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Chaumet Joséphine collection replica watches UK

— Chaumet dedicates a second collection to a historical muse, the Empress Joséphine.

Chaumet Joséphine

The historic jewelry and Replica Rolex watchmaking maison, Chaumet, unveiled during Couture Week in Paris, its newest collection of high jewelry and Replica Omega watches entitled “Joséphine,” dedicated to an emblematic figure that has been an icon of the maison since the early 19th century.

Marie-Josèphe-Rose, better known as “Joséphine,” the pet name given to her by Napoléon Bonaparte, was crowned Empress in 1804.  A modern, daring woman of her time, Joséphine quickly became the most eminent client of Marie-Etienne Nitot, the maison’s founder thanks mainly to the romantic yet audacious bejeweled headwear she ordered and helped make fashionable during the Empire period.

Nitot and his son – François Regnault Nitot – after him, were Emperor Napoléon I’s official jeweler, and entertained close ties to the imperial throne, building a reputation for high craftsmanship and quality in Parisian society with the formal jewelry they created for Empress Joséphine and, later, Empress Marie-Louise, Napoléon’s second wife.

Following a first collection dedicated to Joséphine in 2010, Chaumet’s new collection returns to its beloved icon, with special attention this time to the light, transparency and volume of white diamonds in lavish pear-shaped cuts, capturing the feminine, delicate style of the Empress known for her preference for the graceful lines of foliage and floral motifs, the sensuality of arabesques and the soft filigree of lace.

“Our first season of the Joséphine collection in 2010 had traced the path for us,” said Jean-Marc Mansvelt, chief executive of Chaumet. “For the second season, we have brought back certain motifs with the idea of returning to more ‘luminous’ pieces.”

The 45-piece haute joaillerie collection features five timepieces presented under the themes of Aigrette Impériale, Rondes de Nuit and Éclat Floral.

The Aigrette Impériale timepiece revisits the theme of the graceful head ornament shaped as the tufted crest, or head-plumes, of the egret.  Its oval-shaped dial is fully paved, and with its interlaced diamond-paved chain bracelet, is set with 1367 diamonds weighing at 17.69 carats.

The Aigrette Impériale timepiece.
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The Rondes de Nuit, features three timepieces on black satin bracelets, with generous volumes accentuated by pear-shapes executed in the paved dials and also on the movable cover of the secret watch.

The Rondes de Nuit timepiece.
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Finally, the Éclat Floral timepiece in platinum, the most delicate and lacy watch in the collection, features a pear-shaped diamond crowing a white-gold dial fully paved with diamonds weighing at 15.01 carats with its one-diamond-row bracelet, also available on a black satin bracelet.

The Éclat Floral timepiece.
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The launch of Chaumet’s Joséphine collection coincided with the recent opening of the little-known “Boudoir Turc de Joséphine” a small secret bedroom used by the Empress in which, during hunting retreats at the Château de Fontainebleau outside Paris, she sought refuge from the pomp and circumstance of imperial life.

The Boudoir Turc, named for its ottoman-style accouterments including figurines wearing turbans, moon crescents, sabers and stars, in a décor of arabesques much appreciated both in the 18th century and by Joséphine, was originally built as a secret chamber for Marie Antoinette in 1777. It is the only one of its kind to remain today, while two others at the Château de Versailles did not survive the overthrow of the Ancien Régime and the fall of the Empire. The precious, intimate jewel of a room is now open to the public on appointment, but visible only from behind a glass panel that separates the bedroom from its antechamber, for a rare glimpse at the intimate side of an Empress’s life.

Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury replica watches UK With Mechanical Alarms

They’re not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it’s curious that more watch brands haven’t embraced them. Here are five worth noting.

The Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT, part of the brand’s classically styled Villeret collection, features a mechanical alarm as well as a second-time-zone indication. A subdial at 3 o’clock, with 12 hour markers and two hands, displays the time programmed for the alarm, which is set via a push-piece at 8 o’clock, which engages a column wheel.  An “On/Off” indicator at 1 o’clock shows the wearer at a glance whether or not the alarm is activated. The alarm’s chime is produced by a hammer striking a gong. The watch’s GMT function uses a center-mounted, blued serpentine hand (a Blancpain hallmark) to indicate the time in a second time zone on a 24-hour scale.

The movement is Blancpain’s manufacture Caliber 1240H, a self-winding movement with a silicon balance spring and a power reserve of 45 hours. As in other Blancpain watches with alarm functions, the movement is equipped with two barrels — one for supplying energy to the movement, the other to store energy for the alarm’s striking mechanism. Caliber 1240H’s automatic winding system winds them both simultaneously. Prices for the Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT — available in steel or rose gold, on either a leather strap or Milanese bracelet — range from $24,700 to $55,700. Click here for more details.

Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT - gold bracelet

With the Breguet Marine Royale 5847 — part of its boutique-only Les Exclusifs de Breguet collection —  the Swiss watch brand founded by watchmaking pioneer Abraham-Louis Breguet has created not only a distinctive sport-luxury timepiece with a mechanical alarm, but one that could actually prove useful for divers. The alarm function incorporated into this watch’s automatic movement is designed to work underwater, to a depth of 300 meters, meaning it can be set to remind a diver when his air is running low and it’s time to resurface. Despite this practical “tool watch” complication, the Marine Royale 5847 is still seriously elegant and emphatically Breguet: the chocolate-toned dial (which matches the textured rubber strap) has a hand-engraved rose engine pattern, and the case, along with its unidirectional rotating bezel, is made of 18k rose gold. The watch has a date window at 6 o’clock, a power-reserve indicator at 10 o’clock, and an “alarm on” indicator at 12 o’clock. The Breguet Marine Royale 5847 retails for $46,300.

Breguet Marine Royale 5847