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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Taking a Look at the HYT H4 Metropolis Watch that Indicates Time with Liquid

 |  November 19th, 2015

“Be water my friend.” The famous quote comes from Bruce Lee and is meant to drive home the importance of taking on the adaptable properties of liquid as it is able to flow into any shape. This is the first thing I think of whenever we have an opportunity to review a piece by Hydro Mechanical Horologists, HYT. The brand is famous for its work with mechanical timepieces and the incorporation of liquid to help track the passage of time. For those unfamiliar with the brand, HYT uses two billows to move liquid around the face of the watch. A colored liquid is used to indicate the hours and the distance between each hour marker is used to approximate the minutes.…

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A Close-Up Look at the Award-Winning Louis Moinet Vertalor Tourbillon Watch

 |  November 18th, 2015

Last year, for the brand’s tenth anniversary, Louis Moinet released the Vertalor, which is a watch that features a tourbillon in a cage hung beneath a three armed gold cage. What the innovation means for watchmaking, horology and the efficacy of this piece to standout against the crowded  backdrop of haute horology watches featuring a tourbillon movement wouldn’t be answered until a year later. Well, it’s been a year —  and the Vertalor has just won the International Chronometry Competition. The competition is the watch equivalent of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but this version is a four month marathon without a single pit stop. Winning the award is a real boon for the brand as it helps validate the talent…

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