Thursday, February 24, 2011

Witness Tourbillon Squelette by Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin presents a new masculine timepiece,Witness Tourbillon Squelette. This complication offers a subtle mix of the best Swiss watchmaking expertise and Rodolphe Cattin’s audacious creativity: at the heart of a 45-mm white-gold case-middle trimmed withcurved sapphire crystal vibrates a skeleton movement, whose irresistible allure and high-quality finishes are equally captivating. When designing this virile timepiece, the designer focused on the power of the curves, satin-brushed finishes and polished facets adorning the middle.

The tiny bubbles adorning the ladies’ watches have been transformed into slender drops here – a unique and unparalleled design – to house a black alligator-skin strap. This men’s watch is available in a variety of materials, from white gold to pink gold, including a fabulous version in satin-brushed steel.
Rodolphe Cattin designed the details and finishes that embellish this skeleton tourbillon movement alongside Manufacture Concepto. The drawn, bevelled and block-polished aspect of the tourbillon carriage o"er a glimpse of the highly complicated techniques used in this creation. The movement’s skeleton work showcases all the gear trains and the pure mechanics of the movement.

Featuring a power reserve of 72 hours, the winding mechanism is visible through the transparent case back. The escapement is equipped with a side pallet. This unique movement has a three-armed octopus spring that operates the pull-out piece, pawl and lever. The spring is visible through the case back. Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz), this creation is available as part of a limited-edition series of ten timepieces.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator

Swiss watch maker Oris presents Big Crown X1 Calculator, a brand new timepiece inspired by the famous Bell X1 Supersonic plane, which on 14th October 1947 undertook the first manned supersonic flight, breaking the sound barrier and entering the history books. The stunning new Oris Big Crown X1 timepiece is a direct homage to this incredible aviation milestone, featuring historically accurate ‘slide rule’ detailing and 3 bar water-resistance as standard.
The Bell X1 pilots undertook their amazing feat in an age before computers and pocket calculators, relying on the specially designed ‘slide rule’ for all engineering calculations. In honour of these pilots, Oris have included a circular version of the slide rule as part of the intrinsic design of the Big Crown X1 Calculator.

The watch’s case also has a gun metal coloured PVD coating to mirror the copper colour of the Bell X-1 plane, and in a further nod to its namesake, the re-set pusher of the chronograph is marked with an “X” and the start stop pusher is marked with a “I”.
Although it is a faithful tribute to the history of aviation, the Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator with its clear cut, instrumental design, provides all the necessary and relevant data for every pilot’s needs – even with today’s computerized aviation systems. For example, calculation of fuel consumption with the slide rule as given below.

Oris have produced a long and distinguished line of pilot’s watches and the new Big Crown X1 Calculator is sure to prove a timeless edition to the illustrious collection. Recommended retail price is CHF 3’350.
Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator comes in a box set which includes an Oris certificate, a handy leaflet, explaining the different functions of the slide rule, as well as a DVD of the movie The Right Stuff. The Warner Bros Movie, directed by Philip Kaufmann, covers the breaking of the sound barrier with the Bell X1.

Technical details
Model: Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator, Ø 46.00mm
Ref: 675 7648 4264 LB

Automatic mechanical movement with chronograph function
Centralised stop second, subsidiary second, minute and hour displays
Date display between 4 & 5 hour
3-piece stainless steel case, PVD plated in gun metal colour
Outside and inside domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with mineral crystal and meter/feet scale
Revolving outer top ring and inner dial ring with slide rule
Screw-down stainless steel crown and pushers, PVD plated in gun metal colour
3 bar water resistant
Figures and indices printed with luminous Superluminova
Dark brown calf skin leather strap with contrast stitching, PVD plated stainless steel buckle
Flight box with slide ruler scale on the outside. The set includes a certificate and history of the watch
Also includes DVD of “The Right Stuff” directed by Philip Kaufman about the breaking of the sound barrier
Swiss Retail Price: CHF 3’350

Saint Honore Worldcode Automatic

Sleek design, meticulous finish, tempered steel middle…together they have established the exclusive character of the Worldcode watch, launched in 2010 for the brand’s 125th anniversary. The Worldcode is the most masculine symbol of the SAINT HONORE range and a watch of exquisitely harmonious design. The new Automatic version has the added prestige of a mechanical movement with exceptional fundamental qualities.

With subtly contrasting tones and polished and brushed steel finishes, the Worldcode Automatic recaptures the watchmaking codes of the Chronograph model with power and virility: 41 mm round case; steel bezel finished in shades of brushed steel, titanium, pink or yellow gold; black or white dials, clous de Paris motif or “carbon” dials for a sportier touch; superbly streamlined metal bracelet.

The Automatic version’s unique bezel has cleaner, more modern lines. The Roman numerals found on the Chronograph version give way to a bezel marked only with 12 indexes, with a double at 12 o’clock.

Following in the footsteps of the well-loved Chronograph, the new Worldcode Automatic reveals its sophistication and technical prowess through a transparent, screw-down case back which lets an automatic ETA 2824 movement, signed SAINT HONORE, show through beautifully: côtes de Genève décor, oscillating weight gilded in black gold. It is clear that a watch so rife with character will hold strong appeal for men who love sleek elegance and the most striking possessions.

Technical details
-Brushed stainless steel case, 41mm
-Sapphire crystal
-Black and stainless steel crown
-ETA 2824 Automatic movement
-Black dial, decor « clous de Paris »
-Water resistant to 50 m
-Stainless steel metal bracelet brushed 2 tones
-SWISS MADE

Arnold & Son TE8 Tourbillon Limited Edition

At Basel world 2011, luxury watch brand Arnold & Son unveils the new TE8 Tourbillon, a grand complication timepiece powered with the hand-finished A&S8000 calibre. A true example of English watchmaking heritage,this defining timepiece will herald a brand new collection that will combine classic styling with innovative technology.
The tourbillon movement, one of the most elegant complications in the world of horology, has played a crucial role in Arnold & Son’s history. An exceptional watchmaker, Sir John Arnold was an active participant in one of the most extraordinary partnership in the world of innovative horology. Indeed, both he and A-L Breguet worked closely, sharing both their knowledge and passion. Evidence of their partnership is Breguet’s first ever tourbillon mounted in John Arnold’s No. 11 movement, a watch that can be found today in London’s British Museum.

Esthetically what sets Arnold & Son’s new Tourbillon TE8 apart is its unique “English” design: the dial is a ¾ wave-form cut-out on the barrel bridge, the tourbillon and motion-work bridges are triangular, and even the three-spoke wheels are shaped with a distinctive flare. This same threespoke design can also be found in the tourbillon cage as well. The chiseled decoration, reminiscent of waves, is a nod to the nautical world and to history’s great seamen and explorers such as James Cook, who entrusted their lives and that of their men to John Arnold’s timepieces.

When compared to more conventional tourbillons found today, the TE8 model is said to be “inverted”, that is to say most technical elements and visually interesting features are shown on the dial side, when those would normally be hidden on the reverse of the dial. Other typically English technical idiosyncrasies will seduce even the most demanding watch connoisseurs. Take, for instance, the symmetrical layout of the movement; to achieve such a feat requires overcoming a number of technical challenges. Thus the barrel spring and the tourbillon cage are centered along the watch’s longitudinal axis. When examining the winding system, one notes the traditional construction, which uses wheels with long and narrow spokes known as wolf’s teeth, used to improve the smoothness of the overall movement.
It goes without saying that every finishing touch on this striking piece, such as black and brushed polishes, angling and movement decoration, has been done by hand by Arnold & Son’s master watchmakers, thus bringing more brilliance and depth to each decorative element. This unique timepiece will be produced in a limited edition of 25 pieces of each version, in a 44mm 4N rose gold case with either a black ruthenium or a 4N rose gold movement, individually numbered and engraved. Market introduction is scheduled for April 2011.

Technical details
- Manual movement, calibre A&S8000, 6.25 mm thickness
- 80-hours power reserve, 19 jewels, 21'600 vibrations/h
- Available in rose gold 4N or grey ruthenium movement
- Unique english styled ¾ dial (barrel bridge) with chiseled decoration
- 44 mm-diameter case with see-through back, gold 4N
- Crown at 3 o’clock, carbered sapphire crystal
- Water resistance to 30 meters
- Black or brown hand stitched alligator strap
- Recommended retail price: CHF 110,000.--

References:
1SAP.G01A.C21A, rose gold 4N movement, brown alligator strap
1SAP.B01A.C113A, black ruthenium movement, black alligator strap

Swiss watch brand Robert et Fils 1630 to unveil the 4th opus of the « Léopold Robert, grand feu enamel » Collection at Baselworld 2011

Gilles Robert, who created the ROBERT&FILS 1630 brand in 2002, comes from an illustrious family of watchmakers in the canton of Neuchâtel, whose origins go back more than 400 years.

Among the remarkable members of the Robert family are: Abram Robert, one of the first watchmakers in history; Josué Robert, Watchmaker to the King of Prussia; and Jacob Robert, founder of Robert & Cie in Fontainemelon, the world’s oldest movement manufacturer, which was integrated into ETA in 1981.

The Robert family also included the talented artist, Léopold Robert, a well-known romantic painter of the 19th century who was a student of David, and whose paintings are on display in the Louvre. Born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1794, Léopold lived in Rome where he was a contemporary of Ingres and Corot.

In 2008, ROBERT&FILS 1630 launched a collection of unique pieces dedicated to this illustrious artist, whose miniatures in grand feu enamel were crafted in the tradition of the Geneva School of the 17th century.



After the success of “The Musicians” presented in 2008, the collection expanded with the “Idyll” in 2009 and “The Young Girl and the Fisherman” in 2010.

This year at Baselworld, aficionados and collectors will be delighted to discover “The Brigand’s Rest,” inspired by a painting belonging to the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, which will exceptionally be on display at the ROBERT&FILS 1630 stand during the entire show.

The “Léopold Robert, grand feu enamel” collection (From 2008 to 2010)

“The Musicians”, a unique piece (2008)
Case and dial in gold, grand feu enamel, inspired by “Pifferari in front of a Madonna,” on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Vevey (Léopold Robert, Rome 1829). . “Five step” historic automatic movement, produced at the Fontainemelon manufacture between 1960 and 1970. Oscillating weight in 22K gold.

“The Idyll”, a unique piece (2009)
Case and dial in gold, grand feu enamel, inspired by “Idyll in Ischia,” on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Léopold Robert, Rome 1825). . “Five step” historic automatic movement, produced at the Fontainemelon manufacture between 1960 and 1970. Oscillating weight in 22K gold.

“The young girl and the fisherman”, a unique piece (2010)
Case and dial in gold, grand feu enamel, inspired by “The young girl from the island of Procida giving a fisherman something to drink,” on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Neuchâtel (Léopold Robert, Rome 1827). . “Five step” historic automatic movement, produced at the Fontainemelon manufacture between 1960 and 1970. Oscillating weight in 22K gold.

Georgian style chinoiserie mantel clock by Comitti of London

Comitti of London, the legendary British company specialized in finest quality clocks and barometers, presents a unique collection of Georgian style mantel clocks in coloured Chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie became popular in the 18th century and reflected a fascination with oriental art and culture and often made use of ancient oriental motifs such as dragons, pagodas, birds and mandarins.

In 18th Century London the fashionable set embraced a new art form that represented a romantic interpretation of the Orient through a European perspective. The finest cabinet makers of the day fell under the spell of this art form that became popularly known as Chinoiserie. Ownership of fine clocks and furniture decorated in Chinoiserie added glamour to the home, inferring worldliness and sophistication.

Comitti Chinoiserie clocks are produced from solid cherry cabinets which are then lacquered in black, green, red or blue. Five layers are applied with light sanding between coats. The surface is then burnished to achieve a ‘piano’ finish. Each Chinoiserie piece has a unique design created by the artist. The detail is marked out and gesso applied and shaped by hand to create the three dimensional relief. The unique display of Georgian style chinoiserie mantel clocks will showcase the use of a different colour for each mantel or table clock displayed at Baselworld 2011.



The model featured above is Queen Anne Chinoiserie version ,a Georgian style triple chime mantel or table clock typical of the work of John Ellicott, circa 1730. The black lacquered inverted bell top cabinet is decorated with gold leaf and hand painted Chinoiserie motifs. The finished artwork is sealed using gold size and each piece is hand finished. This limited edition model can be created in green, red or blue.

Technical details
• Polished nested bell triple chime 8 day movement with silencer
• Automatic night silencer (10.00 PM to 7.15 AM) and chime sequence correction
• Chimes and Melodies: Plays Westminster, Whittington and St. Michael melodies on bells
• The solid brass dial plate has cast cherub spandrels, silver plated chapter ring and fine milled hands
• Bevelled glasses and lacquered solid brass furniture
• Limited Production
• Certificate of Authenticity
• Height: 20" (50cm) Width: 12" (30cm) Depth: 8" (20cm)

'Women's spirit' pendant

Women’s Spirit' a not-for-profit organization, which promotes the economic independence of women victims of violence in Israel, has initiated a project with a unique design by 'Shenkar' College of Engineering and the jewelry chain store 'G.R.A.S'.

As part of student's project at the Shenkar jewelry design department, jewelry was designed that reflects the values of the 'Women's Sprit' organization. The winning piece will be sold on the jewelry chain store G.R.A.S. All profits will be donated to “Women’s Spirit”

During the project, 17 students from Shenkar jewelry design department were asked to design jewelry to be identified with the values of the organization: power, independence and femininity.



The winning piece, shaped by the student, Ms. Ora Levin, was chosen after two rounds of jurisdiction. The first round involved a professional jury including Professor Yuli Tamir, President of "Shenkar", Sharon Keren, head of the Jewelry Design Department at Shenkar, Arthur Boxer, entrepreneur and owner of G.R.A.S and more. For the second round users of the 'Women's spirit' website chose the piece they think best represented the values of 'Women's spirit'.

The selected pendant, under the concept "freedom to be free" is made of silver plated or gold medal shaped with an imprint of butterflies in flight.

Designer Ora Levin says: "The butterfly, breaks free and flies to freedom leaving space that symbolizes every woman's ability to choose freedom and grow from dependence to independence. The multitude of butterflies symbolizes the power of "Women's Spirit" – an association of women for women committed to create social change."

The Jewel can be purchased online on: http://www.gras.co.il/eng/htmls/Home.aspx All profits will be an active contribution to its sale 'Women's spirit'.

About 'Women's spirit'
"Women's Spirit" is a not-for-profit organization which strives to promote social change by the economic empowerment of women victims of violence in Israel. The association operates from a feminist vision and a belief that the departure of women from the cycle of violence involves the establishment of their financial independence. “Women's spirit" assists women victims of violence in their integration into the employment market as they develop their career and personal growth with the help of hundreds of volunteers. “Women's spirit" is committed to raise public awareness to these realities, to their social consequences and to society's responsibility to take action.

Blacksand Genève Uniformity

Uniformity by Blacksand Genève is a new contemporary timepiece at the crossroads between pristine watchmaking traditions and a minimalist style that reveals its full potential through powerful aesthetic references. This timepiece represents a new trend resolutely geared towards thoroughbred authenticity.

Immediately recognizable with its urbane yet sporty appearance, the Uniformity model asserts itself through the curves that reveal a case framed by two sand-blasted matt ceramic shafts that shape the lugs while accentuating the combination of materials.

Expressing total harmony, these geometrical proportions are the Blacksand style signature and house a finely crafted movement that is certified by the COSC and by Chronofiable. The open caseback, protected by a sapphire crystal, beckons the eye to appreciate the authenticity in motion of a self-winding twin-barrel movement beating steadily at the pace of 28,800 vibrations per hour throughout its 120-hour power-reserve.

The hour, minute, seconds and date functions are displayed on an elegant dial, featuring hands, numerals and hour-markers that brighten up the dark night with a shimmering opaline blue glint, ensuring maximum readability and visual magic.

Uniformity offers a fascinating demonstration of aesthetic differentiation, bringing to the stage the authentic spirit of the Blacksand brand that combines traditional know-how with an unequivocally contemporary approach conjugating both tenses: a modern present and a classic future.

The case measuring 46 mm in diameter with a 23 mm interlug width is available in grade 5 titanium, tantalum, 5N gold or sand-blasted matt ceramic. The screw-in open caseback is constituted of a threaded ring in order to keep the engravings firmly in the correct position and sapphire crystal featuring an invisible marking revealed under heat. The screw-down crown with its matt ceramic insert and cap guarantees water-resistant up to 100 metres.

The two-level dial with its opaline base and straight satin-brushed upper plate is available in black, black gold or white, with a choice of rhodium treated hour-markers with blue-emission Superluminova or Arabic numerals made of composite Superluminova in high relief. Hands with original Blacksand identity codes: satin-brushed or polished and coated with a matt varnish according to the “épargne” protective process. Interchangeable straps in HNBR technical rubber or alligator skin fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp completed with ceramic-capped personalized pushers.

Blacksand Genève Calibre 1970. Self-winding twin-barrel movement 13 ¼ lignes, certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and Chronofiable, Technotime base calibre with the following characteristics: instant date jump, stop seconds, one-way automatic winding, 120-hour (5-day) power-reserve, 35 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The tungsten carbide rotor features an exclusive ruthenium decoration and a pierced Blacksand logo.

Blacksand Watches : Brand Info

Blacksand Genève is a new generation Swiss luxury watch brand focused on modern technological innovations as well as traditional watch making skills . Founded & developed by Alain Mouawad according to a global concept, Blacksand watch brand is establishing itself as a benchmark in the art of modern watchmaking; an ingenious demonstration of simplicity and technical excellence, clad in black, violet and stone grey.

Through their refined finishing, Blacksand timepieces, entirely manufactured in Switzerland, uphold the maxim of “Always rise above the expected” which all dedicated watchmakers adopt as their code of conduct. From its inception, guided by an original design of powerful pure lines, Blacksand embodies multiple expressions of flawless craftsmanship. The Uniformity collection embodies a deep commitment towards a meticulous selection of the very best in watchmaking skills, accomplished by talented artisans.

Blacksand Uniformity Collection

Maintaining a deliberate overall simplicity, while at the same time inducing subtle and discreet details, Blacksand underscores readability, ergonomics, an apt choice of materials and essential functions provided by optimised high-end mechanical calibres. Its motto, Semper Fidelis expresses the will of drawing upon its inspiration from the feats of army and air force divisions that cultivate the spirit of accuracy by relying on efficient timekeeping instruments.

Watchmakers are well aware that the technical feats that inhabit behind the apparent simplicity of any horological creation require the mastery of noble crafts. Driven by an experienced and forward- thinking team, Blacksand asserts its philosophy by hallmarking the statement Elements of Time Manufactured in Switzerland. A stylised representation of an elegant hour glass, the logo inseparable from the brand, lends itself to all kinds of poetic interpretations: a rising sand snake, harmonies of yin/yang harmonies or even a sense of infinity conveyed by the figure 8….


Alain Mouawad, founder of Blacksand Genève

Heralding of a new watchmaking approach that underpins authenticity, Blacksand is taking on the challenge of being timeless, using aesthetic landmarks that fit in with both a modern present and a classic future. Uncompromisingly perfected down to the last detail after gradually maturing in the mind of founder Alain Mouawad, known as an eminent connoisseur, its creations meet the expectations of the world’s most demanding collectors.

Official website : www.blacksandgeneve.com

ARMIN Racing Chronograph by Armin Strom

Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom presents their latest timepiece to celebrate its association with the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 team. The new ARMIN Racing Chronograph will be the official watch for the racing team’s mechanics and development staff. The titanium case of 44.40mm diameter with matt black PVD coating is impressive and easily noticeable.

Components used in the manufacturing of this timepiece are created with the materials used in racing cars. Date indicator is brilliantly positioned at 9’o clock. The circles around the various indications on the dial, highlighted in bright red, serve as a clear reminder to mechanical sports enthusiasts of the efforts exerted by brake discs during a Sunday Grand Prix.
The ARMIN Racing Chronograph was developed with a deep concern to achieve reliability in all tests and devote particular attention to the component finishing and decoration visible through the case back. This care and a passion for detail have always constituted the driving force of master watchmaker Armin Strom and his Brand.The ARMIN Racing Chronograph with automatic winding is available in limited edition series of 500 pieces.

Technical details
Model: ARMIN Racing Chronograph

Movement
- Mechanical with automatic winding with chronograph function and date
- Rubies: 25
- Power reserve: 46 hours
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph

Case
- Titanium, with matt black PVD coating
- Sapphire crystal and case back, with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 44.40mm
- Total height: 13.85mm
- Water-resistant to: 50m/5 ATM

Dial
- Decorated in the Marussia Virgin F1 colours of black/red/white
- Superluminova-enhanced hour and minute hands
- Applied Arabic numerals
- Hour, minute and small seconds counters at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock respectively

Bracelet/Strap: High-tech leather or black/red rubber with pin buckle in black PVD-treated titanium

Model variations
Ref TI11-CR.90 : Titanium case, with matt black PVD coating
Ref TI11-CR.50 : Titanium case, black polished

ARMIN Racing Regulator & ARMIN Racing One Week
The ARMIN Racing collection also comprises ARMIN Racing One Week with the ARM09 Manufacture movement (limited to 40 pieces) and ARMIN Racing Regulator with the ASRO7 movement (limited to 100 pieces.

Technical details

ARMIN Racing Regulator
Ref TI11-RR.90

Movement
- ARMIN STROM calibre ASR07
- Mechanical hand-winding movement with off-centre indications and retrograde date
- Jewels: 24
- Power Reserve: 46 hours

Case
- Titanium, matt black PVD-coated
- Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 43.60mm
- Total height: 14.70mm
- Water-resistance: 50m

Dial: Matching the Marussia Virgin F1 colours: black/red/white
Hands: Stainless steel
Bracelet: High-tech leather and rubber strap in black/red, with PVD-coated titanium ardillon buckle

ARMIN Racing One Week

Ref ST11-WR.90
Manufacture movement
- ARMIN STROM calibre ARM09
- Mechanical hand-winding movement with 7 days power reserve and off-centre time indications
- Frequency: 18,000 V/h
- Jewels: 34
- Number of components: 146

Case
- Stainless steel, matt black PVD coating
- Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 43.40mm
- Total height: 13.00mm
- Water-resistance: 50m

Dial: Matching the Marussia Virgin F1 colours: black/red/white
Hands: Stainless steel
Bracelet: High-tech leather and rubber strap black/red, with PVD-coated stainless steel ardillon buckle

Edmond Pole Guardian Automatic

Swiss watch maker Edmond presents Pole Guardian, a watch dedicated to protect the poles by supporting the association “Pôles Action ". Made to with stand extreme conditions of high latitudes, the Pole Guardian timepiece features an innovative 24hr dial, which indicates the true time duringhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif the polar night or day. The movement which ticks inside the 44 mm stainless steel case is an automatic ETA 2824-2 calibre. Dial is hand made. Like all Edmond watches, the Pole Guardian is guaranteed for 2 years against any manufacturing defect. Suggested retail price is 1290.00 CHF (1360 USD appx).


Technical details
Model: Edmond Pole Guardian Automatic watch.
Movement: ETA 2824-2, 28 800 alt/h 25rubies, power reserve 40 h, decorated rotor
Case: Stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, Case width 44mm, thickness 15mm
Strap: Rubber strap, double fastening to the case. Folding claps.
Dial: Genuine 24hr dial, Hand made finished, Dial entirely engraved, Selective electrolytic coating, rhodium/ruthenium, Indexes and hands luminova

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 2 Limited Edition

Launched in 2009, the Histoire de Tourbillon collection comprises of rare horological masterpieces which embody Harry Winston’s visionary spirit and determination to explore new dimensions. The Histoire de Tourbillon 1 was the first model and the entire collection combines technical sophistication and fine design in a daring and distinctive manner, expressing an original vision of horological history and asserting a new signature style.

This year, for its second edition, the House of Harry Winston is paying tribute to the undisputed star of complications with an exclusive new timepiece issued in a 20-piece limited series. Featuring an ingenious construction that makes light of established conventions and includes a bi-axial flying tourbillon, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 offers its very own interpretation of time measurement. An avant-garde interpretation in which technology serves design and confirms the pioneering spirit of Harry Winston.

In tune with the inimitable Harry Winston style, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 transforms creative freedom into a full-fledged vocation. The brand’s signature excentered look is expressed in a resolutely atypical manner that pushes the boundaries of conception and design. From the tourbillon coupled with running seconds at 9 o’clock, to the hours with day/night indication at 2 o’clock and the minutes at 6 o’clock, all the displays are isolated in independent offset subdials.



Each has its own field of expression in a case that is cleverly partitioned to form several different levels. Eight sapphire crystals (five on the dial side of which three for the time indications, and three on the case-back) punctuate the case like windows to a futuristic world in which technology forges the passing of time. The strength and intensity emanating from the watch are reinforced by a monumental white gold structure measuring 48.5 mm in diameter.



Powered by a mechanical hand-wound movement exclusively developed for Harry Winston, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 showcases the supreme complication in a setting worthy of its stature. The intricate structure of the amazing bi-axial flying tourbillon immediately catches the eye. Embodying a daunting conceptual challenge characterized by the absence of an upper bridge, the tourbillon is held on the side of the movement only, so that its point of fixation remains invisible. Suspended in mid-air, it radiates the hypnotic magic of a perfectly controlled balancing game: as if released from the mechanism driving it, it appears to be floating in complete freedom. Hovering over the watch protected by its sapphire crystal dome, this watchmaking feat plays its role within a spacious and spectacular stage-setting. Designers have worked with perspective, height and sloping angles in creating the stunning tourbillon carriage with its fascinating sense of depth.

The technical complexity does not stop there: the bi-axial flying tourbillon combines two concentric carriages and gains added precision by enabling the regulating organ to perform multidimensional rotations. The striking visual effect is created by an outer carriage completing one full turn in 120 seconds and housing an internal carriage – holding the balance, balance-spring and escapement – that revolves in just 40 seconds. The circular-grained, polished and shotpeened finishes, hand-crafted in keeping with the noblest fine watchmaking traditions, highlight the tourbillon components in an extraordinary contrast between light and dark shades. Moreover, behind the stunning vision of this aerial ballet lies excellent rating precision, enhanced not only by the constant shifting of positions, but also by the lightness and resistance of the external titanium carriage.



Distinguished by a three-level bezel, in itself an outstanding accomplishment in terms of guaranteeing water resistance, the case meticulously compartmentalizes the various timekeeping indications. While the tourbillon plays the starring role, the hours and minutes appear in their respective subdials at 2 and 6 o’clock and feature a bold, ultra-contemporary design. Underscored by a beveled inner bezel ring, they are swept over by orange-accented hands standing out clearly against the opaline black dial background. Further enhancing readability, the day/night indications can be told apart by their color: orange for day, and blue for night. Finally, two additional dial apertures set the finishing touch to the decidedly masculine aesthetic of this model with a straight-line guilloché motif. Superlative design meets cutting-edge technology in this supremely elegant model radiating perfect visual equilibrium despite the excentered displays.

Designed for devotees of contemporary Haute Horlogerie that is firmly anchored in the 21st century and geared towards innovation, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 asserts a unique style: that of a precious work of art to be experienced on a daily basis; and that of a high-tech instrument that does not merely measure time, but actually lives it with vibrant energy and confidence.

Technical details
Model: Histoire de Tourbillon 2
Reference: 500/MMT48WL.K

Movement
- Mechanical hand-wound movement
- Bi-axial flying tourbillon
- Flying external carriage in titanium: full rotation in 120 seconds
- Internal carriage: inclined at a 10-degree angle, full rotation in 40 seconds
- Circular-grained, polished and shotpeened hand-finished decorations
- 95 components

Functions
- Excentered hour display at 2 o’clock
- Excentered disk-type minutes display at 6 o’clock
- Disk-type seconds display at 9 o’clock on the tourbillon
- Orange indications for day and blue for night at 2 o’clock

Case: 48.5 mm. Polished white gold, satin finished and shotpeened
Dial: Opaline black, Straight-line guilloché motif at 12 and 4 o’clock
Glass: 5 sapphire crystals on the dial side of which three for the time indication,
3 sapphire crystals on the case-back
Strap: Matt black alligator leather
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Limited Edition: 20 pieces

Italian jewellery brand Al Coro to unveil its new collections at Baselworld 2011

In its new collection to be exclusively exhibited at Baselworld 2011, Al Coro will be presenting some exciting items of jewellery packed with contrast. The Italian jewellery brand plays on the lightness of spring while retaining a sense of deep penetrating elegance.

A trilogy of coloured gemstones, 18 karat gold and brilliant-cut diamonds is the centrepiece of the Baselworld collection with the necklace from the ‘Cielo’ range and the new ‘Amori’ ensemble forming a particular highlight.

The colourful ‘Cielo’ necklace combines warm rose gold with the soft nuances of early summer. Three filigree anchor chains feature buds of rose gold, diamond pavé and masterfully facetted stones. Smoky quartz, pastel-green amethyst and lemon quartz mirror the spring-like rays of sunshine while cloudless skies are reflected in the blue topaz. Purple amethysts are reminiscent of the young violet flowers and complete the harmonious image of this trilogy of chains.



- Al Coro Cielo Necklace
750 rose gold, topaz, amethyst, green amethyst,lemon quartz, smoky quartz,brilliant-cut diamonds 1.218 ct.
Ref.: NC385, Retail Price: 6,349 €

The interplay of warm gold, sparkling diamonds and luminous colour accents is also continued in the new ‘Amori’ ensemble. The rose gold ring, set with pink sapphires, features a translucent shimmering oval amethyst. Elegant earrings create a sparkling duet when combined with the diamond-set ring. The violet amethysts of the earrings swing, light as air, on two intricate rings of gold and sparkling diamonds.


- Al Coro Amori rose gold ring
750 rose gold, pink amethyst, pink sapphire, brilliant-cut diamonds 1.79 ct.
Ref.: R6748PA+R6653R (Two rings), RRP: 5,658 €


The playful charm of the rings and earrings is repeated in a mysterious choker. A connector bar set with pink sapphires crosses the rose gold circular snake-chain. The connector features an oval amethyst which brings the flower motif to a harmonious conclusion and offers plenty of scope for undiscovered associations. The piece comprises a touch of the Orient; the sense of the Far East is clearly reflected in the variation with white diamonds and a facetted oval smoky quartz.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Arnold & Son HMS1 Limited Edition

Luxury watch brand Arnold & Son's new timepiece collection HMS1 is a tribute to John Arnold’s originality and skill. This novelty also pays respect to the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of Swiss watchmaking and seat of the Company.

HMS1 by Arnold & Son features a classical elegant pink gold case (also available in rose gold or stainless steel case), 40mm in diameter and houses a manufacture hand-wound movement (calibre A&S1001) which is only 2.9 mm thick.

Immediately once notices two barrels providing 8 0 hours power reserve. Whereas most watches in this segment of the market only provide a single barrel, the solution of having two barrels provide more constant power and more constant force, which will result in improved accuracy, something important for Arnold & Son.
With further details such as hand angling and decoration of all bridges and fine hand stitching on the alligator strap, this HMS1 line is a true modern expression of the traditional search for precision combined with superior craftsmanship that Arnold & Son has always pursued. Available in a 40 mm rose gold or stainless steel case, the Arnold & Son HMS1 is water resistant to 30 meters. HMS1 will hit the markets in April 2011.
Technical details
Movement : Manual movement, calibre A&S1001, diameter 30mm, 2.7 mm thickness. Two barrels providing 80-hours power reserve, 21 jewels, 21'600 vibrations/h. Hour, Minute and Small Second at 6 o’clock. Côtes de Genève guilloché.
Case : 40 mm-diameter with see-through back, crown at 3 o’clock. Carbered sapphire crystal.
Water resistance to 30 meters.
Strap : Black or brown alligator strap

References
1LCAP.W01A.C110A - rose gold with white dial
1LCAP.B01A.C110A - rose gold with black dial
1LCAS.S01A.C111S, stainless steel, white dial
1LCAS.S02A.C111S, stainless steel, anthracite dial

Longines becomes the official timekeeper of BNP Paribas Showdown 2011

Swiss luxury watch brand Longines will be the official timekeeper for the highly anticipated BNP Paribas Showdown. Tennis rivals of the 80’s and 90’s Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl will once again compete at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2011. John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl will compete in a one set pro match (first player to win eight games) followed by a best of three set match between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Since 1832 Longines has stood for elegance, with a strong devotion to tradition. The partnership with the BNP Paribas Showdown contributes to Longines’ long standing history with international tennis events including Roland Garros, the Japan open, and the Kremlin Cup. Longines is official timekeeper at many prestigious equestrian and skiing events as well, including the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, the Melbourne Cup, International Skiing Federation’s Alpine World Cup, and additional sporting events around the world.

Beginning in 2008 the BNP Paribas Showdown has been produced by StarGames and MSG Sports and has included tennis legends such as Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Kim Clijsters and Venus and Serena Williams. The 2011 BNP Paribas Showdown will feature Sampras along with Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl. In partnership with the United States Tennis Association, the BNP Paribas Showdown will once again be part of Tennis Night in America, a national effort to grow participation in the sport through local events held at tennis centers around the country.

Andre Agassi has been a brand ambassador for Longines since 2007. With his dedication to perfection, Mr. Agassi is a natural match for the unparalleled quality of the nearly 180 year old watch company. Andre turned pro at the age of 16, earned 60 men’s singles titles in his career, and was the first male player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold medal.



As part of the pre-game festivities, Longines will give guests an opportunity to enter to win a coveted Longines Conquest watch for a small donation of ten dollars. The Longines Conquest with ceramic center links in the bracelet is very sleek and is a perfect example of Longines’ innate ability to marry style, elegance, and performance. The characteristics of the Conquest line meet the requirements of the most demanding sports: water-resistance to 30 bar (300 m, ~ 1000 feet), screw-in crown and case-back, lateral protection for the crown, triple folding safety clasp. The 41 mm diameter stainless steel case houses an automatic movement, chronograph and three-hand movement.

All proceeds collected will go to the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education benefitting the Longines Elegance Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was founded to promote higher education for students enrolled at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. To date, Longines has awarded scholarships to eleven students from Agassi Prep to further their education. Agassi Prep founded by Mr. Agassi in 1994 is a public charter school for grades K-12. The foundation provides an opportunity for a quality education for underserved youth in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both Mr. Agassi and Longines strongly believe that every child is deserving of an outstanding academic experience.

Frédérique Constant Vintage Racing Collection

Swiss Watch Manufacturer Frédérique Constant is known for its classical and refined timepieces of exceptional value. This year, the brand presents new Vintage Racing collection in line with manufacture's involvement in various classic car events around the world in past years. This new collection was created in particular to celebrate the latest edition of The Ultimate Driving Adventure: Peking to Paris.

Under the premise of its slogan 'Live your Passion', Frédérique Constant encourages people around the world to pursue their passion. Having been the official timekeeper of numerous events celebrating classic Austin Healey cars since the beginning of this century, the brand recently announced its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. During this fascinating and challenging motoring event, 100+ passionate crews competed in a 9’000 mile long race, driving their extraordinary cars from Peking to Paris.

Frederique Constant succeeded in capturing the vintage feel of the participating cars in an exciting new collection of highly attractive timekeeping instruments.

As an admirer of the strong passion that reigns around the world of these classic & vintage cars, Frédérique Constant managed to combine all the elements which characterize these legendary cars in the three new automatic chronographs of the Vintage Racing collection: refined elegance and technical durability.



The Frederique Constant Vintage Racing timepieces are distinguished by a generous, hand-polished 43 mm case in 316L stainless steel and feature three different dial options. Elegant versions come with a silver dial, animated by blackened steel or rose gold plated indexes and hands. The more sporty version offers a silver dial decorated by black chronograph counters and a black outer-ring. The Vintage Racing Automatic Chrono is equally impeccable from a technical standpoint. Its new mechanical self-winding chronograph calibre FC-396, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour is visible through the transparent case-back which shows the special rotor engraved with the Peking to Paris logo.

For each version, production is limited to 1’888 pieces. Every timepiece comes in an attractive gift box, alongside an exclusive commemorative plate, showing the route driven by the participants of the latest Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.

Technical details
Model - Reference: FC-396S6B6
- Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

Movement
-Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

Case
- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Dial: Silver dial with polished and hand applied stainless steel indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous
Strap: Black crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

Model - Reference: FC-396V6B6
- Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

Movement
- Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

Case
- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Dial: Silver dial with polished and hand applied rose gold plated indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous
Strap: Brown crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

Model - Reference: FC-396SB6B6
Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

Movement
- Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

Case
- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Dial: Silver dial with black chronograph counters and outer ring, with polished and hand applied stainless steel indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous
Strap: Black crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

ArtyA Artpiece 1/1 Liquid Dial Watch

This year after presenting the Valentine's day special watch "Heart for sale", Artya luxury watch brand mesmerizes us with a new art piece featuring Liquid dial. This artistic timepiece features a unique dial , which is hand decorated dial capturing real colored liquid. The self winding movement which ticks inside this timepiece is entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland.
Technical details
Movement: Entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland, the self-winding mechanical movement’s balance oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Case: Satin-finished or clad in a black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating
Dial: Hand decorated dial capturing real colored liquid making it absolutely unique
Strap: The hand-sewn strap is made of high-tech rubber combined with processed “Alzavel waterproof”
Water-resistance: Water-resistant up to 50 meters
Warranty: 24 months

BALDESSARINI to unveil its latest men´s Jewellery & Watch collections at Baselworld 2011

BALDESSARINI, men' s jewellery brand which stands for classic elegance and uncompromising design, will be presenting three new collections at BASELWORLD 2011 (Hall 2.0, Stand G21): JEWELLERY, WATCHES and FINE JEWELLERY.

JEWELLERY
BALDESSARINI has been designing high quality men´s jewellery and accessories with a high degree of recognisability for the last two years. The new JEWELLERY collection for 2011 combines the highest quality with extravagant design to form an authentic overall image. The pieces are primarily based on oxidized 925/-sterling silver which is combined in several pieces with calf nappa leather and gemstones.



The highlight of the new collection to be presented at Baselworld 2011 focuses on the powerful appearance of the crocodile. The marbled calcite pendant resembles a robust landscape which seems to be conquered by the imposing reptile. A matching ring comes with calcite set in oxidised sterling silver which resembles crocodile skin in terms of its structure. Combined with matching cufflinks, BALDESSARINI presents a striking statement for expressive men.

Suggested retail price
- Necklace: 399 €
- Ring : 249 €
- Cufflinks: 289 €

WATCHES
This year for the first time, BALDESSARINI will be presenting its first watch collection for men. The broad range of pieces in the men's collection, all named after international airports, range from elegant to sporty. The colour green is featured frequently in the designs, running through all of the watches to create a design feature with a high level of recognisability. With TYO 4014 and JFK 2010, the key is in the detail. The characteristic dash of colour emerges in a subtle form on the second hand and crown, which is set with a green jade stone.



The limited edition CPT 2012 chronograph, by contrast, is characterised by a clear display of the colour green which in this model appears on the rubber strap and totalisers. Suggested retail price for BALDESSARINI JFK 2010 Stainless steel watch is 319 € where as the TYO 4014 model costs 269 €. The limited edition CPT 2012 chronograph is available for 399 €.

FINE JEWELLERY
This time, the FINE JEWELLERY collection from BALDESSARINI comprises an exclusive collection of rings for people who wish to express their deep-rooted ties to one another. High quality materials such as platinum, palladium, 750 gold, 585 gold and 925 sterling silver are combined. Based on the three product families, a total of approx. 740 tailor-made variations are possible to emphasize the individuality of each band. The inside of each ring subtly features the BALDESSARINI icon as an unmistakable trademark and a symbol of originality and eternity.

The modern design of the FINE JEWELLERY collection impresses with its elegant combination of sophisticated materials and technological finesse. A sturdy new design material is used in the ceramic rings – a combination of micro-ceramics, polymers and colour pigments. The black DLC surface coating ensures that rings are entirely scratch-proof. Whether set with white and black diamonds or straightforward and simple in design – BALDESSARINI rings stand for eternity.Prices on request.


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

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Lady

This year, Swiss watch manufacture ROGER DUBUIS introduces an elegant range of ladies' mechanical watches from its iconic Excalibur collection. This feminine watch collection catches the eye with distinctive dials, in pure ROGER DUBUIS style, and incorporates mechanical movements which have been developed by the Manufacture, each hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.
Combining force with subtle sophistication, these 36mm diameter models are proposed in steel, white gold or rose gold, with or without diamonds. In addition to the triple lugs that join the case to the strap, one of the hallmarks of the Excalibur collection, this new lady’s version adopts an elegant dial, circled with stunningly tapered Roman numerals. Stretched to infinity, and an integral part of the brand’s DNA, these Roman numerals take on even greater prominence thanks to a spectacular and original construction. The numerals are formed by metallization on a sapphire crystal which then encloses the dial. This dial is fully paved with diamonds, including under the Roman numerals.

This Excalibur Lady Jewellery model with its 560 diamonds for a total of approximately 5.7 carats is proposed in white gold, in a limited edition of 88. The power of seduction of the Excalibur Lady Jewellery watch goes beyond its beauty. Its RD821 self-winding mechanical movement meets the exacting criteria of Fine Watchmaking. Hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, it has also been awarded COSC chronometer certification by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres.
Technical details
Model: Excalibur Lady, ref EX36-821-20-42/S0R00/F

Movement
RD821 Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement, 11½’’’, 33 jewels, finely adjusted in five positions, rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” decoration.
Poinçon de Genève.
COSC certification.
Functions: Hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock (optional)
Number of parts: 168
Height: 3.43 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Power reserve: 48 hours

Case
Water-resistant to 3 BAR (30 metres)

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with Micro-rotor Limited Edition

Swiss watch Manufacture ROGER DUBUIS enriches its iconic Excalibur collection with a new Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor in white gold. This new Excalibur model captures the spirit of avant-garde fine watchmaking with its powerful design and superlative mechanical movement,

This Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon comes in an imposing 45mm diameter white gold case . With its frank lines, robust crown-cover and signature indented bezel, the Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon completes a line already rich in exceptional movements.
This Excalibur model incorporates the Calibre RD520, a self-winding flying tourbillon movement with visible micro-rotor. This spectacular movement, which offers a new degree of exposure to this type of complication, has been designed, developed and produced by Manufacture ROGER DUBUIS. Rhodium-plated with Côtes de Genève decoration and assembling 227 components, the Calibre RD520 is hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève. It proposes hour and minute functions, and the tourbillon can be seen in an aperture at 7 o’clock.
Water-resistant to 5 BAR (50 metres), this Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor in white gold is presented on a black alligator strap with an adjustable folding buckle, also in white gold. This exceptional timepiece is proposed as a limited edition of 88.
Technical details
Model: Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor
Ref: EX45-520-20-00/0ER01/B

Movement
RD520 Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement by a micro-rotor , 15’’’, 30 jewels, fine adjustment in six positions, rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” motif.
Poinçon de Genève.
Number of parts: 227
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Power reserve: 60 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, tourbillon carriage at 7 o’clock

Case
Water-resistant to 5 BAR (50 metres)

Fitzroy Watches : Brand Info

Fitzroy is an independent, innovative new watch brand which takes London's indomitably cool arts world spirit as its inspiration. The founders of the brand has been inspired by the vibrant, multi-­‐cultural life of modern artistic London, where creative sparks from across the globe meet, mix and flourish in an atmosphere of endless possibility, from which exciting new musicians, fashion designers, artists and industrial talents continually emerge.

Fitzroy has a noble and ancient name yet its approach is thoroughly modern. Every model encloses a good Swiss automatic movement but its quirky, individual, modern and yet classic look is unmistakably British. It has all the heritage and hand-­‐crafted care one would expect of the best-­‐made watches yet this particular quality product transcends old-­‐style age and social divisions and even the gender gap, reflecting a profound change in people's attitudes. Fitzroy is made for the man who dares to be different, who seeks a watch which has lasting and authentic value and which reflects his own personality and interests rather than the uniformity of generic products. It believes that this privilege should be available to anyone who appreciates an interesting watch and enjoys Fitzroy's striking design innovations.

Even the name has a slightly risqué panache that appeals to the brand's individualist clientele. Fitzroy comes originally from old Norman, meaning "son of the king". It was traditionally given to the natural sons of the English kings by their various mistresses and was first used for Henry VIII's son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond. These sons could not inherit but they often became wealthy and influential and the name still has an aristocratic resonance today. For the Fitzroy brand it reflects the bravado and expansionist confidence of this most famous of English monarchs, who first used the term. The double F logo, in ancient and modern script, captures an appropriate blend of traditional heritage and adventurous modernism.

The Fitzroy range could only have grown out of this uniquely British mix of ancient tradition and adventurous spirit, creating a fascinating contrast between timeless elegance and freethinking modernity. All the watches are a classic round shape, in a slightly elongated, oval case. All are stainless steel, with silver and non‐oxidising bronze to come.
At 43mm or 46mm, they are a bold modern size and yet elegantly streamlined. There are two basic models, a chronograph and an automatic with small seconds dial -­ but over a hundred variants, so each owner feels his watch is individual to his own personality. And if that is not enough, special customisation will be possible in areas like hands, sub-­‐dials and crowns. Under the brand name, the range will grow into a collection of accessories which will offer an accompaniment to a design-­‐driven life with both style and substance. Already, each watch comes in a stylish black leather carrying case lined in purple Alcantara - a multifunctional item which reflects Fitzroy's commitment to making useful products of lasting value.

Fitzroy watches have a myriad personalities of their own. Some are elegantly traditional; others, with an off- centre double stripe down strap or bracelet, reminiscent of vintage racing car livery, have an effortlessly sporty appeal. A plain steel model with a white dial and black hands and numbers, on a bracelet or a black leather strap, is the most classic. But even here the brand's innovative approach shows through in the signature, modern geometric figures alternating with baton indices. And every model has a specially invented strap-­change mechanism for an easy swap over from leather to fabric or bracelet. Other materials are more innovative, and the colour which helps define the brand sneaks in black steel as a case or a whole bracelet, Fitzroy's signature green anodised aluminium used on pushers or bracelet stripes.

Fitzroy's customer wears colour confidently. A regal purple and that soft moss green are the chosen shades, in various combinations of hands and logo on black or white dials, or on straps with contrast stitching or stripes. There are also more traditional crocodile effect, wildlife-­friendly leather straps (respecting the environment is an essential brand value), at first in black or brown but also leading this primarily masculine brand into a new area, with unquestionably feminine shades of white and denim blue. There are also delicious sprinklings of diamonds asa subtle bezel ring, with a few more stones on the dial or the full pavé case works. If the Fitzroy man has confidence in his individuality and style, the woman who dares to wear the brand is at least his match.

Fitzroy may have its roots in history and tradition but it looks set for a bright future in today's modern world.

Official website : http://fitzroywatches.com

Gc Sport Class XL-S Glam

The Gc Sport Class XL-S Glam is the first all ceramic model launched by Gc with both bracelet and case in high-tech ceramic. Available in white and in black versions, it has been created to offer the younger woman a dedicated Swiss Made timepiece to suit all her fashion needs. The unique bezel design with genuine crystal inserts perfects the glam chic appearance of this contemporary timepiece.

A fresh sporty design continues the Gc trend in black and white ceramic to make the Sport Class XL-S Glam a must for the young active fashion-conscious woman.



The sensual nature of the ceramic material offering a lightness and perfect comfort to the wrist is heightened by the ergonomic design of the bracelet and case for additional pleasure to the wearer. The innate glamour of the design and the ceramic material used is also highlighted by the use of mineral crystal on the steel bezel. This sophisticated detail gives the timepiece added femininity and sets off to perfection the corresponding mother-of-pearl dials with their iridescent sheen.

The Sport Class XL-S Glam offers the characteristic Gc attention to detail in design and the quality of the materials used as well as the iconic combination of rose gold and black as well as an arresting rose gold and white execution. It provides a fashionable entry to the prestige Swiss Made watchmaking segment and the world of Gc Smart Luxury.

Technical details
• Swiss Made
• Swiss Made quartz movement Ronda 706 - multifunction with standard time indication and day and date counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
• Ceramic case (36 mm diameter) and ceramic link bracelet (also available in a polished 316L stainless steel or two tone steel and rose gold PVD )
• Bezel in stainless steel or rose gold PVD, with genuine white or black crystal inserts
• Mother-of-pearl dial with hand-applied Roman numerals and indices (or combination of 7 genuine diamonds and Roman numerals for the diamond dial version)
• Hands and Roman numerals and indices all coated with Super-LumiNova®
• Deployment buckle with two side pushers, engraved with the Gc logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
• Screwed-down case back with engraved style number
• Screwed-down crown with embossed Gc logo
• Water resistant to 100m (10 ATM)

Gc Sport Class XXL Blackout

The Gc Sport Class XXL Blackout with its imposing case of 45 mm makes this new addition to the Gc high –tech ceramic range for men a real eye –catcher. Setting a new trend through its particularly sophisticated matt finish for both the case and bracelet, the Sport Class XXL Blackout allies Swiss Made precision with cutting-edge design. An expressive enigmatic timepiece that makes a strong masculine statement for men who like to stand out in the crowd.

Inspired by the luxury car industry, where matt black became the byword in upscale refinement, the new Sport Class XXL Blackout adopts this elegant black sheen - a must-have for lovers of avant-garde design.



The choice of the matt finish, created through an additional stage in the ceramic production process, is indicative of the high quality standards and attention to detail embodied by Gc timepieces. With its oversize case, minute-engraved bezel and link bracelet all in black ceramic, this timepiece is a force to be reckoned with. This expressive all black timepiece makes a forceful appearance through its rendering of the iconic black and rose-gold combination of the Gc brand. The jet black matt dial is picked out with bold hand-applied indices and Arabic numerals, pointed at by tapered hands, all in rose gold with a central luminescent coating in the latest grey tint for maximum effect.

Like all Gc watches, the Sport Class XXL Blackout meets the exacting criteria of a Swiss Made timepiece and is equipped with a high precision Swiss Made movement, in this case a quartz chronograph with a 30-minutes and 60-second counter precise to 1/10 second. A unidirectional turning bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a water resistance of 100 meters, assured by the screw down crown and screw-down engraved back case, also underline the qualitative aspect of this timepiece.

A commanding rugged design, the Sport Class XXL Blackout imposes itself upon the eye, making a very masculine statement of power and strength for the dedicated trendsetter.

Technical details
• Swiss Made
• Swiss Made quartz chronograph movement Ronda 5022 with 30-minute and 60-second counters to 1/10 second precision and date at 4 o`clock
• Case (45 mm diameter), unidirectional turning bezel and link bracelet all in high-tech matt ceramic
• Black matte dial with hand-applied indices and Arabic numerals and tapered hands, all in rose gold or silver or grey finish with a central grey luminescent coating
• Deployment buckle with two side pushers, engraved with the Gc logo
• Scratch- resistant sapphire crystal
• Screwed-down case back engraved with the Gc logo and style number
• Screwed-down crown with embossed Gc logo
• Water resistant to 100m (10 ATM)

Pierre DeRoche GrandCliff Milady Royal Retro

This year, Swiss watch brand Pierre DeRoche dedicates a superb feminine interpretation of the Calibre Royal Retro to women who love fine mechanical watches. With its display of six retrograde seconds hands, the movement is unique in its genre. These hands, on the visible movement, take over from each other for ten seconds, creating a fascinating mechanical ballet and making each minute seem like a moment of eternity.
This magnificent complication is enhanced by the finishing, which is designed by a woman for women and gives this timepiece a poetic and floral touch. The elegantly-shaped bridges are adorned with delicate motifs, highlighted by a subtle setting of jewels. The bezel, also set with jewels, adds a touch of sublimity to this harmoniously designed piece.

Technical details
Movement
- Automatic, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, 58 jewels.
- Decorated and engraved rotor.
- 12-pivot central bridge and 6 chamfered, engraved and diamond-set seconds bridges.
- Mobile retrograde hand indicator.
- Minute wheel with Pierre DeRoche logo.
- Hour hand held by a transversal pin.
- 6 retrograde seconds hands driven by gears; return to initial positions with strip-springs.
- Date window at 6 o’clock.

Functions
Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds in 6 ten-second sectors, date.

Case
316L steel, set with 64 diamonds (1.28 cts), screw-down crown, double-sealed pushpieces, 42.5 mm. Anti-reflective glass and sapphire back.
Water-resistant to 100 m.

Strap
Alligator with folding clasp.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pierre DeRoche RendezVous Limited edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Pierre DeRoche combines the most advanced mechanical watchmaking with subtle musical poetry in its latest creation, the RendezVous, which displays a double gong under the sapphire crystal. Coupled with the striking-mechanism’s on/off function, this device is unique on this kind of watch and gives this exceptional timepiece its intrinsic value.
When the alarm is released, the mechanism reveals its secrets: first, the fast-and-slow, then the striking mechanism’s bridge moving into action, and finally the hammers successively striking the two “Chartres” chimes (cathedral inspired, the two gongs turn more than 360° but are of different lengths). With a few clear, limpid notes produced by the best watch craftsmen from the Joux Valley, the RendezVous will remind you of your day’s appointments. Series limited to 201.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, 32 jewels, decorated and engraved circular (360°) rotor, sunray-pattern bridges

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day/night indicator, RendezVous function with 2-gong striking mechanism, winding and On/Off indicators.

Case
Black PVD titanium container; screw-down crown, bezel and horns crown guard and pushpieces all in steel, 45.5 mm.
Double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire back.
Water-resistant to 100 m.

Strap
Alligator with folding clasp.

Other version
Limited series of 21 pieces in pink gold (18K), steel and titanium.

Hublot F1 King Power India Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Hublot celebrated the first ever FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF INDIA by presenting the new F1 King Power India timepiece. As the Official Watchmaker of Formula 1, Hublot celebrated the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place in New Delhi, India, the 6th Asian country on the 2011 calendar of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.

To mark this upcoming event, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, revealed at the Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon in Delhi - on Thursday 17th February, 2011 – the new F1 King Power India watch, a limited edition of 200 individually numbered pieces, especially designed in recognition of this highly anticipated event in the history of Formula 1.This is the first time, a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer has launched a watch dedicated to an international sport coming to India.



Sporting the famous F1 logo and colours of the Indian flag on its dial and bracelet, the F1King Power India features several unique aspects made from an array of high-tech materials directly inspired by Formula 1 (some of which have never before been used in watchmaking) such as a ceramic bezel with a circular-grained satin finish adorned with multiple holes to represent a high performance brake disk, a strap made from rubber and Nomex, a synthetic fibre developed by Dupont De Nemours and used – thanks to its very low combustibility and thermostability - to make the suits worn by F1 drivers as well as the Start, Reset and Split push buttons, the latter for the split second function and a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock.



Technical details
Model: Hublot F1 King Power India Limited Edition
Reference: 703.OM.1138.NR.FMO10
Series: 250 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200

Case
- King Power, diameter 48 mm, in "King Gold"
- Bezel: Satin-finished "King Gold" and black ceramic, resembling a brake disc, with 6 black PVD titanium H-shaped relief screws
- Crystal: Sapphire Ǿ 35.50x3.00 mm, colourless single-layer ART, face with gold powder transfer minute track
Bezel Lugs Black composite resin
- Case-back: Open in King Gold with circular satin finish
- Crown: Satin-finished "King Gold" Ø 8.40, with black rubber insert
- Screws: Black PVD titanium
- Water resistance : Approximately 100 m or 10 ATM
- Push-pieces: Start with orange rubber inserts and black text at 2 o'clock, and Reset in black rubber with orange text at 4 o'clock

Dial
- Matt black, 5N coloured indexes, orange coloured SuperLuminova™
- 5N powder F1 logo at 12 o'clock, orange coloured transfer
- Hands: Satin-finished gilt hour and minute hands with micro-blasted back, Orange coloured Superluminova™

Movement
- Hublot calibre HUB4100
- Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
- No. of components: 234
- Jewels: 27
- Bridges: Rhodium-plated with snailing
- Screws: Black PVD
- Oscillating Weight: King Power Hublot, micro-blasted black openworked plate, polished black decorative screws, micro-blasted black heavy metal segment
- Micro-blasted engraving against black background on bevel, and grey King Power
- Main plate: Rhodium-plated with snailing
- Barrel: With reinforced spring
- Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
- Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Wristlet : Adjustable black Nomex strap with orange, white and green stitching
Stitched on black rubber
Clasp: King Power "King Gold" deployant buckle, "King Gold" cap, Decorative plate in black micro-blasted ceramic, black ink engraving, black PVD titanium deployant and buttons, polished black PVD titanium screws.

Hublot announces the partnership with basketball all-star Dwyane Wade

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot announced a partnership with basketball all-star Dwyane Wade of the NBA’s Miami HEAT.NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist, seven-time NBA All-Star and pioneering fund raiser for children’s charities, Wade’s collaboration with Hublot represents a strengthening of the brand’s ties to professional athletics and in particular, basketball, a sport that to no small degree has become a global phenomenon thanks to the talent, passion and drive of its most celebrated players.

Wade joins the select group of Hublot ambassadors, true legends in their own time and discipline: Jet Li in martial arts and cinema, Diego Maradona and Manchester United in football, Maria Riesch, Bode Miller and Dario Cologna in skiing, Ayrton Senna’s family in Formula 1, and Facundo Pieres in polo.



Wade is that rare fusion of skill, strength and style that creates pure magic on the basketball court, pushing the envelope of physics in a blur of speed and fluidity that never fails to amaze those who share a passion for basketball. His achievements in the NBA are legendary, and his leadership of the US Basketball team in winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 is only one of many highlights in his astonishing career.

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