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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.

chanel premiere rock collection

Longines Hangzhou StoreLongines Hangzhou Store

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.

Longines Hangzhou Store

“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.

Lang Lang

Lang Lang becomes Hublot’s latest ambassador

This Friday, January 30, the Swiss luxury watchmaker announced renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang as its latest brand ambassador.

Particularly well-known in China and the US, Lang Lang is admired by music connoisseurs worldwide. So it is fitting that Hublot has named the 32-year-old pianist as its new global brand ambassador.

The watchmaker announced the news in Lang Lang’s hometown of Shenyang, China. So far, the Swiss brand has not yet revealed which watches the pianist will represent in future campaigns.

Lang Lang

However, one might reasonably speculate that Hublot will introduce a new watch with ties to the piano, or at least to music in general.

As a Hublot brand ambassador, the pianist joins an elite group consisting of a number of star athletes, including Pelé and Usain Bolt and celebrities such as Jet Li and Bar Refaeli.

TAG Heuer lion

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Tag Heuer

TAG Heuer lion Cara

Luxury Swiss watchmaker  has tapped fashion model Cara Delevingne as its new feminine ambassador.

The surprise choice of Delevingne as Tag Heuer’s new brand ambassador breaks with its recent tradition of working with celebrities from the film and sports worlds, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo and Maria Sharapova.

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer, which recently revived its tag line “Don’t Crack Under Pressure,” is targeting a younger customer with Delevingne, who comes with a huge media profile and social media presence.

For the campaign, TAG Heuer went with photos of the model you may have already seen: The first is her at The Great Gatsby premiere during Cannes in 2013, the other is an image of Cara making one of her signature goofy faces, showing off the lion tattoo on her index finger.


“We needed someone disruptive yet elegant like Cara to open our minds to the brashness and boldness of today’s youth,” said Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of LVMH Watches Worldwide. 

Cadenas watch

The Cadenas watch by Van Cleef & Arpels

Cadenas watch

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (January 19-23), Van Cleef & Arpels has revived a timepiece created in 1935, the Cadenas, which is said to have been inspired by the Duchess of Windsor.

The bracelet alone is enough to show that the Cadenas is truly a work of art, designed to encircle the wrist as “a strong symbol of union and alliance,” according to the brand. Cadenas is French for “lock.”

For this 2015 edition of the Cadenas,  decided to give more prominence to the timekeeping function, enlarging the dial and including indices for all twelve hours.

The clasp has also been improved to better ensure that the bracelet remains in place over time. This is thanks to the use of ceramic micro-beads, which are placed inside the clasp to provide a more secure grip.

A total of nine new models, all equipped with quartz movements, have joined the original Cadenas collection.

These include watches in white, yellow and rose gold, with or without diamonds or pink sapphires and worn on an alligator strap or a gold bracelet.

To make one of these romantic watches even more meaningful, Van Cleef offers to engrave a personal message on the hidden part of the clasp.


Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton 2015

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton

Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton

At the 2015 edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which takes place January 19 to 23 in Geneva, the French brand is presenting a new version of its Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon watch.

This skeletonized watch exhibits the best of the brand’s innovation and mastery, both technical and aesthetic.

After offering a new take on the traditional tourbillon with the first Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon in 2010, and after adding carbon crystal to the mix in 2012, Cartier is highlighting its sculptural prowess with this latest edition, which is entirely skeletonized.

The parts that make up the extraordinary Astrotourbillon complication blend into a dial that consists only of two roman numerals, XII and VI, the signatures of Cartier timepieces.

Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton 2015

Light and airy, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton Calibre 9461 MC is a testament to the brand’s innovation and mastery, as much from an aesthetic perspective as from a technical one.

On the technical side, watch enthusiasts will appreciate the Calibre 9461 MC, a hand-wound mechanical movement with an Astrotourbillon complication that completes one rotation per minute.

The watch comes in a 47mm 18K grey gold case and is produced in a limited edition of just 100 numbered units.

employee of Swiss watchmaker Piaget

Swiss watchmakers to raise prices after franc increase

employee of Swiss watchmaker Piaget

Switzerland’s luxury watchmakers are considering raising prices on their timepieces in the eurozone by up to seven percent due to the ballooning franc, but they are in no rush, industry insiders hinted Tuesday.

Watchmakers gathered at a luxury watch show in Geneva this week were eager in public to put on a strong face after the Swiss central bank’s shock decision on Thursday to let the franc float.

“We will find a way to adapt,” said Swiss luxury group Richemont, which counts Cartier and Piaget among its 16 luxury watch brands.

The industry, which exports nearly 95 percent of its pricey products to areas where they are paid for in euros or dollars, is especially exposed to the impact of the swelling franc.

The Swiss central bank stunned the world Thursday by abandoning its bid to hold down the value of the Swiss franc, scrapping the minimum rate of 1.20 francs against the euro. On Tuesday the franc was trading around parity with the European common currency.

If watchmakers adjust their prices to the new reality, the price tag on their goods in countries using the euro would leap 15-20 percent overnight.

Executives from the big brands were reluctant to talk about the issue or to discuss what measures they might be forced to take.

Behind the cover of anonymity, some however acknowledged estimates that prices in the neighbouring eurozone should be raised 5.0-7.0 percent.

But all insisted it was too early to act, and that they would wait and see how the exchange rate evolved.

Lange & Sohne Saxonia

A.Lange & Söhne refreshes three of its Saxonia watches

Lange & Sohne Saxonia

For 2015, German watchmaker  decided to revise the design of three watches in its Saxonia line.

In the new versions of the Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic and Saxonia Dual Time, the key updates are seen on the sterling silver dial, which now has a more elegant appearance and greater legibility.

The changes are all in the details, but connoisseurs will likely spot the updates to the solid gold indices, which are now closer to the edge of the dial and have a double line at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock.

For two of the updated models, a reduction in the case diameter also contributes to a more refined style. The Saxonia, which still houses a hand-wound L941.1 movement from the Lange workshops, now measures 35mm across, while the Saxonia Dual Time has been shrunk to 38.5mm, making it the same size as the Saxonia Automatic.

On the Automatic and the Dual Time, numerals have been added to each group of 10 seconds on the seconds dial, which is located at 6 o’clock.

These three models will be presented at the 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, which takes place in Geneva January 19 to 23.

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed eStrap

Montblanc reveals line of smartwatches


Luxury watch brand  has unveiled its new TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap line of watches combining Swiss watchmaking expertise with some exciting new connected technology.

The Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap watches mix a connected bracelet with the stylings of the brand’s traditional Swiss watches.

The key feature is the interchangeable strap which offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, a remote control, and Find-Me functionality and connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to both Android and iOS devices.

The bracelet’s smart tech (contained within a stainless steel box) vibrates to let you know about incoming calls and also lets you read emails and other social media and text messages from your wrist.

The activity tracker measures calories burned, steps taken and distance covered, with the data accessible from a smartphone app.

montblanc eStrap

Meanwhile the remote control function lets you take charge of your phone remotely in order to take photographs or change songs, and the Find-Me option works within 30 meters, to help you track down either your phone or your watch when you have one of the two in your hand.

You’ll need to recharge the e-bracelet every five days (via micro-USB).

That’s not the only innovation: the Montblanc Extrême leather used for the strap was created in the brand’s Florentine atelier and mixes leather and carbon in a new process that covers the leather surface and impregnates it with carbon for added resistance to scratches, water and fire.

The watches will go on sale in June with the following options: 

Timewalker Urban Speed Automatic e-Strap, 42mm – €2,990

Timewalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap – €3,990

Timewalker Urban Speed Chronograph e-Strap – €4,690

The E-Strap unit is priced at a further €350.


Sarah Gadon for Jaeger-LeCoultre

Sarah Gadon for Jaeger-LeCoultre

Sarah Gadon for Jaeger-LeCoultre

The Swiss watchmaker took to social networks to reveal its latest promotional images. Actress Sarah Gadon poses in watches from the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous collection.

In the new photographs shot by Eric Guillemain, the Canadian actress seen in “Cosmopolis” poses on the streets of New York wearing some of the most emblematic models from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous line.

Sarah Gadon Jaeger-LeCoultre

Elegant and refined, Gadon wears a series of dresses, each more feminine than the last. On her wrist, she wears the Rendez-Vous Night and Day in rose gold or the same model in white gold.

Sarah Gadon Jaeger-LeCoultre campaign

The Rendez-Vous collection incorporates all the innovative achievements reached by the luxury watchmaker through the years, from moonphase calendars to exquisite tourbillon movements.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Sarah Gadon

In terms of design, the watches in the line emphasize rounded edges and refined, feminine details in diamonds, rose gold and white gold.

Sarah Gadon

Hublot Forbidden X Launch

Hublot ForbiddenX watch made with tobacco leaves

Hublot Forbidden X Launch

 has collaborated with cigar producer Arturo Fuente to create the Classic Fusion ForbiddenX, featuring a dial made with real tobacco leaves.

After introducing the King Power in 2012, Hublot and Arturo Fuente have reteamed to develop another original timepiece.

The Classic Fusion ForbiddenX’s dial is made with the same Dominican tobacco leaves that go into the cigar of the same name.


Classic Fusion ForbiddenX by Hublot

Aside from this unique feature, the watch has a 45mm case and a hand-wound chronograph movement.

Hublot designed four versions of the Classic Fusion ForbiddenX: one in titanium, another in black ceramic, one in “King Gold” and one exceptional luxury edition with a tourbillon movement.

The Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX with Arturo Fuente is available in a very limited edition of just a few hundred watches.

girard perregaux vintage 1945

Girard-Perregaux – Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Steel and Gold Cases

 have revealed the mechanical heart of their classic watch under a new transparent sapphire dial.

The Girard-Perregaux ‘Vintage 1945 Large Date, Moon-Phases watch’, to give it its full title, shows off its gears, display disks, screws, levers and wheels for the first time. Available in a choice of stainless steel or pink gold versions (both with alligator straps), the watch features a smoked glass effect on the sapphire dial obtained by surface metallization.

The watch also includes a jumping date change and moon phase function (located at 6 o’clock and operating on the same axis as the small seconds hand), along with hour, minute and small second indications.

There’s a 46-hour power reserve, and it’s all packed into the rectangular 1945 (the original was designed that year) Art Deco-style case.

The watches are priced at 33,500 CHF (approx $35,000) for the gold version, and 15,900 CHF (approx $16,500) for the steel.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication handmade watch by Patek Philippe

Swiss Pocket Watch Sells for Record $24 Million

The Henry Graves Supercomplication handmade watch by Patek Philippe

A gold pocket watch made by Patek Philippe for a banker in the 1930s has sold for a record $21.3 million at auction in Geneva.

The sale of the “Henry Graves Supercomplication”, a handcrafted timepiece named after its original owner, a New York banker who ordered it in 1925, weighs more than half a kilo and comprises 900 separate parts.

The winning bidder, who remained anonymous, will have to fork out a total of $24 million, including the commission.

It took  five years to assemble the watch, which has Graves’s name on the dial.



Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s worldwide head of watches, said the sale confirmed the watch’s “superstar status”. Bourne called it an “icon of the 20th century, a masterpiece that elevates the discipline of watchmaking to art”.

A watch industry expert told AFP before the auction the timepiece was not just an immensely expensive accessory.

This is not a watch you can wear. It is a watch that symbolises strength, power and money,” he said.


The Patek Philippe piece displays not only the hour but also a plethora of other indicators: a perpetual calendar, the phases of the moon, sidereal time, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, and the shifting night sky over Manhattan. Its Westminster chimes sing joyfully every 15 minutes.

The seller and buyer chose to remain anonymous at the auction at a Geneva lakeside hotel, where bidding lasted 15 minutes.

Vacheron Constantin year of the goat watches

Vacheron Constantin celebrates the year of the goat

Vacheron Constantin year of the goat watches

Once again  is celebrating the Chinese Zodiac with its 12-year cycle of animals.

This year it’s the turn of the noble goat (with a creative and charming nature), which is set to take over from the horse on February 19, 2015.

The company has handcrafted two sets of limited edition timepieces (there are just 12 of each), which come in a choice of platinum or rose gold (with dark blue or dark brown alligator straps respectively).

Vacheron Constantin year of the goat blue

The design features a leaf motif inspired by classical Chinese iconography, which is etched directly in the metal dial.

This is topped with an engraved goat, which sits on top of the watch face and behind the sapphire crystal case.

The Calibre 2460 G4 mechanical, self-winding movement is equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight, and has a 40 hour power reserve.

Vacheron Constantin The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac 2015

The watch is part of a wider trend for European luxury companies to create special pieces celebrating the Chinese zodiac.

MB&F HM6: Space Pirate

MB&F Horological Machine No. 6: Space Pirate

Wild watch makers  have just revealed their latest creation, the HM6 Space Pirate. Inspired by Japanese sci-fi cartoons and 1970s biodesign, HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ is their most complex machine to date.

Space is an extremely hostile environment. To survive you need protection against powerful accelerations, dangerous thermonuclear radiation, extreme temperature fluctuations and constant risk of unexpected collisions.

Horological Machine No.6 (HM6) Space Pirate has been designed to operate in the hostile environment of space: the space on your wrist.


MB&F HM6: Space Pirate

In each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case is a 360° sphere, capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes.

Up forward, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically (90° to the Engine), respectively displaying hours and minutes in large, highly legible numerals.


MB&F Horological Machine No. 6: Space Pirate Back

Aft, driven by the automatic winding rotor, twin spherical turbines spin, automatically regulating the winding system to reduce stress and wear.

The central dome on top houses a 60-second flying tourbillon under a ‘winking’ eye-like retractable cover.

MB&F Horological Machine No. 6: Space Pirate

The sapphire crystal display portal on the back reveals some of the 475 beautifully hand-finished components making up the highly complex engine.

The MB&F HM6 Space Pirate in Grade 5 titanium will be released in a limited edition of 50 pieces at the price of $230,000.

Vacheron Constantin boutique in Sao Paulo

Vacheron Constantin open first Latin American store

Vacheron Constantin boutique in Sao Paulo

The oldest Swiss watch brand, Vacheron Constantin, founded in Geneva in 1755, has a new South American outpost, with its 47th store worldwide located at the Shopping Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo.

Vacheron Constantin store Sao Paulo

The brand chose Brazil, which earlier this year hosted the World Cup, and will welcome the Olympics in 2016, for its first location in Latin America.

Vacheron Constantin store in Sao Paulo

 has actually been present in Brazil for nearly 180 years, having established its first commercial presence in the country in 1835, but it has just now opened its debut standalone boutique.

Vacheron Constantin luxury store Sao Paulo

The 113 square meter space which opened last week in the country’s economic capital, features wood, bronze and leather design touches.

Vacheron Constantin boutique Sao Paulo

The store will sell the company’s collections, with an on-site watchmaker for all repairs.

Raymond Weil Music Special Editions

Raymond Weil Unveils Music Special Editions

Raymond Weil Music Special Editions

The Swiss luxury watchmaker has teamed up with a series of musical talents on a collection of new special edition timepieces, new versions of the brand’s popular ‘Freelancer’ and ‘Maestro’ models.

The CEO of , a pianist and cellist in his own right, Elie Bernheim has worked with three exciting talents from across the musical spectrum on three watches with distinct styles.

Based on the brand’s Freelancer range, the ‘Freelancer Cello Music Special Edition Watch‘ is a 45mm model equipped with a mechanical movement with chronograph, day and date complications and a 46-hour power reserve, which was created with Croatian Cello duo 2Cellos.

Freelancer Cello Music Special Edition Watch

The exclusive design touches include the four cello strings wrapped around the dial, and the red bow-shaped chronograph hand.

Second up, and created with award-winning classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic, the ‘Maestro Guitar Music Special Edition Watch‘ is a 39.5mm stainless steel case that houses a bespoke RW4200 mechanical automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve.

Maestro Guitar Music Special Edition Watch

There’s a guitar-style cut-through that shows off the inner workings as well as a rose gold plated plectrum at 6 o’clock.

The final part of the triumvirate, the ‘Freelancer Electro Music Special Edition Watch‘ was created with UK musical artist, Labrinth.

Freelancer Electro Music Special Edition Watch

With a 42mm stainless steel case, a RW4200 automatic mechanism with a 38-hour power reserve, the watch features a crystal case-back decorated with Labrinth’s signature and the face is decorated with a music equalizer.

Two of each of the new Raymond Weil watches will be sold at auctions during 2014 to raise money for the artists’ chosen charities.

In addition Raymond have organized an Instagram challenge open now through October 31. You can enter by capturing a musical moment and submitting it with #RWInstaMusic for the chance to win one of the three Music Special Edition timepieces.

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Luxury Watchmaker Patek Philippe Unveils $2.6M Watch

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

To commemorate its 175th anniversary, Swiss luxury watchmaker  on Tuesday unveiled a new $2.6 million wristwatch.

Featuring 18-karat gold and sapphire crystals, the Grandmaster Chime timepiece is the most expensive wristwatch Patek has ever built.

It has two faces—one that shows the time and the other, the calendar. The case turns on a vertical axis to alternate between the two (below).

It’s the most complicated wristwatch ever, featuring 20 different complications including a range of different sonneries and repeaters.

The company apparently logged 100,000 hours for the watch’s development, production, and assembly with 11,060 meticulously hand-finished parts in the seven limited-edition exemplars of the watch.


One of them will go on display in the company’s permanent collection, while the six others are priced at 2.5 million Swiss Francs ($2.6 million).

Here are the watch’s 20 complications: 

1 Grande Sonnerie
2 Petite Sonnerie
3 Minute repeater
4 Strikework mode display (Silence/Grand Sonnerie/Petite Sonnerie)
5 Alarm with time strike
6 Date repeater
7 Movement power-reserve indicator
8 Strikework power-reserve indicator
9 Strikework isolator display
10 Second time zone
11 Second time zone day/night indicator
12 Instantaneous perpetual calendar
13 Day-of-week display
14 Month display
15 Date display (on both dials)
16 Leap year cycle
17 Four-digit year display
18 24-hour and minute subdial
19 Moon phase
20 Crown position indicator (RAH)

Grandmaster Chime

Bulgari Octo Maserati

Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph

Bulgari Octo Maserati

The Bulgari Octo Maserati special edition chronograph will be limited to 1914 individually numbered examples and has been devised to mark Maserati’s centenary.

Described as a “distinctive and exceptional sports watch,” the chronograph features a 41.5 mm diameter hand-finished face so that its three inset dials are easy to read even at a quick glance.

The timepiece uses a self-winding chronograph movement, fitted with 45 jewels. It also has a 50-hour reserve so that it is always ready to time a lap or an entire endurance race.

Often, collaborations between watchmakers and car companies can cross the line that separates bold and ostentatious, particularly when it comes to co-branding.


Octo Maserati back

Thankfully the Bulgari Octo Maserati stays on course by integrating the Maserati Trident subtly into the watch’s chronograph hand and by using the deep blue associated with Maserati as the palette for the watch face and its alligator skin strap which keeps the timepiece secure on the wearer’s wrist via a double-blade steel folding clasp with a safety fastening.

Another welcome design feature is placing the chronograph operation buttons on either side of the crown for extra protection and easier operation. Their position also ensures that the buttons don’t snag on clothes, accidentally starting or stopping the timer.

As well as being Maserati’s centenary, 2014 is also a symbolic year for Bulgari marking the Italian firm’s 130th year in business.

Baume & Mercier linea straps

Baume & Mercier presents new straps for Linea watches

Baume & Mercier linea straps

For the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 season,  is updating its Linea collection with three new straps.

If you’re looking to transform the look of your current watch without buying a new one, look no further than a new strap.

The watches in the Baume & Mercier Linea line are compatible with an ever-expanding range of wrist straps. The three new designs launching this fall can be worn with all of its 27mm Linea watches.

Each adorned with a combination of two materials, patent leather and satin, these wraparound straps come in olive green, gold and dark brown.

Baume & Mercier suggests a few ideal combinations: the Olive Green strap and the Linea 10011 (€2,415), the Golden Glaze with the Linea 10013 (€4,375) or the Dark Chocolate with the Linea 10009 (€2,525).

Otherwise, watch enthusiasts are of course free to mix and match to find their ideal combination. Each strap is priced at €125 on its own.