06 Feb

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Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder

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The Carrera Mikrogirder is one of the most outstanding TAG Heuer watches ever. It is a timepiece that reinvents the watch movement.  Not only that it has a very modern and creative design, but it is also faster, simpler and more efficient than you could possibly imagine. The Mikrogirder is invulnerable to gravity, reduces cyclic errors and is precise to an amazing 5/10,000th of a second.

This extremely accurate timepiece changes everything you knew about modern watches. It is considered a concept watch and it was launched at the BaselWorld Show, in March 2012. The most impressive part of the design can be found at the inside where there is a complex and unique Chronograph movement that vibrates at 7.2 million beats per hour. Unlike other TAG Heuer chronograph, this feature is what makes the Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder precise to of 5/ 10,000th of a second.

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Connoisseurs have surely noticed that at least once a year Tag Heuer launches a new super chronograph that is determined to defy the laws of physics and horology. Tag Heuer has managed to touch the limits of technology by featuring a high frequency chronograph that operates at 1000 hertz. The only problem is that it has just 4 minutes of power reserve. There is no traditional mechanism watch that is superior to the Mikrogirder. Only electronic watches can be more precise than this. Experts agree, this is the highest possible precision when it comes to automatic movement watches.

As with all good things in life, the Tag Heuer Mikrogirder is a limited edition watch. Only 11 pieces of this extraordinary timepiece were made and sold.   It is clearly an interesting and fascinating product for those who are passionate by extremely precise time devices. As far as prices go, the Tag Heuer is an incredibly expensive watch. How much does it cost? Well, the retail price is kept secret. Its predecessor was selling for $65,000 and the newest version of the Mikrogirder has been auctioned for over $100,000 so you can only imagine the staggering price it has.

This timepiece is an oversized sports looking watch with a bullhead style layout. The buttons and winding crown are located on top and the case is made entirely from stainless steel. Indeed, when you wear it, it looks a little bit big on the wrist, but it is a fun looking kind of big that feels very cool and manly. Even though the dial does not appear to be that complicated, you need to be a watch expert to read it. If you can afford this watch and want to ever use it then you must watch its description video to fully understand how it works.

What do you think Tag Heuer did to improve the measurements of the intensely quick speed? It replaced the traditional balance spring escapement system with an innovative system that is very similar to a violin. The advantage of strings is that these move as certain frequencies. Without a doubt, Tag Heuer has gone full lengths to make sure it creates a completely new mechanism that has at its core modern technologies and historical performances.

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08 Feb

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Fiona Kruger Petit Skull

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Every watch made in Switzerland is known not only for its elegance but also for its excellent workmanship. Each watch made in this country is backed by more than 100 years of experience in watchmaking. Each watch is crafted by hand and is not mass produced. Instead, only a limited number of people will have the opportunity to purchase and wear the watch made from this country. These are just some of the reasons why watches made from Switzerland are considered as a symbol of excellent craftsmanship and luxury.

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This is what Fiona Krüger brought into her watch design when she first started with the manufacture of the Krüger’s Memento Mori Skull watch. Thanks to Fiona Krüger’s connection and the network she built during her college days at ECAL, she was able to find Swiss watch manufacturers to help her build the watch.

The design was entirely her own however the craftsmanship that goes into the watch is credited to the years of experience from the Swiss watch manufacturer. The fusion of the modern design and the traditional craftsmanship are what goes into every Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch.

With the meticulous design the tremendous skills required to make the watch, there is only a limited number of watch that are made. For the first batch of the watch, Fiona Krüger was able to produce only twelve (12) timepieces. The limited number of timepieces made adds to the value of each Fiona Krüger skull watch.

Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch

With the good response from women who bought her first timepieces, Fiona Krüger envisioned in making a watch that is smaller in size. This is to cater to the women who fell in love with her watches.

Fiona Krüger designed the Fiona Krüger petite skull watch. This is the fourth design by Fiona Krüger following her skull design to which she is known for. This version is smaller than the original skull watch. She brought into the design her Fine Arts Roots by using a classic technique known as guillochage. This technique is especially integrated into making the watch dials giving each of the watch certain uniqueness to it. With the help of Aurelien Bouchet’s company, Fiona’s watch designs were made into a reality. Bringing with them a huge watchmaking experience under their belt, this company from La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland, makes up the finest watchmaking team to produce the Fiona Krüger petite skull watch.

This version of Fiona Krüger watches comes in three different colors, the petite skull blue, petite skull silver and the petit skull black. Each watch color exudes a different personality that will match yours. True to her standards the Fiona Krüger petite skull watch was made in limited numbers only. There are only 18 of these timepieces made. Each of the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watches colors were designed not only to show the uniqueness in its characteristic but also the uniqueness in its personality.

The Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Blue

Dubbed as the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Bleu Royale, this timepiece is designed to reflect the light and to show every guillochage technique that was incorporated into the watch. The color defines the pattern that was incorporated into the watch to show the craftsmanship by the watchmaker and designer.

The Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Silver

This version of the petit skull watch is also called the The Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Argent Ancien. Similarly colored to give the watch the ability to showcase the craftsmanship done into it by reflecting light. The silver color gives the watch a metallic character which is perfect for those who love the color of silver.

The Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Black

The black version or the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch Noir New showcases the beautiful dark color that lines the patterns and carvings made into the watch. The elegant pattern by the guillochage is showcased by reflecting the light from its black color.

Each of the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watches gives a unique characteristic. Each one of the 18 timepieces was handmade in Switzerland and each is powered by the mechanical movement, a traditional method of powering timepieces that require precision. This is why each part of the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull watch are designed with precisely according to its specification. All of which are done by hand, so one can only imagine how precise each cut are to make one part of this watch. Truly, the Fiona Krüger Petite Skull is another product of modern design and unmatched skills in watchmaking.

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23 Dec

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie

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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is the brand’s second watch that focuses on the sound quality enhanced by the sonnerie complication. This minute repeater of superior acoustic intensity offers an extremely clear and constant tone. The watch is unique on the market, it is a novelty that was created for those who appreciate innovation and refinement, a stunning gadget that preserves AP’s classic look and sophistication.

Sound quality and clarity are the main focus for the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie timepiece. On most traditional watches, a background whirring is heard when a minute repeater strikes. The component that makes this sound is known as the governor and functions continuously during the chiming process. The particular thing about this watch is that the governor is completely silent; thus it doesn’t distract you from the chimes. I guess we could say that Audemars Piguet is very keen on offering the watch with the perfect sound as when developing the Concept Supersonnerie timepiece the company filled three patents.

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The brand’s chiming watches sound study program started in 2006 and it was begun in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Its passionate team of watchmakers, engineers, artisans, academics and technicians was sustained by serious investments in sound-measurement facilities. For obtaining a decent level of water resistance it is necessary to use a robust casing which causes substantial noise diffusion. This is the reason why the company had to make some major adjustment to the watch’s construction so that it reduced the degree of noise generated by the case. The result was a titanium timepiece that is water resistant to a depth of just 20 meters.

Audemars Piguet was very dedicated to this project. It even asked for the professional opinion of an “an esteemed academic of the Geneva conservatory” regarding the noise made by the watch. Before releasing the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, the brand wanted to be sure that the sound was both clear and pleasing to the ear. The case of the timepiece is manufactured from titanium because this special type of alloy has a lower density than platinum or gold which makes it possible for the sound to travel through its walls with much less resistance.

Such a special and unique watch needs an equally impressive movement so at the inside of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie we find a manual manufacture movement, known as the Calibre 2937. This high end hand-wound mechanism has only a 8.28 mm width. The manual movement has 43 jewels, operates at a steady 21,600vph, includes 478 parts and offers at least 42 hours power reserve.

The titanium case is stunningly complemented by a black ceramic screw-locked crown and two titanium and black ceramic buttons that coordinate the tourbillon and minute repeater complications. But there is more to this watch than the revolutionary sonnerie. The Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie comes with a tourbillon chronograph that features central sweep seconds hand and a 30 minutes sub-dial located at 3 o’clock. A beautiful double ended hand which rotates around its central axis indicates the minutes. To read this special minute hand you use the colored tips that match the text on the dial. The watch is available with a black rubber strap which sports a folding titanium clasp.

The unique aesthetics and innovations offered by the Supersonnerie timepiece set this model as a high end product created for those who appreciate unique novelties. This is also the reason why the watch is priced at $597,400, a price that turns it into an exclusive luxury item.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie is an extremely precise and elegant timepiece with a sophisticated acoustic. Its unprecedented sound performances, incredibly refined harmonic tone and clear acoustic turns it from a traditional looking wrist watch into a modern minute repeater timepiece.

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14 Nov

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Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury

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The Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury is a true masterpiece. The watch is constructed as a shell of stunningly cut diamonds. It is a brilliant jewelry that impresses both from the outside and inside. The enigmatic design, the preciosity of its materials and the flawless craftsmanship define it as an Haute Joaillerie talisman.

This exquisite timepiece was created for women who need a luxurious and expensive watch for special occasions. The watch is unique due to its rich selection of diamonds. The case and bracelet are decorated with an amazing number of 4,635 brilliant-cut diamonds whereas the dial features another 206 brilliant cut diamonds. The overall design is breath-taking due to its unconventional forms and opulent shine.

Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury

The timepiece has been engineered and designed in approximately 1,500 hours by Audemars Piguet’s most skilled watchmakers and jewelers. This luxury product measures 40 mm wide and comes with a slim and delicate Calibre 2601 quartz movement that is simply perfect for the slender sized dial. Another innovation of its design are the hands which are manufactured from blackened gold. This material is obtained by plating white gold with black rhodium. The watch is a proof that brands started understanding that even ladies’ pieces need a high-end materials upgrade.

The first thing that impresses you about this model is the innovative design. Its irregular form, the stunning geometric play and bold architectural edges are even more hypnotic than the rich addition of diamonds. The watch is a true ‘fury’ in terms of aesthetics. It resembles a complicated glacier, an alternation of protruding spikes that are incredibly fluid due to the hypnotic white shine of the numerous gems that decorate its surface. Some even compare its complicated design with a tightly curled reptile with armor. Clearly, Audemars Piguet believes that women jewelry don’t have to be simple, classic, discrete, understated or subtle. These should shine without restrictions and impress our senses with their luxurious aesthetics.

There is a very interesting feature available on the Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury. The watch comes with a hidden “suicide hinge” feature. When you push one of the spikes the watch opens upwards unveiling the pave-encrusted two-hand diamond watch dial. This functional innovation transforms the piece from a stunningly decorated diamonds bracelet into an even more eye-catching timepiece.

The diamond Fury for women is manufactured from 18 k white gold and due to its decadent diamonds decorations it is a watch that steals the show in any crown. This black-tie statement jewelry plays a double role in your wardrobe. It is both a luxury bracelet and a fashion watch, ideal for a “formal wear” look.

Audemars Piguet has manufactured the Diamond Fury in two versions. One features a diamond and onyx combination and costs $637,800 while the other is only full diamond pave and costs $568,300. One thing is certain, this is no ordinary watch created for the masses, but rather a very expensive exclusivist product designed for wealthy people who appreciate rare jewelry.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend then surely the Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury is a must in your jewelry collection. This brilliant-cut diamonds piece makes a seamlessly transition from an opulent bracelet to a luxury watch.

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27 Jun

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Saint Honore Tour Eiffel

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Tour Eiffel is the much anticipated luxury watch that was unveiled last spring to commemorate Saint Honore’s 130th anniversary. Now, the prestigious watchmaker has released a version for ladies which exudes the same charming Parisian style perfected by using eye-catching details and precious materials.

The most fascinating and admired part of the watch is the bezel which exquisitely imitates the metallic theme of the famous Tour Eiffel. The bezel is constructed from a pale brown color and echoes the metal girders motif on various parts of the timepiece such as the winding crown, dial, gold clasp and on the oscillating weight in the movement.

Also known as “la Dame de Paris”(“Parisian Lady”), “la Grande Dame”(“Big Lady”) and “la Dame de fer”(“Iron Lady”), the Eiffel Tower has been turn by Saint Honore into a majestic presence on the luxury women watches niche. The reinterpretation of the famous Parisian monument is the reason why this timepiece is such an incredibly sought after model. It’s the most creative way of wearing on your wrist both Gustave Eiffel’s technological genius and a symbol of France.

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The Saint Honore Tour Eiffel 38 mm automatic was manufactured in a limited edition of 500 pieces and it combines an exquisite ingenuity in terms of curves and shapes. It is a very stylish and enchanting model that resonates with the glamorous spirit of the age and its historical provenance.

The Tour Eiffel Lady comes with a polished warm rose round gold case, an “Éclair effect™” dial that impresses with the shine of diamond paving and an elegant brown crocodile leather strap with brown stitching on the edges. The brand also offers it in a polished steel case, white dial and a white leather strap version.

This watch is as feminine and sophisticated as it gets. The model was created to appeal to enthusiasts of chic aesthetics and fine mechanisms. The stunning 38 mm 18 k rose gold plated case was built to protect one of the most spectacular modern automatic calibers- Sellita SW 200. This mechanical self-winding mechanism offers amazing precision, high durability and the utility of a large date window.

Simply said, the Saint Honore Tour Eiffel Lady is a piece of history on your wrist. Not only the bezel is exquisitely carved from a piece of the Eiffel Tower decorated with decor “croisillons”, but the watch also has a stunning silver opened “Éclair Effect TM” dial that resonates the splendid architecture of the Eiffel Tower. The hour markers are nicely integrated in the complex dial layout by using 12 black lines graduations. Also, the minutes, hours and seconds markers are gold color and feature luminescent material for increased night legibility. The design of the dial is completed by the addition of a wide date window positioned at 6 o’clock.

Other important highlights of this precious watch are the scratch-proof sapphire crystal that shines beautifully over the dial, the “TOUR EIFFEL” embossing located on the lower part of the brown matte bezel, the brown crocodile leather strap with an “Eiffel Tower” pin buckle, 50 meters water resistance and the certificate of authenticity signed by the Eiffel Tower Committee (SETE).

Tour Eiffel Lady signed by Saint Honore is an elegant and stylish timepiece that has a unique horological character. Its distinctive design, fine choice of materials and extravagant details are a charismatic combination that defines an utterly attractive contemporary watch.

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18 May

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Glashutte Pavonina

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Glashütte Pavonina is a spectacular 20th Century-inspired ladies watch that evokes vintage beauty. Created to bring charm and distinction into the modern era, this quintessential piece is a brilliant tribute to women. Luxury, preciosity and romance are just a few of the subtle qualities encapsulated into this magnificent Glashütte timepiece which celebrates women in all their beautiful style diversity.

The Pavonina collection is more than just a dazzling collection of amazingly seductive watches. It is a contemporary line of extravagant and refined jewelries suitable for confident ladies. The name “Pavonina” is defining for the design of these watches. The Latin term means “peacock” which suggests an eye-catching burst of glittering beauty and color, a theme recreated on the dial by using golden semi-circles filled with exquisite diamonds.

The dial of the watch is seemingly complex. The black and gold contrast is highlighted by a hypnotic circular symmetry that gravitates around the rare beauty of bright diamonds that mirror all the different faces of modern style.  The aesthetics of the dial ranges from extraordinary opulence to subtle elegance. The semi-circular rose gold details evoke the visual effect of a majestic peacock’s tail. The overall design suggests femininity and refinement.

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Diamonds play a very important part in creating the extravagant and unique look of this timepiece. The intricate circular diamonds lines aren’t used just for decorating the dial, but also for embellishing the case and bracelet. There are four rows of diamonds on the upper right part of the front case and three links enriched with the same type of diamonds on the upper part of the bracelet. By adding so much glitter on the watch, the brand has created a very distinctive and precious piece that is able to empower the modern woman with luxury and finesse.

This feminine and opulent timepiece is powered by a quartz movement developed by Glashütte which offers the same level of precision, durability and functionality as the brand’s most intricate automatic movements. Besides the time telling feature, the watch also includes the date function represented by a small date window located at 6 o’clock.

The model comes with a cushion shaped case design that was extremely popular back in the ‘20s. This retro inspired dial is available in 18 k red gold, stainless steel and a fascinating combination of stainless steel and red gold. The dial also comes in a series of versions such as galvanized silver or ruthenium adorned with cabochon or diamond indexes as hour markers. The bi-color variations are made with a mother of pearl or galvanized ruthenium dial. Besides the 18 k rose gold bracelet, the collection also includes an attractive choice of colorful satin straps, a stainless steel and bi-color metallic bands.

Considering the rich addition of precious stones, the Glashütte Original Pavonina isn’t the most affordable timepiece on the market. The price for this extravagant red gold version full set with diamonds is about 32,000 euros. The model was produced in a limited edition of 20 pieces and it was launched at an exclusive 1920s themed party which took place in a rich New York Upper East Side mansion with a multi-story waterfall and lush décor. The goal was to present the watch as a royal design dedicated to the wealthiest and most stylish women on earth.

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11 Apr

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Christophe Claret Margot

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In 2014, at the Baselworld 2014 Show Christophe Claret has introduced its first ladies’ watch. The timepiece was named Margot and it was the result of three years of extensive development and research work. The most interesting thing about the watch is not its feminine rich design, but the unique poetic complication that imitates the iconic game “He loves me, he loves me not”. Another beautiful particularity of the product is the gorgeous mother of pearl dial that has the words of a Victor Hugo poem and features an artfully daisy in the center.

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The daisy has a functional purpose not just an aesthetic one. The petals are plucked and there are five different phrases beneath the daisy from “not that at all” to “madly” that change while the petals are picked consecutively until the last petal is gone and the answer is revealed. The back side of the case features a see through crystal that allows you to see the red rubies embellished automatic mechanism which is also shaped as a flower.

The Christophe Claret Margot is available in 20 pieces limited edition variations with a mother of pearl dial and has a case manufactured from red or white gold. Also, there are two levels of diamond settings like the extravagant 5.2 carats worth of baguette-cut stones or the snow-set diamonds weighing 3 carats.

In its entire watchmaking experience of over 25 years, until the Christophe Claret Margot design, the brand did not venture in creating women’s watches. Enthusiasts will agree that it was definitely worth the wait as the timepiece features a truly unique and wonderful complication where the petals of a daisy need to be plucked until only a pistil remains and in the lower right side of the dial you get the answer for the very tricky question” Does he love me?” To activate the petal plucking mechanism you need to press the pusher located at the two o’clock position. And each time the movement is started, the watch’s striking mechanism is triggered. To reset the mechanism you simply need to press on the pusher that is located at the four o’clock position. While the daisy’s petals are put back, an ellipsis replaces the answer.

The love game is continued on the back side of the watch by creating a beautiful connection between feelings and colors. The skeletonized rear of the Christophe Claret Margot features a rotor that has a cabochon in the middle which is rotated with every press. This mechanism has a flowerily shaped center part with eight colored precious stones that symbolize a particular emotion like hope, passion, tenderness and so on.  When the answer is revealed on the dial, on the back side one of the triangles aligns with a red lacquered heart to confirm the final verdict.

The Christophe Claret Margot was manufactured in four different variations and every one of them is limited to 20 copies. This luxurious timepiece is considered a rarity and it is a remarkable design that has turned quickly into a much sought after luxury watch.

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15 Mar

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Christophe Claret Poker

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The Christophe Claret Poker is the watch that evokes the unique and fascinating atmosphere of Las Vegas and its thrilling games. The innovating complication of this amazing timepiece is represented by the machines that ring loudly when the cards are dealt. Simply imagine wearing a comfortable casino on your hand that makes you forget about the concept of time. You simply play your cards right and enjoy the game.

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Poker is a unique and spectacular automatic timepiece. On the dial of the watch there is the Texas Hold’em game while on the back there is a roulette wheel. To design and develop this exceptional watch the company needed to use two skilled watchmakers that have worked around the clock for over two years. The watch enthusiast who wears this watch can choose to play a three-player game by choosing one of the most loved poker version- Texas Hold’em. The intricate mechanism imitates the rules of a 52-card game that features a large diversity of possibilities. For instance, this automatic movement respects the basics of a three players Poker match meaning 98,304 different combinations. The possibilities were calculated so that every player gets the same winning chances.

The Christophe Claret Poker has two pushers that start the deals at every betting round, even for the turn, the flop and the river. The dial of the watch includes three windows that display the cards of each player and due to a special blinds system those are invisible to the other players. To preserve its watchmaking legacy, Christophe Claret designed the Poker watch with a cathedral gong which with every press of pusher activates a dong sound.

This marvelous Poker watch bases its entire design and functionality on strategy and bluff. Christophe Claret has managed to develop a truly ingenious system that dares you to find out “Who will get the strongest hand?”

At its inside the watch is powered by an automatic-winding mechanical caliber with 72 jewels, double barrels, a Swiss lever-type of 4 Hz (28’800 vph), and with a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. This exquisite movement is encapsulated by a 45 mm case diameter that is manufactured from 5N red gold and black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium and is waterproofed up to 30 meters.

The brand offers to its buyers the possibility of enhancing the charm of the sapphire crystal through a metallization process that offers the following unique detail- when you breathe upon the dial, a pin-up girl appears. The dial features a black PVD-treated skeletonized cards motif and has 4N pink gold blinds. The hands of the watch are black PVD-treated with Super-LumiNova doubled by orange ruby margins.

The Christophe Claret Poker watch comes with a 5N red gold and black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium winding crown and a black alligator strap.

If you are looking for a distinctive limited edition watch that has a unique charm then you should really consider the Christophe Claret Poker. Fans of the most loved poker version will understand its attractive design and functionality.

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16 Jan

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Van Cleef African Landscape

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The Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels African Landscape Watch is a spectacular watch that was inspired by the iconic novel Five Weeks in a Ballon. The main character is a traveller that admires Africa from above while he is suspended in his basket. The fauna, flora and natural beauties are the elements that have set Maison’s imagination. The most fascinating and complex part of the watch is the artful dial that shows a mother antelope and her baby.

The dial is truly extraordinary. Its design depicts just a part of the unique African landscape in a way that echoes through time and space. The 38 mm white gold case is elegant and feminine due to its round forms, slim lines and extravagant details. One of the most original and wonderful aspect of the timepiece is the white gold bezel adorned with round diamonds. The overall look of the watch is one of extraordinary preciosity. Wearing this watch equals luxury, refinement and distinction.

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Getting back to the dial, this is magnificently decorated with white gold sculpted sky and bushes, yellow jasper earth, white gold sculpted rocks, paillonné and champlevé translucent enamel, a white mother-of-pearl sculpted waterfall, and white gold sculpted antelopes with round diamonds and miniature painted eyes. All these distinct elements form an extraordinary African landscape of an exotic charm.

The white gold crown is as extravagant as the dial due to the use of a luxurious round diamond. Furthermore, the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels African Landscape Watch comes with a unique shiny blue alligator strap complemented by a white gold pin buckle with signature round diamonds.

As you can imagine, the Van Cleef & Arpels African Landscape isn’t a very affordable timepiece. This is one of the most extravagant and expensive luxury watches in the world. Manufactured in a limited number of 22 pieces, one of these models costs about $100,000. It is considered a rarity in the watch world and it is a design that intrigues even the most savant watch enthusiast.

The Van Cleef & Arpels African Landscape Watch with Antelope Décor is a very precise and durable timepiece that is powered by a mechanical manual winding movement also known as 830P. This artfully constructed mechanism features a 60 hours power reserve.

One of the most impressive details about the Van Cleef & Arpels is that every single watch is handmade by a very skilled artisan. Due to this fact, the carat, weight and quantity of the stones may differ from one product to another.

The case of the Van Cleef & Arpels African Landscape Extraordinary measures 38 mm in diameter and 10.5 thicknesses. Its white gold and beautifully crafted case is water resistant up to an impressive depth of 30 meters.

For those who are looking for one of the most extravagant and artfully constructed timepieces ever, Van Cleef and Arpels has the perfect answer- the African Landscape Watch with Antelope Décor. This magnificent design impresses with aesthetic sophistication and a pronounced attention for luxurious details.

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24 Dec

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Christophe Claret X-Trem-1

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Christophe Claret is famous for creating some of the most exotic luxury watches with a unique high-end design and spectacular experimental complications. One of its best timepieces that were created especially for stimulating the world of artfully constructed watches is the X-Trem-1. This model has been produced in an 8-piece limited series and the “X-Trem” part of its name stands for “Experimental Time Research Engineering Mechanism.” Impressive, isn’t it? Just like everything else that the brand has created and launched for the past few years.

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This highly exclusivist luxury watch is more than just an extreme time keeping device. It is an extravagant and extraordinary art piece that fascinates both visually and technically. Believe it or not, this watch uses magnets. Yes, magnets even though these are the hugest enemy of mechanical watches. But nothing can stand in the way of an X-TREM-1 watch so magnets are basically used for moving the steel balls from the inside of the sapphire crystal tubes up and down for showing the hours and minutes.

The planetary nebula is actually the inspiration for the X-TREM-1’s indication system. Experts claim that the magnetic force is the one that has created and sustains some of the most beautiful and largest formations in the universe:  the planetary nebulae. Supposedly, the stellar evolution generates magnetic fields that can survive for billions of years and take the shape of a stellar butterfly.

The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 is the first timepiece from a new and intriguing generation of smartly innovating devices. This is not just a beautifully complicated watch, but also an important aesthetic ad technical accomplishment in the world of extraordinary timepieces. The model comes with a flying tourbillon lop-sided at a 30° angle, anchored on a 3D curvex titanium piece, featuring a retrograde minutes and hours display system that is completely distinct than everything else ever available on a watch. Two very small empty steel spheres, each encapsulated by a sapphire tube located on every side of the caseband are moved up and down by magnetic fields as to indicate the hour and minutes.

The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 comes with a wonderfully complex mechanical hand-wound mechanism that features an impressive number of 419 components and 64 jewels. The movement is double barreled- one of the barrels is for the time indications and the other one for the movement gear train. Furthermore, it has a Swiss lever-type escapement of 3 Hz (21’600 vph) and a 50 hours power reserve.

Its most distinctive functional features are the use of extremely precise magnetic fields within a high end mechanical movement, plus the lack of mechanical correlations between the mechanism and the indications.

The X-TREM-1 comes with a 40 mm diameter case manufactured from Platinum and black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium. This exquisitely crafted case is so well sealed that it is able to protect the watch from water damage even at a depth of 30 meters.

One of the most extreme and rare luxury timepieces on the market is the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1. This unique watch was designed to fascinate the masses and bring joy only to 8 lucky watch collectors that were so fortunate as to get their hands on one of these limited edition pieces.

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