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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.

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).

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)

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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

karl lagerfeld tokidoki montre digitale

Karl Lagerfeld tells time with Tokidoki necklace

Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki necklace

Continuing its homage to Karl Lagerfeld, which began with the capsule collection available since July 1, Tokidoki has unveiled a necklace watch that resembles the famous designer.

The watch is a small figurine of Karl Lagerfield, cut off at the waist in characteristic Tokidoki style. The mini-Karl, outfitted with digital screens in his glasses, dangles from a 127 cm steel chain.

Pressing on the two buttons above the glasses displays the hours and minutes on this fun timepiece honoring Chanel and Fendi’s artistic director. This watch will be available from August 2013 for €199.

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

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):

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.

Via watchpro

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.

Source: Hodinkee

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

Hermès Pavilion at BaselWorld 2013

hermes pavilion baselworld 2013

La Montre Hermès joined forces with architect Toyo Ito to create its BaselWorld 2013 pavilion located in the heart of the venue.

Its design is a testament to Hermès’ values: craftsmanship, a commitment to work carried out by hand and to the noble elegance of natural materials, and an appreciation of precision and innovation.

Toyo Ito has imagined a two-storey box measuring 34 metres long and 19 metres wide, with a total area of 1,040 sq.m. Its steel framework is clad with 624 wooden strips, some straight, some curved.

hermes pavilion baselworld 2013

These interlocking slats form an outer mesh, and this façade covers a second inner structure made of wood, glass and metal. Between these two “skins”, 167 plants form a corridor of greenery.

The design is organic, brought to life with movement akin to the swell of the sea. It appears to tremble in the wind. Its skin of wooden slats, hanging like a skirt, moves with broad and dynamic undulations.

With its entrance positioned in the corner, the pavilion appears to cut through the waves like the bow of a ship. As they enter, visitors will sense the serenity of the atrium. A staircase in wood and metal takes visitors up to the mezzanine. Naturally dyed fabrics, so evocative of the world of Hermès, line the spaces like the bark of a tree, giving them a sense of warmth and intimacy.

hermes baselworld 2013

Finally, glass cases dotted around the edge of the room and within display Hermès latest watch-making creations. Blossoming like metallic flowers, they take their place in the perpetual creative cycle.

Hermès booth at Baselworld 2013 is located at Hall 1.1, Booth B55 – Source: Cosmone.com.

hermes baselworld pavilion lounge

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Versace unveiling new Versus watches at Baselworld

versace thea watch

Italian luxury brand Versace is unveiling a new collection of watches under its Versus label at Baselworld one of the luxury calendar’s biggest events.

When late last year it was announced that Versace was ending its collaboration with London-based designer Christopher Kane on the Versus collection, the fashion world was eager to hear what the Italian luxury label would be serving up next.

While Kane has gone on to focus on his successful main line (which received a sizeable investment from Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen owner Kering earlier this year), Versace chose to explore its options in new digital (“a key word that describes the Versus tribe”) and non-seasonal directions.

We’re still eagerly awaiting the clothing collection for the brand by young British designer J W Anderson, the first in a series of different collaborations, which is set to drop (according to Versace’s online countdown) in just over two weeks’ time.

The Versus timepieces include the Tokyo, Ibiza and Agadir which blend cutting-edge technology and materials with the traditional luxury of the label.

Meanwhile, four new models under the Versace label play with the brand’s motifs in a fun and vibrant way: the Vanitas, Thea, the sporty V-Race and the limited edition Dv One Skeleton show off the Versace’s vibrant design touches and also feature Swiss-made movements.

Versace Vanitas watches

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.

Source: Perpetuelles

Burberry Watches to Make Baselworld Debut

Buerberry basel stand

 

British luxury brand Burberry will be at Baselworld – the world’s biggest watch trade fair – from 25th April to 2nd May 2013. It will be the first time that Burberry will take part in this event.

The British brand will be set up in the center of the Hall of Desires 1.1, D31, where it will present its new watch collections, including its “The Britain” models inspired by the emblematic Burberry trench.

Burberry will unveil its new creations over two floors alongside other prestigious brands. The space, with an illuminated exterior, will have digital screens and interactive equipment that will allow visitors to discover the “Swiss Made” skills that go into making each Burberry watch.

Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary

Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary Watch

Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary

For the its 160th anniversary, Tissot is issuing a “heritage” version of its 1953 Navigator world time watch. The original was itself created to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary.

The new version has been modernized a bit — most notably a 43mm case vs. 36mm on the original; but the dial retains the old Tissot logo.

Set the watch to the any one of the cities of your choice and the corresponding time zone is shown by the numbers engraved on the bezel! Source: Perpetuelle