Cartier has made it pretty clear that the Calibre case is going to enjoy a lot of life. It has served as the base for everything from mainstream luxury to ultra-high-end Cartier models, and continues to have a promising future as Cartier currently prefers the Calibre as their premier men’s model.
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For 2014 Piaget will once again hold and retain the title of “world’s thinnest watch” with the Altiplano 38mm 900P. For years now Piaget has been releasing mechanical watch after mechanical watch exclusively dedicated to the notion of being the thinnest possible of that type. This practice began long ago with lots of success. In 1957 they released the 2mm thick 9P movement and in 1960 they released the famed 12p automatic movement.
While its everyday necessity undoubtedly is questionable, its splash of blue, its constellation of stars and the Moon’s humble but recurrent domination collectively enable this small window to lend a unique charm to any watch dial. Since its restart during the early 1990’s, A. Lange & Söhne has presented twelve models with this complication, but for the most part they did not entrust it with a more important role…
For 2014, the Royal Oak Concept watch by Audemars Piguet makes a return. Originally released in 2002, the Royal Oak Concept was penned as an ultra-modern version of the Royal Oak on the 30th Anniversary of the famed Gerald Genta-designed luxury sport watch…
You may be asking yourself, “what is an ExoTourbillon and what can it do for me?” Aside from making you feel younger and more virile, an ExoTourbillon is a unique and rare species of tourbillon found in the small Swiss mountain town of Villeret. There you’ll find Montblanc’s Villeret factory formerly known as Minerva.
An easy watch for IWC lovers to enjoy is this new model in the Ingenieur collection that incorporates a lot of what we enjoy about the brand. This may be the first time, or among the few times that IWC has used its rattrapante movement in an Ingenieur piece. Rattrapante is a fancy name for split second chronograph, or as IWC refers to it in this watch, a “Double Chronograph.”
While Van Cleef & Arpels is mostly focused on products for women, they do have some men’s watches. They’ve actually had more in the past, but as of a few years ago they did indicate to me that more men’s watches would be part of their future. As promised, Van Cleef & Arpels relaunched the Pierre Arpels collection last year (hands-on here), and this year they’ve added to the collection with an interesting new bracelet…
When a brand such as Baume & Mercier says they’re digging into their archives for new watches, you can’t be quite sure what you might see. As one of the seven oldest watch brands, they’ve got quite an assortment of inspiration to draw from. This latest batch of vintage-inspired pieces will expand the Clifton collection that we saw introduced earlier this year.
The nickname of this highly exclusive Richard Mille watch is “Mark of the Beast.” It refers to Olympic runner Yohan Blake’s track name which is “The Beast,” given to him as he sprints with his fists open as though brandishing claws. Blake is also a Richard Mille brand ambassador, the latest in a line of athletes that Richard Mille has forced to wear delicate expensive watches while they perform.
The second most expensive new IWC Ingenieur watch for 2013, and my favorite new model in the series, is this Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month ref 3792 (IW379201). Despite the model’s tongue-twister name it leaves out the fact that it also has a chronograph. Visually stunning and extremely masculine, this is the type of forward-thinking modern design that I like to see in a luxury sport-themed timepiece.
The color gray needs more respect in the world of watches. People like to use terms like “silver, metal, steel, titanium, etc…” when describing colors, when what they are really talking about is a form of gray. Gray is also a very fashionably diverse hue, as it goes with just about everything.
Hands-on look at the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Crocodile Motif watch with an agate dial…
In the Ralph Lauren Safari watch collection comes the RL67 Tourbillon (RLR0220704), a fashion piece for fashion sport. The notion of a “Safari Tourbillon” is an ironic concept borne only of the luxury watch industry. Then again, the Land Rover started as a more or less “safari truck” and is now a play thing of rappers and rich soccer moms.
You are looking at what I believe is the very first Greubel Forsey timepiece released without a tourbillon. For a brand so focused on producing timepieces with multiple tourbillons, and tourbillons within tourbillons, it oddly shocked me to see a Greubel Forsey timepiece lacking what I felt was their iconic complication…
The stand-out collector’s (wealthy collector) Piaget watch for 2013 is the Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater (that we debuted here). In our previous article on the watch we discussed most of the technical specs and we won’t repeat all of those here. This post is about hands-on with the slim and formal minute repeater – a continuation of Piaget’s quest to offer as complete a family of ultra-thin watches as possible.
If there is anything that this industry has done to me, it is give me an incredibly skewed perception of wealth. I’ve lately realized that I have a very poor notion of “affordable” and “normal.” When you notice that an entry level mechanical timepiece that you’d hesitantly give to your father hoping he wouldn’t think it is too simple…
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