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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

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Ines Sastre – Ambassador for Frédérique Constant & Ladies World Heart Federation

Written by Selena DiGiovanni

 

Since 2009 Frédérique Constant, a world renowned Swiss watchmaker, has been involved with heart-related charities. They have supported the “Hearts of Children” campaign in recent years, and this past September they generously donated $50,000 to the World Heart Federation.

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The Swiss watchmaker has now announced that they will be teaming up with Spanish actress and model Inés Sastre. Sastre is known for her acting and modeling career, though she has also done extensive charity work with UNICEF. Some of her films include El Dorado, Vidocq, and her most famous, The Lost City.

 

This collaboration will involve Frédérique Constant producing a new line of watches specifically for this charity called the Ladies World Heart Federation Automatic Collection. Sastre will be the ambassador for Frédérique Constant’s new heart health related collections over the next two years.

 

This line will feature four new timepieces with Frédérique Constant’s classic FC-310 automatic winding movements. The “heartbeat” of these beautiful pieces can be seen through a double heart aperture located at the 12 o’clock position. The mother-of-pearl dial is studded with diamonds, and set into a feminine 34mm round case. Two of the four models will feature a stainless steel case, while the other two models will feature a rose gold plated stainless steel case. There are a variety of bands available, including genuine alligator and satin straps in numerous colors, and also in metal bracelets. These straps also feature an Easy Release system, which allows women the ability to easily change the strap and customize their wristwatch endlessly.

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100 of these feminine pieces will be created specifically for the campaign, and will be disbursed through the World Heart Federation in specially designed heart boxes. To learn more, visit www.frederique-constant.com.

Les Heures Fabuleuses de Cartier

Written by Selena DiGiovanni

 

Every year, the Salon International De La Horlogerie (SIHH), draws in some of the finest watchmakers in the world. This year, luxury watchmaker Cartier is already making waves with their new SIHH 2013 collection. The line is being called Les Heures Fabuleuses de Cartier Collection, and features timepieces inspired by nature and encrusted in precious gems.

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The first of this new line is the Cartier Panthére Divine Watch. This timepiece features offset minute and hour hand on a black brass dial with a guilloche design. This dial serves as a phenomenal backdrop for the stunning panther which is the star of this piece. The panther and case are both made of 18-carat white gold plated with rhodium set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Additionally, the panther features black enamel spots and detailing.

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Another timepiece from this line which is receiving a lot of attention is the Cartier Peacock Motif Watch. The case and main body of the peacock on this piece are also made of 18-carat white gold plated with rhodium. Set into the case and peacock form are brilliant cut diamonds and a single sapphire which serves as the peacock’s eye. Nestled amongst the diamonds which cover this timepiece are two roses made of ruby crystal with carved nephrite jade leaves. In addition to being a beautiful timepiece, this watch can also double as a brooch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cartier Peacock Motif Watch is not the only timepiece in this collection that can double as a piece of jewelry. Also included in this new line is the Cartier Tortue Secret Watch. The timepiece is designed to look like a tortoise, with a shell that swings to cover and reveal the time display beneath. The case is once more made of rhodium-plated 18-carat white gold, and is set with brilliant cut diamonds. The eyes of the tortoise are created with two emeralds. Unlike those previously mentioned, the  Cartier Tortue Secret Watch features minute and hour hands which are centered on a silvered flinqué dial which has a translucent lacquer.

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The timepieces crafted for this line are incredibly beautiful, and incredibly versatile. Decadent designs and precious stones truly make these art pieces worth investing in.

 

To learn more about the Les Heures Fabuleuses de Cartier Collection, visitwww.cartier.com.

Titan Black & FC Chelsea Create Custom Rolex Daytona Watch

If you are a fan of the Chelsea Football Club, you’ll love the new Titan Black Rolex Daytona custom made for the team. Titan Black and Chelsea FC spent a long time coming up with the perfect Rolex watch. It was created to celebrate the team’s May 2012 Champion League Win in Munich as well as their current UEFA Champion Title.

While not many details of the Rolex Daytona Chelsea FC have been released, we know that it showcases the team’s notorious color of blue. There are three small logo sections within the watch: one of white and blue stars at 9 o’clock, the team’s logo at 6 o’clock and the logo of the UEFA Champion League at 3 o’clock. The simplicity of these small logos and the colors are what really make the watch pop. The face of the watch is white, with the blue in the logos and all watch hands. The minute and hour hands have small cut outs in them. The case and band of the watch are steel colored with a diamond-like coating to make it gleam.custom_titan_black_chelsea_fc_rolex_daytona_marks_london_clubs_first_ever_win_of_uefa_champions_league_3bux2

The Rolex Daytona Chelsea FC should carry the same mechanical specs of other watches in the Rolex Daytona line. This includes beautiful touches like the laser engraved numbers on the bezel and crystal glass protecting the face. The watch has a flip lock bracelet and is water resistant up to 100 meters. It is also an automatic movement so the players won’t have much to think about other than keeping their schedules.

It took Titan Black and Chelsea FC almost a year to design the perfect watch together. It is no doubt now adorning the wrists of everyone on the team, including their coach and board members. Chelsea FC has had a fantastic year and becoming London’s first team to win the Champion League is definitely a reason to celebrate. Titan Black has created a piece that will help spread unity on the team with their Rolex Daytona Chelsea FC.

 

Written by: Stacy McCullough0,,10268~10871668,00

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25th Anniversary of Chanel’s watch line

Written by Selena DiGiovanni

 

In 1987, Chanel produced it’s first line of watches. The line was called Premiére, and was an instant classic. And now, 25 years later, Chanel is celebrating their Premiére line with something special.

 

After tweaking and creating new designs, Chanel has decided to reproduce their original Premiére line as it was in 1987. The watch will feature the same geometric face which was inspired by the Place Vendôme in Paris, where Coco Chanel once lived. It will also feature the same iconic chain bracelet band.

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However, there will be some minor changes to the original design. The case will now be 28mm instead of the original 26mm, making the watch slightly bolder. Women will now also have the ability to adjust the chain at home, rather than going to a boutique.

 

In addition, there will also be several watches inspired by the original Premiére line included in this collection. These watches will have a similar face, but will feature updated bands. One of these new watches features a long band which is wrapped around the wrist several times. Others will feature a similar chain strap, but will have additional leather or rubber threaded through the chains.

 

These delicate and feminine watches will soon be available in a variety of styles and prices.  Beginning in April they will be available at Chanel boutiques for between $4,300 to $28,500.

 

Another addition to the Premiére line is Chanel’s Flying Tourbillion. The Flying Tourbillion resembles a Premiére watch, but instead of the unmarked face, it will feature a stylized camellia which spins as the seconds pass. Chanel will unveil their new Flying Tourbillion watch as part of the reinvented Premiére line this April at Baselworld 2013.

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To learn more about the Chanel and the Premiére line, visit www.chanel.com.

New Alacria Diva Bamboo Watch by Carl F. Bucherer

Written by Evan Gabriel

 

In the 1880s, entrepreneur Carl Friedrich Bucherer pursued his dream of producing top-end timepieces meant to leave a mark in history. With the new version of the Alacria Diva watch, the Bucherer company continues to raise industry standards by introducing the Alacria Diva Bamboo.

 

Produced with precision by stonecutters in workshops in Lengnau, Switzerland, the Alacria Diva Bamboo replicates the very beauty and exoticism associated with bamboo in many Eastern cultures. In Japan, for example, bamboo represents purity while in India the tree symbolizes friendship.

 

The limited edition Alacria Diva Bamboo is aimed at capturing the essence of individuality; made for women, this slender timepiece is decorated with 83 orange and black baguette-cut sapphires that radiates with beauty.

 

While the outer case is adorned with 239 black sapphires, it also contains 90 orange and black baguette-cut sapphires to elegantly accent the lighter orange strap, which is made of top quality Louisiana alligator skin.

 

Although bamboo was not used in the production of these watches, there is a high premium for buyers because in addition to the large orange sapphire encrusted into the crown, each model will have a custom-made dial.

 

Only 25 models of this limited edition watch are being released. The delicate care that goes in to creating each model’s dial requires a high standard of dedication from the watchmakers.

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Powered by quartz movement, the watch sits in a 31. 35 mm x 45 mm case. In addition, these elegant timepieces are water resistant up to 30 meters.

 

Each of the Alacria Diva Bamboo watches contain the care and quality that Carl Friedrich Bucherer set out for when he opened his first watch store in 1888, and which his family continues to strive for even after winning the “Best Chronograph” award at the “Middle East Premier Awards for Watches, Jewellery and Pens,” in 2012.

From Divers to Dolphins

The bold tribute to disappeared Baiji dolphins.
The bold tribute to disappeared Baiji dolphins from Prometheus Watches.

Created tough and built to last, the Prometheus Baiji Diver Watch takes on a new level of responsibility and proves the brand’s success in continuing to reach new “depths” in quality.

Along with the “come to conquer” vibe found in many watches favored by those braving the unknown deep, there is a sentimental tribute at the heart of this diving watch.  The Baiji dophin was a freshwater dolphin formerly found in the Yangtze River in China.  However, due to man’s pollution, this creature is now extinct.  Saluting this animal’s memory in a quality diving watch seems to send the message that man can still engage in all his favorite water related activities, but the well-being of his fellow creatures must not be ignored.

There are several different versions of this watch, featuring either a deep black, creamy white or vibrant orange face, changing the style just enough to personalize the particular feel of your own timepiece.  Either color can be accompanied by a stainless steel or Black PVD coating.  The saphire glass coating strengthens the watch for wherever you take it.  Even down to 300 meters under water, where the watch reaches its maximum resistance point, this piece shines with possibilities.  Well, and with the 12 Swiss made tritium tubes it contains.  These tubes use innovative technology to emit light even in total darkness scenarios.  It does not even require an initial charge like some lesser watch models, allowing full knowledge of time no matter how dark one’s surroundings are.

Electing to use a highly proven movement designed by Seagull, Prometheus watches first had the piece thoroughly tested by independent parties before the ST2130 became the driving force of the timepiece.  This demonstrates just one more dedicated step this luxury brand has taken to improve overall quality in their watches, and to reinforce the positive message put forward by this particular one.

The simple final touch in this celebration of diving, quality timepieces and the Baiji dolphin, is the laser engraved shape of that same disappeared dolphin, pledging their species to memory and to at least one group of loyal sympathizers.

An engraving of the Baiji dolphin on the watch's case back commemorates the extinct species.
An engraving of the Baiji dolphin on the watch’s case back commemorates the extinct species.

Down to the depths or out on the town, this fine watch will serve you well wherever you go, and always in exceptional style.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

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

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A Gentleman’s Watch in a Gentleman’s Game

David Lynn Becomes Ambassador of Ritmo Mundo

Ritmo Mundo watches bear a name literally translating to “rhythm of the earth” in Italian, and between their three iconic lines has proudly provided watches for any modern lifestyle.  An especial favorite among celebrities, this brand has held the title of official watch for the Indy Car Series, Ocean’s 12 & 13 movie franchise as well as HBO’s “Entourage” and “Sex & the City” series.  2012 television featured the pieces in shows like ABC’s “Bachelor and MTV’s “Caged”.  Between the high caliber of these watches and the irresistible style, Ritmo Mundo watches have never been far from the public eye.

Now they have found the perfect icon with both famous and professional status to best represent their brand.  Stepping out to proudly ambassador their timepieces is British professional golfer David Lynn.  Lynn has been a professional golfer since 1995 at the age of 25 and made his mark on the golf world by making The European Tour’s Top 90 list for 13 consecutive years.  After finishing as runner-up in the 2012 U.S. PGA Championship, only his second career Major appearance, Lynn decided to compete in the PGA Tour in 2013.  Now he will take his rising career and the perfect watch to play in all four Major Championship tournaments.

Featuring a page on their main site devoted to pictures of celebrities wearing Ritmo Mundo watches, there were likely no shortage of fans willing to bear this brand.  The final selection of golfer Lynn demonstrates a desire to invest in a serious level of skill and sportsmanship.  More than just a public figure, shows a depth of expertise in his field that can be admired and aspired to, along with a clear appreciation for quality design and fashion.

The Facebook page of Ritmo Mundo proudly announced this partnership made on the course, with a statement from President of Ritmo Mundo Time Group, Ali Soltani.  “I’ve always wanted to expose the Ritmo Mundo brand to the world of golf.”  There is perhaps no better place for this gentleman’s watch than

a prime position in the gentleman’s game.  Lynn responds his excitement at working with the team, and quotes, “With Ritmo in my corner, I can rest assured that I will never miss my tee time.”

The brand with the perfect blend of Italian style and classic Swiss artistry has only furthered and deepened its merit by linking their timeless timekeepers to David Lynn’s suave British charm, classy professionalism and determination.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

Antiquorum and ‘Celebrate New York’ Charity Event

Jewelers for Children was well supported during their Celebrate New York auction that took place February 25, 2013. Thrown at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Pier, Antiquorum was one of the organizations biggest sponsors. The evening consisted of food, beverages, a silent and live auction.

Many brands came together to donate jewelry and other gifts that Jeweler’s for Children was able to auction off. The items available for the silent auction were from brands Antiquorum, Andy Castillo Art, RSP Media, Mia Sorelli Jewelry Design, International Gemological Institute and Jeweler’s Resource Bureau. Not only did Antiquorum offer a fabulous gift package, but their director, Michael Friedman, also hosted the live auction.

Friedman’s love for charity and talent as an auctioneer helped him sell products from a slew of companies. The live auction brands included John Hardy, Judith Ripka, Honora, Ashley & Emily, Scott Key and Michael Dawkins. All in all, Celebrate New York was a successful event that Antiquorum was happy to be involved in. Antiquorum stated that they were more than happy to help and will continue to support worthy causes.

The event allowed attendees to feel good about their purchases because all the money went to help children in need through different organizations. The funds received were split between St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish and CASA. And thanks to brands such as Antiquorum, the attendees left with high quality, luxury items. That makes this event a win-win for everyone involved.

Written by: Stacy McCullough

http://iwmagazine.com/2013/02/19/antiquorum-participates-in-jewelers-for-children-celebrate-new-york/

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