In 1875, two watchmakers, Jules Louis Audemars, aged 22, and Edward Auguste Piguet, aged 24, founded Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, a small village in the Swiss Jura. More than a Century later, the Manufacture Audemars Piguet now employs almost 1,000 people in Switzerland and around the world. The company conveys a unique culture nurtured by tradition, audacity and excellence. It also stems from an original alchemist’s blend passed on through the generations and combining respect for nature with know-how and a taste for perfection.
Timex has released the Weekender Collection, a capsule collection features a stainless steel case with a black or anthracite face and is available with a nylon strap or stainless bracelet, whichever you choose. The watches are simple, wearable and extremely affordable, making them a great entry-point piece.
Watchmaker Georg Jensen is known for his simplistic yet well-detailed designs, two of the designer’s finest examples being the Koppel 317 and 318. They’re modern and perfect for just about any occasion, but if you’re looking for the timeless face with a more standout strap, this is perfect. Georg Jensen’s dropped the 317 and 318 with NATO straps to really switch things up. The prices are welcoming and the designs work well with the colorful straps. Really well actually. (via GQ)
At Noon EST today, GiltMAN will be launching another watch sale curated by Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee. Apparently, vintage Rolexes are what the people want so who is Ben to deny the people? This sale’s got 70 vintage Rolex watches on colorful NATO and canvas straps instead of the conventional steel Oyster bracelets or leather ensembles. All watches are priced under $4,000, making this sale even more enticing.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Original watch is really a great looking timepiece at an affordable price point. The details are immense and the design’s really well thought out. The 40 mm case is made from nylon fiber while the bezel is aluminum. The movement’s Swiss quartz and is held in place with the screw-in case back. The stencil-cut dial looks great and also shows the date. It’s water-resistance to 100 meters and comes with a matching NATO strap available in navy grey, commando black, desert beige or khaki green.
Tourneau, the World’s largest watch store, has unveiled its latest timepiece for its own brand. They’ve been crafting pieces under the Tourneau name since the early 1900s and this one shows the brand’s ability to consistently drop phenomenal designs. This one’s sleek and really understated, and probably one of the brand’s finest Swiss-made pieces to date. It’s available now for $2,950 at Tourneau.
Hodinkee tells us IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up international online menswear retailer Mr. Porter with the introduction of the retail site’s “Portofino Watch Lover’s Look” segment. With designers including Dunhill, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo and others, Mr. Porter will offer up curated collections and accompanying editorials. IWC & Mr. Porter align in many ways and this collaboration will surely add some value to IWC owners and Mr. Porter shoppers alike.
The folks at Vane have had an ongoing partnership with Sebago for quite sometime now. They’ve collaborated primarily on footwear but the duo have been known to go well beyond that as well. They recently opened the doors to the latest installation of their concept store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Celebrating a successful four year collaborative relationship, the Store will feature the limited-edition Vane for Sebago footwear collections as well as a assortment of inline Sebago styles curated by Vane. The shop will also continually release exclusive store-only styles designed by Vane, and will also stock exclusive Vane apparel and jewelry. The shop will house more than just Vane and Sebago merchandise as we scoped some rare finds in the form of vintage Rolex watches and vintage designer frames from Carrera, Cazal, Christian Dior, Ultra and more.
On September 22, 2011 in Monaco, Harry Winston will be offering up this one-off Midnight GMT Tourbillon as part of this year’s Only Watch charity auction. The bezel discreetly bears three distinctive arches of the Harry Winston’s New York Salon atop a platinum case crafted exclusively for Only Watch. The detailing and features are immense as this 45mm beauty features a mechanical bidirectional automatic movement with a 110-hour power reserve. The tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock carries the small seconds display, while the GMT display at 9 o’clock is enriched with a day/night indication. The 11 o’clock aperture indicates the cities representing the timezone, with Monaco being included in the mix in tribute to the Only Watch event.
The folks over at Hodinkee give us a detailed look at a collaboration for the ages. Legendary sport bike manufacturer Ducati announced their first ever partnership with a Swiss watch company. Tudor, the brand behind the Heritage Chronograph from last year’s Basel, is now the “official timing partner” of Ducati.
To celebrate this partnership, the CEO’s of both companies presented a special edition Tudor Fastrider chronograph you see above, complete with Ducati’s trademark black and red colors. The watch is 42mm in diameter, features an automatic chronograph with 46 hour power reserve, and has a cool quick-set date button at 9 o’clock coated in PVD.
Though this Ducati-themed Fastrider will not be a limited edition, it will be made in lower numbers than the standard production Fastrider. The price for the Fastrider will range from 3300CHF to 3500CHF depending on which bracelet option you choose — nylon strap, leather strap or steel bracelet.