Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eberhard & Co. to Support Audi Italia Sailing Team in the 2012 season

Swiss watch maker Eberhard & Co. has announced the partnership with the Audi Italia Sailing Team in the 2012 sailing season. This year is a memorable duration for the brand as the Swiss watchmaking Maison is celebrating 125 years of its existence.

The name of the Bienne based watch maker Eberhard & Co will stand alongside the Audi logo on the sails of the three Melges in classes 20, 24 and 32 during the whole season, started in Miami on the 8th of March with the Bacardi Cup, a regatta that ended with the Audi-Eberhard & Co. Melges 24 in second position under the guide of skipper Riccardo Simoneschi.


A calendar full of events for the three sailing categories and for the three Audi-Eberhard yachts: from Loano to Naples, along the islands of Elba and Sardinia, the Melges 20 and the Melges 32 will be competing in the fifth edition of the Audi Italia Sailing Series, a circuit in which Eberhard & Co. will also be Official Time Keeper. At the same time, the Melges 24 will be competing in the world championship for its category, starting in Torbole on July 30th. The event has a tight schedule from April through December, for a series of exciting regattas.

For over twenty years, Eberhard & Co. has been side by side with Audi in another prestigious sport event: the Gran Premio Nuvolari, a historical regularity race inspired by famous pilot, a competition that counts every year over 300 teams from all over the world.

TW Steel Canteen Collection: TW35, TW36 & TW37

Building on the continued popularity of the TW10 Canteen model, TW Steel introduced three new models, TW35, TW36 and TW37 – available in 45mm only, inject a little more flare into the original design while keeping its obvious and exceptionally elegant appeal.

The stand-out feature on these Canteen watches is the use of 56 Swarovski stones set on each bezel.  White stones adorn the TW35 while TW36 and TW37 use pink and black Swarovski stones respectively.  Each model uses a Miyota 2415 3-hand movement with a two-color combination on the hands with the part nearest to the center matching the color of the dial.
The two key changes that made to the collection were, the change from a chrono movement to a 3-hand movement and to switch from zirconias on the bezel to Swarovski stones.   An added style element, and another example of TW Steel’s focus on attention to detail, is the TW Steel monogram on the hook. This has been punched out for a hollow effect.  Similarly, while all dials feature a new layout, the numbering and indexing on all new models are rounder and raised in contrast to the TW10 design for a much bolder effect. With the use of white, pink and black Swarovski stones and the colored straps, there really is something there to suit all tastes and occasions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TW Steel Swiss Made Collection

TW Steel’s new Swiss made collection showcases the very best of ‘The Watch in Steel’, with six bold models representing the ‘Collection ExtraOrdinary’ family of Canteen, Tonneau and Goliath timepieces.   Additionally, two special CEO Pilot models in limited editions will also debut with the Swiss Made collection.

Celebrating the very roots of the TW Steel brand, the Swiss Made CEO Canteen executions, CE1051 (45mm) and CE1052 (50mm), feature a Swiss ETA movement (3-hands) housed in a contemporary sandblasted PVD dark titanium plated case with a sapphire crystal.  A shiny PVD dark titanium plated bezel, a dark dial and a stylish black Italian leather strap compliment the overall look.
 CE6000 Swiss Made Pilot Edition
The stand alone CEO Tonneau in the Swiss Made collection, the CE2006 (46mmx53mm), features PVD dark titanium plating on a larger sandblasted case with again a real sapphire crystal.  Its distinctive look is enhanced with the push-button holder finished in sandblasted PVD dark titanium plating while the push-button itself features a shiny PVD light titanium plated finish. 

Using a chrono Swiss Ronda movement, measuring time accurately up to one tenth of a second, and the movement also features an accumulated timing and interval timing function. CE3106 (37mm) features a Mother of Pearl dial with AA-grade PVD rose gold plating on the sandblasted case for an elegant finish complete with a sapphire crystal and white Italian leather strap. The CE3017 (37mm) and CE3018 (42mm) CEO Goliath Swiss Made models sport a sandblasted AA-grade PVD rose gold plated case with sapphire crystal, shiny bezel and sunray blue dial.  The theme continues with the use of a dark blue Italian leather strap – perfect for wearing with stylish jeans in both an informal and formal setting.

Finally, the Swiss Made collection is rounded out by the introduction of two CEO Pilot timepieces – both models are limited and numbered 001 to 500. CE6000 (45mm) and CE6001 (48mm) help celebrate the history of oversized models, when pilots required a timepiece with oversized dimensions and bold numbering.

Using a Swiss ETA three-hand movement, the CEO Pilot watches in the Swiss Made collection feature white numbering on a sunray blue dial.  They have an AA-grade PVD rose gold plated case and a sapphire crystal.  These models are distinctive for their luxurious but simplistic styling, accented by the use of a dark blue Italian leather strap. All models in the new collection incorporate sapphire crystal for added refinement in the executions.  Similarly, all watches in the Swiss Made collection come presented in the luxurious CEO presentation box.

Comitti Navigator Limited Edition with Chinoiserie Artwork

Comitti of London, a British horology company steeped in history and heritage presents Navigator Limited Edition with Chinoiserie Artwork (S5616G-B) model inspired from the first marine chronometers created by John Harrison.

Comitti’s artist has employed the Chinoiserie technique of painting fine detail onto gold leaf to create three base panels that capture the historic significance of this unique timepiece. A panorama showing the Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson approaching the French and Spanish ships at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the famous merchant navy tea clipper the Cutty Sark heading for home and H.M.S Beagle commanded by Captain Fitzroy arriving with Charles Darwin at the Galapagos Islands in the 1830s.


The Comitti movement is hand made from solid brass and gold plated. The dials have an enamel finish. The seconds are indicated by the scale above the clock face. The crystal glass canopy has a gold plated frame. The base with key drawer and high gloss black lacquer piano finish completes the presentation of this highly collectable timepiece. The NavigatorLimited Edition with Chinoiserie Artwork  is a vailable in a limited edition of 50 pieces worldwide.

Height: 21" (53cm) Width: 13.5" (34cm) Depth: 10" (25cm)

Anonimo Professionale Crono Titanio

The Professionale Crono is a diver’s watch in titanium and Drass that was developed in collaboration with professional divers from the C.N.S. (Cooperazione Nazionale Sommozzatori). The watch’s performance is enhanced even further thanks to its titanium grade 5 case. Titanium is just as durable as stainless steel and equally effective in an sea environment, but it is much lighter. Moreover, this titanium watch case can withstand pressures of 200 ATM as compared to 120 ATM for the steel version.
Anonimo Firenze has finished the case with a stainless steel bezel treated with Drass (Double Refinished Anonimo Steel Surface). This is a unique treatment, developed by Anonimo Firenze for darkening the colour of steel. This increases the metal’s resistance to corrosion and at the same time it becomes non reflective, a camouflage effect that is essential in military settings. Waterproof to 2,000 metres. Limited edition: 100, numbered.   

Suggested retail price: € 8.850

TW Steel CEO Diver Multi Function Automatic

TW Steel, a leader in the over sized watches presents the new exclusive new CEO Diver Multi Function Automatic editions.  The first four models to be introduced into the collection feature the use of a special new state-of-the-art automatic movement from Miyota – the Cal. 9100 – featuring reserve energy for 42 hours. TW Steel, is the first timepiece manufacturer to showcase this movement with the launch of the CEO Diver Multi Function Automatic models, CE5000 (44mm), CE5001 (48mm), CE5002 (44mm) and CE5003 (48mm), with features including day, month, 24H-time and date indicators, as well as a power reserve indicator.
The standout feature incorporated into all four models is undoubtedly the Miyota Cal. 9100 multi function automatic movement with shock absorber.  The quality and function of this particular movement is simply unrivalled within TW Steel’s timepiece sector and therefore set to prove extremely appealing to the consumer looking to make a bold statement with TW Steel. It features 26 jewels and a scratchproof sapphire crystal on the front and back.  The winding component runs on ball bearings with 28.800 A/h movements per hour (4Hz) while the rotor used features the instantly recognizable TW Steel logo engraved on it.  The power reserve display, distinctly situated under the 12/0 position, will increase when the wearer winds up the movement by hand – when it hits 40, the movement is fully wound up.

CE5000 and CE5001 feature a sandblasted PVD dark titanium plated case with a bold, black dial, while CE5002 and CE5003 sport a white dial instead.  All four models have a sandblasted PVD dark titanium plated bezel with the raised numbers on the diver bezel featuring dark titanium plating with a shine finish for a more distinguished look.  At the same time the new design process makes the numbers look as if they were laid directly onto the bezel with a bolder appeal.

All models in the new CEO Diver Multi Function Automatic collection utilize light titanium colored hands and are 10 ATM water resistant with a sapphire crystal.  The black dial models sport a black silicon strap while the white dial models use a white silicon strap.  All models use a CEO TECH sandblasted PVD dark titanium plated clasp.

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Tourbillon Micro-Rotor

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

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

Thanks to its tourbillon caliber, Corum takes the classical nature of this watch to yet another level, since the Admiral’s Cup 42 Legend Tourbillon Micro-Rotor beats to the rhythm of Caliber CO 029. This exceptional mechanical automatic movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock reveals its heart and invites the wearer to enjoy a plunging view of the 12 mm tourbillon carriage. Firmly secured to the movement, the openworked tourbillon bridge – gilded and polished for the red gold model , rhodiumed and polished for the steel model – is a real eye-catcher. A fine example of how a technical feature provides an opportunity for a fresh approach to elegance. On the other side of this model, the show goes on. The sapphire caseback displays the magnificent craftsmanship of the master-watchmakers. The Côtes de Genève motif makes a fine contrast with the micro rotor with its 17 mm-diameter gilded weight bearing the Corum key symbol. As befits such as fatally attractive model, the magic spell is woven through a limited annual production of 15 watches in red gold, 30 in red gold and steel, and 75 in steel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swarovski Piazza Grande Quartz

Austria based jewellery and watch brand Swarovski presents a new watch collection dedicated to men.The “Piazza Grande” for men is inspired by the bestselling “Piazza”, which was introduced when the first Swarovski watch collection was launched at Baselworld 2009.

Incorporating urban forms influenced by contemporary architecture, the “Piazza Grande” Quartz Rose Gold line will attract men looking for modern elegance, both refined and masculine, while combining the precision and quality of Swiss watch-making.

This distinctive watch, with its large 42 mm diameter, exemplifies purity of line. Within the classic ring of the watch dial, the rose-gold hand-applied Swarovski Swan Logo mark takes its place at the top of the dial. Each hour marker carries more than one crystal, except at 12 o’clock. The hand-applied index markers are set off by a discreet Jet Hematite crystal at each hour marker, and punctuated at six o’clock with an indicator that displays the date with perfect clarity.
Perfectly circular, the black dial bears faceted hands that count each hour, minute, and second. On its right side, the hand-polished rose-gold PVD cylindrical case is adorned with decorative elements in scratch-resistant black ceramic, which is faceted using true Swarovski expertise. The crown is also created in ceramic and features 24 facets, a real feat of technical prowess when working with such a material. The attention to detail of this timeless new creation, with its unequivocal horological design, extends to the back of the rose-gold PVD case with the Swan Logo mark.

For a sportier, casual look, one could opt for the brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet which naturally extends from the faceted lugs. The bracelet features a push-button clasp. Alongside the nine other styles, the dial is also offered in elegant navy blue, chic black, or white. The complementing strap is available in genuine leather of various colors, complete with a crocodile embossed structure, or a polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet.

Technical details
Case
Round rose-gold PVD case, with a 42 mm diameter, featuring two decorative elements at 3 o’clock in black faceted ceramic
Crown in black faceted ceramic, decorated with rose-gold
Swan logo mark outlined in black enamel
Scratch-resistant watch glass with an antireflective treatment
Water resistant to 50 meters

Dial
Black dial, with Jet Hematite crystals applied to all index markers other than at 12 o’clock. Swan logo mark in rose-gold is placed at 12 o’clock. Date indicator at 6 o’clock.

Strap
Black calfskin leather strap with an embossed crocodile structure and a rose-gold PVD ardillon buckle

Movement
Quartz, Swiss made

Details
Swan logo mark impression on the back of the case

Grönefeld One Hertz Titanium Collection

Haute Horlogerie brand Grönefeld presents the “One Hertz Titanium” collection, comprising four remarkable models: One Hertz Fire, One Hertz Ice, One Hertz Classic and One Hertz Ruthenium. Each one features Grönefeld’s own ground-breaking 285-component, independent-dead-seconds movement – where the second hand advances in full steps – housed inside a high-tech, polished, grade 5 titanium case. introduced in 2010, the Grönefeld "One Hertz" was the  the world's first and only production wristwatch with independent deadbeat seconds. The latest collection consists of four different models: Four titanium cases, four stunning designs: The flame-orange dial of One Hertz Fire; dashing cool white of One Hertz Ice; and two stylishly traditional One Hertz Classic and One Hertz Ruthenium.



One Hertz Fire
With the One Hertz Fire, the One Hertz dial has been radiantly reinterpreted in a more casual/muscular layout, with flame-coloured touches that contrast against the dark grey background and blackened hand. The hour and minute subdial at 2 o’clock features an electrifying orange crosshair and number 12 and bright white chapter ring. The raised seconds sapphire subdial – transparent over the hour and minute subdial – features metallised indices on a resplendent orange background, with a striking inner ensemble of white circles and arcs. In a scorching shade of orange, the power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock – now outside of the large seconds – and the setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock look like two leaping sparks. The stark orange-on-black Grönefeld logo at 5 o’clock neatly complements the orange stitching on the hand-sewn matte black strap.


Specific features

Dial: Hour and minutes subdial with orange crosshair and number 12; raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial) featuring metallised indexes with orange background; orange power reserve indicator; orange setting-winding indicator; Grönefeld logo and model name in orange on individual screwed down nameplates.

Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, Large seconds at 7 o’clock. Power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock. Setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, orange stitching, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo

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

The raised seconds sapphire subdial features metallised indices here on a pearly white background, with a striking silver inner ensemble of circles and arcs. The power reserve indicator at 11 o’clock – outside of the large seconds – and the setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock are in fresh white. The dial is framed by a clean, white outer ring that merges into the grey-on-white Grönefeld logo at 5 o’clock.

Specific features

Dial: Hour and minutes subdial with white crosshair and number 12; raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial) featuring metallised indexes with white background; white power reserve indicator; white setting-winding indicator; Grönefeld logo and model name in white on individual screwed down nameplates.

Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, large seconds at 7 o’clock, power reserve at 11 o’clock, setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.
Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte brown, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo

One Hertz Classic
The One Hertz Classic indicates hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock and has a large subdial for the dead seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter-balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial – the classic One Hertz position for this complication. The ensemble of indicators is all the more striking thanks to the stylish, circular micro-guilloche beneath.


Specific features
Dial: Silvered base dial. Classic One Hertz Hour and minutes subdial; Classic One Hertz raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial), Classic One Hertz power reserve indicator; Classic One Hertz setting-winding indicator, Grönefeld logo and model name on individual screwed down nameplates.

Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
Indications: Hours and minutes in subdial at 2 o’clock, large seconds at 7 o’clock, power reserve within large seconds, setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock.
Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo
 
One Hertz Ruthenium
The One Hertz Ruthenium indicates hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock and has a large subdial for the dead seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter- balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial – the classic One Hertz position for this complication. The ensemble of indicators on its almost black ruthenium dial is very stylish and sophisticated. The One Hertz Ruthenium in a polished and brushed titanium case is a perfect combination for a beautiful and comfortable to wear dress watch.


 Specific features
Dial: Dark ruthenium base dial. Classic One Hertz Hour and minutes subdial; Classic One Hertz raised seconds sapphire subdial (transparent over the hour and minute subdial), Classic One Hertz power reserve indicator; Classic One Hertz setting-winding indicator, Grönefeld logo and model name on individual screwed down nameplates.

Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power-reserve and setting-winding.
Indications: hours and minutes on a sub-dial at 2 o’clock. Large seconds at 7 o’clock; the innovative setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock is counter-balanced by the power reserve indicator, placed at 12 o’clock on the hour-minute sub-dial
Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, alligator leather with steel buckle engraved with Grönefeld logo
 
The “One Hertz Titanium” collection comprising One Hertz Fire, One Hertz Ice, One Hertz Classic and Onze Hertz Ruthenium is available in four limited editions of 30 pieces each.

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

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






Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Green Auction 2012

Girard-Perregaux, iconic luxury Swiss watch brand, has announced the creation of a unique timepiece to be auctioned during Christie’s Annual Green Auction on April 11, 2012. The auction, hosted by Christie’s for the third time, will be celebrated on April 11, 2012 at the Rockefeller Center, with a companion online auction hosted by Charitybuzz from March 29 -April19, 2012.


The Green Auction is a borderless collaboration of individuals, organizations, and businesses who are engaged, in spirit and action, in the protection and conservation of the environment. The star-studded affair is expected to raise millions of dollars in proceeds for four of the world’s leading environmental nonprofits- Oceana, Conservation International (CI), Central Park Conservancy (CPC), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)- specifically to benefit water-conservation projects central to each organization.

The 2012 Green Auction marks the third year the brand has supported this event, since its start in 2010. The Greem Aictopm is co-chaired by Graydon and Anna Carter, James R. Hedges IV, François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, and David and Susan Rockefeller. The evening event will feature a live musical performance by Grace Potter of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Live Fantasy auction.

Following an exclusive cocktail reception, the live auction will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind fantasy lots including a unique Girard-Perregaux timepiece. The Sea Hawk “Green Auction” 1000 features a steel and rubber 44 mm case and houses a Girard-Perregaux manufacture automatic movement with 46 hours power reserve indicator and is water resistant to 1,000 meters.

This exclusive, one-of-a-kind watch will be available for bidding via http://bidtosavethearth.charitybuzz.com/

GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966 JEWELLERY

The legendary 1966 collection from Swiss watch manufacture Girard-Perregaux gets a new sparkling member who is dressed in 807 diamonds just to tell the time. The case is in White or pink gold and measuring 38 mm diameter. The new dazzling GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966 Jewellery model remains faithful to the great classics of watchmaking. Its elegance is revealed both in the sparkle of the 807 diamonds that carpet the watch and in the harmony emitted by its silhouette. Haloed with a gem-set bezel, the slightly curved dial, entirely paved with "brilliant"-cut precious stones, required hours of meticulous gem-setting work. The twinkling diamonds are arranged in concentric fashion striking hypnotic effect. Keeping watch over time, the "leaf"-type hour and minute hands and four applied hour markers lend their elegance to the sophistication of the piece.

The alligator-skin strap supplely encircles the wrist, closing with a delicately gem-set ardillon buckle. The purity of the piece is completed by the beauty of its mechanism. The mechanical movement with automatic winding manufactured at Girard-Perregaux is equipped with a power reserve of over 46 hours. Visible through the sapphire-crystal case back, its gold oscillating weight is engraved with circular Côtes de Genève decoration. Renowned for its delicacy and reliability, the calibre 3300 is the worthy heir to 221 years of watchmaking expertise.

Technical details
Case in white or pink gold with convex anti-glare sapphire crystal
Bezel: white or pink gold, set with 72 diamonds (~0.85 carat)
Case back: anti-glare sapphire crystal
Dimensions: 38.00 mm   
Water resistance: 30 metres
Crown: white or pink gold, engraved with the GP logo
Dial: set with 713 diamonds (~2.97 carats)
Hands: "leaf" type

Girard-Perregaux 3300-0066 movement
Mechanical with automatic winding
Functions: hours, minutes
Dimensions: 11 ½ '''  - 25.60 mm
Total height: 3.20 mm
Jewels: 26 rubies
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Winding: automatic, oscillating weight in pink gold with Côtes de Genève engraving
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations / hour (4 Hz)

Alligator-skin strap
Ardillon buckle in white or pink gold, set with 22 diamonds

Reference
White gold: 49525D53A1B1-BK6A
Pink gold: 49525D52A1B1-BK6A

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Chronograph

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

Following on from the 50s Presidents’ Watch unveiled in 2010, Vulcain is introducing an exclusive new range of self-winding single-pusher chronographs. Available in two versions, this timepiece highlights one of the major horological complications, combining a sporting and technical nature: the chronograph. Better still, this new Vulcain single-pusher chronograph is inspired by a model that became a favourite with the coaches of the Real Madrid football club when it won the National Championship in 1934. Those in charge attributed a share of credit for this win to the Vulcain chronograph they had used to time their training sessions. Thus pervaded by the spirit of sport and of history, the new range enjoys strong roots further consolidated by the use of a complication presented in what is now a rare and distinguished version: the single-pusher type.
The first version, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph, is entirely in tune with the aesthetic codes governing the new range; while the second, the 50s Presidents’ Watch Heritage Chronograph is directly inspired by the dial of the 1934 model. Its calibre is chronometer-certified by the COSC. Celebrating the classic 1950s design codes, the 50s Presidents’ Chronograph features a blue, silver or charcoal grey dial curved at either end, as was typical in that era. The 12 o’clock numeral is surrounded by diamondpolished hour-markers. The dial displays two counters – a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock – in a “bicompax” style that was much in vogue at the time. A slightly oversized window at 6 o’clock indicates the date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movement

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

ANTOINE MARTIN Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel

In 2011 at Basel watch fair ,Swiss haute horlogerie brand  ANTOINE MARTIN had announced their grand entry to the world of luxury watch making by introducing the Perpetual Calendar QP01 (“Quantième Perpétuel au Grand Balancier”) Collection. This year, the enigmatic watch brand founded by watch making genius Martin Braun, presents their second and newest Collection “Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel”. This grand complication timepiece was unveiled at Basel world 2012.
The tourbillon revolves around its own axis once a minute, while the escapement in the rotating cage ticks away steadily at 2.5 Hertz, or 18,000 beats per hour. Martin Braun chose silicium as the material for the pallet lever, escape wheel and impulse pin, and opted for a balance of nickel silver. Precision adjustment is achieved via the two half-round-head screws made of 18-carat gold, while the tourbillon cage is poised using two gold rings. The result is a tourbillion consisting of precisely 65 parts and weighing a total of 0.62 grams. Not only that, the rotating cage has the breath taking diameter of 14.1 millimetres.
 The “Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel” is equipped with an in house movement Calibre 39.002. The collection has two models and features a choice of two different dials – silver in the rose gold - or black in the white gold case.

Technical details
Collection: ANTOINE MARTIN Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel

Model 1: TQP01.710.1
Hand-wound movement with six days power reserve
Case: Rose gold 18K
Double anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Genuine brown Louisiana alligator leather strap
Deployant buckle with rose gold 18K

Model 2: TQP01.800.1
Hand-wound movement with six days power reserve
Case white gold 18K
Double anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Genuine black Louisiana alligator leather strap
Deployant buckle with white gold 18K

URWERK UR-110 TTH & UR-110 ST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mattia Cielo launches its first jewel-watch

Italian jewellery brand Mattia Cielo presents its first Swiss-made jewel-watch dedicated to women. By introducing this unique timepiece, Mattia Cielo takes its first step on a journey of research and experimentation and  transforming a piece of jewellery into a precious timepiece.  The bracelet of the “Iguana” collection, distinctive for its supreme wearability due to the engineering technology applied to its components, is transformed into a gold watch.
Mattia Cielo is the founder of the company that bears his name.  Having worked in the family company Cielo Venezia 1270 – one of the most important jewellery groups in Italy, founded by his father Sergio – in 2006 he decided to establish his own company to create jewels for the Third Millennium. He is the jeweller-entrepreneur who brought to his company the avant-garde concept of a highly technological, innovative jewel.

His friend and contemporary Massimiliano Bonoli was the creative mind capable of realising his project.  Massimiliano Bonoli is the artist-designer of Mattia Cielo jewellery.  He is a true “architect” of jewellery, who in the application of industrial design to the jewel, seeks to modify productive processes in order to overcome their limits.  Via creative interpretation of engineering techniques, he turns the jewel into a living entity, capable of giving emotion. He has won numerous awards and accolades in the main international jewellery design competitions

Friday, March 30, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moon Phases Cufflinks by TF Est. 1968

Well-known for its cuff links inspired by the world of watchmaking, the Swiss life style brand, TF Est. 1968 presents a new cuff link collection featuring Moon phases complication. This particularly robust TF Est. 1968 cuff links are air- and water-tight and resistant to shocks and aggressions of all kinds.

Encased in a cage of steel, sporting an array of carbon details, a watchmaking mechanism in perfect working order accompanies every movement of the wearer’s wrist.
Through what appears to be the transparent crystal of a watch case, the eye is beckoned towards a voyeuristic display of technical achievement. Design-wise, the lack of conventional stem accentuates the functional aspect of the piece, preventing it from rotating about its own axis. A neat and snappy precision spring clasp holds the piece in place, anchoring it firmly to the shirt.

Available in 2 micron yellow gold-plated and 5N rose gold-plated versions, or in steel set with diamonds. By introducing this new collection, the brand continues to savour the success of its previous collection of Cufflinks that crafted in tribute to the Tourbillon.

ROLEX Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA Ref 116598 RBOW – 78608

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vulcain 50s Presidents’ Chronograph Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOT Interchangeable Watch

The YOT Interchangeable Watch by Brazil based watch making company Magnum Group combines charm and irreverence with its colorful bracelets, unusual finishes and modern technology. Consumers use their own creativity to design a watch that suits their personality or lifestyle, day or night. The YOT Interchangeable Watch is the most successful product of the Brazilian watchmaking industry with over 3.5 million units sold. Now as distribution has expanded, consumers in Italy, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and many other countries have the chance to enjoy these unique timepieces.

YOT (Your Own Time) is a pioneer in the concept of interchangeability. Sold in a kit containing 1 watch and 5 sets of bracelets, 5 cases and 5 bezels, it is a watch that can be easily transformed into different visuals to match personalities and lifestyles.  Beyond purchasing the initial kit, consumers can purchase and collect other bracelets in a variety of materials: matte or shiny with glitter and neon; translucent or pearlized, mixed metal, goldtone and silvertone, or in colored aluminum. The latest release includes a collection from an international designer with stamped bracelets or   leather bracelets with different textures and finishes.

Changing the bezel gives a surprisingly new looks for YOT- models. Bezels can be purchased separately and are available with multi-colored stones.  YOT is designed to be worn by both men and women making it an accessory that can be shared.


The YOT bracelets are made of flexible materials that are comfortable, and extremely durable when exposed to the elements (sun, water or perspiration.)  The cases are made of polycarbonate to ensure strength and endurance and are covered with a one year warranty against manufacturing defect. The cases are available in a variety of shapes and offered with colored stones to add texture and elegance.

The movements are highly accurate, with water resistance up to 100 meters (10 ATM.)  The addition of color to the dial and hour markers, as well as the introduction of crystals to the dial, bezel and case adds a dynamic dimension to the designs.  The LED collection consists of digital displays that show messages that can be edited by the consumer. Touch screen models enable the user to turn their timepiece into a stopwatch or alarm.  Each set comes in a unique reusable package that is great for travel or a day at the beach.  The Scented collection offers a citric aroma to an innovative design watch.

Magnum Group
Established in 1990, the Magnum Group has a prominent position in jewelry (MG Gold), electronics and watchmaking.  Its portfolio includes leading and prominent brands: YOT, Champion, Magnum, Cosmos, Yankee Street, Hang Loose and Ana Hickmann. Magnum is the exclusive distributor for recognized international brands such as Bulova, Disney, TechnoMarine, Cavalli, Just Cavalli and Sector.  Its factory, established in the industrial zone of Manaus, has the largest production capacity in Latin America, with capacity for 500,000 units / month. Administrative headquarters are in Sao Paulo with branches strategically located throughout the country. With offices in Hong Kong and designers throughout the world, they are able to meet the demands of the different international markets with exceptional quality

Christophe Claret Baccara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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