Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Contrejour Paris presents a new collection of luxurious yet affordable watches aimed at customers with character

Contre-jour: in French, it means "against the light". It refers to photographs taken when the camera is pointing at a light source – the sun, or a bright window. The result is that the subject is seen in shadow. The image is mysterious yet impossible to resist. The viewer looks closer, wanting to know more.

The new watch brand Contrejour Paris has a similar ambiguity. Contrejour Paris timepieces are functional, but they are also a form of jewelry. Made in limited quantities to the highest technical and design standards, they remain affordable. Designed in Paris, they are made by skilled craftsmen employed only after many months of research and testing.
Today's customer faces a stark choice: affordable fashion watches that offer a famous brand name but little in the way of quality and creativity, or luxurious pieces that offer exceptional style and innovation at a high price. Contrejour Paris watch models are both eye-catching and accessible.

Its customers are young in spirit, although their age has little to do with it. They are bold, experimental, yet with a sense of fun. Above all, they don't follow the crowd. Like the photographer who shoots against the light, they enjoy breaking the rules. And they believe that true style lies in the details.

N.O.A Watches: Brand Profile, History and Products


It all began in 2003, when the first N.O.A collection was designed. The rooted tradition of fine horological workmanship of the Ruefli family, together with the experience and professionalism of the team assembled by Nicola Andreatta brought to life the world of N.O.A. Based in Switzerland, the company with a watch-making tradition goes back to the late 19th century , capitalized on the experience as manufacturers of watch components to launch new watch brand: N.O.A, which stands for... None Of the Above.

N.O.A is a combination of Italian style and Swiss watch-making expertise. The pursuit for making beautiful objects that can accurately serve their function will constantly be the powerful creative impulse behind every new N.O.A creation. Under the management of Nicola, together with his father, Alberto, and thanks to the expertise of the team working behind the scenes, N.O.A. is rapidly achieving worldwide recognition and an impressive development to becoming a leading name in luxury timepieces. Currently selling in more than 40 countries N.O.A is constantly enlarging its distribution network.

History:
It was late in the 19th Century, when Federico Ruefli, a brilliant businessman from Grenchen, Switzerland, established Ruefli Federico Spa in Como, Italy, and “Fabrique de Boites des Montres SA” in Chiasso, Switzerland. The two factories, situated very close to the border between Italy and Switzerland, were to collaborate in the production of brass and stainless steel watch components for the Swiss and the Italian market. In 1922, the four daughters of Federico joined him in Como, Italy, when he moved the factory in via Stelvio, right on top of a coach depot. At the beginning of the 30’s, he decided to relocate again, in Monte Olimpino, given the need for more space and workers to follow the increased workload. Meanwhile, his younger brother Ernest was recruited to manage the Swiss factory, which acquired its final name - “FCO” or “Fabbrica Casse per Orologi”.

With the object of combining the skilful Swiss workmanship with the creative Italian labour force, the two factories rapidly expanded to reach a total workforce of more than 300 people. In 1940, Federico passed away, and the factories were managed jointly by his sons-in-law: Hans Mathis and Ferdinand Rieter. The work continued slowly during the Second World War. In 1945 Ferdinand died and Hans continued alone.

In 1966, Clara Rieter Andreatta, grand-daughter of Federico, joined the company followed by her cousin Bruno Mathis, and in 1970, by her husband and Nicola’s father - Alberto Andreatta. At the same time, Giorgio Mathis, elder brother of Bruno, was appointed as director of FCO. Under the skilled direction of Giorgio, Bruno and Alberto, the factories specialized not only in producing high quality components for the watch industry, but, thanks to the creative impulse given by Alberto, started to design and customize watches for their clients. The growing competition with the less expensive Asian products forced the family to shut industrial production during the 90’s for a radical downsizing. The family then opened Timeo SA, a smaller “Atelier”, where they continued designing an manufacturing OEM products for the top brands in Switzerland. In 2002 Nicola Andreatta joined Timeo SA, which became N.W.C. SA, New Watch Corporation Luxembourg, the home of N.O.A. Watches.

Nicola Andreatta
Born in Como, Italy, in 1973 and raised in a multicultural environment by his Italian father and Swiss mother, surrounded by watches since his birth, Nicola became passionately interested in the world of horology at a very early age. Even during his studies, he spent considerable time in the family factories following the old process of manufacturing watch components as well as the development and production processes. Graduating in Business Administration in 1996, he then left for Asia where he worked for different watch companies in the design and manufacturing fields.

Back to Switzerland in 2001, he worked in Geneva and Milan as a consultant for various prestigious watch brands. In 2003, Nicola launched his first collection of unique timepieces, under the brand “N.O.A.” None Of the Above… Each N.O.A. watch is still the expression of his personal taste, his knowledge of watch making and the desire for always making something new while N.O.A. remains a completely independent business.

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


Monday, March 29, 2010

NIVREL Edition Pièce Unique : Répétition Erotique


Flagship of the NIVREL product line-up is the Edition Pièce Unique. It contains those watches that were most important for company founder Gerd Hofer. By combining high end mechanics with the craftsmanship of a goldsmith (his real but former profession) he started to create watches that were timepieces and jewellery at once.

Literally, erotic watches are most popular in the Arabic countries and Asia, but we can notice a consistently growing interest in Europe. Erotic watches by Nivrel depict ambiguous motives which place interpersonal love into an historical context. Complications like the automatic handling device enhance the appeal due to surprising sound and movement effects. Nivrel erotic watches might be eccentric – but they are a feast for the eyes of classicists of this niche.



Technical details:
Automatic movement based on calibre ETA 2892-A2, 5-minute repeater mechanism | When pushing the repeater button an erotic object moves on top of the dial | Case in steel 316 L, 18 ct. rose gold, or 18 ct. palladium white gold, domed sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 15 mm.


NIVREL: Special Editions - Le Chronograph Replique II


At unregular intervals, NIVREL introduces special editions to the market that mostly have a strict limitation as they are meant to be collector’s items. Latest treasure from Nivrel is the ‚Chronographe Replique II‘. Both versions of this watch are a hommage to two different NIVREL chronographs from the 1950ies. The original watches had been equipped with a mechanical winding chronograph movement calibre Landeron 47. The replica models also feature a mechanical winding chronograph movement calibre Landeron 248. This movement is from the same product family that was built from 1933 until 1970. It has been beautifully refurbished by NIVREL, featuring details such as blued screws and gold-plated bridges.



At the beginning of the 1990ies, NIVREL presented a replica model (Ref. N 515.001) of an old manual winding chronograph from the 1940ies. It was limited to 100 pieces and sold out immediately. Today, the watch is a high regarded object for collectors.



In 2009 – some 15 years after the introduction of the first replica model – NIVREL presented a second model of this kind. The NIVREL Chronographe Replique II is available in two different versions. Both are – in a unique way – a hommage to two different NIVREL chronographs from the 1950ies. The original watches had been equipped with a mechanical winding chronograph movement calibre Landeron 47. The replica models also feature a mechanical winding chronograph movement calibre Landeron 248. This movement is from the same product family that was built from 1933 until 1970. The movement measures 13.75‘‘‘, has 17 jewels, a power reserve of 43 hours, and an oscillation of 18.000 A/h. The follow-up model of the original Landeron 47 has been beautifully refurbished by NIVREL, featuring details such as blued screws and gold-plated bridges.

Technical details:
Manual winding chronograph movement calibre Landeron 248 | Steel case, sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, diameter: 42 mm, height: 12.6 mm.


Corum Golden Bridge Tourbillon Limited Edition (Reference: 213.100.55/0001 GR04)

In 2010, Corum celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its extraordinary Golden Bridge. During its thirty year history, its immediately recognizable esthetical codes and fascinating baguette movement have made the Golden Bridge an emblem of CORUM, and an icon of high horology.

To celebrate this anniversary in style, the watchmakers of the brand have worked together for two years to create the caliber CO213, a masterwork in terms of micromechanics, housing 182 components on a tiny baguette measuring 33mm by 3mm. Combining traditional watchmaking and high-end materials they write a new chapter in an already rich watchmaking history.

Indeed, CORUM has created the first baguette movement with a tourbillon escapement, housed in the world’s smallest cage – 8.5 mm in diameter – with an escapement in Silicium. Beating at 19’200 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of 40 hours despite a miniaturized barrel, which is almost hidden by the movement, the new caliber CO213 has also been designed in line with the codes of high horology. Its plate and bridges are crafted in 18kt gold and hand-engraved with patterns replicating the shape of tree ferns from the Jura region, the cradle of watchmaking and home to CORUM. No detail has been left to chance; even the upper bridge of the tourbillon cage reproduces the characteristic shape of the brand’s emblem, the key crafted in titanium.
This movement is housed in the legendary Golden Bridge case. The dials are set behind the mechanism and are worked in various materials such as meteorite, enamel, semi-precious stones or mother-of-pearl with different finishes. On the bottom of the case the opening also takes the shape of a lock, echoing the brand’s mantra: "Unlock and Conquer"!

This expression of high horology is water-resistant to 30 meters. The Golden Bridge Tourbillon will be produced in 33 Unique Pieces only; 16 in red gold, 11 in white gold and 6 in Platinum.

Technical details
Reference:  213.100.55/0001 GR04

33 Unique Pieces
-Red Gold Model 16 pieces
-White Gold Model 11 pieces
-Platinum Model 6 pieces

Movement 
CO213
Mechanical baguette movement, hand-wound by a stem at 6 o’clock
Tourbillon with Silicium escapement
Slipping spring mechanism
Variable inertia balance adjustable by inertia-block
Frequency: 2.66Hz, 19’200 vibrations/hour
22 Jewels
18kt red gold hand-engraved plates and bridge
Power reserve of 40 hours

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Tourbillon

Case
34 x 51mm
Tonneau-shaped case made of 18kt red gold 5N, 18kt white gold, or Platinum
Polished and satin-finished surfaces
Fluted crown at 6 o’clock decorated with CORUM key
Sapphire crystal open back cover under the movement
Caseback engraved with CORUM logo and Unique Piece
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 3atm (30 meters / 99 feet

Dial
Meteorite, enamel, semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl
Different finishing of the dial
Applique hour indexes or without index
Black, red gold 5N or rhodium plated skeleton hour and minute baton hands


Strap
Black crocodile leather strap, hand-stitched
Buckle: Red gold or white gold tongue buckle

Corum Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48: Dedicated For Diving Enthusiasts

Created in 1960, the Admiral’s Cup celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. With this eminently sporty timepiece CORUM has paid tribute to the ocean’s enthusiasts for half a century. As some of them also choose to explore the ocean’s depths, CORUM offers for the first time, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, a version dedicated to diving.

The case of this latest novelty in the Admiral’s Cup collection – with its twelve-sided case, typical of the collection – features an impressive diameter of 48 mm. Crafted in titanium and easily recognizable thanks to its bold design, it offers a unidirectional and rotating bezel. Other characteristic of this divers watch, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, include a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, an exceptional water-resistance of 100 atmospheres – or 1000 meters – and perfect legibility in the dark thanks to the Superluminova coating on the index and hands. The model is also endowed with a decompression valve which during ascent evacuates the helium that has accumulated in the case due to the diver’s depth and long periods of time underwater. Without this ingenious system the helium’s expansion could cause the glass to explode. This valve is situated at 9.30 o’clock and indicated with an engraving of “1000M”.
This broad case houses the caliber CO947, mechanical movement with automatic winding COSC certified chronometer, offering hours, minutes, small seconds, day and date functions. For a perfect resistance to salty water, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48 is fitted with black vulcanized rubber strap titanium buckle engraved with Corum logo.

This anniversary piece, the Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48, is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, with a black PVD version available in a limited edition of 255 pieces.

Technical details
Reference: 947.950.04/0371 AN12
Limited Edition of 500 pieces

Movement
Self-winding movement, CO947, COSC certified
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
24 jewels
Special CORUM finish, including the oscillating weight engraved with the brand name
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, day, date
Unidirectional rotating bezel

Case
48mm diameter
Titanium
Decompression valve at 9:30
Crown in titanium, engraved with CORUM key
Screw-down back in titanium, adorned with CORUM logo and Deep Hull 1000 Meters
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 100 atmospheres (3300 feet / 1000 meters)

Dial
Black
Small-seconds counter at 9 o’clock, day and date indication in a window at 3 o’clock
12 monochromatic nautical pennant hour-markers on the flange
Chevrons and minute numerals with Superluminova
Facetted hour and minute hands with Superluminova
Small seconds hand with Superluminova

Strap
Black vulcanized rubber, width 24/24mm
Buckle: Titanium tongue buckle, engraved with CORUM logo

Corum Ti-Bridge Tourbillon Limited Edition: Flying Tourbillon Without Upper Bridge

Launched in 2009, the Ti-Bridge wrote a new chapter in the company’s history with the creation of a new line in Corum’s collection and the advent of the second in-house caliber. A completely different and resolutely contemporary spirit of the baguette movement, the taut lines of the CO007 were highlighted with a set of two titanium “cross bars”.

In 2010, CORUM exalts its well-established expertise in the field of exceptional movements by offering a tourbillon version of this timepiece, the new caliber CO 022, created and developed by Corum. A real feat as it is a flying tourbillon; without upper bridge, the escapement beating at 21’600 vibrations per hour seems to be floating over the baguette movement. The entirety is maintained by elements definitely considered as a unique esthetical signature of the Ti-Bridge; two “cross bars” made in “ARCAP” suspend the movement in the center of the case. A spectacular effect of weightlessness radiates from the timepiece.

Esthetical and technical prowess, the plate and bridges are cut from “ARCAP”. This new alloy made of copper and nickel is completely non-magnetic, anti-corrosive and allows for complex finishing. This futuristic material permits traditional decorations like satin finish and chamfer, which contrasts with the two barrels’ sun-brushed decoration. This mechanical hand-wound CO 022 movement is endowed with a 72-hour power reserve. Water-resistant up to 50 meters, the tonneau-shaped case bears generous dimensions: 42.5 mm by 41.5 mm. Cut from titanium, the case gives pride of place to the caliber and its moving tourbillon, visible from all sides, including the case-back.
The Ti-Bridge Tourbillon will be available in a limited production of 99 pieces with a titanium case graced with alternating surface finishes – polished on top and satin finished on the side. The model is delivered with two bracelets, one in black rubber and one in hand-stitched leather,. A second version in titanium with black PVD coating, the Black Ti-Bridge Tourbillon, will be issued in a limited edition of 66 pieces.

Technical details
Reference: 022.700.04/0001 0000
Limited production of 99

Movement
CO 022
Hand wound mechanical flying tourbillon baguette movement
Bridges and plate made of ARCAP, satin-finished, circular-grained and polished angles, bridge engraved with CORUM logo
Hand-wound by a stem at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 3Hz, 21,600 vibrations/hour
21 jewels
2 barrels with sun brushed finish
Intermediate and ratchet wheel with sun brushed finish
Two ARCAP strut bars fixed on the case and on the movement
Power reserve of 72 hours

Functions 
Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon

Case
Dimensions:42.5 x 41.5mm
Tonneau-shaped case made of titanium
Polished finish on the top of the case with two sand-blasted grooves, satin finished case sides
Fluted titanium crown with satin and polished finishes, adorned with CORUM key
6-screw satin-finished case-back with engraved CORUM logo, open case-back under the movement
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres (165 feet/50 meters)

Dial
Flange in ARCAP with black ruthenium finish
Hour and minute baton hands, faceted, sand-casted, ruthenium coated, with Superluminova

Strap
Black crocodile hand-stitched leather strap and vulcanized rubber strap
Buckle: Titanium triple folding clasp with opening and fastening system using 2 pushers, bearing the CORUM logo

Ulysse Nardin Jaquemarts Minute Repeater Circus Aventurine Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin was one of the earliest manufacturers to fuel the rebirth of the minute repeater . The minute repeater was made even more unique through the inclusion of animated figures called Jaquemarts on the dial and to this day, Ulysse Nardin remains the only manufacture in the world to use Jaquemarts on the dial of its minute repeaters.

This year Ulysse Nardin takes great pride in announcing an additional achievement in time-keeping art: the Circus Aventurine. A richly animated circus scene decorates a genuine aventurine dial. Each of the six figures is hand-carved in 18 ct gold. When the minute repeater lever is activated, the monkey begins interfering in the ballgame of the clown; this movement indicates the hour chiming. The trainer with the whip reaches out to the tiger, indicating the quarters. The tiger stretches its paw, indicating the minutes. The bear bows in front of the ballet dancer while the chiming mechanism is activated.

The case is available in 18 ct white gold in a limited edition of 30 pieces. Manual wind movement visible through an open back. Water-resistant to 30 m. Sapphire crystals. Leather strap.

Technical details
Model: Jaquemarts Minute Repeater Circus Aventurine (Ref. 740-88) 18 ct white gold

Movement
Caliber UN-74
Power-Reserve: Approx. 48 h
Winding:Manual winding

Functions
Jaquemarts Minute Repeater
Chiming the hours, quarters, and minutes
Two different chimes
6 animated Jaquemarts in 18 ct white gold

Case, dial and strap
Case: 18 ct white gold
Dial: Aventurine
Diameter: 42 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Water-resistant
Band: Alligator leather strap, with folding buckle

Limitation
Limited edition of 30 pieces.

Cover Watches New Models: COVER Co131 & COVER Co126 CHRONOGRAPH

COVER Co131: Swiss watch brand Cover presents Co131,a stylish watch for those glamorous and unforgettable moments. For ladies who know what life is all about, who love making a grand entrance and who are used to receiving compliments for their timeless style.

Watch with valuable details: large Swarovski crystals, pyramid cut decor, stainless steel case, scratch-proof sapphire glass. Quartz movement. Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp. Waterproof up to 50 metres.

COVER Co126 CHRONOGRAPH:A stylish watch for those glamorous and unforgettable moments. For ladies who know what life is all about, who love making a grand entrance and who are used to receiving compliments for their timeless style.

Watch with valuable details: large Swarovski crystals, pyramid cut decor, stainless steel case, scratch-proof sapphire glass. Quartz movement. Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp. Waterproof up to 50 metres.

Pierre DeRoche GrandCliff Milady : Entre horlogerie et haute couture

This new mechanical marvel by Swiss luxury watch brand Pierre DeRoche is a pefrect example of an alliance between watchmaking and haute couture.The the GrandCliff Milady will captivate the sort of woman who is not content to wear a simple fashion accessory on her wrist. For mechanical excellence there is an exclusive Dubois Dépraz chronograph movement, and for style, a composition in white and blue.

Set off by a bezel that can either be plain or diamond-set, the four sapphires on the dial match the hands and the highly original small seconds at 3 o’clock. With a touch of haute couture on the cross-stitched strap or a touch of glamour with the unusual cross-laced strap, the Milady radiates sensuality.
Technical details
Movement
Automatic, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, decorated and engraved rotor

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, large date, chronograph with 60-minute counter

Case
Polished and satin-finished 316L steel, 42.5 mm
Bezel plain or set with 64 diamonds (1.28 cts)
Screw-down crown and double-sealed pushpieces
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal back
Water-resistant to 100 m

Dial
Silvered, sunray pattern
4 sapphires
Blued hands

Strap
Crocodile with steel folding clasp

Bulova Watches: Brand Info

Founded in 1875, Bulova remains one of the world’s most recognized brands, reaching a wide range of consumers with its Bulova, Bulova Accutron, Caravelle by Bulova, Wittnauer and licensed Harley Davidson® Timepieces by Bulova watches, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® watches and clocks, and the award-winning Bulova Clocks.

An independent subsidiary of Citizen Watch Company, Ltd. of Japan, Bulova is headquartered in Woodside, New York City, with offices in Switzerland, Canada, Mexico and the Far East. Continuing to maintain its position at the forefront of the timekeeping industry, Bulova is committed to upholding an extraordinary legacy of excellence in design, style and technology as it expands to meet the needs of a diverse global audience.

History of Bulova watch brand
Bulova was founded in 1875 by Joseph Bulova, a 23-year old immigrant to the U.S. from Bohemia, today part of the Czech Republic. He ran the company until his death in 1935—a record of 60 years of leadership unequalled in the industry. In that time, the Bulova Watch Company, as it was then known, amassed many “firsts.”

Here are some highlights:
  • 1919: Bulova introduced the first full line of men’s wristwatches.
  • 1920: The Bulova Observatory was built on top of 580 Fifth Avenue in New York. It was constructed so that watchmakers in the company’s Setting and Timing unit could have precise recordings of sidereal time.
  • 1926: Bulova produced the nation’s first radio commercial.
  • 1928: Bulova introduced the first clock radio.
  • 1931: Bulova debuted the world’s first electric clocks.
  • 1940: Bulova produced the first TV commercial as part of an experimental broadcast of a baseball game.
  • 1945: Bulova opened the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking to help disabled veterans learn a valuable skill. The school was equipped with state-of-the-art accessibility features, including extra wide elevators and automatic doors. Those who graduated were guaranteed jobs.
  • 1960: Bulova introduced Accutron, the world’s first electronic watch. This revolutionary timekeeping invention, a watch without springs or escapement, was operated by an electronically activated tuning fork. Bulova’s Accutron technology was used by NASA during the space race in the 1960s.
  • 1969: On July 20, at exactly 8:17 and 41 seconds, Bulova landed on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed an Accutron timing mechanism in the Sea of Tranquility to control data transmissions back to earth. In all, Bulova timing mechanisms were an integral part of forty-six NASA missions.

With the support of its parent firm Citizen Watch Company, Bulova’s continued success is built on in-depth market research. The Bulova Monitor, a unique research program based on an analysis of a group of Bulova’s proprietary research vehicles established that Bulova’s brands appeal to the 55% of watch consumers who account for 72% of all watch spending in North America. These consumers seek the latest styles and technology, want their watches to be noticed, and appreciate Bulova’s 135 years of watchmaking expertise. While this research is currently based on data collected in North America, it provides hypotheses that will be tested in additional markets in the future.

Today, Bulova Corporation’s portfolio of brands targets distinct consumer segments.

The Bulova portfolio includes:-
  • Caravelle: Caravelle by Bulova is an entry-priced brand designed for consumers who enjoy accessorizing with a large wardrobe of watches, Caravelle by Bulova proves that fashionable design can also be a great value.
  • Bulova: The signature brand in the portfolio has an aided brand awareness in North America of 79%. The dramatic growth of the brand during the last decade has been the result of a renewed focus on design and style enhanced by technology. Bulova continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of consumers with a broad product offering appropriate for a range of customer lifestyles.
  • Bulova Diamonds: No other company presents diamonds like Bulova. Each hand-set diamond is positioned for maximum brilliance.
  • Marine Star: Bulova’s Marine Star collection takes a different approach to the sport category as it combines function and design.
  • BVA-Series Mechanicals: Every Bulova mechanical watch has an open aperture dial and exhibition caseback making technology part of the design.
  • Bulova Adventurer: Bulova continues strengthening its appeal to younger consumers who demand design and style at a lower price point. Aimed at a global audience, the Swiss-designed Adventurer collection is inspired by Bulova’s rich historical association with exploration.
  • Bulova Accutron: The Swiss-made Bulova Accutron brand is defined by its European styling and craftsmanship. A combination of the heritage of innovation from the historic Accutron and Bulova’s 135 year history of design expertise, Bulova Accutron is marketed to sophisticated consumers who define themselves by their quality Swiss watch.
  • Accutron Spaceview: In 1960, Bulova introduced Accutron, the world’s first electronic watch. To honor the history of Bulova and Accutron and to celebrate Accutron’s 50th anniversary, a limited edition replica of the original Accutron Spaceview 214 was produced. Only one thousand pieces will be manufactured and offered globally at a retail price of $4,000. Accutron Spaceview has been meticulously recreated in stainless steel, with a curved sapphire crystal. Each hand-made collector’s model comes in a specially designed wood display case. Like its predecessor, this is sure to become one of the most prized collectibles among watch enthusiasts.
  • Bulova Precisionist: Bulova unveiled a new watch technology that represents a breakthrough in accuracy, design and style at BaselWorld 2010. Bulova Precisionist is the world’s most accurate watch with a continuously sweeping second hand. Most quartz watches are accurate to 15 seconds a month, while Bulova Precisionist is accurate to 10 seconds a year. The Precisionist technology is available in new timepieces ranging from dress to sport to ladies’ diamonds within the Bulova brand including the Claremont, Longwood Champlain and Tanglewood collections. They are targeted to the consumer who is looking for a watch that will be noticed both for its styling and technology.

These two offerings, plus the opening of Bulova operations in Japan and the United Kingdom, prove that the company is committed to achieving global preeminence in the development and marketing of fine timepieces. Bulova Corporation established a wholly owned subsidiary, Bulova UK Limited, with responsibility for sales, distribution, warehousing and servicing of Bulova and Bulova Accutron products throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

NIVREL Edition Pièce Unique : Répétition Annuelle


Flagship of the NIVREL product line-up is the Edition Pièce Unique. It contains those watches that were most important for company founder Gerd Hofer. By combining high end mechanics with the craftsmanship of a goldsmith (his real but former profession) he started to create watches that were timepieces and jewellery at once. Throughout the last couple of years, six different models have emerged from this idea. By providing many different versions and customizing possibilities, every watch lover is able to find his or her individual watch.



In a very aesthetic and sensual manner, the model Annuelle embodies the idea behind the Edition Pièce Unique by combining the technical fascination of mechanical watches with perfect artistry of engravers and goldsmiths. All models of the Annuelle series show an individual piece of jewellery on top of the movement. Depending on the variant, these objects are covered with diamonds, hand-engraved, hand-skelettonized, partly rhodinized and made of 18 ct. rose gold or 18 ct. palladium / white gold.



Every year, NIVREL presents one new version of the model. The single models of the last years are known as the Dragon (2005), the Tiger (2006), the Black Dragon (2007) and the Black Dragon II (2008). In 2009, the series expanded by a polo player with a moving polo stick.



Technical details:
Automatic movement based on calibre ETA 2892-A2 with hand-engraved and hand-skelettonized repeater module | Case in steel, 18 ct. rose gold, or 18 ct. palladium white gold, domed sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 13.1 mm.

Model Reference Numbers:
N 950.001 A DRAG RG : Dragon (2005)
N 950.001 A TIGER RG: Tiger (2006)
N 950.001 A BD I: Black Dragon I(2007)
N 950.001 R BD II:Black Dragon II(2008)


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Movado Series 800 Datron™ Chronograph: A contemporary sport watch inspired by the classic 1970 Movado Datron self-winding chronograph

Swiss watch brand Movado unveils the sleekly muscular Series 800 Datron™ Chronograph, a contemporary sport watch inspired by the classic 1970 Movado Datron self-winding chronograph. This signal 40mm automatic timepiece for men is the first entry in the brand’s new Collectors’ Edition series. Being produced in limited quantities, Series 800 Datron is crafted of solid Performance Steel™ and powered by a fine 37-jewel ETA self-winding movement with 42 hours of reserve power. Like its prestigious namesake, it is distinguished by an arresting tonneau-shaped case with two chronograph pushers, and a striking two-tone dial with contrasting chronograph counters and small seconds subdial.



Richly detailed by applied hour markers and printed minute index, and signed with the name Datron, the updated dial is available in a sophisticated color palette rendered two ways: black with silver soleil eyes, or silver soleil with black eyes. The square date window that characterized the original Datron has become a modern round aperture, in homage to the iconic Museum dot. Exuding a casual elegance that bridges day to night, the Series 800 Datron chronograph features a bold brushed/polished link bracelet with butterfly deployment clasp. Protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the Series 800 Datron Chronograph is water resistant to 5ATM.

Technical details:
Movement: Mechanical, self-winding ETA caliber 2894.2 chronograph movement; 37 jewels; 42-hour power reserve.
Dial: Two-tone black/silver or silver/black dial with logo detail, thin silvertone hands, round date aperture at 12 o’clock. Center-mounted chronograph seconds hand; contrasting chronograph minutes and hours, and small seconds subdials.
Case: Solid Performance Steel™ tonneau-shaped case with two chronograph pushers. Scratch-resistant, inside anti-reflective sapphire crystal over dial. Sapphire crystal exhibition case-back. Water resistant to 5 ATM.
Bracelet: Solid Performance Steel™ link bracelet with a bright/brushed finish; butterfly deployment clasp.
Size: Men’s (40mm)

Movado Red Label White Classic Museum With Diamonds

Movado presents a fresh new face in its Red Label™ Classic Museum® Automatic Strap family: the White Classic Museum® with Diamonds – a watch designed for those with a fashion-forward sensibility as well as an appreciation for Movado’s modern design aesthetic and the intricate craft of mechanical time-keeping. Crafted of polished solid stainless steel, the circular 38mm case with extended lugs is topped by a round bezel brilliant with 76 fully cut diamonds (0.623 t.c.w.).

Protected by a flat sapphire crystal, the pristine white Museum dial with subtle red lettering is simply detailed by a silvertone concave dot and dauphine hands, and complemented by a fine white strap fashioned of genuine alligator. At the heart of this timepiece rests an elegantly engineered Swiss automatic movement with custom-designed red “M” rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. The Movado White Classic Museum with Diamonds is water resistant to 3 ATM.

Technical details:
Movement: Mechanical, self-winding ETA caliber 2824-2; 25 jewels; 39-hour power reserve; custom-designed rotor with red Movado “M” silhouette.
Dial: White Museum® dial with red lettering, concave dot and dauphine hands.
Case: Solid stainless steel case. Bezel set with 76 fully cut diamonds (0.623 t.c.w.). Flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over dial and case back. Water resistant to 3 ATM.
Strap: Genuine white alligator strap with logo-engraved stainless steel buckle.
Size: Unisex (38mm)

Movado Red Label Museum Calendomatic Bracelet

Inspired by the highly collectible, self-winding 1946 Calendomatic® with full calendar display, Movado introduced its Red Label™ Museum Calendomatic™ Strap, a watch that unites the simplicity of the Museum® dial with a unique animated date display, at Basel last year. Now Movado proudly presents this modern stainless steel timepiece on an elegant new link bracelet with high-polished finish and push-button deployment. Calendomatic’s striking black dial, detailed by a concave silvertone dot and dauphine hands, and subtle red lettering, features an unusual rotating date display ring. Beneath the flat sapphire crystal at 6 o’clock, a clear window in the dark translucent dial highlights the current date. This visually arresting timepiece is powered by a fine Swiss automatic movement with signature red “M” rotor, visible through the exhibition sapphire crystal case back. The Movado Red Label Calendomatic™ is water resistant to 3 ATM.

Technical details:
Movement: Mechanical, self-winding ETA caliber 2824-2; 25 jewels; 39-hour power reserve; custom-designed rotor with red Movado “M” silhouette. Dial: Black Museum® dial with rotating date ring; clear date window at 6 o’clock; silvertone dauphine hands and concave dot at 12 o’clock; red accents.
Case: Solid stainless steel case. Flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Sapphire crystal case back. Water resistant to 3 ATM.
Bracelet: Solid stainless steel bracelet with 7 rows of high polished links; push-button deployment clasp.
Size: Men’s (42mm)

Movado SE Extreme™ : Movado pushes SE to new heights of design distinction

A brand icon, the sportive, elegant SE® is one of Movado’s most popular and enduring watch collections. Now for 2010 Movado pushes SE to new heights of design distinction with the powerful SE Extreme™. Marked by bolder, sharply cut bevels, the robust, oversized case with signal crown protector and custom case-back engraving features a striking sandwich construction, alternating layers of brushed and polished solid stainless steel. Four flat polished dots add signature SE character to the simple brushed bezel while complimenting the flat dot of the original Horwitt Museum® dial. A push-button butterfly deployment buckle secures the substantial newly designed sport link bracelet to the wrist.
Powered by a fine Swiss automatic movement, the 44mm men’s model features a sapphire crystal exhibition case-back, and silver soleil or black dial with subtle red lettering. The quartz-precise 34mm women’s model is available with a black dial and brushed bezel, or a bezel brilliant with two rows of diamonds encircling a white mother-of-pearl or black dial.

Technical details
Movement: Fine ETA Swiss automatic movement with 25 jewels, 39-hour power reserve; or precise Swiss quartz movement.

Dial: Silver soleil, black or white mother-of-pearl Museum® dial; men’s detailed by subtle red lettering. Silvertone stick hands and flat dot at 12 o’clock.

Case: Solid stainless steel sandwich construction with polished and brushed finish. Crown protector. Case-back is custom-engraved “SE Extreme”; men’s has sapphire crystal center. Men’s bezel available unset, or with a double circle of 124 diamonds (1.610 t.c.w.). Women’s bezel available unset, or with a double circle of 124 diamonds (0.644 t.c.w.). Scratch-resistant inside anti-reflective sapphire crystal over dial. Water resistant to 3 ATM

Bracelet: Streamlined three-row sport-link design in solid stainless steel with brushed outer links and wide center row of flat, polished links. Push-button deployment clasp.

Sizes: Men’s (44mm); Women’s (34mm)

Nivrel Special Edition Plongeur : Collection of Diving Watches


The most important feature of the diving watches is their water-resistance. All timepieces of the Nivrel Special Edition Plongeur collection are thoroughly tested to withstand 30 bar or more (depending on the model). More important features are also the clearness of the display as well as the anticlockwise rotating bezel for setting the diving time. In order to provide a maximum of security and robustness, the screwed crowns as well as the screwed pushers of the chronograph model are small but very important details.

Red Sea | South Sea | Deep Sea


Technical details:
Reference N 140.001(Red Sea) | N 141.001 (South Sea)| N 142.001 (Deep Sea) | Automatic movement caliber ETA 2892-A2 | indication of hours, minutes, sweep second, and date | case in steel 316 L, anticlockwise rotating diving bezel, screwed crown, sapphire crystal with magnifying lense, screwed case back (model Red Sea with mineral crystal), water-resistant to 30 bar (Red Sea) or 100 bar (South Sea and Deep Sea), diameter: 42 mm, height: 13,8 mm | water-resistant silicone or steel bracelet with safety folding clasp and built-in band-extension to wear the watch on a diving suit.

Plongeur Wild Sea
The Plongeur Wild Sea is thoroughly tested to withstand 100 bar. More important features are also the clearness of the display as well as the anticlockwise rotating bezel for setting the diving time. In order to provide a maximum of security and robustness, the screwed crowns as well as the screwed pushers are small but very important details.



Technical details:
Reference N 541.001 | Automatic chronograph movement calibre ETA Valjoux 7750 | Steel case, anticlockwise rotating diving bezel, screwed crown and pushers, sapphire crystal, screwed case back, water-resistant to 100 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 16.8 mm | Water-resistant silicone or steel bracelet with safety folding clasp and, built-in band extension to wear the watch on a diving suit.

Shark Sea
NIVREL Shark Sea is a watch of superlatives. The movement in the centre of the diving instrument is a Swiss manual winding movement with a one-minute tourbillon and a double barrel. Together with the screwed crown, the screwed case back and the massive sapphire crystal, the diving bezel of massive gold gives the watch a water resistance of record-breaking 300 bar!



Technical details:
Reference N 350.001| Manual winding movement with one-minute tourbillon caliber TTS, Swiss made, power reserve appr. 120 hours, double barrel | Case in steel 316 L, golden anticlockwise rotating diving bezel, screwed crown, sapphire chrystal, screwed case back with shark engraving, water-resistant to 300 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 18,8 mm | Strap made of steel and 18 ct. gold with safety folding clasp and built-in band extension to wear the watch on a diving suit.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Mido Belluna GMT: Inspired by the Chrysler Building, New York

The Belluna line continues to explore the world of Art Deco with a design GMT model displaying bright and stylish contours. Inspired by the Chrysler Building, the most famous of New York skyscrapers, the design of this watch captures remarkable features of this jewel of Art Deco architecture.

The Belluna pays creative tribute to one of New York's landmark skyscrapers, the Chrysler Building. With its impressive metal-clad steel frame and streamlined silhouette, surmounted by a spire which is lost in the clouds, this building has been one of the most admired monuments in the world for nearly a century. Its perfectly successful architecture, a skilful blend of elegance and strength, has been the source of inspiration of this new Mido model.

The watch design recalls the remarkable features of this jewel in the crown of Art Deco architecture. The steel case embodies the understated geometrical forms which still attract keen admiration for this 1930s style. Its formal simplicity endows this timepiece with strong structural cohesion. The curves are harmonious and unusually soft, but the interest stems from the contrast created by the presence of the indexes with their straight lines and right angles. The hands are reminiscent of the arrow that rises majestically over the New York skyline. Reading of the second time zone is very clear thanks to a hand which completes one revolution in 24 hours.

The innovation and bold approach which permitted the construction of this prestigious monument are repeated in the technical elements which will surely attract male buyers who are sensitive to these qualitative values. A sapphire crystal protects the dial and guarantees a scratch-resistant surface, The transparent back is screw-fitted, as too is the crown. The Belluna model is water resistant up to 100 meters.

A genuine leather strap, fitted with a folding clasp, adds the final touch of classical elegance for a watch which will come as an agreeable surprise to lovers of timeless aesthetics. This model is also available with a stainless steel strap.

The Belluna faithfully reflects the philosophy which has established the reputation and success of the Swiss watchmaking house: design with clear and assertive lines allied to technical mastery and choice of the finest materials and components. This ambition is perfectly mastered in the different models and illustrated once again in this new line designed in Le Locle.

Technical details:
Movement:Automatic Mido caliber 1193 (based on ETA 2893-2), 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 4.10 mm, 21 jewels, 28,800 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring. Elaborate oscillation weight decorated with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. Adjusted on 4 different positions for a high accuracy, 42 hours power reserve.

Functions: HMSD + GMT.

Case: Stainless steel 316L (DIN X2CrNiMo 17 14 3), 3 parts, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screwed crown and case back, transparent case back to see the finely elaborate and decorated movement, 11-digit engraved serial number, water resistant up to 100 meters.

Strap:Genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp.
Dial:Date at 3 pm, beveled indexes individually applied. 24 hour scale for the second time zone.
Hands: Diamond polished and beveled.

Mido All Dial Helium Valve: New Sporty Model For Diving Enthusiasts

The All Dial line explores the sea bed and presents a new sporty model that will delight diving enthusiasts. The All Dial Valve watch with helium superbly combines advanced technology and aesthetic appeal, a prowess characteristic of the All Dial collection. Reliable and accurate, it can safely be worn when exploring the marvels of the sub-aquatic world.

The daring sport of scuba diving is an intense, almost timeless activity in which beauty accompanies danger. Under the surface, the vital rhythm is slowed down, conditioned by the increased water pressure. In such an extreme environment, a reliable timepiece on your wrist is a top priority, a guarantee of safety, and therefore of diving pleasure. The All Dial Valve with helium offers this degree of reliability and divers need not think twice about wearing it as they go in search of the pleasures of the deep.

This timepiece is an extension of the All Dial collection and symbolizes the combination of technological with aesthetic perfection. The model design reflects the concept of the line, but in a more sporty manner. This timepiece meets the requirements of a sport that is fascinating but not without risk. Its large dial, protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, provides a faultless display. Even in poor lighting conditions, the hour reading is optimized by the Super LumiNova® treatment covering the oversized numbers of the hours 6, 9 and 12, as well as the indexes. A day and date window is placed at 3 o’clock. The hands are palm shaped. Also treated with SuperLuminova®, they ensure perfect legibility, even at night. The automatic movement with its decorated oscillation weight is visible through the transparent case back.

This model possesses an automatic helium valve ensuring optimal reliability when diving for long periods in a bathysphere. The valve evacuates molecules of helium penetrating the interior of the watch when diving in deep water, thereby preventing its glass from being driven out on returning to the surface.

Guaranteed water-resistant up to 300 metres, this model comes with a rubber bracelet and a folding clasp with two push-pieces and a folding diving buckle.

Technical details:
Movement: Automatic ETA 2836-2, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.05 mm, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NO mainspring. Elaborate movement with a decorated oscillation weight. Function HMSDD. Adjusted on 3 different positions for a high accuracy, 40 hours power reserve.
Automatic helium valve at ‘10’.

Case: Stainless Steel 316L (DIN X2CrNiMo 17 14 3), 2-parts, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, screwed crown and case back, transparent case back to see the fine elaborate movement, 11-digit serial number engraved, water resistant up to 300 meters. Turning bezel with black PVD treatment.

Strap: Rubber strap with folding clasp with 2 push-pieces. Diver extension.
Dial: Black. Indexes with strong Super-LumiNova® for easy readability in the dark.
Hands: Palm shaped with strong Super-LumiNova® for easy readability in the dark.

Mido Baroncelli Moon Phase Automatic Chronograph

The Baroncelli line by Mido targets the moon with its new moon phase model. Combining timeless elegance with technology, this timepiece preserves the refinement that is so emblematic of Baroncelli models. Precise geometry, attention to detail and balanced contours create an aesthetic of rare beauty.

For ancient civilisations, the first simple measurement of time was based on natural cycles such as the year, the lunar month and the solar day. In ancient Rome, the first calendars depicted the lunar months, and each of the seven days of the week was dedicated to a divinity symbolised by a planet. This fascination with celestial phenomena remains perfectly intact in our own day. The mastery of time is still an ongoing quest, finding expression not only in terms of precision, but also according to the different rhythms of our existence. The Baroncelli moon phase automatic chronograph is the perfect response to this eternal quest.

The case, rounded to the horns, gives this model the refinement so characteristic of the Baroncelli while retaining its uncompromising technology. The use of an anti-reflecting sapphire crystal treated on both sides produces an unequivocal result: perfect visibility of the time and the different complications. Its precise geometry reflects a clear attention to detail, its contours are balanced, its aesthetic bright and refined.

This new model features a moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock in the chronograph hour counter. Two apertures positioned at 12 o’clock in the minute counter indicate the day of the week and the current month. The date is read by means of a large hand with an arrow pointing to numerals placed at regular intervals on the extremity of the dial. A third counter at 9 o’clock contains two hands: one for the 24 hour scale, the other for the small second. A transparent case back reveals the automatic Valjoux movement and also its decorated oscillating weight. The moon phase model is also available with a stainless steel case and bracelet.

Technical details:
Movement: Mechanical chronograph with automatic and manual winding. Mido caliber 1321 (based on ETA Valjoux 7751), 13¼’’’, ∅ 30.00 mm, height: 7.90 mm, 25 jewels, 28’000 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, gilt Nickel balance, NIVAROX II balance spring, NIVAFLEX NO mainspring. Elaborate and finely decorated movement with blued screws, circular-gained bars, oscillation weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. 46 hours power reserve.

Functions:
-HMS+24-hour hand+Chrono+Date hand+Day+Month+Moon phase indicator
-Time: hour and minute hands, small second and 24-hour hand at ‘9’
-Chrono: 60-second chronograph from center, 30-minute counter at ‘12’ and 12-hour counter at ‘6’
-Date-Day-Month: date hand from center, day and date apertures at ‘12’
-Moon phase: moon phase indicator at ‘6’.

Case:Stainless steel 316L (DIN X2CrNiMo 17 14 3) with rose PVD treatment, 3 parts, anti-reflecting sapphire crystal treated on both sides, screwed crown and case back, transparent case back to see the fine elaborate and decorated movement, 11-digit engraved serial number , water resistant up to 50 meters.

Strap:Genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel with rose PVD treatment folding clasp.
Dial: Silver, indexes individually applied.
Hands: Diamond polished and beveled.

NIVREL Héritage Automatique New Edition

The ’Edition Héritage’ of NIVREL will be subject to a major face lift in 2010. The first ‘new’ model to be presented will be an all-time NIVREL classic: The Héritage Automatique.

Minor design changes for the dial and the case shape will be packed into a much bigger case of 40 mm. Also, the watch will feature a new movement: The calibre A10 of the Swiss specialist SOPROD.

The Edition Héritage has always been the symbol for the NIVREL comeback in Saarbrücken back in 1993. When Gerd Hofer presented the first new models they all followed the same design pattern. Each model featured the same straight case lugs, the hobnail patterned dial (Clous de Paris), the screwed crown and blued steel hands. Until today, the Edition Héritage has a significant position within the complete NIVREL collection. For the new year 2010, some models have been subject to a face lift.



As the first newcomer of the year, NIVREL presents the Héritage Grande Automatique (Ref. N 112.001), being the bigger sister of the well-known Héritage Automatique (Ref. N 110.001). With a case diameter of 40 mm the new model is significantly bigger than ist predecessing model (36 mm). A major change can also be found on the inside of the watch. The new Héritage Grande Automatique features the new Swiss automatic calibre SOPROD A10 in a version that is fine finished exclusively for NIVREL.

Using a SOPROD calibre is the consequent continuation of a long tradition for NIVREL, because the cooperation with the Swiss movement specialist is based on a long-termed foundation. Many of NIVREL’s ETA-based complications have been realized in cooperation with SOPROD. The presentation of a timepiece that contains the first complete in house-movement by SOPROD therefore is a consequent and logical step in NIVREL’s strategy. By being the engine for the new Héritage Grande Automatique, the movement is in a place of pride within the complete NIVREL collection.

Technical details:
Reference: N 112.001
Movement: Automatic movement calibre SOPROD A10, 28.800 A/h, 25 Jewels, power reserve appr. 42 hours
Functions: Indication of hours, minutes, sweep seconds, and date

Dial: Silver-coated, Clous de Paris guilloche in German silver, printed roman numerals, rhodinated index appliques
Hands: Blued steel hands

Case: Steel 316L, sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, water resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 40 mm, height: 9 mm
Strap: Louisiana Alligator in brown or black with deployment buckle
Price (inkl. 19% MWSt.): 1.195,- EURO

Mido Multifort Special Edition

The new arrival in the Multifort line is a special edition model. With its sports chic, it showcases the Mido colours: orange and black. The black dial with Geneva stripes decoration has strong connotations with Streamline. The orange and black indexes call to mind the rivets attached to locomotives of the period and give this model a resolutely contemporary feel. Strong, reliable and good looking, it has all the characteristics of the Multifort line.

Every age has its own challenges and innovations. The launch of streamlined styling shortly after the birth of industrial design in 1929 was a major turning point in product creation. From now on the focus was on aerodynamic lines and pragmatic ergonomics, while making extensive use of steel and material treatments which enabled certain natural constraints to be mastered and aesthetic standards met.

It was in 1934 that the watchmaker Mido (Swatch Group) first launched its Multifort collection. Led by Georges Schaeren, the engineers and technicians at Mido developed the Multifort. Dependable, robust and resistant with real allure, these qualities made it a reference for rigour and high standards as soon as it was launched on the market. That is why GIs were only too happy to sport this watch, some even going so far as to express their great satisfaction in fine handwritten letters addressed to the company’s head office. These can still be seen in the Mido archives today.

The new Multifort, and more particularly its chronograph model featuring an ETA Valjoux 7750 movement with many refined details and subtle features, clearly confirms the watchmaker’s liking for that age. With a diameter of 44 mm, a thickness of 14.50 mm and water-resistance up to 100 m, the new Multifort is immediately defined as a significant model. But it is also a model which sets great store by aesthetic quality.

Under the sapphire crystal, the dial with its Geneva stripes explores the concept of streamlining. The work done by the Mido design department is clearly visible in its highly successful evocation of the huge plates of steel fitted on the sides of US locomotives. Their fixing rivets are also recalled by the indexes on this watch and the use of applied chapters to mark the quarters. Orange Super-LumiNova® treatment ensures optimal clarity of the dial, even at night. In a subtle reference to the Mido colours, the combination of black (dial) and orange (indexes) adds a touch of refinement.

Lovers of luxury watchmaking will also enjoy the opportunity to admire the magic of a self-winding movement manufactured to the highest standards through the mineral crystal fitted on the case back. They will also surely appreciate the oscillating weight with its Geneva stripes decoration, the blued screws and finely circular grained bridges.

This model is a special edition. It comes in a presentation box created exclusively for the occasion. It is also available with three hands.

Technical details:
Movement: Mechanical chronograph movement with automatic or manual winding. Mido calibre 1320 (based on ETA Valjoux 7750), 13¼’’’ ∅30.00 mm, height 7.90 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, gilt GLUCYDUR balance, ANACHRON balance-spring, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring. Top and finely decorated movement with blued screws, circular-gained bars, oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. Power reserve 48 hours. Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy.

Functions:
-HMS + Chrono + Day + Date
-Time: hour and minute hands. Small second indicator at 9 o’clock
-Chrono: 60 second counter from centre, 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock
-Day and date at 3 o’clock.

Case: Stainless steel 316L (DINX2CrNiMO 17 14 3) with a black PVD treatment, 3 parts, anti-reflecting sapphire crystal treated on both sides, screwed crown and case back, transparent case back to see the fine decorated and top movement, 11-digit engraved serial number, water-resistant up to 100 meters.

Dial: Geneva stripes, indexes with orange Super-Luminova®.
Hands:Hour and minute black hands with orange Super-Luminova® for easy reading under water and at night.

Strap: Rubber strap, stainless steel folding clasp with 2 push-pieces and end-pieces with a black PVD treatment.

NIVREL Héritage Bijoux La Grande Date

After quite a long waiting period, NIVREL presents a new automatic timepiece especially for ladies: The Héritage Bijoux La Grande Date.

Technically based on an automatic movement calibre ETA 2892-A2, the movement features an indication of hours, minutes, a small second and a twin-disc outsize date at 12 o’clock. The 35 mm dimensioned watch will be available in two different colours: on the one hand with a silver dial and a snow white precious leather strap. On the other hand with a shining black dial and strap. The case material leaves the choice up to the customer as the timepiece will be available in steel, steel with an additional 18 ct. gold bezel or in a version of solid 18 ct. gold. All of the different version will be set with TW-if brilliant-cut diamonds upon request.



Technical details:
Reference: N 455.001
Movement: Automatic movement based on calibre ETA 2892-A2
Functions: Indication of hours, minutes, small second and twin-disc outsize date
Dial: White version: Silver, Clous de Paris guilloche in German silver, rhodinated index appliques (gold version with gold appliques)
Black version: black laque, Clous de Paris guilloche, rhodinated index appliques (gold version with gold appliques)
Hands: Steel hands
Case: Case in steel 316L, steel with 18 ct. Gold bezel or solid 18 ct. gold, sapphire crystal, screwed case back with mineral crystal, water resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 35 mm, height: 9.6 mm
Strap: Leather strap in white or black with buckle.

Price (incl. 19% VAT):
Steel 1.660,- EURO
Steel/18 ct. gold 1.995,- EURO
18 ct. gold 4.210,- EURO

NIVREL Héritage Grand Chronographe

The ’Edition Héritage’ of NIVREL will be subject to a major facelift in 2010. After the presentation of the new automatic watch from this edition in February, NIVREL introduces another model: The Héritage Grand Chronographe

Also the chronograph of the Edition Héritage will be accompanied a big brother. The new Héritage Grand Chronographe features a case diameter of 42 mm – a grand size for such a classic watch. The silver dial shows the familiar and precious characteristics of a NIVREL Héritage: A Clous de Paris guilloche in German silver, rhodinated index appliques as well as rhodinated and guilloched chronograph counters. All indications are realized by using blued steel hands.



From a technical point of view the Héritage Grand Chronographe will be available in two different variants. On the one hand as a classic chronograph with a tachymeter scale (ref. N 512.001) and an indication of hours, minutes, small hands, small seconds, chronograph (60-seconds-, 30- minutes- and 12-hours-counter) as well as day and date. On the other hand as the complicated version of ref. N 522.001 with an indication of hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph (60- seconds-, 30-minutes-and 12-hours-counter), week day and month at 12 o’clock, 31-days-date realized by hand indication, a 24-hour indication at 9 o’clock as well as a moon phase at 6 o’clock. Both versions will be delivered with a Louisiana Alligator leather strap in brown or black and a NIVREL folding clasp.



Technical Facts Reference N 512.001:
Movement: Automatic chronograph movement calibre ETA Valjoux 7750
Functions: Indication of hours, minutes, small second, chronograph (60-seconds-, 30-minutes- and 12- hours-counter), tachymeter scale, day, and date
Dial: Silver, Clous de Paris guilloche in German silver, rhodinated index appliques, rhodinated and guilloched chronograph counters
Hands: Blued steel hands
Case: Steel 316L, sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, water resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 13.5 mm
Strap: Lousiana Alligator in braun or black with folding clasp
Price (incl. 19% VAT): 1.995,- EURO

Technical Facts Reference N 522.001:
Movement: Automatic chronograph movement calibre ETA Valjoux 7751
Functions: Indication of hours, minutes, small second, chronograph (60-seconds-, 30-minutes- and 12- hours-counter), 31-days indication by hand,week day and month at 12 o’clock, 24-hours indication at 9 o’clock, moon phase at 6 o’clock
Dial: Silver, Clous de Paris guilloche in German silver, rhodinated index appliques, rhodinated and guilloched chronograph counters
Hands: Blued steel hands
Case: Steel 316L, sapphire crystal, screwed case back with sapphire crystal, water resistant to 5 bar, diameter: 42 mm, height: 13.5 mm
Strap: Lousiana Alligator in brown or black with folding clasp
Price (incl. 19% VAT): 2.595,- EURO

Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller and Juan-Carlos Torres Present the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation with the Support of Vacheron Constantin

Throughout its history stretching over more than 250 years, Vacheron Constantin has faithfully safeguarded the values that are not only the pillars of the watchmaking art as it is practised, but also the unshakable foundations of the present and a guarantee of the future of the watch manufacturer.

The support Vacheron Constantin has provided for the Barbier-Mueller Museum in recent years is entirely in harmony with these guiding principles that have forged its corporate culture.

This cultural partnership between two Genevan institutions – stemming first and foremost from an encounter between individuals, and in particular that of Vacheron Constantin CEO Juan-Carlos Torres and Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, President of the Barbier-Mueller Museums of Geneva, Barcelona and Cape Town – has given rise to the birth and the immense success of the Métiers d’Art Les Masques watch collection, as well as to major events such as the exhibition at the Jacquemart André Museum in Paris and a gala evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

By committing itself to the creation of the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation, Vacheron Constantin is naturally extending its excellent relationship with the museum. Both share the affinities that have united them in this shared project, and both are inspired by a profound attachment to the innate richness of humankind and to its creative impetus as a life-giving principle.

Finally, while the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin itself represents a heritage perpetuated since its creation in 1755, it is also establishing itself as a cultural and social institution in its own right. Its economic success thus enables it to engage in activities of general interest.

This is the first time the Geneva-based company is undertaking to support a cultural foundation. This project has already resulted in two studies that are about to be published.

-The first was done by the Italian anthropologist Daniela Bognolo, a specialist on Burkina Faso, and deals with a “little-known people”, the Gan. It is due to be published in September 2010.

-The second, conducted among the Wan, the Mona and the Koyaga people of the central Ivory Coast by Alain-Michel Boyer, should be released by the end of the year.

The Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation, with the support of Vacheron Constantin, was officially presented on Wednesday March 24th by Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller and Juan-Carlos Torres at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. The press conference was also attended by Arnaud d’Hauterives, a member of the Institut de France, Perpetual Secretary of the French Academy of Fine Arts; and Stéphane Martin, President of the Musée du Quai Branly.

BUBEN&ZORWEG presents a positive balance of Basel World 2010

The BASELWORLD 2010 closed its gates for the last time on 25 March – reason enough for BUBEN&ZORWEG to look back on a very pleasing exhibition week with many faces gazing in amazement at the company's innovations.

An extraordinarily high number of visitors were very interested in the masterpieces of innovative craftsmanship from the House of BUBEN&ZORWEG. Experts confirmed the clear commitment to uncompromising perfection. The feedback on the latest Limited Editions that offer passionate collectors who are at home in the world of luxurious values outstanding opportunities to invest in true showpieces was particularly enthusiastic and positive.

The impressive Solitaire Orbit Tourbillon proved to be an absolute star as an outstanding OBJECT OF TIME®. It unites everything that quickens the pulse of the passionate collector of precious values: from the fascinating Orbit Tourbillon in the FINE TIMEPIECE to the high-security safe to the high-fidelity stereo system from a leading German manufacturer.



From the high-tech humidor to the integrated bar to the TIME MOVER® units that present the owner's collection of watches in an appropriate ambience. Only a select few will be able to call this masterpiece of craftsmanship their own – the Solitaire Orbit Tourbillon is available in a Limited Edition of 75 pieces.

The eye-catching PHANTOM HIGH FIDELITY, available with either four or eight TIME MOVER® units depending on the chosen design, caused quite a stir among its beholders. The base of this exclusive showpiece houses a German-made, MP3 compatible high fidelity stereo system; an LED light system rounds off a design inspired by the sleek elegance of formula racing cars.

The PARAGON ORBIT TOURBILLON, another masterpiece from the House of BUBEN&ZORWEG was designed for lovers of unusual wall-mounted clocks. This elite wall-mounted clock also carries the Orbit Tourbillon on the tip of its minute hand, a real show stopper for aficionados of high-precision mechanics taken to the extreme. It is also another collector's item – limited to an edition of just 25.

The ELLIPSE TOURBILLON with its world time clock on the rear and rotating base is also limited to an edition of 25 pieces; an especially luxurious version with mother-of-pearl inlay and gold or rhodium housing will be manufactured for just 10 passionate collectors.

Precious walnut wood distinguishes the noble appearance of the VANGUARD CONNOISSEUR WALNUT whose stylishly elegant housing holds 18 TIME MOVER® units, a humidor and a safe, all of which are complemented by high-quality Italian leather manufactured as skilfully as the masterpiece itself.

Innovative improvements to details and variations in the selection of precious materials and designs distinguish the new versions of classic BUBEN&ZORWEG models such as the COLLECTOR 16 and 32 DELUXE, PROGRESSION, SAFE MASTER and COSMOPOLITAN.

"We are very pleased to be in a position to offer our clientele what they expect and deserve: uncompromising quality and passionate innovation in the form of unique masterpieces“, says a happy Christian Zörweg looking back on a successful week.

Romain Jerome Moon Invader Collection

Four decades after Apollo 11, the Moon has colonised our imagination far more than we have colonised it. The Moon is in us. It is ours. It was, is and will be the first step in our future conquest of the solar system, taking us towards Mars and the asteroids, before we change star. Today Swiss luxury watch brand Romain Jerome transcends the legend with its new collection: Moon Invader.

With four stunning models: Black Metal Automatic ,Black Metal Chronograph, Eminence Grise Automatic and Eminence Grise Chronograph, this enigmatic watch collection from Romain Jerome surely amplifies the emotions of the epic lunar saga. Moon Invader is a fatal weapon of those who wish to escape the bonds of tradition in order to imagine other ways of conceiving legends.
A technically complex 46 mm new case to frame the lunar legend, featuring a more bevelled yet delightfully rounded cushion shape that is almost a rectangle on its hidden side, made from steel coalesced by fusion with spare parts from Apollo 11. Each watch is thereby literally pervaded by memories of the lunar adventure. This case designed like a safe is an alchemist's crucible: a spaceship capable of exploring boundless horizons, while carrying in its hold Moon seeds that sow dreams.
The functional ball-and-socket joints in the four “corners” of the “squared circle” featured on the case are cut like the feet of the lunar landing module. These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case hold the lugs of the rubber strap. They enable the watch to adjust to all wrist sizes. This comfort-enhancing characteristic also creates an immediately recognisable visual identity. As the signature feature of the Moon Invader, the RJ security screws with four ball-and-socket joints are echoed on the functional movement-locking screw on the watch case-back. These screws evoke the futuristic codes of contemporary astronautics.
While maintaining the symbolic X that has become a tradition on RJ dials, the Moon Invader line treats itself to a “mesh pattern” directly inspired by the woven metal strands on the tires of lunar roving vehicles. On the multi-layered dial, this gridwork pattern creates a high-tech screen effect never yet used in the watch industry and which lends a symbolic functional element to the new collection codes. Each of the four zones of this meshing appears on the dial in one of the areas formed by the emblematic RJ X motif. The inner bezel rings are hand-applied, polished and drawn; like the hands, they are openworked and enriched with superluminova (creating an electric blue luminescent effect at night).
There is infinite aesthetic subtlety in the offset position of the lugs in relation to the axes of the central X; a great deal of elegance in the way the round minute circle is superimposed on the dial grid, or how the counter is integrated within the dial structure; and a beautifully balanced effect in the respective proportions of the case, the ball-and-socket joints, the dial and the crown.
The functional ball-and-socket joints in the four “corners” of the “squared circle” featured on the case are cut like the feet of the lunar landing module. These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case hold the lugs of the rubber strap. They enable the watch to adjust to all wrist sizes. This comfort-enhancing characteristic also creates an immediately recognisable visual identity. As the signature feature of the , the RJ security screws with four ball-and-socket joints are echoed on the functional movement-locking screw on the watch case-back. These screws evoke the futuristic codes of contemporary astronautics.
The promise embodied in the special Moon Silver plate on the stellar case-back of the watch is a powerful promise of the Moon on the wrist – thanks to a silver alloy boasting an extremely low oxidisation rate and incorporating moon rocks. This engraved plate depicts the lunar surface, of which the mineral particles interact on an infra-molecular level with the wearer of the watch. The Moon within reach, like a talisman to help keep your feet firmly planted on Earth. The veined pattern and grainy texture on the case-back evoke the future superstructures of lunar colonisation bases. These motifs also extend along the rubber strap. The security screw locks the access “hatch“ to the movement of the Moon Invader.

RJ Moon Invader Collection: Black Metal Automatic
Movement
Calibre : RJ001-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve : 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock

Case
46mm
Black PVD-coated steel
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, composed of spare parts from Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in representing the moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Screw-lock crown
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial
Gem-set gridwork motif with integrated X-shaped traverses
Black PVD-coated satin-brushed inner bezel ring, polished and satin-brushed small seconds subdial at 9 o'clock, beadblasted X-shaped traverses
Hands: Oxidised black, polished, with “blue emission” C1 superluminova

Strap
Black vulcanised rubber
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle: Black PVD-coated steel

Edition
Limited edition: 1'969 pieces

RJ Moon Invader Collection: Black Metal Chronograph
Movement
Calibre: RJ001-C
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock
Chronograph, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock

Case
46mm
Black PVD-coated steel
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, composed of spare parts from Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in representing the moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Screw-lock crown
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial
Gem-set gridwork motif with integrated X-shaped traverses
Black PVD-coated satin-brushed inner bezel ring, polished and satin-brushed chronograph counters at 3 and 6 o'clock, circular satin-brushed small seconds subdial at 9 o'clock, beadblasted X-shaped traverses
Hands: Oxidised black, polished, with “blue emission” C1 superluminova

Strap
BIack vulcanised rubber
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle: Black PVD-coated steel

Edition
Limited edition: 1'969 pieces

RJ Moon Invader Collection: Eminence Grise Automatic
Movement
Calibre: RJ001-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock

Case
46 mm
Dark grey PVD-coated steel and red gold
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, composed of spare parts from Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in representing the moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Red gold screw-lock crown
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial
Gem-set gridwork motif with integrated X-shaped traverses
Dark grey PVD-coated satin-brushed inner bezel ring and beadblasted X-shaped traverses, polished and satin-brushed red gold small seconds subdial at 9 o'clock
Hands: Red gold, polished, with “blue emission” C1 superluminova

Strap
Black vulcanised rubber
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle: Dark grey PVD-coated steel and red gold

Edition
Limited edition: 1'969 pieces

RJ Moon Invader Collection:Eminence Grise Chronograph
Movement
Calibre: RJ001-C
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock
Chronograph, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock

Case
46 mm
Dark grey PVD-coated steel and red gold
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, composed of spare parts from Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in representing the moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Red gold screw-lock crown
Water resistance: 3 atm

Dial
Gem-set gridwork motif with integrated X-shaped traverses
Dark grey PVD-coated satin-brushed inner bezel ring, circular satin-brushed small seconds subdial at 9 o'clock and beadblasted X-shaped traverses. Polished and satin-brushed red gold chronograph counters at 3 and 6 o'clock
Hands: Red gold, polished, with “blue emission” C1 superluminova

Strap
Black vulcanised rubber
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle: Dark grey PVD-coated steel and red gold

Edition
Limited edition: 1'969 pieces