What is sapphire glass?

This question was prompted by the new Tourbillon RM56-02 Sapphire by Richard Mille, and also by one of those ironic paradoxes floating around the Internet. If the black box on an aircraft is indestructible, why don’t they make the whole aircraft from that material? In watches, sapphire glass is used for the watch glass and…

How does a watch work?

In this article I will try to explain how a mechanical watch works. Why? Just because I am fascinated by these objects which may seem completely useless because even the most expensive high-end watch will be less accurate than a 40-euro quartz watch. But for centuries, mechanical clocks and watches were the only method of…

Montblanc launches the Bohème collection in Shanghai

Bohème is the name of the new Montblanc collection of women’s watches, jewellery and pens, launched in Shanghai on 28 August 2014. CEO Jérome Lambert, with personalities Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Ana Beatriz Barros, Chiara Ferragni, Dennis Nieh, Liu Tao, Dong Xuan, and the new Brand Ambassador Gwai Lun Mei, were present at the event,…

Al Pacino wearing the Bulgari Octo Velocissimo

At the 71st Venice Film Festival, Al Pacino was photographed wearing a steel Bulgari Octo Velocissimo. The name of the watch “Velocissimo” is not just cool marketing. Bulgari’s chronograph has an automatic movement, Calibre BVL 328, running at a higher frequency than usual, 36,000 vibrations per hour, ensuring precision for the classic chronograph functions. The…

“To let more people enjoy luxury”

This is what Peter Stas, founder and CEO of Frederique Constant, said in his definition of the brand concept during the presentation of his company’s record first half-year results for 2014. “It clearly proves that our product proposition – accessible luxury – continues to have great potential. The initial concept behind the brand was to…