Breitling Chronomat 38 SleekT Contemporary Style – Women Take Charge

Breitling Chronomat 38 SleekT recognizes the ingenious spirit of women and their tenacity to take charge and command precision instruments. Breitling captures this tenacious spirit in the feminine design of Chronomat 38 SleekT – a feminine contemporary elegant yet sporty watch.

 

Breitling Chronomat 38 SleekT

Breitling Chronomat first appeared in 1984 as a precision instrument designed specifically to cater to the needs of elite international pilots. Breitling re-envisioned this precision model to produce a sleek yet elegant watch that enraptures feminine wrists in a contemporary yet commanding style.

 

Chronomat 38 SleekT classic momentum take off in a 38mm diameter case with a dual sided glare-proofed sapphire crystal which is complemented by a high-tech, ultra-hard and scratch resistant smooth bezel made of tungsten carbide. Select dials are offered in a bold black lacquered or exquisite mother-of-pearl dial with or without diamond hour markers, as well as an optional diamond-set steel bezel model. The dials along with the tungsten carbide bezel harmoniously contrasts with the watch’s satin polished steel case, which is dressed with a stainless steel bracelet giving the watch an elegant sporty edge (a gold leather crocodile strap version is also available).

 

Chronomat 38 SleekT still delivers its original precise performance with a self-winding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the prestigious COSC. Breitling designed this enigmatic Chronomat 38 SleekT for that on-the-go professional woman that is as in command of time as she is of her professional schedule and personal lifestyle – all precisely timed in elegant sporty style.

 

Chronomat 38 SleekT - Mother-of-Pearl Steel Bracelet

Chronomat 38 SleekT (Reference W1331012|A774|385A) Case: Steel, Dial: Mother-of-Pearl, Bracelet: Pilot Steel

Chronomat 38 SleekT - Onyx Black and Steel Bracelet

Chronomat 38 SleekT (Reference W1331012|BD92|385A) Case: Steel, Dial: Onyx Black, Bracelet: Pilot Steel

 

Chronomat 38 SleekT - Diamond and Croco Gold Strap

Chronomat 38 SleekT (Reference W1331012|A776|A18BA.1) Case: Steel, Dial: Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond Hour Markers, Bracelet: Croco Gold, Buckle: Tang-type

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Girard-Perregaux Revisits Two Classic Watch Collections in a tributary Ode to Blue

Girard-Perregaux revisited two of its classic watch collections, 1966 and Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second in a revisited color of Ode to Blue.

Girard-Perregaux continues to keep its timely pulse on trending styles within the watch industry. And with blue now being the new black, Girard-Perregaux has tapped into the pioneering spirit of their founder’s, Jean-Francois Bautte, use of the epic color revisiting two of its classic Girard-Perregaux collections: 1966 and Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 - pink gold navy watch

Girard-Perregaux 1966 (REF: 49525-52-432-BB4A) presentation radiates with a slightly domed deep blue sunburst dial encased in a round 38mm pink gold beveled bezel and case.  The classic dial has a date aperture at 3 o’clock and displays gilded baton hour markers at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with a double baton marker at 12 o’clock. 1966 is accentuated with a dark blue alligator leather strap and pink gold pin buckle.

1966 houses GP03300-0030 mechanical, self-winding in-house movement with a power reserve of 46 hours.

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL - navy watch

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second (REF: 25880-11-421-BB4A) presents with classic Art Deco styling in a curved polished stainless steel rectangular case measuring 36.2mm by 35.25 mm. Its iridescent deep blue dial is accentuated by Dauphine faceted type hour and minute hands, polished “Breguet” appliqué numerals, small seconds sub-dial (at 6 o’clock with a red figure “60”), and the rail-track minute scale along the outer edge of the dial. It is finished with a navy blue alligator leather strap (will also be available in a stainless steel bracelet).

Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second houses caliber GP03300-0051 mechanical, self-winding in house movement. It also has a power reserve of 46 hours with an oscillating rate of 28,800 beat per hour.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 and Vintage 1945 XXL Small Second classic styles and color pay tribute to Jean-Francois Bautte and reiterate a flexibility to stay abreast of trending styles be it past or present. Both watches are slated to be on display at Baselworld 2014 (March 27-April 3).

Special Limited Edition Watches that Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse

January 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year and top luxury watch brands celebrated in amazing form unveiling their special limited edition watches to commemorate the Year of the Horse.

Luxury watch brands with long established relationships in the Chinese markets, painstakingly designed special limited edition watches employing various art techniques to capture the essence of the Year of the Horse.

Three top watch designers that presented their limited edition Year of the Horse  2014 watches included Panerai, Cartier and Vacheron Constantin:

 

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Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00847) presents an ornately engraved horse poised on a hinged stainless steel watch cover. Each watch cover was hand engraved by master Italian craftsmen whom literally carve grooves into the stainless steel covers using a sparsello (a handcrafting tool). The skilled Panerai craftsmen then took fine threads of gold and inlaid them into the carved grooves gently hammering them to permanently secure them in place. The result, a visually stunning timepiece masterfully designed to depict the Year of the Horse.

Panerai Luminor Sealand features a 44mm diameter grey dial with Panerai’s traditional small seconds subdial and date. It has a brushed AISI 316L stainless steel case which houses Panerai’s in-house COSC certified OP III caliber (automatic movement) with a power reserve of 42 hours. It has a soft brown leather strap with a market value of $23,900. Panerai Luminor Sealand is limited to 100 pieces.

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Cartier Santos-Dumont captures the spirit of the Year of the Horse, made using two micro-mosaic techniques to depict the image of a regal white horse made of irregular shaped tesserae and a background comprised of fine Earth, Kalahari and grey Madagascar jaspers, chocolate obsidian and pink opal gemstones. Each piece required man-hours of no less than 120 hours of work, with 50 hours dedicated to the construction of the horse and 70 hours to complete the background.

Santos-Dumont Year of the Horse is a member of the Cartier d’Art collection. It is designed with Cartier’s signature tank style frame in 18k white gold embellished with baguette-cut diamonds. It has an 18k white gold case which houses a caliber 430 MC – mechanical movement. Cartier Santos-Dumont baguette-cut diamond watch is limited to only 10 pieces, it is also available in an 18K white gold tank version without diamonds which is limited to only 40 pieces.

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 Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Horse watch features such a vibrantly sculpted horse that it practically gallops off the dial. Vacheron Constantin’s established market relationship with China has existed since 1845 and is further enriched with its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection. Vacheron Constantin watch artisans mastered the Chinese arts of Jianzhi (paper-cutting) and iconography, translating them to reflect in the designs of their Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection.

Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse watch is a special limited edition timepiece crafted in 18K 5N pink gold (Reference 86073/000R-9831) or platinum (Reference 86073/000P-9832) 12 pieces each. The 40mm round brown or blue dial features an engraved horse centered on the dial surrounded by iconography designed bamboo leaves. Four apertures on the dial present the hour, minutes, seconds and the date. It houses caliber 2460 G4, a mechanical self-winding movement which has a 22K gold oscillating weight. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per minutes and is Hallmark of Geneva Certified.

 

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon goes Platinum

Vacheron Constantin has included Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon to its Collection Excellence Platine.

Platinum Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon is one of Vacheron’s elegant timepieces featuring both a tourbillon, at 6 o’clock, and a 14-day power reserve indicator, at 12 o’clock. It has a minimalist dial presentation with Vacheron Constantin signature Maltese Cross emblem to the left of its 3 o’clock hour indication mark.

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However, an element that makes this version of the Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon so distinguished is not only its platinum 42mm case and dial, but its dark blue Mississippi alligator leather strap which is hand-stitched with silk and platinum thread – talk about sparing no expense.

The platinum dial is sandblasted, synonymous of the Collection Excellence Platine, and also houses the Vacheron’s Calibre 2260 manually wound manufacture movement. The platinum caseback frame bears the Vacheron Constantin name, No. 1/50 and PT950 which is inscribed between 4 and 5 o’clock.

 

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Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon impressive 14 day power reserve uses four barrels that are interconnected and discharge concurrently, which is responsively slower than a single barrel system. Its tourbillon carriage is also shaped in Vacheron’s signature Maltese Cross, which is visible through the dial and partially from the sapphire crystal caseback. Its meticulous craftsmanship and design characteristics have afford it the Hallmark of Geneva award.

Platinum Patrimony Traditionelle 14-Day Tourbillon is a limited edition timepiece of only 50 pieces and is said to set to retail for $323,500.

Written by Chaz Nash

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires Spins Limited Edition Lucky Charms

If luck is indeed a lady, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Charms Extraordinaires Watch Collection spins such exquisite tales of time that even the ladies are finding it difficult to resist their lucky charm!

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms watch collection made its lucky debut in 2008. Fast forward five years later and Charms’ continues its lucky tales of time which aesthetically unfolds in the details and craftsmanship of an exclusive limited edition watch collection donned the Charms Extraordinaires Collection.

Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires is a special collection of four limited edition timepieces, artistically translating four distinctive tales of “lady luck” presented in hand-painted guilloche or mother of pearl dials, beautifully embellished with diamonds and precious stoned bezels set in pink rose or white gold cases and Van Cleef & Arpels signature diamond charms which glamorously dangle from each of the round 38mm or 32mm watch cases. All four of these amazing watches features quartz movement with each watch design having a limited edition of only 22 pieces.

 

Charms Extraordinaire Lotus Watch dons a pink lotus flower hand-painted using a complex champlevé enameling technique to give it its lucky appeal. The lotus known for its perseverance to rise from mud and blossom into an exquisite flower also symbolizes elegance, beauty and perfection synonymous with Asian cultures. It features a white gold 32mm diameter case showered with blue sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines and of course a lucky diamond Lotus charm. It is adorned with a baby pink leather strap that accents the overall presentation of this incredible watch.

Charms Extraordinaire Hirondelles Watch features two dark blue lucky swallows against a mother of pearl dial with beautiful hand-painted flowers (swallows are said to symbolize the coming of spring as well as tender love). The round pink gold 32 mm case showcases a bezel with a uniform parade of pink and violet sapphires. It also features a lucky clover diamond charm and is adorned with a purple leather strap.

Charms Extraordinaire Féérie Dandelion Watch casts its lucky tale with a blue mystically hand-painted guilloche dial that introduces a winged butterfly fairy carefully meticulously posed while blowing a wish towards a diamond accented dandelion, associated with luck and the spread of knowledge. A round 38mm diameter case displays bluish sapphires and diamonds in the bezel with a beautiful lucky diamond dandelion charm that gently dangles from the case.

Charms Extraordinaire Muguet Watch radiates with a fairy and her sculpted wings against a mother of pearl dial. Depicted are hand-painted sprigs of lily-of-the-valley flowers, said to make the most precious wish come true. The pink gold bezel is encrusted with breathtaking diamonds and yellow sapphires fashioned in a round 38mm case pink gold case. It features a free flowing diamond butterfly charm and is adorned with a stunning green leather strap.

The Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires limited edition collection was actually presented in February at SIHH, however, if you’re spirit of lady luck is finely tuned you may luck up on one of these incredible timepieces. After all, luck like timing is everything.

Written by Chaz Nash