Friday, October 16, 2009

Milus APIANA Series - New Models

The universe of Milus, the tradition-rich Swiss watch brand, is being highlighted by expressive new models within the APIANA series. These delightful creations are meant for earthly goddesses. A distinctive formed case, with multiple choices of attractively designed novelty dials, outline perfect watches to enhance life’s magical moments.

APIANA – the name of this Milus women's series is derived from the constellation of Apus, also known as ‘Bird of Paradise’. With its dynamically curved case and slim profile, the APIANA accomplishes another milestone in the range of elegant, feminine watches from the house of Milus. The six-piece case is hand-screwed and the four lateral elements – two on each of the longer sides of the case – are also mounted with high-precision craftsmanship.
As customary with Milus watches, design, precision and attention to detail result in perfect dials. Together with the artistically crafted case in either 18-carat red gold or in stainless steel, they personify the exceptional refinement of the new models.

Technical details
Swiss high quality quartz movement

Dimension: 26.6 x 33.6mm
Polished and satinised 18K red gold 5N or stainless steel
Curved, six-piece case
Curved sapphire crystal;screwed-down case back
Water-resistance to 30 m

Case variations
18K red gold 5N: 98 white diamonds set in the bezel; crown with an inset brilliant-cut diamond; White diamonds set in the bezel and the four lateral element; crown with an inset brilliant-cut diamond - total 1.6 carats(Top Wesselton, IF-VVS, brilliant-cut)
Stainless Steel: 98 white diamonds set in the bezel; crown with an inset brilliant-cut diamond

Dial variations
18K red gold 5N: White lacquered dial with the choice of red gold coloured,Arabic or Roman numerals
Stainless Steel: Black or white lacquered dial with the choice of silver coloured Arabic or Roman numerals

18K red gold 5N variations:
- Red or brown Galuchat or white calf leather strap
- Bracelet made of 18K red gold with or without diamonds
- Buckle or folding clasp in 18K red gold

Stainless Steel variations:
- White, brown or black calf leather strap
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Buckle or folding clasp in stainless steel

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chronoswiss Digiteur MSA (Montre sans Aiguilles): Watch Without Hands

As the name "Digiteur" implies, the type of time display recalls an important epoch in wristwatch history. Printed disks rotate to indicate the hours, minutes, and seconds. The hours disk jumps one increment further along after each 60-minute interval has elapsed; the other two disks rotate continuously. To support this digital display, Chronoswiss developed a unique mechanism, which is mounted on the front side of the clockwork.
What a loss for watch culture! There's only one alternative for connoisseurs and aficionados who want to avoid suffering culture shock: don't open the cases of many of today's rectangular wristwatches. Why not? Because you'll find round movements ticking inside them. Relatively small movements too, because otherwise they wouldn't fit into the cases at all, despite the fact that there's really plenty of space inside. But the spaces in those cases, of course, are of an elongated nature. Rather than trying to put round pegs into square holes, specially shaped calibers, known in horological terminology as "shaped" calibers, should be ensconced inside rectangular cases.

So far, so good. The only problem - and hence also the reason behind this loss for watch culture - is that only a very few shaped movements are available nowadays. That wasn't the situation in the 1930s and subsequent decades, when the wristwatch successively became the 20th century's preeminent timepiece, gradually losing its typically round shape and acquiring rectangular, oval, or tonneau-shaped cases.

An important member of this genus is the 7: x 11-ligne Caliber FEF 130 (length = 25.6 mm, width = 17.5 mm) from Fleurier, the movement-blank specialist that was founded by Jules Jéquier and David-Louis Petitpierre in the Swiss town of Fleurier, Val de Travers in 1882. After Petitpierre left the firm in 1888, Jéquier and his sons continued to manufacture mechanical timepieces without him. Their movement-blank division achieved independence under the name "Fabrique d'ebauches de Fleurier (FEF)" in 1920, but was soon incorporated into the powerful Ebauches SA movement-blank holding company in 1932.

This enterprise continued to produce hand-wound movements in various designs until 1979, when the "Quartz Watch Revolution" put an untimely end to FEF. Movement-blanks from Val de Travers have been nothing but history ever since.
After thirty years in production, the final hour for the FEF 130 shaped caliber had already tolled in 1963, when round wristwatches dominated the market. During the three previous decades, FEF had manufactured this caliber with either centrally axial or off-center seconds-hands. The calibers found their way into rectangular wristwatches made by numerous renowned watch producers. After production of the calibers was discontinued, a small number of specimens naturally remained in stock in order to ensure that spare parts would be available in the future. Gerd-Rüdiger Lang is fanatically devoted to mechanical timepieces, so it comes as no surprise to learn that he discovered this treasure-trove and acquired its "shapely" contents for Chronoswiss, his Munich-based watchmaking company.

Long before quartz watches with their LED or LC displays raised a relatively short-lived ruckus in the world of timekeeping, the watch industry had already developed mechanical timepieces that digitally indicated the hours, minutes, and seconds by means of numerals printed on disks. Hard knocks and tough usage all too often shattered watch-crystals, which in those days were made of glass and were correspondingly fragile. Little windows were considerably more robust. For these reasons, watches with digital time displays were by no means uncommon during the 1920s and Thirties. Their raison d'être came to an end with the invention of shatterproof watch-crystals.

"All good things come in threes," or so the saying goes. The adage is affirmed by the Digiteur from Chronoswiss. Embodying a successful synthesis of the past and the present, this rectangular wristwatch admirably expresses Gerd-Rüdiger Lang's passion for traditional values. It goes without saying that this timepiece uses mechanical means to measure the passing time. Its case is rectangular, and so too is its ticking inner life: the aforementioned Caliber FEF 130. Of course, to satisfy Chronoswiss's lofty standards, the original caliber has been modified and finely reworked.
As the name "Digiteur" implies, the type of time display recalls an important epoch in wristwatch history. Printed disks rotate to indicate the hours, minutes, and seconds. The hours disk jumps one increment further along after each 60-minute interval has elapsed; the other two disks rotate continuously. To support this digital display, Chronoswiss developed a unique mechanism, which is mounted on the front side of the clockwork. Chronoswiss surrounds this tonneau-shaped opus technicus with a rectangular case: crafted from solid yellow, red, or white gold, the case is watertight to 30 meters. A pane of sapphire crystal, antireflective on one of its surfaces, protects the front side of the watch. The shaped movement needn't hide itself from view: it's free to reveal its full beauty thanks to a transparent pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case.
The Digiteur is a hand-wound watch that requires daily contact with the tips of its wearer's thumb and index finger, so Chronoswiss made its crown particularly convenient to grasp. Screwed lugs affix the hand-sewn leather strap to the case. "All excellent things are invariably rare" - and the Caliber FEF 130 is no exception. Only a small number of calibers remained in stock, so Chronoswiss had to limit the Digiteur in a edition of 990 specimens.

Technical details
Model: Digiteur (MSA=Montre sans Aiguilles = watch without hands)
Wrist watch (hand winding with jumping hour, digital for minutes and seconds, limited edition

CH 1370 Platinum 950 (38g), rg, bk, si, each in a limited edition of 33 specimens
CH 1371, 18ct. gold 2N (34g), si, in a limited edition of 99 specimens
CH 1371 R, 18ct. red gold 5N (34g), rg, bk, si, each in a limited edition of 99 specimens
CH 1371 W, 18ct. white gold (34g), rg, bk, si, each in a limited edition of 99 specimens
CH 1371 RW, 18ct. red gold (34g) with white gold screws and crown, si, in a limited edition of 99 specimens
CH 1371 WR, 18 ct. white gold (34g) with red gold screws and crown, rg, in a limited edition of 99 specimens

Hours (12-hour disc), minutes and seconds

Massive, rectangular 17-part case, 45,50 x 27,70 mm, height 11,00 mm, smoothed and polished, gold bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, with 4 screws tightened exhibition case back eith non-reflective sapphire crystal, massive crown, screwed-on strap bars with patented Autobloc safety system, 20 mm lugs, water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)

Shaped caliber FEF 130, movement-blank from 1933-1963, spezial quality: digital hour(Heure Sautantes/jumping hour), minutes, seconds, 17,50 mm x 25,60 mm (7 ¾´´´ x 11´´´), height: 4,50 mm, 15 jewels, 40 hours power-reserve,2,5 Hz., 18.000 vibrations per hour (vph), polished pallets, palletwheel and screws, bridges with Geneva grazed polished and perlage, individually numbered

Massive dial, 925 Sterling-Silver (si), rosé gold (rg), black (bk)

Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Date : Large Chronograph with center date

The Timemaster Chronograph Date wristwatch from Chronoswiss truly is a stunner in its dimension and in its visual appearance. This stunning presence, resulting from its case diameter of 44 millimeters makes sense, perfect sense in fact. It exquisitely serves the reading precision. It's about nothing else when it comes to functional Chronographs.

The "Timemaster Chronograph Date" exactly takes time up to the quarter second and adds the split-seconds up to twelve long hours. The best is: No mater if it comes to split-seconds, minutes or hours, all details of the stopping process can be clearly read without a magnifying class when stopping the Chronograph. The expression of the dial is clear and precise. There is no superfluous distraction. The functionality dominates. Exactly what one would expect from a wristwatch such as this one. The same holds true for the execution of the total of seven hands.
Since they were uniquely created and produced for the "Timemaster Chronograph Date", their dimensions and proportions are in harmony with the dial-typography. The lengths are exactly coordinated with their dedicated scales; their shape- and color-design corresponds with the particular purpose. Accordingly, the three Chronograph hands are consistently kept in red. This prevents any confusion about what belongs where while stopping. This raises the question, why this isn't standard with all Chronographs. The answer is simple: Because the reflection and the detailed examination of this matter take such a considerable quantum of time that others quite frivolously just don't take.

The "Timemaster Chronograph Date's" water resistance lasts up to 10 atm. The Chronograph pushers have a structured top and the extremely handy turnip crown is purposefully extruding. This way it can be easily reached and operated in all circumstances. For example, while setting the time or to correct the centrally-located date-hand in all months with less than 31 days. Talking about the date: The analog design and the 117 millimeter circumference of the corresponding numeral ring at the edge of the dial do not leave any doubt which day of the month one is currently experiencing.

An additional chronometric aid can be seen in the turning bezel with luminous marker. One move is enough to set any chosen moment, regardless if "departure' or the planned "arrival". Chronoswiss does not make any experiments when it comes to the movement. The automatic caliber ETA 7750, which has proven itself for 33 years, is being used. It exhibits its meticulously finished qualities behind the screwed-on sapphire-crystal base.

Technical details

CH 7533 bk (black dial) & CH 7533 lu (luminous dial)

Hours, minutes, seconds, Chrono-center-second, 30-minute-counter, 12-hour-counter, centered analog date

Massive 27-part case, stainless steel, ø 44.00 mm, height 16 mm, brushed and polished bezel with luminous marking, scratch-resistant, non-reflective sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal case back with full-thread, screw-on tube body, special turnip-crown for winding watch when wearing gloves, screw-on lugs with patented system Autobloc, water-resistant up to 100 meters (10 atm)

Automatic, Chronoswiss Caliber C.751 ( ETA 7750 base), 25 jewels, Glucydur three-sided with and flat spring Nivarox 1, Measurements:ø 30 mm, 13 1/4''', height 7.90 mm, 4 Hz., A/h 28,800 vibrations, individually numbered, Incabloc shock absorber, precision regulator by eccentric, approx. 46 power reserve. Pallet, pallet-wheel and screws polished, skeletonized and gold-plated rotor, circular grained plate, bridges Côtes de Genève

bk = matte black metal dial with luminous Super-LumiNova C3 (no radiation), metal hands with luminous Super-LumiNova C3, "modern" shape or
lu = metal dial with luminous Super-LumiNova C3 (no radiation) with black numerals, metal hands, black-varnished, "modern" shape

Water-resistant Walknappa-strap, end width 22mm, also folding claps and metal bracelets

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Archimede New Pilot XL Handwound TOP

German watch brand Archimede presents The new 'Pilot XL Handwound TOP', a special edition of the Pilot XLH powered by a ETA 6498-2 movement.

Collectors will be familiar with this superb, high quality movement. It is not only the magnificent decorated back, with Geneva stripes and blued screws, that makes this version so remarkable; the internal features are equally striking. Here are a few:

-21,600 beats per hour (BPH)
-Incabloc shock protection
-Glucydur balance wheel
-Nivaflex NO barrel spring
-Nivarox Anachron hair-spring
-50 hours power reserve.

The TOP version with the higher BPH allows higher levels of accuracy compared with the standard 6498 movement.The Pilot XLH TOP costs US$ 1070 (shipping costs and US customs duties included) or Eur 665 (international, plus shipping costs) and is available direct from ARCHIMEDE.

Technical details
Eta 6498-2 TOP, Hand wound movement, Swiss Made, · 21,600 beats per hour (BPH), Incabloc shock protection, Glucydur balance wheel, Nivaflex NO barrel spring, Nivarox Anachron hair-spring, power reserve > 50 hours,Geneva stripes, blued screws

Watch case
Stainless steel case, finely brushed, sapphire crystal with antireflecive coating on both sides, screw down case back: with mineral crystal or solid, pilot's crown, water resistant to 50m, diameter 45mm, thickness 10,5mm

Black, with luminous numerals and indexes
Hands:Blue hands with white luminous

Leather strap with steel rivets

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck Astronomical Watch Limited Edition

Seventeen years after the completion of the historical astronomical "Trilogy of Time" Ulysse Nardin has developed another revolutionary astronomical timepiece with the distinct DNA of Dr. Ludwig Oechslin.

Dr. Ludwig Oechslin’s concept focused on the system of Sun, Earth and Moon, concentrating on the scientifically accurate depiction of the moon phase, and the global influence of lunar and solar gravitation, resulting in the ebb and flow of the tides. By combining the movement of two rotating discs in one display, the moon phase indication is so precise that more than 100,000 years will have to pass before it shows a full moon rather than a new moon (or vice versa).
The Moonstruck simulates the rotation of the Moon around the Earth, as well as the apparent movement of the Sun around the globe. The latter is shown by another disc, rotating once every 24 hours. This permits the determination of the current moon phase in relation to any location in the world.
The Moonstruck also shows the global dynamics of tides that depend upon the gravitational effects of Moon and Sun. This revolutionary mechanical wristwatch illustrates the current tidal status and trend in relation to specific coastlines or oceans.
The cumulative influences of the Moon and Sun which result in spring tides are also clearly shown. The Moonstruck is a practical travel companion. It features a pointer calendar and a quick-setting device to adjust the hour hand forward and backward to any desired time zone by pressing the pushers plus and minus located at 8 and 10 o’clock.
The Moonstruck is a Ulysse Nardin in-house development. The manufacture caliber UN 106 features a silicium escapement and a hairspring made with the latest silicium technique. The Moonstruck is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces in 18 ct red gold and 500 pieces in platinum.
Technical details
Ref. 1062-113: Moonstruck Red Gold
Ref. 1069-113: Moonstruck Platinum

Caliber UN-106 (in-house developed, conceived and manufactured.)
Power-Reserve:Approx. 50 h

Winding :Mechanical self-winding, bi-directional

Astronomical watch
Indication of position of Sun and Moon in relation to Earth
Moon phases
Hours and minutes
Instant time zone adjuster with patented quick setting device

Red Gold/Platinum
Diameter:46 mm
Water-resistance :100 m
Crystal :Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back :Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown :Screw down security crown

Hand painted Earth on Mother of Pearl dial

Alligator leather strap and folding buckle

Limited edition of 500 pieces in red gold and 500 pieces in platinum

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck in detail

1. Earth disc.
The Earth is depicted as seen from a location above the North Pole. However, it does not revolve itself; instead the rotation of the globe is simulated by the movement of Sun and Moon around the Earth.

2. Sun disc and 24 hour indicator
The symbol of the Sun is revolving around the Earth in 24 hours, reproducing the apparent movement of the Sun, when seen from a place on the Earth itself. The depiction of the continents on the Earth disc permits a rough estimate of the region where it is currently noon, above which area on the Earth the Sun has reached its zenith. With its numerals from 1 to 24, the sun disc also displays the current Greenwich Mean Time that is to be read at the hour marker line at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. Please note that the sun disc’s position indicates a Universal Solar Time and one can read the solar time anyplace around the world; it does not show the legal time.

3. Scientifically accurate depiction of the moon phase.
The new, patented mechanics for the display of the moon phase consists of two discs stacked upon each other, rotating around a fixed reproduction of the Earth globe in the center.

On the top disc is a circular cut-out, indicating the position of the moon in relation to Earth and Sun, with the lower disc containing a sinusoidal wave of bright colour on a dark background serving as the moon phase indication. As the moon cut-out moves over the lower disc with the bright and dark sectors, it shows the complete dark window (= new moon) becoming increasingly bright, until it is filled with bright colour to indicate a full moon and starts waning again.
The lower disc also rotates, enabling the construction of a highly accurate moon phase display. One of the challenges with mechanical moon phase indications is the somewhat odd period between two full moons of 29.5305881 days (= synodic moon).
A mechanical watch movement employed to drive a moon phase indication normally delivers rotations of 12/24 hours or 60 minutes only, and it is practically impossible to achieve a rotation of 29.5305881 days from that base, by means of teethed wheels: A wheel bearing the 295,306 teeth necessary for that would have a huge diameter that certainly does not fit into a wristwatch. This is the reason why conventional moon phase displays currently used in wristwatches greatly simplify the issue, resulting in the need of manually correcting them for a day after only three years.
By splitting the rotation across two discs that are combined into one display, Ulysse Nardin was able to achieve a very high degree of accuracy. Thus the Moonstruck needs more than 100,000 years, before its moon cut out shows a full moon when in fact it should show a new moon (or vice versa).
By combining the moon window with the position of the Sun, shown by the Sun disc, it is easily possible to read the moon phase in a more dynamic view: both the sun symbol and the moon window, are rotating clockwise, which is as these celestial bodies are seen from the Earth’s northern hemisphere. The moon window is slightly slower than the sun symbol: as a consequence, the former seems to move counter-clockwise in relation to the Sun.When Sun and Moon are aligned on the same side of the Earth, this shows New Moon: the Moon is between Sun and Earth, so from the Earth, only the shaded side is seen. Sun and Moon aligned on opposite sides of the Earth show the constellation of Full Moon: from Earth, the Moon is visible fully illuminated by the Sun.Between these two states, the sun symbol and moon window display the first, respectively third quarters.

4. Global depiction of tides.
The most apparent influence of the Moon on Earth is the tidal fluctuation of the oceans. Attracted by the Moon’s gravity, the surface of the oceans rise toward the Moon, following it on its path around the Earth. Although tidal displays on watches are not new, the Moonstruck is the first timepiece to enable the wearer to observe the tides’ global variations, resulting from the gravitational influences not only of the Moon but of the Sun as well. The addition of a tidal indication to Ludwig Oechslin’s astronomically accurate moon phase display, allows for a rough determination of a tide and its trend on a given location on the ocean, or a coastline. Through the rotating depictions of Moon and Sun, it is possible to study the cumulative and subtractive effects of their gravitational forces which result in spring and neap tides.

Reading the tides display of the Moonstruck is relatively straightforward: Both the sun and the moon discs show dark blue sectors, symbolising the gravitational forces of these two celestial bodies, as well as the centrifugal force of the Earth rotation. The dark sectors printed around the sun and moon display their gravitations, pulling the Earth’s oceans towards them. The smaller sectors on the opposite side indicate the ocean waters that rise as an effect of the Earth’s centrifugal force.

The Sun and Moon are each causing their tidal mountains to follow them on the Earth’s oceans, with smaller mountains on the exact opposite side. However, when both gravitation sources  are  in  straight  alignment  on  either  the  same  or opposite sides of the Earth their tidal effects add to "spring tides". When Moon and Sun are offset at a roughly 90 degree angle, as  seen  from  the  Earth  their  tidal  effects  compensate  each other  to  a  certain  degree,  resulting  in  "neap  tides"  on  the oceans.

5. Quick hour setting for travels.
The Moonstruck also offers “use of ease” functions, including the ability to set forward or backward the main hour hand in hourly increments by operating the two pushers on the left side of the watch. Thus it can be used as a practical travel watch, quickly adapting the time display to a different time zone. This function facilitates the biannual correction made necessary by the introduction of daylight saving time. With the hour and minute hands coated with luminous material, the owner will be able to easily read the time even in absolute darkness.

6. Calendar.
A third hand points towards the bezel where date figures (1 to 31) are engraved. This hand can be quickly set forward and backward (no corrections between 10.00 pm and 02.00 am).

Ludwig Oechslin, Genius behind the Moonstruck
Born in 1952 in Italy, Ludwig Oechslin visited schools in the German-speaking part of Switzerland before he started his academic career in 1972. Then he began his classical studies (a combination of archaeology, ancient history, Greek and Latin) as well as history, history of arts and philosophy at the University of Basel, where he graduated in 1976.

Growing dissatisfaction with the ivory-tower-theory taught at the university urged him to seek out a profession in which he could make use of his hands both practically and creatively. It became clear to him that through becoming a watchmaker he could have the best of both worlds. At the age of 24, it was not easy to find a master willing to accept him for apprenticeship. Finally Jörg Spöring, a well-known watchmaker and restorer of antique clocks, took Ludwig Oechslin under his wing.

After a short time, Oechslin had his first intense contact with an old astronomic clock. He was sent to the Vatican to repair and restore the Farnesian Clock, an astronomical clock more than 250 years old and of unequalled complexity. Repair of the timepiece, remanufacture of a large share of the parts and thorough study of the clock’s functions kept him busy for years. The results intrigued him, and he wanted to know more about the people who created such clocks, their thoughts, and the scientific implications behind them. Upon his return from Rome, he started additional studies in the disciplines astronomy, philosophy, and history of science (theoretical physics) at the University of Bern, graduating as a Doctor in 1983.

In the next twelve years, Oechslin became an internationally recognized expert on astronomical timepieces dating from the 16th to the 18th century and travelled throughout Europe restoring and studying old clocks. Simultaneously continuing his training as a watchmaker he received his diploma in 1984 and finally became a master watchmaker in 1993. His practical training as a watchmaker and his academic career went hand in hand.

Ludwig Oechslin’s scientific excellence, and his fame as one of world’s most innovative watchmakers, were honored in 2001, when the city council of La Chaux-de-Fonds offered him the position as curator-director of the International Watch Museum, the most complete and renown horological collection in the world. While still being an apprentice formally, but technically a master already, Ludwig Oechslin was “discovered” by Rolf Schnyder, owner of Ulysse Nardin. Schnyder was in search of a magnificent idea that could become a milestone piece and distinctive symbol for the competence of Ulysse Nardin. He noticed an extraordinary wall clock featuring an astronomical dial, a so-called astrolabe. When Mr. Schnyder finally met the creator of that timepiece, Ludwig Oechslin, he immediately asked him if it would be possible to build an astrolabe as small as a wristwatch. “Who would be interested in buying it?” was Oechslin’s laconic response.

Thus was born a steady friendship between the two, as well as an extraordinary collaboration. The Moonstruck represents the most recent offering to result from this partnership. Between 1983 and 1992, Ludwig Oechslin created a series of three astronomic wristwatches, the now world-famous “Trilogy of Time”, consisting of the Astrolabium, Planetarium and Tellurium. Two of these mechanical marvels were featured in the Guinness Book of Records, and there is no current book on the history of watchmaking in the 20th century that does not mention or depict at least one of the three pieces. For Ulysse Nardin, the Trilogy became emblematic, placing the company firmly into that exclusive pantheon of brands which create the most complex timepieces in the world.

Upon completion of the astronomic Trilogy, Ludwig Oechslin directed his attention to other, more “earthly” projects. He designed the first simple-to-use and reliable mechanism for adjusting a watch to different time zones, even backwards over the date line. He also created the first mechanical perpetual calendar, which can be adjusted forward as well as backward simply by means of a single crown, and in 1999 even combined it with an additional GMT-mechanism.

Only a few years later, in 2001, Ulysse Nardin stunned the horological world with Ludwig’s idea of a ‘‘simple’’ watch: The astonishing Freak, a seven-days-caroussel tourbillon, in which the barrel case and the two movement bridges themselves serve as ‘hands’ to display the time. The Freak was the first mechanical timepiece to utilize escapement wheels made from silicium, resulting in reduction of friction and mass and an increase in long-time stability. The escapement of the Freak requires no oiling.

In 2003 Ulysse Nardin brought forth another example of the genius of Ludwig Oechslin with the introduction of the Sonata, the world’s first mechanical 24-hour alarm watch with countdown which enables its wearer to set the alarm over 24 hours in advance, and see the remaining time until the alarm goes off on a unique count-down display. The integrated GMT mechanism automatically takes into account changes of the current time zone.

In 2009, Ludwig entered the cosmos of celestial bodies once again with the Moonstruck. However, where the Tellurium concentrated on Sun and Earth and the latter’s illumination, the Moonstruck is adding the Moon and demonstrates its effects on the Earth, enabling its proud wearer to get an entirely new understanding of our home planet.

Chronoswiss Orea Automatique Red Gold (Ref CH 1261 R)

Classics never go out of style. They invariably outlive artifacts that were created in accord with the vacillating dictates of ephemeral fashions and superficial trends. This realization has held true ever since the beginning of the history of design.

Just as time marks the endless cycles in life, so too does the circle symbolize the archetypal form of a wristwatch. This assertion can be readily verified. One need only ask a child to draw a picture of a watch or clock. It's almost certain that the child will draw a watch with a circular dial, a timepiece, for example, like the "Orea" from Chronoswiss. But the word "timepiece" is only partly able to do justice to all that the "Orea" line embodies. "Orea" means "The Beautiful One." And, indeed, the "Orea" unites impossible-to-overlook elements of classicism with the intoxicating fascination of mechanical time measurement. Among its other sources, this exemplary synthesis results from an uncompromising reliance on the long history of the development of the mechanical wristwatch, a grand history to which Chronoswiss has paid homage ever since the firm was founded in 1983.

In the beginning was the clockwork. Circularly shaped and with only as many functional parts as are absolutely necessary, its purpose is to perform a single but twofold task: to keep precious time as accurately as possible and to display time's passage by the motions of continually rotating hands. The energy that's indispensable for keeping those hands in motion is replenished each time the mainspring is wound. Serially manufactured self-winding wristwatches first became available around 1930. The dial of a fine watch is typically made of white enamel and calibrated with black lettering. This type of dial radiates an aura of elegance and understatement. The circular case performs the crucial task of protecting the watch's movement, dial, and hands from deleterious external influences.

The wristwatches in the "Orea" line embody the conscious revival of a great chapter in the history of watchmaking. They number among the very few serially produced models which still have genuine enamel dials as standard equipment. Chronoswiss thus helps to encourage a glorious renaissance in the fine art of enameling. This art form began in 1635, was nearly lost in subsequent centuries, but is now flourishing again. Then as now, the exacting art of enameling is still performed exclusively by hand.

All this and much more is embodied by the "Orea" from Chronoswiss. Its classically circular case, which is available in two different diameters, combines sensitive, skilful design with elegance and high-quality manufacturing. A valuable dial made of genuine enamel keeps alive a fine old craft which very nearly disappeared. The same is true of the individually sharpened and polished blued steel hands. Lovingly and finely crafted movements with manual or automatic winding measure and reliably keep precious time. Until recently, Chronoswiss offered this classic par excellence in steel, yellow gold, or a combination of both. Now another variant has been added.

In this version, the case is made of that precious material which a physicist might describe as follows. Latin name: aureum. Number in the periodic table of the elements: 79. Atomic weight: 197. Density: 19.32 grams per cubic centimeter. Melting point: 1,064 degrees Celsius. Soluble: in aqua regia, which is a mixture of 3 parts concentrated hydrochloric acid with 1 part concentrated nitric acid. The material can be given a white, yellow, pink or reddish hue by alloying it with copper, silver, platinum or nickel.
Chronoswiss's owner Gerd-Rüdiger Lang consciously decided in favor of a reddish hue and therefore opted for the incomparable warmth of red gold. His well-considered decision adds an even greater measure of classicism to an already classic design. In other words: watch cases made from this exclusive alloy put the proverbial "dot" on the "i" in the successful "Orea" line.
Technical details
Reference: CH 1261 R, 18ct. red gold (35g)

Hour, minute, second

Massive 18-part case, ø 36,50 mm, height 10,30 mm, polished, decorative bezel, non-reflective sapphire crystal, screwed back with full thread and non-reflective sapphire crystal,winding-crown with Onyx-Cabochon, screwed-on strap bars with patented Autobloc safety system,water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)

Manufacture Caliber C.121, automatic winding,ø 26,80 mm ( 113/4 ´´´) , 30 Jewels, Incabloc shock-absorber,40 hours power-reserve, 3 Hz., 21.600 vibrations per hour (vph)

Enamel dial with black, Arabic or Roman numerals,optional red "12", blued steel hands pear (Poire)

Sinn Ladies' Watch Collection (2009-10)

Sinn's ladies' watches simultaneously adorn and underscore the individuality and personality of the wearer. The design of these watches is distinguished by elegance and feminine aesthetics. Their inner mechanisms are dominated by functionality and technology.

These watches are not only very beautiful, but ideally suited for everyday use, as they are waterproof, shock-proof and anti-magnetic. Exactly what you expect of ladies' watches made by SINN.

Models 456 St I, 243 Ti Mother-of-pearl W, 243 Ti, 243 Ti K
The perfect symbiosis of beauty and precision, fashion and technical sophistication. Round or rectangular, in timeless black or shimmering mother-of-pearl, made of robust stainless steel or lightweight titanium, the 456 and 243 Ti series fulfills all of your wishes. Accurate and reliable.

• 456 ST I: with polished stainless steel case and black galvanized dial, pressure resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
• 243 Ti: polished titanium case, approx. 22.4 x 37.4 mm, pressure resistant to 10 bar (= 100 m water depth)
- Sapphire crystal glass in front and back with anti-refl ective coating
- Suitable for use at high altitudes.

Model 456 with diamonds
These luxurious timepieces by SINN are are both jewellery and wristwatch, glamorously ornamented with diamonds. Special pieces for connoisseurs of exclusive design. Timelessly elegant, yet ideally suited for everyday use.

• 456 TW 70: With a decorative ring of 18-carat yellow gold and 70 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.63 carats) (58 diamonds in the decorative ring, 12 diamonds on the dial)
• 456 St TW 70: With a decorative ring of 18-carat white gold and 70 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.63 carats) (58 diamonds in the decorative ring, 12 diamonds on the dial)
• 456 TW 12: With a decorative ring of 18-carat yellow gold and 12 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.108 carats) on the dial

- Polished stainless steel case
- Black galvanized dial
- Sapphire crystal glass in front and back with anti-refl ective coating
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
- Suitable for use at high altitudes

Chronoswiss Klassik Chronograph

Many are the products which would dearly aspire to the title "Klassik" in the truest sense of the word. But only very few can genuinely claim the distinction of being a paragon of the first order, steadfastly resisting changes in fashion and the vicissitudes of time. Such a truly rare example is the sought-after Klassik Chronograph from the house of Chronoswiss.
Since its debut in the year 1989 this mechanical timepiece with automatic winding has been a firm feature of the Chronoswiss collection. The case with its teardrop lugs is not just reminiscent of the legendary Fifties. It is also manufactured using original tools dating from this heady era of economic upswing. Its precision details are proof of the sophisticated craftsmanship and supreme watchmaking skills consistently nurtured at Chronoswiss.
The chronograph calibre C.741 with automatic winding, 25 jewels, 1/4 sec. indication accuracy, 30-minute and 12-hour counters is an expression of watchmaking tradition at its finest. A further sign of a complete mastery of classic manufacturing principles is the unique analogue date indicator at the 3 o'clock position. Not only does this provide the proud owner with what is surely the most important information besides the time. The unusual date dial also perfectly balances the costly face with applied index marks.
The elegant steel hands in classic blue also have a contribution to make to the total harmony of the timepiece. As an alternative, Chronoswiss offers a version with a black face and silver hands. Since 1999 a sapphire glass base has afforded Klassik enthusiasts a longed-for glimpse of the fascinating mechanism at work.

There remained just one bitter pill which was often swallowed with reluctance. And that was the fact that, alas, this charmingly nostalgic chronograph was not water resistant. For technical reasons, this was a wish which could not in practice be fulfilled. The use of waterproof press-pieces would have permanently destroyed the attractive appearance of this wristwatch. For this reason, Chronoswiss proprietor Gerd-Rüdiger Lang resisted the to him unreasonable request with characteristic stubbornness.
Now at last the hour for which many Klassik friends have long been waiting has struck. Precisely in time for the start of the 21st Century, there is at last a waterproof version of this chronograph to adorn the wrist. But the best is yet to come: thanks to a special design of the press-piece mechanism and the internal sealing system, there is no external evidence to belie the water-resistance of the Klassik Chronograph.

For passionate watchmaker Gerd-Rüdiger Lang this is the hallmark of authenticity: the only true way to ensure that this classic timepiece will remain a classic in the decades to come. At Chronoswiss, a sophisticated symbiosis of tradition and discrete innovation has always been regarded as the optimum means by which to preserve the spirit of a centuries-old craft for future generations. The waterproof Klassik Chronograph is available in solid red, gold gold or in stainless steel. Customers who cannot decide between the two may prefer a combination of these fine casing materials.
Technical details
Hour, minute, second,analog Date, Chrono-center-second,30-minute-register, 12-hour-register

CH 7401 R, 18ct. red gold (41 g)
CH 7401 R bk, 18ct. red gold (41g)
CH 7401 R re, 18ct. red gold (41g)pusher and crown solid 18ct. red gold
CH 7402 R, 18ct. red gold (6g)/steel
CH 7402 R bk, 18ct. red gold (6g)/steel
CH 7402 R re, 18ct. gold (6g)/steel pusher and crown solid 18ct. red gold
CH 7403, steel
CH 7403 bk, steel
CH 7403 re, steel
CH 7403 gr, steel
CH 7403 bl, steel
CH 7404, "Turtle", 18ct. rosé gold (12g)/steel bars, pusher and crown solid 18ct. rosé gold

24-part case, ø 37 mm, height 13,90 mm, lateral polish,drop-shaped polished bars, polished bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, display back with non-reflective sapphire crystal,straps attached with spring bars,water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)

Chronoswiss Caliber C.741, automatic winding,ø 30 mm (13¼´´´), 25 Jewels, Incabloc shock-absorber,46 hours power-reserve, 4 Hz., 28.800 vibrations per hour (vph),¼ second display accuracy

Silver-plated metal dial, with applied Roman numerals and Pulsometerscale or Tachometerscale,Minute-circle with ¼ second-division, polished,gilt or blued Index-steel hands

Sinn 856 Series:The Pilot Watch with Magnetic Field Protection

Precision right down to the second when you're flying or diving, when it's raining or hot, under extreme pressure or low pressure at high altitudes. Leading the way in unfamiliar territory: when it runs synchronously with the 12-hour hand, the directional arrow on the 24-hour hand can be used to determine orientation based on the sun's position.

With a height of 10.6 mm, the 856 is ergonomically adapted to your wrist – and also equipped with an integrated drying capsule.

• 856: Stainless steel case with TEGIMENT technology
• 856 S: Stainless steel case with TEGIMENT technology and black hard coating
- dehumidifying technology
- Second time zone with a 24-hour clock
- Nickel-free case back
- Magnetic fi eld protection up to 80,000 A/m
- Sapphire crystal glass with anti-refl ective coating on both sides
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
- Resistant to low pressure at high altitudes

Chronoswiss LUNAR Chronograph : Automatic Chronograph with Moonphase

Being the closest of all heavenly bodies, moon has always been responsible for pulling mankind in its magical wake. At a distance of almost 400.000 kilometres it orbits the Earth once every 29.53059 days. When the sky is clear, its phases are clear to see. These are not, however, a result of its own energy but a reflection of the light of the sun.

It shouldn't be too difficult to recognize that the moon is the topic here. For all of the peoples of the earth, the moon personifies the rhythm of cyclical time and the realm of coming and going. The phases of the waxing, waning and reappearing moon signify enlightenment, perpetual renewal, in short: eternety. Mystically, the full moon stands for physical strength and intelligence, the diminishing moon for decay and filling moon for growth and rejuvenation. The lunar phases control the tides and many aspects of human existence.

Thus, as a symbol of periodic renewal, the moon is inseperably connected to time and its measurement. For example: the Babylonic calendar, from 2000 years BC, was based on a difference of 29 1/2 days between new moons. Its year was separated into 12 lunations or months. And the Christians orientate themselves on the first full-moon in Spring for the placement of their Easter festivities.
Small wonder then that already the first of the mechanical motion clocks showed the fascinating, perpetual life cycle of the moon. Since these early times, the well-loved moon-phase display belongs to the basic repertoire of the watchmaker's handwork. Many standing, table, pocket and wrist timepieces take their charm from the small, half circular cutout in the clock face through which the development of the moon can be observed. Driven by the clockwork, it moves daily in accordance with the astral variables.
With its "Lunar" model, Chronoswiss once again brings to life the long tradition of the moon-phase display. This sportsman's chronograph is available in solid gold, steel and gold or all steel. A date display enhances the clear watch face that is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The familiar Chronoswiss case is water resistant to 100 feet. A precise and carefully adjusted automatic movement of the caliber C.755 ensures that the accuracy of the "Lunar" chronograph will never become moonstruck.
Technical details

CH 7520 L, platinum 950 (69g), limited edition (99 pieces)
CH 7521 L W, 18ct. white gold (52g)
CH 7521 L, 18ct. gold (52g)
CH 7521 L R, 18ct. red gold (52g)
CH 7522 L, 18ct. gold (12g)/steel
CH 7522 L R, 18ct. red gold (12g)/steel
CH 7523 L, steel
CH 7523L bk, steel

Hour, minute, second,analog date, moonphase,Chrono-center-second,30-minute-register, 12-hour-register

Massive 23-part case, ø 38 mm, height 15 mm, smoothed and polished, screwed, decorative bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, screwed back with full thread and non-reflective sapphire crystal, massive turnip crown and pushers, screwed-on strap bars with patented Autobloc safety system,water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)

Chronoswiss Caliber C.755, automatic winding,ø 30 mm (13¼ ´´´), 25 Jewels, Incabloc shock-absorber,46 hours power-reserve, 4 Hz., 28.800 vibrations per hour (vph),individually numbered

Massive, guilloché 925 Sterling-Silver dial,with printed Arabic numerals,minute-circle with ¼ second-division,blued, gilt or white varnished steel hands Breguet Losange

Sinn 657 Series - The Pilot Watch with the Captive Rotating Bezel

This pilot watch ensures that you'll never lose your bearings, whether in the wild blue yonder or on the ground. Its captive rotating bezel developed by SINN – is securely fastened to the case and can be rotated on both sides. This watch is ideal for measuring and monitoring time intervals.

• 657: Case made of bead-blasted stainless steel
• 657 S: Case made of matte black chrome-plated stainless steel
- Magnetic fi eld protection up to 80,000 A/m
- Captive rotating pilot's bezel with minute ratcheting
- Sapphire crystal glass with anti-refl ective coating on both sides
- Nickel-free case back
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
- Resistant to low pressure at high altitudes

Chronoswiss Opus (1996) : First Skeletonized Automatic Chronograph

The automatic Chronograph is an exceptionally complex masterpiece of precision watchmaking consisting of over 300 parts. However, the finished product is more than the sum of its parts. Constructed by master craftsmen the chronograph enables timing from mere fractions of a second through to twelve hours thanks to an ingenious linkage system of heart-shaped disks, various cogs, levers and springs. The really remarkable feature of the chronograph is however, that the hours, minutes and seconds an still be read from the watch face, even while timing mode. Another hand displays the date. A rotor uses the natural movement of your arm to wind the main spring. The chronograph movement is protected by a sturdy case offering unsurmounted functionality.
Lovers of mechanical chronometers are often fascinated by the complicated interior workings an varied operational processes of such movements, but as a rule, only the watchmaker has the oppotunity to admire the inner workings in detail. A crystal back only partially satisfies the desire to view the switching and winding process that takes place behind the watch face. That is why Chronoswiss with its skeleton version exposes the technology inside the automatic chronograph. In a painstaking process the dial has been eliminated, thus created a fine skeleton version of this chronograph.
It is difficult to describe the fascination of the skeleton construction as a microscope is necessary to discover all the inner workings. Only then is it possible to probe the heart of the 7,9 mm mechanism. One can see how the counter continues to move after every rotation of the chronograph hand and how the hands reset back to zero at the end of the timing procedure. One can see how the date begins to change just before midnight. At the end of an intensive inspection, your automatic skeleton chronograph will hold no more secrets for you.
Technical details

CH 7520, platinum 950 (62g), limited edition (99 pieces)
CH 7521 S, 18ct. gold (52g)
CH 7521 S R, 18ct. red gold (52g)
CH 7521 S W, 18ct. white gold (52g)
CH 7522 S, gold (12g)/steel
CH 7522 S R, 18ct. red gold (12g)/steel
CH 7523 S, steel
CH 7523 S bl, steel

Hour, minute, second, analog date, Chrono-center-second, 30-minute-register, 12-hour-register

Massive 23-part case, ø 38 mm, height 15 mm, smoothed and polished, screwed, decorative bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, screwed back with full thread and non-reflective sapphire crystal, massive turnip crown and pushers, screwed-on strap bars with patented Autobloc safety system, water-resistant up to 3 atm (30 m)

Chronoswiss Caliber C.741 S, skeletonized, automatic winding,ø 30 mm (13¼ ´´´), 25 Jewels, Incabloc shock-absorber,46 hours power-reserve, 4 Hz., 28.800 vibrations per hour (vph)

Skeletonized and angled metal-dial with, printed Arabic numerals,minute-display with ¼ second-circle, polished or blued steel hands Breguet Losagne

Sinn 656 Series - The Pilot Watch with Magnetic Field Protection

Sinn's experience in manufacturing precision cockpit navigation clocks is still reflected today in SINN's 656 series. This includes the extra large numbers, for example, as well as the contrast to the glare-free black dial and the special paint on the indices and hour and minute hands, which remains luminous for a very long time. All of this ensures easy readability in any situation.With a diameter of only 38.5 mm and a height of 10.1 mm, Model 656 is also ideal for wearers with slender wrists.

• 656: Case made of bead-blasted stainless steel.
• 656 S: Case made of matte black chrome-plated stainless steel
- Nickel-free case back
- Magnetic field protection up to 80,000 A/m
- Anti-reflective coating on both sides of the Sapphire crystal glass
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
- Resistant to low pressure at high altitudes

Chronoswiss Timemaster Handwound

This striking addition to the Chronoswiss range, which is mechanical throughout, is a wrist watch made by professionals for professionals, devised by technical experts and craftsmen for connoisseurs who take perfection as the measure of their own standards.

Thanks to its ingenious design and meticulous craftsmanship, the Timemaster is also suitable for withstanding extreme situations in sport, science and technology. The size of its 22-piece ground brushed and polished stainless steel casing reflects a deliberate decision. The diameter of 44 mm provides space for one of the most reliable and robust manual winding mechanisms: the 161/2-line calibre Unitas 6497.

However, it has been cleverly modified by Chronoswiss and precision-finished with all the ingenuity of the master craftsman. For the first time in a history dating back more than 30 years, the opulent timepiece has a sweep-second , a wheel-fly stop and a swan-neck precision regulator for the index. It therefore bears the calibre designation C.672 at Chronoswiss. The high-quality time-signal indicator, comprising a Glucydur screw-type wheel fly and self-compensating Nivarox I hairspring performs a cool 18,000 vibrations per hour. An "incabloc" shock absorber protects the sensitive pivots of the wheel-fly stem against breaking. Finally, the coil spring stores sufficient energy for almost two whole days.
The exterior must of course reflect this high standard of workmanship in every respect. Because Gerd-Rüdiger Lang is no friend of design experimentation, the casing design that has long been acknowledged as a classic has remained largely unchanged.

However, the exceptional dimensions, its water tightness to a depth of 100 metres, the extra-long turnip - which allows the spring to be wound even when wearing gloves - and above all the bezel with luminous zero mark are new features. The latter feature can be used for instance for setting departure times, so that the Timemaster also doubles up as a straightforward stopwatch. And nobody need worry about the protruding crown getting damaged. The body of the tube is bolted to the casing, and can easily be replaced in the event of a problem.

Large observation watches with luminous faces are extremely popular amongst ardent collectors of timepieces. They were made in the 1930's and 1940's for submarine skippers or pilots enabling them to clearly tell the time if they needed to, even in the deepest, darkest hours.

Admittedly there was a major snag with these practical timepieces - the luminous compound boasted a high level of radioactivity, which is why these collector's pieces are to be enjoyed with great caution today. Owner of Chronoswiss, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang obviously has no intentions of exposing his customers to these kind of risks. Since there have been more and more calls for this type of face in spite of this, he has given the striking Timemaster a brand new look.

It lights up almost as brightly as its military predecessors, but without the slightest hint of radiation, as Chronoswiss uses the innovative Super-LumiNovaC3 luminous compound. Compared to traditional zinc sulphide pigments, Super-LumiNova boasts night-time intensity up to a hundred times higher. If this material is exposed to strong sunlight or fluorescent light for a minimum of ten minutes, it will glow light green for a whole night long.

The novel wrist straps with quick clasp can be changed in an instant. Every new Timemaster is in any case supplied with two: a black crocodile strap with quick clasp, and an extended cowhide leather strap with quick clasp for professional use of the watch over an outfit. The face is protected by scratch-resistant, non-reflective sapphire glass. The matt black metal face with large, luminous numbers and indexes Super-LumiNova C3 (no rays), in conjunction with striking luminous hands, assures optimum readability in virtually all conditions.

In addition to the professional strap, the watch comes complete with a box of spare parts, just like in the old days, containing all seals, wheel-fly and winding stem and coil spring. Because nobody knows what the future holds in store. Finally, there is a certificate of guarantee signed by Gerd-Rüdiger Lang in green ink. His personal signature provides an assurance of the master craftsmanship which the owner of Chronoswiss pledged to deliver when founding his company some twenty years ago. In this respect, he again echoes the sentiments of Goethe: "Everything that is perfect in its own way must transcend itself; it must become something else, something beyond compare."

Technical details
Large wrist watch with sweep-second and wheel-fly stop. Professional wrist watch for all extreme sports, with almost 2 days reserve movement

CH 6233 bk
CH 6233 LE bk
CH 6233 lu
CH 6233 LE lu

Hour, minute and second

Solid 22-part casing, stainless steel case ø 44.0 mm, height 12.3 mm ground brushed and polished, bezel with luminous marking, scratch-resistant, non-reflective sapphire glass, sapphire glass base with full thread, screw-on crown tube body, special shape for turning crown when wearing gloves, turnip, watertight to 100 metres (10atm), screw-on strap links, Autobloc patent

Hand-wound, Chronoswiss calibre C.672, basis ETA 6497-1, 18 jewels, Glucydur with screws and Nivarox flat hairspring, 16 1/2", 18,000 vibrations per hour, individually numbered, Incabloc shock absorber, swan-neck precision regulator, almost 2 days' reserve movement

Luminous metal face made from Super-LumiNova C3 metal with black numerals, black varnished metal hands, "modern" shape Or Mattblack metal, face with Super-LumiNova C3 (no rays) luminous figures, metal hands with Super-LumiNova C3, "modern" shape

1 black crocodile leather strap with quick clasp, 1 extended cowhide leather strap for professional use over the outfit with quick clasp. Width of ends 22mm

Spare parts box with:1 balance stem,1 winding stem, 1 coil spring, 3 gaskets for crown and tube, 1 gasket for back cover

Sinn Model 556

Simple and timeless – the perfect initiation to the world of SINN. Outstanding in quality and value for money, these watches are also versatile in appearance. Whether you prefer the elegant, fine link solid watch band or a sporty leather strap, Model 556 is the right choice for any occasion.

- Satinized stainless steel case
- Doubly sealed crown
- Anti-refl ective sapphire crystal glass
- Hands coated with special luminous paint
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
- Resistant to low pressure at high altitudes
- Classic, easily readable design

ANONIMO Match Racing Valencia

Issued at Basel Exhibition 2004, this watch is dedicated to those who are passionately interested in sea and particularly to those who love that kind of regatta whose name this watch is proud of. Attractive design, innovative material and interesting performance for a watch that cannot be missing on a skipper’s wrist. A revolutionary timepiece, the first chronograph in the world featuring the dial centre minute hand for the match racing countdown.

Technical details
Automatic chronograph DUBOIS DEPRAZ module 2073 on base ETA 2892A2; 46 jewels, colimaçon and soigné finish; adjusted 4 positions, 28.800 A7h. Power reserve 40 hours.

Hours, minutes, small seconds at h. 3. Dial-center countdown minute and second hands. Hour counter at h. 6 (12 hours). Synchronized auxiliary 24 hours counter at h. 9 with day/night functions evidenced by double colors.

Watch Case
Sand-blasted AISI316 Plus stainless steel with Ox-Pro blackening treatment process and passivation of the watch case surface with antireflection and anticorrosion functions; diameter 42.00 mm. Sand-blasted screw locked bezel (4 screws). Screw locked satinated back cover. Screw locked stainless steel crown and push buttons. Domed sapphire crystal.Water Resistance 12 ATM

Oversized dial with specific “applique” ten minute count-down scale between 12 and 2. “Applique” day/night scale for 24 hours counter. Color coded reaching indicators at wind angles, flags and signs. Hour indexes treated with luminous coating for superior day/night readability. Blue Superluminova treated baton hour and minute hands, small seconds and 24 hour hands. Dial-center minute hand, second counter and 12 hours counter hands in red.

Wrist Strap
Manufactured in washable leather “Opera Kodiak” for extended immersions in water (24 continuous hours). Anonimo engraved on reverse of exclusive stainless steel buckle.

ANONIMO DINO ZEI Jalea mod. 11002

Technical details
Automatic modified ETA 2836-2 with small second counter and date with additional CANDINO module; 4 Hertz, standard finish. Power reserve: 36 hours.

Hours, minutes, continuous seconds at h. 8, date window at h. 4.

Watch Case
Polished and satinated AISI316 Plus stainless steel, manufactured in three components, totally carved from a stainless steel bar. Screw locked bezel and back cover (16 screws). Screw locked crown and tube. Screw locked secured strap. Flat superior sapphire crystal. Visible joint for bezel seal. Back cover featuring a decentralized window to allow the view of the movement balance.Water Resistance:12 ATM

Minute scale applied ring. Applied DINO ZEI logo. Hour indexes treated with Superluminova luminous coating for superior day/night readability, Hour and minute hands and counters treated with Superluminova luminous coating.

Wrist Strap
Manufactured and hand finished in patented Kodiak process calfskin to allow for extended immersion in fresh and sea water (24 continuous hours). Exclusive DINO ZEI line stainless steel buckle.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts - World's First Wristwatch with Quarter-Hour Repetition

A higher being allows the entire history of the world to be repeated, the same way clocks are repeated." This word of wisdom stems from no lesser than the physicist and writer Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. When he wrote this aphorism in Göttingen almost 200 years ago, the watchmaker genius Abraham-Louis Breguet was working on making his repeaters even smaller and more technically precise in Paris. For example, adding a melodious-sounding gong.

Even back then, watchmaker minds came to the realization that repeaters are only really useful if a mechanism can avoid faulty beats during insufficient operation of the pusher. Here, Daniel Quare had another inspiration of a special kind. His "all-or-nothing-safety" mechanism ensured that the acoustical dimension of time functions precisely or not at all.
Nevertheless, his repeaters must have been seen as an anachronism at the time of the invention of the light bulb in the 19th century. At that moment in time, the sounding mechanisms found their way to the wrists of wealthy contemporaries. They resemble normal wristwatches due to their purist design. Just a little pusher or slide at the left side of the case indicates the many little parts that are mainly hidden under the dial. This is just one reason that these fine timekeepers are a test for true expertise to this day. This fact moved the Munich-based master watchmaker, Gerd-Rüdiger Lang to enrich these small, but fine repeater-annals with a very interesting new chapter. His Chronoswiss Quarter Repeater proves that the "Faszination der Mechanik" can still have another acoustical dimension in the beginning of the 21st century than just the standard ticking of the time-dividing tool.
A push of the pusher at the "10" position suffices to hear the tone of precious time exactly to every 15 minutes in this collection piece. It's the world's only wristwatch with quarter-hour repetition.
This creation was possible due to the close cooperation of well-known mechanical experts. Alongside the Munich-based watch manufacturer, Chronoswiss, which contributed the manufactory's own exclusive automatic Caliber C.126, the renowned manufacturer of complicated pieces, Dubois-Dépraz from the remote Vallée de Joux, participated in the development of this mechanical marvel. Dubois-Dépraz supplied the fine repeater module E94 (all-or-nothing safety device) with eight jewels and a diameter of 28 millimeters. One little hammer strikes its gong to ring out the number of hours ("ding"), then two little hammers strike against two meticulously tuned gongs to ring out the number of quarter-hours ("ding-dong").
The sound of the Chronoswiss Répétition à quarts is so extraordinary that it just cannot be described accurately in words. One just has to hear it.Very specially shaped hands, so-called "Breguet Conique Squelette," were chosen for this unusual model. These hands are available only from Chronoswiss.
Technical details
CH 1640, platinum (95g) limited edition (99 pieces)
CH 1641, 18ct. gold (75g)
CH 1641 R, 18ct. red gold (75g)
CH 1641 W, 18ct. white gold (75g)
CH 1643, steel
CH 1643 co, steel, copper dial
CH 1641 R bk
CH 1643 bk

Sweep hour and minute
Small second

Massive 25-part case, pusher and crown massive in the material of case, ø 40 mm, height 13,80 mm, smoothed and polished dial,Screwed-in, polished bezel with non-reflective sapphire crystal, Screwed-in bottom with full thread and non-reflective sapphire crystal,Turnip crown, repeater pusher at the "10" position, Screwed-in lugs with patented Autobloc System, water-resistant to 3 atm (30 m)

Manufacture Caliber C. 126 Movement ø 26,80 mm (11 3/4'''), 30 Jewels, shock absorber Incabloc, fine Regulation for index with excenter, 35 hours power reserve, 3 Hz., 21.600 A/h vibrations per hour (vph), individually numbered

Automatic repeater with small second, (all or nothing safety), hour- and quarter-repeater

Striking-work module E 94 (Dubois-Depraz), reserved especially for Chronoswiss.Dial-side mounted, ø 28 mm, height 8,35 mm, 8 Jewels, Quarter-hour repetition with "all-or-nothing" safety device, Repeater on two gongs beat

Massive 925 Sterling-Silver dial, painted,blue-varnished steel hands, Shape: Breguet Conique Squelette