Archive for May 2010

RD takes it Easy

May 14, 2010

Tweet: Roger Dubuis EasyDiver Collection brings sophistication to leisure

How about housing a tourbillon inside a sports watch? Roger Dubuis did it in 2004 and soon became a new benchmark. Pursuing this avant-garde path, Roger Dubuis combined noble metals with moulded rubber, which it used on the bezel and crown of its new EasyDiver collection. The EasyDiver model is distinguished by its fluted bezel with large Arabic numbers against a contrasting background and by its triple lugs, features immediately associated with the brand. The robust steel case with a 46mm diameter houses an automatic mechanical movement meeting standards to carry the Poinçon de Genève. The dial, with its black sunray background, is dominated by a large luminescent Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock, while the applied hourmarkers, which are also luminescent, frame the small seconds counter. The black flange has a white transfer minute-circle.

easy diver chrono

The magnificent column-wheel chronograph movement highlights this brand-new steel case with its black and orange moulded rubber. The dial, with its silvered sunburst background, features applique numbers at 12 and letters at 6. For added depth, it opens onto two satin-finished zones above and below the black counters. The chronograph pushers feature orange and black moulded rubber elements to complement the bezel. The rubber strap is fitted with a steel folding buckle. This exclusive model which comes in a limited series of 280 is priced at Rs 15,90k.

easy diver ladies

At the very centre of the dial’s purple background is a clou de Paris motif encircled by white mother-of-pearl. The small seconds rotates at the heart of a purple counter that is also encircled by white mother-of-pearl. A white minute circle is displayed on the flange. The steel case, set with 36 diamonds, houses a self-winding mechanical movement with a steel folding buckle and comes in a limited series of 888 is priced at Rs 7,70k.

Available at Time Avenue, Mumbai, T: +91 22 2655 2828 and Kapoor Watch Co. New Delhi, T: +91 11 4134 5678

Dior Design

May 13, 2010

Tweet: Mini D De Dior carries the poetic signature of Dior fine  jewellery

la mini d de dior

A woman who borrows the watch of a man so that she might think about him … This is how the 70’s inspired La D De Dior was born in 2003. And now comes the 19mm Mini D De Dior “Snow set” Diamonds. Its vivacious style, precious stones, noble and eternal metals together with its lacquered finishing all carry the poetic signature of Dior fine Jewellery. In the mini format 19mm with steel, yellow or pink gold set on a stain strap it wittily revisits Haute Couture’s taste for fairytale proportions. And when it paves its dial with leopard patterns in sapphires or diamonds and black lacquer, it pays tribute to Mitza Bricard Christian Dior’s own elegant muse.  Price : Rs 6,60,000

Available at Johnson’s Watch Co    A-12  South Extension, Part-I, New Delhi and Watches of Switzerland    231, Link Corner Building, Shop no.2, Linking Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai

Patek chrono nets $6mln

May 11, 2010

Tweet: Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chrono sold to a Swiss private museum

patek philippe chrono

A Swiss private museum paid nearly  $5.86 million for a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, a record for a yellow gold watch at auction, Christie’s said on Tuesday.

The price was the second highest ever for a wristwatch, it said in a statement.

The buyer’s identity was not revealed, but Christie’s said it was a private museum in Switzerland. Geneva is home to a Patek Philippe museum, which displays exceptional pieces by the independent Swiss watchmaker.

Made in 1943-44, the watch features an avant-garde case design and was a forerunner for future generations of complicated wristwatches, according to Christie’s. It was among 20 pieces belonging to a European collector who put them on the block, half at the semi-annual sales last November and the other half this week. In all, they fetched 16 million Swiss francs, making it the most expensive private collection of wristwatches ever sold, Christie’s said.

At rival Sotheby’s (BID.N) on Sunday night, a Swiss-made gold, enamel and pearl automaton shield which formerly belonged to Egypt’s King Farouk, netted 746,500 Swiss francs, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate. The piece, made for the Chinese market in the early 18th century, depicts a Swiss lake scene whose seven moving parts include a shepherdess, sheep and dog. Farouk, the last king of Egypt, sold his legendary collection in 1954, two years after being forced to abdicate, according to the auction house.

The Breguet museum in Paris, under the auspices of Swatch Group chief executive Nicolas Hayek, paid 2.3 million Swiss francs for the horological memoirs of the Swiss watchmaker A.L. Breguet last Friday, Patrizzi & Co said.

Written between 1818-1823, it now ranks among the top seven manuscripts in the world ever sold, according to the Geneva-based auction house set up by Italian Osvaldo Patrizzi.

Karun Chandhok TAG’s brand emissary

May 11, 2010

Tweet: F1 Driver Karun Chandhok TAG Heuer’s latest Brand emissary

karun chandhok with jean chritophe babin

India’s motor racing prodigy and Formula One driver, Karun Chandhok is TAG Heuer’s latest Brand Ambassador.

Chandhok will make his first official appearance as the TAG Heuer brand ambassador on May 19 in New Delhi at TAG Heuer’s 150 years anniversary celebration event.  Besides Shah Rukh Khan Chandhok is the second Indian  to become Tag Heuer’s  brand ambassasor.

Having made it to Formula One, the highest level of motor sport, by joining Hispania F1 team in 2010 at a young age of 26, Karun Chandhok epitomizes immense talent.

Speaking on the occasion, Jean-Christophe Babin, President & CEO, TAG Heuer, “It is with great pleasure that I announce Karun Chandhok joining the TAG Heuer family. He is an exceptional star and a great addition to TAG Heuer’s stupendous roster of F1 racing ambassadors like 2008 and 2009 Formula One Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna, Juan Manual Fangio, Alain Prost, to name a few.”

“In the past, I have worked closely with the brand on many occasions and now to be made Brand Ambassador in its 150th year, is a dream come true. I look forward to an exciting partnership with TAG Heuer and look forward to working with them”, said TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador Karun Chandhok.

Time Rocks!

May 10, 2010

Briefly: A strong character, combining functionality and beauty that’s what makes Carl F. Bucherer’s Carnet watches so special

alacria gothic

If you’re looking for fusion of sparkling dominance and gothic architecture, you would like CFB’s Alacria Diva Gothic. Its curved profiles set with 211 rubies and 169 diamonds FC, embodies a hint of love, power and Gothic architecture. Limited to 25 pieces globally, the watch made of 18 K white gold has an hourglass profile and stands for feminine elegance and self-assuredness. Price: Rs. 63, 27,000

alacria royal

Doing full justice to its royal name, the Alacria Royal is set with 666 selected precious stones. Limited to 25 pieces and being released in four versions, it combines the perfect art of watch making with the highest tradition in jewellery culture. Wherever the Alacria Royal appears, it attracts admiring glances. Price: Rs. 68, 33,000

manero perpetual

An exquisite “grande complication” watch with an innovative moon phase display and based on a typical Manero design, this superlative chronometer certified by the COSC combines the perpetual calendar with a novel moon phase display in a rose gold case. The balanced arrangement and distinctive three-dimensionality of the various displays make for an almost irresistibly eye-catching watch. Price: Rs. 24, 70,000

manero retrograde

A watch of exceptional elegance that couples sophistication with practicality, the Manero RetroGrade combines beauty and elegance with functionality and refinement. The revolutionary date display guarantees consistency, clarity and accuracy. Located at the “3” position the hand moves along an arc from top to bottom during the course of the month returning to it’s original position at the beginning of each new month. Experts refer to this as a retrograde display. Price: Rs. 12, 15,000

Available at Ethos Swiss Watch Studios, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Ludhiana,Chandigarh, New Delhi

TAG sale at Ethos

May 6, 2010

Briefly: Ethos Swiss Watch Studios offers Tag Heuer watches at discount for its Platinum Club members

Ethos Swiss Watch Studios—Platinum Club has launched its TAG Heuer Shopping Festival May 2010. The Festival has on offer Tag Heuer Glamour Diamonds, Tag Heuer Aquaracer, Tag Heuer Link Steel, Tag Heuer Aquaracer Diamonds, Tag Heuer Link Steel & Gold, Tag Heuer Aquaracer Steel & Gold. Offers are only valid till the May 8 or till stocks last. To book a watch, call Platinum club managers on +91 9855579211 and +91 9888333317.

Arresting Beauty

May 6, 2010

Briefly:  Harry Winston’s Cluster of Time is an intimate and personal rendering of time recalling a bygone era of feminine luxury with a gracefully modern allure

cluster of time

You need it see it in person (hold it in your hand or may be wear it) to appreciate its beauty—a pendant watch with sparkling round diamonds. Cluster of Time, the dimensional pendant design expresses a new way to wear time through iconic art of clustering, Winston’s pioneering jewellery motif. A delicate pear-shaped dial paved with diamonds is concealed on the underside of the design, allowing one to wear both as a beautiful diamond necklace or an elegant jewelry watch.

More than 1000 diamonds are individually set in ultra-fine platinum, creating a delicate latticed underpinning that echoes the varying shapes of each stone. A delicate diamond cluster clasp further highlights the intricate artisanship of the design. An intimate and personal rendering of time, the one-of-a-kind piece recalls a bygone era of feminine luxury with a gracefully modern allure.  Price: On request.

Available at Harry Winston Boutique, #244, DLF Emporio, New Delhi, T: 91 11 4660 90 90.