Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hanhart Primus Chronograph Collection

Hanhart was, in 1924, the first watch manufacturer to launch the world's most affordable mechanical stopwatch. Hanhart put its first chronograph into production in 1938 with the legendary “Kaliber 40” single-button model, which has since become a sought-after item by both collectors and connoisseurs as a replica under the Primus name.

Hanhart now presents its first exclusive chronograph range, which draws upon the tradition of the German Hanhart watch factory and incorporates Swiss state-of-the-art technology to make it so unique. Its name is a tribute: Primus.
From Diessenhofen, the town where Hanhart was originally founded and where Hanhart AG today has its headquarters, a sporting chronograph collection in the most refined design has come on the scene, one which combines historical elements with the latest technology – and with the distinctive, unique trademark that has characterized Hanhart since 1938: the red button.

This is a collection for connoisseurs and collectors, for people who make their own way in the world. The watch meets the highest qualitative demands precisely and robustly, and it combines the advantages that have distinguished Hanhart stopwatches since 1924. Its sporting and refined image make it a sophisticated accessory which people like to wear especially when life becomes an experience.The names of the models in the range – Pilot, Racer and Diver – express these moments. Primus – this is the first and new generation of Hanhart chronographs with German Engineering - Swiss Made.

Special features:
Hanhart chronographs are intricately hand-crafted by highly qualified watchmakers.

Red button
It is unique. The trademark that gets noticed. Anodized aluminium. It underlines the connection between the new collection, the stopwatches and the first pilot's chronographs from Hanhart. It is a watchword. And it is a sign of the times – from the past to the present.

Fluted bezel
With red, inlaid marking, anodized aluminium. The Primus Diver’s Chronograph has a concave, unidirectional rotating bezel (anticlockwise direction, excludes the possibility of exceeding the dive time). Scale for calculating the dive time, and detent in steps of one minute for reliable and easy setting of the dive time. A feature from the time of Hanhart chronographs dating from 1938.

Large, screw-in crown
Ease of use. The screw-in feature prevents unintentional adjustment. Your guarantee of water resistance. Pilots used to operate the crown with their gloves. Today it has become a crowning trademark – with the Hanhart logo.

Bicompax dial
Centre hour and minute hands. You can find the small seconds positioned at 9 o’clock. The dial is clear and easy to read. The company's stopwatch competence is identifiable from the rapidly legible centre seconds and the positioning of the chronograph counter at 3 o’clock.

Luminescence from Super-LumiNova® 
 Super-LumiNova® luminous pigments on the indices, bezel markers and hands.
•Primus Pilot’s Chronograph: black luminous pigments
•Primus Diver’s Chronograph: supplementary small seconds and chronograph counter backed with Super-LumiNova®
For the always highly valued easy legibility in the dark.

Well-arranged and clear design
Indices and Arabic numerals. Consistent minute scale graduation. Polished hands. Today's dials, like their forerunners, are unmistakable and easy to read.

Precision, reliability and robustness
All chronographs are intricately hand-crafted by qualified watchmakers from the finest and most reliable materials. These sporting watches have been renowned for decades for their precision, reliability and robustness.

Functionality and ease of use
The chronograph is easy to use. Start/stop are effected via the red button and resetting via the lower button. In addition to its high-quality chronographs, Hanhart produces numerous mechanical stopwatches – and these also have a red button.

Flexible lugs To fit any wrist
The screwed horns can move through an angle (45° - 50°) and thus permit optimal wearing comfort.

Convex, anti-reflective sapphire glass
Convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass. Makes reading the time effortless.

Hanhart HAN38 chronograph movement
• Mechanical HAN38 chronograph movement
• 28,000 beats per hour, 4 Hz
• Automatic winding, power reserve min. 42 hours

Screw-down sapphire glass back
For an unobstructed view of the movement and the rotor.

Every watch bears an engraving with individual numbering. A guarantee of quality and horological craftsmanship.

Water resistance:10 atm (100 m)
Hanhart rotor
 Rotor in black PVD with a skeletonized, incised Hanhart logo.

Clasp with red marking
Hanhart clasp with inlaid red marking (anodized aluminium). Depending on the version, in stainless steel, stainless steel black PVD or Pioneer 18 ct. rose gold. The practical, folding clasp is quick and easy to put on. The red marking and the logo immediately tell you that this is a Hanhart.

Leather strap, Primus Diver’s Chronograph: rubber strap
The leather strap made from the finest calfskin with contrasting top-stitching is available in the colour black. The rubbers strap, made from vulcanized rubber and with a moulded Hanhart logo, is non-allergenic. The colour is volcano black. The strap provides an optimal fit on any wrist thanks to the flexible lugs.

Gerald Genta Octo Ultimate Fantasy Mickey Mouse Tourbillon

The Mickey character created by Walt Disney in 1928 has been accompanying Gérald Genta in its flights of fancy since the 1980s. Having first appeared on various purely playful quartz watches, before moving upscale within the prestigious world of mechanical horology, he now celebrates his 80th birthday by reaching the very pinnacle of the watchmaking art.

At Gérald Genta, which enjoys adopting a provocative approach to watchmaking, fantasy deserves to take pride of place and the brand is now granting its pal Mickey a prime spot at the centre of one of the most precious creations ever produced in his honour. Thus enthroned on the tourbillon, he enjoys a perfect view of the retrograde hour display.

For the past couple of decades, Gérald Genta has been one of the rare watch manufacturers to have its own tourbillon. It was also one of the first to produce a self-winding model in 1990.

In the Octo Ultimate Fantasy, the tourbillon was suspended from a sapphire bridge that is hidden from sight so as to create the illusion of a flying tourbillon. This arrangement renders it even more exquisitely beautiful while not increasing its vulnerability, and its longevity is ensured by an anti-UV coating. The slender movement (a mere 5.90 mm thin) is endowed with a 64-hour power reserve and the brand signature retrograde hour display is perfectly integrated.

This tourbillon movement, entirely made within the Manufacture Gérald Genta, is graced with an array of high-end hand-crafted finishes: bevelling, circular graining, polishing, truing and drawing. The parts are treated to an exquisitely soft patinated or vintage gold colour, a gorgeous and exclusive Gérald Genta touch referred to as a “Potter” finish in tribute to the traditional watchmaking values that Gérald Genta consistently upholds. The solid gold oscillating weight is distinguished by its original raised “Mickey’s head” motif.

While it makes a nod to the octagonal case that first welcomed Mickey, the Ultimate Fantasy complication model radiates a strikingly modern aura within the current Octo collection. The skilfully structured platinum case is topped by a tantalum bezel and opts for a combination of materials such as Gérald Genta often favours, complete with a red creased crocodile leather strap.

The white gold split-level dial features a red, black and white decor and an ultimate subtle touch in the shape of a retrograde hour display designed to ensure it never spoils the view of the tourbillon. The boldly precious Octo Ultimate Fantasy unites two legends – Mickey Mouse and the tourbillon – in an exceptional limited edition of 25 watches.

Technical details
Reference OTF.Y.76.340.CR.BD

Calibre number GG9051 GG9051
Power-Reserve: 64 hours
Mechanism: Tourbillon +Retrograde hours
Introduced: 2008
Rotor: 22K gold Mickey face
Height: 5.90 mm
Diameter: 29.00 mm
Vibrations: 21'600 vph
Balance: 2-arms with screws
Balance-spring: Flat
Escapement: In line lever Tourbillon
Jewelling: 54 jewels
Special finishing on movement: Circular-graining and specialcolour

Case, dial and strap
Case: Platinum 950 (polished)
Diameter: 42,50 mm
Thickness:11,95 mm
Distance between lugs: 31,00 mm
Dial material: White gold.
Bezel: Tantalus (satin-brushed)
Bracelet: Folded alligator
Water-resistance: 10 atm

Gerald Genta Octo Place de l’Etoile

This stunning new timepiece pays a glowing tribute to Paris and its famous Place de l’Etoile surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, from which twelve prestigious avenues radiate in a rigorously symmetrical pattern. Among them is the Champs Elysées, which one can easily imagine at the centre of this perspective symbolised by Gérald Genta.

Octo Place de l’Etoile is a brilliantly daring jewellery watch blending shapes, colours and materials in the brand’s distinctively avant-garde spirit. The avenues fan out in a vanishing perspective towards the jumping hour aperture, deliberately placed at 11 o’clock in this model. They alternate between diamond-set (totalling 199 gems in all) and enamel-coated motifs that extend over onto the bezel. The construction evokes the historical cobbled streets of Paris. The unexpected use of the colour mauve imbues this creation with a strange sense of solemnity.

The design offers an unusual twist on the celebrated self-winding movement in the Gérald Genta collection. In addition to the jumping hour display set at an unprecedented angle, the retrograde minutes are inscribed over a 180° arc on the bezel. A clever way of endowing the design with exceptional amplitude.

Octo Place de l’Etoile combines jewellery and watchmaking innovations within a generously sized octagonal case (measuring 39 mm in diameter) crafted in red gold. Meanwhile, the bracelet lends an original touch not only because of its mauve colour matching the dial, but also through the texture of Aqualino, a watersnake leather graced with scales reminiscent of paving stones.

Some may nonetheless prefer the all black-and-white version – white gold case, white diamond and black enamel motif, black crocodile leather strap – which was the first to honour Paris. That was back in 2007 when Gérald Genta inaugurated its flagship boutique in the French capital’s Rue de la Paix.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Certina DS Cascadeur Chrono

Since 1995, the different incarnations of Certina DS Cascadeur models have stood out on the world watchmaking stage by their strong character and exceptional robustness. Their renown has for the past ten years been associated with their movie-star ambassador, Swiss-born Hollywood stuntman Oliver Keller. The latest Certina DS Cascadeur Chrono is no exception, and pushes the extreme sport envelope a notch further. Innovative design, uncompromising temperament, in a breathtaking case housed inside a special protective shell armed with the two trademark Cascadeur steel bars. An exclusive timepiece, ready to meet any challenge with bold and distinctive class.

Certina is a well-known master in the art of time under extreme conditions. DS Cascadeur lines have since 1995 garnered great renown for their outstanding resistance and irresistible design. With perfect balance between performance and style, they accompanied Hollywood stunt pro Oliver Keller through incredible exploits witnessed by the world in films such as 'Spiderman', 'Pirates of the Caribbean', or the TV series '24'.

The new Certina DS Cascadeur measures time with outstanding good looks and a personality second to none. Built around a PVD black inner shell with an anti reflecting rounded sapphire crystal, it is further protected by an additional PVD black outer case equipped with the distinctive twin Cascadeur steel bars, cast directly into the case.

Time display is carried out in characteristically audacious Cascadeur style. The black satin-finished sun splash dial boasts two square-shaped upper counters for 12-hour and 1/10-sec. display, while the round small-second counter adds a harmonising and slightly technical note. The HM hands as well as the hours indexes carry bright Superluminova treatment.

Chrono displays are highly legible and clear, with white hands over a black background. White tachymeter markings also provide high contrast and sharp indication against the fixed PVD black protective outer case. Black push-buttons strike a final harmony to this unique composition. The DS Cascadeur comes with Certina's own famous DS+ system, and is worn with a high-tech rubber watch strap equipped with a folding safety buckle.

The new Certina DS Cascadeur Chrono is also available in three other configurations. One with a steel watch case and bracelet, one with a steel case and rubber strap, and another with a dark brown leather strap.

Technical details
Swiss Made quartz chronograph, ETA 251.262, Hours, minutes, small second, date; Chronograph, 12-hour counter, 60-minute counter, 60-second counter, 1/10 second counter

42mm diam. / 316L stainless steel (PVD black) / tachymeter
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crystal: Rounded sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating
Crown: Protected, screw-down crown

Watch strap
Rubber strap with folding safety buckle
Bracelet variation: Steel bracelet with folding safety buckle
Specificity: DS + system (Double Security + System, with screw-down crown and case back)

Product references
C003.617.17.050.00, rubber strap .
C003.617.21.050.00, steel bracelet.

Retail price
CHF 955.-, rubber strap model
CHF 895.-, steel bracelet model

Additional variations
Steel case / black rubber watch strap
Steel case / dark brown leather strap

Certina DS Podium Chrono Automatic BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition

For the past five years, Certina has asserted its ambitious trajectory on Formula 1 race circuits alongside the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Their partnership has highlighted the perfect match of two company philosophies based on similar core values, of dynamism, exacting demand and great know-how.

Certina wishes to mark this fruitful collaboration with the new DS Podium BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition model, a chronograph cast in exciting, official team colours. Issued in only 4000 units, each individually numbered and equipped with a top-of-the-line Valjoux automatic movement with a specially engraved oscillating self-winder, this exquisite timepiece is intended for dedicated motorsport enthusiasts, keen to show their signature passion with great class.

First double victory, first pole position in team history, eleven podium finishes and third spot in the Constructors' Championship, the 2008 season still echoes with the high exploits of the BMW Sauber F1 Team! Certina, as Official Partner to the team, is justly proud to honour these excellent results. To mark the occasion, it now unveils its latest automatic chronograph, one that bears the team's hallmark colours.

The new Certina DS Podium BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition affirms its character in full sport-classical style, with a brushed stainless steel case bigger than that of the previous DS Podium Valjoux. Designed along sober lines, it shows clear, highly-visible tachymeter markings over a brightly polished bezel, around a time display that is a statement of great dynamism and elegance. A raised rim of bright blue neatly surrounds a white dial surface that is cleanly punctuated by indexes treated with Superluminova.

Chronograph timing on the 12H and 30M counters is highly legible thanks to small red hands against a carbon- fiber-finish black background, for a truly high-tech atmosphere. The small-second counter, at 9 o'clock, features a bright blue hand against a white, finely snailed background texture. The new DS Podium sports a protected crown while the two function pushbuttons show contrasting extremities in black.

It is equipped with a high-end ETA 7750 Valjoux movement, and boasts a transparent mineral glass case back to show its specially-engraved oscillating self-winder, inscribed with “Certina Official Partner of BMW Sauber F1 Team”. It is produced in 4000 units, each marked with the mention “Limited Edition” on its dial, while a unique serial number is clearly engraved on the case back. The model is worn with a black leather watch strap, finished in a texture reminiscent of carbon fiber for an even sportier touch.

The DS Podium Chrono Automatic – BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition comes in a special case, complete with an official Certificate of Authenticity, and a replacement black crocodile-finish leather strap.

Technical details
Model: DS Podium Chrono Automatic – BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition
Reference: C001.414.16.017.00

Swiss Made automatic chronograph, ETA Valjoux 7750, Hours, minutes, small second, day-date;Chronograph, 12-hour counter, 30-minute counter, 60-second central counter
Engraved oscillating self-winder with “Certina Official Partner of BMW Sauber F1 Team”

42.0 mm diam. / 316L stainless steel / tachymeter
Water resistance:100 meters
Crystal: Anti-reflecting sapphire crystal
Crown: Protected crown
Mineral glass case back
Individually numbered engraved case back

Watch strap
Black, carbon-fiber-textured leather strap with folding twin-push button buckle
Accessory second bracelet, in black croco-finish leather
Specificity:DS (Double Security)

Limited Edition of 4000 units

Complete with special case, certificate of authenticity and a second leather strap

Retail price
CHF 1,680.-

Certina DS 1 Automatic Chrono

Since 1959, a characteristic acronym has graced Certina timepieces: DS – hallmark letters symbolic of Certina's now famous Double Security system. Launched in 1960, the first DS 1 met with enormous success, as did a revisited edition brought forth in 2007.

Today, the Swiss brand extends its legendary product line, with the introduction of a chronograph version of the DS 1. Sport-classic design, generous proportions, high elegance and a cutting-edge automatic Valjoux movement give the new DS 1 a bold sense of expression and an exclusive personality. It is intended for the wrist of the uncompromising timepiece lover with an active lifestyle and a finer sense for beautiful things.

Certina has chosen to draw artfully selected inspiration from the past to set forth an innovative, modern interpretation of its illustrious DS 1 model. The new model garners the essential traits of sobriety and a sports-oriented nature from the original line, and casts new boldness and a unique personality into the new chronograph design. The oversized satin-finish watchcase features contrasting brightly polished horns and a broad silver-colour dial whose geometry strikes instant appeal to the discerning eye.

Snailed chrono counter displays bring stunning contrast to a charcoal gray rim which echoes the same colour on the raised rim of the tachymeter scale surrounding the design. The 12-hour and 30-min. hands of the chrono counters as well as the small-second indicator and indexes bring further complementary tones in black nickel finish. The large HM hands and indexes are facetted for an added sculptural note to delight the eye, and complement the highly precise scale used to mark seconds.

The date and day window is conveniently placed at the three o'clock position and the dial is guarded by a non-reflecting sapphire crystal which is very tastefully rounded. A large and assertive crown wears the early, traditional Certina logo. Chronograph functions are set through two asymmetrical and original pushbuttons which reinforce even further the unique character of the watch.

A state-of-the-art ETA 7750 Valjoux automatic chronograph movement ticks at the heart of the new DS1, and proudly displays both its workings and self-winding mass through a broad transparent case back. This exquisite timepiece is fitted with a brown leather watch strap.

The DS 1 Automatic Chrono is also available in three other variants, with a black dial and light satin nickel finish counter contours, or in full black dress. Those models are available with steel or leather watchbands.

Technical details
Swiss Made, Automatic chronograph, ETA Valjoux 7750, Hours, minutes, small second, day, date
Chronograph 12-hour counter, 30-minute counter, central 60-second counter

43mm diam. / 316L satin-finish stainless steel / tachymeter
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crystal: Rounded sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating
Crown: Decorated with early, traditional CERTINA logo

Brown leather, with folding, two-push button buckle closure
Five-row stainless steel, with alternating satin-shiny-finish rows and folding safety buckle
Specifics:DS (Double Security system)

Product references
C006.414.16.031.00, leather strap
C006.414.11.051.01, steel bracelet

Retail price
Leather strap, CHF 1'650.-
Steel bracelet, CHF 1’690.-

Black dial / black-rimmed counters, steel or leather bracelet

Certina DS Action Chrono

Watchmaking and extreme sport are kindred fields where mastery and intensity are daily requirements, and where innovation and technological skill meet in a tight race against time. With its latest DS Action collection, Certina reaffirms its audacious trajectory and brings out a watch that is simply a perfect match for the highest challenges in sport. Indeed, this new gents chronograph reveals daring and resolutely modern lines which once again prove that at Certina, time and design strike a perfect rhyme. Intensely dynamic, unwaveringly precise and absolutely resistant, the new DS Action is made for the exciting lifestyle of the true sportsman, in tune with extreme pleasure.

The latest Certina DS Action chronograph introduces a new shape to spirited timekeeping and brings eloquent expression to undeniable robustness and reliability, in a harmonious design that is at once innovative and unique. The satin-finish stainless steel watchcase of the new DS Action stands out by its generous diameter and the affirmative strength and purity of its lines.

The DS Action Chrono is built with the active sportsman in mind. A finely toothed large outer ring allows for easy handling of its unidirectional rotating bezel, whose bright-red upper surface features large and clearly-defined numerals for quick calculations, and a special Superluminova upper marker for underwater visibility.

A bold and stylish case-side guard protects the screw-in crown, while the chronograph pushbuttons are strengthened by short black PVD collars, neatly grooved lengthwise. The dynamic, sporty nature of the new DS Action Chrono is further underlined by a time display that leaves nothing to chance: clear, direct markings, facetted indexes striped with Superluminova treatment, an oversized number 12 and highly contrasting colours, tones and finishes throughout. Chronograph timing is also shown through a clever interplay of surfaces, with finely snail-surfaced black-background counters and bright red pointers.

This exciting new timepiece carries highly-legible tachymeter markings against a sloping outer rim on the display, in crisp white-on-black numbers. Protected by a resistant sapphire crystal watch glass and full DS+ system features, the DS Action Chrono is tested water-resistant to 200 meters. The main model is available with a segmented, three-row black rubber strap equipped with a folding safety buckle and diving extension.

The DS Action Chrono is also available in three other variations: black dial and steel bracelet ; black dial, black bezel and black rubber strap; silver dial, black chrono counters and steel bracelet.

Technical details
Swiss Made, Quartz Chronograph, ETA G10.211
Hours, minutes, small second, day, date
Chronograph: 30-minute, 60-second, 10th sec. counters

42.5 mm diam. / 316L satin-finish stainless steel / tachymeter / unidirectional rotating bezel
Water resistance: 200 meters
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
Crown: Screw-in, and protected by a crown guard

Segmented, three-row rubber strap with folding safety buckle and diving extension
Bracelet: Three-row satin-finish stainless-steel bracelet with folding safety buckle and diving extension
Specifics: DS+ (Double Security + system), screw-in crown and case back

Product references
C013.417.27.057.00, rubber strap
C013.417.11.057.00, steel bracelet

Retail price
Rubber strap, CHF 545.-
Steel bracelet, CHF 565.-

Black dial / black bezel / black rubber strap
Silver dial / black counters / black bezel / steel bracelet

Hamilton ODC X-02 Quartz - Inspired by the Watch Hamilton Originally Made for Stanley Kubrick’s 1966 Movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey”

The latest creation of the Hamilton Lab, the ODC X-02 Quartz, takes watch design to totally new frontiers. In a futuristic shaped case, appropriately modelled on the cross-section of an aircraft’s wing, this timepiece allows the wearer to be in three places at once.

This is possible thanks to three separate, oblong dials, each revealing the time in a different location. The ODC X-02 Quartz already has its eye on Hollywood movie appearances with its design being inspired by the watch Hamilton originally made for Stanley Kubrick’s 1966 movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

A valve-like pusher at the top of each dial enables the setting of three independent times. Viewed from the side, these resemble miniature telescopes with easy-to-grip tips. The analog time display in each of the three sections is close to the pusher, giving the impression that it is floating to the surface of the dial window. Each window has its own curved sapphire crystal, enclosing the top and side of the individual dial for self-contained timekeeping in the chosen zone.
The ODC X-02 Quartz comes with a choice of a plain titanium case or one with black PVD coating. Its outline is angular, contrasting with the soft curves of the framework supporting the crystals. Perfectly matching the black dial backgrounds is a smooth black rubber strap finished with a metal buckle that fits together like two pieces of a puzzle. This unique timepiece promises to be a showstopper on and off the screen and is limited to just 1,000 pieces.

Technical details
  • Material: Titanium / titanium black PVD
  • Dial: Color Black
  • Attachments: Black rubber
  • Movement: Quartz x 3 E01-001
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Water resistance: 50 m
  • Price: Ca 1345 Euro / 1750 US$ / 2000 CHF
  • Launch: September 2009
Stanley Kubrick and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’In 1966, Stanley Kubrick, one of America’s most celebrated film directors and producers, commissioned Hamilton to create the timepieces for his science-fiction movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Hamilton design team presented Kubrick with a futuristic wristwatch and a desk clock. The Hamilton designs were extremely eye-catching and even Vogue and Esquire magazines were captivated, printing pictures of them. This led to a flood of customer requests asking where they could purchase the space-age timepieces. Prohibitive production costs meant that the futuristic timepieces could never be commercialised. In the 21st century the saga continues with new limited edition timepieces.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Konstantin Chaykin - Caliber V01 & Mystery

Today we feature two exclusive mechanical wrist watches made by Russian watchmaker, Konstantin Chaykin.

Konstantin Chaykin Caliber V01 
Caliber V01 by Konstantin Chaykin is a manual winding mechanical watch with an amazing power reserve of 240 hours approximately.

Technical details
- manually wound
- 240 hours fully wound power reserve
- diameter 36 mm, height 5 mm
- 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour
- 21 jewels

- hours
- minutes
-small second.

Konstantin Chaykin Mystery
Mystery is a unique mechanical wrist watch made for men.It has a complicated movement which consists of 1281 pieces.

Technical details
- manually wound
- 35 hours fully wound power reserve
- diameter 38 mm, height 9 mm
- 18 000 semi-oscillations per hour
- 1000 jewels
- 1281 pieces

- hours
- minutes
- date
- month
- moon phase
- power reserve indicator
- equation of time
- star chart

Speake Marin Imperial Piccadilly

Speake Marin presents "Imperial Piccadilly " a new watch model under the category "Unique pieces" Engraved collection.
Technical details
  • Case size: thickness 13.6mm, diameter 42mm
  • Case material: 18k Red Gold
  • Crown material: 18k Red Gold Set with diamond VVS(0,05ct)
  • Dial material: 18k gold, diamonds and sard agate
  • Dial description: 18k gold hand pierced and engraved double headed eagle set with diamonds VVS (0.23ct) which has been silver plated and oxidised. The sculpiture is then placed onto a brown sard agate disc in turn surrounded by gold chapter rings for the minutes and hours. Then 5 minute markers are set with diamonds.
  • Hands: blued steel hands
  • Movement: mechanical automatic movement
  • Other: Sapphire front and back, anti reflective front sapphire
  • Functions: hour, minute, second

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Frédéric Jouvenot Automatic Chronograph Evolution

FREDERIC JOUVENOT manufacture, a brand managed by a watchmaker of the same name, who is only 31 years of age but who has already perfected his art working for many brands and who is responsible for developing a host of intricate movements, presented the first automatic chronograph with a winding system on its face last spring. It took thousands of hours of labour by remarkably talented craftsmen, who were already working at their limits, to realise the first pieces.

In pink or white gold, the Automatic Chronograph Evolution, presented today in its definitive version, is a watch that cannot fail to impress. With its face up, you see its remarkable oscillating mass. It is certainly not usual to see a rotor turning over the entire face, but you soon begin to ask why we had to wait almost a quarter of a millennium for this. It frames all the other components perfectly. Everything has been carefully conceived, designed and realised. A pleasing, almost whimsical object, in which the various displays are easy to read. 
The forms on the case have a sporty, vintage feel, and the ornamented strap mounts of the Automatic Chronograph Evolution are almost seductive. Face down, micromechanical excellence. You look into the workings of a gleaming chronograph made up of gear wheels and shafts. Everything is visible: gears, controls, shiny, polished bezels.

Technical details

Classic chronograph movement with column wheels, new exclusive automatic rewinding system and patented face.
Chronograph with main dial, minute timers for 3 h
Edition limited to 88 timepieces by colour of gold or case colour
2-year warranty

The rotor perfectly intermeshes with the timers for reading the time.
Screw-adjusted balance, frequency of 18’000 A/h.
Power reserve for 50 hours.
Rotor in 18K gold matching face with the case colour, face decorations in fan
Finished in chronographic steel and brass in black gold, pearled and hand finished. Angle polished.
Engraved chronographic bridge and balancing bridge in hand côtes de Genève.
Dial and movement bridges decorated and engraved with circular borders in black gold.

Case, dial and strap
Case, crown, back in 18K white or pink gold.
Limited edition with number of timepiece engraved
Case waterproof to depth of 50m.
Sapphire glass cover for face and back with antireflective coating.
Black crocodile leather strap with 18K gold buckle matching the case.
Hands with specific form matching the movement.
Case diameter: 44mm.
Height of case: 13mm

Original presentation box specially made for this timepiece with integrated and warranty certificate

Price List: (Indicative retail price)
Ref FJ-ACE-001/Pink Gold model: CHF 86'400.
Ref FJ-ACE-001/White Gold model: CHF 86'400.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blancpain Super Trofeo Flyback Chronograph

For the first time in history, Blancpain and Lamborghini, creators of exceptional models and inspirers of mechanical passions, are uniting their expertise to give rise to the world’s first ever Lamborghini automobile Series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

This union celebrates the technical performances and exclusive aesthetics of two manufacturers at the peak of their art combining tradition and innovation.The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is a dream come true for motor sports enthusiasts, setting the stage for the very latest gleaming Gallardo LP560-4 speed machines to compete in the world’s fastest and most demanding mono-brand Series.

From May 2009 onwards, 30 high-powered cars carrying the Blancpain-Lamborghini colours will compete on Europe’s finest racing tracks. With 570 HP, 540 N/m and peak speeds of over 300 km/h, driving such a vehicle is more than a race against the clock: it is an outright challenge to time itself! And when Lamborghini sets out to push the boundaries of speed, it naturally teams up with a watch brand characterised by a time-honoured pioneering spirit and peerless mechanical expertise. An intensely dynamic union that is gearing up to roar out of the starting blocks!

Blancpain and Lamborghini have joined forces in creating an exceptional automobile championship. Played out over six events per year, the Super Trofeo stars a field of 30 Lamborghini Gallardos. To celebrate these superlative races, the Manufacture in Le Brassus is presenting a Super Trofeo flyback chronograph, a resolutely sporting watch with a production run limited to 300.
Encounters between two myths are bound to engender exceptional events. The alliance between the world’s oldest watch brand and one of the most iconic car manufacturers has resulted in the creation of an exceptional automobile championship. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is not only the first Lamborghini racing series, but also to become – right from the start of the first race in Silverstone this May – the world’s fastest and most demanding single-make championship. 30 gleaming Lamborghini Gallard LP560-4 cars – the latest version of this legendary model – are to face off on six equally fabled race tracks during the year 2009. Each of these speed machines bears the colours of the watch manufacturer, while the car driven by Blancpain’s President and CEO, Marc A. Hayek, is entirely dedicated to the brand.

For Marc A. Hayek and Stephan Winkelmann, respectively at the head of Blancpain and Lamborghini, this partnership in a joint championship enables them to fulfil the dreams of many devotees of exceptional mechanical engineering. When Lamborghini decided to join the race to push the boundaries of speed, its decision to work with Blancpain – a watch brand renowned for its pioneering spirit and mechanical expertise – was a natural choice for this high-octane union.

The first single-make racing series in Lamborghini’s history, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2009 features six European events scheduled from May through October, at Silverstone (United Kingdom), Adria (Italy), Norisring (Germany), Spa Francorchamps (Belgium), as well Catalunya (Spain) and Paul Ricard (France). 30 Lamborghini Gallardo cars are to take part in each of the races.

Boasting exceptional performances fueled by 570 HP and 540 N/m torque enabling it to reach top speeds of over 300 km/h, the latest racing version of the Gallardo line from Lamborghini is a truly exceptional car. Its mettlesome character and its taut, sophisticated lines have inspired the Blancpain designers and master-watchmakers in creating the latest gem from the Manufacture in Le Brassus: the Super Trofeo Chronograph endowed with a flyback function. Like the powerful engine of the Gallardo, this new Blancpain chronograph displays state-of-the-art design and all the attributes of cutting-edge technology.

The case specifically designed for this prestigious line is inspired by the sleek profile of the Lamborghini Gallardo. Crafted in steel coated with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) treatment – blacker than ruthenium and more resistant than PVD – the 43.5 mm-diameter case that is water-resistant to 100 metres features alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces. Highly sought after for its hardness and its anti-allergenic nature, as well as its intense colour, DLC treatment combines the properties of diamantine carbon (hardness, insulation, chemical resistance) with
those of graphite (black colour, elasticity).

Based on state-of-the-art technologies, DLC is a treatment applied in thin layers (sometimes less than 2 μm) by a “vacuum deposit” process. Moreover, DLC boasts an extremely low friction coefficient and remarkable chemical inertia, two qualities that ensure excellent resistance to wear, corrosion and friction, as well as a flexible kind of hardness.
At this heart of this new sophisticated and performance-oriented case, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph, lies its throbbing “engine”, Calibre F185. To reinforce its dynamic nature, the movement of the Blancpain Super Trofeo has been coated by NAC – a state-of-the-art electroplating treatment that blackens the movement bridges and main plate.

The mechanical self-winding Calibre F185 is endowed with a 40-hour power reserve and comprises 308 parts.This movement powers a range of functions including hour,minute, small seconds and date display at 6 o’clock, as well as the chronograph indications with a central sweep seconds hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. For instant-measurement enthusiasts, the Calibre F185 also drives a “flyback” function. The unmistakable black dial is distinguished by two red and white 9 and 12 o’clock numerals stylised to evoke the numbers painted on the 30 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 racing cars. Another exclusive feature of this exceptional model is its gold oscillating weight engraved with the inscription “Super Trofeo 2009”.

A sports model through and through, the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph is teamed with a strap in alcantara – like the seats in the Lamborghini Gallardo – secured by a steel folding clasp. Available in a limited edition of 300 with its individual number engraved on the case-back – the Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph comes in a presentation box inspired by the taut, opulent lines of the ultra-dynamic Gallardo.

There is no contradiction in using the words tradition and innovation together to describe Blancpain. Both are woven together to form the fabric of Blancpain’s philosophy. In a spirit far removed from production lines, the movement parts are patiently finished, decorated and assembled by hand in keeping with the noblest horological traditions. Never veering from its Vallée de Joux heritage, Blancpain has taken the designs, complications and methods of the last centuries and brought them into our modern era through its relentless drive to conquer new horizons and to take the watch making art to places where it has never been before.

Just like Lamborghini, Blancpain is on a continuous quest for performance and perfection, mixing tradition, creativity and beauty in a finely-honed package. In the same way that Lamborghini reigns supreme in the automotive world, Blancpain sets the standard against which all others are measured. Shunning compromise and unreservedly committed to excellence, its convictions are as relevant as ever. Through this prestigious association with the new Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the Manufacture in Le Brassus aims to showcase the duo’s mutual values of quality and cutting-edge precision.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Konstantin Chaykin - The Great Astronomical Easter Clock

New generation Russian watch maker Konstantin Chaykin has made this extremely complicated astronomical Easter clock, which he believes should be considered as one of the most complicated timepieces ever created.

The entire clock mechanism consists of more than 700 details, all hand-made and featuring an amazing number of complications: a minute tourbillon countering gravity, equation of time, celestial map of the sky above St Petersburg, reserve indicator for 14 hours, moon phase indicator, and a set of automatically shifting perpetual calendars for day, date, month and year.

To make this clock even more special Konstantin believes he has developed something truly unique – a patented module for perpetual indication of Orthodox holidays. An integral part of this new complication is an Easter indicator, believed to be the most complicated arrow indicator mechanism in the world. The gear work is considerably more complex than that of a minute repeater.

It contains a number of preset differential gear transmissions put together with over 200 hand made details. Mathematical formulae making this type of mechanical calculation possible undoubtedly put this clock into the class of grand complications. With the work nearing its end after two and a half years Konstantin is planning to adorn the clock with domes and tiny crosses transforming this mechanical wonder into a small Russian temple.

Monday, April 20, 2009

H. Moser & Cie. HENRY ROSSO - Ref. 324.607-005

HENRY ROSSO from Moser. The highly regarded tonneau watch with double hairspring is now available in a subtly accentuated rose gold case with a jet black dial. The colour combination of this exceptional watch highlights the elegance and confident style of its owner. The beautifully proportioned, large tonneau case is manufactured entirely from rose gold with a radiant lustre.

The legendary elegance of a Moser watch, combined with a unique innovation in the oscillation system, the most complex component of the mechanical watch. Two hairsprings, which oscillate against one another to equalise gravitational error. Self-compensating and antimagnetic, of course. A superb horological achievement, which naturally still incorporates the typical interchangeability of a Moser escapement and finds its place in this unique movement.
This masterpiece offers the latest horological artistry from Moser, together with a power reserve of at least four days. The design of the pallet fork and escapement wheel made of hardened solid gold remains exclusive and unique to Moser. The Cal. HMC324.607 MOSER MOVEMENT is a hand-wound movement with a decentralised pocket watch seconds hand, a large-volume barrel and the power reserve display on the movement side.

All supplemented by the interchangeable Straumann double hairspring escapement module. Three-part, rectangular case in rose gold, with discreetly convex sapphire glass and see-through sapphire glass back, crocodile leather strap, solid rose gold clasp.

H. Moser & Cie. HENRY FUMÉ - Ref. 324.607-003

The HENRY FUMÉ from Moser with a case made of radiantly white palladium. A special dial of an unusual design highlights the exceptional elegance of this watch. The case of the watch is manufactured entirely from palladium, a hard, brilliant white and very rare precious metal with an exceptional lustre. The beautifully proportioned tonneau case combines understatement with a unique innovation in the oscillation system, the most complex component of the mechanical watch.

Two hairsprings,which oscillate against one another to equalise gravitational error. Self-compensating and antimagnetic, of course. A superb horological achievement, which naturally still incorporates the typical interchangeability of a Moser escapement and finds its place in this unique movement.
The HENRY FUMÉ is fitted with a large-volume barrel, offering a power reserve of at least four days, and the typical Moser large pocket watch seconds hand. The Cal. HMC324.607 MOSER MOVEMENT is a true movement incorporating the Moser tooth system and hardened bearing pins in the entire wheel train. True bevel wheels in the winding system ensure a smooth, low-wear winding operation – a worldwide rarity in wristwatches.

Power reserve display on the movement side. Three-part case in solid palladium, the precious metal for watches and jewellery of the 21st century. Discreetly convex sapphire glass and see-through sapphire glass back, crocodile leather strap, solid palladium clasp.

H. Moser & Cie. MONARD FUMÉ - Ref. 343.506-016

The MONARD FUMÉ from Moser combines the already legendary elegant and puristic appearance with technical extravagance: a Straumann double hairspring escapement. The special elegance of this watch is therefore not exclusively due to the subtly accentuated dial with its unusual colouring. Understatement and technical finesse in a watch which, with its palladium case and a diameter of 40.8 mm reflects the spirit of the times.
The MONARD FUMÉ is fitted with the Cal. HMC343 MOSER MOVEMENT, which uses two spring barrels in series to give a power reserve of at least seven days. The power reserve display is visible on the movement side through the sapphire glass back. High exclusivity is also assured by the typical, interchangeable Moser escapement module, guaranteeing longevity and ease of servicing. A further exclusive feature is the escapement design in this watch, with its Straumann double hairspring and a pallet fork and escapement wheel made of hard white gold.

The MONARD FUMÉ movement is a hand-wound movement with true bevel wheels for smooth, low-wear operation and incorporates the highly efficient Moser tooth system in the entire wheel train. Screwed gold mounts and the Moser ground stripes also lend visual emphasis to the intrinsic value of this movement. Three-part case in palladium with discreetly convex sapphire glass. Crocodile leather strap and solid palladium clasp.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

The original Big Crown series was the first essential pilot’s watch. Pilots flying planes with cockpits open to the elements needed to be able to re-set their watches whilst wearing gloves. The Big Crown was an early Oris innovation that made this possible. Now Oris releases a larger gent’s version and a more delicate ladies’ model. Both timepieces have the traditional, clean Big Crown lines and the rose gold top ring adds a touch of class.
Both watches have stainless steel cases and screw down crowns for extra security. Both have tough ridged bezels, and highly visible Superluminova numbers deliver extra safety in the air. The Big Crown range and the Pointer Date movement have long been among Oris’ most popular since their first introduction in the late 1930s. The new Big Crown range uses sapphire glass for the first time in a Big Crown range. Plexiglass was traditionally used but now sapphire glass, with its extreme shock and scratch resistance makes its debut.

Technical details
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Ø 30.00 mm and 40.00 mm
Ref: 584 7626 43 61 LS/MB and 754 7628 43 61 LS/MB
  • Automatic mechanical movement with pointer calendar function
  • Centralised second, hour and minute displays.
  • Multi-piece stainless steel case
  • See through case back
  • Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
  • Rose gold plated top ring
  • Silver dial, part guilloche
  • Applied rose gold numerals and indices
  • Nickel rose gold plated hands with luminous inlay
  • Oversized stainless steel screw down crown
  • Multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with folding safety clasp
  • Also available with brown croco pattern leather strap
  • Water resistant to 10 bar/100 metres

Oris Blue Eagles Limited Edition

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their aviation partner, the Blue Eagles Helicopter Display Team, Oris presents the Blue Eagles Limited Edition. Based on the watches from the BC4 aviation collection this watch is just as spectacular as the team’s displays. The shape of the case is unmistakably Oris BC4 but this model is bigger, bolder and the top ring and case back are coated in black DLC for a stand out look. The stainless steel case centre is silver, giving the watch a distinctive two colour, sandwich construction.
The full 24-hour display is a first for Oris and offers an invaluable full overview of the time. This central display is made possible by the new Cal. 653 movement developed by Oris. The day and night zones are marked in black and white for maximum readability. The second time zone is displayed on the moveable inner dial ring operated by the vertical crown at 2 o’clock. The Oris Quick Lock Crown system prevents accidental adjustments in a world where split second timing is essential.
Although limited to just 1969 pieces, this is where the limitations of the Oris Blue Eagles Limited Edition end. A genuine pilots’ watch: practical, robust and ready for action 24-hours a day. Just like the pilots who inspired it.

Technical details
Oris Blue Eagles Limited Edition Ø 45.00mm
Ref. 653 7631 46 84 LS

Mechanical automatic movement

Centralised 24 hour and minute display, small second display at 9 o’clock
Date at 3 o’clock
Centralised second time zone

Stainless steel case secured with 7 screws
Top ring and case back black DLC coated
Case back with mineral glass
Sapphire glass domed on both sides with double anti-reflective coating
Moveable inner dial ring operated by vertical crown located at 2 o’clock
Stainless steel Quick Lock crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m

Black dial with applied indices and printed Superluminova numbers
Hands with luminous inlay

Limited to 1969 pieces
Limited edition number engraved at 9 o’clock

Black leather strap with contrasting stitching and special folding clasp

Presentation box set with flight instrument box, certificate and Blue Eagles crest

Oris Chronoris Grand Prix ’70 Gold Limited Edition

The Grand Prix season of 1970 was one of the most dramatic and exciting motor racing has ever seen. Oris has often dedicated limited edition watches to racing greats, or to a team – but never before to a year. Not many occasions would be worthy of a tribute like this – but the 1970 Grand Prix season was no ordinary event. There was drama on the track and unrivalled glamour in the paddock.

In 1970 Oris also introduced the original Chronoris to great acclaim. With a case made from solid 18K rose gold, and strictly limited to just 70 pieces worldwide this new Chronoris is a fitting tribute to the first ‘golden age’ of motor racing. The shape is distinctive Chronoris, the retro styling given a modern twist with the second time zone and the 10-minute countdown.
Presented in a luxury box set with an automatic Oris watch winder, the Chronoris Grand Prix ’70 Gold Limited Edition is sure to keep the wheels of time turning.Whether you have golden memories or a passion for 1970s Grand Prix this is a watch as memorable as the season it commemorates.

Technical details
Chronoris Grand Prix ’70 Gold Limited Edition Ø 42.50 mm
Ref: 687 7619 60 54 LS

Mechanical automatic movement with stop watch function. Certified chronometer

Centralised hour and minute display
Small second display at 9 o’clock
Decentralised minute and hour counters, centralised second counter
Second time zone displayed from the centre
Date display at 6 o’clock

Two piece black/green dial with applied indices
Polished nickel rose gold plated hands with luminous inlay

Multi-piece 18k rose gold case
Screwed case back with mineral glass
Sapphire glass domed on both sides with inner anti-reflective coating
18k rose gold Quick Lock Crown and pushers.
Water resistant to 3 bar
Limited edition number engraved on the case side at 6 o’clock

Black leather strap with green side detail and rose gold clasp.

Luxury presentation box set with Oris branded watch winder.

Oris Divers Titan Small Second, Date Diamonds

Today’s ladies are demanding. They want the same things from a diving watch as men do: performance, size and technical features are important to them. However, so is glamour and a touch of femininity.With this new ladies diving model Oris has struck gold. At 44mm in diameter it is fashionably large and chunky looking. Made from titanium the case is extremely lightweight in spite of its solid appearance. The rotating divers bezel is an indispensable function for every diver. The strong, printed rubber strap offers cushioned comfort and a streamlined fit.

Combined with the top quality Oris movement and helium valve, this is a watch that can be pushed to the limits; just as today’s sporty women like to push themselves to the limits. Shimmering white is the perfect background for the twelve diamonds on the dial and ensures that the Oris Divers Diamonds looks just as good on the beach as in the water. Water resistant to 30 bar/300m the watch can survive knocks and shocks, making it perfect for all sports, not just diving.

Technical details
Oris Divers Titan Small Second, Date Diamonds Ø44.00 mm
Ref : 643 7636 71 91 RS/MBAutomatic mechanical movement
  • Centralised hour and minute displays, small second at 8 o’clock. Date display at 6 o’clock
  • Multi-piece titanium case. Screwed case back
  • Sapphire glass domed on one side with inner anti-reflective coating
  • Polished stainless steel unidirectional rotating top ring
  • White mother of pearl dial with 12 diamonds for indices. Nickel hands with luminous inlay
  • Stainless steel screw down crown and Helium valve
  • White or black rubber strap with folding safety clasp
  • Also available with multi-piece titanium bracelet
  • Water resistant to 30 bar/300 metres.

Konstantin Chaykin Flying Tourbillon Project - Tourbillon Clock 2007 and Tourbillon Clock Crystal 2008

A long time before starting the ‘Flying Tourbillon’ project, Konstantin knew that he would have to gain some additional skills. He didn't realise how time-consuming the process of working out the technique was, and how much patience was required. He only fully came to terms with these factors when he started engineering and cutting out piece-by-piece all 176 components for his clock.

To cut the first arbor for the anchor wheel (the diameter of a pivot is 0.1 mm) on the lathe, Konstantin spent two days rejecting at least 20 attempts. As he pressed ahead with the project he learnt first hand how very complex and delicate the work is, demanding utmost accuracy and patience.

When the components of the carriage appeared to be too heavy, Konstantin decided on producing the bridges out of light titanium but the hard material was not easy to process. He went through 4 taps while thread cutting, and a broken stone had to be replaced by prepared brass bouchons. In the end it took six hours to make one wheel, not taking into account the time spent on calculations and adjustments.

Konstantin Chaykin Tourbillon Clock Crystal 2008

Perseverance paid off in five months, when the clock finally started to take shape, and after the fourth assembly of the mechanism there was success. Konstantin recalls his excitement when for the first time he saw the carriage stir. After the first success the clock had to be regulated - this saw Konstantin taking the carriage off no less than a hundred times! Perfection was necessary: the performance being checked every five minutes before he was satisfied that the tourbillon, much written about and made in the far valleys of Switzerland, worked in St. Petersburg too.

Konstantin Chaykin Tourbillon Clock 2007