Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Chronograph

After the success of a limited series of 125 pieces in 2007, Cuervo y Sobrinos is adding the Prominente Chronograph in steel and 18-carat rose gold to its standard collection. The timepiece will now be available in the brand’s traditional colours – cream, black and white.
The fluid lines of the Prominente Chronograph are a reinterpretation of the elegant models of the art deco period. The ample, elegant shape of the timepiece’s oblong case closely hugs the wearer’s wrist. The shape of the case is slightly rounded, which is also expressed in the pushpieces that operate the chronograph functions. The chronograph’s three counters – hours, 30 minutes and seconds – do their work against the background of a guilloché dial. A worthy addition, the crown for setting the time and date sets the finishing touch to this aesthetic balance.

The Prominente Chronograph contains a self-winding movement, the sophisticated details of which can be seen through an anti-glare sapphire crystal on the caseback. A brand within the brand, the CYS logo is engraved in indigo blue on the oscillating weight with its exclusive fan-shaped motif.

This model has a 42-hour power reserve. The screwed caseback is sealed to withstand 3 atm of pressure.The collection version of the Chronographe Prominente is available in steel and 18-carat rose gold in the brand’s traditional colours – cream, black and white. The timepiece has a crocodile strap.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Esplendidos Retrograde in gold 18 kt

Esplendidos Retrograde in gold 18 kt is a New watch model from Havana based luxury watch maker,Cuervo y Sobrinos. A graceful gold silhouette, a dial with simple graining and the brand‘s emblematic style - it took neither more nor less to make the Esplendidos Retrograde in 4N 18-carat gold into a symbol of perfect gentleman elegance.
Expressing classically restrained aesthetics, the dial reveals a central opening showing the retrograde date display over an arc. At the end of the month, the hand immediately returns to its original position. The day of the week can be read on a small inside dial located at 9 o‘clock. At 6 o‘clock, the power-reserve display sets the finishing touch to this vision of Haute Horlogerie. The precision of the minutes and seconds can be read from a delicate grid running around the dial.

The Esplendidos Retrograde with power reserve houses a self-winding mechanism whose sophisticated details can be admired through a sapphire crystal caseback. By way of a brand within the brand, the indigo engraved CyS logo embellishes the oscillating weight with the Côtes de Genève pattern. The model has a power reserve of 42 hours. The screw-in caseback guarantees water-resistance to 3 atm. The Esplendidos Rétrograde comes with a crocodile leather strap with pin buckle or folding clasp. It is available in black, cream and tobacco.


At BASELWORLD 2008 , Azimuth’s World’s First Spaceship Concept Watch was launched.

Scaling intergalactic heights since 2007, Azimuth’s Special Project Line, SP-1 Mecanique concept watch, nicknamed the ‘spaceship watch’, is a forward-looking timepiece with an adventurous mix of bold, futuristic styling and progressive technical flaunts.

The design idea of the large minute hand is inspired by the intergalactic warfare which the genre of movie goers of the 1980s and 1990s will fondly remember. The 3-dimensional elongated carriage is the minute hand and it carries the hour disc with it. The circular opening on the hand with the numerical displayed is the hour. The minutes are read off the traditional way. Once the minute hand completes a 60-minute round, the hour numeral jumps and the next hour is displayed within the circular opening.
Inspired by the views from the cockpit of a space shuttle when telling the time on the SP-1 Mecanique, its enigmatic blue dial is showered with tiny specks of luminous stars into the ‘galaxy’. The rotating ‘planet Earth’ actually completes one revolution every 60 seconds. The rotating ‘Earth’ is the alternative to a sweep seconds hand, which indicates that your watch is alive and running.

Matching the mesmerizing dial design is its equally ingenious jumping hour display. Powered by a Unitas 6497 movement finely finished in Cotes de Geneve stripes, a rotating disc, framed by the short end of the 3-dimensional minute hand, is a jumping hour complication. Highly stylized, the broad minute hand comes finished with a skeletonized outline that resembles a space shuttle hurtling across the universe.
A breathtakingly sculptural masterpiece, the SP-1 Mecanique mimics the profile of a spacecraft’s cockpit. Its 45mm stainless steel case with elongated lugs is capped by a domed sapphire crystal to lend the watch a multi-dimensional look. The avant-garde case design then is topped with a giant crown at ‘12’ that is guaranteed to send fans of whimsical horological excursions over the moon.

Technical Details
Movement: Unitas 6497-1 with Côtes de Genève decoration, blue screws
Functions: Mystery jumping hours, minutes, seconds
Case: 316 L stainless steel, ø 45 mm, water resistant to 3 bars
Band: 22 mm perforated sports leather strap

Gc watches -Sport Class XL

The new Sport Class XL from Gc Watches is a powerful timepiece for those with an adventurous lifestyle. Easily the most athletic Gc watch to date, the massive 46mm polished steel magnum masterpiece combines with rose gold color to offer balance that exemplifies sporty chic. The Sport Class XL is dynamic down to every detail with an expressive, virile silhouette, including chiseled triangular markers, a powerful unidirectional rotating bezel, clous de Paris bracelet middle links, and a mix of matte rose gold PVD and polished steel for depth and dimension.

This superior Swiss made watch is crafted of premium materials and houses a high-precision Swiss movement. It offers standard time displayed by rose gold hands, and is a two-counter chronograph with small-seconds counter at 3 o’clock, and minute and hour counter at 9 o’clock. There is also a date aperture at 6 o’clock. As with all prestigious Gc Watches, the crown is screw-down and engraved with the G logo. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters. The timepiece is equipped with an inside tachymeter ring for ultimate function with a multi-layered silver dial in a textured ribbed pattern with stylized Arabic numerals and indices in applied rose gold with Super Luminova coating. It is further equipped with a polished steel and brushed rose gold plated bracelet. Other styles within the Sport Class XL series include stainless steel case versions that are equipped with a steel and titanium bracelet for a lighter sensation. The Gc Sport Class XL is built by Gc Watches’ modern watchmakers for today’s sophisticated adventurer.

Gc Watches-SE 2

SE-2 is the second generation of watch collection from SE Series by Swiss watch maker Gc Watches. This unique silhouette is impressive thanks to its European styling and superbly balanced lines. The Gc SE-2 is a charismatic rectangular shape two-counter Swiss chronograph with architecturally inspired angled edges and a detailed bezel featuring eight screws. This extroverted design is further enhanced with a knurled crown and lugs. Like the finest hand-tailored suit, the SE-2 from Gc Watches offers bespoke elegance, with attention paid to every detail.

The exclusively engineered high-precision dual-counter Swiss chronograph movement offers the hour counter at 6 o’clock and the minute counter at 9 o’clock. Additionally, the SE-2 is equipped with a screw-down crown, Super Luminova hands, Roman numerals and is water resistant to 100 meters.

Among the versions of this masculine timepiece from Gc Watches is a stunning deep chocolate model with a chocolate dial, a chocolate croco-embossed leather strap and rose gold numerals in a brushed and polished PVD rose gold stainless steel case. Other styles within the SE-2 series include a polished steel bracelet version as well as a black and PVD rose gold model. With the SE-2 from Gc Watches, it’s easy to make a sophisticated statement without saying a word.

Gc Watches-Diver Chic -The Precious collection (2008)

Gc Watches introduces a special edition of luxury sport with this feminine blend of gemstones with ceramic. This year, the Diver Chic Ceramic series re-emerges with a luxurious addition – precious gemstones adorn each timepiece taking the iconic collection to a truly luxurious level.

The Precious collection embodies the true essence of Gc Watches celebrating the prestige of diamonds and the delicate femininity of pink sapphire. These precious gemstones illuminate the bezel of this sleek ceramic sport-inspired timepiece. White ceramic is embellished with pink sapphires or the purity of diamonds; black ceramic is contrasted with diamonds. This elegant union is a true expression of sporty chic luxury. Stunning variations include a 38.5mm Swiss chronograph or a 34mm Swiss multi function. Both sizes feature screw-down crowns and screw-in Gc engraved case backs. All Diver Chic styles are water resistant to 100 meters and feature Super Luminova hands. With new Gc integrated side pushers on the full ceramic bracelet, this collection is masterpiece of true Swiss precision and luxury. Offered in a range of gemstones, ceramic colors and mother-of-pearl dial variations, this Precious collection embodies everything expected from the legacy of being a Swiss made timepiece.

Gc Watches-Diver Chic Ceramic series (2008)

Gc Watches designed new sumptuous styling for the Diver Chic Ceramic series of iconic timepieces. Combining femininity, the purity of design and the functionality of the ultimate sport watch, Gc Watches makes an extremely chic statement for the active lifestyle.

This prestigious ceramic timepiece is offered in high-polished black or white ceramic, complete with a ceramic bezel and bracelet. Two styles are available, including a three-counter Swiss chronograph and a two-eye Swiss multi-function day/date watch. The stunning Diver Chic Ceramic chronograph is housed in a 38.5mm case and offers an hour counter at 6 o’clock and a minute counter at 9 o’clock. The seconds counter is centrally located, and there is a date window at 4 o’clock. The multi-function model is a 34mm size and offers day at 9 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock. Both models feature a screw-down crown engraved with the G logo and screw-in caseback.

Black and white are synonymous with the purity and simplicity of the Diver Chic line; featuring multilayered dials in either white mother-of-pearl with white textured counters or black enamel with black mother-of-pearl counters. Bezels are black or white ceramic, and the bracelets are full ceramic with new Gc integrated side pushers. All Diver Chic Ceramic watches are water resistant to 100 meters and feature Super Luminova hands. Diver Chic Ceramic timepieces denote the feminine side of iconic luxury.

Harry Winston Project Z5

Elegant form meets multiple functions in the Z5, the next evolution in the prestigious Project Z Series by Harry Winston Timepieces. Bringing together for the first time two a tourbillon mechanism and two time zones, the Z5 caters to men who frequently traveler, as well as also to those who are in tune with the world. Capturing the distinct, sporty character of the watch, the marvelous complication, the tourbillon mechanism (automatic), is displayed at 6 o’clock.

With the Z5, Harry Winston’s master watchmakers have added a new challenge with the inclusion of a double time zone. The first time zone – for the reference city – is placed off-centre at 2 o’clock, while the second, smaller time zone – for the visited city – is at 9 o’clock. A jumping display, in French, contains names of 24 worldwide cities corresponding to each of the 24 time zones. Further displaying the expertise in craftsmanship, the creators of Z5 have gone one step further by simplifying the handling of this complication – the hour and the city can simultaneously be adjusted by simply turning the crown.
A brilliant new demonstration of  innovative and expert watch making, Z5 represents the next phase of Harry Winston’s exclusive Project Z series. For the fifth time, the tourbillon is held in a Zalium case, a material perfectly fashioned by the company and unique to Harry Winston haute horlogerie. The vertical guillochage of the dial reflects the elegance and codified beauty of the watch. A choice of leather or rubber strap features an embossed, stylized three-bladed shuriken design – a concealable Ninja throwing weapon -- the mobile symbol of Project Z watches.

Technical Details
Name: Project Z5
Reference: 400/MATTZ45ZC.A

Self-winding tourbillon ;Power reserve: 110 hours ;Jewels Bearings: 34 rubies

Hours, minutes and small seconds (tourbillon) ;GMT with an aperture displaying the second timezone city indicator

Case, dial and strap
Case: Zalium ;Dimensions: Diameter: 45mm
Dial: Anthracite, Côtes de Genève design
Buckle: Zalium
Watchstrap: Rubber
Water resistance: 100m (10 ATM)

About Harry Winston Project Z Series
Harry  Winston  has  consistently  demonstrated  a  taste  for  challenges,  applying  its  philosophy  – nothing but the exceptional – to each of its timepieces. In 2004, the brand set a new challenge to create an original and limited watch representing a bridge between heritage and modernity, with a subtle blend of sport and high-tech. This principle gave rise to Project Z, featuring a design and a material – Zalium, previously unknown in Haute Horologerie – representing a first step towards the Harry Winston timepieces of tomorrow.

Zalium was developed by Ronald Winston, a noted chemical engineer, who, like his father, Harry Winston, knew how to distinguish a great diamond from a good one. As an MIT (Massachusetts Institute  of  Technology)  researcher  of  rocket  propellants,  he  became  an  expert  in  the  special zirconium  alloys  used  in  jet  and  rocket  engines.  He realized that a metal that could withstand superheated corrosive gasses in the high-stress interior of a rocket motor would be perfect for the creation of an indestructible wristwatch. In addition, zirconium is non-reactive and hypo-allergenic (it is used to make surgical implants and instruments), harder than titanium and almost as light. Its luster hints  at  the  fact  that  it  is  more  commonly  found  on  the  moon  than  on  Earth.  Ronald Winston identified one zirconium alloy that seemed to give off a special gleam. He named it Zalium for zirconium (Zr) and the allium lily.

  1. Harry Winston Project Z1: Launched in 2004, the first Project Z1 introduced three world firsts in watchmaking: its material, Zalium, until then only used in aerospace technology; its automatic chronograph movement with off-centered triple retrograde display; its case, whose famous arcs were moved to 3 o’clock to serve as a crown guard.
  2. Harry Winston Project Z2 Diver: In 2005, Harry Winston took the Z concept a step further – or deeper – creating the Project Z2 Diver, the world’s first Zalium chronograph dive watch, water-resistant to 200 meters. Zalium (case, clasps and back), platinum (unidirectional bezel) and leather (bracelet) were combined to decorate this watch with its contrasting and harmonious elements.
  3. Harry Winston Project Z3: Launched  in  2006,  the  third  version  in  the  Z  platform  features  one  of  the  most  beautiful complications in horology – an automatic tourbillon with the frame’s rotation system located within. Project Z3 also includes another distinct attribute: a ‘warning’ system informing the wearer that the power reserve is spent and it is necessary to rewind the watch.
  4. Harry Winston Project Z4: Travel and different time zones, became the focus of the collection’s fourth model. Housed in a 44mm-diameter case, the Project Z4 has dual time zone displays positioned at 2 ‘o clock and 9 ‘o clock, both with day and night indictors and a large vertical date display located at 6 ‘o clock.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Jaermann & Stübi "St Andrews Links" Collection

The new Swiss watch brand Jaermann & Stübi unveiled a new watch collection at Baselworld 08 that is sure to be a hit with golf lovers everywhere. The "St Andrews Links" collection has been developed in collaboration with the legendary St Andrews Links golf course in Scotland.

The recently founded watch company Jaermann & Stübi caused a buzz of excitement when it launched its first watch, the Jaermann & Stübi golf watch. The story of the luxurious golf watch had its beginnings in a model with an automatic mechanical movement and an integrated mechanical golf counter, and it represented a genuine innovation in the watch market. The innovative new company grew rapidly over the course of that first year, achieving a level of success that has now enabled it to develop further models.
Elegant design, impeccable functionality and superb engineering skills are the key characteristics of this new Swiss brand of watches for golfers. The entire watch mechanism is provided with a shock absorber and both the watch movement and the integrated golf counter are designed to be entirely mechanical.

The quality of the watch mechanism is genuinely outstanding, enabling it to comfortably take its place alongside the mechanisms of traditional, high-quality brands. As unashamed perfectionists, watch connoisseurs and passionate golfers, Jaermann & Stübi have developed their products on the basis of top-quality innovations combined with tradition and exclusivity.
St Andrews Links – the perfect model for passionate golfers The success of their first product was a tremendous boost to company founders Jaermann and Stübi in their search for the perfect mechanical watch for styleconscious golfers. The two entrepreneurs had long cherished the idea of developing a watch in collaboration with St Andrews Links, home to the world's oldest and most legendary golf course. Recognized as the Home of Golf, St Andrews Links has hosted the game since the 15th century and is renowned as being the place where the rules of the game were set down for the very first time.

The collaborative venture began to take shape when Jaermann & Stübi had the opportunity to participate as sponsors in a tournament in St Andrews in September 2007. This enabled Urs Jaermann and Pascal Stübi to make contact with the prestigious golf venue in a relaxed and informal manner, and they were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic reaction of the St Andrews Links Trust team to the Jaermann & Stübi golf watch. Everything was now in place for a collaborative venture to create a special St Andrews Links model.

One of the key reasons behind the positive response and enthusiasm shown by St Andrews Links Trust was the fact that the Jaermann & Stübi brand focuses all its activities on golf and has positioned itself exclusively as a golf brand, thus pursuing the same values as St Andrews itself. The brand's outlook very much corresponds to that of St Andrews Links Trust, and the proceeds from sales of the watch will be contributing towards maintaining and preserving this historic golf course.

The St Andrews Links model is made from steel and boasts exactly the same functions as the classic Jaermann & Stübi watch. The St Andrews models have the words "St Andrews Links" engraved on the bezel and the coat of arms of the legendary golf venue engraved on the back. In addition, this model is differentiated from the standard models by the fact that various elements appear in blue, the colour of St Andrews.

The engraving of the names Jaermann & Stübi and St Andrews Links on the back of the golf watch clearly emphasises just how exclusive and sophisticated this up-and-coming watch company has become. The watch is available in three different designs with three different turning bezels: simple blue-black, silvery steel or studded with 71 blue sapphires and a diamond.

Rado Ceramica Chronograph Jubilé

Today, technology and precision are synonyms for color. Rado’s Ceramica Chronograph Jubilé attracts the eye before demanding absolute surrender.
Dial. Crystal. Case. Bracelet. All merge into an infinite ceramic line. The pushers barely protrude. Perfect integration interrupted by a splash of color. Like a vibration. On the dial, random, iridescent green comets. The counters and date form circles set with tsavorites. A monochrome play of light. The metallization of the dial and sapphire crystal appears as an additional layer of color on their surface. Subtly intermingled tones generate increased richness and intensity.

Rado Sintra XXL Basle Special

Absolute. Entirely ceramic. Completely black. The Sintra XXL Basle Special presents a seductive play of relief effects. The very essence of the brand in a limited edition of 2000 pieces.Beneath the edge-to-edge, metallized, sapphire crystal, the dial merges with the barrel-shaped case. Both perfectly integrated with the bracelet.
Forming an arched square, the dial displays the time in monochrome sobriety. The hands and the index appliques are emphasized with black luminous. Black gold treatment presents subtle reflections reinforcing the matt aspect of the ceramic.

Available in a smaller version, limited to 1500 pieces, the model is embellished with 24 black diamonds in the guise of indices, creating a clear-opaque tone-on-tone. Mystery. Essential energy.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ebel 1911 Discovery

Since its launch in May 2007, Ebel’s dynamic Discovery line has sparked and held the attention of a youthful masculine audience in search of a distinctively designed and technically reliable watch in tune with their active lifestyle. For 2008, the Architects of Time introduce splashes of color and energy with three new models that certainly stand out from the crowd and are designed for men unafraid to do just the same!

hile exuding a conspicuous aura of colorful and eye-catching confidence, these overtly sporty models nonetheless clearly display the 1911 family likeness, proclaiming their sense of belonging to a proud lineage evinced through the taut lines of the hexagonal 43 mm case and its five visible screws, as well as the brand’s hallmark smooth integration of case and bracelet, and a set of remarkable finishing details.
Like the first watches in this ground-breaking new line, these up-to-the minute new models are all powered as ever by an extremely reliable high-performance COSC-certified self-winding chronograph movement. They are also endowed with an impressive range of refined and rugged features including screw-lock crowns; water resistance to 10 ATM; pushers protected by sporty notched-profile guards; a sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment on both sides to enhance its clarity; and a SuperLumiNova coating on the distinctively shaped hour and minute hands as well as the 12 squares on the flange guaranteeing optimal readability in the dark.
The tachometric scale on the aluminum bezel, the ultra-readable date/day display, along with the hand-applied chronograph counters and hour-markers, all contribute to enhancing the overall impression of sporting sophistication accentuated by multiple layers and dynamic perspectives.
Marrying primary colors with the sturdy refinement of a steel bracelet, the colorful new ”red” and “blue” versions of the latest 1911 Discovery watches show a taste for a blend of distinction, discretion and vibrancy. The black dial is teamed with a red bezel and matching chronograph hands; while the silver-colored dial is framed by a blue bezel and matching chronograph hands. The immediately recognizable ultra-flexible Ebel bracelet is distinguished by its polished/brushed finish creating a well-balanced aesthetic appeal and ensures impeccable wearer comfort thanks to its extremely smooth fit.

Meanwhile, the liveliest, most fun-loving member of the family shows up in a daring bright orange color displayed on the aluminum bezel and reflected in the stitching on the resolutely sporty technofiber strap.

Technical details
1911 Discovery

Valjoux 7750 –Day-Date, automatic chronograph movement
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Finishing: alternating brushed/polished surfaces – Tachymeter on orange, blue or red aluminum bezel ring
Water-resistance: 10 atm
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective treatment on both sides for perfect readability
Crown: dedicated and screw-lock
Pushers: dedicated with special guard
Case-back: plain with dedicated Discovery engraving

Silver-colored or black galvanic finishing with hand-applied hour-markers and applied counters
Super-LumiNova on flange (dots) and hands
Dedicated hands with color contrast

Steel bracelet or stitched technofiber strap;Ebel folding clasp

Rado Sintra Gold Jubilé

Harmonious. Brilliant. The new Sintra Gold Jubilé by Rado culminates in the integral forms that mark the brand. Entirely ceramic, its proportions speak of evident and undeniable perfection. Golden fluidity. The barrel-shaped case and the bracelet links form a continuous line from the front and also from the side profile. An impression of the infinite emphasized by the dial, square-shaped, vaulted and totally covered by a sapphire crystal metallised in matching tones. Accentuated by four diamonds indexes, two at twelve o’clock balancing the date displayed at six o’clock.
A world innovation. Golden ceramic, a watch with a gentle, permanent brilliance. It took years of research to arrive at this exclusive tint. Matter becoming synonymous with light. Reflecting, yet modest on the skin. Simplicity and sensual force on the wrist. Comfortable to the touch and the ultimate in visual perfection.

Technical details
Model: Rado-Sintra Gold Jubilé

Quartz ETA in 4 sizes: S to XXL

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Scratch-resistant gilded ceramic in 4 sizes: S to XXL
Yellow-gold-coloured metallized convex sapphire crystal
Tonneau back in gilded ceramic, titanium screws
Steel crown with gilded ceramic cabochon

Gilded “Jubilé”, 3 extra-pure TW-VVS diamond hour-markers (from 0.011 to 0.048 ct, depending on case size), Gilded hands, Date window at 6 o’clock.

Gilded ceramic, titanium safety clasp

Other versions
Size S without date

Dewitt Academia Tourbillon Différentiel

Patented in 2005, Dewitt’s Tourbillon Différentiel® has taken its place in the history of creative watchmaking and represents a significant breakthrough with respect to the basic working principles of a mechanical movement. Traditionally housed in a case that is a combination of titanium, rose gold and rubber, the Tourbillon Différentiel®, is clothed in 950 platinum, 18-carat rose gold and a blend of 18-carat rose and white gold.
Following in the footsteps of the Tourbillon Force Constante®, which was one of the world’s first watches to focus on the very essence of mechanical movement functions, the Tourbillon Différentiel® makes history with its ingenious patented power-reserve winding system in a tourbillon-equipped watch.
While regulating organs (tourbillons) correct a mechanical watch's precision by compensating for the effects of Earth's gravity, the differential system developed by DeWitt increases watch-winding speed considerably (2/3). In traditional watchmaking, mechanical means had already been designed to achieve this objective, with spherical or layered planetary gears.
The primary advantage of DeWitt’s system is that it drastically simplifies the construction of conventional planetary gears, substituting wheel arms for the two sets of contrate teeth on the rack-and-pinion wheels.
Thanks to this innovation, the winding system for the power reserve indicator has been miniaturised, offering new possibilities for sequencing the parts of the movement and the aesthetics of the display.
Housed in a solid precious metal case, the Academia Tourbillon Différentiel® shows the time directly on the bridges serving as a dial.
These bridges come in different colours and enable the wearer to see the entire mechanism in action.
Technical details
Manually-wound mechanism manufactured by DeWitt
Power reserve 120 hours
Regulating organ Differential tourbillon
Movement height 8.90mm
Movement diameter 30mm
Vibrations 21,600 vph (vibrations per hour)
Balance Gyromax
Balance spring Flat
Escapement:52° lift angle
Jewels:24 jewels
Special finishes on the movement:“Côtes de Genève” style blue, black or chocolate and grey platinum bridge

Power reserve indicator 
Special patented “IRM” system

950 platinum; 18ct pink gold, 18ct pink and white gold and rubber inserts
Diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 12mm
Case back: Sapphire
Lug: 21mm
Water resistance 50 meters

Black alligator leather Buckle Folding clasp in 950 platinum or 18ct pink gold

Strictly limited edition

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ORIS Jazz Dizzy Gillespie Limited Edition

Lanuched in 2007,  this stunning watch collection pays tribute  to jazz trumpet-player Dizzy Gillespie, the founder of modern jazz. It was produced in a limited series of 1917 pieces, representing the year this genius was born.
Technical details

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

316L steel secured with 4 screws
Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal
Special engraving on the back

Dark brown with sunray and embossed checkerboard decor
Luminescent numerals and hour-markers;Luminescent, satin-finished
Date window at 6 o'clock

Supple gaucho leather with buckle

Oris Regulateur “Der Meistertaucher”

Launched at Basel world 2008,  the Regulateur “Der Meistertaucher”, which measures 49mm in diameter and case thickness of 15.25mm, is the biggest watch ever produced by Oris.
Equipped with a self winding movement, this essential divers’ watch is highly visible underwater and not just because of its size. The special dark orange Superluminova inlays of the indices glow brightly – even in the darkest of waters. Thanks to the special Regulateur movement with its separate minute, hour and small second displays it’s also crystal clear when it comes to diving safety. The screwed crown makes the watch doubly safe as accidental adjustments are almost impossible.
Waterproof to 100 bar/1000 metres and with a screwed helium valve it really is a must for all serious divers. But this magnificent beast is just as at home on land as it is in the water. The subtle black dial with printed wave design and the lightweight titanium case make it a gentle giant – not out of place at home or in the office. The whole huge watch is regulated by a tiny spring just 0.035mm thick.
Technical details
Model: Oris Regulateur “Der Meistertaucher”, Ø 49.00 mm
Ref: 649 7610 71 64 Set 

Mechanical automatic movement
Hour display at 4 o’clock, decentralised small second at 10 o’clock. Centralised minute display, date at 6 o’clock
Black dial with printed wave structure and applied indices with Superluminova “Dark Orange” inlay
Grade 2 titanium case with aluminium rotating divers top ring and screwed case back
Sapphire glass domed on one side with inner anti-reflective coating
Stainless steel screwed crowns and helium valve
Rubber strap imprinted with Oris logo on both sides and folding extendable titanium safety clasp
Also available with extendable, multi-part titanium bracelet
Waterproof to 100bar/1000m
Set includes case, separate metal bracelet and tools


More than 40 years after its revolutionary impact on the world of diver’s watches, this exceptional timekeeper features new mechanical functions and an imposing design. The legendary Bathy is guaranteed to make generations of divers dream for a long time to come.

A watch of superlatives with vigorous, contemporary lines, the Bathy is making a grand comeback,both under the sea and on the land.

The fascinating Bathy V2 is automatic. Its depth gauge works on a beryllium copper membrane. The water enters the double back through four large visible openings on the side. The resulting pressure causes the membrane to contract. By means of a complex mechanism, this contraction, no more than a few tenths of a millimetre, moves the hand on the dial, and does so with unparalleled precision: less than 0.18% deviation for the depth gauge at 45 metres. This precision – extended to its limits in the most extreme conditions – is one of Favre-Leuba’s trademarks.
And, of course, the diver’s safety depends on it. Also for reasons of safety, all the important diving indications are coated with Superluminova to provide optimum legibility: the rotating flange (for measuring the duration of the dive in minutes), the minute and depthgauge hands and the scale (in metres or feet depending on the version). This makes the visual contrast, with the depth indicated in a choice of red, yellow or orange. The two screw-down crowns guarantee total water-resistance to 300 metres.
Despite the watch’s particularly impressive dimensions – 50mm in diameter and 18mm thick – it is unbelievably light. And the case is made in Grade 5 titanium, the best quality, like all the materials used by Favre-Leuba. A blend of modernity and tradition, the Bathy is a lot more than a timekeeper. It is the ideal companion for all those who value precision and wish to realise their dream every day.

Technical details
Automatic mechanical – exclusive FL 305 calibre, 23 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 224 components.44-hour power reserve.

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 45-metre or 150-foot depth gauge,
decompression-stage indicator, diving-time gauge.

Grade 5 titanium
diameter 46mm, thickness 18mm
Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
Screw-down, engraved double back with membrane depth gauge (metres or feet)
Water-resistant to 300 m

Galvanic black with special guilloché and rotating flange, large numbers. All the dial elements are coated with Superluminova for optimum legibility. Date window at 5.30.

Grey rubber, with buckle.

Hermès Dressage Annual Calendar

Time is mankind’s noblest conquest. Tamed, mastered and masterfully cadenced, it performs spectacular figures on the dial of the new Dressage annual calendar watch from Hermès. The frenzied gallop of the seconds hand, the sedate trot of the minutes and the steady step of the hours.The graceful pirouette of the retrograde date hand as it jumps back to its point of departure. The spinning carrousels of the twin day and month discs. Schooled in the perfect discipline of precision timekeeping, this watch immediately draws the eye to the elegance of its rose or white gold case featuring two stirrups extending the rounded curve of the dial and creating a subtle contrast between the flat surface of the satin-brushed case middle and the polished bezel.
A glimpse behind the scenes: the sapphire crystal enables one to admire the architecture and the finishing of the exclusive movement with its hand-bevelled bridges, its rhodiumed mainplate and its gold oscillating weight, decorated with a sprinkling of Hs. A superlative demonstration of expertise for collectors of rare models and devotees of Fine Watchmaking.

The Dressage annual calendar watch houses a self-winding movement crafted by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier – a virtuoso of fine mechanical engineering, with which Hermès has reinforced its ties. A single artisan assembles and adjusts the subtle choreography of the 329 parts in this exceptional calibre. The sophisticated annual-calendar mechanism drives a central pointer-type date display running over a 225° segment. Taking account of 30- and 31-day months, the date requires only one correction per year, at the end of February, by means of special pushpieces integrated into the case middle. Adorned with hollowed Arabic numerals, the dial comes in a choice of black, blue or white, with pink or white day/month discs matching the gold of the case.

Technical details
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier H1930
Mechanical self-winding
27 mm in diameter
5.5 mm thick
28,800 vibrations per hour
55-hour power reserve, series-coupled twin barrels
329 components, including 32 jewels
Oscillating weight in 916 gold
Dedicated Hermès decoration

Hours, minutes, seconds
Retrograde calendar
Day of the month at 3 o’clock
Day of the week at 9 o’clock

750 rose gold, 750 white gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Screw-locked crown
Water-resistant to 50 metres
Crystal Sapphire crystal on the bezel and the case-back

White with pink or grey discs
Black with white discs
Blue with grey discs
Hands with 750 rose or white gold hands

Gold, Havana or navy blue alligator leather strap
Safety folding clasp in 750 gold

The Dressage annual calendar watch is issued in two limited, numbered series of 170 in rose gold and 170 in white gold, a symbolic number corresponding to the number of years that have elapsed since the founding of Hermès in 1837

HermesThe Cape Cod H1 “Grand Hours” watch

There is ‘time’ according to the clock: precise, exacting. And there is ‘time’ according to the heart: supple, intimate, sometimes fleeting, sometimes slowing to sheer suspension, time wasted, time saved... and time that is far too short. Hours which fly by like seconds, and seconds we would have last for hours.
Hermès pays homage to the relativity of time in creating the delightfully clever and innovative “Grand Hours” timekeeping mechanism. Now available in the elegant Cape Cod watch, a paragon of Hermès timepieces,it makes a playful reference to dance (that other great art of pacing and rhythm): On the dial, the hours have broken free of their staid circle to fall into a new choreography of time, where some cluster in a chorus line,
while others stretch languorously into space. Tempo adagio from noon to 2 pm and from 6 to 8 in the evening:precious moments to breathe, to be. Savoury segments of time, where pleasure is all one’s own. Tempo accelerando from 8 am to noon and from 2 to 6 pm, accentuated by a throng of lines converging in the dial’s centre.
A new way to tell time, to tame time, to live time in the Hermès spirit. Giving time to take time.
Developed exclusively for Hermès, the “Grand Hours” module incorporates a sophisticated system of oval toothed wheels that makes it possible to speed up or slow down the movement of the hour hand, while the minutes and seconds tick by at the traditional pace. A waltz in double-time, a watch that makes time dance.On the Cape Cod “Grand Hours”, this ingenious mechanism is paired with the new H1 calibre, the first
Hermès watch movement. This self-winding movement is decorated with an H motif, visible through the transparent case-back.
Available in steel, the Cape Cod “Grand Hours” comes in two dial colours – silvered or anthracite – and six different time-telling patterns.

Tempo adagio(from 1 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm)

Tempo adagio(from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 7 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 5 pm)

Tempo adagio(from midday to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 8 am to midday and 2 pm to 6 pm)

Tempo adagio(from 10 am to midday and 4 pm to 6 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 6 am to 10 am and midday to 4 pm)

Tempo adagio(from 3 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm to 11 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm)

Tempo adagio(from 2 pm to 4 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm)
Tempo accelerando(from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm)

Technical features

Movement: Hermès H1;Mechanical self-winding movement;Additional “Grand Hours” module
27 mm in diameter (12 lines);5.5 mm thick;28,800 vibrations an hour;50-hour power reserve;Series-coupled twin barrel:202 components of which 28 jewels
Ceramic ball bearings;Oscillating weight and bridges decorated with an H motif

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds,Hour hands operating at variable speed
Case: Steel
Size: 37 x 36.5 mm
Water-resistant to 50 metres
Glass Sapphire crystal on the bezel and the case-back
Dial Silvered or dark grey
Strap Havana or black alligator
Natural or black Barenia calfskin
Folding security clasp
The Cape Cod H1 “Grand Hours” watch

Monday, August 25, 2008

Paul Picot Watches : C Type 48mm (2008)

The Paul Picot C-Type range has long occupied an enviable position in the world of exclusive diving watches. Striking shapes, distinctive colours and successful innovative features give this extraordinary chronograph its uniqueness and its exceptional character. The Paul Picot 48mm C-Type is opening a new chapter and gives a new insight into the collection. The high-quality titanium of the watch guarantees its lightness on your wrist. Paul Picot is renowned not only for its perfect mastery of the art of watchmaking, but also for its sense of innovation and originality.

The Noirmont-based brand has proven its particular skills several times through the C-Type model. This spring, Paul Picot is proud to present the new 48 mm C-Type – a real revolution. Its 48 mm diameter enhances further this fascinating chronograph. The new 48mm C-Type is available in two versions. Paul Picot draws attention once again through its art of playing with shape, design and different materials. The two all-titanium models, produced in limited editions of 500 pieces, are characterised by their sporty look. They are mainly distinguishable by a subtle interplay of colours. In the first version, which is entirely in the colour of titanium, only the bezel only is edged with black, while, in the second version, the tips, horns and bezel are also black.

The power and elegance of the entirely newly designed dial of the 48mm C-Type is utterly captivating. The two superimposed dials give the watch its personality. The upper dial is made of dark carbon fibre conferring to the watch its sporty character. In the lower part of the second dial, the subtle engine-turned work adds a touch of contrast.

Technical specifications
Paul Picot 48 mm C-Type
• Self-winding chronograph movement, base Valjoux 7753
• Official C.O.S.C. chronometer certification
• Case and buckle entirely in titanium combined in part with black PVD for the 48mm titanium C-Type
• Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
• Screw-down crown and pushers
• Water-resistant to 300 meters
• Two superimposed dials with luminescent numerals and indexes. The upper dial is made of carbon and the lower is engine-turned.
• Black rubber strap

Limited editions :
-500 pieces (Titanium with black bezel)
-500 pieces (Titanium).

Sunday, August 24, 2008

VILLEMONT Esprit des Artisans® collection - Les Heures du Monde

Les Heures du Monde® is the latest model of Villemont's Esprit des Artisans® collection, a Collection of limited edition luxury watches.

Limited to 88 pieces, this timepiece renovates the concept of the world timer by allowing its owner to read the time simultaneously in 24 different time zones. For Les Heures du Monde® VILLEMONT has developed its first in-house movement. The hour is read on a 12-hour scale and a day/night indication placed both next to each city and on the main bridge allows the watch wearer to know what time it is back home whilst traveling abroad.

This self-winding mechanical movement is decorated with the utmost care by the best artisans. Through their meticulous work, they embellished the movement with a modern touch, unique to VILLEMONT. The movement was developed and conceived in-house with the aim of combining the technical majesty of a complication with the aesthetical beauty of its decoration.
As we all know, the movement decoration has to respect the functionality of each component in order to guarantee its performance. The VILLEMONT bridges, designed and decorated in full creative freedom, are an example of the perfect alliance between a traditional technique and an innovative design. Each component benefits from the greatest care so that the movement is not just the result of technical expertise but also a work of art visible from both sides through a sapphire dial and case-back.

On the dial, we can see the plate guillochée with the « Clou de VILLEMONT®» motif. The 24-hour bridge is sand-blasted and features a local day/night indication in the shape of a V, a reminder of the brand name. The central date hand is blued so that it is easily distinguished from the hour and minute hands.

On the back, the watch wearer will be fascinated by the refinement of its decoration. The bottom plate is circular-grained, the barrel-bar, the automatic-bar and the balance-cock are sand-blasted and meridians have been engraved; nothing is left to chance. The final touch is given by the personalized rotor, sand-blasted with a « globe » applique, a reminder of the travel theme of this exceptional timepiece.VILLEMONT’s case is in 18 carats red gold (5N), a sophisticated and masculine material which confers a strong and noble character to the piece. It is presented on a brown or olive green alligator strap with an 18 carat red gold triple deployant buckle.
This new model of the Esprit des Artisans® collection presents a world-timer whose readability has been improved thanks to numerous technical innovations. VILLEMONT is proud to unveil its first in-house movement, designed and conceived by its technical department to improve the readability of the world-timer. As a matter of fact, VILLEMONT went beyond the mere introduction of yet another world-timer but sought to bring its contribution and personal touch to the comfort of the contemporary traveller.

First, this timepiece is equipped with a bi-directional city disc, a premiere in the domain of world-timers. This device also allows a fast and simple correction of the time zone. Second, the movement is fitted with a date that changes automatically when moving from a time zone to another on a different date line. Thirdly, this timepiece is equipped with a main day/night indication which acts as local reference for the traveller as well as an individual day/night indication for each time zone on the city disc. This allows the watch owner to read the time in each time zone and know if it is am or pm. Indeed, it is sometimes confusing to know if it is morning or evening on the other side of the planet.

Lastly, this timepiece shows the extent to which VILLEMONT has pushed precision as well as its desire to conceive useful complications for everyday life. The symbol “s”, which follows the cities observing Daylight Saving Time indicates precisely ,what time it is, even in the cities that do not observe this change. The fact that when it is winter in the Northern hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern hemisphere and that some countries do not use Daylight Saving Time, has been causing some confusion on most world-timers; hence VILLEMONT decided to add this feature to its Heures du Monde®.

All the above mentioned features improve the convenience of the frequent traveller who wishes to know exactly what time it is back home. This is also the ideal timepiece for all those who want to remain in touch with to the rest of the world and who find it useful to know instantly what time it is in Hong Kong, Rio, New York or Dubai.
This user-friendly watch offers a number of possible operations. The push-buttons on each side of the crown move the time forwards or backwards according to the direction in which one travels. The UTC+ push-button (Universal Time Coordinated), placed over the crown is used when travelling eastward in that it moves the time forward. When travelling westward, the UTC- pushbutton underneath the crown should be used. This complex system is made user-friendly by the bidirectional city disc, developed by VILLEMONT and unique to this brand.

This device also allows the automatic correction of the date. Actually, by using the UTC+ or the UTC- push-buttons, the date automatically follows the change of time zone. The co-axial crown allows setting the time when the watch has not been worn for a while and has stopped and its integrated push-button allows setting the date.

With a power reserve of 100 hours, this mechanical movement shows once again VILLEMONT’s desire to be within the circle of the distinguished Houses of Haute Horlogerie. VILLEMONT offers the possibility to its clients to personalize their timepiece by allowing them to select the city of their choice for each time zone. These exclusive pieces will feature the indication “unique piece”, hence transforming a work of art into a collector’s piece.

Technical details
Calibre: VM 100, self-winding mechanical movement with twin-barrel system
“Colimaçon”- decorated ratchets, circular graining bottom plate, on the bridge side
“Colimaçon”-decorated &sand blasted barrel-bar
balance cock with circular satin-finish (meridians)
Personalized and sandblasted rotor with a polished and sand-blasted applied globe
18K 5N red gold screws
Incabloc shock-protection device
Movement diameter: 17 lines.
Jewels: 44 rubies
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 100 hours

Hour, minute, second, date by hand, day/night indication of the localhour, city disc with the 24 cities/time zones with individual day/night indication.

18K 5N red gold, Ø 46 mm. See-through sapphire caseback
Crystal: Glare proof sapphire.
Water resistance: Up to 30 m (approx. 99 feet)

Central aperture in glare proof sapphire, allowing to see the bottom plate decorated with “Clou de VILLEMONT® » guilloché pattern
Satin finished twenty-four hours bridge with day/night indication
Luminescent hours and minutes hands
Blued date hand in the centre

Strap and buckle
Brown-toned or olive-green alligator leather strap with 18K 5N red gold triple deployant buckle.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750

The watch producer Eterna - since 1998 licensee partner of Porsche Design - has designed and built a special movement module in its manufacture based on the ETA Valgranges calibre A 07 111 for the Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750. The module extends this movement by the addition of an intelligent GMT function. The three hands in the centre of the watch display the time in the time zone in which the wearer currently finds himself.

By means of discs rotating behind the dial, the movement additionally displays, via two dial apertures, a reference location and the present time in the corresponding time zone. The second time zone runs in synchrony with the main watch time.
The setting of the reference location can be corrected by means of the crown at the two o’clock position. Transfer of the time at the reference location to the hands is permitted by the button integrated in the crown at two o’clock. While the time zone function of the watch is being adjusted, the automatic movement continues to run without any limitation – not one single second of the original setting is lost when the time zone is changed. Self-explanatory abbreviations are used to designate the reference cities. These three-letter codes are explained by an engraving on the back of the watch case.
The crown at the four o’clock position is used to adjust the minutes and the hour hand in the centre. In addition, this crown can be used to wind the watch. The“Clous de Paris” decoration of the crowns is not provided for aesthetic reasons alone: the decorative structure makes for a better grip on the crown.

The design of the Porsche Design Worldtimer P’6750 is typified by the usual under statement. Simple cylindrical forms shape the watch case which is made of the typical Porsche Design material, titanium. The typography, styling and colours of the dials emphasize the functional character of the watch. In addition to the case in matte titanium, another version in titanium with a black PVD coating is also available. Both versions are fitted with a black caouchouc strap with a latitude and longitude pattern in profile on the inside. This makes for enhanced wearer comfort by allowing air to penetrate between the skin and strap. The folding clasp of the strap is also made of titanium.

Porsche Design is one of the leading luxury brands in the segment of prestigious accessories for men. The Porsche Design brand was founded in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche; its products have been a byword ever since for functional, timeless and understated design allied to exceptional technical innovation. Porsche Design products are distributed worldwide exclusively in own brand stores, franchise outlets, shops-in-shops, upmarket department stores and the exclusive retail trade.
Technical details
Reference number: 6750.10.24.1180 (titanium), 6750.13.44.1180 (black)

Calibre ETA Valgranges A 07 111 with Eterna module; self-winding mechanical Worldtime function

Dial available in black or titanium with numeral indices
Luminous material-coated indices and hands
Flange with minutes scale

Matt-finished titanium or black PVD-coated titanium case; screw-in crowns; cambered, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; titanium caseback affixed with 6 screws; water-resistant to 100 meters; diameter: 45 mm, thickness: 16.8 mm

Black natural caoutchouc strap with folding clasp

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Oris TT3 Grand Prix Limited Edition

At Basel world 2008, Swiss watch maker Oris unveiled the TT3 Grand Prix Limited Edition - the ultimate racing watch with the names of the eighteen 2008 Formula 1 race tracks printed discreetly in grey on the black dial. Oris TT3 Grand Prix is an exclusive limited edition of 1800 mechanical watches, all individually numbered.
The Grand Prix watch, water-resistant to 10bar/100 m, has been designed specifically with the motor sport enthusiast in mind. The sheer verve of the multi-part titanium case calls to mind the dynamic profile of racing cars. The carbon dial is presented in the sleek, high tech style of Formula 1.
The black rubber strap, with its integrated flexible lugs conjures up images of racing tyres. And all the time the high-Mech movement with the famous Oris red rotor keeps moving, clearly visible through the window in the case back. The watch is supplied with a special world map certificate showing all the Formula 1 tracks of the 2008 season.

Technical details
Mechanical automatic movement. Centralised hour, minute andsecond display. Day and date at 6 o’clock
Carbon dial with applied luminous numerals. Dial also printed with the names of the 18 2008 Formula 1 Race Tracks of 2008. Polished nickel hands with luminous inlay
Titanium case with applied minute bezel, screwed case back with mineral glass. Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
Stainless-steel crown
Rubber strap with integrated flexible lugs and titanium folding clasp
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m

Names of Formula 1 Tracks listed on the dials
1. Monteo Carlo
2. Monza
3. Budapest
4. Singapore
5. Fuji
6. KualaLumpur
7. Magny Cours
8. Silverstone
9. Montreal
10. Shangai
11. Melbourne
12. Sao Paulo
14. Hokenheim
15. Valencia
16. SPA-Francorchamps
17. Manama
18. Istanbul

Eterna KonTiki Anniversary Limited Edition

The watchmaking company Eterna unveiled a new, exclusive limited edition of fifty models, each with an original Eterna movement, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the company’s KonTiki line. Already the explorer Thor Heyerdahl took a highly dependable and accurate Eterna timepiece with him on his famous KonTiki expedition across the Pacific. These extremely sturdy and water-proof watches - a rarity in those times - developed into the Eterna KonTiki sports watch line. The KonTiki line has since come to symbolise the brand’s traditional identity. The new KonTiki Anniversary design has been modelled on the first KonTiki watch manufactured in the year 1958.

The KonTiki Anniversary line has been equipped with a new automatic Eterna 3010 movement with a fast-change date. Along with centrally positioned hour, minute, and second hands, the date can be read in a date window on the dial. The movement is a variation on the Eterna 3030 calibre movement, continuing the same slim line. Modelled on the original KonTiki sports watch line, the watch dial depicts silhouettes of the Raroia Atoll - the successfully reached, but unintended destination of the KonTiki expedition.

The gold-plated triangular index marks filled out with a luminous coating on the domed dial pay homage to the original. Along with the highly characteristic triangular index marks, the hands - also gold-plated and filled out with a luminous coating - contrast against the black dial, ensuring easy readability at all times.

To mark the anniversary, Eterna has opted for polished and satin-finished red gold in-stead of stainless steel as usually used for watch cases in the KonTiki line, a decision to emphasise the exclusivity of this timepiece. Paying homage to the watch design fashions of the fifties, the watch’s forty-millimetre diameter is slightly smaller than the other models in the current KonTiki line. Like the original, the timepiece has a screw-in back sporting a KonTiki medallion. The engraving depicts the KonTiki raft in reminiscence of Thor Heyerdahl’s famous expedition. Apart from that, the timepiece is water-resistant at up to two hundred metres.
The brown crocodile leather strap with crossover stitching developed especially for the KonTiki line was inspired by the hawsers used in constructing the KonTiki raft. In addition, the red-gold buckle clasp symbolises the watch’s exclusive nature. The KonTiki Anniversary is delivered in a hand-crafted box in the traditional Polynesian style sporting the KonTiki sun god motif. The exclusive series is planned to be available in the autumn of 2008.

Eterna has been a byword in high-quality mechanical timepieces manufactured by traditional watchmaking craftsmanship since 1856. Numerous major developments have emerged from the company’s long history. Revolutionary innovations such as a rotor mounted on ball-bearings and chronograph with mechanical digital stopwatch display originated from Eterna.

Other milestones include the recently developed 3030 movement with a cambered Big Date as well as the Calibre 3500 hand-wound movement. This traditional Swiss brand now belongs to Ferdinand A. Porsche, and is one of the world’s last existing independent watchmaking companies. As a Porsche Design Partner, Eterna is responsible for the popular Porsche Design watch collection.

Technical details
  • Movement: Eterna Calibre 3010; self-winding mechanical movement with hour, minute, second hands and fast-changing date; 48 h power reserve; 28.800 A/h; 24 jewels; 2 ball-bearings
  • Black domed dial with silhouettes of the Raroia Atoll
  • Central hour, minute and second hands
  • Gold-plated triangular indices coated with green luminous material
  • Bar indices and Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock
  • All hands gold-plated and coated with green luminous material
  • Scratch resistant, dual anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Case in satin-finished and polished 18 carats rose gold; case back screw-fitted with KonTiki medaillon; crown screw-down; 40 mm diameter; 10.2 mm hight
  • Water-resistance 200 m 
  • Brown alligator leather strap with cross- stitching and pin buckle clasp in 18 carats rose gold

Maurice Lacroix: Mémoire 1 Limited Edition

Can a mechanism remember? From now on, the answer is “yes”! Maurice Lacroix developed the first memory function for a mechanical watch. This completely new Grande Complication,which will find its initial application in the exclusive Mémoire 1 chronograph, limited to 20 pieces, is a new milestone in the history of the art of Swiss watchmaking.This watch has only two hands – one for the minutes and one for the seconds – along with a disc to indicate the hours.

The reason is that a revolutionary design sits inside this chronograph, limited to 20 pieces, – the first memory function for a mechanical timepiece. An indication at 3 o’clock reveals the secret: By pressing the button integrated into the crown, the mode changes from “Time” to “Chrono”. The hands and the hours disc immediately change their positions. If their previous function was telling the current time, they are now available for the precise measurement of time intervals. When the button is pressed once again, they all return to their positions for telling time. Even when the chronograph is running, it is still possible to shift back and forth between the two modes without losing the information provided by one or the other function.The memory function of the ML 128 manufacture movement, which makes possible this unique connection between the time and chronograph indications, is a major new Grande Complication that Maurice Lacroix developed to enrich the world of mechanical timekeeping. The mechanism and movement were completely designed and developed in the new “Atelier de Maurice Lacroix”. The result of this intensive process is a highly complex calibre made of 537 components for which Maurice Lacroix has already submitted two patent applications.

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The ML 128 calibre of Mémoire 1 is constructed using 537 components. Some of these form the base movement, because even the best and most sophisticated complications need to be “fed with energy”. This is why a completely new movement has been created, step by step.Even though the technical features of this movement are imposing, the design and the transparency of it are not of less importance. Because it wasn’t simply a matter of creating a new mechanical memory complication, the wearer had to be able to admire the workings and its constituent elements. This is why all the components and their positions in the heart of the watch have been conceived in both logical and aesthetic terms.Thus the automatic winding system consists of an exocentric oscillating assembly, which permits to show the regulatory system to advantage. Thanks to its small dimensions, the rotor does not cover the surface entirely and therefore offers a view into the workings of the Mémoire 1 from the underside of the watch. So that it can perform the necessary rapid and efficient winding of the barrel, the rotor has been constructed in tungsten, which is a heavy material. But with an asymmetrical design and an unconventional shape, this rotor has been developed with the aim of achieving good, aesthetic integration in the special turret shape of the bridges of this movement.The pure decoration and the innovative PVD surface treatment in tantalum colour bring the image of Maurice Lacroix to the fore. The specialists have pushed harmony as far as it can go and even went so far as to construct the screws on the bridges in a shape resembling that of the turret, so that the overall view forms a harmonious whole. The rotor pivots on a ball bearing developed specifically for the requirements of this new calibre and works directly in the reverse, via the expedient of a “magic pawl” which optimizes all the wrist movements of the wearer. A bi-directional winding has been retained in order to allow maximum winding litheness and also guarantee maximum torque.

The power supplied by the automatic mechanism is transmitted to a barrel which has a strong energy density and this allows a power reserve of more than four days. From the barrel, the movement turns backwards. This allows a spring to be compressed on the barrel arbour, which is exactly the same as in a traditional movement. However, this spring compresses from right to left instead of from left to right. The result is logical: the wheels which transfer the motor power to the regulator turn backwards.

These wheels are endowed with the most modern profiles, which allow optimum performance to be achieved. It is the equivalent of transmitting the energy emitted by the barrel under optimum conditions. Furthermore, the special shape of the wheel arms, as well as their colour, also give a strong visual identification to Mémoire 1. Thus one can sense the philosophy that dominates this exceptional piece: logic married to technology and aesthetics. Finally, and as always for technical and aesthetic reasons, the stones which decorate the movement are white and transparent. Of course this is all part of the aesthetic philosophy of Mémoire 1, but it also makes it possible to visualize and control the intermeshing between pinions and crown wheels. Moreover, the watchmaker can clearly see the drop of oil placed in the hollow section of the stone in which the pinion pivots.After having transmitted through the wheels, the energy is passed on to the escapement. This has been developed especially for this new calibre carrying the signature of Maurice Lacroix because it has been totally adapted to the needs of its complication. The creators wanted to show it, to have it valued, as if to give all their importance to the heart of a watch that beats without a break and marks the passage of time.As for the balance, this has been given a core of transparent sapphire and a felloe of gold, which underlines the depth of the movement, yet gives an airy impression to the whole regulation system.Finally, this mechanism is equipped with a new precision adjustment, different from the traditional swan’s neck design. This system, developed by Maurice Lacroix, will considerably simplify the work of the watchmaker when trying to obtain the best performance for the ML 128 calibre, which beats at 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour.Furthermore, with an exceptional movement comes exceptional service. In order to be able to guarantee complete information for those wearing it, the movement of Mémoire 1 is supplied with a plate displaying service times, so the wearer can see when the next necessary service is due. Finally,this movement has an identity personalized by the name of the watchmaker responsible for assembling the elements of this Grande Complication, which bears the signature of Maurice Lacroix.

The base movement of this chronograph is a sufficiently major feature alone; it has been perfected,however, through the watchmaking ingeniousness of its complications.
Even if it does not seem so at first glance, the Mémoire 1 really is a chronograph. Using the button integrated directly into the crown, you can switch between time and chronograph mode. The indication of the selected mode is taken over by a small hand near 3 o’clock. This operation is made possible thanks to an ingenious mechanism, which the creators christened ‘va et vient’ (‘come and go’) and for which Maurice Lacroix has already filed a patent.

Starting, stopping, and resetting the chronograph function the same way on the Mémoire 1 as with the stopwatch functions on all other similar timepieces: Pressing a button near 2 o’clock starts and stops timekeeping; resetting the hands is done with the button at 4 o’clock. A heart-shaped metal component – one for each indication: hours, minutes and seconds – allows the chronograph hands to jump back to their initial positions at 12 o’clock. The Mémoire 1 is equipped not only with three but with more of these chronograph hearts.

All or nothing The principle of ‘all or nothing’ permits the release of the detent arm on most watches with minute repetition when the appropriate rack has been fully pressed. If the wearer completely presses the corresponding button, the watch movement counts the full hours, quarter hours and minutes.However, if the button is not pressed to the bottom, the function does not start. The Mémoire 1 is equipped with a similar system, which guarantees the perfect functioning of the mode change. This system is not only very interesting from a technical point of view, it also makes it much easier to tell the time because it ensures the precision of the indications of hours, minutes and seconds.As soon as the selection mode with its ‘va et vient’ mechanism is pressed, a connecting mechanism,which is based on the principle of ‘all or nothing’, sets the three systems of the memory function in motion. These Mémoire systems are ingenious watchmaking devices that correspond to the indications – hours, minutes and seconds.Not least, the Mémoire 1 has a date indication based on a newly developed mechanism, which unifies technology, design and readability perfectly. Contrary to traditional large date indications, the date on the Mémoire 1 is very discrete in order not to spoil the harmony of the dial while not compromising any of its easy readability.The memory function of Mémoire 1 will certainly be recorded in annals for haute horlogerie as an incomparable Grande Complication.

Also demanding aesthetic requirements were a primary concern during the creation process of the Mémoire 1. For this reason, the design and the movement decoration feature several world firsts.A first glance at the Mémoire 1 already triggers many different emotions: its impressive presence immediately places this watch in the category of exceptional timepieces known as Grandes Complications. The strong and unique visual appearance is its first distinguishing feature. A closer look reveals the subtle harmony of the pure and elegant design with its smooth transition from mirror polished components to fine-brushed surfaces uniting the different levels of the case and dial. In a word, the Mémoire 1 incorporates that fantastic quality which typifies the most important creations ofthe watchmaking art – the fusion of elegant design and exceptional functions.This has not come about by chance. The entire development process behind the Mémoire 1 focused on an effort to unite eye-catching styling perfectly with simple readability and ease of use. The idea was to package up an innovative mechanism in such a way that the wearer can benefit from the technical advantages of his watch, so making its use a source of constantly renewed pleasure .Despite its circular form which reflects the endeavour to achieve a pure and elegant impact, the white gold case of the Mémoire 1 comes in a unique and entirely new look. It is built up from several different levels and its screw-fitted bezel with a laterally mounted sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating enables the movement of the seconds hand to be admired. Another innovative feature is the mode selection button which is integrated in the crown at 3 o’clock.The dial also incorporates a number of innovations. Its different levels make the individual displays far more easily readable. A skeleton section with an aperture at 6 o’clock reveals the movement behind and the memory mechanism for the seconds. The date display is also special: with its uniquely inclined disc, this indication takes up a considerable amount of space, but does enable the date to be seen at first glance.

Another world first of the Mémoire 1 is the hours disc. This transparent disc is not made of sapphire, as might be supposed. After making detailed tests, the designers found that sapphire lacks the necessary density for this purpose and is therefore too weak for this particular application. So a different solution had to be found. Finally, a mineral-based material was chosen which is already successfully used today in pioneering industries such as the automobile branch or in mobile phones. A special treatment endows this material with great hardness and sufficient flexibility; Maurice Lacroix will therefore also be using it for other developments in future.The hands are also particularly striking. The seconds hand is blued and mounted at its outer edge on the minutes ring, while the minutes hand has a white luminous coating with a blue radiance in the darkness. A skeleton hand at 3 o’clock shows the selected mode.

The Mémoire 1 is rounded off by the superb strap which is fully integral with the watch case by means of a hinge system. It is made of precious, matte-finished alligator leather and its buckle is in white gold.

Technical details:
Movement: Maurice Lacroix manufacture movement, mechanical movement ML 128 with automatic, bidirectional winding system, hand-decorated with vertical or circular satinized sections and PVD surface refinement in tantalum colour; wheels gold-plated or with black PVD surface refinement; 48 jewels (25 transparent, 23 ruby-coloured); Maurice Lacroix precision adjustment with “vis sans fin” (endless screw) system; transparent Maurice Lacroix balance with white gold ring; KIF shock protection; Nivaflex M mainspring (exclusive to Maurice Lacroix); 28,800 a/h.

Functions: Chronograph with mechanical memory function, real time (time mode) and measured time interval(chrono mode) use the same indications (disc and hands); indication of hours with disc, indication of minutes and seconds with central hands; date indication with disc at 12 o’clock; mode indication with hand at 3 o’clock.

Case: White gold 210 0/00 palladium; sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating on inside; screwed case back with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (8 screws); water-resistant to 50m ; diameter 49 mm.

Dial: Black and silver-coloured; 4 parts assembled by hand; functions indicated on different levels; transparent,mineral-based hours disc with anti-reflective coating; minutes hand, hours disc and hours indication at 12 o’clock with white, luminous coating giving a blue radiance; applied and facetted index marks.

Watchband: Hand-sewn, matte alligator leather with buckle in white gold 210 0/00 palladium.
Edition: Limited to 20 pieces, numbered, with certificate.

Breitling Chrono-Matic 49

By launching the Chrono-Matic 49, Breitling revives one of the most famous models in its history – and indeed of watchmaking history as a whole – in a entirely new way. Flashback to 1969, when Breitling created the first selfwinding chronograph movement. This major invention was to enable the development of a whole range of chronographs named Chrono-Matic, forerunners of the current vogue for extremely large-sized watches, and featuring an original and distinctive appearance

Fast forward to 2008: the new 49 mm-diameter Chrono-Matic is inspired by the generous volumes of the original model and by its modern design with unmistakable Sixties and Seventies accents including taut, angular lines and geometrical rectilinear hands with a square base or arrow tip. The red-rimmed totalizers lend a technical touch, while the dial reflects the traditional configuration of the totalizers at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. The signature reproduces the Breitling symbol used from the 1950s to the 1970s, with the brand name capped by an applied gold capital B.
In keeping with its consistently innovative momentum, Breitling has also revised several details in a decidedly contemporary spirit. The rotating pinion bezel driving the slide rule takes the form of a black rubber-molded steel construction. The new woven steel bracelet, designed specifically for this model, makes an unusual contrast with the pure lines of the case.
In addition to the steel version, the Chrono-Matic 49 also comes in a red gold limited edition of 500. It is available with various dial colors, including magnificent motifs against black or bronze backgrounds created using the "épargne" method. The Chrono-Matic 49 is powered by Caliber 14, a reliable and high-performance movement that is chronometer-certified, as indeed are all Breitling movements. A classic entirely in sync with its times –on land, at sea and in the air.

Technical details
Movement: Breitling Caliber 14, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 40 jewels. 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar.

Case: steel, limited series in 18K red gold.Resistance to 3 bars. Rotating pinion bezel with circular slide rule. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter:49 mm.

Strap/Bracelet: Barenia leather, crocodile, Ocean Racer in rubber/Aero Classic in woven steel.

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