The 2011 Breguet Classique 7787 Moon Phases collection is finally available in four versions with two sizes of the case and two finishes of the dial. All of them are offered strictly in 18-karat gold alloys of rose and white variety.
The hand-wound Badollet La Stellaire uses ultra-expensive materials, including those that came from outer space. Well, technically all molecules that comprise our bodies and objects around us came from outer space. They were bred inside old stars and then dispersed throughout the Universe as exploding supernovae were spitting their own guts only to be used to form new star systems (or something like that.) Some of those elements failed to become parts of new planets and kept traveling across the galaxy only to smash into Earth at some point in time in a form of a fairly expensive metal meteorite.
The Swiss brand has issued a “king of bling” member of its C1 Chronograph collection. Although being animated by an average self-winding caliber (some connoisseurs may find the choice of movement disappointing, but I would say that it is adequate since the mechanical part is not the main focus here,) the automatic Concord C1 Chronograph Amethyst (ref. 0320100) is adorned with 217 amethysts totaling stunning (and quite taxing on your bank account) 13.8 carats.
At the Baselworld 2011 international trade show, Chopard has officially reintroduced its gorgeous tonneau-shaped chronometer as a 2011 L.U.C. XP Tonneau (Ref. 162294-1001). Coming in a deliciously compact case crafted from white gold, the timekeeper features an impressive combination of good design with a state of the art mechanical caliber that is claimed to be crafted solely in-house.
Girard-Perregaux, one of the oldest Swiss-based watchmaking brands (and also one of the few that are still capable of making their own movements) will soon start selling the new member of the 1966 family: the gorgeous Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar (refs. 49535-53-152-53A & 49535-53-651-BK6A), which is now presented in an 18-karat white gold case. But don’t worry, although the new case looks more discreet, it is still more expensive than the version in palladium that was released back in 2010.
The Andersen Rodinia World Time GMT pays homage to the long-gone Rodinia (misspelled word “Rodina”: “Motherland” in Russian,) a supercontinent that existed between 1100 and 750 million years ago, was torn apart by tectonic forces and later reassembled as the Pangaea. Although I can’t see any obvious design ideas that serve as links between the wristwatch and the long lost continent, I must admit that the timekeeper looks quite interesting for an average “world-timer.”
The German team has earned a reputation of a “go-to” establishment when you want to get something absolutely outstanding out of an ancient pocket watch that you inherited from your great-granddad and have a healthy pile of cash in your wallet. Yet sometimes they do more, um, affordable timekeepers that only cost like ahem a normal Breguet three-hander. For this year, for example, the company is going to present three new high-end watches that are based on a vintage Unitas caliber: an Egypt mythology-inspired Pharos, a stately Polaris, and an aggressively skeletonized Grieb & Benzinger Blossom, which is the most beautiful among them.
Established by a master-watchmaker Martin Braun, the young brand Antoine Martin is going to officially present its first manufacture-made Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 model that sports brilliantly designed Big Date and Perpetual Calendar complications.
At the Baselworld 2011 show, the young master-watchmaker Stefan Kudoke has presented his extensively skeletonized Kudoke KudOktopus model. Featuring a vintage movement that was elaborately cut to resemble a giant octopus, the timepiece would probably easily compete even with made-to-order timepieces from Grieb & Benzinger… if only it was equipped with a higher-grade caliber.
The delicate Bovet Amadeo Fleurier -a collection of “convertibles” that can serve as pendants, or table clocks, or simply be worn on a wrist depending on your mood of the day- was first revealed a year ago as a “concept.” Apparently, the collection was welcomed by target groups. Anyway, it was almost inevitable that the Swiss brand would present the production version as a special edition model for St. Valentine’s day.