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12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists
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December14/ 2017

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

It’s the shopping season, and that probably means at least one thing – you are stressed out from shopping. The last thing any of us wants to do is visit more stores, so good thing the internet has us covered. In the context of luxury watch sales (for the purpose of this article I mean watches with a retail price of $5,000 and up), more and more brands are launching official e-commerce boutiques this year, which means you can buy safe and buy direct. Even though the sale of wristwatches online is anything but new, the luxury watch industry itself has only recently “officially” entered online sales in an appreciable way. Let’s take a look at some of the luxury timepieces that you can buy direct from the company this holiday season.

First, a few thoughts on authorized e-commerce sales for watches in general. The most important thing to know is that for the most part, you’ll be paying the full retail price. Though doing so yields some unexpected benefits of buying directly from a brand. It is true that (especially in the past) many brand new luxury watches could be purchased from various online discounters. For those of you accustomed to getting great deals on new luxury watches, the reality is that those days are ending. As a consumer you were benefiting from a broken distribution system that the watch industry is increasingly trying to clean up. I say this because while in the past, it might not have made sense to spend full retail and buy directly from the brand, moving forward you’ll see a lot more price consistency online – whether you buy a watch direct from a brand or an authorized third-party retailer.

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

Few brands are putting all their available watch models for sale online, and at the same time there are going to be more and more watches that you can exclusively buy online direct from a brand’s website (or a brick & mortar boutique). I say this because there will continue to be special or very high-end models that are not available to purchase online. In fact, a lot of brands are only putting their “core collection” products online, with limited edition or other harder-to-get watches being available in other ways (though a phone call to the brand’s customer service number usually helps you buy what you are looking for).

At the same time, you’ll increasingly see watches being sold directly from brands online that will not be available in other places. Watch companies know that exclusivity is an important factor in you making a decision about what watch to get, and where you get it. Their hope is that by offering certain models direct to the consumer (without first being sold to a third-party dealer), they will convince enough people to shop directly from them.

Finally, many luxury watch brands are still experimenting with how they communicate with their consumers, offer incentives to shop directly on their websites, or in general, manage an effective e-commerce platform that you as the consumer want to use. Consider the next few years to be a sort of transitional period when traditional watch brands accustomed to older ways of doing business finally introduce the convenience of e-commerce that so many customers have been asking for. Allow me to also note that concurrently to brands offering their watches direct to consumer via their own e-commerce stores, many are also allowing their third-party brick & mortar retailers to sell online (at presumably the same or similar prices). Note that some watch brand e-commerce stores are still available only in particular markets (such as the USA).

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

Chopard L.U.C XP

Chopard has among the more developed luxury watch e-commerce stores out there, servicing the US along with a number of other major markets. Even though not all of their timepieces are available to purchase online, they offer more extremely high-end and complicated watches via e-commerce than most other brands I can think of. This includes much of the celebrated L.U.C collection. While it is nowhere near the top of what they offer, the recently released 40mm wide Chopard L.U.C XP in steel with the blue fabric cashmere strap (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here) is a lovely dress watch with an exciting in-house made automatic movement. Price is $9,250 USD. chopard.com

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic

Panerai just recently launched their official e-commerce boutique in the US for watches, but have been selling straps and other accessories for a while. Panerai has a loyal following of collectors, who likely enjoy the ability to get their timepieces online with ease. The Panerai Luminor Due (aBlogtoWatch review here) is among the new Panerai watch families and is distinguished by a familiar look but a thinner case (about 40% according to Panerai) and an in-house made automatic movement. The pictured model has a 45mm wide steel case with a retail price of $10,500 USD. panerai.com

It was 1983 or 1984 when I purchased my very first actual opinion; the Cartier Santos. That was of course the square watch in steel with yellow gold lunette and steel bracelet with yellow gold screws. It had been hot like hell and turned into the most edited opinion. It was likewise that opinion that made me interested in the background of this brand, since the dealer explained that the layout was inspired from the very first men’s wristwatch, started by Cartier at 1904. So you can imagine that it did not take long before I had been obsessed with watches in general, particularly with Cartier.At that moment see forums were just becoming popular, see magazines were still uncommon and watch blogs like Fratello and Hodinkee didn’t exist yet. But what we had around in 1995, were the ‘Get Togethers’ along with other watch fans (fanatics). These GTG’s were organised by collectors themselves and were always quite funny. Everybody brought a few pieces in their collection and with loads of beer and wine, we chatted about the several models before late in the evening. But always the same brands got all the attention and for me it was rather frustrating that one just paid attention to my Cartier watches, to be polite. The word ETA was always mentioned as if those were poor movements and too often I heard quotes like; ‘my spouse would love them!’ Cartier was attentive to the fact that guys, interested in, let us call them, ‘the greater watches’, were more educated about timepieces, than the average Cartier customer was and that these men were also more interested in the character of the moves. That resulted in 1998 in the launch of this, at the male consumer targeted, ‘Collection Privée, Cartier Paris’ series. An assortment of limited edition and limited made watches, housed in Cartier’s classic instances like the Santos, Tank, Tortue, but more significant, powered by high end mechanical calibers produced by famous watch brands, for Cartier.

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

Sporting an in-house made automatic chronograph movement and (as implied by the name) a classic look, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic is a sensible, and versatile luxury watch designed to go most places you want to take it – and like most other IWC watches, you can get it direct from the brand. IWC has continued to refine its Portugieser (Portuguese) watch collection for years, a design that was originally inspired by ship deck clocks. The Portugieser Chronograph Classic has a 42mm wide steel case, alligator strap, and attractive (plus legible) blued hands and hour markers. Retail price as pictured is $12,100 USD. iwc.com

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer

Omega just recently launched their own e-commerce shop to join many others. I like the newly updated Seamaster Planet Ocean collection, that has a series of important upgrades which make it better than ever. Available in a range of sizes and styles, the three-hand 43.5mm model is a relatively fresh addition, and now contains a Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement (which you can see through the sapphire crystal caseback). The pictured model with the orange accents easily has the best mix of personality and fashionable versatility. As pictured in steel on the bracelet, price is $6,550 USD. omegawatches.com

12 Luxury Watches You Can Buy Online Now Direct From The Brand ABTW Editors' Lists

Longines Master Collection 40mm Gold 18K Chronograph With Moon Phase

Unlike some watchmakers, Longines has a totally separate (which can be confusing for consumers) website area for e-commerce, aside from the basic longines.com. Value-laden Longines timepieces are a good option when you want a reasonable price for a solid-gold watch (among other types of pieces) such as this Master Collection 40mm Gold 18K Chronograph With Moonphase that contains a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement. The 18k gold case is paired to an alligator strap, and the overall composition of the timepiece is intentionally timeless by design. It is as straightforward as the retail price, which is $10,250 USD. shop.us.longines.com

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements
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December14/ 2017

As it’s actually a bit scandalous to find out that even the well-known watch collectors don’t always have a clue what Cartier has attained during the previous 8 years, I wrote this brief summery to provide an idea how Cartier has evolved to a high-end watch manufacturer. And to illustrate my words, I’ll go through the collection, to high-light just a couple ‘must-know’ timepieces, so as to receive all of the quartz- and – ETA nonsense, where I’m constantly faced with, from the way and also to let you think otherwise about the brand that has been dominating the watch industry for decades with amazing designs but can keep on dominating the industry with their on-going inventions.Cartier presented their initial high-end Flying Tourbillon motion (caliber 9452MC) in 2007. This was the grade that received the first Geneva Seal for Cartier. Unfortunately the movement was presented in a too big 47mm Ballon Bleu case. However, in the meantime a whole lot more wearable 40mm Rotonde and stunning Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon models have been launched.A very important development was the automatic 1904MC caliber that was presented in 2011. A thin automated standard with 48 hours of power reserve, featuring the time using a subsidiary seconds dial @ 6 along with a date complication. Cartier made certain that it had sufficient differences compared to the majority of the base movements provided by ETA. The ‘Calibre de Cartier’ was the first watch that was powered with the 1904MC, but soon after Cartier began using the grade as the foundation for various Chronographs and Perpetual Calendar calibers.The brand new Calibre Diver, which was launched this past year, is also powered using the 1904MC. It’s the first diver watch for Cartier and can be, believe it or not, the slimmest Diver on the planet. The case diameter is 42mm and the watch has a height of just 11mm. For a diver watch that’s quite flat, when compared to — for instance — the renowned Rolex Submariner that has a height of 12,5mm or the Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea that steps 17,68mm. As it should be, the rear of the case is closed and the bezel is self-lubricating and unidirectional, steel coated with ADLC, a substance that is harder than steel. The sapphire crystal that is 1.2mm thicker than that of the standard ‘Calibre de Cartier’ version, makes certain it may withstand the water resistance of 300m, that’s just like the Submariner and greater than the 100m water resistance of Panerai models in precisely the same price category.
HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

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HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Panerai’s Quiet Revolution

Panerai are no strangers to innovation. During SIHH 2017, they lived up to their reputation as a “laboratory of ideas” when they produced BMG-TECH, a metallic glass new to fine watchmaking, and the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days – 49mm which requires no lubrication and is guaranteed for 50 years. The biggest difficulty the firm faces is holding onto the true fan club of Paneristi whilst also bringing in new fans. What the brand does to hold both old and new fans is hide ground-breaking developments within classic “Panerai-looking” watches. So, how does all this new technology really work?

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Extraordinary Van Cleef Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels showed visitors “The Poetry of Time” with their Automate Fée Ondine on the opening day of SIHH this year. The idea was to harness the power of large mechanics and tell a far more elaborate story than those made possible by the Poetic complication watches. The unique piece has a manual-winding movement with: animation on demand with 5 cycles of 50 seconds when the mechanism is fully wound, a clock with retrograde hours and an eight-day power reserve. When still, it shows a sleeping fairy among water lilies. When set in motion, she awakens, lifts her head and gently moves her wings, meanwhile the lily leaves ripple and the largest flower blossoms to reveal a butterfly that rises from its centre.

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Sleeping Beauties Awaken

The ‘80s returned at this year’s SIHH in the form of three complete collections of watches from Cartier, IWC, and Girard-Perregaux, and the brands clearly had women on their mind, too. This trio of collections has confirmed three things within fine watchmaking: vintage is here to stay, ladies’ watches deserve to be more than diamond encrusted, smaller versions of their male counterparts, and brands are bringing their past back to life with a bang. Without further ado… we introduce to you: Cartier’s Panthère, IWC’s Da Vinci, and Girard-Perregaux’s Laureato.

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Simple watches, complex problems

One of the most noticeable trends at SIHH was brands ‘toning down’ their offerings and extending their entry-level ranges. They have finally found their footing in reality but there is still one unknown factor: the customer, preferably young and less inclined towards luxury. Given the sharp decline in Swiss Watch exports over the past 18 months, fine watch brands have no other choice than to consider how suited their products are to an inventory-heavy market, where brick-and-mortar distribution finds itself increasingly in competition with online sales. The HH Journal looks at what brands are doing to reach new audiences and to entice the “new generation of luxury buyers.”

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Chrono dearest

The chronograph is arguably the most useful complication within fine watchmaking. A challenge for watchmakers, but one which lends a sporty feel to watches. How often do you see someone going about their business, to then stop and use their chronograph? And yet, when it comes to the chronograph watch, there are seemingly endless choices. Has it come to the point now where the use of a chronographs becomes a measure of a watchmaker’s skill, rather than a timepiece choice for its functionality. The HH Journal takes a closer look at the new releases of SIHH 2017 and ultimately whether the chronograph is still relevant.

HH Journal 107 By Fondation De La Haute Horlogerie Announcements

Michel Parmigiani, the horological heart doctor

Michel Parmigiani has made restoration an art form. However, 20 years ago he set up his own brand, one whose Senfine movements promise a new “historic” departure for fine watchmaking. The Parmigiani Fleurier Restoration Workshop is truly one of a kind, and because of its founder, restoration is as much of an art form as it is a science. He has been cited saying, “As a restorer, I like to say that five hundred years of history have passed through my hands.” A closer look at what makes Michel Parmigiani and his brand Parmigiani Fleurier so special.

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Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On
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December14/ 2017

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I’ve always had a major soft spot for Cartier Watches Women Replica watches, especially high-end ones. The particular blend of technique, design, and a traditionally Parisian take on luxury makes them feel both conservative and full of personality. The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton (debuted here) is a good example of what to look for when you want a Cartier that is much fancier than the ones most people have, but not so exotic as to make it challenging to wear on a regular basis.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by David Bredan

The Cartier Panthère was initially introduced in 1983, along with the relaunch layout is exactly the same as the original: square case with screws on the bezel, Roman numerals, railroad track indicator, along with a tiny Cartier logo embossed from the X digit — identifying it from the counterfeits. Only the bracelet construction is new — it’s more supple. Each of the movements are walnut, which retains the watch elegantly thin, and accurate to the original design, that came into being at the height of this quartz era.The new Panthère de Cartier is a complete set in three sizes with a pavé variant, a lacquer and gold version, a yellowish gold variant — a star of the first collection — plus a two-tone model, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $140,000. The differences are subtle. The size of the bezel and screws are a lot smaller over the Cartier Panthère than on the Santos, and the lugs are more pliable, as is your crown. And on the Santos, there is no border on the railroad track index. (Though there was a border on the indicator of the first Santos watch created in 1904). The Santos-Dumont’s square shape was revolutionary for its time, and consequently began Cartier’s venture to the world of shaped watches.Although that the Cartier Panthère volume collection was created in 1983, Cartier was producing jeweled Panther-themed watches because even before it generated the Santos watch in 1904 — the only men who were wearing wristwatches at that time were soldiers in the South African Boer War, which was because Africa’s climate was too hot to get a waist jacket, where a guy’s pocket watch is properly kept. Cartier continues its heritage of jeweled Panther watches every year. This year, the new jewelry creations included, most notably, the Royale and the Joueuse. It is created in concentric circles set with diamonds surrounding a panther also set with diamonds and lacquer.
Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier recently announced that their Haute Horlogerie division would significantly slow down production – as I understand it will focus instead on more practical, accessible (i.e. simple and less complicated) high-end watches. Exotic tourbillons and highly technical and original movements which the brand has received many accolades for will be increasingly uncommon as the brand transitions to mostly service existing watches and producing a smaller number of very exclusive watches that I believe will focus more on decoration than a novel movement or mechanism.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

That leads me to believe that for the most part, outside of “piece unique” creations for special customers, watches like the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton might very well represent the top-of-the-line products Cartier makes for men. The watch is actually a combination of three existing items at Cartier, and that includes the Rotonde-style case, “mysterious” movement which has the hour and minute hands on a transparent plane, and on top of that, skeletonization of the in-house made caliber 9981 (which then becomes the caliber 9983) manually wound movement.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watches Movement Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

We’ve substantially seen all this before, and this watch more or less represents Cartier Watches Mtwtfss Replica wanting to make the most out of its movements by offering them in a variety of cases. For instance, if you love the Mysterious Hour Skeleton but prefer the Cartier Cle case, they have a watch for you in the Cle de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch (hands-on here). The “non-Skeleton” version of the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton watch was actually the first model to debut this style of “mystery dial movement” in 2013 (hands-on with the Rotonde de Cartier Mystery Hour here).

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Such designs have a long history going back to early 20th century table clocks produced by Cartier. At the time, it was en vogue for some brands (Cartier included) to produce mystery dial clocks. Many of these Art Deco style creations celebrated the intriguing optical illusion created when the hands were not mounted to the dial via a stem as is the case in a traditional watch, but rather mounted on a transparent plate, which itself features hidden gearing used to move it around the dial.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A skeletonized mystery watch is ironic since the skeletonization part sort of “ruins” the mystery. I’ve not seen anyone comment on this, but it wouldn’t stop me from having an otherwise enjoyable experience with a product such as this. In fact, if you liked the original Mystery Hour watch but wanted to “see even more,” then this Skeleton version might be right for you. Note that the privilege of having a skeletonized version of the Mystery complication watch will cost about $15,000 USD more than the non-skeleton model.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watches 2510 Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At 42mm wide in palladium (exclusively for now I believe) the Rotonde de Cartier Watches Hk Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton is just as wearable and comfortable as any Rotonde model. Why palladium? Good question; Cartier likely wants to know if you find the exotic and of-questionable-utility rare material exclusive. The round-case has a bit of French flair (even though it is Swiss Made) with its signature Cartier-style crown with blue sapphire crystal stone cabochon (note while in the past Cartier used mainly blue sapphire crystal for the cabochon, only its higher-end models these days get sapphire while more mainstream-intention models have blue spinel), and attractive, rounded bezel matched to the lugs.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watches Harrods Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Compared to the Cartier Cle version of the Mystery Hour Skeleton, the Rotonde models’ caliber MC 9983 is more… well skeletonized. Cartier really wanted to make sure that the “open” look of the movement matched the theme of the open look of the dial. In essence, the goal seemed to be that the user can see through as much of the watch as possible. I think the result is lovely, save for those people who aren’t interested in checking out their own arm hair and skin on a regular basis when glancing at this otherwise beautiful watch.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The movement uses two sapphire crystal plates upon which the hands are set. There is a traditional mounting system in the middle where the central axis point of the two sapphire crystal discs connect. Gears to the right of the hour and minute dial move these discs, which in turn move the hands. Framing all of this, and part of the movement, is the hand-finished plate which includes “structural” Roman numeral motifs. The overall look is great, though it isn’t the common decorative style one might consider when imagining a hand-finished mechanical watch movement. Cartier opts for a more modern, arguably masculine look for its particular aesthetic when it comes to skeletonized watch dials and movements.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watch Keeps Stopping Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The entire watch is 11.9mm thick (again, 42mm wide) making it both bold but also wearable under sleeves. If there was ever a luxury statement watch for guys who love mechanical movements – something like the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton watch is it. You get the power of a well-known name, lots of authentic horological technique, and refined design along with a enviable mechanical movement on your wrist.

Cartier Rotonde De Pasha Cartier Watch 90490ce Replica Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier is thus wise to “mix and match” its movements and cases in order to offer the widest spectrum of looks and styles for its customers. Compared to many more niche luxury watch brands, Cartier arguably is better positioned to ask for luxury car prices for a watch. It is well-established that the popularity of a luxury product’s brand name is directly related to the price a brand can command. Thus, being one of the few watch brands out there with a relatively well-conceived approach to marketing and overall brand awareness, Cartier is perhaps more legitimately able to ask for the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch’s retail price of $75,000 USD. cartier.com

The Best ‘His & Hers’ Watches For Couples

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists
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December14/ 2017

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

To many couples, the idea of a “his-and-hers” watch duo is appealing. The idea is to have sets of watches from the same brand and collection which are offered in equally appealing men’s and women’s variants. Thus, there is typically a larger and more masculinized “his” version, as well as typically a smaller and possibly more decorative “hers” version of the same model watch. His-and-hers watch sets are common enough, but finding ones that look just as good on both people is a bit more challenging. Below, we round up many of the most classic and appealing his and hers watches for couples that further demonstrate the importance and power of truly versatile watch designs.

A quick note on same-sex couples who may be similarly interested in matching, yet distinct timepieces. The situation for these couples is actually less challenging, as in many instances the choice will be not a watch model that has good-looking versions in various sizes, but rather watches which are mostly the same but with material, color, or other cosmetic differences. Same-sex couples looking for matching watches thus may have an easier time, though specific such recommendations are outside the scope of this article.

It is, perhaps, little surprise that classic-looking, conservative watches tend to look the best in both smaller and larger sizes. More distinctive or artistic timepiece designs tend to look best in a more narrow set of design considerations. With that said, you’ll notice that some watch models from the same brand are quite different in “his form” versus “her form.” The real challenge really comes down to selecting a duo of watches that both members of the couple enjoy equally.

If you want to add other good “his and hers” watches to the list, be sure to mention them in the comments below so that people looking for great options can be aware of them.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Rolex Datejust

For me, a success in a his-and-hers watch combo is each piece being the only watch you really need, and the Rolex Datejust and Lady-Datejust absolutely fit that bill. It is even easy to imagine a couple unintentionally ending up with matching Rolex Datejust watches. The quintessential everyday men’s Rolex gifted at birthdays, weddings, and, yes, retirements, the Rolex Datejust is an enduring men’s icon. However, just as ubiquitous is the Rolex Lady-Datejust which successfully feminizes the “grandpa” image that the Datejust can be saddled with. No, it’s not the most youthful piece, so it might not appeal to younger couples, and the price matches the Rolex reputation. The updated Rolex Datejust 41 introduced last year ranges from €9,150 to €11,200. The Rolex the Lady-Datejust 31 in two tone retails for $9,700.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Cartier Santos

Cartier Santos Galbee for her; Cartier Santos 100 for him. The Cartier Santos comes with a great history as the first pilot watch ever created and one of the earliest wrist watches for men ever. Though it began as a men’s watch, it later developed a strong feminine appeal as well. The smaller, 34.8mm-by-26.2mm Cartier Santos Galbee is a good size for women and comes in a “two-tone” steel and gold case with a quartz movement, for a price of $17,300. For guys, the 41mm-wide Cartier Santos 100 with the automatic Cartier 1847 MC movement comes in all steel ($7,000), a two-tone model we reviewed here ($9,650) that would match best with the Galbee, and a black carbon model ($7,600) as the most macho and sporty option.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Hublot Big Bang

Hublot will always offer a bold choice for a man or a woman. The Hublot Big Bang Unico 45, as its name suggests, is 45mm wide and requires some degree of bravado from the wearer – or will perhaps supply you with some. Shown above is the Big Bang Unico 45 Black Magic version that is in a ceramic case, with a skeletonized dial, and Hublot’s HUB1242 UNICO Manufacture movement, all for a price of $19,900. Available in a range of pastel color options, Hublot’s Big Bang Linen is 41mm wide and includes the HUB4300 automatic chronograph movement, precious stones on the bezel, and commands a price of $15,700.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Patek Philippe Nautilus

The quintessential steel sports watch by Patek Philippe, the Nautilus is a contender for top power-couple watch. Recently celebrating its 40th birthday, the Nautilus (along with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak) takes the self-assured luxury of a steel sports watch that costs as much as one made in precious metals and offers an everyday wear with, love it or hate it, top-tier brand recognition and quality. In recent times, Patek has doubled down on its classic designs that veer to the traditional side, but the Gerald Genta-designed Nautilus has remained a perennially popular watch with broad appeal. The 40mm-wide men’s model ref. 5711/1A-010 and the 35mm-wide ladies ref. 7118/1A-001 are both priced the same at about $24,000.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Patek Philippe Nautilus vs. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak debate has been litigated and relitigated for years because, like all great timeless debates, there really isn’t a clear winner and both are legends in the world of steel luxury sport watches. The Royal Oak really has emerged as a more mainstream timepiece that you’ll see worn by celebrities, in pop-culture, and on the wrists of uber-wealthy teenage scions on Instagram. Still, the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak is an icon that comes in at 37mm (ref. 15450ST.OO.1256ST.01) or 41mm (ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.04) options that share an automatic caliber 3120 movement with a solid 60-hour power reserve. It’s far from being an original choice at this point, but it is the original non-round steel luxury sports watch that is nothing short of refined and cool as a his-and-hers option. The 37mm model is priced at $16,500 and the 41mm is $17,800, significantly less than the Patek Nautilus.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Longines Evidenza

The Tonneau-shaped Longines Evidenza is an affordable Swiss watch that should appeal to a couple that appreciates a mechanical watch that stands out, has brand heritage, but costs less than competitors. There’s something inimitably charming about the idea of a couple wearing matching his and hers Tonneau-case watches since it’s a way to stand out from the crowd, but do it together. The men’s model is 33.1mm X 38.75mm and has the caliber L615, based off an ETA-2895-2 movement which operates at 28,800vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. The ladies model shrinks down to 26mm X 30.6mm and has the L595 caliber, based off the ETA 2000/1 which operates at 28,800vph and has a 40-hour power reserve. It also comes in a 19mm X 23mm quartz version. The men’s version on steel bracelet is priced at $2,225, the 26mm ladies version on an alligator strap is $2,000, and the 19mm quartz model is $1,450.

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Movado Bold

A more youthful take on the classic Movado museum dial, the Movado Bold was the natural choice when it came to the brand’s connected device offerings. They still offer a ton of traditional non-connected Bold options ranging from the mid to high 3-figure prices that allow for a lot of fun mixing and matching for a his-and-hers combination that is unified by the classically minimalist museum dial. The entire Bold line only comes in quartz, so we are talking about an option that focuses on style, accessibility, and general ease of use. Ladies models range from 25mm all the way up to 42.5mm, and the men’s selections go from there to 44mm. The non-connected Movado Bold watches for men and women start at $390 and go up to about $995 (and a $1,495 ladies model with diamonds on the bezel). The Movado Bold Motion connected watches start at $490 for the 39mm and range from $695 to $895 for the 44mm models.

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Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross’s square shaped watches based on the look of airplane cockpit instruments are a modern classic and come in a slew of variations including different materials and sizes. At 42mm wide, the BR 03 is probably the most wearable for men while still providing a lot of wrist presence. The BR S, while probably still a good fit for many men at 39mm, will also appeal to many women wanting a bold and fashionable piece. The version seen above in black ceramic with diamonds and running on a quartz movement, however, is distinctly feminine and has a price of $8,600. The basic steel model Bell & Ross BR 03-92 in steel with a Swiss automatic Sellita SW200-1 movement and on a rubber strap is $3,400.

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Rado Ceramica

A couple that’s into the modernist aesthetic isn’t going to have the easiest time finding a his-and-hers piece that matches their style, but the Rado Ceramica presents a sleek and (you guessed it) ceramic option. Recently redesigned by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the Rado Ceramica only comes in Quartz in order to maintain a slimmer wrist profile. The practical benefit of not having to deal with making sure a watch is wound is important to a lot of people, but it doesn’t mean design and materials are compromised. The men’s Ceramica is 30mm X 41.7mm, while the ladies model is 22.9mm X 31.7mm. I love the look of the matte-black ceramic on these watches, but the ladies model available in white looks very, very cool also. Price for the men’s and ladies Rado Ceramica is $2,100 and the ladies models with 4 diamonds on the dial are priced at $2,250.

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IWC Pilot’s Watch

It’s common for women to wear men’s style sport watches as opposed to more feminine formal wear. For a lot of women, the perfect combination is a traditionally men’s style design but sized for her smaller wrist. So is the case with IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, which comes in a few dial and strap styles in a 36mm-wide steel case that will look good on ladies who like a more “instrumental look” on their wrist. For him, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is the more masculine counterpart which continues a long tradition of pilot watch design by the brand. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is in steel on a strap or bracelet in a 40mm-wide case. Both watches contain base Swiss automatic movements. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII for men is $3,950 strap or $4,950 bracelet and the IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 for women is priced the same.

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Piaget, JLC, Frederique Piguet, Gerald Genta and others all delivered these superior calibers for this top of the line collection. The excellent finishing of the moves, was completed by Cartier and has been visible through the back, since lots of the versions needed a glass back, to see the movement. A feature that was fairly unusual at that moment. Collection Privée was however, too limited in quantities for a real achievement, since many of the models were only produced in 100 bits, while Cartier had already over 200 brand Boutiques at that moment. One would expect that my WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) buddies at the GTG meetings could be exited about the bits I revealed, but that was only partially true, because another trend had become popular among those men; ‘in-house movements’. A grail watch required to have an in-house motion to be the real thing (bargain).During the Collection Privée interval, 1998 — 2008, Cartier often faced problems in getting all of the parts from their providers and it often happened that a watch has been released later than intended, because of the fact that some parts were not available in time, to finish the watch.So besides the fact that an in-house movement was becoming increasingly more important, Cartier realised quite well that to become really reliable and successful in the world of high-end watches, they needed to make not just their own calibers, but also as many components as you can, like the case, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier built, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage here) and began to use a selected group of watchmakers on a follow up project to be launched in 2008, all led by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker that was hired in 2005 and had worked in Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very contemporary and luxury manufacture is now together with the Rolex manufacture, the largest in Switzerland!

Breitling Galactic

When I think about the major Swiss watch brands, Breitling is one that I almost never associate with ladies watches. The Breitling Galactic, however, comes in 29mm, 32mm, and 36mm in addition to the 41mm version. I think there’s definitely a market for the bold, aggressive Breitling aesthetic but in a smaller case size. I honestly can’t say I know a couple that really fits into what I imagine the customers for a his and hers Breitling Galactic to be but I can imagine that they share similar sporty hobbies and lifestyles. For the smaller 29mm and 32mm models, Breitling decided to use their Superquartz movements, while there is the option of the Breitling caliber 37 automatic movement for the 36mm, which operates at 28,800vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. The 29mm only comes in one version with diamonds on the dial and bezel, with a price of $8,330. The 32mm is $5,420 in steel and $7,210 with diamonds on a leather strap. The quartz 36mm on a leather strap is $4,515, and the diamonds and steel bracelet model is $10,950. The automatic 36mm in gold and steel two-tone is $9,255 and steel bracelet with diamonds is $10,735. And finally, we get to the men’s 41mm models which are $5,325 on leather strap and $5,985 on steel bracelet.

Cost Of Entry: Cartier Watches

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December14/ 2017

Cost Of Entry: Cartier Watches Feature Articles

Welcome to the latest installment in our Cost of Entry series. In this aBlogtoWatch feature, we examine different brands through the lens of their most affordable model. Having previously looked at the entry-level offerings of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Hublot… today, a name well-known even far outside the world of watches: Cartier. And none other than the iconic Tank, in the form of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic, represents the most affordable mechanical men’s watch Cartier offers, at around US$3,500. The question is, however, what exactly you get with the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and how well it represents the brand.

We don’t need to tell you that Cartier Watches Santos 100 Replica is one of the world’s most well-known luxury brands. While I like to approach this series as a brand study rather than as how to buy into a prestigious name for the least amount of money possible… Cartier’s prestige and recognizability are undeniably a huge draw for a great many people around the world. Cartier has achieved a remarkably cohesive identity and consistency across a wide range of products, but where does the Cartier Tank Solo XL fit in to that? In this article, we want to look at what exactly the Cartier Tank Solo XL offers in terms of value, history, horological interest, style, and that more vague quality that is Cartier essence. The Cartier Tank turning 100 years old in 2017 also makes it timely to revisit its story that is a big part of the watch we are looking at today.

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Short History Of The Cartier Watches China Replica Tank

Founded in Paris, France, by Louis-François Cartier in 1847, Cartier as a company will be 170 years old in 2017, but is no longer a small family-run jeweler, of course. The three grandsons of the founder were Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, and together they oversaw Cartier’s expansion to become a globally recognized name – Louis being the most central to our story. The next Cartier generation, the children of the three brothers, sold the business in the 1970s to an investor group. And finally, in 2012, Cartier joined the Richemont Group where it resides today among illustrious colleagues of haute horlogerie.

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Louis Cartier Watches 2015 Replica & the Cartier Tank watch from 1919

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Entire books have been written about Cartier and even about the Cartier Tank watch itself, and the basic story that Louis Cartier based the Tank design on the shape of WWI tanks seen on the Western Front is probably familiar to many readers. Cartier made clocks, pocket watches, and women’s wristwatches before wristwatches for men began to catch on – and when men did begin to wear wristwatches, Cartier played a major role in their wider adoption and the Cartier Tank was an important part of the transition from pocket to wrist.

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Early Cartier Santos Dumont

The first wristwatch for men is sometimes said to be the Cartier Santos from 1904, designed by Louis Cartier – at least, this began to help popularize men’s wristwatches. It was certainly one of the earliest watches designed as a wristwatch, rather than a pocket watch adapted with straps for the wrist, or “strap watch.” Called a “silly ass fad” by some around the early part of the 1900s (which I find delightful), men’s wristwatches still needed time to be accepted by the mainstream. In 1916, The New York Times admitted that wristwatches were more than a passing fad, and WWI saw soldiers beginning to strap watches to their wrists for practical reasons.

A wristwatch that immediately took benefit from the technology of this ID-ONE is the Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal which was presented in 2013, in a limited edition of 50 pieces. This fresh ‘Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal’ was released in a Niobium metal case, a lightweight and non-magnetic alloy, that resists rust, shocks and scratches and it has the carbon escapement of the ID-ONE. This watch is the Worlds first escapement adjustment-free and lubrication free tourbillon. If support on the motion can now be reduced to (almost) none, the sky will be the limit for the future creation of Cartier’s tourbillon models.The handsome looking Rotonde Annual calendar with grande automatic and date in-house caliber 9908 MC, is an example of a complex movement that’s predicated on the 1904 Caliber. All corrections of this watch can be produced through the crown and only requires one correct per year.This Santos Dumont Skeleton (below) was following the Santos 100 skeleton, the second model that comprised the newest 9612 MC mechanical antenna caliber. A very eye catching watch that includes a white- coloured, pink gold or ADLC coated titanium case. The skeletonized bridges come at the shape of Roman numerals and are, in case of the all black version, ADLC coated. It has very wearable measurements of 38.7 x 47.4mm.The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterieuse (below), in 42mm, is a prime guide where history meets technology. Cartier was the first brand in presenting a puzzle clock in 1912. It was developed by Maurice Coüet for Cartier. Hundred years after Cartier constructed especially a new in-house caliber because of their Mysterieuse watch, a quality that was built around sapphire crystal dial with the floating palms. Cartier’s watchmakers needed to overcome difficulties like driving of those sapphire discs together with the minute hand and the one with the hour hand in addition to the friction between them. Instead of embracing the system which was created by Maurice Coüet for the classic Mystery clocks, Cartier did it on its own way and determined that they should turn on mild pivots, actually like a brakes in a gear train.

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Cartier Tank Louis Cartier from 1922 (Source: HH Journal)

Louis Cartier Watches Yorkdale Replica (1875–1942) designed a number of watches that are still part of Cartier’s lineup today, including the Santos, Tank, and Tortue. At that time Louis perhaps thought that the future of wristwatches meant non-round cases. This would also help distinguish them from the round pocket watches that had simply been adapted for the wrist. The first Cartier Tank watch was created in 1917 and the story goes that those initial models were given to General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force and his officers. In 1919, a total of six Tank watches were produced, but an icon had been created, and new versions have followed regularly since – you can see more about early Tanks and other early Cartier men’s watches here.

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Part of the Tank’s history is the many significant 20th century figures who have prominently worn it. We won’t (can’t) list them all here, but monarchs, politicians, and true icons of sports and music have helped the tank achieve its status and are testament to its success. And these were not “brand ambassadors” as we know them today, but true fans of the watch – or those just following a trend, like Andy Warhol, who apparently didn’t even keep it wound on his wrist…

Cartier Tank watches have included a range of movements over their history, and the earliest versions used manually wound Jaeger movements. The first Cartier Watches His And Hers Replica Tanks were somewhat stouter than the perfectly (in my opinion) refined proportions of the Tank we know today, best exemplified by the Tank Louis Cartier that was first introduced in 1922. I have been unable to pinpoint exactly when the predominance of Breguet pomme-style hands gave way to the sword-shaped hands most prevalent on Cartier watches today. Though technically a more recent model, the modern Cartier Tank Solo XL is similar in design to the Tank Louis Cartier and does a good job, I feel, of representing its heritage.

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The Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic

Cartier’s current Tank collection comprises six models: Anglaise, Americaine, Française, Louis Cartier, MC, and Solo. Once again, the Cartier Watch 8098 Replica Tank Solo XL Automatic in steel on a leather strap represents the brand’s most affordable mechanical men’s watch. For the record, the least expensive men’s watch overall is – no, not the quartz Tank Solo, but the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch seen below at around $2,600. With a 36mm-wide (6.6mm-thick) steel case (30m water-resistant), the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch is small for a lot of modern men’s tastes but is simple, without fuss, and still offers a lot what many people want from Cartier.

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Current Cartier Tank collections

The Cartier Watches 1st Copy Replica Tank Solo XL Automatic watch was introduced in 2012 and added a larger, mechanical alternative to the quartz Tank Solo. The Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic initially featured the automatic Cartier 049 calibre, which is an ETA 2892. However, Cartier has confirmed with us that when the Cartier Clé introduced the in-house 1847 MC movement in 2015 a lot of basic models were quietly fitted with the new movement – including the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic. It is odd not only that Cartier chose to not announce this change, but that they do not even make the information publicly available – their website currently says little more than “mechanical movement with automatic winding” for the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic.

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The 1847 MC movement is apparently positioned as a workhorse to take the place of ETA movements found in a range of Cartier Xl Watch Replica collections, and with a diameter of 25.6mm, it will fit about anywhere an ETA 2992 or 2824 would. Bidirectional automatic winding, 42 hours of power reserve, operating at 4Hz with central seconds and date are all welcome modern features and appropriate for an entry level collection. The Cartier 1847 MC seems to mostly receive only basic decoration, but you won’t see it here anyway due to the solid caseback of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic. An in-house movement should add interest and value for enthusiasts, and more so because the switch from a sourced movement was not accompanied by a change in price.

Standard for a modern luxury watch, antireflective sapphire crystal protects the dial, and the crown with its synthetic spinel cabochon is essentially unchanged from the earliest Tanks. The dial is what Cartier calls silvered opaline, and it provides a satiny backdrop for the black Cartier Roman numerals without any shiny reflections to hamper legibility.

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The Cartier Watch 04281 Replica Tank Solo XL Automatic is hardly a “large” watch, but it is successful in being a more modern, sufficiently masculine iteration of the design. At 31mm by 40.85mm and 7.65mm thin, I find the Cartier Tank Solo XL to be a masterpiece of design and proportions and a great fit for my 6.5″ (17cm) wrist. For a watch called the Tank with strong military-associated origins, though, the Cartier Tank is mostly seen as the opposite of a rough-wearing, battlefield watch. The Cartier Tank Solo XL is water-resistant to only 30m, comes on a leather strap, and is almost the wristwatch version of a tuxedo.

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Calling this model “XL” reminds us that it is still intended as a men’s watch. The basic look of the Cartier Tank has undeniably been very popular for women’s watches, and this might actually turn some men off by causing them to view it as feminine – Ariel discussed this general phenomenon in a dedicated article here. Personally, that is not relevant to my own tastes and wearing habits. Further, if you don’t consider Cartier a “real” watch maker because they also make jewelry – well, then there is probably nothing I can say that will change your mind anyway.

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events
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December14/ 2017

SIHH 2018 Will Feature Public Day & More Exhibitors Than Ever Shows & Events

Are we pumped for SIHH 2018 yet? Just like the “holiday shopping season” and beginning around the same time, it seems like the new-product announcements get earlier every year. With still more than a month to go, the 2018 models that we will get to see in Geneva in January have already started coming in. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch industry trade show, just like its organizing body the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), has continued to grow and evolve each year, adding more brands as well as a day where the show is open to the public for the first time in 2017 – this time around, it will be Friday, January 19th, 2018. Now with a total of 35 brands, SIHH 2018 promises even more variety than in previous years.

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You already know that SIHH is one of the two most important events for the watch industry, as its exhibitors – while much fewer than at the biggest industry trade show, Baselworld – represent many major and influential brands, and this is the time of year when they introduce their most important new products. Vis-à-vis Baselworld – where around 300 brands represent the breadth of the watch industry from high-end and mainstream to obscure startups – SIHH has always carefully maintained an image of exclusivity and “prestige.”

So, while a few brands do introduce models in the “mid-level luxury” range that the average person might be able to consider saving up for and possibly actually wearing… you can expect a lot of skeletonization, avant-garde designs, artisanal techniques and haute horology finishing, “high complications,” precious materials, and stratospheric prices. Haute horlogerie is in the name, after all. It has largely been a spectator’s show for fans of high-end watchmaking, but with recent industry trends emphasizing more “down-to-earth” (it’s all relative) models, some balance and variety can at least be hoped for.

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SIHH 2018’s 35 Exhibiting Brands

The Richemont Group along with some independent brands long represented the handful of SIHH exhibitors. However, the show’s 2016 edition added a “Carré des Horlogers” section with nine “artisan-creators and independent workshops” and expanded that number in 2017. This year, the Carré des Horlogers brands are up to no fewer than 17, with the primary exhibitors (referred to as “Historic Maisons”) at 18 for a total, again, of 35. The primary exhibitors are joined by Hermes, and the Carré des Horlogers adds five brands with Armin Strom, DeWitt, Ferdinand Berthoud, Élégante by F.P.Journe, and Romain Gauthier. See the full list of exhibitors in the image above.

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The Cartier Panthère was initially introduced in 1983, and the relaunch design is exactly the same as the original: square case with screws on the bezel, Roman numerals, railroad track index, along with a little Cartier logo embossed in the X digit — distinguishing it from the counterfeits. Only the bracelet structure is new — it’s more supple. All the movements are walnut, which keeps the eye elegantly thin, and accurate to the original layout, which came into being in the height of this quartz era.The new Panthère de Cartier is a full set in three dimensions with a pavé variant, a lacquer and gold version, a yellow gold variant — a star of the original collection — plus a two-tone version, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $140,000. The dimensions of this bezel and screws are a lot smaller over the Cartier Panthère than on the Santos, and the lugs are more tapered, as is your crown. And on the Santos, there’s not any edge on the railroad track indicator. (Though there was a boundary on the index of the original Santos watch created in 1904). The Santos-Dumont’s square shape was revolutionary for its time, and consequently began Cartier’s venture into the world of shaped watches.Although the Cartier Panthère volume collection was made in 1983, Cartier has been making jeweled Panther-themed watches because even before it generated the Santos watch in 1904 — the only men who had been wearing wristwatches at that time were soldiers at the South African Boer War, which was because Africa’s climate was too hot to get a waist jacket, where a guy’s pocket watch is properly kept. Cartier continues its tradition of jeweled Panther watches every year. This season, the brand new jewelry creations included, most importantly, the Royale and the Joueuse. The Cartier Panthère Royale was motivated by a famous panther and sapphire brooch made by Cartier in 1949 for the Duchess of Windsor.

From a media perspective, Baselworld has tended to spread our resources very thinly in past years with simply too much to cover at once, so with some prominent brands having moved from Baselworld to SIHH, we can hope for some balance between the shows. Around 20,000 visitors are expected this year, and the FHH promises improved facilities and connectivity in order to make our job of bringing you high quality content more efficient – so we’ll see what that’s like in January. That’s just a glimpse into our point of view in preparing for the show.

We’ll continue providing news of new products ahead of the show – if mostly only renders and official product images from the brands with basic information before being able to see the watches in person to photograph and evaluate them in their glorious and gritty reality. SIHH 2018 runs from January 15th to the 19th, and again, the last day is open to the public with tickets on sale at the SIHH website. sihh.org

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Watch

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watches In Movies Replica Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases
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December14/ 2017

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Watches In Movies Replica Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Cartier is rarely the first name that comes to mind when it comes to the annals of fine watchmaking, but the French maison has quietly and consistently been bolstering its catalog of super-interesting, high-end models. Case in point: the recently announced Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon – an ambitious, Geneva Seal-certified creation, characterized by its tourbillon complication at 10:00, seemingly floating in space.

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The rhythmic illusion of this special Cartier Watches Santos Replica is made possible by its round “rotonde” series case – a lithe, curvaceous new stage for Cartier to showcase its best complications. In this case, we get two in the Calibre 9407 MC: a minute repeater with hardened steel gongs, and the “floating” tourbillon, held in place by a rotating sapphire disc that rotates every five minutes, with the tourbillon itself completing a rotation each 60 seconds. The floating effect is inspired by Cartier’s “mystery” clocks first created in 1912. Perhaps most impressive about the whole package, though, isn’t just the finely tuned auditory notes or visual spectacle, but the sheer technical feat of fitting 448 individually finished components into a case measuring only 11.15mm thick, by 45mm wide.

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Cartier 9407 MC Caliber Minute Repeater Mechanism

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Cartier 9407 MC Caliber Tourbillon Mechanism

Minute repeaters and tourbillons represent two of watchmaking’s most challenging feats, so getting them together on a shared and surprisingly wearable stage is a feat in and of itself. But what really just works with the Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon (try saying that five times fast) is how damned cohesive it all looks – no small task, especially given the levels of complication we’re dealing with. Here, we have black rhodium-finished movement bridges employing contrasting circular graining and Geneva stripes – all collective hallmarks of the Geneva Seal – an ultra-exclusive certification of exemplary quality that fewer than 0.01% of all Swiss watch exports see (you can read all about the Geneva Seal in our in-depth report here). Even in all its complexity and lack of symmetry (notice the de-centered hour and minute hands), however, the dial still finds surprising balance in the negative space occupied by the floating tourbillon.

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Activated by a push-piece trigger at 4:00, the minute repeater has been designed around optimizing the four principles of sound to deliver the most pleasing acoustic experience possible. Those considerations start with volume and richness – engineering the Rotonde de Cartier Watches New Collection Replica case from ultralight titanium while building the square striking gongs out of hardened steel and maximizing the surface area for the transmission of powerful sound vibrations. The timbre, or clarity, of each note was also considered; with the hourly gongs tuned to a B (the 5th octave), and the minutes to a D (6th octave). Lastly, the duration or resonance of the sound itself is preserved through a silent inertia flywheel (visible at 7:00), which regulates the striking speed of the hammers to ensure every strike is as consistent as the last.

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The Cartier Panthère was originally introduced in 1983, and the relaunch design is exactly the same as the first: square case with screws on the bezel, Roman numerals, railroad track index, along with a tiny Cartier logo embossed from the X digit — distinguishing it from the counterfeits. Just the bracelet structure is new — it’s more supple. Each of the moves are walnut, which retains the watch elegantly thin, and true to the original design, which came into being in the height of the quartz era.The new Panthère de Cartier is a complete set in three dimensions with a pavé variant, a lacquer and gold version, a yellow gold variant — a star of the first collection — plus a two-tone version, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $140,000. The Santos is also an iconic square-cased Cartier watch with Roman numerals and visible screws on the bezel, and at least one person I talked to was perplexed about its similarity to the Cartier Panthère, therefore it’s worth showing the Santos here for comparison. The size of this bezel and screws are a lot smaller on the Cartier Panthère than on the Santos, and the lugs are more pliable, as is the crown. And on the Santos, there is not any border on the railroad track index. (Although there was a boundary on the indicator of the first Santos watch created in 1904). The Santos was created for aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a friend of Louis Cartier, to enable him to time his flight legs without having to take his hands off the controls to reach for his pocket watch. It was a hit in Parisian society, and Cartier found it commercially a couple of years later. The Santos-Dumont’s square shape was revolutionary for its time, and consequently began Cartier’s venture to the world of shaped watches.Although that the Cartier Panthère volume collection was created in 1983, Cartier was producing jeweled Panther-themed watches because even before it created the Santos watch in 1904 — the only guys who had been wearing wristwatches in that time were soldiers at the South African Boer War, which was since Africa’s climate was too hot for a waist jacket, where a guy’s pocket watch is properly kept. Cartier continues its tradition of jeweled Panther watches each year. This year, the brand new jewelry creations included, most notably, the Royale and the Joueuse.

If it weren’t for the wordmark on the dial at 12:00 or the signature sapphire cabochon set into the crown, there’s nothing about this watch that screams “Cartier” – which is probably a good thing, particularly for those not yet convinced that the watchmaker is becoming increasingly capable of going toe-to-toe with the likes of the haute horology elite. At the time of writing, the price of the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch is $449,400. cartier.com

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch

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December14/ 2017

Cartier will be releasing the Panthère de Cartier Watch 61323 Replica lineup in June 2017 with 16 pieces that are designed to appeal to almost every possible section of the market. Just to keep it simple, we will undergo the 22mm smaller versions first followed by the 27mm versions.Prices for your 22mm Cartier Panthere de Cartier watches are as follows. The all-steel model ref. WSPN0006 is $4,000; 18k yellow gold and steel two-tone ref. W2PN0006 is $7,350; 18k rose gold ref. WGPN0010 is $24,900; and the all white gold and diamond ref. HPI01129 is $81,000. Prices for your 27mm Cartier Panthère de Cartier watches: all-steel model ref. WJPN0009 is $27,400; 18k white gold with diamonds ref. WGPN0011 is $28,900; 18k white gold and diamonds ref. Welcome to the latest installment in our Cost of Entry series. Inside this aBlogtoWatch feature, we analyze different brands through the lens of their most affordable model. Having previously looked at the entry-level offerings of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Hublot… now, a title renowned even far outside the world of watches: Cartier. And none aside from the iconic Tank, in the kind of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic, represents the most economical mechanical men’s watch Cartier offers, at approximately US$3,500. The question is, however, what exactly you get with all the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and just how well it reflects the newest new.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

As the watch world gears up for the 2017 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Cartier Watches 2017 Replica has quietly begun to announce their plans for the luxury timepiece exhibition held in Geneva every year. While they certainly aren’t strangers to the fine watchmaking arena, Cartier is typically known for their rich history as a company that produces and distributes a wide variety of luxury goods. Still, we all know that there’s always more to the story when it comes to their watches. For 2017, Cartier has announced a series of three highly ambitious watches including the Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch we see here. It’s a piece that pushes a generally conservative watch concept into new territory while showcasing Cartier’s classical mystery clock design elements.

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At first glance, we see that the watch is built upon the brand’s established Rotonde de Cartier design. You’ll find no tourbillon, no minute repeater, and a wealth of crafty skeletonization work that’s sure to wow anyone that manages to get their hands on it. Although the watch isn’t necessarily sporty, Cartier has announced that the palladium case will be 42mm in diameter, which makes it quite generous and comfortable for most wearers. Also, at 11.9mm thick, the watch should have no issue in terms of balance. Inside of the watch beats Cartier’s caliber 9983 MC hand-wound movement, which is quite visible thanks to the extensive skeletonization that also makes up a set of Roman numeral hour markers.

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Over at 9 o’clock, we have a large sub-dial that’s proudly built in the style of Cartier’s mystery clock design that started over a century ago. It’s comprised of two small sapphire discs with fitted white hands and nothing else. Each disc is affixed to the movement and tracks independently of the other to indicate hours and minutes. Although the idea may appear simple, Cartier seems to have kept the specifics behind the mechanics a secret. So although a great deal of the movement is visible, the connection to those mystery sapphire discs is relatively obscured. It’s this aesthetic combination of secrecy and openness that really sets the watch apart from the others in their SIHH 2017 announcement.

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Another feature worth noting is the cabochon sapphire crown, which is just classic Cartier. In a way, it ties the whole design together and serves as a subtle way of reminding the wearer that this is an ornate, high-end watch from a brand that really dominates in the world of jewelry. The watch comes on a black alligator strap and at the time of writing is priced at $75,000. cartier.com

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On
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December14/ 2017

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Continuing the watch design trend of “more blue is better,” Cartier showed a blued version of their Calibre De Cartier Diver at SIHH earlier this year. As with many of its peers, this simple color swap manages to impart this rather dressy Cartier diver with an appeal distinct from that of the original black-dialed version. From steel to solid gold, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue wears the color well, adding a playful touch of personality to a brand often characterized by their stoic aesthetic.

Piaget, JLC, Frederique Piguet, Gerald Genta and many others all delivered these superior calibers for this top of the line series. The superb finishing of these moves, was completed by Cartier Pasha Watch Yellow Gold Replica and was visible through the trunk, since lots of the versions needed a glass back, to find the motion. A characteristic that was pretty unusual at that moment. Collection Privée was however, too limited in amounts for a real achievement, since many of the models were only created in 100 pieces, while Cartier had already over 200 brand Boutiques at that moment. An individual would expect that my WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) friends at the GTG meetings would be exited about the bits I revealed, but that was only partly true, since another trend was popular among these guys; ‘in-house movements’. A grail watch needed to possess an in-house movement to be the actual thing (deal).During the Collection Privée period, 1998 — 2008, Cartier often faced problems in getting all the components from their providers and it frequently occurred that a watch was released later than planned, because of the fact that some components were not available in time, to complete the watch.So besides the simple fact that an in-house motion was becoming more and more significant, Cartier realised very well that to become really reliable and successful in the world of high-end watches, they needed to make not just their own calibers, but also as many components as possible, like the instance, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier constructed, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — fabricate in La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage here) and began to work with a chosen group of watchmakers on a follow up project to be started in 2008, all headed by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker which has been hired in 2005 and had worked in Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very modern and high-end manufacture is currently together with all the Rolex manufacture, the largest in Switzerland!
Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Save for the coloring, the blue variant of the Calibre de Cartier diver is identical to the original black version of the Calibre de Cartier Diver that Ariel reviewed here. With a 42mm case in steel or 18k pink gold, the new blue dial is matched by an equally blue, lumed ceramic bezel insert. At 11mm thick, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is a consummate dress diver, offering a more sporty interpretation of the Calibre de Cartier platform. Dress divers are a strange evolution, a subspecies of the sport watch grown to bridge the gap between the traditional role of a dive watch as a tool and its more modern context as an object of luxury with adventurous intentions (especially within the confines of Cartier and its peers).

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While few dive watches actually see use as tools for scuba diving, many watch buyers desire a watch with the ancillary qualities of a dive watch (robust construction, good legibility, water resistance, and a casual masculine appeal). So, within the large market for casual dive watches there is a demand for higher-end products that retain some semblance of their toolish roots. A very similar thing has happened to SUVs over the past twenty years. What was once a tool then became popular for its strong versatility and was eventually co-opted by the luxury market. Think of the difference between an old Wrangler and a new Grand Cherokee, or a Merc 280G vs a modern G65.

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Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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As such, the Calibre de Cartier Watches Ebay India Replica Diver Blue, while undeniably a luxury product, is water resistant to 300 meters, has a legit dive bezel, strong legibility, and a capable in-house automatic movement. Inside its nicely detailed case, we find Cartier’s 1904 MC movement, sporting double barrels that provide more consistent torque over the 48 hours of power reserve. With 27 jewels and a 4Hz rate, the 1904 MC is not especially fancy, but it is a capable movement that finds a fitting home in the Calibre de Cartier family.

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Cartier Calibre De Cartier Tank Watch Quartz Replica Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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Focusing on the blue, I think it’s a strong addition to the lineup. While the black version is certainly a classic look, I think the blue really suits the nautical feel of the Calibre de Cartier Watches Hk Replica Diver’s aesthetic. The blue is arguably an even stronger suit for the solid gold version. While the two tone has a certain appeal, the full 18k pink gold version really rips the knob off. While I don’t have the wrist to pull off a gold dive watch, I think I get the appeal and there is something wondrously nouveau-riche about the solid gold Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue on a blue rubber strap.

Steel dive watches are tools for the masses, while a gold diver (especially from a brand like Cartier) paints visions of the sun-soaked Amalfi coast, an ever darkening tan, and a teak decked vessel to carry you far away from steel concerns. If this is your life, then this may be your watch.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Accepting the possibility that I have digressed, on wrist, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue feels special, which is the key element for a watch in this segment (that being, watches that have to battle the mighty Rolex Submariner). The version of the rubber strap shown at SIHH (and in these photos) appears to have been replaced with a blue version of the strap shown in Ariel’s review linked to above. I have tried the current blue strap and it’s excellent; comfy, sporty, and ideal for this sort of watch. Competition is hot at this price point, but I think the Calibre de Cartier Diver, especially in blue, offers its own appeal that is going to be popular among both Cartier fans and also those looking for a change of pace from the standard options from Omega and Rolex.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Pricing starts at $7,900 for the steel, $10,200 for the two tone, and $27,300 for the full gold experience. With a lovely case, excellent sizing, and a quality movement, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue adds a little flare to an already interesting and entirely wearable lux diver. cartier.com

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying
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December14/ 2017

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

aBlogtoWatch has been producing some buying guides for eBay, and we’ve got a fresh new batch to share. Now, we know that many “watch people” know the ins and outs of how to buy, sell, and trade watches online. However, more casual or beginning people who don’t have the confidence of experience can find themselves overwhelmed, intimidated, and plain stressed out about the process. We hope our guides, which are designed to answer broader questions about watch buying as well as provide watch brand- and model-specific guides, provide a good frame of reference for anyone on the hunt for a timepiece. Click on the images to view the articles on eBay

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

The world of watches can be a little alienating if you’re not in the position to expend the substantial amount of money it takes to buy a nice mechanical watch, let alone have a collection. We figured we’d really challenge ourselves by asking if you can get a truly quality watch for less than $100. We’ve visited this topic of ways to achieve affordability before by looking at surprisingly affordable watches, buying watches that may need some servicing, looking for good deals on vintage timepieces, going for a Japanese watch rather than Swiss, and even (gasp) quartz watches rather than mechanical.

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

We also have “What’s the Deal? The Cartier Tank.”  If you’ll recall, we previously looked at the Omega Speedmaster Automatic in our series dedicated to buying some more affordable (and yes, with compromises) models of costlier watches. And for the real beginner, we present an introductory guide to Breitling.

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

A question a lot of people have been asking themselves during graduation season is what is a good watch to get that special grad in your life? It’s a nearly impossible question to answer since so much can vary, but take a look at our guide to get some ideas going. And if you’re going to have a watch that needs to be tougher than just a watch ideal for a college graduate starting in the work world, we explore what are some of the best “beater” watches out there.

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

And in the world of “watch buying ephemera” we look at what are some good choices for a “unisex” watch, we explore the bracelet vs. strap dilemma, and take a look at GMT watches. We also look at water resistance ratings, and look at what makes an “appropriate” watch size based on your wrist.

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

We’ve been doing these guides for some time now and the library is really growing, so please check out what we have to date over here. Below are a handful of our most popular and useful guides that you may have missed, so check them out as well.

aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

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aBlogtoWatch eBay Watch Buying Guides: Cartier, Breitling, Beater Watches, & More Watch Buying

SIHH 2018 is only months away, but we’re already hearing about a few of the new watches that will be released. These days, we’ve got a pair of Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious watches — the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Dual Tourbillon.The idea for all these Mysterious Watches actually comes in the Mystery Clocks that Cartier made far back in the early 20th century. These clocks were noteworthy as [SPOILER ALERT] their hands were fixed onto clear discs driven by gears just from view, creating the impression that they were floating on the dial. Cartier fans will be pleased to know it also includes the brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon crown. Water resistance is graded at 30m. The top half features a day & nighttime complication and also shows the hours in the form of a 12-hour scale that reads from six to six. At the afternoon, a sun will appear on the dial and make its way from left to right. The hours are read by simply taking a look at the position of the sun in regard to the 12-hour scale. When it is night, a moon will look and also will create its 12-hour journey from left to right. The bottom half of the dial features a radiating guilloché pattern at the center and a couple of minutes display.The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is powered by the on site hand-wound Caliber 9982 MC, that can be visible through the sapphire display caseback. Made from 174 parts, it defeats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of at least 48 hours.The second opinion, the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Dual Tourbillon relies on the Rotonde Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch which was unveiled at SIHH in 2013. For people who want a bit more bling, in addition, there are two extra versions, one with a paved diamond bezel and yet another using a paved diamond case and motion.

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