8 Amazing “Year of the Monkey” Watches Celebrate the Chinese New Year (Slide show)

 |  February 8th, 2016

If you look back though the past month, we have brought you a close up look at several of the amazing new watches unveiled to celebrate today’s Chinese New Year. This year, the year of the Monkey, honors the clever monkey, whose job it was to guard the Imperial garden of peaches — said to give eternal life. Instead, the smart monkey ate the peaches — and today is a symbol of good luck and long life. Top watch brands — most of which annually celebrate the Chinese New Year with a new timepiece — unveil elaborate artistic “year of the monkey”  watches. Among the standouts: Vacheron Constantin (full details here), Ulysse Nardin (read more details here), Chopard (read about it…

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Cartier Unveils All-New Drive de Cartier Collection at SIHH 2016 (prices)

 |  February 5th, 2016

By Samantha Walsh This January at the annual SIHH, Cartier unveiled a completely new line, the Drive de Cartier– designed for those who appreciates cars and have a penchant for style and freedom. This marks the second consecutive year that Cartier has launched an all-new collection (in2015, the brand launched Cle’ de Cartier). In a signature cushion-shaped case with a taut linear design inspired by the interiors of fine automobiles, the Drive de Cartier watch continues the longstanding brand tradition of watches with distinctive shapes. Offered, depending on f the version, in steel or in pink gold, the Drive de Cartier line is powered by three calibers. The small complication features the 1904-PS MC caliber. It is based on the 1904-MC that  was…

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Buy the new Panerai PAM786 Luminor 8 Days Boxed Set — Before the Paneristi Get Them All

 |  February 3rd, 2016

This may sound strange to say, since there are so many young pups in the watch writing business today, but I was there when Panerai launched. No, I don’t mean back in 1860 when Giovanni Panerai opened his watchmaker’s shop in Florence, but in 1993 when Officine Panerai (under the leadership of Angelo Bonati) unveiled its first modern-day collection of limited-edition watches (Luminor, Luminor Marina and Mare Nostrom) to the world. I remember when, four years later, the astute Vendome Group (today, Richemont Group) acquired the brand and began taking it to international levels. I have even been to Florence to see the original workshops and have spent many a long hour talking with Bonati about the direction Panerai has…

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Storage Wars: SIHH 2016 Innovative USB Keys

 |  January 28th, 2016

Welcome to the first edition of Storage Wars 2016 — based on the SIHH exhibition and a few independent brands exhibiting in Geneva. Every year we embark on trips to find the most exciting timepieces on the market — and we come home with a wealth of information and images. All of that info is stored,  brand by brand, in a single place. Typically, that places is a USB key. As such, many watch brands go to the trouble of making creative USBs. We’ve covered this subject here before, but now we bring you the Innovative USB winners of SIHH 2016. These are the brands that gave us fun, cool or interesting powerful thumb drives. And this year’s winners are: MB&F,…

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SIHH 2016: Close-up with the Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury (video/price)

 |  January 27th, 2016

OK – so sometimes a lot of diamonds really do enthrall us. Such is the case of the new  Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury cuff-watch. Unveiled during SIHH, this more-than half-a-million-dollar watch comes on the heels of last year’s extremely successful Diamond Punk, which we wrote about here. Now, if classic vintage chic is the buzzword for watches of 2016, Audemars Piguet goes against the grain with this stunning 18-karat bold white gold cuff watch with superb angular appeal.  The  Haute Joaillerie timepiece is bathed in thousands of diamonds and features a dimaond-adorned (2016 brilliants) watch dial masterfully hidden behind a secret cover that is also ensconced in diamonds. The Diamond Fury took the master artisans at Audemars Piguet more than 1,500 hours…

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