The serpent moves silently and uses stealth before capturing its prey. It is a daring collection that won’t ever go unnoticed and is nothing short of magnificent. It is a fusion of Haute Joaillerie and Haute Horologie that creates an artful masterpiece like the Diamond Dialed Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas 35mm Ladies Watch version # spw35d2gdg.1t shown here. Slithering its way out of Genesis into ancient Egyptian magic, voodoo, hoodoo, pagan rituals and Native American culture, the serpent is present. Just like a serpent shedding its skin, we all find ourselves at an auspicious time in history, a time of change, renewal, and rebirth.
The Serpent has played with an iconic role in folklore, mythology, and religion. Actually, biblical references demonstrate that the serpent was, in fact, the very first master of attraction. It’s no surprise that BVLGARI watches chose this monster to be the symbol of their assortment of Serpenti jewelry, watches, and accessories. It is truly and magnificently both mesmerizing and seductive. The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas 35mm Ladies Watch Model #: spp35bgdg.1t with 18kt Rose Gold Bracelet Black Dial The BVLGARI Serpenti coils comfortably around your wrist and mesmerizes all who see it. From the signature pink sapphire cabochon into the serpent-shaped dial, Bulgari’s Serpenti collection is symbolic of the iconic reputation of the snake which has played a vital part in the world in the very start and may be here more than any of us.
He list of famous people that have worn out a Cartier Tank watch during the previous century is as colourful as it is diverse. General Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe, was allegedly given a prototype of this Tank watch in November 1918 for his crucial role in the Great War. However, the story that takes the cake is credited to Rudolph Valentino, above, and his odd request of being allowed to wear his Tank wristwatch when filming The Son of the Sheik at 1926. The incongruity of the Middle Eastern props and costumes with all the modern watch on his wrist is funny to us now, but it will attest to the passion this watch has inspired one of its wearers. Cartier’s Tank watch appealed to both women and men and American first women Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama as well as Britain’s Lady Di have all succumbed to its charm. Having made its big-screen debut, Cartier’s Tank watch was soon being seen on the wrists of actors and actresses alike, such as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo and Tallulah Bankhead. The simple fact that the opinion appealed to both women and men only strengthened its cause and American first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama, as well as Britain’s Lady Di, previously, have all succumbed to its charm. The Tank also appealed to counterculture characters such as Patti Smith and Andy Warhol, under, who famously said:”I don’t wear a Tank to tell the time. In fact, I never end it. I use a Tank because it’s the watch to wear.” Andy Warhol famously said about his Cartier Tank watch:”I do not use a Tank to tell the moment. In fact, I don’t end it. I use a Tank because it’s the opinion to wear.” Evolution of the Tank
As any long-living species will confess, adapting to your surroundings is your secret to success. The first Tank, rechristened the Tank Normale in 1919, has undergone 35 mutations within its 100 years of life without radically altering its character. The first metamorphosis occurred in 1921 with the Tank Cintrée, a more elongated and curvaceous descendant made to sit beautifully on the wrist, followed by the Tank Chinoise, which captured the chinoiserie style so in vogue throughout the Roaring Twenties. In 1922, the Tank LC (Louis Cartier) shed some of its horizontal geometry, providing the framework of the watch a rounded, softer end. The Tank à Guichets of 1928 are the first Tank to include a drawback and featured a digital time display with jumping hours and minutes peeking out from behind two windows cut into the metallic dial. Much like vocation into Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso, which was designed for polo players, Cartier watches made the Tank Réversible watch (later referred to as the Tank Basculante) in 1922, allowing the dial side to be hidden for protection as a result of a clever tilting mechanism.
Although the quartz watches crisis of the late 1970s practically decimated the Swiss mechanical watch industry, Cartier, which acquired most of its movements from third parties and’d never really considered itself a manufacturer of calibres, was mostly unaffected and was quick to accommodate to the revolutionary technology. In 1989 the Tank became robustly Américane, while in 1996 it reverted to its original French nationality with an integrated metal bracelet that looked like the caterpillar treads of a tank. In 2012, the Tank Anglaise rolled to the scene. Among the most iconic watches of all time, it’s primed to enjoy many more years of popularity.
Walter Lange adored his great-grandfather’s watch company. He knew how much it meant to people who dwelt near Glashütte. Growing up, the watchmakers would remind the young boy every time he visited with the manufacture. They showed him bits his ancestors had created, and while they explained how they worked, his enthusiasm for the craft began to form. Walter joined them a few decades afterwards, sitting behind a bench like every bench in the construction, and working on bits that bore his family’s title. These were some best of those watches money could purchase. In 1948, he watched helplessly as the company was captured by the East German government after the country’s separation. Almost immediately, the manufacture was turned into a mill of cheaply made watches, the majority of these battery powered. Walter returned to Glashütte to rescue his family’s business after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Five years after, in 1994, he presented the initial A. Lange & Söhne resurrection collection–four watches powered by four new mechanical motions displaying an exceptional level of technical innovation and finishing, a high grade which has defined every single view the manufacture has generated since its relaunch. Watches signed Lange could once again become synonymous with creativity and quality. I met Walter Lange only once, on the occasion of the new 200th anniversary. A. Lange & Söhne had invited a small group for dinner at Dresden, not very far in the fabrication, to discover the company’s latest watches, and now I remember the joy with which Walter described the organization’s early years and the sway of his ancestor’s work on the present collection. Among Walter’s final fantasies, which he very briefly mentioned that night, was to find that the manufacture integrate an independent moments complication, among his favourite complications, and one which arose in Lange’s pocket watches in the late 19th century. He saw the project through.
Walter regrettably passed away a year ago now, during the yearly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. Twelve months later and to everybody’s great surprise, A. Lange & Söhne has delivered the opinion Walter hoped that they would. The opinion is called the 1815″Homage to Walter Lange” and it joins other models in Lange’s classically styled 1815 collection. Like them, it steps 40.5mm in diameter and is 10.7mm top. But unlike the rest, the watch features a stoppable jumping seconds mechanism at a wristwatch, made possible thanks to a recently developed calibre. The ancestor of the modern chronograph, the independent jumping seconds complication may time short intervals and measure such matters as one’s heart rate easily–timing longer events is much more complicated and one of the reasons today’s chronograph substituted this mechanism.
Calibre L1924, as noticed from the white gold version of the 1815’Homage To Walter Lange’ The watch includes a conventional rail-way minute scale, with subsidiary small seconds at 6 o’clock. Versions in gold is going to be offered with silver dials, printed numerals and blued steel hands, but Lange is also preparing a special piece in steel. More on that later. According to Lange, the choice to start this bold project took shape following Walter’s passing. Against the odds, Lange’s watchmakers were able to finish the watch earlier this year’s view fair. The new movement, calibre L1924, is average Lange in finishing and style using its three-quarter plate structure, broad stripes, hand-engraved balance penis and chamfered bridges. The title of the movement is really a nod to Walter Lange, who was born in 1924. Lange will be supplying three restricted variations in white gold (145 bits ), pink gold (90 bits ) and yellow gold (27 pieces). All three will be available for $47,000. But there’s one more, unique piece, that Lange is booking to our second auction in May. Along with the bits introduced at SIHH, A. Lange & Söhne has made a decision to create a unique part in stainless steel, which is auctioned off May 12 through the Geneva Watch Auction: SEVEN. This is going to be a rare chance to acquire a truly unique stainless steel piece out of Lange, since the producer barely ever uses that particular metal for cases. Further however, the one-off is different to the restricted variations in a few other ways. It includes a black enamel dial, applied numerals, and polished steel hands. The opinion will also have a special engraving at the back, which reads”Unique Piece” at the top. The opinion will have no book.