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Maestoso has written a new chapter in the history of Haute Horlogerie. And the challenge? To equip a wristwatch with a traditional detent escapement, a mechanism usually designed to run in a perfectly stabilized position, and which, thanks to its sublime beauty, manages to eclipse the tourbillon..

Enabling the mechanism to operate in all the positions that wearing a wristwatch entails – without resorting to the convenience of a modern, shorter detent – is a genuine gamble, pulled off via the three patents and a series of additional innovative systems. To prevent the detent from turning over, an anti-pivot cam, integral to the spring balance, works in conjunction with the safety finger. To cope with the risks of over-banking, a flexible thrust bearing fitted on the wheel and connected to the balance absorbs any excess energy. 

Christophe Claret has also endowed the watch with a constant force, guaranteeing stable energy and amplitude throughout the power reserve.”

Visit the Maestoso here, at christopheclaret.com

This year at SIHH a tremendous selection of new model year pieces debuted. Here are some of the pieces from the brands we carry:

Bovet

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Lady’s Audrey. A divine selection of pastel colors and metal combinations.

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Bovet Recital 12 Virtuoso II

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Bovet Sergio Split Second Chronograph by Pininfarina

Christophe Claret

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Christophe Claret Poker – Texas Hold’em on your wrist

Greubel Forsey

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Greubel Forsey Perpetual Calendar – GF07 movement with 24 second, 25 degree tourbillon

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Greubel Forsey GMT in platinum and black anodized titanium dial

Picciones’ just took delivery of the first Christophe Claret Kantharos to hit the United States this week. This version is the MTR.MBA13.905, the rose gold and titanium case with the rose gold dial, which retails for $116,000 Swiss Francs or $130,420 USD at the time of this posting (December 27, 2013). This is Christophe Claret’s first “mid-level” complication: a proprietary force constant, mono-push chronograph sonnerie. The Kantharos is unlike any other chronograph on the market today with its unusual and fascinating combination of complications. The mono-push chronograph sonnerie feature was also used in a similar manner with the Dualtow, but the focus of the Kantharos is chronograph complication. In the Dualtow you had the tourbillon and rubber tread time indicators to as the primary aesthetic and mechanical achievement while the chronograph function – while very cool – was really secondary.

With the Kantharos, you are wearing, owning, operating a chronograph. The bi-compax design features the 12 hour register and the 30 minute register where the superluminova discs rotate to indicate the elapsed time rather than by a standard hand. The automatic movement is based on a beautifully designed column-wheel chronograph made all in-house with impeccable finishing. The plates, bridges, and other components are rhodium plated and the contrast of the gold and brass elements in the movement is just stunning. The force constant – which is the star feature of the movement – allows for the power to flow undiminished during the entire power reserve cycle.

The sonnerie, or chiming mechanism, is activated on the start and stop of the chronograph. The sound, which is typical Claret, is superb! The resonance and sound clarity are brilliant, which can be directly attributed to both movement construction and the case materials. The 45mm case is 18kt rose gold and grade 5 titanium. The combination both looks great and provides the necessary materials to produce extraordinary sound. This same combination of case metals is used in the Soprano, in our opinion the best sounding minute repeater on the market today, the newest Claret grand complication.

For more information please contact us at info@picciones.com or call 216-382-7011.

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 back, exposing the 558 movement components that power this piece.

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 movement macro shot

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 movement macro shot

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 movement macro shot

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 buckle

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 buckle

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 on the wrist

Christophe Claret Kantharos MTR.MBA13.905 on the wrist

Christophe Claret Kantharos force constant in action

Christophe Claret Kantharos force constant in action

Christophe Claret Kantharos dial zoomed.

Christophe Claret Kantharos dial zoomed.

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Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph Hour Wheel

Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph Hour Wheel

Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph Minute Wheel

Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph Minute Wheel

Best Watches of 2013 – Part 3

Continuing our series of the best watches for 2013, we examine some of our favorite pieces to debut this year. Do you have a favorite not on the list? Leave us some feedback and we might just feature it!

 


 

Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement

It’s good to see Girard Perregaux making a huge impact on the world stage once again. The Constant Escapement is this years Grand Prix  d’Horologie de Geneve Aiguille d’Or Winner and for good reason. This is THE award you want to win if you’re a watch brand. It’s very much like the Oscars of the watch world. The Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement is a technical breakthrough that provides true constant force to the escapement via the barrel spring. In theory, the energy that is “saved” provides invariant balance amplitude and power reserve.

You have to see this piece in action on YouTube!

 

 

Best Watches of 2013 - Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement **GPHG 2013 Aiguille d’Or Winner**

Best Watches of 2013 – Girard Perregaux Constant Escapement **GPHG 2013 Aiguille d’Or Winner**

 


 

Glashütte Senator Chronometer Regulator

The Glashütte Senator Chronometer Regulator simply oozes style and substance as it adds yet another spectacularly understated model to the famous “Senator Collection”. The Senator Chronometer Regulator pays homage to special regulator clocks Glashütte created in the 19th century. We love the simple and elegant design of the 42 mm case and the white, silvery dial.

The Watch Lounge has some more info here!

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Best Watches of 2013 – Glashutte Senator Chronometer Regulator

 


 

Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1

Greubel Forsey in my mind creates the finest timepiece in the world today. Sure, that bold and prestigious proclamation might be debatable, but it’s certainly hard to argue that any company makes a finer watch than Greubel Forsey. This year they had several new pieces to add to their collection, but none more spectacular than the collaborative Art Piece 1! Greubel Forsey approached world-renowned micro-sculptor Willard Wigan to create a one of a kind piece of art to put inside the watch. Yes, inside the watch.

Detailed article on the Art Piece 1 found at Hodinkee.com.

 

Best Watches 2013 - Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1

Best Watches 2013 – Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1

 


 

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograh Aero Black Ceramic

Depending on your specific tastes, Hublot had a LOT to offer in 2013. The big news from Hublot in 2013 was their partnership with Ferrari. From this partnership came the LaFerrari monster masterpiece, as well as some other goodies. But for me, this year brought Hublot fans a much more reasonable timepiece that enhances a much overlooked portion of their collection: the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero in black ceramic. This piece is gorgeous. While it’s one of the few non Big Bang pieces we saw this year, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero is best looking.

Detailed feature on the Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero here!

 

Best Watches of 2013 - Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Black Ceramic

Best Watches of 2013 – Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Aero Black Ceramic

 


Kari Voutilainen 28 Sarasamon

Kari Voutilainen is quickly becoming one of the world’s hottest independent watchmakers, and rightfully so. The AHCI member had a seriously impressive 2013 with a couple of pieces on our  “Best of 2013” list. The 28 Sarasamon is a unique, one of a kind piece that features a dial which makes grown men fall to their knees. Honestly, have you EVER seen a dial that amazing in your life? Voutilainen’s 28 Sarasamon caught the watch world abuzz with this sensational piece that features his in-house, sublimely manufactured movement.

An in-depth hands on review of this piece is at independent-watchmakers.com!

 

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Best Watches of 2013 – Kari Voutilainen 28 Sarasmon

 


 

Kari Voutilainen V-8R

Mr. Voutilainen – as I said previously – had a seriously good 2013. He made maybe the prettiest dial I’ve ever seen in the piece above, then he worked with Max Busser to make the Legacy Machine 2 that was launched this year (a little foreshadowing here…) and most recently he won Grand Prix d’Horologie de Geneve “Men’s Watch 2013” for this piece: the V-8R. Voutilainen’s V-8R is simply stunning. At a very modest 39mm, this completely in-house manufactured timepiece, which features a proprietary two balance wheel system, is limited to just 25 examples and exhibits the finest techniques and approaches in watchmaking. I suspect there are going to be 25 extremely happy collectors with a V-8R strapped to their wrists.

Ariel Adams has you covered with this hands on review of the Voutilainen V-8R here!

 

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Best Watches of 2013 – Kari Voutilainen V-8R

 


 

Konstantin Chaykin Cinema

One of my favorite “What is that?” moments from 2013 came by way of Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin and his brilliant Cinema piece. A fellow AHCI member with Mr. Voutilainen, Mr. Chaykin’s workshop is not in Switzerland but rather his native Russia. This year he introduced this incredible animated timepiece that takes one back to early 20th century filmmaking. A completely in-house caliber powers this theatrical timepiece; a movement that features two barrels (one appears to power the animation portion and one for the time, of course). The Konstantin Chaykin Cinema is a truly a show on the wrist!

Watch-Anish has a video of the Cinema right here!

 

Best Watches of 2013 - Konstantin Chaykin Cinema

Best Watches of 2013 – Konstantin Chaykin Cinema

 

 

Best Watches of 2013 – Part 2

Continuing our series of the best watches for 2013, we examine some of our favorite pieces to debut this year. Do you have a favorite not on the list? Leave us some feedback and we might just feature it!

 


 

Breguet Classique La Musicale 7800BR

Breguet seems to always introduce groundbreaking pieces in classical Breguet fashion. This year, the piece that seemed to really stand out was yet another La Musicale piece — the 7800BR — which plays Bach’s Badinerie sublimely. The sound is breathtaking and the dial work, which has this infinity symbol effect, is very cool. The watch is, however, quite an un-Breguet like 48mm but the space is needed to house the musical movement.

Here’s a YouTube video of the 7800BR in action.

 

Breguet Classique la Musical 7800BR - Best of Watches 2013

Breguet Classique la Musical 7800BR – Best of Watches 2013

 

 


 

Bremont Codebreaker

Oh yes, another can’t miss limited edition piece by the British powerhouse Bremont! Following up on their successful run of limited editions such as the Norton chronograph, the P-51, and the HMS Victory, among others, is the WWII inspired Codebreaker which gets its historical artifacts from Bletchley Park. We are an authorized dealer for Bremont; any Bremont inquiries can be addressed by calling us at 216-382-7011

Take a look here for some details regarding the Codebreaker!

 

Bremont Codebreaker - Best Watches of 2013

Bremont Codebreaker – Best Watches of 2013

 

 


 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon

Cartier had a tremendous 2013 as their Fine Watchmaking Collection was boosted by several really interesting pieces. The piece that stole the show, in my opinion, was the Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon. The “free floating” tourbillon was developed with a ton of new technique advancements that company used across several models. No matter how you look at this piece, it’s pretty cool!

The write-up on this mysterious piece can be found here :)

 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon - Best Watches of 2013

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon – Best Watches of 2013

 


 

Christophe Claret Kantharos

Nothing ordinary comes from the Christophe Claret Manufacturer factory. This year, Christophe Claret reworked the traditional chronograph in a way only he can: he made it chime. This unique take on the traditional chronograph is anything but ordinary. Beyond just the fascinating chiming mechanism, a proprietary force constant differential was also integrated to create a completely unique timekeeping experience. Picciones’ is an authorized dealer for Christophe Claret.

Cool write up and video here by Perpetuelle.com

 

Christophe Claret Kantharos - Best Watches of 2013

Christophe Claret Kantharos – Best Watches of 2013

 


de Bethune DB28 Skybridge

Some watch companies take the rule book and set fire to it. That’s pretty much what de Bethune is all about: setting rule books ablaze. I love the new DB28 Skybridge with it’s sensational dial and crazy looking hands and case design. Sophistication and watchmaking futurism oozes from this piece. All de Bethune ever seems to do is make crazy-awesome watches and win awards. That blue dial…mmmm.

Some more of that de Bethune DB28 goodness at thewatchlounge.com!

 

de Bethune DB28 Skybridge - Best Watches of 2013

de Bethune DB28 Skybridge – Best Watches of 2013


 

F.P. Journe – 30 Year Anniversary Tourbillon

F.P. Journe is celebrating his 30th anniversary this year and recently introduced a highly limited piece to commemorate the first pocket watch he ever made. After 30 years, F.P. Journe has amassed an incredible list of achievements and accomplishments that make him, arguably, the greatest living watchmaker. One could also make the case for any “debut” watch from F.P. Journe to be on the “best of” list, but this piece holds a special place for a special anniversary.

Thewatchlounge.com has the details about this historic piece here.

 

F.P. Journe 30 Anniversary Tourbillon Limited Edition Piece - Best Watches of 2013

F.P. Journe 30 Anniversary Tourbillon Limited Edition Piece – Best Watches of 2013

 

Best Watches of 2013 – Part 1

Today we take a look at some of the very best watches the industry introduced this year. This list covers brands that we don’t carry as a retailer, but respect and admire as watch enthusiasts! If you think there’s a piece that should be on this list, leave us a comment and let us know! Read more…

This is our first in a series of “review style” videos we hope to share. This is an overview of the GoS Winter Nights Collection. For questions or comments regarding GoS Watches, please call 216-382-7011 for details or email us at info@picciones.com

Greubel Forsey presents the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with natural titanium movement 

Greubel Forsey presents the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with natural titanium movement housed in a regal 5N red or white gold round case. Read more…

Stephen Forsey – Special Guest

On Wednesday, October 16th, Picciones’ hosted Greubel Forsey for an wonderful evening of art and time innovation. The evening was highlighted by special guest Stephen Forsey, co-founder of Greubel Forsey. Our customers were thrilled to have the opportunity to engage the living legend, who is making rounds to United States Greubel Forsey retailers.

Read more…