Breaking: MMT Announces the First Swiss Smartwatch with Launch Partners Frederique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine, Powered by MotionX

Frederique Constant Swiss Horological Smartwatch with app - Perpetuelle

And so the Swiss battle for a claim of the “smart watch” market officially begins.  Though many were expecting the the first luxury Swiss-made smart watch to come from the Swatch Group or TAG Heuer (LVMH), it was announced this evening in San Francisco that Frederique Constant, Alpina, and Mondaine will be the first to market (ten models avail. June 2015) with what is being termed a Swiss Horological Smartwatch (more on this not-so-attractive term, below).  The Swiss Smartwatches (as I will refer to them) are born out of a new joint venture know as MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies) headquartered in Geneva.

There are a lot of interesting elements to this announcement — and no doubt a lot of fierce opinion on the overall merits of it all.  As for me — well, I’ll tick through the deal, the pluses, and the minuses, below.

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First Look: The 4N Sapphire Planet, by Franςois Quentin

Baselworld 2015 First Look…

4N Sapphire Planet Watch - Perpetuelle

Well, well, well…isn’t this interesting.  Since the 2010 reveal of 4N’s first watch, an intriguing jumping disc digital display (hours and minutes), company founder and mastermind Franςois Quentin has flown a bit under the radar, working on improvements to his MVT-01 caliber’s mechanical architecture (including work with AP Renaud & Papi) and line extensions of the 4N watch in new metals and finishes.  But that’s not all he’s been working on.  Just today, the company teased what will be called the 4N Sapphire Planet.  Details are scant at the moment, but it looks to be a sapphire-cased edition of the 4N watch, with digits that are either luminous or perhaps just painted aqua blue. This looks like a very exciting watch.

4N Sapphire Planet logo

Thanks to improvements in technology, the to ability increasingly complex sapphire crystal shapes has provided for some of the most jaw-dropping watches brought to market over the last five or so years.  The $2,000,000 Richard Mille Sapphire Tourbillon RM 56-02 and the MB&F HM2 Sapphire are two that come to mind.  The 4N Sapphire Planet looks poised to join the list.  Stay tuned for more details coming from Baselworld 2015 next month.

More on 4N, here.

de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar

Baselworld 2015 first look…

de grisogono logo de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar 2015 - Perpetuelle

de Grisogono is a brand much more well known for its lavish and beautiful jewelry, but they also make some interesting watches as well.  In fact, this year at Baselworld 2015 de Grisogono will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of its first watch — and I think that’s a milestone worth celebrating whatever business you are in.  Now, the word that came my way is that the Geneva-based company, led by Founder and self-described aesthete Fawaz Gruosi, will unveil several new models this year, including the Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar you see here.   Knowing Gruosi’s knack for the creative & the unusual, my gut tells me that the Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar (seen here in rose gold) will be the closest thing to a traditional watch we will see out of de Grisogono this year.  This watch keeps with the familiar style of the Instrumento N°Uno, which was, by the way, the first watch that de Grisogono debuted 15 years ago.

de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar dial detail 2015 - Perpetuelle

de Grisogono cuts a style all its own, with heavy “high jewelry” influence — but at the same time there is a certain level of horological intrigue I find in them.  For example, the brand’s Occhio is a minute repeater with secret dial that opens while the chimes are sounding — an interesting horological combination no doubt, but the aesthetic is quite gaudy and non-traditional compared to the likes of what is typically on display here at Perpetuelle.  Then there’s the Otturatore, with a rotating dial that will display, on demand, its complications and indications.   Quite interesting, yes, but again with a rather intriguing look!  And last but not least the Meccanico DG, with its patented analogue and digital “double time” display (the “green” model always pops into my head when I think of DG watches).   Interesting watches and complications, no doubt — it’s the style that gives me and I suspect many lovers of more traditional watches, well, pause.  But I say, hey (!), life’s too short not to make interesting and exciting stuff, however you define that.

Check out more at: http://www.degrisogono.com/

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 blue dial detail - Perpetuelle

A new reference joins the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB series.  The main news here is the new blue color, which joins the red-accented ref 203T540 (US $55,500) which debuted in 2010.  The ceramic bezel is styled slightly different, among other minor tweaks.

For those new to the Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2, I will quickly run down its features.  It is a targeted at the adventurer/explorer (in body or spirit) in form and function.  It has a titanium alloy case, black ceramic bezel, openworked dial, a patented digital counter to indicate the chronograph jumping seconds, a manual stop seconds device, and a patented radial power-reserve indication (the white & blue segments around the periphery of the dial).  The functions of winding/time setting/date & dual-time adjustment handled via are crown-integrated function selector.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

ref 203T540

46.8mm x 16.5mm TiVan15 (a JLC-exclusive titanium alloy) case, openworked dial, automatic mechanical JLC Caliber 780 (column-wheel chronograph, black PVD-coated bridges

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 blue - PerpetuelleThe Master Compressor Extreme LAB also has a GMT function. The second time zone, which displays the time in the owner’s usual place of residence, is shown by a second central hours hand, complete with a 24-hour display at 6 o’clock.   The time zone is adjusted via a crown-integrated function selector and also drives the date in both forwards or backwards directions.  A large “instant jump” double-digit counter situated at 12 o’clock indicates the chronograph minutes; the chronograph hours totalizer is located at 9 o’clock, coaxially with the movement seconds.

Price will likely be same as the red reference ($55,500).  You can get the full specs over at JLC>>>