Montegrappa Pirates watch is just ideal for Captain Jack Sparrow

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Italian luxury brand Montegrappa is known for making writing instruments and wristwatches with polarizing and unique designs. After creating the outlandish Chaos and My Guardian Angel watches, Montegrappa has now introduced another flamboyant watch with an over-decorated case. Meet the Montegrappa Pirates watch, a timepiece designed to accompany the limited-edition pen with the same name in brand’s popular Cult Collection. The case is embellished with precious metal overlays that reproduce the motifs of buccaneer culture, quite similar to the ones found on the Pirates pen. Although the watch’s launch coincides with the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales film, it might or might not be coincidental.


The Montegrappa Pirates watch comes with a 43mm case made in die-cast sterling silver and is available in two versions. The first one is in all silver and the other version is silver with vermeil yellow gold highlights. The watch is powered by ETA 2824 automatic movement and is fitted with genuine stingray leather strap which matches the overall theme. The Montegrappa Pirates watches will be produced in limited editions of 88 pieces each. The all silver version is priced at $4200 and the one with gold accents is available for $4500.

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GUCCI X .I AM SMART WATCH

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Black Eyed Peas’ member Will.i.am has collaborated with the house of Gucci to create and bring you the latest and best take on smartwatches.

The American singer, songwriter and rapper has teamed up with Gucci Timepieces on a “smartband” that carries the trademark of being completely standalone, that is, unrestricted by any existing smartphone or mobile device.

What makes it so smart after all? Well, despite the fact of its standalone features, the said smart watches have the technology and ability to send and receive text messages and even emails, make and receive phone calls, hold music, maps, calendar, and track your fitness. One thing we’re loving on the other hand is the fact that you have a sophisticated personal assistant in the said device which is activated and operated by voice command.

Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri said in a statement that the brand and i.am+ smartband worked and developed together a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, something that is truly unique in the fashion market. Bizzarri coined the term ‘fashionology’, which is a beautiful melange of fashion and technology, something that the x.i am smart watches truly represent.

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Coach Apple Watch bands are coming to you this June

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Apple watches are pretty swanky all on their own, just ask Beyonce or Karl Largerfeld, but designers have decided to create stylish straps to give these smartwatches an additional dose of chic. After Hermes‘ early start, it’s now luxury accessories giant Coach that’s getting in on the action. David Boglin De Bautista of Haute Ecriture reported the news first, stating that Coach’s watch straps for the Apple Watch could hit stores as early as June.

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Each strap will retail at around $150 and will be in a number of colors and patterns with some featuring charms as well. This is a considerably more enticing price compared to Hermes’ starting price of $340. However Hermes’ straps were created in collaboration with Apple and the tech giant created a custom watch face for the brand. It will be interesting to see if Coach follows the same pattern or goes the route of selling only the watch straps as accessories.

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CARTIER D’ART WATCH COLLECTION

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Cartier D’art Watch Collection

Cartier are one of the worlds most respected and admired brands, their jewellery and time pieces are revered across the globe. Amongst their vast creations, it is difficult to pin point just one item which stands out from the crowd, but their Cartier D’art watch collection has proven to rise above its brethren and showcase some truly amazing horological designs. Each piece is painstakingly crafted to perfection, offering some of the most stunning man made constructions to adorn your wrist.

Each individual piece has a rare and exotic creature from our beloved animal kingdom emblazoned upon its face, signifying the rarity of the watch. The faces of these watches are created by expert artisans in a 300 year old converted barn, ensuring they get the utmost privacy whilst practicing their craft. Each time piece has a very unique construction of its face, entwining traditional design techniques with modern technology to create something truly special. Each watch is only available in very limited numbers and due to the handmade skills needed to fabricate these mini masterpieces, you can be sure why. Some taking up to 2 weeks to finish just a portion of the final design. The Cartier D’art collection has 9 very unique styles available, below Fashion Runwayhas showcased each for your perusal.

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Rotonde De Cartier – Panther

Sporting a fantastic panther upon its face, crafted out of black enamel and 18 carat gold. The grisaille gold-paste technique is used to create the big cat, constructed using a combination of very fine brushes and needles.  No fewer than 67 brilliant cut diamonds are placed along the edge of the watch case, with a further 43 smaller diamonds on the buckle of the alligator strap. Extremely limited to just 80 pieces.

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Cartier D’art Ronde Louis

Featuring an 18K White Gold dial with grisaille horse decor, hand painted in striking blue and white. Outer edge of the case contains 61 diamonds and a further diamond taking the place of the watch crown. The hands are particularly beautiful in rhodiumized steel. Numbered and limited edition with just 80 created.

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Rotonde De Cartier – Panther

One of the older designs in the collection, first introduced in 2013, but still commanding attention as one of the most spectacular. The gold panther face is created using the granulation technique, a very lengthy task. Cartier themselves call it “Sowing seeds of gold” 3,800 gold beads are used to create the 22K carat face. Each is a tiny cut piece of wire, rolled in a charcoal dust, flame heated and then finally fused with gold plate to give that unmistakable colour. It takes an estimated 320 hours to piece together the beads upon the watch face, and a grand total of 3,500 firings altogether. Due to its arduous creation time, this piece is limited to a very few 20 pieces.

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Ronde Louis Cartier – Toucan

One of the more elaborate and colourful of the Cartier D’art collection, the Toucan designed piece from 2014 is created using the plique-à-jour enamel technique. The Toucan shape is traced and crafted using a tiny soldered gold thread. The vibrant colours are produced using a very specific method, taking enamel in its raw origin form, melted down at very high temperatures and then ground down into a powder named flux. Metallic oxides are added to the mix to create the wide variety of colourful tones. They can then be added to the toucan framework. Each of the individual 21 colours has to be fired at unique temperatures exceeding well over 800 degrees. Extremely limited to only 40 pieces.

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Cartier D’art Tortue Panther Decor Mosaic Watch

A particularly beautiful designed timepiece, its face styled in the shape of a panther in a mosaic pattern akin to ancient Greek artwork. Using a combination of precious stones and onyx stones, along with a 18K pink gold dial and a breathtaking 123 brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the casing. Each of the limited 30 pieces is individually numbered.

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Cartier D’art Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch With Orchid Decor

A striking white alligator leather strap is used to hold this beautiful time piece to your wrist. 22K gold granulation laid across the 18K gold face, on top of which sits a mother of pearl design with orchid engraved decor, featuring yellow gold flower pistils coating in vibrant red enamel. Each of these flower inspired watches holds 124 diamonds upon its casing and 43 along the buckle. Only 40 of these amazing watches are available.

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Ballon Bleu De Cartier – Parrot

My personal favourite of this collection, mostly in part due to how the face is crafted. With one of the most beautiful creatures of the animal kingdom as a basis for its design, the parrot. Floral marquetry is the ancient craft used, rose petals are gathered, coloured and then cut into the desired shapes, each tiny piece is then applied using very steady hands to the gold dial. 2 weeks pass before the marquetry is finalised and a grand total of 3 weeks to create the whole dial. Black enamel is used for the parrots beak and an additional emerald for its eye. Its case is 18 carat rhodium white gold and a total of 118 brilliant cut diamonds. Very few of these are available, only 20 produced.

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Ronde Louis Cartier – Two Panthers

With their continuing obsession of using panthers, they have upped the ante by using 2 of the jungles big cats on this watch. Filigree craftsmanship is the special technique used in this instance. The blending of 950 platinum wire and 22k gold wire together which is shaped, styled and hammered in the shape of the two panthers and finally soldered together. This alone takes a minimum of 10 days. An application of lacquer and emeralds finish the beautiful face work. Setting off the design is a blue alligator strap containing 43 diamonds on the buckle, along with the 58 diamonds adorning the face. Very limited numbers, with just 20 due to be crafted.

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Cartier D’art Watch – Panther

Finally we have the last watch in the collection, a stunning finale to the line up of Cartier D’art time pieces. This stunning watch boasts a 22k gold dial, the face of which has been hand crafted using enamel and etruscan granulation mixed with spangled blue lacquer to create the panther design. The crown on this watch has the unique addition with its cabochon sapphire in a fluted shape. A shiny blue alligator strap finishes the beautiful design, again featuring the signature 43 diamonds on the buckle, alongside the 124 around the casing, totalling 1.80 Carats.

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NEW Apple Watch Hermes Colors for Spring

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We all knew Apple was innovative, but we didn’t know they kept up with the fashion calendar too! Apple is rolling out four new wristband colors for the Apple Watch Hermes for Spring. New colors include Bleu Paon (Green), Bleu Saphir (Navy Blue), Blanc (White) and Hermes’ iconic orange, called Feu. The new collection will be available April 19th. This is the first time you will be able to buy the Hermes leather wristband separately from the Apple Watch itself.

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Apple and Hermes started the Hermes Apple Watch collaboration last fall, and the duo has proven to be a great match. The original Apple Watch comes in three styles, the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff, and in four classic colors, Fauve (Tan), Noir (black), Bleu Jean (Blue), Capucine (Red), and Etain (Gray). The new collection of wristbands shows the duo’s dedication to giving the consumer more options to personalize their watch and pair it with even more looks.  If you weren’t sold on the Hermes Apple watch the first time around, you now have at least four more reasons to jump on the bandwagon. Better yet, the Apple Watch Hermes is now available online so you can easily give into your temptation!

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Apple Watch Hermes Band Prices

Apple Watch Hermes Band Price in USD
Single Tour $340
Double Tour $490
Cuff $690

Let’s do some handbag math for the Apple Watch Hermes….

Being able to buy bands separately, will not only give you more style options but also more buying options. For example, purchasing a Apple Watch Hermes Single Tour with the watch and band will cost $1,100 total. However, if you purchase a Hermes Single Tour band ($340) and the Apple Watch Sport ($299), this only adds to $639, which is about $461 or about 42% percent less than the original Apple Watch Hermes combination. Depending on your tech needs, the more affordable Apple Watch Sport might be the better option for you anyway!

Do any of these new Apple Watch Hermes colors for Spring catch your eye?

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Hermes Apple Watch receives four new band colors, sold separately

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The idea of standalone bands, available as accessories to the Apple Watch is an interesting proposition. It extends the limits and usage of the Apple Watch by catering to wider demands. The Hermes bands will start from $340 for the 38 mm and the 42 mm Single Tour versions. The Double Tour version on the other hand will cost $490 for straps available in the regular and long size variations. The large 42 mm Cuff design will retail for $690 but will only be available in the deer brown shade.

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