Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Opus X

It seems to be a Harry Winston kind of week.

Now my significant other has actually written about the other opus models but today I will.
I choose the Opus x to start of with.
I actually made up my mind while writting this that I will write about every single Opus model until the release of the Opus XIIII which I will of course review and then end the Opus saga for now.
Ok now back to the Opus X

The Opus X was made in a very limited amount only 100 pieces have been made.
The Opus series as of now has 13 different models

With a power reserve of 72 hours
46 mm case in White Gold
Displays Hours,Minutes, and Seconds using Modules
There is also a 24 hour rotation 

This timepiece is very beautiful and intricate 
On the back of the Opus X you have a see through case, a power reserve display and an inside look to the movement.
Harry Winston has marveled the entire world with the Opus collection 
They did that yet again with the elegant Opus X the beautiful module display makes this timepiece very appealing, not to mention the complication that goes behind there timepiece.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Harry Winston Withstands Mike Tyson

Sorry I haven't had time to post the last few days.
But I do have something nice to start off today.
I got a chance to visit Swiss Watchmakers & Co. 
I've gone there a few times either to have a timepiece fixed or just to see if they have a nice timepiece for me to review.
I have to admit these are very friendly and professional people, just the fact that they let me bug them while they work is very kind.
Not to mention that they share my posts on Facebook and Linkedin.
When I went they had a Harry Winston that seemed to have gone through a fight with Mike Tyson
I went back a few weeks later and they had already finished the timepiece.
A few weeks to complete a Harry Winston in mist of other repairs, that had to be some kind of record because from what I know Harry Winston takes 2+ months.
Well anyhow they told me that the client wanted full service and a matching strap.
Now the watch needed to be "cleansed" before being sent out and I couldn't touch it after that.
But I did get a shot prior to that and the timepiece looks stunning.

Well anyhow that's the first post for today I'll make a few more as the day progresses.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beautiful Ballon Bleu de Cartier

I apologize for not posting on Valentine's day. I do apologize for that. 
To make it up to you guys, here is my Saturday/weekend blog post! 
This Ballon Bleu de Cartier is the perfect Valentine's day gift. On this Ballon Bleu, it has an 18K rose (pink) gold case (36.6 mm in diameter, 12.05 mm thick), an 18K gold bracelet, and a rose (pink) gold fluted crown. Along with many other Ballon Bleu de Cartier models, this timepiece has a crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon. 

It has a sapphire crystal with a silver opaline dial. The dial includes Roman numerals and it has sword-shaped blued-steel hands.
Guilloché and lacquered.

It has a mechanical movement with automatic winding Cartier caliber 076.
This Cartier is water resistant to 30 m or 100 feet.

Here is another appealing Ballon Bleu de Cartier with a crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon and a date window where the number 3 would be. Beautiful, no?
When ordering this watch on the Cartier website, you can make adjustments and choose your preferred Ballon Bleu de Cartier which I really like. 
I adore this Cartier, it really looks spectacular.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Swiss Watchmakers & Co,

Quick video of Swiss Watchmakers at work, this video was actually in their old smaller facility they've recently expanded and moved into the historic DuPont Building.
They offer luxury watch repairs at affordable prices.
They Repair Audemars, Hublot, Longines, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tag-Heuer and many other brands.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Play Poker On Your Wrist

Christophe Claret-Poker

Yes this watch gives you your time but you can also play poker on it.

Users can immerse themselves in real three-player games of the most popular variant of poker: Texas Hold’em. The challenge was incorporating a complete 52-card game following the rules of poker, with a large number of gameplay possibilities, all together in a mechanical movement. In total, Poker packs in 32,768 different combinations, i.e. 98,304 combinations for three players. The probabilities were calculated so that each player has approximately the same chances of winning. Two pushers activate the deals at each round of betting, including the flop, the turn and the river. On the dial, three windows present each player’s cards, invisible to the other players thanks to a special blinds system that conceal each hand from other players. True to his mastery of chiming watches, Christophe Claret has equipped Poker with a cathedral gong, which sounds each time a pusher is activated.

72 Jewels are in the movement.
This timepiece has a power reserve of about 72 hours
It produces 28,800 VPH
The case measures out to be 45 x 52.6 x 15.95 mm's
Water Resistance is 100 feet
But it doesn't end there on the back of the watch you have Roulette 

You have 4 diffrent options on this timepiece each beautiful in its own right.
I'll show each one and tell you what they're made of below.
But before that I'll show you a video of the timepiece
This timepiece has a white gold case with PVD grade 5 Titanium
The crown is made of the same materials as the case and has a black cabochon
A black alligator strap with red stitching
The clasp is ADCL treated steel black PVD grade 5 titanium caps and white gold coat of arms
The dial is made from skeleton nickel with a beautiful card pattern 
The hands are red ruby and PVD with Super-LumiNova
This timepiece has a 5N Pink Gold and black PVD grade 5 Titanium
The crown is made of the same material as the case and has a Titanium Cabochon
It comes with a Black Alligator strap with Orange Stitching.
Clasp made of ADLC treated Stainless Steel black PVD grade 5 titanium caps with a 5N pink gold coat of arms.
The dial is made of Skeleton Pink Gilt Nickel with a stunning card pattern.
The hands are Orange Ruby and PVD with Super-LumiNova
This timepiece has a Black PVD Grade 5 Titanium Case and Crown
the crown also comes with a Blue Spienl Cabochon.
It has a Black Alligator Strap with Blue Stitching
ADLC treated Stainless Steel black PVD grade 5 Titanium caps and coar of arms.
The Dial is made of skeleton nickel silver with a marvelous card pattern.
The hands are Blue Spinel and Black PVD with Super-LumiNova
This last timepiece has a Black PVD grade 5 Titanium case and crown the crown includes a red ruby cabochon.
It has a Black Alligator Strap with Red Stitching
A ADCL treated Stainless Steel clasp with Black PVD grade 5 Titanium caps and coat of arms.
The dial is Skeleton nickel silver with a beautiful red card pattern.
The hands are Red Ruby and Black PVD with Super-LumuNova

Space Invaders are Here!

Yup that's right! The Space Invaders are here.
They could be on your wrist! More specifically you Romain Jerome Watch!
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Romain Jerome Space Invaders Reloaded. 
There are only 8 of this timepiece in the world it kicks it old school with
the popular Space Invaders video game.
It decorates the dial and it gives you a rush of nostalgia.
The timepiece is Black PVD-coated steel with an integrated back composed of the spare parts of the Apollo 11. That's right your read right and I wrote right the Apollo 11!
This dial is special as well because it's 3D
Now if only you could actually play it.

The Happy Diamond

Another ladies watch, this what is a very happy one.
This watch has "Happy Diamonds"
Enjoy the Chopard Happy Diamonds video below
Now we all know that diamonds can make nearly any woman happy, but making a diamond happy is a completely different story.
The case is made of stainless steel 
It has a date display between 4 and 5 o'clock
Roman Numerals for 3rd hour marks on a silver tone dial.
It has decorated crown.
This magnificent timepiece is actually under the $10,000 mark.
28,800 VPH 
25 jewels in the movement.

This timepiece is lovely for any woman who likes an interesting timepiece on her watch or any woman who like diamonds, happy diamonds are just a bonus.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thunderbolt on your wrist

MB&F: Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt
This time piece really catches the eye! It sure caught mine!
This watch is very neat, to put it bluntly. 
It comes in along with a collection of MB&F watches. 
It will cost you about $158,000 to have this gadget on your wrist.

The HM4 Thunderbolt simply tells time like a traditional wristwatch. It includes a power indicator display in one window and another display of the current hour and minutes.

Now to dig deeper into the HM4 Thunderbolt's Components and Specifications.
There are two crowns, as shown in the image of the movement above.
The complete watch has five sapphire crystals.
The case is made of Grade 5 Titanium and Sapphire. With a total of 65 components in the case, one is a sapphire crystal.
The engine, developed by MB&F, is composed of 50 jewels and a total of 311 components. The power reserve lasts for 72 hours.
The strap which is a hand-stitched calfskin strap has a titanium/white gold or red gold custom designed folding buckle connected to articulating lugs.
The gorgeous addition of the hand-stitched calfskin strap makes this watch all the more remarkable in my book.
Having that watch on my wrist would get me into that slicked-back-hair, cool-guy greaser mood. It reminds me of an old '50s car.

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Starlit Sky on your wrist

Audemars Piguet - Ladies Millenary Collection: Starlit Sky
This is my second women's watch so far!

This is a perfect gift for that significant woman in your life. If she loves the night sky and diamonds in one, she will be star struck.
This gorgeous piece of art has a bracelet with technological silk and a diamond-set 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp.
The crystal is made of anti-glare sapphire crystal. The case is made of luxurious platinum.
The crown is set with a blue cabochon sapphire. My favorite addition to watch crowns. 
What makes it so unique is that half of the numerals are Roman numerals and the other half are Arabic numerals printed in matching shades.
The dial also includes diamond applied hour-markers, and a starry night sky decoration. Beautiful white gold hands, that remind me of sword blades, tie the dial together.

The Starlit Sky has 45 jewels, has 316 parts, is water resistant to 20 m, and has a power reserve of 55 hours.

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James Bond 007

Omega and James Bond
 Agent 007 has always seen sporting a Omega timepiece, sometimes with spy modifications.

This super spy has been wearing a trusty Omega for about 2 decades. A watch good enough for a super spy now that says something about Omega.

An Omega timepiece has appeared since 1995 in Golden eye up until the latest movie Skyfall (2013)

IWC Let's you see the stars from your wrist!

This timepiece is a true work of art it took a great amount of time of research and development, 10 years to be exact.
This timepiece is actually customized to the owners specifications the client can choose the location of the night sky they want displayed and IWC makes it a reality,
This timepiece can show around 500-1000 stars which is an outstanding amount.
The sky disc rotates in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, depending on whether the chosen geographic location is in the northern or southern hemisphere.
The horizon can be identified by the yellow ellipse.
Then the red arrow points to solar time.

This timepiece can be made in either a red gold case, white gold case or platinum.
It has an outstanding 96 hours of power reserve and it is displayed at 4:30 on the timepiece.
At 9 o'clock you can see the tourbillon and small seconds as well which looks stunning.
Sidereal time is displayed at 12 o'clock, the timepiece uses anti-glare sapphire glass on both sides.
On the back it displays a Perpetual calendar with leap year and absolute day of the year
Celestial chart showing the horizon, ecliptic and celestial equator
Indication for day, night and twilight
Display for sunrise and sunset
Coordinates of chosen location
The timepiece case size is a cool 17.5 mm high and has a diameter of 46 mm
It uses a 94900 Calibre 
Which has over 500 components with 56 jewels
it produces 18'000 VPH
The tourbillon and astronomical module have been made beautifully on this movement.


"The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is the most exclusive and most complicated mechanical watch ever created by IWC Schaffhausen."

Check out another night skywatch here Patek Philippe Celestial

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wear the Titanic on Your Wrist

Romain Jerome's marvelous watches with Titanic DNA. Below is The Octopus - Modus Operandi
On the back it features an octopus from the deep. Quite astounding. Named after the ocean giant in Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, there is an urban legend that an octopus attacked the titanic.

The rust look is derived from melting the Titanic's corroded steel! Yes! THE Titanic!
The ship that sunk back in April of 1912. You'll be wearing that piece of history on your wrist. 
Rust has been the enemy of watchmakers, except for this beauty. With this watch, the rust is essential. It gives the watch so much character! It is quite a sight, I must say. 
The water resistance of this watch is greater than 1.0 MPa (10 atm), the equivalent of 100m, or 330 ft. It is water resistant to 888 ft. Amazing! Plus it can handle seawater, no worries.
It has thick watch crystals and you can read it under water when there is little light with its illuminated markers and dials.
The number 8 is reflected in the watch because of the number of legs. 8 rivets on each crown, 8 screws on the case, and 8 screws on the back.

Above is the Steampunk Black Watch by Romain Jerome. This watch is my favorite Romain Jerome I have seen so far, for sure.

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Win Rolex Fact

   In this quick blog I'll state 7 facts about Rolex.

1. Rolex has an output of 751,285 COSC movements since 2011

2. Their revenue is a massive 5.1 billion USD since 2010

3. Rolex employs about 2,800 people worldwide.

4. Rolex is one of the most counterfeited watches if not the most worldwide.
5. Rolex is one of the most renowned timepieces in the world, amazingly enough this popularity has given Rolex the saying "A Rolex watch is as good as cash"
6. Rolex produced the first waterproof watch in 1926. It was a Oyster model.
They also made the first watch with the first automatic changing date in 1945 it was a Datejust model. They also made the first wristwatch with two time zones a GMT model.

7. Rolex uses a different Steel from other watch brands they use a 907L steel. Which gives Rolex steel watches a better look and makes them more resistant.

History in The Making

Today I'll be going over the history of Vacheron Constantin.
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watch manufacturers being founded in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron.
Today Vecheron Constanting is part of the Richmont Group.

Vacheron Constantin has a small employee scale compared to that of Rolex, it only employs about 400 people world wide.

Vacheron Constantin made their first complication in 1770, 9 years after the first engine turned dial was invented by this marvelous company.

The name Vacheron Constantin came to be in around 1819 when then owner Jaques-Barthèlemy realized he needed help running the growing company. François Constantin became his assosiate and tats how Vacheron & Constantin came to have its name.

The watchmaking company has a motto and it states "Do better if possible and that is always possible".

In 2003 Vacheron Constantin introduced a new sports line called Overseas, and a collection called Egérie, the first to include watches for women.
In 2004 Vacheron Constantin opened its new headquarters and manufacture in Plab-les-Ouates, Geneva.
The Richmont Group named Juan Carlos Torres as the CEO of the company in October 2005. Vacheron Constantin is considered to be company that was able to create one of the most complicated wristwatches in the world entitled Tour de I'lle. It was created in 2005 to mark the anniversary of 250 years of Vacheron Constantin. The watch includes 834 parts and 16 horological complications. It was only available through the Vacheron Constantin shop in Geneva, Switzerland and sold for more than $1 million.
In 2007 Vacheron Constantin introduced the Metiers d'Art 'Les Masques' collection of timepieces featuring miniature reproductions of primitive art masks. The company selected twelve masks from a private museum collection and reproduced the masks on a small scale. The miniaturized masks are featured in the dial center of every watch from the 'Les Masques' collection.

Vacheron Consantin sells about 20,000 timepieces a year today.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Top 10 Most Beautiful Watches

Top 10 Most Beautiful Watches
#10 Harry Winston Opus 11

The Opus 11 includes 155 jewels and 566 components.
The center hour circle displays the hour with 24 placards that revolve and rotate on a complicated system of gears attached on an epicycloidal gear-train.
Click here to read more about the Opus 11
#9 Breguet Grande Complication Tourbillon 5317

Click here to read more

Click here to read more about this Astrocalendaire

#4 Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck

Patek Philippe knows what they are doing! This distinguished Grand Complication lives up to its name, coming in at number 2. Click here to read more

#2 A. Lange & Söhne Perpetual Calendar Terraluna

The Terraluna comes in a case choice of rose gold or white gold, both with a solid silver dial.
It displays minutes, hours, seconds, and a leap year indicator positioned accordingly.

The movement (above) is pure beauty at its finest.

Click here to read more about this Perpetual Calendar

#1 Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight Planetarium Watch:
It is now possible to wear the night sky on your wrist.
The dial displays Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn with a rose cold casing. 
The month, days, and a red marker for your special day, are all displayed along the bezel.
This piece of arm candy is perfection what with its gems for the corresponding planets.
It is true to the actual planet's revolution around the sun.
This extraordinary time piece includes the gems: 
Serpentine for Mercury
Chloromelanite for Venus
Turquoise for Earth
Red Jasper for Mars
Blue Agate for Jupiter
Sugilite for Saturn
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