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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Vacheron Constantin “Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” Collection: “Hanami Tsukimi Yukimi” Watches

The legendary Swiss watch Manufacture Vacheron Constantin in association with Zôhiko, one of the oldest Japanese lacquer houses present the latest “Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” collection, third and last boxed set of a series of exceptional timepieces.

The great watch making house will showcase this collection In Milan, at the “Capi d’Opera” exhibition 2012 (Part of 2012 European Métiers d’Art Days) that pays tribute to the excellence of the artistic crafts in Lombardy, with the participation of numerous artisans. The “Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” collection has been created with the help from the master lacquerer of House of Zôhiko, founded in 1661 in Kyoto. This spectacular collection will enable the connoisseurs of fine watch making to admire the ancient technique of Japanese “maki-e” lacquering. Since 2011, the Manufacture has associated its name with the annual Métiers d’Art Days which are dedicated to promoting and passing on the culture of over 200 sometimes centuries-old skills.

Introduced in 2010, the first Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” Collection visualized the unique timepieces with the “The Three Friends of Winter” : the pine tree, bamboo, and the plum tree. In 2011, it was Kame Kaeru Koi (the turtle, frog and carp) Series, dedicated to the aquatic realm, present animals selected from the vast symbolic legacy of Far Eastern artistic traditions.This year, Vacheron Constantin unveils the third and last boxed set of the Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” Collection that pays tribute to the natural beauty of the seasons, called “Setsugekka”.
Acknowledged experts in the art of “maki-e”, the artisans of the House of Zôhiko perpetuate a tradition of artistic continuity and constantly renewed creativity. The most sophisticated technique in the art of lacquer, “maki-e” literally means “sprinkled picture” – or gold or silver dust delicately sprinkled on still moist lacquer which is usually black, to create the motif.
Lacquer comes from the bark of the Rhus Verniciflua tree that originates from the highlands of central Asia and Tibet, which today only grows in southern China, Vietnam and Japan. “Maki-e”, which appears very early on in Japanese history, reached its artistic heights between the 8th and 12th centuries, becoming the main decoration form from the 17th century onwards, which it indeed still is today.

Because it understands the meaning of time, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin respects the natural rhythm of exceptional creations. True to the spirit of the Métiers d’Art collection, the “Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques” series has been extended over three years, each year producing a new set of three watches issued in 20-piece limited editions.

The third and last set in the collection pays tribute to the natural beauty of the seasons, called “Setsugekka”. While Japanese ways of life have changed over the centuries, they draw on various realms of the tradition of contemplation. “Hanami Tsukimi Yukimi” watches promote this Japanese art of making an institution of the pleasure of enjoying the ephemeral gracefulness of nature: three changes of season – spring, autumn and winter – representing three symbols at the heart of Japanese rituals and heritage. It took no less than seven months to create the two dials produced for each model. Each emblem – snowflakes, cherry flowers and full moon – provide a harmonious escort for hours that are driven by an ultra-flat 1003 caliber, whose openworked silhouette also enhances its contemplative appeal.
Manufactured in 18-carat gold – a particularly delicate material to work with – this legendary movement is treated with ruthenium in order to match the dials and humbly give pride of place to the consummate excellence of the art of “maki-e”. Caliber 1003, bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, the ultimate token of excellence in the purest Geneva watchmaking tradition, remains a benchmark movement in the history of Fine Watchmaking. It measures a mere 1.64 mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest hand-wound movement, and was entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the Vacheron Constantin workshops. The sapphire crystals on either side of the watch make it possible to admire the exceptional finishes, including chamfering, straight-graining and engraving, all done by hand. Echoing Japanese culture, the sobriety of the round case framing this exceptional movement and the two “maki-e” dials, reflects the Zen spirit of the collection.

“Hanami” Watch
A seasonal phenomenon that is typical of Japan, the flowering of the cherry trees is the epitome of renewal. From March to the beginning of May, the cherry trees are dressed in their pink hues and shower the country in a hail of petals, like as many symbols of purity, integrity and longevity. Due to the great length of the country, the explosion into blossom does not happen in all regions at the same time. Since the beginning of time, the practice of “Hanami”, or admiration of flowers, has marked and shaped the imagination of the Japanese people.
Cherry blossoms are usually associated with weeping willows, with their respective pink and green hues providing appealing colour harmony. The face of the dial of the “Hanami” watch has the grace of the burgeoning flowers, while its back is caressed by the gentle rustling of the willow leaves, whose movement illuminates the delicacy of the motif. The typical Japanese bridge which straddles the water features of the park rounds off the scene, instilling it with a sense of great serenity.
“Tsukimi” Watch
The evening of contemplation of the full moon – or “Tsukimi” – honours the first full moon of autumn. This custom with Chinese origins was introduced in Japan during the Heian era (794– 1185). At the time, the nobles of the Imperial Court got together in the moonlight to compose poems and listen to music. The contemplation of the full moon in September became a popular practice during the Edo era (1603–1868) and peasants included it in their rites to mark the end of the harvest. The full moon hidden by a few clouds is considered to be the height of refinement and elegance in Japanese culture.
On the dial of the “Tsukimi” watch, the clouds suspended against the black lacquer create a trompe-l’oeil effect in subtle misty graded shades escorting the full moon. Japanese maples dressed in a bright red autumn robe cover the back of the watch side by side with a “torii” portal, commonly built at the entrance to Shintoist sanctuaries in order to separate the sacred area from the wicked environment, a reminder of the extent to which the Japanese people remain attached to their traditions.
“Yukimi” Watch
The “Yukumi” tradition takes place in winter. During this period, the Japanese revel in the pleasure of watching the snow fall gently. The silence of the slow fall of flakes, the frozen air and the serenity of the moment are usually enjoyed in groups. In order to protect the trees from oft heavy, thick snow that might bend them under its weight, the Japanese protect them with conical structures made of rope and bamboo, called “Yukizuri”.
The “Yukumi” watch tells the story of this winter ritual. On the face, the frail sihouettes of the snow crystals stand out against the black lacquer background. On the back, the impressive geometry of the “Yukizuri” has a light elegance revealed by the gold powder of “maki-e”. In certain gardens, it is traditional to light up the “Yukizori” at night, and their gold reflections metamorphose the area into a winter paradise.
Technical details
Collection: Métiers d’Art La Symbolique des Laques (2012)
Limited series of 20 sets per year, each containing three watches

References
33222/000G-9706 – Winter (“Yukizori”)
33222/000R-9701 – Spring (“Hanami”)
33222/000R-9704 – Autumn (“Tsukimi”)

Movement
Calibre 1003 SQ, ultra-thin, openworked, 18K gold, ruthenium coated
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy: Mechanical hand-wound
Movement thickness: 1.64 mm
Movement diameter: 21.10 mm (9’’’ ¼)
Number of components: 117
Jewelling: 18 jewels
Frequency: 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
Indications: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: approx. 30 hours

Cases
18K white gold
18K 4N pink gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Case thickness: 7.50 mm
Water resistance: Tested at a pressure of 3 BAR (equivalent to 30 meters)

Dials
Double dials: 18K gold lacquered using the Japanese maki-e

Strap
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales
Buckle: Pin buckle in 18K white gold or 18K 4N pink gold, Polished half Maltese cross

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

With its new Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor, Swiss luxury watch maker CORUM re-interprets one of the complicated and noblest complications in the art of horology. With its pure, softer lines, its signature twelve-sided bezel and its 12 nautical pennants, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor pays tribute to the illustrious predecessor that inspired it, the Admiral’s Cup that has been an unassailable icon for over half a century.

In addition to this proud heritage, the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor radiates a blend of gracefulness, clarity and extreme lightness, combined with horological excellence and peerless technical sophistication. Appearing in this admirable form, the watch gives renewed meaning to the words purity, harmony and equilibrium. Available in three versions – 18K red gold, two-tone with an 18K red gold bezel and a steel case, or in steel – it feature a 42 mm diameter. All aspects of the silver-gray dial converge to ensure optimal readability of the functions. The 12 nautical pennants on the twelve-sided bezel ring signal its belonging to the Admiral’s Cup collection.
On the dial, a first circle adorned with a snailed decoration bears 11 hour-markers – gilded for the red gold version and rhodiumed for the two other versions – echoing the conventional numerals. In the center, the barleycorn pattern, the applied Corum logo and the Admiral’s Cup transfer add the final touch to a beautifully understated aesthetic. The openworked and facetted hour and minute hands engage in an harmonious dialogue with this delightful composition. This pure-spirited design is complemented by a brown leather strap fitted with a pin buckle for the gold model, and a folding clasp for the other versions.

Thanks to its tourbillon caliber, Corum takes the classical nature of this watch to yet another level, since the Admiral’s Cup 42 Legend Tourbillon Micro-Rotor beats to the rhythm of Caliber CO 029. This exceptional mechanical automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock reveals its heart and invites the wearer to enjoy a plunging view of the 12 mm tourbillon carriage. Firmly secured to the movement, the openworked tourbillon bridge – gilded and polished for the red gold model , rhodiumed and polished for the steel model – is a real eye-catcher.

A fine example of how a technical feature provides an opportunity for a fresh approach to elegance. On the other side of this model, the show goes on. The sapphire caseback displays the magnificent craftsmanship of the master-watchmakers. The Côtes de Genève motif makes a fine contrast with the micro rotor with its 17 mm-diameter gilded weight bearing the Corum key symbol. As befits such as fatally attractive model, the magic spell is woven through a limited annual production of 15 watches in red gold, 30 in red gold and steel, and 75 in steel.

Technical details
Model: Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor
Ref: 029.101.20/0F81 FH11

Case
Shape: Dodecagonal
Dimension: 42 mm
Thickness: 11.45 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel • Engraved CORUM key
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case Back: Screwed in sapphire open back with antireflective treatment
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 ATM

Dial
Colours: Grey
Material: Brass
Hourly nautical pennants transferred on the flange •  Inscribed "Admiral's Cup" transferred on the dial • Applied rhodiumcoated hour indexes  • CORUM logo applied on the dial  • Center "Barleycorn", outline snailed

Hands: Hour and minute: Dauphine-variant • Rhodium-coated • Skeleton

Movement
CO 029
Winding: Automatique
Functions: Minute • Hour • Tourbillon • Small nsecond with the tourbillon cage
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 13 1/2'''
Rubies: 28

Movement finishes: CORUM logo engraved on the bridge • Rotor with circular Côtes de Genève • Upper part of the plate with Côtes de Genève decoration, lower part with vertical satin-finish • Small rotor (17 mm)

Bracelet
Material: Crocodile leather
Colours: Black
Interhorn/Buckle: 21/18 mm
Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
Buckle material: Stainless steel
Buckle distinctive features: Engraved CORUM logo • Opening and fastening system using 2 pushers

Grönefeld One Hertz Titanium Collection

Haute Horlogerie brand Grönefeld presents the “One Hertz Titanium” collection, comprising four remarkable models: One Hertz Fire, One Hertz Ice, One Hertz Classic and One Hertz Ruthenium. Each one features Grönefeld’s own ground-breaking 285-component, independent-dead-seconds movement – where the second hand advances in full steps – housed inside a high-tech, polished, grade 5 titanium case. introduced in 2010, the Grönefeld "One Hertz" was the  the world's first and only production wristwatch with independent deadbeat seconds.

The latest collection consists of four different models: Four titanium cases, four stunning designs: The flame-orange dial of One Hertz Fire; dashing cool white of One Hertz Ice; and two stylishly traditional One Hertz Classic and One Hertz Ruthenium.

One Hertz Fire
With the One Hertz Fire, the One Hertz dial has been radiantly reinterpreted in a more casual/muscular layout, with flame-coloured touches that contrast against the dark grey background and blackened hand. The hour and minute subdial at 2 o’clock features an electrifying orange crosshair and number 12 and bright white chapter ring.

The raised seconds sapphire subdial – transparent over the hour and minute subdial – features metallised indices on a resplendent orange background, with a striking inner ensemble of white circles and arcs. In a scorching shade of orange, the power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock – now outside of the large seconds – and the setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock look like two leaping sparks. The stark orange-on-black Grönefeld logo at 5 o’clock neatly complements the orange stitching on the hand-sewn matte black strap.
Specific features
  • Dial: Hour and minutes subdial with orange crosshair and number 12; raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial) featuring metallised indexes with orange background; orange power reserve indicator; orange setting-winding indicator; Grönefeld logo and model name in orange on individual screwed down nameplates.
  • Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
  • Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, Large seconds at 7 o’clock. Power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock. Setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.
  • Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, orange stitching, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo

One Hertz Ice
One Hertz Ice sees the One Hertz dial dazzlingly reinterpreted in more casual/muscular layout with ice white and smooth silvery touches that show up superbly against the dark grey background and gold-toned hands. The hour and minute subdial at 2 o’clock now features a white crosshair and number 12 together with a silver-toned chapter ring.

The raised seconds sapphire subdial features metallised indices here on a pearly white background, with a striking silver inner ensemble of circles and arcs. The power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock – outside of the large seconds – and the setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock are in fresh white. The dial is framed by a clean, white outer ring that merges into the grey-on-white Grönefeld logo at 5 o’clock.
Specific features
  • Dial: Hour and minutes subdial with white crosshair and number 12; raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial) featuring metallised indexes with white background; white power reserve indicator; white setting-winding indicator; Grönefeld logo and model name in white on individual screwed down nameplates.
  • Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
  • Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, large seconds at 7 o’clock, power reserve at 11 o’clock, setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.
  • Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte brown, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo

One Hertz Classic
The One Hertz Classic indicates hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock and has a large subdial for the dead seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter-balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial – the classic One Hertz position for this complication. The ensemble of indicators is all the more striking thanks to the stylish, circular micro-guilloche beneath.
Specific features
  • Dial: Silvered base dial. Classic One Hertz Hour and minutes subdial; Classic One Hertz raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial), Classic One Hertz power reserve indicator; Classic One Hertz setting-winding indicator, Grönefeld logo and model name on individual screwed down nameplates.
  • Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
  • Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, large seconds at 7 o’clock, power reserve within large seconds, setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.
  • Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo

One Hertz Ruthenium
The One Hertz Ruthenium indicates hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock and has a large subdial for the dead seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter- balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial – the classic One Hertz position for this complication. The ensemble of indicators on its almost black ruthenium dial is very stylish and sophisticated. The One Hertz Ruthenium in a polished and brushed titanium case is a perfect combination for a beautiful and comfortable to wear dress watch.
Specific features
  • Dial: Dark ruthenium base dial. Classic One Hertz Hour and minutes subdial; Classic One Hertz raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial), Classic One Hertz power reserve indicator; Classic One Hertz setting-winding indicator, Grönefeld logo and model name on individual screwed down nameplates.
  • Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
  • Indications: hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock. Large seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter-balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial
  • Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo
The “One Hertz Titanium” collection comprising One Hertz Fire, One Hertz Ice, One Hertz Classic and Onze Hertz Ruthenium is available in four limited editions of 30 pieces each.

Common features
Case
Case crafted in grade 5 polished titanium made of 68 components, security screws, polished bezel and centre band with hand-finished straight graining.
Case dimensions: 43mm x 12.5mm
Engraving: “Titanium” and “Limited 30 pieces” and serial number
Sapphire crystals: Top domed with antireflective treatment both sides, display back with antireflective treatment inside.
Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100 feet.
Crown: Titanium with engraved “G” logo
Winding-Setting mechanism: Push function crown for winding or setting.
Power reserve mechanism: Classic Breguet style by means of a cone moving up and down on the threaded barrel arbour.

Movement
Calibre G-02, mechanical hand winding, independent dead seconds, power reserve Indicator and setting indicator.
Movement dimensions: 15 1/4’’’ 34mm x 9,5mm
No. of jewels: 39 jewels set in gold chatons
Power reserve: 72 hours
Barrels: 2 barrels, one for the going gear train and one for the independent dead seconds mechanism. Both barrels are wound at the same speed and in the same direction
Balance wheel: 9.12 mm free sprung variable inertia balance wheel, gold excenters
Balance frequency: 21’600 bph/ 3 Hz
Balance spring: Phillips terminal overcoil curve, triangle-style stud
Main Plate: Spotted rhodium plated nickel silver
Bridges: Stainless steel hand bevelled, micro-blasted, circular grain on the top,
relief engraved on micro blasted surface
Gearing: 2 independent gear trains each with their own energy source
Dead seconds mechanism: Independent mechanism, cam with 30 teeth on the going gear train on the second’s wheel, escape wheel on the seconds wheel of the independent gear train, double lever with jewelled pallets.

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Chronograph

Building on a history offering a consistent blend of technical sophistication and precision, the Manufacture Vulcain is re-introducing a modern version of a single-pusher chronograph that became a legend. It was used by the coaches of the Real Madrid football club to time their training sessions, and they ascribed to it their victory in the Spanish Championship at that time. Named the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, this technical watch is also available in a Heritage version.

Following on from the 50s Presidents’ Watch unveiled in 2010, Vulcain is introducing an exclusive new range of self-winding single-pusher chronographs. Available in two versions, this timepiece highlights one of the major horological complications, combining a sporting and technical nature: the chronograph. Better still, this new Vulcain single-pusher chronograph is inspired by a model that became a favourite with the coaches of the Real Madrid football club when it won the National Championship in 1934.

Those in charge attributed a share of credit for this win to the Vulcain chronograph they had used to time their training sessions. Thus pervaded by the spirit of sport and of history, the new range enjoys strong roots further consolidated by the use of a complication presented in what is now a rare and distinguished version: the single-pusher type.
The first version, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, is entirely in tune with the aesthetic codes governing the new range; while the second, the 50s Presidents’ Watch Heritage Chronograph is directly inspired by the dial of the 1934 model. Its calibre is chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Celebrating the classic 1950s design codes, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph features a blue, silver or charcoal grey dial curved at either end, as was typical in that era. The 12 o’clock numeral is surrounded by diamondpolished hour-markers. The dial displays two counters – a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock – in a “bicompax” style that was much in vogue at the time. A slightly oversized window at 6 o’clock indicates the date.

Available in 18K rose gold or steel, the 42 mm case is water-resistant to 50 metres. It houses the mechanical selfwinding Vulcain V-57 movement driving the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, central sweep seconds chronograph hand, and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Graced with Vulcain’s characteristic haute horlogerie finishes, such as Côtes de Genève motifs, blued screws and a rhodiumed coating, it is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The new 50s Presidents’ Chronograph is available on a Louisiana alligator leather strap with pin buckle in 18K rose gold or steel, or on a steel bracelet.

Technical details
Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Chronograph Steel 316L (Ref 570157.309L)
Case
Steel 316l - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm -
Height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: silver sunray dial with rhodium indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automatic single-pusher type chronograph movement, 25
rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, Date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30- Minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

Model 2: Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Chronograph 18K 5N pink gold (Ref 570557.313L)
Case
18k 5n pink gold - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm - height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: charcoal grey sunray dial with 5n pink gold indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: 18k 5n pink gold pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automatic single-pusher type chronograph movement, 25 rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30- minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

CYRUS KUROS 598.121.B & 598.221.B (MONACO GRAND PRIX 2012)

During MONACO GRAND PRIX 2012, Swiss luxury watch brand CYRUS will join the world of high speed car racing with its own FORMULA 3 car.  To celebrate this occasion,  the young Swiss watch brand introduces two new watch models from KUROS line inspired by the unique designs of sports car. The rubber strap will be developed with the rubber coming from the wheels that will be used during the competition.

The choice of Monaco was a logical one as the co-founder and Managing Director of the brand Laurent Lecamp grew up in a small village very close to Monaco, La Turbie, from which he observed the Principality, being fascinated by the unique colors and architecture of this state between mountains and sea. These exclusive models will be produced in a limited edition of 99 pieces each. The Serial number will be revealed by pulling the crown at 9. The heart that powers this timepiece is an automatic chronograph movement that has 316 components.

Model 1: KUROS 598.121.B MONACO GRAND PRIX 2012
( 99 pieces - N° 00/99 for the pilot of the car)
Technical details
Case
Case in Titanium
Bezel in black DLC
Diameter: 44mm
Worldwide patented design (perfectly suiting to the wrist)
Case in Titanium Grade 2 with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish.
Crowns in Titanium Grade 5 with polished-sandblasted finish.
Start/Stop Chrono pusher in red aluminium with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish.
Reset Chrono pusher in Titanium Grade 5 with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish
Sapphire: Toric sapphire (double angle, rounded 12–6 and 9–3) – patented

Dial & Hands
Black 3-dimensional dial with the CYRUS logo in red aluminium
Indication of hours by 3D indexes coated with white Superluminova
Hour and minute hands coated with white Superluminova
Second counter (at 9) with 3 "arms" reminiscent of the CYRUS logo
Official " MONACO GRAND PRIX" logo around second counter
Large central second hand (red) with the CYRUS logo at its base
Counters with 3 "arms" reminiscent of the logo
Hands reminding of speed counters of racing cars
Chronograph button in red aluminium
Calendar: Date reading in a large fan window at 4.30

Crowns
At 3: crown in titanium– with an exterior CYRUS logo – enabling setting the hours, minutes and date.
At 9: "keep the secret" crown – with an exterior CYRUS logo – revealing the number of the limited series piece with a lateral movement

Open back
Open back revealing the chronograph movement and its exclusive CYRUS
CYRUS logo in the middle of the oscillating mass with white color reminding of the white stiches of the strap
CYRUS - specifique hardware

Strap:
Rubber coming from the wheels used during competition
Rubber with white "stitches" (= paint injection)
The watch is delivered together with a "ALBANU" bracelet, made in Monaco

Movement
Automatic chronograph movement
Power reserve: 37 hours
No of components:  316
Oscillating mass: Customised oscillating mass.

Model 2: KUROS 598.221.B MONACO GRAND PRIX 2012
( Limited edition of 99 pieces)
Technical details

Case
Case in Titanium
Bezel in 18K red gold
Diameter: 44mm (including crowns)
Case in Titanium Grade 2 with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish
Worldwide patented design (perfectly suiting to the wrist)
18K red gold bezel with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish
Crowns in Titanium Grade 5 with polished-sandblasted finish
Start/Stop Chrono pusher in 18K red gold with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish
Reset Chrono pusher in Titanium Grade 5 with brushed-polished-sandblasted finish
Toric sapphire (double angle, rounded 12–6 and 9–3) – patented

Dial & Hands
Silver 3-dimensional dial with the CYRUS logo in 18K red gold
Indication of hours by 3D indexes coated with white Superluminova
Hour and minute hands coated with white Superluminova
Second counter (at 9) with 3 "arms" reminiscent of the CYRUS logo
Official "MONACO GRAND PRIX" logo around second counter
Large central second hand (18K red gold) with the CYRUS logo at its base
Minutes and Hours counters in 18K red gold
Date reading in a large fan window at 4.30
Chronograph button in 18K red gold

Crowns
At 3: crown in titanium– with an exterior CYRUS logo – enabling setting the hours, minutes and date.
At 9: "keep the secret" crown (titanium) – with an exterior CYRUS logo – revealing the number of the limited series piece with a lateral movement

Open back
Open back revealing the chronograph movement and its exclusive CYRUS oscillating mass
CYRUS logo in the middle of the oscillating mass
CYRUS - specifique hardware

Strap
Rubber coming from the wheels used during competition
Clasp: Clasp in titanium; exclusive design inspired by the case
CYRUS logo on the cap
The watch is delivered together with a "ALBANU" bracelet, made in Monaco revealing the number of the limited series piece with a lateral movement

Movement

Automatic chronograph movement
Power reserve: 37 hours
No of components:  316
Oscillating mass: Customised oscillating mass

URWERK UR-110 TTH & UR-110 ST

Swiss haute horlogerie brand URWERK enhances its UR-110 collection with two new stunning models: UR-110 TTH – with a super strong Tantalum hull – and the UR-110 ST – with a distinctively grooved AlTiN bezel.

The UR-110 TTH is an imposing and robust timepiece that derives its strength from its bezel crafted in tantalum, a particularly hard and dense metal, well known for resistance to corrosion and for its bio-inertness. The TTH stands for “Tantalum Hull”. The sapphire crystal of the UR-110 TTH has also been upgraded.
The armoured bezel of the UR-110 TTH boasts a thickness of 4.10mm (as opposed to 2.40mm on other UR-110 models). This huge piece, attached to the titanium case by six screws, gives it a battle-hardened character reinforced by the bluish-gray tint of the natural tantalum. Another feature with quasi-military overtones is the registration number etched on the sapphire crystal of the UR-110 TTH at 8 o’clock. Tantalum is a rare metal of which the name comes from Tantalus, a Greek mythological figure synonymous with temptation. In UR-110 ST model URWERK placed a distinctively grooved AlTiN bezel.
Having won the 2011 Grand Prix de Genève prize for Best Design Watch, the UR-110 is at the forefront of watchmaking excellence, continuing URWERK’s radical tradition of telling the time using orbiting satellite complications.

In the UR-110 TTH and the UR-110 ST, the time is always shown on the right side of the watch. Three hour satellites follow a vertically arced line, graded from 0 to 60 minutes, in a downward motion. Planetary gearing keeps the satellites and their arrow-shaped “torpedoes” in parallel formation as they take turns to indicate the time as they pass the 60-minute track. This performance is made possible by means of an architecture featuring three levels of complexity:

- A central carousel providing the complication with stability and equilibrium
- Planetary gearing assuring the parallel rotation of the three hour satellites as they orbit the dial
- The three counter-rotating hour modules – each comprising an hour satellite, minute hand and counter balance – are each mounted on a planetary gear. These three modules are in constant counter-rotation to counter the direction of rotation of the central carousel.

The ingenuity of the layout lies in allowing the wearer to view the time discreetly and elegantly without the need to pull a cuff or sleeve back.

The UR-110’s technology can be appreciated through the large panoramic sapphire crystal. As well as indicating the hours and minutes, the UR-110 also features a Control Board on the dial side with indicators for “Day/Night” and "Oil Change" – URWERK's service interval display – as well as small seconds on a sub dial. Turning the watch over, the titanium back encloses the innovative automatic winding system regulated by dual turbines.
Technical details
Cases
Case in Grade 5 titanium with AlTiN-treated steel bezel for the UR-110 ST;
Case in Grade 5 titanium with tantalum bezel for the UR-110 TTH;
Two position crown with integrated protection 
Water resistance: 3 ATM

Movement
Calibre: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding
Balance:Monometallic
Frequency: 28,800v/h, 4Hz
Jewels: 46
Balance spring:Flat
Power: Single barrel
Power reserve:39 hours
Winding system: Uni-directional rotor regulated by double turbines

Indications
Satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears
Control Board: “Day/Night” indicator; “Oil Change” alerting service intervals and small seconds

Friday, March 30, 2012

ROLEX New Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST in 18 ct EVEROSE gold Ref 116285 BBR – 73605

A sublime feminine variation, a new jewelled interpretation of the 36 mm Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST in 18 ct EVEROSE gold bears a black lacquer dial with a contemporary motif set with 262 diamonds, providing an entrancing contrast of light and shadow. Its bezel is set with 60 baguette-cut diamonds, and 120 brilliant-cut diamonds around the edge. The 18 ct EVEROSE gold, an exclusive alloy created by Rolex and cast in its own foundry, shines with a unique brilliance and is distinguished by an incomparable hue resulting from the addition of a touch of platinum.
The pink gold dial of this resolutely feminine DATEJUST is finished with a contemporary black lacquer motif and 262 set diamonds, which make for a stunning contrast. Ten diamonds in pink gold settings mark the hours with shimmering splendour. The bezel bears 60 baguette-cut diamonds – one for each second – and, just as delicately set, 120 brilliant-cut diamonds on its edge.
The 18 ct EVEROSE gold of the OYSTER case and bracelet is alloyed by Rolex in its own foundry before being shaped in the brand’s workshops. The incomparably warm tone of this exclusive pink gold alloy developed by Rolex is heightened by the addition of a touch of platinum. Its unique lustre is the result of the extreme care with which it is shaped, machined and finally polished.

The DATEJUST’s 36 mm OYSTER case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of proportion and elegance. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown, fitted with the patented TWINLOCK double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a CYCLOPS lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case allies refinement with efficiency in protecting the DATEJUST’s high-precision movement.

The DATEJUST is equipped with calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

The new DATEJUST model is fitted with an 18 ct EVEROSE gold OYSTER bracelet with a concealed folding CROWNCLASP. Developed and patented by Rolex, this elegant solid-link bracelet offers remarkable comfort and ease of use.

Technical details
Model: New  Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST in 18 ct EVEROSE gold
REFERENCE (CASE – BRACELET): 116285 BBR – 73605

CASE
Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct EVEROSE gold, polished finish
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel: Set with 60 baguette-cut diamonds and 120 brilliant-cut diamonds on the edge
W inding crown: Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system
Crystal :Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date, double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

MOVEMENT
Calibre 3135, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor
Precision: Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

DIAL
Material 18 ct pink gold set with 262 diamonds, black lacquer
Hour markers 10 diamonds in 18 ct pink gold settings
Hands 18 ct pink gold

BRACELET
Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material: 18 ct EVEROSE gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Concealed folding CROWNCLASP

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA Ref 116598 RBOW – 78608

The latest model from the legendary Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA line features exclusive bezel entirely set with an array of sapphires in rainbow colours and the exclusive GOLD CRYSTALS counters on the dial. The new timepiece comes in 18 ct yellow gold case and bracelet and is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement.

Along with its 18 ct yellow gold case and bracelet, the new COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA sparks with a bezel entirely set with an array of sapphires in rainbow colours. All the nuances of the celestial arc are visible, a delicate palette of reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, mauves and pinks. The subtle grace of these fascinating stones meticulously selected, assembled and set by Rolex is magical, endowing the watch with a stunning radiance. Also gem-set, the case lugs, crown guard as well as the hour markers on the dial participate in the exquisite allure of this variation on the DAYTONA theme.
Contrasting with the black lacquer of the dial, the reflections of the GOLD CRYSTALS counters blend with the radiance of the precious stones. Crafted from an 18 ct gold alloy perfected by Rolex in its own foundry, these exclusive counters highlight the crystal structure of the gold in a seductive play of reflections and colours. Each counter is a natural work of art, different from every other.
The COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA’s 40 mm OYSTER case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of proportion and elegance. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct gold. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown, fitted with the patented TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system, as well as the chronograph pushers screw down securely against the case. It is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case ensures optimal protection for the COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA’s high-precision movement Calibre 4130.

The COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 4130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring, patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

The new COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA is fitted with an OYSTER bracelet in 18 ct yellow gold with the latest generation OYSTERLOCK safety clasp to prevent accidental opening. Developed and patented by Rolex, this elegant solid-link bracelet also features the ingenious EASYLINK rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

Technical details
Model: Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA
REFERENCE (CASE – BRACELET): 116598 RBOW – 78608

CASE
Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, winding crown and chronograph pushers)
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 18 ct yellow gold, polished finish, lugs and crown guard set respectively with 36 and 20 brilliant-cut diamonds
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel: Set with a rainbow of 36 baguette-cut sapphires
W inding crown: Screw-down, TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system
Crown guard:  Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
W aterproofness:  100 metres (330 feet)

MOVEMENT
Calibre 4130, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch
Bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor on ball bearing
Precision: Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Centre hour and minute hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
Chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1⁄8 of a second
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Jewelling: 44 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

DIAL
Colour:  Black lacquer
Counters:  Yellow GOLD CRYSTALS (18 ct gold)
Hour markers:  8 diamonds in 18 ct yellow gold settings, numerals 15, 30 and 45 in 18 ct yellow gold
Hands:  Red chronograph hands

BRACELET
Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material: 18 ct yellow gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp:  Folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp, EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Chronograph Heritage

Swiss luxury watch brand Vulcain celebrates its association with Spanish soccer club Real Madrid and Italian club La Fiorentina by launching  50s Presidents’ Chronograph Heritage, a re-edition of the vintage model in a contemporary 42 mm size. This soccer giants have been entrusted Vulcain to equip them with high quality timepieces.

Echoing the graphic design of the original dial, it comes in three different versions: black with brown transfer, “eggshell” white with black transfer and silver-toned with blue transfer. The font used is also the same as on the historical model, especially for the logo and the numerals. In addition to the minute circle around its circumference, the dial is enlivened by a pulsometric scale underscored by the inscription “Gradué pour 30 pulsations” (graduated for 30 heartbeats). The legend “chronometer” appears below the Vulcain name at 12 o’clock, thereby specifying this chronograph’s undisputed vocation for excellence.

 The 50s Presidents’ Chronograph Heritage is equipped with the single-pusher self-winding Vulcain V-57 chronograph calibre, a movement chronometer-certified by the COSC. Endowed with a 42-hour power reserve, it drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, sweep seconds chronograph and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Water-resistant to 50 metres, the 42 mm case in 18K rose gold or steel is fitted with a Louisiana alligator leather strap with 18K rose gold or steel pin buckle.

Technical details
Model 1: 50s presidents’ chronograph heritage Ref 570157.316l
Case: steel 316l - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm - height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial : black
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automatic single-pusher type chronograph movement, 25 rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

Model 2: 50s presidents’ chronograph heritage Ref 570557.317l
Case: 18k 5n pink gold - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm - height 13.75 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial : black
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: 18k 5n pink gold pin buckle

Calibre
Vulcain v-57: 13¼-lignes mechanical automaticsingle-pusher type chronograph movement, 25 rubies, 105 components, lift angle 50°
Functions: hour, minute, seconds counters at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock, centre second chronograph, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 28'800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Decoration: côtes de genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

Christophe Claret Baccara

Swiss watch manufacture Christophe Claret presents the Baccara, a spectacular timepiece inspired by the world of casinos.

Following the foot steps of DualTow, Adagio and 21 Blackjack, the playful & interactive timepieces developed and created by Manufacture Christophe Claret , the new model  doubles as a miniature casino with three games: baccarat (‘baccara’ in French), roulette and dice. It took almost one year to create the exclusive movement that gives life to this micro mechanical wonder.  The special sapphire crystal protecting Baccara’s dial which, when blown upon, reveals a secret, talismanic Chinese ideogram.

Within its precious case Baccara houses a veritable mini casino comprising baccarat, roulette and dice, all requiring exceptionally complicated micro-mechanics in addition to those providing the traditional time indications of central hours and minutes.
The baccarat cards appear on the dial as if by magic. At 6 o’clock, the player’s cards are distributed in three small windows edged in either rhodium or red gold, depending on the version. The banker’s cards are at 12 o’clock. To shuffle the cards, the player presses a pusher located at 9 o’clock, which arms a spring, which then simultaneously turns three gold discs on which they are printed. At 8 o’clock, the pusher allows the cards to be distributed to the player.

Finally, at 10 o’clock, a third pusher organizes distribution to the bank. Every time the shutter opens, for either the player or the bank, a Cathedral gong is struck and this wonderful striking mechanism can be seen through a lateral window at 2 o’clock.

It is the sheer complexity of Christophe Claret’s movement that makes it possible to have an authentic game of baccarat, as if the wearer was in a real casino. As the bank and the player have 252 different card combinations available to them, there are exactly 63,504 game possibilities. Or, more precisely, as the player and the bank do not necessarily draw a third card, there are 24,774 different game possibilities. Statistically, the player has 29,731 chances of winning (46.82%) and the bank 28,039 (44.15%). There are 5,734 chances of a draw between the player and the bank (9.03%).

Baccara also gives the wearer the chance to experience the thrills and spills of the craps table: a pair of delicately crafted dice measuring 1.5 mm on each side is housed in a cage at 4 o’clock and visible through a lateral window in the case band and rolled by a simple shake of the wrist.

Turning over Baccara reveals the winding rotor, visible through the anti-reflective sapphire display-back crystal and serving as the roulette wheel on which an arrow indicates the winning number. Finally, Baccara owners will have the option of having their own lucky number engraved on an emerald set in the watch.



To protect and enhance the Baccara’s exclusive calibre, great attention has been given to the minutest details of the 45mm case. It is available in three versions: white gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; red gold/grade 5 black PVD titanium; and platinum/grade 5 black PVD titanium. Baccara’s dial is completed by an eye-catching silhouetted dragon or tiger, in between the two sets of card windows. Laser cut in a jade or black titanium plaque, this legendary creature and renowned symbol of luck appears to be protecting both the timepiece and its owner.

On the sapphire crystal, the lucky Chinese ideogram is revealed when blown upon the watch, appearing in the mist as if by magic and remaining for several seconds; a little ritual that should not be missed, not only by superstitious players before beginning their round of baccarat, but indeed by anyone wishing to start their day on a good note. This secretive ideogram is produced through a metallization process of the sapphire crystal, especially developed for Christophe Claret and it was an idea that came to the master watchmaker during his trip to Macao.

Technical specifications
Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement
Calibre: BCR09
Components: 538
Jewels: 40
6 double sets of ceramic ball bearings
Twin barrel
4 Hz, 28,800 vph
Power reserve: approximately 72 hours

Functions
Hour, minute
Three games: baccarat with chime, roulette and dice

Case
White gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium
Black lacquered bezel hour-markers
Diameter: 45 mm
Two side windows, one revealing the striking mechanism’s hammer and gong, the other a pair of dice
White gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium crown
Watertight to 3 ATM (30 m)

Dial
Titanium and grey sapphire decorated with a dragon motif
Black PVD and red ruby hands indicating the hours and minutes
Front with three “BANKER” windows and three “PLAYER” windows
Back: three-dimensional roulette wheel that rotates in step with the watch’s oscillating weight

Strap
Black alligator leather with a two-screw attachment system that minimizes damaging the case when the strap is changed

Versions available
• White-gold and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a dragon motif for the jade dial, black PVD and black spinel or black ceramic hands indicating the hours and minutes

• White-gold and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a tiger motif for the titanium and grey sapphire dial, black PVD and ruby hands indicating the hours and minutes

• 5N red-gold and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a dragon motif for the titanium and grey sapphire dial, black PVD and orange sapphire hands indicating the hours and minutes

• 5N red-gold and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a dragon motif for the titanium and grey sapphire dial, black PVD and black spinel or black ceramic hands indicating the hours and minutes

• 5N red-gold and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a tiger motif for the jade dial, black PVD and orange sapphire hands indicating the hours and minutes

• Platinum and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a dragon motif for the titanium and grey sapphire dial, black PVD and ruby hands indicating the hours and minutes

• Platinum and grade-5 black PVD titanium with a tiger motif for the titanium and grey sapphire dial, black PVD and ruby hands indicating the hours and minutes

Limited edition
Each version will be limited to a maximum of 9

Retail Price
Suggested retail price in Swiss francs, exclusive of VAT: Between 194,000 and 228,000 Swiss francs, depending on the version

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

VULCAIN 50s Presidents’ Classic

Swiss luxury watch brand Vulcain is enriching its historical 50s Presidents’ watch collection with the new 50s Presidents’ Classic model. The 50s Presidents’ Classic model echoes the codes of the successful collection while interpreting them in a pared-down, ultra-thin version. Vulcain has achieved a remarkable stylistic exercise entirely in keeping with the creations embodying elegance and refinement since the brand’s very origins. Displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and date, all the variations are driven by a mechanical self-winding Vulcain V-54 movement. The new model pays tribute to the style of the 1950s, while interpreting it in a contemporary manner.
The 50s Presidents’ Classic features a remarkable sunray dial in charcoal grey, silvertoned or blue versions. Graced with diamond-polished hour-markers, it displays 3, 9 and 12 o’clock numerals interpreted a slender and graphically striking vintage spirit. The Vulcain name at 12 o’clock is accentuated by a stylised applied “V”, as well as by the inscription “Automatic” appearing in the lower part. Graduated with a fine minute circle around its circumference, the dial bears a date window at 6 o’clock.

The 42 mm-diameter case in 18K rose gold or steel is water-resistant to 50 metres and houses the mechanical bidirectional self-winding Vulcain V-56 movement. This calibre is adorned with haute horlogerie finishes such as a”Côtes de Genève” motif, blued screws and a rhodiumed treatment. The V-56 movement boasts a 42-hour power reserve and drives the hours, minutes, central seconds’ hands as well as the aperture-type date display. A cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal protects the dial, while a second crystal on the back serves reveals the intricate workings of the mechanism inside. The 50s Presidents’ Watch Classic is fitted with a Louisiana alligator leather strap secured by an 18K rose gold or steel pin buckle.
Technical details
Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Classic Steel 316L (Ref 560156.305l)
Case: steel 316L - diameter 42.00 mm - length 49.80 mm - Height 8.60 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: charcoal grey sunray dial with rhodium indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feet
Strap: Louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

Movement
Vulcain calibre v-56: 111/2-lignes mechanical automatic Calibre with date, 25 rubies, 93 parts, lift angle 47°
Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, date window
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Automatic winding: in 2 directions
Decoration: Côtes de Genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium
Model 2: 50s Presidents’ Classic 18K Pink gold (Ref 560556.307L)
Case: 18k pink gold - diameter 42.00 mm - length 49.80 mm - Height 8.60 mm – sapphire case-back
Dial: silver sunray dial with 5n pink gold indexes
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feets
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm

Movement
Buckle: 18k pink gold pin buckle
Vulcain calibre v-56: 111/2-lignes mechanical automatic Calibre with date, 25 rubies, 93 parts, lift angle 47°
Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, date window
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Automatic winding: in 2 directions
Decoration: Côtes de Genève motifs, blued screws
Movement coating: rhodium

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Herbie Hancock Limited Edition

In honour of famous jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Swiss luxury watch maker Vulcain presents a double limited edition of the 50s Presidents’ Watch: one in 18K rose gold and the other in steel. Both celebrate the “blue notes” universe through a dazzling sunburst satin-brushed blue dial of exceptional intensity. An 18K rose gold case adorns the 50 most precious of these watches, while the steel-clad series comprises 250. Each variation houses the same iconic Vulcain mechanical movement: the hand-wound Cricket V-16 alarm calibre.

Herbie Hancock is a  gifted jazz musician who played with legendary figures such as Miles Davis and Chaka Khan, a brilliant performer who has earned multiple distinctions including 12 Grammy Awards. Herbie Hancock has recently agreed to share with Swiss watch brand Vulcain his love for the blue notes of jazz through an exclusive partnership. A specialist of mechanical alarm watches thanks to its iconic Cricket movement, the Manufacture in Le Locle is celebrating this new partnership by creating a limited-edition Presidents’ Watch model.

Thanks to this alliance with Herbie Hancock, the watch company is pursuing its support for the world of culture and thereby strengthening its presence in the world of jazz – the global musical movement born in the United States and which remains a perpetual source of experimentation and renewal, very much like that of Fine Watchmaking.
With their unique midnight-coloured dials, the two 18K rose gold and steel limited series will provide a tasteful accompaniment for “blue mood” enthusiasts. Embodying the free-spirited spirit of jazz and its penchant for exploring uncharted territory, the “Herbie Hancock” 50s Presidents’ Watch by Vulcain features a sunburst dial in an entirely original intense shade of blue. Equipped with the legendary mechanical hand-wound Cricket V-16 movement, the timepiece displays the hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as the alarm.

The case measures 42 mm in diameter for a perfect fit on the wrist, and its back is engraved with the name of the celebrated musician. The “Herbie Hancock” 50s Presidents’ Watch is available in two limited editions: one in 18K rose gold issued in a series of 50; and another in steel in a 250-piece limited series. Each of the watches in this Herbie Hancock special edition is also accompanied by a certificate bearing his signature and authenticating the limited-edition production of each of the models, along with an album by the artist.

Born in Chicago in 1940, Herbie Hancock was 11 years old when he first appeared on-stage, performing Mozart’s concerto n° 5 on the piano and accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Equally fascinated by both science and electronics, he graduated from university with two degrees: one in music and another in electrical engineering. This naturally eclectic mind-set drew him to the most inspired researchers in the field of jazz. Miles Davis in particular asked him to join him for sessions that would leave an indelible imprint on jazz music history. Eager to explore new avenues, Herbie Hancock subsequently founded his own group, the Headhunters.

Their first eponymous album became the first platinum record in the history of jazz, and the “Chameleon” hit was an instant legend. Herbie Hancock’s projects were to have a profound influence on jazz and on American music in general. He is indeed considered one of the prime promoters of funk, an instigator of rap, as well as a source of inspiration for R&B artists. He even released the Future2Future album in 2001, merging technology and music. By associating computers with turntables and legendary voices, he laid a new milestone in the quest for contemporary sounds.

Alongside his professional commitments, Herbie Hancock also supports several charitable causes pursuing a social, musical or medical mission. In 2011 at a ceremony in Paris, Herbie Hancock was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

Technical details
Model 1: 50s Presidents’ Herbie Hancock Limited Edition Steel 316L (Ref 160151.301L )

Case: Steel 316l - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm - Height 12.40 mm - sapphire case-back revealing the stylized «v» for vulcain and engraved with the name of the celebrated musician

Dial: blue sunray dial with rhodium indexes and herbie hancock signature – limited edition of 250 pieces
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feet

Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: steel pin buckle

Calibre: Vulcain cricket manufacture v-16: 12- lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm calibre with date, 17 rubies, 191 parts, double barrel, equipped with the exactomatic system, lift angle 48°
Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm, date window
Frequency: 18'000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: 20 seconds

Model 2: 50s Presidents’ Herbie Hancock Limited Edition 18K 5N pink gold (Ref 160551.302L)

Case: 18k 5n pink gold - diameter 42.00 mm - length 50.00 mm - height 12.40 mm - sapphire case-back revealing the stylised «v» for vulcain and engraved with the name of the celebrated musician

Dial: blue sunray dial with 5n pink gold indexes and herbie hancock signature – limited edition of 50 pieces
Crystal: domed shape sapphire
Water-resistance: 50 meters/160 feet
Strap: louisiana alligator – dimensions: 22/18 mm
Buckle: 18k 5n pink gold pin buckle

Calibre: Vulcain cricket manufacture v-16: 12- lignes mechanical hand-wound alarm calibre with date, 17 rubies, 191 parts, double barrel, equipped with the exactomatic system, lift angle 48°
Functions: hour, minute, centre seconds, alarm, date window
Frequency: 18'000 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Alarm duration: 20 seconds

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual SUBMARINER Ref 114060 – 97200

The new model of Oyster Perpetual SUBMARINER sports a redesigned case and its new bezel and bracelet both benefitting from recent Rolex innovation. While paying honour to the historic model launched in 1953, this new model sets new standards in terms of robustness, legibility and reliability.

The unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel of this new SUBMARINER is equipped with a black CERACHROM insert made of virtually scratchproof, non-fading, corrosion-resistant ceramic. The graduations are coated via a PVD process with a thin layer of platinum. The sleek black dial harbours large CHROMALIGHT hour markers and hands filled with luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow. This exclusive display offers exceptional legibility in the dark.
The SUBMARINER’s 40 mm OYSTER case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet), is a paragon of robustness. The middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown, fitted with the patented TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case in a manner akin to a submarine’s hatch. It is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case ensures optimal protection for the SUBMARINER’s high-precision movement.

The new SUBMARINER is equipped with calibre 3130, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 3130 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

This SUBMARINER is fitted with a solid-link OYSTER bracelet in 904L steel. It features a new-generation OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and GLIDELOCK extension system. The ingenious patented system, located beneath the clasp cover, allows fine adjustments of the bracelet length in 2 mm increments for a total of approximately 20 mm – without using any tools. This allows the watch to be worn over a diving suit up to 3 mm thick and provides additional comfort in any circumstance.

Technical details
Model: Oyster Perpetual SUBMARINER
REFERENCE (CASE – BRACELET): 114060 – 97200

CASE
Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, satin and polished finish
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated
Black: CERACHROM insert with engraved numerals coated with platinum via magnetron sputtering CHROMALIGHT capsule (long-lasting luminescence) at 12 o’clock
Winding crown: Screw-down, TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system
Crown guard: Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire
Waterproofness: 300 metres (1,000 feet)

MOVEMENT
Calibre 3130, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor
Precision Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

DIAL
Colour: Black lacquer
Hour markers: highly legible CHROMALIGHT appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold
Hands: CHROMALIGHT hands in 18 ct white gold

BRACELET
Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, satin finished, polished edges
Clasp: Folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp, GLIDELOCK extension system (20 mm in increments of 2 mm)

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual YACHT-MASTER in ROLESIUM (40 MM, Blue Dial)

The new 40 mm version of the Oyster Perpetual YACHT-MASTER in ROLESIUM, a combination of steel and platinum, also benefits from the latest Rolex innovations in terms of the ergonomics, comfort and reliability of the bracelet, clasp and bezel. Its emblematic bidirectional rotatable graduated bezel in 950 platinum with raised numerals has been entirely rethought to include a new, even more robust rotation system.

The CHROMALIGHT display, an exclusive Rolex feature, ensures long-lasting luminescence for exceptional legibility in the dark. This new YACHT-MASTER features a case in 904L stainless steel on an OYSTER bracelet with a new generation OYSTERLOCK safety clasp. The elegant solid-link bracelet offers much-appreciated comfort and ease of use. It also includes the EASYLINK rapid extension link, an ingenious system that conveniently allows the wearer to lengthen the bracelet by about 5 mm for added comfort in any circumstance. With its stunning blue sunray finish dial, the new model can generate waves among passionate sailors and adventurers.
The bidirectional rotation system on the bezel of this new YACHT-MASTER is based on a 120-position notched ring and a trigonal spring providing a constant torque in both directions, ensuring minimal wear and highly precise manipulation. The bezel with raised graduations contributes greatly to the unique identity of the model and its functions.

Made entirely of 950 platinum, with polished graduations standing out against a sand-blasted finish, it can be easily set to time a period of up to 60 minutes – for example the sailing time between two buoys – or to provide a reminder of elapsed time. The dial harbours large CHROMALIGHT hour markers and hands filled with luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow, offering exceptional legibility in the dark.

The YACHT-MASTER’s 40 mm OYSTER case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown, fitted with the patented TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. It is protected by a crown guard that is an integral part of the middle case. The crystal, with a CYCLOPS lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case ensures optimal protection for the YACHT-MASTER’s high-precision movement.

The YACHT-MASTER is equipped with calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

The new YACHT-MASTER is fitted with a solid-link OYSTER bracelet in 904L steel with a new-generation OYSTERLOCK safety clasp, both simple to manipulate and including a security system to prevent accidental opening. Developed and patented by Rolex, this elegant solid-link bracelet offers remarkable comfort and ease of use. It also features the ingenious EASYLINK rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

Technical details
Model: ROLEX Oyster Perpetual YACHT-MASTER in ROLESIUM (40 MM, Blue Dial)
REFERENCE (CASE – BRACELET): 116622 – 78800

CASE
Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 40 mm
Material: ROLESIUM (combination of 904L stainless steel superalloy and 950 platinum), polished finish
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated in 950 platinum, sand-blasted finish, polished raised graduations
Winding crown: Screw-down, TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system
Crown guard: Integral part of the middle case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date, double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

MOVEMENT
Calibre 3135 Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor
Precision: Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
Traversing balance bridge
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

DIAL
Colour: Blue, sunray finish
Hour markers: Highly legible CHROMALIGHT appliques (long-lasting luminescence) in 18 ct white gold
Hands: CHROMALIGHT hands in 18 ct white gold, red seconds hand

BRACELET
Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp, EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST II Ref 116300 – 72210 : New Model in 904L stainless steel

ROLEX enhances its Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST II line with a new version that is entirely in steel with a smooth bezel. This new, imposing and dynamic model joins the ROLESOR version – in steel and gold – launched in 2009. The DATEJUST II continues the tradition of the DATEJUST, the emblematic model created by Rolex in 1945, the first self-winding waterproof wristwatch chronometer to display the date in a window on the dial.

The DATEJUST II’s 41 mm OYSTER case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. The characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown, fitted with the patented TWINLOCK double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a CYCLOPS lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire. The waterproof OYSTER case allies refinement with efficiency in protecting the DATEJUST II’s high-precision movement.
The DATEJUST II is equipped with calibre 3136, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all PERPETUAL movements, the 3136 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, like that of all OYSTER watch movements, makes it singularly precise and reliable. The oscillator, the true heart of the watch, has a blue PARACHROM hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the PARACHROM hairspring offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. The oscillator is fitted between high-performance PARAFLEX shock absorbers, patented by Rolex, which offer 50 per cent greater resistance to shocks.

This DATEJUST II model is fitted with a 904L steel OYSTER bracelet with a folding OYSTERCLASP. Developed and patented by Rolex, this elegant solid-link bracelet offers remarkable comfort and ease of use. It also features the ingenious EASYLINK rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

Technical details
Model: Oyster Perpetual DATEJUST II Ref 116300 – 72210
REFERENCE (CASE – BRACELET): 116300 – 72210

CASE
Type: OYSTER (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 41 mm
Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, polished finish
Case back: Screw-down with Rolex fluting
Bezel: Smooth
Winding crown: Screw-down, TWINLOCK double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date, double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

MOVEMENT
Calibre 3136, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor
Precision: Officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC)

Functions
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with rapid setting
Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring
Breguet overcoil
Large balance wheel with variable inertia
High-precision regulating via four gold MICROSTELLA nuts
Traversing balance bridge
High-performance PARAFLEX shock absorbers
Jewelling :31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours

DIAL
Colour: Silver, sunray finish
Hour markers: 18 ct white gold appliques with phosphorescent material
Hands: 18 ct white gold with phosphorescent material

BRACELET
Type: OYSTER, three-piece solid links
Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges
Clasp: Folding OYSTERCLASP, EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link