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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

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

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

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

Jaeger-LeCoultre “Rendez-vous” Ladies Collection

Jaeger-LeCoultre created the Rendez-Vous Ladies collection for women with delicate and refined taste in luxury watches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has taken a journey back into the inspiring art-deco period and embellished its Rendez-Vous collection of watches with the artistic period’s numerals, exquisite sun and moon gliding sub-dial , along with the Rendez-Vous Tourbillon which displays beautiful sculpted flowered dials and exposed tourbillon rotating carriages. It is indeed a timepiece graced in elegance and refinement.

To classically address this collection Jaeger-LeCoultre has acquired the assistance of the ever graceful Diane Kruger, Jaeger-LeCoultre brand ambassador. Kruger an actress, fashion model and ballerina perfectly reflects the qualities of feminine elegance and refinement.

The Rendez-Vous watch collection features a new self-winding mechanical movement developed and constructed at Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. It is available in steel or rose gold cases with an optional 29 mm or 34 mm in diameter case which is embellished with an exquisite hand finished diamond-set bezel (select models). Rendez-Vous exhibits an Art-Deco influence and its display of of 1930’s Arabic-style numerals. Refined touches include a hand guilloché textured dial along with an elegant day and night indication aperture located just above the 6 o’clock position.

There are six beautiful models to select from in the collection:

Rendez-Vous Night & Day (Reference 3468421) in stainless steel case with a black alligator leather strap
Rendez-Vous Night & Day (Reference 3448420) in stainless steel case with a blue alligator leather strap
Rendez-Vous Night & Day (Reference 3433491) in white gold 18 carats case with a black alligator leather strap
Rendez-vous Tourbillon (Reference 3412402) in pink gold 18 carats case with a black alligator leather strap
Rendez-Vous Wild (Reference 3433401) in white gold 18 carats case with a grey satin strap
Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Enamel (Reference 34124E3) in pink gold 18 carats case with a black alligator leather strap

The Rendez-Vous watch collection is indeed a reflection of feminine and elegant refinement at its best and it is aptly inspired by the divine beauty of Diane Kruger and the Jaeger-LeCoultre historical brand. Jaeger-LeCoultre has been committed to the design of beautiful feminine watches with regards to their mechanisms and aesthetics since the early 1880s. This traditional mantra is at the heartbeat of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s creative watch designs fortifying its legendary brand. The captivating Rendez-Vous Ladies collection is sure to grace the wrists of self-assured women desiring a watch that signifies eloquence, grace and charm in one refined timepiece.

Heritage Watch Manufactory Firmamentum is a Watch from the Heavens

Heritage Watch Manufactory is a young and independent brand that builds traditional chronometers powered by a patented constant force. Considering the brand’s five pending patents to date, there is much to be anticipated from this promising watch manufacturer.

Swiss “prolific designer” Eric Giroud, who focuses mostly on timepieces, assisted in the styling of the watch. Visit his website here.

The Heritage Firmamentum, composed of 100% Swiss parts, is encased in polished and satinised steel, measuring 44.5 mm, with domed sapphire glass protecting a German silver-plated and white gold-coated dial. The back casing is made of the same sapphire glass with a flattened shape. All of the 13 hands are made of hardened steel. The bracelet can be either leather or alligator skin with a pin buckle.

Even though the watch is complicated in design (and looking at the inside of this watch can feel like looking under the hood of a car), none of its “bits and bolts” goes to waste. Every piece plays an essential part to make up the whole – Heritage Watch Manufactory has created a magnificent, reliable machine.

Heritage classifies the watch as a “unique measurement and navigation instrument” which boasts an “hour angle instrument for the observation of heavenly bodies by means of 13 hands with two additional displays.” Sounds loaded, right? Let’s look more closely at what this watch can do.

Along with using a traditional sense of time in hours and minutes (called “solar time”), the watch utilizes degrees to monitor the passing of time that will also tell the wearer where they are located on Earth. (For example, four minutes equals one degree and 60 minutes is 15 degrees.) The watch has the ability to tell regular “solar time,” as well as sidereal time. Sidereal time is a time measurement used by astronomers to determine the time inside of our solar system – as well as outside of it by tracking our location relative to a fixed star or planet. Because of the watch’s capability to monitor the location of a heavenly body beyond our own planet, the Firmamentum always knows the wearer’s position. The watch shows the Earth’s rotation around its own axis and it will also exhibit the movements of the sun, planets and stars.

Starting with this innovative approach to time (and location) telling, the Firmamentum integrates a ton of new features with the advanced technology. The watch possesses a variable-speed gear train that measures the difference between solar time and sidereal time, making sure that the separate times stay synched together. It can also synchronize the time in accordance with a time signal, such as another time zone. The watch is waterproof up to 50 meters; but this watch is meant to track the heavens and our relation to it, not our oceans deep below. Its power reserve is 56 hours, an impressive amount of time compared to other luxury timepieces.

Obviously, this is much more than a watch that just tells the time. Visit Heritage Watch Manufactory’s official website for even more details about this amazing watch’s features.

Backes & Strauss Diamond Jubilee Collection

Ever wondered what it feels like to get the royal treatment? It’s true few of us will ever get close enough to the crown jewels to be able to even breathe on them, but at least you can take part in Backes & Strauss Diamond Jubilee Collection which honors Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 year reign.
The watch collection is—appropriately—named the Regent collection and showcases a brilliant purple (the traditional color of royalty). Of course, the diamonds ringing the bezel do more than hint at the regal nature of the timepiece.

The diamonds are set into 18kt white gold, which proves a tasteful contrast to the purple of the watch. Tiny diamonds are inlaid within the indices, glittering next to the royal cipher “EIIR.” Of course, no queenly timepiece would be complete without the crown insignia, featured in the bottom center of the dial.
Though the colors of the watch make an obvious statement, there are also little details that add to the delightful character of the timepiece. Clearly influenced by the sophisticated days of the English Regency period, the purple dial includes an English rose design, adding to the feeling of luxury to the piece. The watch also features an open back so that you can see the watch movement through sapphire glass.
There’s certainly an old world charm to the piece. The combination of the brilliant diamonds with the lacquered English roses and the diamond-inlaid roman numerals truly set this watch apart.
Unfortunately, it seems you’ll have to drain your coffers—and fast—if you want to call one of the Jubilee watches your own. Only 60 watches will be made to mark the 60 year anniversary, so you’ll have to act quickly.
Whatever the price, you’ll be sure to have a very unique timepiece as each watch marks a specific year in Her Majesty’s reign, and the Backes & Strauss Jubilee Collection is one of the only watch brands granted permission from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office itself to use her Majesty’s Royal Cypher.
All watches from the collection will include the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee” engraved on the side and the years “1952-2012” to mark the occasion. If you want to own a piece of history and a watch as outstanding and brilliant as the Queen herself, then you’ll find no better watch than those in the Backes & Strauss Diamond Jubilee Collection.

Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch Review

Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch
Maverick II Chronographic 'PacMan' Limited Edition watch

The Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch is a limited edition that the Swiss watchmaker produced in tribute of the famous Filipino boxer.  Manny was an eighth division world championship boxer, winning 10 world titles in over 8 different weight divisions.  The Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch has a black dial, which features sub dials, displaying 1/10th second, 60 second, and 30 minute times.  The watch offers a unidirectional bezel that has ratcheting and displays elapsed time.  The stainless-steel case features a screw down case back and the Manny Pacquaiao emblem.  The strap is made from black rubber and shows off the Swiss Army logo.

The Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch has a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 100 meters.  Victorinox only produced 1000 of these specialty watches and each is numbered and guaranteed authentic. But what makes Manny so unique?

Not only has Manny been rated as the number one boxer in the world, he has gone on to be elected as a Philippine congressman.  Victorinox couldn’t have picked a better, or more accomplished athlete to name a watch after.

If you can, make the Manny Pacquaiao Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch part of your collection.

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.

The Philip Stein 6D-SCMOP Modern Collections Women’s Watch

Try On A Red Philip Stein For Valentine's Day

The Philip Stein 28440 Teslar Double Face Diamond Bezel Women’s Watch is simply exquisite.  This watch combines the finest in quality materials with exceptionally beautiful styling and design.  The Double Face Diamond timepiece will make her Valentine’s Day extra special.

The Philip Stein 6D-SCMOP Modern Collections Women’s Watch has a vibrant red band, which shines and stands out alongside of the steel face.  As with all of the Philip Stein models, the Philip Stein 6D-SCMOP Modern Collections Women’s Watch is infused with Natural Frequency Technology.  This mood enhancing technology will help you sleep better, reduce your daily stress, and think more clearly.  All of these health benefits are a welcome addition to an already stunning watch.

This timepiece offers dual time zone functioning and a strong, sturdy stainless-steel case.  It is water resistant to 5 ATM and not only looks beautiful, but is crafted with a Swiss quartz movement, which will run accurately and be long lasting.  The dial is accented with a white diamond set pave bezel, and covered by a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal.  This Swiss made timepiece is the most perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

The Philip Stein 6D-SCMOP Modern Collections Women’s Watch with red bracelet will make her remember why she fell in love with you in the first place.