The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, taking place every January in Geneva, is always the first event to showcase the best new luxury watches coming out over the year. With each year, the top watchmakers manage to impress their customers, fans and fellow brands again and again, with 2014 no exception. With so many new models on display its impossible to fit them into one post, so we’ve picked out eight of the most amazing to share with you. Check them out below. Note all the amazing photos come from HauteTime and Watch-Insider, both favorite luxury watch blogs I highly recommend you follow if you’re not already.
Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements
Lets start off with three gorgeous Fabuleux Ornements, the newest additions to Vacheron Constantin’s Metiers d’Art Collection. This continuing collection serves as a showcase for the artistic side of watchmaking over the engineering, with heavy decoration and the use of traditional techniques like enameling. This year sees a set of partial skeletal dials, allowing a view of the delicate artwork that is the movement within, along with the intricately decorated dials. The theme this year is a trip in cultural art history, with the three below being Ottoman Architecture, Indian Manuscript and Chinese Embroidery.
Richard Mille RM36-01 Sensor Sebastien Loeb
The latest hardcore, hi-tech luxury sportswatch from Richard Mille is dedicated to Sebastien Loeb, who is considered the most successful driver in World Rally Championship. LIke Richard Mille’s other dedicated sportswatches, the RM36-01 is designed for actual use in its sport. This watch is the follow up to the RM036 G-Sensor dedicated to Jean Todt, former rally co-driver, former CEO of Ferrari and current president of the FIA. This new model features continuing advancements to their mechanical G-force sensor but replaces Richard Mille’s signature curved tonneau case for a round case. This model actually measures the G-forces of the wearer, with a green-to-red meter tracking from safe to a dangerous 6Gs. The rotating bezel lets you track the G’s and the center button resets the G-force meter. To match, this watch is made with Formula 1 and space-eage materials, such as titanium alloy, PVD treatments and special ceramic bezel made with carbon nanotube technology.
IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
IWC has introduced several new pieces to their popular Aquatimer collection, but this limited edition Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month is the most interesting. It uses bigger 49mm case made with a mix of luxury and diving materials, such as red gold and rubber-coated titanium. Fitted in the dial are full flyback chronograph and calendar with a notable big digital date-month display using rotating discs. And of course it’s still dive-worthy if you chose, with 10 bar water resistance rating, mechanical external/internal rotating bezel with SafeDive system and IWC bracelet quick-change system. (Photos via Chrono24)
Roger Dubuis Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon
Roger Dubuis is flaunting their new Hommage Collection, which is dedicated to the evolution of the brand with a combo of traditional haute horology and modern aesthetics. The crown jewel of the collection is their Hommage Double Flying Tourbillon. It features a double flying tourbillon powered by their in-house caliber RD100, which is made of 452 parts and has a 50-hour reserve. To match the impressive tourbillons on display, the dial features a striking hand-guilloched sunburst design layered directly onto the movement’s mainplate.
Cartier Metiers d’Art
Cartier also revealed new pieces to the Metiers d’Art Collection which are too beautiful not to include as well. The artisans at Cartier have employed a new technique for 2014 called floral marquetry, which uses actual roses that are dried and injected with an liquid to preserve them. They are then cut out and layered on the dial, in this case to depict an parrot with for an truly sublime effect. Another even more extravagant timepiece features a jewel-set alligator fitted on top of the bezel.
Piaget Altiplano 900P 38mm
Piaget are masters of the ultra-thin watch and their Altiplano continues to prove this year after year. For their 140th birthday this year, they are celebrating their new Altiplano 900P which has set a new record for thinnest mechanical watch at only 3.65mm thick (38mm across). To manage this feat and pack in 145 parts, the movement is integrated into the case itself with parts sharing space with the dial.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
We now we have to include a new piece from Audemars Piguet and when it comes to amazing, their new Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon makes an easy choice. Looking even more like a time traveller from the future than previous Royal Oak Concept watches, this watch uses a 44mm titanium case combined with a stark white bezel, crown and pushpieces made from ceramic. The dial features a toubillon on the left and GMT display on the right. The bottom H/N/R display indicates the crown’s current function (time-set, neutral and winding).
Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication
The Midnight Planetarium from Van Cleef & Arpels’ new Poetic Astronomy Collection is truly magical. The 44mm pink gold case offers a cosmic (but accurate) view of our solar system. Using a variety of jewels and precious metals, this watch tracks the orbit around the sun of Mercury (88 days), Venus (224 days), earth (365 days), Mars (687 days), Jupiter (12 years) and finally saturn (29 years!). For the actual time, it’s tracked with a shooting star, with an calendar around the bezel. With this being such a special watch, a ‘lucky star’ is set to a single date by the buyer. Every year the lucky star will line up with the red arrow at 12 o’clock as a reminder.
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We have a wide range of watch storage cases for travel on sale, from brands such as Orbita, Scatola Del Tempo and Agresti. We’ve narrowed down 12 favorites that cover a variety of styles that are perfect for travelling, but of course work great for home use. So if you like to travel with some wrist options or want a dedicated storage space for your prized timepieces, take a look below:
Agresti Watch Wallet and Watch Tube
First up is a pair from Agresti, both in lush brown leather with ultra suede-lined interiors. The Il Busta Del Tempo travel wallet can safely zip in 6 watches into it’s 6” x 7” x 2” body. The Il Rollo Delle Ore travel tube stylishly roles up 5 watches, storing them as they’d fit around the wrist.
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Orbita Verona Travel Watch Folders and Roll
The Verona Collection from Orbita of watch travel cases feature textured black leather exteriors with suede-lined or suede-covered cushion interiors. Gold-plated hardware is used throughout, with lockable hinges for the larger models, zippers for smaller models and snack-locks for the rolls. Shown below is only a sample of this collection, with options to hold from one to 16 watches.
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Orbita Lugano Travel Watch Cases
If you’re a fan of the more conspicuous, Hollywood movie heist look of aluminum briefcases, then Orbita has a lower cost option for you. The Lugano collection removes the luxurious leather exteriors and gold hardware for lightweight anodized aluminum, that’s diamond-ribbed for extra durability. The insides are still suede-lined and include an elastic document pouch opposite the watch storage. Sizes offers are for 3, 6 and 12 watches.
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Scatola Del Tempo Travel Watch Cases
For some Italian-tailored luxury, take a look at these beautiful travel cases from Scatola Del Tempo. They offer a wide range of designs that can hold one to dozens of watches, from small slip cases to full briefcases with combination locks. All are suited up in fine leather, with several color options available, such as tan and red. All models show off pure jacquard silk as the protective interior lining. Some models include storage for other precious items, such as pen holders and cushions that hold rings and cufflinks. A highlight is one for the ladies, with a red heart-shaped box that fits two watches and includes an zippered pocket.
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Orbita is probably the most well known name when it comes to watch winders. If you know the name or even own one of their popular winders, you may not know how young this American brand is. Established in 1996, it’s still a kid when compared to the history behind watch brands it caters too, but it’s high quality and innovation has made it one of the biggest producers of watch winders in that short time. It was started when Chuck Agnoff of North Carolina was given a Rolex Day-Date by his wife as a retirement gift. WIth the watch only getting weekends on his wrist, he was forced to set the functions each week. So he set off to make a watch winder. While this is a simple story with a common problem, what set Orbita apart was their dedication to quality, innovative and proprietary technology.
Orbita’s most touted innovation is their Rotorwind system, which doesn’t rotate a watch like a traditional winder. The Rotowind swings the watch, for a more natural wind like you’d have while wearing an automatic watch. This system uses a series of oscillations triggered by a single revolution, which only needs power for a few seconds every 1- to 15 minutes, making it extremely conservative on power consumption. They also offer programmable winders using the traditional rotating style. These can be programmed to rotate clockwise or anticlockwise, with different speeds to meet the needs of any automatic watch movement.
Lets take a looks a range of their winders below. We have most models on sale or specially priced at TheFinestWatches.com and they are either in stock or can be delivered in a week:
Avanti Series (Programmable)
The Avanti is Orbita’s most popular winder, with a combo of a exotic wood veneer (Macassar or Rosewood) and genuine carbon fiber trim. While on paper that combo could sound risking, they have pulled it off very tastefully, quickly making it a favorite. Sizes offered range from a 3-watch Avanti, with half the cabinet uses for drawers. This goes all the way up to a towering 48-watch Avanti, which can stand from 36” to 65” tall, depending on the watch modules used.
Siena Series (Rotorwind or Programmable)
The Siena is a classically styled winder, with black suede interiors and lacquered exotic wood exteriors (Burl or Teak). The bottom of the case is also suede, protecting it and any surface it’s placed on. This series is fitted with either Rotowind or programmable winders, with 1-watch, 2-watch and 3-watch versions offered.
Siena Executive Series (Rotorwind or Programmable)
The Executive offers all the aesthetics the Sienna above, but includes a lower suede-lined drawer to store additional watch, jewelry and other small valuables. note it is only offered in a 2-watch and 3-watch version.
Sparta Deluxe Series (Rotorwind)
The Sparta Deluxe is an older model that was brought back by popular demand. It follows similar design cues of the Sienna but without an display window, giving it a lower price point.Suede lined and also offered in burl and teak exteriors, the Deluxe is offered in 1-watch and 2-watch versions.
Sparta Bold Series (Rotorwind)
This entry level series strips the wood case for an open design that makes for an compact and lightweight winder. It is offered without trim or in a range of colored faux grained leather trims. It is also offered in 1-watch or 2-watch versions.
Futura Series (Programmable)
This aptly named series features a postmodern metallic design. This series winds with miniature gearmotors concealed in the stainless steel drive rollers to rotate the watches. It’s offered with a black lacquer base and sealed with a smoked acrylic dust cover. It’s offered in 1-watch and 3-watch versions.
The Voyager (Programmable)
The Voyager carries the design of the Futura, but re-engineers it for travel. This single winder can be easily dismantled and stored in a matching suede-lined leather carrying case.
The Mini (Rotorwind)
This entry level winder is also the smallest. LIke the Sparta Bold, the Mini offered in a range of faux leather trims, but also options for special order colors. Orbita also offers custom branding or logos to be stamped on this series, making it great for personal or company gifts.
In Safe Series (Rotorwind)
For those wanting extra protection for their prized timepieces, Orbita also offers several safe options. As the name says, this series is designed to fit in home safes or hidden in closets or drawers with its compact, square design. The base can also be removed, to take up even less room if needed. It’s only powered by long-lasting lithium batteries with last years, so there’s no need for a hole in the safe for an power cord. It’s offered in 4-watch and 6-watch models, with wood interior trim and covered with black pebble faux leatherette.
Wall Safe Series (Rotorwind)
This winder is integrated into a wall safe for a dedicated security option for your watches. Fitting almost flush against a wall, it’s easy to conceal. The full steel construction uses a 3/16” pry-resistant door, with electronic push button lock. It’s powered with their long-life lithium batteries with years needed between replacements. A cushioned suede lined interior protects either 6-watches or 9-watches, with a lower drawer for other valuables.
Don’t forget we have these and even more models on sale and either in stock or with one week delivery. So make sure to browse our full selection of Orbita Watch Winders or Contact Us with any questions you have.
If you’re a fan of TheFinestWatches.com you know we always have a great price and sale features. For Black Friday we’ve taken a couple very special watches and given them extra discounts to celebrate. One is a classy Gondolo from Patek Philippe and the other is a avante-garde Tourbillon from Romain Jerome’s Titanic-DNA collection.
This current Patek Philippe dress watch get it’s inspiration and vintage look from the original Gondolo Chronometro from the 1920s. Making it an extra notable timepiece is the use of platinum for its tonneau-shaped case, which is a precious metal that is used so rarely these days. The case measures 42mm x 32mm and has a sapphire caseback, both of which are cambered to give a comfortable curve to the wrist. The hand cambered and guilloche dial is actually made of rhodiumed gold, giving it a honey/silvery appearance. The hands and numerals are made with black oxidized white gold and it’s fitted with a matte black crocodile leather strap. A hidden little feature that you can’t notice in the photos is a tiny diamond (about 0.02 carats) set on the bottom of the case at 6 o’clock.
This watch lists for $52,800, but has a Black Friday sale price of only $34,320 (35% off).
Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA T-OXY III Tourbillon Rusted Steel/Bronze
Our second piece is a exotic and rare timepiece from the crazy minds at Romain Jerome. This is a high end special edition to their Titanic-DNA collection, which is known for using stablized rusted metal from the actual Titanic for its unique bezel. The watch measures 46mm and uses black mat ceramic, black satin-finished steel and black rubber for other case elements. Black carbon fiber is used for the caseback and dial, with bronze dial details. The highlight is the one-minute tourbillon visible at 6 o’clock.
This watch is limited to 9 pieces and lists at $154,000 with our Black Friday sale price at only $77,000 (50% off).
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When thinking of a watch costing $1 million and up, a futuristic Richard Mille, a collectors Patek Philippe or just some diamond-encrusted monstrosity comes to mind. A. Lange & Sohne have taken a different path to warrant their massive $2.5 million price tag, by bringing the highest in traditional watchmaking to the modern day.
A. Lange & Sohne was originally an esteemed name in horology for a hundred years, before the german watchmaker’s property was expropriated in 1948 during the post-war Soviet administration. After the collapse of the East German government in 1990, Walter Lange, the great grandson of the founder brought the brand back to life, with help from IWC and Jaeger LeCoultre. Since this time, A. Lange & Sohne have continued to grow from their historic roots focusing on classical aesthetics but with modern craftsmanship.
As an ultimate statement piece to what they believe in, they have recently revealed their Grand Complication. A grand complication is usually defined by including a minimum of three complications, with each from one of three categories. This truly grand complication includes seven and makes it their most complicated watch to date. And to date it’s taken them a solid seven years to develop. With a total of 876 parts, it takes a year alone just to assemble it. This includes assembling it, taking it apart and assembling it again to perfection. With the incredible amount of highly skilled man hours involved, this piece is limited to only 6 editions, with one released each year starting in 2014.
To fit the mechanical labyrinth within, this watch comes in a 50mm x 20mm pink gold case, making it almost a pocket watch for the wrist. The complications include a perpetual calendar with leap years, moonphase, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph with a flying second hand and a grand and petite sonnerie. This dial is a crisp white enamel, with solid gold or blued steel hands. They beautifully decorated the movement, which is visible from the back, with heavy use of black polished steel, giving the steel a blackened look at certain angles.
Hope you enjoyed a look at this masterpiece and please feel free to browse our A. Lange & Sohne watches.
And watch the video below for a breakdown of the complications within the movement itself:
If you can still remember or even imagine a world before cell phones and watches were necessary for telling the time on the go, so was the need to see them in the dark. And in a time before flashlight smartphone apps a solution was found for keeping a watch dial visible at all times. This was around 1910, when radium paint was developed to illuminate pocket watch dials (which was also when nuclear radiation was still cool and not considered a health risk). This was used until around the 1950s, until safer radiative compounds like tritium were developed. And note the radium included in watch dials wasn’t dangerous to the wearer, but more for the poor painters applying it to the dials. Tritium and the use of radioactive materials started to lose its appeal all together in the 1960s and other options were explored. Eventually photoluminescent materials were developed, which absorb light to give its glow in the dark. Today this is the most used material, with RC Tritec’s SuperLuminova the most popular. WIth this in mind, the Salon QP fine watch exhibition in London took place, with two unique luminescent watches catching my eye. One was the Schofield Blacklamp Carbon and the other the Ressence Type 3.
Schofield Blacklamp Carbon
The Blacklamp Carbon is a collaboration between the Schofield Watch Company, a boutique watch brand from England and Black Badger Advanced Composites, a Canadian industrial designer based in Sweden. This watch takes the whole blacked-out and hi-tech material trend in watchmaking to the next level for its lighthouse-inspired design. Carbon fiber has been used for bezels and elements of watches and rarely for full watch cases. To top that, a year of R&D finally produced a proprietary material now called Morta, which is a special matrix of carbon fiber that is handmade in to small billets.
A single billet is then machined to form the whole case. This watch is then illuminated with two materials, one traditional and the other ultra-modern. First the crown is fitted with a tritium gas light, giving a pin prick glow from the end. Instead of the usual SuperLuminova used for the dial markings, a new NASA developed material called Moonglow is applied around the inner bezel, lighting up the whole dial at night. For more info on the Blacklamp Carbon, click here.
Ressence Type 3
Our second feature uses the now standard SuperLuminova, but in a fascinating new way. Opposed to a regular watch dial that is filled with air and uses hands, this watch uses rotating discs and is filled with liquid. The minimal case is made of titanium, with a curved sapphire cover wrapping most of it. And despite the curve, he dial still reads like a traditional two-dimensional dial, thanks to their design and use of a special refractive fluid.
So no hands are used, but small rotating discs set within a large disc with a rotating outer ring. The outer ring displays the datel with an orange triangle at 6 o’clock. The large disc rotates with all the subdials to count the minutes with a large hand engraved on it. The 1-6 subdial is a small-seconds counter, the large subdial is the hours and the small subdial at 4 o’clock is a unique day display, using solid markers for weekdays and outlined markers for the weekends. How this is all powered is still a bit of a mystery, but combines a traditional automatic Swiss movement and micro-magnetic fields.
It lacks a traditional crown as well, so to set and wind it you use discs found on the caseback. Note that it also compensates for contraction and expansion of the fluid inside by temperature chances, a thermal valve is integrated into it. It’s wide open face is completely lit up with full use of green SuperLuminova, with a bit of orange for contrast. For more on the Ressence Type 3, click here.
With the NBA season finallly kicking off tonight, lets take a look at three of the best in the game today who have their own limited edition luxury watch. Hublot is always on-point with sports and celeb collaborations, with Dwyane Wade and more recently Kobe Bryant part of their team. Rival watch maker Audemars Piguet picked up LeBron James two years back and has just released his limited edition timepiece last month.
Hublot King Power Dwyane Wade
The King Power is Hublot’s go-to model to match up with their athlete ambassadors, with Dwyane Wade’s limited edition released back in 2011. This King Power doesn’t go too far from the popular blacked models they are known for, since it uses Miami Heat’s red and black colorway. It keeps the branding toned down, with signature details including his jersey number 3 on a subdial, a basketball net motif used for the dial pattern and the stitching on the calf leather-rubber hybrid strap. It uses a big 48mm case made of micro-blasted ceramic for a ultra-hard and matte finish. The rimmed bezel is made from black ceramic, red composite and black PVD titanium. The multi-layered dial features three chrono subdials and date display, with satin finished black nickel plated markers and hands with red luminescent coatings. This watch is limited to 500 pieces.
Hublot King Power Black Mamba
Hublot’s King Power for Kobe Bryant shares his Black Mamba nickname and also takes design queues from it. It uses the same 48 micro-blasted ceramic case, but opens up the dial, stamps it with his jersey number 24 and taylor’s it to the L.A. Laker purple and gold colorway. The skeletal dial’s unique feature is the use of a black PVD black mamba snake that winds around the subdial. And while there is only one subdial, is is actually a central chronograph, with a long purple hand and purple outer dial used as a 60 minute counter, with short gold hand and interior gold dial counting the 48 minutes a basketball game. A date display is also included at 4 o’clock. It’s fitted with an black python-rubber hybrid strap to match the snake theme. This more unique King Power was released this year and limited to 250 pieces.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James
LeBron was made an official Audemars Piguet ambassador in 2011 and after a two year wait, his limited edition Royal Oak Offshore finally arrived last month. The versatile Royal Oak Offshore is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an ultimate luxury sports watch, so it’s the natural fit for their sports ambassadors’ limited editions. With Hublot catering to a more modern and flashy taste, with their materials, colors and details of their ambassador watches, Audemars holds it down with classy low-key changes to match their ambassadors. Here we see the 44mm Royal Oak Offshore in a gray and gold combo, making a nice break from black and gold or all black watches, keeping it unique without splashing bright colors on it. (see our post covering the Grey Watch Dial Trend). Pink gold is used for the case, hour numerals and hands, with titanium used for the bezel. It includes two gray straps, one in crocodile leather and one in rubber. And it departs from the usual use of diamonds on the bezel or dial, for just a touch of flash with one diamond-set push piece at 2 o’clock.
A growing trend in luxury watches I’m enjoying is grey dials. While obvious and plain when you first think about it, if you follow the industry closely or are just a big watch fan and are always peeking at people’s wrists like me, they’re a great option. First, when you’re buying a new watch, you’re mainly thinking case material and dial color, along with the strap or bracelet options. Matching leather straps to your leather belt, shoes or accessories is always a consideration. Depending on your collection, guys like to match their case material to their belt buckle, cufflinks, and other accessories. Then for the dial, it comes down to either black or white and rarely another color, like a blue dial Datejust. Having a luxury watch as an investment, a piece you’ll want to wear for a long time and to match with plenty of outfits, compels most people to default to a standard white or black dial. But after seeing countless watches in the two shades, black can just be too dark and white too bright sometimes. A grey dial is both refreshing, while being the perfect middle ground. Grey is also still conservative and can go with any outfit color combination, but stands out just enough to catch the eye as well.
While looking up grey dial watches, I found this post on HauteLiving.com about Czech supermodel Veronica Varekova. She’s sporting a unisex Hublot Big Bang in a relatively small 41mm red gold case (relative to the usually bigger Big Bang watches). It features a grey leather strap and a matte grey dial. When I think of red gold and grey Big Bang watches, I expect a much more flashy, color clashing timepiece. In my opinion, this watch has a nice sublime look that I really enjoy. It manages to stand out without the use of bright colors or diamonds. So check it out below along with the other grey dial watch picks, all available in our store! (just click on the names for the full listing).
Shown above on the lovely Veronica’s wrist, this watch is part of Hublot’s Earl Grey Collection, which – as you probably guessed – features the color grey. This model shows off an 18-karat red gold 41mm case, with a baguette-cut gemstone called hematite lining the bezel (they look grey in the press shot below, but in real life are closer to black). The matte grey dial gets its color from tantalum, with red gold markers, chrono dials and a date display. It comes with a matching grey alligator leather/rubber strap.
Now heading to the opposite end of the grey dial spectrum, we have this De Ville Prestige watch. This classy piece uses a stainless steel 39mm case with a polished steel bezel. Silver roman numerals and a small-seconds subdial appear from the dark grey dial. Despite its old school looks, it’s fitted with Omega’s touted Co-Axial Escapement movement.
For a modern, metallic look, check out this dodecagonal (that’s 12 sided) stainless steel case, measuring 42mm. A lined, charcoal dial has applied silver markers, small-seconds subdial and date display. Its form melds perfectly with a stainless steel bracelet with triple-folding clasp.
The ever-popular Royal Oak is shown here in a grey dial, which you’ll rarely see. Despite using 3 main colors for this watch, with an 18-karat pink gold 39mm case and brown crocodile leather strap, it pulls it off effortlessly. The chronograph subdials appear in smooth circles, against the signature Tapisserie patterned dial in dark grey. Matching pink gold is used for the hands and markers. A date display is included between 4 and 5 o’clock.
This throwback watch looks as stylish today as it would have in 1965 or will in 2065. The timeless square stainless steel case measures 32mm x 32mm with a transparent caseback. The slate grey dial shimmers with a sun-ray pattern, along with its rhodium index markers. A date display is also included between 4 and 5 o’clock. For extra comfort, the matching grey alligator leather strap comes lined with a silky alzavel calfskin.
I’m a big fan of the new Top Gun pilot watches from IWC, especially the military style of this one. The big 48mm case is made of ceramic, giving it a unique shade of grey, and the dial gets its matte grey color from anthracite. Going for a vintage pilot style, the hours appear in a smaller red dial, letting you use the switch for a stopwatch function with the yellow markers, thanks to the flyback movement. This big watch is fitted with a big 7-day power supply to match, displayed with the yellow subdial. It’s held firmly to the wrist with a rugged woven textile strap.
For a second Zenith watch, I’ve picked the cool new El Primero Striking 10th. It uses a rich platinum 42mm case, with a slate grey sun-ray pattern dial. The chrono subdials use Zenith’s signature colors, with the hands made of rhodium with luminous strips. It has a transparent caseback and rubber-lined black alligator strap. The name “Striking 10th” comes from the impressive fact that this watch can measure time by 1/10th of a second, which you can view through its transparent caseback. It comes with a rubber-lined black alligator strap for good looks, along with a good grip, in case you actually are a fighter jet pilot.
My last pick is for the ladies, with this very special Millenary watch. Its oblong steel case measures 39mm and features a bezel set with a row of diamonds. With its asymmetrical design, you may not have noticed that the silver grey dial actually displays two time-zones, using the pink arabic numerals and silver applied roman numerals. It comes with a matching grey alligator leather strap with pink stitching.
Hope you’re feeling the grey dial trend like me after this list. If you’re interested in any of these watches, make sure to click on their names for their full listings.
With ski and snowboarding season kicking off and you’re a watch fanatic like us, you might be thinking what timepieces go best with the winter sport. And personally, I look forward to the après-ski as much as actually hitting the slopes (if not more). Nothing beats a beautiful day on the mountain followed by a hot tub session, a nice dinner with drinks and some bar hopping after with friends.
So I’ve picked two versions of three watches, the first version for skiing and second for the all-important après. Navigating the freezing and wet environment of bombing down a snowy mountain, as depicted in the stock photo of 90s-style ski/snowboarding, I’ve picked rubber-strapped watches ready to deal with it. Chronograph functions are included to track your runs and times. And to improve visibility against the bright white snow, dark dials are used. And to meet the après-ski needs depicted in my other 90s-style stock photo, versions include leather straps to match the warm setting and natural decor of a ski chalet. The chrono functions are ditched for clean and classy dials to fit the relaxed vibe. And make sure to click on the watch names to view the complete listing in our online shop.
Dive watches make a perfect choice for a ski watch, so lets start with one of the best dive watches out there from Omega’s ever-popular Seamaster Collection. This Planet Ocean Chrono is water resistant all the way down to 2000 feet/600 meters, with help from a helium escape valve. Featuring their touted Co-Axial escapement, this watch includes a chronometer, full chronograph functions and a date display. The extra large 45.5mm stainless steel case has a uni-directional rotating bezel that’s highlighted with their signature orange. The rubber strap has a faux-leather look with matching orange stitching.
Here is a the same big 45.5mm Planet Ocean, but dressed up nice for all your après-ski needs. The dial is blacked out, leaving only a date display at the 3 o’clock position, with a matching black bezel and leather strap. Against all the black, luscious 18-karat red gold is used for the case.
For tackling the slopes, I’ve picked an intimidating version of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Chrono. With a 45.mm case, bezel, crown and push-pieces made of dark, ultra-hard ceramic, it won’t change temperature from the cold. Against Audemars’ Mega tapisserie dial design, you’ll see a full set of chronograph dials and a date display. The strong rubber strap is then fitted to your wrist with a titanium pin buckle. And with the wide chrono buttons, it’ll help when using with your gloves on.
With the Offshore models focusing on sports use, I’ve picked out a dual time from the classic Royal Oak collection. The case stands out from regular gold with 18-karat pink gold for it’s traditional 39mm case size and folding clasp. This pairs perfectly with the rich brown color of the crocodile leather strap. The silvered white dial shows off their Grand Tapisserie design with gold-applied hour markers, date dial and big power reserve display. It’ main feature is it’s second time zone, with day/night display dial. Perfect for when you’re in Aspen and wondering what time it is in St. Moritz, in case you hear they have fresher powder and you decide to jet over.
For my last pair, I’ve gone with Zenith watches. This stealthy looking timepiece is a version of their El Primero Rattrapante Chrono. It’s blackened matte 44mm case gets its look from a resilient PVD coating, that won’t ever wear off. The shimmer of the black-grey dial comes from a transferred carbon coating, with a rhodium coating giving the hands a silver-white color. The solid rubber strap is fitted to your wrist with a matching triple folding PVD clasp. At 9 o’clock there is a small-seconds dial, at 3 o’clock a 30-minute counter and at 6 o’clock a date-display. Rattrapante is a name for a split-second chronograph, which lets you start and stop the two long chronograph second hands individually.
To contrast the ultra-modern look of the first El Primero, here’s a sublime El Primero Espada. The gorgeous mother-of-pearl dial on this piece easily rivals the beauty of freshly fallen snow. A secret icy sparkle is also added through baguette-cut diamonds used for the index markers. It features gold-plated and rhodium faceted hands with a blued seconds hand and a small date display. The 18-karat rose gold 40mm case and and matching tang clasp are fitted to a chocolate brown crocodile leather case.
We have all these watches on sale in our store for the ski season, so make sure to click on the names for the full listings. If you have any ski watch recommendations for both on and off the slopes, please let us know in the comments!
I’ll admit that I’m not a big user of Instagram quite yet, except for the fact that I can explore other peoples’ #watch experience in real time. This photo app has definitely become a phenomenon in 2012 and there are a lot of interesting timepiece lovers showing real watches in use in every day life. There is too much content to follow on Instagram alone, so I’m sorry for adding one more thing for you to check while you should be working.
In this post we’ll be taking a look at all the big luxury watch brands on Instagram, as well as creating a guide to #hashtags and users worth following. I would also love to hear from you folks, so let me know what I should have added to the list and I will get to it. There will certainly be more brands and interesting users coming on board, so this post will need your help to stay up-to-date!
Photo via @stev3_wu
That’s what I love! You get to see what other watch lovers are doing and experiencing whether it be shopping, attending a trade show, or showing off what they’re wearing that day. If you pretty much blink you’ll miss out on a cool photo, so don’t expect to see everything, just follow the brands and users you’re most interested in.
The beauty in it for me is that with Instagram, you can use it for marketing except you don’t really force your brand in anyone’s face too much. The second part to the success of your own account also lies in the content. If you’re not sharing anything unique, exciting or #swag then don’t expect to get much out of this social platform.
// Official Brand Accounts
I’ve been slowly bookmarking brands in Chrome, but I thought this would be a more useful place to do it as well as to get some help from our readers. I’m quite thankful to all the companies taking the time to showcase some of their behind-the-scenes action. Like I said above, if you have a brand to add that I missed, please drop their Instagram profile link in the comments and I’ll add it to the list as they come in. As of right now, watch brands are not making the most of the platform and there aren’t that many “official” accounts yet. Those that do have one are cleaning up, so take note marketing directors and get signed up, then come add yourself to our list!
From A-Z We Go!
// #Hashtags Worth Following
Hashtags are what makes Instagram work so well. You can quickly find the latest content on just about any watch or brand you’re interested in within seconds. Currently, Instagram’s web viewing by hashtag is non-existant, so we have to rely on third party apps for now. I’ll first break down the hashtags by brand so you can quickly jump to your favorites. I’ll also cover the various hashtags that are in heavy use and which will help you find followers and people to follow.
General Hashtags For #Watch Lovers
|All Things Luxury Watches||#luxurywatches|
|What’s On My Wrist||#womw|
|Watches Of Instagram||#watchesofinstagram|
|Watch Of The Day||#watchoftheday|
// Users Worth Following
There are certainly a lot of amazing people within the watch industry posting on Instagram and giving us all a peek behind the scenes. Never before has intimate access like this been so easily available, and it’s a wondrous thing. This list could have easily been 10 pages long, but I’ll stick to the people I often like the most on Instagram.
Steve works for Piaget in Harrods Boutique in London, and does an amazing job covering some of the most amazing timepieces from Piaget. You’ll find amazing content daily from him, and you can also check out his blog for a lot more watch coverage and the every day life as he knows it.
The Watches Of Knightsbridge are well known in London and throughout the watch community, and a lot of interesting timepieces come their way. I highly recommend keeping an eye on their stream, especially if you like vintage watches and other pieces of interest.
Watch Anish is a popular timepiece/men’s fashion blog that posts a lot of rare, exquisite wristwatches on Instagram. This is a great account to follow if you like a bit of style to go with your watches.
This is one of the more active watch accounts on Instagram and you can enjoy a daily update with a fresh look at a different watch every time.
This is the official account for Cabestan Geneve and I love the updates from their account, as it’s a good mix of watches and the daily on-goings at this stylish watch company.
Like watches, art and Porsche’s? Then this is the account to follow!
The official Instagram account for The Antiquorum.
I know nothing much about Firas Altal except that he works for a watch brand and/or store, and posts a lot of amazing photos.
If you’re a Bell & Ross fan then I suggest you take a look at this stream, and if you’re not, you will be after seeing some of these pictures!