A set to surpass every superlative: Hublot is launching a Big Bang watch set with 13.5 carats of diamonds combined with a bullet resistant jacket made of crocodile leather. A million-dollar duo, custom-made for you!
This incredible project, combining haute horlogerie, fashion, and cutting-edge technology, was made possible through a collaboration with the Karmaloog brand. Founded by Racho Bajadjan and Nezir Yozgat. They created the brand specialising in ultra-luxury garments and accessories, using the skills of the finest craftsmen, working with the most refined materials, and pride themselves on exceeding limitations. For this partnership, Racho Bajadjan, artistic director of Karmaloog, has created an incredibly stylish bomber jacket, cut from black crocodile leather. The Karmaloog brand carefully hand picks their leathers which are sourced from suppliers that guarantee the international animal protection laws are respected. This highly fashionable jacket has been designed with a unique lining, a material developed using the latest technology to add protection without bulk it is called Carbon aramid fabric and made possible by multiple layers of finely woven carbon nanotube fabrics. This enables the jacket to withstand and absorb the impact of powerful projectiles. The lining has then been covered in elegant screen-printed silk using Hublot colours.
The ultimate in refinement, the various zip closures on the jacket can be customised by the wearer. A set of three jewellery sliders is provided for each zip closure: The main slider at the front is 18 carats white gold and paved with diamonds (39 diamonds totalling 0,88 carats) combined with a slider crafted in white gold and two side pocket sliders all in the shape of an H (for Hublot), these sliders are interchangeable with the recognizable Karmaloog sliders hand crafted in 18 carat white gold.
Veritable jewels themselves these zip sliders are also available for the secret inside pocket fitted within the jacket. The lining features four notches designed to house two watch straps. Karmaloog added this design feature as the sleeve of the jacket is equipped with Hublot’s patented “One Click” device enabling the watch face to be attached directly to the sleeve cuff of this jacket, so that the watch can be admired by all. When the jacket is taken off the wearer can bring their choice of straps with them. Just one click and the watch can be moved from the jacket to the wrist, thanks to the integration of the super smart One Click system developed by Hublot! Stylish yet practical.
Let’s take a closer look: christened the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Croco High Jewellery, it is set with 380 baguette diamonds, cut and arranged to look like scales. They cover the case, the dial and the clasp, in a layout of size and shape carefully designed to recreate the pattern of crocodile skin. The dial alone is set with 102 baguette diamonds (totalling 4.3 carats). There is an aperture at 6 o’clock opening onto the crowning glory of the calibre HUB6016 movement, a stunning tourbillon. The movement is housed in a case measuring 45 mm in diameter, which is set with another 234 baguette diamonds (totalling 7.6 ct). Self-winding, it boasts an immense power reserve of 115 hours – almost five days!
Together, this incredible jacket and Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Croco High Jewellery watch form a unique combination and deserve a showcase to match: the set is delivered in a black leather sports bag. Inside is a briefcase which houses the watch and can be stored in a safe. It is designed to hold the 9 precious zips, and also contains a second small box with the same dimensions as the secret pocket within the jacket, to allow the watch to be hidden away for safekeeping.
Jaeger LeCoultre Presents Three New Rendez-Vous Sonatina Dedicated To Peaceful Nature
Jaeger‑LeCoultre is delighted to present three exquisite variations of Rendez-Vous Sonatina celebrating “Peaceful Nature”, each offered in a limited edition of eight pieces. These supremely elegant timepieces embody three distinct expressions of refined and delicate femininity.
Testament to the rare talent of Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s craftsmen, they unite the codes of fine watchmaking and the delicacy of Métiers Rares™ (Rare Handcrafts), celebrating the Art of Precision in both technical execution and aesthetic expression.
Orchids: a symbol of beauty, grace and charm, cultivated and appreciated in China for more than 3,000 years. Butterflies: believed to represent metamorphosis, hope and life itself – their almost weightless fluttering evoking a sense of lightness and joy.
Elegant yet delicate, fragile yet strong, orchids and butterflies unite on the dials of this new edition of the Rendez-Vous Sonatina, expressing the most enchanting facets of the feminine character.
Giving full rein to the skill of the Maison’s artisans, these new timepieces call on three of the Métiers Rares™ (Rare Handcrafts) that Jaeger‑LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered: guillochage, micro-painting on mother-of-pearl, and gem-setting.
The dials are engraved with a wavy guilloché motif that enhances the tonal variations of the mother-of-pearl, then a delicate tint of pink, green or purple is added. Onto this gleaming background the exquisite composition of orchids and butterflies is brought to life by the artisan, one tiny brushstroke at a time. Lifelike in their detail, with a remarkable sense of visual depth, each of these miniature works of art is subtly different, imbued with the artisan’s personality and passion. A fine oval-shaped ring of diamonds draws the eye to the painted image where, set among the blooms, in a free-form, flower-shaped aperture, the Night & Day indicator is visible.
Set on the edge of the dial, a delicate gold star marks the time of a special rendezvous, moved into position by a second crown. When the time comes, the watch releases a single, melodious chime to remind the owner of her appointment.
This poetic and whimsical expression of femininity is brought to life by the technical sophistication of Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s Manufacture Calibre 735, a self-winding movement developed specially for the Sonatina, which is displayed beneath the transparent sapphire case-back.
To complete these watchmaking treasures, an alligator leather strap, matched to the dial colour and given a glowing, shiny finish, is fastened to the wrist by a pink gold buckle.
Conceived as a joyful expression of femininity, these special editions of Rendez-Vous Sonatina are limited to eight examples of each variation, and are available exclusively from Jaeger‑LeCoultre boutiques.
Jaeger LeCoultre Presents the New Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red
Capturing the pure essence of femininity, the Rendez-Vous collection has been reimagined this year as part of The Art of Precision theme. With a prong setting brought to life with the most meticulous and striking jewellery techniques, the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous pay tribute to the highest form of precision, both in craftsmanship and creative passion.
In addition to the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day (available in white gold or in pink gold) and the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) launched at SIHH, Jaeger‑LeCoultre is delighted to present the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red at the occasion of the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival.
Red: the colour of nobility, energy, passion, wisdom and good fortune. The colour of confident femininity – extroverted and undeniably glamorous.
With Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, Jaeger‑LeCoultre presents its emblematic Night & Day function in a radiant new setting that combines pink gold, white mother-of-pearl, white diamonds and the rich glow of rubies – a natural
Created in the spirit of jewellery watches, Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red showcases La Grande Maison’s uncompromising attention to detail. To highlight the impressive rubies that encircle the watch case, its master jewellers have opted for a prong setting, one of the most demanding of jewellery techniques. Requiring extreme precision, each of the 36 rubies is held in place by tiny gold spikes. The master gem-setters spend hours meticulously positioning the stones one by one, mounting them high, to minimise the presence of the metal and allow light to pass through the stones from all angles. This creates an impression that the rubies could almost be floating, and intensifies their crimson-red glow.
A circle of brilliant-cut diamonds completes the bezel and within it, gleaming like moonlight, is the silvery-white mother-of-pearl dial – a perfect foil for the Night & Day display. Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, a golden crescent moon alternates with a shining sun, as night turns to day in an endless dance of time.
The row of 72 diamonds on the bezel is echoed by a ring of 47 smaller diamonds on the inner dial. Set between these diamond circles, the pink gold Floral numerals stand out in warm contrast to the iridescent white dial. Adding a final flourish, 12 diamonds are set in the lugs and a further diamond in the crown.
As with the dial and case, Jaeger‑LeCoultre allows no compromise inside the watch. Visible through the transparent sapphire case-back, Calibre 898B/1 is a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and produced within the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Manufacture.
This sumptuous timepiece is completed by a strap in ruby-red alligator leather with a subtly shiny finish, fastened with a pink gold pin buckle.
Breitling Celebrates a Powerful Partnership with the Premier Norton Edition
The Breitling Premier Norton Edition is a potent representation of a partnership between two iconic brands that share intriguingly similar timelines and powerful legacies. The watch expresses the style and performance expected from a maker of refined Swiss watches and a motorcycle brand renowned for its exclusive British engineering.
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition celebrates the partnership between the prestige watch brand Breitling and British motorcycle company Norton, known worldwide for its high-performance motorcycles. The watch is part of Breitling’s Premier collection, a family of elegant watches defined by their fashionable flair. The new Norton Edition is a distinctive interpretation of the Premier that makes a bold urban chic style statement. Willy Breitling was famously quoted as saying: “When a man puts on his Breitling, there is the unmistakable stamp of impeccable taste.” A Norton motorcycle is a similar sign of its owner’s personal flair.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern says that his brand has striking parallels with Norton Motorcycles: “Breitling and Norton are both innovative and entrepreneurial and have powerful legacies. This new watch honors the great partnership between these two aspirational brands.” He smiles and adds, “I think that anyone who puts one on might suddenly imagine ‘Born to be Wild’ playing somewhere in the background.”
Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton, agrees: “Breitling’s new Premier Norton Edition incorporates DNA elements from both brands, offering wristwatch and motorcycle fans the opportunity to express their individuality, and perfectly embodies the nature of our brands.”
A Watch That Reflects Two Great Brands
Breitling and Norton Motorcycles share a strong heritage. Both were founded in the nineteenth century by visionaries who gave their names to their companies and, to a large extent, defined their industries. When James Lansdowne Norton set up his company – a manufacturer of “fittings and parts for the two-wheel trade” – in 1898 and produced his first motorcycles in 1902, Léon Breitling had already been making watches in the Swiss Jura Mountains for more than a decade. And both brands have also been featured in James Bond films – 007 wore a Breitling Top Time in 1965’s Thunderball and a Norton Dominator SS had a supporting role in Spectre (2015).
The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition reflects the cultures and values of these two great brands. Its 42-millimeter stainless-steel case, water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters) is distinctive: a “Norton” logo is engraved on a plate on the left side of the case, and the transparent caseback features a printed Norton motorcycle and logo.
The elegant black dial with golden numerals and hour and minute hands offers an intriguing contrast to the brown vintage raw-leather strap that will appeal both to watch enthusiasts and serious motorcyclists. The model is also available with a stylish stainless-steel bracelet. The silver subdials – a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock – against the black dial indicate the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 at the heart of this watch, which delivers an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The COSC-certified chronometer features a black tachymeter scale on a white inner bezel around the dial, with “TACHYMETER” inscribed in red. The hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova®, which makes them highly legible on any route a biker might choose, from a city street to a remote back road.
The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition is just the beginning of a special partnership between two extraordinary brands. Some new surprises will be announced throughout the year.
The Ultimate Accessory for Your Premier B01 Chronograph Norton Edition: The Norton Commando 961 Café Racer MKII Breitling Limited Edition Motorcycle
When you slip on your Premier Norton Edition watch, you will be wearing a timepiece that reflects a partnership between two great brands. And you might find yourself longing for a powerful, stylishly iconic motorcycle worthy of the watch. Our friends at Norton have created the perfect solution. The Commando 961 Café Racer MKII Breitling Limited Edition recalls the classic appearance and style of the great old style café racers but offers modern state-of-the-art components and engineering. Its 961 cc engine was developed in-house by Norton and delivers the performance you would expect from one of the world’s great motorcycle brands. This special Breitling Limited Edition is being created in a series limited to 77 motorcycles. It is distinguished by a vintage Breitling “B” engraved on the clutch box, Breitling-designed speedometer and tachometer dials, and a black-on-black vintage “B” stitched into the saddle. This incredible statement-making motorcycle is available for purchase through Norton’s distribution network.
Breitling Premier: Style, Purpose, and Action
In the 1940s, Breitling introduced the first Premier watches, its first collection of truly elegant timepieces, which were defined by their fashionable flair. The new Breitling Premier collection, launched in 2018, combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design that are worthy of Breitling’s proud legacy.
The original Breitling Premier watches made powerful fashion statements and were perfect accompaniments to the remarkable changes taking place all over the world in the 1940s. The models in the new collection extend and renew that legacy – they reflect the heritage and the historic design codes of a great brand, but they also express an urban flair and a passion for excellence. They reflect a proud history, yet will never go out of style. Further, their elegance, performance, and quality are everything you would expect from Breitling, which now, more than ever, is an authentic brand for individuals of style, purpose, and action.
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