Introduced in 1968, the Alhambramotif, featuring a 4-leaf clover has been so integral to Van Cleef & Arpelsthat it has become part of its DNA. The Sweet Alhambra,a variation of the original VintageAlhambra collection, comes with smaller, daintier motifs and dials on its timepieces.
This year, the now iconic Alhambra collection of French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection welcomes a new jewelry watch, which reinterprets the emblematic lucky motif in materials teeming with life.
The Sweet Alhambra jewelry watch seems entirely consecrated to light. Around the guilloché dial, the bracelet alternates radiant motifs in guilloché rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl. Appearing for the first time in the Alhambra collection, the latter material has been chosen for its natural pink color with silky over tones.
The mother-of-pearl motifs have been carefully matched, before being delicately polished to create a shiny sur face. Guilloché rose gold is also making its debut in the Alhambra collection; the engraving gleams as it catches the light. The hours thus slip by with a sparkle on this jewel that tells the time.
In keeping with the Maison’s high standards, the hard stones that adorn the creations have been selected from among the finest materials. The chalcedony draws its charm from its soft gray-blue color, while the agate has been chosen for its deep and even shades, accentuated by careful polishing. The gray and pink mother-of-pearl reveal all the delicacy of their iridescent luster.
Faithful to Van Cleef & Arpels’ tradition of excellence, the Alhambra collection reflects all the expertise of a High Jewelry Maison. Different crafts have come together for each piece, ranging from the lapidary to the jeweler, from the stone-setter to the polisher. In keeping with the Maison’s standards, the mother-of-pearl and hard stone motifs are intricately cut and polished, before being matched to create harmonious sets. Like the guilloché motifs, they take their places inside an elegantly beaded mount, as if within a precious case.
These golden contours have been carefully reworked by hand by master jewelers, before the prongs – rounded for a softer feel – are bent down to hold the motifs delicately in place. A final polish then illuminates the beauty of the ensemble. In all, about fifteen stages of selection, crafting and checking succeed one another, resulting in a unique piece that will stand the test of time.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Collection is available at Van Cleef & Arpels Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Iconic Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has just released its first-ever Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in the Royal Oak design. Originally designed as a time-and-date model when it was introduced in 1972, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has since been offered with countless complications, including the most complex of them all, a grand complication.
The tourbillon, an Audemars Piguet speciality is, of course, no stranger to the Royal Oak and was first used in the iconic luxury sports watch in 1997 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this model. Today, the latest evolution is revealed, this time with an automatic flying tourbillon movement, first launched in Code 11.59. Available in three versions, including a surprising titanium edition, here’s the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm.
Looking at the current Royal Oak collection, you’ll notice that there is already a tourbillon model. Yet, this iteration of the Royal Oak is hand-wound, features an extra-thin movement and its tourbillon cage has a classic architecture, with bridges front and back.
Today, the brand introduces something more modern and with a movement that has never been used before on the brand’s luxury sports watch, the Calibre 2950 that was first used on Code 11.59. And while this isn’t the first automatic tourbillon movement used on the Royal Oak, this is the first to combine a self-winding mechanism and a flying architecture.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon will be available in three different references, but before we look at them in more detail, let’s look at common points. The case for these new models measures 41mm in diameter and is slightly thicker than the aforementioned extra-thin models – at about 11.5mm.
Other than that we find the same design as all other editions of the Royal Oak, with the signature octagonal bezel with 8 gold screws, the shaped case and the integrated metallic bracelet. All watches combine sporty brushed surfaces with beautifully polished accents.
Concerning the dial, two of the models (steel and gold) have a guilloché surface with the ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern that was introduced on the hand-wound tourbillon models in 2018 – with a focal point radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. The titanium model is, on the other hand, quite different and entirely new.
A detail worth noting is the applied 24k gold Audemars Piguet signature, a first in the Royal Oak. This specific applied logo was first created for Code 11.59 and is achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye. The signature is then fixed on the dial by hand with minuscule legs.
The in-house calibre 2950, a movement that was first introduced in the Code 11.59 collection and that combines flying tourbillon – an architecture that was first used by Audemars Piguet in 2018, in the Royal Oak Concept – and automatic winding is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback.
The movement, entirely decorated with Haute Horlogerie techniques (the Geneva stripes are, however, different from Code 11.59, as here radiating), is large and modern. It beats at 3Hz and boasts a comfortable power reserve of 65 hours. Depending on the edition, the openworked oscillating weight is made from pink gold or rhodium-toned pink gold.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Steel
The first of these three Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon models is offered in stainless steel with a blue dial (Ref. 26530ST.OO.1220ST.01), a classic combination for this watch that refers to the original 1972 model. Both the case and the bracelet are executed in the typical Royal Oak style, with brushed surfaces and polished bevels.
The dial of this steel edition, besides having the modern and striking ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern, is also executed with a gradient smoked effect, with a darker periphery than the centre of the dial. This gives depth to the flying tourbillon while also providing great contrast for the white gold hands and applied hour markers.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in Titanium
The second version of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm (Ref. 26530TI.OO.1220TI.01) is the most surprising and distinctive of the three. First of all, its case is made of grade 5 titanium, a material that is rarely used on the Royal Oak (except some limited editions, and often combined with platinum). The use of titanium results in a different colour (colder than steel) and mostly, in a watch that is more comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the lightness of this metal.
The second impact is the dial, which presents a sleek, monochromatic alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark ‘Tapisserie’ pattern. This slate grey dial has an unprecedented sandblasted central surface and the chapter ring is executed with a snailed pattern. The signature hands and markers are, on the other hand, retained.
Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in 18k Pink Gold
Last but not least, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm will be offered in a warm and luxurious 18 pink gold edition (26530OR.OO.1220OR.01) with a matching integrated bracelet. On this edition, gold accents are also found on the dial hands and markers, on the tourbillon cage and finally on the oscillating weight.
Its dial also relies on the modern ‘Evolutive Tapisserie’ pattern radiating from the centre of the tourbillon. It has an appealing grey colour with gradient smoked effect, the periphery being darker than the centre.
These three new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon 41mm are released in the permanent collection. If you ask for the price of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon, you probably can’t afford it. Currently listed on the watchmakers website with ‘Price available upon request’, head over to your nearest flagship to reserve one now.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Audemars Piguet.
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.
Maison Poiray – as eye-catching as the glam of its watches and jewelry, and a friend to every woman’s beauty – has enlivened the Place Vendôme with its joie de vivre since 1975.
Poiray developed a credence shared by its founders, François Hérail and Michel Ermelin: whether its rings, bracelets, necklaces or earrings, precious jewelry should be elegant, creative, worn at any occasion and suit any mood. Poiray made this new femininity its own, embracing the edgy style of the early 1970s. It was an immediate success.
Nathalie Hocq stepped on the scene as artistic director of Poiray, setting things in motion. Her know-how of the ins and outs of the domain was exactly in line with Poiray’s essence. A true Parisian and acquaintance of street artists, she was a woman of her time whose legendary creations for the Maison reflected her concept of a more open-minded luxury brand: precious jewelry isn’t just for fancy occasions, but part of the everyday lives of women, who live a thousand days in one.
Ready with silk and yellow gold, My First Edition Precious Silk plays with light like a haute couture fabric.
To celebrate its 45th anniversary, French Maison Poiray revisits its iconic ‘Ma Première’ (My First) watch with a new dial, made of silk speckled with gold leaf.
In 1987, Poiray launched ‘Ma Première’, a jewel watch with a very Parisian elegance, whose pure lines borrow from Art Deco architecture. It was available in yellow gold, rose or steel, and donned with 2, 4, or 12 lines of diamonds or even the luxurious ‘full pavée’ option. But its special feature: an interchangeable bracelet – thanks to a ratchet opening system – that allows you to switch to the metal mesh to the neon calf, through pearls or satin. Declined since its creation in exceptional or more casual versions, ‘Ma Première’ is the watch icon of the Maison.
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the house, the French Maison invites silk and gold leaf on his iconic watch. The dial of the ‘Ma Première’ watch is adorned with a white silk fabric speckled with yellow or white gold, an effect made with authentic gold leaf in collaboration with the French natural silk manufacturer Sericyne. Two models are available, in limited edition: one in tone-on-tone yellow gold with gold leaf, the other in steel combining the golden yellow gold leaf and the silvery white gold leaf.
Poiray Ma Première – Precious Sericyne 45th Anniversary Silk Edition, is available in Poiray boutiques from October. Come into the beautiful world of Poiray.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Come into the beautiful of IWC.
After originally being scheduled for April 2020, the theatrical debut of James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ is now set for November 20, 2020.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as British secret agent 007 for the fifth and final time in ‘No Time To Die’, and he will, of course, be wearing an Omega on his wrist throughout the movie.
This year represents the 50th Anniversary since the original James Bond movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969) was released. The movie also marks 25 years of Omega being the official watch of James Bond, which started with ‘GoldenEye’(1995).
Sophisticated style and innovation have always been essential parts of the James Bond story. And to uphold that honor, Swiss watchmaker Omega is now coming out with a brand new Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Numbered Edition: a watch that offers a lot of details for 007 fans.
Introducing the 2020 Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Platinum Gold Numbered Edition. Presented in the same size 42 mm diameter Seamaster 300M case as the previously announced individual James Bond Limited Edition ($6,500) and the two-piece boxed set ($42,100) – except this one is in a solid ‘platinum-gold’ alloy that was formulated to be more durable and maintain its color better than typical 950 platinum.
Like the recently announced Seamaster 007 timepieces, this watch has a plate affixed to the side of the case and engraved with the edition number (lucky you: there is no limit in production!).
For an exceptional look, the 42 mm case is made of platinum gold, with a platinum gold plate on the side, engraved with a unique number. The same material is also used for the polished-brushed buckle of the black leather strap of the watch. More unique details characterize the watch, including a black ceramic bezel with an embossed platinum diving scale.
While the spiraling gun-barrel logo is anything but discreet, the ‘007’ gun logo printed in white enamel at 7 o’clock on the minute track is subtle. Even more subtle is the hidden number ’50’ in the luminous material of the 10 o’clock index – which is a reference to the 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
A black enamel dial features the signature Bond spiraling gun-barrel design in 18K white gold and is accentuated with 18K white gold applied indices, hands. As part of the Omega James Bond collection launched last year, this watch also includes a hidden number 50 in Super-LumiNova of the 10 o’clock index. A reference to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Servive’ (1969). Elsewhere on the dial you will find a 007 logo at the 7, as well as the James Bond family coat-of-of arms at 12 o’clock in white gold.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Numbered Edition Platinum Gold comes in its own Globe-Trotter™ suitcase, bound by NATO-inspired straps, and inside is an additional black rubber strap which can be swapped out with a black alligator leather strap.
The release date has not yet been announced. However, there is a price tag on the watch of €47,175. The new Omega Seamaster James Bond editie is available at Omega boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Omega.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
To complement themodern look of the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6007A, the calfskin strap matches the dial colour and is embossed with a fabric pattern.
Limited 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.