Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HEBDOMAS Watches – Brand Info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: http://www.hebdomas.net

HEBDOMAS Watch Collections

HEBDOMAS - BALADIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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


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



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

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



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

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

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

Monday, July 30, 2012

MONTBLANC Artisan "Hommage à Max Reinhardt" Special Edition Writing Instrument Dedicated to Salzburg Festival

On the occasion of Salzburg Festival 2012, Montblanc the iconic writing instruments brand will unveil a special edition pen inspired from William Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

Since 2002, Montblanc, as sole sponsor, has enabled the Young Directors Project as part of the Salzburg Festival - an innovative competition for young, international theatre directors and their ensembles. In addition to its agreed sponsorship, Montblanc dedicates part of the proceeds from the Max Reinhardt special edition every year to the Young Directors Project. By acquiring the limited edition fountain pen, Montblanc customers and collectors are making it possible for a fourth international ensemble to take place. This exciting festival has become an essential part of the overall Salzburg Festival programme. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award is chosen each year by an expert jury. This unique international prize for theatre direction consists of €10,000 in prize money and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt fountain pen designed exclusively for this project.

Montblanc special edition for Salzburg since 2003
Montblanc has celebrated the great theatre director and co-founder of the Salzburg Festival since 2003. Each year a new writing instrument is created that artistically reflects the various productions at the Salzburg Festival and the life of Max Reinhardt. Each piece is a unique work of art, a masterpiece made from the finest materials and finished to the highest level of craftsmanship.

"Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble."
For the creation of this year's special edition the designers from the Montblanc Artisan Studios in Hamburg were inspired by William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", which Max Reinhardt produced on many occasions.
"Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble" - with these words the spell is cast by the three witches who are visited by the royal commander Macbeth to have his destiny foretold. This scene is engraved in three-dimensional relief on the 925 sterling silver cap.

The barrel is made of red jasper and symbolises the bloodshed and sorrow caused by Macbeth. The hand-crafted, rhodium-plated, 18 carat gold nib is engraved with the silhouette of the fortress of Hohensalzburg. This writing jewel is finished with artistic chasing on the top of the cap and the Montblanc star in shimmering mother of pearl. This exclusive edition is presented in a luxuriously designed case.

The special edition "Hommage à Max Reinhardt" is limited to 20 pieces worldwide and is only available during the Salzburg Summer Festival (20 July to 2 September 2012) from the Montblanc boutique in Salzburg (Alter Markt 1).

Price: €15,000.00

WRYST Watches – Airborne Limited Edition

WRYST timepieces is a young watch brand founded by the world renowned watch designer Jacques Fournier, who also owns the Horology Design Limited studio, a leading provider of designs for some reputable watch brands.

The brand is specialized in the production of affordable luxury watch watches dedicated, inspired & designed for your extreme and freestyle action sports. The leading edge luxury timekeepers from WRYST come with avant-garde designs and state of the art specifications. The Wryst Airborne is the first affordable Limited Edition watches ever produced that fulfills groundbreaking stylish look, incredible strength attributes and reliability.

The Airborne line from WRYST timepieces are produced with great care by using the most advanced and reliable materials such as DLC coating for case, K1 mineral crystal as the replacement to sapphire crystal, Swiss made movements and finally the Polyurethane for straps. DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating in black provides ultimate protection against shocks and scratches.

The K1 mineral crystal is more shatter proof than sapphire crystal, and more scratch resistant than regular mineral crystal. The Strap is very comfortable to wear, thanks to Polyurethane, a unique material combining the elasticity of rubber with the toughness and durability of metal. Strap is attached with the 45 mm stainless steel case (Black DLC coated or Sand-blasted depending upon the model) using strong and resistant screws.

The engraved buckle is made from high quality Stainless Steel with a polished finish and held by screws to the strap making it more secure than conventional spring bars. The Wryst Airborne has an amazing water resistance of 100 meters, so most suitable for water sports and ocean adventurous activities.

The Wryst Airborne line is equipped with Swiss Made 5 jewels gold plated Ronda Startech 3540D, the first-ever quartz chronograph movement with counters at the six, nine and twelve o’clock positions. Clear reading chronograph functions with 1/10 seconds up to 30 minutes, center stop second (1/1 sec), ADD and SPLIT functions, 30 minute counter, 10 hour counter, date and small seconds.

The Wryst Airborne line will be available for purchase from September 2012

Wryst Airborne - Models
1. Wryst Airborne FW3 (Limited Edition of 75 pieces)
- Swiss Made Quartz Chronograph
- Black DLC coating steel case
- K1 crystal with AR treatment
- Water resistant 100 Meters
- 45 mm case, 22 mm buckle
- Green high quality rubber strap
- 2 years warranty
- Price: £ 475.00 GBP

2. Wryst Airborne FW4 (Limited Edition of 75 pieces)
- Swiss Made Quartz Chronograph
- Black DLC coating steel case
- K1 crystal with AR treatment
- Water resistant 100 Meters
- 45 mm case, 22 mm buckle
- Yellow high quality rubber strap
- 2 years warranty
- Price: £ 475.00 GBP

3. Wryst Airborne FW5 (Limited Edition of 75 pieces)
- Swiss Made Quartz Chronograph
- Black DLC coating steel case
- K1 crystal with AR treatment
- Water resistant 100 Meters
- 45 mm case, 22 mm buckle
- Orange high quality rubber strap
- 2 years warranty
- Price: £ 475.00 GBP

4. Wryst Airborne FW6
- Swiss Made Quartz Chronograph
- Sandblasted stainless steel case
- K1 crystal with AR treatment
- Water resistant 100 Meters
- 45 mm case, 22 mm buckle
- Black high quality rubber strap
- 2 years warranty
- Price £ 395.00 GBP

Official website: www.wryst-timepieces.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strap
Black alligator with buckle

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Strap
Black alligator with buckle

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

Fabergé, the Iconic Jewellery House announces its Christmas Collections for 2012

Fabergé is synonymous with artistry and craftsmanship and its heritage is inextricably linked with the world’s most iconic treasures and jeweled gifts. For over two centuries gifting has been at the heart of the Fabergé story, whether by a Tsar of Imperial Russia to his Empress, or Richard Burton offering a Fabergé love-token to Elizabeth Taylor. Today, Fabergé continues this legacy of creating jeweled treasures for a new generation of devotees. Prices start from a few thousand pounds to the limitless for special bespoke commissions.

For Queens of Chic
The Collier Pur is an interpretation of the iconic Fabergé egg pendant translated into a chic, contemporary lariat-style necklace. The twin egg charms are suspended from a yellow gold and white diamond chain and are crafted from opalescent shades of iridescent pearl, prune or amaranthine enamel using Fabergé’s signature artistic enameling technique.



For Sentimentalists
Les Emaux Impériaux - A collection of enchanting enamel egg charms – each entirely unique - in opalescent shades of deep crimson, forest green and golden crème. Embellished with white diamonds and employing Fabergé’s signature guilloche enameling technique, these miniature treasures bring a fresh, contemporary glamour to a much-loved, iconic jewel. For a sentimental keepsake, Fabergé rose, yellow and white gold egg pendants can be engraved with your personal love message, your initials or a special date.



For Fashion Darlings
Fabergé’s sleek Matelassé collection offers new designs for Christmas – wide band statement rings, chic lariat pendants and stud earrings all featuring the contemporary quilted motif. The luscious cushions of white, yellow or rose gold are fabulously sculpted, and studded with diamonds or multi-coloured gems.

For Grand Dames of Style
Solyanka cocktail rings are crafted from extraordinary coloured gemstones - deep red Burmese spinel, sky blue sapphire, intense fire opal and mesmerizing green emerald - set in white diamonds and platinum. These exuberant statement rings are dazzling treasures to pass from generation to generation.



For Gentlemen Connoisseurs
Fabergé brings its artistry and craftsmanship to a collection of exceptional cufflinks, inspired by the ornate cigarette cases created in the 19th century for fashionable society by Peter Carl Fabergé. The collection uses archival Fabergé motifs such as the hand-carved sunburst design featured in the Grigori design, beautifully carved from rock crystal laid over lapis lazuli and set in white gold, punctuated with a precious center stone of vibrant blue sapphire.



For Little Tsars and Tsarinas
Fine enameled egg charms in shades of baby blue and pink make treasured keepsakes for children, whether celebrating a new baby, first Christmas, Christening or special birthday.

Fabergé High and Fine Jewellery collections, including Timepieces and Men’s Accessories, are available at Fabergé boutiques in London, Geneva and New York, as well as at concessions within Harrod’s in London and Lane Crawford IFC in Hong Kong. Selected items are also available via Fabergé’s online boutique.

Friday, July 27, 2012

YONGER POUR ELLE – New Ladies’ Watches: Ref.: DMC 1509/02, Ref.: DCP 1517/02 & Ref: DMC 1523/02

YONGER POUR ELLE, the watch brand owned by French watch making empire AMBRE, presents new quartz watches for ladies. Three models are featured here. The first one (Ref.: DMC 1509/02) is a multi functional chronograph model equipped with a quartz chronograph movement. This ladies watch is beautifully adorned with Swarovski crystals wherever it is possible. Its white dial is highlighted with strass (Swarovski crystals) indexes and 3 white eyes.

The Stainless steel case is sparkling with 96 Swarovski crystals. It has three beautifully arranged sub dials: Small seconds at 6’ 0 clock, Day indication at 9’ o clock and finally the date indication at 6’ o clock. The last two models are three hand quartz timepieces, which are beautifully adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Ref.: DMC 1509/02: Lady’s watch. Stainless steel case with 96 pieces strass. Steel and white resin band with butterfly buckle. White dial with strass index and 3 white eyes. 10-bar water resistance. Quartz chronograph movement.

Ref.: DCP 1517/02: Lady’s watch. Stainless steel gold finishing case with 28 pieces strass. White mother of pearl dial with strass index. White crocodile imitation leather strap with classic buckle. 3-bar water resistance. Quartz 3 hands movement.

Ref : DMC 1523/02: Lady’s watch. Stainless steel case with 48 pieces strass. Steel band with butterfly buckle. White dial with 1 Arabic figure at 12 and 11 strass index. 5-bar water resistance. Quartz 3 hands movement.

YONGER & BRESSON De Vigny Automatic

The De Vigny Automatic by French watch brand YONGER & BRESSON is a perfect example for the rich heritage and horology know how of AMBRE watch making group. This model comes in a round 316L polished stainless steel case and having a water resistance of 50 meters. The classic black dial is highlighted with the beautifully arranged indicators and indexes.

The small seconds counter is located at 6’ o clock and the power reserve indication is at 12’ o clock. The date window is located at 3’ o clock. The De Vigny is powered with in house developed automatic caliber Ambre 1030 that has 42 hours power reserve and features bidirectional winding up system.

Technical details
Model: YONGER & BRESSON – De Vigny Automatic
316L Polished stainless steel case. 5-bar water resistance
Black dial
Black crocodile pattern leather strap with buckle
Automatic mechanical movement Ambre 1030 calibre
42 hours power reserve.
Bidirectional winding up system
Skeletonised oscillating weight with black PVD treatment, engraved with multi-stricken Y&B crown’s logo and calibres.
Ref.: YBH 8344-01

YONGER & BRESSON Chenonceau Automatic

YONGER & BRESSON, watch brand owned by France based watch making house AMBRE, presents Chenonceau, a line consists of automatic watch models. Here we present two models from the Chenonceau collection.

The first model, Ref.: 8342/13 is an automatic gent’s watch model that comes in a stainless steel case with black finishing and the Black dial is highlighted with red index. The small seconds counter is located at 9’ o clock and the date indication is made possible by using a 360 open date disc. The second model (Ref.: 8342/22) features silver dial with black indexes, the small seconds counter at 9’ o clock and date indication at 6’ o clock.

Ref.: 8342/13
Automatic gent watch
Stainless steel case with black finishing
Silicone strap with classic buckle
Black dial with red index
360 open date disc
Mineral glass
5-bar water-resistant
Automatic movement, 2 hands, small second
45h power reserve, date at 6h

Ref.: 8342/22
Automatic watch
In-house movement
Hour and second hand Date display
5-year warranty

CACHAREL Watches – New models featuring flower-pattern dials

These stunning watch models by French jewellery and watch brand CACHAREL is adorned by beautiful dials decorated with eye catching flower patterns. The colorful and matching leather straps add glamour to these creations. The first model is a Stainless steel watch with a silver-coloured dial decorated with a pink flower pattern and comes with a pink leather strap.

The second model is a Stainless steel watch with a black dial decorated with a flower-pattern designed by white stones and fitted with black leather strap. The model comes in Stainless steel case with yellow IP. Its Champagne-coloured dial decorated with a yellow IP flower-pattern designed by white stones and fitted with a white leather strap.

Ref 701QMAAKF: Stainless steel watch with a silver-coloured dial decorated with a pink flower-pattern. Pink leather strap.



Ref 701QWANKN: Stainless steel watch with a black dial decorated with a flower-pattern designed by white stones. Black leather strap.



Ref 701QWJCKW: Stainless steel with yellow IP watch. Champagne-coloured dial decorated with a yellow IP flower-pattern designed by white stones. White leather strap.

ROMAIN HERZO – Jewellery Watches: Kristina &Victoria

ROMAIN HERZO, the French jewellery and designer brand founded by Eric Herzo Jaghaspanian, introduces two stunning high jewellery timepieces for women: Kristina &Victoria. Kristina is a high jewellery timepiece enhanced by three lines paved with diamonds. It won the PrintOr Trophy in 2011. Its modern style symbolises the union between a traditional savoir-faire and contemporary design. Victoria is a white gold watch that reveals a clock paved with diamonds.


ROMAIN HERZO Kristina

The Lyon based ROMAIN HERZO brand will be showcasing their jewellery creations and watches at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2012(5 to 9 Sep) and also at Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2012 (September 21 to 25). The brand has its second showroom in Paris at 9 rue de la Paix.

YEMA Watches – New Automatic Models for Gents (Ref.: YMHF0301, Ref: YMHF0802 & Ref: YMHF1137)

AMBRE group owned YEMA watch brand unveils three new automatic watch models for gents prior to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2012, where the brand will exhibit their products along with other horology brands from France.

The first model is a 3 hands automatic watch with date indication, the second model is an automatic chronograph timepiece with functions such as 1/20th of second chronograph with retrograde and date at 4h30. The third automatic model, in addition to normal timekeeping functions has a date window at 3’o clock. All watches are in stainless steel cases.

The Ref.: YMHF0301 model has a remarkable water resistance up to 300 meters and features a rotating bezel, thus suitable for diving enthusiasts. The Ref : YMHF0802 Chronograph model features the tachymeter bezel and its black dial and sub dials are inspired from dashboard of sports cars.
YEMA Ref YMHF0301: Automatic gent watch

Ref.: YMHF0301: Automatic gent watch. All Stainless steel case and Band with rotating bezel and deployment buckle. Black dial with luminous Index. Mineral glass. 30-bar water resistance. Automatic movement 3 hands with date at 4h30.
YEMA Ref:YMHF0802 (Chronograph gent watch)

Ref : YMHF0802: Chronograph gent watch. Stainless steel case - black finishing with fix tachymeter bezel. Black leather strap with classic buckle. Black dial with luminous Index. Mineral glass. 5 bar water resistance. 1/20th of second chronograph with retrograde and date at 4h30.
YEMA Ref : YMHF1137 (Automatic gent watch)

Ref : YMHF1137: Automatic gent watch. Stainless steel case. Black crocodile imitation leather strap with deployment buckle. Silver dial with luminous Index. Mineral glass. 10-bar water resistance. Automatic movement 3 hands with date at 3h. 45h power reserve.

BRM (Bernard Richards Manufacture) MK-44 (The lightest automatic chronograph in the world)

French luxury watch brand BRM (Bernard Richards Manufacture) introduces MK-44, the lightest automatic chronograph in the world. Streamlined design and the use of Titanium, Fortal® HR, Makrolon® and Inox 316 result in a new weight record of just 48.80 grams (1.72 oz). It took BRM more than two years to reach the impossible goal of creating a chronograph weighing less than 50 grams without sacrificing the reliability required of a BRM timepiece.

The first champion to put the MK-44 to the test was Emmanuel Collard, who took the extra-light chronograph for a ride in 2011 at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Since then, this incredibly light watch has become the favorite of more than a few top endurance drivers. Weight reduction plays a major role in BRM’s technological achievement. Operating with the precision of a Formula One team, the BRM engineers have eliminated every bit of extraneous weight in the design and manufacture of the MK-44, using micrometric scales to enhance precision and efficiency.

The case is created in Makrolon®, the extra-light material used for the side windows in the most advanced race cars. The back is made of Fortal® HR, an extra-light aluminum alloy that is frequently employed in motorsports. To reduce the weight even further, the titanium fastenings have been made hollow, while the sapphire glass has been reduced from 1.5 to only 1 millimeter in thickness.

The movement of the MK-44 is lighter than ever, and every part has been streamlined. The rotor is just half the weight of that used in a regular movement, thanks to the optimized performance of the movement as a whole.

Both titanium push buttons and crown are hollow, resulting in further weight reduction of the MK-44. Much of the dial has been relieved, the hands are thinner and the date has been eliminated for maximum weight savings. The band of the MK-44 is made of extra-light fabric and fiber, with multiple openings, so not only is it lighter, but breathable too. The buckle has been reduced to only half its regular size, with screws and axles made of titanium. Finally, the four lugs have been radically streamlined, without sacrifice of strength.

Putting this remarkable weight-reduction program into perspective, the BRM MK-44 weighs a mere 48.80 grams (1.72 oz), whereas a similar chronograph has a weight of 100 grams (3.5 oz) or more! The result is a new world record for the lightest automatic chronograph.

Technical details
- 44mm Makrolon® case
- Titanium lugs, crown and push-buttons
- Fortal® HR back
- Grade 1 Titanium screws
- Waterproof to 50 meters
- Automatic chronograph movement
- Ultra-light hands (white, sky blue, turquoise, yellow, red, orange or black)
- Band made of technical fabric topstitched to match the color of the hands

Retail price: 8 800 €
Available after July 2012

Weight
4 titanium lugs x 0.46 = 1.84 g
Titanium crown: 1.04 g
Movement: 18.18 g
Brass dial + 6 hands = 1.65 g
2 sapphire glass 6.45 g = 12.9 g
Bracelet: 4.5 g
Makrolon® case: 6.34 g
Titanium buckle: 1.54 g
4 titanium screws x 0.12 = 0.48 g
8 titanium screws x 0.05 = 0.4 g
2 titanium push-buttons x 0.87 = 1.74 g
Titanium lugs cover 0.24 g
2 Inox axles x 0.21 = 0.42 g
Back Fortal® HR: 2.53 g
Casing Fortal® HR: 1.45 g
Total weight: 48.80g

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE - Lady’s’ watch collection (Ref ZV 030/1EM, Ref ZV 032S/3AM & Ref ZV 042/BM)

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE Watches, owned by French watch group AMBRE will be exhibiting their new watch models at Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (5 to 9 September) in 2012. Here are some beautiful ladies watch models from ZADIG & VOLTAIRE.

1. Ref ZV 030/1EM: Lady’s’ watch. All stainless steel gold finishing case and band with butterfly buckle. Gold dial with silver butterfly design. Mineral glass. 10-bar water-resistance. Quartz 3 hands movement.

2. Ref ZV 032S/3AM: Lady’s’ watch. All stainless steel black finishing case and band with butterfly buckle. Black dial with silver butterfly design. Mineral glass. 10-bar water resistance. Quartz 3 hands movement.

3. Ref ZV 042/BM: Lady’s’ watch. All stainless steel case and band with butterfly buckle. White dial with red heart design. 4 roman figures and 8 silver indexes. Mineral glass. 10 bar water-resistance. Quartz 3 hands movement.

19 French watch, jewellery and high jewellery manufacturers to showcase their products at Hong Kong September 2012 Fairs

19 French watch, jewellery and high jewellery manufacturers representing some 40 brands will be showcasing their products at Hong Kong September 2012 Fairs where you will be able to discover their new designs and creations:

- Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (5 to 9 September): 4 manufacturers – of which 1 of watches and 3 of watches & jewellery – will be exhibiting at Levels 1 & 3,

- Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair: 15 companies will take part to this Fair: 4 pearl and gem dealers located at the Asia World Expo from 19 to 23 of September, 11 jewellery manufacturers will be present at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center (September 21 to 25) on Level 3: 8 gathered on the French Pavilion in Hall 3F/3G – 3 exhibiting on their own stand: 2 of them in Hall 3B/3C and 1 in the Grand Hall.

The heirs to a rich artistic and cultural heritage, French gemstone and jewellery manufacturers as well as watchmakers are perpetuating the traditions of luxury, quality and beauty which have helped forge the reputation of France and Paris in particular. Combining centuries-old knowhow handed down from generation to generation, a perfect mastery of new technologies and the very latest innovations, they strive to offer collections suited to the tastes and aspirations of a very diverse customer base.

Their creative spirit is expressed through a wide range of models combining tradition and innovation, audacity and moderation, luxury and authenticity, and always representative of the world renowned French lifestyle. In response to a society which has been characterised, until recently, by an accumulation of goods and objects, today’s consumer is responsible and is placing increasing importance on ethics, the environment and the origin of products. At the same time, they are showing a quest for wellbeing and pleasure, modernity and novelty. In search of meaning, authenticity, dreams, beauty and emotions but also wishing to demonstrate their uniqueness, they prefer original or individualised products expressing their personality.

The main trends of new French collections include:

For Jewellery & High Jewellery
- Romantic, ethnic, art deco style, inspired by plants and animals, the marine world and the galaxy, references to history, ancient civilisations and mythology, and architecture, gemstones are multifaceted and are opting for softness, freshness and gaiety.

- The fashion is for generous shapes and sizes, blends and plays of lush tones as well as light jewellery, sleek with soft colours. Discrete and mini-sized or voluptuous and maxi-format, they opt for diversity and complementarity.

- Gold - white, yellow or pink - remain widely sought after. Silver is continuing to gain in popularity.

- Combinations of diamonds and white gold (or platinum) remain the symbol of romance and an incomparable emblem of engagement and marriage.

- Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are freely combined with fine stones, pearls, mother of pearl, coral, onyx, and amber, producing colourful compositions.

- The coloured stones are maintaining their popularity: bright colours or pastels, translucent, voluminous forms and diverse sizes – cabochon, cushion, brilliant, pear, emerald, baguette, princess, briolette, trapezoid, triangular, oval, as well as heart and flower shaped, held by unusually shaped settings or circled with a gold band, sometimes set with diamonds or other stones.

- Pearls - Akoyan, Tahitian, Australian, South Sea, freshwater multicoloured - offer a wide palette of colours: white, pink, green, blue, black, aubergine, gold, gray and more.

- Combinations of precious materials and other materials (glass, enamel, glass beads, steel, lacquers, resin, carbon, titanium, ceramic, enamels and others) are also adding to the diversity of models.

- Delicately worked flowers, various animals (frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, sea horses as well as slightly less cuddly ones such as snakes) are still preferred themes as well as knots, hearts, crosses, leaves (notably clover), medals, messages and other symbolic or religious representations.

- “Black and white” themes combining white gold or silver, black cord, white or black mother of pearl, onyx, pearl, lacquers, resins and more.

- Collars and pearled or stone-set necklaces, plastron necklaces with vertical or cascading motifs, multiple chains, long chains decorated with majestic pendants sit alongside more discreet models: thin chokers, fine chains interspersed with fine stones, pearls varied decorations, perforated or engraved medallions with stylised floral motifs on mini or maxi-sized chains, and coloured cords supporting delicate pendants.

- Rings are also tending towards impressive sizes: plain or openwork, paved diamonds in lines, spirals, circles, and hearts - impressive or fine precious centre stones in various shapes (cabochons, hearts, square, ovals, stars) surrounded by multicoloured mini-stones – colourful flower rings, set or unset - solo or duo pearls held in settings with long branches set with stones or diamonds - large rings elaborately or delicately worked and set. In contrast, delicate models are also showing off their charms: fine ring bodies composed of mini-balls and topped with assorted designs of various shapes - mini-rings entirely paved with diamonds or scintillating coloured stones to be worn alone or in combination and interchangeable to harmonise with the fashion of the day.

- Bracelets are also seeing this duality: wide delicately carved sleeves, serrated or with simple forms embellished with fine decoration, lacquered, enamelled, and particularly in vogue - large link chains sit alongside fine chains adorned with mini stones, pearls and varied decorations, decorated or undecorated fine rods, link bracelets holding a gem (plates and discs). Charm bracelets, pendants with various subjects (animals, monuments, hearts, flowers, leaves, geometric shapes, everyday objects, souvenirs of distant countries, pearls and stones and others) are always in fashion.

- There is also a dual trend in earrings: long and broad chandelier forms - medallions, pearls or charms suspended on ultra-fine chains, earring pendants, and wide clips. In contrast, sleepers, studs, button earrings and mini-hoops cultivate discretion.

- Children also get particular special attention with special collections, evoking their dreamlike, poetic and playful universe, inspired by cartoon characters and their favourite heroes.

- Men’s jewellery is continuing to increase its audience. Sober and discreet or outsized and ostentatious, it takes on many different and original forms and styles depending on the passions, interests, tastes, and personality of their wearers and it is not afraid of the most unexpected combination. Rings, pendants, bracelets and even cufflinks adopt a wide variety of materials, precious or non-precious and even very technical: gold, silver, stones, mother of pearl, steel, titanium, black metal, ceramics - black or white, matt or gloss -, carbon, leather, resin, lacquer, rubber, silicon, tungsten, magnesium and more.

For Watches
The up-scaling of French products is gathering pace, both for traditional brands and labels, coming from the world of couture and prêt a porter as well as sports and sportswear. Mechanical and automatic models are notably the subject of growing demand.

- Refined and precious, technical or athletic, thick or thin, refined or sculptural styles, watches take on multiple forms and appearances.

- Steel is dominant, often combined with new treatments (IP, PVD, DLC) in various colours: black, gunmetal, yellow or pink gold and silver. Ceramic continues to gain popularity as well as silicone, lacquer, resin for cases, as well as for bezels and straps.

- Round and square cases, with generous volumes dominate, especially for male models while barrel forms are seeing renewed success. Women’s models have more diverse forms: oval, rectangular, flowers and hearts, often with coloured, set or paved bezels.

- The dials tend most often towards sobriety: bare or decorated with discrete patterns and fine engraving, using classic colours (black, white, brown), metal (silver and gold), iridescent and pearl colours as well as bright colours to match bezels and straps.

- Straps are also diversifying in terms of materials, sizes, colours, shapes and finishes. Metal models (especially steel), flexible or rigid are losing ground to leather straps but also to other materials such as ceramic, rubber, silicone, resin and synthetic. Milanese mesh straps are also seeing renewed success.

- For men, mechanical models, automatics, and lap timers are continuing to grow and are being enriched with an increasing number of features (second and even third times, dates, power reserves, alarms, repeat alarms, long term dates, moon phase, flyback and others) as well as special features (altimeters, thermometers, compasses, depth meters, lap counters etc.) designed for various professions and sports: aviation, yachting, diving, hiking, motorcycling, driving and other motor sports.

- While black is omnipresent, “all black” has lost ground to models embellished with coloured inserts in cases, bezels, dials, meters and bracelets. Many collections also include sports watches in ceramic, silicon or plastic in acid colours: flame red, sun yellow, apple green, orange, and bright blue. City or evening models, thin and ultra-thin, sleek and sober lines, modern and streamlined, attract elegant appearance conscious men. Transparent dials and backgrounds allow the movements, pendulums and tourbillons to be seen. Vintage watches and reissues of old models are also seeing a revival.

- Ladies watches are the subject of much attention and have their own collections specially designed for them, combining femininity and refinement. Decorated in soft colours, women’s watches are adorned with feminine touches such as diamonds, precious semi-precious and synthetic stones decorate cases, bezels, dials and straps.

- With metal finishes in yellow, white or pink gold, cases are often accompanied by white dials and straps, in satin as well as leather and silicone. Ceramic, mostly white, is the star of the year and decorates cases, bezels, and straps mostly on sports models. Lacquer, silicone and resin are also popular and offer a wide range of colours.

- Romantic, some models feature flower or heart shaped cases decorated with stylised floral motifs on dials, extending onto the strap or screen printed on faces and bezels.

- Wrist watches, sports models in coloured resin, reed-band models, wide bands and multi-strands also feature in a variety of collections.

List of exhibitors
  • ALAINBOITE (pearls)
  • BELLON (Jewellery)
  • CACHAREL (jewellery)
  • CACHAREL (watches)
  • COBRA (jewellery & watches)
  • COMMELIN (jewellery)
  • FONTENAY-HKJGF/HKCECBooth3C111
  • GARAUDE PARIS (jewellery, precious stones)
  • GO GIRL ONLY (watches)
  • GUYLAROCHE (jewellery)
  • HECTOR H (watches)
  • JEEL (jewellery)
  • JOIA (jewellery)
  • KIDOU (children jewellery)
  • MARCEL PONCET (Precious stones, jewellery)
  • MATHONPARIS (Jewellery)
  • PARIS KOLLECTION
  • PIAT (Precious stones and pearls)
  • PIERRE LANNIER (watches)
  • PIERRE LANNIER JEWELLERY
  • PORCHET
  • PRIMA CLASSE (watches)
  • PRIMA CLASSE JEWELLERY
  • ROMAIN HERZO JEWELLERY
  • ROMAIN HERZO WATCHES
  • TRINEPHI PARIS
  • ULTIMATE CERAMIC (jewellery)
  • YEMA watches
  • YONGER & BRESSON watches
  • YONGER POURELLE watches
  • ZADIG&VOLTAIRE watches

Eight talented young watchmakers finalizes for F. A. Lange Excellence Award

Eight young watchmakers from Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA lined up for the F. A. Lange Excellence Award that offers a prize money of 10,000 Euros. In return, they have to construct a date display on the basis of an ETA 6498 movement. A. Lange & Söhne is sponsoring the award for the third time in a row.

From 16 to 20 July 2012 the participants used the opportunity for getting exclusive insights into the art of fine watchmaking made by A. Lange & Söhne. In several workshops they learned details about finish techniques, like flat polish, perlage or engraving and the Lange way of assembling a movement. To experience the art of fine watchmaking they engraved a balance cock and assembled a Lange calibre. Martin Schetter, chief product designer at A. Lange & Söhne, supervised the group and explained the philosophy of Lange design.
Until 9 November 2012 the prospective watchmakers have time to assimilate with the new impressions and send in their competition entry. A jury of watch experts will examine their works carefully. The assessment criteria are innovation and originality of idea, functionality, technical quality and craftsmanship as well as artistic realisation. The winner of the competition will be announced on 6 December 2012. The prize money is earmarked to supporting their future watchmaking skills.

Seven Emerging Talents Finish Their Watchmaking Studies at the Lange Watchmaking School

Seven emerging talents have finished their watchmaking studies at the Lange Watchmaking School with the best average grade in the past ten years. On 23 July 2012, they received their school certificates in Glashütte.

Linda Feine (Dresden), Elisa Karsch (Glashütte), Pia Poprawa (Freiberg), Rosalie Stein (Dresden), Tanja Ziesche (Pirna), Margit Zöllner Ittlingen near Heilbronn) and Steve Delling (Obernaundorf), these are this year’s successful graduates of the Lange Watchmaking School. At the traditional ceremony on completion of their three years apprenticeship, they received the coveted craft certificates from the hands of Torsten Köhler, Education Director of the local Chamber of Commerce and Trade.
For the young watchmakers there is hardly any time to catch their breath: Just one day later, the serious side of life begins for six of them with the first working day at the traditional Lange manufactory. New qualified trainees will begin their apprenticeship at the Lange Watchmaking School already at the end of August 2012.

MIDO Boutique - Hong Kong

Opened on 22 Jun 2011, the first boutique of world renowned Swiss watch brand MIDO in Hong Kong is located at Causeway Bay, the major shopping hub in Asia. With “A mark of true design” as its motto, MIDO has successfully won the hearts of numerous watch-lovers around the world by presenting outstanding horological creations of esteemed quality.



Address
MIDO Boutique:
G/F, 43 Lee Garden Road,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Manchester United’s First Runway Show in China Combines Football and Fashion, in Hublot’s “Art of Fusion”

On July 26, 2012 Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot presented an exceptional fashion show in partnership with the world’s most famous football club, Manchester United, popularly known as Red Devils. A group of soccer stars, including Rio Ferdinand, Javier Hernandez, and Shinji Kagawa, participated in this event along with first team manager Sir Alex Ferguson. They took to the catwalk to showcase a collection of iconic Hublot timepieces.

After the fashion show, Sir Alex Ferguson and Hublot’s Brand Director in China, Loic Biver, presided over a live charity auction the proceeds of which will benefit the ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership, helping UNICEF to give every child the best start in life. Hublot prepared an exclusive timepiece for the auction; this was an exact replica of those manufactured specially for the Manchester United squad, made exclusive by the inclusion of Sir Alex Ferguson’s signature, engraved on the reverse.

A footballing giant with over a century of history and glittering with honours, Manchester United have a splendid record of success and have become the world’s best-supported team. In 2008, Hublot proudly became Manchester United’s “Official Timekeeping Partner”, in the first partnership of its kind between a luxury watch brand and a football club.

To mark the partnership, Hublot have developed three limited edition watches named after the Red Devils, highlighting the solidarity between the two iconic brands. The third edition of Hublot’s official Manchester United timepiece, the King Power Red Devil, even incorporates real blades of grass from the hallowed turf of the legendary Old Trafford pitch, embedded in each index on its dial. Perfectly demonstrating the ‘Art of Fusion,’ Hublot here acknowledge their football partner through exquisite design.

Manchester United players, including Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, and Shinji Kagawa, took to the catwalk to showcase a unique collection of Hublot timepieces. Highly professional, they each provided their own take on the transition from sporting hero to model.

Before the fashion show, Sir Alex Ferguson was also invited to attend the opening ceremony of Hublot’s brand new boutique, located on Nanjing Road West 1079. The new store design adheres to Hublot’s distinguished style, the decor incorporating low-key but simultaneously luxurious elements. Within the boutique, customers are able to observe the watchmaking procedure through a ‘magic showcase.’

Hublot Opens Second Boutique in Shanghai at prestigious Nanjing West Road No.1079

Hublot, the Swiss luxury watch brand epitomizing the Art of Fusion, grandly unveiled its second boutique in Shanghai on 24 July 2012. Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of the world famous Manchester United football club, and Bryan Robson, special ambassador for Manchester United, joined Mr. Loic Biver, Brand Director for Hublot China to celebrate this historic milestone and cut the ribbon for the new boutique. Hublot and Manchester United also announced that they will co-host a charity fashion show on July 26 to benefit United for UNICEF.

The new Hublot boutique has the honor of being situated on Shanghai’s prestigious Nanjing West Road No.1079, an area renowned for its concentration of top luxury brands. As with other Hublot boutiques, also located in some of the world’s top luxury shopping areas, namely Place Vendôme in Paris, Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Ginza in Japan, Central in Hong Kong and WAFI in Dubai, the boutique at Nanjing West Road embodies the brand’s concept of “The Art of Fusion”.

The boutique features the exalted black that defines the Hublot brand and is filled with discreet, luxurious high tech elements. Unique materials, a signature feature of Hublot’s watches, also play a prominent role in the boutique’s decoration. A façade of black stone, leather furnishings, glass and metal fixtures, and high-tech details infuse the Swiss-designed boutique with contemporary style. Experienced staff members will provide the highest level of customer service and take care of clients the way they deserve.

Hublot, the first luxury watch brand to establish long-term alliances with the football world, has built a strong partnership with Manchester United since 2008 when it became the “Official Timekeeper” and “Official Watch” of the great club. In the last four years, the two parties have actively collaborated on the design of Red Devil watches, brand promotions and charitable activities. Hublot, the outstanding representative of the Swiss watch making industry and, Manchester United, a legendary giant in the football world, share common values: the lasting pursuit and unlimited passion for their respective professions and the devotion and care that come only from a relentless focus on detail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swiss luxury watch brand Richard Mille announces a new partnership with Manchester City Football Club

Swiss luxury watch brand Richard Mille has announced a new partnership with Manchester City Football Club. The deal, which is the first of its kind for City, will see the exclusive Swiss watch manufacturer become the Club’s Official Timing Partner.

Richard Mille’s values of passion without compromise, belief in excellence, leadership and generation of talent is reflected in the brand’s previous partnerships with the world’s sporting elite, which include Rafael Nadal, Pablo Mac Donough, Bubba Watson, Felipe Massa, Jules Bianchi, Romain Dumas, Charles Leclerc, Adrien Tambay, Martin Brundle and his son Alex.

Commenting on the announcement, John Macbeath, Interim CEO of Manchester City, said: «We are extremely proud to form this relationship with Richard Mille, who shares our will to innovate and to push the boundaries in achieving our collective aims. This new partnership provides many exciting opportunities for collaboration through selected VIP events and a bespoke match-day box experience».

Peter Harrison, CEO of Richard Mille EMEA said: «We are proud to announce our partnership with Manchester City whilst the Premier League Champions are celebrating such a significant moment in the history of the club. Manchester City’s commitment to excellence and innovation perfectly matches Richard Mille’s desire to create unique timepieces with a strong and inspiring identity. We look forward to long a successful partnership with Manchester City Football Club».

As part of the brand’s commitment to local communities, Richard Mille has also offered to donate a unique timepiece to auction on behalf of the club’s charitable association ‘City in the Community’. The money raised will go towards improving the lives of local children, helping them to achieve their goals and exceed their potential through sport and education.

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