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Breitling Chronomat Collection Revealed Online in Live Webcast By CEO Georges Kern

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In a first for Swiss watch brand Breitling, CEO Georges Kern revealed the Chronomat Collection and several other new editions in a live webcast summit in place of a physical reveal.

With major global watch shows on hold as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the best-made plans of mice and men, Breitling has gotten creative and opted to launch their latest range online in a live webcast hosted by Breitling CEO Georges Kern.

Several new pieces were revealed including the Navitimer 35 and the Superocean Heritage ’57 but it was the extensive Chronomat collection that was the hero news of the reveal.

Launched in the 1980’s, the Breitling Chronomat was one of the most recognizable watches of its time and offered an alternate sporty mechanical chronograph to a market that had been saturated with slim-line quartz watches since the 1970’s.

Breitling had also produced a Chronomat much earlier back in the 1940’s but at the time the name Chronomat referred to a “chronograph for mathematics” while in the 1980’s it had come to be a play on the words “chronograph” and “automatic” in reference to the self-winding mechanical movement that powered the watch.

Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Two Tone Silver & 18K Red Gold
The Breitling Chronomat with Silver Dial and 18K Red Gold detail. Credit: Breitling

Speaking on the origins of the Chronomat, Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented, “The 1984 Chronomat occupies a very important place in our modern history. It was the watch that boldly proclaimed Breitling was staying absolutely true to its roots. When much of the industry focused their efforts and energies on quartz watches, the Chronomat reminded the world that Breitling had essentially invented the modern mechanical chronograph. The message resonated and the brand prospered. The Chronomat Collection is a fitting tribute to the amazing watch that, more than any other, put us back in touch with our heritage.”

Breitling Chronomat B01 42 launched with Blue Dial & 18K Red Gold
The Breitling Chronomat with Blue Dial and 18K Red Gold Case. Credit: Breitling

Like the Chronomat of the 80’s, the modern-day interpretation still includes many of the historic details like the stainless steel integrated Rouleaux bracelet and the signature rotating bezel with inter-changeable rider tabs (so that it can be used as a “count down” or “count up” timer depending on the needs of the user) that made it a popular watch amongst aviators, deep-sea divers, and race car drivers alike.

Each of the watches in the new Chronomat Collection is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 in-house mechanical movement that offers an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours and will be available in a range of metal/dial combinations.

Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition
Limited edition Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition. Credit: Breitling

As of the launch date, the following variants are available in the Breitling Chronomat Collection:

  • B01 42 Steel & 18K Red Gold with Silver dial (IB0134101G1A1): Price US$9,350
  • B01 42 Steel & 18K Red Gold with Blue dial (UB0134101C1U1): Price US$12,100
  • B01 42 Steel & 18K Red Gold with Anthracite dial (UB0134101B1U1): Price US$12,00
  • B01 42 18K Red Gold with Anthracite dial (RB0134101B1S1): Price US$20,000
  • B01 42 Steel with Black dial (AB0134101B1A1): Price US$8,100
  • B01 42 Steel with Copper dial (AB0134101K1A1): Price US$8,100
  • B01 42 Steel with Blue dial (AB0134101C1A1): Price US$8,100
  • B01 42 Frecce Tricolori Limited Edition (AB01344A1C1A1): Price US$8,250
  • B01 42 Steel with Silver dial (AB0134101G1A1): Price US$8,100
  • B01 42 Bentley Version Steel with Green dial (AB01343A1L1A1): Price US$8,250

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Jacob & Co Releases Four New Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Watch Editions

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Jacob & Co have released four new editions of the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch featuring sapphire crystal, 18ct Rose Gold, 18ct White Gold, and baguette-cut diamonds.
Updated Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon New Collection
New Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch releases. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti

Earlier this year, New York-based jeweler Jacob & Co collaborated with the French car manufacturer Bugatti to create a Chiron supercar inspired watch. Now to coincide with the holiday season, four new editions of the Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch designs have been created using entirely new materials.

Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – Sapphire Crystal

The new sapphire crystal edition is created from a solid block of sapphire crystal and is secured on a blue or white rubber strap with a titanium buckle. The case back is also sapphire crystal, along with sapphire crystal crowns and pushers.

Sapphire crystal edition with white strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with white strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with blue strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Sapphire crystal edition with blue strap. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct Rose Gold

Limited to 72 pieces, the new Rose Gold edition features an 18ct Rose Gold case on a black rubber strap. It also features a special anti-reflective sapphire crystal and an 18ct Rose Gold open case back with black DLC titanium crowns and pushers embossed with the Bugatti logo.

The 18ct Rose Gold edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
The 18ct Rose Gold edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct Rose Gold & White Baguette-Cut White Diamonds

Limited to 52 pieces, the 18ct Rose Gold & Baguette-Cut White Diamond edition is an option that features sparkling white diamonds and is secured on a rubber strap with an 18ct rose gold buckle clasp. The case back, crowns and pushers are also made of 18ct rose gold and set with baguette-cut white diamonds – embellished with an embossed Bugatti logo.

The 18ct Rose Gold with baguette-cut white diamonds edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
The 18ct Rose Gold with baguette-cut white diamonds edition. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon – 18ct White Gold & White/Black Baguette-Cut Diamonds

The final version has been created using 18ct White Gold, and the case is set with 291 black and white diamonds (approximately 20 carats in total). The 18ct White Gold version also features another 18 white diamonds (approximately 1.76 carats) on the crowns, pushers, and white gold buckle clasp.

Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon with 18ct White Gold and White/Black Diamonds. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti
Jacob & Co Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon with 18ct White Gold and baguette-cut white/black diamonds. Credit: Jacob & Co/Bugatti

Carrying on with the same case shape and tiny animated replica of Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter W16 engine beating at the heart of the Tourbillon, the timepiece features a stunning movement in all versions of the watch, comprised of 578 components and is powered by a flying tourbillon movement, inclined at 30 degrees.

The miniature Bugatti “engine” comes to life once the right-hand crown of the timepiece is pushed. Just like the engine in the hyper sports car would come to life, the ‘crankshaft’ in the watch – one of the smallest and most complicated watch parts ever manufactured, made out of solid steel – turns and the ‘pistons’ pump up and down, mounted at varying angles to add to the complexity.

The movement is held in place in four places by miniature Chiron-style shock absorbers, appearing as though floating inside the case and can be observed moving slightly up and down. This suspension detail created an additional challenge for the watch designers, who had to develop and patent a unique automotive-inspired transverse system to ensure the movement in the case doesn’t damage the crown posts.

The crowns are found at the bottom of the case. The left crown sets the time, the middle crown winds the movement and animation for 60 hours of power reserve, while the push of the right-hand crown starts the animation. The power reserve for the animation and timekeeping are separate, yet both are wound through the winding crown – clockwise for the movement (60 hours), counterclockwise for the engine animation (approximately three activations). The power reserve for the movement even features the universal gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge.

Although no prices were announced as part of the release, if the previous release was anything to go by, it will be well above the $280,000 asking price of the previous non-diamond encrusted versions.

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The $348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition Revealed

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Hublot’s latest rainbow watch is the Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition, featuring 290 baguette-cut gemstones set in Hublot’s 18ct “King Gold”.
The US$348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition. Credit: Hublot
The US$348,000 Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Edition. Credit: Hublot

Hublot has revealed their new $348,000 Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition and it’s an even more colorful upgrade of last years model, made possible by the full use of baguette-cut gemstones across the entire case and dial.

Featuring 290 precious gemstones invisibly set into a Hublot’s “King Gold” (a pink gold alloy created using 18ct gold and platinum), the rainbow shades of the latest edition are achieved through the careful selection of rubies, pink sapphires, amethysts, blue sapphires, blue topazes, tsavorites and orange and yellow sapphires. The brilliant rainbow colors also extend to the alligator and rubber strap, finished with an equally dazzling embellished gemstone buckle.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Closeup
Created with 290 baguette-cut gemstones. Credit: Hublot

“It requires meticulousness, expertise and dexterity to obtain this harmonious gradation of the gemstones and create a perfect connection between the emotion they arouse and the watchmaking technique,” shared Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. “Draughtsmen, gemologists, and setters worked together to achieve this setting in which pink gold is present only to gently emphasize the contours. The Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow condenses the purity and precision of these incredible professions.”

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Black

For the curious that don’t have the time (or inclination) to count the gemstones themselves, the 290 baguette-cut jewels are distributed across the watch in the following way:

  • 100 gemstones are set into the 45mm case.
  • 112 gems surround the bezel.
  • 48 gems are used to create the dial and indexes 
  • 30 jewels are found on the buckle clasp.
Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Buckle
The gem-encrusted buckle clasp of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold watch. Credit: Hublot

Powered by the UNICO HUB1242 caliber, Hublot’s own automatic flyback chronograph mechanism developed and manufactured in-house, the Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold watch has a frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Side Bezel
Featuring Hublot’s “King Gold” made from 18K gold and platinum. Credit: Hublot

Priced at USD$348,000, the Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold edition is considerably more expensive than the average Big Bang Unico watch. Although it has not been launched as a limited edition, it’s safe to say the colorful timepiece will still be a rarity in anyone’s collection. 

For more information, visit www.hublot.com

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Baguette King Gold Rainbow Watch Vertical

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Special Pendry Residences West Hollywood Penthouse Comes With a Limited Edition McLaren 765LT

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Pendry Residences West Hollywood has partnered with McLaren North America to offer one new homeowner a unique supercar garage with a one-year lease on the limited-edition McLaren 765LT.
Pendry Residences West Hollywood McLaren North America Super Garage
The Show Room Supercar Garage at of Pendry Terrace Estate 608. Credit: Pendry Residences

Construction is well underway on the new $500 million hotel/condo complex project known as the Pendry Hotel & Residences West Hollywood, and now to entice buyers, McLaren North America have partnered with the development to offer a supercar garage complete with a one year lease on the limited 1-of-765 McLaren 765LT vehicle.

Pendry Residences West Hollywood McLaren North America Super Garage Street
Luxury terrace homes on Sunset Boulevard. Credit: Pendry Residences

Situated on the former site of the House of Blues nightclub at Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, the Pendry Residences West Hollywood consist of 40 residences set out across the multiple terraces.

The two-story penthouse “Terrace Estate 608” has received a specially designed 1,719-square-foot private gated garage known as “The Show Room,” which has more than ample room to include the McLaren 765LT offered on-lease for one year as part as the $16 million price tag.

Pendry Residences West Hollywood McLaren North America Super Garage Aerial View
Owner of Pendry Residences Terrace Estate 608 has own private elevator access to the garage. Credit: Pendry

Designed by EYRC Architecture, “The Show Room” also includes a kids-sized electric-powered McLaren Senna as part of the deal, which junior drivers will be able to park alongside the garage spaces for five other supercars.

Pendry Residences West Hollywood McLaren North America Super Garage Rooftop
Elevated living in West Hollywood. Credit: Pendry Residences

“We are excited to partner with McLaren Automotive North America as they share our dedication to an unparalleled luxury experience. Through our collaboration with McLaren, Pendry Residences West Hollywood further elevates the residential living experience in Los Angeles,” shared Tina Necrason, Executive Vice President, Residential, Montage International. “Los Angeles residents are passionate about their cars, and our Super Garage offers one discerning owner the opportunity to house their most prized vehicles in a space that is as luxurious as the Residence itself.”

Pendry Residences West Hollywood McLaren North America Super Garage Vertical

With only 765 models of the limited edition car available worldwide, the McLaren 756LT is one of the most sought-after vehicles on the market. As this year’s allocation already completely sold out, access to the McLaren 765LT is hard to come by, making this quite an attractive offer to the right buyer.

One year lease of the limited edition McLaren 765LT included as part of Terrace Estate 608. Credit: McLaren

“We are delighted to be working with Pendry Residences West Hollywood to help create the ultimate auto enthusiast’s dream garage,” says Tony Joseph, President, McLaren North America. “The 765LT is the most dynamically advanced and engaging McLaren LT model to date. With allocations for the US market already filled, this is a unique chance to experience this incredible supercar.”

The McLaren Super Garage concept rendering and floor plan and Residence renderings and floor plan are linked here. For more information about Pendry Residences West Hollywood and the McLaren Supercar Garage by Montage Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.pendryresidencesweho.com.

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