The case is in the form of a vertically elongated oval. The bezel inclines reverently to meet one’s gaze and ingeniously reveals the three-dimensional architecture of the movement and its time display. The dial of the timepiece is offset in the lower part of the case for intuitive reading of the time, while the upper area shows a hemispherical moon phase. The dome of the moon phase indicator is engraved, and the lower sections filled with luminescent material. It is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that alone takes over a full day of work to make and decorate. The precision mechanism used to track the moon phase requires a one-day correction every 122 years.
A fairy seated on a crescent moon is delicately painted onto the hour and minute dial. It takes about 100 hours of focused work for the miniaturist to immortalize the subject. He uses a brush of just one marten hair and a binocular microscope, which are critical given the minute scale of the subject and the level of detail. An aventurine dial serves as the backdrop to this poetic composition. Its deep blue and signature inclusions depict a sparkling sky of a thousand stars.
In perfect coherence with the rest of this unique masterpiece, the BOVET 1822 engravers have also contributed a shimmering “broken glass” effect that delicately connects the time display to the moon phase. The final touch to this distinctive piece is the entirely hand-decorated shooting star with a diamond at its center, found on the left side of the timepiece. Its facets make the 72 diamonds in the bezel gleam. As a symbol of purity and eternity, no gem could surpass the diamond in sending the message of hope and support that Mr. Raffy and all the artisans of Maison BOVET wish to all children, especially those suffering illnesses.
The last detail is the unique design of the hour and minute hands, which form a heart each time they touch, every hour for a supremely romantic and symbolic expression of time. This timepiece is offered in a titanium grade 5 case for optimal comfort that makes it perfect for everyday use, with an automatic movement with a power reserve of 62 hours.
In 2019, approaching its 20th anniversary, the CHANEL J12 watch has been transformed without losing its identity. Naturally.
An icon never changes; it adapts to the passage of time, captures it, shapes it, enhances it. For the Only Watch auction, CHANEL is offering two inseparable J12 timepieces: one black and one white. An exceptional duo, equipped with the new and exclusive chronometer-certified self-winding Caliber 12.1, presented at Baselworld 2019 and developed by the Kenissi manufacture, in which CHANEL is a stakeholder.
Why are these timepieces unique?
Two historic firsts:
These watches are the first two unique ceramic timepieces from the new J12 generation equipped with the self-winding Caliber 12.1, and are also the very first pair of watches in Only Watch history. This J12 duo stands out from the classic collection for:
- Its new self-winding Caliber 12.1 in black, visible through a sapphire crystal engraved with Only
- Its ceramic case in matte black and matte white,
- Its tone-on-tone dial accentuating the key figure of the collection: 12.
The inseparable J12s: references H6350 and H6349
- Unique timepieces for Only Watch
- 38 mm case in highly resistant matte black or matte white ceramic and steel
- Bracelet in highly resistant matte black or matte white ceramic with steel triple-folding buckle
- Highly resistant matte black or matte white ceramic and steel. CHANEL Manufacture
- Matte black-varnished or matte white-varnished dial
- Black Caliber 12.1 Manufacture self-winding mechanical movement, 70-hour power reserve.
Chronometer certified by the COSC, 5-year guarantee.
- Water resistance: 200 meters (650 feet).
- Desired price: €40,000
RJ, the Geneva-based Swiss watchmaker, proudly presents ARRAW, its first Horology collection, adding to its portfolio of RJ Collaboration and RJ DNA watches. The ARRAW collection which also happens to be the brand’s first core collection is available for both men and women as a range of cutting-edge chronograph watches. It embodies RJ’s passion and commitment to true sophistication and distinctiveness.
RJ design elements originate from four different universes – Marine, Earth, Air and Space. This year, the ARRAW collection is inspired by the Marine universe with every watch possessing anchor-shaped indexes, lugs reminiscent of the screws on a ship and, on the back of the watch, a helix shell engraving.
The ARRAW collection is available in two sizes: 42mm and 45mm cases made from a range of materials including titanium, black ceramic and 5N+ red gold. The sleek case is the base for four iconic bumpers – a key element of RJ’s design DNA – in rubber which match composite elements ornamenting the polished and satin-finished lugs. The case is completed with push-buttons inspired by pistons from a ship’s engine room as well as a screwed-in crown guaranteeing water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.
ARRAW dials are sun-brushed, galvanized and gradient-painted, before being coated with transparent lacquer to provide a true depth to the finishing. The chronograph’s galvanic black counters are integrated into the dial and are surrounded by circular displays that complement the satin-finished and arrow-shaped hands.
The self-winding RJ-2040 chronograph movement displays a ‘30 minutes’ counter at 9 o’clock, a ‘12 hours’ counter and a date aperture at 6 o’clock, and a small second counter at 3 o’clock.
Another hallmark of the ARRAW collection is the interchangeable strap system that allows the strap to be released with a simple ‘click’ by pushing simultaneously on the two lug screws. On the clasp, a lever releases the strap from the deployment buckle without having to resort to any tools. A wide range of interchangeable rubber and alligator straps will be launched with the first models of the collection.
RJ’s CEO, Marco Tedeschi, commented: “I am proud to present ARRAW, RJ’s first core collection. ARRAW watches are a true modernisation of the RJ design philosophy and constitute the foundation for further development as we integrate our own manufacture movements. ARRAW will enable us to bring our DNA and Collaboration concepts to the next level.”
ARRAW watches are now available at official RJ retailers worldwide.
Revealing beauty in all its guises: that is an enduring concept at Cartier, a filter through which all creation is viewed and an idea which gave rise to the Baignoire. It all began with an unprecedented step taken to reveal the creative power of watchmaking design hidden in ordinary forms. Cartier took this inspiration quite literally by initially designing an oval case in the 1910s that would later be transcended by several years of formal research. Transforming objects and embracing beauty are two key components of Cartier’s stylistic vocabulary and here this combined approach resulted in the birth of the Baignoire watch.
His stylistic research culminated in two straight, parallel lines joined by two curves, which formed the shape of a bathtub (baignoire in French) – hence its name.
The aesthetics would continue to evolve until eventually adopting its familiar slightly curved oval shape in the late 1950s, its dial stamped with Roman or Arabic numerals bordered by gold gadroons. This constituted the first stage of a creative process. Entirely reworked by Cartier’s design studio, today the Baignoire watch asserts its own essence. Its exacting finishes strike a balance between pure design and linear sophistication, paying homage to the cult 1958 model. Its design remains unchanged, yet the piece itself has evolved to offer a narrower bracelet and redesigned Roman numerals on a silvered sand-blasted background. The case back is seamlessly integrated into the case with water resistance up to 30 m offering full conformance with modern quality standards.
The Baignoire watch continues this aesthetic heritage by revealing a more dazzling presence than ever before as a graphic and sensual yellow-gold oval that adorns the wrist. On the white-gold version, the staggered diamond setting continues along the width of the gadroons to reach the case back. Although invisible, it represents the greatest refinement.
The Baignoire watch is a signature watch for women who have their sights set high, who forsake trends and fashions and choose this piece for its timeless French chic.
It speaks to cultured women blessed with great taste such as Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider and Jeanne Moreau – women who are only concerned with freedom and wit, in beautiful objects and life in general.
Driven by a desire for perpetual innovation and the creation of timeless icons, Zenith has been steering its own course since its foundation over 150 years ago. With a unique blend of past, present and future aesthetics, each of its collections embody a different spirit. And while men have traditionally enjoyed the attention of watchmakers, Zenith is here to prove that iconic designs look just as good – if not better – on the wrists of confident, daring and stylish women.
Sporty in White
White is usually synonymous with delicate, but that’s not the case with the DEFY Classic. Its bright white ceramic case is incredibly durable, and its intense white tone is embedded in the material and will never fade or tarnish with time and wear. With bold geometric lines and a futuristic overtone with its open, layered display, the DEFY Classic White Ceramic goes from sporty to chic without a flinch. Whether soaking up some sun on a coastal summer getaway or roaming a modern metropolis, the DEFY Classic White Ceramic is a show-stopping piece for all seasons.
The Urban Dweller
For the free-spirited woman with a keen sense of bold, adventurous style, the Type 20 Pilot is the perfect companion. Something of a watchmaking icon, Zenith’s emblematic aviation-themed watch looks as striking today as the watch that inspired it a century ago did. Reimagined in an easily wearable 40mm bronze case paired with a satin-brushed black dial, its oversized numerals provide a racy accent with a touch of old-world charm, true to Zenith’s pioneering spirit. The timeless appeal and rugged yet elegant silhouette of the Pilot makes it an incredibly versatile timepiece, perfectly suited for whatever adventure you throw its way – from the workplace to a workout and everything in between.
Some icons are truly forever. Groundbreaking at its introduction and still outstanding today, the A386 El Primero Revival pays tribute to a Zenith chronograph icon by reproducing the 60s classic faithfully, right down to the smallest detail. From a night out in a cocktail dress to just keeping it cozy and casual, the El Primero A386 Revival’s enduring combination of a precious rose gold case in timelessly elegant proportions and distinctly retro multicolored counters on the dial make it a staple go-to piece.
The latest Petite Heure Minute.
The timepiece harks back to its signature off-center displays with a single circle for the hours and minutes positioned at 12 o’clock. The two soft-tinted midnight blue hands swinging inside match the hand-made rolled-edged alligator leather strap.
White mother-of-pearl fills in the dial with iridescent gray and white reflections that add to the look of the moon’s nocturnal glow. It is the perfect luminescence for the surprisingly thin 35 mm steel case. Finished with a white gold ring, it is an aesthetic expression of the meticulous attention to detail Jaquet Droz lavishes on its creations. The metals shine with slightly different intensities that complement one another to accent the distinctive properties of the mother-of-pearl on the dial.
This latest Petite Heure Minute Mother-of-Pearl exists in two versions with one featuring a bezel studded with 160 diamonds (0.97 carat). As a final touch for the white gold, steel and mother-of-pearl, the diamonds cast flecks of light on the case’s contours for a piece with rare radiance. This sleekly finished studded model is a classy alternative to the gold and steel version that is more modern and streamlined. Both versions are powered by a self-winding mechanical movement with double barrels that provide up to a 68-hour power reserve.
Ladies Classics Quartz watches
Frederique Constant presents three trendy timepieces within its entry price Classics collection.
Despite the time being easily available wherever you look either on your phone or computer most people feel naked and incomplete without a watch on their wrist. Watchmaking today is more than just telling time, it is about making a statement: each person wearing a watch is conveying a message, a style of choice. The new Ladies Classics Quartz watches combine traditional style, functionality and beauty.
From Classic to Contemporary
The new case has been adapted to a 36mm, feminine size, adding new aesthetics and edginess to the Ladies quartz timepieces. The watch is powered by the FC-220 quartz caliber, is water-resistant up to 50 metres and each model is distinguished by a silver colour dial with guilloché decoration, black printed roman numeral indexes, hand-polished black hands and a date window at 6 o’clock.
A simple uncluttered dial offers a timeless look, focusing on the essence of the watch and showing the time in hours and minutes.
Available in full stainless-steel or with a blue croco calf leather bracelet, the wearer could also choose the rose gold-plated case combined with an elegant black croco calf leather strap.
Frederique Constant will keep on promoting its mission to Make more people enjoy luxury adding a new touch of class.
Today sees the unveiling of two new versions of the Lady 8 Petite, which channel watchmaking elegance into a mere 25 mm of case, while playing with their unique figure 8 design.
The Lady 8 is the exclusively women’s collection by Jaquet Droz, formed around a case in the shape of a figure 8, the symbol of perfection. It’s a geometry dear to Jaquet Droz, also evocative of the Maison’s famous Grande Seconde, whose design is likewise inspired by the soft curves of the emblematic number. In 2018, Jaquet Droz adapted the Lady 8 into the Lady 8 Petite, a precious version that channels the essence of its predecessor into a minimalist diameter.
Cloaked in malachite, the new Lady 8 Petite features a summery, lively, mineral green displayed on a matching leather strap. Malachite is one of the oldest decorative stones used by man and is often associated with luck, wealth and protection. It’s unique for slight variations in hue that stem from the presence of copper in its composition. At the heart of the Lady 8 Petite collection, the unique brilliance of this dial finds its perfect match in an 18-carat red gold case, specially set with 68 diamonds to highlight its bezel. As a finishing touch to this intensely radiant composition, a moving bead of malachite slides and spins between the fingers, like an allegory of time elusive.
By its side comes a second, equally modern variation of the Lady 8 Petite by Jaquet Droz, featuring mother-of-pearl in top billing. The precious material’s iridescence washes over the dial, which is embellished with a delicate railway that marks the hours and minutes. At 12 o’clock, the piece displays an authentic pearl, whose brilliance is reflected in the 41 diamonds of the gem-set dial. For the first time, Jaquet Droz gifts its Lady 8 Petite with a caramel-color double-wrap strap, crafted from calfskin. Its white top-stitching recalls the sparkle of the diamonds, lending this mother-of-pearl version a chic, modern allure.
Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic: the new signature timepieces
Iconic design by Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant unveils its new pieces within the Ladies Automatic collection introducing five new models adorned with diamonds, heart-pattern embossing and new metal bracelets according to each model. This emblematic design has been a renowned success for Frederique Constant over the years, becoming a true feminine expression of the brand’s interpretation of time.
The new Ladies Automatic
Two models are powered by the FC-303 automatic movement decorated with Colimaçon finishing in a 36mm slim and feminine case embellished with diamond-set bezel displaying hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock. The watch is available in bi-color stainless-steel rose gold-plated bracelet or a blue alligator leather strap.
Additionally, there are three models powered by the FC-310 automatic movement which also has the Colimaçon decoration displaying the Double-Heart Beat aperture at 12 o’clock, protected by a convex sapphire crystal, where the beating automatic movement can be admired. Displaying hours, minutes and seconds and presented with a stainless steel or bi-color stainless steel rose gold-plated bracelet or navy blue alligator leather strap.
Both calibers are Swiss made with 26 jewels, beating at 28’000 alt per hour, offering a 38-hour power reserve and a water resistance up to 50 meters.
All the timepieces boast hand-applied Roman numerals on a sunray embossed dial, applied diamond indexes and hand-polished silver coloured or rose gold-plated hands.
Comfortable to wear, lightweight and easy to read, the collection pays tribute to the beauty and charm of femininity with utmost attention to detail.
Raising the mechanical to art form status
Roger Dubuis thus instinctively and organically creates models designed for an exclusive tribe composed of those unafraid to stand out from the crowd. The kind of non-conformist visionaries looking for unique and aesthetically pleasing designs matched by a high degree of technical sophistication. It is with them in mind that the Maison is now presenting the Excalibur Blacklight Trilogy.
This singular new model features a particularly artistic new version of the iconic RD820SQ calibre, featuring a decor made possible by a technology used for the first time in the Haute Horlogerie industry. The fully integrated nature of the Manufacture Roger Dubuis indeed provides an exceptional capacity to cultivate beauty and an unparalleled flair for detail. The calibre takes on a whole new dimension by offering a mix of materials to display a unique and contemporary design. The outcome is a full-fledged mechanical objet d’art brimming with significant emotional content.
A unique glow
Within this fascinating construction, the signature Roger Dubuis ‘Astral Skeleton’ movement presents an innovative technology using micro-structures made of lab-grown sapphire identical to that used in watchmaking jewels. The aesthetic and creative dimension – which Roger Dubuis likes to refer to as ‘expressive singularity’ – displayed throughout the calibre gives the impression of a veritable 3D mechanical sculpture. A sensation reinforced by the inherent ability to glow under UV light, revealing the motif as it were floating in the case at night. In a final flourish of technology-enabled the skilled artisans of the Roger Dubuis ateliers allow the diamond at the centre of the Astral Skeleton to stand out in solitary splendour. This strategic effect further reinforces its taut lines and impressive visual depth generating multiple levels and angles.
The 42 mm Blacklight Trilogy comes in a 28-piece pink gold limited edition, accompanied by an 88-piece blue version with a white gold case and black alternative in DLC titanium. While all bear the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, the pink gold limited edition is the only iteration to be released as a boutique exclusive.
A decidedly 21st century opportunity for fans of the Maison to glow in the dark, as serial innovator Roger Dubuis once again vanquishes the blackness of the unknown in a shower of extravagant light.
Capturing the pure essence of femininity, the Rendez-Vous collection has been reimagined this year as part of The Art of Precision theme. With a prong setting brought to life with the most meticulous and striking jewellery techniques, the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous pay tribute to the highest form of precision, both in craftsmanship and creative passion.
In addition to the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day (available in white gold or in pink gold) and the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) launched at 2019 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Jaeger-LeCoultre is delighted to present the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red at the occasion of the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival.
Red: the colour of nobility, energy, passion, wisdom and good fortune. The colour of confident femininity – extroverted and undeniably glamorous.
With Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents its emblematic Night & Day function in a radiant new setting that combines pink gold, white mother-of-pearl, white diamonds and the rich glow of rubies.
Created in the spirit of jewellery watches, Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red showcases La Grande Maison’s uncompromising attention to detail. To highlight the impressive rubies that encircle the watch case, its master jewellers have opted for a prong setting, one of the most demanding of jewellery techniques. Requiring extreme precision, each of the 36 rubies is held in place by tiny gold spikes. The master gem-setters spend hours meticulously positioning the stones one by one, mounting them high, to minimise the presence of the metal and allow light to pass through the stones from all angles. This creates an impression that the rubies could almost be floating, and intensifies their crimson-red glow.
A circle of brilliant-cut diamonds completes the bezel and within it, gleaming like moonlight, is the silvery-white mother-of-pearl dial – a perfect foil for the Night & Day display. Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, a golden crescent moon alternates with a shining sun, as night turns to day in an endless dance of time.
The row of 72 diamonds on the bezel is echoed by a ring of 47 smaller diamonds on the inner dial. Set between these diamond circles, the pink gold Floral numerals stand out in warm contrast to the iridescent white dial. Adding a final flourish, 12 diamonds are set in the lugs and a further diamond in the crown.
As with the dial and case, Jaeger-LeCoultre allows no compromise inside the watch. Visible through the transparent sapphire case-back, Calibre 898B/1 is a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and produced within the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture.
This sumptuous timepiece is completed by a strap in ruby-red alligator leather with a subtly shiny finish, fastened with a pink gold pin buckle.
Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red
Dimensions: 36 mm
Thickness: 9.80 mm
Calibre: 898B/1– Automatic
Case: Pink gold
Water resistance: 5 bar
Functions: Hours/Minutes, Night & Day indication
Power reserve: 38 hours
Gemstones: 132 diamonds – 0.75 carats and 36 rubies – 3.24 carats
Limited to 8 pieces
RENDEZ-VOUS SONATINA DEDICATED TO PEACEFUL NATURE
Jaeger-LeCoultre is delighted to present three exquisite variations of Rendez-Vous Sonatina celebrating “Peaceful Nature”, each offered in a limited edition of eight pieces. These supremely elegant timepieces embody three distinct expressions of refined and delicate femininity.
Testament to the rare talent of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s craftsmen, they unite the codes of fine watchmaking and the delicacy of Métiers RaresTM (Rare Handcrafts), celebrating the Art of Precision in both technical execution and aesthetic expression.
Orchids: a symbol of beauty, grace and charm, cultivated and appreciated in China for more than 3,000 years. Butterflies: believed to represent metamorphosis, hope and life itself – their almost weightless fluttering evoking a sense of lightness and joy.
Elegant yet delicate, fragile yet strong, orchids and butterflies unite on the dials of this new edition of the Rendez-Vous Sonatina, expressing the most enchanting facets of the feminine character.
Giving full rein to the skill of the Maison’s artisans, these new timepieces call on three of the Métiers RaresTM (Rare Handcrafts) that Jaeger-LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered: guillochage, micro- painting on mother-of-pearl, and gem-setting.
The dials are engraved with a wavy guilloché motif that enhances the tonal variations of the mother-of- pearl, then a delicate tint of pink, green or purple is added. Onto this gleaming background the exquisite composition of orchids and butterflies is brought to life by the artisan, one tiny brushstroke at a time. Lifelike in their detail, with a remarkable sense of visual depth, each of these miniature works of art is subtly different, imbued with the artisan’s personality and passion. A fine oval-shaped ring of diamonds draws the eye to the painted image where, set among the blooms, in a free-form, flower-shaped aperture, the Night & Day indicator is visible.
Set on the edge of the dial, a delicate gold star marks the time of a special rendezvous, moved into position by a second crown. When the time comes, the watch releases a single, melodious chime to remind the owner of her appointment.
This poetic and whimsical expression of femininity is brought to life by the technical sophistication of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Manufacture Calibre 735, a self-winding movement developed specially for the Sonatina, which is displayed beneath the transparent sapphire case-back.
To complete these watchmaking treasures, an alligator leather strap, matched to the dial colour and given a glowing, shiny finish, is fastened to the wrist by a pink gold buckle.
Conceived as a joyful expression of femininity, these special editions of Rendez-Vous Sonatina are limited to eight examples of each variation, and are available exclusively from Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.