Tuesday, 30 June 2015

F.P. Journe Reveals The Unique Tourbillon Souverain Bleu In Tantalum For Only Watch 2015

Tantalum is the case metal of choice in the Tourbillon Souverain Bleu, featuring a reflective blue dial, resulting in an notably unique edition by F.P. Journe for Only Watch 2015.

F.P. Journe turned to the most basic of his timepieces, the Chronometre Bleu, for inspiration for the unique tourbillon created for Only Watch 2015. The Tourbillon Souverain Bleu has a tantalum case and a vivid blue mirror-finished dial, just like the Chronometre Bleu, which is the beloved timepiece that's the most affordable in the F.P. Journe collection. Despite the entry-level inspiration, the result is stunning. 

Introducing The Patek Philippe Ref. 5016A-010 Grand Complication In Steel For Only Watch 2015

Patek Philippe has put together an extraordinarily desirable combination for Only Watch 2015: the discontinued Grand Complication Ref. 5016A in steel, fitted with a deep blue enamel dial.

One of the most impressive and subtly beautiful grand complication wristwatches Patek Philippe has ever produced (photographic proof here), the Ref. 5016 was in production from 1993 to 2011. But for Only Watch 2015 the Geneva watchmaker has resurrected the reference as the Ref. 5016A-010, with a case in that fabulously collectible alloy steel, and thrown in a blue enamel dial with white gold appliqué Breguet numerals for good measure.

Tudor Unveils One Of A Kind Heritage Black Bay One For Only Watch 2015

For the first time in its history, Tudor has created a unique reference, the Heritage Black Bay One for Only Watch 2015 modelled on the Submariner ref. 7923 of 1954, featuring a gilt dial and pencil hands. 

Tudor has never made limited or unique editions, at least none that are publicly known. So the Heritage Black Bay One is a distinct departure from the norm. A one of a kind timepiece made for charity auction Only Watch, the Heritage Black Bay One is modelled on the regular production Black Bay, with a special dial and bezel inspired by the reference 7923 dive watch of 1954. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Introducing The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin The Hour Glass Edition In Yellow Gold (With Specs & Price)

For the very first time Audemars Piguet is making the Royal Oak Extra-Thin 15202 available in gorgeous yellow gold with a 50-piece limited edition for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin The Hour Glass Edition is the first and only Royal Oak "Jumbo" ref. 15202 produced in 18 ct. yellow gold - arguably the most classic metal for the Royal Oak aside from steel. To go with the yellow gold case and bracelet, the dial is a dark green, with the hands, hour markers and applied AP logo also in yellow gold. And most notably, the hexagonal nuts on the bezel are also yellow gold, instead of the conventional white gold.

Rolex Extends International Warranty To Five Years From July 2015

On July 1, 2015 the international warranty that accompanies every Rolex watch will be valid for five years, up from the current two years. And with the newly installed warranty card swipe system, the Rolex warranty can no longer be gamed.

All Rolex watches sold starting July 1, 2015 will have a five year international warranty, giving Rolex one of the longest warranty periods in the industry. Watches sold within the last two years also get a boost. Those sold from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015, will enjoy a warranty extension of a year for a three year warranty.

EXCLUSIVE: Patek Philippe To Increase Retail Prices In Hong Kong And Singapore Come July 1

In a surprise (or not) move, Patek Philippe will increase the retail prices of its timepieces in Hong Kong and Singapore on July 1, 2015, reversing the price reductions it implemented in February.

In a move that caused equal amounts of hand-wringing and glee, Patek Philippe cut its retail prices around the world in February 2015 after the Swiss franc surprise. Prices were reduced by between 3% and 7% in various markets, though weak local currency in Europe and Japan meant the prices there rose. The rationale was to ensure geographical parity in prices around the world. 

On July 1 that will go into reverse, with retail prices in Hong Kong and Singapore rising. Other markets may also see similar price adjustments.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Introducing The Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary London 2015 Limited Editions (With Pricing)

Continuing its 175th anniversary celebrations, Patek Philippe recently unveiled a collection of limited edition timepieces for its boutique in London, ranging from officer's case wristwatches to one of a kind, enamelled Dome Clocks.

Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary year started in October 2014 with the introduction of the main anniversary collection of watches that included the SFr2.5 million Grandmaster Chime. In addition to that anniversary collection, Patek Philippe is also introducing smaller runs of limited editions, like the London 2015 collection made specially for the London salon, only one of three stores globally that Patek Philippe itself owns (the rest are joint ventures with local retailers). 

Panerai Introduces The Paneristi 15th Anniversary Luminor PAM634 (With Specs & Pricing)

Panerai has announced a 500-piece limited edition Luminor Base Logo for the 15th anniversary of Paneristi, the brand's enthusiast community website. 

Paneristi is the Panerai enthusiast website, one that has created a community, in the truest sense of the word, dedicated to Panerai. For the 15th anniversary of the site, which was founded in 2000 by Guy Verbist, Panerai has created a limited edition Luminor Base Logo (PAM00634) with a blue OP at six o'clock.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Seiko Marinemaster "Tuna" Diver Survives Pacific Ocean Plunge - To Depth Of 4299 Metres

In late 2014 Seiko together with Japanese marine research agency JAMSTEC conducted an extraordinary real world test of its Marinemaster dive watches, strapping them to a deep sea submersible that plunged into the depths of the Pacific.

A Seiko Marinemaster at 4.3km or 2.67 miles down the Pacific Ocean. © JAMSTEC

On September 6, 2014, the Kairei, a research vessel of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), sailed out onto the Pacific Ocean off the Northeast coast of Japan, carrying on board four Seiko Marinemaster "Tuna" dive watches. Its goal was to perform a real world test of the watches' water-resistance capabilities by plunging them into the depths of the Pacific. 

Presenting A Series Of Talks On Watch Collecting By SJX, Hosted By Prudential Singapore

Prudential Singapore is organising a series of talks on collectibles as part of its "Life Matters" campaign, including several watch session by yours truly.

I will be giving a series of talks on why and what people collect in watchmaking for the clients of insurer Prudential Singapore on Saturday, July 4. Prudential has generously opened two sessions are open to the public, with registration open at www.prulifematters.com.sg.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Richard Mille Introduces The RM 056 and RM 011 Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary Limited Editions

Richard Mille has unveiled two limited editions to mark a decade of its partnership with Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, who was the first ever brand ambassador for Richard Mille.

Felipe Massa, who now drives for Williams, was Richard Mille's first brand ambassador, becoming the prototype for the partnerships with sports personalities that have come to define Richard Mille. The importance of the relationship is underscored by the fact that several key Richard Mille timepieces have been named after Massa, including the RM 009 Alusic and the RM 011.

The Richard Mille Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary collection comprises two watches, the RM 056 tourbillon-chronograph in a clear sapphire case, and the RM 011 NTPT Carbon chronograph. Both feature Massa's signature on the sapphire case back, as well as his emblem on the dial at one o'clock.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Introducing The Roger Dubuis Hommage Millésime, a One of a Kind Grand Complication Pocket Watch

Equipped with a rejuvenated 19th century grande complication movement blank, the Roger Dubuis Hommage Millésime is a unique pocket watch that will be the first in an annual series of one of a kind grand complications.

A pocket watch featuring a minute repeater, chronograph and the brand's trademark bi-retrograde perpetual calendar, the Hommage Millésime is a return to its roots for Roger Dubuis. Some will remember that when Roger Dubuis first started his own brand, several of the early wristwatches had restored vintage movements inside. Equipped with an antique grande complication movement blank that has been completed and finished only recently, the Hommage Millésime is the first of an annual series of a unique timepieces each powered by a restored vintage movement.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Introducing The Ressence Type 1 V Genesis, Raw And Unfinished (With Specs & Price)

A limited edition to celebrate the brand's fifth birthday, the Ressence Type 1 V Genesis is natural and untreated, with the dial and case left just as they come out of the milling machine.

Ressence marks its fifth year with a purified version of its Type 1, the timepiece that established the signature look of the brand - an satellite time display and no crown. The Type 1 V Genesis has a titanium case that is machined on a multi-axis milling machine, and left as is. This leaves its surface marked by the subtle signs of machining, giving it the look of a prototype.

Introducing The Chanel Boy.Friend Watch

Chanel's latest timepiece, the Boy.Friend, is a large octagonal wristwatch, conceived as a ladies' timepiece with a masculine feel.

Leaving aside the curious punctation, the Chanel Boy.Friend watch is easy to understand. It's large for a ladies' watch, with an elongated octagonal case modelled on the Premiere wristwatch, itself based on the shape of the Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle cap.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Introducing The Hermes "In The Pocket", A Convertible Pocket Watch With An Alligator Wrist Strap (With Pricing)

With the H1837 movement inside a rose gold watch case, the Hermes "In The Pocket" is an elegant pocket watch that can be converted into a wristwatch with an alligator wrist strap.

Modelled on a porte oignon, or leather pocket watch holder, Jacqueline Hermès received from her father in 1912, the Hermes In The Pocket is a pocket watch that can be converted to a wristwatch. It first introduced a century after Ms Hermès received her gift, in 2012 as a limited edition with a palladium case together a Barenia calfskin holder. This year the pocket watch returns with a rose gold case and an alligator hide wrist strap.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Hands-On With The Urwerk UR-210S Full Metal Jacket (With Original Photos & Price)

Urwerk's top of the line satellite cube complication, the UR-210, has been upgraded with a matching bracelet, nicknamed the "Full Metal Jacket". 

Launched three years ago, the UR-210 replaced the UR-202 and UR-203 as flagship complication by Urwerk. Now for the first time it's offered with a hefty bracelet as the UR-210S Full Metal Jacket, an interrupted assembly of finely finished steel.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Up Close With The Million Dollar Parmigiani Tecnica “Les Carpes De Sandoz”

An old school grand complication that's hand engraved and enamelled inside and out, the Parmigiani Tecnica “Les Carpes De Sandoz” rolls up many of the artisanal crafts in watchmaking, all for a cool million dollars.

Equipped with a chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater, the Parmigiani Tecnica “Les Carpes De Sandoz” is decorated with a carp motif, executed in enamel and engraving. This elaborate creation is a tribute to Edouard-Marcel Sandoz, founder of the Sandoz Family Foundation, the non-profit that owns Parmigiani.

Introducing The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Edition In British Racing Green (With Price)

Made in a limited edition of just 26 pieces, the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Edition with a racing green dial commemorates the opening of Jaeger-LeCoultre London boutique.

Jaeger-LeCoultre inaugurated its boutique on Old Bond Street not too long ago, accompanied with the introduction of the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Edition. It features a dial lacquered in British racing green with silvered hour indices, a combination similar to that found in the Reverso Rouge.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Introducing The One-Of-A-Kind Laurent Ferrier Galet Square In Steel For Only Watch 2015

Laurent Ferrier has created a unique version of its Galet Square for Only Watch 2015, featuring a sector dial and steel cushion case reminiscent of early 20th century watches.

A variation on the Galet Square that has striking vintage feel, the Laurent Ferrier Only Watch 2015 edition has a silvered sector dial with blue minute numerals and the brand's signature assegai (a type of African spear) hands. A tiny "Only Watch 2015" at six o'clock indicates the cause for which it was made: the biannual auction in Monaco to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

AUCTION WATCH: Antiquorum To Sell Patek Philippe Nautilus Once Owned By Yakuza Boss

At Antiquorum's upcoming Hong Kong sale, a diamond encrusted Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3800 with an unusual history will go under the hammer. Gifted to a Yakuza boss, this Nautilus is hardly the typical auction house offering.

As provenance gives a watch character, then this Patek Philippe has it in spades. As a watch it's garish but also rare: a yellow gold Nautilus ref. 3800/108, the most heavily bejewelled reference of the mid-sized Nautilus. This one is entirely set with diamonds, plus three ruby baguettes for the hour markers. 

Even more unusual than the watch itself is its past ownership; it was originally gifted to Jiro Yanagawa, a Japanese underworld boss whose notorious life was later documented in print and film.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Introducing The Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro 10th Anniversary Limited Edition (With Pricing)

Italian industrial designer Giuliano Mazzuoli marks the 10th anniversary of his signature Manometro wristwatch with a 120-piece limited edition. 

Inspired by a pressure gauge, which translates as Manometro in Italian, the Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro was introduced in 2005. Distinctive despite its simplicity, the Manometro was Mazzuoli's greatest hit, instantly recognisable and more famous than the brand behind it.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Vacheron Constantin To Host Watchmaking Workshop For Children

Vacheron Constantin will open its doors to little ones with a budding interest in horology on June 27 with a children's watchmaking workshop in Singapore.

For watch collecting parents who want to their children young, Vacheron Constantin - responsible for what will soon be the most complicated watch ever - will organise a workshop at its boutique in Singapore on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The afternoon's activities include watchmaking-related activities as well as family portraits. And the boutique also has its own watchmaker in-store for adults who have more challenging questions. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

AUCTION WATCH: Highlights From Christie's Upcoming New York Watch Sale

In just over a week on June 17 the Christie's New York watch auction will take place, with 265 lots slated to go under the hammer. Here's a selection of 10 highlights curated by the Christie's New York watch department.

In contrast to Hong Kong which tends to leans towards modern high horology, the watch sales in New York tend to have more vintage timepieces. The upcoming Christie's sale has several top notch examples including a Vacheron Constantin monopoussoir chronograph formerly owned by the King of Yugoslavia and a Tiffany-signed Patek Philippe ref. 1436 split-seconds.

TAG Heuer Marks Nissan's Return To Le Mans With The Carrera "NISMO" Special Edition

Nissan returns to Le Mans in 2015 with a radical new LMP1 race car, the GT-R LM Nismo, with the occasion commemorated by the Carrera "NISMO" Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Special Edition.

After a 16 year absence Nissan will once again compete in the Le Mans endurance race with the newly developed Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, a petrol-electrical hybrid boasting 1250 hp. TAG Heuer has just announced the official watch for the team, the Carrera "NISMO" Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Special Edition.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Introducing The Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime Singapore Edition For The Nation's 50th Anniversary (With Price)

For Singapore's 50th birthday Louis Vuitton has given its Escale Worldtime a subtle twist in a limited edition of just nine pieces.

Singapore marks 50 years since independence in 2015 - an event collectively known as SG50 - and for that occasion Louis Vuitton has just unveiled the Escale Worldtime Singapore Edition. The strikingly original dial, with 24 time zones in 38 hand-painted colours, has "SIN" for the GMT+8 time zone.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Vacheron Constantin Is Nearly Finished With The Most Complicated Watch Ever

Vacheron Constantin has been working on the Project Tivoli grand complication pocket watch that, when complete, will become the most complicated watch ever made. Come September 2015, the "Grand Oeuvre" will be revealed to the world.

Eight years ago a collector approached Vacheron Constantin with a commission, codenamed Project Tivoli, to create the most complicated watch ever, one that would supersede the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 which has held the title since 1989. Since then Atelier Cabinotiers, the department at Vacheron Constantin responsible for bespoke timepieces, has been working on the pocket watch, known within the company as "Grand Oeuvre". It is now almost complete, and will be presented to the public on September 17, 2015, exactly 260 years to the date that Vacheron Constantin was founded.

Hands-On With The Slim d'Hermes Perpetual Calendar (Plus Original Photos, Price)

The flagship model of the new Slim d'Hermes line, the Perpetual Calendar is equipped with a refined Vaucher movement and a calendar module designed by noted movement designer Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Slim d'Hermes has a distinctive look despite being clean and simple. The base model in the collection is the strikingly original automatic, but launched alongside was the Slim d'Hermes Perpetual Calendar, one of the few such complications offered by Hermes.

The Slim d'Hermes Perpetual Calendar has the same polished appearance as its simpler brethren. The sum of its parts are far greater than the individual design elements: a beautiful custom font created by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig, polished and frosted hands, and angled lugs that echo the wire lugs on early wristwatches.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Up Close With The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Tourbillon (With Original Photos & Price)

With a skeletonised movement and case, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Tourbillon combines the brand's signature complication with a newly developed lightweight, open-worked case.

At SIHH 2015 Roger Dubuis introduced the Excalibur Spider, a skeletonised variant of the Excalibur case with its distinctive triple lugs. The top of the line model is the Excalibur Spider Double Tourbillon, equipped with Roger Dubuis' instantly recognisable open-worked tourbillon movement.

The RD01SQ movement is hand-wound with twin tourbillon regulators, both one-minute tourbillons rotating in the same anticlockwise direction. Most tourbillon wristwatches are made for visual appeal, and two tourbillons are much more appealing than one.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Introducing The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Pride of Indonesia" Limited Edition (Specs & Price)

Created for a nation where the Audemars Piguet Offshore is deeply desirable, the Royal Oak Offshore "Pride of Indonesia" is a 100-piece limited edition in titanium and pink gold with the national emblem Garuda Pancasila on the case back.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore "Pride of Indonesia" is an old school 42mm Offshore in titanium, with the crown and pushers covered in synthetic rubber (not the ceramic of the current Offshore).  The case back is in pink gold case and decorated with a relief of Garuda Pancasila, an eagle that's the national symbol of Indonesia.

Breitling Introduces The Aerospace Evo Night Mission In Black Titanium (With Specs & Price)

Arguably the original Swiss smart watch, the Breitling Aerospace celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a new black titanium version as well as a yellow dial limited edition.

Now 30 years old the Breitling Aerospace made its debut in 1985 as possibly the first hybrid analogue-digital wristwatch. At the time it was remarkably high tech and also sleek - all its functions were controlled by the crown. The new Aerospace Evo Night Mission keeps all the signature features of the Aerospace - twin LCD displays with a single crown - with a thermo-compensated Superquartz movement in a black coated titanium case. And for the 30th anniversary, there's a 300-piece limited edition Aerospace Evo Night Mission with a bright yellow dial.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

MB&F Celebrates 10 Years With The HMX, The Most Affordable Machine Yet (With Originals Photos & Price)

MB&F marks its 10th year in the business with the HMX, a limited edition of 80 pieces that is its most affordable Horological Machine to date, priced at US$30,000.

Like the Porsche Boxster and Cayman which have been carefully calibrated to be just a little bit less than the flagship 911, the HMX is the machine from MB&F, artfully made more affordable to carry the flag of MB&F into fresh territory. It has an unconventional form typical of MB&F, along with a driver's watch type vertical display, but presented in a less elaborate manner than its pricier siblings.