Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Flagship Special Edition (Ref. 278853L)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Green Dial Edition - Perpetuelle

Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its new London flagship boutique with a very, very limited, special edition of the Reverso Ultra Thin 1931.  The lacquered dial defines the watch — so distinguished in British racing green!  Reverso enthusiasts love a well colored dial — since 2012 JLC has introduced four such models in the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin case: a chocolate brown dial (2014), a white dial with blue indications (2014), a blue dial (2013) and a red dial (2012). All inspired by original models from the 1930s.  The green model is a welcome addition to the palette.

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Maîtres du Temps Chapter Three Watch Well Received At Auction

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I was happy to get an email a few days ago from Mr. Steven Holtzman, Founder of Maîtres du Temps.  In it, Mr. Holtzman recounted the recent successful result at auction of one of his watches, an excerpt of which I have formatted and included below.

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And as to the above statements, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Holtzman.  I don’t follow the auction market intensely, but this does seem like a favorable result for a young, independent haute horologerie brand such as Maîtres du Temps.

I have followed the progress of Maîtres du Temps over the years (it was founded in 2005), but without the enthusiasm or coverage that some other young, independent brands have received here on Perpetuelle.  Though interesting watches done in collaboration with the watch industry’s finest makers and designers, the Chapter One (in collaboration with Peter Speake-Marin and Christophe Claret) and Chapter Two (Peter Speake-Marin and Daniel Roth) simply did not resonate with me.  However, the Chapter Three, introduced in 2012, was a timepiece that I could and still do appreciate on many levels.

Chapter Three Reveal is an elegant timepiece displaying central hours, and minutes; small seconds at 8 o’clock, date at 2 o’clock, and moon phase at 4 o’clock, all set on a sumptuous blue guilloche dial. The Chapter Three Reveal also has a couple of intimate secrets in reserve, to be revealed or shared at the owner’s discretion:  a pusher set into the crown lowers and hides two hidden panels in the dial to reveal a second time zone indicator and a day/night indicator, both displayed on Maîtres du Temps’ signature rollers.  The Chapter Three is mechanically clever and aesthetically beautiful — an all-around winner, in my book.

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The Chapter Three Reveal is far and away my favorite piece from Maîtres du Temps and I am happy to see that it’s value is also being recognized in the secondary market.   Congrats Steven and everyone at Maîtres du Temps, and best wishes for continued success.

Click here to visit the Maîtres du Temps website where you can learn more.

Blancpain Jour Nuit (Day Night), an Elegant and Eye-Pleasing Lady’s Watch

Blancpain Jour Nuit ladies watch - Perpetuelle

Gorgeous, just gorgeous.  The new Blancpain Jour Nuit (“day night’) features a multi-layer mother-of-pearl dial that displays hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, and a rotating disc that depicts a gem-set night and day motif.  It comes in a generous 40mm x 12mm red gold case with sapphire crystal display back for the nicely finished automatic mechanical Blancpain Cal 1163JN.  A white gold model is also being produced.

The day/night disk turns twice per day, each rotational change taking place over approximately four minutes.   The sun is made of 50 yellow sapphires; the moon, 50 diamonds (not pictured).  There are 14 diamond stars and pearl cloud accents.  And of course the stepped bezel which is also set with two rows of diamonds, 140 in total.  The watch is fitted on an ostrich leather strap.  Very pleasing on the eyes.  Less pleasing on the pocketbook, at $51,500…the price to pay for such beauty and craftsmanship.

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James Bond Wore Quartz Watches (It’s true!)

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Did you know that up until Skyfall, half of James Bond watch choices in Eon Productions movies were quartz models.   James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what you think you might know about James Bond Watches.  The exclusive exhibit opened to the public just yesterday (June 3, 2015) at the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC), in Columbia, Pennsylvania.  It is curated by THE authority on James Bond watches, Mr. Dell Deaton (JamesBondWatches.com).

At the center of this exhibit are examples of all 12 quartz James Bond wristwatches representing screen-correct models of those featured in EON productions movies premiered from 1973 through 1995.  Live and Let Die (Pulsar / Hamilton Watch Co), The Spy Who Loved Me (Seiko), Moonraker (Seiko), For Your Eyes Only (Seiko), Octopussy (Seiko), Goldeneye (Omega) and more.

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