Richard Mille At Full Speed With The RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype

Next month sees the return of the Only Watch charity auction, one of the most anticipated dates in the watchmaking calendar. The ninth edition of this biennial event – which takes place in Geneva on Saturday, November 6th at 2 pm local time – will bring together 54 watch brands offering 53 lots. Plus, the auction’s proceeds will go to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One of those brands is, of course, Richard Mille.

The innovative Swiss watchmaker has decided to donate an eye-catching timepiece that pays tribute to the auction’s Monégasque roots. After all, the event is patronized by Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Luc Pettavino, Founder of Only Watch, is also president of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, the Monaco-based charity that has benefitted from the 70 million euros raised at the previous eight auctions.
For this year’s auction, the Les Breuleux-based brand is donating the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype, an ultra-lightweight timepiece created for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver who hails from the Côte d’Azur principality.

The time-only watch stands out for its skeletonized dial, hands, and movement, with the X-shaped, 0.4mm thin titanium dial hand-painted in the red and white colors of Leclerc’s national flag.
The dial’s lines echo those of the extra-flat, automatic CRMA7 calibre beneath, whose mainplate and bridges are equally machined from grade five titanium and given stealthy black and grey DLC treatments.

The skeletonized winding rotor, visible through the display caseback, is made from a mixture of Carbon TPT and white gold. And it employs the brand’s OneWay winding system with ceramic ball bearings to efficiently wind the fast-rotating, high-performance mainspring barrel.
The 47mm x 39mm case is made in white and red Quartz TPT. Cutting-edge and boasting high shock resistance, these cutting-edge composites are exclusive to Richard Mille and have a dynamic veined appearance thanks to the stacked layers of quartz fibers molded with resin at high temperature and pressure.

Additionally, in furtherance of the color scheme, the RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc Prototype comes on an elastic, seamless “comfort strap” that features an upper layer of red textile. Designed to fit the contours of any wrist, it is the lightest strap made by the brand.
The presence of the strap, the use of TPT composite materials, and the fact that the dial, mainplate, and bridges are made of grade five titanium all contribute to why this watch only weighs a mere 32 grams. Richard Mille has supported Leclerc for over a decade, watching him progress from junior karting all the way to Formula 1 in 2018. According to the brand, Leclerc wearing the RM 67-02 prototype even helped the brand test new technical solutions for subsequent models.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted

Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet has released a new Frosted Gold version of its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted. It is made of 18-carat white gold, finished with an ancient hammering method. Limited to 200 pieces, this 41mm version is equipped with the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the Self winding Calibre 4401, first introduced in the Royal Oak collection this year.
The case and bracelet are presented in 18-carat white Frosted Gold and feature polished chamfers and crown. The richly textured surfaces are created using an ancient gold hammering method, also known as the Florentine technique, produced in collaboration with Carolina Bucci.

Powering this timepiece is the Manufacture’s latest generation chronograph movement, the self-winding Calibre 4401. This fully integrated column wheel movement offers flyback function, which allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action.
The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the push-pieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.
Its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41 Frosted sapphire caseback offers the magnificent view of the integrated chronograph’s column wheel and the dancing action of the chronograph hammers. Equipped with a 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight, the Self-winding Calibre 4401 boasts sophisticated finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” circular graining, circular satin and polished chamfers throughout.
The dial is presented in a light grey hue, a new shade for the Royal Oak Frosted Gold Selfwinding Chronograph. It features a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating. The rhodium-toned minute counter and hour counter have been repositioned, augmenting readability, while the date disc is located closer to the inner bezel.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic

Audemars Piguet has released a new Royal Oak Offshore line in 44 mm with 5 models, featuring titanium, 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel case.

This new launch represents the first redesign of the Royal Oak Offshore since the evolution of the 44 mm collection in the early 2000s. While retaining the essence of the Royal Oak Offshore’s original characteristics, the design of the case and dial has evolved to offer optimum aesthetics and ergonomics.
These models also introduce the Manufacture’s latest integrated flyback chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. The new Royal Oak Offshore 44mm is fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system that enables wearers to change straps easily.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic, 18-carat pink gold or stainless steel combines the collection’s strong identity with a more ergonomically refined design.

The case presents larger polished chamfers on the edges, while the bezel as well as the screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces follow a slight curvature for more visual appeal. To the exception of the all-titanium version, the other four timepieces in the collection feature a ceramic bezel for a powerful two-tone contrast.
The glare-proofed sapphire crystal curved from 6 to 12 o’clock seamlessly fits the curvature of the bezel and completes the overall design. The Manufacture’s trademark alternation of hand-polished chamfers and satin-brushed finishing adorning the case and bezel furthers the watch’s new aesthetic.
The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Ceramic line introduces the Manufacture’s latest in-house integrated chronograph, Calibre 4401, in the Royal Oak Offshore collection. This self-winding chronograph movement is equipped with a column wheel and the flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping or resetting it first.

Calibre 4401 also features a vertical clutch system that prevents hands from jumping when the chronograph is started or stopped, as well as a patented zero resetting mechanism ensuring that each one of the counter hands is seamlessly reset to zero.
The movement’s dedicated blackened 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and refined decorations, including “Côtes de Genève,” “traits tirés” and circular graining can be admired through the sapphire caseback.
The caseback also reveals components usually hidden from view such as the column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers.

With its selfwinding mechanism, 70 hours of power reserve and water resistance to 100 m, Calibre 4401 perfectly complements the Royal Oak Offshore.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 line is fitted with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system. The interchangeability system has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs, in perfect harmony with the case’s aesthetic codes.

The ease and efficiency of the new system will allow clients to change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system also grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist. In addition, the interchangeable rubber straps in black, blue, grey and brown hues adorning the different models, as well as the AP pin buckle, are endowed with a new design.

The Royal Oak Offshore’s “Méga Tapisserie” pattern adorning the dial, available in shades of black, grey, light brownand blue, has been newly designed to offer enhanced contrast and high-end finishing. The pyramids composing the stamped Tapisserie have been sharpened and connected to one another with a raised criss-cross pattern that adds depth to the dial.
The pyramids’ finishing gives a satin effect in an echo to the case’s bold yet refined aesthetic. Extensive programming and numerous prototypes were necessary to reach the perfect balance of sportiness and elegance.

The chronograph counters have also been rearranged to improve legibility: the minute counter now appears at 9 o’clock, while the hour counter is positioned at 3 o’clock. In addition, the date window has been moved closer to the inner bezel between 4 and 5 o’clock. The small seconds counter is, for its part, at 6 o’clock.

Furthermore, the watch presents the new Royal Oak Offshore logo adorning all new models across the collection. The applied gold AP initials appear without the long-form signature at 12 o’clock.
The dial also features more assertive gold Royal Oak hands adding to the watch’s powerful identity.

Since it hit the world of fine watches in 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore has offered a platform for innovation, seeing a raft of new materials, case sizes, complications, colours and dial designs.

In 1999, the Manufacture introduced a bolder guilloché pattern – the “Grande Tapisserie” – in the Royal Oak collection. Although produced with the same engine-turning process as for the Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore’s original “Petite Tapisserie” pattern, the base of the pyramids composing the “Grande Tapisserie” almost doubled in size, granting the watch a bolder look. The “Grande Tapisserie” soon followed in the Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm line.
In 2001, the Tapisserie pyramids saw yet another reinterpretation within the Royal Oak Offshore collection with the birth of the “Extra-Grande Tapisserie,” later renamed “Méga Tapisserie.” This time, the more massive pattern is no longer engine-turned, but stamped with powerful presses. This dial design was quickly adopted throughout the collection and became a key feature of the more muscular Royal Oak Offshore in 44 mm, which started to appear in 2010 and has evolved in parallel of the 44 mm line ever since.

Today, the “Méga Tapisserie” undergoes a new evolution with the release of the 44 mm size. Its criss-cross Tapisserie pattern nods to the powerful yet sophisticated aesthetic of the newly designed case.

The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 44 Stainless Steel Ceramic collection presents two models combining a stainless steel case with a bezel, push-pieces and a screw-locked crown, all crafted in black ceramics. To reinforce the two-tone aesthetic, the push-piece guards have been crafted in sandblasted stainless steel.
The first model plays with the case’s two-tone contrast. It is adorned with a black “Méga Tapisserie” dial enriched with rhodium-toned counters and comes with a black interchangeable rubber strap, as well as a second brown interchangeable calfskin strap.
Both models are enhanced by white gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and applied gold AP initials.

The Manufacture introduces two titanium models hand-finished with satin-brushing and polished chamfered. They are offered with dials in shade of blue or grey, both complemented with white gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating and applied gold AP initials.

The first model features an all-titanium case with black ceramic push-pieces and screw-locked crown. The blue “Méga Tapisserie” dial and inner bezel are illuminated by rhodium-toned chronograph counters and matched with a blue interchangeable rubber strap. A second black interchangeable rubber strap is included.
The other titanium variant is enriched with a bezel, push-pieces and screw-locked crown in grey ceramics. The grey “Méga Tapisserie” dial is enhanced by blue chronograph counters and a blue inner bezel. The watch is complemented with a grey interchangeable rubber strap and a second blue interchangeable rubber strap. The last model of the collection brings together an 18-carat pink gold case with a black ceramic bezel, both decorated with satin-brushing and polished chamfers. The contrast extends to the push-pieces and crown. The push-pieces and screw-locked crown are crafted in black ceramics and finished with satin-brushing, while the push-piece guards are in sandblasted 18-carat pink gold.
The bezel is matched with a black “Méga Tapisserie” dial adorned with rhodium-toned chronograph counters, whereas the pink gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands and applied gold AP initials highlight the case’s two-tone design. The watch comes with a black interchangeable rubber strap as well as a black interchangeable alligator strap.

U-Boat Capsoil Doppiotempo DLC

We have always treasured watches our whole life. When we were growing up, for eternity we thought of having a great watch as that next step – of making it, of a tradition of passage. There are so many facets to buying a watch.

Whether you select vintage or modern, it could seem like you must figure out how to climb Mount Everest when you’re starting. Thus, a watch brand, based in Italy, creating handcrafted and limited edition timepieces from nearly twenty years which are all designed by Italo Fontana.

Watches have over the years come a long way. They started off as basic time telling devices, but now they can be multifunctional with apps, activity trackers and more. The article will explore some of the most popular watches fromU boat luxury watches available in the market today.

How we end up with watches?
When it comes to accessories, people have particular choices. A wristwatch is an accessory that not only keeps track of time but also gives you a sense of mindfulness and self-assurance. For some, watches have a sentimental value when it is transferred on as a family heirloom.

There are watches that have been coming up with creative detailing since the 19th century. Theseluxury watchesstand out in terms of their details and reflect a lot about your personality as well, which is why they’re often considered to be fashion accessories as well..

Since then, various Excellent men’sluxury watches brands andwomen’s luxury watches brands have come up in the market that provides their customers with the best wristwatches that suit one’s personality.

About the brand!
In the heart of Tuscany, just little over fifteen minutes away from Lucca’s old medieval town walls, surrounded by Gragnano’s hills is the company’s base in the county “villa”.

A land of great inspiration for Italo Fontana whose ingenuity is a mixture of objects, atmospheres and particular places surrounding him.

An expression of the values of Made in Tuscany around the world is unquestionably seen in each and every U-Boat and work.

Italo Fontana’s creations have a very idiosyncratic design. In their line it is possible to recognize Italo’s imprint, because he personally designs each model.

To highlight the bond between Italo as a designer and his products, his name has been added to the brand: the public must understand that there is a person in flesh and blood behind the luxury company named U-Boat creation who designs with love and appetite to provide fabulous watches. The U-Boat deals in both men luxury watches as well as ladies watches.

The Roar of U-BOAT
In the time of two years U-BOAT has flourished in opening several own-brand boutiques around the world plus innumerable selling points. Seven flagship stores all placed in the vibrant hearts of capital cities, hotspots for the worldwide high-spending business. U-BOAT is now accessible in more than 60 key markets, as well as with the online boutique including Watches & crystal.

Collections to choose from:

Darkmoon 44

  1. U-Boat Darkmoon 44 Cardinak Red Steel – 2021 Edition
    Price: £741.67 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 44mm x 15mm 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Red Brushed Metal dial with Beige Luminova Indexes and Hands.
    The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters.
    This U Boat watch has High Quality Domed Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    22mm x 20cm
    Black Vulcanised Rubber Strap.
    U-Boat Darkmoon 44 Cardinak Red Steel – 2021 Edition
  2. U-Boat Darkmoon 44 Cardinal Red IP Black – 2021 EDITION
    Price: £816.67 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 44mm x 15mm IP Black Plated 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Green Brushed Metal dial with Beige Luminova Indexes and Hands.
    The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Domed Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    22mm x 20cm
    Black Vulcanised Rubber Strap.
    U-Boat Darkmoon 44 Cardinal Red IP Black – 2021 EDITION

Sommerso Collection

  1. U-Boat Sommerso Diver Black Silicone Strap
    Price: £1,500.00 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 46mm x 16mm 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Black dial with Beige numerals,Markers and Hands.
    The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    Strap is 22mm x 18cm Ultra-Resistant Black Silicone Strap.
    U-Boat Sommerso Diver Black Silicone Strap
  2. U-Boat Sommerso Diver Blue Silicone Strap
    Price: £1,500.00 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 46mm x 16mm 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Black dial with Blue numerals,Markers and Hands.
    The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    Strap is 22mm x 18cm Ultra-Resistant Black Silicone Strap.
    U-Boat Sommerso Diver Blue Silicone Strap

Classico Collection

  1. U-Boat Classico U-47 Bronze 7797
    Price: £1,458.33 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 47mm x 17mm Aged Bronze Case.
    Black dial with Beige Arabic numerals, beige hands and markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    20mm x 18cm Brown Laser Cut strap.
    U-Boat Classico U-47 Bronze 7797
  2. U-Boat Classico 47 MM 1001 Black Limited Edition
    Price: £3,541.67 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 47mm x 17mm Titanium Case.
    Black dial with Blue and White Arabic numerals, black hands and markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 1001 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has 6.4mm Sapphire Crystal Glass.
    20mm x 18cm Silicone Basis strap.
    U-Boat Classico 47 MM 1001 Black Limited Edition

Doppiotempo Collection

  1. U-Boat 1938 Doppiotempo GMT Date Green
    Price: £1,458.33 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 43mm x 15mm Satin Finished 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Green dial with Beige numerals, Hands and Markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Domed Bronzed Sapphire Glass Crystals.
    22mm x 18cm Handmade and Hand-finished Green Calf Leather band.
    U-Boat 1938 Doppiotempo GMT Date Green
  2. U-Boat 1938 Doppiotempo Chronograph Date Steel Bracelet
    Price: £2,750.00 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 46mm x 16mm 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Black dial with White numerals, Hands and Markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Sapphire Glass Crystals.
    22mm Bracelet 316L Stainless Steel Links.
    U-Boat 1938 Doppiotempo Chronograph Date Steel Bracelet

Capsoil Collection

  1. U-Boat Capsoil Chronograph Stainless Steel
    Price: £1,266.67 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 45mm x 15mm 316L Stainless Steel Case.
    Black dial with White Beige Arabic numerals, Beige Hands and Markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
    This U-Boat watch has High Quality Sapphire Glass Crystals.
    20mm x 18cm Black Silicone strap.
    U-Boat Capsoil Chronograph Stainless Steel
  2. U-Boat Capsoil Chronograph Black DLC
    Price: £1,350.00 Non-UK VAT Tax excl.
    The watch has a 45mm x 15mm Black DLC Plated Stainless Steel Case.
    Black dial with beige arabic numerals, beige Hands and Markers.
    The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
    20mm x 18cm Black Silicone strap.
    U-Boat Capsoil Chronograph Black DLC

Conclusion
The search is now over. Watches and Crystals is the certified retailer for buying designer watches of popular luxury brands. Watches and crystals provide a warranty of 2 years on all their products. One location where all the recognised and popularluxury watches can be found and compared for prices. Watches and Crystals are making luxury easily accessible for both men and women.

U-Boat Watch Capsoil Doppiotempo DLC 8770.
In the creative process U-Boat watches takes inspiration from the 1938 Doppiotempo model, originally designed for the Italian armys parachute assault regiment, the Col Moschin.
A famous design thanks to the case featuring two crowns, one for setting the time and date, the other for adjusting the “doppiotempo” or dual time function, and the iconic rotating internal bezel that allows the second time zone setting.
These characteristics are combined by the Lucca designer with those of the acclaimed Capsoil, an innovative watch that launched the concept of Oil Immersion, characterized by the mechanism completely immersed in an oil bath that amplifies the three-dimensional effect.
A fluid that creates the illusion of absence of the glass, also thanks to the compensation bubble floating freely on the dial and compensating the temperature variations.

MB & F LM Perpetual Palladium

At the second Geneva Watch Days MB&F filled its ‘Beau Rivage suite’ exhibition space with very exciting clocks like the ‘KB2’ clock (created by Philippe Lebru and Alain Silberstein) and the ORB MB&F x L’Epée 1839; and some no less exciting novelties for the autumn. First off here is the latest Legacy Machine Perpetual, this time in palladium.

Since its establishment in 2005 MB&F has started many interesting projects – the Horological Machines, co-creations with the clock maker L’Epée and the music automaton manufacture Reuge, limited edition ‘art meets fine watchmaking’ pieces, the M.A.D.Galleries (a special gallery dedicated to kinetic art with carefully-curated pieces from around the world in Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taipei) and the Legacy Machine collection which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

In 2011 the brand launched its round-cased Legacy Machine line. These more ‘classical pieces’ – classical only in MB&F’s terms – pay tribute to 19th century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great watchmakers of that time. As Max Büsser said – ‘what would have MB&F wanted to create 150 years ago?’

The milestone line now includes 8 calibres and features iconic haute horlogerie complications á la MB&F – like the perpetual calendar, the triple-axis Tourbillon or the double regulators.
MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual – in palladium
One of the important pillars of MB&F’s philosophy is to work with artists and watchmakers who they admire. On the Legacy Machine Perpetual, MB&F teamed up with Stephen McDonnell (the independent Irish watchmaker and former head instructor at the WOSTEP watchmaking school). They have reinvented one of the most complex traditional horology complications: the perpetual calendar.

The first LM Perpetual was presented in 2015 and since then it exists in different versions, like in yellow gold or titanium – mostly in limited editions. The watch won the Best Calendar Watch Prize at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).

The LM Perpetual EVO – launched in 2020 – is crafted from the very light and durable zirconium. On this new design there is a screw-down crown – a first for MB&F – safeguarding the 80m water-resistance of the case.

The LM Perpetual timepieces have 581-component in-house movements, created from the ground up. The integrated perpetual calendar developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell, featuring a dial-side complication (for example the 14mm flying balance wheel is on the centre) and a mechanical processor system architecture with inbuilt safety mechanism. Later allows the wearer to adjust the time and date easily, without the risk of damaging the movement.

On the dial you can see the hours, minutes, date, day of the week, month, leap year cycle (with a blue hand indicator around 7 o’clock) and power reserve (at 4 o’clock).

MB&F opted for a slightly less known precious metal this time: palladium. It is a shiny, silvery-white metal which belongs to the platinum group (which includes six metals: ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium and platinum). Palladium is mostly used in automobile catalytic converters, but alsoin jewellery, dentistry, blood sugar test strips, aircraft spark plugs and surgical instruments – it is very malleable and is a tarnish- and corrosion-resistant metal. Currently it is more valuable than gold, since it is very rare and the demand for palladium exceeds the supply.

The novelty inherits two new features: the more ergonomic corrector pushers first seen on the above mentioned LM Perpetual EVO, and a darker movement finish on the back, offering more contrast. This latest metal version of MB&F LM Perpetual is limited to 25 timepieces, see more here.

Richard Mille RM 037 Automatic

What women want? In 2000, when Mel Gibson was trying to find out the answer to this question while Richard Mille was working to establish his new brand. After 18 years from now, Richard says he found the answer: RM 037.
Technical and aesthetic excellence are just two of Richard Mille’s baseline values. Producing for women in the male dominated watch industry is both a matter of courage and a great deal of experience. Richard Mille, who sits on the peak of eye-catching designs and cutting-edge technologies with the RM 037 model, also reveals the same assertiveness about women’s watches as well.
The model is offered in the classic Richard Mille Tonneau-shaped case consists of three parts and measures 52.2mm x 34.4mm x 12.5mm. Although the long form of the case seems to cause discomfort on paper, the problem is solved thanks to the curved structure of the case back. However, due to the smooth and sharp angled sidewalls of the case, the 12.5mm total height looks to be more than the actual value.
In RM 037 there are six different case alternatives developed by using different materials together. The black and white ceramic bezel is complemented by 18K white or red gold side pieces, while there are also full gold, carbon-gold, full carbon or diamond-set carbon options as well. In the model we have here, the carbon bezel is set with hundreds of diamonds and the middle case is made of 18K red gold. As a Richard Mille classic, parts that are secured together with titanium screws and nitrile seals provide water resistance up to 50 meters.
Equipped with the in-house automatic Caliber CRMA1, the Richard Mille RM 037 draws attention with its relatively less-complicated structure compared to other watches of from the brand. 25 jewels movement measures 28mm x 22.9mm x 4,82mm, beats at 4Hz (28800vph), offers a 50-hour power reserve when fully wound and has a variable rotor geometry like in the other automatic movements of the brand. It is possible to switch between three different functions of the movement by using the pusher located on the winding crown. With the W (Winding), H (Hand Setting) and N (Neutral) positions, it is also possible to deactivate the rotor as well as the winding crown. Richard Mille RM 037 has a date window at 12 o’clock on the semi-skeleton dial decorated with diamonds. The date can be set via the button on the left side of the case.
Richard Mille’s sense of freedom brought by many strap alternatives in men’s watches is also present in women’s watches, with even more eye-catching options. In addition to the rubber straps identified with the sporty design, it is possible to get an alligator strap or even an 18K gold bracelet. Comparing the last option to an ordinary gold bracelet is a mistake for sure as you can see a similar bracelet in a jewelry store’s display only.
If the Richard Mille RM 037 is a visually and technically appealing option for you, we have good news; due to its more traditional movement and less usage of exotic materials when compared to other Richard Mille models, RM37 comes with a relatively approachable price. When we say “approachable” we mean approachable than the other Richard Mille timepieces of course.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph presents five new Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph models in 42 mm equipped with the latest integrated flyback chronograph movement – the calibre 4404. Two of the new models are in either a titanium or stainless steel case in a light blue or khaki hue dial with their Méga Tapisserie dial pattern, and three additional references in stainless steel, titanium or 18-carat pink gold with the Petite Tapisserie pattern on the dial.
The release is actually two sets of 42mm Selfwinding Chronographs in 42mm Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph case, totalling 5 new models. The first set is offered with the Méga Tapisserie dial pattern and comes in two case options: one in stainless steel and one in titanium, both sporting a black rubber crown and push-pieces with textured rubber straps. And the second set is offered with the Petite Tapisserie dial pattern in three case options: one in stainless steel, one in titanium, and one in pink gold. All these have metal bracelets of the same material as the case.

The Méga Tapisserie dials are made by machine stamping, while the Petite Tapisserie dials are traditionally made by computer controlled guilloché. For details on the dial manufacturing in AP, see our visit article here. The Méga Tapisseries are an interpretation of the original Royal Oak Offshore first seen in 2001, and the Petite Tapisseries represent an new evolution of the original Royal Oak Offshore from 1993.
Both sets of the new iteration of the AP ROO Chronograph 42 are fitted with the new in-house movement – the caliber 4404. This movement was first seen as a variant known as 4401, which was introduced with the Code 11.59 Chronograph in 2019 and later in current 43mm ROO Chronograph. The 4401 was the first integrated chronograph movement developed and manufactured in-house by AP.

The 4404 is a redesign of the 4401 as AP wanted to return to the vertical 12/9/6 layout of the sub-counters in the 1993 Royal Oak Offshore model. In some intervening years, the ROO Chronograph featured the 3/6/9 horizontal layout. As the 4401 had a horizontal 3/6/9 layout of the sub-counters, and this change to make the sub-dial into a vertical 12/9/6 layout needed an additional movement plate. However the specifications of both calibers remain exactly the same. Both have 40 jewels, column-wheel flyback chronograph with vertical clutch and date. And measure the same diameter of 32mm with a power reserve of 70 hours, beating at 28,800 bph.
With the 4404, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph now has both sub-dial tricompax layouts for its chronographs. In the current AP Catalog, there still models which remains that are powered with either the caliber 3126/3840 (vertical sub-dials) and the caliber 2385 (horizontal sub-dials). These are movements with third party components. The 3126/3840 is the AP Caliber 3120 base movement with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, while the 2385 is the F. Piguet 1185. Without any inside information, we speculate this will change soon and all chronographs will be powered by either the 4401 or 4404.
Two new models in the “Méga Tapisserie” dial pattern are introduced. One in a stainless steel case, and the other in a titanium case.

The stainless steel model sports a light blue dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern – first introduced in the Royal Oak Offshore collection in 2001 – enhanced with black counters and a black inner bezel. The orange used for the counters’ Arabic numerals and the chronograph’s central seconds hand adds a vivid touch of colour.
In contrast, the titanium model combines a khaki “Méga Tapisserie” dial and a matching inner bezel, enriched with silver-toned counters with printed black hour-markers, Arabic numerals and chronograph hands.
The new Royal Oak Offshore Petite Tapisserie models are offered in stainless steel, as well as in two new case options: one in titanium and one in 18-carat pink gold. While Audemars Piguet released a previous model entirely crafted in titanium in 2004 (ref. 25721TI), it is the first time that it presents an evolution of the 1993 timepiece with “Petite Tapisserie” in 18-carat pink gold. The case and bracelet of the three timepieces have all been hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin-brushing and polished chamfers.
The stainless steel and pink gold references are complemented with blue rubber push-pieces and crown, as well as a blue rubber gasket sealing the bezel onto the case. In contrast, the titanium timepiece sports a crown, a gasket and push-pieces all crafted in black rubber.
Faithful to the original aesthetics, the three new Royal Oak Offshore Petite Tapisserie models incorporate the “Petite Tapisserie” pattern. The stainless steel variant features the iconic blue dial of the Royal Oak Offshore from 1993, a colour referred to as “Night Blue, Cloud 50” in the Manufacture’s archives. The pink gold reference highlights the “Night Blue, Cloud 50” dial with pink gold-toned counters, echoing the precious case’s colour. Last but not least, the titanium version adorns a light grey dial accentuated with black counters and a black inner bezel.
Although the timepieces have kept the original 1993 Royal Oak Offshore’s vertical counter display, the hour and small seconds counters have been inverted: the hour counter is now positioned at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds counter appears at 6 o’clock. For its part, the minute counter has remained at 9 o’clock. In addition, all the counters are now equidistant from the centre of the dial for more visual appeal.

The AP initials now appear at 3 o’clock. In the Méga Tapisserie models, this signature is now without the long-form signature for a more sportive look, while the traditional AP initials with long-form signature are still featured on the Petite Tapisserie models.
The five new Royal Oak Offshore models are powered by a new selfwinding integrated chronograph, Calibre 4404, equipped with column wheel and flyback function. Unlike a regular chronograph, the flyback function allows the wearer to stop, reset and start the chronograph in one simple action. The column wheel works in collaboration with a vertical clutch system. When the chronograph is started or stopped, the hands respond accordingly without any hint of jumping. Furthermore, the pushpieces feel smooth when pressed. A patented zero resetting mechanism ensures that each one of the counter hands instantaneously resets to zero.
The watch’s sapphire caseback reveals the movement’s column wheel and the so-called “dance” of the chronograph hammers* when the chronograph is activated. The movement also boasts a dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight featuring the embossed AP initials, as well as refined hand-finishing, including “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing and polished chamfers.
The five new AP Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronographs are complemented with the Manufacture’s new interchangeable strap system. The interchangeability has been directly integrated into the buckle and case’s studs, in perfect harmony with the case’s aesthetic codes. The ease and efficiency will allow clients to change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist.

The two models in the Méga Tapisserie are fitted on an interchangeable textured rubber strap in light blue or khaki shade echoing the respective dial colour. Both come with a second black interchangeable calfskin leather strap. While the three models in Petite Tapisserie are delivered with a metal bracelet of the same material as the case. The metal bracelet can be replaced with a rubber strap for a sportier look and lifestyle as the latest 42 mm versions come with a second interchangeable rubber strap – blue for the stainless steel and pink gold versions; black for the titanium piece. Fully waterproofed, the three models can travel underwater to a depth of 100 metres when worn on rubber strap.

The 2021 interchangeable strap assortment for the 42 mm Royal Oak Offshore also includes a light blue and a khaki textured rubber strap, as well as a black calfskin leather strap.

Maurice Lacroix Aikon

Maurice Lacroix Aikon has its roots in a Zürich based company named Desco von Schulthess, which started producing watches and movements for other brands in 1961. As they were quite successful, in 1975 they decided to brand some of their watches and sell them under the name Maurice Lacroix. Just five years later, they were no longer producing watches for third parties.

The Aikon is a rebirth of the Calypso line of watches from the 1990s, following the same design language. The stand-out features on these timepieces are the six polished “arms”, as Maurice Lacroix Aikon calls them, placed around the bezel, as well as the bracelets, usually consisting of five links, with a design similar to that of an integrated bracelet. The first line of Aikon watches that came out in 2016 had quartz movements, and in 2018 the company released new, much more refined versions, powered by automatic movements this time.

The watch comes in either 42mm or 39mm, with dial colors ranging from blue to white and black. In this review, we will take a look at the 42mm blue dial version.
For this review, I was provided the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Vikings Edition by my partner uhrenlounge.de. The Uhrenlounge of the Aika jewelers from Dresden is not only an authorized dealer of Maurice Lacroix watches, but also of many other well-known manufacturers like Oris, Tissot, Seiko or TAG Heuer. Thereby, Uhrenlounge is considered to be a true pioneer when it comes to ordering watches online safely and quickly. If you have further questions about watches, the competent customer service of the Uhrenlounge is at your disposal. As always, you can find links to the watch in the store at the end of this review. Have fun with your new dream watch!
If you are always interested in the latest watch models, there is hardly a more reliable site than the ‘news’ of Uhrenlounge. This spring, the Maurice Lacroix AIKON Quartz Chronograph made an appearance here, which immediately caught the eye with its unusual color garb and has enjoyed great popularity ever since.
For the new special edition model, Maurice Lacroix Aikon worked closely with top Norwegian athletes Anders Mol and Christian Sørum. Mol and Sørum are part of the Beach Volley Vikings and have already won several gold medals in their careers. Two years ago, Maurice Lacroix signed the exceptional athletes. Since then, Mol and Sørum have been part of the so-called Maurice Lacroix Crew. The ML Crew brings together the best talents in their field – top athletes, entrepreneurs and artists come together here and release special models for which they have collaborated with the Swiss watchmaker.

The Maurice Lacroix AIKON Vikings Edition is also the product of such a collaboration. According to Maurice Lacroix, the two beach volleyball players played a crucial role in the design process. So it’s no surprise that the special edition AIKON Quartz Chronograph wears the red, white and blue jersey of the Vikings.

Typical for all AIKON models are the differently designed surfaces and the resulting exciting overall look. I wonder how my red chronograph with reference number AI1018-SS001-530-6 implements this. And anyway, I can’t remember ever testing a quartz watch that costs a hefty 1290 euros. What makes the Maurice Lacroix AIKON Vikings Edition so special?
Soberly considered, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Vikings Edition is a good chronograph, which despite its quartz movement does not have to hide behind the competition with automatic calibers, but can confidently show its strengths. And those definitely lie in the good workmanship, the choice of materials and the interesting story about the beach volleyball players Anders Mol and Christian Sørum. This Maurice Lacroix AIKON is fun to wear on the wrist, making it a perfect watch for the summer!

Graham Fortress Ltd

The Graham Fortress is a chronograph equipped with a monopusher set within the crown. By placing the monopusher/crown on the left flank of the case, the watch breaks with convention. However, there is much sense in taking this unusual approach to chronograph design.
What’s in a name? The Fortress upholds Graham‘s fondness for aviation-themed product names. Perhaps its moniker doffs its hat to the Flying Fortress of the 1930s? Alternatively, the word ‘ may evoke thoughts of military strongholds or castles and, by default, elicit images of strong, castellated buildings and impregnable structures. All of these associations are consistent with the tough nature of this new Graham model.

To really understand the watch brand from La Chaux de Fonds, a person has to think like Graham, ie don’t subscribe to convention or accept mediocrity be bold and brave. If a sign says ‘keep off the grass’, put on a pair of big boots and do a jig on the turf. If other brands choose to place push-pieces on the righthand side of the case, then break the rules and go for a leftfield approach.
Indeed, as you look at the new Fortress from Graham you will note a monopusher located on the left flank of the case. This lone pusher, positioned in the top of the crown, starts, stops and resets the chronograph. It’s a one-stop shop for all of your stopwatch needs. By combining it with the crown it endows the case with a clean, uncluttered profile.

But a leftfield design can also be eminently logical. A pusher on the left side of the case proves more intuitive to use. When using a chronograph, the wearer observes the start of an event, actuates the stopwatch function and thereafter, at the end of the event, halts the timer. The potential problem is the human factor, namely the time gap between seeing an event and pressing the push-piece. The shorter the gap between observation and pressing the pusher, the more validity the recorded elapsed time really has. The thumb is the fastest acting digit, hence with this design, a right-handed person will instinctively place their plumpest digit on the push-piece and press it with lightning bolt alacrity.
Another key benefit of positioning the combined crown and monopusher on the left is superior wearer comfort. Often when a watch is worn and the wearer flexes their wrist, the protrusions on the right flank of the case gouge the wrist, chafe the skin or inhibit free movement. The Fortress’s leftfield approach causes no such problems.
The blue sunray dial and the black grained dial feature bold, luminescent hours and minutes which collaborate with ample, applied Arabic numerals, imparting meaning. The dial has two circular brushed counters, a small seconds display at 3 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph register at 6 o’clock. A date display is located adjacent the monopusher/crown. Housed in a 47mm stainless steel case, the generous proportions of the watch confer impressive wrist presence while the exhibition caseback affords sight of the Fortress’s Swiss automatic movement.

This rebellious firm doesn’t subscribe to slick marketing, it chooses to focus on making excellent watches, rich in character. Indeed, the Graham Fortress Ltd is a serious watch from a company that still knows how to have #fun.
La Chaux-de-Fonds based Swiss watch maker GRAHAM SA presents FORTRESS, a limited edition automatic mono-pusher chronograph watch with its operating elements placed on the left side of the case.

Dressed in a massive 47mm diameter stainless steel case, the GRAHAM FORTRESS watch is available with a blue sunray dial or a black grained dial. Each version is limited to 100 pieces.
Its bold, luminescent hour and minutes hands collaborate with ample, applied Arabic numerals to display the time. The dial has two circular brushed counters, a small seconds display at 3o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph register at 6o’ clock. A date display is located adjacent the monopusher/crown.
The generous proportions of the watch confer impressive wrist presence, while the exhibition caseback affords view of the Fortress’s Swiss automatic chronograph mono-pusher movement. Certified by Chronofiable, this calibre has a power reserve of 48 hours.
The pusher, positioned in the top of the crown, starts, stops and resets the chronograph. The deliberate positioning of crown and pusher on the left side of the case ensures quick and easy operation. Another key benefit of positioning the combined crown and mono-pusher on the left is superior wearer comfort.
The Graham Fortress Ltd is the latest creation from the Anglo-Swiss watch brand, best known for its unusual ‘trigger’ device. However, this new model eschews the legendary trigger in favour of a monopusher/crown. Could this model be the new face of Graham?
There are some brands which apply one or more stylistic elements to a product or its packaging, making it readily identifiable. The silhouette of a Porsche 911 is unlike no other car, distinguishing it from others. The ‘hobble-skirt’ bottle will forever be associated with Coca-Cola. A red pocket knife will always be termed a Swiss Army knife. In terms of watchmaking, Graham will forever be associated with the chronograph trigger.

The Swiss watch brand has equipped numerous chronographs with a prominent trigger on the left flank of the case. There is much sense in positioning the trigger on the left and, indeed, its design. Appraising the human hand, the thumb is the fastest acting digit. In military aircraft, weapons are engaged using the thumb. Graham’s trigger is ergonomically designed to accommodate the thumb, making actuation intuitive and quick. This is of vital importance.

When using a chronograph, the time interval between observing an event and actuating the pushpiece needs to be as small as possible if the recorded elapsed time is to have relevance. By endowing various models with its iconic trigger, Graham has significantly improved the value of the chronograph complication. Moreover, by locating the trigger, which also includes the crown, on the left, the arm is able to flex easily, hence wearer comfort isn’t compromised. The chronograph is reset with a separate pushpiece located at 10 o’clock.
In terms of the trigger’s design, ‘form follows function’. By seeking the optimum means of actuating the chronograph, Graham has created a look that differentiates its products from all others.

With all talk up to this point being about the trigger, it may come as a surprise to learn that the brand’s latest model, the Graham Fortress Ltd, eschews the actuation device in favour of a monopusher/crown. At the centre of the model’s fluted crown is a pushpiece with allows the wearer to start, stop and reset the stopwatch function. The monopusher/crown sits on the left flank of the case, upholding Graham’s design language as well exploiting the aforementioned ergonomic benefits.

Reading the Graham press release, there is a degree of mystery regarding the inspiration behind the ‘Fortress’ name. Is it a reference to the Flying Fortress of the 1930s or is it intended to convey the model’s robustness? One thing is certain, the Graham Fortress Ltd looks sturdy and ready to take on the world.
Housed in a 47mm steel case, this new watch is overtly masculine. The rhodium-plated ‘Modern’ hour and minute hands are treated with beige Super-LumiNova and efficiently converse with matching, fulsome Arabic numerals. A small seconds display is located at 3 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph register is positioned at 6 o’clock. Lastly, a date display resides at 9 o’clock, completing the model’s inventory of functions. All indications are eminently legible.

With the advent of the Graham Fortress Ltd, one cannot help wondering if the monopusher/crown will become the new face of Graham.

Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic

On the occasion of the classic car event Le Mans Classic, Richard Mille presents the RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic, a limited special edition. The event was co-founded by the Manufacture and takes place every two years near Le Mans in France. The watch celebrates the return of the event in 2022, and accordingly features a green and white case – the colours of the event. However, the watch also offers several other references to racing and impressive mechanics under the hood.
Le Mans Classic usually takes place every second year in July on the site of the famous 24 heures du Mans race. At the event, which was co-founded by Richard Mille, drivers from all over the world compete with classic racing cars. The cars must be at least 40 years old. Since the first edition in 2002, Richard Mille has already presented seven special models dedicated to the event. The RM 029 Le Mans Classic is the eighth watch that celebrates the sport of racing.
Case & Materials of the RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic
The Richard Mille RM 029 Le Mans Classic comes in a three-piece 40.10 x 48.15 x 13.10 mm case. The white middle section consists of a solid block of white Quartz TPT. This material is composed of hundreds of layers of interwoven quartz fibres, which are heated to develop their unique pattern. The front and back bezel are meanwhile made of green Quartz TPT fixed to the middle section with screws. Two white stripes are embedded on the top – a tribute to the colours of the racing event.
The dial is, in fact, just a sapphire glass pane that allows a view of the mechanics. On it are the skeletonised hands with green tips that tell the time along with the Arabic numerals. Surrounding the dial is a green ring with fluorescent dot indices. Furthermore, there is a large date at 4 o’clock. The 24-hour display at 2 o’clock has a blue dot at 4 o’clock. This is the time at which the race starts. At 7 o’clock, the Manufacture has placed another reference to the event. The Le Mans Classic logo with the green and white chequered flag adorns the front.
Under the Bonnet of the RM 029 Le Mans Classic
The RMAS7 calibre powers the watch. The automatic winding system supplies two barrels with energy. Together, they provide a power reserve of approximately 55 hours. Meanwhile, the variable geometry rotor allows the winding speed to be adjusted to the wearer’s level of activity. Elsewhere, the free-sprung screw balance ensures reliability. The latter operates at a typical frequency of 4 hertz.
The Richard Mille RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic comes on a white, ventilated rubber strap. As a special edition
The silence has been eerie these last two years on the outskirts of Le Mans. Anyone familiar with the world’s most iconic historic racing event will know that every second July, the whole town vibrates to the sound of scorched tarmac in the distance. The legendary race, Le Mans Classic will return not only in 2022, but exceptionally the next year too, in 2023, to mark the centenary of the very first race on the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit.
Usually, 700 historic racing cars take to the legendary Bugatti circuit together with 8,500 others in the club areas. The event is more than likely to top next year the record of 135,000 spectators it last saw in 2018. Richard Mille has been a partner ever since its inception in 2002 and has created the 8th model dedicated specifically to this event, a limited edition of 150 timepieces, the RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic. Aficionados will instantly recognize the timeless green and white color combination of one of the world’s greatest historic racing event.

The RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic, with total case dimensions of 40.10 x 48.15 x 13.10 mm, has a caseband milled from a solid block of white Quartz TPT

, offset by front and back bezels in green Quartz TPT

. The front bezel sports the characteristic double Le Mans stripes. These have been created from separate pieces of white Quartz TPT

 that has been inlaid into the green Quartz TPT

 bezel at 12 and 6 o’clock – a first for the brand. The vibrancy of this classic color combination is perfectly accentuated by a sporty white vented strap in rubber, guaranteeing excellent long-term comfort.
The skeletonised grade 5 titanium calibre RMAS7 movement with its oversize date window at 4 o’clock and a unique variable geometry rotor system driving double winding barrels forms the heart of the new RM 029 Automatic Le Mans Classic. A dedicated and finely detailed 24-hour counter at 2 o’clock pays fitting homage not only to the event itself but also to the hundreds of automobiles and drivers who relay over the 24 hours, starting at 4pm (indicated by a blue arrow).

Day or night, this limited edition gets fans and drivers alike back where they belong – out on the circuit, crossing the legendary Le Mans black and white chequered flag in perfect time.