Thursday, October 29, 2009

Zolotoe Vremya Lегенда® Veles Classic Cars Rally Chronograph

Zolotoe Vremya®, a Watch and Jewellery Company based in Russia , announced that it became the official Partner of the Fourth International Classic Car Rally held in Moscow by Classic Cars Club. Zolotoe Vremya made a limited edition of six watches for the sixth Rally.

The Kremlin clock’s chime marked the start of the rally at Vasylyevsky Spusk. Within four days participants from Russia, England, the US and Switzerland covered 1211 km of 86 various legs in their old classic cars. Traditionally, the rally comprised a number of well-known towns of the Golden Ring of Russia. It was a real ‘gold rush’. The rally finished in front of the main gate of Russia’s exhibition centre.

The award ceremony took place in the theatre of the Summer Palace of Count Sheremetyev (the Ostankino memorial estate). Artyom Yeritsyan, President of Zolotoe Vremya Company, gave the main prize, namely the first (#01/06) of the limited edition six gold watches "Lегенда® Veles Classic Cars Rally Chronograph"to rally winners Alberto Bordogna and his son Luca.

The heart of the Veles Classic Cars Rally Chronograph watch is Caliber LA 3133 which is considered one of the best hand winding movements with chronograph function. The case of this watch is made from yellow gold encrusted with an exquisite handmade pattern. The strap in ‘retro rally’ style is specifically designed for this limited edition. This easy-to-handle handmade strap made of the skin of a Louisianan Alligator has a waterproof filling and is stitched with golden thread. The additional strap is provided. The rest of the limited edition watches are available in Lегенда Ararat Hyatt Monoboutique.

Perrelet Semi Skeletonised Split-Seconds Chronograph

Following the success met by its Split-Seconds Chronograph, in a limited edition in honour of its inventor Louis-Frédéric Perrelet, Swiss luxury watch brand Perrelet enhances its collection with three new variations of this complication, which is exclusive to the Brand.

This amazing split-seconds chronograph represents the innovation and openness of the brand. Apart from the extraordinary complexity and decoration of the movement, watchmaking enthusiasts will appreciate the elegance of the finish on the glass discs which have taken the place of traditional hands. This is a result of a perfect harmony between tradition and modernity.

Novices, amateurs, or connoisseurs in search of a modern, mysterious and elegant model, will be impressed by these new arrivals, whose originality lies mostly in the arrangement of the counters on glass discs.

One of the versions of this attractive timekeeper combines stainless steel with black ceramic. A modern work of art, which attracts attention through its shades of deep black and the glacial appearance of its polished and satin-finished steel.
Mysterious and intriguing, the three black-coated models, are carved out of a steel, whose DLC treatment endows them with a ravishingly dark tint. The DLC treatment, “Diamond-Like Coating”, is a carbon coating in the form of amorphous diamond, which gives it a much higher resistance than that of steel ( a resistance of 5500 on the Vickers scale). A third version has just been added to the collection, and ardent admirers will appreciate the successful blend of pink gold with black ceramic. An elegant way of accentuating the contemporary masculine lines of the case.

The various dial combinations with painted Arabic numerals, luminescent indexes and a special openwork feature, allow the semi-skeletonised mechanical movement to be admired. Calibre P-241 with its fly-back hand, enables intermediate times to be read off and offers the functions of central hours and minutes, seconds and date on discs, and sweep seconds with hours and minutes display on discs. The execution of the four printed mineral glass discs achieves the marriage of complication and aestheticism.

The transparency of this complication, armed with a sapphire crystal both on the dial side and the case back, draws attention to the magic of a complex mechanism, revealing the intricate interaction between the rhodium-plated wheels with their blued screws, going barrel and finely angled and decorated bridges in all their finest detail. A natural black rubber bracelet, embossed with the “Perrelet” logo and embellished with a deployment buckle completes the model’s accessories.

Technical details
Ref A1043/1
  • Movement: Automatic P-241'; Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor; Power Reserve : 46 hours, Vibrations per hour : 28’800 (4Hz); Rubies 25
  • Case: Ø 43.5mm; Case material: Middle part stainless steel combined with bezel and back in black ceramic; Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back); Water resistance: 5 ATM
  • Dial: Open-worked silver
  • Strap: Natural black rubber strap; Steel deployment buckle
Ref A1045/3
  • Movement: Automatic P-241; Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor; Power Reserve: 46 hours; Vibrations per hour : 28’800 (4Hz); Rubies:25
  • Case: Ø 43.5mm; Case material: Stainless steel with DLC treatment; Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back); Water resistance: 5 ATM
  • Dial: Open-worked black
  • Strap: Natural black rubber strap; Steel deployment buckle with DLC treatment
Ref A3025/1
  • Movement: Automatic P-241; Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor; Power Reserve : 46 hours; Vibrations per hour : 28’800 (4Hz); Rubies : 25
  • Case: Ø 43.5mm; Case material : Middle part 18 carats rose gold (4N) combined with bezel and back in black ceramic; Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back); Water resistance : 5 ATM
  • Dial: Open-worked black
  • Strap: Natural black rubber strap; Steel deployment buckle with 18 carats rose gold cap

Tiret Gotham Power Reserve

Declaring an art deco aura with its unbroken flow of definition, linear curves, geometric motifs, color palette, mixed materials and extended capabilities, the Tiret Gotham Power Reserve is a lyrical performance of time. Its purpose is its essence, its philosophy an admired lifestyle.

Luxuriate in what you treasure with the comfort of knowing accuracy is certain for a marked duration. The ability to attend to all the fine details of an upscale agenda is a genuine gift in time management. Relying on superb mechanics offers a freedom to enjoy it all. Such a pleasure exists in the Tiret Gotham Power Reserve, 42 hour with automatic winding. Elegant strength in a continuous flow and sweeping imagination fill a definite 2,520 minutes of bliss.

A combination of amazing and pristine Swiss engineering contained in a timepiece filled with your personal delights makes a very expressive landscape for the wrist. Enjoy your priorities with a relaxed contentment knowing that inside this generous yet poised silhouette reliability has been perfected for Tiret.

Technical details
Movement
ETA 2897 Power reserve; rhodium; barrel bridge surface snailed, visible Tiret New York engraving; balance bridge surface snailed, visible Tiret New York engraving; additional train wheel bridge with Tiret New York engraving on side; barrel surface snailed with Tiret New York; automatic device framework surface snailed with highly visible engraving Tiret New York; oscillating weight surface smoothed, with engraving SWISS 21 JEWELS; blue color engraving of Tiret logo on oscillating weight; Tiret New York visible on entire oscillating weight; bevel snailed diamond; 8 visible screws, blue color, head flat, polished, slot chamfer; main plate, train wheel bridge and pallet bridge are all standard without decoration; Incabloc

Function
Date aperture with black background and red print at 3 o'clock

Case
Choice of 18k rose, yellow or white gold, polished and brushed stainless steel, ceramic, natural rubber; six functional metal screws; sides are sapphire crystal and customized at client’s discretion using precious gemstones, ceramic, rubber, diamonds; casefront, antireflective, raised sapphire crystal; caseback is sapphire crystal; monogrammed crown; crown and push pieces in choice of metals and natural rubber

Dial
Metal plate designed as brick motif set under smoked sapphire glass; selection of aventurine, pietersite, chalcedony, rhodonite, petrified dinosaur bone, smoked sapphire glass; appliqué, thick, metal, Arabic numbers; appliqué, individual, metal signature Tiret “T;” highly stylized hands in an Empire State Building stencil; reverse, single bold metal open cut, signature Tiret “T”

Strap
Natural rubber, caoutchouc featuring bold cut signature Tiret “T;” adjustable belt buckle closure

Edition
Limited to 300 pieces

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cornelius & Cie: Brand Info

Cornelius & Cie is a high-end watch brand based in Geneva, Switzerland. The company was founded in the summer of 2007 and was initiated by two Dutchman, world famous watch engraver Kees Engelbarts (1967) and jeweller Paul Pertijs (1968), crowning a friendship started while both were students at the renowned Dutch Gold- and Silversmith Academy.

Cornelius & Cie is named after Kees Engelbarts Christian name, Cornelis. The company will produce extremely exclusive watches, using vintage watch movements in proprietary cases of classic but innovative design. Every single part of the movements is embellished by hand, skeletonised and/or engraved by Kees Engelbarts. Customers are offered extensive possibilities to have the watch and the movements personalised by specific engravings.

The first collection presented consists of 12 Chronosome 46XY watches. This stunning model features a 1935 A. Schild movement with eccentrically placed barrel. The unique position of the barrel is immediately evident by the shape of the case. The Chronosome 46XY watch is available from April, 2008. There will be 3 models: with completely skeletonised movement and dial (2 pieces in platinum, 2 pieces in red gold), with partly skeletonised movement and closed dial (4 pieces in red gold) and with Côtes de Genève decoration (4 pieces in red gold).

The watches will be presented in a luxury box, including an Orbita watch winder (specially tuned to keep the strong main spring perfectly wound) and an extra barrel. The barrel can be engraved with a personal text or picture.

Cornelius & Cie has set up an after sales department guaranteeing rapid regular service (within 2 weeks). Prices start at € 39.500,-. The fully skeletonised platinum Chronosome 46XY retails at € 115.000,-. Diamond setting is available on request.

Biography of Cornelius & Cie Founders:
Kees Engelbarts ( Born in 1967). Kees was educated at the Dutch Gold- and Silversmith Academy in Schoonhoven and the German vocational school for jewellery design at Idar-Oberstein. He started working as a professional watch engraver in 1994, setting up his own workshop in Geneva. Kees swiftly was recognised as an outstanding craftsman. He created intricately engraved and skeletonised watches for several watch companies, including Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot and Harry Winston. He became one of the very few engravers familiar with the Japanese ‘Mokumé Gane’ technique producing his own base material of 19 ultra thin layers of alternating two non-ferrous metals. In 1997 he produced his first own watch. The founding of Cornelius & Cie – where Kees will act as creative director -is the next step in his astonishing career.

Paul Pertijs (Born in 1968). Paul was educated at the Dutch Gold- and Silversmith Academy where he met Kees Engelbarts. After his studies he took over his father’s jewellers shop in Breda. Over the years Paul has expanded this single high-end shop into the Pertijs Jewellers group with boutiques in Breda, Vught, Roosendaal and Laren. Paul took the initiative to found Cornelius & Cie after seeing a one-off watch Kees had made using the 1935 A. Schild movement. He is the commercial director of the company.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Zolotoe Vremya Opens Monoboutique in Moscow

Zolotoe Vremya®, a Watch and Jewellery Company based in Russia opened their first Lегенда® Monoboutique on 4 Neglinnaya st. - the very heart of Moscow - on the 23rd of August 2009. Lегенда Ararat Hayatt Monoboutique, located in the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow hotel, is for exquisite connoisseurs of luxurious wrist watches.

Zolotoe Vremya is happy to welcome You in the Lегенда Monoboutique, where You can get familiar with different Collections of Lегенда – the first Russian Watch and Jewelry brand of Affordable Luxury®, the first of its kind!

Zolotoe Vremya, a watch and jewellery producing Company, is founded on 13th of July 1992 by the best Experts of the First and the Second Moscow Watch Companies.

Production know-how, technological expertise, highly skilled craftsmen and a guaranteed top quality of its products – these are the main factors contributing to a successful watch making. Thanks to the talent of its craftsmen, Zolotoe Vremya is one of the rapidly growing and developing watch and jewellery producing Companies.

The word manufactura derives from Latin manus meaning a hand and factura meaning the process of making goods. In its proper meaning it is a way of production and a type of enterprise with labour division and labour cooperation, with high standards of craftsmanship and equipment as a must.

An in-house full production cycle from gold casting and unsurpassed crafts to a high-quality end product enable Zolotoe Vremya to be called manufactura. The Company owns two watch and jewellery brands – Золотое Время® (High-End Premium product) and Lегенда® (Позволительная Роскошь® - Luxury product).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rodolphe Cattin Leaves the Franck Muller group

Founder of the Rodolphe Montres & Bijoux watch company and of the Rodolphe & Co design studio – two entities owned by the Franck Muller group – Rodolphe Cattin has decided to quit all his operational activities within the group as of the end of October. He will remain a minority shareholder in both companies.
Rodolphe Cattin made the following comments regarding his decision:

“It is with a mixture of sadness and relief that I am leaving the group with which we became associated four years ago, because I no longer sense that the group has any wish to develop the brand bearing my name. The same is indeed true of all the other ‘small’ brands within the Franck Muller group.

The early days of our cooperation with the Franck Muller certainly did not suggest such an outcome. For the past four years, I have poured all my energy into this magnificent adventure and our tight-knit and motivated team was able to accomplish some excellent development work during the first two years of the partnership, resulting in particular in the Watch of the Year award won in 2006 for the Instinct Chrono model, followed by a second prize in 2008. However, these tokens of recognition did nothing to consolidate the Rodolphe brand’s position within the group. On a more global level, conditions have steadily deteriorated and it is now quite obvious that the group CEO, Mr. Vartan Sirmakes, has chosen to devote his energy and his efforts elsewhere. Despite many discussions on this issue, there are no longer any signs of a will to improve matters. Worse still, the group is currently trying to support its allegations that the “small brands” are responsible for the difficulties encountered by Franck Muller Watchland. It will be up to everyone to draw their own conclusions.

This kind of negative comment is merely the latest episode in a series of disappointments endured over almost two years now. Due to a range of strategy, quality and delivery-related issues, the Rodolophe brand no longer benefits from an environment conducive to its healthy development. Not to mention interpersonal conflicts and broken promises that are detrimental to daily interaction and make it impossible to maintain a trust-based relationship.

In light of these circumstances, I prefer to withdraw and in doing so leave my associates free to make their own choices, non-choices, decisions and non-decisions. I am above all a creative designer with little inclination for corporate politics, plotting and U-turns. And I strongly deplore the attitude and behaviour of some of my closest associates who may well see in my departure a chance to grab the spotlight.

Nonetheless, even at the end of this troubled period, I am extremely satisfied with the concept developed and with the aesthetic work undertaken by the teams that have supported me. The work is done and it is up to our successors to decide whether or not to develop and enhance the achievements to date.

While remaining a minority shareholder in the two Rodolphe Montres & Bijoux and Rodolphe & Co companies, my professional path is parting ways with the Franck Muller group at the end of the month. I maintain my creative soul, my entrepreneurial spirit and am truly relieved to be regaining my freedom”.

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
Movement
Swiss high quality quartz movement

Case
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

Straps
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

Jacob Jensen Titanium Watch Collection

Plain surfaces which, upon closer investigation, reveal a rich inner life. Clear lines and sharp borders inviting investigation. A delight to the eye, calm acceptance in the mind. An invitation to embrace. This is how the rather remarkable house where Jacob Jensen Design has been established for more than a quarter of a century has been described. But it could just as well be a description of Jacob Jensen’s industrial designs.

The Titanium watch series from JACOB JENSEN is based on the design of the very popular New series from 1996 and has all the well known Jacob Jensen elements. Simple and functional design, soft interaction between matt and gloss surfaces and clear and classic graphics for time indication. But the materials used are completely different.

As the name indicates, the watch case is made of Titanium, which makes it very light and comfortable. It is non allergic and will always keep its colour. The sapphire glass lens is virtually scratch proof. The Titanium series consists of six different models for ladies and six for gentlemen. All of them are made of the same basic materials with different colour combinations.

Technical details
Case: Titanium
Glass: Sapphire glass
Movement: Swiss Made Eta
Size: Gentlemen: 35 mm / Ladies: 29 mm

JACOB JENSEN Digital Watches

Over the past 5 decades, the Danish designer Jacob Jensen has created hundreds of industrial designs. His innovations have gained him acknowledgment the world over. Most recognised are his designs for Bang & Olufsen audio products, Gaggenau kitchen appliances, cable reels, fire extinguishers and the Jensen Logicar.“Design for Sound by Jacob Jensen” was the title of a solo exhibition, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1972. It confirmed once more his global fame.

Jacob Jensen has now handed over the management of his design studio to his son Timothy Jacob Jensen In 1983 the studio designed its first range of watches in a very recognizable style. Non allergic materials and up-to-date technology are the base of the Jacob Jensen Watch range.

The JACOB JENSEN Digital Watches are characterized by their subtle design and are available for both men and women. The watch cases are water proof, to a depth of 30 metres and are made of ultra lightweight titanium with a deep black shining high-tech coating.

The display is protected by a sapphire glass lens. In the models for women the timer indication is placed vertically. The bracelet is created in a combination of rubber and steel and is completed with a titanium/steel non allergic folding clasp. The Jacob Jensen Digital Watches are Danish top design combined with advanced watch technology.

Jacob Jensen 800 Series

The beautiful JACOB JENSEN™ watches are already considered modern classics. In the summer of 2006, the renowned Danish design studio received one of the most coveted international design awards, the Red Dot Award, for a chronograph. In 2007 JACOB JENSEN™ introduced a big brother and a big sister to the other men’s and ladies’ watches, namely the 800 line, which in addition to a larger case, also features a three dimensional dial.

The new 800 watches stand outfrom the famous JACOB JENSEN™ watches not only in terms of size. In addition to the traditional simple lines and index, the 800 line features a three-dimensional dial with clear figures. The usual strap material has also been replaced by genuine leather. As we know it from other JACOB JENSEN™ watches, the case is made of solid stainless steel. The glass is sapphire crystal and thus very resistant to scratches. The movement is a high quality Swiss ETA movement.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Montblanc Watches - Brand Info

Montblanc has been known for generations as makers of high-quality sophisticated writing instruments and recently established its own leather and watch manufactures. In the past few years, the product range has been expanded to include high quality writing accessories, fine watches, luxury leather goods and belts, jewellery items, eyewear and fragrance. Thus, Montblanc has become purveyors of exclusive products which reflect today's high demand for quality, design, tradition and master craftsmanship.Click here to read the history of Montblanc.

Montblanc Montre SA
Since its foundation in 1997, Montblanc Montre SA is located in an Art Nouveau villa in Le Locle - the birthplace of traditional Swiss watch-making - where all Montblanc watches have been manufactured, combining finest craftsmanship and best Swiss watch-making tradition. The success of the Montblanc watch collections shows that Montblanc has attained a secure place in the circle of renowned watchmakers and has become an important partner for jewellers. The ever-increasing demand for Montblanc watches and their rising significance within the Montblanc product range has necessitated an extension of the production facilities. Since summer 2003 a modern and transparent atrium-style building that has been carefully integrated into the landscape complements the historic Art Nouveau villa, reflecting the spirit of the Montblanc philosophy of combining traditional values with innovative ideas.



The headquarters of Montblanc Montre SA, an Art Nouveau villa built in 1906 and finished in 1907, is of the same age as the company Montblanc, which was founded in 1906 in Hamburg. Visitors of the manufacture have the opportunity not only to look over the watchmakers' shoulders as they work, but also to experience and enjoy the Montblanc philosophy.

For this purpose, the architectural masterpiece also offers five stylishly furnished suites with entirely private atmosphere and a park with historic pavillons equipped with desks to read and write. An island in time, where guests can experience the reliable values that the brand´s products with the white signature star have been committed to for nearly 100 years.

Since summer 2003 the historic manufacture has a modern face. With the new atrium, which is integrated in the landscape and which gives direct access to the existing building, the over-all surface is extended form 200 to 800 square meters. It now offers workspace for more than 40 employees and a maximum production capacity of up to 200.000 watches per year. Beyond the production facilities, product management and development as well as the sales and logistics departments are located here. The Montblanc philosophy of bringing in line classic and modern values is also followed inside the building. Here, traditional values are blended with the innovative spirit of contemporary Swiss artists and their works, which decorate the walls of the new building.

The Montblanc Watch Collections comprise five different lines - Star, Sport, Profile, Summit and TimeWalker - as well as a series of Travel Timepieces. Like all Montblanc products, the watches, too, feature the same high standards of craftsmanship, which have always been associated with the company's legendary Meisterstück writing instruments. Each of these sophisticated timepieces represents Montblanc´s commitment to traditional craftsmanship and is manufactured in Le Locle by watchmakers following the best Swiss watch making tradition, right down to the very last detail.

Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie
In 2006, through its cooperation with Montblanc, the legendary Minerva Watch Company becomes the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, dedicated to classical fine watchmaking and the upholding of traditional skills and special complications. It is thus able to focus completely on its true calling: the art of watchmaking at its consummate best, calling for enormous manual skill, authentic Swiss tradition and an extremely high degree of vertical integration.Needless to say, when methods like these are used, production figures are only very small.



The Minerva was founded in 1858 in the village of Villeret in 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.Itis 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 function 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.

Time Line: Montblanc Watches
1997: Foundation of the Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle / Switzerland. Introduction of the masterly handcrafted Meisterstück Watch and Eyewear collections. Launch of Montblanc’s first Meisterstück Watch Collections at the SIHH (Salon de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva .

1998: Extension of the Meisterstück Watch Collection – introduction of steel watches

2001: Montblanc presents at the _Salon de la Haute Horlogerie“ – SIHH in Geneva the world`s most expensive advent calendar, worth 1 Million Swiss Francs – presenting the most luxurious Montblanc products.

2002: Montblanc presents at the „Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – SIHH“ in Geneva the „Profile Collection“ - Montblanc’s first collection of rectangular wristwatches.

2003: Montblanc presents the new watch model TimeWalker at the „Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie“ – SIHH in Geneva. Launch of the watch collection TimeWalker. The avant-garde design features mechanical movement with automatic winding and uncompromising quality in keeping the high standards of traditional craftsmanship at Montblanc Montre SA in Le Locle, Switzerland.

2005: At the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva, Montblanc presents its new watch models. The hero is the Star XXXL Chrono GMT Automatic, made of 18-carat red gold. Other highlights are the Lady Chrono Diamonds, the Sport Lady Jewels and the TimeWalker GMT Automatic.

2006 : To mark the brand´s centenary in 2006, Montblanc presents a world premiere at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva: the Star Chrono GMT Perpetual Calendar chronograph in platinum, white, yellow or rose gold. Equally exclusive are the Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds Limited 3 in 18 carat white gold with casing and wristband set with a firework display of diamonds and the innovative Sport Tantalum Automatic Limited Edition 100 with its newly developed helium escape valve.

2006/07: In order to nurture and preserve its tradition, the tradition-steeped watchmaking house of Minerva joined forces with Montblanc, which in its turn is devoted to preserving and practising handed-down manufacturing traditions in all its business activities. Through its cooperation with Montblanc, Minerva becomes the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, dedicated to classical fine watchmaking and the upholding of traditional skills and special complications.

2008 : Montblanc Presents the first chronograph with its own in-house movement, the ‘Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph’, to the international press and a specialist audience at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, as well as the ladies’ watch ‘Montblanc Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds’, a very special masterpiece.

On the 150th jubilee of the establishment of former traditional watchmaking manufacture Minerva, the newly founded Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie is now ensconced in completely renovated premisesin Villeret and presents two new timepieces from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Edox Sea Dubai Super Limited Edition (Ref. 94003 357N NIN)

Swiss luxury watch maker Edox presents new Sea Dubai Super Limited Edition - A Tribute to Sea Dubai Sailing Team. The new Super Limited Edition dedicated to the crew of the sailing yacht embodies the sporting spirit of the regatta, a glorious blend of courtesy, fair play, sportsmanship and courage.

Based in the Swiss Jura and with an horological story studded with successes and inventions that remain unrivalled even to this day, the watch manufacturer, Edox, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2009. Since 2008, Edox has been the official partner of the Dubai International Marine Club, a dynamic sailing club that hosts almost 180 events per year. Undoubtedly one of its best representatives is the Sea Dubai, a magnificent class RC44 yacht.

The Grand Ocean collection is a classic and timeless name, with the second limited edition, dedicated to the crew of the sailing yacht, Sea Dubai, reflecting its continuing expansion. This Super Limited Edition embodies the sporting spirit of the regatta, a glorious blend of courtesy, fair play, sportsmanship and courage.
The generous 45 mm case remains unchanged, retaining the lines and appeal of the Grand Ocean collection with its now famous notched bezel. But this time, the watch case is coated in black PVD to emphasise the enigmatic element of the new model. Proudly sporting a blue 44, the symbol of the class, the black carbon dial is an elegant tribute to the Sea Dubai. The profiled sails and indices, hand applied in blue and nickel, highlight the maritime character of this new watch.

The engraving on the case back has been reinterpreted, with a motif representing unfurled gennakers, the serial numbering and the name of the watch. That essential hallmark of the Grand Ocean collection, the famous porthole aperture that affords an in-depth view of the watch’s magnificent mechanism, has not been forgotten and provides the perfect finishing touch to the new Sea Dubai Super Limited Edition.
The limited edition number will be engraved on a plate affixed to the side of the watch-case. The final and striking feature is the black rubber strap, easy to wear and resistant to salty sea spray. It lends a touch of supreme classicism and masculine elegance.

Fitted with an Edox 94 mechanical calibre, the power reserve has a blue gauge on the dial, and the watch is water resistant to 244 metres. The new Sea Dubai Super Limited Edition is limited to 244 pieces worldwide and is presented in a splendid wooden box with a porthole aperture.

Technical details
Model:Sea Dubai Super Limited Edition (Ref. 94003 357N NIN)

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds hands, large date display

Movement
Calibre: Edox 94 based on ETA 2892-A2, Soprod 9090 complication
Frequency: 28800 A/h
Number of jewels: 28
Movement size: 5.10 mm
Power reserve: 42 h

Case
Watch Case thickness: 14 mm
Watch case diameter: 45 mm
Case: 316L stainless steel, black PVD coating
Finish: polished
Crown: 316L stainless steel, hourglass logo, screw-in
Water resistance: 244 metres / 800 feet
Glass: anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

Dial
Black carbon with hand applied nickel and blue

Strap
Black rubber
Clasp: 316L stainless steel with Edox logo

Price
Recommended retail price: CHF 5'300.00 / Euros 4'430.00

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Sells for $1.2 Million at October 7 New York Auction by Patrizzi & Co.

A Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, Ref. 5002, sold for $1.2 million, at the October 7, 2009 Patrizzi & Co auction in New York. It is the most paid in an auction for a wristwatch since the economic recession. Purchased by a customer in Europe, the 18k yellow gold double-faced wristwatch features a black dial, a rare metal-color combination. Sales in the auction totaled $3,230,700.
Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, Ref. 5002 – the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch. Patek Philippe Genève, Ref. 5002J-010, case no. 4287163, movement no. 3350020, sold on December 17, 2004. 18k yellow gold, double-faced, tourbillon regulator wristwatch with 12 complications, including perpetual calendar, retrograde date, day of the week, leap-year cycle, month, moon age, minute repeater with cathedral gongs and tourbillon movement, sidereal time and sky chart. Accompanied by original fitted box, setting pin, official Swiss chronometer certificate, and Certificate of Origin. SOLD for $1,200,000 (American record $1,240,000 set in 2007)

Other than this, some of the mechanical marvels from world's prestigious watch houses such as Patek Philippe & Vacheron Constantin were also auctioned for astonishing prices.

More details of the auction are given below:-

1. Patek Philippe Commemorative Minute Repeater, Ref. 5079
Patek Philippe Genève, Ref. 5079 J-010, minute repeater wristwatch, case no. 4261702, movement no. 1904150, sold on December 1, 2004. 18k yellow gold, large, minute-repeating, self-winding gentlemen’s wristwatch with cathedral gongs, 48-hour power reserve, interchangeable back, original box and papers. Made in a limited series of five examples in 2004 for the 50th anniversary of George Pragnell Jewellers in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. SOLD for $360,000

2. Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Minute Repeater, Ref. 30030
Vacheron Constantin, Ref. 30030, case no. 633178, movement no. 812609, made in 1996. 18k pink gold, minute-repeating, gentlemen’s wristwatch with original box, Certificate of Authenticity and booklet. Production was limited to 200 examples in pink gold. Caliber 1755, named in honor of the year Vacheron Constantin was founded, was introduced in 1993. At 3.28 mm thick, the caliber is the world’s thinnest minute repeater. SOLD for $280,000

3. Patek Philippe set of four Calatrava wristwatches with "Birds of Paradise" cloisonné enamel dials, Ref. 5075.
Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 5075G, 18k white gold wristwatches, each featuring a different species of tropical bird. Manufactured in limited edition of 15 sets in 2001 and purchased in 2004; accompanied by Certificates of Origin. SOLD for $165,000

4. Patek Philippe set of four Gondolo wristwatches with "Barques" cloisonne enamel dials, Ref. 5076.
Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 5076P, platinum wristwatches, each featuring a different sailboat on the dial. Manufactured in a limited edition of 10 sets in 2004 and purchased in 2004. Accompanied by Certificates of Origin and fitted box. SOLD for $155,000

5. Patek Philippe yellow gold Chronograph, Ref. 1463, with two-tone dial.
Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 1463J, case no. 653476, movement no. 867442; made in 1948, sold on June 14, 1949. 18k yellow gold, water-resistant, gentlemen’s wristwatch with round-button chronograph, tachometer, 30-minute register, and accompanied by an Extract from the Archives. SOLD for $92,000

6. Patek Philippe, pink gold Perpetual Calendar with retrograde date, Ref. 5050.
Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 5050R, case no. 2998720, movement no. 1957726, made in 1996, sold on May 5, 1998. 18k pink gold, astronomic, self-winding, water-resistant, center-seconds, gentlemen’s wristwatch with perpetual calendar, phases of the moon, leap year indication, months, days of the week, retrograde date, and accompanied by an Extract from the Archives. SOLD for $77,000

7. Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Gerard Mercator 1594-1994, Ref. 43050.
Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Gerard Mercator 1594-1994, Ref. 43050, case no 674976, made in a special edition launched in 1994 to commemorate Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China, dial by Lucie & Jean Genbrugge, completed on July 1, 1997. 18k yellow gold, self-winding, water-resistant, gentlemen’s wristwatch with multicolored cloisonné enamel dial representing the People’s Republic of China with double retrograde sectors graduated for 12 hours and 60 minutes. SOLD $49,000

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

References
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

Displays
Hours (12-hour disc), minutes and seconds

Case
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)

Movement
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

Dial
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

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

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

Case
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)

Movement
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

Dial
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

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

Bedat & Co Exhibition in Hong Kong : More Details

BEDAT & Co’s presence in Asia causes great excitement. BEDAT & Co keeps up the momentum after the impressive appearance of the luxury watch marquee in the BaselWorld 2009 and the JCK Watch & Jewellery Show in Las Vegas with an even more imposing and dominating presence at the prestigious uber-luxury The Landmark Mall in Hong Kong with a 10-days long exhibition.

To date, prestigious points of sales are being implemented across Asia in China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as prime Shop-In-Shop presence within the premises of Lane Crawford of Beijing and Hong Kong.

BEDAT & Co has not only established a strong retail network in Asia, the retail centres themselves operate as the ‘luxury space’ for the brand’s most elegant and exclusive timepieces for men and women to be showcased and ranged. Hong Kong is a celebrated fashion capital of the world. From the 8th October until the 17th October, many of BEDAT & Co’s exclusive timepieces will make their way to the cosmopolitan city. The Main Hall of The Landmark Luxury Mall will be transformed into a smart elegant display, dedicated solely to the renowned Swiss artisan. Lovers and collectors of luxury watches will be invited to special previews throughout the week.

Dickson Watch & Jewellery is the prime leading retailer in the world of luxury timepieces in this part of the world. Well-reputed and enjoys the confidence of luxury consumers, Dickson always deliver the best of the best in the most luxurious space. BEDAT & Co is extremely proud and fortunate to share a relationship & to work with the fine people in Dickson Watch & Jewellery for this grand show.

Naturally, the display will reflect the timeless avant-garde spirit of Art Deco that infuses artistry and vibrancy into the timepieces. As pioneers of the groundbreaking technique of setting steel with the most delicate gems, BEDAT & Co – the “Joailler de l’Acier” – promises to range the most intricate yet beautiful feminine designs at The Landmark.

In addition, BEDAT & Co will officially partner with the Annual Tatler Ball Hong Kong, awarding the “Bon Vivant”, a tribute to true refinement in taste and lifestyle. Its timeless Art Deco craftsmanship will subsequently be on display in Hong Kong’s most prestigious hotels, the likes of Mandarin Oriental and JW Marriott.

Reflecting 500 years of genius and horological mastery, BEDAT & Co’s core values are deeply rooted in the finest art of Swiss watch-making. Thanks to the unswerving collaboration with the best ateliers of the Jura Valley. The brand also has the highest standards of master craftsmanship, stamped with the A.O.S.C label, the utmost symbol and guarantee of quality and ethics certifying the Swiss origin of all components.

When it comes to servicing BEDAT & Co’s knowledgeable clientele, refinement and excellence are always the combined benchmark. All BEDAT & Co timepieces are covered by an official Five-Year Warranty and they also come with a One-Year Membership of BEDAT & Co CONFIDENTIAL, the exclusive concierge service in partnership with Quintessentially.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Opens its First Flagship Store in Havana,Cuba

Cuervo y Sobrinos ,the prestigious watch company with Cuban roots inaugurated last July a museum boutique in the historical down-town of Havana, there where the brand was created at the end of the 19th century. This event was one without precedent since Cuervo y Sobrinos is the first international brand to inaugurate its own store on the Island of Cuba.

This space, called “El reloj Cuervo y Sobrinos” (the watch Cuervo y Sobrinos) is located in a 19th century historical building in the center of the Muralla street, opposite the original headquarters of the company. There is also a museum with antique watches in this sales point, and an elegant bar, taking you back in time to the Havana of the 1940s..
The original safe of Cuervo y Sobrinos, which stood in the former store on San Rafael Street, is now displayed in this refined art deco space and fits in perfectly. Each detail of the decoration and exhibition is a tribute to the heritage of the unique history starting more than a century ago

The Cuervo y Sobrinos company has created, exclusively for the boutique in Havana and the Cuban market, a limited series of the Torpedo model with a quartz movement and a dial in brown or blue. On the bottom of the watch case you can gleam the engraving « Special series for the Island of Cuba ».
The importance of the inauguration of the boutique was emphasized by the presence of Marzio Villa, President of Cuervo y Sobrinos and many political and cultural representatives of the island, together with the Ambassadors of Switzerland, Spain, and Italy.

The watch brand « Cuervo y Sobrinos » is invaluable for Havana as it bears evidence to its prestigious past and its fascinating history. For this reason, the Swiss company has always benefited from the precious assistance of the Cuban authorities, especially Eusebio Leal, historian and responsible for the reconstruction of the historic down-town of Havana.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jacob Jensen Timer Clock

Launched in 2002 by Jacob Jensen,This timer clock shows no hands, numbers or digits! The time is shown by segments and the inner circle indicates seconds and flashes once every second.The hours are shown in the large inner circle which is divided into 12 pieces, each representing one hour.

Minutes are shown in the outer circle in segments of one minute each.This unique piece also received the award RED DOT 2002 for High Design Quality.

The clock is equipped with an alarm that wakes you up at the set time - gently at first, then with a more frequent and determined tone. If you do not want to get up straight away, the clock is equipped with an infinite snooze-function activated by a gentle press on the top key – this leaves you with eight more minutes of power napping before it wakes you up again.

The clock is also equipped with a built-in background light, which is activated by the alarm going off or by gently pressing the top key if you wish to see the time in the middle of the night. When used for travelling, a key-lock function secures the buttons and ensures that the clock is not activated whilst packed in the suitcase. The clock is available in three colours: Anthracite, blue or warm silver and is made of glass, steel and ABS.The classical JACOB JENSEN design makes it a pleasure to watch the time gently pass by- in a distinctly new way.

Jacob Jensen Classic 510 watch

Classic 510/520 watches are designed by Timothy Jacob Jensen who began his apprenticeship with his father in 1978, where he designed the first products under the JACOB JENSEN trademark.They were included in the design study collection at MoMA and were awarded Watch of the Year in 1986. These watches are still in production today.

Image:Jacob Jensen Classic 510 watch

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
Movement
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

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

Band
Leather strap with steel rivets

Angular Momentum Tempus Continuum

Swiss luxury watch brand Angular Momentum presents new watch model-Tempus Continuum.
Technical details
Circular case, stainless steel Staybrite 1.4435 NCu, polished bezel, satin finished sides, centered single corns, polished crown at 4 o'clock or 3 o'clock available, front and back sapphire crystal, decorated mechanical self-winding movements, alligator strap. Case caliber 40.00 mm
Dial : "Verre Èglomise" antique style dark blue roman index under white ground on the reverse of a glass dial, "double poire" hands, "plum" Ruthenium colored.

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

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

Winding :Mechanical self-winding, bi-directional

Functions
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

Case
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

Dial
Hand painted Earth on Mother of Pearl dial

Bracelet
Alligator leather strap and folding buckle

Limitation
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)

Displays
Hour, minute, second

Case
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)

Movement
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)

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

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