This is a one-of-a-kind Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Calibre 2253, with tourbillon and perpetual calendar. In platinum and with an atypical black dial. It is one of four new special models that Vacheron has unveiled to commemorate the opening of its boutique in Moscow, Vacheron’s first in the city. Unlike their regular production versions which typically have light colored dials, each of these Moscow Boutique editions have black or dark grey dials. And to top it off, each piece comes with a pair of white gold cufflinks with a finish that matches the watch dial (as you can see below).
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Featured here is a new military-style model added to the Longines Heritage line, a collection which I have repeatedly praised for its many excellent models in recent years. The new Longines Avigation (not to be confused with the Avigation Type A-7 which I reviewed in-depth about 18 mos. ago ) is based on the design of a model first produced for the British army in 1949.
This classical and elegant looking watch is the new Manero PowerReserve, by Carl F Buchrer. Though I am personally not a fan of power reserve indication on automatic watches, the proportions and curves of this watch really resonated with me when I sat down with the folks from CFB recently. Cased in rose gold (42.5mm x 12.54mm), it is very balanced, with soft curves and a well balanced dial; and also of note, it is the first in the Bucherer Manero collection to be powered with the brand’s very own in-house automatic caliber, the CFB A1011 — itself a very distinguished looking and well-designed caliber.
Sapphire case & bridges…cable-suspended caliber…
Here’s your first look at the new sapphire tourbillon watch that Richard Mille at the Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong later this year (30 September to 2 October 2014). The RM56-02 is the third — and best yet — iteration of Mille’s innovative and incredible RM 56 sapphire series. Not only is the watch made of a case entirely made of sapphire (which takes ~40 days non-stop to machine), but it has a cable-suspended movement that appears almost as if floating in the case. A technical and visual marvel, the RM 56-02 will be limited to just 10 pieces worldwide, with each carrying a price tag of just over $2 million.