One more new one from Cartier, the Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat is has a 40mm rose-gold case with a slim 6.9 mm thickness. A white gold model is also offered, though I really like the aesthetic Cartier has achieved with the rose gold/gray combination. Similar to the Ballon Bleu flying tourbillon (though without the enamlling), the dial has attractive flinqué style decoration on the dial, applied Roman numerals, slender sword-shaped hands, and the blue sapphire cabochon crown protected by a curved arch that gave the original Ballon Bleu watch its name. The manual wind movement is the 430MC (base Piaget). Price on this piece is $19,500.
Wow, what a cool concept — the “Speedometer Official” bracelet by Swift Company S.r.l. of Torino, Italy. Bracelets for men or women, with designs that mimic the bezels of famous Rolex watches. Designer Marco Gatti did a really nice job with the design and production. I can see these really catching like wildfire, but we’ll see. Would it be possible for Rolex to assert trademark privileges if they so desired? Rolex is known for aggressively protecting their marks. Hopefully not, because this is a super cool product.
Sport watch brand Wryst has launched its second new collection of 2014, the “Motors” collection. This collection joins the Shoreline collection I wrote about not too long ago, though for me personally the Motors watches are the best aesthetic yet from the young Wryst brand. These automotive-inspired watches are a subtle evolution of the brand’s core design, primarily marked by the red pump chrono pusher at 3 o’clock and paired with Wryst’s very own rubber strap design that I also wrote about not too long ago. There are two Motors models, each a limited edition of 99 with a bi-color black/red or white/red design with matching strap and black DLC finished case (~45mm) and a Swiss quartz movement. Pricing and more details over at Wryst>>>
This new Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon from Cartier has a goregous blue enamel dial demonstrating the flinqué style (See “Did You Know?” below). It is offered in a 39mm white gold case, a substantial stepdown from the 46mm size of the last Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon from the brand; however, the Cartier manufacture caliber 9452 is unchanged. Quite a gorgeous watch.
This is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ, inspired by a historical Grande Complication pocket-watch from 1928. This watch combines the best of enameling, openworking (aka skeletonizing/squelette aka “SQ”), and engraving in addition to the highly complicated Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 876 perpetual calendar movement in skeletonized form.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde is immediately identifiable by its two off-centered dials which form a figure eight; in 2008, Jaquet Droz launched the Grande Seconde SW, a sportier version of the Grande Seconde. This new model being introduced in 2014 is distinguished by an anthracite grey, Côtes de Genève decorated dial. This is not the first time we have seen a dial with Geneva striping from Jaquet Droz (e), but it is less complicated than this Jaquet Droz tourbillon with striped dial, and an all-around good looking watch.
TAG Heuer insider Calibre 11 brings us a first look at the new Carrera Twin-Time. The watch is distinguished by its second time-zone function, marked by the red-arrow hand and 24 hour scale on the outer flange of the dial. This is not a new watch, but rather an upgrade of a long-standing model in the TAG Heuer stable. Check out all the details on the new Twin-Time over at Calibre 11>>>
First Look…Baselworld 2014…
Maurice Lacroix gives its Pontos S chronograph some aggressive styling attributes and a size upgrade, and calls it “Supercharged”. I like it. These two new models in the Pontos range step up 5mm from the Pontos S and the Pontos S Extreme‘s 43mm case. The red detailing with steel case is a familiar aesthetic, but the yellow, paired with a black PVD case, is a new color-set for the Pontos S line. Most striking, though, is the knurled chrono pushers and the bezel edge — a great looking detail element that really defines this watch in my book. Price is TBD.
The PanoMaticInverse, which celebrates its debut at Baselworld 2014, takes Glashütte Original’s PanoInverse XL (introduced in 2008 with manual wind Cal. 66) forward by introducing an automatic movement, the new GO Calibre 91-02. The beauty of this watch is derived from its technical aesthetic and the inverse positioning of the components that are normally found on the back of the watch. The centerpiece is a gorgeous duplex swan-neck fine adjustment sitting above hand-engraved balance cocks, capped off with blued screws and rubies on the rhodium plated three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing — all dial-side. And, in place of the PanoInverse’s power reserve gauge, is the elegant Panorama Date.
Last year the family-owned Carl F. Bucherer brand introduced its first tourbillon, a very nice watch in a limited edition of 188 pieces. For 2014, the brand is introducing what looks to be a refresh of its Manero ChronoPerpetual, a perpetual calendar with flyback chronograph function. This watch will be issued as a limited edition of 100 pieces. It features a perpetual calendar date display at 12 o’clock, day of the week at 6 o’clock, month and leap year at 9 o’clock, and moon phase at 3 o’clock The caliber is made by Vaucher manufacture, which does work for a number of higher end brands.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual
limited edition 100
42.5mm rose gold case (14.3mm thick), sapphire case back, automatic mechanical caliber CFB 1904 (Vaucher)
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