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July 26, 2014


 

SEAH Unveils 4 New Watches for Fall

Four models, two each for men and women, join the Sun Collection this season.

August 22, 2013

The new Astronomer watch from SEAH.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

ATimelyPerspective.com has covered this Swiss-made brand before. We’ve even reviewed these timepieces. Incredibly well-made and beautifully crafted for men and women, SEAH watches hold a full patent for their unique design. The watches are all inspired in design by astrology, and offer the wearer a quiet, personal statement. This year the brand—whose name is an ancient word for “time” —celebrates its 10th anniversary.

New for fall are four new models—two men’s and two women’s—that join the Sun Collection. We particularly love this striking men’s piece that utilizes the Greek zodiac signs on the dial and features a rotating bezel that allows the wearer to position the marker at his own zodiac sign. Powered by a Ronda Swiss quartz movement, the new series is created in a limited edition of 50 pieces. This model for men is called The Astronomer; the new women’s model is called The Celestial.

The Astronomer, which includes a black lacquer dial, features a 46mm stainless steel case and is water resistant to 10 ATM. The sapphire crystals feature five layers of anti-reflective coating, and the watch has a screw-in case back engraved with the serial number. The bezel features a patented wave design and the alligator strap is made by Hirsch. One of the best facets of the watch? It is a piece of affordable luxury—as all SEAH watches retail from $950 to $2,500.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

by Roberta Naas, atimelyperspective.com

 

Swarovski Men's Crystallium Watch

Watch designer Eric Giroud shares how he created the Swarovski Crystallium Automatic.

August 14, 2013

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

Unveiled at Baselworld and now making its way to retail stores, the Swarovski Crystallium Automatic watch won the Red Dot Award for Best Product Design 2013. This is no great surprise when you consider that the stadium-style watch was conceived of by renowned watch designer Eric Giroud. This was Giroud’s second time designing for Swarovski (the first was a woman’s watch known as the D:Light, which also won a Red Dot Award). But this new watch for men was a challenge that he embraced whole-heartedly.

“I talk to the brand when I start a project like this. I ask a lot of questions,” said Giroud. “Then I go away and think for a while. In this case it was two or three weeks. Then the idea came to me. Men like sports, a stadium look would be great. So, this project, like most, is the accumulation of many questions, and the product is the single answer.”

According to Giroud, Swarovski wanted several materials in the timepiece, including its signature crystals. His response was to turn to steel (and steel with black PVD) and aluminum for the 48mm case and bezel. The dial slopes down from the case to the flat center of the dial in stadium form with four Arabic numerals covered in crystal, and the other eight hour markers are covered in clear or jet crystal.

He adds, “Crystallium is like a crystal arena, a stadium of crystal. Each watch is composed of 12 blocks of faceted crystal, placed in a circle and symbolizing a crystal stadium. Reading the time, its owner will have the impression of looking at an arena with its tiers symbolized by each facet.”

The dial is further enhanced with a spider web pattern that adds depth and dimension to the watch, which is water resistant to 100 meters. A sapphire crystal caseback allows for viewing of the automatic Swiss movement.

Giroud—who was an architect until the age of 30, has worked on two Harry Winston Opus watches (9 and 11), an MB&F watch, Roman Jerome, and others—says the price category of the watch does not influence the design. “It is all about learning to work within the constraints and about having a dream and making the dream come true.”

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

by Roberta Naas, atimelyperspective.com

 

Bremont's History-Inspired Watch

The Codebreaker pays homage to those who deciphered enemy codes during World War II.

August 07, 2013

Bremont has created a new limited-edition Codebreaker watch.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

ATimelyPerspective.com recently had the opportunity to spend some quality time with our good friends at the Bremont Watch Company, and we got the chance to experience the new Codebreaker watch up close and personal. It’s especially worth noting that history lovers are going to go in big for this one because it celebrates the thousands who worked tirelessly in England during World War II to break the enemy codes and bring the war to a close.

For this watch, Bremont is working closely with the Bletchley Park Trust to create a historically and mechanically important limited-edition piece that will incorporate historical artifacts from Bletchley Park, the compound where these highly esteemed code breakers and decryption experts carried out their work in complete secrecy. By inventing and using ingenious machines and novel manual techniques to crack German ciphers, the 9,000 scientists, mathematicians, and other crucial supporting staff are said to have helped shorten the war by at least two years and to have saved millions of lives. It was only in the 1970s that the work accomplished at Bletchley Park was allowed to be discussed.

The new Codebreaker watch—of which a percentage of the proceeds will be used toward the ongoing restoration of Bletchley Park—is inspired by a classic 1940s Officer’s watch. Unique to the new piece, however, is the fact that it features a never-before-created Flyback Chronograph GMT automatic movement made in cooperation with La Joux Perret. Furthermore, the watch incorporates some relevant historical artifacts from Bletchley Park, including pine from the iconic Hut 6 (the center of the operations to decrypt the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Enigma ciphers) for the crown, and paper from one of the few remaining punch cards (used to analyze the vast amount of coded data created from the daily Enigma communications). Part of the rotor of the watch will be made from the wheel of an original Enigma machine.

Only 290 Codebreaker watches will be created: 240 in steel and 50 in rose gold. Each of the pieces is already allotted fully to jewelers, so scope out your nearest Bremont retailer if you want in on this unique part of history. The watch will sell for $18,500 in steel and $33,995 in rose gold.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

By Roberta Naas

 

Jaquet Droz's Charming Bird Watch

Only 28 pieces of the world's first singing bird automata wristwatch will be available.

July 31, 2013

Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Watch.

Jaquet Droz's latest multi-dimensional watch is known as The Charming Bird.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

Jaquet Droz has long been known for its mastery of automatons (the moving figures on a timepiece). In 2013, however, the brand takes the concept to new heights in the form of the multi-dimensional Charming Bird. It’s the first singing bird automata wristwatch in the world.

The revolutionary watch was first unveiled at Baselworld a few months ago, but it was only recently released. The ground-breaking technology for this 3-D 47mm timepiece—for which a patent has been filed—operates via a system of piston-driven bellows that enable the complete feathered bird to turn, flap its wings, and move its head. The complex system of the watch’s gear train, bridges, and plate are visible via a sapphire dial and dome (under which the bird stands perched). Just 28 pieces of The Charming Bird will be made over the course of the coming years, each retailing for approximately $500,000.

Watch this intriguing video of The Charming Bird.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

By Roberta Naas

 

Cvstos' Motorcycle-Inspired Watch

A limited-edition timepiece pays homage to Spanish MotoGP motorcycle racer Dani Pedrosa.

July 24, 2013

CVSTOS Motorcycle Watch.

The Cvstos Challenge Dani Pedrosa is a limited-edition line.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

Known for its bold timepieces, watch brand Cvstos has joined forces with Spanish MotoGP motorcycle racer Dani Pedrosa to create a limited-edition line of Challenge Dani Pedrosa watches. The limited edition will consist of 26 pieces in titanium and 26 pieces in orange aluminum—reflecting Pedrosa’s lucky number 26.

A bold, bright eye-catcher, the watch is designed to emulate Pedrosa’s bike with subdials that resemble brake disks, push buttons that recall the brand handlebar, a power reserve that reflects the fuel gauge, and an oscillating weight in the shape of the spoke wheel rims. The side vents on each case side recall the air intakes of a motorbike, and the crown is finished to look like a flywheel. The aerodynamic, multi-part case is designed to be light-weight and powerful. The Dani Pedrosa logo is etched into a plate at 9 o’clock. The automatic chronograph features a sapphire caseback for viewing the movement. A fast, colorful, and precision-driven package, the Challenge Dani Pedrossa watch retails for $22,000.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

by Roberta Naas

 

Renato Master Horologe Line Debuts

The Renato Master Horologe XTR Diver line is a study in form and function.

July 17, 2013

The new Renato Master Horloge XTR Diver.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

The Renato Watches brand has been around for about eight years, but now, under the leadership of SLB LLC, the brand progresses to the Renato Master Horologe Swiss-made collection. For those who know this industry well, the brand was co-founded and is designed by Daniel Mink—no newcomer to the business. In fact, back in the 1980s Mink was behind the Daniel Mink watch line (including the then-innovative wood watches). The goal with the new line is to offer function and Swiss-made timepieces at more affordable prices.

Among the newest pieces is the Renato Master Horologe XTR Diver, which features a registered design, big date function, and water-resistant case to 10ATM. Underwater legibility is enhanced by the dial’s large, luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers—all protected by a sapphire crystal. The Renato Master Horologe XTR Diver is created in a limited edition of 100 pieces, each retailing for  $695. A few other new watches are still under wraps, but we will be unveiling them on ATimelyPerspective.com soon. 

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.


 

Made in Miami: Miansai Watches

Miami-based Miansai launches a timepiece collection true to itself.

July 11, 2013

Miansai watch with white and blue rope band

Watch with white and blue rope and brown leather band, Miansai ($355).

Accessories designer Michael Saiger emphasizes the important connection between a label and its consumers. “I wanted to create something that was true to our brand and true to our customer,” he says. Saiger combines his creativity and curiosity for his bracelet-heavy accessories line, which gave birth to his line of watches. By offering an updated, modern take on the ribbon band, the timepieces truly reflect not only Saiger’s aesthetic but also that of his devotees. “Watches are a very personal purchase,” he says. “A lot of watchmakers focus on a lifestyle: racer, pilot, thrill-seeker…. Ours are just good-looking, classic, ageless styles that anyone and everyone can wear, regardless of the occasion.” Flawless and timeless—a combination that’s smooth like clockwork. Barneys Co-op, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010


 

On-Trend: Tourbillons for Women

Jacob & Co. has created a masterpiece tourbillon for women featuring gold and sapphire.

July 11, 2013

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com 

Today’s finest watch brands are bringing the mechanical magic of timepieces to ultra-feminine levels, with a move toward women’s watches with tourbillon escapements. One of the most complicated and coveted horological feats? The tourbillon, which means “whirlwind” in French, is a highly precise mechanism that eliminates errors in timekeeping caused by the force of gravity when a watch is in certain positions.

The tourbillon escapement is immediately recognizable thanks to the entrancing dance of the constantly revolving mechanism, which further underscores the beauty of the piece. Incredibly difficult to build, the tourbillon has become the object of watchmaking competition, as brands strive to invent ever more advanced tourbillon timepieces.

The most recent direction: women’s tourbillons.

The creation of women’s tourbillons is a deft blend of top-notch Swiss craftsmanship and innovation. Built only by master watchmakers with dozens of years of experience, women’s tourbillons are ever more challenging to bring to fruition than men’s tourbillons, as typically the movement parts are smaller.

This Jacob & Co. Pink Sapphire Brilliant Tourbillon, crafted in 18-karat gold, features a one-minute flying tourbillon that is mesmerizing in and of itself. Enhancing it further, Jacob & Co. has meticulously set the watch with 400 baguette-cut pink sapphires weighing 36.75 carats total. The cost—about as much as a nice house in New Jersey—is $810,000.

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

By Roberta Naas

 

Gucci Sync Speaks to Music Lovers

The unisex timepiece offers a sleek, digital, multimedia platform.

July 10, 2013

gucci watch
Gucci Sync in red ($495).

A longtime pioneer on the fashion forefront, the iconic brand behind those interlocking Gs has set its sights on a fresh, new audience. Enter Gucci Sync—a unisex timepiece aimed at the young, music-loving set, with a sleek, digital, multimedia platform. Complete with all of the flourishes and signature stripe synonymous with the beloved Florentine design house, Gucci Sync creatively marries modernity and heritage in perfect harmony. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-365-0994


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