Coach debuts new Apple watch straps

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Coach first impressed us with last year’s Apple watch strap collection and their latest additions to the range do not disappoint. Fans of the collection will spot new colors and designs as well as old designs in new shades.

Choose from the Leather Strap with Tea Rose Appliqué in Black Multi; and a Printed Leather Strap in Chalk Multi, Melon Multi and Black Multi as well as new color options like Rexy Leather Strap in Goldenrod yellow and a new Snake Strap in Bordeaux red. The enticing prints include florals, racecars, snakeskin, and even dinosaurs.

The floral Tea Rose strap is the most expensive at $195 while the Rexy Leather Strap and the Printed Leather Straps are all priced at $150. The straps will be available in limited stocks of around 200 each and can be purchased via Coach’s e-store.

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Pretty in a square – Hermès introduces new Cape Cod designs for men

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Hermès’ Cape Cod watch is a classic, but even classics need an upgrade every now and then! The maison is giving their beloved square dial watch a makeover with four new styles: Manufacture, Bicolore, Cadran laque and Bracelet de force all created especially for men. The watches come in new colors but they still feature your favorite details including saddle stiching. Check out the new styles below:


TGM Manufacture:
Available in a number of colors with alligator, or calf leather strap option, this watch features the in-house Manufacture H1912 movement. It has a power reserve of 50 hours and provides the hours, minutes and seconds functions with the date at 6 o’clock. The silvered dials match the straps in colors like Blue, Anthracite and Black or Opaline for the tan strap.


TGM Bicolore:
This watch has a Quartz movement and plain white dial, but the decorative element is the two-color smooth calfskin strap. Choose from two colorways Etoupe/Malta blue or Malta blue/Hermès red.


TGM Cadran Laque
Featuring a lacquered dial, raised rhodium-plated Arabic numerals, silvered transferred square minute track, and rhodium-plated hands the Cadran Laque is low-key without being invisible. It comes with a 17mm Barenia calfskin leather strap and is available in Hermès red or ebony.


TGM Bracelet de Force
Choose from impressive cuff-style straps in Veronese green alligator, Black alligator, Natural Barenia calfskin or Black Barenia calfskin. Like the Bicolore and features the opaline silvered dial seen also on the Bicolore.

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9 of the Best Smartwatches You'll Actually Want to Wear

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These timekeepers look traditional, but they're packed with an array of smart features and advanced technology. 

Breitling

Pilots and world travelers have always loved Breitling, and their latest Exospace B55 links to your phone to make multiple time zones, chronograph timing functions, and even messaging a breeze.

Exospace B55 ($7,170), breitling.com

Michael Kors

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An oversized gold watch has become a trademark of Michael Kors; the latest rendition syncs with your mobile phone to provide an activity tracker, messaging, and music controls. It can even snap a selfie!

Access Slim Runway Gold-Tone Hybrid Smartwatch ($250), michaelkors.com 

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One of the first analog hybrid smartwatches, the Helvetica is as easy-to-use and legible as the font for which it's named. The smartwatch features an activity tracker and boasts two years of battery life and water resistance to 3 ATM (about 96 feet).Helvetica 1 Smart

Fossil

Some watches on this page (like the ones from Michael Kors and Misfit) are part of the Fossil Group, a leader in the fashionable hybrid analog smartwatch category. Fossil's namesake brand continues to push boundaries; their new Accomplice is a slimmer, and very appealing, wearable whose most attractive feature might be the fact it doesn't look like a smartwatch at all.

Q Accomplice Hybrid ($175-$215), fossil.com

Misfit

You'd never guess from the minimalist exterior exactly how much the Phase Silver can do. From fitness tracking and alerts to an array of customizable notifications, the undercover smartwatch also comes with tons of optional straps perfect for multiple looks—or disguises. 

Misfit Phase Silver ($195) and Misfit Phase Assorted Straps 3-Pack in Seaside ($60), misfit.com

Frederique Constant

Frederique Constant was one of the first Swiss watchmaking brands to court and introduce new technology into watches made with traditional watchmaking techniques. Here, activity and sleep tracking, messaging, and a world timer all come in an attractive steel case with a mother-of-pearl dial set with eight diamonds. 

Horological Smartwatch ($950), us-smartwatch.frederiqueconstant.com

Tag Heuer

The TAG Connected might be fully digital, but it was one of the first smartwatches to base its looks entirely on the traditional analog wristwatch. It comes in luxurious rose gold, but the owner of the watch has the option to exchange it for a Carrera Calibre 5 mechanical watch once the two-year warranty expires.

TAG Heuer Connected Rose Gold ($9,900), tagheuer.com

Withings

Part of the Nokia group, Withings makes this Steel HR, which combines the classic analog watch with a fully-featured connected activity tracker. A 25-day battery life eliminates the constant charging, and advanced heart-rate monitoring keeps track of all relevant health data. 

Withings Steel HR (36 mm, $180; 40 mm, $200), withings.com 

Skagen

Austere Scandinavian design informs this hybrid watch from Skagen (part of Fossil) with features like text and e-mail notification, music selection, date and time adjustment, and activity and sleep tracking. No endless charging here—the watch's battery will last four to six months. 

Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch ($225 and available 1/25), skagen.com

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Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

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Back at Baselworld in March, Chanel created a stir by launching its Monsieur de Chanel timepiece – a sophisticated watch that targeted a male consumer. With a wealth of experience in women’s watches, it was an unusual step but six months on, Hodinkee has put the Monsieur through its paces and found its appeal to be lasting.

In a detailed analysis, Hodinkee praises its sleek 40mm x 10mm dimensions and an aesthetic that features what it describes as “a compelling balance and sense of geometric rigor that’s classical and contemporary.” Featuring a jumping hour display and a three-day power reserve, the Monsieur’s Caliber 1 movement – constructed in house – is also worth shouting about. The article then makes the point that gender means little when it comes to watchmaking – quality is far more important.

Monsieur de Chanel is a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. More information can be found at Chanel.com.


This is an unexpected but very impressive announcement from a truly iconic brand in the fashion world – Chanel – and they unveiled a brand new, men's dedicated wristwatch called the Monsieur. Oh, and it's damn impressive. It's a jumping hour, retrograde with three-day power reserve, a great profile and stunning view from the back. Let's get into the Monsieur de Chanel now.

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The Monsieur de Chanel is Chanel's first dedicated men's watch and certainly first with complication, and what makes that even more important is that it was designed and built completely in-house. And what makes that even more special is that the watch looks fantastic on both the front and the back, and wears like a dream. So what is it? Obviously this is a jumping hour watch, with a pronounced hour display at 6 o'clock. The font used here was indeed designed for this watch – just as the font seen on the Slim d'Hermes was designed for that watch (sidebar: is designing a new font for every new watch now a thing? bc if so, things just got intense).

Directly above the hour at 6 o'clock, you have a lovely running seconds, and above that, you have a retrograde minute display. What is interesting about this retrograde compared to almost all others is that it A) jumps more than 180°, and B) can actually be set going backwards. Both of these are small things, but still show the technical approach that was taken to this watch. Now about that – the Monsieur de Chanel was designed and manufactured completely in-house. Think about that. This jumping hour was made by your wife/girlfriend/sister/SO's favorite, favorite fashion house. It took them five years, and they've gone ahead and brought in some of the best and brightest to make this happen, but it shows how committed they are to fine watchmaking. Oh, and when you turn it over? This.

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Look at that thing. And lest we forget, this bad boy says "Chanel" on the other side. The entirity of Caliber 1, as it's being called, is black anthracite, and the look is downright mean. We have a beautiful central, circular bridge and star-shaped balance wheel. What is interesting to note, and something I had never heard until today, is that Chanel became an investor in high-end independent watchmaker and protegé of no one short of Philippe Dufour, Mr. Romain Gauthier in 2011, and some of the wheels you see here were in fact produced by him, though to Chanel's specifications. The rear of this watch is simply stunning, and frankly looks and feels well above its weight class. Here is the official pic:


What else do you need to know about the Monsieur de Chanel? It has a three-day power reserve from one barrel. It wears wonderfully at 40 mm wide by 10 mm thick, and it will be a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. The watch should be available as of this June, and you can sign up to receive more information here.

For a bit more on the background of Chanel timepieces and in particular this very impressive new high-end men's piece, read this story in yesterday's New York Times.


The watch with Instant Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minute is equipped with the manual-winding mechanical movement Calibre 1, Chanel´s first in-house high-watchmaking movement.


 

The Calibre 1 which offers a double complication, took five years to develop. The manual-winding mechanical movement made up of 170 components is a movement with integrated complications, meaning that the complications are integrated into the bottom plate and are not simply modules attached to a base. Chanel told me: “It all started with a desire, a vision, and a drawing. This watch did not exist before, it was dreamt up. Its movement did not exist before. It was designed to bring it alive. Its watchcase did not exist before either. It was created to house it.”

 

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel

 

This is a slow-motion video, so please be patient … The jump of the hour hand and disc will occur after 30 seconds 

 

The Instant Jumping Hour, required the full mastery of micro-shocks and the energy consumption caused by the passage of the aluminium hour disc. With two barrels mounted in series, the power reserve of the watch is 3 days.

The second watchmaking prowess, the retrograde minute with a 240°-display on the dial (by the way, that´s quite rare), combined both rigorous aesthetics and technical performance. The retrograde minute’s bidirectional corrector allows easy adjustment of the watch and illustrates one of the key elements of the Chanel fine watchmaking vision.

Calibre 1 multiplies the references to the strong codes of the House Chanel. Matt and glossy black predominate in its black architectural movement in ADLC (Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon). The trim emphasizes all the curves of its bottom plate and bridges. A number of custom-made parts serve as a reminder of the octagonal shape of Place Vendome in Paris, where Chanel´s flagship boutique is located.

Chanel chose the lion, its most masculine emblem and a symbol of strength and power, as the signature of the watch which is found on its buckle and crown.

In 2016, 300 numbered movements will be produced of which 150 are for the Monsieur de Chanel watch in “beige gold” (a Chanel gold alloy) and 150 for the white gold model.

 

Calibre 1

Heure sautante instantanée minute rétrograde

First in-house manual-winding mechanical movement with two integrated complications: instant jumping hour and minute retrograde on 240°
170 components; 30 rubies; Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4Hz); 2 fixed barrels in series, spring torque 700 g.mm; Anti-shock system to protect balance

Movement diameter: 32 mm or 14’’’3/4

Movement thickness: 5.5 mm

 

The watches are numbered editions …
40 mm diameter – 10.4 mm thickness
18 carat “beige gold” case and crown
Ivory opaline dial with retrograde minute counter, jumping hour window and small seconds counter
18 carat “beige gold” plated hands
22 mm black alligator strap
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
3-day power reserve
Water resistance: 30 meters
Gold weight: 48.80 g

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

When Chanel dreams, they dream big. And in the case of their new watch for men, they went all nine yards and then some for the Monsieur de Chanel.

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The design didn’t exist, it wasn’t inspired by something they already had in the archives, so it was dreamt. The movement didn’t exist, it wasn’t something already available in the market, so it was designed. The watchcase didn’t exist, the housing had to be something new, so it was created. A watch made for men that’s not only new, it stretched their dedicated watch manufacture G&F Châtelain SA to its fullest, where it was designed, developed, assembled and checked in-house by Chanel.

Featuring 2 patents exclusive to the watch, it features (amongst other highlights) retrograde minute with a 240° display and bi-directional adjustment. Even the typography on the dial was created specially for the watch, housed in a lightly domed sapphire crystal case that subtly plays with the effects of light. Of the 300 pieces made, 150 will come in beige gold (a hue that’s still unique to Chanel and was used most recently in their #CocoCrush jewellery collection), while the remaining 150 are in white gold.

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Most importantly, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful watch, one that’s not only architectural and masculine that will sit handsomely on any wrist, but also one that expresses Chanel’s dedication to fine watchmaking to the highest degree. All you need to do is to head down to the Chanel Fine Jewellery Boutique at Ngee Ann City to try it on for yourself.






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Porsche and Chopard honor Le Mans with limited edition time pieces

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The 84th edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans saw the unveiling of Chopard’s Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition, a 100-piece limited edition chronograph. Inspired by the new Porsche919 Hybrid, the watch will be available only at Chopard boutiques. The 45mm titanium case of the timepiece is one of the most favored materials to be used in the world of endurance racing. Further bead-blasted and blackened by DLC treatment, the case not only carries a classy sheen but also ensures that it is resistant to scratches. The durability extends below the surface of water as well, making the watch submergible up to 100 meters.

The bezel is studded with eight blackened screws while the crown is fashioned to resemble a steering wheel. The dial is flanked by two distinctly red rubber pushers. The car analogy is taken further in the case middle, which is made to resemble the cooling fins in the car’s engine.
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The watch is powered by a Chopard Caliber 03.05M. Other important features include a 60-minute power reserve and a flyback function. The mechanical self-winding chronograph movement has been COSC certified.

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Not diamonds or gold this watch costs $95,000 because its the blackest in the world

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MCT S-110 Evo venta


Would you pay the weight in gold for a black-strapped watch? Nothing to be too shocked about, considering this is the blackest black that man has found. The man, named Anish Kapoor discovered the Vantablack in 2013, and today it is in the leagues of shimmering cousins like gold and platinum. The worth is going to be proven when Swiss watch company will launch this stunning, magnificent, absolute rad watch this fall called the S-110 Evo Venta Black, at $95,000.

The promo of the watch is building the suspense, and any person with a love for dials and tick-tocks would love this black beauty. It comes with four dials with five prisms that flip digits, like an advertising banner. It comes studded with 471 components, 81 rubies and a 40-hour power reserve. The Vantablack is used on the dial and some other parts on the watch too.

However, the star is not the dial but the use of Vantablack – so rich that if you stare at it too long you might feel like you are being pulled into a void, a black hole of sorts. This “blackest shade of black” has been manufactured by Surrey Nanosystems, which initially developed this colour for the aerospace in collaboration with British National Physics Laboratory. The “tint” is made up of a “complex of carbon nanotubes which when assembled together can absorb over 99.965 percent of light.” The depth of the colour has been explained using multiple analogies, but I suppose we have to see it to believe it. Supporting the watch case made of titanium with black DLC coating, is a black alligator strap with a sapphire crystal case back and face.

The watch is a super limited edition and only 10 pieces will be made. This should explain the price tag.

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