Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bovet FLEURIER Jumping Hours

BOVET’s most unusual timepiece features a central jumping digital hour set in a rock crystal glass revealing the poetry of its original movement. The white luminova triangle shows the minutes against the black enamel dial ring. This year, the art of the fleurisanne hand-engraving shows its magnificence on this version on the power reserve plate, the bow and the strap-bolt. Amazingly for their size,the 12 central hours are all on one disc,offset so its rim is leveled with the movement’s.

They jump instantaneously as the white triangle reaches the 60th minute at 12 o’clock. A sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the movement and its gold winding rotor, beautifully decorated with an openwork in fleurisanne style.
Technical details

42mm case in 18K rose gold
Sapphire cabochon-set crown and strap-bolts
Non-reflecting sapphire glass on front and back case
Height: 14,50 mm
Water-resistance: 30 meters (100 feet, 3ATM)

Openwork engraved in fleurisanne style
Blackened jumping hours disk with numerals in white luminova
Black rotating minutes ring with triangle indicator coated with white luminova

Self-winding calibre 13BA04
Winding rotor in 22K gold, with openings in fleurisanne style
Bridges engraved in fleurisanne style
Screws angled and blued by fire
Balance frequency: 28’800 V/h
Power reserve: 48 hours

Jumping hours on central disk, minutes by white triangle

Alligator hand stitched
Folding buckle in 18K gold

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bremont EP120 SPITFIRE Limited Edition

Bremont, successfully launched in 2007, offers a range of exceptional quality, highly-developed timepieces designed to exacting specifications with high aesthetic values. Bremont watches, although made using only fine-quality Swiss components hand-assembled by the best watchmakers working from a dedicated atelier in Biel-Bienne, contain an air of quintessential Britishness, derived from the brands founders, brothers and aviators Nick and Giles English. Following on from the ALT1 and BC ranges introduced in 2007, and the success of the BC-S1 and the BC-S2 series, now comes the new EP120, named after and inspired by a very special aircraft that first flew in 1942.

The recently launched limited edition EP120 watch is named after (and contains parts of) a famous 1942 Spitfire Mk V aircraft, which is possibly the most credited WWII fighter in existence and is now based in Duxford in Cambridgeshire. It shot down 6 German aircrafts on one day during 1942 in WWII, and the aircraft has been used in films such as The Battle of Britain, and starred as the lead Spitfire in Pearl Harbour and Dark Blue World. Some of EP120’s original parts, saved during restoration, are integrated into Bremont’s EP120 range in beautiful ways, including the dial and movement.

With a limited number of 120 to be made and each one unique, there has been much interest in the beautifully hand finished time pieces. The EP120 features a black DLC treated steel and titanium case and COSC certified skeletised movement. It has a modified 13 ¼” BE-53AE Automatic Chronometer with 24 hour UTC function and 30 minute Chrono ‘Time of Trip’ dial, which is an original Spitfire part.
Your EP120 shows you the time in hours, minutes, seconds and the date. It also shows the time in another time zone using its 24-hour hand (or UTC hand).With the chronograph you can measure up to 30 minutes (in minutes and seconds) through the ‘Time of Trip’ dial positioned at 12 o’clock.

The mechanical movement with automatic winding has a free-swinging rotor that keeps the mainspring wound via the motion of your wrist. The movement in your EP120 has 25 jewels, runs at 28,800 bph and has a 42-hour power reserve once fully wound. The watch is water resistant to 100m (10 ATM) and the dial is protected by a dual anti-reflective sapphire crystal that is retained securely (in the case of low pressure found at extreme altitudes).

The case of your watch is made from an especially hardened stainless steel with a DLC (diamond like carbon) coating. To ensure that this rather special watch continues to run beautifully for years to come, you must follow a few important operating instructions.

EP120 was built at Castle Bromwich, and entered RAF service in May 1942 with 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron at Ibsely in Hampshire. Whilst in the hands of the Ibsley Wing Leader, Wing Commander ‘Pat’ Gibbs, she claimed her first kill; a Do17. There are Spitfires in existence with a wartime combat record, however Spitfire Mk Vb EP120, at seven ‘kills’ represents a proven fighter with something quite special. EP120 is currently one of only four airworthy Mk V Spitfires in the world.

EP120 sustained some damage on 16th July 1942 after a ground collision as was very nearly written off. After repairs, the aircraft returned to 501 Sqn in time to provide air cover for the withdrawal of forces involved in Operation ‘Jubilee’, the disastrous Dieppe raid, flying three sorties to protect the shipping convoy taking troops and equipment off the beach at Dieppe. The third sortie was flown by Wing Commander Gibbs, which saw a number of encounters with FW190’s before three Dornier Do-217’s were sighted south of the convoy. Gibbs was able to bring EP120 onto the tail of one of the Dornier’s and open fire with the cannon and machine guns before himself being attacked by an FW190.

Gibbs shook the FW190, dived to sea level and met the rest of Yellow Section before heading home and being credited with the kill. The aircraft was damaged again later in July 1942, but after repair she was allocated to 19 Sqn at RAF Perranporth, part of 10 Group in Cornwall. At this time, the RAF’s Spitfire Mk Vb fleet was being upgraded in an effort to combat the new Focke Wulf FW190, which was superior to the RAF’s Spitfire V. EP120 was modified having her wings clipped and the Supercharger impeller blades cropped to improve the performance of the engine. EP120 flew a total of 61 combat sorties with 19 Sqn over a seven month period, most of these being channel shipping protection patrols.

22nd April 1943 with the Canadian 402 (City of Winnipeg) Sqn, and it was here that EP120 was re-coded AE-A. As EP120 arrived, so did a new squadron commander, Malta veteran Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wilson Northcott DSO, DFC and he adopted EP120 as his own personal aircraft. Northcott scored his first victory after five days as 402 Squadron’s commanding officer. Flying EP120, Northcott made his first kill against a Bf109 which was defending a German convoy from attack by Beaufighters off the Dutch coast.

After minor modifications at 3501 Servicing Unit at Cranfield between 1st and 6th July, the Squadron returned to Digby. The 2nd of August proved to be another eventful day both for EP120, and Northcott, when 402 Sqn was tasked with providing cover for another Beaufighter strike against German convoy’s operating around Den Helder. After refuelling at Coltishall, the squadron flew across at low level under thick cloud, arriving at around 11:00hrs to take up station. Six Bf109’s were spotted to the North East; 402 Sqn and sister unit 412 Sqn, turned to engage. Northcott flying EP120 was able to bring down two Bf109’s in this action using 30 rounds of cannon ammunition and 300 machine gun rounds.

This action earned Squadron Leader Northcott a bar to his DFC. Apart from providing cover for RAF Beaufighters, the squadron also flew escort missions for USAAF B26 Marauders. On 22nd August 1943 402 Sqn was ordered to provide top cover for an attack on Beaumont Le Roget, in which the bomber formation came under attack by 15 plus FW190’s. In the following encounter, Northcott latched onto the leader and shot him down with a short burst of combined cannon and machine gun fire. On another B26 escort mission over Lille on 4th September, a mixed force of Bf109’s and FW190’s rose to attack the bombers, although largely driven off by 402 Sqn, though some were able to attack the bombers.

The formation was attacked again over Le Touquet by FW190’s, but they were once again engaged by the escorting Spitfires with Northcott flying EP120 attacking another FW190 tearing off it’s port wing in the process, one of four FW190’s shot down with another claimed as damaged. The last two victories claimed by Northcott in EP120 were another Bf109 on the 3rd October 1943, and the last on the 3rd November while escorting 72 B26’s on a raid over Schiphol with 412 Sqn. The wing sighted a formation of Bf109’s en route to the target and engaged, the wing brought down a total of nine enemy aircraft with Northcott claiming one destroyed.

On the 12 February1944 EP120 suffered another accident and was transferred to 33 MU, after which she was allocated to 53 Operational Training Unit at Kirton-in-Lindsey, until May 1945. Her flying service ended on 2nd June 1945 when she was transferred to No 4 School of Technical Training at RAF St Athan as 5377M to assist in the education of RAF mechanics. EP120 has been used in several feature films since its ‘retirement’, including ‘The Battle of Britain’ and ‘Pearl Harbour’. The aircraft is now owned and operated by the Fighter Collection based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire and can be seen flying regularly throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Nomos Glashütte Club Collection

High visibility vests and high sea yachts, signet rings, hamsters and diapers, treasure chests, sun shades, suitcases and sport cars – almost everything comes in different sizes – including the Club model by NOMOS Glashütte.

The basic model – designed by the renowned Hamburger industrial designer Karin Sieber was introduced precisely a year ago and is a kind of introductory watch by NOMOS Glashütte. Its materials (sapphire crystal, stainless steel, silver-plated brass, rubies in the movement) – and the technology inside are very grown up (that’s why a manually wound movement ticks inside the watches, just as in the NOMOS classics, Tangente and Orion). Yet the stainless steel case is – thanks to its simple, sleek form – lighter and simply less expensive to produce: at 780 Euros this watch is the most affordable manufactory watch made in Glashütte.
Manual Wound Models
Glashütter watch for students and young professionals, often sold as “the good watch for high school graduation” – and one that grows with its owner, a life long, up to the top floor.
In addition to the basic model, with a diameter of 36 millimeters, there are now three new sizes,depending on the calibre inside. A. Club Date model, the manually wound version with date. Since NOMOS Glashütte placed the date mechanism around the movement to save on height, this watch’s diameter has grown to 38, 5 millimeters.

1. Club/ Club dark, steel back.
2. Club/ Club dark, sapphire crystal back.
3. Club Date/ Club Date dark, steel back.
4. Club Date/ Club Date dark, sapphire crystal back.

Automatic Models
Club Automat model, the same watch with an automatic calibre, has a diameter of 40 millimeters (without date) and 41, 5 millimeters (with date). Together with the “Ur-Club,” this makes a total of four different sizes. And since each version of the Club comes in two different colors – with a light dial (ivory for the manually wound versions, silver plated for the automatic ones) and with a rhodium-plated dark dial – all with sapphire crystal and a steel back – the customer has 16 models to choose from.
The dials’ furnishings are quite similar but are not identical. They are all lovely, though: the smaller watches are a bit more youthful and cheery, the larger models a bit more elegant and adult-like, thanks to their two-dimensional quality. The introductory model by NOMOS Glashütte has just gotten a few bigger siblings, nothing unusual really. We know about this from flat screens, jeans and houses. Still for NOMOS Glashütte a watch that grows is a minor sensation. Appearing in stores in late summer.

Technical detailsClub Automat dark
  • Manufactory calibre with automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Steel back and sapphire crystal back
  • Water resistance to 10 atm
  • Dial ruthenium platinated, continuous red minute index with Superluminova C3
  • Steel hands of rhodium plated brass, hour and second markers with Superluminova C3
  • Strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
  • Price: 1,320 euros and 1,480 euros
Club Automat Date dark
  • Manufactory calibre with automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 41,5 mm
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Steel back and sapphire crystal back
  • Water resistance to 10 atm
  • Dial: ruthenium platinated, continuous red minute index with Superluminova C3
  • Steel hands of rhodium plated brass, hour and second markers with Superluminova C3
  • Strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
  • Price: 1.680 bzw. 1.840 euros
Club Automat
  • Manufactory calibre with automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Steel back and sapphire crystal back
  • Water resistance to 10 atm
  • Dial: silver plated with continuous red minute index
  • Hands of black enameled brass, red second and minute markers
  • Strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
  • Price :1,320 euros and 1,480 euros
Club Automat Date
  • Manufactory calibre with automatic movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 41,5 mm
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Steel back and sapphire crystal back
  • Water resistance to 10 atm
  • Dial: silver plated with continuous red minute index
  • Hands of black enameled brass, red second and minute marker
  • Strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
  • Price: 1.680 euros. 1.840 euros
Club Date/ Club Date dark
  • Manufactory calibre with manually wound movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 38,5 mm
  • Sapphire crystal face
  • Steel back and sapphire crystal back
  • Water resistance to 10 atm
  • Club Date: dial ivory white with continuous red minute index; hands of black enameled brass, red second and minute markers
  • Club Date dark: dial ruthenium platinated, continuous red minute index with Superluminova C3
  • (luminescent in the dark); hands of rhodium plated brass, hour and minute
  • markers with Superluminova C3
  • Strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
  • Price: 1,120 euros and 1,280 euros

Nomos Glashütte Tetra² Watch Collection for Women

Women who are in keeping with the times already wear mechanical watches and, anyway, quartz watches – maintains NOMOS manager Uwe Ahrendt – will become less important in the future. For women, too. Even at the outset of the new century more money was already being spent on mechanical watches than on quartz models, lots more; their share of the export trade rose nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2004. 2008 has not yet seen a tie in the score between the two types, but one thing seems clear: batteries on wrists seem to have had their day. NOMOS Glashütte has always made the finest mechanical watches for men and women alike.

Yet, for about a year now, they have also made a new watch especially for women: Tetra². That is the name of the watch series that comes in 16 different colors, all of which are reminiscent of those used by the Bauhaus and Corbusier. NOMOS first introduced the line in 2007 and then – just months after being on the market – sold twice as many watches as planned.

Tetra²: Daisy and Green Hellebore
Technical details
- manufactory calibre, manually wound movement and power reserve
- stainless steel case, 29,5 mm x 29,5 mm
- sapphire crystal face and sapphire crystal back fixed with four screws
- water resistant to 3 atm
- dial, frosted brick red or pitch black
- steel hands, rhodium-plated or cardinal red
- strap of brown Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
- price 1,460 euros

Tetra²: Medlar, Pheasant’s Eye, Touch-Me-Not
Technical details
- manufactory calibre, manually wound movement
- stainless steel case, 29,5 mm x 29,5 mm
- sapphire crystal
- sapphire crystal face and steel back fixed with four screws
- water resistant to 3 atm
- dials: hazlenut; marine blue; lime green
- hands: sky blue; peach; sky blue
- strap of Horween Shell Cordovan (horse leather)
- price 1,040 euros and 1,160 euros

Friday, September 12, 2008

Oris BC4 Flight Timer

This is what the future of aviation watches looks like: like the flight instrument from which it takes its inspiration. Everything about this watch screams aviation – right down to the smallest details. The average aircraft cockpit is packed with essential flight instruments, so you can consider the BC4 Flight Timer your own portable cockpit.
It has all the information you need at your fingertips, including the date at 6 o’clock; and with a diameter of 42.70mm it’s a more realistic proposition for those without their own aircraft hangar. A second time zone with a day/night window is displayed at 3 o’clock, the prominent vertical crown at 2 o’clock turns the special inner dial ring to show a third time zone. It’s a true innovation in the Oris world of aviation.
Simple pushers to adjust the time zones mean you don’t need a pilot’s license to operate this flying machine. With the points of the compass and degree headings also marked the BC4 Flight Timer is a multifunctional marvel.
Like everything at Oris form follows function, and the small second with its distinctive white markings at 9 o’clock shows the wearer that the watch is working – an instrument just as essential as any in a pilot’s cockpit. The BC4 is also protected by the special Oris Quick Lock Crown system.
The gaucho leather strap, with its contrast stitching and specially designed safety clasp in the style of an aircraft safety belt is another Oris innovation.
Technical details
Model: BC4 Flight Timer. Ø 42.70mm. Ref. 690 7615 41 54 LS
  • Mechanical automatic movement with second time zone
  • Centralised hour and minute display
  • Small second display at 9 o’clock
  • Second time zone hour and minute display at 3 o’clock with day/night display
  • Date display at 6 o’clock
  • Two piece black dial with printed pattern, applied nickel indices, nickel hands with Superluminova inlay
  • Multi piece stainless steel case secured with 7 screws
  • Case back with mineral glass
  • Sapphire glass domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
  • Prominent second crown mechanism to change the dial ring to a third time zone at 2 o’clock
  • Stainless steel Quick Lock Crown and pushers
  • Black gaucho leather strap with contrasting stitching and special folding clasp
  • Water resistant to 10 bar/100 metres
This watch will be available from September 2008.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Charmex JUBILÉ 1926-2006 Collection: RÉSERVE DE MARCHE

In 2006, Swiss watch maker Montres Charmex SA celebrated its 80th anniversary. To commemorate this anniversary, the Swiss watch brand has launched the special limited edition JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection. The first model of Charmex JUBILÉ 1926 - 2006 Collection is a Réserve De Marche version that was launched at Basel world 2007.

Montres Charmex’s history began in 1926 when Max Bürgin, the grandfather of the current director Frank M. Bürgin, started his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in the Swiss village of Bubendorf. At that time, the watch sector was still untouched by mass production and everything depended on quality. A watch was not an accessory, but an object of a lifetime, and manufacturers proudly displayed their skills and craftsmanship.
Montres Charmex strives to create watches that preserve and enhance the quality, design and functional criteria of models from the past, thereby setting itself apart from the largecscale manufacturing that is a feature of our times. Attention to the subtlest of details and the peerless quality of the materials used: this is what represents the essence of true perfection for Montres Charmex.    

The growing success enjoyed by Montres Charmex SA during its 80 years of existence has given it confidence and hope for the future. The JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection encapsulates this confidence and hope. It comprises five new models to be introduced over the next five years. A blend of tradition and innovation, the collection draws on Charmex’s long experience in manufacturing quality watches. Not only does it highlight the heritage of watchmaking savoir-faire, it also finds unique expression through the tireless attention paid to its design and technique.

The JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection comprises five exceptional mechanical timepieces. While housing different complications, they have the same extremely elegant case. Each model will be manufactured in a limited edition of 200. Avid collectors can buy the complete JUBILÉ 1926- 2006 collection. One new model will be presented each year and, in 2011, Charmex will offer a finely-crafted box with the fifth timepiece to house the entire collection.
It took Charmex’s watchmakers more than a year to design and produce the first model for the JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection. The case comprises four separate pieces, each with a tolerance of less than 1/10 mm. The conical shape of the threads for the screws guarantees that the case is not scratched when the screws are turned. The blue screws harmonise with the blued, polished hands, as well as the blue of the power reserve indicator. This play of colours is repeated on the plate, which has “Limited Edition” engraved on it. The chamfered attachments bring an air of fantasy to the case’s refined lines.

The RÉSERVE DE MARCHE movement is manufactured with traditional craftsmanship by Dubois-Dépraz, a movement manufacturer nestled in the heart of the Joux Valley, in Switzerland. The rotor is rhodium-plated and snailed and has a Côtes de Genève decoration. The blue logo has been engraved with meticulous care. The bridge is circular-grained and the edges fluted.

Technical details
Automatic Dubois Dépraz Cal. 7000, 21 rubies
Rhodium-plated, snailed rotor, with Côtes de Genève decoration
Blue engraved logo, blued screws, circular-grained bridge
44-hour power reserve

Hours, minutes, date, mechanical power reserve indicator

10 micron rose-gold plated stainless steel, ∅42.5 mm, fluted edges, chamfered attachments
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire back, 6 blued screws, conical threads
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Polished, blued steel hands

Black leather
Double folding clasp, engraved logo

Other version
10-micron yellow-gold-plated or stainless steel case
Champagne-coloured dial

Edition limited to 200 pieces

Retail price without VAT CHF 3’240.- (stainless steel) / CHF 3’710.- (gold plated)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tissot-The Ball Watch

The Tissot Ball Watch brings stylish working and living spaces a totally new perspective on time. Leaving the task of predicting the future to the objects found in fairytales, the Ball Watch concentrates on the fascination of the present and the past. Visible through the spherical glass is an intricately decorated, mechanical Swiss movement that meticulously monitors the passing of every moment. The past reveals itself through design elements reminding of traditional pocket watches, with the crown and attachment nostalgically commanding the 12 o’clock position and its pocket watch movement.

Whether this unique timepiece is placed in an energized workspace to bring a calming note, or is interacting with the light sources in a contemporary living room, its mesmerising effect is addictive. The glass at the back magnifies the movement inside to show every detail of its mechanics and ornate decoration. With the Ball Watch, the whole is certainly much more than the sum of its parts. By rotating the Ball Watch on its axis, the onlooker is treated to a mosaic of different reflections activated by the glass or palladium-plated frame. Regular reminders of the present appear as the fascinating time display returns to view.

The present in motion
A Swiss pocket watch movement with a manual wind and a lepine configuration powers this modern crystal ball. The movement is visibly enhanced by 17 jewels and elegant swirling engravings on the moothed surfaces. The onlooker can watch the hours and minutes pass by one by one, or even the seconds thanks to an elegant counter at the 6 o’clock position hosting a sweep second hand. After 24 hours, the capacity of the power reserve, it is time to rotate this ‘objet d’art’ once again. The pace of time may be constant – its fascination continually increases under the visual magic spell of the Tissot Ball Watch.

• Swiss Made ETA 6497 mechanical movement (16 ½ ligne; 36.6 mm diameter, 4.5 mm height; decorated, 17 jewels)
• Palladium-plated
• Magnifying glass

Tissot-T-Race Nicky Hayden Limited Edition

For the 2008 MotoGP season Tissot ambassador, Nicky Hayden has cutting edge equipment - including his own T-Race Limited Edition. The unique design of the T-Race Nicky Hayden Limited Edition, presented in a helmet, echoes the precision engineering and colour scheme of the rest of this elite rider’s powerful equipment. This watch is limited to 4,999 pieces, each one with its number engraved on the back of the case.

Many details on the watch have their design roots in the world of high-performance motorbikes. The rotating bezel is enhanced with a silvery and black decoration alluding to brake discs, and the case back integrates a polished wheel spoke effect. A carbon composite dial and chronograph discs modelled on bike rev counters continually remind of the adrenalin-fuelled world of MotoGP.

Nicky Hayden’s true colours
Orange is the lucky colour of the 2006 MotoGP World Champion and features strongly in his 2008 limited edition watch. This sporty timepiece has a sculptured, orange rubber strap and an orange background for the tachymeter. Details on the chronograph discs and three of the hands pick up the orange theme. A touch of dark blue also brings the colour scheme of Nicky’s bike to mind. The black and orange mini-helmet presentation box bears the champion rider’s lucky number, 69, plus his distinctive star emblem, in eye-catching red – a winning collectors’ piece.

• Swiss quartz movement
• Water resistant to 100 m / 10 ATM
• 316LStainless steel and carbon composite case
• Crown with ‘T’ emblem
• Textured, orange rubber strap
• Limited edition of 4,999 pieces

Tissot-PRS 200 Michael Owen Limited Edition

The year 2008 marks Michael Owen’s tenth year as a Tissot ambassador. His limited edition timepiece this year celebrates the merits of cutting-edge performance and true team spirit. It is a classic watch with sophisticated chronograph functionality and water resistance to a depth of 200 m. And true to its inspiration from the world of soccer – this watch offers some extra time on its turning bezel.

It is not just this year that the number ten is a lucky one for Michael Owen and Tissot – it is also his national team number. As such, the 10 o’clock digit dominates with one of the chronograph counters accommodated in the zero. A lucky red team stripe also cuts down the side of the silver dial and the colour red is echoed around the bezel where the time remaining in the match is measured. On the case back is an image of one of Michael’s boots, his engraved signature and the number of the piece from the limited edition of 4,999 watches.

Just as the top quality stainless steel PRS 200 is a classical precision watch that wearers can rely on, Michael Owen is a consistent role model for football lovers around the world. He personifies the Tissot values of performance, innovation and excellence and his 2008 Limited Edition watch celebrates a decade of proud ambassadorship in fitting style.

• Swiss quartz movement
• Water resistant to 200 m / 20 ATM
• 316LStainless steel case
• Sapphire crystal
• Limited edition of 4,999 pieces

Tissot-The Heritage 2008

Inspired by Tissot’s 154 years of Swiss watchmaking history, the Heritage collection reinterprets the brand’s rich past, creating exclusive new timepieces perfectly in step with modern tastes and needs. Destined for watch connoisseurs and design purists looking for a timepiece that tells a story, the Heritage 2008 is a limited re-edition of a Tissot automatic watch from 1944. The beautiful re-interpretation sports a steel case, a see-through caseback, and the same seductively two-toned silver satined dial as the original. The watch face is slightly domed as is the crystal glass and is marked with the traditional Tissot heritage logo, as is the trendsetting brown or black leather strap. In an exclusive edition of 3333, this is the perfect gift for true Swiss watch connoisseurs.

• Swiss Made Automatic Chronometer movement officially certified COSC Chronometer
• Water-resistant to 30m/3ATM
• Domed crystal
• Stainless steel case
• Silver dial with Arabic indexes
• See-through case-back
• Brown or black leather strap with deployant buckle
• Limited edition numbered from 0001 to 3333 pieces

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

PATEK PHILIPPE - Dome table clock with cloisonné enamel Ref. 1544M-001 in 18K yellow gold Art Deco style

Patek Philippe’s domed table clocks are among the most precious of all cloisonné enamel treasures. Each piece is unique, often designed to the specifications of its future owner. The individual elements of the depiction in opaque or translucent enamel are separated by gold-wire contours. The completion of an entire table clock of this kind requires 18 to 20 meters of fine gold wire.

It is an extremely daunting task to enamel and fire curved surfaces. Only very few enamelists still consummately master this technique. Despite the difficulties involved, Patek Philippe’s enamel artists are capable of decorating the prominent curvature of the dome with cloisonné enamel.

Technical details
Ref. 1544M-001

Movement: Patek Philippe caliber 33 Quartz movement with 1.5-V battery
Dial: Gold-plated brass ;12 painted Arabic numerals, black ;Breguet-style hands
Dimensions: Height: 21.5 cm ;Diameter: 12.5 cm
Table clock with 3 side panels, 1 dome, and 4 cloisonné enamel dial appliques
Special feature: Unique piece

Luminox-F-16 Fighting Falcon™ Series 9100/9120/44mm

Luminox enhances Lockheed Martin collection, launches Time-Date and Chronograph models

The evolution (EVO) F-16 Fighting Falcon™ Swiss-made watch is an oversized, 44mm stainless steel watch with integrated steel bracelet that is comfortably contoured to the wrist. Alternatively offered with a sporty black or orange synthetic strap, with signature steel buckle, this bold timepiece demonstrates Luminox’s commitment to form and function.

The 9100 time-date series has a dial design emulating a radar screen, colored by blue, orange or yellow. The watch employs a Ronda Swiss quartz movement with a 50 month battery life.

The 9120 chronograph series has a dial design featuring the timing elements of the chronograph (minute, hour and center stop hand) in the same vibrant colors of blue, orange or yellow. The chronograph offers 1/1 second counter, 1/10 counter, 30-minutes and 12-hour subdials. There is also a date indicator with a direct change from 30 or 31 to 1. The watch is powered by a Ronda Swiss quartz chronograph movement with 45 months of battery life.

The look of the F-16 Fighting Falcon™ emulates the sleek fighter jet, with the two part bi-color watch bezel angling like the jet’s fuel tanks, and the watch crown resembling the tail cone. The bracelet sections look like the jet’s fuselage. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystals with A/R coating are standard issue on this series. The dial is enhanced by 12 LLT (Luminox Light Technology) gaseous light tubes that glow continuously for more than 25 years, and glow 100 times brighter than other luminous watches.

Images:Luminox-F-16 Fighting Falcon™ Series 9100/9120/44mm

Model 9104

Model 9105

Model 9109

Model 9123

Model 9124

Model 9125

Model 9129