Double Take: Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Tourbillon

Ralph Lauren Safari RL67 Tourbillon on camera lens

When Ralph Lauren first entered the watchmaking business in 2009, aficionados balked at the idea of a timepiece with a fashion designer’s name imprinted on the dial. No matter the craftsmanship, the consistency of the design, or the quality of the movement, a watch emerging from a style guru’s empire just wasn’t going to cut it. Swept under the mat by enthusiasts, ignored the brand’s ambitions went, not unlike others who had attempted a horology upstart years before.

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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus Watch Review

Romain Jerome Octopus #womw #yacht

While adventuring around the Bahamas this summer I brought along with me a Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus.  The Octopus has been out a year or two now, but this was the first time I had a chance to lay hands on the watch.  Overall I found the Octopus to be a worthy island-exploring and water-going companion.  Below is a short video review I prepared…and a boat load of pics.  Enjoy!
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Recommend: Vacheron Constantin CALIBRE 1731 Coffee Table Book

Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1731 Book

A few months ago I was fortunate to receive a copy of a new book titled Vacheron Constantin CALIBRE 1731.  Having had a chance to read it a couples times now, I am here to recommend it to Perpetuelle readers, and in particular Vacheron Constantin collectors.  The 108-page book  is focused around Vacheron Constantin’s new caliber 1731 which was introduced in early 2014.  Named for the birth year of its founder Jean-Marc Vacheron, the Calibre 1731 measures only 3.90 mm and bears the prestigious Geneva Seal.  It was unveiled as part of the new Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, itself a svelte 8.09 mm thick, making it the thinnest minute repeater in production today.

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Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Limited Edition (Watch Review)

 Clerc Hydroscaphe Central Chronograph Watch Wrist

Just before I left for Baselworld last month, I shot a quick review of the Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, done in a limited edition of 500.  My review is encapsulated in the video and photos posted here.

One thing which I do not discuss in the video but which I would like to note here is the complexity of the Clerc case. After meeting with Gerald Clerc in Geneve, I have a new appreciation for this aspect of his watches.  This particular case is 43.8mm (49.9mm including lateral protectors) and is constructed of over 100 parts.   This is one of the most complex case constructions in all of high watchmaking — and although more does not necessarily mean better — I like the attention that Clerc has given to its case and its features.  Some of these are unique to Clerc or rarely seen elsewhere– articulating lugs, lateral protectors, special crown-activated rotating bezel, special chronograph triggers.  As an independent brand, having unique features and design elements such as this can make all the difference as far as standing out in a crowded watch world.

And on top of this you get the not-oft-seen, but incredibly useful and legible, central chronograph complication.
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