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Bulgari Octo Maserati 100th Anniv. Limited Edition Chronograph
by Kyle Stults on December 02, 2014

Bvlgari Octo Maserati Chronograph

With this month marking the 100 year anniversary of an Italian automotive icon Maserati, a celebratory watch was naturally in order to mark the occasion.  And thanks to Maserati’s collaboration with Bulgari this special piece is now offered.  The two brands have officially been partners since 2012, though early efforts — like this one — were more brash than impressive.   However today’s Bulgari Octo Maserati is a nicely styled, attractive chronograph that should appeal to Maserati and Bulgari enthusiasts alike, with tasteful elements of co-branding throughout the watch.

And lest you think this watch is all about fashion, take note of the movement as well:  there is a 36,000 vph high-beat movement with silicon escape wheel, sourced from none-other than Zenith (maker of the highly respected El Primero calibers).   Oh, and also don’t forget — the design of the Octo traces its roots back to watch industry legend Gérald Genta (Genta’s namesake brand was acquired by Bulgari in 2009/2010).  In other words, there’s quite a lot to like here, if you ask me.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Acoustic Research Concept Watch
by Kyle Stults on November 29, 2014

SIHH 2015 Sneak Peek…

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Acoustic Research Concept Watch

For 2015 Audemars Piguet is again introducing a “concept watch”, this one focused around acoustic technology, as the name simply indicates.  By my quick count this is the sixth such “concept watch” AP has introduced — last year it was the Concept GMT Tourbillon in white ceramic (the first Royal Oak Concept Watch debuted in 2002, for the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak).  Audemars Piguet has again opted for a somewhat radical-looking design for the watch (the view through the dial, mainly), though this is not the least bit surprising for a “concept” product (the car industry takes  similar approach with concept vehicles) as it is meant to convey the envelope-pushing nature of the watch.

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon Cal 9458 MC
by Kyle Stults on November 25, 2014

SIHH 2015 First Look…

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Love Calibre 9458 MC watch

From its “Fine Watchmaking” department, Cartier will present in 2015 this new take on its Rotonde de Cartier flying tourbillon watch, this year in white gold featuring a large guilloché finished dial with flying tourbillon and other visible movement components on the dial.

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm
by Kyle Stults on November 24, 2014

SIHH 2015 first look…

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm watches

In 2015 Cartier will introduce an new version of its Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar.   This may be considered an “evolved” version of the 2012 Rotonde Annual Calendar, but the changes are substantial and will, I think, broaden the appeal of this piece.  Most importantly, the 2015 Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar will be presented in a 40mm case.  This is a full (and much welcomed) 5mm downsize vs. the prior iteration — I think we can all agree now that 45mm is, save for certain exceptional timepieces here and there, inappropriate for any refined & sophisticated dress watch, so this is much more desirable and appropriate size for this watch.

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