With SIHH Geneve 2014 behind us, the focus now turns to Baselworld, the world’s largest watch fair (it begins March 27). The preview I have here is of the new Blancpain Villeret, an elegant time+date watch with an eight-day power reserve and a grand feu enamel dial.
by Kyle Stults on February 06, 2014
Commensurate with the opening of Hublot’s first Latin American address in Rio de Janeiro, Hublot unveiled the Pelé edition of the Hublot Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph. Indeed, the legend himself was on hand for the boutique grand opening party; Pelé is also Hublot Ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the World Cup just 5 months away, the opening of the boutique in Rio de Janeiro and launch of the Pelé timepiece are not a coincidence. The watch is a Classic Fusion Aero Chronograph limited to just 500 pieces. It features a stylized soccer/football for the chrono counter at 3 o’clock and the strap also has the same pattern. Pelé’s signature is found on the watch’s case back.
by Kyle Stults on February 05, 2014
It’s been awhile (years!) since I’ve written about a Moser watch, but since the brand came under new ownership last year I’ve been keeping an eye on them. From what I am hearing and seeing, it appears that good things are afoot at H. Moser and thus it is time to get reacquainted with this small, high-end manufacture and their watches. So here now I will give you a rundown on the brand, what’s been going on behind the scenes, and why it is back on Perpetuelle’s radar for 2014. And, as you see above, I will have a sneak peak at H. Moser’s new Perpetual Calendar “Black Edition” that will be unveiled next month in Basel. So….
The new Piaget Altiplano 900P is the world’s thinnest watch. With outside the box thinking and innovative design, the 900P measures in at a record setting 3.65mm thin (38mm diameter). In an unprecedented move, Piaget has merged the case and caliber of the P900 into one. At SIHH 2014 last week, Piaget unveiled 3 additional models to accompany the white gold variation that was initially unveiled in December 2013 (as I profiled in-depth here): a rose gold model, and two “haute joaillerie” models. In this follow-up to my December 2013 “first look” at the new 900P, I have several more enticing looks at this amazing watch — in all its beautiful variations — to share with you. Also below is a ~2 min. video introduction to the watch in an exclusive video presentation by Piaget CEO Philippe Leopold-Metzger.
Perpetuelle presents the highlights of Baume & Mercier’s 2014 collection as presented at SIHH 2014. In addition to watches featured here, Baume & Mercier also introduced a two-tone Clifton (w/ small seconds and date) and a 30mm Clifton, in several variations.
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The final piece that I am going to highlight in the 2014 Baume & Mercier lineup is the Clifton Tourbillon, a limited edition showpiece from the brand that will list at $59,000. Only 30 will be produced, in a 45.5mm rose-gold case.
by Kyle Stults on February 04, 2014
Here we have the Baume & Mercier Clifton Retrograde Date, new for 2014. The watch shares the characteristic elegance of the Clifton collection, including its well proportioned dial and graceful case lines. This watch is distinguished by its retrograde date function, as well as a day of week subdial and power reserve. I think one of these indicators, however, is wholly unnecessary. Read on below for more analysis.
In 2014 Baume & Mercier is building on its Clifton collection, moving up from the mostly basic models which debuted the collection last year to complications such as a chronograph, a retrograde date and even a tourbillon (!) this year. I am a big fan of the Clifton collection for a number of reasons, most notably its combination of relatively accessible pricing and attractive design. Let’s start now with a look an updated look at the new Clifton Chronograph (my initial preview is here). In a nutshell, this is a great looking watch — I’ll break down why, below.
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Last but by no means least in the 2014 Montblanc collection is the Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase. Offered in 39mm rose gold or steel case, it shares the aesthetic codes of the Meisterstück Heritage collection: the narrow bezel (rounded and polished), the caseband with a soft horizontal satin finish to it, the slightly cambered dial with a sunburst pattern, and the faceted, applied indices and an applied Roman numeral XII. Marking this piece’s unique flavor is its moonphase aperture combined with a date indicator, located at 6 o’clock. Automatic mechanical caliber, visible through a sapphire display back. Price will be around 11,500 euros ($15,500 at current f/x) in rose gold and a very attractive 3,490 euros ($4,750) in stainless steel.
If the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar is the capstone of the new Meisterstuck Heritage collection, then the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date is its foundation. This basic 3-handed watch + date delivers core functions in an elegant and understated form. It is only 9.7mm thick, with a 41mm diameter and a nice case featuring polished and brushed (see image below). The large blued second-hand is a nice touch of color against the silver sunburst dial and what is essentially a monotone dial. The movement is an automatic mechanical, visible through the caseback. The Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic will be available starting in the summer of 2014 with a retail price of 2,090 EUR (about $3,000 at current f/x).
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