Monthly Archives: May 2013

Louis Vuitton Writing Universe

A world leading fashion house has delivered an essence of luxury, a personalized collection of Louis Vuitton writing instruments. A brilliant expression created through combinations of color, texture and materials.

The collection showers writing enthusiasts with twelve ink colors, six notepad calf notebooks, thirteen alligator colors and the option for pen personalization. Innovative excellence is a path for the brand, one that clearly reflects research, development, and delivery.

Louis Moinet: Rewriting Chronograph History

The world renowned Swiss watch maker, Louis Moinet has taken a step back in time, back to between 1815 and 1816, the time when his namesake invented the chronograph. The current CEO of the brand, Jean-Marie Schaller, announced the original brand chronograph was purchased in auction from Christie’s. Sold by a northern European family, the timepiece appears to have been well maintained and show the construction of the instrument started in 1815, and was completed the following year.

While the modern chronograph is seen as a single complication, reality shows it is a series of distinct inventions, and designed over a long period of time. The original idea behind the chronograph is attributed to one Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec, creating a device using ink to measure time intervals. The initial invention was used for timing horse races, and clocked intervals up to 10 minutes maximum.

Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode Watch

While celebrities and stars have long been a vehicle for watch makers to launch new collections, as well as a brand ambassador for the manufacturers, one brand seems to utilize a dual platform, celebrities and a cause. Hublot has aligned itself with Depeche Mode and a charity for safe drinking water, to launch a new limited edition masterful timepiece.

The Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode Watch is the latest in a line of collections the brand has created for special causes. In the past we have witnessed the Ferrari stamped UAE edition, the World Boxing Council edition, and the Atelier courtesy watch. All the collections used to raise money for charities, or the needy.

Girard-Perregaux Honors Basketball Great Yao Ming

Recently honored by the Asia Society Southern California as the "Visionary of the Year", former NBA Star Yao Ming, was presented a luxury watch by the Girard-Perregaux brand. The seven-foot, six inch basketball player was honored with the timepiece that is titled the Chrono Hawk.

The timepiece features a brand recognized chronograph automatic movement housed in a 44mm stainless steel case. The sapphire case back is embossed with Yao’s special symbol in vivid red, and the brand only created two watches with the design. As rare as the star himself, the watches will be limited in number and carry a respectable value.

Four Limited Editions of Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires Watches

Extending an existing exquisite collection, Four Limited Editions of Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Extraordinaires watches have been introduced. Each timepiece in the collection represents a different symbol of fortune, a dandelion, lily-of-the-valley, lotus flower and swallow. Crafted with exceptional mastery, using gold, diamonds, and sapphires the luxurious look of each timepiece is only enhanced by the precision movements that are encased inside.

The signature for each piece in the collection features a characteristic lucky charm, rotating around the dial. The artistic excellence of each piece is also reflected in the beautiful miniature engravings, mosaics and paintings, utilizing vivid colors and a variety of materials. The brand has crafted pieces with mother-of-pearl, enamel and translucent lacquer to gold, and further enhanced with the diamonds and other colored stones.

Clock 15 Days by Parmigiani Fleurier and Lalique

The Clock 15 Days by Parmigiani Fleurier and Lalique is a collaboration between two remarkable brands. A stunning timepiece, the crystal case is a work of art, and the exquisite components that power the achievement is just technical brilliance. It took the two brands quite some time to develop the intricate details of the piece, as the inner workings all had to be enlarged, since wristwatches are on a much smaller scale, these timepieces house larger parts.

Parmigiani worked with the larger components, and Lalique with the thinner and smaller elements of the timepiece. The project required the French glassmaker to test boundaries of crystal manufacturing that had never been crossed. Each of the five crystal panels of the clock are adorned with the fountain of Coutard motif, a signature Lalique motif. Each panel is a masterpiece of Art Deco and Art Nouveau. The detail of the closely-knit designs, rounded shapes and the semblance of the droplets are finished with a glittery shimmer on the panels and a satin finish on the flat surfaces.

Carl F. Bucherer’s New Manero Power Reserve Watch

Gearing up for the 2013 Baselworld, watchmakers and the world are filled with excitement. Looking at what one brand has in store for us, Carl F. Bucherer created New Manero Power Reserve Watch. Simple, elegant, and innovative, the new design delivers classic elegance and high-end technology.

While the featured design is simple, the functional side of the timepiece is traditional and beautiful, a mechanical masterpiece, and a work of art. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Power Reserve comes with an in-house caliber A1011 self-winding mechanism that features a power reserve of 55 hours.

Antoine Martin creates lowest balance frequency

One independent Swiss watch brand has become known around the globe for brilliance in innovation, precision watchmaking, and excellence in craftsmanship, introducing the Antoine Martin. The brand introduced this timepiece, said to be the world’s largest and slowest balance. Creative genius behind the brand release is Martin Braun, and this timepiece ticks at the lowest frequency currently possible.

The Antoine Martin creates lowest balance frequency, featuring 7200 beats per hour and no less than 24 millimeters in diameter, which makes the balance almost as big as the timepiece. Compared to other watch manufacturers who try to reduce the size of a timepiece while trying to increase the frequency of the speed, this brand chose to take a path less traveled.