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Girard Perregaux 1966 Lady

Girard-Perregaux adds to 1966 Lady Collection

Girard Perregaux 1966 Lady

The  1966 Lady Collection welcomes a new addition that marks a tone of discreet elegance.

Its cognac-colored dial features a guilloché decoration making up a pattern that call to mind the petals of a flower.

The new Lady 1966 features 80 diamonds on the bezel and a 30mm diameter case crafted from pink gold. The hours are also marked with diamonds, apart from for 12 and 6 o’clock, which appear as Roman numerals.

Inside is a self-winding mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve. A chocolate-colored alligator strap with a pink gold buckle finish off the look.

It’s an interesting new addition to the ladies’ lineup at the traditional Swiss watchmaker, which dates back to 1791.

Henry Graves Supercomplication

Most Expensive Patek to Return to Auction at Sotheby’s

Henry Graves Supercomplication

The Henry Graves Supercomplication, a timepiece which has an estimated value of $16 million, is “the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hand” and will be sold in Geneva on November 14, Sotheby’s said.

“The list of superlatives which can be attached to this icon of the 20th century is truly extraordinary,” the auction house said, describing it as “the Holy Grail of watches”.

The timepiece, made by , was commissioned by New York banker Henry Graves in 1925 and took a total of eight years to complete.

It features on its display 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 night sky of NYC.

The Henry Graves watch was the world’s most complicated for 56 years before it was surpassed by designs executed by technicians aided by computers.

It sold in 1999 for a then-record $11 million and is on sale again to mark the 175th anniversary of its manufacturer.

Trussardi watches

Trussardi to launch watches

Trussardi watches

Trussardi is teaming up with Italian jeweler and watchmaker Morellato for a debut line of watches set to arrive this fall.

The Swiss-made watches in men’s and women’s styles were conceived by  creative director Gaia Trussardi, who has been in charge of all off the brand’s output since the departure of Umit Benan in February 2013.

Alongside its own jewelry lines, Morellato also creates watches for Maserati and fashion brands Just Cavalli, John Galliano, and Pepe Jeans London.

The introduction of watches are part of a wider shakeup at Trussardi, which recently relaunched its Tru Trussardi second line with a lavish party during Milan’s menswear fashion week.

Baume Mercier Promesse collection

Baume & Mercier unveils ‘Promesse’ collection

Baume Mercier Promesse collection

Baume & Mercier has unveiled an exciting new line of ladies’ watches, the Promesse collection. The watch concept is a recognizable descendant of a classic 1970s model from the Baume & Mercier museum collection.

Featuring an oval bezel inside a round case, the face features a reflective mother of pearl pattern designed to catch the light like ripples on water.

The watches will come in a choice of two different 30 mm and 34 mm sizes, with a further choice between a Swiss-made quartz caliber or a mechanical self-winding movement according to each model.

Prices start at €1,550 for a polished steel model with a black calfskin strap, and go up to €5,900 for a black polished steel version with 61 diamonds on the bezel, 8 diamonds on the face, and an alligator strap.

Other options across the range include red-gold capped steel two-tone bezels and steel bracelets. The watches will roll out from September via the Swiss brand’s stockists.

Piaget Rose Passion

Piaget Debuts Rose Passion Collection

Piaget Rose Passion

This week the Swiss brand presented a new high-end jewelry collection inspired directly by Joséphine de Beauharnais and her love of nature.

The French empress was particularly fond of roses — a passion shared, of course, by .

Glamorous, highly feminine, yet also modern, the Rose Passion collection includes 100 pieces from the Piaget Haute Joaillerie and Métiers d’Art lines, including 25 exceptional jewelry watches. Pink and green, often set in white gold, are the dominant colors.

Created in Piaget’s jewelry workshops, this collection includes necklaces, rings, brooches and earrings as well as combs, tiaras and bangle watches.

Piaget spotlights a wide range of precious gemstones (yellow diamonds, emeralds, pink sapphires) and hard minerals (chrysocolla and chalcedony).

The six unique Métiers d’Art watches in the collection represent the same Yves Piaget rose in six different color combinations, each created by master artisans using the exclusive Grand Feu enameling technique.

Cristiano Ronaldo for Tag Heuer

TAG Heuer campaign with Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was named an ambassador for the Swiss watchmaker in April, stars in a video on the making of the latest TAG Heuer campaign.

In a black and white video published by the Swiss brand, the soccer star is seen trying on different TAG Heuer watches and posing for the photographer.

Cristiano Ronaldo for Tag Heuer

As a TAG Heuer ambassador, Cristiano Ronaldo joins the ranks of fellow sports stars such as tennis champion Maria Sharapova and F1 pilot Jenson Button, as well as movie icons Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The athlete, who plays for the Real Madrid club in Spain, is no stranger to modeling and has already posed for Giorgio Armani and Nike.

Dior Grand Soir Origami collection

Origami inspires new Dior Grand Soir collection

Dior Grand Soir Origami collection

The luxury brand has expanded its Dior Grand Soir collection with five new timepieces inspired by the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

Numbered 27 to 31, the five new watches in the Dior Grand Soir Origami collection are adorned with an array of gemstones in various cuts (triangle, trapezoid, and baguette). Sapphires, diamonds, tsavorite garnets and spessartine garnets embellish the bezels, and the dials are covered in pink and yellow sapphires, spinel and aquamarines.

The origami influence shows in the dial’s mother-of-pearl marquetry, which creates a three-dimensional effect. The faceted hour and minute hands — in white, yellow or rose gold to match the different cases — also echo the appearance of symmetrically folded paper.

Dior Grand Soir No31 Origami

In terms of mechanics, the new Dior Grand Soir Origami watches are equipped with the the Zenith manufacture’s Elite self-winding movement, which provides hour and minute indication and has a 50-hour power reserve.

The prices of the watches in the new Dior Grand Soir Origami collection are available on request.

Introducing the MB&F Legacy Machine 101

 has unveiled its latest horological machine, the Legacy Machine 101.

LM101

With an intention “to capture the very essence of the Legacy line” (which include the Legacy Machine 1 and Legacy Machine 2), MB&F describes the new LM101 is the most classic, purest Legacy variation to date.

The new Legacy Machine clear shares DNA with the line, but at 40mm the case is -4mm vs. the prior LMs, and it is simpler in that it has only one subsidiary dial for the time and another for the power reserve.

However, the magnificent 14mm flying balance wheel again takes center stage. There’s one more very special feature: the Legacy Machine 101 houses the very first movement developed entirely in-house by MB&F.

While award-winning independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen took responsibility for the movement’s fines finishing and fidelity to the horological past, its architecture and construction are 100% pure MB&F.

Legacy Machine 101

The dial continues with what we first saw in the LM1 with the center-set, suspended 14mm balance wheel — though it is even more prominent inside a 40mm case than than a 44m.  And the vertical power reserve gauge of the LM1 is replaced by a small enamel subdial for power reserve.

The caliber has a 45 hour power reserve, with dial-side escapement and bespoke flying balance wheel with four regulating screws.  It beats at 18,000bph/2.5Hz, and in total comprises 229 components.

LM101 is available in red gold or white gold. Prices start at $59,000 and the first ones are expected by the end of June.

More information: www.mbandf.com

 

Baume and Mercier Hampton 10154

Baume & Mercier’s new men’s Hampton

Baume and Mercier Hampton 10154

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Hampton collection, Baume & Mercier is launching a new timepiece with streamlined dimensions and pricing

The new watch, which is based on a model designed in the 1940s, is available in two versions: one with a caramel calf leather strap with ivory stitching and the other with a black alligator leather strap.

This anniversary edition watch has daintier dimensions than its predecessors, particularly in regards to the width of its rectangular, polished steel case, which measures just 8.1mm.

Equipped with a quartz movement, the new timepiece has a white dial with Arabic numerals. The hands indicate the hours and minutes, while the date is visible in a window at 6 o’clock.

Baume & Mercier is offering the Hampton 10154 (with black alligator leather) at €1,490 and The Hampton 10153 (with caramel calf leather) at €1,290.

Eyjafjallajokull volcano evo watch

RJ-Romain Jerome unveils new Eyjafjallajökull watch

Eyjafjallajokull volcano evo watch

Four years after the Icelandic volcano with the nigh on unpronounceable name erupted, luxury watch label RJ-Romain Jerome has designed a new timepiece, the Eyjafjallajökull-Evo, to commemorate the event.

Starting April 14, 2010, the volcano’s eruption stranded over 100,000 air travelers around the globe. Europe’s airspace shut down for six days and nature forced man to stand still.

Watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome wanted to pay homage to the event for a second time, “a true testament to Mother Earth’s temper and man’s timeless respect when faced with her strength,” according to the company.

EYJAFJALLAJOKULL DNA Romain Jerome

The brand’s offering to the ancient gods of fire and brimstone? A vintage looking evolution of the original Eyjafjallajökull-DNA watch, now boasting a 43mm black PVD-coated steel case designed by Daniel Haas.

Inside, the base of the dial features lava stone, with the tips of the minute and hour hands designed to look like grounded aircraft.

The Swiss watchmaker rounded the design off with a black alligator leather strap. The watch comes in a limited edition of 99 pieces and is priced at CHF 13,950 (approximately $15,900).

Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder watch

Unlock Your Aston Martin Car With Your Luxury Watch

Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils their latest AMVOX2 Transponder watch in association with the legendary British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin.

The timepiece is an update of the initial collaboration with the carmaker on the AMVOX chronographs, which first appeared in 2006.

For the new 2014 version, the AMVOX2 Transponder, Jaeger-LeCoultre has added a remote lock/unlock function that allows an Aston Martin owner to unlock his or her car from a distance by pressing the sapphire crystal of the watch, and also lets you turn on the headlights to find it in the dark.

The process works using a micro-transmitter built into the double case-back of the AMVOX2, with the antenna built into the watchface between 8 and 4 o’clock.

While previous iterations only worked with the DBS, DB9 or Rapide models, the new watch is compatible with all of Aston Martin’s current range of cars.

The watch movement comes in a titanium case with a leather strap featuring a satin-brushed steel folding clasp. The AMVOX2 Transponder, priced at US$29,500, boasts a 65-hour power reserve and and 5-bar water resistance.

Chanel Launching Watch Ad Campaign

Famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier has shot a new black and white campaign for the French luxury brand’s watch line.

Instant Chanel advertising campaign

L’Instant Chanel campaign was unveiled at the Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland. Photographed by legendary fashion snapper Patrick Demarchelier, the 15 black-and-white double-page visuals show off the Chanel Première, J12 and Mademoiselle Privé watch collections.

Instant Chanel ad campaign

Styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the images debuted in France’s Le Figaro and will appear in mid-May for the June issues of global glossy mags. They will then pop up in wider international print and digital press in June.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay Goes Blue

Debuting at BaselWorld 2014, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay derives its overall lines and its domed crystal from the brand’s first divers’ watch, the TUDOR Submariner reference 7922, launched in 1954.

Like all models in the Heritage line, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay comes with two bracelets or straps: an adjustable blue fabric strap with a sophisticated weave; and the other a choice of either a midnight-blue distressed leather strap matching the bezel, or a satin-finished and polished steel bracelet. Both come with a folding clasp.

The new Tudor Heritage Black Bay will be priced at $3,425 on the bracelet and $3,100 on the leather strap (Source: TUDOR press release).

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Hublot Instagram page

Instagram top social network for watch fans

Hublot Instagram page

According to a new report by the Digital Luxury Group, the photography-based social network is beating Facebook for engagement.

Luxury watch brands gathered 3.4 million followers on Instagram, while FB dwarfs that with 69 million fans. However, it turns out that it’s not just a question of how big your following is, it’s also about what you can do with it.

In fact, it’s all about the engagement rate (a figure created from the total likes, comments and shares on a day, divided by the number of followers and then mulitiplied by 100). And Instagram is beating out Facebook, with nearly three times the average engagement rate for watch brands.

And even on Instagram, it’s not necessarily about being the biggest: Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet tops the tables when it comes to engagement with a 5.7 percent rating (compared with an average of 1.77%) but is only the fifth most popular brand in terms of followers.

Hublot is currently the most popular brand on the platform with around 154,000 instagram followers, followed by Chopard at around 118,000.

International watch salon Baselworld 2014 takes place March 27 to April 3.

Chopard LUC 1963

Chopard L.U.C 1963 Anniversary Chronometer

At the next edition of Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland (March 27 – April 3), the Swiss watchmaker will present the L.U.C 1963, a chronometer wristwatch named for the company’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard.

Chopard LUC 1963

Designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Scheufele family’s arrival at the helm of Chopard, the L.U.C. 1963 calls to mind the watches produced by the Swiss manufacture half a century ago. This exclusive reference will be produced in a limited edition of just 50 watches.

This wristwatch has a hand-wound mechanical movement stamped with the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark and certified by the COSC.

The L.U.C. 1963 features a 44mm case in 18K rose gold or in platinum. The large porcelain-type dial, in white, is adorned with heavy black Roman numerals for a distinctive vintage style. Hours and minutes are shown at the center dial, while a second-hand turns at 9 o’clock.

Chopard LUC 1963 chronometer

The watch comes with a hand-stitched alligator leather strap (dark brown on the outside, cognac-colored on the inside), complete with an 18K rose gold or platinum buckle.

Chanel J12-365

Chanel to unveil ultra-feminine J12-365

Chanel J12-365

The French luxury brand will present the latest version of its now iconic J12 watch at the next edition of Baselworld (March 27-April 3).

At first glance, the J12-365 appears to differ only slightly from previous versions of Chanel’s prestigious ceramic watch.

In reality, however, Chanel has made a number of innovative changes to the timepiece and given it a more refined, feminine allure.

Still round and made of high-tech ceramic, the J12-365 maintains the defining characteristics of the original J12. However, the ceramic case — in black or white depending on the version — is accented with steel or with beige gold, a new shade of 18K gold obtained through an alloy developed by Chanel.

Another notable change is the size of the new J12, which has a 36.5mm diameter, down from 38mm on previous versions. This subtle change gives the watch a daintier, even more feminine aspect than previous models.

This new model has a mechanical self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve and hour, minute, second and date indication. The small seconds dial and date are both located at 6 o’clock.

The J12-365 is available in eight variations: in white ceramic with steel or beige gold and with or without diamond inlay, or in black ceramic with steel or beige gold and with or without diamond inlay.

Liens, the new Chaumet watch

The French jeweler’s latest women’s watch, part of the Chaumet Liens collection, is available in six versions, each more elegant than the last.

The Liens watch features a rounded, minimalist design. The originality of this timepiece lies in the oblong ring surrounding the case, which forms two handles or “links” (“liens” in French) where the bracelet or strap is attached.

Chaumet Liens watches

Equipped with a Swiss-made self-winding mechanical movement, this watch is available in 6 versions featuring variations in the case, bezel and bracelet.

The 33mm case is available in either polished stainless steel or polished 18K rose gold, the bezel is available with or without 64 brilliant-cut diamonds, and the watch comes with a choice of a polished steel bracelet or a semi-gloss alligator leather strap in white, beige, chocolate brown or midnight blue.

Chaumet Liens watch

All versions of the Liens watch have the same white-silvered galvanic dial, with two lacquered lateral arcs and applied indexes.

The Chaumet Liens watch is available in the brand’s stores, priced at between €3,750 ($5,120) and €14,500 ($19,800) depending on the model.

Midnight Planetarium van cleef

Midnight Planetarium by Van Cleef & Arpels

Jeweler and watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has decided to shoot for the stars with its latest design, the astrological watch Midnight Planetarium.

Midnight Planetarium van cleef

The watch replicates the orbit of six planets — Earth, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn — around the sun. The position of each of the planets at any given time is accurately represented on the watch face thanks to a complex mechanical system comprising 396 separate parts.

The movement of each planet is true to its genuine orbit — for example, it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a full circle of the watch dial. Mercury has the shortest orbit, circling the timepiece in just 88 days.

A pink gold shooting star moving along the outer edge of the dial is used to tell the time, whilst wearers can also set their own ‘lucky day’ by positioning a red triangle along the watch face’s calendar.

On that particular day, the Earth will skip to sit directly below a star engraved on a sapphire crystal — a sign of good luck.

Midnight Planetarium

The planets have been created from a selection of hard stones: turquoise for the Earth, serpentine for Mercury, chloromelanite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, blue agate for Jupiter and sugilite for Saturn.

The Midnight Planetarium is part of Van Cleef & Arpels’s Poetic Astronomy watch collection, which the brand has been developing since 2008 through its Poetic Compilations and Extraordinary Dials ranges.

Raymond Weil

Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil dies at 87

Raymond Weil, one of the great innovators of the Swiss watch industry and founder of the watch brand of the same name, has died at 87.

Raymond Weil

He made his name by putting the luxury watch within reach of the pockets of people with style without fortunes.

Weil, who retired from the company’s board only last September and who remained honorary president, died “peacefully” on Sunday, the company said in a statement, without providing further details.

The company remains a family business, with Weil’s son-in-law Olivier Bernheim and two of his grandsons, Elie and Pierre Bernheim, at the helm.

Born in Geneva in 1926, Weil first made his foray into the watch industry at Camy Watch, of which he soon took the reins.

Raymond Weil Ad Campaign 2013

In 1976, in the midst of an industry-wide crisis, he created his own company focused on putting into practice his vision that timepieces should be high-quality and with superior design, but at affordable prices.

Raymond Weil has become one of the jewels of the Swiss watchmaking industry, counting 200 employees and 4 branches outside of Switzerland.

The brand’s watches, which generally cost between 800 and 4,000 Swiss francs ($900-4,500), are sold in about 3,500 outlets across 95 countries.