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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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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Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal gets new superlight watch

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal

The latest watch produced by Richard Mille for Rafael Nadal is the lightest on the wrist, and the heaviest on the pocket so far.

Weighing just 19 grams (including velcro strap), the Tourbillon RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal watch is the latest in sports watch technology and is now being used by the Spanish ace in all of his matches.

Extremely light, the watch can also resist accelerations of over 5,000 G with no repercussions, and is housed in a scratch- and shock-resistant antracite casing, rich in carbon nanotubes.

The watch movement, which weighs just 3.5 grams, is suspended in the casing by four braided steel cables (just 0.35mm in diameter).

The movement uses LITAL®, a lithium alloy containing aluminium, copper, magnesium and zirconium, which is used on the Airbus A380, helicopters, rockets and satellites as well as in Formula 1 cars.

This isn’t the first watch Richard Mille has produced for Nadal; the first model, named the RM 27 had a chequered past, with the tennis player once leaving it behing in a locker room and once having it stolen from his hotel while he was sleeping.

The RM 27-01, is currently available in a limited edition of 50 timepieces via official Richard Mille stockists and will be priced at $690,000.

Nadal is not the only major tennis player with a nice watch. Roger Federer has a deal with Rolex, which, alongside agreements with Wilson and Nike, sees the Swiss player net over €20 million per year in sponsorships.

Three-in-a-row Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is an ambassador for Swiss luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet.

Rafael Nadal and Richard Mille

Rolex Submariner Roger Moore

Rolex, Omega and Seiko – James Bond’s timepieces

Rolex Submariner Roger Moore

Being on her Majesty’s secret service with a license to kill requires more than a penchant for martinis, a way with women and an ability to outsmart super villains.

It also requires being sharply dressed and wearing a very stylish watch. The best of James Bond’s timepieces are detailed below.
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David Gandy Dolce and Gabbana Watches

Dolce & Gabbana launches men’s watch collection‎

David Gandy Dolce and Gabbana Watches

Reveal­ing their new time­pieces col­lec­tion for men, Ital­ian fash­ion house Dolce & Gab­bana enlists three of its favorite male muses.

The label turns to David Gandy, Adam Senn and Enrique Pala­cios, who are lensed by fashion photographer Mar­i­ano Vivanco in con­fi­dent and pow­er­ful por­traits.

Their Timepieces Collection features a total of 52 watches that include two different collections, retro watches and captivating chrono watches.
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Ulysse Nardin Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria

Ulysse Nardin Classico Santa Maria

Ulysee Nardin has released a stunning new timepiece inspired by the merchant ship used by the explorer Christopher Columbus during his first expedition in 1492.

This colorful watch is painstakingly created, requiring more than 50 working hours and 26 baking processes to complete each handmade cloisonné dial.
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Jaquet Droz Eclipse Onyx Luxury Watch

Jaquet Droz Eclipse Onyx Watch

Jaquet Droz Eclipse Onyx Luxury Watch

One of the latest watch models from the famous watchmaker is called Jaquet Droz Eclipse Onyx Watch. The elegant timepiece has its dial made out of black onyx.

The most interesting features of the watch include the moon-phase complication beautifully illustrated through 8 star-shaped motif and one moon motif. Together they create a picture of moon surrounded by stars.
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Maitre du Temps Chapter Three

Maîtres du Temps is an independent watchmaker founded by American watch entrepreneur Steven Holtzmann. Each of its watches, the Chapters, is created in collaboration with several independent watchmakers.

The Chapter Three Reveal, which has just been launched at Baselworld 2012, is the work of Kari Voutilainen and Andreas Strehler.

They have created a stunningly elegant timepiece that displays hours, minutes, seconds, date, and phase of the moon, all set on a sumptuous blue guilloche dial.
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Richard Mille RM057

Richard Mille RM057 Jackie Chan

Richard Mille RM057

Here’s a look at the Richard Mille RM057. This Exclusive Timepiece is a tribute to The Chinese Year of the Dragon and to Action Actor Jackie Chan.

The RM057, successor to the $1.7 million RM056 commemorates the Year of the Dragon that lasts between January 23 2012 and February 9, 2013.

It has a movement baseplate of pure, deep Black Onyx and a dazzling golden dragon engraving and colored scales that grips the tourbillon bridge in one of his claws.
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“Roberto Cavalli by Franck Muller” watch collection

Roberto Cavalli Franck Muller

Roberto Cavalli has teamed up with Swiss haute horlogerie brand Franck Muller for the “Roberto Cavalli by Franck Muller” watch collection.

WWD reports January 16 that the timepieces will be available in Cavalli boutiques, as well as Franck Muller stores and selected retailers.

Available for men and women, prices for the timekeepers will begin at around €1,250, although there will also be more luxurious items retailing at €6,000.
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