New Limited Edition Bulgari Octo timepiece

Italian luxury jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari has become renowned for its extremely beautiful timepieces in recent years. Baroque Access takes a look at their latest limited edition, the Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire

 

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Bulgari is becoming synonymous with extremely complicated masterpieces of horology, and their latest timepiece is no exception. The recently revealed Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire is, in fact, quite unique, and a step up from the technological innovations the Italian luxury watchmaker has created in the past.

This new model features innovative movement architecture that uses the bridges of the caliber as indicators of the hours. These bridges are also coated with DLC and feature luminescent green material that provides a shock of color and an extremely legible skeletonized dial.

 

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Although this Italian luxury brand is better known as a jeweler than a watchmaker, it is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the watchmaking industry. Bulgari, which was originally founded in 1884, only started creating watches in the 1970s. In 2000, Bulgari acquired two established luxury Swiss watchmaking companies – Gerald Genta ad Daniel Roth SA. To this day, one can see traces of distinctive Gerald Genta design in the Bulgari Octo collection of watches, and this is also evident in the latest Bulgari Octo iteration.

 

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The Bulgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire boasts a 44mm, geometric titanium watchcase coated with green luminescent DLC and features both polished and brushed surfaces. The case is inspired by motifs decorating the Basilica of Maxentius, an ancient building in the Roman Forum in Rome, which is a reference to Bulgari’s initial Italian roots.

 

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As its name implies, the watch is a striking blue color – this color is repeated in the stitching on the rubber-lined black alligator leather strap. Another important feature is the timepiece’s in-house caliber BVL206 that is manually wound and is regulated by a flying tourbillon at 6 o’ clock that makes a full rotation every 60 seconds. The new iteration, which boasts a generous 64-hour power reserve, was first revealed at Baselworld 2017 where it was declared one of the most futuristic timepieces.

The watch, which is limited to just 50 pieces, comes in two versions, including DLC-coated titanium (approximately $65,000) and 18-karat pink gold (around $78,000). Its case is water-resistant to approximately 50 meters.

 

If you are interested in purchasing one of these exceptional limited edition timepieces, Baroque Access can assist. Mail us for more information on these exceptional watches, or to purchase one, info@baroqueaccess.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Introducing the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, French horologists Piaget have launched the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate, the thinnest hand-wound watch in the world. Baroque Access has all the details

 

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Yes, it’s the thinnest hand-wound watch in the world, at just 4.3mm high. It’s also the pride and joy of Piaget, who introduced the first-ever slimmest self-winding watch less than a year ago, at 5.15mm, 0.1mm thinner than Piaget’s previous iteration. Piaget has just outdone itself with this latest addition, the Altiplano Ultimate Automatic.

 

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The timepiece will be released at SIHH 2018, which takes place this month in Geneva from 15 to 18 January. As its name implies, the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate is literally the ultimate when it comes to very slim watches.

So what’s it like, Piaget’s latest masterpiece? Similar to the hand-wound 900P, which was released in 2013 and held the world record for the thinnest mechanical watch for two years, the new Piaget 910P has the same case back to support the movement parts, but it still manages to be thinner than its predecessor at just 4.3mm. The movement’s gears and pivots are mounted directly on the case back – this ensures there is no need for a main plate as found in conventional movements and is the reason for the watch being so thin. There is no movement to be measured, just a very slim watch.

 

The dial is off-center, positioned on the space between the bridges on the front. The whole gear train occupies the arc that surrounds the dial, thus everything is visible. Some of the wheels, including the additional transmission wheel that is held by a pivot in the chapter ring, measure a mere 0.12mm in height.

Again, like its predecessor, the 900P, the new model has a simplified barrel. So, instead of a bearing at the top and bottom, the barrel is suspended from a single bearing on just one end. Despite this, the watch manages a 50-hour power reserve.

 

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Another reason the watch is so thin is its peripheral winding system; this eliminates the additional height required for a conventional rotor. Instead, the narrow rotor is mounted around the edge of the movement. It incorporates itself around the movement instead of adding to the thickness of the watch. To ensure that it’s easy to wind the watch, it’s made of 22-karat gold and is mounted on ball bearings.

The case is slightly curved so that the dial and hands can be slightly recessed below the surrounding bridges; this protects the hands from coming into contact with the crystal and causing pressure on the crystal.

 

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The diameter of the new Piaget model is 41mm, which compensates for its slimness. The Ultiplano Ultimate 910P is available in 18-karat pink ($39,200) or white gold ($40,800). Both versions have a black alligator strap and matching gold pin buckles.

 

If you would like to find out more about Piaget’s latest creation, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require. We can also assist you in purchasing this magnificent timepiece.

New Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Collection watch

The latest timepiece in the Franck Muller Yachting Collection, released this month, is a replica of the curves and shapes of the luxury yacht ‘Franck Muller 55’. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

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The Franck Muller Yachting Collection was first launched in 2015 to pay tribute to yachting and the sea as part of a collaboration with the Italian Sea Group to build a range of luxury super yachts. Each watch in the collection is adorned with nautical details – and the latest timepiece, which replicates the curves and shapes of the luxury yacht ‘Franck Muller 55’, is no exception. It’s an avante garde timepiece combining global precision and yachting sport design that replicates the curves and shapes of the luxury yacht and represents fine craftsmanship and sleek design.

 

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This latest timepiece is based on the Vanguard collection, part of the Franck Muller Yachting Collection. The timepieces in this collection include the Vanguard Pixel, the Vanguard Glacier and the Vanguard Cobra, each individual and unique, offering a tribute in its own way to the wonder and beauty of the world of the ocean.

Franck Muller is renowned as a Master of Complications, and this latest masterpiece underscores this. It’s a new creative vision of time with an emphasis on nautical details. The Yachting watch features numerous seafaring elements, including a deep blue dial and a wind rose also on the dial. The distinct Vanguard Roman numerals on the dial perfectly complement its design and enhance its legibility.

 

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The watch is available with either an automatic or mechanical movement, and is available in a choice of titanium, 18-karat gold or stainless steel, with a rubber and alligator strap with either blue or white stitches. The side of each case features a drawing of the Franck Muller 55 yacht, adding a signature touch to the timepiece.

There are four variants of the watch – classic, chronograph, tourbillon and Gravity tourbillon. This is the perfect sporty watch for those men who own their own yacht, as these two worlds both share elegance and the same technical features.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, or are interested in purchasing one, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will give you all the information you require and assist you in any way possible.

Chanel Code Coco – a new timepiece

Luxury French designer brand Chanel celebrates the 30th anniversary since the launch of its first timepiece, the Première, with a brand new masterpiece of horology, the Chanel Code Coco. Baroque Access takes a look

 

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Chanel has been making beautiful watches for 30 years, and what many considered a whim, or a fashion accessory, has become something of a horological masterpiece. Chanel’s signature J12, the first timepiece to ever be made completely from ceramic material, was first launched in 2000 with its iconic bracelet strap. Then Chanel introduced the Mademoiselle Privé range, and with it, brought Métiers d’Art couture craftsmanship to the watchmaking realm. In 2015 the Boy.Friend was launched, an instant classic timepiece. Finally, in 2016, the first in-house movement was used on the mens’ timepiece, Monsieur de Chanel.

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2017 was a busy year for Chanel: they released both the Première Camélia Skeleton for women, and the Caliber 2 for men.  And now, as 2017 comes to a close, Chanel has launched Code Coco, a women’s watch that is a combination of fine jewellery and quality horology. It’s also beautiful to look at, an exquisite fashion accessory and, much like the designer brand itself, it is completely unique and fresh.

What sets Code Coco apart from the other Chanel timepieces is that it is unconventional instead of conservative, but still a proper Chanel classic. The watch has a supple steel bracelet that was inspired by both the quilting and the clasp on the acclaimed Chanel 2.55 handbag, which Mademoiselle Chanel designed herself in 1955.

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The new Chanel timepiece, like the first-ever Chanel watch created, the Première, is more like a bracelet than a watch. Like the first Chanel watch, this one is not a miniature version of a man’s timepiece; rather it’s a unique extremely feminine iteration. The Code Coco does not fasten like any other watch either; it wraps itself around the wrist and slots back into itself. It’s locked in place with that special clasp we mentioned earlier.

If you turn the clasp horizontally, you will see the watch’s numberless dial, but if you turn the clasp 90 degrees, it’s hidden. Above the clasp you’ll find a single diamond – like everything to do with Chanel, it’s effortless. The black lacquered dial is 38.1mm x 21.5mm and features a high-precision quartz movement. The dial is rectangular in shape, divided in half by a rotating metal bar that conceals or reveals the time.

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The watch was released in time for Paris Fashion Week in September in stainless steel, with or without a diamond-set bezel, with a price tag of $5,000 for the stainless steel version with a single .05 karat diamond and $9,100 for the stainless steel version with a diamond-set bezel that contains 52 diamonds. There is also a limited edition of five pieces made of 18-karat white gold that are entirely encrusted with diamonds that each cost almost a million dollars ($956,000 to be exact).

 

If you would like to find out more of any of these exquisite timepieces, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require on any of these unique Chanel timepieces.

You have to own the car to get one of these limited Owners Edition timepieces

But there is a silver lining… Autodromo is also bringing out Endurance Chronographs for the rest of us… Baroque Access has all the details

 

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US watch company Autodromo recently released a ground-breaking selection of timepieces that were designed in collaboration with Ford Motor Company. They include an Autodromo GT Owner’s Edition as well as Endurance Chronographs for the rest of us.

 

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Autodromo, owned by Bradley Price, has gained a reputation for creating stunning, high quality, automotive-inspired watches. Their latest project, in collaboration with Ford Motor Company, includes two separate collections inspired by America’s greatest racing car, the Ford GT. The result is a set of timepieces that capture the personality and philosophy of both Ford cars that conquered le Mans in the 1960s, and the $400,000 super car that was created this year to honor them.

 

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If you are one of the lucky owners of this limited edition 2017 masterpiece (we’re talking about the car here!), then you can purchase Autodromo’s exquisite bespoke, limited edition watch. It is a masterpiece of design, just like the car, with a 43mm ceramic case with lines reminiscent of the spirit of the Ford GT but with its own distinctive personality.

 

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The watch features a 43mm ceramic case with a sapphire crystal dial that is held in place by a steel chassis that bears the lugs. Inside one finds a Swiss automatic fly back chronograph movement. Every watch is bespoke, designed to match its owner’s vehicle, with a wide variety of color options. Each of the special Owner’s Edition watches will carry a special serial number that matches the car to which it has been paired. Those planning to purchase a new Ford GT can choose everything they want for both the car and the watch at the same time. Pricing is not yet available for this limited owner’s edition, and pre-orders will be open in early 2018.

 

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However, if you don’t have a Ford GT in your garage, don’t despair. You can still purchase an exceptional Autodromo timepiece inspired by a Ford GT racing car. The GT Endurance Chronograph was inspired by the Owner’s Edition but has a definite nostalgic element, with a design that is reminiscent of the 1960s when these iconic vehicles were first created.

 

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The timepieces are vintage-inspired yet very wearable, with classic, simple touches. There are various options for the dial including the clean, restrained Le Mans Blue variant, a wilder LM2016, built to celebrate Ford GT’s Le Mans class winner last year, plus two Heritage pieces – The Heritage ’66 and Heritage ’67 that celebrate Ford GT victories at the 24 Hours Le Mans races in those respective years.

The straps are ribbed, tuck and roll leather, which is a signature of Autodromo, and there is a choice of colors – black, blue or white. All straps are finished with an engraved Autodromo logo pin buckle.

 

You can pre-order your Endurance Chronograph one now, by mailing Baroque Access, info@baroqueaccess.com. If you’re entitled to own one of the much more expensive Owner’s Edition, mail us for more details.

Audemars Piguet reveals 25th anniversary timepieces

Geneva luxury watchmakers Audemars Piguet celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Royal Oak Offshore Collection that features three new versions of their iconic Royal Oak sports watch. Baroque Access has all the details

 

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In 2018 luxury Swiss horologists at Audemars Piguet will celebrate its 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore Collection, and to celebrate this, they are launching three brand new Royal Oak timepieces that they will be revealed at SIHH in 2018.

The iconic Royal Oak Offshore watch was first launched at Baselworld by Audemars Piguet in 1993, and it was one of the brand’s most successful models ever. Created from stainless steel, it set the trend for future iterations of Royal Oaks timespieces. To date, over 120 Royal Oak watches have been created, using different materials including platinum, gold, titanium and stainless steel.

The three new timepieces include an accurate re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph, in addition to two versions of a completely new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph. They have been revealed as part of the collection that Audemars Piguet will be showcasing at SIHH in Geneva in January 2018.

 

The re-edition  of the original Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph is almost identical to its predecessor, the Caliber 3126/3840. It features a blue ‘Tapisserie’ dial and a solid stainless steel caseback with the ‘Royal Oak Offshore’ logo in the center, and a power reserve of 50 hours.

So what are the features of the new iteration of the original Royal Oak Offshore? For starters, it features a self-winding chronograph, the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph with a contemporary dial design. The two models have been completely redesigned with a movement that was developed exclusively to honor the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore Collection.

The new iteration of the original will be available in either stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold, with a limited edition of only 50 timepieces per version.

The two new models of the Royal Oak Offshore are both bold in design, with the bezel featuring most strongly, along with a completely redesigned hand-wound movement that features 353 parts, 30 jewels, and a dimension of 39.78mm x 11.6mm. An octagonal bezel with hexagonal screws surrounds the dial, while both the crown and pushpieces are ceramic.

The new models are powered by the hand-wound in-house caliber 2947 and a power reserve of seven days, which is most impressive.

Inspiration for all three brand new models of the Royal Oak Offshore came from previous timepieces created by Audemars Pieguet. Pricing of these exceptional timepieces will apparently be announced during SIHH 2018.

 

If you would like to find out more about any of these brand new models, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require.

Hublot in the Maldives

Renowned horologists Hublot have partnered with the ultra-luxurious Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort in the Maldives to create two special limited edition timepieces. Baroque Access has all the details

 

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Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives. Owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy), this exclusive and prestigious resort has just made a special collaboration with renowned horologists, Hublot, and created two limited edition timepieces that depict exactly what the two brands signify – luxury and exclusivity. The timepieces, called the Classic Fusion Special Edition, are quite exquisite, reflecting in their design the shades of blue that signify the beauty of the ocean surrounding the magnificent Cheval Blanc Randheli resort.

 

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Parisian artist Vincent Beaurin created many of the artworks displayed at Cheval Blanc Maison in the Maldives. He was asked to assist in creating the unique dial of the two new limited edition timepieces, using sand. The timepieces, which are dedicated to Cheval Blanc Maison, come in two sizes – 45mm and 38mm versions –with brushed metal cases and blue crocodile leather straps. The smaller version, designed for women, also features a halo of crystalline stones on its bezel.

The designers at Hublot along with artist Vincent Beaurin have captured the serene, azure colour of the sea surrounding this prestigious Maldivian resort. Purchasing one to take home is a memento of a stay in this idyllic location.

 

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The Cheval Blanc Randheli is located in the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, just 40 minutes by from Male in a customized Cheval Blanc seaplane. This superlative resort features a fleet of boats, tennis and virtual golf course as well as a vast infinity swimming pool, numerous water sports activities and a Padi certified diving center. The resort has its own private beach, a fitness center, games room and a hammam and spa.

 

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There are five dining options at this superlative resort, including a fine dining restaurant called Le 1947, a private dining room, a restaurant on the beach, and an Asian restaurant that serves Japanese and East Asian fare. There’s also an al fresco restaurant, Deelani Mediterranean.

Accommodation is in loft-style villas, each with a living room and en suite bathroom with rainshower and tub, overwater deck, private beach or garden. Facilities include a flat-screen TV and free Wifi.

 

If you would like to find out more about the limited edition Hublot timepieces, contact Baroque Access right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide you with all the information you require. If you’d like to book a stay at this exemplary Maldives resort, let our sister company, Baroque Travel assist. Mail them now, info@baroquetravel.com and they will make all your travel arrangements for you. And remember – while you’re staying there, you’ll be able to purchase one of those special limited edition Hublot timepieces!

Mysterious new timepiece from Cartier

Cartier has revealed the first timepiece in its SIHH 2018 collection, the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night, inspired by the French design house’s iconic ‘Mystery Clocks’ that were created in the early 20th Century. Baroque Access has all the details

 

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If the latest reveal from French fashion and design house Cartier is anything to go by, it seems that it is looking at iconic watches in its history to find inspiration. The first of Cartier’s SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève) 2018 collection to be revealed is the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night, inspired by the brand’s ‘Mystery Clocks’, Cartier’s most iconic timepieces ever created, which received much acclaim when they were first produced in 1912. The new Mystery watch also features another complication that Cartier first used that same year – the day/night indicator from the Cartier’s Comet Clock.

 

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The new Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night timepiece features a 40mm 18-karat white or pink gold case and Cartier’s signature design detail, the sapphire cabochon crown. Its dial features a circular guilloché motif at its center and there’s a sunbeam pattern to the dark brown outer part of the dial. The minutes are located on a retrograde display along the bottom half of the dial. This is read by a lone bright blue steel hand that punctuates the dial.

The top half of the dial is where the mystery Day & Night features are found. There are two complications – there’s a mystery display (you san see right through it, and mysteriously, it seems as if the ‘hands’ are not connected to the central mechanism). It uses two indicators, one showing the sun, and the other showing the moon. They depict the slow movement of the day and night along a 12-hour scale. It’s quite a unique way to show the time, but quite easy to read.

 

The timepiece is powered by the in-house Caliber 9982 MC, a manually wound movement that is made up of 174 different components in all, 26 of which are jewels. It also features a 48-hour power reserve.

The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is expected to cost around $63,000 when it goes on sale next year (be aware - prices can change before SIHH).

 

If you would like to purchase one of these exceptional timepieces, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require about this exceptional Cartier timepiece, including how to purchase one when it goes on sale.

Parmigiani timepiece inspired by the Bugatti Chiron

Luxury French automaker Bugatti has joined forces with Swiss luxury watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier once again to create a unique timepiece. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

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This is not the first time that Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti have worked together, but this new collaboration, an exceptional $300,000 timepiece inspired by the 1500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron hyper car, is something quite unique. The association between these two prestigious companies began in 2004 and their collaboration has produced numerous exceptional timepieces in the past 13 years. In addition, Parmigiani was one of the first luxury horologists to create complicated timepieces in very unusual shaped cases. Coupled with an automaker that is famous for its exceptional cars, this makes a winning combination.

 

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When the two luxury brands created the new Bugatti Type 390 timepiece, they created a masterpiece that mirrors the mechanical genius of the Bugatti Chiron that was launched in 2016 and is internationally acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary hyper cars in automobile history.

 

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The watch has been called “an engine block on the wrist” – and for good reason. It boasts a new cylindrical flying tourbillon movement, the Caliber PF390, as well as a patented triangular barrel coupling system that has been patented and has an 80-hour power reserve.

 

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The watchcase has a most distinctive shape, in keeping with the unique shape of the Bugatti Chiron. It measures 57.7mm by 42.2mm and uses an innovative mechanism that lets it pivot through a 12 degrees to fit perfectly on any size wrist.

 

This beautiful timepiece has been engineered to be unlike anything that has come before it. With its planetary gear system, torque limiter, bevel gear differential, tiny ball bearing that is the smallest in the world, flying tourbillon and numerous other exceptional features, the Bugatti Type 390 is quite unique. It is certainly not just an ordinary timepiece.

 

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The limited edition Parmigiani Bugatti Type 390 is available in rose gold or white gold. There are only 10 pieces in each type of gold, with a price that falls just short of $300,000. Well worth the price for a masterpiece of engineering and invention.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece including where it is available, and how you could purchase one, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information and assist you in purchasing one, if you wish.

Limited edition Montblanc timepiece

Inspired by a Montblanc timepiece created in the 1930s, the brand new Limited Edition 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is the latest watch to enter the vintage watch segment. Baroque Access finds out all about Montblanc’s latest creation

 

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There are only 100 of these exquisite Montblanc timepieces that were inspired by the original Minerva caliber 17.29 that was created almost 90 years ago. This brand new model from Montblanc is an exceptional Chronograph timepiece with a tasteful aesthetic that was designed exclusively for watch collectors who enjoy the vintage style.

 

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It pays tribute to Montblanc’s heritage and celebrates the success of the luxury brand’s original Minerva chronographs that were built from the 1930s onwards. Montblanc’s watchmaking history started in 1906 and the brand is synonymous with performance, innovation, quality and the way in which it expresses style in all of its products. This philosophy and signature has been taken into account when creating this new limited edition set of 100 timepieces.

Using their meticulous craftsmanship in the same spirit as their predecessors, the master artisans at Montblanc have created a one-of-a-kind timepiece that signifies the pinnacle of luxury not only in the watches’ innovative design using the latest technology, but also in the consistent use of genuine materials. The new iteration perfectly marries the style of Montblanc’s Swiss artisanal watch-making history and brand heritage, making it a true reflection of the brand’s ingenuity and expertise.

 

The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is designed to resemble a large pocket watch – this was inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29 that was popular in both pocket and wrist watches in the 1930s. The new model features a watchcase created from bronze alloy that frames the salmon-hued dial. This complements the hand-created Côtes de Genève stripes as well as the circular graining and 18-karat red gold-plated luminescent hour hand and minute hand as well as the blue chronograph and second hands.

The beige color used for the Arabic numerals adds to the timepieces’ sleek, realistic appeal. The signature Montblanc emblem is located at 12 o’clock and the vintage cognac-aged alligator watch straps, handmade at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, each boast a satin-finish bronze-plated buckle.

 

If you would like to find out more information about these exceptional limited edition timepieces from Montblanc, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require. We can also assist you in purchasing one of the exclusive limited edition Montblanc Limited Edition 1858 Chronograph Tachymeters.

Is that a Lamborghini on your wrist?

It’s not unusual for automakers and horologists to collaborate – but the two new timepieces from Italian sports car manufacturers Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Swiss luxury watch brand Roger Dubuis are a cut above the rest. Baroque Access takes a look

 

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The two new exquisite timepieces created by Swiss horologists Roger Dubuis in collaboration with Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse are quite exceptional. Unveiled at Lamborghini HQ in Italy recently, the two variations of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S are a perfect marriage of Italian design and Swiss precision – and of course, they are also beautiful to look at.

 

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To add to their cachet, only 88 items have been made. The limited edition EX613 – 80 were created – boasts yellow accents, while the EX624 features orange as the accent color with a carbon cover plate. There are only eight pieces of the latter, with a price tag of $205,000 each, while the EX613 is less expensive, at $185,000. Both feature multi-layer carbon cases and are powered by the double balance hand-wound caliber RD103SQ, which offers a power reserve of 40 hours.

Whilst developing these two new timepieces, this all new caliber was created, apparently inspired by the engine of the magnificent Lamborghini Aventador S as well as the brand new Lamborghini Huracàn Super Trofeo EVO models of sports car.

 

Both timepieces are 45mm wide and 14.05mm thick with straps that are identical to the winning Pirelli racing tires – a special collaboration between Roger Dubuis and Pirelli Tires. According to the CEO of Roger Dubuis, Jean-Marc Pontroué, "Pirelli was the appetizer and this new announcement is the main course. Lamborghini’s engineers have been working with our watchmakers to develop a new engine for our watch that is inspired by one of their most important engines. We are also working with the same materials that they use on the cars."

If one takes a look at the similarities between Lamborghini and Roger Dubuis, one will find many, but the most obvious is their high-tech engineering and flamboyant design. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S timepieces are the first two variations in this new five-year partnership. Although they have the same name and movement architecture, they are not identical watches just with different color variations.

As part of their new partnership, Roger Dubuis will also have an extremely high profile on the track as a main sponsor of Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo races, where the new sports cars, particularly the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO will take center stage.

 

For more information on either of these two limited edition timepieces, contact Baroque Access, info@baroqueaccess.com, right away. If you would like to purchase one of these exceptional timepieces, we can assist you with that as well.

Bulgari and Maserati create Special Edition Octo Watches

Italian high luxury at its best is encapsulated in this latest collaboration between Bulgari and Maserati – two new special-edition Octo Maserati timepieces, the GranSport and the GranLusso. Baroque Access finds out all about them

 

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Whilst Bulgari and Maserati have collaborated with timepieces before, their latest creations are very different. The brand new GranSport and GranLusso Octo Maserati timepieces are very unique and unusual in their design. The inspiration for their design was the rev counters found on the dashboard of Maserati motorcars and they also feature a combination of retrograde minutes and jumping hours to show the time.

 

The GranLusso has an 18k pink gold case and a grey sunburst dial.

The GranLusso has an 18k pink gold case and a grey sunburst dial.

In fact, all the materials and colors used, as well as the numerals, are reminiscent of Maserati designs, but the new timepieces also have distinct Bulgari Octo features – there’s the multifaceted, octagonally structured watch case, which bows to Italian architecture (a signature feature of Bulgari’s timepieces, rooted in Italy but made in Switzerland).

 

The Maserati trident emblem is located underneath the round hour display window at 3 ‘o clock. This signature element is an historic reference to the statue of Neptune located in Bologna, the town where Maserati was founded in 1914. In addition, the leather straps with their top stitches are reminiscent of the plush upholstery found in the interior of a Maserati vehicle.

And then there’s Bulgari’s Octo case, which is 41.5mm for these two special edition timepieces. The watches’ timekeeping combination of jumping hours and retrograde minutes is powered by Bulgari’s in-house calibre BVL 262, a unique self-winding 33-jewel movement that boasts a power reserve of 42 hours and a frequency of 28,800-vph.

 

The GranSport has a steel case with a black DLC coating.

The GranSport has a steel case with a black DLC coating.

The GranSport edition is, as its name implies, the sportier of the two versions of the new Octo timepieces. It boasts a black DLC-crated carbon case and a black dial that is highlighted by indicators (numerals, hour indices and counters) in silver and blue. It is mounted on a black perforated strap with blue top-stitching.

The GranLusso is a more elegant model and boasts an 18-karat rose gold case with the same black dial but with rose gold indicators. It features a brown perforated strap with white top-stitching.

 

Both of these exceptional timepieces are available at Bulgari boutiques around the world. The GranSport is priced at $11,350, while the GranLusso will set you back $30,100.

 

If you would like to find out more about these exceptional timepieces from Bulgari and Maserati, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us now, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require. If you are interested in purchasing one of these limited edition timepieces, we can also assist you, so contact us right away.

Ferrari and Hublot collaborate on a unique Tourbillon timepiece

Especially for Ferrari, Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot created a limited edition version of its famous Techframe Tourbillon Chronograph to honor the Italian automaker’s 70th anniversary. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

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Precision timepieces are lending their names to various accessories including super cars. Swiss horologists Hublot has collaborated numerous times with Ferrari – this time the result is a special timepiece, the Hublot Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph to honor the automaker’s 70th anniversary. This particular iteration, which was completely designed by Ferrari, is quite unique and pays tribute to Ferrari in the best way possible. The limited edition 210 pieces are cutting edge masterpieces fusing automotive design with an extremely complex watch movement.

In fact, the new Ferrari timepiece is extremely complicated and boasts a total of 253 components in all. Centro Stile, the Ferrari design team that works in-house, designed the watch around the Tourbillon movement, utilising the very same creative process as the one used to create a sports car chassis. The result is a timepiece that weighs very little but is extremely solidly built.

 

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This particular Technoframe Tourbillon is also distinguished by a middle that is a skeleton case, created from one-directional carbon as well as the multi-layered hypoallergenic material polyether. The watchcase was created from King Gold, an alloy that is a mixture of gold and ceramic that was developed by Hublot’s design team.

Of course, there’s more. The dial features two logos – both Hublot and Ferrari – and its exquisite design was inspired by the instrument panels found on all Ferrari vehicles. This special timepiece is a great tribute to Ferrari, who produced their very first vehicle, the Ferrari 125 in 1947.

Actually, the newest Hublot model is available in three different versions – King Gold, PEEK Carbon and Titanium – each limited to just 70 pieces.  All of the watchcases, from which the name Techframe is derived, were inspired by the lattice tube frames that form the basis of manufacturing racing cars of the past.

 

 

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There’s more… the timepiece’s movement is installed by a 30-degree rotation in the Techframe, guaranteeing, the best possible function. The strap paired with the watches is composed of a particular Ferrari red, called ‘Rosso Corsa’, but there is also a range of interchangeable straps, making this particular timepiece the ultimate in exclusivity.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about these limited edition timepieces, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us for more information or to purchase one by mailing us, info@baroqueaccess.com.

New smartphone by Tonino Lamborghini

Let us introduce you to the Alpha-One Android smartphone created by Tonino Lamborghini. Currently only available in the UK at Harrods in London and in upmarket stores in the UAE, this is an exclusive and vital accessory if you wish to be ahead of the crowd. Baroque Access takes a look

 

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Let’s face it, if it’s a Tonino Lamborghini, it’s not going to be cheap. Chic and stylish, yes. Good looks? Definitely. Exclusive? You betcha. It’s a brand new Android phone, and not the brand’s first either. It also sells for an eye-watering $2,540, which is fine if you don’t mind paying for the brand value. 

 

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But let’s start at the beginning. When you open the good-looking box encasing the phone you’ll find a beautiful bespoke hand-crafted Italian leather phone case and a black leather back cover to the phone, emblazoned with the logo ‘Tonino Lamborghini’. The front of the headset is finished with gold-plated stainless steel. There’s also a charge cable. The phone itself is made from liquid metal, which is much stronger than titanium alloy – that’s the same material used in Lamborghini cars. This protects your luxury phone from scratches, dents, corrosion and chemicals.

 

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Look at your new accessory closely. It’s 77m wide (that’s just a tad over 3 inches), 152mm high (double that at almost 6 inches) with a depth of 8mm (0.31 inch). It features a 5.5-inch Wide Quad High Definition AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla glass, and boasts a 20-megapixel rear camera and f/1.8 aperture 4K video recorder with dual image stabilization. The front features an 8-megapixel unit. You’ll also find a dedicated DAC and ACD for excellent sound playback and recording and a dual front-facing speakers that are part of a Dolby Atmos Digital Surround system. With 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, we’re talking some serious phone here.

 

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Other features include 24 hours’ talk time on a single charge and a fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone for security.

Let’s face it: Tonino Lamborghini was brave releasing the phone in the current market, when market leaders Vertu have just fallen off the face of the earth (they announced early in August that they were shutting down their UK manufacturing operations after 19 years). But the brand is in good company: there are still plenty of contenders in this very niche luxury market.

 

If you are interested in purchasing one of these exceptional and exclusive smartphones, Baroque Access can assist. Mail us now, info@baroqueaccess.com,  and we can assist you in becoming an owner of this luxury Tonino Lamborghini accessory.

The most complicated timepiece ever created

If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind timepiece, Baroque Access has just the one. It’s the brand new watch created by Swiss horologists Vacheron Constantin and not only does it carry the cachet of being the most complicated timepiece ever made, it has a price tag to match

 

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For over $1 million you could own the brand new timepiece created by Swiss watchmakers Vacheron Constantin. Called Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, this extraordinary 18-karat gold timepiece features an incredible 23 complications. This masterpiece follows another celebrated watch created by the brand in 2016, the Celestia 57260 pocket watch that featured even more complications – 57 in all!

Although both of these watches were developed in secret, the latest offering was created in honor of the way in which grand master horologists worked, which was to develop a piece without thought to the length of time it took to create. In addition, the latest Vacheron Constantin creation was made with an extraordinary level of precision, just like historic astronomical watches.

 

This one-of-a-kind watch was created by a master horologist who has kept his identity secret. The only thing that has been revealed is that the timepiece was developed using math equations. In all, developing this remarkable timepiece took five years – three years to conceptualize it and two years to fabricate it. The result is an impressive feat of miniaturization that is a combination of civil, solar and sidereal times. The fully integrated caliber has an incredible 514 components in all, despite the watch being a mere 8.7mm thick.

 

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The extremely complicated and exclusive Caliber 3600 has a mechanical manual-winding movement. Its three distinctly different times are driven by three separate gear trains, making it an incredible piece, a combination of astronomy and timekeeping. The watch features hours, minutes, a perpetual calendar and even indicates when it’s day or night. There’s a precision moon phase, a running equation of time, times given for sunrise and sunset, seasons, solstices, equinoxes, even zodiac signs.

Of course, there’s more… Sun-Earth-Moon conjunction, the transparent celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere showing the Milky Way, an ecliptic and celestial equator, celestial time hours and minutes, a tourbillon… the complex list of features is endless, literally encompassing the universe.

 

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This extraordinary masterpiece of horology was first revealed at the beginning of the year at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 in Geneva.

 

If you’d like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, to understand its complications and functions, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us on info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require.

New Richard Mille watches inspired by Olympians

Two brand new limited edition sports watches have been revealed from Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille to honor two acclaimed Olympian athletes

 

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Newly revealed by Swiss luxury horologists Richard Mille, the RM 67-02 High Jump and the RM 67-02 Sprint honor the legacy of two new ambassadors who are exceptional Olympic athletes, Qatari high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim and South African track and field sprinter Wade van Niekerk respectively.

 

These watches are the latest versions of Richard Mille’s RM 67-01 timepiece. They feature the same movement, but boast new, revamped cases designed specifically to reflect each sportsman’s prowess. Weighing in at a mere 32g, they are ideal sports watches, as well as being the lightest automatic watches ever created by Richard Mille. The watchmaker achieved this by using ultra-light materials when creating these new models. Quartz TPT was used to form the colorful top and back part of the case. This composite material is made up of alternating layers of silica fibers. Each layer is filled with colored resins making the material strong, light, rigid and colorful. The middle of the case is made from Carbon TPT and the screws used to secure the case, plus the base plates and bridges, are all made from Grade 5 titanium.

Both Barshim’s RM 67-02 High Jump and Van Niekerk’s RM 67-02 Sprint have other notable features, such as a skeletonized self-winding movement that is made almost entirely out of titanium with elements of Carbon TPT plus even some gold. The watches are quite small in size: the case has a diameter of 38.77mm and a width of 47.5mm. They are also relatively slim at just 7.8mm thick.

 

Each of the limited edition timepieces sports the colors of the Olympian’s country’s flags – aside from their color, they are almost identical in every way. These watches will be worn by Van Niekerk and Barshim when they compete. In fact, Van Niekerk wore his watch in London earlier this month, at the IAAF World Championships.

 

If you would like to find out more about these exceptional timepieces, or are interested in more information about Richard Mille’s RM 67-01 timepiece with the intention of purchasing one, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out all the information you require.

MB&F at the Only Watch charity auction

One of the timepieces under the hammer at the biennial Only Watch charity auction this year is a one-of-a-kind MB&F HM8 watch that features illustrations created by a young ballerina

 

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When those with a penchant for charity attend the Only Watch auction run by Christie’s on 11 November in Monaco, one of the watches on offer will attract a lot of attention. From Geneva-based timepiece manufacturers MB&F, the HM8 Only Watch features a drawing by Cassandra Legendre, whose parents are friends of the watch firm’s founder, Max Büsser. Her doodles were the inspiration for the creation of this spectacular timepiece, which, along with a number of others created by famous watchmakers the world over, are on auction to collect funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects mainly young boys and creates progressive muscle degeneration.

 

The HM8 Only Watch is similar to the brand’s HM 8 timepieces, which were inspired by the vehicles that used to participate in the Can Am motor races of yore. Cassandra Legendre’s detailed design, which was a gift to Max Büsser, has been engraved and metallized on the sapphire crystal cover of the watch. The 15-year-old’s drawings of a robot, jet plane, toy car, jelly fish, football, sunglasses and ice cream cone all feature on the timepiece. Instead of the MB&F logo, the watch features a smiley face on the double screwed plate.

Another notable feature is a miniature white gold elephant that is situated between the hour and minute prism. This creation, by master engraver Oliver Kuhn, took 120 hours to complete. He was apparently inspired by the animals that are often featured in children’s stories. The watch’s pre-sale value is estimated between $83,000 and $103,000.

 

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For the Only Watch auction, a number of watchmakers donate a once-off timepiece specially made to be sold on auction, or, if they prefer, a once-off limited edition version of an iconic or best-selling model in their collection. Often, as was the case with the Only Watch from MB&F, the watch manufacturer collaborates with someone else, usually an ambassador of the brand, be it an artist, an athletics champ, racing driver, etc. The highest bidder does not get to keep the watch, but attends a special event such as a Grand Prix race, film festival or fashion show.

The Only Watch from MB&F is based on its horologic Machine Number 8. It is a unique timepiece created in white gold with Grade 5 Titanium and boasts a rare sapphire crystal pane with engravings by the 15-year-old ballerina on it. The automatic HM8 engine features a unique purple winding rotor.

 

Cassandra Legendre is a student currently residing in Madrid. Her passion is ballet, but she also produces drawings like those featured on the timepiece. The message that MB&F has given through this unique watch is of a child helping other children who have been denied many childhood dreams and opportunities through their illness.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece that will be on auction in November, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require.

Louis Vuitton unveils new jewelry collection

Haute jewelry is something that Louis Vuitton is becoming highly acclaimed for, and its newest collection, called Conquêtes, is another fine example. Baroque Access takes a look

 

Yes, we all know that Louis Vuitton is synonymous with fine design in handbags and accessories, including some of the most famous travel pieces ever created. In more recent times, the French design brand has become equally famous for its fine fashion. And now it is becoming well-known and acclaimed for its exquisite haute jewelry. Louis Vuitton’s latest collection, called Conquêtes, is another magnificent selection of beautiful, covetable pieces. The collection, which has recently been launched, includes a total of three necklaces, each featuring Louis Vuitton’s most popular signature motifs – the magnificent Monogram flower and the V.

 

One of the beautiful necklaces in the collection features a long chain of pearls and diamonds and is set with a 54.3 carat tourmaline. The lower loop of this beautiful piece can be removed and worn as a bracelet.

 

Another one of the necklaces is set with a 16.82 carat mandarin garnet on a round, structured necklace held by interwoven links of diamonds, and the third boasts a 37.07 imperial topaz, which joins the V and the iconic flower monogram in diamonds. It’s a magical creation with orange and pink hues, and also features a soothing opal.

The extremely complex chain designs of these three necklaces demonstrate Louis Vuitton’s exquisite craftsmanship. The baguette cut diamonds have been finished so as to fit their settings perfectly, and follow every single curve of the particular design.

 

The new Conquêtes collection also includes 60 other beautiful pieces of jewelry, each designed by Louis Vuitton to represent the brand’s charisma and allure. The collection, which was unveiled for the first time at Paris Haute Couture Week, concentrates on a magnificent selection that shows off the beauty of colored gemstones and diamonds. This is also the first time that Louis Vuitton has taken both of its signature motifs, the V and the Monogram flower, and used them together in one collection.

The name ‘Conquêtes’ is French for ‘conquests’. It pays homage to independent, self-assured women and offers them a wide selection of exquisite pieces to choose from.

 

If you would like to find out more about this stunning collection of haute jewels from Louis Vuitton, or are interested in purchasing a piece, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will assist you in every way possible.

Franck Muller creates the fastest Tourbillon in the world

Recently launched, the latest Franck Muller Tourbillon is a force to be reckoned with. The new Thunderbolt Tourbillon is being touted as the fastest of its kind in the world. Baroque Access has all the details

 

Tourbillon timepieces have been around for a while, created by numerous watchmakers around the world. But the latest Tourbillon, created by Franck Muller, who has been one of the leaders in Tourbillon timepieces, is quite exceptional. The new iteration, which has taken three years of research and development to create, was the result of a collaboration between Franck Muller and watchmaker Pierre-Michele Golay. The result is quite spectacular, and is being called “the fastest Tourbillon in the world”.

 

The Franck Muller Thunderbolt Tourbillon is powered by four barrels that provide the required energy so that the tourbillon can make a full rotation every five seconds on a ceramic bearing. This results in 12 rotations per minute, an achievement in a tourbillon that is rare and extremely exciting.

Conventional tourbillons all feature an escape wheel that is carried around a fixed fourth wheel via the tourbillon carriage, which is driven by the third wheel. But the new Thunderbolt Tourbillon is quite different. There are only three wheels – and instead of the escape wheel, the teeth of the tourbillon are inverted so that they face inwards and the entire escape wheel is fixed to the periphery of the tourbillon.

 

In addition, and most importantly, the inverted escape wheel takes the place of the fixed fourth wheel, and uses less energy than a conventional tourbillon. By incorporating multiplying gears, Franck Muller has speeded up the tourbillon without compromising the integrity of the balance. This is a major feat.

The new Thunderbolt Tourbillon is also made from extremely light material to ensure that it uses less energy. It’s said to be approximately 12 times faster than an average tourbillon watch, and its innovative, unique set-up is patented, completely designed and conceptualized in-house. The result is the world’s fastest tourbillon that runs for approximately 60 hours when fully wound. Using Franck Muller’s traditional skeletonized styling, the new Thunderbolt Tourbillon is finished with a combination of engraving, rhodium plating, hand-beveling and graining. It’s housed in a 55.05mm Cintrée Curvex case in a choice of precious metals.

The new tourbillon is created specifically to this Franck Muller timepiece, proving yet again how innovative and technologically advanced the brand really is.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, or are interested in purchasing one, do contact Baroque Access right away. Mail us now, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will assist you in every way possible.

New timepiece & fragrance for the House of Chanel

Iconic French fashion House Chanel is ever innovative, and summer 2017 saw two new launches: a brand new timepiece honoring the founder of this prestigious brand, plus an exquisite new fragrance offering another side to the renowned Mademoiselle Coco, named Gabrielle

 

The stunning new limited edition timepiece from Chanel is an addition to the already famous J12 watch collection. Called the Mademoiselle Coco J12, it adds another aspect of fun to this iconic timepiece collection that has been coveted by the rich and famous the world over.

The latest addition to the J12 collection, Mademoiselle Coco J12, stands out from the crowd. Set within a sapphire glass disc one finds a glitzy dial that features a unique rendering of Mademoiselle Chanel in the form of a tiny figurine dressed in a suit with her arms stretched out as the hands of the timepiece. The watch also includes a uni-directional rotating bezel and is water-resistant to 200 meters.

 

This limited edition timepiece comes in just 555 pieces, in either black or white high-tech ceramic and steel variations. Like its predecessors, the Mademoiselle Coco features a steel triple-folding buckle. At almost US$8,000, this limited edition is well worth investing in.

This chic and whimsical new timepiece was launched in June 2017 and has proved as popular as some of the other limited edition iterations, such as the J12 Graffiti watch with its deconstructed numerals and the J12 Flying Tourbillon Watch, which featured baguette cut and brilliant-cut diamonds.

 

To adorn the wrist as well as this fun new timepiece, Chanel also launched a new fragrance to come out in September, named after Coco Chanel using her real name, Gabrielle. This is the first new fragrance from the house of Chanel in the past 15 years, and joins a collection that is world-famous, including Number 5, which was launched in the 1920s, and Chance, launched in 2002, not to mention a selection of Les Exclusifs, unmatched couture fragrances that are as iconic as the brand itself.

 

With the tag-line “Gabrielle, a rebel at heart”, the new fragrance is another example of creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s tribute to the woman who created the world of chic. Gabrielle was launched this summer in one of Paris’ most famous contemporary exhibition spaces, le Palais de Tokyo, with guests including face of the fragrance, Kristen Stewart and DJ for the evening, Pharell Williams. The perfume bottle is as unique as the fragrance itself, created by Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge, whose father Jacques, crafted Chance. Olivier describes the new fragrance as an “abstract floral”, and word has it that this is another blockbuster.

 

If you would like to find out more about either the Chanel J12 Mademoiselle Coco timepiece, or the inimitable Gabrielle fragrance, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require, including how to purchase either of these two iconic products.