Moda Operandi Launches the Audemars Piguet X Carolina Bucci

Moda Operandi is the first retailer to launch the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci Limited Edition watch. You can order this new Audemars Piguet limited edition watch by Italian Jewellery designer Carolina Bucci on Moda Operandi before anyone else.

The creative partnership of Audemars Piguet and Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci delivers another surprise with this eponymous 37mm limited edition Royal Oak in yellow gold. The shiny, silver-toned mirror, framed with the shimmering sparkle of a Frosted Gold case and bracelet, replaces the trademark “Tapisserie” Royal Oak dial. Described by its designer as “rebellious” in character, this is an attention-grabbing piece, made in the image of a contemporary woman: spontaneous, true-to-life and totally unapologetic.

Carolina Bucci’s original 2016 Frosted Gold design celebrated 40 years of Royal Oak for women. With this limited edition of 300 pieces, her design evolves in new directions. For the first time, the “diamond dust” finish appears in yellow gold—the designer’s favourite version of this precious metal. There’s novelty in the packaging as well, with a mirrored box bearing a Frosted Gold AP insignia. This mirrored box is also designed by Carolina Bucci, who believes in pulling out luxury watch packaging from the back of the closet to put it on display.

Chairwoman of Audemars Piguet’s Board of Directors, Jasmine Audemars is an established fan of Frosted Gold and has been wearing the first edition 37mm selfwinding model since 2016. For her, “the creativity behind the Frosted Gold watch is simply amazing. It is both art and a very high level of technology. With Carolina Bucci, we created a kind of masterpiece.” She sees the new limited edition with its mirrored dial as “the final touch:” “It’s unique and fun. Who needs a selfie when you can look at yourself in your watch?”

Chaumet – Joséphine Fantasia

“Joséphine”, the iconic Chaumet collection, has been reinvented, playing with colour, re-enchanting pearls and giving a place to fantasies for every hour and desire. From amethyst and citrine, to peridot, aquamarine and rhodolite garnet, the tones of gemstones combine in joyous compositions with diamonds and pearls. Here everything is legend, each piece in the collection whispering the story of an exceptional woman of yesterday to today.

 

“The soul” of the collection

Exiled from Martinique to Europe, a prisoner of the Revolution, divorced, widowed, devoted mother, lover of the First Consul, Empress of France, divorced once more, and a respected botanist, Joséphine’s life has all the makings of a novel. “Neither completely the one, nor entirely another,” she assumed her various responsibilities with brio, faithfully remaining true to the French art de vivre that characterized her relationship with the world.

 

An imperial inspiration

An 18th-century aristocrat, Joséphine retained memories of life on tropical islands. As Empress, she reinvented the codes of fashion and taste, popularizing her own vision of elegance.

Emboldened by a sense of liberation melding nature and happiness, inspired by the thinking of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, she cast off conventions and corsets, adopting the lightness of voiles, the theatricality of tulles and the transparency of chiffons. Layering and stacking pearls, diamonds, materials and motifs, she invented looks that became essential for the “jet set” of the time. From necklaces and rings, to brooches, earrings, châtelaines, hair ornaments and so on, these “accessories” became precious parures that could be worn depending on the circumstance, inventing the modernity of a fashion adaptable to any moment.

A setting for nature

Joséphine’s wardrobe was a mixture of dazzling and delicate hues. In order to capture the subtle tones of a rose or an orchid, the freshness of an hydrangea, or to evoke the celestial blue of an agapanthus, she had tulles embroidered, layered chiffons and transformed her dresses into living paintings.

Having been born on Martinique, she possessed a love of all things maritime. Her passion for iridescent oriental pearls came from her nostalgia for the ocean, for nature both wild and refined, nourishing her taste for antiquity.

Her highly singular way of melding styles, moving from classical to pastoral, combining land and sea, mixing and matching, and personalizing her bold gestures, represents a modernity that seems very contemporary to our own time.

 

The passion of love

Joséphine invented a modern couple in a time of momentous change, practicing an utterly unprecedented lifestyle à deux. From her wedding until her death, she never ceased loving and caring about Napoléon, the man of her life. Her desire to make a success of her “blended family”, the attention she paid to the education and the future of her children, as well as her embrace of the “clan” composed of an enlarged family circle of nephews and nieces, makes such an unusual level of intimacy very similar to the reality of today’s families.

INTRODUCING THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER LIMITED EDITION

When the OMEGA Speedmaster “Day-Date” was created more than 20 years ago, it featured an intriguing dial design and colour coding that has made a lasting impression on watch fans ever since.

In tribute to that unique Speedmaster, OMEGA is now releasing a special Limited Edition model that reimagines the same classic look.

The new 39.70 mm chronograph is being launched in partnership with the leading watch magazine and tastemaker HODINKEE, which is celebrating its 10thanniversary this year. HODINKEE founder, Ben Clymer, has a particularly strong connection to the original Speedmaster “Day-Date”, as it was a meaningful gift from his grandfather and the very model that ignited his passion for watches.

Speedmaster fans will notice that this is not an exact re-creation. While the triple calendar complication is no longer featured, there are many other familiar touches that recall the original design.

Firstly, the grey/blue dial includes a distinctive minute track as well as luminous Arabic numerals. The black and blue subdial at 9 o’clock is perhaps the most essential part of the “Day-Date” tribute. Originally featured as a day/night indicator, it has now been transformed into a useful function indicator with a propeller-shaped hand.

As well as including black and white hour/minute hands, the central seconds hand is varnished red and includes a yellow airplane tip (a recognisable feature from the “Day-Date” model that has been seen on several Speedmaster designs since the 1970s).

The watch is presented on a grey/blue leather strap, with a stainless steel case that includes a black aluminium bezel and the Speedmaster’s famous tachymeter scale. On the caseback, OMEGA has embossed its Seahorse medallion and added a number of engravings, including “HODINKEE” and “10thAnniversary.” Inside, the watch is driven by the legendary OMEGA Calibre 1861.

The new Speedmaster is limited to just 500 pieces and all models will be sold exclusively through the HODINKEE website and in OMEGA Boutiques within the USA.

Customers who secure their model will receive the watch in a special presentation box with an additional grey NATO strap and changing tool.

F.P. Journe

The lineSport collection broadens with the new Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante is available in 3 versions : one in Platinum PT 950, one in 18k red Gold and one in Titanium grade 5. The case of 44 mm diameter and 12 mm thick encloses the new monopoussoir split second chronograph  movement with a very large date. It is made in 18K rose Gold for the Platinum and the red Gold versions and in Aluminium alloy for the Titanium version.

The precious metal bracelets are assorted to their respective case. Two new bracelets in Platinum and red Gold with matte finishing have been developed while the Titanium bracelet is identical to the existing lineSport version. Rubber inserts are fixed on the case and the bracelet links to protect the watch from frictions on smooth surface like bumpers of ancient automobiles.

The links attached to the case are also articulated to adapt to the different wrist sizes with an adjustable folding clasp in length of approximately 5 mm.

This Chronograph features a power reserve of 80 hours making it possible to efficiently use the chronograph with the rattrapante function after 2 days and a very large date in a window of 5.20 x 2.80 mm provides an increased readability.

For each of the 3 versions, a dial of a different colour :

For the Platinum model, a blue-mauve colour silver guilloche dial with appliques numerals in matte white Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte rhodied hands.

For the red Gold model a silver guilloche dial covered with Ruthenium and appliques numerals in matte red Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte 5N Golden hands.

For the Titanium model, a dial in Aluminum alloy of anthracite colour with appliques numerals with Superluminova, 2 chronograph counters in engraved sapphire and hands with Superluminova.

The tachymetric bezel inlaid with ceramic and the new typographic numerals are a reminder of  the Only Watch timepiece.

A rubber overmolded crown with 3 positions:

  • Position 1: winding – position 2: correction of the very large date – position 3 : time setting.

The pusher are made in the same metal as the case:

  • A pusher at 2h for the chronograph start, stop and back to zero functions.
  • A pusher at 4h for the rattrapante.

This new calibre 1518 with manual winding, conceived by F.P.Journe, is as usual entirely made in our Manufacture. F.P.Journe perpetuates the watchmaking tradition and maintains exclusive craftsmanship since every experienced watchmaker performs all the assembly stages from beginning to end, a unique case in the profession.

Inspired by the Chronograph made for Only Watch, this new movement features a chronograph direct gearing with a rocking pinion avoiding the jump of the hand at the start.

An important development was required to integrate the very large date in a total height of only 6.80 mm, a signature of the brand.

The magnificent finishing and decorations of the movement visible through a transparent sapphire back are one of the numerous qualities of F.P.Journe Haute Horology timepieces.

The chronograph and the split-second function: two related inventions

Early days of the chronograph

 Talking about the word chronograph, you will probably think of Nicolas-Matthieu Rieussec. And for good reason, since he invented, in 1822, the mechanism for “writing the time”, which derives its name from the Greek chronos andgraphô. Yet, summing up the history of the chronograph in this way would deprive you from the rest of this exciting story and the steps that led to the invention of the modern chronograph.

Even before contemplating to measure the time, instruments capable of displaying the time with extreme accuracy and to determine the seconds were needed. Research of astronomers, mathematicians and watchmakers is thus correlated. George Graham (1673-1751) seems to be the first to be interested in a mechanical solution for the division of seconds (theoretically 1/16 of a second) to then measure the duration of a phenomenon. Problems encountered: the device does not display the time and must be set to 0 and stopped manually.

The next step is the display of the independent second: an independent seconds-hand is incorporated on a mechanism displaying the time, by means of an additional gear train that allows displaying the time division(1/5 of a second for 18,000 vibrations per hour) with a start/stop function that does not influence on the watch functioning.

While Jean Romilly, Geneva watchmaker settled in Paris presented to the Royal Academy of Sciences a watch with repeater and off-centered seconds in 1758, Jean-Moïse Pouzait proposed in 1776 an independent dead bet second watch.

Scientists for whom measurement of time was associated with many of their experiences, were particularly seeking for precision instruments.

Louis Moinet, inspired by the work of astronomers and aware of their needs, offers in 1816 his version of a counter. This invention, which he named “compteur de tierces”, is described in his Traité d’Horlogerie of 1853 (Volume II, p. 430-431). With a seconds-hand showing the 1/60th, that is a balance wheel beating 216,000 vibrations per hour, we can easily imagine the difficulties associated with this counter: lubrication, premature wear, energy consumption, etc… It should be noted that in this same treaty he doesn’t hesitate to largely quote the works of his peers at the time.

Meanwhile, soldiers sought to give more precision to their shots with these precision instruments. The works signed by Breguet also contain “military counter to count the troops’ pace.” These devices beat 76 times per minute instead of 60 times. We find descriptions thereof starting 1819.

Lighter but just as strategic aspects, especially for bookmakers, led Rieussec to his invention that gave his name to the chronograph, used in horse racing: it included an enamel dial that turned on itself in 1 minute. On this enamel dial was painted a scale of seconds stringing under a system that placed a drop of ink when a button outside the box was operated . This watch was writing the time, thus the name derived from the Greek “Chronos”- the timeand “Graphô” – to writethat gave the name used today “chronograph”, that should not be confused with the chronometer, qualifying a precision timepiece.

The system was improved, including by the watchmaker Frédéric-Louis Fatton, student of Abraham Louis Breguet. His watch had a fixed dial and its seconds-hand had a small ink tank. This hand was fitted with a device connected to a button located outside the housing. By pressing this button, the hand deposited a fine drop of ink on the dial.

The report of the exhibition of French industry products of 1823 thus speaks about the work of Breguet and Rieussec. The latter received a bronze medal for his work.

As to the modern chronograph, Adolphe Nicole, from Vallée de Joux but practicing in London under the trade name Nicole & Capt, invented in 1862 the system that allowed rewinding the seconds-hand to its initial position after stopping it. It fitted his zero-reset mechanism with a heart-piece, a component still used nowadays.

Complication particularly sought for its functionality, the chronograph has continued to modernize up to our days. Extremely complex to implement, it requires great precision in its construction in order to provide an accurate reading of the time. Today, François Paul Journe is part of the lineage of the great watchmakers of the 18thcentury and contributes to progress with the launch single-button split-second chronograph.

The split-second function for a faithful reading of an interval

For a more precise and comfortable reading of these precision instruments, it quickly became essential to stop the hand showing the intervals.

In 1827, Louis-Frédéric Perrelet innovates with a two seconds-hands watch. One of the hands could be stopped at will and by a second press on the same button, the hand was catching up the first hand that had continued its functioning.

Around 1831 Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl invented a system of “split-second” that was stopping the seconds-hand, then this hand could catch its stop time, provided that it didn’t exceed 30 seconds. The characteristic of this first system called “nib” and of the second system that he would invent later, this time fitted with two overlapping seconds-hands, is that they are based on the seconds wheel and not on the chronograph’s mechanism.

We shall also refer to the works of Henri Robert, author of various articles of the Modern Encyclopedia, reported by the Société d’Encouragement, in 1833, with the precise description of a “chronometric counter and travel alarm clock” whose characteristic is the split-second mechanism in a register at 12 o’clock (see the picture).

It was around 1880 that the split-second function appeared in its current form. While there have been many chronographs manufacturers begining with this period, the names related to the flyback hand are much fewer. And when talking about the flyback hand, we automatically think of the most complicated parts, such as, for example “La Merveilleuse” of Ami Lecoultre, produced in collaboration with Louis-Elysée Piguet, who received the bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878.                         

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OMEGA’s 2018 “Speedy Tuesday”

For the second time, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is offering online sales of a new #SpeedyTuesday timepiece via its @OMEGA Instagram channel.

OMEGA’s Speedmaster Limited Edition 42 mm “Ultraman” is a tribute to the key character in the ULTRAMAN series, a collection of shows created by Tsuburaya Productions in Japan: one of the most famous examples of the Kaiju “giant monster” genre. 

Though OMEGA’s new “Speedy Tuesday” certainly has a sense of fun, with its 70’s Japanese sci-fi references, the Speedmaster “Ultraman” boasts genuine space credentials, as it shares its DNA with OMEGA’s 1967 “Moonwatch”.

A stand-out feature of that classic ’67chronograph was its distinctive orange seconds hand, which drew the attention of the production team behind the fourth instalment in the ULTRAMAN series: RETURN OF ULTRAMAN. As the bold orange perfectly matched the suits of the heroic Monster Attack Team, OMEGA’s “Moonwatch” became an essential part of their beast-battling kit.

On the new “Ultraman” the seconds hand draws its inspiration from the ’67 original, embracing the same dimensions and shade of orange. As an extension of this theme, the new watch also features a black/orange bezel in anodized aluminium.

The classic Speedmastersubdials of the new “Speedy Tuesday” hold a few surprises. As Ultraman was only able to stay in superhero-mode for 3 minutes, the minute subdial at 3 o’clock features the first 3 minutes picked-out in orange. On the seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, there’s a hidden silhouette of Ultraman’s profile, which is revealed by a special tool available with the watch. The strap changer, identical to Ultraman’s Beta Capsule, features a UV lamp at one end, which when shined on the dial, reveals the image.

A vintage OMEGA logo on the dial adds a retro touch and the caseback features an engraving of #SpeedyTuesday and the words QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS. The watch is presented on a black and orange NATO strap and comes with a spare black leather strap.

Limited to just 2,012 pieces, the OMEGA Speedmaster 42 mm “Ultraman” is a true collectable and is presented in its own hexagonal box: a tribute to the futuristic table used by Ultraman’s Monster Attack Team.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.omegawatches.com/speedytuesday-speedmaster-limited-edition-42mm-ultraman/

History is reborn with the “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition”

OMEGA is a company world-renowned for its pioneering history of exquisite craftsmanship. Now, for its latest creation, the brand has reintroduced a real piece of technology from its past. The “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition” is an ambitious new collection comprising of just 18 watches – with each one housing an original 18’’’ CHRO calibre from 1913.

Through a special and dedicated process, the prized calibres have been delicately refurbished by the experts at OMEGA’s Atelier Tourbillon and given a new lease of life for use inside these new Limited Edition models.

The “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition” was proudly launched at the brand’s “Museum Night” in Biel, Switzerland on July the 2nd. As well as hearing from some very special speakers, guests were also treated to the first glimpse of the new watch.

 

 

The Worlds of CHAUMET exhibition

CHAUMET will present, at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum of Tokyo, The Worlds of CHAUMET exhibition; a new journey through its history, culture, savoir-faire and style. The historical link that the Maison has built with the Arts is echoed by the vocation of the most “European” of Japanese museums, dedicated to the fine and visual arts.

Under the direction of Henri Loyrette, honorary president of the Musée du Louvre, and Akiya Takahashi, director of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the exhibition will unfold through a succession of different chapters, each with its own theme. The whole of the exhibition is enriched by a constant dialogue between jewellery and artistic movements, and between historic and contemporary pieces. The exhibition scenography designed by Bureau Betak will feature an innovative presentation of jewels and include many surprises.

Some 300 jewellery creations from the 18th century to today, objets d’art, paintings and drawings, and a number of previously unseen archives, will be on display to the public. Forty distinguished collections as well as fifteen prestigious museums and institutions have lent their support to this special event. The exhibition illustrates the way CHAUMET opened its view on the rest of the world from the second half of the 19th century to receive diverse influences and, in return, radiated its own Parisian style to become a major actor in the history to taste.CHAUMET pays a particular tribute to Japan and its culture, with which it has established strong ties since the late 18th century. From the Ancien Régime to today, including the Japonism movement of the Belle Epoque, the artistic encounter bears witness to a mutual culture of excellence. The high point of this section is a High Jewellery set created especially for the exhibition; an ode to Nature’s delicacy, it is an evocation of this source of inspiration shared by Japanese art and the designers of the Maison.

 

Cartier

Cartier Launches New Panthère de Cartier Watch
Annabelle Wallis is the New Face of Panthère de Cartier
For 2018 the Panthère de Cartier watch adopts a generous range of feminine looks. The bracelet, available in a double or triple loop, glints with lusty sensuality. Its flowing form is supple on the skin as the iconic style of the Panthère de Cartier watch layers elegance upon elegance. The dainty square case with rounded corners and the intuitive design are quintessentially Cartier. Annabelle Wallisembodies the Panthère woman for Cartier, becoming the new Panthère ambassador for watchmaking and jewellery. She is a cosmopolitan woman of the world: the multilingual British actress speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.

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Official hashtags
#CartierHK
#PanthèredeCartier
#BoldandFearless

Cartier Website:
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SWAROVSKI LETS THE SWAN TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT

Leading global jewelry brand, Swarovski, highlighted the oh-so-iconic swan motif at Bangkok’s dazzling ‘Let The Swan Take The Spotlight’ event.

The swan has been synonymous with the Swarovski brand since 1989. This icon of femininity has a lot of personality, just like Swarovski jewelry. The new Swarovski Facet Swan Collection is elegance defined through modernity.

This year, the Facet Swan collection is more special than ever with global collaboration with one of the most popular South Korean actress, Park Shin Hye, who has long collaborated with Swarovski since the beginning of 2016, has recently been selected as the jewelry brand’s global model for this dazzling collection. This is the very first time a South Korean has been nominated as the global influencer of Swarovski.

The ‘Let The Swan Take The Spotlight’ event is held at Bangkok’s latest rooftop bar, Vanilla Sky, at the Compass Skyview Hotel. The high-rise luxury establishment is nestled in the heart of Bangkok. The modern sky bar is the perfect location to unveil this iconic and modern collection. The ideal venue also offers a panoramic, breathtaking view of Bangkok’s cosmopolitan skyline.

The iconic collection of delicate rose gold-plated accessories marks a new generation in a long history of legendary Swarovski swans. A distinctive and dimensional crystal pavé swan set in rose gold plating is a recurring element across this refined collection.

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Chaumet – Crown Your Love

In the beginning was the love between Napoleon and Josephine, celebrated by the Maison.

Today, the Chaumet wedding pays tribute to the spirit of that mythical union, offering each woman the choice of distinction and elegance. From the emblematic Joséphine collection to the other lines, the Maison proposes infinite possibilities to create one’s own ring, for a unique event.

Founding myth

Throughout its history, Chaumet has placed happiness at the heart of its creativity, celebrating tender feelings, love and passion. The intimate witness of its client’s cherished moments, Chaumet provides the precious milestones of a couple’s existence; engagement rings, wedding bands, tiaras… the eternal symbols that accompany the ceremonies of affection. From the tiara to the aigrette ring, marriage, the founding ceremony of the Maison’s identity, holds a place of honour in Chaumet creations.

Every love story is unique

All of the Maison’s creations exalt the bond between two beings and offer infinite possibilities for a unique event. The solitaires tell the story of the Maison and embody the Chaumet style of airy settings that enhance the splendour of diamonds, with nine different models.

Crown your love

the customised exceptional solitaire

The Chaumet difference resides in these emblematic wedding collections that offer a large creative palette, so that every love story becomes unique. Thanks to a vast choice of settings and stones, the “Crown Your Love” service gives couples the opportunity to create their own personal engagement ring, an immaculate and unique creation made just for them. The nine models can be adorned with certified diamonds weighing between 0.3 and 1.20 carats, and up to 1.7 carats for the

Frisson collection. Only at Chaumet: couples can consult the GIA certificates of the diamonds on offer, starting at 0.30 carats and adding a tenth for a precise carat weight. This allows them to choose their stone according to the most precise criteria, the traditional 4Cs, as well as additional ones such as symmetry. It takes just three to four weeks to receive the ring of one’s dreams.

For each solitaire its own wedding band

For Chaumet, solitaires and wedding bands are a perfect fit; each line has its own wedding bands for her or for him. The signature collections have been enriched with a stackable wedding band; the iconic Joséphine takes on the V-shape of the aigrette, Liens curves to welcome the crossing ribbon motif and the graphic honeycomb structure of Bee my Love nests into that of its solitaire. Torsade and Plume also echo the lines of the collection. A selection of simple bands, Les Eternelles de Chaumet, offers pave-set, rounded or bevel-edged models.

For men, the Liens wedding band and Dandy watch express the discreet elegance of the esthete. Heirs of the Chaumet visual codes, these pieces evoke style rather than fashion. The Torsade, Plume and Intemporelles Les Eternelles de Chaumet wedding bands have also been designed just for men.