Jaeger-LeCoultre is known for its ultra-thin cases and this one is a mere 3.6mm thick.
The markers and the distinctive “snowflake” hands of the Black Bay Black are outlined in 18k...
The Skull Bronze pays tribute to the epic of the parachutists of the Second World War.
The Limelight Stella is Piaget’s first complication for ladies, a moon phase indicator. The moon phases appear on a disc adorned with stars and two moons that is driven by a 135-toothed wheel, reproducing the lunar cycle with an exceptional degree of precision.
GoS Winter Nights is the result of a collaboration between Technotime and German master watchmaker Martin Braun.
The new Bulgari Roma reprises and reinterprets the values of the original model, with Bulgari’s signature tubogas bracelet, made of pink gold and steel with a 26mm diameter case.
The Skull Bronze pays tribute to the epic of the parachutists of the Second World War.
As the name suggests, the Boyfriend watch is designed with a masculine allure, but is made for women.
Alexander Shorokhoff timepieces are unique in the world of watchmaking. German-made, with Swiss and Russian movements, they are financially accessible yet limited in production. They were conceived by a Russian engineer with a passion for product design and watches.
Alexander Shorokhov was born in Moscow and, as a boy, nurtured an interest in and talent for engineering, drawing and design. He completed his engineering studies in Moscow with distinction, and went on to work at a prominent construction company in Moscow, where he became chief engineer and later, a director of the company. In the early ’90s, he attended a course in economics organized by the Ministry of Economics of the Hessen region in Germany. In 1992, he founded a marketing company in order to sell and market the Russian watch brand Poljot. In 1995, he launched his first own watch brand Poljot-International, followed in 2003 by the establishment of his signature premium label Alexander Shorokhoff, based in Alzenau, Geromany.
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.
Los Angeles, Frank Gehry’s home for nearly seven decades, has been a source of inspiration and a frequent canvas choice for the architect’s work. Gehry, born Frank Goldberg, moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 18 and later studied at the University of Southern California, earning a degree in architecture in 1954. He opened his office in Los Angeles in 1962 and his firm was known for the unique residences it designed, including Gehry’s own house. He later found worldwide success in the late 1980s after designing prominent buildings in Europe and in 1989 winning the Pritzker Prize, the top award in the field. His reputation as a world-renown architect was further solidified in 1997 when his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, with its abstract curved steel exterior, debuted to widespread acclaim. Over the next two decades, Gehry and his firm were in high demand, working on everything from a 76-story skyscraper in New York to a performing arts venue in Chicago, an art gallery in London, and the highly regarded concert hall in Los Angeles.
Montblanc is the first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking in the centuries-old Swiss horological tradition. The Maison introduces the TimeWalker Urban Speed Chronograph e-Strap, marrying an e-Strap with innovative smart functionalities with a mechanical chronograph in a modern, dynamic design.
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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.
Bulgari’s Octo collection is defined by its eight-sided dial shape within a round case.
The Movado Museum dial has been acclaimed for the purity of its design and has become a contemporary classic since it was launched in 1947.
Twenty years ago, Amelia Island Concours burst onto the car show scene. No one expected much, least of all its founder, Bill Warner. He is a lover of cars, a collector himself, an established motorsports photographer, and a super nice guy. The most he could have hoped for back then was a decent turnout for the few cars coming. No one could foresee that twenty years later his little idea would become one of the top two Concours in the United States. 1996 was just the start of a huge unknown future. Each year a significant driver has been honored as the center of attention. That first year Warner invited the world famous British race driver Sir Stirling Moss to be his honoree and Susie Moss, now Lady Moss, of course accompanied her husband. Twenty years on, Warner invited Sir Stirling to be this year’s honoree, for this special anniversary.
The special edition David Guetta is dedicated to TAG Heuer’s newest ambassador, DJ David Guetta.
The Altiplano collection from Piaget is being produced this year with an 18k gold bracelet for the first time. This ultra-thin timepiece is designed for both men and women.
The dial is extremely minimalist, with slim baton-style hour markers and slender hands. It contains the Piaget Caliber 534P automatic movement – hence the word “Automatic” on the dial.
It has a 42-hour power reserve, and is finished in a Côtes de Genève pattern. It is available in 34 mm and 38 mm sizes.
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This year, Chanel’s achievement in high watchmaking is the J12 Skeleton Open-Worked Flying Tourbillon, a limited edition of only 20 pieces in the world. The movement is an exceptional caliber with a diamond-set tourbillon cage in the shape of a star.
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,”
Rolex unveiled a new movement this year, Caliber 3255, which exceeds the standard set by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), establishing a new level of chronometric performance for Rolex watches.
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.
The BR 03 Rafale Chronograph is a tribute to a fighter aircraft, and is designed as a cockpit clock. The case is made of matte black ceramic, and the dial is a monochromatic camouflage grey, with orange-tipped chronograph seconds and minute hands. A tachymeter scale is printed on the flange – identified in orange type. The small seconds dial at 3 o’clock features a silhouette of the aircraft. The strap is natural black rubber. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces.