Thursday, December 29, 2011

Greubel Forsey GMT White gold

Launched in 2011, the GMT White gold model by Greubel Forsey features a number of complications and functions such as: 2nd time zone GMT display, Tourbillon 24 Secondes, rotating globe with universal time display, 24 time zone world-time display, summer time indicator, world-time disc with summer time zones, day-and-night indicator, power-reserve indicator, hour and minute display, small second indicator, GMT pusher and lastly the equatorial sapphire crystal lateral window.

This grand complication model is equipped with a mechanical hand-wound movement, Calibre GF05 that is made of 436 parts. Greubel Forsey GMT model comes in 43.50 mm white gold case featuring asymmetrical convex sapphire crystal and three-dimensional, variable geometry-shaped lugs.

Technical details
Functions
2nd time zone GMT display
Tourbillon 24 Secondes
Rotating globe with universal time display
24 time zone world time display
Summer time indicator
World time disc with summer time zones
Day-and-night indicator
Power-reserve indicator
Hour and minute display
Small second indicator
GMT pusher
Equatorial sapphire crystal lateral window

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound movement, Calibre GF05
2 patents pending, Movement with patented tourbillon
Movement dimensions: Diameter: 36.40 mm, Thickness: 12.46 mm
Number of parts: Complete movement: 436 parts, Tourbillon cage: 87 parts
Weight of the cage: 0.36 g
Number of jewels: 50, Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons
Power reserve: 72 hours

Barrels: Two coaxial series-coupled fast-rotating barrels (1 turn in 3.2 hours), one of which is equipped with a slipping spring to avoid excess tension
Balance wheel: Free sprung variable-inertia balance with gold meantime screws (10 mm diameter)
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations/hour
Balance spring: Phillips terminal curve, Geneva-style stud

Main Plates: Nickel silver, frosted and spotted with polished beveling and countersinks, straight-grained fl anks, nickel palladium-finish

Bridges
• Nickel silver, frosted and spotted, nickel-palladium finish, hand-bevelled, straight-grained flanks, polished countersinks
• Gold nameplates bearing the individual number of the timepiece
• Flat black polished steel tourbillon bridge, hand-bevelled

Gearing
• Involute circle profile
• Conical gearing with corrected profiles

Tourbillon cage
• Inclined at a 25° angle, 24-second rotation
• Cage pillars in Avional
• Titanium cage bridges
• Gold counterweight

Displays
Hour and minute
Small second
72-hour power reserve on a sector
2nd time zone GMT indicator
24 time zone worldtime display
Rotating globe with universal time display
Summer time indicator
Day-and-night indicator

Case
White gold with asymmetrical convex sapphire crystal
Transparent back with asymmetrical convex sapphire crystal
Three-dimensional, variable geometry-shaped lugs
Polished bezel and centre band with hand-finished straight graining
Lateral window with shaped sapphire crystal
White gold pusher with raised polished engraving “GMT“ on a hand-punched background
Raised polished engraving “Greubel Forsey” on a hand-punched background
Hand-engraved individual number
Gold security screws
Case dimensions: Diameter: 43.50 mm, Thickness: 16.14 mm
Water resistance of the case: 3 atm - 30 m - 100 ft (standard NIHS 92-20/SN ISO 22810:2010)
Crown: In white gold with engraved and black lacquered GF logo

Dial
Principal hour-minute dial in gold, frosted, anthracite finish (NAC).
Hour indicator: white gold, circular graining.
Gold power reserve sector, matt lapped
Gold small second indicator, matt lapped
Gold GMT indicator, matt lapped
Applied gold Greubel Forsey logo

Hands
Hour and minute in polished gold, with Super- Luminova
Small second and power-reserve in blued steel
2nd time zone GMT indicator, red triangle

Strap and clasp
Hand-sewn blue or black alligator
White gold folding clasp, hand-engraved with the Greubel Forsey logo

Friday, December 9, 2011

DIMIER Récital 0

The Dimier collection comprises timepieces driven by exclusive tourbillon movements and complications developed by the DIMIER Manufactory owned by BOVET.

The new Récital 0 model has its indications similar to those of the Récital 1. It marks a return to basics and the fundamental values of the tourbillon envisaged by Pascal Raffy when he assigned this project to DIMIER’s designers and master watchmakers. Only a power reserve indicator (7 days) is added to the display of hours and minutes in the centre and of seconds shown by a triple seconds hand carried by the upper pivot of the tourbillon cage.
Research and development of this new timepiece focused mainly on the movement’s architecture. The threequarter bridges and bottom plate reveal the tourbillon cage suspended between two “cradle” shaped bridges. The cage has a 14mm diameter corresponding to roughly half the total diameter of the movement. These dimensions guarantee exceptional quality and consistency of timing. The absence of a dial reveals the beauty of the movement’s innovative design.
Proposed in diameters of 41mm and 45mm, the red-gold case is also available with a bezel set with baguette diamonds. In total, five different variants are available to meet the specific requirements of every collector.

Technical details: Récital 0

Case
Diameter: 41mm & 45mm
Material: 18-carat red gold
Water-resistance: 3 ATM – 30 metres
Bracelet: Alligator full leather
Buckle: 18-carat red gold pin buckle
Crystals: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment top and bottom

Movement
Type: Dimier hand-wound tourbillon
Tourbillon: 1 rev/min
Cage diameter: 14mm

Indications
- Hours, minutes & seconds on tourbillon
- Power reserve indicator

Diameter: 13 ¾’’’ (31.00mm)
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 7 days

DIMIER Récital 7 Orbis Mundi® Moon Phase

The Dimier collection comprises timepieces driven by exclusive tourbillon movements and complications developed by the DIMIER Manufactory owned by BOVET.

The Récital 7 Orbis Mundi® Moon Phase is a haute horlogerie creation from BOVET – DIMIER, dedicated to travelers. Based on a self-winding movement, the latest module developed and manufactured by DIMIER designers and watchmakers displays a second time-zone. It is indexed to an indicator which shows in an aperture the name of a city located in one of the twenty-four time-zones. In addition, the names of the cities of each of the twenty-four zones can be personalised according to the preferences of every collector.
By activating one of the two push-pieces on the case-band it is possible to advance the hour hand of the second time-zone. The aperture will automatically display the name of a city located in that time-zone. A practical day-night indicator completes this function, meaning that no calculations are required, nor do you need to locate the second time-zone to the east or west of your own position to know if the time shown is day or night.

Indexed to local time, the moon disc features an aventurine sky with gold moons. The precision mechanism of this function is designed so that only a single one-day correction is required every 127 years. The sapphire dial with anti-glare treatment on both sides guarantees perfect clarity and legibility of all information while revealing the gear-trains, pawls and springs that drive this module.

Technical details: Récital 7 Orbis Mundi® Moon Phase

Case and bracelet
Diameter: 45mm
Material: 18-carat red or white gold
Water-resistance: 3 ATM – 30 metres
Bracelet: Alligator full leather
Buckle: 18-carat red or white gold pin buckle
Crystals: Sapphire with anti-glare treatment top and bottom

Movement
Type: Self-winding
Orbis Mundi®

Indications
- Main time-zone: Hours & minutes
- Moon phase indicator
- Second time-zone: Hours & minutes
- 24 cities indicator
- Day/night indicator

Diameter: 11 ½’’’ and 16’’’ module
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 72 hours
Jewels: 28

BOVET - Pininfarina Chronograph CAMBIANO Edition 2011

In 2010, Swiss luxury watch brand BOVET 1822, on the occasion of 80th anniversary of Italian design house Pininfarina, developed and manufactured Tourbillon OTTANTA®. In 2011, Bovet is introducing the new Chronograph CAMBIANO edition 2011, with partnership with the famous design house Pininfarina.

The sporty Chronograph CAMBIANO edition, like its predecessor(Tourbillon OTTANTA®), from which it inherits certain aesthetic codes such as the oscillating weight and screws, the Chronograph CAMBIANO edition 2011 presents a varied topography united by a succession of curves and sharp angles. Architecturally rich, it is structured with contrasting finishes and surface treatments selected with meticulous attention to detail.

The superbly proportioned AMADEO convertible case allows the timepiece to be used as a wristwatch, miniature clock, pocket watch or sports counter. The steel case-band and case-back have a circular satin finish, while the bezel, support, bow and crown are in ball-milled steel with black DLC coating. The push-pieces of the chronograph, shaped to resemble an accelerator, are arranged symmetrically on either side of the bow at 11 o’clock and 1 o’clock in keeping with BOVET’s customary aesthetic codes. This positioning ensures perfect ergonomics regardless of which case configuration is used.

For optimal functionality and perfect clarity, chronograph and time indications are displayed separately. Chronograph functions are therefore arranged on the dial’s horizontal axis, with the seconds hand naturally in the centre, the minute counter at 9 o’clock and the hour counter at 3 o’clock. Time indications meanwhile occupy the dial’s vertical axis, with hours and minutes in the centre, seconds at 6 o’clock and large date at 12 o’clock. In addition, to eliminate any possible confusion, the chronograph hands are blued, while time indications are shown by rhodium-plated hands. Perfectly balanced, the small seconds-hand with its stylised design is evocative of the motor car and the world of watchmaking.

BOVET craftsmen employed all their expertise and experience to accurately convey the intent of the Italian designers and create a dial of spellbinding technical complexity. The finished article, comprising 35 components on five levels, meets all design criteria to the letter (design, volumes, legibility and sportiness).

The Chronograph CAMBIANO edition 2011 has been rigorously tested to ensure absolute reliability regardless of the environment in which it is used. Its combination of technical and aesthetic refinement places the Chronograph CAMBIANO edition 2011 at once in the “specialist” and “versatile” categories of prestige sports timepieces.

Technical details
Case
Type AMADEO® Convertible (wristwatch, table clock, pocket watch, sports counter)
Diameter 45mm
Thickness 15.45mm
Material Case-band and case-back: Circular satinfinished steel
Bezel, support & bow: Ball-milled steel with black DLC coating
Crown & push-pieces: Polished steel
Water-resistance 10 ATM – 100 metres – 300 feet
Bracelet Rubber
Buckle Ardillon stainless steel
Crystals Sapphire with anti-glare treatment top and bottom

Movement
Type Self-winding chronograph
Diameter 31.00mm (13 ¾ ‘’’)
Thickness 8.40mm
Frequency 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve 50 hours

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