Watchlifestylers, get ready to experience the fanciest Vilebrequins out there. The Mistral Limited Edition is the latest exclusive swimwear line by Vilebrequin. This line features embroidered patterns in the same style and fit as the Moorea. On this post we are featuring the embroidered turtles and the embroidered starfish designs along with an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 15300ST with a perfectly matching blue 'grande tapisserie' dial.
News: Presenting the Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He Treasure Boat. A Stunning 30-Piece Limited Edition.
Saluting the fascinating world of Chinese maritime history, Ulysse Nardin honors the Zheng He Treasure Boat in its new Classic Collection. This 30-piece limited edition timepiece features a stunning cloisonné enamel dial with the legendary Chinese Treasure Boat —or Bao-Chuan. The Bao-Chuan was a large wooden ship in the fleet of admiral Zheng He, the renowned explorer and mariner, who led seven incredible voyages during the early 15th-century Ming Dynasty.
For brands like H. Moser & Cie. an independent watchmaking manufacture, making timepieces has now become pure artistry. One of the strongest brands within the Independent Watchmaking scene and a company that has proven the Swiss watchmaking industry their prowess and their originality, H. Moser & Cie. is one of the very few companies that strive for real 'Swiss Made' and what this really should entail, regardless of what the 'Swissness Law Ordinance establishes as "Swiss Made" when it comes to watches.
A. Lange & Söhne is a company that has been around since the 1800s. Ferdinand A. Lange was born in Dresden, Germany in 1815. Fifteen years later, he began an apprenticeship with Saxon clockmaker J.C.F. Gutkaes starting his career in watchmaking. In 1837, Ferdinand A. Lange moved near Paris and worked as a foreman in a prominent horological manufactory, operated by Austrian clockmaker Joseph Thaddäus Winnerl —1799-1836, a pupil of Abraham Louis Breguet.
Insider: Richard Mille RM 028 Brown PVD Titanium. A Massive Diving Watch That is Great Looking But Not for Everyone.
The first diving watch for Richard Mille was the RM 028 Diver released in 2010 with several renditions that followed. In 2012, the most striking and colorful Richard Mille Diver RM 028 was released in a non-limited run —but knowing how Richard Mille works, maybe no more than 100 pieces or so were made— and featuring a brown PVD titanium case with orange and blue accents on the bezel and secured by a bright orange rubber strap.
Experience: 10 Watch Collector Accounts on IG We Love. Go Follow Them If You're Not Already Doing So.
As many of you know, over the past six months, the visibility of accounts with a very large number of followers like ours, has been compromised by Instagram's desire to drive up their advertising revenue. As our following on Instagram has plateaued at the 125,800 follower mark and the number of likes per post have significantly dropped no matter how hard we try, we find it harder and harder to feel motivated to spend as much time posting as we used to and liking posts of those that we follow.
Rare Bird: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jubilee ref. 14802ST. The 20th Anniversary Royal Oak with Salmon Dial.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak Jubilee ref. 14802 limited edition in 1992. With a 1,000 pieces total including the majority in stainless steel, a few in 18K yellow gold and only 10 in platinum. While the 18K yellow gold model and the platinum one came with one dial, the stainless steel model was available with two different dials that included a cobalt blue smoke-tinted treated like the original Royal Oak from 1972 and a salmon one which became the most special one amongst watch collectors.
News: Antonio Seward Appointed New CEO for Audemars Piguet North America as Xavier Nolot Returns to Le Brassus.
Effective August 1, 2017, Antonio Seward was named CEO for Audemars Piguet North America. Born in London to Argentinean parents —a diplomat father and an artist mother, Antonio holds a degree in History from Kings College, London and a Masters in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies Paris. Antonio’s diverse multicultural background was further developed after living in international cities including Buenos Aires, Paris, Miami and Singapore.
Eye Candy: Armin Strom One Week Configured Unique Piece. The Armin Strom Configurator Offers Endless Possibilities.
With a very similar look to Armin Strom’s Skeleton Pure Water we reviewed here, but featuring the 'Air' titanium case, comes this Armin Strom One Week Configured Unique Piece thanks to the recently launched Armin Strom Watch Configurator. This watch configurating system is not only quite innovative but it also offers hundreds if not thousands of possible combinations. If you can dream it, they can make it.
Insider: Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire. Hands-on with the Almost Half Million Dollars 8-Piece Limited Edition.
Following the trend set by brands like Richard Mille, Greubel Forsey, MB&F and Hublot, comes the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon Sapphire. This new sapphire watch released by Bell & Ross during Baselworld 2017 was a big surprise, considering that the price point for their timepieces has always been under $8K and with just a few misfits highly priced in the $20K price range. Furthermore, an almost half million US dollars timepiece that is not even powered by an in-house calibre should be something even out of the question.
News: Richard Mille Releases the RM 035 Black Toro and RM 035 Gold Toro. Two New 50-Piece Limited Editions for the Americas.
Richard Mille releases two new limited editions of the manual wound RM 035. Based on the original RM 035 in the Rafael Nadal series of watches, the two new 50-piece limited editions are available exclusively and immediately at authorized Richard Mille retailers in The Americas. The new models named 'Toro' after Rafael Nadal 'The Bull' —Toro in Spanish— from Manacor in Mallorca, Spain are the RM 035 Black Toro and the RM 035 Gold Toro.
Experience: When Money is No Object. A Very Impressive Collection of Audemars Piguet Timepieces, Cars and One of the World's Largest Diecast Scale 1:18 and 1:12 Cars.
Continuing with this new series where we showcase some of the most impressive and versatile watch collections in the world, this is the time to share with you a watch collection mainly composed of Audemars Piguet timepieces. Since often, it is quite common to find that watch collectors happen to also be collectors of many other objects of desire; call it writing instruments, lighters, banknotes, coins, stamps, fragrances, bags, shoes or automobiles, just to name a few, it is no surprise that this AP watch collection...
Insider: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral Chocolate Dial. Hands-on with a Unisex Timepiece with a Gorgeous Brown Mother-of-Pearl Dial.
Conceived as a unisex timepiece thanks to its generous case measuring 40.6 mm in diameter and 11.2 mm in thickness, the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Peripheral with chocolate dial is a great looking watch with one of the most unique brown mother-of-pearl dials out there. Also available in 18K rose gold with other dial options and in stainless steel without diamonds, the Manero Peripheral we have here, is fitted with a stainless steel case with diamond encrusted bezel as ref. 00.10917.08.83.11.
Insider: Patek Philippe Minute Repeaters. History, Explanation and 10 Facts You Need to Know About Them.
The history of Patek Philippe and Minute Repeaters is a long one. Last year, we had the opportunity to participate in the Minute Repeater Training and Sound Tasting class at Patek Philippe in New York City. For those of you wondering if Patek invented the Minute Repeater, the answer is no. It was Daniel Quare who invented the repetition mechanism in 1680; however, when it comes to Minute Repeaters, we all have to agree that no one other than Patek Philippe makes the most classical, elegant and perfect sounding timepieces equipped with the king of all complications.
Insider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm Platinum ref. 26401PO. Hands-on with Another Platinum Heavy Hitter from AP.
In 2011 Audemars Piguet introduced the 44 mm Royal Oak Offshore collection with a 44 mm diameter case and a whole new design under ref. 26400 and later ref. 26401. Three years later, AP released the 44 mm Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic and the platinum reference 26401PO we have here. Following APs usual approach to platinum limited or special edition Offshore watches —which is not the case on this regular production watch—, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44mm Platinum...
Experience: 1958 Porsche 356 Cabriolet Auratium Green. One of Our Favorite All-Time Classic Porsches.
As the Porsche lovers that we are, we all know that there's a special aura that surrounds driving or just looking at a Porsche 356 pass us by. But that aura turns into a triple whammy when that Porsche 356 happens to be painted in the legendary Auratium Green color and when it happens to also be a Cabrio with ivory interiors. The Porsche 356 was the first car ever produced by Porsche...
Experience: When Watch Collecting is a Journey and Not a Destination. A Father and Son Share their Very Impressive Watch Collection with Us.
A few days ago, someone asked us how come we don't talk more about the hobby of watch collecting when our name is Watch Collecting Lifestyle. Since we see watch collecting as a journey and not a destination, we've limited how much we talk about the subject so that we don't end up being too redundant. However, in lieu of delivering more of what our readers want, we will start talking more about watch collecting and when possible share some interesting watch collections with you.
Insider: Manufacture Royale 1770 Flying Tourbillon Squelette. Hands-on with a Timepiece that is Exquisitely Skeletonized for Maximum Transparency.
Manufacture Royale is an independent watch brand that was revived in 2010 and that is directly linked to the Manufacture Royale des Montres de Ferney, which was a watchmaking atelier in which thinker and philosopher Voltaire was involved back in 1770. The Manufacture Royale des Montres de Ferney produced watches from 1770 until 1778 when Voltaire died at the age of 83.
Insider: Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonnée. Hands-on with a Very Special 8-piece Limited Edition with Grand Feu Blue Enamel Dial.
With its signature figure eight on the dial and encased in an exquisitely mirror polished 18K red gold case measuring 43 mm in diameter, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Paillonnée with blue Grand Feu enamel dial reference J003033424 pays homage to the artistry and mastery of its founder Pierre Jaquet Droz. Born in 1721 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, at age seventeen in 1738, Pierre had already opened his first workshop for clock making and produced a series of grandfather clocks with very sophisticated movements.
Jordan Spieth’s rise to golf prominence can be traced back to the athletic family into which he was born in 1993 in Dallas, Texas. A left-handed pitcher, Spieth gave up baseball at age 12 to focus on golf and quickly became one of the most heralded junior players. Winning two U.S. Junior Amateur Championships he's the second player after Tiger Woods to ever win multiple Juniors. A first-team All-American three times for the American Junior Golf Association —AJGA.