Van Cleef & Arpels is going to unveil a new timepiece inspired by Les Voyages Extraordinaires, a famous novel written by Jules Verne.
Called the “Five Weeks In a Balloon”, this new piece from the French exquisite jewellery and watchmaker debuts at the SIHH 2011 in Geneva.
The eye-paralyzing dial is embellished with champleve enamel and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. It demonstrates a hot-air balloon flowing into the air of Zanzibar.
Baume & Mercier is currently holding a competition via its Facebook page to give its fans a rare chance to attend the prestigious Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“This is a gift to our fans at the occasion of Baume & Mercier’s 180th anniversary. We couldn’t celebrate it without them,” said CEO Alain Zimmermann.
Two lucky contestants will be chosen as Baume & Mercier’s “very special reporters” to cover the industry professionals-only SIHH trade show this January.
Girard-Perregaux has created a new exclusive limited edition timepiece to celebrate its friendly cooperation with Boucheron.
The case is made of either eighteen karat rose or white gold along with double sapphire crystal displays and is water resistant up to thirty meters.
The heart of the watch is the brandâ€™s in-house self-winding mechanical movement, GP03300-45 Calibre.
Besides hours, minutes and a small seconds register, it has an annual calendar with an indicator for date and month.
Iconic British fashion label Vivienne Westwood is to launch a collection of watches at Baselworld 2011.
The company has signed an agreement with Zeon Limited, which will design, market and distribute the timepieces under the Vivienne Westwood brand name.
The watch collection, consisting of a range of ladies and menâ€™s watches, will retail between 100 to 500 GBP and will be available in stores from fall 2011.
What happens when legendary 152 year old Parisian jeweler Boucheron meets Horological Creative Lab MB&F ? A JWLRYMACHINEâ€¦
Stay tuned for the JWLRYMACHINEâ€™s world premiere, on October 5th 2010.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Beluga collection, Ebel has released three limited edition interpretations, themed around delicious and inviting chocolate.
The new line includes Beluga white chocolate, Beluga milk chocolate and Beluga black chocolate.
Offering a sensorial discovery of time and an invitation to savor the passing hours, these tasty new timepieces are tempting by essence.
Hermes has unveiled its latest advertising campaign showcasing its watches against a series of equestrian-themed images.
The set of advertisements depict horses in a variety of dramatic scenes and odd locations, running alongside images of the watchmakers newest models.
The pictures were taken by Tim Flach, and each image is separated by the brand’s ribbon, which reads: Hermes Sellier – Hermes Horologer.
Infiniti has worked with Bell & Ross to produce this special 100 unit Limited Edition BR03-92 Instrument Phantom Infiniti wristwatch.
The watch was launched in commemoration of the new Infiniti FX Limited Edition crossover, which like the watch has only 100 units available.
This model is exclusive to Infiniti dealers in Europe ($4,200). Purchase of the watch is not restricted to Infiniti FX Limited Edition owners though.
The Le Richemond Hotel in the Swiss city of Geneva claims it has become the first in the world to offer guests the service of a “watch butler.”
The Swiss hotel has introduced a new service for watch lovers by employing the services of Pierre Jacques, the head of Swiss watch boutique Les Ambassadeurs, to advise guests interested in Switzerland’s famous horology industry.
The “watch butler” is on hand to display particular timepieces as well as being able to arrange private tours to top-end timepiece manufacturing sites such as Vacheron Constantin, Roger Dubuis and Franck Muller.
Maximilian Busser & Friends (MB&F) has revealed his latest master timepiece, the Horological Machine No. 3 Frog, a whimsical twist on the HM3.
The time is displayed by two rotating domes underneath a pair of sapphire crystals that resemble a frog’s eyes.
The protruding eyes of the (amphibian) frog enable it to see in many directions without having to turn its head.
On the new HM3, the hour and minute indicators are raised domes that, like the frog, can give their owner a wider view of the time without having to twist a wrist.
To celebrate the 40th birthday of the digital watch, Hamilton is releasing its own digital timepiece, the Pulsonic.
The Pulsonic combines a Swiss automatic movement with a digital face that stays powered for 82 days.
The case in stainless steel, black PVD or gold-plate PVD measures 39mm x 49mm. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 50 meters.
The â€œMilestone 1941â€ Collectorâ€™s Piece is the ninth release in Omegaâ€™s Museum Collection.
Each year, the Omega Museum Collection selects one classic timepiece â€“ it has to be more than fifty years.
Once selected, it is re-issued by blending its design excellence with Omegaâ€™s tradition of innovative contemporary watchmaking.
Time piece maker Tag Heuer has created a clever new promotional video using clips of Steve McQueenâ€™s famous car movie, Le Mans.
The premise is a duel between the racing driver/hard man McQueen in his Gulf-liveried Porsche 917 and current F1 golden-boy Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes.
Check out the clip below or click here to go to the Tag Heuer website.
Swarovski has launched its first visionary watch collection: â€œAvant Timeâ€.
The result of the ambitious project is an avant-garde timepiece, called â€œD:Lightâ€ and designed by the creative talent of renowned watch designer Eric Giroud.
â€œD:Lightâ€ is a futuristic model that links new electronic technologies with jewellery design.
Artistically fashioned in super fine steel or gold, first Swarovski timepiece brings together the functions of emotion-creating watch, bracelet and collectorâ€™s item.
Posing for her official White House portrait, Michelle Obama wears the Cartier Steel Tank Francaise that is tasteful and luxurious without being showy.
The White House portrait of the first lady does not make the model of the watch clear, but the trained eye is easily able to pick up the recognizable timepiece (The watch comes in both male and female models with various levels of gilding).
According to Frederic de Narp, CEO of Cartier North America Mrs. Obama wearing the watch was a “most positive surprise” and he also stated that “maybe it was a gift from her husband.”
With Baselworld 2009 not far off, Swiss watchmaker Concord has revealed tantalizing images of an avant garde new timepiece, the C1 Quantum Gravity.
Salvatore Ferragamo in a partnership with Timex introduces a group of luxury watches called the Salvatore Ferragamo Timespieces collection.
Each Ferragamo Timepiece has been Swiss made and features clean lines which reflect the Ferragamo signature design.
“We have 4 main watch families at the moment â€“ F80 inspired by Ferragamoâ€™s eightieth anniversary, Vara inspired by our horseshoe buckle, Gancino inspired by the fastening on our handbags and Salvatore, the name of the brand.”
Apparently not everyone is feeling the bite of the recession. A European mogul has commissioned luxury Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin to create a one-of-a-kind $6.5 million timepiece which will automatically become one of the most expensive watches in the world.
The design, which may take years to complete, will be many times more precious than Vacheron’s Tour de l’Ile timepiece (picture above) created for the company’s 250th anniversary in 2005. Only seven pieces were produced at $1.5 million each.
The features of this time exquisite time piece include a perpetual calendar and leap year, star chart, celestial annual calendar, tourbillon regulator, sunrise and sunset indication, perpetual time equation, phases and age of the moon, substantial power reserve, multiple time zones and day-night indication, among others.
Â« If owning a regular Vacheron Constantin watch is the equivalent of owning a Rolls-Royce, then having this watch will be like having a garage full of them Â»
Ultra-luxury Swiss watchmaking house Audemars Piguet has launched two new stunning watch and necklace sets.
There are two sets of matching 18K white gold and diamond watches and necklaces for women, the Coup de Theatre and Carnet de Bal. Both watches use the AP calibre 2046 movement with manual winding (18 jewels) that beats at a frequency of 21 600 vph and provides 42 hours power reserve.
The “Carnet de Bal” series (above) was inspired by flower arrangements, creating a glittering floral spray of diamonds along the wrist and around the neck. The 18-carat white gold timepiece includes 481 gems of varying cuts totaling 59.53 carats. The matching necklace has 1,039 round, brilliant, marquise, pear, and baguette-cut diamonds.
â€œCoup de Theatreâ€ is a more modern design with 853 brilliant cut diamonds for an astounding 123 carats in the watch. The gorgeous choker is dripping with 1,673 gems weighing in at 204 carats.
Words cannot describe how glamorous the effect is !
The menâ€™s wardrobe does not offer a wide spectrum of refinements. Especially masculine accessories are limited, but fortunately apart the tie, cufflinks once again vanquish as an necessity.
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The cufflinks you see here were once the heart of mechanical masterpieces. Now they will add instant class and uniqueness to your shirt and your suit.
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