Friday, December 28, 2012


Launched in 2012, the Malton 160 Round Lady from the successful Round collection is dedicated to delicate wrists. These timepieces carry a traditional look that is at the same time modern and contemporary. Cased in steel or rose gold, the Malton 160 Round Lady offers versions with a mother-of-pearl dial and 56 diamonds encrusting the bezel. Other dials options include silver opaline, champagne and “clous de Paris”.

The characteristic Marvin red at 8 o’clock adds a discreet flash of humor and color. Classic dauphine hands, the Marvin signature and crown under 12 o’clock complete the portrait. Powered by a reliable quartz movement, the Malton 160 keeps accurate time year round without a thought. It is available on a leather strap, on a metal bracelet and on a PVD bracelet.

Technical details
Movement: Ronda 762, 2”Dauphine” hands
Case: ø28 mm, stainless steel, rose-gold PVD, 56 diamonds
Glass: Sapphire, anti-reflective, shock-resistant,
Dial: White mother-of-pearl, Silver opalin, Champagne, White dial “clous de Paris”,
Strap: red imitation crocodile leather, plum imitation crocodile leather, black leather strap imitation crocodile, brown imitation crocodile leather, bronze satin strap, black satin strap, 'caviar'' white leather
Water resistance: 5 ATM (50 mètres, 160 feet)
Guarantee: 2 years

Thursday, December 27, 2012

TAG Heuer Opens Their First Boutique in Geneva

Opened on 28 Nov 12, the new TAG Heuer boutique is located in Rue Robert-Céard, in the heart of the centre of Geneva, an area renowned for its concentration of luxury brands. The one that was missing has now taken up its rightful place, 100 m2 of immersion in the brand.This is the second boutique of TAG  Heuer in Switzerland after Lucerne.
Like a precious casket, this new boutique shows off the brand’s latest watchmaking creations and the TAG Heuer Carrera collection in particular, whilst absolutely respecting the particular universe of each product line.  Visitors will also enjoy exclusive access to the brand’s Lifestyle collection of accessories (coats, bags, belts, etc.), as well as to the TAG Heuer range of sunglasses and the luxury communication devices, Meridiist, Link and Racer, specially conceived by TAG Heuer.
TAG Heuer thus pursues its policy of developing its retail market by opening 2 new boutiques in Switzerland. This is all the more logical in view of the fact that travel retail represents 80% of turnover in the company’s home market. Over the last five years the brand has significantly increased its focus on retail strategy, opening several new stores throughout the world. In Europe it has paid particular attention to establishing a presence in major tourist locations such as Paris, Lucerne, Venice and Munich. TAG Heuer currently has 4,500 points of sale all over the world, and 160 boutiques. Its long-term aim is to reach a total of 300 boutiques.      

Gübelin - Como Jewellery Collection

The delicate, colourful set of the new Como jewellery line from Gübelin comprises a necklace and earrings, expertly showcasing the exclusive gemstones used. The Como line is available in all its variations at each of the Gübelin boutiques, underscoring yet again the company’s passion for coloured gemstones.

The delicate, slender Y-shaped necklaces of the new Como line are available in different variations: in gold with spinel cushion in pink, blue, red or violet and set with a yellow beryl or with an orange spessartine garnet. The third variation features a green tsavorite garnet in all its bright splendour.

Featured model: Necklace and earrings in white gold with tsavorite drop garnet, from CHF 8.000.
Matching earrings are available for each of these versions. In the new Como line, gemstones take centre stage. They underscore Gübelin’s trademark passion for exquisite coloured gemstones. Beryl, spinel, spessartine and tsavorite are all ablaze with vibrant colours ranging from delicate to fiery, the perfect incentive for an elegant evening over the festive period.

Como is full of life, with intricate technology allowing the individual pieces of jewellery to embrace the wearer’s natural movements: a tour de force and a most exacting demand on the craftsmanship of Gübelin’s in-house jewellers.
Featured Model: Necklace and earrings in gold with brilliant-cut diamonds in the centre piece and with spinel cushion in pink, blue, red and violet as well as a yellow beryl cushion: from CHF 11,800.

The new Como line derives its name from its distinctive Y-shape, itself reminiscent of the outline of Italy’s Lake Como in Lombardy, just across the border from Switzerland. The town of Como is synonymous with Mediterranean joie de vivre and the tradition of light, carefree enjoyment of life’s true pleasures. For Gübelin, realising dreams using select and exclusive coloured gemstones has always been a passion. Every year new lines are created: custom designs, sensual and elegant creations that flatter the woman fortunate enough to wear them. Gübelin also specialises in lending new splendour to existing pieces. Whether it is a reinterpretation or re-crafting of a family heirloom, or repairs to a favourite piece – at Gübelin each precious item is in the best of hands.

Featured model: Necklace and earrings in gold with spessartine drop garnet: from CHF 6,500.

Since 1854 the name Gübelin has stood for the very highest standards in jewellery, watches and gemstones. With its selection of elegant timekeepers, fine jewellery and jewellery collections of its own design the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lugano, St. Moritz and Geneva. Raphael and his sister Sara Gübelin head the Gübelin Holding, now in its sixth generation. Besides the jewellery stores the corporate group also comprises the Gübelin Ateliers and the Gübelin Gem Lab as well as a scientific gemstone laboratory of world renown in Lucerne and Hong Kong.

Longines Becomes the Official Top Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI (FédérationEquestreInternationale)

Saint-Imier based Swiss luxury watch brand Longines has become the FEI’s first Top Partner following the agreement of a historic very long-term sponsorship deal that will see the Swiss watchmaker become the Official Timekeeping Partner of the FEI.

 Under the new agreement – which marks the biggest sponsorship deal ever brokered by the FEI – Longines becomes the Official Top Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI. Longines will take on a number of key FEI properties including the title sponsorship of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping before the start of the new season in October 2013.

 An official signing ceremony will take place in Lausanne (SUI) on 15 January 2013, when the contract will be signed jointly by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, and Mrs Nayla Hayek, Chair of the Swatch Group Board of Directors. Full details of the agreement will be unveiled as part of the signing ceremony in January 2013.
Longines has been based at Saint-Imier (SUI) since 1832 and is celebrating 180 years of non-stop craftsmanship in 2012. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations.

Longines has established a network of links with the world of sport timekeeping which has enabled it to offer its skilled services to various prestigious sports during the 20th century. Today, it follows its vocation in the field of sports timing, namely in gymnastics, archery, alpine skiing, equestrian sports and at the French Open at Roland-Garros.

Longines’ passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when a timepiece was made with a horse and jockey engraved on the watch face. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with equestrian sports. In 1926, for the first time, the brand was involved as timekeeper for the Official International Equestrian Competition of Geneva. Today, Longines’ involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and flat racing.

Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.

About FEI
The FédérationEquestreInternationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Equestrian sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three disciplines: Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. The FEI is based on the principle of equality and mutual respect between all 133 affiliated National Federations, without prejudice to race, religion or internal politics.

The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in Dressage & Para-Equestrian Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving & Para-Equestrian Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining. The FEI establishes the regulations and approves equestrian programmes at Championships, Continental and Regional Games, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Federation promotes equestrianism in all its forms and encourages the development of the FEI equestrian disciplines throughout the world, keeping the welfare of the horse at the heart of all its activities.

“The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport worldwide by promoting, regulating and administering humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional equestrian disciplines” - FEI Mission Statement.

Chrono24, the world most popular online marketplace for high quality luxury watches

There are almost one billion US dollars’ worth of luxury watches currently looking for new owners on Chrono24 (  Dealers from sixty-two countries are offering luxury watches from famous brands such as Rolex, Omega, IWC and Breitling, plus rare new models, well-kept vintage timepieces, and even NOS or new old stock sold as brand-new antiques.

There is also a TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph worth more than almost 4,000 US Dollar looking for a new owner, a watch that Chrono24 is offering in a raffle for every newly registered user on the platform. Registration is free on Chrono24 – and at almost three thousand watches advertised in all of the major collections, TAG Heuer is an extremely sought-after traditional Swiss watchmaking brand.

Chrono24's services attract more than four million people every month, and the numbers are growing – "The luxury watch market is always moving with interest burgeoning all over the world," said Chrono24 CEO Tim Stracke; "brands such as Rolex, Omega, and Patek Philippe are very much thought of as a stable investment especially at times of financial crisis, attracting buyers in ever increasing numbers." The Chrono24 platform has been on the market since 2003, and has since managed to hold its own against the competition from auction portals; factors include high quality, expressly eschewing the many cheap brands that have appeared specifically to cater to online trading with unrealistic price recommendations.

Buyers choose which dealers to place their trust in from just under a thousand in total worldwide. To keep it transparent, Chrono24 provides information on every dealer, such as how long a dealer has been a Chrono24 user or whether it also has a bricks-and-mortar retail outlet. Buying agents – established and independent experts providing professional assistance by phone or e-mail in watch selection, purchasing and follow-up – are available to anyone requiring these services.

Chrono24  is the world most popular online marketplace for high quality luxury watches with more than 100,000 offers from over 70 countries. Almost 1,000 permanent and professional dealers as well as several thousand individual private-sellers offer luxury watches of all brands – Omega, IWC, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Longines, Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Zenith and many more. Chrono24 has more than three million page views per month, selling vintage watches, NOS pieces (New Old Stock) as well as new and unworn in safe kept watches. Safety is an issue of great importance: Before the dealers are allowed to trade on the online marketplace, they are strictly checked.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nesterov Watches – HEF – Special Limited Edition Devoted to Polikarpov Heavy Escort Fighter

Special limited line of Nesterov watches devoted to Polikarpov heavy escort fighter. This fighter was the first attempt to embody the concept of twoseater twin-engine multi-purpose aircraft. It can be used as high-speed dive-bomber, attack plane, scout plane, but its main function – heavy escort fighter.

The models from HEF line have unique dial, which is made with matte colors and has large volume parts. The watch is equipped with reliable movement that can show not only the current time, but also date, month, and day of the week. Also the watch has extra hand that shows the time in 24-hours format. Nesterov watches have good water resistance, and it's possible to swim with HEF model. The crown is screwed in and the function keys are protected by screw caps.
Technical details
Reference: H045642-00W
Caliber: Ronda 515-4W
Band/strap: leather strap
Case: stainless steel
Plating: Gun color IP
Glass: mineral
Dial: color gray
Indication: roman numbers
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Limited edition: 150 pieces

Nesterov Watches - MDR-3 Limited Edition

Special lines of Nesterov watches devoted to Chetverikov amphibians are popular among fans of the brand. The last line was dedicated to MDR-3, long-range navy scout plane. It is a well-known plane which became a model for many engineers. Watches from MDR-3 line draw attention to their big size and also to small details: case diameter 52 mm with dome mineral glass with anti-reflective coating, multi-level dial with large numbers, leather strap with steel rivets and screw-cap on the crown, which increases water resistance to 10 ATM. All this makes Nesterov watches from MDR-3 line great modern watches for pilots.
Well combining multifunctionality, reliability and original design, the “Nesterov” watches correspond to the extreme rhythm of life of the heroes of our time, fixing with a high exactitude moments of achievements and victories. The creators of the “Nesterov” brand staked on the main characteristics, which are oriented for both - civic and military use. Give the possibility to know the time with reliable and exact watches even in the most extreme situation – this is the aim of modern Russian brand “Nesterov”.

Technical details
Reference: H094302-05E
Caliber: Miyota 2115
Band/strap: leather strap
Case material: stainless steel
Plating: no plating
Glass: mineral
Dial color: black
Indication: roman numbers
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Limited edition: 200 pieces

Van Speyk Watches - Introduction

Van Speyk is a Netherlands based watch brand, which is specialized in the manufacturing of good quality mechanical automatic watches. Van Speyk watches is launched at the end of 2011. The main focus is producing attractive (classical) watches for an interesting price. The price level of the complete collection is between 219,00 and 269,00 euro (retail prices).
A Van Speyk watch is an automatic watch with sapphire glass which is of good quality, reliable and has an attractive design. The watch brand Van Speyk refers to the Dutch hero Jan van Speyk who was called "the terror of the bandits". In 1831 he blew up his ship with the words "I'd rather be blown up then" to avoid let Belgian rebels take over his ship, and died.

Van Speyk watches represents a Dutch background, class and quality. Currently the timepieces are equipped with Chinese movements. The company also announced that it will be incorporating the high quality Japanese or Swiss calibers in the future models.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Every year in Mexico, celebrations honouring the dead brighten up the whole country. Classified as part of UNESCO’s "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" since 2003, the "Día de los Muertos" is the most important date in the Mexican calendar.  RJ-Romain Jerome has decided to take its turn celebrating the Day of the Dead with a timepiece available in two different versions, both issued in 25-piece limited editions.

Calling upon its watchmaking skill, RJ’s inspiration for the dial of this watch dedicated to the "Día de los Muertos" was drawn from traditional Mexican decorations. A carefully hand-crafted colourful applique adorned with a champlevé decoration, cold enamelled in different colours, emulates the look of the "calaveras" – the skulls made of sugar given away by the Mexicans as good luck tokens during the entire festival.
The seven colours on the applique are a reminder of the seven stages through which the soul of the dead must pass before being able to rest in peace. The case is made of black PVD-coated steel, associated with a bezel and "paws" in black ceramic. The mirror-polished dial features an engraving of the brand’s emblematic X shape, along with the applied RJ logo.

The watch is fitted with a black Hornback alligator strap. The sombre colours of these different elements evoke those of darkness and make a striking with the bright colours of the skull-shaped applique.

Technical details
Model: Día de los Muertos
Reference: RJ.T.AU.FM.001.01 / RJ.T.AU.FM.001.02

Caliber RJ001-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance 3 atm (30 meters)
Functions: Central hours and minutes

Ø46 mm
Black PVD-coated steel
"Día de los Muertos" medallion engraved on the case back
Bezel: Black ceramic

Dial & hands
Dial: Black mirror-polished dial. Engraved traverses. Skull-shaped applique adorned with a champlevé decoration, cold enamelled in different colours. Polished RJ logo applied on the dial
Hands: Black satin brushed hands with superluminova C1 "blue emission"

Hornback alligator

Limited edition 2 limited series of 25 pieces each

Retail price
USD 15,900.-* / CHF 14,900.-* / EUR 12,900.-*

RAM Special Limited Edition 100 years UIPM (Union International de Pentathlon Moderne)

Since August 2011, RAM Swiss Watch AG has been the Official Timing Partner of UIPM (Union International de Pentathlon Moderne). To celebrate this partnership, RAM designed a collection of Special UIPM Editions. For UIPM’s 100 Years Jubilee (1912-2012) Swiss watch brand RAM created an exclusive UIPM Jubilee Edition, limited to 100 individually numbered, high quality Swiss made watches. This high quality automatic chronograph model is powered with the Valjoux 7750 automatic chrono movement.
Technical details
Model: UIPM Special Limited Edition
Swiss Made, numbered from 001 to 100, specially engraved for UIPM Jubilee, with Logo
Case: Gold Plated / Stainless Steel
Movement: Chrono Automatic Valjoux 7750
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 30M
Strap: Leather
Buckle: Clasp

RADO DiaStar 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

In 2012, Swiss watch brand Rado celebrates the anniversary of the legendary Rado DiaStar model. Over the course of a half century, a deep-rooted desire to create lasting beauty has repeatedly led Rado to develop breakthrough materials, including hardmetal, high-tech ceramic, high-tech diamond and Ceramos™. First presented in 1962, the striking design and unprecedented use of hardmetal in the Rado DiaStar established the brand’s reputation as an innovator and industry benchmark for durability and iconic design.

The Rado DiaStar was inspired by a unique vision and the desire to transform purity and beauty into a watch of unparalleled durability and resilience. This desire challenged the skills and imagination of the Rado designers: In theory, hardmetal’s exceptional physical properties—its ability to withstand extreme compressive pressure and its resistance to oxidation, mechanical and thermal stress—made it an appropriate material for a scratch-resistant watch case.

In practice, hardmetal proved extremely difficult to work with, and it would take all of the brand’s visionary audacity to achieve success. In the end, the revolutionary design showed how the use of a new material could help create a new aesthetic ideal. The design of the Rado DiaStar, and of all Rado creations since, underscore the intrinsic qualities of the materials used, which in turn enhance the visual richness of the watches.

The Rado DiaStar was the crowning achievement of years of pioneering experiments and trials devoted to the development of new shapes and surfaces. A composite made of tungsten carbide powder and a metal binder, hardmetal is moulded and pressed at a pressure of 1,000 bar to form the rough case, which is then sintered in a vacuum furnace at 1,450°C.

This process resulted in an incredible hardness of 1,400 to 2,000 Vickers, and brilliance, after polishing with diamond dust that would only add lustre. The concept requiring unprecedented hardness led to a new emphasis on the glass as well, which needed to be as robust as the casing. Sapphire crystal proved to be the solution, with the result that the Rado DiaStar, and all Rado watches since, feature sapphire crystal.

50th Anniversary Limited Edition
In 2012, Rado celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rado DiaStar with a replica edition. Made of hardmetal and sapphire crystal, like the first edition in 1962, the Rado DiaStar Anniversary Edition is offered in a limited and numbered edition of 1,962 pieces.

The Rado DiaStar pays tribute to the power of a visionary idea and to the courage it required to make it real. A timeless inspiration, it is presented in a special, classic deep green coloured Rado watch box, inspired by the original from 1962. Included with this limited edition timepiece is a pair of cufflinks with an integrated Rado signature moving anchor symbol.

Technical details
Model: Rado DiaStar Anniversary Edition, Automatic (Hardmetal, L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2836-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock

Silver-coloured, 11 silver-coloured indexes
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Applied silver-coloured Rado and DiaStar logos
Hands: Silver-coloured, luminous white

Hardmetal bezel
Stainless steel middle part
Pressed on stainless steel back
Stainless steel crown
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N°XXXX/1962
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dimensions 35 x 42.5 x 11.9 (W x L x H in mm)

Folded stainless steel Novavit style, stainless steel spring buckle with pushers.

RADO D-Star Automatic Collection

Swiss watch brand RADO unveils the new D-Star model inspired from the DiaStar timepiece, which made a startling debut of uncompromising scratch-resistance of fifty years ago. The new generation Rado D-Star, like its iconic predecessor, couples inspired design with innovative material breakthroughs: the two generations are united by their unique oval case shape and material innovations. Together they tell the story of relentless research leading to the use of new materials for unprecedented design innovation.

Its fundamental commitment to innovation in materials and design has led Rado to use three different materials in the Rado D-Star collection: high-tech ceramic, Ceramos™ and carbon diffused steel.

Hardmetal, the scratch-resistant material used in the creation of the Rado DiaStar, is relatively heavy, which spurred Rado on to develop a lighter, scratch-resistant material. In the 1980s Rado pioneered high-tech ceramic, which, in the Rado D-Star represents a statement of intrinsic modernity and ultimate wearer comfort. Further developments in this field have led to the innovation of black, white, as well as platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic offering varied style and design alternatives.

Like hardmetal, Ceramos™, an extremely hard yet lightweight material, required years of dedicated research and development to render it apt for watchmaking. A high-tech ceramic and metal composite, Ceramos™ incorporates the optimal properties of both elements to achieve enhanced comfort and durability. As a result of intensive research undertaken by Rado to push the boundaries of innovation, carbon diffused steel was introduced into the Rado D-Star collection. This steel hardened by the diffusion of carbon is obtained through a heat treatment, resulting in a surface of exceptional brightness and a hardness of 1,000 to 1,200 Vickers.

Its history and innovative spirit encourage Rado to push the limits of technology and materials to extremes. With the Rado D-Star, materials and developments in science and technology have released unprecedented design potential. High-tech ceramic and Ceramos™ have made it possible to create lightweight, scratch-resistant watches that adjust to the wearer’s body temperature, enabling new levels of comfort.

Pure and streamlined, the Rado D-Star is the epitome of power and simplicity with its round dial in a sharp, faceted ellipse case, enhanced by a perfectly integrated bracelet. This extensive collection comprises over 50 style, size, movement and material declinations, all of which satisfy the desire for a watch that will stand the test of time. Five decades of modern design find expression in a contemporary collection that continues to evolve.
Rado D-Star Automatic (Ceramos™, XL)
11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve

Platinum-coloured Ceramos™ bezel
Stainless steel see-through case back
Stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm)

Black with wave pattern, 12 silver-coloured applied indexes with white luminous
Black flange with white printed number and minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
White printed Rado and Automatic logos

Hour and minute: silver-coloured with white luminous
Second: red-coloured with white luminous

3-row solid steel bracelet, satin brushed and polished
3-fold titanium buckle with Ceramos™ pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (Black High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve, decorated movement

Black high-tech ceramic
Pressed on black PVD stainless steel see-through case back
Curved sapphire crystal
Black high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

Black with 8 black nickeled/rhodium-coloured applied indexes
Black nickeled/rhodium-coloured applied indexes at 3/9/12 with black/white printing
Black flange, cool grey/silver-coloured printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: Black nickeled/rhodium-coloured

3-row black high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with black high-tech ceramic pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (White High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve, decorated movement

White high-tech ceramic
Pressed on stainless steel see-through case back
White high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

White with 8 white/rhodium-coloured applied indexes
White/rhodium-colour applied indexes at 3/9/12 with white printing
White flange, silver-coloured printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: White lacquer/rhodium-coloured

3-row white high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with white high-tech ceramic pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (Plasma Treated High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o’clock, 38 hour  power reserve, decorated movement

Platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic
Pressed on stainless steel see-through case back
Platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

Silver-coloured dial with 8 silver-coloured applied indexes
Silver-coloured applied indexes at 3/9/12 with white printing
Silver-coloured flange, black printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver/black-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: Silver-coloured

3-row platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with Ceramos™ pushers


The inspiration for the new RACE models is two cars from the prestigious Italian automotive industry, which competed in Formula One. Two single-seater racing cars, which opened a new era of straight victories in the late 1990s and two thousands thanks to their dominance as world beaters.

The seal linking them to the world of speed and racing, Meccaniche Veloci searches for, chooses and adapts the components of these cars, transforming coka and cool panels into aggressive, punchy unique watches. The Only One Collection RACE captures the “fragments“of these formidable cars, inserting them into the heart of its watches.  Dial obtained from the body of F1 single - seater reacing cars.
This collection is available in Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph, 42 and 44 Power Reserve, and Due Valvole versions.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 mechanical automatic chronograph
Functions: Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Dial obtained from the body of F1 single - seater reacing cars
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal


A source of inspiration of the first model in the RACE line (Only One Collection) is the most important competition for young, talented motorcyclists - the Moto GP 250 cc championship. Meccaniche Veloci presents the Quattro Valvole RACE, with the dial inspired by the fairing of a motorbike that competed in the gripping stages of the 2005 championship, which showed all the promise of motorcycling lap after lap as the quickest competitors moved closer to the podium.

The RACE model enables the wearer to re-live all the emotion of the racer aboard his bike, and bursts into the world of speed with the prestige and class of a unique watch. Dial of this Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph model is obtained from the fairing of a motorbike that competed in Moto GP 250 cc.
Available also in Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes and 42 Power Reserve versions.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 chronograph mechanical with automatic winding
Functions: Chronograph
Case: In titanium, also available with black IPB treatment
Back case: In titanium, screwed and locked
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Dial obtained from the fairing of a motorbike that competed in Moto GP 250 cc.
Crown: Screw, in titanium, with rubber lining
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle:  In titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire glass


The Only One Collection from MECCANICHE VELOCI welcomes the AIRPLANE watches made from components of one of the fastest fighter planes in aviation history. This timepiece is made from a flap in magnesium belonging to a fighter plane. This is an airplane which, with its capacity to fly at twice the speed of sound, represents an important step in the evolution of the warplane, taking important roles in delicate war operations -- from reconnaissance, to attack and defence, and advanced training.It is the components of this fearless guerrilla that are incorporated into the dial of the Quattro Valvole.
Available in the three versions, the Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes, 44 Chronograph and 42 Power Reserve, it is a watch powered with energy that imposes itself on the scene with its strong supersonic personality.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes (Airplane)
Movement: Four independent movements ETA calibre 2671 mechanical automatic
Functions: Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds, date
Case Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 48 mm
Dial: Made from a flap in magnesium belonging to a fighter plane
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal

Meccaniche Veloci - Only One Collection - Air - Helicopter

Italian luxury watch brand Meccaniche Veloci enriches their Only One Collection with a new Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph model made from a tail boom from an attack helicopter, one of the most popular war aircrafts in the world, made famous by its wide use in the U.S. Air Force and in blockbuster movie scenes.

The brand has selected the helicopter components with meticulous attention, so as to revive them in the dial of these new watches. This collection is also available in Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes, Quattro Valvole 42 and Power Reserve and Due Valvole versions.
Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 mechanical automatic chronograph
Functions: Chronograph
Case: Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Made from a tail boom from an attack helicopter
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal


On 1st December 2012, luxury watch brand Meccaniche Veloci arrived in Harrods, the world-famous London department store with an area dedicated to its innovative Italian timepieces. With over 80 retailers in Europe, the Far East and the US, the opening of the area in Harrods is Meccaniche Veloci’s tenth retail outlet in the UK.

The Classic, Luxury and Limited Edition lines are available, as well as the 2012 models – the three new shades of the Car Fairing Limited Edition collection and the CCM (Carbon Ceramic Material) watches, in Limited Edition as well, created with the world leader in the production of braking systems, Brembo.

Lovers of fine watchmaking will be able to find the Meccaniche Veloci watches in the “Fine Watch Room” of London’s most famous department store. Meccaniche Veloci was founded on an unrelenting passion for the world of motors and speed, and ever since its foundation, it has combines into unique timepieces motor engineering and the highest quality watch craftsmanship.

Meccaniche Veloci - Corsa Corta

Meccaniche Veloci, the Italian luxury watch company, which is now famous worldwide for its celebrated Quattro Valvole, revolutionises its collection range by introducing a new version that is completely different from the famous piston with four dials. The Corsa Corta, a hand winding three hands, that partially reveals the movement enclosed inside the case inspired by the naked motorcycle. The fulcrum of the Corsa Corta collection is the single dial which comes in several colours and the feature of an opening next to the winding shaft to reveal the watch mechanism in pure naked style.
A ETA 6497 (UNITAS) hand winding movement is assembled inside equipped with a screw crown to guarantee waterproofing up to 10 atmospheres The watch is available in several versions: one with a titanium case, also available in titanium with brown finishing, and one with a steel case with black finishing.
In order to create this watch, Meccaniche Veloci has combined aggressive materials and an innate passion for motorcycles. In fact, the name Corsa Corta is inspired by a type of engine where the diameter of the piston is larger than the stroke, a main feature of high performances engines. The distinctive Meccaniche Veloci shapes have successfully interpreted a new piece of the world of high performance motors, in a unique object in the world of watches.
Technical details
Case: Titanium, also available with brown finishing, or stainless steel with black finishing
Diameter: 48 mm
Thickness: 12, 5 mm
Dial: Available in several colour versions, with partially visible movement
Case Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
Movement: Calibre ETA 6497-1 (UNITAS) hand-winding
Crown: Push-down, in titanium
Strap: Rubber coated calf leather
Buckle: Titanium
Water Resistance: 10 atmospheres

Glashütte Original Boutique - Dresden, Germany

Opened on the last week of Oct 2012 in Dresden, this is the first boutique of  luxury watch brand Glashütte Original  in Germany . Following an extensive search for the optimal location, the company chose the QF Passage in the heart of Dresden. The new 100 m2 boutique, the first in Germany to implement the renowned brand's current boutique concept, welcomes visitors in a unique way, inviting them to discover the art of watchmaking from Glashütte through a multimedia approach.

The atmosphere of the new shop in the Töpferstraße 4 is purposefully transparent and welcoming. Glass walls on two sides offer visitors a clear view of the interior, and shoppers may enter from both sides of the boutique as well. The signature look of the new salesroom presents the German Manufactory's values: technical perfection, modern design and timeless elegance. Carefully chosen materials, an assured and stylish interior and the clearly contemporary concept render the Saxon watch brand's essential features both visible and tangible.
The design of the boutique in clearly minimalist and its combination of dark moor oak, beige enamel surfaces and light-coloured leather creates a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The interior's soft, flowing forms enclose the space within a perfect frame.

The new space in Dresden resembles an interactive exhibition of the art of German watchmaking more than it does a traditional boutique. Given its proximity to company headquarters in Glashütte, the concept placed particular emphasis on the presentation surfaces. It was necessarythat the "handmade in Germany" quality so evident in the Manufactory be equally apparent toboutique visitors in Dresden. This led to the construction, exclusively for the Töpferstraße venue in Dresden, of a special interactive "Manufactory Wall".

 A large magnifying glass gives visitors a clear view – from the smallest of watch components to simple sub-assemblies – of the Saxon watchmaker's milestones in the form of fascinating watches. Short films highlighting aspects of the production process enhance the visitor's insights into the microcosm of a watch.

 In a luxuriously appointed lounge area the interior designer has installed an innovative presentation system in the form of two complementary plasma screens. The interactive system is controlled by a touchpad built into a table in the lounge. The visitor can select a variety of topics, including high-resolution images from the Glashütte Original collection as well as videos showing the company and the production of its high-end "Handmade in Germany" timepieces.

All questions from boutique visitors are handled by a competent and multilingual team. To ensure that customers are offered optimal service, team members attended a training course lasting several weeks at the Manufactory in Glashütte. In future a watchmaker will join them at the boutique; further enhancing service by handling matters involving warrantees, maintenance and repair.

With its new location in Dresden the high end German watchmaker Glashütte Original now has a total of six own boutiques. The other venues are in Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Boutique address:
Töpferstraße 4, 01067 Dresden, Germany
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Contact: Mr Sebastian Prinz (Boutique Manager)
Telefone: +49 (0) 351 82 12 59 70
Fax: +49 (0) 351 82 12 59 71

Mathon Paris Jewellery Collection– "New Bulle” & "Bracelets Paris"

French jewellery brand Mathon Paris has unveiled its new pure line collection of contemporary elegance, known as "New Bulle" (New Bubble).  The collection is part of the brand's "Timeless" range. It includes narrow colourful rings in wavy shapes, to wear alone like a wedding ring or in combination. The rings can be superimposed, using complementary colours, matching the ring to the outfit or mood of the day. From clear sapphire to violet sapphire, yellow sapphire to tsavorites garnet, including the more subtle shades of champagne diamond, there's a whole range of colours to light up the hand!

The all diamond version goes very well with the brighter shades. It can also be worn alone, as a discreet sign of elegance. A light, closed setting delicately highlights the gemstones and appears like so many tiny soap bubbles floating away.

Image: "New Bulle", from left to right, top to bottom: 18 carat white gold rings with white diamonds – pink gold with pink sapphires – yellow gold with champagne diamonds – yellow gold, yellow sapphires and tsavorites garnets – white gold with blue and violet sapphires – pink gold with white diamonds.
As the "City of Light" lights up for end of year festivities, Mathon Paris adorns women's wrists with "Paris" bracelets, decorated with charms representing certain iconic Parisian monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe etc.  These "tennis" bracelets in gold set with diamonds. Supple and adjustable, they open with a simple and discreet "Indian" clasp.

Image:  "Bracelets Paris", from left to right: "Eiffel Tower" bracelet in 18 carat white gold and 70 diamonds for 2 carats – "Arc de Triomphe" bracelet in 18 carat white gold and 62 diamonds representing 2.08 carats

ARMIN STROM - Coffret Tourbillon Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand ARMIN STROM unveils the new tourbillon collection equipped with the in-house developed ATC11 tourbillon movement. ARMIN STROM Manufacture, whose new high horology collection contains four different timepieces (AIR, WATER, FIRE andEARTH), each exceptionally decorated and enclosed within a ‘Coffret Tourbillon’, strictly limited to four editions.

ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11 is a manual winding tourbillon movement featuring double spring barrels and has 10 days power reserve. Movement decoration varies as per the model.

Movement details
Manual-winding, Tourbillon, double spring barrels 10-days power reserve,  small seconds and decentred time indications
Frequency: 18’000 A/h
Jewels: 24
Number of components: 184

Movement: ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11
Movement: Plate and bridges entirely skeletonized by hand
Case: Titanium
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40 mm, Height: 13.00 mm
Water resistant to 50m
Dial: White with founded appliques
Hands: Stainless Steel
Straps: Delivered with a genuine white alligator horn-back strap and double-fold clasp in titanium as well as an additional white rubber strap
Edition: Strictly limited edition of four sets „Coffret Tourbillon“, housing the four exclusive timepieces.

Movement: ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11
Movement Plate and bridges with ceramic inlays
Case: Stainless steel PVD black
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40 mm, Height: 13.00 mm
Water resistant to 50m
Dial: Black with founded appliques
Hands: Stainless steel
Straps: Delivered with a genuine black alligator horn-back strap and double-fold clasp in stainless steel PVD as well as an additional black rubber strap
Edition: Strictly limited edition of four sets „Coffret Tourbillon“, housing the four exclusive timepieces.

Movement: ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11
Movement Plate and bridges entirely set with 44 diamonds (0,1893 ct total, IF_VVS, colour G) as well as 76 light blue and 159 dark blue sapphires (0,8312 ct total)
Case: 18ct white gold
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40 mm, Height: 13.00 mm
Water resistant to 50m
Dial: White with founded appliques
Hands: Whitegold
Straps: Delivered with a genuine dark blue alligator horn-back strap and double-fold clasp in 18ct white gold as well as an additional dark blue rubber strap
Edition: Strictly limited edition of four sets „Coffret Tourbillon“, housing the four exclusive timepieces.

Movement: ARMIN STROM calibre ATC11
Movement Plate and bridges entirely engraved by hand with flames
Case: 18ct rose gold
Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
Diameter: 43.40 mm, Height: 13.00 mm
Water resistant to 50m
Dial: Black with founded appliques
Hands: Rose gold
Straps: Delivered with a genuine brown alligator horn-back strap and double-fold clasp in 18ct rose gold as well as an additional brown rubber strap
Edition: Strictly limited edition of four sets „Coffret Tourbillon“, housing the four exclusive timepieces.

Zuccolo Rochet France Launches ZRC 1904, the New Watch Strap Brand

Zuccolo Rochet France company has launched a new collection of very top end watch straps: "ZRC 1904". Developed by the best master craftsmen, this collection comprises a range of "leather" straps cut from the finest skins (alligator, crocodile, teju, lizard, shark, python, ostrich, etc …) as well as a range of "adaptable "straps reproducing the designs of the top Houses, thus offering incomparable choice. The brand also offers a tailor-made service with straps made individually according to customer demand: personalisation of an existing model or creation of a unique prototype.
Quality is the magic-word for this collection. In addition to rigorous selection of the skins and other components, each stage in the manufacturing process is validated by the strictest quality control: from needles to the choice of sewing thread, cutting the skins to final packaging, not forgetting assembly and finishing. Over and above the technicity involved, "ZRC 1904" straps are heirs to a rich heritage and unique know-how, that of master saddle makers who, by hand, transform the raw materials into a jewel worthy to be fitted onto the finest watches.

It's been a busy second half of the year for Zuccolo Rochet France Company. In order to face the growth in its activities, has transferred its head office and all its departments to an all-new 3 000m² building in Chavanod, a town close to Annecy (Haute-Savoie).

In July 2012, Zuccolo Rochet France acquired the "Olivier de SaintLoup" company, which specialises in silver jewellery for women. The brand of the same name is well established within the specialist retailer’s network.  Around fifty new designs are created every season by the Parisian workshops located on place Vendôme. The Olivier de SaintLoup style combines a touch of glamour with a hint of craziness. The high jewellery spirit of its creations combines with a more "rock" look, combining volumes and fineness, rich details and originality. 

The objective of Zuccolo Rochet France is, in addition to the loyalty of the current retail network, to convert 500 new sales outlets within the next 18 months, and to launch the brand abroad thanks to its exclusive subsidiaries and distributors.

"Official timekeeper for the Student Yachting World Cup –Yacht Timer Watch"
As far as watches are concerned, Rochet has put this autumn under the sign of sailing races, becoming for the first time the official timekeeper for the Student Yachting World Cup, which has been organised since 1979 by the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. The 2012 event, which was held from 29th October to 3rd November in La Rochelle, saw students from the world's greatest universities racing against each other.
For the event, Rochet developed a watch called the "Yacht Timer", designed specially for yachting enthusiasts – date, timer, and programmable count down to a regatta, alarm… - 100 examples of which were handed over by Rochet, present at the event, to members of the winning team and to the organising team. 

Zuccolo Rochet France
ZAC Altaïs – 6 rue Saturne

OMEGA Opens Boutique in Chubu International Airport in Japan

Swiss watch brand OMEGA has announced the opening of its newest boutique in Chubu International Airport, Japan. Here, OMEGA welcomes customers to discover the brand’s line of exquisite watch collections, high-quality leather products and stunning jewellery pieces in a luxurious and comfortable shopping atmosphere.
At this new OMEGA boutique, visitors have the opportunity to see the full range of men's and women's watches from the main watch families Constellation, Seamaster, Speedmaster and De Ville. They will also discover exclusive models that are only available in the brand's boutiques.

OMEGA Boutique
Central Japan International Airport
Passenger Terminal BLDF 4F
479-8704 Tokonabe
Aichi, Japan
T +81-569-38-7122
F +81-569-38-7129

DAVOSA Military Automatic

Swiss watchmaker DAVOSA unveils their new model, the Military Automatic inspired from the  designs of vintage pilot’s watches . The DAVOSA Military can be worn with a textile NATO or a hydrophobic (water-protected) leather strap, depending on the mission for which you need it – the watch comes with both strap options. The DAVOSA Military is now available in a military green or a black version, and retails at 598 euros.
DAVOSA has opted for a 40 millimetre, satined stainless steel case for its Military Automatic, which gives the timepiece its simple yet classic look. This is made more striking by scratch-resistant, convex sapphire glass, a large and handy crown, and a dial that recalls a cockpit dial. In particular the hands, the large hour markers and the date display in a ‘triple date’ format resemble the features of an aircraft altimeter.
The automatic movement is provided by a trusty Swiss ETA 2824-2 quality movement. The watch is protected against the ingress of water up to a depth of 200 metres thanks to its screwed steel back and doubly sealed crown. Good readability is ensured by large, luminous numbers and markers. The DAVOSA Military Automatic is thus perfectly primed for any special mission – whether conducted at night, above or below the water.

Technical details
• Reference numbers: 161.511.54 (black), 161.511.74 (green)
• Each watch comes with a water-protected leather strap and a textile NATO strap that can be changed
• Stainless steel case (316L)
• Watertight up to 200 metres (20 ATM)
• Screwed steel back
• Convex sapphire glass
• Screwed and doubly sealed crown
• Large, easily readable, vintage-style luminous numbers and markers
• 40 mm diameter
• Height: 12.8 mm
• Swiss quality ETA 2824-2 movement
• Retail price: 598 euros

Baume & Mercier – Linea Automatic Collection (Ref 10113 & Ref 10114)

The Linea by Baume & Mercier is a special and unique watch since its launch in 1987, this collection, available in steel or two-tone, delivers what a woman is seeking- an attractive adornment that offers versatility in its look. As a preview of its new collections for SIHH 2013, Baume & Mercier announces two new automatic models from the Linea Collection.

Delicate and feminine, the new Linea Automatic, available in a 27 mm case, possesses the presence of a timeless gem with the elegance of simplistic time display. It is also imbued with the nobility inherent in watches powered by a Swiss mechanical caliber and automatically wound by the movements of its owner. An automatic movement visible through a transparent case back.
This iconic watch, with its bezel so distinctively engraved in steel or in steel trimmed with gold and carrying the hour figures, has now reinvented its own legend, choosing to partner an automatic movement with innate qualities that well deserve to be revealed through the transparent case back. This final choice will cast its spell over dynamic, multi-talented women, delighting those whose timeless penchant for watchmaking gems will express itself fully in using a movement reputed for passing unfailingly from one generation to the next. That’s why the Linea, a small miracle of sophistication, is worn on a steel or two-tone bracelet, designed with a flexibility that adapts to its wearer’s every movement without calling attention to itself. Yet this bracelet possesses a secret enabling it to adapt to every situation in life, thus meeting the expectations of all owners who are attached to their version of the Linea.

Baume & Mercier have invented a bracelet incorporating a patented mechanism that makes it simple to remove without any tools. The Geneva-based company has also created a whole series of interchangeable straps and bracelets in leather or satin-finish, on offer in a wide range of colors, making this watch unique and in harmony with the tastes of every woman who wears it as a tasteful accessory. Available in top-quality steel or in two-tone, these two new Linea watches are powered by a Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement with a time display including a direct-drive center second hand and a discreet date window at 6 o’clock in the mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 diamonds.

Model: LINEA 10113 (Reference: 10113)
Self-winding (ETA 2671)
Oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed decor Circular-grained bridges
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800)
Functions: H, Min, S, Date

Round, Diameter: 27 mm, Thickness: 9.80 mm
Polished & satin-finished steel, engraved bezel
Scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment
Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws

Dial: Mother-of-pearl with snailed finishes, set with 11 diamonds (0.04 ct, Ø 1.0)

Polished & satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding security clasp
Additional bracelet: Interchangeable, Black satin & Buckle: Pin buckle

Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)
Carat weight (guaranteed minimum): 0.04 ct
* Top Wesselton, VS, 32/24 diamonds quality

Model: LINEA 10114 (Reference: 10114)

Self-winding (ETA 2671)
Oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed decor Circular-grained bridges
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800)
Functions:H, Mn, S,Date

Round, Diameter: 27 mm & Thickness: 9.80 mm
Polished & satin-finished two-tone, engraved bezel, crown in18K red gold
Scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment
Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws

Dial:Mother-of-pearl with snailed finishes, set with 11 diamonds (0.04 ct, Ø 1.0). Gilt hands

Polished & satin-finished two-tone
Clasp: Triple folding security clasp
Additional bracelet: Interchangeable, Brown satin, Buckle: Pin buckle

Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Carat weight (guaranteed minimum): 0.04 ct
Gold weight (guaranteed minimum): 7.59 gr
* Top Wesselton, VS, 32/24 diamonds quality

Monday, December 24, 2012

Piaget Opens their New Boutique at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Illustrious watch making brand, Piaget, recently opened the doors to its latest, exquisite boutique in Abu Dhabi’s high-end luxury shopping destination, Avenue at Etihad Towers. Taking place on the 27th of November, 2012, the boutique’s inauguration was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and member of the ruling family. Adding their grace to the event were Piaget’s first Middle East ambassador and guest of honor, renowned Arab singer Yara, along with the brand’s CEO Mr. Philippe Léopold-Metzger.

The theme of the boutique launch was reminiscent of Piaget’s exquisite new collection, the “Limelight Garden Party,” that made its debut at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). Visitors to the boutique will be able to view the elegantly charming collection as it will be available in store for the next three months. Inspired by a typical summer garden-party, the vivacious collection contains animated diamond-set birds and precious sparkly blossoms as the pieces transport you to a garden full of Emeralds and Diamonds with flashes of chalcedony and pink tourmalines. Lending its own touch of allure and grace to the boutique, the pulsating array of extraordinary pieces is a must have for every watch and jewellery connoisseur and a sight to behold in the spectacular boutique.
In a bid to create the perfect setting that reflected the “Limelight Garden Party” theme, a stunning garden pathway from the drop off point to the boutique was fashioned for the event with five models adorned in the High Jewellery collections, stationed in a large structure resembling a birdcage. Further embellishments were added with picturesque park benches and plants, flawlessly working together to replicate a beautifully pleasant garden party. Sweet sounds swathed the boutique as a live harpist regaled guests while she worked her magic on the instrument nearby.

While Piaget’s boutiques have always echoed the brand’s grace and sophistication, this one goes a step further as it follows in the footsteps of Harrods in London and also of Zurich, Switzerland to become the third new boutique worldwide to open with Piaget’s latest architectural concept. Spanning 156 square metres, Piaget’s new architectural identity has been created by Christine Querlioz from Paris’ renowned “Atelier Sasha,” who is credited with covering the design and implementation of concepts for numerous prestigious clients in addition to Piaget. Conveying a discreet elegance that is sensed rather than seen, the new architecture pays tribute to the rich Swiss identity and legacy of the brand that has made it an inimitable signature in Haute Horlogerie since 1874.

Christine Querlioz’s new concept invites you to embark on an evocative journey through the Piaget universe. Illuminating the assorted facets of Piaget, contrasting materials in gloss and matte have been accented with theatrical lighting on exceptional pieces. Dressed in black and gold, with subtle touches of opulence inspired by the Viennese Secession period, the new architectural concept intensifies a feeling of preciousness and of the meticulous care lavished on the creation of each piece.

The latest Piaget boutique’s dwelling at a location such as Avenue at Etihad Towers is truly an ideal combination of magnificence and extravagance. Spread over two levels, Avenue at Etihad Towers presents a selectionof prestigious international brands that make it the preferred shopping destination for enthusiasts of unique luxury items.

An epitome of refinementand class, Piaget’s new boutique perfectly highlights the alliance and distinctive nature of Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie, two skills that Piaget has acquired and mastered.

Girard-Perregaux Unveils Limited Edition Timepiece in Partnership with FOReverglades for Miami Art Week

Girard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, supported FOReverglades, an environmentally minded public art exhibition by International Artists William Sweetlove and artists’ collective, Cracking Art Group, for Art Week in Miami.

Though the exhibit opened for the public on November 30th, December 5th was a special evening in which the brand unveiled a limited edition timepiece inspired by FOReverglades for Art Week. The watch was presented in an exclusive breakfast and cocktail at Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower, where guests were also able to enjoy Sweetlove’s art.

The introduction of this timepiece is also of particular significance for the brand as it also unveils their new Hawk collection, a sport collection including both diver watches and chronographs. The Hawk FOReverglades features a steel case housing a Girard-Perregaux Manufacture mechanical with automatic winding movement. The strap is done in white with the red crocodiles from FOReverglades prominently featured.
About Galleria Ca'd'Oro
Since 1970, Galleria Ca’ d’Oro (House of Gold) has become known as one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Italy. During Art Week and Art Basel Miami 2010, Galleria Ca’ d’Oro made it’s mark in Miami with the most talked about public art installation, the Regeneration Art Project, with the famous pink snails. Today the gallery continues to bring its experience and expertise to the US promoting Italian and European contemporary art with passion and enthusiasm.

Galleria Ca’ d’Oro offers not only some of the most important works by artists of the 20th, and 21st centuries, but also offers personalized art advisory, the implementation of public art installations and museum quality exhibitions.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph

When Haute Horlogerie meets the decorative arts, time takes on another dimension. The sober lines of the new Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph evoke the aesthetic heritage of the early twentieth century that Girard-Perregaux has so consistently espoused. At its heart, the GP03300 self-winding manufacture caliber happily measures short intervals of time with the precision you expect from the great.

In a vibrant tribute to Art Deco, the straight lines melt into curves and back again in perfect balance. Fashioned in pink gold or steel, the rectangular case places the Art Deco’s notion of geometry at the heart of its design. Its generous size is compensated by an ergonomically convex silhouette which makes it comfortable to wear. Alternately polished and satin-brushed, the subtle finish showcases the watch’s functions.
The two chronograph counters face each other and assert the piece’s symmetry. The blued steel hands match the central seconds hand, while the hours and minutes are measured by dauphine style hands. The applied Arabic numerals recall the refinement of classic watches, and the “railroad” minute track recalls the original Vintage 1945. The curved dial is an appropriate space for the measurement of time and a crowning touch for the style of the watch.

The sapphire case-back opens on to the cunning mechanism entirely designed, manufactured and assembled in-house by the Manufacture at La Chaux-de-Fonds. The caliber GP03300 reveals its Haute Horlogerie pedigree, hand finished as tradition demands, in between the sweeps of its gold oscillating weight. Evidently, elegance does not show its age. While the new Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph is a resolutely modern watch, every aesthetic and technical detail points to the expertise of a brand that draws on a constantly renewed heritage going back over two centuries.

Technical details
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph

Pink gold case
Dimensions: 36.95 x 36.00 mm
Height: 12.77 mm
Case-back: sapphire crystal secured by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (100 feet)

Automatic mechanical
Movement Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0064
Caliber: 11½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 47
Functions: hour, minute, small second, chronograph

Black alligator strap
Pink gold folding buckle

Reference: 25883-521-21-BB6C

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Steel

The Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye collection, one of the most loyal ambassadors of ladies’ watches, now enters the scene in a redesigned steel case with an elegant dial that is totally feminine.

The Cat’s Eye has conquered its public with its oval shape that gives time an unmistakable, immediately recognizable personality. Without ever losing its identity, its watchmaking complications are adorned with diamonds, perfectly reflecting a woman's multiple facets, her various roles in daily life, her aspirations and her sensitivity. Now, produced in steel, the Cat’s Eye takes on a different appearance.

First of all, its modern silhouette is both subtle and generous. The horns stretch around the diameter that has been enlarged to satisfy today’s preference, while the bezel changes shape, ensuring that its diamonds catch the light and the eye. Encircled by precious stones, the dial is line of poetry, taking the woman as inspiration. The sparkling colors of champagne or silver present their sun-brushed finish. A numeral at 12 is accompanied by applied, elongated teardrop markers that bring real fluidity to the hour circle. Facing the small seconds counter, the date at 3 o’clock appears in a window that echoes the shape of the case.  Lastly, the power reserve is indicated in a constellation of stars.

Behind its delicate appearance is an elegant mechanism; an automatic movement with an oscillating weight, specially designed for the occasion, that can be seen through the Cat’s Eye’s sapphire crystal case back. Embellished with a tapestry of the GP initials, it swings proudly above a plate and bridges that are decorated with Côtes de Genève, a finish traditionally associated with fine watchmaking. A delicate bracelet adds the final touch to a piece that embodies the innate grace and sparkle of contemporary women.

Technical details
Steel case set with 56 diamonds, approx. 1.08 carats
Diameter: 37.95 x 32.95 mm
Domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal 
Case back: sapphire crystal, held by 4 screws
Water-resistance: 30 meters

Movement Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0070
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hr (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 46 hours minimum
Number of jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute, date, small seconds, power-reserve indicator

White or beige calfskin strap
Steel folding buckle

80486D11A361–IK7A (white strap)
80486D11A861-IK8A (beige strap)

Girard-Perregaux Hawk Collection - Sea Hawk & Chrono Hawk

They show the determination that any new challenge demands.  Daring, pure-bred, uncompromising, they are the watches in the new sport collection by Girard-Perregaux: Hawk. They exude energy in an uncompromisingly avant-garde design forged by a manufacturing expertise that dates back to 1791. Two models: one a chronograph, the other for diving – launch a new line that boldly takes its place in the heritage of the brand.

Hawk: the very word connotes animal elegance, cunning, wisdom — and power. Much like the watches that carry the name, Sea Hawk and Chrono Hawk, it makes an unmistakable statement and confirms the position of Girard-Perregaux in the highly competitive world of top-level sports watches. It is also a reminder of the brand’s experience in this field: in 1880 it began the first volume production of military wristwatches, and in the 1940s it launched the first generation of Sea Hawk.

The new Hawk collection has inherited all this expertise and has adopted the brand’s identity codes to position itself clearly in the 21st century. The tone is set by the imposing 44 mm diameter case in stainless steel. Athletic and vibrant, it embraces time with its bold angles, recalling the octagonal Laureato model. The fine edges of the case band, which present a special manufacturing challenge, hold the bezel in a firm grip. The watchstraps, whether in leather or high-tech rubber, are perfectly integrated into the case and are fitted with a new security buckle. The assertive personality of the watch is further confirmed by the dials: their clear, luminescent markers, indications in relief, and the decor inspired by the famous Girard-Perregaux Bridge create a three-dimensional effect in a striking exercise in perspective.

While these watches have been specially created to operate in the most demanding situations, the spirit of Girard-Perregaux has remained unchanged.  Its meticulous style, combining centuries of manufacturing tradition with a permanent commitment to innovation, is apparent in every detail of the design and manufacture of these watches. At their heart is a mechanical movement that, of course, has been entirely developed and produced in-house.

SEA HAWK is a professional grade diving watch with a staggering water resistance up to 1000 meters. Designed to withstand the rigors of deep SCUBA diving, this timepiece incorporates a helium valve for use during decompression and an anti-clockwise turning bezel for dive-time calculations. A series of tests is carried out to demonstrate its capacity to operate at a depth of 1,000 meters where the pressure is more than 1,500 kg. This is the level of water-resistance required to meet the rigorous standards of ISO 6425. The construction of the case, and particularly its screwed case back, give the watch excellent shock- resistance, as does the crown which is protected by a perfectly integrated crown guard and positioned at 4 o’clock for greater comfort on the wrist.
Its character is emphasized by the contrast between the elements in brushed steel and those in rubber – the bezel, the octagonal ring and the crown. The dial was primarily designed for legibility; it is black, underlined by a motif that echoes the emblematic Girard-Perregaux Bridge, with information on several levels. The markers and hands are coated with luminescent material and certain elements are highlighted with orange, such as the power reserve and the small seconds. The date is displayed at 1.30 o’clock creating a beautiful balance on the face.

There is no doubt that the new Sea Hawk earns its place among high-performance diving watches, confirmed by its automatic mechanical movement caliber GP3300.
Technical details: Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk

Case in steel
Bezel: rubber or steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: screw-down
Water resistance: 1,000 meters

Movement GP3300
Self-winding mechanical movement
Caliber: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, power reserve indicator

Strap in black rubber 
Steel folding buckle

Reference: 49960-19-631-FK6A (rubber bezel)
Reference: 49960-11-131-FK6A (steel bezel)

The Chrono Hawk model features sharp edged case and a round bezel, its dial that emphasizes the measurement of short times, and its exceptional movement finished to the rigorous standards of Fine Watchmaking.

Its daring contemporary style plays with opposites: certain black elements underline the architectural nature of the watch, from the flange to the octagonal rubber ring that holds the satin-finish steel bezel. The crown and the push buttons impose an assertive character while the rubber-lined strap in leather, reveals a design that is meticulous in every detail.
The perfectly balanced, dial focuses on the timing information.  The two counters face each other at 3 and 9 o’clock in perfect symmetry.  The date at 6 o’clock, the applied markers, and the hour and minute hands are all luminescent. This classic arrangement is further enhanced by a motif, inspired by the famous Girard-Perregaux Bridge that covers the surface of the dial.
The mechanical, automatic-winding movement, calibre GP3300 that can be seen through the sapphire case-back, confirms this as a watch with very high performance.

Technical details: Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk

Case in steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 meters

Girard-Perregaux GP3300
Self-winding mechanical movement 
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 61
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, chronograph

Strap in rubber encased in brown or black leather
Steel folding buckle

Reference: 49970-11-131-HDBA (brown strap)
Reference: 49970-11-231-HD6A (black strap)

HUBLOT conducts “Hublot Charity Wrestling” event with three time Olympic gold medalist, Saori Yoshida & introduces unique charity piece to raise fund for Tohoku earthquake

In Nagoya- Japan, Swiss watch brand Hublot held a unique charity event, “Hublot Charity Wrestling”, with a famous Japanese wrestling star, Ms. Saori Yoshida, who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the Women's Freestyle 55kg at 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and has unprecedented record of 13 consecutive world titles.

This event aimed to convey the message to children on “joy of realizing their dreams” and to help reconstruct the quake-hit area in Tohoku through the positive energy of their dreams.

29 young local wrestlers joined the event and practiced with Ms. Yoshida then had matches with her one by one. By honoring the record of her 13 consecutive victories, Hublot has agreed to donate 130,000JPY for each match won by children. All the funds raised by the event were donated to “LOVE FOR NIPPON” (“Nippon” means Japan), an organization dedicating itself to support the people in Tohoku area, where the huge earthquake hit in March 2011. The children successfully won against the medalist and Hublot donated 1,300,000JPY.
To celebrate this grand event, unique piece of Big Bang 38mm was unveiled. It features white color bearing the symbolic gold colored second hand, which is inspired by Ms. Saori Yoshida’s gold medals.
Its pure white rubber straps allow the comfort, the bezel adorned with diamonds reflects the brilliant achievement, and her autograph is engraved on its steel case back.

Only one piece has been created and will be auctioned at Hublot’s official retailer “Hassin” in order to raise funds for “LOVE FOR NIPPON” to support the reconstruct of Tohoku area.

About Ms. Saori Yoshida
Ms. Saori Yoshida won her third successive Olympic gold medal in the 55 kg women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic in 2012. She holds 13 consecutive world championship titles and it is certified by Guinness World Records.

“LOVE FOR NIPPON” was founded in March 2011 by a famous candle artist, Candle JUNE. They constantly visit Tohoku area to provide food, health care, beauty care, and workshops etc... They also provide mental health care for children, who are coping with the tough and stressful situation.

Hublot and charity
Hublot is committed to sharing and caring, and engaged in charity activities. Hublot organizes unique charity events with its ambassadors or partners such as Diego Maradona, Usain Bolt or Manchester United. Hublot was one of the first luxury brands to take action for tragic disaster of Tohoku area in Japan, by launching a campaign on its official website to raise funds for Red Cross Society. Then Hublot donated 10,000 sets of colored pencil to KIDS EARTH FUND(KEF) to support their activities and continuously supports the organization.

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