Ressence was founded in 2010, winners of the 2013 Horological Revelation Award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Ressence takes a distinctive approach to the craft of contemporary fine watchmaking. Ressence is a Belgian brand based in Antwerp that combines Swiss made calibres with unmatched self-engineered innovation to reimagine how mechanical watches can function and interact with its user in the modern age. When Chronopassion was first founded in 1988, the aim was to gather the most exclusive items in the world of watchmaking under one roof; and today, that original motivation is just as strong as ever.
If you like stealthy watches that fly under the radar, the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Carbon is the perfect choice. First released in 2017, the 1/100th of a second chronograph mechanism, continues to prove why Zenith is one of the leaders and pioneers in making reliable and very accurate chronographs. The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Carbon is one of those watches that ticks al the boxes if you are looking for a underrated, all black, sporty in-house chronograph under $20K USD. After the revival of the Defy line with a case design more in line with the historical Defy watches from the sixties and seventies, the Defy collection brings a breath of fresh air to a brand that has revolved around the El Primero look for most of his modern history since 1969.
The beauty of gold, the brilliance of precious stones, and yet none of it in this watch. Upon closer inspection one could mistaken its case with an aged yellow gold, bronze or brass case. With complete mastery of the art of thermal oxidation of metals, De Bethune explores all the possible color shades resulting from the heat released by the chemical reactions of heat-treated steel and titanium. The De Bethune DB28 Yellow Tones brings a hue of yellow never seen before on a titanium case.
For 30 years Chopard has been involved with the Mille Miglia Race. To celebrate the occasion, two new chronographs have been released under the Mille Miglia name. These two new vintage inspired looking timepieces are the Mille Miglia 2018 Race Editions, one in stainless steel and the other in a very nice two-tone stainless steel and 18K rose gold combination. Featuring a perfectly sized 42 mm case with a smooth bezel, the anthracite engine-turned dials on these two watches evoke classic car dashboards.
Tracing the footsteps of its founder, the father of Japanese whisky Masataka Taketsuru, the Japanese Nikka Whisky distillery brings the Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky as a homage to this great visionary. In 1918, Taketsuru went by himself to Scotland to unveil the secret of whisky making, becoming the first Japanese ever to master this complex art. After enrolling at the University of Glasgow and taking chemistry courses, he apprenticed at three Scotch distilleries. Upon returning to Japan, Kotobukiya Limited —what is today Suntory Distilleries— hired him to build the Yamazaki distillery as he was the only Japanese who knew how to produce whisky at the time.
Insider: Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41 Steel and Red Gold. Simplicity and Elegance with an Iconic Design.
Available now with a 41 mm case that combines the sturdiness of stainless steel and the warm elegant tones of 18K red gold, the Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41 in steel and red gold is perfectly sized for most wrists including those of women. The new Breitling Navitimer Automatic 41 is available with an anthracite or silver dial and equipped with a brown or black crocodile strap with pin or folding buckle —also available with a stainless steel Navitimer bracelet. Combining the historic appeal of a true icon with the refinement of a sophisticated, contemporary timepiece, this watch maintains the same design cues as its predecessors including the circular slide rule, the distinctive beaded bezel and its clean three-hand design with a date window at 6 o’clock.
Insider: Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Perpetual Calendar. Its Aventurine Dial Evokes the Starry Sky from Le Brassus.
The Audemars Piguet CODE 11.59 Perpetual Calendar is part of the new collection unveiled back in January of this year and which caused major reactions from collectors and the press after its release. The CODE 11.59 Perpetual ref. 26394OR.OO.D321CR.01 shares the same 41 mm case construction as all the other watches in the 11.59 collection with a case that combines a round shape and an octagonal caseband. The octagonal middle case is simply gorgeous but very hard to appreciate unless you are holding the watch and looking straight at the case band. Featuring a blue aventurine dial that evokes the starry sky from Le Brassus, the warm tones of the 18K pink gold case against the highly refractive and almost iridescent midnight blue dial play an exquisite color symphony made to please the most demanding watch collectors.
An emblematic model from the Patrimony collection is adopting the midnight blue shade specially created for the line. The Patrimony perpetual calendar ultra-thin watch beats to the rhythm of the legendary 1120 QP calibre, an ultra-thin automatic movement. Introduced with an 18K 5N pink gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter and less than 9 mm in thickness, the warm hue of the case is a perfect match for the sunburst satin-finished blue shade of the dial. With its sleek lines embodying quintessential elegance, this version treats connoisseurs to unrivaled contemporary refinement.
News: Phillips Watches Sells Over $25 Million USD at Their Geneva Watch Auction NINE. New Record for a George Daniels Watch and Rolex Submariner ref. 5508.
In another record-breaking sale this past weekend May 11-12, 2019 at the Hôtel La Réserve in Geneva, Switzerland, Phillips Watches, the leader in watch auctions achieved $25,800,625 USD after selling 98% of the 220 lots offered at auction. Just as usual, new records were set for Patek Philippe, Rolex, and independent brands like George Daniels. Even though most of the lots were very important from a horological standpoint, there five to six watches that broke records and that are considered highly important due to their rarity and history in the world of horology.
Jaguar Classic recently re-started production of the iconic 1950s D-type race car in Coventry, 64 years after the first examples were built. In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types but only 75 were completed; Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars. The triple Le Mans-winning D-type is the third continuation vehicle to come out of the Jaguar Classic workshops, following six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-2015 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-2018.
Insider: Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain. One of the Most Exceptional Watches Out There.
Following its royal blue predecessor, Greubel Forsey unveiled a brand new interpretation of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain, this time with a natural titanium movement. The timepiece is still housed in a 5N red gold or white gold case measuring 44.5 mm in diameter and 15.2 mm in thickness. The simplicity of its external appearance resonates with the harmony of its internal architecture. It's three-dimensional character is subtly accentuated by the movement's many levels.
You all know that here at Watch Collecting Lifestyle we are big fans of independent watchmakers and that Armin Strom is one of those brands we really like. A relatively young company led by an easygoing and approachable team that puts their hearts and souls into their watches, Armin Strom still preserves the DNA left by his founder Armin Strom himself as untouched as possible, while always moving as fast as the watch industry calls for. To present their Resonance collection and the Dual Time Resonance Sapphire watch for the very first time in the U.S., Claude Greisler —Co-Founder and Technical Director Armin Strom— and Jean-Marc Bories —Head of North America Armin Strom— came down to Dallas by way of L.A. after attending the Watch Time event in Cali.
Something we didn’t think would ever happen was for Larry Petinelli to ever leave Patek Philippe USA after serving as President of Patek Philippe USA —The Henri Stern Watch Agency, Inc.— for more than a decade. Today, Patek Philippe USA announced the promotion of Lisa Jones to President of The Henri Stern Watch Agency, Inc—the exclusive American importer and distributor for Patek Philippe in the USA. Prior to joining Patek Philippe 15 years ago, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President and Marketing Director for Antiquorum during almost six years.
Insider: Armin Strom Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance Titanium and Sapphire. Two Masterpieces Like No Other.
The first Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance by Armin Strom was released last year as the first watch in a new collection. A chef-d'œuvre combining the practicality of two completely independent time indications with the increased precision of two independent movements in resonance. The Dual Time Resonance launched the new flagship Masterpiece collection highlighting Armin Storm’s extraordinary technical and artistic abilities with an 8-piece limited edition in titanium. Putting the spotlight on the horological principle of Resonance with a distinctive oval case measuring 59 mm x 43.4 mm, two independent movements sit side-by-side with their regulators wedded by Armin Strom’s patented Resonance Clutch Spring.
Eye Candy: Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 4978/400G Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie. Set with 770 Diamonds.
The Patek Philippe ref. 4978 Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie is now available in a new 18K white gold design with a slightly larger diameter, increased from 33.3 mm to 36.5 mm. As a result, the distinctive diamond embellishments orbiting the case like gymnasts’ twirling ribbons and the spiraling circles of graduated diamonds adorning the dial make an even greater impression. Beneath this radiant exterior beats the automatic calibre 240 enabling the watch to maintain its slim, elegant profile.
Like on the original timepiece from Minerva from which it takes its inspiration, the new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph features a telemeter scale that runs around the dial, which was a typical feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm. The chronograph hand starts at the instant the phenomenon is seen —for instance lightning— and then it is stopped when the sound is heard —thunder. The position on the scale shows at first glance the distance in kilometers separating the phenomenon from the user from the storm, in this particular example.
Insider: MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titanium Green. A Watch with an Incredibly Iridescent Dial.
First released in 2017, the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement is now also available in grade 5 titanium, sporting a sun-ray CVD green dial and in a highly exclusive 33-piece limited edition. With an incredibly iridescent green dial that depending on lighting conditions appears blueish or even pinkish like a mother-of-pearl dial, the new MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titanium Green features a 14 mm wide balance that seems to oscillate on its own without any visible escapement wheel and anchor. Turning the watch over reveals the escapement and its components concealed almost 12 mm below, hence, the name ‘Split Escapement’.
Insider: Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Military Beige Chronograph. A Watch that Could've Been Worn During Operation Desert Storm.
Inspired by the color of sand and with the look of a watch that could’ve been worn by spec ops military personnel during operation ‘Desert Storm’ comes the new Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Military Beige Chronograph. This new watch that features the same 41 mm stainless steel case construction as the BR V2-94 Garde-Côtes is available with a stainless steel bracelet or with a black canvas strap. The watch is very military looking and the black anodized aluminum bezel insert contrasts very nicely against the beige dial.
Zenith released its ‘Zenith Oscillator’ system in 2017 and the new Zenith Defy Inventor is their latest watch equipped with this technology. Beating at the extremely high frequency of 18 Hz or 129,600 vph —compared to the usual 4 Hz or 28,800 vph— and endowed with a comfortable two-day autonomy, the Defy Inventor owes its exceptional properties to its disruptive technology. The ‘Zenith Oscillator’ is a single-piece oscillator developed and patented by Zenith that maximizes chronometric precision, reliability and stability. This type of oscillator was conceived to replace the traditional spring balance used for more than three centuries.
News: Presenting the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar '25th Anniversary' ref. 720.066
The third limited edition from A. Lange & Söhne’s 25th Anniversary Collection is the new Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. In an elegant and subtle manner, this new watch integrates a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon in the inimitable design of the Lange 1. As a tribute to its anniversary, A. Lange & Söhne introduces the most complicated model of this watch family in a 25-piece 18K white-gold edition with blued-steel hands. First launched in 2012, the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar incorporates a rotating peripheral ring that indicates the month to integrate all calendar indications in the dial architecture of the Lange 1 model.