Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 42

Ulysse-Nardin presented the Executive Dual Time 42 mm, a reworked version of its dual time model, one of the best-known timepieces of the iconic Le Locle-based watch maker.

The Ulysse-Nardin Executive Dual Time, crafted in either stainless steel or 18ct rose gold, a 42 mm case with the three-horns signature frames, and a dial characterised by large Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The central hour and minutes hands are complemented by the patented indicator of the Home Time, situated at 9 o’clock. 

Thanks to its patented instant time zone adjustment, introduced by Ulysse-Nardin in 1994, the dual time function is extremely easy to use. The hour hand adjusts forward or backward with the simple touch of the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ pushers on the left side of the case. The dial indications are completed by the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at 2 o’clock.

Visible through the sapphire crystal case back, the UN-24 dual time movement features a new oscillating weight with a prominent, encircled UN logo. It beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) with a power reserve of 42 hours.

Water resistant to 50 meters / 165 feet and individually numbered, the Ulysse-Nardin Executive Dual Time comes in three versions: steel with black dial and black strap (ref. 243-20-3/42), steel with blue dial and blue strap (ref. 243-20-3/43) and rose gold with blue dial (ref. 242-20/43) with prices of Euro 8,300 in steel and Euro 19,900 in rose gold.

The Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 42 is available at sected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Ulysse-Nardin.

IWC Schaffhausen Offers Customised Guided Virtual Tours

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In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen is now launching a new guided virtual tour for the watch enthusiasts who aren’t able to travel to its headquarters in Switzerland.

With these newly developed virtual tours, visitors will go on an interactive, personalised and memorable journey of discovery, bringing them as close as possible to our home in Schaffhausen, no matter where they may be. Not only will they gain exciting insights into our history and the complex engineering behind our timepieces, but they will also be immersed into the world of IWC in a completely new way.

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

An exciting new virtual experience will enable watch enthusiasts to explore IWC’s headquarters from their own homes. Via a live stream from Schaffhausen, visitors will be able to take a customised tour of the museum and manufacturing centre, as well as observe first-hand a watchmaker at work, using the Swiss company’s innovative new Cyberloupe technology.

 

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Offering the same insight enjoyed on the ever-popular in-person tours, each virtual journey will be adapted to the specific interests of guests and narrated in real-time by knowledgeable guides. A highly interactive and unique experience, the tours’ ease and convenience will open up IWC’s world and its iconic timepieces to more people than ever before.

The journey begins with an introduction to the brand’s rich history before a guide welcomes guests to the manufacturing centre. Short videos with live commentary and video links to different departments place visitors at the heart of the watchmaking process. From the production of movement parts, to cases and assembly, every significant step is covered. Guides also offer a deep-dive into more specific topics like mechanical decoration or advanced case materials, if desired.

 

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IWC’s patented Cyberloupe technology delivers another tour highlight. The specially developed version of a watchmaker’s magnifying glass features an integrated camera and network connection, allowing visitors to stream the watchmaker’s viewpoint in real-time to their screens. An unprecedented way to explore the inner workings of a movement or learn about complications, the Cyberloupe allows online visitors a fascinating look at IWC’s intricate work.

Exploring IWC’s manufacturing centre online using such up-to-date digital technology suits the building perfectly. Inaugurated in 2018, the factory reflects the same blend of tradition and modern production methods championed by founder Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. State-of-the-art machinery and meticulous handcraftsmanship are brought together under one roof. Similarly, the virtual tours rely on modern communication channels to enable visitors from anywhere in the world to discover the brand’s heritage and future at just the touch of a button.

 

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The new virtual tours will be available from September 28th, via IWC.com, IWC boutiques and official retail partners. For bookings and for more information please contact visit@iwc.com. Come into the beautiful of IWC.

 

 

 

 

Coach Launches C001 Watch Collection With Campaign Featuring Quincy Brown as New Global Watch Ambassador for the House

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Founded in 1941, Coach is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. Defined by a free-spirited, all-American attitude, the brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style.

Coach launches its C001 Watch collection with a campaign featuring actor and musician Quincy Brown in his debut as global watch ambassador for the house. Shot by photographer Alessandro Simonetti in New York and featuring Brown, a star known for his unique style and story, the campaign conveys the house’s spirit of optimism, inclusion and self-expression. Designed for on-the-go lifestyles, the C001 collection merges style, utility and function in an unexpected way.

Working with Coach has been a dream because it’s about so much more than the aesthetic. We’re not only aligned on values – they’ve always allowed me to be the real me. Finding a partnership like that is priceless. I’m so proud to be part of the C001 Watch campaign. In my opinion, time is the most valuable asset in our lives, especially now. We all have the same 24 hours, but it’s what you do with it that genuinely defines who you are.

Quincy Brown

Designed with technology and style in mind, the collection includes six styles with a range of versatile options, from rubber straps to stainless steel and ionic-plated bracelets. All are offered with a unique world time analog-digital movement, removable case-guard, and layered dial with touches of iconic Coach colors and patterns.

Quincy is the perfect ambassador to represent this collection. In addition to being true to himself and his art, passionate, enthusiastic, and an all-around good person who cares about the world we live in, Quincy also embodies what Coach stands for: authentic style.

Dawn Hurley, Vice President, Coach Watches Movado Group.

The C001 collection is available now exclusively at Coach.com. To celebrate the collection, Coach and Movado Group made a donation to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger – a cause important to both Coach and Brown. Learn more at Feeding America.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Coach.

Precious Breguet Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia

 

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French Maison Breguet is a luxury watch, clock manufacturer founded by Abraham Louis Breguet in Paris, in 1775. Breguet is one of the oldest surviving watchmaking brands and a pioneer of numerous watchmaking technologies such as the tourbillon, which was invented by Abraham Breguet in 1801. He also invented and produced the world’s first self-winding watch (the Perpétuelle) in 1780, as well as the world’s first wristwatch in 1810 (the Breguet No.2639, for Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples).

Over the years, notable Breguet patrons and timepieces owners include Queen Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, Count Axel von Fersen, King George III, Queen Victoria, Tsar Alexandre I of Russia, Napoléon Bonaparte, Ettore Bugatti, King Farouk, Duke of Windsor, Sir Winston Churchill, Gioachino Rossini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Putin and so on.

Breguet’s self-winding or ‘perpétuelle’ watches brought him considerable fame both at the court of Versailles and throughout Europe. Although he was not the first to produce a self-winding watch, most experts agree in saying that he produced the first watch of this kind that was truly reliable and effective.

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Breguet’s watches had immediate success not only for the quality of the internal mechanisms but also for their design. Just think to the watch hands that he designed in 1783. Made of gold or blued steel and with the circle motifs hollowed out in eccentric fashion, they added irresistible elegance to a watch. They became an immediate success demonstrated by the fact that the term ‘Breguet hands’ soon entered the vocabulary of watchmaking.

Breguet watches are often easily recognized for their coin-edge cases, guilloché dials and blue pomme hands (now often referred to as ‘Breguet hands’).

For his dials he used white enamel plates with typical Arabic numerals leaning slightly to the right or guilloché decorations, i.e. receptive patterns engraved on the dial plate using a manual lathe. More than merely decorative, a guilloché pattern offered the advantage of suppressing the reflection of light on metal dial plates.

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But today, with the new Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet takes inspiration from the beauties of the seas to create a Fine Watchmaking timepiece that requires exceptional craftsmanship. The name Poseidonia refers to the Posidonia oceanica, an aquatic plant also known as Neptune grass that is essential to the sea’s balance.

Depicting the plant’s arabesques through the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry and invisible setting, the Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia is presented in a diamond-set version with Tahitian mother of pearl and three other colourful versions – sapphire-set blue, ruby-set red or emerald-set green – with white mother-of-pearl.

For the three latter models, Breguet composes the curves of the Poseidonia in different colors starting from the dominant hue of each version – red, green, or blue. Each of the 85 gems composing the pattern is selected for its hue, then cut and set invisibly.

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On the bezel, the setting is composed of the different colors of the dial, just like the setting of the strap buckle. The metallic finish in the center of the buckle also takes the dominant color, as does the iridescent nuance of the leather strap.

The sides of the 35.80 mm x 10.46 mm white-gold case and the crown are delicately fluted, alternating between polished white gold and baguette-cut diamonds. A briolette-cut diamond tops the crown, claw set with six baguette-cut diamonds. The crown protection is set entirely invisibly with 14 baguette-cut diamonds.

Open-tipped Breguet hands in gold indicate the hours and minutes. The tip of the second hand reveals the letter B of the maritime code of signals – a distinctive feature of the Marine collection.

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On the caseback, the transparent sapphire reveals the extra-thin, self-winding 591C caliber, whose bridges are engine-turned by hand with the Marine motif, inspired by the deck of a ship. On the bevel of the white-gold rotor, the sparkling diamond border contrasts with the mother-of-pearl. Beating at the frequency of 4 Hz, the movement guarantees 38 hours of power reserve.

The words Horloger de la Marine (Watchmaker to the Navy) are engraved on the rim of the caseback in white gold. This refers to the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.

The Breguet Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia is available at Breguet Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Breguet.

 

 

 

 

Hublot Launches the Big Bang Millennial Pink

In an ever-changing world, Hublot stays true to its philosophy of being first, unique, different: unveiling a new Big Bang, christened Millennial Pink, designed in collaboration with Garage Italia and Lapo Elkann. A new approach to timekeeping, one which looks to the future, setting trends. More than a watch, it is a state of mind. Gender Neutral.

At Hublot, we are particularly proud of the Art of Fusion. But the list of things we cherish also includes the ability to innovate, to change, to be different, and, of course, our watchmaking expertise. This Big Bang Millennial Pink that we have created with Lapo Elkann from Garage Italia sits perfectly within this pioneering vision. Our expertise in materials technology has enabled us to create a unique colour for this watch, Millennial Pink, symbolic of the world available to us, in its constant state of flux.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

For some, it is powder pink or pastel; for others, a subtle blend of beige and salmon, apricot and grapefruit. Intriguing and undefinable, Millennial Pink takes its place today as a pink which is not in the exclusive realm of women, nor that of men, but truly a symbol of a completely new generation.

This special hue marks a seismic shift which will change the status quo: established traditional values are being reconsidered through a lens of positivity. Pink – this pink – expresses a gentle, inclusive and confident approach to life. A fresh, young vision, full of substance, which redefines style.

At Garage Italia, we want to be part of a world where the character of every person is defined by their love of life and their inclusivity, rather than by their power or their superiority. More than simply a product, we want to create something which represents a positive change.

Lapo Elkann, founder and chairman og Garage Italia

Its 42-mm case sets the tone: made from modern, lightweight aluminium, a unisex and monochrome material, anodised, satin-finished and through-tinted millennial pink. This technical feat has been made possible thanks to research undertaken by Hublot’s engineers.

This highly specific colour is obtained by anodisation, a process which both protects and decorates a part, and which has the advantage of giving the case and its components the desired pastel shade combined with remarkable resistance to scratches and impacts. Its proportions ensure it sits perfectly on any wrist. Gender Neutral. The Unico chronograph manufacture movement, boasting a 72-hour power reserve, has a chronograph mechanism on the dial side and a column wheel.

The highly versatile Hublot Big Bang Millennial Pink is supplied with two straps, easily interchangeable thanks to Hublot’s exclusive patented One Click system.

Disruptive, creating new codes for traditional luxury, the Big Bang Millennial Pink produced in collaboration with Garage Italia will only be available in a very exclusive limited edition of 200 pieces.

Come into the beautiful world of Hublot.

Patek Philippe Celebrates New Geneva Manufacture With Stainless Steel Calatrava

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Fans of the Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe will know that its stainless steel models are rare to come by, but the company has decided to utilize this material for its first release of 2020 in light of a special celebration: the opening of its new manufacture in Geneva.

To celebrate the completion of its new production building in Plan-les-Ouates (near Geneva) Patek Philippe is releasing a new limited edition Calatrava watch

Beginning construction back in 2015, the new headquarters for the iconic brand came with a price tag of CHF 600 million, or roughly $631 million USD. With 10 floors in total – six above ground and four below – the building provides ample room for every stage of the watchmaking process, from basic machining to hand-finishing and movement assembly. The restaurant on the top floor can accommodate a whopping 880 guests, while the underground garage can hold up to 700 vehicles.

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This 1,000-piece edition, which celebrates the opening of Patek’s massive and ultra-modern new manufacture building, shares its case design with the reference 6006G, however, here it is slightly larger and made of stainless steel – a material that is known to be more collectable than gold when dealing with a brand like Patek.

The design of the new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A is reminiscent of the unique piece donated to Only Watch 2017; the titanium-cased minute repeater, chronograph, perpetual calendar reference 5208T that achieved CHF 6.2 million.

In this instance, this Calatrava 6007A measures 40mm in diameter and remains relatively thin at 9.07mm, making it ideal for everyday wear. The case is entirely polished and features sapphire crystals front and caseback – the latter showing a specific decoration, with the Calatrava cross and the inscription ‘New Manufacture 2019’.

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The dial is also novel, with a grey-blue colour and a unique sector style. The central part is embossed with a carbon pattern, something modern and quite surprising from Patek. This isn’t the first time the brand uses this pattern; it has appeared in the past on unique watches. This central patterned area is circled by a railroad track and modern Arabic numerals that are executed in white gold and filled with Super-LumiNova for better legibility in dark conditions.

Powering the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A is the in-house calibre 324 SC, which operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

The Maison relies on its well-known calibre 324 SC (seconde central) to power this new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A , a thin automatic movement used in both Calatrava, Aquanaut or Nautilus watches. This movement with date and central H-M-S is wound by a 21k gold rotor and delivers a relatively short power reserve of 35h-45h.

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To complement themodern look of the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A, the calfskin strap matches the dial colour and is embossed with a fabric pattern.

Patek-Philippe-Calatrava-6007A-Limited-Edition-7Limited to just 1,000 units made across the globe, Patek Philippe’s limited edition Calatrav Ref. 6007A-001 is available at Patek Philippe boutiques and selected stores worldwide at EUR 25,720 or USD 28,351.

Come into the timeless world of Patek Philippe.

 

 

 

The Jacob & Co Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious 300 Watch

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The Jacob & Co Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious 300 Watch is an ultra-opulent timepiece created by the renowned jeweler and watch maker in collaboration with the iconic automotive brand to offer discerning aficionados with an accessory unlike any other out there.

The timepiece is crafted with a forged carbon and black diamond-like carbon titanium case that was created as such to pay homage to the carbon fiber body of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. The internal components are all naturally put on display in the timepiece to make them visible through the dial and consist of 832 parts in total including two accelerated triple-axis tourbillons crafted from black titanium.

Beauty doesn’t come cheap. The Jacob & Co Bugatti Twin Turbo Furious 300 Watch is priced at $580,000. Come into the beautiful world of Jacob & Co.

 

 

Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto

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In May 2020, Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot will celebrate the grand opening of its new flagship Boutique on Chuo-dori Street in Ginza, Tokyo. To celebrate this important milestone, the watchmaker has collaborated with the renowned fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto to release the limited edition Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto.

We are honored to celebrate the opening of our new flagship Boutique in Tokyo with fashion designer super star Yohji Yamamoto. This All Black limited edition we created together expresses a simple beauty through the fusion of Yohji Yamamoto’s black design signature and the complicated GMT manufacture movement.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot

The world famous avant-garde fashion designer and master tailor Yohji Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics and for having created ‘the Shock of Black’, which shattered preconceptions of traditional tailoring, collaborated with Hublot to develop this exclusive timepiece.

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Yohji Yamamoto

Born from duality, the timepiece displays two different time zones through its GMT feature. At the heart of the timepiece, the Hublot Unico manufacture movement HUB1251 is equipped with a patented proprietary module which enables the second time zone to be updated instantly by a push-button, allowing the local time to be read easily via the conventional main hand of the watch.

This watch can easily display the time zones of the two cities where I’m based, Tokyo and Paris. Moreover, the hours are invisible. As a person who isn’t always forthcoming, I find that highly amusing. I’m pleased to have taken part in the creation of this model to celebrate the opening of Hublot Boutique in Ginza, a unique, famous and iconic neighborhood of Japan.

Yohji Yamamoto, fashion designer

The time at home is indicated using a second arrow-shaped hour hand, which integrates a day/night indicator and is set using the crown. True to the All Black concept, tone on tone, the personal signature of Yohji Yamamoto can be discovered at six o’clock.

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In 2006, with its All Black collection, Hublot launched a brand-new and pioneering concept: ‘Invisible visibility’. The all-black design of this new limited edition expresses a philosophy symbolising the very essence of the brand.

Literally, the model is completely black; it has a black case made of micro-blasted black ceramic, black hands, a black dial, and a black rubber strap. Even the sapphire crystal is made of smoked sapphire.

Yoji-Yamamoto-news-gallery-240Limited to 50 pieces, the Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto will exclusively be available at the Hublot Boutique Ginza. Come into the timeless world of Hublot.

 

 

 

 

Cartier Santos-Dumont La Demoiselle is Classic Elegance re-introduced

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French Maison Cartier expands its Santos timepiece collection with four very special limited-edition watches all bearing the names of the Brazilian aviator’s legendary flying machines. With such a colourful character like early aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in your archives, it makes sense to capitalise on this particular chapter in Cartier’s history.

Aviation and watchmaking go hand in hand and one of history’s first partnerships involved Louis Cartier and Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Famously, we know Cartier made Alberto Santos-Dumont a wristwatch in order to keep his hands-free for the instrumentation.

Alberto Santos-Dumont, the son of a wealthy Brazilian coffee planter, settled in Paris where he cultivated his passion for flight. Santos-Dumont was fascinated by flight and after settling in Paris in the early 1890s became well-known around town for his daring hot air balloon feats, often landing on Parisian rooftops to the surprise of the crowds below.

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Very much a celebrity, Santos-Dumont’s dandy outfits and Panama hats soon become all the rage in Paris. An incessant designer, he created the elegant Demoiselle monoplane for his personal transport, a lightweight aircraft with a wire-braced wing mounted over an open-framework fuselage made from bamboo and landing gear built around a tricycle. In 1908, the Demoiselle (No.19) became the world’s first series-production aircraft.

Alberto Santos-Dumont’s request to Louis Cartier to devise a timepiece that would let him read the time without having to take his hands off the controls resulted in the world’s first men’s wristwatch in 1904 and spawned an entire collection in his name.

As a man obsessed with machines and mechanics, his request to Louis Cartier to come up with a watch that he could consult without having to take his hands off the controls was perfectly in character. In 1904 Louis Cartier presented his friend with the first purpose-designed wristwatch with a solid, rounded square case and rivets on the bezel that might have been inspired by those used by Gustave Eiffel to hold together his famous tower. A precursor of the clean lines that would mark the Art Deco period, the dial featured bold blackened Roman numerals, the railway track minute counter and even the sapphire cabochon in the crown that have become iconic features of so many Cartier watches.

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It was by no means the first wristwatch in history, women had been wearing wristlets long before men discovered their innate practicality, but it has gone down in history as the first wristwatch specifically designed for men, in this case, a pilot. Although it was not a technical tool watch for pilots, it did accompany Santos-Dumont on the first filmed airplane flight in 1906. In 1911, in a similar move to Santos-Dumont and his Demoiselle, Louis Cartier enlisted movement maker Edmond Jaeger to start producing the Santos watch on a commercial scale.

In October 1906, on board his boxy ’14-bis’ biplane, he covered a distance of 60 metres at a height of roughly five metres before a large crowd in the Bois de Boulogne marking the first flight of a heavier-than-air machine in Europe. Barely a month later, on 12 November 1906, Santos-Dumont set the first world record for a flight of 220 metres in 21.5 seconds.

For seven years, Alberto Santos-Dumont had the privilege of being the only one to wear this model as the Santos-Dumont was not officially available to the public until 1911. When the Santos-Dumont finally arrived in the Paris store, it was offered in several different model variations, all made in platinum or yellow gold and all in a fairly small (by today’s standards) case measuring from about 24.8 x 34.8 mm. The mechanical movements were in general supplied by EWC (European Watch & Clock Co./Jaeger-LeCoultre).

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Still the only piece in Cartier’s collection to bear the original wearer’s name, the Santos was relaunched in 1978 appearing in steel and gold models and bi-metal models with an integrated bracelet. Proving its might as a timeless classic, the Santos was revisited again in 2018 although we didn’t cover the 2019 iterations with quartz-powered movements. Earlier this year, Cartier introduced a larger but flatter and more elegant Santos-Dumont XL fitted with a hand-wound movement. Closer in spirit to the original, the watch is dressier than the 2018 collection and has lost some of its sporty rotundity in favour of a leaner profile.

Today four limited editions christened with the names of Santos-Dumont’s flying machines join the collection. Crafted in precious platinum, yellow gold, and a combination of yellow gold and steel, all four models are fitted with an ultra-slim manual-winding movement.

Cartier Santos Dumont Le Brésil

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The Cartier Santos Dumont Le Brésil is named after Santos-Dumont’s first balloon design. Made from Japanese silk, it was a particularly small, spherical balloon with a wicker basket and made its maiden flight 4 July 1898. Described by Santos-Dumont as the ‘smallest’ and ‘most beautiful’ of his balloons, an engraving of the balloon can be seen on the caseback. Interpreted in a luxurious and precious platinum case measuring 43.5mm x 31.4mm and with a slim case height of 7.3mm, the shape of the case and the layout correspond to the non-limited edition models introduced in January 2020.

The presence of a manual-winding movement across all the models means that the case is thinner than the 2018 models and its overall aesthetics are flatter for a more elegant presence. The dial is silvered and brushed with polished metallic Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands and a ruby in the winding crown. A limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces, the platinum Santos Dumont Le Brésil is presented on a grey alligator strap.

 

Cartier Santos Dumont La Baladeuse

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‘La Baladeuse’ refers to a motorised airship – aka dirigible – used by Santos-Dumont to fly over Paris in 1903. Built to demonstrate the possibilities and advantages of air travel, Santos-Dumont would use his single-seater airship to stage surprise visits to his friends. Convinced that the ‘day will come when aerial omnibuses will transport tourists and business travellers’, you could say that Santos-Dumont was also a visionary.

The case dimensions are the same as the Santos Dumont Le Brésil but here the watch is crafted in 18k yellow gold. Like the models presented in January, the case features a contrasting brushed and polished surfaces and has abandoned the ‘brancards’ that appeared on the 2018 models making it closer to the original. Another distinctive feature of these 2020 models is the pointed shape of the stone in the crown, in this case, a blue sapphire stone. A limited and numbered edition of 300 pieces, the Santos Dumont ‘La Baladeuse’ comes on a green alligator strap.

 

Cartier Santos Dumont 14-Bis

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The Santos Dumont 14-Bis celebrates Santos-Dumont’s 1906 flight of 220 metres that won the Aéro-Club de France prize for the first officially observed flight of over 100m. The engraving on the caseback features the famous ‘no.14 bis’ that was described as a ‘kite of compartments’. The pilot, standing in the fuselage was connected to the rudder and fins by cables.

The Santos Dumont ’14-Bis’ features a bi-metal construction with a polished yellow gold bezel and a brushed steel case. The dial features a sunray brushed anthracite grey background with white Roman numerals and an interior square. Also worth noting is the classic railway minutes track that now placed on the periphery of the dial and not in the centre, keeping with the modifications introduced earlier this year. The most affordable model of the three and limited to 500 pieces, the crown is set with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon.

 

Cartier Santos Dumont La Demoiselle

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The pièce de résistance of this limited edition collection is the Santos Dumont La Demoiselle, an XL-sized watched of just 30 pieces engraved with the most elegant of Santos’ flying machines. Created in 1908, ‘La Demoiselle’ is Alberto Santos-Dumont’s famous monoplane and one of the first aircraft to be mass-produced. With it began a new era: “And we will sail through the air seeing Europe unfold at our feet like a geographical map. There we will remain, suspended between the stars and the earth”.

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With the new Cartier Santos-Dumont La Demoiselle, the Parisian Maison elects to take the weave motif of Alberto’s signature Panama hat and incorporate the texture into the dial and strap of the maison’s latest Santos-Dumont XL. The dial is a creamy straw colour and the numerals are painted in white with a black shadow. Another difference is the Breguet-style hands of this model, similar to those used on the first Santos watches. The measurements of the platinum case – 46.6mm x 39.9mm with a slim height of just 7.5mm – are identical to those of the models introduced in January 2020. The crown is set with a ruby cabochon and the watch comes with two straps, one fabric strap with a woven Panama texture and a brown alligator strap.

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The new Cartier Santos-Dumont La Demoiselle pays homage not just to Alberto’s technical excellence but also his stylistic finesse. For the first time since Cartier made his pioneering pilot’s watch,

The caseback is sealed but the movement inside is the 430 MC, a manual-winding calibre based on the Piaget 430P with a lean height of just 2.1mm. Used across the board in various Piaget Altiplano models and by Cartier, the movement beats at 21,600vph and the power reserve of 38 hours is on the short side – but understandable considering the low profile of the watch.

 

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As the most limited of all with 30 pieces, ‘the Santos Dumont La Demoiselle comes in its own lacquered maple wood box with Chamel Eco Black interior along with a brown alligator leather travel pouch and a pair of matching Santos de Cartier cufflinks in white gold with red tiger eye.

The Cartier Santos Dumont Limited Editions are available at Cartier boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.

 

 

 

 

Cartier launches Maillon de Cartier

 

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Cartier’s Maillon de Cartier is first and foremost a statement of style. The chain-link bracelet remains a composed centerpiece, one that plays on classic codes, whilst reinventing today’s attitudes. The Maillon de Cartier watch is firstly a jewel designed by the French Maison’s watchmaking studios.

We wanted to deconstruct the bracelet and transcend its design through a volume approach. Emotion is in the movement and tension.

Marie-Laure Cérède, Cartier Timepieces Creation Director

A precious watch that resides in the creative watchmaking repertoire of the Maison. A bracelet whose chain-links are offset and aligned on the bias by Cartier. Well-rounded and opulent, they move in time with the ultra-feminine elegance of the Maillon de Cartier watch.

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It all lies in the twist in the torsion emphasizing the perspective within which the watch dial blends. This interpretation allows the case and links to entwine themselves in one graphic motion. Rectangular links, a hexagonal dial, bevelled brancards: the design of the Maillon de Cartier watch incites Cartier’s rhythmic geometry. An ambition to structure the watch, from the form of its links to its faceted case, radicalizes the spirit of the watch. Its volume is tangible, angular and dense.

 

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Apart from the classic in 18k yellow gold, the Maillon de Cartier watch also comes in a glamorous bejewelled options of 18k pink gold and 18k white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds (crown and bevel; case and bracelet; case, dial and bracelet).

And for collectors, a precious limited and numbered edition will be launched: 50 pieces of a luxe 18k yellow gold rendition with case and bracelet set with 580 brilliant-cut diamonds (9.33 cts), complete with a contrasting black lacquer dial.

 

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The Cartier Maillon de Cartier is available at Cartier Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and precious world of Cartier.