Rare Bird: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ref. 47450. Much Nicer than its Successor.

Last Friday November 17th, 2017 a new iteration of the classic Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time was released at the Dubai Watch Week. After looking at the differences between the new reference we announced here and the discontinued reference 47450 we have on this feature, we really think that the discontinued model is much nicer as it comes with a stronger Vacheron Constantin aura and a way more classic and intricate design —perhaps we are biased as we own the earlier reference.

News: Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Announces 'Watches & Wonders Miami' Coming Up in February 2018

The Miami Design District Associates in partnership with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie —FHH—, have just announced the debut of 'Watches & Wonders Miami' to take place next year from February 16th thru the 19th. This event will bring together 21 of the world’s leading luxury timepiece manufacturers including: A. Lange & Sohne, Armin Strom, Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kari Voutilainen, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Romain Jerome, Romain Gauthier, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Insider: De Bethune DB28 Maxichrono. Hands-on with an Exceptional 24-Hour Monopusher Chronograph.

Today, we bring you another exceptional timepiece for your reading and viewing pleasure. The De Bethune DB28 Maxichrono ref. DB28MCRZN is one of our favorite 'monopoussoir' —mono-pusher— chronographs along with the De Bethune DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon —reviewed by us here— and the Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir reviewed here.

News:Pre-SIHH 2018 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time ref. 7900V with New Design and In-House Movement

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time was discontinued a couple of years ago with the release of the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection. Today, in preparation for the SIHH 2018, Vacheron Constantin just unveiled at the Dubai Watch Week, the new Overseas Dual Time this time powered by an in-house calibre and boasting a new case design and dial layout. Fitted with a 41 mm case —1.5 millimeters smaller than the previous iteration of the Overseas Dual Time ref. 47450—, the watch is available in either 18K 5N rose gold or stainless steel with its iconic bezel evoking Vacheron Constantin’s famous Maltese cross emblem.

Insider: Konstantin Chaykin 'Carpe Diem'. The Timepiece with a Mechanical Hourglass and Chronos with his Scythe.

The Latin quote 'Carpe Diem' is one that takes us back to the epic scene in the movie "Dead Poets Society" when English teacher, John Keating —Robin Williams—, tells their students that the Latin sentiment for the term "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" is "Carpe Diem" and then proceeds to ask them if they know what that means. Thereafter, Mr. Meeks answers the question by saying that "Carpe Diem" means "seize the day" in English. The Konstantin Chaykin 'Carpe Diem' timepiece is a watch that truly evokes that sentiment with a solid silver patinated bas-relief of 'Chronos' leaning over an hourglass and wielding a harvesting scythe.

News: Pre-SIHH 2018 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26237ST. A Reissue of the Original Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721ST from 1993.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore launched in 1993 and in preparation for the 2018 SIHH, Audemars Piguet has just announced the new Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01. This new watch is an reissue of the original Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721ST.OO.1000ST.01 a.k.a. 'The Beast'. You can read everything about the original Royal Oak Offshore ref. 25721 in this special comprehensive guide we published a few months ago.

Insider: MB&F Octopod Clock in Collaboration with L'Epée 1839. Hands-on with the 50-Piece Limited Edition in three colors.

Available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium, the new MB&F Octopod Clock measures 11 inches —28 centimeters— long by 11 inches high while standing and 17.7 inches —45 centimeters— long by 8.6 inches —22 centimeters— high while crouching. Extremely heavy with a total weight of 4.2 kilos —approximately 9.25 pounds—, this collaboration with L'Epée 1839 is the latest addition to the family of clocks released by the brand in the past years.

Breaking News: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ONLY Watch Piece Unique Sells for 800,000 Swiss Francs

The 7th edition of Only Watch was held this past Saturday November 11th, 2017 in Geneva, in the presence of watchmaking manufactures’ representatives, collectors and philanthropists, alongside 350 supporters in the room and many more bidders and participants online and on the phone. The 50 lots composed of unique watches and exceptional experiences were auctioned by Christie’s to bidders from 45 different countries. With a total of CHF 10,776,500 Swiss Francs raised, one of the watches that we followed closely was the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar ONLY Watch Piece Unique.

Experience: Fauré Le Page Messenger Bag. A Fantastic Bag from the Oldest French Luxury 'Maroquinier'.

Established 38 years earlier than Vacheron Constantin —which happens to be the oldest watch manufacture in the world founded in 1755 with over 260 years of uninterrupted history—, Fauré Le Page is today the oldest French luxury 'maroquinier' —leather goods company— in the world as it was established in 1717, more than a century before Goyard and Louis Vuitton. Much like a Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time that is reserved for those that know, Fauré Le Page would be the equivalent when it comes to luxury leather goods.

The Winners of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Live Pictures, Reviews and Details.

Created in 2001 and established in 2011 as a state-approved public-interest foundation, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève pursues its mission of celebrating and promoting the watchmaking with the support of its public and private partners, notably including its new principal partner, LGT Private Banking. The prize-winners of the 17th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève —GPHG— were revealed last night November 8th at the stage of Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman. 

Insider: Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike. Hands-on with the Grand Prize Winner at the 2017 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.

Available with or without diamonds on its bezel, the Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike was just awarded the Grand Prize 'Aiguille d'Or' at the 2017 GPHG —Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. As usual, we have live pictures of the winner for your viewing pleasure. With a crystal clear sound, featuring a number of world première features the Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on sapphire gongs. Yes, sapphire gongs, you read that right and its not a typo.

News: Pre-SIHH 2018 Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night. Simply Stunning.

Two months ahead of the SIHH 2018 —Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie—, Cartier presents the new Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night Watch. The Rotonde de Cartier watch lends its generous dial to two historic Cartier complications: the mysterious movement and a Day/Night indicator. These two complications are part of Cartier’s watchmaking heritage both dating from 1912. On one hand, the mysterious movement was created for the Model A mystery clock, while the day/night movement was part of the Comet clock a.k.a the Planet clock.

News: Pre-SIHH 2018 Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon. A 30-Piece Limited Edition.

Two months ahead of the SIHH 2018 —Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie—, Cartier presents the new Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon with the tourbillon appearing to be suspended in mid-air with no connection to the rest of the movement —a clever optical illusion created by Cartier. Additionally, a double flying tourbillon completes a rotation in 60 seconds, while the tourbillon cage performs a second rotation in which each round takes 5 minutes.

News: Presenting the New Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton. Available in Two Types of Gold.

Just released in 18K white gold or 18K pink gold, the new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton —a direct descendant of the original model launched in 1975—features an automatic movement that has been openworked to the extreme. The new Laureato Flying Tourbillon Skeleton thereby reveals the full extent to which its powerful architecture embodies the values and aspirations of an entire generation in quest of perfection.

Insider: Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta. Winner of the Sports Watch Prize at the GPHG 2017.

Proud sponsors of the Artemis Racing Team in the America's Cup sailing challenge, Ulysse Nardin is a brand that is very well know for their marine timekeeping heritage and their marine nature. As the perfect companion for those that enjoy sailing and especially those aboard the Artemis Racing team, comes the new Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta ref. 1553-155-3/43 with a marine blue dial, blue rubber strap, and a convenient 10-minute regatta countdown paired with a 12-hour monocounter chronograph.

Experience: Cohiba Exquisitos. When Time is of Essence and You Need a Quick Cigar.

Cohiba is a brand that enjoys a formidable reputation in the world of cigars and is considered to be the 'crème de la crème' when it comes to Habanos —Cuban cigars. Created in 1966 for Fidel Castro and handmade at the world famous 'El Laguito' factory, these cigars were originally only seen outside of the island when presented as gifts to heads of state or dignitaries throughout the world. Today, Cohiba cigars are sold internationally and are the most reputable and consistent brand when it comes to quality and a superior cigar smoking experience.

Posted on November 3, 2017 and filed under Food Wine & Cigars.

Insider: Hublot Big Bang Calaveras Patrias. Five New Watches for 'Day of the Dead'.

Releasing limited edition after limited edition is not an easy thing and Hublot just released the new Big Bang Calaveras Patrias right on time for 'Dia de los Muertos' —Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to celebrate those that have left life before us. A widely spread holiday that is now even celebrated by many here in the U.S. and that was perfectly showcased during the opening scenes of James Bond Spectre.

Eye Candy: Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre FB1. Up Close and Personal with the Winner of the 2016 'Aiguille d'Or' at the GPHG.

The winner of the “Aiguille d’Or” prize at last year's 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève —GPHG 2016— was awarded to the now two-year old manufacture Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud for their spectacular Chronomètre FB1. This timepiece is an in-House Fusée-Chain Chronometer with Tourbillon. Ferdinand Berthoud is the latest resurrection of a very well-known name in the horological world but forgotten by many.

Insider: Richard Mille RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal. Hands-on with a Featherweight and Colorful RM Perfect for Halloween.

Released back in May of this year, the Richard Mille RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is the third watch released in honor of the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. Fitted with a movement that can withstand shocks of up to 10,000 Gs, this timepiece has set a new standard in the watch industry. In terms of shock resistance, the tourbillon movement expands the horizons of technical performance.

Experience: The House of Creed Viking. As Bold and Manly as an AP Royal Oak Offshore Diver on the Wrist.

The latest and greatest fragrance from The House of Creed since the launch of Aventus in 2010 is the new Viking just released a couple of weeks ago. For those of you not familiar with Creed, The House of Creed is the oldest perfumer in the world, established in London in 1760 by James Henry Creed. A supplier to the English Court with custom tailored clothing, scented leather gloves and commissioned fragrances, The House of Creed was a favorite to the Royal Court of England.