Friday, 30 October 2015

Sinn Introduces the 1800 S Wristwatch in Hardened, Damascus Steel (with Price)

With a case made of surface hardened and black coated Damascus steel, the Sinn 1800 S Damaszener is even more intriguing because the case and dial are a single piece of steel.

Made of an unusual steel alloy proprietary to Sinn, the 1800 S Damaszener features a distinctive woodgrain striping on the case and dial - both a single forged piece of steel - that's characteristic of Damascus steel. And unlike typical Damascus steel, the 1800 S Damaszener has undergone Sinn's patented Tegiment process of surface hardening as well as being coated with a black ceramic, making it scratch resistant.

Just In: All the Winners of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2015 Revealed

With the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2015 award ceremony just concluded, here are the winners, a list that includes widely predicted favourites and some surprising picks.

The best known awards in watchmaking, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève awards were just announced in the evening of October 29 in the Swiss city. Winners included stalwarts like Greubel Forsey, Tudor and Audemars Piguet, but also newcomers like Faberge. Independent watchmakers were well represented, with Antoine Preziuso taking two awards, while Habring2 took the prize for affordable watches. The full list follows:

Up Close with the Patek Philippe 5074P Minute Repeater & Perpetual Calendar (with Video)

One of the largest grand complication wristwatches Patek Philippe makes, the reference 5074P is a self-winding minute repeater with perpetual calendar.

With a wide, flat and polished bezel, the Patek Philippe reference 5074P has a distinctive look similar to that of the discontinued reference 5070 chronograph. It's also 42mm in diameter, making it one of the largest highly complicated watches made by Patek Philippe. But the 5074P sports a restrained, almost functional, design that's almost stealthy. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Etourdissant Cartier High Jewellery Exhibition in Singapore Opens to the Public for One Day Only

For the first time ever Cartier is opening an exhibition of high jewellery to the public, when Etourdissant Cartier opens on October 31, 2015 in Singapore.

Etourdissant Cartier, which translates as "stunning Cartier", is the name of the jeweller's 2015 collection of high jewellery, and also the name of an exhibition that opens to the public on October 31, 2015 in Singapore. Comprised of some 600 examples of jewellery, timepieces and objets d'art, Etourdissant Cartier is the first time such an exhibition is open for public viewing.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Harry Winston Introduces the Opus 14, Featuring a Jukebox Automaton Complication (with Pricing)

After a two year intermission, Harry Winston has returned to its signature Opus series with the Opus 14 that features a complication with retracting discs inspired by a jukebox.

Harry Winston's Opus is the landmark series of complications developed by the New York jeweller in collaboration with independent watchmakers. But the last one, the Opus XIII, was introduced in 2013, leaving doubts as to the future of the series. With the launch of the impressively complex Opus 14 those doubts have been put to rest.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Bulgari Introduces the Papillon with Central, Flying Tourbillon (with Price)

The novel jumping hour and wandering minutes complication from Bulgari now features a central tourbillon, in a limited edition of just 40 pieces.

Originally developed by independent watchmaker Daniel Roth, the Bulgari Papillon is an innovative time display complication originally available as a time-only wristwatch, but now joined by a tourbillon right in the centre of the dial. Flanked by the lozenge-shaped minute hands, the tourbillon is of the flying variety, meaning there is no bridge over it.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Hands-On with the Panerai Spherical Table Clocks PAM641 and PAM651 (Original Photos & Pricing)

Panerai recently introduced a pair of table clocks, both equipped with an eight day movements, and shaped like a bubble thanks to enormous, domed mineral crystals.

Panerai has put its signature wristwatch dial styles into a pair of spherical table clocks, the PAM641 with the dot-and-dash 
S.L.C. dial, and the PAM651 with a "California" dial. Both are powered by the P.5000, a hand-wound movement that'll run for eight days on a full wind.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

EDITORIAL: Why Dubai Watch Week Matters

Dubai Watch Week was a splendid, varied and impartial gathering of the best in watchmaking, particularly the best and brightest in independent watchmaking. If it happens again, and it probably will, the Emirati city will loom large in the watchmaking landscape.

From left: Guillaume Tetu, Felix Baumgartner and Maximilian Büsser

A weeklong salute to independent watchmaking, Dubai Watch Week 2015 (DWW) just closed it doors. Despite taking place in the shiny and glitzy Emirati city, DWW was sincere and personal, essentially an unparalleled gathering of the all-stars of independent watchmaking who were there to educate and enlighten. In a subdued climate for the luxury watch industry, DWW is a landmark event that might just shift the centre of gravity for independent watchmaking to the Arabian Gulf.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Introducing Luxglove, a Marketplace for Watches and Collectibles

Having just made its debut on the Apple App Store, Luxglove is an online marketplace for pre-owned or vintage items, primarily watches, focused on South-East Asia.

Established by a startup that previously did the same for affordable art, Luxglove is a listing platform for jewellery, art, furniture, as well as timepieces, which currently are the most numerous category. Based in Singapore, the platform is meant to serve the South-East Asian market, a particularly vibrant one for high-end watchmaking.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Introducing the Anicorn Series 000, a $325, Mechanical, Disc Time Display Wristwatch

Originally funded via Kickstarter, Anicorn's first wristwatch is the Series 000, a disc-display timepiece powered by an automatic movement.

The Anicorn Series 000 made its debut on Kickstarter, raising over US$50,000 and selling out its first run. Now available in six other colours, the Series 000 uses twin discs to indicate the time, essentially a simplistic variant of the wandering hours complication.

A Look at the First Ever Monopusher Chronograph from IWC (Review, Original Photos & Pricing)

A large but slim single-button chronograph, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph is equipped with a brand new movement featuring a smartly designed, compact chronograph mechanism.

The Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph is the latest from IWC and its first ever single-button chronograph. Fittingly for a brand that has long emphasised good engineering, the movement is an admirable feat of concise watchmaking, with the entire chronograph mechanism packed into a small area just just 1mm high.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Introducing the Oversized, 42mm Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary SBGR097 (with Price)

A 500-piece limited edition for the 55th anniversary of Grand Seiko, the SBGR097 features an extra-large case and a dial embossed with a Grand Seiko guilloche.

While the typical Grand Seiko wristwatch tends to be small by contemporary standards, with most under 40mm in diameter, the new Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary SBGR097 is steel and 42mm, giving it a significantly more modern feel. Case size aside, the SBGR097 still retains all the signature features of Grand Seiko, including an in-house movement as well as diamond-cut hands and hour indices.

Giuliano Mazzuoli Introduces the Carrara Marble Wristwatch

Giuliano Mazzuoli uses the famous marble quarried in Tuscany for the watch case of the Carrara, a wristwatch modelled on his signature Manometro.

Italian designer Giuliano Mazzuoli, best known for the Manometro wristwatch inspired by a pressure gauge, has turned to the city of Carrara for its famous marble to fabricate his latest watch case. The Carrara wristwatch features a cylindrical case made from the signature white marble of the northern Italian city.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Girard-Perregaux Introduces its 1966 Gentleman's Wristwatch in Affordable Stainless Steel (with Pricing)

Available in steel for the first time, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 automatic is the brand's most affordable wristwatch, but still equipped with a self-winding, in-house movement. 

As CEO Antonio Calce outlined in a revealing interview that took place in September 2015, Girard-Perregaux is going to offer more entry-level timepieces, the first of which is the newly introduced 1966 automatic in stainless steel. Starting at US$7500, the 1966 in steel is the most affordable wristwatch Girard-Perregaux offers.

Konstantin Chaykin Puts All of Russia's 11 Time Zones On A Wristwatch

Russian independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin introduces a wristwatch that shows all 11 time zones in Russia simultaneously.

The largest country in the world, Russia has 11 time zones - all of which can be conveniently read on the dial of the Russian Time wristwatch by independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin, best known for his spaceship inspired Lunokhod Bulat. Each of the time zones can be read according to city names representing each time zone, or by a map of Russia.

Monday, 19 October 2015

A Detailed Look at the Patek Philippe Ref. 5370P Split-Seconds Chronograph (Review, Original Photos, Price)

Equipped with the gorgeous and modern calibre CH 29, the recently introduced reference 5370P is a rattrapante chronograph that's respectful of classic Patek Philippe design, featuring a black enamel dial with Breguet numerals.

Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the reference 5370P-001 is the first pure split-seconds chronograph by Patek Philippe equipped with an in-house movement. Clean and traditionally styled on the front - the dial is black grand feu enamel - it's magnificent on the back, with the calibre CHR 29-535 PS revealed in all its glory.

Introducing the Nomos neomatik 1st edition Equipped with the In-House DUW 3001 Movement (with Pricing)

Nomos has unveiled the neomatik 1st edition, a series of timepieces to mark its new automatic movement. Encompassing its signature watches like the Tangente and Metro, the neomatik 1st edition will be produced in limited numbers only in 2015. 

At Baselworld 2015 Nomos introduced the Minimatik, powered by the newly developed DUW 3001 movement. Created to commemorate that achievement is the neomatik 1st edition, a series of 10 different watches equipped with the DUW 3001. Featuring dial colours unique to the series, the neomatik 1st edition will be produced only till the end of 2015.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Live and In The Metal with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay One for Only Watch

With a deceptively modest estimate of under US$5000, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay One will soon become the priciest contemporary Tudor wristwatch ever when it's sold for charity at Only Watch 2015. Here's a look at the watch itself.

Only a few days ago Tudor unveiled the Heritage Black Bay Black, a dive watch that's closest to the vintage Submariners that inspired it. But the one of a kind Heritage Black Bay One is even better. Modelled on the Submariner reference 7923 of 1954, the Black Bay One (reference 7923/001) is a unique piece created for charity auction Only Watch, with tweaks that will make it the most expensive modern day Tudor timepiece ever once it goes under the hammer on November 7.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Corum Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Coin Watch, Including an Extra-Large Model (with Pricing)

Corum celebrates the 50th year of the Coin Watch with a pair of limited edition watches made from coins struck in 2014: the American Gold Eagle and American Silver Eagle.

Created in 1964 and introduced at Baselworld a year later, the novelty of the Corum Coin Watch was its construction - a coin was sliced in two to form the case of the watch, with the movement sandwiched in-between. To mark the 50 years since its introduction, Corum has introduced a pair of limited edition Coin Watches.

Hands-On with the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Watch (Original Photos, Price)

A pocket watch that can be converted into a desk clock, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument is equipped with the Quatuor movement with four oscillators.

Featuring the same RD101 movement that was introduced in the Excalibur Quatuor in 2013, the Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument is a titanium pocket watch regulated by four balance wheels. Roger Dubuis' latest creation can be carried in a vest pocket with the accompanying titanium chain, or used as a clock, suspended from a large, open-worked desk stand.

Swatch Brings Contactless Payments to the Wrist with the Bellamy NFC Watch

Equipped with an NFC chip for wireless payments, the Swatch Bellamy will be rolled out in early 2016 first in China, followed by Switzerland and the United States.

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek (left) at the launch of the Bellamy

The Swatch Bellamy is the watchmaker's first foray into the world of smartwatches. Named after American author Edward Bellamy, whose 1888 novel Looking Backward foretells the debit card, the Bellamy wristwatch is a typical colourful Swatch, but one fitted with a near field communication (NFC) chip. The NFC chip allows the wearer to make contactless payments at merchants with the appropriate terminals, much like how some newer credit cards (like MasterCard PayPass or Visa payWave) can be waved over a reader for payment.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Tudor Introduces the Heritage Black Bay Black (with Prices)

Tudor expands its line of retro-style Heritage dive watches with the Black Bay Black, featuring a black bezel and gilt dial, making it the truest to the original vintage Submariners.

The one of a kind Black Bay One created for a charity auction was a precursor to the Black Bay Black, the third in Tudor's Heritage series of dive watches inspired by vintage Tudor Submariners. Predictably, the new Black Bay Black shares the same specs and features as the original Black Bay as well as the more recent Black Bay Blue, with its key distinguishing feature being its black bezel.

Introducing the First Sports Watch from H. Moser & Cie., the Pioneer Centre Seconds (with Pricing)

H. Moser & Cie. has just unveiled its first sports watch, the Pioneer Centre Seconds, powered by an in-house movement inside a red gold and DLC-coated titanium case.

The Pioneer Centre Seconds is everything that existing watches from H. Moser & Cie. are not. With a large case made up of contrasting gold and titanium, the Pioneer also features Super-Luminova on the dial for nighttime legibility as well as a rubber strap. In short, it's luxury sports watch. But like all other Moser timepieces, it's equipped with an in-house movement.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Largest Fine Watch Fair in the Middle East Opens in Dubai on October 18

Dubai Watch Week will open for the first time on October 18, 2015, offering a multifaceted series of events, including talks and masterclasses, to spread the gospel of fine watchmaking.

The first edition of a planned annual event, Dubai Watch Week (DWW) brings together watches and people for a five day watchmaking extravaganza. DWW includes exhibitions, talks, panel discussions and watchmaking masterclasses. Organised by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the largest watch retailer in the Middle East, DWW is under the patronage of Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

Piaget Brings the Lion of Venice to Life with Bulino Engraving

An engraving technique used for rifles and banknote plates, bulino engraving is used to render the Lion of Venice in minute, lifelike detail on the dial of the Piaget Altiplano Bulino Engraving wristwatch.

Using lines and dots to create a photorealistic image, bulino engraving was first used to decorate a wristwatch when Piaget introduced the first Altiplano Bulino Engraving in 2013. This year Piaget has unveiled an eight-piece limited edition depicting the Lion of Venice in all its majestic detail. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Introducing the Bulgari Papillon Heure Sautante, a Jumping Hour with Wandering Minutes (with Pricing)

Bulgari has facelifted the distinctive jumping hour complication invented by Daniel Roth with the new Papillon Heure Sautante, now powered by an in-house movement.

Distinguished by its jumping hours and wandering minutes, the Papillon was the iconic wristwatch of Daniel Roth, the independent watchmaker acquired by Bulgari in the year 2000. Now it's been facelifted and reintroduced as the Papillon Heure Sautante, preserving the innovative time display mechanism while streamlining the brand's signature double ellipse case.

The Thinnest Hand-Wound Minute Repeater is Now Offered in Platinum

The slimmest hand-wound minute repeater on the market, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 is now available in platinum.

First introduced in 2013 in pink gold, the Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 is equipped with the thinnest minute repeater movement found in a wristwatch. A mere 3.9mm high, the entire watch stands just just 8.1mm. Now Vacheron Constantin has introduced two more variants of the ultra-thin repeater, both in platinum.

Hautlence Unveils its First Ever Tourbillon Wristwatch (with Pricing)

Hautlence introduces its first tourbillon, powered by a self-winding movement manufactured by its sister company H. Moser & Cie.

Just weeks after the Concept d'Exception Vortex was introduced, Hautlence has taken the covers off the Tourbillon 01, its first timepiece with a tourbillon regulator. Conventionally round in form, unlike the brand's signature cushion-shaped timepieces, the Tourbillon 01 nonetheless shares the design elements of other Hautlence watches, including a complex, multi-layered dial.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Introducing the Klokers KLOK-02, a World Time with Jumping Hours & Retrograde Minutes

A crowdfunded maker of affordable and fun watches, Klokers' second project is a travel watch with jumping hours and retrograde minutes, powered by a clever movement that displays the date and hours in the same window.

After having raised over €430,000 (equivalent to some US$488,000) for the slide rule-inspired KLOK-01, Klokers has just announced its second timepiece, a mechatronic world time with jumping hours and retrograde minutes. Like its first timepiece, the KLOK-02 will be crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

A Watchmaker's Regret - Antiquorum to Sell Bejewelled Chopard Wristwatch Made For Muammar Gaddafi

A large and unattractive jewelled Chopard watch made for Muammar Gaddafi will soon go under the hammer at Antiquorum's upcoming Hong Kong auction.

Antiquorum auctioneers continues to build its rogue's gallery of timepieces: having sold a Patek Philippe Nautilus once owned by a yakuza boss earlier in 2015, the auction house will soon sell a possibly unique (thank goodness) Chopard chronograph made for Muammar Gaddafi. Created for the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, and a watch Chopard surely regrets, it's in white gold and unappealingly set with diamonds and emeralds.

Hands-on with the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” Honey Gold (Review, Original Photos, Price)

To mark the 200th birthday of its founder, A. Lange & Söhne has once again used its proprietary honey gold alloy for the 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” limited edition.

Honey gold was introduced by A. Lange & Söhne in 2010 and used only once before, on the 165th Anniversary "Homage to F.A. Lange" three-piece set. On yet another anniversary, this time the 200th birthday of F.A. Lange, honey gold makes a return with the 1815 “200th Anniversary F. A. Lange” limited edition.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

A Detailed Look at the New Tudor Pelagos, Featuring an In-House Movement (Review, Original Photos & Pricing)

Entirely titanium, rated to 500m and equipped with a patented, self-adjusting clasp, the Pelagos is Tudor's top of the line dive watch. And it just a major upgrade this year with a new, in-house movement.

Greek for "sea", Pelagos is an apt name for Tudor's highest spec dive watch. Rated to 500m and entirely in titanium, the Pelagos was first introduced at Baselworld 2012, but this year received a major upgrade with Tudor's new in-house movement, the MT5612. That makes a good watch even better, but best of all, the new Pelagos costs just a tiny bit more than the first generation.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Richard Mille Introduces the Flaming Red RM 011 TPT Quartz in Carbon-Silica-Quartz Composite

Richard Mille continues its run of unusual composite materials for watch cases with the RM 011 TPT Quartz, made of a vivid red composite that's a mix of carbon, silica and quartz.

Exotic composite materials are Richard Mille's stock in trade, with the new RM 011 TPT Quartz a case in point. With the entire watch case a remarkably bright red, the RM 011 TPT Quartz is the first model to use a carbon-silica-quartz composite, which is light, hard and exceptionally red.

Introducing the Million Dollar Cartier Grand Complication Box Set in Blue Enamel (with Original Photos)

A three-piece box set of Cartier's most complicated wristwatches - Astrocalendar, Mysterious Double Tourbillon and minute repeater - the Grand Complication Box is distinguished by its brilliant blue enamel dials.

Cartier combines two skills it has mastered in the Grand Complication Set: high horology watchmaking and enamelling. The three-piece set is made up of the most unusual and complex timepieces Cartier has introduced in recent years, comprising the Astrocalendar, Mysterious Double Tourbillon and Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon. All three are presented in the Rotonde de Cartier case, and fitted with dials decorated with rich blue flinqué enamel.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Hands-On with the Panerai Luminor 1950 Titanium DLC Special Editions PAM617 "Logo" and PAM629 "California"

Panerai has given its signature Luminor 1950 a new twist with pair of Special Editions featuring DLC-coated titanium cases, the PAM617 and decidedly unorthodox PAM629.

The key elements of Panerai's aesthetic identity are well known, like the crown lock mechanism and Luminor dial. All Panerai watches revolve around that handful of features, put together in different iterations. That recently introduced Luminor 1950 Titanio DLC limited editions PAM00617 and PAM00629 do just that, combining typical elements in a novel manner. Though both are heavy on traditional Panerai design, both are decidedly modern, with the PAM629 "California" especially unconventional.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Up Close with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second, with Review, Original Photos & Pricing

A vintage-style wristwatch powered by a bona fide in-house movement, for a relatively accessible price, the recently introduced Geophysic True Second is all of what Jaeger-LeCoultre excels in.

Jaeger-LeCoultre's follow-up to the well received Geophysic limited edition launched in 2014, the Geophysic True Seconds sports a look reminiscent of gentlemen's wristwatches from the late 1960s or early 1970s. But it does not just rely on its retro looks to get by. The Geophysic True Seconds is equipped with the calibre 770, a new movement featuring a deadbeat seconds and independently adjustable hour hand.

Introducing the Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark Nova (with Pricing)

Featuring a dial illuminated with both tritium gas tubes and Super-Luminova, the  Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark Nova takes nighttime legibility seriously. 

The latest version of the tough watch Luminox supplied to the US Navy SEALs in the 1990s is the Navy SEAL Colormark Nova. Affordable and no-nonsense, the Navy SEAL Colormark Nova is offered five different colours, equipped with a dial that glows exceptionally brightly in the dark, thanks to both tritium gas filled vials and Super-Luminova.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Hands-On with the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Bleu for Only Watch 2015

A unique timepiece created for the Only Watch auction, the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Bleu features a shimmering blue dial and tantalum case.

Last week we showed you the stainless steel Patek Philippe reference 5016A "Only Watch", which might just become the most expensive modern Patek Philippe wristwatch. Today we look at the star lot amongst the creations from independent watchmakers for Only Watch, the F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Bleu in tantalum.

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Entry-Level A. Lange & Söhne Chronograph Just Got Much Better (with Original Photos, Review and Price)

An appealingly facelifted version of the entry-level Lange chronograph, the 1815 Chronograph boutique edition features a pulsometer scale on a pleasing white and blue dial.

Just introduced at the Watches&Wonders 2015 fair in Hong Kong, the 1815 Chronograph boutique edition is a fine-looking variant of the entry-level chronograph from A. Lange & Söhne. Dignified but still novel in blue and white, the dial features a pulsometer scale, something found only on the boutique edition. All in all, it's a significant improvement over the regular edition.

Explaining China's Importance to the Luxury Watch Industry

China was the driving force behind the rapid growth in the luxury watch industry, until it wasn't. Consumption is just half the story, for the Middle Kingdom is also an important producer of watches and components. Originally published in Chronos Japan, this editorial explains the importance of China in watchmaking. 

A recognised fact in luxury watchmaking is the immense importance of the Chinese consumer. In 2014, a quarter of Swiss watch exports went to China (6.3% of the total) and Hong Kong (18.5%), according to statistics from trade body The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS). This growth is relatively recent: Swiss watch exports to China grew from Sfr45 million to SFr1.4 billion in the 14 years to 2014.

Throw in the 100 million Chinese tourists who went overseas last year – many of whom love buying luxury goods because of the steep taxes in China - and the proportion of luxury timepieces purchased by buyers from China is immense. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Up Close with the Exceptional and Unique Patek Philippe Ref. 5016A "Only Watch" in Stainless Steel

Literally a million dollar timepiece, the Patek Philippe ref. 5016A grand complication made for charity auction Only Watch is a one of a kind timepiece distinguished by a dark blue enamel dial as well as a stainless steel case.

At the time of its introduction in 1993, the Patek Philippe reference 5016 was the brand's most complicated wristwatch. Featuring a minute repeater, tourbillon and retrograde perpetual calendar, the reference 5016 was made in tiny quantities. Some 200 to 300 were made before it was discontinued in 2011. But that was not the last of the model, as Patek Philippe just resurrected it as the reference 5016A, an exceptionally valuable, one-off piece in stainless steel - for a good cause.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hands-On with the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Chronograph (with Original Photos & Price)

A remake of a rare and desirable vintage timepiece, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Chronograph is equipped with a heavily upgraded calibre based on the classic Lemania movement. And it'll only be made in limited numbers.

Vacheron Constantin has had a good years with its chronographs, most notably with the new calibre 3300 in the Harmony Chronograph. But traditionalists will probably appreciate the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 Chronograph a little more, since it's essentially a replica of a rare vintage timepiece. And the Cornes de Vache is also equipped with a movement that is essentially decades old, but one that has been heavily upgraded.

F.P. Journe Introduces Limited Edition, 5-Piece Set Stainless Steel (with Pricing)

F.P. Journe is saying farewell to its classic, 38mm case with a set of stainless steel watches made up of five signature models - all with a diameter of 38mm in a limited edition of just 38 sets.

When F.P. Journe presented his first tourbillon wristwatch in 1991, it had a 38mm case. Though large at the time, modern tastes dictated larger sizes and a 40mm case was devised in 2001. Eventually a 42mm case joined the offerings, most recently with the new Octa Lune. Now the original, 38mm size has come to an end, an occasion F.P. Journe is commemorating with a five-piece set comprising his most iconic timepieces, each in a 38mm, stainless steel case.

Vacheron Constantin Introduces One-of-a-Kind Perpetual Calendar Regulator

Now an annual tradition at Watches&Wonders, Vacheron Constantin unveils a unique timepiece that will never be repeated, the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator. 

Last year at Watches&Wonders Vacheron Constantin took the covers off the Maître Cabinotier Astronomica, a multi-million dollar wristwatch with 15 complications. Now at Watches&Wonders 2015 (which also happens to be the stage to showcase the most complicated watch ever) Vacheron Constantin has once again revealed a unique creation, the Maître Cabinotier Perpetual Calendar Regulator that combines a regulator-style time display with a concisely laid out perpetual calendar.

Glashütte Original Adds a Dose of Colour to the Remake of an East German Classic

Combining the retro style of an East German horological classic with boldly coloured dials, the new Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Collection is exclusive to the brand's boutiques. 

Modelled on a classic of East German watchmaking, the Glashütte Original Senator Sixties takes after the Spezimatic wristwatch made by state-owned VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). The Senator Sixties stays true to the aesthetic of the original, has the quality of a modern high-end timepiece, instead of a 1960s product of Communism. Originally available in the conservative colours of black, blue or silver, the Senator Sixties is now livened up with five new dial variants featured vividly coloured galvanic coating.