Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ludovic Ballouard "Upside Down" Complication Watch

After many years working with some of the world’s greatest watchmakers - most recently with François-Paul Journe on his magnum opus Grande Sonnerie - in 2009 Ludovic Ballouard decided to become independent to develop his own horological creations. His innovative "Upside Down" heralds a completely new way to indicate the time by astonishingly rotating individual hour numbers on cue.

"Upside Down" complication
While the idea of indicating the time by having the correct hour right side up, while the other 11 displayed numbers are upside down looks relatively simple, the fact that it had never been done before is a testimony to the technical difficulty of realising the complication. When the minute hand precisely reaches the 12 o'clock position, the past hour number instantaneously turns 180 degrees upside down. Simultaneously the new hour turns right side up. The rotation of these two tiny hour disks is faster than the eye can follow, and by using Maltese crosses to control the rotation mechanisms, time-keeping precision is not affected.

Technically, the easier route would have been to place the "Upside Down" mechanism underneath the dial; however, Ludovic Ballouard believes that the owner would appreciate seeing the complexity of the complication and watching the discs rotate, so he placed the mechanism on the back. No easy task as it necessitated drilling 12 minute holes through the movement plate for the 12 tiny pinions that control the hour discs.

Case
The platinum case - Ludovic Ballouard intends to case all his timepieces in this precious metal - is a meticulously thought-out work of art in itself. Rather than the straightforward vertical sides or slightly outward curves commonly found in timepieces, the case sides of the "Upside Down" curve slightly inwards. This design not only protects against scratches, but also offers a tactile pleasure when running a finger lightly over the unexpected line. The platinum crown - another unusual feature of the "Upside Down" as the majority of platinum watches have white gold crowns for ease of manufacture - is protected by sleek buttresses on either side.

Technical details

Features
Manual winding mechanical movement with unique (patented)
"Upside Down" time indication and small second at 6 o’clock.

Movement
Calibre B01 / Patented "Upside Down" complication developed by Ludovic Ballouard
Manual winding
Power reserve : Approximately 40 hours
Balance frequency : 21,600 bph/3hz.
Number of jewels : 51
Number of components : 228 (movement only)
Diameter : 35mm/15.5 lignes

Functions
Hours indicated by the correct hour being right-side up,
whereas all other numbers are upside down.
Minutes indicated by central blued steel hand.
Small seconds at 6 o'clock.

Case
Case and hand engraved crown in 950 platinum
Dimensions: 41mm x 11mm
Lugs: milled from solid platinum with case
Water resistance: 30 metres/3ATM

Dial & Hands
Titanium Dial & blued steel hands

Strap & Buckle
Black hand-stitched alligator with patented hand engraved 950 platinum buckle.
Travel pouch hand stitched from the same leather as the strap.

About Ludovic Ballouard
Ludovic Ballouard was Born in 1971 in Brittany, France, to a French father and a Dutch mother.At the age of 12, he became interested in flying and making model aeroplanes. In 1987 he hoped to become a dental prosthetic technician because he possessed the hand skills required; however the school counsellor advised watchmaking as an alternative. In 1988 Ludovic Ballouard began studying watchmaking in Rennes, France, and qualified three years later. In 1991 Ludovic Ballouard moved to the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and started work as watchmaker at Lémania.

In 1992 he returned to Brittany and found interesting work as an aircraft- instrument technician for the next 6 years. But in 1998, realising that Haute Horology was his true passion, Ludovic Ballouard re-located to Geneva, Switzerland, and worked during a period of 3 years for Franck Muller.

In 2001 he accepted a more challenging position at the newly established company of F.P.Journe where he worked for the next 7 years, becoming one of the very few watchmakers in the entire world to master the skills of making a "Grande Sonnerie".

In 2009, Ludovic Ballouard left F.P.Journe to set up independently and create his first watch model, the "Upside Down". In 2009 December, Ludovic Ballouard delivered his first "Upside Down" timepiece.

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

Dior Chiffre Rouge T01 Limited Edition Watch

The Chiffre Rouge T01 is fitted with the "Dior 8 Fuseaux Horaires" calibre, which was developed by Orny and Girardin exclusively for luxury brand Dior.
It enables three pieces of information to be read off simultaneously on the same index: local time, the time in eight cities around the world and day/night. The watch's complication offers a mobile and graphical adornment that changes with the passage of time on a "cotton pique" dial, a tribute to one of Dior Homme's favourite materials.

Limited Edition of 100 pieces.

Breitling Chronomat 01 Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Breitling introduces its flagship Chronomat 01 model in a limited series endowed with exclusive finishing and a transparent caseback providing a fascinating view of the 100% in-house made chronograph caliber. A close-up look at elegance and top-flight performances.

First introduced in the spring of 2009, the Chronomat 01 was the first Breitling watch to house Caliber 01, a chronograph movement entirely developed and produced in the brand’s workshops. The leading model in the Breitling collections, this instrument is distinguished by the powerful character of its case, its bezel engraved with original numerals, and its distinctive blend of strength and elegance. Available in a number of different versions, it has established itself as the new benchmark in the field of mechanical chronographs – and indeed as the ultimate chronograph.



For devotees of rare and exclusive timepieces, Breitling now offers this iconic model in limited series of 2,000 in steel and 200 in rose gold, all bearing the individual number engraved at 9 o’clock on the case middle. The strong and unique design of the case, bezel and bracelet is highlighted by subtle contrasted finishing – satin-brushed on the top and polished on the sides. The black dial is adorned with applied hour-markers. Contrary to the standard Chronomat 01 models, equipped with solid steel or gold casebacks, the Chronomat 01 Limited Edition features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback providing optimal views of the in-house made chronograph movement. An exceptional glimpse of this high-performance motor boasting a column-wheel, an entirely original architectural design, and assembled according to a revolutionary industrial process.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tokyoflash Kisai Wasted USB Rechargeable LED Watch

Japanese Watch brand Tokyoflash presents their new ultra modern watch model: Kisai Wasted, which features a hyper energetic mix of bright lights and vivid color.

Available in two colour styles; black and white, Kisai Wasted has a streamlined plastic case and strap finished in gloss with matte detail. Kisai Wasted has been carefully designed to be a perfect fit for most wrist sizes. The smooth translucent lens allows you see the mysterious layout of time beneath.

Tokyoflash Kisai Wasted is USB rechargeable, so when your delusions are coming to an end and you need a recharge, just connect to your computer. One full charge takes 3.5hours and each charge should last 1 month. There are 300 With Wasted, the time is easy to read at a glance. A touch of the button will initiate the twisted display and the current time will flash for a short time to direct you. Hours are shown on the outside in the same position as numbers on a clock, groups of five minutes on the inside and single minutes in the centre from bottom to top.



A programmed animation between 18:00 and 24:00 can be initiated for a night time; all lights will slowly illuminate the screen and then go out every 15 minutes when animation mode is on.

Technical details
Displays the time
Plastic case & PU strap
USB rechargeable: connect to your computer with cable provided
LED animation option (can be turned off)
Clasp: simple stainless steel belt style buckle
Minimum wrist size: 100 mm (approx.)
Maximum wrist size: 200 mm (approx.)
Case dimensions: 34 mm x 46 mm x 12 mm
Weight: 40 grams
Battery: LIR2032 rechargeable & replaceable watch battery
Japanese and English instructions
One year manufacturer's warranty
Retail price: $85

ARCHIMEDE Arcadia Chronograph

German watch maker Ickler has developed the classic design and timeless elegance of their highly successful ARCHIMEDE Arcadia into a captivating new chronograph.

Detailed attention has been given to the design: the dial, in either black or finely brushed silver, has polished, applied Arabic numerals, a fine quarter-second track on a separate angled bezel and three aesthetically balanced sub-dials. All this is protected by sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating.

The movement, the Elaboré version of the Swiss, automatic ETA 7750 is housed in a three-piece stainless steel case and visible through the display back. Other details include the large polished pushers and the crown signed with the Archimede logo and as an optional extra an exclusive Archimede rotor. Leather straps are available in either brown or black as well as a brushed steel bracelet.

Suggested retail price (United states): US$ 1,390 (strap) or $1,560 (steel bracelet), including shipping and all US duties
Suggested retail price (International):Eur 975 (strap) or Eur 1.095 (steel bracelet), plus shipping costs

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jacob & Co. Crystal Collection

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, in a unique and definitive style that has been the signature of Jacob & Co., the company now offers the Crystal Collection of timepieces that exemplifies the brand’s legendary prowess in haute horlogerie and luxury jewelry.

The Crystal Collection is inspired by a harmonious blending of multiple Jacob & Co. collections and embraces some of the finest elements of the brand’s watch and jewelry disciplines in a series designed to provide Jacob & Co. followers with the cutting-edge design, craftsmanship and individuality to which they are accustomed. The Crystal Collection is the union of the legendary Five Time Zone dial and other famed dials with the intricately jeweled masterpiece, the Crystal Tourbillion.

The collection is created utilizing the finest materials, including 18-karat rose gold and surgical-grade stainless steel. Each case is carved from a block of metal and then each component cut and hand assembled with the strictest attention to detail and excellence. The Crystal Collection features 44mm cases and exquisite diamond adorned dials, bezels and cases.
Exceptional works of art and elegance, the Crystal Collection varies from the elegant mother-of-pearl dial watch (in natural black, white, blue, yellow or pink) with diamond markers, accents and dials, to fully diamond-adorned dials and cases with more alluring variations. In several renditions, sultry swirls of diamonds pinwheel from the dial center fanning across the dial out onto the bezel and wrapping the case in an ingenious, highly well crafted setting.

Particularly intriguing and the DNA of Jacob & Co are the Crystal Collection“World is Yours” models that outline the map of the world -- reminiscent of the famed “World is Yours” - Five Time Zone Collection. These striking world map dials feature maps of enamel, or maps outlined by hundreds of brilliant-cut white diamonds for sophisticated beauty and worldly appeal.

Always elegant and definitively individualistic in nature, Jacob & Co. strikes a balance in form and function in this Crystal Collection. Utilizing ETA 956.102 7-jeweled movements, the brand combines technical Swiss watchmaking prowess with artistic diamond setting. Each of the designs offered in the collection are superbly set with Top-Wesselton brilliant-cut white diamonds and all feature alligator or satin straps. The watches offer hours and minutes, sapphire crystals, a two year warranty and are water resistant to 30 meters.

Technical detailsCase
Case & Bezel: 44mm, stainless steel or 18K rose gold available with pave diamond details ranging from 1.10ctto 6.77ct
Crown: Stainless steel or 18K rose gold available plain or with pave diamond details of .09ct
Crystal: Sapphire
Water Resistance: 30 meters

Dial
Various designs consisting of the world map with pave diamonds ranging from 0.49ct to 1.19ct in mother of pearl (white, blue, yellow, and pink), stone (black or blue), or enamel (black, salmon, and white); black stone dial with pave diamond Roman numerals of 0.32ct; black or white mother of pearl with pave diamond pinwheeldesign of 1.09ct; full pave diamond dial of 2.90ct; black enamel with white pave diamond skull dial of 1.27ct; black pave diamonds of 1.82ct with white pave diamond skull of 1.27ct

Movement
ETA 956.102
Jewels: 7

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Alligator or satin with a stainless steel or 18K rose gold buckle or with pave diamond buckle of 0.57ct

Warranty
2 years

Jacob & Co. Epic Collection - EPIC I V2 & EPIC II

Building upon its iconic Epic Collection of fine timepieces, New York based luxury timepiece and diamond jewelry house Jacob & Co.unveils its latest additions to the family- the Epic 1, V2 and Epic II, designed in a range of vibrant colors. These new introductions pay homage to the company’s creative spirit and passion for innovation, gem-setting techniques and fine craftsmanship.

The Epic II, as well as the Epic I V2, which offers a silhouette with a slimmer more compact case, are set in a rainbow of colors with dial treatments developed for Jacob & Co. This new offering provides the opportunity to express one’s personality while making a fashion statement with a luxury timepiece. The signature Jacob & Co. colored geometric sub-dials and hands are available in pink, yellow, orange, British green, red, violet, and navy blue. The unique combination of these two elements merges the finest in Swiss watch making with Jacob & Co.’s bold, iconic design. Each of the new seven bezel colors features invisibly set stones of citrines, pink sapphires, blue sapphires, garnets (orange), rubies, tanzanite (purple), and tsavorite (green) which are beautiful examples of Jacob & Co.’s world-renowned gem-setting techniques.
The Epic family houses the automatic 27-jewel Caliber with chronograph functions, date indicator and a 48-hour power reserve. Beating at 28, 800 vibrations per hour, it features the hours and minutes in the center, along with center seconds for the chronograph. The chronograph minute sub-dial is at 3 o’clock, and the 12-hour sub-dial is at 6 o’clock with the time keeping seconds hand located at 9 o’clock. The start and stop functions of the chronograph are operated off of a round pusher at 2 o’clock, while reset is operated via a pusher at 4 o’clock. The three-position crown offers time correction, date and re-assembly. All Epic Automatic Chronographs are equipped with a sapphire crystal and a rubber strap.

EPIC I V2 with Color
Case: 47.50x 41.50x 17.50 mm, stainless steel, black PVD
Movement: Jacob & Co. caliber n 10 automatic chronograph movement; Incabloc shock absorption system
Dial: Multi‐tiered (6 layer) carbon fiber dial, with signature Jacob & Co. colored geometric sub‐dials in pink, yellow, orange, British green, red, violet, and navy blue
Bezel: 64 colored stones (citrine, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, garnet (orange), ruby, tanzanite (purple), tsavorite (green)
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Jewels: 27
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Crystal: Sapphire
Functions: Chronograph: 30-minutes,12-hours, center seconds; date; early seconds
Strap: Rubber
Buckle: Tongue in Stainless steel
Water Resistant: 50 meters
Warranty: 2 years

EPIC II with Color
Case: 48 x 18.80 mm, stainless steel, black PVD
Movement: Jacob & Co. caliber n 10 automatic chronograph movement; Incabloc shock absorption system
Dial: Multi‐tiered (6 layer) carbon fiber dial, with signature Jacob & Co. colored geometric sub‐dials in pink, yellow, orange, British green, red, violet, and navy blue
Bezel: 48 colored stones (citrine, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, garnet (orange), ruby, tanzanite (purple), tsavorite (green)
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Jewels: 27
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Crystal: Sapphire
Functions: Chronograph: 30-minutes,12-hours, center seconds; date; early seconds
Strap: Rubber
Buckle: Tongue in Stainless steel
Water Resistant: 100 meters
Warranty: 2 years

Serket Watch Company : Telson Limited Edition & Reef Diver 2.0 Limited Edition

Serket is a unique watch brand specialised in the production of limited edition Swiss made time pieces.Launched in 2006,Serket has a vision to deliver quality and function with an emphasis on originality and attitude. Current collection consists of two models : Telson & Reef Diver 2.0 .

Serket Telson Limited Edition
Telson houses a state of the art ETA Swiss 6497 Manual Wind movement.Other features include Stainless steel case, sapphire crystal glass and Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands.Production is limited to 200 pieces only,case back is engraved with watch identification and serial number.Three variations are available:Telson White,Telson blue and Telson yellow.Suggested retail price is $1,250.00.
Technical details
Case
Stainless Steel 316L Brushed/Polished
Width from 3 to 9: 48mm
Lug to Lug: 56mm
Lug Width: 24mm
Total Height: 16mm
Fixed Bezel
Crystal Front: Domed Sapphire, Diameter: 42mm
Crystal Back: Sapphire, Diameter: 35.5mm
Case Back: Exhibition, Engraved with Watch Identification/Serial Number
Crown: Oversized Crown at 3:00, Diameter: 8mm, Height: 6mm
Water resistant: Pressure Tested - 10ATM

Movement
ETA Swiss 6497 Manual Wind, Cotes D’ Genève with Scorpion

Dial
Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands

Strap
Black Leather Strap with Polished Stainless Steel Engraved Buckle
Bracelet: Stainless Steel Polished/Brushed integrated bracelet with safety clasp

Other details
Weight: 141 Grams
Ref: SWC0309TEL


Serket Reef Diver 2.0 Limited Edition
Reef Diver 2.0 is powered with a Sellita SW200 26 jewel automatic movement. This diving watch has an amazing water resistance up to 300 Meters/1000 Feet .Production is limited to 200 pieces only.Suggested retail price is $999.00.
Technical details
Case
Stainless Steel 316L Brushed/Polished
Bezel Diameter: 47mm Height: 5.7mm
Width from 3 to 9: 48mm
Lug to Lug: 57mm
Lug Width: 24mm
Total Height: 16.5mm
120 Click Unidirectional Elapsed Time Bezel
Drilled Through Lugs
Water resistant: Pressure Tested - 30ATM/300 Meters/1000 Feet
Crystal front: 4mm Thick Sapphire; Diameter: 35.5mm
Crystal back: 2mm Thick Orange Mineral; Diameter: 26mm
Exhibition Case Back; Engraved with Watch Identification/Serial Number
Crown: Off Center Oversized Crown at 2:00; Diameter: 10mm; Height: 8mm

Movement
Sellita SW200 26 Jewel Automatic
Black Date Wheel at 3:00

Dial
Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands

Strap
24mm Black Leather Strap Orange Stitching/Brushed Stainless Steel Buckle with Serket Engraving
24mm Black Italian Rubber Dive Strap Brushed Stainless Steel Buckle with Serket Engraving

Weight
168 Grams

DeWitt Blackstream Triple Complication GMT3 Special Edition Dedicated to MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Charity

Swiss luxury watch brand DeWitt announces its participation in The MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Charity Dinner to be held on October 25th, 2010 at Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. On this occasion, DeWitt will present a special execution of its Blackstream Triple Complication GMT3, part of the emblematic Academia Collection. This unique piece will be auctioned during the event in order to raise funds to support disabled and disadvantaged children from low-income families and communities.

The Blackstream Triple Complication GMT3, a 2010 novelty, showcases a black and streamlined design inspired from the aviation world. The lower hours counter immediately plunges us into the cockpit of a plane. Positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock, two aerodynamic “radiator-grilles” further emphasize the notion of speed and mechanics.
On this unique watch, the second time-zone indication has been customized in bright yellow. On the back of the case, the MILK logo is also reproduced in yellow and accompanied by the signature of Mr de Witt. Last but not least, the winner of the auction will be handed over his DeWitt unique piece in an elegant black watchcase, also customized with the MILK logo.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Conway Stewart Belliver Pistachio and White Whirl Special Edition Pens

The new Belliver model from Luxury writing instrument brand Conway Stewart is a return to the finest traditions of CS heritage, rooted in attention to detail, a perfect size and weight, as well as a timeless design married to understated ccents. From the carefully crafted resin cap and barrel, each alight in the pearlescent hand crafted resin to the rich gold trim and expertly fitted 18 carat solid gold nib, the Belliver was created with one goal in mind: Making the experience of writing as perfect as possible.

Available in a choice of Pistachio or White Whirl hand crafted resins, the traditionally styled Conway Stewart clip ensures that the Belliver is always ready to hand in your pocket, and the cap and barrel are also adorned with hallmarked gold bands for the crowning touch of elegance. The combination is at once both warm, rich, and luxurious.



Technical details
Writing Modes: Fountain Pen or Roller Ball
Choice of Hand Crafted Resin Finishes: Pistachio or White Whirl
Price Fountain Pen: LIST RETAIL £290 €348 $430
Price Roller Ball: LIST RETAIL £270 €325 $395
Numbered: X of 50 of each colour*

Dimensions:
Closed: 132.5 mm - Posted including nib: 165 mm
Barrel including nib: 126.5 mm - Cap: 58 mm
Barrel diameter: 13.2 mm - Cap diameter: 15 mm
Weight: 30 gms

Nib Grades:18 carat solid gold -- F, M, B, IF, IM, IB
Mechanism:Cartridge / Converter

Packaging:Exclusive diamond shape packaging
Shipping date: November 18, 2010

Angular Momentum - New Ladies Jewelry Timepiece - Sparkling Diamonds

Swiss luxury watch brand Angular Momentum presents a new ladies jewelry timepiece - Sparkling Diamonds. Sparkling Digital is a unique piece, entirely hand made in the Angular Momentum ateliers.

Two-body white gold case, mirror polished, pavé set with TW VVS diamonds, 8.00 mm hand-winding crown with cabochon Onix, hand-winding movement, alligator strap with white gold buckle. Case caliber 41.00 mm
The sapphire crystal with diamonds of various size and sparkling diamond splitters set on the reverse in black enamel. White gold aperture for digital time display by revolving disk à “Souscription“.

Montegrappa 220th Anniversary of Il Teatro La Fenice di Venezia Limited Edition Pens

Montegrappa, Italy’s most revered manufacturer of fine writing instruments has created a series of pens honouring “Il Teatro La Fenice”, the legendary opera house of Venice. The luxurious fountain pens and roller balls represent both the aesthetic details that accent this exquisite hall, and the history with which it is imbued.

Venice’s first opera house, the San Benedetto Theatre, was razed by fire in 1774. The ensuing legal dispute led to a schism between the owners and the opera company, the latter choosing to build a new venue on the Campo San Fantin. Construction began in June 1790, to a design of architect Giannantonio Selva, with completion reached in May 1792. It was at this point the opera house was named “La Fenice”, for it had truly arisen from the ashes. That month, it re-opened with the opera “I Giuochi d’Agrigento” by Giovanni Paisiello.

La Fenice rapidly established itself as a premier opera house, hosting in the early 19th Century major productions by Rossini, Donizetti and other major composers, performed by the greatest voices of the day. Tragedy struck again for the opera lovers of Venice when, in December 1836, the theatre was again destroyed by fire. In quick order, however, it was rebuilt to a design by the brothers Tommaso and Giovanni Battista Meduna, re-opening its doors a year later, on December 26, 1837.
A golden age ensued, with the legendary Giuseppe Verdi commencing his relationship with La Fenice on March 9, 1844, with a performance of “Ernani”. By 1857, he would also provide La Fenice with the premieres of “Attila” (1846), “Rigoletto” (1851), “La Traviata” (1853) and “Simon Boccanegra” (1857).

Although closed for the First World War, La Fenice reopened with its status secure for the remainder of the 20th Century, welcoming composers including Stravinsky and Britten, and major opera singers from Callas to Pavarotti. But it was “third time unlucky”, for, on 29 January 1996, La Fenice was destroyed again by fire. Rather than the hand of god, it was caused by arson, set by two electricians facing heavy fines over delays in repair work.

Reconstruction began in 2001. Two hundred plasterers, artists, woodworkers and other craftsman were employed to recover the ambience of the old theatre to a design redolent of the 19th Century. It reopened on 14 December 2003 with a concert of Beethoven, Wagner and Stravinsky. The first opera produced in the “new” La Fenice was “La Traviata” in November 2004.

Like the architects who worked from old images to stay true to the look of La Fenice, Montegrappa has fashioned a pen of celluloid and precious metals, inspired by the chandeliers, the pillars and the exquisite rococo filigrees that decorate every interior surface. It is opulent, luxurious, ornate – as opera has always demanded.

Montegrappa’s 220th Anniversary of Il Teatro La Fenice di Venezia Limited Edition Pens will be issued in a total of 1790 examples, as follows:

1000 sterling silver fountain pens
745 sterling silver roller balls
27 solid 18K gold fountain pens
18 solid 18K gold roller balls

As with all Montegrappa limited editions, the production numbers bear special relevance.
-On June 29th 1790, architect Giannantonio Selva was awarded the tender for the design of the theatre building
-27 was the number of months required to demolish the previous building
-18 was the number of months required to construct the new building



Montegrappa added another date to La Fenice’s history when Sylvester Stallone attended the 2010 Venice Film Festival to receive an award for his filmmaking achievements. Montegrappa’s Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Aquila invited Mr. Stallone, a friend of Montegrappa since 1995, to La Fenice, where he presented the actor with a prototype of La Fenice fountain pen.

Montegrappa’s 220th Anniversary of Il Teatro La Fenice di Venezia Limited Edition was officially unveiled on the occasion of a private ceremony organised by “La Fondazione Teatro La Fenice di Venezia” and “Fest” in collaboration with Montegrappa and “Licensing Vision” which was held in the luxurious Sala Ammannati at Il Teatro La Fenice on Wednesday, October 20.

Gianfranco Aquila, Montegrappa’s Chairman, donated the first production pen to Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice as well as President of Il Teatro La Fenice.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

GRAHAM-LONDON MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE

Mercedes GP watches by Anglo-Swiss watch brand GRAHAM-LONDON have been created to withstand the test of tough environments.At every race weekend, the Mercedes GP team perform the some modern ballet. More than 28 GRAHAM MERCEDES GP watches run in unison with the roaring engines to pick up a few Everyone speeds up, the watches bang together but no scratches.



GRAHAM MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE

Ref. 2MEBS.S02A
Functions:
-Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter).
-Date at 9 o'clock
-Hours, minutes, seconds
-Tachymeter

Calibre:
-Calibre G1735, automatic tri-compax chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock
absorber. 25 jewels
-Power reserve : 48 hours

Case:
-48 mm steel case
-Steel right hand start / stop and reset pushers with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
-Steel bezel with tachymeter scale
-Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
-See-through sapphire crystal case back with Mercedes GP Petronas logo, secured by 6 screws
-Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m

Dial: White dial with black minute scale rim, black hours counter at 6 o'clock with minternal green rim (Petronas green) and external silver rim, black snailed minutes counter at 12 o'clock with silver rim and silver arrows for minute scale, silver seconds counter at 9 o'clock

Hands: Rhodium-plated hands, white hours counter hand, red minutes counter hand, Petronas green seconds hand, black Mercedes GP inscription at 3 o'clock

Strap: Integrated black tyre tread rubber
Price: 6'300 CHF


GRAHAM MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE BLACK

Ref. 2MEBS.B02A
Functions:
-Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter).
-Date at 9 o'clock
-Hours, minutes, seconds
-Tachymeter

Calibre:
-Calibre G1735, automatic tri-compax chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock
absorber.25 jewels
-Power reserve : 48 hours

Case
-48 mm steel case
-Steel right hand start / stop and reset pushers with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
-Steel bezel with tachymeter scale
-Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
-See-through sapphire crystal case back with Mercedes GP Petronas logo printed, secured by 6 screws.
-Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m

Dial: Black carbon dial with black minute scale rim, black hours counter at 6 o'clock with internal green rim (Petronas green) and external silver rim, black snailed minutes counter at 12 o'clock with silver rim and silver arrows for minute scale, black carbon seconds counter at 9 o'clock

Hands: Rhodium-plated hands, white hours counter hand, red minutes counter hand, Petronas green seconds hand, white Mercedes GP inscription at 3 o'clock

Strap: Integrated black tyre tread rubber
Price: 6'300 CHF

Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon Airborne Christmas Edition

Swiss watch brand Bell&Ross presents BR01 Tourbillon Airborne, its newest model for this joyful Christmas time. The design of this sophisticated watch builds on the success of Bell&Ross’ Aviation collection.
Technical details
Movement: Mechanical movement with manual winding. Carbon fiber plates and bridges and black gold tourbillon carriage.
Functions: Tourbillon. Regulator. Power reserve indicator (5 days). Trust index.
Case: 46 mm diameter. Titanium with DLC finish coating.Titanium screw-in crown. Sapphire caseback.
3D Dial: Black photoluminescent with mesh-like design.
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire.
Water-resistance: 100 meters.
Strap: Shagreen.
Limited Edition 20 pieces.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Meccaniche Veloci SuperQuadro Automatic Chronograph

Meccaniche Veloci, a well-known international brand famous for its Quattro Vavole, introduces the SuperQuadro, a chronograph loaded with grit and style. The dial of this new model features a partially visible automatic movement, in a timepiece inspired by one of the most efficient types of motors. In this timepiece Meccaniche Veloci has combined refined materials and the innate passion for motorbikes all the while maintaining the perfection of the movement.

The attention to detail of this chronograph, an absolute novelty for Meccaniche Veloci, is expressed through refined elements such as the titanium round case, with a thickness of 15 millimeters and a diameter of 45, containing an ETA 7753 (Valjoux) mechanical automatic movement with screw-down crown and chronograph buttons to ensure water resistance up to 10 atmospheres.
The movement is partially visible through the semi-squelette dial and allows you to find the calendar at 6 o'clock. The visible movement has always seduced the true watch connoisseur who appreciates the complexity, technical merit and beauty dictated by perfect gears which can be admired through the skeletal structure of the dial and the transparent case back. The fascinating transparency reveals the perfection of movement, and arouses admiration for the delicate structure. The technology comes to life and proudly shows itself as a true work of art.
The name SuperQuadro refers to one of the most efficient types of engines where the diameter of the piston exceeds the race - the main feature of a high power, high rotation engines, suitable for experienced pilots. With the SuperQuadro model Meccaniche Veloci has created a "race" watch that interprets the "turn out” world of the two wheeler.
Technical details
Model: SuperQuadro
Case: Satin-finished titanium, also available with black finishing
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Dial: Grey/black two levels, partially squelette
Movement: ETA 7753 (Valjoux) mechanical automatic chronograph
Crown: Titanium screw-down
Buttons: Titanium screw-down
Strap: Calf or alligator leather
Buckle: Titanium, also available with black finishing
Case glass: Sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
Water Resistant: 10 atmospheres

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alpina Genève Club Range Regulator Manufacture

Swiss watch brand Alpina Genève is popular among horology lovers for making rock solid watches with a bold yet sexy design. Now the brand has added a new range to their collection of high quality yet affordable watches for today’s high flying executive. When a watch that is elegant enough to be seen at a Board meeting, yet still stands out when nightclubbing, is needed, then the Alpina Club range is the range to go for.
Every watch in Alpina Club range sports the same sleek, elegantly rounded case that hides but does not disguise a real sports watch pedigree, meaning that these are truly watches that can go anywhere and everywhere.
Based on the best selling Regulator range, with its classy off-set hour sub-dial, the Club Range Regulator Manufacture is the watch you need to wear with your sleeves rolled up. Fitted with Alpina's own Manufacture calibre, entirely designed and built by highly trained technicians, this really is a watch for connoisseurs.
Those who know watches need a manufacture calibre watch and the Club Regulator Manufacture offers exactly that, a no-compromise luxury watch at a non-luxury price.
Technical details

Reference: AL-950B4RC6

Movement
Automatic Regulator Manufacture calibre AL-950
Power reserve 48 hours
Black Alpina rotor decorated with “Côtes de Genève”

Functions
Hours (Regulator at 10 o’clock), minutes, date at 6 o’clock

Case
New round Club brushed stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
3-part case, fixed bezel
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Screw crown
10 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Dark grey dial with Alpina triangle pattern in the centre
Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in the middle
Hour indicator (Regulator) at 10 o’clock
Date counter at 6 o’clock

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

Both bold and sophisticated at the same time, the Alpina Club range is a necessary addition to any wardrobe and the perfect accoutrement for today’s player.

Other models from Alpina Genève Club Range Collection
1. Alpina Genève Club Chronograph Quartz
The Club Chronograph with its Quartz movement meaning that it keeps going even when you have stopped partying. A super accurate chronograph, clearly visible at 6 o’clock, is there for when things need to be timed to the split second.

(a) Reference: AL-353BS4RC6
Movement: Chronograph Quartz; caliber AL-353; 13 jewels; battery life 36 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 12 o’clock, chronograph at 6 o’clock
Case: New round stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter. 3-part case, fixed bezel. Sapphire crystal, see-through case back. Screw crown. 10 ATM Water-resistant
Dial: Matt Black dial with applied indexes and decorated Alpina triangle pattern in centre. Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in the middle. Date window counter at 12 o’clock. Silvered chronograph at 6 o’clock
Strap: Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

(b) Reference: AL-353BS4RC6
Movement: Chronograph Quartz; caliber AL-353; 13 jewels; battery life 36 months; bridges decorated with Perlage; finished anglage; black Alpina rotor decorated with “Côtes de Genève”.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 12 o’clock, chronograph at 6 o’clock
Case: New round black coated PVD steel case, 44 mm diameter. 3-part case, fixed bezel . Sapphire crystal, see-through case back. Screw crown. 10 ATM Water-resistant
Dial: Matt Black dial with applied indexes and decorated Alpina triangle pattern in centre.. Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in the middle. Date window counter at 12 o’clock. black chronograph at 6 o’clock
Strap: Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

2. Alpina Genève Club Automatic
Moving up in the range, the Club Automatic is fitted with the AL-525 Automatic movement, and comes with a choice of three cases – stainless steel, all black or rose gold, and luminous hands and indexes so you will always know what time it is.

(a) Reference: AL-525B4RC6
Movement
Automatic caliber AL-525
28,800Bph
26 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Bridges decorated with Perlage; finished anglage
Black Alpina rotor decorated with “Côtes de Genève”

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock.

Case
New round Club brushed stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
3-part case, fixed bezel
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Screw crown
10 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Dark grey dial with applied indexes and decorated Alpina triangle pattern in the centre
Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in middle
Date window counter at 3 o’clock.

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

(b) Reference: AL-525B4FBRC4
Movement
Automatic; caliber AL-525
28,800Bph
26 jewels
Power reserve 42 hours
Bridges decorated with Perlage; finished anglage
Black Alpina rotor decorated with “Côtes de Genève”

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock

Case
New round Club rose gold plated steel case, 44 mm diameter
3-part case, fixed bezel
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Screw crown
10 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Matt Black dial with applied indexes and decorated Alpina triangle pattern in centre.
Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in the middle
Date window counter at 3 o’clock.

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

(c) Reference: AL-525B4FBRC6
Movement
Automatic; caliber AL-525
28,800Bph
26 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Bridges decorated with Perlage; finished anglage
Black Alpina rotor decorated with “Côtes de Genève”.

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock

Case
New round Club PVD black coated stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
3-part case, fixed bezel
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Screw crown
10 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Matt Black dial with applied indexes and decorated Alpina triangle pattern in centre
Applied and luminous Indexes, black brushed steel hands with luminous band in the middle
Date window counter at 3 o’clock

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle

BijouMontre Watches : Brand Info

BijouMontre, the luxury watch brand that integrates seven genres of Swiss craftsmanship,is founded and headed by Mr. Willi Saladin, a Swiss horology expert with German heritage.

Mr. Willi Saladin is graduated from the Solothurn Watchmaking School and worked as ETA’s R&D engineer and General Manager of the Far-Eastern region for over 50 years. He has dedicated his whole life to the design and making of Swiss watches and his experience gives BijouMontre Swiss SA advantages over their competitors in terms of movement / caliber. Mr. Willi Saladin’s experience also ensures that the company’s mechanical and quartz watches all inherit the great Swiss timepiece making tradition.

Mr. Willi Saladin’s German heritage gives him a pragmatic feel for engineering whilst his Swiss heritage gives him a talent for precision crafting. These characteristics make for a perfect fusion which is represented by the brand BijouMontre. There were plans to establish the BijouMontre brand as early as 2002. However, restructuring in the Swiss timepiece industry tested Mr. Willi Saladin’s persistence. Despite some setbacks, Mr. Willi Saladin stayed optimistic and determined and used his reputation in the Swiss timepiece industry to bring together a carefully planned team of experts that represent the foundation of BijouMontre.

The company, BijouMontre Swiss SA is headquartered in the French area of Grenchen, which neighbors La Chaux de Fonds and Neuchatel. World-famous brands such as Breitling, Fortis Rado and the famous movement manufacturer ETA are also operates from Grenchen. The company’s geographical location and Mr. Saladin’s 50 years of experience with Swiss watches, such as Ebuauches Electronique SA., Longins SA., Rado SA., Endura AG. and ETA SA, give BijouMontre advantages over their competitors in terms of external design and internal refining, setting and mechanical qualities.

BijouMontre means “Jewelry Watch” in French. This name represents the ideals that Mr. Willi Saladin had when he first established the company. BijouMontre is a brand that is committed to making top-quality jewelry watches with ‘genuine diamonds and gemstones’ for ladies. BijouMontre’s technical team includes gemologists, jewelry designers and gem setters to ensure that the company’s beliefs and ideals are upheld. Color diamonds, fine gemstones and specially cut diamonds are often used on BijouMontre watches. BijouMontre utilizes these luxurious and rare diamonds and gemstones to bring women around the world truly unique timepieces that speak glamour.

Only a limited number of watches are available in each BijouMontre watch series. Apart from BijouMontre special designer editions, only 666 / 999 watches are produced in each series of jewelry watches, whilst only 666 watches are made in each mechanical watch series.

The founder of BijouMontre, Mr. Willi Saladin, hopes to combine his 50 years of experience in the Swiss timepieces industry with a world renowned team of experts to make BijouMontre the leading brand of Swiss timepieces.

The brand logo represents BijouMontre’s ambition to ‘put the crown’ on Swiss watches and become an industry leader. BijouMontre hopes to use their signature ‘Swiss jewelry watches for ladies’ to bring women all around the world unique watches that are full of life-force.

With the efforts of BijouMontre, luxurious jewelry watches are no longer barely-attainable items. Instead, they become classic masterpieces that you can wear on different occasions. BijouMontre discovered the glamour and brilliance of the BijouMontre watch. It reflects comfortable and appealing light and is an outstanding work of art around your wrist. BijouMontre is a practical timepiece that tells the precise time while it shines.
  • Being tasteful in your daily life – Persist on being stylish. The design follows the trend of the world and represents your personal style.
  • Bring prestige into your life – Persist on using precious gems to allow yourself to enjoy the beauty of civilization.
  • A heritage of watch-making craftsmanship – Persist on a “Swiss-made” watch that combines designs usually seen in jewelry and the practicality of a wristwatch.
The gems used on BijouMontre watches are all Top Wesselton / VS diamonds and top-class natural gems. With the excellent designs of BijouMontre Swiss SA, the diamonds and gems are mixed in so many different ways that make the watches present a sense of richness and design that are different from the watches made by any other existing Swiss brand. BijouMontre emphasizes that each design be a perfect combination of top-quality jewelry and exquisite Swiss craftsmanship. Therefore, every BijouMontre design is produced in limited quantities only. BijouMontre represents uniqueness and value.

Since its debut in 2004, BijouMontre has been highly rated by every consumer. This success can be attributed to the excellence of BijouMontre’s design and craft teams.

Official website : www.bijoumontre.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TENDENCE Gulliver Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Tendence launches a new Swiss Made Limited Edition in two executions: the Day Date Gulliver with Automatic Chronograph or 3H Movement. Each limited to 50 pieces.

In addition to the principal Tendence Gulliver line, the Swiss Made line are the most opulent of the Tendence range, carefully constructed in Switzerland using long established Swiss watch making techniques, seamlessly uniting tradition with modern design. The Swiss Made watches are made using only the most exquisite materials combined with Hi-Tech Polycarbonate, together with top quality Swiss Movements.

A prominent new member of the Swiss Made line is the Limited Edition Day Date Titanium Gulliver, available with Automatic Chronograph or 3H movement. The Titanium Gulliver is composed of a Titanium and Hi-Tech Polycarbonate case, which further enhances the exceptional design of this watch with incredible lightness, strength and resistance.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, ETA 7750

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date and chronograph

Case
Titanium and polycarbonate, 50 mm
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Transparent back
Water-resistant to 100 m/10 ATM

Dial
Carbon fibre centre with raised applied hour-markers
Chronograph with hours, minutes and seconds
Date and date apertures at 3 o’clock

Bracelet
Grey silicon with folding clasp

Other versions
Mechanical self-winding ETA 2834 movement with three hands and day/date functions

RADO Ceramica Digital Automatic

Rado’s Ceramica model revolutionized watchmaking in 1989, making its mark with a daring design in full ceramics. A genuine revelation. As the first black high-tech ceramics watch, the Ceramica is an indisputable icon in the watch making industry. A pioneer and now timeless.

A unique combination. The legend is now forever digital and automatic. The intriguing time display is driven entirely by an automatic movement clearly visible through the transparent back case. The result is superb technicality with a precision that has become synonymous with longevity.

With this new model, Rado is the first to marry digitalization and an automatic movement with the properties of an exceptional material. The perfect integration of all the elements that is the signature of the Ceramica line.



Dial, crystal, case, bracelet: the elements fuse together and create a dazzling ceramic silhouette that extends endlessly around the wrist. The lightly curved sapphire crystal fits the case from edge to edge. Supreme simplicity of the dial. An intensely black surface, highlighted by the unique, pure outline of the numerals. Hours, minutes and date. Perfection of time.

Intuitive. Technological. The Ceramica Digital Automatic is imbued with a rare energy. Indomitably contemporary.

Technical details
Movement: Digital movement with automatic winding, ETA Calibre E18.711 111/2‘‘‘, 10 jewels, 120-day power reserve
Functions : Hours, minutes and date

Case
-Black ceramic bezel
-Back in steel fitted with a sapphire crystal
-Middle in black PVD-coated steel
-Black metallised cambered sapphire crystal
-Steel crown topped with black ceramic

Dial: Black with grey digital display
Bracelet/strap: Ceramic bracelet or black leather strap with titanium folding clasp

Hermès Cape Cod Tonneau Gem-Set Rose Gold

Luxury brand Hermès has chosen Cape Cod, the legendary resort on the East coast of the United States, as the namesake for an elegantly singular timepiece. In its subtly rounded version, the case renews ties with its primary inspiration, the link of an anchor chain, and becomes the Cape Cod Tonneau. This model is now treated to a new interpretation in diamond-set rose gold, thereby endowing it with an even more precious and authentic dimension.

The soft lines of the case extend over the lugs to form a pure, timelessly elegant shape. Enhanced by the warm glow of 750 rose gold, it is set with 52 full-cut diamonds featuring G and F colour (Rare White and Rare White +) and extreme clarity (Top Wesselton VVS), which serve to accentuate its understated lines. Their subtle reflections echo the shimmering radiance of the natural white mother-of-pearl dial with its sprinkling of stylised numerals. An alligator leather strap in a choice of deep black or Etruscan brown sets the final Hermès signature touch.
Thus clothed in diamond-studded rose gold matched by natural white mother-of-pearl, the Cape Cod Tonneau celebrates the beauty of life’s most precious moments.

Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
750 rose gold
Gem-setting: 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.3 carats)
Quality of the diamonds: G and F (Rare White to Rare White +) –Top Wesselton VVS
Anti-glare sapphire crystal

Dial
Natural white mother-of-pearl

Strap
Smooth Etruscan brown or black alligator leather, 750 rose gold pin buckle

Price
Suggested retail price : CHF 17,730

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ArtyA Halloween Special Spider watch : This time it is the corpse of a real spider

Yes..the Swiss watch brand ArtyA presents a timepiece - The Halloween Spider watch , which contains the corpse of a real spider. No doubt.This crazy concept is surely brought by imaginative Yvan Arpa.The fearsome collection of Halloween Watches follows with dials thrusting blood, skulls, and screaming faces into your eyes, and into your imagination. Definitely , this timepiece provokes fears that exist inside us all. Like all other timepieces from Artya, Halloween watch is subjected to the lighting deformation before being prepared for construction and dial design.
Technical details
Movement
Entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland, the self-winding mechanical movement’s balance oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Case
Engraved, moulded and put through a series of severe batterings, the case is crafted in stainless steel grade 316. Satin-finished or clad in a black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating, the case is also available in a thermal processed version in which it undergoes an electric charge of 100,000 volts, 200,000 volts, 500,000 volts and even 1,000,000 volts.

Dial
Each dial is a unique work of art. Hand decorated according to 17 specific artistic techniques up to now unexploited in the watchmaking field. They combine collage, application of dyes and pigments, forging, etc…

Strap
The hand-sewn strap is made of high-tech rubber combined with processed “Alzavel waterproof” calfskin or with “Crazy frog” tanned toad skin.

Water-resistance
Water-resistant up to 50 meters

Warranty
24 months

Tiret introduces new look for "Second Chance" model

Luxury watch brand Tiret’s new Bezel variation its signature watch, Second Chance, gives the timepiece and edgier look with a significantly lower price point. Twelve subtle edges are redefining the bezel and the sparkle decorates the sensuous oval shape. At only 1.5cts of VVS, G diamonds, this variation of the watch will retail for approx. $14,500.



For those customers that already own Second Chance with the original 6ct Bezel, this bezel can be purchased to give the timepiece a different look or simply to dress it down for daytime wear. The removable and interchangeable bezel is a striking way to readdress your mood. No special tools are required to enjoy this patented technology.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Celsius X VI II LeDIX : A new art of living and allying mobile telephony with the intimist world of horological micromechanical engineering

Celsius X VI II, the non-conformist player on the mobile phone scene, is firmly staking its place within the world of contemporary prestige, characterised by functionality, excellence, exclusivity and pleasure.

The brand addresses an audience of connoisseurs who are sensitive to the intrinsic value of a creation and who enjoy discovering and sharing the subtle features of an objet d’art. Its extremely refined creations, featuring a design dictated by function and produced in limited and customised series, also incorporate a visionary dimension. Witness the ingenuity of the mechanisms they house, representing innovations conveying a new art of living and allying mobile telephony with the intimist world of horological micromechanical engineering, time-honoured expertise and artistic expression.

LeDIX created by Celsius X VI II represents a fascinating world-first accomplishment embodying a symbiotic relationship between micromechanics and microelectronics. This unprecedented nomadic object is a genuine work of art blending performance, elegance, emotion and exclusivity.

LeDIX is a clamshell cellphone that immediately alerts observers to the fact that it houses a fine watchmaking movement – a first in itself. Natural curiosity will then incite them to discover the depth and breadth of the concept and its pioneering innovations heralding a whole new generation of dream objects. The exploration will then reveal the stunning Remontage Papillon (Butterfly Winding mechanism) patented by Celsius X VI II and representing the core of its creative approach.
The overall design is anything but ordinary. LeDIX is a cellphone clothed in an exceptionally noble metal shell of streamlined grade 5 titanium bringing a wealth of fine watchmaking finishes. The polished, satin-brushed, beadblasted and guilloché-work Clous de Paris hobnail pattern are interpreted in a tone-on-tone colour scheme expressing a resolutely contemporary spirit. LeDIX is available in two different versions: LeDIX Origine, in natural titanium with elegant inserts in solid ebony wood - specially treated to withstand variations in temperature and humidity; LeDIX Sport, in black PVD-coated titanium with carbon fibre inserts. In an ultimate touch of refinement, both devices feature dedicated screws with indents at ten, six and two hours recalling the Celsius X VI II logo.

The tourbillon movement
The shape, size and significantly off-centred tourbillon make this movement an outstanding first in the watch industry. It perfectly follows the contours of the convex sapphire window on the surface of LeDIX. This original shape is reminiscent of certain historical pendulum clocks. The generous space enables an extremely elongated construction with a crown at 12 o’clock, creating a highly attractive aesthetic effect.

There are a full 36 millimetres between the hour and minute axis and that of the flying tourbillon which thus appears in solitary splendour. It may be admired from both front and back, and its gentle ticking sound can be heard when the phone is held to the ear. Given its position which exposes it to frequent jolts, this tourbillon is equipped with a double safety device: a spring-fitted shock absorber for its bridge and a screen-flap closing cushioned by a set of spring-mounted ball bearings. Deeper inside the movement, the transmission mechanism also enjoys unprecedented visibility. While the base calibre is a model by the Confrérie Horlogère Hublot beating at 21,600 vph, the architectural transformation accomplished with the active participation of Celsius X VI II is so substantial that it can truly be described as an exclusive development. The new movement, which is significantly slimmer thanks to its lengthwise extension, is housed within an inner case of the same shape in GL-treated aluminium – a surface treatment consisting of ceramics enhanced by titanium particles. Dedicated water-resistance gaskets were developed to fit this distinctive movement construction.
LeDIX is all the more admirable due to its sophisticated architecture, featuring personalised bridges that add a light, transparent touch, along with fine watchmaking finishes, elegantly playing on graded shades of grey and black entirely in harmony with the structure itself. The subtle contrast between the circular-grained mainplate, the satin-brushed black gold-treated surfaces and the rhodium-plated bridges, is discreetly enlivened by the flaming red of the movement jewels. The same sense of contemporary understatement characterises the black gold-finished satin-brushed dial enhanced by appliques of varying heights and in particular by the three-dimensional 9, 0 and 3 numerals. The tips of the partially openworked hands are coated with Superluminova.

Remontage Papillon
It would be hard not to notice the exceptional amplitude of the 200° power-reserve display eloquently expressing the performances of the Celsius X VI II patented self-winding movement, with the Remontage Papillon (Butterfly Winding mechanism) spelt out around the dial rim. To the right of this legend, one can catch a glimpse of the terminal gear distinguished by cone-shaped wheel teeth that called for the creation of specific milling-cutters. The majority of the system is housed within the black structure surrounding the watch case and incorporated within the hinge of the cellphone flap. Clutching and declutching is controlled by a pawl and the unidirectional winding takes place each time the flap is opened. This system is so effective that the power reserve of the mechanical movement is extended by three hours with every opening. Given the number of calls made or received daily by a cellphone user, and the corresponding number of openings and closings of the clamshell, the autonomy is thus permanently ensured. To avoid any accidental overwinding, the barrel spring is fitted with a slipping spring. Moreover, micromechanics enthusiasts will appreciate the gentle clicking sound when the winding is taking place.

The Remontage Papillon by Celsius X VI II is a major innovation which, in addition to renewing the art of automatic winding, establishes a mysterious link between traditional micromechanics and contemporary microelectronics. A first glance, LeDIX does not immediately reveal that the watch mechanism merges into the hinge of the cellphone. Once the secret is unveiled, the full measure of genius contained within this object comes to light: a “fusion” concept paving the way for a revolutionary generation of nomadic objects.

Mechanical fascination
In LeDIX, micromechanics are not reserved exclusively for the watch module itself. It also ingeniously works its way into the back of the phone body. A button controls battery ejection according to a dual kinematic concept: a rotating movement to open the flap, followed by a translatory movement to push the battery forward. The SIM card compartment opens in parallel. Meanwhile, the main connector between the cellphone and the docking stations or the hands-free set is protected by a ball-bearing mounted flap that opens by turning a knob. These elements are far more than mere details: they emphasise the visionary character of the Celsius X VI II brand, which is determined to drive the emotionally charged sphere of micromechanics into uncharted territory.

An Intimist phone
The “communicating object” was developed in cooperation with Sagem Wireless, a specialist of customised connected lifestyle devices renowned for the high quality of its products. LeDIX meets extensively tested standards (2.75 G GSM-GPRS-EDGE) providing ample confirmation that it is built to last. The chosen platform has been optimised and tested for worldwide use in order to achieve impeccable reliability. Particular attention was devoted to the conception of the interface. Celsius X VI II wanted it to be simple, profoundly user-friendly, designed for optimal comprehension and ergonomics. Given that a human being’s global perception cannot encompass more than seven elements at a time, the main menu, which appears on a high-contrast AM-OLED screen, features just seven essential components. The select and back functions are accompanied by the four most widely used applications – phone, messaging, camera (autofocus with flash unit) and contact list – as well as providing access to a submenu of additional functions including e-mails and internet. Embodying functional and timeless value, LeDIX is the epitome of pure design, an intimist object that can be easily “tamed”.

To ensure optimal comfort, LeDIX features a GSM antenna placed as far as possible from the ear, at 150 mm. To enhance security, the cellphone has a hidden SD memory card accessible solely by authorised retailers. When changing phone, all private data is deleted from the original device. Celsius X VI II has also foreseen the periods of maintenance,mainly necessary for watch movements, during which it will provide a courtesy phone – a value-added service which reflects the prestigious brand universe.

Celsius X V II set itself a formidable challenge in seeking to achieve the perfect fusion between microelectronics and micromechanics. The main problem stemmed from the many metal parts of the exterior and the mechanical movement. Their very nature was liable to engender interferences liable to be detrimental to the smooth operation of the antenna. The solution consists in earthing all the parts involved – a process rendered all the more complex by the sheer numbers involved, since the LeDIX actually comprises no less than 600 mechanical components. Celsius X VI II has also shown a concern for the impact of electronics on the running of the watch and particularly the possible disturbance of the balance-spring by the electromagnetic field. A multitude of studies and tests were conducted to avert this potential danger, thus providing the user with optimal assurance in this respect.

Sheer prestige
Such an exceptional product naturally deserves exceptional accessories. They were all designed by Celsius X VI II, starting with the docking station clad in wood, leather and polished or satin-brushed metal. It features the kind of mechanical refinement cherished by the brand, in the shape of a spring-mounted connection system activated by the pressure of the phone and deactivated by a button. The hands-free kit in polished or satin-brushed metal and leather is equally ingenious, with its tiepin concept housing the headphone and phone connection wires.

A sliding ring ensures they don’t get tangled up when not in use. This eminently elegant solution is regarded as easy on the ear, although users may opt for a Bluetooth module if preferred. LeDIX comes with three separate hand-sewn leather pouches. Depending on circumstances or how one is dressed, it can be held in a pocket model, a belt version or the highly original and superbly functional holster. LeDIX is delivered with all these accessories in a splendid presentation box in noble materials in which mechanics play a final role by opening a secret drawer. Thus surrounded by an aura of undeniable prestige, LeDIX is a powerful new object of desire.

General features
• Clamshell mobile phone with Sagem, 2.75G Platform/ integrated watch movement
• Around 600 mechanical parts, including 330 in the watch movement alone
• Weight ~245g
• Structure entirely milled from a block of grade 5 titanium
• Some parts of the structure require more than 8 hours of individual milling, within an overall process involving more than 40 hours for the structure alone
• High-end watchmaking finishes: polishing, satin-brushing, Clous de Paris hobnail pattern, shotblasting
• Dedicated Celsius X VI II screws with indents at ten, six and two hours recalling the Celsius X VI II logo
• LeDIX is available in two limited editions:
• LeDIX Origine, limited edition of 18 in grade 5 titanium with ebony inserts
• LeDIX Sport, limited edition of 28 in black PVD-treated titanium with carbon fibre inserts
• Inserts in solid ebony wood (LeDIX Origine edition), exclusively treated to resist to temperature differences and humidity, while maintaining a natural look and feel; or carbon fibre inserts (Le DIX Sport edition) with 3D effects

Mechanical movement
• Patented mechanical hinge (Remontage Papillon), serving to harness and store the kinetic energy generated by the user. On this specific model the energy is then used to activate the mechanical system
• Hinge with clicks and bevel pinions
• 100-hour power reserve indicator positioned at 7 o’clock and displayed over a 200° angle
• Each opening and closing of the clamshell phone generates an additional 3 hours of power reserve
• Flying Solitaire tourbillon visible on both sides
• World’s most off-centred tourbillion (36 mm)
• Regulating organ mounted on shock-absorbers (4 springs)
• Barrel disengageable by a slipping spring
• Steel hands coated with Superluminova
• Time-setting via the crown at 12 o’clock
• Labelled: “Manufacturé en Suisse”
• Movement integrated within water-resistant box in aluminium treated with GL coating of titanium and ceramics to ensure extreme resistance
• Dial featuring black gold finishing with three-dimensional logo and hour-markers
• High-end watchmaking finishes: satin-brushed black gold, rhodium-plated and bevelled bridges, circular graining

The phone
• Mechanical battery-ejection system, Clous de Paris hobnail pattern
• Main connector protected by a mechanical-locking flap
• Mechanical screen-cover shock-absorbing system ensured by spring-mounted beads
• 7 main sapphire parts, some much larger than conventional watchmaking standards and featuring two radii of curvature
• Camera lenses and flash protected by sapphire lenses
• Volume buttons designed like chronograph pushbuttons
• Mechanical engraving
• Logo featured at the back of the phone and on the dial

Technology
• Technology developed in cooperation with Sagem Wireless, renowned for the high quality and reliability of its platforms. Every platform is tested to meet the Sagem standards.
• User interface deliberately simple, user friendly and designed to optimize the understanding and the ergonomics. It’s been proven that the global perception of a human being doesn’t go beyond 7 elements, therefore the main menu includes only 7 essential features:
• 2 functions: validate and back,
• 4 applications most used: Call, messaging, camera and address book,
• 1 direct access to a sub-menu that includes internet, email, agenda and other additional applications
• Phone Sagem 2,75 G GSM-GPRS-EDGE : Triband 900/1800/1900MHz
• Screen AM-OLED : 2.2” QVGA 320x240 262k colours
• Photo / Video : 3.2Mpix camera, Autofocus, Flash, Digital Zoom
• Music : MP3, AAC, AAC+, Music Player. Stereo, 3D sound
• Video streaming, video capture and playback, progressive download
• Bluetooth 1.2 Profile : AADP, AVRCP
• MMS, Java application, 2Go internal memory (SD card)
• Browser open source
• Battery: Li-Ion 770mAh, >3.5 hours of talking time, 240 hours of power reserve in standby mode
• Multi-lingual interface, including: French, English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic
• Simple data transfer system. By transferring the SD card and the SIM card from one device to another all private data is deleted from the original device and transferred to the new one.

Ecosystem of accessories
• Minimum of 3 hand-stitched leather accessories per set. All items are designed by Celsius X VI II and made by specialized craftsmen
• Mechanical Hands-Free Kit in leather and polished /satin-brushed metal. This “tie pin” accessory includes an ingenious system ensuring the wires do not tangle
• Mechanical Docking Station in wood, leather and polished and satin-brushed metal to recharge and synchronize the phone. A mechanical system enables easy docking and undocking of the phone
• Mechanical presentation box crafted in noble materials

Celsius X VI II : Brand Info

Celsius X VI II is a Paris based innovative luxury brand that combines mobile telephony with prestige watchmaking in creating nomadic objets d’art.

In an age when the fascination exercised by micromechanics is generating an unprecedented surge of creativity and ingenuity, Celsius X VI II does far more than just fit in with the current movement.

The first creation, a cellphone merged with a tourbillon watch and an exclusive Remontage Papillon (butterfly winding mechanism), heralds a new generation of objects with high emotional value. Celsius X VI II reinvents micromechanical applications by going beyond the established watchmaking framework in place for the past five centuries in order to create an astonishing new symbiotic relationship with microelectronics. The synergies thus achieved by Celsius X VI II mark the start of a full-fledged revolution. It encapsulates the founders’ dream of drawing on historical roots in order to humanise the future of communication. A dream that embraces a concept that is still impossible today but may one day come true: an entirely mechanical cellphone!

Company History
The founding concept behind Celsius X VI II was born in 2005 in the mind of Thomas Pruvot, a mechanical engineer specialised in industrial design, during a flight from Paris to Hong Kong. Frustrated at losing the time display when he had to switch off his cellphone, he had the idea of adopting a mechanical solution inspired by watchmaking. Thomas soon produced some sketches and showed them to a childhood friend.

Romaric André, who had just graduated from business school, proved an ideal partner thanks to his entrepreneurial mindset and a capacity to take the inherent risks. Both launched into the adventure with a confidence tinged with naïvety. Their early stages were more akin to an artistic approach than to a business start-up. They spent most of the time devising the mechanised cellphone of their dream, fine-tuning it in step with meetings they arranged with specialists from the various fields involved. Building on their youthful energy, their primary aim was to appeal to people rather than to prove the potential profitability of their scheme. At that time, Thomas was still in paid employment and so it was up to Romaric to handle the various administrative procedures. While some people were sceptical and funding the endeavour was no easy task, other encounters proved fruitful. Personal conviction enabled the pair to stand firm in the face of obstacles and to find means of bouncing back.

Alejandro Ricart, a friend Romaric had met while studying at a university in the United States, was contacted during 2007, at one of the critical moments of the project in gestation. He joined the team, thus contributing the professional skills acquired in a Barcelona consulting company, as well as the fruit of an aristocratic family background. He was one of those who approved and even reinforced the decision to aim for a firmly prestigious, uncompromisingly top-quality product strategy.

The team managed to attract the attention of an independent risk capital company which suggested that it should first and foremost broaden its field of competence. Edouard Meylan thus began the fourth member to join the adventure at the start of 2008. In addition to his family roots in the Swiss fine watch industry, he also brought with him a a wealth of marketing and sales experience acquired in Asia with a distributor in this sector.

The group thus formed features a particularly valuable range of complementary talents, further backed by the enthusiastic support of eminent figures that later became the Executive Board Advisors, including Hugues-Olivier Borès, a strategy and marketing consultant well known in watchmaking circles, as well as telecommunications expert Jean-Marie André. Finally, Richard Mille, won over by the youthful team’s determination to pursue absolute perfection, agreed to sit on the future company’s Board of Directors.

This impressive set of human factors, along with the interest generated by the innovative nature of the project, finally convinced Sofinnova Partners to invest in Celsius X VI II. The support of this European leader in the financing of young tech companies is a well-deserved token of recognition of the multiple resources engaged in the venture. The good news of their backing was confirmed in mid-2008 and ever since, Thomas, Romaric, Alejandro, Edouard and their partners have been unswervingly and entirely committed to gradually giving shape to their dream of a micromechanical cellphone.

Official website: www.Celsius-X-VI-II.com

DAVOSA Argonautic divers watch with helium escape valve

Divers watches are among the most popular watch models on the market. Unfortunately some of them promise a lot more than they deliver. They may look like divers watches, but they do little to satisfy the stringent criteria that such a timepiece must fulfill. Because ultimately, your life may depend on the functional capabilities of your wristwatch.

The most important criteria include water resistance of at least 200 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel for safe dive time regulation and excellent readability in the dark.

The DAVOSA Argonautic offers a whole lot more: water resistance of up to 330 metres (33 bar/1,000ft), a helium escape valve for professional use, a robust case with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and an incredibly reasonable price tag for this class of watch. The Argonautic divers watch with a Swiss mechanical movement is available from 549 euros in four different versions.

The name Argonautic did not come about by accident. In Greek mythology, the Argo was the legendary ship belonging to the hero Jason, who set sail in her to find the Golden Fleece. His trusted companions and fellow adventurers were called the Argonauts. And this is exactly where the DAVOSA Argonautic picks up – on the principle of being a tough and reliable companion for every diver, water sports and outdoor aficionado.

The highlight of the Argonautic is its helium escape valve. Why is this essential? To ensure controlled pressure equalisation between the watch and its surroundings when returning to the surface.

Professional divers sometimes work under water for days and spend their breaks in diving bells. When returning to the surface in the bell, the change in pressure can cause the watch glass to burst out of the case. The reason for this phenomenon is helium, which is mixed with the air in the diving bell. This noble gas can permeate any seal, but cannot escape again quickly enough when resurfacing. The gas expands and exerts considerable pressure against the watch glass. One possible result is a defect watch. To stop this happening, the DAVOSA Argonautic is equipped with a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. This can be opened by means of a screwed crown while resurfacing, thus ensuring ideal pressure equalization.

Watches that possess this safety feature usually cost thousands of euros. The DAVOSA Argonautic is a true alternative – a robust divers watch with a helium escape valve and reliable Swiss automatic movement (ETA 2824-2) at unique value for money.

The Argonautic beat other more expensive watches in a test conducted by ‘Armbanduhren’, a wristwatch trade magazine. The features that were prized included: ‘careful attention to detail’, ‘smooth, very precise locking adjustable ring’, ‘reasonable price’. (Armbanduhren, issue 3/10).

Technical details
Reference: 161.485.70/ 161.485.75 / 161.485.20
case: all stainless steel, bezel: made of scratch-proof ceramic
bracelet: rubber or metal band with diver extension
movement: automatic self winding movement
caliber: ETA 2824-2
Dimensions: diameter 42,5 mm, height 14mm
Weight: 206 g
Price: 548 Euro

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Maurice Lacroix “Les Classiques” Collection for Women : Les Classiques Date – Quartz and automatic caliber & Les Classiques Moonphase Chronographe

Elegant, understated and contemporary, the Maurice Lacroix “Les Classiques” collection for women offers a range of watches that focuses on the basics, just like its collection for men. It reflects a desire for simplicity that follows the hands round with all the grace of traditional watchmaking, designed with exquisite elegance and classic timelessness. Watchmaking at its most distinctive.

Echoing the men’s models presented at the BaselWorld exhibition in 2010, the “Les Classiques” watches for women reflect the talent of the Maurice Lacroix designers and creators to revisit a collection, while at the same time remaining true to its intrinsic character. Their extremely competitive market positioning brings real added value to the brand’s offer. Preferring the classic to the extravagant, the innovations blend their feminine elements with their matching masculine features, neatly demonstrating the elegance of the “Pair Watches” concept.



Playing on diversity, the Les Classiques Date and the Moon Phase Chronograph are the very reflection of femininity. They may be fitted with a mechanical or a quartz movement, be set with diamonds or not, be made of steel or twin-coloured metal, be simple or complicate, be decorated with a polished or a smooth finish... All reflect the eclectic tastes and aspirations of women who enjoy variety, wearing a sleek watch, one with complications or a jewelled one, to fit the occasion. But it must be authentic, with the smallest indication or the merest decorative detail finding its justification within the 33 mm diameter watch case.

The Date version observes the world around it with composure and assurance. Three hands and a date, with nothing to disturb the visual passage of time. The hours and minutes hands, with their luminescent coating, move round above a dial encircled with slim applied markers. The layout, reduced to simplicity itself, places the date aperture at 6 o’clock. Fitted with a self-winding mechanical or quartz movement, the watch case, bracelet and dial come in a range of finishes, black, silver-coloured or mother-of-pearl. It is also available in a jewelled version, with the dial and bezel set with glittering diamonds.

The Moon Phase Chronograph features complications dear to Maurice Lacroix since the 1980s, including some of the most poetic and feminine. Within lies a quartz movement that ticks away regularly and accurately. The timeless design presents the data in a beautifully balanced and perfectly legible way. The chronograph counters, located directly opposite each other at 10 and 2 o’clock, are cleverly balanced by the moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. In black, these form a striking contrast with the white mother-of-pearl dial, which is also available in a version featuring a diamond-studded bezel. Even the date is a model of discretion, located demurely at 4 o’clock.

Les Classiques Date – Quartz and automatic caliber

Case
- Stainless-steel, Ф 33mm
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (automatic versions only)
- Water resistant to 30 m / 3 atm

- Steel-gold version:
- Quartz versions: yellow PVD (2N) coated bezel
- Automatic versions: 18K yellow gold bezel – Gold weight 3.03 g

- Diamond set versions:
- Bezel set with 62 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.40mm ( 0.6448 Ct.)

DIAL:
- Available in silver, black and silver/ yellow gold plated hour markers versions (2N)
- Diamond cut applied hour-markers with Superluminova SLNC1
- Available in refined white mother-of-pearl set with 11 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.10mm ( 0.0583 Ct.)

HANDS AND DISCS:
- Diamond cut hand with Superluminova SLNC1on hours and minutes hands
- Available in rhodium and yellow gold plated versions (2N)

STRAP / BRACELET:
- Black, brown or white croco imitatation strap
- stainless steel bracelet combining polished and brushed finishing
- stainless steel bracelet with yellow PVD coated ( quartz versions only)

MOVEMENT:

QUARTZ CALIBERS:
Functions:
- Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands
- Date indicated by disc at 6 o’clock
- End-of-life display

AUTOMATIC CALIBERS:
Automatic movement, self – winding
Functions:
- Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands
- Date indicated by disc at 6 o’clock

VIBRATION:28 800 alt / h, 4 Hz
POWER RESERVE:38 hours
JEWELS: 26 on ML 115, 25 on ML 155
ADJUSTMENTS:3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
DECORATION: Rhodium – plated movement: circular grain, côtes de Genève snail

Les Classiques Moonphase Chronographe Ladies

CASE:
- Stainless steel case Ф 38mm
- New bezel and caseback design
- Polished finishing
- Domed sapphire crystal
- Water resistant to 30 m / 3 atm

Diamond set versions:
- Bezel set with 72 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.40mm ( 0.7488 Ct.)

DIAL:
- Refined white mother-of-pearl set with 12 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.20mm ( 0.08 Ct.)

HANDS AND DISCS:
- Diamond cut hand with Superluminova SLNC1on hours and minutes hands

STRAP / BRACELET:
- White croco imitatation strap
- 7 rows stainless steel bracelet combining polished and brushed finishing

BUCKLE:
- Stainless steel standard buckle

MOVEMENT:
Quartz movement, calibre ML49

Functions:
- Hours, Minutes, and chronograph seconds indicated by central hands
- Small second at 2 o’clock
- Chronograph 30 minutes counter at 10 o’clock
- Date indicated by disc at 4 o’clock
- Moon Phases indicated by disc at 6 o’clock

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