SIHH 2018 – Unisex beauties Replica Expensive

There’s been a quiet (r)evolution: many brands are no longer differentiating between men’s and women’s watches. So, what do they call them? Just – watches. These days, it seems to be practically a given that, under certain conditions, a watch is a unisex object.

There, I’ve said it. As yet, virtually none of the brands have uttered the term “unisex”, but that’s what we’re talking about: the timepiece as a beautiful, sexless object. For him or for her? That’s a question that the brands themselves no longer attempt to answer. For once, they leave that up to the client. It’s for the client to decide whether their purchase would better suit a masculine or a feminine wrist, or both. If May 1968 was about sexual liberation, perhaps January 2018 will mark the start of a unisexual revolution?

Finding the right balance

Let’s take a look at Vacheron Constantin. The new Overseas watches, for instance, may well showcase the manufacture’s rather masculine sports chic vision, but the collection’s new perpetual calendar is an ultra-thin watch, just 4 mm deep. In the past, its 41 mm case diameter would have clearly signalled a male client base, but its slender profile and gold livery mean it looks equally good on a woman’s wrist.

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Overseas ultra-thin perpetual calendar © Vacheron Constantin

It had been hot like hell and became the most copied watch. It was likewise that watch that made me interested in the history of the brand, because the seller explained that the design was inspired from the very first men’s wristwatch, started by Cartier at 1904. So you can imagine it did not take long before I became obsessed with chains generally, especially with Cartier.At that time watch forums were just becoming popular, watch magazines were still uncommon and watch blogs like Fratello and Hodinkee didn’t exist yet. But what we had about in 1995, were the ‘Get Togethers’ along with other watch enthusiasts (fanatics). All these GTG’s were organised by collectors themselves and so were always very funny. Everybody brought a few pieces from their collection and also heaps of beer and wine, we chatted about the various versions until late in the evening. But always the very same brands got all of the attention and for me it was quite frustrating that one just paid attention to my Cartier watches, to be polite. The word ETA was constantly mentioned like these were inferior movements and too frequently I heard quotes like; ‘my spouse would love them’

The weight-loss regime has had a similar effect on Cartier. In the new Drive extra-flat, the manufacture has found the perfect profile. With no complications and no superfluous thickness, the new Drive gives full expression to its design aesthetic, in a new, subtle and sophisticated unisex size. It’s a perfect piece – balanced and just right. This new version demonstrates in an intelligent way that beautiful need be neither masculine nor feminine. It’s just beautiful.

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Drive ultra-thin © Cartier

Even Panerai, that champion of aquatic virility, is placing its hopes in the Due line this year. Depending on your point of view, it’s either the most urban, or the least nautical collection. What no one will dispute is that it’s a slimmed-down collection and, in red gold, like the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic (PAM00756) in 38 mm, it looks fabulous on any wrist. Men, women – it really doesn’t matter.

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Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic (PAM00756) © Panerai

Squaring the circle

Unisex styling is most commonly found in round watches. It’s the shape most easily shared by men and women. Nevertheless, in the collective unconscious some shapes are more masculine, and others are more feminine. The square, for example, is traditionally a masculine shape. Bell & Ross are the textbook example, with their macho BR-01 references that cemented the brand’s reputation.

At SIHH 2018, Hermès went completely in the opposite direction. The Carré H, created in 2010, is back in centre stage. Now larger in size, it has a polished, microblasted finish, and the dial features a square guilloché motif. At the same time, perhaps to offset all this angularity, the brand has softened the corners of the square, the curved profile of the case and the convex crystal. The end result (which measures no more than 38 mm on a side) is balanced and… unisex.

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Carré H © Hermès

Vintage for one, vintage for all!

The ascent of the unisex watch may also have something to do with the vintage vogue. Vintage watches are, by their very nature, unisex: they are moderately sized (38 to 41 mm), they have few complications, and a restrained, classic design. Vintage works well for both sexes, because it’s all about the era, not about the gender.

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Reverso Tribute Duoface © Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre has taken this on board, refocusing on the Reverso Tribute Duoface, a re-issue of the original model. The manufacture has updated it with a strap made by renowned bootmaker Casa Fagliano. There’s a similar story at Piaget, where the iconic Altiplano, born in 1957, still graces the wrists of both men and women six decades later, and continues to break records. The same goes for the two-handed model known as the “Andy Warhol”, created in 1973, which remains in the current catalogue. Thanks to its stone dial, it remains a uniquely powerful unisex classic. Looking ahead, it remains to be seen how the new watches revealed at Baselworld will tackle the unisex market.

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Artistic crafts watches – Where watches become art Replica Clearance

Cartier
A watch: Ronde Louis Cartier XL
A technique: Flamed gold

The Cartier’s “Maison des métiers d’art” in La Chaux-de-Fonds brings together all the traditional techniques (gem-setting, polishing, etc.) as well as some forgotten skills (granulation and filigree, for example) that the company is hoping to bring back into favour.  
The Ronde Louis Cartier XL watch introduces a technique never before seen in watchmaking, and one that Cartier has recently added to its repertoire of artistic crafts: flamed gold, a technique inspired by the way steel watch hands are blued by exposure to heat. Flamed gold demands perfect mastery of heat, as the colours appear sequentially depending on very precise temperature calibrations. Blue is produced at the highest temperature, and beige at the coolest. The surface of the 18-karat gold watch dial is engraved or “brushed” with the pattern of the panther’s coat. The gold plate is then heated over a flame, and the first colour change occurs. This operation is then repeated as many times as is necessary to achieve the complete colour palette. This painstaking and laborious work also requires a great deal of forethought, as each return to the flame affects all the colours, and each firing could potentially obliterate many hours’ work. The result is a spectrum of rich colours and a strikingly lifelike representation. This rare and precious timepiece is driven by the manually-wound 430 MC calibre. Just 30 are available.

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Piaget
A watch: Altiplano Double Jeu Gold Lacework
A technique: Gold lacework

Piaget is well known for its dedication to exceptional craftsmanship and its constant pursuit of the best independent artisans to carry out all the techniques not already available within its manufacture. This year, the company has joined forces with Sara Bran, a self-taught artist who is the only practitioner of her craft: gold lacework. In order to recreate the lightness of lace on the slim rose gold sheet, Sara Bran uses pointed scribing tools and a pair of compasses to trace the designs, drills to pierce holes and saw blades to cut out the metal using a highly specific skill – manual redrilling with a small hacksaw. She opens up empty spaces and gradually eliminates material to reveal a delicately sculpted lacework as fine as a super-thin thread.
The design of the Altiplano Double Jeu with its two superimposed cases (which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year) lends itself perfectly to the lacemaker’s art. The diamond-set upper module is adorned with delicate gold lacework, whose radiating motif is enhanced by marquise-cut diamonds. Beneath this decor, the hours tick by discreetly. A press on the pusher reveals the Altiplano’s white dial, which conceals the hand-wound 430P movement.

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Vacheron Constantin
From the perspective of its attributes, materials, and movement, the retail cost of about $3,500 for the reference W5200027 on a leather strap or $3,700 for the reference W5200028 on a bracelet isn’t “cheap” (we will leave it to customers and commenters to do their particular price hunting, of course). There are square and rectangular watches, like the Baume & Mercier Hampton, for instance, which offer an automatic Swiss movement, sapphire crystal, and the exact same primary functions for much less ($2,650). The Nomos Tetra comes with an in-house automated movement for approximately $2,980, along with the Rado Integral is just available in quartz and ranges between $1,350 and $2,400. The TAG Heuer Monaco chronograph ($4,800) is similar in its right angles so has to be mentioned, I suppose, but it is so sporty that I do not really find it comparable.In the end, it’s the tasteful proportions, simple layout, and robust legibility that I feel assisted the Cartier Watches Quartz Replica Tank succeed and set it into a class of its own. And, needless to say, its history. For me, higher water resistance, an exhibition caseback, and a hardier strap and buckle would really increase the value proposition of the Cartier Tank Solo XL.It has been suggested to me that any significant set should include a Tank. I state gather what you like and wear what you’d like, but there is a whole lot to enjoy in the Cartier Tank. The Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic provides an entry-level option for modern tastes to lovers of the newest and the Tank. Cartier turning 170 and the Tank turning 100 sounds like a recipe for some sort of unique release in 2017, so watch out.
A watch: Métiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres
A technique: Grand feu enamel

This year, Vacheron Constantin’s master craftsmen have drawn inspiration from one theme – the astronomical universe according to Nicolaus Copernicus – for which they have devised three different dials. The first of the trio gives pride of place to various enamelling techniques. The enameller drew inspiration from the astronomical map of the Copernican system as drawn by Andreas Cellarius, a 17th-century Dutch-German cartographer. The earth in champlevé grand feu enamel reveals the blue of the oceans and the geography of the continents. Against the gold background, a map of the heavens is enamelled in pastel shades, punctuated by fine lines to illustrate the orbits of the five planets. Each planet, represented by a star, is labelled with its Latin name, as are the two solstices. The outer part of the dial features the 12 zodiac signs in coloured enamel. The dial required more than a month’s work and numerous firings at temperatures as high as 850°C before being smoothed, lapped and polished.
The timepiece is equipped with the manufacture calibre 2460 RT, an extremely precise mechanism developed by Vacheron Constantin to reproduce the heliocentric system. WorldTempus’ Editor -in-chief Paul O’Neil explains this new movement with its original display in greater detail here.
The other two dials in the Métiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres trilogy incorporate both engraving and the combined technique of laser engraving and hand engraving on sapphire crystal.

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Van Cleef & Arpels
A watch: Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura
Techniques: miniature painting and cabochonné enamel

Through the Extraordinary Dials™ collection, Van Cleef & Arpels offers a poetic interpretation of the passing of time. On a single dial, the artistic crafts meet and combine, forming compositions where every detail bears witness to the creativity of the maison’s artisans. The Charms Extraordinaire Fée Sakura watch brings together two of the Parisian brand’s major sources of inspiration: nature and fairies. On a deep pink background, the dial displays a scene of enchanted nature by means of several artistic crafts: delicate flowers are worked in hand-painted sculpted mother-of-pearl, while the petals in the foreground are adorned with cabochonné enamel. The fairy sculpted in white gold has diamond-set wings and a lively and gracious expression. Around the bezel, two sparkling lines frame a row of pink sapphires in graded hues of pink to emphasise the perfect roundness of the case. As a final touch, a good luck charm swings delicately with every movement of the wrist.

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Cartier – Révélation d’une panthère Replica Watches Free Shipping

Distort time. Disrupt it. Give it a form, trace its outline, and make it appear and disappear at leisure. At a flick of the wrist, tiny gold beads map a meticulous trajectory across the surface of the dial, gradually revealing a powerful presence. The magnificent head of a panther emerges, her golden outline illuminating the dial, her stark, stylised motif arresting the gaze. An ephemeral work of art for art’s sake, this timepiece offers the rare spectacle of light, luminous hours which promise their return.

Available in three versions with a choice of a black, green or red dial, the watch features a pink gold case, a bezel paved with diamonds, and a winding crown set with a diamond, an emerald or a ruby.

The handsome looking Rotonde Annual calendar with all grande date and automatic in-house grade 9908 MC, is a good illustration of a complicated motion that’s based on the 1904 Caliber. All corrections of this watch can be produced through the crown and just needs one correct per year.Cartier Rotonde Annual Calendar.This Santos Dumont Skeleton (below) was following the Santos 100 skeleton, the second version that comprised the newest 9612 MC mechanical antenna caliber. An excellent eye catching watch that includes a white-, pink golden or ADLC coated titanium case. The skeletonized bridges are in the form of Roman numerals and are, in the event of the all black edition, ADLC coated. Cartier was the first brand in presenting a puzzle clock in 1912. Hundred years after Cartier constructed especially a new in-house caliber for their Mysterieuse watch, a quality that was constructed around sapphire crystal with the floating hands. Cartier’s watchmakers needed to conquer difficulties like driving of those sapphire discs with the minute hand and the one using the hour plus the friction between them. Instead of embracing the system that was created by Maurice Coüet for the classic Mystery clocks, Cartier did it on its way and decided that they should turn mild pivots, actually like a wheels in a equipment train.To take the innovation a step farther La Maison additionally developed the platinum Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon. A timepiece that is visually so remarkable, the large case of 45mm does not really matter. The flying tourbillon turning once on its axis, every moment, is eye-candy. Completely moving loose, in a see-through round room, with no visible connection to your gear train.
Révélation d'une panthère

Révélation d’une Panthère © Cartier