Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Chronograph

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

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

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

Cuervo y Sobrinos Esplendidos Retrograde in gold 18 kt

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Gc watches -Sport Class XL

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

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

Gc Watches-SE 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gc Watches-Diver Chic Ceramic series (2008)

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

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

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

Harry Winston Project Z5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Léon Hatot Les montres secrètes de collection-Zelia Sesame Audace watches

Zelia Sesame Audace watches

Steel case set with a line of diamonds. Black mother-of-pearl dial. Corset-laced and leather strap, steel pin buckle. ETA quartz movement.

Léon Hatot Les montres secrètes de watch collection-Sesame Aimay watches

Sesame Aimay watches

White or pink case, diamonds and 30 cabochons. White mother-of-pearl dial. Alligator or ostrich leather strap, and pin buckle in white or rose gold and diamonds.

Léon Hatot Les montres secrètes de watch collection-Zelia Classic watches with bangle bracelet

Zelia Classic watches with bangle bracelet

Classic Zelia case, criss-cross gem-setting, 7 rows (white gold or pink gold), white mother-of-pearl dials with 4 diamonds, solid gold bangle bracelet (white or pink gold).

Léon Hatot Les montres secrètes de collection-Belle de Nuit Aimay watches

Belle de Nuit Aimay watches come with White gold case, diamonds and 12 cabochons of various sizes. White mother-of-pearl dial. Ostrich leather strap and pin buckle in white gold and diamonds. ETA quartz movement.

Gemstone and strap variations:
Cacholongs and white ostrich leather, onyx and black ostrich leather, fire opals and black ostrich leather, pink opals and white ostrich leather, blue sapphires and white ostrich leather, Paraiba tourmalines and white ostrich leather, turquoises and white ostrich leather.

Léon Hatot Les montres secrètes de watch collection

Embodying a refined heritage subtly blending tradition and innovation, the secret watches by Léon Hatot, the brand’s very DNA, now come adorned in new colours and new straps. These timepieces with their subtly concealed dials open to reveal time, or close up as if by magic to become pieces of jewellery. Zelia Classic, Zelia Sesame Audace, Sesame Aimay or Belle de Nuit are all perfectly balanced aesthetic
creations evoking the radiance of days and the voluptuous nostalgia of enchanted nights. The cover of each of these models is crafted in countless different ways: a flurry of precious cabochon-cut stones lights up the diamond-sprinkled covers of the Sesame Aimay collection. Cachalongs, onyx, fire opals, pink opals, white pearls, blue sapphires or turquoises vie with each other to find their place on the majestic cover. The various colours of the alligator or ostrich leather straps beautifully
highlight the cases of these exquisite watches. The famous Vendôme paving stone motif is clothed in white, yellow or rose gold, sprinkled with diamonds, to adorn the Zelia Classic watches and their bangle bracelet. The coquettish Zelia and Sesame Audace watches are fitted with corset-satin and leather straps with numerous ribbon colours: anthracite, blue, white, red, pink, black or green, to fulfil all manner of desires. Finally, the Belle de Nuit Aimay models sparkle in dazzling splendour with white gold cases serving as the backdrop for showers of diamonds as well as cabochon-cut gems
in various colours. A blend of creativity, know-how and extreme sophistication, the Léon Hatot secret watches faithfully perpetuate the mysteries of time, the better to exalt and magnify it.

Zelia Classic watches with bangle bracelet
Classic Zelia case, criss-cross gem-setting, 7 rows (white gold or pink gold), white mother-of-pearl dials with 4 diamonds, solid gold bangle bracelet (white or pink gold).

Sesame Aimay watches
White or pink case, diamonds and 30 cabochons. White mother-of-pearl dial. Alligator or ostrich leather strap, and pin buckle in white or rose gold and diamonds.

Belle de Nuit Aimay watches
White gold case, diamonds and 12 cabochons of various sizes. White mother-of-pearl dial. Ostrich leather strap and pin buckle in white gold and diamonds. ETA quartz movement.

Gemstone and strap variations:
Cacholongs and white ostrich leather, onyx and black ostrich leather, fire opals and black ostrich leather, pink opals and white ostrich leather, blue sapphires and white ostrich leather, Paraiba tourmalines and white ostrich leather, turquoises and white ostrich leather.

Zelia Sesame Audace watches
Steel case set with a line of diamonds. Black mother-of-pearl dial. Corset-laced and leather strap,steel pin buckle. ETA quartz movement.

Léon Hatot Les fleurs de collection-Trapeze Rose Iribe watch

Trapeze Rose Iribe watch from Léon Hatot Les fleurs de collection comes with White gold case set with 23 diamonds and 3 baguette-cut diamonds, black alligator leather strap and Quartz ETA movement.

This exceptional watch made in tribute to Paul Iribe and his famous rose, which became a symbol of the 1920s, the Rose Iribe is graced with the Ronsard’s favourite flower and its art nouveau curves, covered in diamonds. A shower of brilliants sparkles on the dial, like roses closing up at dusk. An invitation to another dimension in which time stands still.

Léon Hatot-La Garçonne de Léon Hatot watch

With its exhilarating curves and refined lines, La Garçonne reflects the spirit of an era enamoured with movement and freedom, a time when modern femininity was in full bloom. It is the essence of a new independence, an emancipation that paved the way for the modern woman.Paradoxical in its structure and lines, La Garçonne matches the feminine curves of an oval, associated with well-defined spaces, with very masculine dimensions and simplicity, with the austerity of Roman numerals. Like the woman who wears it, La Garçonne stands out and is noticed. It is a piece with character, powerful and headstrong, for women who are unique and inspired, rebellious and recalcitrant. La Garçonne, available with a black, silver or chocolate-coloured dial, brings together
expertise, impish wit and bold impertinence.

La Garçonne de Léon Hatot watch Black Dial

La Garçonne de Léon Hatot watch Silver Dial

La Garçonne de Léon Hatot watch-chocolate-coloured dial

Steel case. Sunray-brushed black dial. Integrated black alligator leather strap an steel pin buckle.ETA self-winding movement.

Comes with a sunburst-brushed silver-coloured dial, integrated pearly white alligator leather strap, as well as with a chocolate and pink mother-of-pearl dial and integrated brown alligator leather strap.

The La Garçonne watches also come in gem-set versions:
La Garçonne with white diamonds and white mother-of-pearl dial.
La Garçonne with black diamonds and black mother-of-pearl dial.
La Garçonne with white diamonds at 12 o’clock and black diamonds at 6 o’clock, pink mother-ofpearl dial.
La Garçonne with white diamonds on the bezel and black diamonds on the lugs, black guilloché dial.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Léon Hatot-The Trapeze J’aime watches

Amid the geometrical purity of the design of Léon Hatot’s latest creation, the minutes sweep by across the diamond-studded checkerboard: enigmatic, inaudible and elusive. They already herald that special moment when it’s time to declare the strength of feelings. That moment of grace will unbind the wrists of the most refined women. A moment when classicism and modernity join to express unbridled freedom. The white gold case features a shimmering spread of diamonds and precious trapeze-shaped stones. The heart of the woman in love will waver between the dazzling understatement of the model
composed of a black strap teamed with onyx, diamond and white agate; and the vivid gaiety of a yellow, pink, green or blue alligator leather strap associated with yellow sapphire, rubellite, jadeite or blue sapphire. This subtle chromatic variation of precious gemstones and straps creates a magical moment on the outer fringes of reality, where time loses its hold. A pumpkin turned glittering carriage, the watch becomes a superb treasure, a glowing vestige of an imaginary palace dedicated to feminine beauty.

Technical Details
White gold case, diamonds and a trapeze-shaped gem. Alligator leather strap and white gold pin buckle. ETA quartz movement.
Gemstone and strap variations: onyx and black strap, white diamonds and black strap, rubellite and pink strap, jadeite and green
strap, yellow sapphire and yellow strap, white agate and black strap and blue sapphire and blue strap.

Léon Hatot-the Heartbreaker watch collection

As if conjugated in the past, present and future, time comes in three shades at Léon Hatot: black,silver and chocolate. Three versions of the Heartbreaker all highlight its self-winding movement “trapped” within a heart. This heart beats to the rhythm of the counters and pounds wildly on women’s wrists, making it easy to follow and measure the palpitations of time. And to set the finishing touch to this enchanting
model, Léon Hatot has adorned the bracelet with a heart-shaped buckle that also casts its spell on time.
A genuine invitation to let emotions guide our vision of time, the Heartbreaker watch is rich in contrasts: the refined and gentle curves of the heart are counter-balanced by the strength of the steel and the imposing size of the watch. An iron fist in a velvet glove, a watch that is both masculine and feminine, sporting and elegant: the Heartbreaker chronograph, the very first chronograph in the Léon Hatot watch line, displays a radiantly modern approach to timekeeping.

Technical Details
Stainless steel case, 41 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 5 AT˚, heart-shaped upper sapphire crystal glareproofed on the under side, heart-shaped mineral glass with stainless steel folding clasp topped with a heart-shaped cover. Available in three colours:silvercoloured,black and chocolate-coloured. Integrated rubber-lined alligator leather strap: white, black and chocolate-coloured.

Leon Hatot is a Paris based high end jewelery and luxury watch brand founded by Léon Hatot (1883-1953)in 1905.In 2005, the House of Léon Hatot celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Jaermann & Stübi "St Andrews Links" Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rado Ceramica Chronograph Jubilé

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

Rado Sintra XXL Basle Special

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

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

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ebel 1911 Discovery

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

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

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

Technical details
1911 Discovery

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

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

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

Steel bracelet or stitched technofiber strap;Ebel folding clasp

Rado Sintra Gold Jubilé

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

Technical details
Model: Rado-Sintra Gold Jubilé

Quartz ETA in 4 sizes: S to XXL

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

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

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

Gilded ceramic, titanium safety clasp

Other versions
Size S without date

Dewitt Academia Tourbillon Différentiel

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

Power reserve indicator 
Special patented “IRM” system

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

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

Strictly limited edition

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ORIS Jazz Dizzy Gillespie Limited Edition

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

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

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

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

Supple gaucho leather with buckle

Oris Regulateur “Der Meistertaucher”

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grey rubber, with buckle.

Hermès Dressage Annual Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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