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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

GoS Watch & Knife Set (Vile watch & Oden Knife)

In 2011, Swedish watch maker GoS presented a new concept with a matched set with a GoS watch and knife. The watch and knife share a new damascus steel pattern that has been invented and developed by the master bladesmith Johan Gustafsson. The knife and watch are named Oden and Vile, after two brothers in Nordic mythology.

The Vile watch case has lug screws in damascus steel that match the GoS trademark oversized damascus steel crown. Prehistoric Baltic coral has similar patterns to the new damascus steel pattern and was the material that Johan choose for the knife handle.The newly developed pattern is named as wildflower, which characteristics is especially prominent in the watch dial.

The GoS watch and knife set with Vile and Oden will be produced on order and limited to 5pcs. Some customization, e.g. applying Johan's skills in steel coloring to the damascus steel parts will also be possible.

The Vile watch and Oden knife is the first watch and knife pair to be delivered in the new GoS Watch & Knife set presentation box. The boxes are individually crafted by Sture Nyberg, a local woodcraft artisan who is well known for his work which he regularly exhibit. The box is crafted in an ancient technique called "svepask" in Swedish and is so specific to the Baltic region that it does not have an English name. The material is thin birch wood that is moisturized and bent over a round template. Birch root is then used to lock the shape with a seam. The box receives a darker tone by adding color pigments to linseed oil. An additional wax coating is then added after the oil has dried. The wax is then polished to a deep finish after being left to harden for a week.

Gustafsson & Sjögren will continue to present new watch and knife combinations, which will then be available and produced on order. It is also possible to order customized sets in the same manner as GoS provide custom watches.

Friday, September 2, 2011

DAVOSA World Traveller: Chronograph & Automatic Four Hands (2011)

The new World Traveller models from Swiss watchmaker DAVOSA can best be described as frequent flyer or travel watches. Thanks to their GMT function, these watches display two time zones at one time. In 2011, DAVOSA introduced two new models in this collection: World Traveller Chronograph & World Traveller Automatic Four Hands.

The World Traveller will be available from specialist watch retailers in an automatic version for 998 euros and as a chronograph for 1,898 euros. A further striking feature of these watches is their design that harks back to the 1970s.

The chronograph model, in particular, catches the eye with its tri-colour design on the hands, dial and smaller auxiliary dial at 9 o’clock. Inside the watch you will naturally discover Swiss quality: The glass back of both the chronograph and the four-handed version reveals the workings of an exceptionally refined Swiss mechanical movement (ETA 7754-2 and ETA 2893-2 respectively).

Technical details
The World Traveller models
Chronograph: Ref. 161.502.15 (silver dial), 161.502.45 (blue) and 161.502.55 (black)
Automatic: Ref. 161.501.15 (silver dial), 161.501.45 (blue) and 161.501.55 (black)

Case
-Case: satined and polished stainless steel
- Diameter: 44mm, thickness: 12.3mm (automatic) and 15.7mm (chronograph)
- Fixed bezel with 24-hour scale for second time zone readings
- Hands and indices applied with Super-LumiNova luminescent pigment
- Hand-applied indices
- Sapphire crystal
- Screwed glass back
- Water resistance up to 50m

Movement
-Chronograph movement: ETA 7754-2, top-of-the-range rhodinised movement with blued screws, pearlised bridges, rotor with Côtes de Genève (Geneva stripes)
- Automatic movement: ETA 2893-2 blued screws, rhodinised, rotor with Côtes de Genève

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DAVOSA Argonautic Ceramic Chronograph

Swiss watchmakers DAVOSA are expanding their Argonautic range to include a new model: A divers’ chronograph with a helium escape valve and a ceramic bezel. The watch can dive to a depth of 300 metres and, like the models without chronograph function, fulfils all professional diving requirements. These include water resistance to extreme depths, a robust case, reliable movement and a unidirectional rotatable ring for safe diving time measurements, as well as excellent readability in the dark.

Divers’ chronographs with comparable features and the high-quality Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement used in this watch can easily cost several thousands of euros. DAVOSA presents a competitive alternative in the Argonautic Ceramic Chronograph: Starting at 1,248 euros, the watch is available in four different versions. As a more economical alternative, the Argonautic without chronograph function is available from watch retailers from 528 euros.

Every DAVOSA Argonautic is equipped with a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. This can be opened while resurfacing by means of a screwed crown, thus ensuring optimal pressure equalisation.

Ceramics are used wherever extreme conditions demand special materials: in the heat shield of space shuttles, in mechanical engineering or medical technology. DAVOSA exploits the tremendous resilience of ceramic by employing it where the Argonautic must withstand the most – on the bezel.

Technical details
Model: DAVOSA Argonautic Ceramic Chronograph – helium valve, ceramic bezel, ø 42.5 mm

Model references
- Ref. 161.499.20, ref. 161.499.25 (white/rubber strap), ref. 161.499.75 (yellow/rubber strap), ref. 161.499.70
- Case: stainless steel; scratch-resistant, ceramic bezel
- Metal strap with diving extension or rubber strap, safety clasp
- Mechanical automatic movement
- Calibre: ETA Valjoux 7750
- Sapphire crystal
- Screwed pushers and crowns
- Fully threaded, screw-in back
- Water resistance up to 300m (30 bar/1000ft)
- Super-LumiNova applications on hands and figures
- Manual helium escape valve
- Dimensions: 42.5 mm diameter, 16.5 mm thickness
- Weight: 240 g
- Price: 1,248 euros (rubber strap), 1,298 euros (metal strap)