Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Backes & Strauss Regent Diamond Time

The Regent Diamond Time by Backes & Strauss is available with a choice of 3 limited edition case designs in 18kt rose gold with, as shown here, 3 rows of ideal cut round brilliant diamonds hand set into the rose gold case, then with two rows or with an unadorned gold case.

Each have the dial shown here, 192 perfectly placed diamonds in one row surround diamond timed Roman numerals sitting on a linear dial base. The white rubber or white alligator skin strap with 18kt rose gold folding clasp further lifts the enjoyment of this jewelled time piece.

Technical details
  • Size: 40mm Ø
  • Movement: Automatic movement. Rotor with platinum segment.
  • Display: Hours, minutes and central seconds. Date between 4 and 5 O’Clock.
  • Case: 18kt Rose Gold with, as show here 3 rows of 288 Ideal Cut Round Diamonds weighing 2.35 cts, or with 2 rows of 140 Ideal Cut Round Diamonds weighing 4.40 cts, or no rows.
  • Crown: 0.09 carat ideal cut round diamond.
  • Dial: 206 ldeal Cut Round Diamonds weighing .66 cts. Linear base.
  • White Backes Strauss rubber strap with folding clasp in 18kt rose gold.
  • Limited Edition of 50 pieces in each of the 3 diamond designs

JEANRICHARD Aquascope Lady Day

The Aquascope Lady Day is a new women’s model from JEANRICHARD Aquascope, an established collection of diving watches. The new model in white dress features the iridescent mother of pearl dial features eight diamond hour markers, reflecting the strap's satin-finished sheen. The steel case is embellished with an aluminium rotating bezel with a polished satin finish.
This diver's watch is therefore equipped with the JR1000 automatic winding calibre developed and produced in the Brand's own workshops. The case, also developed and produced in-house, is water resistant to 300 metres and equipped with a second screw-down crown which allows the bidirectional rotating bezel to be turned in order to measure the dive time.

Technical details

Steel case, aluminium bezel
Dimensions: 44.50 x 40 mm
Height: 11.85 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down case-back
Water-resistant to 300 m
Screw-down crowns: 2
External bidirectional rotating bezel

JEANRICHARD movement JR1000
Automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: minimum 48 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date

White mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds
Arabic numerals and indexes in luminescent material
Rhodium-plated hands with luminescent material

White fabric strap with satin-effect finish
Stainless steel folding buckle

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ladoire RGT Purebred

Ladoire RGT Purebred is a unique timepiece created especially for the first edition of the 2011 Ladoire Intercontinental Cup at Deauville, France. The RGT Purebred sees Lionel Ladoire skilfully harness the technical and aesthetic qualities of Ladoire’s acclaimed Roller Guardian Time (RGT) to create a one-off timepiece that will be presented to the winner of the Arab Champions Trophy at this prestigious equestrian event.

Featuring an exclusive Ladoire movement, GMT/second time zone function and superlative fine finishing, the RGT Purebred perfectly befits the grandeur of the fabulous sporting occasion that is the Arab Champions Trophy. The timepiece’s asymmetrical case, deconstructed time display and gentle curves contrast with a powerful architecture to challenge existing horological codes with a resolutely avant-garde take on haute horlogerie.
The RGT Purebred’s offset deconstructionist time display features separate hour, minute and second indications mounted on high-tech ceramic ball bearings. The hour is displayed by the smaller hand in the black sub-dial at the upper left of the dial, through which Ladoire’s signature spider’s web can be glimpsed engraved on the movement below.

The GMT/second timezone is indicated by the large hand around the perimeter of the dial while minutes have their own sub-dial at 4 o’clock, with seconds indicated by a double-hand on a sub-dial at 3 o’clock. Meanwhile, the red gold treated top plate boasting decoratively circular cut-outs stands out majestically under the domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, as does the red gold plaque at 6 o’clock on which Ladoire’s logo is strikingly engraved.

The clever construction of the RGT Purebred case sees a high-tech central titanium layer sandwiched neatly between top and bottom sections in regal white gold treated with black PVD. The two-position crown – for time-setting and winding – is at 7 o’clock and the quick-setting GMT push-button at 2 o’clock is ingeniously integrated into the case side. Also on the side at 9 o’clock, we find confirmation of the RGT Purebred as sui generis with “Purebred Piece Unique” hand-engraved on a titanium plate.

Turning the watch over, the display-back reveals Ladoire’s sophisticated automatic winding manufacture movement, with its power-generating micro-rotor surrounded by beautifully-finished bridges and plates in red and black gold with the iconic Ladoire spider’s web on the largest gear.

Lionel Ladoire’s attention to every last detail while designing the RGT Purebred can be seen even in the sophisticated brown, full-grain, hand-stitched calf leather strap and two-tone titanium and white gold Tang buckle that enhance this watch’s exclusive thoroughbred credentials.

The Ladoire Intercontinental Cup takes place at Deauville, France between 21st and 23rd October, 2011 and promises to be a breathtaking spectacle. The RGT Purebred is a unique piece which will be presented to the winner of the Arab Champion’s Trophy at Deauville on the 23rd of October 2011.

Technical details

Movement manufactured by Ladoire: Calvet/o1
Movement with automatic winding via a micro rotor
Red gold treated top plate with circular, decorative cut-outs
Shaped mainplate (39.50mm x 29.50mm)
Jewelling: 27 jewels
Thickness: 9.30 mm
Open movement
Balance with screws, black PVD-coated
Optimised gear-train toothing profi le
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours

Regulator – Offset hours, minutes and seconds with patented display complication (HMS Planetary ®), divided into three zones with fixed indicator mounted on ceramic micro ball bearings
GMT 12-hour display with quick-setting push-button system

Case and Dial
Three-part asymmetrical case 18k white gold and titanium
Dimensions: 56 mm x 45 mm
Bezel and case-back in white gold, black PVD coated
Black PVD coated crown, ergonomically positioned at 8 o’clock
Black PVD coated titanium pusher, positioned at 2 o’clock
“Purebred piece unique” hand-engraved on titanium plate on side at 9 o’clock
“Ladoire” logo engraved in red gold plaque at 6 o’clock
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-refl ective treatment
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Brown full-grain, hand-stitched calf leather, sewn stripes 4
Tang buckle in two-tone: white gold and titanium

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blancier Develops A Special Military Watch For American Troops

Blancier introduces a unique and very special Military Chronograph watch for the American market. The Official Desert Watch has been given the code name Desert Wolf. Blancier developed this unique, sturdy watch for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This chronograph can be worn during deployments and it honors the struggle of America’s fighting forces overseas.

The image on Desert Wolf watch dial is of the mountainous region in that area, done in a camouflage style. Coordinates are printed between the number 12 and the center point. This chronograph, intended to show support for our troops, is an original and sturdy military watch that makes a perfect watch for soldiers – and supporters – at home or in country.

The design of the casing, in matte black steel, is a rounded square. It is particularly comfortable to wear for active outdoor use because the watch’s crown and chrono-pushers are placed at the top of the casing rather than in the usual place at the side. Underneath the Blancier Desert Wolf’s ultra-thick double-sided non-reflecting sapphire glass, the dial uses orange photoluminescent Super-LumiNova© numbers by the Swiss company TRITEC.

Blancier is also supporting the activities of Fisher House program with a donation of USD 10.- for every Desert Wolf Chronograph ordered.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Chronograph Yacht Club de Monaco Limited Edition

The Classic Fusion Chronograph Yacht Club de Monaco model was launched during the 10th anniversary of the Monaco Classic Week, which takes place from the 14th to the 18th September 2011.

Hublot, the official timekeeper for the event since 2005, has created a Classic Fusion Chronograph, a sport-chic model in titanium, chosen for its lightness, shock resistance and extreme corrosion-resistant properties, featuring a deep navy blue dial with silver-plated counters and a strap in blue alligator leather stitched onto rubber to ensure a better resistance to sea water. The club's exclusive colours appear at the centre of the dial under the central hand arbor. HUBLOT Classic Fusion Chronograph Yacht Club de Monaco is available in a limited and numbered edition of 250 pieces.

Technical Details
Model: Classic Fusion Chronograph Yacht Club de Monaco
Reference 521.NX.5117.LR YCM11
Series: Limited edition of 250 pieces numbered from 001/250 to 250/250

"Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm
Polished titanium with satin-finished end-pieces
Bezel: Satin-finished titanium, 6 titanium H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked screws
Push-buttons: Polished titanium
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Case-back: Satin-finished titanium, Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown: Satin-finished polished titanium with Hublot logo
Screw: Titanium
Water resistance: 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres

Dial: Navy blue with silver-plated counters and appliques
Hands: Faceted, diamond-polished, skeleton, rhodium-plated

HUB 1143 Automatic mechanical chronograph
No. of component: 280
Rubies: 59
Bridges: Satin-finished, bevelled and polished
Date: Rectangular window at 6 o'clock
Screw: Black PVD
Oscillating weight: Tungsten carbide with black PVD treated openwork rotor
Barrel: Reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap: Navy blue Gummy Alligator stitched onto black rubber
Clasp: Steel deployant buckle

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vacheron Constantin Opens Their First Ever US Boutique in New York

Opened on 20 September 2011, the first ever US boutique of Vacheron Constantin is located at New York. To celebrate this occasion, Vacheron Constantin launched three exclusive timepieces: the Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Boutique New York, the Historiques American 1921 Boutique New York, and the Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755 Boutique New York. 

Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation, celebrated the grand opening of its first ever US boutique over three luminous evenings.  On September 20, 21 and 22, Juan Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin and Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America, commemorated the grand opening by hosting a series of intimate black tie dinners featuring world-class chefs: Chef Eric Ripert, Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Sergi Arola.

Known for technical complications, aesthetic beauty, and the high level of finishing of its timepieces, Vacheron Constantin marked the opening of the first ever boutique in the US with the launch of three exclusive timepieces. To celebrate all of these accomplishments the storied brand created an extraordinary experience for some of New York’s most prominent individuals over three nights.
Each night, guests arrived at the new Vacheron Constantin boutique on Madison Avenue for an elegant cocktail party to view the display of exceptional timepieces, part of an exclusive exhibit, The American Heritage of Vacheron Constantin. Afterwards, guests were transported by Rolls-Royce cars to a private mansion on the Upper East Side to experience a one-of-a-kind menu.

Each of the three chefs took inspiration from Vacheron Constantin’s history, traditions and timepieces in creating a unique menu for the evening.  Guests had the opportunity to meet each chef, as each dinner began in the kitchen with the chef providing an overview of their unique menu.   Music from a classical harpist filled the dining room, and as the final course was served, each dinner ended with a personal appearance by the chef, and a strong round of applause by the guests.  After dinner, guests were invited to enjoy digestifs, while listening to a contemporary jazz trio.  
Joining Vacheron Constantin on the first evening, with Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, were special guests Oscar nominated director Darren Aronofsky, actress Kelly Rutherford, jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, and New York City’s social elite including Lesley and David Schulhof, Jennifer Creel, Matthew and Nicole Mellon, Richard and Christine Mack, Gilles Mendel and Kylie Case, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, and Richard and Kathy Hilton. 

The following evening, Wednesday September 21st, Mr. Torres was joined by Chef Thomas Keller of Per Se and French Laundry for a dinner with friends of the company.  Chef Thomas Keller served a delectable menu which drew exact correlations between the precision of watchmaking and fine dining.  On Thursday September 22nd, the culinary methods of Chef Sergi Arola, from Madrid’s Gastro, were enjoyed by Mr. Torres and important clients. 

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