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.

Louis Vuitton case for your iPhone 7

The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deserve a luxurious case, and Louis Vuitton’s iterations are not only beautiful, on trend and durable, they’re also the best (and most expensive) covers available. Baroque Access takes a look

 

It’s beautiful, robust, top quality and does the job while staying right on trend. That’s the $5,500 Louis Vuitton Eye-Trunk Case we’re talking about, one for either your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Usually, a phone cover is an affordable option, so that some people can purchase a few so that they can change them according to their outfits. If you can afford it, Louis Vuitton’s exquisite, fashionable cases, just seen on the runway in March at Paris Fashion Week, would certainly be the option to keep your wardrobe coordinated. But how many you can afford depends, of course, on your wallet.

 

As they say, one can’t put a price on luxury, and when it comes to these magnificent cases, we tend to agree. The new range of cases, the Eye-Trunk collection, created by luxury designer brand Louis Vuitton for both iPhone 7 models start from $1,180 for the 7 and $1,250 for the 7 Plus to the top end version, which costs $5,500. The low end of the range features the signature Louis Vuitton design (the traditional Monogram, Monogram Reverse and Monogram Eclipse), while the top end of the range has a golden crocodile leather finish, which costs $5,050 for the iPhone 7 cover, and $5,500 for the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

And if you’ve just purchased the top of the range iPhone 7 Plus with a gold finish that comes with 256GB of memory, it would have set you back almost $1,000. Add to that the price of your gold crocodile leather Eye-Trunk case hot off the runway, and you’re looking at having spent almost $6,500. That’s luxury at its most expensive; you’re paying five times the price of the top of the range iPhone for the top end LV case. To judge by the amount of interest the cover has had since it appeared on the LV Spring runway show at Paris Fashion Week, there are quite a few prospective buyers waiting to purchase one.

This extraordinary LV trunk-styled iPhone case collection was designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for the iconic French fashion house. More options are expected for both size phones in the very near future.

 

If you would like to find out more about any of the new Louis Vuitton Eye-Trunk iPhone 7 covers, or the new ones set to be available on the market in a few months’ time, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will give you all the information you require.

New limited edition Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata

For 2017, legendary Swiss watchmakers Ulysse Nardin introduce a limited edition of their legendary alarm watch, the Classic Sonata. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

Now featuring a subtler design than previous models, and fusing good looks with functionality, the new Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata is as captivating as its predecessors, but boasts some stunning new features. The highlight of this alarm watch with dual-time function is its chiming system, which is the sound of a cathedral gong. This popular timepiece from the Ulysse Nardin stable previously featured a ‘Marine’ style, and the new iteration is subtler, and also comes in a steel option. Simply put, the traditional mechanical arm watches chime by using a mainspring that is tensioned to power a hammer that strikes on resounding parts. Sometimes it’s a bell, other watches have a gong, and in other cases it’s the watch itself.

 

Enter the Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata, where the alarm is much more complicated. While it still does the same thing as the other timepieces, i.e. striking as a reminder, the Sonata chimes by using a cathedral gong and a hammer. The very long cathedral gong gives of a complex, loud chiming sound. The rhythm or speed of this sound is controlled by a special oscillator. The watch boasts a number of other great features – it’s easy to adjust all the functions, for one, and there’s an automatic winding system as well.

 

The dial is divided into hours, minutes and seconds. At 4 o’clock there’s a simple date display and at 6 o’clock there’s a dual-time display. The alarm functions are located on the upper half of the face. At 10 o’clock one finds the indicator that shows whether the alarm is on or off.  Between 12 and 3 ‘o clock there’s a sub-dial with a 12-hour display that is used to adjust the alarm time. The alarm itself it set at 9 o’clock. The watch is powered by the caliber UN-67 movement, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

 

In addition, the sub-dial indicates the power reserve for the alarm compilation. The newer, subtler version of the Classic Sonata boasts a more classical dial with no texture on it and no luminous hands. It’s far more elegant with baton indexes, a simple dial and leaf hands. The case remains the same size – 44mm – and there are several pushers and crowns, used to activate this unique masterpiece of horology.

lysee Nardin’s 2017 Classic Sonata falls into the brand’s new Classic collection, of which there are six. It comes in two versions – stainless steel with a dial of a silvery-white color, blue indexes and hands, or an 18-karat rose gold timepiece with a black dial and blue hands and indexes. Both are 30m water resistant and limited to 99 pieces. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but the steel version is expected to retail at around $28,000.

 

For more information on this extraordinary timepiece, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will provide you with all the information you need on the 2017 Ulysse Nardin Classic Sonata.

The future of mobile phones created by Philippe Starck

What’s next after the iPhone? Internationally acclaimed designer Philippe Starck has the answer with his radical new voice-controlled concept called Alo

 

If legendary French designer Philippe Starck has anything to do with it, our future smart phones will be even more stylish than they are right now. The designer, who has just released his latest concept smart phone, created a concept that is as stylish as it is functional.

This futuristic iteration is a collaboration between Starck, designer Jerome Olivet and electronics firm Thompson. Called ‘Alo’, it is light years away from the rectangular tablets we carry around at the moment. It’s elongated in shape, designed to fit in one’s hand.

 

Interestingly enough, Alo doesn’t have a screen of any kind, and certainly not a touch-sensitive one: instead it projects 3D holograms of what you are used to seeing on a screen, including messages, movies and images. The phone’s functions are all voice-activated; responding to voice commands, the phone reads SMS messages and emails, and you can dictate your replies instead of typing them. The camera is so sensitive that it can identify faces and also read new messages as they come in.

With a center of molded aluminum alloy, Alo has a pliable casing that provides feedback through heat and vibrations. The phone is a complete departure from what we are used to, but the voice control is something that has been bandied about in other forms for a while. Of course, this phone is very smart and can recognize speech at a level that is unprecedented. While it is just a concept at the moment, there is talk of creating a prototype with French electronics company Thompson.

 

This is not the first time that Philippe Starck has been involved in designing smart phones. His first, the Mi Mix, was created for electronics firm Xiaomi. Although it resembled current smartphones with its rectangular shape, it did boast an almost-edgeless display screen that covered 90% of the phone’s surface on the front.

Alo, with its crescent-shape that fits into the palm of one’s hand, is created for the time when voice activation is so advanced that there is no need for buttons or touch screens. It’s been called “the iPhone for a post-iPhone world”.

One thing is certain. The Alo doesn’t resemble any smart phone we’ve ever seen. This unique concept is just the start of what lies ahead. Just the tip of the iceberg of what to expect with future smartphones.

 

If you would like more information on the unique Alo, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us for any information that you require, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out anything you’d like to know about this unique futuristic smartphone.

New Bentley - Breitling Collaboration

Just a week after Bentley launched their latest sports model, the magnificent Continental Supersports, watch brand Breitling has paid tribute to the fastest Continental ever built with a striking new timepiece. Baroque Access gets all the details about the latest Bentley/Breitling collaboration

 

Breitling’s striking new commemorative chronograph watch, which is in a limited edition of only 500 to celebrate the launch of Bentley’s latest Continental model. In keeping with the luxuriousness of both brands, this exquisite B55 timepiece features several bespoke design elements inspired by the unique exterior and interior features of the new Supersports automobile.

These include a titanium case that mirrors the Bentley Supersport’s titanium exhaust option plus a lightweight carbon fiber case that frames the dial; this is a nod to the carbon fiber that is featured strongly in many details of Bentley’s latest model. The watch also features a double-layer black rubber strap that is edged and lined with red.

 

The Bentley Supersports B55 is the first chronograph created by the two brands that features an electronic movement. This is also one of the most eye-catching elements of bespoke edition. For this model, Breitling’s design team created a new version of the brand’s in-house B55 connected caliber that features a selection of functions that are tailor-made for those performance-driven individuals. These include a lap timer and electronic tachymeter as well as three other exclusive functions, tailor-made for the automobile universe.

First of these is the ‘Chrono Rally’ setting, that can record up to 30 rally stages including date of departure, starting time and the duration of each stage. It also features intermediate times for each stage and automatically adds any penalties incurred. Then there’s ‘Chrono Race’ mode, created for track races. In this mode the wearer can track races, record the split times in each lap and calculate the average lap speed.

The third function is ‘Regular Rally’, which enables the wearer to pre-define target times from the total, and then check whether these goals are being achieved at the press of a button.

 

In addition, Breitling has had a specially designed app created so that watch owners can store and transmit all of the data recorded via a smartphone connection. When the chronograph is connected, two LCD screens with a special backlighting system can be activated by pressing the watch’s crown or by simply tilting the owner’s wrist. This is a welcome addition, especially in the heat of the action.

With its extremely sporty look, sturdy case and carbon fiber dial, the limited edition Breitling is a force to be reckoned with.

 

If you would like to find out more information about this magnificent timepiece, let Baroque Access assist. Mail them now, info@baroqueaccess.com, and they can find out anything you wish to know about Breitling’s Bentley Supersports B55, or can assist you with purchasing one.

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Luxury watches to covet in 2017

The SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva that took place from 16 to 20 January 2017 featured numerous exciting timepiece launches. Baroque Access chooses some of the highlights

 

Last week’s exciting Salon International de la Haute Horlogie featured 30 top designer brands and specialist horologists. The show, which is one of the most important of the year for the luxury Swiss watch industry, was the launching pad for many exquisite watches. We have chosen some of our favorites that also just happen to be some of the rarest luxury timepieces available in 2017.

 

Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie

It took 11 years’ to develop this magnificent timepiece, which also boasts two patents. The watch, which features 11 security functions and around 935 parts, is believed to be the most complex timepiece ever created. It operates on three different modes: Grande Sonnerie (which strikes the hours and the quarters), Petite Sonnerie (which strikes the full hours) and a silent mode. This model is limited to only five to eight pieces a year.

 

HYT Skull Pocket

Only eight pieces of this timepiece have been created. Watchmakers HYT have received a great deal of acclaim for their liquid mechanical watches and this model is its first pocket watch. It features the first skull and mechanical light source combination as well as exclusive finishes. The 59mm case is made of titanium and black DLC titanium with a customizable, leather-embossed cover. The light source module works by converting mechanical power into electricity.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous collection

For 2017, the collection has introduced a moon phase, a chiming reminder function, and new colors, including yellow and rose gold. The Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large model features a chiming mechanism that moves a decorative star around the dial. There are two versions: a rose gold model with blue steel hand and a white gold model with an amethyst dial and brilliant cut diamonds adorning the bezel, lugs and the case rim.

 

Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Collection

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of its ultra-thin watch, the Antiplano, Piaget has launched a limited-edition edition, starting with two watches that were launched at SIHH. Both have replicated the design codes from the very first Antiplano model that was launched in 1957. The Piaget Altiplano Self-Winding 43 mm is a large, ultra-thin watch equipped with caliber 1200P, the fourth generation of its ultra-thin automatic movements, measuring 2.35 mm and an 18k white gold case.

 

Roger Dubuis 2017 Excalibur Collection

This luxury watch brand added three new watches plus a new metal to its Excaliber Collection. One of these, the Excalibur Quatuor Blue Cobalt boasts a 48mm case, bezel, case-back and crown made using a special MicroMelt technology.

There are only eight pieces of this extraordinary timepiece, which is powered by a caliber RD101 manual movement.

 

If you would like to find out more about any of these magnificent timepieces, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us by mail, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will find out all the information about the watch, and assist with purchase, if need be.

Tag Heuer’s latest iteration

The exquisite, unusual new creation from Tag Heuer, the Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic, is another notable timepiece that will make its debut at this month’s SIHH in Geneva. Baroque Access has all the details

The latest offering from world-famous Swiss horologists Tag Heuer is a dark, brooding timepiece, completely created from micro-blasted black ceramic with a steel core. Called the Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic, this masterpiece will be one of the debuts on show at Geneva’s famous Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair held in Switzerland between 16 and 20 January 2017.

 

The watch case, bezel, lugs, and case band of the Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic are, as its name implies, all made from this special micro-blasted black ceramic. The steel core is where the precisely fitted screws, gaskets, and threaded components are placed. The case back is made from satin-finished black titanium carbide with a sapphire crystal disc in the center. Inside the relatively large 45mm case is Tag Heuer’s legendary T Caliber 01 movement that offers a 50-hour power reserve. The movement is also equipped with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism and offers automatic winding.

 

This new model of the Carrera Heuer-01 boasts a skeletonized dial: all the components of the movement are visible behind the three sub dials. As these are all-black, this gives the watch a very dramatic appearance. The 2017 watch is available with either a matt black ceramic strap or a sporty rubber strap. The black ceramic bracelet features a folding buckle made from carbide-coated steel. It offers a double push-piece safety mechanism as well. The watches, either the one with the ceramic bracelet or the one with the rubber strap, are expected to be priced between $6,300 and $7,000.

Tag Heuer’s Caliber Heuer 01 chronograph movement was first introduced at Baselworld in Switzerland two years ago in 2015. The brand’s aim was to attract younger customers, and the Carrera Heuer 01 has since become Tag Heuer’s best-selling model. The new iteration of the timepiece for 2017 is a first for Tag Heuer, as it features an all-ceramic case and bracelet, which gives it a bold, sporty look. Other advantages of using ceramic is that the material is very scratch-resistant, its color does not fade and it’s also hypoallergenic.

 

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

Just in time for Christmas – new limited edition Ulysse Nardin Timepiece

Beautiful and bold, the latest Ulysse Nardin timepiece screams glamour and seduction. Baroque Access takes a look at this slightly risqué new model

 

Inspired by Burlesque glamour, the brazen new limited edition Ulysse Nardin Pin-Up watch is beautiful and a touch provocative. Created from a choice of either 18-carat rose gold or platinum, the latest addition to this famous Swiss timepiece manufacturer’s legendary line of hour striker watches is also exceptionally beautiful.

Reinvigorated to match modern times, the eye-catching Ulysse Nardin Pin-Up features the figure of a provocative dancer dressed in an elaborately detailed outfit made from peacock feathers on the dial’s left-hand side, next to a male peacock showing off its colorful plumage. This exquisite mini painting is meticulously hand-crafted by Ulysse Nardin’s extremely skilled in-house artists using acrylic colors and delicate paintbrushes to ensure that the minutest details are brought to life.

 

The painstaking process on each dial takes between 50 and 90 hours to complete. Each finished dial is a masterpiece that is extremely prized by art lovers and collectors alike. Ulysse Nardin is one of the first watchmakers to lead the revival of the hour striker mechanism, and this horologic complication is one of the most intricate in mechanical timekeeping.

The watch’s hour striker function automatically rings out the time on the hour as well as on the half hour, or whenever the wearer activates the function using the special striker button. Chimes are matched to the animated movements of the peacock’s wings, which move to reveal the dancer’s curvaceous unadorned figure. The automatic watch is set in a round case with a reverse crystal. It is powered by the Caliber UN-610 automatic movement and boasts a power reserve of around 42 hours. It is also water resistant to almost 100 feet (30 meters) and features a black leather strap with a folding buckle.

 

The watch contains a self-winding movement and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal face cover that is highly durable and also scratch resistant. The case back is also sapphire crystal. It protects the timepiece’s complex inner workings while allowing the viewer to admire them at the same time.

Only 28 models of this exceptional artistic timepiece are being created in gold and platinum variants. The Jaquemart (miniature automation) on the painted dial brings the world of Burlesque theater to life through the delightful daring of the dancer who is revealed to be naked when the peacock’s tail and wing move. The rest of the time, this charming figure gazes seductively out at the viewer, posing in high-heeled sandals with a flower in her hair, her body just hidden by colorful peacock feathers.

 

As only 28 examples of this exceptional timepiece have been created, and the price is available on request from Ulysse Nardin, why not let Baroque Access find out more of the details about this limited edition Hour striker Pin-Up for you? Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will get back to you with all the information you require.

Introducing a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak timepiece for women

To honor its 40th anniversary, Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has created a new addition to the iconic Royal Oak women’s collection of timepieces.  Baroque Access has all the details

 

The new addition to Audemars Piguet’s women’s collection of Royal Oak timepieces is a brand new take on the classic design. Named the ‘Royal Oak Frosted Gold’, it was created together with Florentine jewelry designer Carolina Bucci and unveiled at a gala dinner in Florence. Alongside Ms Bucci was watch designer Jacqueline Dimier, who created the very first Royal Oak watch for women in 1976.

 

The commemorative timepiece features an 18-karat white or rose gold case that measures either 33 or 37mm. It includes an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and the 37mm version has a sapphire display back. But what makes the watch really special is the strap and the case, which have been treated to a special process that was inspired by an ancient gold hammering technique. This technique, which is also called ‘the Florentine technique’, was used by designer Carolina Bucci in previous jewelry designs. She then chose to adopt this technique for the new Audemars Piguet. And so the Royal Oak Frosted Gold timepiece was born.

 

In the new timepiece, Ms Bucci has kept the key traditional design traits of the original Royal Oak women’s watch. The result is a brilliant reinvention of the iconic design, a contemporary watch in a choice of white or rose gold with one defining feature – a technique that creates a frosted detail to the strap and the watch case, developed by experts at Audemars Piguet to suit this very special timepiece.

The ancient gold hammering or Florentine technique involves beating the gold with a special diamond-tipped tool to create tiny indentations on the surface of the strap and case. These indentations give a special sparkle effect that is similar to the shine of precious stones, almost like diamond dust.

 

The original Royal Oak timepiece was designed in 1972 by Gerald Genta, especially for men. Since its creation, the Royal Oak has become one of the most famous and instantly recognizable watches in the world. It was only four years later, in 1976, that Jacqueline Dimier designed the first women’s Royal Oak watch. And now, on the 40th anniversary of this distinctive timepiece, we have a new woman’s Royal Oak timepiece, with a magnificent frosted gold finish. These new timepieces maintain the Royal Oak’s general design and feature a stunning silvered tapisserie dial with center date and seconds. While the 33m watches are quartz movement, the 37mm is automatic. But it’s the magnificent hammered gold effect of the strap and the case that makes this watch stand out from the crowd.

These magnificent new women’s timepieces will be released at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH) in January 2017. Prices have yet to be released.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this commemorative Audemars Piguet timepiece, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will find out all the details about the watch, including when it will be available for purchase if you’re interested.

Exclusive Apple and Hermès collab

The world’s most coveted Apple watch just got even more beautiful. Baroque Access finds out all about it

 

When Apple launched its next generation Watch, the Series 2 in September, what got everybody talking wasn’t the ceramic white offering or a new choice of colors; it was the Watch Series 2 by Hermès. Not only did the watch itself come out in different styles and a treasure trove of watch bands in bold new colors. There was also a stunning, brand new watch strap style, the Double Buckle Cuff. All in all, the Hermès iteration was the highlight of the launch, and no wonder – it’s a perfect combination of design and sophistication, a Hermès trademark. 

 

Both Apple and Hermès have a shared ambition for creating items that marry beauty and utility. Hermès’ finely crafted leather bands come in various styles, all distinctive of the luxury accessories brand. Also included are exclusive Hermès watch face designs inspired by Hermès’ iconic timepieces such as the Cape Code, the Clipper and Espace Hermès.

 

The result is a coveted watch that personifies the modern lifestyle and offers an authentic, exclusive accessory. In total, Apple offers seven different Hermès models, all designed with handcrafted leather. Three of the watches are available with Single Tour bands, two with Double Tour bands, one with a Single Tour Deployment Buckle and one with a Double Buckle Cuff. Prices range between $1,149 and $1,499 in the US.

 

The new cuff, the Double Buckle, is available in Swift and Epsom calfskin leathers in a series of new colors including Rose Jaipur, Bleu Agate and Étoupe. The Single and Double Tour styles are both available in a selection of new colors. 

 

The Apple Watch Series 2 itself now offers even more features, including GPS, water resistance to 50 meters, a display that is twice as bright as the watch’s predecessor, a powerful dual-core processor and watch OS3. The Hermès watches also include an exclusive Sport Band in the brand’s signature orange color. It’s light, flexible, comfortable and durable for working out or wearing all the time.

 

Like all Apple watches, Apple Watch Hermès is available in two different case sizes – 38mm and 42mm. These exclusive Hermès iterations have been available since 23 September in various countries around the world, including the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, many European countries, Taiwan and the UAE. Those who purchase the exclusive Hermès watches will be offered free Personal Setup to help set up and personalize their watches.

 

If you are interested in purchasing an exclusive Apple Watch Series 2 from Hermès, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will provide any information you require, as well as assist you in choosing your exclusive Apple Watch and purchasing it.

Montblanc links paper to technology

Your coveted Montblanc pen is never going out of style. In fact, with Montblanc’s new augmented paper, your luxury pen will take you well into the 21st Century. Baroque Access has all the details

 

Montblanc is renowned for creating beautiful pens, but now this innovative luxury brand is bringing something new to the writing table… a brand new innovation that integrates writing with your magnificent Montblanc with your digital work flow. Called ‘Augmented Paper’, Montblanc has developed a system whereby hand-written notes and sketches can be transferred from paper to a mobile device by just pressing a button. Once the images or notes are on the digital device, whether it’s a computer, iPad or phone, the content can be treated just like notes and pictures that were written or uploaded onto a digital device – you can edit them, share them and translate them into digital text. That’s the 21st Century for you, the Montblanc way!

 

This new invention brings together the very best of both analogue and digital worlds. For the first time ever, the enjoyment of writing with a beautiful pen on real paper can be paired with digital work to create an efficient marriage of two very different worlds.

Of course, the pen is extra-special. Called the StarWalker, it has been exclusively developed for Augmented Paper. All notes and sketches are recorded using a special digitizer enclosed in a leather envelope, and then, with a press of a button, these drawings and notes are transmitted to the mobile device of your choice via Bluetooth® Low Energy. There is a special Montblanc Hub app that allows you to convert your hand-written notes into digital text and edit them. You can also edit, store and organise all your sketches and notes on either your smartphone or tablet. You also have the option of sharing your file via email, or storing it in your choice of cloud service.

 

The Montblanc Augmented Paper set is very unique: it is made up of a lined paper notebook and a beautiful Montblanc StarWalker ballpoint pen housed in a leather envelope. Using the special paper and pen, the traditional art of handwriting is able to step right into the digital world. Other items included in the set include a USB cable to charge the device, three ballpoint refills and tweezers to help you exchange the ballpoint refills.

Montblanc’s handwriting recognition is currently offered in 15 different languages, including English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. The Augmented Paper has another plus – it offers easy organization of documents all in one place, without having to have numerous notebooks. The Montblanc Hub application enables one to tag and search for thousands of notes and sketches. It also features a note-taking function that one can use independently of the Augmented Paper.

 

Of course, Montblanc is no stranger to the gadget field. In 2015 the brand developed an e-strap, which added smart functionality to its TimeWalker Urban Speed watch. Montblanc Augmented Paper is its latest innovation – and it’s reasonably priced. It sells at approximately $725.

 

If you would like to find out more about this stunning invention, let Baroque Access assist. We can also assist if you’re interested in purchasing a Montblanc Augmented Paper notepad. Don’t hesitate, contact us now, info@baroqueaccess.com.