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Typical displays of fine timepieces have been shielded by glass cases, but the distance from the eye and often the glare makes it hard to see the item clearly. There is a new and innovative way that is changing showcases. A new patented free access display system by Dietlin Swiss Showcases has developed an invisible and infallible surveillance mechanism called the volumetric shield (VS) where a watch can be presented without a glass case. This protection system is undetectable and invisible delivered by an optical shield that is deployed around the product. It calculates spatial volumetric interference 40 times per second. Invisible and Powerful Protection Any object, even something minute, which alters this spatial volume will cause an audible and/or visual alarm to be triggered. This information is connected to a smartphone. No sensors or detectors are visible and the optical shield cannot be seen by the human eye. The…

The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) invites you to discover the official 2018 pre-selection. The 72 pre-selected watches, divided into 12 categories, are competing to win one of the 16 prizes that will salute the year’s finest watch creations, including the prestigious Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix. Timepieces that Push Technical and Artistic Boundaries This the 18th edition of the GPHG has attracted record participation with representatives from all the major watch groups, as well as a number of independent Maisons. Creations being presented are from both large and small brands each vying in a unified spirit designed to enhance the international reputation of an industry that consistently pushes technical and artistic boundaries, while displaying impressive vitality. The 2018 jury, composed of approximately 30 experts and passionately dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who will meet behind closed doors in early November to evaluate the pre-selected…

Rado releases an eye-catching statement timepiece with British designer Bethan Gray. The Swiss watchmaker Rado is collaborating with renowned designers from around the world. in their continued efforts to  push the boundaries in pioneering design. Working with designers to bring new ideas, fresh perspectives and individual style to Rado’s timepieces, this time, focusing on the contemporary True Thinline collection, Rado  worked with award-winning British designer Bethan Gray to bring luxurious materials and intriguing elements to the brand’s slimmest watch. Rado worked with Bethan Gray to combine her flair for materials and eye for details with the revolutionary design of the True Thinline family. Renowned for bringing bold texture, pattern and luxurious materials to her designs, Gray’s signature style has won her global acclaim, including the ‘Best British Designer’ award in 2013/2014. Watch Design Inspired by Luxurious Furniture Taking inspiration from her furniture and textile designs, the limited edition True Thinline…

The Franck Muller manufacture realised an exceptional timepiece – The Aeternitas Mega 4. This timepiece displays no less than 36 complications, 25 of them are visible, includes 1483 components and a 1000 year calendar. It is considered to be the most complicated wrist watch ever made in the world.  The name of the Aeternitas comes from the Latin word for ‘eternity’. https://www.franckmuller.com/aeternitas Take a Peek Inside Aeternitas Mega 4

BOVET Convertible Amadeo Timepieces Swiss watchmaking Maison BOVET has always excelled at crafting infinitely complex luxury timepieces, from dazzlingly hand-painted or engraved dials to groundbreaking complications and movements. BOVET convertible Amadeo timepieces strike an elegant balance, achieving a streamlined, seductive sophistication, clarity of design, and superior craft that make these timepieces ideal accessories for any season. Just as a wardrobe may contain clothing and accessories for all seasons and whims, so too, the collector and haute accessory lover may wish to possess a timepiece of a different persona. However, sometimes the artisans and craftspeople of BOVET exercise creative restraint in the service of classic elegance. Elegance Streamlined and Seductive The Amadeo Fleurier 43 presents a black or ivory enamel dial with red gold indexes, a power reserve indicator, and small seconds dial, further adorned with serpentine hands and blue cabochon sapphire accents, all housed in a high-polished 43mm 18 karat…

Breguet celebrates the modern gentleman by continuing its “Classic Tour” in the Big Apple. After visiting several major cities around the world this past year, New York City welcomes this edition of the worldwide tour with a look at a day-in-the-life of a bespoke gentleman living in New York. Contemporary Watches for the Contemporary Gentleman The contemporary Breguet gentleman is elegant and detailed – just like a Breguet watch. His life is purposeful and precise. He begins each morning by slipping on a Breguet Classique wristwatch, then forges ahead for the day at hand with the help of his city’s finest artisans. To demonstrate this dapper lifestyle, Breguet hosted an evening of modern refinement at the world-renowned international home of music, Carnegie Hall. Quintessentially New York, Carnegie Hall is known for performances by some of the most iconic figures in history. From Sergei Rachmaninoff to Arthur Rubenstein, the Carnegie Hall…

Luxury watches are making a comeback in 2018, driven by affluent Millennials shoppers. We’ve already talked about the Millennials appetite for authenticity when travelling. A similar trend can be seen in the luxury watch industry as well. A recent survey from Deloitte found that Millennial consumers are still very much interested in buying high-end Swiss watches. The research shows that Millennials would indeed prefer a luxury watch over a digital smartwatch if given CHF 5,000 to spend on a gift. High-end watch manufacturers need however to understand that the younger generation of watch buyers are not on the market for old and traditional watches. Millennial consumers are indeed looking for simplicity, personalisation and transparency when choosing their timepiece. A new report from Luxe Digital finds that luxury watch brands are focusing on new design and improving their online presence to drive growth in 2018. Vintage-inspired designs and online collaborations with…

The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has enlisted the services of an experienced figure. Raymond Loretan, the new President of the Foundation, took up his position in January 2018. He wishes to continue developing this institution on both national and international levels and to impart fresh momentum. While guaranteeing the strict independence and neutrality of the Grand Prix, he believes the Foundation must explore new modes of cooperation to ensure its sustainability and to continue promoting the reputation of the watch industry both within Switzerland and worldwide. Raymond Loretan succeeded Carlo Lamprecht, who had chaired the Foundation since its creation in 2011. Carlo Lamprecht served the GPHG with energy and dedication, alongside the Director of the Foundation, Carine Maillard. After seven years in this role, he expressed a wish to step down in order to devote more time to other activities. The Board of the Foundation expresses…

Launched in 2016 and embodying the reptile symbol flirting with the borders of High Jewellery and Haute Horlogerie, Bulgari’s Serpenti Incantati testifies to the intensely adaptable nature of this design icon. Through four new 2017 versions, the powerful fascination of this watch, exceptional in so many ways – shines and sparkles through its tourbillon movement and its jewellery settings. Since its recent introduction, Serpenti Incantati has exercised an ever-growing appeal. What could be more natural for a serpent designed to be enchanting, or incantati as the Italians say? This highly exclusive and very rare Haute Horlogerie model is a precious watch that remains as appealing as ever. Its impeccable stone-settings naturally make it a gem of time bearing the inimitable touch of the Roman jeweller. Elegant and sensual, imbued with that touch of fanciful sophistication one expects from Italian chic, it also charms observers by its fascinating construction. By coiling…

Grandfather Floor Watch The Grandfather Floor Watch is a blend of classic beauty with a contemporary visual that ennobles any space. Elaborate and intertwining clocks, represent a great sentimental value, because it was inspired by the grandfather’s tender figure and his old clocks that accompanied the childhood of the designer. This piece is a unique beauty that adds a classic and distinctive touch to modern spaces – because this piece combines feelings and memories shared throughout the world, the Grandfather floor watch was designed with five watches representing five great capitals of fashion and design. Materials: Calacatta gold marble, solid brass + 24k gold plated, brass gear train mechanism. Dimensions: W 140cm (55,1″) | H 36cm (14,1″) | D 80cm (31,4″) Created by: BESSA Art & Design / http://www.bessadesign.com/en

If you’re not the type to wear a watch every day, or you’ve got a collection of timepieces we ask: do you have a good watch winder? Having a quality watch winder operating at the proper setting is one of the best ways to maintain a watch’s accuracy for a long time. Ideally, you want your watch running at the top 3/4 of its mainspring all the time, whether it’s on your wrist or in the winder in order to prevent wear on the clutch. In an automatic watch, that mainspring requires about 80% to 90% tension to be considered fully wound. Normal activity only winds the mainspring 50% to 60%. A watch winder will keep your watch wound at around 80%. Here are some tips and tricks to pick the right watch winder and keep your watches at peak performance: The Optimal TPD TPD stands for turns per day, or,…

LIMITED EDITION BREGUET CLASSIQUE Feminine and refined, this limited edition 14-piece Classique luxury watches for women series is decorated with the elegant splendour of love. The daintily round Classique Phase de Lune Dame joined the Breguet collection in 2016. For Valentine’s Day 2018, the House is revisiting this exquisite model now attired in pink. The bezel of this 30 mm – diameter white gold timepieces is adorned with subtly graded shades of diamonds and pink sapphires, while the lugs are graced with a setting of pink sapphires at 6 o’clock and diamonds at 12 o’clock. The satin – finished alligator leather strap also appears in graded shades of pink.   FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD Mid-way between Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture, the Vanguard Heart Skeleton reveals other feats, this time relating to the art of skeleton-working interpreted in the feminine mode. Performing a perfectly orchestrated mechanical symphony, the 153 movement components are…

Urban and refined, the new L’AVENUE watch from CENTURY is a tribute to the beauty of women that illuminates the cities of the world. From the Champs-Elysées in Paris to New York’s Madison Avenue, everyone turns to look at her. Elegant and full of character, the new L’AVENUE watch is as distinctive as the women who wear it. As part of the MASTER IMPERIAL collection dedicated to CENTURY’s iconic timepieces, L’AVENUE puts the spotlight on the modern woman. How could you not succumb to the simplicity of its white mother-of- pearl NACRILITH technology seals it between two layers of CENTURY sapphire, thus preserving the beauty of this fascinating and fragile material echoed by the answering sparkle of the 133 brilliant-cut diamonds. A magical sight made sublime by the sixty facets of the CENTURY sapphire, entirely cut and polished by hand, protecting and showcasing the sophistication of the engravings adorning the…

Gary Oldman is the Golden Globes winner in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama,” for his portrayal as Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. To help complete the actor’s portrayal of the legendary British Prime Minister, Breguet created a replica of his iconic pocket watch – the Breguet No 765 pocket watch. A permanent fixture at his side, it was affectionately known as “the turnip” and is memorialized in several Churchill biographies. Inherited Pocket Watch Goes Down in History Sir Winston Churchill inherited the Breguet No 765 pocket watch from his grandfather, John Spencer Churchill, the 7th Duke of Marlborough, also an ancestor of Princess Diana. Purchased in 1890, the rattrapante minute repeater, chronograph, with enamel dial, boasts a prominent chain at the waist seen in many celebrated Churchill photographs. Original On Display The original Breguet No 765 pocket watch resides permanently…

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer opens an exclusive monobrand boutique at Nanjing West Road 1045, Shanghai. Located in the heart of the vibrant metropolis, the boutique offers clients a unique brand experience and a wonderful collection of high-quality timepieces made in Switzerland. On the occasion of the opening, an exclusive gala dinner was held ; the theme, “ Golden Moment: Celebration of Distinct Excellence, ” was the perfect way to celebrate the 130-year-old watch brand embarking on its new journey. The new Shanghai boutique’s interior exudes understated luxury, accentuated by the golden, baroque-inspired elements of the logo and the distinctive brand imagery, which also reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the city of Lucerne, Switzerland, where the company was founded. Famed Chinese actress Li Bingbing, Carl F. Bucherer’s first Global Brand Ambassador, also features in the boutique’s decor, set against the impressive backdrop of Lucerne. This underlines the family-owned watch company’s ambition…