Monthly Archives: July 2016



Introducing the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin dropped anchor in the nautical world in 1846 and is still exploring maritime watchmaking paths and sailing the high seas with amazing designs such as the new Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon.


Its wood inlay dial is inspired by the longitudinal design of sailboat decks with light teak slats under a blue aluminium boom (cylindrical rigging perpendicular to the mast to rotate the sail) held in place by halyards and winches bearing the minute hand. The retrograde hand glides over a semi-circular translucent blue bridge featuring the white minute track. The jumping hours appear in a double display at 12 and the flying tourbillon spins at 6.

The 44mm white gold case houses the manual wind UN-630 calibre which fuels the 48-hour power reserve.

Price: 280,000 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin


Tissot – Tour de France

It’s time for glamorous Tissot family gathering 

Tissot welcomes its Lady Ambassadors on the Tour de France

As Official Timekeeper, Tissot was delighted to welcome its ambassadors Deepika Padukone and Liu Yi Fei on the Tour de France to celebrate the final stage in Paris. They were able to bear witness to one of the most important moments of the Tour as the riders went passed the mythical Arc de Triomphe and passed on Les Champs-Elysées to finally reach the last finish line.


This magnificent and idyllic venue presented the perfect setting to receive such personalities. Tissot and its ambassadors shared a wonderful time while witnessing the charm of the Tour de France, which is the amazing scenery it presents to the world along the way. It is a time that they will remember, as it goes down in history with the crowning of the 2016 Tour de France Champion following 21 rough stages timed by Tissot.


Chopard Collection L.U.C – Build on the exceptional

The L.U.C collection was founded exactly 20 years ago in 1996 in Chopard’s Fleurier based workshops with the unveiling of the L.U.C 1860 model. This first timepiece bearing the brand founder’s initials and founding year is the cornerstone of an exclusive watch collection with a strong visual identity, perfect movement and literally artistic finish. The L.U.C is a huge playground whose classic features and well-made mechanical calibres have won over men and women alike.

Back to its roots: L.U.C XPS 1860

To celebrate the collection’s 20th anniversary, Chopard is paying tribute to the piece that fuelled the L.U.C adventure. It’s true to its big brother’s stylish soul but incorporates contemporary technological advances. Its COSC-certified self-winding L.U.C 96.01L calibre is the first movement to be made by Chopard and fitted with a micro-rotor and Twin® system. The technology has been designed and patented by Chopard to put two co-axial barrels on top of each other without affecting the movement’s size (3.30mm thick in a 40mm case). The power reserve lasts 65 hours.


The features on the silver sunburst dial are large to make them easier to read. Two large central rhodium-plated and dauphine-shape hour and minute hands glide over the Roman hour numerals and minute track on the off-centre ring. The seconds count down in a counter at 6. The large double date display lies at 12 whilst the day of the week and month (in English) appear in black-rimmed dials at 9 and 3 respectively. A small counter with a red triangular hand at 2.30 replaces February and displays leap years.

By Sharmila Bertin



Introducing the Breguet Type XXI 3817

The history of Breguet is intrinsically linked to that of aviation. We know all about the fabulous timekeeping inventions by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) but his great-great grandson, Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), also made a huge contribution to technological advances in both the watch (by designing the first Type XX watches for pilots) and aeronautics sectors (he designed gyroplanes, hydroplanes and bombardiers in the early 20th century).


This age-old bond is now epitomised by the Type XXI 3817 whose slate dial features the design signatures of the time with large luminescent Arabic hour numerals beneath chunky hands.

The 42mm steel case houses a self-winding calibre by Breguet that fuels the time functions, flyback chronograph, date, day/night indicator and 48-hour power reserve.

Price: 13,500 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin


Introducing the Louis Vuitton Voyager GMT

A capital V, the symbol of Parisian brand Louis Vuitton, lies in the heart of the new Voyager GMT dial. The silver, steel grey or rose gold V stands on a long bridge between 3 and 9 o’clock and its narrow tip tracks local time on a disc. A black and white or black and blue day/night indicator adds the finishing touch to the second time zone display.

The hours, minutes, central seconds (tracked by openwork luminescent hands) and GMT function are brought to life by a self-winding movement that fuels the 42-hour power reserve. The movement is designed in Switzerland and lies in a 41.5mm curvy square case in steel or rose gold.


The watch comes in three dial colours: silver or anthracite on the street smart steel models or navy on the rose gold case. 8 domed rectangular markers dot the dial with a V at 12.

Price: 5,300 CHF (steel on leather) – 5,750 CHF (steel on steel) – 17,400 CHF (rose gold)

By Sharmila Bertin



Introducing the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black

The technical and design features of the Seamaster Planet Ocean have set a benchmark among diving watches since it launched 11 years ago. The collection was updated with new “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” movements with the prestigious METAS approval in early 2016. Omega brings us the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black whose cases, dials and bezels are in black ceramic.


There are now four versions: polished (all-black or SednaTM gold) or brushed ceramic with blue or red rubber inserts on the bezel. Luminescent markers and bright Arabic numerals on the dial lie beneath the hour, minute and seconds hands coated in Super-LumiNova® whilst a fourth hand (silver, gold or varnished blue or orange) tracks the second time zone.

The self-winding 8906 Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre brings to life the time functions, GMT, date display (at 3) and 60-hour power reserve.

Price: 11,200 CHF (black, black/blue or black/red version) – 14,900 CHF (black and SednaTM gold version)

By Sharmila Bertin



Introducing the Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel

“Blacksteel” is what Breitling calls the black carbon-coated steel which some of its cases are made of, including the new Navitimer 46 Blacksteel. The model has grown to 46mm whilst its dial has been streamlined from three counters to two. But Navitimer fans need not fret: the rotating bezel still has the circular calculation scale essential to air travel.


The hour and minute hands lie in the centre of the dial whilst the seconds count down at 9. A red central seconds hand tracks the chronograph seconds, the minute counter appears at 3 and the date display at 6.

Price: 9,060 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin


Introducing the Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH Classic Cars

Legendary cars, vintage leather seats, growling engines: curvaceous Classic Cars are the stuff that dreams are made of for speed freaks, vintage car enthusiasts and those who love beautiful things. Le Locle’s Zenith has joined forces with the world of stylish cars and put it in the spotlight with the El Primero 36,000 VPH Classic Cars.

The anthracite dial has the “engine” design with wide brushed horizontal stripes and the collection’s three classic colours on the counters which all have red hands: light grey for the small seconds, petrol blue for the minute counter and chronograph at 3 and dark grey for the hour counter at 9. The hours and minutes are tracked from the centre as are the chronograph seconds with a red hand topped by a luminescent rectangle.

The 42mm steel case houses the powerful self-winding El Primero 400B calibre.

Price: 6,900 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin



Introducing the Patek Philippe Annual Calendar reference 5396

2016 sees Patek Philippe celebrate the 20th anniversary of its iconic Annual Calendar with its 22nd timepiece with a full calendar that only needs correcting once a year as February runs into March. There are two versions of the Quantième Annuel référence 5396: a classic rose gold one and a wildly contemporary white gold one.


The 38.5mm case houses the self-winding 324 S QA LU 24H calibre whose power reserve lasts up to 35 hours and displays the following functions on the dial: hours, minutes and seconds (centre); 24 hour indicator with hand, moon phase and date display (at 6); double day and month display (at 12).

The dial’s design depends on the choice of gold case: glittering silver or sunburst galvanic grey. Breguet Arabic hour numerals appear alongside a shimmering minute track beneath a set of dauphine-shape hands.

Price on request

By Sharmila Bertin