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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…

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…

Kostas Metaxas and the watchmaking brand Matthew Norman have joined forces to create two unique objects that are tokens of their creative personality, reinventing the table clock. Helix and Garden of Eden are sister pieces created by designer Kostas Metaxas as part of the same creative momentum. He talks about them as if they were two objects belonging to a single family. Helix and Garden of Eden are both references to life – Garden of Eden, as its name suggests, is an allusion to paradise, while Helix offers a more scientific dimension. Combining modernity and tradition, the pieces fall within a different but complementary perspective, whilst having the reliable Matthew Norman mechanisms in common. Modern and Traditional Marry Beautifully- About The Clocks Helix and Garden of Eden both offer a power reserve of 8 days and are wound manually using a single key, which is also used to adjust the…

Jaeger-LeCoultre announces the opening of its first two boutiques in Canada – Vancouver and Toronto – offering new meeting places for Fine Watchmaking lovers. Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated its first Canadian Boutique in Vancouver, giving the Grande Maison another prestigious destination to showcase its creations in the heart of thriving Alberni Street amidst a revamped interior design pervaded by a sense of discreet luxury, serene intimacy and modern refinement. Great attention to detail runs throughout, in the use of materials, interior design and use of space, the finishings including the raised patterns of mountains in the upper part of the walls, the repeated geometric patterns, the fine wood, brilliant lighting that makes the shoppe sparkle and many other details that only those inside the brand would notice, but all play a role in forming this fabulous space that houses some of the most incredible timepieces, jewelry and complications in the world; when…

A grand classic among the Vacheron Constantin watch collections, the Traditionnelle line revels in testifying to its undeniable affinities with artistic crafts. After having launched a 38 mm-diameter version in 2013, the Manufacture showcases once again a multitude of artistic feats with a daintily feminine 33 mm-diameter version entirely paved with several hundred round-cut diamonds. Beneath the sparkling elegance of the snow-set dial beats hand-wound Calibre 1400 bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. A Glittering Display of Diamonds and White Gold In a spectacular display of working with light, the gem-setter has opted to alternate between two different gem-setting techniques to play on various sparkling and shining effects according to the surfaces to be lit up. The bezel and sides of the 18-carat white gold case are paved with 196 grain-set diamonds, while 394 diamonds shimmer intensely on the dial thanks to the magic of the snow setting. The subtly…