Archive for: May, 2012

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Goes for HK$375,000 at Auction

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Goes for HK$375,000 at Auction

Bonhams’ May 26 auction in Hong Kong saw a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ model go for HK$375,000. The timepiece, a true collector’s item, dates back to 1964 and is complete with square markers on the subsidiary dials. The ‘Paul Newman’ moniker began in 1969 when the namesake actor wore the Daytona in his film Winning, and it became a staple on his wrist thereafter. For this reason the Daytona, still manufactured by Rolex and well regarded amongst timepiece lovers, is most sought after in its vintage form. Bonhams’ London watch auction, to be held on June 13, will feature READ MORE

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye: Beauty Meets Technology

How bejeweled can a woman’s wrist be? Girard-Perregaux not only answers this, but exemplifies it through the Cat’s Eye, haute jewelry for the illustrious lady who looks at time beyond a golden opportunity. Time is not gold, it’s diamond. The dial is dotted with 102 emerald-cut diamonds, roughly 6.6 carats, in a “Clous de Paris” hobnail motif. All the more regal with the fact that the diamond cutter must incise and calibrate each stone painstakingly to deliver the most accurate positioning of the stones. The flower image not being symmetrical and the stones not identical in shape make the craftsmanship READ MORE

Breitling Commemorates Aurora 7 Flight with Limited Edition Navitimer Cosmonaute

Fifty years ago, US astronaut Scott Carpenter led a voyage into space on board the Aurora 7. On this golden year, luxury Swiss watchmaker Breitling honors the monumental flight with the Limited Edition Navitimer Cosmonaute. The historical date was May 24, 1962, when a Breitling Navitimer chronograph became the first of its kind to embark on a space conquest via the Aurora 7, which orbited the earth thrice. “In 1962, I saw Australian pilots wearing a Breitling Navitimer, which had a unique feature at the time – a circular slide rule – a tool used often in flight for navigation READ MORE

MB&F M.A.D. Gallery Showcases Machine Lights by Frank Buchwald

MB&F M.A.D. Gallery Showcases Machine Lights by Frank Buchwald

A glance at Frank Buchwald’s Machine Lights shows a dozen mechanical lamps. A second look reveals a dynamic aspect reminiscent of science fiction elements. A third look discredits the previous and ends in an astounded remark: it’s art. The Maximilian Büsser & Friends (MB&F) Mechanical Art Devices (M.A.D.) Gallery hosts this set of lamps scrupulously crafted by the German sculptor. Each piece, conveniently named Type 1 to Type 12, is avant-garde metalwork meticulously fashioned and polished to supremacy by untiring hands. These hands would not even submit to the computer for digital designing, as is the forward trend. As such, Buchwald creates READ MORE

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