A Look Into the History of the McLaren P1

Since its inception in 2013, the McLaren P1 has simply been a world-beater in every aspect. The sleek design and almost impossible performance statistics make it a hyper-car that is sure to be on every enthusiast’s shortlist.

McLaren P1

Rare and Desirable

The exclusive release of a mere 375 models priced at $1,350,000 sold out within months of orders opening in 2013. This serves to highlights the significance and desirability the hyper-car has, from a car manufacturer steeped in racing and engineering brilliance.

Four years on from this, in 2017 the most expensive McLaren P1 ever sold at the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours sale for $2.39 million, proving this to be as much of a collector’s car as it is for driving performance.

Derived from the Legendary McLaren F1

 McLaren P1

Twenty years on from the release of the legendary McLaren F1, the P1 was very much conceived based upon inspiration. It is a logical progression of an instant classic and has gone on to become the rightful successor in many fans eyes.

However, the McLaren P1 had weighty shoes to fill. It’s predecessor, the F1, didn’t gain its legendary status from McLaren’s reputable name alone.

It was the fastest production car in the world at time of release (240mph), the first car to be built around a carbon fiber tub. And if that wasn’t enough, it propelled itself into the racing car hall of fame after winning the iconic 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours Race.

The Ultimate Driver’s Car

McLaren P1

However, after rigorous testing (and excellent marketing ploys) in the arctic circle and death valley desert, the McLaren P1s specs once again proved McLaren’s brilliance in design and engineering and mounted the P1’s place as the ‘ultimate driver’s car’.

The P1 boasts the most advanced suspension system ever fitted to a road car and an importance set on high-speed stability means the McLaren P1 was designed to produce more downforce than any other road car. Moveable front and rear wings can produce a peak of 600kg of downforce in race mode.

The powerful V8 twin-turbo engine manages 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, and allows for a top speed of 217 mph, which is outrageously quick for a road vehicle.

McLaren P1

An Aerodynamic Masterpiece

One glance at the P1 reveals everything you need to know about the immense effort that went into making this car an aerodynamic masterpiece. McLaren’s Design Director resonated with this ‘it’s as though we stuck a tube inside and sucked all the air out – a dramatic, honest shape, but also a very beautiful one’.

Staying true to the aerodynamic, carbon fiber theme, the P1 utilizes lightweight seats with ultra-thin carbon fiber shells, weighing in at just 10.5kg each.

Lanzante: An Iconic Collaboration

Throughout it’s five-year history to date, the P1 has amounted an enormous following and an iconic design collaboration, which has only furthered the longevity of the McLaren P1.

First came the track only P1 GTR, which the British racing team, Lanzante, who were responsible for McLaren’s legendary 1995 Le Mans win, converted for road use at the request of wealthy clients.

The British engineering firm then went on to create five exclusive P1 LM’s, which featured considerably more down force and power than the original P1. This allowed for the P1 LM to break the Nürburgring lap record for a road-legal car in 2017, with a lap of 6 minutes and 43 seconds.

Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Unveiling of the McLaren P1 GT Longtail

McLaren P1

The latest progression in the exciting P1 series was revealed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Lanzante once again collaborated with McLaren to produce the P1 GT Longtail.

The Longtail took inspiration from the classic 1997 F1 GT Longtail, featuring a fixed rear wing mounted on a lengthened tail. This is currently the only car of its type in production after a Middle Eastern client commissioned it for manufacture.

Although specifications for the car have yet to be released, expect this to have more thrust, more power, more aerodynamics, more desirability and demand more excitement than ever before.

The sky truly is the limit for McLaren’s headline model.

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Breaking 3 World Records in One Watch – The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

2018 has been a breakthrough year for the highest luxury timepiece brands. We’ve seen the world’s first Triple Split Chronograph from A. Lange & Sohne, as well as a dive into unfamiliar territory for Patek Philippe, as they attempt to penetrate the increasingly luxurious young buyers’ market. Now it’s Bulgari’s turn to attract the attention, which they are doing with the unveiling of the newest watch to enter their esteemed collection; the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic
Three World Records in One

This is a watch that can be credited with simultaneously breaking three world records at the same time: the world’s thinnest automatic watch, thinnest automatic tourbillon and thinnest tourbillon.

The Bulgari takes over from Audemars Piguet’s Reference 2643, which held the record of thinnest tourbillon for an incredible run of 32 years from 1986 until now.

The Finimisso Tourbillon measures in at 3.95mm thick, which is nothing short of extraordinary considering this is a watch that is built for everyday purpose, not just to sit on a shelf for show.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

‘A Distinct Metallic and Mechanical Feel’

The case is constructed using sandblasted titanium, complemented by an ultra-thin, ultra-light titanium bracelet with a triple folding clasp.

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic uses a skeletonized open dial, showcasing all the cogs and movements for the world to see. This, combined with the sandblasted titanium finish give this watch a distinct metallic and mechanical feel.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

Key Features and Price

Probably the most praised aspect of the watch is the BVL 288 caliber, which at first glance is a beautiful sight to behold. It allows for the smoothest of movement on the automatic winding system.

The power reserve comes in at 55 hours, which is standard for the luxury watch industry. It also features a water resistance of 30 meters, catering for the highly popular diving market.

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic doesn’t come cheap. It currently retails at $118,000, and although the availability is still unknown, expect a limited supply at that kind of price mark.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic

A Baselworld Spectacle

Perhaps it was the striking, mechanical aesthetics, or the slenderness of the world record breaking Tourbillon that caused a stir at this year’s Baselworld.

However, since it was debuted in the Swiss city for the biggest watch show of the year, there has been an ever-growing buzz surrounding this watch, and for good reason.

This is a watch that has been stripped down to its very core. The painstakingly handcrafted mechanics unconcealed, brandished to the world and packed into the thinnest automatic watch to ever grace the planet; and ultimately, it is this minimalistic design that showcases its true beauty.

2018 has been a breakthrough year for the highest luxury timepiece brands. We’ve seen the world’s first Triple Split Chronograph from A. Lange & Sohne, as well as a dive into unfamiliar territory for Patek Philippe, as they attempt to penetrate the increasingly luxurious young buyers’ market. Now it’s Bulgari’s turn to attract the attention, after the unveiling of the newest watch to enter their esteemed collection; the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic.

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The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5968A

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A was debuted among an array of contemporary design features, in a battle to stand out to the masses at Baselworld.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph

Due to its almost holy name in the horological world, Patek Philippe never fails to stand out. However, it was the aesthetics that gained this piece so much coverage and attention.

Patek Philippe appear to have made a big leap forward in the ever-growing market for young luxury buyers. The Aquanaut Chronograph is without doubt one of the most casual watches ever offered by Patek Philippe.

Key Takeaways

The most distinctive feature of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A is surely the rubber orange strap. The steel folding buckle and orange themed dial beautifully complement it, utilizing carroty accents and second hands.

The watch is also available with a black rubber strap to suit the wearer’s preference and features a stainless-steel case on both models.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph

The dial comes in dark grey, which contrasts emphatically with the icy white markers featured on the watch face. The dial has an engraved pattern which emulates the style of the rubber strap, with a slightly rounded cubism style to it.

In terms of the movement, the Aquanaut features a CH 28-250 C caliber movement – the same used in the highly collectible 5980 Nautilus. It features a self-winding chronograph, with automatic winding and includes a power reserve of between 45 and 55 hours.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Reference 5698A has four key features; hours, minutes, date and a 30-minute chronograph; nothing too spectacular for a watch of this caliber.

Patek chose to produce the Aquanaut with a diameter of 42.2 mm (1.66 inches), giving the watch a more subtle, elegant feel. Thus, allowing the orange strap and dial to do the talking.

Price

Considering this is a rubber strap watch, $43,770 may seem like a hefty price tag. And although availability has not yet been specified, the simple, elegant aesthetics and color scheme of the watch dial will likely prove to be a big hit with the younger market.

This, combined with Patek’s prestigious reputation for watchmaking excellence may just make this a collectible for the future.

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Richard Mille Versus Franck Muller

Watchmaking is a constant celebration of craftsmanship, of artisanal skills, and of superior design. To that end, the latest installment in our ‘versus series’ is celebratory match-up between two big – and polarizing – guns. Let’s take a deeper look at the investment value of Richard Mille as well as Franck Muller and see how we can compare the two.

The Investment Value of Richard Mille

Image Courtesy of Richard Mille 

Two Legendary Brands

Both Richard Mille and Franck Muller watches are capable of inspiring a passionate response. Depending on which end of the love/hate spectrum that response falls is really down to your comfort with extravagance, and whether or not you adore or despise the use of revolutionary materials.

 

And to be honest, both of these brands are capable of producing horological heroes and horrors in equal measure. Picking through the morass of options, mad case contours, and crazy colors to find models that might actually appreciate in time is tricky, but I think it’s safe to say that the best chance of long term value retention comes with the pieces that could be considered icons of the brand.

 

It’s pretty rare that the most valuable piece of a brand’s collection finds itself to be a stylistic outlier. Far more common is a subtle variation on a tried and tested stalwart – a strange, or limited dial that adds a soupçon of distinction to the whole affair. Think of the Paul Newman Daytona as a perfect example of a classic subtly re-imagined at the perfect moment in time to capture the public’s imagination.

 

The Investment Value of Richard Mille

Image Courtesy Franck Muller

 

Fortunately for the Richard Mille and Franck Muller collector, this means the best pieces to invest in are actually the most affordable. You could argue that the diamond-encrusted pieces will fare better on the resale market due to the inherent value of the precious stones used to adorn their cases, but their retail prices are so stratospherically high that seems unlikely. The investment value of Richard Mille models should be looked at on a case by case basis. In the case of the Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur, well, this pieces requires enough diamonds to keep a small mine in business. Do all those tiny diamonds amount to a price tag of $1,090,000? I don’t think so.

 

For those readers not familiar with one or either brand, to understand their archetypal look, check out the Richard Mille RM-010 (top picture), which retails for around $85,000, and the Franck Muller Crazy Hours (second picture), which comes in at six grand.

The Investment Value of Richard Mille vs. Franck Muller, In Sum

Despite the wildly different entry price points, there are pieces from Muller that would require the access codes to a subterranean-alpine vault to purchase. The point here is this: Both brands boast an identifiable case silhouette, which is a powerful tool in the world of watchmaking. But the question of which is more unique comes down to components. For that reason I would, with limitless funds, go for a Richard Mille over a Franck Muller. However, if I were looking for a watch to wear with my tuxedo, the Crazy Hours would take the prize every time.

About the Author

Fell Jensen is a Swiss-trained watchmaker working as an industry analyst.

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The A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split – Raising the Bar

The Double Split has been a favorite among the watch collecting community for over 14 years now. However, recently announced is the A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split, which is set to reach new heights for the German horological firm. The piece looks set to be an innovative, logical progression of the modern classic Double Split.

A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split

The A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split – The First of its Kind

This watch is an impressive step forward for the watch world, and is the very first of its kind to exist. Simply put, the Triple Split is an extension of the Double Split’s capabilities, and is expected to receive the same amount of buzz and plaudits that the Double Split received when it was first unveiled.

How it Works

A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split

Essentially, the Triple Split is an extension of the Rattrapante chronograph featured in the Double Split. Before, the Double Split was capable of measuring and comparing the time of two concurrent events, of up to twelve hours’ duration., whereas this updated version can be split three times.

This feature is particularly useful in recording multiple lap times, as it allows the user to “split” hours and minutes, as well as seconds with the press of a button.

Watches rarely have much to compete on besides functionality and aesthetics. So, a world first of this type of horological technology will certainly be noticed in the luxury watch world and can be regarded as a huge leap forward for A. Lange & Sohne.

A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split

Details

A. Lange & Sohne chose to use white gold as the exclusive material choice for the Triple Split, offering no other alternatives.

The A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split is on the bigger side, measuring in at 43.2mm x 15.6 mm. This, combined with the fact that they chose to only manufacture 100 limited edition versions of this model further reinforces A. Lange & Sohne’s choice to position this watch as a major statement by whoever chooses to own it.

A. Lange & Sohne Triple Split

An Expected Price Tag from the World’s First Triple Rattrapante

A $147,000 price tag was to be expected from the world’s first triple Rattrapante that was painstakingly designed and handcrafted by one of the most prestigious watch brands on the planet. A price this high deems the watch to be exclusive to only the very highest earning demographic of society; rendering the rest of us to be dreamers, merely admiring the beauty from afar.

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Rolls Royce Enter New Territory with the Cullinan SUV

The saga of luxury vehicle companies launching sparkly new SUV models goes on. Rolls Royce unveiled their first ever SUV earlier on this year, and with the car set to appear in showrooms as soon as late 2018, there is huge anticipation surrounding the release of the Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV.

Family Focused

Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV

The prestigious British manufacturer said this was to be a ‘family focused’ vehicle, as the firm prepares to enter exciting unfamiliar territory. Whilst the Rolls Royce does resemble the Phantom from a distance, it is by all means bigger and better.

Five years of design work led to the manufacture of the biggest grill to ever grace a Rolls Royce vehicle. This is combined with a three-box shape with two-stage tailgate and a collection of horizontal and vertical lines.

The interior has certainly gone for the family friendly approach. The rear of the vehicle has two customizable options of either a traditional three seat bench, or two vastly more luxurious fixed chairs.

A Beautiful Interior

Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV

The Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV also boasts a larger rear space than its highly coveted rival, the long-drive Range Rover. This is an important feat in the SUV world, where every square inch of space counts.

Aesthetically, the interior is beautiful; it is detailed with bespoke oak finishes and fine leather seating. The dashboard is perfectly symmetrical and features a state of the art entertainment and information system, that builds on BMW’s highly praised iDrive infotainment.

As expected, it is fitted with the latest state of the art technology, including but not limited to: pedestrian and wildlife detection, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems.

Performance

Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV

Although the Rolls Royce lacks the speed that its luxury SUV rival, the Lamborghini URUS boasts; a 155-mph top speed is by no means slow. This is a car that encapsulates luxury and comfort, whilst being able to tackle any terrain it encounters.

The similarities to the Phantom are not restricted to the bodywork. The Cullinan uses the same 6.75-liter twin turbo V12 engine and all-aluminium chassis that Rolls-Royce have utilized so successfully on the Phantom. A winning formula it would seem.

Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV

The off-road capabilities are probably the most impressive feature about this car. The clever technology utilizes a dashboard camera that automatically adjusts the car’s suspension and gearbox settings to match the terrain.

Rolls-Royce even claims that the Cullinan is to be the most ‘serene ride over the most challenging surfaces anywhere in the world’. It has an impressive wading depth of 540mm, suiting even the most adventurous of driver’s needs.

So how much is it going to cost?

It is reported that the Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV’s sold out in their first round of production. Orders are expected to be delivered to the first lucky customers as soon as the end of 2018. An order would set you back around $300,000 (Auto Express); a prestige price mark for a vehicle that, put simply, is as luxurious as it gets.

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Here’s Your Complete July 2018 Auction Calendar

Sotheby’s is set to dominate the headline art auctions throughout the July 2018 Auction Calendar. Both the Old Masters Evening sale and Pre-Raphaelite British Impressionist art sale are in the highly anticipated schedule.

The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival is also set to return. With it comes Silverstone’s classic sale, which should ignite the classic car world and give indication on how the market will pan out into the latter half of the year.

Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale – July 4th

London, United Kingdom

July 2018 Auction Calendar

London Art Week always results in a busy and exciting time for the London art market at the start of July. Arguably the most important and influential auction of the week will take place at Sotheby’s Bond Street auction house, the Old Masters Evening Sale.

Leading the way will be Joseph Mallord William Turner’s stunning portrait, depicting Walton Bridges in one of his highly important series of views of the River Thames. The portrait is expected to fetch up to $5 million when it goes under the hammer on July 4th.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art – July 12th

London, United Kingdom

July 2018 Auction Calendar

An exciting array of paintings, drawings and watercolours are up for grabs at this vastly important midsummer art auction. The sale will offer examples of not only the pre-Raphaelites but also Classical Revival and British Impressionist pieces.

The sale will be led by lot 12 – John William Waterhouse’s enchanting masterpiece, ‘The Siren’. Find out all of the enthralling history and provenance behind this piece here.

Silverstone Classic Sale 2018 – July 21st

Warwickshire, England

July 2018 Auction Calendar

The Silverstone Classic Sale is upon us again and it has some absolute gems up for auction. With plenty of rare, provenant Ferraris, Porsches and Jaguars in the mix, it is hard to pick a real standout contender for the featured lot.

The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster leads the way in terms of price by a considerable margin, with an estimated hammer price of between $700,000 and $800,000. The car comes with fully documented restoration by a ‘Who’s Who’ of the UK’s leading 300SL specialists and is sure to cause some serious excitement among the classic car enthusiasts at Silverstone.

 

See below for the full July 2018 Auction Calendar:

AuctionAuction HouseCategoryStart DateEnd DateLocationURL
Watches OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 2, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/SL5Zkt
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian BooksSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Old Master Sculpture & Works of ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Royal Orders and Medals from the collection of George, Duke of Cambridge SothebysMedalsJuly 3, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/kBsXiU
Ancient Sculpture and Works of ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/j2Z97m
AntiquitiesChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/HRJf36
Old Master & British Drawings & WatercoloursChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/XSp8mB
Quentin Blake: A Retrospective Alternative Versions from the artist's personal collectionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/zZbrmb
Old Master & British Works on PaperSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018London
TreasuresSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 4, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/HFbdX7
Old Masters Evening SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018London
Treasured Portraits from the Collection of Ernst HolzscheiterChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/n7QDUs
Gold BoxesChristiesGoldJuly 4, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/MmBmgP
Old Masters Day SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/8pkbyZ
Collection Quidam de RevelSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/8XywWc
Thomas Chippendale: 300 YearsChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/Nb7VYE
The Exceptional Sale 2018ChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/xivPFc
Old Masters Evening SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/6Poa2i
From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints OnlineChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/q7UAi2
Jewels OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 6, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/f2e9xV
Contemporary Prints and Multiples OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 6, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/bVddzw
Old Masters Day SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 6, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/wauxNT
English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and IllustrationsSothebysBooksJuly 9, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/cF8co7
First Open Online: Post-War and Contemporary ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 9, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/jA3i
Contemporary EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 9, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/SCnzdy
MoMA: Tracing Photography's HistoryChristiesPhotographyJuly 9, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/xa1c5S
The Library of an English Bibliophile Part VIIISothebysBooksJuly 10, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/QgQWCV
Science and Natural HistoryChristiesScienceJuly 10, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/4mTiXy
Finest and Rarest WinesSothebysFine WineJuly 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/orVMbt
19th & 20th Century SculptureSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/4DPcqA
Valuable Books and ManuscriptsChristiesBooksJuly 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/4p3U37
Victorian Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/k3P18b
The Art of China: New York, Summer EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/8WvRXf
The Art of China: London, Summer EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/jA3i
Phillips x Artsy: Summer SchoolPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/huxC3b
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/mSMPMx
US CoinsHeritageCoinsJuly 12, 2018July 16, 2018Orlando
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/LgqJT5
19th Century European & Orientalist ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/2zTp8K
Contemporary Art OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 13, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/KMSNnB
Christie's Wine OnlineChristiesFine WineJuly 17, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/HPvJaV
SportsHeritageMemorabilliaJuly 19, 2018July 20, 2018Dallas
Contemporary Art OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 24, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/hhY37V
Close to Home: Christie's Staff Art ShowChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 25, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/zjV9Nv
Movie PostersHeritageMemorabilliaJuly 28, 2018July 29, 2018Dallas
20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening SalePhillipsFine Art and AntiquesJuly 25, 2018Hong Kong
Jewels and JaeditePhillipsJewellery & WatchesJuly 28, 2018Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Watch Auctions: SIXPhillipsJewellery & WatchesJuly 28, 2018Hong Kong

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

Vacheron Constantin is as prestigious as a watch brand can be. It sources precious metals and hand crafts bespoke, high class, elegant timepieces. Vacheron models date back to 1755 making it the oldest watch manufacturing brand in existence. The company values and quality remain ever present, as seen from the new Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

‘A Certain Nod Towards Enthusiasts of this Reference’

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time is one of the most popular and renowned models in the Swiss watchmakers’ arsenal. The latest model is a certain nod towards enthusiasts of this reference.

The Dual Time is offered in both steel finish and 18 carats rose gold, although steel looks to be the most prominent option among buyers.

The dials are also available in two colors: deep blue or silver tone, with the former offering a more classic Overseas look. This is a trend that is proving increasingly popular in the watch collecting world.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

Simplistic Practicalities

The most unique feature is the simplistic practicalities that the timepiece offers. In addition to the standard hour/minute/second timers, the watch is also fitted with a central hand with a red arrow on it that acts as a home time indicator. It also features an AM/PM time indicator for the seasoned traveler.

The breath taking in-house mechanics can be observed through the custom made sapphire case back. A caliber 5110 DT powers the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time, which is a dual time variant of the caliber 5100. It has an impressive 60-hour reserve and contains 234 components, 37 of which are jewels.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time

An Adaptable Proprietary Strap

The Overseas is adaptable to the wearer’s needs, offering a proprietary strap changing system. This allows for a straightforward process in taking the strap on and off without any tools and change to either a blue or black alligator leather strap or a blue or black rubber strap to suit the owner’s preference.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time was showcased at this year’s Baselworld. The first available order came in February 2018, when it was announced that the Steel model would set you back $24,700, whilst the gold model retails at $39,500.

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