Purple & Gold the colours of royalty, true to Sheen De Queen
Purple & Gold the colours of royalty, true to Sheen De Queen
MB&F is a company that has no dearth of creative imagination and no lack of technology that transforms this creativity into reality.
The latest collaboration between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F brings us a desk clock which is maybe every child’s fantasy.
Destination Moon an eight-day table top clock.
It’s rocket shape design which cleverly displays hours and minutes on large stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. The horizontal plates perforated to look like Meccano components.
This rocket of time has an open movement and is structured vertically.
Complete with your own personal astronaut “Neil” who can be magnetically attached to any point on the ladder depending whether he is about to take of on an exploratory mission in the universe where your time could be off by tens of thousands of years or returning to tell tales of the fantasy kind.
Costing around $20,000 this clock can enliven your childhood fantasies albeit you have to be Richie Rich to do so.
Floating in space with four limited editions of 50 pieces available in black, green, blue, or palladium this rocket can land only on few privileged desks.
Pictures courtesy http://www.ablogtowatch.com/mbf-destination-moon-clock-lepee/
I was more excited than my 7-year-old son, it was my first visit to a destination I had only dreamt about.
I attribute all my desires and dreams to Yash Chopra for shooting his movies in the most exotic locales. I grew up on images of snow mountains with beautiful Indian actresses clad in flimsy chiffon sarees braving the cold. I was not romantic enough to try that though.
When the day arrived I was jittery and jumping at everything (remember have always been like that before a school picnic).
So when I finally reached my destination I was totally jet lagged and tired mostly from travelling alone with my son (who was very co-operative thankfully).
But all tiredness drained away when the girls (wives of my husband’s colleagues and two female colleagues) suggested we visit Triberg Waterfalls.
The adventure began at Basel station where we bought tickets for Triberg but noticed we were given tickets for Freiburg. After much confusion we realized the Swiss pronounce Triberg as Tree-Berg and not Tri-Berg.
Three trains later when we arrived at the quaint village station it seemed like I was still in a dream.
We hiked up to the entrance of the waterfalls in still a dreamy state. The area around the entrance to the waterfalls is reminiscent of a Fairyland.
The waterfall is the highest in Germany and has an overall drop of 163 metres over 7 cascades. We only managed to see the last cascade.
Ice-cream in the cold is an experience I have always enjoyed and browsing through the local shops selling tourists cuckoo clocks, wood carvings, souvenirs we wandered the streets just losing ourselves in the misty mysterious town. The countryside around Triberg is fascinating.
The Cuckoo clock museum is worth a visit and if you are a lover of souvenirs get a Cuckoo clock, it is one of those things that you will love for a very long time. These are high quality craft products and if you do not wish to carry it along with you for the rest of the trip the shops can arrange to ship it to your home so that you will find it right at your doorstep when you are back.
The trip covered various other places and I feel I cannot do justice to all the places in one post so I am going to do a series of posts.
So keep coming back for a peek into what goes on in a traveler’s mind when you visit Switzerland for the first time.
The name is a descriptive of a free powerful & independent woman.
The legend Mastani was skilled in archery, knowledge, niyati ( strategy) and was a beauty.
A rare combination of womanhood she was celebrated in the history during the times of war and peace. A leader in her own and an inspiration to her clan. She defined beauty, style, motherhood and played many roles with grace and poise!
This is what defines Mastani – a jewelry brand inspired by the classical designs across the country and a blend of modern and ethnic jewelry for the women of today.
Her roles, skills and commitments have come a long way changed in many ways yet she loves to wear her jewelry – graceful outfits and even today she celebrates her uniqueness.
Mastani brings to you customized jewelry in bright and pastel fusion colors.
It does not limit you to a specific outfit.
The concept is Fusion – it changes hues with your ever-changing roles of womanhood.
Whether you are the coy docile nymph or the fiery passionate siren, the jewelry personifies your various moods, stances taking into perception the nuances and the flutter of the lashes that are embodiment of the very unique YOU.
Go ahead explore the collection and if you want to get yourself something ethereal check out the Mastani Facebook Page :
“Model of the Year” December 2016, Bella Hadid a rising star in the world of fashion, has partnered with TAG Heuer.
This is not just an opportunity for the luxury Swiss watch brand to welcome a fresh, young face, but also for the model to collaborate on projects which relate directly to one of her favourite hobbies: photography.
At the venue the trendsetting fitness club Equinox Bond Street the pretty blue-eyed brunette confidently showed off her perfect body, right at home in the gym!
TAG Heuer’s #DontCrackUnderPressure tagline fits her perfectly.
CEO Jean-Claude Biver, also Chairman of the Watch Division of LVMH Group said: “I am delighted to welcome Bella into the family of TAG Heuer ambassadors. Having Bella on the team enables me to reconnect TAG Heuer with the Millennials and young generations, and also with the brand’s avant-garde spirit, the spirit which drives us to do things differently, to innovate and to dare. The TAG Heuer family has a real team spirit. We need someone like Bella to help us capture the bold and confident spirit of young people today. Thank you for joining us, Bella, welcome to the team!”
SIHH or Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie. A fair that was started in 1991 by Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Gerald Genta, and Daniel Roth. Held in January each year after the holidays it is the second largest fair held mostly for retailers and journalists. Held in Geneva it is almost impossible to get into the SIHH if you do not belong professionally in the industry.
It is followed by Baselworld which was the first watch show in Switzerland. The first fair was held in 1917 but it wasn’t until 1986 that non-Swiss exhibitors could join the fair. Held in March every year Baselworld is open to the public and only costs you an entry ticket.
This year SIHH opened its doors for the first time to the general public on Friday 20 January. This open house marks a new stage in the history of the show.
SIHH 2017: THE NUMBERS
45,000 square meters of exhibition
17 Historic houses
13 independent craftspeople
1200 accredited journalists
EXHIBITING THE WATCHES TO LOOK OUT FOR @ THE SIHH 2017
1. MB&F HM7 Aquapod Tourbillon Diving-Style Watch
No it’s not an Alien space ship, it’s not Saturn, it’s a watch. MB&F debuts the Horological Machine No. 7 (HM7) Aquapod. With this very futuristic circa $100,000 flying tourbillon-equipped timepieces on your wrist, you are bound to be high on style.
MB& F’s long-time design partner Eric Giroud has designed the HM7 Aquapod collection.
The Aquaopod is being produced as a limited edition in two versions, one in titanium and one in 18k red gold. The case is 53.8mm wide and 21.3mm thick produced from a whopping 95 parts.
Downside: it is that it only has 50 meters of water resistance.
2. Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1 Record-Setting Lightweight Watch
Lightweight is the key word here. The watch weighs only 40 grams including the strap making it the lightest split-second chronograph with a tourbillon and the movement weighs a scant 7 grams
A case that marries titanium, carbon TPT (thin-ply technology), and a Richard Mille exclusive and apparent watchmaking first: Graph TPT, better known as graphene, that is six times lighter than steel and 200 times as strong.
Richard Mille collectors looking to chase one of these bad boys down must do so at RM boutiques, where only 75 pieces will be available in total. Owners will also get a 1:5 scale model of the 2017 McLaren-Honda car driven by two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, which is a neat little bow on a package that costs 980,000 CHF before VAT.
3. Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Concept Watch
Ulysse Nardin promises a list of 10 innovations in the InnoVision 2.
The InnoVision 2 being a concept watch, it is difficult to determine how well the actual movement works, or how much of an improvement in performance much of this new tech has over more traditional movements.
Ulysse Nardin declined to share things like specific technical specifications for the InnoVision 2 such as case size and materials. In a sense, those things are mostly irrelevant given that the focus is on the internals.
4. Urwerk UR-T8 Watch
Continuing in the freaky innovative watches we bring you the Urwerk UR-T8 Watch. Urwerk is releasing their Urwerk UR-T8 watch to mark the 20th anniversary of the brand.
The watch has a reversible bracelet which allows the titanium caseback to be face up while hiding/protecting the dial underneath.
The wearer can change the look to look as if there is a mysterious looking bracelet on the wrist and by flipping it over tell time by only squeezing the two buttons on the side of the case, lifting it vertically, rotating the case 180° around its axis, and returning it back to its initial flat position.
The Urwerk UR-T8 watch will be available in natural titanium or black PVD-coated case options and limited to an initial run of 60 pieces. Price for the Urwerk UR-T8 is CHF 100,000.
5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon Watch
Bold and expensive this “top-of-the-line” Geophysic watch built on the modern retro-inspired collection of watches.
Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon combines a world-time complication with an “orbital” flying tourbillon – in a rather visually stunning manner.
The flying tourbillon seems to come right out of the dial, which is enhanced by the fact that most of the dial is domed.
It has in-house-made automatic movement with the “true second” ticking seconds hand and the world-time indicator cased in a 43.5mm wide solid platinum case.
The movement has 48 hours of power reserve and is produced from 375 parts and the 22k pink gold automatic rotor is visible through rear of the case’s sapphire crystal exhibition window.
The limited edition of 100 pieces reference Q8126420 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon in platinum is priced at around $145,000.
6. HYT Skull Pocket Watch
If wicked is your middle name you will be dying to own this one.
Imagine being a villain, this watch pulled out of your pocket to commence the countdown to doom is going to make the hero forget saving the world and he is definitely going to be intrigued by this sinister looking time piece.
With a 65-hour power reserve this retrograde movement uses a bellows-like mechanism to push a green fluid through a capillary around the skull indicating the time by the corresponding luminous numbers in the outer bezel.
Like other HYT Skull watches, the slow-moving fluid indicates only the hours on the HYT Skull Pocket – not that useful for counting down to plans of apocalyptic destruction after all.
The HYT Skull Pocket will be made in an extremely limited run of only eight pieces, and you’ll need more than just a great costume and dreams of world domination – you’ll also need the bankroll of a super-villain to be able to add one to your collection, at a price of $115,000.
7. Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider Watch
The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider watch adds the first ever carbon movement plate, bridges, and tourbillon upper cage to be made entirely in carbon.
A cool black and red technically minimalistic watch has a 45mm case with the dial has a “honeycomb” pattern, made of titanium and vulcanized rubber, with the bezel featuring red lacquer.
The movement is the hand-wound caliber RD509SQ. Continuing the carbon theme, the movement features a multi-layer carbon plate, bridges, and tourbillon upper cage that matches the honeycomb decor above.
The strap is black rubber, which has a red Rubber-Tech fabric-like inlay and red stitching throughout. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Carbon Spider is limited to 28 pieces and is priced at 180,000 CHF.
8. Romain Jerome Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava
A timepiece the unpronounceable name: the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA, pays tribute to the temperamental Icelandic volcano.
Introduced in a 99-piece limited edition, it comes in a 46 mm black PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilized rusted steel bezel.
The dial comprises genuine lava rock from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano as well as red and yellow cold enamel. Along with its strap made of toad skin, it retails for $26,500.
9. Ludovic Ballouard’s “Upside Down Watch.”
The watch not overly complex, but it is technically complicated
The hour indicator is placed on a small disc that is capable of rotating. The hours are placed in an upside-down position. The “active” hour, which corresponds to the right time, is flipped around to be right side up. The discs turn very quickly when it is their “turn.” There is a single blued steel hand on the main dial for the minutes, as well as a small subsidiary seconds dial. Simple yet unique.
The first watches are part of a limited edition set of just 12 pieces. Ballouard will make more watches after this set (that has already been sold).
Each watch will be in solid platinum (that includes the strap buckle and crown) in a 41mm wide case. Price for them will be around 40,000 Swiss Francs – which is more or less the same in US dollars.
And now serving the dessert. If you do not have a sweet tooth may I odder you some Swiss Cheese.
Presenting the $1 Million Watch Made Of Genuine Swiss Cheese. Don’t drop out of your chair yet.
10. Cheesy Swiss Mad Watch
The youthful CEO of H. Moser & Cie Edouard Meylan, releases something that has managed to capture large amounts of attention.
The first Swiss watch housed in a case made of hardened Swiss cheese, a strap made of cowhide and a red dial reminiscent of the Swiss flag.
A Vacherin Mont d’Or médaille d’or cheese comprises the base for the case, which has been mixed with a composite itr2 material made with carbon nanotubes (the same used in the Pebble 2 Smartwatch, by the way) before being machined and polished.
And, no, it doesn’t smell.
The price of the unique-piece watch is an equally symbolic 1,081,291 Swiss francs, which references the date of the signing of the Swiss Federal Charter on August 1, 1291.
The watch is made mainly to draw attention to the law regarding the use of the words “Swiss made” and in a way to support Meylan’s personal campaign drawing attention to the fact that many of the world’s best Swiss (and German!) brands do not have “Swiss made” on their dials.
He has decided to remove ‘Swiss Made’ from their dials for all of their new collections. Meylan’s hashtag #MakeSwissMadeGreatAgain along with his video staged in a Swiss barn simultaneously draws attention to the fact that his watches are more Swiss than most.
Picture courtesy: http://www.ablogtowatch.com