PRE-SIHH: Jaeger-LeCoultre Unveils Master Calendar Watches with Meteorite Dials (with prices)

 |  December 9th, 2014

There has been a lot of talk lately about the use of meteorites as dials in watches – something certain brands were doing decades ago. Today, there are just a handful of luxury watch brands that procure meteorites and transform them into ultra-thin slabs for use as a watch dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre is one such brand. In its newest Master Calendar watches being released officially at SIHH in January in Geneva, the brand turns to these celestial fragments from space to continue its astral theme that encompasses astronomical watches, starry celestial watches and more. First we want to make a distinction here, the Master Calendar complete calendar watch is not new for 2015 – only the use of meteorite for the…

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Seeking Affordable Watches as Holiday Gifts? Look at the Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT

 |  December 8th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson With a strong focus on precision and function, Ball Watch Company has been a leader in certain important categories—including pilot watches. Now, the brand revisits its Engineer Master Pilot watch and makes a few   changes to it in an effort to pay tribute to aviation heroes. The new 43.5 mm stainless steel Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT combines vintage elements with modern styling. In fact, the watch is all about luminosity and readability—two very important factors in the world of pilot watches. The indexes and hands are filled with luminescent micro tubes of H3 gas, which requires no external light to be charged (this differs from most luminous materials in the industry that have to be…

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IWC Unveils Peter Lindbergh Photos at ART Basel

 |  December 5th, 2014

Pardon our lateness in posting today, but we were on a plane back from Miami – where ArtBasel is winding down. This globally recognized art show has become the premiere place for watch brands to showcase their newest creations or their artistic involvements — usually with a star-studded cast. We attended with IWC, which launched the Portofino Midsize watch officially here in the USA, and which also unveiled the stunning artistic photos taken of IWC Friends of the Brand in Portofino. The marketing and publicity project, entitled Timeless Portofino,  showcases more than 60 top photographs of stars such as Ewan McGregor and Kate Blanchett, and is an impressive work of black-and-white photography. On hand for the press event, and the…

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A Look at What Makes the Arnold & Son TE8 Metiers d’Art II so Special

 |  December 3rd, 2014

  By Gordon Henderson Arnold & Son – a brand we love here at ATimelyPerspective and have written about time and again — represents the fusion of British history and Swiss watch manufacturing. The brand is a favorite of many in the horological circle because it offers classic styling with new and fresh technological interpretations. The brand regularly releases world firsts and patented concepts – always quietly and unassuming. The newest of its unique insight comes with the new references of its Limited Edition (just 8 pieces) TE8 Métiers d’Art II.  Inspired by the pocket watches created by John Arnold (the brand’s founder) for King George III and his royal court, the TE8 collection highlights the brand’s rich history. The…

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Chopard Raises the bar on Gold Mining with its Fairmined L.U.C Tourbillon

 |  November 30th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold In today’s world, most consumers of luxury goods are aware of the measures one must take when acquiring a precious stone. Due to the popularity of the “Blood Diamond” movement, we’ve learned to avoid purchasing a stone that may fuel conflicts, but what most don’t realize is that the issue goes beyond just stones. Unfairly mined precious metals are also a prime example of the dark avarice of some individuals – yet another unpleasant reality the world faces. For this reason, watchmaking and jewelry industry giant Chopard has chosen to collaborate with the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), to work towards giving Latin American mining communities Fairmined certification. Through their support of sustainable precious metals, and the…

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