Latest arrivals and trends from Michele

With 12 different collections, it is no wonder that the Michele luxury watch company has recently unveiled a new set of models, each of which adds a spark of elegance, glamor and charm to any style.

Currently, the timepieces belong to the Deco, Ceramic, Urban, Caber, CSX, Jetway, Sport Sail, Serein, Cloette, Butterfly, Tahitian and Tahitian Jelly Beans collections.

Michele recently added a slew of new models to its line of watches, including the Cloette Ladybug Diamond Garnet Alligator, CSX-36 Day Two Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Two Tone Bracelet, Deco Day Non-Diamond, Diamond Dial White Silicone Grommet Strap and Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Pink watch.

The Cloette Ladybug Diamond Garnet Alligator is a whimsical, fashionable accessory that can add a touch of playfulness to any style. The timepiece features a mother-of-pearl dial and curved case with 124 diamonds encrusted around each, 38-mm case size and Swiss chronograph movement. The watch also comes with a garnet alligator strap, which can be interchanged with any 16-mm strap available from Michele.

CSX-36 Day Two Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Two Tone Bracelet
CSX-36 Day Two Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Two Tone Bracelet

Adorned with 109 diamonds that surround its two-tone case, the CSX-36 Day Two Tone Diamond, Diamond Dial Two Tone Bracelet with chronograph movement features a mother-of-pearl dial, signature Michele crown accent, 36-mm case size and is water resistant up to 50 meters. The two-tone bracelet is also interchangeable with other 18-mm Michele straps.

The Deco Day Non-Diamond, Diamond Dial White Silicone Grommet Strap also features sparkling diamonds, with 12 of them marking the hours on the mother-of-pearl dial. The elegant timepiece has other signature Michele touches as well, in addition to a 33-mm by 35-mm case. Like many of Michele’s watches, the Deco Day timepiece has an interchangeable strap, which can be substituted with any of the company’s 18-mm straps.

Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Pink Watch
Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Pink Watch

With of a playful and sporty style, the Tahitian Jelly Bean Large Pink watch features a bold stainless steel sunray dial, mineral crystal type and is water resistant up to 50 meters. The whimsy timepiece is also available in a variety of colors, including coral, navy, red, sea green and blue.

Michele Watches was created by Maurice Barouh in the 1940s. Since then, the trendy and chic timepieces have been dazzling the wrists of women around the world, including celebrities Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah, Britney Spears and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Other latest trends from Michele can be viewed at the luxury watch company’s trunk shows, currently happening on numerous days this February. The shows provide fashionistas and watch enthusiasts with the opportunity to speak with Michele sales experts while browsing the newest models of timepieces.

Baume et Mercier Gives an Old Name a New Look at SIHH 2012

Written by: Catherine Wolinski

 

Baume et Mercier Capeland
The new Baume et Mercier Capeland model

 

As many luxury watch aficionados know, last Friday, Jan. 20, marked the conclusion of SIHH, or the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. In simplest terms, the SIHH is the annual event in which watchmakers an designers are invited to showcase their latest innovations. To date, the SIHH has held over 20 shows, proving its relevance for the fine watch sector of fashion. At this year’s conference, which took place between Jan. 16-20, one of the industry leaders that grabbed the attention of watch connoisseurs was Baume et Mercier, which introduced a new piece this year.

While SIHH 2011 saw the introduction of Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Flyback Chronograph, SIHH 2012 met a new contender of the collection—the same model with a few tweaks, namely a change in color. The new-yet-classic Capeland bears a black, rather than white, dial face, giving a fresh look to the old timepiece. Further aesthetic adjustments included a new layout with two registers (last year’s had 3) and gilt Breguet style hands that emphasize its vintage feel. The new model is otherwise the same, available in stainless steel or red gold, a diameter of 44 millimeters and thickness of 16 millimeters. The chronograph movement inside is a La Joux-Perret automatic bi-compax complete with flyback and date, and runs at 28,800, and boasts a power-reserve of 48 hours.

Baume et Mercier Capeland 2012
The new Baume et Mercier Capeland introduced at this year’s SIHH

 

As a final touch, the piece is appropriately engraved with the Greek letter Phi, a symbol of balance and perfection. The model seems to achieve an equilibrium between loyalty to its past, and functionality in its future. The new Capeland does not stray too far from its ancestor chronograph introduced in 1948, yet it also succeeds in maintaining modern expectations of a luxury timepiece, and a somewhat shocking change in face color.

Presenters in Geneva this year at the 2012 Salon International de la Haute Horlgerie, which takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, were likely not shy to reintroduce themselves to fellow watch manufacturers and designers. The new look seems only to reinforce the poise of a brand that simultaneously upholds its traditional values while sustaining contemporary qualities.

New Zenith 2012 Models Presented in Geneva

Written by: Catherine Wolinski

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 15, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Zenith presented its new models for 2012. The presentation, which continued throughout the week until Jan. 20, was held at the Hotel Kempinski in Geneva, Switzerland. The brand attracted press and retailers from across the globe to herald the year’s new models for the El Primero Collection.

The new pieces presented were the Chronomaster Open Grande Date Moon and Sunphases, and the Chronomaster 1969. Both pieces are offspring of the original El Primero, first released in 1969, which achieved fame as one of the first automatic chronograph movements. The watch was introduced with a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour, a higher accuracy than the typical 28,000 alternations per hour, and perpetuated the brand’s reputation for quality and precision.

The star of the show was the Chronomaster 1969, which represents the brand’s heritage along with its future. The new chronograph has the original colors of the first El Primero of its kind, combining for the first time with the newer dial opening which reveals the “beating heart” of the watch movement, the signature of the Zenith brand.

Showcasing the chronographs was an appropriate decision for this year’s presentation, as Zenith is one of the few remaining Swiss manufacturers that produce their own movements in-house. Known for their durability and accuracy, the chronographs of Zenith are truly some of the most timeless timepieces of its kind.

Some notable guests of the conference included Pascal Zuberbuhler, a retired Swiss soccer player, and Colonel John Blashford-Snell, a previous Zenith ambassador known as a pioneer for the brand’s reputation and reverence.

The week’s celebrations also included a cheese party at the Zenith store in Geneva on Wednesday, Jan. 18. A traditional Swiss atmosphere was achieved as an assortment of wines, cheeses, and cured meats were served to guests throughout the day. All in all, Zenith succeeded in commemorating itself as it marked the beginning of a new year of brand achievement, and reminded the public of its legendary presence in the luxury watch industry.

Zenith 2012 Models at the Hotel Kempinski
Zenith 2012 Models at the Hotel Kempinski

Blancpain Reveals Pre-Baselworld 2012 Model

Written By: Jessica Mangiameli

New Blancpain Model for 2012
New Blancpain Model for 2012

This new model introduced by Blancpain is a new trendy watch sure to attract many customers this year. While this time piece sticks to its most classic collection’s roots, this watch brings an original touch to the Blancpain family. Layers upon layers of translucent blue have been applied to the dial to add a beautiful depth effect.

The round white-gold case is a perfect size for most men, measuring at 40 millimeters in diameter. Within the case is an ultra-slim Calibre 7663Q which contains 244 parts and 32 jewels to create a three day power reserve function. The straight minute and hour hands point to roman numeral hour indicators. The hands contain the great feature of self-winding movement. The curvy hand that is displayed in this watch is the serpentine date pointer. One will notice that on the bottom half of the watch there is a section for retrograde seconds. To protect the dial, the case is encompassed in sapphire scratch resistant crystal. A great feature of this watch is that it is water resistant in up to 100 feet of water, making this time piece very desirable for a day of water sports at the lake or that big summer cruise. The band is alligator leather with alzavel lining, designed for comfort. The strap contains a folding clasp to ensure that this fancy time piece will be secured to your wrist at all times. The color of the strap is a gorgeous deep blue, matching the dial perfectly.

The classic style and simplicity this watch contains makes it the perfect time piece for just about any occasion. The elegance of this watch makes it perfect for formal parties or those weekend-long business trips. With a new hot watch like this, one is sure to be the center of attention at any event.

Pros

  • New Blancpain model
  • Water resistant in up to 100 feet of water
  • Sapphire scratch resistant crystal
  • Serpentine date pointer
  • Retrograde second counter
  • Three day power reserve
  • Comfortable
  • Average size for most men
Cons
  • Folding clasps are not adjustable
  • Some people are not a fan of the roman numeral hour indicators and prefer arabic numeral hour indicators

If you are genuinely interested in purchasing this luxurious watch, it is best to do so through an authorized Blancpain dealer or store. Designer watches are one of the most counterfeited items on the internet, it’s always better to be safe, rather than sorry!