Friday, February 27, 2009

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Casino Royale’ Limited Edition

Even whilst relaxing on the beach, only the best is good enough for James Bond, an ethos perfectly reflected in his choice of diving partner. The Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Casino Royale’ is a potent combination of technical complexity and aesthetic elegance.

The Planet Ocean model is identified by its distinctive bezel, which recalls the original Seamaster 300 metre models, albeit with a choice between classic and highly contemporary interpretations of this historical theme. Meticulous attention to detail resulted in a slightly different bezel design with a model taking on a resolutely sporty look.

The unidirectional rotating bezel has minute graduations for the first fifteen minutes, numbers for the subsequent ten-minute sectors and a luminous triangular marker at 12 o’clock. Other features indicating that this is a professional divers’ watch are the watertight screw-in crown, a screw-in case back and the helium escape valve (located at 10 o’clock and embossed with “He”). The Seamaster Planet Ocean is water resistant to 600 metres (2000 feet).

The matt black dial also offers excellent clarity, thanks to applied luminous hour markers and Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, with date window at 3 o’clock. The facetted arrowhead hour and minute hands also have luminous SuperLuminova inserts, and a luminous arrowhead seconds hand with orange tip offers ultimate visibility down to the last second. Beneath the surface is Omega’s calibre 2500 Co-Axial Escapement movement, which is a COSC-certified chronometer and has a power reserve of 48 hours.

The Seamaster Planet Ocean “Casino Royale” is available with a 45.5 mm diameter case and a black rubber strap. This Limited Edition has exclusive features: the central second hand bears the “007” gun logo in orange, that recalls the code name of the famous MI6 secret agent. The stainless-steel case back is embossed with the “Casino Royale” logo as well as the series number of each Limited Edition watch.

Limited to 5’007 pieces, the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Casino Royale” is a a perfect collector’s item for all James Bond aficionados.

A. LANGE &SOHNE -The New 1815 Classic Three-Hand Watch

In a larger case and with a new manually wound movement, the latest 1815 by A. Lange & Söhne embodies the paragon of simple, classic mechanical timepieces.

With its graceful sleekness, it reflects the horological principles of company founder Ferdinand Adolph Lange. It salutes his proud legacy by taking his birth year as its name.In the best sense of the term, the new 1815 is a classic three-hand watch with a manually wound movement. It presents itself as a visibly enlarged new edition of what was the fifth Lange model of the new era when it had its debut in 1995. The four digits of its name mark a turbulent year that ushered in a new epoch in Europe. They also stand for the birth year of a man who would much later establish a world-famous dynasty of watchmakers. His name: Ferdinand Adolph Lange.

Thanks to his extraordinary talent and energetic entrepreneurial spirit, the man with the modest background became a successful pioneer in horology. He founded the precision watchmaking industry in Germany, and his ideas continue to inspire the art of crafting timepieces. In his late twenties, he had an ambitious vision: to establish an independent watchmaking industry in the Ore Mountains. And he spared no effort to reach this lofty goal. Although unassuming at heart, he worked tirelessly to build the finest watches in the world. His life principle was substance over semblance. And when he designed his watches, Ferdinand Adolph Lange always made sure that “despite its unpretentiousness, each piece is robust and will reliably serve its purpose”. The threequarter plate that he introduced in 1864 to enhance the stability of movements follows this reasoning. It is exactly this “nothing-in-excess” attitude that the 1815 expresses in paying homage to the founder: the pinnacle of sleek elegance.

The new 1815 unites the finest virtues of Lange watchmaking artistry. With a case enlarged to 40 millimetres and a new movement that fills it amply with a diameter of 30.6 millimetres, the reinterpretation of the classic three-hand watch concept with a manually wound movement fully complies with Lange’s commitment to “state-of-the-art tradition”. The engineers and product designers succeeded in preserving the balanced proportions of the timeless original in its larger sibling. With a railway-track minute scale, Arabic numerals, and small seconds at 6 o’clock, the new 1815 inherits the style features of classic Lange pocket watches and transposes them to the wristwatch format in a contemporary manner.

With its 188 lavishly hand-decorated parts, the newly designed calibre L051.1 movement represents the very quintessence of Lange watchmaking artistry:three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver,hand-engraved balance cock,whiplash precision index adjuster,screwed gold chatons,thermally blued screws.
 Inside the movement, a large glucydur screw balance beats with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour. When fully wound, the watch has a power reserve of 55 hours. The case and the prong buckle of the new 1815 are made of 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, or pink gold. Its argenté dial is solid silver. Black numerals and the blued-steel lancet hands that are characteristic Lange hallmarks assure excellent legibility. In a limited edition of 500 pieces, the 1815 is also available with a platinum case featuring a rhodié dial and rhodiumed-gold hands.

Technical details
Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L051.1, manually wound, crafted to the highest Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand;No. of movement parts 188;Jewels 21;Screwed gold chatons 5;Escapement:Lever escapement;Oscillation system Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance, Nivarox balance spring, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism;Power reserve :55 hours when fully wound.

Functions
Time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds

Operating elements
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time

Case, dial & strap
Case:40.0 x 8.9 millimetres, yellow gold, white gold, pink gold or – in a limited edition of 500 watches – platinum
Movement size:30.6 x 4.6 millimetres
Glass and caseback:Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Dial:Solid silver, argenté or rhodié (platinum model only)
Hands:Blued steel or rhodiumed gold (platinum model only)
Strap:Supple crocodile strap and Lange prong buckle in solid gold or platinum.



Reference no:233.032
Description :1815, pink gold, Ø 40,0 mm; dial argenté, manually wound, time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds, stop seconds, power reserve 55 hours when fully wound, crocodile strap.


Reference no:233.026
Description :1815, white gold, Ø 40,0 mm; dial argenté, manually wound, time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds, stop seconds, power reserve 55 hours when fully wound, crocodile strap.


Reference no:233.025
Description :1815, platinum, Ø 40,0 mm; dial rhodié, manually wound, time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds, stop seconds, power reserve 55 hours when fully wound, crocodile strap, limitation: 500 timepieces.


Reference no:233.021
Description:1815, yellow gold, Ø 40,0 mm; dial argenté, manually wound, time indicated in hours, minutes, small seconds, stop seconds, power reserve 55 hours when fully wound, crocodile strap

Courtesy:Lange Uhren GmbH

A LANGE &SOHNE - LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL PINK GOLD

Launched in 2001, the LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL is is the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with an outsize date display and a perpetual calendar whose displays can be individually corrected but also collectively advanced. In 2007, a new version with a precious pink-gold case and a silver dial was introduced.

With its numerous innovations, the LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL is very much in keeping with the Lange claim: “State-of-the-Art Tradition”. And at Lange, this does not mean preserving the ashes but kindling the fire. After all, this timepiece unites the Lange tradition of perpetual calendars from the second half of the 19th century with technical refinements that represent the pinnacle of precision watchmaking today.

With its unique combination of a perpetual calendar, the Lange outsize date, the ingenious ZERO-RESET mechanism, the main push piece for collectively advancing all calendar indications, and with its unmatched precision, it is a true benchmark. Once correctly set, the date display remains accurate until the next secular year occurs: on 28 February 2100, it needs to be advanced by one day. The moon-phase mechanism is also stunningly accurate. After 122.6 years of uninterrupted operation, it deviates from synodic lunation by merely one day.
With its Roman numerals, the balanced dial of the LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL is clearly structured and, despite the diversity of displays – hours, minutes, small seconds, a separate 24-hour display with day/night indicator, date, day of week, month, leap year, and moon phase – eminently legible. Prominent lancet hands sweep its face, dominated in the upper half by the Lange outsize date. Available so far in platinum and yellow-gold versions, the LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL now has a strikingly radiant pink-gold sibling with a bright silver dial and appliques in pink gold.

Technical details
Model: LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL in pink gold
Reference: LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL, Ref.: 310.032

Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L922.1 SAX-0-MAT, selfwinding, crafted to the highest Lange quality standards and largely assembled and decorated by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; three quarter plate made of untreated cross-laminated German silver with integrated three-quarter rotor made of 21-carat gold and a platinum segment, reversing and reduction gear with four ball bearings; balance cock engraved by hand;Movement parts: 478;Jewels: 43;Escapement:Lever escapement;Balance: Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance,Nivarox hairspring balance with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism;Power reserve: 46 hours when fully wound.

Functions
Time indicated in hours, minutes, and small seconds, stop seconds with ZERO-RESET mechanism, perpetual calendar with outsize date, moon-phase display, day-of-week, month, four-year/leap-year, and day/night indications

Operating elements
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, a universal corrector for simultaneously advancing all calendar displays plus one push piece each for the day of the week, the month, and the moon phase (recessed)

Case, dial & strap
Case: Diameter 38.5 millimetres, pink gold
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Dial: Solid silver, argenté
Hands: Pink gold, luminous
Strap: Crocodile strap with precious-metal Lange prong buckle in solid pink gold

Also available
LANGEMATIK PERPETUAL Platinum, Ref.: 310.025

Movement: Lange manufacture calibre L922.1 SAX-O-MAT, self-winding, bidirectional winding rotor, 46 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hours and minutes indication, small seconds hand. Patented ZERO-
RESET mechanism. Perpetual calendar with patented outsize date, day of week,
month, 4-year and leap-year display. Moon-phase display. Day/ Night indicator.
Case: Ø 38.5 mm, platinum.
Dial: Solid sivler, rhodié. Hour and minute hands luminous.
Hands: Rhodiumed gold.
Glas and Caseback: Sapphire crystal glass.
Strap: Hand-stitched crocodile strap buckle in platinum.

A LANGE &SOHNE -The LANGE 1 for Night Owls

From the very beginning, the LANGE 1 was a bold statement against conformism and Saxony’s answer to stylistic uniformity in watch design. That’s what made it so successful around the world. Now, in a stately white-gold case with luminous hands and appliques, it presents itself in a new livery: radiant, sleek, and distinctive. No other watch played a more prominent role in the revival of the A. Lange & Söhne brand than the LANGE 1. And since it was launched nearly 15 years ago, it has lost none of its original charisma. Right from the start, it projected an unmistakable personality.

And in an inimitable way, it melded tradition, progress, and superb quality. The LANGE 1 thus became the symbol for the rebirth of a marque that has always stood for exclusive timekeeping instruments: A. Lange & Söhne. With a bright argenté dial and a striking white-gold case, the design icon now reveals new, gleaming facets. Even after nightfall, this watch beams with its luminous, Superluminova coated rhodiumed gold hands and appliques on the off-centre time and power reserve dials. So apart from the time of day, the new beacon from Saxony also vividly delivers the time of night between sunset and sunrise.

The new member of the probably most acclaimed watch family in the world is also powered by the eminent calibre L901.0 movement. From the horological perspective, it features fascinating details that watch connoisseurs the world over associate with the A. Lange & Söhne brand as the hallmark for quality “Made in Germany”: the typical three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver, screwed gold chatons, the twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of more than three days, the patented, highly intricate whiplash precision index adjuster on a hand-engraved balance cock, and the ingenious outsize date display that in the 1990s prompted an entire industry to rethink the fundamental concepts of the dial. To emphasise its temperament, the LANGE 1 in the white-gold case has a black crocodile strap with a white seam and a Lange prong buckle in solid white gold.

Technical details
Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L901.0, manually wound, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards and largely decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; twin mainspring barrel; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Number of parts: 365
Jewels: 53
Screwed gold chatons: 9
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance, Nivarox balance;spring, frequency 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash;precision index adjuster and patented beat adjustment system
Power reserve More than 72 hours when fully wound

Functions
Time display in hours, minutes, small seconds hand with stop seconds, patented outsize date, power-reserve indicator

Operating elements
Crown for winding the watch and setting the time, date correction push piece

Case, dial & strap
Case: 38.5 x 10 millimetres, 18-carat white gold
Movement size: 30.4 x 5.9 millimetres
Glass and caseback Antireflection-coated sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Dial: Solid silver, argenté, appliques in rhodiumed gold, luminous
Hands: Rhodiumed gold, luminous
Strap: Hand stitched crocodile strap with precious-metal Lange prong buckle in solid white gold

Vacheron Constantin -The 1972- 30th anniversary exclusive, limited edition(2002)

This fashionable diamond watch by Vacheron Constantin was actually launched in 2002 to mark the 30'th anniversary of an original 1972 model watch.

A child of the 20th century’s love of originality, the 1972 design made full use of the period’s unfettered aesthetic quest to present a strikingly novel face of time. With this watch, bold spirit enlivens daring shape. The public’s notice was immediate, intriguing connoisseurs, attracting collectors and convincing anyone with a love of the unusual that their time had come... When it appeared in 1972, its eye-catching asymmetrical case won the plaudits of a Paris jury who promptly awarded the design the coveted “Diplôme du Prestige de la France”.In 2002, Vacheron Constantin marked the design’s 30th anniversary with an exclusive, limited edition of 60 watches enhanced with embroidered straps designed and made by the famed Paris House of Lesage.



Both serenely classic and utterly contemporary in style and spirit, the 1972 design continues to assert an attractive personality with paradoxically ever greater seductive power. From the strap’s airy suppleness to the case’s rigorous geometry, and the blaze of diamonds to satin’s inky darkness, the 1972 watch adds arresting fascination to the world of time.

Its stunning trapeze-shaped case returns in shimmering, diamond-set form enhanced by the mysterious sheen of a black satin strap. Soft, smooth fabric enhancing the eternal fires of diamond—time here works its magic to the full.Gracefully and comfortably cambered, the white gold case features a sapphire crystal protecting a full-pavé dial swept by a pair of swordblade-shaped hands. Itself fitted with a gem-studded buckle, the black satin strap caresses the wrist gently, setting off the diamonds’ adamant presence. Exquisitely balanced, the composition affirms yet again the creative spirit, consummate experience, expertise and sense of detail that enable Geneva’s oldest maker of luxury timepiece to bring the world a design as exceptional as the 1972.

Technical details:
Reference:25521
Caliber :1202, quartz
Indications:hours and minutes
Movement thickness:2.10 mm
Movement dimensions:15.70 x 13.00 mm (tonneau shaped)
Jewelling:4
Case :18K white gold
Bezel:set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approximately 0.74 carat
Dial:pavé-set with 199 of Top Wesselton VVS diamonds (approx. 1.047 carat)
Water resistance:to 30 meters (~ 100 feet)
Strap:black satin
Buckle:standard buckle set with 25 diamonds weighing 0.09 carat

Olivier Randin: “Maurice Béjart OFFICIAL RECEPTION”-TOKYO

Tokyo Ballet paid its homage with the “Maurice Béjart OFFICIAL RECEPTION” of February 6 to the Grand opera Hall of the U-port center of Tokyo. For this series of evenings, the Clock making Manufacture of Lausanne was present also with the whole of its collection representing nine models "Dame et Homme".
The mark could make admire this new collection with more than 12 ' 000 admirers and admirers of ballets. Among other large number of dancers, this exceptional homage was accompanied by Sylvie Guillem (she celebrates her forty four years this very day). She interpreted four evenings of continuation splendid Boléro in shivering the choreography of the Master. The principal dancer, envoûtante, were surrounded of more than thirty Japanese dancers repeating her gestures until the ultimate note. By its presence, this emblematic figure of the dance illuminated the watches.

OMEGA Limited Edition Pocket Watch 1932

The first company ever called upon to time all events at an Olympic Games, OMEGA supplied 30 pocket watch chronographs for use at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The extremely precise, hand-crafted mechanical movements at the heart of the 1932 chronographs ensured that all competition results were recorded with state-of-the-art accuracy and reliability. In 2006, to celebrate the historic relationship and OMEGA’s renewed role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, OMEGA created the Limited Edition Pocket Watch 1932.

The OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 project began with the extraordinary discovery of a number of unassembled chronograph movement kits, which had lain in storage for decades. The kits turned out to hold components for the very movement that had powered the OMEGA chronographs at the 1932 Olympic Games.

The discovery sparked an ambitious and unusual undertaking: a plan to build a commemorative Pocket Watch 1932 using components recovered from the re-discovered assembly kits. Each kit comprised some 180 different parts and sub-assemblies, some of which proved to be in good condition, while others could no longer be used. All of the recovered components would have to be reconditioned, and a number of new tools would be required to assemble them.
The new pocket watch would be based on the 1932 design, built using movements assembled from reconditioned and enhanced components, and completed with a small number of new components manufactured using contemporary watchmaking technologies. A search was begun through company archives for additional material that might prove helpful to the enterprise, and eventually even the original movement design drawings from the late 1920s turned up on microfilm.

The heart of the OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 is the OMEGA calibre 3889A, a high-performance precision movement with an integrated rattrapante chronograph mechanism controlled by a double column wheel. The 24’’’ (53.7mm) movement beats at 36,000 alternations per hour, enabling accuracy to 1/10th of a second. All of the components recovered from the kits have been restored to immaculate condition. The gilt plates and bridges of the 1932 design have been reconditioned, rhodium-plated and enhanced with circular graining and Geneva waves.
All steel components are satin-brushed, and the two column wheels are blued steel. The chronograph start, stop and re-set functions are integrated in the crown; beneath the crown is a safety-lock wheel to prevent involuntary stoppage of the chronograph (an essential feature for the official timekeepers at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games!). The pushbutton at 11 o’clock controls the rattrapante function; the hours, minutes and seconds are set by holding down the 1 o’clock pushbutton and winding the crown.

The enormous care taken by OMEGA’s master watchmakers in restoring and assembling the recovered movement kits has allowed the Pocket Watch 1932 to achieve official COSC certification as a chronometer. The same precision and aesthetic sensibility evident in the numerous decorative enhancements to the movement has also led to other notable aesthetic enhancements. The chromium-plated metal cases of the 1932 model have been replaced by hand-crafted 18-carat yellow, white or red gold watchcases.

Like the original edition, the contemporary OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 features an exquisite 57mm enamel dial, crafted using a demanding process that has become a rarity in watchmaking today. The dial is white enamel with a recessed 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock and a recessed continuous seconds dial at 6 o’clock, both with black enamel “railroad track” rings. The black enamel Arabic numerals and 5-60 minute-scale, graduated to 1/5th second, and the red enamel OMEGA name and symbol are identical to those of the OMEGA chronographs used at the Olympic Games in 1932.

The hands of the 1932 edition have been reproduced using contemporary production technologies; the chronograph and 12 o’clock minute-counter hands are blue; the color of the split-seconds hand is yellow, white or red gold to match the case; the hour, minute and 6 o’clock continuous seconds hands are gold, coated in blue. The pendant protecting the crown takes the shape of the Greek letter OMEGA.
Three different watchcases house the Limited Edition OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932; 100 yellow gold, 100 white gold and 100 red gold cases, representing the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to winning athletes at the Olympic Games. Similarly, on all three versions, the 11 o’clock pushbutton is capped with white gold, the 1 o’clock pushbutton with red gold, and the crown with yellow gold. The case back opens to reveal the movement, protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Stamped on the case back is the official five-ring logo of the Olympic Games. The title Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games and the words Limited Edition are engraved on the case back, along with the edition number of each piece: (001/100) for each of the yellow, white and red gold editions.

The OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 tells an extraordinary story of art, emotion and technology. From the chance discovery of the 1932-design movement kits to the final assembly of 300 exquisitely finished works of art, the OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 narrates the history of OMEGA and the Olympic Games. It tells the story of sports timekeeping from the day OMEGA first delivered 30 chronographs for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles to the company’s renewed role in 2006 as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.

The Pocket Watch 1932 is also the story of OMEGA’s master artisans and their dedication to the fine art of mechanical watchmaking. Exquisite enhancements to the 1932 design make the contemporary Limited Edition OMEGA Pocket Watch 1932 a rare example of the best in mechanical watchmaking, combining fine Swiss craftsmanship with the most advanced of contemporary watchmaking technologies.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Backes & Strauss BLACK KNIGHT Limited Edition

The Black Knight is a new and robust addition to the Berkeley Collection.Proud in its black steel PVD case the hand polished rose gold Arabic numerals sit elegantly on the black dial.The choice of straps, black rubber or alligator, with ardillion buckle also in black PVD steel enhance this unique Black Knight, and there are only 125 pieces in each size.

The Black Knight – Technical Information
Size: 40mm (also available in size 43mm).
Movement: Automatic movement rotor with platinum segment.
Display: Hours, minutes and seconds.
Case in steel with Black PVD (physical vapour deposition).
Crown 1 ideal cut diamond, weighing 0.12 carats.
Dial: Black dial with rose hand polished Arabic numerals and indexes.
Black rubber or black alligator strap.
Ardillon buckle in steel with black PVD.
Limited edition - 125 pieces in each size.
The Berkeley Black Knight retails at CHF 7’500 (40mm) and CHF 8’500 (43mm).

A LANGE &SOHNE - New SAXONIA Collection - SAXONIA, the SAXONIA AUTOMATIK, and the GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK

In 2007, A. Lange & Söhne has redefined the SAXONIA and with three models has thus created a distinctive watch family with a striking, classically elegant personality. With suave charm and convincing intrinsic values, the members of the re-issued family – the SAXONIA, the SAXONIA AUTOMATIK, and the GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK – are worthy ambassadors of the Saxon watchmaking heritage.

When it was first introduced to a spellbound audience at the Dresden Palace in 1994, the SAXONIA – one of the watches in Lange’s new-era debut collection – paid tribute to Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the founder of the precision watchmaking industry in Glashütte, and expressed deep respect for his Saxon homeland. The location was judiciously chosen, because the history of A. Lange & Söhne began right here: at the court of Saxony’s electors and kings. This is where Ferdinand Adolph Lange began his horological career as the master student of Gutkaes, clockmaker to the Royal Saxon Court.

And this is also where Saxon jewellers, sculptors, and watchmakers demonstrated unprecedented prowess under the auspices of Augustus the Strong, one of the most illustrious rulers of the Baroque period. During his reign, Dresden became the mecca for Europe’s most talented artisans, and the “Green Vault”, the court’s collection of treasures, was considered synonymous with Saxon splendour. The three new timepieces presented by A. Lange & Söhne proudly evoke this tradition with “SAXONIA” as their shared family name. Every detail of their lavishly hand-finished movements transports the values of Saxon precision watchmaking from its pioneering days to the present.
Just like the Saxon artisans of bygone days, Lange’s master watchmakers are modest individuals who share a passion for perfection. Accordingly, the personality of the SAXONIA is refreshingly understated. Its design focuses entirely on essentials: the sleek contours of the case frame the perfectly legible dial. The sapphire-crystal caseback showcases the exclusive calibre L941.1 movement. Its plates are made of untreated German silver, an alloy composed of copper, zinc, and nickel which in the course of time develops a golden patina. Lange is one of the few manufactories that uses this alloy.

Screws that are annealed to a cornflower blue and the synthetic ruby jewels – four of them embedded in gold chatons – create a colourful contrast. The passion and time invested in the finish of the movement parts also belong to the Lange culture. Even surfaces that are concealed after the assembly of the movement are meticulously decorated with refined patterns. The hand-engraved balance cock turns each watch into a one-of-a-kind treasure. The 37.0 millimetre case is crafted from 18-carat yellow, pink, or white gold. The appliques on the dial and the lancet hands are also made of solid gold. The solid-silver dial is available in four different colours.

SAXONIA - Technical details
Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L941.1, manually wound,crafted to the highest Lange quality standards and largely  ssembled and decorated by hand; precision adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts: 164
Jewels: 21
Screwed gold chatons: 4
Escapement: Lever escapement
Balance: Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance, Nivarox hairspring balance with a frequency of 21,600;semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index; adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism
Power reserve: 45 hours when fully wound

Functions
Time display in hours, minutes, and small seconds with stop seconds
Operating elements: Crown for winding movement and setting the time

Case, dial & strap
Case: Diameter 37.0 millimetres, yellow, white, or pink gold
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Dial: Solid silver, champagne, argenté, black or grey
Hands: Yellow gold, rhodiumed gold or pink gold
Strap: Crocodile strap with precious-metal Lange prong buckle in solid yellow, white, or pink gold.

SAXONIA AUTOMATIK and GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK
The SAXONIA AUTOMATIK and the GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK are endowed with all the quality features that are characteristic for each member of the noble SAXONIA family. Additionally, they are powered by a movement that is exceptional in every respect: Lange’s famous SAX-0-MAT manufacture calibre. The first and last syllables refer to Saxony, its geographical home, and to the automatic winding mechanism. The “zero” in the middle stands for the sophisticated ZERO-RESET feature which causes the seconds hand to instantly jump to zero when the crown is pulled. This is a useful innovation that truly simplifies the synchronisation of the watch with a reference time signal. The SAX-0-MAT is also unique by virtue of its winding mechanism design.

Thanks to its reversing and reduction gear train, the delicately embossed rotor in gold and platinum winds bidirectionally. Four ball bearings assure that it transfers its torque to the mainspring with the greatest degree of efficiency. The gearing ratio builds up a sufficient power reserve even on a calm wrist. The fascinating kinetics of the winding rotor and the going train can be admired through the sapphirecrystal caseback. The face of the SAXONIA AUTOMATIK is accented by the Lange outsize date beneath the twelve. The two timepieces are available in white or pink gold as SAXONIA AUTOMATIK with a diameter of 37.0 millimetres or in more prominent versions as GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK with a 40.6-millimetre case.

Technical details

Models: SAXONIA AUTOMATIK and GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK

Movement
Lange manufacture calibre L921.4 (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK) and L921.2 (GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK), self-winding, crafted to the highest Lange quality standards and largely assembled and decorated by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; plates and bridges made of untreated German silver; balance cock engraved by hand
Movement parts: 378 (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK); 307(GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK)
Jewels: 45 (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK); 36 (GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK)
Escapement: Lever escapement
Balance: Shock-resistant glucydur screw balance,Nivarox hairspring balance with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, whiplash precision index adjuster with patented beat adjustment mechanism;Power reserve: 46 hours when fully wound

Functions
Time display in hours, minutes, and small seconds,with stop seconds, outsize date (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK)
Operating elements: Crown for winding movement and setting the time,push piece for advancing the date display (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK)

Case, dial & strap
Case: Diameter 37.0 millimetres (SAXONIA AUTOMATIK)Diameter 40.6 millimetres (GRAND SAXONIA AUTOMATIK), white or pink gold
Glass and caseback: Sapphire crystal (hardness 9)
Dial: Solid silver, argenté, black or grey
Hands: Rhodiumed gold or pink gold; seconds hand rhodiumed gold, pink gold or blued steel.
Strap: Crocodile strap with precious-metal Lange prong buckle in solid white or pink gold.

Backes & Strauss Watches -The Piccadilly Collection

The Piccadilly is shaped by John Nash’s great circular junction, the epicentre of London ever since it was built in 1819. Originally known as Regent Circus South, Piccadilly Circus was conceived as one of the two links joining the three parts of Nash’s sweeping Regent Street - Oxford Circus, or Regent Circus North, being the other. It also connected Nash’s dramatic vision, the height of modern fashion, with Piccadilly itself, the bastion of traditional style. This concept of an elegant connection between new and old lies at the heart of the Piccadilly Collection.

♣Piccadilly PC.45. MA.D.2R Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws.
Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Case in 18 carat rose gold set with 144 ideal cut diamonds (± 5.8 carats). Also available in white gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Rose gold coloured hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold).

♣Piccadilly PC.45.MA.D.1R Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws.
Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Case in 18 carat rose gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (± 8.4 carats). Also available in white gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond.
Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold).

♣Piccadilly PC.45.MA Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws.
Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5o’clock.
Case in 18 carat rose gold. Also available in white gold;Silver dial with gold coloured hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes. Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;
Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold).

♣Piccadilly PC.45.MA White Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws.
Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Case in 18 carat white gold;Silver dial with gold coloured hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes. Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.40.MA.D.2R Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws.
Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Case in 18 carat rose gold set with 106 ideal cut diamonds (± 3.6 carats). Also available in white gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).

♣Piccadilly PC.40.MA.D.1R Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws;Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock;Case in 18 carat rose gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (± 6.2 carats);Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.40.MA Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws;Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock;Case in 18 carat rose gold;Silver dial with gold-coloured hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varities are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat rose gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.37.MA.D.2R White Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws;Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat white gold set with 122 ideal cut diamonds (± 3.1 carats);Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.37.MA.D.1R Rose Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws;Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat rose gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (± 4.6
carats);Also available in white gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold).

♣Piccadilly PC.37.MA White Gold
Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours
Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws;Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat white gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.33.QZ.D.2R White Gold
Caliber:Quartz movement;Display: hours and minutes;Case in 18 carat white gold set with 114 ideal cut diamonds (± 1.9 carats);Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.33.QZ.D.1R White Gold
Caliber:Quartz movement.;Display: hours and minutes;Case in 18 carat white gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (±3 carats);Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.

♣Piccadilly PC.33.QZ. White Gold
Caliber:Quartz movement;Display: hours and minutes;Case in 18 carat white gold
Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat white gold.

Marvin Watches - M014 diamonds collection

For spring and forever, Marvin has conceived a watch with a virile and dandy look for men who dare to assert their personality. With its PVD pink gold case and its somewhat nonconformist setting –the Marvin crown logo on one side and an understated geometric arrangement of precious stones on the other – and a dial of amusing austerity, this timepiece is clearly defined by its extraordinarily audacious asymmetry.

Marvin continues to innovate for contemporary men.Once again, the brand has created for them a watch out of the ordinary, a blend of rigour and sophistication,with its emblematic crown logo set in diamonds. A must that will subtly highlight the authentic virility of the dandy.The M014 is a large format – 50 mm by 38 mm – rectangular watch that matches an understated and discrete gem setting on a PVD pink gold case, with a unique dial featuring a central passing hour disc, and the minutes and seconds in counters 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively.

Diamonds are forever:At Marvin, they do not flood the watch with their scintillating brilliance. The brand has opted rather for a sense of extreme refinement. Forty-six precious stones form a geometric array in two sequences: an abstract interpretation of the crown logo floating on the left-hand side of the case, and on the
right-hand side, several diamonds set deeply in a highly precise arrangement. Together, they form an asymmetrical design of surprising elegance, conceived for men who assert their personality and their uniqueness with complete serenity.

Image:Marvin Watches - M014 diamonds collection


Revealing a powerful and decidedly masculine presence, this watch presents a look of amusing austerity from whichever angle it is viewed:
- The contrast between the dial’s pink gold and matt black, and the red hands and the brand’s iconic red hour marker; the non-conformist setting; the exclusive and interchangeable Marvin leather bracelet in black jack calf with, as one would expect, its red lining; the Marvin tang buckle in PVD pink gold.
- The Ronda Swiss-made quartz movement.

Technical details:
Movements:Hours and minutes: Ronda 751;Seconds: Ronda 753 Quartz, Swiss-made
Functions:Hours in the window;Minutes at 12 o’clock;Seconds at 6 o’clock
Case: Rectangular, 50 x 38 mm;PVD pink gold;46 TW/SI diamonds; cuts: 37 x Ø 1 mm and 9 x Ø 1.4 mm;Crown Grooved;Engraved with the Marvin logo;Crystal Sapphire;Internal anti-reflective treatment;Water resistance:5 ATM
Dial:Matt black
Leather bracelet:22/18 mm, interchangeable “Jack calf” leather, black with red lining
Tang buckle with appliquéd Marvin logo
Guarantee Two years
Retail price CHF 2,440 (recommended, worldwide).

Vacheron Constantin : Brand Info

“It is now time for me to leave and to let the story of Vacheron Constantin and its secrets come out to meet the outside world. A quarter of a millennium later, the time has come”. This quote is drawn from the conclusion of Franco Cologni’s foreword to the monumental work entitled “Secrets of Vacheron Constantin”

Vacheron Constantin, the iconic Swiss luxury watch company is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture to have enjoyed uninterrupted activity since its founding in 1755.A full-fledged watch Manufacture, it masters the complete creative process, ranging from research and development of movements, the aesthetic definition of each of its models, the full set of stages in designing and making the watch components, through to entirely hand-crafted finishing.

It was in 1755 that a brilliant master-watchmaker named Jean-Marc Vacheron opened his workshop at the heart of Geneva. An open-minded and scholarly individual inspired by the humanist current of thought, this “cabinotier” – as the Geneva watchmaking craftsmen were called at the time – soon began making exceptionally finely fashioned watches that were to earn a reputation that spread well beyond national borders. He was to transmit his talent, his knowledge and his sense of excellence to numerous generations of his descendents.

A seasoned businessman and a peerless salesman, François Constantin joined forces with the heirs of Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1819. Displaying tremendous energy, he travelled the length and breadth of Europe for decades, opening up numerous markets to the marvels of ingenuity emerging from the workshops of a House now called Vacheron et Constantin.

In 1839, the history of watchmaking and that of the company were marked by the hiring of a brilliant technical director, Georges-Auguste Leschot. This inventive, visionary engineer developed and produced the first machines enabling series production of movement components, and in particular a device called a pantograph. Until then, no constituent part could b e substituted for another, given the inevitable irregularities of their entirely hand-made production. By associating the machine with the human hand, Vacheron Constantin thereby revolutionised production, enabling a considerable acceleration in the marketing of watch products.

In 1880, Vacheron Constantin registered the brand’s “Maltese Cross” symbol. It is in fact based on a small component of the barrel-cover, which was formerly used to limit the extent to which the mainspring could be wound, thus enhancing the rate of the watch.Throughout the 20th century, Vacheron Constantin has pursued its in-depth exploration of its art through stunning creations intended for an increasingly large number of clients. Year after year, Vacheron Constantin reinforces its reputation based on its know-how and on its sense of technical and aesthetic innovation.

THREE KEY FACTORS
From the 18th century to the 21st century, the spirit and the letter have remained intact. Today as yesterday, creations by Vacheron Constantin stem from the encounter of three key factors:
(1)Technique: Vacheron Constantin combines age-old know-how and ultra-modern equipment to produce ever more sophisticated timepieces. The brand thus offers an entire range of movements, from the simplest – indicating the hour, minutes and seconds – to the most complex, such as the perpetual calendar, chronographs, moon-phase or jumping-hour models and tourbillons, and on to extremely clever minute repeaters. Today, 85% of its watches are equipped with a mechanical movement.

(2)Aesthetics: As the world’s oldest watch Manufacture, Vacheron Constantin has never stopped creating and innovating. Drawing its inspiration from an existing wealth of successes and from its own traditions of excellence, it is able to create watches with exemplary lines and volumes, in harmony with the most authentic contemporary spirit. Down through changing eras, the shapes and decorative motifs are consistently aimed at achieving a universal, timelessly refined aesthetic appeal that is never ostentatious.

(3)Finishing: The finishing testifies to the efforts expended on technical and aesthetic levels to give exceptional value to each watch emerging from the workshops. It is the care devoted to each detail that makes a Vacheron Constantin so clearly recognisable to connoisseurs. This quest for perfection constitutes the genuine signature, invisible yet very real, of the master-watchmakers of the House.

QUALITY AND ADDED VALUE
Vacheron Constantin currently employs around 350 people around the world, including 250 in Switzerland. It runs two production sites with complementary activities: the new site in Plan-les-Ouates/Geneva, a contemporary Manufacture and international brand headquarters that have been operational since August 2004; and the other in the Vallée de Joux, which is home to the movement Research and Development unit and to the machining and decorating of the components in mechanical movements. Together, they produce a limited number of exceptional watches with high added value: some 15,000 per year, a figure that obviously favours quality over any other considerations. In addition to developing and crafting all its “complication” models, Vacheron Constantin also decorates all its proprietary movements: bevelling the bridges, drawing out the flanks with file strokes, and individually polishing the screws are all part of the operations consistently performed before the meticulous process of assembling the parts one by one.

THE NEW MANUFACTURE IN PLAN-LES-OUATES
Vacheron Constantin took possession of its new Manufacture on August 9th 2004. Located in Plan-les-Ouates/Geneva, the premises designed by Swiss-born French architect Bernard Tschumi also serve as the brand’s international headquarters. It was officially inaugurated on September 8th, after two years of planning and 18 months of intensive building work, and symbolises an significant stage in the development of the world’s oldest brand in uninterrupted operation since its founding in 1755.

Vacheron Constantin manufacture


The historical site “en lle”, at the heart of Geneva, which served as company headquarters since 1755, remains the emblem of the brand’s rich heritage and one of the icons of Geneva watchmaking thanks to its Museum and its boutique, as well as a “custom-made watches” workshop. It represents the third pillar on which the brand is founded.

Vacheron Constantin History in a nutshell(1755-2005)
1755: Jean-Marc Vacheron opens a watchmaking workshop in the Saint-Gervais district of Geneva. He creates his first models there, heralding an impressive production, and founds a dynasty that will shape the destiny of one of the greatest names in watchmaking history.

1819: At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, François Constantin joins the company. For decades, he travels tirelessly the length and breadth of Europe, opening up all the markets of the era to the marvels of ingenuity carrying the Vacheron Constantin signature.

1839: A mechanical genius hired to manage production, Georges-Auguste Leschot revolutionises watch production by developing the first machines capable of making interchangeable parts.

1875: Now somewhat cramped within its historical premises on the Tour de l’Ile, the Maison moves to the nearby Rue des Moulins, where the company headquarters, museum and boutique are still located to this day.

1880: Adoption of the Maltese Cross as the brand symbol, derived from a component that used to be fixed to the barrel-cover in order to prevent excessive winding of the mainspring and thus to enhance the rating precision of the watch.

1906: Inauguration of the Vacheron Constantin boutique on the Rue des Moulins, at the heart of Geneva.

1911: Vacheron Constantin makes its first wristwatches.
1955: Celebration of the company bicentenary with the development of the world’s thinnest mechanical movement: just 1.64 mm!

1979: Sculpted directly from a gold ingot and then set with 130 carats of emerald-cut diamonds, the Kallista watch by Vacheron Constantin immediately asserts itself as one of the world’s most dazzling watch creations, the result of no less than 8,700 hours of meticulous workmanship.

1992: Launch of the Vacheron Constantin 1755 (minute repeater) and 1760 (tourbillon) movements.
1994: Inauguration of the Vacheron Constantin private museum, a faithful reconstitution of an 18th century cabinotiers workshop.
1996: The Manufacture launches its Overseas sports collection.
1998: Integration of the Haute de Gamme movement workshops in the Vallée de Joux, with which the company has enjoyed a long-established partnership and increasingly close ties.
2000: Launch of the Malte Collection, characterised by its resolutely contemporary spirit, and is emblematic shaped Tourbillon.
2004: Inauguration of the new Manufacture. Launch of the new Patrimony en hommage aux grands explorateurs, which perpetuates the art of enamelling.
2005: Vacheron Constantin celebrates its 250th anniversary.


Vacheron Constantin manufacture night view


VACHERON CONSTANTIN MAISON
When Jean-Marc Vacheron founded Vacheron Constantin in 1755 the ways of doing business were very different to today. To become a master watchmaker had taken him time and the ability to demonstrate great skill and commitment to the art of watchmaking. Typically he had first to find a place for his atelier where he could also house both his family and his apprentices. Geneva watchmakers, or cabinotiers, tended to settle in the Old Town of Geneva, and given the tall buildings which lined the streets of this area, the watchmakers generally chose to have their workshops on the top floor of the building – this way they were able to take advantage of every second of daylight.

In the 18th century customers would visit the workshops directly to discuss their orders and check on the progress of their custom-made watches at the various stages of completion. Inevitably, as business developed, it became less and less convenient to have clients climbing to the top of the building and eventually ‘client reception areas’ were created on the first floor. Here clients came to discuss their timekeeping needs in privacy – a situation which was greatly appreciated by clients, particularly those wishing to discuss some of the original and more valuable pieces being created for them by their master watchmaker – an intimacy and privacy which still exists today.

In 1843, after several years working near the Quai des Bergues in Geneva, Vacheron Constantin moved to the Tour de L’Ile, the remains of an ancient 13th century fortified palace built by Bishop Aymon de Grandson to control this natural crossing point of the River Rhône. A famous Geneva landmark, the Tour was also a tribute to the clock-making industry of Geneva with its clock tower, which had for centuries been crowned by a great clock. Here the firm was able to rent considerably more space than it had had previously, including three floors for workshops as well as the first floor apartment. In the style of the day, the first floor apartment became the clients’ reception area for private consultations with Vacheron Constantin sales personnel and master-watchmakers, here long hours were spent discussing the creation of special pieces, viewing bespoke watches, and negotiating contracts.

Eventually the headquarters in the Tour de L’Ile became too cramped for the ever-expanding business and Jean-François Constantin commissioned the architect Elysée Goss to create a purpose-built headquarters for Vacheron Constantin at 1 quai des Moulins on L’Ile, just a stone’s throw from the tower. It was completed in 1875. Business flourished and over the years many of the rich and famous climbed the stairs to the first floor of Vacheron Constantin’s headquarters on L’Ile to discuss their watchmaking needs. The clientele included important members of Europe’s aristocracy, the cream of world society and world famous personalitie

Innovative as always, Vacheron Constantin decided that it was evidently more practical to welcome clients at ground-floor level. So, in 1906, in order to sell and display their mastercrafted creations in an appropriately splendid setting, Vacheron Constantin decided to engage the architect Bettinger to create their first Boutique in the rue des Moulins premises. The shop was opened on 1 August 1906 and now Genevans and tourists alike were able feast their eyes on the superb Vacheron Constantin creations arranged in the elegant ground floor window displays. In just a little more than 150 years since its inception, the company had established one of the very first watch boutiques in Geneva.

First Vacheron Constantin Boutique in the rue des Moulins (1906)


Throughout its 100 years of existence the Boutique has embraced the fundamental changes taking place in society. It has seen a fascination develop for overseas travel and exploration and its inherent need for precision timekeeping, the formation of the United Nations, turning Geneva into a truly international center playing host to diplomats from around the world.

Naturally many of these, along with their visiting Heads of State have found their way across the hallowed threshold of Vacheron Constantin’s stylish Boutique – King Farouk of Egypt, the Aga Khan, the Maharaja of Patiala, the Maharaja of Baroda, Edward Prince of Wales, are among those choosing the brand. Watches have been ordered for aviators and military men alike, to commemorate events, feats of prowess and new world records.In 2004, the headquarters and manufacture of Vacheron Constantin moved to state-of-the-art premises designed by Bernard Tschumi Urbanistes Architectes, in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, while the architect Eric Maria was commissioned to completely restore the historic cradle of the Maison Vacheron Constantin, at rue des Moulins on L’Ile, in the heart of Geneva.

Farouk Watch made by Vacheron Constantin

The Boutique – an intimate calming environment where clients can view the current Vacheron Constantin Collections, incorporates on the first floor the splendors of the Vacheron Constantin Heritage Center – here visitors can participate in the full Vacheron Constantin experience with archival exhibitions, an opportunity to view tools and watches from 1755 to the present day, gaze in awe as master-craftsmen restore antique watches, leaf through the comprehensive Vacheron Constantin library or watch detailed video footage of many of the artisanal techniques and master crafts used in the production of Vacheron Constantin watches.

Vacheron Constantin Boutique inside view


Today the Maison Vacheron Constantin continues to draw watch aficionados to its doors – not only to appreciate the superbly crafted watch masterpieces on sale in the Boutique, but also to delve into the 250 years of history of the brand and to experience at first hand the pleasures of watching the master watchmakers’ every attention to minute detail as they work at the benches in the Heritage Center on the first floor of the historic Maison Vacheron Constantin en L’Ile in Geneva.

Official website:www.vacheron-constantin.com

OMEGA Co-Axial Calibre 8500 Project

Renowned as the watchmaking company which produced the first-ever industrialized movement and always looking to improve the performance and quality of its timepieces, OMEGA has taken a step further and launched its OMEGA Co-Axial calibres 8500 and 8501. These calibres are launched for the first time in a revolutionary collection of timepieces within the De Ville range aptly named Hour Vision.

This milestone heralds a new era for OMEGA as a leading presence in the elite field of mechanical watchmaking. All of the 202 components have been newly created entirely in-house using third millennium technology to ensure optimum performance.

OMEGA has been working on improving the mechanical watch for over half a decade and when setting out on the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8500 project, OMEGA’s aim was to up-grade its existing proprietary Co-Axial technology which improves precision over long periods. Introduced in 1999, the Co-Axial escapement was first developed by the respected British master watchmaker Dr. George Daniels, in conjunction with OMEGA. The Co-Axial escapement touches the very heart of the watch by re-engineering this component that provides the regular transmission of energy to the mechanism. Together with the free-sprung balance, the Co-Axial escapement offers optimal stability to the watch’s running rate over long periods and enhances the performance of the timepiece. In addition, the need for oil in this tiny component is nearly eliminated.
The automatic mechanism is driven by a highly efficient bi-directional rotor. The energy is then transmitted through two barrels providing the watch with an impressive power reserve of 60 hours. Adjusting the watch when traveling through time-zones is simple as the hour hand can be moved separately from the minutes and seconds hands. The OMEGA Co-Axial calibres 8500 and 8501 calibres are COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certified chronometers.

As befits a movement of this category great care has been taken in the finishing and decorating of the components. In the case of the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8501, the rotor and balance bridge are fashioned out of 18 Ct red gold. The presence of 18 Ct red gold components is reminiscent of OMEGA’s rich watch making heritage as historically, red gold had been used in OMEGA movements. Screws, barrels and the balance wheel are blackened -as opposed to heat treated blued steel- to create an unusual and contemporary matt finish.

The bridges and the rotor are decorated with an “arabesque” Côtes de Genève pattern which is a world premier. In the case of the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8500, the elegant monochrome look, created by using all rhodium and black details, give a futuristic finish to this timepiece: A very successful reinterpretation and modernisation of Omegas’s watch making aesthetics. The beauty of the movement is clearly visible through sapphire glass apertures in the side of the watchcase and through the sapphire crystal case back.

Backes & Strauss Watches - The Berkeley Collection (2007)

The Berkeley is inspired by one of the most charming of London’s great squares - a graceful garden in the heart of elegant,bustling Mayfair. Originally laid out in the 18th century by Palladian master and landscape architect William Kent, Berkeley Square has a particular resonance for Backes & Strauss.

Berkeley BY.40.MA.BAG White Gold
The gold case is set with 56 baguette diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber: Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 56 baguette diamonds (± 10.5 carats)
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes.
  • Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.
Berkeley BY.40.MA.INV White Gold
The gold case is set with 100 baguette diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 100 baguette diamonds (± 8 carats)
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes.
  • Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova;Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold.
Berkeley BY.40.MA.D.1R White Gold
The gold case is set with 44 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (± 9 carats).
  • Also available in rose gold;Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova.
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.40.MA.D.2R White Gold
The gold case is set with 124 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 124 ideal cut diamonds (± 5.6 carats). Also available in rose gold
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova.
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.40.MA Rose Gold
The case is in red gold. The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond.The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 o’clock.
  • Case in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold)
  • Silver dial with hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes in rose gold colour. Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat rose gold (also available in white gold).
Berkeley BY.37.MA.D.1R White Gold
The gold case is set with 44 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 44 ideal cut diamonds (± 7.5 carats). (Also available in rose gold)
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.37.MA.D.2R White Gold
The gold case is set with 138 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat white gold set with 138 ideal cut diamonds (± 3.7 carats). (Also available in rose gold)
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.37.MA White Gold
The case is in white gold. The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat white gold. (Also available in rose gold)
  • Silver dial with black hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.33.MA.BAG
The gold case is set with 52 baguette diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 25.60 mm, height 4.60 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;26 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 52 baguette diamonds (± 4.5 carats)
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.33.MA.D.1R White Gold
The gold case is set with 48 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 19.40 mm, height 4.80 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;25 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering, blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds;Case in 18 carat white gold set with 48 ideal cut diamonds (± 3.6 carats). Also available in rose gold
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond;
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.33.MA.D.2R White Gold
The gold case is set with 124 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Caliber:Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment;Dimensions: ∅ 19.40 mm, height 4.80 mm;28’800 vibrations per hour;25 jewels;Power reserve: 38 hours;Decoration: côtes de Genève, hand chamfering,blued screws
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds.Case in 18 carat white gold set with 124 ideal cut diamonds (± 2.3 carats). Also available in rose gold
  • Silver dial with silver hand-polished Roman numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.29.QZ.D.1R White Gold
The gold case is set with 48 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Quartz movement
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds.
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 48 ideal cut diamonds (± 2.9 carats) Also available in rose gold
  • Black dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.29.QZ.D.2R White Gold
The gold case is set with 128 ideal cut diamonds which give an unparalleled brilliance. The crown is also set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Quartz movement
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds
  • Case in 18 carat white gold set with 128 ideal cut diamonds (± 1.6 carats) Also available in rose gold
  • Black dial with silver hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Folding clasp in 18 carat white gold (also available in rose gold).
Berkeley BY.29.QZ White Gold
The crown is set with an ideal cut diamond. The folding buckle follows the shape of the case.
  • Quartz movement
  • Display: hours, minutes and central seconds
  • Case in 18 carat white gold (also available in red gold)
  • Silver dial with black hand-polished Arabic numerals and indexes;Other dial varieties are available;Hands with superwhite Luminova
  • Crown set with an ideal cut diamond
  • Alligator strap;Buckle in 18 carat white gold (also available in red gold).

BREITLING Navitimer “125e Anniversaire”

In celebrating its 125th anniversary, Breitling is reaffirming its passion for chronographs more powerfully than ever, by reminding people of the key role the brand has played in developing this type of instruments. But the history of Breitling is also closely intertwined with that of aviation, thanks to the cockpit instruments and pilots’ chronographs that have made the company the “official supplier to world aviation”. The most famous of these instruments for professionals is undoubtedly the legendary Navitimer chronograph, with its circular slide rule designed to compute all airborne navigation calculations.

The Navitimer “125e Anniversaire” is a highly distinctive version of this cult-object, specially designed by Breitling to mark the company’s five quarter-centuries. This limited edition of 2,009 pieces is distinguished by a particularly understated and dynamic aesthetic.
The steel case featuring alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces is teamed with a highly original new bracelet called Air Racer –a rigid perfo-rated wristband that pays tribute to a 1960s modern design icon.

The Navitimer “125e Anniversaire” is equipped with an exclusive movement, Breitling Caliber 26. This selfwinding 38-jewel chronograph, chronometer-certified by the COSC, is distinguished by its 60-minute totalizer, positioned in the dial center for optimal readability. The watch is also available in a red gold version, likewise fitted with the Air Racer bracelet.
Technical details
ANNIVERSAIRE Movement: Breitling Caliber 26, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 38 jewels. 1/4th of a second chronograph, 60-minute (in the dial center) and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar

Case: steel, limited series of 2009, black or Panamerican bronze dial. Red gold, two limited series of 125 each, black or Mercury silver dial. Resistance to 3 bars. Rotating bezel with circular slide rule. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareprofed on both sides. Diameter: 43 mm

Air Racer bracelet.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Omega Ultra Thin Wristwatch Once Owned by US President John F. Kennedy

On the 16 December 2005 Omega acquired the original wristwatch that once belonged to former US President John F. Kennedy. This watch was part of The Robert White Collection - the world’s largest privately owned collection relating to JFK’s life and career – which was auctioned by Guernsey’s in New York from 15 to 17 December 2005. This unique and historic piece was bought for the Omega Museum at 350’000 USD, the highest bid of the auction’s first day.
The unrivalled Robert White Collection is known to collectors all around the world and touches on virtually every aspect of John F. Kennedy’s life. Truly impressive in size, it includes items from his childhood to his marriage to Jacqueline and from his early political aspirations to his mounting successes first as a Congressman, then Senator and finally, President of the United States.

In 1960, Grant Stockdale presented to his friend John F. Kennedy an Omega ‘Ultra Thin’ wristwatch. At that time, he was not yet President of the United States. In a letter addressed to Grant that same year, Jacqueline Kennedy expressed her deepest thanks for this ‘thinnest most elegant wristwatch’ mentioning how thrilled JFK was about it and how ‘promptly he took off the chunky little one’ she had given him.

On 9 November 1960, John F. Kennedy at 43 years of age became the youngest man ever elected to the office of President of the United States of America. At his Inauguration Ceremony, on the 20 January 1961, he wore this Omega and a photograph was published in LIFE magazine which prominently showed this watch on Kennedy’s wrist. The President continued to wear it and whenever he would see Stockdale he would make a point of showing him that he was wearing his Omega, which he had nicknamed ‘the Stockdale watch’.This Omega Ultra Thin wristwatch (2mm calibre) is in 18 carat gold on a black leather strap.

The verso of the strap has the word ‘Omega’ and symbol stamped in gold. The watch was also personalised with the following inscription on the case back: “President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant”.

This unique historical timepiece is now part of the Collection at the Omega Museum. The museum was created in December 1983 to illustrate and perpetuate the historical highlights of the famous Swiss brand through the collection, preservation, maintenance, protection and exhibition of objects, documents and accounts related to the company and its activities. It has a remarkable collection of some 4000 watches, movements, clocks, instruments, tools, photos, engravings, posters, signs, awards and certificates. The Omega Museum is located in Biel, Switzerland.

BREITLING Avenger Skyland

Within the Breitling philosophy, the conception of a chronograph is governed by four essential criteria: sturdiness, functionality, precision and aesthetic sophistication. The new Avenger Skyland is a perfect illustration of this approach. Based on the solid Avenger “platform” and reflecting all its attributes, its rugged construction includes a screwlocked crown protected by substantial crown guards, pushpiece reinforcements screwed into steel as well as a thick glareproofed sapphire crystal. The result is a case that is particularly shock-resistant and water-resistant to 1,000 feet.

This new Breitling chronograph is also distinguished by its user-friendliness that not only guarantees excellent wearer comfort but also smooth handling of the crown and non-slip pushpieces. Meanwhile, the large hands facilitate reading off the time in any conditions. Despite its top-flight performances,the most eye-catching feature of the Avenger Skyland is doubtless its unusual aesthetic appeal. The sophisticated lines are accentuated by the high-tech look of its dial with “stencil” numerals sporting an original design. The Avenger Skyland also comes in a special version made from blackened steel material achieved by an ultra-resistant carbon nitride-based treatment: a limited series nicknamed “Blacksteel”.


Technical details
Movement: Breitling Caliber 13, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels. 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar

Case: steel or blackened steel (limited edition). Water-resistant to 1,000 feet (300 m /30 bars). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed both sides. Diameter 45 mm.

Strap/bracelet: Barenia leather, crocodile leather, rubber Diver Pro/Professional.

BREITLING CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION (2004)

Launched in 1984 against the trends of the period, the CHRONOMAT heralded the renaissance of the mechanical chronograph. In 2004 BREITLING presented CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION, a new version of the model which has asserted itself as the benchmark in this product category. This restyling represented a significant challenge for BREITLING designers. The result is an opulent, sophisticated chronograph featuring a perfect blend of proportions and curves, while remaining dedicated to its vocation as an "instrument for professionals" thanks to its sturdiness, precision and functionality.

In the early 1980s, Ernest Schneider was the new owner of BREITLING, a brand that had been entrusted to him by his friend Willy Breitling a few months before the latter's death. Over the decades, the brand had earned and cultivated a reputation as official supplier to numerous armed forces around the world, mainly in the field of aviation. It thus came as no surprise when the famous Italian flight team, the Frecce Tricolori, requested it to develop a wrist instrument to their own specifications.

The keynote features of this development were to be reliability and functionality,while not neglecting aesthetics, since the Frecce Tricolori are first and foremost Italians, with a corresponding sense of style. The appearance of the prototype submitted was somewhat surprising. Firstly because of its volume,and also due to the rotating bezel fitted with rider tabs, intended to memorize time and facilitate rotation, even with flight gloves. The glareproofed crystal, combined with large-sized hands, enabled perfect time read-off by day or night. Nonetheless, it was the choice of movement that really took everyone by surprise, since Ernest Schneider had opted for a selfwinding chronograph movement, Valjoux 7750.

This decision seemed completely unreasonable.The world was already ticking to quartz time,which was extremely accurate and required very little space. Swiss watchmakers had indeed just presented the world's thinnest watch, measuring less than one millimeter! Ernest Schneider justified his choice by the lack of a truly reliable electronic movement, particularly due to the risk of battery failure. The Frecce Tricolori were immediately won over.

This was 1984, BREITLING's centenary year, and this new product was christened the CHRONOMAT, a name derived from a contraction of the words chronograph and automatic. A few informed connoisseurs soon discovered this chronograph with its avant-garde design. Then came the turn of a broader public, first in Italy, and subsequently around the world. The CHRONOMAT signaled the comeback of the selfwinding chronograph and stimulated renewed interest in complex watch mechanisms.

To mark the brand's 120th anniversary, BREITLING presented CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION, a new version of its star model, an authentic classic that has established itself as a reference in the field of selfwinding chronographs. Restyling such an important model represented a major challenge for BREITLING designers. Their in-depth research has culminated in a CHRONOMAT that is larger, more commanding and more opulent, while just as sophisticated: a clever blend of precisely calculated proportions, omnipresent curves and elaborate finishing.
Particular care has been devoted to each and every detail. The dial is meticulously crafted, guilloché-worked and decorated with hour markers or Arabic numerals. The crown and pushpieces are firmly set into the protective case side. The horns dip elegantly towards the wrist to ensure a perfectly ergonomic fit. Luxurious through and through, the CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION comes in steel, two-tone and yellow gold versions, as well as in a limited series in white gold.

Against the backdrop of its perfectly rounded curves, CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION is above all a genuine "instrument for professionals" in the shape of a sturdy, precise and functional chronograph. By way of example, its case is equipped with screw-locked safety pushpieces enabling it to withstand pressures of 30 bars, equivalent to 300 meters in depth. This device also provides effective protection against shocks. CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION retains the same "motorization":Caliber 13, officially certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), like all BREITLING chronographs. Assembled and "prepared" in the BREITLING CHRONOMÉTRIE workshops, this movement is undoubtedly the most tried and tested of existing selfwinding chronograph movements.

To celebrate the launch of the CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION, BREITLING was also presented an inaugural series dedicated to the Frecce Tricolori, the famous Italian aerobatics flight team. This is a limited worldwide series of 1,000, featuring a black dial carrying the P.A.N. (Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale) initials and the "Frecce" team emblem. Meanwhile, the back of the steel case features the outline of the nine Aermacchi MB-339A/PAN aircraft making up this exceptional flight team.

Sturdiness is an essential quality of CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION, illustrated by the screw-locked crown and safety pushpieces (also screw-locked) set into the case to keep them safe from shocks.

Technical details
Movement: BREITLING Caliber 13, officially chronometercertified by the COSC,high-frequency selfwinding(28,000 vibrations/hour), 25 jewels. 1/4 of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar.

Case: steel, two-tone, yellow gold, white gold (limited series). Water-resistant to 300m / 30bars, (gold case:water-resistant to 100m / 10bars). Screw-locked crown. Screw-locked safety pushpieces. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed both sides. Diameter 43.7 mm.

Strap/bracelet: Barenia leather, crocodile leather, rubber DIVER PRO/PILOT bracelet.

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