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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Baselworlds 2014 Countdowns for its Debut of Amazing Watches

Baselworld 2014 is merely hours away before opening its vast exhibition halls to international watchmakers and jewelry makers from over 40 countries which includes journalists from 70 countries along with anticipated visitors of 122,000 from 100 countries.

Baselworld is the largest global trade show where some of the most luxuriously designed watches and jewelry are exhibited annually. It is also grants an opportunity for independent watchmakers to showcase their unique novelties possessing elaborate complications and/or mechanical features. One such independent is Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin.

Konstnatin Chaykin Carpe Diem

This year Konstantin Chaykin unveils Carpe Diem, Latin for “seize the day,” another one of his amazing novelties having a timely twist – a mechanical hourglass that actually works! Carpe Diem’s dial artistically captures the philosophical interpretation of time displaying the Greek god of time, aka the Father of Time, Chronos poised on top of an hour sub-dial amid a night sky of stars (11 diamonds). Chronos right hand rests upon an hourglass (symbolic for the sands of time) with a scull positioned below it, symbolic of death and man’s mortality which is further illustrated by a scythe held in Chronos left hand.  A week day aperture positioned at 3 o’clock reveals the days of the week represented by astrological/zodiac signs.

Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem caseback

Carp Diem is by far one of the most visually stunning and complicated timepieces Chaykin and his team of artists have ever designed featuring hand-engraved images in silver and gold, housing Konstantin Chaykin caliber K 01-4 manually wound movement. It is strictly a novelty timepiece in contrast to being one of precision. Case in point, the lower chamber of the hourglass displays six white dots each representing 10 minute intervals; minute/seconds are determined as sand fills the lower chamber and settles near the dots.

Carpe Diem has a substantial 45 mm 18k rose gold case which is hand-engraved and is accentuated with a beautiful black leather strap. It has bridges that are decorated with “Côtes de Genève,” and an escapement wheel made in gold with the work of the balance being visible through a sapphire glass caseback. Carpe Diem is a limited edition timepiece of only 5 pieces priced at $51,150 Euros, approximately $70,686 USD. An absolute must see at in Hall O.F. / Palace 4D.

Rolex as a norm annually unveils its new timepieces, which are kept secret, at Baselworld. There is much speculation as to which of its watch collections will potentially be unveiled this year, but many watch aficionados and collectors are guessing that re-inspired versions of Sea Dweller, Pepsi GMT-Master, Daytona Reference 116263 and/or Sky-Dweller will be among the Rolex collections to make their debut on  March 26 in Hall 1.0, booth A11.

We are only able to share this Rolex video teaser, which provides a view of an elaborate reflecting pool cascaded by a gleaming full moon. Certainly a hint that possibly a divers watch and/or a watch with a moonphase complication could possibly be unveiled. Yes? No? All will be revealed March 26th – for now take a look at the video.

Hermès will present its new Faubourg watch collection boasting a petite watch with massive appeal. The Faubourg collection presents watches with a case diameter of only 15.5 mm, making it the smallest feminine watch collection ever to be produced by the French luxury watchmaker. The Faubourg collection is available in rose, yellow or white gold, with the option of a diamond-set bezel. The watches feature a white lacquered dial with a diamond located at 12 o’clock. The Faubourg collection houses a quartz movement and is available in a choice of a gold bracelet, satin or leather strap.  The Faubourg collection will be available for viewing in Hall 1.1, booth B55

Hermes Faubourg - Rose Gold

Independent watchmaker Christophe Claret appeals to the ladies with his new high complication timepiece Margot. Margot takes women on a reminiscent journey of playing the romantic game “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.” Margot will be available for viewing in Palace Hall, booth 1B, for now enjoy the experience of Margot in the video below.

Jay Z Captures a New Beat – Time with Shawn Carter by Hublot

Jay Z has captured the sounds of a new beat – time which has been unveiled in his collaborative Hublot watch design Shawn Carter Classic Fusion (To experience Shawn Carter Classic Fusion’s timely beats click the picture to the left).

Shawn Jay-Z Carter Classic Fusion by Hublot in 18K yellow gold

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter continues to expand his mega-mogul empire which now includes a collaborative watch design with world-renowned watchmaker Hublot. Carter, an avid watch enthusiast, selected the Classico Ultra-Thin watch design from Hublot’s Classic Fusion collection to create his signature-style Shawn Carter Classic Fusion limited-edition watch.

Jay Z performing at launch of Magna Carta Tour in Brooklyn

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion was unveiled last October at Zurich’s Dolder Grand hotel. It made its US debut at Barneys New York – A New York Holiday collection. Shawn Carter Classic Fusion was again celebrated on January 13 at Jay Z’s kick off of his Magna Carta Tour in Brooklyn where Hublot welcomed VIPs in lavish-style announcing the availability of the limited-edition watch in select Hublot boutiques worldwide.

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion - DailShawn Carter Classic Fusion - Caseback

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion features a beautiful 45mm brushed case in black ceramic or 18K yellow gold. The dial showcases an ornate cut-out of Jay-Z’s logo which resembles a Maltese cross.  The ornate cut-out logo reveals its 2.9 millimeter HUB1300 movement nestled below it. The ultra-thin manual winding movement measures only 2.90mm thick, and provides 90 hours of power when fully wound.

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion by Hublot

Shawn Carter Classic Fusion is available globally in two versions:

  • Black ceramic – limited to 250 pieces priced at $17,900, and
  • 18K Yellow Gold – limited to 100 pieces priced at $33,900

Acquiring a limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch may become somewhat of a challenge with a wealth of global fans eager and ready to purchase one of these incredible watches, sales of which earns royalties of 25 percent to benefit the Shawn Carter Foundation (a New York based charity helping students facing socio-economic hardships acquire higher-learning scholarships). However, chances are fans may not have to wait long as Hublot’s charismatic brand ambassador Mr. Carter will undoubtedly rap in timely with a verse from On to the Next One.

Reinspired Watch Previews for Baselworld 2014

Baselworld 2014 promises to present an incredible array of reinspired and tributary designed watches ever produced by top luxury watchmakers. Watch manufactures Glashütte Original, Roger Dubuis and HYT have returned to their proverbial watch design drawing boards and have created new innovative design spins on some of their most popular timepieces just in time for debut at Baselworld 2014.


PanoMaticInverse is Glashütte Original’s revisited rendition of its PanoInverse XL (manually wound watch) which originally made its debut at Baselworld 2008.


PanoMaticInverse will make its debut at Baselworld 2014 with a dial finished in a rhodium plated three-quarter plate and Glashütte signature ribbing. PanoMaticInverse dial presents asymmetrical positioned hours dial and seconds sub-dial accented with blued hour, minute and second hands, along with Glashütte signature Panorama date aperture positioned at 2 o’clock. Aesthetic accents on the dial include blued screws and rubies, two-tone engravings on the wheel bridge, an openwork oscillating weight crafted in 21K gold all of which is sustained in a 42mm satin brushed and polished red gold or stainless steel case option. PanoMaticInverse features a new caliber 91-02 (automatic caliber) and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The red gold case option is adorned with a brown alligator strap, with the stainless steel case option having a blue alligator strap.

HYT H2 Titanium White Gold Blue

HYT H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue offers admirers of the 2013 H2 an opaque blue fluid-filled tube version with a a presentation in titanium and white gold case. H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue hi-tech mechanical openworks dial features of gears, levers, bridges and elaborate balance wheel remains intact, however, it does feature three new indicators: temperature indicator (between 9 and 10 o’clock) which has only two stages versus three, a power reserve indicator and a HNR indicator. The H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue is available as a limited edition watch of only 20 pieces.

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage collection pays tribute to Roger Dubuis who introduced the collection in 1995. Roger Dubuis Hommage collection will premier four new variants of the Double Flying Tourbillon watch at Baselworld one of which aficionados can take a peek at below.


Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon makes a stunning statement with hand guilloché work (an artistry requiring years of mastery) elegantly crafted on a metallic plate. The guilloché work resembles a vibrant sunburst which is brought to life inside a beautiful 45mm pink gold case with matching Roman numerals nine through three. The lower hemisphere of the dial is engaged by dual flying tourbillons with differential, hours and minutes.  As mentioned earlier there are four variants of Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon, each possessing a distinctive presence and an absolute must see at Baselworld 2014.

Continue to visit blog as we present additional watch previews for Baselworld 2014.

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.


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.

Vacheron Constantin Metier d'Art Legend of Chinese ZodiacVacheron Constantin Legend_chinese_zodiac

 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.