16 Jan

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Van Cleef African Landscape


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.

Van Cleef & Arpels watch

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


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.

Christophe Claret X-Trem-1

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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29 Nov

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IWC Portofino


IWC Portofino Chronograph is the luxury watch that adds a sporty touch to the much sought after Portofino collection due to its exquisitely designed push-buttons that remind us of the cockpit of the classic ‘60s Italian sports automobiles. The Portofino is actually a tribute to the vintage years when style, extravagance and distinction were defining characteristics for the rich and sophisticated.

The IWC Portofino series was launched more than 25 years ago and its most distinctive elements were the classical case, the simple black or silver dials and the leaf-shaped hands. One of the newest versions offers a slightly more complex dial layout that inspires the same elegance and distinction as the vintage Portofino models. The white dial features two rectangular windows located at the 3 o’clock position. One shows the days of the week and the other one shows the date. These are placed one next to the other. Above there is the “IWC” name in black color and below it there is the name “SCHAFFHAUSEN” also in black.

Portofino Chronograph

This timeless design is beautifully complemented by three small dials. One is located at the 6 o’clock position and it includes indexes for 12 hours, the second one is located at the 9 o’clock position and it shows 60 seconds and the third one is located at 12 o’clock and it counts 30 minutes. On the main dial there are silver applied hour markers shaped as very slim and long lines except for the 12 and 6 o’clock indexes that are represented by Roman numerals.

Over this understated dial there is a convex sapphire crystal that is resistant to daily wear and scratches. Furthermore, the IWC Portofino comes with a Swiss made automatic movement that has a 44 hours power reserve. This extremely precise and durable mechanism is embodied by a 42 mm case manufactured from solid stainless steel that has been artfully finished and polished by skilled artisans.

The IWC Portofino is one of the most distinctive luxury watches on the market. Its dial is intricate, but refined. The polished applied stainless steel hands and markers match elegantly with the mild white dial, creating a spectacular duo. Intriguingly, the VI and XII indexes have been cut in two so the VI resembles more with a III and the XII with a VII. And despite the fact that the stainless steel case has been spectacularly designed with classy round shapes, our full attention is stolen by this gracefully constructed dial layout.

One of the best assets of the IWC Portofino is that it feels incredibly comfortable when it is worn. The watch comes with a luxurious brown crocodile strap that features a buckle and pin. Designed just like a vintage buckle strap and with a 2 mm thickness, this band is simply divine.

The IWC Portofino fascinates due to its perfect balance between simple classic shapes and complexly modern functionality. It suggests a fascinating bold personality that goes from vintage to contemporary in an instance.  By all means, it is a timeless watch and wearing it is a truly lush experience.

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01 Nov

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Christophe Claret Dualtow


Christophe Claret Dualtow is a uniquely designed watch, part of a limited edition collection that offers only 68 pieces. The aesthetics of this beautiful model was inspired by the fluid movement of an excavator’s caterpillar tread. The name itself is a reminiscence of this very powerful machinery. Not only the notched rubber belts that are powered at each end by cylinders remind us that their source of inspiration is the wheel rims of a classic Bugatti T35, but the appearance is also reminiscent of this fact.

The first thing that impresses at the Christophe Claret Dualtow is the design, but the functionality and performances of the watch are equally complex and fascinating. The watch offers a planetary-gear, a wonderfully crafted tourbillon escapement, exquisite mono-pusher chronograph with an amazing mechanism signaling stop, start and reset, and two original striking belts showing minutes and hours.

christophe claret dualtow

The distinctive thing about the Dual Tow is that it is equipped with a complex patented chronograph movement that revolves around nine planetary gears and three differentials. Also unique is the cathedral gong that is produced by the mono-pushers at every change of the chronograph function. The CC20A movement is powered by a mainspring that can be seen through the sapphire crystal back that also allows you to admire the organic indication of the Dual Tow’s power reserve.

The Christophe Claret Dualtow is an exclusivist luxury watch that was manufactured in a limited edition series of only 68 pieces and every single timepiece can be customized by the owner in terms of case material and color choices. The watch collector who aspires to own such a spectacular watch is the type of enthusiasts who adores modern innovations such as the DualTow’s single chronograph function that works based on nine identically constructed planetary gears. This uniquely structured system is very similar to a celestial nebula.

Christophe Claret was inspired to create this luxurious and intricate timepiece one day when he was redesigning his Renaissance garden and he was moving the earth with a caterpillar-thread digger. This powerful machinery was the source for developing the special notched rubber belts of the DualTow. Furthermore, the belts are put in motion by cylinders located on each end and these are constructed as to look like the wheel rims of a Bugatti T35.

The Christophe Claret Dualtow comes with a 42 mm case diameter that can be manufactured from either one of these materials: 4N pink gold or 4N pink gold flange featuring red ruby chronograph second markers. This extravagant case seals the inside mechanism and protects it during diving up to a depth of 30 meters. This extraordinary mechanical hand-wound mechanism with 65 jewels and double parallel barrels features a 60 hours power reserve and a Swiss lever-type escapement of 3 Hz (21’600 vph). The watch comes with a red polka belt, a brown alligator or a rubber strap.

The Christophe Claret Dualtow is a complex and uniquely designed timepiece that was dedicated to the world’s elite. Manufactured in a limited series of 68 pieces, this magnificent watch boosts understated elegance and modern innovations and emphasizes the contemporary sense of extravagance.

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02 Oct

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Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01


Tag Heuer couldn’t miss launching a new product during the 2015 edition of Baselworld, and with this being the first exhibition with Jean-Claude Biver running the show as CEO, the event had added significance. The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 was one of the biggest names to be premiered during the most important watch…

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06 Sep

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Glashütte Senator Observer


Another interesting appearance at this year’s Baselworld has been the Glashütte Original Senator Observer. The brand is part of the Swatch Group and has managed to become a favorite thanks to both its classically inspired design as well as the modern approaches they sometimes take when it comes to their timepieces. While the brand is…

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14 Aug

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Cartier d’Art Bengal Tiger


Cartier is one of the biggest brands in the world of fashion and when it comes to watches they maintain the same level of quality they have in all their products. The craftsmanship and amazing history the brand has behind it makes its renown easy to understand. Each timepiece is carefully manufactured in order to provide the very best materials and quality to all users.

The Cartier d’Art Bengal Tiger is a truly unique watch, one that will generate a lot of attention due to its flashy additions and interesting design. The unique aspect of this Cartier watch will definitely make it an outstanding piece in your collection and quite possibly the flashiest watch you will ever wear.

Cartier d`Art Bengal Tiger

The main feature of the watch is of course the Bengal tiger that is represented on the dial. The tiger is contoured by crystals with several scattered throughout the watch to give this Cartier its characteristic aspect. The watch can prove to be a beautiful accessory with both formal and less formal attire. Its flashy nature also makes it a centerpiece in any fashionable party you might want to attend.

The case of the watch is perfectly round and made from the finest platinum on the market. The diameter of the case is 45 mm, which makes the Cartier d’Art Bengal Tigre a rather large watch, ideal for larger wrists but with a balanced aspect which makes it look good on just about any size of wrist when it comes down to it. The thickness of the case is 12.45 mm, giving the watch a pleasant exterior aspect in terms of the diameter/thickness ratio.

The bezel is also made from high durability platinum, giving the watch a durability which matches its stunning aspect. It is not intended to be an everyday watch so the water resistance is rather low when compared to other models in its price range. It can however withstand 3 ATM or a depth of 30 meters which is more than enough in case you get it slightly wet during rainy season or while washing your hands.

The Bengal tiger mosaic is made from gemstones, giving this watch even more shine and glitter. The movement type is manual with a Cartier 9454MC caliber and a power reserve of 52 hours. Among its functions you will find an off center second and minute function as well as a unique flying tourbillon. The bracelet is made from black alligator leather while the clasp is made from white gold and has a double folding buckle.

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24 Jul

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The Calibre 3255


Rolex could very well be synonymous with innovative, as their foundation is rooted on releasing groundbreaking technology and fine-tuning their watches to be as perfect as possible.  It is no wonder that watch enthusiasts patiently wait for Rolex’s new releases. Finally, the wait is over! The ever-growing watch company, Rolex, has released its newest update:…

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20 Jun

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic


Considered one of the most famous Swiss luxury brands, Audemars Piguet has been raising the standards in the world of high quality watchmaking for over a century and is still releasing high quality models that challenge the norm and change the way we understand beauty and durability in this competitive industry.

This amazing watch, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Steel and Ceramic is one of the most interesting recent releases from the amazing Swiss company, showing off a strong and durable look that masks the innovative technology that is present behind its hard exterior.

26400SO.OO.A002CA.01 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Steel & Ceramic

While the look of the watch and the size may seem a bit too rugged for some formal events the Audemars Piguet brand, the elegant color and material ratio gives the watch a noble aspect, one that could grace an outfit regardless of the occasion. While it is ideal for less formal occasions it can be a tasteful accessory regardless of the occasion.

The subtle colors give it an understated elegance, and while the stainless steel and the sheer size of the watch might seem to make it an eyesore, it can complement a suit or an elegant outfit perfectly. It can also be worn with a less formal outfit and can complement certain more sporty oriented outfits as well.

The movement of the watch is automatic, making it incredibly reliable not just a fantastic looking accessory. The case is made from stainless steel, which when visible, gives the watch a rugged quality that is a major part of its charm. The bracelet is rubber but can be changed to a leather one in case you prefer the texture of the material more. The bracelet has a fold clasp which gives the watch a sturdy and safe feel on your wrist.

The watch is mainly addressed to men but is also marketed as a unisex watch if you were ever thinking of purchasing it as a gift. The diameter of the case is 44 mm, which makes it a rather large watch, ideal for bigger wrists. Its size isn’t however too big so it can be worn by people with any size of wrist without appearing out of balance.

The bezel is ceramic, creating a pleasant material texture and contrast with the stainless steel underneath. The watch also has a very useful chronograph, which is tastefully incorporated into the case without taking too much space.

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15 May

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Cartier Tortue Watch


Cartier is a century old brand that has become synonymous with high quality precision watch making. The French brand has created some of the most memorable watch collections that have greatly appreciated in value and have, in time, become a popular icon, represented and mentioned in movies, music and literature. Louis Cartier, the man behind this legendary brand is famed for being one of the pioneers of the wristwatch. While Cartier didn’t invent the wristwatch as many people erroneously consider, the brand did play a huge part in its success, popularizing it throughout the world with the help of its amazing technology and design.

Cartier Tortue Watch W1580050

The Cartier Tortue XXL is a stunning new addition to the Cartier collection of watches. This beautiful watch boasts a traditional Cartier design as well as a unique dial which adds a note of modernism, distinction and class to this beautiful timepiece.

The Tortue XXL boasts a mechanical movement with automatic winding, making it extremely durable and reliable, as well as a giving it a timeless quality which will only make it grow in value over time. The case is made from 18 karat white gold which also comes with an octagonal crown bejeweled with a sapphire. The case is quite elegant; combining the very best of the traditional Cartier design with a durable exterior that will ensure your watch will look spotless for years to come.

The watch also impresses through its traditional guilloche dial, one of the brand’s trademarks. Other details such as the openwork grid give the watch a pleasant sense of depth and sophistication while the silver detailing has a sunray effect to give even more detail. Other elements of the watch face are the black Roman numerals and the blue ocean map which in combination with the silvered dial creates the most visible element which is an opened plan map of the world.

The Tortue also comes with a black alligator leather strap and an adjustable folding buckle which is made from the same 18 karat white gold of the watch case. Among the watch’s many functions you will find a time zone complication with a specially designed cities disk which indicates time according to the summer, winter time or day and night reference.

The watch is 45 mm in diameter with a total of 287 parts 27 of which are jewels. It is water resistant for up to 100 feet or 30 meters and has a sapphire crystal and case back for extra durability and protection.

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