Yet, in the long run, the luxury industry still can expect to expand substantially, with an increasing number of HNWIs (high net worth individual) globally, and this, especially in the emerging markets. Already today, Credit Suisse estimates the global private wealth at 260 trillion US$ and expects a further build-up of fortunes.
It was at SIHH 2013 that Jaeger-LeCoultre presented its Master Calendar, a highly legible calendar watch that was inspired by a similar model the manufacture made around 1945. It offered the date, day, month, and phase of the moon indications on a nicely laid-out and, indeed, very restrained-looking dial. Two years later, for SIHH 2015, we are seeing an updated version that more-or-less does away with the clean looks, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial.Read more ›
Finally, there is a method that we could basically refer to as "mold injection technology", in which case, carbon is added to a liquid plastic resin which then is injected into a mold and then subjected to the aforementioned high-pressure and high-temperature treatment. ITAnano says they make their cases of CFRP, i.e. carbon fiber reinforced polymer and, in their case, that refers to this mold injection technology. When it comes to aesthetics, the results are again different to the other two methods: the case of the ITAnano Phantom Carbon Automatic 49 has a matte, microscopically grained look and a very soft and pleasant touch to it.
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As mentioned above, the Romain Jerome Space Invaders Ultimate Edition will be sold exclusively through the brand's website and will be limited to just five pieces in each color. Price for each is 6,900 Swiss francs or around ,150. romainjerome.ch
"Extremely complicated" is a term we are used to hearing when it comes to Patek Philippe – for all the other most notable pieces check out our article on the 17 rarest and most expensive Patek Philippe watches here. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime however comes in at the very top of the food chain, with its massive 47.4 millimeter wide and 16.1 mm thick case and incredibly intricate movement comprising 1,366 components – including three gongs and three hammers and altogether 20 complications displayed over two dials. The case is also reversible, meaning it flips around. The movement also has a unique 3.5 Hz (25,200 bph) frequency.
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On the dial, you see a few changes compared to the standard Cartier Calibre. At first glance, they look the same, but looking at them side by side, you can see a redesigned minute track, subsidiary seconds dial, and increased amount of lume. It isn't that one is more attractive than the other, but it is important to be aware of the differences. Each is quite legible and offers that half Roman numerals and half baton hour markers style dial.
Maximilian Büsser: In 1989 (at the age of 22) I did my Swiss military service. In the middle of it, I had a terrible accident where my Jeep overturned. I was thrown out and it actually landed on my back at 50 km/h. I should have been dead. No question. In fact, I am still wondering today how come I am not.Read more ›
The Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition watch has a case that is water resistant to 100 meters and has a very well-done AR-coating on the sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is the Oris calibre 774 which I am happy to see that they clearly indicate is a base Swiss Sellita SW 500 (an ETA Valjoux 7750 clone). Kudos to them for being clear about that. The movement uses a red painted automatic rotor typical of watches in the Oris brand.
I’m not sure if they all come this way, but I was happy to find out that mine included the metal bracelet, and the brown leather strap. Two great choices that add versatility to the watch.
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What exactly should the watch industry do? According to MarketWatch, even the US Consulate in Hong Kong hasn't taken a position on the issue of whether they support the Chinese government or the protesters in Hong Kong. The major players in the watch industry have a lot to lose by becoming an outspoken critic or supporter of either side of the issue. At the same time, they are trying to not only deal with decreasing sales in Hong Kong, but slowing demand for luxury watches in China which apparently started in 2012.
I appreciate that Vacheron Constantin resisted the urge to describe the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph with too many superlatives. That means the company knows that only the most dedicated and seasoned collectors will approach and appreciate the merits of this ultra-stealth wealth model without Vacheron Constantin needing to boost its image up with marketing materials. With that said, for 2015, there will only be 10 pieces of the watch produced (in platinum). I do anticipate however, that in the future, we will see additional executions of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph in other materials.
In our third year of university we were allowed to choose the subject of a project which must mix sociology and engineering, and I immediately chose this topic: why would anyone pay these insane amounts of money for a watch? That was not the title, but it was clearly my scope. And then a miracle happened. When I wrote to the brands for an interview, every CEO actually gave me an hour of their time: Breguet, Vacheron-Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-leCoultre, even Mr. Gerald Genta himself. What I discovered during those visits and talks made my head spin. I was hooked for good.Read more ›
2014 was also the real year the smartwatch became part of the watch industry's conversation, and many watch people previously not interested in "wearable devices" suddenly encountered the proposition that sometime in the future they may be faced with a very real choice of how to integrate smartwatches into their lives and reconcile them with their love of mechanical watches. 2014 experienced a major refocus by Swiss watch brands back to the United States and Western European markets, with the immediate result being a surge in interest for big name watch brands like Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, etc...Read more ›
Pisa Orologeria: Certainly, Milan is best known to be one of the world capitals of taste and elegance. Here were born some of the most important brands. In addition, the city is also known to be one of the most important business centers in the world and it is the location of important international universities.
Wearing the Piaget Altiplano 900P does offer the wearer the feeling of experiencing an "achievement" on the wrist. Not only a technical achievement, but also in terms of rarity. The Piaget Altiplano 900P is a rare treat insofar as that Piaget isn't exactly able to crank them out. Even though it is a simple mechanism, considerable effort is required in testing and assembling each of Piaget's "ultra-thin" calibers. The best part is that this is one of those technically interesting watches with a great story that is also easily worn on a daily basis. It also helps that the story behind the watch is one that non-watch people will understand. Try explaining to someone why they should be impressed by a constant force escapement or the "world's thinnest watch." Clearly, you know which one your audience will digest more readily.
On the surface, the Zeitwerk Striking Time and A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater may be confused for being the same watch. It doesn't help that both watches look similar to the untrained eye. But visual differences aside, the important thing is that the striking time complication and the minute repeater complication is not the same. The Zeitwerk Striking Time only sounds the full hours and quarter hours. Additionally and crucially, it cannot chime on the demand. The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater can chime the time on demand and more.Read more ›
Giugiaro Design has also modified the case back, styling it after the fancy and aggressive, 6-spoke alloys one may see on some Italian supercars. Underneath the ceramic case back and inside the 100-meter water resistant titanium case is the same 8X82 movement that we have seen make its debut in last year's chronograph, offering a wide array of functions including solar charging through the dial, a perpetual calendar, as well as GPS-syncing to tell the time with atomic clock precision.
Having said that, I cannot testify to the ongoing reliability of Chinese-made mechanical movements. Some are fine, but many are not. There are too many problems with Chinese movements for me to wholeheartedly recommend them. Even if they work for a while, Chinese movements are currently far too likely to break over time compared to Swiss or Japanese movements. If looking for an economical mechanical movement, your best best is still something from Japan - and the major producers of Japanese mechanical movements are Seiko, Orient, and Citizen (Miyota).
Aloe Blacc: No, I haven't.Read more ›