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.

The World's famous watch returns to market

The World’s famous watch returns to market

- Patek Philippe Supercomplication -

One of the world’s most expensive watches goes up for sale again!

The sale of the Henry Graves Supercomplication will take place in Geneva on November 14th, fifteen years after it was sold for a record-breaking sum of $11 million. The last time the watch went on auction in 1999, it became the most expensive watch ever sold in an auction.

The gold pocket watch that features 24 complications was originally created by Patek Philippe in 1933, specifically for Henry Graves, a prominent New York banker and probably the most famous watch collector of the last century. The Patek Philippe Supercomplication measures and displays 24 different pieces of functions — including a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City. It is one of the most sophisticated pocket watches every manufactured and it took 5 years to make and features over 900 individual parts!

The Supercomplication is a gold, open-face clockwatch complete with Westminster chimes, also known as the ‘Mona Lisa’ or ‘Holy Grail’ of watches. The supercomplication was born of Graves’ desire to outdo the Grande Complication pocketwatch of American auto maker James Ward Packard.

This time Sotheby’s will offer the 18-karat gold pocket watch with an estimate in excess of $17 million. The upcoming sale coincides with the Swiss watchmakers’ 175th anniversary.

Omega Constellation Pluma 2014

Omega Constellation Pluma 2014

Omega is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. In 1917 Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches as its official timekeepers for its combat units, as did the American army in 1918. This year Omega unveils extremely elegant new watch for ladies and managed to go one step further in the production of women’s watches.

Beautiful Omega model – the Omega Constellation Pluma is a gorgeous ladies’ watch. The “Pluma” took its name from the Latin word for feather.

The 27mm timepiece comes in three colourways, white and gold mother-of-pearl with a red gold bezel, a blue mother-of-pearl dial or a champagne mother-of-pearl dial with a yellow gold bezel which.
The blue dial is created using a technique that coats the underside of a white mother-of-pearl with a black paint. The blue model has a case, bezel, and bracelet all in stainless steel. The dials of the Constellation Pluma have 11 diamond indices set in 18-carat gold holders and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Mounted on a stainless steel case with a matching bracelet, the white mother-of-pearl model features the diamond set 18-carat red gold bezel.
The watch is propelled by the high-end mechanical movement – Co-Axial Calibre 8520 and comes with a full four-year warranty. The timepiece is also water resistant to 100 metres.

Arnold and Son - Royal TEC1 Blue

Arnold and Son – Royal TEC1 Blue

Arnold & Son develop and produce their own movements in-house and unlike other watch manufacturers, Arnold & Son develops a new movement for every single model. This year at Baselworld, for their 250th anniversary, Arnold & Son unveils the Technically Advanced Tourbillon Chronograph: the Royal TEC1.

TEC1 – the tourbillon chronograph with an extraordinary blue dial is an exclusive superb avant-garde yet classic new timepiece. The integration of a high-frequency tourbillon, a chronograph and an automatic winding system, in a way that is elegant and technically advanced, was the challenge for Arnold & Son’s Research and Development team in creating this timepiece.

Royal TEC1 comes in three flavors: an 18K red gold version with anthracite dial, a palladium version with a silvery white dial, and a limited edition 18K red gold version with blue lacquered dial.
Gorgeous limited edition red gold model with blue lacquered dial measures 35.00 mm in diameter and 8.83 mm in height – comprises the integrated chronograph with column-wheel actuation and a full rotor for the automatic winding. The large case measures 45 mm in diameter.

This is Arnold & Son’s first hi-beat tourbillon, meaning that the balance wheel in the escapement vibrates with 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz).

JAQUET DROZ LADY 8 WATCH

JAQUET DROZ LADY 8 WATCH

Ancient societies believed that each numerological figure possessed a distinctive meaning. N have played significant roles throughout cultures in both scientific and spiritual realms. For the Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz, the number eight has been the brand’s lucky number since 1784. The symbol of infinity and completeness, the figure 8, has always been present on the dial.

This story about “lucky number 8“ is perfectly blended into fascinating Lady 8. Watch features the bezel intertwined with a gem-set ribbon and the pearl or a round precious stone placed at the summit of the case, at 12 o’clock.

The pearl at 12 o’clock is white; the cabochon is made of white mother-of-pearl, as the dome-shape dial.

The grey strap is equipped with a 18-carat white gold folding clasp set with 47 diamonds (0.49 ct) and the bezel is set with 128 diamonds (1.28 carat) and the ring with 148 diamonds (0.38 carat). Available in steel, 18k white gold, or 18k red gold, the case is 35mm wide at its widest point.

In order to give the Lady 8 just a little bit more elegance, the lugs have given way to a satin or alligator strap attached to the case, which comes in gem-set white or red gold or stainless steel.

This lucky watch will make any woman even more beautiful.

PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS NEW 2014

PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS NEW 2014

Patek Philippe has unveiled two new chronograph watches in steel cases, the Annual Calendar Chronograph, and the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph.
The Nautilus was first produced in 1976. and still ranks among the most coveted timepieces at auctions to this very day. Now, for the first time, it combines the chronograph and dual time functions. Travel Time function indicates the time in two different time zones at a single glance.

Its round case is made of stainless steel and features an exquisite bezel, giving the watch an elegant look. Beautiful black dial shows time in hours minutes and seconds and features a highly legible date display at 12 o’clock, second time zone display using a central hand, and local and second time zone day/night displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively.

The 5990/1A features a new self-winding calibre, CH 28-520 C FUS, with a minimum power reserve of 45 hours. Calibre CH 28-520 C FUS contains four complications to be exact (chronograph, date, day/night, and travel time) and is efficiently sized at 28 x 31mm with a thickness of 6.95mm.

The pushers used to operate the mechanism are cleverly camouflaged on the left side of the watch’s case, preserving the lines that the Nautilus collection is known for. The Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph is available for $57,300.

THE JAEGER-LECOULTRE HYBRIS MECHANICA À GRANDE SONNERIE

THE JAEGER-LECOULTRE HYBRIS MECHANICA À GRANDE SONNERIE

One of the most expensive men’s watches in the world is extraordinary Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie. Magnificent timepiece made by Jaeger-LeCoultre costs almost 1.5 million dollars. Indicating the time thanks to the crystal clear tones of a Westminster chime, this exceptional model comprising over 1472 parts is one of the most complex watches ever made.

Adding more glitter to the pedigree, this one is mainly recognized for the unique chiming mechanism that enables the watch to play the entire Carillon de Westminster melody. For sure, this is the longest melody ever played by any watch, powered by a maximum of 12-hour power reserve in Grande Sonnerie mode.

Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie contains a striking-mechanism combined with a perpetual calendar and a flying tourbillon. The perpetual calendar mechanism features retrograde hands for all functions from date, month and weekday. The instant mechanism is programmed until the year 2100.

In case you do not wear your expensive watch, you can keep it in the incredible Hybris Mechanica 55 Safe. Fitted with an electronic locking system, the safe is code-secured so there is no place for worry. The manufacture installed a special, piezo-driven sound system in the safe, so that the actual chiming of the Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie can be heard from the outside even with the safe securely locked.

ARMIN STROM

ARMIN STROM

Drivers are wearing new watches – Racing Manual and Racing Gravity

„The look of the Racing Collection really captures the mystique of racing. The plate and bridges have a rugged feel and their decorations reflect that of an F1 engine in some places. Plus, the bridges on both models are made from authentic F1 material from a Marussia F1 Team race car. This means, I have a piece of that car forever. It’s taking the synthesis to the furthest degree“, says Max Chilton, driver for the Marussia F1 Team.

Swiss watch manufacturer Armin Strom has extended its sponsorship of Marussia F1 Team as the Team’s Official Timing Partner for a fourth consecutive season. For the 2014 Formula 1 season, Armin Strom updates its Racing Collection by introducing two new calibres, that incorporate the same precision and composite materials used to create the Marussia F1 Team MR03 race car.

Racing Manual is a limited edition of 50 pieces with visible dial-side bridges machined directly from the engine block of an F1 car. This watch is based on calibre AMW11, which has a 5-day power reserve and as Claude Greisler, designer and director expresses: “The Armin Strom Racing Manual has been developed so that each one of its beats represents a declaration of love for beautiful mechanics.”

Racing Gravity is the watch that animate the king’s category of motor racing. The transmission is provided by a microrotor mechanism, which activates when gravity opposes a kinetic force.