A magnificent Patek Philippe 5960P-016 Annual Calendar Chronograph goes under the hammer at The Salon Privé Sale on Thursday 4th September at 6pm, with all proceeds going to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. And of course Perpétuelle is here to bring you the details you won’t see anywhere else. Salon Privé London is one of the world’s premier automotive events. As noted by the ‘P’ in the Ref # “5960P”, the watch is cased in platinum, and what’s not to like about that. Also of note, this particular Patek reference is no longer being produced by Patek. The 5960 reference was re-designed this year, as Patek unveiled a new chronograph subdial layout in the Patek 5960/1A (my report here) at Baselworld 2014 this past March. Which makes this 5960P an ideal watch to offer for a charitable cause.
What an opportunity — to bid on a great watch for a great cause — but wait there’s more that comes with this piece!!! How about a 2-day trip to Geneva — via private jet (!!) — with accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental, a guided tour of the prestigious Patek Philippe Musuem on day one, and on day two an exclusive visit to the Patek Philippe factory followed by lunch with the Directors of Patek Philippe and Boodles. Not too shabby, eh?
Hublot announced today an exclusive partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, making the LVMH-owned Swiss luxury watch brand the “Official Luxury Watch & Timekeeper” of the Cowboys. This high-profile sports/watch partnership is a continuation of a strategy that Hublot began about 5-7 years ago under former leadership of Jean-Claude Biver (now head of the watch division for LVMH); the model has proven quite successful for Hublot, as they have done deals across the spectrum of athletes, teams, and even entire leagues and events. The list of Hublot sports/athelte/team partnerships that I have written about here at Perpetuelle is quite long over the last 4-5 years — see my listing below. As far as this Cowboys deal is concerned, like other deals Hublot has done it breaks new ground in the sport; I believe this is the first luxury watch sponsorship of an NFL team.
Hublot is launching three custom, limited edition, Dallas Cowboys-branded timepieces, inspired by the teams iconic Blue and Silver. Celebrating the Cowboys Five (5) Super Bowl wins, the famed Cowboy star can be found on the “5” of each model, with the woman’s piece boasting star set in diamonds. The Timepieces will be sold exclusively in the Dallas market – both at Hublot’s Dallas boutique and a newly minted pop-up location in the Cowboys’ Owner’s Lounge at AT&T Stadium.
CLick through for a full report and look at the new Hublot x Cowboys watches
The foundations of English-watchmaker John Arnold’s reputation were laid when he presented his elaborately ornamented half-quarter repeater ring to George III over two-centuries ago. Among Arnold’s work were pocket watches with hand-engraved movements and champlevé enamel cases; even his marine chronometers had hand-engraved balance cocks with the floral motifs typical of the English style. True to its founder (though associated by name only), Arnold & Son today carefully preserves and cultivates the skilled creative craftsmanship in the form of hand-finished engravings and miniature paintings that have been characteristic of the brand throughout its history. These pieces are embodied in the “Métiers d’Art” or decorative arts pieces issued by Arnold & Son.
Here now we look at Arnold & Son’s TE8 Tourbillon Métiers d’Art I, a beautiful hand-engraved watch with tourbillon, limited to only eight pieces. And I will concluede with a look at the latest, the TE8 Tourbillon Métiers d’Art I.
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Here’s your first look at the newest addition to the Longines Heritage collection (yes, my favorite collection from Longines). The Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph is a re-issue of an Longines pilot’s watch circa 1950′s and displays the time on a 24-hour scale, situated on the inner dial. The diameter of the original model, a hefty 47.50 mm, has also been maintained. Available in black or silver dial. The steel case has a closed back and is decorated with Longines’ famous hourglass symbol (see “Did You Know?” below). This piece will retail for $4,800. Longines notes that each piece is numbered, though I do not believe production is limited.