Rarely has a collection been so rapidly expanded. Unveiled just a year ago, the Smartwatch Ladies Vitality range now contains nine variations with five new ones being added to the existing four. Dazzling, classic or sassy – an accessory for every mood!
How to incorporate the latest technology without compromising on aesthetics… that was the challenge for the Smartwatch Ladies Vitality, launched in summer 2020. Beneath a beautiful and traditional dial, lies a Swiss Made calibre capable of displaying essential daily information on request: heart rate, activity tracker, messages and notifications, weather, alarm, chronograph and plenty more besides.
From the outset, Frederique Constant decided to develop an oh so feminine range of watches measuring 36 mm in diameter, featuring decorative floral dials and luxury finishes, like rose gold plated cases with two-tone steel/rose gold plated straps.
The splendour of steel
Frederique Constant is adding five new coloured versions to its range, suitable for special occasions or everyday use. All are bright and colourful, complete with rubber straps for travelling the world or walking on the beach, still 36 mm in diameter, and as competitively priced as ever.
The first three all have a steel case with luminescent hands, luminescent applique hour markers and a steel crown. One fashion-forward and decidedly girly design includes a dial and strap in a new shade of pink for the manufacture, without being overwhelming. Another creation incorporates one of the most popular colours in watchmaking right now – blue. Soft pastel, the link between sky and sea; designed for the free-spirited individual. Finally, the third steel model embraces the subtle and delicate shade of light grey. Bold but elegant, for those who dare to think outside the box, this watch is ready for everyday adventure.
Sporty or chic? How about both…
The remaining two versions clearly embody the classic quality prized by Frederique Constant, the delicate warmth of the rose gold-plated case being picked up on the hour markers, hands and crown. Both styles incorporate the grey and blue of the steel designs, as well as rubber straps in matching colours; sporty and chic, they assert their uncompromising character by refusing to choose!
Engineered for daily life
Inside these new versions still ticks the FC-286 movement, exclusive to Frederique Constant. Designed and assembled in Switzerland, it is the only one to offer nearly all of the most popular smart functions within its traditional style Swiss Made case.
In this way, the Smartwatch Ladies Vitality analyses physical activity, heart rate – achieved by integrating the very latest Philips Wearable Sensing sensors – and ensures the user’s well-being at night too. Capable of analysing sleep quality (deep, light, wakefulness), it is also equipped with an intelligent alarm to wake you up at the optimum time, using the analysis of sleep cycles. Based on the monitoring of all these metrics, the Dynamic coach can provide personalised guidance to help you stay in shape, as well.
In terms of external monitoring, the Smartwatch Ladies Vitality shows the weather, a second time zone, automatic time and date synchronisation, as well as notifications of calls and messages (e.g.: Mail, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, WeChat, Viber, Uber, KakaoTalk, Pinterest, Spotify).
This year, the Maison celebrates the birth of its watchmaking founder, exactly 300 years ago on July 28, 1721. For this occasion, the Grande Seconde Moon has been reimagined in two exclusive anniversary editions: one explores the traditions of the Maison and the other explores its modern inspirations.
What piece perfectly embodies the spirit of Jaquet Droz? Without a doubt, it is the most recognizable face: the Grande Seconde. Based on a figure “8” design, this creation organizes time in a unique way, with off-centered hours and minutes at the top, complemented by a large seconds dial at 6 o’clock. This simple, sleek and timeless design has been given the utmost care to preserve its essence, while necessary evolutions have been made to adapt it to contemporary watchmaking. Among these is the Moon Phase, which has led to the birth of the Grande Seconde Moon.
Today, Jaquet Droz has extensively redesigned its icon to offer two exclusive versions that reflect its dual heritage: on the one hand respecting its age-old craftsmanship, and on the other, a desire to take the Grande Seconde Moon into the 21st century.
Now, for the first time, these two new models feature a 41 mm diameter. The Grande Seconde Moon, which has previously been available in 43 mm and 39 mm versions, comes in a comfortable and contemporary 41 mm diameter, suitable for both men’s and women’s wrists.
The first piece pays tribute to Pierre Jaquet-Droz and embodies the traditional aspects of the Maison. It is equipped with an ivory Grand Feu enamel dial, a signature of the Maison’s expertise, with Roman numerals for the hours and minutes, and Arabic numerals for the seconds, all in the purest traditional spirit of the Grande Seconde. It is worn on a midnight blue strap, evoking the starry sky that reveals the Moon.
The second piece features a matte black dial in an intense, dark astral variation, which gracefully reveals the Moon Phase. For the first time, the piece loses its Arabic and Roman numerals for its hour-minute indications. Here, they are replaced by red gold indexes, giving the piece a more contemporary, structured and refined style. This modern look is emphasized by a hand-made strap in matte black calfskin.
With a truly contemporary approach, Jaquet Droz has designed a new Grande Seconde Moon with only two tones, where the brightness of the red gold is matched only by the depth of the intense black.
These two variations of the Grande Seconde Moon 300th Anniversary edition both feature an 18K red gold case, which houses the 2660QL4 self-winding movement, with a 68-hour power reserve, as well as a silicon balance spring and pallet lugs. Jaquet Droz has equipped it with an in-house development that gives its Moon Phase unparalleled accuracy. Known as the Mechanism 135, it considerably reduces the usual margins of error of the Moon Phase display and only requires a single adjustment every 122 years. This is as close as possible to a real synodic revolution (29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes for the Grande Seconde Moon, for an actual revolution of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds), this Mechanism 135, resting on a 135-tooth lunar disk (instead of the usual 59) guarantees the piece an age-old precision that can be adjusted with a stylus, using an invisible corrector hidden in the case at 8 o’clock.
Each version is hand-engraved with “Pierre Jaquet-Droz, 300ème Anniversaire” on the back, where the sapphire case reveals a red gold oscillating weight, turning to the rhythm of a time that Jaquet Droz has recorded for more than three centuries.
Uniquely appealing and technically complex, the RM 74-01 and RM 74-02 In-House Automatic Tourbillons offer two new versions of the fully in-house automatic tourbillon calibre. These two striking models, both with the same ultra-skeletonised heart, are distinguished by the materials used for their cases as well as by their aesthetics, making them fraternal twins with unique personalities.
The RM 74-01 features grey Cermet, whose remarkable resistance to corrosion and scratches is particularly well-suited for a case application. Combining the lightness of titanium with the hardness of ceramic, grey Cermet consists of a metallic zirconium matrix associated with high-performance ceramic inserts. The hardness of the material, which is comparable to that of a diamond, was particularly appropriate for the case of this model. Many years of development on the part of Richard Mille and the IMI Group (a microtechnology specialist), went into designing this material and its singular grey colour. Meanwhile, the grade 5 titanium caseband, bridges and baseplate smoothly and harmoniously complement the case construction.
For its part, the RM 74-02 is enhanced with another material exclusive to Richard Mille in watchmaking, Gold Carbon TPT®. This time the technical challenge lay in combining a singular composite material (Carbon TPT®) and a precious metal (gold leaf). Years of work went into its development. A watchmaking constitutive whose resistance is matched only by its lightness, it kindles a striking contrast between the matte black of carbon and the aura of gold. Its dusky silhouette is shot with threads of 24-carat yellow gold, whose radiance extends over the baseplate and the red-gold caseband with polished pillars as well as the crown encircled with yellow gold.
The twin cores of these two models are the in-house CRMT6 calibre for the RM 74-01 and the CRMT5 calibre in the case of the RM 74-02. The materials used for the baseplate and bridges are PVD- and electroplasma-treated grade 5 titanium for the former, while the latter favours yellow and red gold. Beating to the rhythm of a tourbillon regulator with a free-sprung balance wheel, the constant energy flow from their fast-winding barrels is gently diffused via the involute profile gear teeth to ensure 50 hours of mechanical ballet. Both movements draw their energy from a variable-geometry rotor that allows each watch and its winding to be personalised to the profile of its owner.
The characteristically slender lines of the RM 74-01 and RM 74-02 particularly highlight their respective tourbillons, majestically positioned at 6 o’clock within their frames. The specific work done on the flange with bevelled festoon highlights the movement of each watch, while graceful touches of hand finishing further refine the delicate features of these two pieces, combining elegance and watchmaking science to perfection.
Following the launch of the first Highlife models unveiled last September, Frederique Constant is adding a new collection especially for women, simply named “Highlife Ladies Automatic“. The latter features three designs – the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling, Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat and Highlife Ladies Automatic – combining over 30 years of watchmaking expertise and the desire to come up with an authentic creation for 21st century women. The timepieces in this collection also feature the Highlife’s hallmark strap, which is built into the case and can be changed at will – the secret to making watches truly timeless and ensuring they always strike the right note.
Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling
Part of eternity on your wrist
The first piece from this collection – the new Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling – is intended for modern women looking for uncompromising elegance and an accessory that can keep up with their everyday life without sacrificing charm, finesse or authenticity.
Reproducing the various nuances of the Milky Way on the wrist, this true ode to femininity invites the wearer on a journey. The cosmic blue dial of the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling features various specks, representing stars. The contemporary product of an original design by the Manufacture that met with worldwide success, it has been replicated and upgraded for the first time within the new Highlife Ladies.
At the centre of its dial, you can almost catch a glimpse of celestial gleam, with its delicate nuances reflected in the bezel, which is fully set with diamonds. Like stars scattering the vastness of space, eight diamond index hour markers complete this cosmic and dreamlike composition, which comes with a steel strap, as well as a second interchangeable white rubber strap. The combination of steel, diamond and wonderfully pure rubber range in colour from pale grey to the shiniest diamond, via infinite nuances depending on the reflections adorning the piece. In sunlight or moonlight, from midday to midnight, the Highlife Ladies Automatic Sparkling moves around the sun and the moon dial with grace and modernity, beating to the rhythm of those who live for the moment.
Highlife Ladies Automatic
The Essence of Frederique Constant
The Highlife Ladies Automatic is the perfect balance of classic, sporty and modern. Depending on your individual preference, it can also be customised by swapping the original bracelet for the rubber strap supplied with the watch. The first all-steel variation with its black dial and additional khaki strap can be made to take on a modern and adventurous look, for those who want a timepiece suited to everyday life and able to keep up with them in all situations.
The second, more glamorous version, is entirely rose gold plated and comes with an additional pink rubber strap. Girly and trendy, complete with diamond-set bezel, the piece fully embraces the spirit of excellence and refinement intrinsic to the Geneva-based watchmaker.
Finally, the third version puts the emphasis on grey, as can be seen on its subdued yet luminous dial. The steel/grey dial model also comes with another interchangeable strap, this time in sky blue rubber.
Each of these variations features the engraved globe on the surface of the dial that plays with multiple shades of light, another feature of the Highlife models. Hands and applique hour markers are tinged with luminescent material, the last of them, positioned at 12 o’clock, is always doubled – another Highlife signature detail, the only choice for those for whom the right time is first and foremost… theirs!
Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat
The next generation
The latest Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models capture the legacy of the Manufacture and carry it toward new creative horizons. At 12 o’clock, the pieces proudly display the window on their mechanical heart, made famous by Frederique Constant. Known as the “Heart Beat”, it lets you see the beating heart of the watch, its mechanical movement. It also reveals some essential components of Swiss Made precision.
Alongside this emblematic feature of the Maison, you’ll find the famous engraved globe. Symbolising the Earth, unity and balance, it is also the icon of a new generation that shares the same ideal for sustainable and sensible living – an ethic in perfect harmony with that of Frederique Constant, which champions quality, reliable watches that are both transferable and accessible to as many people as possible.
Two Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat models have been specially created for modern women who want to embrace grace and elegance at all times. They come in an all-steel option, or in rose gold plated steel, complete with rose gold-plated bezel and crown. For the detail-oriented, each version comes with an additional interchangeable rubber strap – sky blue in the case of the steel version and pink for the two-tone version. The Highlife Ladies Automatic Heart Beat can be made to look classic or stylish, cheeky or elegant to suit the time, mood or season!
The PASHA Watch Saga
A watch originating in the archives and dating back to 1943, with its powerful lines, grid, Arabic numerals, crown cover and clous carré, it became the inspiration for the Pasha watch over forty years later.
Launched in 1985, its name pays tribute to the Pasha of Marrakesh, a lover of fine watchmaking and lifelong customer of Louis Cartier. Extraordinary diameter, chained crown and entirely in yellow gold: it will very quickly become a heritage piece. Its extroverted design is utterly in tune with the hedonism of the time. Bring joy to yourself, show off your happiness and be seen! It crystallises the success of an entire generation.
Soon, women will be stealing it from men for the power it exudes. It appears on the covers of women’s magazines who photograph it directly on shirt cuffs. Ultra-contemporary and ultravisible, it has become the standout watch of popular fashion editors. Women adopt this powerful signature that meets their desire for liberation. They achieve success and want it to be known.
That’s why the Pasha de Cartier has been an iconic watch since its creation. For this reason, it has inspired a host of Cartier variations: from the Pasha C, the first to introduce steel in 1995 to the Pasha 32, precious and officially feminine (1998), and from the Pasha 42 with its greater dimensions (2005) to the Miss Pasha in 2009, introducing a mini version, joyous and colourful.
Style, strength of character, energy, pulse – the Pasha watch has always appealed to those who think big. A broad world view which echoes the positive conception of today’s entirely new generation of successful talent.
The Come-Back of PASHA
In 2020, Cartier brought the iconic Pasha watch back to life by inaugurating new, unique and diverse creative projects that set them apart from previous generations.
Faithful to the original model but even more sophisticated with its crown featuring a blue spinel or sapphire, interchangeable strap and its multiple possibilities of personalisation, the Pasha de Cartier watch for the 2020s is classic yet contemporary and remains as edgy as ever.
Steel or gold cases, new 30mm or 41mm sizes, Pasha stands out as a cult watch for a new generation made of both men & women. Yet, with an idea to resonate the spirit of the collection, the new references display a bolder design, displaying Cartier enriched know-how with chronographs, steel skeleton, diamond-set panthère skeleton or serti-vibrant dials.
The PASHA Community
As a celebration of the rebirth of the cult watch, the Maison unveiled in 2020 a new campaign highlighting a community of unique personalities who are changing the codes of success by forging exceptional and diverse paths of creativity. With this campaign, Cartier recalls the unique ability of these creators to transcend preconceived ideas and forge new, exceptional paths towards achievement. The Maison entrusted the articulation of this vision to New York fashion photographer Craig Mc Dean, with images centered around the new Pasha ambassadors Rami Malek, Troye Sivan, Willow Smith, Maisie Williams and Jackson Wang.
Time is precious on OMEGA’s latest Aqua Terra timepieces, which feature hour markers in diamonds or rubies. The 2021 models are all about elegance, with fabulous new wave-embossed dials and luxurious bezels. Perfect for women who like to be dazzled on the hour, every hour.
The new 34 mm models highlighted here, are in stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold and feature a symmetrical polished-brushed case body, a polished bezel set with diamonds, central hour/minute and seconds hands in diamond-polished 18K Sedna™ gold – and a date window at 6H.
With these exquisite watches, checking the time is a feast for the eyes. The latest models include beautiful wave-embossed dials, which evoke the gentle rippling surface of the ocean. To add softness and warmth, each one is also offered in a unique new colour. This includes a nude dial encircled with 11 marquise-cut diamond hour markers, or a pale pink dial with 11 marquise-cut ruby hour-markers.
Shimmer or Shine
In addition to dials that dazzle, OMEGA is offering luxurious new ways for Aqua Terra fans to fix their watch to the wrist. There is an integrated bracelet in stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, with polished central links, brushed external links and a butterfly clasp – or shimmering leather straps in red or nude.
Not Just a Pretty Face
On the 2021 editions, the screw-in caseback is polished-brushed with a wave-edged design, engraved with “AQUA TERRA” and the watch’s water resistance. The flat sapphire crystal on the caseback allows a clear view of OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, certified at the industry’s highest level by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). As always, OMEGA’s worldwide 5-year warranty applies to all of the new Aqua Terra timepieces.
Born in 1952, the Constellation has become OMEGA’s enduring symbol of beauty and precision. The iconic look we know today, with the distinguishing claws and half moon facets, first arrived in 1982, and has since become one of the world’s most recognised watch designs. This year, OMEGA is adding a new range of Small Seconds models to the collection, enhanced with extra diamonds and a number of unique details.
The watches, with a new 34 mm size, will be offered in a choice of 18K Sedna™ gold, stainless steel, or a combination of both. On top of each case, the bezels will feature engraved Roman Numerals, or a circle of 38 full-cut diamonds.
5th Generation Details
In keeping with the 5th generation Constellation makeover that was launched in 2018, all of the watch’s brushed components are complemented by polished bevelling along the casebody and bracelet, while a polished crown also adds to the slimline look. For the most essential Constellation feature, the famous claws are polished and bevelled, and integrated smoothly around the sides of the case.
Most noticeably, a special symmetry has been given to these new Small Seconds watches. Along with a round date window at 6H, OMEGA has used incremental diamonds for the hour markers, which have been placed in 18K gold holders, and arranged by size around the dial. Furthermore, OMEGA has added rings for the Small Seconds subdial, as well as the Central Minute Track. On some models, these rings are presented in 18K Sedna™ gold with the addition of delicate single-cut diamonds.
Finally, the use of 18K Sedna™ gold or 18K white gold continues for the leaf-shaped hands, the Small Seconds hand, and the applied OMEGA logo and Constellation star.
Taking the Constellation in a vibrant new direction, each of these models is presented with a dial of exquisite colour. The first models to be revealed feature dials in sun-brushed burgundy, which exude a sense of luxurious heritage as well as sophistication. Other dials to follow in the collection will include mother-of-pearl, sun-brushed peacock blue or light chestnut.
Strap and Bracelets
While some of these Small Seconds timepieces will be set on colourful leather straps to match the dials, the full metal versions will include the Constellation’s legendary mono-rang bracelets. Featuring brushed links with polished central bars, the bracelets also have a butterfly clasp and easy comfort adjustment.
Master Chronometer Certified
On the inside, the watches are driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8802 / 8803, offering the Swiss industry’s highest certified standard of precision, performance and magnetic resistance. Each timepiece also comes with OMEGA’s full 5-year warranty.
Discover the Grand Central Tourbillon, the new outstanding 2021 Franck Muller collection.
The Grand Central puts the Tourbillon in the spotlight, placing it in the center of the timepiece, on an exceptional guilloché dial.
Its manufactured movement was fully developed in-house during the last two years. With its redesigned Cintrée Curvex™ case and central Tourbillon, Franck Muller demonstrates, once again, its incredible savoir-faire.
1921 – 2021, 100 years of boldness and a playful twist.
Three watches celebrate a signature design
In 1921, Vacheron Constantin seized the powerful momentum of the Roaring Twenties to create a watch with an avant-garde design produced primarily for the American market. In 2021, the Maison is celebrating the anniversary of this icon, particularly appreciated by collectors and connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie, with three new interpretations of the American 1921 model. A contemporary take on a legendary watch, honouring the visionary boldness of the Manufacture. These novelties presented at Watches & Wonders 2021, as well as the historical models epitomize the Maison’s ‘classic with a twist’ theme for 2021. They embody Vacheron Constantin’s creative energy, guided by an identity that celebrates heritage and dares to deliver the unexpected.
It is distinguished by its elegant and classic yet quirkily original appearance. More than just a watch, it is a symbol, an emblematic expression of Vacheron Constantin’s creativity. Introduced exactly a century ago, the American 1921 model is one of the most outstanding landmarks in the heritage of the Manufacture, which celebrates its avantgarde spirit through three new variations dedicated to vintage watch collectors and connoisseurs.
A cushion-type case, the diagonal display, the crown positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock are all visual twists testifying to an aesthetic that appeals as much by its offset design as its timeless nature. Three new versions of the American 1921 are presented to mark the 100th anniversary: two models in 18K white gold and a 100-piece limited edition from the Collection Excellence Platine, powered by the in-house manual-winding movement, Calibre 4400 AS. With its generous 28.50 mm diameter magnified by the transparency of the sapphire caseback, this calibre is offset from its usual axis, while its imposing barrel ensures an approximately 65-hour (three-day) power reserve.
A Roaring Twenties icon
The origin of the watch can be even traced back to 1919. At the time, the Maison experimented with numerous case shapes, always in small series. The wristwatch became then a genre in its own, which found its style notably in the shapes it adopted, especially the cushion one. Few pieces were manufactured in 1919. Two years later, Vacheron Constantin produced another small series for the USA, hence named American 1921, which defined the re-design of the current Historiques model.
Behind the unusual design of the 1920s creation lies the quintessence of the Roaring Twenties, which for nearly a decade brought a wind of renewal to the United States and Europe. Synonymous with artistic and cultural effervescence, the period was a time for boldness and overturning conventions. Economic growth was in full swing; a scantily clad Josephine Baker danced wearing a barely-there banana skirt; clubs and dance halls throbbed to the sound of Charleston dance music and jazz; the surrealists took centre stage on the art scene… In Vacheron Constantin’s workshops, the powerful inventive surge of these years also gave rise to new perspectives. At a time when pocket watches were beginning to give way to wristwatches, the miniaturisation of watch movements paved the way for a burst of creativity. All kinds of fanciful touches were permissible on the wrist, as witnessed by the vintage 1921 model, a clever blend of sobriety and irreverence in a classic with a twist.
A sought-after watch
The American 1921 model stands out first and foremost in terms of design, with an elegantly understated cushion-shaped case defining its look. It is also distinguished by a stage-setting approach to the path of time. Unexpectedly offset by means of a 45-degree counter-clockwise rotation, the calibre enables a diagonal reading of time, while the crown is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock in the upper right-hand corner of the case. The result is a watch that is as strikingly original as it is appealing.
The initial versions produced were notably appreciated by driving enthusiasts who could thus read the time at a glance without having to take their hands from the steering wheel. The perfect gentleman driver’s watch, it was also adopted by elegant and avant-garde circles. A look through the archives reveals that two such watches belonged to American writer and clergyman Samuel Parkes-Cadman. Renowned for his fight for racial equality and the struggle against anti-Semitism, the man was a pioneer at heart. He is notably known to have been one of the first to use radio to broadcast his sermons to several million listeners; and is thought to have opted for this watch because it allowed him to read the time easily and discreetly while preaching. One of the two timepieces he owned is now part of Vacheron Constantin’s heritage collection. This extremely rare model served as direct inspiration for the three new timepieces presented in 2021.
Historiques American 1921 – white gold 40 mm
With its 18K white gold case, offset dial and crown boldly positioned between 1 and 2 o’clock, this American 1921 model reprises the aesthetic codes first outlined 100 years ago in the Vacheron Constantin workshops. The chic retro look of this watch for the vintage-loving dandy adorns the wrist with its generous 40 mm proportions framing a finely grained silver-toned dial. This extremely pared-down face bears Arabic numerals and a black-painted minutes track, along with slender 18K gold Breguet-type hands and a baton-type hand on the seconds counter – all three in black. This distinctive appearance is complemented by a brown calf leather strap crafted in the Milan-based workshops of Serapian, the Italian leather goods company founded in 1928.
Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is offset from its usual axis. This reliable and accurate in-house movement, developed in 2008, drives the display of hours, minutes and small seconds while ensuring a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. It is graced with hand-crafted finishes reflecting the noblest Haute Horlogerie traditions.
Historiques American 1921 – white gold 36.5 mm
With its 36.5mm case, the American 1921 fits even the slimmest of wrists. Sculpted in 18K white gold, its slender silhouette frames a grained silver-toned dial with black-painted Arabic numerals and a snailed small seconds counter with slender black 18K gold open-tipped hours and minutes hands. Adding a retro touch in tune with the original design, the circumference of the dial is accentuated by a minutes track.
Beating off the hours, minutes and small seconds, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is also offset from its traditional axis and extended by a crown positioned at 1:30 am. In addition to a comfortable 65-hour autonomy, this in-house movement features hand-crafted decorations visible through the transparent caseback and typical of Haute Horlogerie timepieces such as this new American 1921 watch. The finishing touch is set by two dark brown or burgundy straps in patinated calf leather, crafted by Italian leather goods manufacturer Serapian.
Historiques American 1921 Collection Excellence Platine
Entirely sculpted in 950 platinum, the American 1921 Collection Excellence Platine comes in a 100-piece individually numbered limited edition available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques.
The well-proportioned 40 mm case in 950 platinum frames a 950 platinum dial with a sandblasted finish, punctuated by applied 18K white gold hour-markers and a minutes track reminiscent of traditional watch designs. Sandblasting the dial is a particularly sophisticated operation on an inalterable material such as platinum. The crown and buckle also feature the unique brilliance of this rare metal, while the platinum and silk thread stitching on the dark blue alligator strap constitutes a final refined detail.
Behind the scenes, watchmaking sophistication is the order of the day with a manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS which, in addition to driving displays of the hours, minutes and small seconds, offers a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. Visible through the sapphire caseback, this movement reveals delicately hand-finished details representing the unmistakable signature of an Haute Horlogerie watch.
Rolex is presenting a new gem-set version of its Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust. This watch, crafted from 18 ct yellow gold, showcases the captivating shine of the diamonds that adorn every surface.
The case of this new Lady-Datejust is set with 158 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case sides and lugs as well as 44 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel. The President bracelet sparkles with a further 596 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The dial, paved with 291 diamonds, features elegant 18 ct yellow gold Roman numerals with a black finish. This new version of the Lady-Datejust is equipped with calibre 2236, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology.
Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Descendant of the Datejust
The classic Rolex feminine watch, the Lady-Datejust benefits from all the attributes of the Datejust, the emblematic Rolex watch that has been a byword for style and technical performance ever since its launch in 1945. The women’s version of this date chronometer, the Lady-Datejust, which first appeared in 1957, carries the elegance of the Datejust in a small 28 mm size perfectly suited to a slender wrist.
The Oyster Case
A paragon of robustness and elegance, the Lady-Datejust’s Oyster case is 28 mm in diameter. Its middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct yellow gold. The case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.
The Twinlock winding crown, fitted with a double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the watch’s movement.
Perpetual Calibre 2236
The new version of the Lady-Datejust is equipped with calibre 2236, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex that was released in 2014 and has been fitted on this model since 2015. At the forefront of watchmaking technology, this self-winding mechanical movement led to the filing of several patents, and offers outstanding performance in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability.
Calibre 2236 is fitted with a Syloxi hairspring, patented and produced by Rolex. This silicon hairspring remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks, and its patented geometry ensures the calibre’s regularity in any position. The movement also contains a paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex-designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movement’s shock resistance. Calibre 2236 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
The iconic design of ladies’ Nautilus watches comes in various haute joaillerie versions set with brilliant-cut diamonds or baguette diamonds. From 2013 to 2018, Patek Philippe offered a rose-gold model that including the dial was adorned with diamonds in a random pavé setting (also referred to as snow-setting (Ref. 7021/1R-001).
Now, Patek Philippe is revisiting this precious tradition by presenting a new model in rose gold with a diamond snow-setting on the case, the bezel, and the bracelet. The exclusive dial features individual rows of diamonds that exhibit a fine undulated relief, a typical facet of the Nautilus ladies’ collection. The second difference: the case is somewhat larger, with a diameter of 35.2 mm from 10 to 4 o’clock (as opposed to 33.6 mm for its predecessor).
The new Ref. 7118/1450R-001 Nautilus sparkles with the fire of 2553 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds (~12.69 ct). This gleaming look is created with the very rare snow-setting technique, also known as random pavé. It is a highly sophisticated method mastered down to the last detail by the manufacture’s artisans. It consists of setting and fixation of diamonds of different sizes with the objective of minimizing the exposure of precious metal between the individual stones. It is self-evident that each watch with a full random pavé is a one-of-a-kind piece.
Perfect legibility is an indispensable requirement at Patek Philippe and also applies to haute joaillerie watches. This is why the dial features “Alpha” hour and minute hands in luminous rose gold; the applied Arabic rose-gold numerals are luminous as well.
The rose-gold case accommodates a self-winding caliber 324 S movement with extremely elaborate finissage that can be admired through the sapphire-crystal case back.
The 18K rose-gold bracelet combines elegance with a truly comfortable fit. It is outfitted with a patented Patek Philippe fold-over clasp that is secured with four independent catches.
A Fresh Palette
A new start. With spring comes fresh hope, and with it (more so than ever this year) light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. The new Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’ has a simple ambition – to bring a smile. It picks up the all-bronze case, bezel, crown and bracelet combination engineered by Oris for the Hölstein Edition 2020, and adds a peppy palette of dial colours in either sky blue, wild green or lipstick pink. The 38mm case is intentionally unisex, while bronze creates its own story by patinating during the natural, charming process of oxidisation.
Each model is powered by an automatic Swiss Made mechanical movement and delivers the same quality standards the Divers Sixty-Five collection is now synonymous with: domed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres) and hands and applied indices filled with bright Super-LumiNova®.
Why ‘Cotton Candy’? Because these are watches designed to bring warmth and the optimism of better times.