Exclusive Gronefeld One Hertz Dead-Beat Watch for 2012

Gronefeld released the world’s first production wristwatch with independent dead seconds, the One Hertz Platinum. For 2012, the One Hertz Platinum comes in a limited edition of 10 pieces.

Gronefeld began the watchmaking business in 1912. Since then, it has been a family-run company with brothers, Tim and Bart Gronefeld, at the helm today. A dead-beat watch is a mechanical watch with a ticking seconds hand. The brothers’ expertise in the world of the tourbillion and the minute repeater watch led to the development of the One Hertz and its dead-beat seconds complication.

The One Hertz, meaning one cycle per second, launched in 2010 with the One Hertz 1912, a limited edition steel watch of 12 pieces. The One Hertz Dune arrived in 2011 in a red gold limited edition of 20 pieces. For 2012, the One Hertz Platinum was released in honor of Tim and Bart’s grandfather who launched the watchmaking business a century ago.

The One Hertz Platinum comes in a gorgeous platinum case with a pleasing blue dial that blends the two colors well. It has an indicator for hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock and a large sub-dial for the dead seconds. There is a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock with an “S” for setting mode or a “W” for winding. The One Hertz has a unique crown that you press in to change its mode instead of pulling it out. The G-02 caliber completes one operation per second which explains the name “One Hertz.”

It is fascinating and complicated how a dead seconds mechanism functions. In order to keep the friction of the mechanism at its most minimal, Gronefeld used an independent dead seconds device. It has its own power supply and is driven from its own secondary gear train. The seconds and minutes have independent mainspring barrels to minimize friction. The difficulty and expertise behind this concept is apparent and brilliant as this timepiece involves 285 parts.

Gronefeld is a company that has earned a stellar reputation and the respect of the watchmaking world. Though the One Hertz Platinum may be difficult to obtain in its 10 piece limited edition, it is a luxury watch that was made with “passion and patience.” As the Gronefeld brothers state, “Luxury wristwatches are mostly in demand for the emotion they offer.” It is certain that the owner of any one of the Gronefeld One Hertz watches will be proud and emotionally attached to their special timepiece.

Chanel 2012

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." - Coco Chanel

It’s obvious that 2012 is going to be the year of Chanel.
Isn’t every year the year of Chanel?
Well, yes.
But 2012 has gotten off to an exceptionally auspicious start for the pioneer of the little black dress. Awards, runways, a new book and huge new location in one of the hottest shopping districts in London… and that’s just the first three months. While the rest of the retail industry is still feeling the trickle-down effects of austerity measures in many countries, the luxury industry is booming and, after 103 years, Chanel is still a clear leader of the luxury pack.

Earlier this year, at the 10th Annual GEM Awards Gala, Chanel Fine Jewelry received the award for corporate communications in recognition of the company’s “creativity, coherence and excellence in public relations and communications.” The awards ceremony, which is organized by the Jewelry Information Center (the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America), only bestows five awards a year and is considered to be one of the jewelry industry’s most prestigious US events. The gala was held January 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and was hosted by Padma Lakshmi, from Bravo’s “Top Chef,” wearing an impressive gold necklace by Chanel.

Padma Lakshmi at GEM Awards - wearing Chanel neckpiece
Lakshmi at GEM Awards

While Chanel didn’t show collections at the recent Fashion Weeks in London and New York, the brand was still the first name on many lips, the first bag on many arms – and the first look channeled by many new designers. The couture colossus will be showing at the first of three Fashion Weeks in Paris on March 6, however, and is also turning attentions further east later in the month with a series of events planned in Tokyo. (Asia and South America both represent growing markets for luxury goods and are a large part of the reason for the catapulting profitability of luxury retailers in 2011.) An exhibition on March 21 to celebrate Chanel’s iconic black jacket will coincide with the worldwide launch of “The Little Black Jacket,” Karl Lagerfeld’s photographic tribute to the ubiquitous wardrobe staple. Chanel will also reproduce its 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture show in downtown Tokyo on March 22, to be followed by the dedication of a temporary Chanel boutique the following day.

Chanel: The Little Black Jacket

As if all this wasn’t excitement enough for the chic centenarian, Chanel won approval this month to build a new 20,000 square foot store on Bond Street in London. One of the most expensive and fashionable strips of real estate in the world, Bond Street the home of the famed Sotheby’s auction house and London’s Fine Art Society as well as shops bearing names like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci, Bulgari, Dior and Prada. The new Chanel edifice will likely include office space to house Chanel’s UK headquarters as well as provide plenty of retail room for fashion, accessories and jewelry. No address has yet been released; Chanel already has a Chanel Boutique, a Chanel Fine Jewelry and a Chanel Designer Handbags and Shoes on Bond Street.

Chanel Bond Street Locations on Map
A – Boutique, B – Fine Jewelry, C – Designer Handbags and Shoes

Founded in 1932 by Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, Chanel Joaillerie also happens to be celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year. The first collection, “Bijoux de diamants,” was a tribute to Coco’s favorite stone – the diamond.

"Bijoux de diamants" Selections from Chanel Joaillerie 1932 Collection
“Bijoux de diamants”

Cartier’s Newest Flying Tourbillion Watch

Cartier Flying Tourbillion Watch
Cartier’s Flying Tourbillion Watch

Cartier watches has outdone itself again in 2012 with its released of new watches for the year. This line-up of spectacular timepieces is sure to impress anyone who witnesses them.
At the beginning of each year, watch manufacturers expose the public to the newest innovations and most interesting changes in their watch collections. Cartier has blown the competition out of the water with the releases for the 2012 season.
The most intriguing watch put out by Cartier so far this year has been the Rotonde De Cartier Flying Tourbillion Watch. This watch has a magnificent look to it, keeping with the style of all Cartier watches. Cartier has always been know for its inventive style and the watches for 2012 keep that tradition going.
Cartier puts care and the utmost quality into every timepiece they craft. The Rotonde De Cartier Flying Tourbillion Watch parallels that idea. The line is limited to only 100 timepieces produced. It is sure to be a hot commodity wherever it is sold.
The frame of the watch is in the famous flying tourbillion skeleton style with the dial having hallow parts which give the watch a unique style that will be all the rave amongst your friends. The case is made of 18k pink gold to accentuate the features of this tremendous timepiece. The Rotonde De Cartier Flying Tourbillion also features sword-shaped hands made from blue-steel and a double adjustable deployment buckle in 18k pink gold to help keep this magnificent piece of craftsmanship on the wrist.
This timepiece has everything a watch lover needs, unique artistry and reliable time keeping. Cartier has always been know for putting out a superb product and this Rotonde De Cartier Flying Tourbillion is no exception. Even the skeleton design on the dial has this watch exuding elegance and top of the line material and craftsmanship.

Tourbillion of New Cartier Rotonde Watch
The “Flying Tourbillion” of the Cartier Rotonde Watch

Cartier has been a symbol of fine timepieces since 1847 when the founder Louis-Francois Cartier took over a jewelry shop and began making luxury watches. The first big splash Cartier made was a sell to Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I. The watch manufacturer never looked back. The watch company has been expanding its product ever since the first timepiece was completed. Today, Cartier is an international sensation selling luxury timepieces in over 15 countries.

Glam Rock Expands Sales to Middle East

Watches by Glam Rock
Watch Designs by Glam Rock

Star studded watch manufacturer Glam Rock became the latest luxury watch maker to hit the shores of United Arab Emirates. The celebrity focused watch maker is beginning to make its mark throughout the world after conquering the market in the Unite States.

Glam Rock burst on to the scene in 2005 with an extravagant array of timepieces for anyone who has a fine palate for watches. These watches, from the newly formed luxury timepiece manufacturer, have become a powerhouse in the industry gaining fame through celebrity endorsements.

Since its inception, Glam Rock has been producing the highest quality watches for those in show business and others with less bankroll. With the expansion to Demas shops in the United Arab Emirates, Glam Rock is becoming an internationally recognized symbol of fashion. The Glam Rock watches are now available in over 30 countries, making them a world wide timepiece. They are transcending their moniker of watch designer and becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.

Now the Glam Rock product has exploded into an international phenomenon. The watches range from a cool $1000 up to $18,000 with just about any price in between. Glam Rock has found their niche among celebrities. Television personality Kim Kardashian came out with her own watch to add to the Glam Rock line. Other celebs such as 50 Cent and Brittany Spears have their own watch through Glam Rock. These watches are available for purchase through the company’s website.

Kim Kardashian with Glam Rock Watch
Kim Kardashian sitting with her personally designed Glam Rock Watch.

Each of the Glam Rock watches has its a unique flare. From elegant Glam Rock collections such as Sobe and Miami to more male oriented collection lines like Monogram and Racetrack, there is a Glam Rock watch for anyone and any occasion. The celebrity watches all have their own different feel and design, each turning out an authentic Glam Rock feel through the dial and strap.

With the Glam Rock website you can mix and match watch dials and straps to create that magnetic timepiece that will always turn heads. This can make any watch Glam Rock offers your own style and unique to your characteristics. Now the luxury watch designer is continuing to expand its product and pursuing more celebrity endorsements as their product grows. The move to the United Arab Emirates is just another step in a global Glam Rock presence.

Baume and Mercier Releases Additions to Linea Collection

The Linea 10017 Watch by Baume & Mercier
View of the Linea 10017 by Baume & Mercier

As the new year commences, Baume & Mercier decided to bring out a few new additions to their successful Linea Collection.

The woman’s luxury watchmaker is excited to showcase these new watches and add them to an already delightful line of fine timepieces. The Linea Collection is renowned for its high fashion and applicable watches. There is a watch in this collection that will fit any ensemble.

Baume & Mercier has become synonymous with quality since the company was founded in the small Swiss village of Les Bois in 1830. They have been pursuing the height of perfection with their watches.

The new additions to the Linea collection are no different. The Linea Collection line has some interesting aspects to it as well as the desirable quality of craftsmanship. No longer will someone have to choose between a watch dial because of how the strap looks. The Linea lines come equipped with interchangeable straps so the watch can match any occasion. This is a revelation for those who do not wish to purchase multiple watches just to match the outfit they will be wearing. The interchangeable strap is another great feature on an already magnificent line of watches.

The new addition to the Linea Collection line is similar to the original Linea watches, with a few new elements that are sure to inspire anyone who has followed the Linea Collection since its inception.

The newest Linea watches have a diameter of 32 mm for easy viewing of the dial. They also feature automatic movements and sapphire case backings so the owner can gaze into the beautiful watch and see how the components work together perfectly and keep time as well as being a stunning piece of jewelry. The dial is comprised of Gilt hands and Gilt riveted indexes. Its finish is a sun silk satin and snailed silver-colored. It is water resistant up to 50 meters just in case a late night swim because a part of the evening. All the interchangeable straps are polished or satin-finished two-tone accompanied by a triple folding clasp to keep this wonderful timepiece elegantly attached to the wrist.

Watch from Baume & Mercier Linea Collection
Baume & Mercier Linea 10015 watch.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Linea Collection line and these new watches are a welcome addition to an already stellar series of timepieces. Baume & Mercier has once again produced beautiful pieces of art which just so happen to also tell time.