The Swiss watchmaker Blancpain has recently revealed a model that combines an in-house automatic movement and classic shape of the body with decisively high-tech bezel and case-back crafted from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber material. Most often used in aerospace industry, as well as in the world of motor sports and other fields where power to weight ratio is of extreme importance, it has recently attracted attention of major brands specialized in manufacturing of luxury timepieces. Finally, Blancpain joins the revolution. Meet the new Blancpain L-Evolution Chronographe Flyback a Rattrapante Grande Date chronograph wrist watch!
Presented both in understated white gold (refs. 49525D53A1B1-BK6A & 49525D53A1B1-53A) and flashy rose gold (refs. 49525D52A1B1-BK6A & 49525D52A1B1-52A) versions, the 2012 Girard-Perregaux 1966 Jewellery collection brings you a nice mix of an ultra-slim body, an in-house self-winding movement, as well as almost eight hundred diamonds adorning its dial and the bezel.
The young Swiss watchmaking brand Blacksand Geneve has been around for only two years, but it has already managed not only to create an easily recognizable identity for its timepieces but also to build its own production facility that allows it to churn out Manufacture-grade in-house movements. Among the first models that will receive the new CAL 2002 hand-wound caliber is the new Blacksand Stratographe chronograph. Featuring a so-called “monopusher” design, the wristwatch uses just a single push-piece in its crown to operate all chronograph functions from “start” to “stop” to the inevitable “reset.”
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.
Besides the gorgeous (and unique, too) Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon (Ref. G0A36545,) the Swiss watchmaking House has also presented another dragon-themed product. Presented in a shape of a so-called “fob watch” (or, more plainly, a “pocket watch” although I highly doubt that the piece is supposed to travel it in your pockets,) the hand-wound Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon (Ref. G0A36563) is equipped with what is claimed to be the world’s slimmest tourbillon movement.
The French fashion and jewelry brand has finally updated its Timeless line with a new, larger-than-life version. Sporting an impressively massive oval case 50 mm x 35 mm in dimensions and a hand-engraved dial with its deep blue color, the Van Cleef & Arpels Timeless XL (ref. VCARN9VB00) may not look as entertaining as their other collections featuring retrograde indicators and thoroughly executed “romantic” scenes, but it still leaves a strong impression on an unsuspecting mind.
The American fashion brand that was established by an immigrant of Belarusian origin has just presented their new hand-wound Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Square designed for ladies. Offered in an ultra-thin case that is currently available not only in flashy 18-karat rose gold, but also in a lot more inconspicuous white gold alloy, the new timekeeper is deceptively simple and absolutely fabulous.
First revealed in Paris, France at the Belles Montres Watch Show back in December 2011, the Hublot The Baby Million Big Bang 44m Haute Joaillerie Chronograph (Ref. 301.WX.1170.WX.9804) is the tour de force of the high-jewelry subdivision of the Swiss-based brand. It is not just an ultra-luxury toy for the one-percenters: it is a perfectly manufactured timekeeper, which is powered by a bullet-proof (although mass-produced) mechanism, and set with more than eight hundred diamonds of different cut! That doesn’t mean that I like it.
The new Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Minute Repeater is a thoroughly executed tribute to the early XIX century Perrin Freres pocket watch that the Swiss brand recently restored for the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation (EMSF.) The pocket watch in question could be just another 200-year-old artifact, if not its peculiar face.
The American jeweler and luxury watchmaker has recently updated its high-jewelry collection with the new Harry Winston Avenue C Large (Ref. 335/UQWW.DB/BD/BD). Although the brand is capable of producing the most complicated mechanical watches (and the gorgeous Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon No. 2 Limited Edition that was presented in January at the SIHH 2011 industry fair is a living proof of that,) when it comes to jewelry timepieces, HW doesn’t shrink from equipping them with the simplest (but still bearing the proud “Swiss Made” inscription on them) quartz movements.