First look at a Patek Philippe 5496P

This past Friday I visited my friends at Dorfman, a jeweler located on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts. Dorfman is foremost a jewelry store, but they are an authorized dealer for one of the elite brands from Switzerland: Patek Philippe.

Most recently a watch that was released during Baselworld 2011 arrived at the store and fresh out of the box I got a look at the 5496P-001. It is a men’s grand complication featuring a retrograde date hand, perpetual calender, moon phases, and day, month, leap year in apertures.

Zoom of the dial

The window directly above ‘Patek Philippe’ tells the leap year.

Patek Philippe fitted the 5496P  with 324 S QR caliber. The movement has a 45 hour power reserve and vibrates per hour at 28,800. 361 parts make up the movement.

Unfortunately, my pictures do not do this splendid watch justice. The 5496P is highly attractive and the future owner of this watch will have difficulty keeping his or her eyes off it.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 (+Video)

First Look…

Baselworld 2012:  Here’s a first look at the new Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 — video and a few screen shots below, courtesy of Christophe Claret.  Beyond the video, I have no further details at this time.  Given the name “X-TREM-1″, however, might imply that there will be “X-TREM-2″ and perhaps more in the years to come….but this is pure speculation at this point.  The intriguing thing about the X-TREM-1 shown in the video is the use of two spheres which seem to levitate (contained within a tubular structure) and move at the guidance of magnetic force — the magnets slide up and down two rods each — the net result being that they guide the spheres which mark the time.  Of course, Claret is one of the most elite watchmakers on the planet today, so don’t go running around aghast that this piece will likely cost well into the six figures with X-TREM-ely limited production.  Very, very intriguing…stand by for more!  More on the genius that is Christophe Claret, HERE.   See the VIDEO, below the pics:

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1

[technical details unknown at present time]



Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Dive Watch

“Double Date”

Baselworld 2012:  Despite my love for the Linde Werdelin Spidolite watch (as I reviewed here), the Oktopus line is perhaps my favorite offering from the brand (see Oktopus Photorealistic Moonphase, Oktopus Tatoo), and it looks like the dynamic duo of Morton Linde and Jorn Werdelin have upped the ante once more with this robust looking new diver which will hit the market in 2012.  Details are still scant on this piece, but I was able to grab enough shots from a video the brand produced to offer a worthy first look at the watch. The story of the watch is told quite well in the video by the namesake founders of the brand.  As for me, I would say that the design of the watch looks fantastic.  Both in form (the “Octopus” design on the dial and case back, et al.) and function (the  multi-part case construction is inspired by a diving bell and is designed for optimum corrosion and water resistance), the Linde Werdelin Oktopus II will no doubt be a popular item at next week’s Baselworld show.  Oh–almost forgot–the piece is of course compatible with the “Reef”, Linde Werdelin’s custom designed dive calculator that fits over the watch case for an all-in-one solution.

Price on the Oktopus II – Double Date in titanium and ceramic will retail at CHF 8,800.  Oktopus II – Double Date in titanium, titanium DLC and ceramic with yellow accents in dial will retail at CHF 9,400; Oktopus II – Double Date Rose Gold and titanium will retail at CHF 18,500.  All exclusive of VAT.  Avail. autumn 2012 on or from any LW authorised retailer in local currency.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Dive Watch

46mm multi-metal case (titanium, gold, ceramic) (15.25mm thick), 300 meter water resistance, automatic mechanical Dubois Depraz caliber 14580

date window:

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Corum Admiral’s Cup “Didier Cuche” Watch (with Video)

Crans-Montana, Switzerland:  Downhill skiing legend Didier Cuche was recently honored by Montres Corum (he is also an Ambassador for the brand) with a limited edition piece bearing his likeness.   This past week, Cuche won the Super-G on his home course as part of the World Cup circuit, his 21st career World Cup win and sixth in super-G.  Following the racing, Cuche and a select group of fans and friends joined Corum CEO Antonio Calce to present Cuche with a vivid Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph Centro fitted on a black vulcanized rubber strap with folding clasp.  Just 100 pieces will be produced, sure to be snapped up by Cuche’s most ardent fans.  Corum also put together a great 40-second video featuring Cuche and the watch — don’t miss his signature “propeller kick” trick at the end of the clip!

Corum Admiral’s Cup Didier Cuche Edition Watch

limited edition 100 pieces

44mm case, automatic mechanical movement (COSC), black/gray dial with tapestry of Didier Cuche head


Corum CEO Antonio Calce presents Dider Cuche with his new watch