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News: Presenting the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Red Gold Blue. Limited Edition of 12 Pieces.

Initially launched in 2013, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 was only available in 18K white gold with dark grey dial, 18K rose gold with silver dial, a limited edition of 18 pieces in platinum with blue dial and in an 18-piece limited edition in titanium with its strikingly beautiful vivid blue greenish dial. Then, a fourth iteration of the MB&F LM2 was released last year 2018 in white gold with an unconventional purple dial. MB&F started using purple as far back as 2011 in their winding rotors on the HM3 Frog Zr, HM5 CarbonMacrolon and on the HM8 Only Watch. Today, six years later from its original launch and less than a year later after the release of the purple edition, MB&F presents the last edition ever of the Legacy Machine No. 2 in an 18K red gold case with a striking blue dial.

News: Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance. Celebrating 10 Years of its Fully Integrated Manufacture.

Continuing to up their game, Armin Strom presents the world’s first and only resonance chiming wristwatch. The new Masterpiece 2 Minute Repeater Resonance offers two incredible complications with its resonance capabilities and a minute repeater. Fitted with two vertically-stacked independent movements; two forms of resonance —oscillators and sound propagation; two independent mainsprings in one barrel; and two top development teams in Armin Strom and Le Cercle des Horlogers for the minute repeater part of things. Limited to only 10 pieces, the Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance celebrates the 10th anniversary of its fully integrated manufacture. Cased in grade 5 titanium, the Masterpiece 2 Minute Repeater Resonance gets its inspiration from Bern’s centuries old chiming tower clock.

News: Panerai Presents Four New Military Green Dial Radiomirs. Edizione Verde Militare PAM 995, PAM 997, PAM 998 and PAM 999.

Four brand new Radiomir watches have just been released by Panerai sporting striking military green dials. Referred to as ‘Edizione Verde Militare’ in Italian —Military Green Edition—, these new four Radiomir watches are exclusively sold at the Panerai boutique network and not at the authorized dealers. Fitted with matte military green dials, the watches seek to blend in with jungle surroundings as Panerai has chosen this identifying color, reinforcing their strong historic identity and military lineage. Four interpretations, unequivocally individual in their functions, dimensions and the materials of which they are made, but conceptually connected by a common visual code of recognition as well as by the aesthetic language of the Radiomir case…

News: MB&F Tom & T-Rex Clock. A Collaboration with L'Epée 1839 for ONLY Watch Auction.

All previous MB&F Machines created for the ONLY Watch Auction up to date were unique pieces from existing collections that incorporated visual elements related to the auction. For this year’s ONLY Watch Auction, MB&F and L’Epée have teamed up yet again, to make an incredible clock never released before. The clock seeks to highlight the special nature of the auction. The unconventional, highly metaphorical table clock was created with a small sculpture of a young boy named Tom who represents the children living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy —the cause behind this auction and a degenerative disease that causes the gradual loss of basic motor functions, including the ability to walk. Tom rides a T-Rex friend, who carries him away into fantastical realms as a symbol of the hope offered by the ONLY Watch Auction to the children affected by the disease.

News: ONLY WATCH Auction to Include 50 Unique Pieces from 52 Watch Brands

Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and due to the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, ONLY WATCH is proud to unveil today the names of the 52 watch brands participating in the 8th edition of the biennial charity auction benefiting research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the 50 lots that will be auctioned. This exceptional and unparalleled project supports the battle against a devastating myopathy that affects 1 in 3000 male births on the planet by funding research. It is expected, this year again, to become the most talked-about topic in the watchmaking industry.

News: Introducing the new HYT SOONOW. A Total of 313 Gold Pins Make the Skull on its Dial.

There are moments when we want now to last forever. At other times, soon can’t come fast enough. The new HYT SOONOW has the answer. Its intriguing and captivating presentation of time’s flow is a constant reminder that every second counts. Because these moments are what add together. “Now or never” is so yesterday. HYT defines the present as an energizing cliffhanger, never as a precariously suspended moment of gratification or information on demand. The meaning of time is the content we give it, every single step of the way. The new HYT SOONOW showcases this dynamic view of the now as a mobile pivotal point between the path traveled so far, and what could potentially lie ahead.

News: Introducing the new MB&F HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red. A 25-Piece Limited Edition.

Having captivated the world with its soaring tourbillon and perfect symmetries over the last two years, the jellyfish-inspired HM7 Aquapod emerges from the depths for a new outing in 2019, this time in the most precious of metals and an arresting new shade. Platinum, which sits at the apex of the hierarchy of noble watchmaking materials, makes its debut in HM7, its bright silvery white hue an emphatic counterpoint to the vividly crimson red unidirectional rotating bezel. Used for the first time in any MB&F creation, red is not a color that immediately comes to mind when thinking of marine life.

News: Label Noir Creates the First Rolex Daytona Tourbillon Customization Using a ref. 116520

A world premiere by Label Noir is the new Rolex Daytona Tourbillon inspired by the mythical Daytona Paul Newman. Produced on special order for a customer who wishes to remain anonymous, this unique piece will be delivered after four exhibitions in Geneva, Paris, St-Tropez and Monaco. Before being released to its owner, this very first Rolex Daytona Tourbillon fully customized by Label Noir is in the safe custody of watchmaker Emmanuel Curti, a member of the venerable Société Suisse de Chronométrie —SSC— and CEO of Label Noir.

News: Westime and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Charity Night Raises $5.32 Million

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, After-School All-Stars founder Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomed over 150 philanthropic guests to his private home in L.A. for the seventh annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Westime Charity Night benefiting After-School All-Stars. Westime, the luxury watch and jewelry retailer led by John and Greg Simonian, sponsored the Western- themed event. Through the unwavering commitment of Schwarzenegger and Westime, the annual event has raised $12.8 million over the last seven years, to support free, comprehensive after-school programs for low- income, underserved students across the nation during the hours of 3-6pm.

Insider: Vacheron Constantin Partners with Climber and Photographer Cory Richards. An Overseas Dual Time Prototype Celebrates the Occasion.

Straight from NYC where we are with Vacheron Constantin and Cory Richards, the renowned climber and photographer. Embodying the beauty of the Earth and Nature, the photographs and videos taken on the dizzying slopes of Everest during Cory Richard’s new attempted ascent will be exhibited at the Vacheron Constantin boutiques around the world. This creative collaboration with the Manufacture has also given rise to an extremely good looking Overseas Dual Time prototype that the explorer wore on his wrist during his ascent. To set the pace for his adventure on the slopes of Everest, Cory Richards wanted to have a watch enabling him to keep track the time in Nepal, as well as back home in the United States. For that purpose, he chose an Overseas Dual Time.

News: Presenting the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Tourbillon Funky Blue

As soon as visitors set foot in Charlottenfels Castle, built by Heinrich Moser in 1854 they are overwhelmed by a sense of wonder at the elegance and sobriety of the high-ceiling rooms and the unobstructed view of the Rhine and the town of Schaffhausen. Today, the Moser family museum can be found on the first floor of this magnificent abode, which exhibits items belonging to Heinrich Moser and recounts his life through his creations and works. Naturally, many of the objects on display are watches, which tell the history of the brand from 1828 to today. It is from these pieces, and particularly those from the 20th century, that H. Moser & Cie. drew inspiration to recreate its Heritage line.

News: IWC Supports the Cousteau Divers Society to Reveal Ocean's Temperatures

On World Oceans Day, IWC Schaffhausen announces its support for a pioneering environmental project, spearheaded by its partner, Cousteau Divers. Cousteau Divers intends to study the effects of climate change by measuring the temperature beneath the ocean’s surface, combining data from precision sensors with measurements taken by thousands of recreational divers. The goal is to give scientists a better understanding of how the ocean’s temperature affects biodiversity and climate.

Posted on June 10, 2019 and filed under IWC, News.

News: Watches of Switzerland Group Goes Public. Trading Now at the London Stock Exchange.

Watches of Switzerland Group, the leading multi-channel luxury watch retailer in the UK and a leading retailer of luxury watches in selected regions of the U.S., has gone public and commenced its trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, trading under the ticker WOSG. The market capitalization of the Company will be approximately £647 million at the commencement of conditional dealings.

News: Presenting the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 2019

Hublot revealed its third limited-edition timepiece in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot in honor of the 12th anniversary Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic taking place on June 1, where Hublot is serving as the official timekeeper and scoreboard sponsor. This 12-piece limited edition watch ref. 521.CM.1490.lR.VCP19 is available with straps in Veuve Clicquot Yellow alligator and black leather and features a 45.5 mm case in satin-finished and polished black ceramic. To kick off this year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Hublot and Veuve Clicquot unveiled this third limited edition timepiece at Hublot’s Fifth Avenue Boutique and hosted an intimate dinner at Nobu 57 afterwards.

News: HYT Presents Two New Versions of the H0. A Khaki and a Slate Grey that are Pure Fire.

With its latest H0 timepiece, HYT showcases the bare essentials of time’s transience in a watch that is as grounded as it is elevated. Fluidity is the language of the design’s appearance and message. This is translated clearly through sleek lines and shaping, subtly punctuated by splashes of color and underlying utilitarian confidence. The new H0 model’s take on transience and transparency has two variations. In one of these, a khaki dial and rubber strap stylishly camouflage the DLC anthracite coating of the stainless steel case. Red and pale green complete the color palette, with the former taking on the essential task of visualizing recently elapsed hours.

News: Presenting the Ressence Type 1 ZZ. A Collaboration with Laurent Picciotto from Chronopassion Paris.

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.

News: Presenting the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Midnight Blue Dial

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.

News: Presenting the Bremont Jaguar D-Type Limited Edition

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.

Breaking News: Larry Pettinelli Departs Patek Philippe USA. Lisa Jones Promoted to President.

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.