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Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Bicompax Annual Hometown Edition

Since it was founded in 1888, Carl F. Bucherer has been at home in Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s most picturesque cities. The brand proudly identifies with Lucerne, but in its 134-year history, thanks to its adventurous and cosmopolitan founding family, it has established itself as a free-spirited, contemporary watch manufacturer that finds itself at home all over the world. The new Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition pays a unique tribute to 16 of the brand’s adopted hometowns in nine different countries.
Carl F. Bucherer will always have a powerful connection to the city of Lucerne, where it was founded in 1888. As a truly global brand, though, it also has strong links to some of the world’s most popular places and, with its Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition, it honors Lucerne and 16 of the other cities it is proud to call home.
Carl F. Bucherer is resolutely Swiss, so it should come as no surprise that eight of the watches in the collection pay homage to some great places in its home country: Lucerne is one of them, of course, and it is joined by Basel, Bern, Geneva, St. Gallen, Zermatt, and Zurich. Two of Switzerland’s neighboring countries, Austria and France, are represented by Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Editions dedicated to Vienna and Paris, respectively. Furthermore, models have also been created to honor two German cities, Berlin and Munich. Rounding out the offering are five other global capitals: Beijing, London, Mumbai, New York, and Tokyo.
Carl F. Bucherer’s CEO, Sascha Moeri, says that the Hometown Edition watches express an emotional message that is closely linked to the brand: “The entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the Bucherer family has always included international travel. In essence, they paved the way for today’s contemporary business travelers. They set out to see the world and found themselves at home wherever they were, finding new opportunities and becoming closely acquainted with the people in the places they visited. As a result, we are represented in most of the world’s cosmopolitan cities and, in the spirit of the Bucherer family, find ourselves at home in all of them!”
Iconic Landmarks Engraved on the Case Back What makes each watch so special is a compelling 3-D-look engraving on the case back’s sapphire crystal, which is dedicated to its specific hometown. For example, the Lucerne Edition features that city’s landmark Chapel Bridge, while tribute is paid to Tokyo with its skyline and Mount Fuji in the background. The Heritage BiCompax Annual Beijing’s case back is engraved with the city’s Tiananmen Square landmark. Each edition is distinguished by a one-of-a-kind case-back crystal with a similarly iconic and identifiable monument to its respective city.

The Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition watches are also presented in different colors. CEO Sascha Moeri says, “We wanted something more special than a conventional watch launch. We talked to the boutique teams in each of our ‘hometowns’ about the preferences of their own clients, which allowed us to choose colors that will resonate with the wants and needs of the customers in each city.”

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Carl F. Bucherer Manero

It’s often forgotten, when watch enthusiasts tally up the relatively few remaining independent, family-owned Swiss watch brands, that Carl F. Bucherer is one of them. The watch brand is a subsidiary of the Bucherer Group, which traces its origins to 1888, when founder Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a jewelry and watch boutique in Lucerne, Switzerland. Today the Bucherer Group is still family, with Jörg G. Bucherer – 82, and the grandson of the founder, Carl Friedrich Bucherer – still active as chairman of the company’s board of directors. One of the most notable recent events in the Group’s history is its 2017 acquisition of Tourneau, which should give you some idea of the considerable clout the company has globally, and it seems reasonable to assume that the subsidiary watch brand (Carl F. Bucherer was established in 2001) will almost certainly become more visible in the U.S. market than has been the case.
The Carl F.Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph collection is one of five main collections, and, along with the Patravi collection, it is made up of what would traditionally be considered men’s watches. Though of course the distinction is a bit outmoded these days, many Swiss watch companies define their collections in terms of conventionally masculine or conventionally feminine products. In the same vein, the Patravi watches have a bit more of a sports-luxury feel, while the Manero collection features cases and designs that would not, at least in terms of design details, have looked out of place in the 1950s, although physical dimensions are contemporary – the Manero Flyback Chronograph has a 43mm x 14.5mm case. Both collections feature watches that use variations on the company’s in-house CFB A1000 movement, which is a peripheral rotor caliber first introduced in 2008, and which was followed up with the A2000 series in 2016 (for more, check out our hands-on with the Manero Peripheral, right here).
The Carl F.Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph was also first introduced in 2016, and it represents a very conventional and very much Swiss approach to making a chronograph. The movement is not in-house, although that is certainly not a knock against the watch at this under-$10,000 price point – in-house self-winding chronographs are relatively rare, and at the Manero Flyback Chronograph’s price, even more so. They do exist, and so the Manero Flyback Chronograph, at $8,700 in steel (and $21,400 in rose gold) is not without competition – two contenders are the Zenith El Primero in steel (the 38mm model is $6,700) and, at an even gentler price, Seiko’s Presage Chronograph, which, with an enamel dial, and a vertical clutch, column wheel movement, is €2,650 (approximately $2,815).
On the Manero’s side, however, is the fact that while the movement is not strictly speaking in-house (caliber CFB 1970 is derived from the ETA 7750) it has been significantly modified, including the addition of a column-wheel control system rather than the stock lever-and-cam mechanism, as well as the addition of a flyback function. Longines does column wheel chronographs for as little as $3,000 however again, the flyback function is absent.

Of course, a feature-set comparison is only part of the story. It’s an often-repeated retailer’s truism that to sell a watch you just have to sell the dial, and the Manero’s quality of construction, fit and finish should enter into the equation as well, when evaluating it against the competition. After all, on features alone a steel Daytona is overpriced, at least at first glance, at $12,400, but there are plenty of people who would willingly sell a parent to a Barbary corsair to get their hands on one. Carl F. Bucherer’s watches in general, live in the details, and the diamond-shaped applied indexes, skeletonized hands, and combination of brushed and matte dial finishes, as well as the nicely beveled lugs on the case, all speak positively of CFB’s attention to detail in the design and construction of the watch. The two-register design and placement of the date window at 6:00 create a balanced, informative, and legible dial and albeit the date window is not a generally favored element to the Hodinkee reader (at least, those who leave comments!) it’s well incorporated into the overall dial design.The movement is well and appropriately finished for the price: neatly executed Geneva stripes on the rotor and plate, with blued screws. CFB has also gone to the trouble to integrate the case-back engraving into the overall design of the case itself; the engraving flows nicely around the indentations for the caseback wrench.
Overall, the first impression one has in the metal of the Carl F.Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph (in steel, with light grey alligator strap) is of quietly solid execution, if not actual inspiration in design. With the exception of the size (and the fact that it’s self-winding; automatic chronographs didn’t hit the market until 1969) this is a watch that’s almost completely drawn from the mid-20th century playbook of watch design, which is all to the good. Where I do think the Manero Flyback may struggle is with its dimensions.
There are no absolutes when it comes to size and watches – the wearability of a watch is affected by everything from its overall weight, to its diameter, thickness, and lug-to-lug dimensions, to how the strap or bracelet is attached to the watch, the use of a pin buckle or folding clasp, and so on. However, 43mm x 14.5mm is going to present a problem to exactly the group of potential clients who might otherwise find the design compelling enough to seek out the watch in person: people interested in a traditionally designed, two-register chronograph with good attention to dial and construction details and a slightly vintage feel. It’s not so much that the watch feels awkwardly large on the wrist; it doesn’t, and there are many popular modern chronographs with similar dimensions (including the Speedmaster Professional at 42mm; the Heuer Heritage at 42mm; the Presage Chronograph at 42mm.

Despite the fact that the size is challenging, given the tastes of likely customers for the watch, the Carl F.Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph represents some very attractive, honest watchmaking. It would be very interesting to see CFB bring out some smaller watches, though – the one consistent impression I have of both the Patravi and Manero collections, is that they would benefit from offering CFB’s undeniable facility with classic wristwatch design, with more classically oriented physical dimensions. Of course, size is relative and for the more physically imposing gent for whom a 38mm watch is less attractive, or for someone who just prefers a larger watch, the Carl F.Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph is an interesting alternative to the usual suspects.

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Urwerk UR-220 Red Gold

Beyond the heavily modified base movements inside them, Urwerk’s otherworldly mechanical contraptions that appear to tell time only incidentally have always had more in common with something out of a sci-fi film than conventional watches. The bedrock feature of its watches is the wandering hours complication, which was first invented in the 17th century for a Vatican City clock. Though it was reinterpreted for the wrist in the early 1990s by Audemars Piguet as the Star Wheel, it was Urwerk that reinvented the complication for the 21st century with an almost celebratory architecture that displayed the hour satellite in all its three-dimensional glory. By combining the satellite cube display with a three-dimensional retrograde minute indicator, the UR-210 and 220 series arguably marked the pinnacle of a concept that became a brand.

After three editions spanning a mere two years, Urwerk is giving a curtain call to the Urwerk UR-220. Characterized by a slimmer, sleeker case thanks to the manual-winding movement inside, the model was first unveiled in 2020 as the successor of the beloved UR-210. It was originally introduced in carbon, followed by an all-black titanium and steel version and then a second carbon version with luminous satellite cubes.

This makes the fourth and final Urwerk UR-220 the only iteration in solid red gold. Due to its size and style, Urwerk timepieces tend to benefit from the use of lighter, more modern materials such as carbon or titanium. But a warm precious metal, with a pronounced concentrically brushed finish, does lend it an irresistible contrast. It is further paired with a white rubber strap, which gives it an unmatched presence while ensuring great comfort on the wrist.
Notably, as opposed to all the other red-gold watches from the brand, the bridge that frames the hour satellite has been gold plated to match the case in the Urwerk UR-220, which visually accentuates the motion of the three-dimensional proprietary carrousel system that came to define Urwerk.

The central carrousel comprises of three cubes with an hour numeral on each face. As time progresses, the cubes traverse the dial, slotting into a massive hollowed-out retrograde minute pointer to show the current hour. At the top of the hour, the minute hand makes a leap back to zero and surrounds the next hour cube. This is accomplished with the use of a ruby bearing system to ensure stability, a double star-shaped cam underneath that triggers a spring attached to the satellite frame, along with a large vertical cylindrical spring to generate sufficient tension to power the flyback. The minute hand is openworked and made of aluminum to minimise inertia and it is counterbalanced by a bronze weight, visible on the central axis.
Notably in the UR-220, the 48-hour power reserve is charted across two gauges located at one and 11 o’clock. When the watch starts running, the indicator at 11 o’clock begins its journey backwards, and once it hits zero, the second indicator takes over.

A digital service indicator is also present on the reverse and activated by removing a protective pin, which sets in motion a counter displaying the number of months the watch has been running on two rollers, allowing the owner to keep track of the brand’s recommended 39-month service interval.

The base movement is still a heavily adapted Zenith Elite which has been rid of its automatic winding mechanism. As such, the watch is significantly slimmer, clocking in at 14.8mm versus the 17.8mm thickness of the UR-210.

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RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal

In the current haute horlogerie arms race, brands have spread their ambitions beyond increasingly intricate skeleton movements and complications, and set themselves to work developing more durable, reliable iterations of these complex creations. Richard Mille is leading the charge for this new generation of more rugged ultra-luxury timepieces, pioneering immense shock resistances and variable geometry winding rotors to limit the strain of intense physical activity on its movements. For its latest release, Richard Mille takes this variable geometry concept to its logical conclusion. This new model streamlines the process of adjusting the rotor, evolving it from an intensive fine-tuning process only available at the factory to an on-the-fly selection made with a case side pusher. The new Richard Mille RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal incorporates some of the brand’s most intriguing engineering concepts to date, showcasing a new approach to reducing movement wear.
Available in a pair of colorways, the 43.15mm integrated tonneau case of the Richard Mille RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal takes a sporty, ridged approach to the brand’s signature sandwich case design. The bolder of the pair is undoubtedly the blue case variant, with a bezel and caseback in deep striated royal blue Quartz TPT, while the mid-case is rendered from more of the brand’s proprietary Quartz TPT material in a pure optic white. Topped by an intricately finished crown with bright red rubber accents, this athletic colorway gives the already dramatic design an added punch in initial images. The second variant takes a more monochromatic approach, with a central case in the brand’s layered black Carbon TPT material. To complement this darker center, Richard Mille renders the caseback and bezel in a layered blend of white Quartz TPT and black Carbon TPT. The end result is a striking zebra-stripe effect in initial images, deftly highlighting the complex case construction while imbuing the design with an added sense of drama. To keep the stark black and white color palette from becoming too harsh, Richard Mille gives the crown a powder blue rubber accent ring. All of this may seem familiar to the brand faithful, but it’s the pushers that identify the RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal as a new evolution for the brand. The black Carbon TPT pusher at 2 o’clock, like several previous models, acts as a function selector for the crown, swapping between winding, time setting, and neutral positions. At 8 o’clock, however, the matching Carbon TPT pusher is all new. Playfully engraved with a “Sport Mode” inscription, this allows the wearer to cycle between the movement’s variable geometry rotor positions at will. Given the design’s ultra-high-tech approach to reducing weight and protecting the movement from wear, however, the case’s mediocre 50 meter water resistance is more than a little disappointing.
In typical Richard Mille fashion, the dial of the Richard Mille RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal is skeletonized and intricate, prioritizing visual complexity over artistically framing individual movement elements. Both case variants share the same dial layout (barring slight differences in highlight colors), with a sharply sloping rehaut featuring a mix of printed wedge hour indices and aggressive, futuristic printed Arabic numerals. The actual skeleton design itself is dominated by an X-shaped skeleton bridge, stretching across the length and breadth of the movement and featuring a brushed titanium finish to stand out against the backdrop of black PVD movement elements. The main handset follows the classic Richard Mille pattern, with a broad faceted skeleton design and unique tapering lume plots. Despite the complexity of the skeleton bridges beneath the hands, the retrograde subdials are both easily legible thanks to their vibrant red lume fills. At 2 o’clock, the retrograde indicator marks out the current selected crown function, and just above 6 o’clock the “Off/On” display marks whether the rotor-disengaging Sport Mode is currently active. The in-house Caliber RMAL2 automatic movement is the centerpiece of the Richard Mille RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal. The brand’s major innovation with this new powerplant is the butterfly rotor system. The butterfly rotor is an on-demand variable geometry and variable inertia system, intended to protect the mainspring and other movement components from unnecessary winding strain during high-intensity physical activity. To achieve this, Richard Mille uses a dual skeleton rotor design, with both rotors joined side-by-side and spinning freely under normal conditions. When “Sport Mode” is engaged, the two rotors lock together at a 180 degree angle opposite one another, shifting the movement’s center of gravity back to the central rotor pivot. In this position, the inertia from the titanium oscillating weights is not transferred to the mainspring, saving the movement from unnecessary wear and tear. The rest of the Caliber RMAL2 has no shortage of advanced components as well, with elements like a Gluycdur balance wheel and a balance spring in high-tech elinvar material. Thanks to a pair of twin mainspring barrels, the movement manages a solid 55 hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. In terms of finishing, the Caliber RMAL2 is a complex web of skeleton bridges and movement plates, finished in a mix of brushing, sandblasting, and black PVD for a purposeful ultramodern look in images.
Richard Mille finishes the RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal with a tapering integrated rubber strap. Flowing directly into the lines of the case, with dramatic side cutouts and stylized perforation reminiscent of high-performance automotive hood vents, this strap smoothly echoes the aggressive high-tech spirit of the case in initial images. For the blue-cased variant, the brand opts for a strap in clean white, while the white-cased model instead features a crown-matching strap in pale powder blue.

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Richard Mille RM 032 Automatic Winding Flyback Chronograph Les Voiles de Saint Barth Watch

After a two-year hiatus, Richard Mille has just announced the return of the Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille regatta — taking place over six days in the Caribbean Sea. This year’s 11th edition will see 700 sailors spread across 71 teams comprised of Maxis, Super Maxis, Multihulls, Spinnakers, and Melges 24s.

With the upcoming competition, Richard Mille revealed a new commemorative watch, the RM 032 Voiles de Saint Barth. The watch has been created to withstand depths of 300 meters and features Caribbean blue accents and white Quartz TPT. The watch has a full grade 5 titanium case middle and is flanked by lugs, inserts, and a case back all made in Carbon TPT. The 50mm skeletonized watch also packs a flyback chronograph function, an annual calendar, an indicateur de marche, and a half-turn locking crown.
Eagerly anticipated by everyone, the launch of the 11th Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille regatta on 17th April will signal the start of six captivating days in the Caribbean Sea. With patrons including world freediving champion Arnaud Jerald and the President of the International Maxi Association (IMA) Benoît de Froidmont, the 2022 edition also represents the third stage of the Caribbean Maxi Challenge, a new Caribbean competition open to all Maxis over 60 feet.

With just a few days to go before the event gets underway, the organisers are preparing to host an exceptional line-up. 700 sailors in 71 teams have registered for the race, with Maxis, Super Maxis, Multihulls, Spinnakers and Melges 24s all poised to jostle for a place on the podium. The overall winner – in the Maxi category – will be presented with a titanium RM 028 diving watch. Having been paused for two long years, Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille 2022 is certain to be a memorable and emotional event.
Involved in creating the regatta in 2010 and its title partner since 2019, Richard Mille will once again be present at the event, accompanied this year by the brand’s freediving partner Arnaud Jerald. The four-time world record holder and reigning world freediving champion is proud to be associated with this internationally renowned competition: “Our disciplines are synonymous with performance, humility, solidarity and surpassing oneself, and I am honoured to be a patron of this year’s Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille competition. I sailed when I was younger and I love the sensations, so I’m looking forward to picking up some valuable insights and talking to some true enthusiasts. Sailing and freediving are also sports in which experience is highly valued, so I expect to learn a lot from this event.”

Arnaud will be accompanied by Benoît de Froidmont, President of the IMA, which created the Caribbean Maxi Challenge. Luc Poupon and François Tolède, the organisers of Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille, are delighted and honoured to be joining this new competition: “Being selected by the IMA to be part of the Caribbean Maxi Challenge gives us fantastic recognition both in terms of the professionalism of our organisation at sea and the quality of our event on land.”
This 11th edition also provides the perfect opportunity for the brand to present its new RM 032 Voiles de Saint Barth timepiece, a highly technical creation that can withstand a pressure of 30 atmospheres (300 metres) in accordance with the ISO 6425 standard for diving watches. Worn by Arnaud Jerald in its titanium version, the Voiles de Saint Barth limited edition – of just 120 timepieces – is characterised by its two-tone combination of Caribbean blue and white Quartz TPT. The constant quest for optimal water-resistance and durability has led to the complete integration of these elements into a grade 5 titanium case middle. By contrast, the lugs, inserts and case back in Carbon TPT are combined with grade 5 titanium pushers that operate the chronograph and lock the rotating bezel – a complex construction that bears the seal of Les Voiles de Saint Barth Richard Mille on the back.

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RM 62-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon vibrating alarm ACJ

Bold and daring, the Richard Mille RM 62-01 Manual Winding Tourbillon vibrating alarm ACJ watch is the result of a partnership between luxury watch brand Richard Mille and Airbus Corporate Jets. The bold watch has a skeletonized baseplate and bridges in lightweight, rugged Grade 5 titanium, and a new vibrating alarm complication developed in tandem with Audemars Piguet over the course of five years. The alarm, which will vibrate for 12 seconds, can be set to the nearest minute of a 24-hour period. The watch with 816-part movement features a tourbillon, high-tech Glucydur balance and shock protection system. The most complicated watch Richard Mille has ever built is created in a limited edition of 30 pieces.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, Richard Mille drops its most complicated watch ever. It’s a watch designed for travelers, and produced as a collaboration with Airbus Corporate Jets. As such, it’s designed with the extremely affluent and very frequent flyer in mind – in addition to its tourbillon, it also has an oversized date, a GMT hand indicating the time in a second time zone, an indicator for the 70-hour power reserve, and an alarm. The alarm is a first for Richard Mille, and while not, of course, the first alarm watch, it is a first in how the alarm works. Instead of an audible alarm, it is a vibrating one, meant to be felt only by the wearer and not heard by anyone else. This is achieved by using a special oscillating mass that looks a bit like an automatic winding rotor, which spins at a high enough speed to produce a vibration that can be felt but not heard.

I must admit, I did have a chuckle when I read the press release which said “The RM 62-01 is designed for the discretion prevailing in the hushed atmosphere of luxury.” The new RM 62-01 is anything but discreet. The RM 62-01 has a double bezel – one is satin-polished titanium and the second milled from a block of Carbon TPT to a wafer-thin thickness of 1.8 mm. The combination of titanium and Carbon TPT ensures that vibrations produced by the alarm are transferred to the wrist, rather than to the movement.
Looking at the watch head-on (I haven’t had the opportunity to eyeball it in the metal), we see a pusher located at the center of the crown, from where it is possible to wind the watch, set the time, set the alarm and adjust the UTC indication. A disc at three o’clock displays the selected mode against a light-colored ground: N (Neutral) — W (winding) — T (time setting) — U (UTC hand setting) — A (Alarm setting). The UTC indicator for a second time zone is indicated by the green hand at the centre. And at nine o’clock, below the sapphire dial, the tourbillon shows off its free-sprung balance which oscillates at 3Hz. The oversize date is positioned at 12 o’clock and framed by an aperture with the red hatching we often see from Richard Mille. Finally, the 70-hour power reserve can be seen at 11 o’clock. All functions relating to the vibrating alarm are grouped on the lower part of the main dial.
The rotating weight that produces the alarm vibrations is machined from a single piece of white gold, precisely calibrated to spin at 5,400 rpm and adjusted to the nearest minute of a full 24 hours. This is set using the function selector situated at three o’clock. The maximum duration of the vibration is 12 seconds. I wonder if down the line you will be able to manually set the vibration duration. The alarm is wound, not by winding the crown, but by pressing 12 times on the pusher at eight o’clock.

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Versace watches: what’s the difference?

The brandname Versace watch is widely known and even if you have nothing to do with this brand, you must have been under a stone when not have heard of this Italian fashion brand. But what about Versus? In this blog we will look at the differences between the watches of both brands. A kind of Versus vs Versace!
Whether it concerns watches, clothing or other items: Versace watch is popular worldwide. That is a bit different with Versus. The brand lives in the shadow of the big brother and it is a lot less known but also a fashion brand. It is even a subsidiary of Versace. It will not surprise you that the range also includes clothing, bags and watches.
It was Versace owner Gianni Versace himself who launched Versus, a new Italian fashion brand, in 1989. The aim was to produce creative and innovative products with this label. Items containing more flair and created with a focus on new trends, even more innovative than Versace products themselves. You can see Versus as the somewhat more modern, stylish, sibling. The fashion brand was taken over by Donatella Versace watch, sister of Gianni.

Versus was shut down in 2005 but was relaunched in 2009 in collaboration with British designer Christopher Kane. Watches are also still part of the range.
When compared, you will find some clear differences, but certainly also similarities. The biggest difference is mainly the price: Versus watches are a lot cheaper to purchase compared to the Versace timepieces. a Versus watch can be priced somewhere in between € 99 till € 250.

You can find a Versace watch roughly somewhere in the price range of € 299 to around 2k. Where the most expensive Versus ends, the price of an entry-level Versace watch starts.
The watches of both Italian brands show similarities in, for example, the shape and design of the watch case, strap and also the use of the logo. The large medusa head, which is pontifically placed on the dial of many Versace models, can also be seen in the shape of a lion’s head at the daughter brand.
Who is actualy buying a Versus timepiece? What about their age? Well, quite a young and hip audience does that. We can understand they do: Versus men’s and women’s watches are hip and strikingly colored. These colors and the modern designs make the brand quite popular. The younger age of the enthusiasts is also due to the lower recommended prices. They are a lot cheaper compared to the watches of mother brand Versace itself. The lower price is fits better for this target group.
Both brands are of excellent quality. The biggest differences can be found in the specifications. For a Versace you have to pay more, but you will also get more worth the money. Better (Swiss) timepieces and sapphire glass are included. An advantage compared to the Versus (less) scratch-resistant mineral glass.

It is all in the details, the finish and the quality of the materials used that make the difference between the two brands.

But is a Versus watch a bad buy? No definitely not. They are very beautiful watches of good quality and with a lower price tag.

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Versace Logo Halo Watch

I had first fallen in love with this perfume when my dear friend from Dubai had come down to Mumbai.  While I was waiting for her to get ready so that we can go out, she sprayed this perfume.  I immediately fell in love with its intoxicating fragrance. This Versace Logo Halo was my first feminine-smelling perfume that I fell in love with. Previously, I used to mostly use men’s perfumes and Axe deos (barring musk ones, I hate musk) 

 Out of the few feminine ones that I used, I liked them, but did not really love them. This was a fragrance I was completely bowled over, but when I saw its beautiful bottle and price of the fragrance, I nearly died.
After which my friend told me she can get it for a much much cheaper price from Dubai and I wasted no time in telling her to send it for me and I really did bag it at half the price :happydance: An enthralling and voluptuous fragrance, for the Versace Logo Halo Woman who is strong and confident yet feminine, sensual and always glamorous, who loves to be enveloped in a fragrance that delicately tastes of colourful and juicy pomegranate grains, iced freshness and shining yuzu. A scent that then flows into the beauty of magnolia, peony and lotus flowers in a mixture of voluptuousness and transparency, and delights you with its subtle sensuality and the enticing
presence of plant amber, acajou and musk.
I just love it because its one of the best-looking perfumes bottles out there. The bottle itself is shaped like a crystal/diamond with soft, pink-coloured perfume which looks extremely pleasant  and even the stopper itself looks like a huge piece of crystal with so many well-placed cuts that it looks luminescent! Right in the centre is placed a Versace Logo Halo engraved coin.  Overall, this perfume looks like a precious jewel with ethereal looks right out of those fantasy books I read and movies I see 

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Rolex Datejust 31mm Floral Dials

This time last year, Jon wrote a story about a trio of new special dial iterations for the Rolex Datejust in 36mm, including two with subtle foliage patterns. Not to leave the smaller Rolex Datejust 31mm Floral Dial out in the cold, Rolex dropped a bouquet of flora-focused dial iterations at Watches & Wonders 2022 with a fanciful yet (mostly) subtle effect.
This 31mm trio spans three dial colors and three distinct Rolex Datejust 31mm Floral Dial formations, but all are a loose backcross of your garden variety 31mm Datejusts. There is a Silver dial in an Everose and Oystersteel two-tone format with a diamond bezel and a jubilee-style bracelet, an Olive-Green dial in an 18k yellow gold case with a diamond bezel and matching bracelet, and a vibrant Azzurro-blue dial in a White Rolesor (the brand’s own mix of Oystersteel and white gold) case execution with a fluted bezel on an Oystersteel bracelet.
But it’s not just the flowers and combination of metals that set this group apart from many other colorful Rolex Datejust 31mm Floral Dial , it’s also that the center of each flower (often known as a pistil), is set with a single small diamond. Each dial has 24 such diamonds and the effect is both more interesting and somewhat more subtle than something like diamond markers. If you’re a budding flower shop mogul, this is how you let ’em know you’re not just some delicate flower to be messed with.
While not traditionally the sort of Rolex that gets my blood pumping, I think these special floral dial models are just as interesting as what Rolex Datejust 31mm Floral Dial launched into the Professional line last week. I really liked the look of the foliage pieces from last year, and I think this broadens the scope for those who prefer a somewhat smaller footprint, but don’t want to grow in the shadow of more prominent models in terms of precious metals, movement quality (and tech), or the availability of uncommon appeal. As great as a black or blue-dialed Datejust is (and that’s pretty dang great), do you look twice when you catch one on someone else’s wrist? Like Brown Eyed Girl or Dancing Queen, we all love a world-famous hit, but there’s a special excitement to an alternative that you weren’t expecting. Not so much a deep cut, but something easy and just outside the norm of your expectations, like And It Stoned Me or Take A Chance On Me. Meant to invoke the warmth and refreshing novelty of spring, these three watches have blossomed just in time to add some seasonal efflorescence to the perennial charm and rosy nature of the 31mm Datejust.

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Rolex Datejust 41 Rolesor Everose

The Rolex Datejust 41 is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the watch has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee. Superlative Chronometer
A new-generation mechanical movement with 14 patents that embodies the brand’s new standards of performance with its precision, power reserve, reliability, resistance to shocks and magnetism, as well as the ease and convenience of its adjustment.
A compelling example of avant-garde watchmaking technology, this self-winding mechanical movement is entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex Datejust 41. It is backed by 14 patents and a number of innovative technological solutions relating not only to component design but also to processes involving new technologies that push back the limits of existing production methods. More than 90 per cent of the movement parts have been redesigned and optimized, from those that produce and store energy (self-winding module and mainspring) to the regulating organ responsible for precision (oscillator), the gear train and the escapement. The escapement, which transmits the impulses required to maintain the oscillator’s steady beat, is enhanced by a major innovation patented by Rolex under the name Chronergy.
Rolex engineers devised and patented a new escapement that optimizes the efficiency of the Swiss lever escapement, the standard technical solution in Swiss watchmaking, but which has seen only limited evolution over the last 50 years. While favoured by watchmakers for its great reliability, the Swiss lever escapement has always suffered from low efficiency, relaying to the oscillator barely more than a third of the energy it receives from the mainspring via the gear train.

The result of extensive research, the geometry of the new Rolex Chronergy escapement improves the efficiency of this key component by 15 per cent. Almost half of calibre 3235’s increased power reserve can be ascribed to the escapement itself. Made of nickel-phosphorus, the Chronergy escapement is, furthermore, insensitive to magnetic interference.
Like all Rolex Datejust 41 watches, the models equipped with calibre 3235 benefit from the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that they have successfully undergone a series of tests conducted in the brand’s own laboratories according to its own criteria, which are more stringent than watch-making norms and standards. These tests are carried out on each fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, in order to guarantee superlative performance on the wrist.

The precision of every movement – officially certified as a chronometer by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) – is tested a second time by Rolex after being cased, to ensure that it meets criteria for precision that are far more exacting than those for an official chronometer. The tolerance for the average rate of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer after casing is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day. Its precision is tested by Rolex using an exclusive methodology that simulates the conditions in which a watch is actually worn and is much more representative of real-life experience. The certification testing is carried out using state-of-the-art equipment specially developed by Rolex. The entirely automated series of tests also checks the waterproofness, the self-winding capacity and the power reserve of every Rolex watch. These tests systematically complement the qualification testing upstream during development and production that ensures the watches’ reliability, robustness, and resistance to magnetism and shocks.

The unique way in which Rolex watches are designed, manufactured and tested, together with the exclusive innovations from which they benefit, push back the limits of performance for mechanical watches and make Rolex the benchmark for watchmaking excellence. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.