Introducing the Fortis PC-7 TEAM Aeromaster Chronograph and Day-Date

Fortis has announced their first big product launch since an ownership change in September of last year, and it’s perhaps not a surprise at all that the new release places a strong emphasis on brand heritage and a longstanding partnership with a component of the Swiss military. This is a brand that has produced rock solid tool watches of all sorts over the years, and the new PC-7 Team Aeromasters are right in their wheelhouse: hearty, purpose-built aviation watches. Let’s take a closer look. 

The PC-7 Team is an aerobatics team of the Swiss Air Force that has its roots in the 1982 introduction of the Pilatus PC-7 plane. These watches, a #chronograph and a three hand model both with day-date indicators, celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the official establishment of the PC-7 Team in 1989.


PC-7 Team Aeromaster Chronograph

  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Dial: Blue
  • Dimensions: 42mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Water Resistance: 200 meters
  • Crown: Push/pull
  • Movement: Valjoux 7750 / 48 h power reserve / 25 jewels / Certified C.O.S.C Chronometer
  • Strap/bracelet: Steel bracelet & blue cordura performance strap
  • Price: CHF 4,450
  • Expected Release: June 2019

PC-7 Team Aeromaster Day-Date

  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Dial: Blue
  • Dimensions: 42mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Water Resistance: 200 meters
  • Crown: Push/pull
  • Movement: ETA 2836-2 / 42 h power reserve / 25 jewels / Certified C.O.S.C Chronometer
  • Strap/bracelet: Steel bracelet & blue cordura performance strap
  • Price: CHF 2,450
  • Expected Release: August 2019

The watches themselves are a product of Fortis consulting with PC-7 pilots for input on their design. Not surprisingly, these professional aviators requested timepieces with a focus on legibility and precision. To that end, each of the 300 pieces for each model is a COSC certified chronometer, and the dials are expansive and use generous amounts of lume on the large applied Arabic numerals. The deep blue color of the dial is a natural choice for a watch worn by pilots who fly above the clouds, and the 42mm Aeromaster case has a completely brushed surface to minimize the risk of unwanted reflections in the cockpit. 

Never a brand to skimp on useful watch tech, Fortis has added a bunch of additional mostly unseen features into the PC-7 Team editions. The sapphire crystal is double domed and uses Fortis’ AR027 anti-reflective coating to ensure legibility in any lighting condition, and even though the crown does not screw down (which would be counterintuitive in real life flight scenarios) these watches each boast 200 meters of water resistance thanks to the brand’s “In-crown-double-gasket-system.”

A close inspection of the dial reveals a variety of finishing techniques you wouldn’t normally expect on such a pure tool watch, but there is some very subtle circular graining in the subdials of the chronograph, and each model uses sunken elements in the rehaut for visual interest and to create a sense of depth. And, naturally, each watch features applied miniature representation of the PC-7 aircraft flying in a V formation at 9:00, making this a suitable collectible for anyone who has been associated with the team over the years, or those who are just fans of their impressive aerial acrobatics.

Both watches will be available this summer, with the Chronograph delivering in June, and the Day-Date following in August. Fortis

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Nove Trident Watch Review

If you were asked to name the “thinnest non-specialised diving watch in the world”, who would you say? Piaget, JLC, Bulgari? According to Nove, it’s them.

The key in the statement is “non-specialised diving watch”. Whilst those other brands have created world-changing thin timepieces, they only have 30m water resistance, so not really suitable for the water.

The Nove Trident is a crazy thin 6.8mm tall and has a very unique style too – and when you consider it’s Swiss Made and costs a pretty impressive $320 / ~£245, it’s definitely worth your consideration. Let’s check it out.

The specs

The video review

The case

What else can I lead in with apart from the insanely thin height of 6.8mm? It’s certainly the thinnest watch I’ve come across that’s this affordable at only $320, with a working bezel and 150m water resistance (which has since been upgraded to 20ATM / 200m, so anyone who buys one now will have the upgraded resistance). So first and foremost, Nove must be commended for that.

That being said, the diameter is pretty huge at 46mm. It’s a bit of a conundrum really; as it wears beautifully thanks to the height – but visually it does look like a dinner plate on the wrist if yours is below average in size.

Because of the slender height, there’s not a lot to the case, but they’ve still managed to make it interesting. For the most part, it’s hidden away underneath the large flat bezel, but the sides demonstrate some decent attention to detail – for instance, polished shoulders next to brushed top and sides, and a chamfered bottom corner. The crown guards also follow suit.

Another very interesting element of the case is the 3-point ratcheting system of the bezel, which is specially created to ensure the thinness. It works really well, and I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s not a gimmick; the spring-loaded ratchets provide no backwards play whatsoever and the action is firm but smooth. The level stoppers are all rose gold plated, which catches the eye and works well with the other accented elements. The design of them is also meant to reflect the points of Poseidon’s Trident which I can see.

The exposed element is definitely intriguing, however, I do find that it can pick up dust and fluff – I suppose that’s the downside to the open channel where the stoppers reside.

The bezel itself is definitely on the large and bold side – they’ve definitely made it a key feature. It exaggerates the thin height of the case, as the entire top of the watch is just so insanely flat. The bezel has a frosted finish, with the numerals and markings raised and polished accurately. The grip is huge and easy to grab, with a protrusion every 10 minutes, housing the larger numerals.

The crown is rose gold plated, delightfully angular, and to my surprise screw-in. It definitely looked to be too small to contain a thread, but lo and behold – it works really well and feels good in the hand. The logo is lightly engraved on the end.

The Nove Trident is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal, which has an evident anti-reflective coating that works well.

The caseback is fixed via 4 screws and is very flat – which is expected. It’s polished for the most part, with a frosted centre disc with details and the logo raised and polished against that backdrop. It’s not particularly exciting, but there are certain things that need to be forgone for such a thin case.

The dial

In reality, to keep the height of the case so thin, the dial has to be kept as flat as possible. I’m pleasantly surprised to find applied indices to provide a subtle bit of depth.

The hour and minute hands are a simple, bold sword shape with polished rose gold borders, and filled with lume. There are no seconds hand, so that saves a fraction of a millimetre. They’re well proportioned – providing excellent legibility at a suitable size. They’re subtly pitched too, with either side catching the light in different ways.

The green SuperLuminova lume is reasonably bright and charges effectively.

The applied hour markers are small, simple polished rose gold pips. It’s good to see these reflective elements as it ensures the watch isn’t just about an outrageous case with a comparatively plain dial. The logo and the words “Swiss Made” are both technically applied, however they’re more of a thin sticker than anything substantial. They don’t look as good as the hour markers which is a shame, perhaps they would have been better printed.

The bracelet

The svelteness of the case follows through into the bracelet. It’s good to see that there are screws either side of the lugs for easy removal, however, the shape of them means you’ll be unable to find an aftermarket strap that’ll fit without chopping some of it away. The screws are rose gold to match the other accented elements which is a nice touch.

The links are 3.5mm tall and have an interesting base. The brushed top ensures they’re resilient to scratches, whilst the polished sides provide flashy reflections when the light hits them right. Whilst the bracelet measures 48.7mm wide where it meets the case, it does reduce down to a more regular 22mm wide at the butterfly clasp.

The butterfly clasp is comfortable and easy to use thanks to the side pushers. The Nove N logo is deeply stamped to an impressive degree, plus I really like it when the logo folds over the other half as it does here.

The movement

The quartz movement powering the Nove Trident is the Ronda 1062 Slimtech. It comes in two grades; Swiss Parts and Swiss Made – the latter is used here. It has 4 jewels, is gold plated, 1.9mm tall, and has a rather impressive 6-year battery life. Some may be put off by the fact that its quartz, but if you want a watch this slim with a mechanical movement then be prepared to spend thousands and thousands instead of only $320. The fact that it doesn’t have a seconds hand makes it virtually impossible to tell anyway.

Final comments

Nove describes the Trident as a watch of versatility, as well as the thinnest non-specialised diving watch in the world. Clearly, they’re incredibly proud of what they’ve created – with good reason too.

I think the design might be a bit “too much” for some; the bezel is a key feature of the watch which you cannot ignore, which will go down to personal preference if you like it or not.

The fact that the Nove Trident is only $320 is rather staggering really. Such a custom watch that is Swiss Made with a bezel system I’ve not come across before at that price is mightily impressive. The design won’t be to everyone’s taste, that’s for sure. But, apart from that, it’s the kind of watch that I love to review: affordable, different, with unique features.

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Christopher Ward Trident Launch Event

I had the privilege of attending the launch event of Christopher Ward’s brand new Mk3 Trident. Hosted in a small event venue on Short’s Gardens in Seven Dials, just a short walk away from Covent Garden in the heart of London, it reflected well what Christopher Ward is about: quintessentially British.

The event itself was between 6-9pm, and I arrived at the venue half an hour early – just enough time to nip around the corner to the local Costa and enjoy a coffee with James from Watch That Sweep – a great guy who has been running his watch blog and review site for just over a year now – so go check him out.

At 6 we headed off back to the venue. I was immediately warmly welcomed by Chris from the PR company, and a glass of Prosecco swiftly found my hand.

There were two main displays demonstrating the new range: a very cool waterfall, with the models directly under the cascading liquid, lit up in blue. Whilst this was an eye-catching display, it was actually a little bit wet right up close, a pain to photograph the watches, and therefore difficult to see the watches in detail. It was certainly more style over function, but that’s not to say it wasn’t welcome.

The other primary display was a fish tank full of water, with a pebble bed and some plantation. The Tridents were on stands within, showing off a small level of their underwater capabilities. This was a much more effective display, although you still couldn’t get your hands on the new watches. What were we to do?

Thankfully, further in and manned by Declan, the showroom manager at CWHQ, was a case full of the range available for handling.

Along the furthest brick wall was a collection of tasteful posters to set the scene.

The Prosecco kept flowing, and I managed to have a good chat with many. Of course, it was great to speak to many of the people from Christopher Ward – the man himself, co-founder Mike France, head designer Adrian Buchmann, and others who work behind the scenes.

Not only that, but I also had the pleasure of meeting up with some other highly influential people. It was inspiring speaking to Adrian from Bark & Jack, who has gone from strength to strength since starting his channel.

Armand from Armand The Watch Guy was someone else I enjoyed speaking to. He’s young, determined, and he has very impressive knowledge. What he does is remarkable.

Nicholas from Fears Watches was great to meet in person at long last. He was wearing a Brunswick, which is beautiful – and the amount of work that he does and that goes into each of these watches is impressive.

All in all, it was a successful event from Christopher Ward. The PR agency did a good job of organising a few different reviews to go out on the day of launch, and before that, we were asked to publish some “sneak peeks” to increase anticipation. It certainly worked, and judging by the reactions from forums and Facebook groups, I’m fairly certain the new Mk3 Trident has been flying off the shelves.

After handling the entire range (I had early access to the Elite 1000 for my review here), I can honestly say that they are fabulous watches for the money and they all have impressed me greatly. The 40mm version, in my eyes, is the perfect size – it’s a shame that initially it’s only available in black, but once sales start coming through the more colourways will become available.

I also had a chance to check out the new highly anticipated and redesigned quick-release bracelet, which allows simple and fast removal when usually it can be quite painful.

I look forward to getting my hands on the other models for an in-depth review – so keep your eyes peeled in the coming months!

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Hands-On with the Voutilainen 28 TE in Enamel

The Voutilainen Vingt-8 is available in an endless variety of dial styles, perhaps too many, almost anything a client desires can be done. Inevitably some dials work better than others, but the 28 TE happens to be particularly attractive.

And it is also unusual, being a combination of guilloche and enamel, something Voutilainen has mostly, but not exclusively, used for one-off watches made for special events, as he did for a Singapore charity in 2016. Earlier this year, however, #Voutilainen unveiled the 28 E that has a full, grand feu enamel dial.

The dial is beautifully crafted, with a barleycorn guilloche chapter ring in silver for the hours, and the dial centre and sub-seconds being separate pieces made of solid gold and covered in rich blue enamel. Most Voutilainen dials, in contrast, are entirely silver and engine-turned.

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Voutilainen Vingt-8 blue enamel 5

“The gold plate is engine turned and then there is transparent enamel added on. It is done gold base, as it is not possible to do translucent grand feu enamel on silver,” says Kari Voutilainen, “and it has to be a special gold alloy to remain clean in heat.”

While the dial is engine-turned by Voutilainen – the company owns dial maker Comblémine – the enamel is done by a specialist.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 blue enamel 4

The hands are solid gold with blued steel rings

The look is slightly more contemporary than the average Voutilainen, helped by the bright colour of the enamel.

The hour markers are the usual Voutilainen style, but sit vertically on the dial, instead of radially, which looks a bit odd, at least to my eye. But a custom dial with repositioned hour numerals is easy done.

Inside is a first generation cal. 28, with a large barrel bridge and a cock for the third wheel, making it a bit more elaborate in style and finishing than later generations.

Found in newer watches like the 217QRS, the second generation cal. 28 has “one big bridge that takes the barrel, centre wheel and third wheel” according to Mr Voutilainen. Put another way, the first generation cal. 28 has an extra component that requires finishing.

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Voutilainen Vingt-8 blue enamel 7

The cock for the third wheel at bottom left

Even though the movement is now well known, it’s still worth revisiting because it is extremely well executed. It is not beautiful in a classical manner; the bridges are functionally shaped to show off finishing and mechanics, but it is a thoroughly impressive movement.

The extra-large, 13.6mm balance wheel takes pride of place under a long, rounded steel bridge, with the direct impulse double escape wheels right below.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 blue enamel 9

Voutilainen Vingt-8 blue enamel 2

All of the bridges are in German silver, and gleam in the light. The tops are finished with Geneva stripes, and all edges are bevelled and mirror polished, right down to the cocks under the balance wheel.

Naturally the spokes of the wheels – which are all 18k rose gold – are also chamfered, while the screws and jewels sit in polished countersinks.

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The case is the standard Vingt-8 case, 39mm wide and 11.5mm high.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The 28 TE in enamel and guilloche is priced at 86,000 Swiss francs, while the full enamel 28 E is 83,000 Swiss francs.

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Five Vintage Watch Hidden Gems

Calling Attention to Our Vintage Steals

In recent years, there’s been a noticeably increasing interest in vintage watches. From record-breaking auction sales of models owned by famous wearers to copious vintage-reissues, the enthusiasm for vintage watches is undeniable. Whether it’s the story and history behind these watches or the classic, time-tested designs, there’s something alluring about models past. These watches set the foundation for designs we see today, they established trends, and they’re important pieces of horological history.

As purveyors of pre-owned watches – many of which fall into the vintage category – this trend is particularly compelling. There’s nothing more fascinating than the heritage behind a vintage model. There’s also nothing more rewarding than connecting a vintage model with its next owner. It perpetuates the next chapter of its story. Maybe you’re curious about getting into the vintage watch market or looking to add another vintage model to your collection. Sometimes, the most interesting vintage models go unnoticed among the countless offerings in our catalog. So, we decided to round up five vintage hidden gems and the stories behind them.

Rolex Date 1500

Vintage Oyster Perpetual

Rolex first debuted their groundbreaking Oyster in 1926 as the first water resistant wristwatch. Today, the model is still a crucial part of their catalog. Over the years, it has seen a number of updates and modifications. One particularly popular iteration is the Reference 1500. The brand initially introduced this model in 1962. However, the watch in our inventory dates just over ten years later to about 1973. Its run for over a decade is a testament to the 1500’s timelessness and appeal. The model comes equipped with the brand’s Caliber 1570 chronometer certified automatic movement and a date function. It’s also interesting to note the 1500 has a Sigma dial. In addition, the patina on the lume looks great on both the hands and indices.

Heuer Pewter Lemania 1500 Chronograph

Vintage Heuer

The relationship between Heuer and Lemania is an interesting partnership that spurred in the 1980s. The 1500 series first launched in 1982 and replaced the previous Valjoux movement with the Lemania 5100 chronograph. The model in our inventory, 510.503, showcases a few unique features. The simple date function, as opposed to day-date, indicates it’s a first series model. Another unique attribute is the pewter design. The line offered three stylistic options: classic stainless steel, PVD, and pewter. The pewter variation creates a distinct monochromatic look that’s simply one-of-a-kind. The bright, contrasting orange chronograph hands pop against the pewter background and give the model a handsome, sporty style.

Longines Ultra-Chron 431

Vintage Longines

The Longines Ultra-Chron is an example of one of the earliest, mass-produced high-beat watches. The brand first released the model in 1967 to commemorate their 100th anniversary. In basic terms, a high-beat watch is one with a movement whose oscillating wheel is faster than the average watch. From a technical perspective, this results in higher precision. At the time of the Ultra-Chron’s debut, Longines asserted it was the world’s most accurate watch. However, as one might guess, the higher frequency also places more strain on the internal mechanisms. This means high-beat watches must be equipped with more durable parts and better lubricants to combat the added friction. Stylistically, the Ultra-Chron is the quintessential dress watch. Plus, with the high-beat movement, it has the added bonus of the visually appealing smooth second hand.

Patek Philippe Calatrava 1509

Vintage Patek

The Calatrava is Patek Philippe’s flagship model, first introduced in 1932. Similar to the Ultra-Chron, it’s a classic dress watch with a minimalist, no-frills, time-only design. The model in our catalog hails from a few decades after the initial Calatrava debuted. The Reference 1509 first launched in the 1940s, and our particular model dates to the 1950s. This reference is most notable for its distinctive teardrop lugs. However, its design also marks the transition to the 2500 series of the model in the 1950s. The 2500 references feature the unique “Disco Volante” or “flying saucer” case style. Here, the crown rests inside the outer circular portion that lines up with the raised bezel.

Breitling Top Time 824

Vintage breitling

Last but not least in our round up of vintage hidden gems in our inventory is the Breitling Top Time 824. The brand first released the Top Time in 1964 as an entry-level chronograph. However, the model soon gained celebrity status and widespread popularity. For instance, Sean Connery sported the watch in the James Bond film Thunderball a year after its debut in 1965. One of the most notable and desirable aspects of this particular reference is the iconic reverse panda dial. Breitling was the first to introduce this style on the SuperOcean in 1957. It quickly became a favorite for its one-of-a-kind look and practical, easy legibility.

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Mother’s Day – What to Put on Her Wrist


Celebrate Mom with the Perfect Timepiece for Her

It’s that time of year again. The day has come to honor the most deserving yet under-appreciated women in our lives: our moms. Mothers spend most of their lives putting everyone else’s needs before their own. Instead of buying something for herself, mom puts dinner on the table and gets her kids’ school supplies. Mom rarely treats herself to something new, especially something superfluous. That’s why she deserves to be spoiled on Mother’s Day.

A watch is a gift that’s equal parts practical and fun. It’s something mom can use and enjoy every day and even pass on to her kids down the road. However, a watch is also a surefire way to make mom feel special. What woman doesn’t love a new accessory to incorporate into her wardrobe? No matter your budget or your mom’s unique style, we can help you find the right watch for her. Here, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite models from our inventory. Each of these would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Rolex Yacht-Master

Mom doesn’t have to be a pro-sailor to appreciate the Rolex Yacht-Master. If she simply enjoys a day at the beach, she’ll adore the nautical aesthetic and functionality of this model. The Yacht-Master is a relatively new addition to the Rolex catalog, first debuting in 1992. Two years later, the brand added a ladies’ version to the collection. However, it wasn’t until 2005 that Rolex introduced the stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold variation we see here. At the end of the day, you really can’t go wrong with a Rolex. The two-tone colorway is versatile enough to compliment other jewelry mom has in her collection. Though the Yacht-Master is somewhat sporty, it can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Patek Philippe Twenty-4

Striking, sophisticated, stylish – if these words describe your mom, she’ll love the Patek Philippe Twenty-4. When the brand first unveiled the collection in 1999, it was a remarkably unique addition to their catalog. The modern design is a bit of a departure from Patek Philippe’s typical, tradition aesthetic. However, the Twenty-4 quickly became the brand’s premier ladies’ line. The collection takes a contemporary approach to classic Art Deco principles with women leading active lifestyles in mind. The Twenty-4 was Patek Philippe’s first ladies’ model offered in stainless steel, giving it a subtle sporty touch. However, as we see with this model, the diamond accents give it an equally elegant and feminine appeal.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gran Sport Reverso

Your mom is an icon, and she deserves a watch that’s equally iconic on her wrist. Enter the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. The model and the brand have become synonymous since the model debuted back in 1931. The Gran Sport Reverso is a newer take on the classic Reverso, launching just a couple of decades ago in 1998. Jaeger-LeCoultre first designed the original model for polo players who needed to protect their watches on the field. However, the initial design had a distinctly dressy appeal despite being purpose-built for sport. As the name suggests, the Gran Sport variation revives the sporty inspiration behind the collection. Still, the modest 28mm case is perfectly slim for mom’s wrist.

Cartier Roadster

Almost every woman knows the Cartier name and associates it with indulgence and luxury. However, mom doesn’t have to be ultra-girly to enjoy a Cartier timepiece. The Roadster is the perfect example of the brand’s range of offerings. Its design draws inspiration from the curves of the sport and race cars of the 1950’s. Though it’s a racing model, its tonneau-shaped case is distinctly softer than Cartier’s other square and rectangular models. Ultimately, the Roadster strives the perfect balance of sportiness and femininity, making it versatile enough for any mom.

Hublot Classic Fusion

For a mom who’s daring and bold, look no further than the Hublot Classic Fusion. The design draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic Big Bang. However, the Classic Fusion is a bit more refined, with a slimmer profile and a cleaner dial layout. Still, it incorporates a number of Hublot’s trademark elements, like the one-of-a-kind porthole-shaped case and pronounced hour markers. Despite its name, the Classic Fusion is quite modern. This variation features a unique matte black textured dial, which pops against the 18-karat rose gold bezel, hands, and indices. For a sporty touch, the model we see here is finished off with a black rubber strap.

Omega Speedmaster Date

Mom is an indispensable part of your family’s history. The same is true for the Speedmaster in the history of Omega. The model was the first watch to embark on the surface of the moon on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin. From that moment forward, it solidified Omega’s partnership with NASA and the space program, one that continues today. On top of its historical significance, the Speedmaster has an impeccably timeless design. It features a classic round case, clean lines, and overall sleek appearance that looks smart on the wrist. Mom is sure to appreciate this model for its heritage and its stylish charm.

TAG Heuer Monaco

Each mom is one-of-a-kind and worthy of a watch that’s just as special as she is. When TAG Heuer released the Monaco in 1969, it broke the mold. The model is a key part of the brand’s history in a couple respects. First, the racing watch is a symbol of TAG Heuer’s longstanding presence in the sport. In addition, the Monaco was the world’s first waterproof automatic chronograph with a square case. This particular iteration features a stunning 18-karat yellow gold construction paired with a warm, brown leather strap. If you’re looking for an alternative to a classic round watch for your mom, the Monaco is an excellent option.

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Baselworld 2019: Top 5 Ladies Watches

2019 Basel Fair may not have satisfied the purists and watch enthusiasts for men’s watches, but it was a great year for women’s watches. This year independent and mainstream brands made an honest effort to showcase ladies’ watches. We have selected best five watches from the fair just in time for Mother’s Day.

MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

This is MB&F’s first three-dimensional watch dedicated to #women.

A high, extravagantly convex dome of sapphire crystal rises from the bezel. Beneath the dome, a subtly curved dial plate, liquidly black with layers of stretched lacquer or glittering with blazing white diamonds.

An asymmetric ventricular opening in the dial plate frames the heart of the LM FlyingT engine – a cinematic flying tourbillon that beats at a serene rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The tourbillon projects high above the rest of the engine, a kinetic, dynamic column that stops just short of the apex of the sapphire crystal dome. Affixed to the top of the upper tourbillon cage is a single large diamond that rotates simultaneously with the flying tourbillon, emitting the fiery brilliance of the very best quality stones.

At the 7 o’clock position – another reference to the numeric theme that runs throughout LM FlyingT – is a dial of black or white lacquer that displays the hours and minutes with a pair of elegant serpentine hands in blued gold. The dial is inclined at a 50° tilt so that the time can be read only by the wearer, an intimate communication that highlights the personal nature of LM FlyingT.  On the reverse, the automatic winding rotor takes the shape of a three-dimensional red gold sun with sculpted rays, providing LM FlyingT with four days of power reserve.

The LM FlyingT launches in three 18K white gold versions:
Diamond-set case with black lacquer dial plate $115,000
Fully diamond-set case and dial plate $145,000
Fully baguette diamond-set case and dial plate $315,000

RJ Arraw Ladies Star Twist

RJ, previously known as Romain Jerome, has a reinvented itself with new collection appealing to both men and women. The Arraw Ladies collection has a patented spinning bezel fitted on a 39mm titanium or red gold case which has a trendy look and feel. The Star Twist name is drawn from the colorful gemstones which reflect the beauty and diversity of space with precious sapphires, topazes and amethysts.

The dials are available in four different colors. Each dial represents a different deep-sky object: Titanium Blue Spiral Galaxy, Titanium Purple Spiral Galaxy, Titanium Glowing Eye Nebula, and Gold Blue Magellanic Cloud. Each color is limited to 100 editions.

The RJ-2000 automatic movement displays central hours, minutes, and seconds and has a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Star Twist is waterproof up to 100 meters and is equipped with the interchangeable strap system that allows the strap to be released with a simple ‘click’ by pushing simultaneously on the two lug screws. The retail price of Star Twist Titanium is $16,200, and Gold Blue is $31,800.

Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Rose Gold and Diamonds

Bvlgari has extended the Serpenti collection with a bold new Serpenti Seduttori in rose gold. This new collection features an unprecedented design that represents a bold new chapter for the world of Serpenti timepieces with its iconic drop-shaped watch head, a motif that comes from the Serpenti Tubogas watch.

Serpenti is known for its recognizable case shape and the new Seduttori is thinner than ever before; it has a flexible new bracelet inspired by the original Serpenti watches and is crowned in cabochon-cut gemstones in a nod to Bvlgari’s DNA as the Roman jeweler. The Serpenti Seduttori collection also includes watches in yellow gold, white gold, and diamond pavé.

Serpenti Seduttori has a lovely 18kt rose gold bracelet with hexagonal stylized pattern and folding buckle; 18kt rose gold 33mm case set with 38 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.38 ct); 18kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut pink rubellite; opaline silver-toned dial; and a high-precision quartz movement. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. The retail price of Seduttori Rose Gold with Diamonds is $27,100.

Bell & Ross BR S Black Diamond Eagle Diamonds

Bell & Ross introduced the BRS women’s collection in 2016. BRS pays tribute to the twinkling stars that punctuate the celestial sphere like an array of tiny spotlights illuminating the night. For 2019 BRS model, the brand used the Aquila, or Eagle Constellation, one of the brightest clusters of stars in the Milky Way.

The BR S Black Diamond Eagle 39mm in diameter, and has a slim profile with the BR-CAL.102. Quartz movement. The case is polished black ceramic and the steel bezel is set with 66 white diamonds totaling 0.99 ct. The black dial has hour circle featuring metal appliqués and depicts the Aquila constellation represented by 7 diamonds.

This feminine watch has two strap options – black satin calfskin leather or black ceramic bracelet. BR S Black Diamond Eagle Diamonds on retail price is $6,900 on satin strap, and $7,400 on bracelet.

Claude Meylan Petite Tortue

The Petite Tortue has a unique case design in the shape of a turtle. The movement is partially revealed, which gives the overall appearance of a feminine yet technical watch. The dial reveals the balance wheel and the rotor at 6 o’clock. The Tortue case diameter is 31mm x 31mm and the case height is 11mm.

This watch has a special automatic movement with base ETA 2671 caliber, but instead of the full rotor, Claude Mylan has re-worked it with a micro-rotor with côtes de Genève decoration. The rhodium-plated dial and the 3 o’clock bridge are adorned with a fine sunrise guilloche. The time indication is up at 12 o’clock with polished and brush dauphine-style hands for the hours
and minutes, and is balanced by the rotor at 6 o’clock.

A satin strap compliments the overall feminine design of the Petite Tortue. The retail price of the watch is CHF 4,500.

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