Friday, August 31, 2012

Jaeger-LeCoultre announces “A Rose for Emergency” project to support maternity hospital opened by Emergency ONG ONLUS at Anabah in Afghanistan

On the occasion of the 69th Venice Film Festival, Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre is pursuing its partnership with Emergency, a humanitarian organisation established in 1994 to help the victims of civil wars and poverty, by supporting maternity hospital opened by Emergency at Anabah in Afghanistan, a country where the health of mothers and their children is an urgent daily concern.

Every month over 300 children are born in the maternity hospital of Anabah. At an average rate of 10 childbirths per day, over 100 babies are expected during the Venice Film Festival, and Jaeger-LeCoultre will finance the centre for the entire duration of the festival. Cinema stars will join Jaeger-LeCoultre in its commitment. Actress Cristiana Capotondi, the patroness of this initiative, visited the Afghan maternity centre and posed for photos in the surrounding rose garden, in order to provide concrete evidence of the contribution Jaeger-LeCoultre intends to make during the Venice Film Festival.

The “A Rose for Emergency” project by Jaeger-LeCoultre was indeed inspired by these precious blooms. In Afghanistan, a rose is a much appreciated and meaningful flower: it is a symbol of love, of purity, of delicacy and of life, a flower that blossoms in a country devastated by war and poverty. Like the other Afghan Emergency centres that are also surrounded by superb gardens, the maternity centre is set amid a beautiful rose garden.

In support of this important project, celebrities joining the humanitarian action will walk the red carpet in Venice holding a rose and wearing the watch that symbolises this operation. The watches will then be sold by Christie’s auction house and proceeds will entirely be donated to Emergency in order to help fund the centre.

A special gala evening with a dedicated red carpet ceremony was held on August 30th to celebrate the Rose for Emergency: Jaeger-LeCoultre in Aid of the Anabah Maternity Centre project.

Cristiana Capotondi; Riccardo Scamarcio; Jerome Lambert; Cecilia Strada; Olga Sorokina; Alberto Barber - Jaeger-LeCoultre A Rose for Emergency
For donations:
Bank transfer to EMERGENCY Ong Onlus
IBAN IT 41 V 05387 01600 000000713558 c/o Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna – Causale

"A Rose for Emergency".
Emergency Maternity Centre in Anabah
Established in 2003, the facility offers gynaecological, obstetric and neonatal services in the Northern areas of Afghanistan, a region with a population of over 250,000. The maternity centre located near the Emergency surgical centre is the region’s only specialised facility offering its services free of charge. The centre has implemented a prenatal care programme to monitor pregnancies and to provide timely treatment for any pathologies that arise. International and national midwives carry out periodical monitoring missions of pregnancies at the First Aid Posts and Health Centres spread over the region. The Afghan team of personnel employed at the Maternity Centre is composed exclusively of women. Emergency directly handles their recruitment and professional training.

Maternity centre statistics (updated on 31/03/2012): out-patients: 86,909 – in-patients: 22,399 – surgical interventions: 4,841 – children born: 15,018

Emergency ONG ONLUS
Emergency is a humanitarian association established in 1994 to help the victims of civil wars and poverty. Since 1994, Emergency has intervened in 16 countries, through building hospitals, surgical centres, rehabilitation centres, paediatric clinics, healthcare centres for primary medical assistance, maternity hospitals and cardiac surgery centres. Since 1994 Emergency doctors have treated over 4.5 million people.

Christopher Ward Belisama Automatic

British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward presents Belisama, their first ever range automatic watches for ladies. The design of the Belisama W90 and W900 pays homage to the iconic Cartier ‘Tank’ as well as the Celtic goddess who gave the range its name. Belisama was worshipped by Britons and Gauls before and after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The goddess was associated with crafts and wisdom as well as light – including fire, sunlight and moonlight. The galvanic silver sunrays on the dial, the particularly high grade diamonds which glint – even in moonlight – and the dramatic Roman numerals were all inspired by Belisama and the time when she was so revered.
On the W900, from £1,150, two columns of full-cut, VVS1, Top Wesselton diamonds decorate the case. In all 36 of the gems are used, while a blue carbouchon stone decorates the crown. The W90, from £599, features just the six VVS-1 diamonds that decorate the dial but otherwise shares the same features. With both watches there is a choice of straps, specifically designed for women’s wrists in either, high grade stainless steel or alligator – as well as cases – in either hand polished stainless steel or 18ct gold plate.

Christopher Ward was founded in 2005 and is the first luxury watchmaker to sell directly to its customers online.

Retail price
W900 Belisama Automatic W900-SSWR: £1,150
W90 Belisama Automatic W90-SSS: £599
W90 Belisama Automatic W90-GSWR: £799

Technical details
Swiss made
ETA 2671-2 self winding automatic
38hr power reserve
VVS1 Top Wesselton diamonds
36 x 25.4mm case size
Galvanic Guilloche sun-ray dial
Crown with blue cabouchon stone
Transparent case back
High grade stainless steel bracelet or alligator strap

Swiss Watch Brand Eberhard & Co. Partners with Reigning FEI World Cup Champion Rich Fellers

Celebrating this year its 125th anniversary, Swiss luxury watch brand Eberhard & Co., has announced its partnership with horseman Rich Fellers the reigning FEI World Cup Champion, and a member of the US Equestrian team during the Summer games in London.

At the London Olympic Games, Rich represented the US in Show Jumping with the horse Flexible.By the end of an intense competition lasting 4 days, Rich and Flexible found themselves taking part in the Final round, finishing 8th among the 20 best Show Jumpers of these summer games. Such an outstanding result inspired the Eberhard & Co to associate with a horseman of Rich’s calibre.



The Swiss Maison has always believed in the pursuit of pure quality and found in Rich Fellers a true partner in this quest. Both Rich and Flexible embody a never say die attitude, the same commitment to excellence that has guided Eberhard & Co. for 125 years. This marks beginning of a new partnership that will see Eberhard & Co., Rich and Flexible ready for new challenges and international competitions to come.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hublot King Power FC Bayern Munich Limited Edition

To underscore their strong partnership, the luxury watch brand HUBLOT and record champions FC Bayern München have worked closely together with true team spirit to develop a collective masterpiece. The “King Power FC Bayern Munich” is now on display in the heart of the legendary FC Bayern München club.

The eagerly awaited timekeeper was ceremoniously unveiled in the presence of Jean-Claude Biver (Chairman of HUBLOT), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Executive Board member of FC Bayern München AG), FC Bayern players (including Ribéry, Boateng, van Buyten, Luiz Gustavo, Can as well as the newly acquired Shaqiri and Pizarro) and selected representatives from the German and Swiss press.



The titanium chronograph with a 45-minute display specially developed for football is limited to 200 pieces. The exclusive timepiece perfectly reflects the passion and shared values of the partners.

The Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot, known for its Art of Fusion, is proud to be the FC Bayern München’s partner and official timekeeper. Both are masters of their field and live to combine their art and traditional values with innovative vision. Hublot was the first Swiss prestige watch brand to embrace the sport of football, back in 2006, and has since made its mark in the world of top-class football through its collaboration with FC Bayern. The jointly developed watch is not just a crowning symbol of the staunch alliance, it is also an expression of the close friendship between the two greats on the playing field.

Technical details
Reference 716.NX.1129.RX.BYM12
Series: Limited to 200 pieces numbered from 01/200 to 200/200

Case

King Power - Diameter 48 mm in vertical satin finished titanium
Bezel: Vertically brushed titanium overmolded with black rubber, 6 H-shaped relief black PVD titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with blue transferred minutes, Interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lugs: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin with pusher guards
Crown: Brushed titanium with black rubber insert
Push-pieces: Black PVD titanium overmolded with black and red rubber
Case Back: Brushed titanium – Crystal sapphire anti-glare treatment inside and outside
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approx 100 meters

Dial
Sapphire, brushed ruthenium-coated indexes with white SuperLuminova™
Transferred Bayern Munich logo at 3 o’clock
Hands: Brushed black nickel-coated with red SuperLuminova™

Movement
HUB4245 self-winding mechanical skeleton chronograph with central 45’ counter
Date Window at 4H
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,600 vph)
Power reserve: 42 hours

Strap
Adjustable black rubber with red decoration
Clasp: Micro-blasted black PVD titanium folding clasp & brushed titanium decorative plate

The Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake becomes the sports partner of the Richard Mille brand

Swiss luxury watch brand Richard Mille congratulates its new sports partner, sprinter Yohan Blake, for his magnificent performance on Thursday 23rd August in Lausanne, where he once again left his mark on the world of sport. The 22-year-old Jamaican, (current world champion over 100 metres and triple medal winner in London), became the third-fastest sprinter of all time, recording a 100 m time of 9.69 seconds, beating his personal best by six hundredths of a second.

Like the brand’s other sports partners, Yohan Blake, who already has an impressive list of achievements under his belt and is regarded as one of the world’s fastest men, wears a Richard Mille watch during competitions. His tourbillon prototype features the colours of the Jamaican flag, with a green flange and crown, yellow minute-markers and a yellow Velcro® strap.
After motor racing, golf, polo and tennis, sprinting is providing Richard Mille with a new, larger-than-life laboratory. By placing a tourbillon watch on Yohan Blake’s wrist during competitions – a first in the history of sprinting – the brand is able to test the resilience of this exceptional timepiece in extreme conditions, assessing its performance and comfort when faced with typical racing constraints.

Yohan Blake: key dates
2005: 100 m bronze medal winner and 4 x 100 m relay gold medal winner at the World Junior Championships in Beijing.

2008: silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Poland in the 4 x 100 m relay.
2009: youngest athlete to break the 10-second barrier over 100 m (9.96 seconds).
2010: new 100 m personal best at the London Meeting (9.89 seconds).

2011: double victory at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Yohan Blake becomes the youngest ever 100 m world champion (9.92 seconds) and smashes the world 4 x 100 m relay record (37.04 seconds).

April 2012: wins the 100 m in 9.90 seconds at the UTech Classics in Kingston, recording the year’s best finish over this distance worldwide. He then improves on this performance just a few days later at the Cayman Invitational Meeting in the Cayman Islands, with a time of 9.81 seconds.

Late June 2012: in Kingston, at the Jamaican selections for London 2012, beating his own personal record with 9.75 seconds and achieves the year’s best performance over this distance worldwide. Two days later, he takes the 200 m in 19.80 seconds, signing the year’s best time over this distance once again.

August – London 2012: silver medals in the 100 m, equalling his personal best (9.75 seconds), and in the 200 m (19.44 seconds). Gold medal in the 4 x 100 m relay (36.84 seconds).

August 2012 – Diamond League in Lausanne: Yohan Blake wins the 100 m (9.69 seconds), becoming the third-fastest athlete of all time over this distance, and beating his own personal best.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kate Hudson Wears Fabergé Jewellery to the Premiere of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” at Venice Film Festival

Celebrity actress Kate Hudson chose to wear Fabergé to the premiere of the film “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and Opening Ceremony during the 69th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on August 29, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

She wore the Charmeuse Créoles Earrings, Charmeuse Bangle and Charmeuse Blanche Ring from Fabergé High Jewellery collection – Les Fabuleuses. Les Fabuleuses de Fabergé is a High Jewellery collection of uniquely individual, one‐of‐a‐kind jewelled masterworks which possesses the modernity, refinement and technical perfection of Fabergé’s original captivating works of art.



Charmeuse Créoles Earrings: This piece is set in 18 carat yellow gold and silver and features 871 white diamonds totaling 15.58 carats.



Charmeuse Bangle: This piece is set in 18 carat yellow gold and silver and features 1,948 white diamonds totalling 17.11 carats.



Charmeuse Blanche Ring: This piece is set in 18 carat yellow gold and silver and features 641 white diamonds totaling 10.50 carats. The centre stone is a white cushion diamond of 4.83 carats.



Fabergé High and Fine Jewellery collections as well as timepieces and men’s accessories are available at Fabergé boutiques in London, Geneva and New York as well as concessions within Lane Crawford IFC, Hong Kong and Harrods, London. Collections are also available at Fabergé’s online boutique, Faberge.com.

Christopher Ward - C11 Makaira Pro 500 Diving Watch

British watch brand Christopher Ward, one of the major online direct selling watch brands, unveils the C11 Makaira Pro 500, a new range of diving watches. This diving timepiece is named after a genus of several types of marlin fish.

The C11 Makaira Pro 500 is water resistant to 500m. Inside the hand-finished, satin brushed 42mm marine grade stainless steel case beats a self-winding Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. The watch has a date window, a black face and a choice of white, orange or blue SuperLuminova™ indexes, bezel markings and distinctively wide hands – for extra visibility at extreme depths. At more than 200m below the surface it is unusual for there to be any discernible light and, because every little helps, the watch even has museum grade crystal. Behind that is an internal rotating countdown diving bezel, controlled by an easy-to-grip bezel crown.
The C11’s backplate is engraved with a raised image of a marlin and ‘Sub Caerula Oceanus’ – Latin for ‘Under the deep blue ocean’. Each watch has its own individual serial number and is available with either a stainless steel strap with divers’ extensions (£560) or with a high-grade rubber strap (£499) – a material preferred by many professional divers.

Technical details
Swiss made
Marine grade 316L stainless steel case
Internal Bezel
Self-winding Swiss automatic movement
Date calendar
Screw-in back plate with deep-etched engraving
Anti-reflective museum grade sapphire
Luminous hands and Indexes
Water resistant to 500 metres
Diameter: 42mm
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1
38hrs power reserve

Price
C11 Makaira Pro 500 C11-MAK-SKOSI: £499
C11 Makaira Pro 500 C11-MAK-SKBS: £560
C11 Makaira Pro 500 C11-MAK-SKWSI: £499

Fabergé - Impérial Pearls Jewellery Collection

Fabergé, legendary jeweller synonymous with consummate artistry and craftsmanship, presents a collection of extravagant jewels - from sumptuous pearls and dazzling white diamonds to opalescent enamels - inspired by 1920’s styling and Great Gatsby glamour.

Fabergé’s Impérial pearls – comprising necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings - simultaneously evoke the elegance and decadence of the Roaring Twenties and the lavish parties celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel. The dramatic Impérial necklace layers row upon row of precious Akoya pearls and the finest white diamonds to create a lavish jewel imbued with the powerful femininity of the era. The necklace is finished with an aristocratic crest, from which hangs an exuberant pearl tassel. To complement this statement piece, the Imperial pearl collection also includes a sumptuous bracelet, earrings and ring.



Set with white diamonds and a lavish pearl tassel, Fabergé’s new Zénaide Pompon pendant incorporates Art Deco motifs within its magnificent diamond-encrusted centre piece. Reminiscent of Gatsby-esque heroines, a pearl tassel adds a whimsical finishing touch.

The Collier Pur is a modern interpretation of the lariat necklace, a design popular in the 20’s. It recalls the elegance of the era with its two enamelled egg pendants artistically poised on an Art Deco clasp. A new addition to the collection Les Emaux Impériaux, the Collier Pur is available in opalescent shades of irisé cream, prune and amarantine.

Fabergé offers High and Fine Jewellery collections as well as timepieces and men’s accessories with prices starting from a few thousand dollars. The collections are available at Fabergé boutiques in New York, London and Geneva, as well as at concessions within Harrods in London and Lane Crawford IFC in Hong Kong. Selected items are also available via Fabergé’s online boutique at Fabergé.com.

CONCORD C2 AsphaltBlack Y 12 Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand CONCORD welcomes a new member, the C2 AsphaltBlack to its flagship C2 collection. This brand new neo-black and grey timepiece inspired by urban elements, unravels the properties of Black and Grey colours. Black conveys power, authority and timeless style. It is the shade of mystery, and color of black gold. Grey, the color of knowledge, wisdom and intellect, is often seen as classic and enduring, sleek and refined. These two powerful hues are cleverly mingled in asphalt, the pervasive modern-day material that paves our streets and highways, facilitating man’s journey through the civilized world: Tough and resistant.

Concord’s all-new black and titanium gray C2 AsphaltBlack chronograph is defined by the sleek, athletic lines of a thoroughbred shaped by unwavering determination. This timepiece is built for a contemporary universe in which twenty-first century mechanics and industrial design transform fundamental design and construction codes, rendering it an indispensable instrument and accessory for modern-day trail blazers.

Endowed with harmoniously balanced proportions, the C2 AsphaltBlack chronograph’s new, slimmer 43mm diameter case, crafted in black PVD-finished stainless steel, creates an impression of ultimate finesse. Concord’s trademark lug-free tubular attachments accentuate the smoothly integrated look and feel of the seamlessly embedded wristband, made from black vulcanized rubber, ensuring an ideal flow and perfect fit.

Within a case of impenetrable darkness, beats a powerful, trustworthy mechanical heart. Often associated with intuition, elegance, formality and class, black also evokes the still of night and the depths of the unknown. Black conjures visions of a different world, neither emitting nor reflecting light like the intriguing new smoked grey antireflective sapphire crystal of the C2 Asphalt Black chronograph, while subtly illuminated by discreet titanium grey highlights.

Water-resistant to 100 meters and shielded from the rigors of daily life by its black and titanium grey armor, the C2 AsphaltBlack houses a 37-jewel movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The black dial features central hour, minute and sweep seconds hands with chronograph counters at 6 and 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock and a date indication at 6 o’clock.

Technical details
Model: CONCORD C2 AsphaltBlack Y 12 Edition

Movement
Mechanical, automatic, ETA Caliber 2894-2
42-hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
37 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph

Case
Black PVD treated stainless steel case and titanium colored decors
43 mm in diameter – 12.75 mm in depth
2.00 mm thick smoked sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Black PVD treated stainless steel case screw-down crown embossed with C logo
Screw-in case-back with C2 logo
water-resistant to 100 meters/10 atmospheres

Dial
Black dial
Super-LumiNova®-enhanced hour markers, and hour and minute hands; seconds hand
Chronograph counters at 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock in silver
Date window at 6 o’clock
Small seconds on permanent rotating disk

Strap
Black rubber strap with black pvd treated stainless steel deployment buckle

Launch date: Fall 2012

Oris RAID 2012 Chronograph Limited Edition

This year, Swiss watch brand ORIS celebrates its successful association with RAID Classic Car rallies as the official time keeper and Watch Partner, and in the 22nd edition of RAID Suisse-Paris, the brand unveils the RAID 2012 Chronograph Limited Edition timepiece inspired from the features of the winning car of the 2011 race, a 1942 Cadillac Series 62.

The RAID Suisse-Paris originated in 1991 and involves pre-1975 classic cars participating in a picturesque 600-mile contest that begins in Basel and ends in Paris. This challenging rally tests the teams on their ability to follow the correct route and stick to strict time limits. However, the biggest test is that of the old cars and their ability to withstand the demands of the unique race.



Honouring the dash board of 1942 Cadillac Series 62, the Oris RAID 2012 Chronograph Limited Edition features the iconic typeset of the Cadillac Series. The classic chronograph functions are complemented with an additional 24 hours second time zone indicator. Presented in a classic luxury wooden box and limited to only 500 pieces, this exclusive 2012 model is the epitome of classic design.

Technical details
Model: Oris RAID 2012 Chronograph Limited Edition
Ref. No. 677 7603 4084, Ø 43.50 mm
Limited to 500 pieces

• Automatic mechanical movement with Chronograph function and date at 6 o’clock
• Pointer hand for second time zone with 24 hours indication
• Indices and hands applied with Superluminova.
• Multi-piece stainless steel case, water resistant 3 bar
• Double domed sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating on the inside.
• Case back with display of RAID Suisse-Paris logo
• Black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp.
• Special luxury wooden presentation box.
• Swiss Retail Price CHF 3’900.-

Maurice Lacroix - Eliros Collection (Re launch): Eliros Date & Eliros Chronograph

Nearly 10 years after its last presentation, the famous Maurice Lacroix Eliros Collection is being relaunched in an elegant and classic design with a high recognition value. The collection which will be available just in time for Christmas at specialized retailers is dedicated to men and women who are looking for a Swiss watch at the entry price level of the luxury segment - whether as gift for a special occasion or for yourself and of course without any compromise on quality.

The new Eliros models are powered by a high-quality Swiss quartz movement and equipped with the Maurice Lacroix characteristics such as the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a stainless steel case water-resistant up to 50 meters.

The Eliros watches are available in three different designs: a 40mm stainless steel chronograph model, a 38mm gents three-hand model and its ladies counterpart, a slightly smaller, 30mm version which focuses on the essential, the reading of time, yet subtly enriched with a date indication at 3 o`clock. Printed indexes and four Roman numerals result in a timeless, inconspicuous design of the sun-brushed dial which is available in four different colours: silver, black and anthracite with silver or gold colored indexes and numerals. The design is completed by colour matching leather straps or milanaise bracelets.



Technical details: Maurice Lacroix Eliros Date

Case:
Ø 38 mm (gents), 30 mm (ladies)
Stainless steel or stainless steel with pink gold PVD coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistant to 50 meters (5 atm)

Dial
Silver, black or anthracite sun-brushed dial
White lacquered, case with pink gold PVD coating
8 printed indexes and 4 Roman numerals
Hands: Silver or gold colored

Watchband
Calf leather strap with applied polished brand logo, pin buckle or stainless steel milanaise bracelet

Movement
Swiss quartz movement

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds indicated by central hands
Date indication at 3 o`clock

The chronograph model reveals a sportier look with a retro-chic case and two harmoniously integrated chronograph push-pieces. The large date displayed at 12 o’clock is a welcome feature that does not impede on the balanced layout and readability of the sub-dials and scales for time measurement. The Eliros chronograph is a truly convincing display of functionalism and sober design that gets rid of all the unnecessary embellishment.



Technical details: Maurice Lacroix Eliros Chronograph

Case
Ø 40 mm, stainless steel
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water-resistant to 50 meters (5 atm)

Dial
Silver, black or anthracite sun-brushed dial
8 printed indexes and 4 Roman numerals
Hands: Silver

Watchband
Calf leather strap with applied polished brand logo, pin buckle or stainless steel milanaise bracelet

Movement
Swiss quartz movement

Functions
Hours and minutes indicated by central hands
Large date at 12 o`clock
Small seconds at 3 o`clock
30-minute counter at 9 o`clock
10-hour counter at 6 o`clock

The new Maurice Lacroix Eliros collection therefore unveils a much more modern aesthetic. What remains completely unchanged is the quality… and its very attractive price positioning. Last but not least, the stylish “M” logo applied on the bracelet: an unmistakable brand signature.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The CTK Collection by Chinese Timekeeper – Exclusive Mechanical Timepieces Crafted in China

The Hong Kong based luxury watch brand, Chinese Timekeeper has been specialized in the manufacturing of exclusive timepieces of Chinese heritage. Timepieces from their flagship CTK Collection are crafted-in-China by finest watchmakers of the country. All the details in a CTK have been carefully thought-out, bringing a truly exquisite timepiece to the world. Not only is the heritage of the timepieces unique, their manufacturing is loyal to their roots, to the Chinese values of excellence and craftsmanship. The CTK Second Collection is made of 14 references for a limited production of 480 pieces. All pieces are engraved with a unique and exclusive serial number.
About the brand: The Chinese Timekeeper
Based in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, the eponymous brand name has been deliberately chosen to emanate the glorious Chinese heritage upon which its designs and inspiration are founded. Indeed throughout its magnificent history, China saw numerous of its greatest engineers, scientists and scholars being at the core of the conquest of time.

Their vision and achievements have triggered The Chinese Timekeeper’s will to pay them tributes. But to envision the work of these astronomers it is also key to understand the peculiar relation that the Middle Kingdom had with time. China’s relation to time never really changed over the course of its history. Innovations of Chinese scholars headed to better understanding of astrology. Measurement of time was simply a mean to an aim. Nevertheless, doing so the Chinese engineers created along the century’s device becoming more and more precise, creating and using technologies still necessary nowadays for a mechanical watch to work.

Historical Connection
Time and China - The beginningTimekeeping in China can be traced all the way back to its first dynasty, the Shang (1600BC until 1100BC). During that time, people were mostly rural farmers and did not need to know the precise time. Therefore the day was only separated into two sections: ‘Ch’u’, which was from ‘just before dawn’ and ended with the morning. The second part of the day, called ‘Cheng’ went from midday until ‘just after dusk’.

In agriculture, drums and trumpets were still used to dictate the time, but varied greatly with weather, seasons, and farming requirements. In city life, craftsman could only work until the last glimpse of natural light. For the Emperor’s servants punctuality was replaced by circumstances and productivity was measured by ones ability to stay busy. However under the commandment of the emperor a great number of astronomers and engineers paved the way of today’s watchmakers with their crucial inventions. Those are such men:

Armillary Sphere: Zhang Heng’s Heritage
Zhang Heng (78-139) was Han dynasty’s most influential scholar. He is credited with several major accomplishments. Amongst many inventions, Zhang Heng created the first seismometer, which allowed the Han Government to send quick aid and relief to areas devastated by earthquakes. Many lives were saved as a result of its speed, accuracy and effectiveness. Zhang Heng’s Heritage for the horology arises from his invention of the first water driven armillary sphere, which shows the workings of the celestial sphere considering a point of view from Earth. Astronomers and other scientists to understand the heavens used this device. So is The Chinese Timekeeper with its unique buckle respecting the shape of one of the Sphere of Heavens of an armillary sphere.

Gears: Ma Jun’s Heritage
Ma Jun (220-265) is known as one of the most brilliant mechanical engineers and inventors of the Three Kingdoms era of China. His most notable invention was that of the south pointing chariot, a directional compass vehicle that actually had no magnetic function, but was operated by use of different gears. Even though Ma Jun did not apply his invention to timekeeping, he created one of its decisive characteristics: mechanical gears. Indeed, he was the first combining the use of different gears, which applied equal amount of torque to driving wheels rotating at different speeds. This physical theory is one of the leading principles in any mechanical watch, which now use a combination of dozens of gears. Every The Chinese Timekeeper watch is a beautiful reminder of the long forgotten origins of this central element.

The escapement: Yi Xing’s Heritage
Yi Xing (683–727) was a Buddhist monk around whom many legends have grown. Only a small portion of his work has survived so it is difficult to appreciate it in detail. There is, however, no reason to doubt his involvement in two major astronomical achievements, with one particularly relevant for modern timekeeping: the measurement of the length of a meridian line and the invention of the first water driven escapement. In mechanical watches and clocks, an escapement is a device, which converts continuous rotational motion into an oscillating or back and forth motion. Without this device, there would be no mechanical clock. A water driven escapement was also present in Su Song clock tower and as such one of the greatest achievements that The Chinese Timekeeper pays tribute to.

The end of the road
Most people would agree that horology science made its greater leaps in medieval Europe. In the expert’s view, China’s timekeeping ability was not up to the level it should, or rather, could have been. After all, for a civilization that brought us gunpowder, paper and so many other ingenious inventions, being bounded by Mother Nature to measure time seems rather primitive.
However as we saw before, its water-induced escapement mechanisms, gears, and endless chain-drive were the direct precursors to the European clock movement, so why didn’t china scholars invent the mechanical movement?

The answer is rather simple: they did not have a need, nor a particular want for it. Yes the Chinese Emperors wanted precise and accurate devices to study astronomy, but in the grand scheme of the seasons, one quarter of an hour, or even a day off was not a disaster. Along the same line, the study of time was controlled by the Emperor and as such was not of public knowledge and never spread to the people. On top of this, it was judged unnatural to know or want to know the precise time, as the numbers of daylight hours per day changed in variation with the seasons anyways. Also, china did not have a numerical way of tracking time, therefore making it hard to think of it as concrete concept.

The last of the reasons, which came later in time, was due to china’s self-esteem. Clocks embodied Christianity, and as Chao I, Grand Council of the Ch’ien-lung emperor so rightly said: “Clocks and watches often have to be repaired. Otherwise the gold thread inside will break or they go too fast or too slow, and then you cannot get the correct time. Therefore among the court officials there are some, who possess these things, but they still forget meetings, or to put it another way, those in the court who never miss meetings are the ones who do not own clocks. Fascinated by the early achievement and the passion for timekeeping shown by China’s great emperors, The Chinese Timekeeper’s second collection consists of exclusive timepieces of Chinese heritage and shed a glorious light on its unique heritage.

Proudly crafted-in-China
Finding its inspiration in the footsteps of its illustrious Chinese ancestors, The Chinese Timekeeper is paying homage to Su Song’s revolutionary clock tower. Indeed several distinctive elements of a CTK timepiece have been designed with the work of Su Song in mind. Notably so is the revolutionary shape of the case which has been ingeniously engineered to respect, first with an oversized diameter of 44mm, the round and impressive shape of Su Song’s Great Driving Wheel. The central wheel was large of 3.35m in diameter and carried 36 scoops on its circumference, taking in excess of 9 hours to completely fill and consuming in the process about half a ton of water.

Secondly, the other central piece in Kaifeng’s clock tower was the five-story pagoda from which bystanders could hear and see the display of time. Based on the architecture of an Ancient Chinese Pagoda, the case of a CTK is strikingly composed of four layers or rings made of stainless steel 316L, which are held together by four large screws on the bezel and four smaller screws on the back case. The preeminence of the screws is reminiscent of the roughness of the construction of the old tower.

Another element worth noting on a The Chinese Timekeeper lies in the construction of its breathtaking buckle. Chinese astronomers, to understand the heavens used a tool known as an armillary sphere. The construction of an armillary sphere, or celestial sphere, consists of a series of nestled rings, also named Circles of Heavens that rotate on a single axis around the Earth. Hence a CTK buckle, derived from the armillary sphere, has a never seen before shape representing one of the circles of the Heavens.

Let’s turn our attention to the dial, which has for particularity to have the Chinese character ‘十‘ standing in place of the numeral 10. Most of the time in red, offering a great visual impact, is yet another link to the Chinese culture. Indeed, the number ten reminds of the famous Chinese saying “十全十美” meaning beautiful, complete or even perfect.

Chinese Timekeeper - Automatic Collection
CTK02 – Date Automatic (Limited Edition of 18 pieces)
The CTK02 – Date Automatic is a modern timepiece featuring a full black PVD case with a navy blue dial with sunray finishing. The perfect round case is fitted with a crown at 2pm. Not only its construction is made of four superposed rings immediately reminding the wearer of a traditional Chinese Pagoda but also its silhouette is reminiscent of the great driving wheel of Su Song clock tower. Manufactured in unusually limited numbers and meticulously assembled by experienced watchmakers, CTK02 is expected to be the piece of choice of an upcoming generation that will shape the future in the coming years. The CTK02 has a power reserve of 36 hours, a water-resistance of five atmospheres and a dial protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. It is also supplied with two black calf leather straps of white or black stitching. Finally, the beautifully shaped buckle, representing one of the circles of Heavens of an armillary sphere, will constantly remind the wearer of the illustrious origins of timepieces by the Chinese Timekeeper. This exclusive timepiece is available in a limited edition of 18 pieces only.

Technical Specifications
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 6300 – Hangzhou Watch Company, diameter 26mm, thickness 4,6mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hour, minute, second, date.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of AISI 316L stainless steel with black PVD treatment.
Bezel: Four large screws with black PVD treatment.
Back: Black, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "10CTK02" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Navy Blue with sunray finishing. Applied numerals and Hours, minutes & seconds hands in shiny silver color. Date at 3 o'clock with rehaut in silver color. At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in shiny silver color.
Inner ring: Black matt, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Black calf leather with blue stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with a second interchangeable black calf leather with black stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel with black matt PVD treatment. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK02
Limited Edition: 18pieces
Retail Price: 20,800HK$ // 1,900Euro (w/o VAT)

CTK 08 – Small Second Automatic (Limited Edition of 50 pieces)
The Chinese Timekeeper, CTK 08 Small Second Automatic model boasts strong contrast with black & white lines, its case structure is highly technical and has been created to perfection. The 4 distinctive rings of polished stainless steel and black PVD form a duo that we already love and that illustrate perfectly its Chinese pagoda inspiration. The four structural screws insure a water resistance of 50m. The CTK08 is an imposing watch with a strong character due to the sharpness of his features. However this piece still does not lose touch with its intrinsic elegance and simplicity.

Technical Specifications
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2718 – Tianjin Watch Company, diameter 26mm, thickness 5,12mm, 20 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 30 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hour, minute, small second.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, made of an alliance of 2 rings of polished AISI 316L stainless steel and 2 rings of AISI 316L stainless steel with black PVD treatment.
Bezel: Four large screws with black PVD treatment and tubes protecting the screws in polished Stainless steel.
Back: Polished Stainless steel, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "11CTK08" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Black dial base with circular finishing. Applied numerals and Hours, minutes & seconds hands polish stainless steel color.
At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in polish stainless steel color.
Inner ring: Black matt, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Double black calf leather with white stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with an interchangeable double black calf leather with white stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel with black matt PVD treatment. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK08
Limited Edition: 50pieces
Retail Price: 19,800HK$ // 1,800Euro (w/o VAT)

CTK 11 – Three Hands Automatic (Limited Edition of 50 pieces )
The CTK11 is a classic model. The Chinese Timekeeper, Three Hands Automatic is one of the most discrete pieces of the collection, while keeping a certain force of character unique to a CTK. The dial is simple, elegant and yet gives a feeling of toughness that goes quite well with the thick watch construction. On it you can find The Chinese Timekeeper logo, emblem of the originals Keepers of Time shining on the dial at 12 o’clock and the number ‘十’ further highlighting the Chinese origins of the timepiece. The effect is even subtler since the hands also present a rare Chinese aesthetics. The first time hands are made in Chinese pattern, which once again emanates glorious Chinese Heritage of the brand. This Limited Edition comes in only 50 pieces.

Technical Specifications
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2189 – Hangzhou Watch Company, diameter 27.4mm, thickness 4,74mm, 20 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hour, minute, second.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of brushed AISI 316L stainless steel.
Bezel: Four large screws with tubes in stainless steel.
Back: Brushed stainless steel, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "12CTK11" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Brushed silver with circular finishing. Applied numerals hours & minutes in brushed stainless steel color.
At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in brushed stainless steel color.
Inner ring: Stainless steel, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: ‘Double layer tan&chocolate’ calf leather with chocolate stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with a second interchangeable ‘double layer black&black calf leather’ strap with black stitching and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Stee. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK11
Limited Edition: 50pieces
Retail Price: 15,800HK$ // 1,450Euro (w/o VAT)

Chinese Timekeeper - Chinese Double Hour Automatic
Chinese Timekeeper has also presented a timepiece collection reflecting the uniqueness of the Chinese 12 ‘double hours’ system. Fascinated by the stories and the central part of the Zodiac signs in Chinese culture The Chinese Timekeeper has created the very first timepiece reflecting time as Chinese first represented. (Click here to know about the story behind the 12 double hours system).

CTK 15 – Chinese Double Hour Automatic (Limited Edition of 28 pieces )
The Chinese Timekeeper – Chinese Double Hour Automatic reflects on the original Chinese way of representing the time. Its 24hours movement hidden under the most elegant of dials read respectfully the time from the hour of the Ox to the hour of the pig. On a CTK15, a day starts at 11pm with for first marker our emblematic signature keeping the time for the first double hour until 1am. The Chinese character for the Ox follows. Although the watch offers a perfect legibility due to its 2 tones navy blue dial, the complexity of the reading may look, to the less acquainted wearer, like a Chinese puzzle. Production is limited to 28 pieces only.

Technical Specifications
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2846 – Tianjin Watch Company, diameter 26mm, thickness 5,76mm, 21 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: “Double hours” & minute.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of AISI 316L stainless steel with black PVD treatment.
Bezel: Four large screws with tubes in stainless steel.
Back: Polished stainless steel, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "12CTK15" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Dark & light blue dial base with 12 sunrays finishing. The 11 Chinese Zodiac characters are printed on the dial in shiny silver color.
At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in shiny silver colour.
Inner ring: Stainless Steel matt, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Blue Saffiano leather with blue stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with a second interchangeable dark grey Saffiano leather with dark grey stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK15
Limited Edition: 28pieces
Retail Price: 22,800HK$ // 2,100Euro (w/o VAT)

CTK 16 – Chinese Double Hour Automatic (Limited Edition of 28 pieces)
The CTK16 is a revolutionary watch featuring a dial made of the 12 Chinese “double hours”.The hands will only circle the dial once over the course of 24hours respecting a system that was the first used in ancient China. Another feature of this watch is its strap, which strongly and comfortably wraps itself around the writs. Its construction, with the use of 2 calf layers of different colours gives it a stylish finishing touch that enhances the overall look of the timepiece. The most obvious particularity of this watch is the contrast between the enamel and the PVD coating of the case.

Technical Specifications
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2846 – Tianjin Watch Company, diameter 26mm, thickness 5,76mm, 21 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: “Double hours” & minute.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of AISI 316L stainless steel with black PVD treatment.
Bezel: Four large screws with black PVD treatment.
Back: Black, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "12CTK16" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: White dial base with 12 sunrays finishing. The 11 Chinese Zodiac characters are printed on the dial in shiny black.
At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in shiny black.
Inner ring: Black matt, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Double black calf leather with black stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’. Supplied with an interchangeable double black calf leather with white stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel with black matt PVD treatment. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK16
Limited Edition: 28pieces
Retail Price: 23,800HK$ // 2,200Euro (w/o VAT)

About The 12 ‘double hours’ system & Triple System of timekeeping
Since the times of ancient China, three timekeeping systems have been used, sometimes simultaneously.

The 12 ‘double hours’ system : The first was a system of dividing the full day into 12 ‘double hours.’ The first of the double hours started at our modern equivalent of 11 pm, therefore lasting until 1 am. Each of these divisions was associated with a sign of the zodiac - starting with Tzu designating the Rat. In medicine, the 12 double hours are divided into four categories representing the seasons.

The 100 ‘quarters’ or “Ke” system : The second system is the division of the full day into 100 ‘quarters’ or ‘ke,’ equivalent to 14 minutes and 24 seconds. As time went on, this system was modified into 96 or 120 ‘Ke’ in order to be divisible by 60 and be in line with the duo decimal system. However, these reforms were never successful. There were no dials, nor hands to display the time, but rather a wooden statuette, a statuette that became the keeper of time for 14 minutes and 24 seconds, embodied each quarter. These manikins, representing the eternal running of time, inspired The Chinese Timekeeper’s logo.

The five ‘night watches’ : The third system was the five ‘night watches’, a system therefore only applicable at night, as the sunset to sunrise was divided into five ‘Keng,’ each of which is again subdivided into five ‘Ch’ou’.

Chinese Timekeeper - Three Hands Automatic “Jade”
This collection consists of exclusive limited edition automatic timepieces featuring hand made indexes carved out of the purest Burmese Jade. The collection consists of two models: CTK13-& CTK14. The “Chinese Timekeeper – Three Hands Automatic with Jade” models are stunning and unique and exuberate a true Chinese identity. The unique dial appeals to the heart and mind of the collectors of Chinese origin and also offers a rare visual treat with its 10 sparkling jade stones. Nestled inside small protective tubes, 10 beats of the purest Burmese Jade circles sits perfectly a brushed steel dial. The intense green offers a fantastic contrast and visibility and highlights the signature logo at 12 O’clock and the emblematic ‘十’ at 10 O’clock. For the black PVD version, the brand chooses a jade of a lighter shade to offer a greater legibility on the black dial. The brand name still discreetly engraved in the inner ring while the watch individual number is engraved on the back case.

CTK13- Three Hands Automatic - Jade (Limited Edition of 38 pieces)
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2189 – Hangzhou Watch Company, diameter 27.4mm, thickness 4,74mm, 20 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hour, minute, second.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of AISI 316L stainless steel with black PVD treatment.
Bezel: Four large screws with black PVD treatment.
Back: Black, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "12CTK13" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Black matt with circular finishing. The hours are personified by rare applied of jade. At 12 o’clock. The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in shiny gunpowder color.
Inner ring: Black matt, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Black Aligator with black stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with a second interchangeable black calf leather with dark green stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel with black matt PVD treatment. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK13
Limited Edition: 38pieces
Retail Price: 28,800HK$ // 2,650Euro (w/o VAT)

CTK14- Three Hands Automatic - Jade (Limited Edition of 38 pieces)
Movement: Automatic mechanical, CTK 2189 – Hangzhou Watch Company, diameter 27.4mm, thickness 4,74mm, 20 jewels, 21,600 alternations/hour, 36 hours power reserve.
Functions: Hour, minute, second.
Case: Diameter 44 mm, four rings of AISI 316L stainless steel.
Bezel: Four large screws in stainless steel inside their protective tubes.
Back: Stainless Steel, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo with the millesimation number. Around it: "The Chinese Timekeeper", "stainless steel", serial number "12CTK14" & water resistance "50m".
Crown: Winding crown, engraved with The Chinese Timekeeper logo.
Dial: Stainless steel dial base with circular finishing. The hours are personified by rare applied of jade. At 12 o’clock, The Chinese Timekeeper logo is applied in stainless steel color.
Inner ring: Stainless steel, engraved with: "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coating.
Water- resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres).
Strap: Black Safari Aligator with black stitching. The lining leather is marked ‘The Chinese Timekeeper’.
Supplied with a second interchangeable chocolate calf leather with chocolate stitching strap and a steel screwdriver.
Buckle: Deployant buckle in Stainless Steel. Unique circle engraved "The Chinese Timekeeper".
Reference: CTK14
Limited Edition: 38pieces
Retail Price: 28,800HK$ // 2,650Euro (w/o VAT)



An introduction to jade
Jade is a very hard gemstone, mostly known for its green colour, used in ornamental jewellery. The term “jade” is applied to two different metamorphic rocks: Nephrite and Jadeite. Nephritis may be translucent, clear or slightly opaque. It can go from white to brown or even gray to green. It is found mainly in China but there are also deposits in Australia, Canada, Brazil or even Mexico. Jadeite is the most valued of the jades for three main reasons: its transparency, hardness and colours. It is found with nuances of green, pink, lavender, yellow, orange, brown, white, grey and black colours. Jadeite remains very difficult to handle because it is brittle and hard to manipulate. There are only 10 or 12 fields worldwide where jadeite stone can be found with for prime source the country of Burma.

Finding a jadeite whose are truly pure is increasingly rare, and when all specifications are recognized we grade it as Type A Jade. Indeed some other jades in the market are treated with chemicals to enhance the colors and remove impurities; they are recognized as Type B or C jades according to an international classification. Those chemical processes damage the integrity of the stone and weaken the molecular structure, impoverishing the mineral properties in it. The reason for the use of jadeite – Type A Jade – by The Chinese Timekeeper is not only because of its rareness and preciousness, but also rather for all the myths associated with this stone.

The Story of Jade – Chinese Connection
If there is one material above all others that is intertwined with ancient and modern Chinese culture, it is Jade. Back in the days, at the end of a contest, the winner would be awarded jade, the runner-up gold and third place ivory. In Chinese ‘Yu’ stands for ‘the most beautiful stone’, it is this very stone that has long been revered in China. The use of it can be traced back 8,000 years and since the very beginning it has been inherent part of religion and culture.

While in the beginning the use was justified by the many inherent characteristics of Jade, it was very soon deemed too precious to serve as an everyday tool material. In the course of time many great properties were attributed to Jade and the most illustrious tales about its origins were told and passed on, all of which have contributed to the mythical status Jade still has in Chinese culture. There is no universal accepted legend that explains the origins of this mythical stone. Nonetheless there are several tales of the way jade originated, all of them different in the way jade came into being but all of them speaking in complete adoration of a divine origin. One popular legend considers jade as a mythical mist between Heaven and Earth that condensed into solid matter. The Jade not only bridges the two realms but served as a direct link to the ancestors.

It is common belief in Asia, China in particular, that jade holds many powers and capabilities. Some of the older texts speak about ‘powered jade’, which was ingested to cure various conditions such as insomnia. A more widespread tradition is to wear jade in order to cure physical illnesses and ward off evil and misfortunes. Jade is also believed to elevate and purify thoughts, to quiet the mind, and to induce a state of contemplation.

Apart from healing power there are also several myths that relate jade directly with life and immortality. Indeed, jade is perceived as the key to the prolongation of life and offers immortality to if consumed. Many Chinese believe that a jade stone eventually becomes a part of the life of its owner.

Jade is said to change colors depending on the aura of its possessor. When he or she is down or depressed the jade might be a darker shade. If fortune is good, the stone might be of a lighter tint. It is also believed that when a jade piece cracks or breaks, it has shielded its holder from an evil and harmful event.

Other Models from CTK Collection
Date Automatic – CTK1, CTK 2 & CTK 3
Small Seconds Automatic – CTK 4, CTK 5 & CTK 6


Contact details
http://thechinesetimekeeper.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Unveils Two Rendez-Vous Art Haute Joaillerie timepieces at Venice International Film Festival

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled two Rendez-Vous Art Haute Joaillerie timepieces at the 9'the Venice International Film Festival. Additionally, the legendary watch brand is also presenting some of its finest creations during the event to please the lovers of finest horological traditions. Jaeger-LeCoultre also promoting a charity project during the film festival and to support this initiative, the artists will make their contribution by wearing Reverso models engraved with a rose.

Jaeger-LeCoultre, the partner of Venice International Film Festival since 2005, is celebrating this year’s event elegantly by presenting its exceptional models, adorns the stars on the red carpet and rewards the prizewinners. From August 29th to September 8th, the “Mostra” sets the stage for the finest creations and provides visitors with an opportunity merging the fundamental experience of film viewers and of all devotees of fine mechanisms.

From August 29th to September 8th, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be playing a key role in the stellar events: rewarding prizewinners, supporting an operation it holds dear, and adorning celebrities on the red carpet. Since 2005, the brand has consistently displayed the full measure of its attachment to the 7th Art at the Venice International Film Festival, where it hosts journalists, actors and scriptwriters for unique encounters. Once again this year, many of them will enjoy this chance to discover the finest creations highlighting the multiple talents of watchmaking artisans.

Glamour will reach new heights at the opening ceremony of the Venice International Film Festival, where a whole host of beautiful stars will once again grace the red carpet. Many celebrities are expected in the City of the Doges, adorned with the noblest creations from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Among the finest models on show will be two timepieces from the Rendez- Vous collection.
Admirably reflecting its ambassadress Diane Kruger, the Rendez-Vous line embodies a free-spirited and spontaneous personality that constantly reinvents itself in order to spring new surprises. For the Venice International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents two Rendez-Vous Art Haute Joaillerie creations spectacularly paved using the snow-setting technique: one with diamonds and the other with blue sapphires and rubies. The meticulously hand-crafted gem-setting surrounds the models with an incomparably luminous glow.
Since its founding, the Grande Maison has associated mechanical perfection with the most attractive and complex gem-setting techniques. Created thanks to the expertise of exceptional artists, they celebrate an alliance between beauty and precision. The decoration using the snowsetting process is performed directly on the watch case. The gem-setter places the diamonds individually, nestling against each other and harmoniously combining stones of various sizes so as to entirely cover the metal of the watch. Such creative freedom requires considerable knowhow and an extremely keen sense of observation.

And to lend an additional touch of charm, Jaeger-LeCoultre designers and Valextra have created the Rendez-Vous clutch bag – a new way of wearing a watch like an indispensable, ultra-trendy accessory.

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s participation in the Venice Film Festival takes on a particularly human dimension thanks to its support for Emergency, a humanitarian association founded in 1994, present in over 16 countries and dedicated to helping civilians who are victims of armed conflict and of poverty. Throughout the duration of the festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be funding the maternity centre that Emergency has opened in Anabah, Afghanistan. Artists will also make their contribution by wearing Reverso models engraved with a rose – a task specially performed for the occasion by the artisans of the Manufacture. This major project will be celebrated on Thursday August 30th with a dedicated red carpet ceremony at which all guests will wear a rose as a symbol of hope for all children.

The Venice Biennial and Jaeger-LeCoultre have also announced that the famous American director, scriptwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee will be awarded the 2012 Jaeger-LeCoultre “Glory to the Filmmaker” prize at this year’s edition of the Venice International Film Festival. For the past five years, this prize has annually rewarded individuals having made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary cinema: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010) and Al Pacino (2011).

Jaeger-LeCoultre will be on hand to salute the best actor and actress, as well as the laureates of the best director and best film awards. Each of the winners will be gifted a personalised Reverso bearing a lacquered engraving of the lion that symbolises Venice, crafted by hand in the finest tradition of hand workmanship, along with the inscription “69th Mostra”.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph in Steel Case & Deep Blue Dial (Ref 49150/B01A-9745)

The flagship model of Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas collection, the Overseas Chronograph is given a new expression this year with this steel variation enhanced by a deep blue dial. With its caseback distinguished by a raised motif depicting the historical Amerigo Vespucci sailboat, this Haute Horlogerie chronograph echoes all the distinctive codes and characteristics which, right from the time of its launch in 1996, have contributed to forging the strength of this technical and sporting line. Witness its famous bezel inspired by the Maltese Cross, its crown and its screw-lock pushers, its soft iron cage protecting the mechanical movement from magnetic fields of up to 25,000 A/m, as well as its case that is water-resistant to 15 bar (around 150 metres.
Another distinctive feature is the particularly supple and comfortable steel bracelet – inseparable from any genuinely sporting watch – with its links shaped like a half Maltese Cross.

An object of fascination due to its complex mechanism – reflecting both the sporting spirit and precision timing performance – the new Overseas Chronograph model is distinguished by its deep blue dial with meticulous finishing, enhanced by luminescent hands and hour-markers guaranteeing perfect readability.

The refined and elegant 42 mm-diameter cases houses Calibre 1137, a mechanical self-winding chronograph movement comprising 183 parts, endowed with a 40-hour power reserve and beating at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour. In addition to the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock along with the chronograph functions – sweep seconds-hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock – this Overseas Chronograph watch features a large date appearing through a twin aperture at 12 o’clock.

Clearly dedicated to both technical sophistication and aesthetic elegance, this new Overseas Chronograph model from Vacheron Constantin strengths the enviable stature acquired by the Geneva-based Manufacture in the field of Haute Horlogerie sports watches. It once again demonstrates that mechanical complexity can work wonders when it is combined with iconic design.

Technical details
Reference 49150/B01A-9745
Model: Overseas Chronograph

Movement
Calibre 1137
Mechanical self-winding
Movement thickness: 6.60 mm
Movement diameter: 26.20 mm (11 ¼ lignes)
Jewelling: 37 jewels
Number of parts: 183
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours

Indications
Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock
Chronograph with column wheel
Large date at 12 o’clock
12-hour and 30-minute counters

Case
Stainless steel
Screwed-down crown and pushpieces
Solid case-back with stamped “Overseas” medallion
Satin-finished table, polished bezel, chamfered edges
Water resistance: Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)

Dial
Laquered blue shiny dial
Blue snailed counters with rhodiumized diamond-polished filets
Hands and hour-markers in 18K white gold with white luminescent material

Strap
Stainless steel, polished and satin-finished half Maltese cross links
Clasp: Stainless steel triple blade folding clasp, double security with buttons

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar (Ref 49020/000R-9753 – 18 Carat Pink Gold Version)

The Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar model in 18- carat pink gold is the latest addition to Overseas collection, Vacheron Constantin’s sporting and technical line. This elegant and highly technical timepiece boasts a chronograph and a perpetual calendar – two of the complications most favoured by devotees of mechanical Haute Horlogerie.

This Overseas Perpetual Calendar model, boasting all the signature features of this collection, radiates a sophisticated, refined and immediately recognisable character – starting with the flowing and powerful lines of its case, the bezel inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese Cross emblem, along with the hourmarkers, crown, screw-lock pushers, as well as the caseback enhanced by a raised medallion depicting the famous three-mast Amerigo Vespucci ship. Its 18-carat pink gold 42 mm-diameter case, like all men’s Overseas models, is guaranteed water-resistant to 15 bar (approximately 150 metres) and houses a soft iron cage protecting the mechanical movement from magnetic fields of up to 25,000 A/m.
The association between the pink colour of the case and the subtle sandy shade of the dial lends a luxurious sporting touch to this model. Like the other timepieces in this collection, the hands and hour-markers are accented with white luminescent substance ensuring perfect readability even in the dark.

This exceptional model representing a compendium of technical Haute Horlogerie beats to the rhythm of Calibre 1136 QP and its 228 parts: a mechanical self-winding movement – just as one would expect from a sports watch – oscillating at the rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour and endowed with an approximately 40- hour power reserve.
In addition to the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock, Calibre 1136 QP powers the chronograph functions – sweep seconds-hand, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock – as well as those of the perpetual calendar – day of the week, date, 48-month counter with leap years as well as a moon-phase display.

The Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar is delivered with two straps: one in vulcanised brown rubber and the other in brown alligator leather. A pink gold triple-blade, double-pusher folding clasp guarantees security and comfort for the wearer of this exceptional model. This timepiece is also delivered with a luxurious presentation case equipped with a rotating mechanism that enables the watch – when not worn – to be kept perpetually wound and thereby ensure that the perpetual calendar indications are properly adjusted.

Technical details
Reference 49020/000R-9753
Model: Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar

Movement
Calibre 1136 QP
Mechanical self-winding
Movement thickness: 7.90 mm
Movement diameter: 28 mm (11 ¼ lignes)
Jewelling: 37 jewels
Number of parts: 228
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours

Indications
Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock
Chronograph with column wheel
12-hour and 30-minute counters
Perpetual calendar (day of the week, date, 48-month counter with leap year indication)
Moon phase

Case
18K 5N pink gold
Screwed-down crown and pushpieces
Solid case-back with stamped “Overseas” medallion
Satin-finished table, polished bezel, chamfered edges
Water resistance: Tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)

Dial
Light grey opaline with black painted indications and scales
Light grey snailed counters with 5N gold-plated diamond polished filets
White painted external zone
Hands and hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold with white luminescent material

Strap
Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stiched, saddlefinish, large square scales
Delivered with a second strap in dark brown rubber
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold triple blade folding clasp, double security with buttons

Alpina Diver Midsize Collection

The Alpina Diver Midsize Collection is designed for those who love to explore the ocean depths and these timepieces can handle the stringent demands of even experienced divers. Crafted in strong 38mm stainless steel case and with a remarkable water resistance of 1000 feet, the new Alpina Diver Midsize Collection is ready for the dare devil actions underneath the ocean.
The new Alpina Diver Midsize Collection is presented in two models. For ladies,there is a stunning Mother of Pearl white face, surrounded by eight sparkling diamonds. Large white, luminous indices are placed at the 12 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions, while an extra-large date window is located in the 3 o’clock position. Alpina’s signature red triangle is proudly featured at the base of the silver second hand, while the hour and minute hands are luminous white with a silver surround.
Ladies can choose between two attractive and functional straps. With constant attention to a diver’s needs, the Alpina Diver Midsize white model comes with either a white rubber strap that can be adjusted to fit over the arm of a wetsuit, or the watch can be fitted with a stainless steel metal bracelet.
The second model in the Alpina Diver Midsize range will certainly appeal to both men and women.The striking black dial is set inside a shining stainless steel case. Luminous white indices stand out from the black dial, and again, the extra-large date window is featured at the 3 o’clock location.
The turnable uni-directional bezel has luminous engravings at the edges, and both quartz models come equipped with a battery that provides 45 months of dependable service. Alpina Diver Midsize faces are covered with sapphire crystal at the front, and the closed stainless steel back is engraved with the palm tree, Alpina-branded air tanks and around the edge, the words “Alpina Extreme Diver” and “Swiss Made.”

Those opting for the black dial version of the Diver Midsize also have the choice of two straps. They can select the stainless steel version, or a black rubber strap.

Reference AL-240LB3V6 / AL-240LB3V6B
Movement
caliber AL-240, Quartz, 1 rubis
Battery life 45 months
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel case, 38 mm diameter
Sapphire crystal, closed case back with nice engraving
Unidirectional turnable bezel, with luminous engraving
30 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Black dial, large white luminous indexes
Silver hands with white luminous, Alpina red triangle signature on the second’s hand
Big date window at 3 o’clock

Strap: Black rubber strap / metal bracelet

Reference AL-240LSD3V6 / AL-240LSD3V6B
Movement
caliber AL-240, Quartz, 1 rubis
Battery life 45 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Stainless steel case, 38 mm diameter
Sapphire crystal, closed case back with nice engraving
Unidirectional turnable bezel, with luminous engraving
30 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
White MOP dial, large white luminous indexes at 12H, 6H, 9H
8 Diamonds (0.08ct)
Silver hands with white luminous, Alpina red triangle signature on the second’s hand
Big date window at 3 o’clock

Strap: White rubber strap / metal bracelet

Monday, August 27, 2012

BUBEN&ZORWEG - GRAND COLLECTOR INBUILT

The House of BUBEN&ZORWEG, Austria based horology brand offers a wide range of beautiful objects which you can use to display your most beautiful pieces. For those who prefer a more discreet kind of storage, the brand offers products such as the GRAND COLLECTOR INBUILT which can be integrated into walk-in wardrobes, safe rooms, showrooms, luxury yachts or other exclusive interiors. It is equipped with German high security technology and legendary TIME MOVER® know-how and is ideal for protecting valuable wristwatches, precious jewellery and other gems.
BUBEN&ZORWEG also implements customised interior designs alongside its range of exceptional OBJECTS OF TIME®. They usually take the form of sophisticated inbuilt solutions developed for the more discreet ambiance in collaboration with interior designers. The Grand Collector Inbuilt is such a solution, for instance in walk-in wardrobes where it fits in perfectly thanks to its two-way mirrored doors. These spy-glass doors look like mirrors yet become transparent as soon as the LED lighting is switched on.

Code-operated electronic locks in both the top and the bottom part where the safe is located provide additional security. In addition to the BUBEN&ZORWEG signature clock the interior of the Grand Collector Inbuilt also offers a choice of either 26 TIME MOVER® modules and three drawers or 44 TIME MOVER® modules, whereby 8 of them are installed inside the safe as standard.

GRAND COLLECTOR INBUILT – FACTS
• 26 TIME MOVER® and 3 drawers or 44 TIME MOVER®
(each with 8 of the TIME MOVER® units in the safe)
• BUBEN&ZORWEG Safe SI-60 with Safety Class VdS I
(German Security Certification)
• BUBEN&ZORWEG signature clock with a stainless steel bezel
• Hand-crafted housing
• Interior in fine Italian nappa leather
• 3 storage drawers
• State-of-the-art LED lighting technology with fading function
• Electronic lock with code input
• Finest German craftsmanship

VARIOUS DOOR VERSIONS
• Two-way mirror spy glass
• Glass doors (tinted)

TECHNICAL DATA
• 11832 x 568 x 540 mm
• 250 kg
• Mains Operation

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Paris based luxury watch boutique Royal Quartz welcomes Vulcain brand

The evening organised at Royal Quartz on Rue Royale, Paris on Thursday 28th June 2012 was a fantastic success for Swiss luxury watch brand Vulcain. The guests were able to admire and try out the collection of famed 50s Presidents’ Watches, Nautical and Anniversary Heart models and timepieces featuring cloisonné enamel. Of course, they were also treated to the famous sound of the Cricket alarm calibre.

Founded in the 80s in the prestigious rue Royale in Paris, Royal Quartz provides watch enthusiasts with an outlet entirely dedicated to fine watchmaking. In 2007, it was acquired by the Galeries Lafayette group which has since continued to enrich this luxury brand. A new design concept was unveiled in 2009, all polished glass to let in light, in shades of black through to white.

Vulcain has now joined the many prestigious fine watch brands in this luxurious, contemporary space, set over more than 100 m2. Each has its own space, each keeps its own graphic codes, each has its stars that the customers, long-term enthusiasts and neophytes gather to lust over in this free and accessible exhibition space.
Thanks to continuous training in the watchmaking techniques and unique features of the worlds of each partner brand, Royal Quartz is able to offer the very highest service quality and the warmest welcome at its Paris premises. This is the start of a long-term partnership with Vulcain.

The Vulcain manufacture, founded in 1858, is the inventor of the wristwatch alarm complication. This innovation is the key to the Vulcain brand’s fame and association with American presidents since Harry S. Truman, with the piece known as «The Presidents’ Watch». The Original 1950s style Presidents’ watch is now available once more: with the same functions as it had then, but housed in a modern design with an automatic movement.

RJ-Romain Jerome PAC-MAN™ Limited edition

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome, which has already created many landmarks in horology industry by launching the innovative ideas like: "Titanic-DNA", "Moon Dust-DNA" and "Eyjafjallajökull-DNA" collections, is now taking the lovers of fine timepieces to the world of one of the most popular video games that ever made.

The brand new PAC-MAN™ limited edition timepiece designed by RJ-Romain Jerome takes inspiration from the popular PAC-MAN video game originally created by Toru Iwatani and released by NAMCO LIMITED.
Introduced in 1980, in Japan, PAC-MAN followed the huge success of SPACE INVADERS by touching an even larger audience and which for the first time featured women. The concept is universal and a legend is born – a hero who throws himself into an unbridled hunt for ghosts in the midst of coloured fruits, in a quest for "pac-dots" and "power pellets" spread all over a pixilated labyrinth. When the game came out in the United States, its popularity overtook that encountered in Japan, resulting in an unprecedented craze called "PAC-MAN FEVER". With over 300,000 arcade game units sold all over the world, this is probably one of the most popular games of all time.

Since its launch as an arcade game, PAC-MAN has been developed for numerous platforms and spawned many sequels. Recent game releases include PAC-MAN Party for Wii and PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX for PS3/XB360, the arcade games PAC-MAN Battle Royale and PAC-MAN Arcade Party, and multiple titles for mobile devices (iPhone/iPod Touch, PC, PC Online Game, SNS).

RJ-Romain Jerome, in association with NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc( Owner of PAC-MAN brand and part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc.- leading global publisher and developer of interactive contents), pays tribute to this video game that entertained us for more than 3 decades.
Having inherited the highly distinctive case of the Moon Invader collection, a circle in a cambered 46 mm square, the PAC-MAN watches also feature steel fused with fragments of Apollo 11. The four ball and socket joints at the corners of the case are functional and designed like the legs of the lunar landing module in American lunar expeditions. Boasting a highly sophisticated construction, and mounted on axles anchored in the case, these ball-and-socket joints hold the lugs of the rubber straps and their mobility make the watch easily adaptable to all wrist sizes.
On the back of the watch, a disc made of Moon SilverRJ – a low-oxidation silver fused with moon rocks – reproduces the surface of the Moon. Each of the three dial levels is engraved with a pixelated matrix. The lower two levels are beadblasted, while the upper level features straight-grained edges. The characters and fruits adorning the dial stem from meticulous craftsmanship. Machined piece by piece, applied by hand and gem-set, they are subsequently lacquered with different colours or with black superluminova "green emission", thus recreating actual game sequences.
You can discover the four versions of the ultimate geek chic timepiece exclusively at colette, in Paris, from September 3 to 8. The pixelated characters will be on show at all RJ-Romain Jerome points of sale from September 10.

Technical details
Collection: PAC-MAN

Model references
1. RJ.M.AU.IN.009.01
2. RJ.M.AU.IN.009.02
3. RJ.M.AU.IN.009.03
4. RJ.M.AU.IN.009.04

Movement
Caliber RJ001-A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency 28,800 vph
Jewelling 23 jewels
Power reserve 42h
Functions: Central hours and minutes

Case
Ø46mm, Black PVD-coated steel
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, including elements of Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in Moon SilverRJ representing the Moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Screw-lock crown
Water resistance: 30 meters

Dial
Black 3D dial built on three levels engraved with a pixelated matrix.
The lower two levels are beadblasted and the upper level features straight-grained edges. Pixelated characters and fruits lacquered with different colours or with black superluminova "green emission"
Hands: Oxydised black and polished, with superluminova "blue emission"

Strap
Black rubber
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle Black PVD-coated steel

Edition
Limited edition: 4 versions of 20 pieces

Retail price
CHF 15,555.- / EUR 13,800.- / USD 17,900.-

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