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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hublot Bode Bang Limited Edition

On Monday, December 7th 4-time World Champion skier Bode Miller launched the new Hublot limited edition Bode Bang watch through a celebrity tennis match at Sutton East Tennis Club in New York City. Hublot's partnership with the American skier Bode Miller is being sealed with the launch of the "Bode Bang" in New York, in the presence of the legendary champion of the skiing world.

The partnership between the watchmaking brand and Bode Miller came about when the skier visited the manufacture's workshops for a photo shoot for the Kjus catalogue. Fascinated by the know-how and meticulousness of the watchmakers, he set out to craft his own watch. His meeting with Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of Hublot, led to an immediate mutual understanding. Both passionate, direct men with an expressive and unconventional manner of speech, they quickly found a host of shared values. The talented, feisty and determined skier, and the inventive, exceptionally energetic boss both demonstrate great generosity through their involvement in supporting humanitarian causes. The creation of the Bode Bang presented today is the fruit of this bond: together, they decided to divert some of the watch's royalties to the Turtle Ridge Foundation, founded by Bode Miller and his family in 2005 to share his success with those less fortunate in life, an ambition equally dear to Jean-Claude Biver and Bode Miller.

Technical details
Case
“Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm in sandblasted black ceramic
Bezel: Sandblasted black ceramic with 6 H-shaped steel black PVD screws, sunken, polished and blocked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflection treatment and Bode Miller’s signature at 9 o’clock
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Back: Sandblasted black ceramic with sapphire crystal
Crown: Steel black PVD, with natural black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Steel black PVD, rectangular, with natural black rubber insert
Water-resistance:100 m or 10 ATM

Dial
White with black nickel applique indices and numerals
Hands: Faceted matt black

Movement
HUB4100 Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Calendar: Trapezoid aperture at 4.30, white background, shiny black numeral
Power Reserve: 42 hours

Strap
Adjustable black rubber with clasp in steel black PVD
Clasp: Steel black PVD

Limited Edition
250 numbered pieces 01/250 – 250/250

Certina New DS ActionRobert Kubica Limited Edition Ref C013.417.27.207.00

CERTINA and Robert Kubica, high demand and talent in perfect measure. Since 2006, the Swiss brand has been faithful partner to the exceptional BMW Sauber F1 Team driver. To highlight their collaboration, CERTINA has chosen to honour their F1 racetrack ambassador by creating the new DS Action – Robert Kubica Limited Edition, an exclusive chronograph aimed at F1 fans and speed buffs. With its audacious nature, latest design and outstanding resistance, the new DS Action is a tribute to fast and extreme lifestyles. Produced in an exclusive series of only 4,000 individually-numbered units, and engraved with Robert Kubica's own signature, it is destined for the wrist of connoisseurs, and fans of competition, technology and innovation.

CERTINA detected quite early on Robert Kubica's enormous potential, and became one of his first corporate sponsors. Evidence of their excellent foresight gathered through the various Grand-Prix standings achieved by Robert as a member of the BMW Sauber F1 Team, and his 2008 season was simply remarkable. The natural synergy between the watchmaking brand and the Polish-born star stands out through their many common points: combative instinct, great talent, and an unwavering quest for the best time.

The new CERTINA DS Action – Robert Kubica Limited Edition proudly stands with the best, in extreme-sport style. Its exudes a dynamism in perfect aesthetic accord with F1 racing, echoed by the bold colour harmonies of the dial and bezel─bright reminders of the tints on Kubica's helmet. The DS Action is a unique expression in pure line work, around a satin-finished steel case of generous diameter. The racy, toothed unidirectional rotating bezel wears a bright orange-coloured surface with a highly-visible scale, for various measurements. Tachymeter functions are neatly displayed along an inner sloping rim next to the bezel, behind the glass.

The timepiece's outstanding resistance is confirmed by a screw-in protected crown and two pushbuttons set inside sporty black PVD collars at their base, and time is shown against a dial with a black carbon background, and a date window at 6 o'clock. The indices, as well as HM hands are faceted and treated with Superluminova, also used on the oversized 12 headlining the dial. Chronograph timing is displayed through a fine interplay of contrasts on three snailed counters equipped with orange hands and a 30-min. counter detailed in blue. Protected by an anti-reflecting sapphire crystal, the watch is equipped with the full Certina DS+ System, and carries a guaranteed water resistance to 200 meters.

Its Limited Edition status is shown on the dial, while the case back is engraved with Robert Kubica's signature and the mention “Official Robert Kubica Watch”, the individual serial number, and the Certina logo. The model shown (photo) sports a moulded rubber strap, as well as a safety clasp and diving extension, perfect for underwater work.

The new Certina DS Action – Robert Kubica Limited Edition is sold in an attractive special display case, and comes with a second bracelet, in stainless steel, and an official certificate of authenticity.

Technical details
Model: DS Action – Robert Kubica Limited Edition
References:C013.417.27.207.00, rubber strap

Movement/functions
Swiss Made, Quartz Chronograph, ETA G10.211
Hours, minutes, small second, date
Chronograph with 30-minute, 60-second, 1/10-second counters

Case
42.5 mm diameter / 316L satin-finished steel / Tachymeter
Case back engraved with Robert Kubica signature, serial number, Certina logo
Water resistance:200 meter
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating
Crown: Protected and screw-in
Engraved and numbered case back

Strap
Rubber (three-row, moulded links) with folding safety buckle and diving extension
Additional bracelet: Satin-finished, three-row stainless-steel bracelet with folding safety buckle and diving extension
Specifics: DS + (Double Security+ System) with screw-in crown/case back

Edition
Limited edition of 4,000 units
Sold in special display case, with a second (steel) bracelet and certificate of authenticity

Suggested retail price
CHF 760.-

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2010 Ref. 0081-5560-52

For the first time in its history, Swiss luxury watch maker Blancpain has created a special-shaped watch*. The Manufacture in Le Brassus is presenting an authentic jeweller creation set with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires, and housing the world’s smallest self-winding movement, Calibre 615. This extraordinary timepiece is to be issued in a symbolically limited edition of 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2010.

This exceptional creation is an anthem to Love and to Femininity, starting with the white and pink mother-of-pearl dial forming a heart and framed by a bezel set with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires. A heart-cut diamond also appears at 12 o’clock, while the pin buckle is set with a pearshaped pink sapphire.

The exquisite beauty of this exceptional two-hand watch also lies in the slenderness of its movement. Blancpain is proudly reintroducing the famous “Lady Bird” Calibre 615, still regarded as the world’s smallest self-winding movement and which can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. This shaped watch is delivered with two genuine satin straps – one black and the other white. It comes in an extremely elegant presentation box featuring a design reflecting the pure lines of this dainty Valentine’s Day model crafted in a strictly limited edition of 14.

* The visual is a watercolour rendering of the model.

Thomas Prescher Qatarwatch

That is normally the beginning of a time sculpture manufactured by Thomas Prescher. With excellent design, finest materials and perfect processing these dreams become reality step by step. Recently Thomas Prescher was asked if he could do a watch with a flag or national symbol. After asking for what country, the answer was: “Qatar”.

After a lot of research about this exceptional country, a picture of its Coat of arms inspired Thomas Prescher. The coat of arms of Qatar (Arabic: شعار قطر‎) shows two crossed swords in a yellow circle. Between the swords there is a traditional sailing ship called dhow, sailing over the waves beside an island with two palm trees. The yellow circle is surrounded by a white and brown band, which is divided horizontally with a zigzag line.

The realisation of the watch: One sword tip shows the minutes, while the other indicates the hours. With this retrograde system, after the swords reach the end of the index sector they jump back to the beginning to rise again.After pushing the button in the crown the swords move to a resting position to show the original coat of arms in gold and noble colours.

After a second push the swords move back to continue to show the actual time.Thomas Prescher has developed this exquisite concept to give the connoisseur the choice: Having the figure continuously showing the time or allowing it to simply remain in its non-temporal state. This could be only achieved through the use of a complicated and ingenious new system, which Thomas Prescher created specially for his watches, after studying and repairing old originals.Excellent design, the finest materials, perfect processing, invaluable beauty for generations.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vacheron Constantin Jubilé 1755 watch (2005)

With its name referring to the chronological source of the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in uninterrupted activity since its founding, this model commemorates 250 years of existence: everything about the Jubilé 1755 watch created by Vacheron Constantin recalls the temporal roots of the brand, as well as the celebration of the passage of time through its essential daily calendar functions.

The Jubilé 1755 watch serves as an emblematic assertion of the watchmaking know-how of Vacheron Constantin, which has equipped it with a totally new calibre carrying the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, a testimony to experience forged over one quarter of a millennium.

Launched in 2005,this highly classical model, which was never produced after , echoes the brand’s date of birth. More specifically, the year 1755 is registered in the historical records of the creation of the watchmaking workshop of Jean-Marc Vacheron. The document from the Geneva archives specifies that the master had hired an apprentice that year.

That means he had already been exercising his profession independently for a certain period of time, doubtless for several years. In this respect, the Jubilé 1755 embodies a link between the experience already acquired by the watchmaker at that time, and that which has been accumulated over the past quarter of a millennium within the Brand to which he gave life.

Highly symbolic both by its name and by the pure horological standards it expresses, this model was produced in a limited numbered edition of 1755, in the three gold colours – yellow, pink and white – as well as in platinum. It embodies the brand’s core values through its meticulous finishing details, the high level of quality displayed right down to the smallest details, and the perfection of its overall proportions. These lofty standards are further underscored by the totally new movement driving it, mechanical self-winding Calibre 2475.

Designed and developed by the Vacheron Constantin engineers and watchmakers, it harmoniously combines timekeeping and calendar functions with a display of the power reserve, the day, the date, as well as a sweep seconds-hand. Beating to the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the finest compromise between the quest for precision and the determination to ensure long-term reliability, this calibre has a power reserve of over 40 hours. It is distinguished by the Poinçon de Genève, the most rigorous finishing quality hallmark within the field of Haute Horlogerie.

The 22-carat gold oscillating weight is entirely decorated and perpetuates the level of perfection to which Vacheron Constantin is accustomed. It becomes apparent at first glance that the designers’ work has been governed by this deep-felt concern for aesthetic perfection: the shape of the bridges, the highlighting of the essential gear-trains, along with the finishing and decoration of all visible parts, transfigures the mechanism into a moving masterpiece.

Polished/bevelled steel parts and decorated surfaces, as indeed on all the mechanical movements carrying the Vacheron Constantin signature, convey the values of inner beauty upheld by the brand, a standard of craftsmanship provided by a top-flight team of watchmakers and craftsmen working in harmony with the extremely stringent criteria of the Poinçon de Genève. As well as being visible on the movement, the prestigious quality hallmark reserved for the watchmaking elite also appears on the finely guilloché dial which is stamped with a secret signature.

In addition to the gold hands, the dial is enlivened by four blued steel hands for the sweep seconds, the power-reserve moving over a segment at 6 o’clock, as well as those indicating the day of the week and the date in two horizontally placed subdials.

The watch is clothed in a case measuring 40 mm in diameter and featuring hand-soldered lugs, and teamed with a hand-sewn strap in alligator mississipiensis fitted with a buckle matching the precious metal of the case. The limited edition of 1755 comprises 500 watches fashioned in each of the three gold colours, as well as 250 clad in platinum, along with a series of five watches reserved for the brand’s heritage collection.

Technical details

Case
Materials: 18-carat 750 pink gold (5N), 750 yellow gold (3N), rhodium-plated 750 white gold, 950 platinum
Diameter and thickness: 40mm, 12,10mm
Inter-horn width: 20mm at the wristband attachment
Shape and construction: round, 3 parts, screw-on bezel
Case-back: secured by screws
Crystals: sapphire, glareproofed on the inside,mounted on a joint
Finishing: polished case, fine knurling on the bezel and case-back “250th anniversary” type soldered lugs
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dials
Dial material for versions with gold cases: nickel silver
Dial material for version with platinum case: 950 platinum
Description for gold models: light silvered finishing, guilloché “250th anniversary” motif, 18-carat gold Roman numerals and appliques
Description for platinum model: brilliant-brushed finishing, guilloché “250th anniversary” motif, 18-carat Roman numerals and appliqués

Hands
Hour and minute: in 18-carat gold, fan-shaped, inspired by a 1926 vintage model
Seconds: in blued steel, baton-shaped
Counters: in blued steel, dagger-shaped.

Movement
Mechanical self-winding Calibre 2475– Entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin

Indications & functions 
Hours and minutes
Sweep seconds
Day & date
Power-reserve

Other technical characteristics:
Energy: mechanical, self-winding, Cal. 2475
Regulating organ: flat balance-spring, Geneva balance-spring stud
Frequency: 4Hz (28,000 vph)
Power reserve: >43 hours
Jewelling : 27 jewels

Other characteristics:
Winding stem: 2 positions : winding, time-setting
Day adjustment: using a corrector housed in the case
Date adjustment: using a corrector housed in the case
Main dimensions:
Caging diameter: 25.60mm
Total diameter: 26.20mm
Total thickness: 5.50mm

Strap
Strap: hand-sewn alligator leather with a silky satin finish,
Buckle: pin buckle, 18-carat gold or 950 platinum.

Edition
Launched in 2005,“Jubilé 1755” was produced a limited edition of 1755, crafted in pink gold, yellow gold, white gold and platinum, of which five are reserved for the Vacheron Constantin heritage collection.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vacheron Constantin Kalla Duchesse Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection (2006)

In 1979, Vacheron Constantin caused a sensation by introducing a model destined to become a legend, Kallista. This quintessence of absolutes, embodying the perfect union between watchmaking and jewellery, remains unmatched to this day.

The history of jewellery-watches features certain milestones that in the recent past have turned the spotlight on horological and jewellery creativity. The birth of the Kallista remains the most spectacular such landmark event, since this one-of-a-kind record-holding work of art is recognised as the most expensive watch in the world (5 million dollars at the time, 11 million dollars today). Equipped with a mechanical hand-wound movement and set with 118 emerald-cut diamonds on a case sculpted from a solid gold block weighing over one kilo, the Kallista required more than 6,000 hours of work performed over a full 20 months by the world’s finest jewellers. Kallista, meaning “the most wonderful” in Greek, truly deserves its name.

The models composing the Kalla Duchesse Haute Joaillerie line(2006)are entirely in keeping with this tradition binding Vacheron Constantin to the world of top-flight jewellery-making, and in an even broader sense to the “Métiers d’Art” cultivated by the Maison over many generations. Rather than restricting itself to a mere exercise in sophisticated gem-setting, the Manufacture wished to combine the purely horological spirit driving Vacheron Constantin since its founding, with the mastery it has developed in the most refined gem-cutting and setting techniques.

Each of the diamonds adorning the case – 162 (9 carats) or 182 (11.63 carats), according to its size – is dealt with exclusively using the techniques of skilled hand- craftsmanship. Once selected, each gem is individually cut to its assigned shape: baguette, square or trapeze. The distinctive accomplished on the Kalla Duchesse relates to the contours of its 18-carat white gold case forming a spherical tonneau shape, clothed in trapeze-cut diamonds. The horizontal radius, which is fullest at the case centre, dwindles progressively into the bracelet or strap.

The sophistication of this design implies adjusting the trapeze shape of each of the baguette-cut diamonds, before fitting them individually into their recess. This type of gem-setting, calling for extremely distinctive expertise, is known as the “inverted pyramid” technique. The patient work performed on the case magnificently reflects the splendid paving on the dial. Composed of an 18-carat white gold plaque, it is studded with 62 or 98 trapeze-cut diamonds, depending on the model, respectively totalling 5 or 6.7 carats.

The bracelet of the Kalla Duchesse enables the gem-setter to exercise his art according to another very special technique known as “Parisian mesh”. The latter ensures the bracelet moulds the wrist to perfection, while avoiding any potential gaps that might appear between the links along the profile, due to the rigidity of the supporting structure crafted from 18-carat white gold, and the diamonds. This refined technique enables the bracelet to flow seamlessly around the wrist.

To give life to this Haute Joaillerie masterpiece, Vacheron Constantin has fitted it with a Manufacture-made proprietary watchmaking heart entirely finished and decorated by hand, mechanical hand-wound VC Calibre 1400. It proudly bears the token of the strictest and most demanding standard applying to a mechanical movement, the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the Calibre 1400 driving the Kalla Duchesse Haute Joaillerie is housed within a diamond cage available in two sizes, on a bracelet set with either 380 or 560 diamonds. A leather strap in alligator mississipiensis is also available, complete with a white gold pin buckle paved with 13 or 27 diamonds.

The Kalla Duchesse large-size model is entirely paved with 841 diamonds totalling over 58 carats, while the small model is set with 605 diamonds totalling over 44 carats. A genuine masterpiece, the Kalla Duchesse Haute Joaillerie admirably sublimates the arts of jewellery and Haute Horlogerie, transcending them to enshrine a vibrantly luminous creation.

Reference: 81650/000G-9169 and 81650/T01G-9169
  • Calibre :1400, mechanical hand-wound,Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark
  • Indications: hours and minutes
  • Movement thickness: 2.60 mm
  • Movement diameter: 20.35mm, corresponding to 9 lignes
  • Number of jewels: 20
  • Frequency: 28 800 vibrations/hour
  • Case: 18-carat white gold entirely paved with 162 trapeze-cut diamonds (approximately 9 cts)
  • Dial: 18-carat white gold entirely paved with 62 trapeze-cut diamonds (approximately 5 cts)
  • Water resistance to 30 m
  • Strap/bracelet: In hand-sewn padded alligator mississipiensis leather,or in 18-carat white gold entirely set with 380 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 30 cts)
  • Buckle: on leather strap, 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 13 brilliants.
Reference: 81750/000G-9198 and 81750/S01G-9198
  • Calibre :1400, mechanical hand-wound,Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark
  • Indications: hours and minutes
  • Movement thickness: 2.60 mm
  • Movement diameter: 20.35mm, corresponding to 9 lignes
  • Number of jewels: 20
  • Frequency: 28 800 vibrations/hour
  • Case: 18-carat white gold entirely paved with 182 trapeze-cut diamonds (approximately 11.63 cts)
  • Dial: 18-carat white gold entirely paved with 98 trapeze-cut diamonds (approximately 6.67 cts)
  • Water resistance to 30 m
  • Strap/bracelet: In hand-sewn padded alligator mississipiensis leather,or in 18-carat white gold entirely set with 560 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 40 cts)
  • Buckle: On leather strap, 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 27 brilliants

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Omega Valentine’s Day Collection - De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph & Fine Jewellery Constellation Griffes Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand OMEGA has some proposals for gifts which will last well beyond this Valentine’s Day. And the next. And the one after that. And the one after that. She will cherish her De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph forever. It is at once elegant and sporty, blending OMEGA’s state-ofthe- industry Co-Axial technology with extraordinary design.

Its bezel is paved with 42 diamonds and it has a full chronograph function, a perfect complement for a busy contemporary lifestyle. And if she already has an OMEGA watch, remember their Fine Jewellery Constellation Griffes Collection which features rings and pendants whose timeless design was inspired by Omega's famous watches.
And he will love his De Ville 4-Counters Co-Axial Chronograph with its four sub-dials dramatically spread across the face of the watch. In a staggered row, from left to right, they feature the small seconds, a seven-day counter, the 12-hour counter and the 30-minute counter. Just above the centre of the watch is a window which shows the day of the week. Like the Ladies’ De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph, this COSC-certified chronometer is at once sporty and elegant. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with an OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph. It will still be expressing your feelings next Valentine’s Day. Technical details
Movement
Exclusive Omega calibre 3890
Self-winding chronograph
Officially certified chronometer
Jewels: 33
Frequency: 28’800 A/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 52 hours
Exclusive features with: Co-Axial Escapement & Omega free sprung-balance
Luxury finish

Case
Stainless Steel
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 15.90 mm
Water resistant up to: 100 m (330 ft)
Brushed case
Brushed crown with polished embossed Ω; brushed pushers
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Brushed screw-in caseback stamped with God Chronos medallion

Dial
Grey dial with black subdials
Applied brushed 18Ct gold , date window, subdial top numerals (60 – 7 – 12 – 3) and index (no Super-LumiNova)
Chrono 12-hour & 7-day recording to view upside down
Transferred red “REC” in the 3 chrono subdials
Transferred “Co-Axial Chronometer” in 9H subdial

Hands
Brushed facetted 18Ct gold hour-minute hands; white Super-LumiNova
Brushed 18Ct gold chronograph subdial and skeletonised small-seconds hands
Brushed rhodium-plated central chronograph hand; red tip

Bracelet
Brushed-polished 9-row stainless steel bracelet(Omega patented screw-and-pin system) with safety butterfly clasp incrusted with polished 18Ct red gold Ω;

Ring Griffes Constellation (small model)
RG R37BGA01006XX
Material: 18 k rose gold
Est. weight: 5.70 g
Techn. Info. : 1 smoky quartz rose-cut
Weight: 0.58 ct
16 diamonds 1.05-1.10 mm
Total weight: 0.08 ct
Colour: G / Clarity: from IF to VVS

Griffes Constellation Pendant Necklace
RG N71BGA0100605
Material: 18 k rose gold
Est. weight: 5.72 g
Techn. Info. : 1 smoky quartz rose-cut
Weight: 0.58 ct
16 diamonds 1.05-1.10 mm
Total weight: 0.08 ct
Colour: G / Clarity: from IF to VVS

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kees Engelbarts Hand Made Watches : Mokume Gane Dragon Collection

In the 1990’s, a Dutchman named Kees Engelbarts arrived in Geneva during the years of wanderlust that passed after receiving his engraver’s diploma from the renowned crafts school in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands. During his studies in Idar- Oberstein, Germany, his engraver’s education was taken a step further with the study of additional specialist techniques, and during work in Switzerland he mastered the art of engraving under the microscope. This opened up a whole new method of working that instantly fired his imagination and creativity. This was followed by steady work for various names in the Swiss watch making industry as an engraver in haute horology, Engelbarts often receiving requests for the production of unique pieces for discerning clientele. Later, he finally made the decision to stay in Switzerland and start off on his own.

Watches & Mokume Gane
The bridge from engraving to the creation of wristwatches was initially supported by a watchmaker friend. He told him to give it a try, and supplied him with various movements to disassemble, engrave, decorate and then reassemble. Slowly his expertise as an engraver entered the interior of the watch, the very heart of the movement itself. And his passion has remained there ever since. The Dutch have historically always been curious and extrovert when it comes to other cultures so perhaps it was already in Kees’ blood to look for inspiration outside of European traditions. Through contact with friends from Japan he was reintroduced to a centuries old technique called ‘Mokume Gane’, which was briefly mentioned in classes during his training. Invented by the master sword maker Denbai Shoami (1651-1728) and originally applied to the decoration of sword hilts and handles, it appears to us today as being very contemporary and intensely modern. Kees immersed himself in all the technical details, and became firmly convinced that if it were artfully applied, it could be a visual showstopper for wristwatch creations.

The final step to the actual realization of the first dragon watch came about through the intervention of a Japanese dealer who invited Kees to come to Osaka to demonstrate the engraving of Mokume. He was the first to order a watch from Kees, which on its arrival created quite a stir, and the concept of the present series was born.
Mokume Gane Dragon Collection Ref 371

The history of Mokume Gane
The technique of Mokume Gane (‘wood eye’ or ‘wood eye metal’) traces its conceptual birth in the methods used for traditional Japanese sword making, in which the hot steel used to create the blade is constantly folded over itself dozens of times and then beaten out into the proper shape by hand. On close examination, these layers of metal that result from the process of repetitive folding can almost be mistaken for wood grain or some similar organic form. (Hence the descriptive name referring to wood) However, Mokume Gane is composed only of non-ferrous materials, and in addition to folding, the layering is consciously built up in regards to color and thickness, much like a sandwich. (A Mokume ‘sandwich’ can contain more than 25 of these metal layers!) These metal plates are then pinned together, very tightly clamped and then placed in an oven. The heating must be closely controlled so as not to melt the layers, only fusing them together. This creates a new crystalline structure between each layer and the result is a new, coherent total mass, which can be worked as if it were one piece.

This block of layered metal is then worked over with U-shaped chisels in a pattern of choice over its surface. The artisan can also choose just how deep to go, much in the fashion of chiseling grooves in wood. The block is then put through a high-pressure roller several times, making it longer and thinner, and the above-described process is then repeated (much like making fresh tagliatelle in a spaghetti machine, starting from a big piece of dough). The final thickness is achieved through several of these steps, with the possibility to fold the metal or remove material with chisels at each stage of the process, consequently generating new resulting patterns. All kinds of beautiful patterns emerge, perhaps resembling the swirl of chocolate in ice cream, but more controlled. In combination with a large number of metals- gold, white gold, red gold, green gold, platinum, palladium, copper, nickel and many others- the effects are breathtaking.

But that is not all. After a particular Mokume Gane object is finished, it is also possible to naturally color the metals through the application of salts, ammonia, acids and other solutions, which can color just one metal in the multilayered matrix or several. Then, to make it all even more complex, one must also consider the three dimensions that the piece fills, and the layers through which the final shape will traverse. Working with Mokume Gane requires not only deep technical and metallurgical knowledge, but also three-dimensional insight into the hidden forms invisible from the outer surface. Kees’ choice was not only to use these complicated techniques, but to apply them for the first time to the world confined within the boundaries of a wristwatch.

Kees Engelbarts was the first to apply Mokume to wristwatches and create a personal engraving style uniquely suited to the material itself. “I often let myself be led by the material at hand, by the hidden colors of the layers of metal. If I see a vein of red coming out of the depth, I can intuitively follow it to accentuate the color of a tongue, the eyes, or other parts of the dragon’s physique. Of course, I do have a basic plan in my mind of how I want each dragon’s character to come out, but in the end, the Mokume itself also takes on a life of its own, and tells me what should happen!”Said Kees.

In the first unique Mokume dragon watch made, even the hands were created from small slips of Mokume which were twisted and then rolled again, then engraved, a highly delicate operation that makes them appear to swirl fantastically, as if in actual flame. All this work means each watch is not only unique, in having a distinct character and expression, but also a miniature work of art that you can’t stop looking at and admiring. With each glimpse, some other detail catches your attention. For this reason, the individually hand made cases, with their elegant, classical form, were chosen to act as complementary counterfoils to the dial’s intricacy. This miniature world of fantasy is contained within a dial of only 29mm diameter !
Mokume Gane Dragon Collection Ref 267
The Movement
Of course, once you’ve treated the dial side with this kind of microscopic attention, then the movement itself will invariably look like a poorer relative. So as could be expected, the movement of the watch complained that it also needed a new set of clothes, and Kees obliged. “I was looking at the movement, thinking about how beautiful it is mechanically- I use new old stock Universal caliber 66 with a micro rotor - but how much better it would look if also in Mokume.” Mokume does not lend itself directly for movement manufacture, so Kees decided to literally ‘clothe’ the movement with Mokume. The results are fantastic to see.
“Each piece of Mokume, however small, is fastened with small posts to each bridge, block and plate of the visible side of the movement, including the rotor itself. It’s real microscopic puzzle work. The Mokume patterns for the movement are coordinated with the dial side coloring and features”. When you watch Kees, who is tall, bent over and peering through the microscope lens, he invokes the image of a friendly giant building a small stadium for an ant farm. The work on the dial alone takes several weeks; add another several weeks for the above mentioned additional work on the movement and for final assembly. Whether Mokume or not, each bridge and part must also receive anglage and attention to finish just as any other Swiss manufactured watch would.

Kees has a thorough knowledge of watch making, but his younger brother Bart, a professional watchmaker who also lives in Geneva, takes responsibility for the assembly, adjustment, control and timing of all the Engelbarts watches. Both brothers are intensely proud of this family tradition and each other’s ability in this perfectly dovetailed enterprise. It also means that all clients of Engelbarts’ watches are getting the best of both worlds: original design based on centuries old techniques, combined with new movements that have become collector’s items in themselves- with two professionals from both disciplines behind them. This first limited Mokume Dragon is available in skeletonized and unskeletonized version. Special orders and unique designs are available on request.

Dragons in Mokume Gane
The dragon, like so many other mythological creatures, has become an integral part of the cultural mythology belonging to the entire globe, from the Sea of China to the Atlantic Ocean. Typically each culture imbues him with different powers and attributes, such as the power of sharp vision, the ability to breathe out fire, or extreme longevity. Notable is the fact that many cultures agree in claiming the dragon to be the first inhabitant of the universe, a primordial and universal creation as well as a protector guardian of treasures and the secret of immortality. Able to produce lightning and rain, he is a harbinger of fertility. But the true powers of heaven could only be released after the shedding of its blood or its death- as most dragons are not of the immortal kind.

Not only does the dragon have innumerable attributes, he also is manifested in dozens of different physical varieties such as dragons of the air, water or land; in two legged or four legged varieties with or without wings, or possessing scales of precious metal. As a material, Mokume Gane lends itself perfectly for the engraving of dragons and other mythological creatures. Each piece of Mokume is a unique phantasmagoria of swirling metals joined together in the heat of the oven, a fiery birth not unlike that of a dragon itself. Kees Engelbarts “I allow the Mokume itself to dictate the final embodiment of the dragon’s appearance. Whether it will breathe fire, or open its mouth wide, whether it will curl its body back and forth several times or just twice; the Mokume holds these secrets within its layers of color and movement.”

Technical information of some unique watch models from Mokume Gane Dragon Collection is Given below.

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0267
Case: Solid Platinum, Curved Sapphire Crystal, Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Skeletonized and Engraved by Hand, Automatic Winding,18.000 Bph, 35 Jewels, 48 Hours Power Reserve, Rotor Mokume Gane Decorated
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (White Gold, Silver), Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather,Platinum Buckle
Price: On Request

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0367
Case: Solid 18 Kt White Gold, Curved Sapphire Crystal, Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Winding, Mini Rotor, 19.800 Bph, Mokume Gane Decorated, 25 Jewels, 46 Hours Power Reserve
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (White Gold · Silver), Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather, 18 Kt White Gold Buckle
Price: On Request

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0368
Case: Solid 18 Kt Yellow Gold,Curved Sapphire Crystal,Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Winding, Mini Rotor, Skeletonized by Hand,19.800 Bph, Mokume Gane Decorated, 25 Jewels, 46 Hours Power Reserve
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (Yellow Gold, Silver), Skeletonized, Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather,18 Kt Yellow Gold Buckle
Price: On Request

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0369
Case: Solid 18 Kt Rose Gold,Curved Sapphire Crystal,Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Winding, Mini Rotor, 19.800 Bph, Mokume Gane Decorated, 25 Jewels, 46 Hours Power Reserve
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (Rose Gold, Shakudo), Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather ,18 Kt Rose Gold Buckle
Price: On Request

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0370
Case: Solid 18 Kt White Gold, Curved Sapphire Crystal, Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Winding, Mini Rotor,19.800 Bph, Mokume Gane Decorated, 25 Jewels, 46 Hours Power Reserve
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (Yellow Gold, Silver), Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather, 18 Kt White Gold Buckle
Price: On Request

Mokume Gane Dragon Ref. 0371
Case: Solid 18 Kt Rose Gold, Curved Sapphire Crystal, Transparent Case Back with Sapphire Crystal
Movement: Automatic Winding, Mini Rotor, 19.800 Bph, Mokume Gane Decorated, 25 Jewels, 46 Hours Power Reserve
Dial: Dragon Motif, Mokume Gane (Rose Gold, Shakudo),Engraved and Finished by Hand
Strap: Crocodile Leather,18 Kt Rose Gold Buckle
Price: On Request

Hublot King Power Chrono Tourbillon All Black Limited Edition


Technical details
Case
“King Power” diameter 48 mm in microblasted black ceramic
Bezel: Black microblasted ceramic with black rubber moulding, with 6 black PVD-coated titanium raised H-shaped screws
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with interior/exterior anti-reflection treatment
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Back: Black microblasted ceramic
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Water-resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Dial
Multi pieces in sapphire
Index markers with black nickel treatment
Black SuperLuminova™ transfers
Hands: Brilliant black nickel chronograph hand
Brilliant black nickel with black SuperLuminova™ hours and minutes hands
Brilliant black nickel with black SuperLuminova™ counters hand

Movement
HUB1400CT, Tourbillon chronograph with manual winding and direct coupling on cage
No. of components: 269
Rubies: 33
Bridges: Black circular satin-finish, echoing the two-wheel gear in shape
Bottom plate: Black circular-grained
Power Reserve: 120 hours with chronograph stopped
Type of Tourbillon: Flying Tourbillon with chronograph in a cage without ball bearings raised 2.80 mm above the base of the bottom plate
Diameter of cage: 13.00 mm
Balance spring: Gyromax regulating inertia-block
Lines: 13 ¼
Vibrations: 21600 A/h (3Hz)
Depth: 7.40 mm

Strap
Adjustable jointed black rubber
Clasp: Black microblasted ceramic and black PVD steel deployant clasp

Edition
Limited Edition - 28 numbered pieces 01/28 – 28/28

Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti Hazelnut

The Bing Bang Tutti Frutti Hazelnut features a fusion between late summer fruit and the colours of automn.Warm Golden reflections, melancholy brown and the mineral gleam of garnet from a harmonious blend, as do the rubber with alligator skin and the precious metal with fine stones.

Technical details
Case
“Big Bang” diameter 41 mm in 5N red gold
Bezel: 5N red gold with 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws, set with 48 baguette garnets (appx 2.23 ct)
Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug: Chocolate composite resin
Lateral Inserts: Chocolate composite resin
Case-back: 5N red gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown: 5N red gold with Chocolate rubber insert
Push-pieces: 5N red gold, rectangular with Chocolate rubber inserts
Screws: Titanium
Water resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Dial
White with satin finished & 5N gilt numerals and appliques
Hands : faceted,diamond set & 5N gilt,with white luminescent coating

Movement
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding,Hublot Calibre HUB 4300
No. of Components: 278
Jewels: 37
Bridges: Satin Finished, bevelled & polished
Screws: Black PVD
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate: Sand-blasted & rhodium-plated
Barrel: With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve: 42 hours

Wristlet
Adjustable chocolate alligator strap with rubber inner
Clasp: 5N red gold with black PVD deployant

Hublot Big Bang Gold

The blueprint for Big Bang's evolution lies in a chic and incisive style. Its case, featuring a vertical satin finish like the bezel, stands out elegantly around the highly sober matt black dial which has no numerals; instead it is graduated by uniform indexes the same colour as the case. Increasingly classic, the Big Bang is now asserting itself as an icon of 21st Century watchmaking.

Technical details
Case
“Big Bang” diameter 44.5 mm in 5N red gold with vertical satin finish
Bezel: 5N red gold with vertical satin-finished, with 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel: Lug Black composite resin
Lateral Inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back: 5N red gold circular satin-finished with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Satin-finished 5N red gold with natural black rubber insert
Push-pieces: 5N red gold, rectangular with black rubber inserts
Water resistance:100 m or 10 ATM

Dial
Matt black, and red gold coloured applique indexes, with luminescent white
Hands: Satin-finished, red gold coloured with luminescent white, chronograph hand with H-shaped counter weights.

Movement
Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding, Hublot Calibre HUB 4100
No. of Components: 252
Jewels: 27
Bridges: Micro-blasted, bevelled & polished
Screws: Black PVD
Date: Trapezoid window at 4.30
Oscillating Weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated dimpled surface
Main plate: Sand-blasted & rhodium-plated
Barrel: With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve: 42 hours

Wristlet
Adjustable lined natural black rubber strap
Clasp: 5N red gold with black PVD steel deployant

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Alpina Avalanche Extreme Regulator 1883

Alpina Avalanche Extreme Regulator 1883, launched in 2006 with, reference is made to "1883", the founding year of what was to become Alpina - thus allowing for a direct reference to the brand's rich history and heritage. The movement’s bridges are highly decorated and the blued steel screws and PVD- coated wheels (like the rotor of all the Automatic Alpina watches), give the movement- visible through a large sapphire crystal caseback -lots of strength and character. The eccentric hour subdial is at 10 o’clock, not at 12, -an Alpina exclusive-, which makes for a very legible and uncluttered dial design.
Technical details
Reference:AL650LBBB5AE6 (Black dial, Black sub-dials)

Movement
Mechanical AL650, manual winding mechanism
Bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève
42-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Case
Stainless steel, 48 mm
Sapphire crystal and screw-down sapphire crystal case back
Water-resistant to 100 m
Individually numbered

Dial
Black
Alpina Triangle Trademark pattern
Small Second at 6 o'clock
Central minute hand
Recessed Hour counter at 10 O’Clock
Applied numerals, luminous hands

Bracelet
A Rubber Strap or, as an option a stainless steel bracelet

FORTIS B-47 CALCULATOR GMT 3 TIME ZONES

Diameter 47 mm. Developed following the pilots’ specifications to fulfil the requests of all typical flight parameters. Comfortable and highly exact Swiss micro mechanics in symbiosis with the classical slide rule function. An uncomplicated service of this modern classic permits the exemplarily good legibility. 3 time zones, countdown function, country specific conversion scales. Case back with temperature scale C° and Fahrenheit and watch-identity number.

The FORTIS CALCULATOR is not just a watch but also an instrument for simple calculations used in the same manner as slide rules were before electronic calculators became popular. A second, separate time-zone is available which can also be used as a 24 hour indicator. The bezel is intended for the countdown function and the setting of a third timezone. The CALCULATOR can assist as a professional navigating instrument if the electronic systems on board an aircraft should fail.

A Swiss watchmaker was the first to find out by thought about the relation of numbers and the way to control them in the system of the logarithms. Jost Bürgi, born in 1552 in the Swiss canton St. Gallen, conceived the base of the arithmetic system which was a must and the basic tool for every engineer or architect and many other technical occupations until 1969: The slide rule, squeezed out by the battery-operated pocket calculator of the 70s, at the same time, when the quartz watch took over from the mechanical watches.

Technical details
Reference 666.10.11,Case Nr. 666.10.148

Movement
Automatic ETA 2893-2, 11 1/2 ''', 21 jewels, 28,800 semi-vibrations per hour, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Functions
hour, minute, centre-stop-second, date, GMT, 3 time zones, 24 h display, calculator slide rule, 60-minute countdown function.

Case
Steel, three-parts, brushed, 47 mm case diameter,unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale (120 divisions) for countdown function and with 24 hour GMT display
Superluminova capsule at Pos. 12h, flange with Calculator slide rule scales, sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides
Screw-down steel case back with engraving of temperature
Conversion table from C° (Celsius) into F° (Fahrenheit)
Two crowns with FORTIS logo, individually numbered
Water-resistant 200 m / 20 bar.

Dial/Hands
Black matt, oversized Arabic numerals, indices and hands with Superluminova white, blue afterglow in the darkness, second hand in white, GMT hand in orange.

Attachment
Padded calf leather with contrast stitching,24 mm to 20 mm tapered to the buckle

Special Features
Slide-rule function with flange adjustable by second crown at pos. 2 h, GMT, 3 time zones, date at 4 h,conversion table engraved on the case back C° (Celsius) into F° (Fahrenheit)

Packaging
Leather box, pouch, instruction manual, international warranty card.

References
666.10.11 L.16 : leather strap dark brown with contrast stitching
666.10.11 M : brushed steel bracelet with security folding clasp
666.10.11 K 01 : rubber strap black with folding clasp
666.10.11 Si 02: silicone strap white with folding clasp
666.10.11 Si 20: silicone strap orange with folding clasp
Option : steel brushed folding clasp for leather strap

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FORTIS B-42 FLIEGER BLACK COLLECTION : Chronograph Alarm C.O.S.C ,Chronograph & Day Date Models

The adventures of the 21st century are based on the progress that has been made in technology and the ideas, that will extend the frontiers of humanity from land to air to the last final step, outer space. The established Swiss brand FORTIS, well versed in the history of aeronautics and space travel, uses its knowledge for developing precise chronographs for pilots, cosmonauts and astronauts. As the supplier of numerous professional flight squadrons and as the manufacturer of the official watches of the Russian space program, FORTIS keeps constantly in touch with pilots and space travellers. This strong contact allows FORTIS to constantly test the watches in the most extreme conditions, and has enriched the creative work of the company as well as gaining experience and knowledge that can be incorporated into new timepieces.

The functionally designed, PVD black coated steel watchcase topped by a double coated sapphire crystal, has a diameter of 42-millimeters whereas the matt black dial and the contrasting white dial design finely characterize the B-42 FLIEGER BLACK collection. The white luminous hands and hour markers ensure clarity and good legibility, even under diffused light. The glass case back allows inside view into the mechanics of the automatic movements and the C.O.S.C. tested FORTIS chronograph alarm calibre F2001-5 reveals the fascination of a unique micro mechanical masterpiece, one of a kind.

The side view of the B-42 collection shows its characteristic elements: screwed attachment lugs, protected push buttons, and a proportionally sized and easily accessible crown embossed with the FORTIS crown logo. All models are available with a sporty strap made of high-quality rubber with folding clasp, with a padded black leather strap with contrast stitching or with an elegant Louisiana crocodile leather strap, whereas both of them can be featured with an alternate butterfly folding clasp instead of the standard buckle.

FORTIS B-42 FLIEGER BLACK CHRONOGRAPH ALARM Limited Edition C.O.S.C. 500

Technical details
Reference 657.18.11 LC 01;Case No. 657.18.170

Movement
Chronograph Automatic Alarm FORTIS caliber F 2001-5, 13 ¼''', 35 jewels
28.800 semi-vibrations per hour
Incabloc shock absorber, 2 barrels

Functions
Chronograph alarm, hour, minute, permanent small second center stop-second, date

Case
Steel PVD black, two parts, brushed, 42 mm case diameter, pusher protection
Sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides
Crown with FORTIS logo
Screw-down glass case back
Water-resistant 200 m / 20 bar
Individually numbered

Dial/Hands
Black matt, flange with alarm-scale,triangles at pos. 3 h illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment, Arabic numerals and hour/minute hands with Superluminova white with a green glow in the darkness, 30 minute counter at pos. 12 h, 12-hour counter at pos. 6 h, chronograph function hands in white.

Attachments
Croco strap black with folding clasp steel PVD

Special Features
Chronometer C.O.S.C.,limitation plate screwed to the side of the case,movement with special engraving on movement parts and rotor
limited edition 500 pieces, glass case back

Packaging
Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo, instruction manual with certificate of limitation, international warranty card, C.O.S.C. testing certificate

References
657.18.11 L 01 : leather strap black
657.18.11 K : rubber strap black with folding clasp titanium PVD black
Option : leather strap with folding clasp titanium PVD black.

FORTIS B-42 FLIEGER BLACK CHRONOGRAPH Limited Edition 2012

Technical details
Reference 656.18.81 K,Case No. 656.18.141

Movement
Valjoux 7750 automatic, 13 1/4''', 25 jewels
28.800 semi-vibrations per hour
Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Functions
Chronograph, hour, minute, permanent small second,center-stop-second, tachymeter, day/date indication

Case
Steel PVD black, two parts, brushed, 42 mm case diameter, pusher protection
Sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides
Crown with FORTIS logo
Screw-down glass case back
Water-resistant 200 m/20 bar
Individually numbered

Dial/Hands
Black matt, flange with tachymeter-scale triangles at pos. 3 h illustrating the direction of rotating,the crown for quick adjustment, Arabic numerals and hour/minute hands with Superluminova white with a green glow in the darkness, 30-minute counter at pos. 12 h, 12-hour counter at pos. 6 h, chronograph function hands in white

Attachments
Rubber strap black with folding clasp titanium PVD black

Special Features
Movement with special rotor engraving, day indication at the position 9 h
Limited edition 2012 pieces, glass case back

Packaging
Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo,instruction manual with certificate of limitation,international warranty card

References
656.18.81 L 01 : leather strap black
656.18.81 K : rubber strap black with folding clasp titanium PVD black
656.18.81 LC01 : croco strap black
Option : leather strap with folding clasp titanium PVD black

FORTIS B-42 FLIEGER BLACK AUTOMATIC DAY/DATE Limited Edition 2012

Technical details
Reference 655.18.81 L 01,Case No. 655.18.158

Movement
Automatic 2836-2, 11 1/2 ''', 25 jewels
28.800 semi-vibrations per hour
Fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber

Functions
Hour, minute, center-stop-second,day/date indication bilingual English and German.

Case
Steel PVD black, two parts, brushed, 42 mm case diameter
Sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides
Crown with FORTIS logo
Screw-down glass case back
Individually numbered
Water-resistant 200 m/20 bar

Dial/Hands
Black matt, flange with hour-scale 13 to 24 h, triangles at pos. 3 h next to the day and date indication illustrating the direction of rotating the crown for quick adjustment, arabic numerals and indices with Superluminova white which gives a green glow in the darkness.

Attachments
Leather strap black padded with contrast stitching fitted to the case

Special Features
Day indication at position 9 h, limited edition 2012 pieces glass case back

Packaging
Leather box, pouch with FORTIS logo,instruction manual with certificate of limitation,international warranty card

References
655.18.81 L 01 : leather strap black
655.18.81 K : rubber strap with folding clasp titanium PVD
655.18.81 LC01 : croco strap black
Option : leather strap with folding clasp titanium PVD black

BALL Watch Fireman Storm Chaser

Dr. Joshua Wurman chases one of the most destructive forces on Earth for a living. As the president of the Center for Severe Weather Research, he has pioneered techniques for tracking and analyzing tornadoes and hurricanes.His patented technology allows him and his team to see unprecedented 4D details of storms, helping them to better observe, and in future predict,their devastating power.His Fireman Storm Chaser automatic wrist watch by BALL WATCH provides a fitting companion for his work.
The Fireman Storm Chaser combines two measurement scales in order to provide essential information to the wearer. With the tachymeter,the wearer can measure speed over a given distance. The telemeter makes it possible to easily measure the distance between the observer and a situation that is observable both visually and audibly (Like lightning and thunder) based on the speed of sound through air. The two scales can prove to be a vital tool to storm chasers, both amateurs and professionals alike. The caseback of the Fireman Storm Chaser bears the logo of Wurman's Centre for Severe Weather Research, a top organization in the field of hurricane and tornado science.
Technical details
Model Number: CM2092C-L1-BK

Movement
Automatic Caliber ETA 7750

Functions
Chronograph, accumulated time measurement up to 12 hours
Telemeter and Tachymeter scales
Hours,minutes,subsidiary seconds, day and date
18 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter 43mm, Height 15.8mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screwed in crowns
Water resistant to 100m

Band
Stainless steel bracelet with folding buckle or calf leather strap with pin buckle

Variations
Grey dial

FORTIS Art Edition IQ Watch by Rolf Sachs

"I am always in search of the new" …. This quote characterizes the artist who is well known for his puristic design. With this design he wants to address the human senses, in his art the decorative and graphic steps into the background. Chalk is transitory, waking the childhood memories in everybody.- leading from the sterile to the human.

Originally the concept for the Rolf Sachs artist edition “IQ Watch” emerged from a surrealism shop window design for Selfridges, a department store in London, on the occasion of a DADA exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It deserves closer attention to be understood better. The humorous aspect of this design characterises the artist’s personality. Only at second view the secret of its concern is revealed.

This inventive FORTIS edition, created in the spirit of the Dadaism unites playful and ease with the perfection of its mechanical inner life. Limited edition of 999 exemplars individually numbered.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BALL Watch Engineer Master II Aviator Dual time Ref GM2086C-L1-BK

The Ball Engineer Master II Aviator Dual time honors the long tradition of fine watches for travellers and explorers.The Aviator dual time is a clear nod to the pioneering efforts of the Wright Brothers more than 100 years ago.
The Engineer Master II Aviator Dual time features a classic dial with perfect illumination for pilots.The steady glow of the BALL gas tubes shines brightly for up to 25 years.All markers of the main time zone are illuminated-with small blue tubes for the seconds,double orange tubes for hours,and double green tubes at the important 12'o clock position for reference.Meanwhile,the Dual Time display employs luminous paint on the hour markers and hour hand for night reading ability.
The big date and Dual time displays are highlighted with brushed steel,a subtle reminder of the sheen of the propellers on glamorous planes of the past.The stainless steel case back provides shock and anti magnetic resistance,a must for travellers journeying long distances.
Technical details
Model Number: GM2086C-L1-BK

Movement
Automatic Ball 651

Functions
Hours, Minutes, seconds and Big Date
Second time zone display
75 micro gas tubes on hands and dial for night reading capability

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 44mm, Height: 12.8mm
Anti reflective sapphire crystal
Screwed in crown
Water resistance to 100m
Anti-magnetic to 4,800 A/m
Shock resistance with stands 5,000Gs shock test
Case Back: Stainless steel case

Band
Stainless steel bracelet or Calf leather strap