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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ebel Classic Lady Automatic Steel & Red Gold 5N

The latest feminine version of Ebel’s iconic Classic line blends the warmth of red gold with the mechanical sophistication of an automatic movement. Designed by the Architects of Time who adopted for the occasion a sculptor’s touch with matter, the Ebel Classic has retained all its distinctive characteristics such as the monohull case conception and its satin-smooth pebble-like touch free of any sharp edges.
The dainty 27.30 mm case in brushed stainless steel and red gold, distinguished by sensual curves and a subtly geometrical motif, frames a matt white or white mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a red gold bezel and teamed with the iconic two-tone wave bracelet that gleams more brightly than ever in this version.
Powered by a reliable automatic movement, it offers eloquent proof that women also deserve to enjoy the best of mechanical watchmaking.


Technical details
Movement
Swiss automatic movement (ETA 2000 – 1)

Case
Material: stainless steel and 18K-750 5N red gold
Dimensions: 27.30 mm
Finishing: alternated brushed/polished
Case setting (SKU 1215928): 42 VVS-IF Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds of 1.30mm diameter (0.34 cts)
Water-resistance: 5 atm
Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective treatment on both sides for perfect readability
Case back: plain with specific Ebel Classic engraving

Dials
White dial with 11 hand-applied Roman numerals or white mother-of-pearl dial with 11 diamonds
Date at 3 o’clock

Bracelet
Material: stainless steel with 5N PVD treatment
Finishing: brushed
Clasp: Ebel butterfly buckle

Monday, May 25, 2009

JS Watch Co. 101 Automatic

This collection of classic wrist watches pays tribute to Kvosin, the oldest part of the city of Reykjavík and is now a part of its 101 postal code. At the turn of the last century, a square named “Laekjartorg”, in the centre of the 101 postcode, grew to be the busiest hub in downtown Reykjavik, a mainstay for cars and later, buses. With all the activity centred in the vicinity of the square, the clock in the centre of Lækjartorg developed into a popular rendezvous point for lovers and industrious businessmen.
101 Reykjavik, therefore, became the first and foremost influence for the development of timepieces in Iceland. Ever since watches became widely owned, they would be the piece pawned to buy one more drink or for a ride home after a night on the town.
Surely, it was most appropriate that JS Watch Co Reykjavik should produce an exclusively designed watch, the 101, dedicated to the old town centre, as that was where it started out by assembling 100 prototype watches in the workshop and store. Word quickly spread that JS Watch Co. Reykjavik was the place to come for personal service and classic wristwatches.
Crafted in high grade German stainless steel, the watch case comes in two sizes: 38mm for men's models and 32mm for women's timepieces. These timepieces come with a choice of classic black or white dials with Roman or Arabic numerals, Breguet hands, Ostrich, Alligator or Steel bracelet. Inside of each timepiece beats a Swiss Made Mechanical movement “Execution Top” with Automatic winding, 25 jewels, Custom decorations, Blue screws and Rhodium plated finish, which can be admired through a transparent sapphire crystal case back. Ladies timepieces are also offered with mother of pearl dials.

Technical details
101 REYKJAVIK AUTOMATIC ARABIC NUMERALS
  • High grade German steel Case 38 mm
  • Black and white high gloss dials
  • Curved Sapphire Crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside
  • See-through Sapphire Crystal back
  • Mechanical movement “Execution top”
  • Automatic 25 jewels, custom decoration inc. blue screws
  • 38-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Fine tuning “assortment chronometer”
  • Shock protection Incablo
  • Date display at 3 o’clock
  • Water-resistance 50 m
  • Hand made genuine Alligator and Ostrich straps
  • JS Watch co. Reykjavik deployment clasp
101 REYKJAVIK AUTOMATIC ROMAN NUMERALS
  • High grade German steel Case 38 mm
  • Black and white dials
  • Curved Sapphire Crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside
  • See-through Sapphire Crystal back
  • Mechanical movement “Execution top”
  • Automatic 25 jewels, custom decoration inc. blue screws
  • 38-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Fine tuning “assortment chronometer”
  • Shock protection Incabloc
  • Date display at 6 o’clock
  • Water-resistance 50 m
  • Hand made genuine Alligator and Ostrich straps
  • JS Watch co. Reykjavik deployment clasp
101 REYKJAVIK AUTOMATIC ROMAN NUMERALS 32mm
  • High grade German steel Case 32 mm
  • Black, white high gloss and pearl dials
  • Curved Sapphire Crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside
  • Seethrough Sapphire Crystal back
  • Mechanical movement “Execution top”
  • Automatic 25 jewels, custom decoration inc. blue screws
  • 38-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Fine tuning “assortment chronometer”
  • Shock protection Incabloc
  • Date display at 6 o’clock
  • Water-resistance 50 m
  • Hand made genuine Alligator, Ostrich, Lizard and Stingray straps
  • JS Watch co. Reykjavik deployment clasp
101 REYKJAVIK AUTOMATIC PEARL DIAL / DIAMONDS
  • High grade German steel Case 32 mm
  • Black, white high gloss and pearl dials
  • Curved Sapphire Crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside
  • Seethrough Sapphire Crystal back
  • Mechanical movement “Execution top”
  • Automatic 25 jewels, custom decoration inc. blue screws
  • 38-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Fine tuning “assortment chronometer”
  • Shock protection Incabloc
  • Date display at 6 o’clock
  • Water-resistance 50 m
  • Hand made genuine Alligator, Ostrich, Lizard and Stingray straps
  • JS Watch co. Reykjavik deployment clasp

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Baume & Mercier Classima Executives Collection - New Models

The Classima Executives collection by Baume & Mercier welcomes four new all-steel variations on polished/satin-brushed bracelets, thereby complementing the existing models available exclusively with alligator leather straps.

These four new launches derive their harmony and their elegance from the classic and timeless values of traditional watchmaking characteristic of the Classima Executives line: round 39 mm and 42 mm-diameter cases, classic Roman numerals and hour-markers, mechanical self-winding movements – including some driving useful complications such as dual time-zone or power-reserve displays.

The models also feature a range of refined horological attributes such as dials adorned with a line guilloché décor, blued steel hands or partially open case backs revealing the traditional decoration of the movement components, such as the oscillating weight that is snailed and adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif.
Like all Baume & Mercier watches, the new Classima Executives steel watches are distinguished by the contemporary interpretation of their design and the attention lavished on even the smallest details. Symbolizing the quest for technical and esthetic perfection, the Greek Phi symbol, the Baume & Mercier emblem, appears as the inimitable brand signature on the crown and dial of the Classima Executives.

MOAO8836 - Classima Executives Hours, Minutes, Seconds
The perfect classic: harmonious lines, a pure design and timeless esthetic elegance. 39 mm case, white dial, applied rhodium-plated Roman numerals. Hour, minute and seconds functions, date at 3 o’clock. New polished/satin-finished steel bracelet, triple folding security clasp.
Technical details
Reference: M0A08836
Movement: Automatic (ETA 2824-2 / Sellita SW200)
Function: Date at 3 o’clock
Case: Round; Polished steel; Size: L; Diameter: 39mm
Dial :White; Appliqué Roman numerals and indexes
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 m
Strap: Polished/satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding with security

MOAO8837 - Classima Executives Line Guilloché Décor
A model featuring refined horological attributes: silvered opaline dial adorned with line guilloché motif, blued steel hands, sapphire crystal window revealing the movement. 39 mm case, hour, minute and seconds functions along with a date at 3 o’clock. New polished/satin-finished steel bracelet, triple folding security clasp.
Technical details
Reference: M0A08837
Movement: Automatic (ETA 2824-2 / Sellita SW200)
Function: Date at 3 o’clock
Case: Round; Polished steel; Size: L; Diameter: 39mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal window; Line décor
Dial: Opaline silvered, line guilloche décor; Appliqué Roman numerals and indexes; Blued steel hands
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 m
Strap: Polished/satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding with security

MOAO 8838 - Classima Executives GMT Power Reserve
A more sophisticated model featuring a 24-hour dual time-zone display on a separate dial at 12 o’clock to ensure optimal readability, as well as a power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. The second time zone can be rapidly adjusted by a push-piece at 11 o’clock. 39 mm case, silvered opaline dial adorned with a line guilloché motif, blued steel hands, sapphire crystal window revealing the movement. New polished/satin-finished steel bracelet, triple folding security clasp.
Technical details
Reference: M0A08838
Movement: Automatic (Soprod 9035)
Functions: Dual time at 12 o’clock, Power reserve at 6 o’clock and Date at 3 o’clock
Case: Round; Polished steel; Size: L; Diameter: 39mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal window; Line décor
Dial: Opaline silvered, line guilloche décor; Dual time and power reserve silvered counters; Appliqué Roman numerals and indexes; Blued steel hands
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 m
Strap: Polished/satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding with security

MOAO 8833 - Classima Executives with Visible Balance
This large-sized model (with a 42 mm case) provides a fine view of the balance in motion through a dial opening at 12 o’clock. The refined horological attributes include a silvered opaline dial adorned with a line guilloché motif, blued steel hands and a sapphire crystal window revealing the movement. New polished/satin-finished steel bracelet, triple folding security clasp.



Technical details
Reference: M0A08833
Movement: Automatic (Soprod 2824-2 BV / Sellita SW200 BV)
Case: Round; Polished steel; Size: XL; Diameter: 42mm
Case back: Sapphire crystal window; Line décor
Dial: Opaline silvered, line guilloche décor; Appliqué Roman numerals and indexes; Open balance; Blued steel hands
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 m
Strap: Polished/satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding with security

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Baume & Mercier Riviera Magnum XXL Flyback Chronograph & Riviera MAGNUM XXL Automatic

Baume & Mercier is enriching its Riviera MAGNUM sports watch collection with two substantial new models: a limited-edition “all black” chronograph with flyback function and transparent dial; and an athletic three-pointer and date display model, both in a new XXL size measuring 45 mm in diameter (compared with 43 mm for previous versions).

In addition to their more generous size, these two new launches enrich the Riviera MAGNUM line with several advanced design features: a case redesigned with one side shaped like a car radiator grille; new hollowed hands; a larger crown; and a new rubber strap with pure lines, secured by an adjustable triple folding clasp.
Nonetheless, the new Riviera MAGNUM XXL watches retain the sporting, sophisticated attributes of the legendary Riviera line: the twelve-sided bezel characterizing the Riviera line since 1973, solidly secured to the case by four black PVD-coated screws; guaranteed water resistance to 200 meters thanks to the case construction with its screw-down back and crown; as well as scratch-resistant glareproofed sapphire crystals to ensure optimal sturdiness and readability. Not to mention the infinite care lavished on details, the high quality standards and the respect for the rules of fine craftsmanship upon which Baume & Mercier has built international reputation since 1830.
Modern-day adventurers combining sophisticated technology, contemporary aesthetic and impeccable functionality, the new Riviera MAGNUM XXL watches are more than ever cut out for action and performance.

Riviera Magnum XXL Flyback Chronograph
Issued in a limited edition, this new 45 mm-diameter Riviera chronograph asserts itself at first glance by its twelve-sided design accentuated by the intensity of its matt black look. The gaze is nonetheless immediately drawn to it transparent black-tinted sapphire dial, which reveals fascinating glimpses of the Côtes de Genève motif adorning the mechanical movements and its gear wheels. This diaphanous dial with its luminescent Roman numerals exudes a sense of technical sophistication while remaining eminently legible.
At the heart of this rugged sand-blasted PVD-coated steel case beats a mechanical self-winding movement powering a Flyback chronograph function. The latter serves to stop and restart a measurement by a single press on a push-piece, thus ensuring high-performance timekeeping.A sapphire crystal case back reveals the smooth running of the movement and the rotations of the oscillating weight. This model is issued in a limited edition of 1000 engraved and numbered watches.

Technical details
Ref 8834 Riviera Magnum XXL Flyback Chronograph

Movement
Auto (AROLA 7750 Flyback)
Oscillating weight & movement decorated with “Côtes de Genève” motif

Functions
Flyback chronograph

Case
Dodecagonal / XXL (45 mm)
Thickness: 15.1 mm
Sand-blasted black PVD steel decorated case
Sand-blasted black PVD steel bezel secured by 4 black PVD screws
Black vulcanized rubber joint
Screw-down crown
Ergonomic push-pieces
Sapphire crystal case back with a circular-grained snap secured by 4 black PVD steel screws
Water-resistance: 200m

Dial
Black-tinted sapphire, black-tinted sapphire counters
Superluminova-coated Romans numerals & indexes
Superluminova-tipped hands
Antiglare crystal & dial

Strap
Black vulcanized rubber;Adjustable triple folding buckle

Edition
Limited & numbered edition of 1000 pieces

Riviera MAGNUM XXL Automatic
As the first non-chronograph model in the Riviera MAGNUM sports collection, this athletic three-hand watch measuring 45 mm in diameter is distinguished by its noble air of understated distinction. Its solid steel case with an ergonomic design topped by the signature twelve-sided Riviera bezel frames a pure black dial with luminescent Roman numerals displaying central hour, minute and seconds hands, as well as the date appearing through a large vertical aperture at 3 o’clock.

The entirely satin-finished case and bezel underscore its ruggedly virile sporting appeal. The screw-down crown is protected by two streamlined guards smoothly extending from the case. Like the bezel, the screw-down case back is secured by four powerful black PVD-coated screws, and frames a sapphire crystal opening revealing the mechanical self-winding movement and its oscillating weight adorned with Côtes de Genève.
Technical details
Ref 8835 Riviera MAGNUM XXL Automatic

Movement
Auto (ETA 2892);Oscillating weight decorated with “Côtes de Genève” motif

Function
Date at 3 o’clock

Case
Dodecagonal / XXL (45 mm)
Thickness: 12.1 mm
Polished / satin-finished steel decorated case
Satin-finished steel bezel secured by 4 PVD steel screws
Black vulcanized rubber joint
Screw-down crown, crown cover
Sapphire crystal case back secured by 4 black PVD steel screws
Water-resistance: 200m

Dial
Sun satin-finished black
Superluminova-recessed Romans numerals & indexes
Superluminova-tipped hands
Antiglare crystal

Strap
Black vulcanized rubber;Adjustable triple folding buckle

About Baume & Mercier Riviera Collection
After the technical innovation of the Tronosonic in 1971, Baume & Mercier launched an aesthetic bombshell in 1973. The brand caused a double sensation with the Riviera, a model with an immediately identifiable design that would become its star model for the next 25 years. First of all, the twelve-sided shape of the bezel and case of the Riviera were entirely unprecedented. Nonetheless, this daring design stemmed from a stunningly simple idea: since the dial of a watch comprises 12 numerals, the Riviera would also have twelve sides. Moreover, this watch with its avant-garde design targeted a new type of clientele by offering an innovative new concept of sporting elegance.

In an era when elegant watches were necessarily in gold, Baume & Mercier dared to introduce steel in a robust yet chic style, for a watch equally suited to urban life as to weekend activities, and bearing a world-famous name evoking the elegance and the relaxed mood of the Côte d’Azur in France. It was to enjoy tremendous commercial success during a period when the “leisure society” was beginning to take shape. Nonetheless, it almost never saw the light of day because it was deemed overly fanciful in relation to Baume & Mercier’s relatively classic image at the time. With this new model, Baume & Mercier successfully imposed a new style, that of casual elegance.

Rightly considered a sports watch, it lived up to its promise during a real-life trial of its sturdiness: fixed to the wheel of a BMW M1 car during the Le Mans 24 Hours race, it withstood and emerged unscathed from the effects of speed, accelerations, centrifugal force in the bends, capricious weather and the heat from
the brakes. After 24 hours on the track, it told the time as smoothly as if it had just spent an evening at a dinner party.

Initially equipped with a mechanical movement, the Riviera soon adopted tuning-fork and subsequently quartz movements in the mid-1970s. It was to experience two major renewals in 1979 and in 1985.

The second generation of Riviera watches, launched six years after the first Riviera in 1979, featured a slenderer case measuring just 6.5 mm thick, thanks to the development of thinner quartz movements. Its more flexible bracelet with two external links and a central link was equipped with a new clasp. And finally, the name Riviera was now displayed on its dial. From 1981 onwards, it became a diver’s watch and indicated world time with a GMT function.

In 1985, Baume & Mercier launched a third generation of Riviera watches. The bezel became smoother and less angular. With its polished and brushed surfaces, the case and herringbone bracelet were also more rounded. Technically speaking, it took a new step towards enhanced sophistication and reliability with a miniaturized screw-down crown guaranteeing improved water resistance. It was equipped with new ultra-thin quartz movements and a more readable date indication. As before, it was available in four dimensions and in gold, steel & gold and all-steel versions. In 1987, it was issued with a complete calendar indicating the date, day, month and moon phases.

For its 20th anniversary in 1993, it appeared in a chronograph version, but it was not until 2004 that the fourth generation emerged. The following year, the Baume & Mercier icon swapped its dressy exterior for a sports suit featuring a 4-screw design. Finally, in 2007, the Baume & Mercier Design Studio imagined an even more sophisticated look with the Riviera Magnum, a collection resolutely geared for action.

LANG & HEYNE KONRAD

German watchmaker Lang & Heyne presents new watch collection, Konrad. This watch series is named after KONRAD I, the historical figure of 11th Century Europe.

With a diameter of almost 40mm, KONRAD has been specially created to be worn on a small wrist. The date indication fits harmonically in the timeless Arabic dial. When the end of month arrives, the date hand jumps spiritedly over the LANG & HEYNE lettering back to the first day of the new month.
Thanks to the complicated mechanism of the constant force, the delicate central second hand moves STEP BY STEP each second and reflects the high accuracy of the movement Caliber V.
This stunning watch comes in 18 carat rose gold or white gold and with alligator strap with buckle in 18kt gold. A serial number is assigned to every watch marked both on the dial and on the movement. 

Technical details
Case
Red/White gold
Diameter 39.4mm
Height 11.5mm
1 countersunk pusher at the side
Sapphire glass on top and bottom
Water-resistant up to 3 bar

Movement
Manual winding movement Caliber V
Diameter 14¼ lines (33mm)
Height 6.25mm
Frequency 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5Hz)
Jewels: 24 rubies, 1 diamond
42 hours power reserve
Hour and minute indication
Central second
Prograde date indication
Second hand stop

Dial
Simple sunk enamel dial
Arabic numerals
Date indication in red

Strap
Alligator leather strap with shark lining leather
Pin buckle or folding clasp

VARIATIONS
VARIATION I:18-carat rose gold case, alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold blued cathedral hands.



VARIATION II:18-carat rose gold case, alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold Louis-XV hands in blued steel

VARIATION III:18-carat rose gold case, alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold spade hands in rose gold
VARIATION IV:18-carat white gold case,
alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold cathedral hands in rose gold
VARIATION V: 18-carat white gold case, alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold Louis-XV hands in rose gold
VARIATION VI:18-carat white gold case, alligator leather strap with buckle in 18 ct. gold spade hands in blued steel

Friday, May 22, 2009

IWC Schaffhausen - Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. IW5004 & Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI Ref. IW3255

Two IWC pilot’s watches for the best partners in the world: father and son. In a form of lifetime male bonding, they share the major and minor exploits of their common adventures. Like a pilot and co-pilot, they work well together as an experienced team, and these two watches, which give outward expression to this sense of belonging together, unite them as a token of their friendship.

They have the same taste in traditional men’s toys. And when the pair go side-by-side through thick and thin, you can rest assured that they are a strong team – father and son, indeed. It is a kind of secret society like no other.With its pilot’s watches for father and son, IWC is making a veritable partnership based offer for father-and-son relationships: the Big Pilot’s Watch in platinum for the father, and its somewhat smaller counterpart in stainless steel for the son. Almost every father has great plans for his son, and our identification with our father leaves an impression over an entire lifetime.

Whoever consciously fosters this valuable and intimate bond sends a clear signal with this pair of watches. Pilot’s watches for father and son are like a guide to masculinity and represent a perfect family unit. This is also true in technical terms, for both timepieces belong to one of the most distinctive watch families from IWC Schaffhausen – and they are tried and tested pilot’s watches through and through.



In this particular case, however, they are rather more than that – for they exhibit many resemblances. Like father and son. Both have the same rhodium-plated, light coloured dial of the pilot’s watches, the same user-friendly onion-shaped crown of the early pilot’s watches from IWC, and the same brown crocodile leather strap and characteristic steel rivets. Wear it and stand out from the crowd. Individually and even more so together. The only difference between the two watches is their size – like father and son.

This ideal combination, which was designed specifically for this purpose – and for this purpose alone – is available not only as pilot’s watches for father and son, but also as pilot’s watches for father and sons in the context of a large family to ensure that fairness prevails and domestic harmony is maintained.

For those with a technical interest, ensconced behind the model for the father in its 46.23/15.8 mm platinum case is the Ref. 5004, the Big Pilot’s Watch with the 51111 calibre, the renowned long-running mechanical movement with an automatic Pellaton winding system, date and seven-day power reserve that is indicated on the dial.The antireflective sapphire glass is specially secured against displacement by a sudden drop in air pressure. And the watch is water-resistant to 6 bar.

The smaller edition for the son largely corresponds in technical terms to the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI with its 39311.5 mm stainless steel case and the 30110calibre automatic movement. It also has a screw-in onion-shaped crown, an antireflective sapphire glass secured against displacement by a sudden drop in air pressure,a central seconds hand and a date display. This watch also sits comfortably on the wrist on a brown crocodile leather strap and is protected against loss by a pin buckle. It, too, is water resistant to 6 bar.

A small but noteworthy detail eliminates undesirable mix-ups, particularly in the case of a crew with several sons: the inner circle on the back of the watch is reserved for an engraved name,which leaves not doubt as to who is ready for take-off.

Technical details

Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. IW5004
Features
Mechanical movement, seven-day power reserve, automatic Pellaton winding system, date display, power reserve display, central seconds hand with stop function, Glucydur balance with high-precision adjustment cam on the balance bars, Breguet balance spring.

Movement
Calibre :51111
Vibrations: 21,600/ h / 3 Hz
Jewels :42
Power reserve :7 days (168 h)
Winding :automatic

Case
Material:platinum
Glass :sapphire, convex, anti-reflective,secured against a drop in pressure
Crown :screw-in
Water-resistant :6 bar
Diameter :46.2mm
Height :15.8mm

Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI Ref. IW3255
Features
Mechanical movement, automatic winding, date display, central seconds hand with stop function.

Movement
Calibre :30110
Vibrations :28,800/ h / 4 Hz
Jewels :21
Power reserve :42 h
Winding :automatic

Case
Material :stainless steel
Glass :sapphire, convex, anti-reflective,secured against a drop in pressure
Crown :screw-in
Water-resistant :6 bar
Diameter :39mm
Height :11.5mm

Pierre Deroche GrandCliff Collection - Retro Hours

Swiss luxury watchmaker Pierre Deroche presents Retro Hours model from its GrandCliff Collection .


Technical details
  • Movement: exclusive self-winding Dubois Dépraz calibre, cut-out and engraved oscillating weight.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, retrograde 60-minute and 12-hour counters, large date
  • Case: 316L stainless steel, with 64 diamonds (1.28 cts) for the set version,screw locked crown, sapphire crystal glare-proofed glass and case-back, water resistant to 100 metres.
  • Dial: black or silver-coloured; polished, blued or red steel hands.
  • Strap: crocodile leather with folding clasp.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Climate Action” Ref. IW3234 (2008)

Can we save the world with a watch? Perhaps. For the fight against global warming begins within – in the minds of as many people as possible. And the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Climate Action” is a positive indication that more and more of us are doing something for the love of our planet. IWC, for example, is doing something as a carbon-neutral certified enterprise. The Schaffhausen manufactory is supporting The Climate Group, an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2004, with the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Climate Action”. Part of the proceeds from sales has been channelled into projects of this internationally active organization, which works with governments and business leaders around the world with a view to the rapid establishment of a low-carbon economy.

Many companies, states,regions and municipalities around the world are demonstrating that a reduction in greenhouse gases is essential, and that this is achievable alongside a simultaneous increase in profitability and competitiveness. The Climate Group uses the work of these trailblazers as a catalyst to enable it rapidly to identify pragmatic solutions in its international efforts against global warming. “The next five years will prove decisive for the world’s climate,” says Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group. “Our emissions on a worldwide scale must reach their peak in the foreseeable future and then decrease. We must restrict heating of the atmosphere to two degrees centigrade. The further we exceed that limit, the more radical the ensuing changes will be.”

The Climate Group was founded in London in 2004. Steve Howard and his staff have since succeeded in enlisting the support of a series of multinational corporations for their cause. These are people who most certainly do not stand around at the Wailing Wall of environmental policy. They actually do something, by proposing market-oriented solutions leading us away from the problems associated with CO2.

Unveiled in 2008,The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Climate Action” is limited to 1,000 watches and fills the bill precisely, as do all the other watches from IWC, of course. The carbon footprint of the manufactory is impressive. All the CO2 emissions previously generated by the business are gradually being reduced by the use of alternative technologies. For the unavoidable CO2 emissions, such as those resulting from business air travel, an equivalent balancing amount is invested in a wind energy project in China, which promotes the utilization of regenerative energies.

However, the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Climate Action” does more than support this project. It is also a symbol. With its purist Ingenieur design, its “regenerative” mechanical drive and the mix of conventional and advanced materials – namely stainless steel and ceramic – it is an ideal ambassador for the notion that the world’s climate is a subject that concerns us. As always, actions speak louder than words. And as a longlived, robust high-quality product – like all the other watches from IWC – it also satisfies the requirement for sustainability.

The limited special edition differs from the standard model through its silvered dial and the discreet use of yellow five-minute indices and a back engraving. The colour theme is repeated in the backstitching of the strap and the engraving “IWC supports voluntary action on climate change” reiterates the commitment of the Schaffhausen watch manufactory to the environment.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Louis Erard 1931 Power Reserve

An ETA 7001 movement, a complication, a module presented as a world premiere by Louis Erard. A finely worked dial, a disc power reserve, and an elegant small seconds.
A large-sized case with a satin or black sand-blasted PVD finish, dynamic openworked hands, and a very trendy black rubber strap. Such is the 1931 Power Reserve, but this latest timepiece from Louis Erard is almost impossible to classify.
With this new model, Louis Erard has taken a firm new step along the road to mechanical excellence, with an even more pronounced Haute Horlogerie character at affordable prices.

Technical details
  • Movement: Hand-winding mechanical, ETA 7001 RM 10 calibre with Power Reserve complication developed jointly by Louis Erard & Soprod SA
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and power reserve
  • Case: Satin-finished/polished steel or black sand-blasted PVD, 42mm; anti-reflective sapphire crystal; transparent back; water-resistant to 50 metres
  • Dial: Silvered or black;hours and minutes at centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock; power reserve at 10 o’clock
  • Strap: Rubber with satin-finished steel or black PVD folding clasp

Monday, May 18, 2009

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition DFB, Ref. IW3718

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition DFB by IWC Schaffhausen was launched in 2008 on the occasion of Euro Cup.The Swiss manufactory supplied the official watch of the German national football team during Euro 2008. The production of this special edition watch was limited to 500 pieces only and intended to the fans of German football team .



The German footballers attended the European Cup with the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition DFB, a masculine timepiece with characteristics that could serve as the model for the team’s approach to the game.The double chronograph impressively combines dynamics, creativity, precision, robustness and reliability. The two chronograph buttons permit the recording of aggregate times up to twelve hours, and the third button controls the splitseconds mechanism developed by IWC: It stops the split-seconds hand in order to measure an intermediate time within any one-minute period, and then it allows that hand to fly back and become synchronized with the running stop time.

IWC has modified the minute graduations especially for the DFB watch. An area marked out as a square indicates the passage of 45 minutes, the duration of one half of the game, and red numerals show any extra time. This totalizer is thus integrated harmoniously into the overall appearance of the dial, which is finished in the DFB team colours. The dial’s background colour is white, corresponding to the home strip, while the numerals and the totalizer are black, like the players’ socks. The two red seconds hands and the yellow split-seconds hand complement the colour scheme. A black soft strap with anthracite- grey decorative stitching, which contributes to the watch’s overall elegance, ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist.

An engraving on the steel case back identifies the chronograph as the “Official Watch of the German National Football Team”. This inscription borders the relief DFB logo at the centre of the back. The serial number of the watch, which was limited to 500 copies, can also be found here. All the players on the European Cup squad had received a watch bearing their individual number on the back of their strip, and the first 50 watches were reserved exclusively for the DFB. The other watches in this limited edition were intended for ambitious football fans who wish to demonstrate their support for the German national team on their wrist.

Favre Leuba Angelus Chrono-Datoluxe Limited Edition

The calibre 250 from Angelus manufacture, chronograph movement of 12 lines (27,00 mm) and 30-minute counter, was presented in 1948. It allowed for the launch of the masterpiece movement by Angelus : the chrono-Datoluxe, first chronograph with day / date windows and moon phase indicator. The day and the date are on two distinct and coaxial discs.

This vintage chronograph is animated by this famous Angelus chrono Datolux movement. They were manufactured in 1948 and are in absolutely new condition.

Technical details
  • Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Calibre 252 based on Angelus, manufactured in 1948, 18’000 vib/h, 48-hour power reserve, Mechanical corrector for moon phases,day and date
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date and moon phases; Column-wheel chronograph with 30-minute counter and small seconds
  • Case: White gold (18K)
  • Dial: White silver guilloché
  • Strap: Genuine alligator with (18K) white gold buckle

Louis Erard 1931 Classic Tonneau Moon Phase

Swiss watchmaker Louis Erard, presents new watch model 1931 Classic Tonneau Moon Phase from their highly emblematic 1931 Collection. Exploring new Art Deco-inspired shapes, the Le Noirmont watchmaker has produced a subtle harmony of line and volume. Harking back to the earliest creations launched under the leadership of Alain Spinedi in 2003, the 4N pink gold plate of the indexes and hands makes an elegant contrast with the steel of the case. Reinvented in this way, retro becomes trendy.



In its Moon Phase version, the 1931 Classic Tonneau vibrates to the rhythm of an ETA movement with a Dubois Dépraz 9000 complication. This mechanism is housed in a case whose delicate curves skilfully interrupt the circle of days at the centre, creating a truly graceful composition.



Technical details
  • Movement: Automatic mechanical, ETA 2824 calibre with Dubois Dépraz 9000 module
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month and moon phase
  • Case: Stainless steel;curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal; transparent back, Côtes de Genève decoration;water-resistant to 50 metres
  • Dial: Silvered (1) or black (2) with 4N pink gold plate indexes;hours, minutes, seconds and date at centre,windows: day and month at 12 o’clock ;moon phase at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: Chocolate or black genuine leather with steel folding clasp

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pierre Deroche Split Rock Dare Watch Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand, Pierre Deroche presents Split Rock "Dare" Watch collection.The urban artist Sigi “Dare” von Koeding has hand-painted a unique composition on each dial of this collection limited to 11 pieces, bringing together two traditionally opposed arts: the time-honoured art of watchmaking and the resolutely contemporary art of graffiti.


Technical details
  • Movement: Exclusive self-winding Dubois Dépraz calibre, cut-out and engraved oscillating weight.
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 3 concentric hands.
  • Case: 316L stainless steel, sapphire crystal glare-proofed glass and case-back, water-resistant to 30 metres.
  • Dial: Hand painted.
  • Strap: Orange over-stitched crocodile leather with folding clasp
  • Limited edition: Series of 11 unique watches

Vacheron Constantin - The Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve - Ladies Model

Warmed by the dancing fires of a row of diamonds set in its yellow or white gold bezel, the dial’s elegant layout possesses a charm all its own. Two swordblade-shaped hands sweep over its delicately engine-turned surface enhanced with seven diamond hour markers and three 18K gold Roman numerals. Positioned between 10 and 11 o’ clock, the power-reserve indicator features a diamond set at the “maximum power” end of its tapered-arc scale. At 9 o’clock on the dial, the moon-phase display’s “moon” is actually a 14-gemstone diamond pavé set in genuine ornamental stone. The result is time with a truly eye-catching face, personable and original—just the thing for a woman for whom tastefulness and character are inherently inseparable.

She’ll also enjoy selecting the color of the leather strap, fitted with a standard clasp in 18K gold, that best matches her mood of the moment, knowing she can change her mind, and her strap, whenever the urge strikes her. Her watch’s leather-and-wood giftbox naturally includes a metal stylus serving to reset the moon-phase indicator by actioning the corrector flush with the side of the case.

Technical details
  • Reference: 83500/000G-9010 and 83500/000J-9011
  • Caliber number: 1410
  • Movement thickness: 4.20 mm
  • Movement dimensions: 9’’’, i.e. 20.35 mm (1 line = 2.255 mm)
  • Jewelling: 22
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Functions: Hours and minutes, moon phases,power reserve indication
  • Dial: Silvered and engine-turned by hand
  • Case: Yellow or white 18K gold
  • Water resistance: To 30 m (approx. 100 feet)
  • Strap: Padded and hand-stitched alligator mississipiensis leather
  • Clasp: Standard design, in 18K gold
About Caliber 1410
Representative of the 1400 caliber family, Vacheron Constantin’s latest line of proprietary movements, the handwound 1410 movement equipping this stylish feminine design bears the famed “Poinçon de Genève” hallmark. Strictly reserved for movements produced in Geneva’s finest workshops, this mark of origin constitutes a guarantee of exceptional workmanship and in particular of exceptionally fine finish. Along with providing the time of day in hours and minutes, caliber 1410 displays the phases of the moon and an indication of the movement’s remaining mechanical energy.

Handwound, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (v.p.h.), this 22-jewel movement provides over 40 hours’ reserve power and has been adjusted in the five classic positions for optimum time-keeping performance.

Along with its outstanding precision, the V.C. 1410 movement’s Haute Horlogerie excellence stems as much from its maker’s longstanding reputation as from the elaborate finish it receives at the hands of its expert watchmakers and craftsmen. Two exclusive identification marks contribute to its unique character. The first is its own individual production number. The second is an official hallmark established over a century ago to confirm the exceptional quality of Geneva-made timepieces, the “Poinçon de Genève”.

The caliber 1410 movement’s handcrafted finish more than matches its technical merits. Both faces of the mainplate and even the bottom of various recesses display a decorative pattern called circular graining while its edge bears the parallel files strokes of a process called “drawing out”. All sharp angles and sinks are meticulously bevelled and polished while bridges and bars are decorated with “Côtes de Genève” pattern.

Vacheron Constantin’s expert watchmakers have even taken the trouble to decorate internal components of the movement that are destined to remain out of sight: circular graining and extensive polishing of all wheels and bevelling of their arms, pinions polished with wooden buffing wheels, vertical milling of all steel parts and drawing out of all edges with a file, burnishing of all flat screw heads then bevelling of their edge and slit and finally carefully polishing all rounded areas.

Incorporating both impressive professional expertise and an inordinate amount of patience, a movement as refined as this one demands exceptional dedication on the part of the master watchmaker who assembles it, carefully fitting its every component before regulating and adjusting the mechanism with the studied deliberation such a delicate task demands.

Vacheron Constantin Malte Retrograding Perpetual Calendar Watch

Often likened to mechanical computers, perpetual-calendar mechanisms have for more than a century now ranked among the most challenging horological complications in existence, the very exclusive preserve of an élite of watch houses.

The existence of such a movement in the Malte collection owes nothing to chance. Expressly designed by Vacheron Constantin’s master watchmakers as a 21st century embodiment of its technological and aesthetic heritage, it provides this product family with a particularly eloquent example of horological virtuosity and elegance.Its design naturally reflects the Malte collection’s overall styling approach yet includes a few additional refinements – as might be expected from Geneva’s oldest watch manufacturer, in uninterrupted activity since its foundation in 1755.

The Retrograding Perpetual Calendar watch’s generous case size, 39 mm across, comes in a choice of 5N pink 18K gold or 950 platinum. It naturally includes the Malte collection’s classic signature features – broad, fan-like bracelet lugs and the stylized “Maltese cross” on the crown along with swordblade-shaped watch hands. It is also fitted with an “officer’s case back”, i.e. with the underside of the case hinged to open like a lid and reveal a clear sapphire lens through which to admire the selfwinding movement in action. A monogram, family crest, symbol or other inscription can thus be discreetly engraved on the backplate’s inner face...


Embodying both the style and the spirit of their time, the self-assured personality and crisp, decisive design of Malte timepieces form a convincing and successful demonstration of contemporary craftsmanship at its finest.

CALIBER 1126 QPR – A MINIATURE MASTERPIECE OF INSPIRED HOROLOGY
Compact in construction – 11 1/2-line diameter and 5.05 mm thick – Vacheron Constantin’s 1126 QPR selfwinding caliber displays a full range of calendar indications: the day of the week, the date and the month along with the current year and its place in the four-year leap-year sequence, plus the time of day in hours and minutes. True to its name, the perpetual calendar automatically adjusts for months of 28, 29, 30 and 31 days – in other words marking leap years on its own. It requires only one manual adjustment every century, the next one scheduled for the year 2100.

This exceptional movement features an unusual “retrograding” indication of the date. Designed and built in the company’s own workshops, this unusual mechanism testifies to the inventiveness and ingenuity of Vacheron Constantin’s watchmakers. Covering the sectoral array of a full month’s dates, an arrowhead pointer designed for to-and-fro motion “retrojumps” back to its starting point at the end of every month and immediately resumes its travel. Days of the week and months are shown on a pair of subdials, the current year in a dial window at 6 o’clock, another, smaller window at 3 o’clock indicating its position in the quadrennial leap-year cycle and marking the leap year by the letter “B” rather than by a number.

THE DIAL: LEGIBILITY IN STYLE
Displaying their usual tasteful yet practical mastery of dial design, Vacheron Constantin stylists have engine-turned the dial to give it a dense, regular texture that absorbs rather than reflects light, improving the instant legibility of the time read off 18K gold hour markers and Roman numerals by a pair of swordblade-shaped hands. For their part, the perpetual calendar’s indications are inscribed in matt black figures, letters and symbols on a smooth metal background and clearly indicated by a hand or pointer.

A square-scale pattern alligator mississipiensis leather strap fitted with a standard clasp in platinum or in gold, completes this remarkable timepiece. The Malte collection’s Retrograding Perpetual Calendar watch comes in a fine wood presentation case containing a stylus with which to action the watch’s two correctors, for the days and for the months respectively, flush with the case frame.

Technical details
Reference: 47031/000P-8956 and 47031/000R-8955
  • Caliber number: 1126 QPR
  • Movement thickness: 5.05 mm
  • Movement diameter: 11 1/2 ’’’, i.e. 26 mm (1 line = 2.255 mm)
  • Jewelling: 36
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Rate frequency: 28, 800 vibrations per hour (v.p.h.)
  • Dial indications: Hours and minutes; day, date, month,years including leap-year sequence
  • Dial: Engine-turned
  • Case: 950 platinum and 18K pink 5N gold
  • Water resistance to 30 meters (approx. 100 feet)
  • Strap: Padded and hand-stitched alligator mississipiensis leather
  • Clasp: Standard model in 950 platinum or 18K pink gold

Vacheron Constantin - The Egérie Watch

Egérie. A name full of mystery, conjuring up a distant past, a symbol of charm and seduction. In Roman mythology, the nymph Egérie was associated with births and springs. According to tradition, she lavished her wise advice on King Numa Pompilius who succeeded Romulus, and became a legendary source of inspiration to the art world, as well as shrewd adviser to politicians and muse to poets and writers.

If yesterday’s nymph is a dream-like, ephemeral creature, woman in the third millennium flaunts her assertive personality and her desire to have a strong identity in a world of communication that respects the need for putting down roots and the search for authenticity. Masterful, individualistic, and in search of the absolute, she has great feeling for beauty, rarity, exclusivity, and excellence – all of which are the telling signs of a quality watch-making trade name such as Vacheron Constantin.

The Egérie collection’s appeal lies in its range of interpretation; a bezel that’s been polished or inset with brilliant cut diamonds accentuating a ripple patterned guilloche-ornamented dial, or paved all over, presented in a diamond-adorned case.

The Egérie collection has selected 18 carat yellow or white gold for its precious metals. A see-through caseback allows the delicate Vacheron Constantin 1400 gauge hand-wound movement and its outstanding finishing to be admired. Wand-shaped hands, 18 carat gold appliqué numerals and indices liven up the delicately guilloche-ornamented dial, protected by domed sapphire crystals. The crown is enhanced with a Maltese cross, the company’s corporate symbol since 1880. The case is water-resistant up to 30 metres.

This movement reveals exceptional features. It includes 20 rubies and a balance that moves at a rate of 28,800 semi-oscillations an hour. It has a power reserve of 40 hours. It is also stamped with the Geneva hallmark, a symbol of quality and superior workmanship issued by the selective Geneva Watch Control Office exclusively for movements produced in Geneva’s finest workshops.

A movement of this quality not only requires vast professional experience but also extraordinary patience, as exhibited by an experienced watchmaker who assembles and adjusts it one component at a time, finally regulating the mechanism slowly and deliberately with the superior expertise that this entails.The Egérie collection also is expanded with a complete range of Vacheron Constantin 1202 quartz movement watches in a standard 18K yellow or white gold case with different settings.

Egérie models have an original strap silk-like fabric considerably more resistant than silk and available in sand, blue-grey, plum or deep black colours. The tongue buckle, also in 18K gold, is in the shape of a half Maltese cross, either polished or in a pave version set with stones.

The Egérie collection, which delights with its skill and sensuality, symbolises timelessness. Classical and subtly refined, its elegance and simplicity are what make it so appealing. This line is aimed at beautiful, elegant women in a modern world.

Technical details
WIND-UP MODELS
  • References: 81541 and 81040
  • Calibre :1400, mechanical winding mechanism
  • Function: Hours, minutes
  • Movement thickness: 2,60 mm
  • Movement dimension: 9 lines (1 line = 2,255 mm)
  • Jewelling: 20 rubies
  • Power reserve: + 40 hours
  • Frequency: 28 800 semi-oscillations an hour
  • Case: 18K yellow or white gold. The white gold version may be paved with 2.1 carat diamonds
  • Case dimension: 37,15 mm x 27,50 mm
  • Dial: Guilloche-ornamented ripple motif, 18K gold numerals and indices. White gold version has a dial paved with 0.89 carat diamonds.
  • Hands: 18K gold wand shape
  • Water resistance: Up to 30 m
  • Strap: Coloured Moiré fabric (satin microfibre)
  • Clasp: 18K gold tongue buckle. Jewellery version set with 21 diamonds
QUARTZ MODELS
  • References: 25541, 25540 and 25040
  • Calibre :1202, quartz
  • Functions: Hours and minutes
  • Movement thickness: 2,10 mm
  • Movement dimension: 15,70 mm x 13,00 mm (tonneau shape)
  • Jewelling: 4
  • Frequency: 2'798 Hz
  • Case: 18K yellow or white gold with or without bezel set with 0.90 carat diamonds. White gold version may be paved with 2.1 carat diamonds
  • Case dimensions: 37,15 mm x 27,50 mm
  • Dial: Guilloche-ornamented ripple motif, 18K gold numerals and indices. White gold version has a dial paved with 0.89 carat diamonds.
  • Hands: 18K gold wand shape
  • Water resistance: Up to 30 m
  • Strap: Coloured Moiré fabric (satin microfibre)
  • Clasp: 18K gold tongue buckle. Jewellery version set with 21 diamonds

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Blancpain Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT Limited Edition

Originally launched in 2006, Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT by Blancpain is a perpetual calendar outfitted both with the patented system of correctors under the lugs and a second time zone indication. Cased in platinum with a richly coloured Havana brown dial, this special limited edition, restricted to 150 pieces, is accompanied by an exclusively created cigar cutter modelled after an antique watchmaking tool.

The remarkably Havana brown colour of Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT’s dial pays homage to Blancpain’s devotion to refinement and the art of living richly. Cigars, like all of gastronomy, form a part of the passion of celebrated living. Demonstrating the link between the two universes of watchmaking and refined lifestyle, this exceptional Blancpain timepiece is outfitted with a special rhodium plated gold winding rotor which has been hand carved with symbolic tobacco leaves.
Blancpain Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT (Réf. 4277-3446-55B),Perpetual Calendar with GMT function, Platinum Case, 42 mm case, Sapphire crystal case back,Havana brown dial, Calibre 55A5A self-winding,Power reserve 100 hours, Series limited to 150 pieces.
In the eyes of connoisseurs, the perpetual calendar, indisputably, is recognized as one of Blancpain’s grand specialties. In its Le Brassus workshops, Blancpain is devoted to perfecting and miniaturizing this complication. Recently it achieved a world record by developing the thinnest perpetual calendar movement (a mere 2.91 mm in thickness).

In 2005 Blancpain presented another innovation, its patented system of under lug correctors, developed entirely in its workshops. Instead of placing correctors on the side of watch where they are visible when the watch is worn, the indications of the date, day of week, month, leap year and moon phase, of the perpetual calendar may be adjusted by means of buttons which have been integrated into the lugs of the watch and which may be changed with a simple push of a finger. This constitutes a double advantage, at once both an improvement in the aesthetics of the watch and in its ease of use.

Rising further to this technical challenge, Blancpain introduced this world first in its Villeret Perpetual Calendar which is outfitted with particularly fine case lugs. The Blancpain Manufacture now introduces this innovation in a model from the Le Brassus series and adds yet another complication with the GMT function.

In the limited edition Le Brassus Quantième Perpétuel GMT the 312 piece movement brings together two complications aimed at daily life: a perpetual calendar and a second time zone. The dial indicates the date at the 3 o’clock position, the day of the week at 9, the month at 12 all the while keeping track of the variable length of the months, including the variations of the leap years. This can truly be seen as a programmed future memory, finished further still by an elegant moon phase indication shown in a window at 6 o’clock. All of these indications may be adjusted by correctors discretely hidden under the lugs. A second hour hand with a triangular tip shows a second time zone, distinguishing between day and night by a 24 hour scale.


The automatic winding system guarantees a power reserve of up to 100 hours. Another achievement: the watch is water resistant to a depth of 30 meters thanks to the sophisticated construction of its correctors. Guaranteeing its rarity, this edition limited to 150 examples, is offered in a platinum case, a metal which is sober, precious and classically elegant. As a result of its innovative system of under lug correctors, there is nothing marring the harmony and purity of line of its round 42 mm in diameter Le Brassus case.

The dial with its distinctive Havana tint producing brown gold reflections with hints of brushed sunlight suggests the colour of tobacco leaves. This original and unique allure is echoed by the brown hand stitched leather strap, which for extra comfort is outfitted with a platinum deployant buckle.
To accompany this exclusive timepiece, the Le Brassus Manufacture, has created a bronze cigar cutter whose special design recalls an antique watchmaking lathe. Connoisseurs will particularly appreciate this ensemble offered with an elegant brown box, bearing the design of a cigar band and another walnut box useable as a humidor.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Piaget Emperador Coussin Perpetual Calendar

Mechanically programmed to cope with the irregularities of our Gregorian calendar up until the year 2100, the perpetual calendar is one of the major complications of the watchmaking art. Piaget Calibre 855P self-winding movement displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 4 o’clock, month and leap years at 12 o’clock, along with retrograde day of the week and date displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively. In addition to the latter retrograde indications, this Calibre 855P stands out from most ordinary perpetual calendars by the addition of a dual time-zone display appearing in a subdial at 8 o’clock. The self-winding Piaget Calibre 855P is endowed with an approximately 72-hour power reserve.

The decorative features such as circular Côtes de Genève and blued screws match the brand’s aesthetic signature codes, while the oscillating weight is adorned with the Piaget coat-of-arms.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

URWERK UR-103

With the UR-103 models, URWERK takes its 'no limits' approach to haute horlogerie ever further. Four orbiting and rotating satellites display the hours, with each satellite indicating the time in a both analogue and digital fashion as it arcs across the minute chapter. This sophisticated and ground-breaking complication is the result of years of research, development and testing.
The principle technical challenge was ensuring excellent isochronal performance of the satellites while minimizing friction and loss of energy. No simple task as, together with the supporting orbital cross, the satellite complication weighs in at 160 times heavier than traditional hands.URWERK's co-founder and master watchmaker, Felix Baumgartner, took up the challenge and chose high-tech materials to minimize mass and thus maximize chronometric efficiency.
The four hour-satellites of the UR-103 are crafted in aluminium and are suspended under a grade-2 titanium orbital cross. The complication is mounted on a non-magnetic ARCAP P40 base plate providing superior strength and stability to traditional metals. The hour-satellites complete a full revolution under the orbital cross every four hours. As the satellite approaches the crown position, an internal Geneva cross causes it to undergo a 120 degree rotation on its own axis. This 120 degree rotation positions the next hour for its turn indicating the time at the front of the dial.Over a one-year time span each orbital cross completes 2190 rotations and each satellite 730 revolutions on its own axis.
URWERK's integration of a Control Board on the back of the 103 was a world first for a wristwatch. This 'dashboard' features a 43-hour Power Reserve indicator, a Chrono Meter with minutes and seconds facilitating accurate time-setting, and, in a nod to Abraham Louis Breguet, a Precision Adjustment screw making it possible for the owner to precisely regulate the timing of their UR-103 to match their own lifestyle. An exceptional complication merits an exceptional case and in the UR-103 series URWERK's gifted designer and co-founder, Martin Frei, exceeded himself. Beginning with the geometrical base of a square and a circle, Frei designed a three dimensional asymmetrical case the likes of which have never been seen before. Machining the UR-103's complex form is a major engineering feat in itself. As Felix Baumgartner says, “URWERK's innovative timepiece is the result of nearly three years of development and a further two more years of testing. . . the end result went beyond our dreams.”
Technical Specifications
  • Case: available in white gold or red gold
  • Dimensions: 50mm x 36mm x 13.5mm (including lugs)
  • Movement: Caliber 3.03, manual wind, 43-hour power reserve, 21,600bph/3Hz. Unique triple base plate in ARCAP P40 black PVD coated. Hour satellites in aluminium, orbital cross in grade 2 titanium.
  • Control Board: Grade 5 titanium, power reserve indicator, 15 minute and seconds dials for precise Time setting, user adjustable fine-tuning screw.

Movado Sapphire Synergy Watch Collection

Movado pushes design minimalism to a new pinnacle in its futuristic Sapphire™ collection with the introduction of the explosive new Sapphire Synergy™. A timepiece of substance, drama and streamlined sophistication, Sapphire Synergy showcases the powerful character and modern relevance of the iconic Museum® dial. There is no bezel on this bold watch design. Instead, Synergy’s flat sapphire crystal flows to the very edge of the case, creating a fluid, unbroken surface.


Crafted of solid stainless steel, the simple round case features a custom-engraved back. Sleek case extensions angle back, following the curve of the wrist for comfort, and attaching the smooth, supple rubber deployment strap. The Museum dial is detailed by a silvertone concave dot and dauphine hands. Sapphire Synergy is available in both a 42mm men’s size and 34mm women’s size with classic black dial, bold black PVD-finished case profile and black strap. The 34mm women’s size is also offered with an elegant white dial, polished steel case profile and pure white rubber strap.

Technical details
  • Movement: Precise Swiss quartz movement.
  • Dial: Black or white Museum® dial. Silvertone dauphine hands and concave dot at 12 o’clock.
  • Case: Solid stainless steel case with polished or black PVD-finished side edge profile; custom-engraved back. Flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 3 ATM.
  • Strap: Smooth black or white rubber with stainless steel deployment buckle.
  • Sizes: Men’s (42mm); Women’s (34mm)