Archive for: July, 2015

Mechanical Mascot: Cartier Rotonde Grande Complication Skeleton Watch

Mechanical Mascot: Cartier Rotonde Grande Complication Skeleton Watch

A watch unlike the vast majority of Cartier timepieces out there, limited to just 30 pieces, this just might be Cartier’s most expensive (non-precious stone laden) watch ever. The Rotonde Grande Complication Skeleton is a unique beast — a fighter in Cartier’s ongoing battle to proclaim itself as a serious watch maker. A battle that Cartier is quickly winning with a slew of complex and beautiful mechanical timepieces that it has been releasing over the last several years. Cartier watches have a popularity that stem from design. Like a reliable pair of old gloves, “fans of class” know they can READ MORE

Song Bang: Hublot Big Bang Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Song Bang: Hublot Big Bang Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Hublot has a secret weapon located in its manufacture. The weapon’s name is the Confrérie Horlogère Hublot, led by Mathias Buttet (founder of now defunct complex watch movement maker BNB Concept). Mathias started the Confrérie Horlogère at BNB Concept, an idea that Hublot has wisely chosen to continue. The Confrérie Horlogère is like a free think tank of incredible movement and watch ideas, giving talented watch makers the ability to execute wild concepts that would never make sense for mass production. Buttet’s workshop is separate from the main Hublot manufacture and feels more like a lab. Here his team experiments READ MORE

Peek-a-Moon: Jaquet Droz Eclipse Watch

Peek-a-Moon: Jaquet Droz Eclipse Watch

The odd member of the so called “prestige brands” of high-end luxury watch makers under the Swatch Group umbrella has always been Jaquet Droz. The brand’s history is linked to a man (Pierre Jaquet Droz) who created moving dolls in the 18th century called “automat.” These were machines existing somewhere between puppets and robots. These mechanical dolls used primitive ‘programming’ (thematically similar to that of mechanical music boxes) to perform preset animations that wowed the wealthy elite of the time. Even by today’s standards those historic automata Jaquet Droz creations are considered highly sophisticated. Why did Pierre Jaquet Droz create READ MORE

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