Hublot Classic Fusion Original

Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot revived its iconic model in three different builds and sizing, ranging from yellow gold, and titanium to black magic ceramic, all available in 33mm, 38mm, and 42mm case sizes. Although the Hublot Classic Original is modeled from a 1980s timepiece, its minimalist yet monochromic design makes it just as appealing for the contemporary age.

Prices range of the Hublot Classic Fusion Original from $ 6,500 to $ 24,100 USD, with the larger sizes running on the MHUB111- automatic movement, while the 33mm version is powered by a HUB2913 quartz movement.

The Classic Fusion Original is available at Hublot boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Hublot.

Assouline Presents ‘De Bethune: The Art of Watchmaking’ Hardcover Book

Assouline Publishers has revealed its newest title celebrating independent Swiss watch manufacturer De Berthune. Releasing on the 20th anniversary of the company, ‘De Bethune: The Art of Watchmaking‘ dives into the intricacies of the atelier led by legendary watchmaker and co-founder, Denis Flageollet. Blurring the lines between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, the brand specializes in crafting both impossibly modern and technically advanced timepieces.

Twenty years ago, the haute horological world welcomed De Bethune. Showcasing the technical ingenuity of master watchmaker and co-founder Denis Flageollet, De Bethune immediately established itself as an outlier with a unique ability to blur the lines between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, mining history to create a brand both impossibly modern and technically advanced.

Flageollet’s objective has always been the glorious and elusive goal of chronometric perfection and no watch brand has been as disruptive as De Bethune. In just two decades, the company has brought to life thirty in-house movements built upon the foundations of mechanical simplicity and the fundamentals of traditional watchmaking.

With annual production ranging between 150 and 250 watches per year, De Bethune is one of the rarest and most exclusive watch brands in the world. The limited production has allowed the brand to produce the most sophisticated and innovative timepieces possible featuring extendable designs and emerging materials while preserving an intimate link with its customers.

To own a De Bethune watch is to have a stewardship of an object with enduring totemic and historical significance.

Assouline

The book is penned by Arthur Tochot, senior European editor at Hodinkee and Academy member of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève with a foreword from Wei Koh, the founder of Revolution magazine. Additional contributions come from De Bethune CEO Pierre Jacques as well as watch industry titans and enthusiasts such as Jean Arnault, Aurel Bacs, Swizz Beatz, Jean-Claude Biver, Michael Strahan, and more.

When asked what watch collectors in the next century will take from this golden age of timekeeping, you can say with certainty that they will recognize Denis Flageollet as one of the greatest horological minds of all time. To own a De Bethune watch is to have a stewardship of an object with enduring totemic and historical significance.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of De Bethune.

Hot drinks and delicious pastries to take away at Parisian Place Vendôme

Come and enjoy a selection of hot drinks and delicious pastries to take away at L’Écrin du 12 Vendôme this holiday season! Located right in front of Chaumet’s Parisian historic address, L’Écrin du 12 Vendôme is the result of a unique association between Maison Chaumet and the very Parisian Noir Coffee Shop. An unmissable stop for savouring some extra deliciousness with a stunning view on Paris’ most legendary square.

Come and meet them until 31 December, from Monday to Sunday. Come in the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Cartier has opened a new boutique at the P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam

This winter, a new chapter begins for Cartier in Amsterdam with the opening of the new boutique at the P.C. Hooftstraat 129. Studio Parisien carried the boutique’s design from the facade to the interiors, inspired and supported by Dutch local talents.

The boutique’s playful and welcoming ceramic façade designed by Amsterdam-based artist Eva Crebolder, is inspired by the perfect imperfections of the Amsterdam’s canal houses. All ceramic elements were produced in the world’s oldest operating tile factory (Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum).

Stepping inside, visitors encounter delicate touches such as Atelier Tollis columns in organic shapes. They have been sculpted and coloured as a re-interpretation of the bricks that define the city of Amsterdam. In the back, a colourful wall panelling pattern refers to De Stijl, influenced by Mondriaan and his use of primary colours. Sustainable French oak parquet shows a pattern based on those in Vermeer’s art.

Upstairs in the salon, ceiling coves call to mind the spatula- centred painting techniques of Van Gogh. An airy staircase opens the path to a dreamy and light area located on the boutique’s first floor. Here, a masterpiece by Atelier Midavaine made of lacquer and mother of pearl punctuates the rise from the canals to the polder cloudy landscapes.

In addition to Cartier’s two main disciplines – jewelery and watches – you will find, for example, leather goods, stationery and porcelain represented in the boutique. The custom-made displays show the special story behind the Cartier Icons. Here you will find your favorite Santos, Tank, Pasha, Trinity, Love, Juste un Clou, Panthère or Ballon Bleu exactly what you are looking for.

On the upper level a courtyard garden can be found, designed by the architects of MAAK space from Amersfoort. The new Amsterdam boutique meets the highest ecological standards as directed by the globally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Cartier in the Netherlands

The link between Cartier and the Netherlands dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Cartier exhibited a number of important jewellery pieces in Hotel des Indes in The Hague in 1925. They were designs that had been included in the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris that year.

The official history of Cartier in the Netherlands began when a boutique opened its doors on the Herengracht 442 in 1975, on the corner of Amsterdam’s Koningsplein, in premises that had housed a range of jewellers since the beginning of the last century. In 1994, Cartier moved from Koningsplein to the corner of the Hobbemastraat and P.C. Hooftstraat. Since that first boutique in 1994, two other premises were occupied on the same street in 2007, at numbers 132 and 134. 

Cartier
Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 132-134
1071 CE Amsterdan
Netherlands

Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.

Hublot Cooks Up A Treat With Damascus Steel Big Bang Unico Gourmet

Swiss watchmaker Hublot has entered the kitchen with a limited edition watch made from the uniquely patterned steel favored for knifes by the world’s top chefs.

Hublot have discovered their next gimmick by using Damascus Steel on their newest Big Bang Unico. It’s a uniquely patterned steel that many top chefs favour as it’s both hard and flexible whilst maintaining a sharp edge. So is this Big Bang sharp? Well… it’s a Big Bang.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet is a 200-piece limited edition with a case and bezel made from Damascus Steel, which displays each and every one of the folds that make for some of the most resilient steel on the planet, used by armorers and swordsmiths for centuries and now adopted for the best chef’s knives.

For the launch of the watch in Paris, Hublot tasked Anne-Sophie Pic & Yannick Alléno – two of its Michelin-starred associates – to create a dinner befitting the watch for 100 guests.

Technically, Damascus Steel doesn’t really exist anymore, as the technique to make the original Damascus Steel (which also didn’t originate from Damascus) has been lost to time. Today, Damascus Steel is the widely accepted term to describe modern pattern-welded steel blades. And to be fair, Hublot do mention this on their website.

Rather than being in the Syrian capital where the technique originated in 300BC, the steel used for the Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet is made in Sweden by Damasteel, a folded and hammered mix of 304L and 316L alloys, creating a pattern that is unique in each use.

The Unico 2 caliber was designed to equip smaller chronographs and also open the world of Hublot to new enthusiasts. It retains the unique design of its former version with a double coupling system visible from the dial side as well as a 72-hour power reserve. But thanks to various technical optimizations, including the introduction of a new, flatter automatic winding system, it has been reduced by 1.3 mm in thickness.

The culinary theme continues on the velcro-fastened strap, which is cut from the fabric of chef’s aprons.

Despite this being a 200-piece limited edition release, Hublot aren’t jacking up the price too much for the simple inclusion of fancy steel. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Gourmet is available now at Hublt boutiques and selected stores worldwide, priced €25.200. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Hublot.

Louis Vuitton Unveils Tambour Twenty in Honor of Watchmaking’s 20th Anniversary

Although the French Maison has been around since 1854, Louis Vuitton introduced their very first timepiece, the Tambour, in 2002. We are now exactly 20 years later and that has made the Maison decide to celebrate with a renewed version of that model, the Tambour Twenty.

The production of the first Tambour coincided with the opening of the Louis Vuitton workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the watchmaking region of Switzerland, home to Girard-Perregaux, Longines, Tag Heuer, Tissot and now Gucci, which shows that the luxury brand takes its watchmaking ambitions very seriously.

In 2011, Tambour and the rest of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking concern were expanded with the acquisition of the La Fabrique du Temps facility in Geneva, a watch factory founded by master watchmakers Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini.

Various versions of the Tambour have been released in the last 20 years. The signature Tambour – with drum-shaped case and applied lugs – made its debut in 2002 and has evolved over the years, to be joined in 2009 by the innovative Tambour Spin Time, in 2014 oversized Tambour Evolution, the sleek, tourbillon-equipped Tambour Slim in 2016, Tambour Moon in 2017 and the haute Horlogerie Tambour Curve in 2020.

Two versions of the Tambour were honored by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2021, with the unique piece the Tambour Carpe Diem receiving the ‘Audacity Prize’ and the Tambour Street Diver the ‘Diver’s Watch Prize’. The Tambour was also the model chosen for the French Maison’s first smartwatch, the travel-focused Tambour Horizon, which is now in its third generation.

To celebrate those years of watchmaking expertise, the French Maison has added a new edition. Offered in a limited edition of 200 pieces, the timepiece pays tribute to the original Tambour by re-using the signature codes that made it an icon of watch design. Louis Vuitton stays close to the original design.

The case of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Twenty is made of stainless steel and has a diameter of 41.5 mm with a thickness of 13.2 mm. The round side of the case is engraved with ‘Louis Vuitton’ – with each of the twelve letters placed next to one of the hour markers. An octagonal winding crown is signed with an LV logo and flanked by two rectangular pushers that provide access to the model’s chronograph functions.

Watch enthusiasts will recognise all the features that made the Tambour’s design so unique. While this limited edition is a true concentrate of everything that made this watch stand out, it also boasts brand new features that will set it apart for collectors. To me, as well as celebrating our anniversary, this watch also paves the way for many future decades of fine watchmaking, staying true to Louis Vuitton’s values of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.

Jean Arnault, marketing and development director for Louis Vuitton watches

Sapphire crystal is placed on top to protect the brown brushed dial. The watch’s central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters are all finished in contrasting yellow. When you turn the watch over, you will see a large sapphire window in the stainless steel case that offers a view of the internal movement. The Tambour Twenty uses the high-beat LV277 automatic movement – a highly modified version of Zenith’s El Primero movement – which features a monogrammed 22K gold winding rotor and 50-hour power reserve.

The Tambour Twenty is water resistant to 100m. The question, do you want to go diving with such a watch, and… do you want to put this on the handmade croco strap? The question is up to you…

With the anniversary model, they remain “true to Louis Vuitton’s values ​​of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence” and offer it for $17,800 in a limited and numbered edition of 200 pieces. The timepiece comes in a handmade miniature LV trunk in the iconic Monogram canvas.

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

The new Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon Watch

Bvlgari debuts its latest phenomenal timepieces at Geneva Watch Days 2022 – inviting you to explore a fascinating play on contrasts. The Italian brand exhibits its multifaceted approach to watchmaking, creating new models of stylistic expression through a fusion of colors, shapes, and materials. One of this years novelties include the Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon watch.

The new Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon is a testament to the Italian jeweller’s distinguished watchmaking. A 3.65mm self-winding movement powers the timepiece – a tailor-made miniature caliber that was designed to the nearest millimetre in order to be housed in the iconic snake-head case. The breathtaking tourbillon mechanism blends perfectly into the precious nature of the watch – each detail representing excellent craftsmanship.

The Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon is available at selected Bvlgari Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bvlgari.

Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel

If this summer you stop by Paris, I suggest you to experience the new Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel with lobby and concierge areas, “bagagerie , salons d’écriture et d’horlogerie ainsi qu’une suite privée”…

After opening Montblanc Haus few months ago, it is great to see their new unique client experience. Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, Art Deco mosaic floor, ink bar creative space and unexpected surprises making guests feeling home.

Serious pen collectors can now plunk down six figures in the plushest setting imaginable, complete with staggering views of the Arc de Triomphe over flower boxes blooming with perfect roses.

The check-in desk that once sat in a Montblanc boutique in the 1950s (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The 2,400-square-foot corner unit, home to a Montblanc boutique for the past 20 years, just reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate a new concept that merges retail with hospitality.

“When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki explained, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles ditty. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit. When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, he added, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles ditty. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit”.

Visitors to Montblanc Suite 4810, the number representing the elevation in meters of Europe’s famous snow-capped mountain, alight upon a mosaic threshold like those found in palace hotels or Paris’ famous covered passages, and are invited to ‘check in’ at a retro, wooden reception counter.

Watches are displayed in a fixture resembling a cocktail bar (photo by Davide Leggio). 

There, sales staff can orient visitors toward what they might be seeking, or invite them to discover the 116-year-old German luxury brand, starting with its emblematic resin writing instruments, through to timepieces, leather goods and other personal accessories.

Products are sparsely merchandised throughout the airy ground floor, but there is much to discover, from the ‘ink bar’, where visitors can test a range of nibs and quirky colors with cigar-sized fountain pens, to a wall niche displaying the latest Montblanc collectible: a hand-carved ebony pen in the shape of a wandering stick from its Writers Edition dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, priced at € 40,300.

High-rollers might be escorted directly upstairs to the VIP salons via an elevator done up in gleaming black, a wink to its emblematic Meisterstück pen, and lit up with calligraphy animations. Or they can stroll across the pale hardwood floors, the same as the ones found in Montblanc’s historic Hamburg ateliers, and discover everything from sporty crossbody bags and business cases to sunglasses, belts and wallets.

The concierge desk offers personalization, among other services (photo by Davide Leggio).

The decor resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel with its cushy armchairs, piped-in music and staff at the ready to offer refreshments. Baretzki said the boutique, which has an Art Deco feel, is a one-off that winks to other units.

Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, a small concierge desk, located near the entry, is where customers can have accessories personalized, or receive advice on writing techniques. A salon dedicated to writing instruments and timepieces is done up in the style of a cocktail bar, serving up watches instead of martinis, while the penultimate room showcases large leather goods on shelves and small ones in marble drawers. There’s enough room here to test-drive roller suitcases.

Montblanc’s famous pen nibs can be found embedded in the iron safety grill, displayed over the ink bar, and recurring as zipper pulls in the leather goods department. Smartwatches, headphones and other personal tech items — Montblanc’s latest brand extension — are displayed in a pop-up location next door.

Montblanc’s Suite 4810 upstairs salons can host events and VIP clients (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The VIP suite includes an expansive living room with a bookcase, a vast straw marquetry-topped coffee table, and comfortable seating. A second room, the walls lined with safety-deposit boxes, features consultation tables perfect for inspecting rare pens, some of which are sourced from the Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, an immersive brand emporium that blends elements of a museum, art gallery, hall of fame and school offering calligraphy classes.

Montblanc also operates freestanding boutiques in Paris on the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard des Capucines, plus shops-in-shop at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché.

Enjoy and happy summer. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Bvlgari, the unique Italian jeweller, has opened its flagship store in Vienna

The marvelous Italian jeweller brings its distinctive design to Austria as it announces the opening of its boutique in Vienna Kohlmarkt, located in the historic city center. The boutique is a timeless vision of the Eternal City, showcasing sublime Italian craftsmanship – building a relationship between tradition and innovation. The creative vision of Peter Marino combines precious materials and iconic design, highlighting the brand’s obsession with brilliance.

The new boutique at Kohlmarkt 4 is characterized by Roman design with the typical Bvlgari elements such as the portal and the golden star. Based on the iconic main building in Via Condotti 10 in Rome, colors of boutique design and marble elements dominate. A tribute to the brand’s Mediterranean roots. Bvlgari ‘Master of Colored Gemstones’ is inspired by the rich history of his home country and the colorful Italian soul.

The interpretation of the majestic symbols of the city of Rome can also be found in the exquisite jewelry, watches, accessories and perfume creations, bringing Italy to Austria. In the new boutique you can find the iconic designs made in the Bvlgari manufactures in Italy and Switzerland, such as the jewelry lines B.zero1 and Serpenti, women’s watches from the Serpenti and men’s watches from the Octo collection, as well as handmade accessories.

Here, too, star architect Peter Marino, who designed the parent companies of Dior or Louis Vuitton, for example, had his fingers in the game. The store is characterized by eclecticism and reflects noble materials, textures and a sophisticated lighting concept. As soon as you enter the new boutique, you have the feeling of being in Rome. The façade with the iconic golden Bvlgari logo on a black background is typical of the design concept developed by Peter Marino.

Bvlgari
Kohlmarkt 4
Vienna, Austria

For more information, come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Bulova Revives Its 1970s Parking Meter Chronograph

American timepiece manufacturing company Bulova is adding a favorite from the 1970s to its Archive Series, the ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph and it is limited to 5,000 pieces.

While they’re not the only brand plumbing their archives, Bulova’s historical slate is enough for many a watchmaker to be envious of. While the obvious one is the phenomenally cool Accutron, this time they’ve gone for something a little bit funkier: the 1973 Chronograph ‘31008-6W’, better known as the Parking Meter Chronograph.

Originally released in 1973, the bullhead chronograph earned its name due to its dial configuration  that sees its central blue-on-silver dual-time dial and small seconds form the shape of a parking meter.

What has changed in the almost 60 years since the Parking Meter was first launched however is the movement. The original was the first Bulova to use the then-advanced ‘ChronoMatic’ automatic chronograph movement, a seriously impressive calibre. Bulova has opted a Miyota quartz movement for the 2022 limited edition of 5,000 pieces.

The uniquely shaped case is made of stainless steel, surrounded with blue ion-plated outer ring, while the hands are picked out in bright orange. The chronograph pushers sit at the top of the case, either side of the crown at the 12 o’clock position, which is used to adjust the time and date, while a second crown sits at the six o’clock controlling the second timezone.

When it drops in the fall, the Bulova 2022 ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph will individually numbered and supplied on a padded brown leather strap with blue-grey stitching. It’s damn cool, the silver and blue colourway is timelessly lovely.

The new Bulova ‘Parking Meter’ Chronograph is a limited edition of 5,000 numbered pieces will be available at selected stores worldwide and Bulova’s official website for $595. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bulova.