From over two hundred years of Breguet heritage comes the new edition of the Tradition 7038: a women’s watch adorned with iridescent Tahitian mother-of-pearl and an orange leather strap, reserved exclusively for Breguet boutiques.
With this new Tradition model, Breguet offers a contemporary reinterpretation of an aesthetic conceived by the House’s founder in the late eighteenth century. Visible from the dial, the movement, deep brown in color, takes up the symmetrical architecture of the historic subscription watch. This innovative timepiece design was created by Abraham-Louis Breguet, in Paris, in the wake of the French Revolution, following a long trip to Switzerland during which he had mused on a great number of projects. Mechanical and feminine in equal measure, the Tradition 7038 is easily recognizable by its off-center dial in Tahitian mother-of-pearl, inspired by Breguet’s tact watches. A diamond-set bezel adds sparkle to the creation, which is completed with a striking strap in orange leather. Delicately decorated and powered by a self-winding caliber with a silicon balance spring, the Tradition 7038 watch, which is reserved for Breguet boutiques, brings together the expertise of the House.
Breguet is offering this model reserved for its boutiques only with an original case – an elegant matching orange clutch bag fashioned from grained calfskin leather. Made in Italy in accordance with the great artisanal tradition, it features a clasp that echoes the rosette pattern on the barrel of the Tradition 7038 watch.
An ultra-mechanical yet feminine creation, the face of the Tradition 7038 reveals its historically inspired movement. The balance wheel with a hairspring – the oscillating heart of the watch – takes its place between 4 and 5 o’clock under a bridge protected by a pare-chute anti-shock mechanism, invented by Breguet in 1790. Opposite, between 7 and 8 o’clock, the center wheel and its bridge perfectly mirror the Breguet balance wheel, with identical dimensions. In golden hues, the central barrel, decorated with a rosette motif, and the wheels of the movement contrast with the deep brown and finely sandblasted bridges and mainplate.
Breguet hands in gold indicate the hours and minutes on the Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, which is off-center at 12 o’clock. Its iridescent surface features clous de Paris (hobnailing) guilloche pattern topped with the Breguet inscription and the unique number of the timepiece. A delicate border, engine-turned by hand, outlines the hours chapter marked with Breguet numerals. A fine retrograde hand discretely points to the seconds engraved at 10 o’clock.
The movement of the Tradition 7038 model sits in a rose-gold case, with delicately fluted sides. The bezel set with 68 diamonds highlights the precious aesthetic of the composition, while a cabochon-cut ruby adorns the winding crown. The transparent caseback reveals the reverse side of the self-winding Breguet 505SR caliber. Its gold rotor, embellished with a rosette guilloche motif, echoes the decoration of the barrel on the dial. The welded lugs, which are slightly rounded at the edges, provide a holding place for the orange calfskin leather bracelet.
Inspired by History
The refined aesthetic of the Tradition line is inspired by the design of the subscription caliber created by Breguet in 1796. After two years in Switzerland during the darkest days of the French Revolution, the watchmaker returned to Paris to find his workshops, located on Quai de l’Horloge in Île de la Cité, needed to be rebuilt. In a stroke of genius, Abraham-Louis Breguet, with a reputation for complex timepieces, created the simplest watch ever made: the subscription watch. With a robust construction and a pared-back aesthetic, a single hand indicates both the hours and minutes. The movement is characterized by a centrally positioned barrel, as well as by a symmetrical placement of the balance wheel and the opposite wheel, which are of identical diameters.
Three years later, Breguet brought out his tact watches, including watch no. 611 which was to be acquired by the Empress Joséphine, wife to Napoleon Bonaparte. The timepiece featured a flinqué enamel dial with diamonds set at each hour, and can be viewed at the Breguet Museum in Paris. A subtle evolution from the subscription caliber, a number of these watches featured – along with the external hand – a pared-back dial with only one or two hands. This layout, taken up again in the current Tradition collection, allows both for the time to be read and the movement to be observed.
An Exclusive Clutch Bag
Breguet is offering the Tradition 7038 wristwatch, available exclusively in brand boutiques, with a unique and refined accessory which reimagines the idea of a watchcase. Breguet has called on the services of Italian craftsmen for this handcrafted and tailor-made clutch bag in grained calfskin leather. Its bright orange matches the bracelet of the Tradition 7038 and can be carried by hand, or worn over the shoulder, or across the body. The bag’s round and golden clasp is decorated with a rosette design, a larger version of the engine-turned barrel visible on the dial side of the Tradition 7038, which is barely 10 millimeters in size.
An ode to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s creations, Breguet’s contemporary Tradition 7038 model is inventive and precious in equal measure.
The timepiece named after a cluster of stars now comes with its own little corner of the sky.
OMEGA’s 29mm Constellation models embrace the seductive appeal of sparkling blue glass, with striking Aventurine dials that recall a star-filled sky. Not only is each Aventurine dial totally unique in its appearance, but the bold shade contrasts beautifully with the luxurious case and bracelet materials: a choice of stainless steel, 18K Sedna™ gold, yellow gold, or blends of steel and gold.
The bezels circling the sky-blue dials are brushed with Roman numerals or polished and diamond-set. Each timepiece features a round date window at 6 o’clock and 11 diamond hour markers, fixed in place with holders made from yellow, white or 18K Sedna™ gold – depending on the model. For consistency of style, the hands of each timepiece are fashioned from the same material as the diamond holders.
As always, OMEGA has stayed true to the Constellation’s enduring design, with its distinctive claws and mono-rang bracelet. Keeping a steady beat behind the blue dials are exceptional Master Chronometer calibres (8700/8701).
Sky-inspired and tested at the industry’s highest level, OMEGA’s 29mm Constellation watches with Aventurine dials are the perfect choice for those drawn to brilliant designs and bold colours.
Back from the depths of the ocean, and the depths of time, the Seastrong Diver Comtesse Quartz range is the worthy successor of the first water sports watches designed for women, created by Alpina nearly 60 years ago. But this is no revival, vintage style or backward-looking conservatism; the new Seastrong Diver Comtesse has well and truly dropped anchor in the 21st century!
A Real First
The Seastrong Diver Comtesse Quartz was born out of a fruitful union between the Seastrong Diver collections and the feminine yet sporty chic Comtesse range, whose ladies’ models already feature in the Maison’s Alpiner collection. Their union has given rise to these brand new diving watches exclusively for women.
For Women Who Dive
Designed to be used by those for whom the seas and oceans represent ground for exploration, the Seastrong Diver Comtesse Quartz is made for diving. It therefore has all the requisite features: guaranteed 300 m water resistance, graduated unidirectional bezel, screw-down caseback and crown and broad luminescent hands to ensure one’s immersion time in the depths is easy to see.
The Alpina Signature
The new Seastrong Diver Comtesse Quartz may be sporty at heart, but it has its glamorous side too. Alpina is offering four different variations, three steel or rubber straps and, even more excitingly, mother-of-pearl dials (blue or white) revealing iridescent reflections reminiscent of the surface of the ocean. Each piece displays its Alpina DNA through the Maison’s iconic red triangle on the seconds hand counterbalance, as well as at 12 o’clock on the unidirectional bezel and on the dial. On the caseback, you’ll find an engraving specific to Alpina diving watches, incorporating Alpine peaks and the trident of the deep sea.
The AL-240 quartz calibre will ensure the watch keeps perfectly accurate time (for nearly four years) and also shows the date, revealed through a window at 3 o’clock. As discreet as it is resilient and versatile, the new Seastrong Diver Comtesse Quartz features an impressively slim 34 mm steel case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
With the new Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet offers an exquisite interpretation of the fascinating beauty of the seas.
The depths of the Mediterranean harbor a natural treasure: Posidonia oceanica – an aquatic plant essential to the sea’s balance. Breguet depicts the plant’s arabesques on the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia through the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry and invisible setting. The dial, set with 85 baguette-cut diamonds, appears to ripple across the intense iridescence of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl, which is deeply colored or more silvery depending on the light. The skillful setting continues on the bezel, caseband, lugs of the strap, and the clasp of the buckle. The mechanical heart of the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia beats to the rhythm of caliber 591C, an extra-thin self-winding manufacture movement.
Mother-of-Pearl and Diamonds
Worked in marquetry, the Tahitian mother-of-pearl demands expertise and delicacy. For the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia, Breguet combines the craft with the art of invisible setting. The white gold of the dial thus recedes from view, becoming imperceptible behind the glint of the diamonds. The artisan selects each mother-of-pearl attentively to harmonize its iridescent pattern, unique to each gem, with the inset curves of the Poseidonia. Together, their radiance evokes rays of sunshine playing on the sea’s surface. The lines of the pattern unfurl, with diamonds extending out to the lugs of the strap.
Delicate, gold Breguet hands indicate the hours and minutes. The tip of the second hand reveals the letter B of the maritime code of signals – a distinctive feature of the Marine collection. The traditional baguette-set bezel facilitates reading: the distinct triangular diamonds mark each of the 12 hours. The sides of the white-gold case and the crown are delicately fluted, alternating between polished white gold and baguette-cut diamonds. A briolette-cut diamond tops the crown, claw set with six baguette-cut diamonds. The crown protection is set entirely invisibly with 14 baguette-cut diamonds.
The setting continues to the clasp of the strap buckle, echoing the inset bezel and the shape of the open-tipped Breguet hands. The B for Breguet stands out against the slightly colored metallic finish in the center of the buckle.
Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires
To join the diamond and Tahitian mother-of-pearl Marine Haute Joaillerie, Breguet proposes three other versions with white mother-of-pearl marquetry: sapphire-set blue, ruby-set red and emerald-set green. From the dominant hue of each version – red, green, or blue –, Breguet composes the curves of the Poseidonia in different colors. Each of the 85 gems composing the pattern is selected for its hue, is then cut and set invisibly. After months of work, the result reveals a singular radiance of remarkable colors, unique to each Marine Haute Joaillerie. On the bezel, the setting is composed of the different colors of the dial, just like the setting of the strap buckle. The metallic finish in the center of the buckle also takes the dominant color, as does the iridescent nuance of the leather strap.
On the caseback, the transparent sapphire reveals the extra-thin, self-winding 591C caliber, whose bridges are engine-turned by hand with the Marine motif – inspired by the deck of a ship. On the bevel of the white-gold rotor, the sparkling diamond border contrasts with the intensity of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl. The words Horloger de la Marine (Watchmaker to the Navy) are engraved on the rim of the caseback in white gold. This refers to the title of Chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy bestowed upon Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815.
Through Breguet’s extensive artisanship and expertise, the Marine Haute Joaillerie Poseidonia is an exquisite reflection of the fascinating natural beauty of the oceans.
Frederique Constant is proud to introduce its latest connected watch, the Smartwatch Vitality, bursting with technology and featuring a digital dial revealed on demand. In addition to the features that were key to the success of its predecessors, the Smartwatch Vitality embraces a major innovation in the form of a new generation, integrated sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, which can measure the heart rate directly from the wrist.
Back in 2015, Frederique Constant unveiled its Horological Smartwatch. More than a new timepiece, it created a new segment within the watchmaking industry. For the very first time, a Swiss manufacture had designed, developed and assembled a watch with a classic Swiss Made aesthetic (analogue dial and hands) endowed with onboard intelligence, and powered by a quartz movement supported by a connected module with two years of autonomy.
The Horological Smartwatch was followed by two other developments: the Horological Smartwatch Notify (2016) – based on the same principle, with additional notifications for calls and messages – and the Classic Hybrid Manufacture (2018), the first model to combine a Manufacture movement with intelligent functionalities. Today marks a new chapter in this great saga: the Smartwatch Vitality.
A long tradition of innovation
As with previous iterations, the Smartwatch Vitality represents a major breakthrough, in line with the continuous innovation championed by Frederique Constant. And yet, at first glance, none of this is visible; once again, the Manufacture has committed itself to a classically elegant and timeless looking watch, but one that harbours the ultimate connected technology… without giving anything away.
One dial, two displays; the best of both worlds
The Smartwatch Vitality has a dial with two faces – a first at Frederique Constant. The first is characterised by Roman numerals and hand-polished hour and minute hands… chic and contemporary classicism for those who appreciate sophisticated timepieces with a refined look.
When pressing the crown, the dial reveals a digital display on its lower part that allows the user to access numerous information like the heart rate, the activity tracker, a second time zone and even the last five messages from your favourite apps, among other things. The dial lets the light of the digital screen placed behind it, shine through. The latter displays connected functionalities – itself connected to the watch’s microprocessor.
Since the Smartwatch Vitality model is connected to the Frederique Constant Smartwatch App (available for iOS and Android), all the functionalities of the watch may be configured directly via the application. The user can choose to display all the timepiece’s connected functions on the screen or configure a selection of information only. For an even more personalized usage, the order in which the information can be passed can also be determined.
To move from one function to another, all the user needs to do is push the crown: simple, intuitive, immediate. As soon as the latter has taken note of the desired information, the digital screen returns to standby mode and is once more invisible to the eye. The Smartwatch Vitality then regains its classic and elegant appearance in an instant.
A real technological leap
The Smartwatch Vitality benefits from technological advances made by the Manufacture over the past five years. It is powered by the FC-287 calibre (men’s models) and FC-286 calibre (ladies’ models). Once again, Frederique Constant is leveraging quartz technology for the user’s benefit.
The battery of the Smartwatch Vitality is rechargeable and lasts up to 7 days for the ladies’ models and 11 days for the men’s models, depending on the usage. What is more, advances in miniaturisation allowed the 36 mm diameter ladies’ model to offer the same functionality as the 42 mm model.
An array of intelligent features
The new Smartwatch Vitality has a wide variety of intelligent features, which details, and objectives, can be defined via the App directly. Some of them have been inherited from their predecessors – in development since 2015:
- Activity tracking: number of steps, calories burned, distance covered.
- Dynamic coach: personalised guidance to help the user stay in shape, based on the activity tracker, sleep tracker and the goals that have been defined.
- Get-active alerts: physical activity reminder after a certain period of inactivity.
- Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis: deep sleep, light sleep and time spent awake.
- Smart sleep alarms: alarm based on sleep cycle analysis, to wake the user at the optimal time.
- Worldtimer / Second time zone
- Always on-time: the time and date automatically synchronises with the smartphone’s information to which the watch is connected.
- Call notification
- Message notification
In 2020, these features are joined by various new functions:
- Workout: measures the user’s pulse when taking exercise. Once the function activated, the heart rate is measured every 10 seconds. Statistics from the training session can then be viewed in detail via the app.
- Chronograph: can now be activated and stopped simply by pressing on the watch glass. While training, the digital dial display will automatically switch to the minutes and seconds countdown timer. To ensure that this countdown remains easy to read even in strong light (common outdoors), the minute hand will also show the passing of the seconds.
- Heart rate monitoring: the Smartwatch Vitality is equipped with a new-generation sensor, developed by experts in the field, Philips Wearable Sensing. Thanks to the integration of the optical heart rate measurement, the pulse can now be taken from the wrist roughly every minute for greater accuracy. This new built-in sensor also provides information on physical activity and training performance. It can be active day and night, its algorithm also using the brightness index.
- Heart rate notifications: in the event that the user’s heart rate drops too low or climbs too high, a vibration and a visual alert will be emitted by the watch, which can be turned into an alarm if the problem persists.
- Breathing exercise: offers a series of breathing exercises to reduce stress and regulate the user’s breathing.
- Messages review: after selecting the apps the user wants to receive notifications from, they will be able to view the last 5 messages received (chronologically) on their watch dial. Apps may include: Mail, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, WeChat, Viber, Uber, KakaoTalk, Pinterest and Spotify.
- Weather: maximum and minimum local temperatures displayed instantly on the dial.
To optimise these features’ efficiency and provide the user with as much information as possible, everything is gathered, analysed and consolidated within the app.
A complete collection now available
True to its tradition, Frederique Constant offers a complete collection of Smartwatch Vitality timepieces, including four men’s models and four ladies’ models. The former combines a 42 mm stainless-steel case with a black rubber strap or a steel bracelet, complemented with a rose gold-plated version. Discreet and understated, the Smartwatch Vitality for men comes with a blue, grey or black dial.
The four ladies’ models are shaped in a 36 mm polished stainless-steel, rose gold-plated or two-tone gold/steel case. The women’s designs combine elegance and grace with a floral pattern spread over the dial, around which eight-hour markers are set with diamonds.
In terms of straps, Frederique Constant wanted to give customers plenty to choose from. Each of the ladies’ models comes with a leather strap or steel bracelet, but can equally be accessorised with a range of five other stylish and sporty rubber straps. Match your Smartwatch Vitality to your mood with straps in colours such as purple, white, pink, red and grey, sold separately.
The ancient decorative technique is used to showcase floral motifs cherished by visionary naturalist Jaquet Droz: Fleur de Lys and Fleur de Vie.
The craft of paillonné enameling is as rare today as it was 300 years ago. It is practically a lost art. Three hundred years ago is also when the Jaquet-Droz dynasty was founded, and the company of the same name carries on the tradition to this day.
Today, these two legacies come together in an unparalleled way. They cross paths at La Chaux-de-Fonds, inside the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art. Nestled at the bottom of this watchmaking valley is where the Maison’s two latest watchmaking masterpieces came to life: the “Fleur de Lys” Grande Seconde Paillonnée and the “Fleur de Vie” Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée.
What sets these two red gold timepieces apart is the art of paillonné enameling, an age-old decorative technique. The concept is based on another decorative art special to Jaquet Droz, the one used in the Grand Feu enamel dials. First, guilloché work is done on a gold dial. It is then covered in translucent colored enamel that lets the guilloché patterns shine through.
Next, several layers of enamel are applied, each one individually fired in the oven. Then comes the phase that demands the dexterity of Jaquet Droz artisans because every new layer of enamel and firing can introduce cracks or flaws, which would mean starting from scratch. At this stage, the piece still shows slight variations in color. It also depends on each firing process.
It isn’t until the next phase that dainty motifs cut from a thin gold leaf, the paillons (or strips), are placed by hand one by one to create a figure. Once the design is done, the figures are also covered with another layer of enamel and fired in the same oven. This translucent coat will protect the paillonné motif for centuries to come, as if freezing it in place for all eternity.
Each of these new pieces is extremely limited to a Numerus Clausus series of eight, and Jaquet Droz opted for two distinctive ornamental designs: Fleur de Lys and Fleur de Vie. The former symbolizes kings and emperors. Emblems of a very long heraldic tradition, fleurs de lys are still found from France to Missouri, by way of England, Finland, Germany and Spain.
The latter, the fleur de vie, is a geometric design that has traveled through millennia and across cultures. It’s a beautiful image representing the birth and growth of all living things on Earth. A cluster made of the golden ratio (a design formula for obtaining perfect proportions), it is comprised of overlapping interwoven circles. The form’s perfection and finesse has been turning heads from Assyria to Egypt, by way of China and France. It was even a subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s writing. These two new motifs now come alive in the heart of Swiss watchmaking at the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art where the Maison still practices its Art of Astonishment.
Almost 90 years ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a wristwatch that was destined to become a classic of 20th-century design: the Reverso. As an object that so deftly synthesised form and function, it has become one of the most immediately recognisable watches of all time, looking as fresh and modern today as when it first appeared.
For 2020, La Grande Maison introduces new aesthetic interpretations of its most admired models for women, the Reverso One. Distinguished, like all Reverso models, by the strength and purity of line derived from the original Art Deco design, and identified by the three straight-line gadroons that define both the upper and lower edges of the case, the new Reverso One introduces fresh colour and new refinement to the collection.
Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso One Red-Wine
With its elongated case – a design inspired by the very first Reverso Lady model of 1931 – and a row of grain-set diamonds defining the gadroons at the upper and lower edges of the case, Reverso One interprets femininity in classically refined style. Finely drawn lines define the four corners of the dial, where the light and airy Arabic numerals look almost as if they have been hand-sketched.
For 2020, this beautifully understated composition receives a jolt of bold colour, with a vivid new red-wine dial. The rich glow is achieved by applying multiple layers of lacquer over a subtle sunray guilloché pattern and is complemented by white numerals and the cool shine of the polished steel case. As a final flourish, the new red-wine colour of the shiny alligator strap ensures that it perfectly matches the dial.
The solid steel caseback of Reverso One is like a blank canvas, inviting the owner to have the watch personalised with any engraving she may wish – a special message, a significant date or even a bespoke design. The possibilities are as infinite as the skills of the designers and engravers at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture.
Celebrating the colour of love and positive energy, the new red-wine Reverso One brings a youthful and extroverted expression of femininity to the Reverso collection.
TONDA 1950 MOONBOW – a Celebration of the Lunar Rainbow by Parmigiani Fleurier
A flying tourbillon shines amid an aventurine sky, adorned by a gem-studded rainbow to make up the ultra-thin Tonda 1950 Moonbow, a new timepiece presented by Parmigiani Fleurier.
« Whoever learns to observe acquires art. » These words, taught to young Michel Parmigiani by his father, summarize the philosophy of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture. The Tonda 1950 Moonbow draws inspiration from two phenomena only apparent to a careful observer and re-imagines a lunar rainbow, or moonbow, on the bezel and a spiral galaxy on the dial.
Its flying tourbillon is reminiscent of a spiral galaxy and dances amid celestial beings on an aventurine sky, carefully placed at seven o’clock, a nod to Michel Parmigiani’s birth on December 2, 1950 at 7:08 am. The development of an ultra-thin tourbillon movement is a challenge for any watchmaker. Parmigiani Fleurier found a solution by integrating a platinum micro-rotor into the plate of the movement, resulting in a caliber only 3.4 mm thick. In addition, it is hand-finished with the most admirable decorations in the brand’s manufacture.
This magnificent example of mechanical engineering is further highlighted by a bezel featuring a colorful array of precious stones representing a moonbow, a nocturnal weather phenomenon rarely seen. Incredible care went into the selection of the finest stones, each in the perfect hue, to offer a truly gradient rainbow, with subtle changes in between colors.
The meticulous art of setting them required dozens of hours of painstaking and precise craftsmanship. Blue, pink, orange and yellow sapphires, rubies, tsavorites, and amethysts make up the 40 baguette-cut gemstones seen on the bezel and weighing 2.59 carats.
When Michel Parmigiani founded his restoration workshop in 1976, he did not imagine that, 20 years later, it would be at the heart of a watch brand bearing his name. Parmigiani Fleurier’s achievements continuously inspired by lessons of the past, and offer new solutions to historical, technical challenges.
The restoration of a songbird cage, with fountain and flute sets, dating from the early 19th century, is a great example. The cage is suspended in the air by a clock on its base and features a dial that can only be seen from below. According to historical records, aventurine glass was once used to decorate the panels of this clock but went missing in the past and was replaced by blue metallic paint. As a result, and in order to avoid similar damage in the future, Michel Parmigiani decided to use this beautiful material for its dials only. The sapphire crystal acts as its keeper and protector.
The Tonda 1950 Moonbow is available with a red, blue or gold Hermès leather strap.
Shining a light on the intimate world of Gabrielle Chanel, the MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ watch collection is designed to showcase the symbols that Mademoiselle held dear and the objects with which she loved to surround herself. Crafted by the greatest artisans, this collection constitutes an exclusive realm of expression for the finest forms of craftsmanship: Watchmaking, High Jewelry, and other Artistic Crafts from the world of Couture.
In 2020, the CHANEL Watchmaking Creation Studio is presenting the MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ BOUTON collection, which pays homage to a essential component of Gabrielle Chanel’s stylistic world: the button.
Taking her inspiration from military clothing and from sailor’s uniforms, Gabrielle Chanel paid particular attention to the button motifs, which presented a wide variety of ornamental designs. The button became more than a fastening, preciously punctuating her suits and becoming a hallmark of the CHANEL style.
Accentuated by a golden braid, the black tweed cuff of the MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ BOUTON watch folds over and fastens to the wrist by means of a button, which covers a small diamond-set dial. A pearl, a carved gold lion, a camellia formed of diamonds, a Byzantine motif, and the profile of Gabrielle Chanel in agate: each of these elements illustrate the richness of CHANEL’s symbols and exceptional forms of craftsmanship.
The collection is comprised of seven watches, including two exceptional High Jewelry pieces.
Pasha de Cartier
With its distinctive codes and extraordinary design, the Pasha watch is for those who think big. A broad worldview which echoes a whole new generation of successful talent. Their success is reflected in new, unique and diverse creative projects being launched in 2020 that set them apart from previous generations.
A community of personalities that positively favour a multidisciplinary approach sharing open-mindedness and strong connections. Their ambitions are as bold as the Pasha de Cartier watch — an extroverted watch which steps outside of the box of classic watchmaking, where nothing is off-limits.
How? By setting itself apart, embracing an assertive graphic signature. A square filigree rail-track is found in the circle of its dial, immediately introducing a nonconformist watch that harmoniously brings opposites together. Four bold Arabic numerals ensure an ultra-contemporary, oversized appearance. Its striking design challenges the predominance of round shapes in watchmaking, and amplifies its presence, originality and singularity. The bracelet is accentuated by the clous de Paris whilst its chained crown ensures maximum visibility.
That’s why the Pasha de Cartier has been a cult watch since its creation in 1985. At the time, its power caught the eye of the generations’ opinion leaders. Initially adopted by men; then immediately appropriated by women for the power it exudes. A standout watch that loves light, assumes its excesses and asserts its strength of character.
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.
The New Pasha de Cartier Watch
Interchangeable straps, a sapphire crystal case back, a new crown and personalised engraving: the Pasha de Cartier watch is sophisticated in terms of watchmaking functions and design details which combine to strengthen and maximise its ergonomic appeal.
A Precious Crown
One of the key design elements of the Pasha de Cartier watch is the chained crown. In its new version, Cartier added increased refinement, equipping the winding crown, hidden under the fluted crown cover, with a blue spinel or sapphire. This division, and duplication, of blues enhances the ergonomics of the winding crown and the preciousness of the watch.
A Watch That Can Be Personalised
With the Pasha watch, Cartier is unveiling a new customisable engraving. Carved in the form of initials, the engraving appears under the crown cover, secret and undetectable. Indeed, it is only revealed when the famous chained crown of the Pasha de Cartier watch is unscrewed.
A Multi-Purpose Strap
The new Pasha de Cartier watch features an innovative strap in keeping with the spirit of our time. It responds to new lifestyles, supports change and adapts easily to different situations, depending on the colours and materials chosen. In steel, gold or leather, all versions can be interchanged thanks to an adaptation of the Cartier-developed QuickSwitch system. This invisible mechanism blends into an architecture located under the case and is activated by a single push. The sizing adjustment of the metal bracelet to the nearest link has been added to this cutting-edge technology. The SmartLink system, which has been registered for a patent, allows the bracelet length to be adjusted by the owner without the use of a tool. Each SmartLink link is equipped with a push button that releases the fixing bar allowing removal or addition of the metal links of the Pasha de Cartier watch.
A Movement Revealed
Equipped with a sapphire crystal case back that reveals its movement, the new Pasha de Cartier watch is endowed with the 1847 MC automatic calibre. This in-house movement goes further still in the quest for performance and reassurance thanks to its resistance to both magnetism and water.
Resistance to Magnetism
The use of non-magnetic nickel phosphorus components for the movement’s escape mechanism as well as a shield made of a paramagnetic alloy integrated into the case allow the 1847 MC calibre to effectively resist the strong magnetic fields to which a watch can be exposed in everyday life.
The screw-connection design allows the new Pasha de Cartier watch to offer water resistance to 10 bar (approx. 100 metres) while retaining minimal thickness.
Traditionnelle Tourbillon – Gravity Defied in a Subtle and Sophisticated Way
The Traditionnelle collection combines aesthetic refinement and technical sophistication in the feminine mode by welcoming the very first Vacheron Constantin self-winding tourbillon in a lady’s watch. A gem of horological complexity interpreted as two precious models celebrating mechanical art with great panache.
A round stepped case, a discreet bezel, a fluted case-back, a rail-track minute-circle, slender dauphine-shaped hands and baton-type hour-markers: the pure and elegant Traditionnelle collection showcases technical refinement conveyed through eminently horological characteristics. This timeless elegance embodied by timepieces whose form follows function is now expressed through two new feminine models featuring a tourbillon for the first time. Housed within a new 39 mm diamond-set pink gold case, or in a diamond-paved white gold jewellery version, this prestigious horological complication appears in unprecedented feminine finery. For demanding women looking for a timepiece that combines precision and style.
Calibre 2160, a Model of Elegance and Precision
The in-house 2160 calibre unveiled in 2018 finds its place for the first time at the heart of a watch dedicated to women. Thanks to the tourbillon that cancels out the effects of the Earth’s gravity, this self-winding movement is distinguished by its extreme precision, operating at a low 2.5 Hertz frequency enabling one to admire the steady beating of the mechanism. The 2160 calibre is also impressively slender. Equipped with a peripheral rotor, this 188-part movement is only 5.65 mm thick. A silhouette pared down to essentials results in a case measuring 39 mm in diameter and 11.22 mm thick, whose harmonious proportions are perfectly suited to the feminine wrist.
In addition to its reliability and precision, the 2160 calibre is characterised by a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and the presence of a small seconds display on the tourbillon by means of a blackened screw – a function highlighted by meticulous attention to each and every aesthetic detail. On the front, the bar of the openworked tourbillon carriage inspired by the shape of the Maltese cross, is entirely hand-bevelled, an operation lasting almost 11 hours for this component alone. Visible through the transparent caseback, the movement is adorned with Côtes de Genève finishing. These traditional decorations contrast with the refined aesthetics of the peripheral rotor in sandblasted 22 carats gold.
Technical refinement meets aesthetic elegance in this model imbued with exquisite femininity. It is the epitome of glowing radiance, balanced proportions and subtle details. Its classic 39 mm case crafted from 18 carats 5N pink gold sparkles with 208 brilliant-cut diamonds set on the bezel, caseband and lugs. Its captivating mother-of-pearl dial provides an iridescent backdrop for the majestic spectacle of the tourbillon, surrounded by a diadem of 46 brilliant-cut diamonds. Precious finery indeed for this Traditionnelle tourbillon that is an integral part of the collection’s aesthetic heritage. The extremely slim case features stepped flanks and a fluted caseback. The dial is punctuated by a rail-track minute-circle with dauphine-shaped hands and pink gold baton-type hourmarkers. A pleasing composition that seductively wraps itself around the wrist on a grey satin strap secured by a diamond-set folding clasp. A second grey strap in alligator leather is delivered with the timepiece.
Traditionnelle Tourbillon Jewellery
The sophisticated mechanical tourbillon complication is viewed through the prism of jewellery-making virtuosity. Sculpted in 18 carats white gold, this prestigious timepiece reinterprets the heritage of the Traditionnelle collection through an elegant 39 mm stepped round case, a slender bezel, a fluted caseback and a dial swept over by dauphine-shaped hands. The collection’s characteristic design nonetheless gives way to the flamboyance of diamonds. Bedecked in 559 brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds totalling more than 6.5 carats, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery watch highlights the technical sophistication of the tourbillon, whose low frequency makes it possible to admire each rotation. This majestic interpretation embraces the wrist with a dazzling halo of light on a blue satin strap secured by a diamond-set gold folding clasp. Available exclusively in Vacheron Constantin boutiques, the Traditionnelle tourbillon jewellery comes with a second blue strap in alligator leather.
In the year 2000, the J12 revolutionized the world of watchmaking. In black ceramic, it was crowned the first watch icon of the 21st century. At first black, then white in 2003, it is unalterable and almost as eternal as a diamond. It constantly renews the allure of a woman’s wrist, forever.
For its 20th anniversary, the J12 wants to play. It takes twenty symbols and references from the Maison CHANEL: a 2.55 bag, a camellia, a bottle of N°5 perfume and even a tweed jacket.
It becomes the J12∙20. Punctuated with 12 diamonds, these polished rhodium-plated motifs are found on its bezel and dial. Sublime irreverence to sign the absolute freedom of this edition, limited to 2020 pieces, equipped with the caliber 12.1 and also available in an Haute Horlogerie enameled version, numbered and limited to 5 pieces.