Jewelry Watches

Top 5 Jewelry Watches

When haute couture meets exquisite horological traditions – the world of fine watches sees some truly magnificent pieces that are the epitome of feminine spirit, timeless class and elegance. Exhibited earlier this year at the famous Baselword event – these 5 jewelry watches are something that every woman would dream to have.

1. Hublot’s Big Bang Broderie

Hublot has long been a brand admired by many for its uncompromising quality and technical superiority. Now, the new debut of the new Big Bang Broderie sees the watch giant venture into the delicate world of feminine timepieces with a model that is as beautiful as it is glamorously painstaking. A total of 8148 adorn the cuff-like timepiece with an enchanting snow-paved dial. The magnificent creation retails for €16,500.

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2. Faberge Lady Compliquée Peacock

Faberge has long been revered as a master jeweler and the brand’s intricate diamond and gemstone-embellished creations attest to centuries’ worth of artisan traditions and know-how. So, when they unveiled the Lady Compliquée Peacock, it was no wonder that the fashion scene was completely smitten with its sublimely refined sensuality and diamond-encrusted peacock adorning the dial. The asking price of the model is $250,000.

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3. Chopard Green Carpet Collection Diamond Watch

This breath-taking creation, part of the sustainable Green Carpet Collection, is truly a sight to behold. Hand-crafted to perfection, it features marquise-cut diamonds, laid out in ascending order with respect to their size in an unusual pattern and form and enhanced with navette-cut diamonds. The brilliant diamonds contrast beautifully with the black satin strap. This model costs $1.1 million.

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4. The Sicis Gardenia Collection

A collection like nothing else you have ever seen – these micro-mosaic flowers made of diamonds, gold and precious stones are delicately nestled on satin ribbons. Inside the center of every flower a small dial is hidden, making these three-dimensional bracelets into true works-of-art. Price is available on request.

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5. Christophe Claret’s Margot

The extremely complicated and intricate watch is a true representation of the know-how and legacy of maison Christophe Claret. It exhibits a delicate daisy display on the dial and as the hours progress – the petals disappear one by one, following the popular ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ play. The pistil (center) of the daisy flower is made of a uniquely cut yellow sapphire crystal, while pear-cut diamonds decorate the dial itself. Available in 18-carat white or rose gold, the watch costs $280,000 in its 5.2-carat version.

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Bulgari’s new London flagship

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Following its highly-celebrated collaboration with Italian architect Peter Marino in redesigning its Roman flagship on Via dei Condotti, Bulgari sets out again to seek out his brilliant vision and inspirational skills to revamp its New Bond Street flagship, which opened its doors on April 14th. The new jewelry haven is a blend of bold contemporary forms and architectural nods to the Maison’s rich heritage.

Customers can shop in a unique ambiance curated artworks and fine materials, including bronze latticework staircase modelled after the floor of the Pantheon. Precious materials are incorporated throughout –including fine marbles, marmorino and luxurious silks and velvets. Two floors over 500 square meters include a Salottino Taylor VIP lounge, intimate spaces and private rooms.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Unique jewelry creations include the 18.55ct Diva white gold necklace set with 29 sapphires, and gold necklaces set with tourmalines, spessartines , peridots ,tanzanites, citrines , beryls, and amethysts.

The signature Serpenti motif is generously represented throughout the boutique with the Serpenti Incantati (price on request). The beautiful timepiece coils around the case for the first time and comes in two versions: 30mm in white or rose gold with a satin or jewelled strap, or a 41mm mechanical version available either in rose gold (available in limited edition to 50 pieces) with 209 diamonds and two rubellites, or in white gold with 228 diamonds and a sapphire that is manufactured in 30 pieces.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Men will also find plenty of pieces to complement their wardrobe in the form of Bulgari’s super-masculine and sporty Diagono Magnesium watch, priced from £4,000 that is available in four colours. The classic model has been reinvented as a modern self-winding chronograph with improved performance. Another striking example of design and contemporary aesthetic is the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater that will be manufactured in just 50 pieces and whose price is available on request.

Bulgari’s new London flagship

Baselworld 2016

Highlights of the Baselworld 2016

At the latest instalment of Baselworld the world of haute horology witnessed several pieces that redefined the standard for strong design and cutting-edge technology. Many globally renowned brands introduced models that were nothing short of spectacular with Rolex, TAG Huer and Patek Philippe deserving a special mention.

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Rolex’s much-redesigned Air King is their most accessible watch to date. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the brand’s conservatism. The combination of a coloured logo with printed minute numbers and applied hours is certainly unusual, but highly successful. The new Air King is a strong and masculine piece that possesses extreme stability. Its retail price is $6,200 and every watch holds the brand’s Superlative Chronometer Certification.

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Another striking piece from the event comes from watchmaking Maison Patek Philippe. The new Reference 5930 World Time Chronograph is a piece that savvy business travellers will truly appreciate due to its austere design and functionality. It has a blue dial and 39.5 mm white-gold case with vintage-style “winglet” lugs. There is a world-timer that automatically changes time zones at the push of a button without affecting the progression of the minute hand. This is the brands thinnest chronograph to date and will be made available in summer at an asking price of $73,712.

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The TAG Heuer Caliber Heuer Carrera 02T is a head-turning smart watch model coming from the Swiss market. A fine tourbillon piece – the new model is marketed as the ‘most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph’ at $15,950. It features a 45mm case that is made of grade-5 titanium, stainless steel, and rubber. Intricate semi-skeletonized dials highlight the minute and hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock. The design is completed by hand-finishing and all watches are COSC accredited. A more exclusive version will be available at the price of $23,100. The of “Black Phantom” will only be manufactured in 250 pieces.

The first smartwatch by Tag Heuer

The first smartwatch by Tag Heuer

TAG Heuer revealed its first smartwatch in November – an elegant and minimalistic piece for the price of $1,500 in conjunction with Google and Intel. The simple yet staggering timepiece took one year to develop and is described as the creative “marriage between Watch Valley in Switzerland, and Silicon Valley in America” or in other words – a superb combination of cutting-edge technology and centuries-old horological traditions.

The first smartwatch by Tag Heuer

The new Carrera Connected marks “a new chapter in wearable devices” and single-handedly propels the Swiss watch industry into the 21st century. Made with the greatest attention to detail from grade 2 titanium, this is the first high-quality, luxury smart watch that combines utility and class in one. Currently, the watch is sold in 20 of the company’s dealerships in the US.

What’s unique about TAG’s new timepiece is that the brand went to great lengths to stay away from the rigid design of the smartwatch and introduce some classic horological feel – courtesy of the Swiss watchmakers’ craftsmanship and expertise. They have achieved a balanced luxurious feel with the lightweight titanium construction and the refined design. The Connected has a “transflective” display to make it readable in direct sunlight, and an always on mode for time.
The first smartwatch by Tag Heuer

The software of the watch is the Android Wear that Motorola, LG, Samsung, Huawei, and others use on their pieces. The Carrera Connected retains the appeal of a classic TAG Heuer piece, especially in terms of dial design and shape.  The big round screen has an appealing masculine feel. Every aspect of the watch is matches the renowned Swiss watch aesthetic, which provides an interesting contrast with the modern dynamic of the Apple Watch and the implistic appearance of the Huawei Watch. What looks like just another Android timepiece is actually a surprisingly comfortable and technologically advanced model that delivers both in terms of functionality and design.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Tourbillon

In its latest limited edition masterpiece Hublot takes the art of fusion to new heights. LaFerrari Sapphire is the living embodiment of decades of fine horological traditions and constant pursuit for innovation and development. The Unico movement is beautifully accentuated thanks to the transparent case, which puts the essence of the Tourbillon model on display.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

The watch’s unique character is characterized by its robust and flamboyant nature – Hublot’s Sapphire models have revolutionized the fashion and jewelry worlds as they are cut straight from sapphire, retaining the material’s precious and rare character. Only 50 pieces will be manufactured of this highly-praised model that combines the acclaimed architecture of Hublot’s famous Big Bang model and absolute transparency of design with the brand’s signature Unico movement.

The middle of the case together with the bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are all cut from blocks of scratch-resistant sapphire. Only a small portion of the spine of the watch is made from titanium. The skeleton dial reveals all the gears of the proprietary Hublot Unico movement and its intricate finishes. The strap is also transparent to complement the watch’s ethereal silhouette. LaFerrari Sapphire is water-resistant up to a depth of 50 metres and has a power reserve of up to 72 hours. In total, 637 components power the spectacular timepiece.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Designed in a way to reveal all inherent beauty and complexity of Hublot’s proprietary movement – the new piece balances refined elegance and bold architecture in a remarkable way. This explains the extravagant price, which despite remaining to be announced officially, is expected to be in the region of $300,000 to $600,000. Its austere design is evocative of the beauty and aerodynamics of the outline of Ferrari cars. The 50-day power reserve sets a new world record for a Tourbillon wristwatch that is hand-wound. PVD titanium blends seamlessly with the sapphire and are topped off with a rubber strap.

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Christie’s holds a Bond-items sale

Historic auction house Christie’s is celebrating the release of the latest instalment in the Bond series – Spectre – on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD in style with an online-only sale of Bond memorabilia from the 24th movie of the franchise. All proceeds from the auction will go towards Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other charitable organisations as well as the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for wealthy philanthropists and Bond aficionados to acquire a piece of Hollywood legacy.

The item that attracted the most attention was 007’s Aston Martin DB10, which was at the top lot in the first part of Christie’s auction. Highest bid for the car that has an estimated value of £1,000,000 – £1,500,000 reached £2,434,500. Sold as a collector’s item, the DB10 sports a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and manual gearbox with a top speed of around 190 mph. All carbon fibre exterior and handcrafted interior with fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium make it extremely popular amongst those who wish to own James Bond’s car.

James Bond Spectre

Another item worth mentioning is the limited-edition Omega Seamaster 300 watch valued at £15,000 – £20,000, with an asking price of £92,500. Worn by Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie Spectre – the model sports an engraved Liquid Metal Technologies, glazed black dial, luminous broad arrow hour markers and Arabic numerals. It’s the epitome of refined elegance and subtle class – the two characteristics that define Britain’s most dangerous spy. It deploys Omega’s signature self-winding calibre 8400 and is adorned with 38 diamonds.

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A few other props from the latest movie were also featured in the sale with all lots ultimately selling out in a record time. For those who could afford a piece of Bond’s high-end lifestyle this was a remarkable opportunity to acquire a piece of exclusive Hollywood history.

Omega Speedmaster watch

“First Omega In Space” Omega Speedmaster

International watch brand OMEGA is making headlines with the introduction of a remake of its original “First Omega in Space” Speedmaster model. This watch was worn by none other than Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra on October 3rd 1962 during the flight of Sigma 7. This was a few years before the OMEGA Speedmaster range became the official choice by NASA on their missions. The new remake of this Speedmaster ‘1962’ was introduced at BaselWorld and lives up to the understated elegance and robust design of its predecessors in every sense.

The dial no longer sports the ‘Professional’ wording and instead has the OMEGA logo reintroduced. The dial hands are the same as the original 1962 Speedmaster with the exception of the use of the chronograph second hand. Fortunately, a large deal of the purist experience has been kept with the sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel that accentuate the traditional-looking design. The two-tone black dial complements the 18k gold used on the bezel and case. Everything about this model is wonderfully symmetrical and enhances the watch’s historic, sporty flair. The striking combination of cutting-edge technology, high-quality materials and classic charm proves to be effective and successful with the new model retailing for $18,000.

Omega Speedmaster watch

Its diameter is 39.7mm, making it smaller than the original Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’, which makes it easy to wear and comfortable. The straight lugs of this Speedmaster correspond to the original of the CK2998 model.  It presents a wonderful addition to the Omega Speedmaster family and is guaranteed to become a collector’s favourite in due time. It doesn’t have the original manually wound chronograph movement of the 1861 calibre, but it has retained the traditional arrow-style hands that complete the modern feel of the vintage look. The newly-released model is expected to be soon available in a steel version as well.

 

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Five beautiful perpetual calendar watches

A look at the most spectacular timepieces for 2016 reveals an increased interest in the perpetual calendar function, which provides seamless tracking of everything from seconds to annual cycles. These mechanical masterpieces are more than simple accessories – they are an artistic representation of the passing of time through perfectly calibrated technology harmonious with their powerful design.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar

Jaeger-LeCoultre is infamous for ultra complicated perpetual calendars and this model proves it. For $20,400, you get a watch whose understated elegance and integrated in-house movement make it a true work-of-art. The brushed-black dial exhibits a moonphase indicator and divided collectors in two camps. It’s only 9mm thick, which gives the ideal balance of comfort and legibility.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar

Vacheron is a true Maison when it comes to re-inventing classical models and elevating them to new heights of class and functionality. The simple steel case resembles their line of the Overseas watches, but it’s made of white gold and much slimmer. The dial is designed in blue and gray – a modern yet subtle combination that balances out the traditional layout. The $91,400 price tag gets you a choice of metal bracelet of alligator strap to complement the elegant appeal of the case.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar

Priced at $345,000, one of Lange’s most complicated watches is unique in every aspect. The design, the technology, the level of craftsmanship and know-how that went into the making of the magnificent watch. Its dial boasts a small window at the bottom for the leap year counter, a subtle moonphase integrated in the seconds register, the month is positioned around the edge and on the left in retrograde scale are the days of the week. The gray dial contrasts beautifully with the white gold case, creating a modern icon of class.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar

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Omega’s Dark Side of the Moon collection

Continuing to build on their existing Dark Side of the Moon collection, this year Omega introduced four new models to the line: Black Black, Sedna Black, Pitch Black, and Vintage Black. Each model comes with a case constructed entirely from a single block of black zirconium oxide ceramic. All models have black bezels, straps and cases as their names suggest. There are slight differences in the materials used within the dial. The collection draws inspiration from the astronauts of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission.

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The Speedmaster “Black Black” sports an elegant all-in black theme. Even the hands and indexes are coated with black Super-LumiNova. This doesn’t take away from the legibility and the model remains one of the more austere and minimalistic choices in the collection, with a price tag of $12,000. Its black leather strap has ecru stitching and a ceramic folding clasp.

The Sedna Black

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The “Sedna Black.” Has an exclusive rose-gold alloy incorporated into its detailing. The dial, bezel, and case are made of entirely black ceramic, but 18K rose-gold complements some elements – indexes and hands, as well as the bezel’s the outer edge. The gaps, the central hour, minute, and chronograph seconds hand, as well as the indexes and dots at 12 o’clock are coated in “Vintage” Super-LumiNova. Price for the model is $15,000.

The Pitch Black

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The model prominently features the Super-LumiNova in every detail on the dial and bezel. Its matte-black ceramic dial contrasts with the greenish hue of the LumiNova on the indexes, hands, chapter ring, signage, date wheel, and the tachymeter scale on the ceramic bezel. The Pitch Black Speedmaster is sold for $12,000.

The Vintage Black

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The only model from the Dark Side of the Moon collection set on a brown leather strap. The Vintage Black has varnished brown hour indexes that match the “vintage” Super-LumiNova on its hands and dial. The tachymeter scale sports the same color of luminous coating. With a brushed ceramic case and a matte ceramic dial, the hands of the watch are also blackened, while the subdial hands remain brown. Price for the model is $12,000.

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Four vintage Chronograph watches

Vintage watches have always had a certain appeal to them highly valued by connoisseurs and collectors, but when it comes to vintage chronographs – there is something truly special. The most exciting period for chronograph watches were the 60s and 70s with no two timepieces ever being alike, so let’s take a look at some models that are definitely keepsakes.

Omega Speedmaster “Pre-Moon”

Omega Speedmaster "Pre-Moon”

An icon on its own, the Omega Speedmaster shines with design and technology. The officially-approved NASA mission piece was originally designed for racecar drivers and is now one of the most beloved luxurious models in the world. A 1967-model was recently sold for $3,550 at a recent commemorative Speedmaster sale by Christie’s.

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

The racing chronograph is a synonym for exquisite design and superior metrics and it’s difficult to come across an older model in pristine condition. This is what makes this 1973-watch so valuable with its perfectly preserved colours and minimal scratches, giving it the price tag of $3,750.

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

The unusual Zenith Red Vignette El Primero sports an eccentric case design that makes it stand out from the multitude of chronographs. Its bright red dial and shimmering bracelet would definitely not go unnoticed and convey the disco spirit of the 70s. It can be yours for $5,000.

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

To this date the Rolex Daytona remains the gold standard, which all chronograph watches are measured against. Its qualities in terms of technology and precision are unparalleled and the sleek, refined design has shaped countless trends in the fashion world. This explains the asking price of $40,000, which guarantees a watch in excellent condition with all of its signature trademarks like the red signature at 6 o’clock, a lightly faded dial, and a glossy black bezel – restored to their full glory and shine.

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