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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. L4.209.4.87.6

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. 

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 banner

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

DEFY EL PRIMERO 21 ROSE GOLD

Ref. 18.9000.9004/71.R585

Case

  • 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

Functions

  • 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

Movement

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

Strap

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

Vacheron Constantin Égérie banner

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.

 

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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.

Hublot Loves Art booth

Hublot Loves Art booth

When Hublot first put a rubber strap on a timepiece encased in gold, they caused quite a stir in the horological world. Rather than shy away from causing further disruption in the industry, they leant into it.

Art and disruption have, and always will be, central tenets of the brand that delivered  Magic Gold and the MP-05 LaFerrari. And naturally, this has led them to develop some of the most unexpected partnerships with today’s leading artists, as well as with the biggest art events around the globe. 

One of the newest additions to the roster of such events is the Art Fair Philippines 2020, an annual affair that showcases the best in contemporary Philippine visual art. Hublot will be the official timekeeper throughout the event, which runs from February 21 to 23.

An exhibition booth named “Hublot Loves Art” will give the fair’s visitors a chance to get better acquainted with the artists the brand has collaborated with.  From Richard Orlinski and his geometric sculptures, to internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang. The timepieces born out of the joint efforts of these artists and the watch brand will also be on display.    

Beyond partnering with the Art Fair Philippines, Hublot’s foray into the local art scene has connected them with Filipino visual artist Rodel Tapaya. Tapaya is multli-awarded, and his works are on display in places as far as Tokyo and New York. He utilizes different media and local folkloric iconography to depict his views of life today. 

Come see Tapaya’s work and visit the Hublot Loves Art booth at The Link Carpark in Makati. Tickets are available here.

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While the Oscar Awards caught the world’s attention with the announcement of winners, there were timepieces on the wrists of Academy Award recipients and esteemed individuals that grabbed our attention. A few of them were Vintage Rolexes, Panerai, Omega, and the latest Chopard Alpine Eagle.

Scott Stuber (Film Producer): Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

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Scott Stuber is the Head of Original Films at Netflix.

Spike Lee (Film Director, Producer, Writer, Actor): Rolex GMT-Master II

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Spike Lee is known for his films like Malcom x (1992) and BlacKkKlansman (2018).

Noah Baumbach (Filmmaker): Rolex Datejust

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Noah Baumbach’s works include The Squid and The Whale (2005), and Marriage story (2019), which was nominated for six awards, and won Best Supporting Actress by Laura Dern. 

Mark Consuelos (Actor): Vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

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Mark Consuelos is the husband of Kelly Ripa and currently stars as Hiram Lodge in Riverdale.

Dominic Tuohy (Special Effects Artist): Vintage Rolex Explorer II

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Dominic Tuohy is part of the team behind 1917 (2019) which was nominated for 10 awards and won Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.  

Rami Malek (Actor): Cartier Pasha

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Rami Malek has starred in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Mr. Robot (2015-2019) and Night at the Museum (2006). 

Colin Jost (Comedian, Actor, Writer): Tag Heuer Monaco

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Colin Jost has starred in How To Be Single (2016) and currently writes for Saturday Night Live. He attended the Oscars with Scarlett Johansson, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

Sebastian Maniscalco (Stand-up Comedian, Actor): Panerai Luminor Due 45mm Ref. PAM674

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Sebastian Maniscalco has starred in Green Book (2018) and The Irishman (2019), which was nominated for 9 awards.

Taika Waititi (Filmmaker, Actor, Comedian): Panerai Luminor Due 45mm Ref. PAM728

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Taika Waititi is known for directing Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Jojo Rabbit (2019), which was nominated for five awards and won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. 

Antonio Banderas (Actor, Film Producer, Director): Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

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Antonio Banderas starred in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Pain and Glory (2019), which was nominated for 2 awards.

Christopher Peterson (Costume Designer): Omega Speedmaster

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Christopher Peterson was part of the production for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Body of Lies (2008) and The Irishman (2019), which was nominated for Best in Costume Design.

Josh Gad (Actor and Producer): Chopard Alpine Eagle

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Chopard Alpine Eagle
 

Josh Gad starred as Olaf in Frozen (2013) and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
 
It doesn’t come as a big surprise to see Rolex on the wrist of people who attended the Oscars. Learn more about the relationship between Rolex and the Academy Awards here.

Rolex and the Academy

Rolex is a household name. A fact that was probably helped along by numerous unsponsored appearances on the silver screen like in
Glengarry Glen Ross, American Psycho, and the first ever James Bond movies. So Rolex being the exclusive watch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, more popularly known as the Oscars, comes as no surprise.

Greenroom for the Academy Awards designed by Rolex

The Greenroom, designed to look like an observatory in a polar landscape.

Rolex first partnered up with the Academy by creating a unique design for the Greenroom back in 2016. The Greenroom is the place where presenters and award winners can relax and collect themselves before or after they go on stage, away from the pressure of the audience and the media. They became a Proud Sponsor of the Academy Awards in 2017, and they haven’t stopped designing the Greenroom since. Their most recent one has the theme of polar landscape, a topic close to the brand.

They also became a Founding Supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a museum currently in construction in Los Angeles. It aims to be the place where filmmaking and its past, present, and future can be celebrated with exhibitions and programs.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, sponsored by Rolex

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in construction.

Rolex’s close ties with the film industry is made tighter with them partnering up with renowned filmmakers who hold 57 Oscars among them: Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street), James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant), and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). Scorsese and Iñárritu have also been mentors in the brand’s Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, a program that partners up young artists from all over the world with veterans in their respective industries.

This partnership between true icons only serves to cement Rolex’s prominence in cinema through the decades, and hopefully for more decades to come.

Hublot Big Bang Integral banner

Hublot Big Bang Integral banner

Hublot recently launched six brand new timepieces at the LVMH Watch week held at the Bulgari Resort in Dubai. 

 

Big Bang Integral

To mark the Big Bang’s 15th anniversary, Hublot introduced its first-ever integrated metal bracelet that consists of three links, one central and two lateral. The angular style was inspired by the pushers found on the 2005 Hublot Big Bang model, which, of course, make an appearance on the Big Bang Integral case. The new models come in 43mm black ceramic, King Gold or titanium.

Hublot Big Bang Integral black ceramic Hublot Big Bang Integral king goldHublot Big Bang Integral titanium

 

Big Bang MP11 Red Magic

This timepiece has a manufacture movement that offers a remarkable power reserve of 14 days, made possible by seven series-coupled barrels. This crowning jewel of the movement can be seen at the bottom portion of the watch’s face. The hours and minutes are on a skeleton subdial in the top half. The 45mm watch has a bold and striking polished red ceramic case with a black rubber crown and strap.

Hublot Big Bang MP11 Red Magic

Big Bang Sang Bleu II Limited Edition

The Big Bang Sang Bleu II comes in two new limited edition 45mm models in titanium or King Gold, with the option to have stones set in the case. The Sang Bleu collection was done in collaboration with tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi, marrying the world of tattooing with the world of watchmaking. Both timepieces feature straight, clear geometric lines that criss-cross. Two concentric diamonds sweep across the blue dial. A white arrow on one end of the larger diamond marks the passage of minutes, while the white arrow on the smaller diamond indicates the hour.  

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II King Gold Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Titanium

Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10

Hublot took it upon themselves to rework the Meca-10 caliber to fill the space of the tonneau-shaped Spirit of Big Bang case. The Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 is the first to house the re-engineered movement, which also boasts a 10-day power reserve. This 45mm model is available in three variations:  titanium, black ceramic, or King Gold.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Black CeramicHublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 King Gold Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Meca-10 Titanium

Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow

The 42mm timepiece brings a spectrum of color to the Spirit of Big Bang collection with baguette-cut gemstones paved around the case. The colors extend from the dial, to the case, and to the alligator strap.

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow chronograph

Classic Fusion Gold Crystal

This Classic Fusion timepiece flaunts the rarest form of gold on the planet: gold crystal. To create the feather-like formations, the metal has to be heated to its boiling point. Once the atoms start emanating to the surface, they have to be trapped by a cool surface so they maintain their delicate structure. This rarely occurs naturally, and even under controlled conditions in Hublot’s manufacture, most specimens could not be used. 

Those that could be used were placed in nicely contrasting all-black ceramic cases measuring either 38mm or 45mm. They are secured to the wrist with black alligator leather stitched onto rubber.

Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal

IWC Schaffhausen Sustainable pop-up floating workshop 'Remote'
 

IWC Schaffhausen has been making strides towards becoming sustainable. They make their watch boxes with 90% less plastic compared to before; their headquarters as well as their manufacturing center are powered by renewable energy; and they melt the off-cuts from their watches and reuse it in later production.

Hayden Cox, IWC brand ambassador and founder of surfboard brand Haydenshapes, saw all this in action on his tour around the IWC Schaffhausen Manufacture. It inspired him to incorporate upcycling into his own brand. Discussing conventional surfboard production, Cox said, “There’s over 30% wastage industry wide in just foam and fiberglass alone when creating a single board, which typically just goes straight to landfill.”

Hayden Cox with IWC Schaffhausen Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium

Hayden Cox wearing a IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium.

Through his partnership with IWC, Cox set up a self-sustainable floating studio in Palm Beach, Australia, where he could develop ideas and shape boards in peace. “The floating idea and being out in nature felt fitting for the concept of upcycling waste, which is what the first ‘Remote’ studio is centered around,” said Cox.

Now, over a year later, Cox has come up with up-cycled prototypes of different parts of a surfboard: a stringer (the material that runs down the middle of a surfboard to strengthen it), a tail pad (a pad applied at the back end of a surfboard to prevent slipping), and a cloth (laminated around the core of a surfboard). While the first two mentioned are still being developed, Cox is confident about the up-cycled cloth.

A Haydenshapes Surfboard utilizing upcycled cloth

A Haydenshapes Surfboard utilizing the upcycled cloth.

The cloth is made from carbon fiber and fiberglass off-cuts from the lamination process, the very same process that the cloth is going to be used for. These off-cuts are chopped up, aerated, then put into a fabric weaving machine, creating a unique black and white pattern that will be different from board to board.

The entire process is currently done by hand, but Cox wants to scale it up eventually to be able to produce more from waste. He said, “From a materials standpoint, it’s my goal to create new eco options and make them available to the entire industry.”

With his other ideas still being prototyped and tested, it’s only a matter of time before Haydenshapes makes the move towards a fully sustainable future. Hopefully the rest of the surfboard industry will follow suit.

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