(Part four of a four part series on luxury diver watches)
IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Collection established the watchmaker’s focus on diver’s watches for 2014 which was introduced in its re-engineered design of the Aquatimer Deep Three revealing dual mechanical depth gauges.
IWCAquatimer Deep Three impressive design beckons divers to explore the watery depths wearing the largest watch ever produced in the Aquatimer collection. IWC’s re-mastered design of Aquatimer Deep Three builds upon previous versions of Aquatimer Deep One and Deep Two with a re-engineered mechanical addition of two depth gauges.
IWC presented the second redesign of the Aquatimer Deep Two in 2009, which spring boarded from the original design of Aquatimer Deep One watch presented in 1999. IWC engineered the Aquatimer Deep watches to specifically appeal to professional divers wanting a diving instrument that would work in conjuction as a mechanical support the event the dive computer system malfunctioned.
Deep Three’s developed pressure metering system functionality is impressive as it is powerful. Two mechanical depth gauges (one red, the other blue), glide along a depth scale located on the left side of the watch’s dial. A mechanical pressure metering system inside of the case, allows water to enter thru miniature holes in the cover of the pressure converter creating water pressure which acts on a spring membrane that pushes a shaft towards the interior of the watch case. A system of levers are enacted moving the gauge’s of the two indicators. The blue depth gauge indicates the current dive depth whereas the red depth gauge or maximum depth indicator indicates the overall depth achieved on a given dive up to 50 meters. (The maximum depth gauge can be reset by merely pressing a push-button next to the pressure converter.)
Aquatimer Deep Three dial show cases with a generous 46 mm titanium case which is 16.5 mm thick. Yes, this watch is exceptionally large, however that is the whole point of this professional diving instrument. Deep Three’s dial, internal bezel and hour/minute hands have luminescent treatments making it readable in the dark. It also has an external/internal rotating bezel and houses the automatic mechanical IWC caliber 30120 movement. It is available with a black rubber strap and an optional stainless steel bracelet.
Aquatimer Deep Three retails for $19,100 and is by far one of IWC’s most spectacular timepieces.
(Part three of a four part series on luxury diver watches)
Hublot designed a special edition diver’s watch, so special that there are only 20 pieces of Hublot’s Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli Special Edition.
Hublot invested eighteen months in research and extensive testing in the development of Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli. The watch’s name was derived from the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel, a contemporary haven in Noonu Atoll in Maldives. It also happens to be the only place where the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli watch can be purchased.
Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc underwent testing inside Roxer Tank where it was placed in a controlled pressurized environment equivalent to 5000 meters under water, however, is actually capable of withstanding pressure at 4000 meters, the depth at which it can be worn.
Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a 48 mm case crafted in light weight grade 2 titanium which is accentuated in a finely brushed satin finish. Its visual presentation is further illustrated in vibrant colors of white and yellow making it quite unique from the usual black color norm for most diver watches. The dial, flange and hands have been treated with in a bright yellow SuperLuminova™ hue allowing for readability when diving at a distance of 25 cm in the dark.
Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli has a helium valve which helps emit gases that the watch might intake while diving under water. The valve is located on the left side of the case which is attached at 10 o’clock.
The Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli caseback is etched with the Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel’s emblem and Hublot’s name which is engraved in yellow. Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc operates with an automatic caliber HUB1401 mechanism consisting of 180 components. It also has a power reserve of 42 hours.
As mentioned earlier Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Cheval Blanc Randheli is a special limited edition timepiece of only 20 pieces with a retail price of $26,000 (USD).
(Part two of a four part series on luxury diver’s watches)
Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue and Orange captures attention in vivid colors of cobalt blue and coral orange.
There’s a new time shark circling the deep and its Girard-Perregaux vibrant Sea Hawk Blue and Orange. Girard-Perregaux has stirred the deep with this spectacular diver’s watch which at this point merely requires a dramatic musical score to cue its stunning entrance.
Sea Hawk Blue and Orange striking visual acuity stuns with a cobalt blue dial (matched by its rubber strap) and a 15 minute diver’s scale (on the bezel), minute and reserve indicator hands accentuated in vibrant coral orange. Its rotating unidirectional bezel encompasses the sapphire crystal which has been designed to track diving time.
Girard-Perregaux designed the dial giving it a raised honeycomb effect adding dimension to Sea Hawk Blue and Orange’s character. It presents with a 44 mm diameter case which has a thickness of 17.1 mm, closely weighing in at a substantial 188 grams. It does have luminescent coating on the hour indication markers and hour/minute hands of the watch to allow for readability in darkness. A sloping outer flange incorporates the dial with the case and bezel along as well as the helium escape valve. Sea Hawk Blue and Orange is certified by ISO 6425 meaning it meets diving watch standards for professional use along with a water resistance up to 1000 meters.
Sea Hawk Blue and Orange houses Girard-Perregaux’s in-house GP03300 automatic mechanical movement and has a screw down caseback.
Girard-Perragaux Sea Hawk in Blue and Orange is available with a blue rubber strap (Ref. 49960-19-431-FK4A) for $10,000 or with a stainless steel bracelet (Ref. 49960-19-431-11A) for $11,850. This watch is for the man that wants a certified diver’s watch that’s sure to make a statement in both performance and style.
Chopard unveiled its redesigned Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono automic watch collection for the first time at Baselworld. The revisited Monaco Historique collection drew the attention of classic car enthusiasts’ familiar with the collection’s vintage Formula 1 classic car inspired design.
Chopard reintroduced the redesigned Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono automatic collection presented in a sporty 44.5 mm bead-blasted titanium case. The silver dial has fine grooves and sports an outer scale displayed in vibrant yellow, a color that has long served as a visual warning for Grand Prix drivers emerging from the Monaco tunnel at speeds in excess of 250 km/h. The tachymeter bezel is polished steel with a black aluminum insert, silver transfer with yellow dots around the bezel perimeter (Chopard has yet to produce the collection with a ceramic bezel). The watch is adorned with a black calfskin strap detailed with yellow stitch channeling and a titanium folding clasp (an optional black and yellow NATO strap is also available).
Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono automatic has been designed to technically perform much like the cars that race at Grand Prix de Monaco. It delivers a high standard of performance with a self-winding chronograph movement renowned for its endurance, which has been both tested and certified by COSC. It has a power reserve of 46 hours. The polished steel caseback is engraved with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo and its redesigned enhanced lugs ensure comfort. The titanium crown is duly screw-locked and protected by a bead-blasted shoulder guard.
Chopard introduced the first model of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono at Baselword, which Chopard declared, bears all the hallmarks of a true classic racing “thoroughbred”.
Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was very pleased about the reintroduction of the new collection as he too is an avid aficionado of historical cars. Chopard has served as a sponsor and official timekeeper for Grand Prix de Monaco Historique since 2002. Chopard also plans to unveil a new watch on the weekend of May 10th, be sure to continue visiting watchesonnet.com/blog to stay informed.
LeBron James continues to expand his brand which now includes a stylish kind of HeatAudemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James chronograph limited edition watch.
James, aka “King James”, collaborated with Audemars Piguet (AP) to design a watch that would reflect his personal style and refined tailored demeanor. James worked extensively with the AP team to produce a watch design that was capable of effortlessly transitioning from everyday casual wear to a sophisticated affair. James commented that he wanted the design of his AP Royal Oak Offshore chronograph to be something that people would love as much as he loves playing the game of basketball – an objective Audemars Piguet works to achieve in each of its watch designs.
The AP Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James (Reference 26210OI.A109CR.01) chronograph watch brings its own distinctive game in an octagonal shaped 44 mm brushed 18K rose gold case harmoniously contrasted by a brushed titanium bezel. The dial exhibits the familiar AP Royal Oak family’s Méga-Tapisserie pattern in a grey color, rose gold indices (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock) and Arabic numerals. The self-winding chronograph features a date display at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 12 o’clock, and also displays minutes and hour counters respectively positioned on the dial. The crown and push-pieces are appointed in black ceramic with an added elegant feature revealed in the start/stop pusher at 2 o’clock – 14 set diamonds.
AP Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James keeps time housing AP’s chronograph Calibre 3126/3840. The caseback features a glare proof sapphire crystal engraved with “Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition Lebron James” along with LBJ signature printed in blue on the sapphire crystal. It is adorned with a grey crocodile strap with an 18K rose gold pin buckle (along with additional grey rubber strap).
James and Audemars Piguet CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias unveiled the AP Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James at a special press conference in Miami Beach, home to James’ team the Miami Heat late September of last year. AP Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James is a limited edition watch consisting of only 600 pieces worldwide. It retails for $51,500 of which proceeds from the sale of each watch will benefit the Lebron James Family Foundation.