Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates Singapore’s 50th Year of Independence with Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition

Singapore celebrates its 50th Year of Independence on August 9, 2015. To pay tribute for this very special occasion Jaeger-LeCoultre has designed a Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition watch to commemorate this historical occasion.

 

JLC - Grande Reverso N&D Singapore Watch

 

The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, known for its compelling reversible case presentations, lives up to its design tradition with the Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition case revealing vibrant red and white colors of Singapore’s flag and map filled in with lacquer. The case also reveals Singapore’s 50 year historical time period “1965-2015” engraved in black.

 

JLC - Grande Reverso N&D Singapore Case

JLC Grande Reverso N&D Singapore Edition- swivel back case

 

Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition is available in stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold cases, both measuring 46.8 X 27.4 mm and thickness of 9.14 mm. The dial present silver toned guilloche Clous de Paris pattern in the center surrounded by black Arabic numbers. A day and night subdial is located at 6 o’clock with an embellished inner circle which distinguishes the sun and night skies. The hour and minute baton hands are flamed blue, as is the day/night triangular indicator, all of which compliments the silver toned dial and stainless steel (or rose gold) case. It is dressed with a matt black alligator leather strap on the stainless steel model and a red alligator leather strap for the rose gold model.

 

Kit-Chan JLC Brand Friend

 

Kit Chan, Jaeger-LeCoultre Singapore long time friend, is shown wearing the rose gold with red leather strap version of the Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition.

Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition movement is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 967B (a mechanical automatic winding movement) with a 42 hour power reserve. The hand-crafted movement consists of 200 parts.

Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Special Edition is limited to 50 pieces and will be sold only at the Singapore Flagship boutiques in ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands. Retails for $13,900 Singapore dollars.

To find your next Jaeger-LeCoultre watch visit www.watchesonnet.com.

Photo Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre South East Asia

 

MB&F’s Bold Look for HM4 Final Edition

Swiss watch manufacturer MB&F have recently produced an update to their Horological Machine No. 4 (HM4) series, dubbed the HM4 Final Edition. This wristwatch doesn’t exactly look like a watch at first; it more resembles something James Bond would wear to perform some incredible stunt. The Final Edition is crafted out of black PVD-coated high-tech titanium and a sapphire center, which requires an astounding amount of work, more than 185 hours of machining and polishing to create. This is the only way for the design engineers to bring a solid block of opaque crystal to such extraordinary visual complexity.

 

The look for this timepiece was inspired by three distinguished aircrafts of the golden age of aviation, the F-117 Nighthawk jet, the B-2 Spirit and the SR-71 Blackbird.

MB&F pays homage to these planes through the sharp and very bold design to close out their HM4 series. The Final Edition’s most distinguishing feature is the two turbine-like pods (or perhaps stylized mini jet engines), one for the time and one for the power reserve indicators. These pods are connected to the power reserve through unique vertical gear trains specially manufactured by MB&F. The Final Edition boasts a 311-piece automatic movement, which further contains dual configured mainspring barrels, which drive vertical gear trains for each display pod. The squared-off hoods lean over each pod to give the Final Edition a completely unique look and set it apart from the other HM4s MB&F has produced. Furthermore, each of the 311 components, down to the screws, were developed specifically for the HM4 Final Edition.

 

Just like the jet it was designed after, the aesthetic features of the HM4 Final Edition are based on square angular shapes, top of the line titanium and matte black finished surfaces. The architectural base of the HM4 Final Edition is modeled after the previous MB&F watch called the HM4 Thunderbolt. With a 72-hour power reserve this watch will be extremely limited, with only eight units being produced. Each of these eight wonders are being priced at $230,000, and can only be found in five boutiques worldwide: MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, Chronometryx in Gstaad, The Hour Glass in Singapore, Chronopassion in Paris and Westime in Los Angeles. So getting your hands on a Final Edition may be something like a world-class scavenger hunt, as well as a race against time as many watch enthusiasts may be after this eccentric yet bold MB&F watch.

 

Written by Amani Liggett

Chris Benz Designs For Movado Bold Collection

Chris Benz wearing teal Movado BOLD
Chris Benz wearing teal Movado Bold at Fashion Night’s Out

Chris Benz is an award-winning fashion designer featured in many magazines and online publications. Movado has created iconic Swiss luxury watches for the sophisticated timepiece lover for over 130 years. Thus, it was only natural that the two giants in their respective fields collaborated to unveil the limited edition Movado Bold watches by Chris Benz.

Educated at the renowned Parsons New School for Design, Benz’s career took off when he received CFDA’s Emerging Talent and Award Scholarship. He went on to become an official member of the CFDA years later after creating his own fashion line. He has made multiple appearances on television, partnered with eyewear companies, and his clothing designs are often featured in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour and Elle. His signature bold use of color ironically reflects the exact name of the collection he helped design for Movado.

Movado’s interpretation of Nathan Horwitt’s Museum Watch design acts as the face for the brand. Horwitt’s original watch was the first wristwatch showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Movado reproduced the Museum design with a solitary golden dot on the face of the timepiece, symbolizing the position of the sun at noon and the hands as earth’s movement.

Benz reinterprets the Museum style in his own distinct flair for the Bold collection, producing five bright designs in limited editions: 150 of black watches, 100 each of magenta/white, camel/white, blue/mustard, and only 50 of the teal models, with each piece going at the price of $550. Each watch case is sized at 42 mm, water resistant to 30 meters, and operates by Swiss movement. The main attraction of these watches is the drip-dot dial, or Benz’s approach to the Museum dot. Lively color combinations  for the dot and the watch background literally ooze Benz’s edginess, accented by his signature tie-dye smoke print silk straps. K1 crystals and the TR90 stainless steel cases put a finishing touch on these painterly pieces.

Benz effortlessly combines self-expression with Movado’s timeless elegance in his latest additions to the Movado Artists’ Series, joining the ranks of famed luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Romero Britto, and Andy Scharf. “We could not be more thrilled with the final watch designs and Chris’s dynamic reinterpretation of the Museum dot,” CEO and Chairman of Movado Group Efraim Grinberg said.

Black and grey Movado BOLD
Black and grey Movado BOLD

 

Worn Into Space, Breitling Airwolf Watch Now Benefits National Flight Academy

Time is running out (pun not so much intended as unavoidable) to get your bid in for the first of 500 limited edition watches Breitling has designed to commemorate the 2011 centennial anniversary of American Naval Aviation. For the last year, the Breitling Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf #1 has been around the world and into space on the arms of world-famous aviators and will now go to auction to help raise money for youth scholarships to the National Flight Academy.

Breitling Airwolf Naval Centennial Limited Edition #1
Breitling Airwolf Naval Centennial Limited Edition #1

The bidding ends on February 29 and the highest bidder will be presented with the watch by astronaut Mark Kelly – who wore it into space on Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission in May – along with the Official Aviators’ Flight Log Book that accompanied each aviator on each individual flight.

Mark Kelly wearing Airwolf #1
Mark Kelly wearing Airwolf #1

During the last year, the Breitling Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf #1 has been worn by a host of illustrious and accomplished aviators:

• Mark Kelly – US Astronaut married to US Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Kelly wore Airwolf #1 while commanding his final mission, and the final mission of space shuttle Endeavor, in May 2011.

• Jaques Bothelin – Leader of the Breitling Jet Team that flew an 18-day East Mediterranean Tour over five countries in June/July.

Breitling Jet Team Formation
Breitling Jet Team Formation

• Charlie Brown – Well-known British Warbird Pilot.

• Lee Proudfoot – British Professional Formation Display Pilot and member of the Old Flying Machine Company who spent seven years “Bush” flying for the British Antarctic Survey as chief pilot.

• Keith Skilling – B777 Captain at Air New Zealand and Warbird Display Pilot.

• Thom Richards – Former USAF General who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

• Matthias Dolderer – German “Flying Bulls” Pilot, won 8th place in the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

• Major Dietmar Springer – of the Austrian Air Force.

• Francesco Fornabaio – Italian Freestyle Aerobatic Pilot.

• Ernst Frei – Chief Pilot and Operations Director for Super Constellation Flyers in Switzerland.

• Oliver Masurel – French World Aerobatic Champion.

• Flying Blue Angel #1, Capt. Greg McWherter – former TOPGUN instructor and Commander of the “World Famous Golden Dragons.”

Capt. Greg McWherter
Capt. Greg McWherter

The proceeds from the auction will benefit the “Breitling Scholars” program to the National Flight Academy, “whose programs use immersive learning techniques to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through aviation-inspired scenarios and simulation.” According to Breitling, the program has enjoyed outstanding success – not just academically, but also behaviorally – boasting 80 percent reduction in dropouts, 90 percent reduction in truancy and 100 percent reduction in disciplinary problems. The “Breitling Scholars” program sends 100 students annually to attend a simulated aircraft carrier simulation camp in Pensacola, Fla.

Per the NFA website: “The National Flight Academy is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

Students Learning at NFA
Students Learning at NFA

“I am excited to have inaugurated the journey of this timepiece and appreciate the good it will do to support STEM education in our nation’s middle and high school,” said Kelly.

As of February 25 at 4PM, the bid was up to $48,500.

“The National Flight Academy is overwhelmed by the generosity of Breitling to allow the rich historical relevance of the #1 Airwolf watch to benefit the most modern learning program in the nation,” said NFA President, Gerry Hoewing. “The money raised from this auction will enable students from all over the world to improve performance in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Of the other 499 pieces produced, 50 will be given to the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation of which Breitling is a Silver National Sponser. The remaining pieces have been on sale since last year and the numbers are dwindling – the Breitling Boutique in Manhattan has only a few left. Priced at $4,500 each, $100 also gets donated back to the Foundation.

National Aviation Centennial Seal
National Aviation Centennial Seal

Hot Horology: Chronopassion’s Perrelet Puts New Spin on a Time-Honored Tradition

Salacious watches (often called conversation pieces) have been around for hundreds of years, but rarely are brand-name luxury watches associated with the manga-style nudity so often found in Japanese anime films and cartoons. Distinguished by its stylistic portrayal of characters with enormous eyes, angular coifs and hypersexual buxom beauties in clothing that barely fulfills its purpose, anime has grown increasingly popular in the Western Hemisphere over the last two decades.

Enter the Perrelet Turbine Erotic Limited Edition watch. Only 704 copies are being made of this daring conversation piece – 176 each of four different designs. (Get ‘em while they’re “hot,” guys!)

The anime subgenre is no longer just for fantasy geeks; and hentai, as erotic anime is called in the west, has become a popular form of pornography. Comic books, movies, video games, CD-ROMs and even coffee table books full of hentai images are often viewed as far more socially acceptable than the magazines and movies that your brother used to hide under his bed. Often perceived as dwelling on fetishes that real life would be hard-pressed to provide – gigantic breasts, androgynous or youthful characters and even monsters, for instance – it is interesting to note that, in Japan, the word hentai is actually slang for “weirdo” or “pervert.”

The prurient scenes on the Perrelet Erotic range from merely titillating to somewhat explicit and are actually pretty mild when compared with the wide-ranging genre of hentai anime. Painted in black and white, with splashes of red, onto the surface of the sub-dial, they are not so overt that they can’t be worn in conservative company – the Perrelet 12-blade turbine wheel covers most of the saucy spectacle at any give time. But, set that dial to spinning fast (with, um, a few quick flicks of the wrist), and out come the mischievous little nymphettes to play. (Of seven characters in four designs, six are female.)

Perrelet Turbine Erotic - Design #1
The Perrelet Turbine Erotic (This is the mildest of the four designs.)

The watches, on sale at Chronopassion Paris, were meant as a playful stab at an old tradition and the Turbine Erotic been appreciated by critics as just that.

With a face that’s forty-four millimeters wide and made of titanium or black-coated steel, the Turbine Erotic has mechanical self-winding P-181 movement and the exclusive Perrelet double rotor. The strap is black rubber with a steel folding clasp and the whole thing is water resistant up to 50 meters, making it suitable for wearing into the hot tub or in the shower.

 

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