In preparation for Baselworld 2017, today we are going to talk about one of the hottest Rolexes on Instagram with more than 30,000 posts. Released during Baselworld 2013, the Rolex GMT Master II BLNR a.k.a 'Batman' ref. 116710BLNR was the first attempt by Rolex to release a bi-color cerachrom bezel in their lineup. Today, almost four years later, the GMT Master BLNR has turned into an icon and a watch that is quite hard to get as the supply by Rolex is always somewhat limited.
Experience: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Schiphol Airport Limited Edition. Perfectly Paired with the Blue dial on the AP Royal Oak Extra-Thin 15202OR.
Landing at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is always a treat if you like the finer things in life as much as we do. After a long-haul flight on KLM's World Business Class, the perfect way to start your day on the other side of the pond is by enjoying all that this airport has to offer. Schiphol is without a doubt, one of our favorite airports in the world and one that truly offers a great experience for watchlifestylers.
Rare Bird: Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5065A 'Jumbo'. The History of the First Patek to be Fitted with a Rubber Strap.
Released in 1997 as the first Patek Philippe to be fitted with a rubber strap, the Aquanaut 'Jumbo' ref. 5065A is one of the most iconic watches of the 1990s. This ultra sporty Patek is turning 20 this year and we can only hope that Patek Philippe adds a few other references to their Aquanaut lineup at Baselworld 2017. While the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 'Jumbo' ref. 5065A is not the first luxury watch to be equipped with a natural rubber strap
H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Mad Watch Unique Piece. The Watch with a Cheese Case Priced at $1.07 Million USD.
In response to new legislation on the Swiss Made ordinance for watches, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Swiss Mad Watch unique piece earlier this year. To make a statement as they usually do, they released the Swiss Mad Watch which is truly a 100% Swiss watch. With its in-house movement encapsulated in a 42 mm case made of Swiss cheese mixed with Itr2 composite —almost like a resin— and fastened by a hand-stitched cowhide strap from a Swiss cow, this is truly a 100% Swiss Made watch from top to bottom.
MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S200 Eagle Rich Time. Hands-on with the 10-Piece Limited Edition Exclusively Sold in Moscow.
Founded in 2007 and after the launch of the very successful Sequential One we reviewed here, MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps released the Sequential Two in 2014 also featuring MCT's signature prism display to tell time and for the very first time cased in a round-shaped case composed of 43 components.
Insider: Presenting the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Titanium LM2 Ti. Hands-on with the New LM2 with Vivid Blue Greenish Dial.
First launched in 2013, up until now, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 was only available in 18K white gold with dark grey dial, 18K rose gold with silver dial or in a limited edition of 18 pieces in 950 platinum with blue dial —you can see the previous iterations here. Today, we bring you our hands-on review of the new MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Titanium with its strikingly beautiful vivid blue greenish dial.
Experience: Frederic Malle Monsieur by Bruno Jovanovic. As Understated as a Patek Philippe Aquanaut Jumbo ref. 5065A.
Frédéric Malle is a name that not everyone knows about and is the name behind some of the most exclusive fragrances in the world. Introduced in 2000 as Editions de Parfums, this brand is just as understated as a Patek Philippe Aquanaut Jumbo ref. 5065A on someone's wrist. A completely novel concept whereby the world’s greatest noses composed exclusive, creative fragrances to be sold under their names, Malle draws attention to the raw materials utilized in the product itself and not to his name like most fragrance makers out there.
Insider: Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Bronze. Hands-on with Montblanc's First Bronze Watch Ever.
Just released at the SIHH 2017 a few weeks ago, Montblanc has now added the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition in bronze. This watch that brings the best of the vintage world to the modern era in a flawless execution, just got much better for those of you that love bronze watches and marks a first for Montblanc when it comes to the utilization of bronze.
Insider: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duoface Small Second. Hands-on with an Elegant Understated Timepiece that is Like Having Two Watches in One.
With its silvered guilloché and vertically brushed dial with Arabic numerals, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duoface Small Second is the perfect companion for travelers thanks to its ability to keep track of a second time zone on the back side dial. Capitalizing on the principle of reversibility, Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed and crafted movements capable of driving indications displayed on two separate dials and to date, this invention has remained entirely exclusive to JLC.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold ref. 15454 and 67653. Hands-on with the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift.
Just because it's Valentine's Day, we bring you a very special women's watch that could be the dream gift for that special lady in your life. The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold is available in two sizes —33 mm and 37 mm— and in 18K rose gold or 18K white gold. Officially presented at the SIHH 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the ladies Royal Oak —Jacqueline Dimier transferred Genta's design to a ladies version—, this is a shining reinvention of an iconic design.
Insider: A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual 'Pour le Mérite'. Hands-on with the Fifth Masterpiece from Lange.
The new A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual 'Pour le Mérite' not only combines four amazing horological complications in one watch, but is also happens to be the fifth masterpiece from Lange that is flawlessly designed bringing the best of their DNA into one watch. Featuring a curved bridge to hold its impressive tourbillon cage, the Tourbograph Perpetual 'Pour le Mérite' is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces and priced at more than half a million U.S. dollars.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar ref. 5000T in 18K rose gold. Hands-on with one of the Most Stunning Timepieces from Vacheron.
Released in October of 2016 in platinum, there is now a new version of this watch in 18K rose gold that was just released at the SIHH 2017. The new Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar ref. 5000T/000R-B304 is an exceptional timepiece in 18K rose gold that is as pure as it gets in terms of design and unequivocal elegance. Equipped with the new in-house Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1142 QP and cased in a generous 43 mm, the newest grand complication from Vacheron Constantin combines the chronograph and the perpetual calendar.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked ref. 26347OR. Hands-on with an Impressive Openworked AP that Weighs Almost a Pound.
Only a handful of watch brands excel in the art of skeletonization and Audemars Piguet is one of them without a doubt. The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked ref. 26347OR.OO.1205OR.01 just released at the SIHH 2017 is a perfect example of the caliber of work they do in this field and a watch worth talking about. While this watch didn't get much press coverage a few weeks ago since the AP Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in black ceramic —reviewed by us here— took the center stage in Geneva, we feel that is about time that we present you our hands-on review of it.
Insider: Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 America's Cup PAM 727 & Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 SoftBank Team Japan PAM 732. Hands-on with the Watches Celebrating Panerai's Latest Partnership.
As of January 2017, Officine Panerai is an Official Partner of the 35th America’s Cup, the most celebrated and prestigious sailing race in the world. The partnership between Panerai and the America’s Cup is an example of this shared awareness, of this perfect balance between the past and the future. As part of this new partnership, Panerai released five new limited edition watches at the SIHH 2017 just a few weeks ago. While three of the watches are specific to the Oracle Team USA, one is generic to the 35th America's Cup, and the other supports the SoftBank Team Japan.
Insider: Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie. Hands-on with the Most Impressive Timepiece from Greubel Forsey So Far.
One of the most impressive timepieces we've ever reviewed and the very first time we got to play with a Grande Sonnerie watch, please meet the new Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie, an exceptional timepiece that took 11 years of Research & Development and that combines a Petite and Grande Sonnerie with a Tourbillon in one watch. This is by far, one of the three most impressive watches presented at the SIHH 2017. Composed of no less than 935 parts in addition to the filling of two patents, the development of an acoustic resonance cage producing an extremely pure sound like this one was a true feat for the team at Greubel Forsey.
Insider: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic and Rose Gold. Hands-on with the Best Combo So Far for this JLC Model.
One of those watches that didn't get much attention or exposure at the SIHH 2017 is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph in black ceramic with rose gold hands and rose gold crown and pushers. If you thought that all other JLC Master Compressor Chronographs in black ceramic were sporty, wait until you see how awesome this new watch got thanks to the perfect combination of 18K rose gold with black. Fitted with a matte black ceramic case measuring 46 mm in diameter and 14.27 in thickness.
Video: SIHH 2017 - Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève. Recap Part 3, the Last Video of the SIHH until Next Year.
Here's the third and last video of a series of three video recaps of our media coverage at the SIHH 2017 - Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. On this last video, you'll get to experience up-close and personal some of the watches presented by the independent brands, more of the booths and extra footage as we said goodbye to Geneva.
SIHH 2017: Panerai Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic PAM 692. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Along with the new revolutionary Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech PAM 700 —we brought you here— released by Panerai at the SIHH 2017, the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee presented a second watch also quite revolutionary, but in a different way. Equipped with an invisible but revolutionary innovation, the new Panerai Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic PAM 692 sports a case, bezel, crown and protecting device in BMG-Tech —where BMG stands for Bulk Metallic Glass. This material similar to titanium but darker grey is also extremely resistant and quite light.
This year at the SIHH 2017, Roger Dubuis announced its partnership with Pirelli and a strategy based on disruptive materials and progressive complications. As part of their new alliance with Pirelli, there are two new watches —the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon and the Excalibur Spider Pirelli Automatic Skeleton — that we'll talk about in a couple of days. A watch that is not part of this alliance but one of the most impressive timepieces unveiled at the Salon this year is the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt Micro-Melt.
Experience: The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116523 Presented to the Winner of the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona 2017. Congrats to Nick Boulle.
Last year, Nick Boulle was featured in our watch collectors and watchlifestylers section after finishing second at the 54th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona —formerly known as the 24 Hours of Daytona. This year, Nick also made the podium but this time finished in first place in the Prototype Challenge Class along with his three teammates at the 55th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. As it is customary, Rolex presents a two-tone Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116523 to the winners and we have the actual watch right here for you guys to enjoy.