Vacheron Constantin Unveil Two New Timepieces

Written by: K. Amanuel

The Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin has been around since 1755 and is one of the oldest watch manufactures in the world. The company recently unveiled two new timepieces: the Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds watch and the Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch.

 Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds watch and the Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch
Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds watch and the Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch

The Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds watch is a tribute to the manufacture’s creations during the period of the 1930 to 1950s. The watch comes in a case that is 38 millimeters in diameter and 950 platinum. A lender bezel is part of the sleek design of this case. The caseback features sapphire crystal and is a fluted screw-down. Inside this case is the Vacheron Constantin 4400 movement that meets the requirements of the Poincon de Geneve (Hallmark of Geneva). The flat surfaces of the movement are adorned with “Cotes de Geneve” motif. The calibre beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The movement has a power reserve of 65 hours. The dial is slate-grey and features the time with long 18-carat white gold applied hour-markers. The dauphine hour and minute hands stand out nicely against the dark background of the dial. Finishing off the look of the watch is a black alligator leather strap with a 950 platinum pin buckle.

Technical Specifics of the Patrimony Traditionnelle Small Seconds Watch:


Reference: 4400 AS

Energy: manual

Thickness (mm): 2.80

Diameter (mm): 28.60 (12”½)

Number of parts: 127

Number of jewels: 21

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)

Power-reserve (hours): 65 approx.

Indication: hours, minutes, small second

Certification: Hallmark of Geneva


Material of the case: platinum 950

Size (mm): 38.00

Thickness (mm): 7.90

Shape: round

Back: transparent case back with sapphire glass

Water-resistance (bar): 3

Material of the dial: metal

Strap: alligator Mississippiensis

Clasp: buckle

The second timepiece, the Patrimony Contemporaine Pocket Watch, is a watch designed to commemorate the first pocket watch made in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron. It comes in a 43 millimeters diameter case and also meets the requirements for the Poincon de Geneve. The case is slender and is made of 18-carat 5N pink gold. Inside the case is the mechanical hand-wound Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 that can be seen through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The dial is a beautiful pure paline silver-tone that features pink gold baton-shaped hands applied hour-markers. The 30 cm brown calf leather cord and 18-carat 5N pink gold chain nicely compliment the look of this pocket watch.

Technical Specifics of the Patrimony Conemporaine Pocket Watch:


Reference: 4400

Energy: manual

Thickness (mm): 2.80

Diameter (mm): 28.60 (12”½)

Number of parts: 127

Number of jewels: 21

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)

Power-reserve (hours): 65 approx.

Indication: hours, minutes

Certification: Hallmark of Geneva


Material of the case: 18K 5N pink gold

Size (mm): 43.00

Thickness (mm): 7.40

Shape: round

Back: transparent case back with sapphire glass

Water-resistance: 300M

Material of the dial: metal

Strap: calf leather

Hublot & Ferrari Release Three New Big Bang Models

Hublot-Big-Bang-Ferrari-Red-Magic-Carbon-and-the-King-Gold-Carbon-8Written by Evan Gabriel


The 2013 Geneva Fair was held on January 21st at the Kempiski Hotel in Geneva and saw a remarkable release from a Hublot. As a top-dog manufacturer in the watch industry, the Swiss company collaborated with Ferrari to produce three new watches in the Big Bang Ferrari collection.


Although the partnership between these two super powers actually started in November of 2011 and first Big Bang series dropped at Baselworld 2012, this year’s release has led to improvements that timepiece aficionados all over the world will appreciate.



For starters, there is the choice of innovative materials including ceramic, carbon fiber, and of course, gold.


Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot welcomed the additions to the Big Bang Ferrari collection. Each model is limited edition.


The Red Magic Carbon has red tinted sapphire crystal glass and a black carbon case. Only 1,000 models of this watch have been made.


Encompassing 330 components, the Red Magic Carbon has a power reserve is an impressive 72 hours.





The King Gold Carbon has a 45mm case and a carbon fiber bezel. A limited 500 models of this watch have been produced.


With only 1,000 models being released, the All Black Ceramic has a 45mm ceramic case and looks sleek with either red or black Schedoni leather—which by the way is the Italian company that makes leather for the interiors of Ferrari road cars.


Because all three models come equipped with UNICO movement, Hublot has developed these watches to resemble the power and excellence that its collaboration partner, Ferrari, strives for in the production of autos.


The three additions to the Big Bang clan all have impressively complex dials—not to mention Ferrari’s distinct horse logo climbing upwards past nine o’clock.


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Greubel and Forsey Create Microscopic Art in Watch

Though Greubel Forsey is only a nine-year-old watchmaking company, they have built a name for themselves in the luxury watch industry in a short time. Greubel Forsey have created some of the most in-demand and high-end watches, each one more complicated than the last. The latest project for Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey started back in 2009, when they began what they foresaw to be the start of a rewarding but long-term project. The watchmaking team wanted to be truly unique, and so they launched a collaboration with leading contemporary artists to fuse the art of watchmaking with that of visual art.



Greubel and Forsey met up with artist Willard Wigan, who is famous for creating the smallest sculptures in the world, small enough to fit inside the eye of a needle. Truly dedicated to his work, Birmingham artist Wigan creates microscopic sculptures and works to slow his heartbeats to avoid hand tremors. Greubel and Forsey have already created fantastically complicated watches that often feature multiple tourbillons, but now they will be able to boast that their new project, named Art Piece 1, will have a microscopic sculpture inside. The sculptures for this piece will be attached to a rotating hemispherical structure on the side of the dial for the viewing of multiple sculptures. The artwork can be seen inside the timepiece when it is held up to the eye facing sideways. Art Piece 1 will feature a tiny optical lens fitted in the crown to allow full appreciation of the sculptures. Only with the use of a magnifying lens, can the nano-nature of Wigan’s micro sculptures be appreciated. The lens in Art Piece 1 has a 23x magnification and its creation was a complicated technical feat in itself. Another challenge that Greubel Forsey and Wigan had was designing the piece to ensure there was enough natural light to even view the sculptures clearly. In a comment made about the project in 2012, Greubel Forsey stated,  “Currently a work in progress, Art Piece 1 will feature a micro-sculpture that can be fully appreciated through specially created optics. The finished creation will be a veritable tour de force in terms of art, innovation, architecture and technical complexity.”



Greubel Forsey have also decided to include their new invention of the Double Tourbillon inclined 30° in the Art Piece 1. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey showcased a prototype of the Art Piece 1 project at the annual FIAC contemporary art fair in Paris.  Greubel was noted as saying that these works are so unique and time-consuming to produce, that he expects to produce only one or two of the one-of-a-kind watches every year. This exquisite combination work of art and timepiece will be on the expensive side due to its spectacular nature, with prices estimated to be around $5 million Swiss Francs or about $5.4 million in American dollars. Still in the prototype stage, full completion of Art Piece 1 is not anticipated until the end of 2013.


The Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 will have a striking blue dial, as well as a blued leather strap outlined in stainless steel. Though the finished product is not yet ready, it is clear that the objective to produce a unique piece previously unimaginable in the fields of art and horological work has been achieved.



greubel_forsey_art-piece1Written by, Amani Liggett


The Instrument Collection Features Arnold & Son’s TBR

Explore the history behind the Arnold & Son Instrument Collection with the navigational allure of the line’s first watch, the TBR.

A nautical navigation turned classic timepiece.
A nautical navigation turned classic timepiece.

The watchmakers at Arnold & Son have long sought towards a higher goal than just luxury watch creation.  The founders’ love of the craft drove them to dedicate themselves to achieving absolute precision and the ability to do more with a watch.  That same passion drives the craftsmen today and yields some of the finest timepieces available.

The Instrument Collection is the proud result of that quest for quality and depth, reflecting the reality that during the time of John Arnold and his son John Roger, timepieces were essential to nautical navigation.  Under the influence of the British Royal Navy as rulers of the seas, Arnold and his son made watches that were rugged and reliable as possible, both functional and attractive.  Not just accessories and useful jewelry, watches were technical instruments upon which depended life and death.  These pieces incorporated chronometric dials with hours and minutes in a balanced design.  Mimicking this arrangement, the Instrument Collection presents watches that proudly herald the time of the brand’s inception and the beauty of where it all began.

The TBR is the first member of this line, and with a name representing the hallmark of the watch’s two complications, True Beat and Retrograde, it represents elegance in simplicity.  The True Beat refers to a highly precise complication which allows careful measurement of the seconds.  The date dial which counts out the days of the month and automatically reverts to the 1 on the first of the month, is a little used complication called Retrograde.

In this twist, the seconds complication is the entirety of the face, as the hours lay slightly to the side.  This focus on the smaller units of time hearkens again to the mariner navigators, who required down-to-the-second knowledge of time in order to determine longitude.  And on the high seas, it is enough to know the day of the month–as long as you can recall which month you are currently in.

Not only were the complicated calculations of the long ago Navy eased in this design, stylistically for today there is a pleasant aesthetic quality to this ancient layout.  And for the history buffs, it is a conversation piece, to discuss the use of a watch once on the high waves of Britain, now proudly on your own fashion wise wrist.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

Officine Panerai’s Pocket Watch of the Century

Finely crafted to be pocket-sized.
Finely crafted to be pocket-sized.

At first glance the Panerai Pocket Watch Pam 446 is indeed a gadget to match all gadgets.  The intricate workings are clearly visible as they dangle from a sturdy chain present a feeling of confidence in the machine while at the same time still mesmerizing one back into the days when ticking clocks stood as the one true mechanism.   Amidst this duality of style lies one of the deepest beating hearts come from the craft of watchmaking, still to be seen in this modern world.

Unafraid of change, Panerai instead accepted the challenge of creating a modern wonder with all the quality and modernity necessary.  The 59mm black ceramic case and chain allow freedom of movement without sacrifice of class.  The skeletonized Panerai P.2005/S caliber is hand wound and holds a power reserve for up to 6 days.  277 carefully chosen parts piece together in an elaborate puzzle, the completion of which creates a grander design than any but Officine Panerai could imagine.

Clearly a work of art, it is yet sturdy enough for the boldest adventurer to take on the world in high style.  And perhaps this is the perfect recipient of this proud emblem of Officine Panerai’s quest for the contemporary while still holding true to the origins of watchmaking.  The modern day explorer who also craves the ultimate in class.  This remarkable piece celebrates both the old and the new in a glorious–and pricey at 165,000 Euros–pocketful.

As only 50 pieces are to be made, this is not only a marvelous achievement in epic watchmaking, it is also an expression of the demands of the modern world and its technologies.  Rare as this watch is, there is also a pure fineness yet sturdiness to it that seems to pull it from the crowd and declare it something special.

In this pocket watch, Officine Panerai has crafted what they deem, “the ultimate expression of a brand devoted to innovation as well as tradition”.  If such gems as these are to come from the newly attractive blend of old and new, then please, carry on and good luck!

A pocket watch as the ultimate expression of devotion to innovation and tradition.

Written by Lindsey K. Cook

Meet Your Smartwatch: The Pebble

Written by Sarah Peel


We have all know smartphones have taken over the world, but what about smartwaches? The Pebble is the first ever smartwatch that allows users to connect to your smartphones, with support for iPhone and Android both.


The $150 watch comes with a special OS that allows users to connect their smartphones to the device wirelessly (minus making actual phone calls via it). It allows users to find out who sent text messages, phones calls, music and pretty much anything that the phone does the watch can tell you about it. However, don’t get tricked and think that the watch does not act like a normal one, it also tells time and supports more than one “face” style. It also features four buttons, which is rare for a regular watch, but could be normal for the new smartwatches in the works.

The Pebble is put out by a similar company of the same name, based out of the Silicon Valley. Their goal is to do more with it than their first launch, which means future apps for the actual Pebble are in the works.  Since the device is still new, the creators are working hard to perfect it before they launch their own apps. While it can be said that current users can expect some bugs as they would with any other device, the device does seem to work pretty effortlessly accoridng to reviews by the media. The company currently is working hard to perfect their device, which they claim to be working on a way for users to respond via the device without needing the actual phone.
The Pebble has no connection to either Google or Apple, despite the fact that their device supports the 2 common OS types. You can find out more about the device in the coming months, as well as via their official website.

Jewel Heist at the Four Seasons NYC

Written by Evan Gabriel

Two men calmly entered a Manhattan Four Season hotel on East 57th Street just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, and broke into a display case. According to police reports, $166,950 worth of jewelry was heisted.


The theft included a diamond chain and pendant along with two wristwatches from designer Jacob & Company, which were on display in the Four Seasons lobby along with jewelry by designers such as Aaron Basha and Rolex.


HEIST Four Seasons

Using a sledgehammer, one of the suspects partially shattered one of the 18 display cases located in the hotel lobby while the other man spoke with a staff member, according to Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.


A suspect was able to break a small hole into the Jacob & Co. case. Yet he successfully made off with only two watches after dropping one.


One official reported that detectives were able to extract a swab of evidence from the timepiece. Along with one of the watches, the suspect dropped the sledgehammer.


An official reported that while the man who smashed the case with a sledgehammer was wearing gloves, the other man was not and left behind fingerprints after opening a glass door during the incident. Detectives lifted three fingerprints from the door.


According to Hotel Spokeswoman Tiffani Cailor, the Four Seasons staff was surprised by the theft and is taking the incident very seriously.


Cailor assured guests and employees that the investigation will continue between NYPD and Jacob & Co, and called security measures “rigorous,” in an interview with CNN.



Police are still working with footage from a security camera at Avakian Boutique, a nearby shop, which shows the two male suspects exiting the hotel and getting into a car.


Owner of Jacob & Co. Jacob Arabov, better known by his nickname, “Jacob the Jeweler,” bestowed upon him in countless hip-hop references, was shocked by the Four Season’s faulty security job.


“How could someone come in there and do that? That’s just ridiculous,” Arabov said.

Rolex Is Official Timepiece of Sebring International Raceway

Written by: K. Amanuel

Sebring International Raceway has announced that luxury Rolex watch will be the Official Timepiece for the Sebring International Raceway and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida. The president and general manager of Sebring, Tres Stephenson, said, “Sebring International Raceway is honored to be affiliated with the prestigious Rolex brand. We look forward to the promises to be a truly special year at Sebring, and we look ahead to 2014 and the beginning of an exciting new era.” The Florida raceway is set to host America’s oldest sports car endurance race, the 2013 American Le Mans Series, on Saturday, March 16th.

Sebring International Raceway
Sebring International Raceway

The raceway was built on what was known as the Hendricks Army Airfield, which is the famed WWII U.S. Army Air Forces training base. It is America’s oldest sports car endurance race. Sebring’s legendary 3.74-mile circuit will be hosting the unified sports car series the following year, which resulted from the merger of ALMS and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. For the upcoming event, the gates will open at Sebring on Wednesday, March 13, and they will stay open for four days of racing events and finish off with the 12-hour classic on Saturday. There will be many options for spectators throughout the event.

One of the most famous watch brands in the world, the Swiss watch, Rolex, has enjoyed success for many years. Founded in London in 1905, Rolex moved its headquarter to Geneva in 1919. This global and largest luxury watch brand has various popular collections and produces thousands of watches a day. It introduced the first waterproof wristwatch “Oyster” in 1926. It was the first company to create a water resistant wristwatch that could withstand 100 m depth pressure. The Oyster watches have all been certified as chronometers for their precision. Rolex then introduced the first Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism in 1931. The brand had a hand in the development of the original quartz watch movement in the late 1960s, and introduced to develop the Beta 21 quartz movement in the Rolex Quartz Date 5100 in 1968. This leading brand, which is known for its quality and expertise, now has various watches that are suitable for different occasions and circumstances, ranging from deep-see diving to aviation and everything in between. This collaboration of a prestigious brand such as Rolex with America’s oldest sports car endurance race only seems fitting and appropriate.

Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA sighted in this year’s Best Picture Oscar Winner Argo


Argo, 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is loosely based on actual events surrounding the rescue of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Actor Ben Affleck’s character, Tony Mendez, wears a Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA in the movie. An amazing star studded feat considering the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA was introduced in 2008. Proving that timing is indeed everything, and that this watch delivers both style and transcendental presence that’s iconically in-depth – sea depth that is.

sea-dweller deepsea

Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA presents with a bold Oyster 43 mm 904L steel case and bracelet along with a titanium alloy case back. It displays a beautiful black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with embedded graduations made of platinum.  The black dial features a date aperture window at 3 o’clock, luminescent hour indices, hour/minute hands with a sweeping seconds hand. It has the helium escape valve with a water resistance of 12,800 feet. It has a mechanical self-winding 3135 movement with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA is officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC).  This timepiece has such a rich history that other watch manufacturers envy its time tested beginnings.


Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA has an impressive historical background that dates back to 1950. Professional divers saw a need for a diving watch that could withstand sea depths of 300 meters while maintaining its water resistance and functional integrity. Rolex answered the challenge and launched the development and experimentation of its watch “Deep Sea Special”. August 1953 Rolex tested Deep Sea Special with rewarding outcomes. Deep Sea Special successfully plunged three times to depths of approximately 3,543 feet, then again to approximately 10,334 feet; and later that same year the watch descended to amazing depth of 10,334 feet. In 1956 Deep Sea Special descended to an astounding depth of 12,138 feet, this dive test set the worldwide deep sea stage for Rolex to establish history in 1960 when US Navy submerged experimental bathyscaphe, the Trieste.

The Trieste    ROLEX Deep Sea Special

Rolex Deep Sea Special was literally strapped to the exterior of US Navy bathyscaphe, the Trieste, and launched into the depth of the Mariana Trench, said to be the deepest depression on the Earth’s surface.  The deep sea dive established records for both the Trieste and Rolex Deep Sea Special, as both emerged from ocean depths of 37,800 feet unscathed and perfectly functional. This amazing dive changed both deep-ocean exploration and established Rolex as the most water resistant and reliable watch manufacturer. Such an amazing beginning for a watch that has managed to evolved from the iconic Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 (Reference 1665) to the ever illustrious Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA timepiece. This is one transcendental watch connoisseurs will definitely want to add to their watch collection. (Reference 116660)

Top Watches #17-20 < $1000

The final countdown of top watches under a $1000 is a presentation of watchmakers whose designs reach new heights conceptually while innovatively evolving traditional watch making methods to manufacture timepieces made for all lifestyles.

#17 – Timex

Timex, a brand whose origin is none other than the good ole USA, is known for its brand slogan “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking,” as well as the one dollar Ingersoll Yankee pocket watch. Timex continues it legacy of versatile watches made with evolving technologies fit for every lifestyle.

Timex Chronograph Quartz Men’s watch is a stunning timepiece for the guy that’s on the go. This masculine chronograph flexes its appeal with a 44 mm stainless steel case and bracelet complimented by a black dial. The dial showcases stainless steel hour/minute hands with a red seconds hands, three sub-dials outlined in red indicator hand and white Arabic numbers. The movement is quartz which is protected by a mineral crystal. This watch is for the man that is on the go and easily transitions from day to evening attire. (Model 2N159) it is available on




#18 – Fortis

Fortis is a Swiss brand watch manufacture that carries the winning baton for manufacturing the world’s first automatic wrist watch in 1926, its legendary Harwood series. Fortis continues its tradition of manufacturing Swiss automatic and mechanical watches reaching towards the moon.

B-47 Mysterious Planets is an automatic specialty watch created with a jumping hour. Professor Karsten Krebs, an architect and designer, collaborated with the Fortis team to design this timepiece collection. This is a limited edition watch in which the hour numerals jump up unexpectedly in one of five orbits dial windows, symbolized by orbits of planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter around the Sun. The watch has a 47 mm stainless steel case with a choice of rubber, leather or stainless steel bracelet. It features and automatic caliber F-2024 movement which is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the case back as well. It is of course Swiss made being a limited edition of 500 pieces each (4 model choices) all of which are individually numbered. (Reference 677.20.31 – design blue; Reference 677.20.35 – design black)

 Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets



#19 – Orient

Orient Watch Co. is a Japanese watch manufacture that continues its 60 year manufacture of automatic and mechanical watches for customers in over 70 countries. The company’s watches are designed to fit the lifestyles of their customers.

Happy Stream Collection – Model DB0100BW is a beautiful women’s watch presenting a gold tone 37 mm stainless steel case with a white dial that exhibits an open crescent moon and star. The dial also features scattered stars (some with diamonds) and a Roman numeral at 12 o’clock. It has ORIENT caliber 46A40 mechanical movement made in Japan. It also has a see-through heart shape case back. This is an elegant watch that is absolutely divine.

Happy StreamHappyStream rearview



#20 – Mido

Mido is a Swiss brand whose philosophy is to combine timeless design with functionality rather than following fashion trends, as it is their belief that true design outlives all fashion trends. Each of Mido timepieces reflects this philosophy and has established the brand’s mark of distinction within the horology community.

Bellaluna Lady features a beautiful round brushed 316L stainless case with contrasting gold tone bezel ring and inner links within the watch bracelet. The dial features gold tone hour marker accented with diamonds. The dial also features day and date cutouts. Bellaluna Lady has an automatic movement and a transparent case back both of which are protected by sapphire crystals. Bellaluna Lady is available in several models with each just as elegant and beautiful. (Model M001.



Written by Chaz Nash