Richard Mille’s Mythical New Tourbillon

 |  October 1st, 2014

This week Richard Mille unveiled a stunning new jewelry collection that interestingly enough – comes in the form of a tourbillon. The new RM 57-1 Phoenix and Dragon-Jackie Chan timepiece is the embodiment of the world’s well-known ‘Four Supernatural Spirits’. The Phoenix has long been known as the supernatural king of birds – personifying the five virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity. It is has always appeared in a magical variety; a physical representation of all areas of the universe from the highest heights to the lowest depths. The dragon has long been known as the fierce and strong creature of supernatural tales. It is believed that seeing these two creatures together is symbolic of great fortuitousness and luck. Thus, Richard Mille has released…

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IWC Watches for Women?! Introducing the Portofino Midsize at Watches & Wonders 2014

 |  September 30th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold This year at the annual Watches & Wonders show, IWC has done something quite unexpected. Schaffhausen’s own has unveiled what is, unofficially, its very first women’s collection – an intriguing and bold move from the dive and pilot watch dominated brand. Referred to as the Portofino “Midsize”, IWC hopes to broaden its market to those who prefer smaller sizes or more delicate and jewel-adorned designs. With a large number of models within the collection, there will surely be a piece to tickle the fancy of the most discerning of women. IWC’s Portofino collection has already been wildly successful for the brand. It has long represented an expression of subtle and pure taste, and actually has been popular…

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It Takes More than 1200 Hours to Build the All-New Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic (Unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2014)

 |  September 29th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Roger Dubuis, the only 100% Poincon de Genève certified manufacture, has just announced its latest haute horology creation, the Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic. As the collection’s name would suggest, this piece is an homage watch, but not in the way it’s often seen within the industry. Roger Dubuis is not only paying tribute to an iconic design, but also they are honoring are historical traditions of watchmaking, and the notable individuals who have helped perpetuate this craft. The Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon showcases just about all of the brand’s horological know-how in a way that is aesthetically audacious, yet refined and sophisticated. Mechanically speaking, this piece is an absolute work of art. As such, the brand…

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Introducing the Montblanc Metamorphosis II, A Theatrical Performance on the Wrist — To Be Officially Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Exhibition

 |  September 27th, 2014

Starting Monday in Hong Kong the worlds’ second annual Watches & Wonders Exhibition is taking place with top Swiss brands unveiling – well – top watches and extreme wonders that will have aficionados chomping at the bit. One such timepiece is the all-new Montblanc Metamorphosis II. The complex watch houses one of the most complicated movements ever developed and designed in Montblanc’s Villeret workshops. The mechanical movement not only consists of a whopping 746 components – each finely finished by hand – but also is protected by several patents. Four years in the research and development, the new watch recalls the original Metamorphosis I that was unveiled to the world in 2010 and first demonstrated the concept of overlaid dials…

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Jerome Lambert, CEO, Montblanc Watches, Raises the Bar Adding Complications and Women’s Watches

 |  September 19th, 2014

It was only about a year and a half ago that Jerome Lambert – then fierce-leader at Jaeger-LeCoultre – took over the helm of Montblanc. (You can read a Q&A from that appointment here). The brand, with a rich heritage in writing instruments and then timepieces, was ripe for the reshaping – something I knew Lambert would do in his own inimitable style. Captain of a new ship, Lambert wasted no time getting it on course. He capitalized on the brand’s superb Minerva workshops in Villeret (you can read about that manufacture here), bringing much of this Manufacture’s high standards and codes of watchmaking to the forefront for the core Montblanc watchmaking facility in LeLocle – where the brand already has exceptional…

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