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It is now a tradition that Frank Sans C and Jean Lassaussois gather to announce their favourite watches for Christmas, a guarantee of a successful festive season. These beautiful mechanical wonders will for sure make your loved ones happy. Here goes episode 1…

By Chloé Redler

BULGARI, Serpenti Tubogas

Such a nice introduction, it cannot be denied. This Serpenti Tubogas comes straight out of the creative imagination of maison Bulgari. In pink gold and paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, this 35 mm case is topped by a pink gold crown set with a pink cabochon-cut rubellite. Containing a silver opaline dial with a delicate guilloche work, it is shaped like the head of a snake. The emblematic animal of the luxury brand crawls around the wrist of its owner and will not let go.

Made with the Tubogas technique, the bracelet of the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas sensually wraps itself around the wrist.

Imitating the body of a snake undulating along the arm, this bracelet was invented following the Tubogas technique, brought back up to date by the maison in the 70s. Made up of rounded spirals reminiscing of 1920s gas pipes, this flexible strap characteristically always springs back to its initial shape. It has one row on this model, but also exists in a two-row version – that you can admire in the “Summer watches” video – and in a stunning seven-row version – that you can see in the video dedicated to Bulgari at the Geneva Watch Days. As glamour as can be, this piece is animated by a high-quality quartz movement.


Click here to read the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas technical details.


CARTIER, Santos de Cartier Large Model

The Santos de Cartier in a large model version, green dial, and matching alligator skin strap.

The Santos was created in 1904 by Louis Cartier for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. The pilot indeed asked him to create a watch that would be easier to see on his wrist while piloting his aircraft. Over a century later, this model is still part of the Cartier collections and has joined the very closed circle of watchmaking icons. This year, it is enhanced by many new colours, as you can see on this 39,8 mm steel version, whose dial displays an intensely deep green. The slightly sun-brushed dial has all the identity codes of Cartier: a “rail-track” motion work, Roman numerals – sadly, the secret signature is absent – and sword hands.

Animated by the 1847 MC automatic movement, the watch comes with a bracelet equipped with the exclusive interchangeability system QuickSwitch – patented by the manufacturer. Available in a choice of steel or green alligator skin.


Click here to read the Santos de Cartier full technical sheet.


CHANEL, J12 Caliber 12.2

Masterfully designed by the late Jacques Helleu in 2000, the J12 by Chanel made history as the first watchmaking icon of the 21st century. With the arrival of Arnaud Chastaingt – current director of the Watch Creation Studio of Chanel – the J12 underwent a meticulous surgery. Everything changed in a perfectly unnoticeable way.

The J12 Caliber 12.2 is 33 m wide and machined in white highly resistant ceramic.

Second stroke of genius for a collection that keeps pushing the limits of possibilities. The 33 mm white ceramic and steel J12 model released in 2022 is a perfect example of this. It represents a serious technical challenge, as it now has a brand-new automatic movement: the Caliber 12.2. developed by Swiss manufacturer Kenissi, this miniature calibre is COSC-certified and its oscillating mass in the shape of a perfect circle is perfectly decorated and offers a nearly 50-hour power reserve. This J12 Caliber 12.2 also exists in black highly resistant ceramic. Particularly appropriate for Christmas!


Click here to read the Chanel J12 Caliber 12.2 in white ceramic full technical sheet.


HUBLOT, Classic Fusion Ceramic Blue

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The Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic Blue.

In the 1980s, Hublot started a small revolution in the high watchmaking world by releasing a watch with a simple rubber strap. The Classic Fusion Original was born. This code breaker comes in precious and high-tech materials: gold, titanium, or ceramic. Speaking of, black polished and satin-finished ceramic coats this 45 mm Classic Fusion Ceramic Blue, which is animated by an automatic calibre with a 42-hour power reserve. This clean-looking dial has a navy-blue sun-brushed finish, punctuated with discreet hands and indices and with a date at 3 o’clock. Elegant and sporty-looking, this piece comes with a blue-lined rubber strap.


Click here to read the Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic Blue technical details.


OMEGA, Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer by Omega.

Intended for globetrotters, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer by Omega stands out with its 43 mm titanium case. Very light, robust, and corrosion-resistant, this watch has a black satin finish ceramic bezel that enhances the black and grey dial, on which the Worldtimer function offers a beautiful show to its owner.

Invisible to the eye, the view of the Earth from the North Pole is slightly rounded to mimic the natural curve of the Earth.

Placed in majesty in the centre, the view of the Earth from the North Pole is slightly curved to mimic the curve of the globe. It is decorated with laser-engraved coloured continents. This miniature ultra-realistic scenery is topped with a 24-hour reading that indicates daytime and night-time. On the outer ring, cities are indicated with yellow gold, except for London, which is in red varnish for Greenwich Mean Time. Water-resistant up to 150 m, the instrument has a Master Chronometer-certified automatic calibre. It is endowed with an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring that offers a 60-hour power reserve.

The different variations of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer by Omega.


Click here to read the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer technical details.



Released in 2010, this 43 mm automatic Meistersinger Perigraph is part of the vintage section of the Lassaussois boutique.

The Meistersinger Perigraph offers an atypical way of looking at the time, only sporting a single hand.

In perfect condition, this piece has a nice brown sun-brushed dial – a very trendy shade this winter – that highlights an original way of displaying the time. Inherent to the maison, the hours indices are completed by a single hand that points both toward the hours and the minutes via 144 five-minute segments. This watch also stands out thanks to a 360° open date ring. The date is pointed by an arrow at 12 o’clock. This doubly vintage watch comes with a brown leather bracelet with a pin buckle.


Click here to read the Meistersinger Perigraph technical details.


PATEK PHILIPPE, Aquanaut Chronograph

Available at the Lassaussois boutique, this second-hand 2019 steel Aquanaut Chronograph is in perfect condition. Delivered with its certificate of origin, this piece has an athletic look, emphasized by the structured black rubber strap, whose pattern is visible on the dial as well. The chronograph’s contrasting indications are in orange, as well as the date at 3 o’clock. The whole thing is 100 m water-resistant and animated by a high watchmaking automatic calibre. Its gold oscillating mass is visible through a sapphire case back engraved with the emblem of the manufacture.


Click here to read the Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph technical details.


RESERVOIR, Kanister 316

The 41,5 mm brushed finish case in 316L steel of the Kanister 316 by Reservoir contains a black dial inspired by the counters of the famous 356 Speedster of the 50s.

The dial of the Reservoir Kanister 316 is inspired by the rev counters of the famous 356 Speedster.

We look back in the rear-view mirror with this resolutely vintage model and its new RSV-240 calibre. This patented calibre combines three complications: a retrograde minute – a hallmark of the brand – a jumping hour and a nearly 56-hour power reserve. This watch received the Red Dot Design Award in 2022, one of the biggest international design competitions, and it comes with an additional black leather strap.

The Kanister 316 by Reservoir is animated by an automatic calibre equipped with a retrograde minute, a jumping hour and a 56-hour power reserve.


Click here to read the Reservoir Kanister 316 technical details.


TAG HEUER, Monaco LS Chronograph

Vintage is still in. Jean Lassaussois understood it well and is now presenting a 2011 version of the Tag Heuer Monaco LS Chronograph in steel and with a 40,5 mm diameter.

The TAG Heuer Monaco LS Chronograph.

Its appearance on Steve McQueen’s wrist in “Le Mans” (1970) made it legendary. The Monaco attracted attention in 1969 with its square case, but it is now considered an icon among icons. Reinterpreted times and times again, this version has atypical indications and display. On an architectural black dial, a linear small second sits. The minutes and the hours of the chronograph are displayed on two distinct counters, respectively placed at 9 and 6 o’clock. The 30-minutes one establishes its originality with a double hand that points to the first 15 units, then to the next 15 ones. As for the date, it shows in an angled aperture ringed with a black disc at 12 o’clock. 100 m water-resistant, the instrument comes with the original black alligator-skin strap.

At 3 o’clock, the small seconds has a linear display.

€3,800 second-hand on the Lassaussois Les Montres Les Bijoux website.


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AWAKE, Time Travelers – Lassaussois Limited edition for Jean

Limited edition, 100 copies available – €1,600

Click here to read the Awake Time Travelers Édition Lassaussois watch technical details.

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BREITLING, Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird for Frank Sans C.

Frank Sans C drives the point home with this Top Time B01 Thunderbird by Breitling. This model was unveiled during the last Geneva Watch Days:


Click here to read the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird full technical sheet.


Lassaussois Les Montres Les Bijoux Boutique
58, rue de Rennes, Paris 6th arrondissement – 01 46 34 71 38


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