Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nautica NMX 650

Nautica introduces a new sport watch, the NMX 650, that is big, bold and ready for action. Continuing the brand's tradition of watch designs that are crisp and clean, this latest style showcases an innovative resin strap that is both aesthetically attractive and functional. The distinct ripple strap is designed to flex and expand to fit cleanly over a wet suit.

The NMX 650 is strong and masculine with authentic diving details like the specially designed silicone strap, turning bezel with notched edge, clean dial design, and water resistance level of 200M. The oversized 50mm stainless steel case sports a matte black dial to offset its bold luminescent hands and markers for enhanced visibility in bright sun or under water.
True to the Nautica heritage, the NMX 650 is available in bright and basic colors: black, blue, orange, green and yellow. Markers and numerals on the turning bezel match the strap color and second-hand, pulling the elements together in an eye-catching design. The ultra-comfortable and confident timepiece has the look of adventure and is ready-for-action.

NMX 650 features a simple, three-hand movement and a protected crown that integrates seamlessly into the steel case. The signature sailboat logo etched on the crown is a reminder that the NMX 650 continues the Nautica brand's heritage of authenticity inspired by the sea.

Vacheron Constantin, the World’s Oldest Watch Manufacturer, Opens an Exclusive Boutique at Wynn, Macau

Vacheron Constantin,the world’s oldest Haute Horlogerie manufacturer with over 250 years of uninterrupted history, opened its latest exclusive boutique at Wynn Macau. It is the brand’s 29th boutique, following on from others such as Geneva (its birthplace), New York, Moscow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai. This new opening sets another milestone of the brand’s worldwide expansion;further reinforce its presence in the global map.
The new boutique creates an intimate and welcoming space for watch enthusiasts and collectors, displaying its exquisite timepieces in refined showcases. The interior design of the boutique incorporates contemporary elements into the traditional design through an architectural perspective that reveals the brand’s constant research for excellence and aesthetic perfection. The finishing has been created according to a detailed and elegant color scheme, emanating a contemporary, cosy and serene atmosphere.

Known for the technical and aesthetic excellence, and high level of finishing of its timepieces, Vacheron Constantin displays a very sophisticated level of taste as well as a strong attachment to the importance of history and the mastery of high quality craftsmanship.

Vacheron Constantin at Wynn Macau
Shop 30B, Wynn Esplanade, Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade De Sintra, Nape, Macau
Phone: (853) 2870-7207

To celebrate the opening of the new Vacheron Constantin Boutique at Wynn Macau, special collectors’ favorites will be showcased including the Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 and Malte Tourbillon Regulator Boutique Exclusive timepiece, the stunning Métiers d’Art Lady Kalla Flame and the Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques set. These timepieces are a representation of the unique watchmaking know-how and craftsmanship mastery of Vacheron Constantin in the world of decorative applied arts.

  • Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 
  • Malte Tourbillon Regulator
  • Métiers d’Art Lady Kalla Flame 
  • Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques
Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253
Vacheron Constantin presents the Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 timepiece, in pink gold case. Entirely constructed by Vacheron Constantin’s engineering department and developed over several thousands of hours, the Calibre 2253 provides information derived from Earth’s orbit around the sun, notably a perpetual calendar, the equation of time and the times of sunrise and sunset. It features as well a tourbillon escapement as well.

The equation of time is probably the most fascinating complication in this outstanding model. Its purpose is to indicate the difference in minutes between the variable solar time shown by a sundial and the constant mean time of clocks and watches. Making this complication work does indeed call for particular skill. It depends on the equation cam, a waisted oval, shaped like a figure 8 and calculated according to the daily declination of the sun observed from a given spot. The cam rotates once a year while a hand following its countour indicates the equation of time at between 10 and 11 o'clock on the dial of the Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 timepiece.

This timepiece also displays other functions, including the times of sunrise and sunset throughout the year at a given locality – chosen by the client - the tourbillon carriage, as always in the shape of the brand emblem, a Maltese cross, rotates once a minute at 6 o'clock and it coupled to a small seconds indication. The indications of the perpetual calendar are symmetrically laid out with the days, the months and the dates at 9, 12 and 3 o'clock respectively. The leap-year indicator makes a circumspect appearance on the upper left.

Despite supporting extra mechanical complexity, the Calibre 2253 – bearing the Hallmark of Geneva - exhibits a breathtaking amount of power reserve – some 336 hours or 14 days of running time drawn from two pairs of coupled barrels. The power reserve is shown through the sapphire-crystal caseback.

Malte Tourbillon Regulator “Boutiques Exclusive” Timepiece
In choosing the Malte Tourbillon Regulator to present one of the Vacheron Constantin “Boutiques Exclusive” timepieces, Vacheron Constantin is using shape to express its horological savoir-faire. The characteristic lugs provide the ultimate in comfort, and the integration of the strap and case is optimised by the new satin-finished lug-covers. Water-resistant to 30 metres, the case is enhanced with a domed sapphire crystal that prolongs the lines of the bezel.

The tonneau case has always been an integral part of Vacheron Constantin’s history, the master watchmakers have designed a mechanical movement that fits perfectly into this geometric shape; this expression of art for art’s sake in horological terms is also one of the hallmarks of authentic haute horlogerie timepieces. So, at the heart of this exceptional watch beats the 1790R calibre, designed, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, this manual-winding movement features a 40-hour power reserve indicator. Embellished with meticulously-worked decorations and finishing, this manual-winding mechanical movement houses two subtle complications that are among the most prized by genuine watch lovers: tourbillon and regulator display.

The Malte Tourbillon Regulator “Boutiques Exclusive” version comes with a black dial in pink gold case. With a black hand-stitched, saddle-finish alligator strap, comes with a matching precious pink gold folding clasp and polished half Maltese cross.

Métiers d’Art Lady Kalla Flame
Created by the most gifted craftsmen of Vacheron Constantin, this jewellery watch is dressed in flame-cut diamonds that give time a new personality. Patented in 2004, the flame-cut is the first cut in twenty years to be officially recognized by the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America). The flame-cut diamond is distinguished by its perfectly proportioned and resolutely feminine contours. The intersections of these facets have been designed with mathematical precision to obtain a perfect combination of radiance and diffusion of light. With its 57 facets, the flame-cut is the only one with both a right and a left cut, for which a specific setting had to be developed. This cut is unique in Haute Horlogerie to Vacheron Constantin. Each set of precious stones is selected with meticulous care to ensure that it complies with the strictest criteria regarding purity, colour and cut to guarantee perfect uniformity.

The Métiers d’Art Lady Kalla Flame is equipped with the manual-winding Calibre 1005 with the crown positioned on the back of the movement. This fabulous timepiece is brought to life by the brilliance of 80 diamonds set on the case and dial, with a total weight of approximately 12 carats. The case dressed in white gold and embracing a diamond-set dial, echoes the flame shape of the gems. This model comes in black satin strap fitted with 18K white gold buckle set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds. The natural, almost sensual, design takes your mind off the time, indicated here by delicately shaped hour and minute hands.

Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques
The Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques opus is an illustration of the alchemy between the cultural, artistic and Fine Watchmaking crafts. The series relates the encounter between the men of one of the oldest Japanese lacquer firms – Zohiko, located in Kyoto since its founding in 1661 – and those of Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest watch manufacture to have been producing continuously since its creation in 1755. True to the spirit of the Métiers d’Art collection, the La Symbolique des Laques series is created over three years; each year presents a new set of three watches in a limited series of twenty.

The “Kame (turtle), Kaéru (frog), Koi (carp)” watches, dedicated to the aquatic realm, present animals selected from the vast symbolic legacy of Far Eastern artistic traditions. Incarnations of longevity, luck and strength, the turtle, frog and carp disclose their attributes in stylised waters on the enamelled dials. No fewer than four months were required to make each one. Each animal lends a powerfully symbolic face to the passing of time orchestrated by the openworked version of Calibre 1003, the world’s thinnest hand-wound mechanical movement, at only 1.64 mm thick. Made in 18K gold, hand-chamfered and showcases a ruthenium finish, this caliber bears the Hallmark of Geneva.

The art of maki-e has come down through the ages without losing either its personality or its rarity. Its technical mastery is crowned by a symbolic aura that anchors it even more firmly in the collective memory, Japanese history, and the world’s artistic heritage. Each pattern depicted – whether animal, vegetable, or mineral – tells a story. In combination, they are transformed into attributes and point back to age-old legends and literary or poetic works. This year, the theme of longevity is the thread that ties the three new watches together, but more symbolically, which bears witness to the continuity of the arts and of cultures throughout the world – a continuity that Vacheron Constantin carefully perpetuates in each of its creations.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


To celebrate the launch of the Continental GT V8 with its ultra-powerful new 4.0 V8 engine – the latest tour de force from the Bentley engineers – Breitling has created a 250-piece limited series of the Bentley GMT chronograph. Its signature feature is the mobile inner city bezel distinguished by a metallic red shade creating a powerful and sporting contrast with the black dial.

This vivid touch of colour reflects the red background of the Bentley emblem that sets the Continental GT V8 model apart from other models by the British carmaker. The original and daring design of the steel case with its asymmetrical lugs is teamed with a bracelet or a rubber strap exclusive to this model.

A natural-born traveller, the Bentley GMT boasts an ingenious multiple timezone display system. It is equipped with a red triangular tipped additional hour hand completing one rotation every 24 hours. The pushpiece housed in the left side of the case serves to move this hand forward in one-hour increments in order to display the second timezone – while distinguishing between day and night hours. Thanks to a rotating inner bezel bearing the names of the 24 cities, the user can also instantly read off the time in all the world's timezones in relation to that shown by the 24-hour hand.

The selfwinding chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC, offers another technical asset exclusive to the Breitling for Bentley collection: a “30-second chronograph” with a sweep seconds hand making one full turn of the dial in half a minute and thus enabling readings accurate to the nearest 1/8th of a second. With the Bentley GMT “V8”, it's definitely time for performance.

Mühle-Glashütte Terranaut I Trail

Terranaut I Trail is on the go: its design embodies excitement, dynamic power and the charm of adventure. It carves out a truly unique path, nestled between the elements. With Terranaut I Trail, Mühle-Glashütte presents an energy-charged instrument watch with a down-to-earth design.

The uncompromising instrument-like character of Terranaut I Trail is evident at first glance. Instead of having a small seconds display, this chronograph with pilot’s watch characteristics comes with a large rotating and luminous function display. With the help of this display, the timepiece confirms that it is functioning reliably and reveals its fundamental philosophy: combining the earth and skies to create something completely new. The rotating triangle gives the watch its pulse rate, breathes life into it and creates its unmistakeable character.

To ensure that time can be adjusted to the exact second using the function triangle, an arrow-shaped marker has been added to one of the tips. This corresponds to the 15-second markings in the form of a grey cross. The latter is a design element which also features in other models within the watch family.
At the heart of Terranaut I Trail is the chronograph movement MU 9408 with its woodpecker neck regulation, the Glashütte three-quarter plate, the characteristic surface refinements and a 48-hour power reserve. The patented woodpecker neck regulation from Mühle ensures that the movement remains unaffected by any knocks or uneven terrain and guarantees a high level of accuracy even under difficult operating conditions. The same applies to all the watches in the ‘Trail’ family. The 44 mm robust case in brushed stainless steel is also available with a black PVD coating and leaves no room for scratches.

Terranaut I is equally uncompromising when it comes to implementing the ‘trail’ concept in terms of design and colour. The hands, numbers and indices come in a luminous sand tone, ensuring that they stand out clearly against the black face. Together with the minute graduation, this colour distinction guarantees optimal readability of the time at a glance – by day and night.

A week day and date display at the 4 o’clock position complete the scope of functions offered by Terranaut I Trail. The distinguished design is also continued in the black Russia leather strap which comes with a stainless steel clasp.

Just like the other members of the Terranaut Trail family, this timepiece strives for the outdoors. Here in a place where paths are called ‘trails’ and the boundary between the earth and the sky is blurred. Terranaut I Trail has a resilient construction, functional appearance and lively nature. A characterful timepiece which goes its own way.

Technical details
MU 9408, automatic with woodpecker neck regulation,Glashütte three-quarter plate and characteristic surface finishes, quickset mechanism, stop second, 48-h power reserve.

Brushed stainless steel or stainless steel with black PVD coating. Anti-glare sapphire crystal. Transparent case back. Screw-in crown. Ø 44,0 mm; H 13,6 mm. Water-resistant to 5 bars.

Russia leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle.
Stainless steel strap with butterfly clasp

Black. Hour markers and hands coated in SuperLumiNova

2,350 € (stainless steel)
2,450 € (stainless steel with black PVD Coating)

Blancpain Villeret Retrograde Small Seconds

In 2012, the Villeret collection welcomes its first model featuring a flinqué lacquered dial. Several layers of translucent blue lacquer applied to the dial create an incomparable depth effect. Blancpain adopts a subtly balanced approach by introducing this original touch while preserving the pure lines of its most classic collection.
Housed within its 40 mm-diameter white gold case, the ultra-slim Calibre 7663Q with its 244 parts and 34 jewels has a three-day power reserve. This new self-winding movement powershour and minute hands as well as an equally central serpentine date pointer, while theretrograde seconds appear at 6 o’clock. The under-lug corrector at 5 o’clock enables fast date adjustment, while the sapphire crystal caseback reveals the collection’s distinctive guilloché oscillating weight.

This new model, water-resistant to 3 bar, is accompanied by an alligator leather strap with an alzavel lining, matching the dial colour and fitted with a folding clasp to ensure enhanced wearer comfort.

Ref. 6653Q-1529-55B

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2012

Faithful to its annual rendezvous, Swiss luxury watch brand Blancpain once again presents an exclusive creation for Valentine’s Day. This limited series of 14 watches, each set with 2.95 carats of precious stones, offers a fresh take on the refined aesthetics of the Blancpain Women collection, while associating it with the technical subtlety of the flyback chronograph.

With its diamond-set bezel and lugs, caseband set with four diamonds and a heart-shaped ruby, crown adorned with a diamond and pushpieces covered with cabochon-cut rubies, the white gold case of this Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012 sparkles with dazzling splendour. Its engraved mother-of-pearl dial, featuring a marquetry-work motif composed of three white mother-of-pearl hearts and set with 8 diamonds, highlights the exquisite craftsmanship of the master-dialmakers of the Manufacture. In an additional nod to Cupid, the heart-shaped counterweight of the central sweep seconds hand is delicately hand-painted with a feather, thus endowing it with a distinctive convex shape.

The sapphire crystal back of the 36 mm case reveals the complexity of the movement with its 308 parts and 37 jewels, along with the oscillating weight clothed in pink mother-of-pearl.
The Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012 houses the self-winding Calibre F185 that drove the very first ladies’ flyback chronograph model. It features central hour and minute hands, seconds shown on a subdial at 6 o’clock and the date appearing through an oval aperture at 12 o’clock. The chronograph function is displayed by a central sweep seconds hand, while the elapsed minutes and hours are counted off on totalizers at 3 and 9 o’clock.

Two pushpieces serve to control the measurements: the first at 2 o’clock starts and stops the chronograph, while the other at 4 o’clock handles the flyback function. A single press on the latter pushpiece stops measurement of the first time interval and resets the hands to zero, and the timing begins again as soon as the pushpiece is released.

This delightful model, fitted with a white alligator leather strap and presented in a precious wooden box delicately lined with white nappa leather, is available exclusively from Blancpain boutiques.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gergé Type-M Series Metropolis Automatic Mono-pusher Type-M3 Chronograph,C.O.S.C

Gergé Swiss Timepieces, the Neuchâtel-based brand developed its expertise deep in the heart of the Jurassian arc and is now proud to present for the first time in Switzerland, the Metropolis collection. The name is inspired by Fritz Lang’s cult movie and the description applied to the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since June 2009.

 The C.O.S.C. certified Metropolis Type-M3 chronometer, like the other Type-M1 and M2 in the family, celebrates the contemporary and embraces the eternal. The ultra-complex cases, which like most of the watch components, hails from Swiss industrial territory. It enhances a design that combines affordability and elegance. Natural shapes such as square, circular or oval, slender lines and curves without beginning or end. Like the sleek highways of an urban metropolis suspended in time, herald the coming of a new era of inescapable truths, a return to watch making basics and a projection beyond time itself. Its architectural and urban flavor gives a new look and classicism to make it a pleasing antidote to the ordinary everyday watch… …
Gergé Swiss Timepieces and the Metropolis Collection also deliver another promise: to uphold the age-old values of a watch making industry born essentially of Jurassian soil, from the coast through the mountains of Neuchâtel to the outer reaches of the Jura. It is to this land of expertise, overflowing with sites of interest for watch making technology and precision industries in the perpetual pursuit of the perfectible, that the timepiece attributes the subtlety of its finishes, such as the unusual vertical lines of its guilloché Côte de Genève decoration on a dial accented with luminescent marker.
The 45mm diameter timepiece houses the workshop-crafted 13 ! “ Concepto 2021 caliber with automatic winding. It is water-resistant to 100 meters, and apart from a variety of chronograph functions operated by a mono-pusher, also boasts a date feature between 4 and 5 o’clock, a power reserve of 46 hours and a chronometer certificate awarded by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (C.O.S.C).

Friday, February 3, 2012

Breitling Chronomat GMT 44

The Chronomat GMT, the traveler’s chronograph from Breitling now comes in a new 44 mm diameter. This slightly smaller-sized version is also distinguished by its rotating bezel providing a 24-hour third timezone reading. The ingenious chronometer-certified Breitling Caliber 04, entirely designed and developed in the brand workshops, guarantees unprecedented user friendliness.

Simply pulling out the crown and turning it forwards or backwards in one-hour increments enables instant adjustment to the time and date of the place where one is arriving – while maintaining 24-hour home-time display and without losing any precision in keeping track of the minutes.

Technical details
Movement: Manufacture Breitling Caliber 04, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,000 vibrations), 47 jewels. Over 70-hour power reserve. 24-hour 2nd timezone display on the dial, 3rd timezone on the bezel. 1/4th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar. Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m/20 bars (660 ft). Screw-locked crown and pushpieces. Bidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm. Dials: Onyx Black, Metallica Blue, Blackeye Blue, Blackeye Gray, Sierra Silver, Metallica Brown. Straps/Bracelet: Barenia leather, crocodile, rubber Ocean Racer (perforated), rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge)/Pilot.

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