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Author: Alex Salvacion

6 A Ferrari Portofino welcomes guests in the Hublot Art of Fusion Exhibit

A Ferrari Portofino welcomes guests in the Hublot Art of Fusion Exhibit

See and experience what Hublot means by “The Art of Fusion” in their four-day exhibit, which will be open to the public, free of charge, from November 12 to 15 at the Fashion Walkway in Greenbelt 5. 

Right from the start, Hublot has always been a watch brand focused on the balance of tradition with innovation. Starting with combining classic gold with contemporary rubber, they went on to create even more in the last thirty years, utilizing the latest technology with the oldest watchmaking traditions. They eventually arrived on Philippine shores a little more than ten years ago, through their partnership with Lucerne. 

The exhibit, co-hosted with Lucerne, will focus on Hublot’s key partnershipsone of them being with sports car manufacturer, Ferrari. A sleek, red Ferrari Portofino, will be at the forefront of the exhibit, flanked by some of the timepieces that the two luxury brands collaborated on. 

Hublot’s timepieces made with their partners in the art world will also be featured; namely, the Classic Fusion Orlinski as well as the Big Bang Sang Bleu. 

Hublot’s very own watches will also be showcased, limited and award-winning alike. One such piece is the Big Bang MP-11, which boasts an astounding 14 days of power reserve. Some of these watches also include materials proprietary and unique to Hublot, such as Magic Gold and King Gold.

The Art of Fusion Exhibit in Manila runs from November 12-15

Hublot's The Art of Fusion exhibit

Hublot Magic Gold luxury watch materials

With the best of both worlds—cutting-edge technology and traditional watchmaking—at Hublot’s side, the luxury watch brand is only limited by their imagination. Materials not withstanding, the pioneering watchmaker has dared to use what others would not, even going so far as to create new materials.

Magic Gold

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Magic Gold luxury watch materials

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Magic Gold

Since it’s not possible to use pure gold due to its softness, people have mixed it with different materials to come up with more durable alloys. Hublot, in particular, found the balance between 24K gold and boron carbide, also known as ceramic. This resulted in Magic Gold—the hardest, most scratch-resistant 18K gold worldwide that can only be cut by diamond.

King Gold

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold luxury watch materials

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold

Hublot also came up with another kind of gold: King Gold. It’s Hublot’s version of red gold, but even redder. They achieved the fiery look by upping the copper content. To prevent the oxidation that comes with the higher percentage of copper, they also added platinum into the mix.

Colored sapphire cases

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

For decades, sapphire has only been used to cover the dial or the movement. Hublot is one of the first to manufacture sapphire as the material for a watch case and in several colors including yellow, blue, pink and red. The various tints are achieved by fusing different chemicals. For example, Hublot combined aluminum oxide with copper to come up with yellow. Replace copper with titanium oxide and the sapphire will be tinted with pink. Switch it out with iron oxide and out comes a nice sky-blue.

Ceramic

Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico White Ceramic

As a material for watches, ceramic has been known for its scratch resistance and lightness. Having used ceramic as a vital ingredient for Magic Gold, Hublot didn’t shy away from experimenting more with the material. Just last year, the watch manufacturer patented their invention of not only vibrantly colored ceramic, but the most resilient as well.

Carbon

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Titanium Carbon

Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Titanium Carbon

All of the strength and none of the weight, carbon fiber is one of the revolutionary inventions of our age. Hublot is one of the few watch houses to manufacture and use carbon fiber composites in their watches. For more intricate watch components, they utilize carbon fiber-reinforced polymer instead.

Come and see these watches and more at the “Hublot Celebrating Art of Fusion Exhibit” at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walkway, from November 12 to 15.

tudor rugby world cup timekeeper 2019 anchor
 

With Tudor having New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, as their brand ambassadors since 2017, Tudor becoming the official timekeeper of the Rugby World Cup doesn’t come as a surprise. 

The All Blacks are looking to defend their back-to-back championship and hold up the Webb Ellis Cup for the fourth time in history in true “Born to Dare” spirit. The ambition doesn’t look too daunting with the team having an over 75% win rate. That win rate solidifies them as not only the best rugby team, but also one of the best teams in sports history.

 

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The All Black team’s victory in the Rugby World Cup 2015

 

This year’s Rugby World Cup is hosted by Japan, which started last September 20 and ends November 2. This is the first time the best rugby teams from all around the world get to run, kick, and tackle on Asian soil. Only held every four years, it’s an event rugby fans have been waiting a long time for. And with over 2 million people having gone to the last one, attendance is only expected to rise this year.

 

tudor timekeeper 2019 black bay chrono luxury watch
 

In light of Tudor being the official timekeeper, the luxury watch brand gave all 23 Rugby World Cup referees a special edition of the Black Bay Chrono model fitted with a rubber strap, instead of the standard steel bracelet. It also has the World Cup’s logo engraved on the caseback, with the text “Official Timekeeper” under it.

 

tudor timekeeper 2019 black bay chrono dark luxury watch
 

Of course, Tudor didn’t forget about their partnership with the All Blacks and released the Black Bay Chrono Dark. It’s limited to the overall number of players the All Blacks team has ever had, a total of 1,181 at the moment. Every time they recruit a new player into their ranks, Tudor will add one more, with each piece having its number engraved on the caseback.

tudor timekeeper rugby world cup 2019 black bay chrono dark luxury watch

Black Bay Chrono Dark

Case
  • 41mm 
  • Matte black PVD-treated steel case with satin finish
Dials & Hands
  • Black, domed
  • Date at 6 o’clock
Functions
  • Hours, minutes
  • Chronograph seconds
  • Chronograph 45-minute counter at 3 o’clock
  • Small seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Instantaneous date at 6 o’clock without non-correction range
  • Stop seconds for precise time setting
Movement
  • Manufacture Calibre MT5813 (COSC) with chronograph function
  • Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system

Watches for a Cause

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923
 

Sometimes, the luxury watch industry isn’t all the glamour and pizzazz as it appears to be. When manufacturers aren’t busy brainstorming on and creating the next best watch, they find the time to give to a cause that’s much bigger than themselves. There are, after all, real people behind these big watch houses. While making donations in the form of cash is the most common gesture, a lot of watch houses opt to take the route that they know best: creating unique or limited pieces and auctioning them offsatisfying collectors, philanthropists, and of course, beneficiaries alike. Here are a few watches for a cause from just this year.

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph luxury watches for a cause
 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26338PT.OO.1220PT.01

If you’re a big fan of Cirque du Soleil, then you’re sure to have heard of the “One Night for One Drop” event that happens every year, where they do a special performance for one night only in Las Vegas. Every cent spent goes to the One Drop Foundation that helps communities in grave need to have sustainable access to safe water. 

Audemars Piguet put this self-winding chronograph up for auction at the very same event, and just like the Cirque du Soleil performance, all its proceeds go straight to the foundation. Even alongside some other items like sought-after cars and special trips to dream destinations, this one-of-a-kind watch managed to stand out all the same, with its blue subdials against the purple Grande Tapisserie dial, visible through the solid sapphire crystal. It’s all encased in a platinum case, accompanied by either a platinum bracelet or a leather bracelet in the same shade of the subdials.

 

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923 luxury watches for a cause IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923
 

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923

If you pay attention to Hollywood news, you might remember that earlier this year, actor and IWC ambassador Bradley Cooper wore the unique Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece to the opulent Academy Awards ceremony—and it’s not just for show!

The very same watch was auctioned off and its proceeds were donated to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. It goes to helping the Arrimage association in France whose mission is to help visually impaired children how to “read” or “see” drawings through touch, as well as create drawings themselves. It’s no coincidence that the first ever tactile art book is “The Little Prince” and that this watch’s 18-carat gold caseback has a quote from the book engraved on it, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” It wasn’t hard at all to find an owner for this watch, what with it not only being connected to a famous watch house, but also a famous book and, of course, a famous actor.

Ferdinand Berthoud Chromomètre FB 1 - Night Star luxury watches for a cause

Ferdinand Berthoud Chromomètre FB 1 – Night Star

Only Watch is an event that’s held every two years, auctioning off unique watch models from several different watch brands whose 99% of profits go to the research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the more severe version of muscular dystrophy that cuts an individual’s life off as soon as their late teenage years.

Ferdinand Berthoud is one of those luxury watch brands that contributes to the cause, with the Night Star. Its case is not only titanium—it’s sandblasted anthracite-ceramised titanium. A mouthful, right? It means that this isn’t any regular titanium; it’s four times stronger than titanium. And with how anthracite is the densest form of coal, it’s also how the titanium got its nice shade of gray that matches nicely with the frosted black dial. The hands and numerals are stand out against the dark colors like stars in the night sky thanks to its Super-LumiNova coating, making the name of the watch quite apt.

 

Breguet Type 20 luxury watches for a cause

Breguet Type 20

Breguet brings back one of their beloved classics, the military-issued pilot’s watch “Type 20,” for the Only Watch event. If you know what the original Type 20 from the 50s looked like, then you’re sure to see the likeness. From the luminescent Arabic numerals and hands to the big onion crown right down to the historic Valjoux 235 movement, the watch house has honored the old flyback chronograph well, with a few aesthetic updates here and there. Like everything else in this list, there’s only one piece made available—to the dismay of watch enthusiasts everywhere—with even an engraving on the back that says, “Pièce Unique.”

 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 luxury watches for a cause Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010
 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010

For this year’s Only Watch event, Patek Philippe rendered their most complicated watch, the Grandmaster Chime, in stainless steel. Besides the unusual case material, the hand guilloched hobnail pattern on the rose gold dial as well as the text “THE ONLY ONE” on the second time zone subdial make this piece tastefully unique.

Apart from getting this absolute beast of a watch, which is already enough motivation for a lot of Patek Philippe fans, the owner and his chosen guest will also get to visit the Patek Philippe workshops and museums, as well as have lunch with the president of the watch house, Thierry Stern. We’re sure we’re not exaggerating when we say this will be one of the most sought after pieces in the auction house.

 

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski luxury watches for a cause   Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski statue
 

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski

Hublot is no stranger to charity donations, and it’s certainly not the first collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski either. So it’s no surprise that they joined forces to create a unique timepiece for Only Watch.

In the transparent sapphire case that incorporated the signature design of the artist sits the movement, the tourbillon cage, and the power reserve. The bezel is made of white gold, and is set with 54 baguette-cut, light blue topazes. The smooth, rubber strap is in the same shade, keeping in theme with the Only Watch color scheme. It’s also the same color of the Wild Kong sculpture, also made by Orlinski, that holds the sapphire watch box wherein the luxury watch itself is displayed. And if the timepiece and sculpture weren’t enough, the owner of the piece also gets to meet the artist himself at his gallery in Paris.

luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019
 

Breitling wowed Baselworld attendees and fans all over the world with the grand volume of their releases at this year’s watch fair, featuring timepieces that could go with anyone, whether they like flying planes, driving motorbikes, or diving in the ocean. This made it extremely difficult for us to choose which of their new timepieces to feature in this article, but it had to be done. So without further ado, here are the models from Breitling that completely blew us all away.

 

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Airline Edition Pan Am Edition Ref. AB01212B1C1A1

Regarded as one of the great behemoths of the commercial aviation industry back in the 20th century, Pan Am (Pan American World Airways) is a big part of history. This timepiece’s colorway was inspired by that very airline, with its eye-catching shade of blue matching their iconic logo. You can easily see the logo for yourself and compare the colors when you flip the watch over. Its design, with its wide rectangular hands and prominent hour markers, is made to emanate that 70s feel, which is when Pan Am was at its height of success. And while we think this model looks best with a stainless steel mesh bracelet, it can also go with an eccentric Air Racer bracelet or a more casual brown, leather strap.

This model is joined by the other similar watches—also inspired by the other aviation giants back then, namely, Trans World Airlines and Swissair—in the Airline capsule collection. All these models, tied to rich aviation history, will only be produced in a limited amount of time.

 

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1 luxury watch

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel Ref. M17368D71C1S1

If you’re a big fan of Breitling’s dive watch collections, especially the Superocean collection, then this year is your year. The brand came out with a wide array of Superocean models in different colors and sizes. Ranging from 36mm to 48mm, Breitling’s direction towards having a watch for everybody is loud and clear (especially with the time-only Navitimer models at 42mm). This year’s update to the Superocean design gave us a way cleaner dial, perfect for divers who need readability and clarity in the depths of the ocean.

This model in particular uses a durable, 46mm black steel (diamond-like carbon coated stainless steel) case, allowing for a water resistance of up to an impressive 2000 meters. Honestly this is way higher—or lower, in this case—than what the human body can resist, but who’s counting?

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1 luxury watch breitling baselworld 2019

Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition Ref. AB0910371B1X1

Vintage Breitling fans, rejoice! Amidst all their updated models is the re-edition of their iconic Navitimer from 60 years ago, painstakingly replicating every single detail, from the logo to the number of the beads on the bezel. Save for the increased water resistance (30 meters) and the Super-LumiNova coating (which was still carefully manufactured to match the patina-like hue of the older model), everything else is exactly the same. There’s also the COSC-certified, manually-wound, in-house Caliber B09, fashioned after the Caliber 01. But this one is especially made for remakes such as this, which we most definitely welcome. And before we forget to mention: its stocks are unsurprisingly limited to 1,959 units.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Ref. AB0118A21B1X1

Think the luxury watch industry has focused too much on racing car collaborations, leaving motorcycle enthusiasts out to dry? Well, has Breitling got news for you. From the watch house’s partnership with the British motorcycle producer Norton, this COSC-certified chronograph was born. The motorcycle company’s logo is engraved nicely on the left side of the case, and is also inscribed on the transparent caseback. This watch is also available with a stainless steel bracelet, but we quite like how the subtle gold coloring of the arabic numerals match up with the brown leather.

We can easily imagine driving down the highway on one of Norton’s distinctive motorbikes, with this watch on our wrist and the wind in our hair. And yes, we’re wearing a black leather jacket in this daydream.

Hublot showed up at this year’s Baselworld all revved up and ready to go, celebrating the 90th anniversary of their long-time partner, Scuderia Ferrari with six new Ferrari-themed watches. We’d be here all day if we talked about all of them plus Hublot’s other releases, so we had to limit ourselves with selecting our top picks.

Strap in and read on; we promise the non-Ferrari watches are just as cool.

hublot classic fusion ferrari gt carbon hublot baselworld 2019

Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT

Hublot’s partnership with Ferrari has always been something watch enthusiasts all around the world keep an eye on, since they always come up with novelties that are out of Hublot’s usual territory. The Ferrari GT is not one to disappoint. “GT” stands for “Gran Turismo,” so it’s no surprise that the watch incorporates racing car elements. For example, this particular model uses 3D Carbon–a material popular in the racing world, but very new to the watchmaking industry–that makes for a light but durable case. This houses Hublot’s very own UNICO movement that you can see through both the dial and the caseback.

 

hublot big bang unico sang bleu ii hublot baselworld 2019

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu II

It’s no secret: Hublot’s collaboration with design studio and brand consultancy Sang Bleu, headed by Maxime Plescia-Büchi, has turned out to be a very fruitful one. The original Sang Bleu watch has had many different takes on it since its introduction back in 2016, signifying its popularity. That’s why this second edition comes as no surprise, though pleasant nonetheless. And–dare we say it–this edition comes off as bolder and all the more daring. It’s not only the added chronograph, or the more dimensional case, but also the new design for the hands, which arguably makes it easier to read the time. This model, which is in Hublot’s very own 18K King Gold, is also available in Titanium.

 

hublot classic fusion orlinski titanium alternate pave baselworld 2019

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternate Pave

Another one of Hublot’s successful collaborations is with French artist Richard Orlinski, known for his sculptures that look very much like this watch’s dial. Their last collaboration, the Classic Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski, only applied this unique pattern to the case. This time, it’s also in the dial. However, reverse mirroring what they did with Sang Bleu, this one doesn’t have a chronograph. Which is just as well–for how else would we be able to admire that gorgeous, multi-faceted dial? This particular model, with the alternate pave on the case, caught our eye right away. Of course, there’s also a model without diamonds, and one with all the diamonds. But the way the precious stone glitters and glints along with the dial as you move it around, quite frankly, captured our hearts.

 

hublot spirit of big bang tourbillon carbon blue baselworld 2019

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon Carbon Blue

Easily distinguishable with its tonneau case, Hublot brings new additions to their Spirit of Big Bang collection, and this time, they’ve got a tourbillon. Encased in carbon-fibre with blue composites, the off-center dial is at 3 o’clock, the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, and the power reserve indicator at 8 o’clock. And for the first time ever in this collection, the convenient “One-Click” fastening system is finally implemented. Now you can easily change the strap for the black one that came with the other model if you feel like going incognito.

International Women’s Month might have already ended, but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about women’s luxury watches. Here’s a list of watches we think women absolutely need in their collection to elevate their style, because jewelry needn’t be their only accessories.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030 luxury watches

The Work Watch
A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030

When you’re working those long hours, six days a week, it can be a little too easy to forget what day of the month it is. A. Lange & Söhne has their patented outsize date on almost all of their timepieces, making it easy to keep track of your meetings and deadlines with a glance.

Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6 luxury watches

The Beach Watch
Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6

Everyone needs their dose of Vitamin Sea once in a while. What better to go with your beach outfit than a practical but beautiful dive watch? We adore Longines’ Hydroconquest line, which was elegantly designed to withstand the salty waves in style.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01 luxury watches

The Sporty Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01

Whether your daily exercise is jogging on the treadmill or stretching on your yoga mat, it’s important that you have a watch that can keep up with you. This Royal Oak Offshore model, with its trusty chronograph and comfortable rubber strap, can do just that.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140 luxury watches

The Travel Watch
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140

Sometimes we just want to pack up our bags and travel to our dream destination. But when wanderlust strikes, you still have to keep track of things in your home or workplace. Dual time watches, such as the Harmony Dual Time, can make it happen, even when you’re the other side of the world.

Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001 luxury watches

The Everyday Watch
Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001

When you’re too busy to even think about which watch to match with your daily getup, you’ll need a reliable timepiece that can go with almost anything. We think stainless steel and a monochromatic dial is the way to go for this kind of dilemma, and this watch can fill in that role, no problem.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101 luxury watches

The Weekend Watch
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101

Going to a family reunion, or a Sunday morning brunch with your friends? You’ll need something that will match your casual tan leather bag. This Portofino has a light brown alligator strap, its tone matching the details on the face of the watch, tying your relaxed and informal outfit together nicely.

Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

A Rolex
Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

Like we said in our original article for men, every collection demands a Rolex, even those of women’s. With its iconic design and sheer popularity, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the brand. Their Lady-Datejust collection was made exclusively for women—here’s the piece from that collection that we love the most.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D women's luxury watches

The Dress Watch
Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D

For those parties where everyone is somebody, you’ll want something that will go with your designer gown and pearl jewelry. We’re sure this timepiece from Breguet will turn heads on the red carpet. Get ready for the crowd to snap portraits of you with your wrist!

Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704 women's luxury watches

The Gemset Watch
Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704

Because diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Need we say more? Hublot has a long list of diamond-studded watches, which includes this stunning piece. It has a whopping 1517 diamonds set in the brand’s very own 18K King Gold.

 

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A women's luxury watches

The Heirloom Watch
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A

If your daughter doesn’t want your wedding gown or the family ring, you’ll have to pass something else down that will be just as valuable. For that purpose, there’s nothing better than the classic and timeless Nautilus. Made to last lifetimes, you might very well see this watch on your granddaughter’s wrist.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona luxury watch

After last year’s Baselworld, Rolex has big shoes to fill. Their GMT-Master II “Pepsi” had accumulated waiting lists that can rival the Great Wall of China, so all eyes were on them this year. But there was no need to worry; Rolex provided. All their releases this year come equipped with the “Oyster Perpetual” prefix. This means that they utilized their durable and corrosion-resistant Oystersteel material, as well as powered the watches with their energy-efficient, shock-resistant, self-winding Perpetual calibres.

We think they’ve come up with spectacular timepieces this year, but of course, some stand out more from the rest.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Cosmograph Daytona luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The racecars will have to compete for the crowd’s attention when Rolex’s most recent Cosmograph Daytona is on the tracks. Equipped with the Oysterflex bracelet, which has the robustness of a steel bracelet but the flexibility of an elastomer strap, the cushions underneath make sure you can comfortably wear the watch on hot racetracks. The part-Oystersteel, part-yellow gold case’s hue matches wonderfully with the champagne sub-dials. Coiled around the chronograph counters is the eye-catching pattern made of 243 diamonds against black lacquer. Because of this, it might be hard to notice the diamond indices and the gold arabic numerals. The dazzling bezel, set with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds, doesn’t help with their visibility either. But who’s complaining? Not us, that’s for sure.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659

Although having a Rolex on your wrist will always be a strong statement, this Yachtmaster offers a subtle, monochrome look for when you’re out and about on the high seas. Its matte black bezel allows its polished details to be easily read, making for effortless, on-the-fly calculations. Fitted with the same Oysterflex strap as the Daytona and water-resistant for up to 100 meters, this watch will withstand the salty and turbulent waves. This newest addition to Rolex’s Yacht-Master line will be perfect for those with bigger wrists, as it is the first 42mm model among 36s and 40s.

Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II “Batman”

Echoing what they did for the “Pepsi” last year, Rolex came out with an update for the “Batman.” For those who thought the red and blue Cerachrom bezel stood out too much, here’s your chance for a subdued watch that will go nicely with a suit. The brand new “Batman” is fitted with the Jubilee bracelet and the Perpetual calibre 3285 that utilizes the Chronergy escapement, helping the watch run an impressive +2/-2 seconds per day. This same escapement can also be found in the Yachtmaster 42 above and the new Day-Date 36 models. You can expect the “Batman” to have waiting lists just as long as its predecessor, full of travellers who like to roam the world in style.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Day-Date 36 Ref. 128238 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 Ref. 128238

Just when we thought the Day-Date could never be more opulent as it already is, Rolex proves us wrong. The watch house released a lot of different models this year for the Day-Date 36—from turquoise dials to diamonds and rainbows all in one—but we think this one takes the cake. With its forest green ombré dial and diamond-set-in-gold indices matched with yellow gold, the Day-Date has never exuded tasteful luxury as much as with this model.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Datejust 31 Ref. 287278 luxury watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 Ref. 287278

With all these 36mm and above diameters, those with smaller wrists are bound to feel left behind. But there’s also something in store for them; Rolex introduced new, elegant variants of the Datejust 31 just for you. We love this olive green dial together with the yellow gold roman numerals (the diamond-studded VI is gorgeous) and the two-tone Jubilee bracelet, but there’s a version with the light hue of rosé that looks just as lovely.

Timezone watches. Despite being at the top of every list detailing the watches every aficionado wants to get their hands on, travel and world timers are some of those complications that notoriously confuse watch beginners.

And that’s perfectly okay, because time zones are, in themselves, inherently confusing. UTC? GMT? Daylight savings? Yeah. We thought so.

You’ve probably heard of these sought-after timepieces called by different names: time zone watches, GMT watches, world timers, travel timers…. These various terms can be a lot to wrap your head around. After all, they are some of the more elaborate complications in the luxury watch industry. And there are so many of them.

So, simply, what are they, and why should they be a part of your collection?

Fundamentally, their functions are all similar; that is, to tell what time it is in multiple geographic locations. How they do it, however, is quite different from each other.

Travel Timers

Travel timers, also known as GMT watches, are timepieces that let their wearer tell the time in one other location through the use of a rotating bezel and a third hand, commonly called the “GMT hand.”

“GMT” stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the time established at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London—making it a time zone. Alternatively, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), is a time standard, although most English-speaking countries use the two interchangeably. Ironically, the latter is more commonly used in aviation, which is the industry wherein the GMT watch became popular.

Whichever time the GMT hand points to will serve as the hour hand for the second time zone. For example, on this Rolex GMT-Master II, one can easily see how the times for both locations are set at 10:10. The travel timer is especially useful for those who travel frequently, and move from one time zone to another.

  • Rolex
  • Tudor
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” Ref. 126710BLNR

    This black-and-blue GMT watch, dubbed as “Batman,” is perfect for those who think the “Pepsi” was a little bit too colorful.

  • Tudor Black Bay GMT Ref. M79830RB-0002

    Ever imagined the “Pepsi” with a leather strap? Tudor brings your imagination to reality with their rugged “Tiera de Siena” brown leather strap.

  • Baume et Mercier Clifton Ref. 10316

    Rather than a rotatable bezel, or even just a separate hour ring on the dial, this watch prefers to display the other timezone in a sub-dial.

World Timers

On the other hand, world timers—also aptly known as time zone watches—tell time across more than two time zones. Twenty-four, to be exact.

So how do world timers work? Most feature an adjustable ring or two with multiple locations, usually major cities within a time zone. There is also a rotating ring displaying the hours. To set the time, the wearer simply aligns their home time with the correct hour on the time zone bezel. To tell time in different locations, most world timers feature a pusher that adjusts the rings accordingly, but even without these adjustments, the wearer can check the current time in the 23 other time zones at a glance, making them an invaluable tool for those who have loved ones or business partners across the globe.

  • A. Lange & Sohne
  • Chopard L.U.C
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Lange 1 Time Zone Ref. 116.039

    Inside the white gold case and under the silver dial sits the L031.1 movement, the same movement as with the other two models in platinum and pink gold.

  • Chopard L.U.C Time Traveller One Ref. 168574-3001

    Encased in stainless steel is the in-house L.U.C 01.05-L movement, and can be admired through the transparent sapphire caseback.

  • Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Ref. 49557-11-132-BB6C

    This 40mm world timer is powered by their self-winding mechanical GP03300-0027 movement.

In an industry whose power houses are defined by centuries of tradition, it’s rare to see a watch house break out of the box… and succeed. For more than three decades, Hublot, with its unorthodox but breathtaking designs, has proven it is a worthy contender in watchmaking.

 

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The “Red Dot” Bang in Hublonium, a material by Hublot containing magnesium and aluminium.

 

What’s In A Name?

Hublot has always touted around the phrase “The Art of Fusion,” but what exactly does that mean? To understand these words is to understand what Hublot, as a brand, stands for: Literally combining—fusing—traditional materials and techniques with the latest that modern technology has to offer. This philosophy has led them to avant garde designs and unique watches, including the incredibly light “Mag Bang” watch, which features their signature rubber strap alongside their very own manufactured material: Hublonium.

 

 

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The Classic Fusion Tourbillon King Gold, one of their most recent models incorporating gold and rubber, made in collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski.

 

In the Beginning

The brand’s story began in 1980 with Carlo Crocco designing a watch that can be worn during water activities named “Hublot.” French for “porthole,” the aesthetic of the very first Hublot watch mimics the small, round windows in ships. While this look was not new, it sported an innovative rubber strap combined with gold that made Hublot’s take a novel one. With the rubber strap being both waterproof and comfortable, it gave its wearers the chance to take their watches to the beach, and secured Hublot’s place as an innovator of note.

But in the watch industry, a watch house has to keep innovating in order to be kept in the loop. The rubber strap was easily recreated by other watch companies and Hublot had to come up with something new once more.

 

 

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Chairman Jean-Claude Biver (left) & CEO Ricardo Guadalupe (right) 

 

A New Age

With Jean-Claude Biver’s naming as the CEO of Hublot in 2004—working with the current CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe—the company was pushed to branch out from their rubber and gold combination and hone in on other materials. They also made it their ambitious goal to shift the brand from producing almost 90% quartz watches to 90% mechanical watches. The very next year, Hublot came out with the first Big Bang chronograph watch, which was awarded “Best Design of the Year” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie event in Geneva. That was the inception of this iconic collection, with innovative takes on the original coming out year after year, one of them being another award-winning watch: the diamond-studded One Million $ Big Bang watch.

The comfort and presence it provided on the wrist made it popular among athletes. Hublot partnered with different teams across various sports, from football to basketball to skiing, with notable collaborations being those with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Hublot also established a partnership with Ferrari, as well as became Official Watchmaker of Formula 1, and Official Time Keeper of two different FIFA World Cups.

 

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Constant Innovation

Despite this success, Hublot did not rest on its laurels. The brand branched out with the “Tribute to Antikythera” watch, limited to 4 pieces, and, interestingly enough, not available for sale. It is a replication, in terms of function, of the ancient but complicated horological device found in the wreck near Antikythera Island. Later, they released the more consumer-friendly, seven-complication “Antikythera SunMoon” watch, in a limited run of 20 pieces. Hublot has made many other remarkable watches they put in their haute horlogerie MP Collection such as the “Key of Time” watch and the “LaFerrari” watch.

They also began collaborating with artists from different backgrounds, from tattoo artists and actors to scuptors and musicians, introducing to the world watches that were both fresh and unique. A few of their notable collaborations were with the estate of Bruce Lee; athletes Usain Bolt, Eli Manning, and Floyd Mayweather; musician Nicky Jam; and artistic collective Sang Bleu. Hublot has not been shy about coming out with flashy luxury watches that embody contemporary glitz and glamour.

The brand has also worked with several associations in order to give back to its community, some of which are the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy; the MDM Foundation, which provides care for orphans in India; and Best Buddies, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities internationally.

 

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Marking A Milestone

It has been a little over 10 years since Hublot first came to Philippines shores, only a few years after Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe first made the watch house a name renowned across watch aficionados and collectors worldwide, and there is much for fans of the brand to be excited about.

This year promises many exciting releases from the manufacture: One of their newest timepieces is the Big Bang Paraíba, whose namesake is the Brazilian state where the extremely rare, eponymous Paraíba tourmaline was discovered 30 years ago, whose dazzling hue is credited to the unique combination of copper and manganese found in the previous stone. Paired with a signature rubber or a matching leather strap, it stays true to the brand’s ideals of melding top-notch watchmaking skill with courageous aesthetics.

And with new model releases and innovations being released or in the pipeline, all adherent to the brand’s spirit of innovation and its drive to perfect the art of fusion, we see no end in sight for Hublot’s unique take on horology.

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