The auction is held in Monaco at the Hotel Hermitage; it would be hard to conceive of a more exclusive place to bring the finest contemporary manufacturers and watches together. Each manufacturer is invited to present and donate a unique timepiece for the auction. Manufacturers get fantastic exposure and goodwill, the charity gets needed funds, us fans get to drool over the timepieces. Everyone wins. Worth noting, 100% of the proceeds from the auction go to research.
This is not going to be a sport watch. The Parmigiani 114 will be in a gold case (not sure the size) with an gold and enamel dial. It will very much hearken back to the look and feel of the historic Jardon & Stedmann pocket watch (circa 1800). I look forward to seeing this watch soon. It will likely be limited and I hope will signal a new era of enriched classicism aesthetically from the brand (like a lot what Jaquet Droz was trying to do for a while). Update: the watch will be available as a limited edition of 30 pieces in 18k white gold and 30 pieces in 18k rose gold. price will be ,000.
No, this is more easy on the eyes than something "extreme." The Manufacture Regulator here is one of many renditions of this collection that Alpina is fascinated by (meaning regulator watches). I believe that the Regulator used to not have an in-house movement, and now does (which is why "Manufacture" is part of the name). I don't know much about the movement actually, aside from the fact that they make it. I have a feeling it is based on another type of movement with Alpina's special treatment for the dial and the addition of the automatic winding system. The back of the watch is actually what drew me to this piece.
Mr. Claret, I will take five! That ought to do just fine... Here is another super high-end, experimental, and unique exotic luxury watch designed to stimulate the masses and end up on the wrists of just a few. It is true that including variations on the word "extreme" as part of the name of something quickly went out of style a few years ago (do you recall when everything was "eXtreme?!"), in this case I will give Christophe Claret a pass because he turned the name into a acronym of sorts. "XTREM" stands for "Experimental Time Research Engineering Mechanism." Wait, doesn't that pretty much everything CC releases these days?Read more ›
An Édition Spéciale of just 12 pieces available exclusively from Chronopassion (Paris), Marcus (London), The Hour Glass (Singapore) and Westime (Los Angeles).
Lug inserts: Black PVD-coated steel
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1. Watches can be expensive to make and develop.
One interesting thing I learned about Ludovic Ballouard is that one of his hobbies is making and flying model airplanes. He is in a club in Geneva for model airplanes that is said to be made up mostly of watch makers. Apparently his favorite model planes are those with built in camera so that he can see (presumably in real time) what the plane sees from an aerial perspective. I recall waiting for such a thing to come about when I was a kid and into model planes.Read more ›
To honor the winners of the 5th Annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, here is the list:
- Director Chris Weitz, “A Better Life”
- Producer Agustin Almodovar, “The Skin I Live In”
- Screenwriter Yasmina Reza, “Carnage”
- Production Designer Mark Ricker, “The Help”
- Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree of Life"
- Film Editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, “Super 8”
- Costume Designer Janie Bryant, “Mad Men”
- Property Master Russell Bobbitt, “Cowboys & Aliens”
- Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
- Stunt Choreographer Vic Armstrong, Lifetime Achievement Award
In addition to the large count-down timer style bezel - that also has GMT time indicators on it, the watch has a second crown for rotating the inner slide rule. Wow, rotating bezel AND a slide rule! So often I have needed both of these (shakes head, "no I haven't). In the middle of all the black and white, and numbers is a pretty standard looking Fortis dial with the time, date, and red 24 hour hand.
One of the things I saw being produced at Nivarox where the regulation systems for the Swatch Group's high-end "prestige" brands. What separates these parts from the more basic ones that are found in more entry level ETA movements is the hands-on attention to detail and selection. Parts are tested and scrutinized by hand to ensure even more consistent quality and accuracy. Among these parts also included the Co-Axial escapements used in Omega watches. The benefit of a George Daniels developed Co-Axial escapement is difficult to explain. These escapement mechanisms are very different than the standard ones you are used to, and if Omega didn't have the exclusive rights to them, I would say that all watches should have these. Though they are much more complicated to produce. In brief, they reduce the amount of friction between parts in an escapement which leads to more accurate results over the life of the movement - as well as a longer lifespan for the escapement.Read more ›
Looks like AP is poised to be ready for Japan when they are ready to spend again. The national demeanor there isn't exactly in the luxury buying mood yet... but you can't spell Japan without "AP." Prices for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ginza7 Stainless Steel is ,200 and ,500 in forget carbon. Check out the dedicated site in Japanese here.
See Cartier watches on eBay here.
After several years of development Luminox was finally able to release what I believe to be the brand's first serious mechanical dive watch. This is a bit ironic as the brand is well-known for their durable timepieces popular with none other than the Navy SEALs. For most of the brand's existence I think they mostly played with Swiss quartz movements but the last few years has seen a mechanical watch here and there. One of them is this very capable 1500 Series pieces also known as the Deep Dive Automatic.Read more ›
Grand Seiko Roadshow at Arizona Fine Time
See Frederique Constant watches on eBay here.
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To Enter You Must:
Water resistant to 30 meters (3 ATM)
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Aluminum alloy with rubber insertsRead more ›
Super expensive, non-standard lugs (the IWC curse too), pricy add-ons.
There are many others
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