COMMEMERATING CRICKETING HEROES

Ulysse Nardin: Pioneering spirit with a quest for innovation

7/31/2014 10:37:41 AM
written By :  Anita Khatri

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Bollywood and cricket have become almost like religion to the people of India. And it is not 

too often that we find a top Swiss watchmakingbrand trying to blend in with the popular culture of a country. However, Ulysse Nardin has decided to be associated with these two and this move is viewed to be as important as watchmaking in Switzerland, especially for creating commemorative watches.

This is one of the few Swiss watch brands which has paid homage to Indian cricket. Ulysse Nardin has launched commemorative watches to honour Indian cricketing legends by introducing limited edition watches for Yuvraj Singh and Sunil Gavaskar. Celebrating the spirit of the sport, we present two watches with complications that are bound to bring in good times for the legends and you.

-ANITA KHATRI

Published on 31, July 2014

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DESI FLAVOUR

Watches, jewellery and fragrances that showcase the Indianisation of the globe

During ancient times, several luxury brands found wealthy and royal patrons in India. And today with India’s growing economic prowess, these big names in watches and jewellery are once again focusing on the country. Hence it is no surprise that these very brands have taken inspiration from India’s rich hertiage and launched products using these motifs. 

In this second part of the ‘Celebrating India’ series, we present six more luxury brands thatPAY tribute to this country.

Tag Heuer

TAG Heuer has introduced two timepieces in the Carrera range for Indian racing enthusiasts.

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1. Carrera Tachymeter Chronograph “India Racing Edition”

Just 250 pieces – numbered limited edition – have the logo of ‘Mastering Speed for 150 Years’. The presence of the car-shaped logo on the dial adds to the thrill of motor racing enthusiasts. The ‘Mastering Speed for 150 Years’ logo has been placed on the dial at 9 O’clock as well as on the Sapphire Crystal case back. The numeral 60 at the 12 O’clock position, along with the thread stitching on the leather strap is in the India saffron colours. The top pusher button also has an orange band circling it to give it a burst of racing energy.

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2. Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph – A McLaren MP4-12C Sports Car Inspiration

The Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, produced in a limited edition of 1000 pieces, is commemorative of the 26-year partnership between TAG Heuer and McLaren. The design reflects the new sports car in colour, materials, and design, with certain technical features debuting on a TAG Heuer chronograph for the very first time. The chronograph casing is durable yet ultra-lightweight sandblasted titanium grade 2, with the McLaren ‘Speed Marque’ logo on the crown.

 

-ANITA KHATRI

Published on Oct 1, 2016

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NOT A FORBIDDEN FRUIT

The much anticipated Apple Watch will only help grow the market size of wrist watch wearers believe top executives of Swiss brands

With the younger generation preferring not to wear watches and using their mobile phone to tell time, what is the future of Swiss watchbrands. Contrary to popular perception, the head honchos of various top companies are optimistic and believe that going forward the Apple watch will only help grow the market size of wrist watch wearers. Read on to get their views. 

1. Matthias Breschan,GLOBAL BRAND President, Rado Watch Co.

It has been 20 years since the Swatch group presented a prototype for a telephone integrated in the watch. The first step in this group is by Swatch and Tissot, who are presenting the connected watch. At Rado we have all the technology to move in this direction. Mechanical and Quartz watches will continue to exist, as we are used to them. Many people buy watches not just to tell time, but because it is an extension of your personality, an accessory that you can show off.

2. Olivier Bernheim, President and CEO Raymond Weil

The Apple watch does not disturb me at all, because the world is not ready for it. Luxury Swiss watches are made by hands, whereas smart watches are made by machines. The entry of the Apple watch will introduce a new segment in the watch industry, but that will not replace the luxury of handmade Swiss watches.

-ANITA KHATRI

Published on April 30, 2015

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ELEGANCE AND FLAIR

IWC has created a unique place for itself in the luxury watch segment due to its passion for technical ingenuity

IWC Schaffhausen is one of the world’s leading brands in the Swiss luxury watch segment that crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. It has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. We showcase two of the latest eye-catching collections in the iconic Portofino collection. The Portofino watch family has held a place of importance in the IWC watch collections. The collection gets its name from a former fishing village of Portofino near Genoa in Italy. Even today, the great and the good gather in Portofino to enjoy the relaxed, laid-back southern European lifestyle. The classically elegant Portofino watch family is a subtle reflection of this lifestyle.

Portofino for Two
Adding grace to the Portofino collection IWC has created a seductive range of partner watches. The Portofino Automatic and the smaller Portofino Automatic 37 have formed a bond for couples who wish to celebrate their union with a symbol on their wrists. A choice from eight combinations, either with or without diamonds makes these timepieces perfect to be adorned on your Wedding Day. The Portofino Automatic 37 and the Portofino Automatic represent the marriage of two watches. The Portofino For Two comprises six red-gold and two stainless steel watches. With a choice of diamond-set bezels or dials, these timepieces appeal to couples who not only plan to share the beautiful things in life with each other, but also wish to add a luxurious note to their mutual commitment. The sunburst pattern on the dials creates fascinating reflections of light. The colours of the alligator leather straps from well known Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni accentuate the luxurious overall impression. This collection is in a choice of models; The Portofino Automatic 37 with 66 diamonds on the bezel or a slightly more  RESERVED one with 12 gemstones as hour markers on the dial. Two of the automatic models in red gold are available with a diamond set bezel. All red gold models come with a choice of a slate-coloured or silver-plated dial as well as gold plated hands and appliqués. The stainless-steel versions of the 37-millimetre models feature a slate-coloured dial while the automatic in the 40-millimetre case makes a stunning impression with its black dial and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués.

-ANITA KHATRI

Published on 12 August, 2016

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TIMELESS BEAUTY

Jaeger LeCoultre’s Reverso continues the rich watchmaking heritage 

Reverso, one of the legendary icons from the maison Jaeger LeCoultre was created in 1931. It was invented as a solution to the challenge set by British officers playing polo in India: to create a watch capable of surviving the hard knocks of a polo game.
Further than being a sports watch, the Reverso is currently one of the most iconic models in luxury watchmaking and this watch has a very special emotional bond with me personally. It is this watch where one can wrap a precious moment on the wrist. We present for our readers the most current versions introduced in the Reverso Collection: the Grande Reverso 1931 Seconde Centrale and Grande Reverso Ultra Thin1931 special edition

Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 Special London Flagship edition
This Special Edition will be available in a short series of 26 pieces, exclusively at the Jaeger-LeCoultre London Flagship on 13 Old Bond Street.  This timepiece has the dial in a deep green lacquered reminiscent of the rolling British countryside and to the legendary sporting colour. Equipped with a 45-hour power RESERVE, the second side on the solid case back features an exquisite engraving of the Palace of Westminster featuring the famous clock tower Big Ben.

–ANITA KHATRI

Published on 31 August, 2015

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