It may seem a bit abnormal to give such an expensive watch a faded and aged appearance, but I think it works quite well for the watch. With its stunning blue pvd case and its cutting-edge technology the Concord C1 Vintage Chronograph watch is a very beautiful and interesting looking watch. The vintage look of the C1 chronograph is both sporty and classic using a unique “worn” blue PVD case and distressed leather strap. The watch retails for $13,900.

The C1 case is constructed from stainless steel and then treated with a blue PVD coating. The case measures 44 millimeters in diameter by 16.70 millimeters thick and features a bezel with 8 black rubber protectors. The dial is a complex design with multiple layers and contains both black carbon fiber and galvanic blue elements. The indexes and hour-minutes hands have been treated with superluminova coating for better visibility in low light situations. The chronograph counters are located at 6 and 12 o’clock with the date opening at 3 o’clock and small second on rotating disk. The dial is protected by a 3.3 millimeters thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment applied on both sides.

The C1 Vintage Chronograph is powered by the Cosc certified mechanical automatic movement, Valgranges, which beats at 28′800 vibrations per hour and contains 25 jewels. The movement includes for hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph functions and a 48-hour power reserve. The open case-back is secured with 8 screws, the superior case construction assures a water resistance of up to 200 meters. The watch is secured to the wearers wrist with a vintage blue leather strap and black PVD-treated stainless steel Concord deployment buckle.

In addition to the Admiral's Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix Watch released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Corum’s Admiral’s Cup collection is the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher. The mono-pusher chronograph complication is the star of the watch, and much less common than the conventional twin-pusher chronograph. The single pusher is used to stop, start and reset the chronograph. The reference 961.101.94/0371 is limited to just 555 numbered pieces.

The watch features a 44 millimeter case with the standard Admiral Cup shape with twelve sides sculptured from grade 5 titanium treated with a resistant matt black PVD coating. The case material is known for being extremely light yet durable with an outstanding hardness of 1300 Vickers. The bezel is also treated with black PVD coating. The dark grey and black dial has a central area decorated with a Cotes de Geneve pattern. The hour markers are around the inner bezel ring feature the traditional lacquered nautical pennants. The dial also has several small red accents on the triangle indicating the date, the minute-circle index and the chronograph minute hand. The dial is protected by a cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

The Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-Pusher timepiece is powered by the brand’s exclusive mechanical self-winding CO961 Caliber movement. The movement includes 27 jewels, oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with its black PVD-coated oscillating weight, may be admired via the sapphire crystal case-back. The precision and reliability of the movement is guaranteed by the COSC chronometer-certification. The movement offers a 48-hour power-reserve and is waterproof to 100 meters.

FRANC VILA has unveiled a new timepiece into the brand’s SuperLigero Concept collection. The FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater timepiece features a 5 minute repetition complication and a case made from DLC Blackened titanium and Lightnium, an aluminium-lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. The case shape echoes the brands standard a Special “Esprit Unique ”shape with elliptic and circular bezel. The dial and case-back are protected by a sapphire crystal with double sided antiglare treatment.

The Supersonico is powered by the high grade mechanical self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV35 and features the FRANC VILA exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”. The movement allows for hours, minutes and seconds with a 5-minutes repeater and 42 hour power reserve. The superior case construction allows for a water resistance of up to 100 meters. The watch is secured to the wearer's wrist with a rubber sport strap with DLC Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle. A double sided crocodile leather strap with red stitching is also included. The DLC version is limited edition 88 pieces and has an expected retail of $44,000.

Roger Dubuis has redesigned their popular Excalibur Chronograph watch, and while the changes are subtle the brands attempt to modernized the design seems to have been successful. The new model EX45-78-90-00/09R01/B has a round 45 milimeter stainless steel case with a now more deeply fluted bezel. The dial has a black background with white transferred Roman numerals. The black sub-dials are located at 3 and 9 o'clock and have white transferred Arabic numerals. The black bottom flange has yellow Arabic numerals while the black top flange has white minute-track transfers and white gold appliques. The watch is completed by a fully adjustable black hand-stitched genuine alligator strap with a steel adjustable folding buckle. This model will be limited to 280 production pieces.

The Excalibur Chronograph is powered by the RD78 automatic chronograph movement with micro-rotor in tungsten alloy. The movement is finely adjusted to five positions and features a double-pusher. The movement provides functions for hours and minutes located at the centre, chronograph hand located at the centre, semi-instantaneous 45-minute counter at 3 o'clock, and small seconds at 9 o'clock. The movement is comprised of 303 individual parts which includes 36 jewels and measures 13"'3/4 in diameter by 5.80 millimeters. The movement is adored with rhodium-plated decoration and allows for a 42 hours power reserve.

The IWC Schaffhausen brand has a new limited edition IWC Big Pilot watch for us to covet, and this time its blue! The Blue Big Pilot Limited Edition timepiece is a boutique piece which will be released in a limited series of just 50 watches to be available in a select few boutiques located in Beverly Hills, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The watch is a duplicate of the currently available Big Pilots with the exception of the black and blue motif and the engraved case side in a non typical “One out of Fifty” pattern as opposed to the "1 of 50" count.

The "Big Blue" offers a round stainless steel case that measures 46.2 millimeters in diameter with a height of 15.8 millimeters and features a diamond-shaped winding crown. The excellent case construction accommodates an extra soft iron safety cage and solid stainless steel case-back for increased antimagnetic protection. The black dials indicators, numerals and steel hands are all crafted with a bright-blue Superluminova to guarantee supreme readability under pure light conditions. The dial displays hours, minutes and center seconds as well as a date a featured in white-on-black via a window at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

The IWC watch is animated by the brand’s Calibre 51111 automatic movement, the in-house movement features 42 jewels and operates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The movement allows for a 7-day power-reserve or 168 hours. The superb case construction allows for a 60-meter water-resistance. The timepiece is secured to the wearers wrist by a riveted black leather strap featuring blue stitching that compliments the color scheme used on the dial.

Baume & Mercier is set to release a new collection this fall, the William Baume collection watch will be released in commemoration of the company’s 180th anniversary. William Baume was a talented watchmaker and grandson of the brand’s founder, and his name will be used in a high-end collection with models featuring ultra-thin movements, retrograde seconds and jumping hours. The Jumping Hour watch is definitely one to take a closer look at as it an interesting function. The jumping hour works with the turning of each our, the hour numeral will jump ahead to the appropriate hour as opposed to the gradual sweep of a hand if it were a normal watch.

The William Baume Jumping Hour watch features a round-shaped case that is 41 millimeter in diameter by 9.6 millimeters high. The case and bezel are crafted from 18 carat red gold. It will be available in two color schemes - silver or black dials on the red gold case. These dials feature cross-weave guilloché motifs and sunburst satin-brushed finished sub-dials. The dial has Arabic numerals and red gold hands and is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The Jumping Hour complication, which displays hours is in an exhibition window at the 12 o’clock position.

The timepiece is powered by the self-winding Dubois Depraz 14400 movement. The movement is viewable though the see-through case back which is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The movement has been embellished with Cotes de Geneve motif. Limited to just 40 pieces in each color, the price is expected to be $19,900 USD and should be available in September 2010.

Officine Panerai has created a new limited edition Luminor Marina set to be launched in August at Officine Panerai boutiques in Shanghai and Beijing as well as selected authorized China dealers. A wider release is planned to include all Panerai boutiques in Greater China. The Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 366 “Fu” China celebrates the fifth year since the brand first entered the Chinese market and the great success the brand has experienced there. The special edition Panerai watch carries the Chinese sign for "Good Fortune" or "Fu" which can be found on the dial at 6 o'clock. The symbol is a time-honored Chinese character for good fortune or happiness which includes five aspects: longevity, prosperity, health, virtue and a well-ended life.

The PAM 366 has a 44 millimeter sculptured polished and brushed stainless steel case. The black dial has white luminous markers and displays hours and minutes as well as a small seconds hand at the 9 o'clock position. The Chinese character “Fu” is at the 6 o’clock position. The timepiece is powered by the brand’s exclusive hand-wound mechanical movement - OP II Calibre. The 17-jewel movement, which beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides a 56-hour power-reserve. The movement guarantees precision of the COSC-certified chronometer. The superior case construction allows for a 300-meter water-resistant. The case is secured to the wearers wrist with a personalized black calf strap featuring ecru stitching and fitted with a polished steel buckle. The brand plans to create 1,500 pieces with a retail price of around $4,400.

Bedat Co N°3 388 Watch For Men

in New Releases | Saturday, August 7. 2010

Bedat & Co has added its first masculine model to its popular N° 3 Collection. The new 388 model is sturdier and larger than the ladies models with a wider tonneau shaped case. The 388 has borrowed many important key elements from the N°3 and fits right into the line. The new Bedat & Co watch is available in stainless steel and white, yellow and rose gold. There is also a stunning diamond set case set with 582 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each case is outfitted with a crown in matching metal and marked with the brand’s logo.

The dial is available in several standard choices such as black and white as well as some more stylized options including white mother-of-pearl, antique-white and silver stamped with a wavy sunburst guilloché pattern. Time is indicated by Luminescent blued steel BEDAT & C° hands with large Roman numerals on the rim and Arabic numerals in the center. An simpler option is available with 2 stick markers at 12, 3 and 9 o'clock with an Arabic numerals marking 8 o'clock. The dial displays hours, minutes and seconds as well as a simple date window at 6 o'clock and second time zone.

The N°388 watch is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement, ETA 2893.2. The movement allows for the double time zones, date and approximately 46-hours of power reserve. The water resistance has withheld up to 50 meters. The timepiece is secured to the wearer’s wrist with a rolled-edge hand-stitched alligator strap and pin buckle in the case matching metal.

Jaquet Droz Cloverleaf Watch

in New Releases | Saturday, July 31. 2010

Few know that the well-known brand, Jaquet Droz has had a secret signature that they have been including in thier creations since the brands inception, close to 300 years ago. But if you were ever to look inside one of their creation you would see it carefully crafted into the inner workings of each timepiece. 2010 brings a new watch were its secret signature takes center stage, and now is proudly displayed on one of the brands newest developments, which of course is named Cloverfield. Once before the brand has chosen to make the signature a focal point, shown here in the picture is a lady's tonneau case model with the clover leaf design set in diamonds on the mother-of-pearl dial. That model was introduced at the very beginning of the New Jaquet droz SWATCH era, the newest version comes at a very fitting time as Mr. Hayek Sr., Chairman of SWATCH group comes onboard to manage the brand.

Reminiscent of an Italian mosaic, the gorgeous Cloverfield is a watch I truely enjoy looking at. As a female watch-blog writer I don't often get to write about watches I myself would love to own, and this happens to be one of them. Take note gentlemen, this would be a great present for the girlfriend / wife this holiday season! The stunning dial is crafted in white mother-of-pearl or onyx and carefully set with 124 yellow sapphires, 175 blue sapphires, 125 pink sapphires, 129 orange sapphires and 93 tsavorites making up the clover and its surround, promising to bring good luck to its wearer.

The Jaquet Droz Cloverleaf watch is powered by the manufactory-made movement 2653 caliber, which is equipped with a 22-carat white gold oscillating weight. The double-barrel mechanism beats to the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides up to a 68-hour power reserve. The watch is completed by a rolled-edge hand-made white satin strap with an 18-carat white gold ardillon buckle.

After years of following someone else's rules in the world of fine watch-making, Maximilian Büsser has set out on his own. Employed by both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Harry Winston he has proven to the world his ability to head a respected haute horlogerie brand. In 2005 Büsser resigned from Harry Winston and set out on his own to form MB&F, an artistic and micro-engineering concept laboratory. Working with some of the most talented independent horological professionals, MB&F is pushing the limits of horology.

The latest creation is the MB&F Horological Machine N°4 Thunderbolt, a incredibly unique timepiece inspired by Büsser's childhood passion for aircrafts. The case is an obvious homage to aviation, the two streamlined jet-turbine-styled pods resting on a horizontal section housing the engine. The titanium case measures 54mm wide x 52mm long x 24mm high and has been milled from solid blocks of high-tech Grade 5 titanium. The intense process involves hundreds of hours of machining before polishing, masking and finally satin-finishing of the surfaces.

The left bullet shaped pod is reminiscent of a fuel gauge and displays the power reserve feature, indicated by a skeletonised hand. The right pod displays hours and minutes with bold, arrow-tipped Super-LumiNova filled hands. The watch is protected by five separate sapphire crystals - 2 for the dials, 1 for the central case section and 2 for the display panels on the top and bottom. Though it seems like a silly statement for a watch, being somewhat of a concept piece, the timepiece was not developed specifically to tell the time, but despite this fact the Thunderbolt still completes the task in a unique and effective way with its highly legible dials perpendicular to the wearer's wrist, a perfect position for a pilot's or driver's watch.

The HM4 is powered by a manual winding engine that was entirely designed and developed by MB&F, a task that took over three years of intensive work to acomplish. Made up of 311 individual components with 50 jewels. Each piece was developed for the Thunderbolt, no off-the-shelf mechanisms or parts were used at all due to the extreme nature of its architecture. The movement allows for hours, minutes and power reserve indicator.

The watch is completed by a black hand-stitched calfskin strap with a titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs.

Brietling Chronospace For Pilots

in Breitling | Saturday, July 10. 2010

In its 125 year history, Breitling has had great success being at the forefront of developing timepieces intended for pilots. Perhaps until now, most famously with its Navitimer line whose circular slide rule is capable of handling all the essential calculations relating to airborne navigation. The latest creation to be unveiled by the brand is the Chronospace, a multifunction wrist instrument geared towards the “professional aviator” with its cutting-edge electronics. The new timepiece features a steel case with a screwed in case-back and resonance chamber. It boasts water-resistant to 5 bars. The bezel on the watch is a bidirectional rotating pinion bezel (slide rule).

The Chronospace is powered by the Breitling Caliber 78 SuperQuartz™ movement, an officially chronometer-certified by the COSC. The movement functions include a 1/100th of a second chronograph with split times, alarm, countdown, dual timezone display with independent alarm, 24-hour military time, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), slide rule, battery end-of-life indicator and a perpetual calendar.

The dial on the timepiece is available in several color choices - Volcano black, Mariner blue, Tungsten gray and Stratus silver. The watch’s LCD screens are equipped with high-performance NVG-compatible backlighting system to ensure optimal readability in all lighting conditions. The watches functions are indicated by oversized hands, along with luminescent hour-markers and large 3 and 9 o’clock numerals. The Chronospace is also available with a variety of bracelet choices including leather, rubber Diver Pro, rubber Ocean Racer/woven steel Aero Classic.

Breguet Marine Royale for 2010

in New Releases | Sunday, June 27. 2010

New for 2010 and first presented a Baselworld in March, the new Breguet Marine Royale watches are a great addition to the Marine line. Available in either 18-carat white gold or rose gold and in four different combinations, white gold with white gold dial, white gold with dark dial, rose gold with rose gold dial and finally a rose gold with dark dial. The solid 18-carat gold case measures 45 millimeters wide by 17.45 millimeters thick. The watch features a unidirectional bezel with a luminous marker, the security ratchet of the turning bezel is visible at 3 o'clock.

The dial is available in both light and dark versions. The triangular hand at the center of the dial handles setting the alarm time. The alarm power-reserve indication is in an aperture between 9 and 11 o’clock. The alarm on/off indicator is the round aperture at 12 o’clock. Date is located at 6 o’clock. The Breguet style hands are hands coated with a luminous compound. Powered by the in-house 519R calibre self-winding movement with an alarm mechanism and 36 jewels. The movement can be viewed through a sapphire crystal case-back. The superb construction of the timepiece allows for a water-resistant of 300 meters. The movement has a power reserve of up to 45 hours.

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), TAG Heuer has created a limited edition Monaco timepiece to commemorate the milestone. In staying with the 55 theme, the timepiece will be limited to just 55 pieces, it will display the racing number “55″ on the black and red dial, and it will retail for just $5,500. Its no surprising that these two companies have joined together for such a collaboration, as they have a long history together starting back in 1969, when the watch company pledged its support to Jo Siffert, the Swiss racecar legend.

The limited edition timepiece has a stainless steel case that measures 41 millimeters wide by 12 millimeters thick. The black and red striped dial is protected by a plexiglas crystal and displays hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph which displays time measurement in 30 minutes and 60 seconds. The watch features a black leather strap black decorated with red stitches and racing holes. The watch will be powered by an automatic movement and will provide a water resistance of up to 30 meters. Delivery for the watch is expected to be in September of this year.

The highly popular Iron Man movies have also been making headliness in the world of luxury timepieces with the wristwatch choices for lead actor Robert Downey Jr.character, Tony Stark. In the first movie, Iron Man 1, Downey's character can be seen wearing a rose gold Bvlgari Diagono Retrograde watch. Now, in the just released Iron Man 2 film Downey is sporting the Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 3 Tourbillon GMT watch. As far as I'm concerned a far more impressive timepiece that I think better compliments the characters lifestyle and unique abilities. Downey has also been photgraphed wearing the watch at press events leading up to the release.

The Amvox 3 timepiece is crafted from ceramic and platinum 950 and has a case width of 44 millimeters and a thickness of 15.24. The dial and back of the watch are protected by a sapphire crystal case-back which helps assure the watches 50 meter water resistance. The platinum version has the reference number 193K450 and is a limited series of just 300 watches. The dial features a black meshed and openworked in its centre with white luminescent numerals, displaying hours, minutes, seconds by tourbillon, date, GMT and am/pm indicator.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 3 Tourbillon GMT Watch is powered by the calibre 988 single barrel automatic movement which beats at 28800 Vibrations per hour and contains 35 jewels. It also has a 48 hour power-reserve. The watch is completed by a perforated calfskin leather strap and a double folding buckle the measures 20.0 milimeters. The watch is also available with rose gold accents, as reference number 193C450.

My first impression of the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds Limited Edition Watch is that at first glance I would not have guessed it to be crafted by Omega, but perhaps by A.Lange and Sohne. With a much more classic style, higly elegant hands and stylized numeral hour markers, Omega has created a timepiece that I think may force some to take a second look at the brand who's previous creations could be veiwed as second-best to high-end brands such as Patek Phillipe and Vacheron Constantine.

Available in 18K rose and white gold the over-sized case is an impressive 49.2 millimeters in diameter. The elegant dial is crafted from a beautiful white enamel on two levels. One of my favorite aspects of the Aqua Terra timepiece are the blue steel hands featuring laser-cut vintage Omega logos, patented by the brand back in 1924. And as the name indicates the dial has a small seconds sub-dial made from applied sterling (950) silver at the 6 o'clock position. The rose gold version is completed by a brown alligator leather strap fitted with a polished rose gold buckle. The white gold version is completed by a black alligator leather strap fitted with a polished white gold buckle.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds is a limited Edition watch issued in a small number of just 88 pieces for each version. Each timepiece is powered by an officially certified chronometer movement - calibre 2211. Superb construction allows the timepieces a 150-meter water-resistance.

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