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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beyond cool: Ladoire Black Widow Mr. Ice

Just as most people will never get to drink ice water direct from a melting polar ice cap, most people will never get to wear, let alone own a Ladoire Black Widow Mr. Ice, available, or rather probably not, in a limited edition of 12 pieces.

Like its stylish predecessors Mr. Green and Mr. Race, the Ladoire Mr. Ice is a stimulating example of three dimensional design. To read a Ladoire Black Widow watch, of which this is one in the collection, you have to learn to tell the time all over again. Three offset hands diplay the hours, minutes and seconds, all controlled by the Ladoire Planetary complication, which acts as a futuristic regulator.

The local time can be read on the planetary disks, which are covered in Super Luminova, so the watch is destined to look super suave when on the wrist of the lucky playboy ordering ice cold vodka martinis in the night club.

The watch runs on an in house calibre Calvet 02 automatic winding movement. The second time zone can be read on the crown on the lower left side of the case.

Of one thing you can be certain. Not a single Mr. Ice will be put on ice. They are one of the hottest horological properties of the year. Asking price is $71,000 but mere cash alone is unlikely to buy you one.


•    Jewelling: 38 jewels
•    Thickness: 10.95 mm
•    Shaped mainplate (39.50mm x 29.50mm)
•    W-shaped GMT bridge structure, 12-hour.dual time-zone display
•    Balance with screws, black PVD-coated*
•    Optimised gear-train toothing profile
•    Frequency 18,800 vph (2.5 Hz)
•    52-hour power reserve

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