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.

Porsche designs a watch to go with the fastest 911

Last month we told you all about the fastest Porsche 911 ever built, the magnificent 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. This month, Baroque Access finds out all about the magnificent Porsche Design Chronograph, inspired by this exceptional car

 

It’s only a few weeks since Porsche announced its incredible Porsche 911 Turbo S, but the German automaker has more news for us. This month it unveiled a special edition timepiece inspired by its exceptional new Exclusive Series 911, which has broken all the records to be named the fastest 911 ever built.

 

The watch, named the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, is the German brand’s first watch that features an in-house movement. Like the new car itself, the timepiece was created by Porsche Design, Porsche’s dedicated division involved in customizing products.

Of course, just like the car, which is only being produced in a limited edition of 500, there will only be 500 watches produced. The watch and the timepieces will be available at the same time.

 

To honor the vehicle, the design of the timepiece features several Porsche Design signatures. It also houses Porsche Design’s very first mechanical in-house movement. The carbon dial of this limited edition watch is available in a choice of six colours – Agate Grey Metallic, Black, Carrara White Metallic, Graphic Blue Metallic, Golden Yellow Metallic and Guards Red. The seams of each watch match in the same colors.

The black hands on the dial feature white SuperLuminova coating so that they are very easy to read. Other innovative design features include a matt-black movement with chrome-plated bridges, as well as plates and polished screws, not to mention engraved Porsche Design icons.

 

The watch rotor is designed and finished to match the original wheel rim of this Exclusive Series Turbo 911 vehicle. With a price tag of $12,650, the watch is far more affordable than the car. However, to keep the rarity and exclusivity of these exceptional timepieces, only owners of this prestigious Porsche 911 Exclusive Series vehicle can purchase one of them from a selection of Porsche Centres around the world.

 

When it comes to true luxury, Porsche has the last word: you can’t have one without the other. And you also can’t do without the watch. It’s the perfect match.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece and its very famous counterpart, the fastest Porsche 911 ever manufactured, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com. If you’re more interested in the car, our sister company, Baroque Ground will assist you in every way possible, so mail them now, info@baroqueground.com.

Louis Vuitton revamps the Tambour timepiece

Fifteen years ago, luxury French design brand Louis Vuitton launched the legendary Tambour mechanical timepiece. Baroque Access finds out all about the latest revamp of this famous watch

 

There have been numerous changes to the original Tambour watch designed by Louis Vuitton 15 years ago, in 2002. But the latest iteration, created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the watch, is the most exciting yet. In Louis Vuitton stores from July, the Tambour Moon is created with a bespoke tourbillon. The newest line of Tambour timepieces is called Tambour Moon because of its exceptional new case design.

 

The name ‘tambour’ means ‘drum’ in French, a name chosen because of the drum-like shape of the watch’s case. Although the newest Tambour case still resembles a drum, it is wider and slimmer, and also features unusual concave sides., whereas the sides of the original sloped upwards. The case also boasts an inward curve inspired by the moon, hence its new name Tambour Moon. These concave sides, incidentally, also offer a quick-release system for easy changing of straps.

 

The flagship of the brand new line is the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon ‘Poincon de Geneve’ watch, which features a skeletonized tourbillon movement that is certified with the prestigious ‘Poincon de Geneve’. In addition, the flying tourbillon features a delicate carriage that gives the impression that the watch is very light. The 42.55mm watch case is platinum, and just 9.65mm thick. The watch, which is equipped with an in-house, manual wind movement, comes with a black alligator strap and platinum buckle. This watch, like the others, is bespoke and there are numerous ways to personalize it, most notably with a bride in the form of the owner’s initials. This is screwed onto the front of the movement.

All of the models of the Tambour Moon watch are developed by Fabrique du Temps, Louis Vuitton’s subsidiary in Geneva. The entire range of Tambour Moon watches is made to order, and thus pricing is only on request.

 

Of course, the flagship timepiece is the most expensive, while there are more inexpensive, affordable models such as the Tambour Moon GMT, which is available either in steel, two-tone steel and rose gold. The watch, which is 41.5mm in diameter, is powered by an automatic ETA movement and features a second time zone function.

The largest model is the Tambour Moon Chronograph, which is 44m in diameter. Also powered by a self-winding ETA movement, this steel timepiece features a chronograph module on top. There is also a selection of ladies’ watches in the Tambour Moon range, in various sizes, from the 28mm Tambour Moon Star Second to the 39.5mm ladies’ chronograph.

 

If you would like to find out more about this new range of Louis Vuitton watches, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueacess.com and we will provide you with all the information you require.

Harry Winston envisions the history of tourbillon

In 2016, acclaimed American jewelry house Harry Winston created the iconic Histoire de Tourbillon 7 Timepiece. This year, they have created an even more exceptional model, the Histoire de Tourbillon 8. Baroque Access has all the details

 

The 2016 creation, Histoire de Tourbuillon 7, was recognized for its exceptional qualities by international watch aficionados. Harry Winston’s latest creation, the Histoire de Tourbillon 8, is even more eye-catching. The timepiece features a new time display where the hours and minutes jump. It also offers two bi-axial tourbillons, each of them comprising 117 parts and weighing a mere 0.76 grams.

 

The two tourbillons in the new iteration feature an outer cage that makes a full rotation every 75 seconds at an inclined axis of 30 degrees. A second cage makes a full rotation every 45 seconds. These two tourbillons work independently and are unified by a spherical differential. They are housed in a calibre HW4503 that measures 43mm in diameter and features two rapidly rotating superposed barrels.

The watch is large, with a 51mm 18K white gold case that is adorned with alternating finishes of satin and polished mirror. The entire surface of the dial is one single component created from 13 different elements that boast various finishes and textures. The hour and minute displays are housed in two conical discs made of aluminium.

 

The new timepiece has a power reserve of 55 hours that is displayed through a grooved scroll that is situated at the bottom of the dial. This is designed to complement the cone designs of the hour and minutes that are positioned on the right hand side of the dial and gives the new timepiece a more technical style compared to its predecessor.

What makes the new Histoire de Tourbillon 8 so unique is that it comes in a limited edition of just 20 pieces – 10 with a red dial and 10 in anthracite grey with blue accents. Although prices have not yet been released, the limited qualities produced make these timepieces extremely rare and precious. And let’s not forget the uniqueness of the watches’ tourbillons themselves.

 

Although initially more famous for its high-end jewelry, Harry Winston began selling watches in the late 1980s. The brand opened its own factory in Geneva in 2007 and has been producing various timepieces since then. The Histoire de Tourbillon collection was initially created to explore and exceed the boundaries of the complication. This latest iteration goes much further than that: it brings the complication itself to life.

The Histoire de Tourbillon 8 is the latest in Harry Winston’s ongoing series of tourbillon watches, already famous for their degree of complication and unconventional design. We can’t wait to see what this innovative American jeweller comes up with next.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this limited edition timepiece, or would like to purchase one, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will give you all the information you require.

Romaine Jerome captures all the Pokemon

Luxury Swiss horologists RJ-Romaine Jerome not only creates some of the finest watches in the world; they also like to push boundaries. Their latest collaboration, with The Pokémon Company International, takes their passion for childhood icons a step further. Baroque Access finds out more

 

In recent years, luxury Swiss watchmakers RJ-Romaine Jerome have paid tribute to several iconic kids’ characters such as Super Mario and Pac-Man. Last year theyeven created a Pikachu watch because of kids’ obsession with Pokémon. But their 2017 project has upped the stakes quite considerably. Their latest creation, the Pokémon Tourbillon, is a unique, colourful masterpiece that is also a fine example of horology at its best.

 

The partnership between The Pokémon Company International and RJ-Romaine Jerome only began in 2016, with the $20,000 limited edition of 20 Pikachu watches. The follow-up version is far more prestigious – and pricey. For starters only one watch has been made. And yes, it is quite amazing!

The limited edition, once-off Tourbillon Pokémon boasts an extremely colourful dial that is handcrafted and filled by hand with enamel. It features the entire Pokémon community of characters on the dial as well as a spectacular centrepiece, a tourbillon shaped like a lightning bolt as well as an oscillating weight shaped like Pikachu. The dial features a captivating 3D effect; some of the characters look as if they are animated and ready to jump right out of the watch.The watch features an all-black 48mm case and is finished off with a black alligator strap that is adorned with blue and yellow stitching symbolic of the colors of the Pokémon logo.

 

Romaine Jerome was founded in Geneva in Switzerland 13 years ago and is famous for its use of natural materials in its timepieces. In fact, in May 2016, the company updated its iconic Skylab watches with two limited edition versions, each of which featured steel inside the bevels of the watches that was originally part of the Apollo II spacecraft.

 

Aside from being a spectacular watch, the Tourbillon Pokémon is also an exceptional piece of horology. The dial was created over hundreds of hours and the self-winding tourbillon was shaped by a laser to resemble a lightning bolt.

 

If you would like to find out more about any of Romaine Jerome’s spectacular Pokémon watches, the Pikachu watch, or this exclusive timepiece, which costs a vast $258,000, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out all the information you require, and can perhaps even assist in purchasing one of these exclusive watches.

Hermès celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new Cape Cod timepiece

The watch that launched Hermès into the horology sphere has just been revamped to celebrate the designer brand’s 25th anniversary of manufacturing watches. Baroque Access finds out all about the new iteration of the Cape Cod timepiece

 

Despite the Cape Cod collection that Hermès created 25 years ago, this iconic fashion brand used to be associated more with its exquisite clothing and handbags. It’s only since 2015 that Hermès diversified into watches in a big way, when they collaborated with tech giant Apple to create a collection of stunning Apple smart watches. Prior to that, the only watch in the Hermès’ collection was the Cape Cod watch. And now, to celebrate a quarter of a century in business, the iconic French fashion house has created another covetable iteration to add to its Cape Cod iteration.

 

The very first Hermès Cape Cod timepiece was a breakthrough concept in watchmaking. Designer of the watch Henri d'Origni, who was also Artistic Director, developed a design of a square inside a rectangle. This became an instant classic. But what set the watch apart from the rest and made it a coveted item was the very first double-wrap version of the strap that was introduced in 1998 by Hermès designer Martin Margiela.

 

These double-wrap versions are also evident in the 2017 version of the timepiece. One of the new models of the Cape Cod edition features an opaque black DLC-treated 29 x 29mm case that is embedded in brushed 316L steel as well as a matt black dial that boasts rhodium-plated raised Arabic numerals. The watch is accessorized with a black Barenia calfskin strap that is finished with red-burnished edges and features a special brushed steel buckle. Other models feature brightly colored iconic Hermes double tour straps that are interchangeable – in electric blue, iris, Veronese green, ultraviolet and tomato red. There’s also a model that features diamonds onto the case itself and an exquisite mother-of-pearl dial. For men, there’s a chic model with a cuff wristband.

 

While the new timepiece sticks to its roots when it comes to style, the inner workings feature new innovations. For instance, there’s a high precision quartz caliber, setting the hours and minutes with the brand’s prestigious Swiss-made signature.

 

Thanks to Hermès, keeping time just got a little more elegant and stylish. If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, 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 in purchasing one of these coveted watches.

Bugatti’s latest horology collaboration

Swiss luxury watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier has created a new auto-inspired, high-tech timepiece with French super carmaker Bugatti, the Bugatti Aérolithe Performance. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

Bugatti and Parmigiani Fleurier have worked together since 2001, and the watchmaker has created various unique auto-inspired watches of note during that time. Taking their inspiration from the world of automobiles, hyper cars in particular, these two luxury brands have produced a number of innovative timepieces including the renowned Parmigiani Butatti Aérolithe Chronograph, which was inspired by the legendary 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe and first released in 2014. The legendary Bugatti Aérolithe, which was only ever manufactured in 1935, remains a source of inspiration for Parmigiani Fleurier – hence the new Aérolithe model created and launched in 2017.

The two brands’ latest collaboration pays tribute to the same legendary vehicle, but has a different focus: this time it concentrates on the rich and textured dial that is created using techniques that are only available through laser technology. In the watch’s previous incarnation, flammable magnesium alloy was used, whilst the latest model has a 41mm case made entirely out of titanium. Laser technology has been used to apply the finishes, which would not be able to have been done using conventional machines.

 

The new Bugatti timepiece has a diamond-shaped, textured pattern, and the ends of the diamonds have been polished so as to provide a richer, more textured appearance. Parmigiani Fleurier is adamant that none of this could have been achieved without using laser technology.

In addition, the watch counters at both 3 and 9 o’ clock feature minute angular satin grain finishes – to create the recesses for these, laser technology was also used. Also, to create the rhodium-plated indications on the watch faces, a technique was used that required a high-intensity laser beam.

 

The double tachometer features km/h indications in red and mph in blue, which is a direct reference to Bugatti’s signature colors. The hour and minute hands, red number ‘1’ numeral on the date and the double hand at 9 o’clock all bear signature Parmigiani Fleurier characteristics.

The watch also features Parmigiani Fleurier’s legendary automatic Calibre PF 335 movement that boasts a flyback chronograph module and comprises 311 different components as well as 68 jewels. If offers a power reserve of 50 hours and is accessorised with a black calfskin leather strap, which was inspired by the embossed pattern of Bugatti’s car seats, and features a deployant buckle that has been textured to match the watch dial.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a magnificent Bugatti Aérolithe Performance watch, which is priced at $22,900, or would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com.

Montblanc’s first Smartwatch revealed

Famous for its masterpiece pens, German luxury brand Montblanc recently unveiled their very first Smartwatch, the Summit. Baroque Access takes a look

 

Montblanc’s first foray into the realm of smartwatches, the Summit is an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with a curved sapphire glass display. This is a world-first in this new, innovative watch category. Inspired by the appearance of the brand’s award-winning 1858 collection of analog watches, the smartwatch has a vintage feel. Its 46mm case is available in a choice of four different styles and materials – there’s a black PVD coated stainless steel one, a stainless steel case in two colors with a black PVD coated stainless steel bezel, a third with a stainless steel case that has a satinated finish and lastly, one with a Grade 5 titanium case that also boasts a satinated finish. In true Montblanc style, only the finest stainless steel and top quality titanium is used to create the watches, which can all be paired with either leather, alligator leather or rubber bands.

 

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The technology used by Montblanc in the Summit is a result of a collaboration with the brand Google. The Summit features Google’s all-new Android Wear 2.0 OS and uses Qualcomm’s fast Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor that delivers excellent performance as well as a long battery life. Other components include a touch-screen 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution, a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, 512MB of RAM and 4 gigabytes of storage. There’s also a heart-rate sensor, built-in microphone – and plenty of style. Plus, a microphone is available for use with Google Assistant and for voice messaging.

 

There is a selection of watch faces for The Summit, most of which are digital versions of classic Montblanc designs, although there is one that boasts a stop-watch functionality. Uber, Runtastic and Foursquare are all pre-installed on the watch, which is water-resistant.

 

Montblanc believes that “in a fast moving world, being able to access all kinds of information digitally has become essential”, according to the brand’s CEO, Jerome Lambert. The new Summit watch bridges the world of fine traditional Swiss horology and digital and “offers its owner the freedom to have it all”.

 

The brand new Montlanc Summit smartwatch will be available in May. Prices vary depending on the strap: for a plain leather strap, the watch will retail in the region of $890; alligator straps are around $980 for the titanium model, but goes up depending on the alligator strap to either $1,020 or $1,070. The smartwatch will initially be available at Mr Porter for the first two weeks of May, after which it will be available elsewhere.

 

If you would like to find out more about this exceptional timepiece, or would like to purchase one, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us immediately, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out all the information you require, or assist you with purchasing the smartwatch of your dreams from Montblanc.

One-of-a-kind De Bethune made from meteorite

Baroque Access finds out all about the extraordinary one-of-a-kind timepiece from Swiss watchmaker De Bethune that is created from a 5,000-year-old meteorite

 

We usually categorize luxury watches according to whether they have been created from metals such as gold, silver or bronze. Not anymore. Luxury Swiss horologists De Bethune used pieces from a 5,000-year-old cosmic rock for their latest watch, the De Bethune DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite Timepiece.

 

The ferrous meteorite featured in this exceptional timepiece was discovered by scientists in Santiago del Estero, Argentina in 2016. De Bethune has used meteorite before, in a previous timepiece, the amazing Dream Watch 5 Meteorite, just over a year previously. This variant, which was also a once-off timepiece, was valued at $446,000 at the time – even more expensive than the latest model. But that’s to be expected: the entire case was made from a blueish purple meteorite which was discovered in an area known as Campo del Cielo, or ‘Field of Heaven’, the site of the largest meteorite impact ever to hit earth.

This time around, De Bethune’s timepiece is not as ambitious, but equally exquisite. Created from a rare type of ferrous meteorite, the DB28 Kind of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite watch doesn’t feature a regular dial. Instead, it’s formed from meteorite that has been cut into a thin slice. The result? A deep blue disc created from hand-polished iron meteorite plus a heated alloy of iron and nickel. This forms the sky, that is studded with ‘star’s created out of tiny pieces of white gold.

 

The watch, which is water-resistant to 30m, has a case 42.6mm in diameter and 9.7mm high, made of blued and hand-polished titanium. There is a double AR-coated sapphire crystal inside the case, and its screwed back is polished 18-karat rose gold (the gold is visible on the linear power reserve indicator of the watch as well as on its javelin-shaped hands). The watch also features a magnificent alligator leather strap with padding and featuring mirror-polished and blue titanium. The ardillon buckle is made from 18kt rose gold.

This unique wrist watch with its gold-studded meteorite dial and blued titanium case features a hand-wound caliber DB2019v3 movement that is equipped with a high-speed, 30-second tourbillon that runs at 36,000 beats every hour. The tourbillon, which is made from silicon and titanium, also boasts a silicon hairspring and escape wheel. When fully wound, the tourbillon caliber has a power reserve of five days.

 

As expected, this exceptional one-of-a-kind watch doesn’t come cheap. It’s expected to retail at around $278,000. Worth every cent, when you consider that, of all the variations of the DB28 created in recent years, this one is definitely the champion.

 

For more information on this exceptional, once-off timepiece, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out everything you need to know about this unique masterpiece of horology.