Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered

The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered by Jaquet Droz is daring to create contrast, is playing with light and transforming materials. Its new theme of gold and black jade bringts together the principal codes of the Maison in a wonderful timepiece that breaks with conventions ever so elegantly.

While the design of the Grande Seconde, created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz almost three centuries ago, is ever recognizable, it is a trademark of the Maison. And in the Grande Seconde Off-Centered it is as characteristic as ever – even if it brings a resolute difference into the collection: the time is off-center. The alignment of the hours and minutes with the independent large seconds is respected but along a slightly slanted axis, from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock.

For the dial, Jaquet Droz focuses on one of its most impressive skills: the masterful use of minerals. Mineral dials offer unique motifs time and again. The stones, sometimes dating back several millions of years, are perfectly set in scene and reveal themselves in all their magnificent singularity.
Black jade is one such treasure. Almost exclusively of Australian origin, it comes from two principal sites in the south and east of the continent. It is an extremely hard stone, thanks to the presence of metal in its composition, and requires lengthy polishing to reveal the tiny silver sinclusions that are its hidden secret. Almost imperceptible to the naked eye, they enrich black jade with a unique reflection that does not only look stunning, but allows the knowledgeable eye to distinguish it from onyx.

The barely 1 mm thick mineral sheet of the dial is paired with a 43 mm red gold case featuring warm, coppery highlights. The two time display circles and their hands are also in red gold, creating a fascinating contrast with the black background.
Inside the 3 atm water-resistant case works the Jaquet Droz 2663A.P. This in-house automatic movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provide a power-reserve of up to 68 hours.

The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered is a limited edition of 88 pieces. It is completed by a black alligator leather strap.

Urwerk Ur-100 Gold Edition

This new creation is the fourt episode in the UR-100 intergalactic saga, recounting the adventures of an atypical time instrument written, produced, and directed by the horological studio Urwerk. Approaching light speed, the UR-100 pushes the boundaries of technology, design, indications and functionality. Like other Urwerk models, this latest UR-100 clearly shows that science fiction has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Baumgartner and Frei. Why else would this newest model be named after the popular Star Wars droid C-3PO.

First and foremost, the UR-100 is slim – extra-flat for a satellite-geared watch – with angular contours; it’s an elongated octagon with three notched sides. The form uses subtle asymmetry, taking clues from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. The UR-100 is cutfrom a solid block of yellow gold, its surface satin-finished to the same pale shine as the Star Wars droid. It measures 41 x 49.7 x 14 mm and is pressure tested to 3 bar.
Topping the case is a sapphire crystal bubble reminiscent of the shape of the first Urwerk models, the dome housing the control center of this intergalactic visitor.

The UR-100’s astrophysics govern the Urwerk universe with rotating satellites displaying the hours and minutes. Isochronal revolutions create a miniature cosmic ballet, the hour satellites also displaying minutes as they traverse 120 degrees across the bright green scale. A bold red arrowhead marks the confluence of hours and minutes, offering a unique, highly legible, and intuitive time display.
At last, but certainly not least, are the discreet spacetime indications on each side of the top of the dome’s periphery. After each of the three red minute arrowheads pass the numeral 60 they disappear and then reappear again on two separate kilometer scales. The first display at 9 o’clock marks the 555 km traveled along the equator during 20 minutes of the earth’s rotation, the second display at 3 o’clock indicates the distance – 35,740 kilometres – traveled by the earth as it orbits the around the sun over 20 minutes.

The UR-100 is powered by the calibre UR 12.01. The automatic winding system is equipped with the legendary “Windfänger”. This planetary gear limits the speed of rotation of the rotor, minimizing both excessive winding and wear and maximizing reliability and lifespan.
This automatic movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 48 hours.

The UR-100 C-3PO is a special edition limited to 25 pieces.

Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon

Laurent Ferrier is known for creating classical watches imbued with traditional watchmaking crafts and mechanical excellence. Now, the Genevan atelier has crafted a new contemporary watch, which upholds the company’s uncompromising approach to watchmaking: The Grand Sport Tourbillon.
It is the first model, Laurent Ferrier has equipped with a stainless steel case. The new addition features a tourbillon, double balance spring and the firm’s legendary finishing.

Laurent Ferrier was a passionate sports enthusiast, especially when it came to car racing. He competed no less tha seven times in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and secured victory once. Accordingly, the passion for motorsport is still an important part of the firm’s DNA. And this love of sports has also led to the creation of the latest creation, the Grand Tourbillon Sport.

The Grand Tourbillon Sport is contemporary, but does not eschew the Maison’s penchant for traditional craftsmanship and technical excellence.
The wristwatch is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case and predominantly features circular satin-finished elements. The bezel is cushion-shaped but encompasses contrasting mirror-polished flanks, the middle of the case has a barrel-shaped outline. Despite all the contrasts, every constituent of the case coalesces harmoniously.

Laurent Ferrier has equípped the Grand Tourbillon Sport with an opaline dial which transitions from blue at its centre to black near its periphery. Both the hands and indexes feature orange Super-LumiNova, vitalising the overall composition.
A snailed small seconds display resides above 6 o’clock and sits beneath the tinted sapphire crystal.

The Grand Sport Tourbillon is powered by a mechanical movement that works at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. Instead of showing the tourbillon on the dial side, as is usually the case, Laurent Ferrier is making it visible through the sapphire crystal case back. Now that’s understatement.
As you would expect, Laurent Ferrier has finished the movement beautifully and painstakingly.

Not only is the stainless steel case a premiere for Laurent Ferrier, there has never before been a Maison watch equipped with a stainless steel link bracelet. With its rounded edges and contrasting mirror polish, it blends beautifully with the case.

The Laurent Ferrier Grand Sport Tourbillon is an exclusive model, limited to 12 pieces.

The Secret Lies in the Twist of the Lines

Today, we take a look at Cartier’s latest watch creations. Before the Maison became an important watchmaker in the 20th century by introducing the first Santos-Dumont in 1904, Cartier had already made a name for itself as a master jeweller. And the Maison still combines watchmaking with the ambition to make its watches look like a piece of jewellery – especially the women’s watches.
The new Maillon de Cartier stands for the unmistakable style of the manufacturer. The watch focuses on the bracelet and its individual links. Cartier has always used links as a central design element for rings, necklaces and bracelets. Traditional standards are interpreted in a modern way, resulting in an exceptional outcome.

With the Maillon de Cartier the Maison introduces a future classic among its collections. For the link bracelet, Cartier has aranged the elements in a way that they lie diagonallyone behind the other. This design gives the feminine watch its special elegance; the interplay of curves and bevels leads to the twisted links.
The dial of the Maillon the Cartier blends harmoniously into the twisted perspective of the braclet. Its elements and the case melt into a single, refined and graphic sweep.

Rectangular elements, a hexagonal dial and bevelled edges complement each other to create a rhythmic design and an overall architectural approach. The case measures 16 x 17mm with a height of only 6.8 mm and is polished to a high gloss.

The dial of the watches is unmistakably Cartier: silver-plated dials, blued steel sword hands and stylised Roman numerals capture the eye as soon as it can tear itself away from the unique bracelet.

The Maillon de Cartier collection consists of a gold base model that features a blue cobochon on the crown and five watches with diamonds. The Maillon de Cartier in red and white gold have 24 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and a red gold Maillon comes with 400 diamonds – not only on the bezel but also on the bracelet. Cartier also offers a white gold version with diamonds all over, including the dial, which amounts to a number of 486 diamonds in total.
All watches are powered by a quartz movement.

The Maillon de Cartier collection also includes two limited editions: A yellow gold watch set with diamonds and a black dial (limited to 50 pieces), and a Maillon whose case, bracelet and dial are set with diamonds and tsavorites. This is a limited edition of only 20 pieces.

Ready for Every Adventure with the Tudor North Flag

The modern adventure is a new neo-romantic vision of our relationship with nature, marked by the desire for outdoor experiences in which aesthetics play an important role. This trend originates from the simultaneous need for activity and the desire to take calculated risks against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Even if it may have to be postponed in the times of Corona, Tudor has been comitted to the pioneering spirit for several years and has presented its watches within the context of modern adventure. Technical, reliable, relevant and highly evocative, Tudor watches are made for the modern adventurer – even if he has to endure isolation at the moment.
Traditionally, Tudor’s watchmaking culture places the quality of its producs and the experience of their wearers at centre stage.

Today we introduce the Tudor North Flag, which belongs to hte coldest and most remote extremities of the planet, visited by expeditions and studied by universities but never inhabitited by man. This watch is one of the first, Tudor has equipped with its first Manufacture movement.

Angular and entirely satin-finished, the case of the North Flag creates a highly technical perception. Matt ceramic, isible on the side, and brushed steel on the upper face, integrate to strenghten the general technical feel conveyed by this model. The case is also water-resistant up to 10 atm.
The dials of the North Flag enhance the practical look of the case. In addition to the hour, minute and central second functions, the watch provides a date display at 3 o’clock and the power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Yellow highlights loosen up the black dials.

The new calibre, Tudor MT5621, powering the North Flag model, provides impressive autonomy due to its power reserve of approximately 70 hours. This automatic movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and comes with a COSC certification. The sapphire crystal case back shows the movement in all its glory and matt finish and openworked central rotor.

The Tudor North Flag is completed by a stainless steel bracelet with alternating brushed and polished surfaces or a matt black leather strap.

Audemars Piguet’s New Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique

The new Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique is a statement of creative freedom and free-spirited individuality. This watch has made it its mission, despite the rush and frenzy of today’s world, to offer its wearer an entirely new view of the time available to them. With its single hand, this wristwatch stands against today’s conventions of timekeeping, against the constraints of the tireless quest for precision that characterizes not only our day-to-day lives but also modern industry. Inspired by the aesthetics of 17th-century single-hand timepieces, the new Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique also tells time in a more philsoophical way.
Audemars Piguet introduced its first Philosophique watch in 1982, in the midst of the quartz crisis. The Manufacture responded to this severe shock to the watchmaking industry by producing more innovative mechanics.
The Millenary watches are also a tradition at Audemars Piguet. Since they first appeared in 1995, this line has been a canvas for creativity with its elliptical case, eccentric dials and visible hand-wound movement.

The Millenary Frosted Gold Philosphique has been meticulously hand-finished by Audemars Piguet’s watchmakers. The pink or white gold case presents alternating satin brushing and Frosted Gold finishing, a technique the manufacturer owes to Florentine jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. The diamond-dust it creates is the result from hours of meticulous micro-hammering.

Adding a sublte touch of color, the see-through caseback reveals the oscillating weight, which coloured plates recall the hand-crafted dimpled dial in shades of brown or blue. The single hour hand is polished and sand-blasted.

Adding to the current hand-wound collection, this watch is equipped with a new automatic movement, the calibre 3140. It is endowed with a patented mechanism which ticks the hand around the dial in an elliptical trajectory. The hour wheel directly corresponds with a transparent disc on the dial, on which the single hand is mounted. This enables the hand to follow a clear trajectory despite the elliptical case.

Both Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique versions are equipped with an alligator leather strap.

Rado Is in Touch with Its Feminine Side

Rado is proud to be known for a balanced collection which offers an equal range of watches for women as for men. It’s just one of the things that makes the manufacturer unique in the watch industry. And with the recently introduced, classic and minimalistic DiaMaster collection, RAdo is now showing its softer side – without compromising the hardness and durability of their high-tech materials.

Rado has chosen mother-of-pearls for the DiaMaster-dials – and diamonds. The dial ring formed by the diamonds is the centrepiece of the watch and is the perfect foil for the all-new moonphase indicator.

For the case, Rado has opted for the rose coloured material Ceramos. It is a scratch-resistant mix of 90% high-tech ceramic and 10% metal alloy, and its rich beautiful hue contrasts perfectly with the overall minimalist design of the wristwatches. The monobloc case is with only 5.3 mm in height fantastically slim and measures less than 38 mm in diameter. This makes the watches of the DiaMaster collection suitable for all female wrists, even the slimmest. All cases offer a pressure resistance of up to 3 bar.

All new DiaMaster models are powered by Swiss-made quartz movements; more precisely by the ETA 282.002. The DiaMaster moon phase is equipped with the ETA F05.841. Quartz movements ensure that the watches are slim and therefore they are also light and they offer a high accuracy as well.

The pearl effect stamped leather straps form an optical unit in combination with the case and the mother-of-pearl dial. Thanks to the Rado EasyClip system all straps can quickly and easily exchanged to personalise each DiaMaster for a truly unique look.

Bold in Bronze: The New TAG Heuer Autavia Models

Earlier this year, TAG Heuer introduced its legendary Autavia timepiece as a new stand-alone collection that continues the tradition of versatility, ruggedness and reliability that characterized the original Autavia from 1960. Two durable and timeless models in bronze are now available in stores and online. These watches are an ideal choice for explorers and adventurers who want to wear their unique lifestyle on the wrist.

Bronze is not only elegant and characteristically timeless, it is also extremely robust and therefore ideally suited for a lifestyle that includes all kinds of outdoor activities. The warm apperance of the metal alloy has long been valued by watch collectors. It is anti-magnetic and resistant to normal wear and tear. Bronze is also well known for its maritime heritage – it is not susceptible to saltwater corrosion, making the bronze Autavia models suitable for maritime adventures.
The most distinguishing feature of the bronze TAG Heuer Autavia models is the unique patina that naturally develops on the cases over the course of time – depending on the wearer’s lifestyle. The brushed finish of the case ensures that the patina develops evently. This oxidation process, caused by air, water and changes in temperature, is a completely natural process. First, the bronce changes into red-brown colour and then turning bluish-green. The result is a beautiful vintage effect without affecting the quality of the material.

The 42mm watch is available in two different versions: with a fumé green or brown dial. Both are equipped with bidirectional rotating ceramic bezels in either black or brown and are water-resistant up to 10 bar.
As with all TAG Heuer AUtavia models, the new models also provide excellent legibility. The hour markers as well as hour, minute and seconds hands are generously coated with Super-LumiNova, making it easily possible to read the time even in the dark.

The TAG Heuer Autavia models are all powered by a COSC-certified movement, the automatic Calibre 5. It operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
A tyre and propeller have been etched into the titanium caseback as a nod to the collection’s rich heritage and the Autavia’s origin in the automobile and aviation industries.

TAG Heuer has equipped the watches with easily interchangeable leather straps; brown for the brown model and khaki for the green model. They can be qickly – and without tools of course – switched out and TAG Heuer sells all Autavia straps seperately.

Alpina enhances its Alpina Quartz with the GMT function

The Alpina Quartz collection, launched by Alpina in 2019, has been updated to include a model, featuring a GMT function in the form of a central hand alongside the hour, minutes, seconds and date displays. Alpina offers this new model with two choices of dial colour and bracelet.
In 1933, 50 years after its foundation, the fledgling Swiss manufacturer launched the Block Uhr. This timepiece was more than just a watch. With its anti-magnetic, anti-shock and water-resistant qualities and stainless steel case, it was more than a simple watch. Indeed, it established the basic principles of the sports watch. The Alpina 4 collection, created in 1938, incorporated elements of the essential features of the so-called outdoor watch.

The latest Alpiner Quartz GMT follows the footsteps of its sporting predecessors. Its quartz technology guarantees a high precision in time-keeping and adds value to the collection with its GMT function. Moreover, it allows travel enthusiasts to keep a close eye on the time at home; essential when contacting friends and family, arranging meetings across different time zones or simply readjusting your biological clock at the end of a long journey.

Like all authentic sports watches, the new Alpiner Quartz GMT has a firm focus on legibility and performance. The large central red pointer keeps track of the domestic time by means of the 24-hour increments engraved on the bezel. The pointer can be moved forwards or backwards, allowing you to adjust to local time in just a few seconds, without having to go the way over the crown.
The Alpiner Quartz GMT’s colour-coded bezel provides a simple and intuitive way to distinguish between day and night, removing the need for a separate day/night display which would impair the clean lines of the dial.
The date display has also moved from 6 to 3 o’clock, thus ensuring that this watch retains the aesthetic balance and legibility of its predecessors. By tweaking these elements, the dial now has space for the Alpiner Quartz GMT’s 100-metre water resistance guarantee.

The Alpiner Quartz GMT is equipped with a stainless steel case with a diameter of 42mm and, as mentioned earlier, a water-resistance of 100 metres. The case comes with bevelled edges, alternating between a satin or polished finish. Above the dial, which is available either in anthracite grey or navy blue, is a sapphire crystal.

The Breitling Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45

It has been more than 85 years since Breitling introduced the first modern chronograph, whose influence on the watch design in general has been incalculable back then. With its new Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45, featuring its interpretation of one of watchmaking’s greatest complications, the brand has shown that it is still offering innovations.

The Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 is as aesthetically impressive as it is technically sophisticated. Housed in a big, bold 45 mm red gold case, it is distinguished by a Stratos Gray dial and is water-resistant up to 3 bar. Its hour markers and hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, which guarantees easy legibility in all lighting conditions. The chronograph has a bidirectional rotating bezel with the circular slide ruler that has long been associated with Breitling’s Navitimers.
Breitling has varied the stylized “B” logo with an anchor symbol for this watch and divided it between two hands. The “B” is on the red chronograph hand, while the anchor sits on the split-second hand. As a result, the two elements of the logo are separated when the split-second hand is stopped and reform when the hands realign with each other.

The split-second pusher, which is housed in the crown at 3 o’clock, serves to stop and restart the split-second hand as often as desired during a timing operation, allowing the wearer to measure split times or compare the results of several competitors.

Breitling has equipped the Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 with an in-house movement, the calibre B03. It is a unique split-second movement. With its two superimposed central chronograph hands, it can measure two elapsed times simultaneously. The COSC-certified chronometer, whose performance can be viewed through the transparent sapphire caseback, offers a power reserve of around 70 hours. The automatic movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz.

Breitling has equipped the Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 with a black alligator leather strap.