Frederique Constant Classics Slimline Automatic
by Kyle Stults on September 22, 2014

Frederique Consant Classics Slimline Automatic Collection

Last week was a big week for high-end watches here at Perpetuelle.  We featured numerous incredible pieces, including the first openworked dial from FP Journe, an insanely gorgeous (and ultra-exclusive) cloissoné enamel dial from Laurent Ferrier, some cloissoné dialed watches by Ulysse Nardin, a hands-on review of the RL67 tourbillon by Ralph Lauren, and yes even a one-of-a-kind solid gold “007 Goldfinger” Omega.  But let’s be real — these are rare and expensive watches that most can only dream of owning, let alone seeing in person.

So to start things off this week I’m going share with you a pair of new pieces from Frederique Constant, a brand known for delivering lots of watch for the money.
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Double Take: Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Tourbillon
by Adam Soshnick on September 19, 2014

Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Tourbillon on camera lens

When Ralph Lauren first entered the watchmaking business in 2009, aficionados balked at the idea of a timepiece with a fashion designer’s name imprinted on the dial. No matter the craftsmanship, the consistency of the design, or the quality of the movement, a watch emerging from a style guru’s empire just wasn’t going to cut it. Swept under the mat by enthusiasts, ignored the brand’s ambitions went, not unlike others who had attempted a horology upstart years before.

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OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra for the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger
by Kyle Stults on September 18, 2014

Gold Omega Aqua Terra for 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger 007

A one-of-a-kind piece:  gold bracelet, gold case, gold dial, gold hands, gold.  Created by Omega to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of James Bond epic Goldfinger.  Not gold?  The OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8501 (more on “Master Co-Axial” below) revealed through the transparent crystal caseback.  The rotor is gold, though!

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Ulysse Nardin Classico Amerigo Vespucci Cloissoné Dial
by Kyle Stults on September 17, 2014

Ulysse Nardin Amerigo Vespucci cloissoine dials

This latest addition to Ulysse Nardin’s Classico collection: the Amerigo Vespucci.   Ulysse Nardin is one of the very few brands I can think of that actually have what could be called a “cloissoné collection.”  In fact Ulysse Nardin’s cloissoné collection of just ships includes the Pride of Baltimore, the HMS Caesar, and the Santa Maria.  Cloissoné of course a reference to the technique used to create the enamel dial.  Ulysse Nardin thrives in enameling and is one of the few watchmaking houses with in-house capabilities (i.e. very skilled enamel artisans).

Enamel dial-making is an art that has increasingly fascinated me, and I will have much more to tell you on the topic of enameling very soon in a special report I am working on.   Until then, enjoy a look at these fine cloissone dial Classico “Amerigo Vespucci” by Ulysse Nardin.
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