How About an Engine Block on the Wrist?

This month, Parmigiani Fleurier introduced a wristwatch inspired by a car – so fundamentally, that it comes with an engine, a driver’s cab and a bodywork. The Bugatti Typ 390 is a tribute to the Bugatti Chiron. This car stands out due to its extreme power, reliability and performance – could there be a better inspiration for a watch?
Parmigiani Fleurier has teamed up with Bugatti in 2004 and since then the watch manufacturer has challenged the traditional Haute Horlogerie with daring new models, each inspired by a luxurious car. It all began with the Bugatti Type 370 and Parmigiani Fleurier continued to stay on its pioneering path ever since.

A true phenomenon in the traditional watch design landscape, the new Bugatti Type 390 is primarily an engine block on the wrist. Nor frills, no purely decorative elements: everything is focused on performance and on the essentials, on performance and reliability. The engine block on the wrist with its horizontal cylindrical construction took four years to develop.

Inspired by the principles behind the construction of the Chiron, the designers chose an engine/interior/bodywork design. Specifically, the horizontal cylindrical movement (the engine) is connected by a worm screw to the dial and the displays (the interior) which are positioned perpendicularly. The entire assembly is enveloped in a gold and sapphire crystal case (the bodywork) through which the moving mechanism can be admired.
The black open-worked dial makes the Bugatti Type 390 a lightweight yet high-performance timepiece. The luminescent applique indices and hands create a stark contrast to ensure optimal legibility. The seconds can be read through the magnifying effect of the sapphire crystal at the end of the cylinder.

Inspired by the fluid curves of the Bugatti Chiron, the case of the Bugatti Type 390 is created from gold and engraved on the back with a serial number.The case was created by Les Artisans Boîtiers and is constructed around the cylindrical structure and is water resistant to 3 atm. It stands out thanks to its ability to pivot 12° around its drive shift (patent pending) to ensure perfect ergonomics around any wrist.
Large openings topped with sapphire crystal allow the wearer to admire the technical sophistication of the timepiece: via the top and the end of the tubular structure one can dive deep into the heart of the complex mechanisms – the “engine” and the flying tourbillon – while the openings over and under the dial reveal the watch’s many gears and enable the time to be read.

The mechanical, cylindrical PF390 movement is equipped with a flying tourbillon. Specially developed for this watch, the calibre is housed in a cylinder boasting an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its two series-mounted barrels.
Parmigiani has slimmed down the movement to a point where its diameter is no larger than the regulator of its 60-second tourbillon. In view of the cylindrical configuration of the movement, the usual wheel-pinion-wheel-pinion configuration is replaced by a transmission using three planetary gear trains. Each of these is equipped with a central train wheel. Another key point is the fact that the assembly requires no lubrication: a significant advantage in terms of reliability and maintenance. The series-type coupling of the two barrels guarantees a constant transfer of energy. The flying tourbillon oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz.
In light of the watch’s innovative features and the unique solution it offers, the calibre PF390 heralds a new era in Parmigiani Fleurier’s Bugatti collection. It has been designed and created to become the platform for development of future Bugatti models.

The alligator leather strap is made by Hermès and fitted with a gold folding buckle. Parmigiani Fleurier has limited this watch to a edition of 20 pieces – 10 pink and 10 white gold versions.
It is clear that the Bugatti Type 390 is far more than a watch stamped with a car marque logo; it is the Bugatti Chiron reborn in watch form.

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a New Limited Edition

To mark the 74th Venice International Film Festival, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, which has been a partner of the festival for over 12 years, has presented an artistic edition of Rendez-Vous watches. Since its launch in 2012, the Rendez-Vous collection has always been associated with the world of cinema. This year once again, the romantic ambiance of the Most Serene Republic is a splendid backdrop against which to present these feminine pieces. The latest watches issued from the Grande Maison’s Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts” workshop, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina pieces express three different stages of romantic feelings: seduction, romance, and love.
To create these three limited editions, the Manufacture called on all of its most iconic forms of expertise, giving its watchmakers and artisans free rein to work their art. These pieces call on no fewer than three crafts: guillochage, painting on mother-of-pearl, and gem-setting.

The mother-of pearl dial is decorated by hand with a guilloché motif that stretches across its entire surface before being coated in a slightly tinted layer of paint. This is the backdrop on which the artisans paint the miniature paintings by hand. Some parts of it, such as the birds, have been covered with a layer of clear lacquer to add an impression of depth.
Like mentioned earlier, each of the three models represents one stage of love. The first stage is embodied by the “Séduction”. Two swallows soaring over a lavender field embody this moment. The “Romance” depicts this state of endless reverie with a kingfisher perched on the branch of a blossoming cherry tree. The last model, the “Amour”, bears two magpies flying alongside one another above a patch of peonies.

Above all this every creation bears countless gems. The bezel is adorned with brillant-cut diamonds that bring out the poetic creation on the dial. A line of these gemstones runs above the iconic Rendez-Vous collection numerals on the flange to echo the string of stones that delicately surround the dial’s central painting. To complete the decoration, diamonds are also inserted into each side of the case.

The pink gold Rendez-Vous Sonatina large incorporates different complications. Adjusted using the crown at 2 o’clock , a star indicates a future rendezvous with a chiming sound. This reminder is complemented by a day/night indication. Housed at 6 o’clock in an aperture shaped like the flowers painted on the dial, the sun and moon take turns to perform their never-ending dance.
These watches are powered by the automatic calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 735. This movement works with 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of up to 40 hours.
The rose gold case comes with a diameter of 38,2 mm, it is water resistant up to 5 bar and is completed by a leather bracelet.

These watches are limited to 8 pieces each.

 

Breitling: Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition

Breitling has introduced a new, limited wristwatch, a homage to the new Bentley Continental GT. With its ultra-light chassis made of Breitlight enhanced by bluish “Dark Sapphire” tints, this watch is a vibrant tribute to a magnificent car. Accordingly is this timepiece equipped with an efficient engine, a 30-second chronograph.
Bentley presented the third generation of the Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, redefining the quintessence of Grand Touring. The car is a new interpretation of the classic Bentley design that is long and sharp-edged, with a new optimised 6-litre W12 TSI engine, state-of-the-art onboard equipment, a refined and beautifully hand-crafted interior.

The limited edition by “Breitling for Bentley” marks the occasion by launching a limited edition reflecting the entire spirit of the new Continental GT. The ultra-light, ultra-sturdy case is made in Breitlight, a Breitling-exclusive high-tech material distinguished by its qualities. It resists to scratching, traction and corrosion, is non-magnetic, non-allergenic and is thermal stable. is subtly black streaked effect takes on a bluish shimmer echoing the colour of the Bentley “Dark Sapphire”. The dial features a diamond motif picking up the pattern appearing in several areas of the Continental GT interior and dashboard controls.
The case measures 48 mm in diameter and is water-resistant up to 100 metres.

The motorisation of the Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” takes the form of a Manufacture Breitling B06 calibre officially chronometer-certified by the COSC. This movement was entirely developed and produced in the Breitling Chronométrie workshops. It is distinguished by its ingenious 30-second chronograph system, inspired by a 1926 Breitling patent, with a central hand completing a full sweep of the dial in half a minute – thus ensuring extremely accurate readings of times to the nearest eight of a second. This feature is highlighted on the black dial by a blue measuring scale, picking up the subtle shades of the case. The calibre is working with a frequency of 28.800 vibrations per hour and guarantees a 70-hour power reserve.

The watch is fitted with a specially created rubber strap, bearing the same diamond motif as the dial.
The Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition is a 500-piece limited edition.

Prolific Partnership: Hublot and Ferrari Present a New Watch

To celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection.
Conversed with the same approach used for designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrating Hublot’s watchmaking expertise, the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and Ferrari.

Designed by Ferrari, crafted by Hublot – what’s the worst that could happen? This watch is the result of a team effort that began with Ferrari in maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot’s collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA – combining strength, performance and agility – while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture.
Created and designed by Ferrari, under the leadership of Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph was designed by Ferrari, using the same creative processes as that used to developed a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure offers maximum strength for minimal weight.

The black structure on the dial holds the chronograph counters and offers excellent legibility. The crown at 4 o’clock reduces the size of the watch and increases its aerodynamic look. Finally, the red push-button makes the design more ergonomic.
The chassis case comes with a modular construction and consists of three components – a skeleton middle, container, and back cover.

Beyond its design, the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is an epitome of fine watchmaking. This tourbillon chronograph is driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding which offers 5 days of power reserve. The tourbillon is visible on the dial and it offers both the aesthetics of a flying tourbillon and the operational stability of a tourbillon with two pivot points. It rotates once a minute.
The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o’clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o’clock. The sapphire crystal reveals the mechanics that it shelters. A matt black block, affixed to the sapphire holds a twin half-second counter at 3 o’clock, the minutes counter at 11 o’clock and the column wheel at 1 o’clock.

The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions – King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium – each of which is produced in 70 limited editions. Every watch comes with a black rubber strap.

Raymond Weil Celebrates the Genius of David Bowie with a Watch

Raymond Weil celebrates the icon of British Rock, a true, everlasting legend – David Bowie. With a watch, of course. The Limited Edition Freelancer “David Bowie” is a tribute to the life and musical career of one of the most influential artists of all time.
Created to celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, this timepiece is dedicated to a few of the many personas created by David Bowie, an artist with unparalleled creativity, a singular visionary, a man of a thousand faces and voices. Bowie’s boundless talent and fearless innovation shone through his final masterpiece, Black Star, released last year to some of the best critical notices of his distinguished career and winning five Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards in 2017.

To celebrate the immortal David Bowie, Raymond Weil has chosen its most free-spirited model – the Freelancer. The case measures 42 mm in diameter and it contains a dial resembling a vinyl record featuring some of the most emblematic design cues of the British artist.
Amongst the key design features, the lightning bolt painted across his face that first appeared on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album in 1973. The instantly distinctive mark universally recognized, the stylized lightning bolt is featured in red at 12 o’clock. The pop art logo designed by Andy Warhol especially for David Bowie and revealed on the cover of the album Diamond Dogs in 1974 makes its mark on the dial of the David Bowie Limited Edition.

Produced in a 3.000-piece limited, numbered series, the Freelancer David Bowie beats to the tempo of a mechanical self-winding movement that appears beneath a portrait of David Bowie, immortalized in 1974 by famous photographer of legends, Terry O’Neill. A photograph printed on the sapphire of the watches case-back, from which this artist challenges the world with his atypical, magnetic gaze.

This watch is a beautiful tribute to one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. And it’s just logical for Raymond Weil to add a tribute to David Bowie to its collection of watches honoring the lives and works of musicians.

Raymond Weil and a Legendary Guitar – the Gibson Les Paul

Raymond Weil celebrates with the Freelancer a true music icon – the Gibson Les Paul. You don’t need to be a guitarist or a musician of any kind for that matter, to have heard of this legendary instrument. This guitar has inspired and served the best artists of all time; from Jimmy Page to Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton musicians have turned to this instrument, making Rock’n’Roll history.
The manufacturer honors this icon with a new watch – the Freelancer Les Paul. Raymond Weil has been putting its name in lights alongside some of the greatest musicians of all time for nearly half a century in various special editions.

The body of the 43.5 mm case is made of steel and its tachymeter bezel is enhanced with black PVD inspired by the lacquer on the “Black Beauty” – a guitar renowned for its electrifying performance that continues to astound musicians worldwide.
The board features a circular guilloché motif featuring six chords studded by fret-shaped hour markers. The “fittings” – tri-compax chronograph counters, date and strap topstitching – of the Freelancer are also inspired by the Gibson Les Paul and set with golden highlights. At 12 o’clock, the names of the guitar manufacturer and the Les Paul signature appear, while the split-diamond inlay – a distinctive feature of the Les Paul Custom shines in golden tones next to the date window at 4.30. At 9 o’clock Raymond Weil has placed the small seconds. Hands and indexes are luminous and contrast well with the black dial, which makes the watch very legible, even in the dark.

The Freelancer is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, the RW5010. It provides the energy for central hours, minutes and small seconds, a date and the chronograph functions as well as a power-reserve of 46 hours.

The ebony perforated calf leather strap brings to mind the sound holes that are part of the body of a guitar.
This watch clearly is a collector’s edition and limited to 300 pieces. Every Raymond Weil Freelancer Gibson Les Paul is delivered in a presentation box inspired by the famous Gibson guitar cases.

The Hublot Classic Fusion Italia Independent Collection

Hublot will introduce a new collection at the Baselworld 2017 in which the watchmaking expertise of the manufacturer combines with the creativity of Italian Independent and the treasures of the Italian tailor Rubinacci.
Since 2014, two collections have been born from the partnership between Hublot, Italia Independent and Lapo Elkann. Although both of the previous collections were based on the Hublot Big Bang Unico model, but this time the creative team has decided to go with the Classic Fusion model. Its name seems to have predestined it for this new special edition, because it is a fine example of the fusion of the “classic” and innovation.

For Lapo Elkann, the founder and artistic director of Italia Independent, has always put customization and bespoke designs at the heart of his different projects. For him, unique objects, the fact that they became truly his in the designing process while simultaneously meeting the taste of his clients, represent real luxury. Decades of experience, the “Tailor Made” program as well as customizing cars, boats, planes and helicopters made the frequently named “most elegant man in the world” uniquely qualified for working on Hublot’s Classic Fusion Italia Independent Collection.
The sartoria Rubinacci is an institution known for its good taste, masculine refinement and its beautiful collection of fabrics in its archives. The combination of those three parties – Hublot, Elkann, Rubinacci – created with the Classic Fusion Italia Independent a truly unique collection.

The collection features six models in total, combining four different fabrics with three cases. The Chronograph Independent Titanium, the Chronograph Independent Ceramic and the Chronograph Independent King Gold. The chosen fabrics are a traditional Houndstooth, two different tartans and the “Prince of Wales” cloth. The fabrics are not only found on the dials of the watches but also on the straps; sewn on top of black rubber.
All Classic Fusion cases have a diameter of 45 mm are water-resistant up to 5 atm. The dials are protected by a sapphire crystal and all watches are powered by an automatic chronograph movement, the HUB 1143, which works at 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound.

The design of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Italia Independent is beautifully conclusive. The chosen fabrics complement the materials of the case perfectly, so does the stitching of the straps and the details on the dials. Aand all of this leads to a perfect balanced watch.
These watches are clearly not made for everyone but we predict that they will definitely find way more admirers than this edition has models. There will only be 50 pieces of the two King Gold models as well as of the Ceramic Tartan and the Titanium Prince of Wales. The Ceramic Prince of Wales and the Titanium Houndstooth models are limited to 100 pieces each.

Omega Launches the PyeongChang 2018 Special Edition

Omega is already preparing for the Olympic Winter Games next year by presenting a new special edition. Omega launched a similar edition last year for the Rio Olympics and two years before that for Sochi 2014. The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 will be the 28th Olympic Games with Omega fulfilling its role as Official Timekeeper. So celebrating with a collection of new watches seems absolutely appropriate.

The PyeongChang 2018 collection features two timepieces: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang 2018 and the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M PyeongChang 2018. Both watches are Limited Editions with 2.018 pieces each.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang  2018 features the classic Aqua Terra look which is visible in the teak dial and sleek case design. The words PYEONGCHANG 2018 have been inscribed on the minute rack of the stunning blue dial, creating a beautiful highlight in colour. And the numbers 18 and 20 are perfectly aligned with the time indication. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 41.5 mm.

The case of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M PyeongChang 2018 is also made of stainless steel and with 43.5 mm in diameter slightly larger than the Aqua Terra. The diver’s watch captures the colours of the South Korean flag with a polished blue ceramic dial and unidirectional bezel, blended with red rubber for the first 15 minutes. This theme is continued through the blue and red rubber strap. Everyone who likes this watch but not quite that much colour on the wrist might be glad to hear that Omega delivers an additional stainless steel bracelet.

On both models, the “Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018” logo is included on a sapphire crystal case back as well as the Olympic rings. The other thing, both watches have in common, is the movement. They are powered by the Master Co-Axial 8500. This self-winding master chronometer is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss and provides a power reserve of 60 hours. Omega is the only manufacturer which offers watches with METAS-certified movements.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art The legend of the Chinese Zodiac

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Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art legend of the Chinese zodiac with the sign of the rooster. The latter will take over from that of the monkey at the Chinese New Year on January 28th 2017. Bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, these two new creations, realized in twelve models each, combine the technical excellence of the calibre 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.
China is a nation with which the watch manufacturer has been cultivating its ties since 1845.

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The foliage motif appearing on the dial and based on classic Chinese iconography is etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold bas by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuating reliefs creating a depth effect. This makes the vegetation appear to be floating over the dial.
The enamel is applied on the surface in successive layers which enhances the intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. Achieving the necessary mastery of colour and of reactions to firing at temperatures between 800 and 900  degrees Celsisus calls for expertise that only can be acquired through years of experience.
The rooster, made of platinum or pink gold, is hand engraved and applied to the dial centre.

The cases are made of platinum or pink gold and measure 40 mm in diameter while being water-resistant up to 3 bar.
Inside the Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chines zodiac – Year of the rooster works the calibre 2460 G4, a mechanical, self-winding in-house movement. It shows hours, minutes, days and dates completely hands-free but through apertures. These indications – the first two of the dragging variety and the last two of the jumping type – embody the longstanding savoir-faire of the Maison in designing and developing original displays.
Visible through the sapphire crystal back, the oscillating weight is adorned with a recurrent Maltese cross pattern. All movement components are indeed finely finished in accordance with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva.

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The Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chines zodiac – Year of the rooster watches are equipped with a dark blue or brown, hand-stitched leather bracelets. Both models are limited to 12 pieces per reference.

 

Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater by Bulgari

After the world’s thinnest tourbillon model launched in 2014, Bulgari now launches the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, which earns the title of the smallest on the market. Bulgari is taking a new step in this field, once again pushing the limits. The Octo ist not just any watch. Already an iconic model, it reinvents itself in 2016 with a new collection..
The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater lays the foundations of a new approach to mechanics and to classic complications while extending Bulgari’s line of ultra-thin watches. With this timepiece the watch manufacturer also preserves its status and cultivates watchmaking traditions by combining extreme slenderness with one of the most elaborate horological complications.

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A striking watch implies a number of specific construction constraints and full command of certain distinctive skills in order to achieve the best possible outcome: an intense, crystal-clear chime with a perfectly uniform and regular cadence when the mechanism is activated. The aim was to achieve the perfect sound within the smallest possible space. Therefore, it had to made from titanium: in addition to its appreciable lightness, the properties of this low-density metal ensure the best possible sound diffusion.

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The circular-section gongs directly affixed to the case are individually fashioned and finished by hand throughout the production process, which involves many separate stages, as are the two hammers. The pusher activating the striking mechanism is positioned on the case middle at 9 o’clock. It is designed to guarantee continuous water resistance to 50 m.
The in-house developed and produced BVL Calibre 362 measures just 3.12 mm thick and the overall case thickness amounts to only 6.85 mm. It is hand-wound and delivers a 42-hour power reserve once fully wound.

The hour-markers on the dial – made from titanium like the case – feature an incised, cut-out design, as too does the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock: the openings serve to amplify resonance inside the case and thereby  optimise the sound effect.

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater embodies a paradigm shift in terms of slenderness and lays the foundations of a new approach to mechanics and to classic complications, all the while preserving and cultivating watchmaking traditions.
This watch is a limited, 50-piece edition.