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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…

Opened in 2007, then renovated and expanded in 2014, the Breguet Boutique in Tokyo occupies prominent presence in one of the city’s most prestigious districts, Ginza. On the occasion of its 10th year, Breguet surprises by unveiling a special 10-piece series of watches created for the Japanese market. During an intimate launch event on Saturday, October 14, 2017, Breguet unveiled the first set of timepieces of its special edition commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Ginza Boutique. Paying close attention to its clientele’s cultural preferences, the House of Breguet chose to introduce a colored “Grand Feu” enamel dial on a piece from the Classique collection, renowned for the purity of its white enamel or gold engine-turned dials. The Breguet 5175 “Ginza Anniversary” special edition matches the originality of a mineral blue dial with the emblematic features of the House, which refinement has been an industry standard since 1775. Breguet Ginza…

The watch of dandies and chic female urbanites. The Historiques American 1921 epitomises the boldness of an era and the technical sophistication of a Vacheron Constantin creation. Reinterpreted in a 36.5 mm diameter, this iconic 1920s model acquires an even more stylish allure. A cushion-shaped case in 18K 5N pink gold, a distinctive diagonal read-off, an off-centred crown between 1 and 2 o’clock: the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 – 36.5 mm model continues flaunting its vintage credentials while remaining true to its original aesthetic codes. Classical yet quirky. For almost 20 years, the Historiques collection has been giving a new lease on life to the icons of Vacheron Constantin’s technical and aesthetic heritage. This range composed of legendary watches revisited with a contemporary twist is produced in modest quantities, implicitly extending a discreet invitation to collectors of rare pieces and vintage watch connoisseurs. Among these creative archetypes is a…

In 2016, BOVET 1822 presented the Récital 18 Shooting Star®, which made headlines for its innovative time display. The many accolades attributed to this timepiece attest to its peerless identity and accomplishments. The Récital 20 Astérium® seamlessly continues the tradition set by its illustrious predecessor, reprising the characteristic shaped case to present an unprecedented mechanical display that showcases the volumes and decoration of the timepiece. What’s more, the diptych now formed by these two timepieces takes us on a genuine philosophical journey to the edges of time and space. For with these timepieces, Pascal Raffy and the BOVET 1822 watchmakers invite us to explore the universe and the origins of time itself. While the watchmakers chose to soar above and offer a celestial view of our planet with its 24 time zones visible at a glance for the Shooting Star, they have returned to Earth for this masterpiece and lifted…

Three of the Limited Edition Pieces are Currently Being Auctioned Online to Benefit Golden Hat Foundation On Saturday 10 June 2017, in its boutique located at Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, Swiss watchmaker Longines, together with its Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet, presented an exclusive and very limited timepiece: The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet, featuring the same dial as The Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017. Three models of this exclusive Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet Watch will be auctioned online to benefit The Golden Hat Foundation, a charity co-founded by the British actress. The Foundation is dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived. During a visit to the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland last year, the actress chose the dial, the case and strap of the watch. Five gold pieces have been produced and named after the brand ambassador. The models numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 will…