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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In 2001, Richard Mille created the first watch in the collection: the tourbillon RM 001. The range is now composed of almost 50 models, all designed, developed and produced by the Richard Mille brand.
From tourbillon calibers to automatic movements, Richard Mille timepieces translate a watchmaker’s vision of various industries, such as automobiles, sport, aeronautics and sailing.
Richard Mille has now decided to rethink the names of his watches in order to classify them in families according to their characteristic themes and complications, according to thewatchquote.com.
As an example, the models in the RM 011 family, automatic sport watches equipped with a flyback chronograph, will be renamed the RM 11-01, RM 11-02, while those in the RM 056 family of tourbillon calibers featuring sapphire crystal cases will now be known as the RM 56-01, RM 56-02 and so forth.