Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 COSC

Christopher Ward's C70 DBR1 COSC builds on one of the most successful watches ever made by the luxury British watchmaker. The original C70 DBR1 was created to celebrate Aston Martin's famous victory at Le Mans in 1959 and the new watch shares the design details of the winning car's livery while taking accurate timekeeping to the very highest level.

A mechanical watch which is 99.9% accurate can still lose or gain a minute and a half in only 24 hours - more than the gap which determined first and second place in many a Le Mans race. The C70 DBR1 COSC is accurate to within one second a month and has been certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the institute that measures the accuracy and precision of watches in Switzerland) - an honour bestowed on only 3% of Swiss watches. The C70 DBR1 COSC has only been made in an extremely limited edition of 200 pieces worldwide. Each model features an upgraded ETA 251.232 quartz movement which has an additional 4th chronograph hand that measures minutes allowing the chronograph eyes to measure hours, minutes and tenths of seconds. The COSC certification which accompanies this C70 testifies that the watch is one of the most accurate watches in the world.

Christopher Ward has used no less than five stepping motors to ensure the watch's accuracy. The tiny motors which convert electrical energy are normally used to control lasers or welding robots. When used in timepieces, stepping motors provide extremely accurate movements of the gearing and hands, and the more that are used the more accurate the watch will be.

In 1959, the two co-drivers of the winning Aston Martin, Roy Salvadori (British) and Caroll Shelby (American), completed 323 laps (about 2,700 miles) in the 24-hour race – finishing just ahead of a second Aston Martin DBR1, and some distance ahead of four Ferraris 250 GTs an AC Ace and a Lotus Elite. Of the other 45 entries only 13 cars finished the race. Although Aston Martin has never managed to win Le Mans again, the marque renewed its quest for a second victory in 2009.

The striking design of the C70 DBR1 COSC reflects many of the details of the winning car. The British Racing Green bezel mirrors the colour of the car and the dark charcoal trim of the winning Aston Martin provides the background colour for the face and three dials. Even the watch’s hands pick up on the DBR1’s white needles on the speedometer and fuel gauge and its red rev counter. The large numbers on the dial reflect the giant numbers in white circles that were on the side of every 1959 Le Mans car.

The highly collectible watch will launch in October 2011 at a price of just £575 replacing the original C70 DBR1 which sold out in record time!

Bell & Ross Opens its First Store in Beijing, China

Bell & Ross, the Franco-Swiss brand that creates watches for professionals inspired by airplane instrument panels continues to pursue its international development.

The brand announced today the opening of its first boutique in Beijing China, a strategic step for the brand that attests to its dynamic international growth.

After a series of openings in Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau that signaledits expansion strategy into the Asian market, the brand goes one step further by establishing itself in the Chinese capital. Bell & Ross celebrated this event byintroducing three exclusive and limited editionsto the delight the many collectors and enthusiasts of the brand in China.: blue versions of Bell &Ross‘ iconic models: BR01 Radar, BR01 Compass and BR01 Airborne, limited to a hundred pieces each.

The store perfectly reflects the identity and principles that defineBell & Ross watches: pure lines and timeless elegance. The boutique’s glossy black trimmed windows coupled with Wenge wooden panels set the tone, a modern yet intimate atmosphere.

Customers are invited to make themselves comfortable in leather armchairs so they can discover the entire Bell & Ross collection ranging from the BR Instruments to professional and vintage lines as well as limited editions.

The store also has a black light display, providing an optimal setting to view photo luminescent models in the dark.

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents 80th Anniversary of the Legendary Reverso Unique Reverso personalized by ZEP, Famous creator of “Titeuf”

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a unique Reverso born as a result of its encounter with Zep, a famous cartoonist of “Titeuf” comic series.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, an iconic model of the Grande Maison in Le Sentier, Switzerland, Zep personalized a dial in enamel of a Reverso à eclipses in pink gold. This artistic execution will be issued as a unique piece. Zep, a renowned Swiss artist, drew his inspiration from a visit to the Manufacture last April. Enamelling, along with engraving, is one of the rare crafts developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Today the enameling atelier located on the Manufacture’s site comprises three persons. They perform a wide variety of personalization offers in enamel on the Reverso’s case-back and also on the dials. These artists execute unique pieces using skills that combine tradition with the spirit on invention, developing new techniques that are revealed each year in the new collections. The unique Reverso customized by Zep in enamel and pink gold will be auctioned by the Artcurial auction house on November 29, 2011 in Paris for the benefit of “Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”.

A long time ago, back in 1931, in a dusty vortex and to the accompaniment of horses’ hooves hammering, an idea was born: a watch with a dial that could protect itself from shocks, all the while offering a personalized engraved case-back. Eighty years later, the Reverso, the one and only truly polo watch in the world, has progressed from watchmaking icon to cult status. The Grande Maison is honored to introduce the new creation to the public at a preview in the Veytay Polo Club in Switzerland during the finals of Jaeger-LeCoultre Polo Masters Geneva.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Challenger 40 Chrono Diamonds

The Admiral’s Cup Challenger 40 Chrono Diamonds is an elegant and sporty timepiece in a 40 mm diameter that perfectly suited to feminine wrists of those who love for adventurous life.

Responding to the new trends, CORUM has created a subtle alliance in the Challenger 40 Chrono Diamonds between the signature characteristics signaling its belonging to the Admiral’s Cup line, and a set of delightfully refined feminine details. The three counters are adorned in Polynesian mother-of-pearl, black or white according to the version. The twelve-sided bezel sparkles with 66 diamonds (totaling 0.92 carats), while the openworked central hour and minute hands create a light, dynamic aesthetic. Finally, the Corum key serving as a counterweight to the central sweep seconds hand sets the perfect finishing touch to this exquisitely delicate watch face.
However, it is perhaps the chronograph function that best expresses the authentic strength of this timepiece. Equipped with a mechanical automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve – COSC chronometer-certified Caliber CO984 – the Admiral’s Cup Challenger 40 Chrono Diamonds displays the hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock, along with a sweep seconds hand, a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and a date window at 4.30.

Available in polished and satin-brushed steel fitted with a rubber strap, or in 18-carat red gold with a crocodile strap and gem set dial, this extremely chic chronograph is available in a choice of black or white. It is water-resistant to 100 or 50 meters depending on the version.

Technical details
Model: Admiral's Cup Challenger 40 Chrono Diamonds

References
984.970.85/0089 PN37: white dial
984.970.85/0081 PN36: black dial

Movement
CO984, Self-winding chronograph, COSC certified
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
37 jewels
Special CORUM finish, including the oscillating weight engraved with the brand name
Power reserve of 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Chronograph with counters; small seconds at 3 o’clock, 12 hours at 6 o’clock, 30 minutes at 9 o’clock

Case
18kt red gold 5N case with vulcanized rubber bezel, set with 66 diamonds, total: 0.924ct
40mm diameter Crown in 18kt red gold 5N, engraved with CORUM key
Vulcanized crown protector
18kt red gold 5N screwed open back
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance: 5 atmospheres (165 feet / 50 meters)

Dial
White or black
3 counters with mother-of-pearl
12 nautical pennant hour-markers on the flange
Red gold 5N minute numeral and 8 diamonds
Red gold 5N facetted hour and minute hands with Superluminova
Red gold 5N counters hands with Superluminova
Red gold 5N seconds hand counterweight shaped like the CORUM key
Date indication in a window at 4.30 o’clock


Strap
Genuine black or white crocodile leather, width 21/18 mm
Buckle: 18kt red gold 5N tongue buckle with CORUM logo

Friday, August 26, 2011

RAYMOND WEIL "jasmine"

Swiss watchmaking Brand, RAYMOND WEIL presents "jasmine", the new exclusively feminine collection.

jasmine, a name from a far-away place, from Asia and the Orient, embodies the absolute femininity of its wearer. Whichever interpretation you prefer, whether it be the Chinese first name, “Jian Ming”, the first part of which represents the good and the beautiful; or the queen of the flowers in India’s gardens, where it has been cultivated since the dawn of time; or the soft and ever gentle thorn that pierces the heart of lovers chosen by Kama, the Hindu god of love, the name “Jasmine” already speaks for itself…

In the Brand’s purest tradition, the new jasmine collection combines all the elements of RAYMOND WEIL’s feminine watches: a voluptuously rounded, curved case; horns merging perfectly with the bezel in its most discreet version, or submerged in the brilliance of its diamonds in the set version; bracelet wrapping harmoniously around the wrist in refined elegance; dial embellished with blue-tinted, leaf-shaped hands - jasmine exuding modernity, classicism and exclusivity is the perfect reflection of the RAYMOND WEIL woman.



However, the RAYMOND WEIL woman is as varied as the flowers in a garden. In its automatic or quartz version, with a 29 or 35mm diameter, with or without a diamond setting, in stainless steel or pink gold, the jasmine will light up women’s eyes from East to West. In its version on a leather strap, the new-born from RAYMOND WEIL would be perfect for an evening in town with its pink gold case and its diamonds reflecting like Bengal lights.

Technical details

Ref 2629 STS 00659
Movement: Mechanical – RW2000
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 25 rubies

Functions
- Hours, minutes and seconds
- Date: Round window at 3 o’clock

Case
- Round – Polished steel set with 28 diamonds
- Diameter: 29mm
- Thickness: 9.6mm
- Crown: Fluted steel with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment

Dial
- Silver, snailed central décor
- Indexes Black transferred Roman numerals
- Hands: Blued steel type, leaf-shaped

Case back: Sapphire crystal
Bracelet: Polished steel with folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Ref 2935 S5 00659
Movement : Mechanical – RW4200
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 26 rubies

Functions
- Hours, minutes and seconds
- Date: Round window at 3 o’clock

Case
- Round – Polished steel
- Diameter: 35mm
- Thickness: 9.7mm
- Crown: Fluted in rose gold PVD 5N with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment

Dial
-Silver, snailed central décor
- Indexes: Black transferred Roman numerals
- Hands: Blued steel type, leaf-shaped

Case back: Sapphire crystal
Bracelet: Two-tone polished steel and rose gold PVD 5N. Folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

Ref 5235 STS 00659
Movement: Quartz
Jewels: 7 rubies

Functions
- Hours, minutes
- Date: Round window at 3 o’clock

Case
- Round – Polished steel set with 29 diamonds
- Diameter: 35mm
- Thickness: 7.9mm
- Crown: Fluted steel with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment

Dial
- Silver, snailed central décor
- Indexes: Black transferred Roman numerals
- Hands: Blued steel type, leaf-shaped

Case back: Sapphire crystal
Bracelet: Polished steel with folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Ref 2935 PCS 00659
Movement: Mechanical – RW4200
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 26 rubies

Functions
- Hours, minutes and seconds
- Date: Round window at 3 o’clock

Case
- Round – Rose gold PVD 5N set with 29 diamonds
- Diameter: 35mm
- Thickness: 9.7mm
- Crown: Fluted rose gold PVD 5N with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment

Dial
- Silver, snailed central décor
- Indexes: Black transferred Roman numerals
- Hands: Blued steel type, leaf-shaped

Case back: Sapphire crystal
Strap: Black, full skin, saddle-stitched alligator, equipped with a rose gold PVD 5N folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system
Water-resistance: 5 ATM

URWERK UR-1001 Zeit Device

Time-measuring instruments have marked significant epochs in history for millennia. Six thousand years ago, the shadows cast by obelisks in the Sumerian city of Ur revealed the passage of the sun; two thousand years ago, astronomers in ancient Greece used the Antikythera mechanism to calculate the positions of the sun, moon and planets in the heavens; and in the 18th century, John Harrison's H4 clock enabled safe and accurate navigation by sea.

Swiss luxury watch maker URWERK now endows the 21st century with its own epoch-defining time – or Zeit in German – measuring instrument: The UR-1001 Zeit Device. In our fast-paced lives we often describe time as 'fleeting' and our timepieces reflect this perception by measuring relatively short intervals – by geological or astronomical scales – i.e. seconds, minutes and hours. A few watches take a longer view and track days, months and years, some even leap years.But rarely do timepieces do justice to a universe measured in billions of years – as a true Zeit Device should.

The UR-1001 is a true Zeit Device: It is a grand über complication both measuring and quantifying the era in its entirety, from a solitary second to an astronomical millennia. Exuding force from a case seemingly carved from a block of solid metal, the UR-1001 marks the passage of time in seconds, minutes, hours, day/night, date, month, years, 100 years and all of the way to a monumental 1,000 years!

The Zeit Device houses a constellation of indications, including orbiting satellites and a comet-like flying retrograde. Dials, springs, satellites, carrousels, retrograde spiral spring were all manufactured in-house by URWERK, as were most of the components in the Zeit Device's complications and indications.

The AlTiN UR-1001 is a limited edition of 8 pieces in AlTiN treated steel with titanium elements.

Dial side
1. Hour Satellite Complication
The Hour Satellite Complication of the Zeit Device is a ‘flying’ design in that there is no top bridge supporting the carrousel. The mechanism requires a bottom support only, which allows maximum appreciation of the satellite hour and retrograde minute complications.

The complication comprises a rotating central carrousel supporting three hour satellites, each cubic satellite marked with four hour numbers on their four faces. As the carrousel turns, the satellites not telling the time rotate on their vertical axis so that their top number has the new hour ready to replace the old. Hours and minutes are able to be set backwards without affecting the calendar functions.

2. Retrograde Minute Hand
The Retrograde Minute Hand is fixed to a sprung ring around the circumference of the satellite complication. This ring is pushed along a guide rail by the hour satellite. A swan’s neck spring on each arm of the carrousel engages two coaxial star-cams that slide along the guide rail carrying the minute hand. When the minute hand gets to the end of the rail at 60 minutes, the star-cams trip over to release the minute hand, which springs back to zero at the start of the scale where it rendezvous with the next satellite hour. A small bar of platinum on the sprung ring acts as a counterweight to the minute hand pointer. A safety device ensures that the minute hand cannot rotate past 63 minutes, even in case of a shock.

3. Day Night and Power Reserve Indicator
The Day/Night indicator is a rotating disc marked with Black Super-LumiNova for the night, white brushed-ruthenium for day and a striped mix for dusk/dawn. While useful in its own right, the Day/Night indicator comes into its own when setting the calendar mechanism to ensure that the date changes at midnight rather than midday.

The Power Reserve indicator monitors the amount of power in the mainspring up to 39 hours and features a red warning zone to remind the owner when the Zeit Device needs refuelling.

4. Revolving Satellite Calendar
The Revolving Satellite Calendar is a original – both technically and graphically – calendar complication completely developed in-house by URWERK. Visually it is in the same family as the hour satellite complication, with months and date replacing hours and retrograde minutes. However, whereas the hours rotate across the minutes with unchanging 60-minute regularity, the month automatically adjusts the last date on the calendar complication according to whether it has 30 or 31 days.

At the end of 30 day months — April, June, September and November — the date advances automatically to the 1st of the following month. The date wheel has 93 teeth and goes around in three months carrying the three-armed carousel. Mounted on the date wheel are three Maltese crosses, each corresponding to a satellite of four months at the opposite end of the date wheel. At the end of the short months, a finger on a Maltese cross intervenes to make the date wheel advance two days to the next month.

Back side
Turning the UR-1001 over and flipping over the protective cover reveals an alternative universe of longer timescale indications to those on the front. The dominating feature through the display back is the underneath of the hour satellite complication and retrograde minute mechanism, its dark surface set off by bright ruby bearings. The Oil Change, 100-year and 1000-year are longer-term indications lying under a protective cover on the back of the Zeit Device and are driven by the operation of the movement. 1. Oil Change indicator
The shortest time interval measured on the back is the 5-year Oil Change indicator at centre right, which alerts the user when a service is due after three years when the dial changes from white (years one to three) to red (years three to five). This is counter is reset to zero when the timepiece is serviced.

2. 100-year indicator
The 100-year indicator advances in 5-year increments and acts like the odometer of a car. Where a car’s odometer keeps track of the total distance number at vehicle has driven, the 100-year and 1000-year indicators of the UR-1001 register the total running time of the movement.

3. 1000-year indicator
When the hand reaches the 100-year mark, the small pointer at the bottom of the 1000-year indicator on the left takes a small – small for the Zeit Device, but a giant leap for mankind – 100-year step upwards on its imperceptibly slow, but deliberate journey to a new millennium.

Case
The case of the UR-1001 is in AlTiN coated stainless steel. AlTiN – Aluminium Titanium Nitride – is an industrial surface treatment originally developed to reduce the wear of machine cutting tools. The very properties that make AlTiN suitable for industrial applications, e.g. increased oxidation resistance and hardness, coupled with its semi-matte black colour make it an ideal high-tech coating to protect the Zeit Device.

Fine finishing
The fine finishing and decoration throughout the case, dials and components of the Zeit Device are a harmonious blend of the contemporary and the traditional, echoing URWERK’s ethos of 21st century watchmaking based on a solid foundation of the very best in traditional horology. Circular lines engraved into the top of the case give hint to the fact that the form of the Zeit Device’s case is actually a circle with cut sides. Clous de Paris guilloche on the dial provides both a rich texture and a pleasing contrast with the flat surfaces on the indications. The satellites and their hands feature diamond-cut bevels that reflect light during the day, while flush embedded white Super-LumiNova ensures legible reading of the time at night. Clous de Paris guilloche surfaces continue on the back of the timepiece and in a tip of the hat to URWERK’s home, Geneva waves are engraved on sections of the bridge supporting the base of the Hour Satellite Complication.

ARCAP
URWERK is one of a very few watch brands – perhaps the only – making extensive use of ARCAP is their timepieces. ARCAP alloys are a proprietary group of alloys that do not contain iron and so are non magnetic. They have very high tensile strength and they are resistant to oxidation – unlike the commonly used brass that has to be plated – chemical corrosion, low temperatures and are stable under temperature changes. And compared to brass, ARCAP is more stable when machined and does not retain tension, which makes it able to be machined to higher precision. ARCAP’s advantages do not come free of charge and it wears machine tools out at a 5X higher rate than brass. In the UR-1001, the mainplate, baseplate, carrousels, satellites, dials, bridges, retrograde spiral spring and retrograde u-springs are all in ARCAP.

Winder/Display case
The combined automatic winder and display case of the Zeit Device is in polished, solid walnut with buffalo leather lining. The case can sit on a desk with the timepiece securely held (push-fit) in a vertical position with the dial side in full view. Every 10 or 15 minutes – the interval is adjustable according to whether the timepiece requires fast winding or maintaining winding – the Zeit Device is rotated 185° and slowly oscillates to rest, causing a winding rotor to charge the mainspring. Keeping the Zeit Device wound in this way minimises the necessity of having to reset the calendar functions after the movement has stopped.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre: UR-10.01
Jewels: 51
Escapement: Swiss lever
Balance: Monometallic
Frequency:28,800v/h, 4Hz
Balance spring: Flat
Power source: Single mainspring barrel
Power reserve: 39 hours
Winding system: Unidirectional winding rotor
Time mechanism: Double star retrograde with aluminium ring and platinum counterweight
Calendar mechanism:93 tooth wheel, 3 Maltese crosses
Retrograde minutes: Anti-shock safety device
Retrograde minute spring: Spiral of 6.5 turns, dimensions 174.4mm x 0.1mm x 0.3mm with mobile piton (adjustable pin). Long length ensures flat torque curve
Plates and bridges: Baseplate in ARCAP
Screws: Titanium non-oxidising
Surface finishes: Circular-grained, Côtes de Genève and DLC treated mainplate and baseplate, chamfered and polished screw heads

Indications
Dial side
Revolving satellite hour complication
Retrograde minutes
Revolving satellite calendar with months and dates
Day/night indicator: black Super-LumiNova for night, white brushed-ruthenium for day, mix for dusk/dawn
Power-reserve indicator 39 hours with red low-power zone
Running seconds: three-handed indication displaying 3 x 20 seconds on a 120° dial
Côtes de Genève on Day/Night and Power Reserve indicator dials

Back side
“Oil change” indicator (5 years)
Running-time indicator for 100 years
Linear running-time indicator for 1,000 years

Surface finishes:
Sandblasted carousel
PE-CVD and DLC treated mainplate, baseplate, dials and satellite complications
Satin-finished and diamond-polished satellites
Super-LumiNova treatment on markers

Setting and winding
Three-position winding crown
Position 1 against case: winding
Position 2 one click: month and date
Position 3 two clicks: setting hours and minutes

Case
The AlTiN UR-1001 Zeit Device is a limited edition of 8 pieces in AlTiN treated steel with titanium elements.
Material: AlTiN steel with titanium elements
Chain: Hand-made, heat-blackened steel links featuring bespoke URWERK clasp with carbineer closure
Dimensions: 106mm x 62mm x 23mm
Glasses: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: Pressure-tested to 3ATM
Surface finishes: Micro-sandblasted

Christopher Ward launches their first ever automatic watch certified by COSC.

Christopher Ward's C50 Malvern COSC is the luxury watchmaker's first ever automatic chronometer certified by COSC. Only 3% of all Swiss watches are certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres – the institute which measures the accuracy and precision of watches in Switzerland. The Malvern C50 COSC is not only extraordinarily accurate it is also limited to just 200 pieces worldwide – making it extremely collectible. As the company’s first ever COSC automatic, it is fitting that it is an updated 39mm version of Christopher Ward’s first ever watch – the timeless and iconic C5 Malvern. The new chronometer is powered by a top grade ETA 2836-2 movement which has a 38 hour power reserve. It features a new galvanic ivory finish on its dial as well as a day and date function. The classic watch, complete with its COSC certification, costs just £599 and is available from October 2011.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ArtyA " Son of a Gun" Watch Collection

Many high-end collectors are also gun lovers, delighting in the craftsmanship and attention to detail of a high-end firearm. To celebrate this slightly strange marriage between Swiss high watchmaking and firearms, Yvan Arpa for ArtyA introduces the Son of a Gun Watch. A collector has ordered this exceptional timepiece from Yvan Arpa, creator and consultant in high watchmaking for his brand ArtyA. To debut the collection Artya has imagined a watch containing real bullets. With a bezel and inner dial like a target sight, the piece showcases six 6mm Flobert bullets suspended in the dial almost like the barrel of a revolver. Use of copper wire like dynamite wire and the iconic 47mm wide steel case display Artya brand DNA. Technical details
Movement
- Self-winding movement entirely manufactured in Switzerland with rotor upgraded with three real 38 mm cartridges
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Jewelling: 25 jewels

Case, dial and strap
- Stainless steel grade 316, with target bezel engraved, between the dial and case six REAL 6mm Flobert bullets are suspended (like in Russian Roulette)
- Dial: Follow up of the target engravement
- Diameter: Ø47mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Back: Open, fitted with a sapphire crystal
- Water resistance: 50 meters
- Bracelet: Ballistic style
- Warranty: 24 months

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VALBRAY V.01 - Titanium Extension (2011) : Titanium Red Gold & Titanium Full Black

The V.01 collection - a watch which changes appearance through manual rotation of the bezel - is enriched by a new titanium model.

The lightness of this new material - and its sanded aspect, due to the smoothness of the satin - emphasize the sporting side of the watch. The waterproofing extends to 5 atmospheres, thanks to its in-depht construction. The technical aspects are enhanced by the hours and minutes path, engraved on the bezel, and by the new multi-layered which is both extremely slim and based upon a honeycomb grid.

The date on the top left completes a dial configuration based on the co-presence of different circles: the hours and minutes chronograph cursors, with a refined linear layout, and the seconds wheel.

The 3h,5 metallic indication is set to the right side of the dial, giving the watch another touch of personality. The black and marine canvas bracelets are water resistant and perfectly embrace the casing thanks to a metallic insert. The V.01 Titanium extension presents two new models: The V.01 Titanium / Red Gold & V.01 Titanium/Full Black

The V.01 Titanium / Red Gold
The V.01 Titanium / Red Gold model contra poses the sporting and modern aspects of the titanium with the more classical and elegant aesthetics of the gold. The honeycomb gives a dual color to the dial: according to the positioning of the watch it appears black or metallic.This effect renforces the watch concept of duality ( chronograph dial / 3 hand dial) The red gold hands create a striking contrast with the black of the diaphragm blades. The case has red gold inserts, PVD buttons and a red gold and PVD crown.

V.01 Titanium/Full Black
Every piece of the V.01 Titanium is given by a black DLC treatment. The different materials and finishing allow the fine details of the watch to appear, depending on the angle of light.The "hide and reveal" game of the diaphragm blades become the global concept on this V.01 Full Black model; the elements unmask their selves little by little, depending on the angle from which the timepiece is viewed.

Concept
The rotating bezel and its obturation system are a high-precision micro-mechanical masterpiece. Its groundbreaking, sophisticated build is engineered for superior ergonomics, smooth operation and countless rotation cycles.

Valbray tackled several challenges to make it:


- Building the entire mechanical system into a 45-mm-diameter bezel, with 30-mm diameter dial
- Overlaying two dials with different features
- A perfectly round, concentric opening regardless of the watch’s calibre
- The rotating bezel is watertight

The obturator system has several functions:
-Esthetic: To hide or reveal one of the two dials and play with the contrast between the classical look, when the obturator is close, and the sportive one, when it's open.
-Functional: The closed position allows a simplified reading of the hour and minute because it hides the chronograph functions.
-Fun: The interaction with the bezel and the sensation of touch adds a fun dimension to the watch.

The case is ovoid and identifiable by pulled lines and shinning chamfer. The sculpted edges radiate that energy and nestle the hallmark jutting crown and buttons. The case’s novel architecture is a modular combination of watertight compartments that allow us to use the best available materials for each feature (visual or technical).

The dial appears little by little according to the bezel rotation. The V of the logo emerges, with the fun 3,5. The dial is in relief. The back honeycomb is a very hard and accurate work. Each surface is divided in distinct pieces which are sculpted in the mass and hand finished. This decomposition allows an infinite variation of colour and finish. The dial is hand assembled and set, like a puzzle. The machining of these thin pieces requires strong skills and a precision of less than 0,01mm in order to make the assembly with high precision. These effects are not doable with a stamped dial.

The hands of hour and minutes present the originality to be fully machined in one bloc that allows beautiful facets. Energetic and sharp, these hands are the result of more than 20 manufacturing operations. Cast in one piece, sculpted and openwork in the mass, these identifiable hands are hand - faceted, brushed and angled. These delicate operations need the knowhow of very skilled workers.

The rotator is decomposed into 17 parts carefully designed with a particular geometry recalling the hands style. It is provided with ceramic balls bearing that do not require lubrication and with arms that allow radial shock absorption.

The bracelets are in black mat marine canvas, handmade and equipped by a patented deploying buckle extremely thin and reliable. Subdivided in different parts, it has a lot of details and it represents the style of the watch.

Technical details

Reference
VR01 E (Titanium Red Gold)
VR01 F (Titanium Full Black)

Materials
Titanium grade 5, Red Gold and PVD treatment (Titanium Red Gold)
Titanium grade 5 and DLC treatment

Functions
Chronograph
Double display mechanism ( obturator) actuated manually by turning the bezel

Movement
Reference: V.CA1
Type : mechanical and automatic chronograph
Finishing : hand decorated
Rotor : Redesign tri-material rotor winding made in 17 parts ON CERAMIC BALL BEARING
Frequency 28 800 alt/h (4hz)
25 functional jewels
44 Hours of power reserve

Obturator
Type : 16 blades with a multilayer treatment
Design : Constant circular opening
Color : Black blades / Grey bezel

Dial
Multi –layered based on a honeycomb grid

Sapphire crystal
Bezel: anti reflective coated double side
Back: antireflective coating single side

Strap
Extra-mat black marine canvas, hand made
Patented deployant buckle with a thin design

Limited edition
250 pieces numbered

Monday, August 1, 2011

BERTOLUCCI GIOCO

Structured and startling, the BERTOLUCCI GIOCO high jewellery wristwatch was born as a result of the perfect alliance between the traditional high end jewellery and the candid interpretation of feminine fantasy.

Launched in 2009, GIOCO celebrates the hypnotic beauty of women, whose unique appearance illuminates the evenings and captures the entire attention. Dedicated to adorn the wrist of the most elegant and discerning, each model is created in a limited edition of only five pieces.

True objects reflecting the art of bespoken jewellery, entirely crafted by hand, each GIOCO timepiece emphasises the mystery of seduction with such a pure dial, which seemingly slides indefinitely into a swirling abyss of 18 carat gold. An innovative and complex construction gives life to a bezel made of 6 different elements, set one by one and assembles by hand on the dial. The BERTOLUCCI GIOCO features no crown and the time setting of the Swiss movement is done by a corrector discretely positioned on the caseback. We highlight three breath taking GIOCO timepieces here.

Reference: HJ.153.50.67.8.301.101
At the zenith of sunny days on the Riviera, the gold model set with 177 diamonds equalling almost 4 carats, takes all its grandness and plays with incomparable lustre and tantalising charm.
Case
18 ct 5N rose gold
Full cut diamonds in FG (Top Wesseltin) colour and IF-VVS clarity
Rectangle, 41.70 X 49.20 mm, 10.15mm thickness
Set with 177 diamonds, 3.85 carats
Sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment and brown metallization at 6'o clock
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case back: screw on with 4 screws

Functions
Hours and minutes, time setting by a corrector on the case back

Dial
White natural mother of pearl
Hands: Dauphine, polished, rose gold plated

Movement
Swiss quartz Calibe ETZ E01.701

Bracelet
Kid leather strao on 18 carat rose gold polished pin buckle
Various straps available on request

Reference: HJ.153.50.69.88.171.101
At dust on magic Italian evenings, the second GIOCO model glitters in white gold combine with its case, dial and buckle adorned with 527 full cut diamonds, which sparkle amidst the warm, enlightened evenings.

Case
18 ct white gold
Full cut diamonds in FG (Top Wesselton) colour and IF-VVS clarity
Rectangle, 41.70X49.20 mm,
10.15mm thickness
Paved with 362 diamonds, 4.90 carats
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and brown metallization at 6'o clock
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case back: screw on with 4 screws

Functions
Hours and minutes, time setting by a corrector on the caseback

Dial
Paved with 66 diamonds - 0.17 carat (Full cut diamonds in FG (Top Wesselton) colour and IF-VVS clarity)
Hands: Dauphine, polished, rhodium plated

Movement
Swiss quartz Calibre ETZ E01.701

Bracelet
Kid leather strap on 18 carat white gold pin buckle set with 99 diamonds - 0.41 carat (Full cut diamonds in FG (Top Wesselton) colour and IF-VVS clarity)
Various straps available on request

Reference: HJ.153.50.69.88.WBB.171.101
In this version, GIOCO glitters in white gold combines with its case, dial and buckle adorned with 159 invisible set baguette diamonds (13.43carats).
Case
18 ct white gold
White and black baguette diamonds (Top Wesselton, colour and IF-VVS clarity)
All polished and fully paved in an invisible setting with 111 baguette diamonds - 11.83 carat
Rectangle, 41.70X49.20 mm, 10.15mm thickness
Paved with 362 diamonds, 4.90 carats
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and black metallization at 6'o clock
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case back: screw on with 4 screws, specially engraved with the limited edition number

Functions
Hours and minutes, time setting by a corrector on the caseback

Dial
Fully paved in an invisible setting with 36 white baguette diamonds - 0.70 carat (Top Wesselton, colour and IF-VVS clarity)
Hands: Dauphine, black plated

Movement
Swiss quartz Calibre ETZ E01.701

Bracelet
Black shiny lizard leather strap with an 18kt white gold pin buckle with 12 white baguette diamonds in invisible setting, 0.90 carat, (Top Wesselton, colour and IF-VVS clarity), Quick release system for easy interchanging for straps.
Various straps available on request