Longines 2009 Les Elégantes

This year, Longines releases its Les Elégantes collection in oval, rectangular and almond-shaped, stylised silhouettes of the Three Graces. The 18 carat white gold cases whose entire sides have been hand-decorated with Art Deco motifs, are set with between 42 and 72 Top Wesselton WS diamonds. Delicate Roman numerals grace the silvered dial with blued hands and a railway-track minute ring completes the elegant aesthetic.

Longines has equipped this precious collection with an authentic hand-made and hand-wound movement dating from the 1970s. The Longines L805 calibre has 17 jewels and beats at 21,600 vibrations per minute. As is customary, production has been limited to only 20 examples of each of these three exquisite models.

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Piaget has found its paradise. “Limelight Paradise”, the new Piaget collection, leads us into a luxurious, crystal-clear, fragrant, colourful and festive universe. Watches and jewellery express the beauty of this magical world.

Piaget has created one of the most fascinating collections ever on universally appealing themes evoking the world of sailing, warm seas and tropical flowers.


Piaget Tropical Seas Limelight

Tropical Seas Limelight
18-carat white gold case set with 98 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.1 cts),
18-carat white gold dial set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.6 ct)
Piaget 56P quartz movement
18-carat white gold bracelet set with 124 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 37.5 cts), an emerald-cut green beryl (approx. 10.8 cts) and an oval-cut aquamarine (approx. 5.4 cts)
The third row of the bracelet can be removed and worn separately as a diamond bracelet

The dial of the timepieces is enlivened by the shimmering reflections of white mother-of-pearl following the rhythm of days and nights and graced with luminescent branches. This microscopic and mysterious life literally seems to inhabit each creation.

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independent watchmaker Stefan Kudoke

The young and independent watchmaker Stefan Kudoke uses his passion for watchmaking and the power of imagination to create exceptional watches. His specialty is the refinement of mechanical movements by hand skeletonizing. The huge amount of handcraft involved in consideration of individual customer preferences make each Kudoke an unique piece.

From March 26 to April 2, 2009 Kudoke will take part as an exhibitor in the world watch and jewellery show in Basel for the first time.

Clerc Odyssey

Clerc’s Odyssey is inspired by space research and exploration. Fashioned in high-tech materials, its case features a patented device for protecting the crown, pushpieces and interior rotating bezel system.

The case, in 18kt rose gold and black titanium, measures 44mm. It has double sapphire crystals and is water resistant to 100 meters.

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Collection
The Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The exterior of this timepiece is as exceptional as the movement it houses. In keeping with the Patrimony Traditionnelle line, the 18K pink gold case is elegant, simple and classic. The generously-sized 43 mm case guarantees excellent legibility of all the indications on the dial.

As well as snailed counters and a painted black minute-track, the silvered opaline dial presents a multi-toned finish in the spirit of Vacheron Constantin’s historic chronographs. The watch enthusiast will immediately pick out affiliations with the chronographs of the 1940’s.

The mechanical manual-winding 1141 QP movement makes 18,000 vibrations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve. Besides the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, it features chronograph functions with a centre direct-drive seconds hand and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The perpetual calendar indicates the days of the week, months and leap years in windows, as well as the astronomical phases of the moon and a date hand at 6 o’clock.

The moon, sometimes happy, sometimes melancholy, is hand-engraved from a gold plate. Like all Vacheron Constantin movements, the 1141 QP calibre is distinguished by the meticulous chamfering work of the Côtes de Genève bridges and the circular-graining of the plate, both done by hand.

Water-resistant to a pressure of 3 Bar, the equivalent of 30 metres, the 18K pink gold case features a sapphire crystal back through which one can admire the remarkable complexity and exceptional architecture of the 1141 QP movement.



Skeleton Patrimony Traditionnelle<br />- Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Collection


Skeleton Patrimony Traditionnelle

Only the combination of several traditional Haute Horlogerie crafts could give life to such works of art. Using transparency and light to transform a watch movement into an aerial ballet of pierced bridges and gear-trains is an art that Vacheron Constantin mastered long ago, an art requiring complementary skills: that of the master watchmaker to master the mechanical demands, and that of the master engraver to reveal the quintessence of the movement.


The aesthetic features of the Patrimony Traditionnelle line are safeguarded thanks to the engraver’s meticulous piercing and decorating work on the precious extra-flat mechanical movement. Adding light to transparency, the sapphire dial – with painted minute-track and 18K white gold hourmarkers and dauphine hands – reveals the fascinating mechanical motion of the movement and its imperturbable heartbeat.

The 38-mm 18K white gold cases house the automatic 1120 SQ calibre, which is stamped with the highly esteemed Hallmark of Geneva.

This remarkable calibre was made in 1967 and is only 2.45 mm thick, an exceptional feat for an automatic movement. The jewellery version scintillates with 82 round diamonds on its bezel.

The 30-mm versions, on the other hand, house the manual-winding 1003 SQ calibre, which is also stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. Only 1.64 mm thick, it was introduced in 1955. The jewellery version features 64 round diamonds on its bezel.

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