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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Speake-Marin Spirit Pioneer Limited Edition

Renowned master watch maker Speake-Marin introduces “Spirit Pioneer Limited Edition” model inspired from a vintage military watch that he bought 15 years ago when he was restoring antique pieces in Piccadilly, London.

The Spirit Pioneer exudes a casual, contemporary style with superb legibility and features Speake-Marin’s iconic and instantly recognisable Piccadilly case. And true to its name, Spirit carries a rousing call to action through the uplifting motto – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – engraved on the case-back. Pioneer’s sophisticatedly clean, black-lacquered dial effortlessly throws the central hour, minute and second hands into stark juxtaposition. Equally striking are the powerful Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and the four pairs of hour markers in between, purposely chosen to enhance readability.

Three-dimensional Super-LumiNova provides the hands, indices and 60 minute markers within the white lacquer railroad-track chapter ring with superlative legibility while adding more than a touch of masculine vitality. The dial is completed by,the Speake-Marin signature ‘topping tool’ motif and logo, which are both in white lacquer.

The elegant stainless steel Piccadilly case bears all the hallmarks of Speake-Marin’s meticulous quest to create classical yet durable timepieces, with the characteristic crown and robust lugs guaranteeing that Spirit will well and truly stand the test of time.

Turning Pioneer over, the beauty of the highly polished and hand bevelled ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor is the first feature to catch the attention. However, it is the inspirational rallying cry engraved just below – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – that upholds Spirit’s name and confirms its credentials as the perfect talisman. Introduced in 2011, the Spirit Pioneer is a limited edition of just 68 pieces.

Technical details
Case
Iconic Piccadilly design
Diameter: 38mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating

Case-back
Speake-Marin distinctive ‘topping tool’ motif and custom-designed winding rotor
“Speake-Marin Limited Edition 1in68” engraved above the winding rotor
“Fight, Love & Perservere” motto, engraved under the winding rotor
Crown: Stainless steel

Dial
Central hours, minutes and seconds
Matte black lacquered
Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with white Super-Luminova
Chapter ring with handapplied white Super-Luminova minute markers. Numerals in five-minute intervals in white lacquer
White-lacquered Speake-Marin distinctive ‘topping tool’ wheel motif above 6 o’clock and brand logo below 12 o’clock
Anti-reflective coated Crystal on front and display back

Hands
Foundation style central hour and minute hands in white lacquered steel with hand-applied green Super-LumiNova
Central second hand in white lacquered steel

Movement
Calibre FW2012
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Large balance for precision timekeeping as well as a solid overall construction
Frequency: 28,800 v/h
25 jewels
42 hours power reserve
In-house custom-designed rotor wheel inspired by the watchmaker’s topping tool, Speake-Marin’s signature motif
Bridges, gear train, setting lever spring, mainplate and rotor wheel replaced and/or re-designed, oversized, circled, spotted, straight grained and polished by hand
Customized, redesigned, reconstructed, and hand-finished, according to Speake-Marin style and quality standards established by the ‘Foundation Watch’

Strap
Strap: Genuine red-brown calf leather with contrasting white stitching and stainless steel tang buckle

Friday, November 11, 2011

Roger W. Smith Tourbillon Commission No 4

Roger W. Smith, world renowned master watch maker based in Ramsey (Isle of Man), England has created a unique commission timepiece, the Tourbillon Commission No 4, recently completed for a private client. The piece has a handmade, 42mm case of 18-carat red gold, with a silver hand engine-turned dial created from seven separate sections with hand-engraved numerals and lettering.
It displays hours and minutes, with seconds shown via the sub dial at 6 o’clock. All indicator hands are made of 18-carat red gold; shaped, carved, filed and polished by hand. The date, shown at 3 o’clock, has an 18-carat red gold framed aperture surrounding the hand engraved date numerals. The Up & Down indicator dial radiates from the 10 o’clock position, showing the state of power reserve in the winding barrel, while the classic one-minute tourbillon construction with free-sprung balance and four platinum timing weights utilises the Daniels co-axial escapement located at the back of the movement, its rotation directly driving the sub dial seconds hand on the dial side.
The watch is supplied with an alligator tan strap with an 18-carat red gold, hand-engraved buckle hallmarked in London, and presented in a Linley presentation box of English oak and burr walnut with matching hallmarked sliver plaque marked No. 4.
Smith, 41, who made his first tourbillon pocket watch aged 22, obsesses over every detail, inspired by English watchmaking masterpieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Every one of his timepieces is unique, every component fashioned lovingly by hand out of the finest raw materials, from the case, hands and dial through to the movement, including the balance and escapement, and created under his personal supervision at the Roger W Smith workshop in the Isle of Man, an island set in the middle of the Irish Sea now emerging as a world centre of bespoke horological excellence.

Roger W. Smith and Daniels London are the world’s only two bespoke handmade watchmaking companies to employ the George Daniels co-axial escapement, acknowledged as the greatest development in watchmaking for 250 years, a mechanism that delivers unequalled chronometric performance and longevity. But what truly distinguishes a Roger W. Smith timepiece is its unmatched aesthetic, achieved through Smith’s signature passion for excellence and purity of form. Such skilled artistry comes at a price - upwards of £72,500 (+ VAT) - but for that the customer will have been involved in the process from commission to completion and become the owner of a precision work of art that says as much about them as it does about its creator, a timepiece ‘sculpted’ by a master craftsman dedicated to elevating watchmaking to an art form. The Roger W. Smith tourbillon and the Series 2 wristwatch are available by commission only.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ROGER DUBUIS La Monégasque Tourbillon Volant, Large Date, Power Reserve, Limited Edition

Introduced in 2011 as a part of Monégasque collection, the Monégasque Tourbillon Volant model is a perfect interpretation of one of the most fascinating watchmaking complications. It makes light of the effects of gravity, at the same time providing perfect legibility of its large date and power reserve displays; technology serving ease and elegance.
A creation of unique ingenuity, at the limits of the mechanically feasible – destined for just 28 connoisseurs worldwide. Executed in platinum, the most discreet of metals, the the Monégasque Tourbillon Volant opens the door to a new dynasty of exceptional timepieces. It allies the most iconic watchmaking complication, the flying tourbillon, with the highly individual aspect of a movement made, decorated and polished by hand. In its 44-millimetre case, water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), the calibre RD540 with its 293 components is the crowning glory of a masterpiece of high-flying mechanical skill.
Technical details
La Monégasque Flying Tourbillon – Limited Edition
Ref MG44-540-80-00/03R01/B

Case, dial and strap
Case: 44 mm, platinum / Sapphire case-back
Dial: Silver satin sunburst centre with rhodium-plated apertures / Rhodium-plated satin sunburst intermediate section with white transferred index / Charcoal circular satin exterior with grey transfer, rhodium-plated applied Arabic numerals / Rhodium-plated flying tourbillon ring at half past 7 / Snailed silver power reserve with black and red transfers / White flange with black transfers
Strap: Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
Clasp: Platinum pin buckle
Water Resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)
Limited to 28 pieces

Movement
RD540, Mechanical hand-wound movement
Flying tourbillon, tourbillon carriage visible at 7.30 o’clock, instant large date display at 12 o’clock and power reserve indication between 4 and 5 o’clock, one minute tourbillon rotation, hours and minutes – Finely adjusted in six positions - 60-hour power reserve
293 parts
Thickness: 5.7 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz
Size: 15’’’ - Diameter: 34 - 28 jewels
Decoration: Rhodium-plated - “Côtes de Genève” motif
Certification: Hallmark of Geneva

About Monégasque Collection
The inaugural edition of Monégasque Collection, first launched in 2011 as a tribute to the spirit of Monte Carlo, consisted of eight models. These models were inspired from the festive atmosphere, mythical history and social glamour of the Mediterranean country, which is famous for its casinos and beach resorts. La Monégasque is a collection that follows codes rooted in tradition, but then interprets them in contemporary style.

With its slim lines, the roundness of the dial drawing out the contours of the bezel, the collection innovates with its unusual and original configuration. It is equipped exclusively with outstanding mechanical movements entirely designed, developed and produced by the ROGER DUBUIS Manufacture. This latest generation of mechanical movements – among them, the RD680 automatic chronograph – matches aesthetic qualities with high performance, and is based on the most specialised production techniques.

Housed in elegant cases of diameter 42 or 44 millimetres, in platinum, pink gold or steel, the 8 models in the new La Monégasque collection reveal their meticulous finish, with contrasting polished and satin surfaces that show off their delicately proportioned outlines. The cases made from pink gold are also enhanced with a decorative bezel in black PVD lacquer. With Roman numerals set on coloured cartouches and extended towards the centre with applied index markers, the dynamic, contrastive dials reveal the true elegance of these watches.

Emphasising its subtle silhouette, each case has a sapphire crystal back through which the 4 self-winding movements available in the collection can be admired: 3-hand automatic, chronograph, perpetual date and tourbillon. Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), with a mechanical movement at its heart made by the Manufacture, the Monégasque – each one stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal – is the expression of a contemporary vision of Fine Watchmaking.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

ROGER DUBUIS La Monégasque Automatic

Introduced in 2011, the Monégasque Automatic from ROGER DUBUIS La Monégasque collection is a technical and aesthetic timepiece that boasts a 42-millimetre case in pink gold or steel , a satin-finish rhodium plated dial, an RD821 automatic movement and a black alligator strap. Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), this model is equipped with a latest generation movement comprising 168 components and is stamped, with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

Model: La Monégasque Automatic in pink gold, Ref MG42-821-59-00/0RR01/B

  • Case: 42 mm, pink gold / Black DLC coated titanium bezel / Sapphire case-back
  • Dial: Rhodium-plated satin sunburst centre with grey transferred index, pink gold applique at 12 o’clock / Rhodium-plated snailed small seconds at 6 o’clock with black and white transfers / Rhodium-plated circular satin exterior with black transfer, pink gold applied Arabic numerals / Black flange with white transfer
  • Strap: Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
  • Clasp: Pink gold pin buckle
  • Water resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Model: La Monégasque Automatic in steel, Ref MG42-821-90-00/0ER01/B

  • Case: 42 mm, stainless steel / Sapphire case-back
  • Dial: Dark grey satin sunburst centre with grey transferred index, rhodium-plated applique at 12 o’clock / Charcoal snailed small seconds at 6 o’clock with black and white transfers / Charcoal circular satin exterior with black transfer, rhodium-plated applied Arabic numerals / Black flange with white transfer and number 60 in red
  • Strap: Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
  • Clasp: Steel adjustable folding buckle
  • Water Resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Movement
RD821, Mechanical self-winding movement
Hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock (optional) – Finely adjusted in five positions - 48-hour power reserve
168 parts
Thickness: 3.43 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz
Size: 11’’’½ - Diameter: 25.9 - 33 jewels
Decoration: Rhodium-plated - “Côtes de Genève”
Certifications: Hallmark of Geneva - COSC Certification

About Monégasque Collection
The inaugural edition of Monégasque Collection, first launched in 2011 as a tribute to the spirit of Monte Carlo, consisted of eight models. These models were inspired from the festive atmosphere, mythical history and social glamour of the Mediterranean country, which is famous for its casinos and beach resorts. La Monégasque is a collection that follows codes rooted in tradition, but then interprets them in contemporary style.

With its slim lines, the roundness of the dial drawing out the contours of the bezel, the collection innovates with its unusual and original configuration. It is equipped exclusively with outstanding mechanical movements entirely designed, developed and produced by the ROGER DUBUIS Manufacture. This latest generation of mechanical movements – among them, the RD680 automatic chronograph – matches aesthetic qualities with high performance, and is based on the most specialised production techniques.

Housed in elegant cases of diameter 42 or 44 millimetres, in platinum, pink gold or steel, the 8 models in the new La Monégasque collection reveal their meticulous finish, with contrasting polished and satin surfaces that show off their delicately proportioned outlines. The cases made from pink gold are also enhanced with a decorative bezel in black PVD lacquer. With Roman numerals set on coloured cartouches and extended towards the centre with applied index markers, the dynamic, contrastive dials reveal the true elegance of these watches.

Emphasising its subtle silhouette, each case has a sapphire crystal back through which the 4 self-winding movements available in the collection can be admired: 3-hand automatic, chronograph, perpetual date and tourbillon. Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), with a mechanical movement at its heart made by the Manufacture, the Monégasque – each one stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal – is the expression of a contemporary vision of Fine Watchmaking.

ROGER DUBUIS La Monégasque Chronograph

The chronograph version of La Monégasque, the trump card of the new collection, captivates with its refined design as much as by its fascinating mechanism. Its satin sunburst dial includes the two timer sub-dials, the 45-minute counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock, echoing the style and charm of the chronographs of grand tradition. Its elegantly sculpted case in pink gold or steel is enhanced with a decorative bezel in black PVD titanium.
Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres),within its 44 millimetre-diameter case houses a new column-wheel chronograph movement designed, developed and produced by the ROGER DUBUIS Manufacture. This mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding by micro-rotor, the calibre RD680, represents the new generation of ROGER DUBUIS mechanical movements, combining aesthetic qualities with performance and exploiting the most advanced production technologies.

The RD680 chronograph calibre comprises 261 components and has a power reserve of 52 hours and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz). Like all ROGER DUBUIS movements, it is stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal. The Monégasque Chronograph is available on a hand-sewn black alligator strap with pin buckle in pink gold or folding buckle in steel.

Model: La Monégasque Chronograph in pink gold, Ref MG44-680-59-00/0RR01/B
  • Case: 44 mm, pink gold / Black DLC coated titanium bezel / Sapphire case-back
  • Dial: Rhodium-plated satin sunburst centre with grey transferred index, pink gold applique at 12 o’clock / Rhodium-plated circular satin exterior with pink gold applied Arabic numerals, black transfers / Rhodium-plated chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock with black and white transfers / Black flange with white transfer
  • Strap: Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
  • Clasp: Pink gold pin buckle
  • Water Resistance 5 BAR (50 m)

Model: La Monégasque Chronograph in steel, Ref MG44-680-90-00/0ER01/B

  • Case: 44 mm, stainless steel / Sapphire case-back
  • Dial: Dark grey satin sunburst centre with grey transferred index, rhodium-plated applique at 12 o’clock / Charcoal circular satin exterior with black and white transfers, rhodium-plated applied Arabic numerals / Charcoal chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock with black and white transfers / Black flange with red transfers
  • Strap: Black, genuine alligator, hand-stitched
  • Clasp: Steel adjustable folding buckle
  • Water Resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Movement
RD680, Mechanical self-winding movement with micro-rotor
Double-pusher column-wheel chronograph, central chronograph hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, hours and minutes – Finely adjusted in five positions - 48-hour power reserve
261 parts
Thickness: 6.3 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz
Size: 13‘’’¾ - Diameter: 31.5 - 33 jewels
Decoration: Rhodium-plated - “Côtes de Genève” motif
Certifications: Hallmark of Geneva - COSC Certification

About Monégasque Collection
The inaugural edition of Monégasque Collection, first launched in 2011 as a tribute to the spirit of Monte Carlo, consisted of eight models. These models were inspired from the festive atmosphere, mythical history and social glamour of the Mediterranean country, which is famous for its casinos and beach resorts. La Monégasque is a collection that follows codes rooted in tradition, but then interprets them in contemporary style.

With its slim lines, the roundness of the dial drawing out the contours of the bezel, the collection innovates with its unusual and original configuration. It is equipped exclusively with outstanding mechanical movements entirely designed, developed and produced by the ROGER DUBUIS Manufacture. This latest generation of mechanical movements – among them, the RD680 automatic chronograph – matches aesthetic qualities with high performance, and is based on the most specialised production techniques.

Housed in elegant cases of diameter 42 or 44 millimetres, in platinum, pink gold or steel, the 8 models in the new La Monégasque collection reveal their meticulous finish, with contrasting polished and satin surfaces that show off their delicately proportioned outlines. The cases made from pink gold are also enhanced with a decorative bezel in black PVD lacquer. With Roman numerals set on coloured cartouches and extended towards the centre with applied index markers, the dynamic, contrastive dials reveal the true elegance of these watches.

Emphasising its subtle silhouette, each case has a sapphire crystal back through which the 4 self-winding movements available in the collection can be admired: 3-hand automatic, chronograph, perpetual date and tourbillon. Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), with a mechanical movement at its heart made by the Manufacture, the Monégasque – each one stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal – is the expression of a contemporary vision of Fine Watchmaking.

ROGER DUBUIS La Monégasque Club Limited edition

The Monégasque Club “limited edition” model is highlighted with its multi-facetted personality. Steeped in the atmosphere of exclusive salons where the fog of cigar smoke heightened the thrill of the tables, the artistic reflection of an epoch in search of an art of living, the Monégasque Club is a model that asserts its style at first glance.
With its Chesterfield-style leather strap, 44-millimetre pink gold case, blended ochre and mist on its dial and split-time chronograph with column-wheel, this watch is an undisputed icon. Its micro-rotor automatic movement, the caliber RD78, comprises 303 components and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The Monégasque Club “limited edition” is available in a limited edition of 88 pieces.

Technical details
Model: La Monégasque Club - Limited Edition, Ref MG44-78-5E-00/0GR00/B

Case
44 mm, pink gold/ Brown DLC coated titanium bezel / Sapphire case-back
Water Resistance: 5 BAR (50 m)

Dial
Organic shell centre with pink gold transferred index / Pink gold applique at 12 o’clock / Black intermediate section with glossy brown transfers / Pink gold applied Arabic numerals / Black snailed chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock with white transfers / Pink gold colour circular satin exterior with black transfer / Brown flange with white transfers

Strap
Brown leather, Chesterfield pattern
Clasp: Pink gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited to 88 pieces

Movement
RD78, Mechanical self-winding movement by micro-rotor
Double-pusher column-wheel chronograph, central chronograph hand, semi-instantaneous 45-minute counter at 3 o’clock, hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock - Finely adjusted in five positions - 42-hour power reserve
303 parts
Thickness: 5.8 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz
Size: 13’’’¾ - Diameter: 31 - 36 jewels
Decoration: Rhodium-plated - “Côtes de Genève” motif
Certifications: Hallmark of Geneva - COSC Certification

About Monégasque Collection
The inaugural edition of Monégasque Collection, first launched in 2011 as a tribute to the spirit of Monte Carlo, consisted of eight models. These models were inspired from the festive atmosphere, mythical history and social glamour of the Mediterranean country, which is famous for its casinos and beach resorts. La Monégasque is a collection that follows codes rooted in tradition, but then interprets them in contemporary style.

With its slim lines, the roundness of the dial drawing out the contours of the bezel, the collection innovates with its unusual and original configuration. It is equipped exclusively with outstanding mechanical movements entirely designed, developed and produced by the ROGER DUBUIS Manufacture. This latest generation of mechanical movements – among them, the RD680 automatic chronograph – matches aesthetic qualities with high performance, and is based on the most specialised production techniques.

Housed in elegant cases of diameter 42 or 44 millimetres, in platinum, pink gold or steel, the 8 models in the new La Monégasque collection reveal their meticulous finish, with contrasting polished and satin surfaces that show off their delicately proportioned outlines. The cases made from pink gold are also enhanced with a decorative bezel in black PVD lacquer. With Roman numerals set on coloured cartouches and extended towards the centre with applied index markers, the dynamic, contrastive dials reveal the true elegance of these watches.

Emphasising its subtle silhouette, each case has a sapphire crystal back through which the 4 self-winding movements available in the collection can be admired: 3-hand automatic, chronograph, perpetual date and tourbillon. Water-resistant to 5 bars (50 metres), with a mechanical movement at its heart made by the Manufacture, the Monégasque – each one stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal – is the expression of a contemporary vision of Fine Watchmaking