Notable anniversaries tend to bring out the best in watchmaking, and this year, the small watch brand Mühle-Glashütte — making its Perpetuelle debut in this post — has plenty of reasons to celebrate. 2014 marks not only 145 years since the distinctly German company (as all these umlaut‘s attest to!) was founded by Robert Mühle, but also the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the family business in Glashütte (yes, the same quaint Saxon town that A. Lange and Glashütte Original call home). The brand is celebrating this double anniversary by producing an exclusive special edition range consisting of three models featuring calibres manufactured by the company itself. This special edition range, which is named after the company’s founder, represents the launch of its new manufacture line “R. Mühle & Sohn”, is underpinned by new manufacture calibers, the RMK 01 and RMK 02.
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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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