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…

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Introducing Cartier’s Dial Art

 |  February 19th, 2013

This year Cartier reverts to history  — reinterpreting ancient arts into watch dial formats that leave us all a bit jealous of those who can afford to buy these masterpieces, and – of course — hungry for more. Among the motifs Cartier utilizes this year: Granulation; Cameo work; Sculpting of mother of pearl; Marquetry and more. The thing about these works of art from this brand is that they require enormous amounts of time and effort to create these dials – and each is naturally unique. For the Cartier d’Art Rotonde de Cartier Panther watch, a gold dial utilizes the ancient technique of granulation, wherein gold beads form an image. It starts with threads of gold that are cut into…

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SIHH 2013 Watch Trend Review

 |  January 28th, 2013

As SIHH 2013, the 23rd edition of this luxury by-invitation-only watch show, comes to a close – it is important to note several key trends that emerged with the unveiling of the newest timepieces. The watches shown in Geneva during the fair last week will make their way to the market – and to discerning wrists around the globe – beginning in summer and on through the fall. So, what can you expect? Women’s watches – including a healthy dose of women’s Mechanical watches — and bravo to that! It is high time that the brands give women their due and offer them mechanical masterpieces. Women’s watches were the highlight of several brands’ unveilings – with Piaget creating an entire…

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Cartier Unveils Calibre de Cartier Chronograph at SIHH 2013

 |  January 25th, 2013

This year, Cartier moves ahead – big time. The brand has unveiled here at the SIHH 2013 so many incredible new pieces that it will take some time to sort it out and get the info to you. But that’s ok; most of the watches won’t be available for sale until 6 months or more down the road. As such, we wanted to showcase one of its classical, sporty chic new watches today—the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph.  The 42mm watch is fitted with a fully in-house manufactured caliber, the column-wheel chronograph (1904-CH MC) with a central vertical clutch. It is offered in either steel or gold, with or without gemstones. Unveiled by Cartier’s head of fine watchmaking Carole Forestier-Kasapi, who…

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication Highlights SIHH 2013

 |  January 22nd, 2013

It’s no secret that Audemars Piguet does a marvelous job with its Royal Oak collection.  Now, however, it goes above and beyond with this new Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication. Completely made in house at the brand’s Manufacture in the Valle’e de Joux, the new watch — is equipped with an exception movement. Crafted in titanium and ceramic, the self-winding 44mm watch features a minute repeater, split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar. In all, a total of 648 parts occupy the small space inside this watch case. Some of those parts are beautifully visible via the transparent sapphire dial and caseback, including its solid gold oscillating weight with a black coating. This contemporary beauty is made by a single master watchmaker…

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