A special afternoon ritual at the St. Regis hotels, Napoleon’s way to celebrate a victory in the battlefield or simply the coolest way to open a bottle of champagne, that’s exactly what the art of sabrage is about. Sabrage refers to the act of opening a bottle of champagne by sliding a saber over its neck. Now, while many believe that the saber slices the neck of the bottle or pushes the cork out, what in reality happens is that the slight impact of the saber on the seam of the bottle creates a chain reaction that makes the bottle release its pressure by breaking its top cork included. If you want to experience the art of sabrage yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind.
The Urwerk UR-100 was inspired by a 19th century pendulum clock —a present to Felix Baumgartner from his father Geri, a now-retired renowned clock restorer— made by Gustave Sandoz for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The regulator-style dial does not show time. Instead it shows the distance of the Earth’s rotation at the equator. The extra-long pendulum beats every 2.16 seconds, making every oscillation one kilometer. The main dial has a scale of 10,000 kilometers, shown in units of 100 kilometers, so that each tick —half oscillation— indicates 500 meters traveled on the Earth’s surface—at the equator. The top subdial —10 km— is divided into 10 units, while the lower subdial showing a total of 40,000 km —approximately the equatorial circumference of the Earth— is divided into increments of 1,000 km.
Following the successful launch of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva last year, the Grande Maison is extending the Polaris line with a special new creation: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Llimited Edition for North America. Produced in a limited series of 800 pieces, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date combines the Manufacture’s high-watchmaking expertise with contemporary proportions, vintage design motifs, and several important aesthetic changes.
News: Presenting the Audemars Piguet Millenary Frosted Gold Philosophique ref. 77266. A Stunning One-Handed Timepiece.
In the 70s, the advent of quartz shook the foundation of the watchmaking industry, spurring watchmakers to find innovative solutions to the ravages caused by the emergence of this new technology. The Manufacture responded by breaking mechanical records with its world’s thinnest perpetual calendar mechanism in 1978, as well as by releasing revolutionary mechanical watches combining tradition and avant-garde design. Audemars Piguet introduced its first hand-wound “Philosophique” watch in 1982, inviting wearers to question the notion of passing time. This model referred back to the beginning of time measurement devices, which were equipped with a single hour hand until the beginning of the 18th century to simplify energy transmission.
Insider: Richard Mille RM11 Felipe Massa Rose Gold and Titanium. A Favorite and a Nearly Impossible to Get Nowadays.
With the current state of the watch industry, its pricing bubble and the shortage of certain watches across brands like Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille, the RM11 Felipe Massa continues to be a king within the Richard Mille lineup and the to go watch when you want to go this route. A favorite and impossible to get watch nowadays, the RM11s are commanding crazy prices way above their sticker price when and if found them available at all. The Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa in titanium and rose gold is an emblematic model by Richard Mille, named for Felipe Massa from its very conception
Eye Candy: Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Mécaniques Sauvages Parrot. The Art of Gold Engraving.
For three centuries, Vacheron Constantin has perpetuated the tradition of “Les Cabinotiers”, the name originally given to the prestigious watchmakers who exercised their art in light-filled workshops located on the top floors of Geneva buildings. Exceptional bespoke timepieces were devised at the time, brimming with a rare degree of technical and aesthetic complexity, inspired by astronomy, science and art
After the successful release of the Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph ref. 5000H/000R-B059 in pink gold and in platinum in 2016 and 2015 respectively, the Cornes de Vache 1955 reissue makes its appearance now in stainless steel for the very first time. Born in 1955 in the effervescence of the post-war years, the "Cornes de vache" model, named after its characteristic shape of its lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its time. Bearing reference 6087 and produced in extremely limited numbers, it is today one of the most sought-after models among devotees of the Maison. In the vintage spirit of its Historiques collection, Vacheron Constantin is offering a reissue of this steel piece characterised by a blend of tradition and stylistic original design. See the original model below.
Experience: Le Jules Verne Restaurant at the Eiffel Tower in the Company of Monsieur Emmanuel Breguet
The legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet in Paris is something undeniable as the watchmaker from Neuchâtel came to Paris to set up shop in 1775 at 51 Quai de l'Horloge. Ingrained in many parts of the city of light, Breguet left behind an array of discoveries, inventions and of course one of the most powerful horological legacies in the world. The Eiffel Tower in Paris features 72 names of scientists, inventors, engineers, mathematicians and Breguet’s last name is there along with those other 71 last names. Located on the eight position from left to right on the Northeast side of the tower, Breguet’s name stands in all glory in one of the most majestic architectural marvels of the 19th century.
At the beginning of July 2019, MB&F unveiled a Piece Unique called ‘Tom & T-Rex’ for the‘Only Watch’ auction. As explained at the time, it was the first example of a new series of clocks called ‘T-Rex’, which launches today. T-Rex is the eleventh co-creation between MB&F and expert clockmakers L’Epée 1839, who master the engineering and peerless manufacturing. To create the piece, Max Büsser worked with another Max, namely designer Maximilian Maertens who modeled the clock’s legs from actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones.
For the first time in its history, H. Moser & Cie. has created a perpetual calendar with two windows displaying the date and month. The aim of this development is to offer optimal legibility in the brand's sportiest line: Pioneer. The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar MD features a steel case water resistant to 120 meters, enabling it to display the time under any conditions, whether on land or underwater. A practical, wearable perpetual calendar for everyday heroes. In 2015, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Pioneer collection. This contemporary collection, imbued with a pioneering, adventurous spirit, was the obvious choice to accommodate the brand's new perpetual calendar with dual window display.
News: Panerai Presents Six New Luminor Due Models. PAM 926, PAM 927, PAM 964, PAM 1043, PAM 1045 & PAM 1046.
In keeping with the genetics of the Luminor Due family, Panerai presents five new watches. Three watches with a 38 mm case, two in 42 mm and one in 45 mm. The new watches have been mechanically redesigned in terms of size and consequently they are innovative. Out of the five watches, three new models —PAM 926, PAM 927 and PAM 964— shared a brushed titanium case and a blue satiné soleil finish of the dial. On the other hand, two models feature a highly polished stainless steel case and one last one in the new Goldtech alloy. All of them are united in being powered with in-house movements and quickly changeable straps.
Experience: Visiting the Breguet Manufacture in L'Orient. Holding the World's Biggest Guillochage Department.
Embarking into a trip to go visit of one of the most important watch manufactures out there is one of the most appealing things when it comes to our watchlife. Breguet is today the second oldest watch brand as it was established 20 years after Vacheron Constantin opened its doors in 1755. Established in 1775 by its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet the father of the tourbillon, Breguet is today owned by the Swatch Group and located in the village of L’Orient in Swtizerland’s Vallée de Joux —considered the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. After a 3-hour train ride from Paris, we arrived at the Vallorbe train station only 15 minutes away from Breguet.
With a 40 mm case and an ultra-slim profile with a total thickness of 5.35 mm, comes the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton Power Reserve in rose gold. Following the success of the Octo Tourbillon Finissimo in 2014, the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater in 2016 and last year’s Octo Finissimo Automatic, Bulgari’s mastery of the art of watchmaking was duly acknowledged at last year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève which rewarded both the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton and the Octo Finissimo Automatic. The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton Power Reserve Gold is an impressive manual wound watch with a level of skeletonization above the rest. Available in a variety of colors and metal combinations, this is by far one of our favorite Octos.
Insider: Chopard L.U.C All-in-One. A Stunning Grand Complication with 14 Indications and Tourbillon.
The Chopard L.U.C All-in-One smoothlessly combines extreme complexity with distinctive elegance. A Grand Complication with 14 indications featuring a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, equation of time and astronomical orbital moon phase, the All-in-One is a daring and bold combination housed in an 18K rose gold case with a hand guilloché dial. Proudly bearing the Poinçon de Genève hallmark the rose gold L.U.C All-in-One is available in a limited edition of 10 watches. While the equation of time is not necessarily one of the best understood horological complications, it is for sure a true feat of horology and micro-mechanics.
The Astronomia Dragon is a truly unique, groundbreaking timepiece that elevates the art of watchmaking combining the highest level of Swiss timepiece craftsmanship and the horological decorative arts to create a watch that is a poetic visual rendering of the celestial world with every element in constant, visible motion, all under the control of the oscillator at the heart of the three-axis tourbillon with an orbital display of the hours and minutes. This timepiece is fitted with an 18K rose gold case that looks more like a cage that holds six sapphire crystals throughout the top, bottom, caseband and in between the lugs.
Insider: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat ref. 5367. One of the Most Classic Looking Watches.
Endowed with a 41 mm round case in either rose gold or platinum, the Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Flat ref. 5367 is one of the most exquisite timepieces released by this manufacture in the past couple of years. Its ultra slender case measuring less than 8 mm in thickness —7.45 mm to be precise—, makes this watch one of the thinnest tourbillons in the market. Cloaked in white with a grand feu enamel dial with the classic Breguet numerals and the iconic blued steel Breguet hands, the tourbillon opening takes the center stage in a unconventional position between 4 and 5 o’clock. Rounded out by a dark brown alligator strap, this watch is as dressy as it gets.
IWC, Panerai and A. Lange & Söhne announced today the opening of their new boutiques in Chicago. Situated in Chicago’s coveted Gold Coast Historic District, all three storefronts will be centrally located in the heart of the city at the famed Waldorf Astoria, just a few steps away from Oak Street Beach. This key city is a first for all three brands who have chosen to set down roots in America’s third most populous city because of the passionate collector community and rich culture. At nearly 10 million inhabitants, ‘The Windy City’ attracts an average of 35 million visitors every year. The three boutiques are located at 11 East Walton Street, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and will be operated by Burdeen’s Jewelry. Burdeen’s has served the Chicago area since 1980.
The latest and greatest from The House of Creed since the launch of Viking in 2017 is the new Aventus Cologne. Despite this new fragrance could be considered by many purists as sacrilege, Creed went ahead and broke the rules just like Audemars Piguet did with the Royal Oak and launched this incredible scent after the huge success of Viking almost two years later. With its bottle dressed in gray, many would wonder why gray? Well, simply because the original Aventus for man is black and the Aventus for women is white.
Breitling has appointed professional golfer Gary Woodland as a new "Friend of the Brand" in the United States. Woodland has competed on the PGA Tour since 2009, has four wins, most recently winning the U.S. Open in 2019, his first major championship and sixth professional victory. In honor of his recent U.S. Open victory, the 119 th U.S. Open in history, Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert presented Mr. Woodland with a special Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 46 USA Limited Edition, the #119 of only 200 made. The Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 46 USA Limited Edition features a steel case, black bezel and green dial on a steel Ocean Classic bracelet.
If you like chronographs and you are looking for one that doesn’t break the bank and in the under $10K USD range, the Carl F. Bucherer Chrono is a perfect watch that not only appears much pricier than its actual price tag but also one that offers a clean and very understated look. A watch available in three versions —stainless steel with grey dial and 18K red gold with either black or champagne colored dial— and equipped with a flyback chronograph mechanism. Featuring a mirror polished round case measuring 43 mm in diameter and a double domed sapphire crystal the Manero Flyback Chronograph is very vintage looking and great looking, especially for under $10K USD.