Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hublot BIG BANG “POLO DE PARIS” Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot unveiled its BIG BANG “POLO DE PARIS” watch at Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad, Switzerland's biggest polo tournament. The watchmaking brand Hublot, as well as being the main sponsor of the tournament, also supported a team comprising 3 Argentinian players and one Italian. Their handicaps ranged from 1 to 7. Gualtiero Giori, Francesco Menendez, Eduardo Menendez and Julio Coria did Hublot proud, by qualifying for the final on Saturday afternoon in a very tight match against Team Gstaad Palace.

To cheer on the Hublot team, the Hublot CEO Jean- Claude Biver, as well as the Managing Director Ricardo Guadalupe, were in attendance beside the field with their families, guests, customers and friends. Won over by the values conveyed by this sport, they were keen to reassert the affinities between Hublot and polo, such as tradition, precision, perfection, elegance and above all unity, a concept close to the brand's heart!

Providing a spectacle with guaranteed excitement to delight the guests, this event with a typically Swiss colour and flavour was embellished by a party in a high-altitude restaurant where all enjoyed the chance to savour the local specialities and even have a go on the Alpine Horn in the company of the players. Sunday saw Team Bank Baring Brothers Sturdza SA emerging victorious in the final, beating Team Hublot by one point by scoring the Golden Goal after an additional chukker.

Every player received a Big Bang automatic chronograph, with the logo of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad engraved on the caseback: a highly coveted trophy which made the players happy and doubtless very proud to now wear the same timepiece as the brand's Argentinian ambassadors, Miguel Novillo Astrada and Facundo Pieres, two of the world's best players.
Technical details
"Big Bang" diameter 44.5 mm, in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Micro-blasted tantalum with 6 H-shaped titanium screws; embedded, polished & locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Case-back: Titanium with sapphire crystal, "HUBLOT THE PERFECT POLO MATCH PARIS 2009" logo transfer
Crown: Black PVD titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium, rectangular, with black rubber insert
Water resistance: 100 m or 10 ATM

Matt black with ruthenium coloured satin-finished numerals and applique indexes, grey “POLO DE PARIS” logo, at 9 o'clock
Hands: Sand-blasted, ruthenium, black Super Luminova, chronograph hand withm H counterweight

Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding Hublot calibre HUB44 developed with La Joux-Perret
No. of components: 252
Jewels: 27
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

Black Alligator Gummy outer surface, rubber inner
Clasp: Black PVD steel deployant

Limited, 50 numbered pieces from 01/50 to 50/50

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Longines Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor Watch

In 1947 France instigated a series of exploratory missions to the Arctic and Antarctica under the leadership of a renowned scientist, Paul-Emile Victor. These expeditions brought together geologists, geodesists, meteorologists, physicists, biologists, geographers and glaciologists all were aiming to explore, study and understand the North and South Poles. The mass of equipment required by the first Paul-Emile Victor missions for exploring these inhospitable regions included four Longines ship’s chronometers and fifteen Longines wristwatches which were used for determining their astronomical position. In honour of these exploratory missions the Swiss watchmaker has re-issued the time-piece used by the scientists on the Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor to explore Greenland and the Adélie Coast.

In the second half of the 1940s, public opinion was fascinated by the most distant corners of the Earth, which aroused a passionate interest among many people. Like other countries, France set up a body for organising national scientific expeditions, namely to the Arctic and Antarctica. Paul-Emile Victor, an ethnologist and explorer who had already spent a good deal of time in Greenland during the 1930s, was mandated to create and manage the new office. Between 1947 and 1976 the Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor organised 150 trips to Greenland and the Adélie Coast, led by the ethnologist.

A considerable amount of equipment was necessary for these expeditions in order to deal with the difficult conditions that prevailed in the inhospitable areas to which they were going. For example the expedition that left Europe in May 1948, took seven amphibious tracked vehicles, two Dakota aircraft, tractors, laboratory trailers, a mobile weather station, tents, sledges and 30 lorry-loads of supplies. For this exploratory trip the scientists also took four Longines chronometers, three being set to civil time and one to sidereal time.

Fifteen members of the expedition wore stainless steel wristwatches made by Longines. These time-measuring instruments were intended primarily for determining the astronomical position of the expedition (they were also used for precise geodesic calculations). The reports on the performance of these timepieces written by the scientists who used them are a reminder of the crucial role such instruments played in scientific expeditions to the remotest parts of the world. By being part of these scientific expeditions in the mid-20th century, Longines also travelled northwards and southwards, to the two Poles.

The Longines watch that the members of the Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor wore was a stainless steel wristwatch with a centre seconds. A centrally mounted second hand was still quite rare in the 1940s but apparently met the need for easy reading, as illustrated by the use of luminescent coating on the hour symbols, the numerals and the hands. A point of interest is that the Longines 12.68N calibre used in this model had an anti-shock device that was different from the standard feature in other Longines watches.
Longines has decided to re-issue the timepiece that accompanied the scientists who took part in the Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor as a tribute to these expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica to explore the remotest corners of our planet.

The Longines Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor watch is an accurate reproduction of the instrument used at the time by the geologists, geodesists, meteorologists, physicists, biologists, geographers, glaciologists and film-makers that joined the expedition. Fitted with a self-winding mechanical movement, this model has a date aperture at 3 o’clock and a silvered dial with hour symbols and Arabic numerals, as well as hands coated in Super-LumiNova. It is available on a strap in either genuine brown alligator skin or black leather.

The Longines Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor watch is engraved on the back of the stainless steel case, recalling the two geometrically opposed destinations of these legendary expeditions – the Arctic and Greenland, and the Antarctic and the Adélie Coast.

Technical details
Ref. no.:Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor L2.732.4.76.X

Self-winding mechanical movement, calibre L619 (ETA 2892/A2)
11½ lines, 21 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power-reserve: 42 hours

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Circular, steel, Ø 38.50 mm
Water-resistant:To 3 bars or 30 metres
Glass:Sapphire with anti-reflection coating
Back cover engraved with: Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor Expédition Arctique (Groenland) – Expédition Antarctique (Terre Adelie)

Silvered, 6 Arabic numerals and 5 indices coated with Super-LumiNova, minute circle, date aperture at 3 o’clock
Hands:Blued steel coated with Super-LumiNova

Black leather or brown alligator with buckle

Monday, August 16, 2010

Zenith Elite 681 Ultra Thin

This classically handsome watch model by Zenith features a new ultra-thin 40 mm-diameter case housing the ideally suited extra-slim (3.81 mm) Elite 681 self-winding calibre, beating at 28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and ensuring a 50-hour power reserve.

The case comes in a choice of 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, while the sapphire crystal exhibition back provides a fascinating view of the movement with its tungsten oscillating weight adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” pattern. The domed sapphire watch glass is glareproofed on both sides to enhance readability of the facetted hour-markers, sword-shaped hour and minutes hands as well as small seconds at 9 o’clock. This admirably restrained dial is available in silver, black, slate-grey sunray or white-lacquered versions, as well as three limited editions (brown sunray, silver sunray with diamond hour-markers and black sunray with diamond hour-markers).
Clearly drawing on the brand’s heritage of mechanical movements and pure, uncluttered designs, the Elite 681 Ultra Thin is fitted with a black or brown alligator strap that is rubber-lined to enhance wearer comfort and equipped with an 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel pin buckle. It provides eloquent confirmation that understated elegance and aesthetic purity are truly timeless values.

Technical details
Elite 681, Automatic
Caliber: 11 1/2 ``` (Diameter: 25.6 mm)
Height: 3.81 mm
Components: 128
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 28’800 VpH – (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 50 hours
Finishings: Tungsten oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” pattern

Material: 18-carat Rose Gold or Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40 mm
Opening Diameter: 34.45 mm
Crystal: Curved Sapphire glass with anti-reflection treatment on both sides
Case-back: Transparent Sapphire glass
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Silver, Black, Slate-grey Sunray or White Lacquered.
Limited Editions dials:
– Brown Sunray (Ltd Ed. 250 units)
– Silver Sunray with diamonds hour markers (Ltd Ed. 100 units)
– Black Sunray with diamonds hour markers (Ltd Ed. 100 units)
Indexes: Rhodium Faceted with Gold Plating (or without for steel version)
Hands: Rhodium Faceted with Gold Plating (or without for steel version)

Hours and minutes in the center
Small second Hand at 9 o’clock

Strap & Buckle
Strap: Black or Brown Alligator Leather strap lined with rubber protection.
Buckle: 18-carat Rose Gold or Stainless Steel pin buckle

Products References:
Rose Gold: 18.2010.681/01.C498
Rose Gold: 18.2010.681/21.C493
Rose Gold: 18.2010.681/91.C493
Rose Gold: 18.2010.681/11.C498
Rose Gold Ltd: 18.2011.681/75.C498
Rose Gold Ltd: 18.2012.681/02.C498
Rose Gold Ltd: 18.2013.681/22.C493
Steel: 03.2010.681/01.C493

Straps References:
Brown Alligator: 27.00.2016.498
Black Alligator: 27.00.2016.493

Buckles References:
Rose Gold pin Buckle: 27.18.0016.001
Steel pin Buckle: 27.03.0016.001

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Collection 7 Sins by M B Watches

7 Sins is a collection of 7 unique timepieces created by Mikael BOURGEOIS, master watch maker and founder of MB Watches. These 7 pieces will be manufactured only on request. The collection consists of 7 outstanding timepieces are named as Avarice (Greed), Colère (Wrath), Envie ( Envy), Gourmandise (Gluttony), Luxure (Lust), Paresse (Sloth) and Vanite (Pride).

The model, Avarice (Greed in English) is a chronograph with small seconds and powered with a renovated and hand decorated historic movement Valjoux 7733 which is originally manufactured in 1960. Colère (Wrath) is an automatic chronograph with small seconds and day date functions.

Envie (Envy) is an automatic model featuring central seconds and date. Gourmandise (Gluttony) is automatic perpetual calendar watch with indications of day, date, month, leap years and moon phase. The model Luxure (Lust) is equipped with two automatic movements. Paresse (Sloth) features automatic sliding hours and one minute hand. And last but not least model is Vanite (Pride) which houses a tourbillon.Pride, Envy and sloth models are powered with movements from Laurent Besse (M & B Friends fame).

Suggested Price range for 7 Sins collection is 58 100 to 122 000 Euros depending upon the models.MB watches also offers change in materials, add engravings (name of the client), make specials decorations of the movement. Also there is option for gem setting on the case and on the dial. Prices for models studded with precious stones will depend upon the type and cost of gems. Images and technical details of basic models are given below.

Collection 7 Sins: Avarice (Greed)

Technical details
  • Movement: Valjoux 7733 manufactured in 1960 – manual winding - Renovated and hand decorated
  • Frequency: 18 000 alternations per hours (2.5Hz)
  • Jewels: 17
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, Chronograph 60 sec, Counter 30 minutes
  • Power reserve: 45 hours
  • Case: Yellow gold and Black titanium
  • Water-resistant: 50 meters
  • Dial: Engraved sapphire crystal
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal antireflection
  • Hands: Yellow gold
  • Strap: Calf leather and carbon alligator lining – hand sewn, 7 sins standard Buckle (butterfly buckle on request)
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 74 800 Euro
Collection 7 Sins: Colère (Wrath)
Technical details
  • Movement: Automatic chronograph - hand decorated
  • Frequency: 28800 alternations per hours (4Hz)
  • Jewels: 25
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, Chronograph 60 sec, Counter 30 minutes, Counter 12 hours, day and date indications.
  • Power reserve: 46 hours
  • Case: Black titanium and Yellow gold
  • Water-resistant: 50 meters
  • Dial: Black galvanic and yellow gold
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal antireflection
  • Hands: Yellow gold
  • Strap: High tech Black rubber and Yellow gold links
  • 7 sins standard Buckle (butterfly buckle on request)
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 70 500 Eur
Collection 7 Sins: Envie( Envy)
Technical details
  • Movement: Automatic, hand-decorated
  • Frequency: 28800 alterations per hour
  • Jewels: 31
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, date
  • Power reserve: 45 hours
  • Case: Stainless steel and black stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 30 meters
  • Dial: black and grey Galvanic
  • Glass up and down:: Sapphire crystal anti-reflection
  • Hands: Black galvanic
  • Strap: leather links (hand sewn) an stainless steel links
  • 7 sins standard buckle (butterfly buckle on request)
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 58 00 Euro
Collection 7 Sins: Gourmandise(Gluttony)

Technical details
  • Movement: Perpetual calendar - Automatic - Hand decorated
  • Frequency: 28 800 alternations per hours (4Hz)
  • Jewels: 21
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds; counter for date, counter for month, counter for day, Indication for leap years and Moon phase.
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Case: Red gold
  • Water-resistant: 50 meters
  • Dial: Engraved sun, galvanic grey and Red Gold
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal antireflection
  • Hands: Red gold
  • Strap: Polished Galucha, 7 sins standard Buckle (butterfly buckle on request )
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 72 400 Euro
Collection 7 Sins: Luxure(Lust)
Technical details 
  • Movement: 2 automatic movements 7 ¾’’’– Hand decorated -
  • Frequency: 28 800 alternations per hours (4Hz)
  • Jewels: 25
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconde, Date
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Case: Pink Gold
  • Water resistant: 50 meters
  • Dial: Black enamel, white mother of pearl and pink gold
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal antireflection
  • Hands: Galvanic Black
  • Strap: Corset, Black leather, Pink gold eyelets and Red satin laces – hand sewn, 7 sins standard Buckle (butterfly buckle on request)
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 71 200 Euro
Collection 7 Sins: Paresse (Sloth)
Technical details
  • Movement: Automatic sliding hours - hand decorated
  • Frequency: 28800 alternations per hours (4Hz)
  • Jewels: 21
  • Features: Hours in a window, only one hand for minutes (Possibility to have the date)
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Case: White gold
  • Water-resistant: 50 meters
  • Dial: White gold, diamonds and black diamonds
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal antireflection
  • Minutes Hand: White gold
  • Strap: Black and Grey Python, grey alcantara lining – Handsewn, 7 sins standard Buckle (butterfly buckle on request)
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 63 600 Euro
Collection 7 Sins: Vanite (Pride)
Technical details
  • Movement: Tourbillon manual winding– Hand decorated -
  • Frequency: 21 600 alternations per hours (3Hz)
  • Jewels: 21
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds on tourbillon
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Case: Yellow gold and black titanium
  • Water resistant: 50 meters
  • Glass up and down: Sapphire crystal anti-reflection
  • Hands: Yellow gold
  • Strap: Black alligator – Hand-sewn, 7 sins standard Buckle ( butterfly buckle on request )
  • Box: Collection 7 sins
  • Unique piece
  • Price: 122 000 Euro

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DAVOSA Pilot Chronograph Valjoux 7750 ( Ref 161.004.56 and 161.004.50)

In 2003, to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Wright brothers flight, Swiss watchmakers DAVOSA launched the DAVOSA Pilot Chronograph, which has since become one of their most popular models.

Excellent readability of instruments is one of the most important requirements of flying. This is especially true at night when the pilot is forced to rely entirely on the aircraft’s technology. In addition to a clearly laid out watch face, strongly contrasting figures and dial are essential here.

Passengers cars favour this approach too: The tachometer and all the other dials usually have white figures set against a black background. This is also the case with the DAVOSA Pilot. Moreover, its deliberately simple figures and hands are coated in luminous, white Super-LumiNova, a material that glows in the dark for many hours’ duration and which has been employed in the watchmaking industry since the 1990s.

Pilots always used to fly in gloves. To enable them to wind their watches and operate them while flying, their timepieces were given exceptionally large fluted crowns, also known as onion crowns. And even though the DAVOSA Pilot has a refined automatic movement that does not require winding, the onion crown remains a particularly practical characteristic – especially for men’s hands. Because nothing is more annoying than trying to set the time with a too small crown that keeps slipping away from between your fingers.

The motor – important for aeroplanes, but also for watches. After all, the quality of a chronograph stands or falls with its accuracy and functionality.

DAVOSA uses a self-winding chronograph movement in its Pilot model. It is a movement that has been tried and tested over many decades: the Valjoux 7750. This classic movement has been used almost unchanged in high-quality pilot chronographs since 1973. Connoisseurs value the compact, robust and accurate nature of the movement.

But that is not all: DAVOSA grants the owner of a Pilot a particularly beautiful insight into the inner workings of the watch. The glass back lets you see right into the refined movement. Geneva stripes on the rotor, pearlised bridges, rhodium plating and blued screws immediately catch the eye.

And last but not least: The DAVOSA Pilot is antimagnetic. This is important as magnetic fields can occur in aeroplanes, which can negatively influence the accuracy and function of the on-board instruments. They can even cause watches to stop entirely. To ensure this does not happen, the Pilot is equipped with an antimagnetic case and a Nivarox spiral that does not react to magnetic fields.

Technical details
Model: Pilot Chronograph
Reference: 161.004.56 and 161.004.50
Case: Stainless steel
Strap: Leather or metal strap, as desired
Movement: Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre: Valjoux 7750, finely finished
Dimensions: 42.0 mm diameter, 15.6 mm height
Weight: 108 g (leather strap), 208 g (metal strap)
Price: 1,489 euros (leather strap), 1,598 euros (metal strap)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

CX Swiss Military Watch : HURRICANE

The RAF’s HURRICANE, the trustworthy “workhorse” of the British air force bore the brunt of the battle that lasted from July 10th 1940 to October 31st 1940. A solidly built single engine aircraft equipped with eight Browning 303 machine guns the HURRICANE proved a formidable foe despite being slower than the German Messerschmitt. Generally the RAF’s Spitfire would intercept the German fighters, leaving HURRICANES to concentrate on the bombers, but despite the undoubted abilities of the "thoroughbred" Spitfire, it was the HURRICANE that scored the highest number of RAF victories during this period. The HURRICANE - RAF's forgotten fighter star of the Battle of Britain, the plane “never known to fail”.

On the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Britain, Swiss watch brand Charmex introduces a new pilot’s watch, the aptly named “HURRICANE” to commemorate the HURRICANE and the brave pilots who fought and fell with them.

Based on its AIRFORCE I model the HURRICANE by CX Swiss Military Watch™ is equipped with the chronometer certified ETA cal. 7750 COSC and sets a new standard in its class: the stainless steel case, highly scratch resistant due to the DLC (diamond-like) black coating houses a bezel designed as a fully functional circular slide rule and is anti-magnetic as per ISO 764. The bezel allows for all relevant aeronautical calculations. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects a rugged dial evoking the artificial horizon in a cockpit.
The small second hand is constructed in the shape of a propeller, relentlessly churning away against the tide of time. The nanotech Swiss Made® leather strap is a new development, nearly impermeable and thus exceptionally long-lasting. The solid stainless steel buckle – also in DLC – bears the CX Swiss Military Watch™ logo and is as indestructible as the watch itself.

The oversized pilot’s crown and the pushers are screw-down and the HURRICANE is water resistant to 200 meters. The red color of the pushers disappears once they are screwed-in and the watch thus fully water resistant. The HURRICANE is available in four dial colors - silver, black, RAF red and arctic blue – and is sold in a luxurious wooden gift box.
Technical details
Chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux COSC
25 jewels
28'800 oscillations/h
Power reserve 48h
Etachron regulator system
Glucydur balance bridge
Nivaflex mainspring
Antichoc with Incabloc shock-absorber

Hour; minute; small second propeller-shaped at 9h
Chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h 12 hour counter at 6h, central second counter
Date at 3h

Solid stainless steel case, black DLC plated, Ø 47.0mm, thickness 17.0mm, weight 150gr total
X-large crown
Screw-down crown and pushers
Red safety marking on pushers (visible when unscrewed)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bi-directional circular slide-rule bezel, Superluminova™ indices
Genuine Swiss Made® nano-tech leather strap with black DLC plated buckle
Screw-down caseback, Limited Edition engraving
Water-resistant to 200 meters
Anti-magnetic ISO 764

Silver, black, arctic blue or RAF red . Superluminova™ indices
Hands: Superluminova™ coating; All chronograph hands in red

Limited edition of 200 watches onl

Recommended retail price : CHF 1’995.- excl. 7.6% VAT (Switzerland)