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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Lady Calibre 9 watch

Discover the glittering allure of diamonds in the TAG Heuer Carrera Lady Calibre 9 watch. It is a stunning piece that combines modern simplicity with timeless elegance. Its brilliant and minimalistic design attracts attention with quality and attention to detail.
The Carrera Lady Calibre 9 watch from TAG Heuer comes in a 28mm stainless steel case with an eye-catching sunray dial surrounded by a halo of 56 Top Wesselton diamonds engraved on the bezel. The TAG Heuer Carrera is an iconic watch created by Jack Heuer in the distant 1964 and is closely associated with fast cars and races. The collection has undergone a subtle redesign and is gaining more and more popularity with its return to smaller-sized women’s watches.

TAG Heuer Carrera Lady Calibre 9 watch
The automatic movement on the Carrera Lady Calibre 9 Watch powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date functions and the fully-integrated steel bracelet gives it an attractive bracelet-like profile. The TAG Heuer Carrera Lady watch gets its appeal from the combined charm of a sporty feel with a touch of glamour and is water-resistant to 100 metres.
With a retail price of £ 3,100 it oozes style and elegance. The pure mother-of-pearl dial perfectly complements the polished steel bezel and the 56 Top Wesselton diamonds. The H-shaped steel bracelet is strikingly simple yet effective with its clean cut design – something unusual for a female watch. The combination works to the model’s advantage, however, creating a piece that is both aesthetically pleasing and technically superior to other models in the series.
The back of the case allows for observation of the intricate movement of the elements thanks to the sapphire case. All in all – this is the ideal piece of jewellery that combines timeless elegance and modern simplicity: a perfect gift for any occasion for those who value the finer things in life.

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Chanel J12 Moonphase watch

The Chanel J12 collection contains time pieces whose modernity goes far beyond the standards of their time with two models being particularly mesmerizing – the J12-365 and the J12 Moonphase watches. Statutory and luminous, both models are made of ceramic material with satin-finished dials that are the epitome of timeless elegance. Since its introduction 14 years ago, the J12 range has become a best seller and its newer revamped models do a fine job in continuing the legacy.

Chanel J12 Moonphase watch
The Chanel J12-365 watch has been given a subtle facelift, which resulted in a larger case, a more delicate and refined look. It comes with a white or black case, respectively for the female and male version of the model and can be enhanced with steel or beige gold – an 18k gold alloy developed exclusively for Chanel. Its diameter is 35mm and has a self-winding mechanical movement with a 42- hour power reserve. It is water-resistant to 100 metres and comes in eight exclusive versions: black ceramic with steel or beige gold and a choice of diamonds, or white ceramic with steel or beige gold and a choice of diamonds. The watch starts retailing at €6,900.

Chanel J12 Moonphase watch
Chanel’s fascination with the stars shines through in the J12 Moonphase watch – a spectacular piece with inimitable charm. It is a perfect combination of modernity, elegance and mystery with its refined design and technical superiority. The complex mechanism tracks the moon phases, displaying them in a small circle on the front dial: new moon, first quarter, full moon and the last quarter. The deepblue aventurine dial features the four main phases of the moon and is adorned with a serpentine hand in polished steel. The watch’s bezel can be set with diamonds or in high-tech ceramic, is considerably thinner with a wider dial featuring satin and “guilloché” finishes in the finest watchmaking tradition. The J12 Moonphase’s listed price is €6,900.

Chanel J12 Moonphase watch

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Spring trends in women’s watches

This Spring season has seen some dramatic suggestions from an array of renowned brans – showcased in this year’s edition of Baselworld – a surreal blend of Faberg’s technique, Jacob & Co.’s relentless quality and Hublot’s exuberance. 2015 saw the long-awaited comeback of worldwide famous brand Fabergé.

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The brand introduced a spectacular time piece, conceived from e fleeting idea and a trip to the mystical Faraway East. Much like its signature creations – the watch is richly decorated with precious stones in an exuberant manner, but surprisingly manages to remain delicately feminine –a true work-of-art. The proud peacock, serving as the main element on the dial is intricately carved with the richly-adorned feathers falling down one at a time to indicate time.

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Or as Jean-Marc eloquently put it “Women love complications, which is the reason behind the birth of a line that combines elements of Fabergé’s heritage with some interesting technical features.” Price for the stunning creation is available on request at any one of the brand’s boutiques.

Jacob Arabo has long had an undying passion for diamonds, which is the founding point behind Jacob & Co. The richly-adorned $18 million unique watch sports the spectacular number of over 20 diamonds of 3 carats encrusted on the bezel. It is as stylish as it is flamboyant, and its technical engineering is just as intricate and eye-catching as the exterior. For the 10th Anniversary of the Big Bang Hublot range, ten million limited editions of 10 paved pieces worth $1 million each will be released. Every piece is unique in colour variation.

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There is no other piece that makes such a strong and bold statement as this one – every part of the watch is crafted in meticulous detail with an array of gems and precious metals used. Designed by none other than Pierre Salanitro himself – the piece is a true testament to the artist’s vision and ideal for timeless beauty.