Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hublot One Million $ Black Caviar

Hublot and the setting workshop Bunter SA have together developed a World Première with a completely invisible setting, using only black diamonds. It’s a world "first", and a technological and artistic achievement.

The dream of combining key Hublot concepts – invisible visibility, “All Black”, watchmaking tradition and state-of the- art technology – has become reality thanks to the creativity, the ingenuity and a touch of the “crazy” which spurred on its designers to create such a masterpiece.

The high level of micro-mechanic sophistication, combined with the dexterity of the human hand, has resulted in the One Million $ Black Caviar Bang. Its setting is very complex. The difficulty resides in the unusual lines of the Big Bang case– round but with sharp angles. The white gold, one-piece construction of the case does not reveal one grain of gold, and the diamonds, cut in mysterious ways, seem to hold together as if by magic. The only visible feature is the black and deep tones of the diamonds, shining in their harmonious alignment.

This unique piece, which houses a Tourbillon, symbolises the fusion between watchmaking and jewellery, between tradition and technology, and between glittering and invisibility. The vibration which emanates from it gives rise to an emotion tinged with fascination.

Creating this exceptional watch demanded over 2000 hours of meticulous work, from design to final adjustment, without forgetting the research and development, programming of the machines, choice of tools, diamond cutting, optical checking of each part, and setting and casing. 544 VVS TW-IF quality baguette diamonds adorn the watch’s case, dial, crown and deployant clasp.

Technical details
18K white gold set with 322 black diamond baguettes (25.11 cts)
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflection treatment
Back: 18K white gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflection treatment
Crown: 18K white gold set with 13 black diamond baguettes (1.7 cts)

18K white gold, set with 179 black diamond baguettes (5.48 cts), circular arc setting at 10:00 indicating the power reserve
Hands: Faceted, rhodium-plated diamond polished skeleton hands

Mechanical, manufactured, manual winding, flying Tourbillon 60 seconds, special execution HUB Solo T
Diameter: 13 ¼ ’’’ (Ø 30.00 mm)
Thickness: 7.10 mm
No. of components: 148
Number of stones: 24 rubies
Balance: Gyromax regulating inertia-block
Vibrations: 21,600 A/h (3Hz)
Tourbillon cage: Ø 13 mm
Power reserve: 120 hours

Adjustable smooth natural black rubber with Hublot logo
Clasp :18K white gold with cover set with 30 black diamond baguettes (3.5 cts),
18K white gold deployant

Unique item

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Romain Gauthier Collection Prestige

Romain Gauthier is an Independent Swiss watch maker based at La Vallée de Joux.Collection Prestige features an original in-house movement and design. The elegant hand-guilloched solid-gold dial with off-center time indication is fairly traditional; however, the apparent lack of a crown gives an indication that the movement beneath is anything but.

The superbly finished movement features an innovative flat crown on the back, which is easy to wind on the wrist.The case is available in white gold, red gold and platinum and has a diameter of 41mm. Limited edition of 38 & 8 with baguette-cut diamonds set in the bezel.

1.Collection Prestige-Red Gold and Black Dial

2.Collection Prestige-Red Gold Champagne Dial

3.Collection Prestige-White Gold

4.Collection Prestige-Platinum

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Tourbillon Chiaroscuro 30th Birthday Model

To celebrate the 30th birthday of Michel Parmigiani's activity, once again this autumn his expertise will be highlighted by the exceptional production of a Tourbillon 30 seconds Chiaroscuro model specially dedicated to Haute Horlogerie.
This timekeeper combines all the aesthetic and technical qualities that Parmigiani Fleurier wanted to celebrate. Its movement, Calibre PF 501, was initially inspired by the weekly mechanical movement PF 110 (also magnified in a skeleton version, the first 2006 birthday model).

Entirely hand-made in the Parmigiani Fleurier workshops, it underlines technical expertise, technology and attractiveness. The Tourbillon, sober and elegant, honours the virtuosity and skill of the watchmaking craftsmen capable of its highly technical production. Its cage, visible on both sides of the movement, performs one rotation every 30 seconds, giving greater constancy of its settings.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon is rendered rare and unique by the pierced aperture of its movement. The bottom plate reveals, on the dial side, the entire gear-train of the mechanism and the double barrel. Several apertures have also been executed on the bridges (barrel bridge, power reserve bridge, lower intermediate mobile bridge and ratchet bridge).

An open window on a form of watchmaking art, the culmination of Parmigiani Fleurier's know-how can be seen from the care taken with each hand finishing operation on the movement's components, chamfered and jewelled over their entire length.

An historic timekeeper for the brand, the Kalpa Tourbillon Chiaroscuro model just had to have a completely innovative appearance. Fully visible, the beauty of the movement is enhanced by a PVD colouring technique, the pierced bottom plate and bridges of Calibre PF 501 forming a mosaic of metallic colours never achieved previously. These new intrinsic pink, purple, light brown and grey colours arise out of long and complex laboratory research.
The PVD colouring technology, far more stable than electroplating, enables the component to receive a coat of metal on both its sides, through the introduction of a reactive gas into a vacuum atmosphere, aiding the evaporation, transport and condensation of the colour on the component. Only a transparent sapphire dial could allow expression of the aesthetic and technical power of the Kalpa Tourbillon 30 seconds model. Likewise very complex, its execution is extremely original, because it employs the layer-by-layer electrodeposition technique.

For the aesthetic harmony to be complete, the very "metallic" beauty of the movement is complied with, and rhodium deposition is performed meticulously for the indexes, the timer and the power reserve indication.Produced in 30 units in platinum 950, the Kalpa Tourbillon Chiaroscuro birthday model celebrates the combination of traditional watchmaking art and avant-garde technology.
Technical details
Mechanical. Calibre: manual winding Parmigiani Fleurier 501, entirely hand-made, one-week power reserve
Tourbillon 30 seconds
Double barrel
Pierced bottom plate and bridges, hand-chamfered and jewelled over their entire length
Bottom plate and bridge colouring by PVD technology
Vib/h: 21,600
Dimensions: 13 x 10 1/2 ’’’ / 29.30 mm x 23.60 mm
Height: 5.50 mm
Jewels: 29
Power reserve: 7 days

Hours, minutes, centre second hand, one-week power reserve indicator

Cut-out transparent sapphire
Timer area rhodium-plated by layer-by-layer electro-deposition under dial
Index, power reserve area and Parmigiani Fleurier cartouche rhodium-plated by layer-by-layer electrodeposition on dial
Tourbillon visible on dial
Hands: "delta" shaped hours and minutes, Parmigiani Fleurier skeleton in blued-finish steel. Centre second hand and power reserve in blued-finish steel.

Limited edition of 30 units in platinum 950

Hermès Havana alligator skin with folding buckle

Voutilainen OBSERVATOIRE Wristwatch

Timekeeping was once a domain dedicated to the pursuit of accuracy, and to this end, so-called ‘observatory watches’ were created. These watches possessed exceptional accuracy concerning all the important technical areas of movement functionality; however visual finishing was of secondary importance.

The surfaces of pinions and wheels were completely true and highly polished with exceptionally accurate tolerances; balance and winding springs were pre-tested and hand chosen, the dimensions of shafts, bearings and pivots perfectly realized. Watches such as these, created solely for accuracy and nothing else, are capable of a mean accuracy of only tenths of a second per day in test conditions, something virtually unheard of even in 21st century mechanical watch making.

Observatory watches were in general never offered for sale to the general public since they were destined solely for timing trials, a gesture of competitive spirit amongst watch companies jousting to prove their individual merit through the attainment of the greatest possible accuracy.

After the introduction of so-called ‘high-beat’ mechanical movements followed by the perfection of electronic, quartz based timekeeping during the1970’s, the culture of official observatory testing declined and slowly died out. This was replaced by a method of electronic batch testing uncased movements en masse as a method of quality control for large production numbers. With ever-larger amounts of movements being offered for testing each year, an institution called COSC was created to handle the chronometric measurement of movements in large quantities.

The resurrection of the Observatory Timekeeper
As chance would have it, Kari Voutilainen stroke of luck and found several Peseux caliber observatory movements that had never been finished since their initial production. After closely examining them, he made the decisions to a very limited series of wristwatches using these remarkable calibers. Each movement has been taken completely apart, technically adjusted and tested before being hand finished with anglage and perlage to bring it to the highest levels of visual and technical perfection possible. After this work is completed, each watch is foreseen with a finely turned dial, casework and hands in the distinctive style of the Voutilainen workshop.

Grossmann internal curvature of the balance spring
Benefiting such exceptional and historic calibers, Kari Voutilainen decided to use a very rare and unique system of balance spring curvature in their final production. In this special system the exterior trajectory of the spring uses a hand set Breguet over coil as found in the finest watches, whilst the equally important internal curve uses the little known Grossmann curve. Grossmann codified a technique that gives the same amount of attention to the internal curvature of the balance as to the external over coil. Virtually unknown and fallen into disuse, the OBSERVATOIRE wristwatch marks the first use of the Grossmann curve in the 21st century, underlining the fact that many of the present day.

Besancon Observatory restarts chronometer certification in 2007
With this exceptional quality and historical background in mind, it came about that a chance meeting, between clients of Kari Voutilainen’s and Mr. Francoise Meyer of the Besancon Observatory, in April 2007, led to a request if the watch created for him could be submitted for chronometric testing by the observatory. After considering the special character of the watch and what it shares with the history of the observatory, a perfect moment was revealed to initiate the rebirth of chronometric certification at the Besancon observatory, which since the end of the 11970’s had concentrated mainly on scientific activities. Kari Voutilainen’s watch was the very first to be certified in this manner since the observatory ceased their regular issuing of chronometer certificates.

It is perhaps interesting to note that the Besancon certificate differs from COSC testing in that the entire watch assembly, including the case, is tested, not just the movement alone. This means that the complete watch in its final form as sold is certified to be a true chronometer. With COSC, although the movement might pass testing, the rest of the watch still needs to be assembled, cased and complication modules added, so there is no official guarantee(beyond perhaps that of the brand) that the finished watch maintains the identical precision it had upon leaving testing.

Grand Prix de Geneve 2007
All this horological activity was quit amazing for the Voutilainen workshop in 2007; yet there was to be a surprise in the store. Out of a pre-selection of 9 watches submitted by major and minor brands for the men’s watches category of the Grand Prix de Geneve, the Kari Voutilainen OBSERVATOIRE wristwatch was chosen as the ultimate laureate. It represents an extraordinary recognition of Kari Voutilainen’s independent workshop as well as his distinctive yet classic visual designs combined with a superlative attention to mechanical details. This prestigious achievement, voted upon by top Swiss watch industry insiders, is a public acknowledgement of horological mastery and a commitment to the creation of exceptional timekeepers.

Technical details
  • Observatory caliber peseux created solely for observatory trails and never commercialized for production. Hand finished with Geneva stripes, anglage and perlage.
  • 30mm x 5mm movement.
  • Ruby cap jewels for the escapement wheel.
  • 19 jewels.
  • Free sprung balance wheel with timing screws beating at 18,000 v.p-h.
  • Balance diameter 13.3mm with Breguet / Grossman balance spiral.
  • 38mm x 10.5mm thick 18-carat gold case and crown.
  • Engine turned gold dial, with gold applied numerals and gold hands.
  • Hand sewn, crocodile strap with 18-carat gold buckle.
  • Hand made wood presentation box with drawer, instructions and certificates

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Vulcain Cricket GMT X-TREME

With the Cricket GMT X-TREME, Vulcain is making a spectacular entry into the world of sports watches. Equipped with a new version of the legendary Cricket movement, the GMT X-TREME displays its resolutely dynamic nature through both its aesthetics and its use of materials.

Manufacture Vulcain is proclaiming its new sporting vocation to the sound of its legendary Cricket alarm calibre. Explorers, businessmen and globetrotters constantly on the move will find that this GMT alarm model delivers all they expect from a watch.

The generously sized 44 mm new case available in black titanium and steel or in titanium and 18-carat rose gold is water-resistant to 100 metres, enabling the wearer to use the alarm function even under water, a milieu where it remains perfectly audible. Accentuating the energetic nature of this timepiece, the distinctive dial with its central motif and oversized numerals is topped by a cambered sapphire crystal.
 In the same sporting spirit, the Vulcain Cricket GMT X-TREME features a new steel or rose gold notched bezel matching the new design of the crowns and pushpiece. The sapphire crystal case-back graced with the stylised “V” for Vulcain reveals the charcoal grey finish of the new Cricket Calibre V-16.
Equipped with two barrels ensuring a 42-hour power reserve and an alarm lasting around 20 seconds, this mechanical hand-wound movement is also fitted with the Vulcain Exactomatic system guaranteeing regular amplitude and enhanced rating precision. Comprising 191 parts, the Cricket Calibre V-16 drives central hour, minute and seconds hands, as well as an alarm function, window-type date display and 24-hour world-time indication adjustable using the screw-locked crown at 4 o’clock.
 Available on a vulcanised rubber or water-protected leather strap, the new Vulcain Cricket GMT X-TREME in titanium and 18-carat rose gold features a black/gold and a silver-coloured dial. The black titanium and steel version comes with either a predominantly black and silver- coloured dial, or a predominantly silver-coloured and black variation.

Water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet, this watch enables the wearer to use the alarm function even under water.

Technical details
Vulcain proprietary Cricket Calibre V-16 mechanical hand-wound, double barrel, charcoal grey finish, 191 components
Equipped with the Exactomatic system guaranteeing regular amplitude and enhanced rating precision
Frequency: 18'000 vibrations / hour
Rubies: 17
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: 15 to 20 seconds

Hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm, date window, world time on 24 hours adjustable by a screw-lock crown at 4 o’clock.

Case, dial and strap
REF: 161925.165RF
Case: Black Titanium & steel 316L
Case dimensions: Diameter 44.00mm/ Length 52.80mm/Height 15.70mm
Dials: Black/Silver and Silver/Black colours
Crystal: top domed shape sapphire, glare proofed – back flat sapphire
Water-resistance: 100 meters/330 feet
Strap: vulcanised rubber or water-protected calf leather
Strap dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: Black Titanium & Steel 316L, folding type with security pushers.

REF: 165925.167RF
Case: 18K pink gold & Titanium
Case dimensions: Diameter 44.00mm/ Length 52.80mm/ Height 15.70mm
Dials: Black/Gold and Silver/Gold colours
Crystal: top domed shape sapphire, glare proofed – back flat sapphire
Water resistance: 100 meters/330 feet
Strap: vulcanised rubber or water-protected calf leather
Strap dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: Titanium, folding type with security pushers

Friday, December 12, 2008

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Minute Repeater

The Kalpa collection pays tribute to the great watchmaking tradition, while revealing a new interpretation of the Minute Repeater for scrutiny. It demonstrates a highly modern spirit thanks to the innovative emphasis on its technical aspects, with the aperture in the dial revealing the wealth of its mechanical parts.

An open window on a watchmaking art form, it pays tribute to the virtuosity and skill of the master watchmakers capable of achieving this technological work. Through the dial the Minute Repeater, so often shrouded in mystery, is brought to life for your pleasure. The timer, time setting and chime mechanism can be seen working before your eyes.
Beyond the attention paid to the sound quality of its movement, the Minute Repeater for once, in this new Kalpa XL Minute Repeater model, has the complexity of its gears exquisitely emphasised.
The mechanical manual winding Calibre PF 350 has an hour and minute display, with a small seconds hand at 6 o'clock, and sounds every hour, quarter-hour and minute with two chimes. Its platinum 950 or 18 carat pink gold case is completely water-resistant to 30 metres.
Technical details
Mechanical Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre 350, manual winding
Bridges hand bevelled with "Geneva stripes" decoration, steel with lengthwise stone setting
Vib /h: 21,600
Diameter: 10 ¾’’’ / 24.85 mm
Height: 5 mm
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 45 hours

Hour, minutes, small seconds at 6 o'clock,
Minute Repeater sounding every hour, quarter-hour and minute with two chimes

Sunray guilloche area, lilac, sienna, tan
Timer and small seconds counter with black transfer
Arabic numerals and indexes with rhodium-plated appliqué
Sapphire transparent in the centre
Hands: hour and minutes Parmigiani Fleurier "Delta"-shaped, rhodium plated, with luminous centre. "Delta"-shaped, blued skeleton small seconds hand.

Platinum 950 or 18 carat pink gold

Hermes alligator.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing "One-One-Five" Chronograph

The ambitious partnership now binding PERSHING (a FERRETTI Group brand and prestigious Italian shipyard specialising in luxury yacht construction) with PARMIGIANI FLEURIER (a Swiss Fine Watchmaking brand) arose from a shared entrepreneurial culture. The fusion of the values of excellence of PERSHING and PARMIGIANI FLEURIER sealed the promise of a unique history, marked by the aim of constant perfection of tried and tested know-how.

The result of this partnership was the creation of the first range of PERSHING aquatic sports watches, dedicated to its gentlemen and lady customers, with a comprehensive variety of models and mechanisms on offer. The Pershing collection comprises two different lines: The limited edition "one-one-five", available in 18 carat rose gold and 950 palladium, created in honour of the biggest and most prestigious Pershing vessel, measuring 115 feet, and the Pershing Chronographs collection, available in steel with four dial variants, which is non-limited edition.
Two men, Tilli Antonelli and Michel Parmigiani, succeeded over the course of several decades in creating an extraordinary industrial facility, embodying the object of their passion. The young Antonelli has a fascinating history, in which his intuition led him at a very early age into boatbuilding, while he sailed on a legend of the seas, il Moro di Venezia.

At almost the same time, on the other side of the Alps, in the heart of a region known as Val-de-Travers, a young student called Michel Parmigiani discovered a passion for the mechanics of time, inspired by another legend - the grand masters of Swiss watchmaking. The meeting of their two worlds could only underline their will to perfect the real to achieve the exceptional.

Since 1985, PERSHING, one of the world leaders in top-end yacht construction, has made innovation pay off with each of its new creations. A symbol of an elegant, refined Italian aesthetic with all devotees of the sea, it is distinguished by its capacity for innovation, its way of anticipating trends and giving them a unique identifying style. By adhering to in-house production, and the choice of the finest materials, the best boatbuilding craftsmen pull off the feat of offering the prestige of a unique creation every time.

With a total of around 100 yachts built every year, PERSHING exhibits gems of know-how on a daily basis. At least twelve different professions are involved in creating the tens of yachts in construction (from 46 ‘ to 115’ feet for the biggest). From resin specialists to joiners, from hydraulic engineers to architects, over 500 people work in bringing PERSHING's constantly evolving ideas to fruition.

Since its beginnings in 1996, PARMIGIANI FLEURIER has borne the tradition of high quality Swiss watchmaking. Thanks to the trust and support of the Sandoz family foundation, a lifetime passion has been transformed into an exceptional jewel of Fine Watchmaking. Its template for expansion has been set out by the acquisition of a rich diversity of production centres, creating a craft-industrial facility acknowledged today as one of the few fully verticalised and completely independent Swiss manufactures, incorporating all the facets of a watchmaking art essential to achieving a high tradition watch. Today over 500 craftsmen are involved in this watchmaking success story, contributing to the spread of the PARMIGIANI FLEURIER brand throughout the world, with the creation of over 5000 timekeepers per year.

This similarity of outlooks and passions is today the core reason behind the two companies bringing together their creative spirit and giving life to a whole new family of highly sporty watchmaking collections, from the chronograph to grande complication mechanical models. The Pershing collection, making its world premiere today, is also the starting point for a long-term association that may also be manifested in more advanced collaborations in creating timekeepers customised to a yacht or the customer's wishes. Probing the complex world of a perpetually moving watchmaking mechanism or exploring the mysteries of the ocean depths requires an absolute knowledge of one's art.

The Pershing Collection
The Limited Edition "One-One-Five" Chronograph and the Pershing Chronograph Line
For its first complete collection of aquatic chronographs, there could be no better route to mastery for PARMIGIANI FLEURIER than allying its technical expertise with one of today's biggest boat builders: PERSHING. A symbol of power, speed, innovation and performance, PERSHING's image was particularly suited to the creation of a first gold, palladium and steel chronograph line.
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER had for several years wanted to develop a new collection of watches with highly sporty lines and volumes. The watchmaking project took a major turn with the formation of the partnership between PERSHING and PARMIGIANI FLEURIER. In this new light, the look of the new aquatic timekeeper, especially innovative for PARMIGIANI FLEURIER, took shape: its round and powerfully-shaped case, with stylistic emphases strongly identifying with the Kalpa line (a Parmigiani Fleurier emblem), a uni-directional rotary bezel, rubber chronograph push-pieces built into the loops, 200-metre (660 feet) water resistance, tachometer and rubber or leather straps made to measure.
The convergence line of the two identifying styles speaks volumes. The round and tighter curves of the case resemble a hull fuselage; its highly sharp loops are as wiry as the side ports on Pershing boats; the choice of fine materials such as 18 carat rose gold or 950 Palladium is an echo of the finest rare wood varieties or refined leatherwork in a yacht's interior furnishings. Finally, the special form of the numerals on the dial is in the spirit of the PERSHING logotype.
The original aesthetic of the PERSHING model is no less perfectly identifiable with PARMIGIANI FLEURIER. It incorporates all the style codes now connected to the brand, by virtue of which it retains a timeless appearance. The emblematic curve of its loops, the "Delta" shaped hands, the dial colours and decorations, the refinement of the finishes along with all the components of the chronograph movement. All these elements form the signature of the PARMIGIANI FLEURIER philosophy.
The first collection created in homage to this new partnership has emerged under the sign of the limited edition "one-one-five", in honour of the biggest and most prestigious Pershing vessel, measuring 115 feet, which can be found engraved on the watch case-back.

This exclusively 18 carat rose gold or 950 Palladium series comes in two dial versions, Tan and Silver, each of 115 pieces, incorporating the self-winding chronograph movement Calibre PF 190. The Pershing chronograph has an hour and minute display, as well as chronograph seconds in the centre, and has one 12 hour counter and one 30 minute counter, a small seconds, plus the tachometer and large date indicator. The case is water resistant to 660 feet, and has a rotary bezel.
Technical details
Model: Pershing Collection Limited edition "one-one-five" chronograph

Self-winding mechanical Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre 190
Hand-bevelled bridges, with "Côtes de Genève" decoration.
Vib/h: 36,000
Diameter: 13 ’’’ / 29.30 mm
Height: 6.50 mm
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 50 hours

Hour, minutes, central chronograph seconds, chronograph function with 12 hour counter and 30 minute counter, large date window. Tachometer scale display.

Dial & hands
Two dial colours to choose from: Silver or Tan
“Côtes de Genève” decoration
Tachometer display on ring
Hands: Parmigiani Fleurier "Delta" shaped, with luminous material in the centre.

18 carat rose gold or 950 palladium
Polished and satin finish
Ovoid rubber chronograph push-pieces
Uni-directional rotary bezel
Water resistance: 200 metres or 660 feet
Case-back engraved with illustration of Pershing 115’ yacht

Bracelet / Strap
18 carat rose gold or 950 palladium with satin-finished central links and deployant safety clasp
Natural rubber with adjustable deployant buckle
Alligator skin

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Vulcain Cricket DIVER X-TREME

Vulcain unveils the Cricket DIVER X-TREME, its new instrument for exploring the ocean depths. A complete measuring instrument, this new model is equipped with a bidirectional inner bezel and beats to the rhythm of the legendary Cricket V-10 alarm movement. In the wake of its famous Nautical model, the brand from Le Locle is confirming its presence in the maritime world.Vulcain has built much of its legend on producing high-performance diving instruments.

In 2008, the brand deepens and strengthens its command of the abyss by presenting the Cricket DIVER X-TREME, its new tool designed to explore the vast underwater expanses. Housing the famous V-10 alarm calibre, the model provides all the crucial information divers need. The dial is topped by a bidirectional rotating bezel adjustable by a screw-locked crown at 9 o’clock. Protected by a cambered sapphire crystal, this ring is held firmly in place once adjusted, thereby avoiding any risk of accidental handling. The alarm time is displayed on a small graduated scale on which hours are divided into twenty-minute periods indicated by the figures 10,30, 50.
The 44 mm-diameter case is fluted on the side and secured on the back by the legendary Vulcain triple case-back enabling the alarm to remain perfectly audible even under water. To withstand maximum pressure of 10 bars (equivalent to a depth of 100 metres), the middle case of the Vulcain Cricket Diver X-TREME is composed of several parts made from materials such as titanium, gold or steel. The crown between 3 and 4 o’clock serves to adjust the watch, while a push-piece just above between 2 and 3 o’clock is used to set the alarm.
The Vulcain Cricket DIVER X-TREME is available with a case in black-coated titanium and steel or in titanium and rose gold. The dials come in a choice of three versions: black and silver-coloured, black and yellow, or silver-coloured and black. Powered by Cricket Calibre V-10, the Vulcain Cricket DIVER X-TREME displays the hour, minute, seconds, alarm time and a graduated 60-minute counter activated by an inner rotating bezel adjustable by a screw-locked crown at 9 o’clock. It is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve as well as an alarm lasting from 15 to 20 seconds.

Water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet and Vulcain triple case-back acting as a resonance chamber, the alarm remains perfectly audible even under water.

Technical details
Vulcain proprietary Cricket Calibre V-10 mechanical hand-wound, double barrel, 157components
Equipped with the Exactomatic system guaranteeing regular amplitude and enhanced rating precision.
Frequency: 18'000 vibrations / hour
Rubies: 17
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: 15 to 20 seconds

Hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm, graduated 60-minute counter activated by an inner rotating bezel adjustable by a screw-lock crown at 9 o’clock

Case, dial and strap
Ref: 101924.160RF
Case: Black Titanium & Steel 316L
Case dimensions: Diameter 44.00 mm - Length 52.80 mm - Height 14.30 mm
Dials: Black/Silver, Silver/Black and Black/Yellow colours
Crystal: domed shape sapphire, glare proofed
Water-resistance: 100 meters/330 feet
Strap: vulcanised rubber or water-protected calf leather
Strap dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: Black Titanium & Steel 316L, folding type with security pushers

Ref: 105924.162RF
Case: 18K pink gold & Titanium;
Case dimensions: Diameter 44.00mm/Length 52.80mm/Height 14.30mm
Dials: Black/Gold colour
Crystal: domed shape sapphire, glare proofed
Water-resistance: 100 meters/330 feet
Strap: vulcanised rubber or water-protected calf leather
Strap dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: Titanium, folding type with security pushers.

Vulcain Anniversary Heart Collection

In tribute to the 150th anniversary of its rich and fascinating history, the Vulcain Anniversary Heart model reveals the full measure of Haute Horlogerie expertise accumulated over the decades by the Manufacture in Le Locle. It also provides a glimpse of the legendary movement inextricably bound up with Vulcain’s reputation: a new interpretation of the Cricket alarm calibre.

What finer homage could one render to the history of Vulcain and its famous alarm calibre than to discreetly unveil its subtle mechanism? Through its partially openworked dial, the limited-edition Anniversary Heart model reveals Vulcain Cricket V-18, an advanced version of the legendary movement. This hand-wound alarm calibre is distinguished by its charcoal grey treatment and superb finishes, both signature characteristics of Haute Horlogerie at its most refined. Equipped with the Exactomatic system ensuring regular amplitude and enhanced rating precision, the Cricket Calibre V-18 is composed of 157 parts. Its twin barrels ensure a 42-hour power reserve and a 15 to 20-second alarm. Alongside the latter function, the movement drives central hour, minute and seconds hands.

Featuring bevelled hour-markers and surrounded by a dial ring, the partially openworked dial offers tantalizing views of the gear trains and the meticulous finishing of the charcoal grey movement. Available in steel or in 18-carat rose gold, the 42 mm-diameter case with its fluted motif along the middle is fitted with a sapphire crystal and case-back, the latter revealing the stylised “V” for Vulcain in steel or rose gold. It is guaranteed water-resistant to a depth of 50 metres.

The Vulcain Anniversary Heart model comes in limited editions for both the 18-carat rose gold and steel versions. The rose gold variation is issued in a limited series of 150, of which 50 in each dial colour (silver-coloured, black, charcoal grey). Also available in three dial shades (silver-coloured, black, copper-coloured), the steel Anniversary Heart model is issued in a limited edition of 450, of which 150 for each dial colour. The Louisiana crocodile leather strap is fitted with an 18K rose gold pin buckle or a safety-pushbutton folding clasp for the steel version.

Special Features:Vulcain proprietary Cricket Calibre V-18 mechanical hand-wound, double barrel 157 components, high grade charcoal grey finish;Equipped with the Exactomatic system guaranteeing regular amplitude and enhanced rating precision;Functions : hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm.

The Vulcain Anniversary Heart-Steel

Technical Details:REF : 180128.175LF
CASE : 316L Steel polished finishing
CASE DIMENSIONS : diameter 42.00mm - length 50.30 mm - thickness 12.70 mm
DIAL: Semi-openworked dial in silver, black or copper colours. Limited Edition of 150 pieces per dial colour
CALIBRE : Vulcain Cricket V-18 – 12''' hand wound mechanical alarm
FREQUENCY : 18'000 vibrations / hour
POWER RESERVE : 42 hours
ALARM DURATION : 15 to 20 seconds
CRYSTAL : Top : Domed shape sapphire, glareproofed - Back : sapphire
STRAP : Alligator leather – Strap dimensions : 22/18 mm
BUCKLE : Steel folding buckle with security pushers.

The Vulcain Anniversary Heart-Gold

Technical Details:
REF : 180528.179L
CASE : 18K Pink gold
CASE DIMENSIONS : diameter 42.00mm - length 50.30 mm - thickness 12.70 mm;
DIAL: Semi-openworked dial in silver, black or charcoal grey colours. Limited Edition of 50 pieces per dial colour
CALIBRE : Vulcain Cricket V-18 – 12''' hand wound mechanical alarm
FREQUENCY : 18'000 vibrations / hour
POWER RESERVE : 42 hours
ALARM DURATION : 15 to 20 seconds
CRYSTAL : Top : Domed shape sapphire, glareproofed - Back : sapphire
WATER-RESISTANCE : 50 meters / 160 feet
STRAP : Alligator leather – Strap dimensions : 22/18 mm
BUCKLE : 18K pink gold, pin type.

Piaget Valentine’s Day Collection - Limelight Love Letter Secret Watch

With each new Valentine’s Day, Piaget creates new and original jewellery on the theme of love. Genuine works of art for personal wear. With this pendant, bracelet and secret watch, the designers of the Geneva-based House have once again placed the heart centre stage.The Piaget Heart pendant invokes mysterious and profound love, insatiable and impetuous desire.

This irrepressible attraction is accentuated by the contrast between pink mother-of-pearl and 46 brilliant-cut diamonds. The pendant makes a perfect match with a bracelet graced by the voluptuous, airy dance of four tiny hearts (in pink mother-of-pearl, onyx, diamonds and white gold) evoking the subtle equilibrium of emotional ties. Both jewellery creations highlight Piaget’s famous asymmetrical heart.

The Limelight Love Letter secret watch conveys what is undoubtedly the most personal message a man can send to his sweetheart: “Love You”. When closed, it reveals only the word “Love” spelled out in diamonds and punctuated by a ruby cabochon. Once opened, it shows a sparkling diamond “you”, as well as the time displayed on a black dial set with 28 diamonds. This watch also offers the possibility of engraving a personal message when the envelope is unsealed. The love of art and the art of love: for Piaget, both are an intensely personal story of passion.
Limelight Love Letter secret watch in 18-carat white gold set with 130 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.8 ct) and a cabochon-cut ruby (approx.0.1ct). Piaget 56P quartz movement. Gem-set 18-carat white gold folding clasp on a black satin strap. Ref G0A34100

The Jewellery Collection includes:-
Piaget Heart pendant in 18-carat white gold, pink mother-of-pearl set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.36 ct): Ref.G33L6800
Piaget Heart bracelet in 18-carat white gold, pink mother-of-pearl and onyx set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.18 ct): Ref.G36L3919

Monday, December 8, 2008

Vulcain Vulcanova “Butterfly Lovers” Limited Edition

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Vulcain presents a limited edition of its Vulcanova collection, poetically christened “Butterfly Lovers”. Exquisitely crafted in mother-of-pearl on the dial, two shimmering butterflies refer to one of the most famous Chinese love stories known as the “Butterfly Lovers”.

Once upon a time there was a young girl called Yingtai, who dresses up as a boy so she can study. While at school, she becomes close friends with young Liang, and their friendship gradually deepens into love. Betrothed to another, Yingtai is parted from Liang who becomes a civil servant and dies soon afterwards. On the way to her wedding, Yingtai goes past the tomb of her deceased love and stops to weep. At that very moment, the ground opens up to swallow her – before parting again to release two gorgeous butterflies that fly away together.

Vulcain wished to pay tribute to this legend, as famous in China as the story of Romeo and Juliet in the West, by a limited edition of the Vulcanova. Launched in 2007, the Vulcanova collection is dedicated to sensitive women with a poetic soul. The curved shapes of its 36 x 28.95 mm polished steel case delicately mould the wrist and accentuate the refinement of the dial. Crafted in mother-of-pearl for this “Butterfly Lovers” edition, the latter depicts the two symbolic and ethereal insects and is available in three different versions.

Beneath the dainty pairs of wings beats a subtle watch mechanism. The Vulcanova “Butterfly Lovers” model is driven by the mechanical self-winding V-53 movement that drives the hour, minute and seconds functions, and has a 40-hour power reserve. The collection is issued in a limited edition of 150 for each of the dials. Moreover, each watch is presented in a finely crafted music box.

Technical details
Ref: 530120.182LF (Steel – Mother of pearl "Butterfly Lovers" Dial – Lizard strap)
  • Case: Steel 316L polished finishing
  • Case dimensions: length 36.0 mm - width 28.95 mm - thickness 9.20 mm
  • Set versions: Steel bezel set with 60 diamonds totalling 0.576 carats
  • Dial: Mother of pearl « Butterfly lovers » assorted dials colours – Limited Edition of 150 pieces per dial colour
  • Calibre: Vulcain V-53 Automatic, ETA 2000-1 base
  • Frequency: 28'800 vibrations / hour
  • Rubies: 20
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Crystal: Domed shape sapphire, glare-proofed
  • Water resistance: 50 meters / 160 feet
  • Strap: Lizard or satin
  • Strap dimensions: 19/16 mm
  • Buckle: Steel folding buckle or pin type
  • Watch delivered in a music box.

Luminox 1800 Field Series Time Day Date 1820/1830

Field watches first appeared in the 1880’s, but became more prevalent in the early 20th century when military personnel and outdoor enthusiasts asked for more accurate timing and water and shock-resistant watches for use in the field. With the advent of highly accurate, low-maintenance Swiss quartz movements, these watches are the natural go-to choice due to their easily readable dials.

Because of this, the Field watches have become the most endearing gear  like T-shirts, sneakers, or well-worn blue jeans. For more than a century, the Field watch has remained one of the most-loved American watch styles. Luminox now spreads the Field watch’s popularity, with its new Field series.
Ref-1822 Steel Black 1-11h Green Steel signature bracelet
In keeping with the current large-size trend in sport watches, the new Field series consists of watches that are either 42mm or 47mm in diameter. They come with a stainless steel case, fitted with either a rugged leather strap with signature steel buckle, or an integrated solid-link steel bracelet that comfortably contours to the wrist.
Ref-1827 Steel Ivory 12h Orange Dark brown leather strap
The Field chronograph watch is equipped with multiple functions, including center stop second, add and split functions, and 1/10 counter. On the alarm versions, an exclusive design sound box provides adequate loudness when the alarm sounds, whether in a noisy outdoor or daily environment.
Ref. 1828 Steel Black Black leather strap
A highly scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating is standard on this series. The watch dial is enhanced by 12 LLT (Luminox Light Technology) gaseous light tubes that glow continuously for more than 25 years and 100 times brighter than other luminous watches.
Ref-1829 Steel PVD Black Orange Black leather strap
Some models are available in black PVD coated stainless steel case with a distressed leather strap. All Luminox Field series employ a Ronda Swiss quartz movement with 48-month battery life, and are available with black, ivory, dusty olive or alert orange dials.
Ref-1837 Steel PVD Black Green Greenish brown leather strap
The 1820/1830 day-date models are water resistant to 200 meters, while all other chrono-alarms (1840, 1850, 1880, and 1890 models) are water resistant to 100 meters due to their exclusive sound box construction.

Technical details
Origin: Swiss Made
Size/Diameter: 42 mm
Water Resistance: 200 meters, 20 ATM
Movement: Ronda 517 Day-Date
Battery life: 395 / 48 month
Case Back: 316L steel or steel PVD black, screwed
Glass: Sapphire glass, single antireflective coating
Case: 316L steel or steel PVD black
Bezel: 316L steel, fix
Crown: Stainless steel 316L or steel PVD black, screwed

23.0mm, 316L solid steel + solid signature buckle (FM.L.BRAC.1820)

23.0mm, black leather, decorated PVD black steel rivets, with PVD black steel buckle (FE.1820.20B)
23.0mm, black leather, decorated steel rivets, with steel buckle (FE.1820.20Q)
23.0mm, greenish brown leather, decorated PVD black steel rivets, with PVD black steel buckle (FE.1820.70B)
23.0mm, dark brown leather, decorated steel rivets, with steel buckle(FE.1820.71Q)

KIENZLE Limited Edition JOB KIENZLE »Perpetual Calendar 24H« No.4

KIENZLE Limited Edition JOB KIENZLE »Perpetual Calendar 24H« No.4 is a high end watch originally launched in 2007. The perpetual calendar is programmed till 2099 and also can be used as a second time zone with corrector.

Technical details
Automatic movement (mechanical with automatic winding) equipped with a special calendar module, power reserve approx. 42 hours, hand-graved rose gold-plated rotor, very delicate Geneva guilloche
Coil: Nivarox 1, fine tuning Etachron-regulation
Balance Wheel: Glucydur, triangular, diameter 9,00 mm, 28.800 A/h

Display of hour, minute, centre second, date, day, month, leap year (programmed till 2099) and 24-hours, can be used as 2nd time zone with corrector

Polished stainless steel, refracted with a slim bezel. Concave non-reflecting sapphire crystal, screw-on back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 5 bar; Diameter: 42 mm; Height: 12,2 mm
Crown: Onion crown

Silver-plated, delicate guilloche, rose gold-plated Arabic numerals, elaborate calendar display
Hands: rose gold-plated hands

Louisiana Crocodile (CITES), butterfly clasp

Made in Germany

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hemisphere

To embody the spirit of adventure, Parmigiani Fleurier has created the Kalpa Hemispheres, a new collection dedicated to travel, featuring a highly accurate second time zone display. The whole world is within reach, with just one glance. Inspired by the odyssey of the outstanding sailor Bernard Stamm, with his insatiable hunger for round-the-world races and extraordinary challenges, the Kalpa Hemispheres collection opens up a boundless horizon, carrying within it the magic of the high seas.
The new Kalpa Hemispheres model, hand-made by Parmigiani Fleurier's master craftsmen, demonstrates the breadth of expertise inherent in Haute Horlogerie. Its spirit is revealed by delicate touches, applied in the finest traditions of watchmaking artistry, in pursuit of the essence of time.

Available in either steel or 18-carat pink gold, according to your preference, the faces of the Kalpa Hemispheres appear in blue, silver, graphite or tan shades, appealing to varying sensibilities in the same way as a collection of travel tales.
The Kalpa Hemispheres frees itself from the complexity of the mechanical train wheels it contains, offering a complete, easy-to-use second time zone display with hour and minute hands. The 2nd time zone is set to the minute, a rare technical feat in watchmaking. A considerable number of destinations with half-hour or three-quarter hour (*) offsets from GMT are now completely synchronised with the local time. In our world of perpetual motion, adaptability is a day-to-day requirement.

To enable travellers to change the local time or destination time at any moment, the settings of the two time displays (hour and minute hands) are completely independent of each other. Two crowns are fitted for this purpose on the right of the case, one for setting the time zone, and the other for winding the movement, correcting the date and local time.
The various time setting operations are performed via a complex system of clutches on the movement. The new Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre 337 automatic has been created to meet the brand’s highly exacting technical requirements. To achieve this complex feat, all operations had to be carefully co-ordinated and overseen in conjunction with its manufacturing process.
  • 1. Local time in centre
  • 2. 2nd time zone display at 12 o'clock
  • 3. Small seconds
  • 4. Date
  • 5. Local time day/night indicator
  • 6. 2nd time zone day/night indicator

WINDING:Your watch is wound automatically when worn on your wrist. If it has stopped, you need to wind it up by turning crown A through a few rotations in the rest position. Winding may be done at any time.
1. Pull out crown A two notches.
2. If crown B is pushed in, the local time and 2nd time zone displays will be synchronised (the hands turn at the same time).
3. Turn the hands forward until the desired time has been reached, bearing in mind the local time Day/Night indicator.
4. Push the crown back into its original position.
Note: When the crown A is pulled out two notches, the second hand stops (stop second function).

To set the local time without altering the 2nd time zone display, first pull out crown B (the local time and 2nd time zone displays are separated). Set the time using crown A pulled out two notches, bearing in mind the local time day/night indicator. Push crowns A and B back into their original positions.

To set the second time zone individually, without changing the local time, first pull crown A out two notches.Set the time with crown B pulled out, bearing in mind the corresponding day/night indicator. Push crowns A and B back into their original positions.

Pull out crown. A one notch-Turn the crown to move forwards to the required date-Push crown A back into its original position.

Because the time zone may cause a night/day offset, the dual time display on the Kalpa- Hemispheres is supplemented by a day/night indicator associated with the time zone, and a day/night indicator linked directly to the local time.As a travel watch, the Kalpa Hemispheres would not be complete without the date indicator. It counts off the passing days via an aperture at 9 o'clock, by means of a rotating disc under the dial. Directly linked to the local time, it helps the traveller get a better idea of where they are in time: and, when flying, makes it possible to savour a few moments of eternity…
Technical details
Mechanical Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre PF337, self-winding, made fully in-house
Gold oscillating weight for the 18-carat pink gold version
Bevelled hand-made bridges, with “Geneva Stripes”
Vib/h: 28’800
Diameter: 15 1/4 ’’’| 35.60 mm
Height: 5.10 mm
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 50 hours

Hour, minute, small seconds at 6 o'clock, day/night indicator linked to local time at 6 o'clock, 2nd time zone hour and minute display at 12 o'clock, 2nd time zone day/night indicator at 1 o'clock, large calendar window.

“Silver”, “Graphite”, “Blu Metal” for the steel version; “Tan” for the 18-carat pink gold version

18-carat pink gold or steel

Full grain leather or alligator skin

Vulcain Vulcanographe Automatic Chronograph GMT Big Date

The Vulcanographe model houses self-winding Calibre V-50, a mechanical column-wheel chronograph mechanism that is a classic signature feature of Haute Horlogerie watches. The chronograph holds a place of its own among horological complications. Although well known to the public at large, it is still viewed by master-watchmakers as one of the major complications.

In rising to the challenge of measuring short times, it is a privileged means of conveying the technical mastery and the know-how of genuine movement manufacturers. While Vulcain has produced a number of chronographs since its creation in 1858, many of which are now collector’s pieces, the Manufacture in Le Locle has chosen to return to its roots by presenting an exceptional new chronograph combining several useful complications.

As the first self-winding movement in the era of Vulcain’s ongoing renewal, this complex mechanism is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve and, in addition to measuring short times, also comprises a 24-hour GMT or dual time-zone function as well as a large twin-aperture date display.

The Vulcanographe comes in the signature Vulcain case measuring 42 mm in diameter.The silvered or charcoal grey dial displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, chronograph function by a centre seconds hand and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, pulsometric scale on the bezel ring, 24-hour GMT function by a central pointer, and large date at 6 o’clock. The steel or 18-carat rose gold case, topped with a cambered glare-proofed sapphire crystal and water-resistant to 50 metres, is teamed with a Louisiana alligator leather strap fitted with a steel folding safety clasp or 18-carat rose gold pin buckle.

Technical details
  • Material : Steel 316L polished finishing or 18k pink gold
  • Dial : Silver or charcoal grey Guilloché, roman numerals and applied indexes
  • Calibre : Automatic column wheel chronograph V-50
  • Frequency : 28'800 vibrations / hour
  • Rubies : 28;
  • Power reserve : 42 hours
  • Crystal : Domed shaped sapphire glare-proofed
  • Water-resistance : 50 meters
  • Case dimensions : Diameter 42.20 mm;Length 51.00 mm;Thickness 16.20mm
  • Strap : Louisiana Alligator;Strap dimensions : 22/18 mm
  • Buckle : Steel folding buckle;18K pink gold pin buckle.

Special Features:
• Automatic column wheel chronograph
• Hours, Minutes, Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60- second chronograph function by a central hand, large twin-aperture date display at 6 o’clock, 24 hour GMT function by a central pointer

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Vulcain “Imperial Gong" - World's First Wristwatch with Alarm Calibre and Tourbillon

In 2005, Vulcain introduced a timepiece combining the most prestigious of complications, the tourbillon, and an alarm calibre endowed with distinctive technical features inspired by the famous Cricket calibre which earned the brand its international renown.

Developed and crafted in a resolutely Haute Horlogerie spirit and equipped with a cathedral gong worthy of the finest minute repeater models, the “Imperial Gong” establishes itself as the noblest of alarmwatches. A creation that will undoubtedly cause quite a stir. A patented and exclusive proprietary movement. An undisputed stronghold: the mechanical alarm wristwatch.

Vulcain sets the crowning touch to this quest for excellence by associating an alarm calibre, featuring distinctive technical elements inspired by the Vulcain Cricket calibre, with the most prestigious complication of them all, the tourbillon, along with a double barrel and a 130-hour power reserve. This represents a truly impressive accomplishment in terms of miniaturisation.

Devised to compensate for the effects of gravity on the running of a watch, and thus to enhance the precision of the movement, the tourbillon mechanism is composed of a mobile carriage housing the regulator organ (balance and spring assembly) and the escapement, and which spins on its axis once a minute. Noblesse oblige, Vulcain has developed one of the most sophisticated tourbillon shapes and the most complex to produce, the flying tourbillon.

This magically light construction, entirely free of bridges, appears to be floating on air and may be admired from all angles thanks to the dial opening and the transparent case-back. This masterpiece of finesse and micrometrical precision – the tourbillon carriage comprises 62 parts weighing a mere 0.50 grams – is patiently crafted in keeping with the finest principles of the watchmaking art. It perfectly reflects the traditions of the artisans of the Neuchâtel Jura region and marries the beauty of time-honoured gestures with the latest technical advances. The blued steel index of the tourbillon carriage enables one to read off the small seconds on a subdial at 9 o’clock.

An exceptional alarm wristwatch deserved to emit an exceptional sound. For listening pleasure – and to connoisseurs’ delight – Vulcain has equipped the “Imperial gong” model with a cathedral gong such as are to be found in the most exclusive minute repeater watches.

To achieve this rich, deep tone, the gong is wrapped twice around the movement. The hammer striking the gong is visible through an aperture at 12 o’clock. Otherwise, Vulcain has remained loyal to the architecture of the distinctive technical features of the Cricket alarm calibre, with its two barrels (one for the movement, the other for the alarm mechanism); the alternative crown lever as well as the striking mechanism ratchet and the movement ratchet – three essential characteristics of the Cricket calibre – may be admired through an aperture at 3 o’clock.

The triangular red hand of the subdial (at 3 o’clock) allows one to adjust the alarm time using the push-piece located at 2 o’clock and the crown positioned at 3 o’clock; thanks to its luminescent coating one can see at a glance, even in the dark, whether the time is correctly set.

To accommodate this innovative movement, Vulcain has designed an understated and highly contemporary case, crafted exclusively in 18-carat rose or white gold, that perfectly highlights the technical aspects of the dial. The latter radiates an ideal sense of equilibrium thanks to a wealth of extremely refined details and finishing characteristic of the finest Haute Horlogerie creations, including the hand-guilloché solid silver base, the 18-carat gold applied hour-markers, the inner ring with hand-engraved and lacquered numerals.

The luminescent Dauphine type hands are in 18-carat gold. The finishing of the movement, visible through the transparent case-back, has also been performed in harmony with the highest rules of the watchmaking art: Côtes de Genève decorative motif, circular graining, hand-chamfered parts, and traditionally blued screws.

Endowed with its flying tourbillon, the “Imperial Gong” by Vulcain asserts itself as the noblest and most sophisticated of alarm wristwatches. It was presented in an exclusive preview in the spring of 2005. Given the complexity of the movement and the high level of hand craftsmanship involved in producing it, very few will leave the workshops of the Manufacture each year.

This exclusive creation, a truly top-flight timepiece, eloquently demonstrates that, three years after its renaissance, the specialist of mechanical alarm watches has found its rightful place among the inner circle of the most prestigious Swiss brands. This introduction undoubtedly marks the start of a new chapter of Vulcain’s history.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hublot Big Bang Foudroyante Senna Limited Edition

In Japan, Hublot has launched the second Big Bang with the motor-racing champion's signature. Within the framework of an exhibition of previously unpublished photos featuring Ayrton Senna, taken by his photographer friend Norio Koike, Hublot confirmed its support for the Instituto Ayrton Senna, founded by Viviane Senna, the sister of the late racing driver. By her side, Jean-Claude Biver presented to the media and the public the second version of the watch, called “Big Bang Senna Foudroyante”, part of the sales revenues of which will be donated to the Instituto Ayrton Senna.

Hublot is also honoured by the presence in Tokyo of its ambassador, Bruno Senna, Viviane’s son, a talented young motor-racing driver, who has already made a name for himself on the circuit when he achieved second place in the GP2 championship this season. Whereas the first Big Bang had been launched during the F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo in 2007, today Hublot and the Instituto Ayrton Senna chose to unveil another side of Ayrton's life never previously seen. The doors are open to an exhibition of photographs of Ayrton taken in his private and public life, by a close friend of his, the Japanese photographer Norio Koike.

This photographer, now 50 years old, met Ayrton Senna in 1988, and very quickly won his trust. A relationship of friendship and complicity enabled him to take photos of the champion at different times, and often at just the right moment! A sincerity and genuine intimacy radiate from these pictures which, until today, had remained unpublished. After Ayrton Senna’s death, Norio Koike bequeathed the photos to the Instituto Ayrton Senna.

The Instituto Ayrton Senna, a non-profit organisation, was founded to honour Senna’s ideals: his dream was to bring more dignity and equity to his country. It is dedicated to the education of children, at school as well as in society, to enable them to develop their capacities to the full. Since its foundation, 14 years ago, by Viviane Senna, 9.4 million children have benefited from its programs in 25 Brazilian states. Over 85 million US dollars have been invested to enable it to pursue its educational objectives.

The Big Bang Foudroyante Senna, a 500-piece numbered limited series, sports the colours of Brazil, like the first edition: yellow and green split-seconds hand, yellow minute markers, Brazilian flag on the case-side element, Ayrton Senna’s signature in green on a matt black dial.

Its split-seconds chronograph movement features a new complication, the Foudroyante, which enables the calculation of one-eighth of a second. The serial numbers on the back are engraved in yellow ink on black ceramic, and the logo “Instituto Ayrton Senna” appears as a transfer on the sapphire crystal.

Technical details
“Big Bang” 44.5 mm diameter in microblasted black ceramic
Bezel: Black microblasted ceramic with 6 titanium H-shaped screws − sunken, polished and blocked
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Back: Black ceramic with yellow figures, sapphire crystal with interior antireflection treatment, transfer logo Instituto Ayrton Senna
Crown: Black PVD coated titanium with black rubber insert
Start/stop push-piece: Oblong, black PVD coated titanium with yellow laquered insert
Reset push-piece: Rectangular, PVD coated titanium with black rubber insert
Water-resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Matt black microblasted with yellow luminova applique markers, yellow minute markers, Foudroyante counter at 9:00, with Ayrton Senna signature in green at 6:00
Hands: Chronograph hand rhodium-plated with yellow Duco, hours and minutes hands rhodium-plated with yellow luminescent, black Split-second hand with yellow and green Duco, yellow Duco Foudroyante hand

Self-winding mechanical split-second Foudroyante chronograph, Hublot HUB44 RTF calibre developed with La Joux-Perret
Bridges: Polished, satin-finish with chamfered edges
Screws: Black PVD
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

Adjustable ribbed black rubber with green and yellow AYRTON SENNA hot-stamped inside
Clasp: Steel black PVD coated deployant clasp

Limited Edition
500 numbered pieces 01/500– 500/500

Corum Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar

Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar, latest creation of the workshops of CORUM, is placed at the top of watch making art. Following the example Romvlvs collection, all in it east impresses classicism. Equipped one perpetual day of the month, true a must among the clock making complications, Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar is also characterized by the completions from gauge CO-183. Sheltered in a case in red gold 18kt, this exclusive movement was entirely skeleton and decorated with the hand. Within sight of the complexity of the model, only 25 specimens will be born.
Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar incarnates a complete control of watch making art and belongs in fact to the most exclusive models of the mark. Thanks to her movement with automatic reassembly CO-183, true mechanical programming of time, the last-born child of Romvlvs ensures a complete posting of the date, day of the week, month and phases of the moon until 2100 without any intermediate adjustment. Passed this expiry, a development by a professional will offer another century of precision to the watch. Complex ultra mechanism, the perpetual day of the month indicates the date thanks to a set of wheels and cams which takes account of the differences between the months of 30 and 31 days, integral moreover the variable length of February according to the leap years. Of an exemplary smoothness of 4mm, movement CO-183 is one of flattest world to offer these function.
All the components were worked and decorated manually to carry out a movement plentiful skeleton of details and reflections. In order to create a general harmony, Corum retained the shape of the volute, repeated systematically on the showpieces. The oscillating mass was the subject of a remarkable care. Cut in white gold 18kt, it raises the name of Corum which literally appears to float in weightlessness. Symbol of the mark, the key also appears there. As for the turntable and with the bridges, they were angles and engraved with the hand, then rhodium. Even the barrel was hollow to the maximum to let see its spring. On the whole, more than 10 workdays are necessary to the clock making Masters and the most senior engravers to ensure the work of completion except par and the assembly of this gauge of high clock industry.
If the guilloched dial is a distinctive mark of the collection, Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar raises a reason guilloched sun. In the center, four micro meters laid out in cross are given the responsibility to post the entirety of the indications of the everlasting calendar. With 12:00 the indication of the month and that of the leap year appear, with 3:00 the date and 9:00 the day. The moon phase is located at 6:00 where shine also the name and the key of Corum registered in gold letters. The needles and the internal appreciation in the clover shape also raise invaluable metal. To suggest the complexity of the movement, the two meters located at 3:00 and 9:00 are equipped in their center with a sapphire pastille revealing partially the heart of the watch.

Corum chose a polished case 41 mm in diameter with the glossed glasses, completions characteristic of the collection. Equipped with a sapphire bottom maintained by six screws, it is provided with a grooved crown raising in relief the key symbolic system. Romvlvs Perpetual Calendar is proposed on a bracelet in black crocodile provided with a loop in red gold 18kt. The Romvlvs collection draws its name from the founder of the antique town of Rome. Evocation of a city headlight in the history of civilizations, this line incarnates the tradition and the inheritance suitable for the watch industry.