Omega has been the
Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932. The company is proud to time the
achievements of the world’s best athletes and record many of the greatest moments
in sports history. It will
be Omega’s 30th time in this role.
Omega has kicked off
the celebrations early by launching a new watch dedicated to the occasion with
only one year to go until the 2022 Winter Olympics in China begin.
The new Seamaster
Diver 300M «Beijing 2022» Special Edition has a 42 mm stainless steel
case fitted with a grade 5 titanium bezel incorporating a 60-minute diving
The ceramic dial in cool blue features laser-engraved waves, rhodium-plated indexes and hands filled with Super-LumiNova®. As a special tribute to Beijing 2022, the timepiece has five special minute markers at 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock, each in one of the five colours of the iconic Olympic Rings.
The watch’s polished and satin-brushed case back features a stamped Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 emblem. Additionally, the patented Omega NAIAD LOCK system keeps all engravings in perfect alignment. Behind the case back lies the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. This exceptional movement as well as the entire watch have passed the eight tests set out by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), thus guaranteeing the industry’s highest standards in precision, performance and magnetic resistance.
Delivered in a special presentation box, the watch is attached to a polished and satin-brushed stainless steel bracelet incorporating Omega’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher with an extra diver extension.
Officine Panerai came into being
in 1860 in Florence when Giovanni Panerai opened his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte
alle Grazie, an establishment which served as shop, workshop and the city’s
first watchmaking school. Panerai is what is considered a watch manufacture, meaning that its
timepieces are equipped with in-house mechanisms that it itself produces in
In subsequent years, the brand became an
official supplier to the Royal Italian Navy, providing it with precision
instruments such as its famous Radiomir and Luminor models used by Italian
In 2021, Panerai’s collection of professional diving watches is being
expanded with two new stainless steel models fitted with a ceramic disc on the
rotating bezel that gives these new creations a sporty, powerful, contemporary
The two new Panerai Submersible models, which express all the power and personality of the brand’s professional diving watches, come with 42 mm cases, a size that remains true to Panerai’s DNA while being suitable for any wrist size.
The two new models are fitted with the OP XXXIV manufacture calibre, an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve, the company’s basic standard. Both watches have an AISI 316L stainless steel case incorporating the iconic crown guard and a unidirectional rotating bezel to display dive times. They are also both water resistant to 300 metres.
The difference between the two new Submersible models lies in the colour
schemes. The first, which is
available at Geneve shops, combines the elegance of a blue ceramic disc around
the dial and a blue rubber strap with the distinctively textured grey dial.
Meanwhile, the second features a dial, ceramic disc on the rotating
bezel and rubber strap all in black and adorned with luminous white markers
that are clearly legible in all lighting conditions and in complete darkness.
On both models, the small seconds hand, an essential feature for ensuring that the watch is running during a dive, is Panerai blue and rotates in the sub-dial located at 9 o’clock, balancing out the date window at 3 o’clock.
The watchmaker and the German carmaker launch a stunning new watch together
The brands announced the launch of the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph, the first tribute to the historic partnership between the two companies. It marks the start to a long-term cooperation that will range from competitions to product development.
Both TAG Heuer and Porsche have a rich history and a
reputation for innovation. But they are also known for their use of
cutting-edge technology, their dynamic, free-spirited mind-set and their gift
for design excellence.
For over half a century, their respective histories have been intertwined
in intricate and fascinating ways. It could no doubt be argued that the legacies of both
brands show certain similarities evident in retrospective, including the very
founding of the companies, which in both cases is thanks to a self-taught
Edouard Heuer and Ferdinand Porsche were visionaries and pioneers whose creations forever changed their respective fields. Heuer was responsible for the production of the first chronograph; Porsche invented the electric wheel-hub engine.
Based on the design of the TAG
Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph with its characteristic tachymeter scale
engraved on the bezel, the new model incorporates features inspired by the
essence of Porsche design. The captivating chronograph combines two icons of
performance, quality and innovation, managing to bring together the worlds of Porsche and TAG Heuer in a way that exhibits the excellence of both brands
while staying true to their essence.
The bezel features a Porsche
inscription engraved with the same unmistakable font also used on the indexes. The watch uses the
colours red, black and grey for all its elements, while the transparent
sapphire crystal case back allows admirers to observe the oscillating weight
that has been redesigned as an affectionate nod to the iconic Porsche steering wheel and features
printed Porsche and TAG Heuer inscriptions.
The dial boasts an asphalt effect created especially for this model that
reflects a passion for the road, and the Arabic numerals recall the numbers on
the dashboard of stunning Porsche sports cars.
The outstanding model is completed inside by the in-house Calibre Heuer
02 movement, which builds up an impressive 80-hour power reserve.
Moreover, since it is a special edition watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is delivered in a specially
made box featuring a style and colours to match the stunning watch contained
Calibre Heuer 02.
Case:Diameter of 44 mm.Crafted in polished and fine-brushed stainless steel.
stainless steel at 3 o’clock, with a red band.
Water resistance: 100 metres (10 bar).
Dial: Grey with
Counters: At 3
o’clock: black azurage minute chronograph counter with a red-tipped
At 6 o’clock: black
azurage seconds chronograph counter with a rhodium-plated hand.
At 9 o’clock: black azurage hour chronograph counter with a red-tipped
Date indicator at 6 o’clock.
Strap:Embossed black calfskin with hand stitching, black calfskin lining.
Jewellery and watches are what sell best on the
Chinese market. Indeed, in 2018, the country accounted for 30% of spending in
the luxury market, and this number continues to rise. Hence, major brands in the industry compete harder and harder to
attract the attention of Chinese consumers.
Chinese travellers in Europe are important for
tourism, because they are who buy most when travelling, since it is cheaper for
them to buy in Europe than in China.
Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring
Festival) is the most important celebration in the Asian country and in many of
its neighbouring countries. This year
will begin on 12 February 2021 and end on 31 January 2022. When celebrating Chinese New Year, those living
in China often take holidays lasting anywhere between two weeks and a month and
a half, making it the best time to travel to Europe to buy gifts for loved
In this regard, Chopard is one of the major brands
that participates in the festivities by coming out with new products. The Maison surprises connoisseurs again this year with a stunning,
unique, elegant watch that embraces superior ancient Asian craftsmanship, the
L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox. It is a timepiece dedicated to the Year of the
Metal Ox, an animal that, according to the Chinese horoscope, is favourable to
harvests, wisdom and loyalty.
Its dial in Urushi, a special Asian lacquer made from
the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree, is crafted by Japanese lacquer
masters to reveal a scene that evokes ancient labours, humble prosperity and
timeless elegance. It also features gold,
representing good fortune.
The 88-piece limited edition has an in-house LUC 96.17-L movement that has been entirely developed, produced and assembled at the Chopard High Watchmaking workshops. This self-winding mechanical movement oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and has a power reserve of nearly 65 hours thanks to Twin technology, a system invented by Chopard combining two coaxial barrels.
The undeniable centrepiece of this model is its dial, which is adorned with gold flakes that illuminate the background and shows the golden ox with straight horns harnessed to a cart made out of gold, mother-of-pearl and coloured lacquer.
Details of the watch
It boasts an 18-carat gold case and a crown in the
same material. It is water resistant to 30 metres and set on a matte black alligator leather strap with hand-sewn matching
tones. The timepiece indicates hours and minutes
with a self-winding mechanical movement. Limited edition of 88 pieces.