This Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Platinum Orange Ceramic (ref. 188.8.131.52.99.001) looks like an extremely expensive crossover between their flashy Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph that the brand has introduced almost three years ago and a tad fresher Co-Axial GMT model. From the latter, it gets basic design and the Cal. 8615 automatic movement, and the former supplied this beautiful artifact with its ostentatious orange-and-polished-metal color scheme. The expensive part is delivered courtesy of mirror-polished and sand-blasted platinum, lots of it.
Based on their limited edition F.P. Journe Special 30th Anniversary Tourbillon that was released in October 2013, the 2014 F.P. Journe 10th Anniversary Tourbillon was produced to celebrate two landmark events in its short biography: the 10th anniversary of their first boutique in Tokyo, Japan and the opening of the tenth F.P. Journe boutique in Beirut, Lebanon. Predictably, the timekeeper’s total production was limited to just ten pieces, with only one of them going to each of their shops around the world.
Sporting a layout of its dial that looks almost like a crossover between their earlier 2013 Radiomir 1940 Chrono Monopulsante and the 2010 Radiomir Mare Nostrum models, the 2014 Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph PAM 518 offers an even more balanced combination of modern technology and vintage design.
Here is a nice update from Chopard. Re-established back in 1963 when it was sold to a goldsmith Karl Scheufele III, the company rose to its former glory like a ballistic rocket. A pair of limited edition Chopard L.U.C 1963 50th Anniversary Chronometers (refs. 161963-5001 and 161963-9001) marks the semi-centenary of the luxury brand.
A. Lange & Sohne, an elite German watchmaker as well as a jewel in the crown of the Richemont Group (just for context, their portfolio also includes such gems as IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Panerai,) has recently launched its new masterpiece. The A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase (Ref. 139.032) features a familiar design of its face with lots of off-centered sub-dials and the signature big date indicator, which is now powered by a new version of their gorgeous Caliber L095 hand-wound movement.
Offered at almost $380,000 and crafted from expensive Platinum 950 alloy, the 2013 Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon (Ref. 89000/000P-9843) with its modest styling and compact size is a quintessence of inconspicuous consumption. With its moderately oversized case and a time-proven, bullet-proof reliable mechanism, it is a trinket for the kind of people who would prefer a vintage Rolls-Royce to a brand new Koenigsegg.
Created by Eric Giroud, a famous industrial designer who is responsible for many award-winning masterpieces produced by such brands as Harry Winston and MB&F, the new ultra-expensive Badollet Ivresse looks deceptively simple. However, inside its elegant platinum case hides a complex hand-wound movement with flying tourbillon escapement, which is only visible through an ∞-shaped cutout on the back of the sensually curved body.
Right after the stunning Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin AMVOX7 Chronograph (Ref. 194T470) that was announced just last week, Audemars Piguet presents a motorsports-themed chronograph of its own. Although significantly (some might even say – outrageously) more expensive than the timekeeper offered by JLC, the new Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher (Ref. 26568PM.OO.A021CA.01) somewhat lacks in the department of elegance and looks closer in style to ultra-expensive limited editions that Hublot offers from time to time.
he Italian watchmaking giant Officine Panerai will soon start selling a number of limited edition Radiomir models based on their P.2003 automatic movement. Designed and built in-house, the movement was introduced back in 2006 and offered a nice combination of complications together with a stunning power reserve of whole 240 hours. According to the brand, the new Panerai Radiomir 10 Days GMT is going to be released in three bodies, with the version in platinum (PAM495) being the most expensive among them.
The new F.P.Journe Chronometre Optimum is powered by a unique hand-wound caliber. Crafted from 18-karat rose gold and painstakingly decorated, the movement sports a double-barrel design with a high-performance bi-axial escapement and even a natural dead beat second indicator (although you won’t see it most of the time since it is visible only through the transparent case back of the piece.)