Monday, August 31, 2009

Angular Momentum - Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal Verre Èglomisé Timepieces

Swiss luxury watch brand Angular Momentum presents their latest Timepiece collection- Verre Èglomisé Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal - Limited Edition of 5 Timepieces.The timepiece possesses “two” Verre Èglomisé miniatures, the portrait of Shah Jahan on the back crystal and the portrait of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal on its front crystal.

Mumtaz Mahal: Verre Èglomisé - Miniature painting on the reverse of the sapphire crystal

Shah Jahan: Verre Èglomisé - Miniature painting on the reverse of the sapphire back crystal

Features: Stainless steel case, serti en pavé 1.420 ct. TW VVS brilliants, mechanical self-winding movement, case caliber 40.70mm. digital time display by Revolving-Disk.

The Story
Shah Jahan met Mumtaz Mahal and fell in love. He married her after five years and they were leading a very happy life. While giving birth to their last child, Mumtaz Mahal died due to some complications. A few years later Shah Jahan built the world‘s most beautiful monument „Taj Mahal“ in the memory of his wife. One of the wonders of the world „Taj Mahal“ has a beautiful love story behind its construction. Taj Mahal love story is about Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan, initially named Prince Khurram, took birth in the year 1592. The son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India, he fell in love in Arjumand Banu Begum at first time. At that time he was 14 years old and she, a Muslim Persian princess, was 15.

After meeting her, Shah Jahan went back to his father and declared that he wanted to marry her. Read on to know more about the love story behind Taj Mahal of Agra… The match got solemnized after five years i.e., in the year 1612. Shah Jahan became the Emperor in the year 1628 and entrusted Arjumand Banu with the royal seal. He also bestowed her with the tile of Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the „Jewel of the Palace“. Though Shah Jahan had other wives also, but, Mumtaz Mahal was his favorite and accompanied him everywhere, even on military campaigns. In the year 1631, when Mumtaz Mahal was giving birth to their 14th child, she died due to some complications.

It is said that Shah Jahan was so heartbroken after her death that he ordered the court into mourning for two years. Some time after her death, Shah Jahan undertook the task of erecting the world‘s most beautiful monument in the memory of his beloved. It took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument, which is also said to be the last wish of Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent monument came to be known as „Taj Mahal“ and now counts amongst the Seven Wonders of the World.

Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan I (full title: Al-Sultan al-‘Azam wal Khaqan al-Mukarram, Abu‘l-Muzaffar Shihab ud-din Muhammad, Sahib-i-Qiran-i-Sani, Shah Jahan I Padshah Ghazi Zillu‘llah [Firdaus-Ashiyani]) (also spelled Shah Jehan, Shahjehan, January 5, 1592 – January 22, 1666) was the ruler of the Mughal Empire in the Indian subcontinent from 1628 until 1658. The name Shah Jahan comes from Persian meaning “King of the World.”

He was the fifth Mughal ruler after Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir. While young, he was a favourite of Akbar. Even while very young, he could be pointed out to be the successor to the Mughal throne after the death of Jahangir. He succeeded to the throne upon his father’s death in 1627. He is considered to be one of the greatest Mughals and his reign has been called the Golden Age of Mughals. Like Akbar, he was eager to expand his empire. The chief events of his reign were the destruction of the kingdom of Ahmadnagar (1636), the loss of Kandahar to the Persians (1653), and a second war against the Deccan princes (1655). In 1658 he fell ill, and was confined by his son Aurangzeb in the citadel of Agra until his death in 1666. On the eve of his death in 1666, the Mughal Empire spanned almost 750,000,000 acres (3,000,000 km2), about 9/10 the size of modern India.

The period of his reign was the golden age of Mughal architecture. Shah Jahan erected many splendid monuments, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal at Agra built as a tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (birth name Arjumand Banu Begum). The Pearl Mosque at Agra and the palace and great mosque at Delhi also commemorate him. The celebrated Peacock Throne, said to be worth millions of dollars by modern estimates, also dates from his reign. He was the founder of Shahjahanabad, now known as ‘Old Delhi’. The important buildings of Shah Jahan were the Diwan-i-Am and Diwani- Khas in the fort of Delhi, the Jama Masjid, the Moti Masjid and the Taj. It is pointed out that the Palace of Delhi is the most magnificent in the East.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate Annual

«Small complication» is the name used for the rare mechanical additional function found in this timepiece of Carl F. Bucherer: a calendar which takes the different lengths of months into account and which only has to be corrected once a year, at the end of February. The Patravi ChronoDate Annual also features a host of other outstanding attributes.

Thanks to Julius Caesar. The great Roman statesman reformed the calendar used at that time by defining 30 or 31 days as the length of a month, with the exception of February. Unfortunately without any regularity. Any one who wears a wristwatch will be aware of this irregularity: at the end of a month with 30 days, at the end of February in any case, the date must be corrected manually. With the Patravi ChronoDate Annual Carl F. Bucherer presents a timepiece which renders manual correction superfluous.

A complicated system of numerous wheels, levers and sliding gear switch exactly to the first of the month, irrespective of whether 30 or 31 days have passed. The computing power provided by the automatic movement, which is only 30 mm wide and 7.3 mm high, in such a small space is impressive. The owner of this watch will soon appreciate the major convenience of this small complication. The only correction required is a minor adjustment via the crown at the end of February.

Another major advantage is the type of date indicator. In the new Patravi ChronoDate Annual the current date appears in a large window of the face. This shows the passionate commitment of watch designers at Carl F. Bucherer to aesthetic elegance. They have not placed the beautifully framed date indicator in the usual position, but at the 12- o'clock position. This means that all the functions are arranged symmetrically on the watch face and the date, probably one of the most useful information in everyday business, can be easily read immediately.

The month is displayed in the small window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. A type of timepiece which is still immensely popular with enthusiasts of mechanical timepieces. Ninety years of expertise are expressed in the Patravi ChronoDate Annual, which shows its well-earned respect for the company's founder and grandfather of the current owner. Carl Friedrich Bucherer started his own watchmaking business in 1919 in Lucerne and today the name Bucherer symbolises top-quality jewelry and watchmaking craftsmanship world-wide as well as Swiss quality which is steeped in tradition.

So much technical finesse deserves of course an elegant case. The movement of the Patravi ChronoDate Annual from Carl F. Bucherer is protected by a strong almost 108 gram gold case, whose base is fixed by means of seven screws. And single-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass allows an optimum view of the silver-plated watch face at any time. This sophisticated man’s watch is fastened to the wrist by means of a hand-sewn strap made from top-quality alligator leather with a comfortable folding clasp made of 18-carat gold.

Technical details
Reference number: 00.10619.03.93.01
  • Movement: automatic, CFB 1957.1 caliber, chronometer, diameter 30 mm, height 7.3 mm, 49 jewels, power reserve 42 hours
  • Functions: chronograph, big date, annual calendar
  • Case:18 K rose gold, screw-down crown, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm), diameter 42 mm, height 14.1 mm
  • Watchband: hand-stitched Louisijavascript:void(0)ana alligator leather strap, 18 K rose gold folding clasp

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Antoine Preziuso Esquisse

This jewellery timepiece reflects the artistic character of Antoine Preziuso. All starts from a sketch, an Esquisse in french. And in this case, it starts and ends by an Esquisse. White and black diamonds set on a solid gold dial translate the drawing Antoine Preziuso made while creating this piece.

Technical data
  • Case: Diamond-like Carbon DLC coated stainless steel case
  • Dial: Solid 18kt white gold completely hand-set with white and black diamonds to reproduce the sketch of the dial as Preziuso creates it.
  • Movement: High quality 2892ETA all hand engraved.
  • Strap: Polished galucha.

Montblanc Star 4810 Automatic

Focusing on the basics has created a timeless design. Watches that outlive all fashion trends feature a surprisingly classical and simple design. A case in point is the traditional three-hand watch in the new Montblanc Star 4810 Automatic with 18 carat red gold. It clearly shows hours, minutes and seconds, and in a large field at 6 O’clock the date. Together with the luminescent Roman numerals, these clear-cut elements give the silver dial a stylish and distinguished look.
The elegant design is offset by an engine-turning design with the shape of the Montblanc signet. With alternating angles of incidence, the Montblanc star seems to vibrate on the dial and capture the dynamism of passing time. Selected to meet the highest demands, the solid red gold case forms a harmonious unity with the elegant brown alligator strap.

The new Star 4810 Automatic – 41.5 mm in diameter and with a COSC- certified automatic movement – is the calm continuation of the classical watch range Montblanc Star, which was once the start of the success story of Montblanc in the world of haute horlogerie.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - Introduction

Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the watchmaking manufacture Minerva, extensive renovations at the premises of the newly founded Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie in Rue Principalein Villeret were completed in October 2008. Refurbishment took almost one and a half years and the idea was, wherever possible,to retain everything worth preserving and to ensure that the historic foundations of the traditional watchmaking company were as well equipped to deal with the future as they have been over the past 150 years.

As a result,the renovated building contains solid oak floorboards and herringbone parquet that is well over a century old. The windows, on the other hand, were replaced by modern double-glazed versions,although here too the frames and mullions are exact replicas of their historical forebears. The inner double windows were retained and put back into their original places after repainting. The electrical infrastructure and the IT systems have been replaced in their entirety.

The machinery,of course, remained untouched; apart from state-of-the-art CNC and wire-erosion systems, there is a wealth of machines many years old, which would normally be found only in a museum. The watchmaking workshops, too, where some of the tools, machines and measuring instruments look extremely antiquated, remained basically untouched. Watchmakers tend to get used to their work-benches–known in the trade as ‘établis’–and are generally prepared to give up the things they are familiar with only if it is impossible to retain them.

The most conspicuous change in the entire renovation took place on the attic floor, where the entire middle section of the gable roof has given way to a glazed atrium;this has blended in so perfectly with the existing structure that it appears always to have been there. It is a kind of penthouse,with a narrow balcony on the street side wherein future journalists, visitors and, above all, customers can be received who have come to pick up their watch from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 personally.Now that the renovations are finished, the building remains a perfect reflection of the way the company works:a place in which tradition and innovation harmonise perfectly.

But not only the building itself underwent renovation. As part of the extensive work of refurbishment,the watch manufacturing company set up a new workshop that has enabled it to fulfill a dream,with the resources that will equip it to make its own balance springs from start to finish. This has made the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie one of the most exclusive watch manufacturers in the world, because only a handful of leading watch-makers still have the where with alto do this. Since the company in Villeret also produces key components such as the balance, pallets and escape wheel in its own workshops, it means the Institutis able to tailor-make complete sets of parts for each movement without external assistance.

The only item outsourced is the raw material for the balance wire.This is made of an alloy that is ideally suited to the needs of large balances with a frequency of 18,000 bph. The untreated wire is drawn through increasingly fine templates until it has been attenuated to the desired diameter of less than 1/10 mm, each pass reducing its thickness by about 15%. Extremely fine diameters like this call for a very sure hand and necessarily reduce the speed at which the wire can be pulled to the stately pace of a few centimetres per minute. After several hours,once the wire has reached the required thinness,it is rolled flat between polished steel cylinders until it has the final rectangular cross-section required for the purpose.

At this point the material is ready,but there remains much to be done until the balance spring that will breathe life into one of Montblanc’s exclusive watch movements is complete. To achieve this,a piece of the finished wire some 10 cm in length is hand-twisted into a spiral shape, undergoes a special tempering process and is fixed in its final form. The manufacturers prefer not to disclose any further details of the techniques involved, pointing out merely that they have invested years in perfecting the individual processes. Now the company is able to produce some of the most exclusive balance springs available, and these are destined for use solely in the exquisite timepieces that comprise the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

The Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie
There are only a handful of watch manufactures in the whole world able to cover a watch-making spectrum that extends from the art of handmade watches according to old Swiss tradition through to the state-of-the-art engineering behind the industry of today. One of these is the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, which has grown out of the small,exclusive workshop that was once Minerva. The company was founded in 1858in the village of Villeretin the Jura and very soon began specialising in the production of chronographs of the very highest quality.

Only very few watch manufacturers can still look back on such along,uninterrupted history,and over the years Minerva has held fast to the working methods traditionally associated with Swiss watchmaking at its best. It is none other than the art of traditional haute horlogerie, which is carried out largely by hand. Only a very small number of master watchmakers today have the knowledge and expertise needed for this extremely rare and exclusive form of watchmaking. Important components such as the generously sized balance, with its high moment of inertia, are made in-house. The company also produces its own tailor-made balance springs and counts their active length using old, traditional methods, while the mise en fonction of the chronograph control is carried out meticulously by hand for each individual movement. There are no longer many watch manufacturers who are able to produce such vital components for their timepieces by hand, using traditional methods.

In 2007, in order to preserve its authenticity, Minerva joined forces with Montblanc,which is equally devoted to preserving and practising handed-down manufacturing traditions in all its business activities. As a result, the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie was founded. Montblanc thus makes an enormous contribution towards keeping a unique form of expertise alive and preserving this invaluable expertise for posterity. The unwavering commitment of the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie to handcrafted watchmaking makes it the perfect partner for Montblanc Montre SA in Le Locle, which recently designed and produced its own movement developed entirely in-house. The chronograph movement: an achievement that has firmly established it as a watchmakers’ workshop,successfully blending the art of traditional watch¬making with the production methods of the 21st century.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858
Since 2007, the name Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 has stood for timepieces manufactured in accordance with the tenets of traditional haute horlogerie. Each demands such a high level of specialised craftsmanship and finishing that annual production is limited to just a few hundred watches. Movements, of which each type is limited to a maximum of 288 pieces, have been specially developed for these watches. The figure 288 stands for the sum total of two gross (one gross equalling twelve dozen), which has traditional significance in watchmaking.

Central to the development of new movements is a focus on classical‘garde-temps’(timekeeper) philosophy,with special attention being paid–in view of Minerva’s history – to the chronographs. In terms of their form, all movements rely on the outstanding legacy of Minerva, which set new standards with the unmistakable aesthetics of its beautifully shaped bridges and levers. The individual parts are finished to a level of perfection mastered by only a very limited number of specialists.

The parts of the movement and other components used in the manufacture of watches in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 pass through the hands of highly specialised and qualified master watchmakers hundreds of times. Production capacity is thus naturally limited,and the year 1858 dictates the number of the various models manufactured in each limited edition. Taking the formula 1/8/58 as a basis, production will comprise one unique piece in platinum together with eight in white gold and 58in rose gold.
Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 Grand Chronographe Régulateur
As if strict limitation were not exclusive enough,the various movements will also be crafted as highly individual, unique works of art featuring designs based on the personal wishes of their future owners. Buyers discuss their wishes and ideas with the maître horloger and a designer at the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, subsequently receiving a series of suggestions, from which they can choose to suit their preferences.

Of course the stylistic statement made by even a unique piece like one of the these watches must be in line with the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 as a whole, but otherwise there is virtually no limit to the customer‘s wishes as regards design. Whether he requires a dial of solid platinum or naturals late, pavé diamonds running the entire spectrum from yellow to brilliant white, or cloisonné enamel is immaterial,as long as it is technically possible and does not interfere with the watch’s functionality.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 -Grand Tourbillon Heures Mystérieuses
Customers who choose to embellish their timepiece from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 with a work of art like this have the guarantee that their choice of wristwatch will exist once, and once only, worldwide. It’s an exclusive feature that generates real pride of ownership but at the same time considerably increases the watch’s value as a collector’s item.

With their authentic haute horlogerie character, the limitation of each calibre to just 288 pieces, and their extremely limited availability (if not tailor-made uniqueness), the watches in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 meet all the conditions one would expect of a genuine collector’s item. Several lines of haute horlogerie watches have appeared in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 since 2007. Each of them has attracted enormous attention within the industry and has instantly been appreciated by many connoisseurs.

The timepieces in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 are items with a high cultural value and can rightfully be considered very special works of art. In recognition of this–as well as their extremely limited availability–each timepiece in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 is accompanied by a set of lithographs presented in a leather-bound case: historic depictions of the old Minerva manufacture, landscape impressions of the Jura mountains, illustrations of watch movements, and a lithograph of the watch in question.

The latter is at the very heart of each portfolio because, like the watch itself,it is unique. It bears the watch’s serial number, its number in the limited edition, and the handwritten signature of master watchmaker Demetrio Cabiddu. Each set of lithographs is assembled individually and is thus an element in the philosophy that makes each and every watch in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 something very unique.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 -The Grand Chronographe Régulateur

Introduced at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2009, the Grand Chronographe Régulateur is further proof of the innovative impetus at the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie provided through cooperation with Montblanc, the aim of which was to generate one new movement every year.

The most eye-catching features on the new chronograph are the regulator dial with its small hour circle at 12 o'clock and a large central minute hand. These are complemented by a second time zone display, a day/night indicator, a combined power reserve / winding display, the continuously running seconds hand and the chronograph function with its single-button operation, a large centre chronograph hand and all the design features typically associated with the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie.
The commitment of the Institut Minerva to the tradition of authentic Swiss watchmaking should not be misconstrued as nostalgia. In fact, it is quite the contrary: the art of watchmaking depends on a process of continuous innovation, and is still pursued purposefully in Villeret to this day. For the express goal of the Institut Minerva is to foster innovation and provide active support for new ideas and talent. It should therefore come as no surprise that, apart from certain familiar elements, the latest addition to the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 comes with new features which one would not necessarily associate with a traditional manufacture and its 150-year history.

A high-precision pendulum clock featuring a regulator-type dial with a small off-centre hour circle and large central minute hand was often to be found in watchmaking workshops in the past. Its extreme precision helped watchmakers to time and set their own movements. The regulator dial blends perfectly with the 'garde-temps' philosophy that inspires the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie to make watches for the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

Monopusher chronograph controlled by a column wheel
The MB M16.30 calibre is a chronograph movement with a large central seconds hand, a small minute counter at 3 o'clock and a classical column wheel with a horizontal clutch. The chronograph levers are meticulously hand-crafted and finished, while the chronograph bridge, too – in the V-shape typical of Minerva – is hand-chamfered and polished. The heavy screw balance with its Phillips balance spring oscillates at the classic speed of 18 000 beats per hour (2.5 Hertz), which enables the user to record times to an accuracy of one-fifth of a second.

Second time zone and day/night indicator
A second time zone display is ideal for users who are frequently on the move. To meet this need, the Grand Chronographe Régulateur shows local time on the upper, skeletonised hour hand in the small hour circle at 12 o'clock, while the blued hour hand below shows the time at home. When the owner is in his home time zone, the two hands are precisely superimposed, one above the other, but whenever he moves into a different time zone, he can set the appropriate hour hand to local time in one-hour steps using the button at 10 o'clock. A small 24-hour dial with a day/night display keeps the wearer informed of his home time.

Power reserve display with winding zone indication
One genuine watchmaking innovation is the large power reserve display in the lower half of the dial, which has two indicators to provide two important pieces of information about the watch's running time. When the movement still has sufficient power, the two hands are precisely superimposed and indicate the remaining power reserve. When the tension in the mainspring has reached a low point (French BAS), the upper hand remains static, while the lower, red hand moves into the red area, indicating that it is time for the watch to be manually wound again by hand. A new type of mechanism, consisting of 19 individual parts, was devised to achieve this and has been registered for patent.
Collector's items in a limited edition
As a tribute to Minerva's foundation in 1858, the Grand Chronograph Régulateur timepieces in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 will be produced in a strictly limited edition in accordance with the 1 / 8 / 58 formula: unique watches in platinum, editions of eight watches in 18 ct. white gold and 58 pieces in 18 ct. red gold. The cases feature a convex bezel, a steeply domed sapphire glass and a sapphire glass see-through back protected by a hinged cuvette, which is released by a patented mechanism.

Montblanc Advent Calendar - The World´s Most Expensive Advent Calendar

The excitement and feverish anticipation of the surprises hidden behind the little doors on an Advent calendar; being allowed to open one door each day and to discover something very special behind it, are cherised childhood memories. Montblanc, world-famous manufacturer of exquisite writing instruments, leather goods, watches, jewellery and accessories, created this unique luxury Advent calendar worth 1 Million Swiss Francs.
Introduced by Montblanc in 2002, the “world’s most expensive Advent calendar” which costs about 1 Million Swiss Francs, is an exact reproduction, on a scale of 1:20, of the “Villa Montblanc” in Le Locle, situated in the Jura region of Switzerland. Since 1997, the Montblanc Meisterstück watch collection has been handcrafted in Le Locle, at Montblanc Montre S.A., following the tradition of Swiss watchmaking.

The faithful reproduction of this Art Nouveau villa is 1.42 m high and is furnished with the most expensive Montblanc products. Behind the 24 illuminated windows there are 60 exquisite products from the finest Montblanc collections: luxury writing instruments, exclusive leather goods, jewellery accessories and watches -masterpieces crafted in precious metals, gems and the finest leather.

The crowning glory is the door opened on Christmas Eve – behind it one will discover the highlights of the Montblanc collection: Montblanc’s most expensive fountain pen, the solid gold Meisterstück Solitaire Royal, which is encrusted with 4,810 flawless diamonds and is worth SFR 200,000 as well as a selection of other diamond-covered products from the Solitaire Royal Collection. Behind one of the other 24 doors there is another exceptionally rare collector’s item: the first Limited Edition Patron of Art writing instrument, named after Lorenzo di Medici, which was launched 1992. This stunning solid gold fountain pen has a collectors’ value of more than SFR 40,000.

Like the real “Villa Montblanc” in Le Locle, the Montblanc Advent Calendar offers an opportunity to take pleasure in the beautiful things in life. And that is precisely what each of the exquisite Montblanc products behind the windows and doors of the miniature Villa Montblanc inspire one to do: to cherish a unique moment, reflect and enjoy – to take time for moments in life which really matter.

Gerald Genta Gefica Safari (2007)

The thought of waking up in the savannah evokes memories of distant roaring and the hum of a twin-engine plane bringing supplies to a lodge. As soon as the first crimson rays of a gigantic sun appear on the horizon, the primal beauty of the African earth is suddenly brought to light.

Contemporary man senses the force of this nature as well as its potential threat. Through adventures, he savours the awakening of the senses: the intense vibrancy of colours, the unity of shapes, the fascination of scents and the touch of materials. His body shakes off its numbness as the archaic strength of this earth is revealed within him, and his mind sets off on pleasurable flights of fancy.

Gefica Safari links urban man to this primeval world through a unique harmony of basic and contemporary materials. Its form and its materials, which evolve through time, enhance the virility and sensuality of the emotions they arouse.At the dawn of the world, some 4,000 years ago, men took the first steps in the science of materials by discovering the alloy of copper and pewter: bronze. In harmony with its times and with contemporary smelting and alloy technologies, Gérald Genta offers a world-first combination of bronze and titanium with the new Gefica Safari.

In 1988, Gérald Genta presented the first Gefica, born from a discussion between friends during a Big Five gaming hunt in Africa. From the merging of the first two letters of their surnames – Geoffroy, Fissore and Canali – came a name: GEFICA. Initially intended to be a hunter’s watch, the revolutionary use of bronze for its exterior was driven by a concern for invisibility, because this non-shiny material avoided any risk of the sun glinting off it at an inopportune moment.

In 2007, the Gérald Genta brand revived the material and the model in a resolutely 21st century spirit: today’s man is a urban predator, who paradoxically seeks to protect nature. The spirit of the new Gefica is thus profoundly urban, while the shapes, the materials and the colours are drawn from Mother Earth.

Right from the outset, the brand has distinguished itself through its provocative and innovative approach to the use of materials. It was the first Haute Horlogerie brand to introduce materials such as carbon fibre, rubber, tantalum, bronze, wood and liquid ceramics into Haute Horlogerie models while combining them with precious counterparts. It has thereby acquired a legitimacy that is now firmly established, in an era where breaking with classic traditions seems an obvious choice. Thanks to this legitimate expertise in working with unusual materials that the Gérald Genta engineers have mastered for almost 20 years, the new Gefica Safari is crafted in bronze and combined with titanium, giving it a truly unique character. Thanks to the inherent properties of these materials, such an object evolves over the years as the bronze gradually acquires a patina and the harmony between materials is embellished with the passing of time.

This spectacular model with its complex architecture evokes the volcanic topography of Africa, the geometry of the Primitive Arts of this continent, and their aesthetic influence on the Art Deco movement of the early 20th century. Its statuesque shapes instantly propel us into a world of raw sensations, while radiating an aesthetic blend of reminiscences and contemporary character. The world of the early hunters is thus transposed and sublimated within the urban jungle of contemporary mankind.

Right from the start, the eye is drawn to the two-tone bronze and titanium case, gliding over its flaring shape before encountering the contrast between the raised convex sapphire crystal and the hollowed concave dial. From the edge of the bezel shaped like the rim of a volcano crater, the gaze follows the dome and plunges down the rounded slopes of the dial, admiring the sweep of the curved red seconds hand, before coming to rest on a back marked by horizontal grooves. Shapes, materials and colours unite to immerse us in the aesthetic and sensual world of African art and its multiple influences. The twin rows of titanium beads on the case middle and the crown, echo the body painting on bronze-coloured skin and the geometrical shapes represented in tribal Art; whilst the natural hues recall nature and the colours of the African Mother Earth. The graphic design of the numerals indicating the time also reflect the Art Deco world that was so strongly inspired by the same source.

For over ten years, the Gérald Genta brand has been refining, developing, enhancing the reliability and successfully marketing this original combination of complications featuring the so-called “incremental” hour display and “reinitialisation” minute indication. It is to date the only contemporary Haute Horlogerie brand to have earned genuine legitimacy in the construction of this type of mechanism in wristwatches through the experience it has acquired. Over the years, various issues such as shock-resistance, the precision of the instant minute and date jumps have had to be resolved, and safety systems relating to winding and time-setting have also been developed in order to ensure the reliability of the mechanism. Gérald Genta has filed three patents exclusively linked to this mechanism, which in terms of the technical difficulties involved in the various horological complications is fairly close to those implied by the making of a perpetual calendar.

The Manufacture-made self-winding movement, which is the engine driving this model, is equipped with the jumping hour, retrograde minute and date complication module entirely developed, built and assembled in the workshops of the Manufacture Gérald Genta, in the Vallée de Joux. In keeping with its approach to Haute Horlogerie, this calibre is entirely decorated with circular-graining performed on a movement featuring “Potter” finishing. The 18-carat gold oscillating weight is also entirely circular-grained and engraved with the “Gérald Genta” brand name.

Since the launch of its first models featuring this type of display, the aesthetic lines through which it is conveyed have never betrayed the sophisticated technical substance of each of its movements, nor the contemporary design of the collections. The launch of the Gefica Safari represents an additional step towards confirming Gérald Genta’s status as a Manufacture producing exceptional watch models, consistently equipped with mechanical complications protected by sophisticated exteriors and endowed with the potential to arouse emotions that is inherent in prestige objects.

Technical details
  • Exclusive Gérald Genta self-winding movement, hand-decorated, “Potter” finishing, equipped with jumping hours appearing through a round aperture at 12 o’clock, a graduated 180° retrograde minute segment in the upper part of the dial between 9 and 3 o’clock and a 180° retrograde date segment in the lower part of the dial between 5 and 7 o’clock. 45-hour power reserve
  • Flared case with sandblasted bronze and titanium middle adorned with a double row of titanium beads, hollowed lugs, sandblasted bronze bezel and bronze and titanium beaded crown
  • Hollowed multi-layer dial with sandblasted finish, galvanic-coloured base with raised horizontal motif
  • Art Deco style hour, minute and date numerals
  • Curved seconds hand following the dial profile
  • Convex sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides and case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal glare-proofed on the inside, secured with 8 pentagonal screws
  • Exclusive Gérald Genta hand-sewn alligator leather strap
  • Titanium triple-folding clasp carrying the openworked brand symbol on the buckle
  • Water-resistant to 10 Atm

Montblanc Writing Instruments - Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece (2006)

In 2006,to commemorate their company’s centenary year, Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels joined together to create a fascinating expression of the finest craftsmanship and exquisite jewellery: the Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece.

This outstanding edition, truly the peak of the century-spanning tradition and expertise that these two Maisons are best known for,was planned to release in three different variations, set either with rubies, sapphires or emeralds. Each of these exquisite creations is strictly limited to only three pieces worldwide.
The first, the ruby-set Mystery Masterpiece, was unveiled for the first time in December 2006. The Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece is an outstanding proof of the passionate dedication to the spirit of innovation which has inspired Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels throughout their hundred-year history.

The legendary “Mystery Setting”, a technique patented in 1933 by Van Cleef & Arpels, magically conceals the gemstone settings and perfects the illusion of vivid blossoms formed from rubies, sapphires or emeralds – while Montblanc’s meticulously crafted skeleton body enables the delicate white gold ornaments to literally float on the background of transparent resin. This beguiling interplay of form and colour culminates in a Montblanc star made of round diamonds on the top of the cap and an exquisite butterfly in white gold set with diamonds on the clip.

The rhodium-plated solid gold nib is finely engraved in commemoration of the anniversary for which this truly exceptional Mystery Masterpiece has been created: “One Hundred Years of Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc”.

Montblanc Writing Instruments - Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire Ceramics Black Prisma

Unusual materials and geometrical structures characterise the latest highlight in the classical line of Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire writing instruments. The Meisterstück Solitaire “Ceramics Black Prisma” Edition lives from the exciting mixture of a platinised, high-gloss body and a cap of black high-tech ceramics, with a square pattern that is an optical and haptic experience.

Introduced in 2008,the fascination of the Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire “Ceramics Black Prisma” Edition, lies in the exciting balance between traditional Montblanc characteristics – such as the legendary Meisterstück silhouette and the three-ring design of the cap – and modern materials. Montblanc combines the cool gleam of the smooth, platinised body with a cap of black, high-tech ceramics. The appealing appearance of this material, which comes from the world of precision engineering, is enhanced by an attraction felt whenever one touches the square surface structure. Minimalistic, straightforward lines are here the aesthetic context for a writing-instrument design that combines tradition and modernity in a completely new way.
The Montblanc Meisterstück Solitaire “Ceramics Black Prisma” Collection has an engraved serial number on the clip and available in the more than 360 Montblanc boutiques around the world and from selected trade partners as a fountain-pen, in two different sizes and with four different nib widths to guarantee individual writing pleasure, ballpoint pen, rollerball and mechanical pencil.

Montblanc Writing Instruments - Montblanc StarWalker Black Mystery

Since 2003, purism and innovation have been united in Montblanc's most famous new writing instrument line, ‘StarWalker’. The prestigious brand is once again leading the way in terms of style and looks with the ‘StarWalker Black Mystery’ line, comprising fountain pen, ballpoint pen and fineliner. The most striking characteristic of the new ‘StarWalker Black Mystery’ is the linear laser-engraved pattern on the precious black lacquer, which, along with the floating Montblanc emblem in the cap top, enhances most effectively the unmistakably dynamic design of the ‘StarWalker’ that is both contemporary and sophisticated.

Exceptionality, dynamism and functional elegance – three characteristics that inspired Montblanc to create the Montblanc StarWalker line, heralding a new era in writing instrument design. In the meantime, the StarWalker has become one of the most successful and spectacular new developments in the ‘art of writing’. The modern, purist style of the line succeeds brilliantly in keeping an exciting balance between loyalty to the typical features of the brand and, at the same time, stepping decisively into the future – from deep-seated Montblanc tradition to new and visionary writing instrument creations. The message sent, however, remains the same: consciously taking time, in this fast-moving world, to send a hand-written greeting as an expression of highly personal esteem.
Exclusive materials are combined in the StarWalker Black Mystery line with a graphic surface structure. The deep black lacquer of the barrel and cap is set off by a filigree laser-engraved pattern: linear and futuristic, in keeping with the overall design of Black Mystery. This modern look is echoed by further forward-looking features such as the dynamic StarWalker silhouette, the slender, subtly protruding clip, the platinum-plated fittings and in particular the unique transparent cap top, in which the legendary Montblanc emblem seems to float through the infinity of time and space. It is a symbol of the skill of the master craftsmen at Montblanc who devote all their experience and passion to the making of every single writing instrument, thereby imbuing it with something truly unique: a soul.

In addition to the fountain pen, with its hand-crafted rhodium-plated nib made of 14 k gold, the StarWalker Black Mystery line will be available from January 2009 as a ballpoint pen and a powerful fineliner, featuring an innovative spring mechanism at the tip.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi T-24 Ladies

Carl F. Bucherer is expanding its Patravi collection with an enthrallingly elegant ladies watch. The Patravi T-24 Ladies is presented in a distinctive barrel-shaped case, set with precious diamonds.

The watches in the Patravi collection are modern classics with refined, mechanical functions and strongly characterised designs. They are future-oriented timepieces, combining tradition and modernity in impressive harmony. Whoever values noble discretion and extraordinary elegance, will certainly treasure the Patravi T-24 with its perfectly shaped, ergonomic, beautifully designed tonneau case. Its high quality automatic movement has a 24-hour display, which is adjusted independently of the hour and minute hands and can be used as a second time zone. The practical power reserve indication is positioned opposite this at six o’clock, and the date is displayed in a small window at three o’clock.

Now Carl F. Bucherer is extending this highly coveted line with an enthrallingly beautiful ladies watch. The highlight of this new model: twelve bars on the bezel of the case, which is made of steel or warm pink gold, comprise altogether 48 diamonds in compact groups of four. In addition, the formation of the bars and diamonds has the practical application of showing the time, indicating the hours and minutes. The 24-hour display, beneath twelve o’clock on the Patravi T-24 Ladies, functions in an elegant, oval zone. Finally the power reserve indication now stands out in stronger contrast against its surrounding background.

Thoroughly refined, and yet not exaggerated, the dials of the new Patravi T-24 Ladies come in smart white with hour index marks that reflect in the night or in luxury, white mother-of-pearl with nine diamonds. The choice of luxury bracelets provides a perfect match for this feminine timepiece. The selection includes high quality stingray, python or alligator leather, or polished and satin-finished stainless steel components.

Model details
Reference number: 00.10612.08.74.31
Movement: automatic CFB 1953 caliber, 42-hour power reserve, 28 jewels
Functions: 24-hour display for second time zone, date, power reserve indication
Case: stainless steel, 48 TW vvs 0.6 ct. diamonds, screwdown crown, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm), dimensions 36 x 41.2 mm
Dial: mother-of-pearl, 9 TW vvs diamonds
Bracelet: stainless steel with stainless steel folding clasp

00.10612.03.74.11 pink gold case, stingray leather strap with pink gold buckle
00.10612.03.74.01 pink gold case without diamonds, alligator leather strap with pink gold buckle
00.10612.08.74.11 python leather strap
00.10612.08.74.01 case without diamonds, alligator leather strap
00.10612.08.74.21 case without diamonds

Reference number: 00.10612.08.23.11
Movement: automatic CFB 1953 calibre, 42-hour power reserve, 28 jewels
Functions: 24-hour display for second time zone, date, power reserve indication
Case: stainless steel, 48 TW vvs diamonds 0.6 ct., screwdown crown, sapphire crystal with with anti-reflective coating on both sides, water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm), dimensions 36 x 41.2 mm
Bracelet: alligator leather with stainless steel folding clasp.

00.10612.08.23.01 case without diamonds
00.10612.08.23.31 stainless steel bracelet
00.10612.08.23.21 case without diamonds, stainless steel bracelet

Montblanc Writing Instruments - Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Max von Oppenheim

Since 1992, Montblanc has honoured important historical patrons of culture and sciences with the renowned Patron of Art Edition, eagerly awaited by collectors all over the world. This year's edition is dedicated to the great archaeologist and art patron Max von Oppenheim, who discovered an unknown culture in the Near East and made its cultural legacy accessible to the general public. Max von Oppenheim dedicated his life to the art of the Orient. His passion is reflected in the unusual design of the 925 sterling silver fountain pen, which recalls Oppenheim's greatest discovery: the Temple Palace at Tell Halaf in Syria.. The presentation of the annual Patron of Art Edition is linked with the ‘Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award’, a unique cultural prize honouring contemporary figures in the field of international art sponsorship.

Max von Oppenheim
Baron Max von Oppenheim (1860-1946) was the son of a prominent family of bankers in Cologne. Despite successfully qualifying in law and embarking on a diplomatic career, he devoted his life to the exploration of the Orient. His archaeological discoveries, his research into Bedouin culture and his precious collections of treasures made him famous the world over. During private excavation campaigns, Max von Oppenheim, who spoke Arabic like a native, uncovered evidence of a previously unheard-of prehistoric culture in Tell Halaf in Syria. The most impressive finds include the ‘Temple Palace’ of Prince Kapara from the 9th or 10th century BC with its huge animal sculptures and decorative reliefs.

In order to preserve his collection for the future, Oppenheim established a cultural foundation, the ‘Max Freiherr von Oppenheim-Stiftung’, in 1929 in Berlin and the ‘Tell Halaf Museum’ in 1930. During the Second World War, however, large parts of the collection and his library containing 40,000 volumes were destroyed. The remains which could be salvaged have been painstakingly restored in recent years to recreate the monumental sculptures, which are due to go on display at Berlin's Pergamon Museum for the first time in 2010 and subsequently travel the world in a touring exhibition.

People like Max von Oppenheim, who achieved great things in the past, are inspirational figures for the present. Since 1992, Montblanc has been honouring notable personalities and patrons of culture with a precious, individually designed ‘Patron of Art Edition’. This year's writing jewel in 925 sterling silver is dedicated to Max von Oppenheim and his archaeological discovery Tell Halaf. The gold-plated rings encircling barrel and cap are decorated with reliefs inspired by motifs on the temple façade, such as the famous hunting scene with horse and chariot, the original of which on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Furthermore, barrel and cap of the pen bear a geometric pattern which can be found not only in the temple but also on prehistoric ceramics from Tell Halaf. The coating of translucent lacquer adds to the design a fascinating three-dimensional effect. The fine engraving of a Bedouin caravan on the hand-crafted 18 k gold nib is the culmination of this tribute to Oppenheim and his major contribution to research into the history and culture of the Bedouins, committed to paper over a period of 40 years.

Like the rare prehistoric treasures of the Orient, the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Max von Oppenheim is limited, as shown by the edition number engraved on the clip. Just 4,810 pieces of this collectors' item will be available exclusively from Montblanc boutiques and at selected trade partners from March 2009.

Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award
The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award represents an exemplary bond, forged between past and present. Since 1992, this cultural award has been directly linked with the Patron of Art Edition and combines the tribute to an historical art patron with the acknowledgment of those who, investing vast amounts of time and extraordinary personal commitment, take on cultural responsibility in the present day.

With the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Montblanc seeks to acknowledge the increasing significance of private patronage, convey its role to the public, and give new impetus to the promotion of culture. Every year, an acclaimed jury chooses eleven award winners from all over the world, who receive financial support for a cultural project of their choice. Montblanc also presents them with a precious variation of the current Patron of Art Edition – named this year after the great ancient historian and explorer of the Orient, Max von Oppenheim.

Gerald Genta Arena Tourbillon Retrograde Hours (2008)

More stature, more straight lines and more contrast - this Arena watch accentuates the masculine side of its nature. It goes on the offensive to revive the look of the characteristic Gérald Genta tourbillon and retrograde hours movement.

A bold brand, an ever-astonishing watch. With its 45 mm diameter (as compared to 41 mm previously) the Arena line’s case with its grooved caseband is one of the largest on the market. It is even more amazing in this extremely luxurious version featuring a platinum structure and a palladium bezel– a precious pairing that subtly makes use of the nuance between the grey and white reflections. Palladium in its pure state gleams with a luminous clarity that Gérald Genta has enjoyed using since being the first to choose this metal to adorn its watch exteriors.

On the multi-layer dial, the retrograde numbers are displayed in polished, rhodium-plated appliques on a circular, brushed, tantalum-coloured arc, while the minutes follow a circle punctuated by transferred white hour-markers. Both the hours and the minutes are ticked off by masculine-looking dagger-shaped skeleton hands. The background features a skilfully openworked satin-brushed grey metal grid which makes a striking contrast with the “old gold” colour of the seconds hand, the decorative screw heads and the Potter-finish movement.

The tourbillon appearing through a generous opening at 6 o’clock is topped with an elongated bridge that has been specifically redesigned along more sporty lines. Overall, the skeleton-type dial built on several levels reflects the high degree of sophistication of the mechanism driving the watch.

The movement, which is developed and built within the Manufacture and comprises some 400 parts, embodies tried and tested expertise. Gérald Genta was indeed among the first brands to make a self-winding tourbillon in 1990. This model is remarkable due to its thinness (5.9 mm), its considerable power reserve (64 hours) and the perfectly integrated retrograde hours.

It boasts all the finishing touches characteristic of Haute Horlogerie, such as circular graining, bevelling, polishing, circular brushing, straightening and hand-drawn sides. At the end of the production process, it is immersed in a galvanic bath that gives it the “old gold” colour, inspired by vintage movements. The famous “Potter finish” developed by Gérald Genta exalts the beauty of the fine workmanship that may be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.

Montblanc Writing Instruments - Edition Ingrid Bergman

Montblanc’s new Special Edition honors the renowned Hollywood actress Ingrid Bergman, following the Hollywood legends Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich who have been honored by the “Diva” line of Montblanc writing instruments in previous years. Regarded as one of the great international stars in the history of entertainment, three Editions of Montblanc writing instruments, created for the discerning woman, are inspired by Bergman’s outstanding talent, riveting persona, sophisticated elegance and charismatic radiance.

Honesty, grace, determination, refinement, warmth, sensuality - the three masterly designs of Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman beautifully capture the multi-faceted character of the uniquely gifted Stockholm-born legend. Through a career spanning half-a-century, Ingrid Bergman appeared in over 50 movies performing in the five languages she spoke fluently - Swedish, German, French, English and Italian. She worked with legendary actors - Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, as well as Gary Cooper, and received critical acclaim on the Broadway stage and in London’s West End. A prolific writer, Bergman also kept an acting diary and Ingrid Bergman: My Story, her autobiography, became a best seller when it was published in 1980. Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman, therefore, celebrates Ingrid Bergman’s unrivaled status as a cultural icon and also pays tribute to the outstanding array of three Academy Awards which, along with a “Tony” Award and two Emmy Awards, acknowledged the high points of her lengthy career, which was launched by a chance encounter

The Italian names of the three styles of writing instruments within Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman - La Donna, L’Attrice and La Diva - allude to the six years she lived in Italy, with her four children and second husband Roberto Rossellini. He was one of an A-list roll call of international film directors with whom Bergman worked including George Cukor, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Victor Flemming and Jean Renoir. Bergman’s decision to have a child out of wedlock with famed Italian Neo Realist Rossellini - with whom she fell in love on the set of the 1949 film Stromboli and married a year later - made her an outcast in the U.S. In 1960, however, she made a triumphant return to Hollywood. Appearing at the 32nd Academy Awards, she received a standing ovation as she arrived on stage to present the Best Picture prize. “I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say,” she disclosed.

Every Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman writing instrument features Montblanc’s 18 K red gold nib with its distinctive heart-shape incision. Topping the opulent cap of each writing instrument is the Montblanc iconic emblem. Upon L’Attrice and La Diva it is rendered in mother of pearl. All three editions - La Donna, L’Attrice and La Diva - are adorned with a lady-like amethyst. This precious stone symbolizes other attributes associated with Bergman including calmness, clarity and tolerance. Aware of her power as a world renowned film star, she utilized her position of notoriety as a platform to speak out on issues about which she felt strongly such as segregation. The “royal purple” shade of the amethyst is also appropriate because it has been said that Bergman’s refusal to wear heavy make-up onscreen contributed to the “air of nobility” she projected. On all three versions Bergman`s elegant personal signature is featured.

Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Edition La Donna
The sleek black precious resin barrel of La Donna reflects Ingrid Bergman’s statuesque presence and timeless, refined style.

An ingenious detail is the lush, pleat-pattern mother-of-pearl-hued lacquered metal cap. This motif alludes to the gathers of a richly draped skirt, a sartorial item in which Bergman appeared ubiquitously. While the red gold plated fittings of La Donna allude to Bergman’s unrivaled skill to believably project passion on screen - as a leading lady of legendary romance films such as Casablanca and Spellbound - La Donna is available as a cartridge fountain pen, a ballpoint and as a rollerball.

Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Limited Edition L’Attrice
L’Attrice has been produced as a limited edition fountain pen restricted to 75 pieces. This number refers to 1975, the year in which Ingrid Bergman collected her third Academy Award. The accolade honored her standout performance in Murder on the Orient Express as the elderly missionary Greta Ohlsson. The theatrical possibilities of the role - which was smaller than the Russian princess director Sidney Lumet had originally envisioned Bergman portraying - had intrigued her more. Appearing merely in one scene, she delivered a powerful five-minute monologue. Captured in a single take, Lumet recalled: “It ran the gamut of emotions - I’ve never seen anything like it. Even though she had been a great screen beauty, there was never any effort on her part to glamorize herself. She just played Greta. A lot of actresses in her place might have demanded special lighting or makeup or camera angles to minimize her age, but not Ingrid.”

L’Attrice features an 18 K red gold nib with Montblanc’s distinctive heart-shape incision. The floral motif upon the mother-of-pearl-hued lacquer barrel, and the red gold, from which its lavish Ingrid Bergman signature-engraved cap has been produced, are appropriate touches, given that a hybrid tea rose is named in honor of Ingrid Bergman. Finally, another luxurious flourish upon the cap of L’Attrice is a red gold clip. Adorned with an amethyst on the clip, the cap features a ring embellished with sparkling, brilliant cut diamonds.

Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Limited Edition La Diva
Ingrid Bergman is considered among an “elite” group of film professionals who received a trio of Academy Awards - for her roles in the 1944 thriller Gaslight, the 1956 drama Anastasia as well as the in 1974 released mystery Murder on the Orient Express. La Diva celebrates this rare, outstanding achievement and the series of three, in which this extremely limited edition writing instrument has been exclusively produced, signifies Bergman’s magic number of Oscars. “I think the Academy Awards is great for the film industry - something that will be built up through the years, something with a tradition behind it,” she believed. And so, just as Bergman regarded the Oscar as the ultimate acting honor, La Diva has been conceived as the apex writing instrument within the Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman.

Made entirely of 18 K hand engraved solid red gold, it is festooned with shimmering brilliant-cut diamonds. The centre piece of this enchanting writing instrument is the ornamental flower on the clip, set with an amethyst, inspired by a wonderful piece of jewellery that Ingrid Bergman used to wear.

The Montblanc Edition Ingrid Bergman will be available in Montblanc Boutiques worldwide starting from September 2009.

Romain Jerome Writing Instruments - The Titanic DNA Writing Implement Series

The object’s design, halfway between a work of art and a writing instrument, borrows the material, colours, and signature elements of the timepieces inspired by that maritime masterpiece, the Titanic. In the detailed form of the famous vessel’s ventilator cowls, and topped with a cap whose clip is shaped like a staircase handrail, its opening is covered with a sapphire crystal, revealing an 18-carat-gold fountain pen nib, artfully engraved with the image of the Titanic.

The barrel of the object bears a ring of oxidized steel, born of the fusion between rusted steel from the wreck of the Titanic and steel supplied by the Harland & Wolff shipyards, where the great ship was built almost a century ago.
Additional unusual features add to the mystique of this unique instrument, including:
  • A propeller resembling the secondary propeller of the Titanic.
  • An ink reservoir fitted with a piston discernable through a porthole.
  • A miniature replica of the ship’s wheelhouse mechanism at the object’s base.
  • Steel and/or diamond rivets gracing the instrument’s remarkable lines.
The ensemble, with its Belle Époque aura, comes with a blown-glass inkpot filled with cuttlefish ink, formulated using a classic recipe of past eras.
The wheelhouse steering gear at the object’s base is engaged by a toothed wheel which, in turn, rotates the propeller, which moves the piston upwards, thus letting the ink be drawn into the pen nib. Yvan Arpa, in artistic collaboration with Jean-Pierre Lépine and his son, Benjamin Lépine, brought this most uncommon writing instrument into being, interpreting the fountain pen much more as an objet d'art than a simple tool.

The Titanic-DNA writing implement series is available in six styles, combining a variety of materials including brass, PVD, stainless steel, palladium, and gold. Each comes in a limited edition of just 88 units. These works of art are made exclusively for RJ by Benjamin and Jean-Pierre Lépine.

Gerald Genta Boutique Geneva

Gérald Genta eloquently expresses its personality through a warm and yet understated contemporary setting, based on a clever blend of light and shade. Amber-coloured velvet engages in a fascinating dialogue with Fontaines ashwood, while natural brown leather echoes the dark shade of Macassar ebony. Brass and Murano glass accents add radiant touches to the cosy atmosphere, bathed in light diffused by length-wise white onyx ceiling lamps. The height of refinement!

The cocoon-like layout engenders a convivial spirit in an area where visitors can move around freely and enjoy a clear overall view of the products presented in the central and mural displays. Sales advisors can choose to present them on the counter display or in the comfortable lounge set up behind an openwork screen. Gérald Genta wished to create a sophisticated and yet non-extravagant showcase that focus firmly on its collections.

Founded in 1969, the brand produces exclusively complicated timepieces, the simplest being a jumping-hour and retrograde-minute model. They are known for their ingeniously combined mechanisms and daring aesthetics. Time-honoured materials rub shoulders with avant-garde counterparts, fashioned with the expertise inherent to Swiss Haute Horlogerie and composing the most surprising harmonies.

Gérald Genta Boutique – 35 rue du Rhône – 1204 Genève

Gerald Genta Theodora Foundation One of a Kind Watch (2007)

In 2007, Gérald Genta created a one-of-a-kind watch to be auctioned on behalf of the Theodora Foundation which brings a little pleasure into hospital wards around Switzerland.

While acquiring and consolidating its avant-garde image through watch collections that are loved and appreciated by trendsetters, collectors and connoisseurs, Gérald Genta has also continued to cultivate a particularly playful expression of its expertise through its Fantasy Line. Depicting various Disney characters on colourful dials feature unique the brand’s unique combination of jumping hour and retrograde minute displays, these delightful watches are an opportunity for adults to remember the child that lingers inside every human soul. It was thus entirely natural for Gérald Genta to be drawn to the work of the Theodora Foundation and to draw inspiration from it for a unique watch.

“Clown doctors” to bring a smile to sick children
Founded in 1993, the Theodora Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to brightening sick children’s time in hospital by financing and organising bedside visits by professional clowns who offer them “magical moments of fun, music, stories and laughter”. As the founders André and Jan Poulie explain, training by leading nursing schools, specialised doctors and artistic directors enables the artists to visit children in paediatric departments, and especially those on long-term stays. Embodying a truly borderless concept inspired by Michael Christensen (alias Dr. Stubs) of the New York’s Babies and Children’s hospital, the activities of the Theodora Foundation now span nine countries and cater to the needs of hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Its split-level white-lacquered dial features a playfully intricate ring motif graced with 13 different colours reflecting the Theodora Foundation logo. Each colour is individually applied and then successively dried in the oven, making 13 separate firings. This fascinating geometrical and chromatic work of art is highlighted by a sparkling row of brilliant-cut diamonds circling the bezel. Powered by a self-winding movement with central hour and minute hands echoing the ring pattern, a 42-hour power reserve and the brand’s trademark 30-second retrograde seconds display complete with dedicated red pointer, it offers a technically sophisticated horological interpretation of a timeless design theme.

This model embodies the perfect Gérald Genta mix of serious watchmaking and inventively fun designs, completely in tune with the philosophy of the Theodora Foundation which is totally serious about bringing a touch of fun into the lives of children who so desperately need it.

Théodora Foundation
The Théodora Foundation was born in Switzerland, in 1993, at the initiative of André and Jan Poulie. It is thus named in tribute to their mother, Théodora, who managed to brighten André’s daily life as a child during an extended hospital stay. The mission of its Dream doctors is to care for sick children through laughter. They currently operate in over 40 establishments around Switzerland and the concept has been taken up in eight other countries. In all, around 30 specifically trained professional artists pay regular visits to 95 hospitals or specialised institutions and adapt their clown shows to the situation of each child they meet, around 220,000 times a year.

Gérald Genta, an Haute Horlogerie brand well versed in the use of humour, was naturally inclined to support the Théodora Foundation. For the second year running, it is donated a one-of-a-kind watch to the auction on its behalf. This self-winding ladies’ watch displays the hours and the minutes by central hands, and the seconds on one of the brand’s typical retrograde counters, appearing at 6 o’clock. The particularly entertaining dial features a richly colourful and complex composition set against a white lacquered background. The thirteen individually rings appear on various levels and are individually coloured using a sophisticated technique. This enchanting decorative effect is further magnified by a circle of diamonds set on the bezel of the white gold case

Jowissa Watches - Brand Info

The Jowissa Watch Ltd. was founded by Josef Wyss in 1951. He started to manufacture watches in his own house in Bettlach, Switzerland, with two fellow employees. During the first years they manufactured watches for other brands. The business developed very successfully and made a physical expansion of the factory necessary in 1958. As a consequence a separate manufactory was built next to the residence of Mr. Wyss and more employees were recruited.

During the 1970's Jowissa Watch Ltd. was taken over by the second generation of the Wyss family. Josef's sons Erich, Manfred and Leander Wyss decided to start manufacturing watches under the own brand "Jowissa", a short-cut of "Josef Wyss AG". At the same time Jowissa moved its headquarters and the manufactory to a new location in the center of the village Bettlach, Switzerland, where it’s still located today.

Today, with ten employees, Jowissa is a successful small manufacturer. The manufacturing of the watches takes place in collaboration with regional partners. Jowissa watches are being sold mainly in the German speaking parts of Europe. Switzerland for example has a large share of sales. Here Jowissa works with a tight network of jewelers and distributors, and thus generates about one third of the company's turnover. Other successful markets are Germany and Japan.

The Watches According to a recently conducted survey Jowissa clients particularly appreciate the outstanding price / performance ratio of its watches. Despite the low prize level Jowissa watches have a high standard of quality. The company works with first-class components like stainless steel cases, Mineral- and Sapphire glasses, Swiss Made movements, leather straps and stainless steel bracelets. For its trusty clients Jowissa is the embodiment of a High Swiss Quality product available to an affordable prize. Jowissa watches are positioned in the mid-range prize segment. Prices vary between US$ 100 and US$ 450.

The Jowissa watch selection is characterized by its diversity. Each basic model is available in different colors, with leather straps or stainless steel bracelets and in two different sizes. The design of Jowissa watches is best described with attributes like class, elegance, sportiness, timelessness.Given the good Price/performance ratio and the high variety of the Jowissa watch collection its clients often decide to buy a second or third watch.

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Gerald Genta Boutique Shanghai

Back in 2007, Gérald Genta opened its very first own-name boutique in Shanghai. With its walls meeting the floor on a curving slope, this shop looks every inch like the flagship of a fleet that will soon extend around the world.

Behind the grey storefront lies an understated and warm contemporary environment based on a particularly sophisticated composition blending subtle light and shade effects. The backdrop is composed of Fontaines ashwood, delicately sculpted and divided into panels by the luminous lines of engine-turned steel with an oldgold patina – a nod to the Potter finish on Gérald Genta movements evoking vintage mainplates. The warm amber colour of the wood, considered as a symbol of life by ancient European civilisations, is reflected on the velvet-covered surfaces that enhance the inviting feel of this elegant interior design.

A striking contrast is ensured by brown leather and the dark hues of ebony –a wood so noble that it has given its name in French to the profession of “ébéniste” or cabinet-maker, a term referring to an artisan specialising in the crafting of luxury furniture. Light is subtly diffused through lengthways ceiling lamps in white onyx. Sheer refinement! The furnishing also enhances the sense of well-being and conviviality. Visitors circulate around a central counter and can easily discover the full range of products, in the centre or in the distinctive wall displays on either side.

Sales assistants can choose to present the watches either on a dedicated zone on the counter top, or in the comfortable lounge area set up behind an openwork panel. Gérald Genta wanted to create a sophisticated yet non-ostentatious showcase essentially dedicated to highlighting its collections.

Founded in 1969, the brand produces exclusively complication watches, the simplest being jumping hours and retrograde minutes. They vie with each other in providing ingenious combinations of innovative mechanisms distinguished by their avant-garde design. The bold brand-signature approach is expressed in particular through the surprising choice of materials not commonly used in the world of Haute Horlogerie. The renaissance of the Gefica Safari is one such example.

The initial model, unveiled in 1988, was already clad in bronze. The new version combines titanium with bronze, and is destined to become even more beautiful over time as it acquires a rich patina. Equipped with a state-of-the-art Biretro movement, it can be admired in the Parisian boutique among the entire range of Gérald Genta creations. Buoyed by its success, the brand has scheduled an intensive schedule of boutique openings. After Paris, Geneva, Shanghai, and nearly Hong Kong and in most of the world’s major cities over the next three years.

Gérald Genta Boutique:
Shop B115- Basement 1,
Plazza 6 – N° 1266 Nanjing West Road – Shanghai

Blancier Hand made watches - Introduction

Watch enthusiast Willem Kamerman met master watchmaker Till Lottermann a number of years ago at a seminar in Germany, and was extremely impressed by his craftsmanship and his passion for watches. Soon afterwards, the idea was conceived to produce handmade mechanical watches available to a wider market by means of the internet. The collaboration with Lottermann & Söhne was also arranged quickly. Blancier: a unique concept of affordable mechanical watches!

You can create your own mechanical watch using virtual workshop at a playground for devotees of mechanical watches. Once the watch has been designed, ordering it is a piece of cake. From USD 510 you can be the proud owner of a unique Blancier watch that you have created yourself. Skilled craftsmen at the German watchmakers company Lottermann & Söhne will assemble your timepiece and arrange for it to be delivered to you.The company also produces some special edition watches.

One can see the passion in the way he talks about the mechanical Sandoz watch that he was given by his grandmother for his tenth birthday. It formed the seed of his boundless love for handmade timepieces. He calls them tiny technical works of art. The man in question is Dutchman Willem Kamerman , the spiritual father of the innovative watch brand Blancier, which was launched onto the market in January 2005.

For years, watch enthusiast Willem Kamerman ferreted around in the wondrous world of the mechanical watch. He read books and magazines, visited fairs, followed courses and talked to fellow enthusiasts. And then, a few years ago, he attended a watch seminar at Lottermann & Söhne in the German city of Mannheim. Over the course of two days, and with the inspirational guidance of master watchmaker Till Lottermann, Kamerman transformed a basic timepiece into a beautifully refined watch. It was a historical moment when Till Lottermann said: “This will be your favourite watch!” And it was true.

The craftsmanship of the likeable and enthusiastic watchmaker made a huge impression on Kamerman, and he began to think about a possible collaboration. This has now become a reality, under the name of Blancier, derived from the culinary term ‘to blanch.’ Kamerman explains: “Placing a vegetable briefly in boiling water refines an already beautiful and pure product, and also refines the taste. Our watches are also refined by Lottermann & Söhne into unique works of art. Therein lies the parallel!”

Also unique, and never before seen, is the advanced virtual workshop on Blancier’s website. Enthusiasts do not simply buy a ready-made watch; instead, they can now create their own watch to meet their personal wishes. Kamerman explains the origins of the idea: “A person buying a mechanical watch never used to have much of a say in the design. The most one could do was to choose a strap. Of course, one could always ask a traditional watchmaker to design and construct a completely unique watch according to one’s own specifications, but that was an extremely expensive option. We now construct affordable, high-quality mechanical watches that the buyer has designed himself.”

It is evident in every aspect of the man that Kamerman is extremely dedicated. It is for good reason that his motto is: Do something well, or don’t do it at all. The collaboration with the equally dedicated watchmakers at Lottermann & Söhne is a shining example of this. It is also the proof that traditional craftsmanship and an advanced website can go together very well, and produce a wonderful product: an affordable watch with a soul.

Schauer Watches - Brand Info

Schauer watch brand was founded by the award winning German watch designer Jorg Schauer in 1995. Jorg Schauer also has two partner brands. These are STOWA and DUROWE.

Since the age of 22, Jörg Schauer, an independent watchmaker has a target to manufacture high-class wrist watches which combine demanding technical solutions with exceptional design. At the beginning, this target was achieved by constructing timepieces to the ideals of competent customers - the cases were mainly made of gold or platinum. But soon he also started to create watches pleasing his personal taste. Within 5 years more than 400 watches were made and sold worldwide and make entrance into many collections. In 1995 he carried out his plan to establish the brand Jörg Schauer” in Engelsbrand/Black Forest, and presented the first collection.
Design, prototype production, movement modification and refinement, case production, coating of the dials with fine lacquer and printing of the typographical versions on those - all this is accomplished by Jörg Schauer and his few, above-average qualified co-workers. (Necessary support is preferably obtained from suppliers of the region.

This comprehensive range of activities enables Jörg Schauer to maintain the flexibility he achieved over the years - despite the switch to serial manufacture, customers can still have (serial) models which contains old stock movements or limited dials. Only 500 watches are produced every year. This limitation makes a Schauer watch to something special and unique.

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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Tribute to Fritz Brun

The Patravi Tribute to Fritz Brun was born out of respect for a man who went his own way in search of perfection: a memento to a great musician. Carl F. Bucherer’s watchmakers have channeled all their skill and experience into this first-class chronograph, rounding it off with a perpetual calendar and moon phase display. The lavishly decorated movement is protected by a magnificent, handcrafted case comprising no fewer than 52 individual parts. The Patravi Tribute to Fritz Brun is available in a limited edition in rose gold and white gold. A fitting reminder of a truly remarkable personality.

Two names. Two personalities. Both pioneers in their own time: Carl Friedrich Bucherer, the watchmaker, and Fritz Brun, the musician. He was born on 18 August 1878 in Lucerne, and after studying music in Cologne, Berlin and London first worked as a piano teacher. One of his jobs was in Bern where, in 1909, he was appointed chief conductor of the Bern Music Society. He left an indelible mark on the Swiss music of the first half of the 20th century and in 1922 was awarded an honorary doctorrate by the university for his services.

During his time in Bern, Fritz Brun composed various works for chamber orchestras, a choral work called “Verheissung” and his third to seventh symphonies. All ten of his symphonies are very much in the tradition of Brahms and Bruckner. His works were awarded numerous awards and prizes. Until his death in 1959, Fritz Brun spent his twilight years in Morcote on the Lake of Lugano, surrounded by close friends like Hermann Hesse and Othmar Schoek.

In 2003, to mark Fritz Brun’s 125th birthday, Carl F. Bucherer presented the Patravi Tribute to Fritz Brun, limited to 125 pieces: 75 in rose gold and 50 in white gold. A chronograph with a perpetual calendar and moon phase display, together with a richly decorated movement. It has a rotor made of 21 K gold.

The movement’s accuracy was tested for a period of 15 days by the Swiss chronometer institute and awarded the traditional chronometer certificate. The case consists of 52 highly complex individual parts. Each of the numbered and certified Patravi Tribute to Fritz Brun watches is unique.

Technical details:
Reference number: 00.10614.02.33.01
  • Movement: automatic, CFB 1959.1 caliber, chronometer, diameter 30 mm, height 7.7 mm, 38 jewels, power reserve 42 hours
  • Functions: chronograph, perpetual calendar, date, day of the week, month, leap year and moon phase
  • Case: 18 K white gold, screw-down crown, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm), diameter 42 mm
  • Wristband: hand-stitched Louisiana alligator strap, 18 K white gold folding clasp
  • Limited edition: 50 watches

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