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Experience the Beauty of Vacheron Constantin Watches and the Ballerina Series

Experience the Beauty of Vacheron Constantin Watches and the Ballerina Series

By Samantha Walsh For those with a passion for the arts, Vacheron Constantin’s new additions will be right up your ally, as these stunning Hommage a l’Art da Danse watches combine the elegance of ballet, the beauty of enameling, and the technic prowess of watchmaking. Inspired by the life of a ballerina, these three unique watches bring a new flair to the brand’s much-loved Métiers d’Arts collection. Vacheron Constantin — the oldest Swiss watch brand in continual operation — has been a patron of the Opera National de Paris since 2007 and with each on-going cultural and musical event, the brand continually evolves. Now, it has developed this series of three watches in honor of the ballerina. The face each watch is created by an enamel artist who drew inspiration from a few of Degas’ paintings. These paintings represent various highlights in the life of a ballerina. One of the wristwatches depicts two elegant ballerinas at dance school, which was drawn from Degas’s Dancers Practicing at the Barre, dated 1877 and on show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA). Another of the pieces depicts the training aspect in a dancer’s life, backstage of a dress rehearsal drawn from Degas’s Dancers near a Set, dated 1888, and belonging to a private collection. The last exquisite piece depicts the performance – the pinnacle of a ballerina’s life drawn from Two Dancers Entering the Stage, painted circa 1877-1878 and exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, USA). These beautiful pieces of art are framed by a 40 mm 18-karat white gold case. This entirely hand crafted piece required not only meticulous detail and care in the making, but also hundreds of hours of undivided attention. Thus, each is created as a unique...
Vacheron Constantin Watches:  Lady Kalla Secret Watch (original Pics, prices)

Vacheron Constantin Watches: Lady Kalla Secret Watch (original Pics, prices)

Easily one of the most beautiful and alluring category of women’s watches on the market, secret watches have roots that are centuries old. Essentially, a secret watch is a timepiece that has a cover over the dial that can be flipped open or moved aside to reveal the dial and the watch time. Today, secret watches are all about the elegance and beauty – enabling women to wear works of art on the wrist. Vacheron Constantin, a brand with more than 250 years of history, has been making secret watches since its inception. One of the more recent introduction is the Lady Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles watch. This stunning timepiece  is crafted using 34.64 carats of diamonds meticulously set to form a floral-inspired masterpiece on the wrist. The brand even utilizes the special  flame-cut diamonds that are unique to Vacheron Constantin in the watch world. Because secret watches have hinged covers that slide aside or open, they are not at all easy to create. The mechanics of the case and cover are complex, and so watch brands opt to parallel the technology with equal parts of beauty and elegance. It should be noted that because these watches are typically quite elaborate in design, they often command hundreds of hours of diamond or gem setting or enamel painting. As such they usually are made in limited numbers and can command top dollar for the result. In the case of the Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Haute Couture a Pampilles watch, which houses a tiny manually wound movement, just one will be created per year. It retails for...
Christophe Claret Margot Watch: Ask the Question  “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” If You Dare

Christophe Claret Margot Watch: Ask the Question “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” If You Dare

Christophe Claret is a  master at creating complicated timepieces for men — and has offered a host of watches on which one can actually play casino games. Now, this master of watchmaking continues  his gaming concept of playful watches for the wrist – this time releasing his first ever women’s watch: Margot. For its creation, he was inspired by the romantic act of plucking the petals of a daisy one by one to find the answer to the riddle “He loves me, he loves me not.” To incorporate this concept into a wristwatch, Claret developed a new complicated and ingenious mechanism that helps to predict the answer. With the press of a pusher at 2:00, the watch comes to life. Each time the wearer presses the pusher, a single petal or a pair of petals randomly falls off the daisy that fills the center of the dial and disappears beneath the dial. With each press, a melodic chime resonates in typical Claret style. He is, after all, the master of musical timepieces. Finally, the answer appears in French calligraphy at 4:00. It seems that in France, the game does not yield a simple yes or no answer. As befits the French, they have many modalities of love, ranging from a not at all, to a little to passionately — and this watch gives one of those multiple answers.  The complex movement of the Margot consists of more than 700 parts. The watch, created in four versions each in a limited edition of 20 pieces, houses the EMT17 automatic winding caliber with an incredible 731 parts and 95 jewels. Built with two barrels, it offers 72 hours of power reserve. The 42.5mmm case is offered in white gold with or without baguette diamonds. The dial is blue mother of pearl...
ALOR Watches Offers Affordable Luxury

ALOR Watches Offers Affordable Luxury

It was just about a year  ago that ALOR Swiss watches made a remarkable debut — appearing as a brand geared for women and designing for women. The California-based company — with workshops in Switzerland — hit the proverbial nail on the head with its sleek collection of women,s watches that double as beautiful pieces of jewelry, as well. ALOR — a family run company started in 1979 by husband and wife team Jack and Sandy Zemer—has a signature design in18-karat gold and stainless steel cable jewelry that it carries through its collections.  Now, with Jack and Sandy’s sons Tal and Ori firmly entrenched in the family business,  the brothers have launched ALOR Swiss Watches.   In a world where great women’s watches are hard to find at an affordable price point, ALOR has stepped up the game. ALOR ® Swiss Watches pay homage to today’s busy woman with a collection of top-quality craftsmanship timepieces that are at once extremely fashion forward yet timeless. The watches fall into several very distinctive lines, and range in retail price from $695 to just under $4,000. There are five collections in the initial unveiling, each of which has its own strong identity. including a ceramic round series, a round line with a double bezel design, an oval watch and more.  Among the collections: ALOR (a double bezel round watch, offered  in single or dual tone metals,  with cable style bracelets or leather straps); the 1979 (a dual-bezel watch that we here LOVE); Valenti (a round watch with highly decorative dial with sub seconds dial, elliptical shaped inner design and markers fro intricate play on shapes); Cavo ( a ceramic collection offered with ceramic bracelet, metal-and ceramic bracelet, or cable bracelet); Forte ( a stunning chronograph series with modern appeal and Roman numerals)....
Women’s Summer Luxury Watches – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Women’s Summer Luxury Watches – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet is a brand many watch collecting men love thanks to the sophisticated movements and meticulous attention to detail. Now, women  can also enjoy the beauty of Audemars Piguet, which  offers a host of stunning pieces in its Royal Oak collection. Despite the fact that this line is named for British Naval Ships, it is a line that particularly appeals to women because of its bold, distinctive, easily identifiable look. Even better is the fact that the watches house mechanical self-winding movements – because the savvy woman understands the mechanics. Hundreds of tiny parts that work together to keep time beautifully. In fact, Audemars Piguet has been creating timepieces for women since 1883. To  further  demonstrate it s commitment to women, Audemars Piguet launches a new global ad campaign with supermodel Anouck Lepère — with the new tag line “There are exceptions to every rule.”  It is the complementary feminine interpretation of the brand campaign launched last year featuring the tag line: “To break the rules you must first master them.”...
Carl F. Bucherer Watches: Patravi EvoTec Big Date

Carl F. Bucherer Watches: Patravi EvoTec Big Date

Cushion shaped watches –those that are somewhat square but with rounded corners — is an alluring trend in watches right now, as so many luxury watch brands return to their roots for inspiration. In fact, women’s cushion-shaped watches have roots dating back to the  1920’s, 30’s and 40’s when these styles were all the rage. Now, as savvy brands revisit the cushion-cornered square shape. they do so in style with sleek new looks that turn heads. Such is the case with this stunning Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec BigDate watch. Crafted in 18-karat rose gold and set with 56 diamonds on the case, the watch offers its famed “BigDate” feature at 11:00. The seconds subdial at 6:00 mimes the cushion shape of the case for symmetrical beauty on the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial. The watch houses a Manufacture automatic movement with 55 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters. Bold, chic and definitively distinctive, the Patravi EvoTec BigDate Cushion watch retails for $35,900....