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Breitling has announced the release of the Bentley Motors Speed chronograph, the newest edition to the Breitling for Bentley collection. The sporty and elegant line inspired by the prestigious Bentley automobile. The watch features a massive case size, measuring 48.7 mm in diameter produced in both stainless steel and a limited production of 500 pieces in 18 carat rose gold. The case is completed with a knurled bezel inspired by the Bentley control buttons. The dial comes in Black Velvet, Silver Storm and Bronze as well as Neptune exclusively for the stainless steel version. The dial is protected by a convex sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The watch is available with a Barenia leather, crocodile or rubber strap as well as with a metal Speed bracelet.

The Bentley Motors Speed chronograph is powered by the automatic movement, Breitling 25B caliber which beats at 28,800 vib/h. The movement has been COSC-certified and contains 38 rubies. The movement includes a unique mechanism called the 30-second chronograph, while the more common chronographs are 60-seconds. The variable tachometer allows the wearer the ability to measure average speed, independently of the time elapsed, the distance covered or the speed reached. The watch functions include 6-hour, 15-minute and small seconds at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock respectively as well as a date window at 4:30. The Speed Chronograph is water resistant to 30 meters.

At this years Baselworld, Bulgari is set to introduce several new timepieces into its exquisite collection. My favorite of these timepieces is the new Sotirio Bulgari 125th anniversary edition. Created to mark the brand’s anniversary as well as to commemorate the name of the brand’s founder, this remarkable watch is a unusual release for the brand in that it does not have the brand standard BVLGARI logo on its bezel. The Sotirio is named after the company’s founding father, Sotirio Bulgari, who is also known as Sotirios Voulgaris.

Available in 18 carat yellow, pink or white gold one of my favorite features of Sotirio is the flip-over case-back which provides extra protection to the sapphire crystal. The crown of the watch has a personalized Sotirio Bulgari historical hallmark. The silvered dial has some beautiful decoration with a vertical Cotes de Geneve pattern with Roman numerals and hand-applied faceted indexes. The dial is protected by curved sapphire crystal provided with antireflective treatment. The watch is powered by the Caliber BVL 250 automatic movement, which is composed of 250 parts and has a power reserve of 55 hours. The case is set on a black alligator leather strap fitted with an 18 carat Bulgari ardillon buckle. The watch is expected to retail for approximately $25,000 USD.

The Watch Market is Alive and Kicking

in News | Wednesday, March 18. 2009

If proof was needed that the watch market is still alive and kicking, this months Antiquorum auction should leave no doubt. One particularly amazing sale was that of the Mahatma Gandhi timepiece - That with his sandals, bowl and glasses sold for an unprecedented 2.1 million dollars. The auction had an impressive turn out, with over 500 online bidders as well as room and telephone bidders - The result was 75% of all lots sold at an average of 142% of their low estimate. I find this to be further proof of the inevitable turn around of the economy, and it is a shining example of the smart investments a timepiece collector can make.

One only needs to look at the Antiquorum catalog to see which brands have withstood the test of time. Both vintage and current models from such brands as Patek Philippe, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre have impressive value estimates that are sure to increase as the market rises. And while its not all good news for the watch world as some market values continue to slowly decline, it is a strong argument that collectors and investors need not fret - It is a matter of patience and timing, and frankly the time is now. As I mentioned in my previous article, this is a great time to invest in luxury timepieces. Please give us a call if you would like to find out more about starting or adding to your luxury watch collection.

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Richard Mille has introduced a new tourbillon model to its collection. The tourbillon model RM021 has employed the application of materials unique to watch making. It is the first watch created from an external structure of titanium aluminide orthorhombic alveolate and carbon nanofibers. The orthorhombic titanium aluminide used in the honeycomb dial is a material used by NASA in the manufacture of wings for supersonic aircraft. Platinum and Titanium aluminide case is 48 mm long by 39.30 mm wide and just 13.84 mm thick. RM021 features a manual winding tourbillon with hours, minutes, power reserve, torque indicator and selector function - And has a 70 hour power reserve which is indicted by a display between 11 and 12 o'clock. The torque is indicated by a numerical scale located between 12 and 1 o'clock. The Richard Mille RM21 Tourbillon is available in titanium or in either 18 carat red white gold on an alligator strap with matching buckle.

Azimuth is a relatively new company in the world of luxury watches. Founded in 2003, it is a fast-expanding watch company whose product innovation has fast tracked them to stand among giants. At this years Baselworld, Azimuth is presenting their very first Twin Barrel Tourbillon. The design of the watch follows in the footsteps of several brands before them, by finding inspiration from another luxury item - cars, or what Azimuth has called "hard core contemporary super cars." This is best seen in they silhouette of their case design, which echos that of a sports car. The case measuring 50 mm x 45 mm x 25 mm is cut from a solid block of Titanium and adorned with plates of carbon fiber fitted into the sides as well as the back of the case, making it ultra lightweight. The face of the watch is protected by a double domed sapphire crystal, giving an added dimension to the case.

The massive Tourbillon mechanism which is visible at the 6 o’clock position contains a KIF shock absorption system which acts as the “suspension” for the balance staff and cage. The Tourbillon Center Bridge is plated in Black Gold with the aim of giving it a more sporting feel. The hand wound movement beats at 28,800 VPH and has a 120 hour power reserve. The case is complimented by a special Interwoven black fiber Strap. The watch is to be produced as a limited edition of just 25 pieces and should become available June of 2009.

Corum will be debuting a titanium version of their Golden Bridge timepiece at this years Baselworld. Until now the Golden Bridge watch has only been produced in 18 karat gold and platinum editions, some with the addition of diamonds. Corum's Golden Bridge watch is a unique creation that was first created in the 1980's and was the first non-skeleton wristwatch to put the movement on the dial of the watch. The new titanium version nicely emphasizes the true beauty of the hand-engraved pink gold movement bridge.

The titanium edition of the new Golden Bridge is limited to only 188 pieces. The tonneau shaped case measures 34 mm by 51 mm and has several brushed surfaces, which is in contrast to the previous versions with their luxurious high polished finishes. The case houses a manually wound movement, the caliber CO113, and sports a variable inertia balance wheel which is adjusted with screws and hand-engraved plates. The movement contains 19 jewels that beat at 28,800 bph. In addition the movement supports a 40 hours of power reserve.

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