A new Cartier photographic exhibition at Saatchi Gallery celebrates the Maison’s most enduring icons

London’s Saatchi Gallery is currently showcasing a photographic exhibition on French Maison Cartier’s world-renowned creations across watches and jewelry. Entitled, ‘Studio 7 by Cartier’, the maison’s story is told through seven of its most iconic pieces, such as the Santos, Tank, Panthère, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, and Ballon Bleu. For the very first time, an incredible show of Cartier stories are told through a photographic journey, from the past to the present. Located on the ground floor of the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition runs across four galleries.

The Santos watch. The Love bracelet. The Trinity ring. You don’t need to be a watch or jewellery aficionado to recognise these monikers as distinctly Cartier. 

A new photographic exhibition at Saatchi Gallery celebrates seven of the Maison’s most recognisable icons, including the Santos, Ballon Bleu and Panthère de Cartier watches, as well as the seminal Love bracelet, designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, now available in white, yellow or rose gold with or without diamonds. In 2016, it was the most Googled piece of jewellery in the world and remains a mainstay of modern bracelet stacks. In 1971 Cipullo also designed the Juste Un Clou bracelet in – a nail that wraps elegantly around the wrist, to capture the era’s rebellious spirit and unabashed glamour.

The show, coined ‘Studio 7’, spread across four rooms, is meant to highlight the enduring appeal of these creations by showcasing them on celebrities, friends of the brand and clients over the years. The first gallery is called ‘Legends’ and aptly showcases a portrait of figures, such as Andy Warhol, who is seen wearing his Tank watch. Further on and you can find Tina Turner and her Love bracelet, Jean Cocteau with his Trinity ring, along with Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Deneuve, Alan Delon and Grace Kelly – to name just a few.

In the next space, entitled ‘Inspiration’, Cartier shows a new dimension to portraiture by highlighting modern photographers, such as Mary McCartney, who has captured the likes of actress Vanessa Kirby, who is seen wearing her Juste Un Clou bracelet, along with Stephen Jones, Emma Corrin and boxer Ramla Ali, to name a few. Photos are projected on a floor-to-ceiling screen for a dramatically immersive experience.

For the ‘Studio’ portion, users are invited into a custom photography space where they can be photographed sharing their own Cartier story. Lastly, ‘Encounters’ select portraits from the ‘Studio’ space which are displayed in a mosaic of digital screens. These photographs are also available for visitors to print for a truly memorable experience.

The exhibition delves into the Cartier archives, showcasing early sketches and models, including a 1916 Santos wristwatch. The square-cased style was originally designed in 1904 for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, before later launching in 1978 as an instant bestseller. Most famously, it was worn by power dressing financier Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’.

Cartier has always been ahead of the curve in creating luxurious, modern pieces that can be worn every day. While designs have been subtly tinkered with over the years – the Juste Un Clou was redesigned in 2012, while the Panthère de Cartier was relaunched for women in 2017 – each one remains a lasting talisman, restyled by a new generation. This new exhibition is the perfect way to experience that first hand.

‘Studio 7 by Cartier’ is a free exhibition which runs from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August 2021 at Saatchi Gallery in London. To reserve tickets, follow the link here. Come into the beautiful world of Saatchi Gallery.

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ,
King’s Rd,
London SW3 4RY,
United Kingdom

Vacheron Constantin boutique in the heart of New York

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking manufacture in uninterrupted activity for more than 260 years. At no time in its history has it ever stopped creating, enhancing and reinventing itself. Backed by a strong heritage of passing watchmaking excellence and stylistic ingenuity down generations of master craftsmen, the company’s creations embody the exacting standards of Fine Watchmaking. A technical signature and distinctive look.

Do better if possible, and that is always possible

Timelessness. This is without a doubt how the perfect union of the Swiss Maison’s tradition of craftsmanship and spirit of innovation could be summed up in a single word. Elegance, simplicity, creativity, each Vacheron Constantin watch bears a technical signature and unique aesthetic and each timepiece tells its own story: an infinitely living legacy, a promise for the future.

Now Vacheron Constantin is delighted to announce the opening of its North American Flagship in the heart of New York City, at 28 East 57th Street. Located between Madison and Park Avenue, the new Vacheron Constantin Flagship spans over 4,500 square feet and covers two floors. A distinctive glass façade opens directly onto 57th Street inviting collectors and visitors into a discovery of the Maison’s creativity and fine craftsmanship in a harmonious old-meets-new environment fitting the spirit of Vacheron Constantin’s contemporary watchmaking. The Flagship features many client-first experiences including interactive digital archives and a rotating exhibition space. The second floor opens to an expansive watchmaking bench intended to encourage interaction with an in-house watchmaker as well as a unique custom strap station presenting both engraving and embossing customization options. The Vacheron Constantin boutique pays tribute to the Maison’s deep roots in the United States and commitment to outstanding client service.

Vacheron Constantin
28 East 57th Street
New York 10022

Discover all their collections and receive advice from their experts. They take the time to answer all your requests. Make an appointment in the boutique. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Vacharon Constantin.

Vacheron Constantin’s commitment to perpetuate the art of high watchmaking

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking manufacture in uninterrupted activity for more than 260 years. At no time in its history has it ever stopped creating, enhancing and reinventing itself. Backed by a strong heritage of passing watchmaking excellence and stylistic ingenuity down generations of master craftsmen, the company’s creations embody the exacting standards of Fine Watchmaking. A technical signature and distinctive look.

A bridge between the past and future of the Swiss Maison, the Vacheron Constantin Heritage department has a place of its own within the Manufacture. Spanning an exceptional timeline that began in 1755 and overseeing a unique collection, it is anything but a simple museum.

The research and expertise of the teams working there on a daily basis are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the creation of new collections and a masterful reference for the Restoration workshop. The department preserves 800 machine tools, workbenches and sets of watchmaking tools, along with substantial documentary and iconographic archives. No less than 420 linear metres are taken up by an infinite wealth of production and accounting registers comprising foreign sales, correspondence between associates, suppliers and clients, various documents and photographs. All contribute to shedding both historical and artistic light on Vacheron Constantin’s activity through the years and centuries. 

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Vacharon Constantin.

Zenith Icons, a second life for the manufacture’s most emblematic vintage timepieces

With Zenith Icons, the Zenith Manufacture gives watch enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of watchmaking history. This highly exclusive collection of vintage watches offers only the most iconic pieces of the brand, which are authenticated, restored and certified by the Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.

The concept begins with a curated selection of the most well-preserved iconic Zenith watches. When a watch that appears to be in excellent condition is found, the Heritage department at the Manufacture conducts research to ensure that all the parts are genuine and coherent. The Manufacture then purchases the watch and the Heritage department and its restoration workshops will establish the specifications for its restoration, in accordance with standard practice.

To respect its exceptional heritage, Zenith keeps the original components and materials as long as the function is preserved. For components requiring replacement, it uses historical spare parts from its exceptional stock of original supplies. Finally, a passport, registered in the archives of the Manufacture’s historical department, is issued and printed in a single copy. It is completed by hand by the Heritage Department and signed by the watchmaker in charge of its restoration, ensuring the traceability of the watch for generations to come. To complete the historical experience, the watches are delivered in a special blue leather case, inspired by those that Zenith used in the past.

Now on the eve of the inauguration of its second set of Zenith Icons, within a second boutique, Zenith is going to meet watch enthusiasts in different markets for which it is launching capsule collections based on a shared history, function or theme. One of the first selections, available at Zenith’s Shanghai boutique, features two references with the distinctive ‘square barrel’ case, signed with the Zenith 4-pointed star: the A384 with its ‘panda’ dial, and the A385, which stands out with its ‘shaded smoky brown’ gradient dial, unprecedented at the time.

The A386 – an icon among chronograph wristwatches – became one of the most significant references in the history of the El Primero calibre, while the A3818, nicknamed ‘Cover Girl’, stood out for its vertically satin-brushed oxidized blue dial with a “pyramid track” fractional scale. Dating from 1969 to 1972, the four watches are some of the earliest and most iconic El Primero references.

Commenting on the significance of the Zenith Icons collection for the Manufacture, CEO Julien Tornare said: “This is an exciting new chapter for Zenith’s legacy, and I’m extremely proud of the teams at the Zenith Manufacture for taking on this initiative. We are bridging the past with the future by celebrating Zenith’s rich history and the references that have become true icons of watchmaking. These rare pieces can now embark on a second life using existing resources at the Manufacture, and I’m really excited to share these pieces of history with our customers. This is just the beginning!”

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Zenith.

Maison Fred for Le Printemps des Étudiants

After supporting ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’ in 2020, French Maison Fred and its ‘Freddies’ are committed to the Co’P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes Association in 2021 in order to support the students in precarious situations due to the health crisis. Co’P1 was created in 2020 by students and distributes more than 600 food baskets every week to students in precarious situations in France.

The French jeweller and watchmaker’s support for the CO’P1 Association revolves around 3 actions. The first one is the contribution to the Tajan Auction House auction ‘Le Printemps des Étudiants’ for the benefit of the Co’P1 Association. A Force 10 bracelet, awarded during an exclusive discovery of the Heritage of la Maison Fred in the company of Valérie Samuel, Vice-President and Artistic Director, will be auctioned online from May 4th to May 11th.

The second one is a financial donation from la Maison Fred. And finally, the Maison’s employees in France will donate food and hygiene products to grow the baskets given to students.

Let’s stay strong and united!

TAG Heuer drops green dial Monaco to mark grand prix historique

The TAG Heuer Monaco (originally Heuer Monaco) is a series of automatic chronograph wristwatches originally introduced by Heuer in 1969 in honour of the Monaco Grand Prix. The Monaco was revolutionary for being the first automatic as well as the first square cased chronograph. Hollywood film star Steve McQueen used the watch to accessorize his character in the 1971 iconic film ‘Le Mans’. 

A design classic beloved by connoisseurs, the instantly recognizable Monaco is cooler and more cutting-edge than ever.

In the decades after his death the use of film stills has made the watch synonymous with McQueen. Although it was discontinued in the mid-1970s, the Monaco was reissued with a new design in 1998 and was reintroduced again with an entirely new mechanisms in 2003 in response to McQueen’s increasing popularity.

The watch typically features a pair of pushbuttons at the 2 and 4 o’clock position. The dials for the minute and hour counters are at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively. There is a hand-applied date window at 6 o’clock. The watch also features chamfered square and oblong hours markers (dials with ‘waffle’ type cross-hatched markers are later reproductions).

In the original version of the Monaco, the crown is located at the 9 o’clock position on a square casing. The shape was revolutionary at the time for a chronograph watch. The unique, square-faced icon of TAG Heuer’s avant-garde heritage and savoir-faire. The Monaco’s provocative look represented a complete break with conventional watch design. Equally radical was its perfect water-resistance — a world first for a square case. More revolutionary still is its heart, the Chronomatic Calibre 11, the first automatic chronograph movement with microrotor.

Early versions came with two different colour schemes. The first (represented by the letter B at the end of the reference code) had a metallic blue dial with white registers. The other (represented by the letter G) had a metallic grey dial and registers. The G model is less popular with collectors. In the years the Swiss watch maker created several beautiful versions.

Now TAG Heuer has taken pole position in the current trend for green dials with a new limited edition release of its classic Monaco to mark this year’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique race. TAG Heuer is no stranger to this trend, releasing green versions of the Carrera, Aquaracer, and Formula 1 over the past year. To celebrate the 2021 running of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, held in Monaco from April 23 to April 25, 2021, the Swiss watchmaker is bringing a stylish new green look to one of the most recognizable watches on the planet: the Monaco.

There’s no question that the world’s watchmakers have decided that Green is the ‘new Black’ when it comes to watch dials. A couple of years ago Blue was the new Black, and there’s a push by some to make Red the newest of new Blacks, but for 2021 Green is where it’s at. Actually technically, the new 2021 TAG Heuer Monaco Green dial LE combines both Green and Black. If the richness of the sunray dial’s emerald tone wasn’t enough already, TAG Heuer has added further depth with black sub dials and a gradient effect that sees the dial get darker towards its outside edge. We think that this is one of the most beautiful dials that TAG Heuer has ever made.

The 39mm square stainless steel case of the TAG Heuer Monaco Green Dial follows the slightly modernized lines of the rest of the Heuer 02-powered Monaco series, with its 3 o’clock crown and sapphire display caseback. The Monaco case formula remains intact here, with the short angled lugs, slightly curving rectilinear case sides, and the Monaco line’s signature wide sloping pushers. Like other models in the series, this familiar case provides a reasonably sporty 100 meters of water resistance.

Flip the watch over, and you’re treated to a view of the in-house Calibre 02 automatic chronograph movement through the sapphire display case back. The green theme continues on the automatic movement, with its column wheel and text on the winding rotor picked out in a matching verdant shade, all of which is visible through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback.

The Calibre 02 is 2018’s follow-up to the Calibre 01, launched in 2015. Performance of the Calibre 02 remains unchanged from the standard models, with a hearty 80-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. The movement has a tri-compax layout (with sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9), a date at 6 o’clock, and a maximum measure of 12 hours. The date window is discreet and quite well integrated into the sub-dial at 6. In keeping with the dial livery, the movement rotor is also DLC plated in green, as is the chronograph column wheel. A nice touch and continuation of the green theme from the dial. 

In a sea of limited edition dials and engraved casebacks, a special touch on the movement is a welcome addition and gives the Monaco Green Dial a subtle unique charm. TAG Heuer pairs the watch with a classic black alligator leather strap on a signed deployant clasp.

The biannual Grand Prix de Monaco Historique gets underway today with more than 200 classic Grand Prix cars racing through the streets of Monaco over the next three days. TAG Heuer, with its historic association with motorsports, sponsors the event as well as the being the official watch of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the official watch partner of the Monaco Top Cars Collection museum. TAG Heuer’s Monaco has been associated with motorsport since it appeared on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the 1971 film, ‘Le Mans’.

The new limited edition TAG Heuer Monaco Green Dial offers one of the most striking and handsome takes on the current right-hand crown Monaco series.

Just 500 pieces of the 39mm stainless steel Monaco Green Dial Limited Edition are being made and are available now via select TAG Heuer stores, priced $6,650 USD. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of TAG Heuer.

Patek Philippe Calatrava ‘Clous De Paris’ Ref. 6119, a contemporary take on a cult favourite

The Patek Philippe Calatrava is a horological icon that deserves little to no introduction. Presented in 1932 under reference 96, the model is seen by many as the ultimate dress watch. Among the countless versions of the Calatrava, the Clous de Paris has turned into a Patek Philippe trademark since its introduction on the bezel of the reference 96D in 1934.

The hobnail finished Calatrava now comes with a more contemporary veneer, a slightly larger diameter, a dial with applied hour markers… Oh, and a totally new hand-wound movement.

Fast forward to modern days, the emblematic reference 3919 was introduced in 1985 and has often been regarded as the quintessential Calatrava. This unapologetically elegant 33mm dress watch was powered by the micro-rotor calibre 215. The reference 5119 (below top) introduced in 2006 was slightly larger at 36mm. It’s now time for the model to reinvent itself with a larger, modernized version. Meet the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119 and its totally new hand-wound calibre.

Entering its 90th year, the Calatrava collection received a major update both inside and out with the Patek Philippe Calatrava ‘Clous De Paris’ Ref. 6119, or in shorter form, the Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119. It’s available in 18k rose gold and 18k white gold.

The round bezel, as the longer name of this new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119 suggests, is decorated with a guilloché hobnail pattern called ‘Clous de Paris’, a pattern originally designed by French jeweller and watchmaker Boucheron. The ‘Clous de Paris’ are influenced by Parisian cobblestones and are a true hallmark of the French capital. The Clous de Paris motif reflects the city and its architecture. It is used in many of the Haute Joailler’s creations (including the legendary Carrée watches and Quatre rings).

It is a rather rugged-looking pattern that, precisely for its pyramid-like ‘roughness’, actually works like magic with the sophisticated and refined curves of the new lugs and the simple, round face. The dial now features obus-style hour markers that complement the hobnail bezel rather beautifully, and creates light effects that are contrasted with the brilliance of the Calatrava dial.

The new Patek Philippe Ref. 6119 – its reference number pay tribute to 1985’s 3919 and the 5119 of 2006 – distinguishes itself mainly with the slightly larger diameter of 39 mm. The case thickness is 8.43mm, lug-to-lug measurement is 46.9mm, the lugs are 21mm apart. The curved, tapered lugs instead of the straight lugs on the refs. 3919 and 5119 give the watch a slightly larger footprint, giving it more presence without having to grow the case diameter too much. Despite the larger case, the ref. 6119 remains svelte at just 8.08 mm high, making it a bona fide dress watch.

Patek Philippe says “It reflects the changing preferences of our era and emphasizes its presence on the wrist without compromising the slender elegance of its case.” which, frankly, is a slightly odd statement as the large watch trend has already begun to turn and I am not quite sure how much of an upwards pressure in terms of case sizing for iconic dress watches there has been.

But I digress. I am sure Patek Philippe has diligently done its own homework and assessed what its clients across the globe want from the next Calatrava. More importantly, the end result, judging from the official images, looks beautifully proportionate – to my eyes much more so than many of the Calatrava watches from recent times.

Powering the new Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119R and 6119G watches is what Patek Philippe calls a “totally new movement.” The goal was to create a hand-wound movement with a larger diameter than caliber 215 PS while being slim enough to keep case thickness in heck. The new caliber 30-255 PS has an inside case diameter of 30.4 mm (overall diameter 31 mm) as opposed to 21.5 mm for the 215 PS (overall diameter 21.9 mm) and an unchanged height of 2.55 mm as indicated by its designation.

Visible through the sapphire-crystal case back, the caliber 30-255 PS is beautifully finished with six bridges – one for each wheel or function – with Geneva striping as well as chamfered and polished edges. 

To preserve the height of 2.55 mm of the caliber 215 movement, Patek Philippe created a central pinion without a wheel plate that meshes with the center wheel via an intermediate wheel, as well as a ratchet wheel and a crown located beneath the barrel bridge as opposed to above it. Despite what we can comfortably call ‘ultra-slim’ build, power reserve has been extended to 65 hours – just about enough to last from a Friday evening until early morning on Monday. This is achieved despite the operating frequency being a rather high 4 Hertz – 4 Hertz over 65 hours is mighty impressive from a movement that is just 2.55mm thick.

This is largely due to the expanded diameter providing enough room for the installation of two parallel mounted mainspring barrels – which again is rather rare as double mainsprings tend to be series coupled. Working in parallel means greater torque which enables greater moment of inertia for the balance (which, at 10 mg/cm2, is indeed very high and the highest of all of Patek Philippe’s 4Hz movements.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119 has a sapphire crystal case back to show off the new caliber. The watch is water resistance of 3 bars (30m equivalent). The dial is made of brass, and the hands and hour markers are in 18ct gold matching that of the case.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava ‘Clous de Paris’ 6119 is available in two versions. The Ref. 6119R-001 combines a rose-gold case, a silvery grained dial and a chocolate brown alligator strap. The Ref. 6119G-001 in white gold comes with a charcoal grey dial and a black alligator strap. The watch is fitted with a pin buckle matching the material of the case. The new Calatrava ‘Clous de Paris’ 6119 has a price of Euro 26,150.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava 6119 is available at Patek Philippe Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. For more information, come into the beautiful and timeless world of Patek Philippe.

Audemars Piguet launches first-ever Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is introducing the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph into its recently updated Offshore collection. The watch combines a flyback chronograph with a flying tourbillon. Furthermore, it is a limited edition of only 100 pieces.

The case of the new model is titanium, and measures 43 mm in diameter. Interestingly, to improve ergonomics, the polished bevelled edges of the titanium case are now wider than previous models. In addition, the bezel and the anti-reflective sapphire crystal are now vertically rounded. Meanwhile, the alternation between hand-polished bevels and sandblasted surfaces creates a level of contrast across the watch. Additionally, a sapphire crystal caseback reveals the movement. Last but not least, the case withstands water pressure up to 10 bar or 100 m.

The dial: Setting the scene for the mechanics

The open-worked dial of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph, with its black outer ring and two transparent chronograph counters, showcases the two-tone movement. Two broad hands in white gold indicate the time. However, the watch omits indices. Rather, an outer ring displays the minute scale. Furthermore, instead of the full Audemars Piguet signature, there is only the ‘AP’ logo on the front. Finally, the red chronograph hands round off the dial with a splash of colour.

The movement of the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph

Fans will recognise the calibre 2967 from the Code 11.59 line. The calibre, now in a modified form powers the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph. The movement offers a power reserve of 65 hours and an automatic winding mechanism with a 22-carat gold weight. The chronograph with flyback function makes it possible to restart a time measurement without having to stop it first. In addition, a column wheel ensures smooth switching operations. Audemars Piguet places the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which compensates for the influence of gravity on the balance. The size of the movement has been adapted to fit the case. In addition, the manufacture decorates the movement with titanium bridges with a black PVD coating, containing colour-contrasting titanium inserts. The polished outer bevels of the bridges highlight the contrast between the surfaces. The oscillating weight also receives a PVD finish.

Royal Oak Offshore: Now with interchangeable strap system

Just like the other models in the 2021 Offshore collection, the Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph features the new strap changing system. It allows the wearer to quickly replace the strap by simply sliding it out. With the double push system, the manufacturer guarantees optimal safety when worn. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with an AP folding clasp, which uses sandblasted titanium. Last but not least, a hand-sewn black interchangeable strap made of alligator leather is also included.

Finally, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Flying Tourbillon Flyback-Chronograph Automatic is released in a limited edition of 100 pieces. The price is not yet publicly available.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Audemars Piguet.

Chaumet’s Professional Equality Index

In 2020, French Maison Chaumet achieved a score of 94/100 on the Professional Equality Index for Men and Women. This index, rated as a percentage, was conceived to advance equal pay for women and men. The French jeweller and watchmaker is very proud and happy to share this score, which perfectly defines their values and their commitment to promote professional equality between women and men.

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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.