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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman Is the New Montblanc Ambassador

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Montblanc announced the Australian actor as the latest face of its watches, writing instruments and leather goods.

Hugh Jackman

As Montblancs international brand ambassador, Hugh Jackman will appear in campaigns for the company’s luxury goods worldwide although not in the US.

“I am delighted to be part of the Montblanc family. I have always admired what the brand stands for, its fascinating history, and the quality and originality of its products,” stated the actor.

At SIHH 2014, Montblanc is unveiling a number of new luxury timepieces, including a watch designed as an homage to horologer Nicolas Rieussec, the Meisterstück Heritage collection, and the TimeWalker Chronograph 100.

SIHH 2014

SIHH 2014 is coming

With each new year comes a new season in the world of high-end watches. In 2014, this season will open on January 20 at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Switzerland.

SIHH 2014

The 24th edition of this exclusive event will exhibit the trends expected to leave their mark on the world of fine watchmaking in 2014, in terms of techniques and know-how as well as in terms of design.

Sixteen of the world’s most prestigious watchmakers will unveil their latest creations across 30,000 square meters of exhibition space (around 320,000 square feet). Watch industry insiders will become acquainted with the newest timepieces from Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, Richard Mille, Ralph Lauren, Piaget, Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier and Audemars Piguet, among others.

SIHH Geneva 2014

Astronomy and horology: a match made in heaven

Each year, SIHH presents a special exhibit highlighting the cultural and historical significance of haute horlogerie through time. This year’s exhibit, entitled “Horology, a child of astronomy,” highlights a selection of remarkable pieces with astronomical complications.

SIHH 2014 will be held January 20-24, 2014 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland.

Armani watch sketch

Armani creates Swiss-made watches

Iconic Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has created his first ever line of Swiss-made watches, which were unveiled Sunday in Milan during the city’s men’s fashion week.

Presented at the Teatro Armani in Milan (a former Nestlé factory converted into a performance space by the fashion brand), the watches are Armani’s first ever Swiss-made timepieces.

Armani watch sketch

The designer treated a select group of attendees to a preview of the full collection. A few key stages in the manufacturing process were undertaken with a group of craftsmen showing off the handiwork that goes into the timepieces, which are designed to mix innovation and tradition.

workstations Armani watch

“I was inspired by the shapes of the 1930s and 1940s that were given a contemporary look, developing a refined and timeless design, which I combined with the best Swiss technology and its unbeatable precision,” explained Giorgio Armani. “The outcome is a collection of reliable watches, with subtly elegant and essential lines, created with the finest materials and meticulous attention to details.”

Armani Swiss Made watch

After this sneak preview, fittingly the watches will get their full Swiss debut on March 27 at the giant Basel-based watch fair Baselworld.

Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez Vous

Jaeger-LeCoultre Secret Rendez-Vous

For Valentine’s Day, Jaeger-LeCoultre has presented an exceptionally romantic version of its Rendez-Vous watch with a red patent leather strap.

Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez Vous

In addition to its bright red color symbolizing passion, this limited edition strap has a small, secret pouch designed to hold a tiny letter. For an unforgettable gift, the giver can slip a personal message or declaration of love into the watch strap before offering it to a loved one.

The luxury watch has a round case adorned with a diamond inlaid bezel. The self-winding movement, built and assembled in the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops, has an original night and day indicator.

This limited edition Valentine’s Day version of the Rendez-Vous will be available in Jaeger-LeCoultre stores before February 14. Price available on request.

swiss watches

10 terms to know when buying a luxury watch

Like any other science, horology — the study of timekeeping, clocks and watches — has its own ultra-specialized vocabulary, which can be intimidating to the uninitiated.

To help newcomers to the watch world, we have provided an explanation of 10 essential terms below.

swiss watches

Picking up this vocabulary may not make you an expert, but it will almost certainly come in handy next time you are looking to purchase a new timepiece.

Aperture
A small opening on the dial providing an additional indication (usually month, day or moonphase).

Bezel
This ring-shaped piece surrounds the dial of the watch and joins the case (see below) to the crystal (the cover over the dial). Though generally stationary, some bezels can be rotated by hand, as is the case on diving watches, which are traditionally equipped with rotating bezels with markings to help divers calculate the amount of time needed to return to the surface.

Case
This usually round, box-like component can be considered as the shell of the watch. The case contains the movement, dial and hands.

Complication
This term refers to a watch’s additional functions outside of its standard ability to show hours and minutes. Chronographs with stop and start functions, moonphase displays, date indicators and chiming mechanisms are some of the most common complications found on watches.

Chronograph
This complication allows the wearer to measure short stretches of time, for example to time a lap at the race track, using a separate timer. Chronograph functions have become especially popular on men’s watches over the past century.

Crown
Sometimes also called a winder, this is the small dial that allows the wearer to wind the movement and set the time.

Dial
Also called the face, this is the disk where the time, date and any other additional indications are displayed.

Lugs 
These are the small projections on the case used to attach the strap or bracelet.

Movement
This is the complex ensemble of parts that make the watch run, a little like the engine in a car. There are three main types: battery-powered quartz movements, self-winding mechanical movements or hand-wound mechanical movements.

Second time-zone indicator
Among the easier terms to decipher, this complication indicates the time in a second time zone thanks to an additional hand or a separate dial.

TechnoMarine AquaSphere

TechnoMarine timepiece features 28 pearls in a dome

The watchmaker has unveiled a unique timepiece inspired by the world of submarine technology and undersea wonders. The highly original AquaSphere collection combines TechnoMarine’s technical watchmaking expertise with the talents of designer Federico Restrepo.

TechnoMarine AquaSphere

This luxurious watch features a stainless steel case with a dome-shaped mineral glass cover, placed like a bubble in the middle of the interchangeable silicone strap.

But the most original feature of this timepiece is found underneath the dome, above its mother-of-pearl dial, where 28 natural freshwater pearls float gracefully in a clear liquid.

TechnoMarine AquaSphere watch

The AquaSphere is available in several versions: without diamonds (€700), with 88 inlaid diamonds (€1,850), or with 176 inlaid diamants (€2,900). The watch is available in Colette, Paris.

Hublot monochrome gold watch

Hublot presents monochrome gold watch in Monaco

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot collaborated with Monaco-based jewelers Zegg & Cerlati to create the “Big Bang Hublot Zegg & Cerlati Yellow Gold,” a chronograph made almost entirely of 18K yellow gold.

big bang yellow gold

Officially presented at the Monte Carlo Christmas Ball in Monaco, this stunning timepiece has a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with date indicator and a 42-hour power reserve.

Its 44mm case, bezel, crown, side buttons and dial are all made from 18K yellow gold, and it is worn on a matching gold calfskin strap with an 18K folding clasp.

The limited edition “Big Bang Hublot Zegg & Cerlati Yellow Gold” watch is available exclusively through Zegg & Cerlati’s boutiques in Monte Carlo, Ischgl (Austria) and Samnaun (Switzerland). Only 50 of the watches will be produced.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss

Karl Lagerfeld x Rolex

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss design is a classic for fans of luxury watches, now it’s been given the Lagerfeld treatment by Bamford Watch Department.

Available from Tuesday at the Karl Lagerfeld brand’s concept stores in Paris and Munich, the limited edition timepieces will sell for €19,000 and feature a cameo of ‘Kaiser Karl’ at 7 o’clock on the watch face as well as the designer’s signature.

The Milgauss watch was first introduced in 1956 and features a special antimagnetic design created for laboratory and power station workers. Karl also has his own line of watches in collaboration with Fossil.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Pieces To Go on Auction at (RED) Auction

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 561 by Marc Newson clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre has created two custom watches set to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York City for the RED campaign to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Ready to go under the hammer on November 23, both the Atmos 561 by Marc Newson clock and the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea watch have been given special red color accents for the auction.

The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea was remade as a tribute to the legendary diver’s watch from 1959. The luxury watch features a red dial and the RED logo engraved on the case-back.

The Atmos 561 was customized by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson and sports red accents on the hands, the month indication and the calibre’s logo, as well as a RED and Marc Newson logo on the back

Other luxury items in the sale include a red Hermès riding saddle (estimated at $100,000 – $150,000) and a pair of bespoke Christian Louboutin studded boots (estimated at $20,000 – $30,000).

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea

Breitling Aerospace evo Chronograph

Breitling Redesigns Aerospace Chronograph

Breitling Aerospace evo Chronograph

The high-end Swiss watchmaker has unveiled a more modern and dynamic version of its electronic multifunction chronograph, the Aerospace. The brand showcased this new timepiece at the Salon Les Montres, which wrapped up in Paris November 9.

The flagship model in the Breitling Professional line, the Aerospace has undergone a facelift without sacrificing any of its many technical features, which include the chronometer-certified Breitling 79 SuperQuartzTM movement, a countdown timer, a second time zone, an alarm and a calendar.

This new model, dubbed the Aerospace Evo, stands out for its wider diameter (43mm), its engraved bezel with built-in rider tabs, redesigned numbers and hands, a beveled glass cover, and a case made entirely of satin-brushed titanium.

Available with a choice of three dials (black, blue or grey), the Aerospace Evo can be worn with a leather, crocodile or rubber strap or with a titanium bracelet. Price: €3,750 (around $5,000).

pink gold Patek Philippe watch

Patek Philippe Sells for $2.1 Million in Record Auction

pink gold Patek Philippe watch

Christie’s raised a record $44 million for luxury watches in a 2-day sale, the auction house said today. The star earner of the collection was a pink gold Patek Philippe watch that fetched $2.1 million.

Another gold watch by the Swiss watchmaker, dating from 1947, sold for $1.57 million. The watches went under the hammer in 3 sessions over Sunday and Monday and were all sold to anonymous buyers.

The auction house sold 50 Rolex Daytona “Lesson One” watches in the first session for a total of $13.24 million, including one for just over $1 million, Christie’s said.

Chanel J12 Moonphase

Chanel’s New J12 Moonphase Watch

Chanel 12 Moonphase watch

A decade after the launch of the original J12, Chanel’s iconic ceramic watch, the French luxury brand is introducing a new version, inspired by the night sky.

Chanel’s watchmakers have added another technical complication to the J12, adding a small dial indicating the current phase of the moon: new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter.

This is not a unique feature in the world of watchmaking. However, while most watches that show the moon’s phases do so through an aperture in the dial, the J12 Moonphase presents the image of the moon on an aventurine disc in midnight blue, evoking the night sky.

In addition, the watch features all of the other features one would expect from a luxury timepiece, including a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement and a date indicator.

Refined style

The new timepiece is available in a number of versions. Fans of Chanel will be able to choose between white and black for the ceramic version, available with or without the diamond bezel.

Chanel J12 Moonphase black ceramic

Chanel is also producing a more exclusive version of the watch in 18-carat white gold and titanium ceramic, inlaid with 554 or 696 baguette diamonds (limited editions of 12 and 5, respectively).

The ceramic version of the J12 Moonphase is available without diamonds for €6,900 (around $9,300) or with the diamond bezel at €18,000 (around $24,300).

Chanel J12 Moonphase white ceramic

Andy Lau stars in new Cartier short film (Video)

andy lau

Cartier and Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau celebrate the launch of the Tank MC watch with an exclusive short film as fast-paced as their philosophy of time and life.

“To emulate the fast-paced reality of life of a celebrated actor-singer, the majority of the film was shot in the bustling district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.”

“The production team, led by director Baillie Walsh, also made sure that each shot lingers no longer than two seconds. In some 50 scenes, a series of flashbacks and memories of Lau’s career and childhood was inserted to unfold the story while Lau hurries forward to his next performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at default watch-ad time 10:10pm.”

Source: blouinartinfo

Parmigiani Fleurier samba madeira

Parmigiani Fleurier honors Brazil with a new timepiece

Parmigiani Fleurier samba madeira

The Pershing Samba Madeira is the latest creation from Parmigiani Fleurier, it celebrates Brazil, with its vibrant colours and lively Samba rhythm.

The dial of the luxury timepiece features Brazil’s signature yellow and green shades as well as a stylized image of a guitar, with a tourbillon carriage in place of the soundhole.

The instrument even has six strings, as thin as human hair, fastened in place by hand. With a power reserve of 192 hours, the watch also has a hand-wound 30-second chronometer.

The titanium case of this luxury timepiece complements the bezel and indices in 18-carat rose gold. Behind the guitar, one reads “Ordem e Progresso,” Brazil’s national motto.

French luxury brand Hermès designed the strap for the “Samba Madeira,” in alligator leather accented by an adjustable folding clasp with a titanium finish.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta Spin Time

Louis Vuitton for Only Watch 2013

lv tambour regatta spin time

Participating for the fourth time, Louis Vuitton has produced a superb piece unique for the upcoming Only Watch charity auction. As in prior years, Louis Vuitton’s piece for Only Watch 2013 is extra special because it was designed in collaboration with young Paul Pettavino.

Paul has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it is research towards a cure for this disease which proceeds of the event go to support. Paul’s father LUC is president of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophies and a figurehead in the Only Watch event.

This year, Paul designed the enamel and gold sailboat or painted on the dial and the painted Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk. A message signed by the young boy is also stuffed inside.

This Tambour Regatta Spin Time has a 45.5mm x 16mm rose gold case, and the regatta timing function uses LV’s novel “spin time” mechanics (the red squares are actually rotating cubes). The “spin time” collection was first introduced by LV in 2010, and then in 2012 it was applied to regatta timing.

The regatta timing is managed by the button on the case at 8 o’clock. Pushing the button sets the watch to regatta timing mode. Note the subdial up top starts at “25″ and counts to “30″ (marking the five minutes preceding the start of the regatta). The red cubes then mark race time in 5 minute increments.

Source: perpetuelle.com

Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk Only Watch 2013

CTK18

CTK18 White Jade Automatic wrist watch

CTK18

Unveiled in Baselworld 2013, The Chinese Timekeeper is back this year with yet another charismatic addition to its collection: CTK18 – White Jade Automatic.

White jade is rarer and more precious stone than its more famous big brother, green jade! For this limited edition collection, CTK has used grade ‘A’ Burmese White Jade to create that perfect visual contrast for greater legibility on the black dial.

For the very first time on a watch, the illustrious material is skilfully used and its various shades are greatly inserted in the stunning and daring design of a CTK.

This timepiece is priced at HK$32,800 ($4,250) and there are just 18 pieces of them at the Hong Kong Boutique (82 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai).

Chinese Timekeeper CTK18 watch

TAG Heuer for Automobile Club de Monaco

TAG Heuer Monaco for Automobile Club de Monaco

TAG Heuer for Automobile Club de Monaco

This year Tag Heuer celebrates its long standing partnership with the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) with another special edition Monaco (there was an ACM Monaco one last year as well).

The Monaco Calibre 12 Chronograph Automobile Club de Monaco Black Edition has a 39mm square steel case that is PVD finished for the black look.

The watch has TAG’s automatic mechanical chronograph caliber 12 (ETA 2892 with DD chrono module). The Monaco AMC comes on a black perforated leather strap with an orange “sahara” lining and a steel folding clasp.

The watch was officially announced at the Monaco Grand Prix last week and is now available worldwide exclusively in TAG Heuer boutiques, priced at $8,200.

Source: Perpetuelles – More specs at TAG Heuer

The Chinese Timekeeper Year of the Snake timepiece

Chinese Timekeeper CTK17 watch

Luxury watchmaker The Chinese Timekeeper (CTK) has designed an amazing “Year of the Snake” luxury watch for the Chinese New Year.

This remarkable timepiece is boasting a majestic Snake all over its case & dial … literally encircling your timepiece in an outstanding way!

The tail starts on the back case and the Snake’s body goes along each of the 4 layers of the case structure. It comes on top of the watch where it is deeply engraved on the bezel before diving below the inner ring to reappear on the back dial.

Appropriately the strap is made of taupe color Snake skin to further celebrate the 6th animal of the Chinese Zodiac! The CTK17 Special Edition is priced at HK$32,800.

Official website and online boutique: www.thechinesetimekeeper.com

Thomas Prescher Nemo Captain

Thomas Prescher Nemo Captain Triple-Axis Tourbillon

Thomas Prescher Nemo Captain

Swiss Watchmaker Thomas Prescher reveals the Nemo Captain, the second watch in the Nemo Series.

The watch is inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea along with steampunk and art nouveau influences, according to Mr. Prescher.

Prescher is perhaps famous for his triple-axis tourbillon, and the complication takes center stage in this new piece. Prescher also added a jumping hour indication in the lower-right quadrant of the dial.

As with most of Thomas Prescher’s creations, this piece was made for a specific client. Here is a look at the triple-axis in motion (not on this particular watch, though):

patek philippe 5004T

Patek Philippe Ref 5004T for Only Watch 2013

patek philippe 5004T

For the Only Watch 2013 charity auction, Patek Philippe has produced a one-of-a-kind version of the discontinued ref. 5004 in titanium called the 5004T.

The Patek Philippe Ref 5004 is a split-seconds chronograph + perpetual calendar; it was produced for about six years, until being replaced by the Patek Ref 5204 in 2011.

Not only is it the fourth Patek in titanium, ever to be made, it is also a ref. 5004 that is not in the current collection anymore, so it might be considered a last chance for collectors to buy this desirable timepiece.

Aside from the chrono and perpetual calendar displays, the dial on the watch is quite interesting — made of solid gold, it is engraved to look like carbon-fiber. Similarly is the strap, actually made of calf skin, it is embossd to resemble carbon fiber.

The watch is powered by the Patek Caliber CHR 27-70 Q which is based on the Lemania 2310 caliber.

The biennial.“Only Watch” charity watch auction, to be held in Monaco on September 28, will donate all its .proceeds to research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.