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Chanel boyfriend watch

Chanel Boy.Friend Watch Unveiled

 has unveiled its latest timepiece, the Boy.Friend, directly inspired by men’s fashion yet targeted exclusively at women.

A sober and refined watch with clean-cut lines, the Boy.Friend will be available for purchase as of September 1.

The shape of this latest creation undoubtedly recalls the Première, Chanel’s iconic watch which definitely served as inspiration.

The octagon is back, evoking not only the N° 5 bottle, but also the Place Vendôme in Paris where the first Chanel store is located, and for the first time the shape is decorated with typically male details.

Chanel boy friend luxury watch

A masculine look…

The male wardrobe can especially be seen in the dimensions of the Boy.Friend, which is available in two versions.

The XL measures 34.6 x 26.7mm, shows a date counter at 6 o’clock and is equipped with a high-precision quartz movement, while the XL version measures 37 x 28.6mm, features a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and boasts a manual-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.

The ultimate masculine detail: an alligator strap, a material generally reserved for men’s timepieces.

Chanel boy friend watch

… for the female wrist

Don’t be fooled though, this really is a women’s watch, and certain details will drive that point across.

Both models are available either in 18K white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds or in 18K beige gold with or without diamonds, with the larger model boasting 66 diamonds on the bezel and the smaller model 64. These touches of jewelry are reserved exclusively for the fairer sex.

The watch indicates hours and minutes, though it is devoid of any hour numbers, and is waterproof to 30 meters.

Chanel boy friend

The Boy.Friend by Chanel will be available for purchase as of September 1, 2015. Prices from €11,400 to €25,200.

Master Calendar by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar With A Meteorite Dial

Master Calendar by Jaeger-LeCoultre

‘s latest version of its iconic Master Calendar timepiece includes a material as rare as it is original: meteorite.

The dial was crafted from a piece of meteorite, discovered and officially registered in Sweden, which hails from the asteroid belt situated between Mars and Jupiter.

This rather unique material is not very malleable, and the difficulty of fashioning it into a watch makes the process that much more impressive.

“To get an aesthetically perfect dial, this block of meteorite is cut into several thin plates…. Still in its rough state at this stage, the meteorite must undergo several preparatory phases before revealing the structure of its stone that features a unique pattern shown by each cut,” according to the company.

The Master Calendar displays hours, minutes, seconds, days, months and lunar phases, the last indicating a new moon, first quarter, full moon or last quarter. All movement comes courtesy of an automatic winding in-house manufactured Caliber 866 whose intricate workings are on display through the sapphire crystal case-back.

These technical components are housed in a case that is 39mm in diameter and 10.6mm thick, designed to adapt to the curve of each wrist and available in two versions: stainless steel or 18 carat pink gold. The watch is fitted with a black alligator strap with folding buckle.

The new Master Calendar will be available come August.

Pricing will start at €11,700 (about $13,500) for the stainless steel version and €23,400 ($26,100) for the 18 carat pink gold version.

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Richard Mille RM 27-02 For Rafael Nadal

RM-27-02

Richard Mille has introduced the “RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal” tourbillon watch, celebrating once again its collaboration with the Spanish tennis star, currently competing for his tenth French Open title at Roland Garros.

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The “RM 27-02 Rafael Nadal” is fitted with a brand new, in-house made, hand-wound tourbillon calibre.

Rafael Nadal 2015

Supporting the ensemble of the mechanical movement components is a skeletonized unibody baseplate, the first in the history of Richard Mille, in which the caseband and the baseplate have been fused into a single piece. This structure, inspired by the chassis of racing cars, dramatically enhances rigidity and optimizes shock resistance.

The baseplate supports the titanium bridges that are unique for their three-dimensional construction, their finishes and their titanium and carbon composition. These bridges support the sophisticated hand-wound tourbillon calibre that offers 70 hours of constant power.

Richard Mille with Rafael Nadal

The watch’s case is made from NTPT carbon and Quartz TPT, a groundbreaking new material designed and developed by Richard Mille in partnership with North Thin Ply Technology.

This new material, composed of hundreds of layers of quartz filaments piled on top of each other, is meant to offer greater resistance to high temperatures and electromagnetic waves.

The waterproof watch will only have a production run of 50 pieces.

Zenith El Primero 1969 Chronomaster

Zenith teams up with The Rolling Stones

Zenith El Primero 1969 Chronomaster

Following last summer’s announcement of its partnership with the Rolling Stones, Zenith is back with a new, limited edition 1969 Chronomaster watch to celebrate the partnership.

This time around, the watch with is given what might be considered more of a rocker’s look, with a black-DLC finished titanium case and a black strap stamped with a British flag (Union Jack) motif.

Unlike the first model which had the Rolling Stones tongue on the dial, this version integrates it into the rotor, visible through the sapphire caseback.

The El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tribute to The Rolling Stones is a 1,000-piece limited edition.

The watch is a currently available and features a retail price of $14,200 according to Perpetuelle.com.

Zenith El Primero 1969 Chronomaster back

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TAG Heuer presents the Ayrton Senna Collection

TAG Heuer is paying tribute to the legendary Brazilian three-time Formula 1 champion with a special collection, adorned with the famous “Legend” steel band that has been redesigned for the occasion.

Ayrton Senna has returned to the team of TAG Heuer brand ambassadors, first as a hologram during the presentation of the brand’s latest special collection, and then in a new ad campaign dedicated entirely to him.

The campaign accompanies the launch of four new timepieces.

The collection is composed of two quartz chronographs, the 44mm TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph Senna Edition and the 43mm TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Senna Edition.

The first series offers a choice of an anthracite grey sunray dial with the famous stylized Senna ‘S’ in red lacquer, on the dial, case back and bezel, along with elegant “Legend” red touches throughout to accentuate the watch’s racing feel, and an ultra-light black titanium version.

The former is completed by the redesigned “Legend” bracelet, while the latter comes equipped with a rubber strap with a dynamic tire-tread design.

The second series offers a choice of an anthracite grey dial with the same touches of “Legend” red as the Carrera version, or a black dial with touches of green and yellow, a nod to Senna’s fluorescent helmet in the colors of his national flag. Both watches are completed by the “Legend” bracelet, iconic due to its S-shaped links.

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General MacArthur's watch

General MacArthur’s watch sells for $75,000

General MacArthur's watch

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a watch worn by legendary US five-star general Douglas MacArthur was sold at auction Sunday for 70,000 Swiss francs ($75,000), far above the estimate.

The steel Jaeger-Lecoultre “Reverso” watch — a classic model in which the dial can be flipped to protect the glass front from shocks — was the star offering at Sunday’s Antiquorum auction in Geneva.

The watch, made in 1937 and bought in Geneva, has MacArthur’s initials on the back and was put up for sale by his direct descendants.

Antiquorum had placed a pre-auction estimate of 10,000-20,000 Swiss francs on the historic timepiece.

Raised in a military family, MacArthur was chief of staff of the US army in the 1930s and was called on to defend the Philippines against the Japanese during World War II.

Although he was forced to flee to Australia, he fulfilled a promise to return to the Philippines and accepted Japan’s surrender on September 2, 1945.

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Chopard Infuses a Cheerful Spirit to its Happy Diamonds

Chopard, the renowned Swiss jeweller and watchmaker, has unveiled its new Happy Diamonds campaign, an ode to free-spirited women who radiate with happiness.

Chopard Happy Diamonds photo

Ever since its creation in 1976, the Happy Diamonds collection has distinguished itself with a joyful swirl of precious dancing diamonds, epitomising Chopard’s savoir-faire and innovative spirit: diamonds move freely thanks to a dial inserted between two sapphire watch crystals.

Chopard Happy Diamonds watch

Are you Happy Diamonds? The new campaign spirit is truly refreshing and engaging, portraying young women who seize the moment and live their lives to the fullest, as captured by photographers Luigi & Iango.

Chopard Happy Diamonds pic

Chopard asked a talented trio to create an uplifting film for the new the Happy Diamonds campaign. Justin Wu, a young fashion photographer and film director, brought a great deal of energy and modernism to the project.

The soundtrack was entrusted to Etienne de Crécy, a key figure of the international electronic scene, whereas Marion Motin, a well-known French choreographer, enhanced the Happy Diamonds spirit thanks to her lively movements.

Are you Happy Diamonds? Looking for more? Stay tuned on www.chopard.com, instagram and facebook.

Slimline Manufacture Moonphase for Women

Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase for Women

Slimline Manufacture Moonphase for Women

Frédérique Constant has introduced a women’s version of its Slimline Moonphase Manufacture watch at Baselworld (March 19-26).

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The new timepiece offers all the same functions as the equivalent model for men, only in a case adapted to women’s smaller wrists and more delicate style.

To develop this feminine watch, Frédérique Constant deployed a combination of technical innovation and elegant design sense.

Equipped with the same features and complications as the masculine version, the new model fits into a smaller package: a 38mm case adorned with 60 diamonds.

On the inside, the Slimline Moonphase Manufacture for Women is equipped with the latest movement developed entirely by Frédérique Constant.

Smaller than the one found in the men’s version, this self-winding movement includes hours, minutes and date indication as well as a moonphase display.

The designers chose a silvered finish for the domed dial, which displays eight diamonds applied by hand to the hours indices.

The watch is worn on an alligator strap in black or brown.

Happy Sport Medium Automatic Two Tone

A two-tone design for Chopard’s Happy Sport watch

Happy Sport Medium Automatic Two Tone

At Baselworld, which runs through March 26,  unveiled the latest version of its Happy Sport Medium Automatic.

The new model stands out for its two-tone design in steel and rose gold.

The Happy Sport Medium Automatic Two Tone has a silvered dial with a guilloché disc at its center and seven moving diamonds. The bezel is 18K rose gold, just like the crown, which is adorned with a blue sapphire.

A self-winding mechanical movement is at the heart of the new watch, with a power reserve of 42 hours. The model indicates the hours, minutes and seconds as well as the date in an aperture at 4:30.

The Saint Honore Tour Eiffel

A piece of the Eiffel Tower in a Saint Honoré watch

The Saint Honore Tour Eiffel

Paris watchmaker Saint Honoré has incorporated a piece of steel from the Eiffel Tower into a collector’s edition timepiece.

Titled simply “Tour Eiffel,” the new Saint Honoré collector’s watch incorporates part of a metal beam that was once part of the French capital’s most famous monument. Recognizable by its brown color, this special steel was sculpted into the bezel of the timepiece.

The silvered relief dial, which, like the bezel, echoes the lattice design of the Eiffel Tower, has an aperture revealing the Sellita SW 200 mechanical self-winding movement and is housed in a 42mm steel case.

The watch is worn on a brown crocodile leather bracelet and comes in a special box with a certificate of authenticity signed by the company that owns and operates the Eiffel Tower.

The Tour Eiffel watch is produced in a limited edition of 1,885 units, a reference to the year of Saint Honoré’s founding.

Nabucco

Raymond Weil and Gibson launch “Nabucco”

Nabucco

Raymond Weil has joined forces with music company Gibson Brands on a new timepiece set to be unveiled during Baselworld 2015.

The Nabucco watch is limited to 200 pieces, inspired by the self-tuning Gibson SG Standard, featuring a black galvanic dial encircled by six grooves symbolizing the strings of the Gibson SG Standard guitar.

The Gibson logo and emblem has been placed in position at 12 o’clock.

The watch, which has a bespoke RW5010 mechanical chronograph self-winding mechanism with a 46-hour power reserve and features 27 jewels, boasts a steel and titanium 46mm diameter case.

Last year the group teamed up with a series of musical talents on a collection of new special edition versions of its popular ‘Freelancer’ and ‘Maestro’ models.

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive watch

A mother-of-pearl camellia watch from Chanel

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive watch

 has unveiled the Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Nacré, a new women’s watch with a mother-of-pearl camellia on its dial.

A frequent motif in the brand’s jewelry collections, camellias were one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite flowers.

A high-end material, mother-of-pearl lends a shimmery, iridescent aspect to the dial of this luxury timepiece.

The effect is all the more striking considering that the camellia motif is made with mother-of-pearl marquetry, which requires painstakingly precise craftsmanship considering the delicate nature of the material.

Slightly off center on the 18K white gold dial, the mother-of-pearl camellia has a sculpted appearance and is surrounded by 330 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.02cts). The 18K white gold case is also set with diamonds (60 brilliant-cut stones for a total weight of 1ct), as is the 18K white gold pin buckle on the black satin strap (80 brilliant-cut stones).

The Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Nacré houses a mechanical self-winding movement with hours and minutes functions and a power reserve of 42 hours.

The new model is on display at Baselworld, which is taking place in Basel, Switzerland through March 26.

Mademoiselle Prive Decor Camelia Nacre

Big Bang Unico

Hublot celebrates a decade of its Big Bang watch

 is coming to Baselworld with “Big Bang Unico 10 Ans Haute Joaillerie,” an exceptional anniversary collection honoring its famous watch. The line includes 10 high-end jewelry watches, each valued at $1 million.

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Painstaking precision

Each of these pieces is the result of hundreds of hours of meticulous handiwork, particularly with regards to the setting of the gemstones using three different techniques: invisible, Clou de Paris and rail-effect.

The collection includes the first watch in Hublot history to feature a bezel with inverted trapezes in an invisible setting, as well as a dial with gemstones set in the subdials, hands and indices.

Big Bang Unico

There are four versions: the full black diamond model (653 baguette-cut black diamonds totaling 41.84cts), the full white diamond model (653 baguette-cut white diamonds totaling 40.02cts), the blue sapphire model (653 baguette-cut diamonds and baguette-cut blue sapphires totaling 40.41cts) and the ruby model (653 baguette-cut diamonds and baguette-cut rubies totaling 40.93cts).

Overall, each piece required 400 hours of research and manufacturing and 350 hours of gemstone setting work.

A chronograph movement by Hublot

On top of the high-end jewelry design, Hublot has equipped these special edition anniversary watches with state-of-the-art mechanics.

The Big Bang Unico 10 Ans Haute Joaillerie is powered by the HUB 1242 Unico, a self-winding chronograph movement designed and manufactured by Hublot, with a power reserve of 72 hours.

The timepiece has a 45mm grey gold case and comes with an interchangeable semi-matte black alligator strap.

Piaget Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Asia continues its love affair with luxury watches

Piaget Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Luxury watches are more popular than ever, with consumer interest increasing by 10% from 2014, according to the World Watch Report 2015.

The news comes just ahead of luxury watch show Baselworld, which opens its doors in Switzerland on March 19.

The growth is largely focused on Asia, which now accounts for 68% of the global increase, led by China. Globally, Brazil, Hong Kong and Thailand were the only countries not to see an increase in interest.

Luxury consumers are showing more and more interest for models priced between $6,000 and $8,000.

Rolex has benefitted from this, particularly with its Oyster Perpetual Submariner models. One of the most sought-after materials is white gold.

“Luxury consumers are increasingly expecting value for money. They have become more interested in craftsmanship rather than only aesthetics and most of them are looking for a sense of exclusivity. On top of this, there is a psychological price barrier around $5,000,” comments Ines Lazaro, Product and Marketing Manager at Digital Luxury Group.

Another brand on the up is Patek Philippe, which outperformed competition in 2014 following substantial growth in interest from the Chinese market. The brand opened its second boutique in Beijing in 2014.

The final noticeable trend is for smartwatches, with Apple, Pebble, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear also experiencing a surge of interest.

The Apple Watch announcement has affected the luxury watch segment, with consumers showing high interest for Montblanc’s Estrap and smartwatches by TAG Heuer, Rolex, Omega and Breitling despite the lack of any official launch announcements as of yet.

Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

Zenith pays tribute to Christopher Columbus

Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

Swiss luxury watch brand  is celebrating its 150th anniversary in style by unveiling the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II, a timepiece combining technical prowess with artistic mastery.

This tribute to the legendary Italian explorer will be presented at Baselworld 2015, which opens March 19.

A miniature fresco

The artwork on the back of the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II by Zenith.

The back side of the watch is decorated with an impressive bas relief sculpture representing Christopher Columbus’s voyage of 1492.

Attached to the movement through a gold appliqué system, this colorful miniature fresco features several references to the explorer’s journey to the Americas.

Christopher Columbus carries the flag of the Spanish monarchy opposite two natives surrounded by palm trees and a parrot, while the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria are seen on the horizon. Every detail is hand engraved and hand painted, making each piece unique.

Greater precision through technical expertise

Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II by Zenith

This extraordinary artistic craftsmanship is complemented by Zenith’s equally impressive technical mastery.

The new timepiece offers mechanical elements calibrated for optimal precision, including a fusée and chain constant force mechanism and Zenith’s patented Gravity Control system, which counters the effects of the Earth’s gravity to keep the escapement level at all times.

There is also a power reserve indicator for the hand-wound movement, which has a reserve of up to 50 hours.

Produced in a limited edition of just 10 units, the new watch comes in a luxurious mahogany box.

Baume et Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

Shelby partners with Baume & Mercier

Baume et Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

Mercedes has IWC, Bentley has Breitling, Maserati has Bulgari and now one of motor racing’s most iconic names, Shelby, is partnering with Baume & Mercier for a range of exclusive Swiss watches.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 427 Shelby Cobra and of the company’s first FIA Sports Car World Championships win, an achievement made even sweeter because it was the first time in the competition’s history that it had been won by a US company.

And what better way to celebrate these golden anniversary milestones than with a series of limited edition precision Swiss watches?

Based on its existing Capeland men’s chronograph model, Baume & Mercier promises that the Cobra edition will capture the spirit of not just the iconic car, but of its equally iconic creator, Carroll Shelby.

The watch will be available in either stainless steel ($4,450) or in an 18-karat rose gold casing ($19,950) ; just 98 will be made.

The gold edition also has flyback so that you’ll be able to see the timepiece’s internal components when you turn it over.

Breguet 7097

Breguet goes inside out with new Tradition watch

Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

Ten years after introducing its first Tradition watch, Breguet is expanding the collection with the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097.

The new wristwatch calls to mind the design of the “montres à tact” (touch watches) and “souscription” watches of the 18th century, as it exposes the movement components usually hidden under the case, from the gears to the bridges and the barrel.

Unveiling the mechanism

Breguet brought all of its savoir-faire to this new timepiece, especially in the exceptional bead-blasting of the plates and bridges.

There are also references to “montres à tact” in the shape of the gold oscillating weight, which echoes the style of 18th-century movements, and in the smaller dial in silver-finished 18K gold, which floats at 12 o’clock.

Retrograde seconds

Naturally, the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 shows hours and minutes with Breguet’s signature blue steel hands. And as indicated by the name, the model also has a retrograde seconds complication, which is layered over the dial in a brushed silver-finished semi-circle at 10 o’clock.

The 40mm 18K white gold case houses a numbered Breguet mechanical self-winding movement with a power reserve of 50 hours.

The timepiece is worn on a leather strap and will also be available in an 18K rose gold version.

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

James Bond inspires the latest Omega Seamaster

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

Ahead of the October 2015 release of “Spectre,” the 24th Bond movie, Omega has unveiled a new watch dedicated to the secret agent.

This time, the inspiration comes from the Bond family coat of arms.

The symbols in question are seen on the blue dial of the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M as well as in the pointer of the yellow second hand.

The oscillating weight, which appears through the sapphire glass back, is shaped like the barrel of a pistol.

Powered by the new Omega Master Co-Axial 8507 movement, the new watch has a case and bracelet in stainless steel.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond will be produced in a limited edition of 15,007 watches.

Omega has supplied the watches worn by 007 on the silver screen since 1995, producing a dedicated Seamaster model for each film.

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chanel premiere rock watch

Chanel launches Première Rock watch collection

Premiere Rock collection

The French brand has presented its new Première Rock watch collection, which combines the sophistication inherent to the Chanel name with a younger, more modern and more rebellious side.

Upon first glance, the watches in this new collection resemble Chanel’s classic Première model. But a closer look reveals a number of design details added to create an edgier, more contemporary rock ‘n’ roll style.

The collection consists of four models: the Première Rock Métal with a double-wrap steel chain bracelet with a black lacquered dial (€4,500) and the Première Rock Rose, Beige or Bleu with a triple-wrap bracelet interlaced with dyed leather (pink, beige or blue, respectively) and a mother-of-pearl dial (€4,100).

Both models come with a high-precision quartz movement. They are also water resistant at up to 30 meters underwater.

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Swiss watchmakers clock record exports in 2014

Tag Heuer Luxury Watch

Swiss watch exports swelled to a record high in 2014, customs data showed Tuesday, but the data doesn’t augur well for the future as they slowed in December, in particular in the key Chinese market.

Swiss watch exports last year ticked in at a historic 22.2 billion Swiss francs ($23.9 billion), the Customs Administration said.

The 1.9 percent increase from 2013 matched the growth rate that year.

After a sharp slowdown in 2009, Swiss watch exports have hit new heights year after year, with the sector long seeming immune to the economic and financial crises rocking the globe thanks to Chinese consumers’ appetite for luxury goods.

But after three years of double-digit growth, exports to China took a hit amid efforts to crack down on corruption in that country by banning extravagant gifts like prestigious watches to public officials.

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry noted that despite reaching a new record last year, 2014 closed on a negative note for watch exporters,

“In December their monthly value was 1.8 billion francs, down 2.5 percent on the previous year despite one extra working day,” the federation said.

Exports to Hong Kong, a key market for Swiss watchmakers, fell 10.3 percent as the city continued to feel the impact of widespread pro-democracy demonstrations in the preceding months. And exports to the vital Chinese market meanwhile fell 27.2 percent in December.

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“Following over a year of destocking, there have been no major signs of improvement in Swiss watch exports, in particular into Greater China,” Citigroup analyst Thomas Chauvet said in a note.

The comparative weakness in December is at least partially linked to the Chinese calendar, since watch shops in the country were stocking up at the end of 2013 for the Chinese New Year, which fell on January 31 last year, he said.

This year, the holiday will be celebrated later, on February 19, so the demand was lower at the end of 2014.

The analyst meanwhile noted with concern that the FHS had not yet provided any outlook for exports in 2015.

This year got off to a tough start for the watch industry, after the Swiss central bank suddenly decided to allow the Swiss franc to float, sending it skyrocketing nearly 30 percent against the euro in a matter of minutes.

As exports account for most sales, this could hit Swiss watchmakers hard. They must now sell far more many watches or raise prices in euros and dollars to cover their costs at home.