This past Wednesday May 24th, 2017 in Paris and in the presence of brand partners Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev as well as VIP clients, Richard Mille unveiled the newest tourbillon in its line of timepieces created in partnership with Nadal. The new Richard Mille RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal is another record-breaker since its tourbillon movement can withstand shocks of up to 10,000 Gs, setting a complete new threshold in the watch industry.
Fitted with a 'Grand Feu' Enamel dial the Blancpain Villeret Day Date is the latest addition to this elegant collection from Blancpain. With its round double 'pomme' case in stainless steel measuring 40 mm in diameter and less than 11 mm in thickness, the Blancpain Villeret Day Date is the epitome of elegance and understated wrist presence.
Insider: IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer ref. IW378509. Hands-on with an Underrated In-House Flyback Chronograph.
The IWC Ingenieur was originally launched in 1944 and since then, it has experienced several changes and major redesigns. Perhaps the most noticeable changes, took place in 1976, 2005 and in 2008. Trying to emulate the concept of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, IWC hired Gerald Genta to give a facelift to the iconic Ingenieur giving birth to the Ingenieur SL 'Steel Line'.
Not everyday, one runs into the ultra exclusive Ferrari F12tdf. During our recent trip to Hong Kong and while we were staying at the legendary The Peninsula hotel, we ran into this fine specimen in lead grey color and captured these images for you. The Ferrari F12 TDF —Tour de France— pays homage to the Tour de France, the legendary endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and 60s, particularly with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta which won four consecutive editions.
News: The Write Time by Anura Rafael. A Convertible Pen with Integrated Mechanical Watch with Tourbillon.
The Anura Rafael Write Time is a unique convertible object that brings the arts of fine writing and watchmaking together within a modern, striking design. Signature elegance and refined craftsmanship contribute to creating a bespoke style offered on an individual commission basis only. The Anura Rafael Write Time is a sublime object like no other, modern yet imbued with a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era of elegance.
Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 'Bao Dai' Sells for $5.1 Million USD. The Most Expensive Rolex Ever Sold at Auction.
Last Sunday May 14th, 2017, this Rolex Triple Calendar ref. 6062 a.k.a 'Bao Dai' from 1952 sold at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE for $5.1 Million USD making it the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction. But what makes this watch so valuable and special? Well, it is all about its provenance. Following the Indochina war in 1954, the world powers meet in Switzerland to negotiate with the Viet Minh on the future of Vietnam.
Budget Watches: Gorilla Fastback Forged Carbon & Black Ceramic Watch. The Watch Launched by Octavio Garcia Former Head Designer for Audemars Piguet.
Today, we're starting a new section for those budget watches that we really like. Even though this is the first time we do a hands-on review of a watch at this price point, but we are absolutely thrilled to tell you everything about it. The new Gorilla Watches were recently officially launched by Octavio Garcia —former Chief Artistic Officer at Audemars Piguet for more than a decade— and his business partner Lukas Gopp —a former employee of brands like IWC, Sector, Ralph Lauren Watches and Audemars Piguet.
From the earliest days of its conception, the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière released in 2015 —we featured it here— was imagined as a piece of mechanical art, paying tribute to some of the most influential and forward-thinking designers from the 60s and 70s, such as Dieter Rams and Achille Castiglioni. Earlier this year, Angelus pushed the envelope even further by integrating striking visual art into this singular watch in a unique piece like no other. The new Angelus U10 Tourbillon Calavera takes its inspiration from the Mexican 'Dia de los Muertos' celebration —Day of the Dead— where sugar-made skulls are painted and decorated with vibrant colors to honor those that have passed away.
Rare Bird: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 Monticello Motor Club. A Stunning 15-Piece Limited Edition.
Vacheron Constantin is the official timekeeper of the Monticello Motor Club in Sullivan County, New York and as part of their partnership, Vacheron released a very special 15-piece limited edition of the iconic Historiques American 1921 to commemorate the occasion back in 2016. For those of you not familiar with the Monticello Motor Club, this is North America’s Premier Automotive Country Club and Private Race Track located only 90 minutes from New York City and which features 4.1 miles of smooth race-grade asphalt.
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona ref. 6263 a.k.a 'The Legend' from 1969 Sells for $4.18 Million USD. A New World Record for Any Rolex Daytona Sold at Auction.
Setting a new world record for any Rolex Daytona ever sold at auction and holding now the second place for the most expensive Rolex wristwatch ever sold at auction, lot number 237 at the Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction FIVE was sold for CHF3,722,000 Swiss Francs plus buyer's fees totaling CHF4,168,640 Swiss Francs —$4,182,023 USD— yesterday evening Sunday May 14th, 2017. This ultra rare 18K yellow gold Rolex Daytona Paul Newman ref. 6263 nicknamed 'The Legend' fitted with a 'lemon' grené dial and with case back stamped 6239 had an original estimate of CHF 800,000-1,600,000 Swiss Francs.
The latest newcomer to the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile collection is a brand new stainless steel model with a striking blue dial punctuated by luminescent indications and accompanied by leather and rubber straps. As we've told you here before, the name of this collection stems from the historical site of Vacheron Constantin. The new Quai de l’Ile features a comfortable and light 41 mm diameter stainless steel case that is enhanced with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes.
Watch Paraphernalia: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Table Clock. One of the Coolest AP Clocks Out There.
What watch collector doesn't love big swag from the watch brands? Well, since most of us do, here's one of those very special AP clocks to get you drooling and aspiring for one. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Table Clock is perhaps one of the most rare and least common clocks gifted by AP and one that you rarely see in the wild. This table clock, just like the Royal Oak Desk clock we featured here is also fitted with the 'Le Brassus' themed wooden stand and it was released in 2016.
One of our favorite releases at Baselworld 2017 a few months ago is the new Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton. This dual time zone watch that takes skeletonization to the max is the successor to the previously released Arnold & Son DBG dual time GMT timepiece. With a name that reveals its nature through a DBG acronym where DB stands for 'Double Balance' and G for 'GMT', the DBG Skeleton just like all other timepieces released by this brand, takes its inspiration from the historical chronometers built by John Arnold and his son.
Insider: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary 'Tribute to Gene Cernan' Limited Edition. Hands-on with a Very Special 18K Gold 'Speedy'.
As a tribute to Gene Cernan, the eleventh and last person to have walked on the Moon surface and whom passed away on January 16, 2017, the new Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary is one of those watches that got very little exposure after its release during Baselworld 2017.
Insider: Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist. Hands-on with a Very Elegant Timepiece with a Gorgeous Galvanized Dial.
Nothing beats the elegance of a 'time-only' watch in 18K rose gold. The new Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist is an exceptional timepiece made of Fairmined gold that as far as elegance goes, it is one of the most classic and elegant watches out there with a very unique and great looking dial. For those of you that don't know what is defined as 'Fairmined gold', here we go.
Breaking News: Retailer Bucherer Unveils the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue. A Perfect Addition to the Bucherer Blue Editions.
Know for releasing 'Blue Editions' of watches based on their corporate color, family owned retailer Bucherer was founded in 1888. Today, Bucherer AG has 16 stores in Switzerland, 10 stores in Germany, and 1 store in Vienna and Copenhagen, as well as the world’s largest watch and jewelry store in Paris at the most exclusive addresses. The company is now in run in the third generation by Jörg G. Bucherer and employs over 1,600 staff. Unveiled today in Lucerne, Bucherer is now presenting the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Blue.
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition. Hands-on with the Second Timepiece Released by Zenith in Partnership with Land Rover.
Released at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, we were finally able to get our hands on the new Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition during Baselworld 2017. Since many of you might mistaken this new watch with the Zenith El Primero Range Rover Special Edition, let's clarify that there are two different watches released by Zenith in partnership with Land Rover.
Experience: Five Picks from the Upcoming Phillips Watches Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE. Our Live Pictures of Exceptionally Rare Timepieces.
Always a joy to stop by Phillips in New York City and spend time with Mr. Aurel Bacs and his team. After a Monday morning very well spent with our friends at Phillips Watches a week ago, here are five picks from the upcoming Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE to be conducted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo at the Hotel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland on May 13th and 14th, 2017. As you guys know, Phillips Watches is now the benchmark when it comes to watch auctions after several record-breaking auctions in Geneva and Hong Kong.
News: Presenting the Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water in Stainless Steel. As Good as it Gets.
Today, we bring you some very exciting news as Armin Strom has now released a stainless steel version of their Mirrored Force Resonance watch. The new Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance Water features a stainless steel case measuring 43.40 mm in diameter and equipped with a navy blue hornback strap and an additional rubber strap with deployant double-folding clasp.
Watch Shopping Guide: Hong Kong "The Watch Shopping Capital of the World". Easily More Watch Shops than New York, London and Las Vegas Combined.
If you thought Las Vegas, New York or London were really impressive from a watch shopping standpoint, wait till you read this article about Hong Kong, a city that here at WCL we can assertively name: "The watch shopping capital of the world." While Hong Kong is very impressive from many angles, the number of watch shops, watch authorized dealers and watch brand boutiques is simply massive and unlike any other city in the world. After our visit to Hong Kong, we can even venture to say that this city has more watch authorized dealers and watch shops than London, New York and Las Vegas combined.