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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Well, you’ve been treated to many special watches this week, as almost every brand has unveiled at least one or two new pieces at Watches & Wonders show. But to be clear, there are special watches and then there are special watches. This one-of-a-kind piece from Vacheron Constantin certainly stands at or near the top of the list. The “L’empreiente du Dragon”, from the brands “Métiers d’Art” series, is entirely hand engraved with a gorgeous dragon scale pattern, a symbolic tie-in to the Asian market. Of course such an impressively engraved case would not be complete without a complicated watch to show off. Thus this piece has at its core the Vacheron Caliber 2253. One of the manufacture’s most prestigious calibers, the VC Cal. 2253 is a 457-component masterpiece with tourbillon + perpetual calendar, along with with equation of time, sunrise & sunset indications. The Cal 2253 also delivers a robust 14-day power reserve.
Vacheron specifically notes that the exquisite engraving was done one of the most experienced master engravers working today — a man who was even named “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, or “One of the Best Craftsmen of France”, in 2011. See “Did You Know?” below for more on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Also below are several pics of the burin-master at work.
This is a watch from my personal collection that I’ve owned for about a year now. My Minuteman watch is not the most expensive nor the fanciest watch in my collection, but it is a watch from a company with a meaningful mission. Perpeutelle readers know that I write regularly about “great watches for great causes”, and this is what Minuteman is all about, and then some; actually I don’t know of any other watch brand which was basically founded around the premise of a charitable mission. I’ve written about the Minuteman Watch company a few times since the company was started in 2012 and wanted to bring attention to them again.
Breitling’s Chronomat was first launched in 1984. Though it has evolved over the years, it has always been one of the quintessential Breitling collections. Manly, technical, & functional. This new special edition that was just announced piece caught my eye for its orange-on-black high color contrast. The unidirectional rotating bezel features orange rubber inlaid numerals and there is also an orange inner bezel ring which combines to give the watch its distinct look. The watch has Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01 (with a matching black oscillating weight enhanced with orange markings). Which they charge for, by the way — price on this piece is $9,825. Seen here on the rubber Diver Pro III rubber strap.