F.P. Journe, one of the most refined and innovating Swiss manufactures, has recently presented its new Octa UTC Automatic model that allows you to set secondary time by simply choosing one of 24 geographical zones.
This new Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 2 maybe not as expensive as a Bugatti Veyron, but it surely costs more than a Rolls-Royce. Designed for the sort of customers who usually don’t look too closely at price tags when it comes to particularly exclusive toys, this ultra-limited edition hand-wound timekeeper’s purpose is not to tell time (although the team of engineers behind this gorgeous contraption went to great lengths in order to assure the gadget’s superior ability to keep good time) or to put on display a tiny speck of enormous wealth of its owner. It is a sort of a showcase of the young brand’s technical prowess when it comes to ultra-complicated mechanisms and their ability to make them by the dozens.
A. Lange & Sohne keeps on monetizing its initial (and, something tells me, rather surprising even for the company’s top management) overwhelming success with the revolutionary design (and also gorgeous in terms of exterior and interior finish) Zeitwerk “digital” hand-wound watch. Featuring the same time representation mechanism, the new Zeitwerk Striking Time was just revealed at the SIHH 2011 industry event. The new iteration of the Zeitwerk adds a mesmerizing chiming mechanism to the original jumping hours and minutes complication.
Officially revealed earlier this month (the brand will possibly show off the new model at SIHH 2011 event, but don’t quote me on that), this new De Bethune DB28 features a combination of a brilliantly designed mechanism with an absolutely outrageous exterior finish. However, outrageous in a good way: compared to many wristwatches that were offered during the last couple of years by many other ‘inspiring’ and ‘ambitious’ brands, the DB28 looks like a hand-made Bugatti Veyron near a bunch of mass-produced sports cars dressed in plastic wide-body kits.
Putting a lot of effort of upping their game in the segment of ultra-luxury time measuring –ahem– instruments, the legendary maker of expensive fountain pens will soon introduce their new limited-edition, hand-wound Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition (refs. 106486, 106484 and 106485) collection.
During the SIHH 2011 international trade show, A. Lange & Söhne has officially revealed the new member of the highly exclusive Pour le Merite series: the dressy Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Merite (refs. 760.032 & 760.025). Trying to keep the size of the piece as close as it was technically possible to the niche’s unofficial “golden standard” of 39 millimeters, the brand from Glashutte has equipped the new version of the Richard Lange Tourbillon family with a razor-thin bezel thus managing to keep the diameter of its body below 42 millimeters and giving its solid silver dial an airy, easy-to-breathe feel that was nicely supported by a rather unusual tourbillon bridge.
The German customizers are at it again! Right after the introduction of their bespoke hand-crafted Grieb & Benzinger Blue Wave 18-karat rose gold mono-pusher chronograph, they now offer another unique timepiece for another well-paying customer: the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Sensation regulator chronograph. Based on an antique Patek Philippe hand-wound movement that was originally built more than 120 years ago for Tiffany & Co, an American jewelry and silverware company founded in 1837, the unique timekeeper features the German brand’s signature heavily skeletonized movement and open-worked dial. And it is also meticulously engraved on just about any surface where a skilled hand of an artisan was capable of leaving even a single dent in precious metal.
The skeletonized IWC Portuguese F.A Jones Squelette (Ref. 544205 and Ref. 544206) collection is equipped with a rare Caliber 98910 hand-wound movement. Based on a vintage pocket watch caliber developed almost 135 years ago, it features a larger balance wheel and thick, massive bridges that allowed IWC’s artisans some extra space to play with while skeletonizing this little monster. Available both in red gold and in a lot more expensive (while defiantly understated) platinum, this skeletonized version of their Portuguese Hand-Wound family comes in an oversized body. While not treating you with a particularly legible display, the device offers the most exciting skeletonization job that you can expect from a (relatively) mass-produced model.
Vacheron Constantin has issued an ultra-limited edition of its super-slim Patrimony Contemporaine (ref. 81180) model devoted to the Latin American Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Presented in a finely-crafted rose gold (or even platinum) case 40 millimeters in diameter and also slim at less than 7 millimeters, the timepiece looks like one of the best options that are currently available for those searching for a dress watch, which is as elegant and understated as it is expensive.
In February 2010, Omega has presented the limited-edition DeVille Skeletonized Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum (ref. 5184.108.40.206.99.001) with a “central tourbillon” complication. Delivered in a deliciously compact platinum case, it features an unusual way of displaying time: instead of the usual “physical” hour and minute hands, it has a pair of rotating sapphire disks!