Top 10 Watches to Wear at a Wedding for Women

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As you can see, there are many suitable timepieces to wear to a wedding and it basically comes down to your individual style. These watches are extremely fashionable and timeless and would be a fabulous accessory to wear to any formal event. Watches make the ideal embellishment to wear to a wedding to look chic without losing track of time.

Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute Repeater

One glance of Bulgari’s Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute Repeater watch will immediately transport you to a visual experience in fine art appreciation. The research and development involved to bring this watch to fruition is undoubtedly well worth its notable price tag.

Bulgari is one of a select breed of haute horology manufacturers capable of in-house production of its movement as well as its timepiece research, development and actual production. Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon demonstrates its brilliant expertise to produce results in particular with its hand-wound DR3300 calibre movement crafted entirely in-house. It consists of 327 parts and beats to the rhythm of a Tourbillon type regulating organ housed within a large sized carriage.

 

Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon is the result of several year of careful development. Its design stems from “three hammer striking” mechanisms, an unusual configuration for a watch of this type model which usually consists of two hammers for Minute Repeaters, or four in rare cases such as Grande Sonnerie or grand strike models.

The miniaturization required to produce the required force and clarity of tone were governed by detailed parameters. The exceptional sized calibre with three hammers gives Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon a higher torque which in turn enhances the acoustic resonance. The set of three gongs is affixed to the mainplate and is coupled with an inertia governor which keeps friction to a minimum when the striking mechanism is in action, hindering any audio interference.

The three hammer Minute Repeater chiming sequence striking three different pitches produces a C note for the hours, and E-D-C sequence for quarter hours, and a single E note for the minutes.

 

Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon showcases polished steel for the hammers, gongs and tourbillon carriage and open worked surfaces. The finely decorated mainplate and bridges are metals from the platinum family, platinoids consisting of platinum, rhodium, ruthenium and indium. This high tech coating produces the metal and elegant black color which is visible through the case dial and caseback sapphire crystal.

The watch’s sturdy construction is protected by a pink gold case with Minute Repeater slidepiece on left side, which glides between 7 and 11 o’clock. The crown, instead of bearing Bulgari’s signature logo, is inscribed with numbers from one to 30, in keeping with the watch’s 30 limited edition pieces. It is also water resistant up to 30 meters and showcases well with a brown alligator leather wrist strap which is secured by a triple-blade folding clasp in 18K pink gold.

The Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon is indeed a work of visual art whose limited edition beauty will place you in a hypnotic trance.

Bulgari Diagono Ceramic

Launched in the 1940s, Bulgari timepieces are known for their complicated movements, stylish designs, and high quality. The Diagono Ceramic timepiece is the latest addition to the Diagono collection by Bulgari this 2012. The Diagono Ceramic, which has an Italian style that is signature of Bulgari timepieces, has a masculine and feminine version and comes in steel, 18k pink gold or ceramic.

 

Like all the watches in the Diagono collection, the Diagono Ceramic has the double “Bvlgari” logo engraved on its bezel and comes in a structured case. The men’s version has a case that is 42 millimeters in diameter, while the female version has a 37 millimeters diameter. The men’s version is water resistant to 100 meters and the women’s version up to 50 meters. The structured case has sapphire crystal that is scratch resistant and glare-proof. High-tech ceramic can be seen throughout this chronograph, including the bezel, crown, and chronograph pushers. The masculine version has a satin-finish black ceramic bezel, and the feminine version has a glowing white ceramic bezel.

 

Inside the case of the Diagono Ceramic is a beautiful dial. The men’s version comes in a deep black dial that has three short-time hour, minute, and second measurement sub-dials that are silver-toned or gold-toned. The hour, minute, and second hands are either silver-toned or gold-toned depending on the sub-dials. There is a small date window in between the 4 and 5 o’clock position as well. The women’s version comes in a gorgeous white mother-of-pearl dial with 8 brilliant-cut diamonds hour markers. Similar to the men’s version, there are three sub-dials for the short-time hour, minute, and second measurements and date window at the 4 and 5 o’clock position. The hour, minute, and second hands are rhodium or pink gold-plated.

 

The Diagono Ceramic is powered by Swis Calibre BVL 130. This self-winding mechanical movement with displays of the date and chronograph is specific for Bulgari. This 37-jewel movement has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 42 hours, and it measures 28.60 millimeters in diameter and 6.10 millimeters in thickness.

The strap of the watch varies depending on the version and model. The men’s version comes in mono-block black rubber that has steel inserts or 18K pink gold inserts to match the inside of the dial. The women’s version comes in white rubber that has steel pin buckles or 18K pink gold pin buckles depending on the model.

 

Octo Maserati Watch puts Bulgari in High Gear

You wouldn’t think that pairing up watch manufacturers and car companies like Bulgari and Maserati would make much sense. One product fits in your pocket, the other in your garage. One keeps you on time, the other gets you place in time. Sometimes the collaboration between watchmakers and car manufacturers falls flat, but when it does work out, the result–such as the Octo Maserati Timepiece–can stop you in your tracks.

But in the case of Italian powerhouses Bulgari and Maserati, their cooperation ups the ante and takes their watches to a whole new level with their Octo Maserati watch. Whereas most luxury car and watch combinations add cute, dashboard-themed dials to their timepieces, Bulgari’s collaboration with Maserati has created an entirely different vehicle for watches.

Keeping in mind the sophisticated look and technology of the Calibre GG7800 automatic chronograph movement of Bulgari and pairing it with the high performance ideals of a Maserati, this latest timepiece knocks it out of the ballpark.

With 45-jewel movement and a 38 hour power reserve, this watch’s machinery packs a punch every bit as powerful as a Maserati engine. The Calibre CG780 Haute Horologerie is a top-of-the-line mechanism that keeps the watch accurate to an incredible degree of accuracy.

But the connections to the famous line of luxury cars extend beyond the cutting edge technology. The anti-glare, scratch-proof sapphire crystal dial window is a handy addition to the top-of-the-line model.

The blue-lacquered dial invokes the Maserati grill while the blue calfskin strap will call to mind the luxurious seats within the car. The steel exterior is bold, flashy, and a nice counterpoint to the deep blue of the dial.  The iconic Maserati Trident is etched on the back of the watch case for a complete.

The unique octagonal shape of the dial gives the watch its name, but also mirrors the many functions of the watch. With date, hour, second, tachymeter, and chronometric functions, this watch has at least as many tools as it does sides. A watch with as almost as many facets of its owner, it is certain to take the place of “man’s best friend.”

Both Maserati and Bulgari pride themselves on crafting unique products, so it should come as no surprise that this timepiece has a time limit. The Octo Maserati Timepiece is a limited edition time piece, so you’d better race to the checkout if you want to the proud new owner of a watch that takes first place.

Swiss Luxury Brands Bucked Western Economic Trends, Posted Record Profits in 2011

Despite international austerity and the depressing economic outlook of many countries, luxury retailers had a banner year in 2011, posting significant gains where other retailers are still seeing losses. The Swiss watch industry, the heart of haute horology, has been at the forefront of the recent boon and has been a huge factor in driving industry growth over the last few years; in fact, 2011 was a record-breaking year for many Swiss watch and jewelry brands. The Swatch Group, LVMH, and Richemont have all seen sales growth of 15 percent of more, crediting their fine jewelry and watch brands for generating much of that burgeoning bottom line. Much of this success can be attributed to opening markets on continents other than North America and Europe, as well as enhanced marketing practices.

The Swatch Group, home to such esteemed brands as Breguet, Blancpain, Tissot, Omega and Tourbillon, had a record year in 2011, posting a sales increase of 21.7 percent and an operating profit of 12.4 percent over the pervious year. Even while European economic turmoil and exchange rates had negative effects on the ultimate bottom line, the watches and jewelry sector still showed a gain of approximately $1.5 billion. According to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, “The group’s leading brands recorded very impressive rates of growth not only in the enlarged China, but also in all other regions and in all price segments. Despite the unfavourable economic situation, the Swatch Group maintained its consistent policy of renouncing short-term price increases, preferring to focus on gains in market share.” Stepping up marketing efforts within the watches and jewelry sector, instead of raising prices, the Swatch Group saw its operating profit grow by 8.4 percent.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA reported sales growth of 16 percent last year, with an operating profit increase of 22 percent and a net profit of $4.12 billion. The watches and jewelry group within LVMH recorded astounding increases of 98 percent in sales and 107 percent in operating profits. (Equating to +23 percent and 41 percent based on comparable structures.) Dedicated consumers in the Western Hemisphere responded well to marketing and innovative additions, while growth in Asian markets added to the LVMH global marketplace. Tag Heuer successfully launched the Mikrograph and Mikrotimer; Hublot introduced a popular new Masterpieces collection; Zenith and Bulgari brought back some well-loved classics.

Tag Heuer Mikrograoh (right) and Mikrotimer (left)
Tag Heuer Mikrograoh (right) and Mikrotimer (left)
Hublot Masterpiece #1 (on left) and #2 (on right)
Hublot Masterpiece #1 (on left) and #2 (on right)

Richemont, the Swiss luxury holding company that boasts subsidiaries such as Baume et Mercier, Cartier, Piaget and Montblanc, increased its sales by 33 percent and gross profit by 38 percent – a gain of approximately $1.6 billion. Operating profit grew by nearly double that amount – 63 percent. The highest sales growth occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, at 48 percent (or, by $3.67 billion) and sales in Japan were up by 18 percent. “We will continue to invest in their organic growth through higher levels of capital spending in manufacturing capacity and in the further development of the group’s own retail network,” said Richemont CEO, Johann Rupert. “Particularly in growth markets.” To that end, the company grew its freestanding boutique stores to a total of 876 last year – primarily in growing Asian markets.

Cartier in Tokyo

While the Asian continent currently represents the largest growth market for the industry, Australia, South America and Africa have also been the focus of luxury brand marketing efforts. Tag Heuer, an LVMH brand that began opening North American retail boutiques only last year, has established stores in Australia, South Africa as well as across the Middle East and India. They have a retail location in Argentina and a customer service location in Chile also, catering to a small but dedicated (and growing) clientele in those regions.

Map of Tag Heuer Brand Boutiques Worldwide
Map of Tag Heuer Brand Boutiques Worldwide

It would certainly seem that a truly global reach is the safest buffer against increasingly unpredictable western markets. But it probably doesn’t hurt to be well known and widely respected for beautiful and high quality products either.