Monday, August 30, 2010

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2010: The Next Big Event

Hong Kong, a major watch making centre and the largest importer of Swiss made watches hosts the 29’th edition of its famous HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, the world’s largest event of its kind. Scheduled from 6 to 10 September, this event is organized by HKTDC, Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd., and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd. More than 700 exhibitors from 15 countries will be taking part in this big event of watch making industry.

Highlight of this fair is Brand Name Gallery which will feature about 100 brands, including Alan & Anthony Watches, ARBUTUS, EVERLAST, FIYTA, Galtiscopio, Guy Laroche, ICE-WATCH, INNERPOWER, KIN-MIX, Levi’s, Louis Armolo, MAX XL WATCHES, MC marie claire, odm, QUE, SOLUS, TEMPORIS, Tonino Lamborghini, UNITED ARMY, wize & ope and ZERONE. Catwalk-style fashion shows will be held in the Brand Name Gallery’s Wine Cellar, where visitors will also be able to enjoy wine and coffee.

Another attraction will be the World Brand Piazza located on the concourse leading to the Brand Name Gallery. Sponsored by Prince Jewellery & Watch Company, it will pay homage to the art and craftsmanship of haute horlogerie. World Brand Piazza will feature limited-edition timepieces from global brands that represent the “pinnacle of watchmaking.”Among the outstanding pieces to be exhibited will be diamond-studded watches worth more than US$1 million from Audemars Piguet and Piaget.

The fair also will see the return of the Pageant of Eternity. Located in Hall 1, the special zone features timepieces with outstanding beauty and craftsmanship. Members of the public aged 12 or above will be allowed free admission to the Brand Name Gallery on the final day of the fair, allowing exhibitors some instant market feedback on their new designs.

The Wine Cellar will also be the venue for seminars on the final day of the fair. Collectors with a passion for watches will be able to hear expert advice about how best to preserve luxury timepieces, as well as a discussion about whether luxury watches should be viewed as fashion or investment items. The Asian Watch Conference also returns with a half-day session that will feature Will A Stein, President of the Philip Stein Group. Mr Stein, an influential member of the international watch and clock industry, will join Chinese mainland government official Ren Xing-zhou. Ms Ren is Director of the Institute of Market Economy Research in the Development Research Centre of the State Council.

Mr Stein’s address will cover a number of topics, including “Natural Frequency Technologies,” used to keep watches in tune with the wearer’s body. Ms Ren will offer insights about the latest developments for the luxury watch market on the Chinese mainland. Industry trends will also be the focus at the Hong Kong International Watch Forum, which brings together leaders of world watch associations.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

RAYMOND WEIL Freelancer Autumn Time : The precision of the mechanical movement cloaked in ultra-chic femininity

After the Freelancer Chronographe and Freelancer Summertime,Swiss watch brand RAYMOND WEIL explores a new facet of femininity with a unique timepiece, a sublime prelude to the magic of the festive season. Of exceptional elegance, Freelancer Autumn Time breathes a zephyr of modernity over the jewellery watch, thanks to its exquisite alchemy of design, diamonds and colour.

A magnificent response to today’s expectations, Freelancer Autumn Time is singled out by its mechanical movement with automatic winding and visible balance-wheel, sure to set a woman’s heart aflutter. Irresistibly drawn, the gaze contemplates the mystery of time passing…


Iconic of watchmaking know-how as practiced by RAYMOND WEIL, the Freelancer Autumn Time collection also seduces by its sumptuous styling, simple yet opulent. The 38mm polished steel case and bezel are entirely inset with full-cut diamonds of the utmost purity. The dial and flange match the colours of the bracelet – two warm nuances to choose from, chestnut or fig. Rich colours, almost velvety and literally lit up by 12 diamonds on the indexes, the ultimate in sophisticated radiance.

For the strap, saddle-stitched full-skin alligator lends its consummate sensual nobility to this RAYMOND WEIL timepiece, the stuff of dreams and definitively out of the ordinary.


Technical details
Movement: Mechanical – RW4200
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve:38 hours
Jewels:26
Wheel:Visible balance wheel at 12 o’clock

Case: Round – polished & brushed steel – diameter 38mm
Bezel: Polished steel set with 66 diamonds (0.47 carat)
Crystal: Sapphire with double-sided anti-glare treatment
Dial: Set with 12 full-cut diamonds (0.18 carat)

Hands: Bâton diamond-tipped hands with luminescent highlights
Diamonds: A total of 78 (0.65 carat)
Case-back: Screwed-down with sapphire crystal

Strap: Full-skin alligator strap with saddle-stitching & RW folding clasp with double push-piece security
2 colours available: 2750 SLS 60081 : chestnut , 2750 SLS 70081 : fig
Water-resistance: 10 ATM

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
Case: "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

Dial: 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

Movement: 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

Strap: Black Alligator Gummy outer surface, rubber inner
Clasp: Black PVD steel deployant
Series: Limited, 50 numbered pieces from 01/50 to 50/50

CODEX Watches : Brand Info

CODEX watches are manufactured with care and precision at the heart of the Jura, mountains by the master watchmakers and in accordance with Swiss watchmaking expertise.The brand is owned by SWISS CHRONOMETRIC group and managed by René Kohli.

CODEX watches are distributed through its own boutiques or via the best retailers in Switzerland and in the 62 countries in which the brand is registered. The first SWISS CHRONOMETRIC boutique was inaugurated on August 7 in Lucerne, Switzerland.Headquarters of Swiss Chronometric is located in Biel which is renowned for the watchmaking industry and offer highly qualified workers and suppliers.

CODEX Collection
The first CODEX collection features 18 elegant watches with a masculine allure and dynamic lines; modern and timeless watches aimed at lovers of beautiful items. The collection offers three models: the CODEX Classic, an hour-minute-seconds hands with a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock, the CODEX Chrono, a chronograph with date and moon phase, the CODEX Venus, a moon phase with triple calendar. All CODEX watches are equipped with automatic or hand winding mechanical movements originating from renowned watchmaking manufacturers. They also have a transparent back case which reveals the movement.

From design to realization, the attention to detail and finishing is given.The brand chooses quality materials: stainless steel 316 L, black PVD treatment, massive 18 carat rose gold, integrated straps in vulcanized rubber, in calfskin or hand-sewn alligator leather. The technical construction was developed with care: robust case made up of 57 components, hand-added appliques of the bezel, dial made up of two laser-cut layers, butterfly folding buckle in the shape of an X, sapphire glass with double anti-reflection treatment. But the aesthetic aspect has not been forgotten: bezel and bracelet in polished and brushed steel, hand-painted moon phase, decoration of the movement, engraved oscillating weight and numerous details taking up on the X, a reference to the brand’s DNA.
CODEX Classic
The CODEX Classic distinguishes itself through simple and sophisticated lines. Its steel case with a diameter of 41.5 mm encloses a hand-winding mechanical movement ETA 6948-1 with hours, minutes and small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. The bezel, alternating polished and brushed steel, and the relief cutouts of the dial give it a unique elegance.

CODEX Chrono
The CODEX Chrono combines timeless elegance and sporting allure. Its steel case in 41.5 mm diameter houses an automatic-winding mechanical movement Valjoux 7750, associating the hours, minutes, small seconds hand and chronograph to which two complications have been added: a central hand indicating the date and a hand-painted moon phase. Decorated with a black, silver or rhodium dial, it is available with a steel, leather or vulcanized rubber strap.

CODEX Chrono Black Diamond
Resolutely masculine thanks to its black PVD treatment, the CODEX Chrono Black Diamond features 7 black diamonds which form the X of the CODEX and an engraved black oscillating weight. There is a choice of sporting version with integrated strap in vulcanized rubber or a more classical leather version.

CODEX Chrono Rose Gold
The CODEX Chrono Rose Gold features a decidedly luxurious design. From the case in 18 carat rose gold weighing 137 g to the butterfly folding buckle recalling the X of the brand, everything has been thought of right down to the final detail. The brown dial whose effect is reinforced by the golden X’s and a hand-painted moon phase, harmonizes perfectly with the integrated strap in brown alligator leather or vulcanized rubber. On the back, the sapphire glass reveals the “Côtes de Genève” pattern of the mechanical movement with automatic winding.

CODEX Venus Master and Prestige
CODEX returns the honor of the Venus 203 hand-winding mechanical movement via two limited and numbered editions. A 100% Swiss vintage movement, dating from the 50’s and 60’s which still works to perfection 50 years later. This movement with a power reserve of 38 hours indicates the day, the date and the month as well as the moon phase. This watchmaking masterpiece is developed by hand guillochage with 69 lines and via a semi-skeleton dial revealing the circular graining of the movement.

The CODEX Master and Prestige are both housed in an 18 carat rose gold case weighing 137 g and feature a handsewn black alligator-leather strap. The CODEX Prestige is decorated with 431 brilliant cut diamonds (1 ct), set one by one on the 18 carat rose gold case by Miguel Gil, a recognized master of setting. Witness to know-how that is both technical and aesthetic, these two exceptional masterpieces are limited and numbered editions of 100 pieces for the CODEX Master and 75 pieces for the CODEX Prestige, which will enthrall collectors.

Official website: http://www.swisschronometric.com/

Friday, August 27, 2010

ASKANIA: Fine Mechanical Watches Made In Berlin

In 1871, Carl Bamberg – the son of a horologist and a pupil of Carl Zeiss – established a factory in Berlin, producing pioneering precision instruments for seafaring, observatories, research and expeditions. Thanks to a high level of innovation and reliable technology, ASKANIA became one of the most important German companies for aviation instruments. In the early days of aviation, hardly a single aircraft was not equipped with ASKANIA onboard instruments, which proved to be reliable in every situation and at any time, day or night. The onboard and pilot watches helped the pioneers of aviation to achieve their record flights and safely bring the first civilian passengers to their destinations.

It was the age of men in their flying crates, commercial flights a distant dream and aircraft instruments were a rarity. ASKANIA recognised very early on the importance of technical support to a safe and reliable flight, and spotted the potential for the company. So it was that at the beginning of the 20th century, ASKANIA began to develop key navigational aids. Innovation and precision were vital if the manufacturer was to achieve a competitive edge. This uncompromising focus on quality paid off, as by the 1930s and 1940s, hardly an airplane left the ground without ASKANIA instruments.

In 2006 the brand was relaunched by Leonhard R. Müller, re-discoverer, visionary and the spiritual great-grandson of Carl Bamberg. For the maxim remains the same: precision, innovation and fascination made in Berlin, Germany. The timeless values of a brand for people who go their own way and arrive at their destinations.

Fully maintaining tradition, today’s production of ASKANIA timekeepers perfectly embody the past values that have been responsible for its legendary success:

• Ultra-high precision
• Outstanding reliability
• Functional design
• Robust and indestructible

Collections
Quadriga: The Quadriga watch is ASKANIA´s exclusive homage to the symbol of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate. As part of this line, a strictly limited special edition will be released every year with a special technical feature. The number produced matches the number of years of tradition that ASKANIA has enjoyed since 1871.

ALEXANDERPLATZ: Films, spies, the Cold War, tears and joy: this central Berlin square, with its characters and landmarks, has seen it all. It was the inspiration behind a special watch: the Alex. The Collection comprises elegant automatic timepieces for women and men.

Tempelhof: Tempelhof is a legendary airport in down-town Berlin. An uncountable number of aircrafts have taken off here and many pioneers established world records here in the 20s and 30s guided by ASKANIA’s reliable onboard instruments. Many good reasons to name the new ASKANIA watch-line ‘Tempelhof‘. The dial’s design follows simply and clearly the basic style of the airport building.

BREMEN: The new ASKANIA line ‘BREMEN’ is reviving the spirit of the three courageous pioneers who crossed the Atlantic for the first time from East to West on a non-stop flight on April 12, 1928. 80 years after this spectacular flight the brand presents the limited edition of this timepiece. All have in common a distinguishing dial in the design of the legendary compass used by Koehl, von Huenefeld and Fitzmaurice.

Heinkel: This pilot wristwatch collection was conceived from the design of the instrumentation of the legendary Heinkel aircrafts. The He 70, nick-named ‘Blitz’ was a single prop plane of the thirties was specifically designed for high speed air traffic. Well-known for its use in the ‘Blitzverkehr’ — the high speed transportation of the German Lufthansa — between Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt. The top speed was 370 km/h while carrying the pilot and 4 passengers. Of course, the ‘Blitz’ He 70’s cockpit was exclusively fitted with ASKANIA instruments, compass, clock and navigation devices.

Heinkel “Kadett”: The Heinkel He 72 „Kadett“, developed in 1933 as a training-plane was equipped with Instruments from ASKANIA. Countless pilots have trained their skills on this elegant and fast airplane. Following this tradition, ASKANIA designed the new Heinkel “Kadett”, a pilot´s watch for smaller wrists and the female pilot as well.

Elly Beinhorn : Aged 24, Elly Beinhorn — a famous European aviator of the 30’s — flew solo to Africa, got lost without a trace in the Sahara desert and appeared again in Timbuktu after a 90 km walk. She flew with the ‘Argus‘ and its just 80 hp to Australia and set many records with her world-famous ‘Messerschmitt Me108 Typhoon‘. Always on board: ASKANIA instrumentation.

Typhoon: ‘Typhoon’ was the nickname Elly Beinhorn gave to her Messerschmitt Me 108. This airplane became legendary for several world records flying non-stop from Rio de Janeiro to New York in 1938, followed by altitude records in 1939. Of course the planes were equipped with ASKANIA instruments which were used to conceive the design for the ‘Typhoon’ collection.

Little Taifun: The “little Taifun“ is the entry ticket into the Askania flight club. A pure pilot‘s watch in a smaller case for smaller wrists. Nevertheless this ASKANIA timepiece offers all qualities, today‘s aviatrixes and aviators are looking for: Hour, minute and date are easy to read and extreme reliability and rubustness can be taken for granted. All this slightly more subtle than ordinary pilot‘s watches with its smaller case of 39mm in diameter.

Carl Bamberg: Individual precision instruments meeting the highest standards left Carl Bamberg´s workshops into the entire world. The dial of the current Carl Bamberg Chronograph reminds of the marine pocket watches of the famous black sea fleet, made in Berlin-Friedenau.

C. BAMBERG:  The rectangular design of the 20s watches, combined with the typical Roman dial of the naval pocket watches of the 19th century, also alternatively with Arabian figures, put out the charm of this model row for not to strong wrists.

Official website: http://www.askania-uhren.de

Thursday, August 26, 2010

FRANC VILA FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater SuperLigero Concept

Swiss luxury watch brand FRANC VILA presents a new timepiece featuring 5 minutes repetition complication and built to provide a clear sonority thanks to the use of Lightnium combined with titanium. The new watch, named FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater, is included in the brand’s SuperLigero Concept collection.

In 2008 the brand introduced  FVa Nº 6, a skeleton tourbillon with 5 days of power reserve. With this masterpiece Franc Vila inaugurated his well known and successful collection named SuperLigero Concept. The concept consists in the development of different masterpieces with the characteristic of being very light while extremely robust in order to provide to the Haute Horlogerie lovers a collection of contemporary and complicated watches able to withstand exigent sport activities.

The common element in all the timepieces introduced under the SuperLigero concept is the use of Lightnium, an aluminium-lithium based alloy used in state of the art aeronautical engineering. It’s main characteristics are lightness combined with high-tensile strength, allowing structural weight reduction and an increase in the elastic modulus performance. These characteristics allow for the development of very robust movements like the FV Nº 6 skeleton tourbillon or the FV Nº Cuatro SuperLigero chronograph tourbillon. In new FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater SuperLigero Concept this advanced material brings furthermore a very important virtue regarding the sonority of the minute repetition. The FVa35 is a very sporty repeater in which the use of Lightnium enhance its sound performance.

The rigidity of Lightnium, its low density and elastic modulus are optimal to ensure the best possible sonority. The density parameter is one of the most important for the transmission of the sound through the materials and it is considered a good value when it is lower than 5 g/cm3. For this reason titanium is a good material for the construction of the watchcases for repeaters, with 4.2 g/cm3. The alloy used in Lightnium provides a density of just 2.4 g/cm3, making it perfect for the transmission of sound. Also, the elastic modulus of this material is 79 GPa, far away of the 100 GPa maximum limit considered to be optimal for the transmission of sound. Due to these superb attributes of Lightnium, in the FVa35 the inner part of the watchcase is made in this material, which is in charge of transmitting the sound with the lowest possible loss of energy to the outer part of the watchcase, made in high-grade titanium. This combination of titanium and Lightnium ensures optimal sound qualities for the repetition complication.

The movement has been designed to exhibit a complete view of the sonnerie movement with a skeleton like approach which shows all the movement, with its gongs and hammers, in an impressive three-dimensional deep sight. In order to provide the best view of the mechanism, Franc Vila chose to avoid the use of dial with the intention to show the naked beauty of the movement when the minute repetition is activated on demand with the pusher.


The introduction of the FVa35 SuperSonico 5 Minutes Repeater consolidates the SuperLigero Concept collection and proves the skills of Franc Vila when it comes to the use of new materials, thanks to his multi-discipline background. Once again, FRANC VILA achieves the aim of bringing to the high-end watchmaking a classic complication in a contemporary and sporty timepiece.

Technical details
Case: DLC Blackened titanium with inner part of the carrure in Lightnium*. Special “Esprit Unique”m shape with elliptic and circular bezel. Crystal and caseback both in sapphire with double sided antiglare treatment. Repeater pusher at 8'. Water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement: High Grade Mechanical Self-Winding hand finished complicated movement Caliber FV35. FRANC VILA Exclusive “Gold Concept Rotor”. Power reserve of 42 hours.

Functions: Hours, minutes and seconds. 5-minutes repeater.
Strap: Rubber sport strap with DLC Black DieHard Extreme Steel deployment buckle. Double side crocodile leather strap with red stitching also included.

Limited edition 88 pieces.

Blanchefontaine : Perfect partner to manufacture your personalized Swissmade watches

Blanchefontaine, a Swiss watchmaking company, was founded in 1998 by Jean-François Muller. The firm is located in the heart of the Canton of Jura in Switzerland, recognized as being the real center of expertise and know-how in the watchmaking industry. For more than 10 years, the company has been developing and producing watches for international companies, associations, agencies and public sector.

Blanchefontaine history is closely linked to that of its founder, Jean-François Muller. Immersed from his earliest years into the watchmaking universe of his grand father’s workshop, he quickly choose to link his professional activity to his passion. He began his apprenticeship in Undervelier at the foot of the Jurassian Mountains, and then he continued his training in various local watchmaking firms where he developed his know-how and his skills. In 1989, he became director of Gigandet SA, a 50 years experienced company in creation and production of Swiss watches, which exported more than 300'000 watches worldwide yearly.

In 1998, he decided to create his own private label organization. This enabled him to work in a free and independent way, surrounded by dynamic and reactive partners knowing how to meet the expectations of demanding clients. He choose to call this new challenge "Blanchefontaine" which reminded him of the moments spent during his childhood looking at the seven white fountains springs near he used to live. He set up his business in Bonfol, in the Ajoie, the village where Louis Chevrolet lived before crossing the Atlantic to succeed in a brilliant career as an entrepreneur and racing car driver. 12 years later, Blanchefontaine continue to stand by its values and has developed a solid network of skills in development and production of custom made Swiss watches respecting confidentiality.
Blanchefontaine helps to associate your image to a quality Swiss made product with an exceptional value for money. All the possibilities of personalization will be available to you on the basis of one of its collection models. Blanchefontaine will advise you on the design of your dial, choice of hands, bracelet and different possibilities of customization matching your request and communication concept.Each watch of the collection can be personalized by printing your logo, a text on the dial and/or on the caseback to better convey and valorize your image.

Its «Private Label» department provides, within a professional network of skilled employees, all stages needed for the custom made development of your watch collection. Its designers, technicians and watchmaking partners, used to interpreting the image codes and strategies characteristic of each brand, will know how to suggest original creations respecting your specifications.

Official website: www.blanchefontaine.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Techné Sparrow Hawk Chronograph

Techné Sparrow Hawk chronograph features a Swiss Venus 175 caliber design built in the Chinese Tianjin Seagull movement factory with Swiss tooling they purchased in the 1960's. Its original design takes cues from historic timepieces and aviation instruments.

Designed to provide a simple 30 minutes chronograph function, the Sparrow Hawk is the first watch featuring the Techné Altitude dial, a design based on the principles of ergonomics and avionics to allow reading under all circumstances. Hours indexes and hands are coated with NewLite, a non-radioactive and non-toxic strontium aluminate-based photoluminescent material manufactured by industry leader Tritec..
The 316L stainless steel case houses the Seagull ST-1901, a hand-wound mechanical chronograph using the column-wheel, a command gear design sought by vintage watch collectors.The Sparrow Hawk is not priced aggressively,its sells at price range of $400 -$450.

About Techné watches
The founder of Techné became a watch collector and trader over more than a decade ago. As an award-winning product designer and goldsmith he spent several years working on a patented watch case design that went into production in 2004. Shortly before relocating to work for one of the best-performing Swiss watch companies in 2007, he sought to register a trademark under which he would release alternative mechanical timepieces and adornments designed for collectors like himself.

As mountaineer and sailor, he is familiar with the constraints that wristwatches undergo in a hostile environment, and he relies upon his experience in the fields of ergonomics, watch making and gold smithing to design no frills timepieces that provide a great value for money.

[texni], which translates to craftsmanship or craft, is the rational method involved in producing an object through art. This Ancient Greek word was chosen as a recognizable signature for mechanical timepieces and adornments manufactured for connoisseurs. Each piece signed by Techné is the result of a careful design process that blends ergonomics and style.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Angular Momentum - New Model - Verre Èglomisé Artian Timepiece "Green Humming Bird"

Swiss watch brand Angular Momentum presents a new model -"Green Humming Bird", from its Verre Èglomisé Artian Timepiece collection. This timepiece features Verre Èglomisé“ miniature painting of a little green Humming Bird in the rain forest on the reverse of the sapphire crystal.
Technical details
Two-body dodecagon 1.4435 Cnu Staybrite steel case with polished bezel, brushed sides, 8.00 mm hand-winding crown with Onix cabochon, hand-winding movement, case caliber 39.00 mm. Digital time display by revolving hour-disk à “Souscription“ through oval aperture at 6 o‘clock (Patent CH686988). “Verre Èglomisé“ miniature painting of a little green Humming Bird in the rain forest on the reverse of the sapphire crystal. 30.00 mm diameter, 27.500 ct.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ril Concept Ril Watch Scuba

Ril Concept is a brain child of Nathan Halfon and Roger Gilbert, two connoisseurs of life’s finer things, and watch collectors. Both have formed London-based Ril Concept – pronounced “real” – to create and offer desirable objects that accommodate sensible budgets. Ril Concept’s debut product is a mechanical wristwatch that combines style, functionality and horological appeal. Its look will communicate immediately to a watch enthusiast. Its name is Ril Watch Scuba.
The Ril Watch Scuba is a simple and robust diving watch conceived to address all of the requirements of a modern, unisex timepiece, at home on the beach, in the boardroom, at a club or a rave. Its size is a generous 38mm, small enough for a lady’s wrist, large enough to suit a man’s. The watch employs a stainless steel, three-piece case, with graduated, unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown and sapphire glass; its ruggedness is indisputable.

Designed in London and manufactured in China, Ril Watch Scuba is powered by a high quality Japanese automatic movement with a generous 48-hour power reserve. Ril Watch Scuba is presented in a luxurious case, and all watches are supplied with both a regimental G10 NATO strap and a solid stainless-steel adjustable bracelet. Its dial is unadorned, showing no brand, for Ril Concept believes that the Ril Watch Scuba should say but one thing: “It belongs to you.” Only a Ril Watch Scuba’s owner will know the brand, its name relegated to the case-back.
Ril Concept’s primary mission is to design and sell purist objects manufactured to high standards, but at a price: an affordable price. Additionally, Ril Concept is global, so universal price parity means that Ril Watch Scuba will sell for USD $999, CHF 999 tax included, GBP £599 VAT or €699, whether purchased from one of Ril Concept’s appointed agents, or via the Ril Concept web site: www.rilconcept.com. For every watch sold, Ril Concept will donate USD $6 to the charity Shelter, to assist the homeless in England.

PRODUCT GALLERY: Montegrappa

Novelties 2010
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Montegrappa Muhammad Ali limited edition pen
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PRODUCT GALLERY: TIBALDI

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

HORUS: SUR MESURE Timepieces

HORUS is a Monaco based time-wear brand specialized in high complex, Tailor-Made and completely customisable luxury watches. HORUS brand is founded by André Grossmann, a former avionics engineer of Swiss origin. André Grossmann had ten years of experience in the aeronautic field which allowed him to unite the necessary technical knowledge and savoir-faire to create an unusual and innovative brand. It took four years of research and development with help from partners, leaders in their sphere, to propose a concept of high complex, Tailor-Made and completely customisable HORUS watches.

Its tailor made timepieces feature
- Collection of 3 shapes of cases
- One of Horus 5 flying tourbillon movements
- Customer's engravings
- Innovative materials stemming from advanced engineering or exceptional fine materials
- An exclusive (patented) two-material strap system combining unique materials

The brand offers an exceptional choice of five HORUS movements, flying tourbillon base and with added great complexities (Classique, A 4 temps, Marine, Chrono, Repetition-Minutes or Repetition-Minutes Cathedrale).

Clean lines, fine materials and stemming from advanced engineering. A great complexity to be worn on every occasion and which will go with you on each of your activities. By developing still more innovative systems, such as Horus' reversible strap, it can propose much more than a watch. In fact, your time piece becomes a magnificent jewel and adapts itself to your desires.


With HORUS charter, the brand undertakes :
- Producing a Tailor-Made strap according to the size of your wrist.
- Giving you the greatest freedom to Customise it seeing that you are choosing the shape of your case, your tourbillon movement, your dial, your engravings, the materials, coverings and precious stones.
- Guaranteeing the exclusive rights of a Unique Watch.
- Proposing tested and approved materials plus coverings stemming from Advanced Engineering.
- Supplying an Outstanding and Reliable watch by assuring you of a minimum 200m waterproofing
- Showing the greatest Responsiveness by delivering your watch within a three-month time limit from the confirmation and reception of the order form.
- Assuring you of the Biocompatibility of the materials respecting human beings and the environment.
- Giving you an exceptional, renewable 10 year Guarantee.

Straps are Tailor-Made in HORUS Leather Goods workshop in Monaco. HORUS' leather craftsman takes the measurements of your wrist to guarantee your ergonomics and comfort. You will then choose the type of skin, colour, the type of topstitching and the colour of the thread. Information about your strap will be kept in a safe-deposit box assigned to you so as to be able to produce another strap when you request it and whether you are here or abroad.

The brand gives you the possibility of creating a watch that resembles you with an exceptional choice of collection, movement, materials, finishing and colour. Remarkably well-executed engravings totally carried out by hand by a master-engraver and according to your choice and desires, thus customising your watch and enhancing it.

Official website: http://www.horus.mc

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marvin Malton 160 Cushion edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Marvin celebrated its 160th anniversary this year by launching the Malton 160 Series, a new headliner collection blending traditional watchmaking with innovative design. This Series was named after a special edition timepiece dates back to 1906. Now Marvin presents a new variation- The Malton 160 Cushion edition.


The Malton 160 is the brain child of two celebrities of watch making industry- Jean Francois Ruchonnet and Sebastien Perret.The new Malton 160 Cushion is powered by a Swiss made Valijoux mechanical automatic chronograph movement. It also comes in three additional versions:three hands with date mechanical (Sellita SW200),three hands quartz chronograph(ETA G10.211) and three hands quartz model(Ronda 713).

Crafted with care by the best watch makers, the Malton 160 Cushion edition is all about authentic watchmaking,steeped in history and bursting with creativity. The models carry a 2 year warranty and are water resistant up to 50 meters.

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

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

Functions:Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case:Circular, steel, Ø 38.50 mm

Back cover engraved with:
Expéditions Polaires Françaises – Missions Paul-Emile Victor
Expédition Arctique (Groenland) – Expédition Antarctique (Terre Adelie)

Dial: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
Water-resistant:To 3 bars or 30 metres
Glass:Sapphire with anti-reflection coating
Strap:Black leather or brown alligator with buckle

CONSUL Heritage 7315.04.AG.10.15 Limited edition

Swiss watch maker CONSUL presents their new model from its popular Heritage Collection. Powered with a Swiss automatic movement,it has a power reserve of 43 hours.Production is limited to only 888 pieces.


Technical details
-High resistant polished stainless steel case
-42 mm case diameter
-Swiss made automatic movement
-43 hours power reserve
-Water resistant to 30 M - 3 ATM (100 feet)
-Curved sapphire crystal
-Screw-in crown
-Display by means of hands, hours, minutes and seconds
-Second time zone at 6 o’clock
-Date at 12 o’clock
-Stainless steel bracelet with double butterfly buckle and 2 safety pushers or assorted leather band with double butterfly buckle
-Screw-in back cover
-See-through back sapphire crystal with medallion
-Swiss made
-Limited edition to 888 pieces
-12 months international warranty

Monday, August 16, 2010

Piaget Emperador Coussin Full-set Perpetual Calendar: The One Millionth Watch from Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget

The one millionth watch bearing the Piaget has just emerged from the workshops of the Manufacture. Representing an perfect expression of the two fields of skill brilliantly mastered by Piaget: haute horlogerie in La Côte-aux-Fées and haute joaillerie in Geneva – the Piaget Emperador Full-Set Coussin Perpetual Calendar enshrines the entire Piaget heritage. Only 20 of these watches will be produced in 2010.

From the workshop set up by Georges Edouard Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées in 1874, to the contemporary international luxury brand, Piaget has successfully developed its dual watchmaking and jewellery-making skills over the past century and a half. Now firmly established in two sites – La Côte-aux-Fées in the Neuchâtel Jura region and Plan-les-Ouates in Canton Geneva – each of which has specialised in one of these areas, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget now proudly presents its millionth timepiece: the Piaget Emperador Full-Set Coussin Perpetual Calendar. A watch embodying a tribute to the two worlds in which Piaget has chosen to excel.

Piaget has long since belonged to the select circle of fully-integrated watch manufacturers that can legitimately claim to offer their customers the privilege of wearing a watch equipped with a movement entirely designed, developed and produced in-house. This much-envied capacity, these decades of creativity, inventions along with technical and human investments have now endowed Piaget with a wealth of horological assets including an exceptional portfolio of mechanical movements. Over the decades, the Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Piaget has steadily cultivated its expertise in one of the most sophisticated technical fields: that of ultra-thin movements. From the famous Calibre 9P released in 1957 and representing the thinnest mechanical hand-wound movement in its category released at just 2 mm; to the new slenderness record for a mechanical self-winding movement set by the dainty 2.35 mm Calibre 1208P in 2010, the history of Piaget has been punctuated by milestone creations in this prestigious segment.

However, the specific nature of the brand does not stop there, since what makes Piaget a truly unique watch manufacturer is that, in parallel with this technical excellence, it has also acquired genuine expertise in jewellery-making – not only by creating jewellery and Haute Joaillerie lines, but also by applying this remarkable know-how to the domain of gem-set watches.

In order to celebrate the production of its millionth timepiece, Piaget has thus chosen to highlight this twofold expertise by presenting the Piaget Emperador Full-Set Coussin Perpetual Calendar. An authentic mechanical time-programming instrument, capable of handling calendar irregularities until the year 2100, the perpetual calendar is one of the major horological complications and also one of the most widely appreciated. This watch houses Calibre 856P, a mechanical self-winding movement beating at a cadence of 21,600 vibrations per hour and boasting a 72-hour power reserve. Loyal to the tradition of the many ultrathin movements created by Piaget, this diminutive 5.6 mm thick calibre houses an impressive array of functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 4 o’clock, month and leap year at 12 o’clock, retrograde day of the week and date indications at 3 o’clock. In addition to these two retrograde displays, it is distinguished from the majority of ordinary perpetual calendars by the addition of a dual time zone displayed by two hands in a subdial at 9 o’clock, as well as a day/night indicator indexed to the central hour.
This masterpiece of technical complexity designed and developed in-house is also naturally crafted and assembled in the brand Manufacture in La Côte-aux-Fées. Piaget’s historical cradle is entirely dedicated to complications and it is here that the watchmaking heart of the firm continues to beat. Movements are also decorated there in the traditional manner, and Calibre 856P is no exception: its mainplate and bridges are circular-grained and bevelled, their flanks are hand-drawn, and the decoration is enhanced with blued screws and circular Côtes de Genève. The movement is also cased up in La Côte-aux-Fées, while the case is gem-set at the Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates.

Located in the Canton of Geneva, this more recently built production facility has come to specialise in the areas of design, the crafting of cases and bracelets in precious metals, and of jewellery. It is thus here that the final touch was given to the appearance of the millionth Piaget watch representing the culmination of more than 300 hours of development. Its distinctive cushion shape and the decision to combine full-cut and baguette-cut diamonds totalling 9.9 carats clearly added to the daunting complexity of this project. Witness the extraordinary jewelling of the bezel: the succession of 60 baguette-cut diamonds –one for each minute – seems to literally give life and movement to this case offering a display of virtuoso,gem setting dexterity. The dial is also a major accomplishment, featuring a surface housing no less than 263 diamonds, 12 hourmarkers and 5 subdials. Over 60 hours of work were lavished on the gem-setting alone of this millionth watch, and Piaget has even gone to the extent of setting 25 diamonds on the oscillating weight winding the movement, thereby lending an additional jeweller’s touch to the horological vision that may be admired through the transparent case-back.

Technical details
Model: Piaget Emperador Coussin Full-set Perpetual Calendar
Ref.G0A35020

Case
18-carat white gold case set with 314 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 2,5 cts), 60 baguette-cut diamonds (approx 5 cts)

Dial
Dial set with 263 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 1.2 cts), guilloche and satin-brushed counters, applied 18- carat white gold hour-markers, case-back fitted with sapphire crystal revealing the movement
Crown set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds (approx 0.4 ct)

Functions
Hour, minute, small seconds (at 4 o'clock), dual time (at 8 o'clock), month/leap year (at 12 o'clock), day (retrograde indicator at 9 o'clock) and date (retrograde indicator at 3 o'clock)

Movement
Manufacture Piaget 856P mechanical self-winding perpetual calendar movement with retrograde day and date display, and dual time zone
Oscillating weight set with 25 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.2 ct)
Movement thickness: 5.60 mm
Casing dimensions: 28.4 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Cadence: 21,600 vph
Approximately 72-hours power reserve
Finishing: circular Côtes de Genève, circular-grained plate, bridges bevelled and drawn with a file, blued screws, oscillating weight engraved with Piaget coat-of-arms

Strap
18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 7 baguette-cut diamonds (approx 0.6 ct)
Black alligator leather strap

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
Movement
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

Case
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

Dial
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)

Functions
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 Eur0

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 Eur

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

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DAVOSA X-AGON

A vintage, art-deco timepiece served as the original inspiration for the new DAVOSA X-AGON. The raw material stainless steel 316L was crafted with the latest technology to create a rectangular sculpture to grace the wrist. The unique case design consists of five individual, perfectly fitting pieces (Width 33 x Length without lugs 37,5mm). The flanks and back are characterised by their hexagonal form, a modern interpretation of earlier case engravings. The result is a strikingly dynamic, original timepiece.

The face of the X-Agon is deliberately clear and stark, protected behind scratch-proof sapphire glass. The watch-lover may choose between a black, slate-grey, bronze-brown or silver, two-level dial, where the minute markings form a perfect circle on the lower level.
Applied figures and polished hands complete the harmonious composition of this timepiece. Readability is guaranteed even at night thanks to white Super-LumiNova markings on the outer part of the hands. A fluted, onion crown bearing the DAVOSA star is a further measure of functionality. Screwed lugs keep both strap versions securely in place, leaving you free to choose between a heavy, satined, polished, linked strap with a double foldable clasp or alternatively, a matt, calfskin leather strap.

The X-Agon knows how to impress, even when you turn it over. A round, glass window in the 4-pinned, screw-down back sheds light on the balance wheel of the reliable automatic Swiss ETA 2824-2 calibre. The DAVOSA X-Agon can resist five atmospheres of pressure. In addition to the pure stainless steel version, the X-Agon is also available with black PVD coating or in an exclusive version set with 38 diamonds.

The DAVOSA X-Agon Automatic is now retailing from 548 euros (recommended retail price) from selected retailers. DAVOSA has a special gift for those who know what they want. The first 200 people to purchase a X-Agon will receive a free matching pair of cufflinks in an exclusive gift box.

Model details & Retail price
Ref. 161.493.10 (stainless steel with silver dial, metal strap), RRP 648 €
Ref. 161.493.50 (stainless steel with black dial, metal strap), RRP 648 €
Ref. 161.493.80 (stainless steel with slate-grey dial, metal strap), RRP 648 €
Ref. 161.493.15 (stainless steel with silver dial, leather strap), RRP 548 €
Ref. 161.493.55 (stainless steel with black dial, leather strap), RRP 548 €
Ref. 161.493.65 (stainless steel with brown dial, leather strap), RRP 548 €
Ref. 161.495.10 (stainless steel and diamond-set with silver dial), RRP 1148 €
Ref. 161.495.50 (stainless steel and diamond-set with black dial), RRP 1148 €
Ref. 161.494.55 (stainless steel/black PVD coating with black leather strap), RRP 568 Ref.
Ref. 161.494.15 (stainless steel/black PVD coating with black leather strap), RRP 568 €

Christopher Ward C20 Lido Automatic

Christopher Ward, maker of affordable Swiss luxury watches launches its new model- C20 Lido Automatic. The C20 Lido Automatic is a great example of how Christopher Ward responds to the demands of its growing army of fans. The luxury watchmaker listened to the requests for an automatic alternative to their hugely successful quartz C2 Lido and its British design team set about creating the C20 by modifying the C2’s original case to accommodate an ETA 2836-2 calibre automatic movement with both Day and Date functions.
The design team also used the opportunity to add to the effortless presence of the C20 Lido by creating a central guilloche pattern on the layered dial. Other features of the new watch include a Côte de Genève rotor and an exhibition back – giving a clear view of the Swiss movement. The end result is a beautifully made automatic watch that is effortlessly masculine and impressive. Suggested retail price starts from £299.

Technical Features
Swiss made
25 Jewel Automatic movement
Day/date calendar
Retro guilloche dial
Anti-reflective crystal
Screw-in crown and back plate
Unique engraved serial number

Diameter: 40mm
Height: 8.5mm
Weight: 140g

BUBEN&ZORWEG opens their InShop Boutique in Dalian, Northeast China

For hundreds of years Dalian has played a very special role in Northeast China as the center of political and economic activities of this area. Now BUBEN&ZORWEG is opening an InShop Boutiquein Dalian.

The BUBEN&ZORWEG InShop boutique in the noble Zhongsan District is managed together with long-standing partners and impresses visitors with an exclusive ambience and the OBJET DE TEMPS I ORBIT TOURBILLON as an eye-catcher. Besides numerous journalists leading figures from Dalian’s officialdom and a number of VIPs attended the “cutting ribbon ceremony” and it was generally agreed: …no true watch aficionado will be able to pass up a visit when in Dalian…

The address of the new BUBEN&ZORWEG InShop Boutique:
1F, No.10 Yide Street; Zhongshan District
Flagship Store of Jinhua Watch & Jewelery, 116001 Dalian,
People's Republic of China

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.

DAVOSA offers anyone who is looking for a reliable, sporty yet elegant pilot watch the ideal companion in the form of the Pilot model. It is the perfect co-pilot – even if you do not happen to possess a flying licence.

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

Corum Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40

Now entering the Admiral’s Cup collection that is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40 already has the makings of greatness. Loyal to the aesthetic design that has forged the collection’s admirable reputation, it proudly bears the identity codes of its siblings: a 12-sided case and nautical pennant hour-markers. Featuring a 40 mm diameter well suited to ladies’ wrists, the newcomer clearly tops the bill right from its first appearance. It is equipped with a chronograph that asserts its sporting nature, while clothed in intense black and diamonds that proclaim its feminine spirit.

Having earned international recognition as CORUM’s sports watch collection, the Admiral’s Cup has been paying tribute to the world of sailing for half a century. The bold aesthetics of its 12-sided case have made it an iconic model that is one of the four brand pillars alongside the Corum Bridges, Romvlvs and Artisans lines.

127 grams of black steel and 66 white diamonds
While clearly a legitimate heiress to the Admiral’s Cup collection, this model nonetheless stands out from its masculine counterparts by a 40 mm diameter perfectly suited to ladies’ wrists. Its other signature features  include the 66 diamonds sublimating the bezel and lending a decidedly glamorous touch. The brilliance of the stones is highlighted by the fascinating contrast they make with the intense shade of the black PVD-treated steel case (1300 Vickers). The polished and satin-brushed finishes of the surfaces add hypnotic depth to this black color. Surrounded by a black vulcanized rubber crown guard, the crown is also black PVD-treated and engraved with the emblematic CORUM key.

The dial is available in deep black or immaculate white versions, enhanced by three nautical pennants painted in black and white on the inner bezel ring. The chronograph direct-drive seconds hand is adorned with a counterweight shaped like a CORUM key. The hands and the hour-marker chevrons are coated with Superluminova to ensure nighttime visibility.

The Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40 houses a mechanical self-winding 12 ½’’’ movement. Endowed with a 42-hour power reserve, the latter drives the hours, minutes, small seconds, date display at 4.30 o’clock, as well as the chronograph complication controlled by pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. Guaranteeing perfect precision that is duly chronometer-certified by the COSC, this caliber is visible through the transparent case-back that enables one to admire the dedicated CORUM finishes as well as a black PVD-treated oscillating weight engraved with the brand name.
The two interpretations of the Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40 are water-resistant to 100 meters and fitted with a black vulcanized rubber strap. Issued in limited numbers of 355 for the black dial version and 155 of the model with white dial, the Admiral’s Cup Black Chronograph 40 asserts a timeless design based on striking contrasts.

Technical details

References
984.970.97/F371 AA32 (white dial) Limited Edition 155
984.970.97/F371 AN32 (black dial) Limited Edition 355

Movement
CO984
Self-winding chronograph, COSC certified
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
37 jewels
Special CORUM finish, including the oscillating weight with black PVD treatment and engraved with the brand name
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Chronograph with counters; small seconds at 3 o’clock, 12 hours at 6 o’clock, 30 minutes at 9 o’clock

Case
Steel with black PVD treatment
40mm diameter
Bezel set with 66 diamonds, total: 0.924ct
Steel crown with black PVD treatment, engraved with CORUM key
Vulcanized rubber crown protector and bezel protector
Screwed open back in steel with black PVD treatment
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance: 10 atmospheres (330 feet / 100 meters)

Dial
Black or white
3 counters in applique
12 monochromatic nautical pennant hour-markers painted on the flange
Rhodium coated or black PVD chevrons and minute numerals
Facetted hour, minute and counter hands with Superluminova
Seconds hand counterweight shaped like the CORUM key
Date indication in a window at 4.30 o’clock

Strap
Black vulcanized rubber strap, width 21/18 mm
Buckle: Triple folding clasp with CORUM logo

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
Movement
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

Functions
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

Case/bracelet
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

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

Edition
Limited edition of 200 watches onl

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

KM Independent Watchmaking: Exclusive Handmade Wrist & Pocket Watches by Keaton Myrick

KM Independent is a watch brand founded by Keaton Myrick. Based in Oregon(USA), the KM Independent watchmaking shop is specialized in the manufacture of high-end wrist and pocket watches and the restoration of rare and important timepieces.

(001) is the debut watch model from KM Independent. This timepiece piece took over a year to complete and because of a personal bond, Keaton Myrick will be keeping this watch in his personal collection as a most sentimental piece.
KM Independent watch company makes only one wrist watch at a time. Keaton Myrick currently uses an ETA 6497 as a base caliber and heavily modify everything. In order to meet his strict requirements for fit and finish Keaton remakes the mainplate, bridges and add elements to enhance both the design and mechanical functionality. All of his work is done by hand and the result is a timepiece that is 100% unique and an excellent timekeeper. The case measures 42mm without the crown and about 14mm thick with 22mm lugs. This case and dial configuration is quite striking on the wrist.

Base price of the product is $12,000. This includes the watch, handmade wooden presentation box (also made by Keaton Myrick ), lifetime warranty and the first service is on the house. The straps are handmade in the United States and can be made to exact customer specifications.The mainplate is 24k gold plate and the bridges are ruthenium plate. Future pieces will have a plaque engraved with brand's initials and a unique number. The screws on the bridges are also more symmetrically positioned on production pieces. Also expect other design elements to be further improved upon.

The next watch (#002) will be done within the next couple months and will, for the most part, look very similar to #001 (a few slightly different, albeit better, design elements). He also invites customers to discuss their options for a custom one-of-a-kind piece.

About Keaton Myrick
Keaton was born and raised in Oregon and was taught watchmaking in the horologically rich Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Before beginning his watchmaking education he worked for MKII Watch Company, gaining invaluable experience in the industry. Keaton then attended the Lititz Watch Technicum, graduating in 2007, gaining his WOSTEP certification, AWCI certification and the coveted LWT Diploma. Keaton learned the art of traditional watchmaking and was instrumental in helping his class build a precision pendulum clock as a class project rarely seen in watchmaking schools today. Upon graduation, Keaton worked for Rolex USA in one of its service centers learning from industry leaders how to service some of the world’s finest timepieces. Today he works from his workshop in Sisters, Oregon making fine watches by hand, one at a time.


KM Independent Watchmaking shop
Address
KM Independent Watchmaking
300 West Hood Avenue Sisters,
Oregon 97759
USA
Official website: http://www.kpmwatchcompany.com

Friday, August 6, 2010

Conway Stewart Nelson Heritage Special Limited Edition Writing Instrument for 2010

The Heritage Collection is Conway Stewart's celebration of timeless and classic models. Their Award Winning Duro model launched the Heritage Collection and was followed by the Award Winning Dandy Heritage. The latest monthly Special Limited Edition from Conway Stewart is the Nelson Heritage, bringing a refined combination of elegant shape, subtle engraving and stunning colour choice together in a symphony of visual appeal that truly rises above the sum of its parts.

Considered simply as a writing instrument, the Nelson Heritage will be an instant favourite, with every aspect of the shape and weight designed to make writing a pleasure.

Image of Nelson Heritage from a design standpoint, the most prominent feature is obviously the engraving covering both cap and barrel. Or on the other hand, it might just be the striking colour! Both combine to make this monthly Special Limited Edition a real standout, and were the result of much deliberation amongst the design team at Conway Stewart. The goal from the beginning was to arrive at a design that stood out, but which was also tasteful and elegant. Rather than simply rely upon a bold colour, the design team strove to locate a middle ground that brought together new materials and mixed them with an understated engraving pattern on the cap and barrel.
The engraving pattern consists of interlocking diamonds, drawing upon the traditional Conway Stewart logo shape, running along the full length of both cap and barrel. To allow the focus of this design to be the combination of material and engraving, there is no cap band, leaving nothing to break the flow of the engraving.

Available to order now until September 06, 2010 - orders will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis. No orders will be accepted after this date. This colour will not be repeated on this model thereafter and will not be available as a bespoke pen.

Technical details
Writing Modes: Fountain Pen or Roller Ball
Price Fountain Pen: LIST RETAIL £325 €399 $520
Price Roller Ball: LIST RETAIL £305 €370 $485
Numbered:X of 50 for the Fountain Pens - Roller Balls available upon request

Dimensions:
Closed: 143 mm - Posted including nib: 176 mm
Barrel including nib: 137 mm - Cap: 61.6 mm
Barrel diameter: 13.2 mm - Cap diameter: 15.2 mm
Weight: 42 gms

Nib Grades: F, M, B, IF, IM, IB
Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter
Packaging: Exclusive diamond shape packaging