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The Greatest Watch Safe Ever – Just in Time for The Holidays

Let’s clear up any confusion right at the start. This is not about the greatest watch sale ever, although this is the holiday season and it’s hard to escape sales. This is about a S-A-F-E, a watch safe and it’s the greatest greatest one ever. It’s the Stockinger BRABUS SV12.

Stockinger Luxury Watch Winder Cabinets & BRABUS SV12 Safe   luxury goods services

What makes it so special? Well, for one, Stockinger is building the BRABUS SV12 as a special edition, and limiting it to 25 pieces. Then there’s its parentage. Stockinger is a storied German manufacturer of bespoke and, as they say, “off-the-peg” safes and vaults. Stockinger has been called the Bentley of safe manufacturers. And perhaps Bentley took this to heart, since the luxury automaker chose the luxury safe maker to design the safes they market to Bentley owners.

“Luxury car manufacturer” leads us to the SV12′s BRABUS heritage. BRABUS, also a German company is the world’s largest auto tuner, and the official aftermarket tuner of Mercedes Benz and SMART. The German auto magazine, Auto Motor und Sports named BRABUS the Best Brand in the category of tuner from 2006 through 2012. So of course, the watch winders in the SV12 will keep your watches running accurately

Yes, that’s right the safe includes Beluwo high quality watch winders – 12 of them. That’s what the 12 stands for in SV12. Each watch winder can be programmed for a particular watch based on manufacturer specifications listed in a database with information on over 8,000 specific watches. Not only do the watches keep perfect time but they conserve their energy since the winders keep them on a schedule of 16 hours of activity interspersed with 8 hours of rest, all set by a smartphone or tablet. And when they are through with their winding, each watch is stored in the upright or 12 o’clock position.

BRABUS is also a designer of high performance cars, offering their own version of Mercedes cars, giving owners the option of ordering one through Mercedes Benz or bringing their Mercedes in for aftermarket design. And the SV12 bears this same BRABUS touch, with each drawer lined with red Alcantara leather and each handle proudly embossed with the BRABUS logo.

The SV12 is a safe above all, and is designed not to be broken into – ever! The interior cabinetry may be made of wood, leather, and carbon but the walls of the core are thick steel, layered with rocks and polymer. The rocks, held in place by the polymer prevent the safe from being sawed into since it would take them mere minutes to dull any saw blades or bits. Just to be sure, each safe is VDS tested, and has been consistently been awarded a VDS III, the highest security rating.

In addition to securely storing 12 of your most prized watches, the SV12 has room for all your documentation and even space for a bottle or two of your finest wines. So don’t forget to include this limited edition watch winder safe on your Christmas list. And hurry – don’t forget Stockinger is only making 25 of them!

An Overview of the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch

Audemars Piguet has recently given the world a peek at his latest creation. The Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon watch is scheduled to be officially presented at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and is sure to attract a wealthy, modern man who is looking for a classic watch with a very contemporary style.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch   audemars piguet

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While the original version of this watch was released in 2002, the newest model is more modern than its predecessor. The Royal Oak Concept GMT 2014 Tourbillon Watch has a bulky yet summery feel. The revised original movement is not just fascinating but also top quality and the watch has a titanium and light white ceramic case. It is fully water-proof and can be submerged in up to 100 meters of water without any type of damage.

The open-worked dial allows you to see directly into the inner workings of this unique timepiece. Other outside features include a GMT time zone display, a white ceramic upper bridge, a selection indicator mechanism and indicators noting the position of various parts of the time-setting winding stem.

While the style of the watch is sure to surprise some industry watchers who are used to seeing men’s luxury watches made with a traditional sense of style, those who know Audemars Piguet well should not be shocked in the last at seeing his latest creation. While Audemars Piguet has created some fantastic, high popular luxury timepieces, he does not adhere to traditional fashion guidelines or styles. In fact, Mr. Piguet was the first person to ever consider using steel in a luxury watch and he did so with a great deal of success.

The style of this watch is such that it can be worn not only for formal events and gatherings but also while out and about town. The Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 Watch is made from some of the most durable materials known to mankind, ensuring that a man can wear it when and where he pleases. The watch has a white rubber strap with a titanium AP folding clasp, which serves to make the watch comfortable to any wearer.

The cost of this watch is currently unknown. However, given the fact that the last Tourbillon watch retailed for well over US$ 200,000, it would be realistic to speculate that a man who wants to buy one of these unique, classy watches should expect to pay a high price for the purchase. However, given Audemars Piguet’s outstanding reputation as being one of the best watchmakers in the world, any man who invests in a Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon 2014 watch will not regret the purchase. This unique watch stands out not only because of its ultra-modern style but also high quality workmanship. Unlike many other luxury watches, this particular model is extremely durable, suitable for use for both formal and informal occasions and is sure to catch the eye of anyone who appreciates not only luxury design and fashion but also unique accessories that are not worn by the vast majority of the world’s elite.

Breguet Pocket Watch Sells for $1.2 Million – To Breguet

Anyone that knows a thing or two about pocket watches knows that these small, compact, and often intricately decorated timepieces can go for thousands at auction and can end up costing buyers far more than they may have been worth when they were created. Just such a watch was sold earlier this month at a Sotheby’s auction. The watch was purchased not by a private collector as some might assume, but rather, by the Breguet Museum. This stunning gold pocket watch that tells time, moon phase, and date based on chronometer principles was originally owned by Lord Henry Seymour.

Breguet buys $1.12 million pocket watch

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The watch that fetched $1.2 million at auction today was bought in 1831 for $7700, a far cry from its estimated $1 million dollar value today. The watch was then given to the brother of Lord Henry Seymour, Richard Seymour Conway 4th Marquis of Hertford. The watch was then handed down to his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace. The watch was then auctioned off as part of his estate. This owner of the infamous ‘Wallace Collection’ was the last owner until he died in 1890.

This beautifully understated time piece is at once stunning and practical. Though one would assume a watch of this value would be encrusted with diamonds and other precious metals, the watch is simply designed and belies an elegance that shines through despite its simplistic design. 2013 marks the 190th anniversary of the death of Breguet, the famous watchmaker for which the museum was named. The watch itself was made by Breguet and is a testament to the powers of truly skilled watchmakers. This watch is of the finest quality and is a fantastic example of what the famous watch maker was capable of producing.

Watches today pale in comparison to the antique watches of yesteryear and though beautiful and flashy, are nowhere near as fantastically made as the fine watches that belonged to the well off and the gentry of the past. Other watches that are housed in the museum reflect the versatility of Breguet as a watch maker and illustrate his talent overall as a skilled craftsman. Though Breguet is no longer with us to create these brilliant pieces, his legacy will live on through the beautiful pieces that are left behind. CEO of Breguet Museum Mark Hayek gushed about the brilliant timepiece after its purchase.

The piece will become part of the permanent display of pocket watches and other fabulous timepieces created by the watchmaker in the museum. Though some might see the purchase of a watch for $1.2 million as somewhat insane, the watch is a testament to a time passed and is well worth the money spent. The watch not only tells the story of Breguet but also the story of the men that owned it. This piece is rich with history and has a past all its own. Though most individuals do not have the resources to purchase a watch of this grand scale, these pieces are all on show in the museum. To date, Sotheby’s is one of the largest sellers of antique watches in the United States.

A History of Watch Complications

To some, the first watch “complication” was the seconds hand. Of course, over the centuries of watchmaking, the complications have only compounded, growing more and more advanced. With skilled artisans still creating the majority of luxury watch movements, the feats of modern watchmaking are even more amazing. While technology races ahead at the speed of light, it’s important to remember that many of the fine Swiss manufactures employ human hands to craft the most elegant and complicated of movements. So that makes modern watch complications even more impressive – or not, depending on how you look at it. After all, the last several hundred years of watchmaking involved a skilled watchmaker laboring away at a movement made of the tiniest parts somewhere in a Joux Valley workshop. And that’s just when it comes to our modern interpretation of watches. The art of timekeeping dates back tot eh dawn of man, with ancient Egyptians using a 24 hour method of tracking the time on their sundials. Once the watch became more portable, watchmakers needed to devise a way to keep the watch moving, regardless of shifts in temperature that wreaked havoc on springs. Hence the chronometer was born and created more durable and reliable timepieces. From there, the ‘dead second’ complication kept more precise time, allowing the watch to “tick” rather than sweep through time, also allowing the wearer to keep shorter amounts of time, and was a precursor to the chronograph. Meanwhile Breguet was busy pioneering the first Perpetual Calendar, one that wouldn’t be disrupted by Leap Years. And then, the chronograph was born. Perhaps the most important moment in the history of watch complications, the chronograph function finally allowed the watch use of a second hand that functions independent of the hour hand and its time-keeping function. Invented to time horse races, the chronograph marked a quantum leap forward in timekeeping in 1821, with the next boldface moment in watchmaking coming over 100 years later. In 1945, the date function came into existence, allowing the watch’s wearer to remember the date at a glance. The pioneer? None other than Rolex. And these are just the timekeeping complications! This gorgeous inpographic shows off other great moments in Watch Complication History, covering astronomical complications and striking complications. Check it out below!

A Brief History of Watch Complications Infographic

The Underrated Luxury Watch Brand: Swiss Army

The Swiss are known as being experts in many things, banking, watches, and gadget-filled knives being a few of the most well-known areas of expertise. The Swiss have long been seen as the stewards of wealthy men and women’s bank accounts, with their discretion and ability to remain neutral during regional and global conflicts serving as a highly valued source of stability. The Swiss were also key in creating clocks and watches for centuries, and played a key role in the development of quartz-based timekeeping in watches during the 1960s, a standard that remains in place to this day. Swiss Army Knives are ubiquitous for their usefulness, with a seemingly endless number of applications packed into a tiny package.

However, one of the less well known but equally deserving Swiss products is the Swiss Army Watch. Manufactured by Victorinox, the same company that makes Swiss Army Knives, the Swiss Army Watch is a high-quality and relatively affordable timepiece that has all of the benefits of Swiss watch making expertise combined with the utilitarian and robust features their armed forces require.

The Swiss Army Watch is rare in the sense that it is one of the few timepieces that is considered a luxury brand and a utilitarian brand while remaining relatively affordable, especially when compared to other Swiss watch brands. Every Swiss Army watch is developed and manufactured using the same centuries-old techniques used by the Swiss, which ensures a reliable and long-lasting product. Swiss Army watches also incorporate a military inspired theme, and can be worn with anything from a gym shirt to a tuxedo.

There are a number of Swiss Army Watch models to choose from. The following are a few excellent choices to consider:

Steel Alliance Chrono:

The Steel Alliance Chrono is a steel plated timepiece with a classy but modest leather wristband. This model is perfect for everyday use while also looking great with a suit and tie. Unlike many other Swiss brands, the Steel Alliance Chrono can be purchased new for comfortably under $1000, and will last for decades with proper care.

Original LE:

The Original LE was the first Swiss Army Watch created by Victorinox back in 1989. Retailing for under $500, it is a great option if you are looking to just get your feet wet with Swiss Army Watches. Despite its price, the Original LE still uses all of the precision timekeeping techniques as its more expensive brothers and sisters.

Swiss Army Watch

AirBoss Mach 8 Special Edition:

If you’re looking for something a little more expensive than the Original LE or the Steel Alliance Chrono, the AirBoss is an excellent mid-level Swiss timepiece. Retailing at just over $2,000, the AirBoss offers a number of timers that are perfect for a pilot or anyone else that needs to keep track of several things at once. The AirBoss features a striking black on steel face, with a deep black leather wristband that is both fashionable and functional.

AirBoss Mach 8 Special Edition

AirBoss Mach 8 Special Edition

No matter which Swiss Army Watch model you choose, you can rest assured that you are buying a luxury item that is fashionable in a variety of situations and robust enough to provide accurate timekeeping for decades.