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Roma Extravaganza

The Roma Finissimo anniversary edition has a 41mm case made of 18k yellow gold. 

 
 

The Bulgari Roma was created in 1975, the same year Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Flared pants and high boots were in fashion, and watches were slim and minimalist, with digital technology just emerging. The Bulgari Roma was revolutionary for its time. The movement was digital, and it was the first fashion watch to be marked prominently with its maker’s logo, which was engraved on the Roma’s wide bezel. The Roma was produced as a one-off special edition, as a gift for the best 100 clients of founder Sotirio Bulgari. It was also a tribute to the beauty and influence of Rome: the engraved logo was inspired by the mark of sovereignty on ancient Roman coins, and the braided strap – a departure from the bracelet straps of the day – was made of plaited rope with leather trim, reminiscent of ropes used by the ancient Romans. Thus, modern elements were combined with classic references, and an iconic timepiece was born. Orders for the watch flooded in from all over the world (from both men and from women), and Bulgari decided to extend its production, introducing an analog series with traditional hour markers and two hands, called Bulgari-Bulgari.  

 
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Attention to Accuracy – Montblanc’s new models commemorate the art of chronometry

The Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama

Montblanc’s new Heritage Chronométrie Collection consists of five models, from collectors’ pieces to affordable complications. The collection honors the art of accurate timekeeping, defined by the Swiss as Chronométrie. Specifically, they are a tribute to marine chronometers, ultra-accurate instruments that helped 19th century ship captains navigate the seas. The collection is inspired by the exploration of Vasco da Gama, the first to find a southern seaway to India by rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Da Gama did not have a marine chronometer to guide him, but navigated using a nocturlabium, a primitive predecessor of the sextant that navigated according to the stars. For da Gama, finding a sea route to India was a trade issue: it enabled him to bypass Arabian, Persian, Turkish and Venetian middlemen, who had made it extremely expensive for Europeans to import valuable spices such as pepper and precious stones.

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Bulgari explores futuristic materials and explores e-technology

 

One of the most exciting things about the revolution in mechanical timepieces is the explosion of new materials being used in timepiece engineering. During the first golden age of mechanical watchmaking, from the 1940s until the 1970s, almost all watches were made of gold. Since the resurgence of mechanical timekeeping that began in the 1990s, manufacturers have popularized the use of stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and other space age materials. The result is a whole new generation of heirloom timepieces that are built to stand the test of time.

Bulgari has been at the forefront of this exploration of new materials. In 1998, it introduced the Diagono Aluminum. “It’s cool design and casual appeal made it a must have,”

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Raymond Weil - Family Time

 

Raymond Weil is a third-generation family watch business that counts music and aviation among its passions.

Geneva-based watch company Raymond Weil is one of the few Swiss watch brands that remains family owned. Founded in 1976 by Raymond Weil, it was managed for 18 years by his son-in-law, Olivier Bernheim, and is now under the leadership of Weil’s grandson, Elie Bernheim. The brand is known for its accessible, high-quality Swiss-made watches and creative designs.

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Bulgari Roma

Bulgari is celebrating 40 years of its Bulgari Roma timepiece, originally conceived in 1975. Among the anniversary pieces is an ultra-thin version, equipped with the hand-wound Bulgari Finissimo Caliber, with a small seconds counter.

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Movado 1881 Automatic

The Movado 1881 Automatic is a ladies’ watch with a 27 mm stainless steel case, white mother-of-pearl dial and an inner ring set with 29 round brilliant diamonds. The dial is covered by a flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.There is also a sapphire crystal on the caseback, exposing the automatic movement.

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Citizen Ti + IP

The Citizen Ti + IP is a watch made of a groundbreaking proprietary material called Super Titanium, which uses a surface hardening finish called Duratect.

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Baselworld attracts aficionados and buyers from around the world

From everyday watches to limited-edition collectors’ pieces, the Basel fair has it all, and several trends are always visible at the show.

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Le Vian® - Sexy women’s jeweled diamond timepieces complement today’s women

Le Vian has been designing timepieces for 18 years, creating unique limited-edition watches that reflect the company’s innovations in trend-setting designs, as well as its specialty in diamond jewelry, particularly natural fancy color Chocolate Diamonds®. This year, Le Vian® is offering new time-pieces that are sexy and sleek in both design and color and coordinate with the company’s best-selling jewelry. The collection exhibits Le Vian’s commitment to be defined as the world’s newest lifestyle brand.

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Best of SIHH 2015 - A few stars of the 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva

At the 2015 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva in January, each of the 16 elite brands exhibiting at the invite-only fair present their new creations. As an introduction to the presentation by Van Cleef & Arpels, company CEO Nicolas Bos remarked: Van Cleef & Arpels has a very positive vision of life. We need dreams. Beauty will save the world. That is our mission.”

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Paiget - From ultra-thin movements to skeleton watches

Piaget’s illustrious heritage as a developer of ultra-thin watch movements extends naturally to the art of skeletonization. The company has created 27 ultra-thin calibers over the years, 15 of which have set world records for being the slimmest in their category. This art of refining movements to their basic format extends to the artistry of the skeletonized movement, in which all but the most essential components are cut out and then finished, decorated and sometimes gem-set, resulting in a spectacular view into the heart of mechanical watchmaking.

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Chopard L.U.C Regulator

The L.U.C Regulator commemorates the tradition of regulator clocks, which were used as a reference time by watchmakers to set the time when regulating wristwatches. There is a central minute hand but no central minute hour hand. Instead, the hours are indicated in a subdial at the 3 o’clock position. Seconds and a second time zone are recorded on two more subdials. A power reserve indicator is located at 12 o’clock. It contains the Caliber L.U.C 98.02-L, with a nine-day power reserve.

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Ebel Wave Lady

The bracelet of the Wave Lady reinterprets the brand’s classic wave motif. The case is made in a combination of stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, while the bracelet is stainless steel and yellow gold
PVD. The case is 30 mm in diameter and 8.30 mm thick.

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Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

The Altiplano Chronograph is the world’s thinnest hand-wound chronograph. The hand-wound caliber 883P measures 4.65 mm thick. In the case, it measures only 8.24 mm thick. Both measurements represent world records of thinness.

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Movado Honors Jeter

Derek Jeter Captain Series Museum Sport Watch, with 42 mm black PVD-finished stainless steel case and bezel with stainless steel commemorative caseback, matte black three-hand Museum dial with thin gray vertical stripes, polished black dot, numeral 2 and blue-filled hour/minute hands, blue minute reflector ring and seconds hand, and date display. It has a black perforated rubber strap with black PVD-finished stainless steel and a classic tongue buckle, sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz movement. It is water resistant to 30 meters.
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Patek Philipe's 175th Anniversary: The Brand's Most Complicated Watch

The Grandmaster Chime is delivered in a case of Makassar ebony and inlaid wood of 17 other species.
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Ralph Lauren Safari

A timepiece collection built for adventure.

Ralph Lauren timepiece collections are a reflection of the company’s unique sensibility, which is divided into four iconic lifestyle design themes: automotive, equestrian, Art Deco and safari. The philosophy behind each of these unique aesthetic categories is to allow customers to imagine Ralph Lauren’s creations in the context of an adventurous lifestyle, exploring themes that are personally meaningful to the designer himself.

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deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry serves up watches and Ferraris

deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry in Dallas is a 13,600-sq.-ft. store, featuring some of the world’s top watch brands.
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Clock of Ages: Bulova celebrates its 100-plus years as a clock maker

Bulova is so known as one of the world’s premier watch companies that few are aware of its roots as one of America’s longstanding makers of clocks. The company was founded in 1875 in New York City, long before the wristwatch was invented, and soon became a respected name in mechanical clockworks and ornate, decorative clocks for the home.

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De Grisogono celebrates the cast of “The Expendables 3”

The 15th Anniversary edition of the Instrumento Uno.
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Bulgari, the master jeweler, is also forging a reputation as a master watchmaker with in-house movements

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon is the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement.
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An inside look at the intricate process of high watchmaking at Chopard

In-house trained complications watchmakers assemble and adjust the Chopard L.U.C movements that bear the Geneva Seal hallmark, working from a kit of components. Assembling a single tourbillon carriage takes two days.
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Citizen times the world

The Citizen L Series has a mother-of-pearl dial, a steel case and is set with diamonds. The watch is inspired by the morning dew, and it is powered by Citizen Eco-Drive light technology.
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Vacheron Constantin expands its operation

At the opening ceremony of the Vacheron Constantin manufacture from left to right: Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, Anne Catherine Lyon Conseiller of Vaud, Philippe Leuba, Conseiller of Vaud and Jeannine Rainaud Meylan, Mayor of Chenit.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Interview with Brand Ambassador Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger. Jaeger-LeCoultre reverso ultra-thin 2 Credits Marcel Hartmann.
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