When you fly across the globe for the launch of a new watch, you know something really special is coming. And when Vacheron Constantin is the one taking you there, you know you’re in for a real treat. After flying from Dallas to London aboard British Airways’ First Class in our favorite aircraft —the Boeing 747—, we arrived at LHR as fresh as lettuce leaves. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the swanky Hotel Café Royal that would be our home away from home for the next two nights. Located in the Soho area not far from Piccadilly Circus, this was the perfect setting for two incredible days with Vacheron Constantin and to celebrate the launch of the new FiftySix Tourbillon we featured here.
Richard Mille revisits the extraordinary movement of the legendary RM 012, reconciling innovations at the level of materials with a testament to horological architecture. Known as the RM 12-01 Tourbillon and available in four different 18-piece limited editions available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques in the Americas, the construction of the case on the new RM 12-01 Tourbillon follows the tripartite principle in case combinations that all include Carbon TPT.
Insider: Patek Philippe Minute Repeaters. History, Explanation and 10 Facts You Need to Know About Them.
The history of Patek Philippe and Minute Repeaters is a long one. A couple of years ago, we had the opportunity to participate in the Minute Repeater Training and Sound Tasting class at Patek Philippe in New York City. For those of you wondering if Patek invented the Minute Repeater, the answer is no. It was Daniel Quare who invented the repetition mechanism in 1680; however, when it comes to Minute Repeaters, we all have to agree that no one other than Patek Philippe makes the most classical, elegant and perfect sounding timepieces equipped with the king of all complications.
A long power reserve of eight days is shared by three new creations of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel: three Luminor with characteristics which make each model new and unique, while strongly maintaining the unmistakable Panerai identity. The new Panerai Luminor 8 Days Power Reserve watches are powered by the new in-house manual wound calibre P.5002 —with the exception of the left-handed model that is powered by the calibre P.5001 also in-house. Fitted with a 44 mm case, the new Luminor 8 days Power Reserve is available in three different models.
News: Urwerk UR-111C. An Unconventional Timepiece with Optical Fiber in two 25-Piece Limited Editions.
Urwerk’s departures from its signature theme of wandering-hour indications have always been spectacular and the new just released Urwerk UR-111C is no exception. This latest exercise in complex micro-mechanics is a worthy rival to the brand’s other "Special Projects" line, in both originality and mechanical virtuosity. In the Urwerk tradition, none of the indications of this UR-111C watch are conventional: The minutes are shown in two different ways —linearly for eyes pleasure and digitally for precision.
Insider: Vacheron Constantin FiftySix Tourbillon ref. 6000E. The First Major Complication in this Collection.
Adding up to the already amazing lineup of the Vacheron Constantin FiftySix collection —first unveiled at the SIHH 2018— comes the new FiftySix Tourbillon ref. 6000E/000R-B488. Not only this is the first major complication in the new FiftySix collection, but this is also an automatic tourbillon powered by an ultra-thin movement with a peripheral oscillating weight that enables an even slimmer construction and unobstructed views of the full movement that often gets somewhat blocked by the use of a solid central oscillating weight. The FiftySix collection is a retro-contemporary new line of timepieces that takes its inspiration from the iconic Vacheron Constantin reference 6073 from 1956, hence the name FiftySix.
Insider: Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire Rose Gold. Accurate to 1/6th of a Second and Beautiful as Beautiful it gets.
The Duomètre collection is one of our favorite collections from Jaeger-LeCoultre due to its exceptionally beautiful and highly complicated timepeices. The unique technical nature and distinctive styling of the Duomètre places it in the most exclusive echelons of watchmaking. Based on an unprecedented concept nicknamed 'Dual-Wing', its movement is composed of two separate watch mechanisms connected by a shared regulating organ. A true masterpiece of horology, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire ref. 6042522 is a perfect interpretation of the revolutionary ‘Dual-Wing’ concept, featuring two independent power reserves, one of which, in this case, is devoted solely to precise time measurement while the other takes care of the functional displays. Fitted with a 42 mm 18K pink gold case and a gorgeous granulated silvered dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire raises in full glory just like the moon goes from its waxing gibbous to a full moon.
News: IWC Schaffhausen Inaugurates Its New ManufakturZentrum. A State-of-the-Art Very Modern Facility.
Last week, IWC Schaffhausen marked the inauguration of its new Manufakturzentrum with a celebration. The official opening of the new production plant for movement components, manufacture movements and cases is a milestone in the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer's 150-year history. In its new production plant, over an area spanning 13,500 square meters, the Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer brings together the production of movement components, manufacture movements and cases under one roof —a milestone in the company's 150-year history.
Rare Bird: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Schumacher Rose Gold Limited Edition ref. 26568OM. The Second and Last AP Watch with a Cermet Bezel.
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.
Insider: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton White Gold. Hands-on with a Stunning Openworked Timepiece.
Available in 18K white gold as reference 99110-53-001-53A or 18K pink gold as reference 99110-52-000-52A comes the stunning Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton —a direct descendant of the original model launched in 1975—. With a fully skeletonized dial this watch is similar in looks to the Royal Oak Openworked with its grey galvanized bridges; however, the Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton looks much better as all the wheels and gears have been treated to maintain a nice monochromatic color scheme for its overall design.
Insider: Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.2 and FB1.3. Two of the Finest Examples of Exquisite Modern Watchmaking.
A year after its launch by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the co-president of Chopard and founder of Chopard's in-house manufacture L.U.C division, Ferdinand Berthoud had already received the highest award given in the watchmaking industry. After winning the Grand Prix “Aiguille d’Or” prize at the 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève —GPHG— in 2016 with its Chronomètre FB1.1 in 18K white gold —we featured here—, the brand followed with the release of two additional iterations of this incredible watch in 2017. The Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1.2 and FB1.3 share the same design as the first FB1.1 but offer two completely different looks.
Rare Bird: Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph ref. 5960P. A Discontinued Classic Complication.
When it was launched in 2006, the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph in platinum won instant acclaim. It was the manufacture's first self-winding chronograph, manifested a new and unique style with its prominent monocounter and three large calendar apertures, and quickly established itself as one of the most coveted timepieces of the Patek Philippe portfolio. The success story continued with further versions in platinum and rose gold. With the release of the stainless steel reference 5960/1A —which you can read about it here— in 2014, the platinum model was officially discontinued.
News: MB&F L'Epée 1839 Grant Clock. A 50-Piece Limited Edition in Three Colors that is Named after a World War II Tank.
MB&F and L’Epée 1839 continue with their partnership and this time unveil another robot clock by the name of Grant. Named after a World War II Tank also known as the Medium Tank, this M3 was a mid-size American tank utilized by the British and nicknamed 'Grant' in honor of Union general Ulysses S. Grant who led the Union Army to defeat the Confederacy and whom became POTUS succeeding Andrew Johnson. And just like that famous American Tank, the new MB&F L'Epée robot clock is an all-terrain machine where Mad Max meets Transformers.
Insider: Cartier Tank Cintrée Platinum. The Resurrection of a Classic in a 100-Piece Limited Edition.
Originally launched in 1921 as one of the many iterations of the Cartier Tank, the new Tank Cintrée in platinum was released this year taking a prominent position within the SIHH 2018 new releases from Cartier. With its elegant curvature, elongated rectangular case with the unmistakable DNA of the iconic Tank watch, the Tank Cintrée is a watch whose curved design hugs the wrist. While the Tank Cintrée is a forerunner to the Tank Américaine, this is a watch that kind of fell throught the cracks until it was revived by Cartier at the end of 2017 with the release of two fully skeletonized models to celebrate the 100 years of the Tank.
Experience: When Salvage Ferrari Parts Become Sculptures by James Ferrari. The Incredible World of Ferrari Turned into Works of Art.
Here at WCL we are suckers for good art and especially when works of art are the result of unlimited creativity and true originality. After stumbling upon the Ferrari Gallery in the Dallas Design District, we were just blown away by what we had just discovered. Geared with the proper wrist companion, a Hublot Big Bang Unico Carbon Ferrari, we embarked in a discovery of sculptures worthy of the MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva. These incredible sculptures created out of salvage Ferrari parts from modern Ferraris including the iconic 308, the 328, the 512 Testarossa, the 360 or even the 550 Maranello just to name a few, are not only very unique and eye-catching but true works of art made by the skilled hands of a true artist.
The Armin Strom One Week Air ref. TI10-WA.11 from the Biel-based manufacture, is a 7-day power reserve manual wound watch that brings the best of Armin Strom in a 100-piece limited edition. The Armin Strom One Week is available in four different iterations —Earth, Water, Fire and Air— and the Air one we are reviewing here, is one of our favorite ones. Powered by the manual wound calibre ARM09, the One Week Air is designed to proudly display its inner workings with a beautiful skeletonized dial ring with white appliqués and power reserve with concentric running seconds indicator at 9 o'clock and is equipped with a light but sturdy titanium case measuring 43.40 mm in diameter and 13 mm in thickness.
News: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table III. The Legend Reinvented in a 'LowPoly' Design.
In 2013, the legend of King Arthur provided inspiration for the release of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table ref. RDDBEX0511. This exceptional watch cased in 18K pink gold featured 12 hand sculpted and engraved miniature knights also in 18K pink gold with their swords meeting at the center of a black jade engraved dial that intends to depict the Tudor English Oak Round Table made for Henry VIII. Then in 2017, Roger Dubuis released the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II ref. RDDBEX0495 this time cased in 18K white gold and featuring the 12 knights in bronze. Both watches feature a 45 mm case and are available in a limited edition of 28 pieces each.
Eye Candy: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrono Titanium with Platinum ref. 26331IP. One of the Most Beautiful Bi-Metal Royal Oaks.
Released in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chrono, reference 26331IP.OO.1220IP.01 is the ultimate bi-metal Royal Oak. Showcasing a combination of finishes, this Royal Oak Chronograph in Titanium and Platinum features a 41 mm titanium case with highly polished 950 platinum bezel and highly polished 950 platinum middle links on its bracelet.
The Watch Collectors: @NYCWatchGuy. An Incredible Watch Collecting Journey Well Documented on 'The Gram'.
As many of you know, Instagram is the favorite social media platform for hard core watch collectors. One thing all these accounts have in common is that all the content is created by their owners portraying their journey through watch collecting. As we've said it before, watch collecting is a journey not a destination. Despite that there are hundreds of watch related accounts we follow on the gram, there are probably a couple dozen watch collectors we really admire and we would like to feature them here on WCL. Therefore, today, we will be talking about @NYCWatchGuy, a young watch collector with 17,000+ followers —and counting— and someone who clearly embraces our motto that watch collecting is all about the journey.
News: Bovet Releases the Edouard Bovet Tourbillon. 60-Piece Limited Edition Commemorating the Bicentenary of Bovet's Arrival in China.
Today marks the bicentenary of Edouard Bovet’s first arrival in China, on August 16, 1818, an auspicious day that forever linked the Swiss watchmaking Maison with the nation of China. To commemorate this important milestone, Bovet has just released the double face Edouard Bovet Tourbillon in a limited edition of 60 pieces in three different precious metals. Dedicated to world travel, this new watch presents a triple time zone with hemispherical maps of the Earth, reverse-fitted hands to display the time on both sides of the movement, a power reserve of ten days and all exquisitely executed with hand engraving and blue enamel guilloché.