Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Flyback Chronograph 43 mm titanium carbide case, anthracite dial and perforated leather strap Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition Chronograph Monaco Twenty Four Carrera Calibre 8 Grand Date GMT Photos: Paul Boutros Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier Head of Fine Watchmaking
An interview in March 2013 by Paul Boutros Smart, warm, and gracious, Carole Forestier-Kasapi is Cartier’s watchmaker extraordinaire. Born into a family of watchmakers, her infectious passion for watchmaking is felt the moment she begins speaking. During a brief interview in Geneva during SIHH 2013, Carole explained how proud... Read more
Hi All, I had the opportunity to take shots of Lange’s new introductions for the year during SIHH. Please forgive the dust, fingerprints, etc… 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar I was lucky to catch a sneak peak of this watch the night before the official launch – I spotted it... Read more
Hi All, It was another impressive year for Cartier, with one of the most interesting and comprehensive set of new introductions among all brands exhibiting at this year’s SIHH. Highlights include: * Fine Watchmaking Collection – Two extraordinary mystery watches inspired by mystery clocks sold by the brand as... Read more
Produced beginning in 1963, this Daytona features a gorgeous multi-colored dial known to collectors as the “Paul Newman” dial. This example was made in 1968, and uses the Rolex caliber 722 movement, based on the Valjoux 72. The dial is in fantastic condition. Read more
Dear VC Fans, For the first time, ladies timepieces were the focus for Vacheron’s new introductions this year. Fortunately, there were a few noteworthy new introductions for men, including: * A stunning platinum version of the Patrimony Traditionelle 38 MM * A new, two-tone dial color for the two-tone,... Read more
Hi All, I had the opportunity to take shots of many of Panerai’s new introductions for the year during the SIHH fair. Please forgive the dust, fingerprints, etc…these shots were taken handheld very quickly! PAM524 – LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK – 44mm Featuring Panerai’s first automatic movement... Read more
Hi All, I had the good fortune of being able to photograph most of Richard Mille’s new introductions at this year’s SIHH during my 30 minute appointment. All pieces were in strong demand – I literally had no more than one minute to take my shots in some cases!... Read more
2013 is the 20th Anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, and there are a number of notables in this year’s releases. Two big releases this year come in ceramic. The brand has been interested in working in ceramic for some time, but it was not until the level of... Read more
As detailed by Vacheron’s Alex Ghotbi, Vacheron Constantin has a long history of producing watches integrated into coins, going back to approximately 1850, with their first coin wristwatch perhaps produced as early as 1938. Concealed within this American $20 Liberty Head double eagle gold coin is the world’s thinnest... Read more
Cartier Crash, Ref. 091-91 in Yellow Gold Cartier launched the original Crash watch in 1967. In 1991, Cartier re-introduced this spectacular, asymmetrical wristwatch in a limited series of 400 pieces. Thought to have been inspired by Salvador Dali’s surrealistic paintings, in actuality, it came about following a fatal car... Read more
The highlight of Antiquorum’s December sale is a unique Patek reference 5016 fitted with a black dial with red and silver print. With a perpetual calendar with retrograding date, tourbillon, and a minute repeating mechanism, the 5016 was Patek’s most complicated wristwatch until the release of ref. 5002, the... Read more
According to Cartier’s Carole Forestier, this photo is perhaps the very first ever taken of the two together… Best, Paul Read more
A Weekend with Vacheron Constantin, Chef Thomas Keller, and Rolls-Royce Paul Boutros Dear Friends, Last weekend, I had the good fortune and great pleasure of attending an extraordinary set of events in Carmel, California thanks to Vacheron Constantin. Coinciding with the prestigious Concours d’Elegance, an annual competitive automotive event... Read more
Hi All, Edouard Mignon is the director in charge of Cartier’s watchmaking innovations, and a passionate watch guy. During last month’s ID Two event, he was wearing this rare Collection Privée Santos Dumont in platinum… Check out how thin it is! It’s fitted with the Cartier caliber 21, based... Read more
Introduction Over the past year, Vacheron Constantin has delivered two exciting things to the US market that American collectors have long hoped for. Please allow me to explain through a personal, true story… Flashback to 2006 – just one year after Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary. I was fortunate to... Read more