Just released in March at Baselworld 2017, the new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with Oysterflex bracelet is available in three different 18K gold case options. While reference 116518LN sports an 18K yellow gold case, reference 116519LN is fitted with an 18K white gold case and lastly reference 116515LN with an 18K Everose case. While all three new models are fitted with the same black Oysterflex rubber strap, the look of each of them is very unique and extremely sporty.
Last week, we hosted a special evening with a select group of watch collectors at the Hublot Boutique in Dallas, to spend some time with the newly released Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph in titanium —which we reviewed here— and to learn more about watchmaking as some of our signature Negronis were served. At this intimate gathering, watch collectors were not only able to peruse the prototype of this new watch released at Baselworld 2017 but they were also able to experience first hand what disassembling an assembling a timepiece entails.
Insider: Rolex Sky-Dweller White Rolesor ref. 326934. Hands-on with a Long Awaited Stainless Steel Model.
The new Rolex Sky-Dweller White Rolesor reference 326934 with its combination of stainless steel and 18K white gold bezel is a watch that many were hoping for since the launch of the first Sky-Dwellers in 2012. Released at Baselworld 2017, this new stainless steel Sky-Dweller is the perfect watch for those that were dreaming of owning a Sky-Dweller one day but that couldn't afford it because of its steep price tag —$48,850 USD for the Everose model on bracelet we reviewed here.
News: Jackie O's Cartier Tank Sells for $379,500 USD at the Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons Sale. A Piece of American History.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank watch just sold for $379,500 USD —including buyer's premium— at the Christie's Rare Watches and American Icons Sale in New York City today June 21st, 2017. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this Cartier watch and her “50 Mile Hike” painting will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts. While this watch not only comes with significant provenance and rich history, Jackie O's Cartier Tank also has an interesting story behind.
Rare Bird: Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 in Stainless Steel with Moonphases and Two-Tone Dial. A $2 Million USD Watch that is a True Watch Collectors Dream.
Last month we had the pleasure of perusing this rare bird. The Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 from 1953 that sold at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE for almsot $2 Million USD is one of the most expensive 6062s ever sold at auction. With the interior of its case back stamped III.53, this Rolex ref. 6062 measures 36 mm in diameter and is fitted with a stainless steel case and a two-tone dial.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon Platinum ref. 26510PT. Hands-on with a 309-gram Platinum Grail of All Grails.
Stunning, exceptional and very rare, are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about what we think is the perfect tourbillon for daily wear. The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon was released in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak and in 2012 the Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon was released to celebrate the Royal Oak's 40th birthday.
Insider: IWC Ingenieur Automatic 18K Red Gold ref. IW357003. Hands-on with the Latest Redesigned Ingenieur Collection.
The history of the IWC Ingenieur is very rich and this particular watch is not only one of the most iconic watches from this manufacture from Schaffhausen but also a legend and icon in the watch world. Originally launched in 1944 and revamped way too many times —at least five that we can remember—, the biggest changes to this model have taken place in 1976, 2005, 2008, 2012 and now in 2017.
Experience: WCL Collector's Evening with Jacob & Co. First Time the Astronomia Timepieces Make it to Mexico City.
A couple of weeks ago, we gathered with a small group of VIP watch collectors from Mexico City and our friends from Jacob & Co. to present for the very first time in Mexico, the three Astronomia timepieces. With a perfect setting at the ultra exclusive Executive Members Club Piso 51 located in the heart of Mexico City, we hosted a relaxing evening with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and incredible timepieces. As the sun set over one of the largest cities in the world, the Magnums of Taittinger champagne started to flow.
Insider: Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio PAM 726. Hands-on with a 200-piece Limited Edition.
As of January 2017, Officine Panerai is an Official Partner of the 35th America’s Cup. As part of this new partnership, Panerai released five new limited edition watches at the SIHH 2017 and three of them are specific to the Oracle Team USA. The Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio PAM 726 is one of them and available in a 200-piece limited edition. Fitted with a 47 mm titanium case and blue and red accents on dial and strap, this new chronograph is very sporty and eye catching.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Platinum ref. 26470PT. Hands-on with a 50-piece Limited Edition that Weighs Almost a Pound.
Just launched a few months ago, the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26470PT.OO.1000PT.01 in platinum is one of the heaviest watches we've ever reviewed. With a total weight only 23 grams short of a full pound —total weight of this watch is 431.9 grams—, this is also one of the most special watches ever made by AP. Released in a 50-piece limited edition, this is the first Royal Oak Offshore watch in platinum that doesn't feature a blue dial which is the common 'tell tale' when it comes to limited edition platinum Royal Oak Offshores.
Insider: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue Bucherer ref. 79250B. Hands-on with Tudor's First Limited Edition.
The day we received the news that a new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze with blue dial had been released as a limited edition for watch retailer Bucherer, we knew we had to have one. Well, after a whole week of ownership, here's our hands-on review of this very special watch that is as hard to get as finding a needle in a haystack considering that is exclusively sold through Bucherer.
News: Paul Newman's Very Own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona ref. 6239 to be Sold at the Phillips Inaugural New York Watch Auction
With an estimate in excess of one million US dollars, Paul Newman’s very own Rolex 'Paul Newman' Daytona will be offered at the Phillips’ Inaugural New York Watch Auction on October 26th, 2017. This inaugural auction named 'WINNING ICONS: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century' will be dedicated to the most iconic collectors watches of the last century. A historic event in its own right, WINNING ICONS will offer what is without a doubt amongst the most important Rolex watches to ever be offered on the market including the singular, one and only Rolex 'Paul Newman' Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239 owned and worn by none other than Paul Newman.
Released in March at Baselworld 2017, the new Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 126600 50th anniversary is finally making its way to the Rolex authorized dealer network. Revisited for its 50th anniversary with a bolder 43 mm case this new Red Sea-Dweller was a dream come true for all those lovers of Red Subs and Double Red Sea-Dwellers. Fitted with a matte black dial and graduated cerachrom bezel, the Sea-Dweller ref. 126600 is ready to be the perfect diver's companion all the way down to 1,220 meters or 4,000 feet down the ocean.
Insider: MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 HM6 Alien Nation. Hands-on with the Half a Million USD Full Sapphire Unique Piece from MB&F.
Here is the latest and greatest release by MB&F. Created in a series of only four unique pieces the new MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 HM6 Alien Nation is the first watch from this manufacture to be cased in a full sapphire case. While the MB&F HM6 Sapphire Vision —you can read our review here— was already fitted with a top and bottom fully made of sapphire crystal, it didn't have a sapphire caseband like the new HM6 Alien Nation.
News: Vacheron Constantin Métiers d'Art Villes Lumières Beijing. The Fourth Piece in the Collection.
The new Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières collection is an invitation to embark upon a nocturnal journey above cities bubbling with creativity. On dials draped with an enamelled base in deep shades, a wide variety of powders creates a bird’s-eye view miniature tableau of these sprawling urban expanses. Traditional Grand Feu champlevé enameling mingles with hand-applied precious powder, an art never yet used in Fine Watchmaking. Joining the Métiers d’Art Villes Lumières Geneva, Paris and New York, the new Beijing piece makes its appearance.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15400ST Grey Ruthenium Toned Dial. Hands-on with the Latest 41 mm Royal Oak.
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.
Experience: The 2017 Rally Maya with Franck Muller. A Week with Classic Cars and Wristwatches Throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
A week ago, with had the pleasure of joining Franck Muller Mexico at the 4th edition of the 2017 Rally Maya they were sponsoring. The 4th edition of this classic car rally created by Benjamin de la Peña Mora —a renowned Notary and classic car collector from Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico— took place from May 19th through May 28th, 2017 with a route that extended over 700 kilometers across the Yucatan Peninsula.
Insider: Angelus U21 Tourbillon & Angelus U22 Tourbillon. Hands-on with Two Impressive Tourbillons with Carbon Baseplates.
Marking a new chapter in Angelus’ Urban Collection of cutting-edge watchmaking, the U21 and U22 Tourbillon revisit the singular movement and streamlined design focused on structural optimization with two new executions: the U21 and U22. From the movement to the case design, the objective from the get-go has been to showcase the splendor of the movement’s architecture and tourbillon while reducing as much weight as possible. For this purpose, the U21 and U22 Tourbillon feature a carbon fiber main plate, giving the impression of being a part of the case.
A couple of years ago, during a meeting with MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps we told them how important it would be for them to have a rubber strap for their watches. Just because MCT likes to do things right, they listened and went trough a lengthy design process to come out with the perfect rubber strap. Furthermore, they went to the extent of coming out with the Sequential Two S210 Sport we have here.
Insider: Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis. Hands-on with the 20-Piece Latest and Greatest Manufacture Piece from Hublot.
Earlier this year, Hublot released the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis in three different versions. This new watch joins all the other haute horlogerie MP creations as Hublot's first multi-axis tourbillon. With a very unique design offering unique visibility and an all new case design, the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis is powered by an in-house calibre that pushes the boundaries in terms of multi-axis tourbillons.