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Baselworld Highlights from Patek Philippe

As the watch industry’s most anticipated and celebrated event, Baselworld is an opportunity for Patek Philippe to share their future vision and capture the attention of the watch world with their new releases, and Baselworld 2019 was no different. We saw a wide variety of new introductions; some were very complicated, others more simple, but we also saw a number of exciting innovations from the fabled independent manufacturer. Thierry Stern, Patek Philippe’s president, believes that it is important to come to Baselworld with one or two horological innovations. They certainly delivered this year with two brand new complications utilizing new movements. One thing is for sure, debuts like these do not happen every year.


Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar

The star of the show was the Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar, showcasing a new self-winding caliber and a completely new complication for calendar watches—the weekly calendar. In addition to the day of the week and the date, the weekly calendar mechanism also displays the current week number. The new Ref. 5212A expresses its uniqueness via a silvery opaline dial with its unusual layout featuring five hands extending from the center of the dial. Beyond its sheer functionality and charm, what’s more impressive is how legible the watch remains even with so much information on the dial. The typography is based on the handwriting of one of the Patek Philippe’s designers, which make the letters and numbers absolutely unique while adding a poetic and personal touch.


Ref. 5520P Alarm Travel Time

The second major innovation released this year was a new grand complication combining Patek’s exclusive Travel Time system with a 24-hour alarm. For the Ref. 5520P Alarm Travel Time, Patek Philippe chose an alarm concept that features a classic gong with acoustics much like the tone sequences of a minute repeater. Rather than being attached to the movement, the gong is directly attached to the case to ensure maximum sound quality. When the alarm is triggered, a hammer strikes a gong that circles the movement to create about 90 strikes in total. To achieve this new striking grand complication, Patek Philippe developed an entirely new integrated automatic movement for which they hold four patents. 


Ref. 5078G Minute Repeater

After retiring the Ref. 5078R, Patek Philippe released a new variation of the self-winding minute repeater in white gold with an updated aesthetic. Paying homage to the grand tradition of rare handcrafts, the Ref. 5078G features a black enameled dial with a unique design motif enhanced by the subtle contrast between polished and matte finishes. The watch remains a beautifully crafted timepiece with the repeater trigger seamlessly blending into the shape of the case. Inside the 38mm white gold case is an exemplary example of Patek’s watchmaking prowess. Featuring the Caliber R 27 PS, this masterpiece of beauty strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on demand with the legendary acoustics of a Patek Philippe minute repeater.


Ref. 4899/901G Calatrava

Exuding an ultra-feminine allure, the Calatrava Ref. 4899/901 showcases a palette of blue tones highlighted by a delicate array of precious gemstones. Adorned with 348 diamonds and 354 blue sapphires, this graceful timepiece transcends superior craftsmanship to attain the level of high art. The softly rounded contours of the 38.8mm white gold case are set with staggered rows of diamonds interspersed with blue sapphires in varying intensities of color. On the lower part of the dial, diamonds mix with blue sapphires in a snow setting, while the upper dial features a hand-engraved mother-of-pearl feather motif with delicate blue tints.


Ref. 4978/400G Diamond Ribbon Joaillerie

The Patek Philippe Diamond Ribbon is now available in a new white gold design with a slightly larger diameter, increased from 33.3mm to 36.5mm. As a result, the distinctive diamond embellishments orbiting the white gold case and the spiraling circles of graduated diamonds adorning the dial make an even greater impression. Demonstrating Patek Philippe’s excellence in the delicate art of gem-setting, this feminine timepiece is adorned with 770 hand-set diamonds that total over 4.4 carats. Beneath its luminescent exterior is an ultra-thin Patek Philippe Caliber 240 automatic movement, enabling the watch to maintain its slim and elegant profile.


Ladies Nautilus Collection (Ref. 7118)

After discontinuing the Ref. 7018 recently, Patek Philippe has reinterpreted the sporty-chic style of its Ladies Automatic Nautilus collection for 2019 with the introduction of five new models. At 35.2mm, the new Ladies Automatic Nautilus models assert their presence on the wrist with a slightly enlarged case diameter. The classic Nautilus bracelet is now endowed with a new fold-over clasp with an integrated adjustment system that offers 2-4mm of extra length for increased comfort. Similar to previous Ladies Automatic Nautilus watches, these new versions are powered by Patek Philippe’s Caliber 324 S C automatic movement.

Patek Philippe Ladies Nautilus Collection (Ref. 7118) Rose Gold 2019 Baselworld

The Ref. 7118/1R in rose gold showcases a plain gold bezel and is available in two luxurious dial colors: silvery opaline and golden opaline.

Patek Philippe Ladies Nautilus Collection (Ref. 7118) Diamond Bezel 2019 Baselworld

The Ref. 7118/1200A in steel is highlighted by a diamond-set bezel embellished with 56 diamonds and introduces three distinct dial options: blue opaline, silvery opaline or gray opaline.


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The Modern Woman

The modern woman does it all. Her life is filled with family, friends, a career and a closet to span four seasons. Her days are neither a catwalk nor a cake walk, but a happy medium somewhere in-between. The roles she plays are vast and filled with variety. She can go from an early morning workout, to a mid-day meeting, followed by a dusk dinner party, all within a 12-hour window. Her life isn’t simple, its multi-dimensional. Just like there are shoes for every occasion, a watch for every event deserves thought and attention.


Sleek & Sporty

Athletic or athleisure, without a doubt women today are on the move and they dress the part. A watch for both function and fashion is a must-have for many. Today’s sports watches for women are designed to be fit-minded and fun. Utilitarian or utterly unique, her sports watch should be easy to wear and effortlessly enjoyable regardless of style.

▲  Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM 575

Diamond Décor

The yin to the classic yang, her collection deserves a timepiece that makes an impact. A watch that pairs a precious metal with diamond detail can easily double-up as a gorgeous piece of jewelry. Elegant aesthetics and fine craftsmanship create a statement piece with personality.

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▲  Patek Philippe’s Diamond Ribbon Ref. 4968R

Classically Conservative

Crisp and clean, a classic watch is simplicity at its finest. The design is made to span decades. A classic watch could easily be mistaken for an heirloom, though the current trend for ladies is slightly larger in case size than those of previous generations. The uncomplicated dial and unassuming elegance is a style that suits almost all occasions.

▲  Parmigiani Fleurier’s Kalparisma Nova

Tiny Treasures

As the saying goes, though she may be little… she is fierce. Faultlessly female, these miniature watches are having a major moment. Tiny timepieces are starting to steal the spotlight from their larger counterparts. Often worn with bracelets in ladylike layers, tiny timepieces are more than just a passing trend.

▲  Baume & Mercier’s Petite Promesse

Kiss of Color

A strap watch may seem like a simple request, however a touch of color can instantly pull together an outfit and place her in the category for best dressed. There is something to be said for how a black patent leather strap is classically chic, but a cherry red or velvety blue crocodile strap is bold and beautiful. The strap on a watch is the grand finale to any fine fashion moment.

▲  Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Night & Day

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The Logo Collection

Panerai Logo CollecitonPure, iconic, and powerful: the Logo collection represents the very epitome of Panerai design and has perennially been one of its most popular options. With an instantly recognizable aesthetic identity, both the Luminor Base Logo and the Radiomir Black Seal are a phenomenal value with a brand new feature: an in-house manufacture movement.

Their Caliber P.6000 movement represents a new accomplishment for Panerai as a manufacture—a hand-wound mechanical movement with a three-day power reserve and hacking seconds feature that is fully created in-house. Not only is it a well-featured technical achievement, but this new movement represents another step towards full vertical integration and a significant reduction in reliance on sourced movements.

Panerai LUMINOR BASE LOGO - 44MM PAM775

Luminor Base Logo – 44mm – PAM775

The new Luminor Base Logo collection is classic Panerai at its best. Whether you prefer the functional and clean dial of the Logo, or a running seconds hand at 9:00 in the Luminor Marina, there are several options available. Panerai has even added some new aesthetic details, including a comfortable blue textile strap option.

LUMINOR LOGO - 44MM PAM00777

Luminor Logo – 44mm – PAM777

The Radiomir Black Seal and Radiomir Logo are perfect timepieces for those who enjoy the vintage appeal of the classic Radiomir case. Both feature 45mm cushion-shaped cases with the wire lugs that harken back to the original designs of the 1930’s. True to their diving heritage, the Luminor Logo and Radiomir Logo collections boast polished stainless steel cases that protect the timepiece at depths up to 100 meters.

RADIOMIR BLACK SEAL LOGO - 45MM PAM754

Radiomir Black Seal Logo – 45mm – PAM754

Remaining faithful to their roots, the new Logo collection features a striking, minimalist design in a durable and resilient sports watch, now with the added prestige of a fully in-house manufacture movement. Not only that, but Panerai has maintained an attractive and accessible price point for these collections, making them perfect for the most seasoned Paneristi or someone looking to dip their toes into a brand with great history and unique design.


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A Fibrous First

In the world of watchmaking, the competition is fierce. Watch brands are constantly seeking to gain an edge on their competitors by using new and innovative materials. Panerai has been flying on the cusp of innovation for many years and their lineup now includes 11 different case materials. With a continuous thrust towards the future, Panerai was the very first company to begin using a substance called carbotech in the creation of their timepieces. A high-tech material that has been used in cars, bikes and even knives for decades has only recently made its way into the watch arena with Panerai’s introduction of the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech.

A New Composite Material

With its innovative structure, the physical properties of carbotech are much higher than those of other materials used in the world of watchmaking including ceramic and titanium. Panerai’s carbotech material is made from thin sheets of carbon fiber that are compressed under high pressure at controlled temperatures and bound with a high-end polymer to create an even stronger and more durable composite material. This process results in a lightweight, highly durable and hypoallergenic material with each watch case having its own unique pattern, much like a fingerprint. Nearly velvety to the touch, the case has a smooth and sleek feel that pairs well with the beautiful curves of the Luminor 1950 design. The crown protector and bezel are also produced from this material to maintain a striking yet consistent finish all around.

Technical Innovation, Historic Design

While the technology of this inventive material looks to the future, every other detail in the watch’s design was faithfully inspired by Panerai’s rich history. Complete with a unidirectional rotating timing bezel, the robust and substantial 47mm Luminor 1950 case was originally developed for commandos of the Italian Navy in the late 1940s. Its dial features vintage luminescence and rose colored hands coupled with a blue running seconds hand to create a beautiful play of color. The technological heart behind the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech is Panerai’s P.9000, an in-house automatic movement that is a proven workhorse in their lineup. The movement’s dual barrel system ensures that the watch runs consistently over its 72 hour power reserve.

A true tool watch in the world of luxury, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech is made to withstand whatever life throws at it. With a water resistance of 300 meters and securely affixed by a supple rubber strap, this timepiece is made to go wherever man (or woman) can go.


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Cosmic Couture

In astronomy, the term “nova” refers to a star that suddenly becomes very bright. This phenomenon aptly describes the gleaming intensity of Parmigiani Fleurier’s newest creation. Overflowing with striking elegance, the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy lives up to its interstellar namesake by incorporating aventurine glass, a highly sought-after material that is scattered with metal inclusions.

A Galaxy in the Glass

As with many great inventions, the creation of aventurine glass was a lucky twist of fate. In 18th-century Italy, a glass blower made a chance discovery when he accidentally spilled copper shavings into molten glass. He christened this new material “aventurine” after the Italian expression “a l’avventura,” which translates to “by chance.” Pioneers in innovative watchmaking techniques, the artisans at Parmigiani Fleurier interspersed particles of midnight-blue glass with golden copper inclusions to enhance the dial’s composition and evoke the shimmering nature of a starlit sky. The delta-shaped hands are skeletonized to better reveal the celestial display and to enhance the watch’s delicate femininity.

Inspired by the Skies

A signature element of the Kalparisma collection is its small seconds display at six o’clock. For this limited-edition timepiece, it takes the form of a delicate rose gold star that performs one revolution per minute—a graceful blend between a watch function and a marvelous decoration. This little star has found its ultimate place at the heart of an entrancing dial designed to represent the galaxy.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Nova Star

Shimmering with the light of a thousand stars, the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy’s entire case is adorned with diamonds. Each stone is carefully selected by a master stone-setter to ensure a graceful progression of smaller diamonds on the edges of the case that gradually increase in size as they near the case’s curves. A total of 182 diamonds adorn the white gold case, harmoniously enriching the dial’s mesmerizing constellation. Limited to an exclusive worldwide release of only 28 total pieces, the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy is coveted not only for its beauty, but also its rarity.


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The Underwater Overachiever

paneraiOfficine Panerai has grown significantly in popularity in the last decade and has established themselves as an elite manufacturer of luxury watches. Their first wristwatch was introduced in the 1930’s as a tool for elite naval divers but their horologic roots began several years earlier. It all began in 1860 when Giovanni Panerai opened a retail shop in Florence, Italy selling watches and clocks. During these early years, Panerai became a major supplier of parts to the Swiss watch industry and also opened up a watch making school.
Officine Panerai LogoBy the early part of the 1900’s Panerai had established itself as major supplier of instruments, devices, and equipment to the Royal Italian Navy. When the Navy needed precise, water resistant and durable instruments for its elite diving team, it was Panerai that was able to fill this need.

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PAM00423-lume

In 1910 Panerai invented Radiomir, a radium-based luminous substance, and it would forever change the way their instruments would be used. This substance was applied to the dials enabling them to be easily legible even in the dark and murky waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The earliest Panerai watches housed Rolex movements and only about 300 pieces were produced between the 1930’s and 1990’s. These pieces were military issue only and were supplied to the Italians, Germans, Egyptians, and Israelis.


Panerai_HumanTorpedoFearless Frogmen: Riding on submersible torpedoes, the commandos were the protagonists of epic endeavours. On their wrists, they wore the precision and luminescence of Panerai watches.


In 1997, Panerai shifted their production from producing instruments solely for the military to the production of luxury watches. They made great strides within a matter of years and in 2005 Panerai released their first in-house movement, validating them as one of only a handful of true Swiss watch manufacturers. Today, over 70% of Panerai watches contain one of their masterful in-house movements. Their deep roots as a military instrument are still apparent in the design and features of their newest timepieces.

Every Panerai is numbered and produced in limited quantities making them highly desirable by collectors. Collectability aside, they are a great watch brand to own and a lot of fun to talk about. Panerai has earned a lot of esteem within the industry and with watch lovers alike. They even have a cult-like following of raving fans and enthusiasts known as Paneristi.


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The Watch with a Twist

The game of polo is intense and not meant for the faint-hearted. Players race atop galloping horses from one end of the field to the other, battling the opposing team for possession of a small ball in an attempt to score in the opposing team’s goal. Polo balls can be incredibly dangerous, often traveling at speeds upward of 110 MPH. Under these rigorous conditions, a player’s delicate watch crystal is at risk of being damaged from contact with a ball, a horse or a large swinging polo mallet.

An Impossible Challenge

César de Trey, an influential businessman and close associate of Jacques-David LeCoultre, had recently become involved in the distribution of Swiss watches. In 1930, went to visit old friends at a polo match in British India. At the end of one game of polo, a player showed him the smashed glass of his watch and challenged him to create a watch that was robust enough to survive a polo match unscathed. This was no small feat considering all previous models that attempted to protect the watch had sacrificed style and practicality for the safety of the watch glass. A rugged, utilitarian design simply wouldn’t suffice since these watches would adorn the wrists of refined men within high society; the timepiece also needed to be elegant and stylish.

As a connoisseur of fine watches, César de Trey knew that only LeCoultre’s workshops possessed the expertise and creativity to produce a watch of this distinction. He partnered with Jaques-David LeCoultre on the challenge to design a watch that was elegant yet tough enough to stand up to the hard knocks of a polo match. This challenge led to an idea, and this idea would soon become an icon.


Reverso Heritage: 1931 model with black dial


An Icon Is Born

The ultimate solution was a rotating wristwatch with a solid-steel back on the reverse side of the dial to protect the watch. In 1931, a patent was filed for “a watch capable of sliding into its base and of turning completely on its axis” and thus, the Reverso was born. Named for the Latin phrase “I turn around,” the Reverso’s rotating case was a true marvel in design. To create this action, a brilliant pivoting mechanism was developed for the Reverso that allowed the dial to flip over and be concealed against the wearer’s wrist.

This straightforward mechanism enabled the watch to withstand strikes and blows without losing any of its elegance. The Reverso’s case alone is comprised of over 55 components, making it the most complicated watchcase created. While the Reverso was initially designed specifically for polo players, it rapidly reached a broader clientele and was quickly found on the wrists of sophisticated tastemakers and influential leaders.


The Reverso line has evolved over the decades, without losing its essence.


Decked Out In Deco

The rectangular case shape was developed to enable the turning action required for the pivoting case. This new design offered the world a new aesthetic for the wristwatch and they quickly embraced it. With the Art Deco movement in full swing during the 1930s, the Reverso became an instant hit. Rich with Art Deco styling, the elegant rectangular lines, angular lugs and clear-cut gadroons are signature characteristics of this legendary timepiece. The Reverso has remained faithful to the Art Deco principles that have inspired it since its birth, constantly renewing and reinventing itself through each new model. Throughout time, the perfect harmony of its proportions have always remained as they were in 1931—a mark of timeless elegance.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Mens Reverso Strap
Jaeger-LeCoultre Ladies Reverso Bracelet
Jaeger-LeCoultre Mens Reverso Tribute Calendar Strap

Known as gadroons, the three signature lines that sit atop and below the dial are representative of the Reverso’s Art Deco heritage.


A Paragon Of Personalization

While this timeless Art Deco style was created nearly a century ago, the design of the Reverso’s rectangular case remains a brilliant blend of form and function. It emerged as a protection mechanism during polo games, but the Reverso found its true calling as a platform for personalization. On this iconic model, the back is also the front. With a single movement of the swivel case, the watch reveals another face. A blank page waiting to be written. An unforgettable date, a monogram, or a milestone moment engraved discreetly into the case back becomes a unique statement and a timeless expression of individuality.

The legendary pivoting timepiece celebrated its 85th birthday in 2016. While this isn’t an often-celebrated milestone, the Reverso is well deserving of the distinction. A design that initially sought to solve a specific problem has become an undisputed style icon that can elicit the same wonderment decade after decade. With its modern timelessness, the Reverso remains one of the most iconic watch designs ever created and a paragon of watchmaking that has withstood the ultimate test of time.




Engraving immortalizes the moments and stories that deserve to be captured forever. The back of a Reverso is a clean canvas waiting to be personalized with your most precious memories.


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TUDOR’s New Releases from Baselworld

Further expanding their lineage, TUDOR released several new additions to their collection at Baselworld 2018. The Black Bay family welcomes three new models, adding new sizes, styles and a GMT function to a line inspired by generations of TUDOR divers’ watches. TUDOR is also paying tribute to the brand’s early history with a new classic line for women and men. Named after the year the TUDOR brand was founded, the new 1926 collection offers a range of mechanical watches with refined finishes that are at once timeless and elegant.


BLACK BAY GMT

TUDOR is expanding its Black Bay line by presenting a model with a highly functional complication: a GMT function that establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones. Additional time zones are indicated by a red snowflake hand, TUDOR’s aesthetic hallmark, which spins around the dial in 24 hours, as well as a bidirectional rotatable bezel that is also calibrated for 24 hours. It is instantly distinguishable by its two-color rotatable bezel, deriving its burgundy and deep blue color scheme from other models in the Black Bay line. The twelve daylight hours are printed on the burgundy section and the night-time hours on the blue.


BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT

TUDOR is introducing an additional model as part of its Black Bay line, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, whose dimensions are similar to the brand’s first divers’ watches. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch, the reference 7924 dubbed the “Big Crown”, was introduced. Among other aesthetic allusions to this famous historic watch, this model has a 39mm diameter case, in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s. It is aptly proportioned to suit slim wrists, those who like prefer compact watches and, of course, vintage enthusiasts. It also comes in a new color combination that is a subtle variation on the aesthetics of the Black Bay. Evocative of a time when TUDOR divers’ watches were first being made, finishing touches in gold have been applied to the hour markers, hands and minute track of the black and steel bezel.

TUDOR Black Bay Fifty Eight Divers Watch
TUDOR Black Bay Fifty Eight Divers Watch
TUDOR Black Bay Fifty Eight Fabric Strap

BLACK BAY 32

TUDOR is expanding the Black Bay collection even further to include a new feminine model in 32mm and an additional blue dial option for all case sizes. Alongside the new blue dial, the Black Bay is also being offered in a smaller size creating a perfectly feminine form for the first time. With its new 32mm diameter, TUDOR’s characteristic design brings all the features of a tool-watch to the feminine wrist. The Black Bay 32 is typical of its family—refined as well as functional. It is waterproof to 150 meters, has a self-winding mechanical movement and is highly legible. It has a steel case with alternate polished and satin finish. Naturally, it also has the contrasting, luminescent hour markers that are characteristic of the Black Bay line.

TUDOR Black Bay 32 Blue Dial Bracelet
TUDOR Black Bay 32 Leather Strap
TUDOR Black Bay 32 Black Dial Fabric Strap

TUDOR Black Bay S&G Divers Watch

BLACK BAY S&G

TUDOR’s famous Black Bay divers’ watch is now available in a yellow gold and steel version. Enhancing the Black Bay with yellow gold creates a new version named S&G, for steel & gold. In this version, the lines and proportions of the Black Bay are retained, while the rotating bezel and the winding crown are made from yellow gold. The steel bracelet is also dressed in this precious metal on its central link giving it a more formal feel. Fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5612, the new Black Bay S&G also introduces the date function to the Black Bay family!

TUDOR Black Bay S&G
TUDOR Black Bay S&G Leather Strap
TUDOR Black Bay S&G Fabric Strap

TUDOR 1926

TUDOR pays tribute to its origins and watchmaking traditions with its 1926 line, a range of mechanical watches that are timeless, classic and elegant. Available in four sizes with a wide choice of dials, the range epitomizes TUDOR’s philosophy: one of affordability, refinement, and quality. The 1926 line is named after the year when “The Tudor” was registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf. Offered in steel or steel-and-gold, the 1926 line is available in 28mm, 36mm, 39mm and 41mm. It has been designed for women as well as men to suit wrists both big and small, with those who love beautiful things in mind. This new collection renews TUDOR’s commitment to the traditional values of fine Swiss watchmaking – a world where mechanical excellence goes hand-in-hand with enduring sophistication.

TUDOR 1926 rose gold and steel 41mm
TUDOR 1926 white dial steel 39mm
TUDOR 1926 rose gold and steel 28mm

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Patek Philippe’s Impressive New Releases

 Celebrating its 101st year, Baselworld is the watch industry’s most important annual gathering where the world’s premier brands exhibit their newest horological creations. The week-long spectacle draws thousands from across the globe, descending on the picturesque Swiss town to catch first glance at the year’s most anticipated new timepieces. When it comes to Baselworld, Patek Philippe never disappoints. Here’s a roundup of our favorite releases from the legendary family-owned watch brand.


Ref. 7150/250R Chronograph

With a tradition of producing timepieces that are best-in-class, Patek Philippe has long embraced the incorporation of complicated movements into ladies’ watches. In 2009, they introduced a totally new chronograph intended exclusively for feminine wrists, the Ref. 7071 Ladies First Chronograph. With a cushion-shaped case, the Ref. 7071 became the first watch endowed with Patek’s new in-house chronograph movement, the now legendary caliber CH 29-535 PS.

Replacing the Ref. 7071 as Patek’s only ladies’ chronograph model, the new Ref. 7150R/250R Chronograph showcases a stylish new look while retaining the same powerful movement. The Ref. 7150 is fashioned with a 38mm round rose gold case that is gracefully set with 72 diamonds, and a silver dial with rose gold Breguet numerals. A fresh and feminine face for the ladies’ chronograph, Patek Philippe’s Reference 7150 is destined to be a highly-coveted watch among modern, active women with an eye for style and an appreciation for exquisite timepieces.
Ref. 7150/250R Chronograph Patek Philippe MN


Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar

Originally introduced in white gold at Baselworld 2010, the Ref. 5205 Annual Calendar has emerged as one of Patek Philippe’s flagship timepieces. The collection expanded in 2014 with the addition of versions in rose gold, and at Baselworld this year, Patek Philippe announced that this perennial favorite would be given fresh a new look. The two white gold predecessors are being replaced with a new version—the Ref. 5205G-013. Paired with the graceful shimmer of white gold, the elegant two-tone sunburst dial on the new 5205G features an charming blue dial with a subtle black gradation toward the circumference of the dial. Its sleek, dynamic, and contemporary style is perfectly underscored by a beautiful moonphase indicator at six o’clock.

Ref. 5205G Annual Calendar Patek Philippe MN


Ref. 5524R Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

The release of the Ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in 2015 was a radical move by Patek Philippe that broke the mold of the brand’s traditional design paradigm. With its DNA rooted in aviation and styled with an 18k white gold case and blue dial, it quickly became the darling amongst collectors. This year at Baselworld, Patek Philippe announced a new variant of this highly-coveted timepiece—the Ref. 5524R. This fresh addition showcases a beautiful rose gold case accented by a striking dial brown dial with a black gradation. It is a refined and bold debut for an astounding timepiece that pays tribute to Patek Philippe’s horological endeavors.

Ref. 5524R Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Patek Philippe MN


Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar

One of the most exciting announcements was the launch of the Ref. 5740/1G, the first Nautilus model to feature a perpetual calendar. There have been various complications integrated into the Nautilus collection—including a chronograph, second time zone and annual calendar—but Patek Philippe is now enriching this collection with its first ever grand complication. Not only is this the first grand complication in the Nautilus family, it is also the thinnest perpetual calendar in the entire Patek Philippe collection. The new Ref. 5740/1G packs a unique combination of sports appeal bearing the discreet elegance of white gold paired with the technical sophistication of a perpetual calendar.
Ref. 5740/1G Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Patek Philippe MN


Ref. 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph

The contemporary and sporty Aquanaut welcomes the first chronograph to its family with the recent addition of Patek Philippe’s newest Aquanaut—the Ref. 5968A. Combining tradition and innovation, this new model features a self-winding flyback chronograph, a complication that perfectly suits the character of this dynamic timepiece. This new Aquanaut is powered by Patek’s caliber CH 28-520 C, the same impressive movement found in the Ref. 5980 Nautilus Chronograph. To add a pop of color, the grey embossed dial features orange accents on the chronograph hands, dial hashes and 60-minute counter at six o’clock. With its orange composite strap and dial accents, the Ref. 5968A is one of the more youthful and casually-styled Patek Philippe timepieces released in recent years.

Ref. 5968A Aquanaut Chronograph Patek Philippe MN


Ref. 5067A Aquanaut Luce

First launched in 2004, the Aquanaut Luce quickly became a beloved timepiece for ladies seeking to pair contemporary elegance with a bold statement. The name Luce, which means “light” in Italian, was a befitting name for a timepiece whose bezel is illuminated by the fire of 46 diamonds. The chic timepiece is available in various versions – in stainless steel or gold – with dial and strap variations in white, black or taupe. At Baselworld, Patek Philippe announced that they are adding a new blue-gray color as a further choice for the Ref. 5067 Aquanaut Luce in stainless steel. A perfect choice to represent sporty chic, this feminine new color choice underscores the modern and youthful design of the timepiece.

Ref. 5067A Aquanaut Luce Patek Philippe MN


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The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Collection

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the illustrious Memovox Polaris, an ingenious combination by Jaeger-LeCoultre of a vibrating alarm function with a fully capable diving watch. The brand is celebrating the milestone with the introduction of an entirely new Polaris collection featuring a variety of styles, complications and finishes. Not simply an homage to a single timepiece, the new collection encompasses five entirely new timepieces infused with the spirit of the historic Memovox Polaris.

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Two Crown Simplicity: The Polaris Automatic

The simplest model in the collection, the Polaris Automatic draws its inspiration from the original Memovox model with its design aesthetics and trapezoidal indices. Its clean dial design highlights the unique triple-tone dial—a combination of sunray-finish at the center dial, grained-finish by the indices and a satin-finish on the inner bezel. This 41mm in-house automatic timepiece is water resistant to 100 meters, and features the Memovox’s iconic dual crowns—one for setting time and one for rotating the inner bezel. Simplifying the act of tracking elapsed time, the inner rotating bezel speaks to the diving-inspired function of this timepiece.


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Inspired Vintage: The Polaris Date

At 42mm, the Polaris Date is slightly larger and includes an integrated date window in the three o’clock position. The Polaris Date is available on a brand-new rubber strap with a Clous de Paris pattern, giving it an old-school dive watch feel. Sharing similar aesthetic elements, the link between the original Polaris and the new Polaris Date is immediately apparent. Short of missing the third crown and Memovox disc, the Polaris Date could easily be mistaken for the vintage 1968 Polaris.


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jaeger-lecoultre polaris chronograph rose gold

Timing Made Elegant: The Polaris Chronograph

Equipped with a tachymeter bezel and dual-register chronograph, the Polaris Chronograph is the sportiest model in the new collection. While the new Polaris Chronograph adopts its design cues from the overall collection, it branches off from the dive watch DNA of the Polaris and integrates an entirely different function. This model is available with a brand-new bracelet design from Jaeger-LeCoultre that is as handsome as it is comfortable. The three-link bracelet showcases a striking combination of mirror and satin polished links that seamlessly integrates into the 42mm case. The Polaris Chronograph is the only Polaris model currently available in a precious metal, available with a rose gold case and anthracite dial.


jaeger-lecoultre polaris chronograph world time
jaeger-lecoultre polaris chronograph world time

Perfect Traveler: The Polaris Chronograph WT

Loaded with functionality, the Polaris Chronograph WT is the most complicated timepiece in the Polaris collection. The Polaris Chronograph WT is a serious sports watch that remains surprisingly elegant while it incorporates chronograph, GMT and world time functions on its dial. World time watches can be difficult to read, which is why Jaeger-LeCoultre utilized a generous 44mm titanium case to enhance readability and maintain lightness and comfort. The crown located in the ten o’clock position controls the rotating city disc, allowing the wearer to immediately see the time in 23 other cities around the world.


jaeger-lecoultre polaris memovox stainless steel

Rebirth of an Icon: The Polaris Memovox

Issued in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, this modern model features the special alarm function made famous by the 1968 Memovox Polaris. The Polaris Memovox retains the iconic three-crown design: one for setting the alarm (top), one for the inner rotating bezel (middle) and one for setting the time (bottom). Paying tribute to the original Memovox Polaris, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris Memovox has been updated with all the finishes of the new collection while still remaining faithful to the original model.

With their vintage-inspired designs and utilitarian complications, it’s hard not to love Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris models. Inspired by an icon from the past, Jaeger-LeCoultre succeeded in creating a modern collection specifically designed for the contemporary gentleman.


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