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TECHNIQUE A rich vein of new materials STORY Omega: Moonwatch the fascinating little stories behind a grand adventure

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EDITORIAL SUMMER 2019

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he Annual Award of ECAL Lausanne School of Arts and Design which was presented for the first edition on 28th of June 2019 in Lausanne goes to Clara Martin for her outstanding work “The Authority of Black”. Clara is a graduate of the ECAL’s “ Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship “ program in recognition for their art, work and passion. The “De Bethune Award” comprises a cash prize and mentoring to support the recipient’s journey. Switzerland is a privileged country in terms of craftsmanship, sensibility and knownhow in the fields of art,design and luxury. Addressing sectors of excellence as varied as fine watchmaking, tableware and exploring the uses of noble materials through specific techniques is made possible thanks to the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship of the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (Lausanne School of Arts and Design), which encourages experimentation at all stages of a product’s development, from design to manufacture. True to this spirit, and in keeping with the tradition art mechanics for which the Swiss Jura is known and of which he is a fervent advocate, Denis Flageolet, Founder and Master Watchmaker of De Bethune, has initiated a dialogue with ECAL Director Alexis Georgacopoulos, to find a way of encouraging a graduate in his or her research as it passes the milestone of the Master’s Degree. The DB28 Tourbillon Noir, the tests with black dials and blue exteriors, the black DB27, the work on the black bronze of the Maestri Art which transcends the color of gold, the black Dream Watch 5 with different textures and materials…De Bethune’s years-long research on the subject is dense. De Bethune looks forward to finding answers to his quest together with Clara, and is pleased to present Clara with a grant of 8,000 CHF in support of her work and her journey. Until next issue, FADI JAMIL I Publisher, Editor-in-Chief

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30 EDITORIAL 32 CONTENTS 36 CONTRIBUTORS

BUSINESS 38 HOT NEWS 64 TECHNIQUE | A rich vein of new materials 70 INTERVIEW | Jacob Arabo | Founder and CEO Jacob & Co. and Stephan Winkelmann | CEO Bugatti

114 NEW RELEASES

LIFESTYLE

58 COVER STORY

62 EDITOR’S PICK

Urban Jürgensen: ONE COLLECTION

The siren call of time

82 RATEL

80 PORTFOLIO | Bucherer Blue Editions 80 SCENTS | Gucci Guilty Cologne | Boss

White Chrono: Crafted for a bold and unique lifestyle

84 STORY OMEGA Moonwatch the fascinating little stories behind a grand adventure

88 TOURBILLON DAY Breguet Celebrates Tourbillon Day

94 SAGA TAG HEUER The Autavia is back on track

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Bottled Oud aromatic and Saffron

114 JET-SET AUTO Rolls-Royce Unveils Wraith Eagle VIII Collection

118 JET-SET Swiss Luxury Apartments, A place to live and work

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74 Focus

Close-up view of 8 new releases

74 ANONIMO Deep down, vintage reigns supreme

75 CHOPARD A thousand and one passions

76 DE BETHUNE Diving into light-filled waters

77 GRAFF Precious wall

78 JAEGER-LECOULTRE Vast

79 JAQUET DROZ In stable imbalance

80 LOUIS VUITTON Beating the Tambour

81 MAURICE LACROIX Simply classic

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CONTRIBUTORS

Under the guidance of GMT’s Chief Editor, Brice Lechevalier, the following writers have made expert contributions to this Swiss and thus necessarily international edition.

Brice Lechevalier Involved in all aspects of the magazine, the founder seeks to convey a sense of pleasure to readers through the various articles.

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Cloé Mugny

Marie De Pimodan

Christophe Persoz

A member of the GMT Publishing team, this translator by training contributes to the Editor’s Picks column.

An expert watch journalist who presents new models as well as handling the Craftsmanship column.

This experienced watchmaker analyzes a model that he wears for an entire week before delivering his technical and aesthetic verdict.

Paul O’Neil

Michèle Brunner

David Chokron

The editor-in-chief of WorldTempus. com shares his insights on our feature articles based on his website’s coverage of the subject.

An experienced member of the GMT Publishing editorial team, she reports on brand events and products.

An expert watch journalist, he provides content for our Tech Insights column as well as presenting the latest new models.

Camille Guille

Edouard Haegi

Serge Panczuk

With a pseudo like perpetual.girl, how could one not take an interest in the instagram accounts she recommends ?

Edouard Haegi is our inhouse photographer/videomaker, who also handles the Watch Photo Awards.

This California-based collector is also a keen traveler who shares his extremely personal vision of what a watch is and what it “tells” us.


HOT NEWS FADI JAMIL

Panerai

Opens its second boutique in Dubai at the Mall of Emirates DUBAI, JUNE 2019 - PANERAI, the Florentine high quality sports

underwater universe. The use of oak, veined Italian marble

watch brand, has opened its second boutique in Dubai at the

“calacatta luccicoso”, burnished brass, bronze and a special

renowed shopping destination Mall of the Emirates.

“reeded” glass, undulating and transparent, reinterprets the

With an area of 35 square metres, the new outlet displays the four collections of the brand to enthusiasts and collectors.

An intimate space for clients to unwind and appreciate the

The boutique remains consistent to the concept of Panerai

Panerai novelties and collection is provided to offer consumers

boutiques worldwide.

with luxurious and exclusive shopping environments.

The design and materials used for the Panerai area respects its Italian tradition and stands as a clear reference to the

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technical codes of the watchmaker.

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With the recent international openings in Shanghai, Rome, and Zurich, Panerai now has 87 boutiques throughout the world.


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Jaquet Droz

unveils its 2019 novelties at Dubai Mall The swiss luxury brand enriches its collection of timepieces combining watchmaking experties, artistic sense and creavitiy JUNE 13, 2019, UAE DUBAI - Switzerland’s luxury watch, brand Jaquet Droz along with Rivoli Group revealed their 2019 Novelties

MAGIC LOTUS AUTOMATON: The new Magic Lotus Automaton invites meditation and

to the UAE at their Jaquet Droz boutique in the Dubai Mall,

contemplation in an animated Zen garden. Fauna and flora

inviting connoisseurs, collectors and watch aficionados from the

come to life in breathtaking detail in this luxurious showcase of

Middle East to explore and discover the watchmaking expertise,

artisanal techniques.

artistic sense and creativity of the brand. Cultivating the spirit of the art of astonishment, the Ateliers of

An ode to life and perpetual new beginnings, the new Magic Lotus Automaton is an unprecedented animation for Jaquet Droz.

Haute Horlogerie from La Chaux-de-Fonds gave pride of place to

A new development that was designed and assembled in house,

Grande Seconde collections, Automata or Ateliers d’Art through

this automaton features an exceptionally long animation that

creations that delighted connoisseurs and fine watchmaking

runs to more than four minutes. In this time a naturalist fresco

enthusiasts who had opportunity to enjoy and view up-close and

unfolds with all the grace and serene beauty of a Zen garden.

personal the latest timepieces. Christian Lattmann CEO of Jaquet Droz commented, “With more than 280 years of legend combined with exquisite

It was one of the few complications yet to grace the Grande

craftsmanship and history, we are confident our new timepieces

Seconde. Now the monopusher chronograph makes its grand

will be a delight for UAE customers. Jaquet Droz timepieces have

entrance into the Jaquet Droz collection, equipped with an

always been inspired by nature, which is very great source of

exclusive movement. An inaugural, limited series piece is

inspiration, for painting and engraving along with mysteries of

complemented by three permanent additions to the collection.

the universe and its infinite possibilities.” The main highlights of Jaquet Droz were the new horological

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GRAND SECONDE CHRONOGRAPH:

The new 2019 novelties would be touring across the globe post the unveiling in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The timepieces are

masterpieces – Magic Lotus Automaton and Grande Seconde

expected to travel next to Japan followed by China, Hong Kong,

Chronograph.

Malaysia, United States of America and Australia.

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Cyrus Klepcys Alarm For Only Watch

A UNIQUE PIECE FEATURING AN EYE-CATCHING OLIVE GREEN DIAL

Cyrus Watches is honoured to be part of the 8th edition of the biannual charity auction of unique timepieces ONLY WATCH to

DLC coating and its double crown (46 mm in diameter without

support the research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

crowns), extremely comfortable on the wrist thanks to its

The charity auction, under the patronage of HSH the Prince of

ergonomic construction.

Monaco and at the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the

The beating heart of the KLEPCYS ALARM is its in-house

Association Monégasque contre les Myophaties, will take place

manufactured hand-winding CYR1280 calibre which ensures

on November 9th 2019 – under the hammer of Christie’s – at

a power reserve of 72 hours. The case back is engraved “ONLY

the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.

WATCH” and its anti-reflective sapphire crystal allows to admire

CYRUS –high-end niche brand with its own independent

the elegant architecture of the movement. It displays two

Manufacture in Le Locle (Switzerland), known for the creation

parallel barrels with the ratchet-wheel embellished with black

of timepieces with original, avant-garde architectures and

lacquer and the helix, Cyrus’s symbol. The exclusive winding

movements – is pleased to participate with a model featuring

system, conceived by Jean-François Mojon in collaboration with

the “alarm complication”.

his team, allows the barrel placed close to the balance wheel to

This fascinating and useful complication – rarely found on a wristwatch – is the “soul” of the unique piece “KLEPCYS ALARM” which showcases an eye-catching green olive dial, expressly made for ONLY WATCH. The creator of the Cyrus KLEPCYS ALARM, a superlatively

power the main time and the second to provide the energy to the sub-dial that activates the alarm. In keeping with the tradition of watchmaking art, no detail is overlooked, and also the bridges of the movement are finely finished and decorated with an engraved, curved sunray pattern,

manufactured watch with an unusual interpretation of the

brushed and polished, on which the jewels and the mirror-

alarm function that incorporates the typical chime of the minute

polished screws stand out.

repeater, is Jean-François Mojon, one of today’s most talented

The KLEPCYS ALARM ONLY WATCH is a unique piece

master watchmakers and technical manager of Chronode, the

completed by a customised black rubber strap with a central

in-house Manufacture of the Cyrus Watches Group.

groove bearing the Cyrus symbol and a folding clasp that has a

The common element of this exclusive watch, with a modern, bold style that immediately identifies it with the Cyrus brand,

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HOT NEWS FADI JAMIL

A ceramic face for the Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain is reinterpreting its Fifty Fathoms, the iconic diver’s watch that has inspired the entire genre since its launch in 1953. The 2019 edition retains the sporty and distinguished character of its peers, to which it adds a touch of chic and high-tech with a red gold case and a ceramic dial. The Fifty Fathoms is one of Blancpain’s inescapable models.

a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel recall the origins

a point of honour to continue developing it in such a way

of this watch. Dictated by a long experience of diving, these

as to satisfy every expectation of diving and water sports

decisive choices are the guarantee of perfect visibility in all

enthusiasts. This year, Blancpain has opted to introduce a

circumstances.

stylish version by opting for a precious case in satin-brushed

Featuring a 45 mm diameter case and water-resistant to 300

red gold. For the first time in the collection, the dial of this

metres, the new Fifty Fathoms Automatic beats to the rhythm

new product is attired in blue ceramic. Through this unique

of the 1315 movement. Stemming from a lengthy quest for

combination of materials and colours, Blancpain achieves a

precision and performance, it has been specially designed for

bold double alliance.

sports watches. Blancpain has equipped it in this instance

Already used by Blancpain in the creation of bezels for its

with a very dense red gold oscillating weight ensuring high

Bathyscaphe models, technical ceramics offer a multitude

winding efficiency for an optimal five-day power reserve when

of advantages. Their hardness – six times greater than that

the watch is fully wound. This rotor is cut out as a nod to the

of steel – endows them with exceptional qualities, including

history of the Fifty Fathoms, since this geometry made it more

remarkable stability and longevity. Although particularly

supple at the time in order to protect the movement from

complex to produce and machine, this material has been

potential impacts.

chosen by Blancpain because of the chromatic depth is serves

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material, a slightly curved scratchproof sapphire crystal and

Its roots in history are such that the Manufacture makes it

Resolutely technical with its ceramic dial, as well as

to achieve. The new Fifty Fathoms Automatic is thus adorned

luxurious with its red gold case and the meticulous finishing

with a cobalt-like shimmer featuring a pleasing contrast

of its movement, the new Fifty Fathoms Automatique is

between the sunburst dial centre and the matt chapter ring.

teamed with a blue calf leather strap, an additional detail

The DNA of the collection remains identifiable at first glance:

evoking the inseparable link between Blancpain and the

numerals, hour-markers and hands coated with luminescent

splendours of the sea bed.

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HOT NEWS FADI JAMIL

Omega Rocket Engine

Introducing the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 INTRODUCING THE MASTER CHRONOMETER CALIBRE 3861:

of the 27 CHRO C12 that was first designed and produced in

the driving force behind OMEGA’s Apollo 11 tribute and a

1941. Renamed calibre 321 in 1949, the robust and elegant

movement with its own lunar legacy.

chronograph movement has been a favourite ever since and is

An OMEGA was the first watch worn on the Moon; and to

it was the 321 that powered the Speedmaster watches qualified

has released a collection of commemorative timepieces powered

by NASA for use on all manned space missions; and a modified

by the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, a descendant of the

version of the calibre drove the Speedmaster chronographs worn

movement that went to the Moon.

by Apollo 11’s astronauts.

OMEGA’s legendary Calibre 321 was the direct descendant

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still highly sought-after by watch collectors around the world, as

mark the 50th anniversary of that golden moment the brand

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Rado Captain Cook Automatic Limited Edition with travel case - A vintage look for modern time travellers WE ARE LIVING IN A WORLD OF CONTRADICTIONS. In our

1968 and was known for its compact design and distinctive

constantly connected lives, we sometimes find ourselves

features. Since 2017, the Captain Cook has been back in the

dreaming of simpler times even as we appreciate the

Rado collection and true to the original in almost every way.

convenience of modern technology. If only we could have one foot in the past and one in the present. Future-focused Swiss watchmaker Rado proves that we

new 2019 Captain Cook is delivered in a hard-wearing leather

can have it all by combining the brand’s illustrious past with

travel pouch with a selection of additional straps. If the brown

its pioneering present for a watch that is designed to look

vintage-look leather strap isn’t what you’re looking for today,

good now – and in the future. This is the new Captain Cook

simply exchange it for the fine knit stainless steel Milanese

Automatic Limited Edition.

bracelet or the durable NATO strap.

The original Captain Cook was produced between 1962 and

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Limited to just 1,962 pieces, and balancing authentic vintage style with the modern preference for personalisation, the

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Chopard announces

the opening of its new flagship boutique on London’s Bond Street CHOPARD is pleased to announce the reopening of its London

business run by the Scheufeles from generation to generation,

boutique on the capital’s luxurious Bond Street. Larger than

each boutique is designed to resemble a private residence

ever before and refurbished in harmony with the environment

where its customers naturally feel at home. A cosily familiar

to echo Chopard’s Journey to Sustainable Luxury, it thus

setting that preserves certain recurring design elements

becomes one of the key European flagship stores for the Maison

inspired by the very first Chopard boutique in Vienna – which

which has some 160 boutiques around the globe. With this

adapt equally well to the cultural specificities of each country

prestigious showcase resembling a comfortable, elegant family

in which Chopard operates. As they travel around the world,

home in the heart of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan

clients of the Maison are invited to visit each of its boutiques

cities in the world, Chopard once again asserts its position as an

as a new place of discovery. The Chopard boutique on Bond

ethical and contemporary Maison de Grand Luxe.

Street thus takes on the appearance of an English club with

Located at the prestigious Mayfair address at 12-13 Bond

its plush lounges, decorated with vintage parquet flooring,

Street, London’s Chopard boutique will reopen its doors

fireplaces and deep sofas, as well as its exclusive bar where

imminently, substantially enlarged and embellished from a

guests of the Maison can revel in a relaxing moment. This

several-month revamp and becoming the Maison’s largest

warm, personal style and sense of comfort perfectly sum up

boutique in Europe. Not only a showcase for Chopard’s prestige

the Chopard family spirit of providing its customers with an

and positioning in the world of luxury, the boutique will also

unforgettable experience, because well beyond its role as a

reflect the Maison’s commitment to sustainability. Since 2018,

watch and jewellery manufacturer, Chopard envisions itself as

Chopard has been the first watchmaker-jeweller to use 100%

a family. With this in mind, the redesign successfully mingles

ethical gold for the production of all its creations.

the Maison’s identity with the specific characteristics of the historic buildings in Mayfair. An alchemy designed to create

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HOT NEWS FADI JAMIL

IWC premieres

new pilot’s watches campaign movie with brand ambassador Lewis Hamilton SCHAFFHAUSEN, 2ND MAY 2019 – IWC Schaffhausen premieres

the previous film, Hamilton used his Ingenieur Chronograph

its new Spitfire collection campaign movie, starring brand

to stop time and halt the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 196 in

ambassador Lewis Hamilton. The five-time Formula OneTM

its tracks. While the concept remains the same, the addition of

World Champion appears alongside a Mercedes-Benz Silver

the Spitfire brings together the worlds of vintage motorsport

Arrow race car and a Silver Spitfire aircraft.

and aviation. By creating a link between these two fundamental

IWC is releasing this film as part of an extensive global

passion for mechanics and engineering. The relationship

In the movie, Lewis Hamilton is driving the Mercedes-Benz

between Hamilton and IWC builds on the long-standing

Silver Arrow W 125 around the Goodwood Race Track, when a

and fruitful collaboration between the Swiss luxury watch

Spitfire aircraft overtakes him. As the Spitfire approaches again

manufacturer and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

in low flight, he pushes the “stop” button on his Pilot’s Watch

“With the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow W 125, a Spitfire

Chronograph Spitfire. Time freezes and the aircraft comes to

aircraft and our new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire, the

a complete standstill in mid-air. After admiring the Spitfire

movie brings together the spirit of adventure of the driver with

from different angles, Hamilton releases it by pressing the

the performance, precision and beauty of the machine. We pair

push-button on his chronograph watch. The film ends with the

these icons with IWC brand ambassador Lewis Hamilton, who

slogan, “I can stop time, but nothing stops me”, highlighting

is not only a living legend in his sport but also a style icon. In

the Formula OneTM star as a man who is in control of his

doing so, we underscore IWC’s appeal to a discerning audience

destiny, wearing a watch designed for individuals who require

with an appreciation of masterful engineering and timeless

precision to master new challenges.

design,” explains Franziska Gsell, Chief Marketing Officer of

The new movie is a natural evolution of the 2017 campaign, which also featured IWC brand ambassador Lewis Hamilton. In

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pillars of the IWC universe, the film celebrates the brand’s

advertising campaign revolving around its new Pilot’s Watches.

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Audemars piguet debuts

new sound installation and public performance by Jana Winderen alongside Fernando Mastrangelo’s lounge design at Art Basel in Basel LE BRASSUS, 22 MAY 2019 – Swiss Haute-Horlogerie

also invites them to take part in the piece and experience two

manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to present a

types of listening: through speakers mixing with the live ambient

new site-specific sound installation by Norwegian artist

sounds of visitors in the lounge and with headphones in the

Jana Winderen at Art Basel in Basel, in its lounge designed

intimacy of Mastrangelo’s “escape lounge.”

by Brooklyn-based Fernando Mastrangelo. Winderen’s

with the attentive, detailed and precise work of Audemars Piguet

Vallée de Joux, home of Audemars Piguet. Together, Winderen

craftsmen. As Winderen explains: “I share a fascination for, and

and Mastrangelo’s works offer visitors an immersive sensory

attention to, very small details with watchmakers. I carefully

experience of the Swiss Jura Mountains.

‘listen with’ and to the creatures around us, paying attention to

Winderen’s sound installation will be complemented by a live

how they interact with the environment. Through this focused

public performance, organised in collaboration with HeK, House

listening, I also start to notice my immediate surrounding.

of Electronic Arts Basel, during Art Basel on Tuesday, June 11 at

Watchmakers, too, have an increased sensitivity to sound. The

10pm. Additional details above.

watch comes alive with its ticking.”

Winderen’s artwork amplifies the sounds of our environment

Meanwhile, Mastrangelo’s design, The Vallée, amplifies the

and empathetically connects listeners to the fragility of our

evocation of the Swiss Jura Mountains’ natural environment set

global ecosystems. Her latest composition, Du Petit Risoud aux

by Winderen’s sound artwork. Inspired by the Manufacture’s

profondeurs du Lac de Joux, was developed following several

origins, Mastrangelo’s design was first unveiled at Art Basel in

visits to the Vallée de Joux’s forest and lake. It focuses on sounds

Hong Kong earlier this year and will continue its evolution in

both accessible and inaccessible to the human ear, encompassing

Miami Beach and into 2020. The design element debuting in Basel

various layers of the Vallée de Joux, from the 300-year-old slow

is a chandelier made of crushed glass, referencing the limestone

growing spruce trees of the Risoud forest to the sounds made and

stalactites in the Swiss Vallorbe Caves, which will be suspended

heard by the fish in the depths of the Lac de Joux. Amplifying the

above the watchmaker’s desk.

sounds of these ecosystems through high-definition recordings

As Mastrangelo describes: “I wanted to reflect the

including a Sound Field microphone, hydrophones and an

Manufacture’s history and the landscape that inspires the

Ultrasound detector, Winderen offers unique ways of seeing,

creation of these beautiful watches. The space for me is about

listening and interacting with our immediate surroundings, while

the journey across the Vallée de Joux and each part of the journey

exploring how sounds from the forest and the land are impacted

is punctuated with sculpture and furniture. The audience will

by human activities.

walk through the spruce tree forest, watch the sunset from the

Winderen’s collage of interwoven layers of sounds from the

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Du Petit Risoud aux profondeurs du Lac de Joux resonates deeply

composition takes visitors on an acoustic journey across the

Vallée and feel the texture of the Swiss Vallorbe Caves. Each part

Vallée de Joux provides visitors with a large and intimate sense of

is handmade and cast using materials as a metaphor for the awe-

the region where Audemars Piguet developed over time. The artist

inspiring landscape.”

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HOT NEWS FADI JAMIL

Lange 1 Time Zone “25th Anniversary” The fifth model of the anniversary collection appeals to cosmopolites The LANGE 1 TIME ZONE keeps track of the time at home and of the time in another zone. In commemoration of the 25th birthday of the LANGE 1, A. Lange & Söhne presents a 25-watch limited edition in white gold with blued-steel hands for frequent travellers and cosmopolites.

IN OUR GLOBALISED WORLD, watches with several time

unique feature. It is particularly convenient during longer stays

zones rank among the most useful complications. GMT

abroad when zone time becomes the home time. The global

timepieces indicate the time in a further zone which needs

launch of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE in 2005 was accompanied

to be remembered. A world-time watch simultaneously tells

by the tagline “Born in Saxony – at home around the world”. It

the time in several zones. Which may lead to confusion.

takes on a double meaning here.

Conversely, the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE provides a clearly legible double time indication with a city ring that simplifies the

Anniversary” edition of the LANGE 1 TIME ZONE. The

setting of a second time zone.

41.9-millimetre white-gold case is combined with an argenté-

While the large numerals circle shows home time, the small

coloured dial, thermally blued screws, and blue inscriptions –

circle indicates the time in a second time zone. Each of the 24

including the outsize date. A blue alligator leather strap with a

time zones is represented by a city name on the peripheral city

white-gold prong buckle completes the stringent colour concept.

ring. A golden arrow at 5 o’clock points at the name of the city

Finished to the highest standards, the manually wound calibre

that represents the currently displayed time zone. Actuated 24

L031.1 features a twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of

times, the corrector at 8 o’clock travels around the entire world

three days. The sapphire-crystal caseback exposes the three-quarter

in an easterly direction. Every switching cycle advances the hour

plate with the wheel train that powers the zone-time ensemble.

hand of the small subsidiary dial by one hour.

Further quality hallmarks include four screwed gold chatons, a

The dual day/night indication provides extra orientation. Each

screw balance with a classic whiplash precision index adjuster as

of the two time circles features a small arrow-shaped hand. The

well as manually engraved intermediate wheel and balance cocks.

bright/dark segments tell the user whether it is day or night,

The intermediate wheel cock is graced with a blue line engraving

separately for home time and for the second time zone.

with the anniversary number 25: Its typography and shape

A refined synchronisation mechanism makes it possible to swap the zone time on the subsidiary dial to the large dial – a

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COVER STORY FADI JAMIL

Urban Jürgensen ONE COLLECTION A CLASSICAL DEFINITION OF BEAUTY

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“such a harmony among the parts and of the part to the whole and the whole to the part, that nothing could be added, changed, or removed, but for the worse.”

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armony separates the extraordinary product from the ordinary. Classical harmony appeals, like a fractal pattern, to the deepest levels of human perception. It creates a feeling of coherence, of

understanding, which is both intellectual and emotional, a sense of organic “rightness.” This “H-factor” sustains whimsical passing fads, and secures lasting admiration. Since 1773 Urban Jürgensen timepieces have been an example of uncompromising craftsmanship; A tradition the company feel honour-bound to perpetuate. A brief review of the iconic tome “The Jürgensen Dynasty” nearly 1100 pictures reveals 245 years and 4 generations of family master watchmakers with their adherence to classical purpose built designs and restrained elegance when crafting the Company´s timepieces. Although wristwatches from Jüles Jürgensen were available since the early 1900´s The arrival of Urban Jürgensen wrist watches came late in the Company history, starting in 1981 with the now highly collectable Ref 1 Chronograph. The Collection expanded but in the near 40 years, less than 1000 pieces have been made – making them truly rare. The style being always classical designs, mostly with teardrop lugs and precious material cases, fine handmade silver dials and with straps in exotic leather. A gentleman’s ultimate fine dress watch.

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Continuing its extraordinary 245 years of fine watchmaking Urban Jürgensen takes a bold new step and presents the Jürgensen One Collection with 4 new timepieces in the vaunted luxury stainless steel category. A category that has seen very little real news since its defining era in the 1970´s with Gerald Genta´s designs and their inspired variants. The Reference 5241 is available with Soft White, Charcoal Grey and Urban Blue dial color, and is an automatic three hand timepiece with date and sweep seconds. The Reference 5541 GMT available exclusively in Urban Blue is an automatic GMT timepiece with two pushers for forward/backward correction of the central hour hand with unidirectional date change, sweep seconds and a 24 hour subdial for home time. Both references are crafted entirely from Medical Grade 1.4441 steel, including the integrated steel bracelet with butterfly double secure locking clasp, and are waterproof to 120 meters. The new Jürgensen One Collection is expected to be available at our retail partners starting in April for Ref 5241 and June for Ref 5541 GMT - and if due to demand clients would encounter a shortage – Urban Jürgensen will of course accept an order and deliver as soon as possible.

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EDITOR’S PICK CLOÉ MUGNY

The siren call of time BAUME & MERCIER

CARL F. BUCHERER

ULTRAMARINE

ORIS X BUCHERER

Divers Sixty-Five

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Clifton Club

Patravi ScubaTec Black

Equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel, this self-winding bronze watch offers optimal readability with its SuperLumiNova® filled hands and hour-markers striking a strong contrast with the green dial.

Manta Special Edition Celebrating the partnership with Manta Trust, this ultra-light titanium model features the silhouette of two manta ray stripes on the dial side, an engraving of the sea creature on the back, as well as a strap made of recycled plastic.

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Morse 9114B GMT Designed and developed by brand founder Lionel Bruneau, this GMT model adorned in ultramarine blue is issued in a 300-piece limited edition and 10% of its price is donated to an NGO fighting to protect marine life.

Chronograph Bucherer Blue Editions Oris revisits its emblematic diving chronograph by equipping it with a Bucherer blue dial bearing light-colored hour-markers facilitating time read-off, and by equipping it with a brown strap featuring blue topstitching.


Diver’s watches are essential when it comes to exploring the depths. These custodians of time serve to accurately measure immersion times and calculate decompression stops by means of the unidirectional rotating bezel. In the company of these sirens, there is no reason to run out of air.

CORUM Admiral Legend 42

ALPINA Seastrong Diver 300

DELMA Blue Shark III

ZRC Grands Fonds 300

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1964 Spirit Bronze

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Technique DAVID CHOKRON

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TAG HEUER’S Isograph

regulating system, featuring a carbon hairspring

CHRONOMÉTRIE FERDINAND BERTHOUD

Chronomètre FB 1R.6 in kolsterised steel

Reinvigorated by a new expansion phase, watch brands are currently feeling emboldened to introduce all kinds of innovative materials, driving what appears to be an inexhaustible and ever more high-performance field of endeavor.

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nnovation in terms of materials is a fundamental component in the creation of new watchmaking products. For around the past 15 years, the steel-gold-titanium trium-

virate has been steadily enriched by welcoming materials that would never previously have been envisaged. In particular, ceramics and composites have become increasingly important and all the more conspicuous in that they enable exceptional performance. The last 12 months have brought a new wave, mostly used to produce watch cases. The latter are the most visible and distinctive part of watches, as well as the heaviest and most exposed. Which explains why composite materials are so popular, since they are increasingly lighter and scratch-resistant. Due to their composite nature, i.e. composed of several distinct materials – not fused as in an alloy – they are able to maintain the characteristics of each element. Yet their structural properties are not their only advantage, as they also feature certain aspects that appeal to designers.

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ZENITH Defy Inventor, Aeronith bezel

ULYSSE NARDIN Skeleton X,

GIRARD-PERREGAUX Laureato

Carbonium case

Absolute Chronograph, Carbon Glass case

COMBINING Many products combine carbon black with other colorful ingredients. Hublot weaves blue fibers into its skeleton Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon, while Ulysse Nardin uses Carbonium, an extremely rigid material widely used in aviation and featuring a high proportion of long-fiber carbon. When mixed with gold fibers, as in the Skeleton X, it takes on a precious moiré appearance. GirardPerregaux is counting on a blue effect with its Laureato Absolute Chronograph. The case made of Carbon Glass benefits from the extreme rigidity of this material, provided by its matrix in ultrahard resin as well as glass fibers, a traditional component of composites. Plus it can be colored at will. Finally, Zenith has opted for maximum lightness with its Defy Inventor : its bezel is made of Aeronith, an in-house developed material made from aluminum foam stiffened with a polymer. 

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TOP GUN Ceratanium

RECLAIMING Invention is not the only approach to innovation. Finding applications for known materials can also be equally successful. By way of example, the Kolsterising (hardening) technology that Ferdinand Berthoud uses for the case of its Chronomètre FB 1R.6 consists in modifying 20 microns of the metal’s surface by enriching it with nitrogen and carbon via a diffusion process – thereby making it more resistant to both shocks and abrasion. IWC Ceratanium is a specific titanium alloy of which the surface layers have been transformed into ultra-hard ceramic. These applications become especially fascinating when it comes to such a versatile material as carbon. Depending on how its atoms are arranged, the latter can indeed have radically different characteristics, and TAG Heuer has found a new outlet for this essential building block of organic of life. Stemming from the brand’s fundamental research and manufactured in-house, the hairspring of the Isograph regulating system is made entirely and exclusively of carbon. Its exclu-

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PAUL O’NEIL Chief Editor of WorldTempus.com

HUBLOT Spirit of Big Bang Tourbillon

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e have taken a closer look at the new materials highlighted in David’s article on WorldTempus. Scan the QR code below

and you will find a selection of our articles on carbonfiber composites, including a detailed explanation of TAG Heuer’s ground-breaking new carbon-fiber hairspring and a report on innovation in the techniques for producing carbon-fiber composites. The carbon-fiber watches of the future may well be knitted, rather than layered and baked. And this is just to consider one innovative material among many others, as watchmakers continue to push the boundaries in their search for new case materials. I’ve recently seen a watch case and dial made from parts of a whisky barrel. Sláinte, as they say in Scotland !

sive hexagonal structure guarantees perfect shape memory, exceptional lightness and plasticity that combine to provide excellent impact resistance. It is also naturally insensitive to magnetism and temperature variations. Finally, its production method allows total freedom in the creation of shapes, resulting in a unique geometry that facilitates concentric development of the hairspring, a major condition for its operating precision.

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INTEVIEW BRICE LECHEVALIER

Jacob Arabo Founder and CEO Jacob & Co.

Stephan Winkelmann CEO Bugatti

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“There are many similarities between our two fields.”

This is your first collaboration with a car brand, how did you come to choose Bugatti ? Jacob Arabo : Since I was a kid I have loved cars ; I like to smell the leather, hear their engines, touch their coachwork. For about ten years, I had been wondering which car manufacturer we could choose to partner with, because there are many similarities between our two worlds. For example, we also spend a lot of time and resources on R&D for movements, and it takes us years to design and launch a new model. It turned out that Bugatti was likewise looking for a watchmaking partner, and a common acquaintance introduced us. It was a fantastic opportunity because for me Bugatti represents the top of the automotive pyramid. Everything then happened very quickly because I got along well with Stephan and we immediately shared a common vision. Stephan Winkelmann : That’s also what I liked about Jacob & Co. When considering a partnership, it’s important to be on the same wavelength and to move at the same speed. As Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year and we are planning many events, it seemed essential to us to involve our watchmaking partner in this commemoration. It turned out that Jacob was prepared to shift into high gear in order to meet our deadlines. Moreover, design, quality as well as craftsmanship also matter a lot to us and these are qualities we greatly appreciated at Jacob & Co. How did you define and create the products within such a short timeframe ? Jacob Arabo : We had actually been working for a year on a new Epic X case entirely forged in carbon, including the reverse side, and decided to dedicate it exclusively to the Bugatti line. We are therefore offering a limited series of 110 Bugatti Epic X carbon chronographs in Bugatti’s colors, fitted with a strap reminiscent of the famous Chiron rear hood. Their designers contributed to the project. In parallel, we have customized our Twin Turbo Furious double triple-axis tourbillon with Bugatti’s own design elements. Moreover, the Chiron’s engine also uses a two-stage sequential turbocharging system. This haute horlogerie model launched at Baselworld 2018 is so complex that we only produce two per month, and this year we are devoting the entire production of this model to the Bugatti version. Stephan Winkelmann : The two limited series are presented at our head office and during our events, giving priority access to our customers. From a personal standpoint, I mostly collect chronographs, especially those with a technical and innovative look, so I am delighted with this first collaboration ! 

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“We also invest a great deal in R&D, and it takes years to launch a new model.”

You build the most expensive cars in the world and your customers can afford anything they want, so why do you need a watchmaker partner ? Stephan Winkelmann : It’s above all about Bugatti, not diluting the

and create world firsts, not just generate income – and Bugatti is

brand image, and the most important thing is that all our cus-

the perfect choice.

tomers love watches and collect them. We bring them exclusivity with Jacob & Co. We had to find a top-of-the-range brand, relevant

On your new Opera Godfather model, a miniaturized godfather

in terms of image and values as well as open-minded, and the

appears in his armchair in the middle of the movement ; would

brand’s desire to create a watch exclusively for Bugatti was bound

you for example consider introducing a mini-Bugatti around the

to satisfy our clients. Especially since carbon, high-tech materials

tourbillon carriage ?

and innovation are very important to us, being granted exclusive

Jacob Arabo : Anything is possible, I love challenges ! But since I only

rights to their first carbon chronograph is a real advantage.

present reliable finalized models and not prototypes, I’ll see you in two years’ time at Baselworld.

Which products are expected in the longer term ? Jacob Arabo : We are indeed also working on a longer-term basis and

Do you plan to organize joint events ?

we have a joint program for the coming years, especially in the

Stephan Winkelmann : We have several types of happenings, always

field of design. When visiting their factory, I came with a whole

for the benefit of customers and with a view to celebrating along-

team, so that they could immerse themselves in the atmosphere,

side them. Jacob & Co. is welcome to attend all our events, of

the Bugatti way of working right down to the smallest details –

which there will be many within the context of the 110th anniver-

and then come back with the most creative possible idea. The next

sary celebrations !

watch must be as special as the car, both aesthetically and techni-

Jacob Arabo : We will participate in all Bugatti events, and I hope

cally. I launch new projects every year and I love the development

they will also join in with ours.

side of the business ; we have to bring something new to this field

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ANONIMO

MARIE DE PIMODAN-BUGNON

Nautilo Vintage Blue CASE : steel, blue ceramic bezel DIAMETER : 42mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, Sellita Caliber SW200-1,

38h power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date DIAL : glacier blue, hands and hour-markers enhanced with SuperLumiNova® CASEBACK : sapphire crystal WATER RESISTANCE : 200m BRACELET : steel

Deep down, vintage reigns supreme

Almost 15 years after the first edition of the famous diver’s watch designed by naval engineer Dino Zei, Anonimo reinterprets this model with its strong character in a Nautilo Vintage Blue version. A glacier blue dial for a chic touch, a robust steel case for a sporty look and a unique metal bracelet for comfort in all circumstances : the Nautilo Vintage Blue asserts its style perfectly geared up to explore the depths, down to 200 meters, without sacrificing elegance on the altar of sturdiness. The brand’s signature aesthetic is still there, embodied by a cushion-shaped case and distinctive double markers appearing at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock on the blue dial, which contrasts with the blue ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel. This beautiful composition is enhanced with luminescent indications to ensure peerless readability in the darkness of the seabed. Behind the scenes beats a Sellita self-winding movement with a 38-hour power reserve, the epitome of Swiss precision featuring an Anonimo-customized oscillating weight paying tribute to the Italian sporting chic lifestyle.

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CHOPARD

MICHÈLE BRUNNER

Mille Miglia GTS Power Control CASE : stainless steel, 18K rose gold crown SIZE : 43mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding Chopard Caliber

01.08-C, 28,800 vph, 60h power reserve, COSC-certified FUNCTIONS : hour, minutes, seconds, date, power-reserve display DIAL : gray, satin-brushd, gilded hands and hourmarkers, enhanced with Super-LumiNova® STRAP : cognac-colored leather 500-PIECE LIMITED EDITION

A thousand and one

passions

The Mille Miglia Rally is a story of longevity fuelled by passion : that of the rally itself, founded in 1927, interrupted thirty years later and resumed in 1977 ; and that of Chopard, which has been its main partner since 1988. Among the classic car enthusiasts who bring life to this race, considered the most beautiful in the world, Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele does far more than merely represent the brand. He hascompeted about 30 times, choosing his co-drivers from among his friends or family, and this year his daughter Caroline-Marie assisted him in driving his Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. As usual, the 2019 automotive adventure continues with a new watch, the Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition, but Chopard is also unveiling three other models, including the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control in steel and rose gold. Its affiliation with the “gentleman driver” spirit and the Italian rally can be seen in the date window bearing the Mille Miglia logo, in the power reserve indicator shaped like a fuel gauge, as well as in the 1960s Dunlop tire-tread profile embossed on the rubber lining of the strap. Any beautiful bodywork deserves to have a high-performance engine on board, and behind the transparent back engraved with the inscription “Brescia-RomeBrescia” – the rally route – beats a COSC-certified in-house caliber.

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DE BETHUNE

DAVID CHOKRON

De Bethune DB28 GS Grand Bleu CASE : zirconium, transparent sapphire crystal

and back, unidirectional titanium bezel, waterresistant to 105m SIZE : 44mm in diameter, 12.8mm thick MOVEMENT : mechanical hand-wound Caliber DB2080, five-day power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, power-reserve indicator, dynamo-lighted dial DIAL : titanium with an open design featuring skeletonized blued titanium hands STRAP : one canvas on calf leather strap ; and another in natural rubber, fitted with a brushed titanium folding clasp

Diving

into light-filled waters De Bethune is no newcomer to this field. In 2015, the small luxury watch brand had already launched a model named DB28 GS standing for Grand Sport. For 2019, it is taking the concept in a more specialized direction, since the Grand Bleu is specifically made for diving. It has all the characteristics required by the ISO 6425 norm governing the category. It is water-resistant to 105 meters and features a unidirectional rotating bezel as well as an operating indicator. De Bethune has enriched this model in its own inimitable way. First of all, with a system lighting up the bezel and hour-markers with a series of four LED bulbs. They are powered by a dynamo, which generates an electric current from the energy stored in the barrels. This light is complemented by the use of an exclusive dark blue Super-LumiNova®, developed in cooperation with luminescent object specialist Black Badger. Made of zirconium, an extremely rare metal, the DB28 GS Grand Bleu has an ultra-technical appearance that reflects its nature, since the balance-wheel, shock-absorbers, balance-spring, floating lugs and many other operating details are unique and brand-specific. As is the level of its finishing, offering a full immersion into a world of horological happiness.

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Focus GRAFF

MARIE DE PIMODAN-BUGNON

GyroGraff Great Wall of China CASE : pink gold, mosaic-style invisible setting with

baguette-cut diamonds (11.49cts) DIAMETER : 48mm MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, double-axis tourbillon, threedimensional moon phases, 65h power-reserve indicator DIAL : aventurine, engraved gold, miniature painting, diamonds WATER RESISTANCE : 30m STRAP : alligator leather

Precious wall The Great Wall of China is an invaluable architectural treasure. Monumental in size and titanic in its power of fascination, this 6,000km long route is now a spectacular piece of watchmaking and jewelry created by the Graff artisans. The GyroGraff Great Wall of China is first and foremost a visual journey to the borders of preciousness, where rare knowhow meets ancestral techniques. Hand-engraved in gold, the Great Wall stands out against an aventurine background like a starry sky. Each stone is meticulously patinated in ink while the paving stones are represented by a subtle invisible setting of baguette-cut diamonds. The forest is miniature-painted on a finely hammered gold base : a masterpiece just as dazzling as the mechanism beating inside. Powered by a manual-winding caliber, this one-of-a-kind timepiece offers a captivating sight with the rotation of its hand-engraved three-dimensional moon phases as well as the perpetual rotations of its two-axis tourbillon. A show in perpetual motion, surrounded – as one would expect from Graff – by a mosaic-style invisible setting composed of baguette-cut diamonds.

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE

DAVID CHOKRON

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel CASE : white gold, transparent sapphire crystal and back,

water-resistant to 30m SIZE : 43mm in diameter, 14mm thick MOVEMENT : mechanical hand-wound Caliber 184, 50-hour power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, Gyrotourbillon, Westminster minute repeater chiming on blued gongs, bidirectional perpetual calendar with year indication DIAL : Grand Feu enamel, applied hour-markers and blued Dauphine-type hands STRAP : double-sided blue alligator leather with white gold folding clasp 18-PIECE LIMITED EDITION

Vast To describe Jaeger-LeCoultre’s latest luxury watch, one need only begin by listing its capacities, details and mechanical subtleties. The result is an inventory of the very best Grand Complications have to offer. The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel is indeed a striking timepiece in every sense of the term. Long since accustomed to creating superlative watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre had temporarily set aside this aspect of its expertise. The brand is now back with what is certainly the most accomplished, complex and wearable piece in this extreme category that we have seen in a long time. Four kinked blued gongs to sound the time on demand to the tune of Westminster Abbey’s famous Big Ben chime. A compact, new-generation perpetual calendar including a year indication. A multi-axis tourbillon 15% smaller than the previous four, coupled with a remontoire. Confining itself to a 43mm diameter and 14mm thickness is no mean feat for this machine containing 1,050 components, and whose back will thrill lovers of details and finishes.

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JAQUET DROZ

DAVID CHOKRON

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph CASE : red gold, transparent sapphire crystal and

caseback, water-resistant to 30m SIZE : 43mm in diameter MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, Caliber 26M5R, 40h power reserve, 18K red gold rotor FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, retrograde date, single-pusher chronograph DIAL : cream-colored Grand Feu enamel STRAP : alligator leather with red gold folding clasp 88-PIECE LIMITED EDITION

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph CASE : steel, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback,

water-resistant to 30m SIZE : 43mm in diameter MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, Caliber 26M5R, 40h power reserve, 18K red gold rotor FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, retrograde date, single-pusher chronograph, all offset by 30 degrees DIAL : blue, hand-sandblasted, applied figure eight-shaped ring satin-brushed by hand STRAP : alligator leather with steel folding clasp

However hard one may search for an equivalent, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph is a completely unique watch. This is an ambitious statement, which can only be made on very rare occasions, yet the originality of this 43 mm model, its complication and above all its layout is blindingly obvious. It features the characteristic layout of Grande Seconde models, with hours and minutes occupying the upper part of Jaquet Droz’s beloved large figure eight motif, which structures the dial. Complications appear in the lower, wider section. In this case, the caliber exclusive to this watch drives a single-pusher chronograph and a date. However, since the latter display is generally large in Jaquet Droz models and the lower eight is so wide that it encroaches on the dial center, Jaquet Droz had to make this a retrograde date sweeping over a 306-degree angle. There are in fact two co-existent versions. The red gold watches feature a Grand Feu enamel dial with an upright figure eight, while on the steel versions the latter is offset 30 degrees along with the crown. The steel Grande Seconde Chronograph in steel do indeed have a symmetrical appearance, but along the 1 o’clock – 7 o’clock axis. A truly unparalleled slanting visual equilibrium.

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LOUIS VUITTON

CLOÉ MUGNY

Tambour Monogram / Tambour Damier Graphite CASE : stainless steel, water-resistant to 100m SIZE : 28mm, 34mm, 39.5mm / 41.5mm MOVEMENT : quartz FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds DIAL : textured

Monogram pattern / textured Damier Graphite pattern STRAP : Monogram-patterned canvas / Damier Graphite-patterned canvas, equipped with patented interchangeability system

Beating the Tambour It was with the Tambour watch that Louis Vuitton took its first steps in the world of horology back in 2002. This timepiece with its uniquely shaped case has given rise to a whole collection, ranging from three-hand quartz models to Grand Complications. This new Tambour duo is intended more for fans of powerful design than for watchmaking purists drawn to technical content. The dial topping the quartz movement bears motifs embodying the distinctive values of the Maison. The ladies’ version has a textured dial adorned with the Monogram canvas motif and comes in three sizes to fit all wrists, while the 41.5mm men’s version features a textured rice-grain patterned dial evoking the checked Damier Graphite canvas. These motifs are swept over by hours and minutes hands filled with Super-LumiNovaTM, as well as a thin seconds hand lending a radiantly colorful touch. The Tambour Monogram is yellow, whereas the Tambour Damier Graphite is light blue. The watch comes with a strap patterned to match the dial, but those who so wish will have plenty of opportunities to add their own personal touch, thanks to the ingenious Louis Vuitton-patented interchangeability system.

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Aikon Automatic CASE : steel DIAMETER : 39mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, 38h

power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date DIAL : blue with Clous de Paris hobnail guilloché motif BACK : sapphire crystal WATER-RESISTANT : 200m BRACELET : steel

Simply classic Are classical and contemporary two conflicting concepts ? Perhaps not really in light of the new Aikon Automatic, which stylishly reconciles the best of both worlds. A little more than two years after the launch of the Aikon Quartz, a modern version of the famous Calypso watch launched by Maurice Lacroix in the 1990s, the Aikon is now reinventing itself in an automatic version based on a simple yet detail-rich aesthetic characteristic of timeless watches. As far as its look is concerned, the Aikon Automatic features a steel case with a reasonable 39mm diameter alternating between curves and sharp angles that brand enthusiasts will immediately recognize thanks to the six rider-tabs adorning the bezel. For perfect wearer comfort, the case flows smoothly into a steel bracelet equipped with the Easy Change system. The blue dial also features the line’s distinctive aesthetic codes expressed through a a fine Clous de Paris hobnail guilloché pattern. A beautiful composition echoed by the refined finishes of the automatic movement, notably the oscillating weight adorned with vertical Côtes de Genève.

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Ratel White Chrono Crafted for a bold and unique lifestyle Ratel White Chrono MOVEMENT: Automatic chronograph. Self winding

mechanism. Swiss made movement. 2 push-bottons hours, minutes. Small seconds. Stop second device. Chronograph 60 seconds Dragging counters 30 minutes and 12 hours. Date display. Corrector 28.800 vibrations per hour. 37 jewellspower. CASE: 42 mm, Solid stainless steel case. Mat brushed and polished finishing case. Silver bezel with 8 screws. DIAL: White dial with silver indexes. 3-eye chrono. Date at 6’ o’ clock. STRAP: 22 x 20 mm. Black italian leather strap with black couture. Engraved with RATEL logo butterfly buckle.

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he WHITE CHRONO is a model from the chrono series of

the latest collection VI DEGREES. It has a sapphire glass

opening for movement and rotor visualisation on the case-

back. The glass is anti-refective and anti-scratching. On the back

there is always the reference, the serie number and the collection. On one side you can set the hours and minutes by pushing the 2-push buttons several times. It’s a 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours dragging counters.

RATEL has manufactured high-technical chronographs models during years like the WHITE CHRONO from this line. The serie features the design of an architectural chrono with 3-eye.

The movement is automatic and has a self-winding mechanism. The model is available in different case, dial and strap versions.

One of the most technical manager of RATEL created the model not only for sport purposes but also for outdoors activities.

This unique watch with a bold and modern design in a mat brushed and polished finishing case. The model is comfortable to

wear with its rubber strap and easy to adjust with its two pushers

and crown. It comes in a 42 mm case combined with 3 different steel versions. The crown show 2 different functions: operational and aesthetic.

The bezel frames a large round, three-dimensional dial with

unique luminous 3-eye chronos and indexes. The watch stands out

of the crowd in the night or during a show. The color of the bezel varies according to the reference and the bezel is always decorated by 8 screws.

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STORY OMEGA DAVID CHOKRON

Moonwatch the fascinating little stories behind a grand adventure

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary CASE : steel, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback,

water-resistant to 50m, bezel in Moonshine yellow gold with tachymeter scale SIZE : 42mm in diameter MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding Caliber 3861, Master Chronometer certified FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, two-counter chronograph DIAL : matt black with Moonshine gold hour-markers, laser-engraved small seconds BRACELET : steel, triple-link, delivered with additional black cork strap with Velcro fastening LIMITED SERIES OF 6,969

To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the first moon landing, Omega is presenting two limited editions of its Speedmaster Professional. An ideal excuse to look back at some of the anecdotes that shaped the destiny of the Moonwatch. th

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here are few such well-known, recognizable and enduring watches. The one commonly known as Moonwatch is among the rare true legends of contemporary watch-

making. Officially named the Omega Speedmaster Professional, it has earned its reputation through its close, decisive and lasting association with the American space program. But in reality, this highly functional steel chronograph with a black dial and three counters, equipped with a Lemania manual-winding movement, was launched in 1957 and had nothing to do with the desire to rise above earthly gravity.

ANONYMOUS Without contacting the brand, NASA's equipment engineers acquired one of these chronographs directly from a retailer in Houston, the city hosting the heart of the US space program. They took the initiative of subjecting it to an incredibly difficult test program far exceeding the constraints that this watch and the others were designed to face. Shocks, vibrations, variations in temperature, pressure and in particular depressurization : the trials simulated the brutal conditions that the astronauts of the Apollo program were to experience – but on the scale of a small, entirely mechanical instrument. The rest is history : the Speedmaster Professional emerged victorious from the tests and only then was Omega contacted. 

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moonshine Gold CASE : yellow gold, Moonshine alloy, transparent sapphire crystal and

caseback, water-resistant to 50m, bezel in gold and burgundy ceramic with tachymeter scale SIZE : 42mm in diameter MOVEMENT : mechanical manualwinding Caliber 3861, Master Chronometer certified FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, two-counter chronograph DIAL : in Moonshine gold with Moonshine gold and onyx hour-markers BRACELET : in Moonshine gold, fivelink LIMITED SERIES OF 1,014

A SMALL STEP FOR MAN On July 16th 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Col-

Like the original, it comes in a 1,014-piece limited series and

lins lifted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Apollo 11 module

is modelled after a watch on show in the Omega Museum. The

atop a Saturn V rocket. Each wore a chronograph on their wrist,

latter had acquired it because the American President, Richard

over their hermetically sealed space suit, Four days later, on July

Nixon, had had to refuse the gift because it was too valuable. The

20 , Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon, followed

astronauts, on the other hand, were entitled to keep theirs.

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by Buzz Aldrin. This chronograph acquired its nickname after becoming the only watch flight qualified for all U.S. manned

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space missions. Fifty years on, to celebrate this association that

The second, on the other hand, clearly refers to the "first step".

was definitely not a marketing stunt, Omega is launching two

Issued in a run of 6,969, this chronograph is called Speedmaster

limited editions. Both have the kind of stories to tell that take us

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary. Its small seconds display, the space

back to this global event which united the entire planet behind its

generally used to customize Moonwatch special editions, depicts

television and radio sets.

Buzz Aldrin descending from his lunar module. Because in fact,

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when Neil Armstrong exited the spacecraft and took his first historic step, he was not wearing the watch which had remained on

The first one is called Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

board to perform calculations, thus compensating for the failure

Moonshine Gold. Entirely made in yellow gold, an alloy named

of on-board equipment. It was thus Buzz Aldrin’s watch that was

Moonshine for its lunar pallor, it is an updated reissue of the

the first to come in contact with the lunar environment. The first

watch that Omega had created to celebrate the moon landing.

of a long series of outings far, far from Earth.

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TOURBILLON DAY FADI JAMIL

Breguet Celebrates Tourbillon Day June 26, 2019

On 7 Messidor Year IX – in other words, June 26, 1801 – master watchmaker Abraham!Louis Breguet patented a new kind of regulator: the tourbillon. Five years later, in 1806, the public turned out in large numbers to attend the National Exhibition of Industrial Products in Paris, where visitors were able to marvel at this incredible invention. As the custodian of one of the greatest creations in watchmaking history, House of Breguet invites fans, enthusiasts, and collectors to celebrate Tourbillon Day on June 26th. On this day, Breguet boutiques across the globe offer visitors the chance to discover its collections and learn more about this unique complication.

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THE ORIGINS OF THE TOURBILLON AbrahamLouis Breguet only sold 35 tourbillon watches in his lifetime. This confidential figure in itself hints at the extreme complexity involved in producing this unique mechanism. While patented in 1801, its development took no less than 10 years of experimentation and research in the years spanning from 1795 to 1805. At a time when timepieces were worn vertically in the waistcoat pocket, the master watchmaker devised a way of negating the effects of the earth’s attraction on the functioning of the oscillator and, on the basis of this, improving the chronometric accuracy of the movement. Then the idea came to him to incorporate the balance wheel and spring as well as the escapement (lever and escape wheel) in a mobile casing rotating on itself. AbrahamLouis Breguet devised the name tourbillon for this double rotation of the cage and its parts in reference to the

Arabic numerals, and blued hands – similar in appearance to the Master’s trademark pocket watches. The gold engineturned dial on the Classique Tourbillon ExtraPlat Automatique 5377 watch boldly plays with asymmetry to create a subtle and fascinating whole. Both models contain one of the finest selfwinding tourbillon movements in the world, with a thickness of just three millimeters. A figure that ties in perfectly with the 41 millimeter diameter of the rosegold or platinum case, with a maximum 7 millimeter thickness for the engineturned gold dial version and 7.45 millimeters for the enamel model. The thinness does not impede the decoration of the movement, with the bridge and barrel intricately engraved by hand. Its bidirectional platinum rotor is located on the periphery of the

longforgotten notion of a planetary system.

caliber and is also engineturned by hand at Breguet.

THE EXTRA!THIN AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON, SHEER ELEGANCE

THE EXTRA!THIN MOVEMENT COMPLICATION, BREGUET CALIBER 581

Fantastic in its design, captivating in its function, this invention has never ceased to command respect, right from when it was first presented to the current day. Because while it has remained true to its purpose, the tourbillon has flourished with the emergence of new technologies. The Classique Tourbillon ExtraPlat Automatique 5367 illustrates this point to perfection: this piece bears the hallmarks of Breguet’s cherished design characteristics, such

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The movement’s finesse is achieved by recreating each of the main components. A feat also made possible through the use of special materials. The tourbillon’s entire architecture has been redesigned. The cage is driven from the side and not by a pinion, which has been removed. Originally devised by AbrahamLouis Breguet, this special solution does require an additional wheel to engage directly with the exterior of the cage, but is thinner as a result. The House of Breguet has also


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opted for an escapement angled at 90° and a wheel with 20

AbrahamLouis Breguet, who worked tirelessly to achieve the

teeth, this device is produced by no other manufacturer and

same level of thinness, it also formed the basis for the unique

enables the train to operate at a high frequency. The saving of

interpretation of a second complication: the equation of time.

weight thanks to the use of titanium in the mobile casing and

This shows the difference between mean time – civil hours and

silicon for the spiral and escape wheel enables a frequency of

minutes – and true solar time – solar hours and minutes.

4 hertz – an exceptional figure for a tourbillon and one that ensures remarkable chronometry.

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The Marine Tourbillon Equation Marchante 5887 model houses the same extrathin tourbillon, onto which the watchmakers grafted the kidneyshaped equation of time cam, mounted on a sapphire disk. This structure uses the tourbillon’s minute rotation to control the rotation of the cam over the

Ultralightweight – the cage weighs no more than 0.290 grams

course of one year. A feelerspindle sends this information to

in total – and is equipped with an outstanding 80hour power

a running solar hand that is separate from the minute hand.

reserve, this latestgeneration 581 caliber is not an end in

Alongside its running equation of time, the complexity of this

itself. A true masterpiece of miniaturization and a tribute to

grand complication is enhanced by a perpetual calendar.

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LIGHTNESS AND TRANSPARENCY OF THE SKELETON TOURBILLON In 2019, for its new Classique Tourbillon ExtraPlat Squelette 5395, Breguet opted for an extrathin 581 caliber threemillimeter skeleton for this tourbillon movement. An undertaking that is as much technical as it is artistic, with an emphasis on craftsmanship. The House of Breguet has removed almost 50 per cent of the material from this movement, without compromising on anything. The skeleton design, with an 18karat gold caliber that literally plays with the limits of what is possible, recalls in passing that watchmakers at Breguet practice

gold alloy. Despite its complexity in the manufacturing and assembly process, gold offers many technical advantages as it is hardenable, thus more resistant for a skeleton movement, extremely durable and perfectly suited for manual finishing. Handcrafted engraving, engineturning, and anglage add to this to create something truly outstanding. Classic or avant!garde, over the centuries the tourbillon has developed in line with scientific progress. Above all, it has benefited from the passion and mastery of the House of Breguet, which today perpetuates an ancestral invention with an exciting and evolving future...

true craftsmanship. For this model in particular, Breguet chose to make the movement plate and bridges out of an 18carat

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The Autavia is back on track

From 1962 to 1985, Autavia accompanied the finest hours of motor racing. TAG Heuer is now relaunching this high-performance champion by introducing a complete dedicated collection distinguished by sleek design and a powerful ‘engine’ driven by the new carbon composite hairspring developed by the TAG Heuer Institute.

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ts name evokes an entire era. The effervescence of the paddocks in the early 1960s, the palpable excitement at the start of rallies, the enthusiasm of the drivers, the exhilara-

tion of speed, the roaring engines and the smell of fuel… Racing, sporting performance, winning : therein lies the very raison d’être of the historical Autavia. Before being a watch that was acclaimed by the world’s best drivers, the Autavia appeared on racing car dashboard and aircraft instrument panels from 1933 to 1957, hence the singular name combining the terms ‘automobile’ and ‘aviation’. As Jack Heuer recalls in his autobiography titled The Times of my Life. “In 1958, during my first year at Heuer, I participated in two Swiss car rallies. In the first rally I was driving and it had been a good experience for me and in the second one I took over the role of codriver, partly because I was quite good at map-reading thanks to my time in the scouts. We were doing fine until, close to the finish, I misread the dial of the Heuer 12-hour ‘Autavia’ dashboard stopwatch and the result was that our team came in third place instead of first. This error infuriated me.” Back at the factory, Jack Heuer rushed to start work on a new Autavia dashboard clock, before turning it into a wrist chronograph in 1962, equipped with a rotating bezel and large luminescent numerals to best meet drivers’ needs. “Looking back, I can say that the Autavia chronograph was the first wristwatch I personally created for the company.”

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Immediately recognizable and perfectly readable in all situations, the Autavia quickly became a must-have for racing drivers until its production was discontinued in 1985. However, collectors have never forgotten it and nor has TAG Heuer which, after a limited-edition return of the model worn by Jochen Rindt in 1966, is now reviving the legend of the Autavia by devoting a complete collection to it.

A VINTAGE AESTHETIC Combining functionality with a strong sporty look, all the attributes that appealed to racing enthusiasts in the 1960s are reflected in the seven new references of the Autavia collection. They also feature an aura of contemporary elegance with a retro twist, ensuring they are perfect for wearing in all circumstances. The first distinctive feature is a 42mm round steel or bronze case extended by beveled lugs similar to those of the historical models. The second asset is a bidirectional rotating bezel adorned with a 60-minute scale and available in steel or black, and blue or brown ceramic for the bronze versions. As far as the dial is concerned, legibility is ensured even when night falls, thanks to the large numerals and hands adorned with Super-LumiNovaTM, colorfully enhanced with a beautiful palette of smoky black, gray, blue, brown or green shades. This resolutely vintage model is fitted with an interchangeable light or dark brown calf leather strap on the steel versions, and khaki or brown for the bronze models.

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Autavia CASE : stainless steel, ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel DIAMETER : 42mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding,

Calibre 5 Isograph, 38h power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date CASEBACK : engraved WATER RESISTANCE : 100m STRAP : calfskin

BACK TO THE FUTURE While the Autavia is firmly rooted in the history of TAG Heuer, it is also the modern-day heroine of a technological epic that is charting a course for the future. At its heart is the famous automatic Calibre 5 equipped with a brand-new carbon composite hairspring. The dial bears the inscription ‘Isograph’, from the Greek iso which means ‘equal’, in reference to the stable and regular movement of the component, enabling the new Autavia models to mark off time with formidable efficiency. This revolutionary hairspring was developed by the TAG Heuer Institute based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. On its premises, one should not expect to meet watchmakers in white coats toiling patiently at the workbench. Experienced mathematicians, outstanding physicists, engineers : this new laboratory directed by Guy Sémon is composed exclusively of international scientists whose combined skills aim to broaden the horizons of mechanical watchmaking through technological innovation. As Sémon explains : “The Institute works mainly in two areas. The first takes an interest in solid-state physics through research on amorphous and crystalline alloys. The second deals with flexible mechanisms and the physics of nanoparticles.”

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Autavia CASE : stainless steel, stainless steel

bidirectional rotating bezel DIAMETER : 42mm MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, Caliber 5 Isograph, 38h power reserve FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date CASEBACK : engraved WATER RESISTANCE : 100m STRAP : calfskin

When asked why TAG Heuer decides to tackle the hairspring, the regulating organ that governs the precision of the watch, Sémon responds : “All brands have been using the same technology since Christian Huygens invented it in 1675. A quick look at the market shows that the hairspring is currently available in metal – either elinvar or silicon – and that these two materials have flaws : sensitivity to magnetism and gravity for elinvar, and low impact resistance in the case of silicon. Within the Institute, we have explored new ways to modify and improve this very ancient mechanism, including through the development of a new material that TAG Heuer is currently the only brand to use but which we hope to extend to other applications very soon.”

CHEMICAL FORMULA The development of this new type of hairspring required several years of research. “In concrete terms, one must imagine an atomic mixture of two allotropes of carbon : an amorphous carbon on the one hand, and a graphene on the other. Produced at very high temperatures from natural gas, our carbon composite is extremely homogeneous and has all the desired characteristics,” says Sémon about the secret formula concocted by materials experts using machines specially designed for the production of the carbon hairspring, including a chemical reactor developed by the TAG Heuer Institute and manufactured in the United States. “We have in our lab the only two machines existing in the world capable of producing our unique carbon hairspring”, he adds. 

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TARGETING PRECISION The results are extremely promising. This ultra-light and low-density hairspring is first of all insensitive to gravity and impacts, as shown by the resistance tests carried out by the laboratory. When a 5000g/1m drop occurs on a hard surface, metal hairsprings bend and silicon hairsprings break, while carbon composite hairsprings remain intact. This new hairspring also ensures perfectly concentric oscillations thanks to its geometry. In addition, it is produced with a pre-attached collet, thus avoiding the need for complex assembly work in fitting the hairspring onto the balance-wheel, which is a further source of inaccuracies. The carbon composite hairspring is also totally nonmagnetic, without forgetting its perfect aeroelasticity and optimal thermal behavior. All these are important assets in ensuring that the Autavia achieves exemplary precision and chronometer certification. Because for its return to the track, this queen of racing circuits is still all about performance. With such a traveling companion, it is likely that Jack Heuer could have reached the highest step on the podium. GUY SEMON, CEO of the TAG Heuer Institute

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PORTFOLIO BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS BRICE LECHEVALIER

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hen Europe’s biggest retailer offers its partner brands a chance to create a watch line together, this collaboration gives rise to limited Blue Editions, exclusively available from Bucherer stores. We have selected several on the Air

– Land – Sea theme, suitable for every taste and any budget.

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ORIS

DIVERS SIXTY-FIVE CHRONOGRAPH BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS


BREGUET MARINE 5517 BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS


H. MOSER & CIE. HERITAGE BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS


IWC PORTUGIESER CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS


BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS BATHYSCAPHE BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS


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SCENTS FADI JAMIL

Gucci Guilty Cologne From the declaration of self-expression and fearlessness embodied in the idea of #ForeverGuilty, the Gucci Guilty fragrance story opens a new men’s chapter. A modern reinterpretation of a classic cologne - a centuries-old Italian scent, Gucci Guilty Cologne is created with a contemporary dry down featuring noble woods notes and powerful citruses. THE COLOGNE Part of Italian scent making history, cologne was first invented

Violet. Alberto Morillas unveils Gucci Guilty Cologne’s enigmatic

in the XVII century by Jean Paul Feminis, an Italian perfumer

newness in the cologne’s dry down. Sensual noble woods notes

living in Germany who re-blended an original fragrance created

diffuse slowly on the skin, developing with Patchouli leaves and

by Florentine monks, adding Italian neroli essential oil, bergamot

the warmth of Cedarwood with crystalline White Musks.

and orange. The formula was passed onto his work assistant JeanAntoine Farina who named the scent: Cologne, in honour of the city where he and Jean Paul Feminis used to live.

THE CAMPAIGN Jared Leto returns to star in Gucci Guilty Cologne’s campaign.

A new rendition of a traditional Italian cologne blend ideated

Captured in a quintessential American setting, photographer Glen

by Alessandro Michele, Gucci Guilty Cologne features an intense

Luchford shows the Academy Award-winning actor and musician

aromatic personality with an unexpected dry down, conveyed

reclining in a retro beauty salon. Shot amongst vintage objects

through sensual woods notes. Master perfumer Alberto Morillas

inside the parlour—hair curlers and pins—a still shot of the bottle

modernized the freshness of a traditional cologne by balancing

shows the scent’s distinct pale green color.

natural aromatics with the standout vibrancy of Italian citruses. In the top notes, Bergamot sourced from Calabria adds a luminous layer to inherently masculine Rosemary and Juniper Berries Essences. The Mediterranean olfactory narrative continues with an

THE BOTTLE Reprising the same slender, elegant silhouette of the Gucci Guilty Pour Homme bottle, the design’s heavy glass is left transparent to celebrate the light green tinted scent. The bottle

intense heart of Spanish Cypress Essence, its heady resinous tones

is topped with a silver cap and is packaged in a matching green

uplifted with elegant floral notes including Heliotropine and

outer carton printed with a silver interlocking G.

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Le Richemond Geneva

DISCOVER A LAKESIDE ESCAPE A BREATH OF SWISS FRESH AIR AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE ALPS BREATHTAKING VIEWS ON THE JET D’EAU AND THE MONT BLANC FRENCH SEASONAL CUISINE AT LE JARDIN RESTAURANT LE SPA BY SISLEY & FITNESS CELEBRATION OF MEMORABLE EVENTS

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BOSS BOTTLED OUD AROMATIC AND SAFFRON:

The New Enticing Fragrances Powerfully opulent. Symbolic. Authoritative. Introducing BOSS BOTTLED Oud Aromatic and Saffron, two new scents exclusive to the Middle East. Crafted by master perfumer Annick Menardo, the fragrances are a true blend of craftsmanship, both using natural Oud; the rich, mysterious and highly prized Middle Eastern ingredient often described as ‘black gold’. THE MAN OF TODAY A combination between heritage and modernity. True to his

Housed in a wood-green flacon designed to embody the charisma

roots but looking towards his future. The Man of Today cherishes

of the person who wears it, a gold metal topper brings on a

his traditions but embraces the gifts of technology and the

sophisticated final touch.

modern world. Well-connected within his social circle, he wants to find the perfect balance between modernity and tradition, technology and craftsmanship, real and virtual life.

NEW – BOSS BOTTLED OUD SAFFRON BOSS BOTTLED Oud Saffron is a rich, warm fragrance that offers a spicy take on BOSS BOTTLED Oud. With a spicy-floral accord of

THE CAMPAIGN The new BOSS BOTTLED Oud Aromatic and Saffron are revealed

saffron and rose, it unfolds harmoniously on the Man of Today’s skin, a gentle reminder to stand his ground with integrity.

in a video directed by Thibault Jouvent. The preciously crafted

Combined with silky suede notes and opulent oud, the dry down

essences are mirrored in the creation of a unique artwork by

offers a comforting yet firm embrace. The bottle’s deep red shines

calligraphist Vincent Abadie Hafez, who re-creates the BOSS

together with the elegant gold metal topper.

BOTTLED Man Of Today manifesto in Arabic. BOSS BOTTLED OUD NEW – BOSS BOTTLED OUD AROMATIC BOSS BOTTLED Oud Aromatic is a masculine and strong

Introduced in 2015, BOSS BOTTLED Oud is a distinctive and assertive male fragrance. The epitome of modern masculinity, the

interpretation of the luxurious BOSS BOTTLED Oud fragrance.

scent builds on the success of the classic and much-loved BOSS

Luscious notes of orange blossom balance for the resinous and

Bottled fragrance. Refreshing top notes of citrus and apple cut

woody myrrh, coming together with soft and balsamic notes of

through the spicy-floral heart notes of clove and rockrose, as the

white honey. Incense provides the scent with an exotic allure,

warm and musky oud and sandalwood at the base contribute to

while oud creates the dark, luxurious character that lingers.

the scent’s rounded, rich harmony.

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Collection Medici en résine acrylique, aspect bois, attributs en palladium. Le stylo à plume Oversize est équipé du système Power Filler. Le stylo à plume Medium est équipé du système à Converter. Le Medici est également disponible en Roller, Bille et Mine. www.visconti.it


JET-SET AUTO FADI JAMIL

Rolls-Royce

Unveils Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its latest Collection Car,

engines - or their good fortune”, commented Sir Winston

Wraith Eagle VIII, on the shores of Lake Como at this year’s

Churchill, following the perilous journey that brought

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, 24-26 May. Created by the

unfathomable advancement to 20th century society.

Bespoke Collective at the House of Rolls-Royce, a Collection of

Alcock and Brown established a legend and gained a place

just 50 Wraith Eagle VIII motor cars will tell the epic tale of one

alongside Sir Donald Campbell in the most select club in

of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.

the world; those who push beyond previous conceptions of

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved

human endeavour to achieve seemingly impossible records

uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic

on land, water and now, air. Their one binding characteristic?

flight in June, 1919. Contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, Alcock

Rolls-Royce power.

and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to

The duo suffered every conceivable challenge an aviator

Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy

could face. The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were the only

bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3

components that proved indestructible. The engines propelled

litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this

the aerial voyage at previously unimagined speeds, averaging

remarkable engine that this Collection takes its name. Rolls-

115 mph. Their peril cannot be underestimated. Their radio and

Royce marks the 100 year anniversary of this feat with a highly

navigation instruments failed almost immediately, leaving the

contemporary Collection that speaks to today’s adventurers,

pilots flying unaided at night through dense cloud and freezing

whilst honouring those who changed the course of history.

fog for many hours, sometimes upside down. Eventually they

“I do not know what we should most admire - their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce

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The exterior of the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Car is evocative of Alcock and Brown’s compelling night time adventure. Swathed in Gunmetal with a Selby Grey upper

Below, the brass-stitched quilted sides of the centre tunnel provide a direct nod to the V12 engined Vickers Vimy. The clock of a Rolls-Royce is frequently viewed as jewellery,

two-tone, the colours are separated by a brass feature line,

with many patrons choosing this canvas to tell the story of

a hint at the detailing that lies within. The black grille vanes

their motor car in miniature. Wraith Eagle VIII is no exception.

draw immediate reference to the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine

Our intrepid pioneers recounted that their instrument panel

cowling on the Vickers Vimy aircraft, the wheels are part

was frozen from the high altitude and the poor conditions,

polished with a translucent shadow finish.

referring to the only illumination coming from the green

Within, the finely executed interior mirrors the exterior hue.

glow of the control panel lighting and the burst of flame from

Selby Grey and black leather are accented by brass, redolent of

the starboard engine. In homage to this, the Rolls-Royce

the brass sextant so integral to the success of the transatlantic

Bespoke Collective has masterfully fabricated a clock with

journey. Executed in a contemporary fashion, the material

an iced background effect which glows a faint green in night

populates key areas throughout the cockpit of the Collection.

time driving conditions. The red hour hand sits atop compass

Brass speaker covers depict the estimated flight distance of

inspired lines on the clock’s fascia, whilst the landing location

1,880 miles and ‘RR’ monograms are embroidered in brass

coordinates are engraved below.

coloured thread onto headrests. A flash of brass complements

Perhaps the most alluring feature of the Collection is the

the navigator door paniers, whilst the door of the driver

extraordinary unique starlight headliner. 1,183 starlight fibres

includes a brass plaque with Churchill’s quote commending

show the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in

the duo’s remarkable achievements.

1919, the flight path and constellations are embroidered in

Inspired by the night time flight of our intrepid heroes, the

brass thread, whilst the exact moment the pair left the cloud

fascia represents a modern-day abstract interpretation of

to navigate by the stars is indicated by a red fibre optic light.

the view the pair would have enjoyed as finally, their craft

Clouds are embroidered and a plaque reading, “The celestial

cleared the thick fog and cloud. In a fusion of contemporary

arrangement at the halfway point 00:17am June 15th 1919, 50”

and traditional practises, Smoked Eucalyptus wood is vacuum

07’ Latitude North – 31” Longitude West” shows the half-way

metalized in gold before being inlaid with silver and copper,

point of the momentous journey.

to depict the rich detail seen in night time images of the Earth

Just 50 of these highly collectable motor cars will be

from above. The scene extends to the centre console providing

created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce

both an emotive and immersive experience for today’s

in Goodwood, West Sussex – a Centre of Global Luxury

occupants – the cockpit is in perspective with the headliner.

Manufacturing Excellence.

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GPHG Ever wider horizons Before heading towards its 20th edition next year, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève continues to shine throughout the world, while adapting both to the tastes of end customers and to the trends of a rapidly changing watch industry. Its categories therefore evolve each year, and its jury preserves its independence and skills by being renewed in successive stages. Among the 30 or so experts composing the 2019 jury, chaired by Aurel Bacs are Jasem Al Zeraei (collector based in Kuwait), Aldis Hodge (actor and watch designer from the USA), Pierre Salanitro (CEO of the subcontractor Salanitro), Jiaxian Xu (collector and founder of SJXwatches.com based in Singapore), Jessica Yu (founder of Hantang Culture in China) and Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet, the brand that won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix in 2018. Together, they will have to decide on 19 awards, including these new ones : the Iconic Watch Prize for the best watch from an emblematic collection that has been exercising a lasting influence on watchmaking history and the watch market for more than 25 years ; and the Diver’s Watch Prize, which honors a watch linked to the subaquatic world. The 2019 prize list also includes the Calendar and Astronomy Prize, as well as the Watchmaking Revelation Prize, which will enable the jury to reward a creation from a youthful brand. The ceremony will take place on November 7th at the Théâtre du Léman and an analysis of the competing and selected watches will be provided throughout the summer and fall in the GPHG section of worldtempus.com

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MECCANICHE VELOCI

Geneva to the power of four

The automobile-inspired Swiss brand with an Italian accent has always distinguished itself with its case framing four counters (corresponding to four time zones) and reminiscent of a piston. It now introduces its Icon Mud collection in pink gold, titanium and DLC chocolate-toned titanium.

BELL & ROSS

in the world of F1

Drivers Nico Hülkenberg (GER) and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) wear Bell&Ross carbondial chronographs designed in partnership with the Renault F1® Team ; will they serve as lucky charms ?

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CARL F. BUCHERER

in sprint mode in Interlaken

Young Swiss talent joins the ALPINA roster Born the same year as GMT (in 2000), the Swiss elite globetrotter and

Consistently active in all fronts, Carl F. Bucherer’s CEO Sascha Moeri has

sportsman Yann Scussel spends most of his time diving, notably for the

just celebrated the reopening of the brand’s Interlaken store after a com-

“Shark Conservation Project” (SCP) and aims to engage in unprecedented

plete renovation, in the company of Switzerland’s fastest woman : sprinter

extreme adventures, notably as a new Alpina ambassador.

Mujinga Kambundji.

MAURICE LACROIX and Palina Kozyrava Considered a friend of the brand, the German fashion blogger loves watches and regularly pictures herself in her photoshoots wearing a Maurice Lacroix on her wrist, between sky and earth. And who could blame her for that ?

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