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The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication

Written by K. Amanuel

 

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore collection is known for its distinctive design features as well as its large proportions. The watches are functional and aesthetically arresting. In the recent SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication, which is the first sport grand complication. Expected to retail for a whopping $741,600, this timepiece comes in a very limited edition of three pieces.

 

 

The Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication comes in an intriguing 44 millimeter diameter and 17.5 millimeter thick case that has a black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and pushers. The 18-carat pink gold case has glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case-back, black ceramic bezel, white ceramic crown and push pieces. The piece is water resistant to 20 meters. This open-worked watch allows one to see all the nuances of its mechanics. Featured inside this watch is the AP calibre 2885 and its 648 unique and hand finished parts. According to reports from the company, 860 hours was spent on each watch, as the watchmaker assembled, tested, and disassembled the timepiece in the workshop. The sapphire dial features pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Finishing off the look of the watch is a beautiful white rubber strap with 18-carat pink gold pin buckle.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication

Technical Specifics of AP Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication:

  • Grande Complication movement

  • Column wheel Chronograph mechanism

  • Repeater’s two gongs are both on the same plane

  • Oscillating weight with ceramic ball bearings

  • Moonphase made with Physical Vapor Deposited metal onto sapphire

  • Oscillating weight can be custom decorated upon customer’s request

  • Manual finishing of the cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt “brouillé” finishing underneath)

  • Manual finishing of the bridges (curved polished bevels, satin-brushed edges, Perlage on the recesses)

  • Perpetual calendar, Date, Day, Month, Leap year, Moonphases, Number of the week

  • Split time chronograph, Seconds and split seconds counter, Minutes counter

  • Minute repeater on two gongs

  • Minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split-seconds chronograph, week indication, hours, minutes
  • Total diameter – 14 mm
  • Type of balance: Screwed balance
  • Frequency of balance wheel – 2.75 (=19,800 alternances/hour) Hz
  • Type of balance-spring stud-holder – Mobile stud
  • Balance-spring type – Breguet
  • Direction of automatic winding – Unidirectional
  • Type of oscillating weight – Monobloc in 18-carat gold
  • Number of jewels – 52
  • Power reserve – 45 h
  • Number of parts – 648

Watch Tags: Audemars Piguet, Luxury Watch, Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication, sports watch, sporty watch, Watches

Romain Jerome Makes Watch for Sci-Fi’s

Romain Jerome has created a watch that will make any sci-fi lover squeal with delight. Named the “Spacecraft,” this watch will make you think Star Wars. Specifically Darth Vader. Spacecraft is a watch that screams vintage futuristic all at once, which is very hard to accomplish.

 

Spacecraft is a titanium watch that is coated with PVD.  It focuses on hard angles and flat lines to give it that space – feel. It is run with a self-winding movement that has so many different motions to it, it has yet to been seen. With retrograde hours, the watch moves laterally, linearly and even jumps! Why does it need so many movements? Because of the way the watch is ready. Spacecraft is not going to be a watch for someone who wants to-the-second accurate time. Jerome notes this himself. It is meant for style.

 

To tell the time on Spacecraft, you must first look at the side of the watch where the hours are located. The correct hour will be red, caused by a spring-driven carriage. Then go to the watch face where the minutes are located. It may be a little hectic, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t think twice about reading the watch. The entire watch was hand pieced and tied together with a black mesh strap.

 

If you are a fan of unique watches, or a Star Wars, space lover, Spacecraft is definitely the watch for you. It is going to be an extremely rare watch, however, with only ninety-nine created. The cost definitely mirrors the high craftsmanship at $33,400. But if you can afford it, this will be a piece everyone will constantly talk about. Tell time with style.

 

Written by: Stacy McCullough

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57570729-1/spacecraft-watch-perfect-for-imperial-officers/

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/romain-jerome-space-craft-watch-hands-on/

Watch Tags: designer watches, limited edition watches, luxury, Luxury Watch, luxury watch brands, men's watches, romain jerome, spacecraft, Watches

Hublot Takes on the Lakers

That’s right, luxury watchmaker Hublot is making its move with the LA Lakers. Both brands are popular in their own rights, famous for pursuing and achieving excellence. The high standards of the Lakers is what brought Hublot to add them to their repertoire.

 

Hublot watch collection
Elegance and fierceness

Hublot is already a presence in the world of sports. Some of their athletic partners include Manchester United, Usain Bolt and FIFA. It is no doubt that they should start making themselves known to the world of basketball. This will help widen their sales by promoting to a new audience, which is first seen as a wall clock was handed to LA Lakers EVP Jeanie Buss. She opted to show the beautiful clock off with Laker Kobe Bryant and local Hublot Boutique owner Greg Simonian.

 

The Lakers have sixteen titles to their name thus far and Hublot can now say they are the first to become an official timekeeper for the team. Hublot loves to blend tradition with the modern and by making this deal with the Lakers they do just that. So get ready to get your game on because with their precise timing, you’ll know that game will start and finish right on time.

 

Written by Stacy McCullough

http://iwmagazine.com/2013/01/30/hublot-becomes-first-official-timekeeper-of-los-angeles-lakers/

Watch Tags: Celebrity, Hublot, Hublot boutique, Hublot watch collection, LA Lakers, Luxury Watches, Watches

Michael Kors – A Watch for Every Occasion

How do you wear your watch? Does it depend on the season; on the time of day; on the setting in which you’re in; the mood you’re in; there’s a watch that will fit for any occasion. Michael Kors set up his collection of watches on his site in a way where both men and women can pick out the watch they’ve been craving to own. To introduce a quick guide, find the infamous Michael Kors on line and head to the watch section. Although it may seem absolutely necessary to begin your shopping bag right away, first look around at the offered products. Don’t become too overwhelmed by all of the superlative designs, the sparkle and the many choices to choose from. There’s a great section labeled ‘How I Wear My Kors’ leading to three fashion fields many of us can configure ourselves within; Kelly: Preppy Americana, Tracy: Edgy Glamour, and Anna: Luxe Boho. Not going to lie, each of these has a stunning collection that has been put together piece by piece for the perfect outfit for any occasion including a few Kors watches in each section to pick from. Kelly’s Preppy Americana look focuses on Golden Stainless Steel watches, all of which are delicate yet striking, fit for any woman with a playful and hardworking attitude. Tracy’s Edgy Glamour contains the Silver Color Stainless Steel watches and a wardrobe containing leather and print features in the pieces, another beautiful choice for any woman. Last, but not least, Anna’s Luxe Boho look consists of neutral colors, a laid back feel and beautiful Silver Stainless Steel Chronograph watches with just enough glitz and glamour for a boho chic woman. The three categories make it easier if you already have a specific idea in mind for yourself and the watch you’ll be purchasing. However, if time is on your hands, use it to look at the whole Michael Kors watch collection.

Michael Kors turquoise blue watch rubber

Each watch is its own. Whether it contains a more neutral feel or a show-me-off aspect to it, they’re all stylish and chic and well priced as well. You can own one watch or a couple; Michael Kors makes it possible for you to enjoy what you’re sporting, because you won’t be the only one looking at the time on your wrist. The watch you wear should be something you’re proud to show off and something that will catch the eye of anyone around. Fall in love with Michael Kors’ watch collection.

 

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Watch Tags: collection, designer watches, fashion, Michael Kors, Michael Kors watches, Watches, women's watches

Fossil: Make Your Watch Suit You

Being a global retailer comes easily to Fossil. They have chosen the route of expanding in their two core businesses; one being a multi-brand watch business.

The Fossil website displays their Press releases, entailing how much the brand has grown over the years, expanding both their name and retailing all over the world.

In October of 2006, “Fossil, Inc. announced that it ha[d] teamed up with the National Football League (NFL) to design, manufacture, market and distribute an official NFL watch collection for men and women featuring all 32 NFL teams” (Reifeiss, 2006). This was an idea that would go beyond connecting to their diverse purchasers. Both the Fossil team and the NFL representatives knew this would be a great idea to come together. The writer of the 2006 press release, Katrin Reifeiss,  stated that “Fossil’s reputation for design and quality make them a perfect fit for our organization” (Reifeiss, 2006).

This collection became available nationwide at select department stores, NFL stores and specialty sports stores, along with the Fossil online website, accessible to anyone, everywhere.

The Fossil watch collection does not disappoint, no matter what type of customer you are or what you are looking for. With their significant variety of different colors and styles, it’s a great compilation to choose from.

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The fashionable women’s collection is comprised of Georgia watches, Stella watches, Heather watches, Emma watches, archival watches, Natalie watches, Riley watches, and lastly, Wallace watches.

Scrolling through the women’s watch section, you will find rose gold watches, steel watches, leather watches, gold-tone watches, an exotic leather watch set, neutral watches, white and color watches, ceramic watches and a notable set of interchangeable watches to make your own.

As for the men’s watches, they also have a compilation of watches. Their collections consists of Grant watches, Nate and Gage watches, machine watches, Ansel watches, Decker watches and Dean watches.

Men can also go into the styles section of watches to choose from a variety of leather dress watches, casual watches, steel dress watches, mechanical and sports watches, Roman watches, titanium and ceramic watches and of course the interchangeable watches comparable to the women’s.

Fossil allows for both male and female consumers to be able to find exactly what they are looking for. Whether it be a sporty style, a more feminine or masculine style, or anything in between or outside those lines, you can find a watch to suit you.

Watch Tags: fashion, Fossil, Fossil collection, Fossil watch collection, interchangeable watches, style, Watches

Tag Heuer – Making History with Time

Jimmy Spithill, America’s youngest winner of the America’s Cup, stated, “The Competition is why you do it. As an athlete, you want to be challenged and the harder it is, the more exciting it is” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

Spithill knew what he was doing as he glanced down at his Aquaracer Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph Limited Edition on his wrist. With time being incredibly important during Oracle Team USA crew’s sailing competition, The TAG Heuer brand made it not an option to let the hard-working men down in the big race.

The partnership between the brand and Oracle Team USA was shown in the 34th America’s Cup, representing “the Aquaracer’s 30-years reign at the luxury helm of yachting elegance” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

Tag Heuer, a Swiss brand, was acclaimed as the Official Timekeeper of Intrepid, the America’s Cup winner, in 1967, moving on to many more huge accomplishments.

In 2009, TAG Heuer “launched its most charismatic collection of water sports-inspired watches yet: the Aquaracer 500M, a diving chronograph with automatic helium valve, water resistant to 500 meters” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

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The watch has a legacy behind it and is inspired by its past and present partnership with the Oracle Team USA. Altogether, “it is a sportswatch, inspired by and designed for the best sailors in the world’s most prestigious race” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

As for the design of the watch, it features many details oriented significantly for the TAG Heuer watch itself. It “carries the classic TAG Heuer features that make the Swiss brand the undisputed world leader for sports chronograph design and performance” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

To this day, TAG Heuer brand is one of the largest, well known “and most desired brands in the luxury watch industry; the Swiss legend draws upon its active engagement in the world of sports to create the most accurate timing instruments and watches in the world” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

TAG Heuer has been featured in many athletic fields over the years. “From the Olympic Games in the 1920s to its role as official timekeeper for Formula One in the 1990s and the legendary Indy 500 race today, TAG Heuer, in a constant quest for innovation, excellence, performance and prestige, continues to aim even higher” (30 Years of Aquaracer).

Thanks to the TAG Heuer press release, 30 Years of Aquaracer, we have statements and evidence of absolute excellence of the constantly growing brand.

To purchase an iconic Aquaracer of your own, shop http://www.varietywatches.com/brand/tag-heuer/aquaracer.html.

Watch Tags: America's Cup, Aquaracer, athletic, crew, Oracle, Oracle Team USA, sports, TAG Heuer, Watches

Hublot Boutique Grand Opening

In January of 1989, Hublot started a brand new reputation for itself; “For the first time in history of watchmaking, a precious material, gold, was combined with rubber. The porthole-shaped case with its combination of polished and brushed gold, the minimalist black dial and the inimitable bracelet in natural black rubber became the symbol of Hublot watches” (Hublot.com).

As the Official Watch of Formula 1, Hublot opened their second boutique in Abu Dhabi November 2012, which is also the 56th Hublot boutique open. Ranked high in status, Hublot opens their boutiques in the most prestigious locations across the globe, welcoming Abu Dhabi to the list as they expand their global footprint.

The Swiss brand welcomed many attendees at their grand opening, along with the chairman of Hublot, friends, family and long-standing partners of the brand.

The boutique is incredibly beautiful; 50-square-metres in Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall.

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For a closer look at the boutique, the Hublot Facebook link is shown below:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151293123656535.515343.53352786534&type=1

With their very unique style of watches, Hublot has marketed a new type of watch for everyone around the world. Their designs and ways of constructing the watch are different from those of everyone else, making Hublot famous in the watch industry and able to make high sales and keep themselves prominent and partnered with many of the elite.

A Hublot watch is designed to stand out; its elegance and sharpness are noteworthy.

With worldwide services available, anyone from anywhere around the world is able to connect to the brand and its infamous ambassadors who represent it as they get on their way to owning a Hublot product.

Hublot partners are also well known by all and many from diverse fields and interest groups, which make for a great relationship between the brand and its customers.

This highly-ranked and renowned brand has built itself a dynasty and is only on its way to expanding itself even farther beyond.

Watch Tags: Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi boutique, Hublot, Hublot boutique, Hublot watch collection, Watches, watchmaking

The Movado Kara 0605283 Doesn’t Shine

Movado Kara Lacks That Special Something

The Movado Women’s Kara Watch #0605283 is a well made watch, don’t get me wrong.  I’m actually a big Movado fan, but I think that this watch falls short.  It does have all the proper components, yet for me the look is lacking.  Movado is known for their minimalistic styling, but this women’s timepiece is a bit drab.  Even though the dial of 0605283 Kara watch comes in a pale and beautiful shade of blue…I believe that the designers could have added a bit more oomph, ya know? 

Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the Movado Women’s Kara Watch #0605283, in case you decide to disagree with my taste.  The dial is presented in blue Mother-of-Pearl.  It is your standard Museum dial that we are used to, and is cases in stainless-steel, which has been polished.  The Swiss quartz movement keeps the cost down, but this watch still retails for just around $200.  Movado has used a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal and made this women’s watch water resistant to 30 meters. 

While it is not a bad watch by any means, the Movado Women’s Kara Watch #0605283 comes as a bit of a disappointment to me, because of its lack of originality.

Watch Tags: Movado, Swiss, Watches, women's

The Michele Women’s Attitude Diamond Lavender Alligator Watch

Michele's Lovely Lavender Watch

Talk about a watch that will make you want to stand up and strut your stuff…that’s the Michele Women’s Attitude Diamond Lavender Alligator watch. This ladies timepiece is purple, and that’s the biggest part of its appeal.  That eye-popping color gets your attention, but Michele watches has presented it in a really classy and sophisticated fashion.  The Michele Women’s Attitude Diamond Lavender Alligator watch runs about $1,500, but it is so well-made and beautiful that you won’t mind paying a little extra.  The white dial is accented by the Michele logo, as well as some stylishly designed 6 and 12 o’clock hour markers, set with sparkling diamonds.  The shiny stainless-steel case is a great housing for the white and diamond face. 

The Michele Women’s Attitude Diamond Lavender Alligator Watch is lovely and feminine, but don’t expect to wear this watch while swimming.  It only has a water resistance rating for 30 meters.  Not to worry, you won’t want to get this timepiece anywhere near the chlorine.  It is made for flashing around on dry land.  The Michele Women’s Attitude Diamond Lavender Alligator watch is a great addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.  The pretty lavender color of the bracelet will compliment more outfits than you can imagine, heck you might just wear it into next winter…lavender and black, tres chic.

Watch Tags: Michele, quality watches, Swiss, Watches, women's

The TAG Heuer Women’s Golf Watch WAE1114FT6011

Brighten Her Day With a Pink TAG Heuer

The TAG Heuer Women’s Golf Watch WAE1114FT6011 is so pretty and delicate for a sport timepiece.  Developed and worn by world famous golfer Tiger Woods, the TAG Heuer Golf Watch has been specially designed with the needs of a golfer in mind.

The TAG Heuer Women’s Golf Watch WAE1114FT6011 is made from the finest materials and with all of the quality craftsmanship that we are used to from TAG Heuer.  This highly regarded watchmaker has gone to great lengths to make this watch stand out from the rest.  The TAG Heuer Women’s Golf Watch WAE1114FT6011 offers a Swiss quartz movement, which you will find extremely accurate and reliable.  The dial is crafted from soft, pink Mother-of-Pearl and features a date aperture.  The watch face is covered by a highly scratch resistant Sapphire crystal.  The case and bezel are made from strong stainless-steel.  The case measures 38mm in diameter and features a screw down backing.  The pink dial is complimented with a matching pink rubber strap and deployment buckle for safety. 

The TAG Heuer Women’s Golf Watch WAE1114FT6011 is water resistant to 99 feet, making it the prettiest accessory you will wear in the rain.  Pink yours up at Variety Watches.  Spring is just around the corner.

Watch Tags: Swiss, TAG Heuer, Watches, women's