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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Fast Focus: Introducing Piaget’s “Year of the Monkey” Altiplano Cloisonné Watch

 |  February 1st, 2016

Over the past month or so, we have been bringing you a close up look at all of the new watches that celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Today, we present the Piaget Limited Edition Year of the Monkey watch. To celebrate the Chinese New Year (which begins next week), Piaget presents the playful monkey, the ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, in a beautiful Cloisonné Enamel dial. Cased in the brand’s Altiplano watch, the newest piece in the brand’s   “Art & Excellence” collection is bedecked in diamonds for added appeal. For the creation of this watch, Piaget turned to renowned master enameller Anita Porchet, who has brought the previous Chinese zodiac, signs to life for Piaget (dragon, serpent, horse, goat).…

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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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A Moment in Time: Daniel Riedo, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Shares 2016 Trends and Plans

 |  January 26th, 2016

Just last week, with the SIHH in full swing, a lot of great timepieces were seen and a host of  wonderful interviews conducted. We will bring you much of the news from the exhibition and around the city in the coming weeks — keeping in mind that much of what we are bringing  to you here  — in terms of product — will not make its way to the US retail market until summer and early fall. We have already noted that this will be a big year for Jaeger-LeCoultre, which celebrates the 85th anniversary of the famed Reverso. Just before the exhibition, we brought you a slideshow of some of the new pieces based on historic models here. Now,…

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