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Rolex Podium boutique banner

Lucerne and Rolex have just opened the newest Rolex Boutique in Metro Manila on the ground floor of The Podium. The 113 square-meter boutique has an elegant setting, and is located in the heart of Ortigas Center, one of the three main business districts of the metropolis. 

Its opening marks the seventh Rolex point of sale operated by Lucerne, which has been a proud member of the network of Official Rolex Retailers for the last 38 years. Lucerne Managing Director Ivan Yao said, “We are very proud to be expanding the Rolex presence in the Philippines, upholding the highest standards of quality and service that are integral to both the brand and to our own business.”

Rolex boutique Podium interiors

The Rolex boutique in The Podium has a striking emerald aqua feature wall, evocative of the iconic Oyster, the world’s first water resistant wristwatch.
Rolex Podium boutique interiors

The new Rolex boutique is designed to create a sense of intimacy and discretion.
 

Lucerne is the premier purveyor of Swiss luxury timepieces in the Philippines. It began as a small watch shop in Ali Mall in 1982 and has expanded stores since then. At present, Lucerne operates seven Rolex points of sale, four of which are standalone boutiques in Makati City, Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas Center and Cebu City.  

 

Rolex is a Swiss watch manufacture founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926, currently headquartered in Geneva. The brand is renowned for its expertise and quality products, namely their Superlative Chronometer certified Oyster Perpetual and Cellini timepieces. 

 

Take a closer look at Rolex timepieces when you visit our stores:  https://www.lucerneluxe.com/store-locations/

Crash Landing On You Chopard

Crash Landing On You Chopard

South Korean actors Hyun-Bin and Son Ye-jin captured the hearts of many through the hit South Korean television series Crash Landing On You. Starring alongside them were their Chopard timepieces, the Happy Sport and Alpine Eagle.

EP12 Hyun-Bin Chopard Alpine Eagle

EP12 Hyun-Bin Chopard Alpine Eagle close up

Hyun-Bin wears the Chopard Alpine Eagle which features a dial reminiscent of an eagle’s iris. 

 
 
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Son Ye-jin wears the Chopard Happy Sport which has five diamonds that move around the silver dial.

IWC Schaffhausen instruments for Solaris Yachts

IWC Schaffhausen instruments for Solaris Yachts

IWC Schaffhausen recently announced their renewed partnership with Solaris Yachts, an Italian luxury yacht brand. 

In previous years, Solaris clients were able to acquire special editions of IWC Schaffhausen wristwatches. This time around, clients now have access to meteorological equipment, like barometers, thermometers and clocks, designed with the simplicity and easy-to-read style of IWC Schaffhausen watch dials.

IWC Schaffhausen instruments for Solaris Yachts

Both companies share the principle of extraordinary design and excellent craftsmanship. IWC Schaffhausen CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr describes Solaris as an ideal partner since nautical themes have always been part of the brand’s heritage. Both companies have future projects planned together for 2020, that will be announced over the course of the year.

 

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Reservoir Longbridge on wrist of driver
 

The Reservoir Longbridge was inspired by the dashboard dial of 1960s Mini Coopers.

Many watchmakers have taken their inspiration from cars, planes, and submarines, but none have translated this inspiration onto a timepiece quite like Reservoir.

Each watch bearing the Reservoir name features a central retrograde minute hand, jumping hour at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve spanning 7 o’clock to 5 o’clock. While the configuration of its functions is a departure from the conventional three-hand dial, it isn’t altogether unfamiliar. All their designs are nods to specific measurement dials from yesteryear.


Tiefenmesser Soldier View
GT Tour Soldier View
Hydrosphere Soldier View
L-R: GT Tour, Tiefenmesser, Hydrosphere

Their sports watch, the GT Tour, for example, was inspired by the RPM counter of 1970s Porches. But instead of having the numbers zero to eight, the numbers on the timepiece dial are zero to six.

The Tiefenmesser was modeled after the depth gauge found in World War II U-Boats. Watches from this collection are available in steel and bronze, which were both materials used to make the original German submarine.

The Hydrosphere is the brand’s proprietary dive watch and resembles scuba diving pressure gauges. Waterproof up to 250 meters and equipped with a ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel, its unique design and functionality got it onto the shortlist for dive watches at the most recent Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.

Getting shortlisted for what is essentially the Oscars of the watchmaking industry is no small feat. And it is made all the more impressive considering how Reservoir is a new watch brand that launched just barely over two years ago.

The design of the Reservoir watch is the brainchild of career banker François Moreau, who married his passion for vintage measurement gauges with his passion for fine watchmaking in 2015. Partnering with fellow watch enthusiasts François Nakkachdji, François-Marie Neycensas and Guillaume de Bonvouloir, the team found a Swiss watchmaker who could create and assemble the movement that would bring their concept to life. In 2017, the brand joined Baselworld for the first time to present prototypes of their watches and to collect feedback, and now, two years later, the brand is now available in locations around the world.

Francois Nakkachdji discussing Reservoir watch
Reservoir Business Developer Francois Nakkachdji discussing Reservoir

The Philippines is officially the 19th location, and for the launch, Business Developer François Nakkachdji flew into Metro Manila to present their timepieces at an intimate press launch at Raffles, Makati. Explaining Reservoir’s three mainstay complications, Nakkachdji told the audience, “The retrograde minute hand, jumping hours, and power reserve are all sought after in the horological industry. They are usually the mark of haute horology, but Reservoir is the first to put them together at an affordable price, for every day wear.”

Asked for the reasoning behind the name Reservoir, Nakkachdji said, “Reservoir means ‘oil tank’ in French. And, of course, the oil tank is the link between cars, aeronautics, and marine vehicles.” As for the logo, he went on to say, “You see the little red square—it’s actually taken from the marks on the side of jerrycans.” And jerrycans, of course, were reservoirs.

Lucerne is the exclusive distributor of Reservoir in the Philippines, and the watches will soon be available at L’Atelier Lucerne in Bonifacio Global City.

Lucerne Ivan Yao and Reservoir Francois Nakkachdji
Lucerne Managing Director Ivan Yao (left) and François Nakkachdji (right) at the Reservoir press launch.

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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.

 

Traditionnelle Twin Beat perpetual calendar soldier
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hublot's The Art of Fusion exhibit

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.

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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
Patek Grand Exhibit

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Everyone is invited to immerse themselves in the world of Patek Philippe at the Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019, which will be open to the public and will run from September 28 to October 13 at Singapore’s Marina Sands Bay Theatre.

Coinciding with the country’s 200th bicentennial celebration, this year’s Grand Exhibition puts emphasis on the importance of the relationship between Patek Philippe and the venerable local clientele that helped foster the appreciation for haute horology in the region.

Limited special-edition pieces influenced by Singaporean and Southeast Asian culture and art will be launched during the Grand Exhibition, and one of its ten themed rooms will be dedicated to highlighting the country’s journey and transformation into the prosperous and multi-cultural community it is today.

Other rooms will showcase Patek Philippe’s extensive collections, including rare and notable pieces that date as far back as 1839.  Visitors will also have the chance to watch a film about the last family-owned watch manufacture’s history, while several master watchmakers and skilled artisans will demonstrate their craft on site.

Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019 is the fifth edition of Patek Philippe’s flagship event, and this is the first time for it to be held in Asia. Previous editions were held in Dubai (2012), Munich (2013), London (2015), and New York (2017).

 

To redeem tickets, visit patek.com/watchart2019 for more information.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

tudor timekeeper 2019 black bay chrono luxury watch
 

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

 

tudor timekeeper 2019 black bay chrono dark luxury watch
 

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

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

Black Bay Chrono Dark

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