Sunday, January 29, 2012

De Bethune DB28 "Aiguille d'Or" Limited Edition

In November 2011, at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix prize-giving ceremony, the DB28 model by De Bethune was awarded the Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand), the supreme distinction of these prestigious awards. To celebrate this victory, De Bethune revisits this iconic model and offers a limited edition featuring subtle details that are sure to delight collectors and dedicated enthusiasts. The characteristic aesthetic of the DB28 is enriched with a rose gold baguette-shaped insert adorning the minute hand.

The distinctive shape of the mirror-polished titanium case, inspired by pocket watches, accentuated by the spherical moon phase and by the silicon/palladium balance, features an exhibition back revealing a finely decorated movement enhanced by gold wheels and a gold hand for the linear power reserve.

These exceptional timepieces feature a pure style in which the taut lines, the exquisite hand-crafted finishes and the slenderness of the case combine with the technical innovations to offer a contemporary expression of the horological art according to De Bethune. The DB28 "Aiguille d'Or" model is available in a limited edition of 50.

Technical details
Functions
Hours – minutes
Spherical moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication – performance indicator

Movement
Calibre DB 2115 – mechanical hand-wound
Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, De Bethune stripes
Self-regulating twin barrel
Silicon/platinum balance wheel
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system
Exclusive three-dimensional moon-phase indication
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 6-day power reserve indicated on the back of the case

Case
Case: 42.60 mm in diameter, made from grade 5 titanium or rose gold, 11.20 mm thick
Lugs: Mirror-polished titanium floating lugs * with pivoting system, available in long or short version. Their springs follow the shape of the wrist and its movements.

Glass: sapphire crystal with double glareproofing, 1800 Vickers
Crown: screw-locked at 12 o’clock – adjustable in two positions
Exhibition back: sapphire crystal, 1800 Vickers hardness with double anti-reflective treatment – horizontally controlled power-reserve indicator with a single rose gold hand - rose gold wheels

Dial & Hands
Dial: Polished grade 5 titanium hour circle and silvered minute circle – Mainplate hand-decorated and snailed, hand-chamfered and polished steel parts, De Bethune stripes – best-performance zone indication at 3 o’clock between a blue and red dot – 3D moon-phase display at 6 o’clock.
Hands: Mirror-polished stainless steel with rose gold insert

Strap
Extra-supple alligator leather with pin buckle

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Biography - RENÉ BANNWART (1915 – 2010): Founder of CORUM


"The prestigious key, which marks the Corum creations, opens the doors of time and is the best symbol of the work always more perfect and more complete. » René Bannwart

Born March 16, 1915 in Zurich, René Bannwart spent his childhood in Basel before joining Geneva to study at the Business School where he developed his passion for business.

With a watchmaking experience acquired from the most prestigious watch manufacturers, René Bannwart began his professional adventure at Patek Philippe in 1933 before joining Omega in 1940 where he established the first creative department and launched watch models which still today remain the talking pieces of the Brand. At Omega, he strengthened his expertise in watchmaking during 15 years. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a will to create his own watches, he founded Corum in 1955 with his uncle Gaston Ries. In 1958, he signed his first success with the model "Sans Heures" where time was only indicated by the hands on the dial. In 1966, a new interpretation of this model is embodied with the model Romvlvs (today one of the 4 key pillar of Corum) whose hours in Roman numerals are engraved on the bezel.

René Bannwart known for his humanist and aesthetic values has been able to reach his ambition by creating a Company that shines today in the constellation of the Haute Horlogerie. He leaves behind him as much a beautiful human than a watchmaking tale. Passionate and generous, he earned the trust and deep respect of his colleagues, clients and employees by building lasting friendships and sincere relationships.
Loyal to the golden rule used in creation, he was known for his sense of detail and artistic qualities. The strong creativity instilled by René Bannwart to Corum has been expressed, throughout its history, by many outstanding creations.

In 1958, launch of the Golden Tube model, a tube of gold in which the movement is inserted. This creation is behind the famous Golden Bridge model (1980), the first baguette movement that symbolizes the technical and watchmaking mastery of Corum and now part of the CORUM BRIDGES pillar.

In 1960, the first interpretation of the “Admiral’s Cup” model with a square case was developed. This was the first ever water-resistant square watch! In 1983, the famous Admiral’s Cup was reinterpreted in its emblematic design version (twelve-sided bezel, 12 nautical pennants) helping it to become the leader.

In 1964, the “Coin Watch” without back cover was created with an ultra-flat movement that is set in an authentic gold coin, a $20 Double Eagle Coin. This model was worn by numerous U.S. Presidents and prominent civilians. The watchmaking history and the watch aficionados will also remember the feathers dial (1970), the Rolls-Royce model (1976) pioneering the partnerships with the prestigious car manufacturer Brands, as well as the meteorite dials (1986) and the Tabogan watch (1997) whose ingenious mechanism allowing the watch to be turned into a table clock which has been patented.

In 2010, Corum celebrated its 55th anniversary and celebrates the half century of the Admiral's Cup collection whose iconic design has been created at the time by the son of Rene, Jean-René Bannwart; and 30 years of the Golden Bridge. The heritage which was founded in the heart and skill of one man, René Bannwart, has provided to the Brand deep and solid roots which has been revived by its current CEO Antonio Calce, who has taken back the fundamental strategy of the Brand since his arrival in 2005.

On January 13, 2010, René Bannwart passed away.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Biography - Antonio Calce (CEO of Montres CORUM Sàrl, & President of CORUM USA and CORUM Germany)

Antonio Calce, born on 19th April 1967, is married and the father of three daughters. An engineering graduate of a Higher Technical College, he also has a diploma in business management from a Higher Business School (HES).

In 1994, he joined the Richemont Group as Manager of the Technical Department of the Piaget Manufacture. He was then given greater responsibilities in the management of methods and logistics.

In 1997, he became Director of Product Development for the Piaget and Panerai brands. This new experience enabled him to develop his strategic vision and to complete his technical and product profile.

In 2000, he was appointed General Manager of the Panerai Manufacture. Called to participate in the construction of the brand, he was given the task of creating the brand’s management tools. This involved defining the organization, putting the human resources in place, integrating professional skills and utilizing his qualities as an entrepreneur and talented designer within the Panerai brand. Within 5 years, he had developed a winning product and movement strategy, in particular, with regards to the development of the first automatic 13 1/4 line movement on the market.

In 2005, in his development capacity, he was invited to join CORUM as Vice President of Operations. A true strategist, he put his entrepreneurial qualities to the service of the brand and took up the risky challenge of repositioning CORUM in the high-end watchmaking world and redefining both its organization and its managerial structure. By mastering all the development stages of a watch, Antonio Calce brings his expertise from creation through product launch to the market, including all phases of technical development, manufacturing, production and distribution.

In February 2007, he was entrusted with the position of CEO in order to continue managing the product strategy on a long-term basis. Enjoying the renewed success of CORUM, Antonio Calce planned to increase the brand’s awareness by developing strong product coherence based on 4 pillars (Admiral’s Cup, Romvlvs, Corum Bridges, Artisans).
In October 2009, after the takeover of CORUM USA LLC, distribution agent in North American and Caribbean markets; Antonio Calce was entrusted with the Presidency of the brand’s new subsidiary. To reinforce the brand’s presence in the German market, Antonio Calce built up a new management structure and was named at the president of the subsidiary in 2010. To have a better overview in Latin America, he also engaged a new agent to manage the area. Convinced by the importance of a more qualitative presence worldwide, Antonio Calce continues to build the brand’s distribution network with a longterm approach, and during 2010 opened three boutiques in one year.

A man of products, an entrepreneur and an assembler, Antonio Calce first set about the task of re-focusing the product collection on its foundations and working on the brand at its DNA level. He concentrated on investing in human resources in order to rebuild watchmaking talent within the company. With a view to regaining independence for CORUM, Antonio Calce initiated a process of skill integration, with a view to mastering the creation and production of the movements and leading the brand step by step towards its verticalization.

In 2009, he wrote a new chapter in Corum’s history by launching the second in-house baguette movement, entirely conceived, developed and assembled in the brand’s workshops. Housing the linear caliber CO 007, the Ti-Bridge stood out as a new icon of contemporary high horology from the moment it was launched.

Antonio Calce continues in 2011 the consolidation of the product development, with a focus on the brand’s two main pillars Admiral’s Cup and Corum Bridges. He brings a true structure into the Admiral’s Cup collection by organizing it around three distinct worlds; Extreme – Competition – Heritage.

In 2011, Corum launched the brand’s third in-house movement CO103. The exceptional baguette movement is offered in an automatic version with linear winding and Antonio Calce confirms that Corum has recovered its status as a luxury watch brand.

True to his entrepreneurial vision, Antonio Calce pursues the development of the brand with two main priorities which are complementary to the product development; the distribution and communication strategies. While reinforcing the subsidiaries and agents with new organizational structures and management, Antonio Calce strengthens the brand’s positioning by establishing a selective and qualitative distribution network. Besides he guarantees the development of the brand’s image through a professionalization of the communication plans.

Biography - Severin Wunderman (1938 – 2007) - (Owner of Montres Corum LLC from 2000 to 2007)

Born in Brussels in 1938, Severin Wunderman left Belgium with his sister during the Second World War for the United States, where he settled in Los Angeles. He soon took advantage of the opportunities offered by this city and developed his exceptional business acumen.

In the late 1960s, Wunderman made his debut in the watchmaking world as a salesman for a small private label watch company. One day he had a chance encounter with Aldo Gucci and turned it into the opportunity of a lifetime. A very loyal friendship formed between the two men. Gucci Timepieces became a reality and the rest is history. Wunderman’s keen sense of style and uncanny ability to produce models that were always at the forefront of the market brought him one success after another. Over the years, his company created and sold millions of watches distributed through more than 4,000 retail outlets all over the world.

In 1997, the Gucci group bought back the license from Severin Wunderman who was now free to take up a new challenge. He began his search for a watch brand he could call his own. The Corum brand, founded in 1955, had enjoyed a reputation for innovative and unique styling as well as superior quality craftsmanship, but was losing ground at the time both in Switzerland and on the international market. However, its potential remained as great as ever and the creative energy which is so typical of the brand suited Severin Wunderman perfectly. He took up the challenge and became the new President of Corum in 2000.
Just three months after acquiring the company, Wunderman, with his incredible creative talent, introduced no less than twelve new models at the renowned Basel 2000 World Watch & Jewelry fair – a feat unheard of in the industry. Each year the breadth and depth of Corum`s creativity continued to expand. Developing stunning new designs as well as resurrecting and updating classics from the archives, Wunderman, along with son Michael who took over the role of President in 2004, has breathed new life into the brand – a “jewel which was waiting for the final polish”.

But the activities of the owner of Corum did not stop at his passion for the creation of new watches. Already in his youth, he had been attracted by art and culture and showed a special affinity with the works of Jean Cocteau. Over the years, his artistic sense was refined and he collected the works of great masters of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

As soon as his personal fortune allowed him, he turned his dream of creating a Cocteau Museum into reality in the shape of the Severin Wunderman Family Museum, situated in Orange County.

In parallel with his artistic activities, he also developed a philanthropic and humanitarian action to which he dedicates between 13 and 17% of his annual earnings. He created and financed several foundations: Change a life and Severin Wunderman Family; the first to assist people of merit who are facing moral or material distress, by donations or endowments, and the second to finance fundamental research into incurable illnesses. Then, with Steven Spielberg, he founded The Severin Wunderman Collection of Child Survivor Testimonies from the holocaust: The children speak to children.

Knowing the ties that linked Cocteau with Menton, he made an offer to its Deputy-Mayor: he was willing to make a donation to the City of over one thousand and two hundred Cocteau works owned by him, his purpose being to make better known and perpetuate the works of this great artist with whom he would like to associate his name in France, Cocteau’s home country.

This twofold commitment of Severin Wunderman to culture and philanthropy earned him the recognition of Cocteau’s country of origin. By decree of 31 December 2004, the President of the French Republic appointed him to the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor. The medal was presented to him on June 17, 2005 in Paris, in the salons of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, by the Minister, Mr. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. The ceremony took place in the presence of a delegation from the Ministry, the authorities of the city of Menton, the Deputy Mayor and his assistant from the Department of Culture, the territorial director and numerous personalities, including the chief curator of the Museums of France and the director of the department of cultural development at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Severin Wunderman’s immense Cocteau collection comprises more than 2000 works, distributed between the Severin Wunderman Family Museum in California, the future Musée Cocteau de Menton and his various private residences.

On 25th June 2008, Severin Wunderman died at the age of 69 at his vacation home in Nice resulting from a severe stroke. The owner of Corum since 2000, Severin revitalized and reestablished the Corum Brand with his creativity and ingenuity. Severin was a man of the Arts and Culture whose personality and charisma influenced his innovative designs which elevated him to an Icon in the watchmaking industry.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Edox "Dakar Limited Edition"

The new Edox Dakar Limited Edition timepiece possesses the brand's much-prized values: strength and technicity.

 Boasting the attribute of the perfect sporting vehicle, the new Dakar Limited Edition is imbued with the same steel as are the nerves of the Dakar drivers.

 With its solid 42mm diamter, the quartz movement is robust, made to withstand extremes of temperature, impacts, sand and earth. The dial faithfully depicts the route of the South American tour. The black back offers perfect visibility, and sets off the white detail of the dial magnificently.
The Dakar is a 500-piece limited edition, each piece supplied in an exclusive presentation box.

 Edox is the official timekeeper of the Class-1 World Powerboat Championship and official timing partner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).Edox is the official timekeeper of the Dakar Rally Raid in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 Technical Specifications: 
Functions: Display of hours, minutes, small second and big date
Calibre: Edox 64, based on Ronda 6004B
Movement Height: 3.3mm
Case Height: 11.8mm
Diameter: 42mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters / 10ATM
 Finish: Stainless steel 316L, numbering engraved on a plate affixed on the side of the case
 Dial: Black carbon fibre, white details (2012 Dakar road map, Chile, Argentina and Peru flags, indices) Glass: anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire
Bracelet: stainless steel 316L, deployement clasp
 Available worldwide January 2012

Exhibit Artists Series by Ecko UNLTD

Unlimited expression has always been the point. Now, Ecko UNLTD. unveils a fresh canvas for creativity: its own product line. Ecko UNLTD. introduces the street inspired Exhibit Artists Series. The Exhibit Artists Series features the original artwork of top graffiti artists representing countries and cultures around the globe, articulating a cohesive story through this urban art form.

The Exhibit Series showcases timepieces, t-shirts, footwear, hats, backpacks and an assortment of items across the Ecko UNLTD. product categories. Exhibit Series timepieces feature eight leading graffiti artists' original designs. Each artist worked with one color using a tone-on-tone format to tell their distinct story. Collaboration with the global fashion brand, Ecko UNLTD. will give the artists more visibility and more opportunity to make an impact on the unlimited generation.

For UNLTD. timepieces, each artist will display their art on the newly launched Tran, a street inspired timepiece that displays its cool factor through translucence. The simplicity and transparency of the Tran makes it the perfect platform for artistic expression. The timepiece features a lightweight integrated plastic and metal case with soft silicon straps. Its 48mm thermoplastic case is framed by a metallic top-ring. Simple 3-hand movement and subtle hour markers give the artists a clear space to work.
HERE ARE THE EIGHT ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBIT TIMEPIECE COLLECTION:-
  • Askew One: One of the driving forces behind New Zealand's graffiti art scene, his color story is green.
  • Superblast: Berlin-based graffiti artist, worked with groundbreaking artists and companies. Superblast is feeling blue.
  • Cope2: From the Bronx, NYC, internationally recognized for his distinctive "Wildstyle." Based in black.
  • SUIKO: From Hiroshima's streets to the UK, Brazil, LA and NYC, he's tagged the world. Working in red.
  • PEZ: Born in Barcelona, known for the good vibrations of his infamous smiling fish. In yellow, of course.
  • KENOR: From Spain. Color, life, parallel worlds, smiles and light create beauty wherever he goes. Purple works for him.
  • ERMS: Based in Paris, ERMS is an artist and graphic designer colored by the hip hop and skateboard scene. Pink.
  • 123KLAN: From France, this innovative graphic team birthed a brand new visual movement. Shades of Gray.

Jordi Presents its “Icons of the World” collection at GTE 2012

On the occasion of the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE 2012), Swiss luxury watch brand Michel Jordi is unveiling a new facet of the JORDI Swiss Icon brand concept. Because icons know no borders, the brand pays tribute to legendary locations around the world through a collection enriched with eight exceptional watches, each limited to 3 unique pieces.

JORDI, founded in Geneva in 1988, is a brand of passion for watchmaking, bold creativity combined with Swiss tradition, as well as a concern for detail and for excellence.

For the Geneva Time Exhibition, JORDI Swiss Icon is introducing a Fine Watchmaking collection named “Icons of the World” and which pays homage, through beautiful designs and horological complications, to some of the world’s most legendary places.

To create this exceptional collection of eight models, each produced in a series of three unique and signed watches, Michel Jordi has called upon the talent of the brilliant watchmaker and developer Jean-François Mojon from Le Locle. Awarded Best Watchmaker Prize at the 2010 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, he is known for his ingenuity in a wide range of exceptional horological creations.

For the “Icons of the World” collection, he has created an original gong-striking alarm movement. Instead of the traditional vibrations of the case-back, a hammer strikes the gong at the low rate of one impulse per second. In this instance, Jean-François Mojon’s art consisted in slowing down the striking mechanism to the point where it echoes the characteristic cadence of a mountain chapel bell. The finely crafted anthracite hand-wound movement with complication features superb finishing with black and red engravings. Visible through the sophisticated multilayer openworked dial, it radiates a truly harmonious visual appeal.

The design, bearing the signature of Christophe Moinat, reflects the key identity codes of the JORDI Swiss Icon collection: the domed sapphire crystal evokes the shape of a Rhone River pebble, the source of inspiration for the collection and the cylinder-shaped crown housing a decomposed Swiss flag. The art of paper-cut design, the popular Swiss art revived and updated by JORDI Swiss Icon, lends a subtle touch to the dial while making a powerful match for the resolutely contemporary design.

On each “Icon of the World” watch, the moon-phase display creates a surprise by revealing the place or the monument that gives a country iconic stature: the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Mount Fuji, the Sugar Loaf Mountain of Rio de Janeiro, the Kremlin in Moscow, while Switzerland is represented by Interlaken with the Eiger and the Jungfrau, and Geneva with the “Jet d’Eau” water fountain and the Mont-Blanc. The USA are closing the scene with the iconic Statue of Liberty. The combination of titanium and red gold for the case accentuates the unmistakable strength of character of this chronograph. It is fitted with a dedicated “Icons of the World” genuine leather strap.

Each year, JORDI Swiss Icon will introduce an original and innovative complication model, so enthusiasts can already look forward to following the ongoing parade of authentic icons.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire 40.5

Running an elaborate complication such as a calendar within a classic watch always has a detrimental effect on the precision of the time indications. However, the highly experienced watchmakers at legendary Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre now come with a Dual-Wing concept, an instrument capable of creating a perfect alchemy: a calendar watch that was as accurate as a chronometer.
Arranged on the elegant and easily readable dial, the hours, minutes, seconds and moon-phase displays appear to make the Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire a classic watch model. But inside the case and partially hidden from view beats Calibre 381, a prodigious movement boasting unprecedented precision based on the Dual-Wing concept and which propels the watch firmly into the spheres of Haute Horlogerie.

The truly extraordinary appearance of the watch lies in the actual concept behind the Dual-Wing movement, which is distinguished by the presence of two independent energy sources: the first, regulated by the escapement and the balance, is entirely dedicated to the precise measurement of the passing of time; whereas the second source of energy is devoted to the display of the functions: hours, minutes, seconds, calendar and moon phases for both hemispheres. Their synchronisation is ensured by the jumping seconds hand mechanism.

This Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire brilliantly illustrates the extreme research undertaken in the laboratory-workshops of Jaeger-LeCoultre: this watch reaches the heights of precision with a jumping seconds hand moving in sixth of a second increments while displaying the date and the moon phase on a separate subdial. Through in-depth study and a willingness to challenge the fundamental principles of horological theory, the Jaeger-LeCoultre specialists have succeeded in creating a calendar watch in accordance with the Dual-Wing concept – a principle featuring exceptional characteristics that enable a degree of rating precision that was previously the exclusive preserve of timepieces free of any complications.  

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 381, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand 21,600 vibrations per hour
50-hour power reserve
367 parts
40 jewels
7.25 mm thick
33.70 mm in diameter
Two independent barrels  

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, and jumping stop seconds with zero/reset system
Date, age and phase of the moon (for both hemispheres), power reserve
Regulator power reserve  

Dial
Crystalline grained
Pink gold appliques

Hands
 Hours and minutes : “leaf” type
seconds : baton type with pear-shaped counterweight

Crowns
One crown to wind the watch and adjust the hours and minutes
One push-piece to adjust the date • One corrector to adjust the moon phase

Case
ø 40.5 mm, thickness : 13.07 mm
18-carat pink gold
Polished and satin-brushed finish
sapphire crystal, cambered on the dial side, hardness no. 9, glareproofed on front and back
water resistance : 5 bar  

Strap
Chocolate-toned alligator leather with 18-carat gold pin buckle

Reference
Q6042521, 18-carat pink gold

T-Fun collection by TF Est. 1968

Swiss watch brand TF Est. 1968 presents The T-Fun collection, boldly coloured watches on a carbon ground. The global brand TF Est.1968, a figurehead of flawless Swiss quality and affordable luxury, has launched T-Fun, a colourful, bang-on-trend collection of watches, available in 2 versions: a three-hand automatic (high-quality decorated Swiss movement ) and a chronograph. Signature identity codes include dials and bezels sporting a genuine carbon finish and highly luminescent hands and logo.

Enjoying worldwide distribution thanks to its famous cufflinks housing a Tourbillon style watchmaking mechanism, the lifestyle brand TF Est.1968 has moved into the field of watchmaking armed with some highly convincing arguments and a particularly seductive colour palette, not to mention attention-grabbing aesthetics.

A member of the mechanical family, the T-Fun automatic, water-resistant to 150 metres, 45 mm in diameter In an exceptional move for a mechanical timepiece available at an incredibly affordable price that will test anyone’s powers of resistance, this T-Fun timepiece houses a 100% Swiss made decorated and circular-grained, Côtes de Genève finished three-hand automatic calibre.

Personalised down to the surfaces of its oscillating weight, the movement is open to view through a transparent back. Fitted with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water-resistant to 15 atm, the case crafted in 916L steel or 5N gold plate transcends even the eye-grabbing chocolate brown and apple green colour scheme, shot through with flashes of vivid orange or white. Genuine carbon coats the dial and the circular grained matching bezel.

The virile screw-down crown, struck with the identity-rich TF logo, makes a proud linear statement. Swiss made automatic calibre, Côtes de Genève finish and circular-grained decoration, personalised oscillating weight open to view through the transparent back. Screw-down crown.
Interchangeable straps, the ultimate finishing touch. The models come with Two straps, one in felt-touch rubber bearing the TF stamp, rounded off with an Ardillon buckle sporting the TF Est. 1968 brand colours, the other a NATO style nylon strap. A ring echoing the chosen colour extends and highlights the bezel surround in a particularly attractive aesthetic touch.

A great watchmaking success for a global lifestyle brand that stands out from the crowd. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, transparent back. Recommended retail price: CHF 1,450.00 T-Fun chronograph watches, sporty timepieces, 45 mm in diameter, bold colours, seductive aesthetics, water-resistant to 150 metres.
The T-Fun collection goes for bold colour pops for the chronograph version, making it sporty and aesthetically desirable. Highly luminescent indices and logo, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, Swiss Ronda quartz movement, screw-down crown struck with the TF logo, matching carbon back and bezel, water-resistant to 150 m. Comes with 2 straps: felt-touch rubber strap and NATO style nylon strap. Recommended retail price, CHF 890.00

RenaissanceTourbillon Minute Repeater by Speake-Marin

Independent luxury watch maker Speake-Marin unveils Renaissance, an open-dial, tourbillon minute repeater that announces the time as spectacularly as it announces an important new dawn for Speake-Marin. Renaissance incorporates an accumulation of knowledge and experience, and takes the classical Speake-Marin elements to another level: another level of elegance, with its slim design; another level of mechanical complexity, with its tourbillon and minute-repeater; and another level of aesthetic sophistication, with its open-dial architecture featuring harmonious bridge design and superlative finishing. Back of each Renaissance movement is decorated with a different intricate hand-engraved design making each one a unique piece. With this Renaissance timepiece, Peter Speake-Marin has embarked on his own intellectual journey of rediscovery to harness the classical elements of Speake-Marin and reinterpret them to extraordinary effect.
In Renaissance tourbillon minute repeater, all of the quintessential Speake-Marin qualities are there to behold, qualities that go right back to the Foundation Watch, the very first timepiece to bear the Speake-Marin name. Renaissance features the iconic Piccadilly case; characteristic pleated crown; signature Foundation hands; intricate hand-engraving; and, as with the Foundation Watch and many subsequent models, the signature Speake-Marin topping-tool motif, here in the form of the tourbillon cage. In addition to retracing all that he has worked on and developed since the inception of the eponymous Speake-Marin brand over a decade ago, Peter Speake-Marin has also drawn on his formative years working in antique timepiece restoration in Piccadilly, London where he worked extensively on minute-repeaters.
Tourbillon
The Renaissance movement was developed to Speake-Marin’s specifications by La Fabrique du Temps in Geneva. The 60-second tourbillon at 5 o’clock maximises timekeeping precision by averaging the effects of positional variations caused by gravity. But the tourbillon provides esthetical as well as technical benefits as it rotates, catching the light and the eye thanks to the fine finishing of its topping-tool shaped cage, with a heat-blued hand indicating seconds. Timekeeping precision is also ensured thanks to an isochronism-improving free-sprung balance and the lightweight, energy-efficient silicon escape wheel and anchor.  

Minute Repeater
The minute repeater, activated by a slider on the case band at 9 o’clock, chimes the hours, the quarters-hours and minutes after the quarter-hours so enabling the ‘reading’ of the time without having to look at or see the dial. The Renaissance minute repeater features an all-or-nothing mechanism, found on the highest-quality minute repeaters, which avoids the incorrect time being chimed if the slide is incompletely activated. The regularity of the chimes are silently and precisely controlled by a centrifugal inertia regulator, that can be appreciated through the display back thanks to its large trans-parent sapphire bearing. The display-back also reveals the repeater hammers and gong with ‘London-Geneva’ engraved on the repeater mainspring bridge, while the straight drum-like sides and form of the Piccadilly case and the open dial act as the perfect amplifier for the crystalline chimes.  

Open-dial architecture
The technical, visual and aural theatre of Renaissance’s tourbillon and minute repeater is complemented by a daring open-dial architecture in which the Speake-Marin bridge and component designs are in full resplendence. And where carefully-contoured curves are juxtaposed with straight-angled lines, all parts beautifully hand-bevelled and superlatively finished. Superb legibility for reading the time is provided by heat-blued Foundation-style hour and minute hands coupled with engraved indices on the chapter ring with engraved and lacquered Roman numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock.  

Unique hand-engraved movement
If the open dial – with its exposed micromechanics, repeater and tourbillon – is a horological work of art, turning over Renaissance reveals more superb artwork in the form of unique intricate hand-engraved designs on the movement back plate. Speake-Marin designed the back movement bridges so that the whole of the surface of the back of Renaissance is like a canvas where the master watch maker himself could fully maximise the possibilities of engraving. It has given him the liberty to be able to explore many different artistic avenues. For him these unique hand engravings complete Renaisance on both technical and aesthetic levels. Engravings of this sort are also a classic Speake-Marin element. Many of the early pieces he created were dragon-orientated, working with either Japanese artists or European engravers but often in an Asiatic style and first two Renaissance pieces bear beautiful dragon engravings. Every Renaissance Tourbillon Minute Repeater is a unique piece.
Technical details
Features and  indications
Foundation-style, heat-blued hour and minute hands
Heat-blued second hand on tourbillon cage at 5 o’clock
Open dial revealing finely-finished movement  

Dial and hands
Hours, minutes and small seconds (on tourbillon cage)
Minute repeater featuring an all-or-nothing mechanism and centrifugal inertia regulator
60-second tourbillon
Each piece features a unique, hand-engraved movement

Case and Strap
Iconic Piccadilly design
Dimensions: 44.0mm x 11mm
Three-piece case crafted in 18k red gold
Two-position Speake-Marin crown
Minute repeater slider on case band at 9 o’clock
Sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100’
Display-back
Case-back circumference engraving: “Speake-Marin - Minute Repeater - The Piccadilly- Tourbillon”  Strap made from natural alligator skin with gold tang buckle  

Movement
Dimensions: 32.4mm x 5.36mm
Power reserve: 100 hours
Jewels: 29
No. of components: 330
Speake-Marin signature motif topping tool design tourbillon cage
Tourbillon cage: 13.59mm
Free-sprung balance
Balance frequency: 21,600vph / 3Hz
Balance diameter: 8.8mm (9.6mm with regulating screws)
Balance inertia: 10mg/cm2
Silicon anchor and es-cape wheel
Two-hammer minute repeater featuring all-or-nothing mechanism
Speake-Marin bridge design and hand-finishes
Unique, hand-engraved motif on back plate
The latter includes “Speake-Marin - Piece Unique Gravée Main”
Minute repeater chime mechanism engraving: “Ge-neva-London”

Tiret Gotham Power Reserve with Floating Diamonds

This new addition to Gotham Power Reserve family has floating yellow diamonds. Diamonds float freely in special oil through each section throughout the bezel. Declaring an art deco aura with its unbroken flow of definition, linear curves, geometric motifs, color palette, mixed materials and extended capabilities, the Tiret Gotham Power Reserve is a lyrical performance of time. Its purpose is its essence, its philosophy an admired lifestyle. Luxuriate in what you treasure with the comfort of knowing accuracy is certain for a marked duration. The ability to attend to all the fine details of an upscale agenda is a genuine gift in time management. Relying on superb mechanics offers a freedom to enjoy it all. Such a pleasure exists in the Tiret Gotham Power Reserve, 42 hour with automatic winding. Elegant strength in a continuous flow and sweeping imagination fill a definite 2,520 minutes of bliss.
A combination of amazing and pristine Swiss engineering contained in a timepiece filled with your personal delights makes a very expressive landscape for the wrist. Enjoy your priorities with a relaxed contentment knowing that inside this generous yet poised silhouette reliability has been perfected for Tiret. TIRET GOTHAM POWER RESERVE Movement: ETA 2897 Power reserve; rhodium; visible Tiret New York engraving; additional train wheel bridge with Tiret New York engraving on side; oscillating weight surface smoothed, with engraving SWISS 21 JEWELS.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 GIGN

The exceptional men and women of the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) specialize in combating terrorism and organized crime. United and experienced, they are the National Gendarmerie’s elite unit and are at the forefront of international high-risk operations.

Having decided to create a watch bearing their insignia and embodying their values of cohesion and professionalism, the GIGN naturally approached the Swiss watch brand Bell & Ross to produce a special edition timepiece.

In France and abroad, the GIGN’s « Super Cops » confront extremely dangerous situations. The missions they are sent on require total commitment and special training. Their equipment must be ready to face every danger. Bell & Ross is a designer of functional instruments for professionals working under extreme conditions and manufactures watches with a high level of reliability that are recognized for their unparalleled qualities: easy-to-read, functional, precise and water-proof.
This makes them perfectly suited to the needs of the GIGN. For these professionals, a watch is not only a tool to assist them in their work, it is also a constant ally and part of their identity. Air force pilots, bomb-disposal experts, professional divers and counter-terrorism experts already work with the Bell & Ross brand, which is proud to be producing another prestigious product for the men and women of the GIGN whose values and courage inspire respect.

Bell & Ross has always designed watches for professionals and its creations are based on an immutable principle: functionality drives design. The clean lines of the watches in the Instrument BR collection – which have become the brand’s iconic models – authentically echo the design of a plane’s cockpit clock. Designed for men of action looking for precision and ruggedness, they are extremely readable as well as highly reliable.

The 42-mm diameter BR 03-92 is a functional watch par excellence, the ideal, discreet tool for professionals for whom each second may be a matter of life or death. Perfectly readable day or night because of its matte black dial, anti-glare sapphire crystal and imposing photoluminescent hands, the BR 03-92 GIGN is also water-resistant to 100m and powered by a high-precision Swiss mechanical movement with a power reserve of 40 hours. Simple and discreet, it is fitted with a black rubber or heavy-duty canvas strap guaranteeing durability and comfort.
The dial of the BR 03-92 proudly and elegantly bears the GIGN insignia, placed at six o’clock. More than just a logo, this emblem is the symbol of membership in the National Gendarmerie’s elite. It is built on six core values.

• The circle represents the cohesion of the operational unit and its ability to tackle every aspect of a crisis situation.
• The crosshair symbolizes the primary discipline practiced by members of the GIGN: shooting accurately and effectively.
• The parachute, which is inside the circle, represents the GIGN’s membership in the military family of airborne troops.
• The blue of the emblem’s background is a subtle reminder of the unit’s skill and ability underwater.
• The carabiner represents the elite unit’s skill in various high-risk climbing techniques including the hazardous practice of rappelling.
• The two stars between the words « Gendarmerie » and « Nationale » symbolize the « second generation » GIGN after the 2007 reforms.

Produced in a limited edition of 200 units and engraved with a three-letter acronym or certification number of each recipient, the BR 03-92 GIGN instrument is exclusively available to members of the Gendarmerie Nationale’s elite unit.  

Technical details 
Movement: mechanical automatic with power reserve of approximately 40 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: satin-brushed steel with a 42 mm diameter
Dial: matte black with GIGN insignia at six o’clock; numerals, index and hands covered in a photoluminescent coating
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: black rubber and black heavy-duty canvas

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge

The Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge pays tribute to the many artists and intellectuals who, during the period of intense effervescence surrounding the birth of the Reverso, proudly wore a red dial on their version of this model, thereby asserting their dandyism and their uncompromising liberty of style. Since 1931, the Reverso watch has consistently reinvented itself, while never betraying its identity. Interpreted through classic, sporting, Grande Complication and jewellery versions, it has housed over 50 in-housed made calibres. It has also featured several hundred dials displaying a wealth of nuances that continue to stir the passions of collectors and devotees of fine objects.
The Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge pays tribute to one of the rarest and most sought-after historical Reversos. In the 1930s, the Manufacture offered a broad palette of dial colours. The vast majority of those acquiring a Reverso opted for white, cream-coloured, black or gold-toned dials. The reversible nature of their watch, its instantly recognisable Art deco aesthetic, and its personalised back, all vividly expressed the elegance tinged with originality that such individuals were seeking.

Even during this period referred to in French as the “Années Folles” (Crazy Years), it took a distinctly non-conformist attitude to add a colourful dial. Whereas only a very small number of people chose chestnut brown or blue, those who opted for red displayed an exacerbated dandyism, thereby asserting their pioneering nature and their sense of well-assumed elegance tinged with a hint of casual charm and freedom – because red is a definite eye-catcher. Positioned at the far end of the colour spectrum, it conveys powerful symbolism embodying life, blood, desire, power, danger, love and fire. The Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge reinterprets the red dials of the 1930s.

Equipped with manually-wound Calibre 822, it features an extremely large yet extremely slender case, and offers an unprecedented blend of passion, classicism and originality. Just as in the 1930s, it expresses uncompromising stylistic liberty. After a preview showing at the new Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique in Milan, the Reverso Rouge will find exactly the setting in which to express its personality pervaded by unique style and Italian-inspired elegance.  

Technical details 
Movement
Mechanical hand-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822
21,600 vibrations per hour
21 jewels
2.94 mm thick
134 parts
45-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes

Dial
Red lacquered
Silver-toned hour-markers

Case
Steel
46 mm long
27.5 mm wide
7.27 mm thick
 “1000 Hours Control” indication on the caseback
Water resistance: 3 bar
Boutique edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to “Mad Men” edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre, known for aesthetic influence and refinement in the world of watch-making, announced today the creation of a special limited engraved design of their iconic Reverso watch for a Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to the award-winning AMC series “Mad Men.” Twenty-five custom-created and numbered pieces of The Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to “Mad Men” will be available in February 2012.

Honoring Jaeger-LeCoultre’s legacy of design expertise and the iconic style of “Mad Men,” the limited edition will be presented in a distinctive, custom-designed walnut commemorative box featuring the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce logo embossed on the top as well as hand-inscribed on the back of each numbered piece. Additionally, each piece includes a personalized commemorative letter from Roger Sterling, several high quality Jaeger-LeCoultre advertisement reproductions, pictures of the Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to "Mad Men", and a copy of Roger Sterling’s book “Sterling’s Gold”, autographed by show creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner.
The Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to “Mad Men” edition tells a story like no other timepiece. In 1931, a technically advanced watch was developed for polo players with a dial that could flip, protecting it from damage while also offering a personalized engraved case-back.

Protected by patent, its art deco style and solid functionality was received with instant praise. The Reverso has evolved over the past eighty years with new faces, sizes and complications. Today, wearing one is an entry to an exclusive world – in terms of watch-making history and aesthetic refinement.

Since its premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has established itself as one of television’s most honored series. It reigns as the only cable series in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. “Mad Men” is produced by Lionsgate and premieres its fifth season on AMC in March, 2012.

Blancpain Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012

Faithful to its annual rendezvous, Swiss luxury watch brand Blancpain once again presents an exclusive creation for Valentine’s Day. This limited series of 14 watches, each set with 2.95 carats of precious stones, offers a fresh take on the refined aesthetics of the Blancpain Women collection, while associating it with the technical subtlety of the flyback chronograph. With its diamond-set bezel and lugs, caseband set with four diamonds and a heart-shaped ruby, crown adorned with a diamond and pushpieces covered with cabochon-cut rubies, the white gold case of this Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012 sparkles with dazzling splendour. Its engraved mother-of-pearl dial, featuring a marquetry-work motif composed of three white mother-of-pearl hearts and set with 8 diamonds, highlights the exquisite craftsmanship of the master-dialmakers of the Manufacture. In an additional nod to Cupid, the heart-shaped counterweight of the central sweep seconds hand is delicately hand-painted with a feather, thus endowing it with a distinctive convex shape. The sapphire crystal back of the 36 mm case reveals the complexity of the movement with its 308 parts and 37 jewels, along with the oscillating weight clothed in pink mother-of-pearl.
The Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012 houses the self-winding Calibre F185 that drove the very first ladies’ flyback chronograph model. It features central hour and minute hands, seconds shown on a subdial at 6 o’clock and the date appearing through an oval aperture at 12 o’clock. The chronograph function is displayed by a central sweep seconds hand, while the elapsed minutes and hours are counted off on totalizers at 3 and 9 o’clock. Two pushpieces serve to control the measurements: the first at 2 o’clock starts and stops the chronograph, while the other at 4 o’clock handles the flyback function. A single press on the latter pushpiece stops measurement of the first time interval and resets the hands to zero, and the timing begins again as soon as the pushpiece is released. This delightful model, fitted with a white alligator leather strap and presented in a precious wooden box delicately lined with white nappa leather, is available exclusively from Blancpain boutiques.

Perrelet Turbine XL Gold

With the new Turbine XL Gold, Perrelet is lending a touch of chic to its provocative 50 mm-diameter creation. The daring Turbine, with its slanted blades, is poised to cre-ate a sensation. Carved in solid rose gold, like the case, it is transfigured by the sun as soon as it starts to move, lighting up the dial with rays shining beneath an inner bezel ring bearing black Arabic numerals standing out against a gold-toned background. The red and white hands and hour-markers provide a contrast ensuring the perfect readability of the hours, minutes. The self-wind-ing P-181 Double Rotor movement, visible through the back of this watch fitted with a rubber strap, is adorned with Côtes de Genève admirably revealed thanks to the open-worked rotor with its polished and black lacquered surfaces. This 77-piece limited edition features an har-monious blend of eccentricity and elegance.
Technical details MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, P-181 Double Rotor, a Perrelet exclusive FUNCTIONS: central hour, minute and seconds hands CASE -(4N) rose gold -50 mm in diameter - 14.30 mm thick anti-glare sapphire crystal on both sides DIAL : black background, Turbine in 4N rose gold, inner bezel ring with black numerals on a gold-toned background and red and white hour-markers matching the hands WATER RESISTANCE : 5 ATM STRAP:natural black rubber, steel pin buckle with black DLC coating

FORTIS MARINEMASTER VINTAGE LIMITED EDITION

Mechanical FORTIS watches branded with the name “Marinemaster” were first distributed at the beginning of the 1940s. Thenceforth the Marinemaster was one of the most popular watches from FORTIS. Instead of updating the design of the watch, the Marinemaster always reflected the contemporary design and therefore the watch always looked different. As a tribute to this collection and especially on the occasion of the centennial of FORTIS, the Marinemaster from the 70s is re-editioned. The position of the subcounters with the permanent small second at position 3 o’clock and the chronograph function hands at position 6 and 9 o’clock as well as the typical blue or orange design provide the retro look. By the use of a special chronograph module, the MARINEMASTER VINTAGE combines classic and at the same time fresh design from the past with the experienced technical expertise from today. Remarkable design and a state-of-the-art in technology guarantee the unmistakable character of both edition models, coming in a limited edition of 500 pieces per execution celebrating the companys‘ 100th anniversary.
Technical details Chronograph automatic Steel highly polished and brushed Ø 40 mm Domed PMMA crystal with special coating Diver bezel black (120 divisions) Water-resistant 50 m / 5 ba

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ulysse Nardin - “Yuvraj” Executive Dual Time Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch maker Ulysse Nardin in association with its Indian Ambassador and Indian cricket sensation Yuvraj Singh, unveiled a new edition “Yuvraj", a limited edition of the Executive Dual Time version renowned for its unique time zone quick setting system. The case-back of the 62 pieces of the Limited- Edition is engraved with the signature of Yuvraj Singh. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the Watch will be going to the YUVRAJ SINGH FOUNDATION that promotes sport, education & health projects for unprivileged children. This timepiece was launched in December 2011 in Mumbai.

Monday, January 2, 2012

HUBLOT Baby Million Big Bang 44 mm Haute Joaillerie Chronograph

The Baby Million Big Bang 44 mm Haute Joaillerie Chronograph, the latest Haute Joaillerie creation from Hublot is adorned with 440 baguette diamonds, 451 brilliant cut diamonds, in total no fewer than 891 diamonds and a total of nearly 28 carats. It is a 44 mm Big Bang, an automatic mechanical chronograph, a matt black dial with 8 indexes each made with a baguette diamond, a genuine showpiece both in terms of the expertise shown in setting the diamonds, and in terms of its design which is perfectly in keeping with the codes of the Big Bang - sporty and refined, elegant and contemporary.



Little details which highlight the meticulous attention paid to the piece: even the two push-pieces are each set with 14 small diamonds. The Baby Million Big Bang 44 mm Haute Joaillerie Chronograph was first unveiled to the public at the Belles Montres Watch Show held in Paris at Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre from 25 to 27 November 2011.

Technical details
Reference 301.WX.1170.WX.9804
Case: BIG BANG 44 mm, automatic chronograph, White gold full set 88 white baguette diamonds and 219 brilliant white diamonds, 7.17 cts approx.
Dial: Matt black indexes set with 8 white baguette diamonds
Wristlet: White gold full set 344 white baguettes and 232 brilliant white diamonds, 20.69 cts approx.

CORUM Ti-Bridge Tourbillon Pave (Reference 022.705.85/0F81 0000) Limited Edition

Unveiled in 2011, this Ti-Bridge Tourbillon model (Reference 022.705.85/0F81 0000) is adorned with 689 diamonds totaling 8.64 carats. The radiant splendor of diamonds dramatically highlights the fabulous baguette movement which, suspended by its cross-bars, appears to be floating weightlessly in the center of the red gold tonneau-shaped case. The effect is further accentuated by the flying tourbillon which, in the absence of an upper bridge, looks as if it is levitating above the movement.

The CO 022 baguette caliber of the Ti-Bridge Tourbillon was designed, developed and produced in-house by the CORUM. The flying tourbillon has no upper bridge and thus seems to be floating over the movement. Its escapement beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. This mechanical hand-wound movement is endowed with a 72-hour power reserve. Caliber CO 022, which represents an aesthetic and technical feat, has a mainplate and bridges made from ARCAP that is treated to a gold finish. This new alloy made of copper and nickel is completely non-magnetic, anti-corrosive and enables complex finishing operations. Although a resolutely futuristic material, it may be adorned with traditional decorations such as satin-finishing and chamfering, creating effects that make a fine contrast with the “sunray-brushed” decoration of the two barrels.

The overall mechanism is held in place by a feature that has become an integral part of the unique Ti-Bridge style signature: cross-bars that secure the movement firmly in the center of the case. Also made from gold-treated ARCAP, they help to create a truly spectacular weightless effect.
The generously sized 42.5 mm by 52.3 mm tonneau-shaped case is water-resistant to a depth of 30 meters. Crafted from red gold and entirely set with sparkling gems, its ample proportions give pride of place to the caliber and its constantly moving tourbillon that are visible from all sides, including through the case-back. This version of the Ti-Bridge Tourbillon is available in an ultra-limited 25-piece edition. It is delivered with two straps: one in hand-sewn black crocodile leather, the other in brown crocodile leather, and both equipped with an 18K red gold folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Ti-Bridge Tourbillon, Reference 022.705.85/0F81 0000
Limited production of 25

Movement
CO 022, Hand wound mechanical flying tourbillon baguette movement
Bridges and plate made of ARCAP, red gold 5N coated bridge engraved with CORUM logo
Hand-wound by a stem at 3 o’clock
Frequency: 3Hz, 21,600 vibrations/hour
21 jewels
2 red gold 5N coated barrels with sun brushed finish
Intermediate and ratchet wheel with sun brushed finish
Two red gold 5N coated ARCAP strut bars fixed on the case and on the movement
Power reserve of 72 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon

Case
Dimensions: 52.3 x 42.5 mm
Tonneau-shaped case made of 18kt red gold 5N
Case and dial set with 689 round diamonds (8.64ct)
Fluted 18kt red gold 5N crown with satin and polished finishes, adorned with CORUM key
6-screw satin-finished case-back with engraved CORUM logo, open case-back under the movement

Dial: Set with diamonds, Red gold 5N coated hour and minute baton hands with Superluminova
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Strap: Black crocodile hand-stitched leather strap
Buckle: Triple folding clasp with opening and fastening system using 2 pushers, 18kt red gold cover bearing the CORUM logo
Water resistance: 30meters (99 feet/3atm)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ladoire Black Widow - Mr Ice

Ladoire’s Black Widow collection is now enriched with an exciting new model: Mr Ice. The new model, Mr Ice stands out from the crowd – big time – exuding an enigmatic magnetism that will attract no end of admirers. The assertive, virile bodywork coupled with luxuriant, black leather makes for a cool and confident exterior, while the expressive face is so striking, it leaves little doubt that an intricate and complex inner character lurks beneath it.

Mr Ice has a distinctive face that is unlikely to be forgotten in a hurry. The dial architecture, open-worked to reveal the sophisticated movement beneath, is multilayered and delineates three offset zones – hours, minutes and seconds – mounted on an innovative system of ceramic micro ball bearings. Hours and minutes are indicated by rotating discs on the lower half of the dial, while 20-second intervals are indicated by a small three-handed disk at 3 o'clock. This triumvirate of discs forms the Ladoire signature HMS Planetary complication.

The large, central hand displays a second time zone – adjusted via the black DLC quickset push-button on the case band at 2 o'clock. This feature is of particular benefit to frequent travelers and those with family and friends around the world. Six of the second-time zones are explicitly indicated between 8 o’clock to 1 o’clock, on indices around the dial, while engraved on the GMT wheel is Ladoire’s signature spider web. The ensemble of dial features have received black, silvered or fresh white finishes, the latter two reminding us of the cool, steely operator that Mr Ice most definitely is.

Mr Ice is consummately cool and nonchalantly aloof, but if you manage to get that little bit closer, you will discover the complex interior tantalizingly hinted at by the open-work dial. Turning Mr Ice over reveals an intriguing and original nexus of blackened bridges which smartly set off the eye-catching ruby jewels. To the top right, the mainspring barrel also bears an iconic Ladoire spider web– below which is the sleek micro-rotor that is the well-honed muscle of the automatic winding system.

The striking case of Mr Ice is crafted in high-tech Grade 5 titanium. The light weight coupled with superb strength of the corrosion-resistant titanium ensures Mr Ice provides excellent comfort for the wearer, while the natural finish gives a fittingly glacial luster that effortlessly catches the eye. The overall case design cleverly manages to combine ruggedness and finesse in equal measure.

Crafted with fine leather workmanship, the muscular strap completing Mr Ice is made from matt-black, full-grain, hand-sewn alligator leather, secured via a bespoke hand-made Ladoire Helvet Manufacture tang buckle. Mr Ice is available in an exclusive limited edition of just 12 pieces.

Technical details
Movement
LADOIRE Manufacture-made movement: Calvet/o2
Movement with automatic winding via a micro rotor
Jewels: 38 jewels
Height: 10.95 mm
Shaped mainplate (39.50mm x 29.50mm)
W-shaped GMT bridge structure, 12-hour dual time-zone display
Balance with screws, black PVD-coated*
Optimized gear-train toothing profile
Frequency 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
52-hour power reserve

Functions
Regulator – offset hours, minutes and seconds with patented display complication (HMS Planetary), divided into three zones with fixed indicator mounted on ceramic micro ball bearings
GMT 12-hour display with fast-adjustment push-button system

Case
Two-part asymmetrical dial: 9 – 3 o’clock: 50.84 mm/12 – 6 o’clock: 41.77 mm
Bezel, case middle and case-back in titanium
Titanium case with A-DLC type PVD coating
Black-Titanium crown with A-DLC type PVD coating: ergonomically positioned at 8 o’clock
Titanium-Black pusher with A-DLC type PVD coating, positioned at 2 o’clock
Cambered, sapphire crystal and flat sapphire crystal case-back, both treated with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistant to 50 meters

Strap
Full-grain smooth leather strap, double hand-stitched leather
Pin buckle A-DLC type PVD coating
Ergonomic strap secured by a single asymmetrical lug