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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time Pink Gold

Girard-Perregaux 1966 models pay tribute to the Brand’s great tradition, combining watchmaking excellence with elegant style. True to this spirit,1966 Annual Calendar and Equation Of Time houses an original mechanism: the calibre GP033M0. The highly practical annual calendar, which in this case indicates the date and month, automatically counts the different lengths of the months, so that only one correction a year is required, every 28 February except for the leap years. With its hand at 4:30 the equation of time indicates the difference between real solar time and mean time or civil time. In fact, the duration of a solar day varies from day to day due to the elliptical shape of the Earth’s orbit. This astronomical complication is based on an ingenious mechanism, including an annual disc with an elliptical cam reproducing the movement of the Earth around the Sun.



To enhance the technical quality of the model, Girard-Perregaux has fitted it with its Microvar variable inertia balance. On its rim it combines six adjustable screws and two inertia blocks, used respectively for adjusting the balance equilibrium and making a fine adjustment to the movement rate. This exclusive development gives increased accuracy and greater setting stability to the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar and Equation of Time.

While the sapphire case-back allows to contemplate the movement in its complexity, discretion prevails on the dial side, with the emphasis on an original and highly readable display. Illuminated by the pink gold of the 40 millimetre case, the dial focuses on clarity: “baton“ indexes, thin “leaf“ hands and counters with precisely applied transfers for perfect readability of the functions. With its case and movement made entirely in-house by Girard-Perregaux, this watch has all the assets to seduce fine watchmaking connoisseurs.




Technical details
Pink gold case
Diameter: 40 mm
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back
Water resistance: 30 metres

Girard-Perregaux movement GP033M0
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 1/2’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 44
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small seconds, annual calendar, equation of time

Alligator strap with pin buckle

Gübelin-Patek Philippe Jubilee Watch - Calatrava Travel Time Limited Edition Ref. 5134

Gübelin-Patek Philippe jubilee watch- Calatrava Travel Time is a special edition timepiece created in 2004 on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Swiss jewellery and watch house Gübelin. Legendary Swiss watch maker Patek Philippe has joined hands with Gübelin to produce this edition of the popular dual time zone watch, Calatrava Travel Time, in a limited series.

Travel Time unites the classic form of the Calatrava line with the complication of a movement that simultaneously indicates the time in two different time zones. It is the ideal watch for professional globetrotters, as it is strikingly simple to operate. People who frequently travel long distances by air know how difficult it can be to keep track of the time at home as well as the local time. Two easily distinguishable hour hands display the time in each of the time zones and a small 24-hour subsidiary dial provides day/night information for your home time. The local time can be set easily by pressing the two buttons in the caseband, which move the corresponding hand forward or backward depending on the direction one is traveling across the globe.



The Calatrava Travel Time features the manually wound caliber 215 PS FUS, and like all Patek Philippe creations, it is decorated by hand with painstaking care and bears the prestigious Geneva Seal. The elegant watchcase of Calatrava Travel Time is water resistant. The jubilee watch collection was produced in four different variations in a limited series of 180.

The Gübelin and Patek Philippe names are engraved on the specially designed dial, which comes in the colors brown, blue, silver and black. Other distinguishing features include the straight-sided bâton hour hands and massive-design indices. The transparent sapphire crystal caseback bears the Gübelin emblem and is dedicated "Gübelin 1854 – 2004". 50 pieces were produced in yellow gold with a brown dial, 45 in white gold with a blue dial, 45 in rose gold with a silver-colored dial and 40 in platinum with a black dial.

Technical details
Model: Gübelin-Patek Philippe jubilee watch Calatrava Travel Time – Ref. 5134

Movement
-Caliber 215 PS FUS 24H
-Mechanical movement, manually wound
-Overall diameter:21.90 mm
-Height:3.35 mm
-Number of parts:178
-Number of jewels:18
-Power reserve: Approx. 44 hours
-Balance:Gyromax
-Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour
-Balance spring:Flat
-Hallmark:Geneva Seal

Indications
Dual hour display for local and home time, minutes, seconds
Subsidiary dials: 24-hour display (home time) at 12 o'clock and seconds at 6 o'clock

Case
-18K yellow, rose or white gold or platinum
-Sapphire crystal caseback secured with screws
-2 buttons in the caseband for operating the time zone mechanism
-Case extension ridges for protecting the crown
-Dimensions:Diameter :37 mm ; Height: 9.8 mm
-Water resistance:To 25 meters

Dial
-Silver, brown, blue or black with applied indices in gold to match the case
-Bâton hand in gold for the display of hours in local time, the small seconds display and the 24-hour day/night information for home time
-Bâton hand in matte yellow, rose or white gold for the display of hours in home time

Strap
Handmade alligator band, Folding clasp in 18K yellow, rose or white gold or platinum with Calatrava cross

Suggested prices during launch in 2004
- Yellow gold :CHF 20,100
- Rose and white gold:CHF 21,400
- Platinum: CHF 34,000

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar & Equation of Time in White Gold

Inheriting the classic Girard-Perregaux style - sober, traditional yet unashamedly modern,the 1966 annual calendar and equation of time in white gold model features a mechanism which is both ingenious and easy to use.

One of the most useful day-to-day complications, the annual calendar displays the date and month while automatically taking into account the different lengths of the months. It requires just one correction per year on the 28th February, for non-leap years. Girard-Perregaux 1966 annual calendar and equation of time in white gold is embellished with a technical yet poetic detail - the equation of time. This rare, astronomical complication uses the hand situated at 4:30 to indicate the difference between the true solar time and the mean time, or meridian time. In fact, the length of a solar day varies daily due to the elliptical shape of the Earth's orbit.

In a further touch of sophistication, the calendar can be corrected using the crown in either direction. This makes correction easier, and the absence of a corrector on the case leaves its sublime curves intact.

The purity of the design thus remains unhindered by the mechanism's complexity. The functions are displayed on the dial in an original yet highly readable way. Baton indexes and fine, leaf-shaped hands mark the progression of the hours and minutes. The date, equation of time and small second are indicated by small, blued steel hands, each of a different shape, and the months are displayed in a circular window at 7 o'clock.

The back of the watch reveals the technical excellence of this model. The transparent sapphire case-back lays bare the complex architecture of its movement, which comprises 287 separate components, as well as its intricate finishes, each realised by the Manufacture's master watchmakers.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Annual Calendar & Equation of Time in White Gold
Case in white gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.72 mm
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back
Water resistance: 30 metres

Girard-Perregaux GP033M0 movement
Mechanical, automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 44
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small second, annual calendar, equation of time
Balance: Microvar, variable inertia

Alligator strap with ardillon buckle

Gübelin “Turbulences” Tourbillon Pocket Watch

Gübelin “Turbulences” is a Tourbillon pocket watch conceived and made by the master watchmakers Richard Daners and Marion Müller in 2004 , to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lucerne-based Jewellery and watch business group Gübelin (1854-2004). It has a construction that even amongst watchmakers has been deemed impossible: a tourbillon that rotates around three axles in a rectangular position to each other.

The tourbillon, invented by Abraham Louis Breguet in 1795, even today represents one of the greatest challenges any traditional master watchmaker can think of. The watchmaker of Swiss origin, probably the most famous of his kind, had devised the construction in his Paris workshops in order to gain the utmost in precision from his pocket watches. The constant influence of the earth’s gravity resulted in a lack of precision of the watches that were usually worn in a vertical position in vests and jackets. This default is due to the fact that it is virtually impossible to counterbalance the balance wheel and its hairspring. Breguet’s tourbillon put an end to this problem by guaranteeing that balance wheel, hairspring and escapement fulfil one rotation around their common axis, thereby neutralizing all inherent balance errors.

This rule still applies today, however only if the watch is always worn in a vertical position. Richard Daners and Marion Müller have built a tourbillon that eliminates the so-called gravitational error, no matter in which position the watch is worn. By creating this masterpiece the Gübelin ateliers demonstrated their willingness to venture upon the challenge of the impossible. The difficulty of developing a tourbillon on three axes only becomes obvious if one realizes how tiny the forces are at the end of the gear train of a mechanical movement. The escape wheel that transmits its impulse to the balance wheel via the pallets has just enough strength to move the tip of an eider down.

The movement of the golden pocket watch is symmetrical in its construction and is driven by two spring barrels under one common bridge. The gears are mostly hidden in order not to draw the attention from the three-dimensional tourbillon. Like a skeletized globe it is suspended freely above an opening in the base plate. Viewing the dial of the watch the delicate tourbillon can be seen through this circular hole. It is only from the rear that one discerns the whole glory of the mechanism. A large transparent caseback made of mineral glass allows a breathtaking view of the tourbillon’s complexity.

The see-through cage is driven via an invisible circular cogwheel sustained by a large precision ball bearing, arranged around the opening in the base plate. The lightweight cage turns around the first axis, perpendicular to the plate once in 135 seconds. It takes it 45 seconds to turn in its second axis. The escapement finally, situated in the innermost cage, accomplishes one full turn in a minute. Its axis again is always at a right angle to the second axis. Thus the observer sees an ever-changing image in continuous motion. The differences in running time of the three cages have the effect that it takes nine minutes until they all come back to their initial position for just one short moment.

The main cage of the tourbillon is suspended on one side only, which results in a so-called flying tourbillon. Therefore the axis on which it turns is invisible. By this the construction obtains a mysterious weightlessness. While trying to follow the complex movements of the tourbillon the observer will become aware of how his or her eyes try to dive into the gears to comprehend what can be seen. This is no easy task, seeing that we are used to gear trains with parallel axles, but none in which their position continually changes.

To round off the complexity of their masterpiece the two Gübelin watchmakers have equipped their escapement with a device that furnishes it with a constant amount of energy independent from the force stored in the spring barrels. The contrivance relies on the principle of inertia and is a solution that is equally ingenious as simple, based on a 1943 invention by Henry Jeanneret. It ensures that the escape wheel at the moment of release does not get its force directly from the spring barrels, but indirectly from a spiralled hairspring that acts similarly as a buffer in computer technology.

It is regularly armed via the gear train as soon as the escape wheel is stopped again. If it were not for the hairspring, the escape wheel would rotate freely on its pinion. The pinion bears a small platinum weight whose inertia guarantees that the entire gear train only starts moving with a certain delay after the release of the escape wheel. At the moment of its release the escape wheel, armed by the spiral spring, immediately hurries off, only being followed by its pinion when it has already stopped again.

Gübelin Jewellery & Watches : Toujours juste

Gübelin is a family owned jewellery and watch business group , now managed by sixth generation of its founding family.The Gübelin Holding is headed by its president Thomas Gübelin, in the fifth generation, assisted by his children Raphael and Sara Gübelin. Besides the jewellery stores of Gübelin AG and the Gübelin Ateliers AG, the corporate group also includes Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd., a scientific gemstone laboratory recognised worldwide.

Besides its expertise in jewelery creations and gemstones, Gübelin also represents some elite watch brands such as Patek Philippe, Omega,Ebel,Breguet,Parmigiani,Longines, Tissot, Hermes,Glashutte original,Tag Heuer, Montblanc etc.

In the 19th century Eduard Jakob Gübelin began working as a watchmaker for Maurice Breitschmid at his watchmaker’s shop in Lucerne. Shortly thereafter he married Breitschmid’s daughter and became a partner in the business. Thus, in 1854, the company Gübelin was created, laying the foundation stone for a successful family business, which from 2011 is now to be managed in its sixth generation.

Since 1854 the Gübelin family business has stood for the highest standards in jewellery, gemstones and watches. With its range of select gems, signature jewellery collections and elegant timekeepers, it boasts a presence at Switzerland’s premier locations: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lugano, St. Moritz and Geneva. At the head of the business, now in its sixth generation, stands Raphael Gübelin, 33, as CEO together with his sister Sara, 36, as equal partner and member of the Board of Directors. Besides the jewellery stores and the Gübelin Ateliers the corporate group also comprises the Gübelin Gem Lab, a scientific gemstone laboratory of world renown. In his position as head of the company Raphael Gübelin will continue on from his father’s business philosophy and nurture the company’s traditional values of genuineness, purity, exclusivity, quality and authenticity.

Gübelin Dynasty(From 1854 - 2011)
1st generation: Breitschmid, Jakob Josef (1832-1910); ran the company from 1854 to 1889
2nd generation: Gübelin - Breitschmid, Eduard Jakob (1861-1923); ran the company from 1889 to 1923
3rd generation: Gübelin - Schriber, Eduard Moritz (1888-1945); ran the company from 1923 to 1945
4th generation: Gübelin, Eduard and Walter (1913 and 1914); ran the company from 1945 to 1976/1989
5th generation: Gübelin - Hofer, Thomas (1948); ran the company from 1989 to 2010
6th generation: Gübelin, Sara and Raphael (1974 and 1977); will run the company from 2011.

The name Gübelin has been renowned far beyond the borders of Switzerland for more than 150 years, offering its Swiss and international clientele an assortment of countless and varied treasures. Thanks to the proven expert knowledge of some 200 employees the customer always enjoys competent ad-vice and assistance. Whether the repair of a watch, the creation of a unique signature piece of jewellery or the quest for a special gemstone, over the past 150 years Gübelin has acquired a centre of competence that is unrivalled. As a manufacturer of its own jewellery collection and watch make, the name Gübelin is also a guarantee of the utmost competence in the sourcing of brands and gemstones. Likewise, the global network of leading manufacturers and suppliers speaks for the exclusivity and quality of the range on offer, whether gemstones, diamonds, pearls or watches.

From 2011 Raphael Gübelin will continue along the proven path, upholding the tradition and offering customers fine jewellery creations as well as famous brands of watches. He will also add his own ideas to the company. They include consistently and continually attending to those who have a stake in the company. In keeping with a unique stakeholder relationship strategy all the target groups who share in the company’s success (the suppliers, financial partners, service providers and employees) are to be more closely integrated, their expectations and suggestions precisely analysed and incorporated into the business process.

The hourglass features on the family coat of arms, belongs to the company logo, and is a hallmark of quality and responsibility on jewellery and watches. Gübelin’s motto, Toujours juste, describes both the family’s and the firm’s approach. Brand values include tradition, service competence, design competence, manufacturing competence, and a quality and exclusive range of products.

Official website : http://www.guebelin.ch

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune Edition 2011

Clearly contemporary and decidedly distinguished, the Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune timepiece sets aside traditional principles to create its own philosophy of time. A representation of time that is not without surprises, that toys with displays without ever compromising legibility. A structured image of time that conceals an exemplary rigor behind its originality.

From the outset, the Pontos range expresses its desire to desert well trodden paths in favour of blazing its own trail. With the off-center layout as a distinctive feature, it breaks free from accepted standards and established practice with great elegance and refinement. Faithful to these principles, the new moon-phase timepiece reinterprets in its turn one of the most beautiful horological complications. A worthy descendant of the 2010 off-center moon-phase model, it has a 43 mm stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings on both sides to enhance the functions of its self-winding mechanism, the ML 122 caliber.

This piece is undeniably beautifully balanced. And yet, with the off-center displays, the eye finds none of its usual reference points. Hours and minutes are located at 10 o’clock in a disc with long, slim applied indexes. Following the round shape of the dial, they radiate majestically out into the face. The date appears through an aperture located at 6 o’clock, while at 4 o’clock the moon-phase indicator performs its elegant waltz. Two superposed discs lead the dance: one in metallized sapphire crystal reveals the phases and age of the moon; the other, lying underneath, indicates day or night.

The black dial displays information plainly and clearly. The slim diamond-studded markers and luminescent-tipped hands create a striking contrast with its sun-brushed satin texture. A rhodium-dial version accentuates the interplay of light and gives the watch a more classically elegant look.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishes
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
■ Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
■ Quick moon-phase corrector at 2 o’clock
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm

Dial
■ The design of the dial, featuring an off-centered display, is a glowing tribute to the contemporary reinterpretation of our signature
■ Large opening revealing the moon phases and day/night discs at 4 o’clock, and the date at 6 o’clock
■ Moon-age indication at 4 o’clock, displaying the days remaining to the full moon
■ Available in black or rhodium color, featuring diamond-cut applied hour markers on a sun-brushed finish

Hands and discs
■ Diamond-cut faceted hours and minutes hands with white Superluminova C1 (blue emission)
■ Day/night disc
■ Sapphire moon disc with metal-coated moon turning over the day/night disc

Strap
■ Black large-scale alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching
■ Folding steel clasp with push-pieces
■ Satin and polished finish

Movement
Automatic movement, self-winding ML 122-10
Vibration: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels:34
Adjustments:3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
Decoration: Rhodium-plated movement, circular graining, snail, Côtes de Genève

Functions
■ Hours, minutes and seconds by off-center hands
■ Moon phase by sapphire disc at 4 o’clock, with moon age indication
■ Day-night disc at 4 o’clock
■ Date at 6 o’clock

REFERENCE NO.
PT6318–SS001–130 (silver dial), PT6318–SS001–330 (black dial)

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe Valjoux Edition 2011

The new Pontos Chronographe, with its sporty, sculptured lines, shows off its distinctive features. Contemporary in style, the blue dial highlights the chronograph functions and gives substance to its overall proportions. Powered by precision mechanics, this watch is aimed at those who appreciate sportsmanship and design.

A variation on the Pontos Chronographe series launched in 2004, the Pontos Chronographe timepieces are operated by an automatic movement based on the Valjoux 7750 caliber, renowned for its performance and reliability. It is fitted with a chronograph featuring 30-minute and 12-hour counters, and the small seconds and date apertures are at 9 and 6 o’clock respectively, creating a beautifully balanced display of the time data.

The steely blue color of the sun-brushed finished dial confirms its high quality and pedigree. To achieve optimum legibility, the applied index markers and hands have a luminescent coating. The steel case features skilfully designed push-pieces that retract into the case middle, while the case back opens fully to reveal the beauty of the mechanism inside. Available with a bracelet or leather strap, the new Maurice Lacroix chronograph is an utterly reliable master of short time measurement.

Technical details 
Case
■ Ø 43 mm, steel case
■ Refined finishing, combining polished and brushed surfaces
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
■ Screwed case-back with large sapphire crystal
■ Large Ø 7 mm crown with radial pattern for optimum handling
■ Unique pushers featuring a tip-over device with horizontally brushed finishes and polished facets
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm

Dial
■ Available in Blue color with silver counters
■ Pure, simple design highlighted by the sun-brushed finishing on the base
■ Snailed counters
■ Applied counter rings featuring a play on brushed and snailed finishing
■ Diamond-cut, faceted applied hour-markers

Hands and discs
Diamond-cut, faceted, rhodium-plated hands, with “BGW9” Superluminova (blue lume).

Strap
Crocodile-skin (Crocodylus niloticus) strap with large scales, calfskin lining and matching stitching
Folding clasp: Steel folding clasp with pushers and pinch system. Brushed finishing

Metal bracelet
■ 5-row bracelet for superior comfort
■ Alternation of vertical-brushed and polished finishing
■ Folding clasp with push-pieces

Movement
Personalized Valjoux 7750 caliber, with guaranteed quality and precision
Self-winding caliber ML112 based on the Valjoux 7750 movement
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
Power reserve:46 hours
Jewels:25
Adjustments:3 positions when fully wound and after 24 hours
Decoration: Rhodium-plated movement, decorated by hand: circular-grained with Côtes de Genève.

Functions
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
■ Small seconds at 9 o’clock
■ Chronograph seconds indicated by a central hand
■ 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock
■ 12-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock
■ Date indicated in an aperture at 6 o’clock

REFERENCE NO:PT 6188 – SS001 – 430 (leather strap)
PT 6188 – SS002 – 430 (steel bracelet)

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde Edition 2011

In 2010, Swiss watch brand Maurice Lacroix set a cat amongst the pigeons in mechanical watchmaking by developing a square wheel mechanism––the first in watchmaking history. Quite apart from its sheer aesthetic appeal, it introduced a whole new way of marking the passage of time. For 2011, Maurice Lacroix’s Roue Carrée offers a fresh angle on the passage of time, by focusing on the seconds display. As a result, the Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde is a truly fascinating spectacle to behold.

Designed by watchmaker and engineer Michel Vermot in collaboration with the Haute Ecole Arc du Locle, the square wheel mechanism has taken years to perfect. As the gear profiles of non-circular wheels cannot, by definition, be regular, the principal challenge was to define the shape of the teeth in order to ensure constant power transfer. The wheels were made using LiGA technology—a revolutionary process that combines the techniques of photolithography and electroforming to make high-precision micro-components that cannot be made with traditional machining methods.

The eye is mesmerized from the very first glance by the hypnotic movement of the Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde. The small-seconds display comes to life before your very eyes thanks to the steadfast, rhythmic movement of the square wheel with its geometric openwork. Its prominent phosphorescent corners serve as a reminder of time’s constant march onwards. The square wheel, whose corners and contours mesh with the same precision as its circular counterparts, is activated by a toothed clover-leaf wheel and turns continuously to create an extremely dynamic visual effect.

In order to leave the seconds hand firmly in the spotlight, the hours and minutes are indicated by a simple central hands coated with Superluminova. A power-reserve indicator at 3 o’clock adds balance to the picture. The hours, minutes and power reserve are displayed directly on the main plate, which serves as the dial. The watch’s readability is enhanced by its Grand Colimaçon (or snailed) black or rhodium finish, which makes the indicators literally glow, while the alternation of satin-brushed and polished finishes adorning the 43 mm steel case showcases its silhouette to perfection. A large sapphire-crystal case back reveals the refinement of the ML156 mechanical movement, decorated with Grand Colimaçon in finest Swiss watchmaking tradition.

The Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde—an unprecedented fusion of technology and talent—encapsulates the philosophy of Maurice Lacroix and its Masterpiece collection. A philosophy in which engineering and beauty dovetail to challenge the boundaries of design, in an attempt to change the very face of time. Resolutely masculine and eminently technical, this new item—a contemporary watch that breaks with preconceived ideas to stay ahead of its time— confirms the brand’s status as expert innovators. Galvanizing the most technical of watchmaking skills, it offers time a new lease of life.

Engineer and watchmaker Michel Vermot has taught at the Haute Ecole Arc, located in Le Locle (Switzerland), for 20 years. A specialist in mechanical and electronic watches, he has managed many industrial mandates in the framework of his role at the HE-ARC. He now runs the Movement Development Department at Maurice Lacroix.

Technical details
References: MP7158-SS001-900 (black) MP7158-SS001-901 (Rhodium)

Case
Steel, Φ 43 mm, satin-brushed and polished finish
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 atm

Movement bridge /Dial
In keeping with the Masterpiece Régulateur Roue Carrée design, the dial has been created on the main plate of the movement itself and is decorated with a large “Grand Colimaçon”
The square wheel and clover leaf mesh to transfer power with the same precision as the cogs in their circular counterparts; in addition the wheel is used to indicate the seconds
The hours and power-reserve indications are engraved on the main plate
Dial available in black or rhodium
The square wheel and clover leaf are highlighted by a circular opening on the movement main plate itself, decorated with a sandblasted background.

Hands
Trailing square wheel for the seconds display, circular satin-brushed finish upper part and polished circumference, seconds pointer coated with white C1 Superluminova (blue luminescence)
No visible rotation axis
Diamond-polished and faceted hours and minutes hands, coated with white C1 Superluminova (blue luminescence)
Diamond-polished and faceted power-reserve hand

Strap/Bracelet
Large-scale black crocodile-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching

Buckle
Folding steel clasp with push buttons
Satin-brushed and polished finish

Movement
ML 156 mechanical movement, hand-wound
Developed in collaboration with HE-ARC, manufactured and assembled by Maurice Lacroix
Design patented (square wheel / clover leaf)
Vibrations:18,000 vph, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve:45 hours
Jewels:34
Adjustments:5 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
Decoration:Grand Colimaçon, rhodium finish

Functions
Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
Small-second display by square wheel at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve hand at 3 o’clock

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Calendrier Rétrograde and Masterpiece Double Rétrograde Edition 2011

The timepieces in the Masterpiece Collection are the perfect synthesis of Maurice Lacroix know-how and are anchored in an urban, dynamic and elegant 21st century. This collection spearheads the brand, and, its interpretation is a wonderful illustration of complications, especially retrograde displays, that Maurice Lacroix has been specializing in for many years.

Until now Masterpiece watches have evolved in step with hand-wound mechanisms, but this year, for the first time, their technological sophistication is embodied in automatic calibers. Meeting the highest manufacturing standards of traditional mechanical watchmaking, the new Masterpiece models, Calendrier Rétrograde and Masterpiece Double Rétrograde, based on historical pieces, place polished elegance at the heart of a technological sophistication served by modernist design.

In keeping with the new advertising concept, “Never Stop Moving”, the automatic Masterpiece watches have the idea of movement as their guiding principle. The caliber, wound up by the simple movement of the wrist is the exemplification of such a philosophy. From a broader perspective, the Never Stop Moving concept is evident in the quest for innovation and in the continuous research in technical and aesthetic fields that dictate the design of each Maurice Lacroix watch. A brand that accepts no compromise.

Available in a limited edition series of 50, the Masterpiece Calendrier Rétrograde and Masterpiece Double Rétrograde are produced in pink gold. The large 46 mm diameter cases, statuesque in appearance, afford time a space in keeping with its dimensions. The case, which is water-resistant to a depth of 50 m, has a very contemporary style polished and satin finish, with nothing superfluous and no decorative flourishes. Its plain simplicity is echoed in the blue dials that display the time data in a methodical and practical fashion, whatever the model.

One model features a retrograde date at 10 o’clock, the other a GMT double retrograde and date at 12 and 6 o’clock. The delicately cut out displays, stylish despite their technical sophistication, are enhanced by the sun-brushed satin finish of the dial, the deep blue colour of which confirms their credentials. The power reserve display, located at 2 or 3 o’clock depending on the model, is characterized by its bold, dynamic appearance. The pink-gold applied markers sit in a curve that stretches out gradually, giving a real impression of movement. As for the small seconds hand, it circles regularly without stopping.

In a clear, striking contrast, the fine pink-gold hands skim round the blue dial, their diamond-cut finish further enhanced by their gently curved shape. The absence of an arbor hole confirms traditional design where attention to the minutest detail is taken to its extreme. The purity, the quiet poise of the design that emanates from these timepieces cannot fail to evoke the most beautiful architectural creations where design, distilled to its purest essence, transfigures form and function. Perfect visual harmony and crystal-clear legibility testify explicitly to this.

The self-winding movements, ML 190 for the Calendrier Rétrograde and ML 191 for the Double Rétrograde, are created in the pure tradition of Swiss watchmaking. The finish, even of the tiniest component, invisible after the watch is assembled, can be seen through the sapphire crystal case backs. Their 16½ line diameter makes them among the largest automatic calibers in the market.

In response to the expectations of a demanding public for whom performance is a way of life, the new automatic Masterpiece watches are also available in steel in a more popular case size of 43 mm, with two dial finishes, black and silver-plated. Their especially competitive positioning on the Manufacture watch market brings powerful added value to the Maurice Lacroix range.

Technical details
18K Pink Gold, Limited edition (50 PIECES)
Reference Number: MP6509-PG101-430 (Calendrier Rétrograde), MP6519-PG101-430 (Double Rétrograde)

Case
■ 18K pink gold, Ø 46 mm, satin and polished finishes
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
■ Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm

Dial
■ Based on a solid 925 silver plate
■ Deep blue color, with sun brushed finishing
■ 18K pink-gold diamond-cut applied hour markers, small seconds and power reserve indications

Hands
■ 18K pink-gold stamped hours and minutes hands with diamond-cut head in the pure tradition of hands-making
■ 18K pink-gold hands for small seconds and power reserve indications
■ Rhodium-colored hand for the retrograde indications

Strap/Bracelet
■ Black large-scale crocodile-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching
■ 18K pink-gold standard buckle

Total gold weight
■ With standard buckle: 81.4 g (18K)

Movement
Automatic movement, self–winding ML 190 (Calendrier Rétrograde) and ML 191 (Double Rétrograde)
Vibration: 18,000 vibrations/h, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 52 hours
Jewels: 57 (ML 190), 74 (ML 191)
Adjustments: 5 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
Decorations:Vertical brushed and Grand Colimaçon, rhodium-plated

Functions
Calendrier Rétrograde (ML 190):
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
■ Date indicated by retrograde hand at 10 o’clock
■ Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
■ Power reserve hand at 2 o’clock
Double Rétrograde (ML 191):
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
■ Date indicated by retrograde hand at 6 o’clock
■ 2nd time zone indicated by retrograde hand at 12 o’clock
■ Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
■ Power reserve hand at 3 o’clock

Steel version Non Limited
Reference numbers
Calendrier Rétrograde: MP6508-SS001-130 (silver dial), MP6508-SS001-330 (black dial)
Double Rétrograde : MP6518-SS001-130 (silver dial), MP6518-SS001-330 (black dial)

Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishing
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
■ Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm

Dial
■ Based on a solid 925 silver plate
■ Available in black or silver color, with sun brushed finishing
■ Diamond-cut applied hour markers, small second and power reserve indications

Hands and discs
■ Stamped hours and minutes hands with diamond-cut head in the pure tradition of hands making
■ Retrograde indications in contrast to the dial color for optimum legibility: rhodium colored on black dial, black gold color on silver dial
■ Rhodium-colored stick hand for power reserve and small second

Strap/bracelet
■ Black large-scale crocodile-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching

Buckle
■ Folding steel clasp with push-pieces
■ Satin and polished finish

Movement
Automatic movement, self-winding ML 190 (Calendrier Rétrograde) and ML 191 (Double Rétrograde)
Vibration:18,000 vibrations/h, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve:52 hours
jewels: 57 (ML 190) and 74 (ML 191)
Adjustments: 5 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
Decoration: Vertical brushed and Grand Colimaçon, rhodium-plated

Functions
Calendrier Rétrograde (ML 190):
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hand
■ Date indicated by retrograde hand at 10 o’clock
■ Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
■ Power reserve hand at 2 o’clock
Double Rétrograde (ML 191):
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hand
■ Date indicated by retrograde hand at 6 o’clock
■ 2nd time zone indicated by retrograde hand at 12 o’clock
■ Small second hand at 9 o’clock
■ Power reserve hand at 3 o’clock

Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Réserve de Marche Edition 2011

The dial is black or silver-plated. Hours and minutes hands are located in the center. The seconds hand is at 9 o’clock. Added to this inherently traditional layout is an unobtrusive yet original power reserve display. With a centrally positioned hand, this new complication, wholly designed, developed and manufactured by Maurice Lacroix, lies at the outer edge of the dial.

The Les Classiques Réserve de Marche timepiece conceals an ML 109 caliber, featuring an extra component to operate the power reserve that propels it straight into the halls of the great. The plain, stark design highlights the distinctiveness of this complication. Its single, delicately sand-blasted hand contrasts with the luminescent hour and minute hands, to better highlight the innovative character of the power reserve.

An understated whole, the watch’s exquisite visual harmony marks it out unmistakably. The 40 mm-diameter stainless steel case, water-resistant to 30 meters, captures the light in a natural, unaffected way. And yet, it makes an excellent showcase for an original horological complication.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 40 mm
■ Polished and brushed surfaces
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (inside)
■ Water-resistant to 30 m/3 atm

Dial
■ Timeless design underlined by velvety finishing
■ Available with black or silver/yellow gold plated hour markers
■ Diamond-cut applied hour-markers with white Superluminova SLNC1

Hands and discs
■ Diamond-cut hand with white Superluminova SLNC1 on hours and minutes hands
■ Available in rhodium- and yellow-gold-plated versions
■ Power reserve hand with sandblasted finishing for optimum legibility

Strap/bracelet
■ Genuine black or brown imitation crocodile-skin calfskin strap
■ 7-row metal bracelet combining polished and brushed finishes

Buckle
■ Stainless steel folding clasp with push-pieces
■ Polished, combined with brushed finishes

Movement
■ ML 109 mechanical movement, hand-wound
■ Complication module created, developed and manufactured by Maurice Lacroix.
■ Vibration: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
■ Power reserve: 42 hours
■ Jewels:29
■ Adjustments: 3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
■ Decoration: Rhodium-plated movement, circular Côtes de Genève

Functions
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hand
■ Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
■ Power reserve indicated by central hand

Model variations
LC7008-SS001-330: Black dial, genuine black leather strap with folding clasp
LC7008-SS001-130: Silver dial, genuine brown leather strap with folding clasp

Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Grande Date GMT Edition 2011

The Les Classiques Grande Date GMT watch by Maurice Lacroix has all so called majestic horological complications: Three hands, a large date display, a second time zone. The best qualities of the dial, whether black or silver-plated, are its harmony and delicate subtlety. Long applied markers, three delicate hands, little embellishment apart from the delicate micro-blasting on the dial which softens the appearance.

To provide perfect legibility, the hours and minutes hands are coated with a luminescent substance, so that they clearly mark the immutable passage of time, even in the dark. The large date display sits imposingly at 12 o’clock, and opposite is a GMT sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The layout of the dial is perfect, confirming that simplicity inevitably evokes the idea of grandeur. The popularly sized 40 mm diameter case is in stainless steel and is water-resistant to 30 meters. At its heart, and ticking with unfailing regularity, is an Maurice Lacroix automatic ML 129 caliber.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 40 mm
■ Polished and brushed surfaces
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (inside)
■ Water-resistant to 30 m/3 atm

Dial
■ Timeless design underlined by velvety finish
■ Available with black and silver-/yellow-gold-plated hour markers
■ Diamond-cut applied hour-markers with white Superluminova SLNC1

Hands and discs
■ Diamond-cut hand with white Superluminova SLNC1 on hours and minutes hands
■ Available in rhodium- and yellow-gold-plated versions

Strap/bracelet
■ Genuine black or brown imitation crocodile-skin calfskin strap

Buckle
■ Stainless steel folding clasp with pushers
■ Combined polished, and brushed finishes

Movement
■ Automatic movement, self-winding ML 129
■ Vibration:28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
■ Power reserve:44 hours
■ Jewels: 21
■ Adjustments:3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
■ Decoration:Rhodium-plated movement, circular graining, snail, Côtes de Genève

Functions
■ Hours, minutes and seconds indicated by central hands
■ Big Date at 12 o’clock
■ 2nd time zone indicated by hands at 6 o’clock

Model variations with reference number
LC6088-SS001-330: Black dial, genuine black leather strap
LC6088-SS001-130:Silver dial, genuine brown leather strap

Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Date Ladies Edition 2011

For 2011, Swiss watch brand Maurice Lacroix presents a new collection for ladies from its enigmatic Les Classiques line. Les Classiques Date Ladies is smaller in size, yet elegant. With a few exquisitely attractive touches and natural curves, these women’s dress watches are unruffled by the vagaries of time.

The craftsmanship is timeless in terms of shape, layout and nature. Its dazzling purity is unclouded by any decorative flourishes. The face is in gleaming black, brilliant silver-plate or iridescent white mother-of-pearl, while the stainless steel case features a gold-plate or diamond-set bezel that emphasises its neat 28 mm diameter. Meanwhile, eager to assume their true mantle, the hours hand turns under the watchful eye of the date aperture at 6 o’clock.

Fun-loving, the Les Classiques Date Ladies watch features a variety of case finishes, dials and straps, while, at its heart, a quartz movement ticks away regularly. It attests to the talent of the Maurice Lacroix designers who have managed to reinterpret a collection while at the same time remaining true to its intrinsic character. Its extremely competitive market positioning meets the demands of a clientele that prefers elegant simplicity to ostentatious sophistication.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 28 mm
■ Fully polished finish
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
■ Water-resistant to 30 m/3 atm
■ Bicolor version with yellow (2N) PVD-coated bezel
■ Diamond-set versions: bezel set with 54 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ø 1.20 mm (0.3672 ct)

Dial
■ Timeless design underlined by a sun brushed finishing
■ Available with silver, black and silver-/yellow-gold-plated hour markers (2N)
■ Diamond-cut applied hour-markers with Superluminova SLNC1
■ Available in refined white mother-of-pearl set with 11 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ø 1.10 mm (0.055 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
■ Genuine black, brown or white calfskin strap
■ 7-row stainless steel bracelet combining polished and brushed finishes
■ 7-row stainless steel bracelet with yellow PVD coated links

Buckle
■ Standard stainless steel buckle
■ Standard stainless steel buckle with Yellow PVD coating

Movement
Quartz Movement

Functions
■ Hours, minutes, seconds indicated by central hands
■ Date indicated by disc at 6 o’clock
■ End-of-life display with second hand indicating low battery

Les Classiques Date Ladies: Models with reference number
  • LC1113-SS001-170: Stainless steel case, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, genuine white leather strap, stainless steel buckle
  • LC1113-SD501-170: Stainless steel case, bezel set with diamonds, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, genuine white leather strap, stainless steel standard buckle
  • LC1113-PVY21-130: Stainless steel case, bezel with Yellow PVD coating, set with diamonds, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, genuine white leather strap, stainless steel standard buckle with yellow PVD coating
  • LC1113-SS002-170: Stainless steel case, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, stainless steel bracelet
  • LC1113-SD502-170: Stainless steel case, bezel set with diamonds, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, stainless steel bracelet
  • LC1113-PVY23-130: Stainless steel case, bezel with Yellow PVD coating, set with diamonds, M.O.P dial set with diamonds, stainless steel/Yellow PVD bracelet

Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Moonphase Chronograph Edition 2011

The 2011 edition of Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques collection consists of four new watches,the moon-phase chronograph , the power reserve, the GMT large date and a woman's model.The new Les Classiques moon-phase chronograph measures short periods of time with relentless rationale. Traditional in style, the three counters fit naturally together to better accommodate a train of complications, 24-hour time and moon phase indications, and date, day and month displays.

Powered by the ML 154 caliber, the timepiece guarantees reliability and precision. The care taken in the automatic self-winding mechanism is echoed on the dial: although numerous, the time indicators are thoroughly practical in nature, with no superfluous aesthetic touches.

Water-resistant to 30 meters, the 41 mm-diameter stainless steel or twin-color case with an 18-carat yellow-gold bezel comes with a choice of three dials, namely traditional silver-plated, more contemporary black and classic silver with gold-plated hour-markers. The hours and minutes hands are coated with Superluminova to make it easy to read the time in the dark. The 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters are located at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, with the lunation indicator also at 6 o’clock. The small seconds and 24-hour indications are located at 9 o’clock, while the date and chronograph trotteuse hands are located centrally. The month and day displays, in two windows side by side at 12 o’clock, complete the picture. A rapid corrector located at 10 o’clock enables automatic weekday adjustment. The perfect balance of this timepiece is redolent of those classic, historic watches where harmony is the key word. The moon-phase chronograph comes with either a leather strap or a metal bracelet.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel, Ø 41 mm
■ Polished and brushed surfaces
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (inside)
■ Water-resistant to 30 m/3 atm
■ Steel-gold version with yellow-gold bezel (18K, yellow gold weight 5 g)
■ Quick weekly corrector at 10 o’clock

Dial
■ Timeless design underlined by velvety finish
■ Available with silver, black or silver-/yellow-gold-plated hour-markers
■ Diamond-cut applied hour-markers with white Superluminova SLNC1

Hands and Discs
■ Diamond-cut hand with white Superluminova SLNC1 on hours and minutes hands
■ Available in rhodium- and yellow-gold-plated versions

Strap/Bracelet
■ Genuine black or brown imitation crocodile-skin calfskin strap
■ 7-row metal bracelet combining polished and brushed finishes

Buckle
■ Stainless steel folding clasp with push-pieces
■ Polished, combined with brushed finishes

Movement
■ Automatic movement, self–winding ML 154
■ Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations/h, 4 Hz
■ Power reserve: 48 hours
■ Jewels: 25
■ Adjustments: 3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
■ Decorations: Rhodium-plated movement, circular graining, snail, Côtes de Genève

Functions
■ Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
■ Small second indicated by hand at 9 o’clock
■ 24h indication by hand at 9 o’clock
■ Chronograph second by central hand
■ 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock
■ 12-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock
■ Date indicated by central hand
■ Weekday and month indicated by disc at 12 o’clock
■ Moon phase indicated by disc at 6 o’clock

Models and reference number
  • LC6078–SS001–13E/33E: Stainless steel case, silver/black dial, genuine black leather strap with folding clasp
  • LC6078–SS002–13E/33E: Stainless steel case, silver/black dial, metal bracelet with folding clasp
  • LC6078–YS101–13E: Stainless steel case, with 18K yellow-gold bezel, silver dial, genuine brown leather strap with folding clasp

Monday, December 27, 2010

Maurice Lacroix Fiaba Watch Collection Edition 2011

Divinely slim and seductively feminine Fiaba watch collection is now delicately reinterpreted by the Maurice Lacroix designers, with a disarming naturalness.It comes in a simple rectangular shape which is soft and distinguished, even classical, and yet quite contemporary. Its gently curved profile means that it sits on the wrist like a second skin, hugging its curvature perfectly.

Available in three versions, black, silver-plated and mother-of-pearl, the corners of the dial are emphasized by slim baton indexes or diamond-studded markers, while two roman numerals sit imposingly at 12 and 6 o’clock. A subtle sun-brushed satin stripe lies vertically across the dial, beautifully emphasizing the radiating hour markers. Even the hands are slightly raised, giving a sense of their gliding gracefully round the dial.

The triple-row metal bracelet adds a contemporary touch to the whole. Fully polished, it reflects the light and seductively caresses the skin. The Fiaba watch is also available with a crocodile-skin strap with a shiny finish in white, black or brown.

Technical details
Case
■ Stainless steel case, 39 mm x 20.90 mm
■ Fully polished finish
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
■ Water-resistant to 50 m/5 atm
■ Available in:
– Diamond-set versions set with 58 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ø 1.20 mm (0.3944 ct)
– Yellow PVD-coated versions

Dial
■ New shape of applied Roman numerals, diamond-cut finishing
■ Finishing playing contrast between the center and the lateral stripes: sun-brushed versus opalin

Non-set versions
■ Dial available in black, silver and silver with yellow hour-markers
■ Refined “guilloche” pattern on the diamond-set case versions

Diamond-set versions
■ Refined version set with 10 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ø 1.20 mm (0.068 ct)
■ Also available in white mother-of-pearl versions

Hands and Discs
■ Diamond-cut hours and minutes hands
■ Available in rhodium- or yellow-gold-plated finish

Strap/Bracelet
■ Genuine black, white or brown crocodile-skin strap, shiny finish
■ 3-row bracelet with curved links for optimum comfort
■ Fully polished finish
■ Folding clasp with push-pieces
■ Available with yellow PVD coating

Buckle
■ Stainless steel standard buckle
■ Available with yellow PVD coating

Movement
Quartz Movement

Functions
Hours and minutes indicated by central hands

Model details with reference number
  • FA2164-SS001-310: Stainless steel case, black dial, black crocodile-skin strap, stainless steel standard buckle
  • FA2164-SS001-113: Stainless steel case, silver dial, white crocodile-skin strap, stainless steel standard buckle
  • FA2164-SD531-311: Stainless steel case set with diamonds, black dial with guilloche, black crocodile-skin strap, stainless steel, standard buckle
  • FA2164-SD531-114: Stainless steel case set with diamonds, silver dial with guilloche, white crocodile-skin strap, stainless steel standard buckle
  • FA2164-SS002-310: Stainless steel case, black dial, stainless steel bracelet
  • FA2164-SS002-113: Stainless steel case, silver dial, stainless steel bracelet
  • FA2164-SD532-311: Stainless steel case set with diamonds, black dial with guilloche, stainless steel bracelet
  • FA2164-SD532-114: Stainless steel case set with diamonds, silver dial with guilloche, stainless steel bracelet
  • FA2164-PVY01-112: Stainless steel case with yellow PVD coating, silver dial, brown crocodile-skin strap, stainless steel standard buckle with yellow PVD coating
  • FA2164-PVY06-112: Stainless steel case with yellow PVD coating, silver dial, stainless steel bracelet with yellow PVD coating

Girard-Perregaux LAUREATO EVO³ with Large Date, Moon Phase and Power Reserve Indicators

LAUREATO EVO³ is the third adaption of sporty and aggressive Laureato line. This chronograph version also features three useful complications: a large date, a power reserve indicator and a moon phase indicator.It is powered by a GIRARD-PERREGAUX manufactory-made movement with a patented large-date system for the optimal display of both digits.

In an original construction, the moon phase mechanism is connected to the barrel rather than the wheel train. This allows the phases of the moon to be displayed in a smooth, continuous movement instead of periodic jumps. LAUREATO EVO³ is a precise instrument that only requires a correction of one day every 122 years and 45 days!

Other features include hand-finished case and bracelet. The alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces are yet another example of the meticulous attention GIRARD-PERREGAUX pays to every detail and reflect its truly original approach to every watch that leaves the manufactory.

Technical details
Case : steel
Diameter : 44.00 mm
Height : 12.63 mm
Water-resistance : 100 metres
Screw-down water-resistant crown
Anti-reflective sapphire crystals
Sapphire crystal back secured with 6 screws

Movement: GIRARD-PERREGAUX GP 3330
self-winding mechanical movement
Calibre : 25.60 x 28.80 mm
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4Hz)
Jewels : 35
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : large date, moon phase indicator, power reserve indicator

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph

The Vintage 1945 collection is one of the pillars of the GIRARD-PERREGAUX brand. The version presented here reveals a different side of the character of this timeless classic. Modern, sporty details combined with the art-deco inspired Vintage 1945 case: all of this in a large eye-catching timepiece. The embossed waffle pattern and the chronograph counter rings add a rich, three-dimensional effect to the watch face. The red numerals are a familiar stylistic feature at GIRARD-PERREGAUX and one that will be instantly recognized by the connoisseurs.

Technical details
Case : steel
Dimension : 36.00 x 37.00 mm
Height : 12.90 mm
Water resistant : 30 metres
Sapphire crystal
Transparent sapphire crystal case back secured with 4 screws

Movement: GIRARD-PERREGAUX GP33 C0
self-winding mechanical movement
Calibre : 13'''
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4Hz)
Jewels : 63
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : hours, minutes, chronograph, date

Extreme Professional Watches : Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is a chronograph that features a central chronometer seconds hand, minute and hour totalizers activated by screw-down pushers, and a graduated bezel that serves as a tachometer. It is the ideal instrument for measuring elapsed time and calculating average speed.
The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona has, since 2000, been equipped with a new chronograph movement entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. This movement includes a Parachrom hairspring, very resistant to shocks and magnetic fields, and has a 72-hour power reserve. Self-winding, equipped with a Perpetual rotor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). It features a sapphire crystal and a Triplock winding crown protected by shoulders.
It is equipped with an Oyster bracelet with an Oysterlock clasp and an Easylink comfort extension link. An extremely versatile watch, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is available in many versions, which include a wide selection of gem-set bezels and dials.
Technical details
Calibre: 4130
Self-winding: Perpetual rotor
Power reserve: 72 hours
Oscillator Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 beats/hour), Parachrom hairspring with a Breguet overcoil
Chronometer: COSC certification

Diameter: 40 mm
Materials: 904L steel; yellow Rolesor; 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold
Case: Bezel with tachometer, shoulders to protect the crown, screw down pushers
Waterproofness: 100 m (330 ft)
Winding crown: Triplock
Crystal: Sapphire

Bracelets:
-Oyster with Oysterlock clasp and Easylink comfort extension link
-Leather strap with Oysterlock and folding clasp

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon Pink Gold

Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon by Girard-Perregaux is the world's first haute horlogerie complication to combine a Tourbillon and a slot machine equipped with a striking mechanism in perfect proportion. On the dial, a window at 12 o’clock reveals a row of three symbols, while a cut-out at 6 o’clock lets one admire the gold Bridge and the Tourbillon cage. The magic of the game is set in motion by pulling the handle on the right side of the case. The three reels spin and then stop randomly on one of the possible five symbols, while a hammer strikes a gong, producing the happy chime reminiscent of the gaming machines in a casino. Out of the 125 combinations, only one represents the jackpot: the three bells in a row.

The technology that breathes life into this unique wonder has nothing to do with chance. To attain this prowess, the challenges were numerous: associating the art of watchmaking with a gaming machine and succeeding in miniaturizing and integrating all the functions. Far from simply adding a game extension to an existing movement, Girard-Perregaux decided to embark upon a completely new design. Months of development were needed to conceive the new and entirely integrated calibre, GPFAY08 Jackpot Tourbillon. The whole gaming machine is operating by a rack, which starts and stops the reels and activates the chimes.

For this exceptional horological masterpiece, destined to be worn on the wrists of a privileged few, the concentration on detail involved an intricate choice of the symbols. These are reproductions of those found in the first mechanical slot machine, the famous “Liberty Bell”, invented at the end of the 19th century and so named with reference to the independence of the United States of America. On the gold reels, hollowed out and then delicately lacquered, the suits of spades, hearts, diamonds, horseshoes and the famous bells, appear at random.

Fitted with a crystal back revealing the movement, the Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon illustrates Girard Perregaux’s complete mastery in matters of rare and precious timekeepers. In this example, the Manufacture combines its art with the pleasure of an exclusive object of amusement.

Technical details
Pink gold case
Dimensions: 43.00 x 43.95 mm
Height: 17.30 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
See-through case back, fastened with 4 screws
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Movement: GIRARD-PERREGAUX GPFAY08 Jackpot Tourbillon under gold Bridge
Mechanical with manual winding
Calibre: 38.60 x 32.60 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 96 hours (4 days)

Functions: hour, minute, small seconds on the Tourbillon, slot machine and striking mechanism

Alligator strap with folding clasp

Slot machine mechanism
The handle on the side of the case is connected to a rack. By pulling the handle, the rack slides up. When the rack reaches its highest point, and only then (a so called “all or nothing mechanism”), it starts the reels spinning and slowly slides back down. When it has returned approximately two thirds of the way, it activates stoppers, which stop the reels one by one, and synchronically activates the striking mechanism

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II is an extreme professional watch, and highly valued by mountaineers and speleologists, for its rugged durability and reliability in countless expeditions to every corner of the globe.

Equipped with an additional, red 24-hour hand and a fixed 24-hour graduated bezel, the Explorer II allows simultaneous reading of the time in two time zones and makes it possible to distinguish night hours from day hours, a necessity for speleologists or polar explorers. It is equipped with a 12-hour hand that can be set independently from the minute hand, thus allowing the wearer to set the watch for a new time zone while the minute hand continues to function, maintaining the exact time.
The Oyster Perpetual Explorer II has over time confirmed its qualities of robustness and reliability during numerous expeditions. The original Explorer model was the watch that, in 1953, accompanied Sir John Hunt, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their victorious ascent of Everest. Self-winding, equipped with a Perpetual rotor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). It features a sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens and a Twinlock winding crown protected by shoulders.

Technical details
Calibre: 3186
Self-winding: Perpetual rotor
Power reserve: 48 hours
Date: Instantaneous change
Oscillator Frequency : 4 Hz (28,800 beats/hour), hairspring with a Breguet overcoil
Chronometer: COSC certification

Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 904L steel
Case: Fixed 24-hour graduated bezel, shoulders to protect the crown
Waterproofness: 100 m (330 ft)
Winding crown: Twinlock
Crystal: Sapphire with Cyclops lens
Bracelet: Oyster with Oysterlock clasp

Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Shadow

The ww.tc Shadow by Girard-Perregaux comes in an imposing 43 mm black ceramic case having good wear resistance. Ceramic is material which is considerably lighter than steel, and barely heavier than titanium, while also being completely biocompatible and hypoallergenic.

Advanced technologies are essential to achieve the ww.tc Shadow’s case. Ceramic powder, consisting of over 90 % zirconium oxide, is first mixed with a polymer to give it the characteristics required for injection moulding of the middle. This moulding is followed by several stages, including firing in a furnace heated to over 1500°C, to eliminate any porosity in the ceramic and obtain its hardness. These actions are performed with great precautions and infinite patience, since the material is highly delicate to handle prior to its final state.

The machining operations, used in particular for opening up the positions for the push-buttons and crowns, are performed just as painstakingly using diamond tools, the only kind that can work ceramic. Attesting to the care taken with every detail, the case has a meticulous satin-finish to eliminate any flaw and accentuate its shadowy look. Its architecture is superbly structured by graded shadows. The sophistication of this structure is boosted via the use of an internal titanium container and special screws for securing the case-back, with these screws also used for structural assembly of racing car engines. Shortened lugs, rubber coated crowns and push-buttons supplement its sporty characteristics.

True to the Brand’s principles, the ww.tc Shadow also stands out for its mechanism. Designed especially for this model, the Girard-Perregaux self-winding movement GP3387 simultaneously displays the date, the small seconds, the time in twenty-four different time zones, and a fly-back chronograph.

These various functions stand out clearly against the black dial: the chronograph seconds hand is easily distinguished by its red colour, while the divisions of the three counters opt for white. A world times day/night indicator, a date at 1:30, luminescent hands and hour numerals help readability. The ww.tc Shadow’s unique style also extends to the back of the watch, which houses a tinted sapphire glass showing off the mechanism

Technical details
Black ceramic case with rubber coated crowns and push-buttons
Inner titanium container
Diameter: 43 mm
Sapphire crystal
Tinted sapphire case-back secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 50 metres

Girard-Perregaux movement GP3387
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 13’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 63
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small seconds, date, fly-back chronograph, world times with day/night indicator

Rubber strap with safety folding buckle

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust : New Dial Variations (2009)

Launched in 1945, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust was the first Rolex watch to display the date in an aperture on the dial. Today it is the front-runner of the Rolex Oyster collection and is available in a wide variety of versions. At midnight, the date changes instantly.
A new range of dials was brought out in 2009 combining a spirit of classic refinement and creative reverie. Self-winding, equipped with a Perpetual rotor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the Oyster Perpetual Datejust is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). It features a sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens.
Technical details
Calibre: 2235, 3135
Self-winding: Perpetual rotor
Power reserves: 2235: 50 hours, 3135: 48 hours
Date: Instantaneous change
Oscillator Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 beats/hour), hairspring with a Breguet overcoil
Chronometer: COSC certification

Diameters: 26 mm, 29 mm, 31 mm, 34 mm, 36 mm
Materials: 904L steel; yellow, white or Everose Rolesor; 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold; platinum (calibre 2235 only)
Waterproofness: 100 m (330 ft)
Winding crown: Twinlock
Crystal: Sapphire with Cyclops lens

Bracelets
-Oyster with Oysterclasp and Easylink comfort extension link
-Jubilee with Crownclasp
-President (except 36 mm models) with Crownclasp
-Pearlmaster (26 and 29 mm models only) with Crownclasp
-Leather strap with Oysterclasp for 18 ct yellow and white gold versions (36 mm models only)

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Bi-retro

Ever since its launch in 2004, the Cat’s Eye collection by Girard-Perregaux has exercised its potent charm on women around the world. With its seductive femininity and strong personality, it also offers women subtle technical complexities rooted in Switzerland’s grandest horological tradition.

Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Bi-retro model features a black mother-of-pearl dial with retrograde hands for seconds and days of the week, and a date window at six. Fashioned in gold and usually embellished with diamonds, it is further enhanced here by a diamond-set crown and a silky strap.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Bi-retro
Case : 18K white gold
Dimensions : 35.25 x 30.25 mm
Height : 10.50 mm
Diamond-set crown
Water-resistance : 30 metres
Anti-reflection sapphire crystals
Sapphire crystal back secured with 4 screws

Movement GIRARD-PERREGAUX GP 03390
self-winding mechanical movement
Calibre : 11 ½'''
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Jewels : 36
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : retrograde seconds, retrograde weekday indicator, moon phase indicator

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Royal Pink

Originally introduced in 2009, Oyster Perpetual Datejust Royal Pink comes in an 18 ct Everose gold case is fitted with a bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds. The bezel edge is set with brilliants.

The unique strap, featuring a folding clasp, combines stingray leather and rubber. The Royal Pink is also available on a strap set with diamonds. The dial decoration, a subtle combination of black lacquer and precious stones, suggests natural textures. The blazes, the signature of the Royal Pink, are made up of 262 brilliants. The extremely intricate gem-setting requires great dexterity and expertise. Diamond hour markers provide the finishing touch to this exceptional piece.
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust Royal Pink is a veritable jewel that includes all the well-known advantages of the Oyster. Self-winding, equipped with a Perpetual rotor and certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), it is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) and features a sapphire crystal and a Cyclops lens with anti-reflective coating.
Technical details
  • Calibre: 3135
  • Self-winding: Perpetual rotor
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Date: Instantaneous change
  • Oscillator Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 beats/hour), Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil
  • Chronometer: COSC certification
  • Diameter: 36 mm
  • Material: 18 ct Everose gold
  • Case: Gem-set bezel
  • Waterproofness: 100 m (330 ft)
  • Winding crown: Twinlock
  • Crystal: Sapphire, Cyclops lens with anti-reflective coating
  • Bracelet: Stingray leather and rubber strap (may be gem-set) with Oysterclasp