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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.

Game of Thrones watch Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin creates Game of Thrones watch

Game of Thrones watch Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin is teaming up with HBO Global Licensing to create a signature men’s timepiece specifically for the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones.

The Emmy winning series from HBO follows several powerful families who are struggling for the Iron Throne and control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

This watch will draw inspiration from the Night’s Watch and will be available just before the show’s third season finale in June.

The Night’s Watch, a military order dressed only in black, is dedicated to holding The Wall, an ice fortress that protects the Seven Kingdoms from the dangers of the North.

The sporty Night’s Watch marine diver, is monochromatic in rich black with elements of red, which is said to represent the serious feel of the sacred order.

Its 45.8 mm diameter case is made from stainless steel, coated with matte black rubber and finished with an exposed, sapphire glass case back engraved with the Game of Thrones logo.

The watch is inscribed on the strap with the phrases “The Night’s Watch” and “I am the Sword in the Darkness”.

Only 25 pieces of this watch will be created with a selling price of US$10,500.

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Harrods Celebrates 180 Years of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Harrods Jaeger LeCoultre

To celebrate the 180th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Harrods is hosting a series of masterclasses with the watchmakers from the Swiss manufacture.

The celebration of the watchmaker will enable fans of the brand to step into the shoes of a watchmaker and understand the manufacturing and working of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watches.

Jaeger LeCoultre Masterclasses

The manufacture will have experts on hand to demonstrate Jaeger-LeCoultre’s horological know-how, demonstrating the incredible work that goes into everything from the pinions and to the dial.

Three different techniques mastered by Jaeger-LeCoultre will be featured; engraving (May 13-19, enameling (May 20-25) and gem setting (May 26-31).

Jaeger LeCoultre Harrods masterclass

Alongside the live workshops, Jaeger-LeCoultre is also showcasing a recreation of founder Antoine LeCoultre’s original studio from 1833, plus several of its iconic watches and clocks for the May duration promotion.

Antoine LeCoultre workshop

Find a wall dedicated to the 1242 calibres in its Manufacture arm archive and an exhibition of nine Atmos clocks, a key piece from the brand’s heritage collection.

Harrods Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos Clocks

There’s a hidden ‘high complication room’ for inquisitive visitors who can discover the eight leading pieces of the Hybris Mechanica, creations of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre and the latest tribute to Antoine LeCoultre Jubilee watch styles.

Jaeger LeCoultre Hibris Mechanica collection

Watch connoisseurs are invited to contact Jaeger-LeCoultre at Harrods on +44(0) 207 730 1234 to reserve a place in the Master classes. Participation is complementary but a donation to the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts  is requested.

Antoine LeCoultre original workshop

Girard Perregaux 1966 Doctor Watch

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph Doctor’s Watch

Girard Perregaux 1966 Doctor Watch

Girard-Perregaux is introducing a very limited edition version of its 1966 Chronograph meant to recall the doctor’s watches of the early twentieth century.

Available exclusively from the Dubail boutique at Place Vendome in Paris, it features a 40mm case, and automatic caliber movement, and face details like the bold orange circle, typeface, and pulsometer scale that set it apart from the company’s other 1966 chronographs.

There are two versions of this watch on offer, with ten being made in each 18k rose gold and 18k white gold. Prices are 24,700 ($32,000) and 26,100 Euros ($33,800) respectively.

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richard mille panda rm 26-01

Richard Mille RM 26-01 Panda Watch

richard mille panda rm 26-01

At the 2011 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Richard Mille presented the Tourbillon RM 026, symbolising a union between fine watchmaking and fine jewellery. In 2013, the RM 26-01, featuring a giant panda, is the latest addition to the RM family of jewellery watches.

The giant panda enjoys worldwide recognition and has incredible appeal, explained in part by its friendly appearance. The panda traditionally lived in the mountainous regions and plains of mid-west and south-west China. Now a protected species, they can be found in the mountainous regions of the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu in central China.

The new RM26-01 tourbillon caliber is equipped with a baseplate machined from black Onyx, a variety of chalcedony composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) from the cryptocrystalline quartz group.

Onyx varieties featuring rectilinear black and white parallel stripes are part of the agate family, whereas entirely black stones are commonly known as black Onyx.

This gem is said to absorb negative energy and bring great emotional stability to the wearer. Black Onyx is thus considered to protect against negative thoughts and incarnate balance and inspiration.

Sculpted in 18K white gold and integrated into the tourbillon, the panda is set entirely with diamonds and black sapphires. It sits in its natural habitat, a bamboo forest, featuring leaves and bark handsculpted from yellow gold and painted by hand.

The RM 26-01 tourbillon is a limited edition of 30 timepieces in 18K red gold and white gold.

Richard Mille Panda

Hublot LaFerrari Watch

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Hyper Watch

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari

A limited edition watch has been produced by Swiss watchmaker Hublot as a tribute to the LaFerrari.

The MP-05 LaFerrari watch features an in-house movement made with 637 components, a tourbillon, and an exceptional 45-day power reserve thanks to its 11 barrels arranged like a spinal column.

The watch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and also features red aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber in its construction.

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch

Only 50 of the MP-05s are being produced, making the watches rarer than the LaFerrari. The MP-05 LaFerrari timepiece is priced at 300,000 Swiss francs, or about $322,000.

Hublot is the current timekeeper for both Ferrari and its racing division Scuderia Ferrari, having inked a five-year deal back in 2011 to become the fourth watch company to have the honor.

Arnold & SonTourbillon

Arnold & Son makes world’s thinnest tourbillon watch

Arnold and Son UTTE

Swiss watch manufacturer Arnold & Son has claimed ownership of the world’s thinnest tourbillon:  the new A&S8200 tourbillon caliber measures a mere 2.97 mm thick.

This is more than 0.5mm thinner than Piaget’s Caliber 600P which is now the world’s second thinnest tourbillon. The caliber is in the Arnold & Son UTTE (Ultra Thin Tourbillon Escapement) which is also now the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch at 8.34mm thin.

The A&S Cal 8200 has a double barrel configuration for 80 hour power reserve — this is unprecedented and hugely impressive for an ultra thin tourbillon caliber.

The movement diameter is 32 mm, with a massive 14mm diameter tourbillon cage.  Arnold & Son created a totally spherical tourbillon cage that is not set into the caliber, but instead rises out of the movement and an fact sits at the same height as the hour and minute hands.

The overall aesthetic is magnificent, including its clean but refined dial and its caliber finishing which includes satin-finish with hand chamfered and polished edges, and a hand engraved tourbillon bridge.

UTTE is being offered in red gold ($70,185) and also palladium ($61,075), 50 pieces each. Each movement is finished in a color to complement the case color, and each features a different Côtes de Genève pattern: rhodiumed movement for the red gold model, grey NAC-treated movement for a more contemporary look on the palladium model.

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corum watch

Swiss watchmaker Corum sold to China Haidian


The Swiss watchmaker Corum said Wednesday it had been acquired by China Haidian in the first purchase of a luxury Swiss watch company by a Chinese rival.

China Haidian said it had acquired 100 percent of Corum for 86 million Swiss francs ($90.9 million, 71.6 million euros).

The companies said the sale would anchor China Haidian’s position in the Swiss luxury watch sector while opening new prospects for development and positioning of the Corum brand worldwide.

“This strategic agreement fulfils the long term vision of both partners for the continued development and growth of the Corum brand,” they said in statement.

“I am very pleased with this acquisition and I firmly believe in the potential development of Corum,” China Haidian chief executive Hon Kwok Lung said in a statement.

Founded in 1955 and based in the town La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchatel, Corum is known for its gold and jewelled encrusted watches that start from 4,000 francs.

The Hong Kong-listed China Haidian Holdings Limited manufactures its own watches and also distributes selected Swiss luxury watch brands in China and throughout Asia.

China Haidian, which owns two of the top four domestic Chinese watch brands, EBOHR and ROSSINI, also owns the Swiss brand Eterna which has a license to manufacture and distribute globally “Porsche Design” watches. It also distributes Japanese brands Casio and Citizen in China.

Richard Mille RM52 01 Skull Closeup

Richard Mille RM 52-01 Nano-Ceramic Skull Tourbillon

Richard Mille RM 52-01

The RM 52-01 Skull is is the second piece in the Skull collection (first piece launched in 2012), and features the skull design that embodies Richard Mille’s anti-conformist spirit.

This model stands out both for its choice of materials and the way it has been crafted. The RM 52-01 Skull has a manual winding tourbillon caliber built on a baseplate in PVD-treated titanium.

But the skull and back of the skull are now sculpted from 5N red gold and are hand-bevelled — giving the skull a much more distinctive presence.

For the case, Richard Mille introduces a composite nano-ceramic material known as TZP, used for the RM 52-01′s bezel and case back (finished with microblasting and hand-polishing on the corners).

The RM 52-01 is released as a limited edition of 30 timepieces. Source: Perpetuelle

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT 600M

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT watches

Here’s your first look at a great looking new piece from Omega, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT.  A perfect addition to the Planet Ocean lineup.

As you can see from the bezel and dial it is a GMT watch, though the as noted by Omega this piece will carry the GoodPlanet name, an ocean conservation group that Omega has worked with since 2011.

The new Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT features a blue lacquered dial with orange accents, including the orange center-set GMT hand.

The watch has a 43.5mm steel case, 600 m water resistance, made with the Omega co-axial caliber 8605 with Silicon balance spring, and available on bracelet and rubber strap.

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ulysse nardin stranger watch

Ulysse Nardin “Stranger” Musical Watch

ulysse nardin stranger watch

Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has released the “Stranger”, a timepiece which emulates a classical music box and plays Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” either on the hour or on call.

This innovative timekeeper was done in collaboration with musician Dieter Meier. The Ulysse Nardin Stranger is a limited edition of 99 pieces.

It has a music mechanism that is conceptually similar to a wind-up music box, except here the music box mechanism is a rotating disc with 10 blades. Basically, the disc “pings” the fingers to create music.

The on/off pusher which enables the musical mechanism to be activated or deactivated is located at 10 o’clock. The melody can be programmed to play on the hour or not at all. To set the time, the crown function is activated by a pusher instead of pulling the crown out in the traditional way.

The case back of the watch features a medallion, while a black leather strap with a folding buckle keeps the watch secure to the wrist and completes the feeling of elegance.

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Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode

Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode Watch

Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode

Hublot has teamed up with Depeche Mode for a charity project to bring safe drinking water to developing countries. The initiative is part of the Depeche Mode 2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour.

Hublot has created 250 watches for the project, called the Limited Edition Big Bang Depeche Mode. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch will go directly to charity: water.

This is not the first time that Depeche Mode and Hublot have joined forces. Back in 2010 they worked on a joint project to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust through a benefit show at the Royal Albert Hall in London and an auction of 12 exclusive watches.

Hublot Depeche Mode watch

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Vacheron Métiers d’Art Florilège collection

Vacheron Constantin Florilege Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin has launched its new Métiers d’Art Florilège Collection at the 2013 SIHH watch fair in Geneva, Switzerland.

The trio of timepieces were inspired by the delicate English botanical illustrations of Robert John Thornton’s The Temple of Flora, published in 1799, and interpreted using enameling, guillochage and gem-setting techniques.

The Métiers d’Art Florilège is a limited series of 20 collector’s watches with the bezel set with round-cut diamonds and 5 more with the bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds for the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques.

HM4 Final Edition

MB&F Reveals HM4 Final Edition Watch

HM4 Final Edition watch

In 2010, MB&F launched the aviation-inspired Horological Machine No. 4. This year, the Swiss watchmaker is updating the HM4 series with the “HM4 Final Edition”.

The HM4 Final Edition watch is also designed after a plane, but this watch takes its design inspirations from a stealth fighter. Like the iconic F-117, HM4 Final Edition features square angular panels, dark surfaces and high-tech titanium.

The HM4 Final Edition is based on the same architecture as the HM4 Thunderbolt and is powered by the same automatic movement with 72 hour power reserve.

This 2013 ‘Final Edition’ case blends high-tech titanium for its lightweight and strength with a sapphire centre section offering a view into the engine.

Black PVD provides the titanium with its shadowy cloak of concealment without blocking the light playing off the contrasting matte and highly polished surfaces.

HM4 Final Edition Front

The striking transparent sapphire section of the case requires over 185 hours of machining and polishing to transform an opaque solid block of crystal into a complex, exquisitely curved panel allowing the light to come in and the beauty of the HM4 engine to stand out.

Every component and form has a technical purpose; nothing is superfluous and every line and curve is in poetic harmony. Articulated lugs ensure supreme comfort.

The HM4 Final Edition watch is an extremely limited edition watch, only 8 pieces will be produced at a price of $230,000.

Only five stores worldwide will be retailing the Final Edition – The Hour Glass in Singapore, Westime in Los Angeles, Chronopassion in Paris, Chronometryx in Gstaad, and MB&F’s M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva.


HM4 Final Edition

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4

harry winston histoire tourbillon 4

Here’s a first look at Harry Winston’s latest “Histoire de Tourbillon”, the fourth such piece in a series that began in 2009.

This main feature of the watch is an interesting tri-axial tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock — envision a tourbillon cage fitted inside a tourbillon cage fitted inside a tourbillon cage, each rotating at different rates per minute.

This timepiece with its 47mm wide cushion-shaped case is made from a mix of Zalium (a Harry Winston alloy similar to titanium) and 18k gold.​ Inside the watch is their new caliber HW4501 that is manually wound with a 50 hour power reserve.

Harry Winston will produce only 20 pieces of Histoire de Tourbillon 4, as penultimate watch of its Histoire de Tourbillon watch collection.

Romain Jerome Spacecraft

The RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft Watch

Romain Jerome Spacecraft

Luxury watchmakers RJ-Romain Jerome have unveiled their first ever pilot’s watch, a timepiece aptly named the Spacecraft.

The timepiece was created in partnership with RJ’s Manuel Emch and watch designers Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

The angular timepiece features a self-winding complication manufactured specially for Romain Jerome at Wiederrecht’s Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor.

The titanium case is an unusual trapeze-shape with black PVD-coating and a rectilinear profile that has a faceted surface.

The minutes are showcased by a black rotating disc with a red indicator on the sapphire crystal on the top of the case, while the linear hour display is read off laterally, making it easy to read with a glance at the wrist.

The movement features a type of spring-driven carriage that drives the hour display visible on the side of the watch by means of a red-lacquered cursor moving beneath the metallised sapphire crystal every 60 minutes.

Time-setting is done via a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock, with the Spacecraft timepiece finished with a black polyamide mesh strap.

The RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft watch is available for $33,400 in the limited edition of 99 pieces.

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune 38mm

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune

Hermes Arceau Petite Lune 38mm

Hermes marks the 35th anniversary of its Arceau collection this year. Marking the occasion, the maison introduces is offering a smaller, more feminine version with a 38mm diameter and adding a new complication displaying moon phases.

The Arceau Petite Lune features asymmetrical lugs evoking the shape and curve of a stirrup, and sports a mother-of-pearl dial either in white or black.

The watch’s alligator strap, crafted in the Hermes workshops using the saddle-stitching technique, is available in three colors — indigo blue, elephant gray or black.

Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige

Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige

For the opening of Vacheron Constantin’s new Paris flagship boutique in Paris, the brand revisited a distinct model from its past to create the 1972 Prestige.

The new Prestige is part of the asymmetrical “1972″ collection and was inspired by the original from 1972. Though, this modern day version features the Geneva Seal and has the ultra-thin VC hand-wound caliber 1003 made of gold (same as in the Historiques 1955).

It will be offered in two variations — including a 40-piece boutique-only edition, shown above.  The Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige price is $40,000.

via perpetuelle

Omega Constellation Sedna Gold

Omega Constellation Sedna Gold

Omega Constellation Sedna

Luxury watchmaker Omega has unveiled the Constellation Sedna. This unique timepiece will be the first to feature Omega’s brand-new alloy, named Sedna™ gold.

Developed in-house at the Omega Manufacture, this alloy blends gold (min. 75%), copper and palladium to create a unique rose color.

As you can see it possesses nice hues of rose and red, though from these images it is hard to distinguish its uniqueness vs. other rose or pink golds.

According to Omega, it takes its name from a trans-Neptunian object which astronomers called 90377 Sedna, an object which possesses one of the reddest surfaces in the Solar System, at least as far as galactic objects go. Sedna is also the goddess of the sea and marine animals in Inuit mythology.

The case features both polished and brushed elements; indexes and hands are also made of Sedna gold, as is the strap clasp. The dial has the “pie-pan” design which traces its roots back to the very first Constellation from 1952. Inside the watch is the Omega co-axial caliber 8501.

The Omega Constellation Sedna will be produced in a limited edition of 1,952 pieces, signifying the year Omega debuted the renowned Constellation watch family.

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Sedna Gold