Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ludovic Ballouard "Upside Down" Complication Watch

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

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

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

Dial & Hands
Titanium Dial & blued steel hands

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breitling Chronomat 01 Limited Edition

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

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

For devotees of rare and exclusive timepieces, Breitling now offers this iconic model in limited series of 2,000 in steel and 200 in rose gold, all bearing the individual number engraved at 9 o’clock on the case middle. The strong and unique design of the case, bezel and bracelet is highlighted by subtle contrasted finishing – satin-brushed on the top and polished on the sides. The black dial is adorned with applied hour-markers.

Contrary to the standard Chronomat 01 models, equipped with solid steel or gold casebacks, the Chronomat 01 Limited Edition features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback providing optimal views of the in-house made chronograph movement. An exceptional glimpse of this high-performance motor boasting a column-wheel, an entirely original architectural design, and assembled according to a revolutionary industrial process.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ARCHIMEDE Arcadia Chronograph

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jacob & Co. Crystal Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movement
ETA 956.102
Jewels: 7

Functions
Hours and minutes

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

Warranty
2 years

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

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

The Epic II, as well as the Epic I V2, which offers a silhouette with a slimmer more compact case, are set in a rainbow of colors with dial treatments developed for Jacob & Co. This new offering provides the opportunity to express one’s personality while making a fashion statement with a luxury timepiece.

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

EPIC I V2 with Color
  • Case: 47.50x 41.50x 17.50 mm, stainless steel, black PVD
  • Movement: Jacob & Co. caliber n 10 automatic chronograph movement; Incabloc shock absorption system
  • Dial: Multi‐tiered (6 layer) carbon fiber dial, with signature Jacob & Co. colored geometric sub‐dials in pink, yellow, orange, British green, red, violet, and navy blue
  • Bezel: 64 colored stones (citrine, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, garnet (orange), ruby, tanzanite (purple), tsavorite (green)
  • Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Jewels: 27
  • Power Reserve: 50 hours
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Functions: Chronograph: 30-minutes,12-hours, center seconds; date; early seconds
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Buckle: Tongue in Stainless steel
  • Water Resistant: 50 meters
  • Warranty: 2 years
EPIC II with Color
  • Case: 48 x 18.80 mm, stainless steel, black PVD
  • Movement: Jacob & Co. caliber n 10 automatic chronograph movement; Incabloc shock absorption system
  • Dial: Multi‐tiered (6 layer) carbon fiber dial, with signature Jacob & Co. colored geometric sub‐dials in pink, yellow, orange, British green, red, violet, and navy blue
  • Bezel: 48 colored stones (citrine, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, garnet (orange), ruby, tanzanite (purple), tsavorite (green)
  • Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Jewels: 27
  • Power Reserve: 50 hours
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Functions: Chronograph: 30-minutes,12-hours, center seconds; date; early seconds
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Buckle: Tongue in Stainless steel
  • Water Resistant: 100 meters
  • Warranty: 2 years

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

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

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

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

Dial
Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands

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

Other details
Weight: 141 Grams
Ref: SWC0309TEL


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

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

Dial
Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands

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

Weight
168 Grams

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

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

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

GRAHAM-LONDON MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE

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

GRAHAM MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE, Ref. 2MEBS.S02A

Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter).
Date at 9 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds
Tachymeter

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

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

Dial
White dial with black minute scale rim, black hours counter at 6 o'clock with minternal green rim (Petronas green) and external silver rim, black snailed minutes counter at 12 o'clock with silver rim and silver arrows for minute scale, silver seconds counter at 9 o'clock
Hands: Rhodium-plated hands, white hours counter hand, red minutes counter hand, Petronas green seconds hand, black Mercedes GP inscription at 3 o'clock

Strap
Integrated black tyre tread rubber

Price
6'300 CHF

GRAHAM MERCEDES GP SILVERSTONE BLACK, Ref. 2MEBS.B02A
Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter).
Date at 9 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds
Tachymeter

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

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

Dial
Black carbon dial with black minute scale rim, black hours counter at 6 o'clock with internal green rim (Petronas green) and external silver rim, black snailed minutes counter at 12 o'clock with silver rim and silver arrows for minute scale, black carbon seconds counter at 9 o'clock
Hands: Rhodium-plated hands, white hours counter hand, red minutes counter hand, Petronas green seconds hand, white Mercedes GP inscription at 3 o'clock

Strap
Integrated black tyre tread rubber

Price
6'300 CHF

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Meccaniche Veloci SuperQuadro Automatic Chronograph

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

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

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alpina Genève Club Range Regulator Manufacture

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

Reference: AL-950B4RC6

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

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

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

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

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

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

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

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

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

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle.

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

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

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

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

Strap
Integrated Crococalf strap with Alpina folding buckle

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TENDENCE Gulliver Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition

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

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

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

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, ETA 7750

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

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

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

Bracelet
Grey silicon with folding clasp

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

RADO Ceramica Digital Automatic

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

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

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

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

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

Functions
Hours, minutes and date

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

Dial
Black with grey digital display

Bracelet/strap
Ceramic bracelet or black leather strap with titanium folding clasp

Hermès Cape Cod Tonneau Gem-Set Rose Gold

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

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

Technical details
Movement
Quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes

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

Dial
Natural white mother-of-pearl

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

Price
Suggested retail price : CHF 17,730

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tiret introduces new look for "Second Chance" model

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

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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

DAVOSA Argonautic divers watch with helium escape valve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 9, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details
Les Classiques Date – Quartz and automatic caliber

Case
Stainless-steel, Ф 33mm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (automatic versions only)
Water resistant to 30 m / 3 atm
Steel-gold version: Quartz versions: yellow PVD (2N) coated bezel; Automatic versions: 18K yellow gold bezel – Gold weight 3.03 g
Diamond set versions: Bezel set with 62 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.40mm ( 0.6448 Ct.)

Dial
Available in silver, black and silver/ yellow gold plated hour markers versions (2N)
Diamond cut applied hour-markers with Superluminova SLNC1
Available in refined white mother-of-pearl set with 11 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.10mm ( 0.0583 Ct.)
Diamond cut hand with Superluminova SLNC1on hours and minutes handsAvailable in rhodium and yellow gold plated versions (2N)

Strap
Black, brown or white croco imitatation strap
Stainless steel bracelet combining polished and brushed finishing
Stainless steel bracelet with yellow PVD coated ( quartz versions only)

Movement
Quartz Version


Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands

Date indicated by disc at 6 o’clock
End-of-life display

Automatic Version
Automatic movement, self – winding
Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central handsDate indicated by disc at 6 o’clock
VIBRATION: 28 800 alt / h, 4 Hz
POWER RESERVE: 38 hours
JEWELS: 26 on ML 115, 25 on ML 155
ADJUSTMENTS: 3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
DECORATION: Rhodium – plated movement: circular grain, côtes de Genève snail

Les Classiques Moonphase Chronographe Ladies
Case
Stainless steel case Ф 38mm
New bezel and caseback design
Polished finishing
Domed sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 30 m / 3 atm
Diamond set versions: Bezel set with 72 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.40mm ( 0.7488 Ct.)

Dial
Refined white mother-of-pearl set with 12 TW VVS-VS diamonds, Ф 1.20mm ( 0.08 Ct.)
Diamond cut hand with Superluminova SLNC1on hours and minutes hands
Strap
White croco imitatation strap
7 rows stainless steel bracelet combining polished and brushed finishing
Stainless steel standard buckle
Movement
Quartz movement, calibre ML49

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

Backes & Strauss Three Princes Limited Edition

The Three Princes display the essence of Backes & Strauss craftsmanship at its finest and the results are testament to the craftsmen’s skills. From left to right they are a much awaited and refreshing addition to the Royal Collection.

The Berkeley Prince has 265 diamonds weighing 18.45 carats, there are 264 bespoke cut baguette diamonds, invisibly hand set. The Case is adorned with 100 baguette cut diamonds weighing 8.13 carats and the Dial with 164 baguette cut diamonds weighing 10.20 carats. The Prince Regent comes in two sizes, the 4047 has 345 diamonds weighing 15.77 carats, 344 individually cut and polished baguette diamonds.

The Case is set with 116 baguette cut diamonds weighing 6.62cts and the Dial with 228 baguette cut diamonds weighing 9.06 carats and The Jewel in the Crown is 0.09 carats. The 4452 has 505 diamonds weighing 20.06 carats, 504 individually cut and polished baguette diamonds. The Case is set with 116 baguette cut diamonds weighing 9.92cts and the Dial with 388 baguette cut diamonds weighing 10.02 carats and The Jewel in the Crown is 0.12 carats.

The Piccadilly Prince has 249 diamonds weighing 18.16 carats, 248 individually cut and polished baguette diamonds. The Case is invisibly set with 48 baguette cut diamonds weighing 11.02 and the Dial with 200 baguette cut diamonds weighing 7.02 carats.

Both The Berkeley and Piccadilly Princes are 40mm Ø and have an open sapphire glass back showing the decorated movement. Each one of the five Limited Edition pieces will be individually engraved “one of five” to “five of five” and unified with Backes & Strauss engraved on each Platinum Rotor. The two Princes have and one ideal cut round diamond, the Backes & Strauss signature, The Jewel in the Crown, weighing 0.12 carats.

The three Princes each have a folding clasp in 18kt white gold on the alligator strap, hand stitched with 18kt white gold thread, can be set with baguette cut diamonds if desired.

Technical details
  • Movement: Automatic movement Display: Hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Each Berkeley and Piccadilly Prince is a Limited Edition of 5 pieces
  • Retailing at CHF 275,000.00 Swiss Francs
  • The Prince Regent 4047 retails at CHF 275,000.00 Swiss Francs and the 4452 at CHF 400,000.00.
  • Limited Edition of 25 pieces in each size

Ulysse Nardin Hammerhead Shark Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin honors its nautical history and the ocean’s majestic creatures with the new Hammerhead Shark Limited-Edition.

As the hammerhead shark has navigated the oceans with unrivaled precision for centuries, Ulysse Nardin’s marine chronometers have steered sailors faultlessly to port. Once again, the famed watchmaker pays homage to its seafaring past and the ocean’s magnificent beings with the latest addition to its coveted Marine Collection – the Hammerhead Shark.
Sporty, rugged and water-resistant to 200 meters, this exceptional timepiece features a 45-millimeter, skin-friendly, high-grade polished titanium case (individually numbered). Engravings of the mysterious hammerhead shark decorate the case, with the pattern of its one-of-a-kind form continuing delicately onto an eye-catching blue dial that supports applied luminous indexes.

Shielding the dial is a sapphire crystal cover encircled by a unidirectional, rotating bezel in either 18-karat rose-gold or stainless steel. Complementing both the dial and the blue-structured bezel is a specially created blue rubber strap with rose-gold or titanium elements. Its self-winding movement, visible through the exhibition case back, features a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and an oversized small seconds register and round date window at 6 o’clock, keeping its wearer on steady course.

Since the master watchmaker Ulysse Nardin opened his doors for business in Le Locle in 1846, marine chronometers have been one of the brand’s specialties. Today, despite satellites overtaking navigation, watch collectors and those passionate for sailing the seven seas look to the Ulysse Nardin brand for its award-winning marine chronometers. The timepiece is offered as a limited edition of 350 pieces in 18-karat gold and titanium and 999 pieces in titanium and steel.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber UN-26
Power reserve: Approximately 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Functions
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. Small seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock.

Case
Titanium
Bezel: 18 ct rose gold or stainless steel
Crown: Screw down security crown
Diameter: 45 mm
Water-resistance: 200 m
Crystal: Anti reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Open case back with sapphire crystal

Bracelet
Exclusive rubber strap with 18 ct gold or titanium elements

Backes & Strauss Royal Berkeley 43 Bespoke Limited Edition

Backes & Strauss present their most exclusive and luxurious watch, the bespoke Royal Berkeley 43, their most important masterpiece to date, perfectly complimenting sizes 40 and 37.

This Royal from the Berkeley Collection is inspired by one of London’s great squares, Berkeley Square which has particular resonance for Backes & Strauss, for it’s great plane of trees, among the oldest in London, were planted in 1789, the same year Backes & Strauss was established.

The 18kt white gold case is hand set with 44 custom cut diamonds weighing 12.44 carats and the dial hand set with 96 custom cut diamonds weighing 15.43 carats. The bespoke, full diamond bracelet is hand set with 189 custom cut hand polished diamonds to ensure an exclusive and perfect fit to the wrist. The back of the watch is open and through the sapphire glass you will see the decorated movement, each one of the five pieces will be individually engraved by the craftsman, “one of five, two of five and such like. The five watches are then unified with Backes & Strauss engraved on each Platinum Rotor.

Technical details
Model: Backes & Strauss Royal Berkeley 43 Bespoke Limited Edition
  • Size: 43mm Ø
  • Movement: Automatic movement rotor with platinum segment.
  • Display: Hours, minutes and seconds
  • Total: 330 diamonds weighing 106.45 cts
  • Case: 18kt white gold, set with 44 custom cut diamonds, 12.44 carats. Open Sapphire back
  • Crown: One custom cut diamond weighing 0.26 carats.
  • Dial: 96 custom cut diamonds weighing 15.41 carats
  • Bracelet: 189 custom cut diamonds weighing 78.32 carats
Diamond Technical Information
  • Cut: Custom proprietary cut in the shape of the case. Exclusively cut and hand set
  • Colour: Collection (F+)
  • Clarity: Clean (Flawless/VVS+)
Price and availability
Retailing at CHF 1.5 million Swiss Francs with diamond jewellery bracelet
Limited edition of 5 pieces

Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-Pusher

While 2010 marks the 55th anniversary of CORUM’s founding by René Bannwart, this year is also the 50th anniversary of one of its most iconic collections: the Admiral’s Cup. To celebrate the event in due style, Corum has introduced a number of new models to the collection, including a Minute Repeater Tourbillon, as well as its first diver’s watch. Continuing the year with a flourish, the brand from La Chaux de-Fonds, is now opting for an original exercise in style by presenting the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher, a timepiece equipped with a mono-pusher chronograph.

Whereas the classic twin-pusher chronograph is the most popular sports-watch complication, the monopusher chronograph is a much less common and more refined variation reserved for more initiated customers. This complication with its single pusher serving to stop, start and reset the chronograph is generally associated with models featuring a more classic appearance. In tune with its tradition of innovation and originality, Corum has chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Admiral’s Cup by once again rowing against the tide and introducing this particular complication. Thanks to the Corum-exclusive CO961 movement, the brand is even going a step further by deciding to rewrite the codes of the mono-pusher chronograph: the chronograph minute hand, traditionally placed in a dedicated subdial, is in this instance mounted on the same axis as the conventional hour and minute hands -hence the name “Centro Mono-pusher”.

In addition to resulting in a timepiece with an original face that is extremely uncluttered for a chronograph, it is also patently more readable, especially since the chronograph minute hand has a particularly suitable design featuring a slender black base and a wider red tip.

Further underscoring the sporting spirit of this watch, its 44 mm case with its characteristic twelve-sided shape is made from ultra-light grade 5 titanium, covered with an extremely resistant matt black PVD coating with an impressive hardness of 1300 Vickers. The bezel is also black PVD-coated and features softened angles. The chronograph function is activated by a lever placed at 2 o’clock on the case middle, a particularly ergonomic position.

The multi-level dial, of which the center is adorned with Côtes de Genève – a decorative motif traditionally reserved for movements – is dominated by shades of dark grey and black, including the lacquered nautical pennants arranged around the inner bezel ring to indicate the hours, the black luminescent coating of the facetted hands, the “30” and “60” numbers, and the applied chevrons. A sprinkling of red accents – the index indicating the date in a large window, the minute-circle index and the chronograph minute hand – creates a vivid contrast with the extreme-black design and reveals the bold character of this timepiece. Even the mechanical self-winding movement visible through the sapphire crystal is enhanced by a specific finish, since the oscillating weight is also black PVD-coated. This chronograph is chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of precision and reliability.

Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher is fitted with a black vulcanized rubber strap and a titanium-capped steel folding clasp. It is issued in a limited numbered series of 555, a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Admiral’s Cup.

And for those won over by the spirit of the Centro Chronograph – with its central minute hand – but who prefer a traditional twin-pusher chronograph and a more generously sized case, the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Centro is the reference model to look for.

Technical details
Model: Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 44 Centro Mono-pusher
Reference 960.101.94/F371 AN12
Limited Edition to 555 pieces

Movement
Self-winding chronograph, CO961, COSC certified
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
27 jewels
Special CORUM finish, including the oscillating weight engraved with the brand name and black PVD treatment
Power reserve of 48 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with minutes and seconds indication in the center
Chronograph function (start, stop, reset) operated by one lever-pusher at 2 o’clock

Case
44mm diameter, twelve-sided case
Titanium with black PVD treatment
Crown in titanium, engraved with CORUM key
Black vulcanized rubber bezel and crown protector
Screwed open back in titanium with black PVD treatment
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 atmospheres (330feet / 100 meters)

Dial
Black with Côtes de Genève
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
12 monochrome nautical pennants representing the hours transferred on the fitted flange
Minutes and minute chevrons with black Superluminova
Facetted hour and minute hands with black Superluminova
60 minutes chronograph hand with red Superluminova
Seconds hand counterweight shaped like the CORUM key
Date indication in a window at 3 o’clock
CORUM logo applied on the dial

Strap
Black vulcanized rubber strap, width 22/20 mm
Buckle: Triple folding clasp in steel with black PVD coated cover engraved with CORUM logo

Friday, October 8, 2010

Corum : The Golden Tube, Chinese Hat (Chapeau Chinois) & Round Golden Bridge - Re-Edition

When René Bannwart created CORUM in 1955, he was determined to place it in the vanguard of the watch industry. This choice gave rise to some amazing models that have become watchmaking classics, such as the Romvlvs and the Admiral’s Cup, and even full-fledged icons, like the Golden Bridge. Corum has not however chosen to express its creativity exclusively through masculine models, but has also made its creative mark by introducing feminine watches. 2010 provides an opportunity to rediscover three of them, since they are to be re-issued in limited series.

The Golden Tube 2010
The first piece in this collection is the Golden Tube, which dates back to 1957. It embodies the inimitable style of the 1950s, a simple and geometrical design that remains imbued with a genuinely fanciful touch, while radiating a uniquely graceful elegance. Entirely reflecting the spirit of the era, the Golden Tube is in tune with the “Sack” dresses with their straight, pure lines launched by Hubert de Givenchy in 1957.

The Golden Tube – as much a watch as a piece of jewelry – is indeed formed by a 30 mm long, 14.5 mm-diameter tube that is worn like a cuff-watch. Freely fixed to the bracelet along which it slides, this tube can thus be wrapped around the wrist like a lucky charm on its bracelet. Its polished gold case is surrounded by gem-set lines forming diamond gadroons. Its sides are also set with concentric lines of gems. The model is thus embellished by 212 gemstones in all, totaling 2.19 carats. The case is enhanced by a fluted crown positioned at 12 o’clock and adorned with a white mother-of-pearl cabochon. The dial comes either set with diamonds or in white mother of-pearl with three diamonds at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The model is available in white or red gold and is fitted with an alligator leather strap. It will be issued in a limited numbered edition of 30 pieces red gold and 30 in white gold.
Technical details
Referencs

-White gold, mother-of-pearl dial 137.801.69/0081 PN01
-White gold, diamond set dial 137.801.69/0081 GR34
-Red gold, mother-of-pearl dial 137.801.85/0081 PN01
-Red gold, diamond set dial 137.801.85/0081 GD34
Limited Edition: 30 pieces (per gold)

Movement
CO137
Quartz movement
Frequency 32’768 Hz
5 rubies

Functions
Hours, Minutes

Case
Tube shaped, 30mm long, diameter of 14.5mm
Case in 18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold
Case set with 212 round diamonds for 2.19 ct
Crown set with 10 diamonds for 0.04 ct at 12 o’clock, decorated with a mother-of-pearl insert
Sliding along the bracelet
Water-resistance 30 meters (3atm / 99feet)
Glass: Sapphire crystal

Dial
White mother-of-pearl or set with 62 diamonds for 0.36 ct
Black skeleton hour and minute baton hands

Bracelet 
Black crocodile leather strap
Buckle Red or white gold tongue buckle

Chinese Hat (Chapeau Chinois)
The second re-edition in this trio of Vintage watches was introduced in 1958. Nicknamed the Chinese Hat, its shape does indeed evoke the hat worn by peasants working in the rice fields of the Middle Kingdom. The round case and its sapphire crystal are cambered along the 6-12 o’clock axis, and these curves are accentuated by the diamond-set lines playing around the bezel. The 34 mm-diameter case is studded with 142 full-cut diamonds totaling 2.44 carats. This watch comes with a white mother-of-pearl dial enhanced by three diamonds or, for those who prefer a more richly jeweled version, a dial entirely paved with diamonds. In order to preserve the pure, smooth lines of the case, the miniature quartz movement is set to time by means of a corrector concealed beneath the case. The watch is available in red gold or white gold with a leather strap, and it will be issued in a limited numbered edition of 30 pieces in red gold and 30 in white gold.
Technical details
References

White gold, mother-of-pearl dial 237.101.69/0081 PN01
White gold, diamond set dial 237.101.69/0081 GR34
Red gold, mother-of-pearl dial 237.101.85/0081 PN01
Red gold, diamond set dial 237.101.85/0081 GD34
Limited Edition 30 pieces (per gold)

Movement
CO237
Quartz movement
Frequency 32’768 Hz
5 rubies
Functions Hours, Minutes

Case
34mm
18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold, round cambered shape
Case set with 142 round diamonds for 2.44 ct
Screwed case back, satin finish
Hour and minute corrector on the caseback
Water-resistance: 30 meters (3atm / 99feet)
Glass: Cambered sapphire crystal

Dial
White mother-of-pearl or set with 94 diamonds for 0.49 ct
Black skeleton hour and minute baton hands

Bracelet, strap 
Black crocodile leather strap
Buckle Red or white gold tongue buckle

Round Golden Bridge
The third model re-issued by Corum is the Round Golden Bridge, the most resolutely “horological” of the three, since it beats to the cadence of the legendary C0113 baguette movement. This micromechanical masterpiece was created by Corum exactly 30 years ago.

Accommodating its 140 components housed within a space just 33 mm long, 3 mm high and less than 5 mm thick represents a remarkable feat, especially when one considers that this mechanical hand-wound caliber is equipped with a variable-inertia balance beating at a frequency of 4 Hertz and ensuring optimal reliability and precision. Other refined technical features include a barrel equipped with slip-springs, a 40-hour power reserve, as well as the solid gold hand-engraved mainplate and bridges. This model enables connoisseurs to admire its finishing from all angles, due to the fact that its guilloché-work dial is placed not above, but rather on either side of the movement, and also thanks to the transparent caseback.

The large 41 mm case diameter and opening thus fully reveal the caliber in all its splendid majesty. Even the hands are openworked so as not to hide as little of possible of the movement which is truly given pride of place. The Round Golden Bridge will be issued in a limited edition of 75 pieces.
Technical details
Reference 113.247.55/0001 FN15
Limited Edition of 75 pieces

Movement
CO113
Mechanical baguette movement, hand-wound by a stem at 6 o’clock
Slipping spring mechanism
Variable inertia balance adjustable by screws
Frequency: 4Hz, 28’800 vibrations/hour
19 Jewels
18kt red gold hand-engraved plate and bridges
Power reserve of 40 hours

Functions
Hours, Minutes

Case
41mm
Case in 18kt red gold 5N, round shape
Polished finish on the top, satin finish on the caseback
Screwed caseback with see-through opening under the movement
Fluted crown at 6 o’clock, decorated with Corum key
Case and horns decorated with gadroons
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance 30 meters (3atm / 99feet)

Dial
Black with vertical guilloché
Red gold 5N coated hour indexes on the flange
Skeleton hour and minute baton hands

Strap
Black crocodile leather strap, hand-stitched
Buckle 18kt red gold tongue buckle

These three Vintage editions forming a decidedly exclusive collection will be available in the brand’s own-name boutiques (in Geneva, Hong Kong and Shanghai), as well as from around ten selected retailers worldwide as of end of October.

Christopher Ward C70 Brooklands Chronograph COSC

Christopher Ward, the luxury watchmaker, is launching one of the most accurate watches in the world – a new version of its original C70 Brooklands Chronograph which celebrates Britain’s original Grand Prix. The C70 COSC will be accurate to within one second a month and has been certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the institute that measures the accuracy and precision of watches made in Switzerland).

Christopher Ward has used no less than five stepping motors to ensure the C70 COSC’s accuracy. The tiny motors which convert electrical energy into mechanical energy (or movement) are normally used to control lasers or welding robots. When used in watches, stepping motors provide extremely accurate movements of the gearing and hands and the more that are used, the more accurate the watch’s components become.
Even if a mechanical watch is 99.9% accurate, it can still lose or gain a minute and a half in only 24 hours. A typical modern Swiss made quartz watch will lose or gain about a second a day, or 30 seconds a month, meaning that it is 99.9998% accurate. The C70 COSC is more than 30 times as accurate and so there may well be no need to correct it for several years.

The C70 COSC will be available from late October 2010 and true to its aim of bringing luxury watches within everyone’s reach, Christopher Ward have kept its price down to just £499.

Piaget presents two new interpretations of the Limelight Magic Hour and Limelight Twice

Piaget is enriching the Limelight Creativity collection, a manifesto for the free-spirited expression, extravagance and boldness that have for years been the hallmark of the Geneva-based Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie. Two new interpretations of the Limelight Magic Hour and Limelight Twice vividly embody the unique spirit of this collection.

In almost a century and a half of existence between its founding in 1874 by Georges-Edouard Piaget in La Côte-aux-Fées and the brilliant success it now enjoys, Piaget has developed a two-fold know-how in the fields of watchmaking and jewellery. These twin fields of expertise, now symbolised by its two geographical manufacturing sites – La Côte-aux-Fées (Neuchâtel Jura) and Plan-les-Ouates (Geneva), each of which made a speciality of one of these crafts – has enabled it to progressively develop unique creative freedom. Its experience of ultra-thin movements has thus enabled it to introduce a number of extravagant watches and even new ways of wearing time, including cuff watches, sautoir necklace watches, ring watches, mobile or “secret” cases.

Since the 1960s, Piaget’s horological creativity has been matched only by the technical skills on which it is grounded and which encompass both movements and watch exteriors. This inventiveness gave rise in 2007 to the Limelight Magic Hour watch, featuring a rotating bezel resulting in three different looks and as many ways of reading the time; and in 2009 to the Limelight Twice watch, a fully reversible model with two faces and two distinct personalities.

Within the scope of the Limelight Creativity collection, Piaget aims to unite the Manufacture’s entire range of creative and daring jewellery timepieces. It was thus entirely natural for the House to design new interpretations of the Limelight Magic Hour and Limelight Twice watches in order to embody this resolutely free-spirited approach.

The Limelight Magic Hour model was created by Piaget in 2007. This fanciful, whimsical watch caused a sensation right from its launch and earned a number of prestigious awards, including the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix prize for the Best Jewellery Watch. It was also an instant commercial success with the public. Piaget clients from around the world were won over by its delightfully rounded shape, its sensually feminine design, but above all by its amazing rotating bezel which adopts horizontal, oblique or vertical positions and thereby alternately masks or reveals the gem-set appliqués on its dial – thus enabling it to display three different looks and three different ways of telling the time. It represents a daring and elegant way of adapting to all the different circumstances in a woman’s life: private, professional, casual or elegant…
For its 2010 version, the Limelight Magic Hour watch has been treated to a new development aimed at creating an even more exclusive jewellery model. Its bezel is now entirely diamond-paved and the use of stones of varying sizes further accentuates the curve of the case. The radiance of the overall effect is further enhanced by the gem-set applied Arabic numerals on either side of the dial, while an ultimate touch of refinement is lent by the alligator leather or satin strap adorned with a pin buckle also set with a row of diamonds. This latest version of the Piaget Limelight Magic Hour, adorned with over 300 gemstones totalling more than 5 carats, is available in a choice of pink or white gold.

Creativity and boldness being the keynotes of the Limelight Creativity collection, Piaget is also presenting a second equally exceptional model: the new Limelight Twice.

First launched by Piaget in 2009, the Limelight Twice cleverly conceals its hand. At first glance, this watch appears to be fairly classical in design: apart from its off-centred dial, it is a round 35 mm-diameter model. It was nonetheless thanks to this watch that Piaget, just one year after the Limelight Magic Hour, won a second Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix award in the same category. This timepiece that is unlike any other on the market is in fact designed to be totally reversible. Its case, its satin strap as well as its buckle are all made in such a way that they can be worn on either side. Both front and back naturally have their own personality – one with a more relaxed style, and the other more dressy – and can be shown according to circumstances or the mood of the moment. Each side of the case – one gem-set and the other not – carries a dial offset towards the upper or lower part.
The dauphine hands gracing each of these dials are powered by two tiny quartz movements. And in order to preserve the smooth, pure lines of the watch, the time is set by means of two correctors hidden inside the lug securing the strap to the case, yielding a superbly slender design that is undoubtedly of the Piaget DNA, with technique once again dedicated to enhancing aesthetic elegance. The versions introduced in 2010 are graced on their non gem-set face with superb finishing combining tapered polished Roman numerals and a sunburst guilloché effect, as a subtle reminder of the dial on either side. On the pink gold version, the grey shade of the guilloché-worked dial plate and the pink of the case – both crafted in gold – creates an attractive contrast. Even the buckle set with 54 diamonds has been specifically designed to be worn one way or the other.

By rounding out its Limelight Creativity collection in such grand style, Piaget is not only conveying the bold creative freedom it lavishes on each of its jewellery models, but is also choosing to speak to women in a decidedly different way. By inviting them to express their personality, their difference and that which makes each of them truly unique, it offers them timepieces endowed with a capacity for self-transformation that enables them to adapt to their every desire.

Limelight Magic Hour
  • 18-carat white gold case set with 302 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 4.9 ct)
  • White flinqué dial with diamond-set Arabic numeral appliques set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.03 ct)
  • Piaget 56P quartz movement
  • 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 9 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.3 ct)
  • Black satin bracelet
  • Total of 331 diamonds ( approx 5.2 ct)
  • Ref. G0A35099
Limelight Twice
  • Double sided watch
  • First side: 18-carat polished white gold sunburst guilloché case with engraved Roman numerals, Black dial
  • Second side: 18-carat white gold case set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 1.2 ct), Silver-coloured dial with black Roman numerals
  • 18-carat white gold integrated clasp set with 54 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct) on a black satin strap, both reversible
  • 2 Piaget 56P quartz movements
  • Total of 106 brilliant-cut diamonds ( approx. 1.4 ct)
  • Ref. G0A35136

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