AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition in Partnership with the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group

Hawker Typhoon, the legendary British single-seat fighter-bomber was a powerful, potent ground attack aircraft that redressed the balance in mainland Europe during WWII.

To support the Typhoon’s legacy, AVI-8 has released a limited edition timepiece in partnership with the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG).

AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

Each timepiece sold will support the work of the HTPG as they restore Hawker Typhoon RB396, the only surviving combat veteran example of the type known to exist.

Measuring 42mm, the stainless steel case with knurled details on the pushers and crown has been expertly crafted for style and durability. A hardened mineral lens with anti-reflective coating provides a perfect view into the dial.

AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

Its dial features bold oversized Arabic and baton indexes with Swiss lume, ensuring legibility. The sub-dials with instrument-style frames are inspired by the cockpit of RB396.

The watch houses a reliable and price Japanese chronograph quartz movement. Attaching the watch to the wrist is a comfortable, premium genuine leather strap with cross-stitched details inspired by the pilot’s seat in RB396.

AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

The case back is engraved with the name “Sheila”, drawn from the nose art on RB396. The name was inscribed by RB396 pilot Frank Johnson to honour his wife Sheila.

This timepiece created in partnership with the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group comes in a custom canvas wrapped gift box. Each individually numbered timepiece is part of a limited edition of 800 pieces.

AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

The retail price of each Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph is: USD 220 (for Leska, Johnson and Sidney models) and USD 240 for the House variant.

To honour the heritage of this iconic aircraft, each colourway is named after a pilot who had flown RB396 over the years.

AVI-8 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

Every limited edition timepiece purchased will receive a Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group Bronze Package valued at £25.

This timepiece is now available for purchase at AVI-8 Watches online store.

Technical details

Model: AVI-8 AV 4093 Hawker Typhoon RB396 Sheila Chronograph Limited Edition

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 42.0 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Mineral Lens with anti-reflective coating
Normal crown with debossed roundel
Fixed case bezel
Case-back: Stainless steel with engraved nose art from aircraft
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Multi-layered dial
Options: Black, Blue, Green
Swiss luminous applied indexes

Versions
AV 4093 01: LESKA
AV 4093 02: JOHNSON
AV 4093 03: SIDNEY
AV 4093 04: HOUSE

Movement
Caliber M-SII-VD56
Japan Quartz Chronograph

Strap
Genuine Leather Strap
Strap width: 22.0 mm

Warranty
2 Years

Suggested retail price
RRP AV 4093 01/ 02/ 03: USD 220 / GBP 180 / EUR 200
RRP AV 4093 04: USD 240 / GBP 200 / EUR 225

Please visit AVI-8 Watches online store for more details.

Artisans De Geneve – The “Arolla” Project

The “Arolla” Project is a brand new bespoke watch crafted by ARTISANS DE GENEVE.

The client was inspired by the Arolla glacier for the customization of his timepiece, a Daytona® model. This bespoke watch embodies the transparency of the glacier along with its unique blue hues through a sapphire dial and invisible gem set bezel.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The fusion of materials was the guideline of the “Arolla” Project. The harmonious blending of fragile and delicate sapphire with the rough finishing of the 4130 movement recalls Arolla ice cave.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The base model was the client’s Rolex® Daytona® in white gold (reference 116500). The color scheme selected for the “Arolla” project was a specific blue, inspired by the hue of the glacier.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The white gold bezel of this customized watch is embellished with an invisible-setting featuring 36 blue sapphires. To harmonize with the color scheme, the watch features a blue sapphire crystal dial, which offers the view of the skeleton movement.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

For this custom project, ARTISANS DE GENEVE developed an original cut-out of the caliber 4130, which is complemented by the geometric X-shaped skeletonized rotor. The entire movement is enhanced by beveling, polishing and sandblasting. The automatic and chrono bridges bear innovative shapes and cuts.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

The case-back features a transparent sapphire crystal glass, offering the stunning view of the open-worked chronograph movement.

Artisans De Geneve Arolla Project

To give a unique touch to this special timepiece, the Geneva atelier has opted for a transparent Arolla blue rubber strap, manufactured by Rubber B.

Technical details

Model: Artisans De Geneve – The “Arolla” Project

Base: Rolex® 116500
Bezel: White gold base, gem set with blue sapphire
Dial: Sapphire blue
Hands: Hours & Minutes sandblasted in the center
Pushers: “Millerighe”
Rotor: Openwork rotor in X, composite
Movement: 4130, Skeletonized, sandblasted and beveled by hand
Back: Sapphire
Strap: Rubber B, genuine rubber in Arolla blue

Disclaimer: Personalized by Artisans de Genève, which is not affiliated or authorized by ROLEX SA. A customization option available solely for private individuals who own a Rolex®️ and only for their private use.

Timex x Stranger Things Collection

Timex has released a new special edition watch collection in collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things.

The Timex x Stranger Things collection brings together two cultural phenomena that will turn the watch world Upside Down, launched just in time for Season 4 of the sci-fi-horror-drama to make its debut. Volume 1 of Stranger Things 4 premiered May 27 and is currently streaming globally on Netflix, with Volume 2 launching on July 1, 2022.

Timex x Stranger Things collection

Set in the early 1980s, Stranger Things is rife with retro throwbacks, from synth-heavy musical undercurrents to period-perfect wardrobe aesthetics. For this special edition collection, a brave exploration of the Timex archive has resurfaced three cult classics from this iconic era—Timex Camper, Timex T80, and the unforgettable Timex Atlantis.

Timex x Stranger Things collection

Authentic Stranger Things graphics creep across all three styles within this otherworldly collection. Sported by Lucas Sinclair in the forthcoming season, the original Timex Camper now permeates the shadows with an ominous INDIGLO® backlight and hidden image.

Timex x Stranger Things collection

The two digital watches, Timex T80 and Timex Atlantis, which made their first debut around the time of Will Byers’ mysterious disappearance in 1983, feature a customized alarm with the Stranger Things melody.

Timex x Stranger Things Camper Watch
Timex x Stranger Things Camper Watch

Viewers may have already spotted Sheriff Hopper’s Timex Atlantis in previous seasons—an iconic watch Timex has rereleased in his honor. Things really start to get eerie once the clock strikes 3:00pm, revealing a backwards number 3.

Timex x Stranger Things Atlantis Watch
Timex x Stranger Things Atlantis Watch

The Timex x Stranger Things capsule is available in three styles: Camper (40mm), Timex T80 (34mm), Timex Atlantis (40mm), each retailing for £75.

Timex x Stranger Things - Timex 80 Watch
Timex x Stranger Things – Timex 80 Watch

Key features include a stainless-steel bracelet or fabric strap, resin case and strap, INDIGLO® backlight, customized alarm, and much more.

The Timex x Stranger Things watch collection is now available for purchase on Watchshop.com.

CHOPARD

Chopard is a Switzerland based watchmaking & Jewellery brand founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860.

The company has been owned by the Scheufele family of Germany since 1963. In 2020 Chopard celebrated its its 160’th anniversary and the firm is still pervaded by the spirit instilled in it by its founder and nurtured by a blend of fine hand craftsmanship and daring technical developments.

From the founding family to that of Karl Scheufele which took it over in 1963, Chopard continues to be governed by its enduring principles, including a taste for excellence, the pursuit of quality, creativity, innovation, independence, and fundamental human respect.

After modest beginnings, Chopard established itself in the 19th century as a benchmark in the field of precision watches. However, it subsequently experienced a decline that lasted until 1963 when it was bought up by Karl Scheufele.

Along with his wife Karin and his two children, Karl-Friedrich and Caroline, he has shaped the firm’s meteoric and constant growth: from the first Happy Diamonds model to the latest Haute Joaillerie watches stemming from the fertile imagination of Caroline; and right through to the ultra-sophisticated L.U.C watches resulting from the unswerving determination of Karl-Friedrich, the whole world knows and wears Chopard.

Over the past few decades, Chopard has explored global horizons while remaining true to its two core fields of competence: watchmaking and jewellery.

The three Chopard production sites in Meyrin, Pforzheim and Fleurier are dynamic and vibrant hubs where skills are handed down and expertise is cultivated. They provide a setting in which various personalities can express a shared vision and values.

Under the impetus of Karl Scheufele, Chopard’s design and distribution strategy was established in the 1970s and subsequently amplified by his children, Karl-Friedrich and Caroline. Karin and Karl Scheufele continue to chair the group, while Karl-Friedrich and Caroline have been appointed co-presidents.

Karl-Friedrich, a trained goldsmith and watchmaker, is responsible for the men’s watch division, Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier and its related developments, as well as handling the technological and commercial aspects of the company. Caroline, who is fascinated by precious stones and a trained gemmologist, is in charge of design, Haute Joaillerie, boutique organisation and management, along with fragrances and accessories.

History of Chopard

Chopard & Scheufele (1860-1919)

Their respective births in Sonvilier and Pforzheim determined the destiny of Louis-Ulysse Chopard and Karl Scheufele. Fate would one day lead them to cross paths, but for the time being the Chopard family settled in Sonvilier at the heart of the Swiss Jura, while the Scheufeles lived in Pforzheim in the Black Forest region of Germany.

The father of Louis-Ulysse Chopard, Félicien, was an experienced farmer and a man of tradition who encouraged his sons to learn the watchmaking trade. The younger of the two, born on May 4th 1836, showed a particular gift for watchmaking. The ambitious Louis-Ulysse quickly grasped the fact that it was the “comptoirs” or watch dealers that earned the greatest profit from the work of the farmers who assembled movement blanks during the winter season: each spring, the agents picked them up, cased them up and then marketed the finished watches. It was therefore better to work independently, and in 1860, at the age of just 24, he accordingly set up his own L.U.C watch manufactory in Sonvilier.

In order to stand out from its numerous competitors, Chopard specialised in making innovative precision watches featuring sophisticated decoration. The company canvassed customers in Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia to show its finest creations, and the Tsar of Russia soon became a loyal client.

In 1913, Louis-Ulysse placed its first ad for the “Fabrique de montres L.U.C L.-U. Chopard, maison fondée en 1860”. His son Paul-Louis took over the firm shortly afterwards.

At the heart of the Black Forest in Germany, the jewellery industry flourished in the small town of Pforzheim. August 6th 1877 saw the birth of a boy christened Karl Gotthilf, son of Johannes and Sophie Scheufele, in Pforzheim. His parents instilled in him several fundamental values such as boldness, perseverance, an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a love of fine craftsmanship and of nature. However, his life was turned upside down by the death of his parents and he was placed in an orphanage in Pforzheim, where he learned watchmaking.

Having started out as a sales representative, he launched out on his own in 1904. The contacts he established in the Far East and in Russia lent his company an international dimension. ESZEHA (spelling out the first three letters of his family name as pronounced in German), the manufacturing company run by Karl Scheufele I, made pendants, medals, bracelets, as well as brooches in gold, diamonds and pearls adorned with floral motifs inspired by Art Nouveau.

In 1911, rather than delivering cases and bracelets to Swiss firms, Karl Scheufele I began assembling watches and marketing articles in platinum and gold watches.

In 1912, he scored a great commercial success with a clip serving to attach a pocket-watch to the wrist or to wear it as a necklace. An innovative system at the centre of the bracelet served to house and secure the watch firmly between two ‘paws’. Women were quick to adopt this new way of wearing jewellery.

The Art Deco Craze (1919-1938)

Following the founder’s death on January 30th 1915 in Sonvilier, his son Paul-Louis and his grand-son Paul-André took over the family business. Chopard’s pocket chronometers were extremely popular with elegant men, and its gem-set ladies’ wristwatches were both practical and attractive. Chopard produced extremely accurate timepieces with a high degree of technical sophistication. In 1937, having realised that Sonvilier was virtually unknown on the world map, Chopard relocated to Geneva, a renowned international watchmaking centre.

After World War I had bled Europe dry, Karl Scheufele I anticipated the shift in demand by eliminating jewellery models from his product catalogue and replacing them with watches. He presented his collections in Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe and as far afield as China.

The Art Deco movement revolutionised the decorative arts during the 1920s. Chopard and the Scheufeles made full use of this new trend. The Art Deco influence is particularly visible in Eszeha “wallet watches”, meaning watches incorporated into dedicated cases. The latter, made from Chinese-lacquered or enamelled silver and gold adorned with precious stones and geometrical motifs, concealed tiny travel clocks that were genuine pieces of jewellery.

Karl Scheufele I was considering buying up a watch factory in Switzerland, but the Third Reich made such a move impossible. On August 5th 1941, while out on a walk in the Black Forest with his grandsons Johan and Rüthchen, he died after a heart attack on the eve of his 64th birthday. That same day, his son was wounded on the Russian front. Upon his return in 1942, Karl Scheufele II succeeded his father at the head of the company.

Modern times (1945-1963)

The 1950s saw the birth of highly sought-after Eszeha models featuring original shapes: dials that were hidden or set into small crowns, undulating lugs, bracelets embellished by tiny bows, or broader versions with articulated links.

Weakened by his exertions, Karl Scheufele II entrusted the factory and its 35 employees to the care of his 20 year-old son, Karl III, also a goldsmith and a watchmaker. He passed away in Heidelberg on April 8th 1966.Having inherited his grandfather’s creative bent, Karl Scheufele III began designing impeccably crafted dainty jewellery models and watches. He was keen to make his own movements, and realised the only solution would be to buy up a Swiss manufacturer.

An unexpected event hastened the onset of this new challenge. In 1962, Karl Scheufele III learned that the Geneva-based company with which he had been dealing for years also delivered movement blanks to one of his fiercest competitors. He immediately revoked the contract with this supplier and had an advert published in a number of newspapers, openly stating his intention to purchase a Swiss manufacturing company.

After a period of commercial prosperity, Chopard was clearly on the decline: Paul-André, representing the third generation and undoubtedly an extremely talented watchmaker, was no businessman. This 70 year-old owner was looking to sell the firm and agreed to meet Karl Scheufele III, with whom he shared the same determined attitude, the same practical good sense and innate creativity, as well as the same love of fine craftsmanship. In acquiring this manufacturing company, Karl Scheufele III entered the extremely exclusive club of great Swiss watchmakers.

Karin and Karl Scheufele (1963-1985)

Thanks to his salesmanship skills and his passion for travel, Karl Scheufele III revived Chopard and transformed it into a truly international watch and jewellery brand. The new creations proved both playful and original, as well as of impeccable quality, bringing with them a genuinely innovative touch.

The Chopard look was nurtured by the company roots in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. In 1972, Karl Scheufele III reinterpreted Art Nouveau in a series of plant life-themed watches, starting with Belle Epoque and following on with other nature-inspired collections such as Cascade, Happy Diamonds in 1976, Moonlight and Paradiso.

The Chopard style signature was as multi-facetted as the men and women it won over: deliberately round watches reflected the sensual curves and vivid colours of the 1970s; while broad cuff-watches in onyx, malachite, coral and turquoise combined daring shapes and beautiful gemstones.

In 1972-74, women readily adopted the Jeans watch and its famous denim strap. Between 1970 and 1980, the jewellery industry equivalent of an “Oscar” was annually awarded by German professionals: the Golden Rose of Baden-Baden. Chopard won 15 trophies during this decade, including one for the Happy Diamonds jewellery watch in 1976.

In 1976, inspired by the Concorde, Karl Scheufele created the Concord watch in white gold set with onyx and diamonds. The model was distinguished by a Diamonds International Award – of which Karl Scheufele was to win three in all.

Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (1985/90 – )

During the 1990s, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele formed a new leadership tandem, just as their parents had done before them.

Each reinterpreted the family tradition in their own way: Caroline reinvented the ancestral Pforzheim jewellery-making tradition by launching splendid Haute Joaillerie collections, while Karl-Friedrich did the same for watchmaking in Sonvilier by founding a fine watchmaking “Manufacture” in Fleurier 1996. The two complementary partners already shared the same office as they wrote a new chapter in the epic Chopard adventure.

Timeline

  • 1836: May 4, birth of Louis-Ulysse Chopard in Sonvilier, in the Swiss Jura.

  • 1859: Birth of Paul-Louis, son of Louis-Ulysse Chopard.

  • 1860: 24 year-old Louis-Ulysse Chopard founds a high-precision watch manufacture specialising in pocket-watches and chronometers, in Sonvilier, Switzerland.

  • August 6, 1877: Birth of Karl Gotthilf Scheufele in Pforzheim, Germany.

  • 1904: Founding of the “Karl Scheufele” brand specialising in jewellery watches distributed under the name Eszeha.

  • 1912: Louis-Ulysse Chopard travels to Russia through Poland, Hungary and the Baltic States. Tsar Nicolas II becomes a client. Karl Scheufele I invents the clip-watch.

  • 1913: First ever advertising campaign for Chopard, referred to as “Fabrique de montres L.U.C L.-U- Chopard, maison fondée en 1860”.

  • 1921: Paul-Louis Chopard, who has taken over the family firm, opens a subsidiary company in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

  • 1925: Karl Scheufele I sends his son Karl Scheufele II to New York for two years with 50 dollars in his pocket.

  • 1937: Chopard relocates to Geneva.

  • 1930-1940: Chopard has around 150 employees making pocket-watches and precision wristwatches.

  • 1942: Karl Scheufele II succeeds his father.

  • 1943: Paul-André Chopard, son of Paul-Louis, takes over the Chopard company.

  • 1958: Karl Scheufele III revives Eszeha after a tough period for the company.

  • 1963: Paul-André Chopard sells Chopard to Karl Scheufele III.

  • 1968: Paul-André Chopard dies on October 14.

  • 1972: Launch of the Belle Epoque collection. Chopard wins the Golden Rose of Baden-Baden for the Améthyste watch.

  • 1973: Chopard wins the Golden Rose of Baden-Bdaen for the Pasodoble watch.

  • 1974: The company moves from the centre of Geneva to the new Meyrin-Geneva site.

  • 1975: Creation of a first subsidiary company, “Chopard France”.

  • 1976: Creation of the first Happy Diamonds watch. Chopard wins the Golden Rose of Baden-Baden for the Happy Diamonds and Cascade watches. Chopard wins the Diamond International Awards for the Concorde watch. Creation of the American subsidiary company: “Chopard Watch Corporation “.

  • 1980: Launch of the first sports watch: St. Moritz.

  • 1983: Launch of the Monte Carlo collection. Opening of the first Chopard boutique in Hong Kong.

  • 1985: Launch of the Alta Moda collection for Chopard’s 125th anniversary.

  • 1985: Creation of the Happy Diamonds Clown, the start of jewellery-making at Chopard. Karl-Friedrich and Caroline Scheufele are appointed vice-presidents of the Chopard group.

  • 1986: Launch of the Gstaad collection.

  • 1988: Start of the partnership between Chopard and the Mille Miglia, the legendary classic car rally in Italy. Chopard creates the 1000 Miglia sports watch collection.

  • 1989: Opening of Chopard’s first European boutique, in Vienna.

  • 1990: Launch of the Casmir collection.

  • 1993: Launch of the Happy Sport collection.

  • 1994: Launch of the La Strada and Impériale collections.

  • 1996: The company returns to its roots and founds a watch manufacturing company in Fleurier, in the Swiss Jura, dedicated to the production of mechanical L.U.C movements. Creation of watches on behalf of the Geneva-based affiliate of José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation, the Fondation José Carreas pour la Lutte contre la Leucémie.

  • 1997: The first L.U.C 1860 watch, equipped with a L.U.C 1.96 movement, is voted “Watch of the Year” by the Swiss Montres Passion/Uhrenwelt magazine. Creation of the world’s most expensive watch at the time, Chopardissimo.

  • 1998: Chopard becomes official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele redesigns the Palme d’Or, from now on crafted in the Chopard workshops. Launch of La Vie en Rose collection.

  • 1999: Launch of the Pushkin and Ice Cube collections. Partnership with the Prince’s Foundation founded by the Prince of Wales.

  • 2000: Presentation of the world-first L.U.C Quattro watch, equipped with a L.U.C 1.98 movement featuring four barrels (two sets of two stacked barrels, patented L.U.C Quattro® technology), endowing the watch with a 9-day power reserve.

  • 2001: Launch of the L.U.C Tonneau model, equipped with the first tonneau-shaped self-winding movement (L.U.C 3.97), fitted with an off-centred micro-rotor. Creation of the Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele become co-presidents of Chopard.

  • 2002: Presentation of a new jewellery concept with the launch of the Golden Diamonds collection. Chopard becomes official timekeeper of the prestigious Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a classic car race held in Monte Carlo. Launch of the Elton John watch collection on behalf of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • 2003: Presentation of the first L.U.C Tourbillon model, a major technological accomplishment in the field of fine watchmaking. Launch of the new Happy Spirit collection. Creation of a line of Jacky Ickx watches.

  • 2004: Presentation in Baselworld of the L.U.C. Regulator watch, which wins the “Watch of the Year” prize awarded by the Swiss magazine Montres Passion/Uhrenwelt.

  • 2005: Presentation of the L.U.C Lunar One watch, driven by mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96 QP movement, featuring perpetual calendar and orbital moon-phase functions. Launch of the Haute Joaillerie Copacabana collection.

  • 2006: Presentation of the L.U.C Chrono One watch, the first chronograph in the L.U.C collection equipped with Calibre 10CF, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chopard Manufacture. Inauguration of the L.U.CEUM in Fleurier.

  • 2007 : Launch of the Two O Ten watch collection. Inauguration of the new flagship boutique in New York, featuring the new interior design concept, and presentation of the eponymous collection 709 Madison. Introduction of the first Haute Joaillerie Red Carpet collection dedicated to the Cannes Film Festival. Founding of the Japanese subsidiary company, “Chopard Japan Ltd”.

  • 2008 : Launch of the new Elton John chronograph collection in Moscow. “Best Training Company Prize” in the “Applied Arts” category awarded by the State of Geneva and honouring Chopard’s long-term commitment to the field of training and education. Creation of the Fleurier Ebauches SA company.

  • 2009: Baselworld presentation of the L.UC Tourbillon Tech Twist watch equipped with a silicon escapement. Presentation of a high-frequency (10 Hertz) escapement developed by Chopard Technologies. Inauguration of a new flagship boutique in Singapore reflecting the new interior design concept.

  • 2010: Celebration of Chopard’s 150th anniversary. Chopard unveils four new L.U.C Calibers: : the All in One, the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse Tribute, the Engine One and the L.U.C 1937.

  • 2013: Marks 20th anniversary of its iconic Happy Sport collection. Launch of the new Happy Sport watch for the first time with an automatic movement.

  • 2014: Launch of the first Chopard watch in Fairmined gold: the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined.

  • 2015: Launch of Chopard Palme Verte, the first diffusion jewellery collection crafted in Fairmined gold.

Chopard & Classic Racing

Devotees of fine automobiles tend to have a weakness for beautiful timepieces, and vice versa. In both cases, sporting elegance and the quest for performance play a decisive role.

Lifting the hood of a car provides an understanding of what is going on inside the engine, and the same goes for horological mechanisms that may be admired through a watch case-back. Today, true aficionados can be recognised by their choice of watch: a technical enthusiast will go for a complicate mechanical watch, while car-lovers will opt for a 1000 Miglia, a Jacky Ickx or a Grand Prix de Monaco Historique model.

Karl-Friedrich shares his father’s hobby. Together, they have built up a collection of remarkable cars, with the son showing a preference for pre-war and post-war English and German Cars (Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche… and Mini Cooper); and the father for elegant post-war sports models.

It was thus obvious that Chopard would become involved in the world of classic car racing. In addition to the Mille Miglia and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the brand’s commitment to Classic Racing goes back to the 1980s – and in fact even earlier, since Karl Scheufele’s grandfather was already fascinated by these finely tuned mechanisms. Historical highlights include Chopard’s participation in the Rallye des Alpes in 1993; and an unexpected race around Moscow’s Red Square in 1994.

Rebirth of the “Manufacture”

Watch companies that develop and produce their own components and watches entirely in-house are a rarity. Convinced that the company should make its own watch movements in order to honour its horological past, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele persuaded his father – and the family council – that the future lay in mechanical watches. Karl Scheufele allowed his son to proceed with preparations, and the project was secretly launched in 1993.

In order to create an original calibre, Karl-Schuefele chose the most complex path: the movement was to be equipped with a micro-rotor to ensure maximum flexibility; automatic winding in both directions to enhance reliability; a substantial power reserve; and the possibility of integrating complications. It was also to feature original execution and aesthetics. The fledgling “Manufacture” was set up in the Val-de-Travers to ensure discretion, and work on Calibre ASP 94 began in 1993.

However, having proved to be far too noisy and unsuited to the desired production strategy, it was subsequently abandoned. The final version of the new movement was presented at Christmas 2005 in the form of 20 prototypes of Calibre 1.96.

Operational testing on the new movement was conducted in Fleurier, where modest rented premises accommodated the ultra-modern production unit in 1996. As activities began to expand, the building was bought up and completely restored in 2000. From the initial dozen or so employees, the workforce in Fleurier has grown to 145 people.

Over 45 million Swiss francs have been invested. In 2006, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, an avid timepiece collector, inaugurated the L.U.CEUM, where historical watches and clocks dating from 1500 to the present day rub shoulders with models from the Chopard L.U.C collection.

In keeping with its determination to achieve vertical integration, Chopard has created Fleurier Ebauches, an entity owned by the Chopard group and producing watch movements blanks in order to enhance verticalisation and increase its movement and component production.

Official website: http://www.chopard.com

 

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

Introduced in 1962, the “Over-Pole Worldtimer” watch by Rado was dedicated to globetrotters. This iconic timepiece featured a turning bezel with the key cities of the world, for quick estimation of the time in those locations.

To mark the anniversary of this popular timepiece of the 60s, Rado has launched a new Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition, updated with the brand’s latest technological features, while preserving the “vintage” look.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

The totally-modern workings are housed in a polished stainless-steel case, around which the key elements of the original design are clearly recognizable, such as the inward-sloping bezel with city names, the classic red date-numeral at 3 o’clock and the box-shaped glass, always a conversation piece.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

In the reissue, the bezel carries a black, polished high-tech-ceramic insert with laser engraving, for the city names, and the new glass is sapphire crystal, treated on both faces with anti-reflective coating. Real watch-lovers will marvel at the tactile, hands-on quality of the new model, thanks to its action-ready, explorer-centred, manually-wound movement.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

The screw-down case back now also includes its own sapphire crystal, showing the mention “Limited Edition” and the timepiece’s edition unit number.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition

Successful reissues of any iconic object typically retain key features, while updating those which technology has found smart ways of improving. As the “Master of Materials”, Rado has solid experience in evolving its product line in keeping with innovations in materials, design and production techniques.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition watch with vintage brown leather strap

The new Over-Pole model is a perfect example. The edition will be produced as an exclusive series of 1962 units, with a manual-winding movement that provides an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. The movement, equipped with a NivachronTM antimagnetic hairspring, was chosen for its distinctive reliability and accuracy, and allows the new Over-Pole to exceed test requirements by five full points.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition pouch

The new Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition is delivered in a stylish brown pouch with a second bracelet, in rice-grain-style stainless steel, quickly interchangeable for a different look, thanks to the EasyClip system.

Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole Limited Edition watch with stainless steel bracelet

Technical details

Model: Rado Captain Cook Over-Pole
Ref. R32116158

Movement
Rado calibre R862, manual winding, 17 jewels, 3 hands, 80-hour power reserve
Date (with red numerals) at 3 o’clock, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy, Côtes de Genève

Case
Polished stainless-steel case
Dimensions: 37.0 x 43.1 x 10.3 (WxLxH, mm)
Polished stainless-steel bi-directional turning bezel with polished black high-tech ceramic insert with laser engraved/lacquered cities in silver colour
Polished stainless-steel crown
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Polished stainless-steel screw-down case back with sapphire crystal
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION XXXX/1962

Dial
Silver to black gradient, curved, rhodium coloured applied indexes
White Super-LumiNova® dots on 24-hour scale, silver-coloured “Worldtimer”
Rhodium-coloured moving anchor symbol with ruby backplate
Black printed Rado and Over-Pole logos

Hands
Polished rhodium-coloured, curved
White Super-LumiNova® with light green luminescence, on minute and hour hand

Strap
EasyClip System
Brown vintage leather, stainless-steel pin buckle
Additional stainless-steel rice grain bracelet, stainless-steel triple-fold clasp

Edition
Limited Edition of 1,962 pieces (consecutive numbers)

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition

On May 24, 1962, Breitling officially claimed the title “first Swiss wristwatch in space” after astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times while wearing the Navitimer Cosmonaute during his Mercury-Atlas 7 mission. The watch had been Carpenter’s personal request, a variation on the iconic aviator’s watch he’d encountered in his flight days, but with a 24-hour dial to tell day from night in space.

On the 60th anniversary of that mission, Breitling not only unveiled Carpenter’s original Navitimer Cosmonaute, but also launched a modern tribute to it. This special release is limited to 362 pieces that recognize both the spacecraft’s circumnavigations of the Earth and the year the mission made history, marking a crucial step in manned spaceflight.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition
Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition

Five hours after launch, the Aurora 7 space capsule with Carpenter aboard splashed down safely in the Atlantic. The recovery operation lasted three hours, with the long exposure to seawater resulting in irreparable damage to Carpenter’s Cosmonaute. Breitling immediately replaced Carpenter’s watch, but that battered and corroded piece of space history remained in the Breitling family archives.

The first Swiss wristwatch in space: Scott Carpenter’s original Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute worn during his Mercury-Atlas 7 mission in 1962
The first Swiss wristwatch in space_Scott Carpenter’s original Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute worn during his Mercury-Atlas 7 mission in 1962

Now, exactly 60 years after its historic flight, that great space watch was exhibited for the first time to select collectors, journalists, and watch enthusiasts at a space-themed event in Zurich.

The event was co-hosted by Georges Kern and former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. The event had an impressive lineup of guest speakers that included members of the Carpenter family, Gregory Breitling, and historian and collector Fred Mandelbaum. The panelists reflected on the Cosmonaute’s creation, the significance of Carpenter’s mission, and how both fit into the wider context of the space program at the time.

Also exhibited was a Cosmonaute once owned by astronaut John Glenn and acquired at auction in 2019 by Gregory Breitling.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition
The new Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Limited Edition, the original Navitimer Cosmonaute/ the first Swiss wristwatch in space worn by Scott Carpenter during his Mercury-Atlas 7 mission and a historical Navitimer Cosmonaute from 1962 (left to right)

The Cosmonaute has all the hallmarks of Breitling’s aviation icon Navitimer: the circular slide rule for performing mathematical calculations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association “wings” logo, and the trio of chronograph subdials. What separates the Cosmonaute from the rest of its family is its ability to tell 24-hour time. The Breitling Manufacture Caliber B02 was specifically designed for this task.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition

At first glance, the new Cosmonaute is a faithful reproduction of the original, made timeless with an all-black dial and black alligator strap or seven-row stainless-steel bracelet. On closer inspection, though, the elegantly proportioned 41 mm watch is packed with new features. One is its platinum bezel, a premium touch that makes this edition even more of a collector’s piece.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition

Another is its open sapphire crystal caseback that provides a window on the B02 movement with its special bridge engravings to mark the occasion: the words “Carpenter,” “Aurora 7,” and “3 orbits around the Earth,” along with the name of the original group of seven astronauts chosen for NASA’s first human-crewed spaceflights, Mercury 7.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition

This new watch honors the aesthetics of the original Cosmonaute, with subtle updates that work almost imperceptibly to give it its modern-retro appeal. As a final tribute, the caseback is engraved with the date of Carpenter’s mission, “ONE OF 362,” and the phrase “First Swiss wristwatch in space.”

Technical details

Model: Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition
Reference: PB02301A1B1A1 or PB02301A1B1P1

Movement
Caliber: Breitling Manufacture Caliber B02
Diameter: 30 millimeters
Depth: 6.83 millimeters
Winder: mechanical hand-wound
Power reserve: approximately 70 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Chronograph: column-wheel, vertical clutch, 1/4th second, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers
Display: hour, minute, second, date-window
Certification: COSC-certified

Case
Material: stainless steel and platinum
Diameter: 41 millimeters
Thickness: 13 millimeters
Height (upper lug tip to lower lug tip): 47.09 millimeters
Water resistance: up to 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed steel, sapphire crystal
Crown: non-screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: platinum, bidirectional with circular slide rule

Dial
Black with tone-on-tone chronograph counters
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hour and minute hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap (22/18 mm) with a folding buckle or stainless-steel seven-row Navitimer bracelet with a butterfly clasp

Ollech & Wajs Selects Soprod Newton P092 Movement as the Replacement of ETA 2824-2 Caliber

After a long and rigorous search for a successor to the tried and trusted ETA 2824-2, Swiss watch brand Ollech & Wajs has announced a new partnership with Swiss movement manufacturer Soprod.

Located in the Swiss Jura, just a few minutes away from OW’s historic workshop, Soprod have been developing and manufacturing high-quality mechanical movements since 1966.

In 2020 Soprod unveiled the ‘Newton P092’, a new in-house developed automatic calibre. The movement is characterised by a full-balance bridge supporting the exposed balance at 6:00, which, in conjunction with the double-cone Incabloc® shock absorber provides increased protection for the balance itself. It has 23 jewels and an impressive 44-hour power reserve.

Soprod Newton P092 Movement for Ollech & Wajs

The Soprod Newton P092 movement is independently tested for dependability and durability at the internationally renowned Laboratoire Dubois in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It undergoes several trials, including an accelerated ageing cycle designed to simulate the effects of a watch worn on the wrist. The procedure involves extreme temperature variations, and 20,000 indirect impact shocks of varying severity. Only movements that pass all the tests are awarded the Chronofiable® certification.

Furthermore, the movement was subjected to OW’s own stringent testing program. Of the nine movements evaluated, from eight different Swiss manufacturers, the Soprod Newton outperformed them all.

Then followed a period of close collaboration between OW and Soprod, to develop a bespoke version of the Newton P092, modified to OW’s own specifications and adjusted in five positions.

Soprod Newton P092 Movement for Ollech & Wajs

Ollech & Wajs opted for a simple, Brutalist finish, in accordance with OW’s rugged aesthetics. ‘O&W 1956’ is engraved into the nickel-plated gear train bridge, over which sits a co-designed, custom rotor in the shape of the OW marque.

The inimitable new movement will carry OW’s own ‘PRECISION’ rating, reserved for movements of only the highest quality.

The first Soprod-powered OW watches will be available later this year.

Movement specifications

Caliber: Soprod Newton P092
Type: Automatic
Dimensions: 25.60 mm diameter; 4.60 mm height
Date-only calendar, with semi-instantaneous changes and quick adjustment using the crown, stop-seconds, and 4Hz 28,800 vibrations per hour
23 jewels; 44-hour power reserve
Average accuracy: +/-7 seconds per day, adjusted in five positions (equivalent of ETA Elabore)

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition

SINGER REIMAGINED presents the Flytrack Barista Edition watch to mark its entry to the Italian market.

Created in collaboration with Orologeria Concato in Verona, the Singer Flytrack “Barista” represents the meeting point of two universes: The Art of Watchmaking and The Art of Espresso.

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition watch

Singer Flytrack is a “time only” watch with an on-demand chronograph function. It features the brand’s signature peripheral hours-disc indication combined with central minutes and central swiping seconds. The Barista edition extends the Flytrack collection that began with the Tachymeter, Pulsometer and Telemeter variants. They house the innovative Singer Flytrack movement.

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition

Marco Borraccino, co-founder and creative director of Singer Reimagined is both an Italian and a coffee aficionado. His love for espresso led him to imagine the BARISTA scale allowing easy measurement of the extraction time for your favorite coffee style prepared with your espresso machine.

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition

The newly introduced stainless-steel case is hand-finished with circular brushing and polished edges. The dial is matte brown, velvet-touch with the unique one-minute coffee brewing scale traced in contrast using a subtle beige color. A circular brushed golden rehaut, with a contrasting 60 second indication in black, underlines the refinement of this timepiece.

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition

The peripheral, rotating hour disc is presented in black matte ceramic and features 12 luminescent markings. The luminescent orange hour pointer is placed at 6 o’clock, in Singer tradition.

SINGER REIMAGINED Flytrack Barista Edition

Developed in collaboration with Agenhor, the manual winding Caliber AG6364 shares its architecture with the prestigious, award winning, Agengraphe. It features 314 components, two barrels providing 55h of power reserve, 49 jewels and a unique flyback & zero-reset function.

A dark brown smooth calf strap, with brown stitching, is completed with a matching stainless-steel folding buckle.

Chronograph on Demand

Singer’s Flytrack watches provide the most instantaneous and instinctive way of measuring short elapsed times.

Singer Flytrack features the signature peripheral hours- disc indication combined with central minutes and central swiping seconds. By using push-button at 2 o’clock, the owner can activate an on-demand chronograph mechanism capable of measuring short intervals.

A single touch of the pusher instantly reset to zero the central sweeping second-hand. Releasing the pusher sets the second hand in motion, allowing instant measurement of short intervals of time (60 seconds). It can be repeated as many times as needed, without interfering with the timekeeping of your watch.

The Flytrack mechanism is also designed to be used as a hacking seconds device to synchronize your watch with an accurate timekeeping source. By keeping the push button down, the seconds hand will stay still, allowing you to release it precisely at the correct moment.

Technical details

Model: Singer Flytrack Barista Edition

Movement
Calibre Singer Reimagined 6361
Manual mechanical movement, Singer Reimagined exclusive convertible flyback sweep second hand (60 seconds)
Dimensions: 34.40 mm
Height: 7.18 mm
Number of parts: 314
Number of jewels: 49
Power reserve: 60 hours
Escapement: Swiss lever
Balance: Flat with AgenPit regulator
Frequency: 21’600 vph (3 Hz)

Functions
Hours on peripheral discs, central minutes and central seconds with flyback zero reset function

Case
Material: Stainless steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 15 mm
Crystal: Sapphire with double-sided antireflective coating
Back: Screwed with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters

Dial
Black mate velvet-touch central dial with micro-engraved checkers minuterie, featuring a unique coffee brewing scale on one minute
Rotating hour disc in black matte ceramic featuring 12 luminescent figures
Circular brushed golden rehaut

Strap
Brown soft calfskin leather strap
Deployant buckle in brushed stainless steel with polished edges

Edition
Limited edition of 30 numbered pieces

Price
25’500 CHF Excluding VAT and local taxes

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

Swiss watch brand Louis Erard presents a new limited edition Le Régulateur series in collaboration with Massena LAB.

After the success of Alain Silberstein, Vianney Halter, Atelier OÏ, Seconde/Seconde/ and Eric Giroud editions, Le Noirmont based brand has now entered into a partnership with Massena LAB.

Massena LAB is a creative horological studio that designs, develops, and produces timepieces, often in collaboration with respected watchmakers from around the world. It was founded by founded by noted watch collector and industry veteran William Massena.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB watch comes in two variations. The only defining element between the two is the dial: on one, the lower plate is plated in 2N gold, while the other is rhodium-plated.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

Both models come in a limited edition of 178 pieces—a symbolic number meaning “together we are stronger”, a principle dear to Louis Erard’s work—and are available at the same price: CHF 3,600.

The marine chronometer inspired dial is made up of two levels. The two flanges on the hour and seconds counters (at 12 and 6 o’clock) are rhodium-plated with circular satin finish, with centres in silver-plated opaline. The large central minute hand points towards the outer rhodium-plated flange with circular satin finish.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

The lower plate is rhodium- or gold-plated, with a grained finish to further increase the contrast with the counters and enhance the readability of the blued steel leaf hands. The polished steel case is fitted with a signature Massena LAB crown.

Technical details

Model: Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA75

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA75

Movement
Automatic regulator, Sellita SW266-1 calibre, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm, 31 jewels, 28,800 VpH (4Hz), élaboré grade movement, meticulously decorated, special open-worked oscillating weight with black lacquered Louis Erard symbol, approx. 38 hours of power reserve

Functions
Hour hand in a counter at 12 o’clock, central minute hand, second hand in a counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Polished stainless steel, Ø42 mm, lug width: 22 mm, lug to lug: 49.60 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, movement visible through the transparent caseback, water resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft), signature Massena LAB crown, caseback engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 178”

Dial
External flange and double counters rhodium-plated with circular satin finish and diamond-cut corners, 2N grained finish lower plate with opaline centre counters (matt silver), black transfers, Louis Erard logo at 3 o’clock and Massena logo at 9 o’clock

Hands
Leaf shaped hands in blued steel

Strap
Black grained calf leather with tone-on-tone stitching, blue grained calf leather lining, polished stainless steel pin buckle, functional catch spring bars enabling the strap to be changed quickly
Dimensions: 22/20mm width, 80/115mm length

Edition
Limited edition of 178 pieces

Recommended retail price
CHF 3,600

Model: Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA76

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA76

 

Movement
Automatic regulator, Sellita SW266-1 calibre, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm, 31 jewels, 28,800 VpH (4Hz), élaboré grade movement, meticulously decorated, special open-worked oscillating weight with black lacquered Louis Erard symbol, approx. 38 hours of power reserve

Functions
Hour hand in a counter at 12 o’clock, central minute hand, second hand in a counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Polished stainless steel, Ø42 mm, lug width: 22 mm, lug to lug: 49.60 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, movement visible through the transparent caseback, water resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft), signature Massena LAB crown, caseback engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 178”

Dial
External flange and double counters rhodium-plated with circular satin finish and diamond-cut corners, rhodium-plated grained finish lower plate with opaline centre counters (matt silver), black transfers, Louis Erard logo at 3 o’clock and Massena logo at 9 o’clock

Hands
Leaf shaped hands in blued steel

Strap
Black grained calf leather with tone-on-tone stitching, blue grained calf leather lining, polished stainless steel pin buckle, functional catch spring bars enabling the strap to be changed quickly
Dimensions: 22/20mm width, 80/115mm length

Edition
Limited edition of 178 pieces

Recommended retail price
CHF 3,600

Christie’s Hong Kong Watches Spring Auctions 24 May 2022 – Results

On 24 May, Christie’s Watches held two live auctions, including the white-glove sale of “The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications”, and “Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II”, realising a historic sale total of HK$299,004,780/ US$38,269,921 and 139% hammer above low estimate. The sales saw strong global participation from 20 countries across 4 continents.

21 world auction records for references across both sales including Patek Philippe References: 5002R, 605HU, 5976 ⁄ 1G, 5016P-018, 5275P, and exceptionally rare models of F.P. Journe, A. Lange & Söhne, and Cartier. Top lot of each sale set world auction record for the reference.

 Patek Philippe Ref. 5002 (Lot 2273)
Patek Philippe Ref. 5002

The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications, Top Achiever: Patek Philippe. A magnificent, extremely rare and highly complicated 18k pink gold double-dial wristwatch with twelve complications including “cathedral” minute repeating, tourbillon, perpetual calendar with retrograde date, moon age and angular motion, sidereal time and sky chart sky moon tourbillon model, Ref. 5002R, circa 2010. Lot 2273. Price realised: HK$24,450,000/ US$3,129,380. World auction record for the reference.

Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU
Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU

Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II, Top Achiever: Patek Philippe. A magnificent and extremely rare 18k gold world time pocket watch with world map cloisonné enamel dial, Ref. 605HU, manufactured in 1948. Lot 2443, Price realised: HK$16,050,000/ US$2,054,256. World auction record for the reference.

Sale Highlights of “The Champion Collection Part III: The Artistry of Complications”:

All lots in this sale found buyers, with almost 1/3 of lots sold above high estimates. 12 world auction records for the references were set in the sale, including Patek Philippe Ref. 5002R, 5016P-018, 5275P, 5074J, 5271 ⁄ 11P-001, 5971P, 5020J-016, 5071G, 5059G-018, 5976 ⁄ 1G, 5167 ⁄ 300G-010 and 5167A-010.

Patek Philippe horological treasures sparked fierce competition, with a wide variety of lots sold multiple times above estimates, including:

Patek Philippe horological treasures

Patek Philippe horological treasures

Limited edition and rare timepieces by other celebrated brands including Greubel Forsey, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet also achieved outstanding prices:

Limited edition and rare timepieces

Sale Highlights of “Important Watches and The Rise of The Independent Watchmakers, Featuring The Kairos Collection Part II”:

42% of lots sold above high estimates, with 9 world auction records for the references established, including Patek Philippe Ref. 605HU, 1415; F.P. Journe NO. 01⁄10-T10, Sonnerie Souveraine Model; A. Lange & Söhne Ref. 405.836, 310.836, 320.836; Cartier – a platinum and diamond-set limited edition Crash Model, and a rare 18K white gold and diamond-set limited edition Crash Model made for the re-opening of the Paris boutique.

In addition to the top lot of this sale, Lot 2443 – Patek Philippe 605 Heures Universelles, other top-performing extraordinary timepieces include:

Patek Philippe 605 Heures Universelles

Demand for F.P. Journe wristwatches continue to soar, highlighted by:

F.P. Journe wristwatches

All Patek Philippe contemporary masterpieces from The Kairos Collection Part II found buyers, including the following highlights:

The Kairos Collection Part II

 

BOTTA MONDO GMT Automatic

German watch brand BOTTA presents MONDO GMT, a new timepiece dedicated to world travelers.

The MONDO GMT watch indicates the local time zone in 12-hour format with three white hands, as well as another freely selectable time in 24-hour single-hand format (orange scale). An artificial horizon divides the 24-hour ring into a day and a night half. The 24-hour scale on the outermost edge of the dial features the highest possible resolution and it is very easy to read.

The automatic MONDO GMT watch from BOTTA features an elegant titanium case measuring 45mm diameter and 9.5mm thickness. Like all BOTTA watches, the MONDO is also equipped with double-curved sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Despite its size of 45mm, the MONDO is characterized by its lightness and distinctive wearing comfort.

BOTTA MONDO GMT Automatic
BOTTA MONDO GMT Automatic

BOTTA also uses a strikingly clear design language and brand-typical design details with this model. The C hand is designed as a second hand. The crown features an engraved double-T logo as a distinctive detail.

The first 12 units of the MONDO automatic GMT were sold in the exclusive Pioneer Edition. It is characterized by a special rotor with Pioneer engraving.

Made in Germany, the BOTTA MONDO GMT Automatic watch is powered by the “Swiss-Made” ETA 2893-2 movement. With this timepiece, the brand is offering several strap choices.

The MONDO GMT Automatic is available in two versions: “Black” (black dial, titanium-colored bezel), as well as “Black Edition” (black dial, black PVD-coated bezel).

The suggested retail price of the Black MONDO GMT Automatic 45mm titanium watch is 1,890 Euros. The price of “Black Edition” is 1,970 Euros.

The brand is also offering a Quartz MONDO GMT 40mm model in stainless steel with a price of 468 Euros for Black model and 518 Euros for Black Edition variant.

Technical details

Model: BOTTA MONDO GMT Automatic 45mm

Case
Titanium
Diameter: 45 mm
Height: 9.5 mm
Double domed sapphire crystal with double scratch resistant anti-reflection coating
Exhibition case-back
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Movement
Automatic, ETA 2893-2 Swiss Made
Individually adjusted by hand
Date display at 6 o’clock

Straps
Allergy-free, vegetable tanned bio-leather strap
Leather strap
Rubber strap
Steel links bracelet
Milanese strap
Saddle leather strap

Warranty
Two years

Model: BOTTA MONDO GMT Quartz 40mm

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 7. 5 mm
Sapphire crystal with double scratch resistant anti-reflection coating
Stainless steel case-back
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Movement
Quartz, RONDA 515.24H Swiss-made, battery type 321
Date display at 6 o’clock

Strap
Vegetable tanned leather wrist strap
Rubber strap
Metal strap
Saddle leather strap

Warranty
Two years

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Rado presents the new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver, an ISO 6425 certified diving timepiece equipped with a new generation self-winding movement. Its stunning high-tech ceramic monobloc case is scratch-resistant, hypo-allergenic and practically invulnerable.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

This much-awaited model, available in six equally impressive variants, brings together the latest in high-tech ceramic production technics and the brand’s most innovative watchmaking. The 43 mm timepiece houses a latest-generation automatic movement, NivachronTM anti-magnetic hairspring and 80 hours of power reserve.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

This timepiece boasts emblematic Captain Cook features such as the date window at 3 o’clock with red numbers and the box-shaped glass, now in extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Large, highly-legible hour, minute and second hands are treated with Super-LumiNova for excellent viewing in low-light conditions, along with the main markers and bezel numerals. The new model features ISO 6425 certification, a first for Rado, largely surpassed thanks to its 300-meter water resistance.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver

Rooted in nature but developed by keen human innovation, Rado high-tech ceramic is extremely hard but light, lovely to touch, and carries its visible colour right into the core, making it extraordinarily scratch-resistant. The use of a monobloc case adds to the structural stability of the timepiece while keeping its outer dimensions and weight lower, for greater comfort.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER

Visually, well-known Captain Cook features are instantly recognizable: the bold, easy-grip bezel with circular-brushed high-tech ceramic insert, engraved numbers and markers, as well as a triangle in white Super-LumiNova at the 60-min. position.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER

The circular-brushed titanium press-fit case back with two seahorses adds an echo of early Sixties models and an unequivocal reminder of the water resistance, confirmed by the ISO 6425 certification granted to these exceptional timepieces. Inside, the Rado 25-jewel, three-hand R763 automatic movement exceeds standard accuracy test requirements by a full five points.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER

The new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Diver comes in six models, each one with a distinct character, to match the most discerning tastes of true watch lovers.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER

While all carry cases in Rado high-tech ceramic, two models wear black and two wear olive-green, each pair available as either a rubber-strap or high-tech ceramic-bracelet version. Two additional plasma models are available, with matching high-tech ceramic bracelet.

Technical details

Model: Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER
Ref. R32129152 and Ref. R32129158

Movement
Rado calibre R763, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, red printed date at 3 o’clock, 80-hour power reserve, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy

Case
Matt black high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Dimensions: 43.0 x 49.8 x 14.6 (WxLxH in mm)
Polished hardened stainless steel turning bezel with a polished black high-tech ceramic insert and engraved white lacquered numbers and markers, triangle in white Super-LumiNova®
Circular, brushed, black PVD coated titanium case back with 2 stamped seahorses and engraved: “DIVER’S WATCH 300M”
Polished hardened stainless steel screw-down crown
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistant to 300m

Dial
Black, lacquered and polished
Applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Black flange with white Super-LumiNova® on every 5 minute track
Rhodium coloured moving anchor symbol with synthetic ruby backplate
White printed Rado and Captain Cook logos mention of 300m / 1000ft
Hands: Rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet/Strap
Ref. R32129152: Polished high-tech ceramic middle links, Matt black high-tech ceramic outer links, Titanium 3-fold clasp with black high-tech ceramic openers
Ref. R32129158: Matt black rubber, Stainless steel extendable folding clasp, Matt black high-tech ceramic cover

Model: Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER
Ref. R32144102 and Ref. R32144202

Movement
Rado calibre R763, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, red printed date at 3 o’clock, 80-hour power reserve, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy

Case
Matt plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Dimensions: 43.0 x 49.8 x 14.6 (WxLxH in mm)
Polished hardened stainless steel turning bezel with a circular brushed plasma high-tech ceramic insert and engraved white lacquered numbers and markers, triangle in white Super-LumiNova®
Circular, brushed, titanium case back with 2 stamped seahorses and engraved: “DIVER’S WATCH 300M”
Polished hardened stainless steel screw-down crown
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistant to 300m

Dial
Sunray grey / blue, lacquered and polished
Applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Dark grey flange with white Super-LumiNova® on every 5 minute track
Rhodium coloured moving anchor symbol with synthetic ruby backplate
White printed Rado and Captain Cook logos mention of 300m / 1000ft
Hands: Rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet/Strap
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic middle links
Matt plasma high-tech ceramic outer links
Titanium 3-fold clasp with CeramosTM openers

Model: Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic DIVER
Ref. R32130312 and Ref. R32130318

Movement
Rado calibre R763, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, red printed date at 3 o’clock,
80-hour power reserve, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy

Case
Matt olive high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Dimensions: 43.0 x 49.8 x 14.6 (WxLxH in mm)
Matt hardened stainless steel turning bezel with a matt olive green high-tech ceramic insert and engraved white lacquered numbers and markers, triangle in white Super-LumiNova®
Circular, brushed, titanium case back with 2 stamped seahorses and engraved: “DIVER’S WATCH 300M”
Matt hardened stainless steel screw-down crown
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces
Water resistant to 300m

Dial
Matt olive green
Matt applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Matt olive green flange with white Super-LumiNova® on every 5 minute track
Rhodium coloured moving anchor symbol with synthetic ruby backplate
White printed Rado and Captain Cook logos mention of 300m / 1000ft
Hands: Matt rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet/Strap
R32130312: Matt olive green high-tech ceramic links, Titanium 3-fold clasp
R32130318: Strap Matt olive green rubber, Stainless steel extendable folding clasp, Matt hardened stainless steel cover

Hamilton Watches

Hamilton is a Swiss watch brand. It was originally founded in the United States.

Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1892, Hamilton creates watches with a unique balance of authenticity and innovation. Hamilton’s timepieces synchronized the first railroads and kept time for aviation pioneers and U.S. soldiers. A favorite of filmmakers for decades, Hamilton watches have appeared in more than 500 movies, with custom pieces playing a pivotal role in several Hollywood blockbusters.

With a continued commitment to craftsmanship and accuracy, Hamilton launched the world’s first electric watch in 1957 and the first LED digital watch in 1970.

Since 1974, Hamilton has been a part of the Swatch Group, the global leader in watch manufacturing and distribution. In 2003, the brand moved its HQ and production to the center of watchmaking country in Biel, Switzerland.

Hamilton’s modern timepieces combine the American spirit with true Swiss precision.

Website: https://www.hamiltonwatch.com/

Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS Limited Edition in Nissan & NISMO Team Colors

The new EDIFICE NISMO EQS-930NIS is a special limited edition model created by Casio in association with NISMO, an affiliate of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. that engages in motorsport activities.

NISMO is short for Nissan Motorsports International, Co. Ltd. This Nissan motorsports affiliate not only competes in races, but also proposes racetrack technologies and designs for use in Nissan road cars.

Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS Limited Edition in Nissan & NISMO Team Colors

The EDIFICE line of watches features dynamic design and advanced technology in a wide range of models from multifunctional chronographs, equipped with Smartphone Link and other functions, to standard watches with sporty designs.

As a natural ally that shares the motorsports company’s passion for utilizing cutting-edge technology in pursuit of ultimate performance, EDIFICE has been a NISMO supporter since 2021.

Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS Limited Edition in Nissan & NISMO Team Colors

The EQS-930NIS face and body design captures the spirit of NISMO and motorsports. The NISMO brand colors, red and black, feature prominently, with the inset dials, bezel sides, and buttons accented in red against a black base.

Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS Limited Edition in Nissan & NISMO Team Colors

The traditional Nissan & NISMO ace number, 23, is engraved on the bezel at the 23-minute mark, as well as on the case back. The bezel, band loop, and case back are all engraved with the NISMO logo.

Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS Limited Edition in Nissan & NISMO Team Colors

In addition, the inset dial at the 10 o’clock position recreates the color gradation that appears on a sports car’s titanium tail pipe when the exhaust heat and the temperature difference between car parts cause the titanium to turn bluish. The surface of the urethane band has been processed to resemble tire tread after an intense race. The EQS-930NIS also delivers on functionality, with solar-charging system and stopwatch for practicality.

Technical details

Model: Casio EDIFICE EQS-930NIS

Case
Size of Case: 52.0 × 47.5 × 12.3 mm
The number 23 engraved on the bezel and case back
Water Resistance: 100 meters

Dial
NISMO red highlights on a black face
Inset dial evokes the color gradation of hot titanium

Stopwatch
Measuring unit: 1 second; measuring capacity: 9’59”; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Other Functions
Date display, battery level indicator
Accuracy at Normal Temperature ±20 seconds per month

Power Source
Solar-charging system

Continuous Operation
About 5 months (from full charge until hands stop)

Strap
Band textured to evoke the tread of a post-race car tire

Total Weight
Approx. 98g

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Launched in February, the new PRO TREK PRW-61 is the first Casio watch to be made with biomass plastics sourced from renewable organic substances.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Produced from regenerable resources, biomass plastics are attracting attention as a material that can help reduce environmental impact by curbing CO2 emissions.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

For the first time in any Casio watch, the PRW-61 uses biomass plastics in the case, band, and case back.

The environmentally friendly biomass plastics are produced using materials derived from castor seeds and corn, as well as other raw materials. Casio is proud of this new material application for its line of outdoor tools, PRO TREK, for nature lovers.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Delivering on outdoor utility, the model is equipped with Triple Sensor (digital compass, barometer/altimeter, and thermometer), as well as Multi-Band 6 radio wave reception from 6 transmission stations around the world, and Tough Solar to provide stable power for these functions and more.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

For optimum readability, the design features thick bar indexes to check time, direction, and other indicators at a glance, as well as slits on the band above and below the dial that serve as guides to quickly read the compass direction indicated by the second hand.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

As part of its focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, Casio is pursuing a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including a shift from plastic to recycled paper in packaging for the PRW-61.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Moving forward, Casio will also contribute to efforts to build a circular economy by expanding its use of sustainable materials in the design of other watch models, as well.

Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Technical details

Model: Casio PRO TREK PRW-61

Versions
PRW-61Y-3ER
PRW-61-1AER

Case
Construction: Low-temperature resistant (–10°C/14°F)
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Size of case: 51.0 × 47.4 × 14.7 mm

Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)

Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day); manual reception

Digital Compass
Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points; measuring range: 0° to 359°; 60 seconds continuous measurement; hand indication of north; bidirectional calibration and magnetic declination correction

Barometer
Measuring range: 260 hPa to 1,100 hPa (7.65 inHg to 32.45 inHg); measuring unit: 1hPa (0.05inHg); atmospheric pressure change indicator (±10hPa/1hPa); atmospheric pressure tendency graph; barometric pressure tendency information alarm

Altimeter
Measuring range: -700 m to 10,000 m (-2,300 ft. to 32,800 ft.); measuring unit: 1 m (5 ft.); manual memory measurements (up to 30 records, each including altitude, date, time); auto log data (high/low altitudes, cumulative ascent and descent); altitude change indicator (±100m/5m, ±1000m/50m); other: relative altitude readings; measurement interval setting (every 5 seconds / every 2 minutes)

Thermometer
Measuring range: -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F); measuring unit: 0.1°C (0.2°F)

World Time
29 cities (29 time zones, auto daylight saving time (DST) switching, DST on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC); home city/world time city swapping

Stopwatch
1/100-second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99”; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 60 minutes; countdown start time setting range: 1 to 60 minutes (1-minute increments)

Alarm
5 independent daily alarms, hourly time signal

Other Functions
Auto hand home position correction; hand shift feature (manual or auto [during altitude, barometric pressure, and temperature measurement]); battery level indicator; power saving; full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; full auto double LED light (Super Illuminator) with afterglow: 1.5 or 3.0 seconds

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 6 months after full charge, using all functions but without solar charging
About 25 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
Approx. 53 g

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

Introduced in February 2022, GMW-B5000MB is a black full metal variant of the Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000 watch model.

Based on the GMW-B5000, the original full-metal take on the first-ever G-SHOCK, the new GMW-B5000MB features an array of detailed finishes that come together in a refined black design.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

The GMW-B5000MB brings together individual components treated with honing finishes and multiple polishings in a premium-quality, shock-resistant watch with a uniquely appealing look that makes the most of rich texture and feel.

The entire exterior of the timepiece is honed and treated with black ion plating to deliver matte black sophistication, and additional finishes are applied to individual details.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

The hairline finish on the raised areas on the side of the bezel and the sides of the band retains a metallic texture, while tempering the shine. The mirror finish, by contrast, adds glossy shine to the surface of the screws, buttons, and other details.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

With this latest model, Casio adds a new finishing process, as well. After the initial black ion plating, the top surface of the bezel is polished again with a hairline finish to expose most of the stainless steel beneath, with its silver-colored gleam.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

The chic and seamless integration of the silvery hue of the stainless steel of the bezel and matte black of the body, complemented by multiple intricate finishes, results in a beautifully detailed, quality design with a one-of-a-kind, sophisticated look.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

The functionality of the GMW-B5000MB is just as good as its design. The watch comes with both standard radio wave reception and Smartphone Link connectivity, which allows the owner to use the G-SHOCK Connected app to maintain precision timekeeping and easily manage alarms, world time, and other settings.

Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB

The watch can also use handy Reminder and Phone finder functions when paired with the app.

Technical details

Model: Casio G-SHOCK GMW-B5000MB-1ER

Case
Construction: Shock-resistant
Top surface of bezel treated with new finishing process
Case dimensions: 49.3 × 43.2 × 13.0 mm
Water Resistance: 20 bar

Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)

Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day)

Communication Specifications
Communication Standard: Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range: Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

World Time
5 world times selected from 39 cities (39 time zones,* daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping, auto summer time (DST) switching

Stopwatch
1/100 second (00’00”00 to 59’59”99) / 1 second (1:00’00” to 23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)

Alarm
5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm); hourly time signal

Other Functions
Smartphone Link functions (World Time: over 300 cities + user-added cities, Auto time adjustment, Easy watch setting, Time & place, Reminder, Phone finder); date/month display swapping; day display (in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; full auto LED backlight (Super Illuminator and afterglow: 2/4 seconds, fade-in/fade-out afterglow); low battery alert

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 22 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
Approx. 167g

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

In March 2022, Casio released a new addition to the MR-G series, the flagship line of the G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches. The new MRG-B5000 is the first MR-G timepiece to feature the iconic design of the very first G-SHOCK.

With a nod to the design of the DW-5000C, the first-ever G-SHOCK released in 1983, the MRG-B5000 now brings a brilliant shine and dignified distinction to the shock-resistant watch by employing cutting-edge metals finished with master polishing craftsmanship.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

In order to apply sophisticated polished finishes to even the tiniest corners of the complex bezel form, which is made of 25 different components, Casio developed the new Multi-Guard Structure.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

The new structure incorporates shock-absorbent parts in the multi-component bezel to ensure excellent shock-resistance, while also allowing polished finishes to be applied to each individual component, down to the most challenging spots, for a stunningly beautiful finish.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

The band employs a special structure, as well, with separate pins embedded in round holes in each metal link, to allow detailed polishing for an equally beautiful finish on the band.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

The quality of the master polishing craftsmanship really shows on the cutting-edge, made-in-Japan materials used for the MRG-B5000. COBARION, which has a hardness about four times that of pure titanium and a brilliant gleam comparable to platinum, is used for the top surface of the bezel.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

The band is made with DAT55G, a titanium alloy that is both about three times harder than pure titanium and highly workable, making it scratch-resistant and ensuring a long-lasting, beautiful mirror finish.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

Masterfully crafted polishing and meticulously selected materials come together to create a timepiece worthy of that original design, but with the trademark quality of the MR-G line, which stands at the pinnacle of the diverse family of G-SHOCK watches.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

When it comes to function, the MRG-B5000 features radio-controlled calibration and Smartphone Link connectivity.

The watch connects with the dedicated CASIO WATCHES smartphone app to automatically adjust to the correct time. It also comes equipped with a solar charging system and high-brightness LED light for added convenience.

Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

As with other MR-G watches, the MRG-B5000 is crafted on the high-end Premium Production Line at Yamagata Casio, the “mother factory” of Casio watch production.

Technical details

Model: Casio G-SHOCK MRG-B5000

Versions
MRG-B5000B-1DR
MRG-B5000D-1DR

Case
Size of case: 49.4 × 43.2 × 12.9 mm
Construction: Shock-resistant
Multi-Guard Structure comprising 25 different bezel components
Water Resistance: 20 bar

Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)

Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day)

Communication Specifications
Communication Standard: Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range: Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

World Time
5 world times selected from 39 cities (39 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time, city name display, home time/world time city swapping, auto summer time (DST) switching

Stopwatch
1/100 second (00’00”00 to 59’59”99) / 1 second (1:00’00” to 23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)

Alarm
5 daily alarms (with 1 snooze alarm); hourly time signal

Other Functions
Smartphone Link functions ( Approximately 300 world time cities + user-added point, Auto time adjustment, Easy watch setting, Time & place, Reminder, Phone finder, Watch status display, Self check, Premium production line certificate); date/month display swapping; day display (in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; full auto LED backlight (Super Illuminator and afterglow: 2/4 seconds, fade-in/fade-out afterglow); low battery alert

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 22 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
Approx. 114g

Casio G-SHOCK GA-2100 “CASIOAK” Utility Black Series

Casio has expanded its popular G-SHOCK 2100 series by adding new models. Three new watches expand the ever-growing 2100 family and come along with hip colorways in utility design.

The G-SHOCK GA-2100 Utility Black Series is the indestructible capsule collection for modern explorers that can withstand anything that comes its way.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-2100 “CASIOAK” Utility Black Series

The GA-2100-1A2ER, GA-2100-1A4ER and the hero model, the GA-2100-1A3ER, are based on one of G-SHOCK’s most popular designs, the all-black GA-2100, with fluorescent features adding minimalist highlights to the new additions.

The hands of the digital-analog combination model, as well as the day of the week indicator and hour markers, clearly stand out playing off the deep black of the strap, bezel, and dial in blue, green, and orange.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-2100 “CASIOAK” Utility Black Series

The interplay of accurate and functional design with colorful and modern highlights is currently seen in contemporary, predominantly urban street styles, often reminiscent of military uniforms from a dystopian science fiction epic.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-2100 “CASIOAK” Utility Black Series

The new Utility Black series skillfully ties futuristic, simultaneously classic design and high functionality together. In addition, neon colors are also a distinctive feature of fashion and accessories of the 80s, the birth decade of G-SHOCK.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-2100 “CASIOAK” Utility Black Series

Launched in 2019, the basic GA-2100 model is based on the concept of the DW-5000C, the very first G-SHOCK, but features an impressive combination of digital and analog displays, as well as a particularly slim profile and a distinctive octagonal design.

Available from March 3rd, 2022, the three new models, GA-2100-1A2ER, GA-2100-1A3ER and GA-2100-1A4ER come with an MSRP of 99.90 Euros.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

Casio MTG-B3000 is a new member of the G-SHOCK family of shock-resistant watches. The MTG-B3000, which boasts an innovative slim module and shock-resistant construction, is an even more streamlined addition to the MT-G line of timepieces, all of which feature a construction that makes the most of the properties of both metal and resin.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

Released in March 2022, the MTG-B3000 pairs an innovative slim module and shock-resistant structure to achieve a streamlined shock-resistant watch with case that is more than 2mm slimmer than the previous model (MTG-B1000).

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

Making full use of high-density mounting technology, Casio has developed the slimmest module yet for a G-SHOCK solar chronograph.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

To address the all-new shock-resistant structure required by this new slim module, Casio delivers an even more advanced Dual Core Guard structure.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

The newly developed guard structure protects the module with a carbon-reinforced resin case and encloses the exterior with metal components, retaining the metal look and texture while reducing the weight, and further protecting the module with a case back featuring raised sides.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

Repeated processes of pressing, cutting, and polishing are applied to craft a stainless steel case back that protrudes upward in a 3D form. The raised sides protect the crown and buttons and serve as the lugs to secure the band. All of these innovative designs and technologies result in a metal timepiece with a mere 12.1mm case that is extremely comfortable to wear.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

When it comes to function, the MTG-B3000 features radio-controlled calibration and Smartphone Link connectivity via Bluetooth®.

Casio G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

The watch connects with the dedicated CASIO WATCHES smartphone app to automatically adjust to the correct time. It also comes equipped with a solar charging system and high-brightness LED light for practicality and convenience.

Technical details

Model: CASIO G-SHOCK MTG-B3000

Versions
MTG-B3000B-1AER: Gray color model with soft urethane strap
MTG-B3000BD-1AER: Red color model with layered composite strap
MTG-B3000BD-1A2ER Green color model with layered composite strap

Case
Size of case: 51.9 × 50.9 × 12.1 mm
Construction: Triple G Resist (shock-resistant, centrifugal force-resistant, vibration-resistant)
Water Resistance: 20 bar
Innovative slim module: New shock-resistant structure featuring case back with raised sides

Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)
Radio Wave Reception: Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day); manual reception

Communication Specifications
Communication Standard: Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range: Up to 2m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

Stopwatch
1 second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59”; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)

Other Functions
Smartphone Link functions (Auto time adjustment, Easy watch setting, Approximately 300 world time cities, Phone finder, Watch status display, Self check); auto hand home position correction; daily alarm; dual time (27 time zones, home time swapping, auto summer time [DST] switching); power saving; battery level indicator; full auto-calendar; LED light (super illuminator and afterglow); day and date display

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
MTG-B3000B-1AER: Approx. 111g
MTG-B3000BD-1AER/MTG-B3000BD-1A2ER: Approx. 148g

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 “CASIOAK” with Bluetooth® Connectivity and Solar Charging System

Casio has announced the latest addition to the G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches. The five new GA-B2100 watches are the first in the iconic octagonal 2100 line to be equipped with Smartphone Link connectivity via Bluetooth® and solar charging capabilities.

Released in 2019, the base-model GA-2100 was a contemporary interpretation of the very first G-SHOCK, the DW-5000C. Nicknamed “CASIOAK”, its simple, stylish design proved popular around the world, especially among younger consumers.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 Black × Gray

With Bluetooth® connectivity and a solar charging system, the new GA-B2100 shock-resistant watches add a whole new level of convenience. Smartphone pairing via Bluetooth® delivers accurate timekeeping. The Tough Solar charging system effectively converts light from fluorescent lamps and other sources to power the watch, eliminating the need to regularly replace the battery.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 Black × Black

In addition, these watches feature a slim module with optimized component layout to retain the compact watch face for which the 2100 line is known, yet still deliver enhanced functionality.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 Green

Combining this with the Carbon Core Guard structure, which protects the module with a carbon fiber-reinforced resin case, provides both shock resistance and a compact case that is still the same length and width as the GA-2100.

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 Blue

In terms of design, the dual-layer dial construction highlights the dimensionality of the LCD and inset dial. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the metallic finish on the inset dial ring, which gives the dial a look of enhanced texture.

For these additions, Casio returns to the classic colors first used in the G-SHOCK 5600 line with reproductions of the yellow, green and blue of the DW-5600C-9BV (released in 1987, EOL), DW-5600B-3V (released in 1987, EOL), and DW-5600B-2V (released in 1987, EOL).

Casio G-SHOCK GA-B2100 Yellow

There are also two black options — a black and gray model in the same color scheme as the DW-5600C-1V (released in 1987, EOL) from the original 5600 series, as well as an all-black model.

Technical details

Case
Construction: Shock-resistant
Size of case: 48.5×45.4×11.9mm
Water resistance: 20 bar

Model Color
GA-B2100-1AER: Black × Gray
GA-B2100-1A1ER: Black × Black
GA-B2100-2AER: Blue
GA-B2100-3AER: Green
GA-B2100C-9AER: Yellow

Communication
Standard Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range Up to 2 meters (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)

World Time
38 time zones (38 cities + coordinated universal time), daylight saving on/off, auto summer time (DST) switching, home city/world time city swapping

Stopwatch
1/100 second (00’00”00~59’59”99) /1 second (1:00’00” ~23:59’59”); measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″; measuring modes: elapsed time, lap/split time

Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 1 hours)

Alarm
5 daily alarms; hourly time signal

Mobile Link (Wireless linking with Bluetooth® devices)
Auto time adjustment
Easy watch setting
Approximately 300 world time cities
Time & place
Reminder
Phone finder

Other Functions
Hand shift feature; date/month display swapping; day display (in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian or Russian); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; button operation tone on/off; battery level indicator; Double LED light (Super Illuminator and afterglow: 1.5 seconds or 3 seconds)

Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)

Continuous Operation
About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge

Total Weight
Approx. 52g

Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva 2022 May 7-8th 2022 – Auction Results

On May 7th and 8th, at the Beau Rivage hotel Genève, Antiquorum auctioned an impressive selection of 534 lots of Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces, totaling more than 13.5 million in sales (CHF 13,647,687 in total incl. buyer’s premium).

One of the highlights of the weekend was when the Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with a gorgeous “Woman with a water jug” by Verneer enamel by Patek Philippe’s master enameller Suzanne Rohr (LOT 200) achieved CHF 937,0000 incl. buyer’s premium, setting a New World Record.

Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with Verneer enamel dial featuring “Woman with a water jug”
Patek Philippe 18K yellow gold pocket watch with Verneer enamel dial featuring “Woman with a water jug”/Image Credit: Antiquorum

A Patek Philippe Patented Split Seconds Chronograph Foudroyante pocket watch (LOT 171), of which only two other examples are known to exist, was auctioned for CHF 57,500 incl. buyer’s premium, more than 4 times its low estimate.

Among the other jewels of the auction that are not wristwatches, the exceptional Cartier Petite Sonnerie and Quarter Repeater Enamel Travel Clock (LOT 410) conquered the heart of a connoisseur at CHF 47,500 incl. buyer’s premium, three times its low estimate.

Another top achiever was a gold enameled Pearl Musical Snuff Box with Concealed Watch, circa 1810 (LOT 274). It was sold for an impressive CHF 70,000, more than twice its high estimate.

Out of the top 10 results, four wristwatches were from Audemars Piguet and from the Royal Oak collection: LOT 433, 494, 431, 430 resulting in CHF 1,443,750 incl. buyer’s premium. An Audemars Piguet 25720 Star Wheel with a tropical purple dial in platinum (LOT 140) achieved CHF 80,000 incl. commissions, twice its low estimate.

A Rolex Daytona in Yellow gold ( LOT 511), was auctioned for CHF 212,500 incl. buyer’s premium and a sealed Patek Philippe Nautilus LOT 398 was sold for CHF 200,000 incl. buyer’s premium.

A Rolex Ref. 3479 Zerographe in steel in exceptional condition and with a unique patinated dial (LOT 106), was sold for CHF 67’500 incl. buyer’s premium, while LOT 112, a Rolex Ref. 16800 Submariner Comex was auctioned for CHF 187,500 incl. buyer’s premium.

The historical Omega “MIR station”, a watch that travelled one year in space, made a sensation achieving CHF 312,500, three times its low estimate (LOT 534).

Another outstanding result for an Omega is the very limited LOT 532, Speedmaster Apollo XI, skeletonized in platinum in perfect condition and beautifully decorated, sold for CHF 162,500 incl. buyer’s premium more than five times its low estimate.
Historical pieces such as LOT 209, a rare Longines competition chronometer “Observatory Trials” watch movement was sold for CHF 17,500, over three times its high estimate.

A Patek Philippe dial with pink gold indexes for the Ref. 2526 (LOT 179) was sold for CHF 50,000, more than three times its high estimation.

Credit: https://www.antiquorum.swiss/

The OAK Collection International Exhibition – Displaying One of the World’s Greatest Privately-Owned Collections of Wrist and Pocket Watches

The OAK (One of A Kind) is an exhibition of a massive collection of finest, rarest and most valuable timepieces, collected by a passionate horology enthusiast in the past four decades.

Currently exhibiting at the Design Museum in London (from 19th to 25th May 2022), this is one of the world’s greatest privately-owned collections of wrist and pocket watches.

The OAK Collection exhibition – for ‘One of A Kind’ – comprises hundreds of ‘best of the best’ vintage and contemporary museum quality watches, among which are unrepeatable special orders, ultra-rare limited editions, the most valuable examples of their type and the largest number of Patek Philippe pieces once owned by the celebrated collector Henry Graves Jnr. to now be held in private hands.

Every watch is in truly perfect condition, with the majority of examples being new or virtually unworn. All are serviced on a regular basis by a highly experienced watch maker whose working life is dedicated to maintaining the collection which, having been patiently gathered and never previously revealed, could fairly be described as one of the watch world’s ‘best kept secrets’.

The OAK Collection exhibition, which has been curated by a hand-picked team of watch world elites, was first unveiled in London on May 19 before embarking on a global tour incorporating four international stops at spectacular exhibition venues in the USA, Middle East and Asia.

The individual who has amassed the remarkable OAK Collection (which comprises more than 500 pieces in total) declines to be named. Although the collector has long wanted to show his watches to other enthusiasts, it was his son who originally suggested doing so by means of a global exhibition having spent a lifetime observing his father’s undying passion for horology.

The Exhibition Format

Visitors to the OAK Collection exhibition will be taking part in a ‘world first’ event, because never before has a privately-owned collection of such exceptional watches, all in impeccable condition, been made available to the public.

It is also unlikely that such a comprehensive and carefully curated collection encompassing the best of the best of both vintage and modern watches will ever be compiled within the lifetime of current generations.

As a result, the exhibition will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for quality, rarity and scholarship in the field of watch collecting.

The OAK Collection will be displayed within a series of bespoke-designed, interconnected rooms that will be recreated at each location and will take the viewer on a tranquil horological journey comprising 11 sections, each of which could be described as a ‘chapter’ of time that encapsulates the collector’s appreciation of specific genres of watch, from simple, three-hand models to high complication pieces.

Patek Philippe. Ref. 605 HU
Patek Philippe. Ref. 605 HU

The maker most strongly represented in the exhibition is Patek Philippe, with many examples owned by the collector having been made specifically for him in close, creative collaborations with the manufacture – a process available only to a small number of the firm’s most respected clients.

Vintage Patek Philippe models, meanwhile, include references once owned by noted individuals including the musician Eric Clapton and the actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, as well as pieces that were developed for particular uses or which display the maker’s mastery of rare hand crafts such as enamelling and engraving.

Also remarkable is the OAK Collection’s extraordinary holding of Patek Philippe watches that once belonged to the legendary patron Henry Graves Jnr, the late banker and railroad tycoon who, between 1922 and 1951, commissioned no fewer than 39 watches from the revered maker.

The Graves - Patek Philippe ”Minute Repeating” Watch
The Graves – Patek Philippe ”Minute Repeating” Watch

Of those, only around 30 are believed to have survived, five of which form part of the OAK Collection. The only larger selection of Graves watches belonging to a single entity is that on show at the Patek Philippe museum, which holds 13.

The Patek Philippe models in the OAK Collection account for six of the exhibition’s 11 sections, covering Calatrava, Nautilus, World Time and perpetual calendar/ complication models in addition to the aforementioned Graves and rare handcraft pieces.

Patek Philippe Single Button Chronograph Ref. 5951P
Patek Philippe Single Button Chronograph Ref. 5951P

But while the collector focuses strongly on the work of Patek Philippe, he does not do so exclusively. As a Rolex connoisseur, he has allocated three significant sections of the exhibition to its pieces, and has also dedicated an area to watches made by the ‘new age’ independents, notably Francois-Paul Journe and Kari Voutilainen.

Rolex Ref. 6036 « Jean-Claude Killy »
Rolex Ref. 6036 « Jean-Claude Killy »

The collector’s commitment to modern makers is further demonstrated in the fact that, during the eight editions of the biennial Only Watch charity auction, he has been the most prolific buyer, accruing no fewer than 10 unique pieces with dial names as diverse as Kari Voutilainen, H.Moser, and Chanel.

The Sections

The Patek Philippe Calatrava Section

Although the Calatrava family represents the artistry of Patek Philippe in its simplest form, it has long held a special fascination for the collector. As a result, he has accumulated the largest number of examples in private hands, several of which are unique vintage survivors or modern pieces made specifically for him.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Réf. 2526
Patek Philippe Calatrava Réf. 2526

Named after the image used on the marching banners of the 12th century Calatrava knights, the Calatrava Cross has also been Patek Philippe’s registered trademark since 1887 – a fact that highlights the importance of its namesake model.

Among the 20 Calatravas on display, there are 12 vintage pieces, four modern ones and three that are one-offs.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 570J
Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 570J, Made in 1941, Retailed by E. Gübelin.

Particular stars include: the unique Reference 530A in steel with a black dial; the only known Reference 570J, an unusually large, gold-cased Calatrava with a black dial and indirect centre seconds; and the Reference 570R in pink gold with matching, two-tone rose dial and indirect centre seconds.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 570R
Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 570R, Made in 1943, this one-of-a-kind timepiece is known as a “Heures Penchées Breguet”, referring to its slanted numerals.

Add to that the unique Reference 1504 in steel with black dial and pink gold indexes, and you have what the collector calls ‘The ‘Fantastic Four’ – all truly ‘One-of-A-Kind’ and all with Breguet numerals.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 1504
Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 1504

The Patek Philippe Chronograph Section

The chronograph complication has held a particular fascination for the collector for decades. As a result, the OAK Collection exhibition will feature no fewer than 29 examples, all but six of which are rarest-of-the-rare vintage pieces.

Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 130J
Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 130J

Among these is a unique Reference 130J featuring a yellow gold case, a single-pusher mechanism and a remarkable, two-tone mirror dial in silver marked with a tachymeter scale.

Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 530R
Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 530R

Also exceptional are the 1956 Reference 530R pink gold chronograph double-signed with the name of its original retailer, Gobbi Milano, and the Reference 1436 in yellow gold which combines a split-seconds movement with a medical ‘pulsometer’ scale.

The Graves-Fullerton Patek Philippe Section

The great Henry Graves Junior’s fascination with Patek Philippe watches was passed-down to his grandson, Reginald H. Fullerton, who amassed an exceptional collection of his own.

One of the many unique elements of the OAK Collection exhibition is that it brings together watches owned by both men – five that belonged to Graves and two owned by Fullerton.

The Graves - Patek Philippe ”Tourbillon Observatory Quality” Pocket Watch
The Graves – Patek Philippe ”Tourbillon Observatory Quality” Pocket Watch

Among the former is the truly astonishing ‘observatory quality’, platinum-cased tourbillon pocket watch that was created by Patek Philippe to take part in the Geneva Astronomical Observatory Timing Contest of 1933 – which it won outright, making it one of the world’s most accurate mechanical watches. It will be displayed with its original case and ‘bulletin d’observatoire’ timekeeping certificate.

The Graves - Patek Philippe ”Two-Train Minute Repeating” pocket watch
The Graves – Patek Philippe ”Two-Train Minute Repeating” Pocket Watch

Other blue-chip Graves watches include a gold minute repeater that was especially made for him and which he gifted to his grandson on the occasion of his marriage, and a gold, hunting-cased minute repeater with enamel dial. Three of the Graves watches are engraved with his family crest and celebrated motto ‘Esse Quam Videre’ – to be, rather than to seem.

The two Fullerton watches, meanwhile, comprise a round, officer-cased wrist watch and a cushion-cased, jump hour model, both of which were produced in limited editions to mark Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary in 1989.

The Patek Philippe Nautilus Section

Designed by the late, great Gerald Genta and launched in 1976, the Patek Philippe Nautilus was one of the first luxury sports watches to be made from steel.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 57261A ”One of a Kind”
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 57261A

In recent years, it has come to be more widely recognised as one of the most important of all late-20th century Patek Philippe designs – but the collector realised the significance of the Nautilus long ago, as a result of which the exhibition will include no fewer than 16 examples.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700-004 « Gobbi »
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700-004 « Gobbi »

They include three early, Reference 3700 models in different formats, the only known Nautilus to have been fitted with a ‘special request’ quartz movement and a selection of more recent models featuring chronograph and calendar complications.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Réf. 3700-1
Patek Philippe Nautilus Réf. 3700-1

The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar / Complications Section

Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar and high complication watches are among the firm’s rarest and most difficult to obtain products – so the fact that such pieces make up one of the largest and most comprehensive sections in the OAK Collection exhibition demonstrates just how special it is.

Patek Philippe Reference 1518R 'pink on pink'
Patek Philippe Reference 1518R ‘pink on pink’

Among six vintage, perpetual calendar chronographs, visitors will see the unique Reference 1518R ‘pink on pink’ with pink gold case and pink dial; another reference 1518 that was one of just six made with large, Arabic numerals and the unique, first series Reference 2499J with ‘champagne’ dial.

Patek Philippe Reference 2499J with 'champagne' dial
Patek Philippe Reference 2499J with ‘champagne’ dial

Modern watches in the section, meanwhile, include a spectacular Reference 3970/2J made as a one-off commission in 2019 with a yellow gold case, matching bracelet and champagne dial. Unworn and in ‘new, old stock’ condition, it is complemented by a similarly remarkable reference 3970ER from 2015 which combines a pink gold case with a rose dial set with diamond indexes.

The Patek Philippe Rare Handcrafts Section

Patek Philippe’s mastery of the art of horology extends to the unique and exquisite decoration of its watches through the use of engraving, enamelling, guilloche and even marquetry.

The collector’s appreciation of these enhancements, which serve to add to the unique nature of a particular watch, has moved him to acquire many examples featuring rare handcrafts. Nine such watches are included in the exhibition.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5089G « Escalade »
Patek Philippe Ref. 5089G « Escalade »

One is a very rare Reference 5089G watch dating from 2017 which has an enameled guilloche dial carrying individually applied hour markers in the form of tiny flowers made from yellow gold.

Also exceptional is a hunting-cased Calatrava wrist watch made to mark Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary that features a marquetry dial depicting a traditional sailing barque on Lac Leman.

Other, very special enamelled pieces, meanwhile, include pocket watches, wrist watches and a unique, gilt-brass dome clock decorated with images of hot air balloons in flight.

The Patek Philippe World Time Section

The Patek Phillippe ‘World Time’ wristwatches first developed in collaboration with genius horologist Louis Cottier during the 1930s always appeal to high-end collectors – but they become additionally covetable when they benefit from rare dial variants, such as one of the two vintage ‘Heures Universelles’ models featured in the exhibition.

Patek Philippe World Time Reference 2523J Two Crown
Patek Philippe World Time Reference 2523J Two Crown

The Reference 2523J two-crown World Time is one of just four known examples to feature a dial centre enamelled in polychrome blue – the collector’s favourite colour.

The other vintage piece is a pristine, 1963 example of the exceptionally beautiful Reference 2523, while modern World Time pieces include no fewer than four with dials decorated with polychrome enamel maps.

The New Age Independents & Steel Sports Section

The collector’s wide-ranging appreciation of horological excellence has led him to embrace the world of the contemporary makers who, within the past two decades, have established themselves as modern masters of their craft.

Chief among these are the French watch maker Francois-Paul Journe and the Fin Kari Voutilainen, both of whom have supplied the collector with some of their most exceptional pieces.

FP Journe « Tourbillon Souverain »
FP Journe « Tourbillon Souverain »

The OAK Collection exhibition will give visitors the rare chance to see François-Paul Journe’s famous ‘Ruthenium set’ which comprises a Chronometre a Resonance, an Octa Calendrier, a Tourbillon Souverain, an Octa Chronograph and an Octa Auto.

All date from 2002, a time when the maker’s excellence was only just coming to recognition, and all have movements made from ruthenium-plated brass – making them extremely rare and hugely collectable. Even more remarkably, each watch is in new, old stock condition.

The Voutilainen pieces, meanwhile, comprise five examples, all in equally pristine condition. One is a unique piece acquired by the collector having been donated by Voutilainen to the sixth edition of the Only watch charity auction held in 2015 to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Featuring a unique escapement, it was the first of the maker’s GMT models to be cased in steel.

The Rolex GMT-Master Section

Rolex famously made its GMT-Master time zone watch at the request of Pan-American airlines during preparations for the first passenger-carrying, intercontinental jet aircraft flights by Boeing 707.

Before putting the 707 into full service, Pan-Am asked Rolex to develop a wristwatch that would enable its wearer to tell the time at a glance in both the ‘home’ and ‘destination’ zones – the result being the Reference 6542 GMT-Master with a rotatable bezel calibrated into 24 hours and designed to be used in conjunction with a fourth hand – the 24-hour hand.

Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 « Pussy Galore »
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 « Pussy Galore »

The model was nicknamed the ‘Pussy Galore’ as a result of being worn by Honor Blackman’s aircraft-flying character in the 1964 James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’.

The bezel was made from steel with a Plexiglass insert, one half of which was coloured blue to represent night and the other half red to represent day. It was a simple matter to set the 24-hour hand so that it showed the time at destination time on the bezel, leaving the main hour hand on ‘home’ time.

H743_Rolex GMT Master Ref. 17600 « Pepsi Chuck Yaeger »
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 17600 « Pepsi Chuck Yaeger »

The GMT-Master has become one of the most collectable of all Rolex sports watches – and the OAK Collection exhibition will include no fewer than 11 pristine examples ranging from an early version with Bakelite bezel to highly desirable variations such as the so called ‘Chuck Yeager‘. Regardless of age, however, each one is in pristine, virtually unworn condition.

The Rolex Sports Chronograph Section

Sports chronographs by Rolex are among the most popular and sought after high quality watches ever made. The OAK Collection celebrates their ongoing development and horological significance with a display of 13 examples, eight of which are vintage pieces and five of which are modern.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6262 « Fuerza Aerea del Peru »
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6262 « Fuerza Aerea del Peru »

Among the former, particular highlights include an exceptionally rare 1961 Cosmograph issued to the Fuerza Aerea del Peru, Peru’s combined military and naval group, and a 1966 Cosmograph Daytona which not only features a sought-after ‘Paul Newman’ dial but is made additionally collectable by the fact that it was originally owned by NASA astronaut Walter Cunningham who piloted the Apollo 7 lunar module.

Rolex Ref. 6263 « Oyster Cosmograph Big Red »
Rolex Ref. 6263 « Oyster Cosmograph Big Red »

More modern examples range from a yellow gold Cosmograph Daytona powered by the Rolex modified version of the famous Zenith El Primero automatic movement, to what is almost certainly the best existing example of the original platinum-cased Daytona launched in 2013.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116506
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116506

Indeed, it is believed to be the first example of the model ever to have been sold and was acquired by the collector after being consigned to auction to raise funds for charity. It remains in pristine, unworn condition.

The Rolex Sports Watch Section

This nine-watch selection represents several of the most coveted Rolex sports models made by the firm since the landmark ‘Explorer’ was launched during the 1950s.

By their very nature, Rolex sports watches are notoriously difficult to find in excellent condition, let alone in the pristine, virtually unused form in which they appear in the OAK Collection.

All key vintage models are represented, from the early Explorer to a 1980s Explorer-II (known as the ‘Steve McQueen’) and from a perfect, 1969 Submariner with ultra-desirable red script and ‘tropical’ bezel to a 1972 version originally supplied to the COMEX underwater engineering firm.

The Oak Collection – Quick Facts

  • The oldest watch: The Henry Graves Jr gold, slim, hunter case, minute repeating dress watch. It was made in 1927. With an unique provenance and in mint condition, the present watch is probably one of the best simple minute repeating Patek Philippe watches known to have survived.
  • The newest watch: The Nautilus 5711/1A-014 – the already celebrated green dial version of the Nautilus that was launched in 2021.
  • The largest watch: The largest watch is the Henry Graves tourbillon pocket watch, measuring 48mm in diameter. The largest wrist watches are those in the Nautilus section.
  • The smallest watch: The smallest watch is the platinum Calatrava Reference 96 which has a diameter of just 30.5mm.
  • The most complicated watch: The most complicated watch in the collection is the modern Reference 5208 – it features a minute repeater, perpetual calendar and chronograph indications.
  • The only watch with a quartz movement: The one watch in the collection with a quartz movement is the vintage Nautilus Reference 3800 – the only quartz-powered example of the reference in existence, made upon special request by a doctor to Patek Philippe.

Exhibition details

Venue: The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High St, London, W8 6AG
May 19 – 25, 2022

Note: After the London event, the OAK Collection travelling exhibition will move to the Bahrain National Museum, Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Manama, China and the USA in 2022.

The OAK Collection – Important Timepieces

Owned by a passionate high horology enthusiast, the OAK Collection comprises more than 500 timepieces. In this list, we are showing most prominent pieces.

  1. CARTIER, Tank, made 1980. The first timepiece acquired for the OAK collection.

  2. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 530 A, Made in 1941. A museum-quality and one-of-a-kind timepiece.

  3. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1504 A, made 1941 A one-of-a-kind timepiece.

  4. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 J, made 1946 Only one example is known. Retailed by E.Gübelin.

  5. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 R, made 1946 One of only five known.

  6. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 J, made 1941 A one-of-a-kind timepiece.

  7. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 R, made 1943. This one-of-a-kind timepiece is known as a “Heures Penchées Breguet”, referring to its slanted numerals.

  8. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5196 J, made 2018. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  9. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5196 R, made 2018. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  10. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 96 P, made 1951, Only a few examples are known.

  11. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 96 R, made 1954. A rare example with double signature, retailed by Gobbi, Milan.

  12. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 G, made 1963. Ref. 570 was produced from 1938 to 1972.

  13. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3445 P, made 1964. One of a very limited series made in platinum.

  14. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5296 G-013, made 2011, A limited edition of 15 pieces marking the retailer Somazzi’s 150th anniversary (1860-2011).

  15. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5296 G, made 2008, A limited edition of 25 pieces, retailed by Pisa Orologeria, Milan.

  16. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5296 R – 011, made 2008, A limited edition of 25 pieces, retailed by Pisa Orologeria, Milan.

  17. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5196- P 010, made 2016. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  18. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5296 G-001, made 2007. This “Sector Dial” wristwatch is no longer in production.

  19. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 R – Anti-Magnetic, made 1972, One of only two known.

  20. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 570 J, made 1954. Retailed by Hausmann & Co., this one-of-a-kind timepiece was formerly owned by Andy Warhol.

  21. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2526 R, made 1957. This black enamel timepiece is one of only eight known.

  22. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2526 G, made 1955. A rare edition timepiece.

  23. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2481 R, made 1955. A rare example of the “King Calatrava” watch.

  24. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2510 J, made 1953. One of only three known.

  25. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2511 R, made 1953. A one-of-a-kind timepiece.

  26. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1518 J, made 1943. This timepiece, with enlarged Arabic numerals, is one of only six known examples.

  27. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1518 R, made 1948. This “Pink on Pink” timepiece is one-of-a-kind. The only one with “Gay Frères” bracelet.

  28. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2499 J, made 1952. This first series “Champagne Dial” watch is one-of-a-kind.

  29. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2499 J, made 1960. In new “old stock” condition, this is one of the best known examples of this second series watch.

  30. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2499 R, made 1968. This third series “Special Dial” watch is one-of-a-kind.

  31. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2499/100 J, made 1985. This was the last example of this iconic reference ever produced.

  32. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3970 G, made 1999. This reference was first produced in 1986, and ceased production in 2004. The first complicated timepiece acquired for the OAK Collection.

  33. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3970 R, made 2015. This “Monochrome Pink” specially commissioned timepiece is one-of-a-kind.

  34. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3970 R, made 1993. The design of the Ref. 3970 evolved in 1989, with a new screw-down case back.

  35. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3970/2J, made 2019. This “Monochrome Champagne” specially commissioned timepiece is one-of-a-kind.

  36. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5020 G, made 1994. This is a limited series “TV Screen” watch.

  37. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5970 R, made 2015. This specially commissioned timepiece is one-of-a-kind.

  38. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5270G – 014, made 2013. Ref. 5270 was launched in 2011.

  39. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5270 G – 016, made 2016. This specially commissioned timepiece is one-of-a-kind.

  40. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5970P – 001, made 2009. Ref. 5970 was launched in 2004 as the successor to the Ref. 3970.

  41. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5970G – 001, made 2011. Patek Philippe ended the production of Ref. 5970 in 2011.

  42. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5320A – 010, made 2021. This specially commissioned timepiece is one-of-a-kind. The only one made in steel.

  43. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5213G – 010 G, made 2013. The limited series Ref. 5213 was produced from 2012 – 2016.

  44. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5270G – 001, made 2011. A first generation version without tachometer scale.

  45. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5004A – 001, made 2012. This steel version was made in a limited edition of 60 pieces.

  46. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5004P – 027, made 1998. The Ref. 5004 was launched in 1994 and ceased production in 2010.

  47. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5204P – 001, made 2013. The Ref. 5204 was launched in 2012.

  48. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5951P – 001, made 2011. The Ref. 5951 was launched in 2010.

  49. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5208P – 001, made 2015. Patek Philippe’s first “Advanced Research Grande Complication” watch.

  50. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1579 J ,made 1948. The Ref. 1579 was introduced in 1943 and ceased production in about 1964.

  51. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1579 R, made 1948. Only 65 examples in pink gold are known to have survived.

  52. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1579 A, made 1950. One of only five made. In new “old stock” condition.

  53. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5213G-010, made 1946. One of only three made from the First Series, this example has a unique dial. “Grand Complications Collection” with minute repeater.

  54. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1579 R, made 1955. A one-of-a-kind example, retailed by Gobbi, Milan.

  55. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1579 R, made 1946. This example is referred to as a “Monochrome Pink”.

  56. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 130 J, made 1936. This is the only known example of a “Mono-pusher Sector Dial” timepiece.

  57. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 530 J, made 1945. One of only ten known examples.

  58. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 530 J, made 1949. This is the only known of example.

  59. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 530 R, made 1955. In terms of quality, rarity and provenance, this one-of-a-kind timepiece represents the holy grail for collectors. It was retailed by Gobbi, Milan.

  60. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 130 A, made 1941. This very specific dial configuration is one of only 12 known.

  61. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 130 J, made 1947. The Reference 130 is Patek Philippe’s first serially produced chronograph wristwatch.

  62. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 130 R, made 1940. Retailed by Hausmann & Co., this “Pink Sector Dial” watch is one-of-a-kind.

  63. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 533 R, made 1939. With a black dial and pulsometer scale, this watch is one of only five known examples.

  64. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1506 R, made 1942. This pink gold example is one of only four known.

  65. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 591 R, made 1942. This is one of only twelve known examples of this reference.

  66. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1436 J, made 1950. From 1938 to 1971, only 140 pieces of this reference were produced, and even fewer with a black dial.

  67. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1463 J, made 1947. This reference, introduced in 1940, is now referred to as a “Tasta Tondi” watch.

  68. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1436 J, made 1960. The present example is one of only three known.

  69. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5950A – 001, made 2011. This “turtle” shape was inspired by 1930s watch design.

  70. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5370P – 001, made 2016. Launched in 2015, this reference was inspired by the famous Ref. 1436.

  71. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5170G – 010, made 2015. The design of this reference was inspired by pieces from the 1940s and 1950s.

  72. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5170P – 011, made 2019. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  73. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5070J – 001, made 2002. The Ref. 5070, launched in 1998, was the largest chronograph at the time.

  74. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5070 G, made 2005. This upgraded white gold version of the Ref. 5070, was first produced in 2001.

  75. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5070 G – 014, made 2018. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  76. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5070 P-013, made 2016. This specially commissioned piece is one-of-a-kind.

  77. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5131 J- 001, made 2012. The enamel cloisonné dial shows the Americas, Europe and Africa.

  78. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5131G – 001 / 175, made 2015. This model was made especially for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  79. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5131 R- 001, made 2015. The enamel cloisonné dial shows Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

  80. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2523 J, made 1953. This is one of only three known examples. In new “old stock” condition.

  81. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 605 HU, made 1948. This is one of only four known examples.

  82. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 605 HU, made 1944. The Henry Graves, Jr. coat of arms was engraved subsequently.

  83. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2523/1 J, made 1963. Only fifteen yellow gold examples of the Ref. 2523/1 were produced. This is one of only five with this dial.

  84. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5131G – 001, made 2012. The enamel cloisonné dial shows Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

  85. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5575G – 001, made 2014. This model was especially made for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  86. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5131/1 P, made 2017. The enamel cloisonné dial shows the perspective from the North Pole.

  87. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 982/140G-001, made 2013. This “Geisha” watch is one-of-a-kind.

  88. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 1636 M, made 2015. This “Early Hot-Air Balloons” dome clock is one-of-a-kind.

  89. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 013, made 2015. This model was made especially for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  90. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 014, made 2015. This model was made especially for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  91. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 018, made 2015. This model was made especially for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  92. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 031, made 2015. This timepiece is from the Rare Handcrafts limited edition collection.

  93. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 021, made 2015. This model was made especially for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  94. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G – 073, made 2018. This timepiece is from the Rare Handcrafts limited edition collection.

  95. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5089G-079, made 2019. This timepiece is from the Rare Handcrafts limited edition collection.

  96. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2481 J, made 1954. This is a one-of-a-kind timepiece, only three identified.

  97. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2481 J, made 1955. This is a one-of-a-kind timepiece, only one identified.

  98. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 2482 J, made 1955. This is one of only twelve known examples. All dials are different.

  99. PATEK PHILIPPE, made 1925. This silver, open-face, extra quality chronometer with 36-hour power reserve indication, won third place at the Geneva Observatory Timing Contest 1925-1926. Provenance: Henry Graves, Jr., Gwendolen Fullerton, Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.

  100. PATEK PHILIPPE, encased 1926 with a movement dated 1914. An 18 K gold open-face First Prize Observatory chronometer pocket watch, made for Henry Graves, Jr. and engraved with his crest. Provenance: Henry Graves, Jr., Gwendolen Fullerton, Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.

  101. PATEK PHILIPPE, made 1932. A historically important, unique, platinum open face, one-minute tourbillon chronometer watch with Guillaume Balance, original fitted wood presentation box and “Bulletin d’Observatoire”. Provenance: until 1989, Henry Graves, Jr. Collection. In the same collection since 1989, when sold at the auction “The Art of Patek Philippe”.

  102. PATEK PHILIPPE, movement, 1912, sold 1926. A rare and early open-face, 18K gold pocket watch, with twotrain trip minute-repeating. Made especially for Henry Graves, Jr. and given to Reginald H. Fullerton on the occasion of his marriage to Gwendolen Graves. Provenance: Henry Graves, Jr., Gwendolen Fullerton, Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.

  103. PATEK PHILIPPE, movement, 1910, encased 1927. A rare, slim, gold hunter case, minute-repeating dress watch made especially for Henry Graves, Jr. Provenance: Henry Graves, Jr., Gwendolen Fullerton, Reginald H. Fullerton, Jr.

  104. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3700/1A, made 1978. This reference from the first generation “Nautilus” was inspired by Gerald Genta’s 1976 design.

  105. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3700/1A, made 1979- A unique and complete set with original fitted box and documents.

  106. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3700/11A, made 1982. This rare second generation example is one of only 1200 pieces produced.

  107. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3700/ 004 J, made 1980. Retailed by Gobbi, Milan, this is a unique and complete set with original box and documents.

  108. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 3711G-001, made 2004. Around sixty pieces are thought to have been made.

  109. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5711/1R, made 2016. Ref. 5711 / 1 R was presented for the first time at Baselworld in 2015.

  110. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5711/1P-001, made 2016. This limited edition timepiece was made especially for the 40th anniversary of the “Nautilus” model.

  111. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5711/1A-014, made 2021. Although Ref. 5711 ceased production in 2021, a limited number of “Green Dial” editions were made for serious collectors.

  112. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5980/1A-001, made 2010. This timepiece is known as the “Bull’s Eye”, referring to the appearance of the subsidiary dial.

  113. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5980R-001, made 2010. This model was introduced in steel in 2006, and in pink gold in 2010.

  114. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5726/1A-012, made 2016. A specially commissioned one-of-a-kind piece.

  115. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5726/1A-001, made 2019. A rare version with a white dial, annual calendar and moon phases.

  116. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5990/1A-001, made 2015. The first “Nautilus” model with travel time was introduced in 2014.

  117. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5990/1R-001, made 2021. This model was launched in 2021 at Watches & Wonders.

  118. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5976/1G-001, made 2016. This limited edition timepiece was made especially for the 40th anniversary of the “Nautilus” model.

  119. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5740/1G-001, made 2019. The first “Nautilus” model with perpetual calendar and moon phases, was introduced in 2018.

  120. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 96 J, made 1953. This model has an unusual yellow gold bracelet stamped “Gay Frères”.

  121. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5975G-001, made 2015. This chronograph was especially made for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  122. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5975 P-001, made 2014. This chronograph was especially made for the 175th anniversary of Patek Philippe.

  123. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5712G – 001, made 2010. The model is an early version with the Geneva seal stamped on the movement.

  124. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 5711 /1300 A – 001, made 2021. Named “Green Dial”, this particularly rare variation with a diamond-set bezel, is for the most serious collectors.

  125. PATEK PHILIPPE, Ref. 96 A, made 1943. Named “Breguet Numerals”, after its unusual applied indexes on the dial.

  126. ROLEX, Ref. 6542, GMT Master, made 1959. Known as “Pussy Galore” in reference to the character from the James Bond film Goldfinger, who wore the same model.

  127. ROLEX, Ref. 1675, GMT Master, made 1972. Referred to as “Blueberry”, due to the colours on the bezel.

  128. ROLEX, Ref. 1675, GMT Master, made 1979. Referred to as “Pepsi”, because the colours used on the bezel are the same as those used in the drink brand’s advertising.

  129. ROLEX, Ref. 16750, GMT Master, made 1983. This transitional model was produced for only seven years, between 1981 and 1988.

  130. ROLEX, Ref. 16750, GMT Master, made 1985. Referred to as “Spider”, due to the spider web-like cracks on the black lacquered dial.

  131. ROLEX, Ref. 16710, GMT Master II, made 1989. Known as “Coke”, because of the drink brand’s colours used on the bezel.

  132. ROLEX, Ref. 16700, GMT Master, made 1997. This model was produced for a decade until it was discontinued in 1999.

  133. ROLEX, Ref. 16700, GMT Master, made 1997. One of only 50 pieces made, this “Chuck Yaeger” watch is named after US Army General Charles Elwood Chuck Yaeger, the first man to break the sound barrier in 1947.

  134. ROLEX, Ref. 16710, GMT Master II, made 2002. “Pepsi” variant from the generation of GMT Master II, produced between 1989 and 2007.

  135. ROLEX, Ref. 1665, Sea-Dweller “Double Red”,made 1967. The Sea-Dweller model set a new standard for depth rating, at 2000 feet (610 meters). It was the first watch to feature a helium escape valve.

  136. ROLEX, Ref. 1680, Submariner “Red Tropical”, made 1969. Known as “Red Tropical”, this example has a uniform aged brown patina on the dial and bezel.

  137. ROLEX, Ref. 1680, Submariner “Red”, made 1970. The “meter’s first” depth rating inscription on this dial is unusual.

  138. ROLEX, Ref. 5513, Submariner, made 1970. A matt black “meter’s first” dial Submariner watch.

  139. ROLEX, Ref. 5513, Submariner, made 1972. This watch was made in collaboration with specialist deepsea diving company COMEX (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises), who are based in Marseille, France.

  140. ROLEX, Ref. 1680, Submariner “Red”, made 1973. A rare and complete set with original box and documents.

  141. ROLEX, Ref. 1016, Explorer, made 1974. Launched in 1953, this model was made in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, who was wearing a Rolex when he became the first man to climb Mount Everest.

  142. ROLEX, Ref. 1655, Explorer II, made 1983. Produced from 1971 – 1985, this model is known as “Freccione”, Italian for arrow, in reference to the orange arrow-shaped 24-hour hand.

  143. ROLEX, Ref. 16800, Submariner, made 1983. Known as “transitional sub” with a matt dial, this model was in production from 1978 to 1988.

  144. ROLEX, Ref. 16610 LV, Submariner, made 2005. This timepiece was made especially for the 50th anniversary of the Submariner model.

  145. ROLEX, Ref. 3525, “Palmiro Togliatti al Dott. P. Biocca Riconoscente 14-7-48”, made 1945. Italian politician, Palmiro Togliatti, Secretary of the Communist Party, gave this watch to Doctor Biocca as a token of gratitude for saving his life. It is now known as “Monoblocco Togliatti”.

  146. ROLEX, Ref. 4500, “Anti- Magnetic”, made 1946 Launched in the 1940’s, this model was available in yellow gold, pink gold and stainless steel.

  147. Rolex, Ref. 6034, “Anti-Magnetic”, made 1951. Examples of this timepiece cased in gold, 14K or 18K, are exceedingly rare.

  148. ROLEX, Ref. 6036, “Jean- Claude Killy”, made 1951. Named “Jean-Claude Killy” after the model was presented to the French Olympic skiing champion.

  149. ROLEX, Ref. 6239, Cosmograph Daytona, made 1966. This “NASA” watch is one-of-a-kind, and formerly belonged to astronaut Walter Cunningham.

  150. ROLEX, Ref. 6239, Cosmograph Daytona, made 1969. Named the “Paul Newman” dial, because the American actor was seen wearing the watch on an Italian poster. The timepiece was officially named “Exotic Dial” by Rolex.

  151. ROLEX, Ref. 6262, Cosmograph Daytona made for the Peruvian Air Force, made 1971. This model made especially for military purpose is engraved on the case back “Fuerza Aerea Del Perù”.

  152. ROLEX, Ref. 6262, Cosmograph Daytona, made 1971. This model was produced for a short period between 1970 and 1971, and is a rare Daytona example, fitted with a “Paul Newman” dial.

  153. ROLEX, Ref. 6263, Cosmograph Daytona, made 1976. This model, with screw-down pushers, is one of the longest running in Rolex’s history. It was produced from 1971 to 1988.

  154. ROLEX, Ref. 116506, Cosmograph Daytona, made 2013. This one-of-a-kind watch, the first of this model to be produced in platinum, was made especially for the Rolex Daytona thematic auction in 2013.

  155. F.P. JOURNE, Limited Edition “Ruthenium Set”, made 2002 Made by watchmaker François-Paul Journe, this platinum model is named “Chronomètre à Résonance”. This example is number five of a limited edition of 99.

  156. F.P. JOURNE, Limited Edition “Ruthenium Set”, made 2002. One of a limited edition of 99, this platinum model “Octa Calendrier” was made by watchmaker François-Paul Journe.

  157. F.P. JOURNE, Limited Edition “Ruthenium Set”, made 2002. This platinum model known as “Octa Auto” is number five of a limited edition of 99, made by watchmaker François-Paul Journe.

  158. F.P. Journe, Limited Edition “Ruthenium Set”, made 2002. This platinum model “Octa Chronograph” was made by watchmaker François-Paul Journe. This is number five of a limited edition of 99.

  159. F.P. JOURNE, Limited Edition “Ruthenium Set”, made 2002. Made by watchmaker François-Paul Journe, this platinum model is named “Tourbillon Souverain”. This example is number five of a limited edition of 99.

  160. VOUTILAINEN, Model“Vingt-8”, made 2013. This model, made by Kari Voutilainen, features a special direct impulse escapement.

  161. VOUTILAINEN, Model “GMT-6”, made 2015. A unique steel piece made for the charity auction “Only Watch” in 2015.

  162. VOUTILAINEN, Model“Vingt-8”, made 2019. This unique steel piece with an enamel dial is one-of-a-kind.

  163. VOUTILAINEN, Model “Vingt-8SC”, N° 3/10, made 2021. This titanium variation features a red dial and centre seconds.

  164. VOUTILAINEN, Model“Vingt-8”, made 2021. This white gold timepiece features a silvered dial with subsidiary seconds and minute track.

  165. VOUTILAINEN, Model “Vingt-8” No. 3/ 10, made 2020. This limited edition model is made from tantalum and features a skeleton dial.

  166. VOUTILAINEN, Model “Vingt-8 Sport” No. 1 / 8, made 2020. Named “Sport”, this steel timepiece with an onyx dial is the first in a limited edition.

  167. AKRIVIA, Ref. AK 06, made 2021. This model with power reserve indicator is one-of-a-kind.

  168. AKRIVIA, Ref. AK 01, made 2021. This tourbillon single button chronograph is one-of-a-kind.

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Longines Elegant Collection

The new generation timepieces from Longines’ Elegant Collection spotlight stripped down design and innovative materials.

Offering a subtle balance between their conspicuously simple aesthetic and their high-tech movement, these automatic wristwatches are also available with a strap in vegetable material, a first for the winged-hourglass brand.

Longines Elegant Collection

The modern elegance of these new watches is also combined with straps in vegetable material, a first for Longines, in taupe or black. As a responsible alternative, the exterior of the loop is composed of a new innovative material made from recycled apple waste. The interior is made of recycled corn rubber.

Innovative and long-lasting, this vegetable material has the same qualities as leather with respect to how it feels to the touch, how comfortable it is to wear and how good it looks, and also offers a similar lifespan.

Longines Elegant Collection

These new watches can also be worn on a stainless steel bracelet. There is also a bicolour version with case and bracelet combining steel and rose gold plate.

Available in 34.50 mm and 39.00 mm diameters, The Longines Elegant Collection offers a selection of dials: matt white with painted Roman numerals, brushed silver with diamond hour markers or white mother-of-pearl with diamond hour markers.

Longines Elegant Collection

Effortlessly combining genres, The Longines Elegant Collection celebrates pure minimalist elegance while still honouring the Longines watchmaking tradition.

These new pieces in The Longines Elegant Collection offer a clever contrast between their stripped-down aesthetic and the new-generation movement that drives them. Longines has completely rethought this collection that pays tribute to the elegance that is the brand’s DNA.

Longines Elegant Collection 2022

The Roman numerals and all the other elements that compose the dial have been completely redesigned to offer a pure, contemporary design.

Longines Elegant Collection

Even the movement that drives these new pieces has been pressed into the service of this minimalist style. Its large distance between centres enables the counter of the seconds subdial to be shifted away from the central axis, further accentuating the harmony and character of the new Longines Elegant watches.

Longines Elegant Collection

The self-winding mechanical calibre (L891.5) developed exclusively for Longines is fitted with a balance-spring made of silicon, a lightweight material resistant to corrosion, ordinary temperature fluctuations and magnetic fields, making possible the offer of a 5-year warranty on all the pieces in The Longines Elegant Collection.

Technical details

Reference Numbers
L4.312.4.11.0/2/6
L4.312.4.77/87.6
L4.312.5.11/77/87.7
L4.812.4.11.0/2/6
L4.812.4.77.0/6

Movement
Calibre L891.5 (ETA A31.511)
Mechanical self-winding movement
11 ½ lines, 26 jewels, 25’200 vibrations per hour
With silicon balance-spring
Power reserve of approximately 72 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, date, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Cases
34.50 mm, 9.75 mm thickness
– Round, stainless steel, stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold cap
39 mm, 9.75 mm thickness
– Round, stainless steel
Sapphire glass with multi-layered anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dials
White matt, painted Arabic numerals
Striped silver, 13 diamond indexes 0.032 carat, Top Wesselton IF-VVS
White mother-of-pearl, 13 diamond indexes 0.032 carat, Top Wesselton IF-VVS

Hands
Silvered polished
Rose gold color

Straps / Bracelets
Black vegetable material strap
Taupe vegetable material strap
Stainless steel bracelet, triple safety folding clasp and push piece opening mechanism
Stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold cap bracelet, triple safety folding clasp and push piece opening mechanism