The F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu “Byblos” is a limited edition of 99 pieces to celebrate the opening of F.P. Journe’s 10th boutique, in Beirut, Lebanon. Like the Journe name, Byblos is a city with a rich history and compelling story — the first city in to be built in ancient Phoenicia, Byblos is today believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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I have for you here the first look at a very — and I mean very — special Laurent Ferrier timepiece. This unequivocally stunning watch is an exclusive edition of Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Traveller. Made only in white gold, it is distinguished by its cloisonné enamel dial in the shape of North America, designed by Mr. Ferrier himself. The watch is exclusive to the American market, and will have limited production of only 8 pieces. That’s right folks, just eight of these superlative timepieces will be made (for this territory), and I can tell you that a handful of them are already sold.
Here’s a new limited edition B&R that caught my eye. Part of the brand’s heritage series, the watch has a very balanced dial layout with nice color tones and a well paired leather strap. Most Bell & Ross fans know that the brand has always been passionate about making watches with strong ties to military history and particularly aviation. However in a slight twist this new Vintage Sport Heritage line pays tribute to the watches worn by civil aviation pilots in the 1960s. The dial features gold-plated metal applied numerals and indices, with a brushed steel case and a very nicely matched leather strap embossed withe the B&R logo. Good looking watch.
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Believe it or not these are Hublot’s first set of “boutique exclusive” watches. With 71 boutiques now worldwide, it’s about time, you could say. While Hublot’s King Power case/designs are generally a bit too big for my tastes, I’ve long been of the fan of the Big Bang (save for that one time long ago that I asked Jean-Claude Biver “what’s next”), and in particular I really like the design that Hublot is using for its Big Bang “Unico” chrono pieces. Unico of course is Hublot’s first fully in-house caliber family which debuted a few years ago. These particular pieces build off of the Big Bang Unico “All Black” (unveiled earlier this year), now with some color fusion on the dial, stenciled numbers, hands, and strap stitching. Exclusive traditionalists and more classical watch enthusiasts may not find these bold and brightly colored pieces to your liking…but I surmise these will be a hit with the Hublotistas.