Don’t Miss the New Salon des Grandes Complications 2014

 |  November 23rd, 2014

Starting tomorrow  in Dubai and running until the 27, the first-ever Salon des Grandes Complications takes place in Dubai — and you don’t want to miss it if you’re in the Middle East.  A meeting point for watch collectors, enthusiasts and the fine watchmaking community at large, the event will play host to leading watch manufacturers exhibiting their newest master creations. Horological delights, live demonstrations, an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see historical and limited edition pieces all come into play thanks to more than 15 participating watch brands. The culmination of the event takes place on the 27th: The Watch of the Year Awards, with 11 winners, 11 categories. The event is organized by MPP (middle East Media LLC and Arabian Watches…

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Armin Strom Skeleton Pure — Breathtakingly Beautiful

 |  November 21st, 2014

By Gordon Henderson Located in the scenic town of Burgdorf, in the northwest part of Bern, Switzerland, Armin Strom (a brand we have written about many times before here) opened his own watchmaking shop in 1967 where he not only sold and restored watches, but also started creating pieces of his own design. The first creation was a gold pocket watch that featured a hand engraved dial and polished blue lapis lazuli. As he continued to hone his craft, Armin found his true passion and point of specialization, the art of skeletonization. The first pieces were only available in his shop. However, in 1984 he made his first appearance at Basel World and the rest is history. Today, Armin Strom…

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The Bell & Ross BR-X1Skeleton Chronograph Breaks Boundaries

 |  November 19th, 2014

Bell & Ross has gone upscale and radical. Recently, the brand unveiled its highly technical BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph watch. The limited edition titanium-cased watch (based on the BR1 model) is reinforced with ceramic and rubber elements. In fact, red rubber inserts make gripping the watch chronograph pushers easier, and the titanium case makes the 45mm timepiece lightweight and comfortable. An exclusive skeletonized chronograph movement powers the BR-X1. The movement was developed in conjunction with Dubois Depraz, and features black DLC bridges in the form of an X. The watch garnered its name from the aircraft, the Bell X-1, which Chuck Yeager flew when he became the first pilot to break the speed of sound. The watch – created in a…

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Blue Beauty: Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

 |  November 17th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Since the 1953 introduction of the now legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, the brand has become somewhat synonymous with the ocean. Now, with its alignment with, and sponsorship of, the World Ocean Summit, Blancpain unveils an all-new, limited edition piece to gain awareness of ocean exploration and preservation efforts. Known as the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, the bold dive watch underscores Blancpain’s watchmaking prowess and its dedication to conservation. Blancpain’s involvement in ocean exploration and preservation goes back more than 60 years. Over recent years, the brand has supported and sponsored expeditions like National Geographic’s Pristine Sea’s Expeditions, and Laurent Ballesta’s Projet Gombessa. The brand hopes to gain knowledge of and protect the great sea creatures that…

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Exhibition of Cartier Jewelry, Watches and More Finally Comes to America

 |  November 14th, 2014

Beginning this Sunday, November 16, and running until march 15, 2015, the Denver Art Museum will be the sole worldwide venue for 250 dazzling jewels and watches of Cartier in an exhibition entitled: Brilliant, Cartier in the 20th Century. The exhibition features jewelry, timepieces and precious objects produced between 1900 and 1975, and depicts Cartier’s rise to preeminence in the midst of historical events that include the era of the Czars of Russia, to the Roaring Twenties in America and more — as the transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in luxury goods. The exhibition includes a special section focused on items made exclusively for men, including the modern wristwatch. In 1900, Paris-based jewelry firm, Cartier,…

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