August 2014 – WORLD OF LUXURY

Monthly Archives: August 2014

Arnold & Son DSTB “Dial Side True Beat” Watch

In a new release to be presented at Baselworld 2014, Arnold & Son will be previewing a revision of their well-known TB88 collection, the limited edition DSTB, “Dial Side True Beat”. The timepiece is a true tribute for the brand’s 250th anniversary, it encompasses every aspect of their foundation, capturing the heritage, the vision and the brilliance of the brand manufacturing processes.

British history and Swiss craftsmanship walk hand in hand in this masterful collection. Like every model the brand produces the timepiece features in-house mechanical movement. This traditional complication reflects some of the watches that were manufactured early in the brands history, when timepieces were produced with reasonable pricing, yet detailed quality.

Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Aviator-Oriented Wristwatch

When Zenith first created the El Primero Stratos Flyback Rainbow Aviator-Oriented Wristwatch it was made specially for the French Ministry of Defense, and has amazing attributes. Through the years the brand developed several similar chronographs, but none as brilliant as the original, until now.

The launch of the first chronograph in this collection reflected the bright colors that shine in the sky after a refreshihg shower delivered by mother nature. Back in 1997 the brand first brought us the black, grey and white version, and then two years later they shared a version with a colorat shield sub dial, a red second hand and a parital red colored bezel that also reflected the colors in the rainbow. Each piece showcased the 45.5 mm case, the water-resistance up to 100 meters, and of course the latest limited edition 250 piece collection.

Vacheron Constantin Fabulous Metiers D’Art Fabuleux Ornaments Timepieces

The very prestigious and well known Swiss watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin, introduces a impressive collection, the fabulous Metiers D’Art Fabuleux Ornaments timepieces. An exquisite and elegant group that will provide many ladies the opportunity to showcase it on their wrist. With the design brilliance this collection brings it is no surprise that they are limiting them to 20 pieces each.

The brand has masterfully crafted this collection of watches, from the inside out, making the architecture of the movement both amazing and precise, as well as the ornate outer beauty of each piece. The four watches feature 18k gold open worked Calibre 1003 movement, and the brand had 10 master craftsman working on the guillochage, grand feu and champleve enameling in addition to gem setting. The art of skeletonizing the movement is what is known as open working, and coupling that with the artisanal crafts is what makes this collection spectacular.

Refreshed for 2014 – Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver

The Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver has always been a trademark collection and this new refreshed version for 2014 is still spectacular. The design features are unique for the timepiece and have long set this piece apart from other similar watches. Being one of the most elegant and exquisite designs this line of timepieces has seen is also one of the main reasons for the success.

When the brand decided to provide this new version, they wanted to focus on the aesthetics of the piece, and keep all the other exceptional framework intact. With a horological history of 170 years the brand has been manufacturing exceptional and highly precise nautical chronometers,sporting the unique anchor logo. Certainly a leader in the Swiss watchmaking world, the brand designs beautiful and highly complicated timepieces.

Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches At The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

If you love watching football, or soccer in the USA, or futebol in Europe, then you anticipate the World Cup like millions around the globe. So every four years, the nations around the world gather to compete to see who will win the world champion title. This sport is one of the best because it allows almost anyone to play, regardless of size, no special equipment required, and no real special physical attribute. The beauty of this game is not only in how it ties the world together, but also in the inspiration it provides to the amazing Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches being introduced at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

The brand is the official timepiece provider for the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol, or the Brazilian Football Confederation and is proven by the series of releases that correspond to the team colors. Last year the brand released the 005 model, perhaps in commemoration of Brazil’s five championships, and now this latest release features a light 45 mm titanium case. The timepiece offers options for red gold and white gold bezels for men, and a beautiful ladies version in white, and the bezel is adorned with diamonds.

Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM557 Destro 3 Days Watch PAM 372

For folks looking for a timepiece that offers unique excellence, and a little bit of unusual, try the new Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 557 Destro 3 Days Watch PAM 372. While the original version debuted three years ago, this one is designed with a lefty crown layout, for folks who prefer wearing the timepiece on their right wrist. The name means ‘right’ in Italian and provides the implication as the crown sits at the 9 o’clock position.

There are other unique aspects of this timepiece, for example the crystal is not sapphire, but 3mm thick plexiglas, which is something the brand has done before, and compliments the polished steel case. The in-house movement features two barrels, and up to a 3 day power reserve, partnered with a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The face of the piece offers the sandwich dial, tan indexes and beautiful gold hands, topped with the very large brand script sitting just below 12 o’clock.

Jaquet Droz Exquisite New Limited Edition Paillone Enameled Timepieces

Known around the globe for stunning timepieces, technically brilliant mechanisms, and now Jaquet Droz has released the new exquisite limited edition Paillone Enameled three timepiece collection. These additions to the brand history showcase the artistic technique used on the dials, and each one is limited to 8 pieces. Unique and perfect, these watches allowed artisans the opportunity to bring new life to a century old ornamental technique.

The specialized process that is used on these watch dials is where a piece of foil is placed between layers of enamel and couples azure and gold, designed in delicate fashion, and started in the 18th century by the brand artisans. The practice done in house to make the dials takes precise technique, and multiple firings at temperatures approaching 1000 oC.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Collection Regains Form

Year after year since 1931 Jaeger-LeCoultre has allowed their passion to fuel new additions to the Reverso Collection and now at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch fair in Geneva the brand has returned the timepiece to form and it is in the best shape ever. The foundation that built this remarkable timepiece has remained true to the design and each and every model that has graced the collections.

Sometimes when a brand introduces new additions to a series it loses the base inspiration and heritage of the original, but that is not the case here. This year the Grande Day & Night is powered by a new automatic caliber, and is ultra-thin, but still is connected to the roots of the original. In reality, it is such that when a person wants to explore the series, they can’t just pick one, they have to look at the entire series as a whole, and the brand in order to appreciate the relationship.

Frederique Constant Moontimer Watch

While a relatively new brand, founded in 1988, the accessible pricing, in-house mechanical movement and overall aesthetics of the timepieces have made it popular and valued. The new movement that was added to the manufacturing this year has now provided a higher reputation and a timepiece aficionados are giving the highest accolades. Frederique Constant Moontimer is an amazing addition to their repertoire.

The timepiece features a single-crown adjustment system that sets time, date, and moon-phase. The crown winds the watch in the first position, and then second position sets the date if turned clockwise, and moon-phase counter-clockwise. The third position allows for adjusting the time on the hour and minute hands. The special phase indication uses a very detailed and precise image of the orb, created by a spectacular new technology known as laser ablation.