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New Tag Heuer x Bamford Watch Department Aquaracer Collab Revealed

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Tag Heuer and Bamford Watch Department have revealed their latest co-creation – the limited edition matte titanium Aquaracer.
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The new Tag Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Watch collab. Credit: Tag Heuer/Bamford

For the second time in their working history, Tag Heuer and Bamford Watch Department have come together to design a special limited edition watch.

Officially titled the “Tag Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition,” the eye-catching timepiece with its matte titanium body and Flame Orange detailing offers a unique Bamford twist to Tag Heuer’s popular Aquaracer model.

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George Bamford with his latest creation. Credit: Bamford Watch Department
Tag Heuer Bamford Aquaracer Front Side Detail
Sandblasted grade 2 titanium case. Credit: Tag Heuer/Bamford Watch Department

Founded by George Bamford in 2004, Bamford Watch Department is one of the UK’s most famous customization houses and first got its start when a young 18-year-old George decided to customize his own Rolex Daytona by turning it black via DLC coating, and the rest is history as the orders started rolling in. When not busy personalizing other branded timepieces, Bamford Watch Department can often be found collaborating with designers to create limited edition watches like this.

Tag Heuer Bamford Aquaracer Dial Detail
Concentric patterned black dial with Flame Orange detailing. Credit: Tag Heuer/Bamford Watch Department

“When designing this limited-edition Aquaracer, we looked to models from TAG Heuer’s past for creative inspiration. The orange design elements and sporty bezel are reminiscent of the impactful TAG Heuer pieces that were launched between 1979 and 1994 and paved the way for the Aquaracer collection, which made its official debut in 2004,” comments George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department.

Tag Heuer Bamford Aquaracer Dial Detail Closeup
An Aquaracer with racing stripes. Credit: Tag Heuer/Bamford Watch Department

The TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer Bamford watch is powered by the automatic winding Calibre 5 movement and is distinguished by the Bamford name at 6 o’clock on the concentric patterned black dial and the “Limited One of 1,500” engraved on the case back.

Also recognizable are the dashes of Bamford’s signature Flame Orange found on the hands, flange, and circling the bezel of the 43mm sandblasted matte titanium case and bracelet.

Tag Heuer Bamford Aquaracer Sketches
George Bamford in the studio sketching designs. Credit: Bamford Watch Department

As a dive watch, it is water-resistant to 300 meters (984ft) and utilizes Super-LumiNova® on the markers and hands to ensure it is easily readable at any depth.

Tag Heuer Bamford Aquaracer Watch Night
Super-LumiNova® coated hands and markers for night-time use and viewing at depth. Credit: Tag Heuer/Bamford

Limited to just 1,500 pieces, the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Bamford watch is available to pre-order for US$3,900 at Tag Heuer’s website and will be available from December 2020.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates 90th Anniversary of the Reverso Watch

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Luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has celebrated 90 years of the Reverso watch with a special 90th-anniversary edition and a luxury coffee table book from Assouline.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano celebrates 90 years of the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano celebrates 90 years of the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Initially created at the height of the Art Deco period, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso watch was created in 1931 for “sporting gentlemen” (specifically polo players) and designed with a reversible case to protect the glass face from physical contact.

Now 90 years on and well over 50 different calibers and hundreds of dials later, Jaeger-Coultre are celebrating the watches 90th anniversary with a special anniversary edition and a luxury coffee table book produced in collaboration with luxury publisher Assouline.

New Assouline luxury coffee table book pays tribute to the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
New Assouline luxury coffee table book pays tribute to the Reverso. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Detailing the colorful history of one of the world’s most recognizable watches, horological historian Nicholas Foulkes tells the fascinating story of the founders of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Reverso’s evolution over the last nine decades, and explores the stories of over a dozen Reverso owners.

Reverso Assouline Book Turning Book
Reverso Assouline Book Turning Book Jewels

For watch owners wanting to join the celebrations, the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 90th-anniversary edition watch features a burgundy-red dial on one side (inspired by the early use of color in Reverso’s) and a silver-colored circular design with Clous de Paris guilloche on the reverse, all housed in a with and pink gold case with an original strap designed by Casa Fagliano, the world-famous Argentinian maker of polo boots.

Dual-time zone with burgundy-red and white guilloche engraved faces. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Dual-time zone with burgundy-red and white guilloche engraved faces. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Combining the dual-time zone complication of the Duoface with the simplicity of the Tribute collection, the new timepiece is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 854A/2 and has a power reserve of 42 hours.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Strap
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is limited to 190 watches. Credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is limited to 190 pieces, priced at US$23,900 and available through boutiques only.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre: Reverso coffee table book by Assouline is priced at US$195 and will be available from the February 1st.

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H Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Edition Limited to 20 Pieces

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The new limited edition H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium features an Electric Blue dial and costs CHF 330,000.
H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch
H Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium with Electric Blue dial. Credit: H Moser & Cie

H.Moser & Cie’s latest watch is a refreshing update of their minimalistic Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon watch first released at Baselworld 2019, only this time, it’s gained a bright Electric Blue dial and a lightweight titanium case.

By completely removing all logo’s and markings from the Electric Blue sunburst dial, the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon follows in the footsteps of previous “Concept” designs and first draws focus to the spinning tourbillon located at 6 o’clock. Visible behind a skeletonized bridge, the flying tourbillon is fitted to a ball bearing that improves the accuracy and chronometry, making it appear as if it is floating effortlessly above the Electric Blue dial.

H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch Hands
“A feast for not only the eyes but the ears as well”. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Described by H. Moser & Cie as a “feast for not only the eyes, but the ears as well”, the aforementioned focus on the tourbillon of the Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon is interrupted only by the chiming of the hours, quarter hours and minutes by the two hammers and gongs located on the dial side. This is a rather unusual placing (as they are more often located on the movement side) and one requiring a certain level of finesse to achieve so as not to interfere with the flying tourbillon.

The new titanium 33mm case ensures it is not only lightweight, but that the durable metal is not stressed by the regular ringing on the hours, quarter-hours and minutes created by the two gongs, continuing to produce a beautiful tone with each chime.

H M Moser Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon Titanium Watch Vertical
The striking and simplified “Concept” dial. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Powered by the hand-wound HMC 903 calibre with a power reserve of 90 hours, the watch is finished with a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with red lining.

H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon in Titanium with Electric Blue dial is priced at CHF 330,000 (approx. US$370,000) and limited to 20 pieces.

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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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