Friday, November 14, 2014

Henry Graves Pocket Watch 24 Complications/Million

This Patek Philippe pocket watch was made for Henry Graves a famous bank during the U.S's economic turmoil.
Henry Graves was an ardent watch collector as well as a patron for Patek Philippe.
He had a tendency to compete with James Ward Packward an automobile manufacturer, they would always attempt to have the most complicated timepiece possible. In 1933 this bickering ended when Graves received a pocket watch that could not be outmatched, The super complication was commissioned in 1927 by Graves and of course delivered in 1933.

Henry Graves Spend 60,000 Swiss Francs on the timepiece about 15,000 USD at the time.
3 years went into designing the timepiece and 5 to manufacture.
There was only one of these glorious timepieces made, and its history goes a little like this.

  • It went to Henry Graves from 1933 until his death in 1953

  • The time then went to his heirs until it was sold in 1968 to The Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois.

  • In 1999 following the closure of the Rockford Time Museum it was sold to a member of the Qatari Royal Family for a record breaking $11,002,500, the transaction was made at Sotheby's in New York.

  • In July 2014 it was announced that the timepiece would again be sold at Sotheby's Geneva and on November 11 2014 the timepiece was again sold for a record shattering $24,000,000 by Auerl Bacs a known watch collector and auctioneer as well as the former head of watches at Christies, the timepiece most likely going to an unknown client of his.

The 24 Complications at a million each

The hours, minutes and seconds of sidereal time (3)
Sunset/Sunrise time
Equation of time

Perpetual calendar

Day of the Month
Day of the Week

Star Chart (Depicting the stars in New York by Grave's home to the exact relative distance)
Moon Phase


Split second
30 minute recording
12 hour recording

The Chime

Grande sonnerie (Westminster chimes) with carillon
Petite sonnerie with carillon
Minute Repeater

The going train up-down indication
The striking train up/down indication
The twin barrel differential winding
The three-way setting system

This makes this the most complicated timepiece ever created without computer assisted machinery.
With 940 components this timepiece truly deserves the title of super complication everything was hand made to perfection.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175

As for you followers of our Facebook or Patek Philippe fans already know Patek Philippe has turned 175 years old nearly 2 weeks ago today.

Patek Philippe, of course, went all out and unleashed a new timepiece to reign supreme over other timepieces.
This timepiece is the Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175.

This Grandmaster Chime has an outstanding 20 complications which I have listed below.

  • Grande Sonaire
  • Petite Sonaire
  • Minute Repeater
  • Strikework Mode Display (Silent,Grand Sonaire, Petite Sonaire)
  • Alarm with Time Strike
  • Date Repeater
  • Power Reserve Indicator 
  • Strikework Reserve Indicator             
  • Strikework Isolater Display 
  • Dual Time
  • Day Night Indicator
  • Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar
  • Day of Week
  • Month
  • Date, Date for Dual Time
  • Leap Year Cycle
  • Four Digit Year
  • Moon Phase
  • Crown Position Indicator
  • Sub-Dial
How many parts were needed to assemble this 2 sided 20 complication work of art?
The answer is no less than 1,366 parts.

Now this is a tad baffling as a 1,000 piece puzzle takes some time to assemble, this timepiece has 1,366 pieces. These pieces are all inside of a case with a diameter of 47.4 mm and 16.1 mm tall!
But the story doesn't end there oh no! Patek Philippe went all out the entire case was hand crafted with such detail and precision that the Mona Lisa envies it

Only 7 of these timepieces will be made and only 6 will be sold the 7th one will be kept at the Patek Philippe Museum. 

The Patek Philippe 5975 is another timepieces released to celebrate their 175th anniversary, Patek Philippe released 10 timepieces 6 for men 4 for women. Most were overshadowed by the 5175 which of course is understandable. 

I'll leave you guys a link to a video showing the Patek Philippe 5175 being assembled.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The New Rolex Cellini Collection

Rolex has recently launched a new line of Cellini timepieces. Look at them all in their majestic glory.

The days go by in an infinite cycle: yesterday, today, tomorrow. Each day that passes is different, each day is essential. The Cellini Date model adds another function to the indication of hours, minutes and seconds: a date display imbued with elegance, tradition and poetry.
Hours, minutes and seconds form the essence of everyday timekeeping. The Cellini Time captures the present as if nothing else were of importance; nothing but the magic of the moment.
Its simple, clear dial pays tribute to the timeless codes of classic watchmaking, while reinterpreting them with an elegant modernity. Faceted and shaped like a two-edged sword, the hands count off each second, each minute and each hour wth the full precision of the self-winding chronometer movementi
at the heart of this prestigious timepiece.
There the sun is rising, while here the day is drawing to a close. While on the horizon the sun is setting into the night, on the Cellini Dual Time it gradually appears in the aperture at the bottom of the dial.

The Cellini Dual Time model grants its wearers the gift of temporal ubiquity. With a quick glance at the dial, they are simultaneously aware of the time here and the time elsewhere. To differentiate daytime hours from night-time hours, a sun or moon symbol transits the aperture at 9 o’clock on the sub-dial. The hour hand can be set independently by successive “jumps” to adjust to a new local time zone, without disturbing the functioning of the watch or the chronometric precision of its self-winding movement.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Audemars Piguet "Get in the Chopper!"

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a robust man as is Audemars Piguet
they have both collaborated throughout the years.
I'll be displaying the Audemars Piguet The Legacy Chronograph
The watch was made in a limited amount of 1,500

It comes in a massive 48.00 mm by 14.10 mm case
Aramide fibres with titanium over-sized pin buckle. Additional black crocodile strap
This timepiece has a staggering 50 jewels 

For a man who has won Mr.Universe and Mr. Olympia on more than one occasion
as well as govern the state of California the Audemars very much fits this man well.
I've seen some of Arnold's watches personally when visiting Swiss Watchmakers & Co.
But some of them looked bland and just over-sized. But this Audemars Piguet fits his giant wrist perfectly while maintaining the classiness of the timepiece very well.

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Well this concludes my small post... "I'll be back"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This Watch Uses Liquid To Tell You Time!!!


As the title states there is a watch that tells you time using a liquid.
Watch a video of the timepiece below.

The liquid seems to come in 3 colors.
A lime green, sea blue and bright red.
The interesting thing about this timepiece is that it actually uses 2 liquids.
Water Based and Oil. Based Liquid
8 days Power Reserve

This brand is actually a co-op between Hydro and Audemars Piguet Papi
They have designed the timepiece to look like an engine and have done so beautifully.
The timepiece uses the liquid to display hours and has a sapphire display for the minutes and a normal hand.
The timepiece uses a retrograde for the hours as well which is very nice considering it uses liquid to do so.
It also has a temperature feature which tells you the temperature of the liquid.

The timepiece now has 19 different references and will be available world wide.

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Breguet Clasique 3797


Another watch that was released at Basel World 2014 was the Breguet Clasique 3797
This timepiece is a diamond in the sand.
It truly stands out from the rest.

The watch is shown in their video below

Oh the wonders that Breguet has done in this timepiece.
The Breguete Clasique 3797 shown in the video has a White Gold Case and Dial in 18-carat gold, silvered and engine-turned in four different patterns. Individually numbered and signed Breguet.
Roman numeral written on a sapphire disk for hours!
This Perpetual Calendar Tourbillion is simply stunning and filled with features.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Patek Philippe 5990/1

So it's been a while since I last posted.
I apologize for that greatly on a side note the page has now had over a Ten thousand hits!
I would like to thank you all for coming to the page and reading my little bio's/reviews on watches.

Alright so now lets dive into watches.
As many of you know Basel World 2014 showcases various new timepieces.
So I will be covering that, well recovering since I'm a tad late.

Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe released a new Nautilus timepiece that extends its long line of Nautilus collection at basel world 2014
Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph
A wonderful addition to the Nautilus Family
The Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5990/1
features dual time on the timepiece

Now the last time I'd seen a Nautilus up close was at
Swiss Watchmakers & Co they were working on one while I was there and I was able to get some shots of it and wrote about it as well link is right here if you'd like to read

The one I saw at Swiss Watchmakers was beautiful, gold case black dial but it only featured Hour/Minutes/Date
The new Patek Philippe Nautilus features the same things as the old one but it also has Seconds, a Chronograph and Dual Time.
Now this is a significant amount of changes throughout the years. As some of you who have followed my posts for a while I love Patek Philippe because of how they can make the complex seem simplistic.
They have not failed to do so here.
The dial isn't cluttered at all its perfectly placed, organized and easy to read.
I must commend Patek Philippe for doing this so well as many watches have these features but their dials are cluttered or the timepiece itself is huge, Patek Philippe have been able to keep the timepiece at a nice size and show the features beautifully.

38.5 x 44
Both are Sapphire
 Stainless Steel

Sidenote: It's good to be back

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.