Friday, July 15, 2011

'Ari' by Eva Leube

Eva Leube is an independent watch maker from Australia and specialised in handmade mechanical timepieces. This year, her brand made debut at Baselworld jewellery and watch fair by unveiling “Ari”, a unique mechanical timepiece collection.

Eva Leube had a vision of a timepiece curving elegantly around her wrist like a piece of jewellery, bearing a beautiful movement arcing gracefully with the contours of its case. Taking four long years to develop and create, 'Ari' is the hard-won realisation of Eva’s dream; a watch consummately presenting the inordinately complex as simple and uncluttered… and stunningly beautiful. “I named this watch after my son, Ari, because soon after he was born, I started my own watchmaking atelier and set about transforming my vision of a seductively arced watch into a reality. Ari heralded the beginning of a new era for me,” explains Eva Leube. Immediately striking are Ari's strong, clean lines and uninterrupted views of the curvaceous movement, resplendently on display thanks to the adroit use of sapphire crystals on both sides of the case.

The audaciously bowed movement sees the balance placed at the top, its vibrant oscillations providing a mesmerising feast for the eyes. Beneath that is a sub-dial displaying seconds followed by the elegantly simple hours and minutes dial in the centre. All the hands are in traditional heat-blued steel. Further down, "Eva Leube" is hand-engraved on the ratchet wheel. At the bottom of the movement is the small crown wheel, with the crown for winding and time-setting at the bottom of the case.

To allow for a panoramic sapphire window along the entire right side of the case, the crown has been ingeniously moved to the bottom of the movement by creating a new hand-setting mechanism hidden inside the mainplate, travelling from the centre of the watch towards its base.

In most watch movements, the crown wheel, ratchet wheel, click with click spring, escapement and balance all face down towards the back of the watch. For Ari, Eva has turned them all to face up towards the viewer, making the open-face movement even more visually attractive. Not surprisingly, this created considerable challenges and required additional intermediate pinions, a reversed escape wheel and a reworked pallet fork. Ari features a screw-in locking crown, which is unusual for a manual winding timepiece. With a standard mainspring and barrel, winding the watch turns the ratchet wheel until the spring is fully wound – then you can wind/turn no more. Ari, however, features a mainspring with a sliding bridle more usually seen with automatic winding systems. As a result, the timepiece can be fully wound and then turned further still until "Eva Leube", hand-engraved on the top of the ratchet wheel, is in the right position. The crown can then be screwed in and locked so that the name remains correctly orientated. While the case is light and bright in design, the watch as a whole retains excellent rigidity and strength. The movement is mounted directly to the case back, ensuring that the seemingly light and fine construction is extremely robust.

Technical details
Case and Dials
Case: Available in 18k gold or platinum 950. Crown and buckle in metal to match case
Dials: Both dials in 18k gold
Crystals: Three anti-reflection sapphire crystals (top and both sides)
Crown: Screwed locking crown
Bracelet: Leather bracelet custom-made to client's specifications
Engraving: Case/movement hand-engraved by master engraver John W. Thompson
Dimensions: 52.44mm x 21.6mm x 8.45mm (height)

Movement
Balance: Free sprung balance with regulating screws
Balance frequency: 18,000 vph/2.5 Hz
Balance diameter: 15mm
Power reserve: 40 hrs
Number of jewels: 18
Number of components: 209
Chatons: 18k gold
Gear train: Highly-modified gear train from a Record 302 calibre
Finishing: Main plate and bridges in rhodium-plated brass, ratchet wheel hand-engraved 'Eva Leube'

Biography: Eva Leube
Eva Leube is based in Manly near Sydney, Australia, a long way from where she was born, in Berlin, Germany. In 1995 at Hildesheim in her native country, Eva precociously obtained her Master Watchmaker diploma at the age of 23.

Eva went on to work in a fourth generation family-owned watch company in Lucern, Switzerland before working for Chronos Master Watchmakers in Cape Town, South Africa. During this time she completed a Rolex course in Geneva before eventually moving to Sydney to work for Rolex Australia. In 2004, she returned to Europe and worked with Ulysse Nardin in Switzerland, followed by two years working with independent watchmaker and master of complications Thomas Prescher. Eva's time with Prescher was spent building custom timepieces with particularly complex functions such as retrograde time indications and multiple-axis flying tourbillons.

After spending 13 years honing her skills and learning from some of the best in the business, Eva returned to Australia. Following the birth of her son, she set up her own workshop and began turning her vision of a curved watch into a reality. Four years later, Ari was unveiled at Baselworld 2011 to great acclaim.

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

Address
Eva Leube Watchmaking
9/64 Francis Street,
Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Phone: +61 02 80211075
Mobile: +61 043 111 99 25

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Angular Momentum Bouquet Bouquet (Double Verre Èglomisè - Unique Piece)

Swiss luxury watch brand Angular Momentum has just released its latest work, a large 18 Kt. white gold pocket watch with two large Verre Èglomisè miniatures of colorful Summer flower bouquets.
Two-body 18 Kt. white gold, mirror polished with stepped bezel, 8.00 mm hand-winding crown with black cabochon diamond, decorated historical hand-winding movement, caliber Unitas 6325, 21‘600 A/h, 17 jewels, hcase caliber 45.80 mm. Verre Èglomisè miniature painting on the reverse of the sapphire crystal, featuring a multi-color flower bouquet in the style of the 18th Century enamel work on pocket watches. 18 Kt. gold framed aperture for the revolving-hours „à Souscription“at 6 o‘clock.
A second Verre Èglomisè work on the reverse of the large back sapphire glass, featuring another colorful flower bouquet. 1.4435NCu stainless steel chain

GRAHAM Swordfish Diamonds

The GRAHAM Swordfish Diamonds is an elegant timepiece dedicated to women, thanks to great craftsmanship and 209 diamonds of exactly the same carat,clarity, colour and cut to set the bezel with its two loupes. 60 more diamonds, and the case has its unique lustre. Time is told by another 50 diamonds on the dial.



This spectacular timepiece is equipped with a selfwinding mechanical movement especially engineered for GRAHAM to display the running seconds on the same sub-dial that counts the twelve-hours of the stopwatch. Together with the 30 minutes counter and the central hand for the seconds, this is a perfect chronograph.



Main features also include: 46 mm steel case with 60 diamonds (1.68 cts), bezel and two portholes, at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock with 209 diamonds (cts 2.036), white, grey or black dial with 50 diamonds (cts 0.19cts), calibre G1710, automatic chronograph, 34 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, flat sapphire crystal with two loupes, anti-reflective coating on both faces, seethrough sapphire case back, integrated white, grey or black croco strap, waterproof to 100 m.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bell & Ross Appoints Simon Cudd as its Community Ambassador

Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross has been active in World Wide Web since 1999 with its website and the online store created in 2009, enabled the brand to sell their watches and accessories available to purchase from any where in the world. The new website created in May 2011, is available in 11 languages thus increased its reach beyond continents. Now, the brand is going strengthen its presence in virtual world and social media by responding to the growth of the online fan communities.

No surprise, Bell & Ross has picked Simon Cudd, the co-founder and moderator of www.br-avo.com, the first non-official Bell & Ross website created in 2009, as the community ambassador of Swiss watch brand with Paris roots.

Further to the significant development of social networks, Bell & Ross naturally sought to identify an individual capable of enhancing its current skills base and of becoming its English-speaking spokesperson on the web, an individual who could help the brand to respond to the considerable and constantly growing fan community already in place. As an owner of numerous Bell & Ross models and a watch enthusiast, Simon already runs the online community, which he himself created, on a daily basis. It was therefore natural for the Brand to turn to him.
Simon Cudd’s role will involve promoting experience sharing within the community, improving community cohesion, discussing his passion and sharing his brand experience with other enthusiasts. He will also be responsible for identifying and finding fans like himself who wish to receive real-time updates on the Brand and for setting up meetings with his fellow community members. He will combine his own brand experience and his former expectations as an Internet user with the exclusive information to which he will now have access, and become the Bell & Ross spokesperson on the Internet.

In complement to Bell & Ross’ existing digital team, Simon’s arrival as a free agent will create addedvalue for the fan base, which he will continue to be a part of, through his comments and photos. His role, as a genuine leader of virtual communities, consists in conveying the firm’s values through his interactions with Internet users, generating discussions and content on these values and developing brand awareness within different web communities. And although this is a virtual function, there will be a strong real-world component as Simon will organize meetings with fans and collectors across the globe in order to bring this tremendous community spirit to life.

Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Only Watch 2011

Swiss luxury watch brand Girard-Perregaux unveils a special edition timepiece featuring titanium oxide case, from its ww.tc line for Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction. Clad in black and white, and underlining with a hint of red its attachment to the charitable initiatives from the Principality of Monaco, the ww.tc Only Watch 2011 is the expression of unique elegance.

This model combines ultimate style with the Girard-Perregaux tradition of innovation, which for this special piece proposes a rare combination of materials and a high-tech structure. The House’s engineers have for the first time used ultra-light titanium oxide to produce the white single-piece watch-case middle of the ww.tc Only Watch 2011. This first-ever feat was then combined with the forty parts making up the case itself, including a ceramic bezel and a titanium internal protective container.



This innovative frame houses the precious Girard-Perregaux GP03387 self-winding movement consisting of over 450 parts. This calibre combines the simultaneous display of the date, small seconds, world times and a “fly-back” chronograph.

Finally, to confirm the uniqueness of the ww.tc Only Watch 2011, the Manufacture has chosen a case-back in smoked sapphire crystal, thus revealing its savoir-faire put to use in favour of this great cause.

Technical details
Case
- Material: case-middle in titanium oxide, bezel in ceramic, internal protective container and case-back in titanium. Push-pieces and crowns in vulcanised rubber.
- Diameter: 43 mm
- Height: 13.40 mm
- Case-back: tinted sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
- Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
- Girard-Perregaux GP03387 Movement
- Mechanical with automatic winding
- Calibre: 13'''
- Frequency: 28,800 Vib/hour (4 Hz)
- Jewels: 63
- Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
- Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, world time with day/night indicator, fly-back chronograph, date

Black rubber strap
Buckle: folding, in black DLC titanium

Korloff "Highway Voyageur"

The "Voyageur" watch collection is extended to include several new lines, including "Highway" a design in homage to travel, discovery and the courageous, visionary, passionate nature of man.

A German geographer, Richthofen has travelled the oldest roads in the world, has taken the Silk Route seven times and introduced the Western world to Asian culture. The architects of travel, pedestrian or motorised, have inspired whole generations by uniting the world and its cultures. From motorway speed to the immensity of the oceans and with the assistance of the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), the Highway Voyageur edition traces its own route.
Technical details
Case
316L stainless steel with sapphire crystal
Available with or without diamonds
Diameter : 40 mm
Water resistance: 3 bars

Movement
ETA 955.112
Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Dial
White with Clou de Paris guilloche and soleil guilloche with appliqué steel Arabic numerals
Steel finish guilloche and appliqué Arabic numerals with 2 lines of white diamonds

Strap
Rubber with black stitching
Buckle : Stainless steel

Christopher Ward C8 Pilot Mark II Vintage

The new Christopher Ward C8 Pilot Mark II Vintage is infused with the spirit of the iconic IWC B-Uhren watches used by pilots and navigators in World War II. The design shares many of the characteristics of the watches commissioned by the Luftwaffe, and then the RAF, which were worn over thick flying suits and had large faces to provide maximum visibility. In the cramped, cold and extremely noisy environment of a fighter plane’s cockpit, such a watch was a godsend.

The design of the Christopher Ward C8 Pilot Mark II Vintage owes a great deal to the members of the independent Christopher Ward forum. Customers, fans and watch enthusiasts – particularly those that collect aviation watches – championed the retro design and asked for wider luminous hands so they were more clearly visible at night.
The beige coloured luminous paint on the hands and indexes recalls the colour of many World War II uniforms – adding to the sense of nostalgia that the watch evokes. It even has a soft-iron anti-magnetic cage inside the outer case to protect the movement from interference which occasionally resulted in potentially fatal navigational and timekeeping errors for wartime pilots.

The watch shares the same automatic movement – the famous ETA 2824-2 – as the C8 Pilot Mark I and its balance wheel can be seen on the reverse of the case through an exhibition window. The result is a watch that combines an outstanding contemporary specification with a design that captures a period in history when clarity, simplicity and accuracy were absolutely critical.

Frisland GOÐ Special Edition by JS Watch Company

Iceland has more than 130 volcanic mountains, and the volcanic eruptions are very common in this country. The recent eruption of powerful Eyjafjallajökull mountain even disrupted Europe’s air travel for quite some time.

As Iceland’s only watch company, JS Watch Company decided to commemorate these eruptions with a special edition in the Frisland series. This new watch, Frisland GOÐ, features a dial made out of actual ash from Eyjafjallajökull.



“Frisland” is a mythical name some say represents Iceland in old geographical maps. GOÐ refers to the ancient gods of Nordic mythology. In the old sagas, the world of the gods was two dimensional, a world in South, Múspellsheimur, full of fire, light and heat and a world in the North, Niflheimur, full of arctic waters, mists, and cold. Between them, Ginnungargap where the world was created and into it poured sparks and smoke from the South and layers of rime-ice and glacial rivers from the North. Where the hot and cold met, the Gods rose up and were created.



The GOÐ dial is made with ashes from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption using a very special technique. First, clear color is applied to the galvanic black dial, then the volcanic ash is sprinkled into the wet color. After the color and ash have dried, the surface of the dial is polished but care is taken to let the texture and character of the ash come through. Then the white indexes and numbers and the red “GOД are printed on the dial. When you look closely at the dial you can see that it actually looks like a lava field and every dial is unique because the material is so fluid and alive when the dial is created.

The Frisland series has been one of JS Watch’s most successful series and this new addition to the series will surely be welcomed by dedicated customers and collectors around the world.

Movement
Mechanical “Execution Top”
Automatic winding.
25 jewels, Custom decorations, Blue screws and Rhodium plated finish.
38-hour power reserve when fully wound.
Fine tuning “Assortment Chronometer”.
Shock protection Incabloc.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

French watch making Group Ambre launches its own watch movement

At the latest Basel Show, Ambre Group unveiled its first automatic movement to be designed, produced and assembled in Morteau in the Doubs department (the home of French clock and watch making). It took Jean-Paul Boillot, the group's manufacturing director, two years work to develop this automatic winding movement, named "Ambre".

It is already being fitted on one of the new collections of its brand "Yonger & Bresson", comprising 6 lines, each of which bears the name of a French Castle (Chenonceau, La Boissière, Monceau, Monfort, Sully, Versailles). Part of the watchmaking landscape since 1975, the brand enjoys a strong reputation for the reliability and performance levels of its automatic movements. With the creation of this new movement, Ambre has decided to give the brand a new lease of life, enabling it to offer a quality automatic watch at an affordable price.



Right from its launch, this new 11 ½" movement is already available in three versions, each with date display. The first model has 3 central hands. The second adds a small second hand to the indication of hours and minutes. On the third version this functionalities are completed by a power reserve indicator.

With an oscillating mass mounted on balls bearings turning in both directions to ensure rapid rewinding of the mainspring, this new movement has a comfortable 45 hour power reserve. The transparent case back reveals this skeleton, black PVD treated oscillating mass engraved with the brand's logo along with the pearly platinum used on the bridge side and the dial side.

The movement's precision is ensured by a regulating organ whose balance oscillates at a frequency of 28 800 oscillations/hour. Jewelling is made of a total of 31 rubies, 2 of which are located at the extremities of the barrel axis, thus efficiently reducing the friction generally observed on these elements in mechanical movements. The adjustment crown is used to make rapid corrections to the date and to action a "second stop" mechanism, which acts directly on the balance to stop the movement immediately.

Extremely reliable, the Ambre movement has successfully passed the so-called "Guillotine" test which, amongst other things, submits the mechanism to a series of shocks to its edge!

Precise, strong and high-performance, the new automatic Ambre movement has been designed to take numerous other functions or complications in the future: Chronograph, Moonphases, Perpetual Calendar, Skeleton, Tourbillon...

Located in Franche-Comté, the Ambre group production unit, where the various development, quality control and encasing workshops for Yonger & Bresson are installed, will this summer be supplement by an assembly workshop exclusively dedicated to complete assembly of this new calibre, which will be managed by Jean-Paul Boillot.

Frédérique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon Grand Feu

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Frederique Constant Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, the Swiss watch brand introduces its new Manufacture Tourbillon Grand Feu. With its hand-enameled dial this will certainly become a highly sought-after rarity. Genuine enamel dials are nowadays made by only a handful of manufacturers with an incredibly rich tradition.

Enameling is an ancient technique where finely powdered colored glass is applied to a metal plate. The metal plate with the glass powder is then backed in an oven, hot enough to melt the glass. This enameling process produces a beautiful deep, shiny surface. Only few of the applied plates will survive the 900+ degree Celsius fire in the oven and produce an even surface. The slightest imperfection in the mixed powder, the supporting metal plate or a dust speckle will ruin the dial and the enameller has to start all over again.



Based on its award-winning Heart Beat Manufacture Calibre, Frédérique Constant developed its Tourbillon fully in-house with a number of unique features:
- Silicium (or Silicon) Escapement Wheel and lever
- Smart Weight Balancing
- Fast Oscillation at 28’800 BpH
- Tourbillon Cage individually numbered

Silicium (or Silicon) Escapement Wheel
The Silicium Escapement Wheel and Lever have the following three main advantages:

Lubricant-free running
1. Age-related thinning and drying of lubrication will no longer occur
2. An escapement wheel without oiling avoids the risk that oil spreads to other parts of the movement.

Very light (low inertia)
The escapement wheel is accelerated and stopped at each tick and tock of the watch.
The lower weight silicium escapement wheel has lower inertia, increasing energy efficiency.

Good friction properties
Lower friction reduces loss of energy, hence the energy requirement for the calibre is lower. With its three main advantages compared to a regular escapement wheel, a Silicium escapement wheel is particularly useful in a Tourbillon mechanism. The reduced weight of the Silicium escapement wheel and the better friction properties result in a substantially higher energy efficiency. As a result, the Frédérique Constant Tourbillon with Silicium escapement wheel has an amplitude of over 300 degrees in dial-up and dial-down positions. Even in the crown-down position, the amplitude is over 275 degrees, which is substantially better than the performance of other high-end tourbillons.

Smart Weight Balancing
The Frédérique Constant Tourbillon Cage consists of 80 individual parts. Each of these parts is produced to the highest possible tolerance, with a precision of 1-2 micron (0.001-0.002 mm). Many of the parts are produced on Frédérique Constant’s ultra precise CNC machines in Plan-les-Ouates. These CNC machines of the latest custom-made generation have a tolerance of 1 micron on the X and Y axes and 2 micron on the Z axe. Even with such a high degree of precision, it is impossible to have a 100% equal distribution of weight in the individual parts; for a Tourbillon to run accurately, an equal distribution of weight is essential. Frédérique Constant solved this problem by the patented “Smart Screw” system on the outer edge of the Tourbillon cage. At first, the Tourbillon cage is constructed with a slight over-weight opposite the Smart Screw system on the main Cage Wheel. Thereafter, a highly skilled watchmaker is able to balance the weight into the center of the Tourbillon cage by adding or exchanging tiny metal rings under the two screws on the main cage wheel. Typically, 8 hours are required for a watchmaker to adjust the tiny rings and balance the weight perfectly for the entire Tourbillon cage.

Fast Oscillation
The Frédérique Constant Tourbillon runs at 4 Hertz whereby the balance wheel beats 28’800 times per hour. Hence, in a Frédérique Constant Tourbillon, the balance wheel swings 28,800 times an hour and the gear train moves forward 691,200 times in 24 hours. In four years, this represents over one billion(!) impulses. Most competing Tourbillons run at 3 Hertz only. The higher ‘Beats per Hour’ (BpH) enable a higher accuracy of the Tourbillon caliber. The higher oscillation also makes the caliber less susceptible to gyration effects.



Individually Numbered
Each Tourbillon cage is individually numbered to show the Limited Edition of 188 pieces. The minuscule top plate in the center of the Tourbillon cage is sequentially numbered during production on the Frédérique Constant CNC machine. The number on the cage will match the Limited Edition number on the case, making the combination of calibre and case unique.



Reference FC-980EGF4H9 – Limited Edition 188 pieces
Movement: Automatic, Calibre FC-980. One minute Tourbillon, balance-cock on dial side. Diameter 30.50mm (13 ¼ ), 28.800 BpH, 33 jewels, Incabloc anti-shock system, Glucydur balance, Nivarox No. 1 balance spring, power reserve 48 hours, bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève and perlage, finished anglage and rhodiage. 188 components; each movement individually numbered.

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Day-Night Indicator

Case: 18K Rose Gold, round shape, three-pieces case, diameter 42mm, thickness 11 mm, antireflective convex sapphire crystal, antireflective sapphire crystal case back, case back secured with 6 screws, water-resistant to 3 atm. Each case individually numbered.

Dial: Genuine Enameled. Fine black Roman numerals, black steel hands, rose gold and blued steel day-night indicator.
Strap: Genuine hand-stitched Alligator leather with water-resistant lining; additional folding buckle included.

Technical specifications: Frédérique Constant Manufacture Tourbillon Grand Feu
· Designation: FC-980-1
· One Minute Tourbillon, Hour, Minute, Day-Night Indicator
· 13 ¼ line (30.5 mm diameter)
· 4 Hz, 28.800 Bph
· Automatic Winding
· 48 Hour Power Reserve
· Efficiency gear train calculated 94%
· Incabloc Regulation
· Incabloc Anti-shock
· Glucydur Balance Wheel
· Nivarox No. 1 Balance Spring (Spiral)
· Amplitude +/- 300° at 0h and +/- 275° at 24h
· Decoration Côtes de Genève, Perlage
· Anglage and Rhodiage on all bridges
· Gold plated rotor decorated with Côtes de Genève

Number of Components
- 80 Tourbillon Cage
- 7 Mainplate and Bridges
- 10 Gear Train
- 5 Automatic Wheels
- 14 Tirette system
- 33 Jewels
- 24 Screws
- 1 Rotor
- 14 Other
- Total: 188

Breguet Classique Grande Complication, Réveil Musical (Only watch 2011)

Swiss luxury watch brand Breguet presents a unique haute horlogerie creation specially made for Only Watch 2011 Charity auction. A patented music box-type mechanism enables this one-of-a-kind white gold Réveil Musical watch to play an equally unique tune, “Castle in the sky”, either on demand or at a pre-set time. And finally, the entirely original dial bearing a child’s hand completes a full rotation to touch the adult hand appearing on the flange, thereby vividly symbolising inter-generational solidarity and support for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Case: round in 18-carat white gold, caseband finely engraved with a musical stave. Diameter: 48mm. Rounded and soldered lugs, screw-secured spring-bars. Caseback personalised for Only Watch 2011 and engraved with the inscription “pièce unique”. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30m).
Dial: rotating hand-guilloche dial featuring a child’s hand stretched out towards that of an adult appearing on the flange. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. The dial centre makes a complete turn when the striking mechanism is activated. Melody “A castle in the sky”. Chapter ring with Roman numerals on the flange. Breguet hollow « moon » tip hands in blued steel. Alarm on/off indication in a circular window between 9 and 10 o’clock. Alarm power-reserve indication visible through an aperture at 3 o’clock.

Movement: mechanical self-winding movement, numbered and bearing the Breguet signature. 55 hour power reserve. Cal. 0900. 17 1/3 lines. 59 jewels. Silicon escape-wheel and lever. Breguet balance with adjusting screws. Breguet balance spring. Frequency 4Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions.

REF. 7803BB159YV01

Harry Winston Midnight GMT Tourbillon Only Watch 2011

For the fourth edition of the Only Watch charity auction, Swiss luxury watch brand Harry Winston dedicates an exclusive model from the Midnight collection. The Midnight GMT Tourbillon for Only Watch 2011 is a one of a kind Haute Horlogerie model that bears the genetic imprint of a brand that has imposed its unique and innovative style on a centuries-old industry. It incorporates many of the iconic Harry Winston signature features.



Topped by a bezel discreetly bearing the three distinctive arches of the Harry Winston’s New York Salon, the case is crafted in platinum exclusively for Only Watch. Its 45 mm diameter magnificently frames a mechanical bidirectional automatic movement. Endowed with a 110-hour power reserve, the mechanism drives the horological complications appearing on en eminently masculine ruthenium dial. The tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock carries the small seconds display, while the GMT display at 9 o’clock is enriched with a day/night indication. The 11 o’clock aperture indicates the cities representing the second timezone, including Monaco in tribute to the Only Watch event. The alternating finishes accentuate the urban and sophisticated spirit of a model brilliantly combining horological tradition with the legendary Harry Winston creativity.



The Harry Winston’s Only Watch 2011 Midnight GMT Tourbillon mingles design and technology to offer a resolutely contemporary vision of time. The pure, finely balanced elegance of this unique model dedicated to a noble cause will doubtless appeal to collectors of fine watchmaking and who appreciate exceptional craftsmanship.




Technical details
Model: Harry Winston’s Only Watch 2011 Midnight GMT Tourbillon
Reference: 450/MATTZ45PL.A

Movement
- Type: Mechanical
- Winding: Automatic winding in both directions
- Functions: Excentered hours and minutes, second hand on the Tourbillon, second time zone at 9 o’clock with day and night indicator

Case
- Material: Platinum
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Case Back: Open / Sapphire
- Diameter : 45 mm
- Water resistance: 30 meters

Dial
- Ruthenium broad snailed dial, excentered hours and minutes dial with sunray finish and fine snailed finish at the center, aperture showing the city (Monaco) at 11 o’clock

Strap: Alligator

Buckle
- Material: Platinum
- Type : Ardillon

Power Reserve: 110 hours
Limited Edition: Piece unique

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel Champlevé Dragon Limited Edition

With the new Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel Champlevé Dragon, the manufacture honors, once again, the lost art of enameling, but this time, it’s through the legend of the Dragon, a symbol of success and prosperity. Legend claims that those who keep the mythical creature close will be granted guidance and protection.

Exuding a fiery spirit, the bright orange and yellow dragon seems ready to leap from the enamel champlevé dial. Set atop a background of the special blue dial of the Classico that represents Ulysse Nardin's distinctive signature (often referred to as Ulysse Nardin Blue), the strong Dragon twists and writhes about the hour markers; an explosion of fire escaping his mouth setting the evening hours ablaze.



The beauty of the dragon dial is the result of Ulysse Nardin's devotion to the lost art of enameling and a refined decorative technique that requires the dedication of a master craftsman. Due to its complex and time-consuming forging process, enamel watches fell into near oblivion since the 1950s, and only such top watch makers as Ulysse Nardin are now able to produce the works.

Each dial is an exceptional creation produced by a skilled artisan using a variety of colors that are created from different metallic oxides. The mastery of enameling depends upon both the personal sensitivity and daily practice of the artist. The technique results in dials that are wearable art designed to honor a centuries-old craft.

Ulysse Nardin is producing 30 pieces of the Classico Dragon 40mm in 18-karat white gold and in 18-karat rose gold. A sapphire crystal exhibition window is featured in the case back, through which the self-winding UN-815 movement can be viewed. The timepiece has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours, and the chronometer is COSC certified.

Each watch is accented by a hand-sewn alligator leather strap with a white- or red -gold tang buckle, empowering its wearer with an image that is both bold and sophisticated.

Technical details
Model: Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel Champlevé Dragon
Ref. 8150-111-2/DRAGON 18ct white gold
Ref. 8156-111-2/DRAGON 18ct rose gold

Movement
UN-815, COSC certified
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Winding: Self-winding movement Functions H/M/s

Case
Diameter: 40 mm
Dial:Enamel champlevé Dragon
Crown: Water-resistant
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case back: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws

Bracelet: Alligator
Limitation: 30 pieces

Ulysse Nardin Ladies Caprice Panda Limited Edition

The new Ulysse Nardin Ladies Caprice Panda timepiece in 18-karat white gold is inspired by Panda, the most loved creature of animal kingdom.

Depicted by a plethora of black and white diamonds on a brilliant white background, the story of the timepiece sparkles with sweetness and depth as a mother panda and her cub feast on their favored treat, bamboo. A true jewel, the dial’s cheerfulness and original beauty is enhanced by vibrant, pinkish-colored rubies marking each hour; as a mother protects her child, the rubies appear to safeguard the bears.



Harnessing its treasured contents firmly in place is its 18-karat white gold case and clear sapphire-crystal case back. Its inner workings feature a superbly efficient, self-winding movement with a power reserve of 42 hours, as well as a diamond-set rotor in 22-karat gold. Also ablaze in diamonds is its stunning bezel, accented by two perfectly centered squares of sixteen diamonds each, drawing the eye in to take a closer look.




A lovely timepiece for a cherished lady, the limited-edition Caprice Panda marks one of Ulysse Nardin’s most memorable collections.

Technical details
Model: Ulysse Nardin Ladies Caprice Panda
Ref. 130-91AC/PANDA 18ct white gold
Ref. 130-91AC-8C/PANDA 18ct white gold
Ref. 130-91FC/PANDA 18ct white gold
Ref. 130-91FC-8C/PANDA 18ct white gold

Movement
- UN-13
- Power reserve Approximately 42 hours
- Winding Self-winding movement Functions H/M

Case
- 34 x 35.4 mm
- Diamonds Case AC - 184 diam, 2.32 ct Case FC – 352 diam, 3.936 ct
- Dial: Panda, 0.502 ct
- Crown: Water-resistant
- Water-resistance: 50 m
- Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Caseback: Open case back with sapphire crystal fixed with screws

Bracelet: Alligator or gallusha or 18 ct white gold
Limitation: 28 pieces

Artya « Fish or Fly ?» 1/1

This time luxury watch brand ArtyA is doing some thing fishy with the art of horology. Its team has dived into the deep waters of the Geneva’s lake to decorate its new model’s dial with real fish scales of fresh water. The silvery and pearly reflections of the dial change according to the light and the position of the Watch, matching the famous struck box. A blue bracelet in authentic perch finalizes the concept of this exceptional aquatic timekeeper available at the price of 3900.--‐CHF in series of unique pieces 1/1.
Technical details
Movement
Entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switerland, the self-­‐winding mechanical movement’s balance oscillates at 28,000 vibrations per hour.

Case
"Coup de foudre" embossed, defaced, tortured and struck by lightning i.e.100,000 volts, 200,000 volts, 500,000 volts and even 1,000,000 volts
Water resistant up to 50 meters

Dial
Each dial is a unique work of art. Hand decorated according to 17 specific artistic techniques up to now unexploited in the watchmaking field. They combine collage, application of dyes and pigments,forging, etc. For this piece, fish scales are added to the dial, giving it a unique and nice finish.

Strap
The hand-­‐sewn strap is made tanned with perch skin


Warranty
24 months

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hermes “Baguette set H-our”

This high jewellery timepiece features baguette-set dial, case and buckle. The principle if baguette-setting consists of selecting the purest diamonds, cutting them one by one and setting them invisibly, without any visible claws, in order to compose a sparkling surface carpeting the entire model. 1000 hours of work went into creating this unique piece of jewellery composed of 360 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 12.3 carats.
Technical details
Functions
Hours, minutes

Movement
Quartz. ETA Calibre 976.001

Dial
750 (18 ct) white gold dial (3.1 grams)
Invisible setting composed of 126 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 3.32 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF – VVS “Rare white +” quality

Case
750 (18ct) white gold (36 grams)
Invisible setting composed of 202 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 7.88 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF-VVS “Rare white+” quality
Crown: baguette-set on the edge
Size: 26 x 26 mm
Watertight to 30 metres
Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal

Strap
Matt indigo blue alligator
Tongue buckle in 750 (18ct) white gold (4.5 grams)
Invisible setting composed of 32 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 1.1 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF-VVS “Rare white +” quality

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hermes Cape Cod Tonneau "Snow Setting" Limited Edition

This exceptional timepiece from Hermes is beautified with a unique gem-setting called snow setting. The principle consists of selecting diamonds rigorously and merging them into the material side by side and playing on their complementary natures and their varying diameters. 160 hours of work went into creating this exceptional piece of jewellery composed of 1,242 “full-cut” diamonds: 449 for the dial, 750 for the case, 42 for the buckle and a cabochon for the crown, totalling 8.33 carats. The Cape Cod Tonneau “snow setting” is available in a limited and numbered edition of 24 pieces.
Technical details
Functions
Hours, minutes

Movement
Quartz. ETA Calibre 255.441

Dial
750 (18 ct) white gold dial (8.6 grams)
Snow setting composed of 449 diamonds ranging from 0.7 to 1.9 mm in diameter and totalling 2.79 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF-VVS “Rare white +” quality

Case
750 (18ct) white gold (54 grams)
Snow setting composed of 750 diamonds ranging from 0.7 to 2.3 mm in diameter and totalling 5.27 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF-VVS “Rare white+” quality
Crown: a 2.9 mm-diameter, 0.07carat cabochon
Size: Tonneau, 30 x 33 mm
Watertight to 30 metres
Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal

Strap
Matt indigo blue alligator
Tongue buckle in 750 (18ct) white gold (5.15 grams)
Snow setting composed of 42 diamonds ranging from 1 to 1.1 mm in diameter and totalling 0.2 carats
“Full-cut” diamonds of Top Wesselton EF-VVS “Rare white +” quality

Edition
Limited numbered edition of 24

Friday, July 1, 2011

CENTURY Opens Their New Tokyo Boutique

CENTURY, the Swiss brand of watches and jewellery in CENTURY sapphire, has announced the official opening of its new Tokyo boutique in the prestigious Ginza district, on 24 June 2011.

For this occasion, CENTURY wanted to create a boudoir-style boutique where it could receive its prestigious clientele. To make this dream reality, Philip W.A. Klingenberg, CEO of the company, entrusted the project to his CENTURY marketing and design team. From outside, elegant dressing-table displays entice the curious client to explore. Once inside, she enters a precious jewel case where femininity is the watchword, with embroidered fabrics, openwork panels, tassels and trimmings… Several small drawers complete with keys beckon the visitor to discover CENTURY's creations as though a jewellery box were about to disclose its hidden treasures.

This intimate boudoir wonderfully conveys brand's key values of modernity, luxury and romance. A veritable voyage through the world of CENTURY, this boutique echoes the contemporary and timeless colours of the House. Skilfully proportioned noble materials, soft tones and precious textiles afford purity and warmth. The corporate off-white is proposed in an infinite palette of tones and materials from floor to ceiling. Small, spotlighted glass showcases set in the walls enhance each creation. This symmetrically-designed boutique, modelled on CENTURY watches, allows clients to freely discover the different collections.

Address
Century Boutique,
ITO building 1F, 
5-12-12 Ginza Chuo-ku, 
104-0061 Tokyo, Japan

Swarovski “D:Light” Edition 2011

The Avant Time concept, which began in 2009 with the launch of Swarovski’s watches at Baselworld, continues to captivate a wide audience. The “D:Light” has become renowned for its perfect combination of highly successful design and a unique movement specially developed by Swarovski. And in 2010, the watch won the prize for the best design of the year with the Red Dot Award.

2011 marks the continuation of the “D:Light” line, with three versions in steel, gold PVD and rubber. At the heart of this technological prowess, 171 “Xilion” cut crystals form the rectangular watch face and give the impression of a crystal bracelet. Made from high-quality stainless steel or PVD, the base for these crystals becomes almost invisible, letting the magic of this piece speak for itself and blurring the distinction between functional timepiece and decorative object. The watch features an oval pushbutton bearing the Swan Logo Mark which, once pressed, allows the crystals to light up by way of a particularly sophisticated mechanism.
The case back engraved with the Swanflower® motif,– and the bracelet in stainless steel or PVD is finished with a stainless steel butterfly closure. The rubber version, already available in black or white, is brought right up to date with an array of striking new colors: red, orange and purple. The strap, which is perfectly round and adjustable to fit the wrist, allows the watch to be placed upon a base which recharges the mechanism by an ingeniously devised induction system. Thus, this watch with its clean and contemporary lines becomes a clock for the home!
A symbol of the synergy between futuristic design and bold technical feats, the “D:Light” watch perfectly demonstrates Swarovski’s avant-garde spirit.

Technical details
Case: Rectangular case in stainless steel.
Dial: Dial composed of 171 Swarovski Xilion crystals.
Strap: Bracelet in polished stainless steel, gold PVD or rubber in white, black, red, orange or purple.
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made, movement exclusive to Swarovski.
Details: Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski OCTEA LADY Blue

The “Octea Lady” is back on the scene with a new key color – blue. Constantly ahead of the game when it comes to fashion, after the success of the purple version produced in 2010, Swarovski once again highlights the originality and scope of its color palette. Directly inspired by Swarovski’s iconic “Nirvana” ring, the faceted blue bezel of the watch is cut from a single piece of crystal.

The “Octea Lady” Blue watch takes color use to the max with its bezel in Midnight Blue crystal. One of Swarovski’s smallest watches at just 32 mm in diameter, its size and rounded form make the piece ultra feminine. Its midnight blue tone echoes the navy blue of the “Octea Sport” Ultra Blue, in a more classic and timeless interpretation. The crystal bezel captures the eye with its color and faceting, playing with the contrast between curves and precise lines: to enhance this, the deep blue aventurine dial is studded with 11 clear crystals, applied by hand to form the indices.
This piece is pure, clear and simple. The simplicity of the dial serves to highlight the Swarovski signature below the metallic Swan Logo Mark, which appears at 12 o’clock and is also repeated under the glass cabochon of the notched crown. The subtle, faceted hands pass smoothly over the exquisite dial. The elegant silhouette of this piece is completed by the butterfly closure and the bracelet in polished and brushed stainless steel. The watch case is engraved on the back with the Swanflower® motif, the name of the design house, the Swiss Made certification and the fact that this decorative watch is water resistant up to 30 meters.

Combining a multitude of sophisticated details, chic and original color and a feminine, timeless shape, the “Octea Lady” Blue watch is the latest addition to a line that is really making its mark.

Technical details
Case: Round stainless steel case with integrated bezel in Dark Indigo Diamond Touch Light crystal, 32 mm, water resistant to 30 meters. Also available with integrated bezel in Amethyst, Jet or clear crystal.

Dial: Aventurine blue dial, 11 hand applied clear crystal indices Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock.

Strap: Strap in brushed and polished stainless steel, butterfly closure. Also available in gold PVD.

Movement: Quartz, Swiss made.
Details: Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski "Dresstime" Edition 2011

Launched the previous year in Basel, the “Dresstime” line has returned in a vibrant color shade for 2011. Another decorative watch, this piece is taking its place among the “must-have” lines of the Swarovski collection.

With an architectural design featuring sober, efficient lines, this watch has a modern and dynamic femininity enhanced by the 12 cut crystals that adorn the bracelet. Purple tones appear throughout Swarovski’s 2010 collection, and this bold new version really makes the color its own. With a succession of horizontal and vertical lines, the polished stainless steel bracelet is punctuated by 12 faceted crystals in Amethyst Diamond Touch Light. The butterfly closure adds the finishing touch to this ultra-chic, supple and comfortable bracelet.
Matching these 12 crystals, the matt purple dial features a purple sunray pattern in the centre and is adorned with 11 hand-applied crystals. The faceted hands regularly pass the Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock, which rests above the Swarovski signature and is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire watch glass. On the back of the case the Swanflower® motif can be seen, engraved alongside certain details: the Swiss Made certification, the watch’s water resistance up to a depth of 30 meters and the Swarovski name. Only the notched crown featuring the metallic Swan Logo Mark brings a hint of curvature to the square, flat and faceted bezel, which epitomizes the perfect geometric form of this watch.

This multifaceted watch functions both as a timepiece and a jewelry item – the perfect compromise for a modern, urban and elegant woman.

Technical details
Case: Square case in stainless steel, water resistant to 30 meters.

Dial: Matt purple dial, featuring central decoration in purple sunray pattern, with 11 indices in clear crystal. Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock.

Strap: Strap and butterfly closure in stainless steel, punctuated with 12 crystals in Amethyst Diamond Touch Light. Also available with clear, Jet or Rose Moonlight crystals.

Movement: Quartz, Swiss made.
Details: Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski “Rock ’N’ Light” Mini

The “Avant Time” concept was launched successfully in 2009 with the “D:Light” watch, expressing Swarovski’s vision of time, and the company’s constant striving towards the avant-garde. This concept has since been exemplified by the “Rock ’N’ Light” watch, now in its second incarnation. This exceptional watch was launched in 2010 in an XXL-sized Limited Edition, unique thanks to the striking watch case cut from a single block of crystal. “Rock ’N’ Light” returns this year with more classic dimensions.

A real exercise in style combining design, innovative crystal sculpture and watch expertise, this mini version is just as outstanding as the original. The three colors that made the watch famous – white, black and prune – show that Swarovski is equally well loved for its classical colors and for its bolder palettes. As impressive as ever, the whole watch case is created from a single block of clear, Jet or Amethyst Satin crystal. Each one of the 32 facets and every edge of this square case reflects the light and shines with a thousand sparkles – the regular forms have been perfectly conceived and executed.
In the center, the two-level tone-on-tone dial is available in natural pearl, black or sunray-patterned prune, perfectly setting off the crystal. This ode to color is punctuated only by 8 crystals, 3 hand-applied indices, the Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock and the delicate Swarovski signature.

Each case back is engraved with the Swanflower® motif, as well as the Swiss made certification and the fact that the watch is water resistant to 30 meters. The strap is in genuine calfskin, available in white, black or prune, and features a faceted ardillon buckle in stainless steel – the perfect finishing touch to this magnificent combination of luxury materials.

Once again, Swarovski has proved that its unique expertise in cut crystal, combined with Swiss watch know-how, results in remarkable, exceptional and truly original timepieces.

Technical details
Case: Case in clear, Jet or Amethyst Satin crystal, water resistant to 30 meters.
Dial: Dial in natural pearl, galvanized black or sunray-patterned prune, rhodium indices and clear crystals at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 o’clock. Swan at 12 o’clock.

Strap: Real calfskin strap in white, black or prune with ardillon buckle in stainless steel.

Movement: Quartz, Swiss made.
Details: Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski Elis Lady

Previously launched in a miniature size and bangle style, the bestselling Elis line is back in 2011 with a more sizeable offering: the “Elis Lady”.

Clearly influenced by Swarovski’s jewelry and accessories collections, “Elis Lady” plays the glamour card with a Crystal Mesh strap in three color versions – silver, black and gold. Crystal Mesh, a spectacular innovation from Swarovski, is made from a multitude of clear or Jet Hematite crystals set in genuine leather. Offering all the flexibility of fabric, here it makes a crystal strap to adorn the “Elis Lady” watch.

The dial, featuring matt edging, a sunray-patterned centre and crystals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, creates high shine with its flat, square pyramid form. Larger than the “Elis Mini”, this piece is styled for evening wear and would be perfect for a cocktail party.
This watch has a sophisticated dial design, with a center in a satin-finish sunray pattern. The two-level dial has 4 indices, one marked by the Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock and the others by 3 hand-applied clear crystals. The delicate, faceted hands in gold- or rhodium-plating steadily measure the passing minutes and hours...

In all of this femininity and luxury, only the notched crown with its rounded cabochon quietly interrupts the architectural lines of this watch. The supreme finishing touch to this magnificent piece is the case back engraved with the Swanflower® motif, the fact that this watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, and the Swiss Made certification guaranteeing an internationally recognized watch movement.

The perfect accessory, combining beauty and functionality, this ultra-chic watch evokes the evening sophistication, luxury and elegance of the modern woman.

Technical details
Case
Square pyramid case in stainless steel or in steel with gold PVD coating, water resistant to 30 meters.

Dial
Silver or black dial with matt edging and sunray-patterned centre in silver or black, featuring clear crystals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock.

Strap
Strap in clear or Jet Hematite Crystal Mesh, lined with smooth calfskin in white or black with magnetic buckle in stainless steel or with gold PVD coating.

Movement
Quartz, Swiss made.

Details
Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski OCTEA SPORT Ultra Khaki Limited Edition

Always creative when it comes to trends, Swarovski presents the Ultra Khaki version of its “Octea Sport” in a Limited Edition of just 3,333 pieces. The style will also be widely available in Ultra Blue.

Revisiting the unidirectional rotating bezel, faceted in a sunray pattern and cut from a single block, the timepiece is adorned with magnificent Khaki Satin crystal. The watch features a sunray-patterned khaki dial, decorated watch face and date indicator at 3 o’clock, as well as the rhodium-plated, hand-applied indices and Arabic numerals. Only the silver-colored, elegantly faceted hands stand out on this perfectly camouflaged watch, which plays on the sobriety of its monochrome khaki theme and subtle tone-on-tone design.
The rubber strap has been recreated in khaki for this piece. Hand-set with six spectacular Khaki Satin crystals, it is completed with a stainless steel ardillon buckle. As usual, the Swan Logo Mark delicately adorns the notched crown in metallic tones beneath the cabochon, and is also repeated at 12 o’clock under the anti-reflective sapphire watch glass.

Engraved on the back of the watch case, the Swanflower® motif perfects the unique look of this piece, which is designed to be water resistant to 50 meters and features a Swiss ETA movement. The “Octea Sport” Ultra Blue version is more widely available and boasts the same technical and artistic details with faceted crystals in Dark Indigo Diamond Touch Light.

The on-trend colors and fashionable designs of the “Octea Sport” Ultra Blue and Ultra Khaki will embellish the wrists of crystal lovers this summer.

Technical details
Case
Round case in stainless steel, 39 mm, integrated unidirectional rotating bezel in Khaki Satin or Dark Indigo Diamond Touch Light, water resistant to 50 meters.

Dial
Khaki or blue dial with sunray pattern and decoration, rhodium-plated indices and Arabic numerals. Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock. Date indicator at 3 o’clock.

Strap
Strap in khaki or blue rubber, decorated with six faceted crystals in Khaki Satin or Dark Indigo Diamond Touch Light. Ardillon buckle in stainless steel.

Movement
Quartz ETA, Swiss made.

Details
Swanflower® motif on the case back, crown decorated with a cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.

Swarovski OCTEA CHRONO Purple

The 2011 collection marks a new step for Swarovski with the introduction of the company’s first chronograph watch.

Ever since its very first watch collection, Swarovski has made a name for itself alongside the biggest brands by adopting horological techniques to guarantee the best time precision. The “Octea Sport” style provides the platform on which to bring together all of the company’s Swiss watch-making expertise and to create a watch of optimal quality – the “Octea Chrono”. This strong addition to the flagship “Octea Sport” line simply had to be made in purple, one of the collection’s key colors.

Design, innovation and precision are the bywords of Swarovski’s Watches collection. With its sporty and ultra-feminine style, the “Octea Chrono” is a perfect combination of elegance and originality.
Its unidirectional rotating bezel, cut from a single piece of clear crystal, reveals the minutes in graduated purple tones upon a sunray-patterned purple dial. The dial features three counters which indicate minutes, seconds and tenths of seconds. The second counter nestles within a circle of pavé crystals, giving the watch a truly chic and feminine touch.

 Swarovski’s name is signed above the date indicator at 4 o’clock, echoing the metallic, hand-applied Swan Logo Mark which appears at 12 o’clock. These touches are complemented by the round, luminescent index markers, classic in sports watch design. As always, the hour and minute hands are faceted and luminescent, and the second hand eagerly marks each passing moment.

The notched crown features the Swan Logo Mark, which is protected by a glass cabochon, and, is flanked on either side by two push buttons that activate the ETA chronograph mechanism.

Slightly larger than the classic “Octea Sport”, the 40 mm steel case presents the Swanflower® pattern and also certifies that the watch is Swiss made. Finished to the highest quality, the watch is water resistant to 50 meters.

A purple rubber strap creates a sporty yet sophisticated look. Its six tone-on-tone Amethyst Diamond Touch Light crystals, set by hand, reaffirm once more the day-to-night elegance of this timepiece. Swarovski has taken a decisive new step in the world of watch-making with this accomplished piece: the high-precision mechanism and fashionable, contemporary styling make for a perfect combination.

Technical details
Case
 Round case in stainless steel, 40 mm, unidirectional rotating bezel in clear crystal, with minutes in graduated purple, white, plum or black, water resistant to 50 meters. Sapphire watch glass with scratchproof antireflective treatment.

Dial
Dial in purple, silver sunray pattern or black, with purple, silver or black ring and exterior decoration, luminescent indices, three miniature counters to indicate minutes, seconds and tenths of seconds, one of which features clear pavé crystal. Swan Logo Mark at 12 o’clock. Date indicator at 4 o’clock.

Strap
Strap in purple rubber featuring six Amethyst Diamond Touch Light crystals or in real alligator-look calfskin, ardillon buckle. Strap in stainless steel with a satinized and polished finish, deployant buckle.

Movement
 ETA chronograph, Swiss made.

Details
Swanflower® pattern on back of case, crown decorated with cabochon featuring the Swan Logo Mark.