Would You Wear a Blue/Green Rolex? Introducing the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Blue Z (video)

 |  April 18th, 2014

This watch is a winner. Now some may say that the blue and green combination is a bit odd, but we think it is a perfect color to take this already easily identifiable, much-loved watch to even new heights.  The new Rolex Oyster Milgauss Blue Z features an amazing green sapphire crystal combined with a bold electric blue dial for dramatic appeal. The blue dial, seen through the green crystal, is powerfully attractive, offering a slightly different hue from every angle. While incredibly forward thinking, the watch takes a lot of its inspiration from some emblematic Rolex heritage. For instance the green sapphire crystal marked a first in watchmaking when it was originally introduced on the Milgauss in 2007. The…

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Marc A. Hayek Takes a Moment in Time to Discuss Breguet’s High-Tech yet Traditional Watchmaking at BaselWorld 2014 (Video)

 |  April 14th, 2014

At BaselWorld 2014 Breguet introduced, among other models, the final  rendition of the Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique (5377). Our close colleagues at International Watch talked with Marc A. Hayek, President & CEO of Breguet, Blancpain and Jaquet Droz,  during the fair about how the ultra-thin platinum watch’s unusual peripheral rotor, silicon components and long, 90-hour power reserve were tested over the past year (in the atelier and on Mr. Hayek’s wrist) before it was released at this year’s show. They asked him, among other question, “Is it difficult to reconcile the classical profile, dials and cases of today’s Breguet with the high-tech caliber inside?”  Not at all, Hayek says. “Breguet himself would likely have done similar high-tech research to develop…

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Explore the Vallee de Joux with photographer Dan Holdsworth and Audemars Piguet (Video)

 |  April 12th, 2014

Audemars Piguet – well known for its long history and the fact that it is the oldest luxury watch firm still privately owned by the founding family – takes a great interest in the environment – as we mentioned in a post here recently.  Much of the brand’s inspiration for saving the forests and reconstituting land is influenced by the stunning Vallee de Joux that surrounds the Manufacture.  Here, if you take just two-and-half minutes to sit back and indulge, the brand brings a video of the magical region that is the cradle of Swiss watchmaking.   This fifth video in its intimate conversation series is with  British photographer Dan Holdsworth, whose passion for remote locations and the weather defines his work. Sometimes…

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Christophe Claret Brings Out 3 New Patents with the Ingenious Maestoso Watch at BaselWorld 2014 (video)

 |  March 26th, 2014

It was only a couple of months ago that we brought you the newest creation from Christophe Claret in his line of gambling and gaming watches. Now, here at BaselWorld 2014, Claret unveils several new masterpieces: the Maestoso for men and – for the first time ever – a woman’s watch, Margot ( which we just unveiled  here half an hour ago). The Maestoso is a traditional yet complicated piece that pays homage to the centuries of watchmaking heritage yet offers visionary forethought and a host of research and innovation. The timepiece, which, of course, has been made entirely in house at Christophe Claret, has three patents on it and reinvents the traditional pivoted détente escapement — with constant force…

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not—Christophe Claret turns the Whimsical Game into Wrist Reality with the new Margot for Women (video)

 |  March 26th, 2014

Christophe Claret continues in his gaming concept of playful watches for the wrist – this time releasing his first ever women’s watch: Margot. Inspired by the romantic act of plucking the petals of a daisy one by one to find the answer to the riddle “He loves me, he loves me not,” Claret offers a new complicated timepiece with an ingenious mechanism that helps to predict the answer. With the press of a pusher at 2:00, the watch comes to life – and each time the wearer presses the pusher, a single petal or a pair of petals randomly falls off the daisy that fills the center of the dial – disappearing beneath the dial. Finally, the answer appears in…

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