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Welcome to Elite Traveler’s Shopping and Lifestyle page. Get the latest news on luxury watches, jewelry and fashion.

FOR WOMEN

The beauty and emotion of a mechanical watch is expressed in no better place than a poetic timepiece for the fairer sex—a fact that is once again honored by Patek Philippe in 2012 with the launch of Reference 7140R-001, a perpetual calendar for ladies. Its white opaline dial shimmering with gold applied hour markers comes alive with the display of […]

DB 25S JEWELRY / DE BETHUNE

TOP INDIES

Ivresse, meaning “intoxicating” in English, is a new release by Badollet that jump-starts a whole new concept for the brand spearheaded by CEO Philippe Dubois. An elegant 53.8 by 30mm case of understated platinum and a dark blue satin-brushed dial masterminded by star designer Eric Giroud reveal nothing of the inner workings concepted, developed and manually created by exceptional watchmaker […]

Ivresse / badollet

HIGHLY TECHNICAL

It Baselworld, a new boutique brand appeared on shore: HYT launched a timepiece that held the watch world in thrall for the duration of the show. The H1 is the very first timepiece to use liquid for a time display that is powered by a mechanical movement. A large tube encircling the dial is visible; the position of its luminescent […]

midnight poetic wish / van cleef & arpels

BOUTIQUE BRANDS

Outfitted with its own manually wound inhouse Caliber AMW11, which boasts five days of power reserve, Armin Strom’s Armin Manual Earth New Generation focuses on the individual elements of the state-of-the-art hand-wound mechanism. The readapted gear train guarantees even higher efficiency and minimizes energy loss by improving integration of the escapement while its hand-finishing remains of the highest quality. The […]

ARMIN MANUAL EARTH NEW GENERATION / ARMIN STROM

HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE

The Mikrogirder chronograph is the fruit of discussions begun four years ago on the need to seriously improve chronograph precision,” TAG Heuer Vice President Guy Sémon recently explained of the Mikrogirder, a “concept” chronograph able to mechanically measure time to the nearest 1/2,000th of a second thanks to a “flying” central chronograph hand that makes 20 revolutions per second around […]

MIKROGIRDER / TAG HEUER

CLASSICS

Audemars Piguet celebrates 40 years of the Royal Oak in 2012 with eight new editions of this classic first launched in 1972. The top model is the Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon, a limited edition of 40 pieces in a 41mm platinum case attached to a platinum bracelet—both of which almost perfectly mimic the original while freshening it. Extra-thin automatic […]

Openworked extra-thin royal oak tourbillon / audemars piguet

ACCESSORIZING

Visit Roland Iten’s website and go to the Boutique section. Here you will find an interactive page that allows you to buy customized leather straps to go along with your Roland Iten mechanical belt buckle.This will allow you to match the leather fairly perfectly to your own watch strap—thus not only accessorizing your outfit perfectly, but also owning something no […]

R22 MK.I-22MM BUGATTI EDITION / ROLAND ITEN