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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.

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady

Femininity and contemporary minimalism are the centre points for the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady. The first women’s watch from the renowned Swiss manufacture’s Grande Seconde SW series is a more sport-oriented version of the line based on Pierre Jaquet Droz’s pocket watch from the distant 1784. The timepiece boasts a stainless-steel case and is encrusted with 40 diamonds. The face conveys a sense of the timeless class that is the hallmark of the horologic house’s famed figure-eight motif. Two subdials are set against white mother-of-pearl and the dial’s rings and plates are made of 18-karat white gold.

Time is measured out with roman numeral as the denoted minute and hour indices are concentrically located on top of a larger sweep of seconds that is itself marked in arabic numerals—and are all arced over by blued-steel hands. Beneath the refined and elegant exterior is nestled a self-winding manual movement that provides the model with a 68-hour power reserve.

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An 18-karat white-gold oscillating weight balances out the mechanism and the intricate architecture is accented with Côtes de Genève patterning for an ornate finish. This detail is put ingeniously on display through a sapphire-crystal caseback. The price of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady is available upon request and it comes in four distinctive colour variations – pink, white, blue and black. The straps are made of the finest quality leather and complement the model-of-pearl dial to subtly accentuate the clean, austere design of the composition. The face of the model is crowned with rubber cast and the signature self-winding mechanical movement is finished with ruthenium treatment.

 

Richard Mille's new Tourbillon watch

Richard Mille’s new Tourbillon watch

Richard Mille has a proud history of manufacturing expensive watches that border the world of haute couture and architectural minimalism with their striking skeleton cases. The newly-introduced line of sapphire tourbillion pieces does an amazing job at continuing the Maison’s rich heritage, being a true representation of a modern gentleman’s sense of edgy style and sophisticated elegance.

The RM 56-02 with the striking price tag of $2,020,000 boasts a complex case design and exceptionally intricate movement. Both are forged out of pure sapphire and suspended in air by a signature system of pulleys that is highly revered in the world of haute horology. The model employs the same fundamental design of the infamous Nadal watch known as the RM 27-01. It was that particular piece that marked the debut of the trademarked technology that suspended the watches’ interior mechanics transparently mid-air, giving the whole composition the appearance of weightlessness. The difference with the RM 56-02 is the base-plate made of titanium and the sapphire case.

Richard Mille's new Tourbillon watch

The interior of the watch is just as spectacular as the exterior with suspension cable braided to a remarkable .35mm thickness (or the width of a fishing line), which is controlled by the aforementioned pulleys posted to four points along the movement as well as additional posts along the side of the case. A ratchet is positioned at 9 o’clock to allow the wearer to adjust the tension on the cables, and an arrow at 12 o’clock registers how tight the cords are.

The three-part case is constructed entirely of sapphire crystal, which is extremely hard and scratch resistant. However, the tough material presents some manufacturing difficulties, which make the RM 56-02 all the more valuable. Its case has to be milled and ground from solid pieces of sapphire as any mistake will result in the piece cracking and a new one will have to be started from square one. It takes an average of 40 days of around-the-clock machining to create a single RM 56-02 case – or 960 hours in total. The sapphire bridges take an additional 400 hours, meaning a total of 1500 hours of fine workmanship go into a single watch.

HYT H1 Full Gold

HYT H1 Full Gold

HYT watches are known for being more than just another timepiece in the world of haute couture and fine watch-making. The brand’s tagline “Hydro Mechanical Horologists” perfectly epitomizes the brilliant combination of exquisite workmanship and modern edge one can expect from the models.

The H1 is the watch that started it all. Its design features a sub-dial at 12 o’clock with a singular hand for indication of the minutes. An hour hand is absent and instead replaced by a circular tube that runs inside the dial’s circumference. Coloured and clear liquids with controlled levels are placed inside the tube as well as an expansion of two piston-driven bellows at 6 o’clock. These liquids mark the change of hours, simultaneously giving way to it. Twice a day at six o’clock, they undergo a retrograde motion and return to the starting position, marking the beginning of a new cycle all over again.

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Such a display system is utterly fascinating both in design and execution. The fluid system is governed through autonomous timekeeping, while still allowing manipulation when the crown is operated to set the time. The exhausting research required to develop the specific nuances and viscosities of the liquids involves a great deal of fine-tuning. To top everything off- the entire system is resistant against vibration and temperature fluctuation.

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The new H1 Full Gold boasts a case made entirely in pink gold, which is a first for the line. This 50-piece limited edition will be retiled for prices starting at $51,750. The beautiful detailing includes galvanic coating in the same hue on the minute sub-dial, small seconds’ wheel, power reserve indicator, and the hour ring for perfect uniformity. The usual fluorescent liquids for the hours have been substituted for opaque black. This makes possible for the Super-LumiNova coating underneath the liquid capillary (i.e. glass tube) to emit green light in the dark that is another first for the brand. The final result is a timepiece that exudes seriousness and solemnity for the modern gentleman.

1949 Patek Philippe Watch

A 1949 Patek Philippe Watch sold for $1.2 Million at Auction

A historic timepiece with unmatched precision and beauty will be auctioned by the famous house Sotheby’s at their Important Watches Auction held in New York on June 8. The Patek Philippe World Time wristwatch from 1949 was originally introduced in 1938 as part of the Swiss brand’s Heures Universelles line.

The staggering piece features a world-time presentation that was designed by the complication’s inventor, Louis Cottier in addition to a polychrome cloisonné-enameled dial. It is beautifully decorated with a map of Eurasia. The horologic collectible is one of only two models in existence with that detailing to ever become available after their original purchase, which makes it incredibly rare and valuable. An 18-karat yellow-gold case envelops the rotating bezel, which bears the inscription of 40 major world cities. Once the local time has been set (by aligning the name of the preferred location  with the 12 o’clock position), the recessed 24-hour indicator automatically adjusts to display the time for all remaining locations, in addition to a two-tone diurnal and nocturnal indication. The hours and minutes are presented with gold roman numerals, baton indexes, and lys hands.

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The extremely rare 18k gold model has its case, dial and movement signed. Teardrop lugs and a snap on solid case back complement the polished bezel for a complete and sophisticated look of preserved elegance. A black alligator strap finishes the composition.

Identified as ref. No. 669495 this prized Patek Philippe is expected to sell for $1.2 million. In 2014, Sotheby’s sold another legendary piece from the brand, the Henry Graves Supercomplication, for the record sum of $24 million—making it the most expensive timepiece to have ever sold at auction. The Important Watches sale will begin at 10 am on June 8, Eastern time, and bids will be accepted in person, by phone, and online. (via sothebys.com)

Chopard limited-edition watch

Chopard limited-edition LUC Perpetual Chrono watch

Chopard has proud traditions, both as a jeweler and a watch-maker. The latest edition of the famed BaselWorld event only reinforced the status of the brand as a world leader in modern, elegant complications with the release of the very first, all in-house, perpetual calendar chronograph. The L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono, is a 20-piece limited edition, is priced at $85,000 and represents an important milestone in the watchmaker’s legacy.

The fairmined 18k white gold model employs a base movement that is only two years old – the famed Chopard L.U.C. 03.07-L. This high-grade movement allows for a 60-hour power reserve, running in 42 jewels that are adjusted to five positions. A delicate moonphase display adorns the dial and is accurate to one day’s error every 122 years. The movement carries the Geneva Hallmark and it is also COSC certified as a chronometer, which will surely impress luxury watch enthusiasts.

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The addition of Chopard’s perpetual calendar works has changed the dimensions of the movement, albeit not in an obvious way. Entirely developed and produced in the brand’s Haute Horlogerie workshops, the L.U.C Calibre 03.10-L is constructed around a column wheel that controls all chronograph operations including the flyback function. There is a zero-reset system for the counters and the central sweep seconds hand that guarantees optimal precision. This ensures smooth yet firm activation of the timing components thanks to a vertical coupling clutch. A truly exceptional base mechanism was specifically chosen for the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono.

Looking at the design of the L.U.C XPS 1860 – it is fairly certain it is a decidedly contemporary timepiece. Only 40 mm in diameter – it captivates with understated elegance and modern sophistication.  Its thickness of 7.2 mm makes it part of the ultra-thin category. The dial is distinctively bold and enhanced thanks to the hand-guilloché motif radiating out from the logo at 12 o’clock.

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.
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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.