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TECHNICAL VIRTUOSO

Luxury watch maison Roger Dubuis, master of disruptive watchmaking techniques and avante garde design, comes up with another technical virtuoso performance with the Excalibur Spider Ultimate Carbon, a timepiece that is truly ahead of its time. An ideal gift for a man of substance – a timepiece – that is truly ahead of its time.

Nobody does Fine Watchmaking quite like Roger Dubuis, for which innovation and a drive to push technical and aesthetic limits to breaking point are an integral part of its DNA. Not to mention a fearless ability and determination to shake up watchmaking codes and overturn existing rules.

450 3Well-known for its penchant for disruptive materials, along with its ability to produce world premieres, Roger Dubuis has done it again. Showcasing its mastery of sophisticated technology, the Maison that dares to be rare has set itself an ambitious challenge by ushering in the age of the complication-charged hyperwatch.

Paradox is the name of the game as the Excalibur Spider Ultimate Carbon timepiece disrupts watchmaking codes while managing to maintain the Brand’s links with its serial innovator DNA. The paradox continues as the lightness of ultra-sophisticated technology meets the weight of watchmaking complications. In an intriguing juxtaposition of material combinations, this highly complex model is mostly made of multi-layer carbon with a case and a likewise carbon strap.

In a final move befitting a groundbreaking hyperwatch, the Manufacture has encrusted the carbon strap with 166 diamonds, an unprecedented step for Roger Dubuis. Echoing its shining Astral Skeleton star that has become a Roger Dubuis signature, this extraordinary timepiece also features a world-first tourbillon carriage set with baguette-cut diamonds, the final touch to a model designed for a very few daring individuals.

The Excalibur Spider Ultimate Carbon timepiece thereby offers a spectacular demonstration of the Maison’s gift for dealing in back to the future technology: the first timepiece mostly made of carbon from start to strap and lit up by 195 diamonds, an achievement calling for cutting-edge technical skills combined with boldly imaginative aesthetics.

Roger Dubuis has been at the forefront of contemporary Haute Horlogerie since 1995. Its audacious creations, firmly anchored in the 21st century, embody substantial expertise expressed through the finest watchmaking mechanisms combined with powerful and daring designs. Boldness and extravagance are the brand’s signatures, and determination its driving force.

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur and Velvet collections are distributed worldwide through an exclusive sales network and boutiques. The quest for excellence, the long search for the right gesture, as well as the development of unique skills are all defining characteristics of the Geneva-based Swiss Maison.

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VALUED FRIENDS

Parmigiani Fleurier announced a sporty partnership with the addition of professional golfer Jessica Korda to its Friend of the Brand network. The American athlete turned pro at only 18 and joined the LPGA Tour that year (2011). Since then, she has made a name for herself in the professional golf world, winning five tour titles thanks to her stamina, hard work and dedication. Parmigiani Fleurier is proud to welcome such an inspiring athlete among its valued Friends of the Brand.

450 6Jessica will be wearing the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy timepiece, characterized for its stunning aventurine dial and small seconds star design, inspired by Michel Parmigiani’s famed restoration work.

The brand shares many values many values with Jessica, much like in playing golf, the art of watchmaking requires great attention to detail, precision, dedication and patience.

“When I first discovered Parmigiani I was amazed at the level of craftsmanship and detailed design,” said Jessica Korda. “Each watch has a very unique story and I am constantly learning and enjoying new details about them.”

Jessica will be making guest appearances throughout the year as well as hosting Parmigiani Fleurier Golf Clinics with select clients to share her knowledge, provide tips to active players and inspire a new generation of golfers.

The Kalparisma Nova Galaxy timepiece has been very successful attracting the attention of clients who seek the practicality and versatility of an everyday timepiece without having to sacrifice comfort or elegance – the perfect match for a young dynamic woman.

Jessica is among the most likeable golfers on the LPGA TOUR. Collecting five victories in her young career, she turned pro in 2011 and also qualified for the United States Solheim Cup team in 2013 and 2017 and won the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand. Frequently ranked inside the Top 15 in the world, Jessica is a very consistent competitor who continues to improve each season. Some of Jessica’s Athletic background can be attributed to her parents, Petr Korda and Regina Raichrtova, both international tennis stars. Her father, Petr, won one Grand Slam singles title at the 1998 Australian Open when Jessica was five years old.

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NEW CHAPTER

Despite growing awareness and the efforts of government and international non-profit organizations, the world’s water continues to come under threat because of carelessness, neglect and waste. Pollution levels are rising – and something must be done. Luxury Swiss watchmaker Oris introduced the Source of Life Limited Edition, an ethical watch inspired by the River Rhine that highlights the plight of the world’s water sources and marks a new chapter in Oris’s mission to bring change for the better.

The new watch is based on the stylish Oris Aquis diver’s watch, one of the independent Swiss company’s signature designs. In keeping with Oris’s philosophy to ‘Go your own way’, every model in the line combines innovation, high-performance and high-quality Swiss design and engineering with price points that make sense in the real world.

01 733 7731 4995-07 5 18 46FC - Oris Aquis Date Diamonds TRThe Oris Source of Life Limited Edition picks up on that theme, and also recognizes the role water plays in feeding, sustaining and connecting life. It focuses on the course of the River Rhine, chosen because it runs close to the village of Hölstein where Oris has been based since 1904, and because the Orisbach, a nearby brook from which the company takes its name, feeds into it.

The watch’s case back is embossed with a map of the River Rhine, which runs 1,233km (766 miles) through six countries from its source at the Lai da Tuma, or Tomasee, a lake 2,343 meters up in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Graubünden, through to the North Sea. The river has been a source of life to those who live along it for centuries.

Because it’s based on the Oris Aquis, the Source of Life Limited Edition has the same roster of high-performance functions the Aquis is renowned for. Its 43.5mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters), and it has a uni-directional rotating bezel with a grey tungsten insert with a 60-minute timer scale for safely measuring dive times. The stainless steel case back of the Oris Source of Life Limited Edition is embossed with a map of the River Rhine and the watch’s limited edition number. The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition comes in a special presentation box. An insignia on the inside shows the course of the River Rhine.

The blue grey dial is inspired by the color of the fresh water at the River Rhine’s source. The date is indicated through a circular aperture running around the dial. The watch’s automatic movement provides it with its standout complication, an inventive circular date indicator shown by a scale running from 1 to 31 around the center of the watch’s dial. Inside it is a channel with a white indicator that aligns with the scale and makes a full tour of the dial once a month to show the date.

The watch also has a sweeping seconds hand with a ‘lollipop’ filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova®. This is a significant detail – to qualify for diver’s watch status, a watch must have a display that shows the running of the watch to indicate to the wearer that their dive timing is accurate. The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition comes on either a stainless steel metal bracelet or a grey rubber strap, both of which have stainless steel folding clasps that can be extended to be worn over a wetsuit. To reflect the height above sea level of the Lai da Tuma, 2,343 pieces have been made.

The Oris Source of Life Limited Edition is inspired by water and invites us to consider the eternal value of water philosophically. Water feeds, sustains and connects life – it’s time we recognized its real value. The retail price of the watch is approximately CHF 2,100 with a rubber strap and CHF 2,300 with a stainless steel bracelet.

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MODERN SPIRIT

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Corum has created a Lab collection where mechanics take precedence, in a contemporary yet disruptive timepiece. The first two barrel-shaped series, each limited to 99 pieces, were launched recently in Beijing. Different, unique, off the beaten track: Corum’s conception of watchmaking today has no equal. The brand launched a new limited series that embodies this manifesto: the Heritage Corum Lab 01. The idea: offer pieces with a racing, sculptural, technical, modern spirit and which will only be available as limited editions.

The first two “Heritage Corum Lab 01” models feature a barrel-shaped case made entirely of black DLC. A rare occurrence in modern watchmaking: the caliber that drives these two Heritage Corum Lab 01 watches is a “shape movement”, that is to say a movement that has been made to measure for the case, in contrast to a round movement that is placed in a differently-shaped case, which, for technical ease, is how the immense majority of watches are made. Here, the caliber and the case are closely intertwined, one molding to the contours of the other.

450 1Corum has opted for an open worked dial which allows for the CO 410 skeleton caliber that fits snugly in the case to be admired. The dial, reduced to its simplest expression, comes in grey anthracite enhanced with either red or white, depending on the version. Enthusiasts will also note the micro-rotor, visible from the dial side, featuring a contemporary spiral finish to accentuate the “speed” effect when it begins to rotate.

These are two models which embody the brand’s disruptive approach to watchmaking, as evidenced by the juxtaposition of ‘Heritage’ and ‘Lab’. In traditional Fine Watchmaking, the two concepts are never associated with one another. Heritage looks to the past, the lab to the future. The underlying principle that the watchmaker is establishing with the Heritage Corum Lab 01 is precisely to create a dialogue between these two.

What would René Bannwart or Severin Wunderman have made of Corum heritage today? Progressive, even avant-garde innovators, certainly wouldn’t simply have just reissued pieces. The Heritage Corum Lab 01 is the brand’s response to this vision which drives Corum, today more than ever.

Both watches feature a CO 410 automatic movement with key functions including hours, minutes and a 50-hour power reserve. The tonneau-shaped case dimensions are identical measuring 38mm, 30 x 32mm and the movement is finished with a Cote de Genève decoration. The watch case is made of titanium grade 5 with black DLC treatment. The watch dials though are dissimilar i.e. one limited edition features a charcoal grey & red dial.

The second limited edition shares most of the above features except the dial colors which are charcoal grey & white. Both editions are water resistant to 50 meters and have a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and an open back cover with glare proof sapphire crystal. Both limited editions are fitted with a rubber strap with an 18 mm triple folding clasp.

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VINTAGE UK

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the debate raging in political circles, news channels and boardrooms across the UK and Europe as the Brexit date of 29th March 2019 looms large! While most experts are contemplating the pros and cons and the repercussions of this move of Britain away from the European Union & whether it will happen now or in the imminent future, one ingenious luxury watchmaker Graham has immortalized Brexit with a Graham Chronofighter Vintage UK Limited Edition that takes unity into its own hands.

450 3From pomp to punk, the UK has always steered away from black and white perspectives. The Graham Chronofighter Vintage UK shows this spirit in its true colors, in this case those of the union jack flag. The timely Swiss watch with a British heritage addresses Brexit with heart-felt honesty – by adding a question mark. As in any love affair, this tiny piece of punctuation speaks volumes. Should I go or should I stay? Can we still be friends? Will we ever get back together again? It sets the tone for a timepiece with stunning looks, a love of tradition and the courage to look to the future.

A red, white and blue painted dial flags up a mood of familiarity with a twist on this automatic chronograph with a day-date display. At first sight, the red and white stripes are boldly patriotic, yet a concertina effect lets through more blue than usual. Modernist design language or a subtle hint that a variation on European blue is still welcome?

The iconic Graham Chronofighter trigger mechanism on the left-hand side enables a fast-action start/stop – a Brexit negotiator’s dream. The eye-catching timepiece comes with a blue calf leather strap with red and white stitching. A brown alternative is available for a stronger nostalgic statement. The Graham Chronofighter Vintage UK is a non-negotiable limited edition of 100 pieces. Take it or leave it.

The dial of the watch is painted with the three colored Union Jack flag (national flag of the United Kingdom) and it features an automatic chronograph Caliber – G1747, movement with the day-date and fast-action start-stop trigger among its key features. The timepiece is limited to 100 pieces and has a power reserve of 48 hours. The case diameter measures 44mm and is made of steel with a domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating and a see-through sapphire crystal case back. The watch is water resistant to 330 feet. There is a blue calf leather strap with red and white stitches available as also a brown calf leather or blue leather with white stitches and steel pin buckle.

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STYLE STATEMENT

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date has always been a style statement and a useful instrument. For its 80th anniversary, the luxury watch brand announces a special bronze edition of an Oris icon. In 1938, Oris introduced a pioneering watch for pilots. It had an oversized crown so that glove-wearing airmen could easily adjust it, and an unusual complication – a date indicated by a central pointer hand.

The aim behind it was to create a beautiful, high-quality, reasonably priced timekeeper that would be reliable and easy to use, even in hostile conditions. Little could the independent Swiss watchmaker have known at the time that eight decades later, the Big Crown Pointer Date would not only continue to fulfill that ambition, but also that it would have become one of the most recognizable of all watch designs, an icon for the generations.

Oris Portrait Rolf Studer, Co-CEO“Designs come and go, but the Big Crown Pointer Date has endured and keeps getting stronger,” says Oris’s Honorary Chairman, Dr Rolf Portmann, who shares his experiences of the Big Crown. “It’s become an Oris signature and a symbol of how strong the company’s heritage and brand are.”

To mark the 80th anniversary of this landmark watch, Oris has created the Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition, a special piece with a 40mm case, fluted bezel and oversized crown cast in bronze, and a striking green dial.

Oris has chosen bronze for the case material in part because of its current popularity, but also because it’s a utilitarian material that tells the story of Oris’s industrial approach to watchmaking. Bronze patinates naturally as it oxidizes, so that each watch will take on a unique finish over time. The deep green of the dial also has a natural feel, complementing the bronze case. The combination of materials and colors is symbolic of the watch’s design heritage, Oris’s rich mechanical watchmaking history, and the company’s natural location in Switzerland’s beautiful Waldenburg Valley.

The original Oris Big Crown Pointer Date was a landmark watch. In the 80 years since its launch, it has played a pivotal role in Oris’s remarkable story. No watch tells the historic tale of independent Swiss watchmaker Oris quite like the iconic Big Crown Pointer Date. It’s a potent symbol of Oris’s philosophy, and some say that without it Oris might not enjoy its current status as a leader in Swiss Made mechanical watches. Since Oris was founded in 1904, its philosophy has always been to create watches that make sense, that serve a real purpose and that can be industrially produced to the highest standards and sold at reasonable prices. Introduced in 1938, the Big Crown Pointer Date fulfilled that timeless brief. In the years since, it has remained in constant production, surviving wars, the advent of quartz and countless passing fashions to become Oris’s signature design.

Back in the 1930s, Oris was a fast-growing company, with seven production sites in and around the picturesque Swiss village of Hölstein, where the company is still based today. The Big Crown Pointer Date was a milestone watch for the company, introducing the pointer date function into the collection and offering pilots a genuinely useful tool. Production of the Big Crown Pointer Date continued into the 1960s, when Oris swelled to become one of the world’s 10 largest watch brands, employing 800 people and producing 1.2 million watches and clocks a year.

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FLAGSHIP MODEL

In November 2018, Parmigiani Fleurier revisited the aesthetics of their flagship model – the Toric Chronomètre, a contemporary reworking of the first watch designed by the brand – introducing an eye-catching dial decorated to evoke the spiral pattern of a pine cone.

The decoration is captivating because it is based on the Golden Ratio. Within it, you see Fibonacci’s spirals, reproducing a harmony that is everywhere in nature i.e. the hand-guilloché dial of the new Toric Chronomètre. Its concentric pattern evokes the arrangement of the scales on a pine cone – one of the innumerable examples of the Golden Ratio seen in the natural world.

450 1Hand guilloché is an artisanal technique, of which few manufactures have such a fine mastery, in which the material is engraved to produce a repeating decorative pattern. At 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, the elliptical Parmigiani Fleurier logo and the word “Chronomètre” used by COSC (Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) stand out from the dial’s decoration.

The javelin-shaped hands are semi-open worked, making them even more discreet to complement the subtle minute track around the circumference and the finely proportioned Arabic numerals.

The Toric’s aesthetic impact and unique character come from its bezel, which features a hand-knurled design. Since the Toric was created in 1997, each piece has passed through the expert hands of the same craftsman in Le Noirmont (Jura), who has produced every one of the Toric bezels. Knurling is a rare and distinctive art; it consists of manipulating the material with a wheel that leaves the imprint of its notches in the metal. This work requires the craftsman to be both delicate and firm. Before starting, he must remain composed, as even a single imperfection will mean starting again from the beginning. Each knurling design is unique, just like each Toric.

The red gold case houses the COSC-certified PF441 proprietary caliber, which measures the passage of time in its most elemental form: hours, minutes, seconds and date. All of the components have been meticulously decorated to Haute Horlogerie standards.

The watch features a PF441-COSC self-winding movement with a power reserve of 55 hours. The watch diameter measures 40.8 mm and is made of 18 carat red gold with a polished finish and the dial is slate colored with the indices featuring rose gold appliques. The watch hands are javelin-shaped with luminescent coating and the watch is fitted with a tan colored alligator leather strap made by the brand Hermès. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters.

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ROARING ENCOUNTER

Every day is a competition day for, filled with challenges to be taken on and ambitious goals to be reached. Like Roger Dubuis Lamborghini Squadra Corse, the Maison is firmly committed to cutting-edge performance, ferocious groundbreaking technology and super sleek aesthetics, all fueled by a high-impact R&D vision and focused on delivering bold customer experiences. This set of common denominators put them on a fast track to a roaring encounter where sparks were bound to fly.

excaliburhuracagravenperformante18-945248For individuals committed to pushing their own limits and defying all known rules, Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse motorsport department and Manufacture Roger Dubuis have opted to pool their knowledge and expertise. When visionary engineers meet with incredible watchmakers, the inevitable surge of adrenaline results in models “Powered by raging mechanics”, of which the first was unleashed on September 20th 2017. One year into these high-octane joint endeavors, the Italian aesthetic flair continues to merge with Swiss precision and mechanical instruments.

In 2018, inspired by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and its unique automobile aesthetic showcased in the Huracán Performante, the watchmakers of the Manufacture have developed a timepiece brimming with racing design codes. One of the most striking features of the aggressive Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece is its brand-new ‘engine’: the RD630 movement with its 12° inclined balance wheel representing the caliber signature associated with Lamborghini. Taking strong visual cues from the shapes on which the supercar is based, this timepiece notably gives pride of place to the hexagon.

A versatile geometrical figure used to construct the volume of the supercar; it appears throughout the timepiece in various guises and is notably reproduced to symbolize strut bars. The stand-out half hexagon appearing on the louvered air intakes of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante are repeated as miniature versions visible through the openwork dial of the Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece.

Other special decoration includes a new crown inspired by racing nuts on supercar wheels, a twin-barrel ‘energy tank’ and a multi-material ‘spoiler’, used for the decorative open worked bridges. Viewed from the back, even the complete circular weight of the automatic movement emulates the design of the wheel rims of Lamborghini’s Huracán family.

Offering the same blend of performance, lightness and security as its namesake supercar, the Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece sports distinctive “Technical Titan Grey” livery complete with signature bright yellow accents. The lining of the genuine Alcantara strap of the Excalibur Huracán Performante watch crosses the finish line with a rubber inlay featuring the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyre pattern design. Because there is nothing as powerful as real-life experiences, the 88 privileged owners of this stunning timepiece can also look forward to life in the fast lane with a ride as privileged spectators from the inside of the Super Trofeo. Sit tight for December and all that comes thereafter!

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SNOW SETTING GOLDEN BRIDGE

The brand launches four editions of its famous Golden Bridge, decorated entirely with snow-set diamonds Christmas is in the air: just in time for the festive season, Corum is releasing two new versions of its Golden Bridge with a new snow setting. Made exclusively of diamonds, the snow setting involves arranging a random number of diamonds of all sizes in such a way that together; they cover up the entirety of the metal. It is a high-level jewellery practice for two reasons.

Firstly, the meticulous choice of the placement of each diamond. Though each one is different, they must still be as close to one another as possible, interlocking to the micron so the edges are almost touching. There is thus no consistency in this task, one which breaks away from the mechanics of brilliant and baguette cuts where all the diamonds are interchangeable.

B113_03853_MDB113_03854_MDIn a snow setting, it is the setter’s own experience and daring which are at play. Each diamond is individually chosen and placed. The final composition is similar to a fresco or an expressionist painting, featuring many diamonds set individually and creating, together, the coherent image of a whole.

Next, there is the setting itself. As each diamond has a unique size, so too must each claw used for setting. It is a task requiring extreme precision which prevents the setting from being standardized, as each claw is individually worked to set its diamond and it alone.

“Ultimately, each snow-set Golden Bridge is completely unique,” explains Jérôme Biard, CEO of Corum. “They are at once true Fine Watchmaking and Fine Jewellery pieces, and we will never make two which are identical. This covering reflects Corum’s philosophy of thinking outside the box, of breaking with convention, to offer our collectors a caliber that is completely unique, our baguette movement, and a highly exclusive setting that had almost never been used in Corum’s history.”

Two models will be available in the snow setting: the Golden Bridge (with a 34 x 51 mm barrel-shaped case) and the Miss Golden Bridge (21 x 43 mm). Each case is fully set, including the crown, giving a unique glimmer to the baguette movement which stretches up and down the case and is entirely visible through the anti-reflective double sapphire crystal. Each piece will be released in white gold and pink gold, meaning there are four models in total, for a total of 314 diamonds for the Golden Bridge and 245 diamonds for the Miss Golden Bridge, representing 2.68ct and 1.28ct respectively.

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SPORTING LOOK

Eberhard & Co continues to surprise with their new outsize mechanical chronograph, the Chrono 4 Grande Taille, building further on the innovative Chrono 4’s new interpretation of reading time. This extra special timepiece comes is a limited edition of 600 units. The watch features a black stainless steel case and black rubber strap, which gives it a decidedly sporting look, emblazoned as it is with E in relief on the side – the emblem of the Maison.

The generously dimensioned watch case measuring 43mm in diameter conceals a mechanical movement with automatic winding. Like all the other Chrono4 models by Eberhard & Co. it is characterized by an exclusive feature: its four counters are arranged in a horizontal row, which makes reading the time a logical and consequent operation. The display follows a natural progression of time: minutes and hours hand, 24 hours and small seconds hand.

Chrono-4-Grande-Taille2The Chrono 4 Grande Taille also uses rubber in the crown with an “E” in relief, standing for Eberhard, but also in the push buttons where the material adorns the circumference. The watch is protected by a non-reflecting sapphire glass, and it is water-resistant up to 50 meters. The stainless steel variant is available with a black rubber strap featuring as a special adornment an “E“ in relief on the side, the well-known emblem of the Maison.

Eberhard & Co. was founded in 1887 in Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Swiss Jura. In 2012, Eberhard & Co. celebrated 125 years of history, confirming its natural propensity towards development and growth, while retaining its personality and strong spirit of independence and without forgoing the close link with its origins and tradition. Eberhard & Co produces around 16,000 timepieces a year, with objectives of weighted yet constant growth, and is present in about 25 countries, from Europe to the United States, from the Far East to the Middle East. The history of Eberhard & Co. is an ongoing succession of unforgettable creations, from the Chrono 4 to the 8 JOURS, from the Tazio Nuvolari collection to the Extra-fort model, from the women’s collection Gilda, right down to the very latest products: the Tazio Nuvolari 336 and Desk-Clock, the Contograf Special Edition and Gilda in two precious new models.

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