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  2. Vacheron Constantin: One of the Oldest Watch Manufacturers in the World

    Vacheron Constantin: One of the Oldest Watch Manufacturers in the World

    Introduction Vacheron Constantin is one of the most revered fine watchmaking houses. Based in Geneva, it enjoys a rich history of more than 265 years. In fact it is the oldest watch manufacture, proudly perpetuating time-honored horological traditions without any interruption since its beginning in 1755. The initial foundation of this grand Maison was done by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755 in the Saint-Gervais district. The company adopted the named Vacheron et Constantin in 1819 when Jacques-Barthélémi Vacheron and François Constantin formed a partnership. Since its founding, Vacheron Constantin has been contributing immensely to upkeep art-crafts associated with traditional watchmaking. In the 19th century, the company introduced several innovations under the leadership of Georges-Auguste Leschot, who joined the manufacture as a technical director in 1839. A key breakthrough achieved by Vacheron Constantin during that period was the induction of Pantograph, which allowed the mass production of high-quality watch components. Such innovations made positive impact on the watchmaking industry. Vacheron Constantin belongs to the highest echelon of fine horology, the Holy Trinity of Belle Haute Horlogerie club along with Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. True to its new One of Not Many campaign, the prestigious manufacture produces limited number of timepieces. Thanks to this philosophy, the brand successfully extends most elevated levels of quality, design and craftsmanship to its esteemed customers. Collections The notable vacheron constantin watch collections are Egerie, Fiftysix, Harmony, Heures Creatives, Historiques, Malte, Metiers d’Art, Overseas, Patrimony and Traditionnelle. The Maison predominantly uses precious metals like gold and platinum for crafting its watches. It also produces stainless steel and titanium models from collections like Egerie, Fiftysix, Overseas and Historiques. The Excellence Platine is comprised of highly exclusive platinum wristwatches. The Maison also offers unique bespoke timepieces crafted by its Les Cabinotiers department. The manufacture produces the automatic, hand-wound and quartz watches. Vacheron Constantin enjoys exceptional technical know-how and rich tradition in the manufacturing of various horological complications, starting from the minimalistic time-only watches to extremely complex grand complications. The brand also offers an impressive selection of timepieces featuring gem-setting, open-working and other artistic crafts like enameling, engraving, guillochage, miniature painting and sculpting. Among the numerous Vacheron Constantin collections, the best-selling regular production watch families are Fiftysix, Overseas, Patrimony and Traditionnelle. Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix VACHERON CONSTANTIN Fiftysix 4000E/000A-B439 Introduced in 2018, Fiftysix offers an exceptional selection of casually elegant wristwatches suitable for contemporary lifestyle. These premium automatic timepieces are available in 18K gold and stainless steel versions. The vacheron constantin fiftysix collection is comprised of Date, Day-date, Triple Calendar and Tourbillon models. Depending upon the version, they feature 40mm or 41mm diameter cases, with the choice of alligator leather strap or metal bracelet. VACHERON CONSTANTIN FiftySix 4400E/000A-B437 All timepieces from the vacheron fiftysix are equipped with self-winding movements, certified by the Hallmark of Geneva. Each of these automatic mechanical calibers is equipped with a 22K Oscillating weight, which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. The tourbillon model features a peripheral rotor whereas the other versions come with open-worked rotating mechanisms highlighting the iconic Malte cross symbol. The approximate vacheron constantin price singapore of the Fiftysix collection starts at S$ 17,600 for steel models and S$ 33,200 for 18K gold models.  Vacheron Constantin Overseas VACHERON CONSTANTIN Overseas 47450/B01A-9226 This popular series is comprised of luxury sports watches that combines modernly, sport chic design with ergonomics, comfort and ease of use. Inspired by the spirit of travel, vacheron constantin overseas collection offers automatic and quartz timepieces for men and women. These casual elegant timepieces are available in various case materials (18K gold, stainless steel, bi-metal or titanium) and sizes, ranging from 37mm to 42.5mm. The hall marks of VC Overseas watch are hexagonal bezel inspired by the Maltese cross, Fluted bezel, 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a compass rose and Interchangeable strap system. The collection includes various types of wristwatches, ranging from time-only variants to complication models featuring complex mechanisms like Chronograph, Dual Time, Perpetual Calendar, Tourbillon or World Time. It also offers ultrathin watches with or without open-working and gem-set versions. The vacheron constantin overseas chronograph is available in a 42.5mm diameter case in stainless steel or 18K pink gold. This model is equipped with the self-winding caliber 5200, a column-wheel chronograph movement with a power reserve of 52 hours.  The vacheron constantin overseas dual time comes in a 41mm case made of stainless steel or 18K gold. Driven by the automatic 5110 DT movement, it displays second time zone with an arrow-shaped central hand, Day/Night indication at 9 o’clock and the Date using a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. It has a power reserve of 60 hours. VACHERON CONSTANTIN Overseas 4500V/110A-B128 Another striking model from this series is vacheron constantin overseas 4500v, a classic three-hand with date watch driven by the self-winding caliber 5100. This superb dress watch has a power reserve of 60 hours. It is available in stainless steel and 18K gold case versions. Three dial colors are offered: blue, black and silver. For women, this collection is offering 37mm self-winding and 33m quartz watches. These extremely feminine timekeepers come dressed in stainless steel, 18K gold or bi-metal cases with or without gem-setting. They are available in black, beige-pink, denim-blue and silver dial versions. A stand out feature of all vacheron overseas watches is the provisioning of the interchangeable bracelet/strap system. Each timepiece will be provided with three straps: metal, alligator leather and rubber. This notable feature allows the wearer for personalizing his or her wristwatch for different outfits or occasions. The unique shape of bracelet links is inspired by the Malte Cross. The vacheron constantin overseas singapore price range starts at S$20,000. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony VACHERON CONSTANTIN Patrimony 1110U/000G-B086 Patrimony is a collection of classic dress watches that harmoniously combine minimalism, elegance and slenderness. They are inspired by the Maison’s iconic creations from the 1950s. The vacheron constantin patrimony series includes precious watches made of 18K gold or platinum. It offers manual-winding, self-winding and quartz models. All of them feature alligator leather straps. VACHERON CONSTANTIN Patrimony 81180/000R-9159 The manual-winding patrimony watch is available in 36mm, 40mm and 42mm case sizes. Among these, the 42mm model displays a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Both 36mm and 40mm models do not feature seconds hands. The patrimony self-winding watch comes with a date display at 6 o’clock and central seconds hand. It is available in three case sizes: 36mm, 36.5mm and 40mm. The other notable timepieces from the patrimony collection are the 42.5mm Retrograde Day Date, the 41mm Perpetual Calendar Ultrathin, the 42.5mm moonphase retrograde day date and the 41mm Minute Repeater Ultra thin. The vacheron constantin singapore price range of this series starts at S$ 28,500. Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle VACHERON CONSTANTIN Patrlmony Traditionnelle 82172/000R-9382 This exceptional watch family is an ultimate expression of the Geneva’s grand horological traditions that date back to the 18th century. These timepieces highlight exceptional craftsmanship, know-how and technical refinement. Usually made of precious materials, they are available with manual-winding, self-winding or quartz movements. In addition to classic “Two Hands’ and ‘Three Hands with Date’ watches, the series offers complication models like Day Date, Complete Calendar, Chronograph, Minute Repeater, Moon Phase, Perpetual Calendar, Split Seconds Chronograph, Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar and Tourbillon. The collection also proposes multi-complications like Tourbillon Chronograph, Minute Repeater Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendar Chronograph as well as Grand Complication watches. This series offers timepieces in various case sizes, from 30mm to 44mm. The collection also includes diamond-set watches including fully paved versions, ultra-thin models and skeleton variants. The vacheron constantin price range of Traditionnelle starts at S$ 26,000. Summary Vacheron Constantin is one of the most reputed luxury watch brands in the world. Since 1996, it has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Its main competitors are Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. All the three Maisons from the ‘Holy Trinity’ club are known for their esteemed traditions, innovation, technical knowhow, watchmaking excellence and impressive history. Vacheron Constantin enjoys superiority in the development of extremely complicated timepieces. The most recent examples are Reference 57260 (the most complicated watch, 57 complications) and the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. Moreover, the company has a dedicated department known as Les Cabinotiers for manufacturing bespoke timepieces for well-regarded patrons.

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  4. An Ultimate Guide to Buying Your First Panerai Watch

    An Ultimate Guide to Buying Your First Panerai Watch

    Introduction Panerai is one of the most admired luxury watch brands. Its origins can be traced back to 1860, when Giovanni Panerai opened a watchmaking shop in Florence, Italy. The distinguished company enjoys a long history of manufacturing military diving watches and other precision timekeeping instruments. It was a major supplier of the Royal Italian Navy. The Florentine watch company had been managed by the founding family until the death of Giuseppe Panerai in the early 70s. In 1972, Italian engineer Dino Zei took over the management and registered the “Officine Panerai”. Until the 1990s, the supply of panerai watches was limited to armed forces only. In 1993, the iconic brand introduced its first commercial watch collection in limited editions. In the American action thriller movie Daylight (released in 1996), Sylvester Stallone wore a luminor wristwatch. This film has catapulted the popularity of Panerai watches. In 1997, Richemont Group acquired the brand and launched it in the international market. In 2002, the company opened its production facility in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The manufacture has launched various in-house movements for ensuring its independence. In 2014, it opened a larger manufacturing facility in its premises. Within the Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the Laboratorio di Idee of the company undertakes research and experimental works to develop innovative materials and advanced technologies. Some examples for pioneering materials developed by Panerai are BMG-TECH™, Carbotech™, CERAMICA and COMPOSITE. Presently, the brand is offering timepieces from four flagship collections: SUBMERSIBLE, LUMINOR, LUMINOR DUE and RADIOMIR. These exceptional timekeepers proudly merge Italian design with Swiss watchmaking excellence. Special features of watches (1) Case PANERAI Radiomir PAM00662 A striking feature of all Panerai watches is the case design. The company has been known for large size wristwatches. For example, the case of the first Radiomir watch (reference 3646) had a diameter of 47mm. It also featured wired lugs. Its military watches were always over-sized. Introduced in 1956, the GPF-2/56 Panerai dive watch made for the Egyptian Navy measured 60mm! The brand is now offering men’s wristwatches with case sizes like 42mm, 44mm, 45mm, 47mm, 48mm, 49mm, 50mm and 52mm. The cushion-shape is another distinctive trait of Panerai watches. Every modern timepiece from the company features this characteristic design attribute. A few models from the Radiomir series come with the historic wire lug design. Submersible models feature diving bezels mounted on the case. (2) Crown protection device PANERAI Submersible PAM00683 The crown protection device is an emblematic feature of Panerai watches from the Submersible, Luminor and Luminor Due collections. This patented innovation was introduced in 1956 with the GPF-2/56 diving watch made for the Egyptian Navy. It protects the crown from external damages. The panerai radiomir watches do not have the crown protection system. (3) Dial PANERAI Luminor Due PAM00755 The dial design of Panerai watches stands out with several distinct features. For military diving watches, dial legibility is a must. The brand is still maintaining its rich heritage as a supplier of diving instruments for the Italian Navy. For the same reason, the dials of Panerai watches proudly carry the signature features of the company’s iconic creations. The watches from the Radiomir, Luminor and luminor due collections feature sandwich style dials with large hour markers and generous luminescent coating for providing exceptional legibility even in the darkness. Some models come with large Arabic numeral hour-markers at the cardinal points (3, 6, 9 and 12). In other models, depending upon the position of additional complications, two or three Arabic hour-markers have been used. The watches from these collections are also available without Arabic numerals. In the submersible series, you will find dotted hour-markers and rectangular indices instead of Arabic numerals. In spite of differences in designs, all the dials ensure excellent visibility and easy reading. (4) Lume PANERAI Luminor PAM01316 Initially, Panerai used to produce diving instruments and timekeepers for the divers of the Royal Italian Navy. To meet the specific demands of the submarine troops, the brand introduced several innovations and new design features. One such invention was Radiomir. Developed in 1916 and patented by Guido Panerai, this radium-based powder was used for making sighting instruments and dials luminous. Introduced in the 1940s, the radiomir watch is named after this material. Later on, the company introduced Luminor, a tritium based luminescent technology as the replacement of radio-active powder. The adaption this lume material resulted in the birth of a new timepiece named Luminor. Both of these luminescent materials have been now replaced with modern phosphorescent pigments. In the modern Radiomir watches, the brand uses a special Super-LumiNova® pigment with the color of the historic radium luminescent elements. (5) Long power reserve PANERAI Radiomir PAM00292 It is a pioneer in the production of mechanical wristwatches with extended power reserve. The GPF-2/56 model developed in 1956 had an incredible autonomy of eight days. Today, most of the Panerai watches are rated for a minimum power reserve of 72 hours (3 days). The brand also offers timepieces with operational autonomy of more than a week. The notable examples are the Radiomir 8 Days 45mm and the luminor GMT 10 Days 44mm. Summary Panerai is a cult brand, admired by enthusiasts from all over the world. It has been renowned for distinctive luxury tool watches that combine military style with luxurious details. Its timepieces boast some special characteristics to appeal the brand’s passionate followers, especially the members of the famous Paneristi community. The company also makes several in-house movements. The brand also displays a considerable expertise in producing complication watches. In addition to regular models, Panerai makes complicated timepieces by combining horological mechanisms like Chronograph, Equation of Time, GMT, Minute Repeater, Perpetual Calendar and Tourbillon. The brand makes use of various types of materials for manufacturing its timepieces. The traditional materials used with its watches are stainless steel, 18K gold, titanium and platinum. In addition, the company employs innovative materials like ceramic, eSteel, Goldtech, Carbotech and Composite. Panerai watches are recognized for their excellent water-proof standards. The typical water resistance range is 100m to 300m. They are usually available with strap choices like metal bracelet, leather, rubber and Recycled PET.The watches price singapore typically starts at S$ 6,500. The cost of high complication timepieces can go above S$ 200,000.

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  5. Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in Singapore

    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas in Singapore

    On the second Sunday of May every year, people from several countries (including Singapore) observe Mother’s Day to honor the unconditional love of mothers. On this occasion, family members offer gifts to mums and grandmothers. In 2022, the mother’s day singapore falls on 08th May (Sunday) and now it is an ideal time to discover a marvelous gift for your mother.  “With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.” – Isadora Duncan. Mother’s love is incomparable and priceless. The everlasting glory of motherhood cannot be replaced with any other kind of emotions or wealth. But our modest gifts can bring cheerful smiles on the radiant faces of our beloved mothers. The time is also invaluable in every one’s life. A mother passionately devotes a significant time of her life to manage her family and in bringing up of children. Her intensive care and lifelong love are necessary for proper nurturing of a child. It is, therefore, we recommend gifting your dear mother a wristwatch on this memorable occasion as a glowing tribute to the invaluable time spent in proper upbringing of you and your siblings. In this article, we propose a number of ladies’ wristwatches as appropriate gifts for mother’s day singapore. Rado True Automatic Diamonds RADO True Automatic Diamonds R27242732 For the mother’s day 2022, this timepiece is an ideal gift to express your true love to your mother. This Swiss made rado watch comes dressed in a robust, yet elegantly finished plasma high-tech ceramic case. Topped with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass, the 30mm ladies wristwatch has a thickness of just 9.8mm. It is available with beautiful dials featuring diamond hour markers. Rado watches are popularly known for reliability, robustness, superb finishing and long life. Fitted with a stylish bracelet made of plasma high-tech ceramic and titanium, this timepiece offers lightness and optimum wearer comfort. It is water resistant up to 50 meters. Made in Switzerland, the state of the art self-winding mechanical movement adequately provides a power reserve of 38 hours. In addition to three center hands, the watch displays the date at 3 o’clock. RADO. True Automatic Diamonds R27242712 Merging seamlessly the incredible precision of a top-class horological engine with impeccable finishing of an innovative material and enchantment of gem-setting, the True Automatic Diamonds watch will continue to shine on the wrists of your beloved mother for years to come. The rado watch price singapore of this series ranges from S$ 2,800 to S$3,500.  Michael Kors Pyper Michael Kors is a renowned fashion brand. Its timepieces are traditionally known for trendy and detailed design features, making them popular among young women. If your mother loves fashionable michael kors watches, Pyper is a recommended model because it beautifully combines the style with minimalistic and easily readable dial design. MICHAEL KORS Pyper MK4338 Pyper is a three hands quartz michael kors watch with a classic round case and refined fashion appeal. Available in steel and gold-toned versions, it is presented on a mesh, link, leather or signature logo-print strap. This every day elegant ladies wrist watch maintains a case size of 38mm. An affordable yet stylish mother’s day gift, its michael kors singapore price starts at S$160. Citizen L Citizen L is a dedicated ladies watch range from the Japanese watchmaking behemoth. It offers beautiful wristwatches with long-lasting Eco Drive movements. This remarkable collection has been known for modernistic designs, subtle details and graceful curves. CITIZEN L EM0813-86Y This series offers meticulously crafted ladies’ citizen watches in various case sizes like 28mm, 30.5mm, 31mm, 32.2mm and 32.5mm. They feature exceptional materials like stainless steel, super titanium and sapphire crystal. Gold-plated versions are also available. The collection includes several references, offering a wide choice of case designs, dial colors and straps (link, mesh and leather). image source: citizenwatch.eu/ Driven by light powered Eco-drive movements, these wristwatches for women do not call for frequent changing of battery. The company also offers a three-year warranty for each of these models. If your mother loves to wear contemporary timepieces, citizen L is an ideal choice. This “Brave is Beautiful” collection also evokes the courageous nature of our lovely mothers. It is available in Time Only (with two or three hands) and Multifunction (with day and date indications) configurations. The citizen watch singapore price range of L series is approximately S$300 to S$1,000. Fossil Scarlette Mini Image source: fossil.com/ Fossil Scarlette Mini is a befitting tribute to one of the most iconic designs in the watchmaking. This elegant ladies’ wristwatch spotlights a fluted bezel. Driven by a quartz movement, it is available in “Datejust” and “Day Date” configurations. Made of stainless steel, this ladies’ fossil watch comes in black, green, silvery, dual-tone or golden finishing. It has a case diameter of 32mm. The Scarlette watch is offered with several dial color choices like black, blue, green, golden, pink, purple and silver. It comes with matching metal bracelets with three links (Oyster) or five links (Jubilee) pattern. It is also available with a leather strap. The fossil watch singapore price range of this series is S$200 to S$300. Seiko Lukia Mechanical SEIKO Lukia SSVW198 LUKIA stands for LUCID, UNISON, KEEN, INTELLIGENCE and ACTIVE. A popular seiko watch collection for women, it offers mechanical self-winding models, quartz chronographs and solar-powered timepieces. These elegant feminine wristwatches combine the very bests of Japanese watchmaking traditions. In the LUKIA Mechanical category, Seiko is offering two movement families: 4R35 and 4R38. The first offers a three-hand with date (3H) configuration whereas the later displays an open-heart at 9 o’clock with three centrally placed hands. Equipped with bidirectional rotors, these movements provide a power reserve of about 40 hours. They additionally offer manual-winding functionality. SEIKO Lukia SSVM023 LUKIA Automatic watches are made of stainless steel, and available in silvery, dual-tone and gold-tone finishing. They are available in two case sizes: 36mm (Models with Cal. 4R35) and 34mm (Models with Cal. 4R38). Depending upon the variants, they come with three-link metal bracelets or leather straps. Available in various dial colors, they feature Roman hour markers or asymmetrical Breguet numerals. These self-winding wristwatches for women also incorporate exceptional features like 100m water resistance, sapphire crystal, the Diashock shock-proof system and hacking seconds. The seiko watch singapore price range of Lukia Mechanical for women is S$700 to S$800.

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  6. The Timeless Design of Jaeger LeCoultre

    The Timeless Design of Jaeger LeCoultre

    Introduction Founded in 1833, Jaeger LeCoultre is one of the most venerable watch manufactures in the world. Based in Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, the Grand Maison has been known as watchmaker’s watchmaker because of its unmatched expertise in the manufacturing of a wide range of mechanical movements. The company has developed over 1,300 movements and holds more than 430 patents. Jaeger LeCoultre is a full-fledged manufacture, which designs, develops and produces calibers and timepieces entirely in-house. The Maison also unites more than 180 skills (artistic and technical) under one roof. The brand offers all kinds of watches, including various types of calendars, tourbillons, chronographs, multiple time-zone models and acoustic complications. Moreover, jlc is a leading producer of extremely complicated celestial watches, multi-axis tourbillons and grand complications. The Maison has been renowned for ingenious and timeless designs of its timepieces. Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Introduced in 1931, JLC Reverso is one of the iconic and best-established watch collections. Originally designed as a robust timekeeper for polo players, the historic model featured an ingenious case that can be flipped over to protect the glass of the watch. This art deco design inspired wristwatch with the unique reversible case was coined by French industrial designer René-Alfred Chauvot. In 2021, the brand celebrated the 90th anniversary of the jlc reverso watch. JAEGER LECOULTRE Reverso Classic Q3848420 Presently, Jaeger LeCoultre is offering an extensive selection of timepieces from this acclaimed series, including models made of stainless steel, 18K gold or platinum. Depending upon the case and dial design, three variants are available: Monoface, Duoface and Duetto. In the monoface category, the watch displays the time through a single dial. These reverso jaeger lecoultre watches follow the design of the historic timepiece with a solid metal case-back on the reversible case, offering endless options for personalization. In the jlc reverso duoface design, the watch features two dials for showing off two different time-zones, driven by a single movement. Duetto models feature two dials. The design and display lay-out of the dials are different however they display identical time on both faces. In addition to time-only watches, the Reverso collection also includes complication timepieces featuring functions like simple calendar, moon-phase, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, tourbillon or Gyrotourbillon. Depending upon the model, jaeger lecoultre reverso watches come with automatic, manual-winding or quartz movements. JAEGER LECOULTRE Reverso Classic Q2668432 Within this extensive collection, JLC Reverso Tribute is inspired by the 1930s Reverso watches. This series offers Monoface and Duoface versions. These timepieces are equipped with manual winding watch movements. The monoface variant features two centre-hands (hour & minute) and a small-seconds dial. The reverso tribute duoface model comes with additional functions like small seconds, moon-phase or triple calendar. Reverso is the best selling JLC watch collection. The retail price range of mechanical self-winding models starts at S$10,000. The quartz versions are available in the range of S$6,500 to S$10,000. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin This collection is comprised of elegant and sophisticated ultrathin wristwatches that combine the brand’s technical virtuosity and eternal designs. Master Ultra Thin series offers classic dress watches in stainless steel, 18K gold and platinum. The collection includes timepieces with the date, moonphase, power reserve or small seconds display and high complications like perpetual calendar and tourbillon. These jlc watch models feature self-winding movements. They usually come with alligator leather straps. JAEGER LECOULTRE Master Ultra Slim Moon Q1363540 The collection also includes timepieces with two or more additional complications. For example, the Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche watch features small seconds, power reserve indicator and date display. The jaeger lecoultre moonphase master ultra thin model also incorporates the date function. The Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Moon watch incorporates tourbillon, a moonphase indicator that is readable in both hemispheres and pointer date. In Singapore, the approximate jaeger lecoultre price range of the Master Series starts at S$ 11,500. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control JAEGER LECOULTRE Master Control Date Q1548171 Introduced in 1992, this series combines classic designs of the 1950s with contemporary elegance and the brand’s unmatched technical excellence in complex horological mechanisms. The distinguished design highlights of jlc master control watch are polished bezel, curved lugs, elongated triangular indexes and sun-brushed dial. In addition to the minimalistic three-hands with date model, the collection offers highly technical timepieces like Chronograph Calendar, Memovox, Geographic, Triple Calendar with Moonphase and Tourbillon Dual time. Equipped with self-winding movements, the jlc master control timepieces are available in stainless steel or 18K gold. The jaeger lecoultre singapore price range of this collection starts at S$12,000. Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris JAEGER LECOULTRE Polaris Q9008471 This series includes a number of well-built sports watches made of 18K gold, stainless steel or titanium. The collection offers time-only watches with or without date display and chronographs as well as the Chronograph Worldtime, the Mariner Date and the Mariner Memovox models. These robust yet elegantly styled modern sports timepieces are powered by self-winding movements. They are available with metal bracelets, alligator leather straps or rubber wristbands. This collection is inspired by the designs of the 1960s sports watches like the Memovox Polaris. The notable design highlights include streamlined case, sharp & sleek lugs, polished & brushed metal bracelet, easily readable dial featuring trapezoidal indexes and Arabic numerals, and generous application of Super-LumiNova® on the hands and hour-markers. Depending upon the model, the water resistance rating of jlc polaris watches can be 100m, 200 or 300m. The retail price range starts at S$13,000. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition JAEGER LECOULTRE Master Grande Q1358480 With the elegantly designed wristwatches equipped with extremely complex mechanical movements, this collection represents the brand’s rich horological tradition, the innovative spirit and the immense expertise in various artistic and technical crafts related to fine watchmaking. The notable timepieces are the Cylindrical Tourbillon with Perpetual Calendar and Moonphase, the Celestial Tourbillon, the Gyrotourbillon, the Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel and the Minute Repeater with Perpetual Calendar. Featuring 18K gold or platinum case, each of these highly exclusive creations represents the epitome of fine watchmaking. For decorating these horological marvels, the Maison also utilizes various rare handcrafts such as enameling, guilloche and engraving. Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez-Vous JAEGER LECOULTRE Rendez-Vous Date Q3472530 Introduced in 2012, Rendez-Vous is a distinct watch collection dedicated to women. The series offers three categories: Classic, Dazzling and Jewellery. Made of stainless steel or 18K gold, these gem-set wristwatches feature automatic or quartz movements. These feminine jaeger lecoultre watch models boast extremely beautiful dials, with choices like mother-of-pearl, aventurine, lapis lazuli, gem-set and etc. In addition to the Date, the Day &Night and the Moon, the Rendez-Vous collection also offers timepieces featuring complications like Tourbillon. Combining haute-horlogerie art craft with fine jewellery making, JLC’s Rendez-Vous watches can be distinguished by their unusually beautiful designs. These graceful feminine timepieces often gather their aesthetic inspiration from the glittering stars and the Moon. Their distinctive design elements are beautifully decorated dials, floral hour-markers, instantly recognizable hands and meticulous gem-setting. The jlc singapore price range of this collection starts at S$16,000. Jaeger LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Proudly combining the iconic Swiss manufacture’s enduring horological heritage, innovation, artistic flair and technical know-how, this series offers some of the most complicated timepieces in the world. These grand complication watches feature the elaborate and extraordinary mechanical movements. The most recent additions to this masterpiece collection are the JLC reverso hybris mechanica calibre 185 (the first wristwatch displaying 11 complications on 4 faces) and the JLC Master Hybris Mechanica Calibre 184 (with Gyrotourbillon, Westminster Chime and Perpetual Calendar functions).

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  7. Top 7 Luxury Sport Watches for Men

    Top 7 Luxury Sport Watches for Men

    As the name suggests, this type of wristwatches combines luxurious details with sporty characteristics. In comparison with traditional timepieces, they are more rugged and versatile. Thanks to these qualities, a luxury sports watch can be worn on any occasion, ranging from formal events to outdoor sports activities. Here, we are going to introduce 7 top luxury sport watches for men. Top 7 Luxury Sport Watches for Men The luxury sport watch was first appeared in the early 1970s with the launch of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Designed by Gerald Genta, it was the first high-end wristwatch in stainless steel. Until then, only precious metals were used for manufacturing expensive timepieces. Dedicated to opulent customers with an energetic lifestyle, Royal Oak instantly became a cult object. Following this trend, several watchmakers launched their own interpretations of the luxury sports watch. Presently, it is one of the best-selling segments in the premium category. In this article, we are highlighting seven luxury sports watches of the modern era. (1) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Audemars Piguet is one of the most prominent luxury sports watch brands in the world. In 1972, the iconic Swiss manufacture created Royal Oak, which heralded a new era in the industry. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, this prestigious collection has been known for its emblematic features like octagonal bezel with eight hexagonal screws, integrated bracelet and Tapisserie pattern dial. AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01 The first audemars piguet royal oak watch was launched with a 39mm diameter steel case and a self-winding movement for powering the hour, minute and date functions. Presently, this well-established collection is offering an extensive selection of timepieces in various case-sizes, material choices and functions, including grand complications. In addition to stainless steel, the brand uses materials like ceramic, gold, platinum, titanium and tantalum for manufacturing Royal Oak watches. Depending upon the version, they feature self-winding, hand-wound or quartz movements. AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak 67651SR.ZZ.1261SR.01 The smallest watch in the present ap royal oak collection is the 33mm quartz model for women. The smallest self-winding Royal Oak has a 34mm diameter case. The most popular case size is 41mm, in which the brand is offering various self-winding models including three-hands with date watches, chronographs, flying tourbillons, perpetual calendars and skeleton timepieces. The large models in the present line-up are the 42mm Minute Repeater Supersonnerie and the 44mm Openworked Grande Complication. The collection also includes wristwatches with 39mm diameter case, inspired by dimensions of the first Royal Oak watch released in 1972. The other case sizes available are 37mm and 38mm. The retail price range of AP Royal Oak in Singapore begins at S$23,000. The models featuring precious metals, diamond-setting, high complications or open-working usually cost above S$100,000. (2) Patek Philippe Nautilus Nautilus, the much-admired luxury sport watch from Patek Philippe, was introduced in 1976. The first model was reference 3700. Made of stainless steel it introduced the iconic octagonal case with gently rounded corners. Equipped with a self-winding movement, this luxury sport watch for men measured 42mm in diameter and offered a water resistance of 120 meters. The brand has gradually expanded this casual elegant watch series by adding new models featuring various case sizes as well as versions made of precious metals. Patek Philippe also created some variants featuring multiple complications. PATEK PHILIPPE Nautilus 5711/1A-011 In 2006, marking the 30th anniversary of the collection, the Geneva Maison launched a modern generation of Nautilus watches with upgraded design features and technical specifications. The revised edition included models like 5711/1, 5712/1, 5712 R&G, 5800/1 and 5980/1. In 2016, the 40th anniversary of this iconic series was celebrated. PATEK PHILIPPE Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Presently, Nautilus collection is offering various luxury sports watches for men. The notable references are 5719, 5712, 5726, 5740, 5980 and 5990. In addition to these masculine timepieces, the series includes women’s watches like 7010 and 7118. The brand has recently announced the discontinuation of the best-selling 5711/1 stainless series. Announced in December 2021, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Tiffany blue watch (reference 5711/1A-018) is the final production of this highly sought-after reference. The retail price range of Nautilus in Singapore starts at S$40,000. (3) Vacheron Constantin Overseas Vacheron Constantin introduced its first luxury sports watch in 1977. Created to mark the 222nd anniversary of the venerable Geneva watchmaking house, this timepiece (reference 222) is the ancestor of the Overseas collection. Standing out with an atypical bezel design, this stainless steel luxury sport watch for men had a water resistance rating of 120 meters. VACHERON CONSTANTIN Overseas 47450/B01A-9226 Introduced in 1996 and revived in 2016, the vacheron constantin overseas collection presently offers an exceptional selection of luxury sports watches imbued with the essence of travelling and adventurism. It includes minimalistic versions featuring date or small-seconds as well as complication models with chronograph, dual-time, perpetual calendar, tourbillon or world time functions. Equipped with automatic or quartz movements, they are available in stainless steel, gold, bi-metal and diamond-set versions. VACHERON CONSTANTIN Overseas 47040/B01A-9093 Men’s watches are offered in 37mm, 41mm, 41.5mm, 42.5mm and 43.5mm case sizes. For women, 33mm and 37mm models are available. A stand-out feature of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is an innovative interchangeable strap system that allows the wearer to instantly change the metal, leather or rubber straps. In Singapore, the average retail prices of Overseas watches range from S$20,000 to S$250,000. (4) Rolex Submariner  Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953 as a tool watch for divers. The first model featured a stainless steel case with a water resistance of 100 meters. The present generation submariners are 300m water proof. Although born as a diving instrument, rolex submariner has gradually turned into a luxury sports timepiece because of its opulent details. ROLEX Submariner 126619LB-0003 Now, the brand is offering submariners in Oystersteel (906L), 18K gold and Rolesor (combination of Oyster steel and 18K gold) versions. It is one of the most exclusive collections in the Rolex portfolio and offers a limited number of variants. The bezel-insert of new generation timepieces is made of Cerachrom, a proprietary ceramic material with superior corrosion-resistance and scratch proofness. Featuring a 41mm diameter case, submariners are available with or without date function. They usually come with Oyster style bracelets. ROLEX Submariner Date Oystersteel 126610LV-0002 Equipped with the manufacture self-winding 3235 caliber, the Submariner Date features a Cyclops lens over the date window at 3 o’clock. The “time-only” submariner is powered by in-house self-winding caliber 3230. Both movements provide a power reserve of 70 hours. Certified as superlative chronometers, these rolex sport watch models offer a precision of -2/+2 seconds/day. The suggested retail price range starts at 12,000 Singapore dollars. (5) Bulgari Octo Finissimo BVLGARI Octo Chronograph Automatic 102630 Bulgari produces premium watches by combining the esteemed Swiss watchmaking traditions and the world-renowned Italian jewellery heritage. The brand’s octo finissimo series is known for a number of groundbreaking ultra-thin luxury sport wristwatches. It is comprised of mechanical timepieces made of 18K gold, carbon, ceramic, platinum, stainless steel, DLC coated steel or titanium. They feature extremely thin automatic or manual-winding movements. BVLGARI Octo Roma 102779 The bulgari octo finissimo collection includes time-only models and complication watches featuring chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, tourbillon or world-timer. The brand also offers multi-complication watches like the Chronograph GMT and the Tourbillon Chronograph. Some of the bvlgari octo finissimo models are world record holders in the ultra-thin segment. The retail price range starts at S$20,000. (6) IWC Ingenieur IWC Ingenieur IW357002 IWC’s Ingenieur watches have been renowned for their extreme durability, innovative designs and superb precision. The origins of this collection date back to 1954, when the company debuted automatic calibers 852 and 8521 endowed with Pellaton winding system and soft-iron cage for reducing magnetic interference. The first Ingenieur timepiece (reference 666) was introduced in 1955. IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic IW380801 Equipped with automatic movements, these robust luxury sport timepieces stand out with their superior antimagnetic properties. Presently, the iwc ingenieur watches are available in 316L stainless steel, gold, ceramic, carbon and titanium versions. The brand offers three-hands with date, chronograph, constant force tourbillon and perpetual calendar models from this collection. The retail price range starts at S$7,000. (7) Zenith Defy Defy is luxury sport watch series from the iconic Swiss manufacturer Zenith. This comprehensive collection includes models like 21, Classic, Double Tourbillon, Extreme, Fusee Tourbillon, Midnight, Revival, Skyline, and Zero G. They incorporate cutting-edge movements, futuristic designs and high-quality materials. ZENITH Defy Classic 95.9000.670/78.M9000 Zenith’s Defy watch collection offers ceramic, 18K gold, sapphire, stainless steel, platinum and titanium timepieces. The available case sizes are 36mm, 37mm, 41mm, 44mm, 45mm and 46mm. They feature mechanical calibers from the iconic El Primero or Elite movement families. ZENITH Defy Midnight Automatic Gradient 16.9200.670/02.MI001 The smallest timepiece in the collection is the 36mm Defy Midnight for women. The zenith defy classic and skyline models feature 41mm cases. The Zenith Defy 21 watch has a 44mm diameter case. Both Extreme and Fusee Tourbillon watches come with 45mm cases. For the Zero G and the Double Tourbillon models, Zenith is using 46mm diameter cases. The retail price range of the Defy collection starts at S$8,500.

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  8. The Ultimate Buying Guide to Breitling

    The Ultimate Buying Guide to Breitling

    Founded in 1884, Breitling is a leading manufacturer of extremely precise timing instruments for professionals. The brand offers an impressive selection of wristwatches suitable for various activities like flying, diving, exploration, military operations, motor-racing, outdoor adventures and sports. It is also the third largest manufacturer of COSC-certified chronometer watches. Breitling carries a great watchmaking heritage. Since its establishment, the local brand has been renowned for many innovations in the manufacturing of professional-grade timepieces like dashboard clocks, cockpit timing instruments and chronographs. From 2003, it has been funding the world’s largest civilian aerobatics team. Moreover, the company’s collaboration with the famed British luxury car brand Bentley was one of the most talked about partnerships in the fine watchmaking arena. The flagship collections are Avenger, Chronomat, Navitimer, Premier, Professional, Superocean, Superocean-Heritage and Top Time. All breitling timepieces from the brand are certified chronometers. Breitling Avenger BREITLING Avenger Seawolf Chronograph M7339010/BA03 This collection is known for bold, extremely robust and shock-proof watches. Crafted specially for adventurers, combat pilots and professionals, the avenger series offers timepieces in 43mm, 44mm, 45mm or 48mm cases. The variants with 48mm case are known as Super Avengers. Image source: breitling.com/ Made of stainless steel or titanium, these sturdy timing instruments are available in chronograph, GMT and the popular three-hand with date compositions. The night mission models usually come with DLC coated titanium cases. Avenger watches usually feature unidirectional, ratcheted bezels for measuring elapsed time and special grip pattern crowns for easy handling, even with gloves on. The most used dial colors in this series are black, blue, khaki green, white and yellow. The series includes self-winding wristwatches. The “three-hand with date” models feature the Breitling 17 movement. GMT versions have Breitling 32 and the chronographs are powered by Breitling 13 calibers. The popular models are avenger blackbird, Night Mission, Seawolf, Skyland, Hurricane and Bandit. Majority of them have water resistance of 300m (1,000 feet) where as the Seawolf model is water-resistant up to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet). The watches are available with three-links metal bracelets or calf-skin leather strap. The approximate retail price range is SGD 5,000 to 20,000. Breitling Chronomat BREITLING Chronomat 44 Jet Team Limited MB01109P/BD48 Introduced in 1984 during the centenary of the brand, Chronomat is an all purpose watch. Dedicated to men and women of purpose, action and style, this timepiece can be worn on any occasions – ranging from everyday life to glamorous red-carpet events. Presently, this collection includes models like Chronomat B01 42, Super Chronomat B01 44 and the ladies’ Chronomat Automatic 32 & 36 watches. Breitling Chronomat is based on the iconic Frecce Tricolori chronograph, launched in 1983 in partnership with the celebrated aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force. Both Chronomat B01 42 and Super Chronomat B01 44 are equipped with the manufacture self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, Breitling 01. The brand is offering stainless steel, two-tone and 18K gold variations of these masculine sports watches. Water resistant to 200 meters, these chronographs are fitted with unidirectional ratcheted bezels. They come fitted on a matching “Rouleaux” metal bracelet or rubber strap (plain or Rouleaux style). Image source: breitling.com/ This breitling watch collection also includes the Super Chronomat 44 Four-Year Calendar model. Equipped with the Breitling Calibre 19 self-winding mechanical movement, this variant incorporates chronograph and a semi-perpetual calendar mechanism, which needs adjusting just once every leap year. It has a water resistance of 100 meters. The retail price range of men’s Chronomat watches is SGD 10,000 to 35,000. For women, Breitling is offering the Chronomat Automatic 32 and 36 models. Equipped with the Cal.B10 self-winding movement, the 36mm variant displays hour, minute, centre seconds and date (at 6 o’clock). Featuring the same dial configuration, the 32mm version is powered by the Breitling 77 thermo-compensated quartz movement. These feminine sport-chic watches are available in steel, two-tone, 18K gold and gem-set versions. They come with various dial options like copper, mother-of-pearl, green, blue, pink, white and etc. The selling price range of chronomat ladies’ line-up is SGD 5,300 to 37,000. Breitling Navitimer BREITLING Navitimer Automatic A17326161C1P1 Navitimer is one of the most iconic collections from Breitling. Its origins date back to the early 1950s. The first Navitimer was exclusively created for the well-known US Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). In 1956, the brand released this pilot chronograph in the general market. Nowadays, the historic references from this acclaimed watch family are highly sought-after by collectors. Among them, Navitimer reference 806 is known as james bond watch because it was appeared in the movie Thunderball (1965). For this film, Sean Connery also used a modified Top Time Chronograph. Image source: breitling.com/ The best-selling timepieces in the modern Navitimer line-up are Automatic 35, 38 & 41, Chronograph 41, B01 Chronograph 43 & 46, B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45, Chronograph GMT 46 and 1959 Edition. A stand-out feature of this collection is the iconic bi-directional beaded bezel with the slide-rule function. The ladies Navitimer Automatic 35mm watch is equipped with the 17 movement. It is presently available in dial colors like copper, mother-of-pearl, blue and white. The case is made of steel, bi-metal or 18K gold. For this feminine wristwatch, the brand is offering metal bracelet (seven links) and alligator strap in attractive colors like brown, pink or white. Water resistance is 30 meters. The average price range is SGD 6,000 to 42,000. Both 38mm and 41mm versions of navitimer automatic watches feature the Caliber 17, which drives hour, minute, centre seconds and date (at 6H). They feature steel, dual-tone or 18K gold case. For these timepieces, the brand is offering dial colors like black, blue and white. Water resistant to 30 meters, the watch is fitted on a matching metal bracelet or alligator leather strap. The selling price range is SGD 6,000 to 20,000. B01 Chronograph (43 & 46) models are powered by the Cal.B01 where as the Chronograph 41 and the 1959 edition are equipped with Cal.B09. Both are self-winding movements and developed in-house by Breitling. Depending upon the model, the case material may be steel, bi-metal, 18K gold or platinum. The retail price range is SGD 8,000 to 55,000. The Chronograph GMT 46 is equipped with the 24 self-winding mechanical movement. It has a massive 46mm diameter stainless steel case. In addition to chronograph and calendar functions, the watch offers an easily readable dual time-zone display. This multifunction timepiece is available with a calf-skin leather strap or steel bracelet. The price range is SGD 9,000 to 11,000. Breitling Premier BREITLING Premier Automatic AB0118A71G1P1 The Premier collection derives its name from a series of elegant, fashionable wristwatches introduced in the 1940s. In 2018, the brand released its contemporary interpretation. It fuses purpose with style, performance, quality and eternal design. This series offers chronographs, day-date models and time-only watches. Notable timepieces are B09 Chronograph 40, B15 Duograph 42, B25 Datora 42, B01 Chronograph 42, Automatic Small Seconds 40, Automatic Day & Date 40 and B13 Chronograph 42. BREITLING Premier B01 Chronograph 42 AB0118371B1P1 The Premier family offers steel and 18K gold watches, featuring 40mm or 42mm cases. The available dial colors are black, blue, copper, brown, green and white. They are available with metal bracelet or leather straps (alligator or calf-skin) with folding or tang buckle. The approximate breitling singapore retail price range of the collection is SGD 5,500 to 40,000. Breitling Professional BREITLING Chronospace Automatic A23310121G1X1 Considered as the ultimate instruments for professionals, these timepieces come with ultra-light cases made of Breitlight® or titanium. The prominent models from this line-up are Endurance Pro, Aerospace Evo and Emergency. They seamlessly integrate both analogue and digital displays to facilitate various functions. These breitling watches usually come with metal bracelets or rubber straps. The Professional Endurance Pro watch features a massive 44m diameter case made of Breitlight®, a robust yet ultra-light material known for its superior resistivity to corrosion, scratch and traction. It houses the Caliber 82 SuperQuartz™ chronograph movement. Topped with a bi-directional compass bezel, Endurance Pro has a water resistance of 100 meters. Image source: breitling.com/ Aerospace Evo features a 43mm titanium case and a unidirectional, ratcheted bezel. It has a water resistance of 100 meters. This multi-function chronograph is powered by 79 SuperQuartz™ thermo-compensated quartz movement. Breitling Emergency is the world’s first wristwatch with a dual frequency distress beacon. Featuring titanium or DLC coated titanium case, this 51mm diameter watch houses the Caliber 76 SuperQuartz™ thermo-compensated quartz electronic movement. The selling price range of the Professional series is SGD 4,600 to 26,000. Breitling Superocean BREITLING Superocean Chronograph M73310B7/BB73 This best-selling series offers high-performance diving watches. From the present superocean collection, the brand is offering various case sizes (36mm, 42mm, 44mm, 46mm and 48mm) and materials like steel, bi-metal, titanium and DLC. They feature robust case design, easily readable dial and unidirectional ratcheted outer-bezel with luminous markings. Featuring the central three-hands with date configuration, all timepieces from the present generation Superocean are equipped with the B17 self-winding movement. They come fitted with a matching metal bracelet, rubber strap or fabric wristband. Popular dial colors are black, blue, green, orange, yellow and white. Image source: breitling.com/ Depending upon the version, the water-resistance varies. For example, the superocean 42 model is 500m water resistance where as the 36mm version has a depth rating of 200m. The 44mm, 46mm and 48mm models have water resistances of 1,000m, 2,000m and 3,000m, respectively. The retail price range is SGD 5,000 to 8,000. Breitling Superocean Heritage BREITLING Superocean Heritage II AB2030161C1A1 This distinct collection harks back to the first generation Breitling dive watches of the 1950s. The present superocean heritage series is inspired by the designs of these iconic diving instruments. Noteworthy creations from this series are the Heritage 57, the B20 Automatic (42mm, 44mm and 46mm), the Chronograph 44 and the B01 Chronograph 44. Available in steel, dual-tone and 18K gold versions, these automatic watches are the modern interpretations of the historic Superocean references. The Superocean Heritage ’57 model pays tribute to the original 1957 diving watch. Its stand-out aspects include a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a distinct dial design featuring oversized hour-markers. It has a 42mm diameter case. Inside it beats the Breitling 10 self-winding mechanical movement driving the time-only display. Also available in 42mm Outerknown and 38mm Pastel Paradise editions, the Heritage ’57 watch has a water resistance of 100 meters. Image source: breitling.com/ The Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic watch is available in 42mm, 44mm and 46mm versions. Water resistant to 200 meters, these watches are equipped with Caliber B-20, based on the Tudor MT5612 self-winding movement. They display the hour, minute, centre seconds and the date (at 6H). The case is mounted with a unidirectional bezel with a polished ceramic ring. The Superocean Heritage series offers two types of chronographs. The first variant is equipped with the self-winding Caliber 13, based on the iconic Valjoux/ETA 7750 movement. The second variation houses the in-house Manufacture Caliber 01. Dressed in 44mm diameter cases, both versions feature unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert. These breitling chronograph models have a water resistance rating of 200 meters. The retail price range of this collection is SGD 6,000 to 28,000. Breitling Top Time Breitling’s Top Time collection was originally launched in the 1960s. It was reintroduced in 2020 with updated design and upgraded specifications. Dedicated to young and active professionals, they stand-out with elegant yet unusual dial designs. Presently, the brand is offering stainless steel watches with 41mm or 42mm cases. These self-winding chronographs are equipped with Breitling calibers 23 (bi-compax) or 25 (tri-compax). Notable models from the series are Triumph, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra and Deus. The breitling top time watches are available with nubuck or perforated calfskin leather strap. The estimated price range is SGD 7,000 to 7,500.

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  9. Variations of Tourbillon

    Variations of Tourbillon

    Introduction Invented by the visionary Swiss-French watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, Tourbillon is the most amazing and visually engaging horological complication. Patented in 1801, it was originally created to cancel out the effects of gravity for ensuring precision of portable mechanical timepieces such as carriage clocks and pocket watches. Breguet commenced the commercial production of tourbillon watches in 1805. According to historians, only 35 examples were commercialized by the great watchmaking genius. Tourbillon (pronounced as tür-bē-yōⁿ) is a French word for whirlwind. In this mechanism, the escapement and balance wheel are mounted in a revolving cage. Due to the complexity involved to manufacture this micro-mechanical device, only a small number of brands offer tourbillon watches in their regular collections. Notable evolutions of this amazing horological mechanism are single, double and triple axis tourbillons, flying tourbillon and Gyrotourbillon. Some high-end watchmaking houses offer timepieces featuring two, three or four tourbillons. The first tourbillon wristwatch was created by Omega in 1947. In 1984, master watchmaker Franck Muller crafted the first wrist-worn timepiece with a visible tourbillon complication at the dial side. Audemars Piguet developed the first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch in 1986. Classic Tourbillon Watches Classic Tourbillon timepieces house the purest form of tourbillon complication as envisaged by its inventor. They usually come with hand-wound movements. Image source: breguet.com/ Reference 3357 from the Breguet Classic Complications series is a classic manual-winding tourbillon watch. Available in rose, yellow or white gold, this breguet watch features a subsidiary dial for hour and minutes display and a single tourbillon cage at 6’oclock with running seconds indicator. One of the smallest tourbillon wristwatches presently available the market, the 35mm diameter model houses the Caliber 558T with a power reserve of 55 hours. The breguet singapore price of this timepiece is more than S$150,000. Image source: alange-soehne.com/ A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon is also a great choice in the classic manual-wound category. Made in Germany, this haute horlogerie masterpiece comes in 18K gold and platinum versions. In addition to the magnificent tourbillon complication positioned at 6 o’clock, this timepiece combines two innovations: stop-seconds function for the tourbillon and the ZERO-RESET time-setting mechanism. It comes in a 39.5mm diameter case. The Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon 8 Jours is a classic variant with longer power reserve. Equipped with a manual-winding movement, this 37.5mm blancpain watch offers an incredible autonomy of 192 hours (8 days). Self-winding Tourbillon Watches These modern tourbillon timepieces are equipped with automatic winding mechanisms. You can discover an impressive line-up of self-winding wristwatches from popular luxury watch collections like AP Royal Oak, Code 11.59 by Audermars Piguet, Breguet Classique Complications, Frederique Constant Highlife, H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer, JLC Master and Vacheron Constantin Traditionalle. Flying Tourbillons Flying tourbillon was designed by German watchmaking instructor Alfred Helwig in 1920. The classic tourbillon mechanism is fixed on both sides where as the flying tourbillon complication is fitted on a single anchor. Due to the cantilevered design, it appears to be flying within its cage. Presently, several luxury brands offer flying tourbillon watches. The leading manufacturers in this segment are Angelus, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Cartier, Chopard, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, JLC, Louis Vuitton and Roger Dubuis. Image source: glashutte-original.com/ Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon with Panorama Date combines the mesmerizing flying tourbillon complication with a highly noticeable panorama date display. This glashutte original senator watch features a 42mm diameter case. The dial hosts centre hour and minute hands, large date window at 12 o’clock and the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. It houses a self-winding movement (caliber 94-03) with a power reserve of 48 hours. It comes with signature adornments like Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, Perlage decoration on balance mirror, skeletonized rotor with double-G symbol and 21-carat gold oscillation weight, diamond capstone at flying tourbillon, bevelled edges, polished steel parts and blued screws. Paying tribute to Alfred Helwig, the inventor of flying tourbillon, this glashutte original watch is available in 18-carat white or rose gold. The glashutte original singapore price of this timepiece is more than S$146,000. Ultra-thin Tourbillons These timepieces feature extremely thin construction. Notable examples are Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon, Arnold & Son UTTE, Breguet 5367 and JLC Master Ultrathin Tourbillon. BVLGARI Octo Finissimo 102714 Introduced in 2018, the bulgari octo finissimo tourbillon is the thinnest self-winding flying tourbillon watch in the world. Made of titanium, the case measures 42mm diameter and 3.95mm thickness. Inside the octo finissimo tourbillon watch beats Caliber BVL 288, an extremely thin automatic skeleton movement measuring just 1.95mm thickness. It is equipped with a peripheral rotor and provides a power reserve of 52 hours. Octo Finissimo is a series of mechanical bulgari watches renowned for their extremely thin design. Fitted on a titanium bracelet, this light-weight and ultrathin wristwatch spotlights a sand-blasted finish. It has two central axis hands for displaying the hour and minute. The flying tourbillon is visible at 6 o’clock. The Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon watch features a 7.35mm case. The breguet tourbillon 5367 has a 7.45mm case and the Arnold & Son UTTE has a thickness of 8.34 mm.  Featuring 11.3mm thickness, the JLC Master Ultrathin Tourbillon watch is available in 18K Gold, with or without diamond-setting. Powered by a self-winding movement, it comes in a minimalistic time-only configuration or with additional complications like moonphase. The jaeger lecoultre singapore price of this model is above S$119,000. Multi-Tourbillons Image source: breguet.com/ As the name suggests, these wristwatches incorporate two or more complications. Arnold & Son Double Tourbillon, Breguet Classique Grande Complication 5347, Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon, Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique, Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia, TAG Heuer MikrotourbillonS and Zenith DEFY Double Tourbillon are some noteworthy examples of double tourbillon watches. An example for Triple Tourbillon is The Tourbillon of Tourbillons watch created by Independent Swiss watchmaker Antoine Preziuso. This extremely complex mechanical manual-wound timepiece incorporates three tourbillons. A watch with four tourbillons is known as quadruple tourbillon. An example is Greubel Forsey Quadruple Tourbillon. Multi-Axis Tourbillons The tourbillon mechanism invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet featured a single axis. Majority of classic tourbillon watches are based on this concept. Gradually, watchmakers have developed various types of mechanisms like multi-axis tourbillons. Revolving on two axes, the double axis tourbillon was developed by English watchmaker Anthony Randall in 1977. This mechanism was initially used with carriage clocks. In 2003, the first double axis tourbillon watch was introduced by Thomas Prescher. Presently, various haute-horlogerie Maisons produced double axis tourbillon watches. Most notable examples are Thomas Prescher Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon Watch and Jacob & Co. Astronomia Casino. The notable examples for Triple Axis Tourbillon watches are Jacob & Co. Astronomia Flawless Triple Axis Tourbillon, MB&F LM Thunderdome Triple-Axis Tourbillon, Thomas Prescher Triple Axis Tourbillon Regulator, Cabestan Triple Axis Tourbillon and Franck Muller Revolution 3. Gyrotourbillon Gyrotourbillon is a special kind of tourbillon mechanism that rotates on two difference axes. It means that both the inner cage and outer cage of the tourbillon revolve for an enhanced protection against the effects of gravity. Jaeger-LeCoultre is a manufacturer of gyrotourbillon watches. Image source: jaeger-lecoultre.com/ In 2004, the esteemed Swiss watch Maison introduced a double axis spherical tourbillon mechanism known as Gyrotourbillon I. In 2008, the jaeger lecoultre Gyrotourbillon II was launched. Presently, the Manufacture is offering a number of high-complication wristwatches equipped with this intrinsic mechanism. The latest additions to this jaeger lecoultre watch series are the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 and the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel.

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  10. Editor’s Pick- 5 Tiffany Blue Dial Watches You Should Know

    Editor’s Pick- 5 Tiffany Blue Dial Watches You Should Know

    Tiffany Blue is a unique color associated with the iconic American luxury jewellery and specialty retailer Tiffany & Co. This emblematic shade was first used for the cover of Tiffany Blue Book in 1845. Trademarked since 1998 and standardized by Pantone in 2001, this alluring color is called 1837 Blue. The recent launch of the Patek Philippe Nautilus Tiffany & Co. limited edition collection has caused an increasing popularity of watches with blue dials. As tiffany blue is a proprietary color, other watch brands use identical shades like turquoise or aqua blue to catch up the latest trend in the market. Let us discover five such timepieces with the exact or similar color theme. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A Tiffany Blue Announced in December 2021, the Nautilus tiffany watch is a very special creation. Firstly, it commemorates the 170th anniversary of a long-standing partnership between the prestigious Swiss manufacture and Tiffany & Co. With the production limited to just 170 pieces, this model is one of the rarest Patek watches made in the modern era. It is moreover the final edition of patek philippe nautilus 5711, as the Geneva Maison has decided to terminate the production of this highly sought-after reference. Image source: patek.com/ The Nautilus Ref. 5711 Tiffany Boutique exclusive watch boasts a lacquer dial with the iconic Tiffany blue color. It has a 40mm diameter stainless steel case fitted on an integrated bracelet. To certify its exclusiveness, the limited edition patek philippe tiffany and co watch features special inscriptions on the sapphire crystal case-back. The charming horizontal pattern dial also spotlights the names of both grand houses, a rare attribute in modern Patek watches. It has a water resistance of 120 meters. Driven by the Caliber 26-330 S C, this three-hand automatic Nautilus also features a date window at 3 o’clock. PATEK PHILIPPE Nautilus 5711/1A-011 Launched in 1976, Nautilus is one of the most admired contemporary wristwatch collections. Depending upon the material, complication or gem-setting, patek philippe nautilus price in Singapore is ranges from SGD 40,000 to SGD 800,000. Introduced in 2006, Reference 5711 is the best-selling series within this collection. The suggested patek philippe nautilus 5711 price of the Tiffany Blue® special edition is approximately SGD 71,000. Interestingly, the first piece of this exclusive wristwatch was auctioned by Phillips for a whopping $6.5 million. Rolex Oyster Perpetual with Turquoise Blue Dial Image source: rolex.com/ Introduced in 2020, the Oyster Perpetual 36mm Ref. 126000-0006 model is known as rolex tiffany blue because its turquoise dial looks similar to that of the limited edition Nautilus Ref. 5711 Tiffany. It has now become the most sought-after OP 36mm watch. It features an Oystersteel case and Oyster-style bracelet. Rolex is also offering a 41mm version with a turquoise color dial: reference 124300-0006. ROLEX Oyster Perpetual 124300-0002 Both 36mm and 41mm rolex oyster perpetual watches are equipped with the Caliber 3230, a superlative chronometer-certified, in-house self-winding movement introduced in 2020. It has an enhanced power reserve of 70 hours thanks to the newly developed Chronergy escapement. They display the hour, minute and centre-seconds. The hands and indexes are enhanced with Chromalight. Both references are water resistant up to 100 meters. Usually, the rolex oyster perpetual price singapore starts at S$ 10,000. The selling prices of turquoise dial watches may be more excessive due to high demand. Grand Seiko SBGA407 aka Skyflake Grand Seiko is known for its superb wristwatches featuring exceptionally precise movements, meticulously finished cases and immaculate dial styles. For various dial designs, the Japanese luxury watch brand usually draws inspiration from the country’s natural splendor, including snowy filled mountains, lush green forest, lakes, sand dunes and etc. One of the most admired GS dial pattern is snow-flake, the style used in the best selling models like SBGA011 and SBGA211. Image source: grand-seiko.com/ In the current portfolio, the brand is offering a beautiful timepiece as an alternative option for Patek Tiffany Blue. This model (SBGA407) has a blue snow-flake dial. Due to its striking resemblance with the blue sky of the winter season, this enchanting dial texture is called Skyflake. The watch is equipped with the Spring Drive 9R65 movement, which provides the smooth sliding motion of the blue centre seconds hand across the striking snow-blue dial. In addition to basic timekeeping, the grand seiko skyflake watch displays the date and power reserve. GRAND SEIKO 9R Spring Drive Spring-Drive SBGA415 This timepiece features a 40.2mm diameter stainless case with Zaratsu polished surfaces. The sapphire crystal caseback offers the magnificent view of the well-liked Spring Drive caliber from the Grand Seiko 9R family. Grand Seiko SBGA407 has an approximate retail price of 7,800 Singapore dollars. Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture “Year of the Fiftieth” Introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates, this exclusive Frederique Constant timepiece boasts a distinct turquoise blue dial inspired by the Gulf seas. Launched in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi&Sons, this exemplary model is limited to 50 pieces. frederiqueconstant.com/ Introduced in 1999, Highlife is an iconic watch collection. In 2020, the brand revived this remarkable series. Its special features include the specially designed case, the globe motif dial, and the integrated bracelet system for seamless fitting and quick swapping of straps. The Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture “Year of the Fiftieth” watch comes with a highly polished titanium case with a diameter of 41mm. The main dial is adorned with the unique ‘Yas’ Marina blue color and the sub-dials (day of the week, date and month/leap year) are in dark grey. Just like all frederique constant watches from the Highlife collection, this model spotlights the globe pattern decoration on the dial. The midnight blue moon-phase disc features silvered moon and stars. The Highlife perpetual calendar watch is equipped with the in-house developed FC-775 movement. It has a power reserve of 38 hours. The frederique constant singapore price of this timepiece is near about S$14,750. Casio Baby G BA-111-3A Baby G is the feminine equivalent of the Casio G-Shock collection. Dedicated to active and stylish young women, this series offers glamorous timepieces in a variety of hues including various blue shades as alternative options for the tiffany blue color. If you are searching for a Baby G model with tiffany style blue dial, BG169R-2B is the best choice. This digital watch comes with an aqua blue metallic dial, case and band. Image source: casio.com/ The baby g casio model BA-111-3A comes with a Turquoise blue color case and matching band. It has a white dial with analogue hands and digital display. Another option is BGA-170-2B, which features a Marine Blue theme. Just like the popular G-Shock series, the Casio baby-g-shock watches are extremely shock-proof and water resistant (100 m or 200m). The case, bezel and strap are made of resin. The glass is mineral crystal. These robust yet stylish timepieces are equipped with quartz movements. They usually come with vibrant dial styles, offering a multitude of functions like time display, stopwatch, countdown timer, world-time, alarm, full calendar, 12/24H and etc. The casio baby g singapore price range is S$100 to S$300.

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  11. A Closer Look at Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary Watch Models

    A Closer Look at Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’s 50th Anniversary Watch Models

    The Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet is one of the most admired luxury watch collections. Introduced in 1972, this exceptional series is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. It proudly expresses the Vallée de Joux based fine watchmaking manufacturer’s savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. When it launched in the early 1970s, this high-end sports watch broke the prevailing aesthetic codes of that era. The legendary Swiss watch designer Gérald Genta opted for conventional features for the Royal Oak. Firstly, for the first time in the history, the prestigious manufacturer selected stainless steel to produce a luxury wristwatch. Known as “Jumbo”, this audemars piguet royal oak model measured a 39mm diameter. It was equipped with the self-winding calibre 2121 featuring an ultra-thin size. Its emblematic features include octagonal steel bezel secured with hexagonal screws, Tapisserie dial, slim self-winding movement and stylish integrated bracelet. Meticulously crafted and carefully finished according to the highest haute-horlogerie traditions, the Royal Oak timepiece instantly became popular among affluent customers with a passion for progressive lifestyle. Subsequently, the manufacturer has expanded this luxury sports watch collection by adding new versions featuring various case sizes, materials, movements, complications and other details. Celebrating the golden jubilee of this flagship series, Audemars Piguet has painstakingly created a number of new royal oak models. Let us explore the details about the most recent evolutions from the acclaimed AP watch family. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding 37 mm 15450ST.OO.1256ST.02 Royal Oak Self-winding 37mm The new Self-winding 37 mm line-up represents a new design evolution marking the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak series. Although retaining the aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak, the latest edition presents slight developments to improve ergonomics, reliability and performance. Audemars Piguet has added some enhancements to the case to ensure more ergonomics features than the previous Royal Oaks. The design of the integrated bracelet has also been improved for making it thinner and lighter, thus assuring optimum comfort on the wrist. The manufacturer has also undertaken some design enhancements on the hour-markers, the logo and the minute track to provide aesthetic harmony across the different models. Image source: audemarspiguet.com/ The new royal oak selfwinding 37 mm is available in various dial colors: black, light blue, midnight blue, light green, khaki green and silver. These timepieces feature Grande Tapisserie pattern dials. Equipped with the Self-winding Calibre 5900, the ap royal oak 37mm watch display hour, minute, central seconds and date. The oscillating weight of the movement is made of 22K pink gold. It has a power reserve of 60 hours. Audemars Piguet is presently offering stainless steel, Bi-metal and 18K gold versions of this watch. Diamond-set variants are also available. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin 39mm 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01 ROYAL OAK “JUMBO” EXTRA-THIN This timepiece is a tribute the very first royal oak watch “Jumbo.” Just like its illustrious ancestor, the reference 16202 features a 39mm diameter case. While the historical model was made of steel, the new 50th anniversary edition is available in 18K gold, platinum and steel versions. All the new Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin watches are equipped with the AP 7121 self-winding movement. Boasting an ultra-thin profile with a thickness of just 3.2mm, this caliber generously provides an exceptional power reserve of 55 hours.  Image source: audemarspiguet.com/ Imbued with a more contemporary style, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” watch displays hour, minutes and the date. Except the platinum model, all models spotlight the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern dials. The stainless steel variant features a midnight blue dial. The pink gold version comes with a smoked grey dial where as the yellow gold variant has a smoked yellow-gold toned dial. The platinum ap jumbo watch is available with a smoked green dial with sunburst finish. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph 38mm & 41mm 26315ST.OO.1256ST.02 ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH In the modern design evolution series launched to mark the golden jubilee of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet is also offering new 38mm and 41mm versions of its Self-winding Chronograph. Available in stainless steel, 18K gold and Gem-set iterations, both variants spotlight the popular Grande Tapisserie pattern dials. The new Royal Oak Chronograph models are available with various dial colors like Grey, Khaki Green, Light Blue, Midnight Blue (Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50), and Silver. Both models feature luminescent coated, baton hands and applied indexes. Image source: audemarspiguet.com/ The new 38mm audemars piguet royal oak chronograph is equipped with the automatic 2385 movement. Beating at 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour), it provides a power reserve of 40 hours. It incorporates the 30-minutes register at 3 o’clock, the small seconds at 6 o’clock and the 12-h counter at 9 o’clock. Equipped with the Caliber 4401, the new Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph 41 mm models display the 12H counter at 3 o’clock, the small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and 30 minute register at 9 o’clock. Endowed with a “50-years” oscillating weight in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold, this automatic movement has a power reserve of 70 hours.  Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph 41 mm in Frosted Gold Image source: audemarspiguet.com/ This timepiece merges the iconic Gerald Genta style with a rare ornamental technique known as Frosted Gold, produced in collaboration with Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. The first Frosted Gold Royal Oak was introduced in 2016. Now, Audemars Piguet is presenting two new ap royal oak chronograph models featuring this exquisite finish in white or yellow gold. They feature Grande Tapisserie dials in grey or yellow-gold color. The movement is Caliber 4401, same as the new design 41mm Royal Oak Self-winding Chronograph series. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 43 mm Gem-set Image source: audemarspiguet.com/ Designed by Emmanuel Gueit and introduced in 1993, Royal Oak Offshore is a sportier evolution of the iconic Royal Oak family. This distinct series has been known for bold and masculine characteristics. In 2021, Audemars Piguet launched new design evolutions of this watch in 42mm and 43mm versions, including a number of royal oak offshore chronographs and divers. Joining the 50th-anniversary celebration in 2022 is a new series of diamond-set versions equipped with the Caliber 4401 self-winding fly-back chronograph movement. These sparkling creations are available in 43mm diameter case size, with bezel-set or full-set options. Presently, the brand is offering 18K white gold models in the recently launched gem-set edition. Depending upon the version, brilliant-cut or baguette-cut diamonds are used. The dial design can be fully paved, or “Méga Tapisserie” pattern. The new ap royal oak offshore 43 mm Gem-set watches are offered with a full-set metal bracelet or rubber strap. Pricing Audemars Piguet belongs to the holy trinity of the luxury watchmaking along with Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The brand has been positioned in the high-luxury segment. The audemars piguet singapore price typically starts at S$ 20,000 for entry level models. For high complication watches, precious metal variants and diamond-set versions, the selling prices usually go above S$ 100,000. The least expensive AP wristwatch is the 33mm Royal Oak quartz watch in steel. In the self-winding segment, the audemars piguet royal oak price starts at S$ 30,000.

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