Watches / Insights

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar Watches

Three versions of the new timepiece are unveiled at the Wynn Las Vegas boutique.

March 13, 2013

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Recently, I was in Las Vegas at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique at the Wynn for the unveiling of a top-secret timepiece. It is an amazing Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar! This watch is a winner for sure.  

It marks the first time the brand unveils a perpetual calendar in such an ultra-thin piece. In fact, the 39mm watch boasts streamlined lugs and a slim bezel—and measures a mere 9.2mm thin. It houses the Calibre 868, whose perpetual calendar functions can all be changed via a single corrector on the side of the case. One press moves the calendar one day forward. So sophisticated is the 336-part movement that it takes account of the unequal lengths of different months automatically, and of the leap year.

Featuring the same classic elements that Jaeger-LeCoultre reserves for its prestigious pieces, the mechanical masterpiece boasts a harmoniously balanced dial that displays the three counters of the perpetual calendar gracefully. It even offers a four-digit year indicator. The watch is offered in 18-karat white gold ($34,700), 18-karat rose gold ($31,600), and in a Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique-exclusive stainless steel version. And this one is definitely a steal at an amazing $19,995.

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.


 

Harry Winston’s Histoire de Tourbillon 4

Check out one of the most complex mechanical timekeepers on the market.

March 06, 2013

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 4.
Harry Winston's newest Histoire de Tourbillon watch.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

This year marks the fourth year that the esteemed Harry Winston brand releases the Histoire de Tourbillon—this time the Histoire de Tourbillon 4—one of the most complex mechanical timekeepers. The watch boasts a triple-axis tourbillon design to ensure that the tourbillon escapement is always in a different position and, hence, offering remarkable accuracy.

The first cage (housing the oscillator and escapement) rotates once every 45 seconds; the intermediate cage rotates once every 75 seconds; and the outermost cage rotates once every 300 seconds. The movement of the watch consists of 345 parts and offers 50 hours of power reserve. Each Zalium cased watch takes more than 160 hours to build. Just 20 will be produced. For a better look, watch this video.

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.


 

Kenneth Cole New York Launches Watch Benefiting amfAR

The new timepiece encourages its wearers to make change and support AIDS awareness.

February 28, 2013

Kenneth Cole Powered by You watch
The Kenneth Cole Powered by You watch supports amfAR, an organization that champions AIDS awareness and research. 

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Just recently, Kenneth Cole New York, through its watch licensee partner, the Geneva Watch Group, unveiled a special collaboration with amfAR—and released the limited edition Powered by You automatic watch. The watch is designed to inspire people to generate change in the global community and represents both companies’ commitments to giving back.

The Powered by You automatic watch encourages individuals to make change and to show their support for AIDS awareness. Each watch features a vibrant red hand on the sub-second dial, red minute track accents, and an enamel red ribbon on the caseback, symbolizing efforts to find a cure. The back of every watch features an exhibition crystal to enable viewing of the 21-jewel self-winding automatic movement. Each watch—with a skeletonized dial—retails for $250.

The Geneva Watch Group will donate at least $25,000 for the sale of the watches to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Now in his eighth year as chairman of amfAR, Kenneth Cole continues his 25-plus years of support of and dedication to the organization.

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.


 

Diane Kruger Dons Jaeger-LeCoultre at an Oscars Afterparty

The actress and Jaeger-LeCoultre ambassador evokes the art deco trend with this watch.

February 26, 2013

FROM LEFT: Diane Kruger (with Joshua Jackson) wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Jaeger-LeCoultre's Joaillerie 101 Art Déco Watch.

Although this wasn’t her year to win an Oscar, actress Diane Kruger was spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscar party with her own piece of gold—a white gold and diamond Joaillerie 101 Art Déco Watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre. In step with the Old Hollywood red carpet theme, its delicate diamonds and elegantly interlocking links are reminiscent of classic 1930s art-deco style.

This isn’t the first time Jaeger-LeCoultre has graced the wrist of Diane Kruger. She received her first Jaeger-LeCoultre watch on her eighteenth birthday, and has enjoyed a relationship with the brand ever since. Having worn the watches on red carpets around the world, Kruger has become not only the brand ambassador, but also the brand muse. As a former fashion model and ballerina, Kruger has been the inspiration behind both their brand and designs. In fact, Jaeger-LeCoultre has gone so far as to personalize some of their timepieces just for her.

Whichever Jaeger-LeCoultre watch she’s sporting, Kruger always demonstrates that the brand is one of the most glamorous and inventive watchmakers in the world.

—Tess Bonn

 

Baume & Mercier’s Clifton Debuts

New men's line puts a modern twist on a retro timepiece.

February 22, 2013

Baume & Mercier Clifton watch
A watch from Baume & Mercier's Clifton collection.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

There are some great men’s watches out there on the market, but this new Clifton collection from Baume & Mercier feels as good as it looks, and is extremely impressive thanks to its amazing retail price range. Inspired by a 1950’s vintage timepiece, the clean, crisp dial of the Clifton offers a contemporary interpretation of the classic round retro watch.

The Clifton collection includes two 41mm watches that house automatic movements and one special 42mm model in 18-karat rose gold that is an absolute standout piece. These watches must be seen, felt, and tried-on—but be warned—once on the wrist, you won’t want to take it off. The collection will retail from $2,700 to $6,300, and is expected to be in stores in April 2013.

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.


 

Audemars Piguet in Michael Bastian’s Runway Show

The Swiss timepieces costarred in New York Fashion Week's Michael Bastian show.

February 20, 2013


Audemars Piguet appeared in Michael Bastian's New York Fashion Week show.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

Last week, during New York City’s fashion week, Audemars Piguet was seen on the runway with Michael Bastian—for the third consecutive season. Bastian, named 2011 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, showed his newest collection at Focus: Café Rouge and featured new pieces from Audemars Piguet’s collection on the runway. Among the watches that complemented Bastians’ collection of tailored clothing, sportswear, and accessories were the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Perpetual Calendar, the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm and the Royal Oak Offshore Diver in ceramic.

Bastian’s inspiration for the season was the American painter Andrew Wyeth and his dark, spare, introspective vision of Maine and New England. The collection color palette was darker than in previous seasons and included black, olive, red, and indigo with brighter hues of raincoat yellow and hunter orange for added effect. Fabrics were rugged yet luxurious with brushed tweeds, leather, moleskin, and shearling use to great effect.

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.


 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3

New timepiece commemorates the brand's 180th anniversary.

February 15, 2013

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its 180th year with the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

As mentioned on ATimelyPerspective.com a couple of days ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, and as such it unveils the 10th watch in its Hybris Mechanica series of Grande complications—the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3. The watch features a flying spherical tourbillon and—for the first time—an instantaneous digital display chronograph. It is, in fact, the masterpiece of the “Tribute to Antoine LeCoultre” Jubilee trilogy.

The absence of an upper bridge makes this watch mesmerizing. It is composed of two carriages, respectively rotating in one minute and 24 seconds—meaning 2.5 times a minute—and is accomplished not only thanks to the inventiveness of the engineers and watchmakers of the manufacture, but also to the use of cutting-edge equipment such as the five-axis machining center. Finally, ultra-light materials such as aluminium are all that would suffice to achieve the authentic micromechanical feat of an ensemble composed of just about 100 parts, yet weighing less than one gram.

This watch houses the new 592-part Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 176, built by the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux to combine gyrotourbillon with chronograph function. The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee is also a single-push piece chronograph, further paying homage to the brand’s early years but deftly offering visionary, cutting-edge accomplishment. The new extra-white platinum case measures 43.5 mm in diameter and 15.5mm thick. Just 75 pieces of this complex power house will be built.

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.


 

Valentine’s Day Watches from Franck Muller, Cvstos

Two high-end watches for her, perfect for gifting on the day of love.

February 12, 2013

Franck Muller and Cvstos Valentine's Day watches
FROM LEFT: Franck Muller Heart Watch, $37,800. Cvstos Re-belle Heart, $8,200.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away, think about the woman in your life and treat her to a gift that will remind her of you with every glance at the time. Here are a few interesting Valentine’s Day watches to consider.

Franck Muller
has an entire heart collection that pays homage to love and women with a curved Cintree Curvex case. The ‘heart’ is the emblem of this fascinating multi-faceted line, with versions in silver, burgundy, and blue hues. The alligator strap matches the dial color for added elegance.

Cvstos
also has a heart series of watches, with a heart-shaped aperture in the middle of the dial for viewing the finely finished movement. This watch brings a sense of function with the form.

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.


 

Franck Muller Releases the Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve

Retro appeal and fine mechanics rev up this mechanical wristwatch.

February 05, 2013


Franck Muller Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve.

—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com

First shown to the world at the recent World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie & Jewellery in Monaco, the new Franck Muller Vintage (Curvex) 7-Days Power Reserve Mechanical wristwatch was the star of the Geneva Watchland exhibition thanks to its retro appeal and fine mechanics.

The 7-Days Power Reserve mechanical watch—with its 213-part movement—was entirely designed and manufactured in Geneva in the brand’s Genthod factory. Each brass arch is delicately decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes and each bearing is set with a bright red ruby. The movement features 27 rubies.

To achieve the seven days of power reserve, Franck Muller has equipped the movement with an extra barrel. The aperture at 11:00 displays the amount of power left at any given time. The Vintage 7-Days Power Reserve is being built in limited numbers in both 18-karat pink gold for $23,200 and in stainless steel for $13,700—each watch features a sapphire caseback to view the finely finished movement.

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.


 

Hamilton Featured in New Die Hard Film

Iconic American watch brand featured in A Good Day to Die Hard.

February 04, 2013

FROM LEFT: Hamilton's Jazzmaster Viewmatic; Hamilton's Khaki X-Patrol.

In the upcoming film, A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14), Bruce Willis’ character John McClane introduces the world to a brand-new Hamilton watch—the Jazzmaster Viewmatic—while his co-star Jai Courtney, who plays McClane’s estranged son Jack, sports the new Khaki X-Patrol. Both watches represent Hamilton’s commitment to Swiss precision mechanics and innovative American design.

The Khaki X-Patrol ($1,695) provides both metric and imperial units on a unique conversion table, making it ideal for any jetsetter or, as the case may be for the McClanes, international spy catchers. The 42mm watch comes with a stainless steel case, black and silver dial, a black-stitched leather and rubber band, and water resistance up to 100m. Meanwhile, the Jazzmaster Viewmatic ($795), more closely resembles Hamilton’s classic wristwatches with a 45mm stainless steel case, automatic movement, and a luxurious brown-stitched leather band.

This latest collaboration is one of many instances in which Hamilton has graced the silver screen. When Willis played McClane in the previous Die Hard film, Live Free or Die Hard, he also sported a Hamilton timepiece. Watches from the brand have also played supporting roles on the wrists of actors in movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, I Am Legend, and Men In Black.

—Alexandra Calamari

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