Cartier Watches and wonders

Watches and Wonders exhibition 2015

The second edition of the Watches & Wonders fair took place in the international hub of Hong Kong from September the 30th to October the 3rd. it brought together the most celebrated watch-making brands in the world, which could exhibit their models by invitation only. The event, organized by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, took a step forward in becoming one of the most anticipated annual events in the fine-watchmaking calendar.

Amongst some of the more renowned brands to participate were established jewellery and watch-making houses Cartier, Piaget, Montblanc and Jaeger-LeCoultre –these being the epitome of French Maisons of international standing. IWC – the Swiss manufacturer owned by Richemon – was also featured in an effort to expand into the Asian market and establish itself as an innovative and cutting-edge haute horlogerie company. This event was viewed as an ideal opportunity for the socially-responsible and creative brand to demonstrate its bespoke engineering ingenuity and sustainable production commitment once again.

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French Maison Cartier unveiled one of the best models at the event – the Clé de Cartier watch, which exhibits two of the brand’s most recognizable elements: the flying tourbillon and the mysterious movement. Three exquisite timepieces for $45,200 each, featuring diamond-set cases, intricate technical characteristics and black lacquered mahogany boxes were introduced.

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The Montblanc Metamorphosis II watch comes in a limited edition of 18 pieces that completely transform the aesthetic and function of the watch’s dial. An ingenious mechanism splits open like a curtain the hours and date subdials to reveal the chronograph indices underneath. Asking price for this model is €270,000.

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Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated their craft skills with the Oiseaux Enchantés Extraordinary Dials collection that features stunning feather art by Nelly Saunier. Colour variations and exquisite ornaments create three-dimensional figures of enchanting overtones, density and texture.

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1971 Apollo 15 mission watch goes on sale for $1 million!

The Bulova lunar watch that still has ‘moon dust’ on it went on sale for $1million. Originally worn by U.S. astronaut Colonel David Scott, it is the only watch in the third EVA of Apollo 15 mission that wasn’t issued by NASA.

With its original Velcro strap still attached, the Bulova watch has clocked a total of 546 hours in space across three separate missions – Gemini 8, Apollo 9 and Apollo 15. The condition of the piece is remarkable, considering its history – there is minimal rust likely caused during splashdown, on the back of the strap, but it doesn’t take away from the watch’s worth.

The precision timepiece is available to the general public for the first time since NASA collected all mission-related objects and returned them to the astronauts upon completion. Additionally, it is the only watch to have made it in space that is not the NASA-approved Omega.

Worn during the famous Galileo Test conducted on the Moon in zero gravity and commemorated in the picture, where Scott salutes the American flag on the lunar surface – the Bulova lunar watch is a fascinating piece of historic memorabilia. Fortunately, it is the only watch not to end in a museum after the missions were completed and, instead, returned to its owner.

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This timepiece is a true representation of the way quality and elegance can withstand time. Scratches from the re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere are minimal and the original NASA-velcro wrap can be substituted from something more elegant and complementing to the watch’s historic worth.

apollo 15 watch

Consigned directly by Scott himself, the RR Auction will also feature several photographs of Scott wearing the Bulova during the missions. With the residual lunar material, NASA-issued strap and a few wear-and-tear signs, it remains the only watch to have made it to the general public and presents a unique opportunity.

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The best Cartier Panthère watches

An exhibition of 25 of the most exceptional Panthère timepieces recently made headlines around the globe. Celebrating the brand’s most innovative and elaborate creations, it celebrated outstanding class and unparalleled elegance relayed in a variety of materials and precious stones. Available for purchase from £25,000 to £500,000, all models were available by appointment in either Harrods’ Private Penthouse or the Cartier boutique in the store from August 15th to September 6th. Check their website for more info, www.cartier.com. 

Cartier PanthèreDisplaying feminine watchmaking in its finest, the exceptional Panthère timepieces explore the beauty and power of the feline figure through mesmerizing diamond and enamel spot patterns. A true representation of independence and the untameable feminine spirit, no other timepieces even come close to reflecting a woman’s mysterious nature and gracious physique so well as evidenced by the stand-out Panthère Divine de Cartier piece – perfectly executed in in 18ct white gold, diamonds and enamel.

Cartier Panthère

The large model Tortue exhibits an exquisite mosaic panther crafted onto an 18ct rose-gold dial, merging jewellery and timepiece into one sublime creation. This model is produced in a limited edition of 30 individually numbered pieces and boasts a manual winding movement. Another striking model is the damascened Rotonde de Cartier, which displays a more ferocious feline design complemented with a brown alligator strap and fashioned from 18ct white and 22ct yellow gold.

Cartier Panthère

All models in the exhibition are adorned with playful and elegant animal figures, which give them a rather unusual, albeit eye-catching, allure. The sumptuous timepieces are generously embellished with diamonds, 18k yellow and white gold, black onyx and mother-of-pearl. A custom-designed, self-winding 9603 MC calibre mechanism helps recreate the elegant and ever-so-gracious movement of the panther on the dial with the animal “prowling” around the dial.

A coffee-table book for £120 details Cartier’s fascination with recreating Nature’s finest through precious stones and materials. 300 colour illustrations display the maison’s most striking creations.

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Heures du Monde watch

The latest addition to the LV range – the Tambour Heures du Monde watch – is a must-have accessory for the avid traveller or businessman. The timepiece transcends 24 time zones and comes with an aggressive, sophisticated and elegant design that will appeal to the contemporary gentleman.

Its unique asymmetrical face is wrapped in a steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire glass casing. The satin-finished grey dial features an off-centre subdial decorated with a map of the globe. Additionally, there abbreviations of the names of 24 cities corresponding to different time zones, which are subtle but legible in white and yellow. Day and night are differentiated in white and grey respectively and an aperture positioned to the right of the watch’s date window points to the current hour in the tracked time zone.

Louis Vuitton watch A convenient feature allows for a second time zone to be set via a pusher on the watch’s steel case. There is also a small corrector that allows for compensation of daylight-saving adjustments. The $9,450-watch boasts a clean, refined and masculine design with an observable rotor engraved with the iconic LV logo.
The alligator strap complements the severe but sophisticated layout of the case. Subtle yellow stitching adds a note of whimsy and edge to the rigid design. In terms of mechanics – the infamous LV 101 Automatic calibre has been incorporated for unparalleled precision. The watch exhibits a 40-hour power reserve as well as 50m water resistance, bringing together quality, convenience and luxury.
The GMT function of the Tambour Heures du Monde watch emphasises the origin of the brand as a travel-trunk manufacturer. It is an exceptional timepiece that encompasses the necessities of a watch of its calibre as well as contemporary elegance and refined class – a true statement accessory for the modern man.

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Zenith El Primero 410 watch

Based on a 1970s concept, the Zenith El Primero 410 is a surprisingly contemporary watch that brings together utility and elegance. It boasts the impressive automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with moon phase and calendar functions, which was briefly discontinued by Zenith at the beginning of 2000.

The limited edition of the model features 500 pieces, retailing for £14,600 each. The watch can be ordered in steel or rose gold and has a beautiful tonneau-shaped case attached to an alligator strap. It is worth mentioning the historical and technical significance of the watch, stemming from the original prototype it is based upon. Copying the dial layout and overall styling of the original model, the Zenith El Primero 410 is substantially larger than its predecessor, although some of the key elements remain the same – the placement of subdials, calendar apertures, and tachymeter.

zenith el primero One of the benefits of the larger case is that it displays elegantly the highly-detailed dial without compromising the strict, clean design of the original model. Conceptually, the new watch is more fluid and refined in terms of layout, fitting well contextually in the lifestyle of the contemporary gentleman by combining luxury and functionality.

zenith el primero The Zenith El Primero 410 runs at 5 Hz with 390 components, which are visible through the sapphire case. There are three distinctive functions in addition to the basic timekeeping. It boasts two dials – the main one has a 30-minute register at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour register at 6 o’clock. The calendar function sits well within the overall layout of the case without compromising the readability of the dial.
An interesting feature is the moon phase function, which sits at 6 o’clock in the 12-hour register. The steel blue background makes the golden moon set stand out with subtle elegance. This is the only colour element on the vintage-inspired watch and it adds a touch of trendiness to the conservative design.

Patek Phillipe Calatrava

Patek Phillipe’s Calatrava Watch

Created in 1932, the iconic timepiece is reminiscent of old-school class and timeless elegance that showcases the avant-garde philosophy of aesthetics. The designer’s artistic ingenuity is exhibited at its very finest in this inimitably elegant model that is a true testament to the relentless pursuit of perfection.

Re-inventing the classic Calatrava watch captures the attention of generation after generation with the endearing quality of its design and signature Patek Philippe style. It is the typical representation of subtle class and exquisite style, following the ubiquitous motto of ‘less is more’ in terms of design, features and functionality. With an extra thin corpus, hobnail patterns and wide polished bezels – its strength lies in the clean, minimalistic and almost severe look that makes a statement through power and elegance.

Phillipe Patek Calatrava The £22,670 watch boasts a sapphire-crystal case back and a self-winding calibre 324 S C that can be engraved. The old-world allure of the model comes from its non-controversial design that epitomizes the quality of highly refined timepieces. Albeit not obvious at first glance, the watch exhibits many impressive merits that make it an obligatory accessory for every respectable gentleman.

Phillipe Patek Calatrava Based on the beloved legacy model of the brand, the Calatrava differs from the brand’s broad range of traditional dress watches and sport watches that fit in the modern context of the cosmopolitan lifestyle. The vintage-inspired watch stands out with conservative design and functional minimalism, offering value and quality rather than some risqué reforms and modernization. In its own unique way, it is a breath of fresh air on a market saturated with avant-garde and overly bold models.

Phillipe Patek Calatrava

It makes no exception in utilizing the famous automatic mechanical travel time movement that Patek Philippe incorporates in all of their creations. The modern technology allows for improvement of the accuracy of movement and there is a date indicator featured on the black dial.

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Microsculpture watches

In the world of fine watchmaking superb engineering blends with impeccable design to create a new spectacular trend – that of microsculpture watches. Albeit simpler in terms of horological technology, these intricate timepieces are more advanced in visual design.

They are characterized by three-dimensional scenes – highly imaginative in theme and execution with the so-called “living pictures” conveying a stunning display of craftsmanship and expertise. More and more renowned brands are embracing the new trend and creating staggering pieces that are worth the time and attention.

Chopard debuted a sublimely exquisite enamel and 18k gold peacock watch – created by respected Japanese artist Kichiro Masumura. Employing old lacquering methods, the picture becomes vividly enchanting with the undertones and luxuriance of the piece enhancing its exuberant beauty. The price of the magnificent watch is $24,290.

chopard microsculpture watch

Next in line is Boucheron’s ethnic and vividly colourful Crazy Jungle Hathi collection. Each of the timepieces showcases a different symbol that stands for something unique. The colours are bold and the execution of the design itself is flamboyant and eye-catching. All models retail for $90,000 each.

boucheron microsculpture watch

One of the world’s most renowned houses of jewellery – Cartier – graciously joined the trend of microsculpture watches with the bespoke Promenade d’une Panthère: a true testament to the brand’s sense of style and timeless elegance. The $92,000 watch boasts 633 diamonds set in white gold and adorning the strong feline figure that graces the dial – a true symbol of power and agility.

van cleef arpels microsculpture

Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Van Cleef and Arpels’s “Poetic Complications” line that debuts one new model each year is the stuff that dreams are made of. The 2014’s Pont des Amoureux watch is a romantic and beautifully-detailed piece that brilliantly conveys the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail the house is known for. Priced $116,000, the watch comes in two models – one with a diamond band and another with a white leather strap.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 watch

Jaeger has again demonstrated that the heart of their time pieces is a consumer-oriented style with an edge as evidenced by the bespoke Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 model.

The visually simple, clean and cut watch doesn’t stand out with complex mechanisms or glistening gems, but its strength lies in the subtle elegance, utility and robust built instead. It is balanced and classy in its own unique way with discretion being its strong suit – something gentlemen will surely appreciate.

jaeger-lecoultre ultra thin moon 39

It comes in three versions – in rose gold with an Eggshell beige dial ( 16.200EUR), in rose gold with a slate dial (16.600EUR) and in stainless steel with a silver dial (8.350EUR). The newest addition includes a stainless steel case with a black sunburst dial – a darker and considerably more elegant model. The case features the signature Jaeger slim and bevelled lugs, slim bezel, large opening of the dial and a polished finish.  The dimensions are adequate and permit for a firm comfortable fit around the wrist.

With a slightly domed dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 is reminiscent of the 1960s vintage dress watches. The dial features 12 applied facetted indexes, a minute track and the logo of the brand – minimalistic and elegant. The sub-dial at 6 comprises the moon-phase indicator and the date. The dauphine hands are visible in every light condition thanks to the angle of finishing – one side is polished and the other is sandblasted.

The model boasts Jaeger’s signature in-house movement with a 925 calibre. 43 hours of power reserve when fully wound are guaranteed by the self-winding movement mechanism.

jaeger-lecoultre ultra thin moon 39

What’s most striking about this model is that it accompanied by a ‘Master Control 1000 Hours’ certification, meaning that every watch has been tried and tested on precision and reliability for 1,000 hours prior to being delivered to the client. The alligator leather strap with a double folding buckle provides a nice finish to the refined model that is the epitome of balance and subtle elegance.

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Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aerolithe watch

Swiss watches are known for their meticulous craftsmanship, exceptional engineering and classic design, but Parmigiani Fleurier brings one extra quality to this fine combination and that is the unique art of watch restoration.
The company’s latest partnership with Bugatti produces a remarkable timepiece that is the epitome of masculine elegance and timeless class – the Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph watch. Its design is simple and clean with some Bugatti elements that are blended much more seamlessly than in its predecessor.

The case is made of 18k white gold and titanium with a width of 41mm. The chronograph pushers are designed to fit into the lugs on the left side of the case, which is a particular rare sight in modern watches. This separation of chronograph pushers and crown is most famous in the TAG Heuer chronographs from the 60s and 70s and seeing it again in a contemporary timepiece is a pleasant surprise.

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti

Another captivating feature of the model is the flawless execution of the case. Its luxurious feel is the result of careful combination of polished and brushes surfaces that complement the design beautifully. The most captivating element of the design is, without a doubt, the date disc with its expanded date design. It’s effective and elegant through a unique blend of non-traditional metallic color of the date disc and the attractive font.

All of Parmigiani’s watches stand out with their impeccable automatic movement and the Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph is no exception. Although significantly more simple than other Parmigiani mechanisms, the flyback chronograph movement is still quite attractive to observe through the rear of the case.
The model comes in two dial colour options – metallic blue and metallic champagne. Both are unique and well-rendered and will make a perfect addition to the wardrobe of the modern urban man. The Hermes alligator leather strap provides the perfect finish for the sophisticated model, which retails for $27,000.

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Zenith’s 150th anniversary-edition watches

The bespoke watch-making company Zenith is celebrating its 150th anniversary with style and class With reputation for high quality and stylish functionality and being particularly admired for its range of aviation watches and the El Primero movement, the brand is known for pushing the boundaries of innovation in horology. The way they have chosen to celebrate the special occasion is by collaborating with luxury store Harrods for a month-long celebration, featuring displays on four of the store’s prime windows.

From historic models like the intricate and exquisite enamelled and engraved pocket watches from the distant 1910 to a replica of a historic Lancia Stratos rally car, marking Zenith’s sponsorship of the Paris-Biarritz car rally – there will be a wide array of the brand’s most infamous creations on sale in the store and on their website. Two special models will be the highlight of the exhibition – one is the rose-gold version made of the partially skeletonised Academy Christophe Colombe model with price available on request. It features a revolutionary gyroscopic regulatory system and a brilliant sapphire crystal dome on the dial. The other is a £7,300 anniversary edition of the El Primero Chromonaster 1969 watch that will be available for a month. A limited number of one hundred and fifty pieces will be made with unique numbers.

The exclusive model is accentuated by rarity and is a fine example of the brand’s superior craftsmanship and traditions cultivated over centuries. The previous materials make for a robust case with an opening that reveals the legendary beating heart of the El Primero movement. The finishing includes an oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” motif with a 6.60mm thickness. With its bold colours and clean, cut lines – the watch is a worthy tribute to classic rally cars, capturing their bespoke ambiance. The silicon escape-wheel and lever put a nice finishing touch to the outstanding accessory.