Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pita Barcelona SUN & MOON

Pita Barcelona SUN & MOON Is a 24 hour timepiece in style. Distinguish between morning and evening watching sun and moon rise and fall. Oscillating minute hand. This unique watch model houses a Pita-004 movement featuring patented Pita-TSM System (Time Setting Mechanism), replacing remontoire and winding systems. Designed and handmade in Barcelona in Numbered series.
Fully customizable. Unlimited assortment of dials, hands, straps and buckles to choose from. Available in 18 ct. yellow / white / rose Gold,or Platinum 950.Symmetric case. Dimensions: Ø41mm, height 11mm.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Antoine Preziuso City Timer

Antoine Preziuso has come up with an innovation by expressly dedicating his double time-zone to a new shape of case and dial. Equipped with an automatic movement, it displays the local time in the centre and the time at the destination at 6 o'clock, with a choice of six cities in the window at 12 o'clock.

Given the accent on freshness and sport-chic, Preziuso perfectly units mother of pearl and his famous big numbers. Moreover, the tonneau shape of Preziuso is revisited to make it rounder. A new era for the designs of Preziuso is born with this piece.

Technical data
Case: White and Pink Gold.
Dial: Mother of Pearl.
Movement: High quality 2004ETA equipped with the dual time zone module by Preziuso
Strap: Full grain alligator.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Chrono Automatic with Brilliant-cut Diamonds - Ref. IW371439 – 41 / Ref. IW371442 – 44 (2006)

IWC turns some of its most beautiful timepieces into even more exclusive horological works of art. The Portuguese Chrono-Automatic in white and rose gold proclaims the new freedom: Not only women, but also men can adorn themselves with a few precious stones.

The word diamonds immediately brings to mind Marilyn Monroe’s song, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends”. The fact that this global currency for expressing deep feelings mainly ends up with a lady holds true to this day. It is also true,however, that this privilege of adorning oneself with the most treasured objects was never exclusively female. The emancipated male, too, is adopting an inquisitive approach to the myth of precious stones, to which the master craftsman imparts form and fire with his cutting skill. IWC, as the first port of call for distinctive men’s watches, has always recognized the need to interpret the timepiece on the wrist not only as an instrument, but also as a male ornament. Yet both must go together in harmony.

For this very good reason, the choice of watch for a setting with flawless diamonds that is as discreet as it is elaborate fell to the Portuguese Chrono-Automatic in the 41 mm diameter case. This also happens to be the most refined mechanical chronograph from Schaffhausen. A watch with a great tradition and a sublime stylistic appeal. And, in addition, a watch which, in spite of its size, is seen increasingly frequently on female wrists.

These star-studded watches from Schaffhausen are available in the two case materials white gold and rose gold – in three different versions each: with flawless diamonds on the inner ring, with diamonds on the inner ring and strap lugs, and with diamonds on the inner ring, strap lugs, case flanks and the buttons, set by the hand of a master craftsman. Whereas the white gold variant with its slate grey dial and setting represents perfect understatement, the rose gold variant with its black dial and the fire of the gemstones appears as a vivacious and striking beauty. All watches are supplied with crocodile leather straps and precious metal clasps.

The watch with a stop function and a 30-minute counter is wound by the automatic movement.A see-through sapphire glass of hardness grade 9 overarches the elegant dial. This glass is almost as hard as the diamonds which light the Portuguese firework.

Technical details
Model: Portuguese Chrono-Automatic with diamonds
Ref. IW371439 – 41 / Ref. IW371442 – 44

Movement
Calibre :79350
Vibrations :28,800/h / 4 Hz
Jewels :31
Power reserve :44 h
Winding :automatic

Case
Material :18 ct. white gold, 18 ct. rose gold
Glass :sapphire, convex, antireflective coating
Water-resistant :3 bar (30 m)
Diameter :40.9 mm
Height :12.3 mm

Weight
Watch in white gold with diamonds on the inner ring :109 g
Watch in white gold with diamonds on the inner ring and strap lugs :106 g
Watch in white gold with diamonds on the inner ring, strap lugs, case flanks and buttons :105 g
Watch in rose gold with diamonds on the inner ring :106 g
Watch in rose gold with diamonds on the inner ring and strap lugs :103 g
Watch in rose gold with diamonds on the inner ring, strap lugs, case flanks and buttons :102 g

Emile Chouriet Les Ailes du Temps Collection

For thousands of years, people have dreamed of flying with their own wings. Emile Chouriet designers have echoed this human longing in the "Les Ailes du Temps" wrist watch with a case that features a beautifully sculpted pair of falcon's wings.

By reminding us that time flies, the wings give the series a unique personality in the world of watchmaking. They also clearly show the character and individual design style of the Emile Chouriet brand compared to other top-of-the-range Swiss watches.

1. LES AILES DU TEMPS GOLD WINGS
Model: 03.1156.G.9.9.25.2
  • Movement: Manual movement
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
  • Case: 18-carat rose gold. Set with 268 diamonds (~1.937ct)
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Strap: crocodile strap
Model: 03.1156.G.5.5.35.2
  • Movement: manual movement
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
  • Case: 18-carat gold. Set with 268 diamonds (~1.937ct)
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Strap: crocodile strap with 18-carat gold clasp
Model: 03.1156.G.5.5.75.2
  • Movement: manual movement
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
  • Case: 18-carat gold. Set with 268 diamonds (~1.937ct)
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Strap: crocodile strap with 18-carat gold clasp

2. LES AILES DU TEMPS, Stainless Steel

Model : 60.1156.G.D.27.6
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: stainless steel
Bezel and Index : set with 77 diamonds(~0.54cts)
Blue hands
Sapphire crystal
Stainless steel band and clasp
Water-resistant to 30 m

Model : 60.1156.G.4.25.6
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: stainless steel
Blue hands
Sapphire crystal
Stainless steel band and clasp
Water-resistant to 30 m

Model : 60.1156.G.4.27.6
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: stainless steel
Index : set with 12 diamonds(~0.1cts)
Blue hands
Sapphire crystal
Stainless steel band and clasp
Water-resistant to 30 m

Model : 60.1156.G.6.0.25.0/61.1156.L.6.0.25.0
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: stainless steel.
Bezel:gold plated bezel
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m
Two tone case and bracelet

Model : 60.1156.G.6.0.27.0/61.1156.L.6.0.27.0
Movement: quartz
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: stainless steel
Bezel:gold plated bezel .Index: set with 12 diamonds.Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 m
Two tone case and bracelet.

Hublot Euro Chronometer Exclusive Edition

This watch was specially designed by Hublot for referees who officiated at the Euro 2008 matches . This exclusive watch was not available for sale but gifted to 44 referees who were the part of Euro 2008 matches .The movement has been specially adapted by the watchmaking brand to the time of a match. The dial displays 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes of extra play, while the time can be read from the centre of the dial.
Sporting a steel watch case and bezel and rubber strap, the watch has all the design hallmarks of a great Hublot Classic, except for the distinctive 45 minute counter display, plus additional 15 minutes for extra time! The movement has been specially developed by Hublot in conjunction with Dubois-Dépraz.

Hublot BMC "All Black" Range Bike

Hublot and BMC are pleased to offer a preview of the new bike about to join the "All Black" range. The watchmaker's partnership with bike manufacturer has resulted in the creation of an exceptional racing bike made from light, high-performance materials and which, like Hublot watches, represents a true feat of design and technology.

The watchmaking company is now putting its name to a diverse range of products, while ensuring its partnerships remain relevant and consistent. Having already designed a very limited edition of skis (111 pairs) with Swiss manufacturer Zai, it has used the same ideology that governs the production of its watches to develop a limited edition of 30 racing bikes: lightness, quality and rarity...

The distinctive "All Black" bike is made from innovative materials created using state of the art technology. A flair for design and material assembly, careful finishing and a desire for top performance are values about which both Hublot and BMC are passionate. The result is an exceptionally light, rigid bike, on which each component is designed and adapted in order to create a coherent whole, and which allows the optimal transfer of energy. The pedal bearings contain ceramic material to reduce friction and the frame is made from carbon fibre for strength and rigidity.

This is a highly exclusive edition, with the first bike due to be race-tested at the "World Stars Cycling Criterium" in Monaco on 3 July, on the eve of the Tour de France. This will be a chance for the head of Hublot to personally measure up against legendary cyclists like Eddy Merckx, Tony Rominger, Richard Virenque, Laurent Jalabert and even Pedro Delgado, all of whom will be participating in this charity race organised by Star Team for the Children under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Andy Rihs, owner of BMC, is thrilled with this model produced in partnership with Hublot as, in addition to its elite sporting genetic code, Hublot has added a welcome touch of glamour! Likewise, Jean-Claude Biver, for whom sport represents a core value, is delighted to have worked with the Swiss company, whose reputation for sporting expertise is widely established.

Technical details
  • Frame BMC SLT01, carbon fibre and aluminium
  • Forks 48 SL carbon
  • Wheels DT Carbon RRC Aero
  • Saddle SLR Kit carbon
  • Groupset Campagnolo SuperRecord 11-speed
  • Pedals Speedplay Nanogram Titanium
  • Overall weight 6.9 kg

Hublot Opens a Boutique at Four Seasons Resort, Mauritius

Hublot opened a new boutique on a small tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean. The watchmaking brand has opened a shop within the brand new luxury hotel complex of the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius, at Anahita. The boutique is managed by Bijem, the retailer – a Hublot partner for the last 10 years.

At a crossroads of continents, Mauritius serves a clientèle from Europe, South Africa, the Middle-East, Russia and Asia, made up of clients who love novelty and comfort, exclusivity, sport and refinement. The brand new Four Seasons hotel nests in luxuriant vegetation on the edge of the turquoise lagoon, just opposite the Ile aux Cerfs, acknowledged as one of the most beautiful islands on Earth. It offers its guests a welcome and facilities of the highest standing. It is in this prestigious environment that as of today Hublot has an exclusive boutique, and what's more at the water’s edge!

This has been achieved thanks to the cooperation with Bijem, the jeweller who started a trade in high-quality jewellery on the island in 1998, and who has been representing Hublot – the only watchmaking brand of his shop – for 10 years. He is now manager of the Hublot boutique in these enchanting surroundings, and offers a range of models from the Big Bang collections: chronograph or tourbillon, for diving or for the evening, set and coloured, in red gold, platinum, tantalum, rubber or ceramics, in keeping with the Art of Fusion spirit, so important to the brand.

Hublot Opens a Store in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

New store in the Hublot network opened in Prague at the end of April. Admirers of Hublot can now visit a unique concept store where design reflect s philosophy of the brand – a fusion of materials – in the very heart of Prague.

“We are proud to represent the leading Swiss watch brand, that Hublot undoubtedly is, in the Czech Republic. We believe that Hublot will find fans among watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts and that the Hublot store will become the pearl of Pařížská Avenue,” says Jan Zvada, Hublot store co-owner.


This design store full of fine details, in a black-on-black colours scheme and premium materials such as granite or carbon, provides an ideal backdrop for the beauty of Hublot watches. With a unique café for clients and prestigious guests located in the back of the store, the whole space creates the impression of an exclusive gallery.

Address
Pařížská 1, 110 00 Prague 1
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Contact: Jan Zvada, tel.: +420 775 011 574

Grand Opening of new Hublot boutique in Central, Hong Kong and Hublot Shop-in-Shop in TPE 101, Taipei

The leading luxury Swiss watch brand, Hublot, has opened its first boutique in Central, Hong Kong and the first shop-in-shop at TPE101 in Taipei, at the heart of the luxury brands area. The Grand Opening ceremonies were held on April 16 in Taipei and April 17 in Hong Kong, with the presence of Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot. Over 100 press and guests were able to savour the true Hublot spirit and its defining philosophy, the Art of Fusion.
Hublot Boutique opening HongKong
At the ceremonies, a true masterpiece, the One Million $ Big Bang with totally invisible setting, and the new 2009 collection were presented, which enthused the participants. In Taipei, the model and celebrity Ms. Patina Lin went on the catwalk wearing the One Million $ Big Bang, gracefully captivating the audience, whilst in Hong Kong, Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United delivered a special video message to celebrate the opening of the boutiques.
Hublot Store ,Taipei
Address
HUBLOT BOUTIQUE IN HONG KONG
Shop No.1, LG/F, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central.
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2116 3708

HUBLOT TPE101 SHOP-IN-SHOP
2F, Taipei 101 Shopping Mall, No. 45, Shihfu Rd., Taipei 110, Taiwan
Tel : +886 2 8101 7677

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Discover Historical Timepieces & Art crafts by Abraham-Louis Breguet at Louvre Museum ,Paris

An exhibition christened as "Breguet and the Louvre-An Apogee of European Watchmaking" ,by Legendary Swiss watch brand Breguet & The iconic Louvre Museum of Paris to be held on 25 June –7 September 2009 at Sully Wing salle de la Chapelle.

Through this retrospective of the works of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), visitors to the Louvre will discover the art of watchmaking at its apogee, evidenced by these unique precision timepieces, combining genius, virtuoso techniques and avant-garde aesthetics. Assembled in the exhibition are exceptional loans – watches, clocks and measuring instruments – alongside portraits, archival documents and patents that span Abraham-Louis Breguet’s entire career.

An inventor at the court of Louis XVI
Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Breguet completed his apprenticeship and studies in France from 1762 onwards. In 1775, at the age of 28, he married and managed to establish his own business on the Quai de l’Horloge, Paris. Watchmakers of the French capital then competed with Geneva and London in the field of scientific and artistic innovation. Breguet explored and perfected these inventions and complications. But he was not recognized as a Master Watchmaker until 1784. These intervening years saw the gradual development of the automatic (or self-winding) watch and a timepiece with a repeater (or chiming mechanism). The first self-winding watches were purchased by Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and several highranking personalities at the court of Versailles. This led, in 1783, to Breguet receiving a commission for an extraordinary watch incorporating all the innovations and complications known at the time.

The end result would be one of the most famous of all Breguet watches, No. 160, also called the “Marie-Antoinette”, which, after several lengthy interruptions, was eventually finished in 1827, i.e. four years after Abraham-Louis Breguet’s death. These watches immediately reveal the originality of his style, characterized by functional simplicity, technical mastery and flawless craftsmanship.His flat watchcases, easily legible numerals, rectilinear hands and guilloched dials made Breguet watches both unique works of art and discreet, practical, everyday objects, unlike the ornate, ostentatious timepieces made in the last quarter of the 18th century.

The Revolutionary Interlude
During the Revolutionary period, Breguet made regular trips to England, where he shared the fruit of his research with the watchmaker John Arnold, while enlarging his clientele, which already included the Prince of Wales. In 1793, fearing the consequences of his former relationship with members of the Court and his moderate ideas, Breguet returned to Switzerland. He pursued his research, while striving to run what was left of his Parisian workshops from across the Alps.

On his return to Paris in May 1795, Breguet started up business again with new models, notably a simple watch with one hand, known as the “subscription watch” (an advance deposit of a quarter of the price was paid when the order was placed), launched with the aid of an advertising leaflet. This revealed the subtle balance between the researcher and the entrepreneur, who combined constantly updated unique models with functional timepieces. In 1796, Breguet invented a new type of travel clock that went on functioning during transportion. General Bonaparte purchased the first one to take on his Egyptian campaign.

A European reputation under the Consulate and Empire
Thus began a thriving period for the House of Breguet, in terms of both sales and inventions, which seemed to spur one another on. Pure research and applied art always fused in Breguet’s work. The first patent he registered for one of his inventions was in 1798 for constant force escapement (the mechanism of the watch is driven by a rigorous constant force).

Shown at France’s First Exhibition of Industrial Products (1798), in a travel clock and a metronome, it won Breguet a gold medal. The following year his “tact watch”, which enabled the wearer to tell the time by touching the watch face, was launched on the market. At France’s Third Exhibition (1802), the House of Breguet attracted a military clientele on presenting its “deck watch” and “Longitude watch”, while in 1806, the public were introduced to the “tourbillon regulator” (device that neutralizes the effects of gravity on the workings of watch movements).

Although kept in the background by Napoleon I, Breguet received orders from the imperial court and his entourage. Always ahead of its time, the company also exported its timepieces through a network in and outside of Europe, having understood at an early date that its survival depended on becoming international. England, Spain and Russia were its principal foreign markets, but the political situation at the end of the Empire slowed down Breguet’s activity considerably. To compensate for the markets it lost, the company developed its sales in the Ottoman Empire by adapting its models to Turkish tastes.

Ultimate recognition during the Restoration
When the Bourbons returned to power, the House of Breguet saw a spectacular turnaround in its activity. Its European clientele reburgeoned and included loyal customers such as Tsar Alexander I of Russia and King George IV of England. Prestigious timepieces once owned by them will be on display in this exhibition. In France, Louis XVIII publicly displayed his respect for Breguet by appointing him Watchmaker to the Royal Navy in 1815 and awarding him a seat in the Academy of Sciences in 1816.

At the Exhibition of 1819, as member of the jury, Breguet presented a retrospective of his clockmaking career, during which he had raised this precision craft to a degree of unprecedented excellence. The reliability and streamlined designs of his timepieces were far ahead of his era and already belonged to modernity. This tradition lives on at Breguet today in innovative timepieces, thus confirming their precursory status that bears witness to European culture and history.

Exhibition details:-
Opening times
Daily except Tuesdays, 9am-6pm. Late-night opening until 10 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission
Access to the exhibition is included in the admission to the permanent collections of the museum: €9; €6 after 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Free admission for under-26s from the European Union, under-18s, the unemployed, card-holders (Louvre jeunes, Louvre professionnels, Louvre enseignants and Louvre étudiants partenaires) and Friends of the Louvre. Free admission for everybody on the first Sunday of the month.

Some historical creations by Breguet:-
Breguet No. 5 : Quarter-repeating, self-winding watch. 1789-94. Sold to Count Journiac Saint-Méard in March 1794.
Breguet No. 611: Face of the small medallion “tact watch”.Sold to Josephine Bonaparte on 18 February 1800.
Breguet No. 4009: Observation chronometer Forerunner of the modern chronograph.Sold in 1825 to Mr Whaley

Antoine Preziuso Art of Tourbillon

Anyone who has had a chance to observe a tourbillon in motion is amazed by the mesmerising beauty of the gently revolving carriage containing all parts of the escapement. The intricacies of this complication make it one of the greatest horological challenges of all, which has consistently inspired watchmakers to display the depths of their knowledge and expertise.

Those acquainted with the finer points of watchmaking history will recall that the tourbillon was first developed by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801, and was designed to eliminate errors of rate due to the effect of gravity when the watch was placed in a vertical position. The mobile carriage or cage generally completes one revolution per minute, thereby cancelling out the errors of rate.

In our day, the original, practical purpose of the tourbillon is surpassed by the prestige that it has acquired due to its sheer ingenuity, complexity and aesthetic appeal. Antoine Preziuso, a master-watchmaker with a confirmed taste for challenges of a technical and aesthetic nature, could not resist the chance to create his own variation on a theme that is already two hundred years young…

The Art of Tourbillon is presented in a solid 18-carat pink gold case pared down to essentials in order to highlight the elegance and rarity of the hand-wound movement. This marvel of traditional watchmaking in a uniquely personal and contemporary intepretation, features mysterious winding, 21 sapphire-blue spinel jewels, blued screws, wolf-tooth gear-train, a balance oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and a power-reserve of 110 hours.

Chamfered and engraved by hand, this sophisticated mechanical calibre is adorned with the Côtes de Genève decorative pattern, and the tourbillon carriage is delicately cut out by hand. This miniature masterpiece can be admired from virtually all angles, thanks to the transparent dial and sapphire crystal case back.

A token of horological excellence at its most refined, the Art of Tourbillon literally draws one into the fascinating dance of time Indeed, the French word “tourbillon” can be variously translated as “whirlwind, whirlpool or even merry go-round”! Worn on a fine leather strap with folding clasp, this gently gyrating, pirouetting source of visual enchantment is bound to make heads turn wherever it goes.

It speaks to the intellect through its rich cultural, scientific and historical background, but above all to human emotions by mirroring the many ways in which our lives come full circle, often balancing out the effects of another kind of gravitas...

Antoine Preziuso 3volution - The “Tri-Tourbillon”

The figure 3 gravitates and resonates around the new creation by Antoine Preziuso in an omnipresent manner, constituting the solid foundations for the construction of this revolutionary invention that is protected by an international patent. 3 like the amazing feats accomplished by the small team of the independent watchmaker: creating a “home-made” calibre in record time; developing a moment featuring an architecture hitherto unknown in the watchmaking world; and finally achieving a degree of precision unprecedented in the history of portable mechanical watches.

Continuing its journey through space and time, already punctuated with landmark creations such as “Moonlight”, the only watch to depict the lunar glow, or the meteorite tourbillons that Antoine Preziuso is the only watchmaker to date to clothe in this celestial garment, the latest star in this constellation offers technical innovations with orbital gyrations displaying the same regularity as those of our planetary system. These same innovations also enable the Tri-Tourbillon to turn established concepts on their head by playing on the effects of gravity with disconcerting ease.

The hand-winding mechanism of the Tri-Tourbillon winds a twin barrel that ensures optimal efficiency and a comfortable power-reserve. The last wheel and pinion of the gear-train drives the heart of the system; a circular roller carrying no less than three flying tourbillons. The latter are arranged in an equidistant manner from the centre of the roller, with their respective axes forming an equilateral triangle.

Each of the three tourbillons performs a complete rotation around its axis in one minute, while the entire roller needs only 2 minutes and 15 seconds to complete one revolution. Constituting a first factor in enhancing precision, the speed of rotation of each of the tourbillons is thus accelerated by this double revolution. The respective frequencies of the three regulating organs keep step with each other thanks to the resonance achieved thanks to the flange around the circumference of the roller that acts as a resonating chamber.

The main principle of the physical phenomenon of resonance is that each oscillator moves in harmony with the two others in a self-compensating manner. The three oscillators thus vibrate at an average, stable and virtually imperturbable rate. Another phenomenon deriving directly from the first is that the amplitude of each of the oscillators is significantly increased when there is resonance.

The invention of the tourbillon by Abraham-Louis Breguet was designed to alleviate the disadvantages stemming from the influence of gravity when a watch is in vertical positions. 204 years later, Antoine Preziuso has accomplished the feat of rendering this influence totally in-significant and indeed virtually null.

The “Tri-Tourbillon” is undeniably writing a new chapter in watchmaking history that will prove one of its finest. In addition to the technical innovation and the spectacular breakthrough in the realm of precision, the magic of the choreography performed by the three flying tourbillons offers a vision that will leave no-one indifferent.

De Bethune DB26

The new DE BETHUNE 2009 collection contains a very beautiful piece with contemporary appeal, the DB26. While the uncluttered appearance of the case and the dial reveals the exacting mastery of the various crafts carried out within the DE BETHUNE workshops, it also serves the better to conceal within its heart a new calibre, the DB2005, a perpetual calendar movement wholly developed and produced in the manufacture.

This timepiece is sure to establish itself as a great classic and will unquestionably enrich the watchmaking heritage of the brand. At first glance, it is the sapphire hands surrounded by hand-blued steel which attract the eye. The duo David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet have conceived and designed hands of perfect transparency which enable the person wearing this timepiece to read all the indications displayed in the windows of this perpetual calendar with the greatest of ease.

Whatever the position of the hands, the date, the day and the month can be clearly read. Then, for a fleeting moment, one admires the DE BETHUNE spherical moon rotating on its own axis, accurately indicating the phases of the celestial body. Consisting of two parts, one steel and the other platinum, this tiny sphere is flame-blued by hand. Next to it, a round window indicates the years of the leap-year cycle. As a further subtle touch, two blued steel indexes point to the month and the day in the windows for better visibility.

The pink or grey palladium gold plated case is 44.4 mm in diameter and has various special features which are revealed as soon as the watch is placed on the wrist. The moving cradles to which the strap is attached enable the timepiece to adapt itself perfectly to the size of its owner’s wrist. The winding crown is at 6 o’clock so as to form a perfect osmosis with the watch. The play of matt and brilliantly polished surfaces brings out all the subtle details of the case and the silvered dial.

This perpetual calendar incorporates the new DB2005 calibre derived from the 2004 calibre. It was developed during 2008 and presented in 2009. Incorporating all the latest DE BETHUNE technologies, this hand-wound mechanical calibre consists of 339 components and has a self-adjusting double spring barrel. The spring barrels are specially designed to eliminate friction and to transmit the maximum amount of energy efficiently.

At the heart of the regulating organ is the titanium / platinum balance with flat terminal curve protected by the triple parachute anti-shock system which reduces variations to a minimum and protects the pivots. With its lightness, this balance enables mechanical friction to be reduced and it has an ideal inertia / mass ratio. The shape of the weights on the balance reduces the effect of viscous air friction.

The principle of the flat terminal curve, in the same plane as the balance spring, compensates for decentring and facilitates its fixing. In this way the delicate process of adjusting its rate is avoided. With 25 jewels, the movement makes 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 5 days readable on the back of the watch.

A testimony to DE BETHUNE’s technical knowledge and skill, the latest DB26 fitted with this new calibre combines technological sophistication with restraint. This rare piece joins an already rich collection of numerous different calibres, including three new ones developed in 2008.

All designed and executed entirely within the company’s workshops, they are the fruit of the horological knowledge of two men, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet, surrounded by an enthusiastic team with immense expertise and skill.

Technical Description
Case
Case material : rose gold or grey palladium gold
Case shape : round
Case dimensions : 44,4mm in diameter and 16,1mm thick
Lugs : pivoted

Dial
Silvered
Hands : sapphire hands surrounded by hand-blued steel

Crystal : sapphire, 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatment
Crown : screw-down at 6 o’clock, settings in 3 positions

Movement
DB 2005 – hand-wound mechanical - 339 parts – decorated and « colimaçonné », steel chamfered and polished by hand – double self-adjusting mainspring barrels – titanium / platinum balance with flat terminal curve protected by a triple-parachute anti-shock system
Jewels : 25
Frequency : 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve : 5 days

Functions
Hours, minutes
Perpetual calendar indicating date at 9 o’clock,day / month through windows
Moon phase indication and leap year indication at 3 o’clock
Power reserve indicator on the back
Correctors : day, month and moon phase

Strap
Alligator leather with sport type ardillon buckle

Emile Chouriet Royal Pearl Collection - King

The Royal Pearl collection combines the nobility, exquisiteness and charm of European royal palaces with modern luxuriant elements. It also successfully introduces a beautiful fashion exquisite but not conventional, decent but not bold, classic as well as stylish.All the nobility and exquisite charm of old Europe’s royal palaces are concentrated in this sumptuous King model. Set with over 500 precious stones, this truly luxurious timepiece is a highly successful marriage of classicism and modernity.

Model: 09.3888.G.7.02.2

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Function: hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
  • Case: 18K gold
  • Bezel: set with diamonds and blue baguette sapphires
  • Dial: paved with diamonds and blue baguette sapphires. Blued hands
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Strap: crocodile strap.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Limited edition: 10 pieces
  • Diamonds: set with 582 diamonds, ~4.8 carats
  • Blue baguette sapphires: set with 15 pieces, ~2.2 carats
Model: 09.3888.G.D.02.2

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Function: hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Bezel: set with diamonds and blue baguette sapphires
  • Dial: paved with diamonds and blue baguette sapphires. Blued hands
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Strap: crocodile strap.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m. Limited edition: 10 pieces
  • Diamonds: set with 568 diamonds, ~4.45 carats
  • Blue baguette sapphires: set with 15 pieces, ~2.2 carats

Emile Chouriet Royal Pearl Collection - Queen

The designer ties the noble and classical feelings of the imperial household in the modern luxury goods, and makes the Queen of Royal Pearl much more ladylike, classical. And also, it doesn’t obey the convention. It is fashionable and active. It seems like a crown, embellished with the diamonds makes the ‘crown’ much more brighter, and the oval shape looks like a pearl setting on the crown. The ‘Queen’ has exercised its nobility and charm on women.

Model:06.3882.L.RD

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day
  • Case: 18-carat Rose gold
  • Bezel and lugs set with 162 diamonds ( ~ 1.256 carats)
  • Dial: pearl dial set with 9 diamonds, ~ 0.072 carats
  • Blued hands
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Day and date window at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: Leather strap with 18-carat Rose gold pin buckle
Model:06.3882.L.WD

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day
  • Case: 18-carat gold
  • Bezel and lugs set with 162 diamonds ( ~ 1.256 carats)
  • Dial: pearl dial set with 9 diamonds, ~ 0.072 carats
  • Blued hands
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Day and date window at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: Leather strap with 18-carat gold pin buckle

Emile Chouriet Royal Pearl Collection - Princess One

The ‘Princess’, one collection of the ‘Royal Pearl’, has the unique and contracted design. It is embellished with 18 carat gold, diamond, carnelian and natural pearl dial. With Royal Pearl, Emile Chouriet makes light of elegance and fashion.

Model: 06.3881.L.RD

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day
  • Case: 18-carat Rose gold
  • Bezel and lugs set with 90 diamonds ( ~ 0.776 carats)
  • Dial: pearl dial set with 9 diamonds, ~ 0.072 carats
  • Blued hands
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Day and date window at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: leather strap with 18-carat Rose gold pin buckle
Model:06.3881.L.WD

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day
  • Case: 18-carat gold
  • Bezel and lugs set with 90 diamonds ( ~ 0.776 carats)
  • Dial: pearl dial set with 9 diamonds, ~ 0.072 carats
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
  • Day and date window at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: leather strap with 18-carat gold pin buckle

Emile Chouriet Royal Pearl collection - Prince

The Royal Pearl collection combines the nobility, exquisiteness and charm of European royal palaces with modern luxuriant elements. It also successfully introduces a beautiful fashion exquisite but not conventional, decent but not bold, classic as well as stylish.

Precious and elegant, the Prince model will appeal to sophisticated aesthetes. The diamonds set off to perfection the intense blue of the sapphires, which will enchant the noblest of spirits. While beauty is given free expression, time takes on a glamorous air.

Model: 09.3883.G.D.27.2

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Bezel:set with 74 diamonds (0.74ct) and 4 blue baguette sapphires (0.8ct)
  • Index: set with 11 diamonds (0.132ct)
  • Blue hands
  • Day and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Strap: crocodile strap with folding clasp
  • Water-resistant to 30 m
Model: 09.3883.G.D.25.2

  • Movement: automatic
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Bezel:set with 74 diamonds (0.74ct) and 4 blue baguette sapphires (0.8ct)
  • Blue hands
  • Day and date window at 3 o'clock
  • Sapphire crystal and back
  • Strap: crocodile strap with folding clasp
  • Water-resistant to 30 m

Emile Chouriet Contemporary Luxury Collection

The Contemporary Luxury models merge the sweeping outline of the “Wings of Time” series with a barrel-shaped case. These large, generous watches suggest the majesty of a falcon swooping from the sky with its wings outspread. The bracelet is attached differently from traditional barrel-shaped watches and the distinctively separated roman numerals on the dial are perfectly complemented by elegant blue steel hands.

The overall design invokes European palaces with their overtones of nobility and renaissance culture. These watches are fully in tune with today without being frivolous, and the restrained top-of-the-range Geneva style gives them a genuine presence, linking centuries of classicism with a sense of luxury that is entirely contemporary.

Model: 08.1138.G.A

  • Movement: automatic.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day.
  • Case: stainless steel.
  • Bezel: tungsten bezel.
  • Blue hands.
  • Day window at 3 o'clock.
  • Strap: calf-leather with folding clasp.
  • Sapphire crystal and back.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m.
Model: 06.1138.L.D.27.6

  • Movement: automatic.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day.
  • Case: stainless steel.
  • Bezel and index: set with 90 diamonds (~0.53ct).
  • Blue hands.
  • Day window at 3 o'clock.
  • Sapphire crystal and back.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m.
Model: 08.1138.G.5.25.2

  • Movement: automatic.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day.
  • Case: stainless steel.
  • Bezel: 18-carat gold.
  • Blue hands.
  • Day window at 3 o'clock.
  • Strap: calf-leather with folding clasp.
  • Sapphire crystal and back.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m.
Model: 50.1138.G

  • Movement: quartz.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day.
  • Case: stainless steel.
  • Bezel: tungsten bezel.
  • Blue hands.
  • Day window at 4 o'clock.
  • Strap: calf-leather with folding clasp.
  • Sapphire crystal and back.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m.

Emile Chouriet Odyssee Collection

This beautiful feminine model by Emile Chouriet is a superb expression of contemporary elegance with just a hint of minimalism. Its steel bracelet and case with or without the tastefully restrained touch of diamonds and its delicately textured white or blue dial give this watch a natural grace that is entirely at ease in town or at a sophisticated evening occasion.

Technical details
  • Model: 61.2147.G /61.2147.L/61.2147.L.D/61.2147.G.D
  • Movement: quartz.
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds.
  • Case: stainless steel.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • Water-resistant to 30 m.
  • Band: stainless steel solid band with folding clasp.

Catamaran Seal 8049

Swiss watch maker Catamaran presents Seal 8049, a new Gents Quartz watch model.



Technical Specifications
-Diameter 42 mm
-High resistant stainless steel case
-Swiss made quartz movement
-Water resistant to 200 M - 20 ATM (660 feet)
-Dome curved high resistant crystal
-Unidirectional self-cleaning turning diving bezel
-Triple lock screw-in crown
-Screw-in back
-Function: display by means of hands, hours, minutes, seconds
-Date at 3 o’clock
-Night reading
-Available with 5 different dials
-Assorted water-repellent leather straps with folded buckle
-Swiss made
-12 months international warranty

RSW ARMONIA Quartz Watch Collection

Armonia is a new pair of watches for him and her by Swiss Watch brand RSW.Describing something as "beautiful" is eminently subjective. Fashion and elegance, reality and appearances, the ephemeral and the durable, physical beauty and the beauty of the soul, gestures, words or of the heart.
RSW has adopted a definition of elegance that it is particularly fond of; elegance in the wider and more abstract sense of the term. It is the definition given by Orson Welles to André Bazin during an interview in which the former likened elegance to "character". Armonia, a new pair of watches for him and her by RSW, is the exact translation and the perfect incarnation of this notion. There is only one elegance, that of Armonia.

Technical details

Case
Case in polished 316L steel with or without diamond-setting
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 ATM

Movement
ETA quartz movement

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date at 4 o’clock

Dials
Black, gray and gray mother-of-pearl

Strap
Polished steel and folding clasp on calf-skin leather in different colors

Swiss recommended retail price:
Steel case CHF 545 < 1095
Steel case with diamond setting CHF 1195 < 8195

Romain Jerome Moon Dust-DNA Crisis Tourbillon Unique Timepiece

We have all stared in wonder at the majestic celestial luminary with its soft glow that lights up the night. In turn reddish or ochre-coloured, radiantly bright or draped in black, the Moon takes on an infinite variety of fascinating hues and gentle nuances. Meanwhile, the accounts of astronauts who have been privileged to see it at close range testify to an entirely different reality. The Moon stripped of its abstract beauty and its smooth luminosity imposes its huge, spherical presence.

Viewed from that close, the Moon is a grim, ravaged world composed of sombre shades of grey, oceans of dust and ashes, along with craggy cliffs and craters of lava that cooled down three billion years ago. When bathed in the light of the sun, its austere stone-grey appearance is replaced by a softly rosy chestnut brown tinge.
While only some may remember its exact colours, everyone can call to mind this light that is so strangely mysterious to the human gaze. In order to reflect these subtle shades, the Romain Jerome watchmakers have for once adopted a revolutionary procedure from the world of art, by applying a mineral coating comprising authentic Moon Dust combined with natural pigments.

This year, as seen through the eyes of Yvan Arpa, the Moon is white, silver or black for automatic models, and sandy coloured for the Tourbillons in the Moon Dust-DNA collection.

Technical details
Model: Crisis Tourbillon
  • BNB Caliber 1000RJ Tourbillon
  • Mechanical movement with manual winding-mechanism
  • A one-minute tourbillon suspended without ball bearing is arranged at 6 O’clock
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph
  • Jewels: 19
  • Power reserve: 120 hours
  • Function: hours, minutes, tourbillon
  • Dial: mineral structure containing Moon Dust*
  • Case: 46 mm
  • Bezel: Carbon fibres evoke solar panels of spacecraft – titanium and steel comprising fragments from the Apollo XI spacecraft*
  • Paws: blackened steel
  • Screws: Star screws
  • Crown designed as space tools
  • Hands inspired by Sputnik antennas
  • Strap: alligator leather partly woven with fibres from an ISS* spacesuit
  • Buckle: blackened satin-finished steel folding buckle
  • Unique piece
Romain Jerome guarantees that the origin of each of these materials is duly certified by a legal document authenticated in Switzerland. Each piece in the Moon Dust-DNA collection will also be accompanied by a certificate from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) saluting the approach of Romain Jerome and the tribute it is thereby rendering to the conquest of space.

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Day&Night Spiral Limited Edition

The concept of Day&Night, a timepiece that does not tell the time, was such a success that Romain Jerome has responded to customers’ demand by developing a new limited edition of 9 timepieces.

Launched in 2008 at Baselworld, Day&Night was a potent symbol of the philosophical thinking of watchmakers Romain Jerome.

It brought a new system of time measurement hingeing on the sequential operation of two Tourbillons that divided the temporal world into two segments: day versus night. Received with immense public acclaim, but also evoking considerable controversy, this creation of Haute Horlogerie, formerly devoid of hands, is now entrusted with the contradictory and conventional task of displaying the time of day as ordinary people understand it – what a heresy.

However, Right-Thinking people should not rejoice too soon: the new edition of Day&Night changes tack and this time celebrates watchmaking creativity by offering food for thought on the creative freedom of the movement, symbolized here by a spiral applied on its dial.
Technical details
  • Movement: "RJ One" created by BNB exclusively for RJ
  • Case: steel and titanium. Diameter 46 mm.
  • Paws: black ceramic
  • Dial: metal blade made of brass in the form of an Archimedes spiral
  • Functions: sequential Double Tourbillon, hours, minutes
  • Bezel: stabilized oxidized steel from the Titanic*
  • Back: sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment / bridges in stylized cross design
  • Glass: sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment
  • Water resistance: 5 atm.
  • Strap: full Hornback crocodile leather
  • Clasp: folding clasp
  • Limited edition: 9 pieces
The rusted steel horological creations in the ‘Titanic DNA’ series features an oxidized steel bezel which is the result of an extraordinary blend of authentic steel from the wreck lying 3840 meters under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed nearly a century ago. Official certificates of authenticity guarantee the origin of materials used.

Friday, June 26, 2009

IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Perpetual Calendar 42mm in Platinum - Ref. IW502219

The Portuguese Perpetual Calendar is a mechanical time machine in a class of its own, with its incomparable perpetual calendar, seven-day movement and automatic Pellaton winding system. As Reference 5022, it will be housed only 250 times in a 42 mm diameter platinum case.

The Portuguese Perpetual Calendar leaves little, if anything, for the watch lover to desire: autonomous perpetual calendar, perpetual moon phase display, complete four-digit year display, seven-day automatic movement with Pellaton winding system and power reserve display.

This masterpiece of the watchmaker’s art from Schaffhausen is now available precisely 250 times as the Reference 5022 with the classic moon phase display in a 42 mm platinum case. A time machine that would be difficult to improve, it is an exclusivity without equal. Let us consider for a moment the perpetual moon phase of the IWC calendar. It is one of the most accurate ever created because of the space available in this large-calibre movement.

The majority of moon phase displays, which are only capable of indicating a moon cycle of 29 days and 12 hours, run incorrectly by a whole day after only 32 months and require adjustment. The IWC calendar, on the other hand, deviates from the actual lunar orbit of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 15 seconds by just 12 seconds, giving a deviation of only one day in every 577.5 years.
The autonomous perpetual calendar from IWC relieves the wearer of the need to make any corrections, even in leap years, and always shows all calendar indications on the silver-plated dial correctly: date, day, month and the year in four digits. If the watch is not worn for some time, all the indications, including the moon phase display, can be advanced via the crown by one day at a time.

This will seldom be required, however, because the ingenious mechanism in the IWC 51610 calibre manufactory movement – the largest automatic movement in series production – achieves an absolutely ideal combination. With its patented automatic Pellaton winding system, it produces a power reserve of seven days after being worn for only a short period. This is a reassuring time reserve, even if the watch is occasionally not worn for a couple of days.

The case of the Ref. 5022 measures merely 42 mm, instead of the 44 mm of its larger sister model.

Technical details
Model: Portuguese Perpetual Calendar 42mm in platinum
Ref. IW502219

Features
Perpetual calendar, perpetual moon phase display, four-digit year display, mechanicalmovement, automatic Pellaton winding system, power reserve display for sevendays, small seconds hand with stop function, Breguet spring, rotor with 18 ct. gold medallion, platinum variant limited to 250 watches

Movement
Calibre 51610
Vibrations: 21,600/ h / 3 Hz
Jewels: 64
Power reserve: 7 d (168 h)
Winding: automatic

Case
Material: platinum
Glass: sapphire glass, convex, antireflective, sapphire glass see-through back
Folding clasp: platinum
Water-resistant: 3 bar (30 m)
Diameter: 42.3 mm; Height: 15.6 mm
Weight: Watch in platinum with crocodile leather strap (black): 170 g

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA One-of-a-Kind Timepiece by French artist André Chéca

The House of Romain Jerome proudly associates with the French artist André Chéca in creating an original work reinterpreting Yvan Arpa’s cherished Titanic-DNA. This one-of-a-kind creation, mid-way between a work of art and an original traditional timepiece, is entirely crafted by hand in the Geneva workshops, where each element of the object is melted and fashioned according to the traditional lost-wax casting technique.

The design of this model with its tortured lines is inspired by the Titanic-DNA collection and echoes the main features of these timepieces in a patinated bronze case measuring approximately 72 mm in diameter and 21 mm thick.
The anchor-shaped hands glide over a bronze dial incorporating the famous rusted transverse cross made of steel actually salvaged from the Titanic*. 280 grams of bronze and oxidised steel combine to form an extraordinary creation that contrasts and even “clashes” with the standardised array of smoothly sophisticated timepieces produced by 618 other Swiss watch brands.

Titanic-DNA by Chéca embodies a stubborn refusal to conform to this horological uniformity that empoisons artistic creativity!

*The rusted steel horological creations in the ‘Titanic DNA’ series features an oxidized steel bezel which is the result of an extraordinary blend of authentic steel from the wreck lying 3840 meters under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed nearly a century ago.Official certificates of authenticity guarantee the origin of materials used.

Piaget Polo Watch Collection Completes Thirty years (1979-2009) - Special Report

For its 30th anniversary, it has treated itself to a makeover in a titanium version. Created by Yves G. Piaget in 1979, the Piaget Polo soon became a star thanks to its design, its elegance and its spokesperson at the time, Ursula Andress. Since then, it has found its way unscathed through changing fashions. Much more than just a watch or a fashion accessory, it is an authentic symbol of luxury. Crafted in white or yellow gold, it is worn at any time of the day or night – and that is indeed one of the many reasons behind its amazing success.

“The Piaget Polo is kind of like my child”, explains Yves G. Piaget, “and I’m always a little moved when talking about it.” Both moved and proud, since not many people have been fortunate enough to father a star that has been shining in the fine watchmaking universe for the past 30 years. Numerous press clippings and pictures from that period testify to its amazing popularity, including snapshots of Pop Art king Andy Warhol, stunning actress Brooke Shields, jazzman Sammy Davis Junior, along with two stars from the famous American Dynasty soap opera, John Forsythe and Pamela Sue Martin… All of them have at one time worn the legendary gold bracelet.
Piaget Polo 1979 model
“It represented the first time one of our watches was created to meet demand and not ‘imposed’ on the market as the custom used to be”, recalls Yves G. Piaget. “In 1979, it matched a strong desire expressed by the American market: our retailers wanted a luxury sports watch. In technological terms, we had just introduced the Piaget 7P quartz-powered analog-display movement driving classic hands on a conventional dial display. At just 3.1 mm thick, it was the thinnest in the world, and also a rare commodity due to being produced in extremely limited numbers. Around that same period, our designers had the idea of creating dials that were totally integrated within a solid gold bracelet alternating satin-brushed gold for the flat links and polished links on the gadroons. Since then, the DNA of this watch has remained unchanged, even though it has adjusted to each new era. A Piaget Polo is always instantly recognisable.”

In La Côte-aux-Fées, a small village in the Swiss Jura where the Piaget family had been making its movements for over a century, the launch of this new model was a revolution that raised a burning issue: should it be duly christened? The very idea ran contrary not only to brand tradition, but also to the legendary discretion of the Piaget family. Created in 1874 by Georges-Edouard Piaget, the Manufacture had indeed waited until 1943 before even marketing movements under its own company name. Valentin, the technical director and the younger of the two brothers heading the firm in 1979, was opposed to this innovation. His brother Gérald was open to persuasion, providing the name appealed to him.

“Since my childhood days, I have always been fascinated by horses”, says Yves G. Piaget. On the family farm in La Côte-aux-Fées, all we had was a draught horse, but it was already my favourite animal. We soon began gravitating around the world of polo, the sport of kings, a luxury hobby and a highly precise discipline. Its name carried prestigious connotations, since it involved an elite. We were exactly on target, in a world combining luxury and sport. What’s more, polo also matched our identity in technical terms. It’s a high-precision sport that calls for anticipating the next move, mastering time and displaying consistent elegance whether on the field or in the grandstands. This highly sophisticated world was definitely that of our clientele.”

First invented in Persepolis at the court of Darius the First, circa 500 BC, polo is the world’s most prestigious sport. All the Persian sovereigns, and possibly even Alexander the Great, along with Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan and Tamerlan, are believed to have practised it. In the 14th century AD, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Akbar, introduced it in India, where it became the favourite sport of the maharajahs. It was there that the English discovered it in the 19th century, and polo is now an integral part of the traditions of the British royal family. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was an avid player, and has been followed by his son the Prince of Wales, and now by his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

After lengthy debate, the new watch was indeed christened, albeit very discreetly and for advertising purposes only, without placing this name on the watches themselves. Keenly aware that he had an enormous potential success on his hands, Yves G. Piaget was determined to go an innovative step further by letting the whole world know about it.

Since joining the firm in the early 1960s, Mr. Gérald’s son had become the brand ambassador among celebrities. “My first encounter with the world of show business came in 1964 when I met Maurice Chevalier. I hailed from the tiny village of La Côte-aux-Fées and was rather shy, but nonetheless already fascinated by human relations. Chevalier was a revered figure for the generation represented by my father and my uncle. Things rapidly snowballed from there on. In 1964, I personally introduced Mireille Mathieu when she made her debut on the stage of the Palace Hotel in Gstaad. Later, I took Petula Clark along with me to the royal court of Iran. Around that period, all kinds of rumours were flying around regarding my supposed romantic ties with famous women such as Gina Lollobrigida and even Princess Soraya – whom I had only met twice.”

At the 1980 World Polo Cup in Palm Beach, the Piaget Polo made its grand entrance onto the international jet-set scene. The celebrity press did not yet exist and nobody had yet had the idea of associating stars with the world of luxury. The watch starred in a succession of elegant evenings at Régine’s in New York and gala dinners at the Breakers, the finest hotel in Palm Beach. And to crown it all came an impromptu visit to the stables in the company of one of the world’s most beautiful women, Ursula Andress. The most famous James Bond Girl of all agreed to be the spokesperson for the new watch.

“She was a longtime friend and a great girl”, as Yves G. Piaget reminisces. “She allowed us to take pictures of her with the horses all morning. She also officially presented the Cup, and the pictures were soon circulating around the world.” Each of them featured a gold watch on the star’s wrist that was simply impossible to miss. The Piaget Polo had become an icon.

That same year in 1980, a new quartz movement, Calibre 8P, made its appearance at Piaget and in the Piaget Polo world. “This 1.95 millimetre-thick movement was particularly ingenious”, recalls Yves G. Piaget, and the ensuing success of this model certainly lived up to his expectations and to the passionately dedicated work of the company craftsmen. In the early 1980s, the Piaget Polo accounted for almost one-third of the brand’s watch sales. The enthusiasm of its fans has remained undimmed ever since. Without ever slavishly following fashion whims, the Piaget Polo has nonetheless consistently adjusted to mood of successive eras.

In 2001, it was given a facelift. It adopted a more graphic dial, a generous volume and a special curve that guaranteed a perfect fit and also confirmed the iconic status of the Piaget Polo and its relevance as a large-size model. Friends sitcom star Courtney Cox and her husband David Arquette succumbed to its charms, later followed by other showbusiness stars such as Ben Affleck, Puff Daddy, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

In 30 years, the Piaget Polo watch has lost nothing of its distinctive character. The same alternating matt and polished surfaces, the same regular radiance of the gadroons, and the same sophisticated integration of the bracelet, case and bezel. In 30 years, it has powerfully demonstrated the strength of its design. It even houses two stellar examples of the art of horology: the tourbillon and the chronograph, both interpreted in an original way in harmony with the spirit of the House.

The tourbillon, the complication most symbolically representative of the watchmaking art, takes on an amazing and magical dimension in the Piaget Polo, particularly in the Tourbillon Relatif which represents a daring challenge to the laws of gravity and to equilibrium. The gem-set versions of this amazing movement brilliantly testify to the brand’s two-fold technical and jewellery expertise.

In the chronograph version, along with the chronograph and flyback functions, Calibre 880P serves to drive the hour, the minute, small seconds at 6 o’clock, the date at 12 o’clock and the time in a second time zone on a 24-hour scale at 9 o’clock. Equipped with twin barrels and a large balance with screws, this 5.6 mm thick mechanical self-winding movement has a 50-hour power reserve when the chronograph mode is activated. Endowed with a vertical coupling clutch, it boasts all the main features of an authentic Haute Horlogerie chronograph.

The Piaget Polo FortyFive chronograph signalled the dawn of a new era of success, expressing the full force of its modernity with a 45 mm case sculpted from titanium and fitted with a rubber strap. Its sporting appearance makes it ideal for activities such as horse-riding or diving to depths of 100 metres. The bracelet can be lengthened or shortened by pressing twice on the sides in order to enhance wearer comfort according to temperature variations. The signature gadroons are in polished steel and alternate with the satin-brushed titanium.

The mechanical self-winding movement created in La Côte-aux-Fées is entirely worthy of the Piaget tradition. The only variable feature is the dial, after which the Piaget Polo FortyFive is named, since it is slightly broader than usual and measures 45 millimetres. For Piaget CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger, “it corresponds to current tastes, and also to the approximately length of a polo match”. 

Within this noble sport, Piaget has also a recent noteworthy entrance into the most demanding international polo competition of them all, the Triple Crown. The “Pilàra-Piaget” team which plays for Piaget is composed of some of the world’s finest players: Marcos Heguy, Santiago Chavanne and the two brothers Sebastian and Agustin Merlos. The brand has indeed chosen the team captain Marcos Heguy as ambassador of the Piaget polo line.

Time line : Piaget Polo (1979-2009)
  • 1979: Piaget creates the Polo watch
  • 1980: The Piaget Polo watch is officially introduced during the Polo World Cup in Palm Beach, in the company of Ursula Andress
  • 2001: Launch of the new Piaget Polo
  • 2007: Launch of the Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif
  • 2007: Launch of the Piaget Polo watch equipped with the 880P movement
  • 2008: Creation of the Pilàra-Piaget polo team
  • 2008: Marcos Heguy becomes official ambassador of the Piaget Polo line
  • 2009: The Piaget Polo line celebrates its 30th anniversary: launch of anniversary series at the SIHH
  • 2009: Launch of the Piaget Polo FortyFive

Aspen Jewelry and Watches - Aspen One Limited Edition

Launched this year, Aspen One is the first luxury timepiece introduced by Aspen Jewelry and Watches. Aspen One, a limited edition Swissmade timepiece is a tribute to Aspen and to its crown jewel, Aspen Mountain. Retailing at $38,900, Aspen One has partnered with Aspen-based jewelry boutique, Meridian Jewelers as the exclusive Colorado retailer that will represent the eight varieties of the Aspen One watch.

Aspen Jewelry and Watches founder René van Ass, a Netherlands native and entrepreneur, is known for developing brands and media concepts. He states, “Aspen is internationally known for its natural beauty, perfect slopes, and the glamorous appeal of its famous visitors. Aspen is a brand…a very strong brand. Aspen Jewelry and Watches has been granted the worldwide license to use the Aspen name for the collections we are introducing, the first being Aspen One. By marketing this collection, we are marketing Aspen as it is...and what it was. We will emphasize Aspen’s rich history and we want people all over the world to fall in love with Aspen even more.”

The precious Swiss-made timepiece offered in four color combinations of 18 kt white or rosé gold, carries unique features that communicate elements specific to Aspen. A specially-designed compass shows you where you are once on top of Aspen Mountain, and the watch tells you when it is time to change your ski-strap to your après-ski strap (done in a few seconds with a technique similar to removing a ski from a boot) at four o’ clock.

The Aspen One collection contains 3,267 pieces, exactly the number of feet from the bottom to the top of the mountain. On the top of Aspen Mountain, a monument has been constructed that will feature the names of all watch buyers and their unique virtual elevation number. The first watch will be auctioned in Europe to benefit child cancer research and the second watch will be given to the celebrity guest of Aspen One.

In United states, you can buy Aspen One watches from Meridian Jewelers,525 E Cooper Ave,Aspen, CO 81611.

UNION GLASHÜTTE Belisar Chronograph

A sporty look, exclusive design and originality - with its trendsetting design completely in black, the new Chronograph from UNION GLASHÜTTE combines the exclusive qualities of the Belisar collection with an unconditionally sporting appearance. This modern timekeeper has features which are perfectly designed to make a distinctive statement about the wearer.

In designing this watch, UNION GLASHÜTTE has uncompromisingly exploited the effect which the colour black can produce. The PVD-coated stainless steel case with its pronounced bezel and the leather strap with its natural rubber overlay form an optically harmonious unity. Even the characteristic feature so typical of the Belisar range - the screwed-on flanks with seamlessly integrated solid push-buttons - is fully designed in black, thus providing it with a completely new look.

The sporting theme is continued on the carbon dial whose characteristic fibre structure creates for the Chronograph the impression of a unique depth. This three dimensional effect is enhanced by the black appliquéd flange and associated counter borders. The characteristic Belisar counters with coloured representation of the hours and minutes in white and yellow create new tonalities. Nine distinctive indices are perfectly matched in their proportions to the design of the dial. Just like the hands, they are coated in Superluminova, which ensures easy readability. A visual counterbalance is provided by the clear design of the number 12.

Sporty shell, refined centre - the perfect interplay between design and performance alone make the Belisar Chronograph an outstanding and distinctive timekeeper. As with all the watches in the collection, this one is also driven by a high-quality ETA movement, manufactured and refined in Glashütte. The exclusive UNION GLASHÜTTE rotor with its skeleton brand lettering and Glashütte stripe finish can be observed through the screwed-on sapphire crystal back.

The Belisar Chronograph costs 2’750,00 euros / CHF 3’850,00. A two-tone version offering an attractive interplay of stainless steel and black elements is optionally available for 2’580,00 euros / CHF 3’600,00. Both models are water-resistant up to 100 metres/10 atm.

Technical details
Reference: D002.627.16.207.00

Movement
U 7753

Indications
Hours, minutes and small second
Date indicator in dial window
Date correction by push-button at 10 o'clock
Chronograph function with 60-second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
46-h power reserve

Case
316L stainless steel with screwed-on stainless steel flanks, black PVD coating
Screwed-on sapphire crystal back
Depth: 14.20 mm; Diameter: 43 mm
Dial: Carbon dial;flange with appliquéd counter borders and indices
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-tightness: 100 m / 10 atm
Strap: Black leather strap with rubber overlay
Clasp: Butterfly buckle with two push-buttons, black PVD

Price
Germany and Austria: € 2’750,00
Switzerland:  CHF 3’850,00
Also available in a two-tone version (stainless steel/black PVD) at € 2’580,00 / CHF 3’600,00

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Moscow

Located at 5, Rue Stolechnikov, the 80 square-metre boutique is entirely dedicated to Haute Horlogerie and exudes a companionably friendly atmosphere. It offers connoisseurs and collectors the entire Vacheron Constantin collection, including some of the most significant Haute Horlogerie creations: 250th anniversary models, a wide range of Grande Complication watches including the Minute Repeater in its skeleton version, as well as sparkling watches intended for ladies and models housing small and medium complications. Platinum, various gold colours and steel: only noble metals find their place within the Boutique.

From an historical standpoint, the opening of the Moscow boutique represents continuity of the longstanding ties that Vacheron Constantin has persistently cultivated with Russia for almost two centuries. It was in 1819 that Vacheron Constantin delivered its first repeater watch to Prince Potemkin.

The first step was to be followed by numerous models ordered by the Russian elite: Prince Alexander Dolgourouky, His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Wladimir, Countess Chouvalov, Princess Wassiltchikoff, Princess Bariatinsky and many other customers right through to the present day. Nothing has changed since the early 19th century between Vacheron Constantin and Russia, which share a number of cultural values in the sophisticated field of the art of horology.

A sparingly decorated area featuring an architecture and interior design in harmony with the prestigious watchmaking House: precious wood, leather and cleverly arranged fittings radiate an atmosphere pervaded by a sense of intimacy and serenity. In keeping with the spirit consistently upheld by Vacheron Constantin, the Boutique is a place conducive to culture and sharing, in which everyone is welcome to come and discover the collection, or just to discuss Haute Horlogerie over a cup of tea or coffee.

Moreover, the Boutique offers the whole array of quality services dear to Vacheron Constantin, whether that involves changing a strap or bracelet, performing a maintenance service on a watch, giving advice or providing any other information relating to Vacheron Constantin. The Boutique is open daily from 12 noon to 9 pm, except for Sundays, when it closes at 7 pm.

Vacheron Constantin's Second Exclusive Boutique at Causeway Bay Avenue, Hong Kong

Located at Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street on prestigious Causeway Bay Avenue,this boutique is Vacheron Constantin’s tenth in China, making it the most represented Haute Horlogerie brand in the country in terms of the number of boutiques.

Opened on 15 may 2008, it is one of the brand’s largest international boutiques, covering over 100 square metres of floor space. Giving directly onto the avenue, it is built on one level, in line with the design aesthetic of the Maison Vacheron Constantin in Geneva. In a truly exclusive setting that is both intimate and welcoming, it is dedicated to technical and precious Haute Horlogerie and discreetly decorated with a structural and interior design in harmony with the brand: precious wood, leather, and fixtures and furnishings emanating a warm and serene atmosphere.

There is a permanent exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century watchmaking machine-tools, all specially imported from Switzerland. Furthermore, the boutique offers the whole range of Vacheron Constantin services: from changing a strap to servicing a watch to advice on or a request for information on the world’s oldest watch manufactory, which has enjoyed over 250 years of uninterrupted activity.

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