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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.

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The Chanel J12-365 watch

It’s not hard to guess why the new time piece from Chanel – their visually captivating J12-365 model – is called ‘the watch for all occasions’. Its effortless elegance and simple, clean and alluring design make it a perfect horology specimen.

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The unique style is a blend of modern minimalism, impeccable engineering and stunning craftsmanship – the three things that have carved Chanel’s legacy into what the brand stands for today. TheChanel J12-365 black high-tech ceramic watch consists of beige gold -an alloy exclusive to Chanel – as well as a Guilloché-finished black dial with diamonds in the inner bezel and small seconds. It come in gold, ceramic and diamonds and is priced at £12,500.

Its built is just as impressive as its design with a self-winding mechanical movement and a 42-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant up to 100 metres and is made of highly scratch-resistant material.

Though Chanel were not the first to popularise ceramic watches, it is quite evident they have taken these pieces to a new level of sophistication and class through the creative blending of materials, creating one of the most important timepieces of this era.

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The new beige gold – an alloy exclusive to Chanel – goes along nicely with the facelift the J12 range has received. While it is an 18k gold alloy or 75% pure gold in content – its unmatched elegance and subtle class make it perfect for those who don’t wish to attract attention with image, but rather with quality and content.
Its case is slightly larger at 36.5 mm in diameter with the new guilloche dial featuring a sub-seconds at six. The refined design and choice of models has already made it one of the most coveted accessories. Apart from the six separate styles, the J12-365 is also available in a male and female version.

 

 

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The limited-edition Wright Flyer watch from Bremont

Bremont has just unveiled the ultimate aviation watch – a time piece of outstanding quality and craftsmanship that makes a strong statement. Its one-of-a-kind built incorporates 1903 wright flyer materials, including its first proprietary movement.

wright flyer bremont watch The limited edition Wright Flyer is the ultimate aviation-inspired watch thanks to its mechanical precision, remarkable history and unique design. Bremont’s aviation heritage goes back to 1903 – the year when the Wright Brothers built and designed the in Dayton, Ohio. This partnership with the famous aviation family has led to the creation of iconic limited edition watches, incorporating genuine historic artefacts, which makes it possible for clients to own a piece of history. Unveiled inJuly 2014 at the Science Museum in London, the Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer boasts original fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft as well as the BWC/01 – Bremont’s very first proprietary movement.

The watch exhibits a 25 jewel, 33.4mm movement with a 50+ hour power reserve, Glucydur balance and a hairspring that is adjusted with a micro-metric screw. This makes the piece extremely precise and robust in addition to being one of the most elegant beautifully-finished watches ever made – a ‘a suitable choice for the Wright brothers’ legacy.’

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The special aviation-inspired watch is a masterful combination of the invaluable muslin used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer and Bremont’s new BWC/01 movement. The series features three stunning models – the Rose Gold White Gold and Stainless Steel, starting at £17,950. All pieces boast a highly efficient double reverser bi-directional winding mechanism and a sapphire crystal window. The case can be made in a variety of materials – polished stainless steel, rose gold or white gold. All of these feature Bremont’s Trip-Tick® case construction with integrated decoration ring with a 43mm case diameter. On the back all cases have engravings with the specific limited edition serial number. An alligator strap completes the elegant design of the case and makes this timepiece as remarkable as it should be for the legacy it continues.

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Apple’s Watch – The mark of a new era

With Apple releasing its most daring and visionary product yet – the iWatch – it’s hardly a surprise that it’s been the centre of attention of major media outlets across the globe for quite some time. The revolutionary device marks a new chapter in the way technology has the power to influence our lives for the better.

The device features a custom-built UI for all your wrist-borne apps, as well as a pressure-sensitive touchscreen. It operates in conjunction with your iPhone, allowing it to track time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global standard. There is even an option for customization the way it displays the time and date for a more personal touch.

With an impressive variety of 34 configurations available upon launch, prices will start at £299 for the 38mm and £339 for the 42mm versions of the Sport Model and reach £13,500 for the 32mm 18-carat Rose Gold case with Rose Grey Modern Buckle. There are a number of combinations available, such as a Stainless Steel face, a Space Black Case with Space Black Stainless Steel Link bracelet and a Rose Gold Case with White Sports Band.

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Adding a physical dimension to connectivity is the thing Apple prides itself most on with an otherworldly technology that allows users to stay on top of messages and e-mails in real time. The feature of ‘taptic’ haptic feedback provides a gentle tap with each incoming message.

A number of fun and convenient apps will be available in the Apple store and will fully transform your all-day activity. Users can send sketches, pictures, taps and even their heartbeat. This watch is an absolute must-have for sports enthusiast as with time it learns the user’s activity and fitness level and can use the data to improve the accuracy of measurements and suggest personalized all-day activity goals.

The three distinctive collections will offer a variety of choices so users can find the one that best suits their lifestyle. But the important thing to keep in mind is that the new device from Apple is so much more than a simple watch – it’s a technological bridge that aims to make communication easier, faster and more reliable than ever before.

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Seasonal Floral Watches for Women

This Spring witnesses a real floral trend sweeping the feminine time pieces section with floral watches becoming a centre element on the accessories front. The renowned brand Piaget reinvents itself in a remarkable way with rebirth and uniqueness being at the core of its new and exotic take on horology and jewellery. They bring beautiful and intricately-carved floral watches that are as exquisite as they are feminine – a truly awe-inspiringly breath-taking combination.

The ethereal beauty and eternal elegance of the rose is eloquently captured and portrayed in the fabulous Limelight Blooming Rose (starting from £33,700), which turns into an eight-petal rose when rotated on the wrist. This is truly one of the brand’s personal victories when it comes to creating a piece that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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In fact, the designer’s love for the queen of the flower kingdom shines through in Piaget’s Rose Passion collection with models starting from as little as £28,500. Every watch is carved with the highest attention to detail and boasts precious stones arranged jupon-style around the dial to mimic the silhouette of petals. The resulting effect from this high-quality craftsmanship is a naturalistic and gentle undulation to the bezel. The dial is made of cloisonné enamel and its trompe-l’oeil quality has been achieved through delicate needlework. Another fascinating feature the watches possess is the addition to the battery is the decorative-embellishment techniques with the grand name of micro-peinture a l’aiguille. The most mesmerizing feature of these time blooms is the delicate embroidery -one that perfectly captures and reflects femininity.

In another collection we see Chanel’s signature camellia on the dial of their new Mademoiselle Privé (priced at £59,000), which has a staggering impressionistic effect. Dior doesn’t fall far behind with their luminous Grand Ball series, where diamonds, tsavorites, opals, sapphires and mother-of-pearl are generously used to capture the flamboyance of the swishing ball gowns and abundant beauty of the floral world.

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Moonwatch Omega Co-Axial Chronograph

The Dark Side of the Moon has never looked better than this sleek and contemporary Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph Dark Side of the Moon Watch. Easily one of the brand’s most iconic time pieces – it is an outstanding blend of technological advancement, traditional spirit and daring exploration.
The 44.25 mm black ceramic case is finished in black bezel with matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a high-quality anti-reflective treatment on both sides. A self-winding chronometer with the Omega 9300 movement features the highly precise Co-Axial Escapement, displaying date, small seconds and boasting approximately 60 hours of power reserve.

Moonwatch Omega Co-Axial ChronographWater resistant to 100m, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is listed for $12,000.00 and captures brilliantly the brand’s adventurous spirit. With a movement accurate to a fault, the watch comes on a 44.25mm leather strap. Being the epitome of modern horological engineering and mechanics, Omega has introduced some impressive improvements to their original design that are subtle enough to stay true to their spirit, but not too discreet to not go unnoticed.
Thanks to various changes to its design – the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has gained a decided advantage to its predecessors in terms of functionality and ease of use. The dial is much easier to navigate due to simplifying its layout by removing one sub-dial in favour of the addition of a symmetrical dual register layout. This also makes more room for the large date aperture.

Moonwatch Omega Co-Axial ChronographHaving retained the original case profile, the Speedmaster remains in the Omega family and heritage with its timeless proportions and high precision. It wears well thanks to its size and weight – it’s 44.25mm in diameter and 16mm thick. The column wheel design gives the watch a high-end scale feel with smoother functions and famous co-axial escapement, which is a wonderful low friction alternative to the traditional swiss-lever design.

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Piaget Altiplano Skeleton

A new and highly ornate suggestion by Piaget features the impressive Altiplano Skeleton watch with the ultra-thin proportions of 2.40mm. The refined time piece is self-winding with its skeleton movement delicately engraved and hollowed by skilled craftsmen. Extreme attention to detail and component rigidity is observed, paying homage to the watchmaker’s traditional style.

The white gold case is beautifully complimented by the black PVD finish. Amazingly detailed and intricate craftsmanship shines through in the dauphine-style hands, the blackened platinum oscillating weight, and black screws on the bridges. This model achieves stunning and harmonious symmetry, which turn it into a truly iconic piece. The alternating matt surfaces – sun-brushed and sand-brushed – contrast beautifully with the shimmering edges.

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Piaget introduces an undeniable work of art – one where even the smallest detail has been carefully fine-tuned to match the technologic qualities of the model. The bevelling and drawing are done completely by hand to achieve the highest mark of quality and elegance. Its contemporary design blends perfectly with the innovative technology of the 1200S skeleton movement. Additionally, that same movement is enhanced by a platinum 950 micro-rotor. The balance bridge is beautifully calibrated for an even more harmonious symmetry. Taking close to three years for development – the skeleton movement feature of the watch places it in a league of its own in terms of technology, aesthetics and quality.

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With a price tag of $60,000 this is more than just a simple watch – it is a statement of stature and a piece of contemporary art. With the smallest skeleton movement mechanism in the world the piece strikes with the impressive 2.4mm thickness. It is a unique blend of creative flair and traditional craftsmanship that make it a reliable, elegant and one-of-a-kind timepiece.
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The strap is made of high-quality alligator skin and provides a beautiful finish to the Sapphire case black, 18K white gold case model.

See even the Piaget Limelight Gala Watch.

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The Masters of Time exhibition

Next month will see Macau as the proud host of the celebrated watch exhibition that introduces high jewellery into its exceptional mix. Guests will be able to marvel at the world’s most exclusive, exquisite and expensive watches – and now, for the first time, high jewellery –until Sunday February 15 in the Masters of Time exhibition.

Organised by the DFS Group, a dynamic Hong Kong-based company (and part of LVMH), masters of Time has pioneered the concept of “travel retail” – shopping specifically aimed at travellers. Expertly curated the event brings together 400 exceptional watches from 40 brands, including Breguet, Bulgari, Franck Muller, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hermès, Zenith, Panerai and Jacquet Droz. This year will see, for the first time, the introduction of a separate section in the exhibition: high jewellery. Glamorous, diamond-set jewels include a classic suite by Tiffany & Co for $12.500, pieces from Chopard’s Red Carpet collection, Bulgari’s glittering Diva diamond suite and many more with prices available on request.

The horological masterpieces showcased at the Masters of Time exhibit are truly the latest in mechanical wizardry, representing a staggering blend of class and elegance. It’s a whirlwind of luxury and technological wonder – from the $70,000 lavishly diamond-paved versions of Jaeger LeCoultre’s Rendez Vous to the staggering $1.1 million Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Quatuor – the first ever watch that boasts four spring balances and five differentials – there are truly impressive timepieces to marvel at.

The $333,000 Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication is an astonishing astronomical wonder while the sweet and delicate Christophe Claret’s Margot watch, price at $223,000 with its diamond-rimmed dial animated at the push of a button by the falling petals of a daisy.

The exhibition offers stellar coverage of the global luxury brands.

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A partnership to remember

An exciting announcement marks the end of the year as it redefines the European market for luxurious goods – Hublot International and Italia Independent have committed to a three-year partnership that will see the creative synergies of the two brands merged to create products that are the epitome of style, utility and timeless elegance.

The announcement comes after Hublot’s highly successful partnerships with Ferrari and Juventus, both of which were an excellent example of the brand’s commitment to excellence, competence and Italian traditions. The line of superwatch is the direct result of the fusion of two superior luxury brands and features stunning masterpieces, such as the $300.000 MP-05 with sapphire crystal face designed to resemble the outline of the Ferrari supercars and the slightly more modest $30.000 Big Bang 45mm Ceramic Limited Edition satin-finished model. Both watches boast anti-reflective treatment, PVD titanium and Anodised Black Aluminium Cylinders with White Luminescent Fastened – a design that’s been developed and produced in parallel with the renowned car.

The King Power Juventus is a timepiece like no other that will capture the eye of true connoisseurs of class and utility. With a clean and cut style, it features a sapphire dial with the printed logo of the team and Plated Appliques with Black Luminescent. The crystal screen boasts Hublot’s signature anti-reflective treatment. The model is currently retailing at $21.500 on Amazon.

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This new collaboration with Italia International will bring a stream of creativity, innovation and competence into Hublot’s enterprise. The fruitful venture seeks to promote the ‘Made in Italy’ spirit alongside the Swiss uncompromising quality, culture and design.

IxatrS9Italia Independent is known for its creative and stylish blend of fashion and design, tradition and innovation – which produces one-of-a-kind products. Their signature eyewear, which is a true testament to the Italian sense of style, is particularly sought-after for its uniqueness. The company is known for its Tailor Made Program, which allows every client to leave their signature on a product – specifically designed to fit their lifestyle. Their standardized models, such as Colmar, K-Way and Bear start around €150 each, which is more than fair for such blend of comfort and high-class fashion.

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It is not surprising that Hublot has chosen Italia for its next strategic partner given that the Italian-born company has already collaborated successfully with fashion giant Adidas in the production of a series of Adidas original products in the region of €50 to €100.

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It is clear that clients of both European firms will be treated to a unique blend of distinctive styles, functionality and a statement of stature.

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Supercomplication – The Most Complicated Watch Ever Made

Watches like Rolex and Tag Heuer with their six-figure price-tags and famous patrons are the mark of the super-rich. Sometimes however, an eccentric billionaire just can’t find the watch they need and have to call in the master craftsman of Patek Philippe. That’s exactly what Henry Graves Jr did in 1932.

He commissioned a watch that is both breathtaking in its design and mind blowing in its complication. This watch not only tells the time but it shows the night sky as seen from Graves apartment in New York. The celestial map rotates with the sky and maps the correct spacing and magnitude of the stars. It also chimes the sound of the Westminster chimes, maps the phases of the moon, has a perpetual calendar and can tell you the time of sunrise and sunset.

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The watch was last wound over 40 years ago and since then hasn’t skipped a beat and is working exactly as it was intended. With a calendar that adjusts for leap years, stopwatch, alarm and its celestial map, some people have called this the world’s first supercomputer.

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In a time when most of us look at our smart phones to tell the time, it’s hard to imagine quite how 900 tiny pieces of metal and springs could create a timepiece of such outstanding precision. It’s unlikely that the skills still exist to make an analogue watch of this character and as a result the Supercomplication would be the crown jewel of any watch collectors collection. It last changed hands in 1999 and sold for a cool $11 million. Of course Patek Philippe still make some of the worlds greatest watches for some of the world’s most exclusive clients so even if you can’t get your hands on this one, there will still be a breathtaking timepiece out there to add to your collection.