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Tag: Patek Philippe

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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.

Grammys

We saw a lot of familiar faces at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The face we saw the most of was Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Rolex. However, some celebrities wanted to go against the grain and adorned their wrist with other brands.

Here’s a run-down of the artists we spotted wearing a Rolex:

John Legend: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in Platinum with Diamond Pave

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DJ Khaled: Rolex Gold Sky-Dweller

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Trevor Noah: Rolex GMT-Master II

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Khalid: Rolex Datejust

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YoungKio, Shay Smyers, Guy Lawrence, and PJ Morton: Rolex Datejust

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Joe Jonas: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo

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Joe Perry: Panerai

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Ellen DeGeneres wearing a Patek Philippe 5270, Swae Lee, Young Thug, and Connor McGregor flaunting their Patek Philippe Nautilus

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Nick Jonas and 21 Savage sporting Richard Mille

 

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

Patek Philippe 5172G

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

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

Patrimony Self Winding

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ref. 85180/000R-B515

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

JLC Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Ref. 3978480

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

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

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

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

Chopard Alpine Eagle

Chopard Alpine Eagle Ref. 298600-3001

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

GP Laureato

Girard-Perregaux Laureato 

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

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole

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

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

 

Patek journey with Lucerne

Lucerne, the premier purveyor of Swiss luxury timepieces in the Philippines, was established by Yao E Chiu in 1982 in Ali Mall, Cubao. It began as a small watch shop, but has since expanded to several stores, including two stand-alone boutiques of Patek Philippe.

Emerson Yao, one of Yao E Chiu’s sons who took over the business in 1988, says that the turning point for the company was when he and his brother, Ivan Yao, decided to open a boutique in Makati in the early 1990s.

They had decided that to differentiate themselves from other local watch retailers, they would focus on Swiss luxury timepieces that were yet to become available to the Philippine market. Their expansion to Makati was a strategic move, because back then, it was the only place in the country where luxury goods could be found.

One of the brands the brothers knew they had to bring in to be taken seriously in this segment of the market was Patek Philippe.   And in 1998, they introduced the manufacture to the Philippines.

After a decade, Lucerne and Patek Philippe opened the watch manufacture’s first stand-alone boutique in the country. Located in Makati’s Greenbelt 5, it was among the manufacture’s first independent boutiques throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

A front shot of the Patek Philippe boutique in Greenbelt 5, Makati.

A waiting area where clients may sit and discuss with the staff.
Patek Philippe’s first stand-alone boutique in the Philippines.

 

 

Lucerne managing directors Emerson and Ivan Yao with Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern and honorary president Philippe Stern.
(Left to right) Lucerne managing director Emerson Yao, Patek Philippe honorary president Philippe Stern, Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, and Lucerne managing editor Ivan Yao at the 175th anniversary celebration of the manufacture in Singapore (2014). 

A few years after the launch of its first boutique, Patek Philippe opened its second one in Shangri-La Plaza, which was a testament to its growing following in the country. 

Emerson and Ivan Yao with Patek SEA General Deepa Chatrath and Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin.
(Left to right) Lucerne managing director Emerson Yao, Patek Philippe Southeast Asia General Manager Deepa Chatrath, Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin and Lucerne managing director Ivan Yao at the Patek Philippe boutique opening in Shangri-La Plaza in 2016.

By 2017, women had become a notable part of the Manufacture’s local clientele. Together with Lucerne, they hosted an intimate event called the Mechanical Art for Ladies.

Patek Philippe Southeast Asia General Manager Deepa Chatrath delivered a presentation to attendees, discussing Patek Philippe’s longstanding history of catering to the tastes of discerning women. She also emphasized how they had always made sure their women’s timepieces were crafted independently from that of the men’s, as opposed to the more common practice of simply shrinking the dimensions of men’s watches.

During the exclusive ladies event, bags of designer Bea Valdes, who made a name for herself by incorporating traditional Filipino craftmanship into her work, were also on display. It was a fitting venue to display the work because similar to how Patek Philippe strives to keep Genevan decorative skills alive in their workshops, she aims to preserve Filipino artisanal skills.

Those at the event had the opportunity to take a closer look at the creations of Ms. Valdes, as well as the extensive women’s collections of Patek Philippe.

Ivan Yao with Deepa Chatrath, Filipina bag designer Bea Valdes and Patek Philippe regional sales manager David Chan.
(Left to right) Lucerne managing director Ivan Yao, Patek Philippe Southeast Asia General Manager Deepa Chatrath, Filipina designer Bea Valdes and Patek Philippe regional sales manager David Chan at the Mechanical Art For Ladies event held at Shangri-La At The Fort.

In 2018, Patek and Lucerne delighted watch enthusiasts yet again with the launch of a knowledge series about the perpetual calendar. The Manufacture’s full collection of timepieces featuring the grand complication, including models that were yet to be released, were put on display, while an expert watchmaker gave participants a chance to examine a perpetual calendar’s inner workings.

Ms. Chatrath presented the grand complication’s technical aspects; the various ways in which it can be displayed on a dial; and the Maison’s history of producing movements with perpetual calendars and the meticulously decorated cases that have housed them. 

 

Patek Philippe perpetual calendar timepieces.
A few of the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar timepieces on display at the knowledge series event.

 

A man observing the parts of a Patek Philippe complication.
A participant of Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar workshop examines the components used in the complication.

Now in their 21st year of partnership, Lucerne looks forward to helping sustain and increase Patek Philippe’s local following. Among the plans the two have for the near future is relocating the boutique in Greenbelt to occupy a larger space.

Patek Philippe and Lucerne continue to pride themselves in being family-run businesses with haute horology at the center of what they do. And in the years to come Philippine watch enthusiasts can rest assured that the partners will remain uncompromising when it comes to delivering only the finest of timepieces. Whether it be in this generation, or the next.

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.

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

 

Patek Celestial Moon Age
 

Patek Philippe Celestial Moon Age 6102P 

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

 

A. Lange and Söhne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna
 

Lange & Söhne RICHARD LANGE PERPETUAL CALENDAR “Terraluna”

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

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste

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

 

Rolex Pepsi Meteorite Dial
 

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Meteorite Dial

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

 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Siderale ScafusiaIWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Siderale Scafusia
 

IWC Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia

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

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional family

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

 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos
 

Girard-Perregaux Cosmos 

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

Watches for a Cause

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923
 

Sometimes, the luxury watch industry isn’t all the glamour and pizzazz as it appears to be. When manufacturers aren’t busy brainstorming on and creating the next best watch, they find the time to give to a cause that’s much bigger than themselves. There are, after all, real people behind these big watch houses. While making donations in the form of cash is the most common gesture, a lot of watch houses opt to take the route that they know best: creating unique or limited pieces and auctioning them offsatisfying collectors, philanthropists, and of course, beneficiaries alike. Here are a few watches for a cause from just this year.

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph luxury watches for a cause
 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26338PT.OO.1220PT.01

If you’re a big fan of Cirque du Soleil, then you’re sure to have heard of the “One Night for One Drop” event that happens every year, where they do a special performance for one night only in Las Vegas. Every cent spent goes to the One Drop Foundation that helps communities in grave need to have sustainable access to safe water. 

Audemars Piguet put this self-winding chronograph up for auction at the very same event, and just like the Cirque du Soleil performance, all its proceeds go straight to the foundation. Even alongside some other items like sought-after cars and special trips to dream destinations, this one-of-a-kind watch managed to stand out all the same, with its blue subdials against the purple Grande Tapisserie dial, visible through the solid sapphire crystal. It’s all encased in a platinum case, accompanied by either a platinum bracelet or a leather bracelet in the same shade of the subdials.

 

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923 luxury watches for a cause IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923
 

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece Ref. IW500923

If you pay attention to Hollywood news, you might remember that earlier this year, actor and IWC ambassador Bradley Cooper wore the unique Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece to the opulent Academy Awards ceremony—and it’s not just for show!

The very same watch was auctioned off and its proceeds were donated to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. It goes to helping the Arrimage association in France whose mission is to help visually impaired children how to “read” or “see” drawings through touch, as well as create drawings themselves. It’s no coincidence that the first ever tactile art book is “The Little Prince” and that this watch’s 18-carat gold caseback has a quote from the book engraved on it, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.” It wasn’t hard at all to find an owner for this watch, what with it not only being connected to a famous watch house, but also a famous book and, of course, a famous actor.

Ferdinand Berthoud Chromomètre FB 1 - Night Star luxury watches for a cause

Ferdinand Berthoud Chromomètre FB 1 – Night Star

Only Watch is an event that’s held every two years, auctioning off unique watch models from several different watch brands whose 99% of profits go to the research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the more severe version of muscular dystrophy that cuts an individual’s life off as soon as their late teenage years.

Ferdinand Berthoud is one of those luxury watch brands that contributes to the cause, with the Night Star. Its case is not only titanium—it’s sandblasted anthracite-ceramised titanium. A mouthful, right? It means that this isn’t any regular titanium; it’s four times stronger than titanium. And with how anthracite is the densest form of coal, it’s also how the titanium got its nice shade of gray that matches nicely with the frosted black dial. The hands and numerals are stand out against the dark colors like stars in the night sky thanks to its Super-LumiNova coating, making the name of the watch quite apt.

 

Breguet Type 20 luxury watches for a cause

Breguet Type 20

Breguet brings back one of their beloved classics, the military-issued pilot’s watch “Type 20,” for the Only Watch event. If you know what the original Type 20 from the 50s looked like, then you’re sure to see the likeness. From the luminescent Arabic numerals and hands to the big onion crown right down to the historic Valjoux 235 movement, the watch house has honored the old flyback chronograph well, with a few aesthetic updates here and there. Like everything else in this list, there’s only one piece made available—to the dismay of watch enthusiasts everywhere—with even an engraving on the back that says, “Pièce Unique.”

 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 luxury watches for a cause Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010
 

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010

For this year’s Only Watch event, Patek Philippe rendered their most complicated watch, the Grandmaster Chime, in stainless steel. Besides the unusual case material, the hand guilloched hobnail pattern on the rose gold dial as well as the text “THE ONLY ONE” on the second time zone subdial make this piece tastefully unique.

Apart from getting this absolute beast of a watch, which is already enough motivation for a lot of Patek Philippe fans, the owner and his chosen guest will also get to visit the Patek Philippe workshops and museums, as well as have lunch with the president of the watch house, Thierry Stern. We’re sure we’re not exaggerating when we say this will be one of the most sought after pieces in the auction house.

 

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski luxury watches for a cause   Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski statue
 

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Sapphire Orlinski

Hublot is no stranger to charity donations, and it’s certainly not the first collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski either. So it’s no surprise that they joined forces to create a unique timepiece for Only Watch.

In the transparent sapphire case that incorporated the signature design of the artist sits the movement, the tourbillon cage, and the power reserve. The bezel is made of white gold, and is set with 54 baguette-cut, light blue topazes. The smooth, rubber strap is in the same shade, keeping in theme with the Only Watch color scheme. It’s also the same color of the Wild Kong sculpture, also made by Orlinski, that holds the sapphire watch box wherein the luxury watch itself is displayed. And if the timepiece and sculpture weren’t enough, the owner of the piece also gets to meet the artist himself at his gallery in Paris.

There are plenty of reasons to admire Patek Philippe: their understated elegance, their timeless designs, their renowned history… the list goes on and on. As they perfectly balance design, craftsmanship, and heritage, Patek continues its noble pursuit of refining the functionality and dependability of their precious timepieces—all while bestowing classic beauty. This pursuit remains evident in their collection for Baselworld 2019.

While the collection was already released on their site prior to the event, we can’t help but be in awe and admiration, as if we were seeing them for the first time. Here are some of our favorites.

 

 

Patek Philippe Calatrava Weekly Calendar Ref. 5212A-001

Part of Patek’s expanding collection of useful complications is the Calatrava Weekly Calendar. As its gorgeous silvery opaline dial displays day of the week, date, and week number functions,  the timepiece has an unusual layout of five hands from the center, along with two hammer-shaped hands. A distinct feature is the typography on its face, as it was based on the handwriting of one of the watch designers. The new timepiece takes inspiration from the aesthetic design and the same numbers of the Calatrava Weekly Calendar 2512, simply arranged in a different order. As it comes with a new self-winding base caliber, the owner of the watch can correct any of the indications at any time of the day without risking damage to the watch and its movement, making it perfect for the modern businessman.

 

Patek Philippe Alarm Travel Time Ref. 5520P-001

Another addition to the Grand Complications family is the Alarm Travel Time. Dubbed as the quintessential globetrotter’s watch, it fuses two time zone mechanisms: displaying the home time on a skeletonized hour hand, and the local time at the owner’s current location on the other lume-filled hour hand. The complications don’t end there: it comes with an analog date, two day/night indicators, and a 24-hour alarm that strikes a classic gong. Confused yet? Fret not; each complication makes use of simple and safe operability, thanks to the new caliber that was created just for this timepiece, further highlighting its user-friendliness. The first chiming piece housed in a water resistance case is perfect for traveling in countries with a tropical climate.

 

Patek Philippe Jumbo Aquanaut Ref. 5168G-010

The modern sporty-chic Jumbo Aquanaut underscores its young and dynamic style with a khaki green design and white gold casing. Noticeably larger than the 40mm Aquanauts, the 42.2 mm diameter commands more wrist presence and almost gives off a military vibe with its mini wrist grenade face in khaki green. The model comes in a simpler look and construction while taking cues from its Nautilus ancestors as it adopted the iconic porthole shape. However, all specifications, materials, and embossed pattern on the dial are identical to its predecessor, having the hallmark Aquanaut traits.

 

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

The venerable chronograph, giving a subtle vintage allure, is definitely a watch to impress tool watch enthusiasts. Slightly larger in diameter compared to its predecessor, the 5170G chronograph, the new model still makes use of the same movement. Lest we forget to mention that it is housed in a beautiful new white gold case with round guillochéd pushers and three-tier lugs. We’re not ones to say no to a blue, varnished dial such as this one, contrasted against a luminescent, white gold applied hands and Arabic numerals, allowing for excellent legibility even in the darkest of nights.

International Women’s Month might have already ended, but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about women’s luxury watches. Here’s a list of watches we think women absolutely need in their collection to elevate their style, because jewelry needn’t be their only accessories.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030 luxury watches

The Work Watch
A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030

When you’re working those long hours, six days a week, it can be a little too easy to forget what day of the month it is. A. Lange & Söhne has their patented outsize date on almost all of their timepieces, making it easy to keep track of your meetings and deadlines with a glance.

Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6 luxury watches

The Beach Watch
Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6

Everyone needs their dose of Vitamin Sea once in a while. What better to go with your beach outfit than a practical but beautiful dive watch? We adore Longines’ Hydroconquest line, which was elegantly designed to withstand the salty waves in style.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01 luxury watches

The Sporty Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01

Whether your daily exercise is jogging on the treadmill or stretching on your yoga mat, it’s important that you have a watch that can keep up with you. This Royal Oak Offshore model, with its trusty chronograph and comfortable rubber strap, can do just that.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140 luxury watches

The Travel Watch
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140

Sometimes we just want to pack up our bags and travel to our dream destination. But when wanderlust strikes, you still have to keep track of things in your home or workplace. Dual time watches, such as the Harmony Dual Time, can make it happen, even when you’re the other side of the world.

Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001 luxury watches

The Everyday Watch
Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001

When you’re too busy to even think about which watch to match with your daily getup, you’ll need a reliable timepiece that can go with almost anything. We think stainless steel and a monochromatic dial is the way to go for this kind of dilemma, and this watch can fill in that role, no problem.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101 luxury watches

The Weekend Watch
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101

Going to a family reunion, or a Sunday morning brunch with your friends? You’ll need something that will match your casual tan leather bag. This Portofino has a light brown alligator strap, its tone matching the details on the face of the watch, tying your relaxed and informal outfit together nicely.

Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

A Rolex
Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

Like we said in our original article for men, every collection demands a Rolex, even those of women’s. With its iconic design and sheer popularity, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the brand. Their Lady-Datejust collection was made exclusively for women—here’s the piece from that collection that we love the most.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D women's luxury watches

The Dress Watch
Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D

For those parties where everyone is somebody, you’ll want something that will go with your designer gown and pearl jewelry. We’re sure this timepiece from Breguet will turn heads on the red carpet. Get ready for the crowd to snap portraits of you with your wrist!

Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704 women's luxury watches

The Gemset Watch
Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704

Because diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Need we say more? Hublot has a long list of diamond-studded watches, which includes this stunning piece. It has a whopping 1517 diamonds set in the brand’s very own 18K King Gold.

 

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A women's luxury watches

The Heirloom Watch
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A

If your daughter doesn’t want your wedding gown or the family ring, you’ll have to pass something else down that will be just as valuable. For that purpose, there’s nothing better than the classic and timeless Nautilus. Made to last lifetimes, you might very well see this watch on your granddaughter’s wrist.

Art as Watches, Watches as Art

February is positively crowded with events. It’s not just the month where people around the world ring in the Lunar New Year or celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner with their loved one, but in the Philippines, it is also a month that celebrates art in all its forms.

In honor of National Arts Month, we rounded up a few watches that may well fall into the category. Whether they’re collaborations with renowned artists or borne in-house from the minds and skills of each manufacture’s talented watchmakers, the pieces on this list are undeniable works of wearable art.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Blue Ceramic luxury watch

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

In collaboration with Maxime Büchi, founder and creative director of the design studio Sang Bleu, Hublot released the limited edition Big Bang Sang Bleu. Two of Maxime Büchi’s passions are tattoos and watches. These coalesced into this eye-catching design that puts the artistic virtue of symmetry front and center.

Figuring out how to tell time with this watch can prove hard at first; after all, the hands have been replaced by polished octagons. But one can clearly see that within the octagons, there are filled-in triangles with luminescent material. The outermost ring of octagons point to the hours and the middle ring points to the minutes. The  innermost ring mysteriously depicts the ticking of seconds, as it’s not clearly shown in the watch what exact second it is. The geometric lines appear once again, engraved, on the blue ceramic lugs, and continue perfectly onto the rubber and leather strap.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski luxury watch

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski

Like the previous piece, this Hublot was also created in collaboration with an artist, in this case, with contemporary French artist, Richard Orlinski, renowned for his brightly-colored, multi-faceted sculptures such as the Wild Kong. The artist designed these watches to appear like his own works of art, and this partnership did not disappoint.

This specific watch in his collection comes in a striking shade of red, enhanced by the polished ceramic material the case is made out of. The hands and the details are just as bold as the case, standing out against the gray, self-winding skeleton movement. Matched with a smooth rubber strap, this chronograph is a testament to art married with technical achievement. Feel red is too strong a statement? It also comes in subtler shades: black, green, blue, and titanium.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Alfons Mucha, Spring

Icons of the Art Noveau period, Alfons Mucha’s works of art serve as inspiration even a century after their creation—inspiring even Jaeger-LeCoultre. Part of a collection inspired by Mucha’s The Seasons series, this particular model depicts Spring.

This timepiece is named and fashioned after the aforementioned painting, which features a woman in a flowing, white dress standing under a tree, surrounded by flowers. A beautiful rendering is placed on the caseback of the Reverso, created through incredibly complicated Grand Feu enameling process that took 70 hours of work. Around the miniature is a hand-engraved frame, done after the enameling. On its light gold, hand-guilloché dial, the color of the front of the watch is enhanced with the same Grand Feu enameling.

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel - Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa luxury watch

JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel – Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Another iconic painting is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. This woodblock print is so prominent in our culture that it even inspired its very own emoji. Jaeger-LeCoultre released a Reverso with this painting on its caseback in a series that includes Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Xu Beihong’s stunning horses.

The master enameller and the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre captured every single detail of the painting—every bit of foam and the delicate lines of the waves are pictured in perfect motion—and put it into the miniscule space provided by the Reverso. The front doesn’t want for elaborate details either: The dial carries a guillochéd wave pattern covered with an ocean blue, translucent enamel, hue matching with the underside of the wave on the reverse.

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045 luxury watch

Chopard LUC XP Urushi Ref. 161902-5045

If you’re familiar with East Asian culture, you might have heard of the qilin (Chinese) or kirin (Japanese), a benevolent, mythical creature that is a symbol of good omens. Though they are commonly depicted with one horn, much like the western unicorn, they are also sometimes depicted with two horns. While in Chinese culture they look more like stalwart horses with the scales of dragons, in Japanese culture they take a more deer-like appearance.

On this dial is Japanese artist and national living treasure Kiichiro Masamura’s interpretation of the kirin. Graceful as they prance among the clouds, under the watchful gaze of the moon, this scene of two kirin was made with the Japanese lacquering techniques using urushi, the sap of the eponymous urushi tree. These techniques utilize layers upon layers of lacquer, some iridescent mother-of-pearl, and a little bit of gold powder to create a lush, luxurious finish unlike any other.

Vacheron Constantin Métier d’Art collection – Copernicus Hand-Engraving 2640 RT Ref. 7600U/000G-B211

Have an affinity for all things celestial? This timepiece from Vacheron Constantin features all 12 of the beautifully hand-engraved zodiac signs on its dial around the Earth, which in turn revolves around the sun. That’s right: this watch not only tells time with the small, golden hours and minutes hands, but it also depicts the Earth’s rotation on its own axis, taking a day, and its revolution around the golden sun, taking a year.

It’s aptly named as well. Nicolaus Copernicus is the person who made the theory of heliocentrism famous and eventually widely accepted, with his book “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres”. There are two other models under this the Copernicus celestial spheres collection with accomplished with different techniques: One made with Grand Feu enamel and the other with laser-engraved sapphire disks, with all of them framed by a white-gold case.

Patek Philippe 5177G-012 “Chart of the Carribbean”

Cartography, we believe, is an art form, and this piece takes it to a whole new level. On what would be a traditional Calatrava wristwatch appears a map that looks like it was transported from the old Age of Discovery. With the sea creature at 10 o’clock, a piece of land from 11 to 2 o’clock, and the caravel at the forefront, it’s a taste of adventure on the high seas, all outlined with gold wire. The Patek Philippe name and “Genève” are also set on the map in gold, harking to centuries-old cartographic aesthetics.

The fading colors only help enhance the feel of a bygone era. These hues could only be achieved with the method of Grand Feu enameling, utilizing opaque and semi-opaque enamels tinted in 25 different colors across the dial. The white-gold bezel doesn’t let itself be outshined either, guillochéd by hand in a hobnail pattern.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8958BB/51/974/D00D

Are you familiar with cameos? No, not the ones Stan Lee used to make in Marvel movies; the jewelry pieces made from carving into gems, stones, or shells is what we’re talking about. Where cameos have traditionally been worn on the neck with a choker, Breguet puts cameos on your wrist with this watch.

Cameos are more popularly known as carved, raised relief profiles. This cameo in particular features sunflowers hand-engraved onto a single seashell. With the many layers accessed through carefully scraping off little bits and pieces, various tones can be achieved depending on the material used. This beautiful cameo is surrounded by a diamond-encrusted bezel, encased in 18-carat white gold and accompanied with a white alligator strap.

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