With its Comtesse (refs. AL-525APWD3CD3B and AL-525APW3CD6B) series,Alpina targets a wide array of customers, both in terms of exterior styling and price. While some may find this “one for everyone” concept too undiscriminating, the logic behind it is undeniable. After all, Alpina is here for the money and there seems to be nothing more cost-effective than offering a model that, as generic as it is, allows the brand to make so many nice variations without investing too much money designing the new collection.
Blancpain has a long tradition of offering limited editions of their models for St. Valentine’s Day. The year 2014 is not an exception. Their automatic Blancpain Saint Valentin 2014 (Ref. 6604-4654-55B) is designed for ladies who have a good taste when it comes to luxury items and is based on their previous Saint-Valentin 2013 Limited Edition model. The difference here is that it features a more sober design to its dial and a bit more modest level of decoration for the stainless steel body and the automatic movement that powers it.
The new version of the elegant Ebel X-1 (ref. 1216156) comes in the same glossy black ceramic body as previous iterations, but now features whole 71 diamonds adorning its bezel, the setting crown and, of course, the signature galvanic black dial. Almost twice as expensive as the version that is not decorated with precious stones, the new X1 is worth every extra penny that the Swiss-based brand asks for it.
It is still almost five weeks till the next St. Valentine’s Day, yet the Swiss-based luxury watchmaker has already prepared a new, limited edition Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 (ref. 3400-4554-58b St Valentin). Executed in a relatively inexpensive stainless steel body, the watch features a nicely crafted dial, a number of beautifully executed ceramic elements, as well as an ultra-thin automatic movement.
The 2011 Frederique Constant Amour Heart Beat with its signature heart-shaped dial cutout has been reissued for this year as a limited edition series. Now called Frederique Constant Amour Pavee Heart Beat (refs. FC-310SQPV2PD6 and FC-310SQPV2PD4), the collection features more than a hundred of diamonds adorning its bezel and the mother-of-pearl dial.
Unveiled during the Baselworld 2012 trade show, the hand-wound Cartier Tank Folle (ref. WJ306017) is a reincarnation of the (almost) legendary Cartier Crash from the late 1960s. Clearly influenced by Salvador Dali’s “liquid” clocks, the original watch was a morbid homage to one of Cartier of London senior managers who died (actually, was incinerated alive) in a car crash. His wristwatch was deformed by fire to a degree of melting and some other member of staff happened to be crazy enough to take the destroyed timekeeper as a source of inspiration. Now, eat your heart out, Stephen King.
It took the Swiss watchmaker almost a year to present a refreshed version of its breathtaking (pardon the cliche, but I mean it) Ladymatic DeVille. Now sold as Omega Ladymatic DeVille ref. 4126.96.36.199.63.001, the timekeeper offers an even more balanced mix of colors and textures with its perfectly executed dial, brushed and polished case, and an in-house self-winding movement of the high-grade sort that is woefully rare to find in timepieces designed for ladies.
Mostly known for their experiments with so-called “new old stock” versions of historic mechanisms, Armand Nicolet has recently presented a whole new collection of compact wristwatches designed for ladies. Called Collection LL9, the line is currently available in five variations featuring different combinations of materials, textures, and colors. Yet, it is the beautiful LL9 ref. 9653A-AN-P953BC8 that seems to feature the most balanced, aesthetically pleasing exterior.
Next month, Frederique Constant will present its new Amour Heart Beat line that was designed by the Chinese actress Shu Qi. If the name sounds familiar, it is alright: the young actress is known for her roles in Luc Besson’s blockbuster ‘The Transporter’ and in the sequel to the horror movie ‘The Eye.’
Fighting for the market share, the watchmaker and jeweler Piaget has employed a new tactic. The brand has introduced a collection that, while sporting the same exterior styling and being powered by the same cal. 430P movement, will differ in sizes and is going to be offered in pairs: a larger for Him and a smaller for Her. Or vice-versa: you never know these days. Now, prepare to meet the new hand-wound Piaget Altiplano 38 mm (ref. G0A36129) & 34 mm (ref. G0A36128) with full pavé dials!