Dubbed “Watchmaking’s Future in the Physical Form” by the folks over at Hodinkee, the Cartier ID Two concept watch is nothing short of magnificent. It’s even more impressive than the Cartier ID One which was unveiled in 2009. In fact, it’s more impressive than any watch we’ve seen in our times from a technological and innovation front. It’s made from a single block of ceramic called Ceramyst that is completely transparent and features a 32-day power reserve. The caseback is held on via a vacuum seal, meaning zero screws. Talk about efficiency, efficiency we haven’t seen in the watch industry ever. The Cartier ID Two produces 30% more power and consumes only half as much as a traditional watch, providing for a 32 day power reserve in just a 42mm case. Check out the video from Hodinkee video below for a more detailed look.
From British designer Gary Fidele comes Clomm, a boutique watch brand specializing in creating minimalist, distinctive and timeless designs. Clomm products are made from materials of premium quality and embody both style and function. Each piece is designed and engineered to stand the test of time. Gary’s first design, the Terra Firma, is now available in a few different finishes. The Rose Gold and matte black PVD shell really stood out to us as it works really well with the rich brown leather strap. Clomm recently launched their online store which allows users to navigate through the brand’s entire collection, make a purchase, and keep up with news via their blog.
Well, if blessing New York with an amazing pop-up of vintage watches a few months back wasn’t enough, our friends at HODINKEE have setup a similar offering for folks in the Bay area for this weekend. Mission-based retailer Taylor Stitch is playing host to the first ever West Coast HODINKEE pop-up store and we’ve got a preview of what to expect before making your way over to Valencia Street. Beyond all the timepieces, HODINKEE is bringing along some of the goods from their online shop which offers up Italian-made watch straps and pouches for your most valuable possessions.
The offerings will range from classics to cult watches like a vintage IWC Ingenieur and Omega Bullhead chrono, to a veritable British Military issued mono-pusher chrono from Lemania. We have really special collector’s pieces like an early Heuer Carrera Dato from 1967 with a black dial (try to find another one for sale right now), to one of the rarest vintage Rollies around – the Ref 1530 (an automatic watch in the case usually used for quartz – aka Rolex’s answer to the Royal Oak and their first watch with a sapphire crystal).
The show starts today and runs until Sunday evening, with daily hours being from 11am to 7pm. Taylor Stitch is located at 383 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. Scroll down to catch a glimpse of what to expect.
Our good friends at Hodinkee give us a first look at Autodromo’s latest creation — the Vallelunga Chronograph watch. The label’s driving watches got introduced just this fall and they’ve already been a tremendous success story for the fairly new brand. They feature an exceptional design as expected and are offered at a sub-grand price point that’s sure to entice a lot of folks, including us. Some key things to note include the Vallelunga’s Swiss made movement, stopwatch, 30 minute counter, and the big date calendar window.
The Autodromo Vallelunga Chronograph is available now in two colorways through the brand’s online store for an impulse-friendly price of $550.
IWC Schaffhausen has opened their first US and New York City boutique, a 3,000-plus-square-foot, bi-level space which carries on the company’s special tradition with IWC’s classic collection of fine timepieces, as well as an assortment of limited-edition models. Beyond all the horology goodness the boutique houses, it’s also much of a modern marvel as it features some really amazing design cues throughout while the decor lets you know it was by artisans. There’s really something special about it as the flagship boutique’s unique atmosphere invites customers to an inspirational voyage into the fascinating stories attached to the brand and each of its product families.
The IWC Boutique is open now and is located at 535 Madison Avenue.
Now through Saturday, Audemars Piguet will be running an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of their historic Royal Oak. The Park Avenue armory houses 100 timepieces, many of which have never been unveiled to the public. Expert some amazing modern art to be showcased at the exhibit as well. Dan Holdsworth’s photopraphy of the Vallée de Joux, where Audemars Piguet is based will be on display, alongside artist Davide Quayola’s installations experimenting with photography, geometry, sculpture and audiovisuals; and Sebastian Leon Agneessens’s multi-channel sound installation. Hodinkee shot a pretty solid video of the exhibition pre-launch so there’s a lot to check out in terms of how the space transformed into what you will see if you get a chance to stop in.
IWC has made a one-of-one timepiece to honor Muhammad Ali at this month’s annual Celebrity Fight Night event. The event was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker as a means to raise money for local Arizone charities. This magnificent watch comes is white gold and features a black face with red Super-LumiNova, and a black alligator leather strap in red that’s meant to represent the hue of traditional boxing gloves. There’s a special inscription that reads “Edition Muhammad Ali, ONE OUT OF ONE.” on the case back alongside Ali’s signature. The ‘Muhammad Ali’ Big Pilot’s Watch will be auctioned off at the event on March 24th with all proceeds going to charity.
HODINKEE is currently taking over Basel World and they’ve just dropped first live shots of the Rolex Sky-Dweller. From a distance, the Sky-Dweller looks likea Day-date but get a bit closer and you’ll see a second timezone via an inner rotating disc as well as an annual calendar. The annual calendar display the month with an inconspicuous aperture above the associated hour, while the date is displayed as you’d expect under the trademark Rolex cyclops window. Keep an eye on HODINKEE as they’re sure to deliver some more news on the Sky-Dweller soon.
The folks over at HODINKEE have a first look at Ikepod’s recent collaboration with graffiti artist turned designer KAWS, the result of which is this special Ikepod Horizon. KAWS personally designed the dial and delivers to us this 44mm beauty that’s powered by an ETA 2892 and is made of solid titanium. “What is so intresting about these watches is the seemless integration of the bezel, which you can hardly tell exists separate from the case – just a beautiful integration of form and function, and with KAWS leading the way, you can be sure these are going to go quick.”
Pricing of the Ikepod Horizon by KAWS is set at $14,000 with availability coming through LA-based Westime.
Ralph Lauren releases their Safari RL 67 Sporting Chronograph just in time for SIHH. It features a durable canvas wristband in olive green and combines it with a matte grey bezel. The analog watch face shows roman numerals layered a tinted sapphire crystal case. 39mm and 49mm editions are available starting at $9,800 USD.