Highlighted as one of Haute Time’s Watch of the Day, selected by Carmelo Anthony, the Royal Oak Chronograph 41 MM by Audemars Puguet features an 18K pink gold case which houses a self-winding Calibre 2385 movement with chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds at the six o’clock position on the dial and date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock. The impressive black dial has a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern with pink gold applied hour markers and signature Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. Shown here on a black hand-stitched large square scale, crocodile strap with a matching 18K pink gold AP folding clasp, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 MM is water-resistant to 50 meters and a great pick for every occasion!
Breguet’s Hora Mundi World Time Watch is a thing of both brains and beauty — the gorgeous lacquered dial comes in three possible variations, showing either the Americas, Europe and Africa, or Asia and the Oceania; and it incorporates a new world time complication that lets the user go instantly from home time to any pre-set local time at the push of a button. Using the combination crown and push piece at 8:00, the owner sets the second time zone, and once the second time zone is set, a simple push of the crown automatically changes the time display to the second time zone — coordinating the date, city indicator, and day/night indicator at the same time as well. The easy one-button system for changing time zones is as elegant as it is ingenious, and ought to take the sting out of jet lag for even the most world-weary globetrotter.
Haute jeweller and timepiece producer Cartier has recently announced the release of four new limited edition Crash models, a line with a significant history. First introduced in 1967 by Cartier London, many chronograph aficionados are under the impressions that the inspiration for the Cartier Crash came from the world of surreal art, namely Salvador Dali’s famous melting watches from his 1931 masterpiece The Persistence of Memory. However, the real story is surprisingly more interesting. A vice president of Cartier London was involved in a fiery automobile collision; the watch he happened to be wearing, a Cartier Bagnoire Allongee, melted in a shape resembling the famous Dali melted watches. Jean-Jacques Cartier, who was the head of Cartier London, found the shape to be inspiring and ended up reproducing it, thus creating the Crash line. The Crash watch was re-issued in 1991 and 1993, and is now considered one of the most desired collector’s pieces. The new versions for 2013 are designed especially for women. The watches are adorned with bracelets consisting of tear-drop shaped white or pink gold; more elaborate versions of the bracelet can are adorned with diamonds totalling 4.27 carats. The watch dial measures 38.45mm X 25.5mm in diameter, and features a solid case-back with a vintage-type mineral crystal which is above the dial. The simpler version of the watch contains 150 diamonds, while the more elaborate version contains 427 brilliant-cut gems. The watches have manually wound movements; 267 of the simpler versions will be available while only 67 pieces will feature the gem-set bracelets.
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