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Last time we talked here at WCL about Bell & Ross was back in 2017 when the brand had just released its BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire —you can read our review here. Disappointed by seeing the brand trying too hard to conquer uncharted territory in a price point that doesn’t match their brand essence and product offering, we decided to take a hiatus at reviewing any of their watches. However, with the release of the BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes, the brand picked our interest one more time by going back to their basics and what they’re well known for, making good looking watches that won’t break the bank and that give you a little bit more than a TAG Heuer, a Longines or a Baume & Mercier would give you just to name a few.
t's been almost five years since the freak skiing accident that put Michael Schumacher in a coma on December 29th, 2013. While today we don't know much about Schumacher's condition, other than he was out of the come a year after his accident, the one thing we know is that the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 'Schumi' is the best and nicest limited edition watch to ever honor one of the greatest Formula One drivers that has ever lived. Available in Titanium, 18K Rose Gold and Platinum, this limited edition along with the Rubens Barrichello —titanium model here, rose gold model here and the platinum model here— are two of the most coveted AP Offshores of all time.
As you probably have figured it out by now, we love everything that comes packed in orange boxes with brown markings. Therefore, we just added the Hermès Eau de pamplemousse rose 'cologne' to the fragrances that suit watchlifestylers very well. Especially because this 'cologne' can be shared by men and women as it is a unisex fragrance. The Eau de pamplemousse rose —pink grapefruit— follows the same notes and aromas as the iconic Eau d'Orange Verte —green orange— but with a fresher scent infused with floral notes of roses.
Along with the new Blancpain Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s limited to 500 pieces —featured here—, comes the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Annual Calendar —Quantième Annuel. This is the first time that this model is equipped with such complication. This year’s Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel brings new functionality to the sport collection, trying to enhance its use as a daily wearer. Including indications for the day of the week, date, and month shown in rectangular apertures at 12 o'clock and with a gorgeous old-school looking blue moonphase indicator at 6 o'clock, the date indicator takes a prominent spot with its chapter ring and its red quarter moon tipped hand.
Inspired by the legendary Panerai Mare Nostrum, the first chronograph produced by the brand in the 1940s or 1950s for the Italian Navy, comes the new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM 716 with a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter and powered by a non-in-house calibre. With a much smaller size than the original Mare Nostrum and the 2010 and 2015 reissues Mare Nostrum PAM00300 and the Mare Nostrum Titanium PAM00603 —both measuring 52 mm in diameter—, the new PAM 716 is the third modern iteration of the Mare Nostrum with the first one being released in 1993 by Panerai under reference number 5218-301/A with a 42 mm case.
Without a doubt, the perfect watch for a day like today as we are just a few hours away from the beginning of the total solar eclipse 2017 is the Jaquet Droz Éclipse Onyx. Fitted with a 43mm stainless steel case and an onyx dial that includes a complete calendar with a moon and eight stars on relief, this watch features a retrograde moon that is eclipsed with an independent rotating cover as the phases advance and a serpentine hand marks the date around the circumference of the dial.
The first diving watch for Richard Mille was the RM 028 Diver released in 2010 with several renditions that followed. In 2012, the most striking and colorful Richard Mille Diver RM 028 was released in a non-limited run —but knowing how Richard Mille works, maybe no more than 100 pieces or so were made— and featuring a brown PVD titanium case with orange and blue accents on the bezel and secured by a bright orange rubber strap.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.04 is the latest 41 mm Royal Oak released earlier this year with a fantastic grey ruthenium toned dial. This reference is a clear result of the continuous evolution of the Royal Oak and the manufacture's constant forward thinking. Since its launch in 1972, the Royal Oak has gone through several design modifications and the ref. 15400 with this new grey dial is simply perfect. With this new dial, the Royal Oak ref. 15400ST is now available in four different dial variants that include blue, silvered white, black and this new one.
The A. Lange & Söhne calibre L101.1 is the beating heart inside the fascinating A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar. Since we took a good amount of macro shots of this beautiful calibre during our review of the watch a while back, we decided to dedicate a full post to these amazing images.
This post is dedicated to all watchlifestylers that like classic brands and timepieces that are elegant and timeless. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche ref. 1378420 is a watch that you can wear in any setting and that is perfectly suited for the most demanding occasions. This watch, with its power-reserve register and pointer-type date display, is as elegant as it gets and a classic timepiece that you won't have a problem wearing with jeans or a bespoke suit.
The Glashütte Original Senator Panorama Date ref. 100-03-32-42-04 was one of the novelty timepieces presented at Baselworld 2013. This watch is a quintessential example of the superb craftsmanship of this manufacture straight from Saxony, the birthplace of German watchmaking. The Senator Panorama Date is available in stainless steel or rose gold and is part of the extensive Glashütte Original Senator line-up.
The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar was presented at the SIHH 2013 and was awarded two prizes at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève the same year —not only it received the Grande Complication Prize but also the Public Prize. This fascinating timepiece available in Platinum or Pink Gold —like the one we are reviewing here— is not only amazing from an horological standpoint but also extraordinary when it comes to its visual appeal and looks.
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