Just in time for the year-end holidays, Global Traveler compiled a wish list of unique timepieces with refined sophistication and uniqueness sure to stand the test of time. Explore some of the latest offerings from three renowned companies — LVMH, Richemont and Swatch — for inspiration this holiday season.
Designed with a spirit that appreciates handmade craftsmanship, inventiveness and uniqueness, watches from LVMH have a timeless charm. According to the luxury company, its watchmaking side capitalizes on the complementary positioning of its brands, including TAG Heuer’s international stature, Hublot’s strong dynamic of innovation, Zenith’s age-old savoir faire and Dior’s creativity.
In addition to announcing Tom Brady as its newest brand ambassador to join the prestigious elite corps, TAG Heuer recently officially launched the new TAG Heuer Carrera – Heuer 01, the first of a new, chic collection. The watch features a new design all around, including an innovative 12-part case construction, design and caliber. Priced from roughly $5,100, the Heuer 01 draws the eye into the mechanism of the timepiece with exposed chronograph controls and openwork date disc as well as a transparent sapphire caseback revealing a bold red column wheel and skeleton chronograph bridge.
Watch for the launch of the new TAG Heuer Connected, a Swiss smartwatch powered by Intel technology and Android Wear, Nov. 9.
Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Wacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC Schaffhausen, Panerai and Montblanc — Richemont’s Maisons encompass several of the most prestigious names in the luxury industry.
Montblanc’s newest additions to its famed 1858 collection pay tribute to the past with vintage-inspired yet modern looks designed to revive the spirit of the refined watches the legendary Minerva manufacturer has been creating since 1858. Recently unveiled, the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter watch and 1858 Small Second watches commemorate some of the brand’s most celebrated timepieces of the early 20th century.
The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter boasts a sleek black dial and traditionally shaped hands as well as the iconic Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock and a notched crown. Developed and handcrafted in house with stunning 18k red gold, the timepiece is limited to 100 pieces, starting from about $33,000. Variations of the exquisite Small Second watches start from about $3,000 and are sure to impress watch enthusiasts who value timepieces with a contemporary vintage expression.
For the global traveler in your life, what could be more fun and unique than a sophisticated timepiece featuring a multicolored map of the world? Swatch recently introduced artist Soonja Han’s Swatch Art Special THIS IS MY MAP as the second Swatch Club watch of this year. The vibrant map reaches from the dial across the bezel to the tips of the strap, from the center to the ends of the Earth. For a reasonable $120, the new Swatch Art Special comes in special packaging, featuring a round box displaying the same multicolored map and including a set of five circular colored cards.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying recognized United Airlines for providing a hospital-grade standard of cleanliness and safety during travel. Among the four largest U.S. carriers, United is the first to receive Diamond Certification, the highest in the new APEX Health Safety audit powered by SimpiliFlying.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways partnered to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers on the Gulf carrier. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps passengers manage travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will be initially offered on select Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi in early 2021, with plans to extend the offer if successful.
Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own refined adventure of a lifetime. You can custom order your new Volvo, tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection recently debuted a complete redesign, now standing as a luxurious, modern mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. At 10,540 feet, the ski-in/ski-out retreat boasts new social spaces, a refreshed lobby, a new boutique, a collection of new guest experiences and amenities, and wellness offerings. Additionally, Madeline features a collaboration with Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who helped create the hotel’s Recovery Ski Lounge.