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Jacob & Co’s Rainbow Fleurs de Jardin Watch Unveiled

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Jacob & Co’s new rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin tourbillon watch brings all the butterflies to the yard and no-ones complaining.
Jacob & Co Rainbow Fleurs de Jardin Tourbillon Watch
Jacob & Co’s new rainbow version of the Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin. Credit: Jacob & Co

Fresh off the back of the recent Bugatti Chiron tourbillon watch release, Manhattan-based watch-making jewelers Jacob & Co have now delivered something special for their more feminine clients, namely the Rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin watch.

Making its debut in 2014, Jacob & Co’s Astronomia triple-axis flying tourbillon movement has already been released in several variations but in 2019 was given a feminine twist in the form of the “Fleurs de Jardin” version.

Translated as “garden flowers” the timepiece is embellished with 11 tiny detailed gemstone flowers complete with a rotating 18K rose gold butterfly, but this is the first time the Fleurs de Jardin timepiece has been offered with a rainbow gradient of gemstones.

Speaking on the original concept of the Fleurs de Jardin, Jacob & Co founder Jacob Arabo said, “As we continue to attract more female customers, and more women express increased interest in high watchmaking, I decided to do something that was specifically designed for women. I envisioned something that was complicated mechanically and integrated high jewelry elements, and the Fleurs de Jardin, in development for more than a year, is the result. The structure on top—the flying tourbillon, the time display, and the frame carrying the gemstone flowers—rotates clockwise in 10 minutes, like our iconic Astronomia, but the gemstone flower-set mother of pearl dial underneath turns counter-clockwise, while the inner sapphire-set ring turns clockwise. Having everything spinning and turning makes this timepiece extremely complicated, but it is all in service of the watch’s incredible aesthetic.”

Designed to “recreate a garden on your wrist”, the rainbow edition of the Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin features 40 individual sapphires set into the 18K rose gold bezel and an additional 48 sapphires adorning the inner ring. Perched atop of the tourbillon movement is a 288-facet Jacob-cut grass-green colored tsavorite gemstone, which along with the time display and the surrounding upper-level multicolor sapphire “flowers” all rotate around the dial clockwise while at the bottom of the movement, the gemstone flowers set on a mother-of-pearl base all that rotate counter-clockwise.

Limited to 101 pieces, no prices for the Jacob & Co Rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin version have been revealed, however previous limited editions have retailed for US$360,000 and upwards.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MOVEMENT
Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM31
Diameter: 34.55mm Height: 16.50mm Components: 444 Material: Titanium
Functions: Hours and Minutes
System: Vertical Movement with 3 Arms, Full Revolution in 10 min around a Central Axis
• Flying Tourbillon Cage in 60 seconds
• Hours and Minutes Dial, Patented Differential Gears System℗ allows to keep the 12/6 O’clock position
Feature: tsavorite Jacob cut® (288 facets – 0.81 ct) on top of the movement;
Feature: Frame carrying 11 Flowers with Kite Shaped Multicolored Sapphires.
Feature: Mother-of-Pearl base with 46 Rainbow Sapphires (~1.05cts) rotates counter-clockwise 360 degrees in 10 minutes.
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Frequency: 28’800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Jewels: 43
Finishing: Plate and Bridges: Sand-blasted and Angled; Geartrain: Circular Graining, Polished
Sink; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Flat Balance Spring

CASE
Diameter: 42.5mm
Height: 21mm
Material: 18K Rose Gold
Case Back: 18K Rose Gold
Case Band: Single-Piece Sapphire Crystal
Bezel: 18K Rose Gold and 40 Rainbow Sapphires (~3.7cts)
Inner Ring: 48 Rainbow Sapphires (~1.31cts)
Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via two 18K Rose Gold bows
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Water resistance: 30m (3atm)

DIAL
Dial: Mother-of-Pearl and Titanium PVD Rose Gold
Hands: Gold Plated

STRAP & CLASP
Strap: Satin or Alligator
Clasp: 18K Rose Gold, Butterfly shaped clasp with 44 Rainbow Sapphires (~0.76 cts)

Limited Edition:
101 pieces

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TAG Heuer & Porsche Officially Join Forces In New Partnership

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TAG Heuer and Porsche have made it official with a new partnership that will see the brands collaborate on a range of joint projects in the future, starting with the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph watch.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Watch. Credit: TAG Heuer
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Watch. Credit: TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer and Porsche have recently announced a new partnership based on their shared love of motorsports and racing, which will begin with the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph release.

While TAG Heuer and Porsche have long crossed paths over the years in various “friend of a friend” circumstances and even shared the name “Carrera” in both automotive and watch models (thanks to the inspiration of the 1950’s Carrera Panamericana road race), this is the first time they’ve made it official.

Porsche detailing on bezel and signature red, black and grey colors. Credit: TAG Heuer
Porsche detailing on bezel and signature red, black and grey colors. Credit: TAG Heuer

The new partnership will see TAG Heuer and Porsche collaborate on a range of joint projects focused on their shared commitment to speed and precision sports, including Formula E, FIA World Endurance Championship, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, golf, and tennis.

The automotive kind of "Carrera". Credit: Porsche/TAG Heuer
The automotive kind of “Carrera”. Credit: Porsche/TAG Heuer

Commenting on the new partnership, new TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault noted, “TAG Heuer and Porsche have common history and values, of course, but more importantly, we share an attitude. Like Porsche, we are disruptors at heart, always in pursuit of high performance. With this alliance, TAG Heuer and Porsche finally come together officially after decades of close encounters and will create unmatched experiences and products for customers and fans that are passionate about both our brands and what we stand for.”

To kick off the partnership, the brands have created the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph special edition, powered by TAG Heuer’s Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic with a power reserve of 80 hours.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition with Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic. Credit: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition with Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic. Credit: TAG Heuer

The watch utilizes a 44mm steel polished case with the tachymeter scale engraved on the ceramic bezel and features Porsche’s red, black and grey colors and either a black calf leather strap with hand stitching, reminiscent of Porsche’s upholstery or a steel H-shape bracelet.

Available with calf leather or polished steel bracelet. Credit: TAG Heuer
Available with calf leather or polished steel bracelet. Credit: TAG Heuer

The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic is priced at USD$5,850 and is available online at TAG Heuer.

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H Moser Delivers Final Upgrade of $30,800 Swiss Alp “Smart Watch”

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H Moser is closing out production of their tongue-in-cheek Swiss Alp Watch with one last edition – the “Final Upgrade” with a Vantablack® dial.
The new H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade. Credit: H Moser & Cie
The new H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade. Credit: H Moser & Cie

In 2016 Swiss watchmaker H Moser & Cie introduced the world to their very own “smartwatch,” the Swiss Alp Watch, which for all intents and purposes, LOOKED like the ever-popular Apple watch but was powered mechanically.

Smart watch at the front, all mechanical at the back. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Smart watch at the front, all mechanical at the back. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Just over five years later, H Moser & Cie have unveiled their “Final Upgrade,” which was inspired by a customer of the brand and will bring the tongue-in-cheek concept to a close.

“This idea was conceived by a customer and friend of the brand, a true enthusiast and fan of the Swiss Alp Watch collection. He came to visit us with an extremely precise design, and we immediately wanted to create this model, perfectly in line with our philosophy, with a touch of humour and a hint of provocation”, says Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie.

Unmarked dial in Vantablack with black DLC coating on the steel case. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Unmarked dial in Vantablack with black DLC coating on the steel case. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Featuring an unmarked ultra-black dial (created with Vantablack® – the blackest material produced artificially that barely reflects light), H Moser has included a seconds subdial made to represent the spinning/loading icon associated with most Mac products (but thankfully not the colorful spinning wheel of death).

The Swill Alp Watch Final Upgrade is housed in a 38.2mm steel case similar in size to the Apple Watch 6 series and is coated in black DLC with blackened hands and a black alligator leather strap to tie the whole concept together.

Powered by the manually winding HMC 324 movement. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Powered by the manually winding HMC 324 movement. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Powered by its 100% Swiss manufactured HMC 324 manual wind movement, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade has a minimum power reserve of 96 hours and, with its mechanical heart, will most likely outlive any smartwatch of its same birth year.

Limited to 50 pieces, the Swiss Alp Final Upgrade is priced at USD$30,800 and available from h-moser.com

H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade Vantablack Reflection

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The Piaget Polo Watch Gets a New Skeleton Look Update

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Piaget has revealed the first fully skeletonized version of its Piaget Polo; a sports watch first created by the Swiss watchmaker in 1979.
The new Piaget Polo Skeleton in Blue PVD with alligator strap or polished steel bracelet (ref. G0A45004) . Credit: Piaget
Piaget Polo Skeleton in Blue PVD with alligator strap or polished steel bracelet (ref. G0A45004) . Credit: Piaget

Piaget has been making creating skeleton watches since the ’70s, but this is the first time the Swiss watchmaker has applied the openwork technique to the sporty Polo watch since its first reveal in 1979.

Working with the Polo’s 42mm steel case, Piaget’s skilled watchmakers were challenged to retain the essence of the Polo’s rounded bezel and cushion-shaped case while creating a sturdy design thin enough to reveals the inner workings of the watch.

The new Piaget Polo Skeleton in Slate Grey with alligator strap or polished steel bracelet (ref. G0A45001) . Credit: Piaget
Piaget Polo Skeleton in Slate Grey with alligator strap or polished steel bracelet (ref. G0A45001) . Credit: Piaget

To do this, Piaget reduced the case thickness by 30% to 6.5mm (down from 9.4mm) and used the ultra-thin 2.4mm Piaget 1200S self-winding skeleton movement that offers 44 hours of power reserve and is viewable from both sides through the sapphire crystal case.

Sketches of the new openworked model. Credit: Piaget
Sketches of the new openworked model. Credit: Piaget

For the release of the Piaget Polo Skeleton, Piaget has created two different color options with the movement & strap combo available in either Blue PVD or Slate Grey.

Another feature of the edition is the interchangeability of the bracelet/strap. Owners will have the option to choose between an alligator leather strap or a polished steel bracelet, depending on what look they are desiring.

Interchangeable polished steel bracelet or alligator leather strap. Credit: Piaget
Interchangeable polished steel bracelet or alligator leather strap. Credit: Piaget

The Piaget Polo Skeleton watch is priced at USD$28,500 and available from Piaget.com and authorized representatives.

Piaget Polo Skeleton Grey Savoir Faire Watch
Piaget Polo Skeleton Caseback

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