Watch Education: What Exactly is a Perpetual Calendar Watch?

 |  February 21st, 2013

One of the most sought-after complications on today’s watch market is the perpetual calendar. These sophisticated time trackers typically hold calibers with anywhere from 300 to 600 pieces and command prices that range from $25,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on their added functions and adornments. Waiting lists for these watches can run several years—a drop in the bucket, really, since these complex movements can stay accurate for more than a hundred years. Essentially, the perpetual calendar tracks and displays the day, month, date, and year with automatic accuracy. With the exception of a few that will run for centuries, today’s perpetual calendar watches typically are built to track time until March 1, 2100. At that point in…

Continue Reading →

Time Capsules: News –Audemars Piguet Presents New Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Watches in Germany

 |  October 17th, 2012

It’s been a big month for Formula One race-car driver Michael Schumacher – who officially confirmed his resignation this month — effective at the end of this season.  The German born racer is a seven-time World Champion and is regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever. Holding a host of records, Schumacher (who had retired once before in 2006) is also a brand ambassador for Audemars Piguet watches – and just today the brand and Schumacher jointly unveiled its newest Michael Schumacher Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition watches in Germany. Schumacher was personally involved in the design of the timepieces, spent some time at the Audemars Piguet Manufacture, where he learned more about the making of these stealth watches,…

Continue Reading →

Time Capsules: Product – Beautiful Women’s Watches from Ulysse Nardin

 |  September 18th, 2012

Ok – so has been hearing from its female watch readers that they would like a little more attention paid their way. Today, Ulysse Nardin makes this task so easy with a stunning piece that serves as eye candy as well as sophisticated craftsmanship. This Caprice Butterfly watch – created in a limited edition of just 28 pieces – features a striking enamel dial showcasing the butterfly in flight. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the watch is adorned with 353 diamonds weighing 3.8 carats. The butterfly is produced in enamel champlevé technique, wherein the dial’s surface is etched to create indentations that are then intricately painted with enamel and fired – multiple times.  Sanding is done by hand to…

Continue Reading →

Time Capsules: Blancpain Releases Chinese Calendar Watch

 |  September 17th, 2012

Founded in 1735, Blancpain has become one of the most sought-after luxury watch brands. Today, under the direction of Marc A. Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain, this Swiss brand has attained a number of world firsts and patents for its impressive parade of new calibers. Blancpain, this year, unveiled one of the most complex calendar watches ever created – and it brought this piece to the New York TimeCrafters show last week for its first USA public viewing. The VILLERET Traditional Chinese Calendar watch is an intricate and elaborate timepiece that takes into account the traditional Chinese calendar — both visually and technologically.   The haute horlogerie watch has so much to offer. In fact, on the dial the hours,…

Continue Reading →

Watch Stops: Chopard’s Newest L.U.C Collection brings Lunar Beauty to Earth

 |  September 13th, 2012

Tonight, the TimeCrafters show in New York is open to the press for previews before being open to the public tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.  With so many things to see, several brands pique interest with displays and concepts. Chopard offers a visually alluring display that focuses on the the moon and stars, and celebrates the level of reliability and precision reached by its L.U.C moonphase calibers – all achieving chronometer certification from the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).   The L.U.C Moonphases – a series of three exceptional models – have propelled the L.U.C collection to new heights in the haute L.U.C Lunar Big Datehorlogerie segment of the watch world.  These watches have several features of distinction. The moon phases of L.U.C Lunar watches…

Continue Reading →