Montblanc Metamorphosis II

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

Montblanc is a German manufacturer of writing instruments, watches, jewellery and leather goods, founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906. The rich history of outstanding products stands behind this well-known company. Recently the Montblanc has presented a new version of its famed two-faced timekeeper named Metamorphosis.

Originally launched in 2010 as the first of the Timewriter Metamorphosis, it was the world’s first wrist watch that comprised overlaid dials, which open majestically like a theatre curtain. The Metamorphosis II took four years to develop, and now here it is finally as a limited edition of 18 pieces in 18K red gold. One face of the watch shows the time and date while the other acts as a chronograph. The transformation takes just five seconds!

There are two lowered silvered sub-dials on the face. Once the wearer pulls the slide a change occurs on the face. The center of the dial remains the same but the changes actually happen at top and bottom of the dial where the appearance of the sub-counters is completely changed. It is an enormously complex module built on the MB 67.40 chronograph movement. 494 movement’s constituent parts of 746 are for the transforming mechanism.

Crafted entirely by hand, Metamorphosis II is pure piece of art. The watch has a 52 mm round case which is compensated with a curved profile. The Metamorphosis II is priced at 404,800 Singapore dollars, equivalent to US$317,000.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Goldfinger

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Goldfinger

Produced in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Goldfinger film from 1964, a one-of-a-kind Seamaster Aqua Terra in 18K yellow gold watch has been recently sold for nearly $113,000 USD as part of an online auction that celebrated the renowned James Bond film. This very unique watch is delivered in a special presentation box whose design was inspired by the U.S. Bullion Depository building at Fort Knox.

Seamaster Aqua Terra features a 38.5mm yellow gold case, a matching 18K yellow gold bracelet, a Co-Axial calibre 8501 movement with 18K yellow gold automatic rotor and bridge, visible through the transparent crystal caseback. The 18K yellow gold hands are coated with Super-LumiNova. There is a counterweight on the central seconds hand crafted in the form of the iconic 007 logo. This magnificent detail looks really very special and of course it’s made of 18K gold.

This is not the only James Bond-themed watch made by Omega. Omega watches and films about James Bond began cooperation in 1995. On the rear of the watch, there is additional “Goldfinger” branding on the caseback.

The watch is based on the standard Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watch. According to Christie’s, the 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger auction raised money to support the NSPCC.org charity.

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux is a high-end Swiss watch manufacture with its origins dating back to 1791. It is situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Girard-Perregaux designs, creates, develops and produces both the external components of a watch and the movement. A major success for Girard-Perregaux in 2014 is the new Tri-Axial Tourbillon watch, which features a tourbillon with three independent axes of rotation.

The 140-part tourbillon is rotating on three axes under a sapphire bubble, which looks absolutely stunning on the wrist! Tri-Axial Tourbillon is a limited edition of 10 watches in rose-gold cases, and the world price of this watch is CHF 465,000 (Swiss Francs, VAT excluded).

The tourbillon at the center is making one rotation every 60 seconds, which is integrated into a structure on a second axis, rotating every 30 seconds. Both inserted into another system on a third axis, which makes one rotation every two minutes. The diameter of the entire tri-axial tourbillon mechanism is 13.78 mm.

The Tri-Axial Tourbillon has a 48 mm case in pink gold. The movement is manually wound with 52 hours of power reserve. The cage and the drive systems are made of steel with a total weight of 1.24 grams. The watch integrates 16 pink gold adjustment micro-screws and it has an increased frequency of 3 Hz, or 21,600 vibrations per hour.

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon

Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon holds a special place in the IWC Ingenieur family. The watch features a patented constant-force mechanism integrated in a tourbillon. The double moon phases for the northern and southern hemispheres display depicts the surface of the earth’s natural satellite so realistically that even tiny craters can be recognized.

The 94800-calibre basic movement features two barrels. It provides the energy for the higher torque required to drive the constant-force tourbillon and also provides the moon phase module with the necessary power. The double barrel movement has 96 hour power reserve when fully wound. The moon phase module shows the number of days until the next full moon.

The inspiration for the design on the movement side came from a sports car’s engine block. Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon adorns platinum and ceramic case with a black alligator leather strap. The watch has water resistant to 12 bar. The price of this beautiful watch is $290,000.

Since 1868, the IWC has been creating unique high quality watches that are different from others in many ways. Each product family represents a different theme. First watch for the Ingenieur family was launched in 1976. It was legendary Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, designed by Gérald Genta. In the early 1970s, a diver’s helmet was the main inspiration for this remarkable designer.

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THE NEW PATEK PHILIPPE COLLECTION

THE NEW PATEK PHILIPPE COLLECTION

This year, Patek Philippe celebrates its 175th anniversary. In honor of that, Patek Philippe supported the famous fireworks of the Geneva Festival 2014. A total of about 28’000 fireworks was used for this unique Geneva Grand Pyromelodic Fireworks. It is one of the world’s three largest fireworks.

Besides superior fireworks, there is also a new collection of watches. Patek Philippe 2014 collection brings us a lot of exceptional watches. Each new watch is a masterpiece that exudes incredible beauty and performance. The 5304R-001 Rose Gold Men Grand Complications is a gorgeous addition to the Grand Complications Collection. This watch definitely stands out from the rest.

The magnificent timepiece is powered by a Caliber R 27 PS QR LU mechanical, self-winding movement. It features the moonpahses by hand, day, month and leap year in apertures. The 5304R-001 uses two gongs and a mechanism with an embedded bolt on the case middle and it’s also completed with a minute repeater, and perpetual calendar with a retrograde date hand.

The 43mm case, protected by a sapphire crystal in front as well as on the case back, is made of 18K rose gold and features an exquisite round bezel. Month is displayed at 3 o’clock, day-of-the-week at 9 o’clock. The dial also features a small seconds’ dial at 6 o’clock. The hand stitched black crocodile leather strap features a rose gold clasp, making the watch even more glamorous.
The company was founded back in 1839 and since then they produce indeed excellent watches that represent their knowledge and impeccable skills. The 5304R-001 Grand Complications is just another watch that stands as a incredible proof of that.

HUBLOT DALLAS COWBOYS

Hublot and Dallas Cowboys

Hublot announced a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys. Swiss luxury watch brand is now the Official Luxury Watch & Timekeeper of America’s legendary football team. In honor of the signed partnership Hublot launched three custom, limited edition, Dallas Cowboys-branded timepieces, inspired by the teams iconic Blue and Silver.

The Timepieces will be sold at Hublot’s Dallas boutique and newly minted pop-up location in the Cowboys’ Owner’s Lounge at AT&T Stadium. Watch collection will include the Hublot King Power Dallas Cowboys, the Hublot Classic Fusion Dallas Cowboys, and the Hublot Classic Fusion Ladies Dallas Cowboys. On the each model you can find the famed Cowboy star on the „5“ that associated of the Cowboys Five Super Bowl wins.

”Hublot shares our vision for passion, innovation and style. I know of no better way to enter into the world of international luxury brands than through this unique and extraordinary venture with Hublot watches,” said Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson.

The Hublot King Power 48mm limited edition for men features a micro-blasted black ceramic case, bezel with blue rhodium transfers, black alligator strap with black rubber and black stitching. 45 millimeter wide Classic Fusion in titanium also features blue color scheme, the Dallas Cowboys football team’s trademark and a number of smaller details dedicated to the team. The ladies’ Classic Fusion at 42 millimeters has a ceramic case, a diamond-set bezel and the Cowboy star set in diamond.

ROLEX DEEPSEA WITH D-BLUE DIAL

Rolex Deepsea with D-blue dial

New masterpiece from Rolex is here. I believe you have already heard about the Rolex Deepsea, but this one is a special edition that celebrates James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the deepest place on Earth. The Deepsea D-blue Dial watch has a unique dial that starts blue at the top and using a gradient goes to black.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the world’s oceans, a whopping 10,908 meters underwater and it was first reached in 1960 by Captain Don Walsh and Jacques Picard in the underwater submersible known as the Bathyscaphe Trieste.

With the support of Rolex and a few other brands, in 2012 Cameron successfully solo dived and subsequently explored the Mariana Trench. The Deepsea Challenger was engineered to withstand depths of up to 12,000 meters and it was attached to the manipulator arm of the Deepsea Challenger submersible which carried Cameron down into the depths of the ocean. This was the first time such an expedition had been successfully attempted.

On the new Deepsea model, the ‘Deepsea’ insignia has been applied in chartreuse, the same color as the submersible vehicle Cameron used for the expedition. The watch is powered by Rolex’ in-house self-winding Calibre 3135 with 48-hour power reserve, a COSC-certified movement and has extreme waterproofness to 12,800 feet. This D-Blue Deepsea features brand’s Helium Escape Valve at 9 o’clock and the same trip-clock crown at three o’clock, two trademarks of Rolex’s mega dive watches. It retains the same 44mm diameter case, with titanium caseback and 5mm thick sapphire cristal as the previous Deepsea.

There is something very interesting about this watch in dark environments. The Chromalight display on the dial pushes back the boundaries of visibility. Its distinctive blue glow lasts up to twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials and the zero market on the bezel is also visible in the dark reaches of the ocean thanks to a capsule containing the same luminescent material.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

One of the world’s most exclusive luxury timepieces for sure is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, and it houses the world’s first watch movement with four sprung balances. Roger Dubuis are the only manufacturer that bear the Geneva stamp on each of their watch movements.

The Excalibur Quatuor looks absolutely amazing but it also sounds brilliant because the unique sound emitted is the result of four separate balances each oscillating at 28,800vph, all of which are set at a 45-degree incline. The ticking of a classic watch is now replaced by the gentler sound of truly high precision. Designed by lead Roger Dubuis movement designer Gregory Bruttin, the caliber RD101 movement in the Quatuor is unlike most things you’ve seen before. Calibre RD101 focuses on efficient power flow. There are total of five differentials, three on the gear train, one influencing the winding mechanism, and another on the power reserve display.

As the watch constantly changes position with the motion of the wrist, the precision of a movement is affected by the gravity of the Earth. The sprung balances work in pairs to compensate immediately for the rate variations caused by the changes in position. Wonderful decoration by hand of all the 590 components of the calibre RD101 is a real piece of art. 2,400 hours of work have been invested to bring this watch to life.

As you probably already know that the Excalibur Quatuor is available in two versions, in pink gold and silicon. But now there is a third model in DLC-treated titanium. Its 48 mm case remains light thanks to the use of titanium, and it also exudes an elegance enhanced by the charcoal grey inner bezel ring, circular satin-finish outer bezel ring, Roger Dubuis and Poinçon de Genève inscriptions, along with the rhodium power-reserve indicator and black appliques. Made in a limited edition of 188 pieces, this stunning new model launched specially for Watches & Wonders could be yours for €575,000.

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Unusual and often unprecedented materials in timepieces, many drawn from the worlds of automobiles and aeronautics are typical in the production of watches when we talk about Richard Mille. The RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1 Team-Romain Grosjean is an automatic flyback chronograph and features the colours of the autonomous British racing team.

Richard Mille has introduced another new material to watchmaking – NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon with the RM 011 NTPT Carbon. NTPT carbon has quickly become very popular in nautical circles after the material was used to create the black sails of the 2007 America’s Cup winner Alinghi. The sails manufactured from this substance are highly resistant and light. The case of RM 011 Lotus F1 is in NTPT carbon, a material exclusive to Richard Mille consisting of over 600 layers of carbon fibers. Lotus F1 Team logo decal under 12 o’clock, while RM 011 R. Grosjean is indicated in gold between 7 and 8 o’clock.

The brand’s RM 011 Flyback Chronograph watch has a case made of NTPT carbon. This material which is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers, has also been used for Formula 1 car chassis for the last two racing seasons, and in aeronautics for the fuselage of the future Solar Impulse 2 aircraft.

The 50mm x 40mm (at its widest point) x 16.15mm (at its thickest point) black NTPT carbon case and the gold pushpieces, crown and numerals represent the colors of Lotus’ historic black and gold livery. The openworked dial features hours and minutes, an oversize date display under 12 o’clock, a 60-munute countdown timer at 3 o’clock, a central chronograph hand for the tachymeter scale, a month display between 4 and 5 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The RM 011 in NTPT was created exclusively for Grosjean. But don’t worry because fans of Team Lotus will be able to purchase the equally-new RM 50-01 Tourbillon Chronograph G-Sensor Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean.

Louis Moinet Qatar Tourbillon

Louis Moinet Qatar Tourbillon

My favorite watchmaker surprised me once again. Louis Moinet presents its new Qatar Tourbillon, which includes two fragments of the only meteorite ever found in Qatar! All of Louis Moinet’s timepieces are either exclusive limited editions or unique pieces that include stones coming from the universe.

The meteorite used in the watch is called Qatar 001. It originated from the asteroid belt situated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and it ended up in Jariyan al Batnah, in Qatar.
Qatar 001 is the only meteorite found in the whole country and it was discovered on May 10th of 2010 by Luc Labenne. “It is a chondrite type H5, very rich in metal and showing visible chondrules – distinctive round grains”, says Luc.

The manual winding movement is housed in 47 mm 18k white gold case composed of no less than 59 parts and water resistant down to 30 meters. The power reserve of 72 hours can be seen thanks to the open-worked spring at 12 o’clock. At 6 o’clock the tourbillon makes one turn in 60 seconds.

The dial features a hand-engraved dark blue applique around its periphery, which depicts the sand dunes and two white gold Qatari bent swords, while the backdrop is made from one of the oldest known fossils on earth (three billion year old) Red Stromatolite rock. It occupies the central portion of the dial. This interesting detail makes the Qatar Tourbillon even more unique because the Red Stromatolite is one of the Earth’s most ancient fossils.

The Qatar Tourbillon is mounted on a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator strap secured with a folding buckle made of white gold and black titanium and it is available in an exclusive limited edition of 12 pieces.