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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.

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The Best Auto-Inspired Watches

It’s a universal truth that a superb sports car requires a superb mechanical timepiece to go along with.  So feast your eyes on some of the most technically advanced and elegant auto-inspired watches for 2016.

Baume & Mercier Legendary Drivers Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph

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A favourite of vintage car enthusiasts- the Shelby Cobra is the inspiration for the new Baume & Mercier Legendary Drivers Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph. Retailing for $4,850, the 44 mm steel timepiece has yellow-and-green accents, horizontal racing stripes, and hour and minute hands styled after the Cobra’s steering wheel. The chronograph counters are designed to evoke cockpit gauges. The model is available in four 15-piece limited editions and each commemorates a legendary racecar driver: Dan Gurney, Ken Miles, Allen Grant, and Dave MacDonald.

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The Bremont Jaguar MKIII timepiece (priced at $4,795), designed by British watchmaker Bremont is an ode to the classic Jaguar E-Type. Fully loaded with accents that evoke the charisma of vintage Jaguars the watch sports a Jaguar heritage logo positioned above the date window at 6 o’clock. The piece comes in a 43 mm steel case on a blue leather strap. Its closed caseback draws inspiration from the E-Type’s wheel-center detailing.

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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition

Home to the most glamorous racetrack in the world, Monaco is also the place of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a biennial competition for cars from the prewar period to the 1970s. As the official sponsor of the high-profile event Chopard, debuted the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition (priced at $6,890). The 44.5 mm chronograph is encased in titanium and steel and available in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

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A new pocket watch from Hermés

Hermés has long been the epitome of the understated class and timeless charisma of luxury goods that the wealthy are so fond of. Now, the French Maison doesn’t fail to disappoint with a new offering in the form of a transforming pocket watch a rose gold clad in an alligator exterior.

Re-inventing a model that was gifted to the young Jacqueline Hermès in 1912 – the new watch dubbed ‘In the Pocket’ is designed to be worn as a traditional pocket watch or a wristwatch. Available in a 178-piece limited edition, it is the dream-come-true of horse riding aficionados who will no longer have to attach their watches to their clothing or slip them into their pockets.

The rose gold case is fitted with a silver dial with baton-type hands that sweep over pared-down numerals. There is a smaller seconds sub-dial is located at 3 o’clock. The In the Pocket watch is powered by an in-house H1837 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve. Its oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s signature motif “sprinkling of Hs” in a delicate and unobtrusive manner.

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The strap is made of two longer and shorter sections: the plain strap end and the buckle strap end, both hand crafted in the leather-making workshops of La Montre Hermès in Switzerland. Both parts are composed of three layers of leather: alligator; cow leather, which is more durable and robust and a Zermatt calfskin lining. The whole composition balances remarkably on the verge of masculine and feminine, making the In the Pocket watch a suitable piece for both men and women.

Price for the eye-catching piece is 27.000 Euro.

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Electromechanical watches reshaping haute horlogerie

Watches that combine electronics with mechanics is shaping up to be the latest trend on the haut horological scene, where timeless style and understated elegance are the epitome of luxury and refined taste.

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Renowned Swiss manufacturers are beginning to discover the charm of combining traditional mechanical timepieces with the modern, simpler quartz movement. The end result is a powerful amalgam of fine horological mastery and innovative simplicity that produces pieces that balance on past trends and present mechanics. A fine example comes from the well-known house Urwerk with their titanium and steel EMC Black watch on crocodile strap for £100,000. Fully mechanical in its functions, the new EMC also features a tiny integrated circuit board and a minute optical sensor above the balance that can measure the frequency. The wearer can use this feature to check on the isochronism and adjust the rate by turning a small screw on the caseback. The electrical power is mechanically generated thanks to a Lilliputian hand crank set into the side of the watch.

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European Maison Piaget has come up with a white gold Emperador Coussin XL 700P watch on alligator strap for the more modest £56,500. The piece celebrates the brand’s first in-house quartz calibre. Another offer comes from Van Cleef & Arpels in white gold and enamel in the form of the Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch on alligator strap, whose price is available on request. Jewelry and horology come together to evoke light and enhance the features of the powerful pieces that keep within the boundaries of the mechanical movement.

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Hermes partners with Apple for the Apple Watch Series 2

Technology and fashion has always gone hand in hand to produce pieces of strong character and purpose-minded artistry. And which two brands are more suited to raise the bar of creative collaboration even further than tech giant Apple and European fashion Maison Hermés? After the successful launch of the first Apple Hermès watch – the elegant original line defined by timeless craftsmanship, has been revisited. The end result is the introduction of the Apple Watch Hermès Series 2.

The expanded collection sports a new Double Buckle Cuff and a price tag of $1,499. It comes in premium Swift or Epsom calfskin leather. The 38 mm stainless-steel case has a ceramic back, accentuated by the leather strap in one of three hues: Rose Jaipur, Étoupe, and Bleu Agate. Another new addition that gives the timepiece its technical allure is the Single Tour Deployment Buckle priced at $1,399. It comes complete with a Hermès Barénia calfskin leather band, a 42 mm case, and a hidden deployment buckle that opens with a single click of the two side buttons.

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Returning for the Series 2 collection are both the Single Tour model with either a 38 mm or 42 mm case (retailing at $1,149 and $1,199,), while the Double Tour piece features a strap that wraps twice around the wrist and is only available with a 38 mm case with a price of $1,299. Both watches are offered with bands in a variety of colours, including Anémone, which is a brand-new shade of vibrant purple that will appeal to the female audience of tech fans.

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The Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America watch

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America timepiece as launched to commemorate the 19th-century yacht famous for sailing’s most prestigious regatta, the America’s Cup. It is a nod to the Swiss watchmaker’s maritime legacy—one the brand is known for through its collaboration with Sweden’s Artemis Racing team in its bid to win the competition’s 35th running in 2017.

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The new model is set within a case of 18-karat white or rose gold with the dial depicting the gaff schooner America sailing to glory for the New York Yacht Club in 1851. After the inaugural competition, both the trophy and the race itself were subsequently renamed after the victorious vessel. In the background talented craftsmen have painted England’s Isle of Wight—the circumnavigation of which composed the original course. The entire nautical composition is presented in enamel cloisonné (produced in-house by the manufacturer’s own artisans at Donzé Cadrans) and is the result of 26 meticulous specific processes along with 50 hours of craftsmanship.

Only 30 examples of the automatic watch will be made and each will have a 42-hour power reserve. Price for the limited edition timepieces is $39,800 each.  Sailing enthusiasts are sure to be mesmerized by the intricate detailing and exquisite workmanship of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Schooner America as it makes a statement of both a casual, free-loving lifestyle and luxurious class that few can afford.

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In the world of marine chronometers, the partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Artemis Racing Team has produced piece of bespoke quality and value – a worth-while addition to the modern plethora of modern watches with a nod to a historic event.