Luxe Events From Around the World

A look at the latest events and launches in the world of luxury.

BREGUET’S OFFERING FROM BASELWORLD

Breguet has unveiled its Basel offering, a new interpretation of the Tradition Dame model that’s crafted in 18k rose gold and dedicated to women. This elegant mechanical timepiece features a hand-engraved rosette motif on the barrel and a delicate white mother-of-pearl dial ornamented with a handcrafted engine-turned ‘Clou de Paris’ hobnailing and gold Breguet open-tipped hands. The bezel flaunts 68 brilliant-cut diamonds while its crown is set with a match movement jewel, and a sapphire-crystal caseback set on a leather strap.

TISSOT CELEBRATES MOTOGP WITH SPECIAL COLLECTION

As the official timekeeper of MotoGP, Tissot presented its 2017 Official MotoGP Collection at the finale of the MotoGP season. The collection consists of two Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition watches, one that features an automatic piece limited to 2017 pieces, and the other that’s powered by a quartz movement, created in a series of 5,000 pieces.

Both the timepieces take inspiration from the spectacular performances; several references from the bikes and the skills of the athletes are reflected in the design and detailing of these watches. The automatic watch comes encased in a rose gold PVD case, while the quartz version comes in a dark grey PVD case with electric blue detailing. Lastly, both watches come packed in a helmet-shaped box.

MONTBLANC LAUNCHES FIRST SMARTWATCH COLLECTION IN INDIA

Montblanc recently launched its first smart watch collection— the Montblanc Summit Collection—in India, a day after its global launch in London. This luxury smart watch—that’s inspired by the brand’s classic 1858 collection—combines cutting-edge technology, fine watch-making techniques and superior materials along with numerous desirable features like an all-new Android Wear 2.0 operating system specially designed for smart watches, a heart-rate monitor and pre-loaded apps like Runtastic, Uber and Foursquare. That isn’t all, the collection features steel and titanium cases with contemporary straps, an AMOLED display, gyroscope and a compass and ambient light sensor among many other unique features.

GLENMORANGIE’S NEW PRIVATE EDITION

Glenmorangie recently unveiled Glenmorangie Bacalta—a new addition to its award-winning single malts collection, and the first to be finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks. Inspired from the Glenmorangie Madeira Finish, the world’s first whiskey to be extra matured in Madeira casks; this new limited edition is complex with a hint of sun-baked sweetness, offset by the special Malmsey casks.

In an effort to improvise and create the perfect Madeira-finished Glenmorangie, Dr. Bill Lumsden, director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, arranged for the creation of bespoke American oak casks, which were seasoned to the exact specifications of the sweetest of Madeira wine—Malmsey wine—and then baked to maturity. These were then emptied and transported to Scotland where they were replenished with the specially selected spirit— already matured in ex-bourbon barrels, to create the Bacalta.

Longines unveils Conquest V.H.P Collection with quartz technology

Longines recently launched the Conquest V.H.P (Very High Precision) collection, a collection of quartz timepieces that showcase the brand’s longstanding expertise and prowess in quartz technology and timekeeping activities. Launched at the Neuchâtel Observatory—where the brand developed its first quartz clock way back in 1954—these pieces exhibit the very best of precision, craftsmanship and technology. With a long legacy dotted with successful milestones, the brand made history with its first quartz clock in 1954, housed in the pioneering Chronocinégines instrument that provided judges with a film strip composed of a series of prints at 1/100th of a second, which allowed them to precisely capture the movements of the athletes especially across the finish line.

This was followed by the Ultra-Quartz in 1969—the first quartz wristwatch—and then the Conquest V.H.P in 1984 that was powered by a quartz calibre that broke precision records at the time. Following in this rich tradition of proficiency and noteworthy feats in quartz technology, the new collection of steel watches feature a movement—renowned for its precision and ability for an analog watch to reset its hands after impact or exposure to a magnetic field—exclusively created for Longines by the ETA manufacturing company.That isn’t quite all, these sporty timepieces also feature a long battery life, perpetual calendar, and are available in the 3 hands/calendar (41 and 43 mm diameter cases) and chronograph (42 and 44 mm diameter cases) variants in blue, carbon, silvered or black dial with a steel bracelet that features a folding safety clasp.

Timepiece Extraordinaire

When Parisian house Van Cleef & Arpels fuses its jewellery and timekeeping savoir faire, the result is a fascinating creation that leaves its viewers spellbound. One such work of art was launched at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. It was the first ever Extraordinary Object: the Automate Fée Ondine—an automaton that weaves fantasy and romance. This wondrous bejewelled tableau combines traditional watchmaking and high jewellery in a poetic symphony that celebrates the beauty of nature, and simultaneously, tells the time. This highly challenging creation is a culmination of years of work, created in collaboration with master automaton maker François Junod, along with the savoir faire of several craftsmen. In Junod’s own words, “It is by far the most complex piece I’ve ever made.”

This marvellous piece consists of animated and delicate elements like a white gold, diamond and sapphire fairy with enamelled wings. The fairy slowly comes to life, amidst gently blooming, silver enamelled water lilies set with diamonds and sapphires, which rest atop an ebony-based tranquil pond with a ruby ladybird that indicates the time. The lilyladen pond features silver engraved and enamelled strips, dotted with diamonds and pink sapphires. All elements move in tandem to a gentle melody, including the water lily that opens its petals to reveal a flitting butterfly, crafted in gold, diamonds, sapphires and opal, and the fairy, who lifts her head and flaps her wings. A pièce de résistance, this is sheer poetry in motion brought to life by craftsmen from various disciplines—jewellery, watchmaking and even woodwork.


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