Introducing the Hautlence HLRQ01 Watch at SIAR 2013

 |  October 3rd, 2013

This week, from October 1 through 3, the 7th edition of  SIAR (Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria Mexico) is being held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City. At this important by-invitation-only show, dozens of top brands are exhibiting their latest creations, and some are unveiling new timepieces. Hautlence, in fact, is releasing the never-before-seen HLRQ01.  We’ve written about Hautlence many times here before. It is a cutting edge brand that was first founded in 2004 by Guillame Tetu. The newest Hautlence HLRQ01 is part of the Avant-Garde Retrograde Collection – in the round.  The Avant-Garde line was launched in 2012 as a more available production series. Heretofore, there were no round watches in this line. Now, Hautlence incorporates the…

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New York, Antiquorum Preview of Only Watch Timepieces

 |  September 25th, 2013

Just last week in New York City,  Antiquorum  Auctioneers U.S. held its US-exclusive preview of the 33 unique watches – each made especially for the auction —  that are being auctioned this weekend in the upcoming   Only Watch auction  on September 28 at the Only Watch 2013 charity event in Monaco.  All proceeds from the auction  will benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help finance research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In New York, Antiquorum co-hosted with The Consulate General of Monaco the preview of the 33 watches produced and donated by the world’s top brands. Now, following a preview stop in Geneva, the collection is in Monaco where it is on display during the Monaco Yacht Show (which…

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4 Top Watch Brands Win Couture Time Awards

 |  June 11th, 2013

  At the recent Couture show, I was honored to be – for the third year running – a Couture Time judge – along with fellow jurors: watch collectors Sam Yukon and celebrity chef Nick Stellino, journalist Keith Strandberg, author John Reardon and Daryn Schnipper of Sotheby’s. Judging is a big responsibility – as there are many particularities that go into judging a contest – and you have to hold your own true emotions at bay to offer a fair and just verdict.  There were many great entries this year as with other years – and, in fact, we have covered three of the four winners here on in detail in the recent months. The overriding winners were: Tutima…

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MB&F MusicMachine – Possibly the Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

 |  June 9th, 2013

It was only a month or so ago in BaselWorld that the well-known and much-loved MB&F unveiled its newest piece – the MusicMachine. While the brand is renowned for its cutting-edge timepieces, the ever-creative Max Busser couldn’t help but want something a little different to wow the world with this year. He conceived of a spaceship like music box built in collaboration with the world’s finest hand-made music box company, Reuge. The MB&F MusicMachine is an elaborate feat of engineering and hand craftsmanship that recalls the MB&F watch line and embodies the MB&F concepts.  The spaceship music box has dual propellers and twin silver cylinders mounted on landing gear. Each of the cylinders on MusicMachine plays three tunes. One cylinder…

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Exploring the Chopard L.U.C Engine One H

 |  June 6th, 2013

An aesthetic hybrid that combines auto inspirations and fine watchmaking, the new Chopard L.U.C Engine One H hand-wound timepiece is a delight to look at and to wear. The Chopard Manufacture Tourbillon movement reflects the look of an engine and race car instrumentation – on both the dial side and via the sapphire caseback. The watch is equipped with a tourbillon regulator and housed in a titanium case. The aesthetics of this timepiece is definitely likened to the sports car engine.The L.U.C 04.02-L features openings in its movement that are a nod to the open-worked design of racing-car air intakes. Engine-block cylinder heads inspired the grooves that are engraved on the dial-side bridges, which are integral part of the main…

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