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Patek Philippe

The Regular Collection Of Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

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Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

In its 175th anniversary year of 2014, Patek Philippe introduced its most complicated timepiece ever, the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175, which was limited to just seven pieces in elaborately engraved gold cases. This year, the Swiss brand introduces the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300, a new, non-limited (albeit certainly rare) version, to the regular Patek Philippe Collection.

The case and dial of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 has a distinctly different look than the original: made of 18k white gold and measuring 47.4 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick, it is decorated on its sides with a manually guillochéd hobnail motif, a pattern used by the brand since the launch of the Ref. 96D in 1934. The double-faced case features a clever mechanism between the lugs that enables the wearer to rotate between two dials — a black opaline “time and sonnerie” dial and a white opaline “calendar” dial, each devoted to displaying different elements of the watch’s astounding 20 complications. (Both dials on Ref. 5175 were white.) The black dial echoes the case’s hobnail pattern in the center and has applied Breguet numerals in white gold, white printed scales, and white gold hands. The white dial has four perpetual calendar subdials with black oxidized steel hands, all floating around a white-gold-framed four-digit year display in the center.

Like its limited-edition predecessor, the new Grandmaster Chime contains Patek Philippe’s Caliber GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM (below), made up of no less than 1,366 parts. The case itself is composed of 214 parts, meaning that the total number of components in each watch is a breathtaking 1,580. In addition to the 20 complications — among them a Grande and Petite Sonnerie, minute repeater, acoustic alarm, moon-phases, and perpetual calendar — the movement boasts six patented technical innovations, including the case reverser system and the alarm mechanism. (For a full list of the complications and patents, and lots more details, read our full report on the original Grandmaster Chime.)

With its debut, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 — which comes on a large square-scaled black alligator strap with a white-gold foldover clasp — becomes the most complicated wristwatch in the Patek Philippe regular collection, and the only one with a Grand Sonnerie complication. The price is available on request.
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Jaquet Droz

Hands-Around the Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée

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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée

The first time I’m able to remember visiting Jaquet Droz paillonnée enamel called watch personally was sometime around 2003 or 2004, in an event the organization had organized in the Museum of Design and arts within New You are able to on Columbus Circle. The organization at that time was very small – I suppose that it’s still no enormous industrial undertaking however in 2004, the organization was based at No. 5, Rue Jaquet Droz in La-Chaux-p-Fonds and Peter Conrad, a moderator online, reported it comprised of the grand total of 20 people, about 50 % who were involved with actual the watchmaking industry. Production amounts at that time were very little as well, and a number of people had discovered – the very first time – the skill of horological enameling, that was something then-Boss Manuel Emch had invested a lot of effort and into foregrounding for the organization. read more

Audemars Piguet


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Latest from home of Audemars Piguet are a couple of watches in recognition of symbols of the occasions, namely, Shaquille O’Neal and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both of them need no introduction however these exclusive watches, Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O’Neal Chronograph and Royal Oak Offshore Arnold’s All-Stars Chronograph need a little of acquaintance. We begin using the Royal Oak Offshore Shaquille O’Neal Chronograph that’s 48 mm across and it is completed in the whitened and red-colored colors from the Miami Warmth. Around the dial the three and a pair of numbers are inverted and completed in red……did you will know Shaquille wears 32 numbers? Within the white gold or platinum version having a gemstone bezel, his number is completed in rubies. Three are 960 from the stainless version and 96 from the gold watches. Finally, the red-colored stitching around the strap sets the final touch for this stunning model. read more


Jacob & Co. Cyclone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On3.

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Boy, exactly what do I even say about that one? Jacob & Co.’s new ultra high-finish, non gemstone-studded watch out for 2011 is that this Cyclone Tourbillon. The timepiece includes a large escapement that is really around the front-mounted automatic rotor. Getting things around the rotor is kind of a trend this season as Cartier did such like using their Astroregulateur watch and Blancpain includes a energy reserve indicator on the rotor this season on the new L-evolution piece. Although the Cyclone may be the first watch ever with an actual tourbillon spinning on the spinning rotor.

The movement was produced by a few ex BNB men who’re now at La Fabrique du Temps. It features a kind of technical design having a textured, though relatively flat dial (because the rotor must spin around). You will find the time, a subsidiary seconds dial, along with a energy reserve indicator. the dial and window is quite oddly shapes because in every position you switch the timepiece, the rotor will fall under another position, and also the dial is supposed to frame another element onto it. I suppose that’s interesting, and also the time is not way too hard to see. read more