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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…

A bevy of floral beauties to adorn the wrist, timepieces created in honor of the flower, a feminine expression of jewelry, technology and artistry. Selection of watches featured, from Breguet. PETIT FLEUR An elegant array of diamonds arranged like flower petals surround the watch face, coated in diamonds. Petite Fleur is a wristwatch presented in 18-carat white gold. Caseband is set with 43 petals of diamond baguette on a mobile setting, totaling approx. 12.60 cts. The Dial flange is set with 48 diamonds, approx. 0.10 ct. Balance spring in silicon. The Dial is paved with 141 diamonds, approx. 0.52 ct. Movement: Self-winding. Sapphire caseback. Diameter: 17mm. Also available in yellow gold. SECRET DE LA REINE White gold ropes form a twisted bracelet, adorned with a floral shaped face covered in diamonds, and over the center, an elegant sculpted flower atop a sliding cover to the watch below. The Case of…

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is honoured to host a first-of-its-kind horological exhibition in Geneva that pays tribute to one of the most revered collectors’ watches of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: The automatic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Illustrating its historical importance, noted collector, authority and scholar Pucci Papaleo – widely recognized as “Mr. Daytona” – is producing a highly anticipated tome to be released in the Fall of 2017 titled “Daytona Perpetual”. Dedicated to some of the rarest and most beautiful examples of the model, and with photography by the eminent Italian watch photographer, Fabio Santinelli, images from “Daytona Perpetual” will be on display during the Phillips international travelling exhibition along with a selection of 30 important and exceptional automatic Rolex Daytona watches. A prototype of “Daytona Perpetual”, to be officially launched in November 2017, will be prominently displayed. The opening of the international exhibition will…

These days, timepieces are usually evocative of ones we wear on our wrists but when we trace back the long-winded history of watches, there was and always has been of course the clock. Made in Britain, Thomas Mercer offer the world’s finest chronometers. Their philosophy is truly quite straightforward to the point that it is a wonderfully simple testament of their finest hours: “We believe that our duty is to design and manufacture the world’s finest chronometers.” The master craftsmen behind each clock each in their own right bear the sealing stamp of what makes these pieces of art truly magnificent and unique. The best of British design and craftsmanship delivers an impeccable style and perfection in performance. With each tick of the hand, Thomas Mercer magically turns the accurate measurement of time into an enduring passion that has been ticking along unfalteringly since 1858. While Thomas Mercer respects the past, they…

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, is proud to announce its first themed sale dedicated to Heuer, with The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection. An important, thematic auction taking place in Geneva on November 11, 2017 comprising 49 of the finest vintage Heuer Timepieces, including an Exceptional and complete example of a first execution reference 2446 Autavia along with the sale of a commemorative Tag Heuer  specially made by the renowned swiss watch manufacturer for this event. Landmark Auction This landmark thematic auction, to take place in Geneva in November 2017, will offer 49 of the finest and best-preserved collectible Heuer chronographs produced between 1962 and 1982 – known to the community as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’. Respected Authorities Gather Phillips presents this world-class collection, gathered by the renowned collectors, authors, and respected authorities on vintage Heuer: Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin. Well known throughout the Heuer collecting community for…

The new Manero Peripheral models not only impress by a bezel paved with 60 diamonds and their mother-of-pearl dials in snow white or velvet brown – they also shine on the inside, with the in-house manufacture caliber CFB A2050. With this first-class driving force, the Manero Peripheral is clearly the ideal choice for ladies with high standards. Having launched the CFB A2000 caliber family in 2016, Carl F. Bucher has affirmed its reputation as an innovative manufacture brand. The watch movements entirely designed and produced in the watchmaker’s own development laboratory are now available in the current ladies’ models of the Manero collection. Superior driving force The modern manufacture caliber offers a central hour and minute display, accompanied by small seconds at 6 o’clock as well as the date at 3 o’clock. The automatic movement draws its energy from a double-sided self-winding mechanism with peripheral rotor. An innovation which Carl…

From the flowers to the fields, BOVET 1822 presents two new piece unique timepieces whose botanical motifs capture the spirit of spring. As celebrations of the beauty of life, these two new Grand Feu enamel timepieces also make eloquent and luxurious gifts. BOVET 1822 has partnered once again with Ilgiz F., world-renowned jeweler and enamellist, to produce the Amadeo Fleurier® 39 “Blue Burdocks” and “Butterflies”. The exquisite grand feu enamel miniature paintings are delicately hand-painted and fired on 18K gold. Wear as Timepiece or Pendant Necklace The patented Amadeo® convertible system allows the wearer to easily adapt the piece from a traditional wristwatch with croc strap, to a table clock or pendant necklace as desired. The self-winding mechanical movement is driven by 72 hours of power reserve for uninterrupted performance. Beauty, Versatility and Power These grand feu enamel timepieces match beauty with versatility and power. The piece-unique “Blue Burdocks” and…

The year 2017 is an important year for watches, with many models celebrating landmark anniversaries. In collecting terms, an anniversary generally means that a watch will rocket in value and new collectors might pop-up, making it a lucrative time both to buy and to sell. This is, in part, thanks to a marketing drive by brands that capitalise on the potential to create renewed interest. Furthermore, many auction houses and pre-owned websites will mark the occasion by hosting special sales dedicated to these brands and models. Pre-owned luxury retailer, Collector Square, has developed a unique international database – the LuxPrice-index© – which compiles and analyses hundreds of thousands of bag and watch auction results over the last 12 years, offering a point of reference for the changing value of pre-owned luxury goods. On the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona in 2013, Collector Square recorded a staggering 79% increase in…

Devoted to showcasing the Brand’s rich history, the new Heritage Gallery extends across more than 500 m2 at its Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, in Switzerland. The space has been considerably enlarged to bring together the Maison’s finest pieces through the ages, its historical archives, and a restoration workshop. Discover a Wealth of Jaeger-LeCoultre Heritage The journey through the wealth of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Heritage begins with an exhibition of the Maison’s outstanding historical archives, followed by the “Reflections of History and Great Inventions” area. The visit then leads into an elegant room bathed in light, displaying the Maison’s iconic pieces with modern-day creations basking in the glory of past masterpieces. An accompanying guide leads visitors on a journey through the wealth of the Maison’s Heritage, leaving plenty of opportunity for independent discovery, thanks to various interactive features. Right from the start, it is fun for visitors: they select a year…

British jeweller and watch maker Mo Eden has produced his first men’s watch, the ‘MK1’. Hand made in London’s Hatton Garden the watch is bespoke to ensure exclusivity. The 18-carat gold, diamond set Driver’s watch is designed in Mo’s signature Art Deco/Modernist style. Angled for ease of reading whilst driving the watch design incorporates perspective which is used to draw the eye in and evoke movement. The Swiss ETA 2678 automatic movement is visible to the rear of the watch comparable to supercars that have their engines on display. As the MK1 is a bespoke watch, the options are limitless whether your preference is to display Sapphires or black diamonds or no diamonds at all. Specifications: Case 18 carat gold diamond set, Strap shown is Stingray 22mm, Sapphire crystals. Carbon fibre dial, ETA 2678 Swiss movement specifications- Hours, minutes, sweep second. Self-winding mechanism with ball bearing. Date and day corrector.…

What timepiece could be better suited to celebrating the 195th anniversary of BOVET than a Big Date Tourbillon? Beyond its subtle historic allusions, this Virtuoso VIII represents the very essence of the Fleurier Grandes Complications collection as defined by Pascal Raffy himself. So while the DIMIER Collection is designed to showcase the latest advances and innovations in development and technology, the Fleurier Grandes Complications Collection is dedicated to constantly elevating traditional artisanal watchmaking to new heights. Innovative Concept in Decoration and Display Functions The Virtuoso VIII is, however, the first timepiece in the Fleurier Collection to reprise an inclined crystal aperture along the 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock axis, like the innovative case of the Récital 18 Shooting Star® presented in 2016 and that of this year’s Récital 20 Astérium®. This truly innovative concept creates new perspectives for caliber architecture, as well for the decoration and display of functions. The…

In 2017, Jaeger-LeCoultre is writing a new chapter in the story of its Rendez-Vous collection of women’s timepieces. Originally introduced by the Maison in 2012, Rendez-Vous is a collection bearing all the hallmarks of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers Rares™ (Rare Crafts), impeccable timekeeping accuracy, unrivalled excellence in craftsmanship and the breathtaking artistry of its jewellery designs and settings. The new Rendez-Vous collection, once again the result of the combined talents of the watchmakers and craftspeople of the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, is a celebration of horology designed for women, with sophisticated materials in muted and sparkling tones reinforcing the timeless style of these elegant, noble timepieces. The introduction of a moon phase and a new chiming reminder function, yellow and rose gold options, a larger size and sumptuous new straps, all reflect the popularity of the Rendez-Vous collection worldwide, among art, design and watch lovers alike. A rich gamut of…