Sunday, November 30, 2008

Porsche Design - P´6612 PTC

With the P´6612 PTC, the watchmaker Eterna presents the first characteristic model of the Dashboard Line new edition from the Porsche Design wristwatch collection. The timepiece has acquired a new look and its innovative DLC finish, which reflects the technological and functional perfection of Porsche Design.

The new P´6612 was presented for the first time at the international watch and jewelry exhibition “Baselworld” (April 3 – 10, 2008) and will be available in Porsche Design Stores and specialist shops from autumn of 2008.

Its clearly-structured dial is unmistakable: the P´6612 PTC again draws inspiration from the dashboard of Porsche sports car, for which the Dashboard Line is named. The new dial has the distinctively typical honeycomb pattern and appears in the color variants black and – for the first time – off-white, with white and red accents that enhance its sporting, dynamic look. The tachymeter dial for speed measure-ment bears the unique classical Porsche Design typography.

The numerals and indices are applied in a light or dark rhodanized-diamond finish, some of them with white ‘superluminova’, as are the hands, which are pointed for the first time for even more precise reading of the time. The watch’s sporting image is enhanced by the chronograph function, highlighted in red, the stopwatch hand, the minute mark-ings and the red “Dashboard” logotype applied to the dial. The three totalizators have light or dark rhodanized surrounds and contribute to the clear structure of the dial, which is surrounded by a DLC-coated bezel.
One innovation is the special coating used for the watch for the first time by Eterna for Porsche Design. Thanks to DLC (Diamond-Like-Carbon) technology the new timepiece has acquired its dark color and masculine appearance. In addition, the layers of DLC deposited during the vacuum-based process achieve a smooth, homogeneous surface characterized by extreme hardness and scratch resistance.

The properties of DLC come very close to those of diamonds. The coating protects the watch from abrasion and corrosion. Thanks to the special process used, the relevant surface structures of the case remain visible despite coating with DLC. As well as the case, the crown, the push-piece and the titanium strap are also coated with DLC. The new crown, with “Clous de Paris”, also ensures a better grip.
The Dashboard P´6612 PTC is equipped with a special Porsche Design rotor, based on the design of a Porsche sporting wheel-rim. The rotor, made of a coated heavy metal, is secured in authentic style by polished screws on the rotor blade made of high-strength titanium.

Towards the axis, the rotor is made of light tita-nium. The outermost ring of the rotor is made of a heavy metal. The concentration of weight at the outer edge of the rotor optimizes the production of energy. A small amount of movement generates a lot of momentum for the automatic winding mechanism. The sapphire crystal plate affords a view of the rotor system and the automatic mechanism ETA 2894-2.

Porsche Design is a global luxury men’s brand and is determined by engineered products. Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche established the Porsche Design brand in 1972, whose products are attracting consumers with their technical inno-vation and represent functionality and timelessness in its purest form. Porsche Design products are sold in own retail and franchise stores, shop-in-shops, up-market department stores and exclusive specialist stores.

Gerald Genta Arena QP GMT New Models (2008)

With its fluted case middle and protected crown, the round Arena line is ready for all kinds of adventures. A sports watch capable of taking on an aristocratic air, and a traditional model that enjoys making light of conventions… Since 2004, a dual time-zone display and a perpetual calendar share the stage while forming a sophisticated rosette design. The second time-zone and calendar counters are distinguished by their shared preference for distinguishing between an even-number circle and an odd-number circle. Meanwhile, the days and months are displayed on rotating discs placed on either side.



The two 2008 versions of the Arena QP GMT feature a titanium case topped with a platinum bezel. Light metal and heavy metal form a contrasting matt and brilliant composition that is particularly pleasant to wear. The signature red and black Gérald Genta colours are highlighted on the alligator leather straps and dials designed in a mechanical spirit clearly inspired by the automobile world.



The construction of the multi-layer dial is particularly sophisticated, featuring a perforated base that provides glimpses of the Potter-finished movement. The distinction between the GMT and perpetual calendar displays is accentuated by the use of colours. Harmony reigns through the dagger-shaped hands used for the local hours and minutes as well as for the dual time zone and date. The 2,4,8 and 10 numerals are applied and polished, as are the rims of the day and month counters, echoing the shiny brilliance of the bezel.



On the reverse side, the self-winding movement visible through a sapphire case-back is equipped with a solid gold rotor and graced with exclusive Gérald Genta finishing. The old-gold “Potter” colour and concentric circular graining create a modernised vintage look radiating an air of non-conformist understatement

Saturday, November 29, 2008

De Bethune - The Dream Watch One

Little by dreams become reality. Today David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet have seen their years of research take form in a magnificent timepiece. A horological masterpiece that utilizes all of the fruits of their labour. To hear them talking about this watch is to understand that they have found the perfect combination, which they have been searching for.

There is a perfect symmetry between the case and movement to create the watch,s overall appearance. Every details of this watch reveals that the art of De Bethune and its vision of watch making today.This perhaps is why, they have named this timepiece - Dream watch One.

From the very first glance this watch radiates an architectural fusion between space,time and light; a transition of forms and matte,burnished and polished finishes , cut from the solid palladium and white gold case.

It provides a continuous play of light and shade that is reminiscent of the principles of the hieroglyphs invented by Egyptians. Reading the time has replaced sharply contrasting hour markers there are spheres which integrate perfectly into a tonal ensemble surrounding the central part of the dial which is cut in to an elliptical shape.

The hands are of manually flame blued steel. The three dimensional moon phase display is elegantly integrated between the movement and the dial. With in its unique watch case, is enclosed a hand wound movement with six days of power reserve and the patented De Bethune spherical moon phase. On the reverse of the case is found power reserve indicator shown through a window as a red and white arc.

What sets the movement apart from others created in the past is the ingenious escapement. This innovative escapement seems to be even more revolutionary when the concept of its oscillation is observed. Completely original , the mechanical movement integrates a regulating escapement with out a visible balance spring fitted with an annular balance of unequaled perfection consisting of a central silicon disc surrounded by a thin ring of polished platinum.

The platinum ring was added to increase the inertia of the balance. The watch remains a dream because it has not yet been offered for sale and it is carefully guarded with in the De Bethune workshops. But soon it will be presented in its definitive version and included in The De Bethune collection.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Golay Spierer-custom made Men's tourbillon regulator watch -Ref 2002-1017

Today I would like to feature a custom made Men's tourbillon regulator watch by Golay Spierer,The swiss company specialized in the manufacturing of custom made watch.The watch uses a Chinese made caliber provided by the client himself.



Technical Details:
Movement:Chinese caliber provided by the client.
Case :Material: 316 L Stainless steel;Diameter: 42.0 mm;Thickness: 10.2 mm.
Dial:Colour: white;Finish: smoothed and polished
Hands:Hand-fashioned gold turmed-blue hands (21k).
Bracelet:Night-blue crocodile skin bracelet with silver clasp.

Leonard Watches-Jet Set

Five separate dials showing the time in five timezones to help you stay in contact with friends and relations everywhere. Multiple times call for model diversity and a choice of executions. Available in a range of bright or understated colors, optionally set with diamonds, Jet Set invariably displays the alert elegance one expects of a stylish study in timely fashion.



Technical Details:
movement :Five separate quartz calibers
case:316L stainless steel;Width: 30mm;Water-resistant to 50m (~165 ft)
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystals
gemstone setting:122, 48 or 36 TW/VVS diamonds

dial
1-Totally pavéed with 122 TW/VVS diamonds totaling 1.50 ct
2-black,blue, pink or white mother-of-pearl, optionally set with 16 diamond hour markers
3-black or white lacquer
strap:White, black, pink or blue alligator with standard prong buckle in 316L steel.

Gevril-Avenue of America’s Serenade

Spanning over the course of more than twelve generations of Swiss watchmakers dating as far back as 1507, Gevril proudly continues their commitment to the art of creating timeless beauty with their new limited-edition Avenue of Americas Collection. Now widely available in North America, the distinctive new watch collection continues Gevril’s legendary pursuit of quality craftsmanship with a history of horology as striking and colorful as their timepieces today.

“As with all our modern-day Gevril timepieces, the Avenue of Americas Collection is a series of limited-edition watches with a retro-inspired look that immediately makes a bold statement for the wearer,” comments Gevril President Samuel Friedmann. “Above all, the goal with the new collection was to craft a series of timepieces conceived with the same integrity of design, quality material, and craftsmanship Gevril was founded on centuries ago.”

The new Avenue of Americas Collection builds on centuries of expertise most notably demonstrated when Jacques Gevril was commissioned to produce a luxurious timepiece for the Spanish Crown in 1758. King Ferdinand VI, known as “the Learned” by his subjects for his diverse intellectual pursuits and passionate collecting, invited young Gevril to Spain to present his majesty with an elegant, bespoke timepiece. Taking a now legendary journey through Madrid, the heralded watchmaker presented the king with such an astounding timepiece, Jacques Gevril was afterward appointed official watchmaker to the Spanish Crown.



Ensuring the Gevril legacy for centuries to come with the royal accolade, generations of Gevril’s unflaggingly continued their ingenious pursuit of flawless timekeeping. The Gevril Family became so synonymous with the finest Geneve watchmaking, Daniel Gevril was elected Mayor of Geneva in the 19th Century, and a street name was later dedicated to the family in their honor. Today, enthusiasts can pay homage to Gevril’s fabulous work by observing their various timepieces throughout the centuries on display in world-renowned horology exhibits such as the Museum Geneve, Rolex, and Patek Phillipe Museums all located in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the heart of the new Men’s Collection is the special Avenue of Americas Serenade edition, marked by distinctive silvered guillouched dials, a characteristic Jacques Gevril incorporated centuries ago into the creation of his marvelous timepieces. Imbued with exquisite detail, the new Serenade is outlaid with an 18K white gold case and bezel with a silver dial and numbers encased in an exclusive sapphire crystal. An 18K rose gold collection edition is graced with an elegant silver dial with rose gold numbering framed in a luxurious rose gold bezel encased in the same manner. Each Serenade timepiece is complimented by a handsome Louisiana crocodile leather band.

Gevril is offering only 100 total Serenade timepieces, 50 count 18K White Gold Collection timepieces are available at $27,000 dollars (U.S.) each. Additionally, 50 count 18K Rose Gold Collection Serenade timepieces are available for $25,000 dollars (U.S.) each.


Technical Details:
18K rose gold (also available in 18K white gold-100 pieces), Silvered Guilloched Dial, patented automatic movement with dual time and light zones, Louisiana Crocodile Leather band, limited edition of 50 pieces.

GoS Watches: Dragon

The partnership between the bladesmith Johan Gustafsson and watchmaker Patrik Sjögren aims to provide truly unique watches with inspiration from the cold north of Scandinavia. GoS proudly present a new range of models based on a large round case and a swiss automatic movement. The use of Damascus steel has been increased from the previous models by making the rotor of the automatic movement from a solid piece of hand forged steel. Stainless steel was our choice of material for the watch case which has a sapphire glass and is available in different finishes; polished steel or glass blasted and PVD coated in gold or black. The case back is secured with 8 screws and has a large glass that offers full view of the spectacular rotor.



Specifications:
● Case: 42mmx10mm
● Lug width: 22mm
● Glass: Flat sapphire glass (case back mineral)
● Movement: Swiss automatic movement ETA 2824-2
● Dial: Hand forged Damascus or mosaic steel with main indexes in gold fitted diamonds
● Movement rotor: Hand forged Damascus or mosaic steel
● Crown: Oversize in Damascus steel
● PVD: Tool strength titanium coating.



The amount of handcraft involved in the production of the GoS watches is very high. Many parts are made of hand forged steel including the dial, crown and in the automatic watches, the rotor. This means that every GoS watch is truly one of a kind. The watches are numbered according to the production sequence and are given a name that is inspired by the dial pattern. GoS also offers uniquely customized handcrafted watches in addition to the available models. Johan Gustafsson masters a broad range of Damascus and mosaic techniques. GoS customers can request watches with dials and rotors based on the patterns and colors shown in Johan Gustafsson´s knife production. The name of the watch will also be possible for the customer to suggest. The GoS watches are delivered in an exclusive wooden box together with a framed certificate with the watch name and specifications. Every certificate has a unique design based on the name of the watch and its color scheme.

Johan Gustafsson
Johan has always been fascinated by steel crafting and since he now lives in a beautiful and historically rich location in Norsholm, there’s always a proximity to the heritage left behind by the Vikings. From his house by the water, Johan can even see the site where remnants from an ancient weapon forge were found. During his long career as a bladesmith there has always been clear goals of creativity and constant improvement. All this experience and ambition is now infused in every single GoS watch. The vast possibilities of Damascus steels are widely known. Using Swedish tool steels Johan is steadily finding new ways to forge new inspirational creations.

Patrik Sjögren
With a Ms. Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a particular expertise in computer security -Patrik has a sharp edge for minute details and an unshaken focus. For as long as he can remember his curiosity and mechanical talent has made him exceptionally good at problem-solving regarding his fascination toward mechanics.Patrik graduated from the Swedish watchmaker school in 2007 and received a medal for high grades as one of the best in his class. He achieved both Swedish and Swiss Wostep watchmaker certificates and was also granted a scholarship resulting in a Breitling certificate.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Leonard Watches-Jumping Hours 42 mm

The Jumping Hour is a vibrant tribute to mechanical watchmaking. The hour is shown not by hands, but rather displayed in a sizeable window located at 12 o’clock, where the changeover every 60 minutes occurs instantly with a jump. This extra feature allows Leonard's watch designers to create innovative dials by offering them a wide margin of boldness and freedom. In the particular case of Leonard Watches, the enframed time takes on a face of Luminova in the elegant Atom, equipped with a Dubois-Depraz automatic winding movement. This particular feature makes the Jumping Hour 42 mm the first of its kind where the time can be read at night.



In addition, this luminescent substance adds to the harmony and balance depicted by the figure-8, a symbol of luck and success, formed by the dial for the minutes and the smaller one for the seconds. Thus, the offcentre dial for the minutes, with its stretched Arabic numerals, offers an aesthetic that defies traditional norms. Reading the time through this dynamic effect becomes an attractive, precise and unusual experience. The aesthetic intensity is heightened by a cut-away dial that provides a peek at the hours wheel and hints at the coming changeover on the hour. The gear mechanism makes the wheel jump one notch, and then locks it in rest position until the next hour. At 6 o’clock, the smaller seconds dial reinforces the overall balance by switching between a matte black surface and a glinting mirrored one. As with all Leonard watches, the band is interchangeable.

Leonard Watches-"Mother & Daughter " Watch Collection

First of all, they are sometimes so alike they are mistaken for each other, or they are not much alike at all... One is as much a brunette as the other is blond. One seems a bit younger than the other... Who, in fact, is the mother and who, the daughter? Their eyes meet and their complicity is striking. Admittedly accomplices, through telepathy they have adopted the exact same expressions. Even if each has her own friends, private life, and secret garden, they enjoy the same respect for values, sense of humour, gales of laughter, personal secrets, excitement about journeys afar, and shared memories of buying that first bra or first perfume... One harbours great ambitions for the other, who wishes merely to follow in her footsteps. With great care, Leonard Watches renders this alchemist’s fusion, as precious as it is familiar, by creating this time-keeping duet.



A bluish-white Forget-Me-Not, set with two sapphires, wreathes in its stark, fragile beauty the mother-of-pearl dial of the Screen watches - encased in steel and equipped with a Swiss-made quartz movement, which differ only in their size. The mother’s Screen watch is produced in a 35 mm case whose bezel is inlaid with 55 sapphires (0.5 carats). The smaller watch for the daughter is nearly identical to the mother’s model, with a 19.5 mm steel case and quartz movement. A detail showing all the attention a daughter deserves, the bezel is inlaid with 22 sapphires. Both pride themselves on an interchangeable band of white satin with blue embroidery and one of blue satin with white embroidery, and are waterproof up to 50 metres.

Tokyoflash- The Kisai Denshoku

Today Tokyoflash launches its new website design and introduces Kisai Denshoku, the beginning of a new vision for wrist wear. Inspired by the neon skylines of Shinjuku, Denshoku combines high quality materials and advanced technology with intuitive design.
Made from aluminum and available with a black or silver alumite finish, Denshoku features animation and energy saving modes and is available for 23,900 Japanese yen ($247, €192, £164) including free five-day worldwide delivery. Customers who register with Tokyoflash can benefit from a discount every time they buy.



Orange acrylic bars emerge through the face like neon lights, achieving a perfect balance with the custom made strap which is cast from aluminum and inlayed with stainless steel. The hairline brushed finish on the solid aluminum case captures the quality of the design.

Twelve light bars present the time in a simple, easy to read format. Press the button and the LEDs behind the acrylic diffuse and illuminate the bars three times. First hours are presented, then groups of ten minutes, then single minutes. The speed of movement can be accelerated by pressing the button again. To find out more about how to read the time, take a look at the interactive manual below.

Denshoku means illumination in Japanese. When the animation mode is activated, Denshoku's light bars illuminate vertically once every minute for twelve minutes after the time is shown.This design also features an energy saving mode allowing you to control the LED brightness to lengthen battery life and is available with a black or silver alumite finish.



Technical Details:
* Displays the time
* Made from Aluminum
* LED animation mode
* Energy saving mode
* Maximum wrist size: 220 mm (approx.)
* Case dimensions: 26 mm x 43 mm x 9 mm
* Weight: 95 grams
* Water resistance: 3ATM
* Japanese and English instructions

The Kisai brand made its debut in Tokyo in November 2008. A dynamic series for independent people, Kisai is for those who want to turn away from dictated fashion trends. Designed in Tokyo, Kisai watches are made to a high quality standard from imaginative ideas.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oris Artelier Alarm

Behind the demure and understated façade of a perfectly formed Oris classic, lies a surprising secret. In the centre of the case of the Artelier Alarm is a sound spring; a tiny alarm. Oris is no stranger to alarm functions, having made its name with alarm clocks in the 1940s. But this wrist-sized version is a wonder of modern watch-making technology.

Controlled by one of the stainless steel crowns at 4 o’clock the alarm function has its own central display and red pointer hand. That such a complicated, quality movement can be operated so easily - at the touch of a button – is testament to the skills of Oris’ Swiss craftsmen.
At Oris form always follows function and the Artelier Alarm is no exception. Practical but stylish, the silver/grey guilloche dial of the Artelier, along with its multi piece stainless steel case gives the impression of timeless quality.

The delicate rose gold plated applied indices and rose gold plated hands with Superluminova inlay are sophisticated and refined. The second stainless steel crown at 2 o’clock operates the standard watch functions, including the date display at 6 o’clock. The brown crocodile leather strap adds a touch of pizzazz to a classically elegant design.

Technical details
Artelier Alarm Ø 42.50mm
Ref. 908 7607 40 51 LS

Movement
Mechanical automatic movement

Functions
Centralised hour, minute and second display
Centralised Alarm display, Date display at 6 o’clock

Dial
Silver grey guilloche brass dial, with applied rosegold plated indices, and rosegold plated polished nickel hands with luminous inlay

Case
Multi piece stainless steel case secured with 8 screws
Sapphire glass domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
Stainless steel crowns
Water resistant to 3 bar

Strap
Dark brown Louisiana crocodile skin leather strap, with stainless steel folding safety clasp

Angular Momentum Beauty & Glamour Collection - Scenes from the Harem

Angular Momentum’s artisans have completed a new line of Verre Èglomsé timepieces with miniature paintings on the reverse of the sapphire crystal featuring “Scenes from the the Harem” after famous paintings of the 19th century.

This stunning watch collection is inspired from the Orientalist art ,which dates back to post Napoleon era.The paintings and art works of Orientalists are inspired by their experiences in Near and Middle East.This watch collection features the miniature paintings of public baths and luxurious bath houses of Near and Middle east of that era.

In July of 1798 Napoleon marched into Egypt with an army. He defeated the Turks at the battle of the Pyramids, stayed for a few weeks and then was driven out by the British. In the small amount of time that he was there he managed to do what he did best: he changed everything.
Following him came first a trickle and then a torrent of westerners into the Near and Middle East. The writers who wrote about their experiences and the artists who painted what they saw became known as the Orientalists.They traveled through Turkey, Iraq, Persia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Arabia and North Africa. With time this became an art movement and today we call it Orientalist art.
This movement spanned over a century and included hundreds of known artists. Many of them were giants of the art world and created beautiful paintings that seem almost photographic in detail. Many of them took incredible risks and endured considerable hardship. Disease was the greatest hazard and gun battles with bandits were commonplace. At other times they were received with the greatest kindness and made lasting friendships.They came from all over the world: from England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia, America, and Australia. Some of them specialized in landscapes, in archeological themes, or in people. Some of them were very religious and created biblical scenes, some specialized in military history. Others recorded the flora and fauna of the Near and Middle East.Encompassing many different painting styles and political leanings, the only generalization that can be made about them is that they were extremely diverse.
Baths were and are an important part of life going back centuries. The Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans all were known for their public baths and luxurious bath houses were built all through the Near and Middle east.Western artists were frequently shown the inside of these beautiful baths, absent the women. From sketches and photographs they would then reconstruct the scene in their studios, often using professional models.
Accurate detail and authenticity were extremely important to them. The curious shoes in the lower right of the picture were designed to provide traction and to lift the wearers feet off the floor and out of the soaps and chemical depilatories that they used to remove body hair.
Artists have always delighted in nudes. This painting reminds us of a time when beautiful hair and skin were more important than thinness.Life in harems were full of elaborate affairs and rituals. Status was extremely important to the women and they often competed with each other in clothing and possessions. Male artists were not allowed into harems but western women were and they provided the descriptions of the activities that went on inside.

Hublot & Zai-"Zai Hublot All Black” ski

Associated with zai, the Graubunden-based manufacturer, in the production of an exclusive new ski, Hublot today switched to winter time, and presented the “Hublot All Black” ski, a symbol of fusion of unusual materials. An “All Black” ski inspired by the concept of tone on tone of its now legendary Big Bang. The skis were unveiled to the press today by their manufacturer, Simon Jacomet, and Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot’s CEO. Inspired by the fusion of materials, which is the very concept behind Hublot watches, these skis are the result of a combination of carbon fibre, fibreglass, steel, rubber, and Graubunden stone (gneiss). The rubber is used for the ski’s upper coating, which gives it its soft, matt aspect – similar to the watch straps. As far as glide is concerned, these skis are designed to enable fluid movement while maintaining a dynamic and elastic handling which guarantees the skier exhilarating sensations! Hand-made, like Hublot watches, the 111 numbered pairs of the limited series “All Black” will be available exclusively from selected Hublot boutiques, as well as at zai’s in Disentis (GR).



Technical Details:
Model:zai Hublot All Black
Dimensions:Length 172 cm;Width – Front 120 mm;Width - Middle 69 mm;Width – Tail 100 mm,Radius - Front 9 m;Radius - Middle 16/19 m;Radius – Tail 15 m

Materials:Surface Natural rubber;Upper edges Steel;Coating Original Nano-Highspeed race coating with exclusive structure for All Black;Core Exclusive stone core (Graubunden gneiss), world patent, length 155 cm, carbon fibre coating, laminated using a patented method which makes the stone not only pressure-resistant but also flexible;Other materials DU carbon fibre, polyethylene fibre, Triax fibreglass, rubber,phenol edging, steel edges.

Price CHF 8000.

Golay Spierer -Custom made watches-Model 2002-1016

Specification:Gold and stainless steel men's watch. Mother-of-pearl dial.



Technical Details:
Movement :Soprod 9040 self-winding caliber, with an ETA 2892 base, power reserve indicator. Finishes: circular-grained bridges and main plate, rhodium-plated. Open rotor.
Case :Material: 316 L Stainless steel and gold.;Diameter: 38.0 mm.
Thickness: 9.6 mm.
Dial:Mother-of-pearl dial with applied chapters. Custom gold strand power reserve indicator.
Crown: custom jewelry creation in the shape of a shell.
Hands :Hand-fashioned, open, yellow gold (3N) Golay Spierer hands. SuperLuminova® blue luminous material.
Bracelet:Night-blue crocodile skin bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp.



Technical Details in French
Mouvement:Calibre automatique Soprod 9040, base ETA 2892, avec indication de la réserve de marche. Finition: platine et ponts perlés, rhodié. Rotor ajouré.
Boîtier:Boîtier en acier inox et or.Diamètre 38.0 mm. Epaisseur 9.6 mm.
Couronne: création de bijouterie en forme de coquillage.
Glaces en saphir plat, traitées antireflets.
Cadran:Cadran en nacre perlée. Chiffres en applique. Applique de réserve de marche sur mesure en fil d'or. Décalque bleu.
Aiguilles:Aiguilles ajourées Golay Spierer en or jaune 3N, façonnées à la main. Matière luminescente bleue SuperLuminova®
Bracelet:Bracelet bleu nuit en crocodile, avec boucle déployante en acier inoxydable.

Leonard Montres-"The Belle de Nuit" Watch Collection

While haute couture represents the perfect union of art, craft, and the industry of creation, the Belle de Nuit range of Leonard timepieces combine the hand made, the know-how and the made-to-measure. Spellbound on a summer’s night in a tropical garden, Alexandre Reymond was surprised by a phosphorescent flower, and became so inspired by it he decided to transpose its singular aura to the face of a watch. But how to reinterpret this flower which reveals the full extent of its charm only when night has fallen? Luminova, of course! Freed from its usual function of aiding visibility in low light condition, this luminescent substance, usually only used to cover the hands would now be used to create a floral patter in the twilight of the dusk.



The Belle de Nuit, or Night Beauty, is as lovely as the flower it depicts, the Mirabilis Jalapa. The Belle de Nuit, this floral mosaic of outstanding colours, this masterpiece of refined setting, only reveals its charms at night, hiding them a new at the break of day. As with the flower, so with the watch. And so, too, with the woman, who bears her secret away with her when the night-time magic fades. The Belle de Nuit reflects the originality of an Haute Couture creation for those mysterious yet delicate women who brighten up the night with their dazzling beauty.



Luminova is a unique luminous compound which consists of microscopic amounts of a tritium based substance. The same phosphorescent paste which aids visibility in the dark is delicately painted on the lines which demarcate the pattern. Responding to the brightness of the ambient light, Luminova provides the face of the timepiece with a rich and varied palette of different hues and appearances. An aesthetic and technical innovation of the kind which was to become Leonard Montres signature.



As the first jeweller to wrest Luminova from its functional role, for use as a precious and decorative substance in its own right, Leonard Montres endow the art of Time with a new supplement of soul, and bring a fresh approach to the watchmakers’ craft. Whether in the haute couture collection or in the ready-towear range, in Gentleman’s and in Ladies collections; a floral motif or a hard geometrical pattern, or on the rim of a winder, Luminova now takes its rightful place in the design idiom of the exclusive watchmaker along with the interchangeable watch straps.

TECHNICAL FEATURES
Quartz movement, Swiss Made
High steel case Ø 33 and 39 mm, watertight up to 50 m

Setted version
Black: bezel set with 42 diamonds of 1.70, 24 black diamonds of 0.80 and 24 diamonds of 0.90. Dial mother-of-pearl: two shades of black, flower paved with diamonds (113* of 0.80)
Brown:bezel set with 42 diamonds of 1.70, 24 champagne diamonds of 0.80 and 24 champagne diamonds of 0.90. Dial mother-of-pearl: two shades of beige, flower paved with champagne diamonds (113* of 0.80)
White:bezel set with 42 diamonds of 1.70, 24 rubies of 0.80 and 24 rubies of 0.90.
Dial mother-of-pearl: two shades of white, flower paved with rubies (113* of 0.80)
Pink:bezel set with 42 diamonds of 1.70, 24 rubies of 0.80 and 24 rubies of 0.90.
Dial mother-of-pearl: two shades of pink, flower paved with rubies (113* of 0.80).

Non setted version
Black: black dial mother-of-pearl, black ceramic bezel
White: white dial mother-of-pearl, white ceramic bezel
White: white dial mother-of-pearl, white ceramic bezel
Brown: beige dial mother-of-pearl, beige ceramic bezel
Interchangeable bracelet, pin clasp

Angular Momentum Incredible India Collection

Angular Momentum-Incredible India Collection consists of some beautiful watches with Miniature Paintings of Hindu Lords on the reverse of a Sapphire dial.





TSOVET Watches: Brand Profile, History and Products

TSOVET - Time Instruments is a US based premium watch brand which follows a unique approach in crafting fine analog time instruments.

By integrating the styling of engineered industrial tools, motor gauges, and avionic instruments, TSOVET creates watches distinctly different—uniquely alone.

TSOVET melds traditional materials while exaggerating components to achieve functional styling. TSOVET is without compromise. Built with integrity and using only highest-quality Swiss movements, the finest Italian leathers, and ultra-durable Aero-Grade 316L stainless steel, TSOVET focuses on the explicit details of design and utilitarian functionality.

Like the boundless elements of air, surface, water, and sound, TSOVET, too, has no boundaries. For TSOVET, the element of time creates a foundation connecting the journey, the craft, and the message.

TSOVET - Time Instruments are available at boutiques like Fred Segal Man - Santa Monica,Black Bird - Seattle,Harlow - Costa Mesa,Villains - San Francisco And other fine retailers.

Official Website: http://www.tsovet.com/

Friday, November 21, 2008

LANG & HEYNE Watches: Brand Profile, History and Products

LANG & HEYNE is German luxury watch brand founded by Marco Lang and Mirko Heyne.

Born in 1971 Marco Lang a fifth – generation watchmaker, he could already learn by observing his father Rolf Lang who worked as head restorer in the Mathematical / Physical Cabinet (Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon), one of the world-famous collections of watches and precision mechanical instruments.Rolf Lang suggested that his son should first of all learn the basics of metal working and sent him to Glashütte for three years in order to serve an apprenticeship in precision mechanic. Again, in this important historic town, Marco was inevitably inspired by the watch-making tradition.

After the reunion of Germany, Marco found his way to Ihno Fleβner, a north German watch expert. During these years as an assistant, Marco worked on the production of fine precision pendulum clocks.After seven instructive years, Marco returned to Dresden with his master certificate where he built up his own shop as a watch creator and restorer. True to the family tradition, Marco soon made his mark among German watch enthousiasts. His father Rolf Lang, who in the meantime was working as an instructor for "A. Lange & Söhne", introduced his first apprentice Mirko Heyne to the shop. As two kindred spirits in watch-making Marco and Mirko teamed up and founded the watch manufacture "LANG & HEYNE".LANG & HEYNE saw their entrepreneurial opportunity in their talent of watch-making and as bringing a completeness to the existing watch companies of Glashütte. They wanted to make their creations even more personal, more hand-crafted and more traditional.

Just one year later, LANG & HEYNE were able to present their watch models on the trade fair in Basle and within one week the order book of the little workshop was packed. Although the success was great, it still hampered the development of the creative power of the two watch makers. Disagreement concerning the future of the business led to the resignation of Mirko Heyne in the summer of 2002. Still, the workshop "LANG & HEYNE" carries the name and the spirit of the two gifted watch makers, which in the meantime became a synonym for fine watch-making in Dresden.Marco, whose favourite place is the watchmaker’s work table, continued on his way as an independent watch creator. His aim is to inspire watch enthousiasts by his fine watches and not by the size of the company. At the end of 2003, he sold his shop in order to concentrate fully on the creation of his watches.

The watch manufacture "LANG & HEYNE" found its new home in a mansion surrounded by the green fields and woods around Dresden. Here, Marco is working together with his enthusiastic colleagues. An exclusive series of just 30 to 40 watches per year leaves the small manufacture after he has assembled, precisely adjusted and signed the watches himself.After a three-year candidature, Marco became a member of the AHCI, the international association of independent and creative watch makers. The manufacture "LANG & HEYNE" is committed to this exclusive club of outstanding watchmakers. It is an honour to be able to match the quality, the creativity and the skills of watch-making of the best watch-makers in the world.



A mechanical watch from Lang & Heyne requires imagination, skill, patience and precious time.It takes precious TIME to assemble a timepiece, since there are no assembly lines. Every single piece evolves and matures carefully in the hands of master watchmakers. With utmost care and down to the smallest detail, they also improve pieces that have not entirely been made by Lang & Heyne so that these pieces fulfil optically as well as functionally the high demand of Lang & Heyne. The mastercraftsmans skillfully mounts each movement, piece by piece, until perfection is reached and the balance starts to oscillate with the rhythmic pulse of time, precisely ordered.

Form and function are combined in this manner with the utmost precision and harmony until completion. These works of art are created with the philosophy which has defined watchmaking in Dresden for hundreds of years: meeting the aesthetic requirements of kings and prominent citizens, and equipped with absolutely the finest movements. It is not through imitation, but only through complete understanding and further elaboration of those values and principles which make every piece from LANG & HEYNE precious, a treasure representative of Saxony’s watchmaking heritage.

Time to admire the silky shining enamel dial contrasted with the artfully crafted hands. Time to discover the details of the gleaming, golden precision movement: the rubies set in gold, each chaton individually held by blued steel screws, the anglesite finished ‘swan-neck fine adjustment’ polished with pewter and finally the all important balance equipped with gold weighting screws and the freely pulsating Breguet spiral crowned by a sparkling diamond.

Time to realize again and again that each piece is a unique work of truly handcrafted art. Every single part is passed through each of the mastercraftsman’s skilled hands, one to the other, then carefully examined through magnifying glasses and, when necessary, perfected until finally it has its own unique charisma, reflecting ultimate quality.

Restoration
Lang & Heyne admire and venerate the great watch artists of former and present times. They created and create masterly works of art with the help of simple means and methods but also with a lot enthusiasm and professional code of ethics, capacity for invention and knowledge of the science of mechanics.When restoring and refurbishing, it is highly important for the company to put themselves into the position of the respective period of time and to work as much as possible with the same procedures as the artist of the piece on hand. After research and cost analysis, the project is discussed and carried out in cooperation with the owner.
Lang & Heyne have the knowledge and ability to reconstruct and rebuild almost every possibly missing mechanical piece.With utmost care and down to the smallest detail, they also improve pieces that have not entirely been made by Lang & Heyne so that these pieces fulfil optically as well as functionally the high demand of Lang & Heyne.

History of Dresden watch making
In 1668 Johann Georg II certified the foundation of Dresden’s first independent watchmakers guild, and thereby inaugurated a glorious tradition. August the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, as well as his son Friedrich August II, each famous for their appreciation of art and baroque lifestyles, attracted artisans and craftsmen to Dresden who created sumptuous watches, which were both genuine mechanical as well as artistic miracles. Since 1728 these treasures have been closely guarded in the Royal Saxonian Watch Cabinet (Mathematisch-Physikalischer-Salon) within Dresden’s famous Zwinger Building which today still accommodates one of the world’s most historic and admired collection of watches.

The French Revolution in 1789 provoked dramatic changes in European lifestyles. The “mechanical” content of watches began to overshadow fancy cases and sumptuous artistry. In Saxony as well, watches turned gradually into instruments for the precise measurement of time. Period watchmakers such as Köhler and Seyffert devoted their careers to developing technically superior, highly sophisticated pendulum clocks, chronometers, watches and scientific measuring devices. The precise movements, presented in cases without frills, perfectly reflected the new values: a type of modesty which still excites collectors and admirers of precision watches who desire elegance.

“Saxonia” - the first German railway connecting Dresden and Leipzig marked a new phase of mobility for the country. Portable watches to organize time for man’s advantage became inseparable companions for an increasing number of people. Only a few were in the privileged position to afford one of the rare and prestigious pocket watches manufactured by a traditional watchmaker from Dresden. Some of these rarities originated from Friedrich Gutkaes, the court watchmaker. Ferdinand Adolph Lange, as his young apprentice, learned the art of watchmaking prior to the founding of the watchmaking industry in Glashütte.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the wristwatch finally began its triumphal march that continues strongly today. Lang & Heyne therefore, choose to enter this market with their superior, technically designed, handmade watches, unequalled in perfection and precision yet enclosed in cases of elegant simplicity.

Official website: www.langundheyne.de

PERRELET Joins Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Perrelet joins the prestigious circle of the 24 partner brands comprising the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, guardian of watchmaking heritage, culture and know-how.A watch is, by its nature, precious. Of all the accessories with which we surround ourselves, it is certainly the one with which we are the most intimately connected. Sometimes a fashion ornament, sometimes a technical curiosity, it is the object of a passion shared with the person designing it, conceiving it, producing it and finally the person wearing it.

In the image of Abraham-Louis Perrelet and his descendants, it is thanks to these master watchmakers and ingenious inventors all sharing the same enthusiasm that enabled their trades and creations to develop over the ages. This was the beginning of a handing-down of knowledge through the generations, each one magnified by the feats of the previous one, and carried along on the current of material and technical evolution.

Perrelet, in the tradition of its founder Abraham-Louis, the inventor of the automatic movement, places the movement at the heart of its priorities. As worthy heir of the invention, which today pulsates in all automatic watches, the Perrelet brand draws its dynamism and creativity from its legitimate patrimony and gives birth to timekeepers inspired by modernity and a resolutely future-orientated originality. Perrelet understood how to draw the attention of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie to its exclusive Double Rotor module, through its distinctive technical features and sound construction. This recent membership stems from a profound desire to reinforce the communication and awareness of the Perrelet brand. Judging by the dynamism in evidence over the past months, the future promises a strong potential for development, with strategic and innovative choices enabling the company to gain market share even in today’s tormented economic and geopolitical environment.

Hublot -"Red Devil Bang"

Acknowledged and appreciated as a luxury item that can be worn while engaged in sporting activities, as well as during an evening out, Hublot timepieces - a symbol of fusion and innovation - have won over the hearts of new fans. And these fans may well rejoice: the partnership between Hublot and Manchester United heralds a new Big Bang: the Red Devil Bang, a black ceramic chronograph displaying a 45-minutes counter – the duration of a football match half – especially developed by Hublot for football and Manchester United. Sporting on its dial the celebrated Red Devil logo, this is a somewhat rebellious watch that honours the colours of the club, whose history is punctuated with victories and memorable dramas.

Within the framework of its partnership with Manchester United, the CEO of Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver, strongly wished to also make a commitment to the “Manchester United Foundation”, an organisation which helps young people through various football related activities. The Foundation has developed educational programmes in order to promote better social integration and also provides support for sick children. It acts at international as well as local level. Hublot has always been involved in activities in support and defence of children. As Mr Biver says: “The height of luxury is the capacity to share”. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the “Red Devil Bang” watches will thus be donated to the Foundation.



TECHNICAL DATA
Case :“Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm in satin-polished black ceramic, with satinfinish end pieces;Bezel Black, satin-polished ceramic with 6 titanium H-shaped screws – sunken, polished and blocked;Crystal Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment;Bezel lug Red composite resin;Lateral inserts Black composite resin;Back Titanium with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflection treatment with opaque Manchester United logo;Crown Steel with black rubber insert;Push-pieces Steel, rectangular with black rubber insert;Water-resistance 100 m or 10 ATM.

Dial: Matt black microblasted with red index appliqués markers, yellow motion-work, 45-minute counter with yellow figures at 9:00, red Red;Devil logo in the counter at 3:00
Hands:Brilliant black with yellow luminescent feature, red chronograph hand.

Movement :45-minute counter mechanical chronograph with automatic winding,Hublot HUB45 calibre;No of components 252;Rubies 55;Bridges Polished, satin-finish with chamfered edges;Screws Black PVD;Calendar Rectangular aperture at 6:00 with yellow date;Oscillating weight:Tungsten carbide with dimpled surface coated with black PVD;Bottom plate :Sand-blasted; rhodium-plated;Barrel :With reinforced spring;Escapement :Glucydur balance spring;Power reserve :42 hours.

Strap: Adjustable ribbed black rubber
Clasp: Steel and black PVD deployant clasp
Limited Edition :500 numbered pieces 01/500 - 500/500

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Angular Momentum Lady Guilloche Noire with sparkling diamonds

Angular Momentum presents its new time piece for ladies, the Guilloche Nore with sparkling diamonds. The guilloche dial is hand made and set with full cut diamonds.

Bremont Watch Company wins Walpole Award for ‘Best Emerging British Luxury Brand’

Bremont Watch Company had the honour of being awarded the Walpole Award for ‘Best Emerging British Luxury Brand’ at the 2008 Walpole award for British excellence which took place this week at the Banqueting Hall on Whitehall. This was the 8th year of the Walpole awards which honours exemplarily Luxury Brands with a commitment to British Excellence. The prestigious awards ceremony was attended by leading industry experts, high net worth individuals, celebrities and was sponsored by Barclays Wealth.

This Award recognises the considerable success that Bremont has achieved since its launch in July 2007. It took more than four years of research and development to bring the first series of Bremont watches from the drawing board to reality. The last year Bremont has seen meteoric growth launching in over 25 of the best retailers across the UK (including Harrods, Selfridges, Watches of Switzerland and Hamilton & Inches) and successfully launched in the US. In 2008 Bremont were also delighted to announce their position as Official Timing Partners of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Epsom Derby.

All design and case finishing for Bremont watches happen in Britain with the movements and final hand-assembly happening through their skilled watchmakers in a dedicated atelier in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland. Each timepiece contains an air of quintessential Britishness derived from the background of the brand's aviator founders, brothers Nick and Giles English.

Other awards went to Chanel (International Luxury Brand), Alfred Dunhill (Best British Brand Overseas), Net-a-Porter (Luxury Brand Online) and Goodwood (Best British Luxury Brand). Dame Vivienne Westwood received the medal of excellence for her work and achievements across Luxury, Culture, Innovation & Business.

Zenith Defy II Collection - Defy Classic Open El Primero

Designed like a racing car, the DEFY collection makes a powerful statement with its muscle-bound chassis, its racy profile, and athletic build. Its virile silhouette, dynamic lines and elegant power suggest a sport watch, but in a luxury version. Innovative materials used are in combination, including the famous ZENITHIUM®, an exclusive alloy .

The DEFY CLASSIC OPEN comes with a harmonic El Primero calibre, the SC 4021. The movement’s oscillations at the rate of 36,000 vibrations per hour can be seen through the window in the dial. Each detail has been well thought out: the power reserve with its indicator, the applied indexes and the open-work luminous hands. Available on a 46.5mm or 43mm stainless steel case or in steel and 5N brushed rose gold case with black or silver dial on rubber or stamped crocodile leather strap.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber El Primero 4021 SC
Automatic chronograph movement with harmonic plate
13``` caliber
Diameter 30 mm. Height : 7.75 mm
248 components
Balance bridge in shock absorbing Zenithium Z+
Incabloc® anti-shock device
36’000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve over 50 hours
39 jewels
Measures short time intervals to a 10th of a second Automatic winding in both directions
Central rotor on ball bearings
Full tungsten oscillating weight with guilloché pattern

Functions
Hours and minutes in the center
Small seconds-hand at 9 o’clock with a 3-branched hand
Power reserve indicator from hour axis
Central seconds-hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock

Case
Brushed stainless steel case
Case diameter: 46.5 mm (XT version) or 43 mm (T version)
Screw-in push buttons with specific guilloche pattern
Screw-in crown engraved with ZENITH star
Graduated unidirectional rotating bezel,with stainless steel;decorative screw-heads & satin-finished cone-shaped indexes
Transparent sapphire case back
Screw-in case back
Water-resistance up to 300 meters
Crystal :Sapphire glass, 3 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Dial
Silver or black fully guilloché dial
Opening at 10 o’clock revealing heart of 4021 SC El Primero caliber
Applied rhodium numerals and indexes

Hands:Rhodium-plated faceted luminous hands with white Superluminova inserts;Hour & minute “skeleton” rhodium hands

Straps
Black or brown handmade alligator leather strap ;Black or brown rubber strap
Bracelet:Brushed high-density stainless steel bracelet
Buckle :Brushed stainless steel tongue buckle for rubber & leather straps or Brushed stainless steel triple-folded clasp for the bracelet

Magrette Timepieces-Te Manaia

If you are looking for something with a unique New Zealand cultural flavour then Auckland based Magrette Timepieces has produced a special edition in collaboration with NZ engraver, Andrew Biggs. The Maori engraving is called Te Manaia and is limited to only 10 pieces.Your options include a matt black physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating or polished stainless steel case, plus the choice of a strap in chocolate brown crocodile pattern or black leather with a tan underside. The engine of this timepiece is a Swiss made self-winding ETA 2824-2. . It comes packed in a handmade Kauri box, inlaid with black New Zealand paua shell.



The Manaia is a bird-like creature that appears regularly in traditional and contemporary Maori wood carving. There are many variations to the design but they all tend to have the overly large beak with a small head. Nobody is exactly sure of where it originated or the original meaning behind it. It can be found on many old pre-European wood carvings.Manaia are also frequently carved in pounamu (greenstone/jade) and can be seen as quite complex or fairly simple according to the artists interpretation.There are some Maori who believe that the Manaia is symbolic for a guardian angel which every person has and appears as an unseen light surrounding each individual, similar to the European aura. Its role as a guardian angel is to protect from untimely death by accident.However, each individual has an appointed time to pass from the mortal world into the spiritual world. The Manaia helps with that passage and also the journey to Cape Reinga where they finally sing farewell to their loved ones.



Technical Details:
Movement: Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2 (mechanical)
Case Diameter: 44mm excluding crown, PVD coated, stainless steel or polished stainless steel.
Bezel:Hand engraved
Crown: Screw down
Crystal: Sapphire
Water-resistance: 3 ATM (approx 100ft)
Strap: 24mm Leather
Buckle: Polished stainless steel
Wooden box: Kauri

Golay Spierer -Custom made watches with Tourbillon movement

These 6 watches were made for a group of Thai Watchlovers. They were created on the same basis with a hand-winding chinese tourbillon movement with a frequency of 28'800 alt/h.16 jewels and a tourbillon polished and angled cage with a special shape. Only the material of the dial, case and bracelet were changed depending on the desire of the customer.













Technical Details:
Movement:The basis is a handwinding chinese tourbillon. Frequency : 28'800 alt/h. 16 jewels. The tourbillon cage has either a "S" shape or a cross shaped polished.
Case :Material: made of stainless steel or white gold 750/1000. The diameter is 40mm. The thickness is 10 mm.
Dial:Material: Smoothed and polished white enamelled or black mother of pearl or blue Lapis Lazuli or silver/black guilloché-rose serpentine dial. There are Breguet or Roman applied numbers rhodium plated/. There is a white tampographie for the inscription "Golay Spierer."
Hands:They are made of Nickel, handpolished with a blue PVD treatment or not.
Bracelet :Dark blue/black/light blue/white crocodile skin with a stainless steel or white gold clasp.

Angular Momentum Beauty & Glamour Collection

Swiss luxury watch maker Angular Momentum presents the Beauty & Glamour Collection, with peonies as the main theme forming the centerpiece of the watch dial. Housing a self-winding movement with enameled rotor, the bezel is adorned with 4.4 carat brilliant cut diamonds. As with the “Art meets Art” collection which features reverse miniature paintings, intricate high relief carving and engraving series, Angular Momentum presents its timepieces as individual works of art. The peony blossoms seem to spring to life from the watch dial, a testament of the artisan’s good eye for detail, long hours of patience and superb craftsmanship.

Blancier- Worldtimer 1

Blancier Worldtimer 1 was designed and crafted by master craftsmen of Lottermann & Söhne from the Germany city of Mannheim This stunning mechanical timepiece shows all 39 of the world’s time zones at a glance. Behind the beautiful harmony of the colourful yet subtle watch face is the mechanical movement which took two years to develop.
The BWT 1 Manufacture movement has been patented. Produced in a 42mm steel casing with a refined rhodium-plated or gold-plated BWT 1 movement and a crocodile skin strap, this handmade masterpiece is priced at USD 13.995,- Produced in a rosé or white gold casing, it is priced at USD 20.995,- and USD 24.995,- respectively.

Blancier-Lottermann & Söhne-The Crazy Planet Watch

Introduced at Basel World 2008,Crazy Planet is the one of the special watches made by Blancier.The Crazy Planet is designed and engineered by one of Blancier's two Masterwatchmakers: Franz Wolff.Besides this all parts like the (superluminova) hands, the wheels, the ¾ Bridge and the engraved dial is totally made at the Blancier Manufacture in Mannheim Germany by Till Lottermann and Franz Wolff. The casing is 42mm steel sandblasting or polished with a 22mm strap. There is a presentation caseback to view the mechanical movement.

The "Crazy Planet":is a completely inside-out watch, the hands of which are moved by "planet orbit wheels" that are visible above the watch face.The idea for this watch came from his apprentice, something that is a testament to the innovative power of the watchmaking trade.

"I showed him the piece I did for my accreditation, a large wall clock with a construction like that, and he asked whether we couldn't build something like that in a watch," says Lottermann. Barely a minute later, Franz Wolff was sitting down at the design table with his partner working out the first design. The complicated planet orbit wheel system, with four interlocking wheels designed according to a specially computed formula, the stately watch face with its boldly coloured indices in relief, the two cutaway hands with reflective finish - all designed by hand and taken to the production stage. In short, another masterpiece from Mannheim that is ready to face off against the industry's greats.

Technical Details
Model:The Crazy Planet .
In-house designed, developed and produced entirely in house at the Blancier Manufacture Lottermann & Söhne Mannheim Germany.
The most important wheels of the Crazy Planet are laid out in a planet orbit.
In-house engraved dial(you can choose different colors instead of the red hour markers)
In-house made (superluminova) hands and planet orbit wheels.
Mechanical in-house movement with ¾ Bridge (base Swiss Cortebert movement) (you can choose sandblasting or Geneva stripes finishing, Gold Chatons are optional)
42mm steel sandblasting or polished casting.
22mm„Spinnaker" Kevlar strap (there are more options available)
Pricing from (steel casing) € 8.900,- = USD 12.700,-

De Bethune - The DB 25 Collection

The first automatic De Bethune calibre was introduced in 2006. It was designed for the DB22 power and then modified for the DB 24 big power, both watches focused on the best possible sport watch that De Bethune can produce.

De Bethune is reintroducing this successful automatic calibre movement in a more classical case.A classic case magnificently executed with elegant lugs emerging from the case and dials of timeless appeal. This new timepiece,the DB25 illustrates once more the passion which drives David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet,founders of the De Bethune manufacture,persistently to improve the fundamentals of watch making and to create unique timepieces to people to discover.

Before describing the aesthetic details of this watch, it is necessary to explain its automatic movement, the DB24 , which is completely manufactured within the De Bethune workshops.

With a diameter of 30mm, like all the movements of the brand it has celebrated titanium /platinum balance developed since 2004 to meet one of the aims of David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet; to improve the performance of the mechanical watch.

Made of titanium and platinum,this balance wheels enables the best inertia /mass ratio to be achieved and reduce variations caused by shocks. It consists of four titanium arms with inertia blocks which beneficially replace the usual rim to obtain the best mass/distance ratio.

The balance spring is fitted with the flat terminal curve,this is positioned in the same plane as the balance spring itself , facilitating its fixing and eliminating the need for the delicate process of adjusting the timing.

At the same time it enables the height of the spring to be reduced by 2/3 in comparison with a classic Breguet over coil. It also plays a shock absorbing role,avoiding the risk the spring being distorted through shock where it contacts the balance spring stud.Developed in 2004 by the De Bethune manufacture,it enables perfect isochronism to be achieved.

In Conclusion this balance is protected by a triple-parachute system which allows the balance to be positioned in a more exact ,more stable manner,also enabling it to absorb shocks through the springs fitted to the ends of the bridge.

This automatic calibre is wound by a rotor made of titanium /platinum in order to ensure great inertia with minimum mass. This considerable inertia drives the wheel- work of the automatic winding system in an ideal fashion.In addition,the oscillating mass is pivoted on a ceramic ball bearing which enables the use of oil to be avoided and which gives increased freedom of rotation by reducing friction.

To protect the ceramic ball bearing from shock and limit side pressure on the bearing , the titanium/platinum oscillating weight is fitted with a central anti-shock system consisting of four spring feet and 12 jewels. Finally, since titanium is very flexible, it has the effect of a spring and enables shocks to be absorbed.

The case consists of three pieces;a Screw back and a bezel pressed on to a case. The case is machined from a single block so that the lugs combine-extra finesse with great strength.This result with out welding is possible through the process of 5-axis machining.Achieving great legibility with discretion, the power reserve is indicated in a window at 12o'clock

The DB25 collection is based on two models.The first has a silvered dial,De Bethune manufacture by hand. The hour ring sets off the central guilloche pattern radiating in 12 sectors and emphasises the barleycom guilloche outside the dial. The second model has a titanium dial. The minute figures are reflected in a mirror deposit on the glass to give a lustrous effect.The hour markers consist of little spheres of blued steel.

Available in white or rose gold,this new timepiece once again demonstrates the depth of this brand,s technology and skill.

Technical Description
Functions
Hours,minutes,power reserve window at 12'o clock

Movement
DB2024 Automatic
diameter 30mm
274 parts
Jewels: 53
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve :6 days
Titanium/platinum oscillating weight is fitted with a central anti-shock system

Case, dial and strap
Drum shape;rose gold or white gold;44.6mm diameter and 11.1mm thick
Dial:silvered,guilloche by hand ,or titanium
Hands:steel;hand-polished
Strap:alligator leather with traditional ardilon buckle.
Crystal:sapphire,1800 vickers hardness with double anti reflective treatment.
Crown:Screw down at 3'o clock;setting in three positions.