Rolex Presents Its ‘Explore’ Icon At The Bon Marché

Until August 14, 2020, Rolex will present “A watch born for exploration” – an event exhibition that traces the thread of one of the most iconic watches in its repertoire. The Rolex Explorer.

Rolex, Everest And The Explorer Watch

Rolex quickly knew how to put their watchmaking craft at the service of human exploration. Real tool watches whose function goes beyond that of reading the time.

Rolex And The Conquest Of Mount Everest

No matter the human exploits aimed at exploring the highest peaks on earth or probing the seabed – Rolex was very often involved!

As in 1953…

An expedition, led by Sir John Hunt, with Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, sought out to conquer Mount Everest. And they get to the top! Raised at more than 8,848 meters above sea level, they broke down a new frontier for humans. “By tenacity and concentration, we accomplish much more than what we felt capable of” Sir John Hunt.

At the same time, they tested the limits of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. By -50 ° C and a suspicious magnetism. The watch stood up to this feat, since it allowed them to move forward, without ever failing. “The Oysters have worked wonderfully and we have come to regard them as an important part of high mountain equipment”, explained the house.

From then on Rolex intended to make watches for these explorers. These are the Rolex Explorer. With a reinforced case and an even more readable dial, these watches accompany today’s adventurers with cutting-edge technologies. Like the polar explorer Alain Hubert and his Explorer II.

In 1971, the Explorer II was indeed expressly designed for speleologists, volcanologists and explorers of extremes.

Rolex At Bon Marché, The Iconic Explorer Exhibits

And for the first time in France, Rolex exhibits the evolution of its Explorer icon. It is at Bon Marché that Rolex celebrates these watches born for exploration.

The very title of this exhibition, which will run until August 14, 2020, says the same thing. Entitled ‘A watch born for exploration’, the exhibition retraces, around video and photographic archives, the epic Explorer. And the exploits made it possible!

An exhibition to see for all watch enthusiasts – and especially those who adore the technological prowess of beautiful Rolex watches!

The BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross completed the iconic BR 0392 DIVER collection with the BR 0392 Diver Full Lum. A technical watch, coupled with a powerful and elegant graphic!

The BR 0392 Diver from Bell & Ross, Diving Icon

You can recognize a Bell & Ross watch at a glance – it’s the aesthetic power that made it, from the 90s, an iconic house!

This time, the house completed its line of watches for explorers of the seabed. Since 1997 and the introduction of the first Bell & Ross diving watch, the Hydromax watch waterproof to 11,100 meters, the house has endeavored to respond to the challenges of the abyss with watches cut for their exploration, obscure and demanding.

Rich in this heritage, it is in 2007 that the house set a new milestone in its history with the BR 02 collection. At the heart of it is the BR 0392 Diver watch that marked the world of diving with its emblematic square case.

Strong marker of the identity of Bell & Ross, the square shape is this time subject to the intransigence of the maritime domain. Professional and incredibly aesthetic underwater instruments, here is the formula that today leads Bell & Ross to complete the BR 02 line with the new BR 0392 Diver Full Lum.

The New BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross

The new BR 0392 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross is an innovative and prodigious watch.

Prodigious by what it offers, around these 42mm in diameter, optimal readability. Bell & Ross has adapted its Lum concept to its diving collection, overturning the traditional principles of legibility day and night by playing with inverted contrasts. Thanks to the Superluminova!

It must be said that Bell & Ross expertise in maritime exploration is the result of a collective experience – bringing together the knowledge of its designers, master watchmakers and divers.

Thus the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross meets the vital requirements of divers. A craft guaranteed by the name “Diving watches”, which is protected by the international standard ISO 6425.

As beautiful as it is technical, the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum is therefore presented in matt black ceramic. Its unidirectional rotating bezel, graduated 60 minutes, also in ceramic, is covered with a luminescent green painted in Superluminova®.

Indexes and metallic hands are visible through skeletonized appliques, filled with Superluminova®, too. Take a good look, the BR 03-92 Diver Full Lum from Bell & Ross can be the kind of object of desire to inspire vocations!

Harry Winston Presents their New 2020 Watch Arrivals

When he does not handle diamonds with extreme dexterity, Harry Winston shines with his skill in sublimating timepieces. With its new watchmaking 2020s showcase fine jewelry and fascinating complications!

Harry Winston, The Premier Collection

Launched in 1989, the Premier collection was the first watch collection to leave the Harry Winston workshops. Rich in his exceptional expertise in working with diamonds, Harry Winston had thus demonstrated his talent in watchmaking.

The Premier Collection 2020

In 2020, the Premier collection is home to the greatest number of new products – models cut with the sumptuousness of Harry Winston.

The Premier 2020 Collection includes sumptuous watches, studded with mother-of-pearl and colored precious stones. Only one model stands out for mastering a refined style, in black and white.

The Premier Majestic Art Deco pays tribute to the glamorous aesthetics of black and white as well as to the geometric designs characteristic of this period. With its dial made of marquetry, it is a jazzy decor that comes to life through a brilliant black jade intertwined with precious mother-of-pearl.

Inspired by the revolutionary crimping technique invented by Harry Winston, the Premier Lottus watch is revisited around a rich palette.

Once set, the lotus flowers with pink and white mother-of-pearl petals seem to float on the wavy and iridescent surface of the water.

The dial of the Premier Hypnotic Chrysanthemum watch plays on the different sizes of diamonds to better sublimate the charm of opals. Blue and green stones with changing reflections thus highlighted by flamboyant white diamonds. Harry Winston watches are not that magnificent.

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Better, the iconic codes of the house can also be read in the case of the new watches from the Premier collection. Cut in 18-carat gold, 36 mm in diameter, the case and its crimped arches evoke the facade of the emblematic Harry Winston Salon on 5th Avenue. And we know the love that Harry Winston has for New York City .

Kaleidoscope Parts 2020

Other new products, the Premier collection is completed in 2020 with new Kaleidoscope watches. Five unique timepieces inspired by the mesmerizing spectacle offered by a kaleidoscope.

Thus applied to the reading of time, the craftsmanship and the magic inspiration of the “King of Diamonds” created a real explosion of colors and volumes.

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Stitched around a central dial coated with diamonds, an assortment of brilliant-cut precious stones adorns the boxes of two of the new Winston Kaleidoscope timepieces.

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A magnificent impression of whirling is seen – the fruit of the exceptional work of the house seamers. The underlying platinum structure is a work of art in itself! Concealed to let each stone reveal its beauty.

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Three others of these models evoke Harry Winston’s passion for ‘clustering’. This majestic setting of the case is reminiscent of the fine jewelry creations that have made the reputation of the New York house.

But it is the Kaleidoscope models from the High Jewelry collection that literally take your breath away!

Harry Winston: Sports Watches And High Jewelry Watches

The High Jewelry Timepieces Harry Winston

Adorned with splendid diamonds set in platinum, the Precious Cluster is an ode to the creative heritage of Harry Winston. And in particular to his signature technique of ‘clustering’.

Echoing, by their shape, the emerald cut that Mr. Winston particularly liked, High Jewelry watches have two spectacular cluster patterns on the top and bottom of the platinum case.

Also studded with ten pear-cut diamonds and two trilliant-cut diamonds, the result is striking! To sublimate its octagonal shape, 44 baguette-cut diamonds, in invisible settings, illuminate the bezel and the sides of the case.

But the splendor of Harry Winston watches is also a matter of sports watches.

The Ocean Collection

The Harry Winston Ocean collection is dedicated to sports timepieces. Designed to be worn daily and waterproof to 100 meters, the Ocean Biretrograde models contain mechanics of fascinating complexity.

With two retrograde complications and offset hours and minutes.

For the first time, two models with an assertive style in black and white complete the Ocean collection. A daring chromatic theme which creates pronounced contrasts, and contributes to improving the readability of the counters.

Combining diamonds, white mother-of-pearl and black stretch lacquer, the Ocean Biretrograde Black & White has an 18-carat white gold case, set with 199 sparkling diamonds.

In these two Ocean, two other Biretrograde models with iridescent white mother-of-pearl dials, enhanced with a hint of sparkling white diamonds complete this collection.

Versatile and sumptuous, the new horological innovations for 2020 from the house of Harry Winston have everything to become legend! Like the one that made her name ring out, around the world – none other than the icon Marilyn Monroe.

The Iconic Omega Watch: The Moonwatch Speedmaster

The watch is much sought after for its beauty and its history. It was this watch that walked on the Moon, on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist. 

Before becoming the Moonwatch, the iconic Omega watch was called the Speedmaster. It was after walking on the Moon, on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist, that it  took the name of Moonwatch. But then, what is the history of one of the most exceptional watches?

Omega And NASA

Omega’s pioneering spirit quickly meets the demands of NASA. Used during the six lunar missions, the Speedmaster icon became legendary!

Omega’s Watch Performance

It’s simple, Omega watches were the only ones capable of meeting the technical requirements of space adventurers. It must be said that from its foundation in the 19th century, the Omega house was inhabited by the same pioneering spirit. And from the search for precision. 

In the 1950s, the performance of Omega watches was first imagined to meet the demand of racing drivers. Speed ​​and racing, whether sea or land, was then a fascination for the whole world. For Omega, too!

In 1957, the company produced a trio of watches dedicated to racing. The Omega Seamaster 300, the Omega Railmaster and the Omega Speedmaster. The latter was mainly intended for racing drivers. But with its allure and its dial, the Speedmaster quickly attracted attention.

It was the first chronograph wristwatch to be worked around a tachymeter scale. And this tachymeter scale is placed on the bezel, not on the dial – a way for the pilot to read it at a glance! 

At the same time, NASA was working to fulfill the promise made by JF Kennedy – that of going to the Moon. It was in 1961, and NASA would do everything to get there. 

In anticipation of the Gemini and Apollo alien flights, they were approaching the big names in watchmaking. Rolex, Longines, and Omega. The specifications are very precise. The tests are of unprecedented scale. Ten watches were selected. 

NASA in fact was looking to equip astronauts with a precise and reliable wristwatch in order to accurately measure their time out of the capsule. Quickly, four were eliminated and, for a year, the remaining six underwent the tests hot (70°C then 93°C), cold (-18° C for 4 hours), vacuum (the watch undergoes a pressure of 10-6 atmospheres before being heated to 70°C then cooled to -18°C). Humidity, corrosion, shocks, acceleration, decompression, vibration, acoustic noise.

The performance of the Omega Speedmaster withstood these lunar conditions. It was approved for all space missions, from 1965. Animated by the emblematic caliber 321. 

The Speedmaster and the Space Conquest

The Speedmaster flew for the first time into the galaxy in October 1962, on the wrist of Walter Schirra. It was chosen by the astronaut for the Sigma 7 mission of the Mercury program. From that moment, Omega made space its field of exploration.

Precision, readability and robustness. On July 20, 1969, at 2:56 GMT, it was during the Apollo 11 mission that Buzz Aldrin’s wrist, the timepiece, became the first watch to rub shoulders with the Moon. The watch then took the nickname of Moonwatch.

Then came the Apollo 13 mission – “Houston, we have a problem.” During the journey to the Moon, the oxygen tank explodes, seriously damaging the module, and causing a major breakdown on board. A failure that nearly cost the life of the team.

Here, the Speedmaster watch played a crucial role. When it was time to return to Earth, the astronauts had the idea of ​​replacing broken equipment with their Speedmaster. Thus, they were able to time the exact time of ignition of the capsule rockets – a handful of seconds – in order to be able to re-enter the atmosphere without wasting the energy which was, at this precise moment, at its most critical level.

With the electric instruments no longer operational, the Speedmaster did indeed save the lives of astronauts. This incident, avoiding the accident, resulted in Omega receiving a Snoopy Award, a reward given by the astronauts to employees and suppliers in recognition of work that has improved safety. 

The space conquest, this timepiece thus participated with the six moon landings of the Apollo mission. At the same time, the Speedmaster achieved icon status. 

Omega And The Speedmaster Over Time

For more than half a century, the Omega Speedmaster has been at the heart of many great moments in history, moments that tested physical endurance and human courage. 

This is what is celebrated in turn in exceptional editions of the Speedmaster. 

Exceptional Editions

In 2015, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Silver Snoopy Award celebrated the anniversary of the rescue of the Apollo 13 mission. It is quite natural that the solid background wears a Snoopy medallion in 925 silver – Snoopy, the mascot of Nasa, and may be the guardian angel of the Apollo 13 mission.

The chronograph operates on an Omega 1861 caliber – a chronograph with manual winding offering 48 hours of power reserve – all attached to the wrist along a nylon strap. But the novelty then resided in this immaculate white.

Better yet, the Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award brings to mind when the eye is drawn to the inscription: “What could you do in 14 seconds?” Because, when it was necessary to return to Earth, the astronauts of the Apollo 13 mission needed 14 seconds. Or the time for the capsule rockets to ignite in order to be able to enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

2016 – The Speedmaster Gray Side of the Moon is a vibrant tribute to the pioneering role played by Omega in space exploration. By focusing on innovative materials, a revolutionary mechanical movement and a respected appearance of the original model, the company continued to gather new enthusiasts around the Speedmaster.

Combining design and revolutionary innovation, Omega combined space exploration, new technologies and materials for ever more elegance. The new Speedmaster Gray Side of the Moon is inspired by the moon dust trampled by astronauts on each mission and consists of an authentic piece of meteorite.

Its name evokes a space journey through meteor showers to the mysterious red planet Sedna and carries with it celestial inspirations. This newcomer to the Omega Speedmaster collection tells the story of the Apollo 8 mission, illustrating the sentence uttered by astronaut Jim Lovell “The moon is essentially gray”.

This futuristic model is not only an invitation to adventure, it is also of incomparable elegance. 

Ultraman’s Watch and James Bond

When the most iconic Omega watch takes on the colors of an icon of popular culture, it could only give rise to an eminently desirable piece.

The Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday distills a science-fi style imbued with Japanese references from the 70s. Yes, the hero Ultraman is to Japan what James Bond is to England. But here, the figure embodies with a quasi-kitsch detachment the spatial history of humanity!

Imagined by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman is actually one of the most famous examples of the genre ‘kaiju’ or ‘giant monster’. So, when this slightly crazy universe meets the technique, expertise and very iconic aesthetics of the Moonwatch Omega from 1967, the result is interesting.

First there is the crazy orange that tints the seconds hand; matches the costumes of the series anti-monster scientific patrol. Then come classic Speedmaster counters, here clearly teasing! The ‘Speedy Tuesday’ has indeed some surprises in store.

James Bond likes the Seamasters. Since 1995, the most elegant of British spies has always worn OMEGA Seamasters in each film.

It was costume designer Lindy Hemming who made her the favorite of agent 007 in GoldenEye. 

“I was convinced that Commander Bond, a hushed gentleman from the ranks of the British Navy, was made to wear the Seamaster with the blue dial. “

But that is the story of another icon of watchmaking. That of the Seamaster .

The Omega Craft: The Tourbillon

The tourbillon is one of the most fascinating horological complications. Since 1947 it has distilled one of the key skills of the watchmaking universe – that of the house of Omega.

The Tourbillon And The Watchmaking Revolution

It is to Abraham-Louis Bréguet that we owe the first tourbillon in watchmaking history, in 1801. The pioneer was indeed at the origin of this watchmaking revolution. It must be said that at the time, Bréguet’s invention took the place of a solution to a watchmaking problem, rather than an eminently beautiful and fascinating complication.

At that time, the vogue for pocket watches indeed required a solution to stopping the pendulums; stop caused by the immobility of the timepiece kept in the pocket. Sensitive to positioning, subject to magnetism and gravity, the pocket watch thus requires a solution in order to maintain its precision for an exact reproduction of the time.

The invention of the tourbillon in 1801 thus opened the world of watchmaking to a much more relevant solution than that which hitherto consisted in raising the balance wheels. The vortex, also called a rotating cage, adjusts the balance of the center of gravity by counterbalancing disturbances due to gravity

Freed from gravity and inaccuracies, mechanical watches with a tourbillon accurately reproduce the time, whatever their position. The tourbillon works in effect like a rotating cage. Inside this cage reduced to the extreme, the balance and the exhaust are rotating on themselves. But rare and demanding, the tourbillon cannot equip all mechanical watches.

And even today, the vortex is considered to be one of the most difficult mechanisms to execute. But here, in more than 200 years, watchmaking has found even more relevant solutions. This is the case with the wristwatch – where the natural movement of the wrist provides the same effect as that allowed by the tourbillon against the pull of gravity.

But the beauty and the fascination of such a horological complication led the most daring houses to inventions blithely complementing that of Bréguet. And in particular the Omega house!

The Omega Craft, Tourbillons For Wrist Watches

Founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt , Omega has forged itself, throughout its history, an unrivaled reputation for its innovations in the art of tourbillon. To start with this revolution of 1947!

1947, First A Tourbillon Bracelet Watch

1947- When Omega launched the development of the first tourbillon wristwatch, it was first to enter a chronometry competition. Omega competed in the “wristwatch” category of the Kew-Teddington, Geneva and Neuchâtel observatory competitions.

At that time, the tourbillon was only animated pocket watches, or table clocks.

One of the first movements of a tourbillon wristwatch was imagined in 1947 under the name of Caliber 30 I. A tourbillon of the caliber 30I performed a rotation every 7.5 minutes. A pleasure for the eye, and the milestone of exceptional expertise.

That year, Omega actually imagined twelve “30 I” tourbillon movements, only 30 mm in diameter. Between 1947 and 1952, the twelve calibers participated in several tests for these competitions.

And the house wasted no time in winning its bet. Omega indeed obtained the best results ever recorded by a wristwatch. Highly precise, thanks to its tourbillon escapement with Guillaume balance, the first tourbillon wristwatch revolutionizes the world of watchmaking, forever. Omega has just responded once again to the primary ambition of its founder. That of making the most precise watches in the world.

Clean and simple to look at, this 1947 prototype watch simply says ‘Omega tourbillon’ – seeing the tourbillon is enough to fascinate its wearer.

In 1950, Omega also won the best score ever obtained so far in Geneva in the wristwatch category. With unparalleled precision, Omega watches were making history.

Pieces of history that remain in the prototype state. Real collector’s items that are snapped up during everyday sales events. At the Phillips sale in Geneva in November 201, a unique prototype of a 1947 tourbillon wristwatch was auctioned off after 19 minutes of auction. For 1,222,247 euros, the most expensive Omega watch in history.

The Omega Tourbillon Watch from 1994

1994 –  Omega perfected its craft and presented the first modern tourbillon movement. Called ‘Omega 1170 caliber’, the tourbillon is positioned in the center of the watch dial. Better still, it’s an automatic tourbillon! The seconds trotting through the tourbillon are placed in the center, while the minute and hour hands are applied directly to sapphire crystals.

A technical and aesthetic wonder that recalls all the audacity of Omega expertise.

Besides, the Omega tourbillon timepieces are always about masterful craftsmanship. The Omega tourbillon department is only working to push the limits of watchmaking manufacturing a little more. With beauty and profession in mind.

1997 also marks a development on the tourbillon movement. It became the caliber 2600A. Again for the first time, the automatic winding system is now part of the movement itself.

Between 1994 and 2010, Omega produced almost seven variations of the tourbillon movement. A complication showing the expertise of the house in the miniaturization of this system invented in 1801.

The Co-Axial Escapement, Icon of Omega Expertise

It was in 1999 that the Omega house resumed the invention of the brilliant George Daniels. Co-axial exhaust.

He notes: “The Co-Axial escapement is in fact revolutionary and radical. It solves a question that has preoccupied watchmakers for 500 years: the problem of lubrication. Mechanical watches have a long history. Improving them presents challenges that centuries of master watchmakers have attempted to meet. The problems of the viscosity of lubrication and the need for lubrication caused by sliding friction have been studied by watchmakers for centuries and they were not resolved until the appearance of the Co-Axial escapement. “

The Co-Axial is based on the energy provided by the exhaust, which transmits the force generated by tangential movements of its components. An impulse is then transmitted clockwise directly from the tooth of the escape wheel to the plate. Balance is achieved when the impulse is delivered to the platform via the anchor, counterclockwise. The escape wheel is then at rest, while the pendulum perpetuates its oscillations freely. Without disturbance.

In 2010, Omega presented at Baselworld a Skeleton Tourbillon Central Co-Axial Platinum watch. Exceptional, it highlights all the poetry of this Co-Axial movement.

“The result is spectacular. They seem to float freely above the movement” specified the house. And the know-how itself is spectacular.

The watchmakers of the house have purified the superfluous matter of the tourbillon bridges. Each tourbillon is the result of the perfect mastery of a single watchmaker,  who has spent up to 540 hours on the making of this Squelette Tourbillon Central Co-Axial Platinum watch!

Ten years later, in 2020, here is the new wonder born from Omega’s workshops and extraordinary know-how. The De Ville Tourbillon Edition Numbered watch . An even more fascinating vision of the complication invented by Bréguet, almost 220 years ago!

The Hublot Logo, Seal The Fusion

Hublot is a master in the art of fusion – or when the use of new materials leads to innovation in watchmaking art.

Hublot Watches Mergers

From 1980 and its foundation by Carlo Crocco, the Hublot house stood out in the fusion of innovative and unexpected materials. First there is his mantra, ‘the art of fusion’ first expressed in a watch where the use of natural rubber for his bracelets mixed with that of gold. The association of rare materials; daring for the time!

Next comes the Hublot brand and seal. We recognize a Hublot watch in that it very often combines amazing mechanisms, innovative materials and new techniques. It is then recognized by this seal, affixed discreetly. An H in motion, like a constantly evolving know-how. The features common to all these watches – a screw dial that appeared in 1980, and buttons stamped with the H logo.

In terms of materials, we mixed gold and ceramic, tantalum and rubber, Kevlar and pink gold without gene. 2007 marked a turning point in this area. Materials almost non-existent in watchmaking are emerging under the leadership of the house of Hublot – platinum and nomex, carbon fiber and zirconium, magnesium, cermet or Hublonium, an alloy of aluminum and magnesium.

The Hublot Icons: A Constant Reinvention

Among the watches that have made the Hublot reputation, there are icons constantly reinvented. The Big Bang, a cult watch, was created in 2005. The diameter has varied (38, 41, 44 or 48 millimeters), the look has changed, but still has the natural rubber strap.

Because the Hublot house likes to celebrate its favorite universes, from football to contemporary art via F1, many Big Bangs have come to take on their features and colors.

Version Jose Mourinho or Calaveras. Sport is also in the spotlight in the Big Bang Alps or in collaboration with the house of Ferrari for the Big Bang Unico Ferrari in 2016.

Another Hublot icon, the Classic Fusion is also reinventing itself at will. With the Richard Orlinski version, that for Juventus, and more recently with the Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League. Objects of desire, innovation in addition!

The Big Bang E By Hublot, A Connected Icon

The most iconic watch in the Hublot repertoire breaks down a new frontier with the Big Bang E. A brand new version of the icon, this time changed into a connected watch.

Hublot, The Fusion Between Digital And Traditional Materials

As we know, Hublot carries “the art of fusion” at the heart of his creation. It is in the very logo of the house that one can read all the ambition carried, since 1980, by Carlo Crocco, founder of Hublot.

Thus, the icons in the Hublot repertoire are constantly reinventing themselves through the prism of technological or aesthetic advances. Among them, the Big Bang watch – imagined in 2005.

The New Big Bang E

The UEFA reference watch is adorned with a new concept making the Big Bang E a connected watch. Digital, certainly, but a watch steeped in character and Hublot aesthetics.

The CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe, explained as follows: “We want to create a new market with a luxury smartwatch aimed at customers fond of technology, but looking for a connected watch that stands out for the quality of the external components (which are exactly the same as the mechanical Big Bang), a recognizable design (that of our icon, the Big Bang), as well as its rarity.”

And it is true that the new Big Bang E is once again revolutionizing the watchmaking sector. Ceramic or titanium case, rubber strap, Google’s Wear OS operating system… “The art of fusion” Hublot therefore operates around this watch cut between digital technologies and traditional materials.

Functions of the Hublot Big Bang E

Because where we can easily distinguish all the codes of the Big Bang, the new Big Bang E Hublot surprises with functions previously unseen!

Besides the traditional time and date functions, the Big Bang E has a GMT dial function. Coupled with a representation of the Earth, benefiting from an extraordinary 3D effect!

Ricardo Guadalupe further explains: “We have also developed a digital precision perpetual calendar dial, that is impossible to create mechanically. You can see the moon exactly as you can see it in the sky. We also decided to involve our #Hublotlovesart ambassadors, with a first series of eight dials from the imagination of artist Marc Ferrero. During the day, every three hours, the dial changes color, allowing you to see the eight creations scroll in 24 hours. The watch therefore punctuates the day when you wear it.”

The glass of the iconic Big Bang dial is covered this time with a touch screen – inside, the  Qualcomm  Snapdragon wear processor allows the Big Bang E to accommodate the functions of an ePop chip. Either 1 GB of Ram and 8 GB of storage space.

Enough to multiply the already exponential desirability of such an icon of watchmaking, inspired by a ship porthole … The Big Bang is indeed reinventing itself very quickly, as its design lends itself so cheerfully!

The Two New Blancpain Watches

Blancpain’s Villeret collection is completed with two new watches – an interpretation of the Villeret Ultraplate and Villeret Quantième Complete models.

The New Blancpain Villeret Watches

Imagined in the early 80s, the Villeret collection by Blancpain displayed all its elegance around a double apple case with a fine silhouette, a sober dial, applied hour-markers shaped in gold, as well as hands in the shape of sage leaves.

Characterized by clean lines and pure elegance, timeless, the Villeret collection was completed this year with two watches!

The Villeret Ultraplate

The 38mm Villeret Ultraplate calendar watch carries the key codes of the collection… In its white or opaline charm, resulting from its cut in steel or red gold, the Villeret Ultraplate watch is luminous.

It must be said that the 28 gold appliques patiently arranged and fixed by hand to form the indexes in Roman numerals contribute greatly to this.

Stitched with needles in the shape of hollowed-out sage leaves, the indication of the hours and minutes is completed by a fine hand adorned with the initials of the founder of the house, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. An easy but noble watch which, in its simplicity, creates a certain serenity at the sight of the dial.

The Villeret Ultraplate, however, reveals the beauty of its movement, rich in structures and contrasts on the back of its sapphire crystal back. The Blancpain 1150 caliber, beaded and decorated with the traditional Côtes de Genève.

What transcribes to finesse and purity, the march of time.

The Villeret Complete Calendar

The other Blancpain novelty is this new interpretation of the Complete Calendar.

Icon of the Villeret collection, this 38mm MoonPhase Complete Calendar combines legendary watchmaking complications with house codes. And this, since the complication which reproduces the cycles of the star was brought back to the fore by Blancpain, in 1983.

The full calendar is one of Blancpain’s flagship complications. A success that comes first from its usefulness, but also from its beauty!

Thin openings allow the day of the week and the month to be displayed. For the date indication, Blancpain most often uses a serpentine blue steel needle.

A shape that echoes the watchmaking tradition of the 18th century, which wanted secondary information from a watch to be given by a needle of characteristic shape.

The new Villeret Quantième Complet thus introduces a dial which features slender, subtly reworked indexes and needles in the shape of hollowed-out sage leaves.

The moon phase was also redesigned. The idea is still the same: to achieve a clear reading, and the stylistic purity of watches signed Blancpain.

Again, the wide sapphire crystal of the Villeret Quantième Complet reveals the exceptional finishes of the automatic caliber 6763. Entirely designed and produced by the house, this movement has a power reserve of four days and houses a silicon balance spring aesthetic watch, available in steel with a white dial and in red gold with an opaline dial.

Two Blancpain novelties, to discover now.

The New Hermès Arceau Skeleton Watch

An even more poetic vision of the Arceau icon, all in transparency.

The Watch to See and Have

In 1978 when Henri d’Origny imagined for Hermès a watch in the image of the house, he brought into his repertoire a piece that played happily between fantasy and classicism.

With this typography of figures inspired by the fascinating movement of a galloping horse, Henri d’Origny composed an axis of time very different from what was done then. This time in 2020, the Arc is a little more enigmatic.

The new Skeleton Arch offers all the complexity of mechanical architecture. The roundness of a 25.6 mm steel case, open on a smoked sapphire dial.

Here is the deep black detaching the mechanics of time. Stitched with a beaded timer and silver numbers, the transparency of the center reveals the skeleton movement. A wonder made even more mesmerizing by the figures in levitation.

An aerial display that makes it one of the most poetic watches of the beginning of 2020 – the Arceau Skeleton is the ideal watch to see and have. All stamped with the ultimate luxury from Hermès.

The Hermès Arceau Watch: A History of Time

At Hermès, time is not a measure but an emotion – a poetic vision that can be found in the iconic Arceau watch. An elegant watch inspired by galloping horses.

A Ladies’ Watch, Poetic And Elegant

When in 1978 Henri d’Origny imagined a watch marked by rigor and style for the Hermès house, he imagined a playful and refined watch. Playful because the Arceau watch has fun with the paradox between fantasy and classicism.

Henri d’Origny inserted a typography of figures inspired by the so fascinating movement of a galloping horse. The Arceau watch was thus born from the originality which pushed Hermès to play with established codes to live its own time.

It must be said that Hermès has been working for a long time to magnify all everyday objects. Thanks to their demanding, practical and functional know-how, Hermès artisans can afford all their fantasies – and in a watch so sublime, they hold pure poetry.

If you had to own one watch, it would be the Arceau

In reality, time, at Hermès, is also an object. Rather than measuring it or trying to control it, the house imposes its singularity by anchoring itself precisely in another time. At Hermès, time is intended to arouse emotions.

In blue lacquered or poured in a hazelnut tone, the Arceau family added in 2017 a large format model; 40mm in diameter.

At the heart of these jewels beats the caliber of Manufacture Hermès H1837. A mechanism once again orchestrated not to try to tame time, but to infuse the cadence at every moment.

Here, it frees itself from constraints, lines and gains in style. Dressed in an abyss blue alligator leather strap or mat tow, time travels its own way – in the footsteps of the skillful gestures of the craftsmen of the house .

The Arceau watch does not seek to master all the codes, it invents new ones. Precisely, in 2020, the Arceau watch exposes the codes of watchmaking between light and shade. Simply an icon of Hermès stamp!