Sea Dweller Deepsea James Cameron

rolex sea dweller deepsea james cameronRolex has an impressive history of making exclusive valuable watches. Their Oyster Perpetaul collection is probably their most famous model. The Sea Dweller is one of those. More specific the Rolex Sea Dweller deepsea James Cameron.

This exclusive model is made in commemoration of the record-breaking dive, made to the bottom of Mariana trench, on the 12th of March 2012 by James Cameron. What a stunning watch!

One of the most impressive Sea Dwellers Rolex ever made

Cameron made that dive with a supercharged version of the Sea Dweller Deepsea divers watch (with a extended case of 51.4mm) made by the engineers of Rolex. The watch was attached on a hydraulic arm hanging outside of the one man submarine “Deepsea Challenger”.

After descending to the immense depths of the deepest trench on our planet Cameron checked the watch. And amazingly, at the depth of 10.908 meters,  the watch functioned like it would do on the surface… After the legendary record dive of Jacques Piccard, made with the submersible bathyscaphe “Trieste” in January 1960, we can proudly write that Rolex has done it once again… a legend is re-born.

The Sea Dweller deepsea D-blue dial – James Cameron by Rolex

sea dweller dial chromatic lightAlthough the Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea James Cameron looks stylish but simple this masterpiece is far from an ordinary divers. The eye catching dial starts at the top in Blue to transcend at the bottom in deep black. Not surprisingly this resembles the deep oceans that any diver wants to explore. Okay… perhaps not to the extreme dark depths that are imprinted on the dial….

The hands on the dial contain the new developed ‘Chromalight’. This new material lasts up to 8 hours in the dark waters. Hands, hours and the zero marker are treated to give you all details you need during a ‘dark dive’. What better colour could have been chosen by the design team of Rolex than deep blue.

3900 meters certifiedWith a certified depth 3900 meters (12800ft) this watch goes far beyond any depth a human being can dive but hey let’s be honest it doesn’t look bad on the dial. For sure some jealous looks will try to get a closer peek on the dial to discover what it actually reads.  Soft sighs and eyes staring at nothing do confirm that person in his mind is; either on his way to the deeper waters as a professional diver exploring the ocean for National Geographic or, most likely,  in shock thinking you have that job for a living!

Now we have to admit that probably the majority of the buyers of any Sea Dweller might never had diving goggles fitted to the face for a bit of snorkelling on the surface, let aside had the pleasure of real diving. But we all know that now-a-days divers-watches are fashionable items that are to be worn any day and anywhere… as long it is outside of the water (not?!)

The different stages of solid built for the Sea Dweller deepsea D-blue

A massive solid piece of stainless steel (904L grade) guarantees the watch will not implode at the certified depth.The sapphire crystal is domed shape to resists the enormous pressure and the bezel bezel, made of black Cerachrom, will keep your dive time monitored for you. Needless to say that the bezel is rotatable with a 60 minute insert but remember, non divers read this post too.

Saturation divers who dive to extreme depths need to be decompressed at a hyperbaric chamber and the Rolex Deepsea D-blue  obviously comes prepared for that. A gas escape valves is fitted on the left side of the watch. This valve ensures helium can escape as it can built up in the watch as the diver is decompressing from saturation in ‘the tank’. (Explanation can be found here)

Now to make sure the Sea Dweller Deepsea stays in the shape Rolex meant under the immense pressure at greater depths an innovative ring lock system was designed. The system that can handle three tons is built out of three components;

  1. The fundament is formed by a nitrogen-alloyed steel central ring
  2. On the top-side protected by the 5mm dome shaped sapphire crystal
  3. A Case back made out of titanium (5 grade)

Assembling the three together makes the Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea D-Blue stronger than many man-made subs and roughly it can go deeper about one-hundred times any human would ever be able to.

The inner ‘time-machine’ in the heart of the Sea Dweller Deepsea James Cameron

rolex calibre 3135The heart of this exceptional watch is driven by the calibre 3135 which is developed and manufactured in-house. The COSC certified Rolex Perpetual movement features a Parachrom hairspring which obviously helps this timepiece to be better resistant to the difference between temperature in the depths of the oceans. The hairspring also absorbs shocks better, which comes in very handy for a industrial watch.

Being a mechanical self-winding calibre there is only one thing that this watch likes more then anything else… to be worn and used.

The only thing left to write is a warning; do not loose your watch! Well don’t worry… obvious Rolex has thought of that too. Under extreme circumstances you want to rely on the bracelet and clasp.  With the patented Rolex Glidelock you are able to adjust the bracelet to your dive suit (dry or semi-dry). Ten different sizes can be set (within a 20MM range) so there is no doubt it fits you as well.

Technical specifications; Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea James Cameron

Referencenumber – 116660
Model case – Oyster, 44 mm, steel
Oyster architecture – Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown. Rolex Ringlock System case architecture with Helium escape valve
Diameter – 44 mm
Material – 904L steel, case back in grade 5 titanium
Bezel – Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown – Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal – Domed, 5 mm-thick scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance – Waterproof to 3,900 metres / 12,800 feet, helium escape valve
Movement – Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre – 3135, Manufactured by Rolex
Functions – Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Precision – Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)
Oscillator – Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Winding – Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Bracelet – Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material – 904L steel
Clasp – Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. Fliplock extension link
Dial – D-blue treated with highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

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Radiomir California 3 Days Acciaio

radiomir-california-3-days-accaio-pam424Today I’m reviewing the PAM 424. The 2014 edition of the Radiomir California 3 days Acciaio. One of the most class(ic)y watches around these days if you ask me.

The watch wears gently on your wrist. Maybe even “au nonchalant”  but never dull. A blink with the eye and your reliable companion has told you the time on all your endeavours.

Being it chopping wood for your camp fire in the Arboretum in Narsarsuaq after having an argument with a Grizzly bear or whilst making sure at your annual meeting that all those members of the board need to be convinced about your strategy to increae profit with 10% in Q1.

The Radiomir California will be on your side. Clearly positioned in sight yet almost invisible.

What is it that makes Officine Panerai so irresistible for many man?

It must be the sophisticated looks. The simple yet refined design perhaps? Or is it the conventional construction? No wait it must be the fact that it resembles… the word Man?

One can argue what looks more manly, the almost innocent looking Panerai Radiomir California 3 dasy Acciaio or the more robust and BAM in your face Hublot Oceanic 4000

But one can’t deny that the PAM 424 is as eye catching as the Oceanographic 4000… Yet there is a difference, a very subtle difference… merely just a detail… eye for detail if you wish. Although both are “present” the Panerai will be only be noticed…., by those who want to!

Radiomir California 3 days Acciaio 2014 edition. One to remember!

This is the 2014 edition of which a 1000 pieces were made. Panerai issued several editions of the popular 1936 watch. All the same style, basic yet pure style. Only the PAM 425 is even more basic as it has no numerals at all. A remarkable and stunning watch too.  (note to self: next no the list!)

The history of the Radiomir goes way back to 1916.

1916 – Officine Panerai creates Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. Reference to the name “Radiomir” is documented in the supplement to the patent filed in France on 23 March 1916

The California dial was fitted for the first time in 1936. A big dial in combination with the luminescent paint (Radiomir) were mandatory for the work of the divers of Royal Italian navy. Needless to say that the divers need to be able to see, and measure, time in dark waters to action their precision work. So the Radiomir California was the watch of choice.

California Dial with Arabic and Roman numerals, unique and beautiful.

One can easily recognize the California as this version is the only one that is fitted with both Roman and Arabic dials, why? Exactly! According to the website of Panerai the Radiomir California 3 Days “has the dial which was almost certainly the first one fitted to the Radiomir case“. So if they aren’t 100% sure how can I?

But it looks great. Even more as they decided to take out the date indicator which was built into previous versions. And I couldn’t agree more with Jake Erhlich, who posted the following picture and quote on his blog.

pam 424 2014 edition

“I never liked the the original PAM 424 since I thought having a date on the dial ruined the beautiful balance and symmetry of the Art-Deco California dial”

Watch and P.3000 calibre movement fully made and assembled in-house by Panerai.

panerai p.3000 movement

Photo courtesy of www.watchshock.com

The PAM 424 comes equipped with the P.3000 calibre movement which is entirely manufactured at Panerai. As the watch itself the P.3000 is robust, accurate and comes with a power reserve of 3 days.

The hand wound movement has 21 jewels and it uses two spring barrels connected in series. Such an arrangement enables long, thin springs to be used. Which ensure the delivery of a more even force over a longer period of time and thus delivering a power reserve of 3 days. After that comes the “magic moment’ of winding your watch again by hand. (Yes it is 2015 so we can celebrate almost 500 years of winding by hand!)

The balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 3 Hz, equivalent to 21,600 alternations per hour. It is fitted with an Incabloc® anti-shock device and is free-sprung, so there is no regulating lever. There is much more to tell about the detail of the P.3000 movement but if you are interested in all those measures, technical data pleae visit the official site as the have a special section about their p.300 movement. (click here)

Panerai Radiomir California 3 days Acciaio… stunning!

We live in a world were opinions differ and that’s great. There tons of marvellous masterpieces out there. And it is a myth that a good watch needs to be expensive. A valuable watch can be a simple, cheap watch but with a personal history or one that costs two houses and a gardener. We all choose what we like.

My personal opinion about the Panerai Radiomir California 3 days can be captured in one word… YES!

 

Technical specifications:

MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ lignes, 5.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 162 components.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes.
CASE: Diameter 47 mm, AISI 316L polished steel with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalised OP.
BEZEL: Polished steel.
BACK: See-through sapphire crystal.
DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic and Roman numerals and hour markers.
CRYSTAL: Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 bar (~100 metres).
STRAP: Panerai personalised leather strap and large-size polished steel buckle.

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Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph

audemars piguet repetition minutes tourbillon chronographStylish, complex and present without the annoying “in your face bling bling”. That’s  how I see the Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph by Audemars Piguet.

The masterpiece on the picture is the pink gold version with a 18-carat white gold bezel, push-pieces, crown and case-back. (There is a titanium version too that is fitted with a silver toned dial.)

The soft anthracite dial comes with pink gold Arabic numerals and the distinguished hands are of the same soft pink gold. The eye catcher is obviously the “heart” of the Tourbillon Chronograph. Fitted center bottom of the dial.

The strap is a hand-stitched “large square scale” black alligator strap. Which closes around your wrist with a 18-carat white gold Audemars Piguet folding clasp.

The diameter of this stylish watch is 47mm so not the best one to wear when you have small wrists. Although the Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph might look bulky, as one might think from seeing the picture, reality tells us this is not the “case”. It’s an easy to wear comfortable piece of jewellery that fits in on all occassions. Stylish night life, lazy afternoons or sporty day time events this one blends in smoothly.

The “engine” of the Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph

Audemars Piguet has fitted this watch with a mechanical hand wound movement containing 504 individual pieces. Their watchmakers must have a hard time fitting all these pieces in the 7.65mm space they are given.

Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph frontAs you can see on picture on your left the bare front movement shows the tourbillon of the Caliber 2874 with the triple complicated movement. A 30 minute counter is one of the extra features.

The frequency of the balance (variable inertia screws) is 3.00 Hz, which equals 21’600 alternances/hour. The balance-spring stud-holder is a mobile stud and the spring type is Breguet.  The jewel count is 38.

All of this together generates a power reserve of up to 48 hours before you need to wind again.

As one might expect Audemars Piguet has no intention whatsoever to hide this beauty and therefore the back is covered with a glare proofed sapphire case back so you can always take a peak at the wonderful “machine” inside of your watch.  For me the back of a  back side of the Tradition tourbillon chronographmasterpiece with complications is just like watching waves or flames, it never bores.

I’m always so impressed and wonder how one can make such a complicated combination of hundreds of elements yet given the exact time right on the second.

it is hard not to think if there ever will be a time when the “Horlogers” will stop adding dials to their creations and only show the complications to us the watchionistas …. who needs time anyway?!

Only 10 of each Tradition Minute Repeater Tourbillon Chronograph

Both versions, the Pink Gold and the Titanium, are limited to 10 pieces per version. Needless to say that buying both of them will cost you a sserious fortune (approx. 1.000.000) therefore it is better to make up your mind, select your favourite and just buy one…

Technical details:

  • Model number: 26564
  • Triple complication movement
  • Column wheel Chronograph mechanism
  • 30-minute counter
  • Manual finishing on both bridges and mainplate
  • Manual finishing of the cut out parts (polished bevels, grained finishing on top and Matt “brouillé” finishing underneath)
  • TOURBILLON
  • Minute repeater on two gongs
  • Chronograph / Minutes counter / Seconds counterspecificities

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Revision of a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

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Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc RandheliThe Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli is a pretty exclusive piece of Hublot. Specialy made for, and only sold by, Cheval Blanc’s Randheli island in the sunny Maldives.

The more and closer I look at this divers watch the more it seems I got to admire it.

Size, looks, technique all fits the requirements to become one of my favourites. Although Panerai is my preferred brand (and Hublot definitely not!) it seems I’m falling in love with this beauty! Simply WOW…

And as mentioned not only the looks are spectacular. If we go over the specs of this eye catching masterpiece the impression get’s even bigger.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

First of all you can’t miss the “4000m” written on the front. At first you might think “cool if I could I can take a dip to 400 meter” till you realise you missed a zero… this Hublot stays waterproof all the way to four thousand meters of depth. Even though the Rolex Deepsea Challenge with an impressive 10,908 metres (35,787 feet) still holds the world record, 4000 meter for a production watch is not something you can just wave aside.

Cheval Blanc Randheli

cheval blanc randheliBefore we take a closer look to this magnificent watch I’d like to take you on a small tour to the Randheli Resort where the watch is exclusively sold. Even though we aren’t a traveller blog nor do we sell luxury apartments it only takes a few seconds looking at the site to understand why this watch is unique in it’s sort.

Bear in mind that if you might decide that the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has to be on your wrist soon, it’s price (€20.000) might be considered a small tip compared to the price you are going to pay for a luxury holiday at this resort…

Oceanographic 4000 – The Hublot that stands out

Hublot is renown for their massive watches that (to me) always appear bulky and only seem to fit men that have wrists like Schwarzenegger or similar. The Oceanographic 4000 is not different but because the use of light coloured material on colours on the dial it looks smaller then the actual size.

With it’s size of 48 mm diameter and, besides the case of the watch, adding 6.5 mm synthetic sapphire crystal doesn’t really make it a small watch. But hey if you want to have a party at depths where only creatures live that most of us never have seen (nor will see) in our life you better take a durable watch… the Hublot Oceanographic 4000.

Titanium holds a Hub1401 self-winding movement

The case is light cause of the use of Titanium. In the case a high quality Hub1401 self-winding movement makes sure you will be able to rely on accurate time even under the toughest circumstances. Of course you want to see when it is time to hit back to the surface on those depths therefore the surface of the dial has a layer of SuperLuminova™. This is a patented luminescent material emitting a yellow colour that you will be able to see on 25cm distance.

Under normal use the hub1401 movement provides you with approximate little less than two full days of power reserve.

The Hublot Oceanographic comes with a helium valve which is mandatory for watches that are able to reach these incredible depths. To finish this masterpiece for the exclusive diver Hublot attached a white rubber strap with a buckle straps to the case. according to themselves this type of fastening guarantees more security than the traditional folding clasp and is easier to handle and close when using gloves which makes sense at depth but not at the Maldives…

I hope the designer of Hublot gets to read this article

Although I honestly think this is a magnificent watch in all aspects like; looks, material, specifications and technical achievement there is one thing that really… but really!… bothers me and I can’t understand that somebody with eye for detail let’s this happen. Every detail is carefully designed and chosen for perfection. There must be a thought behind it and reasoning for every single handling whilst assembling the Oceanographic. So let’s take a closer look at the titanium screws that are of the best quality that you can get your hands on. Really… you fit them like this?!

Oceanographic 4000 titanium

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Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusive high end horlogers

This watch company began in 1833, as a small shop. Antoine LeCoultre’s dream was to produce quality products and this company has achieved this goal. Credited with developing precise precession and mechanism, LeCoultre revolutionized watches of the period by push-button lever system. No longer were watches required to have a key to wind their mechanism.

He also created the world’s most accurate measuring system, the millionometer, which measured to the nearest thousandth of a millimeter.

In 1866, Elie LeCoultre carried on his father’s dream by producing 350 timepiece calibers and movement blanks for Patek Philippe of Geneva.

However, it was not until grandson, Jacques-David LeCoultre took over as company head that the watchmaker finally began producing high-end watches of its own. But, this was not before LeCoultre teamed up with Parisian Edmond Jaeger. Their goal was to make ultra-thin designs. By 1907, a 15 –year contract was signed to produce movements designs solely for the French jeweler, Cartier. And in 2937, the LeCoultre name officially became Jaeger-LeCoultre. This reflected a long partnership and also very successful business decision.

Keeping on marching forward

Today, the watchmaker has built on its reputation for class and style by paying homage to the past. Recently the Swiss maker acknowledged their classy, retro-design of Batman’s new timekeeper in newest Batman flick that mimics the classic 1930’s Reverso watch.

This two-faced watch is an iconic favorite and 80 years after its initial release, still considered a must-have for serious watch wears. Those who adore cartoon heroes, and want to pay tribute to a number of leading men, who have donned the Bat mask, will appreciate the black silhouette of Bruce Wayne or Gotham’s Batman. Is there a better way to remember the past and celebrate?

Part of what also makes this watchmaker stylish is thinking-outside-the-box.

It wasn’t just enough to recreate a classic watch. The company also paid homage by developing a virtual museum of its webpages, dedicated to Reverso. Several celebrities assisted with the tribute, including Clive Owen, the virtual host of this excursion. Other celebs representing this top brand are: Lia Salvo and Diane Kruger and whom are showcased in the “Seen on The Wrist” presentation of the watchmaker’s virtual museum.

Jaeger-LeCoultre worldwide guarantee

One thing that Jaeger-LeCoultre also guarantees is an international guarantee, except for the United States and Canada. These two countries do have a limited warranty serviced through Australia. All service work must take place on-site at an authorized Jaeger-LeCoultre repair center or authorized Jaeger-LeCoultre service center. Being respected isn’t just for price, but workmanship.

It isn’t just this watchmaker’s eye for quality, but also the thoughtfulness behind all the watch component and design itself. All Jaeger-LeCoultre pieces are produced in-house. And, many are impressive. When is the last time you saw a watch with a mechanical automatic movement, such as the watchmaker’s Geographic Automatic Steel, which features a 43-hour power reserve. Crafted with stainless steel, rose gold, 18K gold and Titanium, do not let the simplicity of these watches fool the eye.

Though some models may not feature as many jewels as their counterparts, this watchmaker’s surprise is in their undeniable and remarkable quality. Even the graceful, Art-Deco style of the beautifully crafted Rendez-Vous collection is a visual reminder of this watchmaker’s attention to detail. With its Mother of Pearl dial and face adorned with diamond-gem settings, any lady can appreciate this delicate-looking piece.

For the price of any Jaeger-LeCoultre, many watch collectors say this high-quality watchmaker’s pieces are worth the price, as opposed to other foreign made watches. And because this watchmaker crafts everything in-house, this lowers production cost some because the watchmaker is not paying for double-shipping. But, there is one thing that still may confuse North American purchasers of these fine products…

What is in a name?

Though LeCoultre changed its name to Jaeger-LeCoultre, the company has marketed its watches to American buyers under the name, “LeCoultre.” This has mistakenly confused plenty of official company authorized repair dealers who mistakenly have turned customers away in the past.

The repair personnel were not aware LeCoultre and Jaeger-LeCoultre are indeed the same company. Up until 1985, the watchmaker’s products when shipped, simply said, “LeCoultre”. The possible confusion may have stemmed from the fact a 1950s North American distributor of the Swiss maker’s wares also distributed another famous watchmaking companies products. Customers simply confused the channel distributor, mistaking him for the manufacturer. After 1985, ‘LeCoultre’ simply became Jaeger-LeCoultre and helped ease further confusion over the name-change.

Thinking of buying a new valuable watch?

For watch owners only, the company has a website dedicated solely to Jaeger-LeCoultre watch owners. Not all watch makers have an Internet presence or will take the time to join discussions with their fans and members. For exclusive owners, the moderated website allows fans to get care instructions for their treasured timepieces, hear other users’ stories, and get online assistance with their needs.

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SUB 600T-Graph Professional

DOXA SUB 600T graph

DOXA SUB 600T-Graph Professional

Although the famous DOXA brand got a second boost after appearing in the famous Clive Cussler thrillers the watch was a legend already years before that.  Early seventies the orange sub was starting to become a legend but that simply wasn’t enough for the tech designers team at DOXA.

A new Chronograph was born, the divers version!

DOXA had their own top of the range chronograph movement inhouse already. But the question was how to make sure it kept accurate at great depths?! Making a watch waterproof wasn’t and isn’t difficult. But back in the days Chronographs combined with diving features wasn’t developed yet.

Every chronograph is operated by a pusher system, and two pushers opening (even though very tiny) are the perfect spots for water to make it’s way into the movement and cause major damage. And it’s doesn’t require a lot of brains to figure out that divers watches and water usually go together. So the trick was; “how to keep the water out?!”

DOXA SUB 600T with a new pusher system

In order to ensure water resistance on great depths, the team of DOXA has designed a revolutionary new pusher system. Together with the technicians of Jenny watches special gaskets were developed that fitted around the pushers.

The marvellous result was a chronograph that due to the use of impermeable pushers was functioning on the surface evne just after a dive . The gaskets manufactured by Jenny’s were combined with DOXA’s proven SUB case and together they created a “divers dry suit” for the SUB 600T movement. And like any dry suit they kept the movement working, safe and dry.

Especially to commemorate a milestone in the history of DOXA the fortieth anniversary of the original DOXA SUB, DOXA proudly presented the SUB600T-Graph 40th Anniversary. This amazing divers watch features a patented no-decompression bezel and is driven by a specially modified very high grade ETA 2894 self-winding movement.

See the DOXA SUB 40th Anniversary in real time

Personal note: This watch is still on my wishlist, if you selling one or know somebody who wants to sell please let me know!

Technical specifications

Limited Edition – 250 pieces only

Case – Satin brushed solid stainless steel case. Replica of the original DOXA SUB 200 T-Graph from the 1970s. 44.70 mm diameter excluding crown, 18.55 mm in height, dial diameter of 30.2mm. Screw-down case back, engraved: Limited Edition XXX/250. Crafted from a single piece of stainless steel, water resistant to 600 meters/1968 feet.

Crystal – Anti-reflective, scratch resistant, sapphire crystal

Bezel – Unidirectional, constructed of solid stainless steel. US Navy maximum no decompression limit times in feet (engraved). [bezel operating instructions]

Movement – High grade Swiss made self-winding mechanical Chronograph movement, based upon the ETA 2894

Anti-Shock – Incabloc shock protection

Functions – Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; chronograph

Hands – Replica of 1972 Super Luminova filled markers and hands.

Bracelet – Solid stainless steel replica of the original DOXA SUB bracelet with wetsuit extension

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Papillon Voyageur

Bulgari Papillon Voyageur

Bulgari Papillon Voyageur – light as a butterfly

The image of a delicate butterfly roaming around a wonderful field of poppies could be the one that matches the whole view of the Bulgari Papillon Voyageur, an automatic watch which is supposed to bring a touch of total class to the ones wearing it.

The whole idea behind it is to give sophistication with the help of a system which seems to be rather unique in its own way.

Displaying minutes is now a real art for the Bulgari Papillon Voyageur and it is a great patented method which will first puzzle every average user. Like any butterfly, this watch is designed to travel between significant important time zones for the user, giving him the great satisfaction of keeping track of both parts with great ease.

It could be perceived as the ideal way to travel in a modern way by keeping track of every minute in order not to lose an important business meeting.

Daniel Roth Papillon Voyageur automatic watch, with second timezone, in a 18kt pink gold case. It features an anthracite dial and a brown alligator strap with an 18kt pink gold folding buckle. Manufacture movement with unique patented Papillon display. LIMITED EDITION.

Interesting display of the Bulgari Papillon Voyageur

The whole strong point of Bulgari Papillon Voyageur is the new display which excels in elegance and craftsmanship. It may seem complicated at first, but even a child will take only a couple of seconds to figure it out the way it works.

It is not difficult at all as it presents pretty logical scenario. The first thing to see is the local hours. They are displayed in a digital manner represented by a window situated at 12 o’clock position. It will jump from one hour to the next with ease. For the second time zone, the indicator is the blue pointer situated in the center of the watch. It has the shape of a tear drop. This hand points to a sub-dial of twenty-four house which presents only the even numbers.

The crown is used to set the local time. For the second time zone, the selection is made with the help of pushing the buttons situated at 10 and 2 o’clock and marked with a plus and a minus.

Are you creative enough for the Papillon Voyageur?!

For the people who love creativity, Bulgari Papillon Voyageur will give them exactly what they want and deserve. The minutes are easy to read as a pair of hands will indicate them by spinning on a firm central based axis. They will be revolving around a point marked as the center and in this way they resemble the movement of two planets. These planets rotate around the supposed sun and they will always indicate the right thing.

The numbers of the minutes are placed on two concentric semicircles which have the beautiful pink-golden color. The two displays indicate minutes on a different scale. The inner one is concerned with marking each minute at a time, while the larger one goes from tens to tens.

The true engineering mastery in Bulgari Papillon Voyageur is represented by the small rotating hands which will take turns when it comes to indicating minutes. They take turns at the end and the beginning of the hour by hiding and reappearing while making quarter turns.

The looks alone don’t make this watch

As for the looks of his amazing watch the lovers of it say that it is original and innovative. The producers have given a significant appreciation for the aesthetic part. It turns out that they have accomplished the true balance between complexity and harmony.

The whole idea is to gravitate around a central point and then take everything radiating from it. The whole mechanism is full of sophistication and it is hosted in a case holding the signature of Daniel Roth.

Pink gold and alligator leather

The double ellipse used as a case is made out of 18k pink gold. The dimensions of it are quite impressive, namely 46 x 43 x 15.2 mm.

It is projected to hold on even in water to a depth of about 30 meters. Besides these things, the case has a crystal sapphire in a shape of a dome.

The strap is made from alligator skin and the clasp made also of pink gold will give the final touch. The complex mechanism of self-winding allows the watch an autonomy of forty hours. The dial face has a white top half and a golden black satin lower one. The nicest thing is that there were only 99 pieces of this Bulgari Papillon Voyageur made which gives it the exclusivity of a limited edition.

As for the price, it will climb to $52,100, quite reasonable for such a brilliant innovation.

With a set of 26 jewels, this watch is ideal for any willing to pay collector. It is actually important to have it in a wide collection as this watch seems to be rare and will certainly be worth a lot more as times goes by.

The Papillon series

Technical details:
Movement: Fully mechanical with a self-winding feature that gives a power reserve of 40 hours.
Special functions: a second time zone, innovative minute hands, jumping hour
Case diameter: 46 mm
Case fabric: 18k pink gold
Dial: Anthracite
Strap: Brown alligator

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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TBR by Arnold and Son

Arnold & Son TBR – the watch for professionals

The power shown in many business circumstances is given by a perfect outlook and the attention to details.

Everything seems to be important for a businessman and the least and apparently insignificant pieces are the ones who will make him stand out in the dreadful crowd.

Therefore, the need for a quality piece of time showing equipment is considered to be crucial. This means that the watch is supposed to be one top piece of jewelry which marks the status of a person and the way he wants to be treated by the others.

It is of great importance to adopt a watch design especially for professionals.

TBR model by Arnold & Son

As the first masterpiece of the Instrument Collection, the Arnold & Son TBR watch is supposed to be the epitome of success and of true status. The watch integrates automatic movement and a new revolutionary system called True Beat. This combo is completely manufactured in the workshops from La Chaux-de-Fonds with great care and mastership.

The design is one which will never fade away as it is inspired from the chronometers produced by the same John Roger Arnold. In this way the style is inspired by this instrument. The whole idea of the watch is to be sturdy and reliable enough to be able to enjoy the troubles of life and solve them out with great ease.

When the waves of the sea strike hard, the whole idea is to offer a precision needed to count things down to the second. In this way the watch resembles the power of sailors to use and determine longitude in order to save their lives.

True Beat and Retrograde

Arnold and Son Calibre 6008Unlike other predecessors, Arnold & Son TBR is considered to be a definite piece for the entire family of watches by presenting a highly recognisable design. The whole master in watch art is reduced to sheer simplicity which makes it easier to appreciate.

The name of the watch is actually derived from the initials of the True Beat system and the Retrograde function. In that way, the name will be as simple as the design, but also as complicated to grasp.

Time is in the small sub-dial structure situated at nine o’clock. This feature is present in all the watches from the Instrument Collection.

The True Beat and the Retrograde occupy the middle of the entire dial and will be front stage actors in the whole economy of the watch.

Those where the days of the true sailors

The big dominant feature is represented by the True Beat seconds, which function with great precision. In this way even navigators could rely on this type of watch during their navigation sessions on the sea. Bear with me in this moment of dreaming conquering the waves.. (That obviously  goes for the days Satellite Navigation and Global Positioning System have a black-out! )

Generally it is difficult to find this feature in today’s watches and this is why it is so appreciated. The true expertise requires pairing this system with the automatic winding feature. The whole idea is possible by using a double wheel system made out of an oscillating pinion. To it the experts have added a pallet mechanism. This needs microscopic precision and the whole manufacturing of it does not allow any drawbacks in this mechanism.

The second feature is represented by the Retrograde. This is probably another innovative complication of displaying the date. It is represented by a large sub-dial with the date written in Arabic numerals from 1 to 31. The even dates have dots to mark them out. The date hand is rather slim and has an undulating shape and will advance slowly through the days. When it reaches the 31st day, it will go back in a retrograde motion to the first day of the month. The process will repeat as often as needed.

The whole idea of a retrograde mechanism is a really difficult one to understand. It allows the little hand to advance with great precision and to show the exact date. The technology is produced with the help of LIGA fabrication secrets. If anyone wants to change the date there is the possibility of using the crown for it.

The TBR, a contemporary watch

The looks of Arnold & Son TBR give it a new idea of class by using simple ways of expressing it. The case is made of 18 carat rose gold and has a dial of sapphire. The color of it varies with two shades of white silver. Elegance is underlined by the brown alligator leather strap which will give resistance to the whole wearing of it. The reliability of the watch is seen in every little detail and the strength on the inside will gladly be shown on the outside of it all.

 

Technical details:
Functions: retrograde date, true beat seconds, normal display of hours and minutes
Calibre: Self-winding, ceramic ball, 34 jewels, 50 hours power reserve, exclusive mechanics
Movement decoration: Rhodium finishing, manually polished edges
Case: 18k Rose Gold, 44 mm, sapphire, anti-reflective coating
Dial: silver white
Strap: alligator leather, brown
Water resistance: 30 m

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Urwerk – Baumgarten and Frei

Urwerk watches

Urwerk: A Young Horlogerie Brand with Exquisite Craftsmanship

Born in 1995, Urwerk is a Geneva-based, luxury watch-making brand that originated due to the brainchild of two skilled brothers, Felix and Thomas Baumgartner, as well as their designer friend named Martin Frei.

At the time of inauguration, the company’s vision was to be a luxury brand for innovative and artistic watches. However, today, it has gone ahead to become famous even for modern and head and next-generation designs – something that fashionable and royal watch lovers would love to have.

Urwerk what’s in a name?!

Urwerk is certainly not a name that comes out easily from people of different countries, but nevertheless the brand manufactures some of the most sumptuous timepieces that no other Swiss brand offers. The blend of skills possessed by the brothers and the artistic talent of their friend has resulted into watches that retain the rich history of chronometers while moving ahead with the time with new technology, striking design, and superior craftsmanship.
The Meaning of Urwerk

Did you know that the word ‘Urwerk’ is made up of two words that are vital to the creators? Well, it is a compilation of ‘Ur’ and ‘Werk’. Let’s now find out the meaning of these two words.

  • Ur: This is the name of a very ancient city in Mesopotamia where in 6000 B.C., the time was reflected by the moving shadows cast by the colossal sundials that were historically famous as obelisks of Ur. As these giant sundials exposed the secrecy of the earth’s movement in space, the inhabitants of the Ur city who were Sumerians divided 365 days into 12 parts by observing the passage of these shadows, thus, laying the base for measuring time. This is why we follow the division of 12 months in a year even today along with 24 hours in a day.
  • Werk: This refers to a German term whose meaning in English is to toil, produce, develop, shape, form, and kindle emotions.

“Conceptual brand” fits the Urwerk brand

Therefore, ‘Urwerk’ stands for the conception of inspiring forward thinking and accurate time measuring tools. It also represents a German word Uhrwerk that means watch movement or original accomplishment. Named after the historic sundials of the Ur city and the German term representing work, Urwerk gets its inspiration from a diverse range of sources, right from the timepieces of 17th century to people, notions, and machines.

Expanding the precincts of haute horlogerie up to a large extent, the chronometers of this brand are undoubtedly valiant, highly contemporary, and unbelievable accurate while still being traditional, chic, and versatile. When designing an ingenious piece, the brand always tend to succeed in its goal of following nobody but to make their own way in pushing the limits of haute horlogerie as far as possible.

The Birth of Urwerk

As per the sources, the brand was born from a meeting among the two brothers who were gifted watchmakers and their friend who is an artist and designer. It was 1995 when these young brothers got together due to their passion for depicting and measuring time. After a lengthy conversation that included sharing of ideas and beliefs, a decision was taken to form their own portrayal of time.

Soon after this, Martin Frei drew and polished the design of the chronometer of their dreams, while the two Baumgartners developed the technical features related to movement over a span of two years. Already enthused by the Campanus Night clock of the 17th century, the small panel aimed to filter timekeeping to extract the very essence of perception of time by discarding all irrelevant distractions and signs. In that clock, every hour on a turning disc rises and sets like a sun in an arc like manner, and it was this hour concept that formed the basis for creations of this brand.

Finally, the small team of three gave a name to legalize their new collaboration by joining Ur and Werk.

Some of the brands models

  • 1997: The brand’s first watch was released, which was named 101 followed by 102. While the former was of gold, the later was of steel. They looked much like polished ocean
  • 2003: The makers showcased the 103 watch model at Basel exhibition. The UR 103 has four looping and rotating satellites to reveal hours, all of which display the time in digital as well as analogue manner. Working much like a spaceship, the watch has a big crown that makes one recall rocket engine. On the reverse side, you can find three hands under a dial of sapphire crystal: a power reserve indicator of 15 minutes and adjustment screw to control the precision
  • 2005: The 103.03 model was launched
  • 2007: The new model 201 was launched at Geneva Fairs, which feature telescopic minute hands located through the center of three revolving and orbiting hour satellites
  • 2009: The UR103t (The Tarantula) model was released, which won the accolade of the Best Sports Watch in Singapore’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Asia competition where it also won the Best In Design award

The brand has no tradition, which means it is experimenting with the design as well as technical aspects of watches. So, more unique Urwerk models are expected in near future.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Ariadne

Ariadne CKAR3376

Christiaan van der Klaauw – Ariadne

Christiaan van der Klaauw makes absolutely spectacular astronomical timepieces with complications that display the phases of the moon and other astronomical features. The Ariadne, in my opinion, is one of his most beautiful timepieces. It’s less a watch, and more like a little piece of art, mounted on your wrist.

The Ariadne, like most of the watches in the Christiaan van der Klaauw collection, has some interesting complications. The main astronomical function is to display the position of moon, which can be read at the bottom of the watch face. When the moon is not visible, the watch displays a beautiful starry sky. Of course this complication is mostly decorative, but it’s still fairly interesting, and as you’d expect it’s completely accurate.

Unusually for a Christiaan van der Klaauw, this watch is actually also a chronograph, with two subdials on the face of watch with 30 minute and 24 hour indications. This gives the watch a slightly sporty appearance, at least for this brand. This complication is also significantly more useful for me than reading the phases of the moon.

Dutch watchmaker and his “complications”

Christiaan van der Klaauw watches often have an intricate and unusual beauty, and this timepiece is no exception. However, they are sometimes criticized for having a slightly gaudy complexity and feminine aesthetic. The Airadne is possibly the most masculine watch that Christiaan van der Klaauw has ever designed. It has a much more classic, refined and conventional appearance while retaining the unique astronomical character that the brand is famous for. Most of the watches in this range would only suit a particularly flamboyant personality, but the Ariadne is perfectly suitable for even a very conservative character.

This watch is beautiful, but not “fancy”. It has a delicate flair, and signals quality without being ostentatious. The beauty is simple. It is unmistakably a Christiaan van der Klaauw, but it stands out from the rest of the range by virtue of this simplicity. But while this watch is simple, it is by no means sparse. The overall picture of simplicity that the design carries is even more impressive when you think about how busy the dial is. There are a lot of features on the face of this watch, and a lot of indicators. However the design has been created to retain an overall simplicity despite this. It’s a formidable feat, and one that only a master watch designer could pull off.

In 1992 Christiaan van der Klaauw won the prestigious gold medal at the watch fair of Basel with his ‘Pendule Variable’, which won him a definite place among the great contemporary masters. The jury was full of praise and motivated their choice as follows: “With the design of the ‘Pendule Variable’, Christiaan van der Klaauw has proved to be a real innovator in the field of technology and design. His creative abilities enable him to get round seemingly insoluble problems, and this earns him a lot of admiration from connoisseurs and colleagues.” Read more

Chronograph, Moon phase, Date, Month and 12 hour indicator

While this watch is a chronograph, it’s definitely not the type of watch that you would wear as your normally would wear one. This is perhaps the most elegant and delicate chronograph I’ve ever seen. It’s only sporty in comparison with the rest of the Christiaan van der Klaauw range. It definitely couldn’t be described as rugged.

The midnight blue of the moon phase indicator window matches well with the deep blue of the alligator leather strap. The numerals and other indicators on the watch are the same understated blue colour. Along with the white face of the watch, it’s a simple and elegant color scheme that would suit any outfit. It’s perhaps not the best type of watch to wear with more casual styles, but it’s definitely suitable for both daytime and evening wear. Whether paired with a classic dark suit or a tuxedo, it will be an extremely elegant addition to your look.

As you’d expect from this brand, the mechanism of the movement is flawless. Looking inside this watch is like gazing into a tiny factory, with complex and intricate mechanisms working in tandem for incredible accuracy. Christiaan van der Klaauw watches are known for their impeccable aesthetic sense, but the quality of the movement shouldn’t be underestimated. If well looked after, this is a timepiece that can last for generations.

Will the Ariadne (and other vander Klaauw watches) be valuable collectibles?!

Christiaan van der Klaauw in his workshopThere are rumors that Christiaan van der Klaauw watches are set to increase in price greatly when the man himself sadly dies. This wouldn’t be unusual for works of art, which the Ariadne certainly is.

This is one of the main reasons I could advise anyone who is considering a purchase to think carefully about how much the price could increase once this great man is no longer around to create such exceptional timepieces. (Read more on collectibles)

Overall, this is a beautiful watch that I would deeply enjoy owning as it would be a worthy edition to anyone’s collection. It’s truly a watch for those who appreciate the beauty that an intricate, yet simple timepiece can have.

Technical specifications

Christiaan van denr Klaauw Ariadne CKAR3376
Movement: CVDK 7770 self-winding chronograph movement with 25 jewels.
Functions: Hours, minutes, decentralized second hand, 24-hour indicator; day, date, month, moonphase; chronograph hand, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter.
Case: High quality steel, ø 40 mm; anti-reflection sapphire crystal; transparent case-back.
Dial: White with blue indexes.
Hands: Blued steel, white coloured 12-hour hand, red chronograph hand.
Strap: Blue alligator leather.
Buckle: Logo engraved steel folding buckle.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Special edition 1999 Radiomir GMT/Alarm

Panerai Special edition 1999 Radiomir GMT Alarm

Panerai Special editions 1999 Radiomir GMT/Alarm

The first thing that struck me about the Panarai Special Edition 1999 Radiomir GMT/Alarm is how lucky I would be if I’m able to wear one.

Only sixty of these watches were ever produced, which makes it one of those rare and  precious watches that fit in any decent collection of valuable watches. And therefore it should be in mine too.

Panerai, not the everyday watch

Panarai watches aren’t the most well known brand, and this fact gives this special edition Radiomir a further distinction. Even those who know next to nothing about watches are charmed by its sporty and rugged looks. The original Radiomir was designed for divers in the Italian navy, and this is apparent in the sturdy styling of this special edition.

Retro militaristic Italian style and quality

There is a certain retro militaristic chic about the whole watch. It’s beautiful in a simple, Spartan type of way. It’s also seriously chunky, and you will never forget that it’s on your wrist. It’s almost quintessentially naval, in the same way that a Breitling always conjures up the spirit of aviation. Most importantly, it has the type of natural and understated style that you would expect from a product that is designed in Italy.

Durable materials as usual with Panerai

As you might expect from a Naval watch, it is completely resistant to water to a depth of 30 meters, and it has all kinds of interesting technology inside. The balance wheel is made of Glucydur®, which is a high performance metal alloy. This type of metal was specifically constructed to create an accurate and durable balance system within a watch. The spring is made of Nivarox® I, another specialist watch making alloy. The use of these alloys in the mechanics of the watch means the mechanism is highly resistant to changes in temperature. Metal can expand or contract in extremes of temperature. In most applications these tiny movements make no difference, but in an instrument that is as sophisticated as a Panerai watch, even small contractions and expansions can negatively affect the accuracy.

IncaBloc anti-shock

The Incabloc® anti-shock device in the watch sounds like a very advanced mechanism, but it is actually a watch making innovation that dates back to the 1930s. This clever little spring prevents delicate parts inside the watch from being damaged if it is dropped onto a hard surface. In addition to the heavy, sturdy construction of the watch, it makes this Radiomir a rugged piece of equipment. Of course no precision made, high quality watch can ever be indestructible.

Underneath the tough exterior there is still a delicate timing instrument that needs to be taken care of. Since this particular Radiomir is so rare for sure as an owner you wouldn’t wear it in a situation where it could be even slightly damaged, but for those who are a little more carefree feel fre e to use it in sporting situations.

One of the rare Panerai’s with alarm

This watch, in common with the standard Radiomir, offers a minimum of interesting complications. The beauty of this watch is in the simplicity. There is however a 2nd time zone indicator, which is a 24-hour display that can be viewed in a small window below the centre of the watch. I travel all the time, so for me this would be particularly useful, but it’s an attractive and interesting feature even if you remain resolutely stuck in a single time zone for much of the year. There is also an incredibly reliable alarm function, which is a very unusual function in a watch of this standard, but certainly a very useful one.

Alarm showed on video (not the PAM046 editon but similar)

Panerai PAM 046 Radiomir GMT/Alarm

If you are looking for a rugged diving watch then you couldn’t go far wrong with the Panerai Special Edition 1999 Radiomir GMT/Alarm. It’s solid, reliable and attractive without being flashy. The only real problem you could potentially face is finding one!

Technical specifications

Movement: GP Calibre 59
Water Resistance: 30m
Dial Color: Black
Bezel: Polished White Gold
Case: Polished White Gold
Caseback: Open
Crystal: 1.5mm Sapphire
Diameter: 40mm
Strap/Bracelet: Alligatorskin
Reference Number: PAM046 PAM00046

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Big Ingenieur Chronograph

IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph series

IWC – Big Ingenieur Chronograph

When choosing luxury timepieces, sometimes, bigger really is better, and this axiom is definitely true when it comes to the IMG Big Ingenieur wristwatch.

When I first saw the watch, I was immediately attracted to the size and scale of it. This slightly chunky, yet decidedly elegant timepiece was designed to be one of the “giants” in the luxury timepiece marketplace, and it definitely draws the eye for this reason alone.

It’s safe to say that this wristwatch really pleases the senses.

Do you hide or stand out?!

For me, this black and silver beauty provides the perfect blend of sporty style and decadent European refinement. Any man who’s looking for a bold, high-end wristwatch (that is still traditional enough to wear with almost anything) will appreciate everything that the Big Ingenieur has to offer. After all, this isn’t the sort of nondescript timepiece that gets “lost” on your wrist. Instead, it’s custom-made to stand out in a big way.

If standing out appeals to you (and it does to me), and you’re not afraid of a larger wristwatch’s significant visual impact, you may find this unique model as intriguing as I do. Designed to work with your own sense of personal style, this high-end wristwatch is the perfect complement to a sleek business suit or more casual togs.

FOR ENGINEERS WITH A PENCHANT FOR PRECISION

From what I heard it appears that as soon as you strap on the Big Ingenieur Chronograph, it feels like you’re more powerful and more in control (this might only go for those who need it, who knows?!). Since this watch has features galore, it offers a sort of 007-esque vibe. There are lots of elements to play with, including a built-in stopwatch and tachymeter, and the timepiece is highly water-resistant, so the watch itself will never disappoint in terms of performance.

What makes the Big Ingenieur Chronograph special?!

Under its polished, sapphire crystal watch face, this stunning design features dual sub-dials, thicker-than-average watch hands, a sweeping second hand, and sleek dashes, rather than basic numerals. Minimalist, yet clearly equipped with all of the bells and whistles, the watch is encased in a stainless steel setting that sets off its inky black color to absolute perfection.

Nothing is more modern than a monochrome watch face surrounded by shining, silver-plated stainless steel. This futuristic, streamlined color palette draws attention to the watch’s features and mechanisms. To add even more appeal to this design, the makers of this striking timepiece have covered the back of the watch face with the same high-quality sapphire crystal that covers the front of the device, so that watch owners may see the precision movements at work whenever they wish.

This type of feature is found in many of the best luxury timepieces, and it’s plenty of fun, as it offers Big Ingenieur owners a glimpse of the intricate inner workings of their exclusive wristwatches.

Features and calibre of the IWC Big Ingenieur

iwc-calibre-89361Equipped with a stopwatch hand and IWC chronograph, the IMG Big Ingenieur also comes with a tachymeter scale.

The stopwatch may be restarted via an easy-to-use reset button. Crafted from silver-plated stainless steel, plain stainless steel, and sapphire crystal, this timepiece also features a refined black alligator strap.

Double-pawl winding and an ultra-efficient 89361 calibre offer superlative performance, while the rugged construction of the entire watch guarantees excellent durability and longevity. The durable calibre 89361 is safely stored behind saphire glass on the back and this obviously gives you the opportunity to watch the calibre working when you want to.

Technical specifications:

Case: Stainless steel
Bracelet/Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Dial colour: black
Jewels: 38
Movement: Self-winding mechanical chronograph
Power reserve: 68-hour when fully wound
Functions: Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds, hour and minute counters combined in a single totalizer at 12 o’clock, flyback function, date display with crown-activated rapid advance, small hacking seconds
Crown: Screw-in
Glass: Sapphire glass, flat, antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 120mtrs/12 bar
Case: 45.5 mm x 14.5 mm

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Superocean Chronograph M2000

Breitling Super ocean M200

Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000

The Superocean M2000 is quite simply a stunning watch, and could well be the centerpiece of any collection. I must admit, I was sold on the fact that it is waterproof to 2000m.

Now, it’s probably worth mentioning that 2000m is far beyond the depth that a human being could dive without a protective suit to deal with the incredible water pressure that would be bearing down above them. Even the most experienced divers rarely venture beyond 100m.

I should also probably mention that I’m actually a diver and the deepest I went was only 50 meters. Still, to be owning one of the most advanced diving instrument watches in the world definitely appeals to my sense of wonder.

The Superocean an attractive watch

The Superocean has a fantastic story to tell about being capable of withstanding extreme depths, even if I’m not actually planning on venturing 20,000 leagues under the sea!

In addition to the capacity for implausibly deep oceanic exploration, the Superocean is a very attractive watch. It has the standard three-dial chronometer function that you see on the faces of most Breitling chronometer watches, but the dials are outlined in a vivid red, which matches the red back of the black leather strap.

That little splash of color makes the watch distinctive, but the bezel is by far the favorite feature. The cool, obsidian black has silver markers, but the really eye catching thing is the typography of the metallic numerals. The font used is impeccably cool, with a really sporty, modern and powerful feel.

The Superocean is an extremely versatile watch, which could be worn on almost any occasion and with any outfit. It looks just as good with a suit as it would with a pair of jeans. It’s by far the watch I would wear mostly on casual events though. A good watch to wear it every day at work for example.

The striking red accents make it fun enough to hold weight on a night out, but the sharp styling means it’s not too flashy for a formal occasion. I’d say it might be a slightly brave and fashion forward piece if you are used to more classic and understated styles, but for me it doesn’t cross the line and remains extremely tasteful.

Breitling the inventors of the modern chronograph

Personally I don’t use the chronometer function that my personal collection of watches have, but it could be very useful if you are trying to time your swims or dives. The chronometer is activated by a magnetic push button on the case, rather than a standard pusher as is normally found on dive chronometers. I can see this being incredibly useful underwater, as you won’t have to mess around with unscrewing as you would with a normal pusher.

As you would expect from Breitling, the build quality of this watch cannot be criticized. It is an absolutely superbly constructed, precision piece that will last a lifetime, or even beyond. Even the glass over the face is extremely tough sapphire crystal. Breitling timepieces are the type of objects that can be passed down through the generations, and the Superocean is likely to last over a few.

Breitling Superocean m2000 backAs well as the physical toughness, the mechanical tenacity of any Breitling model can’t be understated. These innards of these watches are truly constructed to the most exacting standards, with precision elements working in tandem for impeccable accuracy. Of course most watches in this price range have well constructed and highly reliable movements, but the mechanical pedigree of Breitling watches is one of the main selling points. For sure those that are familiar with Breitlings quality can confirm that, as you would expect, the ever let you down.

I think that wearing a watch like the Superocean is a bit of a statement. It’s definitely youthful, with a real sporty energy, but it’s also got a classic feel that looks back to the past. It’s perfect for a man who is in the middle of his life, someone who doesn’t want to lose the energy of youth, but wants to project a mature and considered style. Therefore the ideal watch for me! For sure it certainly gets a lot of respect and a lot of comments.

Breitling, high standard and great models

Breitling are very highly regarded and well known for their superb pilots watches such as the Navimeter, but the Superocean is a step away from that type of style and functionality, while retaining all the elements that make it great.

It’s a great choice for anyone who was considering one of the better known Breitling watches such as the Navimeter or Super Avenger but is looking for a more unique and distinctive piece. I have several friends and colleagues who own a Super Avenger of some kind, and it’s great to hear that they also consider to own a Breitling but one that is set apart from the more common models.

Technical specifications:

Caliber: Breitling 73
Movement: Thermocompensated SuperQuartz™
Chronograph, 1/10th second, 60 minutes, 12 hours with split times by fly-back hand, Calendar, Dial aperture
Case: Steel
Water resistance: 2000 meters/200 bars
Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel
Crown: Screw-locked and magnetic pushpieces
Crystal: Cambered sapphire, glareproofed both sides
Diameter: 46,00 mm
Strap/bracelet: Barenia leather, Superocean leather, rubber Ocean Racer (perforated), rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge)/Professional III

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Girard Perregaux Horlogers

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Prestigious Girard Perregaux Watches: Two Centuries Worth Of Talent

Switzerland is known for many historical items that are considered to be the world’s finest. Among those items are watches by Girard Perregaux.

Girard-Perregaux is one of the few authentic Swiss watch Manufactures. It designs, creates, develops and produces both the external components of a watch and its “heart”, the movement.

Watches created by Girard Perregauxare intricate time pieces that tell more than time, they give the owner a prestigious work of art that is the exquisite centerpiece to their wardrobe.

Two Centuries Worth of Timeless History

Haunting beauty has kept Girard Perregaux ranked top among the elite Swiss. In 1791 a young Jean-Francois Bautte began learning the watchmaking trade and established Girard Perregaux in Geneva. He was renowned for making ultra-thin watches that caught the attention of the future Queen Victoria.

  • 1791 Bautte opened the very first manufacturing company that housed all of the watchmaking trades under a single roof.
  • 1837 Jean-Samuel Rossel and Jacques Bautte begin their reign over the high quality company that was remarkably successful in the watchmaking industry giving Switzerland a brilliant artistic legacy.
  • 1856 Constant Girard wedded Marie Perregaux in 1854 and two years later Girard-Perregaux Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds was established.
  • 1867 Constant Girard-Perregaux created a Tourbillon which became a prizewinner in Paris at the Paris Universal Exhibition. The Tourbillon acquired a medal, gold, and by the 1900’s it was declared out of competition as singular winner.
  • 1880 A wristwatch was developed with German naval officers in mind. The German Kaiser Wilhelm I ordered two thousand watches to be made. This was the first major sale of wristwatches on the market. However the wristwatch would not become popular and widely used until the following century.
  • 1903 Constant Girard-Galletacquired control of the business from his predecessor.
  • 1928 A German watchmaker, Otto Graef, and the proprietor of MIMO Brand of watches, increased the capital stock for Girard-Perregaux. Wristwatch sales finally exceed the sale of pocket watches, practically fifty years after Constant Girard predicted.
  • 1940 The Girard-PerregauxBrand branches out to the Americas and Europe.
  • 1966 With an in-house R&D team, Girard-Perregaux established the primary high frequency movement. This would enable watches to keep excellent time.
  • 1970 The first quartz wristwatch was produced by Girard-Perregaux and set a universal standard.
  • 1981 Quartz watches become more popular forcing Girard-Perregaux to remake twenty of their famous Tourbillon pocketwatches.
  • 1991 The Tourbillon has been presented as a miniaturized wristwatch in celebration of their bicentenary.
  • 1992 Former racer, architect and Italian entrepreneur Luigi Macaluso, takes over Girard-Perregaux.
  • 1993 Girard-Perregaux signs with Ferrari and creates a limited edition split-second chronograph with the famous prancing horses stamped on the back.
  • 1999 An automatic winding version of the famous Tourbillon is created as an entry to Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.
  • 2004 Girard-Perregaux introduces a new line of watches for ladies that come complete with petite complication mechanical actions.
  • 2007 The world famous watchmaking manufacturer opens boutiques in Shanghai, China and Bejing.

Craftmanship, innovative ideas creates exclusive timepieces

Throughout time, Girard-Perregaux has built a very strong reputation built on quality craftsmanship by only the best watchmakers. From the very beginning they have based all of their work on innovative ideas that have flourished through the past two centuries. When time demanded an exclusive timepiece, Girard-Perregaux delivered.

Creating Exclusive Watches For The Future

Today Girard-Perregaux has become world renowned and continues to produce timepieces that are considered top in their line and exclusively prestigious. In keeping with their high standards, they continue to offer watches that captivate not only time, but the individual who has made an investment in their personal time piece.

  • Tourbillon With Three Gold Bridges
    This fascinating men’s watch has been manufactured in white gold with case dimensions of 41.00 millimeters and 11.00 millimeters in height. The back is secured by six screws and the watch is water resistant up to one hundred feet. There are a total of thirty one jewels in this exclusive time piece with a power reserve of forty eight hours. The Tourbillon is limited edition and only fifty of them are available.
  • Cat’s Eye High Jewelry
    The Ladies Cat’s Eye High Jewelry is a version of the Tourbillon with the gold bridge, made completely of white gold and thirty one jewels. The dimensions are 32.90 x 38.40 millimeters in diameter and 12.57 millimeters in height. This luxurious watch has a case set of one hundred and fifty five diamond baguettes and the dial has one hundred and six different diamond baguettes. The crown set consists of twelve diamond baguettes with one rose cut diamond. The pin buckle has thirteen diamond baguettes.
  • Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
    This exquisite watch comes exclusive with its own tiny slot machine and chime mechanism. Thirty eight jewels are set in pink gold with the dimensions of 43.00 x 43.95 millimeters with 17.30 millimeters in height. The sapphire crystal case is secured by a total of four screws. The Jackpot Tourbillon is water resistant up to one hundred feet.

Exclusively In A Class All Their Own

Girard-Perregaux is an authentic Swiss watch creator with a design and development that are truly one of a kind. The heart of their timepieces is created in the same place that their external components are designed. This gives them an exclusive ability to make the mechanisms of their watches an integral part of the design.

Girard-Perregaux is in an exclusive class of their own. Tremendous thought and time have been interwoven through two centuries of award winning watches, starting with pocket watches and graduating to wrist watches. From the exquisite design to the distinguished craftsmanship of the time piece, these Swiss watches are one of a kind and will go down in history while continuing to produce quality watches for centuries to come.

The beauty and craftmanship captured

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DBD “Digitale”

De Bethune DBD Digitale

De Bethune DBD “Digitale”

The De Bethune DBD may not be as photogenic when compared alongside other timepieces of the same caliber, but they are undoubtedly a marvel when seen in person and finally worn.

The DBD series is for the modern man who seeks for innovative design and optimum functionality.

De Bethune only started its operations a decade ago and is currently being considered by many as one of Switzerland’s premier watch making company.

A testament to De Bethune’s tradition of exquisite watchmaking is their DBD or Digitale watch that is currently the envy of male watch aficionados all over the world.

Founders David Zanetta and Dennis Flageollet, master horlogers

De Bethune has successfully merged time and tested watchmaking engineering in combination with new-world aesthetics as seen in each and every model they release. The founders, David Zanetta and Dennis Flageollet are considered to be cutting-edge visionaries who deviated from the norms and traditions of watchmaking to deliver unique and highly impressive timepieces.

When they released De Bethune DBD or Digitale watch their supremacy saw daylight once again.

Do not be fooled by the simple appearance of the Digitale as it is truly a marvel to behold when viewed in actual. The simple and yet elegant design makes the Digitale one of the best-selling and most expensive men’s dress watches to date.

De Bethune beats a simple Rolex anytime

If you have an obsession for rare, fine-quality timepieces, you simply do not go to Rolex to get yourself one. You have to sift through all the branded watch companies to find the best. Watchmakers the world over criticize, but highly revere the De Bethune brand as they were able to find harmony between traditional and contemporary watchmaking practices. The evolution of watchmaking is manifested through their release of the De Bethune DBD model.

Although the design of De Behune DBD is rather simple for any man’s taste, the accuracy of telling time is superb. The lack of complications enabled De Bethune to manufacture the DBD with supreme movement precision.

Instead of adding bells and whistles, the company opted to concentrate on developing movement innovations that will soon be the gold standard for premier watchmaking. The accurate time telling masked by the simple and yet radical design of the De Bethune Digitale will definitely make you look and feel elegant. The rarity of this timepiece and the exquisite design will invite oohs and ahhs from those who set their eyes before this magnificent timepiece.

Simple face, great looks

Close up DBD digitale dialThe close attention to design, finishing, and construction are exceptional. The highly polished and pearlized steel parts are striking as it is the first thing that you will notice upon viewing the DBD model.

Although there is, but minim art put into the construction of the Digitale, the quality of materials and the simplicity in itself is more than enough to leave aspiring owners in genuine awe. In addition the function of the De Bethune Digitale as a time telling device is outstanding.

Despite the fact that De Bethune has gone against the classical traditions of Swiss watchmaking, they have successfully pulled off an open source tradition of constructing watches; new regulations that are innovative and deliver highly accurate and efficient time telling function.

Above all else, the De Bethune Digitale is a calendar watch. Of course, the public is all familiar with the calendar watches of big names such as Patek Philippe, Breitling, and IWC. Despite their mark on the industry, watch aficionados are becoming more discerning when it comes to purchasing watch calendars. De Bethune Digitale or the DBD model offers a new design with efficient functions; more so efficient than those provided by the companies mentioned above. The great attention to detail and the never before seen design and movement features set the De Bethune DBD a notch higher above its competing rivals.

The De Bethune DBD comes in four classic variations:

  • DBDRS1- rose gold white case dial
  • DBDRS5- rose gold case anthracite dial
  • DBDWS1- white gold case grey dial
  • DBDWS5- white gold case anthracite dial

Rose or white polished gold

Although De Bethune watches are popularly known for their breakthrough designs, the Digitale takes on a very classic look which adds to its charm and beauty. The rose gold and white gold case variations are more than enough to convince men of today that it is but a worthwhile watch to purchase.

Titanium and platinum

Just like any other De Bethune timepieces, the DBD model features the signature titanium skeleton and platinum balance; both of which contribute to the precision of time telling. The triple para-chute shock absorbing system ensures that the wearer can sport the DBD for any occasion and setting. Although most men strictly wear the De Bethune for special functions and events, the construction and the materials are guaranteed to last for years.

Finest alligator leather

The De Bethune DBD features supple and classy black alligator leather with Ardillon as its buckle system.

De Bethune DBD Digitale – one of it’s kind

The versatility of the design is also one of the main selling points of Digitale. It sports sapphire crystals; that is 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatments. The diameter of the DBD model is at 42.88 mm and at 14.60 thick; it is neither too big nor too small for an average man. It features just the right dimensions to make it noticeable and awe-inspiring.

The DBD calendar watch of De Bethune is hand-crafted and hand-decorated to satisfy the desires of men with impeccable taste. The month, day, and year are clearly displayed well below the De Bethune logo. The polished steel parts and the brilliant technology can be attributed to the dedication and high level of craftsmanship that is placed on each and every Digitale model that leaves the boutique label’s workshop.

De Bethune has truly set new standards in horological traditions. The contemporary approach in traditional watchmaking is very much evident with the De Bethune DBD model. It accurately tells time and leaves you in awe for a lifetime.

Specifications

Functions:
Digitally displayed jumping hours, minutes, complete calendar indicating days, date and months, De Bethune spherical moon-phase

Movement:
Calibre DB 2044 – hand‐wound digital reading mechanical movement
331 components – hand-decorated pearlised and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, Côte De Bethune, self-regulating twin barrel, titanium/platinum balance wheel with flat terminal curve, triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system, exclusive three-dimensional moon-phase indication

Jewelling:
32 jewels
Frequency:

28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve:

6 days
Case:

Shaped case 42.8 mm in diameter and 14.60 mm thick, integral ogive lugs
Crystal:

Sapphire crystal, 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti‐reflective treatment
Crown:

Screw‐down at 12 o’clock, setting in two positions
Case back:

De Bethune star-studded sky in flame-blued steel with gold stars – spherical moon-phase indicator
Water-resistance:

30 meters (3atm)
Dial:

Hand decorated Côte de Bethune with inline digital displays of the jumping hours, minutes, day, date and month

Strap:
extra-supple black alligator leather with Ardillon buckle

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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HL2.0 Limited edition

Hautlence HL2.0 Limited Edition

Hautlence – HL2.0 Limited Edition

When I discovered the intriguing beauty of the Hautlence HL2.0 Limited Edition wristwatch, I was hooked, because this luxury timepiece is truly something out of the ordinary.

If you enjoy elegant watches that literally change the way that you look at time, you’ll also enjoy learning more about this stunning, rich and dimensional design, which seems to evoke all of the intricate appeal of Da Vinci drawings or vintage maps and atlases.

By offering consumers access to something very different, and by creating the ideal blend of art and science, Hautlence have carved out a unique niche in the marketplace, and they’ve gained many fans (I certainly count myself among them) due to their strong, distinct and unforgettable styles.

The HL2.0 only for the chosen few…

This particular model manages to be subtle and elegant, while also being a fascinating conversation piece. Due to its colourful accents, fine details, and precision mechanisms, the HL2.0 Limited Edition may well be considered a modern masterpiece.

The Hautlence watchmaking company was formed in 2004, and its corporate credo is all about showcasing the beauty of perfect mechanisms and exacting movements.

By highlighting the form and function of each watch element, the creators of the Hautlence HL2.0 Limited Edition have pushed the envelope. Since this open-work design spotlights the patented Hautlence movement, it is clearly the centrepiece of the design, and it is quite beautiful to behold.

Short clip of the HL2.0 complications

Colour is used to heighten the visual impact of the movement and its background, and these carefully-considered touches of azure, antique bronze and dove-gray give this exclusive watch a timeless, refined air that is quite breathtaking.

The painterly palette of the Hautlence HL2.0 sets it apart, and it may be one of this timepiece’s most diverting design elements. Soft colours soothe the eye, and the tones chosen for this timepiece’s design are decidedly gentle, while still appearing totally masculine. However, this design may be available in more sombre tones to suit more subdued tastes.

Features of the Hautlence HL2.0 Limited Edition

Hautlence HL2 movementEquipped with an in-house, automatic movement, the Hautlence HL2.0 Limited Edition wristwatch is wound using an oscillating rotor. The back of the watch case is encased in sapphire crystal, so that watch owners may view their timepiece’s mechanisms whenever they like.

Each watch features a main disc that is found on the middle of the dial, and this disc illustrates retrograde minutes. Hours are shown in an innovative way, along the chain with twelve links. This timepiece’s power reserve is located below the central dial. Currently, there are three patents related to the movements of this cutting-edge luxury wristwatch.

I’ve written it several times and every time I have to write it again I know it isn’t going to be for the last time… “complication the the first degree!”.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Greubel Forsey Horlogers

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Greubel Forsey: Master horlogers from Around the World

Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have been in business together for close to 20 years. Coming from two separate parts of the world this pair of watch creating masters may seem like quite an unusual match; but with their unmatchable talents and love for creating nothing but the finest and exquisite watches on the market, it is no wonder why these two men have risen to greatness in the watch world.

History Timeline of Greubel Forsey

The history timeline of these two men is nothing short of amazing. The unforeseen combination of Greubel Forsey was nothing short of a miracle and paved the way for some of the most illustrious watches on the market.

  • 1990: Robert Greubel joins Renaud & Papi as a protoypist.
  • 1992: Stephen Forsey joins Robert at Renaud & Papi working on movements.
  • 1999: Both Robert and Stephen leave Renaud & Papi to work independently.
  • 2001: Robert and Stephen co-find Complitime to develop movements for several prestigious brands.
  • 2004: Robert and Stephen co-find “Greubel Forsey”.
  • 2004: The team of men introduced their Double Tourbillon 30 timepiece, which showcased their love for innovation, and their strive for pure excellence.

By looking at the history timeline listed above it is easy to see that both Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have had years upon years of experience and love what they do. Both of these men grew up in the world of watches thanks to their fathers, and they have taken their experience and transformed it into the extravagant watches you see today created by Greubel Forsey. Their shared love for watch creation and excellence is what makes their company set apart from the rest, and is what makes the customers fall deeply in love with their watches. Each watch is filled with unmatchable designs and techniques complete with an astonishing, passion filled appearance.

Greubel Forsey watchmakers to the bone

Inventing with Greubel and Forsey

Besides being extravagant watch makers, both Robert and Stephen are inventors at heart. Each and every watch they put out on the market replicates this idea that their experience is unmatchable in the inventing category and every timepiece is a masterpiece. Greubel Forsey have created the EWT, also known as the Experimental Watch Technology, which helps them to research and development new platforms to help them create the greatest watches available to the public.

The Most Pristine Watches on the Market

• Double Tourbillon 30

This was the first invention created by Greubel Forsey with double tourbillon technology. One is inclined to a 30 degree angle and rotates every 60 seconds while the other rotates inside, every four minutes. There are two different DT30s available; the DT30 Vision and DT30 Secret.

• Tourbillon 24 Secondes

The T24S is Greubel and Forsey’s third invention created by the two men and is the next attempt at reducing gravity effects on regulating organs. There are two types of Tourbillon 24 Secondes watches, the T24S and the T24Si. Both magnificently created the T24Si features a tourbillon cage that undergoes rapidly changing position combined with high angular velocity.

• Quadruple Tourbillon

This outstanding creation is brought to the public by the inventing of the EWT. This watch offers four different tourbillons which indicate different speeds and rates. This extravagant watch is available in both platinum and red gold.

• GMT

The Greubel Forsey GMT watch is nothing short of genius. This watch allows for a second time zone to be indicated on one of the tourbillons. This dual-functioning watch has a list of the 24 time zones available and which cities are in them. This watch is 100 percent accurate and is consisted with several different tourbillons.

Inside the mad genius… read more about Robert Greubel and Steven Forsey.

Upcoming Inventions

Creating and inventing is a never ending process for Greubel Forsey. The EWT is always working hard to come up with the greatest and innovative inventions in the nation. The current inventions progressing with the help of EWT includes the ‘Binomial’, a mono-material balance-and-spring wheel combination mechanism using isochronically stable materials, and the “Différentiel d’Egalité”, a constant force device based in a spherical differential. .

Conclusion

Robert Greubel and Stephen Farsey have spent years in the industry perfecting creations and inventions to create some of the greatest masterpieces on the planet. These watches are unmatchable in their technology and design and are nothing short of genius. These watches will continue to grow and become more and more detailed, offering consumers with some of the greatest watch devices they have ever seen. Innovation and a love for the business is the key to their exclusive watch lines. Their watches are like no other, and they seek to corner the watch market for the most exclusive watches. The Greubel Forsy watches please even the most discriminate people.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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UR202S

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The URWERK UR202S – Truly Magical

The UR-202 has been resurrected into a new model of exclusive watches through the cooperation of URWERK and Maspoli, into the UR202S. It is nicknamed “The Hammerhead.”

<<< It has also been called “The Hammerhead, Full Metal Jacket.”

The bracelet, manufactured by Maspoli, requires eleven steps to complete. It has twenty-two links, and only six are like any others. It is the ultimate in their line.

S… for… Superman?!

The “S” in the name refers to the stripes on its face. The stripes are 3-D vertical lines, which give the face a unique, dimensional look.

A special machine was obtained to enable them to make these raised lines. They are able to machine over 80% of the components using this special machine. This enables them to get the exact product they want without having to depend on another manufacturer.

“Jet technology”

This watch employs jet-age technology, with components whose names sound much like that of a jet engine. Instead of the air friction technique of controlling winding, it uses twin turbines. These miniature turbines regulate the rotors that drive the winding process. This method of winding insures time-keeping accuracy. Also, the twin turbines can be controlled by a lever to serve as shock absorbers. This improves wear and tear protection and an increase in life span.

Turbines and more

The turbines have three possible positions. One is for normal wear. There are also vigorous and extreme activity levels that limit the winding ability of the turbines and rotor in order to protect the mechanism. These positions correspond, respectively, to free, sport (slower), and stop, referring to the amount of movement allowed in each position.

Hours, minutes, and moon phases are indicated on the face. Also, there is an indicter that shows day and night. It has a revolving satellite mechanism to indicate the hour, and the minute hands telescope, which is visible on the lighted dial. The lighter dial gives a special presence to the model, making it look lighter than normal. It is truly a marvel in leading-edge technology.

UR202S full of intelligence

The time display on the dial is depicted by telescoping minute hands and three orbiting satellites that show the hour. The minute hands telescope to allow a choice of greater visibility when extended, or a more compact look and comfort when retracted. No other model has the same technology and display as the URWERK UR202S.

The case and bracelet come in white gold, red gold, stainless steel, or titanium aluminium nitride (ALTIN) for beauty to suit your choice. In my opinion, the beauty of titanium can’t be surpassed, but many prefer the traditional richness of red gold. The polished stainless steel, however, is a beautiful piece as well. Take your pick.

This piece is very exclusive, as only fifty pieces will be available worldwide. This is common for this company, who also has made some specially engraved pieces of a different model for which only 20 pieces were made available. So, you can know you have one of only fifty when you obtain one of these exclusive watches.

Though this model, the 202S, is the epitome of the URWERK line, there are many fine models as well in the 202 line.

Urwerk UR line

Urwerk UR 202 raw sketch One of the earlier ones was a favourite of many. It was the White Shark. Again, only fifty pieces were made of this design.

The original UR-202 was also available in gold, stainless, and titanium alloy. The UR203, in black coated platinum, was specially engraved and was limited to 20 pieces. All these have limited availability in specific cities.

This watch has appropriately been call magical. The space age technology is far above the ordinary. Its large sapphire crystal reveals its unique construction, making it a conversation piece, one to be envied by all. Available wrist shots showcase the exquisite beauty and technology involved in its construction.

Watches have become a fashion statement. They serve as fashion accessories to complement a look. With the different metal colours, and the beauty of this piece, along with the leading edge technology involved in its making, it becomes one totally awesome fashion statement. It is a dream piece that anyone would be proud to own.

Futuristic but in my opinion still contemporary

Whether you are looking for a fine timepiece to keep accurate time or to make a fashion statement, look no further. You have found it with this timepiece. As a sports or fashion watch, it fulfils the purpose and more. With its space age technology, which is highly visible, this piece becomes a conversation piece that will be admired by all. It has been called the Rolls Royce in timepieces, and it lives up to that description. With the limit of fifty copies total, it is truly one of the exclusive watches.

Specifications:

Specifications Urwerk UR202S

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Reverso Grande GMT

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT

Jaeger-LeCoultre make some of the most exquisite watches in the world, so I was incredibly excited to get my hands on the Reverso Grande GMT. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. This beautiful watch is everything I’ve ever dreamed of from a timepiece.

<<< Two times one watch…

The Reverso Grande is one of those rare watches that are simple and elegant enough to be worn at a formal event, but have enough complications to be really interesting.

This is no doubt due to the interesting “reverso” design, allowing the watch to display a variety of interesting functions without having to cram them onto a single face. The watch can be flipped over in the casing, allowing you to choose between displaying the white front face or the black back face. The mechanism of each face is separate, so globetrotters can have a different time zone on each side.

Double complicated – The front

The front of the watch exemplifies the type of impeccable design work you’d expect from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Crisp, black Arabic numerals denote each hour of the day, other than the two, four and seven, which are covered by complications. A day/night indicator is at the two o’clock position, a large, clear date display is at seven o’clock, and at the four o’clock position there is a small separate sub-dial for the second hand. For me this is one of the most appealing things about the front of the watch. A small, rapidly turning dial in the corner adds a real point of interest. Despite such an eye catching feature, the front part of the watch is understated and carries off a really subtle elegance.

The back (or vice versa)

The reverse side of the watch is more busy, and in my opinion more interesting. This is where you’ll find the more complicated features. As well as an impressive main dial with white numerals and markings contrasting with the black face, the lower portion contains a 24-hour indicator and a GMT differential dial. This dial shows how far away the current time zone is from GMT, which I’ve found exceptionally useful on my travels. In the top right hand corner, a small indicator displays the level of the eight-day power reserve.

In 1833, in the heart of an isolated valley in the Swiss Jura, the brilliant inventor Antoine LeCoultre founded the small workshop that was to become one of the most prestigious brands in watchmaking: Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Complications do you need them? On your watch YES!

The complications on both sides of the watch, like most complications, are of questionable utility. I’ve rarely been so disorientated that I need my watch to tell me if it’s day or night. Other than the GMT offset, they serve a mostly decorative purpose. Personally I love a watch with a lot of interesting functions, even if they aren’t much use to me.

The really useful thing about this watch is being able to display a separate time zone on each face. There isn’t a time when I’ve been abroad that I haven’t found this helpful on many occasions. I’ve never been one for mental arithmetic, so being able to see the time back home at a glance before I make a phone call is a great timesaver.

Of course that isn’t the only benefit of having two faces on the same watch. The look of each face is so dramatically different that it almost seems like owning two watches. The front, white face is understated, elegant and classic. It’s perfect for the office or any other occasion that requires a sharp suit. The extra dials on the black side of the watch give it a more sporty and casual look.

Jager-LeCoultre stands for top notch, exquise quality

As you might expect from a watchmaker of this caliber, the build quality is excellent. However it’s far from rugged and indestructible. This is a precision instrument, and needs to be handled with care. The steel case will scratch if mishandled, so it might be best wearing something else on your wrist if you are planning on doing something particularly physical and enthusiastic.

jaeger-lecoultre-steel wristbandThe standard strap is crafted from smooth, brown alligator leather, which works well with both faces of the watch. There is also a steel bracelet option available, but this is made of the same easily scratched steel as the case.

It’s easy to avoid scratching the case of your watch by taking a bit of care, but the same isn’t necessarily true for the bracelet. Accidentally scraping your wrist across your desk as you type won’t necessarily disfigure it, but you should certainly expect to leave evidence.

If you are looking to invest in a truly quality timepiece, you’ll certainly find the Reverso Grande GMT to be worth the money. It’s an incredible versatile watch that can be smartly worn to almost any occasion.

Sneak peek inside the Reverso Grande GMT

Specifications:

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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GMT Tourbillon

Greubel Forsey GMT

Greubel Forsey GMT

Watches with complexity, style and a host of precision mechanisms are beautiful to behold, and the Greubel Forsey GMT is a perfect example of this type of high-end, sophisticated luxury timepiece.

<<< This masterpiece shows true complication… in it’s finest detail and perfection

When I first beheld this incredible wristwatch, with its moving elements and touches of bright colour, I was struck by the perfection of the design, which features a series of multicoloured circular movements arranged in a stunning array upon the watch’s face. This one is definitely in my personal top three and maybe… just maybe… even on the primespot!

Eye catching globe feature in 3D

One important design feature that immediately caught my attention was a beautiful, three-dimensional globe motif that provides a picture of time all over the world. Four circular movements (and one semi-circular movement) decorate the watch’s face, but the effect is not crowded at all. In fact, this exclusive wristwatch seems perfectly balanced, and the movements of the timepiece are each works of art in and of themselves.

Beautiful Colour and Intricate Design

The watch face is a wonderful melange of different tones, such as the case in white gold, red, white, and blue. However, colour is used in small accents that add vibrant beauty without overwhelming the calm and serene effect of this watch’s design.

If there ever would be a watch that would be set as an example for the word “complication” it is most likely that this model made by Greubel Forsey would score high.

Greubel Forsey GMT backsideOn the back of the timepiece, a stunning circular movement that features the names of many world capitals is a central design element that offers watch owners instant access to detailed time zone information.

This unique feature is beautifully engraved, and it is crafted from the finest materials for a luxury look that is truly timeless.

For sure it will be hard to find a exclusive watch that looks even better on the back than most watches on their front. It isn’t reversible but if it would be you wouldn’t need to be ashamed to wear this magnificent timepiece  “bottoms up”.

The features on the GreubelForsey GMT

  • Left top – Second time indicator
    The 12-hour second time zone dial at 10 o’clock indicates the time in a designated second time zone and is easily adjusted using the quick-set, dual-function pusher on the case band.
  • Middle next to the crown shows the Power reserve
    Cascading clockwise from 12 o’clock is the main hour-minute dial, on which is mounted a small seconds dial and a sectorial power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock.
  • Bottom right – Tourbillon 24 Secondes
    The GMT features a 25° inclined Tourbillon 24 Secondes cage, one of Greubel Forsey’s major patented inventions.
  • Bottom left – Rotating globe
    A wonderful three-dimensional temporal representation, this rotating globe offers a truly original view of time all over the world and a new way of perceiving different time zones.
  • Left on case – Dual-function Pusher
    The quick-set, dual-function pusher at 10 o’clock on the case band adjusts the 12-hour second time zone and is also used when reading the globe to indicate 24-hour world time.

Greubel Forsey, a young company with fresh ideas

Greubel Forsey is a Swiss watchmaking firm that was created in 2004. The GMT design made by this firm is really its signature piece, due to its beauty, practicality and richness.

Suffice it to say that this is no ordinary timepiece. As I’ve mentioned earlier, one of the watch’s most impressive style elements in its time zone movement, which features a dial that allows watch owners to calculate the time differences for a range of world capitals, such as London, Cairo, Calgary, Sydney and New York.

Here is what Greubel Forsey say themselves about this feature:

A world time disc connected to the globe bears the names of 24 cities, each representing one of 24 global time zones. To facilitate setting, cities not using summertime are on a dark background and time is read on the outer chapter ring – The sun, when setting the worldtime disc a resplendent sun on a golden gear serves as a useful visual reference for midday and radiantly lights up the movement.

For world travellers, this wristwatch is practical, yet unbelievably luxurious. Learning to master all of the features found on this watch will be easier than it looks, as the timepiece is expertly configured in order to promote ease of use.

This watch really embodies the spirit of exploration and global adventure, and it also features a distinctive asymmetrical case that offers even more uniqueness and visual impact. Modern and original, the Greubel Forsey GMT is a special collector’s item that is different from all of the rest. Of course, it’s also a supremely functional wristwatch, and its global time zone dial is just one of many useful features that you will find on this exclusive timepiece.

The Greubel Forsey GMT in close-up

Specifications:

Since this extra ordinary masterpiece comes with even so impressive specifications I’ve decided to upload the original pdf that can be found on the Greubel Forsey website, you can read the specs by clicking here.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Vintage 1945 Tourbillon

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges

Sometimes, even the most luxurious wristwatches all seem to have the same kind of look over them. When I discovered the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges, I realized that I’d come across an extraordinary design that doesn’t have even a hint of generic style. No wonder there are only 50 made of this exclusive timepiece.

Made to stand out and to inspire conversation and admiration, this dazzling and exclusive timepiece’s case and triple bridges are crafted of rosy pink gold that echoes the beauty of a particularly stunning sunrise.

The bridges (that seem to be “floating”) are without a doubt the most eye catching feature on this watch (and loads of others too). According to officials at Girard Perregaux crafting the bridges alone takes seven days of manual labour.  And bear in mind this are only three of 72 components that complete the marvelous watch.

Rose, the new color for gold

The pink rose tone of the watch is the first clue that this design is really something special. However, its rare and unusual color is only the beginning of what it has to offer.

Coated in anthracite for a smooth, low-shine finish, this watch has all of the restrained elegance of platinum, even though it’s made of precious gold. Contrasting accents, such as the main watch plate, add even more richness and dimension to the piece.

This innovative anthracite finish is added through a delicate process that may only be performed by the best craftspeople, so it’s just one more example of how much effort, love and care goes into creating every single one of these limited-edition wristwatches.

Combination of Art Deco and a stylish futuristic look

Designed to evoke the beauty of the best Art Deco sculpture and architecture, this beautiful wristwatch is ornate enough to please even the most discerning Art Deco aficionado. Of course, its vintage style doesn’t mean that it’s not a high-performance timepiece with all of the bells and whistles. This watch does it all, and its exquisite craftsmanship is definitely second to none.

Three Golden Bridges

Girard Perregaux Tourbillon Vintage 1945 MovementThe watch’s three rose-golden bridges set it apart from the rest of the pack, and these polished marvels add incredible style and uniqueness to the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon timepiece. The geometric bridges glimmer under a sapphire crystal cover, where their open-work design (each bridge is hand-guilloched) may be easily admired. Each bridge takes a week to make, so these design elements do make this particular timepiece incredibly special.

Only fifty of these special watches were created, so there is also an element of exclusivity here that you may not find in other high-end wristwatches. If you want something that almost no one else has (and this is something that personally really appeals to me), you’ll love knowing that only a handful of these exciting, vintage-inspired pieces were ever created and found there way al over the world.

In a nutshell, this watch is very different from other watches, and it will always fascinate. Its curved, rectangular case conforms to the contours of the wrist, offering a perfect fit that makes the watch a pleasure to wear. A shiny strap in black alligator leather completes the striking effect, by offering a touch of dark color that highlights the paler beauty of the rose gold case and bridges.

Features of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges

Each watch is equipped with a tourbillon system that contains over seventy components. In addition, this wristwatch features a self-winding caliber GP600 movement with a built-in micro-rotor beneath the barrel. This special movement is patented by the company, and owners of these Art Deco-inspired timepieces may observe the movements’ workings through a transparent back cover, which is also crafted from sapphire crystal.

Specifications:

Technical specifications
Case:
Pink-gold with domed anti-glare sapphire glass
Back:
Anti-glare sapphire
Dimensions:
36.10 mm x 35.25 mm
Water resistance:
30 meters
Crown:
Pink gold, engraved with GP logo
Dial:
Matte anthracite surface treatment (NAC) on the mainplate
Hands:
Gold regatta, diamond polished
Movement:
Girard-Perregaux 9600-0019,
Mechanism:
Self-winding
Functions:
Tourbillon, hours, minutes
Dimensions:
28.60 mm x 30.30 mm x 3.20 mm
Jewels:
31 jewels
Power reserve:
Minimum 48 hours
Winding:
Automatic, hand-brushed platinum rotor, 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
Strap:
Alligator strap with folding clasp in pink gold

Components
Number: 257
Balance wheel: variable inertia with gold regulating screws (diameter 8.35 mm)
Balance-spring: Breguet, Philips terminal curve
Mainplate: anthracite (NAC) surface treatment, vertical guilloché on top,
pearling and guilloché below, hand-polished angles
Lower gear train bridge: vertical guilloché, hand-polished angles
Barrel: engraved cover with hand-applied circular guilloché and brushing
Rhodium-plated barrel, central and tourbillon bridges: in gold, hand-polished angles
brushed top and edges
Tourbillon:
– 72 components weighing a total of 0.3 grams
– one rotation per minute
– upper and lower carriages beveled and polished by hand
– escapement and pallet bridges beveled and polished by hand

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Monaco Calibre 36

Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 36

Tag Heuer – Monaco Calibre 36

If you’re fond of luxury timepieces that evoke all of the glamour, speed and adrenaline of high-octane motor racing, then you’ll enjoy learning more about the Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 36.

This dazzling, rectangle-shaped wristwatch is inspired by Monaco’s legendary Formula One raceway, as well as the high-tech marvels that speed down its straightaways, chicanes, and hairpin turns. Prepare yourself for some extra heartbeats when you see this timepiece in real life… or even better fit it to your wrist!

When I saw this design for the first time, I could practically hear the roar of expensive engines, and I could easily spot the automotive influences that give this wristwatch its characteristic style. Tag Heuer did another stunning great job with designing this watch and that definately doesn’t only show on the inside…

Unusual colors combined

A little touch of color is the reason why this timepiece is different from the rest. The watch features colorful accents that echo the design elements of the Porsche driven by rugged American actor Steve McQueen in the classic racing film, Le Mans.

Masculine and bold, this signature Tag Heuer design provides the sort of superlative performance and durability that we’ve all come to expect from this respected Swiss watch making company. The Monaco Calibre 36 is quite sporty, but still very luxurious in appearance.

The choice of material by TAG Heuer is excellent again

Crafted from black titanium carbide, polished sapphire crystal, and sleek, ultra-modern stainless steel, this exclusive showpiece is not for the faint of heart. Meant to be worn with pride, this luxury watch is all about confidence, a sense of daring, and a winning, brave spirit. As an expensive wristwatch, it’s an alluring choice that is likely to become an everyday favorite.

For sure, a lot of men out there would be proud to wear this design. In fact, the wristwatch entices the eyes and the hands, as looking at the watch makes you want to touch it.

The watch itself has substantial weight, due to the fine quality of its materials. Good watches tend to have a little heft, and the Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 36 is no exception. However, this watch is not too heavy on the wrist; it just has that satisfyingly solid feel that you always want from a top-notch luxury timepiece.

>>> See the price of the Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 36

Form and Function Meet in the This Stunning Tag Heuer Design

Innovative engineering and state-of-the-art design are shown off to great advantage in every element of this stellar timepiece. Clean lines, precision mechanisms and a smooth leather strap offer the ideal blend of pleasing form and superb function. If you’re looking for classic, masculine style with a bit of an edge, (as well as a touch of vibrant color) you’ll enjoy wearing this exceptional, high-end timepiece.

Monaco at it’s finest

Tag Heuer Calibre 36 movementThe Monaco Calibre 36 is eye-catching and even tough you aren’t able to take a peek on the inside the movement is another piece of art on itself. The Calibre 36 qualifies for the COSC of course (needless to mention anyway) and has a power reserve of 50 hours.

Finding a luxury timepiece that goes with everything, like this one does, is occasionally challenging. However, the makers of the Monaco Calibre 36 have clearly found the ideal balance between conservative and wild.

This is watch that I’d choose over many others of its ilk, simply because it’s more unique and creative. I think it all comes back to the design’s colorful accents, which work with my own personal sense of style.

Whats in the Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 36 Wristwatch

Designed with a stainless steel case and a high-quality, black leather strap, this watch also has a fixed bezel and minute markers that border the outer edge. Equipped with an analog dial, this timepiece features luminous hands and markers that make it easy to find out what time it is, even in darker situations. The Monaco Calibre 36 is a chronograph design with a built-in date display near the bottom of the dial. The Chronograph has two sub-dials displaying 60 seconds and 30 minutes.

Specifications:

Case:
Stainless steel case 39mm
Strap:
Black leather strap with push button clasp
Dial:
Analog grey dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers and minute markers around the outer rim
Hands and markers:
Luminescent, date display appears at the 6 o’clock position
Chronograph:
Two sub-dials seconds and minutes (60-30)
Movement:
Automatic movement
Glass:
Scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Water resistant:
100 meters/10bar

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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IWC Schaffhausen

IWC Grand Complication

IWC Schaffhausen, American, German ingenuity lead to better watches

What do you get when an American visionary combines vision with fine Swiss watchmaking?

IWC Schaffhausen, of course!

Florentine Jones, an American engineer and watchmaker, had worked for E. Howard and Company. Jones idea? Have a Swiss watchmaker produce quality watches in the hopes of introducing Americans to Swiss craftsmanship and combining American technology to manufacture watch movements for Americans. But, Jones ideas were not well-received. Low-paying Swiss jobs were abundant and people feared Jones idea to open a factory would put work-home watchmakers out of jobs. However, one Swiss town was promising.

1868, birth of incredible timepieces

When industrialist, Johann Heinrich Moser heard of Jones’ plans, he welcomed the idea and offered to build the first hydroelectric plant in town. With his factory successful in 1868 and orders coming in, F.A. Jones built another factory in 1874. Able to house 300 employees, Jones had 196 when his factory opened. The Swiss who were so afraid of losing their jobs now embraced the work. In 1880, the company was sold to Johann Rauschenbach-Vogel and stayed in the family for four generations.

What makes International Watch Company unique is the newest watch collection. Their pilot’s watch, hand wound in the vintage collection was impressive. A retro look captures that 1936 feel and the simplicity of the watch face are reason enough why this particular timepiece are welcoming. But even with simplicity, this does not mean a watch cannot ever benefit from a little bling, 18 diamonds, got this limited 500-watch mark.

Another reason IWC Schaffhausen is interesting is the company’s rich history and people in the past who have owned IWC. For example, the famed Carl Jung is said to at one point owned the company. During his ownership, the Swiss watchmaker was an open trading company.

This company has class.

And, this doesn’t just include the manufacturer’s past. This means watches, too. Offering volcanized rubber, IWC’s Aquatimer Chronograph special edition Galapagos Islands timepiece is stunningly rugged and beautiful. A mere $6,900, this watch is water resistant, up to 12 bars. The rubber-coated stainless steel makes this a good watch to withstand everyday use. And for the price, the 25 jewels it has seems a good value compared to other IWC Schaffhausen watches.

Among IWC’s great watches is the Portuguese Perpetual which can have a power reserve of seven days. While some may find it unusual to find a Swiss manufacturer making a Portuguese-style watch, watch lovers world-wide may be less surprised to know IWC has the attention of various producers in the worldwide market. And unlike the Perpetual that is available in 18K rose gold. White gold or platinum, IWC is about offering customers variety and choices. This is because every IWC is uniquely crafted and no two are ever exactly alike. Like its history, IWC is moving forward. The Swiss company recently opened a boutique in Hong Kong. The International boutique will also allow customers to see unique IWC pieces with in the IWC collection.

>>> See some nice IWC Models and prices

Don’t be fooled by the watches simplicity

IWC has wisely surrounded itself with businessmen of various types. One smart business decision from IWC was to rely on feedback from a wide range of sources, a global consortium. This an extreme smart move. One, it allows the company head to gauge how well certain watches are selling. It also allows for customers to express what they loved and hated about certain models and customers overall satisfaction. With its German symbol of quality, IWC customers can rest assured the company prides itself on securing extremely high marks in customer service.

Why does IWC seem so different from other watch companies?

Perhaps, the key lies in the fact family members ran the company for four generations. And, this Swiss company was started by an American, guided by Germans and shaped by Swiss?

Tragedies over time may have played a monumental role in shaping the company’s drive to succeed. In World War II Americans mistakenly bombed the factory. But, instead of exploding, the bomb fell the ceiling. Though the windows broke, the bomb did not devastate the watch maker. The company’s own fire brigade put out a fire that started and the company kept making watches.

IWC’s secret may not be a secret at all. It is a proven fact the company has add to adjust to through its long history Ability to adjust and change is critical for any company who wants to remain a recognized world-wide success and retain customers. For IWC, it is their reputation as a watch maker as well.

IWC’s motto still reflects its founding values. Probus Scafusia, meaning “good solid craftsmanship” sums up why customers have remained and should remain with this watch maker. After all, the watch maker has kept its word to customers since 1903, offering dependable service into the 21st century.

IWC’s professional service and support

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling – Transocean Chronograph Unitime

The stunning design of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime calls to mind the beauty of vintage maps and atlases, and this luxury wristwatch also delivers superb performance.

This universal time model features in-house movements and mechanisms that are exclusive to this Swiss-based watch making company, making it possible for owners of this stellar design to read the time in every global time zone. For travellers, boating enthusiasts (or those who are only adventurous in spirit), this high-style, dazzling wristwatch really has it all.

Global time captured in the blink of an eye

The most impressive style element of this luxury timepiece is a beautiful globe motif that rests in the center of the watch face. A perfect mixture of azure blue and creamy white, this elegant, beautifully detailed globe inlay is the backdrop for a trio of sub-dials that offer the very best in functionality and performance.

Around the circumference of the watch face, city names are listed in refined lettering that adds even more richness and dimension to the piece. These city names may be customized for a range of different languages, making this watch an ideal choice for discerning clientele from all over the world.

Overall, the effect is one of total sophistication, worldliness, and adventure. The wristwatch has a classic, vintage-inspired vibe, due to its bronzy-gold finish and its brown leather strap. Trying on this design gives one a hunger to visit new places and to explore new experiences. It also calls to mind the seafaring adventures of generations of sailors and explorers.

However, the watch is quite subtle and refined, so it`s not too showy or grand. Since I appreciate high style that isn`t too ostentatious or overdone, I really appreciate this timepiece`s special qualities.

This Watch is the Perfect Blend of Form and Function

Elegant and perfectly composed, the various movements on the watch face are works of art, in and of themselves. When viewed as a whole, these elements are balanced and cohesive. This symmetrical wristwatch is also available with a special, silver mesh strap for a touch of rugged style.

Breitling is known as a preferred watch brand for athletes, pilots, sea captains, and engineers. The remarkable features in the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime are custom-made to deliver the sort of expert performance that has made this company such a player in the luxury timepiece marketplace. Precision movements are displayed under a cover of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch is adorned with an alligator leather strap in rich, chocolate brown. The watch case is finished in a pleasing antique gold finish.

Features of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Equipped with an in-house caliber known as the Breitling 05, this watch also has a self-winding, high-frequency movement. Each model has a power reserve of 70 hours and a vibration of 28 800 v.p.h. This 56-jewel design is water-resistant to a depth of 330 feet, not really a superlative choice to use at scuba diving and outdoor activities, but hey it is possible if you want. Measuring 46 mm in diameter, this stunning and masculine design features a convex sapphire crystal.

Specifications:

Movement:
Caliber Breitling 05 (manufacture), Selfwinding, high frequency, 28 800 v.p.h
Power reserve:
Over 70-hour
Chronograph:
1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours
Jewel:
56 jewels
Case:
Steel or 18K red gold 46,00 mm
Water resistance:
100 meters (10 bars)
Crystal:
Convex sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both side
Strap/bracelet:
Barenia leather, crocodile leather/Ocean Classic (steel mesh, steel version only)

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Christophe Colomb Equation of Time

Christophe Colomb Equation of Time

Zenith – Christophe Colomb Equation of Time

If you’re fond of the warm beauty of rose gold, you’ll adore the visual appeal of the Zenith Christophe Colomb Equation of Time wristwatch.

This elegant timepiece is a very exclusive watch, as only seventy-five of these precious models were ever created.

Featuring a stunning dial crafted from silver guilloche, this luxury design is unique, innovative, and incredibly beautiful to behold. Through the sapphire crystal cover, the mechanism of the timepiece is readily apparent, so it’s possible to marvel at the 166-component movement while it operates.

Designed to compensate for the effects of gravity, this balanced and beautiful timepiece also features a range of high-tech systems that allow watch owners to know the difference between solar time and mean time.

60 months of carefull design and drawing

If you’re a “techie” who’s looking for a true “dream watch”, you’ll be pleased to know that the designers at Zenith spent 60 months putting together plans for this elegant and cutting-edge device. Available in a range of finishes, you may also choose superlative models in white-gold finishes or yellow gold palettes. The watch is usually adorned with a sleek, dark alligator strap that sets off its precious metals and intricate movements to absolute perfection.

Christophe Colomb Equation of time, simply one of a kind

Featuring a top-notch tourbillon movement that helps the watch to keep perfect time (in even in the most gravity-defying circumstances), the Christoph Colomb Equation of Time wristwatch is a masterpiece of modern engineering, and it represents the highest pinnacle of achievement for Zenith.

Large watch hands and bold numerals make this design easy to read and understand. A series of watch face colors and finishes are available, ranging from sleek, silvery backgrounds with Art Deco-inspired engraving to basic and ultra-modern black.

However, the classic rose-gold design features a pale, cream-colored background that highlights the beauty of the watch’s visible movements. Each design has a sapphire crystal cover on front and back – this means that watch owners may also see what’s going in within their timepieces when they turn the watches over.

Not only the watch is impressive..

Unbelievably impressive, this very high-end design is not cheap. In fact, it’s been known to retail for about a quarter-million dollars. Meant for the truly discerning man, this particular wristwatch offers beauty, practicality, and the most elegant engineering imaginable.

This watch is something that any modern-day explorer, scientist or adventurer will really appreciate, and owning one of these beauties will definitely be a dream come true for any man who appreciates this ultimate melding of form and function.

As the penultimate status symbol, the Christoph Columb really delivers. As an object of beauty, it is second to none.

Features of the Christoph Columb Equation of Time Watch

The watch case measures 45mm in diameter and its case is generally crafted of fine, 18 karat rose gold. Equipped with a manual-winding El Primero movement, this timepiece also has optimum power reserve and water resistance to a depth of 3 ATM. Each watch comes with a gyroscopic, self-regulating module that defies gravity and helps to keep perfect time. The watch’s alligator leather strap come with a triple-folding buckle made of high-quality gold that coordinates with the watch case.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Solaris

Ikepod Solaris

Enjoy Futuristic Style with the Ikepod Solaris Luxury Timepiece

Created by an Australian designer with a taste for futuristic glamour, the dazzling Ikepod Solaris is meant to be enjoyed and admired for a lifetime. This luxury timepiece is sleek, simple, and the perfect complement to menswear with clean and fitted lines.

If you’re into minimalist style, you already know that less is definitely more, and this watch may intrigue and fascinate you. The unique and innovative design of this timepiece certainly captured my own interest as soon as I laid eyes on it.

Once I saw this design up close, I really wanted to see it on my own wrist, because it’s just so charming and original. Fun, yet extremely refined, the Ikepod Solaris is an expression of quirky personal style that will suit men from any walk of life. From engineers to artists, everyone will find something to appreciate when they contemplate this stunning, square-shaped timepiece and its many exciting features.

Which face are you wearing today?

Mark Newson is at the helm of the Ikepod brand, and he’s used his formidable talents to create a signature timepiece that features a distinctive, chunky watch case that is available in basic black or pure, icy white. If I had a choice, I’d opt for both colors (after all, who can choose just one?), and then use each wristwatch to add a touch of ultra-modern style to my casual or business outfits.

But here is the trick, with the Solaris who needs two watches in diferent colors? Nobody as it comes with two faces, complete with their own dials and second time option. Frequent flyers pay attention, never set your tiem again. Just turn your Ikepod Solaris.

Whether you’re a hipster or a high-fashion maven, you’re bound to covet this exceptional example of postmodern, arty design. This timepiece has a delightful sculptural element, and it’s also surprisingly comfortable to wear. A sinuous woven strap made of metal mesh adds just the right touch of texture and dimension to this luxury watch, and it also guarantees a perfect fit that always feels just right.

The Solaris not just any watch…

Named after the sci-fi flick, Solaris, this watch is inspired by this popular movie, and it truly captures the pioneering spirit of space exploration and high technology. If you’ve dreamed of a whole new world beyond our own planet, you’re on the same wavelength as the watch’s creator, and you may find this unusual design very diverting. When it comes to the style of the future, it’s all about form following function, and this watch embodies that design philosophy in every way.

Uncluttered and so easy to read, this luxury timepiece features simple dashes, rather than numerals, and it’s free of the usual complement of technical gizmos (such as sub-dials and visible watch movements) that you’ll often find on showier wristwatches. If you prefer to keep things basic, functional, and refined, you’ll enjoy everything that the Ikepod Solaris has to offer.

Not only looks but also body

Rest assured that this watch also has the performance that you need, since it’s been crafted with exquisite care. As this timepiece would look great on display in a modern art museum, it’s definitely a showpiece that is meant to be talked about. If you love a watch that grabs plenty of attention, without being really ostentatious, this witty and inspired design will offer you so much pleasure.

Features of the Ikepod Solaris

Adorned with German metal bracelets, Ikepod Solaris wristwatches (which are available in limited quantities only) also come with reversible faces. You may set different time zones for each face, and then choose the proper side to enjoy accurate time based on your current location. This fun feature adds functionality and charm to the timepiece. Since each watch face has its own movement, it operates completely independently of the other. According the timepiece designer, this feature is symbolic of duality.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Marine 20 titanium

Alain Silberstein Marine 20 Titanium

Alain Silberstein- Marine 20 Titanium

Watches crafted from ultra-strong and lightweight Titanium are a pleasure to wear, and they always have a sleek and masculine air. Since I’m fond of titanium designs, I was very happy to discover the Alain Silberstein Marine 20 Titanium wristwatch.

Stylish with fun design elements

This charming and whimsical luxury timepiece features some fun design elements, including a starfish motif in bright yellow. If you enjoy oceanic and nautical themes, you will probably find this timepiece as fascinating as I do. A fun, Pop Art vibe is exuded in this particular make and model, so it`s a bold choice that is perfect for men who appreciate something a little bit different from the norm.

Often, expensive, high-end timepieces have a serious look, rather than being playful. The Marine 20 Titanium is different in this respect, as it offers a sense of fun, rather than being over-serious, stuffy and reserved.

Arabic numerals decorate the watch face, adding a bit of sophistication that balances the more lighthearted elements of the piece. To add more impact, Alain Silverstein`s craftspeople have added a rotating bezel. Glowing indexes make the watch very luminous and simple to read.

What Makes This Particular Watch so Special?

Perfect to wear with casual clothes or while pursuing watersports or other nautical activities, this appealing, water-resistant design has a modern black rubber bracelet, a light-as-air titanium watch case, and a range of cheery and colorful enamel accents that really set it apart from the rest.

See prices >>> Alain Silberstein Marine Titanium Limited Edition

Balanced mix of colors and design features

The watch is black, with exciting color accents in red and yellow enamel. The overall effect is pleasingly current. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this watch, which has a very youthful spirit. Trying on the Alain Silberstein Marine 20 Titanium made me feel happy, and that’s exactly what wearing a luxury wristwatch is supposed to accomplish.

Even the watch`s dial is adorned with a splash of bright orange-red that calls to mind underwater coral reefs. A relatively chunky watch case gives the timepiece significant visual impact. Since titanium is so comfortable due it its light weight, wearing this larger luxury watch is a very comfortable experience, and it will never, ever get lost on your wrist.

Sometimes, having more than one expensive timepiece is a real pleasure. If you already have a more formal timepiece to wear with business attire or formalwear, choosing a watch like this one for your casual togs will be a great idea. I know that this wristwatch would be great fun to wear with my beach-y separates, jeans and deck shoes. If you`re into scuba diving, boating or swimming, you`ll find this timepiece particularly appealing.

Nice video of the Marine 20 Titanium

Features of the Alain Silberstein Marine 20 Titanium Wristwatch

Featuring an automatic movement for unparalleled ease of use, this wristwatch is crafted from titanium. Each design has a rubber strap that is durable, rugged, and smart-looking. The strap takes its cue from neoprene scuba gear, offering a touch of high-style that coordinates perfectly with the unique design theme of the watch case. A secure, double-fold clasp is used to ensure ideal grip and a custom fit. A sapphire crystal cover makes sure youre dial and hands are well protected.

Specifications:

Case:
Titanium case 45mm diameter with rubber strap
Movement:
ETA 2892-J Self-winding
Complications:
Hours, minutes, seconds, rotating timer bezel
Waterproof:
200 meters

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L.U.C Lunar Twin

Chopard L.U.C Lunar Twin

Chopard – L.U.C Lunar Twin

A soothing expanse of white gold, accented with a touch of dreamy midnight blue enamel, adorns the Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Twin’s exquisite watch face, offering owners (and those, like me, who simply covet this beautiful wristwatch) a touch of serene beauty that is so calming and inspiring.

When I found this elegant design, I was bewitched by the complexity of its precision movements and by the unforgettable decorative accents included on the watch face. Al harmoneous blended into one single piece of pure timekeeping and displaying…

The beauty of the L.U.C. Lunar Twin

The L.U.C Lunar Twin features a tiny, silvery crescent moon that is set into the “night-sky blue” circular lunar movement. This little moon (and a few glittering stars for good measure) adds significant charm (and a touch of whimsy) to the piece.

The watch’s lunar movement matches the lunar cycle very precisely, and this unparalleled precision is one of this exclusive timepiece’s key features. Of course, this wristwatch has so much more to offer, both in terms of beauty and performance. For example, moon phases for the Northern and Southern hemispheres are indicated on the watch through a series of lovely markings that surround the circumference of the lunar cycle movement. The manufacturere managed to create perfection, it’s rotation is completely in line with the real lunar cycle. According to calculations predicted by computers the watch needs to be adjusted only once every 122 years.

Intricate in design, yet so peaceful to gaze upon, the Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Twin is elegant in the extreme, and it allows owners to enjoy a touch of “starry night” beauty every time that they look at their watches. This is the type of luxury timepiece that really touches your heart, and it’s definitely one of my “dream watches”.

Making watches since 1860 and still getting better

Chopard Swiss watchesChopard, a Swiss company founded in 1860, also produces fine jewelry and accessories, so this respected watchmaking firm definitely understands how to use motifs and inlays in the most expert manner, in order to add superb richness and dimension to their timepieces.

Indeed, this stunning luxury watch has the feeling of fine jewelry, although its design is very restrained, subtle, and wearable. In fact, I would describe the Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Twin as being an ideal balance of beauty, science and high technology. For those who admire the mysteries of the night sky and the wonders of outer space, this refined wristwatch is the stuff of fantasy, and, although it costs a pretty penny, it’s an investment piece that is bound to give a great deal of pleasure over the years.

Designed to add panache to tailored business suits, formalwear, or casual attire, the Lunar Twin is the epitome of European luxury. Traditional at first glance, this top-tier wristwatch is also very innovative, unique and original, so it fulfills a range of requirements. This timepiece is really incredibly versatile.

Features of the Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Twin

Each L.U.C. Lunar Twin is water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres, and each design comes with a handmade strap crafted from elegant, medium-brown alligator leather. The strap also features 18-karat gold accents for more quality and richness. The watch face of this beautiful design measures 40mm, and it’s made from 18-karat white gold. Rhodium watch hands sweep over elegant, multi-toned Roman numerals, and a unique “sunburst”, satin-brushed dial seems to glow when the light touches it.

Specifications:

Case:
18-carat white gold, 40.00mm x 9.97mm, exhibition case-back
Water resistance:
30 m
18-carat white gold crown with L.U.C logo:
6.50 mm
Glass:
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Movement:
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.21-L
Number of jewels:
33
Power reserve:
65 hours
Dial and hands:
Sunburst satin-brushed silver-toned dial, rhodiumed hour, minute, small seconds hands and hour-markers
Functions and displays:
Central hour and minute display, small seconds, date at 4 o’clock, moon phases
Strap and buckle:
Hand-sewn matt black alligator leather strap with cognac-coloured alligator lining, 18-carat white gold pin buckle

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Contagiri

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri

Embrace Italian Design with the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Timepiece

For centuries, Italians have been known for their style, their passion, and their desire to experience “La Dolce Vita” (the sweet life).

Today, Italian design with a decidedly modern edge is featured in the bold, clean lines of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri wristwatch.

This luxury timepiece sends a masculine message through its gleaming stainless steel accents and its rich, black watch face. The perfect complement to a sharp Armani or Prada suit, this versatile design will also looks just right with more casual attire, such as polo shirts, basic t-shirts, and cargo shorts.

Contagiri in bulletpoints

  • Contemporary watch
  • Pure raw design with delicate elegance
  • Excellent choice of materials
  • Unique movement/adjustment patent
  • Highly collectible

Are you confident..?!

Perfect for men with confidence and an innate love of fine design, this exquisite timepiece has the sleek, powerful look of a Ferrari roadster, and it also has the sort of top-tier performance that is associated with Italy’s most impressive sports cars.

Masculine in the extreme, this bold and brave Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri design features large numbers that are carefully arranged to mimic the look of a car’s speedometer. When you wear this design, you can practically hear the purr of a very expensive engine. To add a little spice, the “12” numeral is colored a dark crimson, which offers a hint of vibrant beauty to the watch’s restrained black, silver and white color scheme.

Pure Italian elegance with masculin power

Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri raw sketchModern, striking, and substantial, this elegant Italian wristwatch sends a message of strength, power and capability.

Any man who wants to express his personal style (and mindset) through his wristwatch wardrobe will enjoy adding this special luxury timepiece to the queue. In fact, due to its beauty alone, this watch may be destined to become an everyday favorite.

After all, unlike some high-end wristwatches, which feature too many overpowering design elements and “bells and whistles”, this sophisticated design is something that almost any man will feel comfortable wearing. Of course, for a performance standpoint, this watch has everything that a man could want; however, it doesn’t overwhelm the eye with multiple dials, bezels and other “bells and whistles”.

From its masculine palette to its ease of use (this watch is so easy to read!) to its satisfying heft, this timepiece offers the perfect blend of form and function, so it will always be a pleasure to own. Like all of this company’s rugged and durable (yet totally elegant and Italian) timepieces, the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri is designed to be cherished for a lifetime.

Features of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch

No crown is needed to wind this watch or to set its time. For superior ease of use, the watch features a unique lever mechanism that is similar to a vehicle’s gear shift. This fun and exciting feature is just one of the elements that set this luxury timepiece apart from the rest. In addition, owners of these watches may perform functions through the timepiece’s lunette, rather than its crown. (website Giuliano Mazzuoli – Contagiri)

See the unique lever in action

Crafted from diamond-like Carbon stainless steel, this watch also features convex sapphire crystal and Cotes de Geneve plates and bridges. Each watch has a power reserve of forty-two hours.

Now that you’ve had a chance to appreciate the beauty of this sleek Italian timepiece, you’ve had a little taste of “La Dolce Vita”. As a symbol of success and competence, this watch is second to none. As an expression of tastes and preferences, it is the perfect choice for many men who appreciate the legacy of premium Italian design.

Specifiactions:

Movement:
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre:
GM Cambiosequenziale/01 Shockproof (incabloc model), 29 jewels, 131 components
Power reserve:
42 hours
Decoration:
Main plate and bridges with Côtes de Genève (parallel bands))
Case:
44 mm diameter, 13.30 thickness, stainless steel case with black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) treatment, case back lunette and function lever in polished stainless steel
Dial:
Black dial with Arabic numerals
Functions:
Central hour hand retrogrades after going through an arc of 270°
Crystal:
Convex sapphire crystal
Water resistance:
5 atmospheres (50 meters)
Patents:
3 worldwide patents

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Amadeo Fleurier 42 Triple Date

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 42 Triple Date

The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 42 Watch Offers Unprecedented Beauty

A top-tier luxury watch, such as the stunning and unique Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 42, is designed to be an unforgettable object of beauty that captures the imagination and delights the eye, again and again.

If you’re searching for a showpiece that really illustrates the appeal of expert craftsmanship and the quality of the world’s finest precious metals and sapphire crystal, you’ll adore what this elegant design has to offer.

Created for the most discerning clients, this timepiece is decidedly romantic, yet traditionally masculine. Its signature design element is delicate bas-relief floral patterning that offers the perfect backdrop for the watch’s precision mechanisms.

Crafted in black and white, the graphic appeal and visual punch of this timeless design is truly second to none. Its carved metal floral pattern is known as fleurisanne, and this striking motif is covered by a polished, sapphire-crystal face. The watch is also adorned with a golden winding rotor that adds yet another touch of richness and dimension.

Meant to be cherished by those with an eye for fine design that is both ornate and totally out of the ordinary (in the best possible sense), this watch is also a very practical choice, due to its luminous triangle, which displays minutes so clearly upon the dark, enamelled dial ring.

This Watch is Perfect for Men who Embrace Fashion and Personal Style

This watch is an ideal choice for any man with a flair for fashion, as it will never, ever fade into the background. If you enjoy wearing fine suiting or casual separates with a touch of whimsy and vintage style, you’ll find that this Bovet design sets off your personal style to absolute perfection.

Meant to be a conversation piece, this striking watch is also a practical and versatile choice, as it may be worn in typical wristwatch style, with supple leather straps, or as a fine pocket watch (with a silver link chain). In fact, you may even display this watch in your home or office by using a base stand to show it off when you’re not wearing it.

The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 42 watch is very pricey, but worth the cost for its unprecedented beauty alone. Of course, it’s also a fine monetary investment for men who look for excellent resale value from their fine timepieces.

Features of the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 42 Luxury Timepiece

The concept of a three-way convertible watch is central to the Bovet Amadeo Fleurier line of watches, so being able to choose how you wear or display your timepiece is one of its key selling points. Using your watch as a table clock, as a pocket watch, or as a traditional wristwatch will give you more options and more enjoyment of the timepiece’s beauty and functionality.

Three watches in one

In addition, you will enjoy the watch’s “jumping” digital hour set, which appears at the centre of the timepiece. This extra feature offers supreme ease of use. All of this luxury watch’s special features and specifications are clearly visible through a fine sapphire-crystal case back. Every design will come with the manufacturer’s papers and presentation box.

Now that you know more about this signature Bovet timepiece, you’ll understand just how decadent a luxury watch can really be. Sometimes, choosing such a watch is truly a rite of passage that signals entrée into a more successful and sophisticated lifestyle. For others, this watch is an ideal means of self-expression, as its delicate floral motifs and hyper-stylish design fits their personalities to a “T”.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

Rolex Sky dweller

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller: Innovation on Your Wrist

When you hear the name Rolex, you automatically think style, sophistication and technology and the new ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is living up to the Rolex brand. This new watch has features that are new to the Rolex brand and has never been seen on other high-end timepieces.

Product Features

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller watch is full of innovative and high-tech features unseen by other watches.

Some of the most impressive features include:

  • A one-of-a-kind Saros system
  • Revolutionary annual calendar
  • Two time zones
  • Calibre 9001

Rolex patented Saros System

The annual calendar is part of the Rolex’s unique Saros system which is based on the alignment of the sun, the moon and the Earth. The system works with a planetary gear wheel (fixed) at the movement’s center. A satellite wheel interacts with what’s known as planetary wheel and rotates and orbits the wheel in one month.

The satellite wheel has four fingers which represent the four months of the year with thirty days. When these fingers reach a certain point at the end of their month, they force the date to jump two days in those thirty-day months. After one complete year, the system realigns itself to its original position.

The Saros system is what gives the calendar its ability to function as each month is displayed in apertures around the circumference of the watch for quick and easy viewing. With two time zones, overseas travel or conducting business half way around the world is made easy.

So if you need to make a call to someone in Asia, you will know what time it is there and whether or not it is a good time to make your call. Finally, the Calibre 9001 is Rolex’s newest high-performance chronometer developed completely by Rolex. It has even passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, tests meaning it is highly reliable as well as being high in performance.

At the heart of the Sky Dweller movement lies a revolutionary planetary mechanism inspired by the cyclical alignment of Sun, Earth and Moon…

Listen to the owners

When it comes to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, there was not much to dislike.
Among the features people raved about were:

  • The technological advances
  • Not having to set the calendar or correct it every month
  • The look of the watch including three separate finishes to choose from

See prices >>> Rolex Datejust II Black Roman Dial 18k Yellow Gold Fluted Bezel Two Tone Oyster Bracelet Mens Watch 116333BKRO

Recommendations A Rolex watch is certainly not for everyone. It is a high-end watch that packs a rather large price tag. However, if you have the means or desire to own a watch that is not just classy, but also synonymous with quality and has the latest technological advances that you simply will not find in any other watch, and then the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is worth the investment.

Rolex Sky Dweller movie

Specifications:

Movement:
Calibre 9001, Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor on ball bearing
Functions:
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, 24-hour display 2nd time zone, annual calendar with Saros system
Jewels::
40 rubies
Power reserve:
Approximately 72 hours
Case:
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter:
42 mm
Material:
18 ct white gold, polished finish
Crystal:
Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
Cyclops lens:
2.5 × over the date, double anti-reflective coating
Waterproof:
100 metres (330 feet)
Bracelet:
Oyster, three-piece solid links with a folding Oysterclasp

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Aquatimer Chronograph

IWC Schaffhuasen - Aquatimer Chronograph

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph: An Innovative Underwater Timepiece

Since 1868, the Swiss company, IWC (International Watch Company), has been making watches with great precision and superior design and they have done just that with the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph watch—proof that nearly a century and a half later they are still innovative and on the cutting edge with this exclusive diving watch.

Product Features

The features of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph are as impressive as the company that makes the watch.

Some of its best features include:

  • Water-resistant to twelve bar
  • Background lighting with Super-LumiNova® luminescent lighting
  • A yellow-colored arc for the first fifteen minutes of the hour
  • A new blue and white color combination
  • Forty-four hour power reserve
  • Subdials for the minute and hour are colored to tone with the dial’s color

Aqua or on the surface – where to wear your Aquatimer?

The whole purpose of this great watch is to wear it while under water—specifically when diving. So its twelve-bar water-resistant capability is highly desirable. The Super-LumiNova® technology is a special luminescent coating that is on the underside of the watch so you have plenty of time during a long dive to see the time– no matter what the lighting conditions are or if it is dark during your dive.

The yellow-colored fifteen-minute arc on the face of the watch allows an extended period of time for you to see your watch and tell the time, since yellow is a color that is still very visible under a significant amount of depth under water. IWC has also introduced a new color pattern of blue and white for variety.

With a forty-four hour power reserve, you have nearly two days before you need to worry about your watch not working so you will not be long without it. Finally, having different colored dials for the minute and hour counters makes reading your watch under water even easier.

See the price >>> IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Mens Watch IW376709

Why divers should be interested in this watch

Those who purchased the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph were impressed with its underwater features like:

  • The high visibility under deep conditions
  • The self-winding feature
  • Rubber strap options in black and blue
  • A double push-button safety clasp on the stainless steel models

Recommendations

If you or someone you know is an avid diver or enjoys leading an active life under water, then this watch is made just for that reason. With the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph, you will spend more time enjoying the deep seas and less time worrying about the time.

Non divers

Like with most of the so called “divers watches” it is no shame to wear them when you aren’t into diving. I would even estimate that 80-90% of the watches that originally were made for divers are worn by people that never dive.

As a fashion item, jewellry or just as a watch to wear the IWC aquatimer isn’t the worst one out there. You want to be seen with this one! (Website IWC Aquatimer Chronograph)

Specifications:

CASE MATERIAL:
stainless steel hieght 15mm width 44mm
Glass:
Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
BRACELET/STRAP:
stainless steel bracelet – quick-change system
DIAL COLOUR:
black, date and day display, small hacking seconds, luminescent elements on hands, dial and external rotating bezel
JEWELS:
25
CALIBRE:
79320 self winding
Power reserve:
44-hour power reserve when fully wound
Water-resistant:
12 bar – 120 mtr

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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300 SLR

Tag Heuer 300slr-3

Tell Time in Style with the Tag Heuer 300SLR

Tag Heuer watches have become synonymous with style and high-end quality and the Tag Heuer 300SLR –a tribute to Mercedes Benz– timepiece proves that the watch manufacturer continues their practice of creating timeless pieces that look good on anyone while keeping up with the latest in timepiece technology.

On this particular watch, Tag Heuer included something even more impressive on this limited edition watch an engraved design of the actual traditional mercedes 300 slr is “kind of sculptured” on the back. This is the third version already created for the limited edition “Mercedes Benz series”. All models are very different form the other and that is obviously a good thing for the collectors.

Product Features

The Tag Heuer 300SLR watch has many enviable features including:

  • A partially orange second-hand to create a nice contrast against the brown dial
  • Double anti-reflective treatment
  • Water resistant up to one-hundred meters
  • Luminescent faceted hands and indexes
  • An anti-scratch curved sapphire crystal
  • Straps available in leather, fabric, and python or alligator skin
  • The Mercedes-Benz 300SLR engraved on the back

See the price >>> Tag Heuer Carrera 300 SLR Brown Dial ChronographTag heuer 300SLR

An unique and highly collectible watch

Back of case engraved Mercedes 300 SLRRather than the standard silver or gold dials, Tag Heuer has created an orange second hand that stands out against the brown dial. This is a nice touch on an already classy looking watch.

The double anti-reflective treatment makes reading the watch easy in bright environments. If you should ever forget to take your watch off while swimming or showering, it is water resistant for up to one-hundred meters so you do not have to worry about your watch being damaged or ruined.

The luminescent faceted hands and indexes provide greater visibility either in the dark or under water. Most people fear that their watches will eventually scratch and get ruined, but this watch has an anti-scratch curved sapphire crystal that is cut from what’s known as polished slice of sapphire (solid) which is so durable that only a diamond can scratch it.

The straps of this watch are available in fabric and leather in addition to alligator or python skin—not an option you typically find on a watch. Finally, what makes this watch unique is the engraved mythical Mercedes-Benz 300SLR driven by Fangio that is engraved on the back of it.

Only 3000 sold worldwide

Those who bought the Tag Heuer 300SLR watch were not disappointed with their purchase.

Among their most favorite qualities about the watch were:

  • The tachymeter scale that lets them know the average speed of a car
  • The chronograph minute at twelve and hour at six
  • The variety of available straps
  • The unique brown coloring (which is pretty rare)

Recommendations

Tag Heuer watches do not come cheap, but compared with other high-end watches on the market today, they are much more affordable without sacrificing the quality you would expect from this well known brand. If you are looking for something a bit more economical than many other brands, the Tag Heuer 300SLR is a great looking watch with all the modern technology a timepiece should have. (website Tag Heuer)

Specifications:

Movement:
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887, automatic chronograph, date
Dial:
Brown dial with 3 counters, chronograph hour at 6 o’clock, running second at 9 o’clock, chronograph minute at 12 o’clock, luminescent hand-applied faceted indexes, polished hands
Tachymeter scale on flange
Fine brushed and polished bezel
Logo:
Vintage monochrome Heuer logo
Case:
41mm, polished steel, caseback contains an engraved Mercedes-Benz Decoration and Limited Edition XXXX/3000
Glass:
Domed sapphire crystal with double-sided antireflective treatment
Water resistance:
100 m
Bracelet:
Brown perforated leather strap with orange lining, steel Heuer folding clasp with safety push buttons

Olaf

Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante

Panerai - Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante

Wear It, Don’t Drive It: The Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante Men’s Watch

You may only know the name Ferrari as one of the fastest and most expensive car manufacturers in the world, but they also put their label on some rather unique watches —one being the Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante men’s watch– fabricated by the well-known watchmakers of Officine Panerai. This unique timepiece may not be a fancy sports car, but it certainly will draw just as much attention when you wear it.

Officine Panerai

The real watchionistas amongst us don’t need an introduction to Officine Panerai but just in case you haven’t came across them just a short intro.

The Workshop of Ideas as seen by Panerai has a fundamental objective that can be summed up in two words: innovation and functionality. Officine Panerai’s creations, which find their focal point in the Neuchâtel Manufacture, are developed taking inspiration from this concept, with the aim of offering innovative products that combine creative design and technological innovation in line with their own vocation: to respond in an original, creative way to basic requirements. And this is what was originally done for the men of the Italian Navy and continues today with the demands of contemporary man…. more

Product Features

The Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante men’s watch has features that you might expect with such a well-known and fancy car maker logo on it. Quality, style and design above all!

Some of their more notable features include:

  • A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Luminous hands and sixty-minute dial markers
  • Water resistant up to one hundred meters (330 feet)
  • Black calf skin leather strap
  • The Ferrari shield on the dial
  • Made by Panerai who is world renowned as one of the greatest watch makers

What does it cost >>> Panerai Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante Chronograph Watch

The beautiful blackdial and the Ferrari logo are well protected by the sapphire crystal. Cause the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on a watch only to have it scratched and possibly ruined. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal puts a stop to that since sapphire is hard and can only be scratched by a diamond.

The luminous hands (goes also for the chronograph) make reading your watch easy, especially in darker environments.

If you should forget to take your watch off before bathing or swimming, you do not have to worry, the watch is water resistant up to three hundred and thirty feet. The black calf skin leather strap gives the watch a stylish and neutral look that goes with your most casual look as well as with a more formal ensemble. So jeans or suite it doesn’t matter this valuable timepiece blends in with all.

Ferrari logo

Having the Ferrari logo on the watch will make you the envy of everyone who will no doubt associate this fine watch with the high-end sports car it shares its name with. Finally, Panerai, the maker of this watch, is known all over the world as one of the premier Swiss making watch creators and has even had watches made for the Royal Italian Navy.

For those who bought the Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante men’s watch, they were surprisingly impressed with it and all it had to offer, including:

  • The tough stainless steel frame
  • The trendy, yet sporty look that wearing the watch provides
  • The anti-reflective sapphire for easy reading in bright conditions

Recommendations

You may not be able to afford an actual Ferrari car, but you can certainly own the next best thing with the Ferrari brand on it—the Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante men’s watch. If you are a true Panerai lover and Ferrari is your second hobby you might like this edition.

Unboxing the Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante

Specifications:

Case Material:
Stainless Steel
Dial Color:
Black with Ferrari Shield
Movement:
Self-winding (Automatic) C.O.S.C.
Engine:
Panerai OP XVIII calibre (13¼ lignes, 31 jewels, Glucydur balance, 28,800 vph, Incabloc shocks)
Functions:
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Split-second chronograph, tachometric scale
Crystal:
Sapphire – Anti Reflective (1.9mm thick)
Case:
16.8 x 45.0 mm
Caseback:
Sapphire Crystal Display Back
Bezel:
Stainless Steel – Fixed
Water Resistance:
100m (suitable for swimming and shallow snorkeling; unsuitable for diving)
Bracelet:
Leather – Black Calfskin (additional rubber strap)
Clasp Material:
Personalized buckle

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean

Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean

Omega Presents the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean Watch

Omega watches are best known for their affordability, sleekness and style, so when they created the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean style watch, they made sure that none of that was sacrificed. The steel on leather strap look combines modern style with traditional sophistication in a watch, made especially for ocean and sea lovers.

Product Features

There are many great features that come with the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean watch such as:

  • A helium escape valve
  • Self-winding chronometer technology
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Screw-in crown
  • Water resistant up to two thousand feet
  • A domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

The unique feature of the helium escape valve is meant to protect the watch from extreme pressure conditions like being under water or conducting exploration for crude oil under ground. The decompression system protects your watch by letting the helium escape from it so your watch does not become damaged or worse.

Only watches that pass specific testing are given the distinction of having the chronometer label. A special certificate is given to watches who pass these tests and this one is no exception. The unidirectional rotating bezel makes it a lot easier to measure how much time has elapsed.

Do you live on or in Planet Ocean?!

Divers will find this feature of great use as their dives will not negatively affect the workings of the watch. A screw-in crown is also a feature that divers, love as it is what makes it water resistant. And this watch is highly resistant to water all the way to two thousand feet. Many stop much shorter of that depth before running into a problem. Finally, the domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal assures you that with such a hard and durable material, scratching will not be an issue.

What owners Like About the Product

Owners of the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean watch could not stop raving about it.

Among some of the features they found most impressive were:

  • The combined look of the stainless steel with the colored strap
  • The sixty hour power reserve
  • The unique colors and style options for the straps
  • What Buyers Do Not Like About the Product

See prices >>> Omega Men’s 2209.50.00 Seamaster Planet Ocean Automatic Chronometer WatchOmega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Recommendations

If you are a serious diver or someone who enjoys diving on a regular basis, this watch is definitely something to consider. While other watches may be water resistant, this one provides a greater depth of resistance so you can enjoy your dives, without worrying about your watch. Besides that it can be worn as a casual masterpiece that really is eye catching and looks great on the beach, the club or just on any occasion. The Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean watch is as beautiful and inspiring as what you will find down below in the open waters.

Specifications:

Movement:
Caliber:
Omega 8500

Self-winding movement with Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability. Free sprung-balance, 2 barrels mounted in series, automatic winding in both directions to reduce winding time. Visible bridges and the oscillating mass are decorated with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque. (More)

Power reserve:
60 hours
Crystal:
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case:
Steel
Dial:
Black
Water resistance:
600 m (2000 feet)
Case Diameter:
42 mm or 44.5

  • Chronometer – Label given to a watch which has undergone precision tests and received a certificate from an official body (COSC).
  • Date – The day of the month, displayed in a window on a watch dial typically at the 3 o’clock or 6 o’clock position.
  • Helium escape valve – Decompression system which allows helium to escape from inside the watch when the watch is worn for professional use in pressure chambers. (Long-term underwater work, crude oil exploration, etc.)
  • Screw-in crown – Self-locking crown, screwed into the tube of the case, used for highly water resistant divers’ watches.
  • Transparent case back – A transparent case back – frequently made of sapphire – makes it possible to see the movement inside the watch.
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel – A bezel which turns in only one direction. Particularly useful for divers who cannot accidentally rotate it in the wrong direction, which could cause them to miscalculate their dive times. A rotating bezel makes it easy to measure elapsed time.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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Officine Panerai – Laboratore de idee

Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon

Panerai Watches by Officine Panerai

When it comes to distinct and striking watches for men, Panerai simply beats its rivals. Although competitors such as Rolex and Breitling are more popular to mainstream consumers, men with more exclusive taste seek for the limited and exclusive watch models that only Officine Panerai can offer.

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The brand, Panerai is undeniably the top watch brand for men. Its history dates back over 150 years ago when Giovanni Panerai started crafting his own brand of premium watches made exclusively for men in Florence, Italy.

It was in 1900 that Giovanni Panerai’s grandson, Guido Panerai continued the legacy and supplied not only watches but precision instruments to the Royal Italian Navy. This feat alone reflects the attention to detail and high-quality of materials and movement that Officine Panerai has consistently been using since 1860.

Panerai Diving Instruments for the Italian Navy

In the 1930s, Panerai diving instruments were exclusive distributed to officers and soldiers of the Italian Navy between the 1930s and early 1990s. It eventually ceased to supply watches to the Royal Navy as the materials used in the construction of watches and precision materials were costly. In addition, naval specifications were not met and addressed in the crafting of Panerai diving watches in the last few years of its commission.

It was also in 1993 that the Florentine watch company introduced their brand to the mainstream consumer market. What was once an exclusive brand for the Royal Italian Navy suddenly became a luxury watch brand for men. Luminor and Mare Nostrum were the first two chronograph models that were aimed to strike the interest of horological aficionados the world over. The basic marketing strategy of Officine Panerai was to spark the interest of watch collectors who highly value quality movements and precision materials in the manufacturing of timepieces. They were successful in grabbing the attention of the rich and famous by simply manufacturing watches in limited numbers only.

The new start of Officine Panerai

It was in 1997, that Officine Panerai became a subsidiary of Richmonte SA. The goal of the new company was to preserve the rich history of the Panerai brand through the collection of historical and classical timepieces and precision items such as compasses, diver’s watch, dept gauges and many more. Panerai originally distributed its goods to the Italian government and there were numerous patents of watch modes that exhibited precision mechanical work and utmost premium quality movements by Giovanni Panerai himself and succeeding watchmakers who value excellence and precision like no other. These valuable items are now housed inside the Historical Boutique in Piazza San Giovanni in Florence, Italy.

Laboratorio de idee
When it comes to design, presentation, and original themes, Panerai has exhibited that its leadership in the past couple of years. Since the acquisition of Richmonte, the old traditions of watchmaking were successfully merged with the innovative styles of today. Instead of sourcing its primary materials from other watch manufacturers such as Rolex, the top watch brand company is now producing its own movements and materials.

Panerai has its share of classic watches to contemporary watch for men. Design inspiration for recent models mostly comes from the timepieces that were originally designed and crafted for commandos of the Royal Italian Navy. Vintage-inspired timepieces and commemorative watches are what make Panerai the number one selling watch brand in the world. Officine Panerai under Richmonte have successfully made it possible to market a long-forgotten brand into one of the most sought after and trendiest watch maker on a global scale.

Due to the high demand and limited supply of Panerai watches, powerful male figures clamor to wear one around their wrists. Not only is the aesthetics of Officine Panerai watches breath taking but the mechanics and instrumentations of its products are truly ingenious and clean. The brand’s full attention to detail and specifics have made Panerai a notch higher above the rest. It’s that sense of exclusivity that transformed Panerai into a no-name brand to one of the most successful watch company in the world.

Limited editions guarantees good value

To add exclusivity and utmost value to Panerai watches is the fact that the company only produces up to 4000 for each watch model that they design and formulate. There are basically four groups of major collectible watches under the Officine Panerai brand namely Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura, and Special Editions.

If luxury bags for women often come with serial numbers, the same sense of exclusivity can be seen in authentic Panerai timepieces. An issue number is placed on the case back to indicate the limited nature of Panerai watches. The company also releases authenticity certificates and manuals that come in every purchase. There are only a few stores that are authorized to carry Panerai watches. Fine jewelry stores and specialty boutiques are known to carry the Panerai brand under their roof. These locations are only provided with a limited number of timepieces at any one time. In most cases, the models are preordered to guarantee its sense of indulgence and luxury.

Panerai Best Sellers

The collectable nature of Panerai watches has made the brand a big hit to top dogs, A-list celebrities and powerful men throughout the globe. Instead of opting for a Rolex or Patek Phillipe, or Piguet, men of wealth and power choose to collect and purchase Panerai watches instead. The price range for Panerai watches range from $5000 for standard and basic time pieces to a whopping $220,000 for exclusive and vintage watches.

Here are the top five Panerai models that are known to be the dream of watch aficionados and collectors alike:

  • Panerai PAM 21
  • Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina 3 Days Automatic (leather version)
  • Panerai PAM 197H
  • Panerai vintage Marina Militare
  • Panerai 60mm Egiziano

Most of the models are still available today, but since the company only produces a limited number for each model, the remaining watch models that are being sold in the commercial market range between $50,000 and $200,000 a piece.

All details and materials are top notch and robust

From the basics, the case, the crystal, the dial, the movement, the straps, and aesthetics Panerai has successfully captured the desire of men for rich, sophisticated, and robust watch pieces. Owning one is a dream come true as the classic appeal, vintage but impeccable mechanics, and the modern twist into its design and marketing approach have made Panerai watches to die for.

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Olaf is fascinated by watches since the age of 6. Having his first Casio with calculator in the early '70's (back then rocket science!) he was the proudest guy at school. Over the years Olaf has specialized in exclusive watches and collectibles and has a broad knowledge of valuable timepieces. (ps. He enjoys a good cigar too!)

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