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Beautiful In Black: TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph

Written by: K. Amanuel

TAG HEUER launched four new Carrera timepieces at the SIHH 2013 show in Geneva to celebrate and commemorate 50 years of Carrera. The iconic Carrera model was first launched in 1963 and had success as it became popular among professional motor racing drivers. All the new models presented for the anniversary make use of in-house mechanism. One of the timepieces introduced at the show was the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph.

The “all in black” TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph is powered by in-house Caliber 1887. Through the sapphire case-back, one can observe the self-winding mechanism and the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement that is inspired by an earlier Edouard Heuer creation. The watch itself comes in a 43 mm Grad 2 titanium case with black titanium carbide coating and nice sand-blasted finish. The sleek design of the case is complemented by the black ceramic bezel with the tachymeter scale. The case features a sandblasted dial with black gold applied date window and hand-applied Arabic numerals. Hour and minute hands as well as small seconds hand are made of polished gold and luminescent markers. The 30 minute counter can be seen located at the 12 o’clock position while the 12-hour counter is located at the 6 o’clock position. The small second counter is located at the 9 o’clock position.

Technical Specifics:

Movement:

  • Calibre 1887 – an integrated column-wheel watch movement

  • Oscillation frequency: 28,800 vibration per hour

  • Power reserve of 50 hour

  • Movement has 320 parts, which includes the re-engineered version of its inspiration and predecessor, the brand’s 1887-patented (by Edouard Heuer) oscillating pinion and a matching blue column wheel. The oscillating pinion works in tandem with the column wheel in a similar fashion as an automobile transmission. The oscillating pinion works as a clutch while the column wheel coordinates the start, stop and return-to-zero functions of the chronograph hand, functions like a gearbox.

Dial:

  • Black or Anthracite

  • 3 counters on dial – Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock position, chronograph hour at 6 o’clock position and running second at 9 o’clock position.

  • Hand-applied Arabic numerals

  • Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers with red tip on chronograph hands

  • Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo; “CARRERA – Cal. 1887” lettering on the face of dial

  • Hand-applied date window at the 3 o’clock position

Case:

  • Case diameter – 43 mm

  • Polished and fine brushed steel case

  • Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment

  • Ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale

  • Scratch-resistant sapphire caseback that is see-through

  • Water resistance – 100 m

  • TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph
    TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph

For more information, please visit company website: http://us.tagheuer.com/en/luxury-watches/tag-heuer-carrera-watch

Michael Kors Goes Urban Chic

Written by: K. Amanuel

 

Fans of the hit Emmy-nominated reality television show Project Runway are probably really familiar with Michael Kors, who was a judge on the show for 10 seasons. Known for his classic American sportswear for women, Michael Kors is one of the most famous designers in the world. His designs include clothing line, footwear, handbags, shoes and timepieces. His ready-to-wear apparels have received critical acclaim and are quite popular among the masses. Celebrities who have worn his work include Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez among many others. According to show notes, Michael Kors’ fall 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week was “an attitude based on speed, endurance and glamour.”

 

Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection as seen at New York Fashion Week
Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection as seen at New York Fashion Week

 

The collection at the 2013 New York Fashion Week was described as “Urban athleticism meets uptown polish.” In a house that included celebrities Hilary Swank, Jada Pinkett Smith, Karolina Kurkova, Zoe Saldana and Michael Douglas, Kors sent out an array of outfits for his fall 2013 collection that ranged in color from royal blue to taxi-cab yellow. One look was a soft royal-blue cashgora jacket matched with a matching zipper skirt. Another was a black rubberized shaker-knit sweatshirt that was paired with yellow track pants with black leather stripes. The quilted leather skirt suit was a definite standout as was the men’s gabardine-leather toggle coat with rubberized pullover. Black menswear were nicely contrasted against colorful attires. The show also presented its fair share of evening-wear, including an elegant black mink slashed stole with a double-face zip skirt. The men collection emphasized on the overcoat, over-sized jackets and large pockets.

 

The mixture of athletic wear-inspired textures and designs and cashmere cardigans gave a hint of glamour and sophistication. The chic and beautiful collection showed why Kors is still a respected name in the business after being around for three decades. The outfits on the runway were modern and sophisticated while still maintaining that look of comfort. Sleek structures and tailoring could be seen throughout the collection. Bold belts and metallic accents as well as exposed zippers and leather detailing gave the collection a lot of edge.

 

Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection
Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection

Reminiscent of his Spring 2013 collection, over-sized ski-like goggles was seen on few of the models. Kors use of colors and arrangement was indeed, “Bright lights, fast city…urban athleticism meets uptown polish,” as Kors himself described it. There was a good balance throughout the collection and had the signature sportswear look that Michael Kors is known for.

Fashion Icon Daphne Guinness and Watchmaker Roger Dubuis Team Up

This month fashion icon Daphne Guinness and Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis have teamed up to promote Roger Dubuis’ latest collection, combining Dubuis’ timepieces with Guiness’ style.

Daphne Guinness has long been considered an important figure in the world of fashion, being a well-known collector of haute couture and a revered style icon. She is an artist who has herself inspired other artists, serving as muse to famous photographers and art directors. It is as muse that she has come to collaborate with Roger Dubuis, a talented watchmaker whose name graces the brand he launched in 1995 with the help of Carlos Dias, another designer of fine watches.

 

As the latest celebrity to partner with Roger Dubuis, Guinness has lent the brand’s stylish timepieces the stamp of her approval—approval that did not come lightly. According to Haute Living magazine, before she would consent to becoming an ambassador for Roger Dubuis the heiress insisted on visiting their factory herself in order to ascertain that the quality of manufacturing that went into a Roger Dubuis watch was up to her stringent standards. Only then did she become ambassador for the Velvet collection.

To celebrate the launch of the Velvet collection, Daphne Guinness collaborated with the celebrated fashion photographer Nick Knight on a photoshoot that showcased the watches. The photoshoot was styled by the Daphne Guinness herself and features vintage clothing from her personal wardrobe. The results of the photoshoot are exceptional, each one capturing not only Guiness’ style and grace but each watch in the Velvet collection to perfection. Together they exemplify the “fascinating and daring appeal” of the Velvet collection. The resutls of the photoshoot also include a short making-of video that takes viewers into the world of high-fashion photography.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv2PQF40XDY

As for the watches themselves? The Velvet collection combines stunningly precise mechanisms with a glamorous design. The centers of the Velvet watches are marked by a barrel-shaped inset, creating an interesting depth effect on the watch face. Gleaming Roman numerals and appliqued designs all converge towards the center of the watch, drawing the eye inward. The watch casing itself is designed in a shape that sits halfway between a circle and a barrel shape, and gems line it in shapes that echo both forms. The watches of the Velvet collection come in a variety of colors and configurations, ensuring that there’s one to fit any aesthetic.

Looking forward, it’s hard to say where this partnership might go. However, with Guiness’ deep appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship that goes into a Roger Dubuis watch, it’s safe to say that we can expect great things from their collaboration.