Fast Focus: Baume & Mercier Unveils Clifton 1830 Five-Minute Repeater Pocket Watch

 |  November 25th, 2015

Nearly two hundred years of watchmaking heritage and mastery characterize watch manufacturer Baume & Mercier, whose timepieces are the perfect gift for all celebrations. In honor of the brand’s 185th anniversary, Baume & Mercier celebrated with two new exquisite timepieces that celebrate top-quality craftsmanship and special moments. The 18-karat 5N rose gold Clifton 1830 pocket watch is a five-minute repeater pocket watch inspired by Baume & Mercier’s historic creations of the 19th century, yet translated with modern flair. A portrait of heritage and tradition, this watch merges the classic brand design with intricate engineering. A transparent case back allows one to marvel at the complexity. The Clifton 1830, produced in a limited number of 30 timepieces, is accompanied by a black calfskin  strap. Recognizing that in…

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Patek Philippe Garners Special Shop-within-a-Shop Status in new de Boulle Houston Boutique

 |  November 23rd, 2015

By Marie A. Picon An enthusiastic crowd of 165 people gathered in Houston last week to celebrate the opening of a new destination for top timepieces in the Bayou City’s toney uptown area. The latest project in a long-running partnership between a family-owned Swiss watch company and a family-owned Dallas jeweler, the new Patek Philippe Showroom at de Boulle Diamonds & Jewelry offers a comprehensive collection of watches by the legendary Geneva maison. It is just one of the many retail gems that promise to make the newly inaugurated River Oaks District-– the city’s top spot for luxury shopping. Denis Boulle founded de Boulle Diamonds & Jewelry in Dallas in the ’80s and, today, the jeweler continues to be recognized as much for…

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon 60 Seconds: The World’s “Thinnest” and “Lightest” Tourbillon

 |  November 20th, 2015

By Samantha Walsh For such a young brand, Parmigiani Fleurier has been conquering the watchmaking world this year, with its remarkable timepieces — including the recently released Tonda 1950 Tourbillon 60 Seconds. The result of two years of research and development, the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is a complication that masters two world firsts: the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon and the world’s lightest tourbillon cage. At 3.4 mm the Tonda 1950 features the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon with micro-rotor. The micro-rotor, made  of 950 platinum, is directly integrated into the main plate without adding the thickness of another layer — thus determining the thinness of the entire PF517 movement. This reduction in size poses a challenge in creation. The limited space had to…

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Fast Focus: Gucci Watches on the Runway

 |  November 17th, 2015

Welcome to our new section: Fast Focus. Here we bring you a quick look at a certain watch — just a quick in and out so you get a glimpse of what’s happening in the real world and what is hot on the market. Right now, the news for women revolves around the fact that Gucci Timepieces are on the runway. In fact, during the recent  Gucci Women’s Spring Summer 2016 runway show  in Milan, Italy, models wore this highly unusual and emblematic timepiece. The watch features a Plexiglas case, 40 x 24mm, with green-red-green Gucci stripe, skeleton dial in gold finish, green-red-green Plexiglas bangle, engraved bee motif on the case back, quartz movement.Gucci is part of the Kering Group. Gucci Timepieces has…

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Meet the Bovet 19Thirty Collection– the new Introductory Brand Price Point

 |  November 16th, 2015

The 1930’s marked a watchmaking revolution, as timepieces migrated from pockets to wrists. This new freedom gave rise to creative designs and specialized functions but also posed a multitude of constraints for watchmakers. Movements needed to be reduced in size while still remaining highly accurate. BOVET 1822, renowned for their pocket watches at the time, capitalized on this transitional decade and quickly built a solid reputation for their wrist worn chronographs. In tribute to this major milestone in watchmaking history, BOVET 1822 unveiled an entire new collection for the second half of 2015. Aptly named the 19Thirty collection, the timepieces are inspired by the aesthetic codes of the 1930’s Bovet “easel” chronometer – one of the last pocket watches manufactured…

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