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The Rolex Cellini collection: The eternal elegance

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The Rolex Cellini collection celebrates the eternal elegance of traditional timepieces with a contemporary touch. Consisting of classically inspired models, it combines Rolex’s know-how and high standards of perfection in an approach that heightens watchmaking heritage in its most timeless form.

The lines of the Cellini models are sober and refined, the materials noble, the finishings luxurious: every detail respects the codes of the art of watchmaking. But this collection is not suspended in an idealized past. Like the Italian Renaissance – one of whose most admired artists, Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith and sculptor to the popes, inspired the name of the collection – the Rolex Cellini models mark a return to the sources of classicism, reinterpreting it in perfect harmony with their time. These watches, born of Rolex watchmaking tradition, evoke the finest examples of contemporary monumental architecture, where grandiose proportions and clean lines are accompanied by a strikingly modern reading of space and light. The Cellini watches are freed of the formal constraints of their heritage, fully assuming their role as refined guardians of time, symbols of luxury steeped in values that reveal an authentic art de vivre.

THE NEW CELLINI  COLLECTION

The new Cellini collection, presented in 2014, has its own distinctive aesthetic codes. The round shape, classic 39 mm diameter, and the cases available exclusively in 18 ct gold – cast by Rolex in its own foundry – are marks of tradition, while the Cellini’s refined lugs, the polished finish and the double bezel – one domed and the second delicately fluted – add a touch of distinction. An emblematic Rolex feature, this fluting is also present on the case back, serving to screw it down. The case back is domed as in bygone eras. The flared shape of the screw-down crown highlights the refined aesthetics of the Cellini. The dials also bear witness to know-how and tradition: adorned with gold applique hour markers, they are either lacquered, or embellished with a classic “rayon flammé de la gloire” guilloche motif.

All models in the new Cellini collection feature a high-precision self-winding mechanical movement entirely manufactured by Rolex.

SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETERS

Each Cellini Time, Date, Dual Time and Moonphase is certified as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories and according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. These tests are carried out on the fully assembled watch, in order to guarantee superlative performance on the wrist.

The precision of every movement – officially certified as a chronometer by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) – is, therefore, tested a second time by Rolex after being cased, to ensure that it meets criteria for precision that are far more exacting than those for an official chronometer. The tolerance for the average rate of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day. Its precision is tested by Rolex using an exclusive methodology that simulates the conditions in which a watch is actually worn and is much more representative of real-life experience. The certification testing is carried out using state-of-the-art equipment specially developed by Rolex. The entirely automated series of tests also checks the waterproofness, the self-winding capacity and the power reserve of 100 per cent of Rolex watches. These tests systematically complement the qualification testing upstream during development and production that ensures the watches’ reliability, robustness, and resistance to magnetic fields and shocks.

The unique way in which Rolex watches are designed, manufactured and tested, together with the exclusive innovations from which they benefit, push back the limits of performance for mechanical watches   and   make   Rolex  the   benchmark   for   watchmaking   excellence.   The   Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

THE CELLINI  TIME:  THE ESSENCE OF A  TIMELESS CLASSIC

Hours, minutes and seconds form the essence of time. The Cellini Time captures the present as if nothing else were of importance; nothing but the magic of the moment. Its simple, clear dial pays tribute to the timeless codes of classic watchmaking, while reinterpreting them with an elegant modernity. The extended applique hour markers are divided by a minute track, moved towards the centre of the dial closer to the tips of the hands. The hands count off each second, each minute and each hour with the full precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer.

THE CELLINI  DATE: ELEGANCE, DAY IN,  DAY OUT

The days go by in an infinite cycle: yesterday, today, tomorrow. Each day that passes is different, each day is essential. The Cellini Date model adds another function to the indication of hours, minutes and seconds: a date display suffused with elegance, tradition and poetry. Located at 3 o’clock, a small gold-rimmed sub-dial with a guilloche motif at its centre shows the full sequence of the dates of the month. Day after day, a small gold hand indicates the current date, as on timepieces of yesteryear. A splendid instrument to project the wearer into time, this calendar displays on a single dial the days gone by and days to come.

THE CELLINI  DUAL TIME: TIME  HERE AND TIME THERE

The Cellini Dual Time model grants its wearers the gift of temporal ubiquity. With a quick glance at the dial, travellers are simultaneously aware of the time here and the time elsewhere. The small gold-rimmed sub-dial at 6 o’clock shows the minutes and hours in a faraway part of the world. To differentiate daytime hours from night-time hours, a sun or moon symbol transits the aperture at

9 o’clock on the sub-dial. The large centre hands, shaped like two-edged swords, accompany the wearers on their journey. The hour hand can be set independently by successive “jumps” to adjust to  a  new  local  time  zone,  without  disturbing  the  functioning  or  the  precision  of  the  Rolex Superlative Chronometer movement.

THE CELLINI  MOONPHASE: POETRY IN  THE LUNAR CYCLE

The  white lacquer  dial  of  the  Cellini  Moonphase  bears  aa  blue  enamelled  disc  at  6  o’clock displaying the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator located at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle.

The Cellini Moonphase is also bestowed with an elegant date display around the circumference of the dial, via a centre hand with a crescent moon at its tip. This new model is driven by a self- winding  mechanical  movement  entirely  manufactured  by  Rolex,  whose  patented  moonphase module is astronomically accurate for 122 years.

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The Breitling Avenger Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition

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Breitling is celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Patrouille Suisse Swiss Air Force Team, admired around the world for its dazzling aerial performances, with the launch of the Avenger Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition, produced in a series of 550 pieces.

In 1964, the Swiss Air Force created an aerobatics team, named Patrouille Suisse, made up of some of its most talented pilots. Today, 55 years later, the Patrouille Suisse squadron dazzles audiences with aerial displays in the skies above Switzerland and other European countries with precision performances in six supersonic jets. Breitling has created a new watch to honor these high-flying Swiss ambassadors: the Avenger Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition.

Georges Kern, the CEO of Breitling, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the Patrouille Suisse squadron’s anniversary with a limited-edition chronograph. He says: “The Patrouille Suisse Swiss Air Force Team and Breitling make ideal partners. Flying in tight formations in supersonic jets, the Patrouille Suisse squadron is the perfect modern expression of our long aviation tradition. We are excited about the watch we have created to celebrate their 55th anniversary.”

The Breitling Avenger Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition has a 45 mm stainless-steel case with a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel. Its striking black dial features the logo of the Patrouille Suisse squadron on the subdial at 9 o’clock as well as distinctive yellow and red accents that reflect the colors of the Patrouille Suisse squadron’s logo. The yellow-tipped second hand adds another dash of color. The hands and the black indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova®, a luminescent material that makes them easily readable in all lighting conditions. The caseback is engraved with the Patrouille Suisse squadron’s 55th anniversary logo – a stylized 55 and six supersonic jets in flight – along with the words “ONE OF 550”, an indication of its special limited-edition status.

The Avenger Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition is powered by a Breitling Caliber 13, a COSC-certified chronometer movement with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. It is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters). The special limited-edition Avenger is presented on an anthracite leather military strap with a pin buckle.

The Campaign Revolving around the Patrouille Suisse Swiss Air Force Team

Breitling is proud to present three talented Patrouille Suisse jet pilots to support this anniversary edition. Major Gunnar Jansen joined the Patrouille Suisse Swiss Air Force Team in 2010 and has led the formation for the past three years. Captain Claudius Meier flies in the second position, on the right side of the leader. Captain Lukas Nannini, the second soloist, who flies in the fifth position on the outer left wing, completes the squad.

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Since 1884, Breitling has established a global reputation for high-precision timepieces, its pioneering role in the development of the wrist chronograph, and its uncompromising commitment to design excellence. With the brand’s storied association with aviation, Breitling has shared the finest moments in humankind’s conquest of the skies. Renowned for its spirit of innovation, it has also earned a place of privilege in the worlds of science, sport, and technology. Breitling manufactures its own movements inhouse and the quality of every watch is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer, made in Switzerland.

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Hublot marks a new step in its retail strategy by opening its first boutique in India

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Hublot opened its first flagship Boutique in India, located in the heart of Mumbai at the Palladium Mall, one of the most prestigious luxury shopping locations in the country. The Mall offers an unrivalled mix of traditional elegance and contemporary luxury. Covering more than 45 square meters, on the ground floor of the mall, this brand new Hublot Boutique exemplifies the brand’s well-known motto, « The Art of Fusion », blending materials and styles in a truly modern and innovative spirit. Paying tribute to the art world, the boutique is decorated with Pop Art paintings inspired by the iconic Big Bang collection. Hublot Big Bang, Classic Fusion, Spirit of Big Bang, MP as well as exclusive limited editions will be on display for all watch lovers.


We are delighted and proud to open India’s first Hublot Boutique in one of most well-known luxury retail destinations in the country. This opening demonstrates not only the success of the brand, which goes from strength to strength since the birth of the iconic Big Bang in 2005, but also Hublot’s willingness to constantly challenge fine watchmaking by fusing tradition with innovation, while offering the highest level of service to its clients. Today marks a new milestone for Hublot, and the Mumbai Boutique will, for sure, serve as a springboard for Hublot in India… and worldwide!
– Ricardo Guadalupe
CEO HUBLOT
 
Present at the Opening, Hublot’s Brand Ambassador, ex cricket star Kevin Pietersen graced the occasion and interacted with eminent members of media and Hublotistas alike. He teached Ricardo Guadalupe how to bowl on a small pitch designed for the occasion.
 
I played many times in India throughout my professional career, and I really love the country. India deserve a Hublot flagship Boutique, and Mumbai is the perfect location. I am also really happy to be here today, next to Ricardo, as we just announced Hublot’s partnership with my platform, SORAI, Save Our Rhino Africa India.
– Kevin Pietersen
Founder of SORAI
 
Rohit Sharma, the best white ball cricketer opener in the world and Hublot’s Friend of the Brand, was unable to attend the illustrious event.  However, he addressed the media in the form of a direct telecast from Pune, where he is representing India in the forthcoming Test Match between South Africa and India. He congratulated Hublot for this first boutique in India and applauded the social contribution of the brand Hublot towards saving the rhinos in India, a cause with which he himself is also associated. 

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When a Meteorite Meets High Watchmaking

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Jaeger‑LeCoultre presents a new version of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, combining traditional artistic crafts with the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay.

Encapsulating the core values of La Grande Maison, Jaeger‑LeCoultre presents a new version of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, which marries the technical tour-de-force of its signature multi-axis tourbillon to the finest of artistic craftsmanship.

In 2013, Jaeger‑LeCoultre first introduced the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 to mark the Maison’s 180th anniversary. Combining a third-generation interpretation of the Gyrotourbillon with an intriguing and highly unusual instantaneous digital display chronograph, it represents mechanical sophistication of the highest order.        

But still, Jaeger‑LeCoultre wanted to do more. And so, this new version of Gyrotourbillon 3 harnesses the exceptional skills of the Manufacture’s Rare Handcrafts™ (Métiers Rares®) artisans to elevate the rare and precious timepiece to a new level. With various elements of the dial showcasing the traditional Rare Handcrafts™ of hand-guillochage, engraving and grand feu enamel, this new model introduces the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay.

On the dial side, the intriguing geometric markings of the silvery-grey meteorite are complemented by the subtle glitter of deep blue aventurine and the glow of pure white grand feu enamel. This harmonious interplay of materials, colour and surface pattern is complemented by the warmth and richness of the pink gold case and dial details.

Found in Namibia, the Gibeon meteorite chosen for this watch is an iron-nickel alloy with an octahedrite crystal structure, formed by the cooling of the asteroid fragment in outer space over the course of billions of years before it crashed to earth in prehistoric times. The abstract geometric patterns of the intersecting crystal structures shimmer gently when the material catches the light, their irregular arrangement making every slice of meteorite subtly different from all others.

In addition to the meteorite inlaid on the German silver bridges, a disc of meteorite sits at the centre of the time display dial, surrounded by a ring of aventurine with applied indexes. On the chronograph display, an aventurine disc is encircled by a ring of white grand feu enamel, marked with elapsed seconds. The Day/Night display comprises a 24-hour plate on which two gold semi-circles are applied, one each for day and night. The white day section is decorated with hand-guilloché, hand-engraved sunrays and an applied polished pink gold sun; the night section features applied polished pink gold crescent moon and stars, set on a rich blue background.

Asymmetrical yet perfectly balanced, these three overlapping dials are layered, adding visual depth to the watch face – and, despite tempting glimpses of the movement, drawing the eye irresistibly to the tourbillon as it spins in space, with no immediately visible means of support.

It is on the back of the movement that the meteorite truly takes centre stage. A lively yet subtle mixture of colour and texture – blued screws, ruby jewels, the shiny aspect of the hand-chamfered and hand-polished jewel countersinks, bridges and plates, and the matt finish of the brushed borders of the German silver plates – offsets the abstract geometric patterns of the meteorite, which adorns all of the plates and bridges.

A skill mastered by very few craftsmen in the world, meteorite inlay requires a rare degree of precision and dexterity. First, the artisan must hollow out the surface of the German silver plate or bridge, to a depth that exactly matches the thickness of the meteorite fragment, leaving only a fine fillet of German silver at the borders. Once the new surface has been polished, the meteorite must be laid so that its edges fit seamlessly within the complex, curving borders and its surface lies exactly flush with them, to form a completely flat and unified plane. It is work of the utmost refinement and precision, measured in fractions of a millimetre.

Such exacting work complements the remarkable precision of the Gyrotourbillon mechanism. Exceedingly rare and complex, this multi-axis tourbillon comprises two cages, set at two different angles, turning opposite directions, at different speeds, with a blued spherical balance spring beating like a heart in their centre. In the absence of a tourbillon bridge, the cantilevered all-aluminium cages of Gyrotourbillon 3 appear to be suspended in space.

Hand-wound movement, calibre 176, incorporates a fully integrated chronograph, which displays the seconds on a traditional round dial and elapsed minutes on an instantaneously jumping digital counter.

Conceived and crafted for true connoisseurs of art and mechanics, the new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 ‘Meteorite’ represents the highest expression of Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s codes.

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