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Baume & Mercier linea straps

Baume & Mercier presents new straps for Linea watches

Baume & Mercier linea straps

For the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 season,  is updating its Linea collection with three new straps.

If you’re looking to transform the look of your current watch without buying a new one, look no further than a new strap.

The watches in the Baume & Mercier Linea line are compatible with an ever-expanding range of wrist straps. The three new designs launching this fall can be worn with all of its 27mm Linea watches.

Each adorned with a combination of two materials, patent leather and satin, these wraparound straps come in olive green, gold and dark brown.

Baume & Mercier suggests a few ideal combinations: the Olive Green strap and the Linea 10011 (€2,415), the Golden Glaze with the Linea 10013 (€4,375) or the Dark Chocolate with the Linea 10009 (€2,525).

Otherwise, watch enthusiasts are of course free to mix and match to find their ideal combination. Each strap is priced at €125 on its own.

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Jaguar and Bremont team up for E-Type watch

The luxury watchmaker has worked with the sportscar manufacturer on a new watch to celebrate the rebirth of the legendary E-Type sportscar.

 is celebrating the release of the new Lightweight E-Types with a series of watches made by Bremont that use materials from the famous cars’ manufacturing, including a 43mm white gold case with an aluminum center ring made from metal saved during the Lightweight panel construction.

Lightweight Jaguar E-Type

The six new Lightweight E-Types are being built by Jaguar Heritage to finalize the original 1963 production run (only 12 of the originally planned 18 were ever made) and will be “identical in every way possible” to the classic car.

There will be six watches made, one for each of the cars, with the chassis number printed at 6 o’clock on each watch’s face.

Lightweight Jaguar E-Type dials

The winding crown is engraved with the pattern of the period-correct Dunlop racing tires that will be fitted to the continuation Lightweights.

The custom features don’t stop there, with  given access to the Jaguar archives to nail all the details, including “the exact font for the numerals used on the dial of the original rev counters.”

Jaguar watch by Bremont

The watch strap is in Connolly leather to match the Lightweight’s interior upholstery, and the BWC/01 Bremont proprietary, self-winding movement is finished with a 50hr power reserve and fitted with ‘steering wheel’ rotor.

The two companies first worked together in 2010 on the Jaguar C-X75 car, which featured a unique, analog dashboard developed by Bremont.

Jaguar watch by Bremont back

Both the watch and the car will debut at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on August 14.

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.

The Kurator watch

Karl Lagerfeld presents bold new AW14 watch collection

For the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 season,  has introduced a rather bold and original line of watches.

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Between crystal, leather, and stainless steel in pink, black and gold, Karl Lagerfeld didn’t impose any limits when choosing the materials and colors for this new watch collection.

The Kurator watch

For men, the new fall line includes the Kurator (above), a watch worn on a matte black stainless steel bracelet with guilloché links for a distinctive look.

For women, meanwhile, the Karl 7 (below) has taken on an exotic aspect this season through a snakeskin-style leather strap, all while retaining its urban style thanks to its gunmetal color.

The Karl 7 Watch

Other new editions of the Karl 7 include a version with a lizard-style leather strap and a dial inlaid with smoky topaz crystals and a version with a rose gold-colored stainless steel bracelet and a dial paved with black crystals.

There is also the Marais (below), a sophisticated little jewel of a watch with a curb chain bracelet and rectangular dial adorned simply with a discreet profile of the designer. The luxury watch is available in gold or gunmetal.

The Marais watch

A brand new model for the fall, the Petite Stud watch (below) stands out for being both modern and timeless at once. Studs have replaced the indices, and the bezel is lined with crystals and pyramid-shaped studs.

The Petite Stud

The watch is made of stainless steel and is available in gold or rose gold and black, depending on the preferred level of bling.

The Karl 7 Charm Bracelet

The most buzzworthy item in the new line is the Karl 7 Charm Bracelet. The gold-colored bracelet comes with seven charms, each representing a symbol of the designer’s world, including of course a cat and a fingerless glove.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alpina to unveil new watch for professional pilots

At the next edition of Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland (March 27 – April 3), Alpina will present its latest tribute to aviators: the Startimer Pilot Sunstar.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar

Alpina is known for its close ties to the aeronautical sector, for which it has designed several watches. Following in this tradition, the latest timepiece from the Swiss brand was designed specifically to professional airplane pilots.

The Startimer Pilot Sunstar features a 44mm satin-finish stainless steel case enclosing an anthracite sunray-finish dial, which calls to mind the metallic appearance of airplane dashboard instruments.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar

Another feature inherent to the world of aviation: large, luminous numerals and indices and luminous white hands for instant readability.

Equipped with the AL-525 mechanical self-winding movement, this watch is waterproof up to 100m and has a 38-hour power reserve. The Startimer Pilot Sunstar indicates hours, minutes, seconds and date.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar

The new timepiece will be sold with a black leather strap with contrast stitching. Price: €1,150.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar back

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.

Saint Honore Coloseo Valentine

Coloseo Valentine watch by Saint Honoré

Paris watchmaker Saint Honoré has introduced the Coloseo Valentine, a women’s watch inspired by the celebration of love. All in red, this timepiece is truly a symbol of passion, with its modern and ultra-feminine rounded design.

Saint Honore Coloseo Valentine

Based on a quartz movement, the watch displays hours, minutes and seconds and is waterproof to 30m. The 38mm stainless steel case features a crown topped with a black onyx cabochon.

Coloseo Valentine

For women who prefer more subtle shades than romantic red, Saint Honoré also offers the Coloseo Valentine in white, purple, chestnut brown or gold.

Poiray and Hipanema

Hipanema x Poiray

French jeweller Poiray has teamed up with Hipanema, a brand that makes Brazilian-style bracelets with metal clasps, for a collaborative collection.

Poiray and Hipanema

For the first time, Poiray’s iconic Ma Première watch, known for its interchangeable straps, can be worn with the multi-colored, braided, embroidered and beaded bracelets made by Hipanema.

The “Spéciale Brésil” collection includes four interchangeable straps, available in shades of pink, gold, turquoise and indigo.

All of these bohemian-chic designs can be fastened to the emblematic beveled case of the Ma Première watch.

Only 300 straps in each color will be produced in this limited edition collection, slated to arrive in Poiray’s stores from April at the price of €120.

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.