Jaeger LeCoultre Duometre a Chronograph

Last night’s opening at SalonQP was a blockbuster of reunited and new faces, from start to finish. It was halfway into a talk with our the last of our previewed British watchmakers right on the top floor of the Saatchi Gallery that a voice introduced itself over the PA to suggest all visitors make their way home for the night.

As an aside, the event was well-met with Jaeger LeCoultre’s Masterclass world tour, as always. JLC is a house that is both easy and hard to get to know at the same time, whether it be as an enthusiast or collector. They’ve been eager to introduce aficionados and casual watch lovers to the very ins-and-outs of the craft with their Masterclass, and their collectors grow with the house – as a challenging but rewarding experience of finding your favourite Jaeger.

Jaeger Le Coultre Duometre A Chronograph

 

 

Last night, I finally caught up in person with just the timepiece owning that particular title in my eyes – the Jaeger LeCoultre Duometre a Chronograph. The earlier 2006 versions of the Duometre collection are well known around media. You see JLC, and it’s not long before you’re introduced to one of their most spectacular inventions outside of the Reverso.

 

The Duometre a Chronograph with gold dial is a newer model, still holding the same distinct story of a JLC designer who came to the watchmaking department with a vision for a watch holding three complications around the crown barrel. It was an impossible feat at the time, made possible and real by the Duometre’s design over the course of a decade before release. The inside of the watch holds a stand-alone barrel running right through the middle of the movement for the crown to regulate the watch. The outcome is what most people are drawn to: a remarkably complicated dial holding a lot of information with elegance. One of the few instances in which elegance has been achieved with complexity.

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Lost and Found – Lamborghini On The Sea

One of the most unique heritage stories to emerge this year – the original Ferruccio Lamborghini-commissioned Riva Acquarama speedboat has been restored to prime condition, by the original makers Riva World.

Riva World released shots last month of the Riva Acquarama in action, 20 years after it disappeared under a tarpaulin mat at the dark recesses of a Lamborghini garage – not the worst dark hole to find yourself in, but nevertheless an anxious mystery has finally been solved with the re-emergence of the fastest ever Riva speedboat on the sea. Initial restoration work began in 2010. Riva owners used inspiration and lead notes from the Lamborghini museum over the three-year period to undertake a restoration project true to original spirit and detail.

What gifts this newly restored boat the 48 knots it now boasts, are two newly installed and converted Lambo V12 engines – one rotating to the left and the other to the right – as one of the original Riva Acquarama engines remains in evidence in the Ferruccio Lamborghini museum from its first life.

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The Carbon Fibre Age With Mercedes GP

There’s one material underwriting nearly every high-end design industry this year, and we’ve gotten our hands on enough modern watches in 2013 to assert carbon fibre’s rise to a near automatic choice in the hands of a 21st century designer. Our second instalment from the Mercedes GP pitlane details the transition from aluminium to carbon fibre monocoque designs, in the pinnacle of motorsport over the last 30 years.

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SalonQP 2013 – 4 Watchmakers Leading ‘Made In Britain’

Salon QP 2013 Preview - British Luxury and Watchmaking

 

Salon QP London Watchmaking Exhibition
Thursday November 7th to Saturday November 9th, 2013 at the Saatchi Gallery
Schofield Watch Company, Hoptroff, Bremont Watches and Peter Roberts are four British watch houses that join an extensive list of exhibitors from Britain, Europe and beyond in London’s year-ending salute to inventions for your wrist. The Thursday VIP evening event is invite-only, but Friday morning and evening sessions and Saturday are popular sessions open to public ticket purchase

 

British luxury is still at a crossroads in the new decade, undecided as to just how much responsibility it wants to take on for re-enthusing an island’s pride for making things. When the concept of ‘Made In Britain’ first started pulling the UK and its many London visitors out of a post-recession gloom, few expected the highest-end purchases to reshape the landscape of Britain and London streets.

For creators like Gilles Ellis of Schofield Watch Company, reinventing the high street isn’t the end-goal but merely an opening to a new legacy. In fact, most of Britain’s premier watchmakers attending this year’s Salon QP exhibition – London’s year-ending send-off for the watchmaking circuit before everyone hibernates for the new year and Mecca in Switzerland once more at BaselWorld – aren’t even worried about London’s high-street boutiques.

For Bremont and their blockbuster sibling founders, building outroads to Hong Kong and Dubai has taken priority for 2013. For Hoptroff, an upstart watch house out of London Bridge, there’s the joy of making everyone in watchmaking nervous by really going there… and bringing 3D printing into watchmaking. And for the highly-driven Ellis of SWC, there remains the prospect of Britain really making things once more… a full house watch manufacture established on UK shores. It is a possibility that one-man-band Peter Roberts, he of decades in fine Swiss watchmaking experience, laughs with both the trepidation of a dream come true and the wisdom of years in having heard it all before.

“We all talk to one another,” said Roberts of his British cohorts in the watch industry, “and it would take a lot to finally see a watch that was truly Made In Britain”.

Can it be done? SalonQP 2013 is perfectly placed at the crossroads to find out.


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Jay-Z Gears Up For Hublot X Shawn Carter Watch Launch

The November fruition of Jay-Z’s recently penned deal with Hublot is upon us, and the first true signature piece emerges in the form of the Hublot X Shawn Carter Classic Fusion.

The Classic Fusion is one of the thinnest Hublot moulds available (even at a 45mm diameter) in the closest guise to a pure gentleman’s watch, yet Hublot aren’t doing half-hearted re-issues and there’s enough about the X Shawn Carter to stand on its own two feet as an collector’s item.

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Big Bang: One Moment In Time

Hublot's Singapore Pop-Up Wins World Architecture Festival of Singapore Gold Medal
Grand Prize For Chris Lee of Asylum and Hublot
Local architecture hands still has as much an impact as ever on watchmaking and retail, proven by the Hublot Singapore pop-up store launched last September, during the Singapore Grand Prix, taking the Gold Medal at the WAF Singapore awards for 2013.

The pop-up store was launched with $20 million worth of the Hublot collection in-boutique, including a Hublot Big Bang $5 Million timepiece.

Chris Lee spoke of his wish for pop-up store concepts to grasp a the momentary aspect of the occasion, akin to a time capsule. The foundation theme of Hublot’s signature timepiece since 2005 – “The Big Bang” – took hold in Lee’s mind for this art installation, driven by the idea of representing the beggining of Hublot’s explosion into the Far East scene through the black materia cascading down two floors from the ceiling.

The installation made a debut on September 14th at the main atrium of the Paragon Shopping Mall in the heart of Orchard Road.

 

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Hublot King Power Unico Collection – Hands-On

I recently did a hands-on review of the Hublot King Power Unico watches on Haute Time Magazine with their US-based 58,000+ subscribers. It was the first time I’d written for a US audience, with the exception of our contributor Terence’s new custom golf and tennis line out in New York.

We got our hands on the King Gold, Titanium and All-Black Ceramic models – not nearly as imposing and pretty snug at 45mm as you may think – and I didn’t want anyone to miss out on the pictures from the Instagram so here is a quick update right at home on the Rami George blog.

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How Well Do You Know Aston Martin? – Win A V8 Vantage For 1 Pound

Hosted by our partner auction house in Warwickshire, AuctionAir, you can bid as low as 1 British pound and the lowest unique bid will win this Aston Martin 4.7 litre V8 Vantage worth up to £84,995.

How well do you know Aston Martin? It takes skill to work out what you think the lowest unique bid might be for this model, but we have faith in our readers to detail this car in Aston Martin 100th anniversary year!

aston martin v8 vantage coupe

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Round After Round – Artya Russian Roulette

Round after round… at the lounge. Evening gets longer than day now that autumn is here, while the wait between rounds gets shorter – More faces filter into the bar, some the bartender doesn’t even recognise. The fall crowd files in and out in full view of our chaise longue: Everyone’s here to take stock of their year.

Walk in the bar with something different – low on words, heavy on thoughts, centre-piece of this Fall’s conversation.

If you wanted a reminder for all the ways in which life has defeated you, shouldn’t there be a watch for that?

Artya Son of a Gun – Russian Roulette Edition

 

ArtyA's New Case - Son of a Gun Russian Roulette Steel

42mm Steel Case, Steel Bullets and Steel Hands


Russian Roulette Dial with “Lucky Shot” Barrel


Black Crocodile Strap


46-Hour Power Reserve in the ArtyA .357 Unitas skeleton movement


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