Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Dove” Special Model for “Only Watch 2011”

This model embodies an exceptional association of the famous Métiers d’Art cultivated within the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin: engraver, enameller, gemsetter and guillocher are working together to create this unique magnificent watch, especially developed for Only Watch. Inspired by the technique of repetitive tiling designs known as tessellation, this “Métiers d’Art – Perspectives d’Art” watch invites observers to explore a reality that plays with human perception.
This watch combines several of the Manufacture’s artistic crafts that vividly express the theme of perspective in order to accentuate the sense of depth, each according to its own technique. The watch gold, enamelled and diamond-set dial adopts concepts such as geometry, symbolism and motion, subtly nesting and layering them in order to generate several levels of meaning and interpretation.
This timepiece is inspired by a drawing by Maurits Cornelis Escher – a Dutch engraver and graphic artist (1898-1972) whose work was based on a subtle play on architecture, perspective and space. This one-of-a-kind creation depicts a flight of red and white doves – the Only Watch colours - born from the Métiers d’Art exercised within the Manufacture. These birds - symbols of hope and love - are exquisitely interlocking like jigsaw puzzle parts or tessellations, these skills combine in creating a truly stunning decorative motif.
Within the case beats high-precision mechanical self-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460, bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. In addition to the extreme reliability of this entirely in-house developed and produced mechanism, it is adorned with exquisite hand finishes crafted in accordance with Geneva’s noblest Fine Watchmaking traditions.
Technical details
Reference: 86222/000G-9725
Model: Métiers d’Art Perspectives d’Art “Dove” - Special Model for “Only Watch”

Calibre 2460 SC, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter: 26.20 mm (11 lignes ¼ )
Movement thickness: 3.60 mm
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Number of components: 182
Indications: Hours, minutes and center seconds
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours

18K white gold
40 mm diameter
Water-Resistance: 3 bar (about 30 meters)

18K gold
Engraving with champlevé enamelling
Red birds: translucide enamelling
White birds: opalescent enamelling
Gold birds: hand-guilloché
One bird set with 40 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx 0.08 carat

Black Mississippiensis alligator, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold buckle, polished half Maltese cross

Special Features
Unique piece for “Only Watch” a charity auction sale organized by “AMM” (Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophies)
“Only Watch 2011” and “Pièce unique” engraved on caseback

Patek Philippe Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator

Patek Philippe's new Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator embodies a number of novel facets never before featured in the manufacture's collection. It is the first Patek Philippe wristwatch with a regulator dial, characterized by a sweep minute hand, a subsidiary hour dial at 12 o'clock and a seconds subdial at 6 o'clock. The heart of the watch is the new caliber 31-260 REG QA, the first ultra-thin self-winding Patek Philippe movement with a mini-rotor that displays the subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock.

It is also the very first totally new basic movement designed to accommodate Silinvar® components: The escape wheel and the lever of the Pulsomax® escapement as well as the Spiromax® balance spring are made of the innovative silicon-based material. The new wristwatch is endowed with an Annual Calendar that displays the month, day, and date in apertures and ranks among Patek Philippe's most popular complications.
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator clearly affirms the manufacture's philosophy according to which the paramount purpose of a watch is to keep the time as accurately and reliably as possible. The dial with the unusual arrangement – large sweep minute hand combined with subsidiary hours at 12 o'clock and subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock – pays tribute to the prominent free-standing precision pendulum clocks that for more than 200 years kept the precise time in watchmaking workshops and observatories until they were finally superseded by quartz- and radio-controlled reference instruments.

When adjusting their timepieces, watchmakers needed an unobstructed view of the seconds hand, which is why the hour display was moved to an off-center location where it would not sweep over and thus partially cover the seconds dial for several hours in the course of a day. One of the finest examples of this type of freestanding precision clocks is the Patek Philippe & Co. regulator built at the beginning of the last century. For many years it has been keeping the time unperturbed – second by second – in the office of Philippe Stern, the company's honorary president.

To configure the face of a regulator clock with three separate displays for the hours, minutes, and seconds in a wristwatch format was a totally new venture in the Patek Philippe cosmos, not just from a design point of view. The plan was to set the stage for further innovations based on this novel layout. The legendary caliber 240 would have been the ideal choice for the assignment which called for a very thin self-winding movement, but most unconventionally, its subsidiary seconds dial is positioned at 5 instead of 6 o'clock.

Launched in 1977 and featuring a 22K gold mini-rotor recessed in the main plate, the 240 movement is only 2.53 mm high; it still ranks among the thinnest self-winding calibers on the market and thus provided valuable inspiration for the new development. With the assets of its dependable predecessor and several trailblazing innovations, Patek Philippe's new self-winding caliber 31-260 REG QA has everything it takes to define a new benchmark. Squarely centered between the middle of the movement and its outermost circumference, the size of the seconds subdial at 6 o'clock was maximized for optimum legibility – another homage to Patek Philippe's philosophy as regards the equilibrium of timekeeping indications.

Innovation No. 1: The oscillator in Silinvar®
For the first time in the history of Patek Philippe, a movement was designed from the very beginning to accommodate oscillator components crafted from Silinvar®, a high-tech material derived from silicon. One of them is the Spiromax® balance spring that is flat yet breathes absolutely concentrically thanks to its exclusive and patented geometry with the Patek Philippe terminal curve. It controls the division of time by the Pulsomax® escapement whose Silinvar® lever and escape wheel also feature totally new geometries developed by Patek Philippe and for which patent applications have been filed. The enhanced isochronism delivered by the Spiromax® hairspring and the improved energy efficiency provided by the Pulsomax® escapement contribute significantly to higher rate accuracy and long-term dependability. Additionally, Silinvar® components are totally anti-magnetic, remarkably shock-resistant, non-corroding, and require no lubrication.

Innovation No. 2: A new going train – tooth by tooth
But Patek Philippe's engineers wanted more than a new oscillator. They totally revamped the going train, the wheels and pinions between the mainspring barrel and the escape wheel. The shapes of the wheel teeth and the leaves of the pinions were analyzed in-depth, recalculated, and individually redesigned for the center wheel, the third wheel, and the fourth wheel with their respective pinions. These new profiles improve the meshing of wheel teeth and pinion leaves, reduce friction, increase the tolerance range for varying axis distances, and boost the efficiency of energy transmission from the spring barrel to the escape wheel. The result is a perceptible improvement of energy conversion efficiency with a concurrent reduction of wear.

Innovation No. 3: an unusual frequency of 3.2 hertz
The innovative efficiency-boosting and isochronism-improving technologies of the new regulator caliber 31-260 REG QA entail further positive consequences. While the classic self-winding caliber 240 beats at a rate of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, the frequency of the new movement was increased by nearly 10% to 23,040 vph, equivalent to 3.2 Hz, and at the same time, its power reserve was increased. In turn, a higher frequency makes it possible to more easily adjust the rate accuracy to - 3/+2 seconds per 24 hours as stipulated by the Patek Philippe Seal. Concurrently, thanks to the greater energy efficiency of the going train and escapement, it was possible to reduce the tension of the mainspring and thus the shear forces to which the wheels are exposed. This diminishes friction between the fine wheel pivots and the bearing jewels, further enhancing longevity and reliability. These two aspects are crucial for compliance with the Patek Philippe Seal and essential prerequisites for a watch that will be cherished by family members across generations.

Innovation No. 4: an extra-long mainspring for power to spare
Thanks to the energy efficiency of the caliber, it proved possible to choose a softer but also longer mainspring. So despite its increased frequency and the deployment of only one mainspring barrel, the new caliber 31-260 REG QA has a power reserve of up to 60 hours as opposed to a maximum of 48 hours for the caliber 240. The extended length of the mainspring has another advantage: its torque curve stays much flatter as it relaxes, so the amplitude of the balance and thus its rate remain stable most of the time between the fully wound and the fully unwound states. The result: greater rate accuracy for a longer period of time. And the option to set the watch aside for an entire weekend without having to readjust the time and the calendar on Monday morning.

Further significant innovations
Patek Philippe introduced further innovations to maximize the life and long-term reliability of the new Annual Calendar Regulator. Like all self-winding Patek Philippe movements, the caliber 31-260 REG QA can also be manually wound. However, the manual winding mechanism is always automatically uncoupled as long as the self-winding mode is active. This increases its winding power and reduces wear. In addition, the crown wheel of the manual winding mechanism was upgraded with a new toothing mechanism that reduces wear, improves efficiency, and optimizes the suppleness of the winding process. Moreover, the 22K gold mini-rotor recessed in the plate is 0.3 mm thicker than the one in the caliber 240 movement, which increases its mass and winding power. Decorated with Geneva circular graining, it is also a miniature masterpiece from the aesthetic point of view.

In comparison with the meanwhile 34-year-old caliber 240, the new caliber 31-260 REG QA beats at a 10% higher frequency and has 25% higher power reserve, which adds up to an efficiency increase of about 30%. This performance emphasizes the ample potential of mechanical watches and in times of global energy debates serves as a role model because it proves that even in traditional disciplines such as classical mechanics, substantial efficiency gains are still realistic.

Self-winding Annual Calendar with aperture displays
The new Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator measures time with an accuracy of seconds, but it also correctly displays larger intervals of time. The new basic caliber incorporates an Annual Calendar mechanism that has been one of the manufacture's bestsellers since it had its debut 15 years ago. This useful complication that displays the day, month, and date in three large apertures automatically recognizes 30-day and 31-day months and only needs to be corrected once a year: on March 1. On account of this calendar cadrature, the caliber designation is 31-260 REG QA; the movement consists of 320 parts (basic caliber 181, Annual Calendar 139), measures 5.08 mm in height (basic caliber 2.60 mm, Annual Calendar 2.48 mm), and has a diameter of 33 mm (basic caliber 31.74 mm, Annual Calendar 33.00 mm). The dimensions are ideal for a wristwatch conceived to be timelessly elegant.

New regulator face with a classic Calatrava personality
Despite the unusual regulator layout of the dial, the new Patek Philippe wristwatch is as fetchingly graceful as all the timepieces crafted in the workshops in Geneva. Its case features the classic Calatrava silhouette that has defined the quintessential round wristwatch for nearly 70 years. Thanks to the ultra-thin movement, its height is a mere 11 mm, astonishing for a self-winding watch with an Annual Calendar. With a diameter of 40.5 mm, it is endearingly poised and tastefully contemporary. The classic three-part case ensemble with the bezel, the band, and the back in 18K white gold is a prime example of the Bauhaus philosophy expressed by the adage "form follows function."

The bezel is gently chamfered and the caseband is decorated with straight graining – a perfect match with the satin-finished dial. The slightly sloped lugs extend the bezel's chamfer, optimizing the contour of the watch for a snug fit on the wrist. It is worn on a precious hand-stitched night-blue alligator strap with square scales. The classic 18K white-gold prong buckle that secures the strap is engraved with the Patek Philippe signature. The display back of the case allows the owner to admire the movement with its exclusive components and lavish decorations: the new oscillator assembly with the Pulsomax® escapement and the Spiromax® balance spring as well as the mini-rotor decorated with Geneva circular graining, the Geneva striping on the beveled bridges, and the gold-filled engravings.

The sapphire-crystal glass protects the inimitable face of the new Patek Philippe Ref. 5235 with its characteristic sweep minute hand, the subsidiary hours dial at 12 o'clock, and the amply dimensioned subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o'clock. The large aperture displays of the Annual Calendar are arranged on a circle that is concentric with the bezel: the day of the week at 10 o'clock, the month at 2 o'clock, and the date at 6 o'clock. Engraved in the dial, the PATEK PHILIPPE GENEVE signature is aligned with the horizontal axis at 3 o'clock. Depending on the angle of the incident light, it changes in contrast from deep black to a silvery gray that seems to be just a gentle shadow on the textured dial.

Blue transfer-printed numerals, markers, and scales always assure excellent legibility of the time. The railway track minute scale as well as the subsidiary dials for the hours and seconds have a brighter silvery gray background that stands out against the darker silvery gray central portion of the dial with the short blue 5-minute markers. Crisp Arabic numerals, blued-steel baton-style hands and blue calendar indications on white backgrounds underscore the cool technical elegance of this 2011 wristwatch that salutes the ultra-precise freestanding regulator clocks of old. The two-tone silvery gray dial features a vertical satin finish, and the two subsidiary dials scintillate with circular graining.

The new Patek Philippe Ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator is yet another manifestation of how consummately the Geneva workshops master the amalgamation of avant-garde aesthetics with timeless elegance. The innovative personality of this watch is based on much more than appearances: it is derived from a mechanical heart that sets new standards in horology. Absolutely Patek Philippelike.

Technical details
Model: Annual Calendar Regulator Ref. 5235 in 18K white gold

Caliber 31-260 REG QA
Ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement, Annual Calendar with aperture displays for month, day of week, and date.
Overall diameter: 33 mm (basic caliber 31.74 mm, Annual Calendar 33.00 mm)
Height: 5.08 mm (basic caliber 2.60 mm, Annual Calendar 2.48 mm)
Number of parts: 320 (basic caliber 181, Annual Calendar 139)
Number of jewels: 29
Power reserve: Max. 60 hours
Winding rotor: 22K gold minirotor, unidirectionally winding
Balance: Gyromax®
Frequency: 23,040 semi-oscillations per hour (3.2 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Escapement: Pulsomax® (lever and escape wheel in Silinvar®))
Balance spring stud: Adjustable

Two-position crown:
– Pulled out: To set the time
– Pushed in: To wind the watch
Corrector push pieces:
– Date between 9 and 10 o'clock
– Month at 10 o'clock
– Day at 9 o'clock
Delivered with correction stylus in ebony and 18K white gold

Sweep minute hand
Subsidiary dials:
– Subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock
– Subsidiary hours at 12 o'clock
– Day at 10 o'clock and month at 2 o'clock
– Date at 6 o'clock

Patek Philippe Seal

18K white gold, sapphire-crystal display back
Water-resistant to 30 m
Dimensions: Diameter: 40.5 mm
Height: 10.65 mm
Width between lugs: 20 mm

Two-tone silvery gray, vertical satin finish, blue transfer printed
Regulator displays
Hour, minute, and second hands in blued steel
Railway track minute scale on periphery, blue transfer printed PATEK PHILIPPE GENEVE engraving at 3 o'clock

Alligator leather with square scales, matt night-blue, hand-stitched, 16-mm prong buckle in 18K white gold with "Patek Philippe" engraving


Following the successful introduction of its flagship TURBINE Collection,Swiss luxury watch brand Perrelet is now unveiling its ladies version dedicated to modern women who love to wear mechanical watches.

The new feminine TURBINE XS has a 41mm case and is equally seductive in stainless steel as in DLC-coated stainless steel. Its curved lines with alternating polished and brushed surfaces provide a more sensual feel. Like fine drops of frozen rain, diamonds cover the bezel, horns and case sides of the most glamorous version. Dressed ready for an evening occasion bathed in light, the studded varieties of the Turbine XS dazzle with a brilliance, which holds already in itself a promise of elegance.

The lower dial in white or black mother-of-pearl allows magnificent rays of light to filter through. With the first motion of the turbine, the observer can measure the scale of the impact, which is spectacular and dazzling! With the effect of the rotational speed, the turbine tends to recede in importance, revealing the 12 spokes in brilliant stones with a thousand reflections.

Enhanced with a mysterious strap in black or delicate, pure white satin, the Turbine XS encourages its owner to live her life the way she wants to, in a chic and modern way, completely relaxed.

Models: A2043/1 + A2044/1
- Automatic P-181 Double Rotor / Exclusivity Perrelet
- Power Reserve: 40 hours
- Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
- Rubies: 21

- Ø 41 mm
- Case material Stainless steel
- Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
- Water resistance 5 ATM

- Bezel: 68 diamonds (0.92cts)
- Bezel and horns: 128 diamonds (1.42cts)

- White with white turbine
- White mother-of-pearl with brilliant stones on under dial

Strap: White satin. Stainless steel folding clasp

Models: A2046/1 + A2048/1
- Automatic P-181 Double Rotor / Exclusivity Perrelet
- Power Reserve: 40 hours
- Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
- Rubies: 21

- Ø 41 mm
- Case material DLC-treated stainless steel
- Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
- Water resistance 5 ATM

- Bezel and horns: 128 diamonds (1.42cts)

- Black with black turbine
- Black mother-of-pearl with brilliant stones on under dial

- Black satin
- DLC-treated stainless steel folding clasp

Piaget Altiplano Only Watch 2011

For the fourth consecutive time, Swiss luxury watch maker Piaget is supporting the Only Watch charity auction by presenting a one of a kind timepiece from its Altiplano line. This timepiece will be auctioned during the Only Watch event in Monaco, along with other exceptional creations from prestigious Swiss watch brands. All the proceeds from this auction go to support research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This disease is characterized by a progressive weakening of the muscles which results in respiratory and cardiac problems which can prove fatal to children.

This year, for Only Watch 2011, Piaget is offering for the first time an Altiplano Skeleton with a black PVD treatment. In accordance with the tradition of this charity auction, the Altiplano Only Watch 2011 is a one-of-a kind creation.
Prior to the auction that will take place during the Monaco Yacht Show on September 22nd; the public will have the opportunity to discover the Altiplano Skeleton, and the other participating watches, in various locations around the world.

- Singapore (The Hour Glass) 30 August
- Hong Kong (Antiquorum Auctioneers Ltd.) 1 September
- Shanghai (Antiquorum Shanghai): 3 September
- Beijing 5 September
- Tokyo (The Hour Glass): 7 September
- Los Angeles (Westime Beverly Hills): 9 September
- New York (Antiquorum Auctioneers Ltd): 12 September
- Milan (Orologerio Luigi Verga): 15 September
- Geneva (Antiquorum SA): 16 & 17 September
- Monaco (Monaco Yacht Show): 21– 22 September

Only Watch Auction: Hôtel Hermitage 22 September, 4:00pm

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Louis Erard Excellence Anniversary Collection

The Excellence anniversary collection was launched in 2011 on the occasion of Louis Erard brand’s 80’th anniversary (1931 -2011). To mark this event the company has launched some fine exclusively mechanical watches to reaffirm its dynamism, creativity and expertise through a new line of watches built to last and evocatively named “Excellence”.

Impelled by this unique jubilee fervour, the new collection vividly epitomizes the brand’s signature codes in a tribute to the origins and traditional values that have forged its strength over eight decades. Classicism and originality, complexity and understatement are combined with great talent, and mingled with exclusivity and accessibility to form a concentrated blend of the qualities characteristic of all timepieces bearing the Louis Erard signature.

This new collection comprises a total of seven models – five for men and two for women – all available in steel or rose gold versions. These include Power-Reserve display and Regulator or simple Power-Reserve variations, a Chronograph with moon phases and 24-hour indicator, and three-hand watches. Even though mechanical watchmaking remains the core of the self-winding models, it is undoubtedly in the hand-wound watches that Louis Erard most clearly expresses its vocation as a movement manufacturer. The two manual-winding models incorporate its uncompromisingly sophisticated in-house modules featuring exclusive and unique complications.

A round case (36 mm for women and 40 mm for men), an understated white dial, hour-markers and Roman numerals : the key attributes of the Excellence collection offer a clearer than ever reflection of the design codes cherished by Louis Erard, expressed through decidedly neoclassical touches and a wealth of variations. This resolutely Haute Horlogerie spirit offered at unbeatably competitive prices confirms the brand’s status as the watchmaker that counts – in more than one way.

Model 1 : Louis Erard Excellence 54 230 AA 01 Regulator Power Reserve

  • Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, ETA Calibre 7001 RE 9 with in-house Regulator – Power Reserve complication
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve indicator
  • Case: Stainless steel, 40 mm, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White, Regulator type with off-set hour counter at 12 o’clock, central minutes, and seconds at 6 o’clock, Power reserve at 9 o’clock
  • Strap: Black leather with steel folding clasp
Model 2 : Louis Erard Excellence 53 230 AA 01 Power Reserve

  • Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, ETA Calibre 7001 RM 10 with in-house Power Reserve complication
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve indicator
  • Case: Stainless steel, 40 mm, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White, Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock and power reserve at 10 o’clock
  • Strap: Black leather with steel, folding clasp
Model 3 : Louis Erard Excellence 54 230 OR 01, Regulator Power Reserve Gold – Limited edition

  • Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, ETA Calibre 7001 RE 9 with in-house Regulator – Power Reserve complication
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve indicator
  • Case: 18 K rose gold, 40 mm, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White, Regulator type with off-set hour counter at 12 o’clock, central minutes, and seconds at 6 o’clock, Power reserve at 9 o’clock
  • Strap: Black or chestnut brown alligator leather with 18 K rose gold pin buckle
  • Production: Limited edition of 80 watches
Model 4 : Louis Erard Excellence 53 230 OR 01 Power Reserve Gold Limited edition

  • Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, ETA Calibre 7001 RM 10 with in-house Power Reserve complication
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve indicator
  • Case: 18 K rose gold, 40 mm, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White, Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock and power reserve at 10 o’clock
  • Strap: Black or chestnut brown alligator leather with 18 K rose gold pin buckle
  • Production: Limited edition of 80 watches
Model 5 : Louis Erard Excellence 80 231 AA 01 Moon Phase 24 hour Chronograph

  • Movement: Mechanical self-winding, ETA 7751
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, moon phase, chronograph and 24-hour indicator
  • Case: Stainless steel, 42 mm, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White, 30-minute chronograph, day and month counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour and moon-phase counter at 6 o’clock, Small seconds and, 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock, Date with central pointer and display around the inner bezel ring
  • Strap: Black leather with steel folding clasp
Model 6 : Louis Erard Excellence 82 234 SE 01 Ladies’ Chronograph

  • Movement: Mechanical self-winding, ETA 2094
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
  • Case: Stainless steel, 36 mm, Bezel set with 70 Top Wesselton ( F-G ) diamonds, clarity grade VS-SI ( 0.7 ct ): Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White or white mother of- pearl, 12-hour, 30-minute and small seconds counters at 6, 3 and 9 o’clock respectively, Date window at 4 o’clock
  • Strap: White leather with steel folding clasp

Model 7 : Louis Erard Excellence 82 234 OS 01 Ladies’ Gold Chronograph
  • Movement: Mechanical self-winding, ETA 2094
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
  • Case: 18 K rose gold, 36 mm, Bezel set with 70 Top Wesselton ( F-G ) diamonds, clarity grade
  • VS-SI ( 0.7 ct ), Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, Decorated case-back, Water-resistant to 50 m
  • Dial: White or white mother of- pearl, 12-hour, 30-minute and small seconds counters at 6, 3 and 9 o’clock respectively: Date window at 4 o’clock
  • Strap: White leather with 18 K rose gold pin buckle

Edox Cape Horn 5 Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Edox exclusively introduces "La Grande Complication" with the new Cape Horn Limited Edition. This masterpiece features a real artcraft movement: the prestigious 5 minute repeater: a complex mechanical device allows the 5 minute repeater to strike on demand the hours and the minutes with two different hammers, using two tones to indicate the time.
The Cape Horn 5 Minute Repeater Limited Edition is equipped with a transparent porthole on the caseback that offers a fascinating view on the balance wheel of the movement. The skeleton movement is hand-made in accordance with the best watchmaking tradition. It achieves in its entirety the highest standards of the Swiss art of watchmaking.
Technical details
  • Functions: hours, minutes, 5 minute repeater (sound indication)
  • Calibre: Edox 87, based on ETA 2892-A2
  • Diameter: 45 mm
  • Finishings: 316L stainless steel, notched bezel, limited numbering of the watch engraved on a plate affixed to the case flank
  • Water resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM / 330 feet
  • Dial: skeleton
  • Glass: scratch-resistant sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
  • Strap: genuine black leather strap
  • Limited edition of 30 pieces worldwide

Jaeger-LeCoultre New Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin

In celebrating the 80th birthday of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre wished to salute femininity by unveiling a new expression of this emblematic watch: the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin, an original timepiece expressing the very essence of the Reverso personality: a marriage of tradition and nobility, an alliance of style and elegance.

Each element in its name conveys what it represents: through its generous dimensions, this new watch intended as a tribute to its illustrious predecessor in 1931 displays reworked yet resolutely feminine proportions, while remaining a Reverso that is recognisable at first glance.

All the aesthetic codes of the Reverso are sublimated within this ultra-thin ladies’ version. The proportions of the case, the gadroons, the chapter ring, the numerals and the hands remain faithful to the Reverso spirit while proudly proclaiming their womanly charm. From the new cambered cradle or carrier to the new metal bracelet, each detail has been feminised, softened and rounded to endow this watch with a new face, a new character, and a new seduction. To ensure optimal comfort, the designers of this Reverso have made it ultra-thin (at just 7.2 mm thick), light and gently curved to mould the feminine wrist.

Women increasingly regard their watch as an essential style accessory, just like their handbag or their elegant shoes. And because each woman is unique, she looks for a unique watch… And what could be more unique that to own a personalised watch bearing initials, a drawing, or a secret symbol?

Wearing a Reverso, the legendary actor on the universal watchmaking stage, is never insignificant: it is a vivid token of attachment to fine craftsmanship, to a legend, and to extreme quality. Wearing the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin powerfully expresses a certain vision of luxury, of glamour, and of extreme high-end watchmaking. It also embodies a taste for an independent-minded spirit of self-affirmation and of daring to be different. And finally, it pays homage to women’s most cherished dreams…

The steel or 18-carat pink gold case houses either a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 mechanical movement or a Jaeger-LeCoultre quartz movement driving the hour and minute functions.
The Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin also comes in 18-carat pink gold versions adorned with diamonds arranged in a redesigned horizontal or vertical pattern, while the adjustment crown is adorned with a precious stone that sets the final touch of seduction.

Whether fitted with a leather strap selected from a wide range of textures and colours, or with a metal bracelet, everything about the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin conspires to make this a watch that truly reflects the image of the woman wearing it. Today, choosing a Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin means entering an exclusive universe: that of watchmaking history, but also and above all a world of aesthetic refinement and technological perfection

Blancpain Villeret Grande Décoration Only Watch 2011 (Ref. 6615-3631-55B)

Blancpain was among the first elite Swiss watch brands that come forward to support the Only Watch auction, a charity event organised by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

For this year’s Only Watch event, Blancpain has created an exclusive edition of the Villeret Grande Décoration timepiece and joining with other prestigious watch brands to fight against the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a highly debilitating neuromuscular disease that affects one on 3500 boys – approximately 250’000 children, teenagers and young adults around the world.

Blancpain shows its uninterrupted support since 2001 when it was the first watchmaking brand to commit itself to this noble cause. After having participated in all seven events organised since then, the Manufacture in Le Brassus reaffirms once again its support by unveiling an exceptional watch especially created for this year’s Only Watch charity auction.

The Villeret Grande Décoration for Only Watch 2011 is an outstanding exercise in style distinguished by vivid contrasts. It is equipped with Calibre 15B, an ultra-thin hand-wound 117-part movement stemming from the pocket-watch in the same collection and indicating the hours and minutes. The cambered grand feu enamelled dial covering it bears only 12 painted enamel hour-markers and two hands in the same red gold as the 45 mm case housing it. The extremely pure design of its dial is counter-balanced by the incredibly refined decoration of its movement.

Thanks to the slightly thicker bridges of Calibre 15B, Blancpain’s master engraver Marie-Laure Tarbouriech has given free rein to her talent in creating an original decor for an exceptional timepiece. Entirely hand-crafted by Marie-Laure who has recently received the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France distinction, this exceptional engraving of a typical Monegasque scenery represents the Rock and its hinterland.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bell & Ross BR Minuteur Tourbillon - New Models

Bell & Ross haute horlogerie watches are coveted by men for whom time is a true passion, not just a tool. Bell&Ross’ objective when designing the BR Minuteur Tourbillon was to offer these aficionados an exceptional, ultra-sophisticated measuring instrument, a watch that in and of itself combines all the brand’s watchmaking know-how.

Like every Bell & Ross watch, the BR Minuteur Tourbillon is first and foremost a measuring tool, focusing on readability, functionality, accuracy and reliability. Stemming from a desire to combine a timing function with independent reading into a high-precision mechanism, it incorporates four watchmaking complications around a main timepiece:

• Tourbillon
• Timer with Flyback
• Power Reserve Indicator
• Independent Small Second

Clearly visible in the 6 o’clock position on it the carriage of the main timepiece the tourbillon is the quintessence of precision. The role of this most august of watchmaking complications is to accurately compensate formeasuring differences caused by gravity when the watch is in the vertical position. The simplicity of the time display controlled by the tourbillon cannot overshadow the sophistication of the mechanism that is only alluded to by the transparent display. The tourbillon of the BR Minuteur has utilized all the skills of both the brand’s in-house engineers and top Swiss master watchmakers to meet the challenge of these mechanical laws of physics.
The BR Minuteur Tourbillon provides various items of information with remarkable readability:-

• The large Clock on the right of the dial, operated by the tourbillon, gives information about the time.

• The independent Timer, displayed by a second, dual graduation clock, is on the left of the dial. It measures all time intervals from a chosen moment. Its concentric double indices represent 60 minutes and tenths of hours markers. This segmentation is extremely advantageous for those professionals who calculate the length of their assignment in tenths of an hour mode. The Timer is fitted with a Flyback function, a system for quickly resetting to zero with an instant relaunch, a very useful tool for measuring successive time intervals. Two additional counters are located above and below the Timer: A power reserve indicator gives the remaining operating time on a three day scale. Independent small seconds.

The BR Minuteur Tourbillon owes its sophistication to the quality of its movement, its accuracy and its performance, but its unique design is an equally attractive feature. Technology is brilliantly illustrated in its case through the carbon fiber of the dial and the aluminium of the movement bridges which provide extra strength. Its angle rib structure also helps in maintaining its integrity.

The DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) titanium version of the Instrument is ultra-lightweight and very strong. Trimmed in pink gold, the BR Minuteur Tourbillon is synonymous with high technology and elegance. To the delight of enthusiasts of rare, high-performing time instruments, Bell & Ross has achieved a lofty goal by taking a calculated risk: to combine the precision of a major watchmaking complication with a professional instrument.

Bell & Ross BR MINUTEUR Tourbillon Pink Gold 
BR MINUTEUR Tourbillon pink gold
  • Movement: Mechanical movement with manual winding. Tourbillon. Pink gold anodized aluminium bridges with carbon fibre mainplates and black gold tourbillon carriage
  • Complications and functions: hours, minutes. Independent seconds counter. Minuteur with fly-back function (2 graduations 60 minutes and 10/10th of hours). Power reserve indicator (3 days)
  • Case: 44mm x 50mm. 18k pink gold. Screw-in crown. Sapphire caseback.
  • Dial: black, carbon fiber. Hands and indexes covered with photoluminescent coating to optimize night reading.
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
  • Water-resistance: 50 m.
  • Straps: alligator & rubber.
  • Limited edition 30 pieces
Bell & Ross BR MINUTEUR Tourbillon Titanium 

BR MINUTEUR Tourbillon Titanium
  • Movement: Mechanical movement with manual winding. Tourbillon. Black gold anodized aluminium bridges with carbon fibre mainplates and black gold tourbillon carriage
  • Complications and functions: hours, minutes. Independent seconds counter. Minuteur with fly-backfunction (2 graduations 60 minutes and 10/10th of hours). Power reserve indicator (3 days)
  • Case: 44mm x 50mm. DLC titanium finish case. Screw-in crown. Sapphire caseback
  • Dial: black, carbon fiber. Hands and indexes covered with photoluminescent coating to optimize night reading.
  • Crystal: anti-reflection sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 50 m
  • Straps: alligator & rubber
  • Limited edition 30 pieces

Bell & Ross BR 01 RED RADAR Limited Edition

In 2010, the BR 01 RADAR from Bell&Ross offered a new perception of time with a totally new method of reading it, inspired by an air traffic control instrument -the radar. In its continual quest for innovation and performance, Bell&Ross is offering in 2011 a new interpretation of its radar display, making it more analogous to the original instrument.

The BR 01 RED RADAR analog display is uncannily similar to radar on air traffic controls. Its graphics feature the sweeping effect of a light beam on an actual radar screen. This new version is once again upending traditional time-reading modes:

• The functions of the hands and the dial are merged onto the same plane. In their place, three independent concentric discs are marked with three red beams. Where these luminous beams with their gradually shaded color begin, the hours, minutes and seconds can be read as the eye is directed towards the center of the dial.

• In the red-tinted crystal, two graduated axes and index indicate the measurement of the time.

• The red on the dial and case’s anti-reflective matte black background mirrors the screens in air traffic control rooms: it also provides the striking contrast necessary for optimal readability.

Despite its apparent simplicity, the BR 01 RED RADAR is highly sophisticated. The technical challenge posed by its design and production required a concerted effort from the best watchmaking engineers.
• As each disc weighs thirty times more than a hand, ultra-light discs had to be created to prevent a drop in power reserve or watch precision. Each disc also had to be sufficiently strong to avoid distortion and minimize friction. Specific materials and new techniques had to be developed to meet this dual challenge.

• An adjustment to the nearest micron ensures that the discs are constantly parallel during rotation. The accuracy of the watch requires all the expertise of master watchmakers.

With the BR 01 RED RADAR, Bell&Ross has once again gone beyond the classic concept of reading time by referencing as much as possible the air traffic control screen display design.

Technical details
  • Movement: self-winding mechanical - ETA 2892. Disc display system.
  • Functions: hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Case: 46 mm diameter. Stainless steel, black PVD finish. Screw-in crown.
  • Dial-Index: Radar screen display made up of three black concentric discs. The markings on the outside disc indicate the hours, the middle disc the minutes and the central disc the seconds.
  • Crystal: red tinted mineral reinforced with a protective layer. Hour and minute graduation.
  • Water-resistance: 100 meters.
  • Straps: rubber and heavy-duty canvas.
  • Limited edition 999 pieces

Bell & Ross AVIATION Collection : BR 01 CERAMIC

Bell & Ross becomes a benchmark in Haute Horlogerie and the exclusive world of professional users - both civilian and military - with watches that unequivocally respond to requirements of extreme conditions. In its continual quest for innovation and performance, Bell & Ross is always on the lookout for the latest technologies, primarily from the most advanced manufacturing or military sectors.

In 2011, stamping the seal of its creative vision onto fine watchmaking, Bell & Ross is cladding the BR 01 with an innovative and high-performing material - high-tech ceramic.

The desire to create a ceramic BR 01 forced the designers to rethink the already complex case construction. The sophisticated design of the BR 01 CERAMIC heralds this new efficient material while maintaining the BR 01 characteristics of solidity, modularity, and size. It has also pushed the model’s finish requirements even further. Just like the nose cones of rockets, the BR 01 CERAMIC comprises a steel case topped by a ceramic case, adjusted so that the two sections form a whole and reinforce each other. The ceramic optimizes the performance of the watch so that it is unscratchable, lighter and has an unalterable color.
The immaculate finishes of the BR 01 CERAMIC mark the elegance of this model that had its origins in professional usage: the removable horn shaped lugs allow perfect machining and surface finishing, the case band is perfectly flat, the radii and edges are perfectly shaped - a delight for the eyes.

Based on the principles of professional cockpit instrument readibility, the metal appliqué index stands out against the galvanic black dial. The notched hands are covered in photoluminescent coating to optimize night reading. The alligator strap further enhances the elegance of this top-of-the-line model.

This new model in the AVIATION collection clad in its ceramic uniform underlines once more the brand’s avant-garde vision. By patenting high-tech material, Bell & Ross lends its name to authentic instruments with groundbreaking properties: watches that push the limits of time.

Technical details
  • Movement : self-winding mechanical - ETA 2892
  • Functions: hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Case: 46 mm diameter. Polished black ceramic.
  • Dial: galvanic matte black. Appliqué figures and index. Hands covered with photoluminescent coating.
  • Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 100 m.
  • Straps: alligator and heavy-duty canvas.


Created in 2009, the BR 01 AIRBORNE model paid tribute to the extraordinary saga of military paratroopers, especially the US Airborne divisions that played such a distinguished role in the Second World War.Rubbing shoulders with danger on a daily basis, the young soldiers had adopted the skull and crossbones as a symbol of their courage to better defy death and intimidate their enemies. The skull and crossbones acted as a talisman during their missions and a continual reminder of how vulnerable they were to danger. In 2011, Bell&Ross is offering two new limited edition models of this talisman watch - the BR 01 AIRBORNE II and the BR 01 TOURBILLON AIRBORNE.

The new BR 01 AIRBORNE and BR 01 Tourbillon Airborne are both distinguished by their finishes, but are also consistent with the Airborne’s military symbol. They share the same inspiration, shape and expression:
• The watch’s bezel and screws delineate a skull with crossbones that is perfectly integrated into the square shape of the brand’s iconic case.
• The single-color «phantom black» dial conjures up the symbolic color of death and sports the face of a seemingly- defiant skull and crossbones.
• The dagger – or sword-shaped hands, depending on the model, further evoke designs borrowed from military art.

The BR 01 AIRBORNE II and BR 01 TOURBILLON AIRBORNE emphasize more than ever the talisman spirit of the original model and its symbolic function to the great delight of collectors.

The BR 01 AIRBORNE sports an aged steel case, giving the original model the character and appearance of a watch which has acquired a patina over time. This «rifle barrel» finish is achieved by repeated random rubbings. This technique, which in no way alters the material, makes each piece unique. The crystal, marked with a «jaw» index transferred onto the underside, and the brown leather strap, tanned like old leather with tone-on-tone stitching, gives this watch its inimitable style.
Technical details
  • Movement : self-winding mechanical - ETA 2892
  • Functions: hours and minutes.
  • Case: 46 mm diameter. Stainless steel, black PVD finish. Screw-in crown.
  • 2D dial: photoluminescent black
  • Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
  • Water resistance: 100 meters.
  • Straps: leather and heavy-duty canvas.
  • Limited edition of 999 pieces.
The BR 01 TOURBILLON AIRBORNE is an outstanding time instrument, a combination of military symbolism and an exclusive fine watchmaking movement. It incorporates four additional watchmaking complications that blend perfectly into the skull and crossbones dial: a tourbillon, a precision indicator, a regulator and a power reserve indicator.

Clearly visible in its carriage positioned at 6 o’clock on the main timepiece, the tourbillon is the most noble of watchmaking complications. It compensates for measuring differences caused by Earth’s gravity when wrist movements rotate or accelerate, thereby improving the running precision of the watch. The sophistication of this mechanism is truly a technical innovation that has called upon all the skills of in-house engineers and the cream of Swiss master watchmakers.
• The model has a 3D skull and crossbones dial that counts the hours, defying time further. The precision of its sophisticated structure is only possible thanks to today’s technological tools.
• The DLC-finish titanium case in its «phantom black» tone-on-tone finish is strong and lightweight while at the same time discreet.
• The black shagreen strap upholds the watchmaking qualities of this exceptional piece.

Bell&Ross is going beyond military symbolism with this new, exclusive model. Its sophistication recalls man’s vanity as portrayed in the world of art: works that remind men of the fragility of life and their humility when facing death.

Technical details
  • Movement: mechanical with manual winding. Carbon fiber mainplates and bridges. Tourbillon carriage with black gold finish.
  • Complications and functions: Tourbillon. Regulator.
  • Power reserve indicator (five days). Precision indicator.
  • Case: 46 mm diameter. DLC-finish titanium.
  • Titanium screw-in crown. Sapphire caseback.
  • 3D dial: photoluminescent black with mesh-like design.
  • Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire.
  • Water resistance: 50 meters.
  • Straps: shagreen and rubber.
  • Limited edition of 20 pieces

Bell & Ross VINTAGE WW1 Watch Collection

The year 2011 is a watershed year in the history of Bell & Ross. A master of military inspired watchmaking, the Franco-Swiss brand is once again setting the pace by updating the 1920s timepieces that were first worn on the wrist to today's tastes. Bell & Ross is thus paying tribute to military timepiece history by introducing a pocket watch transformed into a wristwatch - the Vintage WW1.

In 2011, similar to a movie fl ashback, Bell & Ross is boarding a time machine and offering a nostalgic, yet modern pocket watch transformed into a wristwatch – the Vintage WW1. This is a unique way of reinterpreting the history of the military watch an approach that has always guided the brand's designs.

The re-imagining of those bygone days is a two-phase process: the design of a fob watch of rare sobriety, the PW1 standing for Pocket Watch 1 and the introduction of a wristwatch christened the WW1 for Wrist Watch 1. First worn by French soldiers during the Great War, these wristwatches were then tested experimentally by pilots in the 1920s before being declared technically reliable in the 1930s. The Vintage WW1 pays tribute to this era and takes its inspiration from the stylistic designs of the "Roaring Twenties", yet does so without appearing dated. A true missing "time" link between the pocket watch and the wristwatch of the 1940s, the shapes and functions of the Vintage WW1 reflect all of Bell & Ross’ genetic codes.
In 2005, Bell & Ross metamorphosed aeronautical cockpit displays into an inimitable square watch - the BR01. In 2011, the brand is once again living up to its reputation by transforming a pocket watch into a wristwatch. The Vintage WW1 model clearly stands out as a reincarnation of the past into the present. A large diameter fob style case, horns welded to the case that are used as lugs, elegant, robust leather straps, an extremely readable dial, a fluted crown that is easy to handle with gloves, a top quality mechanical movement.

The Vintage WW1 could have been worn by a pilot from the '20s. In the 21st century, it will be worn by those looking for a large, classic and elegant timepiece that truly stands out. A masculine icon, this flawless watch is the beginning of an era of a new style: military neo-classicism.

Model: VINTAGE PW1 (Pocket watch)
  • Movement : manual-winding mechanical - ETA 6497
  • Dial: galvanic black, sunburst, domed. Index, figures and hands covered in photoluminescent coating.
  • Functions: hours, minutes and small seconds.
  • Crystal: anti-refl ective domed sapphire.
  • Case: diameter 49 mm. Polished steel.
  • Water resistance: 30 meters.
  • Available September 2011
  • Movement : self-winding mechanical - ETA 2897
  • Crystal: anti-reflective domed sapphire.
  • Functions: hours, minutes and seconds. Power reserve indicator.
  • Water resistance: 50 meters.
  • Case: diameter 45 mm. Polished steel.
  • Strap: black alligator.
  • Dial: galvanic black, sunburst, domed.Index, figures and hands covered in photoluminescent coating.
  • Buckle: tongue. Polished steel.
  • Available September 2011

Oris Maldives Limited Edition

Following the success of the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition in 2010, Swiss watch maker Oris presents the Maldives Limited Edition Series for 2011. Limited to 2000 pieces, CHF 20 per watch will be donated to environmental NGO Bluepeace, to help protect endangered marine life in the Maldives. Available in a titanium case, the back of this unique divers watch features the Manta Ray Logo, paying homage to the endangered species.
The dark blue ceramic inlay on the unidirectional revolving top ring comes with an engraved 60 minute scale which can be used for precision timing for diving and other sporting activities. The indices and hands of the time piece are in Superluminova dark orange – resulting in an easy to read timepiece even when under water.

The titanium crown protector is fixed with distinctive Oris screws for added security and the double curved sapphire crystal is coated with an inside anti-reflex layer. The buckles of the rubber strap and metal bracelet can easily be adjusted to the desired length for comfortable fitting.

Water resistant to 30bar (300 m 1000 ft), the Oris Maldives Limited Edition is perfect for serious Scuba Divers along with those looking for the stylish aesthetics of a beautiful functional divers watch. The Oris Maldives Limited Edition comes in a multipurpose soft pouch and with a limited edition certificate.
Technical details
  • Model: Oris Maldives Limited Edition
  • No. 643 7654 7185 RS or MB, Ø 43.00mm
  • Limited to 2000 pieces
  • Automatic mechanical movement Oris 643 with centre hands for both hours and minutes, subsidiary second at 9h, date window
  • Multi-piece Titanium case with unidirectional revolving top ring and ceramic inlay with engraved 60 minutes scale
  • Inside and outside doomed sapphire crystal with non reflective coating on the inside
  • Automatic helium valve at 9 o’clock position and stainless steel screw-in crown at 3 o’clock position
  • Case back with special Manta Ray logo
  • Water resistant to 30 bar / 300 metres
  • Blue dial with applied indices filled with Superluminova in dark orange colour
  • Easy adjustable black rubber strap with folding clasp or
  • Multi-piece titanium metal bracelet with folding clasp
  • Multipurpose soft pouch and Limited edition certificate

Luminox Atacama Field Series with Heavy Duty Steel Bracelet

The Atacama field series, named after the Chilean Atacama region, one of the driest areas in the entire world, was the inspiration for the launch of Luminox’s Field series. Introduced in 2010, newly added to this series of Field timepieces is yet another extension to the series.

Two new offerings take the gun metal look to a new level by adding gun metal PVD plated bracelets to match their cases. The newest pieces, a day-date model (1824) and a chronograph alarm model (1844) round out the collection and add a more rugged sophistication. These two new extensions offer rugged durability that can withstand the most challenging conditions.

Both versions have 42mm case size and brilliant sunray blue dials with gray markings that match their gun metal plated bracelets. All the Atacama timepieces use the Colormark concept that has performed so well in other Luminox models. The Chrono Alarm models feature the innovative and proprietary highly audible sound box construction for which Luminox is renowned. Water resistance ratings are 200 meters for the day-date model and 100 meters for the chronograph model.

Luminox has yet again breathed new life into a very traditional Field watch category. The new Atacama field gun metal plated bracelet gives the once rugged looking watch a very sleek and everyday feel without loosing its original functionality.

OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch "Apollo 15" 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand OMEGA celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 15's successful lunar mission by presenting the Speedmaster Moonwatch "Apollo 15" 40th Anniversary Limited Edition timepiece.

Apollo 15 was the fourth of NASA's six missions to land on the Moon. It was the first to feature a long duration stay on the lunar surface and there was a greater focus on science than there had been on previous missions. Most notably, it was the first mission where the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used. The Apollo 15 mission began on July 26, 1971; the crew landed on the Moon four days later and they wouldn't splash down until the 7th of August. The adventure had lasted more than twelve days.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch "Apollo 15" 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, is a classic Moonwatch: it has a polished and brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, a black aluminum ring with a tachymeter scale on the bezel and a domed shatterproof hesalite crystal with Ω etched inside. Its three subdials are arranged in true Speedmaster Professional fashion on the black dial: the small seconds at 9 o'clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock and the 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock.

There are also some features which distinguish the Apollo 15 40th Anniversary model from the classic Speedmaster Professional. This Limited Edition timepiece has a minute track in blue, white and red – the three colors of the Apollo 15 patch. There is a blue ring around the small seconds subdial; there are white and red rings around the 12-hour and 30-minute counters respectively. The screw-in caseback is embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words "APOLLO 15" and "40th ANNIVERSARY".
The outer circle of the caseback is black chrome engraved with "THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON", "JULY 30, 1971" and the limited edition number. At the heart of the Speedmaster Moonwatch "Apollo 15" 40th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch is the classic OMEGA caliber 1861, the same manual-winding chronograph that equips the legendary Speedmaster Professional. The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch "Apollo 15" 40th Anniversary was created in an edition limited to 1,971 pieces.

ARCHIMEDE new SportTaucher M

The ARCHIMEDE SportTaucher has earned a large following from all around the world, now the German watch brand introduces new SportTaucher M with a solid stainless steel bezel. Giving it a distinctly German look, this tough, individual 300m rated divers watch still has all the features of the original model 'A'.

The brushed stainless-steel 41.5mm case is only 12mm thick, making this not only a serious diving watch, but also comfortable for every day wear. The screw down crown at four o'clock carries the Archimede logo and underlines the SportTaucher's distinctive appearance. With sapphire crystal, proven Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement, and clearly readable dial this is a high specification watch.

Straps are available in either genuine sharkskin or rubber. A stainless steel bracelet with safety clasp and fold-out extension, to enable wearing it over a wetsuit, is also available.

The SportTaucher is available directly from ARCHIMEDE for US customers
www.archimede-uhren.de/US/SportTaucher-M.htm for US$ 895 with leather strap or for US$ 1065 with steel bracelet (including shipping and US duties) and for International customers
www.archimede-uhren.de/EN/SportTaucher-M.htm for Eur 595 with leather strap or for Eur 715 with steel bracelet, plus shipping costs

Monday, June 27, 2011

Romain Jerome Rock the Rock-DNA Only Watch 2011

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome has unveiled a unique timepiece model on the occasion of Only Watch 2011. This time the brand has chosen to combine its DNA with that of the Principality of Monaco to create Rock the Rock-DNA Only Watch 2011. The brand has found in the very rock on which the city is built the raw material serving as a dial for the one-of-a-kind model created for the auction on behalf of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Philippe Mondielli, geologist and scientific director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, accompanied by Luc Pettavino, President of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, chose the western cliff of the Rock of Monaco, in the Saint-Martin gardens just a few steps away from the Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace, as the ideal site from which to extract an extremely small portion of the limestone rock.
This fragment, considered as a testimony to the evolution of species over millions of years, now serves as the dial for the Rock the Rock DNA watch – forming a time-honoured face now framed by an ultra-contemporary matt black ceramic bezel. The central hour and minute hands mark off time in their own way, while the seconds set the cadence for a disc at 9 o’clock, also carved in stone.

This mineral plate rotating on the surface of the dial evokes the earth’s crust and humankind’s difficulty in mastering its movements. Two red lines cross through the watch – one passing under the bezel and continuing along the strap in alcantara. Each time the seconds disc moves to 0, 15, 30 and 45, these lines symbolise for a fleeting movement the latitude and longitude coordinates of Monaco, the very place where the stone was taken from the Rock.

This unique timepiece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the origin of the materials used.

Technical details
Reference: Rock the Rock-DNA – unique piece

Caliber: C22RJ51- Mechanical self-winding movement
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Rate Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours

Ø 46 mm
Bezel: Black matt ceramics
Sides: Black satin-finished PVD-coated steel
Paws: Black ceramics with titanium screws
Lugs: Black satin-finished PVD-coated steel
Lug inserts: Black PVD-coated steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with black rubber
Case-back: Rock the Rock engraving – unique piece representing the Rock of Monaco
Water resistance 3 ATM

Central hours and minutes, small seconds disc at 9 o’clock

Composed of Monaco rock (west cliff) extracted on February 10th 2011 by Philippe Mondielli, geologist and scientific director of the Prince Albert II of Foundation, accompanied by Luc Pettavino, President of the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy. Two red transferred lines representing the latitude and the longitude of the exact geographical location of the principality of Monaco.

Black rolled-edge alcantara with red seam indicating the continuity of the longitude of the Principality of Monaco.
Buckle Folding clasp in black PVD-coated steel

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Perrelet Seacraft

Swiss luxury watch brand Perrelet presents a new timepiece to the devotees of scuba diving. The new Seacraft, which is devoted to extreme marine explorers is dressed in a solid steel case that is enlivened by finely contrasting polished and brushed surfaces. The case middle is fitted with a 4 mm thick sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides as well as a stamped, screw-down back – a set of characteristics that guarantee the 777-metre water resistance of this measuring instrument.

An automatic helium valve appearing at 9 o’clock is designed to compensate during deep dives for the effects of decompression on the interior of the watch and ensures impeccably smooth running of automatic Calibre P-271. The brand’s signature fluted motif is harmoniously expressed on the rotating bezel of the Seacraft.

Available in a choice white, black or blue, the dial lends a touch of refined sporting elegance, while the applied hour-markers, the hands as well as the dive-start dot on the notched bezel are also coated with a luminescent substance to enhance visibility.

Fitted with an alligator leather strap or a brushed steel bracelet, each Seacraft model is also delivered with a high- tech nylon strap suitable for the most extreme sporting conditions. The Seacraft collection comes in three different versions: chronograph, 3 hands-date and GMT.

Technical details
Seacraft 3 hands-date: A1053/2 + A1053/C
- Automatic P-261
- Power reserve: 40 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
- Jewels: 21

- Ø 42 mm
- 13.60 mm
- Case material: Steel
- Anti-glare sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 80 ATM

Black, blue or white, luminescent hour-markers

- Black or blue alligator leather strap with steel folding clasp
- Steel bracelet with extension buckle

Seacraft Chronograph: A1054/1 + A1054/B
- Automatic P-271
- Power reserve: 40 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
- Jewels: 57

- Ø 45 mm
- 17.45 mm
- Case material: Steel
- Anti-glare sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 80 ATM

Black, blue or white, luminescent hour-markers

- Black or blue alligator leather strap with steel folding clasp
- Steel bracelet with extension buckle

Seacraft GMT: A1055/3 + A1055/A
- Automatic P-281
- Power reserve: 40 hours
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
- Jewels: 21

- Ø 42 mm
- 14.90 mm
- Case material Steel
- Anti-glare: sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 80 ATM

Black, blue or white, luminescent hour-markers

- Black or blue alligator leather strap with steel folding clasp
- Steel bracelet with extension buckle

Thursday, June 23, 2011

CORUM Bubble Royal Flush (2006)

Originally introduced in 2006, the CORUM Bubble Royal Flush is a special edition timepiece inspired from the poker game. Its signature domed sapphire crystal magnifies the luck of these winning cards spread out on the green table for all to see. To remind the player what the game is really about, the counter-balance of the sweep second-hand features a dollar sign.

The brushed stainless steel case is designed to minimize reflection and keep the identity of the cards safe. The CORUM Bubble Royal Flush timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement encased in a stainless steel or 18 karat red gold case with or without diamonds. The Bubble Royal Flush, the sixth model in the series of Special Edition Bubbles was produced only during the year of its introduction(2006).

Technical details
Basic reference: 082.170.20 OF01
Movement: Automatic, CO - 082

Hours, minutes, seconds

Diameter 45 mm
Brushed stainless steel case
Screwed-down crown
Engraved case back with the reference number, individual serial number, collection name
Opened case back with a transparent window revealing the oscillating weight of the movement decorated with the four suits of cards with the CORUM logo key
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal 11 mm thick at center, with double antireflective coating
Water-resistance: 20 atmospheres (660 feet / 200 meters)

- Green lacquered dial with five appliqué cards
- Red and black hour markers
- Skeleton hour and minute hands in stainless steel
- The Dollar sign on the second hand

Genuine crocodile leather stitched to composite material with a hypo allergenic calfskin leather underside
Buckle: Stainless steel push-button folding clasp

Diamonds (optional)
Steel: 120 full-cut diamonds, total 1.08 carat
Red gold: 48 full-cut diamonds, total 2.27carats
Red gold: 293 full-cut diamonds, total 5.64 carats (case and bezel)

Tutima Pacific Black

The new Pacific Black is the latest entrant in Tutima’s instrument watch series that was designed with perfection and precision in mind for the world of water sports. The stainless steel case and bracelet have been especially hardened in a sophisticated high-tech process and then given a black PVD coating (physical vapor deposition).

The extra-hard base ensures that the PVD coating is particularly long-lasting and largely scratch-resistant. In other words, the owner of a Pacific has no need to worry about his watch when tackling challenges under extreme conditions, but can concentrate entirely on his own performance.

With this new model, the North German watchmaking company which originated in Glashütte has again come up with a timepiece that not only satisfies stringent professional demands but is also ideal for leisure wear: a stainless steel case which is water resistant to 20 bar, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, rotating bezel with 60- minute diving scale and timeless black finish define the striking, sporty look of the Pacific.

Technical details
  • Stainless steel case
  • ETA 2836-2 self-winding movement with day/date
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute diving scale
  • Water resistant to 20 bar
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Solid stainless steel bracelet
  • Diameter 43 mm
  • Ref. no. 677-31
  • Ultra-hard PVD coating

TAG Heuer MONACO Mikrograph 1/100th of a Second Chronograph For ONLY WATCH 2011

For ONLY WATCH 2011 Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer presents a special version of its MONACO Mikrograph 1/100th Of a Second Chronograph wristwatch. ONLY WATCH action is a charity event to benefit Duchenne muscular dystrophy research under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Presented in January 2011, the Mikrograph movement set a new milestone in “grandes complications”. Unlike a conventional chronograph, the time base is not dependant on the watch (hence the name “stopwatch”). Chronograph functions can be started or stopped independently of watch functions. The watch is automatically wound by means of a circular oscillating weight, and features a 42-hour power reserve.

As for the stopwatch, the balance wheel oscillates at 50 hertz, 360,000 vibrations per hour, with a 90-minute power reserve, and displays the 1/100th of a second with the central chronograph hand. Entirely designed, patented, developed and manufactured by TAG Heuer in La Chaux-de-Fonds, this innovation re-writes history in the field of high frequency movements.

Encased in the squared shape that caught the watchmaking world by storm in 1969, this unique high-energy timepiece now redefines angles with a round dial stretching to the boundaries of the case itself. The flying central hand indicates the 100th of a second. The design is unexpected: the hand's round, open tip allows precise reading of the graduations, which are printed on a sapphire disc. The "/100" engraving is laser-cut by hand. The counter at 3 o'clock indicates chronograph minutes on a rotating disc with 3 hands, graduated 0 / 10 / 20. The counter at 9 o'clock features a small second, also on a rotating disc with 3 hands, graduated 0 / 20 / 40 to facilitate reading. The third subcounter at 6 o’clock indicates chronograph seconds. Fire-red touches on the hands are reminiscent of the original Monaco’s motor racing style. The power reserve is indicated at 12 o'clock.

The dial is a highly sophisticated multi-level design, alternating black lacquer and silver opaline finishes. Oversized screws on the dial evoke the engine of a sports car. A refined touch of black lacquer has been added to the oversized crown and chronograph pushbuttons. The black strap is in "Barenia", the highest quality of calfskin leather, and the red color in the perforations echoes the fire-red hands of the dial.

The Monaco Mikrograph only watch will be presented in a unique watch box created by internationally acclaimed South African artist Paul du Toit. Paul du Toit’s superb watch box for the TAG Heuer Monaco Mikrograph is sure to add to the unique timepiece’s sale price at Only Watch auction.

The one-off Monaco Mikrograph and its special display box will tour the world from August 30th to September 17th, with exhibitions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Geneva. It will then be auctioned at the Only Watch event in Monaco on September 22, 2011. Proceeds of its sale will benefit Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.

Technical details
TAG Heuer Mikrograph 1/100 th sec. – Manufacture movement – Automatic Chronograph (360,000 beats per hour) – COSC certified watch movement – Power Reserve – Date

• Anthracite and silver (Opalin Rhodium) dial:
- Minutes and hours in the center counter
- Small second counter at 9 o’clock
- Chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock
- Chronograph second counter at 6 o’clock
• Chronograph power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
• Black titanium carbide coated hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
• Polished steel central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand with “1/100th“ laser cutting
• Red chronograph minute and second hands
• White small second hands
• White power reserve hand at 12 o’clock.
• Hand applied monochrome TAG Heuer logo
• Minuterie printed on smoked sapphire crystal circle

• Case size : 43mm
• Fine brushed and polished stainless steel case
• Double antireflective curved sapphire crystal
• Steel and black lacquer crown and push buttons
• Applied TAG Heuer logo on case side at 9’o clock
• Sapphire case back to allow direct view on the movement and “Only Watch 2011” engraving on the oscillating weight
• Water-resistance: 100 meters

• Black perforated Barenia calfskin leather strap with red-colored perforations
• Folding buckle with safety push-buttons