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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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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 Physical Event Canceled Due to COVID-19

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Watches & Wonders Geneva have announced the 2021 physical event will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but will still host an online digital event April 7-13, 2021.
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Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021 will be a digital-only event once again. Credit: W&W

For the second time this year, event organizers of the newly launched Watches & Wonders show have contended with the ramifications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have now announced the cancellation of the Watches & Wonders 2021 event in Geneva, Switzerland.

The inaugural Watches & Wonders Geneva was originally set to launch in April this year but was rescheduled to 2021 as travel, and governmental restrictions made it unfeasible to continue with plans for a live event. As an alternative, Watches & Wonders organizers Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie pivoted to a digital event and instead hosted the online launches for the participating watch houses.

Hopeful the pandemic would have eased, and participants could soon travel and gather again, Watches & Wonders was rescheduled to 2021. Unfortunately, organizers have now announced the 2021 event has also befallen the same fate and will now be a digital-only event.

Watches & Wonder Show 2020
Watches & Wonders promises to return bigger than ever in 2022. Credit: W&W

“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Exhibitor Committee has decided to cancel the physical Salon that would have been held at Palexpo from April 7 to 13, 2021. The decision, taken in close consultation with the principal stakeholders, is seen as the most responsible course of action, given the current health crisis and uncertainties as to how the situation may evolve.”

While the 2021 digital event will still offer plenty of new releases from watch brands and a range of interactive activities for media, retailers, and exhibiting brand’s clients, Watches & Wonders organizers have promised the 2022 edition will be the largest watch event ever held in Geneva and are looking forward to welcoming everyone in person.

The newly-formed “HourUniverse” by the same organizers of the collapsed BaselWorld was also scheduled to be held in Geneva simultaneously with Watches & Wonders, so it remains to be seen how this impacts their decision on holding a live event in 2021.

Participating Watch Brands for Watches & Wonders 2021 Digital Event

A. LANGE & SÖHNE
ARMIN STROM
ARNOLD & SON
BAUME & MERCIER
BOVET
CARTIER
CHANEL
CHOPARD
FABERGÉ
FERDINAND BERTHOUD
GIRARD-PERREGAUX
GRÖNEFELD
H. MOSER & CIE.
HERMES
HYT
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN
JAEGER-LECOULTRE
LAURENT FERRIER
MB&F
MONTBLANC
PANERAI
PARMIGIANI
PATEK PHILIPPE
PIAGET
PURNELL
REBELLION TIMEPIECES
RESSENCE
ROLEX
ROGER DUBUIS
RUDIS SYLVA
SPEAKE-MARIN
TUDOR
ULYSSE NARDIN
VACHERON CONSTANTIN

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MB&F FrogX Reimagines 10th Anniversary of HM3 Frog Watch

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Initially launched in 2010, the new MB&F FrogX watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of the brand’s most popular model.
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F
MB&F HM3 FrogX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition. Credit: MB&F

Ten years ago, MB&F introduced the amphibious inspired HM3 Frog in all its bug-eyed glory. It was one of the brand’s best sellers throughout its five-year run. Featuring two large “eyes” that rotated to display the hours and minutes and a broad grinning “smile,” MB&F’s Frog pushed the boundaries of design and looked ready to jump at a moment.

The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F
The turquoise edition with white alligator strap. Credit: MB&F

Now to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its creation, MB&F has created a special limited edition FrogX in three different colors with a new sapphire crystal case and a “secret that appears only under the right light”.

The amphibious "horological machine" in Purple. Credit: MB&F
The amphibious “horological machine” in Purple. Credit: MB&F

Like the previous Frog edition, two paper-thin domes milled out of light-weight black anodized aluminum indicate the hours and minutes and are housed under two sapphire crystal domes. What is different with the new FrogX model is that the entire case has now been crafted out of sapphire crystal (instead of only the domes combined with a metal case).

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Front Back
The FrogX case is made entirely out of sapphire crystal. Credit: MB&F

On both editions of the Frog, the curvature of the domed “eyes” has to be exactly right and the thickness of the crystal strictly controlled throughout so as not to distort the time display. With the new FrogX, however, the two sapphire domes are fused to the sapphire crystal upper case body, creating an additional level of difficulty.

MB&F Frog X Turquoise 10th Anniversary Front Back

Machining and polishing each case of HM3 FrogX requires weeks of intensive and meticulous work, a time-frame that would be significantly multiplied if not for MB&F’s experience in sapphire crystal design dating back to 2005.

Incorporating the distinctive HM3 engine built by watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the FrogX still offers the wearer an uninterrupted view of the 22K gold and titanium winding rotor and the oscillations of the balance wheel but has forgone the date display to ensure the MegaWind rotor and domes are given enough real-estate on the dial.

Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F
Black line markers indicate the correct hour and minutes. Credit: MB&F

To make it easier to read the time at night, the dome numbers are coated with Super-Luminova and appear like two glowing eyes of a wild tree frog peering out of the darkness in the Amazon.

MB&F Frog X Purple 10th Anniversary Night
Super-LumiNova coated numbers to assist with telling the time at night. Credit: MB&F

Another unique attribute of the FrogX is the secret MB&F battle-axe “signal” that appears at just the right angle thanks to some clever light-sculpting techniques by Swiss company Rayform.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Blue Lifestyle
The secret battle-axe signal that appears at the right angle. Credit: MB&F

Using the FrogX’s crown (usually engraved with MB&F’s iconic battle-axe insignia), the smoothly polished crown has instead been sculpted at microscopic levels that allow light to be reflected in a highly specific way. By micro-forming a metal surface at levels nearly imperceptible to the human eye, Rayform’s technology allows direct incident light beams to be reflected in the battle-axe shape that can be viewed on any relatively uniform surface.

If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F
If you look closely you can see the battle-axe signal underneath. Credit: MB&F

Limited to 10 pieces of each of the three versions (blue, purple or turquoise), the HM3 FrogX 10th anniversary limited editions are priced at CHF 138,000 each (approx USD$150,000) and available through retailers and MB&F directly.

MB&F Frog X 10th Anniversary Trio

MB&F HM3 FrogX Details

Variants

  • Sapphire Crystal case with blue dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with purple dial plate
  • Sapphire Crystal case with turquoise dial plate

Engine

  • 3D Horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/ Agenhor on Girard-Perregaux GP03300 base
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Balance frequency: 4Hz / 28,800 bph
  • Number of components: 277
  • Number of jewels: 36

Functions / Indications

  • Hours on one dome and minutes on second dome
  • “Secret message” crown that reflects light rays to project MB&F battle-axe icon

Case

  • Material: Sapphire Crystal
  • Dimensions: 48.3 mm x 52.7 mm x 17.5 mm
  • Number of components: 70
  • Water resistance: 90ft / 30m / 3 ATM

Strap & Buckle

  • Hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium folding buckle

Price

  • MB&F HM3 FrogX Price: CHF 149,000 + VAT / USD$152,000 + tax / EUR 138,000 + tax

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Aston Martin x Architect David Adjaye Create 5 Luxury NYC Homes With Own Bespoke DBX

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Aston Martin and architect Sir David Adjaye have joined forces to create a limited-edition collection of five luxury homes in 130 William, New York City. Each residence will come with a special edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye.
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

This week luxury British automaker Aston Martin revealed they are teaming up with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye to collaborate on a collection of 5 luxury residences at 130 William, New York City.

While undoubtedly luxurious, the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William also come with a few extras for the auto-enthusiast, including a limited edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye and the option to add a racing simulator room fit for a budding race driver.

Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Following on from their success with the Aston Martin Residences in Miami, the 130 William project marks the brand’s second real estate project, although it will be their first foray into the New York City real estate market. It also marks Sir David Adjaye’s first New York high-rise project.

130 William is Sir David Adjaye's first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William is Sir David Adjaye’s first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

“This is a fascinating project for the Aston Martin design team to work on and a great opportunity to collaborate with Sir David. It is our first real estate project in New York City but our second collaboration in real estate design after the Aston Martin Residences in Miami.” Says Marek Rechiman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. “We can apply what we have learnt in Miami and also bring our unique automotive design skills to these beautiful luxury homes.”

Owners can choose to have an office space instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to have a library instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Residences at 130 William New York City

Designed by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, 130 William comprises 242 residences across 66 stories. Inspiration for both the exterior and interior design comes from New York’s historic masonry architecture, which has been translated into custom hand-cast façades with refined bronze detailing, and a contemporary interpretation of the stonework that characterized classic Manhattan architecture.

Aston Martin Residence's bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residence’s bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located on the 59th and 60th levels of 130 William, the five Aston Martin Residences have been exclusively designed through the collaboration of Sir David Adjaye and the Aston Martin design team and will be furnished and decorated with materials, textiles, and furniture sourced from the Aston Martin Home collection by Italian based Formitalia.

Each home features a private, expansive outdoor balcony spanning the entire length of residence and uses hand-cast building façade to offer privacy, with bespoke screens also dividing the terraces into a series of distinct zones for dining and relaxing.

Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Stepping out of the elevator, residences are greeted by Aston Martin’s signature crosshatch pattern elegantly displayed in a bronze finish across the hallway. Beneath the bronze detailing is wallpaper designed by Adjaye Associates, while a bespoke smoked glass mirror created by Aston Martin Design reflects the skyline view.

Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Within each home, residents are presented with a grand living and dining room, featuring furnishings, textiles, and fittings curated by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye.

Opening out onto the outdoor living areas, the living room offers city-wide views, clean lines, and sleek furnishings from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia, with every piece made in Italy. The sofas and armchairs combine elements of leather, metal, and fabric, as well as beautiful detailing, to evoke the richly crafted and tactile qualities of Aston Martin’s automotive interiors.

Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located adjacent to the Dining Room is an open plan kitchen which features custom textured blackened oak Italian cabinetry, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, marble countertops hand-selected from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy, and a cantilevered Nero Marquina marble top, which provides additional bar seating.

The master bedroom offers crisp, clean lines and beautiful detailing, combined with warm, inviting materials to ensure it is a private sanctuary. The bedroom features an expansive bed with custom cashmere headboard cushions and slender metal detailing, alongside bedside tables and side tables by Formitalia. It also includes spacious walk-in closets, wall-mounted lighting by Boffi, a Flos light track system, and a lounge chair by Hans Wegner.

130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

In terms of customization, new owners will have the option of turning one of the rooms (in the two and three-bedroom homes) into a racing simulator room, home office, library space, or another bedroom.

The simulator room is the perfect choice for true auto enthusiasts with Aston Martin Design collaborating with Curv Racing Simulators, a new British technology company founded by Darren Turner (three-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin and an industry-leading expert in racing simulation technology) to create the ultimate in luxury home racing simulators.

Alternatively, one of the rooms could be turned into a private office and library space designed for working and relaxing. A custom-designed desk is paired with a classic Eames chair, and the room also features a lounge chair by Swoon and stool by Space Copenhagen. The office provides generous storage and display spaces, including black wood shelves and cabinets with smoked glass placed alongside textured Salvatori marble walls.

Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Bathrooms include textured Italian Salvatori marble throughout. In the master bathroom, a Salvatori solid carved marble soaking tub and carved marble double vanity sinks are paired with a spacious walk-in shower and private water closet. Secondary bathrooms incorporate Grigio Versilia marble, and Bianco Carrera marble with powder rooms in a bamboo textured Grigia Versilia marble.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX

As part of the collaboration, Sir David Adjaye has also designed the “130 William Adjay Special Edition Aston Martin DBX” that will be included in the sale of each of the five limited-edition residences.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on one of their signature vehicles’ custom fit-out. Taking inspiration from the materials, textures, and atmosphere of 130 William, Adjaye worked with Aston Martin to create a unique DBX design with highly crafted interiors and custom paintwork that reflected the building’s architecture.

The DBX Special Edition also marks the debut of real stone accents, with Grey “Pietra D’Avola” marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Front
130 William Adjaye Special Edition features “Parliament Green” leather interior. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin’s traditional hand-stitched leather includes Parliament Green trim and steering wheel from Aston Martin’s in-house customization service, “Q by Aston Martin,” matching the walls of the simulator room option, and deep, multi-layered paintwork in a Q by Aston Martin bespoke color inspired by 130 William’s exterior, complete with subtle hints of green.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Rear
Sir David Adjaye worked with “Q by Aston Martin” to create the limited editon. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The interior includes carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminum, and real stone.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Boot
Real stone accents and solid walnut timber trims throughout. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Corcoran Group is exclusively handling sales of the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William priced at $11,500,000 for PH60A (penthouse), $10,500,000 for PH60B (penthouse), and $3,985,000 for L59A, $5,985,000 for L59B and $10,000,000 for L59C.

Each residence will include a 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX.

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