Known for its modernist timepieces, Xetum presents its latest annual update for its signature Tyndall wristwatch. Reminiscent of last year’s release thanks to a predominately black aesthetic that includes a luxurious cork-lined leather strap alongside a PVD-coated case, the 2013 Tyndall gets a high-tech update thanks to a carbon fiber dial and Super-LumiNova hands and markers. Inside, either an ETA 2895 or Sellita SW 260 Elaboree Swiss automatic movement provides the power. Priced at $1,695 USD and limited to just 300 pieces, the carbon fiber-adorned Tyndall is now available directly from Xetum.
Richard Mille‘s latest wrist piece, the RM 030 Americas Limited Edition ($TBA) watch, is taking the idea of rarity to a new level. Exclusively available in North and South America, there are only 30 pieces up for grabs in total. The watch is composed of a smooth jet-black carbon nanotube casing and a clean black rubber strap. Detailed with an orange upper flange, as well as orange accents on the crown protector and hands, the RM 030 Americas Limited Edition watch and features a Calibre RMAR1 with a 55-hour power reserve. Finding this rare Richard Mille piece might be a bit of a challenge as stockists have been handpicked across the two continents, but enjoy a look above.
Breitling gives its latest nod to aviators and their heritage with the new Transocean Unitime Pilot. The timepiece does so through the crown-adjustable world time system that corrects all indications, allowing the wearer to effortlessly negotiate travel between different timezones. The movement is a Manufacture Breitling Caliber B05, which is housed in a satin-brushed steel case with a steel mesh bracelet. The Pilot is available with a blue dial, polished red gold case, and with a 1,000-piece limited edition black steel case and bracelet. For further details on the Transocean Unitime Pilot Chronograph, visit Breitling’s website here.
Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot has outdone itself yet again with the creation of this patent-pending watch crafted with red ceramic. The red is a tribute to the red of Monaco, which will host the fifth edition of the Only Watch auctions on September 28th this fall. As for the timepiece itself, there is something distinctly primal about this release. If it isn’t the skeletal workings visible through the double AR-coated sapphire crystals, it surely must be the black alligator leather strap framing and complementing the 45mm case made of titanium and composite resin. The groundbreaking sanguine red ceramic bezel is affixed to the case with six H-shaped titanium screws.
Having produced several versions of its highly recognizable four-counter in-line chronograph, the Swiss watchmaker Eberhard has now released a model designed for pure durability. The Chrono 4 Géant “Full Injection” (around $12,000 USD) is subjected to a special process to saturate its steel case with carbon, thereby creating a harder, more scratch-resistant material. The case is then coated with a diamond-like carbon treatment for color. The watch also boasts water resistance up to 200 meters and a textured rubber strap.
Hublot has announced two new versions of its Big Bang Caviar for this year’s BaselWorld exhibition. Both timepieces are more precious, more sparkling and more feminine than ever, one in red gold and one in steel, each featuring a bezel set with 36 diamonds.This two new iterations of the legendary model feature the same design codes of the famous One Million $ Black Caviar and both draw inspiration from the black ceramic Big Bang Black Caviar, a bestselling novelty since 2011. [See More]
Wear the rainbow on your wrist with Rolex’s newest offering: The Daytona Rainbow ($77,000 USD). This chronograph by the luxury watchmakers is a patron’s dream come true. It boasts of an 18kt yellow gold, oyster case and 40mm dial. But the highlight of this piece de resistance is the bezel that is set with 36 sapphires in the colors of the rainbow. Adding some more sparkle are the 36 diamonds that are studded on the case and 8 that feature on the dial. Rolex delivers yet another home run with this unique and exquisite timepiece which is sure to fly off the racks in no time.
IWC has just unveiled the flagship model of the Ingenieur collection, the IWC Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon. This big and bold watch features a 46mm platinum and ceramic case housing IWC’s caliber 94800 movement with patented constant-force mechanism integrated within the tourbillon. The dark dial features a moon phase display in the top right and a power reserve on the bottom right with the tourbillon visible on the left side. Finishing off the watch is a black crocodile leather strap. The watch will be available soon for $290,000 USD. [See More]
While watch companies frequently trumpet the heritage of their artisanal techniques, Cartier may have outdone them all by releasing a watch decorated in a technique with 5,000-year-old origins. The latest Rotonde de Cartier 42 mm sports the brand’s familiar panther motif in gold granulation. This technique in which gold beads are fused together to create patterns is traced as far back as ancient Egypt, but it was perfected by the Italian Peninsula’s Etruscans prior to the rise of Rome. [See & Read More]
IWC Schaffhausen, manufacturer of some of the finest Swiss timepieces, has produced a short online series of videos in conjunction with HODINKEE titled The Man’s Guide to Buying a Watch. Focusing on mechanical timepieces, the series provides background information on what goes into the production of a mechanical watch as well as what to look for when buying a fine watch. In this latest episode titled “IWC’s Icons Through the Years” the experts at IWC discuss some of the brand’s most iconic designs and how they continue to influence watch design today. Starting with the classic IWC Mark XI Pilot watch through to the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, we’re treated to a look at some of the finest watches to bear the IWC name. Enjoy.