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Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a new and impressive model to its Reverso collection, the Grande Reverso Duodate watch. The Reverso line was first produced as a reversible watch as a way to protect the timepieces worn by polo player’s, but it was originally had only a metal plate on the reverse side. Jaeger-LeCoultre eventually came up with an idea of putting a watch face on both sides of the case. The Grand Reverso is powered by the hand-wound calibre 986 movement, which is produced in-house.
The Grand Reverso will be available in two variations, a limited series of 500 will be produced in 18k pink gold and an additional 1,500 will be produced in stainless steel. The case measures 31.3mm wide by 52mm high, this larger case size is why Jaeger-LeCoultre classified it to be “grande”. The main dial is silvered with a guilloche enraving with a seconds sub-dial and large date aperture. It has blued steel hands with Arabic numeral markers. The reverse face is black which allows for a second time zone and a synchronized 24-hour hand with a function of a day/night indicator.
Richard Mille has released two new watches created to celebrate Brazilian Formula 1 race car driver Felipe Massa. The new RM 004-V2 and RM 008-V2 watches are both limited edition creations and are both a great tribute to the racing legend. The RM 004-V2 watch is to be produced in 18 carat gold in both white white and rose gold, with 10 pieces made in the white and 25 pieces rose gold. An additional 5 pieces wil be made in titanium with a red and yellow trim. The RM 008-V2 will also be produced in both 18 carat white and rose gold. and will have only 5 pieces produced in each metal with a green and yellow trim.
Both the RM 004-V2 and the RM 008-V2 watches feature the standard Richard Mille tonneau shaped case set with structural screws. In addition to hours, minutes, and seconds, display the RM 004-V2 watch has a split seconds 30 minute chronograph, a power reserve indicator, a torque indicator, and a function selection indicator. The RM 008-V2 has everything the RM 004-V2 but also features a tourbillon escapement. The sub-seconds dial has a bright yellow arrow hand for easy readability. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with most of the indicators applied to crystal itself. The skeleton dial allows us to see inside to the movement of the watch. Both watches are completed by a rubber strap. These watches are sure to be highly sought after, and it is speculated that the Tourbillon will sell for around $100,000.
in Audemars Piguet | Saturday, July 11. 2009
Audemars Piguet has added two new beautiful diamond-set watches to its Royal Oak collection. Called the Royal Oak Tuxedo, the it has been created in both female and masculine versions. They feature an 18 carat white gold case with the standard royal oak octagonal bezel and paved with round brilliant diamonds. They both have lacquered black dials with white gold baton-shaped hour markers and hands, set with a row of round brilliant diamonds. The men’s version has a total diamond carat weight of 4.65 carats, and the total diamond carat weight of the ladies watch is 3.80 carats.
The men's Tuxedo watch for features the AP Caliber 2120 movement that was first used way back in 1967, it is one of the slimmest self-winding calibers that have a central rotor. The balance frequency beats at 19,800 vibrations per hour and it has a 40-hour power reserve. The ladies Tuxedo watch features the self-winding Caliber 2140 which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 40-hour power reserve. Both movements are meticulously hand-finished and incorporate bridges with chamfered edges and Cotes-de-Geneve decorated surfaces. The screws of the movement have a finely polished finish.
The ladies Tuxedo version has an engraved white gold case-back, and the men's version has a see-through case-back with a sapphire crystal which reveals the movement. Both watches are presented on an elegant black leather strap fitted with a diamond-set folding clasp crafted in 18 carat white gold in the shape of brand’s initials. Both timepieces are water-resistant up to 50 meters.
in Audemars Piguet | Sunday, July 5. 2009
Here we have the Audemars Piguet Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater watch created to commemorate a unique cushion-shaped pocket watch introduced way back in 1923. This impressive creation is one of the rare timepiece to house both a perpetual calendar and minute repeater. The case is available in 18 carat white gold or platinum and measures 39 mm in diameter. The bezel has a brushed finish while the case and lugs are polished.
The dial has a beautiful opaline vertical satin-brushed finish with "Cathedral" hands. The numeral hour markers are Breguet-style Arabic numerals crafted in pink gold while the pointers for small seconds, day, date, month, and leap year are crafted in blued steel. Located at the 9 o'clock position is the classical moon phase indicator. This indicates the motions of the Moon through a 29 1/2 day cycle. The watches minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter hours, and individual minutes on two gongs.
The see-through case-back is produced from sapphire crystal and allows for easier viewing of the hand-wound Caliber 2855, which is composed of 435 hand-finished parts. The movement has a balance frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and features an advantage of 30-hour power-reserve. The bridges are decorated with Cotes de Geneve and anglage finishes. It also has beveled screws, jewels, and repeater hammers which feature a fine polish. The Audemars Piguet Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater watch is completed by a hand-sewn alligator leather strap which is fitted an 18 white carat gold or platinum buckle.