Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

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We're all familiar with skeleton watches, but this Richard Mille tourbillon timepiece is more accurately described as a skull watch, hence its name: the Tourbillon RM 052 Skull. The watch, which made its debut at  SIHH 2012, was released in a limited edition of 21 pieces — 15 in titanium and six unique pieces set in rose or white gold. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: New Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Watches (Updated with Live Photos and Prices)

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Roger Dubuis has declared 2015 to be "The Year of the Skeleton," unveiling a slew of new skeletonized watches from its flagship Excalibur collection at SIHH 2015. Here's more on two of them, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton and Excalibur Spider Flying Tourbillon. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur

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At SIHH in Geneva, Richard Mille introduced its new luxury ladies' watch, the RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur. The watch combines a flying tourbillon mechanism with a distinctive automaton feature – all in a characteristically Richard Mille case. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton (Updated with Live Photo)

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At its SIHH 2015 presentation, Cartier introduced a new version of its Astrotourbillon concept: the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton. The watch lays bare the workings of its unusual rotating tourbillon mechanism, suspending it in in the skeletonized movement. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon (Updated with Live Photos and Price)

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Cartier has introduced more than 100 new watch references at SIHH 2015. One of the most interesting is the Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon, a watch whose unconventional flying tourbillon is displayed on a minimalist, sunburst-guilloché dial with an off-center hours and minutes display. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon Launches at SIHH 2015

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The SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, based in Geneva) starts today, and we here at Monochrome Watches are covering it along with our colleagues from WatchTime.com. After revealing a very special edition of its Master Calendar, with a meteorite dial, Jaeger-LeCoultre now unveils a masterpiece. Not only is this watch absolutely beautiful to look at, but it also comes with a very  complicated movement boasting a bi-axial Sphérotourbillon, now with an added moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]


Sponsored: New Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches Pay Tribute to Astronomy at SIHH 2015

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"Captivating" is a word that aptly describes the night sky over the Vallée de Joux, this secret hollow nestling in the Swiss Jura that gave birth to the Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre. Very few lights disturb its luminous beauty that remains imperturbably serene, softly enveloping those who take the time to observe it, accepting to reveal its secrets to them. The sky harbors the origins of time, while the sun, moon and stars are the keys that enabled humankind to tame this impalpable phenomenon. They … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

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I was drawn to the unusual dial of the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time. However, beneath the attractive face of this watch is a profoundly impressive specification which demonstrates this watch company’s incredible ability to innovate. In this article from my online magazine Escapement, I discuss the timepiece in detail.  … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s 6 Most Underestimated Watch Manufacturers of 2014

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Some watch brands get all the credit, while others deserve more than they get. This six-pack – Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Nomos and Tissot – does a great job. All six are extremely innovative and have a huge range of in-house-manufactured calibers. But the greater public of watch collectors and aficionados may not realize all that these brands are doing. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I discuss the unsung strengths of these six watch brands. … [Read more...]


4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches That Debuted at The Moscow Boutique

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Vacheron Constantin in 2014 opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand's tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron introduced black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Essentials: Reviewing the Richard Mille RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone

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What’s so special about a Richard Mille watch? We all know about the exclusivity (less than 3,000 pieces per year), the impeccable quality, and the celebrity ambassadors. But there are many more features that added up to the success of this highly exclusive watch brand: exclusive materials, astonishing finishing, distinctive complications, innovations and a unique feeling that creates a desirable object. In order to understand what Richard Mille is all about, the Monochrome Watches team … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 5 Most Popular Watches on Instagram

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Did you know that WatchTime has an Instagram page, in which we regularly post a plethora of watch images, from "soldier' shots provided by the brands to original photography by WatchTime's own expert photojournalists to live "wristies" snapped at watch fairs and events? Here are, currently, the top five most "liked" Instagram photos on our page... … [Read more...]


Monochrome Essentials: A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” in White Gold

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The Richard Lange Collection by A. Lange & Söhne represents some of the German brand's most complicated watches from the brand. Some great examples from that collection include the recently introduced Langematik Perpetual and the Datograph Up/Down, which we recently reviewed on Monochrome Watches. But when you add the words "Pour le Mérite" to the equation, you have quite an explosive horological cocktail indeed. … [Read more...]


6 Panerai Watches That Recently Debuted in Hong Kong

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Panerai has announced six new watches last year in Hong Kong, two of which are part of an exciting Special Edition set. The new models, introduced at the Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair, range from a simple automatic with a new movement to a tourbillion GMT. We have all the prices. Let’s take a look.   … [Read more...]


Watches at Wimbledon: Who Wears What

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As many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the Wimbledon tournament's biggest stars are also "brand ambassadors" for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men's and ladies' Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don't know yet, but here's a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces. … [Read more...]


Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna

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November 3, 2014, would have been Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday. On that date in 2010, on the occasion of the Interlagos Grand Prix in Brazil, Senna's sister Viviane, along with the Instituto Ayrton Senna and Hublot, united the Formula 1 family along with Senna's friends and loved ones to commemorate his 50th birthday, which featured the premiere of the award-winning documentary film Senna as well as the debut of this timepiece, created by Hublot in support of Instituto Ayrton Senna. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 10 Watches From 2014 With That “Certain Something”

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Some watches simply "have it" and some do not. These 10 timepieces, to me, have that certain something that sets them apart. Scroll down to see my choices. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 12 Skeleton Watches

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Growing fascination with the inner workings of mechanical watches has sparked a boom in skeletonized looks. Scroll down to download wallpaper images of skeleton watches from Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and many other skeletonized watches from 12 luxury brands, to decorate your desktop. … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


A Look Back: The 3 Biggest Surprises at SIHH 2014

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I know, I know, you are supposed to expect the unexpected. Even so, I did not expect what Baume & Mercier, Greubel Forsey and Cartier unveiled at this year's watch fair in Geneva. Here is a look back at the three biggest surprises of SIHH 2014 - as we're all looking forward to the surprises that SIHH 2015 might offer next January. … [Read more...]