Watches / Insights

Bulgari’s Il Giardino Tropicale

Unveiled at BaselWorld 2013, this hand-painted, gem-adorned watch depicts a lush garden.

May 01, 2013

Bulgari’s Il Giardino Tropicale Watch.
Bulgari’s Il Giardino Tropicale watch.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Here at BaselWorld 2013, spring is in full bloom—not only outside, but in the halls, too, as many watch brands unveil timepieces inspired by nature. One example is the stunning new Bulgari “Il Giardino Tropicale” Tourbillon timepiece. Not only does the watch beautifully depict a tropical garden on the wrist, but it also offers one of the most complicated feats in watchmaking—the tourbillon. The watch represents Bulgari’s first complication created expressly for women.

The new Il Giardino Tropicale di Bulgari celebrates nature via a hand-painted varnished dial set with gemstones that depict a luxuriant garden, complete with a colorful parrot. Exactly 61 diamonds grace the floral centers and accent the lush gardens and parrot. The vision is further enriched with a self-winding movement with tourbillion escapement supported by a sapphire crystal bridge—upon which the parrot is perched.

The dial painting uses transparent varnishes and glaze effects to add depth and shimmer. Because varnish dries rapidly, it demands quick but meticulous painting—a tricky proposition, considering anywhere from three coats of paint (for the flowers) to five (for the leaves) or even eight (for the parrot) are needed. Just 50 of this watch will ever be made.

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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.


 

Rado HyperChrome Court Collection

The brand nods to its involvement in tennis and ambassador Andy Murray with this new style.

April 24, 2013

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

With its involvement in tennis and its recent pick-up of winning player Andy Murray as an ambassador—whom ATimelyPersepctive interviewed hereRado is right on point with its HyperChrome Court Collection of watches. The new line is inspired by the three surfaces on which professional tennis is played: hard, grass, and clay courts.

All watches are black and feature colors of the courts. The hard court is represented by a brilliant blue model, grass by a green accented piece, and clay by a bold orange. The dial features hands and markers that are SuperLuminova to glow in the dark.

The watches are made of scratch-resistant matt high-tech, lightweight ceramic, and sandblasted for a winning look. Each houses an automatic chronograph ETA 2894-2 caliber with 42 hours of power reserve and lack oscillating rotor. When ATimelyPerspective was in Key Biscayne recently at the Sony Open with Rado, we had the chance to get up close and personal with these watches and they are grand slam winners. Our personal favorite? The clay orange.

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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.


 

Omega Sponsors Planet Ocean Film

A Timely Perspective shares an exclusive interview with director Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

April 20, 2013

An image of Shark Bay in the Planet Ocean documentary.
A shot of Shark Bay from the Planet Ocean documentary.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Recently, Omega undertook one of the most worthy global projects—footing the bill to create a top-notch 90-minute documentary, Planet Ocean, about the world’s oceans. To create this important documentary (which is being offered free for educational purposes), the brand turned to world-renowned conservationist and photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Arthus-Bertrand then brought on board director, Michael Pitiot. Arthus-Bertrand produced the aerial portions of the documentary, while Pitiot handled the marine portions. Omega sponsored a special screening of the film earlier this week in Miami and Thursday evening in Los Angeles, where Josh Duhamel (who narrated the landmark film) joined the event.

Here, Bertrand shares his thoughts on the ocean and the documentary, which took a full year to create. [Read more on ATimelyPerspective.com]

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Yann Arthus-Bertrand

 

Up Close and Personal with the Richard Mille RM 028 Diver

The attention-grabbing watch comes equipped with cutting-edge diving technology.

April 17, 2013

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Last week in St. Barth’s we had a wonderfully rich and unique experience accompanying Richard Mille at the Voiles de St. Barth’s regattas—for which Richard Mille is the main sponsor. We wanted to bring you up close and personal with the really cool new Richard Mille RM 028 that we had the luxury to try on, play with, and indulge in for a while.

Decidedly individualistic (but then, all Richard Mille timepieces are), this 47mm Diver’s watch is created in titanium with bronze colored PVD for a super sharp look. Called the RM 028 Brown PVD, this watch has the same technical characteristics of its predecessors: titanium with DLC coating, skeletonized automatic RMAS7 movement, rotor with variable geometry. But it packs an even more powerful punch in its burnished and sandblasted bronze PVD case. Especially when accented with a bright orange strap. Yes, this will get anyone’s attention.

The three-part case of this watch renders it water resistant to 300 meters and meets the diver’s watch ISO norms 6425. The bezel is also composed of three sections—assembled with 22 torque screws for perfect adjustments. What is truly special about this patented unidirectional bezel is the fact that it cannot be accidentally moved during diving thanks to an ingenious system that requires the wearer to press on two arrows simultaneously to move the bezel. The highly technical feature could be a life saver under water. The entire piece was approximately a year and a half in the design and development stages. While it was unveiled in 2012, it is now fully available on the market—for a bold but beautiful price of $95,000.

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.


 

Cinema on the Wrist: Konstantin Chaykin

Powerful new Russian-made watch pays homage to the history of movie-making.

April 11, 2013

Konstantin Chaykin Cinema Watch.
Konstantin Chaykin's Cinema model mimics an old movie projector.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

We don’t often cover the world of Russian-made watches, but today we do because one top watchmaker brings cinema to the wrist. Konstantin Chaykin, known for his incredible pieces, unveils the Cinema watch, which—with the push of a button at 9:00—features an animated depiction of a man galloping along on a horse.

The incredible watch pays tribute to Eadweard Muybridge, inventor of the zoopraxiscope (circa 1879), which is credited as being the first movie projector of sorts. It features a wheel with a series of pictures on it that could project an animated image. In the new Cinema, Chaykin has built such a projection aperture into the timepiece in a round disk at 6:00 beneath the dial. The animation can run for up to 20 seconds and is created using a disc with 12 images on it.

The round aperture in which the animation appears is at the base of the rectangular watch—with the entire case designed to resemble old movie cameras. The watch houses the Konstantin Chaykin Caliber KCM01-1, made totally in-house. It is a manually wound movement with 48 hours of power reserve. It is equipped with separate mainspring barrels for the timekeeping and the animation, each wound by turning the crown in a different direction. It should retail for around $65,500.

View this video to see the animation (a series of rapidly spinning images) in all its fast glory.

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.


 

Limited Edition Cartier Croc Watch

An artful timepiece that embraces a majestic Florida native offers reptilian refinement.

April 08, 2013


Rotonde de Cartier Crocodile watch ($161,000).

A brand ripe with innovation, creativity, and technical prowess since its inception in 1847, Cartier has built its reputation as both a true manufacturer of haute horlogerie timepieces and as a master of the arts—with a wealth of “firsts” when it comes to designing watch dials. In 2012, Cartier brought us marquetry wood, straw, and stone mosaic dials that captured hearts with stunning renditions of nature’s finest, with animals realized using hundreds of pieces of these materials interlaid. Now, the brand continues with those beautiful artistic dials, along with new renditions.

Besides adding granulation as a dial technique this year, Cartier has unveiled a natural agate cameo dial with a crocodile motif. The limited-edition Rotonde de Cartier Crocodile watch houses Cartier’s proprietary flying tourbillon escapement, produced in-house with the seconds display demonstrated via the C-shaped tourbillon carriage. The visible tourbillon escapement sits on the dial above 6:00 and is surrounded by a crocodile motif in smoky blue and white.

Above the tourbillon is the deftly etched image of the crocodile (a symbol Cartier has long been using). The process for making this dial is similar to creating cameos on shells. In this instance, the artist starts with a thin sheet of blue agate and etches the design into the stone. As layers are peeled away to create the form, different colors of the stone emerge—offering the smoky white hue and darker blue depths. It takes approximately 80 hours to make a single dial, requiring strict attention, painstaking tiny relief etching strokes, and an incredible amount of patience. As such, only 20 pieces will be made. The Rotonde de Cartier Crocodile watch retails for $161,000.

photography by fabien sarazin © cartier

 

Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa

The auto-inspired brand launches another high-tech, cutting-edge, and lightweight watch.

April 03, 2013

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

For those in the know, Richard Mille is a true fan of automobile racing. In fact, the brand has been the principal partner of the Le Mans Classic for nearly a dozen years. The speed, precision, high-tech materials, and quest for excellence in the automotive world parallels his creed on timepieces. The brand has several ambassadors on board from the racing scene and has developed some of the most high-tech, cutting-edge, and light-weight automotive-inspired watches in the world.

Such is the case with this bold and beautiful RM 011 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Felipe Massa Watch. Created in a limited edition of 30 pieces in brown titanium, it features a skeletonized automatic movement with flyback chronograph and adjustable rotor geometry. It is ultra-impressive on the wrist, and ultra-lightweight. Precision timing for $115,000? This is a must-try-on timepiece—you’ll be swept off your feet.

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.


 

Hublot Nods to the 305

Hublot celebrates Miami (and its area code) with a new men's timepiece.

April 01, 2013


Hublot
’s King Power 305 leaves a lasting impression. The watch’s blue-and-white palette recalls our coastline, and makes a striking contrast with the case and bezel made of King Gold, a reddish alloy of 18k gold and 5 percent platinum. Limited to a set of 50, the 48mm timepiece has a downtown Miami cityscape and our “305” area code engraved on the caseback, and an embossed alligator pattern on the two-tone strap. As exclusive as the piece is, an ultra-luxe version with 374 white diamonds is also available, created in a set of 10. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1855


 

The Second-Generation HYT Watch, H2

The company behind innovative hydro mechanical watches launches a new model.

March 27, 2013

The HYT H2 watch.
HYT presents the second generation of its ground-breaking hydro mechanical watch.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

From HYT, the company behind hydro mechanical watches, the first HYT H1 watch garnered international acclaim. It is now available in new versions, but another generation—the new H2 watch—is also making its debut. The extremely limited edition H2 was created by HYT in cooperation with APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi) led by the renowned watchmaker Giulio Papi.

For the making of the new watch’s architecture, Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT, says, “We had to reinvent the fluidic module and make it in “V” shape to allow the movement to surround the bellows (pistons).”

The watch has an increased power reserve of eight days. The 48mm black DLC titanium case and its new movement architecture spent a year in the design stages. It offers retrograde fluidic hours, and minute’s indication via a jumping hand functioning at 30 minutes. (Two flexible reservoirs, or pistons, with a vein at each end comprise the driving force of the watch. Each piston contains a different liquid and when the bellows are compressed, the fluid fills the veins to indicate the time.)

The mechanical manual-wind exclusive HYT caliber beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The hybrid movement of H2 is redesigned to optimize the integration of the interface that connects the watch mechanisms with the fluid system. The watch also boasts a hand that is a temperature indicator—enabling the user to determine when the fluid is at optimum temperature range. Just 50 of the H2 will be created.

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.


 

Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Tourbillon

The 1966 Tourbillon with three gold bridges is the ultimate mechanical watch for women.

March 20, 2013

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillion
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges for women.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Mechanical watches for women—with multi-functions and complications—are being created by top watch brands more than ever before. Typically these mechanical calibers are hand assembled and comprise hundreds of tiny parts. It can take weeks—even months—for the most complicated of movements to be built before being fit into a watch case of distinction.

I personally love wearing a mechanical watch: there is nothing as satisfying as pulling a watch out, setting it and then winding it, or giving it a little shake to feel that automatic rotor whir to life. The watch in question here—the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Tourbillon—retails for $211,500 and features the brand’s GP Manufacture tourbillon movement with Three Gold Bridges. It's delightful to watch; with the tourbillon escapement constantly moving, it’s an eye-catcher.

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.


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