Rolex’s Big Basel Reveal – The Sky Dweller Watch – First New Movement in 25 Years!

Rolex has created a new movement masterpiece – its first completely new movement in 25 years.

The Sky Dweller, and as the name implies, it is a watch for the traveler with a second time zone feature and annual calendar. The big news is that the watch is set not only with the crown but also by rotating the bezel. The 24-hour second time zone is a rotating disc just below the dial. It also boasts an annual calendar with the months displayed next to the corresponding numeral on the dial. And all done in the classic Rolex Oyster look.

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The Sky Dweller in White gold – note the 24 hour disc

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The Everose version on an elegant brown leather strap

The watch comes in three variations: White gold on bracelet, yellow gold on bracelet, and Rolex’s patented “Everose” with a brown leather strap. This is sure to become a pillar of the Rolex family and great piece for collectors. The first pieces are expected to be available in October.

Aah Summer – The IWC Portofino Eight Days Watch

With the start of summer and vacations, it is a good time to consider a manual wound watch. The IWC Portofino Eight Days, introduced at SIHH 2011, allows you to wind your watch only once a week. The watch will go for a full eight days keeping perfect time without needing another wind, so you can “forget” about it and relax. The watch features IWC’s calibre 59210 movement, with a power reserve indicator on the dial. The watch also features a large date and a second hand sub dial.

The power reserve indicator is much like the gas gauge in a car. When the watch is fully wound, the indicator hand is in the “full” position, in this case indicated by the number 8. While the watch’s power reduces, the indicator hand slowly moves towards “empty.”

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Seaside Charm: Portofino

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The IWC Portofino Eight Days Watch

The Portofino Eight Days also features a date indicator at 3 o’clock and a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, and the design allows the wearer to read everything at a glance. IWC has had huge success with its Portofino line, and deservedly so. Portofino watches are know for clean design and ease of readability, and of course accuracy.

The town of Portofino sits on the Ligurian coast if Italy, with wonderful cafes, charming architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. It is easy to see how this picturesque town first inspired the IWC Portofino line over fifty years ago.

Van Cleef and Arpels Midnight in Paris Poetic Complication Watch for Stargazers and Space Cowboys

Van Cleef & Arpels, legendary jewelry makers, also produce exquisitely unique watch complications. Far from the more “standard” fare of chronographs, dual time zones, and alarms, Van Cleef excels in the area of aptly-named  “poetic complications.”

The Midnight in Paris watch displays the night sky over Paris and the dial rotates once over the course of 365 days, exactly matching the shifting of the stars over a one year period. The stars are depicted as gold dots, and as the disc rotates ever so slowly they are revealed in the circle aperture on the lower portion of the dial. The opaque area masks stars that are out of range on any particular date.

For centuries, the heavens have inspired artists and craftsmen. Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a wonderful depiction of France’s night sky. The painted ceiling of the Main Concourse in New York’s Grand Central Station is an astrological mural of the constellations in gold against a rich green background.

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The back of the Midnight in Paris Watch - Note the Calendar and Meteorite

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A section of the Ceiling Mural in Grand Central Station, New York

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The Constellation Watch in 18K Rose Gold with its Exquisite Map of the Stars over Paris

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Van Gogh's "Starry Night Over the Rhone" Actually Depicts Arles and Hangs in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris

Another great feature of the watch is that is has an officer style back: the cover hinges open to reveal a calendar that is rimmed in a disc of genuine meteorite. The calendar enables the owner to set the watch to the accurate date. The movement is a manual wind mechanical with a 40 hour power reserve.

Perrelet’s Mesmerizing Turbine XL Double Rotor Lifts off Without Leaving The Ground

Perrelet has recently released an XL version of its Turbine model. This extra large (50MM) piece is fascinating to wear with its unique turbine rotor movement. In fact the watch boasts two rotors, with the top one sculpted to duplicate the look of an airplane turbine engine. Each movement of the wrist puts the turbine in motion, and it is fascinating to watch. The movement is especially enhanced with a colored dial beneath it, but the watch is also available in black on black or limited edition rose gold and black.

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A Boeing Engineer Inspects a Jet Engine

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The Perrelet Turbine XL Automatic Watch

Watchmaking and aviation have enjoyed a long history together. Watchmakers have created many useful complications including GMT functions to aide pilots in navigation. On Boeing’s 777 jet, the two  Rolls Royce  jet engines provide up to 70,000 pounds of thrust.  This Perrellet, however, gives the wearer only a suggestion of a jet engine’s power, perhaps just enough to get through a dull business meeting or an extra five minutes on the treadmill.

Tickling The Ivories with Audemars Piguet’s Quincy Jones Millinery Watch

With its signature Millinary dial engraved to resemble piano keys, Audemars Piguet has created a limited edition watch in honor of the great musician Quincy Jones. The watch, a series of 500, celebrates the work of one of music’s legends. Mr. Jones started out as a trumpet player and jazz musician, and his influence on the music scene has included producing Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, and the We Are The World song in 1985. Quincy Jones developed the Quincy Jones Foundation, which works to promote dignity, health and well-being in children. In partnership with Audemars Piguet, Project Q was developed to raise awareness of the importance of self-expression and well-being in children. Each year a Project Q prize is awarded to an individual or group who have been instrumental in helping children reach their full potential.

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Quincy Jones collaborated with Michael Jackson on many projects, most notably the Thriller album

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The Quincy Jones watch - note the piano key design on the dial

But the watch is not just another pretty face. It features the calibre 3120 automatic movement fully manufactured by Audemars with a power reserve of 60 hours. The case is made of blackened steel, which further highlights the piano key dial. The back is engraved with Mr. Jones’ signature. This watch is a prime example of artistic and mechanical excellence coming together to support a great cause. Its unique design also makes it a favorite among collectors.

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