Blancpain’s offering for Baselworld 2018

The magnificent Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT will be wowing the crowds at Baselworld 2018 towards the end of March. Baroque Access finds out all about this exceptional new timepiece which will debut at the show


Historic Swiss watchmaker Blancpain originally debuted its iconic calendar GMT complication in 2002, which became one of the brand’s best sellers. Now, 16 years later, the watchmaker is reinterpreting this practical complication, bringing it back to life in the form of the brand new Villeret Quantième Complet GMT.

Adding the GMT function in the latest model elevates this exceptional timepiece to a high complication. This makes the watch an ideal travel companion, as the calendar indications are linked to the local time display that is shown on the principal hands. Home time is shown with a red tipped hand.


Introducing this combination of complications into the Villeret Collection brings along innovations that were developed after the original version of the Quantième Complet GMT was launched. The in-house movement now features a silicium balance spring with its superior anti-magnetic and timing precision properties.


One can set the calendar and moon phase indications with a fingertip, instead of the standard tool; this has been made possible with the exclusive under-lug correctors. An added benefit is that the hidden correctors enable completely smooth case flanks unmarred by corrector dimples, something that is common in the watch world. Rapid adjustment of local time in one-hour increments is achieved via the crown.


The new Quantième Complet GMT comes in two versions – either red gold with an opaline dial and applied red gold Roman indexes; or in stainless steel with a white dial and white gold applied Roman indexes. Both timepieces feature 40mm diameter cases with the traditional Villeret double stepped bezel. Alligator straps or metal bracelets are available for each.

Ideal for frequent travellers, as the timepieces are equipped with a 24-hour MT hand that tracks a second time zone, the watches are also water resistant to 30 meters. Look out for these magnificent timepieces when they make their debut between 22 and 27 March 2018 at Baselworld.


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Breitling’s latest offering – the Chronograph Navitimer 8

Breitling is currently reinventing itself, evident in their latest offering, the magnificent Breitling Chronograph Navitimer 8. Baroque Access finds out all the details


Breitling’s latest offering, the Chronograph Navitimer 8, follows the brand’s signature Chronograph Navitimer collection; while the brand’s Chronograph timepiece itself has been a favorite with pilots and dedicated aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952. The first in the new collection, the legendary Navitimer 1, combines a technical and original design and features Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, iconic for its reliability and performance.


The brand’s latest iteration, the Breitling Chronograph Navitimer 8, is even better than its predecessors. Since the historic brand acquired new ownership, its collections are being reformed, resulting in timepieces with less complexity. The Navitimer 8 collection is the first to be released – a simpler, more classic take on the original.


No, the Navitimer 8 is not the eighth in the collection; it refers back to 1938 when Willy Breitling established the ‘Huit Aviation Department’ (‘huit’ is eight in French) that produced cockpit clocks with an 8-day power reserve. The current team at Breitling has used some of the fundamental design elements of these cockpit clocks in the new 2018 Navitimer 8 collection. Hence the name.

The Navitimer 8 B01 is the leader of the pack, a 43mm timepiece with either a black or a blue dial in a stainless steel case, or a bronze dial in a pink gold case. All of the Navitimer 8 B01 models have sub-dials in a contrasting tone to the dial; this shows the use of an in-house movement, the B01 with its 70-hour power reserve.


You’ll find the elements of the 1940s cockpit clocks evident underneath the convex sapphire crystal with its double anti-reflective coating. The most obvious is the typeface, which is, like the cockpit clocks, in Arabic numerals, plus there’s the railway minute track with its small triangular markers that show every five minutes. In addition, there’s the notched bezel, which turns bi-directionally and has an arrow mark.


This is not the only Navitimer 8 timepiece in the collection – there are five in all, including the Navitimer 8 Chronograph with Valjoux movement, the Navitimer 8 Automatic which features a date at 6 o’clock, the Navitimer 8 Day & Date which has an additional day window at 12 o’clock and, finally, the Navitimer 8 Unitime, which features a manufacture world time movement.


These magnificent timepieces will be on display in all their glory at Baselworld, which takes place from 22 to 27 March in Basel, Switzerland. If you would like to find out more about these exceptional timepieces, or are interested in getting more information on Baselworld, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, and we will provide you with all the information you require.

Vacheron Constantin unveils the Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection

There were many highlights at SIHH 2018, but one that stood out from the crowd was Vacherin Constantin’s new Métiers d’Art Les Aérostiers collection of hand-crafted timepieces, inspired by hot air ballooning.  Baroque Access finds out all the details


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In the late 18th Century, adventurers took to the skies in hot air balloons to explore. These balloonists’ spirit of adventure has been the inspiration behind the stunning limited edition timepieces revealed by French watchmakers Vacherin Constantin last month. Each of the five magnificent timepieces created have different dials featuring hot air balloons, and each retails for $135,000.


The creators of these beautiful watches at Vacherin Constantin have created just five numbered editions of each of the five designs. In each design, the space on the entire dial of each watch has been used for the hot air balloon. There is no room for hands on the dials to tell the time; instead, in an innovative move, the mechanical movement of the watch indicates the time on apertures on the outer rim of the dial. There are four discs that display the hours, minutes, day and date. The design features transparent sections so that the wearer can see the gear trains and discs of the movement.



Each of the five dials is completely different, representing a different historic hot air balloon that was made between 1783 and 1785 in France. Master engravers have used incredible attention to detail to recreate exact mini replicas of these balloons in sculpted gold. Each balloon is a magical three-dimensional masterpiece. It takes three weeks to create each hot air balloon, which features an ornate basket that includes human figurines and animals, so every one is an original.


Another unique aspect of these exquisite timepieces is a rare form of enamel used by Vacherin Constantin to create the background of each watch. This translucent type of enamel, called plique-à-jour has been used by the brand for the first time. Backgrounds range in color from sky blue to midnight blue, turquoise, a russet color and a deep burgundy.

In addition, each timepiece features an inner bezel ring that is engraved with a design that recalls the ropes of a hot air balloon. All the watches are created out of different types of rose gold. The watchcases are all 40mm in diameter and 12.74mm thick. The mechanical movement comprises 237 parts and 27 jewels; it is visible through a sapphire case back.


If you would like to find out more about these exclusive timepieces, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us now, and we will provide you with all the information you require, including how to purchase one of these limited edition timepieces.

New masterpiece from Bulgari

Luxury Italian jewellers Bulgari have just released a new addition to their collection of Serpenti watches – and this one is quite unique. Baroque Access finds out all the details



Italian watchmakers Bulgari, who are famous for their Haute Joaillerie (finest jewellery) style, have released a new addition to their legendary collection of Serpenti watches, the Serpenti Misteriosi. This is a stunning one-of-a-kind white gold and quartz driven secret bangle-watch in the shape of a double-headed serpent.


Celebrating the serpent in all its glory, Bulgari’s Serpenti Misteriosi’s two snake heads are quite different from each other. The one features a gemstone flower created from a central, round-faceted emerald that is more than two carats. It’s encircled by nine exquisite marquise-cut diamonds. Both of the heads feature a set of identical pear-shaped emerald eyes. One of the snake jaws reveals the ‘secret’ watch dial, which is quite magnificent, set with 82 brilliant-cut diamonds. Both heads feature designs created from diamonds and emeralds.


The 18-karat white gold bracelet of the watch is also festooned with diamonds – 555, all brilliant-cut gems. The watch’s hour and minute functions are powered by a Bulgari B033 quartz movement that has been customized by Bulgari and is adorned with the Bulgari logo.


The luxury Italian brand’s distinctive serpent symbol has become one of its signature styles. The latest iteration is the most beautiful and decorative of them all, based on the mythological snake, the ‘amphisbaena’, which has two heads, one at each end.

The other watches in Bulgari’s Serpenti collection have been around since the 1940s, and were made famous by screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960s. All are made of white, yellow or rose gold (sometimes a combination of all three). This is the first watch in the collection to be festooned with jewels, and to have a hidden watch. The unique new masterpiece measures 40mm across. The original Serpenti timepieces all have manual-winding movements and enamel scales, whilst this one is in a league of its own.

We’re not sure why you would want to immerse this magnificent piece of jewellery in water, but you can, as the watch is water resistant to 30 meters.


If you would like to find out more about this exquisite timepiece, including the price and how to purchase it, contact Baroque Access right away,, and we will assist you in every way possible.

New 24-karat gold tableware collection from Seletti

Coveted Italian designer tableware from Seletti is renowned; each collection is even more unique than the last. And the latest tableware from this fashionable décor house is no exception – it’s got a 24-karat gold vein running through the porcelain! Baroque Access finds out all the details



Every item on Seletti’s list of products is a masterpiece of design, an art piece in its own right that is coveted and collected by art lovers, and those from all over the globe who enjoy the finer things in life. The luxury brand’s latest collection of tableware is quite unique – but we’re quite used to that from Seletti. The designers who produce their creative pieces for this sought-after brand go all out to achieve unique, eclectic pieces that all have a touch of whimsy. Previous tableware created for the brand includes their legendary hybrid range, which offers two completely different designs in one.


The latest collection of eye-catching pieces for the table was created by Italian designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. Called ‘Kintsugi’, it is inspired by the Japanese century-old technique of repairing ceramics, also called ‘kintsugi’. It’s an artisanal method of repair, using gold. Marcantonio has used it in the new collection to create eye-catching pieces stuck together with a 24-karat gold vein just like the pieces that are fixed in this ancient Japanese style. The Japanese don’t try to hide the cracks; they are celebrated with shining gold. Just like the brand new porcelain tableware collection he created for Seletti.


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The contemporary collection comprises plates, small bowls and cups, all made from ceramic fragments from different table services and joined together with 24-karat gold. Each is a magnificent piece of artwork in its own right, unique and extremely precious.

At the 2018 Maison & Objet Paris trade show, which took place from 18 to 22 January this year, Seletti, already legendary for its irreverent creations, showed this new ‘Kintsugi’ collection. And, as we could have predicted, it received much acclaim. Designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba is already well-known for his mastery, having created the unique ‘Mouse lamp’ and ‘Monkey lamp’ for Seletti.


If you would like to find out more about this stylish, coveted Italian designer’s selection of homeware, including its latest collection created by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us now,, and we will assist in every way possible, including help you purchase some of these unique masterpieces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Watch marks 50th birthday of Memovox

Half a century is a long time – that’s how long Swiss luxury brand Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox timepiece has been in existence. To mark it’s 50th anniversary, the brand has released a new limited edition version. Baroque Access finds out all the details


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Those who were fortunate enough to attend the SIHH watch fair in Geneva would have had the opportunity to view the brand new Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris timepiece in all its glory. It received much attention and was lauded as being a worthy tribute to the brand’s iconic timepiece that has stood the test of time (literally!) for the past 50 years.


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The luxury Swiss watchmaker’s new iteration is reminiscent of the original Polaris edition, which was created in 1968. In every way this watch is a tribute to the original and worthy of an anniversary collection. The stainless steel case is 42mm, home to an automatic alarm movement that is tucked away beneath a deep black dial with white markers that offer a touch of vintage chic. While staying true to the original, it’s a sturdy, modern timepiece that retains all of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s signature cachet.

The new Polaris comes in a limited edition of only 1,000 pieces and boasts its predecessors’ classic three-crown set-up, alarm function and inner rotating bezel. It is extremely good looking, and to add to its exclusivity, the new timepieces’ calibre 956 movements are being assembled in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s complications workshop to ensure that they are of the highest standard.


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The watch dial is black, with grained, sunray and opaline finishes, and the numbers on the dial are applied Arabic numerals. The strap is made of contemporary black rubber with a Clous de Paris pattern and a steel-folding buckle. This is in keeping with the athletic spirit of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris collection.

The watches are water resistant to 200 meters, have 23 jewels and a power reserve of 44 hours. The case-back of this exclusive limited edition watch is closed to provide support for the hammer of the alarm mechanism. There are two engravings on the case-back – a stylized diving helmet that is reminiscent of the original model that had the same symbol engraved inside the watch case and an inscription, ‘50th anniversary’, that commemorates the date the Memovox Polaris timepiece was created in 1968.

This exclusive timepiece is equipped with useful everyday functions that are all symptomatic of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic alarm; this is indicated by a small triangle on a rotating disk in the center of the dial. When the wearer pulls the crown at 2 o'clock and turns it counter-clockwise, the disk is rotated and aligns the triangle with the required time. To wind the mechanism, the wearer must push back the crown and turn it clockwise.


The exclusive limited edition watches are currently available (they were released mid-January) at a price of $12,600. If you would like to find out more information about the limited edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox timepieces, or are interested in purchasing one, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, and we will provide you with all the information you require.

The most expensive smart watch in the world

Tag Heuer recently unveiled their new Android watch, the Connected Modular 45 – and it’s being called the most expensive smart watch in the world. Baroque Access finds out all the details



One of the most coveted watch brands in the world, Tag Heuer, has done it again, by producing what is being called the most expensive smart watch in the world. The Swiss watchmaker’s brand new Connected Modular 45 is an augmented version of Tag Heuer’s Modular 41 smart watch. This new timepiece is created from white gold and titanium and is decorated with numerous diamonds.



The watch has a 45mm case made out of 18-karat polished white gold, and the bezel is covered with 78 diamonds; there are another 16 diamonds on the watch’s lugs. In addition, the watch bracelet is embellished with a further 489 diamonds. No wonder it sells in the region of $200,000!

This new smart watch is powered by Intel with a Google Android Wear OS, offering the best of both worlds – the very best of luxury Swiss watchmaking combined with all of Silicon Valley’s high technology.


The collection features interchangeable watch heads and a choice of straps in calfskin, ceramic or titanium, not to mention buckles in rose gold, black or titanium. Because it can be customized in numerous ways, it offers the wearer a choice of different color combinations for the ultimate accessory. Combining the very best of technology and luxury, Tag Heuer’s Connected Modular 45 is assembled in the watchmaker’s workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.

But it’s not only the watch accessories that make a difference – Tag Heuer lets the wearer choose exactly what the entire watch is made of. And let’s not forget, you can also change your watch from Android to analogue; this takes a mere 30 seconds! All you have to do is press down on a button on each side of the underside of the watch to release the strap – you then click the new main unit into place. It’s that easy.



With a 400x400 pixel screen, the watch offers a choice of display panels, like many of its ilk. The wearer can also choose a selection of different faces, backgrounds and colors.

When it comes to the mechanics, the watch offers everything you’d expect, and more. There’s a choice of Chronograph Caliber 16 or COSC-certified Chronograph Tourbillon core if you wish, and numerous features including 512megs of RAM with 4GB of storage. The watch is also water resistant up to 50 meters… All in all, this is one spectacular timepiece. Just what one would expect from Tag Heuer, of course.


If you’d like to find out more about the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, and we will give you all the information you require, including how to purchase one.

Sports watch collab between Ducati & Locman

When two famous Italian brands get together, you know the result is going to be spectacular! Baroque Access finds out all about the two limited edition Sports Watches created by motorbike legends Ducati and horologists Locman


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Both Ducati and Locman signify Italian excellence and exclusivity, and the Italian brands’ collaboration has resulted in one magnificent collection of two limited edition timepieces that are as eye-catching as they are innovative. Launched this month, the collection is inspired by the high-tech features and competitive spirit of motorcycling, resulting in a most unique selection of exclusive timepieces.



Locman is renowned for its watch-making expertise, and of course, Ducati is one of the most fêted motorcycle brands in the world. Concentrating on technology and quality, the watches are made from innovative materials such as carbon and titanium, carbon fiber, stainless steel and silicone, known for their lightness and stress-resistance, and their design and quality is unmatched.

According to Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Licensing and Corporate Partnership Director, “The products we're co-developing interpret, through design and innovative materials, the uniqueness of the Ducati brand.  “Locman’s unique spirit makes it perfect for a dynamic partnership that combines the technological excellence of two companies, both leaders in their respective sectors”, he said.



Marco Mantovani, President of Locman agreed. “We're very excited about this new challenge, not just because of the prestige of Ducati, whose technical personnel and designers are among the world's best, but also because, right from the very first meetings, we've shared the same passion for quality and manufacturing excellence,” he added.

Both of the models in the innovative Ducati Locman collection feature a unique and sporty design. The cases are tonneau-shaped, in brushed steel with either polished details or with a black PVD coating. Watches are water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters. One of the versions features a self-winding mechanical movement that is visible through a crystal pane on the titanium case back, whilst the other is a quartz chronograph mechanism.


The watch dials come in grey enamel or carbon fiber  – the enamel dial has a sunray effect. Both feature the Ducati logo at 6 o’clock and the Locman logo at 3 o’clock. The strap is attached to the steel case with two lug screws; it is made of perforated hypoallergenic silicone.

These limited edition watches are available in 1,000 numbered pieces per model, and will be priced between $853 and $956. They are currently available from major jewellers in Italy and around the world.


If you would like to find out more information about one of these exceptional timepieces, or are interested in purchasing one, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, and we will provide you with all the information you require.

New Limited Edition Bulgari Octo timepiece

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

Introducing the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate 910P

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



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



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

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


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

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



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

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



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


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

New Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Collection watch

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



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



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

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



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

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


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

Chanel Code Coco – a new timepiece

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



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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Audemars Piguet reveals 25th anniversary timepieces

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hublot in the Maldives

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



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



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

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



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



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

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


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

Mysterious new timepiece from Cartier

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



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



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

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


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

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


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

Parmigiani timepiece inspired by the Bugatti Chiron

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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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, 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, 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,, 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



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, 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.