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The New Blancpain Villeret Grande Date
by Kyle Stults on January 16, 2015

Baselworld 2015…preview…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date watch - Perpetuelle

For the first time in its Villeret Collection, Blancpain will offer a grande (big) date complication.   The watch uses Blancpain’s caliber 6950  which employs two side-by-side windows to display the date.  The cal 6950 is not a new caliber; it has been used in 40mm ladies’ grande dates models, the Aqua Lung Grande Date, and most recently the Blancpain L-Evolution Grande Date.  When Blancpain’s watchmakers conceived the caliber 6950, they had as their objective to maximize legibility of the date, while at the same time enabling an instant change at midnight.   It is an automatic movement with two mainspring barrels and a free sprung balance with silicium hair spring and gold regulation screws, providing 72 hrs power reserve.

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Harry Winston Midnight Feathers (plumasserie)
by Kyle Stults on January 09, 2015

Goose feather dial…

Harry Winston Midnight Feathers Watch - Perpetuelle

In 2015 Harry Winston will extend its divinely gorgeous feather marquetry dial-work to its Midnight collection.  It was just a few years ago that Harry Winston debuted its Premier Feathers collection and put on full display the rare art of plumasserie – essentially marquetry using feathers.  To date, the Premier Feathers collection has five gorgeous references, each using ethically sourced feathers from peacock and/or pheasant and/or guinea fowl to create an absolutely gorgeous feathered dial. These pieces are all at 36mm, obviously for women, but the new Midnight Feathers — using dyed goose feathers — is cased in 42mm pink gold.

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Bulgari Octo and Bulgari Bulgari with Blue Dials for 2015
by Kyle Stults on January 07, 2015

Baselworld 2015 preview…

Bulgari Bulgari Sapphire Blue Dial Watche on strap

As I understand it, this year Bulgari is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Bulgari Bulgari” watch.  Which is a bit peculiar to me, because as I was researching the little available history of the watch the only credible sources I have been able to find seem to indicate that the Gerald Genta designed Bulgari Bulgari automatic was first launched in 1977 (it was the Bvlgari Roma whose first series of only 100 pieces launched in 1975).  More details needed, I’ll firm up my history here as soon as I can.

At any rate, while the full details of how Bulgari plans to celebrate this 40th anniversary are yet to be revealed, I do know that a sapphire blue dial version of the iconic watch will be introduced.  As will a similar version of the Octo.

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First Look: Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097
by Kyle Stults on December 22, 2014

Baselworld 2015 preview…

Breguet Logo

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

With 2015 — and the two big annual watch shows — right around the corner, many brands have already taken to pre-releasing a model or two in their 2015 lineup to whet the appetite of watch enthusiasts.  While most sneak peaks have been from Richemont brands attending the January SIHH show, I now have an first look at a spectacular new piece from Breguet which will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2015 next March.

In the tradition of the collection, the new Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 puts on full dial-side display the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other components of the caliber.  This particular mode also has a retrograde seconds hand — a perfect complication to be showcased in the Tradition collection.  The retrograde seconds arc intersects the offset hours and minutes display at 12 o’clock, its blue hand also nicely complementing the blued steel Breguet-style hour and minute hands. It has a 40mm white gold case (rose gold also to be offered) with fluted caseband typical of the Breguet style.

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