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Audemars Piguet’s Frosted Gold Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon Revealed

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Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has revealed the newest Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon featuring a frosted white and rose gold finish.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted White Gold Flying Tourbillon Duo
The Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. Credit: AP

Audemars Piguet’s newest Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillion has been revealed and features a clean circular design that draws the eye inward to the diamond-encrusted flying tourbillon cage.

The latest in the “Royal Oak Concept” range, this is a smaller design compared to the majority of the oversized Royal Oak Concept men’s watches and is the first time it has been offered with a frosted case.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Rose Gold Flying Tourbillon Watch Face
Frosted and satin-brushed case with alligator strap. Credit: AP

While the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept has been around since 2002, it wasn’t until 2018 that a flying tourbillon was introduced to the range. Suspended from underneath, the flying tourbillon doesn’t require an overhead bridge and facilitates a slimmer design.

Available in either 18ct pink gold or white gold, the latest edition revisits the frosted look first introduced in 2016 through the collaboration with Italian jewelry designer Carolina Bucci.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Rose Gold Flying Tourbillon Watch Dial
Radial brushed circles in sunburst blue and 18ct pink gold edging. Credit: AP

Using a decorative Florentine technique of “frosting,” a diamond-tipped tool is used to hammer thousands of tiny indentations into the metal that creates a sparkling effect as though it were precious stones or “diamond dust.”

To maintain a clean and unfettered view of the mesmerizing dial, no hour markers have been included. Still, the two small semi-skeletonized luminescent hands allow the wearer to quickly tell the time at a glance.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted White Gold Flying Tourbillon Watch Side Details
Audemars Piguet Frosted Gold Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon in white gold. Credit: AP

Taking a look closer inside the 38.5mm frosted and satin-brushed case, the watch face consists of a sunburst blue multi-layered dial with four concentric ovals stepping down towards the diamond encrusted flying tourbillon cage positioned at 6 o’clock.

Compared to previous frosted Royal Oak editions powered by the automatic caliber 3120 and caliber 2713 quartz movements, the new Frosted Royal Oak Concept has a 72-hour power reserve and is powered by Audemars Piguet’s caliber 2964 with a hand-wound flying tourbillon, a design only a few expert watchmakers have the necessary skill to create.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted White Gold Flying Tourbillon Watch Dial
Diamond encrusted Flying Tourbillon with matching concentric circles. Credit: AP

Both editions are available on either a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap or a blue textured rubber strap with a constellation motif.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted White Gold Flying Tourbillon Watch Case Back
Royal Oak Concept caseback. Credit: AP

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Frosted Gold Flying Tourbillon 38.5 mm

Ref: 26630OR.GG.D326CR.01 (pink gold)
Ref: 26630BC.GG.D326CR.01 (white gold)

Diameter: 38.5 mm
Material: 18 pink or white gold with hammered finish
Crystal: Sapphire
Water-resistance: 20 m

Movement: Cal. 2964
Functions: Hours, minutes, and tourbillon regulator
Winding: Hand-wind
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap: Blue alligator with pink gold folding clasp

Availability: Only at boutiques
Price: CHF 145,000 (USD$159,000)

For more information, visit Audemarspiguet.com

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URWERK Reveals UR-220 “Falcon Project”

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Independent watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.
Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Front Face
The URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” wandering hours watch. Credit: URWERK

After the recent release of the UR-210 “final edition,” independent Swiss watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.

Following on as part of the futuristic UR-2xxx series that saw the wandering hours complication in the UR-202, the addition of URWERK’s iconic “oil change” indicator and Horological Odometer (to track the number of years in use) in the UR-203 and the continuation of the movement in the UR-210, the UR-220 shares the same wandering hours design and has picked up the oil change indicator as well.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Side View
Use of a new rubber watch for the first time. Credit: URWERK

As a refresher, URWERK’s unique wandering hours design consists of three individually rotating cubes that also rotate clockwise. As an individual hour cube enters the lower “minute” half of the watch from the left-hand side of the watch face, the minute pointer jumps back in a fraction of a second to the start of the 60-minute scale, to begin the next hour.

Inspired by contemporary video science-fiction games, the only other indication on the black and radioactive green dial is that of the power reserve, displayed on two up/down gauges, each of 24 hours. When the movement is wound, the right-hand gauge reacts first. As soon as it shows 24 hours of power reserve, the left-hand gauge takes over.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made
New font designed by Martin Frei with fluorescent green lettering. Credit: URWERK

While looking visually similar to the UR-210, the UR-220 is slimmer (14.8mm vs. 17.8mm ).

For the first time ever, URWERK has used a lightweight carbon for the case created by 81 layers of ultra-thin high resistance CTP (carbon thin ply) carbon compressed into a hard resin. Once compressed, the carbon block is machined to reveal patterns that emphasize the curves of the case.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made Breakdown
All the compenents needed to make the URWERK UR-220. Credit: URWERK

“I wanted to have the finest possible pattern traced along the length of the UR-220’s case,” explains Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder. “We therefore needed a special kind of carbon in layers that are not only parallel but as thin as possible. The concentric pattern you can see on the surface of the UR-220 is the result of this choice. The carbon layers underscore the curves of the sapphire-crystal glass of this watch. In terms of style and technique this UR-220 is just the way I wanted it.”

Another element that has returned to the new model is the oil change indicator, which takes the shape of a numerical counter and indicates to the owner when the watch is due for its next “service.” To start the indicator’s running time, the owner must remove a security pin and press the push button to start the counter. Once it reaches 39 months, it’s time to return the watch to URWERK for an “oil change” where the watchmakers will also reset the counter to zero and replace the pin.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Case Back Oil Change
Oil Change feature to indicate when its time to service the watch. Credit: URWERK

“It’s more than a numerical counter making a cold tally of the months,” says Felix Baumgartner, URWERK’s co-founder. “The Oil Change indicator tells you how long your watch has actually been working on your wrist, and reflects the energy you have fuelled it with every day. It connects you with your watch.”

In another first for URWERK, the UR-220 features a rubber strap made from cured, molded, and Vulcarboné textured rubber, giving it a soft velvet-like texture.

Urwerk UR-220220 Falcon Project Watch
Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20. Credit: URWERK

Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20, the manual wound watch provides a power reserve of 48 hours.

The URWERK UR-220 is priced at CHF 145,000 (approx. USD$160,000) and available from URWERK.

Technical Specifications

Model: URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” Carbon Edition
Number: Limited Edition 25 pieces
Price: CHF 145,000
Made: Switzerland
Dimensions: 43.8 mm width; 53.6 mm length; 14.8 mm thickness
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Time Caliber: UR-7.20 manually wound
Materials: Carbon CTP (Carbon Thin Ply) – 81 layers
Strap: Vulcarbone cured rubber with black DLC buckle
Water Resistant: 30 meters (3 ATM/3 Bar)

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Experience La Dolce Vita With Four Seasons Luxury Roadtrip

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Four Seasons “Enroute La Dolce Vita” roadtrip lets you experience the French Riviera and Tuscan countryside at a leisurely pace in a classic car with an expertly designed itinerary.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Mercedes
Experience the French Riviera with good company and a classic car. Credit: Four Seasons

By all accounts Four Seasons “Enroute La Dolce Vita” road trip experience is exactly what any good 1900’s doctor would have ordered after a year like 2020 (namely a seaside visit to breathe in the fresh salt air and a country getaway to calm the nerves).

Four Seasons Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat
A seaside stay at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. Credit: Four Seasons

Circumventing the need for lengthy airport check-ins procedures, the enroute la dolce vita experience is designed to be a leisurely road trip between some of Four Seasons’s finest hotels along the French Riviera and the rolling hills of Tuscany, and is planned in collaboration with a dedicated Four Seasons Concierge.

Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip
Choose your own adventure “Enroute la dolce vita”. Credit: Four Seasons

A selection of open-top roadster classic cars are available to choose from like the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, a 1958 Mercedes 190 SL Cabrio, or a 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster, but there are also coupe options like a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso or Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing if you don’t need to feel the wind through your air or contend with manually putting the top up and down (although for an extra charge you can have a road assistance car follow behind throughout your journey to help with that kind of stuff)!

Departing from the Four Seasons Milano, guests can choose to drive to Four Seasons Firenze, stopping along the way in Parma and Modena, or head in the opposite direction and follow the coastline past Monaco to the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

Four Seasons Milan Secret Garden
Enjoy the gardens of Four Seasons Milano. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Seasons Milan Fashion Suite
Stay in the Four Seasons Milano Fashion Suite. Credit: Four Seasons

For guests departing from Four Seasons Firenze and driving to Cap-Ferrat, a stop along the way at Pisa is always an option as is a lazy day spent at the picturesque seaside harbor village of Portofino.

Four Seasons Firenze Duomo View Executive Suite
The Duomo View Executive Suite at the Four Seasons Firenze. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Seasons Florence Royal Suite Della Gherardesca
The Royal Suite (Della Gherardesca) at Four Seasons Firenze. Credit: Four Seasons
Four Season’s “En route to la dolce vita” Experience includes:
  • Reservation of a classic car at the Four Seasons Hotels Milano, Firenze, or Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
  • Specially packed picnic baskets prepared by the hotel chef
  • A thorough explanation and technical presentation of the car before you begin your trip
  • A personalized itinerary created by a Four Season’s Concierge highlighting specific points of interest along the way
  • Road Book
  • Road Assistance
  • Valet Parking for every stop and car cleaning
  • Refueling service (fuel cost at guest’s charge)
  • Luggage service
  • Additional system for hands-free phone connection to musical sound system
  • A modern support car to follow behind and provide road assistance and mechanic support if needed (extra charges)
  • Radio connection between the vintage car and the road assistance car driver
  • Ability to switch to the modern vehicle whenever you want if you have chosen to have the support car option

Prices for the “En route la dolce vita” experience start from 2,700 euros+ VAT and depart from either the Four Seasons Hotel Milano to Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, or from Four Seasons Hotel Milano to Grand du Cap-Ferrat, based on availability.

It is important to note the price is for the car ONLY and does not include accommodation, as this will vary substantially depending on the time of year and room/villa selected by each individual. Prices of the vehicle may also vary based on the model chosen and the length of car rental.

Suggested Day Trips & Locations To Discuss With Your Concierge
  • Day Trip to Portofino (2.5 hours’ drive from Milan) – Just over two hours from Milan, guests can immerse themselves in Portofino’s scenic village and explore its surroundings, including the historical abbey of San Fruttuoso.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Cap Ferrat
Take your time to explore Portofino. Credit: Four Seasons
  • Opera at Arena di Verona (2-hours drive from Milan) – For opera lovers, the stunning Arena di Verona provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a magical opera night outdoors. Concierges will create tailor-made itineraries to experience a romantic night in the city of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Franciacorta (just over 1-hour drive from Milan) – Italy’s finest sparkling wines come from Franciacorta, which lies just over an hour east of Milan. Notable vineyards include Bellavista, Ca’ del Bosco, and Contadi Castaldi, where guests can witness the winemaking process during a cellar tour before enjoying a wine tasting.
Four Seasons La Dolce Vita Roadtrip Tuscany
Winemaking and wine tasting. Credit: Four Seasons
  • Lake Como (1-hour drive from Milan) – Guests can visit the stunning Lake Como and visit the surrounding colorful small towns and historical villas.
  • Table to Farm Experience (30-minutes’ drive from Florence) – Guests can discover the new Table to Farm experience, where guests of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze will live the Tuscan country life and spend a day as guest farmhands in the Fattoria San Michele, a medieval barn estate in the Chianti region.
  • Forte dei Marmi (1-hour drive from Florence) – Guests in the mood for a seaside escape can visit the glamorous city of Forte dei Marmi on the Versilia Tuscan coast, offering family activities on the beach and within the city. Before coming back to the hotel, guests shouldn’t miss the chance to enjoy an aperitif amid the sunset by the sea.
  • Appennini Mountains – 1.5-hours’ drive from Florence – Those who prefer the mountains can reach the Appennini in 90 minutes by car to enjoy small lakes and lush lawns, the perfect location for a picturesque afternoon with the family. At the end of the day, guests can taste a polenta dish as well as dessert made with blackberries picked onsite.
  • Day Trip to Siena (1-hour drive from Florence) – Siena is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Italy, famous for the Duomo, with its striped Baroque facade and Piazza del Campo. Guests can get lost in its narrow streets, immersing themselves in the folkloristic traditions. Guest can also taste the delicious pici pasta served with cheese and peppers in the Piazza del Campo, where the historic Palio horse races still takes place each summer on July 2 and August 16.
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Explore Firenze (Florence) and surrounding areas. Credit Four Seasons
  • Chianti Tour (1-hour drive from Florence) – The area between Florence and Siena is known worldwide for its fine wines, magical countryside, medieval castles, and ancient villages. Taking the Chiantigiana wine road, guests will wind their way through cypress-lined hills and olive groves to the medieval towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni, stopping to taste excellent local wines at one of the countless vineyards, many of which also produce their own olive oil.

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Eight New Rolex Submariner Models Revealed for 2020

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Rolex has revealed eight new Submariner designs for 2020 in standard and date variants, featuring a 41mm redesigned case and new bracelet.
2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Trio
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner , Submariner Date Rolesor and Submariner Date. Credit: Rolex

Rolex has been teasing a new release of the Submariner, and it has finally come to light – the 2020 Submariner editions in a redesigned case and remodeled bracelet.

2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Side Profile
Rolex Submariner with Black Dial and Bezel (Standard without Date). Credit: Rolex

Featuring a slightly larger 41mm case, the new Oyster Perpetual Submariner powered by the caliber 3230 is available with a black dial and matching rotatable bezel while the new Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date powered by the caliber 3235 is available in several more new versions.

Entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, the self-winding mechanical movements of the Calibre 3230 and 3235 incorporate the Chronergy escapement, patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, they are also insensitive to magnetic fields. 

2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Close Up
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner powered by caliber 3230. Credit: Rolex

With this new release, only the Oyster Perpetual Submariner with black dial and matching black bezel is available without the date, while the Submariner Date models are available in several different versions:

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner – OysterSteel (126610)
    • Oystersteel with black dial and black rotatable bezel
    • Oystersteel with black dial and black rotatable bezel (Date)
    • Oystersteel with black dial and green rotatable bezel (Date)
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Two-tone Rolesor (Oystersteel & 18k yellow gold – 126613)
    • Black dial and black bezel (Date)
    • Blue dial and blue bezel (Date)
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 18K Yellow Gold (126618)
    • Black dial and black bezel (Date)
    • Blue dial and blue bezel (Date)
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner White gold (126619)
    • Black dial with blue bezel (Date)

As a refresher on the origins of the Submariner, the watch is linked closely to the development of deep-sea diving in the 1940s. The popularity of scuba diving led to Rolex developing and manufacturing a waterproof chronometer wristwatch and the Oyster case it patented in 1926.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Side View
Updated 41mm case and slimmer lug of the 2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. Credit: Rolex

By the 1950s, Rolex had begun collaborating with diving pioneers of the time and experimenting with various technological advances that led to the introduction of the “Submariner” in 1953 – the first diver’s wristwatch that was waterproof to a depth of 330ft (100 meters).

By 1969 the Submariner Date was introduced, and the waterproof rating had been increased to a depth of 660ft (200 meters) and increased again to 1,000ft (300meters) by 1979. Several other features had also been added, including luminescent detailing.

2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner OysterSteel Day & Night
Luminescent detailing for easy readability in low light. Credit: Rolex

Now nearly 70 years later, the Submariner continues building on its strong dive heritage with a new caliber offering an updated 70 hours (compared to the 48 hours of the previous movement), new OysterSteel bracelet, and subtle design updates. 

The latest Rolex Submariner and Submariner Date will be available from 2 September worldwide.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Technical Specifications

Diameter: 41 mm
Material: Oystersteel, Oystersteel and yellow gold, yellow gold, white gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water-resistance: 1000ft (300 meters)

Movement: Calibre 3230, Calibre 3235
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Power reserve: 70 hours

Strap: Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock folding clasp and Glidelock extension system

Availability: Worldwide
Price: USD$9,150 (oystersteel with black bezel), USD$9,550 (oystersteel with green bezel), USD$14,300 (oystersteel and yellow gold), USD$36,950 (yellow gold), USD$39,650 (white gold)

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