Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator

Swiss watch maker Oris presents Big Crown X1 Calculator, a brand new timepiece inspired by the famous Bell X1 Supersonic plane, which on 14th October 1947 undertook the first manned supersonic flight, breaking the sound barrier and entering the history books. The stunning new Oris Big Crown X1 timepiece is a direct homage to this incredible aviation milestone, featuring historically accurate ‘slide rule’ detailing and 3 bar water-resistance as standard.
The Bell X1 pilots undertook their amazing feat in an age before computers and pocket calculators, relying on the specially designed ‘slide rule’ for all engineering calculations. In honour of these pilots, Oris have included a circular version of the slide rule as part of the intrinsic design of the Big Crown X1 Calculator.

The watch’s case also has a gun metal coloured PVD coating to mirror the copper colour of the Bell X-1 plane, and in a further nod to its namesake, the re-set pusher of the chronograph is marked with an “X” and the start stop pusher is marked with a “I”.
Although it is a faithful tribute to the history of aviation, the Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator with its clear cut, instrumental design, provides all the necessary and relevant data for every pilot’s needs – even with today’s computerized aviation systems. For example, calculation of fuel consumption with the slide rule as given below.

Oris have produced a long and distinguished line of pilot’s watches and the new Big Crown X1 Calculator is sure to prove a timeless edition to the illustrious collection. Recommended retail price is CHF 3’350.
Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator comes in a box set which includes an Oris certificate, a handy leaflet, explaining the different functions of the slide rule, as well as a DVD of the movie The Right Stuff. The Warner Bros Movie, directed by Philip Kaufmann, covers the breaking of the sound barrier with the Bell X1.

Technical details
Model: Oris Big Crown X1 Calculator, Ø 46.00mm
Ref: 675 7648 4264 LB
  • Automatic mechanical movement with chronograph function
  • Centralised stop second, subsidiary second, minute and hour displays
  • Date display between 4 & 5 hour
  • 3-piece stainless steel case, PVD plated in gun metal colour
  • Outside and inside domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
  • Screwed case back with mineral crystal and meter/feet scale
  • Revolving outer top ring and inner dial ring with slide rule
  • Screw-down stainless steel crown and pushers, PVD plated in gun metal colour
  • 3 bar water resistant
  • Figures and indices printed with luminous Superluminova
  • Dark brown calf skin leather strap with contrast stitching, PVD plated stainless steel buckle
  • Flight box with slide ruler scale on the outside. The set includes a certificate and history of the watch
  • Also includes DVD of “The Right Stuff” directed by Philip Kaufman about the breaking of the sound barrier
  • Swiss Retail Price: CHF 3’350

Saint Honore Worldcode Automatic

Sleek design, meticulous finish, tempered steel middle…together they have established the exclusive character of the Worldcode watch, launched in 2010 for the brand’s 125th anniversary. The Worldcode is the most masculine symbol of the SAINT HONORE range and a watch of exquisitely harmonious design. The new Automatic version has the added prestige of a mechanical movement with exceptional fundamental qualities.

With subtly contrasting tones and polished and brushed steel finishes, the Worldcode Automatic recaptures the watchmaking codes of the Chronograph model with power and virility: 41 mm round case; steel bezel finished in shades of brushed steel, titanium, pink or yellow gold; black or white dials, clous de Paris motif or “carbon” dials for a sportier touch; superbly streamlined metal bracelet.

The Automatic version’s unique bezel has cleaner, more modern lines. The Roman numerals found on the Chronograph version give way to a bezel marked only with 12 indexes, with a double at 12 o’clock.

Following in the footsteps of the well-loved Chronograph, the new Worldcode Automatic reveals its sophistication and technical prowess through a transparent, screw-down case back which lets an automatic ETA 2824 movement, signed SAINT HONORE, show through beautifully: côtes de Genève décor, oscillating weight gilded in black gold. It is clear that a watch so rife with character will hold strong appeal for men who love sleek elegance and the most striking possessions.

Technical details
-Brushed stainless steel case, 41mm
-Sapphire crystal
-Black and stainless steel crown
-ETA 2824 Automatic movement
-Black dial, decor « clous de Paris »
-Water resistant to 50 m
-Stainless steel metal bracelet brushed 2 tones

Arnold & Son TE8 Tourbillon Limited Edition

At Basel world 2011, luxury watch brand Arnold & Son unveils the new TE8 Tourbillon, a grand complication timepiece powered with the hand-finished A&S8000 calibre. A true example of English watchmaking heritage,this defining timepiece will herald a brand new collection that will combine classic styling with innovative technology.
The tourbillon movement, one of the most elegant complications in the world of horology, has played a crucial role in Arnold & Son’s history. An exceptional watchmaker, Sir John Arnold was an active participant in one of the most extraordinary partnership in the world of innovative horology. Indeed, both he and A-L Breguet worked closely, sharing both their knowledge and passion. Evidence of their partnership is Breguet’s first ever tourbillon mounted in John Arnold’s No. 11 movement, a watch that can be found today in London’s British Museum.

Esthetically what sets Arnold & Son’s new Tourbillon TE8 apart is its unique “English” design: the dial is a ¾ wave-form cut-out on the barrel bridge, the tourbillon and motion-work bridges are triangular, and even the three-spoke wheels are shaped with a distinctive flare. This same threespoke design can also be found in the tourbillon cage as well. The chiseled decoration, reminiscent of waves, is a nod to the nautical world and to history’s great seamen and explorers such as James Cook, who entrusted their lives and that of their men to John Arnold’s timepieces.

When compared to more conventional tourbillons found today, the TE8 model is said to be “inverted”, that is to say most technical elements and visually interesting features are shown on the dial side, when those would normally be hidden on the reverse of the dial. Other typically English technical idiosyncrasies will seduce even the most demanding watch connoisseurs. Take, for instance, the symmetrical layout of the movement; to achieve such a feat requires overcoming a number of technical challenges. Thus the barrel spring and the tourbillon cage are centered along the watch’s longitudinal axis. When examining the winding system, one notes the traditional construction, which uses wheels with long and narrow spokes known as wolf’s teeth, used to improve the smoothness of the overall movement.
It goes without saying that every finishing touch on this striking piece, such as black and brushed polishes, angling and movement decoration, has been done by hand by Arnold & Son’s master watchmakers, thus bringing more brilliance and depth to each decorative element. This unique timepiece will be produced in a limited edition of 25 pieces of each version, in a 44mm 4N rose gold case with either a black ruthenium or a 4N rose gold movement, individually numbered and engraved. Market introduction is scheduled for April 2011.

Technical details
- Manual movement, calibre A&S8000, 6.25 mm thickness
- 80-hours power reserve, 19 jewels, 21'600 vibrations/h
- Available in rose gold 4N or grey ruthenium movement
- Unique english styled ¾ dial (barrel bridge) with chiseled decoration
- 44 mm-diameter case with see-through back, gold 4N
- Crown at 3 o’clock, carbered sapphire crystal
- Water resistance to 30 meters
- Black or brown hand stitched alligator strap
- Recommended retail price: CHF 110,000.--

1SAP.G01A.C21A, rose gold 4N movement, brown alligator strap
1SAP.B01A.C113A, black ruthenium movement, black alligator strap

Blacksand Genève Uniformity

Uniformity by Blacksand Genève is a new contemporary timepiece at the crossroads between pristine watchmaking traditions and a minimalist style that reveals its full potential through powerful aesthetic references. This timepiece represents a new trend resolutely geared towards thoroughbred authenticity.

Immediately recognizable with its urbane yet sporty appearance, the Uniformity model asserts itself through the curves that reveal a case framed by two sand-blasted matt ceramic shafts that shape the lugs while accentuating the combination of materials.

Expressing total harmony, these geometrical proportions are the Blacksand style signature and house a finely crafted movement that is certified by the COSC and by Chronofiable. The open caseback, protected by a sapphire crystal, beckons the eye to appreciate the authenticity in motion of a self-winding twin-barrel movement beating steadily at the pace of 28,800 vibrations per hour throughout its 120-hour power-reserve.

The hour, minute, seconds and date functions are displayed on an elegant dial, featuring hands, numerals and hour-markers that brighten up the dark night with a shimmering opaline blue glint, ensuring maximum readability and visual magic.

Uniformity offers a fascinating demonstration of aesthetic differentiation, bringing to the stage the authentic spirit of the Blacksand brand that combines traditional know-how with an unequivocally contemporary approach conjugating both tenses: a modern present and a classic future.

The case measuring 46 mm in diameter with a 23 mm interlug width is available in grade 5 titanium, tantalum, 5N gold or sand-blasted matt ceramic. The screw-in open caseback is constituted of a threaded ring in order to keep the engravings firmly in the correct position and sapphire crystal featuring an invisible marking revealed under heat. The screw-down crown with its matt ceramic insert and cap guarantees water-resistant up to 100 metres.

The two-level dial with its opaline base and straight satin-brushed upper plate is available in black, black gold or white, with a choice of rhodium treated hour-markers with blue-emission Superluminova or Arabic numerals made of composite Superluminova in high relief. Hands with original Blacksand identity codes: satin-brushed or polished and coated with a matt varnish according to the “épargne” protective process. Interchangeable straps in HNBR technical rubber or alligator skin fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp completed with ceramic-capped personalized pushers.

Blacksand Genève Calibre 1970. Self-winding twin-barrel movement 13 ¼ lignes, certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and Chronofiable, Technotime base calibre with the following characteristics: instant date jump, stop seconds, one-way automatic winding, 120-hour (5-day) power-reserve, 35 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The tungsten carbide rotor features an exclusive ruthenium decoration and a pierced Blacksand logo.

Blacksand Watches : Brand Info

Blacksand Genève is a new generation Swiss luxury watch brand focused on modern technological innovations as well as traditional watch making skills . Founded & developed by Alain Mouawad according to a global concept, Blacksand watch brand is establishing itself as a benchmark in the art of modern watchmaking; an ingenious demonstration of simplicity and technical excellence, clad in black, violet and stone grey.

Through their refined finishing, Blacksand timepieces, entirely manufactured in Switzerland, uphold the maxim of “Always rise above the expected” which all dedicated watchmakers adopt as their code of conduct. From its inception, guided by an original design of powerful pure lines, Blacksand embodies multiple expressions of flawless craftsmanship. The Uniformity collection embodies a deep commitment towards a meticulous selection of the very best in watchmaking skills, accomplished by talented artisans.

Blacksand Uniformity Collection

Maintaining a deliberate overall simplicity, while at the same time inducing subtle and discreet details, Blacksand underscores readability, ergonomics, an apt choice of materials and essential functions provided by optimised high-end mechanical calibres. Its motto, Semper Fidelis expresses the will of drawing upon its inspiration from the feats of army and air force divisions that cultivate the spirit of accuracy by relying on efficient timekeeping instruments.

Watchmakers are well aware that the technical feats that inhabit behind the apparent simplicity of any horological creation require the mastery of noble crafts. Driven by an experienced and forward- thinking team, Blacksand asserts its philosophy by hallmarking the statement Elements of Time Manufactured in Switzerland. A stylised representation of an elegant hour glass, the logo inseparable from the brand, lends itself to all kinds of poetic interpretations: a rising sand snake, harmonies of yin/yang harmonies or even a sense of infinity conveyed by the figure 8….

Alain Mouawad, founder of Blacksand Genève

Heralding of a new watchmaking approach that underpins authenticity, Blacksand is taking on the challenge of being timeless, using aesthetic landmarks that fit in with both a modern present and a classic future. Uncompromisingly perfected down to the last detail after gradually maturing in the mind of founder Alain Mouawad, known as an eminent connoisseur, its creations meet the expectations of the world’s most demanding collectors.

Official website : www.blacksandgeneve.com

ARMIN Racing Chronograph by Armin Strom

Swiss watch manufacture Armin Strom presents their latest timepiece to celebrate its association with the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 team. The new ARMIN Racing Chronograph will be the official watch for the racing team’s mechanics and development staff. The titanium case of 44.40mm diameter with matt black PVD coating is impressive and easily noticeable.

Components used in the manufacturing of this timepiece are created with the materials used in racing cars. Date indicator is brilliantly positioned at 9’o clock. The circles around the various indications on the dial, highlighted in bright red, serve as a clear reminder to mechanical sports enthusiasts of the efforts exerted by brake discs during a Sunday Grand Prix.
The ARMIN Racing Chronograph was developed with a deep concern to achieve reliability in all tests and devote particular attention to the component finishing and decoration visible through the case back. This care and a passion for detail have always constituted the driving force of master watchmaker Armin Strom and his Brand.The ARMIN Racing Chronograph with automatic winding is available in limited edition series of 500 pieces.

Technical details
Model: ARMIN Racing Chronograph

- Mechanical with automatic winding with chronograph function and date
- Rubies: 25
- Power reserve: 46 hours
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph

- Titanium, with matt black PVD coating
- Sapphire crystal and case back, with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 44.40mm
- Total height: 13.85mm
- Water-resistant to: 50m/5 ATM

- Decorated in the Marussia Virgin F1 colours of black/red/white
- Superluminova-enhanced hour and minute hands
- Applied Arabic numerals
- Hour, minute and small seconds counters at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock respectively

High-tech leather or black/red rubber with pin buckle in black PVD-treated titanium

Model variations
Ref TI11-CR.90 : Titanium case, with matt black PVD coating
Ref TI11-CR.50 : Titanium case, black polished

ARMIN Racing Regulator & ARMIN Racing One Week
The ARMIN Racing collection also comprises ARMIN Racing One Week with the ARM09 Manufacture movement (limited to 40 pieces) and ARMIN Racing Regulator with the ASRO7 movement (limited to 100 pieces.

Technical details

ARMIN Racing Regulator
Ref TI11-RR.90

- ARMIN STROM calibre ASR07
- Mechanical hand-winding movement with off-centre indications and retrograde date
- Jewels: 24
- Power Reserve: 46 hours

- Titanium, matt black PVD-coated
- Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 43.60mm
- Total height: 14.70mm
- Water-resistance: 50m

Matching the Marussia Virgin F1 colours: black/red/white
Hands: Stainless steel

High-tech leather and rubber strap in black/red, with PVD-coated titanium ardillon buckle

ARMIN Racing One Week
Ref ST11-WR.90
Manufacture movement
- ARMIN STROM calibre ARM09
- Mechanical hand-winding movement with 7 days power reserve and off-centre time indications
- Frequency: 18,000 V/h
- Jewels: 34
- Number of components: 146

- Stainless steel, matt black PVD coating
- Sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective treatment
- Diameter: 43.40mm
- Total height: 13.00mm
- Water-resistance: 50m

Matching the Marussia Virgin F1 colours: black/red/white
Hands: Stainless steel

High-tech leather and rubber strap black/red, with PVD-coated stainless steel ardillon buckle

Edmond Pole Guardian Automatic

Swiss watch maker Edmond presents Pole Guardian, a watch dedicated to protect the poles by supporting the association “Pôles Action ". Made to with stand extreme conditions of high latitudes, the Pole Guardian timepiece features an innovative 24hr dial, which indicates the true time during the polar night or day.

The movement which ticks inside the 44 mm stainless steel case is an automatic ETA 2824-2 calibre. Dial is hand made. Like all Edmond watches, the Pole Guardian is guaranteed for 2 years against any manufacturing defect. Suggested retail price is 1290.00 CHF (1360 USD appx).

Technical details
  • Model: Edmond Pole Guardian Automatic watch.
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2, 28 800 alt/h 25rubies, power reserve 40 h, decorated rotor
  • Case: Stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, Case width 44mm, thickness 15mm
  • Strap: Rubber strap, double fastening to the case. Folding claps.
  • Dial: Genuine 24hr dial, Hand made finished, Dial entirely engraved, Selective electrolytic coating, rhodium/ruthenium, Indexes and hands luminova

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 2 Limited Edition

Launched in 2009, the Histoire de Tourbillon collection comprises of rare horological masterpieces which embody Harry Winston’s visionary spirit and determination to explore new dimensions. The Histoire de Tourbillon 1 was the first model and the entire collection combines technical sophistication and fine design in a daring and distinctive manner, expressing an original vision of horological history and asserting a new signature style.

This year, for its second edition, the House of Harry Winston is paying tribute to the undisputed star of complications with an exclusive new timepiece issued in a 20-piece limited series. Featuring an ingenious construction that makes light of established conventions and includes a bi-axial flying tourbillon, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 offers its very own interpretation of time measurement. An avant-garde interpretation in which technology serves design and confirms the pioneering spirit of Harry Winston.

In tune with the inimitable Harry Winston style, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 transforms creative freedom into a full-fledged vocation. The brand’s signature excentered look is expressed in a resolutely atypical manner that pushes the boundaries of conception and design. From the tourbillon coupled with running seconds at 9 o’clock, to the hours with day/night indication at 2 o’clock and the minutes at 6 o’clock, all the displays are isolated in independent offset subdials.

Each has its own field of expression in a case that is cleverly partitioned to form several different levels. Eight sapphire crystals (five on the dial side of which three for the time indications, and three on the case-back) punctuate the case like windows to a futuristic world in which technology forges the passing of time. The strength and intensity emanating from the watch are reinforced by a monumental white gold structure measuring 48.5 mm in diameter.

Powered by a mechanical hand-wound movement exclusively developed for Harry Winston, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 showcases the supreme complication in a setting worthy of its stature. The intricate structure of the amazing bi-axial flying tourbillon immediately catches the eye. Embodying a daunting conceptual challenge characterized by the absence of an upper bridge, the tourbillon is held on the side of the movement only, so that its point of fixation remains invisible.

Suspended in mid-air, it radiates the hypnotic magic of a perfectly controlled balancing game: as if released from the mechanism driving it, it appears to be floating in complete freedom. Hovering over the watch protected by its sapphire crystal dome, this watchmaking feat plays its role within a spacious and spectacular stage-setting. Designers have worked with perspective, height and sloping angles in creating the stunning tourbillon carriage with its fascinating sense of depth.

The technical complexity does not stop there: the bi-axial flying tourbillon combines two concentric carriages and gains added precision by enabling the regulating organ to perform multidimensional rotations. The striking visual effect is created by an outer carriage completing one full turn in 120 seconds and housing an internal carriage – holding the balance, balance-spring and escapement – that revolves in just 40 seconds.

The circular-grained, polished and shotpeened finishes, hand-crafted in keeping with the noblest fine watchmaking traditions, highlight the tourbillon components in an extraordinary contrast between light and dark shades. Moreover, behind the stunning vision of this aerial ballet lies excellent rating precision, enhanced not only by the constant shifting of positions, but also by the lightness and resistance of the external titanium carriage.

Distinguished by a three-level bezel, in itself an outstanding accomplishment in terms of guaranteeing water resistance, the case meticulously compartmentalizes the various timekeeping indications. While the tourbillon plays the starring role, the hours and minutes appear in their respective subdials at 2 and 6 o’clock and feature a bold, ultra-contemporary design. Underscored by a beveled inner bezel ring, they are swept over by orange-accented hands standing out clearly against the opaline black dial background.

Further enhancing readability, the day/night indications can be told apart by their color: orange for day, and blue for night. Finally, two additional dial apertures set the finishing touch to the decidedly masculine aesthetic of this model with a straight-line guilloché motif. Superlative design meets cutting-edge technology in this supremely elegant model radiating perfect visual equilibrium despite the excentered displays.

Designed for devotees of contemporary Haute Horlogerie that is firmly anchored in the 21st century and geared towards innovation, Histoire de Tourbillon 2 asserts a unique style: that of a precious work of art to be experienced on a daily basis; and that of a high-tech instrument that does not merely measure time, but actually lives it with vibrant energy and confidence.

Technical details
Model: Histoire de Tourbillon 2
Reference: 500/MMT48WL.K

- Mechanical hand-wound movement
- Bi-axial flying tourbillon
- Flying external carriage in titanium: full rotation in 120 seconds
- Internal carriage: inclined at a 10-degree angle, full rotation in 40 seconds
- Circular-grained, polished and shotpeened hand-finished decorations
- 95 components

- Excentered hour display at 2 o’clock
- Excentered disk-type minutes display at 6 o’clock
- Disk-type seconds display at 9 o’clock on the tourbillon
- Orange indications for day and blue for night at 2 o’clock

Case, dial and strap
48.5 mm. Polished white gold, satin finished and shotpeened
Dial: Opaline black, Straight-line guilloché motif at 12 and 4 o’clock
Glass: 5 sapphire crystals on the dial side of which three for the time indication,
3 sapphire crystals on the case-back
Strap: Matt black alligator leather
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)

Limited Edition: 20 pieces

Monday, February 21, 2011

Arnold & Son HMS1 Limited Edition

Luxury watch brand Arnold & Son's new timepiece collection HMS1 is a tribute to John Arnold’s originality and skill. This novelty also pays respect to the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of Swiss watchmaking and seat of the Company.

HMS1 by Arnold & Son features a classical elegant pink gold case (also available in rose gold or stainless steel case), 40mm in diameter and houses a manufacture hand-wound movement (calibre A&S1001) which is only 2.9 mm thick.

Immediately once notices two barrels providing 8 0 hours power reserve. Whereas most watches in this segment of the market only provide a single barrel, the solution of having two barrels provide more constant power and more constant force, which will result in improved accuracy, something important for Arnold & Son.
With further details such as hand angling and decoration of all bridges and fine hand stitching on the alligator strap, this HMS1 line is a true modern expression of the traditional search for precision combined with superior craftsmanship that Arnold & Son has always pursued. Available in a 40 mm rose gold or stainless steel case, the Arnold & Son HMS1 is water resistant to 30 meters. HMS1 will hit the markets in April 2011.
Technical details
  • Movement : Manual movement, calibre A&S1001, diameter 30mm, 2.7 mm thickness. Two barrels providing 80-hours power reserve, 21 jewels, 21'600 vibrations/h. Hour, Minute and Small Second at 6 o’clock. Côtes de Genève guilloché.
  • Case : 40 mm-diameter with see-through back, crown at 3 o’clock. Carbered sapphire crystal.
  • Water resistance to 30 meters.
  • Strap : Black or brown alligator strap
1LCAP.W01A.C110A - rose gold with white dial
1LCAP.B01A.C110A - rose gold with black dial
1LCAS.S01A.C111S, stainless steel, white dial
1LCAS.S02A.C111S, stainless steel, anthracite dial

Frédérique Constant Vintage Racing Collection

Swiss Watch Manufacturer Frédérique Constant is known for its classical and refined timepieces of exceptional value. This year, the brand presents new Vintage Racing collection in line with manufacture's involvement in various classic car events around the world in past years. This new collection was created in particular to celebrate the latest edition of The Ultimate Driving Adventure: Peking to Paris.

Under the premise of its slogan 'Live your Passion', Frédérique Constant encourages people around the world to pursue their passion. Having been the official timekeeper of numerous events celebrating classic Austin Healey cars since the beginning of this century, the brand recently announced its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. During this fascinating and challenging motoring event, 100+ passionate crews competed in a 9’000 mile long race, driving their extraordinary cars from Peking to Paris.

Frederique Constant succeeded in capturing the vintage feel of the participating cars in an exciting new collection of highly attractive timekeeping instruments.

As an admirer of the strong passion that reigns around the world of these classic & vintage cars, Frédérique Constant managed to combine all the elements which characterize these legendary cars in the three new automatic chronographs of the Vintage Racing collection: refined elegance and technical durability.

The Frederique Constant Vintage Racing timepieces are distinguished by a generous, hand-polished 43 mm case in 316L stainless steel and feature three different dial options. Elegant versions come with a silver dial, animated by blackened steel or rose gold plated indexes and hands. The more sporty version offers a silver dial decorated by black chronograph counters and a black outer-ring. The Vintage Racing Automatic Chrono is equally impeccable from a technical standpoint. Its new mechanical self-winding chronograph calibre FC-396, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour is visible through the transparent case-back which shows the special rotor engraved with the Peking to Paris logo.

For each version, production is limited to 1’888 pieces. Every timepiece comes in an attractive gift box, alongside an exclusive commemorative plate, showing the route driven by the participants of the latest Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.

Technical details
Model - Reference: FC-396S6B6
- Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

-Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Silver dial with polished and hand applied stainless steel indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous

Black crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

Model - Reference: FC-396V6B6
- Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

- Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Silver dial with polished and hand applied rose gold plated indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous

Brown crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

Model - Reference: FC-396SB6B6
Limited edition of 1’888 pieces, delivered in a special gift box with a nice Peking to Paris Rally plate

- Chronograph Automatic FC-396
- Mechanical chronograph counters: Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- 42-hours power reserve

- Stainless steel case, diameter of 43 mm
- Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back secured by 6 screws.
- Original “Peking to Paris” logo on the rotor
- Limited edition at 1888 pieces & individually numbered
- Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Silver dial with black chronograph counters and outer ring, with polished and hand applied stainless steel indexes
Hand: polished Hands, white luminous

Black crococalf strap, with folding clasp. Water-resistant inner lining

ArtyA Artpiece 1/1 Liquid Dial Watch

This year after presenting the Valentine's day special watch "Heart for sale", Artya luxury watch brand mesmerizes us with a new art piece featuring Liquid dial. This artistic timepiece features a unique dial , which is hand decorated dial capturing real colored liquid. The self winding movement which ticks inside this timepiece is entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland.
Technical details
  • Movement: Entirely manufactured and assembled by master watchmakers in Switzerland, the self-winding mechanical movement’s balance oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
  • Case: Satin-finished or clad in a black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coating
  • Dial: Hand decorated dial capturing real colored liquid making it absolutely unique
  • Strap: The hand-sewn strap is made of high-tech rubber combined with processed “Alzavel waterproof”
  • Water-resistance: Water-resistant up to 50 meters
  • Warranty: 24 months

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Lady

This year, Swiss watch manufacture ROGER DUBUIS introduces an elegant range of ladies' mechanical watches from its iconic Excalibur collection. This feminine watch collection catches the eye with distinctive dials, in pure ROGER DUBUIS style, and incorporates mechanical movements which have been developed by the Manufacture, each hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.
Combining force with subtle sophistication, these 36mm diameter models are proposed in steel, white gold or rose gold, with or without diamonds. In addition to the triple lugs that join the case to the strap, one of the hallmarks of the Excalibur collection, this new lady’s version adopts an elegant dial, circled with stunningly tapered Roman numerals. Stretched to infinity, and an integral part of the brand’s DNA, these Roman numerals take on even greater prominence thanks to a spectacular and original construction. The numerals are formed by metallization on a sapphire crystal which then encloses the dial. This dial is fully paved with diamonds, including under the Roman numerals.

This Excalibur Lady Jewellery model with its 560 diamonds for a total of approximately 5.7 carats is proposed in white gold, in a limited edition of 88. The power of seduction of the Excalibur Lady Jewellery watch goes beyond its beauty. Its RD821 self-winding mechanical movement meets the exacting criteria of Fine Watchmaking. Hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, it has also been awarded COSC chronometer certification by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres.
Technical details
Model: Excalibur Lady, ref EX36-821-20-42/S0R00/F

RD821 Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement, 11½’’’, 33 jewels, finely adjusted in five positions, rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” decoration.
Poinçon de Genève.
COSC certification.
Functions: Hours and minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock (optional)
Number of parts: 168
Height: 3.43 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Power reserve: 48 hours

Water-resistant to 3 BAR (30 metres)

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with Micro-rotor Limited Edition

Swiss watch Manufacture ROGER DUBUIS enriches its iconic Excalibur collection with a new Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor in white gold. This new Excalibur model captures the spirit of avant-garde fine watchmaking with its powerful design and superlative mechanical movement,

This Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon comes in an imposing 45mm diameter white gold case . With its frank lines, robust crown-cover and signature indented bezel, the Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon completes a line already rich in exceptional movements.
This Excalibur model incorporates the Calibre RD520, a self-winding flying tourbillon movement with visible micro-rotor. This spectacular movement, which offers a new degree of exposure to this type of complication, has been designed, developed and produced by Manufacture ROGER DUBUIS. Rhodium-plated with Côtes de Genève decoration and assembling 227 components, the Calibre RD520 is hallmarked with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève. It proposes hour and minute functions, and the tourbillon can be seen in an aperture at 7 o’clock.
Water-resistant to 5 BAR (50 metres), this Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor in white gold is presented on a black alligator strap with an adjustable folding buckle, also in white gold. This exceptional timepiece is proposed as a limited edition of 88.
Technical details
Model: Excalibur Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon with micro-rotor
Ref: EX45-520-20-00/0ER01/B

RD520 Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement by a micro-rotor , 15’’’, 30 jewels, fine adjustment in six positions, rhodium-plated, “Côtes de Genève” motif.
Poinçon de Genève.
Number of parts: 227
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Power reserve: 60 hours

Hours, minutes, tourbillon carriage at 7 o’clock

Water-resistant to 5 BAR (50 metres)

Fitzroy Watches : Brand Info

Fitzroy is an independent, innovative new watch brand which takes London's indomitably cool arts world spirit as its inspiration. The founders of the brand has been inspired by the vibrant, multi-­‐cultural life of modern artistic London, where creative sparks from across the globe meet, mix and flourish in an atmosphere of endless possibility, from which exciting new musicians, fashion designers, artists and industrial talents continually emerge.

Fitzroy has a noble and ancient name yet its approach is thoroughly modern. Every model encloses a good Swiss automatic movement but its quirky, individual, modern and yet classic look is unmistakably British. It has all the heritage and hand-­‐crafted care one would expect of the best-­‐made watches yet this particular quality product transcends old-­‐style age and social divisions and even the gender gap, reflecting a profound change in people's attitudes. Fitzroy is made for the man who dares to be different, who seeks a watch which has lasting and authentic value and which reflects his own personality and interests rather than the uniformity of generic products. It believes that this privilege should be available to anyone who appreciates an interesting watch and enjoys Fitzroy's striking design innovations.

Even the name has a slightly risqué panache that appeals to the brand's individualist clientele. Fitzroy comes originally from old Norman, meaning "son of the king". It was traditionally given to the natural sons of the English kings by their various mistresses and was first used for Henry VIII's son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond. These sons could not inherit but they often became wealthy and influential and the name still has an aristocratic resonance today. For the Fitzroy brand it reflects the bravado and expansionist confidence of this most famous of English monarchs, who first used the term. The double F logo, in ancient and modern script, captures an appropriate blend of traditional heritage and adventurous modernism.

The Fitzroy range could only have grown out of this uniquely British mix of ancient tradition and adventurous spirit, creating a fascinating contrast between timeless elegance and freethinking modernity. All the watches are a classic round shape, in a slightly elongated, oval case. All are stainless steel, with silver and non‐oxidising bronze to come.
At 43mm or 46mm, they are a bold modern size and yet elegantly streamlined. There are two basic models, a chronograph and an automatic with small seconds dial -­ but over a hundred variants, so each owner feels his watch is individual to his own personality. And if that is not enough, special customisation will be possible in areas like hands, sub-­‐dials and crowns. Under the brand name, the range will grow into a collection of accessories which will offer an accompaniment to a design-­‐driven life with both style and substance. Already, each watch comes in a stylish black leather carrying case lined in purple Alcantara - a multifunctional item which reflects Fitzroy's commitment to making useful products of lasting value.

Fitzroy watches have a myriad personalities of their own. Some are elegantly traditional; others, with an off- centre double stripe down strap or bracelet, reminiscent of vintage racing car livery, have an effortlessly sporty appeal. A plain steel model with a white dial and black hands and numbers, on a bracelet or a black leather strap, is the most classic. But even here the brand's innovative approach shows through in the signature, modern geometric figures alternating with baton indices. And every model has a specially invented strap-­change mechanism for an easy swap over from leather to fabric or bracelet. Other materials are more innovative, and the colour which helps define the brand sneaks in black steel as a case or a whole bracelet, Fitzroy's signature green anodised aluminium used on pushers or bracelet stripes.

Fitzroy's customer wears colour confidently. A regal purple and that soft moss green are the chosen shades, in various combinations of hands and logo on black or white dials, or on straps with contrast stitching or stripes. There are also more traditional crocodile effect, wildlife-­friendly leather straps (respecting the environment is an essential brand value), at first in black or brown but also leading this primarily masculine brand into a new area, with unquestionably feminine shades of white and denim blue. There are also delicious sprinklings of diamonds asa subtle bezel ring, with a few more stones on the dial or the full pavé case works. If the Fitzroy man has confidence in his individuality and style, the woman who dares to wear the brand is at least his match.

Fitzroy may have its roots in history and tradition but it looks set for a bright future in today's modern world.

Official website : http://fitzroywatches.com

Gc Sport Class XL-S Glam

The Gc Sport Class XL-S Glam is the first all ceramic model launched by Gc with both bracelet and case in high-tech ceramic. Available in white and in black versions, it has been created to offer the younger woman a dedicated Swiss Made timepiece to suit all her fashion needs. The unique bezel design with genuine crystal inserts perfects the glam chic appearance of this contemporary timepiece.

A fresh sporty design continues the Gc trend in black and white ceramic to make the Sport Class XL-S Glam a must for the young active fashion-conscious woman.

The sensual nature of the ceramic material offering a lightness and perfect comfort to the wrist is heightened by the ergonomic design of the bracelet and case for additional pleasure to the wearer. The innate glamour of the design and the ceramic material used is also highlighted by the use of mineral crystal on the steel bezel. This sophisticated detail gives the timepiece added femininity and sets off to perfection the corresponding mother-of-pearl dials with their iridescent sheen.

The Sport Class XL-S Glam offers the characteristic Gc attention to detail in design and the quality of the materials used as well as the iconic combination of rose gold and black as well as an arresting rose gold and white execution. It provides a fashionable entry to the prestige Swiss Made watchmaking segment and the world of Gc Smart Luxury.

Technical details
• Swiss Made
• Swiss Made quartz movement Ronda 706 - multifunction with standard time indication and day and date counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
• Ceramic case (36 mm diameter) and ceramic link bracelet (also available in a polished 316L stainless steel or two tone steel and rose gold PVD )
• Bezel in stainless steel or rose gold PVD, with genuine white or black crystal inserts
• Mother-of-pearl dial with hand-applied Roman numerals and indices (or combination of 7 genuine diamonds and Roman numerals for the diamond dial version)
• Hands and Roman numerals and indices all coated with Super-LumiNova®
• Deployment buckle with two side pushers, engraved with the Gc logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
• Screwed-down case back with engraved style number
• Screwed-down crown with embossed Gc logo
• Water resistant to 100m (10 ATM)

Gc Sport Class XXL Blackout

The Gc Sport Class XXL Blackout with its imposing case of 45 mm makes this new addition to the Gc high –tech ceramic range for men a real eye –catcher. Setting a new trend through its particularly sophisticated matt finish for both the case and bracelet, the Sport Class XXL Blackout allies Swiss Made precision with cutting-edge design. An expressive enigmatic timepiece that makes a strong masculine statement for men who like to stand out in the crowd.

Inspired by the luxury car industry, where matt black became the byword in upscale refinement, the new Sport Class XXL Blackout adopts this elegant black sheen - a must-have for lovers of avant-garde design.

The choice of the matt finish, created through an additional stage in the ceramic production process, is indicative of the high quality standards and attention to detail embodied by Gc timepieces. With its oversize case, minute-engraved bezel and link bracelet all in black ceramic, this timepiece is a force to be reckoned with. This expressive all black timepiece makes a forceful appearance through its rendering of the iconic black and rose-gold combination of the Gc brand. The jet black matt dial is picked out with bold hand-applied indices and Arabic numerals, pointed at by tapered hands, all in rose gold with a central luminescent coating in the latest grey tint for maximum effect.

Like all Gc watches, the Sport Class XXL Blackout meets the exacting criteria of a Swiss Made timepiece and is equipped with a high precision Swiss Made movement, in this case a quartz chronograph with a 30-minutes and 60-second counter precise to 1/10 second. A unidirectional turning bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a water resistance of 100 meters, assured by the screw down crown and screw-down engraved back case, also underline the qualitative aspect of this timepiece.

A commanding rugged design, the Sport Class XXL Blackout imposes itself upon the eye, making a very masculine statement of power and strength for the dedicated trendsetter.

Technical details
• Swiss Made
• Swiss Made quartz chronograph movement Ronda 5022 with 30-minute and 60-second counters to 1/10 second precision and date at 4 o`clock
• Case (45 mm diameter), unidirectional turning bezel and link bracelet all in high-tech matt ceramic
• Black matte dial with hand-applied indices and Arabic numerals and tapered hands, all in rose gold or silver or grey finish with a central grey luminescent coating
• Deployment buckle with two side pushers, engraved with the Gc logo
• Scratch- resistant sapphire crystal
• Screwed-down case back engraved with the Gc logo and style number
• Screwed-down crown with embossed Gc logo
• Water resistant to 100m (10 ATM)

Pierre DeRoche GrandCliff Milady Royal Retro

This year, Swiss watch brand Pierre DeRoche dedicates a superb feminine interpretation of the Calibre Royal Retro to women who love fine mechanical watches. With its display of six retrograde seconds hands, the movement is unique in its genre. These hands, on the visible movement, take over from each other for ten seconds, creating a fascinating mechanical ballet and making each minute seem like a moment of eternity.
This magnificent complication is enhanced by the finishing, which is designed by a woman for women and gives this timepiece a poetic and floral touch. The elegantly-shaped bridges are adorned with delicate motifs, highlighted by a subtle setting of jewels. The bezel, also set with jewels, adds a touch of sublimity to this harmoniously designed piece.

Technical details
- Automatic, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, 58 jewels.
- Decorated and engraved rotor.
- 12-pivot central bridge and 6 chamfered, engraved and diamond-set seconds bridges.
- Mobile retrograde hand indicator.
- Minute wheel with Pierre DeRoche logo.
- Hour hand held by a transversal pin.
- 6 retrograde seconds hands driven by gears; return to initial positions with strip-springs.
- Date window at 6 o’clock.

Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds in 6 ten-second sectors, date.

316L steel, set with 64 diamonds (1.28 cts), screw-down crown, double-sealed pushpieces, 42.5 mm. Anti-reflective glass and sapphire back.
Water-resistant to 100 m.

Alligator with folding clasp.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pierre DeRoche RendezVous Limited edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Pierre DeRoche combines the most advanced mechanical watchmaking with subtle musical poetry in its latest creation, the RendezVous, which displays a double gong under the sapphire crystal. Coupled with the striking-mechanism’s on/off function, this device is unique on this kind of watch and gives this exceptional timepiece its intrinsic value.
When the alarm is released, the mechanism reveals its secrets: first, the fast-and-slow, then the striking mechanism’s bridge moving into action, and finally the hammers successively striking the two “Chartres” chimes (cathedral inspired, the two gongs turn more than 360° but are of different lengths). With a few clear, limpid notes produced by the best watch craftsmen from the Joux Valley, the RendezVous will remind you of your day’s appointments. Series limited to 201.

Technical details
Automatic, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, 32 jewels, decorated and engraved circular (360°) rotor, sunray-pattern bridges

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day/night indicator, RendezVous function with 2-gong striking mechanism, winding and On/Off indicators.

Black PVD titanium container; screw-down crown, bezel and horns crown guard and pushpieces all in steel, 45.5 mm.
Double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire back.
Water-resistant to 100 m.

Alligator with folding clasp.

Other version
Limited series of 21 pieces in pink gold (18K), steel and titanium.

Hublot F1 King Power India Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Hublot celebrated the first ever FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF INDIA by presenting the new F1 King Power India timepiece. As the Official Watchmaker of Formula 1, Hublot celebrated the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place in New Delhi, India, the 6th Asian country on the 2011 calendar of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.

To mark this upcoming event, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, revealed at the Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon in Delhi - on Thursday 17th February, 2011 – the new F1 King Power India watch, a limited edition of 200 individually numbered pieces, especially designed in recognition of this highly anticipated event in the history of Formula 1.This is the first time, a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer has launched a watch dedicated to an international sport coming to India.

Sporting the famous F1 logo and colours of the Indian flag on its dial and bracelet, the F1King Power India features several unique aspects made from an array of high-tech materials directly inspired by Formula 1 (some of which have never before been used in watchmaking) such as a ceramic bezel with a circular-grained satin finish adorned with multiple holes to represent a high performance brake disk, a strap made from rubber and Nomex, a synthetic fibre developed by Dupont De Nemours and used – thanks to its very low combustibility and thermostability - to make the suits worn by F1 drivers as well as the Start, Reset and Split push buttons, the latter for the split second function and a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock.

Technical details
Model: Hublot F1 King Power India Limited Edition
Reference: 703.OM.1138.NR.FMO10
Series: 250 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200

- King Power, diameter 48 mm, in "King Gold"
- Bezel: Satin-finished "King Gold" and black ceramic, resembling a brake disc, with 6 black PVD titanium H-shaped relief screws
- Crystal: Sapphire Ǿ 35.50x3.00 mm, colourless single-layer ART, face with gold powder transfer minute track
Bezel Lugs Black composite resin
- Case-back: Open in King Gold with circular satin finish
- Crown: Satin-finished "King Gold" Ø 8.40, with black rubber insert
- Screws: Black PVD titanium
- Water resistance : Approximately 100 m or 10 ATM
- Push-pieces: Start with orange rubber inserts and black text at 2 o'clock, and Reset in black rubber with orange text at 4 o'clock

- Matt black, 5N coloured indexes, orange coloured SuperLuminova™
- 5N powder F1 logo at 12 o'clock, orange coloured transfer
- Hands: Satin-finished gilt hour and minute hands with micro-blasted back, Orange coloured Superluminova™

- Hublot calibre HUB4100
- Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
- No. of components: 234
- Jewels: 27
- Bridges: Rhodium-plated with snailing
- Screws: Black PVD
- Oscillating Weight: King Power Hublot, micro-blasted black openworked plate, polished black decorative screws, micro-blasted black heavy metal segment
- Micro-blasted engraving against black background on bevel, and grey King Power
- Main plate: Rhodium-plated with snailing
- Barrel: With reinforced spring
- Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
- Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Adjustable black Nomex strap with orange, white and green stitching
Stitched on black rubber
Clasp: King Power "King Gold" deployant buckle, "King Gold" cap, Decorative plate in black micro-blasted ceramic, black ink engraving, black PVD titanium deployant and buttons, polished black PVD titanium screws.

Tissot T-Evocation with diamonds

The Tissot T-Evocation with diamonds celebrates the modern woman in spectacular style. Shaped as an elegant bracelet, it teases with a look of sophisticated jewellery. The provocation has secure foundations in the form of elegant design and a meticulous Swiss movement.

This watch is destined to be the best friend of contemporary women who see their femininity as a real and beautiful asset. It looks the part with a whole spectrum of wardrobes, from the tailored business look to the chicest LBD (Little Black Dress). It seamlessly commutes between busy work schedules and frantic social lives, safe in the knowledge that top quality materials and mechanisms will always save the day.

An eye for detail shapes the Tissot T-Evocation with diamonds, giving it a fascinating character. The fact that the watch’s bracelet has the same diameter as the case intrigues onlookers. Initially they speculate as to whether they are seeing a watch or a beautiful bracelet.

A second glance draws the eye to a polished, squared watchcase, framing a pearly white dial. On either side of the case, an elongated T-shape, each made up of 11 Top Wesselton diamonds, marks the interface between timekeeping and modern jewellery design. Continuing this theme, the horizontal links of the metal bracelet take the form of two stretched ‘T’ shapes, simultaneously affording optimal wearer comfort. The evocation of contemporary female confidence literally cannot be missed.

Technical details
•Swiss Made quartz movement with battery end-of-life indicator (EOL)
•Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
•316L stainless steel case
•Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m / 100 ft)
•316L stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp with push-buttons
•Bicolour execution is PVD coating

Tissot Racing-Touch

In pole-position as a multi-specialist brand and a multi-discipline sports timekeeper, Tissot has pulled out all the stops with the Tissot Racing-Touch. Edgy design accommodates 11 dynamic functions, all easily accessed by the young and driven wearer.

High-tech capability teams with modern looks, achieved by eye-catching yet durable materials. Whether wearers are ‘in touch’ with the watch’s crystal to record their personal best lap-times on the running track, crewing on a racing yacht, or figuring out whether their friends in other time zones are awake yet, the Tissot Racing-Touch is their reliable lifestyle cockpit.

The Tissot Racing-Touch is suited to a huge range of sporting activities, catering for individuals keen to see performance and appearance in a photo finish for pole position. It has full chronograph capability, a useful logbook for recording personal results and data, dual time zones, two alarms and a backlight. For maritime-minded individuals, both those on the water and those plotting a safe beach walk, there is a tide-calculator, complementing the compass.

The diverse functionality possibilities are matched by a versatile range of colour schemes and material combinations to express specific style statements. Distinctive accents include a black and orange model with a bright orange rubber strap, a sophisticated steel bracelet option and a predominantly white version to reveal the line’s feminine side.

Technical details
•Swiss Made quartz movement with battery end-of-life indicator (EOL)
•Tactile scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
•Anti-magnetic 316L stainless steel case with rotating bezel
•Water-resistant to 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)
•316L Solid stainless steel bracelet with safety clasp
•Black rubber strap with folding clasp with push-buttons or orange and white silicone straps with folding clasp with push-buttons

Tissot Seastar 1000

The Tissot Seastar 1000 watches merge style and performance without diluting either. Their diving inspiration shapes both the appearance and the functionality of these timepieces. They maintain their performance under water to a pressure of 30 bar, proving that a passion for under-water sports and a preference for automatic watches are totally compatible buddies. The new family consists of automatic chronographs, integrating the revolutionary C01.211 movement, and elegant three-hand models, also with Swiss automatic movements.

High-tech watchmaking expertise and modern materials equip the Tissot Seastar 1000 for pleasure and adventure in the water and on dry land. The diving theme is continually evident through elements such as a unidirectional bezel, a strap with a divers’ buckle and extension, plus Super-LumiNova® hands and markings. All models also have their own helium valve, which operates on the identical principle to that of the diving bell.

The chronograph versions have a large, 48 mm case, making a bold style statement and simultaneously contributing to easy readability in and out of the water. A total of ten different models accommodate a broad spectrum of wearer tastes. There is the option of a totally new blue, ocean-inspired PVD finish, a choice of black and white, blue, or black and orange dials, plus a selection of metal or rubber attachments. The Tissot Seastar reconfirms the proven Tissot talent for encapsulating operational excellence in appealing design.

Technical details
•Swiss Made automatic movement
•Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
•316L Stainless steel case with black or blue PVD coating
•Screw-down crown and case back
•Helium valve
•Water-resistant to 30 bar (300 m / 1000 feet)
•316L Solid stainless steel bracelet with safety clasp and diver extension
•Rubber strap with standard buckle

Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau

The new Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau model combines technical expertise, rarity and elegance – a set of qualities achieved by Chopard Manufacture, where this exceptional model was born. L.U.C Calibre 3.97, a shaped movement that is chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Chopard’s L.U.C collection welcomes a refined model that combines technical qualities and aesthetic virtues. Born at the heart of Watch Valley within Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, the L.U.C XP Tonneau model, an ultra-thin interpretation of the tonneau or barrel-shaped model, now appears with a particularly distinguished new look. The pared-down dial now features Arabic numerals. The new, slender case gives this watch a modern appearance, while maintaining a touch of tradition that has created the destiny of Haute Horlogerie.

The L.U.C XP Tonneau displays the hours, minutes, small seconds, and the date shown through a window at 6 o’clock. All these functions are driven by the ultra-thin, self-winding L.U.C. Calibre 3.97. Entirely designed, developed, fine-tuned and produced in-house, this movement is a mere 3.30 mm thick – a technical detail that incorporates an off-centred micro-rotor and a double barrel (based on patented Chopard Twin® technology) supplying an over 65-hour power reserve.

Chronometer-certified by the COSC, a reliable Institute of quality and reliability, the movement follows the contours of the case housing it – a rare distinctive feature matching the demands of Haute Horlogerie. The L.U.C 3.97 proprietary movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case. The slender, slightly curving case makes a perfect fit on the wrist and is available in 18-carat rose or white gold with satin-brushed and polished finishing.

The sunburst silver dial carries the new signature features of models in the L.U.C collection: more elongated Dauphine appliques, Arabic numerals, an extremely fine sunburst satin-brushed finish centred around the word CHOPARD, and a minute track to enhance the high-precision image of these models. The refined face is underscored by the new L.U.C Dauphine hands and framed by a brown or black alligator leather strap complete with a gold pin buckle.

Technical details
•18-carat white or rose gold
•Tonneau shape
•Height:40.00 mm
•Width: 37.00 mm
•Thickness:7.22 mm
•Water-resistant to50 metres
•Crown in 18-carat white gold with L.U.C logo 5.00 mm
•Glareproofed sapphire crystals on front and back

•Mechanical self-winding,L.U.C 3.97
•Total diameter:28.15 x 27.60 mm
•Thickness: 3.30 mm
•Number of jewels :29
•Frequency : 28,800 vph
•Power reserve: approx 65 to 70 hours
•Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands:
•Sunburst silvered brushed dial
•Rhodium- or gold-plated hour-markers
•Rhodium- or gold-plated Dauphine fusée-type hour and minute hands
•Rhodium- or gold-plated small seconds hand

Functions and displays:
•Central display of the hours and minutes
•Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
•Date display at 6 o’clock

Strap and buckle:
•Hand-sewn black or brown alligator leather strap
•Pin buckle in 18-carat white or rose gold

Ref. 162294-1001 L.U.C XP Tonneau in 18-carat white gold
Ref. 162294-5001 L.U.C XP Tonneau in 18-carat rose gold


With the new IMPERIALE line, Chopard achieves the feat of enshrining the quintessence of style and elegance within a watch. For this reinterpretation of the brand’s famous 1990s model, the House designers have drawn inspiration from refined, dynamic and natural women with strong personalities who appreciate the discreet luxury of extremely beautiful objects.

Beneath its understated appearance, the IMPERIALE conceals a wealth of rare and precious details. Many of them, such as the typical lug covers, have been entirely redesigned. The splendours of the imperial age are expressed through this sculptural timepiece. The delicately engraved mother-of-pearl dial base evokes the embroidered cushions on which monarchs used to place their insignia. It is encircled by Roman numerals representing resolutely “imperial” symbols marking off the hours.

The finely curved hands are reminiscent of tapered daggers used by sovereigns in combat, while the lotus-shaped crown is fitted on a case middle with pure, uncluttered sides enhancing the ethereally light and luminous appeal of this model. In an ultimate touch of refinement, the lugs resembling antique columns are adorned with tiny amethyst briolette-cut cabochons for the rose gold versions and blue sapphires for the white gold models. The delicate royal purple shade of the stones echoes the colour of the transfers on the watch dial as well as the Chopard signature.

IMPERIALE radiates an aura of timeless chic embodying a subtle alliance between simplicity and majesty, sophistication and sensuality. Available in several sizes and equipped with a quartz, self-winding or chronograph movement, diamond-set or all-polished versions in steel or in rose or white gold, and fitted with a metal bracelet or leather strap, IMPERIALE thus appears in an infinite variety of interpretations appealing to the most demanding woman to accompany them on all occasions.

Featured model
Ref. 384211-5001 IMPERIALE rose gold watch, large model
Large (40mm) rose gold watch from the “IMPERIALE” COLLECTION. Mother-of-pearl and silvered dial, self-winding chronograph movement, water-resistant to 50 metres, shiny black alligator leather strap with rose gold pin buckle.

Breitling Chronospace Automatic

With its ultra-original star-shaped bezel and its resolutely technical appearance, the new Chronospace Automatic is distinguished by an exceptional design, combined with all the qualities of an authentic Breitling pilot’s instrument.

From the Navitimer to the Chronomat, along with the Superocean and the Aerospace, Breitling instruments for professionals are distinguished not only by their performances, but also by their unique and powerful looks. They radiate strong character and are recognizable at a glance. The new Chronospace Automatic pilot’s chronograph is no exception, combining form and function with inimitable style.
Thanks to its unusual star-shaped design that makes it easy to use even when wearing gloves, the bidirectional rotating bezel ensures simple and easy handling of the circular slide rule serving to perform all calculations relating to airborne navigation – a valuable asset in terms of ergonomics and functionality.

The sophisticated rack and pinion system driving the slide rule guarantees water resistance to 200 meters (600 ft), an exceptional achievement for this type of instrument. The large 12 o’clock numeral, square hour-markers and oversized hands, all accentuated by a luminescent coating, lend the dial a vigorous and dynamic aesthetic that ensures maximum readability and visibility, even in poor lighting conditions.
The extreme precision of the time display and of short-time measurements is ensured by the Breitling Caliber 23 selfwinding chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC like all the brand’s movements.
The new Chronospace Automatic is available with a choice of four dial colors – Volcano Black, Mariner Blue,Tungsten Gray and Stratus Silver – enhanced by black totalizers. The understated, powerful lines of the sturdy steel case are combined, according to taste and to usage, with various types of strap or bracelet, including sporty versions in rubber and a daring bracelet in satinbrushed woven steel.

Technical details
  • Movement: Breitling Caliber 23, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels. ¼th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar.
  • Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft/20 bars). Screw-locked crown. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Bidirectional rotating pinion bezel (slide rule). Screwed in caseback. Diameter: 46 mm.
  • Dials: Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, Tungsten Gray, Stratus Silver.
  • Straps/Bracelet: leather, rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge), Ocean Racer rubber (perforated)/Aero Classic in woven steel.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hanhart Primus Collection Black ADLC (Edition 2011)

The new models in the Primus collection, which are being launched by Hanhart at Baselworld 2011, are distinguished by their pure, cool style. The Swiss- German watch brand has opted for an elegant black design for its Pilot, Racer and Diver chronographs.

Hanhart is known for its high-precision, 100% reliable and robust instrument watches for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. 2009 saw the Swiss- German watch brand launch with Primus, a collection of mechanical chronograph wristwatches which builds on the long standing tradition and expertise of the own-brand watch manufactory and combines this with the latest technology and progressive design. This year, the Pilot, Racer and Diver models are now being introduced with black ADLC-coated cases.

Reminders of the watch manufacturer’s tradition are deliberately made clearly recognisable on all three models in the Primus collection: one of the brand’s distinctive features, the red button, underlines the relationship between Hanhart’s first pilot’s chronographs, its mechanical stopwatches and the new collection. It has been a distinguishing characteristic of Hanhart watches since 1939 and was previously intended to prevent pilots from unintentionally resetting the stop time. For the models featured in the Primus collection it has been finished with anodised aluminium. The striking fluted bezel with inlaid red marking is also reminiscent of the design of the watch manufacturer’s legendary chronographs. On the Primus Diver, it was realised as a concave, unidirectional rotating bezel featuring a scale for calculating the dive time. It can be adjusted to an anticlockwise direction and has a detent set in steps of one minute. With its size and feel, even the crown harks back to the design of the early precision watches.

In order to ensure safety and ease of use for the measurement of time intervals or for air and water navigation, or when using a stopwatch to measure interval times and end times or distances on dry land, the first priority was to ensure maximum functionality, ease of use and outstanding reading precision. There was no need for unnecessary gimmicks or design features on the case and dial, and Hanhart continues, as always, to stand by this maxim. To ensure an accurate time display and precision chronometry, the models in the Primus collection are equipped with a Valjoux 7750 calibre modified to a bicompax display, featuring a rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo. This allows the small seconds to be clearly positioned at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter to be arranged at 3 o’clock – a configuration which Hanhart has customarily used from the very beginning. Perfect readability is guaranteed not least by the clear, generously proportioned design of the Arabic numerals, index marks, the minute-circle and the hands with Super-LumiNova® coating.
The solid, elegant and high-quality case made from black ADLC-coated stainless steel highlights the sporty, contemporary aesthetic of the Primus chronographs, while the flexibly screwed lugs, which can be moved across an angle of inclination of 45º to 50º, ensure optimum wearing comfort on all wrist sizes. The deep black dial is encased by a convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass, while a screwed-down sapphire glass case back allows the wearer to see the fascinating interplay of the movement and the rotor. The watches are finished off with a leather strap made from the finest calfskin with contrasting top-stitching or with a black strap made from vulcanised rubber with a moulded Hanhart logo and a practical, easily adjustable folding clasp, also made from black ADLC-coated stainless steel, with inlaid red marking.

Primus Pilot
HAN38 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 25 jewels; rotor with a skeletonised, incised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours

Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock

Black ADLC-coated stainless steel; anodised aluminium red button; fluted bezel with inlaid red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass case back; large screw-in crown; flexible lugs (angle of inclination 45°-50°); diameter 44 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 atm/100 m

Black; with Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous Arabic numerals, index marks and hands

Calfskin; folding clasp with inlaid red marking (anodised aluminium) made from black ADLC-coated stainless steel

Primus Racer
HAN38 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 25 jewels; rotor with a skeletonised, incised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours

Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock

ADLC-coated stainless steel; anodised aluminium red button; fluted bezel with inlaid red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass case back; large screw- in crown; flexible lugs (angle of inclination 45°-50°); diameter 44 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 atm/100 m

Black; polished, applied Arabic numerals and index marks; Super- LumiNova®-coated, luminous hands

Calfskin or vulcanised rubber with moulded Hanhart logo, non- allergenic; folding clasp with inlaid red marking (anodised aluminium) made from ADLC-coated stainless steel

Primus Diver
HAN38 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 25 jewels; rotor with a skeletonised, incised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours

Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock

ADLC-coated stainless steel; anodised aluminium red button; fluted, concave, unidirectional rotating bezel with inlaid red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass case back; large screw-in crown; flexible lugs (angle of inclination 45°- 50°); diameter 44 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 atm/100 m

Black; Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous Arabic numerals, index marks, hands and orange or yellow-coloured auxiliary dials for small seconds and 30- minute counter

Vulcanised rubber with moulded Hanhart logo, non-allergenic; folding clasp with inlaid red marking (anodised aluminium) made from ADLC-coated stainless steel