Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Perpetual 40

The Master Eight Days Perpetual 40 from Master Control line has an exceptional 8-day power reserve. This exemplary perpetual calendar model comes in pink gold case measuring 40 mm in diameter. The Master Eight Days Perpetual 40 is the only one in its class to boast an eight-day power reserve thanks to its twin barrels that store up a considerable amount of energy. Aside from its technical performances, it is also an authentic Fine Watchmaking accomplishment that remains faithful to the finest traditions while subtly reinterpreting them.
Mechanically programmed to require no manual correction before the year 2100 – since even the noblest mechanisms cannot keep track of the century years that are not leap years – it will continue to provide an accurate display of the date, the day of the week, the month and the year in four digits, along with the power reserve, the moon phase, the alternation between night and day, and even the security zone between 10 pm and 3 am during which no changes must be made. Loyal to the know-how cultivated by the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, this watch is distinguished by its excellent readability and its understated appearance. The Master Eight Days Perpetual 40 is equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 876-440B.

Like all watches from Master Control line, the Master Geographic is exposed to 1000 hours of constant controls. Their rating precision is tested in six positions, at rest and in motion, while the prophylactic administration of calculated shocks proves their sturdiness, and their water resistance is verified under 5-bar pressure.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic

Master Geographic is a perfect traveler’s watch with functions such as multiple time zones, power reserve indication and date counter. This model from Master Control line by Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre comes in an elegant 39 millimetre-diameter case.

The Master Geographic is equipped with automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 939A. It displays local time by means of large central hour, minute and seconds hands. Meanwhile, the names of the cities representing each of the 24 time zones glide past on the lower part of the dial, in some cases bearing the letter “S” for “Summertime” in order to enable the user to take account of a possible half-yearly change in legal time.
The second time zone selected via a crown appears in a counter at 6 o’clock. The eminently readable dial also provides other information such as the indispensable power reserve and a date counter.

Like all watches from Master Control line, the Master Geographic is exposed to 1000 hours of constant controls. Their rating precision is tested in six positions, at rest and in motion, while the prophylactic administration of calculated shocks proves their sturdiness, and their water resistance is verified under 5-bar pressure.

Monday, September 12, 2011

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Seafender 47 Tourbillon GMT

The Admiral’s Cup Seafender 47 Tourbillon GMT by CORUM combines sporty lines and benchmark horological complications, namely a tourbillon and a dual time zone. With its tourbillon at 10.30 and the GMT function at 6 o’clock displaying the second time zone, this Admiral’s Cup Seafender powered by the automatic C0397 movement, is entirely in tune with the noblest traditions of Fine Watchmaking.

The first automatic tourbillon model in the Admiral’s Cup collection with its ultra-precise movement beating at the frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), this sports tourbillon – which is particularly resistant thanks to its micrometrical screws – is also distinguished by its “turbine” design. Beneath each “turbine”, a wheel moves in the opposite direction to the effect created by the turbine. These intriguing shapes work their magic with a tourbillon that appears to be floating in mid-air beneath a V-shaped bridge and a tourbillon carriage enhanced by the Corum key symbol.
The extremely readable hour and minute dual time-zone display, positioned at 6 o’clock, is complemented by the three-quarter circular day/night indicator at 7.30. The pointer-type date indication appearing in a subdial at 3 o’clock sets the perfect finishing touch to the harmonious visual appeal of this sophisticated and elegant watch endowed with a 50-hour power reserve. Note the discreet presence of a pusher at 4 o’clock designed for smooth and easy adjustment of the dual time-zone display.

With its generously sized 47 mm diameter, the Admiral’s Cup Seafender Tourbillon GMT is distinguished by its two logos, Corum and Admiral’s Cup, engraved directly on the inner face of its anti-reflective sapphire crystal – a feature also found on the screw-down back. The model is available in two versions. The first is the epitome of originality and lightness, with its case, bezel and crown guard in 7075 aluminum featuring an electro-plasma treatment that makes this material harder by endowing it with a light yet ultra-sturdy character. The ceramization (electro-plasma) process gives the 7075 aluminum a dark gray shade.

The dial is adorned with a Clous de Paris motif and rhodium coated hour-markers, as well as skeleton hour and minute hands, a dauphine-type date pointer and rhodium coated dual time-zone hands enhanced with superluminova for nocturnal readability. The collection’s characteristic nautical pennants are positioned between the hour-markers and the inner bezel ring. The 18K gold version features hands and hour-markers in the same material and also superluminova treated. Both models are water-resistant to 50 meters and fitted with a crocodile leather strap complete with a folding clasp in grade 5 titanium or 18K gold, engraved in both cases with the Corum logo.

Technical details
Model: Admiral’s Cup Seafender 47 Tourbillon GMT
Reference 397.101.55/0001 AK10

Self-winding movement, CO397
Frequency 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations/hour
28 jewels
Special CORUM finish, with “turbine” design motifs on the plate and open-worked oscillating weight
Power reserve of 50 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, second time zone, day/night indicator, tourbillon

47mm diameter, twelve-sided case
18kt red gold 5N
Glass: Cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 50 meters (165 feet/5 atm)

Charcoal with Clous de Paris motifs
Date indication in a dial at 3 o’clock
Second time zone at 6 o’clock
Day/night indicator at 7:30 o’clock
Tourbillon cage at 11 o’clock
12 monochrome nautical pennant hour-markers on the flange
Applique chevrons and minute numerals in gold 5N
Faceted skeleton hour and minute baton hands with superluminova
Faceted counter hands with superluminova

Black crocodile leather strap
Buckle: 18kt red gold 5N tongue buckle, engraved with CORUM logo

Friday, September 2, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DAVOSA Argonautic Ceramic Chronograph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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