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Franck Muller Unveils Watch To Honor USA Race Driver Bill Auberlen

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Franck Muller has unveiled its latest Vanguard Racing Skeleton Limited Edition watch as a tribute to the record-breaking USA BMW race driver Bill Auberlen.
The new Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Bill Auberlen Limited Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
The new Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Bill Auberlen Limited Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

Franck Muller unveiled its latest Vanguard Racing Skeleton Limited Edition watch as a tribute to legendary BWM racing driver Bill Auberlen who has won the most races of any North American race driver.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton USA Limited Edition Bill Auberlen Race Driver
BMW racing driver Bill Auberlen who has now won 63 North American races. Credit: Franck Muller

Released to coincide with the 6 Hours at Watkins Glen, the redefined lines of the new Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Bill Auberlen Limited Edition marries watchmaking craftsmanship with the automotive world and features an elegant in-house skeletonized movement with colors reflective of BMW Motorsport livery.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton USA Limited Edition Duo
18K Rose gold Vanguard Racing Skeleton Bill Auberlen Limited Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

The seconds indications start from the bottom and not from the top as on a car counter, allowing the seconds to be read at both ends of the hand. To further accentuate the skeletonized design, the date numerals have also been fully skeletonized.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton USA Limited Edition Bill Auberlen

Designed for competition, the Vanguard Racing Skeleton Bill Auberlen line is available in 18-carat Rose gold, Carbon, and Macromolecular Technologie Bleu.

This last material is made from high purity metals and exotic elements that have been deconstructed to the macromolecular level using macromolecular technology, a part of a new breed of new-age design materials that make everything from the Stealth Bomber to the International Space Station.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton USA Limited Edition Macrotechnology
Carbon version of the Vanguard Racing Skeleton Bill Auberlen edition. Credit: Franck Muller

Metal deconstruction requires very specialized equipment Gas Metal Atomizer that superheats the metal and then shoots it with water, gas, or plasma, causing it to explode into molecules of specific shape and size. Heat, pressure, and an exothermic reaction cause the molecules to cross-link, forming a new material with a unique macro-molecular structure. Because the molecules are distributed homogeneously through a process known as the Micelle Phenomenon, the new material gains the benefit of all the unique characteristics of the individual components.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton USA Limited Edition Bill Auberlen Race Driver Badge

Although the proprietary composite manufacturing process uses highly sophisticated equipment and scientific processes, composite can only be produced by hand. This so-called M3 process results in an electrically non-conductive material that is no longer a solid metal.

Macromolecular Technologie Bleu version. Credit: Franck Muller

Franck Muller Geneve uses this composite in order to cut, carve, grind and sand smoothly and then polish to a hard, durable, gem-quality finish.

No prices have been revealed yet for the Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton Bill Auberlen Limited Edition, for more information visit Franck Muller’s website.

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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.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Black Detail
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.
Hublot Big Bang Summer 441 UB 5120 Watch Life
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.
H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Watch
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.

H Moser Heritage Perpetual Calendar Midnight Blue Enamel Lifestyle
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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