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Friday, June 29, 2012

Stowa Flieger watch Automatic Type B (Re edition of the historic Stowa Flieger watch with the Baumuster B dial)

Stowa Flieger watch with the Baumuster B dial and its respectable size of 55 mm is one of the rarest historical Flieger watches. Introduced in 1940, only 42 pieces of this remarkable model have been built. The remake of this historical model comes in the popular case size of 40 mm with riveted Flieger strap. The remake Stowa pilot watch type B features a unique black dial without logo.
The manufacturer information is available with the handmade German Silver rotor of the automatic movement, visible through the glass back. Built in is the automatic movement ETA 2824-2, well-known for its resilience, in a high quality version with blued screws. If desired, even a version with a tested COSC chronometer work is available.
Special attention was paid to the authenticity of the design between the dial and hands; the hand however was designed more harmonically. The counterweight of the sweep hand is based on the length of the hour hand. The different interpretation of the crown and the sweep hand of the original Flieger watch are based and designed on the personal taste of Jörg Schauer.
The sweep hand of the historical original Flieger seemed to be not a part of the design - so Mr. Schauer had some thoughts in mind in order to link the second hand perfectly with the design. The Flieger Baumuster B watch is offered with handmade German silver rotor and various strap combinations.

Technical details
- Case: stainless steel, matt finished, Ø: 40 mm, height 10,2 mm,
- Strap: size 20 mm, front and back sapphire crystal, 5 ATM
- ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, power reserve 40 hours
- Handmade German Silver rotor with special B-watch laser engraving
- Available with a COSC movement upgrade
- Dial: Black coated and white printed,
- filled with Superluminova C3, no logo
- Steel blued hands
- Leather strap in old style with rivets 20 mm in black or brown
- Variations and various crocostraps available
- Also with Milanaise metal bracelett 20 mm

Price:
From 630.00 Euros (including German VAT)
Chronometer version additional 230.00 Euros

Thursday, June 28, 2012

SAINT HONORE Worldcode Diving

SAINT HONORE unveils a new diving model from its successful World code watch line. With a round steel case, 43mm in diameter, Worldcode Diving is easy to read and has a particularly sophisticated appearance, with its bezel available in four colour finishes: black, brown, navy or pink gold. Each bezel colour is paired with an exclusive sunburst dial in the same shade.

Water resistance is up to 100 meters. It has a graduated unidirectional rotating bezel and a triangular hour-marker at 12 o’clock. This beautiful timepiece is prepared for all aquatic adventures while radiating its chic allure on either a metal bracelet or an elegant rubber strap.
Fans of the Worldcode who have already been seduced by the comfort and purity of its metal bracelet will definitely fall for the new rubber straps in the same design and in a range of colours: white, navy, brown or black.

Technical details
- Brushed stainless steel case, 43 mm, crown with SAINT HONORE logo
- Rotating bezel in polished steel, blue minutery on aluminium insert
- Sapphire crystal
- Sunray blue dial, white luminescent Arabic Numerals and indexes
- Blue rubber strap on special deploying buckle
- Quartz movement
- Date at 6h
- Water resistant to 100 m
- SWISS MADE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Frédérique Constant Runabout Venice Limited Edition

In 2009, Swiss watch Manufacturer Frédérique Constant introduced a new attractive series of limited edition timepieces named “Runabout” by taking inspiration from the legendary Runabout yachts of the Roaring Twenties. This year, Frederique Constant enhances this line with the ‘Venice Editions’ of the Runabout, consisting of a Chronograph version and a Three-hand Automatic with date.
Both timepieces from this limited edition collection feature a stainless steel case and a silvered dial with applied rose gold plated Arabic indexes. A light brown strap with off-white stitching accentuates the rose gold plated indexes on the dial. Our Italian clientele defined this sophisticated combination of design elements. This year Frederique Constant hosts the Runabout Challenge in Venice, Italy, so it was only logical to design the Runabout Venice Edition, based on the input from the Italian market.
The new models are available in limited editions of 1’888 pieces per version. Featuring a case diameter of 43mm and presented in stainless steel, the new Runabout Venice Editions offer finely decorated silvered dials. With a delicate guilloche decoration at the centre, hand-applied Arabic indexes, and perfectly positioned Chronograph counters, these watches exude an uncluttered elegance, just like the Runabout yachts by which they were inspired. Through the sapphire case-back, the decorated automatic movement can be admired.

Traditionally, each Runabout timepiece comes with its own luxurious, handmade wooden case that echoes the passionate craftsmanship of the yachts. Alongside the watch, a miniature reproduction of a classic Runabout boat can be found inside the unique gift box.

Runabout Challenge 2012 in Venice
End of April 2012, Frederique Constant hosted a unique event on the waters of Venice, to celebrate its connection with Runabout boats. After sponsoring the Helice Classique on Lake Geneva and the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in the USA, it was time to organize a dedicated Frederique Constant Runabout event. A select group of 200 clients and members of the press enjoyed a three-day event in the City of Water.

A large fleet of Runabout boats, gathered specifically for this event proved to be stylish means of transportation and offered amazing views of Venice. During the actual Challenge, teams in each Runabout boat had to compete for the Frederique Constant Runabout Trophy. The event’s aim was to pay homage and to gather many of the remaining Runabout yachts. Yachts that today - as in their heyday - symbolize elegance, sophistication and ageless design. It is these characteristics that make the devotion of Frédérique Constant to Runabout boats so apt, so perfect, because those same values and qualities apply to the Runabout Collection.

Runabout
A Runabout is a gentlemen’s motorboat holding between four and eight people, well suited to moving about on the water. The first runabouts date back to the 1920s and were originally small, fast, powerful varnished wooden boats created to take advantage of the power of a V8 inboard engine. In order to gain speed, the hull shape had to be designed to take advantage of hydroplaning; a hydrofoil-like design would allow the boat to skim atop the water's surface at high speed instead of needing to push aside large quantities of water to move forward.

A classic Runabout boat is a design icon, a moving sculpture in wood, chrome and glass that commands attention wherever it goes. Add to this a long list of famous owners and an association with exotic Mediterranean locations such as Monaco and San Tropez, and it is no wonder that the Runabout has, over time, become a legend. The iconic style of Runabouts frequently features in advertisements and editorials.

Montegrappa 2012 St. Moritz Limited Edition Luxury Pens

Montegrappa, Italy’s most revered manufacturer of fine writing implements, has captured the spirit of St. Moritz in a series of luxurious pens. The hand-crafted fountain pens and roller balls are apt representations of both the village itself and the aura that surrounds it. For 2012, a new quartet of pens has been introduced, in the tradition of the previous series, now highly collectible.

St. Moritz is like no other resort, for it has come to symbolise all that a Swiss destination should be: genteel and refined, exclusive yet welcoming. So great is the impact that St. Moritz has had on the global consciousness, since it first welcomed skiers nearly 150 years ago, that it has grown to be both cinematic and literary “shorthand” for luxurious getaways.

Located in the Engadin valley, St. Moritz first attracted visitors and functioned as a proper resort in 1864, when hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a wager that would resonate forever throughout Switzerland. His bet with four British summer-season visitors proffered that, should they return in winter and not find it as pleasurable a vacation as their warm weather sojourn, he would pay the cost of their round-trip. It was a win-win situation for them, as he also offered to pay for their visit, to stay as long as they wished, if they did find St. Moritz to be attractive in winter. That example of genteel gamesmanship not only established St. Moritz as a ski resort, it also launched the Alps on the whole, as a destination for vacationing skiers.

Over the years, St. Moritz would host the first European Ice-Skating Championships (1882), the first golf tournament held in the Alps (1889), a horse race on snow (1906) and the opening of Switzerland’s first ski school (1929). It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics – in 1928 and 1948 – as well as over 30 Bobsled World Championships, four Alpine Ski World Championships and numerous 40 Engadin Ski Marathons. So rich is St. Moritz’s winter sport heritage that it now exemplifies the Swiss sporting vacation ethos.

As far back as 1934, Alfred Hitchcock used it for the opening scenes of The Man Who Knew Too Much, while it was cited exactly 30 years later in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, and referred to in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming clearly knew a good thing when he found it: locations near St. Moritz also served as headquarters for the villain Blofeld in the novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Most romantically, singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt listed St. Moritz amongst the elite locales in his immortal “Where Do You Go To My Lovely”, its mere mention conveying haute monde elegance.

But St. Moritz supports much more than skiing, golf and other leisure pursuits. Every year, this town welcomes the arts, celebrated with exhibitions, seminars, walks and other attractions. The St. Moritz Arts Masters is an annual gathering of artists and collectors, experts and critics, presenting a rare opportunity for the public to savour the art world in all of its aspects, in a breath-taking Alpine environment.

It is fitting, then, that the representation of the village be both a tool an artist might use – a pen – and an objet d’art embellished with visual representations of St. Moritz itself. To decorate the pens’ barrels, Montegrappa’s designers have chosen four historic posters redolent of St. Moritz’s charms, each image hand-painted by artist Lorena Straffi. The pens are fashioned from celluloid, a costly material made from cotton fibre mixed with natural pigments and mother-of-pearl, and are further adorned with either sterling silver or 18K gold.



Montegrappa’s new St. Moritz collection encompasses four themes, represented by period posters of timeless appeal:

Automobile Week 1929, by Baumberger – encapsulated in the image of a sleek red racing car heading toward the mountains at great speed

Grosses Ski Rennen der Schweiz (Big Swiss Ski Race) 1911, by Kupfer – with a pensive skier pondering the race in which he is about to compete

Tea time by the Engadin lake 1920, by Stiefel – showing the restful aspects of St. Moritz, as an elegant resort

Woman in a red jacket 1925, by Daester – redolent of the great Art Deco period during which it was created

The 2012 St. Moritz Limited Edition comprises 300 fountain pens and 300 rollerballs with sterling silver trim and a special limited edition of eight fountain pens and eight roller balls with solid 18K gold trim per design.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Carl F. Bucherer Manero MoonPhase

Swiss luxury watchmaking house Carl F. Bucherer enhances its classic Manero line with the new Manero MoonPhase model. This beautiful rose gold watch is packed with functions such as current date, day and month and in addition, the classic Moon phase indication.

The special appeal of the Manero MoonPhase lies in its detailed calendar function. A glance at the wrist provides the wearer with a quick overview of the current date, shown by hands around the center of the dial. While the indication of the weekday has been placed at 10 o’clock, the current month can be read off on the right at 2 o’clock. The finishing touch for this special calendar is provided by the moon phase indication, shown centrally at 6 o’clock. The CFB 1966 automatic movement unique to Carl F. Bucherer is at the heart of this extraordinary calendar, making it a reliable companion.
The Manero range from Carl F. Bucherer represents the supreme craft of the master watchmaker in its most authentic form. Thus the Manero MoonPhase also reflects elegance and timeless design. With a diameter of 38 mm and a height of 10.85 mm, a classic size for top quality Manufacture watches, the 18 K rose gold case forms a harmonious setting for the silver-colored or black dial with its 12 index marks in the same color.
In spite of the many indications of complications, Carl F. Bucherer placed special emphasis on optimum legibility during its design, as can be seen from the wedge-shaped index marks and the tapered Superluminova-coated hours and minutes hands. A particularly eye-catching feature is the moon phase indication, which consists of a gold-colored moon disc shining against a blue background.
The shimmering effect is continued in the clasp, also made of 18 K rose gold, which is used to close the high quality alligator leather strap, thus underlining the elegant appearance of the timepiece. The look is completed by the polished surfaces of the watch case and the harmoniously rounded strap bars.
Technical details
  • Reference number: 00.10909.03.33.01
  • Movement: automatic, CFB caliber 1966, diameter 26.2 mm, height 5.2 mm, 21 jewels, power reserve 42 h
  • Functions: moon phase, month, date, day of the week, hour, minute, seconds
  • Case: 18 K rose gold, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on one side, caseback with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30 m (3 atm), diameter 38 mm, height 10.85 mm
  • Dial: black
  • Strap: Louisiana alligator leather black, pin buckle 18 K rose gold

Variants:
  • 00.10909.03.33.21: bracelet and folding clasp rose gold 18 K
  • 00.10909.03.13.21: dial silver-colored, bracelet and folding clasp rose gold 18 K
  • 00.10909.03.13.01: dial silver-colored, strap Louisiana Alligator leather brown

SAINT HONORE CARROUSEL

Paris based luxury watch brand SAINT HONORE presents their new watch model: CARROUSEL for men. This sophisticated timepiece is highlighted with a fine, sleek form and subtle, nuanced details, and a flat case-band. Its clever, timeless design brings together watchmaking expertise and contemporary style with brio. The exquisite shape of Carrousel is enhanced by its elongated lugs, the line’s signature motif.
With a diameter of 42 mm, the case of CARROUSEL combines a subtle blend of polished and brushed steel on the case-band and bezel.The particularly noteworthy Automatic Open Dial versions are the result of meticulous attention to detail: the dial, with its polished steel hour-markers, allows a view of the ETA 2824 movement; the innovative design of the hands adds a dash of originality and good taste, and when the watch is turned over, the beautiful movement can be admired through the transparent case-back.

Available in Quartz, Automatic and Automatic Open Dial versions, Carrousel will delight elegant men looking for a contemporary timepiece that can be worn on all occasions.

Technical details
-Stainless steel case, 42mm, crown with SAINT HONORE logo
-Sapphire crystal
-White dial, « Open dial », with stainless steel Roman Numerals apply
-Black leather strap on special deploying buckle
-ETA 2824 Automatic movement milled with rhodium plating, engraved SAINT HONORE on black gilted oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève” décor
-Date at 6h
-Water resistant to 50 m
-Swiss made

IWC Schaffhausen - Pilot’s Watches for Father and Son: Big Pilot’s Watch for Father and Son & Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI for Father and Son

Legendary Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen, after the successful launch of remarkable series of Pilot watches this year, presents an exclusive special edition Pilot’s Watches for Father and Son. With the Big Pilot’s Watch and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI, father and son retain their individuality while demonstrating a mutual passion for the exquisite. These two unusual timepieces form a perfect family unit and are symbolic of a fascination with precision engineering and aviation handed down from one generation to the next.

In 2012, the year of the Pilot’s Watches, the watch manufacturer renowned for masculine timepieces is launching its second special edition since 2008 for the men in the family; or – to retain the language of flying – the pilot and co-pilot. In life, as in the cockpit, it is a question of being able to rely on one another and of giving the junior member of the team an increasing degree of responsibility. Fathers pass on to their sons vital personal qualities, such as self-confidence, ambition and a sense of responsibility. And not infrequently, a father’s enthusiasm for engineering and perfect craftsmanship will be inherited by the younger generation.

For fathers, the model of choice is the Big Pilot’s Watch with power reserve and date display. With its impressive 46-millimetre case diameter, it is one of the seriously big players in its field. In watchmaking terms, it goes way beyond conventional limits: the automatic 51111-calibre movement with its spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system builds up a power reserve of 168 hours. The power reserve of the mainspring would last even longer, but the movement is stopped automatically after 7 days to ensure the requisite high level of precision.

The smaller edition for the son, with its 39-millimetre case and automatic 30110-calibre movement is, technically speaking, virtually identical to the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI. This functional timepiece has a 42-hour power reserve and, apart from the time, also shows the date. Water resistance to 6 bar and a glass secured against drops in air pressure make the Pilot’s Watch for sons a reliable everyday companion.

Even if the technical specifications of the two models differ, the visible similarities are unmistakable. Both watches have a stainless steel case, an eye-catching crown and a black, riveted alligator leather strap. The shape of the hands, outlined in black, is reminiscent of propeller blades. The inner surface is coated with green luminescent material to guarantee optimum legibility against the rhodium-plated dial. The Big Pilot’s Watch is fitted with a folding clasp while the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI comes with a pin buckle as standard or, at additional cost, with a folding clasp.

It is a hallowed tradition to present the people who mean the most to us with valuable timepieces. Whether as a sign of affection, out of recognition for special service or in memory of a joyful occasion, watches are simply one of the most personal gifts of them all. In this respect, the Pilot’s Watches for Father and Son send out a clear signal.

Inscribed with a dedication, both the Big Pilot’s Watch and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI become valuable family heirlooms that can be passed on from one generation to the next. The inner circle on the case back of both watches is reserved for the engraving of a name, as a stylish dedication and to prevent mix-ups: a practical feature, because this Pilot’s Watch set can be extended to include several watches for fathers with two or more sons.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch for Father and Son (Ref. IW500906)
Special Features: Mechanical movement, Pellaton automatic winding, date display, power reserve display, central hacking seconds, Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance, Breguet spring, screw-in crown, glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure.

Movement
Calibre 51111
Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Jewels: 42
Power reserve: 168 h
Winding: automatic

Watch
Materials: stainless-steel case, rhodium-plated dial, black alligator leather strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case: height 16 mm

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI for Father and Son (Ref. IW325519)Special Features: Mechanical movement, self-winding, date display, central hacking seconds, screw-in crown, glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure.

Movement
Calibre 30110
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Watch
Materials: stainless-steel case, rhodium-plated dial, black alligator leather strap, pin buckle in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 39 mm
Case height: 11 mm

Saturday, June 23, 2012

KAZIM KENZO - Kazimon Zeitmessinstrumente Eintausend Diver Limited Edition

This limited edition flag ship diving watch created by Kazim Kenzo has an amazing water resistance of 1000M/3300ft and also features shockproof and anti-magnetic properties. The EINTAUSEND is a precision timekeeping instrument designed to exceed the requirements of professional divers.

The design philosophy of the EINTAUSEND begins with the CAD designed heavy 44mm case cut from a single block of the high quality 316L stainless steel, with the outside surface smoothed to a satin bead blasted finish. An integrated automatic Helium Escape Valve (HEV) provides a safe means to vent case pressure, making the EINTAUSEND suitable for saturation diving. Extreme water protection is provided by double O-ring seals for the massive metal case-back and large, easy-to-grip 7mm screw-down crown.
The caseback is individually numbered and engraved with the Kazimon custom logo that also serves as the indentation for opening the watch-case. The unidirectional dive bezel is clearly marked to monitor dive times, with a large serrated edge for excellent grip, even when wearing thick gloves. A heavy duty bezel spring ensures positive clicks when setting the initial dive time. The bezel surrounds a 3mm thick scratch-proof domed sapphire crystal, which features an anti-reflective (AR) coating on the inner surface for clear viewing from all angles.

The EINTAUSEND is powered with a 25-jewel shockproof Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which features handwinding, hacking, quick set date, and hours, minutes, and seconds functions. The EINTAUSEND features a soft iron inner case, which protects the movement from magnetic fields on the order of 80,000 A/m.

The dial and hands of the EINTAUSEND are coated with C3 SuperLuminova for superb readability under reduced lighting conditions. The clean appearances of the hands are enhanced by the color matching of their base to the color of the matte dial. The EINTAUSEND comes with a stainless steel 22mm bracelet attached to the case with a solid screw-bar. The individual bracelet links are also connected via screw-bars for easy resizing. The bracelet clasp features both a dive extension and microadjust for optimum fitment.

The packaging includes a water resistant hard shell Pelican case with tailored foam cushioning, custom caseback removal tool, and warranty card of unconditional guarantee.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture

Swiss watch brand Alpina enhances its Aviation collection with the new Worldtimer model developed in close collaboration with Cessna Aircraft and PrivatAir. The Worldtimer model from Alpina features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities inscribed on it. A second rotating ring has 24-hour markers.
This is used to display time in different time zones. Local time is shown by a standard hour and minute hand. The Alpina Worldtimer has a mechanical automatic caliber AL-718 with 26 jewels and has a 48-hour power reserve.
The watch is water resistant to 10 ATM. The watch is finished off with a black leather crocodile strap. The front and the back of the watch are covered with sapphire crystal.
Developed in-house, the Worldtimer is based on the AL-710 caliber used in the Startimer Manufacture. The new Worldtimer caliber (AL-718) ensures easy adjustment of all functions, through a single crown.
The Alpina Startimer Worldtimer will be produced in a limited edition of 8’888 pieces and they will be presented in a dedicated, luxurious packaging, alongside a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery.


Technical details
Reference AL-718B4S6

Case
Brushed and polished stainless steel 2-piececase, diameter of 44 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back
Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Movement
AL-718 Manufacture caliber, automatic with date by hand adjustable by the crown, and worldtimer function, adjustable with the crown.
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
PVD Black coated Alpina rotor
26 jewels, 42-hour power reserve

Dial
Black dial with luminous indexes and numerals
White luminous hands
Date counter at 6 o’clock
24H disc, with day-night indication
City disc with 24 cities

Strap
Black crococalf strap with stainless steel folding buckle
Water-resistant inner lining

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Longines Ambassador of Elegance Ingeborga Dapkunaite at Royal Ascot

For the sixth consecutive year, Swiss luxury watch brand Longines was delighted to have been the Official Timekeeper for Royal Ascot. This year, Royal Ascot was an even more elegant affair with the attendance of Longines Ambassador of elegance actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite on Tuesday 19th June. Naturally elegant, the talented Russian actress has been devoting her charm and grace to Longines since 2005 and has starred in a number of Hollywood films including Seven Years in Tibet and Mission Impossible.

It was her first visit to the prestigious race course and to the UK with Longines so she took great pleasure in welcoming guests to an elegant reception in the Royal Enclosure. Guests enjoyed the racing, fashions of Ascot and betting on the favourites throughout the day. Ingeborga then entertained guests at a gala dinner held at the magnificent Avington Park, a Georgian manor overlooking sweeping lawns and a lake, the perfect English Countryside retreat.

Royal Ascot is the perfect venue for the Swiss watchmaker to present the new Longines collection named after the origins of the brand. This, the Longines Saint-Imier Collection was created to highlight the heritage of the company which was founded in the Swiss village of Saint-Imier in 1832 and stays true to Longines historical values of tradition, elegance and sport’s timekeeping.

With Longines being the only watchmaking company that was set up and still remains in Saint-Imier, The Longines Saint-Imier Collection is formed by a series of exceptional timepieces fitted with mechanical movements, in an homage to the brand’s historical home. The shape of the case – inspired by a model dating from 1945 – is a common theme throughout the collection and the distinctive lugs provide these new models with a subtle balance between classical and contemporary design.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A. Lange & Söhne - DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN

German traditional watch brand A. Lange & Söhne enhances its DATOGRAPH line with a new model: The DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN. The brand associates the presentation of this model with references to the Loschwitz Bridge, an engineering marvel that also known as Blue Wonder.

The Loschwitz Bridge over the River Elbe in Dresden, commonly referred to as the “Blue Wonder”, is a masterpiece of engineering from Saxony, one of the 16 German states. The bridge has formed a link between the Dresden districts of Loschwitz und Blasewitz since 1893. The clear span of 280 metres caused a world sensation when it was built. Around 100 years later, Dresden was once again the showplace for a world premiere of Saxon engineering art. With the DATOGRAPH, the watchmaking brand A. Lange & Söhne presented a chronograph of hitherto unknown precision and aesthetic appeal. The successor to this model is now coming onto the market: the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN.
For A. Lange & Söhne, this represents a welcome opportunity to show off this masterpiece with the other one, the “Blue Wonder”. While watch collectors refer to the DATOGRAPH as one of the finest movements in the world, the “Blue Wonder” counts as the best-known and most beautiful bridge in Saxony. The bridge was given this unofficial name by the people of Dresden shortly after its construction – on the one hand because of its extraordinary design, which made piers in the Elbe dispensable, and on the other hand because of its light blue colour. The iron bridge is held together by over 100,000 rivets, the precise number still being a matter of speculation.

In contrast, the number of individual parts in the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN is known exactly: through the sapphire crystal case back, 451 components can be viewed, splendidly engraved, grinded and polished by hand. The appeal of the DATOGRAPH UP/DOWN lies in the new power reserve indication at 6 o’clock, which shows how much of the power reserve, now extended to 60 hours, is still available. Instant consecutive time measurements can be performed easily with its ingenious flyback mechanism. The equilateral triangle formed by the big date, minutes hand and small seconds emphasises the aesthetic appeal of the chronograph and guarantees perfect legibility.
Aesthetic precision is also the key word for the “Blue Wonder”. Even after 120 years, this structure straddles the Elbe as a historic emblem of Saxon engineering, and is a major tourist attraction and photographic subject for travellers from all over the world.

Breitling Superocean 42 White Water Boutique Edition for Women

Swiss watch brand Breitling introduces a new boutique version of its Superocean 42 entirely clad in white from strap through bezel to dial. Ultrasturdy, ultra-sporty and water-resistant to the fabulous depth of 1,500 meters (5,000 ft), this diver’s watch with a steely character has already established itself as a champion of reliability on the wrists of those with a taste for powerful sensations. In its new White Water version, it will appeal to women who enjoy mixing style and performance, boldness and excellence.

Available exclusively from Breitling boutiques, this special series with its fresh and original look is equipped with a selfwinding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The white rubber-molded unidirectional rotating bezel and the distinctive dial are adorned with dynamically styled numerals. The thick sapphire crystal is glareproofed on both sides. The powerful lateral reinforcements protect the screw-locked crown, while a safety valve serves to balance out differences in pressure inside and outside the case.

Technical details
Movement: Breitling Caliber 17, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels. Calendar.

Case: steel. Water-resistant to 1,500 m (5,000 ft/150 bars). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 42 mm.

Dial: white.

Strap: white rubber Diver Pro (with raised central ridge).

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch 18K Magic Gold & Carbon fiber Greater China Limited Edition

Hublot, the Official Timekeeper of Ferrari and the Ferrari Challenge, made a perfect pose on the stage of 2012 Ferrari Racing Days and Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific Shanghai Stop. As the tribute to the collaboration between the two top luxury brands and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first Ferrari coming to mainland China, Hublot unveiled Big Bang Ferrari watch China – a limited edition of only 50 timepieces - made of Magic Gold and Carbon fiber, an enthusiastic combination of time and speed. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Edwin Fenech, President & CEO of Ferrari Greater China, shared this exceptional craftwork together with Ferrari owners and fans from all over the country. It was a bravo for the 360° partnership between Hublot and Ferrari.

As one of the most important events of Ferrari in the world, the Ferrari Racing Days and Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific is the annual carnival of Ferrari owners and fans in this region. As "Official watch" & “Official timekeeper” of Ferrari, all Hublot watches developed with Ferrari shared the same common DNA: sports, performance and technology. The revolutionary concept from Hublot and the innovative spirit from Ferrari illuminate each timepiece. The enormous respect for quality, the pursuit for the perfection of technique and the passion for performance, together make the perfect fusion between Hublot and Ferrari.

The Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold Watch China Limited Edition sports a large case (45.5 mm in diameter) with a cylindrical bezel made of Carbon Fiber that dramatically showcases the movement visible through the sapphire dial. An indexed crown (with Hublot’s ‘H’ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car whilst carbon inserts give the case distinctive look. The minute counter, whose hands and indices recall a Ferrari dashboard, is positioned at 3 o’clock and complemented by date window in ‘Modena’ yellow. The legendary prancing horse is featured discreetly in relief at 9 o'clock.

The UNICO chronograph movement can be compared to the best possible engine to power a racing car, and that it was selected, then designed and developed by Hublot to power the Big Bang Ferrari. With no fewer than 330 components, oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations perhour, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling on the dial side appear in a new constellation reminiscent of Ferrari alloy wheel rims. The timepiece has a 72-hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 100 metres.

Finally, the Big Bang Ferrari incorporates Magic Gold, the product of extensive R&D unveiled barely three months ago. Magic Gold is scratch-resistant 18-carat gold.

The innovation and sophistication that went into the Big Bang Ferrari make it a new sign of recognition, different to the core from any watch presented before. This concept has even been extended to the presentation case for each watch – a true showcase inspired by an engine valve support, made from aluminium, with a built-in rotary system.

The watch comes with two interchangeable straps with an innovative quick-change system inspired by the safety seatbelt mechanism. The tone on tone stitching is a nod to the signature upholstery craftsmanship typical of Ferrari.

The absence of superfluous accessories brings out the fusional and rational aspects of the Big Bang Ferrari Watch China Limited Edition’s unique design, a pure expression of the values - exclusivity, technology, passion and style - that characterize the sports spirit of Ferrari and the inimitable Hublot style. This collection is reserved to collectors and connoisseurs from Greater China.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Swiss watch brand Oris renews its partnership with World Record Apnoe Diver Carlos Coste

Since 2006 the Swiss watch manufacturer Oris and the record breaking free diver, Carlos Coste, share a deep passion for the world of diving. From the moment this partnership was established, Oris and Carlos have launched some of the World’s most technologically advanced diving watches and are now looking forward to pushing the boundaries even further, developing innovative timepieces which inspire both watch lovers and diving enthusiasts alike.

Born in Caracas Venezuela in 1976, Carlos Coste became the first person to break the 100 meter barrier in the free immersion discipline in 2003. Coste held 11 freediving world records. In 2005, he won the first world championship in constant weight with 105 meters. In 2006 Carlos set the world record for free diving in the variable weight modality with a mammoth depth of 140 meters in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

Carlos was injured in late 2006 whilst pursuing a world record in the no limits category. He resumed full training a year later and in 2010, Carlos established a new Guinness World Record for free diving, by completing a 150 meter underwater swim using no apparatus through Dos Ojos, a colossal cenote (cave network) that twists for 31 miles under Yucatan, Mexico.

To honour Coste’s incredible feat in 2010, Oris launched the Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series – the ultimate performance accessory, which followed the introduction of the Carlos Coste Chronograph Limited Edition in 2007 and the Carlos Coste Limited Edition in 2006. Oris also works closely with Carlos in testing and approving the entire range of diving watches.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Girard-Perregaux Opera Three

Girard-Perregaux Opera Three is an extremely refined musical watch capable to remind the passing time with a melody. Its mechanism works on the principle of a music box. Its heart is a miniature carillon with a keyboard of 20 blades and one drum set with 150 hand-assembled pins. When it turns, the drum lifts the keyboard keys, to play a complete melody.

As a delicate detail, Opera Three has a small lever on the side of the case for choosing between two melodies: Mozart's A Little Night Music or Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Or, according to the client's preference, a more personal piece of music… Another lever with three positions can disconnect the sound, make the melody play upon demand or activate it for each hour.

The dial is characterized with a small second at 6 o’clock and two indicators: the power reserve of the carillon and the selected melody.

Girard-Perregaux is the only brand proposing mechanisms of this sort in the dimensions of a wristwatch. Opera Three is one expression of the Brand’s savoir-faire in terms of musical watches. At the start of the 19th Century, the prestigious Genevan watchmaker Jean-François Bautte, with whom the origins of Girard-Perregaux are associated, was making “de luxe” pocket watches with repeater chimes. This expertise has passed down the centuries, and has been enhanced with new levels of performance, to give rise to modern interpretations like Opera Three.

Only the most talented watchmakers master the development of the miniature mechanism. They devote months to crafting these unique pieces, from the machining of the components to the final control, via bevelling of the parts, polishing, movement decoration, assembly, mounting the dial and hands and then fitting the case.

Technical details

CASE
Material: Pink gold, white gold or yellow gold or platinum,
Diameter: 43.00 mm
Height: 14.05 mm
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire crystal, secured by 7 screws

MOVEMENT
Movement: GP00950, manual
Diameter: 31.60 mm
Height: 7.60 mm
Frequency: 28,800 Vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Jewels: 45
Power reserve: min. 50 hours

Functions
Hour, minute, two power reserve barrels: one for music, the other for the movement, music upon demand or hourly “au passage” melody activated, small second, melody selector
Musical roll, 150 hand fitted pins and keyboard of 20 strips. Option of personalised music.

STRAP
Material: Alligator
Strap size: 21.00/19.00 mm
Buckle: Folding

Girard-Perregaux Opera Two

Girard-Perregaux Opera two is an exceptional watch that combines three of the most distinguished and complex complications: the minute repeater, perpetual calendar and Tourbillon. As an additional sophistication, the minute repeater function chimes with a “Westminster” carillon consisting of the use of four different gongs.

The cut out dial displays three of the four chime hammers, with the fourth only visible when the chime is active. The extraordinary complexity of the refined Tourbillon movement can be admired through the case’s transparent back. The manual winding mechanism has a power reserve exceeding 75 hours.

Technical details
Movement
GPME0980, manual
Diameter: 28,00 mm
Height: 8,92 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Jewels: 37
Power reserve: min. 75 h
Functions: Tourbillon, hour, minute, repeater on four gongs (hours, quarters and minutes - Westminster chime), perpetual calendar, small second on the Tourbillon

Case
Material: Pink gold, white gold or platinum
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire
Case-back: Sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Diameter: 42,00 mm
Height: 14,54 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Strap size: 20,00 / 16,00 mm
Buckle: Folding

Friday, June 15, 2012

Girard-Perregaux Opera One

The Girard-Perregaux Opera One is an Haute Horlogerie watch that combines two of the most distinguished and complex complications: the minute repeater and the Tourbillon. As an additional sophistication, the minute repeater function chimes with a “Westminster” carillon based on the use of four different gongs.

The absence of dial allows a view of three of the four chime hammers in action.This complication model is equipped with GPME9899 manual winding movement that has a power reserve of 75 hours. Models are available in Pink gold, white gold or platinum.



Technical details
Movement
GPME9899, manual winding
Diameter: 27,60 mm
Height: 7,69 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Jewels: 37
Power reserve: min. 75 h
Functions: Tourbillon, hour, minute, repeater on four gongs (hours, quarters and minutes - Westminster chime), small second on the Tourbillon

Case
Material: Pink gold, white gold or platinum
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire
Case-back: Sapphire crystal, secured by 6 screws
Diameter: 40,00 mm
Height: 13,00 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Strap size: 20,00 / 16,00 mm
Buckle: Folding

Leinfelder Chronograph

The Leinfelder Chronograph combines a love for technology with a unique design. This sporty chronograph for men is made by hand, from the first sketch to the finished model. The mechanical Swiss chronograph caliber ETA 2894-2 is encased by an elegant watch case made of 750 solid gold in white, yellow, or rose. It measures 40 millimeters in diameter and eleven millimeters in height, and has a supple, smooth feel around the wrist.

This timepiece is available in two dials, white with Roman numerals in black or black with Roman numerals in white. Each chronograph is individually marked and numbered and the collection is limited to 63 timepieces to commemorate the year of the foundation of Leinfelder (1963).

Technical details
  • Caliber: Mechanical chronograph engine with automatic caliber ETA 2894-2, ball-bearing rotor, second stop function, caliber finished with Côtes de Genève pattern and Leinfelder engraving on the rotor, stippled plate, gold or rhodium-plated, 37 jewels, 42 hours power reserve.
  • Functions: Chronograph, central second stop hands, tachymeter scale, hour, minute, decentral seconds indication, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizer, index points, date with quick adjustment at 6.00h.
  • Watch-Case: 750 solid gold in yellow, rose, or white, 40 millimeters in diameter, 11 millimeters in height, sapphire glass, screwed-in back with sapphire glass, onion crown, water-resistant.
  • Dial: White with Roman numerals in black or black with Roman numerals in white and hands in black or rhodium-plated, index points.
  • Strap: Brown or black crocodile leather strap, folding clasp or pin clasp in 750 solid gold in yellow, white, or rose.
  • Variations: Yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold with handmade gold band, black dial.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Olympic Collection

To commemorate its role as Official Timekeeper of The Olympic Games, OMEGA has introduced special editions of its Seamaster Aqua Terra collection with distinctive blue dials. The Aqua Terra wristwatches, with the unmistakable vertical lines on their dials, are among the brand’s most popular products and the watches in the Olympic Collection will be cherished keepsakes from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012”
The robust 44 mm Aqua Terra Co- Axial Chronograph “London 2012” is available in two versions. One features a bicolour polished and brushed case crafted from 18 Ct red gold and stainless steel and presented on an integrated dark blue leather strap. The other is a stainless steel edition with a matching bracelet.

The distinctive blue PVD-coated dial features the characteristic vertically striped teak-pattern dial which has contributed to the enormous popularity of OMEGA’s Aqua Terra family. The dial is highlighted by a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock and a date window at the 4:30 position. The chronograph 30-minute recorder is at 3 o’clock and the 12 hour recorder is at 6 o’clock.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph has polished and brushed facetted 18 Ct gold central hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands treated with white Super-LumiNova to make them readable in all lighting conditions.

The caseback celebrates the London 2012 Olympic Games dramatically: it is stamped with the “London 2012” Olympic emblem. The OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph is water resistant to a depth of 15 bar / 150 metres / 500 feet.

The OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012”
OMEGA’s Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatches, with their distinctive vertical-lined dial design, have been among the brand’s most popular since their release in 2008. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012” combines the collection’s fashionable styling with the exclusive OMEGA Co- Axial calibre 8520, one of the finest mechanical watch movements in the world.

Two 34 mm models have been created – a bicolour edition in 18 Ct yellow gold and stainless steel with a dark blue leather strap and version in stainless steel with a stainless steel bracelet. The caseback, stamped with the London 2012 Olympic Games medallion, helps celebrate the world’s highest-profile sporting event.

The PVD-coated blue dial is decorated with vertical lines that characterize the watches in the Aqua Terra collection. There are applied indexes in 18 Ct gold which have been treated with white Super-LumiNova. The facetted 18 Ct gold hands are coated with the same luminous material making it easy to read the time in all lighting conditions. There is also an applied 18 Ct gold date window at 3 o’clock.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012” watches are powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8520. It is one of the movements that has signalled a revolution in mechanical watchmaking. It delivers stability and timekeeping performance unmatched by any other series-produced mechanical watch movement. It is equipped with an anti-magnetic, shock resistant silicon balance spring and OMEGA offers a four-year warranty with the watches.

The OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Co- Axial “London 2012” is water resistant to a depth of 15 bar / 150 metres / 500 feet.

OMEGA Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial "London 2012" Limited Edition

The very first OMEGA Seamaster was launched in 1948, the last time London hosted the Olympic Games. To commemorate the 2012 Games, OMEGA is launching the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial "London 2012" Limited Edition. It is being introduced a year to the day before the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London.

OMEGA will be serving as Official Timekeeper for the 25th time at the London 2012 Olympic Games; fittingly, the brand was also responsible for the timekeeping at the 1948 Games.

The Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial "London 2012" Limited Edition is a redesign of OMEGA's first automatic Seamaster and stands as a timeless classic – as stylish now as it was more than sixty years ago. It features a 39 mm polished and brushed stainless steel case with a polished bezel and lugs. Its crown is embossed with a vintage Ω logo. An 18 Ct yellow gold medallion embossed with the London 2012 Olympic Games logo is fixed in the caseback. The watch is water resistant to 12 bar / 20 metres / 400 feet.
The Seamaster 1948 has an opaline silver dial with a small seconds subdial at 6 o'clock. It has an applied 18 Ct white gold vintage OMEGA logo and name as well as 18 Ct white gold Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock and hour markers at the other positions. The watch features diamond-polished hour and minute hands and a blue steel small seconds hand.

While the watch's stunning exterior recalls its legendary ancestor, a different story is told inside the case: the Seamaster 1948 is powered by the exclusive OMEGA caliber 2202, an officially-certified chronometer equipped with a Co-Axial escapement on three-levels and free sprung-balance.

The special limited-edition Seamaster is presented on a black leather strap with a vintage polished stainless steel buckle.

The Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial "London 2012" is being produced in a limited edition of 1,948 pieces. It is delivered in a special London 2012 presentation box. With its strong connections to the 1948 and 2012 London Olympic Games and its powerful link to OMEGA's history, the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial "London 2012" Limited Edition will rightfully earn its place of privilege as the ultimate OMEGA Olympic Games collectable.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

RAYMOND WEIL Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class

Swiss watch brand RAYMOND WEIL introduces a new variation of its best-selling chronograph, the freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class. Classical and elegant, its 42mm steel case, mounted on brown leather, stands out through the rose gold notes punctuating its dial. This combination of materials and pure lines assures this new model a natural distinction.

Its 42mm diameter, polished steel case, classically mounted on brown leather, houses a galvanic, silver, sun-brushed dial, with very elegant rose gold punctuations. In fact, the precious metal illuminates the indexes, the hands, the rims of the small counters at 12 o’clock (30 minutes counter) and 6 o’clock (12 hours counter) and the screwed applique surrounding the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. At the heart of this array of materials and metals, the timekeeper’s mechanical movement – equipped with a power reserve of 46 hours – beats to the rhythm of time and its intervals.

Technical details
Model: Freelancer Steel & Rose Gold Class
Ref: 7730-STC-65025

Movement
Chronograph – RW5000
Winding Automatic
Power-Reserve 46 hours
Jewels 25 rubies

Functions
Watch Central hours and minutes, small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
3-day date and day windows at 3 o’clock
Day and date adjustment using push-piece at 3 o’clock
Chronograph Start, stop and restart using push-piece at 2 o’clock
Return to zero using push-piece at 4 o’clock
Central chronograph hand
30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock
12 hours counter at 6 o’clock
Tachometer ring

Case
Round – Polished and satin finished steel
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 13.7mm
Bezel: Polished steel
Crown: Polished steel – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Case back: Screwed, with sapphire crystal

Dial
Sun-brushed silver galvanic dial
Small counters surrounded by a rose gold plated applique with a screw at 9 o’clock and a rose gold border at 6 and 12 o’clock
Indexes: Rose gold plated index appliques, capped with luminescent material

Hands
Hours / minutes Rose gold plated, bombé, enhanced with luminescent material, barrel-shaped
Sweep seconds hand Rose gold plated, baton
Small second at 9 Rose gold plated, barrel-shaped
Counters Rose gold plated, barrel-shaped

Bracelet
Dark brown, full skin calf leather strap with saddle-stitching, equipped with a RW folding clasp, opening with a double push-piece security

DIETRICH Watches - Brand Info

DIETRICH is a Swiss watch brand founded by Emmanuel Dietrich in 2011. Born in the watch-making town of Besançon, Emmanuel Dietrich graduated from the École Boulle in Paris and decided to launch his eponymous brand in 2011. Prior to that, Dietrich worked as a freelance designer for more than twenty years – in particular, for prestigious design brands and luxury houses. He has begun to build his personal creative universe with a collection of men’s watches and women’s fine jewelry. In 2011, the brand introduced the SNOW & NIGHT models from DIETRICH watch collection

Address
Dietrich Factory GmbH.
Aegeristrasse 66
6300 Zug
Switzerland
Phone : + 41 41 711 04 20
Fax : +41 41 711 04 19

Website: www.emmanueldietrich.com

SEIKO - Grand Seiko GMT Limited Edition

Ten years ago, the first Grand Seiko GMT watch was created and almost immediately it became the brand’s signature timepiece. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, two new Limited Edition GMT models have been created with a distinctive blue dial, a titanium oscillating weight and a gold colored GMT hand. The titanium oscillating weight delivers a notable advance in performance. It has high elasticity and therefore resists distortion if the watch is dropped or damaged. It absorbs vibration ten times better than the widely used material of brass, thus reducing any risk of damage to the movement or bearings and its high resistance to corrosion ensures its durability and beauty. The oscillating weights and the dials are in Grand Seiko’s traditional blue, a color never before used for a Grand Seiko GMT model.

Technical details
Caliber 9S66
28,800vph, GMT hand, 72 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability

Model: SBGM029
Case: Stainless steel, See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal, 39.2 mm in diameter
Band: Solid stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Limited edition of 700 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 6,600

Model: SBGM031
Case: Stainless steel, See-through case back with sapphire crystal, 39.5 mm in diameter
Band: Crocodile with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 6,300

SEIKO - Grand Seiko Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000

SEIKO - Grand Seiko Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000 is the latest and most accurate edition to legendary Grand Seiko line. For more than 50 years, the Grand Seiko’s watchmakers have selected the very finest materials, designed and manufactured cutting edge movements and used traditional craftsmanship to create by hand, watches that are, in their simple sophistication, perfect expressions of all that is essential in a wrist watch. An ultimate expression of the Grand Seiko ideal, this model now sets a new standard in the fine mechanical watch making.

The first Grand Seiko standard was set in 1966, since which time it has been raised as new materials, technologies and mainstream techniques have made possible new advances. Today, the Special Edition Hi-beat 36,000 goes beyond the standard with levels of accuracy that are among the highest in the world.

In recognition of its importance in the pantheon of Grand Seiko creations, this specially adjusted caliber is offered exclusively in 18k gold, with the lion emblem, also in gold, on the oscillating weight. Seiko’s latest hi-beat movement was introduced in 2009 and was made possible by advances in every aspect of the caliber. A new Spron material is used for the mainspring to deliver more torque and a new pallet and wheel increase the efficiency of the escapement.

Together, these advances deliver more stable accuracy and a remarkable, industry-leading 55 hour power reserve. The new Special Edition builds on these advances to deliver enhanced precision as well as outstanding power reserve. On all the precision criteria, this specially tuned new piece exceeds the Grand Seiko standard. The enhanced performance of the new Special Edition is entirely the result of the skills of the Master Watchmakers at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio where the watch is created. The adjustment is entrusted to only the very best of the Studio’s most experienced watchmakers who test and select the balance springs individually.

Technical details
Caliber 9S85: 36,000vph, 55 hour power reserve, self-winding with manual winding capability

Grand Seiko Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000 – Ref SBGH022
Case: 18K rose gold, See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal, 38.0 mm in diameter
Band: Crocodile with 18K rose gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 23,300

Grand Seiko Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000 – Ref SBGH019
Case: 18K white gold, See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal, 38.0 mm in diameter
Band: Crocodile with 18K white gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 24,700

Grand Seiko Special Edition Hi-Beat 36,000 - SBGH020
Case: 18K yellow gold, See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal, 38.0 mm in diameter
Band: Crocodile with 18K yellow gold buckle
Glass: High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 10,000 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 23,300

Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur - Introduction

Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur is a traditional mechanical watch making atelier located in Munich, Germany. At Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur, everything revolves around time and around traditional craftsmanship, and this has for many years produced exclusive timepieces wrought from precious materials. With their clear form and an all-pervading perfectionism in even the smallest detail, they are the product of a unique passion. Leinfelder watches have a characteristic design - each model bears stylistic elements borrowed from architecture.

The upwardly curved watch cases make these timepieces distinctive, as do their timeless elegance and the sensation of a pleasant, palpable energy on the wrist. Watches made to client's specifications are, quite literally, unique. An old caliber may be brought back to life by Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur, or watch cases and dials designed according to personal taste. Such unique, one of- a-kind timepieces are created with just one wearer in mind.

The atelier of Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur exudes Mediterranean flair and refined elegance. Here, directly at the old city walls in Munich, traditional craftsmanship is alive – diligently and with utmost precision, the team is turning the finest materials into elegant timepieces. The true fascination of a Leinfelder watch unveils itself upon a touch. The finished timepieces wrap comfortably around the wrist – they are distinctive and made for a small circle of individualists.

As early as 1963, the foundation for the watchmaking atelier was laid. Erwin Leinfelder opened the first gallery for jewelry in Munich's Prannerstraße. Since 1997, Stephanie Wolf (née Leinfelder), Titus Wolf and Martin Mandl continue in the tradition for passion and devotion to exceptional creations. Together with Professor Dr. Ulrich L. Rohde, main owner of the watch manufacturer (Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG), the idea of an independent watch brand was turned into reality. The passion for special timepieces runs in the family; his father and co-founder of Rohde & Schwarz, presented the first portable quartz watch to the public back in 1938. In 2010, Leinfelder Uhrenmanufaktur was founded.



The atelier produces bespoke watches for connoisseurs under the Leinfelder Unique label. The brand also produces timepieces in limited edition series. The first model: Leinfelder No. I was introduced in 1998. Today, the collection comprises six models for men and women in various designs. What all watches have in common is their clear design. Stylistic elements borrowed from architecture, like capitals and scrolls, are captured in the finest detail. The feel of the watch is also important in all timepieces.

Planning, designing, creating, assembling – it all happens in the traditional atelier located in the heart of Munich. Therefore, all gold watches display a special characteristic on their back: Next to the Leinfelder logo a Münchner Kindl is engraved, Munich's unofficial heraldic figure.

DIETRICH NIGHT

Swiss watch brand DIETRICH presents a contemporary small seconds timepiece named NIGHT. Elegant and discrete, the hours and minutes hands are in a varnished tone-on-tone color displayed on a matt dial background. The small seconds dial comes in steel or tone-on-tone color.
The stainless steel case features a transparent case back that reveals a 16½ lines manually wound engraved UNITAS caliber.
The DIETRICH NIGHT comes in five different variations with black or night blue dials, solid gold hour markers and matching alligator leather straps. The watch comes with a black travel pouch.
Model variations
  • Stainless steel case with night blue matt dial, varnished night blue hours and minutes hands and steel small seconds hand and dial.
  • Stainless steel case with night blue matt dial, varnished night blue hours and minutes hands and night blue small seconds hand and dial.
  • Stainless steel case with black matt dial, varnished black hours and minutes hands and steel small seconds hand and dial.
  • Stainless steel case with black matt dial, varnished black hours and minutes hands and black small seconds hand and dial.
  • Black PVD stainless steel case with black matt dial, varnished black hours and minutes hands and black small seconds hand and dial.
Technical details
1.65 x 0.43 inches
Engraved black rhodium treated ETA 6498-1 caliber
Anti-reflection double double-sided sapphire crystal
Transparent case back
Stainless steel clasp
Swiss Made
Suggested retail price before tax: USD 3'090
Suggested retail price with tax: EUR 2'800

SQUALE – Introduction: Swiss Made Professional Diving Watches

Established in 1950 by C. Von Buren, is an Italian horology brand specialized in Swiss made professional diving watches. His vision was to make the perfect, safe and reliable diving watch for the explorers of the deepest oceans. His passion and constant drive for perfection resulted in the creation and production of diving watches that could withstand extreme atmospheric pressure an still provide outstanding reliability.

Back in 1946 “von Büren S.A / Montres" started to produce watches and watchcases as they saw the need for reliable, safe and elegant dive-watches. Founder Charles von Büren was a passionate diver and tried and tested his watches by himself, with his findings in real-life situations he redesigned and developed them to perfection.

Various large and smaller watch-brands started to use Squale as a specialist supplier when diving became a popular sport in the 1960 and they needed dive watches in their assortment fast. At that point in time Squale was a dive-watch that was mainly sold in specialist dive shop rather the jewelry shops and had year’s long experience and knowledge in designing dive watches. The famous and unique “von Büren” cases quickly became the blueprint for the perfect diving watch. Form follows function, minimalistic design, high quality, elegant and reliable.

In 1950 “von Büren S.A./ Montres " started to produce their own range of professional dive watches under the Squale brand-name marking the beginning of the brands institutional history. Squale became the dive watch of choice for world-champions free-diving and spearfishing like Jaques Mayol, Maria Treleani, Jean Tapu, Tony Salvatori and the Cuban national team of 1967. Diving was considered an extreme sport back then and the dive-watch was a necessary part of the safety equipment.

A helium release valve is a potential risk-factor and a part that can easily fail. Squale as a specialist dive-watch manufacturer saw this safety problem and invented a way to overcome this and therefore increase safety and reliability. End 1960`s Squale introduced the first Squale 1000 meter divers-watch with the unique glass on flexible double mountings that didn’t use or needed a Helium release valve anymore, which was a unique safety feature and a novelty of great importance. A dive watch should be safe and reliable in any condition. Even today this is the brand philosophy of Squale watches.

Squale supplied the elite corps of a large number of armed forces, amongst these where the "Folgore Brigade" part of the Italian Airforces , the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps and the French Special naval commandos better know as “bérets verts” All this has made Squale synonymous as a specialist and the benchmark brand for professional dive-watches internationally, a status it still enjoys after decades.

The name Squale is a translation of the word “shark” from the French dialect spoken in the Neuchâtel region where von Büren S.A. Montres originates. The Squale brand logo consists of a Shark and the family weapon of the von Büren family.

Squale is now family owned in the third generation by the Italian Maggi Family who where the former distributors of von Büren / Squale watches in Italy and are still close family friends of the von Büren Family . After the retirement of founder Charles von Büren the Maggi family acquired the Squale brand and continued to produce Squale watches in the spirit and vision of the founder Charles von Büren up to this day. The firm is currently lead by Andrea Maggi.

Squale watches nowadays has their head-office in the centre of the beautiful city of Milan and a production facility in the Jura region in Switzerland Squale watches are Swiss made and assembled by master-watchmakers in Switzerland and that take great pride in producing and protecting the Squale legacy of providing reliable , superbly designed and elegant professional dive watches.

Flagship Models
The Squale 2002 -101 atm model has a water resistant up to 1000 meters. This ultimate Swiss made diving watch features, a unique press to release unidirectional bezel, Screw in crown and screw in case back.
The model is made of 316 stainless steel case and equipped with the ETA 2824 Swiss automatic caliber. Dimension of the watch is 43×55 mm. Crystal is 3.5 mm thick non glare sapphire.

The Swiss made Squale professional 1521 is a classic 500 meter professional diving watch with the famous and characteristic Von Buren Design. This model is available in a wide range of colors. The Squale professional 1521 comes in a 316 steel case measuring 42mm diameter and is equipped with ETA 2824 Swiss automatic caliber.
Other features include Screw in crown, Screw in case back and sapphire crystal. Options for rubber strap or steel bracelet and domed sapphire crystal option is available.

Squale Tiger series watches: The Squale tiger features the unique press to release button for safe bezel operation under extreme conditions. Water resistance is up to 300 meters.
The Squale tiger comes in a 44mm, 316 stainless steel case and is equipped with ETA 2892 Swiss automatic caliber. Other features include Screw in crown, Screw in case back, Mineral crystal and Made in Switzerland.

Official website: http://www.squale.ch/

GRAHAM Silverstone Stowe GMT in Yellow & Green

The GRAHAM Silverstone Stowe GMT chronograph pays tribute to the golden age of car racing and its valorous spirit. The brand introduces the Silverstone Stowe GMT yellow and green model in a limited series of 500.

The Silverstone Stowe GMT is an impressive 48 mm steel chronograph which features carbon elements. The sporty black carbon dial is adorned with yellow numerals, chrono and minutes counter’s hands. The watch also shows a double-disc date and a GMT function displayed by the central GMT hand and the green scale on the aluminium and carbon fiber bezel.

The Silverstone Stowe GMT also offers a sophisticated flyback function. It enables the user to reset the chronograph to zero without stopping it. After releasing the flyback pusher, the second hand will restart immediately from zero. The flyback function allows the user to start re-timing quickly within one push of a button. It was originally used by pilots. The racing suit would not be complete without a special tyre tread strap. The yellow inset on the strap repeats the dial motto of the Silverstone Stowe.

Technical details
Ref. 2BLCH.B33A
Limited edition: 500

Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter). Flyback. GMT/second time zone. Big date with double disc at 6 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Calibre
Calibre G1721, automatic bi-compax chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber
28 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours

Case
48 mm steel case
Steel right hand control pushers with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
Screwed crown secured by an additional hexagonal bolt
Black carbon bezel. Green rim with GMT
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
See-through sapphire crystal case back with limited edition serial number
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m

Dial
Black carbon dial and seconds counter, black snailed minutes counter with green ring, black tachymeter scale on external ring
White Super-LumiNova hands, yellow Super-LumiNova numerals, black GMT hand with white Super-LumiNova peak and red contour

Strap
Integrated black tyre tread rubber with yellow inset
Available on steel bracelet

Price: 9'900 CHF

Hublot and Zegg & Cerlati unveils a special edition monochrome Big Bang for strong women

In Monaco, Hublot and Zegg & Cerlati are paying tribute to strong women by unveiling an elegant monochrome Big Bang, in rose gold or steel, specially developed to appeal to them.

In an initiative driven by Tina Zegg, a leading figure in luxury watchmaking based in Monaco, and in conjunction with Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and one of the most charismatic Presidents in the Swiss industry, sixty women - company heads and opinion leaders in their field - gathered at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco on 11th June 2012 to attend a conference on "The superiority of women".

The event provided the perfect opportunity to unveil the Big Bang Zegg & Cerlati, a watch designed for strong, dynamic women, based on idea which came from Carlo Cerlati and designed with his contribution in the image of his partner Tina Zegg. The original idea was to develop a watch with the elegant yet refined diameter of 41 mm, in Zegg & Cerlati's signature monochrome scheme - including the strap - to create an elegant and harmonious whole.

What sets this model apart is its mirror-polished galvanic brass dial, difficult to produce due to its extreme delicacy, with any dial which features the slightest micro-scratch or mark being immediately removed from delivery.

The model is available in two versions, an 18K rose gold version limited to just 50 numbered pieces, and a satin-finished polished steel version, of which 100 numbered pieces have been produced. These two special editions are exclusively available in Zegg & Cerlati boutiques, at Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Ischgl in Austria and Samnaun in Switzerland.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
References
341.PX.0880.VR.ZEC12 - limited edition of 50 numbered pieces
341.SX.0870.VR.ZEC12 - limited edition of 100 numbered pieces

Case
Big Bang – Diameter 41 mm – 18K rose gold or satin-finished polished steel
Bezel : 18K rose gold or vertical satin-finished steel, Six 18K rose gold or titanium H-shaped screws, countersunk, polished and locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lugs: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Crown: 18K rose gold or steel with black rubber inserts
Push-pieces: 18K rose gold or steel with black rubber inserts
Case-back: 18K rose gold or circular satin-finished steel, Crystal with Zegg & Cerlati logo in Rose gold or Silver
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx 100 metres

Dial
Mirror polished, rose gold or rhodium-plated
Mirror polished indexes, rose gold or rhodium-plated
Rose gold or Silver powder transfers
Hands: Polished, faceted and 5N rose gold or rhodium-plated

Movement
HUB4300 Mechanical chronograph with automatic winding
Oscillating weight: Openworked and rose gold or rhodium-plated
Components: 268
Jewels: 37
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap
adjustable Rose gold or silver colour leather with high shine finish, tone-on-tone stitching on black rubber
Clasp: 18K rose gold or polished steel deployant buckle