H. Moser Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time
by Kyle Stults on September 05, 2014

Moser’s modular manufacture tourbillon…

H. Moser Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time white gold w slate dial

As promised in my July 29, 2014 teaser, here is your official reveal of the new H. Moser Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time.  The watch is very distinctive in its design:  it has a domed sapphire crystal on top of a cambered dial with a stepped lower bottom section that highlights the minute tourbillon.  The lower section is further distinguished by its fanning/wave-shaped cotes de Geneve stripes.    Of course the watch is “dual-time” or GMT, observed by the additional red hour-hand which can be hidden from view if it is not needed.  Three references are being introduced, though for me the model of choice is absolutely the white gold with ardoise (slate) dial, as pictured above.

As Moser’s new marketing tagline goes, “The Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time is a very rare timepiece.”  Let’s take a closer look.
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The Silicon Flying Anchor Escapement: An In-Depth Look At Ulysse Nardin’s Latest Innovation
by Kyle Stults on September 04, 2014

Ulysse Nardin LogoUlysse Flying Anchor Escapement Silicon

What you see here is perhaps the most important watchmaking innovation revealed this year.  Seriously.  And I’m about to tell you why, with plenty of photo and videos to back me up.   With an official — though somewhat quiet — debut at Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin’s silicon flying anchor escapement is one of those innovations which could very well change how certain things are done at high-end, cutting-edge horological landscape over the coming years and decades.  Though the exact long-term influence will only be determined over time, this kinda reminds me of that time, about 15 years ago, when Ulysse Nardin rolled out a little ‘ole watch called The Freak.  The Freak of course showcased — for the first time — a silicon escapement (among other niceties).  This seminal launch in 2001 also ushered in the era of silicon components and high-tech materials innovation, which continues apace yet today.

Yea, Rolex’s Syloxi Hairspring is a pretty big deal (quietly announced at Baselworld this year, too), and yes I recently went “In-Depth” on that too, you know– but it was certainly not the first time a silicon hairspring has been used in watchmaking.  Come to think of it, that honor also belongs to Ulysse Nardin.  But I digress.

From Perpetuelle’s point of view, Ulysse Nardin’s flying silicon anchor escapement carries the gravitas more along the lines of Girard-Perregaux’s revolutionary constant escapement which debuted in 2013.  In fact the two share a common principle in that they rely upon the elasticity of precision engineered silicon components.  Though still in prototype phase, Ulysse Nardin’s flying anchor escapement has been under development for seven years, and I predict that in due course this new innovation will really start to make waves in how things are done in the high-end watchmaking segment.   Follow along as Perpetuelle goes in-depth on this new innovation from Ulysse Nardin.

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Spotted: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Wearing Audemars Piguet RO
by Kyle Stults on August 31, 2014

Jeff Weiner LinkedIn CEO Wearing Audemars Piguet photo by Joe Pugliese for Fortune

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, is seen in the August 11, 2014 issue of Fortune magazine wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.   It appears to be the Audemars Piguet Ref 15300 Ref 15450ST.OO.1256ST.01 in stainless steel.   How do you like the watch Jeff?

The entire article is available here: “Lessons from Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s Networker-in-Chief” by Adam Lashinsky, July 24, 2014, Fortune.

Jeff Weiner looks right at home with an AP RO on his wrist, much like Nest Labs Founder & CEO Tony Fadell, who I also spotted wearing a Ressence Type 3 (check my article on Fadell’s Ressence here).  Interestingly, in both instances it was in a Fortune magazine article authored by Adam Lashinsky (who you can catch on Twitter @AdamLashinsky).  Fun times!

Photo:  Joe Pugliese for Fortune

Mühle-Glashütte Robert Mühle Auf/Ab Watches with In-House Cal.
by Adam Soshnick on August 29, 2014

R Muehle und Sohn_Robert Muehle Auf-Ab _Image

Notable anniversaries tend to bring out the best in watchmaking, and this year, the small watch brand Mühle-Glashütte — making its Perpetuelle debut in this post — has plenty of reasons to celebrate.   2014 marks not only 145 years since the distinctly German company (as all these umlaut‘s attest to!) was founded by Robert Mühle, but also the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the family business in Glashütte (yes, the same quaint Saxon town that A. Lange and Glashütte Original call home).  The brand is celebrating this double anniversary by producing an exclusive special edition range consisting of three models featuring calibres manufactured by the company itself.    This special edition range, which is named after the company’s founder, represents the launch of its new manufacture line “R. Mühle & Sohn”, is underpinned by new manufacture calibers, the RMK 01 and RMK 02.
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