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From artisanal timepieces to show-stopping innovations, Vacheron Constantin shows us why it belongs in the Holy Trinity of watchmakers. Here are some of our favorite SIHH 2019 novelties from the manufacture.

Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar

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This timepiece represents a real horological feat: for the first time, you can switch the frequency of your watch to conserve its power when not in use. In “Active” mode, the Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar beats at 5 Hz and has a 4-day power reserve; in “Standby” mode, it changes to a much lower frequency of 1.2 Hz with a whopping 65-day power reserve. If that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is.

Les Cabinotiers “Mécaniques Savages” Majestic Tiger

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The master craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department combine traditional ornament engraving and wood marquetry to bring these fierce felines to life. Peripheral time and date displays allow the art to take center stage, and we love how these big cats look like they’re ready to pounce off the dial.

Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

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The blue dial trend shows no signs of dying, and deep blue and pink gold make an unerringly elegant combination. Vacheron Constantin adds three new blue dial models to its Patrimony collection, and we’re particularly taken with the Retrograde Day-Date. At just 9.7 mm thick, it makes for a sleek watch, and a single crown controls all functions so as not to break the clean lines of its classic round case.

Overseas Tourbillon

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This timepiece represents another first for Vacheron Constantin: it’s the first tourbillon in the Overseas collection. Housed in a stainless steel case with a sunray blue dial, its ultra-thin self-winding movement has a power reserve of 80 hours. We especially like how its 22k gold peripheral rotor gives you an unobstructed view of the movement.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre has certainly started 2019 with a bang. Their gyrotourbillon Westminster perpetual calendar has generated a lot of excitement among watch journalists and enthusiasts, and their Ultra Thin Enamel series proves that the blue dial trend is here to stay. Their new offerings show a certain fascination with the cosmos as well, with several new moon phase watches making their debut. Here are our picks from their new collections.

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel

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One of the most talked-about pieces at SIHH 2019, this model showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in creating high-precision tourbillons. It’s the first watch to combine a constant force multi-axis tourbillon with a Westminster minute repeater—so named after the chime of the famed Big Ben clock tower in London—and a perpetual calendar. The manufacture has managed to reduce the size of the tourbillon to make a more wearable watch without sacrificing its accuracy. When you have such a sophisticated timepiece, you’ll definitely want to be able to see all the action within the movement, and Jaeger-LeCoultre obliges with an openworked dial. Keeping the customer’s convenience in mind, Jaeger-LeCoultre has also designed a perpetual calendar that can be wound both forwards and backwards without damaging the movement.  It will be issued in a limited series of 18 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is renowned for their skill in producing slim movements. This year, they’ve created three new additions to their Master Ultra Thin Line in a captivating shade of blue, and we’re especially taken with the Perpetual Enamel. Its translucent dial is hand-guilloched, resulting in a luminous sunray-effect. Slender hour markers add to its air of refinement. Its complications include a day display at 3 o’clock, date at 9 o’clock, month and year at 12 o’clock, and moon phase at 6 o’clock. This model will be available in a limited series of 100 pieces.

 

Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel

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Jaeger-LeCoultre is particularly proud of their new moon displays, and with good reason. This model’s lunar phase is housed in a date circle at 6 o’clock, with hand-guilloched clouds keeping it in harmony with the rest of the dial. A beautifully polished moon disk shines against a starry midnight blue sky. The Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

Rendez-Vous Moon Jewellery

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The first thing one notices about this timepiece are the glittering rows of diamonds adorning its bezel, lugs, and inner circle. A gorgeous new prong setting allows each diamond to stand out in all its glory, bringing out its full radiance and shine. A mother-of-pearl moon set against a midnight blue aventurine sky peeks out from behind translucent guilloched clouds, complemented by a mother-of-pearl dial that resembles the face of the moon itself.

Rendez-Vous Moon Night & Day Jewellery

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If moon phases aren’t your speed, you might prefer the Night & Day Jewellery watch instead. It features a night and day function at 6 o’clock, and comes in white gold with a blue alligator leather strap or pink gold with a taupe alligator leather strap.

For more than 130 years, Victorinox has been driven by the ideals of tradition, quality, and innovation, and hinged on the talents of artisans and designers who have turned this Swiss-born brand into the embodiment of quality and reliability. Recently, the brand unveiled new models from two of its highly popular collections—The Alliance Sport Chronograph and the I.N.O.X. Mechanical—and we’re calling them must-haves for anyone living an active, adventurous lifestyle in 2019.

From supplying the Swiss Army with its now-iconic soldier’s knives, to channeling their own expertise and reputation for precision and dedication to quality into watchmaking, Victorinox prides itself on products that perform and are built to last. Whether it’s exploring trails or running laps, or even just trekking in the urban jungle, Victorinox watches were designed for the modern lifestyle and wherever life might take its wearer.

The Alliance Sport Chronograph

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The Victorinox Alliance Chronograph in Black

The Victorinox Alliance Chronograph melds a sleek new aesthetic with the line’s signature sportiness. An ideal companion for the athlete—whether their sport is running, biking, racing, mountaineering, or anything in between—the Alliance Sport Chronograph is rendered in stainless steel or black PVD; features a tachymeter-scale bezel, scratch-resistant crystal, and SuperLuminova hands and indexes. Straps are available in leather or rubber, or stainless steel, and the 44mm case houses a Swiss-made quartz movement. With its screw-in caseback, it’s also rated water-resistant to 100meters/10 ATM/330 feet.

Victorinox Alliance Chronograph Models

The I.N.O.X. Mechanical

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The INOX Mechanical

Since its launch in 2014, the I.N.O.X. watch family has represented the brand’s adherence to functionality and reliability—even in the most extreme conditions. The I.N.O.X. is, to date, the only Swiss Made watch whose quality is assured by being subjected to 130 endurance tests. Last year, after years of development, Victorinox unveiled this statement-making timepiece in a mechanical version. The new model stays true to the I.N.O.X. line’s robust aesthetics, from its signature bezel to the guilloche dial, and it demands a look through the new transparent case back for the Swiss Made automatic movement to make itself known. Subtle modifications and novelties, such as a unique wooden strap, were also introduced, breathing new life into a classic piece of timekeeping.

INOX Mechanical Models

Explore the Alliance and I.N.O.X. collections when you visit Lucerne Glorietta 4, Lucerne Shangri-La Plaza, Lucerne Ayala Center Cebu, and Victorinox Swiss Army SM Megamall.

 

High-end camera maker Leica does watches now (via Esquire Middle East)

Love the Leica aesthetic? Love watches? Then these new releases from the German camera brand are perfect for you.


Photo via Esquire ME
 

Seven Must-Visit Watch Museums in Switzerland (via Watch Time)

With the upcoming SIHH, Switzerland is preparing for the influx of retailers, industry insiders, and watch aficionados who visit annually. Planning to be one of the almost 20,000 visitors who will be making the trip? Make time in your itinerary with this list for inspiration.

 


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SIHH And Baselworld To Coordinate Their Dates From 2020 (via Baselworld)

Two of the biggest watch events in the industry are making an unprecedented move and synchronizing their schedules from 2020 to 2024.

 

Here’s Why The Crown Is The Unsung Hero Of Watchmaking (And Why Rolex Wears The Crown) (via Quill & Pad)

  • When was the last time you thought about your watch crown? Ooooh-ed and Aaaaahhh-ed over a crown innovation? There’s so much more to this tiny part of watchmaking, though, and its functions—and aesthetics—have evolved over the centuries.

Your Supercar and Watch Now Have More in Common Than You Ever Imagined (via Robb Report)

  • Carbon fiber is taking the next step in its evolution as a material, transcending simple aesthetics, pushing watch designers to think of it in new ways, and even challenging the watch industry’s criteria for certification.

 

Breitling’s CEO Georges Kern On Strategy To Survive In The Digital World (via Indonesia Tatler)

  • If you’re on Instagram and have a penchant for timepieces, chances are you follow Breitling CEO Georges Kern. Here, he shares his thoughts on the value of watch fairs, speaking to a new audience, and melding history and modernity.

 

• Baselworld open to talks on coordinating dates and location with SIHH. (via WatchPro)
In a move that isn’t as much a white flag as an olive branch, Michel Loris-Melikoff, managing director of Baselworld, says he’s open to a possible collaboration with SIHH.

• Why Armie Hammer Became a Breitling Guy (via The Hollywood Reporter)
We love Armie Hammer and we love Breitling, so we’re thrilled to hear how and why the American actor grew to know his way around a Navitimer.

• How resale and the gray market are forcing watch brands to innovate (via Glossy)
As with cars, records, art, and mid-century furniture, vintage is IN with watches.

Last year, Longines’ Record collection generated buzz as the manufacture’s first entirely C.O.S.C-certified line of watches, signaling the brand’s dedication to accurate and reliable timekeeping. It didn’t hurt that the watches came in a variety of classic styles perfect for everyday wear. This year, the range gets a stylish update in 18-carat rose gold, bringing it to a new level of sophistication while maintaining its timeless appeal.

The Master collection presents another milestone for Longines, as the first range to house an annual calendar. Unlike standard calendars, annual calendars can automatically distinguish between months with 30 days and those with 31 days. Watch aficionados have been delighted to find this technically sophisticated complication made available at such reasonable price points.

Here are our picks from both collections:

RECORD L2.820.8.92.2

We love this model’s striking deep blue sunburst dial, which is perfectly complemented by the rose gold sheen of the bezel, dauphin hands, and indexes. A blue alligator strap completes the look. As indicated on the dial, this timepiece is certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (C.O.S.C).

RECORD L2.320.5.87.7

One would usually expect the hands to match the rose gold and stainless steel strap, but this model departs from the norm with indicators in Longines blue. The white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond indices give this chronometer a decidedly elegant and feminine appeal.

MASTER ANNUAL CALENDAR L2.910.4.78.3

Distinctive blue hands jump off the silver barleycorn-stamped dial, adding a modern touch to this otherwise vintage-themed watch. The annual calendar is displayed in month and date windows next to the 3 o’clock mark.

MASTER ANNUAL CALENDAR L2.910.4.77.6

A more feminine version of the annual calendar features diamond indexes, rhodium plated hands, and a steel bracelet. As with all of the annual calendars in the collection, this model houses the new automatic L897 caliber, which can be admired through its transparent case back.

MASTER ANNUAL CALENDAR L2.910.4.92.6

This watch features a clean, minimalist design—the bar indices and rhodium-plated hands are complemented by a simple steel bracelet. At the same time, this timepiece stands out with its blue sunray dial.

MASTER ANNUAL CALENDAR L2.910.4.51.7

This watch features a simple, no-frills design with a black barleycorn-stamped dial and rhodium-plated hands. Its automatic movement is housed in a stainless steel 40 mm case, and has a power reserve of 64 hours.

MASTER L2.628.4.92

Last year’s Master collection made a splash with its colored dials, which came in Longines’ signature shade of blue or gray, and with several diameters for both men and women. We love how this model is uncluttered yet eye-catching, with rhodium plated hands and indices that form a subtle contrast with the sunray dial, and a date display at 6 o’clock. The blue alligator strap perfectly complements the watch face as well.

MASTER L2.128.4.97

Diamond indexes go beautifully with this collection’s striking blue dial, lending it a delicate appeal. A transparent case back allows one to view the movement, and the date window is placed at the 3 o’clock mark.

Discover the Longines Master and Record collections when you visit these boutiques: Longines SM Mega Fashion Hall, Lucerne Glorietta 4, Lucerne Shangrila Plaza Mall, Lucerne Ayala Center Cebu, Lucerne Solaire, L’Atelier Lucerne at Shangrila at the Fort, Le Temps Newport Mall, and Elemento SM Aura. 

 

Patek Philippe has made a splash with the new Twenty~4 Automatic collection. Originally launched in 1999, the popular line of ladies’ watches has been updated to suit the lifestyles of today’s sophisticated woman. As the name Twenty~4 implies, this is a watch meant to be worn from day to night, with any outfit, on any occasion.

 

Several things set this new iteration on the classic apart—and we don’t just mean the fact that the manufacture has chosen to go with a more traditional round case in lieu of its signature rectangular shape. While previous models had a quartz movement, the new Twenty~4 is powered by a self-winding 324 S C movement with a date function at 6 o’clock and power reserve of up to 45 hours—perfect for the wearer who values function as much as form.

 

One can admire the movement, with its 21-carat gold central rotor engraved with the Calatrava Cross, through the sapphire crystal caseback.

Aesthetically, the art deco-inspired manchette design has been replaced with a diamond-set bezel and Arabic numerals in a font reminiscent of pilot’s watches, giving the watch a more contemporary feel. The collection’s five models are rendered in stainless steel or rose gold, and feature two stunning dial finishes in four different colors.

Here are our top picks from this exciting new collection:

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Each watch in the Twenty~4 Automatic collection features a bezel set with 160 Top Wesselton Pure brilliant cut diamonds.

Nothing says elegance quite like a blue sunburst dial paired with a stainless steel case and bracelet. The diamond-encrusted bezel adds a feminine touch, and the hand-applied numerals are made from 18-carat white gold.

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The Twenty~4 Automatic’s numerals and hands are coated with SuperLuminova.

This model’s chocolate brown sunburst dial resembles nothing so much as a cup of Swiss cocoa. Its warm hue perfectly complements the 18-carat rose gold case, bracelet, and hand-applied numerals.

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We love the texture on this silvery gray dial, which has a double horizontal and vertical satin finish and is, according to the manufacture, “reminiscent of wild Shantung silk.”

Women who prefer a dressier timepiece can opt for this model which features diamonds not just on the bezel but also on the lugs, outer links, and crown—adding up to a total of 469 diamonds, or about 1.88 carats.

Founded in 1868, IWC Schaffhausen has always been driven by a combination of American innovation and Swiss precision. A century and a half later, the brand has decided to look back at its long and storied history to find inspiration for its newest and most exciting releases to date, the Jubilee Collection.

Twenty-nine limited edition models from the Portofino, Portuguiser, Da Vinci, and Pilot’s Watch families are joined by the company’s ode to the historic Pallweber pocket watches, first launched in 1884, which provide the aesthetic lodestone on which the collection rests.

Here, we’re running down five of our favorite models—that we’re already considering future icons—from this milestone collection.

  • Portuguiser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition
  • Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition
  • Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition
  • Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition
  • IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition
  • Portuguiser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition "150 Years"

    Literally the first of its kind for IWC, as it combines a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon on a single dial, it also features a see-through sapphire case back, an automatic 51950 calibre, and a seven-day power reserve. Only 50 of this watch will be made.

  • Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition "150 Years"

    Rendered in red gold, black leather, and stunning deep blue enamel, this embodies the Portofino watch family’s elegance. It features a 59800 calibre—the winding of which will make for a wonderful weekly ritual—as well as moon phase, date, and power reserve displays. Production will be globally limited to 150 pieces.

  • Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition "150 Years"

    IWC isn’t a brand typically associated with gemstones and embellishments, but this model, studded with over 2 carats of white diamonds, reminds us of their expertise in the tradition of bejeweled watches. The style was popular during the 1980s and 1990s, and this couples that elegant vintage aesthetic with technical excellence. Fifty pieces of this model will be produced.

  • Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition "150 Years"

    Functionality and style are the bywords for this model, which features an annual calendar, extra-secure glass (to protect against drops in air pressure) a screw-on crown, see-through sapphire case back, and a powerful 52850 calibre movement. Luxurious alligator straps add a final, subtle, but sophisticated flourish to this take on the fan favorite. Production will be limited to 150 pieces.

  • IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition "150 Years"

    Undoubtedly the hero of this collection, the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” isn’t only available as a wristwatch in a plethora of materials, from steel to gold and platinum, but also as—surprise, surprise—a pocket watch. The iconic digital display is its signature, but every touch made to each piece, from its case’s clean lines and beautifully enameled dials, to the manually-wound 94200 calibre movement melds modern minimalism and timeless refinement. Only 25 pieces of the platinum case—our inarguable favorite—will be produced.

Allow us to make a sweeping generalization: at every watch fair, it’s the blinged-out pieces that get the most attention.

Of course there’s nothing bad about the ultra-embellished, diamond-studded watches that are half jewelry, half timepiece. After all, we have a massive soft spot for gems ourselves—it’s just that because people are magpies, we’re just naturally drawn to the shiniest thing in the bunch, and sometimes, the less extravagant pieces are pushed to the sidelines.

So, for this roundup, we’re putting the spotlight on the less blinding but, in our humble opinion, equally stunning pieces from one of our favorite brands, Rolex. You’ve already seen the colorful, iced iterations. These are definitely more wearable, timeless, and gorgeous in their own right. Get them and you’re pretty much set for any and everything that life might throw at you.

That is, until next year.

GMT-Master II in Oystersteel

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Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex GMT-Master II in Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018

Pilot? Frequent traveler? Fan of the beloved dual-color bezel? This needs to go on your wish list, not just because it’ll, as fashion writers love to say, pop, but also because of its black dial, Jubilee bracelet, and a brand new movement, the caliber 3285, it’s all at once functional, comfortable, and even more resilient and reliable than its predecessors.

Datejust 36 in Everose Rolesor

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Rolex Datejust 36 Everose Gold rolex baselworld 2018
Rolex Datejust 36 Everose Gold rolex baselworld 2018

They’ve combined Oystersteel and 18 carat Everose gold in an update of this classic, which makes this equal parts trendy and timeless. This is the watch you’re tempted to get in every color, and this new iteration is as convincing as it gets.

Deepsea in Oystersteel

Rolex Deepsea Oystersteel
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Rolex Deepsea Oystersteel rolex baselworld 2018

The Titanic connection is enough of a reason for some people to want this revamp of the original. But if you’re a diver, chances are you pay close attention to more than face value. At the heart of the new Deepsea is the calibre 3235 movement—which, with its Chonergy escapement, increased insensitivity to magnetism, heightened precision, and improved multi-position regularity—makes a very persuasive argument for a new addition to your collection.

Datejust 31 in White Gold

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Rolex Datejust 31 White Gold
Rolex Datejust 31 White Gold

We couldn’t help it—it toes the line of extravagance, but holds back just enough. We did say we liked shiny things.

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