Monday, 24 November 2014

Introducing The Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases, Featuring A Clear Sapphire Dial (With Pricing)

Girard-Perregaux has given its popular Vintage 1945 model a smoked sapphire dial, revealing the mechanics of the oversized date and moon phase of the in-house calibre 3300.

One of Girard-Perregaux's signature timepieces, the Vintage 1945 has for the first time a clear sapphire dial, tinted a light grey, that allows a look into the movement. The dial side of the calibre 3300 inside the Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases is almost entirely exposed, showing off the striped base plate and the gears that drive the big date and moon phase.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hands-On With The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Carbon (With Photos And Price)

Featuring a tourbillon, chronograph and unusual peripheral winding rotor, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Carbon combines the sporty Offshore and the ingenuity of movement specialist Renaud & Papi.

Though the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore line is usually about sporty aesthetics, there are exceptions, like the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Carbon. Oversized and chunky with a carbon composite case, it looks like the typical Offshore but the movement is special.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Piaget Black Tie Vintage Inspiration, A Remake Of The Beta 21 Wristwatch Owned By Andy Warhol (With Specs And Price)

Piaget has recreated the look of its chunky Beta 21 wristwatch of the seventies with the new Black Tie Vintage Inspiration that takes the same shape but with an extra-slim, mechanical movement.

Andy Warhol famously owned a Piaget wristwatch with the Beta 21 quartz movement, inside a stepped case in a shape typical of the seventies. Piaget has remade that distinctive ovoid case with stepped edges as the limited edition Black Tie Vintage Inspiration that will make its official debut at SIHH 2015.

Introducing The Cartier Crash Skeleton In Platinum - Reimagining A Legendary Wristwatch (With Photos, Specs And Pricing)

Cartier has taken its legendary Crash wristwatch, born of a car crash in sixties London, and equipped it with a skeleton movement inside an enlarged, platinum case. The first of a new line of reimagined historical timepieces, the Crash Skeleton is a limited edition of just 67 pieces.

At SIHH 2015 the most gorgeous iteration of the iconic asymmetric Cartier will make it debut. The Crash Skeleton is identical to the classic Crash wristwatch, the Crash Skeleton is slightly larger than the original, while the 9618 MC movement inside has been skeletonised in an appropriately Dali-esque manner to match the case.

Legend has it the original Crash was inspired by a ruined timepiece retrieved from a car crash involving an executive at Cartier London. The impact and heat of the Crash turned what had been an Maxi Oval wristwatch into something straight out of a Salvador Dali painting.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Richard Mille RM 33-01 Extra-Thin Automatic

Richard Mille will unveil the RM 33-01 at SIHH 2015 in January. A facelifted version of his round, extra-thin automatic, the RM 33-01 has a slightly sportier case and dial, along with the addition of a subsidiary seconds dial.

A slightly redesigned version of the original RM 33, the new RM 33-01 is still a round, slim automatic wristwatch, but with some variation. Though the case remains round, its details have changed. The lugs are more pronounced and angular, while the dial has italicised hour numerals inspired by a speedometer.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580

At SIHH 2015 Panerai will unveil the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica, a variation of its Luminor chronograph, in matte black ceramic.

Two years ago Panerai unveiled its P.9100 in-house chronograph movement, a self-winding calibre with a condensed chronograph display featuring just two central hands. First available only in steel or gold, the P.9100 has now made its way into the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580 with a black ceramic case.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Introducing The Sinn U1-D Limited Edition (With Photos, Specs And Price)

Sinn has created a limited edition version of its signature submarine steel dive watch in grey and tan shades with a black coated Tegiment case, in partnership with its Asian retailer The Hour Glass.

Fondly regarded for its near indestructibility and affordable pricing, the Sinn U1 is the German brand's signature dive watch. The latest variant of the U1 is the U1-D, a limited edition in grey and khaki with a scratch-resistant Tegiment case.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

LIVE FROM GENEVA: Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication Becomes Most Expensive Watch Ever Sold

Sotheby's has just sold the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication for 23.2 million Swiss francs, or US$24 million, to a unsurprisingly, victorious bidder - making it the most expensive timepiece ever by a wide margin. We bring you a quick rundown of the sale right here.

In one of the most anticipated watch sales ever, the Patek Philippe supercomplication made for American collector Henry Graves Jr. was just sold for 20.6 million Swiss francs. With the buyer's premium the new owner will have to pay 23.2 million francs, or about US$24 million. 

The sale took place in a packed room, with luminaries from all corners of watchmaking, including representatives from major brands like Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin, and even Philippe Dufour himself. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Introducing The Chanel J12-G10, Equipped With An Alligator And Diamond NATO Strap (With Specs And Price)

The Chanel J12-G10 sports a double-loop strap inspired by the British military issue canvas band. Known as the NATO or G10 strap, Chanel has transformed it into a luxury accessory in alligator hide and diamonds.

Finally the day has come when the humble NATO strap, originally a British military watch band, has made it to the big time. Chanel has appropriated the NATO strap and fitted it to one of the most successful ladies' watches ever, the J12. It made black ceramic watches sexy and fashionable, and is now a timepiece that is significant beyond watchmaking and relentlessly copied. The new J12-G10 will likely result in a dramatic proliferation of NATO straps on all sorts of watches.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Introducing The Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, A Chain-And-Fusée Chronometer (With Specs And Price)

Zenith marks its 150th anniversary with a chronometer wristwatch equipped with a chain-and-fusée constant force mechanism, based on its signature El Primero movement.

Named after its founder, the Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot is essentially a slimmed down version of Zenith's top of the line timepiece, the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane. The Georges Favre-Jacot limited edition is equipped with a 
chain-and-fusée mechanism that delivers constant force to the escapement, keeping timekeeping stable throughout its power reserve.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Introducing The Nomos Doctors Without Borders USA and UK - Limited Editions For A Good Cause

Nomos has created limited edition Tangente timepieces for humanitarian NGO Doctors Without Borders, better known as Médecins Sans Frontières with 100 Euros, dollars or sterling pounds from each watch sold going to MSF.

Nomos first created the edition for Médecins Sans Frontières Germany, which was only available in its domestic market. That has now expanded to Doctors Without Borders in the United States and United Kingdom, with additional editions for each market. US$100 and £100 from the sale of each watch in each market will go to MSF.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hands-On With The IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar In Steel (With Photos And Price)

Introduced in steel for the first time earlier in 2014, the IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar combines its flagship, seven day caliber 5000 automatic and signature perpetual calendar mechanism with a four digit year.

Till this year IWC only made the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar in gold or platinum. But earlier this year a limited edition steel version was announced, making the Portuguese perpetual available at a significantly lower price point than before.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hands-On With The De Bethune Imperial Fountain Chinese Zodiac Pig

Inspired by the bronze heads of the water clock at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, De Bethune created a series of timepieces based on the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Here a gentleman collector shares his recently acquired Pig Zodiac wristwatch.

De Bethune relied on the bronze fountain heads of the water clock at the Old Summer Palace, or 圆明园 (Yuan Ming Yuan), for the
 DB25 Imperial Fountain Chinese Zodiac. Destroyed during the opium war, the Old Summer Palace and the heads scattered, though in recent years several have been returned to China, after fetching tens of millions at auction.