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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.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication High Jewellery

Jaeger-LeCoultre adds another multi-complication to its high jewellery range. The elegant Grande Tradition Grande Complication Haute Joaillerie adorns a zodiac calendar, minute repeater with crystal gongs and trebuchet hammers, tourbillon and nearly 300 baguette-cut diamonds plus more than two dozen blue sapphires.

The dial is a star chart showing the sky of the Northern Hemisphere. Inspired by the astronomical timekeeping, the watch will be available in an extremely limited 8-piece white gold edition. It’s powered by the manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 945. The dial also indicates the zodiac sign, and annual calendar with the date and month display.

The orbital flying tourbillon makes a revolution once every minute and completes a sidereal day around the face of the watch every 23 hours 56 minutes, hence the moniker “orbital”. The golden figurine inside of the watch represents the Sun. It performs one full revolution around the rim of the dial in 24hours. Mounted on a black alligator leather strap with folding buckle, the watch can be yours for €285,000 before taxes, equivalent to about US$386,000.

MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NO 6 SPACE PIRATE

MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NO. 6: SPACE PIRATE

MB&F has unveiled its latest luxury model Horological Machine No.6, aka HM6 ‘Space Pirate’. The watch is definitely one of the most unusual timepieces nowadays and most complex machine produced by MB&F. The watch inspired by science fiction cartoons, with incredible design and performances will leave you speechless.

The HM6′s inspiration came from a Japanese sci-fi cartoons combined with the organic curves of ‘biomorphic’ industrial design from the 1970s. Do you remember the Captain Future science fiction series? Well, Maximilian Büsser and friends made the Space Pirate watch based on this cartoon. On separate semi-spherical aluminum indicators the watch displays hours and minutes. Inside the 60-second flying tourbillon in the center you’ll find 476 components and 68 jewels.

HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ houses 10 sapphire crystals and it also has a 72-hour power reserve. Only 50 Space Pirates will be available worldwide. Encased in titanium, the price tag for this watch is US$230,000 each. The additional 50 watches will be produced in another source material, but more details about this will be announced at a later date.

Louis Moinet Astrolabe Tourbillon

Louis Moinet Astrolabe Tourbillon

First of all, how much do you really know about an astrolabe? Do you even know what it is? Let’s take a quick review about it. So, the astrolabe is an instrument used to observe the stars as well as determine the time (in the daytime by observing the sun, at night by observing the stars). It was used by astronomers, navigators and astrologers.

The Astrolabe Tourbillon watch is inspired by the ancient astronomical invention of Arabic scholar Ibn al-Sarraj whose astrolabe made about seven centuries ago. Probably the last craftsman in the world still making this instrument is Martin Brunold. He made an exclusive series of 12 “Al Sarraj” astrolabes which are exact replicas of the original. The watch actually contains Martin Brundold’s work of art and a defined mechanical tourbillon with the streamlined design of the astrolabe.

The 18K white gold case is composed of 59 different components. Manufactured in a limited series of 12 pieces, it comes in a wooden box with a meteorite fragment from the moon and an authentic astrolabe. The Astrolabe Tourbillon watch is equipped with the Louis Moinet signature crown guard. The strap boasts hand-stitched Louisiana alligator with 18K white gold and black PVD-treated titanium folding clasp. This fascinating watch is available for $280,000.

Patek Philippe unveils $2.6 million watch

Patek Philippe unveils $2.6 million watch

Patek Philippe unveiled the extremely impressive Grandmaster Chime timepiece. The new $2.6 million watch features 18-karat gold and sapphire crystals and it’s the most expensive wristwatch Patek has ever built.

This absolutely stunning watch has two faces. The front dial tells the time, while the second on the back is for the calendar. The Grandmaster Chime is the most complicated wristwatch ever, featuring 20 different complications. On front dial at 12 o’clock is alarm sub dial and located at six o’clock is date and moon phase, while the second dial displays the month, date and leap year cycle and the day of the week. It’s a limited edition watch, meaning that only seven timepieces will be produced, and Patek will hold one that will be kept in the company’s private collection in Geneva.

There is also a special procedure about purchasing the watch. Buyers must apply to purchase one of the watches and then they will have to prove their passion for Patek to the company’s president. “I would like to chat with the client and make sure he’s a watch lover and make sure he’s going to enjoy the watch for many years,” said Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe.

The 47.4 mm rose gold case features hand-engraved intricate art on every surface. It is powered by the Caliber 300 movement which is larger than most of the Patek’s watches, measuring 37 mm.
The case turns on a vertical axis to alternate between the two.

The Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit

The Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit

Grieb & Benzinger make their luxury project watches out of historical movements such as a 100 year old Patek Philippe minute repeater of split second chronograph. This year they proudly presents its new masterpiece based on the famous Tourbillon Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne. It took twelve months to transform the original timepiece into the magnificent Blue Merit.

The Blue Merit boasts extremely high level of breathtaking details, making it very rare piece of art. The watch uses a new platinum case that is 41 mm wide. Every single element was skeletonised by hand, guilloché by hand and coated with rhodium and rose gold. The A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was only in production from 1994 until 1998 and there are just 200 examples of this famous watch (50 pieces in platinum, 106 pieces in yellow gold, 19 pieces in white gold, 24 pieces in rose gold, and one single stainless steel piece).

“A. Lange & Söhne is a strong symbol of a reunited Germany and remains a brand that leads the way here in our country and in the luxury watch industry at large,” said Georg Bartkowiak, a partner at Grieb & Benzinger. “And within that framework, this watch is representative of its remarkable comeback. It was very important to Hermann [Grieb], Jochen [Benzinger], and I to make sure this amazing homage is absolutely perfect in every single detail.”

The Blue Merit in platinum is matched to a blue alligator strap and is a one off piece with the price tag of US$ 530,000.

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.