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Top Watches of This Year’s 2017 SIHH

This year’s SIHH displayed watches from manufacturers such as A. Lange & Sohne, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, IWC, Audemars Piguet, Officine Panerai, Richard Mille and Ulysse Nardin to name a few.  The public wandered among a sea of watches from some of the top watch manufacturers in the world.  For watch enthusiast and collectors, some of the watches out for 2017 have exceeded expectations.  

 

Some of the highlights from this year’s SIHH are the new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar: A powerful combination of modern aesthetics and prestigious traditional complication.  The Royal Oak Chronograph is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a new model certain to catch your attention.  

 

Officine Panerai did not disappoint either.  The new LAB-ID, a watch which uses advanced technology previously unknown to the world of watches, showcases unique solutions that have revolutionized its design and mechanics, making use of the infinite potentials of Carbon.  The BMG-TECH™ is both harder and lighter than steel, and iis the first watch made from this innovative technology.  BMG-TECH™ is a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, obtained through a high-tech process, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure.  This technology also makes the watch 100% corrosion resistant.LABID

 

Industry News

The Hottest Luxury Watch Brands of 2016

Interested in who will have the hottest watches on the market this year? Timepiece Perfection has laid out a few of the top brand you’ll have to keep your eye on in 2016:

 

Audemars Piguet

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For the last 150 years, AP has created some of the most high-end watches money can buy. With a history of creating innovative minute repeater watches, their brand is founded on some of the most accurate and luxurious horological instruments.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, forged carbon watch by AP, keep your eye out for the new Royal Oak Concept Laptimer Michael Schumacher. It’s said to be their most ground-breaking mechanical movement yet.

 

Blancpain

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Since it first began creating timepieces in the 18th century, Blancpain had held up their true tradition of innovation and creativity. Famous for their Fifty Fathoms dive watch, this year they have reinforced their commitment to combine economic development with marine conservation by supporting World Ocean summit.

This year, they will be releasing more watches to fit their theme, by donating a portion of their proceeds to the cause.

 

A. Lange and Sohne
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As the leading Saxon watch manufacturer for over 170 years, you can expect nothing less than impressive from this brand. A. Lange and Sohne has opened a new factory, and they’re making exquisitely crafted watches to commemorate their achievements, such as the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, and the more affordable yet equally stunning Lange 1.

 

Bell and Ross
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Although they’re known for their square case watches, their latest watches are anything but “square”. This year, we’re eyeing the limited edition 10th anniversary Skeleton Tourbillon Mono-Pusher Chronograph. It gives the impression of being prised from a military aircraft, giving it a touch of class and strength like no other timepiece.

 

Rolex

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Now this is a brand that you should always keep in mind when searching for the most luxurious watches on the market. This year, they’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Day-Date, resulting in an extreme makeover for it’s flagship model. They’re also branching out by offering a Yachtmaster with a rubber strap in a delectable pink-rose gold case.

 

Omega
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With the release of the latest bond film Spectre, Daniel Craig has given Omega plenty of exposure by wearing their Seamaster model designed specifically for the film. The Seamaster 300 Spectre has the Bond family coat of arms and gun barrel found in the self-winding weight. But their impressive watches go being 007: keep your eye out for more supremely accurate watches to be released this year.


Want to know more about 2016 watch trends? Check out our post on predictions for the watch industry for 2016.

Top 10 Favorite Watches in America

Ever wonder what America’s favorite watches are? Chronolytics published an overview of the top 50 most popular watch brands in the USA. Here we’ve listed the top 10 from their list to explain why they’re our favorites too:

 

1. Rolex

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Of course, is should come to no surprise that Rolex makes the top of the list. Since it was founded in 1905 by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex has grown to be one of the largest single luxury watch brands, producing about 2,000 watches per day. Every timepiece crafted in their facility is created with the finest materials, advanced technology, and a classic artisan style.

2. Omega

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Known for a variety of styles that range from classic to more contemporary looks, Omega makes it easy to find a watch that suits anyone. Crafted with innovation and class, Omega is known for having famous wearers such as Prince William, Buzz Aldrin, John F. Kennedy, and James Bond in his films since 1995.

 

3. Breitling

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Breitling has long since been the leader of precision-made chronometers in the watchmaking world. Their intricately crafted instruments are created specifically towards aviation (Navitimer) and diving (SuperOcean).

 

4. Patek Philippe

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As one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe produces watches with extremely complicated movements and features. Because they are one of the few privately owned Swiss watch manufacturers, their creative freedom allows them to craft truly unique and stunning timepieces.

 

5. Cartier

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The jewelry and watches crafted by Cartier are often associated with those of Royalty. Every accessory they create has elegance, class, and prestige that will have everyone’s head turning.

 

6. Audemars Piguet

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Audemars Piguet is one of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers in the world, They are known for holding true to their roots: every luxury watch is crafted with old-fashioned handmade techniques. Still, they boast a bold, modern style in their latest collections.

7. Panerai

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The best things in life comes from Italy: food, wine, and luxury timepieces. Panerai has been making rustic, handmade watches since it was founded in Florence during the 1860s. Their casual yet adventurous style comes from Panerai’s history as a supplier to the Royal Italian Navy.

8. IWC

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To combine the modern engineering of the US with the artisan craftsmanship of the Swiss, Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company. Every watch they create meets their official motto “Probus Scafusia”, meaning “Good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.”

 

9. Jaeger-LeCoultre

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A watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre goes beyond a clean, sharp style. Known for having hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibres under its name, it boasts the world’s most complicated wristwatch and the world’s smallest calibre.

 

10. TAG Heuer

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Each timepiece by TAG Heuer is designed for a gentlemen with a sleek, sharp style. The extremely precise complications and features make TAG Heuer’s instruments some of the most desirable in the US.

Build Your Watch Collection: AP Ladies’ Royal Oak

Looking for a luxury watch for that special lady in your life?

We’ve found it —and it’s absolutely stunning.

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Watches from the Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Collection are famous for their rugged design. However, this timepiece from the Lady Offshore collection is a little different: it’s classy, chic, and gorgeous enough to make any girl swoon.

 

Design:

Featuring their signature hexagonal design bezel, the Royal Oak Offshore collection by Audemars Piguet is characterized by dramatic proportions and high-tech components and materials that are obvious in the elemental design features.This watch is crowned by its unique “Mega Tapisserie” motif. The “waffle” textured face displays 4 functional apertures with each window displaying the a magnified date, 30 minute counter, 12 hour counter, and the small seconds sub-dial.

 

The model shown here is uniquely ladylike. With a diamond encrusted bezel, it was truly designed for a lady of luxury.  The white strap and stainless steel case keep it versatile and functional for every wardrobe and lifestyle. Plus, it looks breathtaking on any woman’s wrist.

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Various Features:

  • Chronograph
    • Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has been crafting watches featuring the chronograph. Used to time the duration of events, this featured complication is what makes this luxury watch go beyond its demand and adding to its functionality.

 

  • Perpetual Calendar
    • The self winding perpetual calendars display the date, day, month, moon phases, and leap years.

 

  • Grande Complication
    • The self winding timepiece from the Royal Oak Offshore Collection has powerful features and generous lines. It houses a rare complication called a minute repeater mechanism, which serves to chime on the hours, quarter, and minutes on demand.

 

  • Self Winding
    • Each timepiece in the Royal Oak Offshore Collections is self winding.

Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Total diameter: 26.2 mm

Total diameter: 11½ lignes

Type of balance: Annular

Frequency of balance wheel: 3,00 (=21’600 alternances/hour) Hz

Type of balance-spring stud-holder: Mobile stud

Balance-spring type: Flat

Type of oscillating weight: Monobloc in 18-carat gold

Number of jewels: 37

Power reserve: 40 h

Number of parts: 304

Love this watch? Take a look at more timepieces from the Ladies’ AP Royal Oak Offshore Collection.

 

What Defines a Luxury Watch?

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Luxury watches are more than just an accessory — they’re an expression of prestige.

 

All the way from the production to the brand name, high-end timepieces are distinctly different from simple, mass-produced watches. To add clarity to what truly sets apart a luxury watch, we’ve laid out 4 aspects to look for:

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1. In-House Movements

When it comes to the quality of luxury timepieces, it’s all about production. True high-end watchmakers develop their instruments using in-house movements, setting their watches apart in terms of speciality. Some watchmakers even do the final polishing and assembly entirely by hand, giving it an exemplary touch found only in a luxury timepiece.  Plus, many luxury timepieces have limited production, inherently raising their value.

 

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2. Brand

Every luxury watch brand has distinguishing factors found in their timepieces.  Rolex, for example, is known for using an expensive and difficult steel called 904L for their watches. That special kind of steel is what keeps their watches looking beautiful for years to come — which is why owning a Rolex comes with a high price tag. And a high-end watch isn’t always defined by the price alone. Watch enthusiasts would classify watches such as Omega and Cartier as luxury timepieces, although they aren’t as expensive as brands such as Blancpain and Audemars Piguet.

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3. Jewelry

A luxury watch should go beyond timekeeping — it has to fit the look of a person with a high-end lifestyle. True luxury watches are made of only the finest materials. High quality, precious metals should protect your timepiece, while retaining the polish and its beauty for years to come. Something else to look for are jewels that decorate the watch. After all, nothing says luxury like gems that line the case or face of a high-end watch. All these materials add to the value of this jewelry.

 

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4. Complications

Watches with complications have features that go beyond the simplicity of timekeeping. A “complicated” watch is one that has many sophisticated functions, including chronograph, date displays, calendars, and time-zone displays. And creating a watch with more complication means implementing thousands of parts and intricate functions to make a truly high-end timepiece.

 

A timepiece that boasts at least 3 complications is generally called a Grand Complication, such as this one from the Audemars Piguet from the Royal Oaks Collection shown above. It features a perpetual calendar indicating the day, date, week, moon phases, month, leap years, minute repeater, split-seconds chronograph and small seconds at 9 o’clock.


Every watch enthusiast will carry their own opinion about what makes a high-end watch a high-end watch. But here at Timepiece Perfection, we feel that those 4 characteristics are what make up a true luxury timepiece.

What do you think a luxury timepiece should be defined by?

Watch Comparison: Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Cartier

There’s something undeniably classic and subtly powerful about a intricately crafted steel watch.

 

As we’ve searched through our collection here at Timepiece Perfection, we’ve found three perfect steel-cased watches to review today: AP Royal Oaks, Patek Philippe Chronograph, and Cartier Ballon Bleu.

 

Audmars Piguet Royal Oak

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The watchmakers of Audemars Piguet are known for creating luxury timepieces that implement artistic mastery with technical virtuosity. The exquisite and famous variety in the AP Royal Oaks Collection is why their watches are often featured in our articles. This time, we’ve decided to take a closer look what makes this AP chronograph so impressive.
This AP Chronograph is notably elegant and distinctly masculine. Crafted in stainless steel and utilizing state-of-the-art components, everything from  timekeeping to chronograph features perform flawlessly. And the detail in the Grande Tapestry face and recognizable hexagonal bezel give this timepiece the luxurious Royal Oaks touch.

 

more tech specs:

  • Case width: 41 mm
  • Chronograph function:
    • Column-Wheel chronograph movement.
    • Large central seconds counter hand.
    • 30 minute sub-dial counter located at the 3 o’clock position.
    • 12 hour sub-dial counter located at the 9 o’clock position.
  • AP Caliber 2385
  • Jewels: 37 Jewels
  • Power reserve: 40 hours.
  • Water resistance: 50 m

 

 

Patek Philippe Complication

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As pioneers in innovative complications such as the perpetual calendar, chronograph, and minute repeater, Patek Philippe has always been a leader in the world of watch making. And without a doubt, this watch from their Men’s Complication Collection is nothing short of prestigious.

 

This Annual Calendar Chronograph is the perfect blend of sport and luxury. Made of steel, it’s versatile for both formal and casual wear. It’s play on contrasted colors such as its signature red numeral and hand give this watch a pleasing and eye catching aesthetic. And as a true Patek Philippe, it goes beyond style: its movements are an example of technical panache. With pristine precision, it keeps accurate and reliable time and dates on all apertures.

 

more tech specs:

  • Movement: Mechanical self-winding
  • Caliber: CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H
  • Annual Calendar
  • Chronograph
  • 60-minute and 12-hour mono counter
  • Apertures: Day, date and month
  • Bracelet: Steel with fold-over clasp
  • Case back: Sapphire-crystal case back
  • Water resistant: 30 m
  • Case diameter: 40.5 mm

 

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu

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Unique design elements, high-end materials, and versatile style — that’s what makes a Cartier a Cartier. By incorporating classic looks with a modern twist, this watchmaker has creating a simply stunning unisex watch: the Ballon Bleu.

 

True to the Cartier standard of luxe and ingenuity, this Ballon Bleu is stunning on the wrists of men and women alike. The elegant Roman Numerals lay a path that draw the eye to its gorgeous guilloché dial. The sleek white face is decorated with their signature blue sword hands to keep perfectly accurate time. The convex curves of this case sets this instrument apart as a modern and chic Cartier.

 

more tech specs:

  • Case Width: 36.2 mm
  • Movement: mechanical with automatic winding
  • Crown: fluted set with a synthetic spinel cabochon
  • Dial: silvered guilloché opaline
  • Cartier caliber 076.
  • Case back: sapphire crystal,
  • Bracelet: steel.
  • Water-resistant: 30 meters


Need some help with choosing which luxury watch is best for you? Check out our tips on how pick the perfect timepiece or other watch reviews, and let us help you find the most important accessory you’ll ever own.

Build Your Watch Collection: Royal Oak Offshore by Audemars Piguet


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The Royal Oak Offshore Timepiece Collection was born through Audemars Piguet’s desire to destroy the barriers between luxury and sport watches. This collection of meticulously crafted timepieces has both exceptional aesthetic quality and high-end functionality, making it essential to completing the ultimate watch collection.

Materials:

Royal Oak Offshore timepieces found in the Audemars Piguet collection have cases that are made out of high quality materials such as titanium, platinum, stainless steel, gold, and other precious metals.

One of the newest and most innovative materials found in this particular collection is forged carbon. The Audemars Piguet craftsmen were the first watchmakers to make a significant investment in forged carbon steel. After looking into the forging method employed in aeronautics, the company modified the technique to create a light, aesthetically pleasing material. Head of the Audemars Piguet forged carbon department, Yves Leuba, explains that the process they use makes each watch unique because the carbon fibers evolve and are distributed randomly throughout the mold.

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Design:

Featuring their signature hexagonal design bezel, the Royal Oak Offshore collection by Audemars Piguet is characterized by dramatic proportions and high-tech components and materials that are obvious in the elemental design features. This watch is crowned by its unique “Mega Tapisserie” motif.

The model shown here features black sub-dials rimmed with a thin, rose-gold border. The “waffle” textured face displays 4 functional apertures with each window displaying the a magnified date, 30 minute counter, 12 hour counter, and the small seconds sub-dial. The lightweight, high quality materials and distinctive design make a watch from this collection both functional as a sports watch but still praised as a luxury timepiece.

Various Features:

Chronograph

  • Since 1875, Audemars Piguet has been crafting watches featuring the chronograph. Used to time the duration of events, this featured complication is what makes this luxury watch go beyond its demand and adds to its functionality as a sports watch.

Perpetual Calendar

  • The intricate, perpetual calendars display the date, day, month, moon phases, and leap years.

Tourbillon

  • These watches have a visual splendor that draws attention to the tourbillon, which is displayed on the front of the face so that it is visible when looking at one’s watch. These models are the finest display of luxury found in the Royal Oaks Offshore Collection.

Grand Complication

  • The timepiece from the Royal Oak Offshore Collection has virile design with powerful features and generous lines. It houses a rare complication called a minute repeater mechanism, which serves to chime on the hours, quarter, and minutes on demand.

Self Winding

  • Each timepiece in the Royal Oak Offshore Collections is self winding so that you get the most out of your luxury watch.

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Specs:

  • Clasp: Deployment
  • Movement: Automatic Chronograph
  • Display: Charcoal tapestry dial with solid black sub-dials.
  • Rose gold hands with luminous fill.
  • Rubber clad bezel, crown & chronograph push-pieces.
  • Large luminous Arabic Numeral Hour Markers.
  • Tachymeter scale on inner bezel ring.
  • AP caliber 2326/2840 beats at 28,800 vph
  • Number of parts: 335
  • Power Reserve: 40+ hours.

Build your watch collection by finding your Royal Oak Offshore timepiece by Audemars Piguet here.

Audemars Piguet 2014 Watches Classic, Edward Piguet, Jules Audemars, Millenary, Royal Oak

classicThe completely elegant Audemars Piguet 2014 watch collection

Classic:  The Audemars Piguet Classic series features a variety of mens and womens watches, with a luxurious style that accompanies a modern, polished wardrobe.  Featuring a hand wound movement, this series comes in a variety of models, including: the Classicique Clous, Tradition Xtra Thin, and the Tradition Perpetual Calendar.  Other features may include: a manufacturers warranty, an ivory dial, a brown alligator/crocodile band, 18k white gold, a moon phase subdial, and a perpetual calendar.

edward piguetEdward Piguet:  The Edward Piguet series features a stylish variety of mens and womens watches in many different colors, including: Mother of Pearl, Silver, and Skeleton, with either a Tourbillion or automatic Chronograph movement. This series comes in a variety of models, including:Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Selfwinding, Tourbillion, and Tourbillion Large Date.  Other features may include: a crocodile leather black band, baguette cut diamonds, single rose cut diamonds, blued hands, a polished, finished 18k rose case with fine brushed, finished edges, polished 18kt white gold leaf shaped hands, a manufacturers warranty, and a self-winding capability.

jules audemarsJules Audemars:  The Jules Audemars series features a large variety of men and womens watch models, including the AP Escapement, Chronograph, Dual Time, Equation of Time, Extra Thin, Grand Complication, Perpetual Calendar, Selfwinding, Tourbillion Chronograph, Moon-Phase Calendar, and Small Seconds.  Design features of each watch in the series may include: a tang buckle, a blue alligator leather band, a black crocodile leather band, a silver metallic dial, 18k white gold, and a variety of colors, including silver.  Each model may also feature a hand wound feature capability and a manufacturers warranty.

millenaryMillenary:  The Audemars Piguet Millenary series comes in a variety of models, such as Limited Edition, Morita, QEII,Selfwinding, Selfwinding Ladies Collection, and Tourbillon.  Featuring a variety of face colors, including Mother of Pearl, Black, and Skeleton, this series comes with a Tourbillon movement and a manual wind capability.  Other features in this series may include: gun-metal blued hands, 18k white gold, a single rose cut diamond set in the crown, stainless steel, a alligator/crocodile leather black band, a crocodile leather blue band, 18k rose gold, 18k pink gold, a pave diamond case, and bezel.

royal oakRoyal Oak:  The Royal Oak series comes in a wide variety of mens and womens watch models, including the Automatic, Automatic Skeleton, Chronograph, Day and Date, Dual Time, Equation of Time, Grand Complication, Offshore Chronograph, Offshore Limited Editions, Offshore Selfwinding, Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Selfwinding, Tourbillon, and Quartz.  Some features of this series of models, may include: a brown, blue, or salmon colored face, a platinum or stainless steel brushed and polished band, automatic movement and chronograph, a “waffle” tapestried design dial, luminous applied index hour markers and hands, a push button foldover clasp, and a hexagon design bezel.