Criss Angel Breitling Diamond Super Avenger

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When you work with the public like Criss Angel does, every part of your outfit needs to be carefully adjusted. Criss is playing with the human mind, doing tricks and performances that would surprise even the most skeptic viewer and he needs distractions and advantages that he can use during his shows. His outfit is also part of the performance, so there is no surprise that his watch is as special as the person wearing it.

Breitling has a wide variety of watches, each one with different features and designs, but the Diamond Super Avenger one that Criss is wearing is truly attention grabbing. Surrounded by diamonds and with a professional, but elegant appearance, Criss can wear it not only during his shows  but also during other public appearances.

Breitling Super Avenger with Diamond s on bezel and band

The watch has a resistant, classy steel case that will not get easily broken or scratched. It is water resistant and it will work perfectly fine up to 300 m deep in the water. With a non-slip grip, every screw is adjusted to prevent water and dirt from going inside, not to mention how much this adds to the elegant look of the watch. The chronograph is self-winding and it is certified by COSC, so it is truly reliable in terms of precision.




The classic version of the watch can be adjusted to fit your needs, but Criss wanted something truly spectacular so he made sure that the strap is not only made from the best steel available, but also decorated with dozens of small diamonds that increase not only the value, but also the uniqueness of the watch. This, of course, does not make the watch less suitable for dangerous tricks; it is still as resistant and reliable as any other piece.

The case of the watch is also decorated with diamonds, and the bezel is unidirectional and ratcheted. The crystal of the watch is just as important as the rest, as it can destroy the entire piece if it gets easily scratched. Luckily, it is made from cambered sapphire and it is glareproofed both sides. What does this mean? There’s no chance that a reflection in his watch will destroy his tricks, and this is exactly what he needs. The watch keeps its appearance and design but it will never become an inconvenient.

Magician Criss Angel wearing Breitling Diamond Super Avenger

Although it is made from strong and resistant materials, the watch is quite light and comfortable to wear, with a weight of only 150.10 gr without the strap. Of course, the weight can increase slightly depending on the elements that you decide to add on the watch, but this is a very solid yet appealing base to begin with.

The Super Avenger watch will put anyone in the center of attention, as it is truly one of the pieces that can’t be easily forgotten. Depending on the strap that you choose you can make it a discreet watch for the evening or a glowing one for a show; either way, it will look perfect.

Bear Grylls Breitling Emergency Watch

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If you ever watched Bear Grylls’s show, you were probably surprised by the strong will and skills that he has. He can handle any extreme situation, he will go until the end of the world and back just to test his limits and he will do things that for us are unimaginable. With all this, it’s clear that he needs extraordinary equipment that he can count on at any time and in any condition, starting from his clothes to his accessories.

Bear Grylls was seen, more than a few times, wearing the Breitling emergency watch, and this made many people wonder what is so special about this watch and why he chose to wear it from so many other options available. We have the answer!

Black and Blue Breitling Emergency Watches

To begin with, it is easy to notice the special appearance of the watch. Many emergency watches are too big or with a strange design, but not Breitling. The strap of the watch is also made from high quality, high resistance materials. No matter where you go (maybe a trip through the forest?) you will not damage it easily.  Made from titanium and with a water resistance of up to 5 bars, it is difficult to break this watch by mistake. If you are on a special mission at night and you don’t want to be noticed by anyone, you can choose the watch that is made from black titanium and that comes with an anti-glare look. In this way no light will reflect in your watch to blow away your cover.

The watch is unique for many reasons, one of them being that it is the first watch with an integrated dual frequency Personal Locator Beacon, which is very helpful in situations when you might want to be found by the rescue team. The Emergency function can issue alerts and it can tell the people of your choice when you are in danger. At the same time, it can help them find you and bring you back to safety. Considering how many times Bear Grylls decided to face the wilderness alone, there’s no surprise that he preferred this watch instead of a regular, elegant, but useless one.

As you can easily picture, this watch is more accurate than most of other accessories on the market. It shows the times ten times more accurate than standards similar watches thanks to the SuperQuartz movement, and you can take full advance of the calendar and program it with 4 years ahead. In this way you will be always prepared in your missions outside the city and you will be never taken by surprise by any event. The battery will keep the watch working for 2-3 years, so you will not find yourself without a functioning watch in the middle of something important.

Overall, it is one of the best watches that you can choose if you want to be as well prepared as Bear Grylls is for any situation.

Budapest Luxury Watches Stores

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Rolex watches boutique with wooden style walls

Budapest is one of the most spectacular cities in Europe, located on the two sides of the Danube River. It is Hungary’s capital and it enjoys a beautiful architecture, a colorful nightlife, a delicious gastronomy, stunning sceneries and a very rich history. It is the right place for spending a wonderful holiday, an unforgettable city break or even the perfect opportunity for enriching your luxury watches collection as Budapest is one of the cities that has the best collection of high end watches shops on the continent.

The jewelry dealers in Budapest fascinate not only the locals, but tourists as well. Offering the latest timepieces launched on the market and showcasing the best trends in the world, these stores are a true magnet for those who are passionate about expensive horology. Collectors love to visit these shops and talk about the brands, find out what are the novelties and check technical details of some particular watches. And of course, one of the greatest pleasures for any watch lover is to find and buy its favorite luxury timepiece.

Below I have compiled a list with some of the most popular and exquisite watches stores in Budapest, famous dealers with a long tradition in supplying the market with stunning timepieces manufactured by some of the most appreciated brands in the world.

 

Watch De Luxe

 

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Most shops in Budapest sell mainly Tag Heuer timepieces, but Watch De Luxe is completely different. This store has a highly large and diversified collection of expensive watches brands which attracts a huge number of enthusiasts from all across the globe. Its unique selection of famous watchmakers includes Breitling, Panerai, IWC and Cartier. By offering such a large mix of brands the company was able to become the leader of the luxury watches market in Hungary. The first Watch De Luxe shop was opened 11 years ago and it has witnessed the evolution of its clientele from affordable average quality watches to fine Swiss horology.  Expensive timepieces with an intricate automatic mechanism have become more popular among Hungarians and a symbol of success for most local business men. A person who chooses to buy a luxury watch wants to identify himself with the brand’s prestige, success and style. Its personality becomes an expression of the watch it wears. The company’s customer base is mostly formed by locals whereas tourists represent about 30% of their sales. To promote sales and attract a larger number of potential customers, from time to time the shop organizes its own events dedicated to a particular brand within its premises where enthusiasts and collectors are invited to listen to a brand representatives talk about their products and novelties. Special offers and product launches are also an essential part of these events.

 

 

Petite Geneve Hungary

 

Petite Geneve Hungary Homepage print screen

This is one of the most luxurious watches dealers in town. It is a reputable and elegant store that carries some of the most famous watches brands in the world: Rolex and Tudor. When you enter this shop you must be prepared to find extreme style and a degree of opulence that will truly impress you. Naturally, the prices are not for everyone. These watches cost between 5,000 euros and tens thousands of euros. From the most recent Rolex designs to classic models that have fascinated collectors for decades, Petite Geneve Hungary is the place where you will find some of the most desired timepieces in the world. The store is located on Vörösmarty Street, in one of the most crowded and expensive touristic spots in Budapest, near the banks of the Danube River.

 

 

Omega Boutique Budapest

 

Omega Boutique Budapest interior

Omega is an expensive and world famous watch brand with a rich heritage and tradition. Its timepieces are remarkable horological creations that attract a large crown of followers. There are countless Omega enthusiasts around the globe and collectors that would pay basically any price to get their hands on one of these stunning watches. Budapest is one of the privileged cities that have an Omega Boutique that sells the companies best designs. Here you can find the brands’ novelties, limited edition models, exclusive designs and unique events. Located on Andrássy Street, in one of the most famed areas in the city, the shop is an oasis of magnificently crafted automatic watches, perfect for those who adore luxury and beauty.

 

 

Marquise Watches and Jewelry

 

Marquise Watches and Jewelry

Marquise Watches and Jewelry is an authorized luxury watches retail shop that sells some of the most outstanding brands out there. The store is located in the Kempinski Hotel and it was established as a high end boutique which sells the finest watches, ranging from classic designs to modern ones. Bvlgari, Chopard, Hublot, Jaeger Le Coultre, Piaget, Romain Jerome, Ulysse Nardin and Vacheron Constantin are some of the names you will find in its elegant glass window cases. This is a place of extreme opulence and refinement, where collectors and enthusiasts come to satisfy their desire of having an artfully constructed timepiece. And the prices are accordingly. To buy such a magnificent watch you need to spend thousands of euros, but in the end you get the satisfaction of owning a stunning timepiece that complements your style and personality.

 

 

Tag Heuer Budapest

 

Tag Heuer is a very common name among Budapest’s luxury watches scenery. There are 6 Tag Heuer stores in the city and it is basically impossible to walk across the city without stumbling upon one of these fantastic places that carry a wide array of automatic movement watches crafted by one of the most remarkable brands on the globe. If you have your eyes set on a particular Tag Heuer model and you can’t seem to find it anywhere then a good idea would be to visit one of these elegant 6 shops and ask the clerk how to get your hands on it. Here you will find the professional assistance you need for buying your favorite design right from the source. If the watch isn’t in stock then the dealer will order it directly from the Tag Heuer factory according to your specifications. It is also a great place for finding out more information about the brand, its most notable models and amazing history.

 

Luxury Watches Stores in Bucharest

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When buying a luxury watch, the dealer counts as much as the product. The place where you are buying it decides the quality of the services you will be receiving and inevitably the price or waiting time for getting that particular timepiece. There are some exclusivist models that aren’t available for immediate purchase and you need to be on a waiting list to get it. Sometimes the fame of the dealer can shorten the time you need to wait before receiving the watch and offer you superior services that make the use of the product even more luxurious and pleasant than it already was.

Every city has its very own iconic watch shops that carry designer timepieces. These gems scattered across the city’s scenery are places of endless fascination for most watch collectors. Bucharest is one of Europe’s capitals that have a large collection of dealers. Here you can find some of the greatest watches of all time. Of course, if you know where to look for them. And this is the purpose of this article. For those who were looking to buy a new luxury timepiece, but had no clue where to find it I will make a short list of the best luxury jewelry stores in Bucharest and mention the most important particularities of their collection.

Orologeria Galt

 

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Orologeria Galt is a high end watches shop that advertises itself as the first Swiss jeweler in Bucharest who opened its doors after the Romanian revolution. Since 1995, this business has offered to those with a passion for fine timepieces a refined selection of exclusive Swiss luxury watches manufactured by some of the most renowned brands in the world. With an experience of over 20 years, this is the ground zero of superior watchmaking, the place where you will surely find your much sought after Tag Heuer or Omega timepiece. To preserve its heritage, the company opened a store near the main luxury avenue in Bucharest- Calea Victoriei. Located at 5 George Enescu Street, the shop welcomes its customers with elegance and style. Large glass windows, brilliant showcases unveil its magnificent collection of luxury watches. In its storefront we discover famed names like Tag Heuer, Omega, IWC, Jaeger Lecoultre or Zenith. The company has one of the most diversified selections of world-known brands, a selection that will surely satisfy your passion for exquisite timepieces.

 

B&B Collection

 

BB Collection store front

B&B Collection is one of the most popular and famous jewelry shops in Bucharest. One of its strong points is the fact that it offers a very large and diversified collection of jewelry, from luxury watches to necklaces, earrings, sunglasses and pens. This sophisticated and modern way of selecting and selling its merchandise has allowed the company to rapidly build a strong name for itself on the market. In terms of luxury timepieces, the selection is equally wide and varied. The store divides its watches in the following categories: premium, fashion, sport, classic and kids. The premium section includes names like Breitling, Dior, Tag Huer, U-Boat, Longines and Rado. Fashion refers to Fossil, Emporio Armani, Pierre Cardin, Cacharel and Marc Jacobs. Sport offers Adidas, Casio, Puma and Polar watches. Classic includes Citizen, Orient, Seiko and Timex. And kids mentions Moschino Ten, Elle Girl and Barbie. Basically, B&B Collection has something for every taste and budget. In Bucharest, there are 15 B&B Collection shops so it is safe to say that this is one of the largest luxury watches retail chain shops in the city, an icon for similar companies and the place where you can enjoy superior services and products.

Horologivm

 

Horologivm is a new concept for Bucharest. It is the first store in the city that sells pre-owned luxury watches. The goal of the company is to offer high end timepieces that are in excellent condition at affordable prices. Now, luxury is more at reach for those who love and know everything about iconic designer timepieces and value their money. At half a price anyone can buy its very own Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Franck Muller, Girard Perregaux, Rolex, Omega, Vacheron Constantin or Zenith. Even though these timepieces are pre-owned, they come with a 12 months warranty offered by Horologivm, the only horology laboratory in the country that offers the same degree or craftsmanship as any Swiss watchmaker. The company’s store is located on Popa Lazar Street and it showcases only luxury watches selected by the most demanding technical quality for their automatic movement, design, precious gems and the importance of its brand name. The owner and founder of Horologivm is none other than Mihai Ceciu, one of the top 10 most skilled watchmakers in the world. His biggest dream was to open the only horology laboratory in Romania and reality has proven that this idea was long needed on the market, and soon it has turned into an incredible success.

Micri Gold

 

micrigold store front

Micri Gold is a luxury watch shop located on Victoriei Avenue that has over 25 years of activity on the market and sells timepieces manufactured by Chopard, Omega and Longines. Its watches can cost hundreds or even thousands of euros, and those that are custom made and are considered exclusive and limited edition models can cost even more. The company is the result of decades of hard work and of an unbelievable ability of rapidly changing according to the market’s demands and trends. Now, it is one of the most famous and recommended place for buying your luxury timepiece, an elegant store that hypnotizes you right from the first moment you step inside. Its brilliant glass cases bear the promise of refinement, extravagance and power.

Cellini

 

Celini Bucharest store front

Cellini is another well-known jewelry shop in Bucharest which specializes in selling high end designer watches. With a network of 12 luxury stores, this company represents one of the best sources for superior quality Swiss timepieces. The names available in its collection are truly impressive, watchmakers that have manufactured some of the most exquisite models in history. Omega, Romain Jerome, Bell&Ross, Breitling, Breguet, Cartier and Rado are just a few of the brands that are available here. A quick look at these models will convince you that Cellini is a luxury watches dealer worth considering when you are looking to buy a new watch for your collection.

Romain Jerome Pac-Man Watch

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3 black romain jerome watches with pac-man theme

Probably, Romain Jerome is the last watch brand you would expect to launch a special edition Pac-Man model. Surprisingly enough, this prestigious company has its own line of timepieces dedicated to this classic video game. Romain Jerome isn’t at its first arcade inspired project. Previously, the brand released a Space Invaders watch that was received with great enthusiasm by fans. Now, one of the most loved and hungriest video games characters on the planet was selected to decorate the dial of an exquisite Romain Jerome watch.




Until now, Pac-Man has been the main theme for many affordable watches, but Romain Jerome is the first luxury watches manufacturer that decides to use it on its products. To recreate the authentic Pac-Man feel, the special edition timepiece features on its dial the game play along with a high-quality rendered pixelated character. The most fascinating thing about the model is that it offers a three dimensional view thanks to a special dial production process that layers materials to be crisp.

black pac-man watch on white background

There are four versions for the Romain Jerome Pac Man watch, each one being very fascinating for collectors. Every single one has the Pac Man located at the 9 o’clock position above a 3D game play maze. The dial is actually a representation of the iconic maze that is representative for the video game. Other elements that make its design special are the colored ghosts and the small red cherries. These are reminiscent for the classic arcade game. For applying the yellow color, the brand has used a special glossy lacquer. The tips of the hands and the characters are covered with Super LumiNova which glows in the dark.

The PacMan Romain Jerome special edition watch comes with a 46 mm stainless steel case coated with black PVD that has sandblasted and polished surfaces. As the Pac Man is part of the Moon Invader line, the case of the timepiece features some trace materials from the Apollo 11 moon lander. This model is fitted with a comfortable and casual looking rubber strap.

At the inside of the watch we find a Swiss automatic Concepto movement that is a very exclusivist mechanism, appreciated by collectors and experts. This self-winding mechanical movement offers maximum precision and durability. It is a remarkable mechanism that is usually found only on high end timepieces.

The Romain Jerome Pac Man is a very rare and expensive luxury timepiece even though its main theme is quite commercial. This model has been created for fans of the classic arcade game who also have a huge passion for exquisitely constructed watches. The brand has produced the Pac Man in a limited number of 20 pieces per every one of the four available styles. To celebrate the launch of this model, the company opted for organizing a sophisticated event at the Collete store in Paris, in September 2012. At that time, the Romain Jerome Pac Man was sold for the staggering price of $17,900.

Panerai P9100

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The P.9100 is an automatic calibre with chronograph functions created by Officine Panerai, masterfully constructed in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. Released for the first time in 2013, it is one of the most performant automatic calibres on the time pieces market. As per all of the manufactured products of Panerai, the P.9100 calibre is crafted using only the best materials available to watch makers nowadays, and provides craftsmanship that is unrivaled, guaranteeing the highest quality and reliability and confirming once again the values the Panerai company stands for.

There range of Panerai watches that feature this movement is quite comprehensive, including the following models:

  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanium (PAM00615)
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanium (PAM00614)
  • Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Ceramica (PAM00580)
  • Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM00525)
  • Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Acciaio (PAM00524)

The most notable and appealing feature of this Swiss watch movement is undoubtedly the chronograph function. Featuring a column wheel and a vertical clutch, the P.9100 does have a unique feature in its chronograph function in that the central hand is used to display the minutes of the chronograph, with the hand moving once for each single minute, allowing for an entire 60 minutes worth of recording using this special function.

Panerai automatic movement 9100 on white background

Not only that, but the chronograph is paired with a fly back function as well. This special feature of the P.9100 allows the user to set back the hands of the chronograph instantly to zero and automatically restart it, without first having to stop it, set it to zero, and then restart it all manually. A simple push button located at 8 o’clock controls this function, along with resetting the chronograph hands when it has stopped moving previously.

It is a nice feature that really finishes off the overall chronograph functioning, one of the big allures of this movement.

Measuring in at 13 ¾ lignes (31 mm) in diameter, the P.9100 is 8.15 mm thick and is made up of 302 components, as well as 37 jewels.  With two spring barrels in series, the calibre has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours – this is because of the ability to use thinner springs, which creates and even supply of energy for the duration of time.

The P.9100 also features automatic winding, which is achieved through the directional rotor that is on ball bearings and operates two arms terminating with hooks. This allows the springs of the two barrels to be wound with each movement that the rotor makes.

The Glucydur balance wheel oscillates at 28,000 vibrations per hour, the equivalent of 4 Hz, which is supported by single bridge with a KIF Parechoc anti-shock device. This guarantees the time piece’s durability, making it possible for the wearer to use this watch in the most endurable conditions of weather and activity without any problem and sign of wear.

The collection making the most of this Panerai calibre is, undoubtedly, the above-mentioned Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono launched in 2015 at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. The two Automatic Titanium models are fitted inside solid titanium cases of 47mm in diameter, which is exquisitely engraved with the S.L.C. motif. They have a sturdy aspect, making reference to military values and symbols, while maintaining the Panerai classical look and high precision features. The underwater model of the same collection features a resistance to water pressure of 300 meters.

Ori Takemura Kei Kei Watch

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Ori Takemura Kei Kei is an innovative concept that replaces the classic analog watch with a smart watch that displays the time by using a beauty of flickering fireflies, a magical reinterpretation of modern timepieces through the use of technology and natural themes. If you are the type of person that adores innovation dressed in a wonderful artfully construction then you will surely love this watch with a charismatic lyrical note.




Takemura Ori’s Qixen-P Design is famous for its revolutionary models and the Kei Kei watch is a concept that offers the functionality of a smart watch wrapped up in the amazing simplicity of fireflies. This model was designed to be more than just a time keeping device. It is a minimalist timepiece that has a dial constructed from a grid of LEDs. The fireflies swarm on the face of the watch predicting the weather, alerting the wearer about incoming phone calls or visualizing MP3s. Even though it is a smart device, it doesn’t display the incoming text messages or email notifications. It is a beautiful technological adornment with an artfully approach that is unique within the watches industry.

kei kei watch on a hand

The design is both interactive and playful. Its utilitarian side is sacrificed for the sake of uniqueness and originality. Nature is the main theme here. Fireflies are digitalized to introduce visual elements that fascinate the eye.  This is not a precise wristwatch, but a sophisticated timepiece that approximates the time by using lighted dots.

From the outside, the Ori Takemura Kei Kei watch is very common looking. It has a simple round case, a black LED dial with barely visible dark dots and a black strap. The fireflies that bring this timepiece to life can be “chased” away by swiping your finger over the dial. This way you can mute de device connected to thee watch. If you double tap the LED screen you bring the sound back.

Besides the time telling function, the Ori Takemura Kei Kei watch features Bluetooth sync control over cell phones, notifications about messages and phone calls, weather information and playing MP3 music from your phone. All these are offered in a nature-inspired way as opposed to the digital way specific for your typical smart watch.

This watch comes with a touch sensitive dial integrated with a grid of tiny LEDs and a mini USB on the bottom that can be used to charge and run firmware updates. By moving your wrist, you can activate the Kei Kei. You just turn the watch from a free position to a position that faces its wearer.

Surely, this is not a watch for everyone. It is a unique timepiece that was created for those who appreciate uniqueness more than technology. With an arty approach and a weakness for natural beauty, the Ori Takemura Kei Kei fascinates with the sophisticated way it mixes the traditional function of watches with the innovations of smart devices.

Best Watches Baselworld 2016

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Baselworld marks the best time of the year for any watch enthusiast, and 2016 watch show was as good as ever. Featuring all of the top luxury watch brands from throughout the world, thousands of timepieces were showcased throughout the event, which has helped to give us a preview of some of the must-have watches of the year.

The show features the usual flair and extravagance you would expect from an event showcasing the world’s finest watches, with all the top manufacturers displaying some truly wonderful creations that feature phenomenal engineering and plenty of gorgeous designs.

Yet there was also a reserved attitude from many brands, as evidenced by many reduced rates for several high-quality models. This cautious approach is certainly warranted given the current stance of the world economy, but that’s not to say there weren’t some truly spectacular pieces on show – it is Baselworld after all!

Here are some of the best watches from Baselworld 2016:

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang White Unico Sapphire

Sapphire watchmaking is nothing new, but Hublot provided an exquisite example of how an all-sapphire crystal watch should be done – not to mention a price that offers incredible value for money when compared to similar models, costing $57,000.

The Big Bang Unico Sapphire features an all-sapphire crystal case composed of three parts that is fitted to a transparent silicone strap. Even the dials and hands are transparent, helping to give the Big Bang Unico its unique style. In fact the only components of this watch not made from sapphire are the crowns and pushers, which are a blend of titanium and sapphire, along with the titanium screws.

Measuring at 45mm, Big Bang features the in-house Unico flyback movement which is on full display thanks to the sapphire casing, allowing you to revel in all of its glorious craftsmanship. It is also waterproof to an incredible 100 meters and has a power reserve of up 72 hours.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer 39.5mm Sedna Gold

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer 39.5mm Sedna Gold

The newest iteration of the Seamaster, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer measures 39.5mm and has rightfully earned its official nickname of ‘chocolate’. This can be credited to the Sedna Gold, a gorgeous alloy that blends gold, palladium and copper to create that rich chocolate-like colour of the rose gold case.

The face is composed of black enamel with a Ceragold bezel, beautifully complimenting the colour of the case and the brown leather strap, creating a truly elegant watch. The applied and polished markers of the dial are filled with a generous amount of high-quality luminant.

But this watch from Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean series certainly isn’t style over substance, as evidenced by its water resistance which can reach up to 600m – you would expect nothing less from the Seamaster range!

It features the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8801/8800, a new range composed of 35 jewels with a power reserve of 55 hours, and the movement operates at 25,200 vph.

Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon

Perhaps one of the most grandiose pieces on display at this year’s Baselword, the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon is a marvel to look at, which is what most of us will have to settle for as their will only be eighteen produced, each costing a cool $280,000.

The nautical inspired timepiece has a 44mm case made from 18k white gold, the same gold used for the buckles on the strap.

The face of the Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon is where you really see how sailboats have served to inspire the design. It features a minute hand that is styled as the boom of a ship and has wooden backdrop for the dial.

The boom is controlled through intricate nanowires that pull the handle across the minute counter, which is made of a translucent blue material and presents the minutes in an unconventional arc, with the boom touching the corresponding minutes as it moves across. The boom then swings back to zero after reaching the 60 minute mark.

As for the hour counter, this is displayed through a double-disc jumping hour display, which sits nicely at the centre of the dial.

This is meant to mimic similar movement that would be seen on a sailing boat when using the turning manoeuvre. You will also notice the nanowires, which are a miniscule 0.0357mm in thickness, are controlled using pulleys that closely resemble those found on a sailing boat.

It contains the Ulysse Nardin calibre UN-630 movement which is composed of 469 parts, with the in-house calibre having a 48 hour power reserve and operating at 3Hz. The sapphire case at the back of the movement provides a clear view of the inner workings, which features a unique design of tow barrels – one for the time regulation and the other for the various complications.

A truly wonderful timepiece!

Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G World Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe Ref. 5930G World Time Chronograph

Patek revealed their first ever watch that features not just a world-time indicator, but a chronograph too. There are 23 world time zone in total and a 30 minute chronograph, combining two excellent and very popular complications.

This was created using an entirely new in-house calibre – the CH 28-520 HU. Measuring in at only 39.5mm with a thickness just under13mm, this is the world’s smallest and thinnest watch of its kind. Speaking of the case, it is composed of white gold and features a sapphire-crystal casing at the back of the watch.

The blue opaline dial is certainly busy thanks to it being composed of three tiers, but the blend of sliver together with the blue really helps to make the dial appear elegant despite all of its features, which includes the chronograph and world time zones . A navy-blue alligator strap matches the colour scheme of the dial and is hand-stitched with a fold over clasp.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie is without a doubt one of the most complex watches that has ever been crafted, being composed of more than 1472 parts and featuring 27 complications in total.

The Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie mechanism has been crafted using sheer mastery, as evidenced by the holy-grail feature of any type of sonnerie – it produces the Westminster Chimes, the longest melody ever on a watch with a striking-mechanism.

 Should that function not strike you as appealing, it can also be set to silent mode, although it would seem like a terrible waste of the exquisite craftsmanship required for such a function.

This is can be credited to the truly outstanding Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 182. A hand wound movement, it reaches a diameter of 37mm and thickness of 10.4mm and has dual wing concept that uses one gear train as the timing device and a second for the striking mechanism. The compact size of the watch is impressive given the fact there are more than 1300 parts!

The case is made from 18k white gold and is water resistant to 5 bars (50m). There is a 50 hour power reserve which is reduced to 12 hours when the watch is in Grande sonnerie mode. Of the 27 complications, there as some notable features, including:

  • Westminster Carillon
  • 4 crystal-gongs
  • Grande sonnerie
  • Petite sonnerie
  • Silence
  • Minute repeater
  • Flying tourbillon
  • Perpetual and instant calendar
  • Days & Retrograde days
  • Months & Retrograde months
  • Date & Retrograde date
  • Jumping hour and minutes

Nooka Zex Watch

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Nooka is a very modern and interesting New York based fashion design company that for the last couple of years has revolutionized the face of modern timepieces. Its futuristic models are eye-catching, sophisticated and different than anything else we have ever seen. The Nooka Zex Watch is one of its most notable creations, an innovative watch that gets your attention right from the first moment.




The company has been founded by the artist/designer Matthew Waldman, a man with a passion for artfully constructed timepieces with a technological appeal. Nooka is the number one choice for those who adore state of the art watches that are enhanced by a techno-progressive design and maximum functionality.

The Nooka Zex watch was created in the company’s lab, a place where numerous very talented and young minds get together to create some of the most interesting designs with surprising features. Zex is a watch that stands out from the rest, a fashion statement that is incredibly appealing even for those who don’t yet have a passion for timepieces. It is the model that captures your attention with a large metallic case, an unusual dial and a completely different time-telling system.

The Zex name is actually a reminiscence of its hexagonal dial. Even though the 53 mm stainless steel case is round shaped, the actual dial has a hexagonal shape that intrigues the sight. The face is covered by a mineral crystal with a dark metallic gloss that emphasizes masculinity. Nooka is highly popular for its analogue dotted dials also known as the Zirc. The Zex is no exception. In the left side of the face there is a dotted circle which has exactly 12 dots. Each one indicates a particular hour when it lights up. On the lower part of the dial there is a graduated line with indexes from 0 to 60 which indicates the minutes. On the right side of the screen there are also indicators for PM, AM and for the alarm clock function.

The Nooka Zex watch with its oversized case is different than most timepieces created by the brand. The stunning detail about this model is that it is available in three modern color versions: IP gold, IP silver and IP black. The watch is complemented by a black Italian leather band.

Everyone knows that Nooka likes to do things a little bit differently and its Zex model with the square dial encapsulated by a round metallic case is one of its most interesting and best –selling designs. This cool looking watch has the unique advantage of mixing a masculine oversized case with an innovative face while preserving the traditional appeal of the round case and leather strap. It is the preferred timepiece of the contemporary watches enthusiast.

Panerai P.3001

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The P.3001 is a hand-wound caliber designed and produced in-house by Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Fully developed and manufactured in-house, the caliber is not only very durable, but also extremely accurate. Actually, these Swiss movements are some of the most accurate and best performing on the time pieces market, representing a clear indicator of the quality craftsmanship that is a trademark of the manufacturing company Panerai.

Taking after a previous caliber movement – the Angelus – the P.3001 has a size of 16 1/2 lignes, and suited in a large case. The size of the movement is not without a reason: it helps with technical features that are highly appreciated by users such as accuracy and durability. A bolder size also means better visibility. The P. 3001 presents several features that are similar to the Angelus caliber 240. One of them refers to the going train placed beneath a single bridge, while the mainspring and winding mechanism are covered by a second bridge. There are, however, some differences, too. For instance, the P.3001 replaces the balance cock with a sturdy balance bridge, and features a power reserve indication that can be located on the barrel bridge.

officine panerai 3001 caliber

The two main watch models to have featured the P.3001 movement until present day is the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Acciaio (PAM00422) and the Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00421).

A throwback to some of the iconic pieces created by Panerai, the P.3001 features the hallmarks of a classic Panerai watch with all the appealing characteristics of a modern piece, being robust and achieving the highest time measuring precision.

Being hand-wound and rather large in size, the P.3001 truly feels like a vintage pocket watch, and epitomizes the class and sophistication such a device can offer. It has only two hands – one for hours and for minutes, along with a smaller hand for seconds. There is no date aperture feature, providing a simple yet sophisticated watch movement when used with a PAM422.

Using the P.3001 with the PAM421 results in the watch having additional features, most notable a date function and GMT functioning as well. A power reserve indicator can be found at the back case of the movement. When the caliber P.3001 is used for the PAM421, a date and GMT function will also be present.

The second hand can also be automatically reset back to zero, which is an appealing functionality for all those who enjoy perfect synchronization of the time. Combined with the ability to move the hour hand entirely separately from the minute hand, the P.3001 provides complete control of time setting, which is useful for those who travel throughout different time zones.

Think of this caliber as the perfect everyday piece. It is highly durable and very reliable thanks to its impressive shock absorbers, showcasing its ability to withstand the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Be it commuting to work or going for a casual stroll, the P.3001 is designed to handle anything you might throw at it. No need to remember to take your watch off when going to the gym or undergoing various harsh circumstances that might damage a valuable time piece.

The movement measures in at 16 ½ and is 6.3mm thick, another example of the larger size of this piece which highlights the aesthetic appeal of its vintage design. It contains 21 jewels, with two spring barrels that are connect in series. It is made up of a total of 207 components, and features a Glucydur balance and Incablock anti-shock device. The 21,600 alterations per hour equate to roughly 3 Hz.