SIHH 2015 First Look…

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Love Calibre 9458 MC watch

From its “Fine Watchmaking” department, Cartier will present in 2015 this new take on its Rotonde de Cartier flying tourbillon watch, this year in white gold featuring a large guilloché finished dial with flying tourbillon and other visible movement components on the dial.

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm
by Kyle Stults on November 24, 2014

SIHH 2015 first look…

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm watches

In 2015 Cartier will introduce an new version of its Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar.   This may be considered an “evolved” version of the 2012 Rotonde Annual Calendar, but the changes are substantial and will, I think, broaden the appeal of this piece.  Most importantly, the 2015 Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar will be presented in a 40mm case.  This is a full (and much welcomed) 5mm downsize vs. the prior iteration — I think we can all agree now that 45mm is, save for certain exceptional timepieces here and there, inappropriate for any refined & sophisticated dress watch, so this is much more desirable and appropriate size for this watch.

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Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph
by Adam Soshnick on November 24, 2014

SIHH 2015 preview…

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For Pre-SIHH 2015, Ralph Lauren continues along an automobile-inspired path and looks to the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic for its latest creation, the Automotive Chronograph. This is nothing new—a line of automotive watches already occupy a niche inside the Ralph Lauren hierarchy and work, aesthetically, with varying degrees of success. Typically, they feel like a mishmash of styling cues pulled from other areas of the sporting line—mixed with burlwood dials and faux-aged lume—which never seems to work as well as hoped, if we’re being totally honest.

The new Automotive Chronograph, however, is a bit different, being more subdued than the rest of the Automotive line. As opposed to the existing black ceramic model, a stainless steel case makes the watch more manageable during everyday wear, which is a plus in our book. And even better is the dial, which is far less outlandish than the time-only model.

Still, the watch is not perfect and struggles in a few areas. Even though the movement is an exceptional Jaeger-Lecoultre calibre (751A/1) with 65 hours of power reserve, it’s dwarfed by the 44.8mm case and better suited for Ralph Lauren’s smaller chronograph models—the sub-dials crammed into the center of the dial are an instant tip off, and looking through the sapphire display back only further reveals a case of, well, an oversized case. The majority of the numerals on the dial are also cut off, which is another questionable move on Ralph Lauren’s part—though this is seen on many a watch dial, some enthusiasts dislike like the look and label it a design flaw of sorts.

Pricing for the Automotive Chronograph is expected to come in at around $10,000, which is a substantial chunk of change, but not a terrible value when one considers that a comparable Jaeger-Lecoultre eclipses that figure by several hundred. As we mentioned in our review of the excellent Safari RL67 Tourbillon, Ralph Lauren is well on its way to making a name for itself in the watch world through partnerships with horology’s best. But like any other manufacturer, missteps are expected along the way, and the Automotive Chronograph is no different. Companies learn best from their mistakes, after all.

For more on the Sporting Automotive line, head over to Ralph Lauren Watches.

 

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater (Video)
by Kyle Stults on November 20, 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater

I rarely feature ladies watches here at Perpetuelle, but when I do they often seem to be pieces by Jaeger-LeCoultre.  In fact, the last time I wrote about a ladies watch was June 18, 2012, and yes it was a Jaeger-LeCoultre.   In my book, that definitely says something positive about JLC and ladies watches!  Now, to the subject at hand — this Ivy Minute Repeater, part of the JLC 2014 lineup, is a truly stunning watch.  This is a limited edition of 88 pieces, and it is JLC’s first ever ladies minute repeater.

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