SIHH 2015 sneak peek…
The first major watch event of 2015 is right around the corner, and you know what that means: let the pre-releases begin! As usual, Officine Panerai shares with Perpetuelle.com readers a first look at one of the new watches to be presented in its 2015 collection. The new Panerai PAM 580 has an in-house automatic mechanical Panerai caliber (the P.9100) providing flyback chronograph timing capability. It is housed in an absolutely killer looking 44mm black ceramic case with a bead-blasted matte-finish.
A new and very functional, very reliable piece from Breitling. Nothing super-special here, but this is a good solid watch if you are looking for something to put through some heavy use in harsh environments.
The masterpiece shown here was created by master watchmaker Kari Voutlinainen along with the artistic talents of Kitamura Tatsuo. Tatsuo, working under the art name Unryuan, is one of Japan’s leading contemporary lacquer artists. The hand-assembled dial is an astounding mosaic of thousand of small pieces of gold and shell set in lacquer. It required well over a thousand hours of work to complete. Specifically, the raw materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand). This bespoke watch — equally attractive on the back as on its front — is inspired by Emerald and Jade precious stones, which is in fact what the name Hisui means.
This watch was the winner of the “Artistic Crafts” category at the 2014 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix last month. Voutilainen’s Husui is a one-of-a-kind piece with a price of 225,000 Swiss Francs. Feast your eyes below.
Patek Philippe hosted a 175th anniversary celebration tonight in New York at the recently renovated Rainbow Room on the top floor of Rockefeller Plaza. It was a fine and dandy event, punctuated by fourth-generation Patek leader Thierry Stern’s unveiling of the new Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref 5175. Only seven pieces are being made — Patek is keeping one and the other six are already spoken for.
Before unveiling the actual watch, Stern showed the following film on the big screen — essentially the “Making Of” the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime: