If you are looking for a watch that offers more than simply great style, practicality and function, then you are probably looking for a model that moves beyond the regular expectations in terms of value, design and overall quality. Our Shade Station Elite watch section comprises of a handpicked and often rare selection of luxury watch brands including Meccaniche Veloci watches, Perrelet watches, TechnoMarine watches and Versace watches, all of which are incredibly sought-after in the watch industry and will make the perfect investment designed to impress and last a lifetime. Offering exceptional technical, functional and aesthetic specifications, our Elite watch brands provide you with an extensive choice of the highest quality watches in the industry.
Meccaniche Veloci Watches
For all motor racing enthusiasts and for those who are fascinated by the concept of speed and engines, the collection of Meccaniche Veloci watches will definitely appeal. To provide some brand background details; Meccaniche Veloci is the watch brand that transcends the core elements of motor racing to your wrist. These unique watches embody the skill, research and innovation associated with motor racing and the mathematical precision involved to achieve ultimate speed. Fusing functionality, unique design techniques and materials, the construction of the watch exactly mimics that of the world of motors. Materials including ergal, titanium, carbon and carbon ceramic are incorporated within the watches and the Quattro Valvole model is the first watch to feature a case incorporating a 4-stroke engine, exactly mimicking that of the piston. Combining the technical sophistication and precision of Italian design, Meccaniche Veloci watches all use exceptionally high quality Swiss movements. Meccaniche Veloci watches are true objects of technical and aesthetic desire and are what could easily be described as an essential luxury for every motor racing enthusiast.
Some styles to look out for include SuperQuadro Meccaniche Veloci watch which features a satin-finished titanium case complete with black PVD treatment, a smooth black leather strap with vibrant blue stitching detailing and a white and black coloured dial with three hand movement, sub dial chronograph and a date window. The SuperQuadro watch uses ETA 7753 (Valjoux) mechanical automatic chronograph movement and is a fantastic new edition to the collection. Make sure you also take a look the range of other new Meccaniche Veloce watches including the Corsa Corta, the Due Valvole and the Quattro Valvole Carbon watch. There is a beautiful design for ladies in the form of the Quattro Valvole Luxery watch featuring 388 diamonds embellished upon the main dial and the four separate dials presented in striking blue, yellow, pink and black tones. The ultimate luxury accessory in terms of both style and function.
Perrelet watches are a further exquisite brand that we are proud to have as part of our Elite watch collection. With a significant history in the world of watch making, Abraham-Louis Perrelet was the founder of the Perrerlet watch brand in 1777. He was responsible for inventing the world’s first rewinding watches, which ultimately developed into the revolutionary automated winding system, marking an iconic point in the watch industry.
In 1995, the Perrelet watch brand was re-launched with a contemporary twist and the iconic Perrelet Double Motor was developed which became a highly prominent model in the watch industry. All materials used to create Perrelet watches are of an exceptionally high quality; Perrelet watch cases are made with metals including platinum and palladium, and 18k gold with subtle hints of pink tones for added colour definition in addition to smooth yet extremely resistant stainless steel and light and durable titanium. All Perrelet watches featuring leather or rubber straps also include folding clasps with double push buttons for added comfort, security and safety. Perrelet watches are crafted using a complex and intelligent fusion of the most advanced and cutting edge industrial production methods combined with age-old watch crafting expertise.
The Moonphase Perrelet watch is a limited edition unisex addition watch and boasts a brushed stainless steel case complete with 30 diamonds embellished upon the upper section of the bezel and a cream alligator leather strap with blue stitching detailing. The white dial also displays the lunar phase and this watch is incredibly special and unique; taking the user on a journey of escape and can be described as a true visual masterpiece that represents superior function and the essence of luxury.
Next on our Elite watch list we have the dynamic and striking TechnoMarine watches. Founded by Franck Dubarry in 1997, TechnoMarine is a watch brand that is representative of a new class of high-end Swiss watches, inspired by the sea and geared towards the diving industry but all boasting sophisticated and elegant aesthetics. The TechnoMarine brand designs watches, which combine highly, advanced watch-making techniques with an exquisite use of fine and unusual materials. Renowned for their gel straps and vibrantly coloured designs which also feature jewel stones and surprising material combinations including stainless steel, titanium, aluminium, blue aluminium and black PVD the finished results are a range of technically advanced watches with a fusion of unlikely colours, shapes and feature combinations. Designed for use on the high seas and more specifically, as elite diving watches, many TechnoMarine models also feature unidirectional bezels and permit deep diving up to 200 meters. The TechnoMarine collections ultimately represent a distinctive combination of modern, luxury and high-end watches.
The TechnoMarine Cruise Diamond collection is an incredibly striking range with the watches featuring highly polished stainless steel cases complete with diamond encrusted bezels and Citizen OS60 movement. The TechnoMarine Cruise Mini watches are also worth a mention and perfect if you are looking for the full TechnoMarine functionality and vibrancy but with a smaller aesthetic. In a range of attractive colours including pink, blue and white and with features such as transparent gel straps and Mother of Pearl finished dials, TechnoMarine watches boast the ultimate elite style factor with the added element of glamour and superior technical innovation.
Our next Elite brand comes in the form of Versace watches. The Versace watch collection comprises of a selection of luxury watches for men and women and perfectly captures the element of high-end fashion alongside exceptional quality. The entire Versace watch collection is divided into categories each boasting an array of different aesthetic and technical qualities depending on the type of watch you are seeking, for example Versace Ladies, Versace Character and Versace Destiny are stunning and striking ladies watches including features such as slim and sleek leather straps and exquisitely bold round dials incorporating intricate engraved detailing upon the case. The Versace Gents range includes a selection of Versace watches for men with a slightly more sporty appeal and featuring elements such as ceramic bracelet straps, sapphire crystal glass, automatic analogue movement and push button deployment clasps. Versace watches are designed to meet a highly varied range of style desires and thus the models capture and represent every element from understated chic to charismatic and boldly luxurious. Antique Grecian symbols and Medusa emblems are positioned upon the crown of each Versace watch to convey the unity of past and future fashion trends and are also symbols that the late Gianni Versace was personally highly inspired by.
Each model within the Versace watch collection incorporates refined Swiss movement ensuring perfect function, precision and reliability. Versace watches are ultimately designed for charismatic and confident individuals who instantly recognise timeless, exquisite style and flawless quality.
U-Boat will be back in stock early September.
We spend a great deal of time researching the most technically advanced and sought after brands in the watch industry, which is reflected in the brands contained within our Elite watch category. Therefore all of these watches will offer you the ultimate in superb quality, function and technical innovation. We also take into account which brands and designs are strong players on the style scene. The purpose of the Elite watch section is also to offer you an array of more selective, unique and niche brands so make sure you take a look at our Shade Station Elite Watch page where you can find more in-depth information and technical specifications about the various brands and designs.
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Hot off the Press this week is the first of its kind, a black titanium watch from U-Boat watches. Unique to the watch world, this 52mm black titanium U-boat watch weighs just 179g and is waterproof up to 200m. Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal and is resistant to corrosion. This makes it a very useful material in the design of water-resistant products, like watches designed for scuba diving and other water based activities. Due to the extreme pressures the watch may be subjected to at 200m below sea-level, the exhibition glass displaying the watch movement has been reduced in size, to just show the balance wheel.
The ‘52mm’ refers to the width of the watch face – U-Boat watches range in size from 45mm to 55mm. The label is famed for producing oversized wristwear with a utilitarian, sturdy and surprisingly sexy appearance. They are also known for placing the crown and chronograph pushers to the left of the watch so as not to obstruct movement and to offer more security – known in U-Boat speak as the ‘left hook’. The ‘52mm’ black titanium hottie uses Valjoux Movement (that’s Swiss-made chronograph movement to the uninformed among us) and has a power reserve of 44 hours at 28,800 alternations per hour.
U-Boat watches have an interesting heritage. Although the company was created in the 1940s to produce precision watches for pilots, only one batch of watches made it out the factory, due to the Second World War. It wasn’t until 1999 that the grandson of the creator, Italo Fontana, resurrected the company and began designing high calibre watches, for the sports and luxury markets.
U-Boat watches have a distinct nautical-military style, that wouldn’t look amiss on the arm of a suave looking man of action. Their watches are built for the outdoors but lend themselves stylishly to more comfortable, glamorous surroundings. For instance U-Boat watches have been the official sponsors of the American Grammy Awards in the past and celebrity fans include action men Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone.
U-Boats incredible 52mm black titanium watch, is not only unique, it is also very exclusive. With just 200 pieces created, this special wristpiece has watch lovers around the world clamoring to get their hands on a piece of history.
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