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Author: Sabrina del Rosario

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JLC dazzling rendez-vous banner

A little known fact about Jaeger-LeCoultre: they were one of the first watch brands to make watches that catered to women. For a bit of context, during the 18th and 19th century women saw wrist watches as jewellery pieces rather than timekeeping tools. And this gave Jaeger-LeCoultre a chance to get a bit more creative. Thus began their journey honing their specialization in gem-setting. 

The Rendez-Vous collection, first released in 2012, remembers this specific part in the Swiss watch manufacturer’s history. The recently reimagined models embody the essence of femininity and flaunt such stunning, rich details. 

With their latest Dazzling Rendez-Vous they had expert artisans to ornament the timepiece with precious stones. It’s a rather slow and painstakingly meticulous process, but delivers the most beautiful and elegant results.

The prong, or griffes, is a kind of setting that maximizes the presence of each stone on the watch by using thin claw-like metal strips to hold each diamond in place. This allows the light to pass through the diamonds from every angle.

JLC dazzling rendez-vous claw setting

This dazzling timepiece comes in a 36mm white or pink gold case on alligator leather straps in either blue or taupe. It features a mother-of-pearl dial, floral roman numerals, and a day and night function at 6 o’clock.

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Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day

Ref. Q3433570 / Ref. Q3432570

Case 

  • 36mm
  • White gold, pink gold

Dial and Hands

  • Mother of pearl, diamonds
  • Florale recto hands

Functions

  • hours/minutes
  • night/day indicator
  • Open caseback

Movement

  • 898B/1–Automatic calibre
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 5 BAR water resistance

Strap

  • Blue or taupe alligator leather strap

 

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Patek Philippe 5172G-001 banner

While we anticipate whether majority of the watch brands will decide to follow the color Pantone has set for the year, let’s take a look at which of them were already ahead of trend.

Patek Philippe 5172G

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

Showcased at last year’s Baselworld, the Chronograph 5172G shares similar aesthetics with the retired 5170. The updated chronograph comes in a 41mm white gold case, round guilloched pushers and a blue dial contrasted by luminous white gold Arabic numerals and hands. See our other favorite Patek Philippe watches from Baselworld 2019 here

Patrimony Self Winding

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ref. 85180/000R-B515

In 2019, Vacheron Constantin decided to add 18 more models to their Patrimony collection, and the Patrimony self-winding is one of them. The 36mm 18K 5N pink gold case houses a sunburst satin-finished midnight blue dial. It embodies an understated, minimalist look as it makes use of a date function and hour, minutes, and seconds indicators.

JLC Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Ref. 3978480

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso is well known for its iconic Art Deco inspired style and geometric simplicity. The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds comes in a 45.6 X 27.4mm case with a blue sunray-brushed finish dial, applied hour markers, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The watch is fashioned on a blue strap designed by Argentinian bookmaker Fagliano.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue Ref. 415.NX.7179.VR.MXM18

As avid supporters of the arts, Hublot has collaborated with Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi. The 45mm Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue is comprised of clean, geometric, symmetric lines and shapes and paired with a blue dial and strap. 

Chopard Alpine Eagle

Chopard Alpine Eagle Ref. 298600-3001

Chopard recently released the Alpine Eagle, a reinterpretation of the St. Moritz watch which was designed by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The 41mm timepiece features a deep blue dial which resembles an eagle’s iris. The watch is also crafted from Lucent Steel A223, a REACH-certified and ethically produced metal exclusively developed in-house by the brand. Chopard partnered up with the Eagle Wings Foundation, which raises awareness about the Alps and the environmental issues at present. 

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato 

Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Laureato has been reinterpreted numerous times since it was first conceived in 1975. This Laureato comes in a 34mm, 38mm or 42mm steel case with a blue Clou de Paris patterned dial. Read more about Girard-Perregaux’s history here

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole Ref. RSV03.HY/130-21.BH

Reservoir gets inspiration from different measuring instruments. The Hydrosphere Blue Hole was designed with the image of scuba diving pressure gauges in mind. The watch measures 45mm in diameter with features that are essential for divers like a 250-meter water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a double scale to be able to read time at different depths. Learn more about Reservoir here

 

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Longines Heritage Military banner

The Philippine Watch Club says their passion for watches is what makes them tick. They offer a space where watch enthusiasts from all areas in the Philippines can share ideas and have in-depth discussions about watch components, complications and innovations. They are marking their 10th anniversary with a special limited edition of the Longines Heritage Military. Each of the 55 pieces of the limited run has a caseback engraved with “Philippine Watch Club 10th Anniversary 2010-2020” in the top half and a series number engraved at 6 o’clock.  The one marked 01/55 is on display at the Longines museum in Switzerland.

Caseback of Longines' special edition of the Heritage Military

Longines’ Heritage Military draws inspiration from an early 1940s military timepiece made specially for the British Royal Air Force. The timepiece they modeled it after belonged to Stanley Turner, a highly-decorated radiotelegraph operator.

The original Longines 1940s watch that inspired the Heritage Military Heritage Military 1

Mr. Turner’s original Longines 1940s military watch on the left and the Longines Heritage Military on the right.

Much of the Heritage Military’s look remains faithful to the minimalist design of the original watch. It features the same oversized winding crown and uniquely shaped blued hands. The 38.5mm timepiece displays a silver, opaline dial with faint and tiny black droplets to mimic the oxidation pattern found on the original. No two dials look exactly the same as the black droplets were applied entirely by hand.

Heritage Military close up of dial

A closer look at the specks of droplets on the Heritage Military.

Owners have the option to wear a leather or nato watch strap that comes in the same shade. Both straps, as well as the required placement tool, are provided with each timepiece. 

Heritage Military kit

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The Heritage collection commemorates Longines’ iconic timepieces by reissuing past models with updated watchmaking techniques and materials. Among the models in the collection is the Longines Heritage Classic, which is a faithful reproduction of a sector dial watch originally issued in 1934.

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The Longines 1934 timepiece on the left, and the Longines Heritage Classic on the right.A sector dial is made up of two lines that slice the dial into four equal quarters, or sectors. Although not a common sight today, this design was a common feature on watches during the early 20th century.

Like the original, the sectors on the Longines Heritage Classic are surrounded by a satin-finished silver circle with painted Arabic hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. It also maintains small seconds on a subdial above 6 o’clock, and the original Longines logo below 12 o’clock.

Unlike the original, the reissued watch comes with more prominent markers, as well as brightened blue hands. It also comes with slimmer lugs and a slightly bigger stainless steel case measuring 38.5mm.

Driving this timepiece’s functions and endowed with a 64-hour power reserve is the calibre L893, which was especially developed for the timepieces of the Heritage line. This self-winding mechanical movement does not carry the date and enables the small seconds display to be located under the central axis for a design that is even closer to that of the historical pieces.

Longines Heritage Classic

Longines Heritage Classic

Ref. L2.828.4.73.2

Case

  • Stainless steel
  • 5mm

Dial and Hands

  • Two-toned silver dial
  • Painted Arabic numerals and indexes
  • Blued steel hands

Functions

  • Hours, minutes
  • Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Movement

  • Mechanical self-winding movement
  • Calibre L893 (ETA A31.501)
  • 64-hour power reserve
  • 3 BAR water resistance

Strap

  • Black leather strap and NATO blue denim-effect leather strap with buckle
  • Blue leather strap and NATO anthracite denim-effect leather strap with buckle

 

The new Heritage Classic will be available on Q1 2020 at Longines SM Megamall, 2/F Mega Fashion Hall.

 

 

Longines HydroConquest full ceramic

Longines HydroConquest full ceramic

Earlier this year, Longines released a new set of models under its HydroConquest collection, inspired by the field of aquatic sports. Among them was the all-black HydroConquest.

The HydroConquest comes with features that meet the ISO standards for dive watches such as 300-meter water resistance, unidirectional rotating bezel and double security folding clasp.

What makes the HydroConquest a cut above the rest is that it’s made from ceramic — Zirconium dioxide to be exact, as denoted by the chemical equation (ZrO2) printed on the dial at 6 o’clock. This material has extremely high resistance to crack propagation and thermal conductivity, which helps keep the watch intact during dives even when there are changes in the environment.

The use of different textures on the watch such as a matt dial, a round satin brushed bezel, and a rubber strap lend the HydroConquest a dynamic appearance despite its monochromatic colorway. Providing a nice contrast to it are white Super-LumiNova® coated hands and indexes (blue in the dark), which also makes for superb readability regardless of lighting conditions underwater.

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Longines HydroConquest Ceramic

Ref. L3.784.56.9

Case

  • Black ceramic
  • 43mm

Dial and Hands

  • Matt black ceramic
  • Super-LumiNova coated
  • 12, 6, 9 Arabic numerals

Functions

  • Date at 3 o’clock
  • Screwed crown
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • 30 BAR water resistance
  • Sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Movement

  • Mechanical, self-winding movement
  • Calibre L888.3 (ETA A31.L01)
  • 64-hour power reserve

Strap

  • Rubber
  • Ceramic double security folding clasp

The Longines HydroConquest will be available in the first quarter of 2020.

 

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2019 GPHG Prize Winners

Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-ThinLast November 6, prize winners of the highly anticipated Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG for short) were announced. Snagging not one, not two, but three GPGH prizes from this year is Audemars Piguet, which includes the biggest award of them all: Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.

 

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Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

The GPHG Aiguille d’Or grand prize is given to the overall best watch. This year, the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wins the biggest award of the night. Audemars Piguet’s ultra thin Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar was first presented at SIHH 2018 as a prototype, and at the time was called RD#2. The refined model is 6mm thin and comes in a 41mm case made of  titanium and 950 platinum.

 

 

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Men’s Complication Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

The prize is given to the men’s watch that possesses excellence in creativity and intricacy, and Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 best represents this. The 41mm manual wound minute repeater has superb sound quality and volume thanks to their patented gongs and the case’s construction.

 

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Iconic Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin

The recently added category celebrates watches that come from emblematic collections and made a lasting influence on the history of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet takes another win with their iconic Royal Oak timepiece. The 39mm watch is the second in the Royal Oak collection to come in a white gold case, and it was paired with a gold toned “Petite Tapisserie” dial which was last used for the Royal Oak’s 20th anniversary.

 

 

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Challenge Watch Prize – Tudor Black Bay P01

The challenge of this GPHG prize?  To make an exceptional watch with a retail price of CHF 4,000 or under. Tudor dared to take on this challenge with one of their Black Bay watches which first appeared at Baselworld 2019. Read more about the 1960s prototype inspired watch here.

 

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Innovation Prize – Vacheron Constantin Traditionnell Twin Beat perpetual calendar

This GPGH prize is awarded to the watch that goes the distance when it comes to innovation and development in watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin wins the award with a 42mm watch that beats at two different frequencies, adding another 64 days to its 4 day power reserve.

 

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Chronometry Watch Prize – Chronometrè Ferdinand Berthoud Carburised Steel Regulator

The prize is awarded to the mechanical watch that has at least one tourbillon, a special escapement and has contributed to the development of accurate time measurement. Ferdinand Berthoud comes in first with their 44mm carburised stainless steel watch that features a constant force tourbillon and a fusee-and-chain transmission.

 

See the complete list of winners below:

  • Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel J12 Calibre 12.1
  • Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen 28ti
  • Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
  • Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune
  • Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Genus GNS1.2
  • Chronograph Watch Prize: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
  • Diver’s Watch Prize: Seiko Prospex LX line diver’s
  • Jewellery Watch Prize: Bvlgari Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
  • Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen Starry Night Vine
  • “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Kudoke Kudoke 2
  • Audacity Prize: Urwerk AMC
  • “Horological Revelation” Prize: Ming 17.06 Copper
  • Special Jury Prize: Luc Pettavino, Only Watch founder and organizer

 

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Hublot Loves Art

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“The art of fusion” has been a guiding principle of Hublot, beginning with their first timepiece that featured a gold case and rubber strap. Since then, the watchmaker has released one daring watch after another, receiving design prizes along the way.

Hublot makes it a point to frequently collaborate with artists and designers from various fields who share the same visions and passions as they do. In 2015 the watch house established the Hublot Design Prize, an award which enables young artists and designers to garner the public’s attention by showcasing their boldness and creativity.

Discussing the importance of art, Jean-Claude Biver, chairman of Hublot’s board says, “Unlike technology, art never becomes obsolete. A painting by Matisse or Renoir may not be liked by the new generation, but it can never be obsolete.”

Hublot and Richard Orlinski

Richard Orlinski is a top-selling French contemporary artist represented by more than 90 galleries around the world. Orlinski is an advocate of art’s democratization which is why his works revolve around everyday subjects and are presented in public spaces. His sculptures feature bright colors and diamond-cut like facets, which take inspiration from pop art and industrial materials. It was their shared enthusiasm for innovation as well total design freedom that led Orlinski to collaborate with Hublot.

Richard Orlinski with red Kong statue

Fusing the world of watchmaking and sculpture, Orlinski incorporates precious metals with his artistic style. As seen in the Orlinski Classic Fusion 40mm in King Gold and in Titanium Pavé, the watches display a faceted case and dial that plays around with light and shade, similar to the French artist’s sculptures.

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski King Gold soldier

Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Pave soldier

The same thing goes with the Aerofusion Chronograph 45mm in King Gold Jewellery and in Titanium Pavé. Once again, Orlinski’s characteristic folds are present but this time presented with an open-worked dial.

Orlinski Classic Aerofusion Chronograph King Gold Jewellery soldier

Orlinski Classic Aerofusion Chronograph Titanium Pave soldier

Hublot and Sang Bleu

Maxime Plescia-Büchi is a renowned Swiss tattoo artist and the founder of Sang Bleu, a multi-disciplinary company that encompasses a tattoo studio, magazine, clothing brand, and creative agency. Plescia-Büchi works mainly with black ink and uses architectural motifs along with ancient iconography.

Maxime Plescia-Büchi

Upon describing his collaboration with Hublot, Plescia-Büchi calls it a match made in heaven. He firmly believes that they are the epitome of the highest level of technical and creative innovation in their respective fields.

Plescia-Büchi designed the Sang Bleu models with the intent to showcase how the world of tattooing can be fused with the world of watchmaking. He does this through unifying precious materials symmetry and strong geometric lines as seen in the Sang Bleu One Click 39mm in King Gold Pave and in King Gold Blue.

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Sang Bleu One Click King Gold

Come see Hublot’s dedicated and fervent love for the arts for yourself at the “Hublot Celebrating the Art of Fusion Exhibition” from November 12 to 15 at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walkway.

2 Tudor Black Bay P01 models

2 Tudor Black Bay P01 models

The Tudor Black Bay P01 made its debut to the watch world last March at Baselworld 2019. The watch got its inspiration from the prototype Tudor developed and proposed to the U.S. Navy in the 1960s. A 12-hour rotatable bezel was required for the watch, as an important navigational tool for sailors. The bezel also had to be extremely sturdy so it wouldn’t get accidentally knocked out from its position. Thus, Tudor came up with a way for the P01 to lock the bezel in place with a manual claw mechanism located at 12 o’clock.

Black Bay P01 on wrist

Instead of being used solely for diving purposes, Tudor has modernized the latest P01 model by making it suitable for any physical activity under any climate. With a choice of a hybrid leather or rubber strap, the timepiece shows how it exemplifies the versatile sporting spirit. Moreover, the P01 is waterproof to 200 meters and features a patented end-link bezel lock system.

Black Bay P01 worn during a sports activity

The Black Bay P01 is one of the watches that have been pre-selected for the “Challenge Category” of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2019, which is a testament to Tudor’s long and pioneering tradition of watchmaking.

Tudor Black Bay P01 front

Tudor Black Bay P01 Ref. 70150

Case

  • 42mm
  • Steel case 

Dial & Hands

  • Black, domed
  • Date indicator at 3 o’clock
  • Snowflake hands

Functions

  • 12-hour steel bidirectional rotating bezel with a stop system 
  • Screw-down steel winding crown at 4 o’clock
  • Waterproof to 200 meters

Movement

  • Manufacture calibre MT5612 
  • COSC-certified
  • Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
  • 70 hour power reserve
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond edition banner

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic 1969 James Bond film Her Majesty’s Secret Service, OMEGA is releasing a special edition of the Seamaster Diver 300M with a few allusions toward secret agent 007.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond special edition 
 
An evident reference is the timepece’s black ceramic dial that features a spiral-brushed gun barrel design, which is a signature device featured in majority of James Bond films. The latest Seamaster model is limited to 7,007 pieces and the limited edition number is indicated on 18K yellow gold plate located on the side of the case. Its hands and indexes are made from 18K yellow gold, including the 12 o’clock marker that takes inspiration from the Bond family coat-of-arms. 

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond special edition dial
 
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond special edition side case
At night, a hidden number 50 appears inside the 10 o’clock marker, acting as a secret signature. And on the seventh day of each month, the number 7 that appears in  the date window uses the same typeface of the 007 logo. 

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond special edition in the dark
 
OMEGA President and CEO Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann describes the latest timepiece to be fitting for the classic Bond film as well as the iconic character himself.

Since GoldenEye in 1995, OMEGA has been on the wrist of James Bond for his missions. Click here for the background on 007’s history with watches.

 

 

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Case
  • 42 mm
  • Steel
Dial & Hands
  • Black, domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Spiral-brushed gun barrel pattern
Functions
  • Anti-magnetic
  • Chronometer
  • Date at 6 o’clock
  • 7,007 pieces
  • Transparent caseback
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
Movement
  • Omega 8800 Calibre
  • Self-winding movement with Co-Axial escapement
  • Certified Master Chronometer, approved by METAS
  • Free sprung-balance with silicon balance spring
  • Automatic winding in both directions
  • 55-hour power reserve

Before telescopes, probes, and all kinds of space technology existed, man had only his eyes to observe and make sense of the world around him. It was this unquenchable sense of wonder that served as fuel for individuals to reach great heights in the field of space and science. We’re honoring that extraordinary drive with watches that have been deeply inspired by all things outer space.

 

Patek Celestial Moon Age
 

Patek Philippe Celestial Moon Age 6102P 

Leave it to Patek Philippe to create a dreamlike masterpiece with an out of this world display of mathematics. The Celestial Moon Age 6102P’s deep blue dial is made up of several rotating sapphire crystal discs that chart the celestial bodies and the moon’s phases. And as the dial slowly rotates, the stars simultaneously change as well. If set correctly, the cardinal points can help locate a portion of the sky that’s visible from Geneva. Two skeletonized feuille hands indicate the hours and minutes of solar time which is the timekeeping system that everybody else in the world uses, and a red crescent tipped white hand points to the date on the inner bezel.

 

A. Lange and Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
 

Lange & Söhne RICHARD LANGE PERPETUAL CALENDAR “Terraluna”

Through the caseback of the watch you’ll catch a glimpse of its inner workings and three important discs: the earth, the sky, and the moon. The discs are designed to show you the moon (which also has a moon phase indicator) and sky from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, with the balance wheel acting as the sun. When the earth does a full rotation once every 24 hours, it’s easy to find the time of any location on the globe. How? With the 24-hour ring that surrounds the plate. All you have to do is make a straight line from the North Pole to any country, and from there you can already figure out the time in that location.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste

The revamped Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition model lets you live your life according to the stars. The latest Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece uses a time frame of 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds—using the distant stars, rather than the sun, as a reference point in timekeeping. The celestial dial displays the Northern hemisphere, and on its outer ring are constellations of each zodiac, along with the corresponding symbols associated with the signs. To know which point in time you are currently standing in, all you have to do is look at the small triangular gold marker. Adding the finishing touches to the timepiece are the rose gold tourbillon and the glow from its luminescent hour markers and constellations.

 

Rolex Pepsi Meteorite Dial
 

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Meteorite Dial

While the GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO still has the signature GMT-Master II  40mm case, blue and red “Pepsi” cerachrom bezel, and COSC-certified automatic calibre 3285 movement, this model is delivered with a white gold oyster bracelet and stunning, one-of-a-kind meteorite dial. If you look closely through the cyclops magnifier, you can even see bits of the meteorite’s grain.

 

 

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IWC Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia

On the front, nothing seems out of the ordinary. You see a typical IWC Portugieser with an added constant-force tourbillon, a power reserve and sidereal time indicator. The sidereal time, also called “star time”, is a system commonly used by astronomers to locate the same stars in the same position every night. When turned over to its caseback, the stellar magic begins. Immediately grabbing hold of your attention is a rotating astrological map that can be customized according to which part of the sky you’d like to have framed. The yellow circle you see is called the horizon and within it are the stars visible during the day or night. The back features yet another sidereal time indicator, found on a white outer ring with a red triangular marker and a dot on top. Within it is a black inner ring which turns out to be a solar time indicator. On top of the chart is a perpetual calendar that begins counting the days from 1 to 366, and located right next to it is a leap year indicator.

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional family

Accompanying Buzz Aldrin to the historic moon landing in July 1969 was his trusty Omega Speedmaster. It was because of this key event that the timepiece was given the title “Moonwatch.” But even prior to the lunar landing, the Speedmaster Moonwatch had gone through countless journeys and expeditions with astronauts on six Apollo missions. In 1964, NASA was on the hunt for a chronograph that could be used for future space missions. Omega and three other contenders took a chance and sent each of their top performing watches to go through, and hopefully pass, NASA’s rigorous tests. Some of these tests involved environmental shifts, drastic changes in temperature and pressure, and vibration frequencies. Due to its robustness and precision, it was a no-brainer for NASA to have the Moonwatch be part of the official equipment for all piloted space missions. Up to this day, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is the only watch certified by the federal space agency for astronauts to use on an extravehicular activity.

 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos
 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos 

The Cosmos was the grand highlight of Girard-Perregaux’s “Earth to Sky” collection back in SIHH 2019, and it does an exceptional job at showing the art and beauty in science. This timepiece brings a tourbillon, a sky chart, and world complications all onto one three-dimensional dial. Displayed at your 3 o’clock is a titanium globe with raised continents which has a second time zone indicated by the 24-hour scale found near the equator. Opposite to it is a deep blue globe with a luminescent, laser-engraved sky chart that does a full rotation equivalent to one sidereal day and displays zodiac constellations that’s customizable on request. The local time is displayed on the top of the dial, and the tourbillon with a black PVD treated titanium bridge is located at the bottom of the dial. The case housing this was carved from bead blasted titanium, and is protected by a curved sapphire crystal that acts like a telescope.

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