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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christopher Ward C70 DBR1 COSC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, an iconic model of the Grande Maison in Le Sentier, Switzerland, Zep personalized a dial in enamel of a Reverso à eclipses in pink gold. This artistic execution will be issued as a unique piece. Zep, a renowned Swiss artist, drew his inspiration from a visit to the Manufacture last April. Enamelling, along with engraving, is one of the rare crafts developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Today the enameling atelier located on the Manufacture’s site comprises three persons. They perform a wide variety of personalization offers in enamel on the Reverso’s case-back and also on the dials. These artists execute unique pieces using skills that combine tradition with the spirit on invention, developing new techniques that are revealed each year in the new collections. The unique Reverso customized by Zep in enamel and pink gold will be auctioned by the Artcurial auction house on November 29, 2011 in Paris for the benefit of “Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”.

A long time ago, back in 1931, in a dusty vortex and to the accompaniment of horses’ hooves hammering, an idea was born: a watch with a dial that could protect itself from shocks, all the while offering a personalized engraved case-back.

Eighty years later, the Reverso, the one and only truly polo watch in the world, has progressed from watchmaking icon to cult status. The Grande Maison is honored to introduce the new creation to the public at a preview in the Veytay Polo Club in Switzerland during the finals of Jaeger-LeCoultre Polo Masters Geneva.

Friday, August 26, 2011

RAYMOND WEIL "jasmine"

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

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

In the Brand’s purest tradition, the new jasmine collection combines all the elements of RAYMOND WEIL’s feminine watches: a voluptuously rounded, curved case; horns merging perfectly with the bezel in its most discreet version, or submerged in the brilliance of its diamonds in the set version; bracelet wrapping harmoniously around the wrist in refined elegance; dial embellished with blue-tinted, leaf-shaped hands - jasmine exuding modernity, classicism and exclusivity is the perfect reflection of the RAYMOND WEIL woman. However, the RAYMOND WEIL woman is as varied as the flowers in a garden. In its automatic or quartz version, with a 29 or 35mm diameter, with or without a diamond setting, in stainless steel or pink gold, the jasmine will light up women’s eyes from East to West. In its version on a leather strap, the new-born from RAYMOND WEIL would be perfect for an evening in town with its pink gold case and its diamonds reflecting like Bengal lights.

Technical details

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

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

Case
- Round – Polished steel set with 28 diamonds
- Diameter: 29mm
- Thickness: 9.6mm
- Crown: Fluted steel with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM 

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

Bracelet
Polished steel with folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system


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

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

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

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

Bracelet
Two-tone polished steel and rose gold PVD 5N. Folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system


Ref 5235 STS 00659
Movement
Quartz
Jewels: 7 rubies

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

Case
- Round – Polished steel set with 29 diamonds
- Diameter: 35mm
- Thickness: 7.9mm
- Crown: Fluted steel with blue sapphire dome
- Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM 

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

Bracelet
Polished steel with folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system


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

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

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

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

Strap
Black, full skin, saddle-stitched alligator, equipped with a rose gold PVD 5N folding RW clasp with double push-piece security system

URWERK UR-1001 Zeit Device

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ArtyA " Son of a Gun" Watch Collection

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

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