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Penetrating Hautlence Video


You'll need a cigarette after being this intimate with the HL and HLS models of Hautlence. A great animated video of both styles of this exciting new brand. (previously featured here-->link and link)

At 3:05 of the YouTube video is when you finally see the kick-ass retrograde and jump hour functions of the watch. Or you can view it at their website in higher resolution in the HLS and downloads section.



Hautlence-->Link

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First Hands Experience

First Hands Experience
There is a great Horomundi post by a first time Urwerk RG 103.3 customer (A lucky bloke named Stephen)-->Link

He says, "I've been collecting for 20 years and of all the watches I own, Pateks, VC, AP, Lange, Dubuis, Journe, DeBethune, etc., or have ever owned, NONE have ever created the level of excitement that this has."

Related Urwerk Posts-->Link

First Hands Experience
Also, the first Horological Machine has been delivered to customers, here is one that arrived in Singapore-->Link

Related HM1 Posts-->Link

Urwerk Photo by Stephen (SMS2)


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Paul Smith Dashboard Watch

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchPaul Smith has reissued the dashboard style watch, a somewhat tamer variation of the previous model from their fun collection of the late-nineties. Called the PS20, it features what appears to be a retrograde style display (when hands reach the right, they flyback in the blink of an eye), but it's actually just a double handed display. Once one end of a hand is out of view, the opposite end appears. Time is told much like that of many other retrograde watches (seen here-->link) and the casing appears to be brushed steel with a block link bracelet. The date is viewed through a porthole in the bottom half of the watch. £375 (quartz) Paul Smith Watches-->Link

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchAvailable in olive, light/dark blue and red

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchThe original model from the late nineties
Polished steel, sport link bracelet, expanding digits

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchMost of the original collection

Some had mechanical movements, most were Quartz. Many inspirations from the vintage LIP, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin watches of the seventies. Most of the current collection is pretty drab otherwise.

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$500,000 Invisible Watch - Guy Ellia 'Tourbillon Zephir' by Christophe Claret


Famed movement designer Christophe Claret has teamed up with the exclusive French brand Guy Ellia for this unusual see-thru sapphire cased wristwatch. The mechanism including the tourbillon appear to float in-between the transparent plates allowing all motion to be viewed. Taking the skeletonized look to a new level, 'Ghost-inized'. See more at Claret's website-->Link as well as an animated video of the watch. Selling a bit over a half million dollars (390,000 Euros), I've heard that six have been sold already.

Claret is the man behind the Opus IV and the Jean Dunand Shabaka-->Link



Zephir Video-->Link


Guy Ellia's other openwork timepiece from 2006
'Time Square Tourbillon Magistere Biconvex'


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The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
I've written about this watch in the past, never really seemed it would be produced - but lo and behold, it
has been realized. Jean-François Ruchonnet of the DMC Group, the man responsible for the phenomenal belt-driven Tag Heuer V4 (which by the way, is also now a reality->Link) has taken Vianney Halter's vision to an official and public reality. Being sold in a variety of styles, seen at the official Cabestan website-->Link, you could buy one for between $275,000 and $400,000 (approx) but you'd be out of luck, all models for 2007 have sold out. And with plans for four watches a month in 2008, you might wanna rob that bank you always had your eye on...You know, the one with the sleepy security guard.

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Available in titanium, yellow gold and rose gold
(top of page features black cylinder version)
As well as the all black titanium below

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
And with the demand for bling versions of everything, yo, the encrusted diamond Cabestan

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Ah, the winch driven chain-fusee movements do move me!

The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
The Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!
Cabestan Website-->Link
Search all past Cabestan posts-->Link




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Culture de la Haute Horlogerie Films

Culture de la Haute Horlogerie Films
A very thorough and interesting series of videos by the Culture de la Haute Horlogerie. Featuring everything from the watch designer to the guilloche artist. Click the images below to see them.

Culture de la Haute Horlogerie FilmsDressing the Watch



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Blue Steel Supernova by Sarpaneva

Blue Steel Supernova by Sarpaneva
A diamond coated blue & gray steel version of the Sarpaneva Supernova. A double black moonphase at 12 and comet tail date at 4/5. Described and previously featured here-->Link

Only two of the original series of ten are left so get one before it's too late!

Blue Steel Supernova by Sarpaneva
Related;
Suprenova-->Link
Loiste II-->Link
Sarpaneva Site-->Link

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Blue Steel Supernova by Sarpaneva

Blu Duett

Blu Duett
Blu, a relatively new brand with its trademark off-centre displays just introduced their latest model called the Duett. An automatic modified ETA 2892 movement in a large 44mm steel case. The date is displayed in the L of the logo with a tail of past dates incorporated into the design. Hour markers are split into two with a semi-circle on the left and dial engravings on the right.

via Timezone


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Internal Watch

Internal Watch
Designed by Leon Ransmeier for Vlaemsch ( ), this cocooned watch is encapsulated in leather rendering it non-functional as a timepiece. The designer explains, "The hidden watch transcends typical associations of status by isolating the emerging form rather than acting as a flashy signifier."

Although the identity of the encased watch is concealed, its contours suggest certain top-of-mind luxury cliches.

Internal Watch

via BoingBoing, available at Vivre, designed at Vlaemsch ( )


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Interview with Martin Frei of Urwerk

Interview with Martin Frei of UrwerkA very interesting interview of Martin Frei, the designer and co-founder of the revolutionary watch brand, Urwerk. (by Felipe Jordao) -->Link


Interview with Martin Frei of Urwerk

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Penetrating Hautlence VideoFirst Hands ExperiencePaul Smith Dashboard Watch$500,000 Invisible Watch - Guy Ellia 'Tourbillon Zephir' by Christophe ClaretThe Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical For Sale!Culture de la Haute Horlogerie FilmsBlue Steel Supernova by SarpanevaBlu DuettInternal WatchInterview with Martin Frei of Urwerk

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