The Mystery Tourbillon Arlequino by Jacob&Co. with 84ct of Gem Stones

The driving force for Jacob & Co. is creativity. From his earliest beginnings in jewelry and watches, Jacob Arabo has been designing beautiful and innovative products. The breadth of Jacob & Co.’s offering shows the brand’s insatiable need to produce amazing pieces that the world has never seen before. Jacob & Co.’s mission is to create beautiful, dynamic and unique pieces of watchmaking and jewelry art.

I have to create. My dream has always been to invent things that haven’t been done before. For the brand, it’s about making the impossible reality.

Jacob Arabo

To make the impossible a reality. Jacob Arabo lives to create timepieces and jewelry that the world has never seen. Take the Astronomia Collection as an example -a galaxy on the wrist, many Swiss watchmakers saw this idea as ‘Impossible’. Mr. Arabo took up the challenge and made this timepiece, and its many iterations, a reality… and a success.

Mr. Arabo is not content making hundreds of the same watches and jewelry. He lives to create and innovate, always working on the next ground-breaking, revolution idea. Jacob & Co. is a different kind of watch company, combining the daring and entrepreneurial spirit of America with the high watchmaking and high jewelry making of Switzerland. With a foot in both worlds, Mr. Arabo and his company are dedicated to shaking up the status quo.

Jacob & Co.’s latest 50mm fully gem-set tutti-frutti, twin triple-axis tourbillon is certainly not for the shy and retiring among us, it is more than a little discrete about its timekeeping.

With no traditional hands apparent and centre stage given over to the show-stopping, centrally mounted twin, triple-axis tourbillon you’ll be forgiven if you can’t read the time from its ‘dial’, but trust us it’s there. The watch, as pictured above, displays the watch industry default of ten past ten. This should help you identify two large pointer diamonds, one (8.18ct) on the inner hour ring and another further out on the minute ring (9.5ct). In case you’re wondering the other ‘white’ stones on the dial are colorless sapphires.

There’s a long tradition of watches that hide their main timekeeping indication from view dating back hundreds of years; from ‘Secret’ watches, which often cover their dial entirely under gem-set lids to ‘Mystery’ watches which set out to give the impression that they have no movement inside to outright statement pieces like Beat Haldimann’s H9 Reduction, which took a fully functioning Haute Horlogerie wristwatch and fitted it with an entirely opaque black sapphire crystal to permanently obscure its dial and hands.

The Jacob & Co. Mystery Tourbillon Arlequino Bracelet updates the 200-year-old tradition of mystery watches where hour and minute hands appear to float on the dial. In this case there are two discs, one for minutes and one for hours, which rotate. Two white diamonds within a sea of colored gems indicate the time.

Jacob & Co.’s ‘The Mystery’ Tourbillon Arlequino also boasts two centrally mounted triple-axis tourbillons, mounting individual 60-second tourbillon escapements to either side of a plate and mounting that inside two concentrically fitted two-minute tourbillon cages. While tourbillons were developed (and are still used on occasion) with improved timekeeping in mind, here it is pure mechanical theatre. See it in action for yourself in the video’s below.

But it would be impossible to discuss the watch without mentioning those precious stones. The watch’s 50mm 18k white gold case and bracelet, its dial and hour and minute rings are set with more than 1,000 precious stones, with 38ct of diamonds and 46ct of multi-colored Arlequino sapphires.

Jacob & Co’s ‘The Mystery’ Tourbillon Arlequino ‘Bracelet Baguette’ is a one-off, a ‘piece-unique’ available now directly Jacob & Co., priced $1.8m USD. Come into the beautiful, precious and timeless world of Jacob & Co.

Porsche Design Offers Chronograph Exclusively to 911 GT3 Owners

Today, German carmaker Porsche has just unveiled the latest generation of its track-ready sports car, the new 911 GT3 – 992 generation. Once again an extremely capable track-oriented car, it will certainly be pure adrenaline behind the wheel. To coincide with this launch, sister-company Porsche Design has transferred the thrill of high-performance racing into a distinctive chronograph available exclusively to buyers of the new Porsche 992 GT3, and just like the car, it will be fully customisable. Here’s the new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3.

Knowing the strong connection between Porsche cars and Porsche Design, the design studio and watch manufacturer are presenting the watch that matches the car, a model available exclusively to buyers of the new 911 GT3 and that will be customisable to the max, so it will look as close as possible to the car it has been modelled after.

The new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is based on the classic Chronotimer Series 1 architecture, a watch that pays tribute to the earliest models created by the Butzi Porsche in the early 1970s. Measuring 42mm in diameter, this chronograph is only proposed in titanium, a lightweight material that echoes the high-tech materials used in the Porsche 992 GT3 car. The case, which shows a matte, anti-reflective glass bead-blasted finish, is coated in black titanium carbide for a resolutely sporty look. Of course, knowing the vocation of this model, the bezel features an engraved tachymeter scale. Thanks to its screw-down crown, the watch has a 50m WR.

Porsche Design has revealed its new Chronograph 911 GT3, a watch that will only be offered to those taking delivery of the new 2022 Porsche 911 GTR supercar. Owners will be able to customize their watch to match their new supercar.

As standard, the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is available in two editions: a sporty version with an applied dial ring in eye-catching Shark Blue (the colour used by Porsche for the presentation of the new 992 GT3) and a purist version with a colour ring in black. Both editions share the same dial with a matte black background and highly contrasted hands and markers, in white with Super-LumiNova or in yellow for the chronograph indications – the latter being modelled after the yellow accents found inside the new GT3. The layout is classic for the brand, with counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a running seconds at 9 o’clock.

For this new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3, the brand once again uses the expertise of its sister-company, and the straps are made from genuine Porsche vehicle leather with “GT3” debossing and stitching in contrasting colours, in Shark Blue or GT Silver, depending on the version. Also, the straps are equipped with the brand’s innovative and practical quick-change system, so the strap can be changed easily and conveniently without the need for additional tools, by just pressing a pusher on the back.

The caseback underscores the strong connections that exist between these two Porsche entities. Under the sapphire caseback is the Porsche Design calibre WERK 01.200, a proprietary movement based on the architecture of the 7750 and highly modified according to PD’s requirements, with specific decoration, chronometer certification and, a typical racing-oriented feature, a flyback function. It beats at 4Hz and boasts 48h of power reserve. The most striking element is the rotor, recreated from the design of the Porsche 992 GT3 wheels, including a miniaturised centre lock featuring a silver GT3 logo. To match the car, the rotor is available in six colours – silver, dark grey, black with red stripe, black with blue stripe, full black or gold.

Finally, there’s more to the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 as it can be fully customised through the Porsche Design Custom Built Timepieces Program (available for German, UK and US markets). Thanks to an online configurator – owners of the 911 GT3 can personalise and adapt additional details on the watch to match their dream sports car. For instance, the case can be ordered in natural or black titanium, multiple bezel configurations are available, and the dial ring can be customised within the GT3 colour spectrum.

Of course, the strap can be ordered with contrasting stitches made from Porsche vehicle thread, and various colours of leather are available. Upon completion of the configuration, the customer receives an individual code that can be used to order the personalised timepiece at his/her local authorised Porsche dealer.

While no price has yet been announced for the car, the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is available to design and order now. Depending on the chosen configuration, delivery takes eight to twelve weeks, and prices start from USD 8,050. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Porsche Design.

Chaumet unveils 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch

Since my childhood I have always loved the Place Vendôme with its imposing facades, beautiful street lightning, and its iconic column in the center of the square. And not to forget, the beautiful boutiqurs housed on on the Parisian square, Boucheron, Breguet, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and of course Chaumet. I still cherish s my automatic golden Jump Hour watch.

Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The Maison’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.

The oldest jeweler at the Place Vendôme, Paris, never ceases to amaze with his ability to anchor himself in the air of the times. Intimately linked with history, Chaumet’s great hours still nourish the creativity of the Maison and constitute an unbroken thread between past, present and future. Today the French Maison unveils the Infiniment 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch, a virtuoso tribute to the Maison’s 240th anniversary and the reopening of the12 Vendôme hôtel particulier.

Produced in a limited series, this exceptional creation brings together several highly specialised crafts, such as grand feu enamel by artist Anita Porchet. Each dial is secretly adorned with a tiny stone from 12 Vendôme, enabling the wearer to carry a little bit of Chaumet and the mythical Place Vendôme with them wherever they go.

Discover Chaumet’s 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch – and much more – in their Place Vendôme boutique or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

French Maison Chaumet celebrates Lunar New Year

Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The House’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.

To celebrate Lunar New Year on February 12th, the French Maison has created colourful and elegant boutique windows. The refined decor pays tribute to this year’s Chinese zodiac sign by reinterpreting the Ox ideogram in the way of calligraphy. The windows can be admired in their Chaumet boutiques across Asia until the end of February.

Discover Chaumet’s iconic Joséphine, Liens, Jardins and Dandy collections – and much more – in their boutiques or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

De Bethune Kind Of Two Tourbillon Is Two Watches in One

De Bethune is an independent Swiss watch manufacturer located at L’Auberson, in the Jura mountain pastures of the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. Here, some 30 employees, including watchmakers, engineers, developer-designers, micromechanical engineers, polishers and decorators focus firmly on the research and development of technical and aesthetic innovations in the spirit of the great 18th century master watchmakers.

A watch is a fragment of culture on the wrist

Denis Flageollet, De Bethune co-founder of the brand and master watchmaker

Tourbillons, perpetual calendars, chronometers, deadbeat seconds, spherical moons, bridges, wheels, pallet-levers, balance wheels, pinions, balance springs and screws as well as cases, dials, floating lugs and hands… Each component is individually designed and crafted with meticulous attention to the slightest detail, including the traditional ‘Côtes De Bethune’ and Microlight engraving.

The brand designs, develops and produces all its timepieces within its own Manufacture. Since its foundation, De Bethune has developed no fewer than 28 calibres, presented some 30 world premieres and registered a large number of patents as well as producing 150 one-off pieces.

De Bethune has received the highest distinctions awarded by the watch industry all over the world, including the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève ‘Aiguille d’Or’ Grand Prix for the best watch of the year.

Today, Denis Flageollet, co-founder of the brand and master watchmaker, together with CEO Pierre Jacques, are spearheading the future of the company. The pure style, clean lines and delicacy of the cases represent the inimitable hallmark of De Bethune creations.

The only thing better than one De Bethune is a pair of them, something the Swiss independent watchmaker’s latest release manages to pack onto a single strap, The De Bethune Kind of Two Tourbillon.

De Bethune presents a limited edition of just 10 pieces endowed with two faces. Two dials, two identities. A technical and aesthetic exercise that opens up a whole new field of research.

The De Bethune Kind of Two Tourbillon (the brand has a thing for bluing its titanium components using heat and has already borrowed the name of Miles Davis’ legendary album, Kind of Blue, for three of its more spectacular watches) features a reversible 43mm titanium watch head that pivots around its center inside a frame.

On one side is a fairly conservative dial, similar in style to the brand’s DB29 Tourbillon Maxichrono and on the other is the kind of Star Trek-inspired futuristic aesthetic that the Maison and co-founder Denis Flageollet is more renowned for.

This side also features a lightweight titanium tourbillon encasing a high beat 5Hz escapement, which is hidden on the reverse. A single handwound movement with five days power reserve keeps time on both dials, with a central seconds hand on one side and the 30-second rotation of the tourbillon marking time on the other.

Despite the complexity of the case and frame structure of the watch, De Bethune has still managed to incorporate its ingenious ‘floating lug’ system, which serves as a form of suspension on the wrist allowing the shape of the contact surfaces to change as the watch moves and making De Bethune watches among the most comfortable to wear.

The glass double-sides is made of sapphire crystal, 1800 vickers hardness wirg double anti-reflective treatment. With its crown at noon on the front side, at 6 o’clock on the reverse side, setting in two positions.

The idea of a flippable watch is certainly nothing new, the most famous designs are closing in on their first century; the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso marking its 90th anniversary this year and the Cartier Tank Basculante is just a year its junior.

But the idea of putting a different dial on each side of a reversible wristwatch (excluding double-sided pocket watches which have been around for centuries) came much later, the Reverso Duoface, for instance, didn’t arrive until 1994.

De Bethune’s timepieces can be seen worldwide in our 25 exclusive points of sale and in their showroom in the heart of Geneva’s old city, in a refined, yet welcoming, contemporary setting that wholly embodies the spirit of De Bethune.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of De Bethune.

Richard Mille RM-037 All-White Ceramic Edition

There was a time when women (and some men) fancied the idea of a knight in shining armor racing towards them on a glistening white horse. Over time, they turned into the knight themselves, and the beautiful white horse turned into a stunning all-white reality… the superlative, all-white RM 037 watch for ladies by Richard Mille.

The Swiss watchmaker has broken all records with this beauty in white. The timepiece is technically advanced made using ceramic, one of the hardest materials in the world after diamond, in addition to a skeletonized automatic in-house movement. The 142.500 euro addition to the RM 037 collection required a range of skills and techniques not known to many but mastered by Richard Mille who effortlessly combines white ceramic, mother-of-pearl, and white gold for the very first time in a gently voluptuous combination.

RM-037’s white ceramic case comprises Alumina Toughened Zirconia (ATZ) ceramic that is hypoallergenic, resistant to scratches, shocks, and abrasion. Owing to its rigorous process, the material has enhanced rigidity and minimal porosity with an assurance to remain blindingly white. The stunning watch looks ethereal with a satin-finished white gold case and. The dial is adorned and enhanced with the inclusion of soothing mother-of-pearl o complement the color scheme. The watch looks ultra-feminine with the addition of diamonds and two pushbuttons in polished white gold.

The tonneau-shaped case measures 52.6mm x 34.4mm and holds a large date at 12 o’clock that floats above a skeletonized automatic-winding in-house movement with a baseplate and bridges in black PVD-treated titanium. The spectacular all-white RM-037 will be available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques worldwide, and the model retails for 142.500 euro’s ($180,000).

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Richard Mille.

H. Moser & Cie Proves Green Is Still In With Pioneer Tourbillon Dedicated to ALS Research

The perfect companion for every adventure, the Pioneer is not just another sport watch. With a classy yet robust case, scratchproof sapphire crystal and water resistant to 12 ATM, it is the perfect all-rounder. So whether it’s for a dinner party, climbing Mount Everest, or diving with sharks, it will be right there by your side. And thanks to the Super-LumiNova® elements, you’ll never be left in the dark.

From the wetsuit to the three-piece suit and everything in between.

Now the Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie has just released a limited-edition Pioneer Centre Seconds and a Pioneer Tourbillon watch dedicated to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research at the Duke ALS Clinic, one of the largest care centers in the world.

We are very excited for the H. Moser Pioneer ‘Cure ALS’ timepieces. Loy, unfortunately, passed between the design and production of the watch after a 19-year battle with ALS. This watch will help fund research at the Duke ALS Clinic and keep his legacy alive.

George Wendt

In honor of Loy Stewart, a businessman (also a well known watch collector) local to Charleston who owned Detyens Shipyards, Steward was diagnosed with ALS in the early 2000s and worked with his close friend, George Wendt, and H. Moser.

H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cure ALS Centre Second

A true partner, the Pioneer Centre Seconds in steel and Cosmic Green fumé dial is up for every adventure. With a rock-solid case capable of climbing to the highest of peaks and swimming in the depths of the ocean, it is an uncompromising force of nature. A watch to be worn in every situation.

Bringing light to darkness, Super-LumiNova® is a photo-luminescent pigment used on different elements. After being charged by light, it emits a glow that makes the reading of time possible even when it’s pitch black.

The centre seconds provides time in its purest form. Strikingly minimalistic, the centre seconds hand sweeps across the dial, reminding the wearer of the fleeting nature of time.

The HMC 200 movement places emphasis on the basics of time – the hours, minutes and seconds. With an incorporated automatic winding system, the HMC 200 converts the movement of your wrist into energy.

The H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cure ALS Centre Second is made in 25 pieces, and is available for around $16.000

H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cure ALS Tourbillon

Featuring a balancing act at 6 o’clock, the Pioneer Tourbillon wit green fumé dial features a double hairspring guaranteeing the highest level of precision. The opening on the dial, gives you a first row view of this beating heart which completes a full rotation every 60 seconds. Combine this with the robust Pioneer case and the result is beyond words.

Bringing light to darkness, Super-LumiNova® is a photo-luminescent pigment used on different elements. After being charged by light, it emits a glow that makes the reading of time possible even when it’s pitch black.

Conceived to counteract the effects of gravity on the watch’s timekeeping precision, the tourbillon is a device in which the regulating organ and escapement are placed, which constantly rotates around a central axis to eliminate any positional errors.

The HMC 804 is an automatic tourbillon movement which counteracts the effects of gravity in two ways: the one-minute flying tourbillon, and the patented double hairspring where two identical hairsprings compensate for any positional errors.

The H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cure ALS Tourbillon is made in 5 pieces, and is available for around $55.000

The watch’s green fumé dial was inspired by a book Loy used to gift to individuals he met and embodies his positivity for hope and belief in humanity. Partial proceeds will go towards a professorship for a scholar in the field of neurology specializing in ALS in the School of Medicine.

The H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Cure ALS Collection is available ar selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of H. Moser & Cie.

Paul Newman’s ‘Big Red’ Rolex Daytona has been sold at auction for a mega amount

We already knew that watches could be a good investment. It might not have brought in the record $ 17.8 million that Paul Newman’s Daytona won in 2017. But another Newman Rolex Daytona just sold for $ 5,475,000 on ‘Racing Pulse’; an auction held by Phillips in New York.

Paul Newman’s Rolex ‘Big Red’ Daytona, commissioned by his daughter Clea Newman Soderlund, raised a whopping $ 5,475,000. This watch now ranks third in the highest auction price for a Rolex.

He wore the watch almost every day until he gave it to me. He has been photographed wearing it on numerous occasions. It has been a treasure of mine for almost thirteen years. To me, this watch shows my mother’s tolerance for his continued passion for racing and reflects the enduring love between them that lasted another 25 years until his death.

Clea Newman Soderlund

Paul Newman’s watch is a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona Reference 6263, which Newman called the ‘Big Red’ Daytona. The model was originally introduced in 1969 and was offered with a silver or black dial. The Newman watch has the black dial with white sub-dials and a red Daytona logo.

The watch was a gift from Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward in 1983 celebrating their 25th anniversary. As a little good luck charm, and to remind him to stay safe on the track, she had a special “Drive slowly Joanne” message engraved on the Rolex 6263’s caseback.

Newman’s daughter Clea has handed the watch over to Phillips. She received the watch from her father in 2008. As Clea explains in her signed letter accompanying the watch, “He wore the watch almost every day until he gave it to me”, says Clea. “He was photographed wearing it on numerous occasions, just like me. It has been a real treasure of mine for almost 13 years ”.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Rolex.

A Chanel Dream Never Fades

This holiday season, discover Chanel’s Boy-Friend watch, now available with a steel and diamond case, white dial and quilted black leather strap. With pure lines, balanced proportions and perfected shapes, the timepiece is an alluring blend of boldness and restraint. It was only a matter of time till the Boy·Friend had a fresh new update in time for its fifth anniversary (the watch was created back in 2015). Still classy, still minimalistic, but with a twist, of course.

There are a total of 3 sizes, small (27.9mm by 21.5mm), medium (34.6mm by 26.7mm) and large (37mm by 28.6mm), with the Boy·Friend made available in either in steel, beige gold, white gold and/or set with diamonds. While all 3 sizes are powered by Chanel’s high precision movements, they all bear slight differences in terms of specifications. The small features a plain opaline guilloché dial, the medium has an added date indicator, while the large features a seconds indicator, little nuances so ‘minute’ you’ll miss them if you blink.

The Boy·Friend is now customisable (which is something you still can’t do with your actual boyfriend), and there are a total of 19 interchangeable bracelets to change up the look of your timepiece, from quilted patterned calfskin to tweed metal, just to name a few. The small and medium timepieces are powered by Chanel’s high precision quartz movement, while the large ones are powered by manual winding mechanical movement.

The Chanel Boy-Friend watches are available at Chanel’s Watches & Fine Jewellery boutiques, and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Chanel.

Chaumet, a celebration of the magical and joyful spirit

From the Place Vendôme, Paris to Shanghai, the Chaumet boutiques around the world have put on their most beautiful golden apparel. Come and visit them to find the perfect gift and dive into the holiday spirit.

A big thank you to their Visual Merchandising team who designed these dazzling holiday decorations, making all Maison’s clients throughout the world dream and feel the festive season’s magic.

The most special time of the year. Make someone’s holiday dreams come true with a carefully chosen gift of French Maison Chaumet. Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches, for women and men.

A celebration of the magical and joyful spirit of the end-of-year festivities. Discover Maison Chaumet’s holiday selection. Find the perfect meaningful gift for your loved ones or yourself.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.