Quite a few luxury watch brands turned heads at Geneva this year. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) horology exhibition is an event every wealthy gentleman has marked in his calendar for a chance to pinpoint his next wrist toy. Double tourbillons were particularly prominent at the exhibition and a few models stood out from the sea of luxury and exquisite craftsmanship.
Jaeger-LeCoultre moved into a new and daring direction with the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time. A platinum watch is hardly understated, but it’s a peculiar move from a brand known so well for its bling. It has completely stripped it down to a classic-looking dial, which hides a complicated tourbillon movement within a tourbillon.
Another strong statement comes from Audemars Piguet in the form of their Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. The Maison debuted a monochrome perpetual calendar in the watch world’s material of the moment: ceramic. No gold. No platinum. No diamonds. Just one minimalistic case of the world’s most fragile material with a price available on request.
IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is the latest tourbillon model from the brand and it’s a step up from its predecessor. Its gold-cased design lets wearers precisely set the time to the very second. For a price of about $110,000 the buyer receives a balanced combination of the 3 complications on the clean, silver plated dial with applied Arabic numerals.
Panerai developed the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49mm in search of lightness and architectural austerity. The used carbotech material has been utilized a high point. This makes the latest LAB-ID Luminor the brand’s most functional dive watch yet. Plus, it features a dial made from the world’s ‘blackest black’.
The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotier Celestial Astronominal Grand Complication 3600 is a novelty option that will surely impress. With an eye-watering price tag, the Les Cabinotier offers a sunrise and sunset complication; moonphase; and a Zodiac, equinox and solstice display – all housed in a white gold case.
Dynasty – potentially the most expensive diamond manufactured in the history of Russia – is about to go on sale. It is hard to say how much the keenest buyer will have to shed to own this flawless piece, but the starting price is announced at the staggering $10 million.
Russian miner Alrosa announced the November auction of its rare collection of polished diamonds produced domestically, including the giant 51.38-carat gem. The large, traditional round-cut diamond, has a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter, making it equal in size to the visible part of a human eye. This makes it the first of such size and quality in the history of Russian jewelry.
The Dynasty Collection took a year and a half for Alrosa’s specialists to create. It consists of five polished diamonds from a 179-carat Romanovs rough diamond, extracted at one of the company’s mines in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region in 2015.
The collection pays homage to the Tsar Peter the Great, who built the city of St Petersburg, and the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years. The name was chosen in line with Alrosa’s intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship and filigree since Russia’s first cutting and polishing factory founded by Peter I (the Great) early in the 18th century.
Alrosa and Anglo American’s De Beers unit auction for the first time auctioned polished stones this year, produce about half of the world’s rough diamonds.
Dynasty is the collection’s main 51.38-carat diamond with a 57-facet traditional round brilliant cut with triple excellent cut, D color and VVS1 clarity. No other diamond manufactured in Russia has come close to this size and quality and is expected to attract a lot of interest from potential buyers.
Lots of windows and large social spaces make the new Van der Valk BeachClub 600 into a virtual glass home on water. Wealthy buyers can enjoy a new standard of comfort for on-board living in the small-yacht category.
Van der Valk’s new BeachClub 600 yacht brings the exterior into the saloon, while creating a record amount of volume, inside and out. With the launch of the aluminium 60-footer, the Dutch builder essentially created a new category of mid-sized yachts.
The patent-pending engine room sits under the swim platform, allowed designer Cor D. Rover to designate an unusual percentage of volume, both inside and out, to social spaces. The foredeck boasts a total of 270 square feet for lounges, tables, and even a Jacuzzi. The 150-sqare-foot aft beach club is enormous for a yacht this size.
But buyers should peek inside for a taste of the most striking innovations, where they’ll find the two-tiered saloons and a large master suite. The upper saloon area has lounges around the helm. The lower area includes a full galley and dining area with direct access to the swim platform via curved, sliding doors. Van der Valk’s generous use of glazing across the back half of the yacht makes it feel more like a glass house than a boat. The lower saloon boasts some of the best water views of any yacht in its class. The master suite also has longitudinal glass panels that stretch the full length of the hull to the bow, providing unmatched water view ever in a bow stateroom.
The BeachClub 600 is powered by twin Volvo Penta 950 IPS drives for a top speed of 25 knots. The captain can also drive from the upper station, attached to an exterior deck with about 200 square feet of more social space. Van der Valk asserts the boat should be launched on schedule later this year.
Rolls-Royce has revealed its most technically advanced Phantom ever. The flagship model, which costs £350,000, boasts a state-of-the-art design to whisk the world’s wealthiest around in near silence and luxury.
The Phantom flagship limousine was launched at a VIP party in London. It is the eighth in a bespoke line stretching back 92 years. The brand markets the new Phantom as ‘the most silent motor car in the world’ and the quietest Rolls-Royce ever made. It has a powerful 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, but top speed is electronically restricted to 155mph. Thanks to its sports car acceleration, getting from 0-62mph can be achieved in just 5.3 seconds.
This spectacular piece of automotive art paves the way for a future all-electric Rolls-Royce as the brand prepares for Government moves to ban the sale of new ‘conventional’ petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040.
Connoisseurs and collectors of fine art will be pleased to know there is plenty of space inside the limousine to display some of their own specially commissioned artworks, set behind a long stretch of protective glass on the dashboard. This essentially doubles the luxury limousine as an art gallery on wheels.
Another feature worth mentioning is the largest Starlight ‘headliner’ ever seen in a Rolls-Royce, comprising pinpricks of light in the roof. They are surrounded by high gloss and exquisitely tactile’ wood panelling in the door interiors, centre consoles, dashboard and picnic tables. The armrests draw inspiration from the classic J-Class yacht.
A sweep of wood panelling can be found across the back of the front seats and is influenced by the famous Eames Lounge Chair of 1956 which is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent display.
Phantom customers have a choice of seats: including the more intimate lounge seat, individual seats with an occasional armrest, or fixed centre console, plus the newly introduced ‘sleeping seat’.
The AeroMobil concept is designed to work in today’s infrastructure and present drivers slash pilots with an alternative to avoid congestions and heavy ground traffic. On the road, the vehicle can travel up to 100 mph for more than 400 miles. In the air, it can fly nonstop for almost 500 miles and cruising at speeds up to 160 mph. The vehicle can comfortably seat two passengers, and can transform from drive mode into flight mode in less than three minutes, according to a spokesman for the company. One minor inconvenience is that the AeroMobil needs a runway to take off and land, and operators will have to be certified pilots to operate it.
The exterior is made from carbon composites, to increase strength and minimize weight. When airborne, the vehicle is designed to be stable and easy to manoeuvre, the company says. The cockpit is fashioned from a high-strength monocoque structure for safety, and in an emergency, the pilot can deploy a ballistic parachute. This is done to ensure the entire vehicle can be brought safely to the ground.
The ground-breaking vehicles are scheduled for delivery by 2020, with the company taking pre-orders now. Estimated cost for the cutting-edge model is about $1.4 million to $1.8 million.
Project Nova, the 163-foot Heesen hybrid yacht has just completed five days of extensive sea trials in the North Sea. Aptly named Hope, the yacht is on its way to owners in the Mediterranean.
Home is the first Heesen hybrid. It has a strong Omega-designed exterior, which boasts an almost hawk-like, vertical bow that serves as the entry for a long, lean profile. Other features worth mentioning include Home’s hybrid electric-diesel propulsion mated to Heesen’s advanced hull shape.
Heesen has made a name for itself with its Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), which is designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. It was first used on the 213-foot Galactica Star as well as three other steel-hulled Heesens since.
Home is powered by twin 804 hp MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines. Although small for a yacht this size, they are able to produce impressive top end of 16.3 knots during its sea trials. Top speed increased to 18.5 knots when the MTUs were supplemented with the yacht’s two 170 hp DC electric engines.
At a cruising speed of 16 knots the yacht only consumes about 71 gallons per hour. At 12 knots, fuel consumption drops to 26 gph. When it only uses the electric motors Home achieves the respectable speed of 10 knots at 12 gph.
The yacht is defined by its modern aesthetics, inside and out, which are as impressive as its technological breakthroughs. Its striking exterior was created by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Vertical bows and high bulwarks complement the open bow to the floor-to-ceiling windows amidships, and the fixed swim platform at the stern. The interior has a sophisticated linear design in a two-tone palette. Bright colours are combined with abundant natural light for a warm, relaxed feel across the cabin. Home will make its public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Swiss master watchmaker Patek Philippe held its ‘The Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition’ in New York. The Maison marked the momentous occasion with the launch of very special, limited edition timepieces. The Patek Philippe Ref. 5531R World Time Minute Repeater New York 2017 Special Edition watch stood out with its unique design and amazing new grand complication that melodiously chimes the time for any location in the world. This one-of-a-kind minute repeater introduces significant changes to Patek Philippe’s traditional watchmaking process.
For the first time in the watchmaking world, Patek Philippe Ref. 5531 World Time Minute Repeater brings the rare combination of minute repeater and world time complications together in a single case. The functional mechanical connection between the repeater and the world time complication allows it to chime the local time anywhere in the world.
The new model comes in two versions, each in a limited series of just five pieces. Retailing price for the all-new grand complication watch is $561,341.
The biggest difference between a traditional repeater and the reference 5531R is that the new model doesn’t have the hour snail isn’t indexed once per hour by the minute snail; instead it’s driven continuously by the time zone wheel of the world time mechanism. This allows it to accurately reflect local rather than home time.
Another interesting alteration to the traditional mechanism, is an additional system that ensures that at the end of each hour, the watch will chime the time that the hands show at the end of the strike. The unique design means that instead of hearing five hour strikes, three quarter strikes, and 14 minute strikes as would be the case in a normal repeater, the wearer will instead hear only six hour strikes, which end exactly as the hands reach 6:00.
The watch boasts extra safety features– for example when the strike is activated, the world time mechanism is blocked to prevent any damage that might occur if the owner attempts to adjust the world time mechanism during chiming.
Breathtakingly beautiful the Pagani Huayra is an Italian mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani.
It replaces the legendary Pagani Zonda.
Power is transferred from the engine to the wheels via a seven-speed sequential gearbox that weighs 211 pounds. Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division provides the engine of the Huayra.The Huayra usesAMG-sourced 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which in this application cranks out an astonishing 700 horsepower, with 738 lb-ft of torque to go along with it.
The advanced composite materials used in the Huayra were first employed in the Zonda R. The Huayra uses a carbotanium monocoque construction. The car features gull-wing doors. Behind the driver is positioned the fuel tank, made of ballistic components.
The two-part key is shaped like a mini Huayra and the housing for the dials is milled from a single piece of aluminum.
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The amazingly gorgeous Serene is the best-equipped, most luxurious and one of the 10 largest yachts in the world. She was built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
The exterior design and engineering are the work of Espen Oeino, who is amongst the world’s top yacht designers. The interior has been designed by Reymond Langton. Serene is a motor yacht and she is built with steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This Fincantieri 134m yacht was built according to SOLAS rules and regulations. Serene has seven decks and has a generous beam of 18.5 metres, 12 staterooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 7 double cabins, 3 twin cabins, two helicopter landing platforms, a 15 meter saltwater pool with Jacuzzi tubs, spa area, sauna, a cinema, boardroom with full conference facilities, library, children’s playroom, climbing wall and storage space for a large submarine. The dance floor on the aft deck, with its two bars and bandstand, lights up when the night starts.
Another fantastic masterpiece launched by Maximilian Büsser & Friends, called the MegaWind Hronological Machine No.3.
„Time and Power – who says you can’t have it all“, is the slogan for this watch. The HM3 is the most successful series from MB & F and their top-selling model collection of all time.
The HM3 MegaWind is the new generation of HM3 that improves on and replaces the first generation Horological Machine No. 3 collection. The rotor, which is designed like a battle-axe, and regulator were placed on the dial side required an inverted movement, which was only possible thanks to two large high-tech ceramic bearings that efficiently transmit time up to the revolving hour and minute cones above. “Mystery rotor”, how MB&F call this rotor, was originally conceived by Stepan Sarpaneva. The reason why they call it like that is because it appears symmetrical but still spins properly like an asymmetrical rotor – this symmetry is really an optical illusion as mass has been shaved off the underside of the blade on one side of the rotor, allowing it to function properly.
The box is made with no less than 50 components made in red gold, with red gold rotor, or made in white gold, with gold rotor coated blue and the cones are made from solid blocks of aluminum.
The MB&F HM3 MegaWind is available in red gold, with matching red gold rotor, or in white gold with a sky-blue rotor.