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MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Now in Red Gold and Platinum

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The award winning MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT is now available in Red Gold & Platinum editions with 18 of each to be made.
Limited Edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
Limited Edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

A year after the 2019 launch of the original Legacy Machine FlyingT, MB&F have released two new limited editions of their award winning women’s watch – the first featuring an 18K red gold case with a midnight black dial (the “night” version) and the second, a platinum 950 case with a sky-blue dial (the “day” version).

Compared to the original Legacy Machine FlyingT which was offered in several different diamond encrusted configurations, this time around MB&F have chosen to present a slightly more understated design (if that can actually be said of MB&F), opting to use plain precious metals to frame the faces designed by dial-maker Kari Voutilainen.

The night version with black dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
The night version with black dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

Collaborating with longtime friend of the brand to create the faces, the lacquer dial plate has been replaced with two different guilloché plates featuring a radial pattern of dainty scalloped arches.

Handcrafted at Comblémine, Kari Voutilainen’s dial facility in the watchmaking region of Val-de-Travers in Switzerland, the traditional watchmaking practice of guilloché (pronounced “gee-oh-shay”) is a decorative engraving technique dating back to the 17th century that uses a rose engine lathe guided by hand to produce the intricate geometric pattern found on the dial face.

The day version with sky blue dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
The day version with sky blue dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

Building upon the guilloché dial, a small white lacquer dial displaying the hours and minutes sits at the base of the flying tourbillon (angled at 50° so that only the wearer can read it) while atop of the flying tourbillon there remains one sole 0.035 carat diamond, completing a rotation every 60 seconds. To create another interesting dynamic feature, the MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT features an automatic winding rotor in the shape of a red gold sun, which provides the striking watch with 100 hours of power reserve.

Launched in 2019, the origins of the MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT were created from founder Maximilian Büsser’s ruminations on the keystone roles that women have played in his life. Maximilian wanted to celebrate and highlight a rich and complex femininity, choosing to embody elegance and vitality and a formidable resilience over the traditional softer conventions we often see in other female watches.

For those who are interested, the latest limited edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT price is $106,000 CHF for the red gold night version and $116,000 CHF for the platinum day version.

Maximilian Büsser on the design of the legacy machine flyingT. credit: mb&F

MB&F LM FlyingT Day And Night Version Details

Engine
  • Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F
  • Central flying 60-second tourbillon, with a diamond at the top of the flying tourbillon cage
  • Power reserve: 100 hours
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • Three-dimensional sun winding rotor in 18k 5N+ red gold, titanium and platinum.
  • Number of components: 280
  • Number of jewels: 30
Functions / Indications
  • Hours and minutes displayed on a 50° vertically titled dial with two blued serpentine hands.
  • Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right
Case
  • Material: 5N+ 18k red gold and platinum 950
  • High domed sapphire crystal on top with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire crystal on back.
  • Dimensions: 38.5 mm x 20 mm
  • Number of components: 17
  • Water resistance: 30 m / 90’ / 3 atm
Strap & Buckle
  • Calf or alligator leather straps with red gold or platinum pin buckle matching the case.
Price
  • MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Red Gold “Night” Price: $106,000 CHF
  • MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Platinum “Night” Price: $116,000 CHF

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Parmigiani Fleurier Reveals New Sporty Tonda GT Range

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Parmigiani Fleurier’s new sporty look Tonda GT range has been designed for everyday wear for the modern gentleman. 
Parmigiani Fleurier's new sporty Tonda GT range revealed. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Parmigiani Fleurier’s new sporty Tonda GT Rose Gold on Blue Rubber Strap. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

Founded in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani, Parmigiani Fleurier is a boutique watchmaker based in Switzerland that started as a restoration workshop and has since gone on to design some of the world’s most complicated timepieces.

Following on from the Tonda 1950 (created to celebrate the birth year of founder Michel Parmigiani) and the Tonda Double Tourbillion, now comes the new sporty Tonda GT range consisting of three new designs in either stainless steel or 18-ct rose gold. 

Parmigiani Fleurier's new sporty Tonda GT range revealed. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Parmigiani Fleurier reveals three new Tonda GT designs. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

Inspired by the Tonda Chronor watch, a design awarded the Chronograph Watch Prize from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve in 2017, the Tonda GT’s round case has been designed in collaboration with Dino Modolo. For the first time in a Tonda design, the case also features a fluted bezel like those seen in the pricier Parmigiani Fleurier Toric collection.

Tondagraph GT Steel with steel bracelet. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Tondagraph GT Steel with steel bracelet. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

Described as a timepiece designed to be worn every day by the “modern gentleman,” the Tondagraph GT is powered by the PF043 automatic caliber movement and, in a rather uncommon combination, includes both an annual calendar and a chronograph.

Fluted bezel inspired by the Toric collection. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Fluted bezel inspired by the Toric collection. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

Displaying a wealth of information on the dial, the Tondagraph GT’s skeletonized hands with black luminescent coating indicate the hours and minutes, while two small subdials display the chronograph function, and a big date aperture at 12 o’clock. To draw attention to the annual calendar function, the date and month are displayed in a vibrant orange color. 

The two additional Tonda GT models, the Tonda GT Steel and Tonda GT Rose Gold, are powered by the PF044 automatic movement with a power reserve of 45 hours. Each of the watches is water-resistant to 100m and features a delicate “clou triangulaire” guilloche engraved pattern across the dial with a big date aperture at 12 o’clock and a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. 

Tonda GT Steel on rubber strap. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Tonda GT Steel on rubber strap. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

Designed as a casual dress watch that can easily transition from day to evening wear, both the Tondagraph GT Steel and Tonda GT watches are available on either a matching metal bracelet or rubber strap.

“This is yet another step forward for Parmigiani Fleurier as it continues to evolve and innovate,” says Davide Traxler, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier. “The new Tonda GT line, with its more casual shape and attractive price point, reflects current market needs and is, at the same time, distinctively Parmigiani.”   

Technical Specs & Price:

Brand: Parmigiani Fleurier

Model: Tonda GT/Tondagraph GT 

Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 11.2mm height, polished steel/ 18k rose gold, clou triangulaire guilloché dial

Water Resistance: 100m

Movement: Calibre PF044 (Tonda GT), Calibre PF043 (Tondagraph GT)  

Power Reserve: 45h

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds

Strap: Metal bracelet / Rubber Strap

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT range is available for pre-order with delivery scheduled for August (Tonda GT Rose Gold bracelet only available in September).

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Watch Prices

– Tonda GT Steel (limited to 250 pieces)

  • on rubber strap: US$13,500 (Ref: PFC910-0000210-X01482)
  • on bracelet: US$14,500 (Ref: PFC910-0000210-B00182)
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Bracelet Dial
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Bracelet. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

– Tondagraph GT Steel (limited to 200 pieces)

  • on rubber strap: US$18,500 (Ref: PFC906-0000210-X01482)
  • on bracelet: US$19,500 (Ref: PFC906-0000210-B00182)
Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT Steel Bracelet Dial. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier
Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT Steel Bracelet. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

– Tonda GT Rose (limited to 150 pieces)

  • on gold bracelet: US$49,500 (Ref: PFC910-1500340-B00782)
  • on rubber strap: US$24,900 (Ref: PFC910-1500340-X03182)
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Rose Gold Blue Rubber Strap
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Rose Gold with rubber strap. Credit: Parmigiani Fleurier

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Rolls-Royce x Franck Muller “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge and Watch Collab Revealed

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Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have recently joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge Inspired Crazy Hours Watch and an upcoming Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”
Franck Muller Rolls Royce Crazy Numbers Wraith Black Badge Partnership

Sharing a passion for excellence, Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” and the Wraith Black Badge inspired “Crazy Hours” watch.

Or to put it another way – Rolls-Royce Geneva will customize a special Black Badge edition of the Wraith to reflect elements of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours watch, and Franck Muller is creating a Wraith Black Badge inspired version of the watch.

Benefitting from the expertise of the Rolls-Royce’s “Bespoke Programme,” the Rolls-Royce Geneva “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge is an artistic demonstration of the extreme personalization that can be achieved and will see elements of Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours watch intertwined throughout the vehicle design.

Featuring a special Velvet Sparkle exterior finish with a Twin-Coachline motif in Silver/Cobalto Blue mirroring the Crazy Numbers theme, the special Wraith edition will feature a deep Cobalto Blue interior and a unique dashboard fascia and embroidered “Crazy Hours” numbers on the rear console. Overhead the Starlight Headliner will also depict the “Crazy Hours” watch face.

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Hours
Rear console embroidery inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

Sharing on the customization options of the special edition Matt Danton, Bespoke Designer at Rolls-Royce, commented, “Distinction, leadership and genuine expression is at the heart of the Bespoke Programme. The car is regarded as a key element of one’s taste and personal style, so it’s only natural it’s bespoke.”

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Numbers
Custom dashboard fascia inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

As yet, Rolls-Royce has only provided teaser images of the upcoming edition; however production of Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” is set to commence shortly with the actual motor car presented in the 4th quarter of 2020.

To celebrate the partnership, Franck Muller has also created two unique versions of the Crazy Hours watch. Featuring the same Cobalto Blue color scheme as the vehicle, one watch has a black dial with a Cobalto Blue case and black leather strap, while the other is a reverse combination with a Cobalto Blue dial, black case and blue strap.

Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection,” says Nicholas Rudaz, director of Franck Muller Watchland. “To see our exceptional know-how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience.”

For the uninitiated, the Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch is a self-winding watch with a 42-hour power reserve that displays the watch numbers in a very unconventional order and, at first glance, reminds one of something the Mad Hatter would wear to his next tea party.

Using its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the central hour hand jumps to the correct hour number (one to twelve) even though the numbers are not in the standard order. Meanwhile, the minute hand continues to follow a conventional pattern and revolves around the dial on a 60-minute cycle.

As yet, pricing has not been announced for the Franck Muller Wraith Inspired Crazy Hours watch or the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”

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Patek Philippe’s First Watch For 2020: The Stainless Steel Calatrava 6007A-001

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The Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Calatrava 6007A-001 is a limited edition designed to celebrate the brand’s new $600 million headquarters in Geneva.
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Limited Edition 6007A-001. Credit: Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Calatrava Limited Edition 6007A-001. Credit: Patek Philippe

Like many industries affected by the ongoing ramifications of COVID-19, the watch industry took a brief pause earlier this year with the subsequent cancellation of major watch shows. While some brands chose to move forward with virtual releases, others like Patek Philippe remained quiet on any new releases.

Now halfway through the year, the Swiss watchmaker has come forward with their first new design for 2020 – a limited edition stainless steel Calatrava created as a celebration of the completion of the brand’s new 10 story headquarters in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva.

Patek Philippe Headquarters in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. Credit: Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe Headquarters in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. Credit: Patek Philippe

In keeping with the tradition of releasing a limited-edition commemorative watch to celebrate key events in Patek Philippe’s history, the 6007A-001 Calatrava pays tribute to the completion of the flagship building that not only brings all of the craftsman, suppliers and workshop under the one roof but includes a 299 seat auditorium and a restaurant for 880 patrons on the top floor.

A tribute to the completion of the new headquarters. Credit: Patek Philippe
A tribute to the completion of the new headquarters. Credit: Patek Philippe

With the Calatrava’s classic round watch face having been a staple dress watch for the brand since 1932, the latest edition Calatrava features a case and broad cambered bezel in polished steel (a rarity in itself for Patek Philippe) and is a 40mm time-and-date model with a grey-blue dial and a latticed “carbon-fiber” design at the center of the dial.

Patek Philippe's first release for 2020 - The Stainless Steel Calatrava. Credit: Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe’s first release for 2020 – The Stainless Steel Calatrava. Credit: Patek Philippe

The concentric circular design of the watch face begins with the inner minute railway scale surrounding the “carbon fiber” design, followed by the white Arabic numbers with a luminous coating indicating the hours and finally the 5-minute circle on the outer.

Luminous numerals and watch hands come in handy in low-light. Credit: Patek Philippe
Luminous numerals and watch hands come in handy in low-light. Credit: Patek Philippe

Powered by a self-winding caliber 324 S C movement, the limited edition is also recognizable by the specially marked sapphire-crystal case back with the Calatrava cross and “New Manufacture 2019” inscribed on the back, to represent the year that Patek Philippe’s workforce moved into the new headquarters.

Caseback inscribed with "New Manufacture 2019". Credit: Patek Philippe
Caseback inscribed with “New Manufacture 2019”. Credit: Patek Philippe

Limited to 1000 pieces, the Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001 is priced at USD $28,351 and comes with a steel-grey colored calfskin strap with white decorative stitching and a prong buckle.

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