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Aston Martin x Girard Perregaux Collab on $146,000 Limited Edition Tourbillon Watch

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Luxury automaker Aston Martin and Swiss Girard-Perregaux have collaborated for the first time to create the limited edition Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges “Aston Martin” watch.

Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced Swiss watch brand Girard-Perregaux as its Official Watch Partner and to celebrate have revealed the limited edition Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges “Aston Martin Edition” as their first collaboration timepiece.

“We are delighted to partner with Aston Martin, entrusting their team with arguably our most iconic timepiece, delivering a fresh perspective on Haute Horlogerie,” says Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux. “Rarely do we work with others to reinterpret the Three Bridges, however, on this occasion, we have made an exception, mindful of Aston Martin’s prowess for design.”

The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges "Aston Martin" Edition. AM/GP
The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges “Aston Martin” Edition. AM/GP

“When viewing the design of an Aston Martin, you will note the firm’s distinctive front grille, first seen on the DB Mark III of the late 50s. Likewise, the scoops and side strakes found on the company’s modern-day models are functional elements, intended to improve airflow while enriching the overall appearance of each car.”

A modern take on Girard-Perregaux's iconic Three Bridges design dating back to 1867. Credit: AM
A modern take on Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Three Bridges design dating back to 1867. Credit: AM

“At Girard-Perregaux we share a similar philosophy. For example, when the Maison released the now-legendary Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges in 1867, it transformed three functional elements into attractive aesthetic features and demonstrated an approach that we continue to employ today. Finally, this latest partnership provides a fascinating chapter in Girard-Perregaux’s 230-year history.”

This latest model reimagines Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a new way and features a 44mm case made of Grade 5 titanium, selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties, suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) for a blacked-out look.

Owners will have the choice between two different strap designs. Credit: AM/GP
Owners will have the choice between two different strap designs. Credit: AM/GP

Appearing to float in mid-air, Girard-Perregaux’s iconic three bridges made of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment span the dial and offer unhindered views of movement pieces that are usually hidden.

The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped,’ a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century, while a blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring only 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams and helps mitigate energy consumption.

Open-worked design allows the wearer to see all moving parts of the watch. Credit: AM/GP
Open-worked design allows the wearer to see all moving parts of the watch. Credit: AM/GP

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is open-worked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energizes the mainspring, and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement.

The words “Aston Martin” appear on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and are filled with white luminescent material, which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light.

‘The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine,” shared Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer.

Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition Lifestyle
“Good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same”. Credit: AM

“We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty.”

The Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges “Aston Martin” Edition is priced at US$146,000 and limited to 18 pieces worldwide.

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IWC Unveils New Portofino 39 Chronograph Trio

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The IWC Shaffhausen Portofino family has expanded with the addition of the new 39 Chronograph edition in three new colors.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Watch Trio
The new IWC Portofino 39 Chronograph watch trio. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

For over 30 years, IWC’s classic Portofino Collection has represented the laid-back lifestyle of the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its classic round case and uncluttered dial of the “pocket-watch-style wristwatch.”

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph White Detail
Silvered dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

Now IWC Shaffhausen has released the Portofino as a 39mm chronograph edition with three new colors: a silver-plated dial with gold hands and markers on a black alligator strap, a green dial with a green alligator strap and a black dial, and gold hands/markers on a brown alligator strap.

Enclosed in a polished stainless steel 39mm case, the Portofino 39 features an elegantly clean dial with delicate leaf-shaped hands and two smaller chronograph sub-dials displaying a 30 minute counter and a seconds subdial.

Along with the chronograph stopwatch functions, the Portofino 39s hacking seconds function also gives the wearer the ability to stop the second’s hand when the crown is pulled out to help synchronize time with a second watch.

Powering the Portofino 39 Chronograph is IWC’s 79350 self-winding movement (based on the modified Valjoux 7750) which offers a 44-hour power reserve.

The all-new IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Collection is currently available online with prices starting at $5,900.

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Black dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Brown Strap

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Hublot Makes a Splash With New Big Bang Unico Summer

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Hublot is making a splash with the new turquoise New Big Bang Unico Summer edition available in select Mediterranean retail stores this Summer.
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The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer edition limited to 200 pieces. Credit: Hublot

Hublot is celebrating the warmer weather with the creation of a new turquoise-colored unisex Big Bang Unico Summer edition.

Made with a 42mm aluminum case, the lightweight Big Bang Summer uses anodized satin-finished and polished aluminum to create a modern colored material that guarantees longevity and protects it from scratches.

The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot
The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot

Powered by the UNICO caliber HUB1280 offering a 72-hour power reserve, the new Big Bang Unico Summer features an oscillating seconds clutch, a chronograph friction system with ball-bearing adjustment, and a column wheel that is visible through the dial.

Equipped with Hublot’s patented interchangeable “One Click” attachment system, the Big Bang Unico Summer comes with two turquoise-colored straps: a Velcro strap with matching stitching and matching sports buckle and a natural rubber strap with deployant clasp made with turquoise anodized aluminum with an engraved logo.

Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot
Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot

Sharing on the inspiration for the new Big Bang Unico Summer, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe says, “What I love most when traveling is the amazement of the return, wrote Stendhal. This enchantment of the journey that we bring back with us transforms us a little, for the better… And even if daily life has not really changed on our return, our eyes being open to other horizons is enough to lend it new colour.”

“Right from its beginnings, Hublot has adopted a future-focused approach to watchmaking, sparking trends through the many patents it has filed for its innovations. The Big Bang Unico Summer embodies the beauty of our summer experiences. We wanted to give you another shade for this year, to let you relive these magic moments any time you want.”

Priced at US$20,900, the new unisex Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer is limited to 200 pieces and will be available online at hublot.com and in the Mediterranean boutiques in Capri, Forte dei Marmi, Mykonos, Ibiza, Bodrum, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco.

Hublot Big Bang Summer 441 UB 5120 Front

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H. Moser $110,000 Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Revealed

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H. Moser & Cie introduces the $100,000 Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue as the latest limited edition Heritage Collection timepiece.
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The limited edition H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

The new H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel timepiece joins the Heritage Centre Seconds and Heritage Tourbillon as the third watch in the Heritage Collection, a line that aims to the past and present can coexist together in watchmaking.

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Powered by the HMC800 movement. Credit: H.Moser & Cie

Paying tribute to its perpetual calendar wristwatches conceived by Heinrich Moser in the early 1920s, the Heritage timepieces combine classic elements like the rounded case inspired by pocket watches from a bygone era with modern “know-how” as demonstrated in Moser’s modern fumé dials and high-end movements.

Encased in a 42mm white gold round case with blue “cloisonné” enameling, guilloche engraving, the new timepiece also introduces a new shade of Grand Feu enamel fumé dial – Midnight Blue – and is complemented by elegant Roman numerals in white, swallow-tail hands, and a fine line railroad minute track encircling the dial.

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Front & Back
White gold case and Grand Feu enamel fumé dial in Midnight Blue. Credit: H. Moser & Cie

Rather than crowd the dial with windows, the H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar uses a small arrow and the 12 indices to represent the month. Additionally, the Perpetual Calendar can be adjusted forwards or backward at any time of the day without risk to the movement. Thanks to the “Flash Calendar” system, the date changes instantaneously at midnight (taking into account months with 30 or 31 days and leap years).

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Side Detail
Limited to 20 pieces in total. Credit: H. Moser & Cie

Turning the watch over, H. Moser & Cie’s hand-wound HMC 800 movement is visible through the sapphire case-back and provides a guaranteed power reserve of 7 days, and is water-resistant to 3ATM.

The H. Moser & Cie Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel is limited to 20 pieces, priced at USD$110,000 and available from www.h-moser.com.

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