemble.

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The carbon dial comes in regular Porsche colours, such as Golden Yellow Metallic, Carrara White, Agate Grey Metallic, Black, Graphite Blue Metallic and the iconic Guards Red. The timepiece is complemented by a titanium bracelet and two leather straps with titanium deployant buckles. The strap itself is made from the same leather and thread used for the seats of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.

Porsche and Porsche Design will distribute the Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series solely through Porsche Centres worldwide with a suggested retail price of $12,650 or €9,950.

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The new Visionnaire Chronograph from Faberge

Nearly a decade of work and five horologically significant patents went into the making of Fabergé’s latest creation – the exquisite calibre 6361, two of which have been specifically designed for the new chronograph movement of the Visionnaire Chronograph. It was designed in close collaboration with Agenhor, the Geneva-based movement specialist and master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

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The calibre 6361 offers instant-start indications thanks to a system of snail cams, fixed to the chronograph wheels. Its immaculate precision is courtesy of the patented AgenClutch, a completely novel, lateral-friction clutch that combines the smooth engagement of the modern vertical clutch with the flatness of the traditional system.

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The rotor is visible under the sapphire crystal ring that forms the outermost part of the dial. As the rotor spins and winds the watch, the radial lines on its surface reflect the light, adding a constant dynamism and motion in keeping with a sports complication.

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Water resistant to 50 metres, the Visionnaire Chronograph is available in two equally striking versions: the more elegant and neutral rose-gold case with grey opaline dial or the bolder black DLC treated ceramic case with black dial. Introduced at the Baselworld 2017, prices for the two models are $39,500 and $34,500, respectively.

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The new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier has revealed it new Tonda Métrographe and it’s just as impressive as its initial viewing at SIHH. The brand has combined mechanical prowess and elegant design in the steel-cased Tonda Métrographe. This latest version is defined by a more understated and highly legible dial. A few other faint tweaks put it right up next to big players like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and other contenders in the (relatively) affordable category.

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The elegant new dial configuration is by far the most notable change. It now features a tachymeter scale and the date window has been repositioned to 12 o’clock. In addition to this, a double-hand semicircular running-seconds subdial has been incorporated at 3 o’clock. These latter two elements provide the piece with improved balance and legibility as well as a slightly dressier feel than its predecessor. The two-tone watch makes use of rose gold. The case’s design remains effectively unchanged but it boasts decreased thickness.

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The model is powered by Parmigiani’s PF315 self-winding calibre with a base movement that is developed and manufactured in-house and then fitted with a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. In its black-dial-on-black-strap configuration, the easy answer is “with everything, all the time”. The Métrographe is versatile and elegant, making it a welcome addition to any wardrobe selection. The new Tonda Métrographe will become available in Parmigiani’s North American retailer network (as well as at their flagship boutique in Miami) as early as next month.

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The watch is available in two configurations—a white-dial version and the black variant shown—both on either a supple calf-leather strap ($11,500) or a bracelet ($12,000).

Chopard

Baselworld’s Jewelry Highlights

Baselworld is the most anticipated annual exhibition dedicated to watches and jewelry. Held in the Swiss city of Basel, it is the moment international Maisons use to debut their new collections and steal the spotlight with creative and exuberant designs. The 2017 edition of the exhibition includes daring new pieces from Eberhard & Co., Chopard and Faidee.

In keeping with spring, Chopard introduced its Green Carpet collection featuring high jewelry with responsibly mined Gemfield’s emeralds. Its For You watch collection embodies the definition of discreet luxury, offering fine and ready-to-wear pieces. Inspired by the delicate beauty of the cherry blossom, the two timepieces of the collection present delicate pear-shaped diamonds or emeralds around a brilliant-cut pistil.

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Fourth-generation jeweler Faidee known as a source for some of the world’s rarest Burmese rubies, unveiled the Grand Phoenix necklace comprised of 24 unheated Burmese Pigeon’s Blood rubies—the most coveted variety of rubies. Weighing nearly 80 carats, it is valued at about $35 million, and has more than 100 carats of D color grade diamonds. (faidee.com)

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Two new models celebrate Eberhard & Co’s 130th anniversary with the Chrono 4 (patented – registered design). This is the first and only chronograph in the history of watchmaking with four aligned counters, a veritable icon of the brand today.

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Both watches feature a new 42 mm diameter case that is framed by a bezel with circular satin finish; the crown, personalised with the number “130”. Three dial variants are available.

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Vacheron Constantin’s debuts the Ultimate Astronomic Watch

Vacheron Constantin has long set the standard for watches out of this world, but the brand’s ultimate astronomical super-complication is a piece that will leave no one indifferent to its class. The one-of-a-kind wristwatch Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astro­nomical Grand Complication 3600 is a double-sided mechanical wonder. Its price tag is also astronomical and comes at about $1 million, but it is justified.

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This is a piece of multiple qualities aside from the striking number of its complications, which the company has tallied at 23. They are also brilliantly themed and organized. The complications fall into three groups: civil (conventional) time and calendar functions, solar time, and sidereal time. As both solar and sidereal time vary slightly from civil time, each group of complications is driven by its own corrected gear train radiating from the movement’s central wheel for greater accuracy. The solar gear train drives functions includes a marching equation of time, sunrise and sunset times, length of day, and seasonal indications. These are all represented on the front dial with civil-time functions such as the perpetual calendar, moon phase, and an interesting tide indicator with a depiction of the sun, Earth, and lunar orbital positions.

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On the back of the astronomical super-complication are such celestial functions as a star chart composed of two rotating sapphire disks with a starry sky over the sandblast-finish movement plates. The watch’s remarkable compactness is even more noteworthy than its multiplicity of functions. At 45 mm in diameter and just 13.6 mm thick, the timepiece is the same size as most sports watches—a reality made possible through carefully designed components, some of which created with advanced photolithography fabrication techniques. However, this does not take away from the ease of reading the dial, which is a truly striking combination and one difficult to achieve.

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The Sarpaneva Korona K0 Daredevil watch

Sarpaneva Watches have far been from the average watch brand, and its new timepiece—the Korona K0 Daredevil Dawn—pays homage to the spirit of fearlessness and strong masculine energy that drives you to victory.

Sarpaneva is a name that is highly revered in all hardcore watch-collecting communities. The brand’s rich history in the jewelry business eased its transition in the world of watchmaking. Its bold vision and precise craftsmanship shows in the latest timepiece that is aggressive and outspoken, all while paying proper homage to his roots.

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Limited to only 20 examples in each of its two dial configurations—Dawn and Dusk—the Sarpaneva Daredevil has a distinctive appeal. The design is elaborate and original. The first two dial layers are made of precision-cut skeletonized stainless steel, and the second is treated in a vibrant shade of blue diamond like coating (DLC). Below them is a three-segment base plate of vibrant bright Super LumiNova supplied by RC Tritec AG. The heavy application of luminous material keeps the Daredevil easy to read even in dim light. The obvious Captain America vibe to the dial’s red, white, and blue color scheme with a central white star, is in fact a nod to the legendary Evel Knievel rather than the Marvel superhero.

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The $10,000 watch does not feature an in-house movement. With a 46 mm case diameter and 11.2 mm thickness, the Daredevil is a bit large on the wrist. It includes two variations – with a black leather strap, and a crisp white rally strap that makes a much more bold and statement. The Dusk variation swaps has a dark gunmetal shade of gray instead of the vibrant blue, and also comes with a black or white rally strap.

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Watches of the Week

The world of horological marvels has been taken by storm again by two of the most renowned Maisons in recent weeks. Ahead of the annual Baselworld event that brings together connoisseurs of fine technical pieces and the world’s most reputable watchmakers – Zenith and Jaeger-LeCoultre have a pleasant surprise for their rich clientele.

The Master Chronograph from Jaeger-LeCoultre was released just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ever-popular line that collectors and enthusiasts have always been passionate about. The new piece makes a strong statement with its vintage charm, superb case proportions, stunning sector dials, and clever skeletonized hands. Powered by the brand’s Caliber 751G automatic movement, the Master Chronograph retains the same fonts, case proportions, and pusher design as the outgoing model, but it capitalizes on the eye-catching two-tone silver dials. It is refreshingly adaptable and retails for $8,000.

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With the unveiling of the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in Bronze, Zenith is keeping momentum ahead of Baselworld. The high-frequency 4069 automatic column-wheel chronograph calibre pairs nicely with the significant presence of the case.

zenith-heritage-pilot-extra-special-chronograph-01When it comes to large pilot watches – Zenith knows how to combine overpowering style with sturdy functionality and the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is no exception. Wiith a retail price of $7,100, Zenith will be taking pre-orders on the new piece as of the start of Baselworld next month.

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Edgy New Watches

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the world’s finest horological companies are quick to roll out one after another timepiece that make for spectacular arm candy. Few modern gentlemen will remain indifferent to watches that balance so effortlessly on the verge of timeless elegance, futuristic charm and intuitive functionality.

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The exquisite selection features such gems, such as the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph ($9,700) – the latest addition to the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic watch series. Its unique texture and the stamped guilloché pattern on the dial add a layer of authenticity to the new model while allowing for nominal deviation in colour and one-of-a-kind frame. The 41 mm steel-cased piece is powered by the brand’s calibre 39-34 automatic chronograph movement and boasts the signature period-correct dial-manufacturing techniques of the brand.

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In the world of uncompromising quality – the brand new Octa Sport ARS Titanium is viewed as the horological equivalent of the recent Bentley SUV beast. Built primarily out of titanium for its case and bracelet, this piece is pure, unabashed F.P. Journe with the trademark Caliber FPJ 1300-3 self-winding movement made from aluminum rather than the brand’s usual 18-karat rose gold. The Octa Sport ARS Titanium is priced at $32,000 with a bracelet or $25,900 and is the ultimate status symbol.

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Montblanc has made headlines with its brand new TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 – capable of measuring one thousandth of a second. The modern Chron­ograph can be purchased for $185,500, and relies on two balances, best embodying the heritage of Minerva, a maker of stopwatches and chronographs that was purchased by Montblanc in 2006. The high-speed assembly has produced a piece that is a refinement of a mechanism that the Spanish watchmaker Bartomeu Gomila developed for Montblanc’s Villeret manufacture with an even more delicate high-speed operation.

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New Year’s ultimate chronographs

January seems like the perfect time for a fresh start and what better way to mark it than with a brand new chronograph? Lay your eyes on these few daring models that are as exquisite as they are mechanically advanced to suit the needs of the modern gentleman. Telling time has never been classier…

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Renowned manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier has an exciting offer for its loyal customers in the New Year with its first integrated chronograph. The debut of its Tonda Chronor Anniversaire will be making headlines for a while as the timepiece works on multiple levels – not just as a workhorse integrated chronograph movement for the brand. Limited to just 50 pieces, Chronor took six years to develop and is based on a modular construction, with a separate chronograph mechanism sitting on top of one of the company’s automatic base movements. Its idiosyncratic design style shines through in the austere use of interior angles. Price is available on request.

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Another impressive piece comes from IWC Schaffhausen with its new Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” that draws attention to the plight of marine animals killed every year. The limited-edition dive watch is accompanied by a copy of TASCHEN’S Sharks by Michael Muller, an extra-large coffee-table book depicting all species of sharks in hundreds of amazing photographs. The watch-and-book combo is marks IWC’s seven-year-old collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation. With a sleek grey dial and clean shark motifs in silver – the $12,200-chronogprah comes in a 44 mm stainless-steel case on a black rubber strap with a stainless-steel pin buckle.
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Chopard

Chopard’s Most Collectible Watch

Chopard has always been known for chasing after impossible standards of perfection and timeless minimalism and the new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater is a living proof of that. It is not so common that technology and architectural design come together in a marriage of complementing opposites that create a unique object of art.

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Horological connoisseurs will be thrilled with this bold and innovative minute repeater. The L.U.C. Full Strike is a rare watch of exemplary design. Its acoustic qualities make it one of the three best-sounding repeaters created during the last decade. It is capable of producing crisp and clear sounds with both richness and intensity. The gongs are made of sapphire—the same material that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to enhance the sound.

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The acoustic potential of the crystalline material is immediately made apparent to the true connoisseur. Through innovative design Chopard has managed to simplify the mechanism behind the movement without compromising the harmony of the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. A detailed glimpse of the case reveals an elaborate series of safety systems that protect the movement and smooth the operation of the strike mechanism. The openwork format of the case works well with the architectural design of the piece, which along its sound qualities and idea-based achievement easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built.

Price is available on request, although recommended retail price is around $261,715.