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Vacheron Constantin Maître Cabinotier Astronomica
by Kyle Stults on October 10, 2014

Vacheron Constantin Maitre Cabinotier Astronomica watch

Today we will look at the Maître Cabinotier Astronomica, a superlative timepiece from Vacheron Constantin.  Like the elaborately engraved Traditionnelle “L’empreinte Du Dragon” that I showed you last week, this is also a one-of-a-kind creation.  But first let me say that there’s more to the Astronomica (as I will refer to it here) than it being a 1/1 piece with an 15-complications.  A fact that seems lost on other watch media out there is that this watch is “the very first representative of a new and highly exclusive range of models” crafted in the spirit of Vacheron’s Atelier Cabinotiers.  This is important, because by evoking Atelier Cabinotiers, Vacheron Constantin tells those of us in the know (and now you, Perpetuelle readers), that the Astronomica is by definition a veeeeerrrrry special piece.

As I extensively wrote about a couple years ago, the Atelier Cabinotiers is essentially Vacheron’s “special order” department, where exceptional watches are conceived according to the wishes of a private client and nothing more.  In other words, among the most ambitious and exclusive timepieces made by Vacheron, period.  Bespoke watchmaking at its finest.

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Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”
by Kyle Stults on October 07, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon
OMEGA’s new Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”, bearing reference number 311., is hitting stores soon.  This piece is a follow-on to 2013’s highly-demanded Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” (see our “making of the Dark Side of the Moon” video here), and while it shares some similarities, it also features several design elements that distinguish it from any other model the brand has ever introduced, such as grey ceramic case, luminous ceramic bezel, and a sand-blasted platinum dial.
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Introducing the RGM Watch Company’s Pennsylvania Series 801 “Baseball in Enamel”
by Kyle Stults on October 06, 2014


I’ve been very interested in enamel-dialed watches lately, but when I saw Lancaster, PA-based RGM Watch Company’s new baseball-themed enamel dial watch, I was captivated.  Not only does this watch have an enamel dial depicting American’s past time on it, but the dial is inspired by another similarly-dialed — and extremely rare — watch made by one of American’s great watchmaker’s way back in 1892.  Oh, and it also has an American made caliber in it.  The simple fact is, you just don’t see watches like this. Which makes very this “American” watch, of which only 10 will be made, a wonderful collector’s piece as far as I am concerned.

To top it all off, there’s a great story about how it all came to be.

Click through for the full and very interesting back story on this watch

The Rotonde De Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night
by Kyle Stults on October 05, 2014

Rotonde de Cartie Second Time Zone Day Night Blue dial

Last week Cartier unveiled an elegant new edition to its Rotonde de Cartier collection, the Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone/ Day Night.  As the name implies, there is a second time zone indicator on the watch, though this may not be apparent given its somewhat unusual retrograde execution.  Offered in steel, pink or white gold, all 42mm x 12mm, this is a super looking watch at an attractive price point (in steel, at least).  I’ll break it all down, below.
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