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It’s Official: Cartier will have a price increase April 29,2013

by amitdevhanda

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logo courtesy of http://www.cartier.com

As of next Monday April 29, 2013, world renowned French jeweler and watch maker Cartier will be having a 5-15% price increase across the board on their entire product line. This is quite a substantial price increase, so if your in the market, now is the the time to do it as you may potentially save yourself thousands of dollars.

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IWC Platimum “Tribeca Film Festival” watch video 2013

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The IWC Portuguese in Platinum ” Tribeca Film Festival” watch shatters estimates at Antiquorum Auction in NYC

by amitdevhanda

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IWC Portuguese Platinum “Tribeca Film Festival” watch

On April 10th, 2013 the IWC Platinum Portuguese unique 1/1 “Tribeca Film Festival” watch was auctioned of in NYC by Antiquorum auctioneer’s.  This watch was estimated to fetch between $20,000-$30,000 at auction, but I am thrilled to report that this watch sold for a whopping $60,000!

IWC have done something completely remarkable by auctioning off this watch and giving 100% of the proceeds to the Tribeca Film Fund. Their belief and supports for the arts, especially in Film and the future of young film makers is such an amazing gesture of hope and gratitude. I truly commend IWC for their humanity and incredible watch making and I will continue to passionately wear their products and write about their journey.

It’s official: Swatch Group owns Harry Winston

by amitdevhanda

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When you think of luxury precious jewels with crazy over the top prices, you think of Harry Winston. Harry Winston was an American Jeweler. He donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958 after owning it for a decade, and traded the Portuguese Diamond to the Smithsonian in 1963.

Harry Winston Jewels are a symbol of opulence, wealth, luxury, exclusivity and embody an international lifestyle that only the elite can afford. Up till about 8 weeks ago, the Harry Winston Diamond Corporation operated eight boutiques in the U.S., New York, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Dallas, Honolulu, Bal Harbour, Chicago and Costa Mesa, and seventeen boutiques worldwide.

As of today, luxury power house, The Swatch Group owns Harry Winston outright, except for their mining facilities in Canada. The global economy has taken a serious beating over the last five years and the Swatch Group is one of the few cash rich companies in the watch industry generating over 8 billion dollars in revenue in 2012 with a profit of nearly 2 billion dollars, which puts them in a position of power. The Swatch Group very intelligently struck a deal and bought Harry Winston for a billion dollars which is a bargain. I am sure if the economy was much stronger this would have cost them 10 times that, which just shows you cash is king. Currently the Swatch Group has nearly 30,000 employees worldwide.

This is a huge victory for the Swatch Group because they are the kings of taking prestigious brands with heritage and pumping life, energy and reviving them far beyond what you could ever imagine. When you look at their Tourbillon Boutiques all over the world, its amazing what they have created. They give priority to their in-house boutiques with product by delivering 6 months to a year a head of time and then their retailers world-wide will follow. By doing this, the Swatch Group controls distribution, price and remains exclusive.

Harry Winston watches will be interesting under the new Swatch Group umbrella because in the past Harry Winston have commissioned very well-respected and genius watch makers to make their Opus line of watches. I am sure Swatch Group will take this to a whole new level. The acquisition of Harry Winston makes Swatch Group much more powerful and creates many more opportunities for the group to expand their portfolio and not just own the luxury watch market but dominate the luxury jewelry market.

The Breguet Hora Mundi is the best functional complicated watch out there today

by amitdevhanda

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Breguet Hora Mundi in Platinum

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Movement of the Breguet Hora Mundi

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wrist shot of the Breguet Classique Hora Mundi in Platinum

Recently, I was lucky enough to go to the Swatch Tourbillon Boutique in Las Vegas and try on the amazing Breguet Hora Mundi ref#5717 in Platinum. This watch reeks elegance, style, refinement and tradition. Even with all these amazing elements of sophistication, Breguet makes this timeless complicated beauty very wearable and everyday by making the case in a 44 mm size.

Lets get to the watch, this watch is the most useful and functional out of all the complicated watches out there today . The functions of this watch include: time, date, day/night indicator and dual time zone function.  According to the Robb Report, The Breguet’s Classique Hora Mundi  was voted “Best of the Best” selections, notably for its beauty and functionality. I must say I agree. This watch is easy to read and serves a purpose especially for that world traveler who wants something super refined, exclusive and finished to the highest standards that watch making has to offer.

This watch is available in Platinum and in 18k red gold with three different dial options representing one part of the world: the Americas, the European and African continents, or Asia and Oceania.The Classique Hora Mundi is the first mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time-zone display. This function allows the traveller to easily display the time in two pre-selected time zones, changing instantly from one to the other by the quick press of a button, without interrupting the operation of the watch.

You must be a real connoisseur to appreciate this watch and have deep pockets to afford this watch because in Platinum it retails for $94,000 and change, which to me is a little bit high. Then again it’s super limited and complicated and Breguet has 4 patents just on the movement.  If you happen to be in Las Vegas and want to see it live, hurry into the Swatch Tourbillon Boutique to witness horological mastery at it’s best!

A. Lange & Sohne make a special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold

by amitdevhanda

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A Lange & Sohne special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold

There are very few watch companies in the world that can actually say they make a better timepiece than historic luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne. I have had the esteemed privilege of visiting the manufacturing facility in Glashutte Germany several times throughout my career. I was witness to the manufacturing  of many different aspects of their traditional watchmaking. Let me tell you, their factory is one of the cleanest most incredible facilities I have ever seen.

My favorite watch that they make is the Richard Lange watch because it’s very simple, classic and timeless and has an amazing story behind it.  The Richard Lange watch was revived and debuted in 2006 and was inspired by an observation watch that was designed by Richard Lange who was the eldest son of Adolf Lange, the founder of A. Lange & Sohne.

 In 1929, he recognised that the addition of beryllium to the nickel-steel alloy made hairsprings less susceptible to temperature fluctuations and simultaneously more elastic. Richard Lange’s insight, for which a patent was granted in the following year, resulted in a quantum leap in precision and expedited the development of a timepiece category that defines itself in terms of accuracy: the observation watch.

To commemorate this historic event in time, A Lange & Sohne have released a special boutique edition of the Richard Lange in white gold.  This will be distinguished in contrast from the regular Richard Lange white gold production piece from 2006 by the steel blue hands which were originally on the Observation Watch. The new Richard Lange Boutique Edition in white gold will be extremely limited, collectible and further enhances A Lange & Sohnes heritage on a whole new level.

Technical Specs for A. Lange & Sohne special boutique edition Richard Lange in white gold

Ref#232.029

The case, in 18kt white gold, measures 40.5mm x 10.5mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the German manual-wind Lange in-house caliber L041.2 with 26 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours. It is decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted to five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand. Shock-resistant screw balance with eccentric poising weights, superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, precision beat adjustment system with lateral setscrew and whiplash spring.

Retail- $31,500

The dial is solid silver, argente with blued steel hands. The strap is hand-stitched black crocodile strap with white prong gold buckle.

IWC will be making 100 piece limited editon Portuguese automatic “Tribeca Film Festival” in stainless steel

by amitdevhanda

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Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013”, Ref. IW500126 pic courtesy of http://www.iwc.com

If you remember, I wrote an Article last month about how IWC will be supporting the Tribeca Festival which you can check out here. In the article, I mentioned they were doing a very special one out of one limited Platinum Portuguese Automatic edition “Tribeca Film Festival” This watch will be auctioned off by Antiquorum Auctioneers in NYC April 10th 2013.

In conjunction, IWC have decided to produce a very limited 100 piece stainless steel edition of the same watch.  Like the platinum edition, the entire proceeds of the sale of this watch will got to support the Tribeca Film Institute. This unique limited edition will be available at IWC boutiques for the US market exclusively.

This limited edition watch in stainless steel will have all the same functions and properties as the unique 1/1 platinum edition and will look relatively similar except this watch will have stainless steel Arabic numerals instead of red gold Arabic numerals.

This nuance of changing the Arabic numerals to stainless steel differentiates the two timepieces completely as well as gives it a completely different aesthetic ensuring its own identity. This stainless steel “Tribeca Film Festival” limited edition IWC Portuguese will retail for $13,600 and  is already available for pre-order and will be released next month exclusively at IWC boutiques only.

Technical specs for the IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition “Tribeca Film Festival”

Features

  • Mechanical movement with automatic Pellaton winding system and 7-day power reserve
  • Date display
  • Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Breguet spring
  • Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion bearing the logo of the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Limited edition of 100 watches with the engraving “One out of 100”
  • Available exclusively from official IWC retailers in the USA

Watch

  • Materials: stainless-steel case with slate-colored dial, claret-colored small seconds and power reserve subdials, black alligator leather strap with stainless-steel folding clasp
  • Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Back: see-through sapphire-glass back
  • Water-resistant: 3 bar
  • Diameter: 42.3 mm
  • Case height: 14 mm

Movement

  • Calibre: 51011
  • Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
  • Jewels: 42
  • Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
  • Winding: automatic

Panerai Left-Handed Destro

by amitdevhanda

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Panerai PAM00219- Left-Handed Luminor Base pic courtesy of http://www.panerai.com

It’s no secret I am  just a little obsessed about Panerai watches. I have been a loyal supporter and have been wearing this brand for over 10 years now. I never have owned or dug deep into the depths of the highly coveted Destro or Left-Handed watches Panerai makes.

Firstly , I would love to own one because  they are a major part of Panerai watch history and DNA and secondly because they are really bad ass looking and different from any Panerai watch out there today.

Historically, the left-handed Panerai Destro came out in the 1940’s and were made for Italian Naval Officers to wear on their right hand while their wrist watch was worn on the left hand. This also served a purpose for visibility as they were over sized depth gauges and because the device protecting the crown was on the opposite side of the case, it was easy for the Naval officers to wind so their glove wouldn’t get in the way. This also insured that if one of their watches for any reason broke under water, they would have another watch on their other wrist to time their descents.

The Panerai Destro or Left-handed has become a cult watch amongst collectors and enthusiasts alike.  These watches have evolved into some of the most popular and highly collectible pieces from Panerais arsenal. Some of these pieces like the PAM00217, left-handed 47 mm 1950 Marina Militaire retailed some seven years ago for $9,900 and today if you can find one $19,000 isn’t unreasoanble at all!

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Panerai PAM00217- 1950 47 mm Marina Militaire

If you want to get your hands on a production piece that Panerai makes today and have something exclusive, different and a symbol of Panerais history, then you should buy the PAM00219, pictured below.  Since it’s release in 2005 till now they have only manufactured 3,500 pieces for the world, which is less than 500 pieces a year. This watch has a sandwich dial, hand wound ETA movement with Geneva striping, 44 mm stainless steel case, see through case back and retails for $7,300

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live shot of the Panerai PAM00219- 44 mm stainless steel Left-Handed Base

Technical Info for PAM00219

MOVEMENT

Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP X calibre, 16½ lignes, 17 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Swan’s neck regulator. Power reserve 56 hours. Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges.

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes.

CASE

Diameter 44mm, AISI 316L Polished steel.

BEZEL

Polished steel.

BACK

See-through sapphire crystal.

DEVICE PROTECTING THE CROWN

(protected as a trademark) Brushed steel.

DIAL

Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and markers.

CRYSTAL

Sapphire, formed of corundum, 3.5 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE

 30 bar (~300 metres).

STRAP

PANERAI personalised leather strap and large size steel buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai

F.P Journe launches American Premiere of the Quantième Perpétuel at Madison Ave Watch Week in NYC

by amitdevhanda

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F.P Journe Quantieme Perpetual in Rose Gold and Platinum
pic courtesy F.P Journe

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On Monday, April 8 through Friday April 12th: 10am to 6 pm, Saturday, April 13th : 11am-6pm, F.P Journe will be debuting for the American premiere, their Quantieme Perpetual with instantaneous jump for Madison Ave Watch Week at 721 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065.

This watch, unlike other Quantieme Perpetual watches in not ridiculously complicated to set even though it’s quite a complicated piece of technical brilliance and innovation. Corrections are made using the three-position crown, except for the rapid correction of months, which is carried out by a protected and hidden corrector lever beneath the lug at 1 o’clock, which facilitates the adjustment over four years without any specific tool.

This watch is to me is one of the nicest and cleanest watches made for a complicated watch. The dial is instantly recognizable and stands out yet has a subtle refinement at the same time. This watch is available in two different sizes of 40 and 42 mm and is also available in two different precious metals rose gold and platinum.

I really wish I was in NYC at that time to see this watch in person because F.P Journe is renowned for transcending watchmaking through his art, passion, innovation and finishing. He is really one of the true technical masters of the watch world and if you should be so lucky to be in NYC, you should definitely go and witness perfection at it’s best.

The new Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Aviation Collection takes flight at Baseworld 2013

by amitdevhanda

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The New Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Aviation Collection

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Top: Gyrocompass Instrument in Airplane Bottom:BR 01 Heading Indicator

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Top: Anemometer on an Airplane Bottom: Br 01 Airspeed

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Top: Variometer on an airplane Bottom: BR 01 Climb

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Over the last 6-7 years, watch brand Bell & Ross has been notorious for making square watches that are meant to look like the instrument panels in Airplane’s.  Through this form of expression they have embedded their iconic BR 01 Instrument watches in the watch world making them instantly  recognizable.

This year for Baselworld 2013, Bell & Ross are releasing three limited edition pieces from their BR instrument collection known as the BR 01 Instrument Aviation Collection. These three watches are the most accurate portrayal  I have seen yet of Bell & Ross using the instrument Panels of Cockpits as inspiration of for their watches .

The three models are: BR 01 HEADING INDICATOR, BR 01 AIRSPEED and BR01 CLIMB— are each available in limited editions of 999 pieces.

The first 99 will be offered exclusively in a lavish collector’s box containing the six instruments: BR 01 HORIZON, ALTIMETER, TURN COORDINATOR, HEADING INDICATOR, AIRSPEED and CLIMB. The box is designed as a control panel where the essential instruments are laid out in T shape for optimum legibility.

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BR 01 Heading Indicator

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BR 01 HEADING INDICATOR – LIMITED EDITION OF 999 PIECES
DISC-BASED DISPLAY INSPIRED BY THE HEADING INDICATOR
Bell & Ross designers have borrowed the graphic characteristics of the heading indicator to create an original and innovative display of time.
• The dial comprises three independent concentric discs, graduated for the hours and minutes. The seconds are displayed in the center on a
disc, which is not graduated, but features a yellow marker. The hour reading is indicated by the yellow triangle, which appears on the outer
hours’ disc. Minutes are read from the middle disc.
• The WES (West, East and South) indications are also displayed on this disc, as on the original instrument, and the N for North indication has
been replaced by a yellow triangle marker for reading the hours.
• To allow the markers to stand out against the background, an airplane identical to the one found on the original instrument and yellow
index marks are engraved under the glass.
• The anti-glare, matt black carbon finish of the case is inspired by the color of an instrumentation panel, designed to make the dials easier to read by eliminating glare.
• Since each disc weighs 30 times more than a watch hand, ultra light discs needed to be created in order to not reduce the power reserve nor the accuracy of the watch. furthermore, each disc needed to be sufficiently resistant so as not to become deformed or risk any friction.
• As they rotate, an adjustment to the nearest micron ensures that the discs are constantly parallel.

BR 01 Airspeed

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BR 01 AIRSPEED – LIMITED EDITION OF 999 PIECES
DESIGN THAT ENHANCES LEGIBILITY
Bell & Ross designers have borrowed the graphic characteristics of the anemometer, or airspeed, to create an original and extremely legible
display of time.
• To enhance legibility, the hour, minute and second graduations have been separated to promote the minutes on the main dial as in the
original instrument , while the hours are displayed in the center.
• The three colors that indicate levels of criticality in the original instrument green, white and yellow also appear on the watch dial and
indicate the zones by quarters of an hour.
• The hands and index marks are covered in a white photo luminescent coating, contrasting with the black of the dial, echoing the legibility
principles of professional aeronautical instruments.
• The anti-glare, matt black carbon finish of the case is inspired by the color of an instrumentation panel, designed to make the dials easier
to read by eliminating glare.

BR 01 Climb

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BR 01-97 CLIMB – LIMITED EDITION OF 999 PIECES

A GRAPHIC STYLE INSPIRED BY THE VARIOMETER OR CLIMB
Bell & Ross designers have borrowed the graphic characteristics of the climb to create an original and innovative display of time.
• The frame reflects the style of the original instrument. Instead of the variometer, a power reserve indicator allows the user to measure
remaining power, which is vital for the smooth functioning of the movement. This indicator is yellow, contrasting with the black of the dial
and the other time information. The date is also displayed in a window at 3 o’clock.
• The typeface of the graduation is reminiscent of CLIMB. Since it only has one white hand, the hour hand has been darkened to render the
best imitation of the original instrument.
• The hands and the digits are covered in a white photo luminescent coating, contrasting with the black of the dial, and echoing the legibility
principles of professional aviation instruments.
• The anti-glare, matt black carbon finish of the case is inspired by the color of an instrumentation panel, designed to make the dials easier to read by eliminating glare.

Common characteristics in all three Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Aviation Watches

All pieces are stainless steel black PVD measuring 46mm. Crystals are AR-coated sapphire, and they are water resistant to 100 meters.

Movements are the Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2892-2 and the ETA caliber 2897.