Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste at the Venice International Film Festival

In 2019, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the 15th year of its partnership with one of the most prestigious events in cinema, the Venice International Film Festival. Jaeger-LeCoultre has been the main sponsor of the film festival for over a decade, most notably by honouring personalities who have made significant contributions to contemporary cinema with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

This year, la Grande Maison brings the brilliance of a star-studded night sky down to mingle with the more earthbound constellations found on the red carpet of the Mostra. A new edition of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste, will be presented during the 76th edition of the oldest film festival in the world, scheduled for 28 August to 7 September 2019.

The best films can redefine the most quotidian experiences, elevating life to art. In line with this approach, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste features a different perspective on time itself, with an orbital flying tourbillon that makes a complete turn of the dial over the course of 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. This unusual time unit is the length of one sidereal day, calculated with reference to the more distant stars instead of the Sun.

The dial itself depicts the night sky of the Northern hemisphere, showcasing the constellations of the zodiac calendar framed by an outer ring displaying their associated symbols. A tiny gold marker, seen just beyond the orbit of the flying tourbillon, revolves around the dial annually, an indication of where we are within this alternative and ancient star calendar.

Differentiating this model of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste from previous versions is its contemporary and arresting new design. At first glance, the dial has been simplified in terms of textures and indications, but it has in fact gained an additional dimension which is visible only in low light. The hour markers and constellations have been filled with Super-LumiNova™, evoking the glow of heavenly bodies on a clear night.

An elegant and contemporary case, part of the new generation of case design set by this January’s Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, encloses the 334-component calibre 946 of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste. A complex blend of surface textures, from satin finish to micro-blasting and mirror polish, comes together in a 43mm white-gold case that perfectly complements the deep blue dial and the roseate hue of the constantly beating gold balance wheel.

In both its mechanical and aesthetic aspects, the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste takes us beyond the everyday. It is the rare timepiece that captures the rhythms of daily life in parallel with the movements of the universe.

An Affinity for the Extraordinary

Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed unparalleled expertise in a wide range of horological métiers since it was founded in Le Sentier in 1833. Today, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre practices no fewer than 180 watchmaking and watch-related skills in its Vallée de Joux facility, many of them honed over decades and enhanced by in-house innovation.

The orbital flying tourbillon featured in the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste was first seen in the 2010 Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication, a chiming masterwork that exemplifies the savoir-faire of Jaeger-LeCoultre and its role in expanding the field of high complication.

The flying tourbillon is uniquely combined with yet another area of mechanical watchmaking dominance for Jaeger-LeCoultre – the sidereal indication of time, which appears in both masculine and feminine collections of La Grande Maison.

Rendez-Vous Celestial

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents two new interpretations of the Rendez-Vous Celestial, inspired by the beauty of the Aurora Borealis

For the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, the night skies are eternally fascinating, not only for their magnetic beauty but because they hold the key to mankind’s ability to measure time.

Our days, nights and seasons are determined by the movements of the stars and phases of the moon, and watchmakers rejoice in the challenge of capturing the vastness of the cosmos within the tiny dimensions of a wristwatch.

Revisiting its much-loved celestial theme on the occasion of 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, Jaeger-LeCoultre is delighted to present a magnificent new interpretation of its alluring Rendez-Vous Celestial watch for women.

Rendez-vous celestial

The Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis. Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of the dawn, and visible only on the darkest nights near the Arctic Circle, this awe-inspiring phenomenon has fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. Of all the mysteries of the cosmos, none seems more enigmatic than this.

A pair of beautiful Rendez-Vous Celestial jewellery watches pays homage to this otherworldly spectacle, capturing the vivid greens, purples, pinks and blues that stream and dance across the sky.

When Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Rendez-Vous in 2012, it was a rare example of a high-complication watch created specifically for women; since then, this mechanically sophisticated and visually entrancing timepiece has been reinterpreted several times, in different materials. In this new ‘Northern Lights’ edition, mother-of-pearl and multi-coloured sapphires take centre stage, uniting two of the Metiers Rares® that Jaeger-LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered – gem-setting, and hand-painting.

Asymmetrical in composition, the dial is formed of two sections, set at different heights. On the upper section, the curvy Floral numerals – a signature of the Rendez-Vous collection – are graduated in size, to form a crescent that hovers above the lower dial. Outlined by an elliptical band of pink gold that draws the eye deeper into it, this lower section carries a hand-transferred imprint of a star chart, together with the signs of the Zodiac and names of the months. Displaying the night sky as it appears above Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux, the star chart shows the changing positions of the constellations in real time. The automatic mechanical movement Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809/1 turns the disc counter clockwise in relation to the stars, almost imperceptibly, in step with the rotation of the Earth in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds.

For the ‘Northern Lights’ edition, both sections of the mother-of-pearl dial are hand-painted with swirls of colour that reproduce the ethereal patterns of the Aurora Borealis – flowing seamlessly from the upper to lower dials. Shades of green and turquoise set the tone for one model; purples and blues dominate on the other – the colours intensified by the glowing mother-of-pearl beneath them. As the sky disc turns, the pattern of the background colours gently shifts, in a subtle echo of the dancing movement of the aurora.

A hand-polished golden star – emblem of the Rendez-Vous collection – is set on the edge of the dial; by turning the second crown, it can be moved into position to mark the time of a special rendezvous.

The rich tones of the dial are echoed on the bezel, which is set with a dazzling, colour-graduated circle of 64 baguette-cut sapphires. To complete the gem-set case, the lugs and two crowns are highlighted with diamonds. A matching alligator strap in turquoise or violet completes these rare timepieces.

This joyful expression of the cosmic world is brought to life by Calibre 809/1, a self-winding movement developed and produced within the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture. Created specially for the Rendez-Vous Celestial, this technically sophisticated movement incorporates a calendar mechanism to rotate the celestial disc in cadence with the changing night sky.

While the complex movement is testament to the precision and technical skills of La Grande Maison’s finest watchmakers, the finishing and decoration of the movement, displayed beneath the transparent sapphire case-back, reveals their artistry. Fine decoration and finishing includes such details as blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration

Offered in a limited edition of 18 pieces of each model, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial brings together La Grande Maison’s artistic skills and technical acumen in a fitting tribute to the beauty of the night sky.

Fashion, Sport and Style

BOSS and Porsche host a joint event in New York

With Formula E Season 5 set to come to an electrifying conclusion in New York this weekend, BOSS and Porsche teamed up to celebrate the innovative street racing series and reveal new facets to their unique partnership.

Hosted by HUGO BOSS CEO Mark Langer, the #RaceAhead event took place at Pier 17, overlooking Brooklyn Bridge. More than 500 guests enjoyed a sneak preview of the innovations arriving in Formula E Season 6 and the Porsche x BOSS capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2019. The new Porsche Motorsport Teamwear by BOSS was also unveiled for the first time in New York. Notable guests such as Dylan Sprouse, Barbara Palvin, Mark Webber, and Nico Rosberg, were also in attendance for this captivating celebration.

Merging innovation and sophistication, the Porsche x BOSS capsule takes inspiration from the sleek lines of a Porsche sports car, and includes both tailoring and smart- casual pieces. Sharp silhouettes, powerful details, and distinctive curves are all engineered to perfection, to highlight the powerful design ethos of both brands.

HUGO BOSS began its partnership with FIA Formula E in 2017, and joined forceswith the icons of the automobile industry, Porsche, in 2019, continuing the brand’slong and successful association with motorsports.

The final races of the Formula E season took place Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Redhook, Brooklyn.


Breitling introduces its new boutique concept to the media at Jelmoli in Zurich. This is the first Breitling boutique in the world to feature a bistro bar along with the watches that have made Breitling one of the world’s leading brands.

This new concept is based on the distinctive industrial loft design elements that are already a defining part of Breitling’s top boutiques, and the unique gastronomical concept will soon be rolled out at other key locations. Breitling CEO Georges Kern is excited about introducing the bistro bar concept at the boutique in Jelmoli: “We are proud to be working with Jelmoli, a store that has established itself as a true retail innovator. We wanted to open our first bistro bar in Switzerland, so Jelmoli in Zurich is the perfect place to kick off this open concept, which is completely free of barriers, inviting people to come in. It perfectly reflects the inclusive character of our brand.”

In addition to being one of the world’s most desirable retail addresses on Zurich’s famed Bahnhofstrasse, Jelmoli will be responsible for the unique gastronomical offerings in the new Breitling bistro bar. The offering includes an expertly curated wine and champagne list along with signature Breitling cocktails, such as the Chronomat Punch, the Navitimer Paloma, and the Superocean Refresher. Special coffees are also on offer in the bistro bar, including Breitling’s exquisite house mix, an Arabica blend roasted weekly at Carasso in Geneva. Every cup is brewed in a Leva machine, one of only 90 ever produced by La Marzocco in Florence, Italy. Its groundbreaking design and advanced technology ensure the rich, full flavor of the coffees served in the bistro bar.

Lunchtime visitors to the bistro bar will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique dining experience. Breitling and Jelmoli are developing some tantalizing new ideas for dishes that will whet any appetite. Further details will be announced soon.

Franco Savastano, Jelmoli’s CEO, talked about his company’s partnership with Breitling: “With the opening of the world’s first Breitling boutique to include a bar and bistro and based on an innovative food concept, Jelmoli has been able to complement and extend its diverse and increasingly important catering offerings. It is the 11th gastro concept that we have implemented. In addition, we are giving one of Switzerland’s leading – and coolest – watch brands a platform where it can develop and present its entire universe. Our common goal is to create an adventure world for our customers.”

For more than a year, Breitling has been introducing its urban loft boutique concept and the reception has been enthusiastic. Each boutique offers its customers a casual but stylish modern retro ambience that allows visitors to explore the brand’s watches in a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere. The boutiques with bistro bars will offer even more reasons to discover the world of Breitling. On May 18, 2019, the Breitling bistro bar boutique’s doors will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and events are scheduled throughout the day, including a specially catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a live DJ in the afternoon, and an entertaining show bartender in the early evening.

Fotos: Breitling

Golden times

Balancing Retro Charm and Modern Contrast

The new Manero Flyback Chronograph cuts a timeless and refined figure on the wrist. Taking design cues from Carl F. Bucherer models from the 1960s and 1970s, the timepiece captures the spirit of these bygone eras. The smooth curves of the 43 mm case in 18 k rose gold have been inspired by the watches of those decades, as have the timepiece’s other carefully considered design elements: convex sapphire crystal, striking mushroom push buttons, perforated rose gold-colored lancet-shaped hands, and wedge-shaped applied indices.

The decidedly vintage flair of the new model is beautifully balanced by its modern elements. The black sunburst-finished dial pops against the two silver-colored totalizator subdials – a small seconds display and a 30-minute counter – while bold red accents such as the “Flyback” lettering and the outline of the chapter ring add another stunning contrast. The handsome horological package is rounded out by a slim stopwatch second hand in red, a tachymeter scale, and a date display at 6 o’clock. The strap is crafted from dark gray kudu leather with a suede finish and features red contrast stitching along with an 18 k rose gold folding pin

No Compromises Necessary: The Utmost in Sophistication and User-Friendliness
The beauty of the Manero Flyback is not just limited to its exterior. It is powered by the CFB 1970 caliber automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve, which is beautifully decorated with intricate circulargrain finishing and Geneva stripes. Its column-wheel mechanism has a long tradition in watchmaking. Its complex chronograph movement is considered to be especially elegant and makes starting, stopping, and resetting incredibly easy. The flyback function of the chronograph is also particularly user-friendly: a simple push is all that is needed to reset the stopwatch second hand and get it going again. The beating heart of the watch can be admired through the see-through sapphire-crystal case back.

The Gourmet – Nomad

Fabian Zbinden

At Nobu he cooked for Tom Cruise and Britney Spears. Now he can be found en route in Bern with his food truck, developing certified organic instant meals.

At the beginning of his culinary career Fabian Zbinden could hardly have envisaged chugging through Bern and surroundings in a Vespa car laden with stews. He completed his apprenticeship in the kitchen at the Grand Hotels Victoria-Jungfrau. And five years ago he was still working in Robert De Niro‘s world class restaurant Nobu, where he cooked for stars such as Madonna, Pink or the Beckhams. However when Qatar’s Crown Prince invited him to his 65-million-dollar villa in Bel Air to work as a private chef, Fabian packed his bags. He had had enough of life in the fast lane in the USA and returned to his home. His instinct told him to set up something new, this marked the start of the stew mobile, which he has now been running for almost four years.
“Only the very best in a pot, cooked fresh every day from local ingredients”, is his short, clear concept. Every day he cooks “Ribollita” – a viscous stew dish with lots of vegetables and beans, served in bread that he has had specially baked. The guests spoon their “Super soup” directly from the open loaf. Fabian considers the term “soup” to be somewhat unsuitable for his Ribollita. Soups are generally regarded as a starter; stews however are a meal in themselves that are enough to fill you up. And his success proves him right: he feeds roughly 60 guests a day with his “La Ribollita”.
“My present life is luxury. I am doing something that is fun, achieving things that have been going round in my head for some time. I do not want to go through life as tense as a number of other people.” Nevertheless, Fabian is extremely ambitious and wants to achieve a lot more in his lifetime, so he is already considering new ventures. He presented his latest highlight at the “Veggie World” in Zurich: a certified organic instant version of his stew dishes. These dishes mark his orientation back to a shelf product. They are prepared using boiling water, all ingredients are fresh, but keep up to one month in the fridge, despite the lack of any type of preservatives and additives. There is a vegan chilli and vegetable stew to choose from. Fabian definitely has a wealth of new ideas. We will certainly hear a lot more from him – wherever his journey leads him.

„I worked as a chef for twelve years – from Interlaken to L.A. – always with lots of passion for fresh products. But I wanted to be independent. I wanted to create something that did not yet exist and I always felt driven to return to simplicity“

Photos Copyrights: Fabian Zbinden

Fireworks for your Palate


He triggered a vegetable revolution and serves us the most sinful desserts. Star chef and bestselling author Yotam Ottolenghi tempts the word with unconventional recipes

From time to time a tantalizing world lies in wait between two covers of a book, in terms of SWEET maybe even the sweetest. In his new recipe book star chef Yotam Ottolenghi, together with Helen Goh, celebrates sinful moments with promising desserts. Their composition may sometimes seem unconventional (Brownies with tahin and halwa), but always guarantees a high level of enjoyment (Grappa fruit cake). Ottolenghi himself has a sweet tooth. And his cooking career actually began with him whipping sugar and egg whites. In the nineties he completed his training at Le Cordon Bleu School of cookery. Ottolenghi is 30, a late starter in the gastronomy world. Because although his first word was „war ma“, a short form for marak, the Hebrew word for soup, and his father calls him a goloso (greedy glutton), in his early twenties Ottolenghi studied philosophy and literature at the university of Tel Aviv. Where he was to experience freedom as a young homosexual for the first time. While studying for his doctor title, he decided to take a break. He moved to London, enrolled at a renowned school of cooker, dropped out and became an assistant to the head pastry chef at Launceston Place,

an exclusive restaurant that was frequented by Princess Diana at the time. When a waiter called out to him one evening through the service lift: „that was the best Brownie I’ve ever eaten!“, he knows that he has taken the right path. However, Ottolenghi did not make a name for himself with his legendary desserts; but rather his unique way of cooking vegetables. Ottolenghi shows that vegetables are not simply an accompaniment but the star of every dish. And his success proves him right: In 2006 the Guardian called and asked him to submit a vegetarian column. There followed major TV specials. Ottolenghi now runs several restaurants and delis in London. He has published seven cookbooks, two of which are dedicated exclusively to vegetarian cuisine, and most recently SIMPLE: dishes with minimum effort and maximum taste. Almost every day the 49-year old creates new recipes and perfects existing ones. „Unconditional praise is rare and there is often a plethora of improvement suggestions“, says Ottolenghi, „but when you do come across the missing puzzle piece that makes the recipe complete, it is like a revelation. Everything disintegrates into harmony.“

“When dining, I always look for the drama taking place in my mouth. Not every bite has to be a statement, but I am always on the lookout for the little firework.”

Photos Copyrights: Peden + Munk, Adam Luzsniak, DK Verlag

The Perfume Designer

Kilian Hennessy

The Descendant of a Cognac Dynasty, a fragrance Poet, relates brief stories that could come from Baudelaires » Les fleurs du mal«.

“The scent of a Cognac and the Different
ingredients do not differ so greatly from perfume production, as one would assume.”

Kilian Hennessy, offspring of the Hennessy dynasty and heir to a long lineage of cognac producers decided several years ago to return the art of perfume to its former glory. Since then he has been creating fragrances that are synonymous with class and elegance. Fragrances far removed from the world of the modern perfume industry, which frequently foregoes valuable ingredients due to budget constraints and far from synthetic molecules and cheap non-returnable packaging. Kilian came into contact with exquisite aromas and essences, with delightful woody notes and traditions early on in life. The scents in his family’s cognac cellars trained his senses for the beauty and diversity of fragrances to be found in nature.
His fragrances bear names such as “Liaisons Dangereuses”, “Playing with the Devil” or “Straight to Heaven”; they transport emotions such as love, passion and temptation – subjects that, in Kilian Hennessy’s opinion, define your life. He learned the perfume profession from the most renowned experts in the branch and worked for famous perfume houses. After having worked for Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani he founded his own company “By Kilian” almost ten years ago. Fully intentionally, he decided not to use his surname and instead to simply build on his first name. Kilian is very aware that a life with the name Hennessy has two sides. On one hand the connection to the world famous cognac dynasty from Château St-Brice in Cognac opens doors; on the other hand this name can be a considerable burden for anyone, who is not in the cognac business. However, Kilian became established and knows how to captivate with his perfume creations.
Kilian strives to attain the perfect fusion of art, luxury and elegance in his creations. He defines luxury as consistently developing products for eternity. Products that have the potential to become veritable classics; products in which the design honours the content. In a fast moving world he develops enduring values, which may just become the classics of tomorrow.

„It really is a shame
that not one Hennessy Family member works
anymore for Hennessy, because it was our
inheritance, our family tradition.
but I believe that I have found the right path for myself“

Photos Copyrights: By Kilian

Panther shine in new splendor

Cartier opens its new boutique on Monday 3rd December. An exquisite venue, spanning 550 m2, right in the heart of Zurich.

Cartier is continuing a story which began 40 years ago when the brand opened its very first boutique in Zurich in 1978.
This new boutique, at Bahnhofstrasse 47, was created entirely by architect and interior designer Laura Gonzalez. Her contemporary, elegant space confidently combines bronze, marble and wood, embodying the essence of modern Zurich design.

“The Cartier Zurich boutique balances the notions of comfort and efficiency. „We wanted to create a refined yet welcoming space for our clients, one which could become a real destination”, said Laurence Bourgeois, Managing Director of Cartier Switzerland.

The natural light is reflected in the contemporary furnishings, while the light colors and the vast ceiling height make this a spacious venue with an intimate atmosphere.
The Panthère de Cartier, the brand’s iconic panther, is transposed onto a wall fresco inside the boutique, inspired by the picturesque Swiss capital which provides the backdrop.

Patek Philippe – The number 5

There has always been a very special bond between Beyer Watches and Jewellery and the Genevan watch manufacturer Patek Philippe. A limited series of 25 timepieces, which Patek Philippe designed on the occasion of Beyer’s 225 year anniversary, bears witness to this relationship. After 30 years, one of these rare watches has found its way back to Beyer.

The long-established Zurich based company Beyer Watches and Jewellery, founded in 1760, has always been one of the top addresses in the antique and vintage watch sector, far beyond the Swiss borders. Tradition, a love of valuable timepieces, expertise and longstanding partnerships have formed the basis for their success. One of these partnerships, going back to the middle of the 19th century, is with the exclusive timepiece manufacturer Patek Philippe; the two companies have worked together practically from the outset. It is the longest business relationship to date for both partners, ennobled in 2011 with the only store of its kind in Switzerland, the retailer-run Beyer’s Patek-Philippe-Boutique on Bahnhofstrasse 31 in Zurich.

A golden hommage

EIn 1885 the limited series of 25 timepieces for Beyer’s 225 year anniversary paid special homage to the long-standing business partnership between the two Zurich companies. Patek Philippe designed a limited edition on this occassion – a new and uniquely flat automatic watch with the intricacy of a perpetual calendar with moon phase and 24-hour display. The exclusive timepiece with Ref. 3940 and made of 750 solid gold bore the retailer signature „Beyer“ on the dial and at the six o’clock position the limited edition number between 1 and 25. The month and weekday information was in the German language on watches numberred 1 to 15 and in the English language on watches numberred 16 to 25.

The number 5 returns

While the Number 7, the symbol for the „Seventh generation of Beyer“, was presented to Theodor Beyer and can be viewed today in the Beyer watch museum, in the past few years only the Number 8 watch made its way back to Beyer in 2007 and the Number 18 in 2013.

Then this year there was a real sensation when Beyer was able to acquire another of these rare watches; the Number 5
in the series, proven by the hand-engraved inscription„Patek Philippe No 77005 Fabriquée pour le 225ème anniversaire de Beyer à Zürich 1760 – 1985“ on the solid gold snap-in back. The special thing about this timepiece is the complete documentation provided thanks to the first owner. The elegant mahagony box with an embedded anniversary plaque does not only contain the original invoices and the personal letter from Theodor Beyer, but also all press articles on the watch from the year 1985 and a large advertisement printed in the NZZ newspaper on Beyer’s 225th anniversary. A complete, exclusive package, which promises to set some watch collectors‘ hearts racing.

Watches with soul and history

Beyer Watches and Jewellery has been specialising in antique and vintage watches since 1965. Many of the rare timepieces have an extract from the manufacturer’s archives. Before a watch is presented to the new owner, the watchmakers test it in Beyer’s in-house atelier. And of course the expert for vintage watches, Jürgen Delémont, provides support during development, upgrading, purchase or in the procurement of complete watch collections.

Photos Copyrights: Dave Nauli