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.
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CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.