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The Holy Trinity of Watches: left-right Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, and Vacheron Constantin Overseas.

What is an integrated bracelet? It is a watch design where the watch case and bracelet are
meshed together seamlessly. This is unlike the traditional lugs or horns where aftermarket strap
or bracelet attach to.

The integrated bracelet design trend started in the early 70’s. Although Gerald Genta was
credited for the huge success on the integrated bracelet designs of Patek Philippe Nautilus and
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, he is not the only one to start this trend. For example Jörg Hysek,
another talented designer from East Berlin, was responsible for the design of Vacheron
Constantin 222 in celebration of the firms 222 year anniversary, a precursor to the Overseas
collection. Half a century later, these design trends are making a comeback largely credited to the
success of the Big-Three.

Another reason for their popularity is the resurging trend for vintage, and I find classic-vintage
watches incredibly appealing. Their timeless looks and elegant design makes them a perfect
everyday watch. This trend eventually resulted in many brands launching new watches disguised
as homages, and some homages disguised as original designs.

Tissot Seastar released in 1978 during the quartz crisis. Image by The Watch Lounge

Then comes Tissot, the esteemed brand founded in the Swiss City of Le Locle back in 1853 who
released the Seastar Quartz back in 1978 to keep the interest on Swiss brands in a time
increasingly dominated by Japanese quartz watches. Today, the new Tissot PRX series, which
draws its heritage from the Seastar, is as close a homage to the original as you can get with some
21st-century enhancements. Among its releases, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 is one of my
favorite. Its 40mm tonneau shaped case is perfect on the wrist both in size and weight. It is fitted
with a see-through caseback to view the high-tech NIVACHRON balance hairspring which was
jointly developed by both The Swatch Group and Audemars Piguet. This titanium based spring
has anti-magnetic properties, unaffected by temperature variations, and excellent shock
resistance. It also has an 80-hour power reserve for that over-the-weekend energy it needs to
keep its time even when not in use. This Precise and Robust watch is 10 atmospheres or 100
meters water resist hence the name “PRX”. The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 comes in 3 variants,
a black dial, blue dial, and a steel with rose gold PVD on silver dial.


Tissot PRX Powermatic in black dial.
Tissot PRX Powermatic in rosegold PVD, and silver dial.
Tissot PRX Powermatic in blue dial.

There are also 3 movement options not shown here due to space limitation. The Tissot PRX
quartz retailing at PHP 22,500.00, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 automatic in steel with either
blue or black dial retailing at PHP42,000.00 with the steel and rose gold PVD at PHP43,900.00,
and the Tissot PRX automatic chronograph retailing at PHP100,200.00. They are available at
Tissot Boutique Ayala Mall Manila Bay, Lucerne, Chronos, Wristpod, and Swissgear stores. It is
also available online at

By Emerson Yao


I’ve been spending some time enjoying the recently launched Tudor Ranger, and I realized that this amazing watch has many features to be proud of and why it should be a must have watch to many sports watch enthusiast. Let me highlight ten reasons why you will want this watch.

1. Classic vintage design. I find that this Ranger looks really nice in a modern classic way. The dial has its roots in the early 60’s, with the Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, hour marker batons, and arrow hands all painted in luminescent beige paint. The Scratch Proof sapphire dome crystal also adds to that retro look.

2. Comfortable on the wrist. Gone are the days of monster watches 44mm and up. At 39 mm, the Ranger’s size and weight is just perfect. The bracelet clasp is also fitted with the patented TUDOR “T-fit” rapid adjusting clasp which allows you to adjust manually the size of your bracelet without the use of a tool. This comes in handy when it’s warm and the watch seems to feel tighter.

3. COSC Certified. Movements of all Ranger watches are chronometer certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), guaranteeing a well-built watch with precision timing.
4. In-house movement. Tudor equips the new Ranger with Manufacture Calibre MT5402, which surpasses the standards set by the COSC. The COSC allows a variation of -4/+6 seconds, but the MT5402 runs with only -2/+4 seconds variation.

5. Silicon hairspring. With the proliferation of super magnets these days, you need the antimagnetic characteristics of this hairspring to make sure your watch stays accurate and not be affected by magnetic force.

6. “Weekend-off” 70-hours power reserve. This means when you take off your watch on Friday, it will still run perfectly when you put it back on Monday. This convenience means you don’t have to reset your watch after a long weekend, and it lessens the wear and tear on your watch.

7. 100m water resistance. While the Ranger isn’t a dive watch, it’s still hardy enough to protect against water seepage.

8. 5-Year Warranty. For all its stylishness, the Ranger is a tool watch. It’s built to withstand whatever rugged adventure you put it through. Tudor built a robust watch, and they stand by its quality for five years, one of the longest in the industry.


9. Heritage. The Ranger’s launch coincides with the 70th anniversary of the British North Greenland Expedition. Back then, Tudor sent 26 of the newly launched Oyster Prince watches, the brand’s very first automatic and waterproof model, off with the explorers as they spent two years in sub-zero conditions. The current Ranger is inspired by the no-date-stripped-down-tool-watch Oyster Prince, but takes its style inspiration from the first official Ranger line from the 1960s.

10. Affordability. The Tudor Ranger retails at P141,000.00 (strap) and P157,500.00 (steel bracelet). You will not find anything comparable in the market that boasts of these features, history, and innovation.

Have I convinced you? Drop by and try a Tudor Ranger on your wrist at one of the Tudor boutiques: The Watch House C1, High Street, Fort Bonifacio BGC, and TUDOR at The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


A modern take on the classic, Patek Philippe has joined the trend of going green by adding a green dial to their most popular collection, the Nautilus. The new models also come in two rose gold versions: the Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph and a Nautilus with a random pave setting.

The 2021 novelties also include the new men’s Calatrava “Clous de Paris”, a modern, thin dress watch with a new manual wind movement and an in-line Perpetual Calendar that reads the day, date, and month in one subtle line – the first of its kind in Patek Philippe’s wristwatch collection.

Nautilus 5711

With the recent discontinuation of the Ref. 5711/1A with a blue-black graduated dial, Patek Philippe has launched a new Nautilus with a sunburst olive green dial. With a production run of only one year, it marks the final production year of this generation’s Nautilus.

The new model’s DNA remains the same as that of its predecessor. Using the same iconic Gerald Genta designed case, as well as the high end contemporary automatic movement, its unique sunburst green dial gives off a look of subtle elegance.

The new green nautilus comes in two styles: one in all stainless steel and the other in a steel bracelet with baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel.

Nautilus 5711

Dial Color: Sunburst olive-green
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Case Backing: Sapphire-crystal
Water Resistance: 120m
Case Diameter: 40mm
Case Thickness: 8.3mm

– 26-330 S C
– Self-winding
– 45 Hour Power Reserve
– 30 Jewels
– 28,800 VPH, (4 Hz.)

Ladies Nautilus 7118

Here’s a little treat for the ladies: perfect for elegant ensembles and classy affairs. The Nautilus Ref.7118/1450R-001 is stunningly adorned with 2,553 brilliantly cut diamonds around the dial, case and bracelet. As a time-only watch, it gives a more asymmetrical look with the exclusion of the date aperture.

Ladies Nautilus 7118

Dial Color: Paved with Diamonds (286 Diamonds: 0.92cts.)
Case Material: Rose Gold, Paved with Diamonds (518 Diamonds: 2.52cts.)
Bracelet Material: Rose Gold, Paved with Diamonds (1,729 Diamonds: 9.22cts.)
Case Backing: Sapphire-crystal
Water Resistance: 30m
Case Diameter: 35.2mm
Case Thickness: 8.65mm

– 324 S
– Self-winding
– 45 Hour Power Reserve
– 29 Jewels
– 28,800 VPH, (4 Hz.)

Nautilus 5990

The Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph is now given a new color option with an elegant blue dial and rose gold case. Patek Philippe aficionados now have the option to choose either the subtle black gradient dial in steel or this blue dial in rose gold that will not go unnoticed.

The Travel Time Chronograph has a dual time function, along with a day and night indicator for local and home times, flyback chronograph, and date display. The dual time feature uses subtle pushers on the left side of the watch, while the flyback chronograph uses the pushers on the right side of the watch (two and four o’clock marker).

Nautilus 5990

Dial Color: Sunburst blue
Case Material: Rose Gold
Bracelet Material: Rose Gold
Case Backing: Sapphire-crystal
Water Resistance: 120m
Case Diameter: 40.5mm
Case Thickness: 12.53mm

– CH 28-520 C FUS
– Self-winding
– Chronograph with 60-minute counter
– Dual Time Zone
– 55 Hour Power Reserve
– 34 Jewels
– 28,800 VPH, (4 Hz.)

Calatrava (Ref. 6119)

The Calatrava “Clous de Paris” is the newest model in the Calatrava collection, featuring a hobnail pattern around the bezel and a clean, timeless dial with sub-seconds. It is the quintessential dress watch, now with a more contemporary design.

These watches and the movement are slightly larger than its manual wind counterparts in the Calatrava collection, with the new movement now boasting a 65 hour power reserve. While more modern in style, these changes did not sacrifice the Calatrava’s essence.

Calatrava (Ref. 6119)

Dial Color: Silvery Grained or Charcoal Gray
Case Material: Rose Gold or White Gold
Bracelet Material: Alligator Leather
Crystal: Sapphire
Water Resistance: 30m
Case Diameter: 39mm
Case Thickness: 8.1mm

– 30-255 PS
– Manual winding
– 65 Hour Power Reserve
– 27 Jewels
– 28,800 VPH, (4 Hz.)

In-Line Perpetual Calendar

A clean new addition to the Patek Philippe’s Grand Complications lineup is the In-Line Perpetual Calendar. A first from the brand showcasing a perpetual calendar complication in a single line, the Ref.5236P-001 is quite different compared to the other perpetual calendars with busier subdials.

The features of this watch include a day, date, and month display just below the brand’s logo. Behind the dial you will see two discs for the day and month, as well as two separate discs for the date. Add to this a small seconds at the bottom with a moon phase display and a small dot above the 4 o’clock marker that serves as a leap year indicator. The other small dot located at the 8 o’clock marker subsequently serves as a day and night indicator.

Flip the watch over and you will find a beautiful micro-rotor movement through a clear caseback. The winding minirotor is made of platinum, further complementing the platinum case.

In-Line Perpetual Calendar

Dial Color: Blue, black-gradient, vertical satin finish
Case Material: Platinum
Bracelet Material: Alligator Leather
Crystal: Sapphire
Water Resistance: 30m
Case Diameter: 41.3mm
Case Thickness: 11.07mm

– 31-260 PS QL
– Self-winding, off-center platinum micro rotor
– Day, date, month
– Leap year and day/night indicator
– Moon phase
– Min. 38 hours – max. 48 Hour Power Reserve
– 55 Jewels
– 28,800 VPH, (4 Hz.)

Best Selling

Christmas is surely around the corner and as excited as you are, we would like to let you in a little secret! Here are the top eight best selling watches that we have in the newly launched Lucerne E-Store. Take a look!


8. Certina DS Action Diver Green

Certina DS Action Diver Green
What’s another best way to tell your Dad how amazing he is on Christmas day? Easy. Well, first we hope he’s a cool one because this trendy green-dialed Certina DS Action Diver is best for someone who’s bold, fun and outrageous. Using a Swiss Powermatic 80 movement, this watch is also ISO Certified to 300 m water resistance. A true eye-catcher in 43 mm, this steel watch comes with Super Luminova in both its hands and hour markers; not to mention it has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal too. Now isn’t that amazing?

Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 Green (Php36,400)


7. Tissot Pair J: PR 100 Two-tone Lady & Gents

Our seventh best-selling pair is this Tissot PR 100 in two-tone. Versatile, sporty yet elegant, this is the perfect watch for all occasions. The men’s watch has a nice 39 mm size while the ladies’ has an adorable 33 mm. Both have a Swiss quartz movement and a scratch-proof sapphire crystal. Yours and for your significant other.

Tissot Pair J: PR 100 Lady and Gents Two-Tone (Php30,600)


6. Tissot Pair D: Everytime Lady & Gents (P23,550)

This Tissot Everytime Pair is another classic couples watch with a timeless design for his and hers. Paired at 42 mm and 30 mm, it features a Swiss quartz movement with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal. Priced at only Php 23,550 we’d say this pair is value for money coming from a well-known Swiss watch maker like Tissot.

Tissot Pair D: Everytime Lady & Gents (Php23,550)


5. Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph Rubber Strap

Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph Rubber Strap
This is for the sporty one, the guy who’s always on the go. As tough and rugged as it can be, this dive watch can withstand 300 m and comes with a cool chronograph function. Designed with a gradient blue dial, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph in 45.5mm is the ultimate companion for great quests. Our fifth best seller is available for only Php 23,440, this one is a power steal!

Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph in Rubber Strap (Php23,440)


4. Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic two tone rose dial diamond

Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic two tone rose dial diamond
Surprise your sister with some frost and give her the Tissot PR 100 in two-toned rose dial with diamonds, just because she will surely love it.

Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic with Diamonds Rose Gold Two-Tone (Php23,440)


3. Philip Stein Signature Large Diamond

Undoubtedly one of our top-sellers is the ever-stunning and elegant Philip Stein Diamond which is coming in at third place. Perfect for the queen of the family, may it be for your wife or your mom, this timepiece challenges every woman’s wishlist. With its bezel adorned with 58 brilliant 1.16 carat diamonds encircling a mother of pearl dial, its dual timezone and Natural Frequency Technology, anyone would say it’s quite a steal at only Php 63,500 if you purchase it here.

Philip Stein Signature Large Diamond (Php63,500)


2. Philip Stein Classic Chronograph

Philip Stein Classic Chronograph
Now isn’t this Classic Chronograph an eye-catcher? Having a unique spherical face with a sophisticated mother of pearl dial, this Philip Stein beauty has a one of a kind design coming from the Classic Collection. What’s great about this timepiece is that its size is right between the Signature Large and Small Collection. Let worry-free days be behind you, as its Natural Frequency Technology is embedded just like in all of the brand’s other timepieces, no wonder why it’s on number 2!

Philip Stein Classic Chronograph (Php28,700)


1. Philip Stein Day and Night

Philip Stein Day and Night
Coming in at number 1 is the Philip Stein Day and Night bundle. From a long day’s worth of work and stress, who wouldn’t like to be recharged at night after being equipped during the day? This bundle allows you to be fully immersed with the benefits of Natural Frequency Technology no matter what time of day.

Philip Stein Day and Night (Classic Square and Nano Sleep Bracelet), Php28,000

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A strong testimony to their pioneering spirit, once upon a time, legendary aviators and explorers like Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Huges put their trust in the winged hourglass brand to embark on each of their incredible journeys.

Accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last unknown lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing aviation records. With the reliability, accuracy, robustness of Longines watches, they have majorly contributed to the success of numerous pioneering exploits.

A tribute to these exceptional men and women who have left a mark on history – encouraging new generations to push the boundaries. The Longines Spirit collection was designed with up-to-date, modern technology, with highly accurate movements that are all Chronometer-certified.

The new Longines Spirit brings its rich heritage back to life, marrying history with modern innovation, the collection takes traditional elements from pilot’s watches and combines them with contemporary lines and codes. The oversized crown, the flange, the pronounced step around the crystal, the front of the dial, the diamond shape indexes and large, luminous “baton” hands are all elements drawn from the days of pioneering aviation.

Elegant as it seems, the new models are equaled by nonetheless a state-of-the-art technology. Longines has fitted this range with self-winding movements with silicon hairsprings to ensure extreme accuracy and longevity. With a power reserve of 64 and 60 hours respectively, the calibres are chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing institute.

Complemented by its domed sapphire glass with multi-layered anti-reflective coating on both sides, screw in crown, and engraved case back secured with six screws. The models are available in three hand/calendar models in both 40 mm and 42 mm and a chronograph in 42 mm. With a stunning matte black dial, grained silver or sunray blue dial, all stamped with five applied stars. The case is adorned with a steel bracelet, or a leather strap in dark brown, light brown or blue.

With the new Longines Spirit line, the winged hourglass brand proudly aligns itself, as its rich heritage entitles it to, with legendary pioneers who placed their trust in it. The collection is a celebration of those heroes of the past and their state of mind that has never dated: one of an ambition to perform well and a quest for excellence.


“I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.” – Amelia Earhart, Aviator

Amelia Earhart

14 Hours and 56 minutes

That is how long it took Amelia Earhart to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic in 1932, wearing her Longines chronograph. With her fearless spirit, she succeeded in fighting icy winds and mechanical failures, becoming the first woman to connect the continents.


“The only thing we are sure to fail is that which we do not attempt.” -Paul-Emile Victor, Explorer

Paul-Emile Victor

U to -40 for 49 days

Paul-Emile Victor spent 7 weeks crossing the Greenland ice cap in 1936. Evn in the harshest weather conditions, his Longines chronometers continued to work accurately, helping him to calculate longitude.


“Children must be allowed to dream and have a horizon to work toward. For me there was only one path: I knew from age six that I wanted to fly.” -Elinor Smith, Aviator

Elinor Smith

32,576 feet

While flying at 30,000 feet in 1931, American aviator Elinor Smith blackened out. She was trying to break a record, when her plane dropped towards the ground, Smith woke up at the last minute and managed to land safely. Ten days later, she soared even higher and set a new record at 32,576 feet, relying on her trusted Longines watch. After becoming the youngest licensed pilot in the world at 16, Smith set multiple solo endurance, speed, and altitude records in her lifetime.


“Do the impossible, because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.” -Howard Hughes, Pilot and Entrepreneur

Howard Hughes

3 days, 19 hours, 14 minutes

Howard Hughes’ round-the-world flight record was timed by Longines in 1938. He is the best-known user of the Longines Sideograph, an on-board device for celestial navigation that was patented by Longines. The crew in Howard Hughes’ aircraft relied on the Longines chronometer watches, set to Greenwich Civil Time and to Greenwich Sidereal Time, and wore Longines Second-Setting watches for observation.

Do you have a strong pioneering spirit to take on great quests and explore the unknown? Discover the full  Longines Spirit collection here

Get a touch and feel of the timepieces when you visit our Longines boutique in SM Megamall, Fashion Hall or through the following Lucerne stores: Elemento – SM Aura BGC, Lucerne – Glorietta 4, Lucerne – Shangri-La Plaza Mall, L’Atelier – Shangir-La The Fort, Lucerne – Okada, Lucerne – Solaire, Lucerne – Ayala Center Cebu.

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Although Women’s Day has come and gone, we continue to celebrate women with a roundup of watches made specifically for the fairer sex. 

 Patek Philippe Twenty~4® soldier

1. Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010

For the stylish but pragmatic career woman who’s always on the go, the Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010 is a great companion.

First released in 1999, the timepiece is generously endowed with diamonds and comes in a dainty rose gold case measuring 24.1 mm x 30mm. Its chocolate dial is marked by gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock, while the rest of the hours use diamond indexes. On both sides of the bezel, stretching from lug to lug, are rows of even more of the precious stone.

Driving its minute and hour functions is the quartz E15 caliber, which makes winding the watch one less thing to worry about while keeping a busy schedule. 


Rolex Datejust 31

2. Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030

For the woman who likes to make a statement, the Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030 is just the right timepiece to do the talking. 

The 31mm timepiece comes with an eye-catching olive green sunburst dial that is difficult to miss, but is made all the more striking by the diamond-set bezel that frames it. It comes with an oystersteel and 18K yellow gold jubilee bracelet that guarantees it stays in place while you run from daytime shopping sprees to dinner dates with friends. 

And you won’t have to worry about getting the time wrong and (oops!) running late, because the self-winding caliber 2236 has only two second variation per day, and a power reserve of 55 hours.


Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase

3. Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Ref. 8005F/000R-B498

An essential for the detail-oriented woman who dresses like a goddess and knows it is the Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase. 

Featuring an asymmetrical dial and “pleated” details, the piece de resistance is the moon phase nestled between 12 o’ clock and 3 o’clock. Encircled by diamonds, an 8K gold lunar disc rises and sets behind mother-of-pearl clouds.

This 35mm timepiece is available in 8K 5N rose gold, steel or diamond pave in white gold options. All of which are equipped with quick-release, interchangeable leather straps to match any outfit and color scheme. 


Longines La Grande Classique de Longines

4. Longines La Grande Classique de Longines Ref. L4.

Subtle, timeless and elegant is the woman who wears a La Grande Classique de Longines. Encased in 24mm stainless steel, its ultra-slim and minimalist profile makes it such a breeze to pair with a plain white tee and denim jeans, or a ruffled blouse and high waisted grey slacks. The white mother-of-pearl dial has Top Wesselton VS-SI diamond index markers and thin black hands—simple and refined just like the woman who dons this timepiece. 


IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34

5. IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34 Ref. IW357401

On the wrist of an intelligent, determined and fearless woman belongs the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34. A mighty 34mm timepiece in 18K 5N gold, its aesthetic is straightforward and powerful, just like its wearer.

The time is easily read off the silver-plated dial with gold-plated hands, pointing to elongated hour markers that are signature of the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino collection. A diamond has been placed at each hour markers’ end, closest to the bezel. 

A red alligator leather strap keeps this timepiece secured to the wrist of a bold and confident woman who knows how to get things done. 


Reservoir Lady Longbridge soldier

6. Reservoir Lady Longbridge Ref. RSV01.LB/130-21S

Ladies who frequent social gatherings and require a conversation piece would be served well by Reservoir’s Lady Longbridge.  The inspiration taken from 1960s Mini Cooper dashboard dials is clear, from the unconventional configuration of the functions to the green and blue gemstone cabochons evocative of the car’s original diodes.  

There is a jumping hour seen in an aperture at 6 o’clock, while the passage of minutes is marked by a retrograde minute hand that goes from what is traditionally the 8 o’clock position to 4 o’clock position. The power reserve is found in an arched aperture right below the hours. 


Zenith Elite Moon Phase soldier

7. Zenith Elite Moonphase 03.3100.692.01.C922

Zenith created the Elite Moonphase for the horological savants who can do without the typical fanfare associated with women’s pieces.   

The sunburst dial’s minimalist design draws the eyes towards a subdial located at 6 o’clock, where a midnight blue disc slowly rotates to reveal the waxing and waning of the moon. To its left, at 9 o’clock is a small seconds subdial. 

The complications and functions of this timepieces are powered by the ultra-thin elite caliber 692, which is protected by the 40.5mm stainless steel case.  


Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moon Phase soldier

8. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase Ref. 647.NX.4771.LR.1205

Here’s a watch that’s great for a woman who’s the life of the party: the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase

The imposing 42mm stainless steel timepiece is covered in a bold purple hue that starts from its transparent quartz dial and extends to its amethyst-set bezel and alligator strap. If the color alone isn’t enough to grab one’s attention, the HUB1770 handwound movement, which is clearly seen through the dial, commands it and demands appreciation.  

It is also endowed with several complications: a moon phase display positioned at 6 o’clock; small seconds at 9 o’clock; and a date function seen through an aperture between 12 and 2 o’clock. 



Whichever timepiece suits your fancy, it’s always best to visit a shop and try it on for size. You might also discover other watches that suit you while you’re there.  Check our Store Locator to find the closest boutique or showroom. 

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Zenith Defy El Primero 21 banner

Time and time again, Zenith has pushed the limits of watchmaking by creating revolutionary timepieces. They continue to reach the height of excellence with the Defy El Primero 21 Rose Gold, which pays tribute to the historic 1969 El Primero

The timepiece features an impressive 360,000 A/H (50Hz) frequency, which makes it ten times faster than its predecessor. Faster beats equate to a more accurate and precise telling of time, and allows 1/100th of a second precision.

In addition to this, Zenith provided a separate escapement for the watch and the chronograph, so the gears of the time telling functions don’t get worn out whenever the chronograph is started or stopped.  The entire movement is chronometer certified by TIMELAB, which issues COSC certifications and Hallmark of Geneva seals. 

Zenith Defy El Primero 21

The Defy El Primero 21 takes on some of the original El Primero’s characteristics like the star-tipped sweep seconds hand, large Baton hands and faceted hour markers. The black openworked dial displays an inner bezel with a scale numbered from 1 to 100. The seconds hand makes a full turn every second, and is triggered by the rectangular pusher at 2 o’clock. The black counter at 6 o’clock counts how many seconds have gone by, while the blue counter at 3 o’clock counts how many minutes have passed. 

The impressive El Primero 9004 automatic caliber is encased in a 44mm 18K rose gold case with a black or brown rubber strap.  

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Rose Gold soldier


Ref. 18.9000.9004/71.R585


  • 18K rose gold case
  • 44mm

Dial and Hands

  • Openworked dial with two different colored counters
  • Gold-plated, faceted Super-LumiNova® coated hands and hour markers
  • 10 ATM water resistance


  • 1/100th of a second chronograph
  • Central chronograph hand
  • Chronograph power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
  • Small seconds at 9 o’clock
  • 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
  • 60-second counter at 6 o’clock


  • El Primero 9004 automatic caliber
  • 36,000 VpH frequency
  • 50-hour power reserve


  • Black rubber covered with brown alligator leather coating strap
  • Brown rubber strap
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The Future is Female

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This year, Vacheron Constantin is expanding their women-focused collection, Égérie. Launched in 2003 with tonneau-shaped cases, the five new models are round and come with an unconventionally placed crown and an offset subdial. 

The women-led design team behind the relaunch brought together the world of haute horlogerie and haute couture, having taken their design inspiration from sewing and the pleats found in women’s garments. The influence of the latter on the former is clearly seen through the fine hands reminiscent of sewing needles, and in the pleated motif that adorns the opaline dials (with the exception of the diamond pavé model).

Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase timepiece in 18K 5N rose gold with a brown strap on the wrist of a woman.

A hand-worked machine from 1904 was specially adjusted to allow Vacheron Constantin’s artisans to create the small pleats. Complementing the “folds” are calligraphy-like Arabic numerals, designed specifically for Égérie. 

A subdial encircled by 36 diamonds is located between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. An arched date aperture occupies the space on the 35mm models, while the 37mm models feature a moon phase. The entire watch face is framed by a 58 diamond-set bezel, showcasing the maison’s gem-setting prowess. 

Close up of the Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding model that has a date indicator.

Positioned between 1 and 3 o’clock on the case is a crown topped with a cabochon-cut moonstone.

Both size options are available in variations of 8K 5N rose gold, steel or diamond pavé on white gold. Each one is accompanied with straps that have a tab on the back to quickly retract the spring bars, facilitating easy strap changes for today’s versatile women.

Beating inside the timepieces are the in-house self-winding caliber 1088 and caliber 1088L for the 35mm and 37mm models, respectively. The movements are visible through the sapphire casebacks. 

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self winding

The Égérie self winding has a date indicator between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock, and is encircled by an offset circle.

The Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase in 18K 5N rose gold with a dark blue strap.

The Égérie Moon Phase features an 18K moon, starry night sky and mother-of-pearl clouds.


Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Diamond Pave in steel with a blue satin strap.

The Égérie Moon Phase Diamond Pave covers the watch from the bezel and lugs down to the dial. About 292 diamonds are overstitched on the case, and another 510 diamonds are set on the dial.

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield chronograph

50 Years of Tudor Chronographs

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield chronograph

This year Tudor celebrates 50 years of chronographs, so we’re looking back at the timepieces that marked milestones in the brand’s history. 

It started in 1970 when Tudor launched their very first chronograph, the Oysterdate. The colorway came in only black or gray with luminous pentagonal shaped hour markers. It was because of the marker’s unique shape that the Oysterdate was also called “Homeplate”, resembling the plates on a baseball field. It had just three models, clearly distinguishable by the way the bezel looked. 

The Oysterdate 7031 had a bezel with a Plexiglas disc marked with a 500-unit graduated tachymeter scale; the Oysterdate 7032 used a satin-brushed steel bezel with an engraved tachymeter scale; and the Oysterdate 7033 featured a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 12-unit graduated black disc. All three models were powered by the manual winding Valjoux 7734 caliber with a cam chronograph mechanism.

Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph

A second generation of Tudor watches with roulette-wheel dials was launched in 1971. They were called Monte Carlo, after the famed casino in Monaco. It used the same case as the Oysterdate, but added new color combinations including one with the blue which would become Tudor’s signature. It came again in three models and had a brand new manually wound Valjoux 234 caliber with better chronograph mechanisms, a clutch and column wheel.

Tudor Monte Carlo Chronograph

In 1976, there was another collection from Tudor: the Prince Oysterdate. This collection showcased the first ever Tudor chronographs with their very own self-winding movements. Dials came in combinations of black, white and silver, but they were also available in the previous dial designs done by Tudor. 

The case’s style remained the same, but made thicker to accommodate the Valjoux caliber 7750–earning the name “Big Block” among collectors. Once again, the collection featured three models all identifiable by the bezel’s look.

Tudor Big Block Chronograph

Minor adjustments were made to the Prince Oysterdate in 1995. This year’s collection used softer lines, while the case and configurations had rounder curves. Alongside that, Tudor introduced sapphire crystal to the Prince Oysterdate, which earned it the sobriquet “Sapphire Chronograph”. The watches still housed the same movement, but were now offered in gold and steel arrangements.

Tudor Sapphire chronogaph

Fast forward to 2010, when Tudor celebrated 40 years of chronographs with the Heritage Chrono. Some of the design elements, such as the home plate shaped hour markers and gray and black configurations, were subtle nods to the original Oysterdate. The timepiece was offered with a black, grey or orange Jacquard fabric strap, which soon became a trend in watchmaking. The movement used for these models was the caliber 2892 with an additional chronograph mechanism.

Tudor Heritage Chrono

The success of the 2010 Heritage Chrono paved the way for a second one in 2013. This new one came in blue and paid homage to the Monte Carlo. 

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Within the same year Tudor surprised and impressed watch enthusiasts with the Fastrider Black Shield, a sporty matte black chronograph. It diverged from Tudor’s traditional aesthetic; it had a very detailed and angular design reminiscent of a superbike fairing. The sleek timepieces came with red, bronze or white hour markers and were equipped with the self-winding caliber 7753 that had a cam chronograph system and a date at 4:30.

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph

In 2017, Tudor launched the Black Bay Chrono which combined their Black Bay’s aquatic history with the chronograph’s timekeeping functions. The Black Bay Chrono was COSC-certified and had a high precision regulating organ developed by the brand. The movement had a balance spring, column wheel and vertical clutch while boasting a 70-hour power reserve. All this was thanks to the manufacture caliber chrono MT5813, which was a result of collaboration between Tudor and Breitling. Proving itself to have superior performance and design, the Black Bay Chrono won the prize for best watch under 8,000 Swiss francs in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie Geneve.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono

As Tudor remains committed to producing more and improving their watches, we won’t be surprised if they come up with another family of chronographs in 2020. 

Get to see select TUDOR timepieces up close when you visit our stores.


Vacheron Constantin Four Seasons banner

Vacheron Constantin Four Seasons banner

February is National Arts Month in the Philippines so we are celebrating some of the masterpieces that have come from the world of haute horlogerie.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe prides themselves in having a long and rich history in the art of enamelling, which dates all the way back to the 17th century. 

The 28mm Patek Philippe 5538G is a collection of five watches that have a dial with a miniature painting on enamel depicting famous landmarks like the St. Pierre Cathedral and the Grand-Quia, home to the historic Patek Philippe building in Geneva, Switzerland.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva close up

The style is reminiscent of azulejo, blue and white glazed ceramic tilework, paired with a trompe l’oeil technique which gives the illusion that the tiles are three dimensional. To achieve this enamelling, oil was mixed with enamel to easily apply it onto the 28mm dial with a very fine brush.


Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

The 5738/50G Golden Ellipse watch presents a 27.5mm x 2.53mm dial in Grand Feu Cloisonné enamel. Meaning “great fire”, the Grand Feu technique is done by spraying a small mist of alcohol onto the disc which is then coated with a sprinkle of fine enamel powder. Afterwards, the disc is placed inside an oven set at a high temperature. A giant flame gushes from the alcohol burning off, hence the name “Grand Feu”. The process is repeated until the desired pigment thickness is achieved. 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints close up

The Japanese print on the 5738/50G dial was inspired by works of artist Ohara Koson (1877-1945), who was known to incorporate flowers and birds in his prints. The enameller worked with a transparent, opaque and translucent palette with about 29 to 39 colors so as to achieve a delicate shade and a subtle color gradation of the plumage, branches, foliage and flowers.


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Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons

Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection displays four different scenes of a carp swimming in seasonal colors (spring, summer, fall, and winter) within a 44mm case. To create such a stunning timepiece, the dial was first engraved using a bas-relief technique, where figures are given more depth than the flat background, to highlight the richness of scene. 

After  engraving, the disc is then subjected to champlevé enamelling. This is done by filling in the cells made from the engraving with enamel, using a palette of over 12 colors, then fired.

Enamelling process of Vacheron Constantin's Four Seasons

The timepiece is accompanied by a minute repeater tourbillon, whose unique sound imprint was created by the famous Abbey Road studios, known for associating with legendary artists such as The Beatles and Adele.


Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Caravelle 1950

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers La Caravelle 1950

One of the recent additions to the Les Cabinotiers collection, the 39mm timepiece was directly inspired by a 1950s watch that belonged to the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection. The dial’s design was crafted by Atelier Anita Porchet, and they used Cloisonné enamelling to bring forth the vibrant hues of the ship and sea. It shows a caravel in the midst of a journey, allowing the waves to bring the ship to its destination. A gold paillon on the enamelled surface is a nod to the timepiece’s nautical inspiration. The spangle depicts Polaris, the north star which sailors use for important calculations of positions at sea. The design of the ship is inspired by the first caravels explorers Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Colombus used in 1487 and 1492, respectively.


Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

The 39mm Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos, a UNESCO recognized celebration and Aztec tradition that has been celebrated for over three centuries. The Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. The common calaveras symbol people use during the holiday originally came from a zine etching made in 1910 by Mexican lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada, and the print was called La Calavera Catrina

The Hublot watches feature a black lacquered dial, engraved with colored lacquer in shades of fuschia, green, purple, and blue–making the pieces look like pop art. The bezels are covered in 42 rainbow colored sapphires, and the straps have multi colored skulls printed on them.


Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot also released another collection to celebrate El Día De Los Muertos: the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull. This time, they put a twist by fusing the art of embroidery with their timepieces by using Bischoff embroidery from the international Swiss brand St. Gallen. The fluorescent embroidery on silk organza is a delicate floral arabesque motif that reveals the sugar skull design. This technique continues all the way to the straps, coming in colors of cobalt blue, sunflower, hot pink and malachite green. The watches have sapphires in the corresponding hues, set decoratively on the bezel, and set as hour markers on the dials.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler frontJaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler reverse side

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler

In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorated the 100th death anniversary of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. The reverse side of the Reverso Tribute Enamel served as a canvas for enamel miniature paintings of mountain and lake landscapes, which were characteristic of the artist’s works.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler front and back
Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection (1909) depicts the Alps mountains and its reflection on the lake catching daylight.

The front of the watch displays a guilloche dial covered by a translucent enamel to match the tone of the painting on the reverse side.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat front Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat reverse

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel – Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Jaeger-LeCoultre also made a tribute to French post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat who was well-known for coming up with pointillism. On the front of the tribute enamel watch is a finely hand guilloche dial that has been covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, while the reverse side shows an enameled miniature painting of Georges Seurat’s most famous work.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat
Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte portrays Parisians enjoying their day on the banks of the River Seine.

To reproduce the 3-meter wide artwork on a tiney 3cm x 2cm surface, the enameraller had to create his own pointillism technique using special tools. It is worth mentioning that pointillism enamel is extremely challenging as several protective enamel layers would have to be placed one after the other. This then alters the intensity of the color of the piece. Because of this, the enameller used darker shades so that the final product would have the exact colors Seurat used in his artwork. 

Of course, these are just a few of many watches that have been heavily inspired by artworks, artists, and other fields in the arts. We hope we see more timepieces that pay homage to art in the years to come.

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