Richard Mille Rafael Nadal RM 035 Watch

On April 15, 2011, in DWU, FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: Luxist
Richard Mille Rafael Nadal RM 035 Watch
Chronofiable isn't a term I am familiar with, but allow me to thank Richard Mille for opening up the vault of obscurity once again and educating me. Apparently, when something is Chronofiable certified, is has gone through (and presumably survived) a battery of artificial aging tests - and that is exactly what the new Richard Mille RM 035 seems to have endured. Following up on the highly popular RM 027 Rafael Nadal watch is this RM 035 Rafael Nadal timepiece. The RM 035 follows suit with its much more costly cousin by having a black case that is made out of an exotic material. This time it is magnesium-aluminum for the 40mm wide by 48mm tall case. Inside is a relatively simple manually wound movement with a lovely skeletonized design. It is also extremely light at just 4.3 grams. According to Richard Mille, it has a new type of free-sprung balance wheel with variable inertial that offers improved movement rate results and durability. The attractive design is made to be light but less expensive than the $525,000 RM 027. Available soon the RM 035 will retail for $85,000. Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.
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Having worked together in the past, famous basketball player LeBron James and high-end Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet have taken their relationship to the next step. LeBron James was just announced to be Audemars Piguet's newest international brand ambassador. In addition to wearing Audemars Piguet timepieces (he prefers the Royal Oak Offshore collection), James will be featured in a range of advertising and marketing campaigns. These will also involve James' charitable foundation called The LeBron James Family Foundation, and other various special events.

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Now that Hublot has the internal ability to make carbon fiber you are going to start seeing more and more impressive pieces like this. The Big Bang All Black Carbon Fiber watch doesn't just have carbon fiber inserts, but a case that is entirely make out of carbon fiber. The 44.5mm wide Big Bang case looks adept in Carbon fiber in the "All Black" guise - especially as the dial is also in carbon fiber.

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Graff ScubaGraff Diver’s Watch

On April 6, 2011, in FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: Luxist
Since when is it OK for a super high-end diamond seller and jewelry maker to make diving watches? Never, but Graff did it anyway. Not just that, but their audacity paid off because the ScubaGraff watch is a real horological winner. I love this thing. You can't tell on the dial, but the caseback has some Octopus tentacle images, while more are engraved in the metal work of the DLC black coated deployment strap (with a nifty micro-adjust feature). Graff is being skimpy with details so I don't know pricing or the case size. The watch will be available in steel and gold, with a DLC black rotating diver's bezel. The case will be water resistant to 300 meters and have a helium release valve. I love the liquid blue dial and large easy to see hands. It wouldn't be a Graff without diamonds. Note the trapeze cut diamond as the 12 o'clock hour indicator. I believe it will be an emerald on the gold cased version. There is another precious stone in the crown. Inside the watch is an automatic movement with 50 hours of power reserve. There is also a unique 30 minute count-down timer on the dial, not sure how that is activated though. Really a cool diving watch from Graff - even if it is destined to be incredibly excessive. Ariel Adams publishes the wrist watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com. Filed under:

Graff ScubaGraff Diver's Watch originally appeared on Luxist on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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One of Ulysse Nardin's new Maxi Marine Diver watches for 2011 is the Black Sea. It isn't wildly different from anything we've seen before, but furthers the brand's exploration of dark watches and vulcanized rubber. The case is in steel that is coated with vulcanized rubber. The matte tone has a smooth texture and offers a unique look - plus it won't scratch things that rub up against it. The entire watch is done in black tones save for the bold red accents on the dial. The hands and hour markers make a hip statement against the black background. I wonder if Ulysse Nardin was debating between "Black Sea" and "Red Sea" for the name. Otherwise this is another Maxi Marine watch with a (I believe) 43mm wide case and rubber strap (with black metal segment). Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement, that has the time, subsidiary seconds dial, date, and power reserve indicator on the dial. Really a handsome and cool looking diver watch. The Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Black Sea watch will retain for $12,900. Ariel Adams publishes the wrist watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com. Filed under:

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Black Sea Watch originally appeared on Luxist on Sat, 02 Apr 2011 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hublot $3 Million Big Bang Watch

On March 26, 2011, in DWU, FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Luxist
It actually costs only 2 million euros - but that is close enough to 3 Million dollars to call it that right? This year Hublot makes another big bang with this baguette diamond covered 18k white gold Big Bang tourbillon watch.

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Vergo Avius Leonardo Watch

On March 17, 2011, in FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Luxist
Vergo Avius Leonardo Watch
Vergo Avius is a new watch brand - and it is super Italian. While they have Swiss movements the concept and design is all Italian. The tonneau style case is made of aluminum and titanium, with a design that looks like Richard Mille and Hublot got blended together. Not sure of the size of the case, but look at it from angles you can see lots of neat details (especially in the crown). The dial has all sorts of things going on from a design perspective. Vergo Avius wanted to give the Leonardo collection a complex look so there is honeycomb texturing on the dial as well as a number of small finely cut metal pieces (such as the hands). Inside the watch is a Swiss Soprod automatic movement with a custom automatic rotor. The movement has the time, a power reserve indicator, retrograde date, and a day of the week indicator. The Leonardo will come in two limited edition versions initially - with one being in PVD black. Each model is limited to 99 pieces with a price of about 6,000 euros. The price is steep for a new brand (according to them there is a lot of complex work in the construction), and success will all depend on the quality of the execution and their ability to faithfully market their core ideals. Ariel Adams publishes the wrist watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.

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Ebel Classic Sport Chrono Khaki Green Watch
Movado-Group-owned Ebel will release this pretty nice looking Classic Sport Chrono watch soon.

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Dwyane Wade New Hublot Watches Brand Ambassador
Star NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) was recently announced to have signed on with Swiss watch maker Hublot as a brand ambassador.

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Gucci i-Gucci Grammy Awards Special Edition Watch
The probably over-priced i-Gucci "cool" digital watch from Gucci gets a special edition model for the Grammy music awards.

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