Exclusive first look…
I have for you here the first look at a very — and I mean very — special Laurent Ferrier timepiece. This unequivocally stunning watch is an exclusive edition of Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Traveller. Made only in white gold, it is distinguished by its cloisonné enamel dial in the shape of North America, designed by Mr. Ferrier himself. The watch is exclusive to the American market, and will have limited production of only 8 pieces. That’s right folks, just eight of these superlative timepieces will be made (for this territory), and I can tell you that a handful of them are already sold.
Here’s a new limited edition B&R that caught my eye. Part of the brand’s heritage series, the watch has a very balanced dial layout with nice color tones and a well paired leather strap. Most Bell & Ross fans know that the brand has always been passionate about making watches with strong ties to military history and particularly aviation. However in a slight twist this new Vintage Sport Heritage line pays tribute to the watches worn by civil aviation pilots in the 1960s. The dial features gold-plated metal applied numerals and indices, with a brushed steel case and a very nicely matched leather strap embossed withe the B&R logo. Good looking watch.
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Believe it or not these are Hublot’s first set of “boutique exclusive” watches. With 71 boutiques now worldwide, it’s about time, you could say. While Hublot’s King Power case/designs are generally a bit too big for my tastes, I’ve long been of the fan of the Big Bang (save for that one time long ago that I asked Jean-Claude Biver “what’s next”), and in particular I really like the design that Hublot is using for its Big Bang “Unico” chrono pieces. Unico of course is Hublot’s first fully in-house caliber family which debuted a few years ago. These particular pieces build off of the Big Bang Unico “All Black” (unveiled earlier this year), now with some color fusion on the dial, stenciled numbers, hands, and strap stitching. Exclusive traditionalists and more classical watch enthusiasts may not find these bold and brightly colored pieces to your liking…but I surmise these will be a hit with the Hublotistas.
It’s not every day you see a watch with a marble case, let alone one which uses some of the most coveted marble in the world. So when I saw these new pieces from Italian watch (and pen) designer Giuliano Mazzuoli, I had to share them. Mazzuoli drew inspiration from his Florentine roots for his new Carrara series and chose to use marble extracted from the caves of the Apuan Alps in Carrara, Italy (near Florence) for the cases. Each case is manually made by Italian master marble workers. Carrara marble is typically characterized by its white color and dark gray veins of varying tones, and of course being a natural stone each lot of marble is different, thus each watch is also unique. Mazzuoli undoubtedly has an eye for design and style, though I must say that I found these new Carrara’s to really stand out as something special.
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