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.

SEQUENTIAL TWO – S200 CRAFTED FROM 18 CARAT GOLD AND SAPPHIRE

SEQUENTIAL TWO – S200 CRAFTED FROM 18 CARAT GOLD AND SAPPHIRE

MCT presents new Sequential two S200 timepiece, for the first time in a round-shaped case composed of 43 components.

The prism display was first unveiled in the Sequential One, every iteration of which has featured a square case. The Sequential Two takes the same movement and display concept, but brings a more traditional circular case to the mix. This case is large at 44.6 mm across and 14.5 mm thick. There are both red-gold with dark dial elements and white-gold versions with light dial elements, and each features a sapphire ring around the caseband to let light in.

The S200’s automatic-winding movement with 18K gold micro-rotor was developed in-house by MCT. The lower mass of the micro-rotor requires less force than a traditional full-size rotor. The stunning hand-finished black movement bridges visible through the display back offer a high contrast backdrop to the red gold of rotor.

The hour modules enable highly legible over-sized numerals. Each of the four hour modules comprises of five triangular prisms, which rotate to display one of three numbers. The current hour is indicated by the open mouth of the ‘C-shape’ arc around the center of the dial, which also masks the non-current hours. The current hour displays sequentially in an anticlockwise direction.

ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 2014

ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 2014

The Cosmograph was part of a long Rolex tradition in chronographs. The first chronograph equipped with a waterproof Oyster case appeared in 1939. The Cosmograph Daytona was robust, waterproof and featured a tachymetric scale on the bezel for calculating average speed.

Rolex presents a new jewelled version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona that combines the nobility of 950 platinum and the radiance of purest – quality diamonds. This luxury timepiece is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with a column wheel entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 4130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests.

The Cosmograph Daytona’s 40 mm Oyster case guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The dial is entirely paved with 437 diamonds, apart from the ice blue chronograph counters and the resplendent bezel is set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds.

It’s time to buy a new watch – it’s time for Rolex!

MOTO 360

Moto 360

MOTOROLA’S FIRST ANDROID SMART WATCH

Motorola announced its first smart watch in conjunction with Google’s announcement of Android Wear, the company’s new port of a modified form of Android and Google Now, which it hopes will serve as a platform for all sorts of wearable devices in the near future.

The Moto 360 boasts a circular, digital watchface powered by Android Wear that grants users access to notifications with, presumably, gestures, as the company’s official line mentions the need for a “twist of the wrist.” And like other Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 relies heavily on Google Now’s voice command capabilities. Saying “Okay Google” will open up a variety of options.

“It’s time for a watch that looks and feels great and gives you the information you need, when you need it,” wrote Motorola’s Corporate Vice President of Product Management Lior Ron, in an announcement blog post.