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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HEBDOMAS Watches – Brand Info

HEBDOMAS, one of the greatest and oldest Swiss watch brands, started its activities in 1888 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), the birth place of many famous Swiss brands. This small village near French border is known as the cradle of traditional watch making, thanks to the rich heritage and craftsmanship of the Swiss watch-makers. The work of these watch-makers has been re-discovered by a large public and connoisseurs, who appreciates the good craftsmanship and models that time has preserved.

Since 1888, all Hebdomas watches have been entirely manufactured by hand, piece by piece. Hebdomas high standard of quality is rooted in the experience of its highly skilled watch-makers, and also in the remembrance of olden customs linked to the cycle of seven, which is the key number that made the brand famous throughout the world. The name Hebdomas recalls the festivities of Ebdomee, held in Sparta, Croton and Mileto, which celebrated the birth of Apollo on the seventh day of the month. In ancient Lesbos, sung by poets, such festivities were dedicated to Dionisio, holding many superstitious rituals and beliefs which were linked to the seventh day of the month.

The HEBDOMAS 8 day watch was first made at the turn of the century and has continued steadily its production, with minor variation, ever since. The watch has a distinctive style with a small dial, visible balance wheel and a decorated balance cock. The outstanding feature is the unusual large mainspring barrel which occupies the rear of the movement.

The origin of the 8 day watch traces back to 1888 when a watchmaker from the Jura canton (Switzerland) applied for a patent for an 8-days watch with a visible escapement. The patent was granted on 10 January 1889 but this in turn was purchased by a watchmaker from La Ferrière, Arthur Graizely, who developed the watch into a commercial success. Later, in partnership with Otto Schildfrom Grenchen, they set up business in La-Chaux-de-Fonds at the beginning of the century under the name of Graizely & Co.

In 1906, the partnership was dissolved and a new company was formed under the name of SCHILD & Co., and established in a new factory in Rue du Parc, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, which is the present address of the company. Examples of the HEBDOMAS watch may often be seen in museums and private collections. Hebdomas watches obtained many rewards and medals f.i. Geneva 1896, Paris 1900, Chicago 1902, Milan 1906, Bruxelles 1910, Berne 1914.

The success of the Hebdomas watches in the 1900 was unbelievable and during this period the company had 1000 workers and used to produce 1000 watches a day.

Several historic and unique timepieces created by Hebdomas are still to be found in private collections all over the world. Particular care has always been taken in the manufacturing of Hebdomas, each element is meticulously selected and tested, even down to the beautiful enamel dials that ornate each piece. The Hebdomas 8 day time-pieces by are still capable of bringing back certain nostalgia of olden times, and even though, through modern technologies improvements have been made, nothing has changed from the original concept and design.

The Current Hebdomas watch collection consists of 8 day series (Pocket & wrist watches), Baladin line (created in association with Vincent Calabrese),Jumping hours series, skeleton models, military watches, chronographs and split seconds models and finally the wrist watches for women.

Address
Hebdomas SA
Rue du Park 137
La-Chaux-De-Fonds
Switzerland

Website: http://www.hebdomas.net

HEBDOMAS Watch Collections

HEBDOMAS - BALADIN

In 1988, Hebdomas started a new adventure after 100 year - new complication, skeleton jumping hour and turning jumping hour (Baladin in joint venture with Vincent Calabrese) skeleton developed by Tony Perez, Domique Renaud Giulio Papi. Mr. Vincent Calabrese is a master watch-maker of international reputation, who received a gold medal in 1977 at the inventor’s exhibition in Geneva. In April 1990, when his latest invention "BALADIN" was presented at the same exhibition, a jury awarded him a prize for its originality and unprecedented conception.

Baladin developed by Vincent Calabrese the name means bailand singer the man tell a story turn all the place he know when end start a new story the dial turn in the case the number in the window is the hour the position of the window tell you the minutes at midday change the number inside. Sober in its essential form, the technical and creative aspects are not missing in the "BALADIN" watch. It’s the continuity of the Swiss watch-makers art, and also a contribution to the horological, and mechanical complication concepts. The simplicity of the dial, practically without hands, makes everything that easier to tell.

The small opening, or window, on the dial through which a number or letter appears, indicates the exact time. Opposite the opening, a small arrow which turns at 360° indicates the minutes, whilst the single hand indicates the seconds. The perfect study of the dial synchronizes also the rotation of numbers and letters in the opening on the dial.

In every three hours a number is succeeded by a letter which reads as follows:
T = 3H S = 6H N = 9H M = 12pm or noon

Such alternation constitutes an original synchronization between past and present and brings back memories of the sacred numbers which in olden times were not considered in an abstract concept but instead were closely linked to objects that offered other calculations. These numbers were always surrounded by rather magical and mysterious values. For instance the number three with its multiple and esoteric values are covered by the appearance of a letter in its place. The three alchemistic and dividing factors of the world: the sky, earth, and water, plus the Babylon tirade ANU, BEL, EA of the eastern Semitics are all represented in the Baladin dial.

Models
1. HEBDOMAS BALADIN Ref. 3301
Case: solid silver
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Movement: ETA 2824 self winding modified
Dial: white
Dimensions: 38,8 mm H.: 11,5 mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box-
Price: Euro 9,587.00 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS BALADIN Ref. 3302
Case: solid silver 20m. Gold plated
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Movement: ETA 2824 self winding modified
Dial: white
Dimensions: 38, 8 mm H.: 11, 5 mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 9,760.00 (tax not included)

HEBDOMAS 8 days watch Collection
The HEBDOMAS 8 day watch was first made at the turn of the century and has continued steadily its production, with minor variation, ever since. The watch has a distinctive style with a small dial, visible balance wheel and a decorated balance cock. The outstanding feature is the unusual large mainspring barrel which occupies the rear of the movement.

Models
1. HEBDOMAS Ref. 601 Ascot 8 days solid gold 18k (wrist watch)
Case: solid gold
Edition: Limited and numbered series 90 pieces
Front glass: esalit
Movement: Vintage 60TH 8 DAYS CHARGE
Dial: Email White
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 22,900.00 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS 8 DAYS ASCOT Ref. 201 (Wrist watch)
Case: 5 M. gold plated
Front glass: esalit
Movement: OLD 60TH 15'' CAL 102 -18000 ALT/HOUR
Dial: white email
Diam.: 40mm H.: 13.6mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Price: euro 3.800.00 (tax not included)

3. HEBDOMAS-ASCOT Ref.14660 (Wrist watch)
Case: 10 micron gold plated
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Movement: Chronograph Valjoux 7760 60SEC., 30MIN.,12H recorders -date in dial apertures
Dial: white email with tachymeter
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 4.900,00 (tax not included)



4. HEBDOMAS 8 DAYS SKELETON Ref HESQUEL (Pocket watch)
Case: gold plated 10 M.
Movement: 8 DAYS 19'' CAL.103 MOD. SKELETON OLD 70TH
Edition: limited series
Diam.: 49.4mm H.:16mm
Price: Euro 5,690.00 (tax not included)

5. HEBDOMAS 8 DAYS LUNE Ref. HELUNE (Pocket watch)
Case: gold plated 10 M.
Edition: limited series of 900 pieces
Movement: 8 DAYS 19'' CAL .103 MOD. Day Hand, Date Hand, Moon Phases, in dial apertures, old 70th
Diam.:49.4mm H.: 16.7mm
Price: euro 6,976.00 (tax not included)

Also available
REF.310 GOLD PL. 5M (Euro 1.800,00)
REF.308 GOLD PL. 5M (Euro 1.800,00)



HEBDOMAS Chrono Gold Series
1. HEBDOMAS CLASS GOLD 1 Ref. 918 (Wrist watch)
Case: solid gold 35-38gr.
Front glass: esalit
Movement: chronograph automatic Valjoux 7751; 60sec, 30min., 12 h. Rec. date indicator by hand; day, month, moon phases in dial apertures, 24 hours hand
Diam.: 38.4mm H.: 13.2mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 9,950.00 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS CLASS.GOLD 2 OPERA - Ref. 919 (Wrist watch)
Movement: Chronograph calibre 88 (produced in 1947); 60sec, 30min., 12 h. rec.
-date indicator by hand; day, month, moon phases in dial apertures,
-Diam.: 38.4mm H.: 13.2mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Price: Euro 22,980.00 (tax not included)



HEBDOMAS Lady’s Wrist watches
1. HEBDOMAS PETIT WHITE GOLD Ref.6010 - 1
Case: solid gold (26 grams) & 0.47 carat diamonds
Front glass: mineral glass
Dimensions: 19mm H.: 8.3mm
Price: Euro 5,600 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS BANANA Ref. 6001
Case: solid silver-
Front glass: mineral glass
Movement: mechanical
Dial: Email White
Width: 23.5mm. Height: 8.3mm. Length: 40.2mm
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 2,250.00 (tax not included)

3. HEBDOMAS BANANA ZIRCON Ref. 6002
Case: solid silver
Front glass: mineral glass
Movement: mechanical
Dial: Email White
Width: 23.5mm. H: 8.3mm. Long.40.2mm-
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: euro 2,400.00 (tax not included)


HEBDOMAS Split seconds Collection
1. HEBDOMAS DROP DOPPEL WATCH Ref.88920(Wrist watch)
Case: stainless steel
Water resistance: 3ATM
Front glass: Sapphire
Movement: automatic 30 jewels, Incabloc, Balance Glucidur spring Nivarox, 28800 alt., mod.
Rattrapante(split seconds) 60 sec., 60 sec., 30 min., 12h. Recorders, data in dial apertures
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap -wooden box-
Price: Euro 8,725.00 (tax not included)



HEBDOMAS Military Watches
1. HEBDOMAS-MILITARY Voyager Ref. 88900 (wrist watch)
Case: stainless steel
Front glass: sapphire
Movement: chronograph self-winding Valjoux 7750; 60 sec. 30 min. 12 hours’ recorders - date, second time
Dial: Black with Tritium Number
Strap: Italian strap caucciu'
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 5,900.00 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS MILITARY DOPPEL WATCH Ref 78520
Case: stainless steel
Water resistance: 10ATM
Front glass: sapphire
Movement: automatic 30 jewels, incabloc, balance glucidur spring nivarox, 28800 alt., mod. rattrapante 60 sec ., 60 sec ., 30 min. , 12h. Recorders, data in dial apertures
Diam.: 38.5 H.: 13.5
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 9200, 00 (tax not included)



HEBDOMAS JUMPING Hours
1. HEBDOMAS-JUMPING HOURS Ref. 4001
Case: solid silver 20 m. gold plated
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Dial: email black or white
Movement: Vintage A. SCHILD self winding caliber
Edition: 900 Pieces n numbered on the case
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: -wooden box
Price: Euro 6,840.00 (tax not included)

2. HEBDOMAS- Ref.5002 self winding
Limited series
Case: solid silver
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Movement: ETA 2824 Automatic
Dial: white with roman-Arab numerals
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 3.590.00 (tax not included)

3. HEBDOMAS-SKELETON Ref.3201
Case: solid silver
Front glass: esalit
Case back: mineral glass
Movement: Vintage SCHILD self winding modified
Strap: Italian hand made crocodile strap
Packaging: wooden box
Price: Euro 6,956.00 (tax not included)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Longines 180th Anniversary Collection: The Longines Telemeter Chronograph & the Longines Tachymeter Chronograph

To mark its 180th anniversary, Swiss luxury watch brand Longines introduces two new models: Longines Telemeter Chronograph and the Longines Tachymeter Chronograph, which represents both the brand’s rich history and extend Longines’ Heritage segment with a combination of extraordinary technical features and a touch of elegance.

Longines Telemeter Chronograph
One of the significant characteristics of this timeless and elegant model is its telemeter scale on the dial, inspired by a beautiful chronograph produced by Longines in 1933. Telemeter scales were initially introduced around 1852 to measure the distance travelled by sound. Activated right after the flash of lightening and stopped when the thunder is heard, the hand of the chronograph shows the distance in kilometers of the phenomenon.

The circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm houses the caliber L688, a self-winding mechanical movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism exclusively developed for Longines, which can be admired through a transparent case back. The chronograph is equipped with a date aperture at 4h30, a small second at 9 o’clock, a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hours counter at 6.

Besides the appealing technical features, The Longines Telemeter Chronograph also attracts the eye by its harmonious design embodied by a subtle fusion of tradition and a contemporary spirit. The white lacquered dial with 9 black Arabic numerals features the red telemeter scale and a spiral tachymeter scale in the same colour. The blued steel Breguet hands, indicating hours and minutes, add a touch of elegance to this exceptional model fitted on a black alligator strap.

Technical details
Model: Longines Telemeter Chronograph (Reference numbers L2.780.4.18.x)

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism
Calibre L688 (ETA A08 L01) 13¼ lines, 27 jewels, 28'800 vibrations per hour Power reserve: 54 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, telemeter, tachymeter

Chronograph
- Central seconds sweep
- Dragging 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
- Dragging 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Circular, 41 mm, stainless steel
Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistant: 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside

Dial
White lacquered with 9 black Arabic numerals
Telemeter scale, red
Spiral tachymeter scale, red
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date aperture at 4:30
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Hands: Blued steel Breguet hands (hours and minutes), Blued steel counter-weight line pear hand (seconds)

Strap
Black alligator with buckle

Longines Tachymeter Chronograph
The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph features a technical tool initially introduced around 1811 to measure the hourly pace in assembly lines, as well as the velocity of the first modern means of locomotion: the tachymeter. To measure the hourly pace, the chronograph is started at the beginning of a task and stopped once the task is completed. The hand then shows the average production pace per hour. To find out the velocity of a subject, the chronograph is activated at distance zero and stopped once the distance of one kilometre has been covered. The hand then indicates the average velocity in units measured.

The Longines Tachymeter Chronograph now combines in a very unique way the technical specifications of a tachymeter with the values of the brand, namely tradition, performance and elegance. The circular steel case with a diameter of 41 mm houses the caliber L688, a self-winding mechanical movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism exclusively developed for Longines, which can be admired through a transparent case back. The model features a date aperture at 4h30, a small second at 9 o’clock, a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hours counter at 6.

Besides its extraordinary technical features, the model stands out with its remarkable design. The white lacquered dial is inspired by the one of a chronograph developed by Longines in 1934 and contrasts perfectly with the black Arabic numerals, the tachymeter scale in blue (1000 m) and red (100 m). A subtle touch of elegance is added to this model by its blued steel Breguet hands indicating hours and minutes and the blued steel counter-weight line pear hand indicating the seconds. To complete the traditional yet contemporary design of the model, it is mounted on an elegant black alligator strap.


Technical details
Model: Longines Tachymeter Chronograph (Reference numbers L2.781.4.13.x)

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism
Calibre L688 (ETA A08 L01) 13¼ lines, 27 jewels, 28'800 vibrations per hour Power reserve: 54 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, tachymeter
Chronograph
Central seconds sweep
Dragging 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Dragging 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

Case
Circular, 41 mm, stainless steel
Transparent sapphire case back
Water-resistant: 3 bar (30 meters)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the underside

Dial
White lacquered with 9 black Arabic numerals
Tachymeter scale (1000 m), blue and black
Tachymeter scale (100 m), red
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date aperture at 4h30
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Hands: Blued steel Breguet hands (hours and minutes), Blued steel counter-weight line pear hand (seconds)

Strap
Black alligator with buckle

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. It is celebrating 180 years of non-stop craftsmanship in 2012 and its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with the equestrian sports. Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.

Friday, July 27, 2012

HANHART PIONEER Collection - Mk I, Mk II and TachyTele models

In the 1990s, the Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart harked back to its pioneering achievements in the field of precision chronographs, and introduced a series of faithful replicas of its legendary single-button and pilot’s chronographs.

The Mk I, Mk II and TachyTele models have been creating a stir amongst collectors and connoisseurs of exclusive timepieces ever since. Hanhart has been a key pioneer in the field of reliable, highly functional precision chronographs. In 1938 it designed a mono-pusher chronograph for naval officers with its own “Calibre 40” model. This was the perfect technology for navigating and measuring distances on the sea, ruling out any possibility of faulty navigation by dispensing with the need for an addition stopping function.

This was followed just one year later by the first pilot’s chronographs with Hanhart’s manufacture movement “Calibre 41” – a movement with column wheel and flyback function. Just as their predecessor aided navigation on the water, these chronographs enabled precise navigation in the air, and thus played an integral role in the safe and successful outcome of every flight.

They therefore became a constant companion for the pilots of the time. Legend has it that one young pilot, as he was putting on his Hanhart watch one morning, discovered that his wife had painted one of the buttons with red nail varnish so that he would always think of her and return home safe and sound. This distinctive red button became the trademark feature of the watch brand from 1939 onwards. It prevented pilots from inadvertently resetting the stopped time and going off course as a result.

However, these instrument watches were exposed to far harsher conditions in flight than at sea: strong vibrations, huge variations in temperature, as well as magnetic influences. A pilot’s chronograph therefore had to meet strict criteria. It had to be absolutely reliable, extremely precise and robust. Its design had just one purpose to fulfil: perfect, flawless readability by both day and night, and easy operation – with or without gloves.

Hanhart’s chronographs have always fulfilled high standards and continue to do so today. When the brand re-issued a range of faithful replicas of its legendary chronographs in the 1990s, it carried on its long tradition and maintained its high level of expertise. The Mk I, Mk II and TachyTele models, which now form the Pioneer collection, are distinguished by the typical characteristics of a Hanhart chronograph: the start and stop button at the top, positioned asymmetrically towards the lug (an exclusive Hanhart feature), the red lower reset button, with both buttons equipped with extra-strong nubs, as well as the large, easy-to-handle crown and the thin, slip-proof fluted bezel which can be rotated in both directions and includes red markings for recording time.

All of these features guarantee secure and simple handling. The dial is perfectly readable in any situation thanks to its large, glow-in-the-dark Arabic numerals; the distinctive hands which are slightly curved at the ends and mounted onto the dial with the smallest clearance possible and the bicompax dial design. The two auxiliary dials are configured so that they are set back from the main dial, with the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The original models were produced with an unusually large case – designed with a 40 mm diameter to accommodate the proportions used at the time – which had a matte finish to ensure that the pilot would not be blinded by any dazzling polished elements during a flight.

The stainless steel replicas, however, highlight their exclusive character with elegantly contrasting brushed and polished surfaces. To guarantee maximum water-resistance and robustness, the Pioneer models are, like the archetypal models on which they are based, fitted with a sealed, screwed-down case back, which includes three indentations for the case key. The riveted strap made from firm, hard-wearing calfskin provides a secure fit on the wrist.

The models in the Pioneer collection are based on an automatic calibre which has been converted to a “bicompax” display. Hanhart created its characteristic asymmetrical button arrangement by making modifications in its own workshop: A specially-designed bell rank redirects the force from the pressed button at 2 o’clock by the required number of millimetres.

HANHART PIONEER Mk I
The Pioneer Mk I is a replica of the “Calibre 40”, the first precision chronograph produced by Hanhart in 1938. All of the chronograph functions on this unconventional model – start, stop and zero setting – are performed by a single button and always strictly follow each other. Unlike its two-button equivalent, the seconds hand on this chronograph cannot be restarted from the point at which it is stopped; the next press of the button invariably returns the spring to the original starting point.

This meant that the calibre used for the Mk I also had to be redesigned slightly. The crank which sits directly beneath the button that would normally be positioned at 4 o’clock has no function. A large shift lever is therefore responsible for the third strike on the chronograph cam. This cam has also been modified by Hanhart so that it has an additional tooth on its lowest level. The shift lever can thus control not two, but three positions.

  • Movement: HAN3601 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7753 calibre, with increased crown-to-button spacing and single-button conversion; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 27 jewels; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minutes counter at 3 o‘clock
  • Case: Stainless steel; red button; fluted, bidirectional rotating bezel with red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down case back; large crown with deep bevelled edge; diameter 40 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Black; Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Brown or black calfskin with riveting; pin buckle made from stainless steel

HANHART PIONEER Mk II
The Pioneer Mk II is based on Hanhart’s first pilot’s chronographs, produced in 1939. It has two buttons, with the top button arranged asymmetrically and the lower reset button in a striking red colour.

  • Movement: HAN3601 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7753 calibre, asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 27 jewels; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minutes counter at 3 o‘clock
  • Case: Stainless steel; red reset button; fluted, bidirectional rotating bezel with red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down case back; large crown with deep bevelled edge; diameter 40 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Black; Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Brown or black calfskin with riveting; pin buckle made from stainless steel

HANHART PIONEER TachyTele
The Pioneer TachyTele has the same design, but features in addition to the stop function two practical scales for the use on the land which are easily readable against the black dial, thanks to their red finish: the tachymeter scale for measuring average speeds is incorporated in the centre of the dial in a spiral formation.

As this scale allows for a total of three revolutions of the stop indicator hand, it considerably extends the measurement range, enabling even relatively slow speeds of 60 km/h down to 20 km/h to be measured. The telemeter scale, which is printed on the peripheral edge of the dial, is used for measuring distances, taking into account the speed of sound.

  • Movement: HAN3601 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7753 calibre, asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 27 jewels; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minutes counter at 3 o‘clock, tachymeter scale in the centre, telemeter scale on the peripheral edge
  • Case: Stainless steel; red reset button; fluted, bidirectional rotating bezel with red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down case back; large crown with deep bevelled edge; diameter 40 mm, height 13.7 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Black; Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Brown or black calfskin with riveting; pin buckle made from stainless steel

All models in the Pioneer collection are immediately recognisable as Hanhart chronographs, and represent a unique combination of tradition and the modern requirements of our time.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bell & Ross - Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir

Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross, renowned for its military and aviation watches, unveils Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir, the latest exclusive model from the Military history’s ultimate master watchmaker.

In 2011, the brand successfully introduced the re edition of the timepieces worn during the First World War: the PW1 (Pocket Watch 1) and its wristwatch version, the Vintage WW1 (Wrist Watch 1. Now, Bell & Ross is again demonstrating its expertise, with the creation of an exclusive model illustrating the unique parallel between the history of aviation and that of watch-making. The newly introduced Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir(Monopusher Chronograph) model is a worthy successor to the first wristwatches used by pilots in the 1920s.
During the 1920s, in the early days of military aviation, chronographs addressed aviators’ need to calculate short time periods. They were not simply wristwatches; they were an instrument for achieving their mission. The device very accurately reinterprets the authenticity of period aviation chronographs, which originally only had one button. The epitome of Bell & Ross’s watch-making expertise, the WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir is a complication that is as practical as it is functional. This type of chronograph facilitates the measurement of short periods of time by pressing a single button. Perfectly incorporated into the crown, the single button operates all the chronograph’s commands: start, stop and reset, for safer and faster use.
In order to satisfy the requirements for legibility, Bell & Ross has modified the mechanical design by increasing the counters’ centre distance. Since these are perfectly aligned with the button, they provide an intuitive and immediate reading. A mirror image of the single button chronograph of 1920s aviators, the Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir emphasises legibility and functionality.

The WW1 Chronographe Monoupoussoir is available in two typical versions combined with period functionality.
Bell & Ross WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Héritage
The Heritage version of the Chronographe Monopoussoir refers to the history of aviation while using the most modern techniques to recreate the effects of passing time. Its refined aesthetics capture the eye. Its dial, brown with a distressed look, its sand-coloured numerals, index and hands are reminiscent of the dials of old watches down to the last detail, giving an inimitable retro-chic appeal to the model as a whole.
The watch’s legibility lies in the contrast of the numerals and index against the brown dial. With its military finishes inspired by history and its natural leather strap, the Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage has the authentic appeal of a measuring instrument of the era.

Bell & Ross Chronographe Monopoussoir Ivory Dial
With its more classical styling, the Chronographe Monopoussoir Ivory Dial is characterized by its traditional finish. The eponymous ivory dial, the snailed counters and the pear-shaped blue-steel hands give this model a period feel. The generous polished case adds the finishing touch, resembling time pieces of the past.
The contrast of the black numerals and index lend optimal legibility to the information. The WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Ivory Dial features a blue alligator strap which perfectly completes its timeless elegance.

These two versions, each with its own distinctive personality, share common characteristics specific to the WW1 collection:
• The Swiss manufactured movement.
• The large fob-watch type diameter, which is the inspiration for the collection.
• The simplicity of the horns, produced like wire handles soldered to the case, and the elegance of the straps hark back to the first wrist watches while being ergonomically perfect.
• The easy-to-use large grooved crown, inspired by the ones handled by pilots while wearing gloves.
• The domed glass gives the watch a vintage look. Its use of sapphire crystal distinguishes it from the original. Sapphire crystal is extremely resistant, making the timepiece remarkably durable.
• The dial, with its sober design, optimizes legibility, a particularity of all Bell & Ross watches.

The Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir has been designed with the greatest respect for the original device: the first wristwatch. This is one of the most striking tributes paid by Bell & Ross to the history of military aviation. Without concession or compromise, the firm has produced a genuine classic, which is retro, modern as well as extremely functional.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic La Joux-Perret

Functions
Hours, minutes and small second. Single-button chronograph with two counters (60 seconds and 30 minutes)

Case
45 mm. Polished steel
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 100 meters

Dial
Heritage model: brown, domed. Snailed counters. Numerals, index and hands covered in a sand-colored photo-luminescent coating
Ivory model: ivory, domed. White snailed counters. Blue-tinted hands

Strap
Calfskin (Heritage model); alligator (Ivory model)
Buckle: pin. Polished steel

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HANHART CLASSICTIMER – Mechanical Stopwatches and Dashboard Instruments

Since Hanhart produced the very first stopwatch in 1924, the independent Swiss-German watch brand has developed to become the most important and market-leading manufacturer of timepieces. Nowadays, the mechanical stopwatches made in the Hanhart factory in Gütenbach, Germany, are popular collector’s pieces and highly-valued accessories for vintage car rally drivers.

Modern aviation, newly emerging motor races or booming popular sport – in the first half of the last century, these would have been unimaginable without new high-precision 100 per cent reliable timekeeping instruments; timekeeping instruments which were inextricably linked to the name of Hanhart and remain so today. When Johann Adolf Hanhart, a watchmaker from Diessenhofen, issued an announcement in the Anzeiger am Rhein newspaper on 1 July 1882, “respectfully informing” readers that he had purchased a business and its premises on the high street of his home town in North East Switzerland, with the intention of opening a watch shop there, he laid the foundations for the Swiss-German Hanhart watch brand, which remains independent to this day.

The brand soon made a name for itself in the manufacture of stopwatches and chronographs for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. Even today, thanks to its high level of expertise and the precision and first-class functionality of its products, it continues to maintain its status as the most important and market leading producer of mechanical and electronic timekeeping instruments.

In 1924, the youngest Hanhart son, Wilhelm Julius – a sport-loving young man who had recently joined the business – was inspired to produce the world’s first affordable stopwatch. It was a resounding success and formed the basis for further innovative technological developments, as well as for the conversion of the erstwhile reassembly business into a watch factory, where the focus was on producing watches using the company’s own movements. In addition to the legendary mono-pusher and pilot’s chronographs, which Hanhart manufactured from 1938 onwards, new and increasingly elaborate stopwatches were constantly being launched on the market – such as the sophisticated doublehand stopwatch and the ultrafast oscillator with its balance-wheel frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, which made Hanhart the first manufacturer to enable the measurement of hundredths of a second.

Nowadays Hanhart’s high-quality mechanical stopwatches, which are manufactured over several production stages in the company’s Gütenbach factory, represent a key product segment for the brand as the ClassicTimer collection. Used in the past for all the important sporting events and motor races, today they are most popular among ambitious vintage car rally drivers. This traditional close link with motorsport is well established with the “Tachymaster” models, a world first launched by Hanhart in 2009. This watch displays the distances to be driven in the rallies, thus making it much easier to check the times for each individual stage.

The mechanical timepieces in the ClassicTimer series offer everything you could possibly need in situations which require precise timekeeping. The collection ranges from the classic addition timer, the split-seconds addition timer and the long-distance hour counter, right through to the “Mega Minutes” addition timer with its extra-large, centrally positioned sprung minutes hand and practical flyback function. The collection is also supplemented by day timers, whose classic design is reminiscent of the distinctive Hanhart pocket watches.

All of the stopwatches feature a mechanical Hanhart manufacture movement with a Swiss anchor escapement and a shock-resistant balance wheel. The chrome-plated brass case has a pristine polished finish and, depending on the model, includes a fluted rotating bezel with red marking for presetting target times in individual race stages. Ease of use is guaranteed by the convenience buttons – the reset button marked in red, the special trademark feature of Hanhart.



The stopwatches and day timers can be used in any combination, and can easily be mounted onto a dashboard on one-, two- or three-piece panels. The watches can be fitted onto and removed from the dashboard in a simple process thanks to an innovative “slide-in” method with a cleverly devised mechanism.

HANHART CLASSICTIMER
1. HANHART CLASSICTIMER “Mega Minute” addition timer with flyback
Ref 185.8760-8E 185.8801-9E

Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 7 jewels
Functions: Addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing, large sprung central minutes hand with measurement range up to 60 minutes
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; red convenience button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

2. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Split-seconds addition timer with flyback(Ref 135.3960-8E)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing,
30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black.

3. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Split-seconds addition timer(Ref 135.4001-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black


4. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Classic addition timer(Ref 125.4001-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 7 jewels
Functions: Addition timer, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; red convenience button; diameter 55 mm; mineral glass; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

5. HANHART CLASSICTIMER Long-distance hour counter(Ref 126.7260-80 & 126.7301-90)
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 11 jewels
Functions: 1/5-second timing, sprung central minutes hand; 10-hour counter
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; red convenience button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

6. HANHART CLASSICTIMER “Board Time” day timer (Ref 850.3960-80 & 850.4001-90)
Movement: Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement; anchor escapement; 17 jewels
Functions: Hours/minutes, small seconds
Case: Chrome-plated brass, polished; fluted rotating bezel with red marking, depending on the model; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Beige or black

HANHART CLASSICTIMER Dashboards
The mechanical stopwatches and instrument watches for dashboards produced in the Hanhart factory in Gütenbach, Germany, are popular collector’s pieces and highly valued accessories for vintage car rally drivers. In 2011, Hanhart Introduced the first two-piece set for car dashboards in an elegant black design.

The name of the independent Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart is a synonym for high precision and 100 per cent reliable stopwatches and chronographs for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. Today, thanks to its high level of expertise, as well as the precision and first-class functionality of its products, Hanhart has become the most important market-leading manufacturer of mechanical and electronic timekeeping instruments.

High-quality mechanical stopwatches and instrument watches for dashboards, made over several production stages in Hanhart’s factory, and named the ClassicTimer collection; represent a significant product segment for the brand. Used in the past for all the important sporting events and motor races, today they are most popular among ambitious vintage car rally drivers. The watches can be used in any combination, and can easily be mounted onto the dashboard with a specially made panel. They can be fitted onto and removed from the dashboard in a simple process thanks to an innovative “slide-in” method.

In 2011, Hanhart introduced a day timer with a classic design that pays homage to the distinctive Hanhart pocket watches, as well as a split-seconds addition timer with flyback function in elegant black chrome-plated brass, with a matching mounting panel for the dashboard. The discreet matte surface of the panel, punctuated by polished cases, edges and details, offer an exciting contrast to the red reset button on the stopwatch – Hanhart’s trademark. The same red colouring is used for the drag indicator, ensuring that this remains very visible against the jet-black dial and easily distinguishable from the white seconds hand. The stopwatch contains a mechanical Hanhart manufacture movement with a Swiss anchor escapement and a shock-resistant balance wheel, the day timer contains a Unitas hand-wound movement.

HANHART ClassicTimer Split-seconds addition timer with flyback function
Movement: Mechanical manufacture movement; anchor escapement; 9 jewels
Functions: Split-seconds addition timer, flyback function, 1/5-second timing, 30-minute counter
Case: Black chrome-plated brass, polished; convenience buttons, red reset button; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Black

ClassicTimer “Board Time” day timer
Movement: Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement; anchor escapement; 17 jewels
Functions: Hours/minutes, small seconds
Case: Black chrome-plated brass, polished; mineral glass; diameter 55 mm; splashproof
Dial: Black

Monday, July 23, 2012

deLaCour Bichrono Tech Limited edition

Swiss luxury watch brand deLaCour presents the Bichrono Tech, a stunning mechanical Dual time, dual chronograph and date limited edition timepiece that hosts the strongest embodiment for the most iconic movements created by the brand. Two movements dressed with a bolder and more technical dial, where an intricate filigree of steel wires intertwines in the background, while its foreground accentuates the summit and the base of this three-dimensional armor. The automatic movements inside the Bichrono Tech beats at 28.800 vibrations per hour, and each one of its emblematic movements is equipped with a blue rotor.
Technical details
Dimensions: 55 x 53 x 13.5 mm
Case Material: Steel
Crystal: Sapphire glass
Movement: Automatic DC 241 x2
Power Reserve: 37 Hours without chronograph
Functions/Dial: Dual time, dual chronograph and date indicator
Bracelet: Hand stitched crocodile
Water Resistant: 3atm/30meters/98feet
Limited Edition: 222 pcs

The Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (Ref GBLQ998) by SEIKO

Today’s Collector’s Special model is the stunning SEIKO Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie timepiece, a classic mechanical wrist watch that features the Hour Striking Function. It is the first ever minute repeater watch ever built by the Japanese watch making giant SEIKO.

Introduced in 2006, the Credor Spring Drive Sonnerie (Ref GBLQ998) is a land mark timepiece that adds a golden feather to SEIKO’s unmatched achievements in horology in its 100 years of rich history. This Grande complication model has been derived from the enormous success of Spring Drive, a watch that presents, visually, the pure, natural and continuous motion of time.

The challenge was to express the passage of time in sound as well as by the smooth movement of the hands across the dial. The challenge was taken up by a small and elite team of watch making craftsmen in SEIKO Epson under the leadership of Mr. Kenji Shiohara. This team, "the Micro Artist Studio," is guided by a shared passion for the creation of distinctively Japanese timepieces which express both the technical skill of SEIKO and the cultural heritage of Japan.

The result is a unique and hugely innovative timepiece which conveys to both eye and ear the serene flow of time. The continuous stream of each second, minute and hour is indicated by the quiet revolution of the glide-motion hands around the dial, and the time is also marked by a unique chime expressed in a softly tinkling "hanging" bell. This bell chime resonates with the cultural heritage of Japan and is instantly recognizable as an auditory symbol of the nation's centuries of tradition.
The watch is built on the base of the ground-breaking Spring Drive movement 7R series with its glide-motion hands and 48 hour power reserve. Onto this Spring Drive movement is added the "sonnerie" mechanism which has its own, entirely separate barrel, ensuring that this mechanism has more than 40 hours of power reserve. The power reserve is shown on a second indicator at the two o'clock position. The movement is easy to operate with just the one crown at the 3 o'clock position and a mode indicator at 6 o'clock. The movement comprises over 600 individual parts, each uniquely made and, of course, hand assembled and finished to the highest levels of precision.

The Hour Striking Function
The "sonnerie" mechanism has an hour striking function. It is built around typical Japanese hanging bell sound. This was chosen because its unique and lingering sound harmonizes with the natural flow of time and space. Purity of sound was the greatest challenge, and the achievement of the perfect bell sound was made possible by the remarkable combination of a bell system, the use of a newly developed governor and the unique sound escape system that allows the chime sound to pass through the case.

This governor mechanism is a remarkable innovation. It uses the viscosity of air so that the chime sounds at very precise intervals and there is no other sound to interfere with the pure strike of the bell. Combined with the entirely silent Tri-synchro regulator, the absolute silence of the whole movement is ensured and the complete purity of the sound is the delightful result. The hour striking function can be set to one of three different modes: an hourly strike, three hourly strike, or silence. To power the hour striking function, a spring exclusive to this mechanism is used in parallel with the watch mechanism's barrel.

The hour repeating function announces the current time by chiming each hour when the button located at the 8 o'clock position is pressed. A silent function is included so that chiming can be muted as long as the button located at 8 o'clock position is pressed halfway down. The movement has a "fail-safe" mechanism to prevent the chime sounding when inappropriate actions are performed by mistake.

The Modes
The mechanism offers the following three modes:

1. "Sonnerie" mode: the number of hours is automatically counted by chiming every hour on the hour.
2. "Original" mode: the time is announced by a three-strike chime at the passing of every three hours: 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00.
3. "Silent" mode: the chime is disengaged.
These modes can be selected simply by changing the mode indicator.

The Design
As befits a watch of such intricacy and sophistication, the strike hammer is visible through the dual surface curved sapphire crystal. The case itself is crafted from 18-karat pink gold, which not only reflects the value of the movement but assists the purity of the sound of the chime. On the mainspring barrel of the bell mechanism, a cutout Japanese bellflower (Kikyo flower in Japanese) drifts down on a river, symbolizing the continuous flow of time. The Japanese bellflower is chosen because it is the flower of the city where the Micro Artist Studio is located.

Technical details
Case: 18-karat pink gold
Band: Crocodile
Glass: Dual surface curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: Non water-resistant
Size: [Case outside diameter] 43.2mm/[Thickness] 16.0mm
Retail price (In 2006): 15 million Japanese Yen (excluding tax and import duty) or

Caliber Details:
Spring Drive Sonnerie caliber, 7R06
Hour striking function
Three modes selectable: chiming every hour on the hour/chiming every three hours/silent
Hour repeating function
Power reserve indicators: Two. One each for the watch mechanism and the bell mechanism
Wind-up method: Manual-winding
Time accuracy: Monthly rate within ±15 sec (equivalent to a daily rate of ±1 sec)
Power reserve (watch mechanism): Approx. 48 hours
Power reserve (bell mechanism): More than 40 hours
Number of jewels: 88
Movement diameter: 37.0 mm
Movement thickness: 7.05 mm
617 components

HANHART PRIMUS Desert Pilot

HANHART, the Swiss-German watch brand famous for its legendary high precision professional chronograph models, now introduces the Primus Desert Pilot pilot’s chronograph, which sports a trendy outdoor look with a sand-blasted case and a sand-coloured dial and fabric strap.

The Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2012, is known for its precision-perfect and absolutely reliable instrument watches designed for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. The pilot’s chronographs it started producing in its manufactory in the southern German town of Gütenbach back in 1939 were instrumental in shaping the iconic design of this type of timepiece. Hanhart has produced a contemporary version of these legendary chronographs in the form of the Primus Pilot, which cleverly combines historical details with progressive design.

Inspired by the desire for freedom and adventure, Hanhart is now introducing the Primus Desert Pilot, a watch with a cool outdoor look that highlights the independence of the wearer. Its solid stainless steel case with flexible lugs has a matt sand-blasted finish, giving it a technical and sporty appearance. Another new feature is the sand-coloured dial, which presents a striking contrast to the large Arabic numeral 12, clearly readable index marks and distinctive hands – all of which are finished with a black Super-LumiNova® coating.

It is encased by a convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass, while a screwed-down sapphire glass case back allows the wearer to see the fascinating interplay of the movement and the rotor. The Primus Desert Pilot is finished off with a coarsely woven fabric strap – also sand-coloured – along with a practical, easily adjustable folding clasp made from sand-blasted stainless steel with an inlaid red marking.



However, like all the models in the Primus collection, the Desert Pilot also bears the recognisable hallmarks which hark back to Hanhart’s watch manufacturing tradition: one of the brand’s distinctive features, the red reset button, underlines the relationship between Hanhart’s first pilot’s chronographs, its mechanical stopwatches and the current collection. It has been a distinguishing characteristic of Hanhart watches since 1939 and was previously intended to prevent pilots from unintentionally resetting the stop time. For the models featured in the Primus collection it has been finished with anodized aluminium. The thin, distinctive fluted bezel with inlaid red marking is also reminiscent of the design of the legendary chronographs from Gütenbach.

In order to ensure safety and ease of use for the measurement of time intervals or for air and water navigation, or when using a stopwatch to measure interval times and end times or distances on dry land, the first priority was to ensure maximum functionality, ease of use and outstanding reading precision. There was no need for unnecessary gimmicks or design features on the case and dial, and Hanhart continues, as always, to stand by this maxim.

To ensure an accurate time display and precision chronometry, the models in the Primus collection are equipped with an automatic calibre modified to a bicompax display, featuring a rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo. This allows the small seconds to be clearly positioned at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter to be arranged at 3 o’clock – a configuration which Hanhart has customarily used from the very beginning. Perfect readability is guaranteed not least by the clear design of the dial and the black Super-LumiNova® coated hands.

Technical details : PRIMUS Desert Pilot
  • Movement: HAN3809 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 28 jewels; rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock
  • Case: Sand-blasted stainless steel; anodised aluminium red reset button; fluted bezel with inlaid red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass case back; large screw-in crown; flexible lugs; diameter 44 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/ 100 m
  • Dial: Sand-coloured; with black Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous Arabic numeral, index marks and hands
  • Strap: Fabric strap; folding clasp with inlaid red marking (anodised aluminium) made from sand-blasted stainless steel

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Richard Mille RM 028 Brown PVD Automatic

Swiss luxury watch brand Richard Mille unveils the RM 028 Brown PVD model that has the same technical characteristics as its previous versions in titanium or titanium with a DLC coating: a skeletonized automatic movement, a rotor with variable geometry or the free sprung balance with variable inertia.

A water resistance of 30 ATM (300 meters) is achieved with a three part case construction, required for diver’s watches and following diver’s watch ISO norms 6425. Its bezel is composed of three sections assembled with 22 torque screws for perfect adjustment and also adheres to ISO norms 6425. This bezel is unidirectional in order to avoid mistakes in diver’s calculations.
This exceptional timepiece is easily distinguishable by its unique style. Minutes are orange as well as the screwed crown and the rubber strap. Only the first 15 minutes are in blue. The caseband and the caseback have been treated in brown PVD and have been satin finished. The unidirectional bezel, also brown PVD coated, is microblasted.

The RM 028 is a very technical and efficient watch, uncompromising and using the best techniques from Haute Horlogerie and hand finishing traditions.The RM 028 Diver’s watch Brown PVD will be available at Richard Mille retailers and Richard Mille boutiques.

Technical details
Model: Richard Mille RM 028 Brown PVD Automatic
RMAS7 Caliber: Skeletonized automatic movement with hours, minutes, central seconds, date and variable rotor geometry
Diameter: 47.00 mm x 14.60 mm (thickest point)
Baseplate and wet sandblasted, PVD treated
Burnished pivots
Diamond polished sinks on the bridge side
Pinions with undercuts
Sandblasted and rhodium-plated, beveled wheels

Friday, July 20, 2012

OCEAN7 LM-1 (World’s first user customizable professional diver’s watch)

Introduced in 2010 by OCEAN7 Watch Company, the LM-1 model features the world’s first user removable and interchangeable bezel system for a professional diver’s watch. The LM-1 is a robust 45mm X 16.8mm watch available in both Cold Carbon hardened or black PVD coated case with a full lume sandwich or black sandwich dial with Swiss Super LumiNova markers and hands. The watch is powered by a Swiss automatic movement, has a domed sapphire crystal and unidirectional 120 click bezel with four available variations. It is hand made in Switzerland by Swiss watchmakers.
OCEAN7 produces a full line of professional diver’s watches, available online, direct from the manufacturer, including the LM-7 PolProf, homage to the famous Omega Seamaster 600 dive watch. Approximate price range of LM1 model is $699-999.
OCEAN7 Watch Company
OCEAN7 produces unique, timepieces for professionals who demand a high degree of performance, features and accuracy from the watches they count on to do their jobs. OCEAN7 products are designed in the United States and hand made in Switzerland of the highest quality materials and components available. OCEAN7 watches are available directly from the manufacturer. OCEAN7 Watch Company, also produces AirNautic watches, professional grade aviation watches.

Other Models from OCEAN7 Watch Company
OCEAN7 LM-2-titanium: $799
OCEAN7 LM-2-titanium GMT: $999
OCEAN7 LM-2-titanium Chronograph: $1099
OCEAN7 LM-3: $649
OCEAN7 LM-4 Ceramic: $899
OCEAN7 LM-6: $499
OCEAN7 LM-6 Carbon: $599
OCEAN7 LM-6 GMT: $699
OCEAN7 LM6C Chronograph: $899
OCEAN7 LM-7 PolProf: $999
OCEAN7 LM-7 PolProf PVD: $1099
OCEAN7 G2s Quartz: $399
OCEAN7 American: $899

DeWitt Quantième Perpétuel Nebula Limited Edition

Introduced in 2011, the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula by DeWitt represents a stellar blend of horological complexity, poetry and originality. NGC 5194 is one of the galaxies of Eridan, a planetary nebula located 31 million light years from Earth. This distinctive spiral-shaped galaxy has been faithfully reproduced on the silicium plate adorning the new Quantième Perpétuel watch, an exceptional piece of miniaturisation calling for state-of-the-art technology.

Aptly named Nebula, or star cloud, this creation vividly reflects the spirit of the Maison DeWitt through a unique aesthetic signature melding poetry and fine watchmaking; an original reinterpretation of calendar function readings, a combination of special materials. Earthly and heavenly elements meet and mingle, endowing the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula with the ability to follow the path of time and grasp its destiny with inimitable elegance.
Faithfully reflecting the spirit that drives the House of DeWitt, the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula stems from meticulous research affecting both its form and its substance. Powered by mechanical self-winding Calibre DW7021, this fascinating creation keeps accurate track of the passing years by displaying the date, day, month and moon phases. This talented perpetual calendar model also provides a dual time-zone indication by means of a dedicated red hand.

A masterpiece of sophisticated construction and miniaturisation, this complex model smoothly handles the vagaries of the Gregorian calendar, since the Quantième Perpétuel Nebula mechanically memorises the varying durations of each month comprising 31, 30 or 28 days. Moreover, Nebula also takes account of the leap-year cycle and the periodic occurrence of February 29th.

The intrinsic complexity of the mechanism is counter-balanced by the positioning of the subdials, a new architectural approach based on a highly original layout of the calendar information. Arranging them to form the arc of a circle both clarifies and simplifies their readability, while lending this piece a distinctive and resolutely DeWitt character.
Moving in a clockwise direction, the eye progressively runs over subdials respectively showing the day of the week, the 24-hour graduated GMT indication (coupled with a central red dual time-zone pointer), leap years, months and the day of the month coupled with the calendar display. This circular visual trajectory than merges into the vision of celestial infinity portrayed in the upper part of the dial and symbolised by a silicium plate bearing the NGC 5194 nebula, along with a day/night disc rotating against a star-studded backdrop.

The result is a poetic, dreamlike vision in keeping with the finest Brand traditions. Reflecting its innovative and iconoclastic nature, DeWitt dares to introduce all manner of material combinations into its creative approach. Nebula harmoniously associates gold, titanium and ceramics into a case topped by a notched bezel. This redesigned Brand signature remains instantly identifiable, while now featuring 12 indentations in a design that endows it with a remarkably powerful presence.

The split-level dial features an upper section in silicium to depict NGC 5194, while mother-of-pearl symbolises the moon and the night sky is crafted from Goldfluss. This synthetic glass, made from copper and involving a distinctive and ancient principle of firing in the kiln, was discovered in 17th century Venice and gave rise to the legendary Murano glass.

The Quanitième Perpétuel Nebula is available in two versions: a white gold case with titanium middle and ceramic inserts, or a rose and white gold case with titanium middle and ceramic inserts. The former features a grey lower dial section, while the second is anthracite. Both are adorned with the “Côtes de Genève” motif. The Quantième Perpétuel Nebula is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back providing glimpses of the movement in operation, and is fitted with an alligator leather strap with rose or white gold folding clasp. Issued in strictly limited series, this watch is water-resistant to 30 metres.

Technical details
Movement
DW 7021, self-winding mechanism
Power reserve: 42 hours
Functions: Perpetual Calendar GMT
Movement height: 3.6 mm
Movement diameter: 25.6 mm
Vibrations: 28,800 vph (vibrations per hour)
Balance: Glucydur
Balance spring: Flat
Jewels: 21 jewels

Case
White gold 750, titanium, black ceramics OR Rose and white gold 750, titanium, black ceramics
Diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Case-back: Sapphire
Interhorn width 21 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black or grey “Côtes de Genève” motif; blue Silicium planetary nebula, Goldfluss moon disc and white mother-of-pearl moon. Grey counters surrounded with rose gold or white gold.

Strap
Black alligator leather
Buckle: Folding clasp in 750 white or rose gold

Edition
Strictly limited edition

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

HUBLOT - Big Bang Costa Smeralda for Ladies & King Power Costa Smeralda for Gentlemen (Special Edition - 50th Anniversary of the Costa Smeralda)

As a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Costa Smeralda, Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot unveils the two sparkling and vibrant limited edition watches as a tribute to the anniversary of the iconic marina: the Big Bang Costa Smeralda for ladies and the King Power Costa Smeralda for gentlemen.

The Costa Smeralda is not only widely celebrated as a playground for the most exclusive VIPs, but also for its unrivalled beaches and secluded coves. Located on the northern coast of the Italian island of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda is at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and at the crossroads of international yachting routes. Costa Smeralda’s 50th anniversary is celebrated by Hublot with two exclusive dedicated watches for men and women – each limited to only 100 pieces, which combine the summer and festive side of gold and sparkling diamonds.

HUBLOT Big Bang Costa Smeralda


- Reference 347.PE.2123.LR.1104.PCM12
- Series: Limited to 100 numbered pieces

Case
Big Bang - 41 mm diameter in polished and satin-finished 18K red gold
Bezel: Removable, in 18K red gold and set with 319 white diamonds for 1.49 carat, 6 H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lug : White composite resin
Lateral inserts: White composite resin
Case-back: 18K red gold with circular satin finish, Personalised crystal with the Porto Cervo Marina exclusive logo
Crown: 18K red gold with white rubber insert
Push-piece: 18K red gold with white rubber inserts
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Dial
Matt white
Satin-finished indexes with red gold plating and white SuperLuminova™
Permanent seconds at 3 o'clock, with the Porto Cervo Marina exclusive logo
Minute counter at 9 o'clock, with a 7.5 mn duration

Hands
Satin-finished with red gold plating and white SuperLuminova™
Red chronograph hand with H counterpoise
Minute hand with red arrow and white index

Movement
HUB1141 - Flyback Chronograph (7’30’’)
Mechanical self-winding
Date: Disc with white background and black numerals, at 6 o'clock
Oscillating weight: Hublot design with tungsten carbide heavy metal segment
Components: 280
Jewels: 59
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours

Wristlet
Adjustable white rubber and white alligator strap, with white stitching
Clasp: 18K red gold Big Bang deployant buckle

HUBLOT King Power Costa Smeralda



- Reference 710.OE.2123.GR.PCM12
- Series: Limited to 100 numbered pieces

Case
King Power - 48 mm diameter in satin-finished 18K King Gold
Bezel: Satin-finished 18K King Gold with white rubber moulding, 6 H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with white Hublot logo and black border, Interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lug: White composite resin
Lateral inserts: White composite resin
Case-back: 18K King Gold with circular satin finish, Crystal personalised with Porto Cervo Marina logo
Crown: 18K King Gold with white rubber insert
Push-pieces: 18K King Gold with white rubber insert
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Dial
Matt white openworked skeleton
Satin-finished indexes with red gold plating and white SuperLuminova™
Permanent seconds at 9 o'clock, with Porto Cervo Marina logo

Hands
Satin-finished with red gold plating and white SuperLuminova™
Chronograph hand with red SuperLuminova™ and H counterpoise

Movement
HUB4214 - Skeleton chronograph
Mechanical self-winding
Date: Sapphire disc, window at 4.30
Oscillating: weight Black galvanic coating, with tungsten carbide heavy metal segment
Components: 257
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours

Wristlet
Adjustable white rubber and white alligator strap, with white stitching
Clasp: King Power deployant buckle in 18K King Gold

Michel Herbelin Pluie de Diamants

Women have always been a particular inspiration for Michel Herbelin, which is also well known for its ladies' watches. A real jewel-watch, the Pluie de Diamants from the "Féminine" range dazzles with its elegance and originality.

A sparkling shower – of zirconium oxides – illuminates its black dial, bringing a touch of magic to the design. The case (size 23 x 34.8 mm) is in stainless steel and is water resistant to 3 bars. Fitted with a sapphire crystal it wears a techno black satin strap.
Features: "Pluie de Diamants”: 316 L stainless steel case, water resistant to 3 bars, techno black satin strap (width 16 mm), 5 1/2 movement

Michel Herbelin Classique Automatique

Founded in 1947 by Michel Herbelin – the father of the current directors – the brand of the same name quickly established a strong reputation for the creativity, modernity and quality of its creations.

The Classique Automatique model elegantly integrates all the watchmaker skill and sober design features of Michel Herbelin. Its pure lines present a simple, noble watch, which elegantly represents the brand's classic features. Its decorated automatic movement – 3 hands: hours, minutes, seconds and date – is visible through the transparent back.
The case (Ø 40 mm), which is water resistant to 3 bars, is in polished stainless steel with an anti-reflective sapphire glass and a black leather strap.

Features
“ClassiqueAutomatique”: 316 L stainless steel case, water resistant to 3 bars, black leather strap (lug width 21mm), 11 ½ automatic movement

Michel Herbelin Newport Yacht Club Chrono Automatic – New Model

Newport Yacht Club is the brand's emblematic watch, which has contributed to the reputation of French luxury watch maker Michel Herbelin. This star design is now available in shades of black and grey punctuated with a touch of red.

Fitted with hand-decorated automatic chronograph movement, visible through the back, it displays hours, minutes, small second, 60 second chrono and 30 minutes and 12 hour timer. The winding rotor is decorated with "Côtes de Genève".
Water resistant to 10 bars, the case (Ø 43,5 mm) is in brushed stainless steel with a tachymeter engraved on the bezel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a charcoal grey leather strap with a butterfly buckle and safety clasp.

Features
Newport Yacht Club Chrono Automatic": 316 L stainless steel case, water resistant to 10 bars, tachymeter engraved on the bezel, charcoal grey leather strap (size 22 mm) with butterfly buckle and safety clasp - 13 ¼ automatic chrono movement

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ulysse Nardin New Black Sea Automatic (Reference 263-92-3C/924 Stainless steel)

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin enhances its Marine Diver collection with the new Black Sea model tinted with yellow.

Created for those passionate about aquatic sports, the Black Sea line honors Ulysse Nardin’s nautical legacy in haute horology. Powerful and avant-gardist, it is a rugged all weather sports diving timekeeper with a self-winding movement which features a 42 hours power reserve indicator, oversized small seconds register and a large date display.

Its specially treated stainless-steel case, having undergone a complex vulcanization process is revealed with a matte-black rubber coating, presenting a sporty aesthetic and comfortable feel. Its exhibition case-back reveals the self-winding movement. Softening its styling is a calming wave pattern decorating the black, structured strap and dial.

The hour markers as well as the hour and minute hands are covered with yellow luminescent material for better visibility. Its power-reserve indicator is situated at 12 o’clock while the small seconds and round date are displayed at 6 o’clock. Small hands are painted in yellow. Provided with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a screwed crown, its case, individually numbered, is water-resistant to 200 meters. Strengthening its already exceptional reliability is the Black Sea’s rubber band including ceramic components and an exclusive black ceramic folding clasp.

Technical details
Reference 263-92-3C/924 Stainless steel

Movement
Caliber UN-26, 11 ½’’
28 jewels
Power-Reserve Approximately 42 h
Winding Self-winding

Functions
Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small seconds and round date window at 6 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel treated by vulcanization process with a matte-black rubber coating Unidirectional rotating bezel, wave-pattern decoration with diving scale
Diameter: 45.8 mm
Crown: Screw down security crown
Water-resistance: 200 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Open case back with sapphire crystal

Dial
Wave motif, black and yellow

Bracelet
Rubber bracelet with two ceramic elements and deployant clasp

Friday, July 13, 2012

SAINT HONORE Royal Coloseo

Luxury watch brand SAINT HONORE introduces new Royal Coloseo, new ladies watch model inspired from the famous Speed Boat watch of early 2000s. Arranged in three tiers on the bezel, the “EclairTM” finish is wonderfully sumptuous and feminine.

While the chapter ring with Roman numerals and eight diamonds encloses a delicately decorated mother-of-pearl dial centre, the redesigned case is completed with a crown topped by a black onyx, the signature of the Coloseo line. With its graceful, refined, elegant style, Royal Coloseo proves that a watch can turn heads without requiring a diameter of more than 37 mm.
Royal Coloseo stands out as a dazzling achievement in a glittering, infinitely precious, infinitely jewelled version. The bezel creates a unique “pavé diamonds” effect that captures the light with the slightest movement of the wrist. And because everything goes so well with it, Royal Coloseo can be paired to perfection with a wide range of fashionable leather straps with iridescent glints, in camel, burgundy, pink or blue... or with more understated versions in white, brown or black.

Technical details
- Stainless steel case, PVD finish rose, 38 mm, crown set with black onyx
-“EclairTM” bezel
- Sapphire Crystal
- White mother of pearl dial set with 8 diamonds indexes (0.05 ct)
- Brown leather strap on deploying buckle
- Quartz movement
- Water resistant to 30 m
- SWISS MADE

TIBURON HammerHead Diver

Barcelona based watch brand TIBURON presents HammerHead, a high precision diving watch in an exclusive limited edition of 50 pieces. Named after the HammerHead shark, this professional diving instrument is a must accessory for those who love deep sea diving. The TIBURON HammerHead comes with specialties of three countries: Spanish design, Swiss precision and German manufacturing.

Equipped with a high precision ETA 2824-2 Swiss made automatic movement, this diving timepiece performs normal timekeeping functions with an addition date indication at 3’ o clock. Case is made with 316 stainless steel and has a diameter of 43 mm.

The stainless steel case back is highlighted with the image of HammerHead shark. The orange dial with white luminova indexes, numerals and hands provides easy reading of time and also add the beauty to this diving timepiece. The most important think about diving watch is its water resistance and the TIBURON HammerHead has a water resistance of 200 meters (20 ATM).

Each hand made TIBURON HammerHead timepiece has been produced in Germany by incorporating Swiss precision movement and finished one bye one in Barcelona.

Technical details

Features
Model: TIBURON HammerHead - Diver Watch
Product No.: TIBURON-0001
Produced in Germany
100% Swiss movement
Finished one bye one, handmade, in Barcelona
Exclusive and limited to 50 units

Case
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 14mm
Band width: 20mm
Lug-to-Lug: 52mm
Weight: 209 g
Watch Crystal: sapphire crystal
Water proof: 20 ATM - 200 meters
Crystal with loupe
Rotating Bezel with crown 10 hr.
Screw crown at 3 hr.

Movement/Caliber
ETA 2824-2 Swiss made, Automatic

Dial
Orange with LUMINOVA numerals
Center seconds
Luminescent numerals with handmade LUMINOVA application
Luminescent hands
Date indication at 3’O clock

Bracelet
2 straps: stainless steel and Dive rubber orange band.