Friday, 27 February 2015

Swatch Super-Collection To Be Sold, Comprising Over 5800 Items And Expected to Fetch Over US$1.3 Million

Come April Sotheby's will sell the Swatch "superlot", a collection of Swatch watches and memorabilia totalling over 5800 pieces collected over a quarter century, including artwork related to the watches and rare prototypes.

Assembled over 25 years, Swatch & Art from the Dunkel Collection is made up of nearly every model made from 1983 to 2007, plus artwork related to many of the watches i the collection. Put together by Paul Dunkel, a European Swatch fanatic, the collection will be sold as a single lot on 7 April at Sotheby's Spring Sale in Hong Kong. Something of a lens into the world as it was in the eighties and nineties, the Swatch superlot expected to sell for more than 10 million Hong Kong dollars, or US$1.3 million. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Introducing The MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition (With Specs And Pricing)

MB&F unveils the final run of its most successful timepiece, the HM3 MegaWind Final Edition. Clad entirely in black and grey with contrasting Super-Luminova accents that glow vivid green at night, it really comes alive after dark.

With its distinctive avant-garde regulator time display, the Horological Machine No. 3 is MB&F's most popular timepiece, comprising a third of its total production since the brand's founding in 2005. Based on the MegaWind, the HM3 MegaWind Final Edition is entirely dark, finished in black and grey, with green Super-Luminova that glows vividly at night.

Pre-Basel 2015: Glashütte Original Presents New Dials For PanoReserve And PanoMaticLunar (With Specs And Price)

At Baselworld Glashütte Original will reveal new dials for the PanoReserve and PanoMaticLunar - a deep blue for the steel models and black for the red gold version.

Glashütte Original will introduce two new dials for the PanoReserve and PanoMaticLunar at Baselworld 2015 next month. Both are classically handsome combinations: a deep, metallic blue for the steel timepieces, and a deep, matte black for the red gold.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Up Close With The New F.P. Journe Octa Lune, Now In 40 or 42 mm (With Original Photos And Price)

One of F.P. Journe's longest lived timepieces, the Octa Lune is the first to undergo a facelift with an enlarged case, along with a redesigned dial featuring proportionally larger displays.

F.P. Journe's signature aesthetic comprises an off-centred display secured by screws against a contrast colour dial - a look that Journe established with some of his earliest watches. The facelifted Octa Lune preserves that distinctive style, while managing to be recognisably different, most significantly with the diamond-polished, embossed numerals introduced for the first time on the solid gold dial models of 2014.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Breitling Chronoliner, A Dual Time Zone Chronograph With Ceramic Bezel (With Prices)

Modelled on the classic pilot's chronograph from the fifties and sixties, the Breitling Chronoliner is an aviator's watch with a retro bent, featuring a second time zone function and a ratcheting, 24-hour black ceramic bezel.

Equipped with a dual time zone function and a clean black dial, the Chronoliner is typical of Breitling's aviation watches, large and hard to miss on the wrist. And as is often the case with Breitling's recent introductions, the Chronoliner has a vintage-esque styling, just like the Transocean Chronograph 1915. Slated to be officially introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Chronoliner has a 46 mm, polished steel case fitted with a rotating 24-hour bezel in black ceramic.

EXPLAINED: How To Blue Steel Screws The Traditional Way - With A Flame And Lots Of Patience

Steel screws used in watch movements are often blue. Traditionally this is done by heating the screws, hardening them and also giving them an attractive blue colour, a process Henrik Korpela explains in this in-depth article.

In the second of the series of educational articles by Henrik Korpela, co-founder and chief instructor at the K&H Watchmaking Competence Centre in Le Locle, the art of heat bluing steel screws and other components is explained step by step, with accompanying photos. Bluing screws is a time-consuming process that is not just decorative, but also functional by extending the longevity of the screws. (You can read the first article by Henrik that explains black polishing right here).

Friday, 20 February 2015

Introducing The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic 2015, Including The Ferrari NART Edition

Hublot adds two models to the Big Bang Ferrari line-up, the result of a partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Italian maker of supercars, including the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, a tribute to the Ferrari NART.

Soon to be unveiled at Baselworld 2015, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic is styled in black and red, the classic colours of Ferrari. And the second model is the Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic, modelled on the colours of Ferrari NART (short for "North America Racing Team"), the American-backed team active in the sixties and seventies that competed in endurance races, winning at Le Mans and Daytona.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Breitling Introduces New Single-Button Chrono Movement With Transocean Chronograph 1915 (With Pricing)

Breitling's new in-house movement is the calibre B14, a hand-wind, mono-pusher chronograph found inside the Transocean Chronograph 1915 limited edition.

Breitling made major contributions to the development of the wrist chronograph, including inventing the modern two-button chronograph as we know it in 1934. At Baselworld 2015 Breitling will unveil the Transocean Chronograph 1915, a single-button chronograph equipped with the B14 movement.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Lange Celebrates The 200th Birthday Of F.A. Lange With An 1815 In Platinum And Black (With Specs And Price)

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, A. Lange & Söhne unveiled the 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange”, a limited edition of 200 timepieces in the rarely seen combination of platinum with a black dial.

Ferdinand Adolph Lange was born in Dresden in 1815, later establishing A. Lange & Söhne in 1845 and creating the German watchmaking industry. Made for the second centenary of his birth the 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” is a clean, straightforward timepiece. It's is essentially a 40 mm 1815 wristwatch, but in platinum with a black dial.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Kari Voutilainen Unveils The GMR Dual Time Zone And Power Reserve (With Specs And Price)

Voutilainen will introduce a new version of its second time zone chronometer at Baselworld, a limited edition with an unusual dark green dial with red accents, in a 12-piece limited edition.

Based on the Vingt-8 chronometer, the Voutilainen GMR features a second time zone display at six o'clock, concentric with the sub-seconds while a power reserve sits at 12 o'clock. Made of solid silver and engined turned by hand, the dial has a galvanic coating in a very dark shade of green, with red accents. 

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Openworked Singapore Edition (With Specs And Price)

For its newly opened boutique in Singapore Vacheron Constantin has created a special edition of the Malte Tourbillon Openworked in platinum with a sleekly skeletonised movement finished with a dark grey coating.

Vacheron Constantin now has a brand new boutique in Singapore, located in the posh ION Orchard mall. For the opening of its second store the Geneva watchmaker has unveiled the Malte Tourbillon Openworked Singapore ION Orchard Boutique Exclusive, a limited edition of just three watches in platinum.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Chanel Unveils The Mademoiselle Privé Camélia, With A Gold, Diamond And Pearl Embroidered Dial (With Specs And Price)

Chanel worked with the Maison Lesage, a French couture embroiderer, to create the dials for the Mademoiselle Privé Camélia, a delicate timepiece with a fabric dial embroidered with diamonds and pearls.

Chanel is applying the art of couture embroidery to its Mademoiselle Prive, a line of ladies timepieces decorated with metier d’art techniques like enamelling and engraving. Launched at Baselworld last year, the Mademoiselle Prive Camelia has only just arrived in stores and features a dial created by the House of Lesage, a renowned embroidery specialist.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Roger Dubuis - Photos, Specs, Prices, All You Needed To Know

Skeleton watches were the entirety of the Roger Dubuis offerings at SIHH, encompassing its flagship Excalibur Skeleton Tourbillons, as well as a new, entry-level skeleton automatic.

Roger Dubuis is synonymous with skeleton watches, particularly its open-worked tourbillons with their recognisable star-shaped bridges and skeletons were the focus of the offerings at SIHH 2015. The new line-up started with the Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon at the top of the price spectrum, and ending with the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton, the first skeleton watch from the brand that is not a tourbillon.

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Vacheron Constantin - Everything Explained With Photos And Prices

Vacheron Constantin finally introduced its long expected chronograph movement at SIHH, along with the Harmony, a new line of cushion-shaped timepieces to mark its 260th anniversary.

The line-up presented by Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2015 embodies a strategy increasingly favoured by many high-end watchmakers, a two-prong approach with complications on the one hand in the form of the Harmony collection, and métier d’art watches on the other with the Mécaniques Gravées decorated with gun engraving.

Friday, 13 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Parmigiani - Everything Explained With Original Photos And Specs

Parmigiani's house style tends towards elaborate case and dials combined with beautiful movements, exemplified by several one-of-a-kind timepieces unveiled this year.

Unique, complicated timepieces took pride of place in Parmigiani's 2015 line-up at SIHH 2015, all boasting wonderfully executed movements and lavishly appointed cases. The brand is owned by a wealthy charitable foundation, and its sister companies make dials, cases and movements, giving Parmigiani a wide-ranging and well funded manufacturing ability evident in its watches.

SCOOP: Revealing The Four New Philippe Dufour Simplicity Special Editions Just Delivered

Widely regarded as the timepiece with the most remarkable movement decoration made in recent history, the Philippe Dufour Simplicity has become a cult object prized by collectors, especially since only 200 were made - until now.

The Philippe Dufour Simplicity is probably the most desirable timepiece made by an independent watchmaker, representing the perfect synthesis of simplicity and a remarkably executed movement. Only 200 were ever made, with the last delivered in 2013. Except that four additional Simplicity watches were delivered in late 2014 - a huge surprise for observers of independent watchmaking.

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse (With Specs And Price)

In March 2015 the Solar Impulse aircraft will start its round-the-world flight, and its main sponsor, Swiss watchmaker Omega, will introduce the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse, a multi-function pilot's wristwatch. 

Originally designed for astronauts as the successor to the Speedmaster Moon Watch and released in 1998, the Omega X-33 was a multi-function pilot's watch that was amongst the first of its kind. Now it has returned with major technological upgrades, as the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse, a limited edition made to mark the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the planet that will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2015.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Ralph Lauren - Everything Explained With Original Photos And Prices

Ralph Lauren smartly kept to more affordable watches this year, with several automotive-inspired watches featuring wood with wood dials and bezels, as well as additions to the entry level RL67 Safari Chronometer line.

Ralph Lauren is unfortunately best known for its polo t-shirts, meaning it does not get enough credit for its watches, which are well designed and well made. While the brand started out in the wrong direction with overly pricey timepieces, it has dialled own its ambitions. Most of its new offerings from SIHH 2015 are accessibly priced.

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Piaget - Everything You Need To Know, With Original Photos, Specs And Pricing

As is typical Piaget devoted itself to extra-thin timepieces at SIHH 2015, including the hand-wound Altiplano Chronograph, now the thinnest on the market.

Piaget presented a manageable collection of watches at SIHH 2015, mainly variants of existing models, but also some well conceived vintage inspired pieces like the Andy Warhol Beta 21 reissue, as well as the recording-clinching Altiplano Chronograph.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Introducing The Richard Mille RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition (With Specs And Price)

The latest iteration of the Richard Mille's bestselling model is the RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Flyback Chronograph Asia Limited Edition, introduced to mark the opening of the brand's new store in Singapore.

Unveiled alongside the opening of Richard Mille's latest store, located inside Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) in Singapore, the RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition is primarily red and white, with a sprinkling of blue accents on the dial. 

As is typical of all tonneau-shaped Richard Mille watches, the RM 011 Ceramic NTPT Asia Limited Edition has a sandwich case construction, comprising a front and back in white ceramic, with the case band in between made of NTPT carbon.

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec In Rose Gold (With Pricing)

At Baselworld 2015 Carl F. Bucherer will introduce the Patravi ScubaTec dive watch in rose gold with a ceramic bezel insert and black-coated titanium accents.

Styled with the chunky, aggressive look typically of many dive watches, the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec is now available in rose gold. Containing nearly a quarter pound of gold and measuring 44.6 mm in diameter, this is a large timepiece.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Panerai - Everything You Need To Know, With Original Photos And Pricing

Panerai’s SIHH 2015 line-up was compact, comprising five key models, but it did bring some novelty to the table, including the Carbotech Submersible and the elaborately engraved Radiomir Firenze.

A cult brand that has reached maturity, Panerai kept its focus this year, offering just five new models (though one is not a typical Panerai). Interestingly they were all clustered in the mid-five figure price range, with no entry-level models introduced at SIHH 2015.

Monday, 9 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Jaeger-LeCoultre - Everything You Need To Know, With Original Photos And Pricing

A bit of everything, well made and developed in-house, sums up Jaeger-LeCoultre's SIHH 2015 offerings nicely. The manufacture covered all the bases, at all price segments, for both genders. 

Jaeger-LeCoultre has the capacity, unique amongst watchmakers, to create well constructed and finished timepieces of great variety and numbers. Its offerings each year demonstrate that, and the SIHH 2015 line-up is no different. 

The 2015 collection has a bit of everything, ranging from the vintage inspired Grande Reverso 1931 Seconde Centrale to the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon. But Jaeger-LeCoultre did not reveal a major new complicated movement, maybe it has something up its sleeve for later in the year?

Pre-Basel 2015: Jaquet Droz Unveils The Grande Seconde Deadbeat

Jaquet Droz has taken its signature Grande Seconde wristwatch and given it a deadbeat seconds, along with a date display; and the dial is grand feu enamel.

Jaquet Droz will unveil its first dead seconds wristwatch at Baselworld 2015 next month, the Grande Seconde Deadbeat. This is a variant of the brand's instantly recognisable Grande Seconde watch, but instead of an oversized seconds sub-dial at six, the seconds are on the central axis with the hands.

SIHH 2015 Roundup: IWC - All You Need To Know, With Photos And Pricing

IWC revamped its bestselling Portugieser collection at SIHH 2015 in a manner traditionalists will welcome, keeping it safe, simple and classical. A new seven day power reserve caliber, the 52000, also made its debut.

Now called the Portugieser, as IWC originally labelled the line (the brand is in the German part of Switzerland), the return to the former name encapsulates the direction of the new collection. At SIHH 2015 IWC returned to basic principles, emphasising concise design and good engineering. 

IWC plays it safe with the new Portuguese watches, which will please traditionalist fans of the brand, though notably the line-up lacks a lower priced, entry-level type watch that is fashionable now given the slowdown in the market. That, perhaps, might come later in the year.

The watches have been tweaked and modernized, but all the key elements have been retained. Upgrades like the new calibre 52000 movement and domed sapphire crystals are found on several models, but the archetypal Portugieser aesthetic is not diluted. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,007 Gauss SPECTRE For James Bond (With Specs And Price)

Omega will mark the upcoming James Bond film Spectre with a limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch that is magnetism resistant to 15,007 Gauss - and limited to 15,007 pieces.

The 24th film in the James Bond franchise, Spectre will hit theatres in November 2015. And on James Bond's wrist once again will be an Omega. But instead of the traditional Seamaster - Bond's watch of choice since Pierce Brosnan played the part - the Spectre timepiece is a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial, decorated with a motif inspired by James Bond's family coat of arms.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pre-Basel 2015: Introducing Five New Models For The Swatch Sistem51

Swatch is expanding its landmark Sistem51 collection of self-winding watches made entirely by machine. Five new funky colours ranging from pink to green will be available from end February 2015.

Two years ago Swatch announced the Sistem51, the first Swiss made mechanical timepiece made entirely by machine. It took a year for the watch to reach the international market, but it has since sold well. And now five more colours will be launched at Baselworld 2015, including in green, pink and black.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

SIHH 2015 Roundup: Greubel Forsey - With Details, Specs And Prices

Greubel Forsey stuck to its founding principles, concentrating on exotic tourbillons of exquisite quality - notably with a negligible concession to affordability in the form of a new entry level wristwatch, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision.

Greubel Forsey presented its most affordable tourbillon ever at SIHH 2015, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision. Such might be interpreted as a sign of the slow luxury watch market, but the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision still costs 290,000 Swiss francs, only 10% less than the next model up the scale. Despite, or because of, the modestly reduced price, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is still as magnificently conceived as any other Greubel Forsey.