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Friday, August 31, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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

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

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

Saturday, August 25, 2012

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.-

Friday, August 24, 2012

Frederique Constant Index Moon Timer

Swiss luxury watch brand Frederique Constant unveils the Index Moon Timer, an elegant automatic timepiece that depicts the phases of the moon in a subtle display at 6 O'clock. With this model, the Geneva based watch brand pays homage to Moon, the celestial legend that always inspired the limitless imaginations of human generation.
Frederique Constant Index Moon Timer is equipped with the delicately decorated automatic cal. FC-330 movement beating at 28’800 Bph, which is exposed through a see-through case back The design of this classical model is ultra clean and functional. The watch is presented on a hand-sewn leather strap as well as on a sporty-elegant stainless steel bracelet. Aligned with the different available dial variations, straps come in dark brown and deep black.
Technical details
Model: Index Moon Timer Automatic
Reference; FC-330B6B6

Case
Polished stainless steel, diameter of 43 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back
Water-resistant to 10 ATM

Dial
Black dial with minute track on the center, and date on the outer ring
Hand applied white Arabic numbers
White luminous hands
Moonphase disk at 6 o’clock
Date by hand with red triangle tip

Strap
Black calf strap, stainless steel folding buckle
Water-resistant inner lining

Movement
Automatic FC-330
42-hours power reserve

Variations
Also available on metal bracelet (FC-330B6B6B)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Fiancée

Swiss luxury watch brand CORUM unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Fiancée, an elegant limited edition timepiece collection dedicated to women. This brand new line comes in three limited series graced with mother-of-pearl dials and set with colorful precious stones.

The Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Fiancée proudly proclaims its noble roots to the Admiral Cup legacy through its twelve-sided bezel and its nautical pennants. Its 38 mm diameter case with softened angles is dedicated to feminine wrists. The precious mother-of-pearl dial and the colored stone gemsetting make this beautiful timepiece more charming.

Its mechanical automatic CO 082 movement with a 42-hour power reserve, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour gives guarantee of fine horological craftsmanship.The oscillating weight engraved with the Corum insignia may be admired through the transparent back of the case that is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The mother-of-pearl dials, precious stones and delicate gemsetting further enhance the identity of these three models. Corum has shown a passionate dedication in fulfilling its desire to create feminine creations embodying the signature codes of the original line. The exquisitely rare dials are crafted in mother-of-pearl from Brazil and Thailand. They are adorned with nine hour-markers set with diamonds totaling approximately 0.10 carats, along with the numbers 30 and 60 appearing as appliques at 6 and 12 o’clock respectively.

The first limited series of the Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Fiancée features a pink mother-of-pearl dial teamed with a satin strap in the same shade and a bezel set with 72 pink sapphires (approx. 0.77 carats.) Its subtle and refined nuances lend timelessly graceful appeal to the steel case issued in a 50-piece limited edition.

The second 70-piece steel limited edition embodies a blend of sensuality and softness, and is set with 71 blue topazes (approx. 0.71 cts). Its light hue is further enhanced by a pristine white satin strap. Radiating refinement in an iridescent shimmering shade, the last 50-piece steel series sparkles with the fire of 72 cognac-colored citrines (approx. 0.51 cts) and beautifully matched with an immaculate white satin strap.

Technical details
Movement details
Movement number: CO 082
Winding system: Automatic
Functions: Minute • Hour • Date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28'800 vph
Dimension: 11 1/2'''
Rubies: 21
Movement finishes: Rotor with CORUM dedicated decoration

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 38 Fiancée - Models with features

Model 1: Admiral's Cup Legend 38 Fiancée Ref 082.108.47/0F48 PN08
Limited Edition: 50 pieces


Case
Shape: Dodecagonal
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 8.75 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel • 72 Pink sapphire• ~ 0.77 ct
Crown protector material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel • Engraved CORUM key
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in sapphire open back with anti-reflective treatment
Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 ATM

Dial
Colours: Pink
Material: Mother-of-pearl
9 Round diamonds • ~ 0.10 ct
Distinctive features: Hourly nautical pennants transferred on the flange • Minute-circle indexes transferred on the flange • Inscribed "Admiral's Cup" transferred on the dial • CORUM logo applied on the dial
Hands: Hour and minute: Dauphine-variant • Rhodium-coated • Faceted • Skeleton

Bracelet
Material: Satin
Colours: Pink
Interhorn/Buckle: 19/15 mm
Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
Buckle material: Stainless steel
Buckle distinctive features: Engraved CORUM logo • Opening and fastening system using 2 pushers

Model 2: Admiral's Cup Legend 38 Fiancée Ref 082.103.47/0F49 PN03
Limited Edition: 70 pieces


Case
Shape: Dodecagonal
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 8.75 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel • 71 Blue topaz • ~ 0.71 ct
Crown protector material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel • Engraved CORUM key
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in sapphire open back with anti-reflective treatment
Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 ATM

Dial
Colours: Light blue
Material: Mother-of-pearl
9 Round diamonds • ~ 0.10 ct
Distinctive features: Hourly nautical pennants transferred on the flange • Minute-circle indexes transferred on the flange • Inscribed "Admiral's Cup" transferred on the dial • CORUM logo applied on the dial
Hands: Hour and minute: Dauphine-variant • Rhodium-coated • Faceted • Skeleton

Bracelet
Material: Satin
Colours: White
Interhorn/Buckle: 19/15 mm
Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
Buckle material: Stainless steel
Buckle distinctive features: Engraved CORUM logo • Opening and fastening system using 2 pushers

Model 3: Admiral's Cup Legend 38 Fiancée Ref 082.102.47/0F49 PN09
Limited Edition: 50 pieces


Case
Shape: Dodecagonal
Dimension: 38 mm
Thickness: 8.75 mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel • 72 Cognac citrin • ~ 0.51 ct
Crown protector material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel • Engraved CORUM key
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
Back type: Screwed in sapphire open back with anti-reflective treatment
Water-resistance: 50 meters / 5 ATM

Dial
Colours: White
Material: Mother-of-pearl
9 Round diamonds • ~ 0.10 ct
Distinctive features: Hourly nautical pennants transferred on the flange • Minute-circle indexes transferred on the flange • Inscribed "Admiral's Cup" transferred on the dial • CORUM logo applied on the dial
HANDS: Hour and minute: Dauphine-variant • Rhodium-coated • Faceted • Skeleton

Bracelet
Material: Satin
Colours: White
Interhorn/Buckle: 19/15 mm
Buckle type: Triple folding clasp
Buckle material: Stainless steel
Buckle distinctive features: Engraved CORUM logo • Opening and fastening system using 2 pushers

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MeisterSinger - Singular Single-Hand Chronograph, NEOf (First MeisterSinger Watch for Ladies) & Special Edition MeisterSinger N°6

MeisterSinger, the German watch brand renowned for its single hand watches, unveils three new models: Singular single-hand chronograph, NEOf (First MeisterSinger watch for ladies) and the special edition MeisterSinger N°6 Giambattista Rodella model.

Singular Single-Hand Chronograph
The single-hand chronograph combines the MeisterSinger ease of reading the time with the precision of a stop watch. The hairline hand for timing seconds and the small 30-minute display blend harmoniously with the classic MeisterSinger design.
Replacing all other chronograph models, the new Singular model combines ease of reading the time with the precision of a stop watch. The hairline hand for timing seconds and the small 30-minute display blend harmoniously with the classic MeisterSinger design.

The 43mm stainless steel case is 14.8mm deep and is water-resistant to five bar. A seven screw transparent sapphire glass back reveals a Valjoux 7750 automatic movement Protected by a domed sapphire crystal; redesigned dials come in a variety of colours and with larger Arabic numerals. There are four dial colours include a new black version with applied rose gold-plated Arabic numerals and toning black croco print strap.

Technical details
Movement: Valjoux 7750, Automatic
Diameter: 43 mm
Case: Stainless steel, 6-screwed exhibition back, water resistant to 5 bar, Sapphire crystal
Power reserve: 48 hours
Special features: Chronograph
Versions: White with blue hand, silver – red-gold, black – red-gold, ivory with blue hand

MeisterSinger NEOf
The first MeisterSinger, that is developed especially for the ladies is called NEOf. Its design with the rounded casing reminiscents of the watches of the 1940s and 1950s. Instead of overpowering 'bling-bling' there is a timeless and elegant simplicity. The NEOf is available in Sunburst Silver-White/Redgold, Sunburst Champagner, Sunburst Mauve or Sunburst Lightblue and comes with a a light leather strap from grained buffalo as standard.


Special Edition MeisterSinger N°6
This year, MeisterSinger has been inspired by the Italian watchmaker Giambattista Rodella and designed a 6-hour-single-hand watch. The dial follows Rodella’s logic. Twelve and six o’clock are on the upper part of the dial, while three and nine are on the lower. There are two different versions of the MeisterSinger N°6, of which a strictly limited 48 watches of each will be made available in Germany and in the Netherlands.

Technical details
Movement: Basis Unitas 6497-1 Manual Wind
Size of casing 43 mm
Casing: Stainless steel, four-fold sealed glass base
Power reserve: 48 hours
Water-tight up to 5 bar
Versions: White with black and gold digits and a gold-coloured hand; Black with white and gold digits and a gold hand.

Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture Edition 2012

Swiss luxury watch brand Frederique Constant has been developing and producing its in-house Manufacture Calibers since 2001. The first caliber was the Heart Beat Manufacture, cal. FC-910 with its iconic aperture in the dial and main plate at 6 o'clock position. Newer versions of the Heart Beat Manufacture included various complications, a silicium (silicon) escapement wheel, and even an in-house Tourbillon.

Development of the second base caliber by Frederique Constant started in 2008. The design and development briefing for this second base caliber was very straight forward: redevelop all components and search to reduce cost of manufacturing with 30%, while at least maintaining the same high quality level of the Heart Beat Manufacture calibers. As a result, the Maxime Manufacture (cal. FC-700) was born. Frederique Constant realized significant economies of scale with this caliber. In line with its Accessible Luxury philosophy, these cost-savings were transferred to the final consumer, by offering these Frederique Constant Manufacture timepieces at unbeatable retail prices.

This year, Frederique Constant is introducing the new Classics Manufacture, with a retail price starting at €1’750 in stainless steel. Designed and produced with utmost care, the sophisticated dial shows a remarkable refinement. Decoration of the movement is to the highest standards, with Cotes de Geneve and Collimacon patterns, brightly shining due to the rhodium finishing. The new Classics Manufacture is based on the second generation of the Maxime movement, cal. FC-710 and features an added center seconds hand. Apart from stainless steel, the Classics Manufacture is also available with a case finished in rosegold plating, at €1’950.
Technical details
Reference FC-710MC4H6

Case
Polished stainless steel case, diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, See-through case back
Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Movement
FC-710 Manufacture caliber, Automatic with Date, adjustable with the crown.
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
26 jewels, 42-hour power reserve

Dial
Silver dial with central “guilloché” decoration
Hand polished black oxydized hands
Date counter at 6 o’clock

Strap
Black crococalf strap with stainless steel deployment buckle
Water-resistant inner lining

Variations
Also available in Rose gold plated case (FC-710MC4H4)

History Frederique Constant Manufacture Calibers
In 2001, Frederique Constant launched the development of its first manufacture caliber in close collaboration with the École d'Horlogerie de Genève, the École d'Ingenieurs de Genève and the Horloge Vakschool Zadkine, Netherlands. The Heart Beat Manufacture has the characteristic bridge for the balance wheel on the front side of the caliber, which made it possible to have the spiral and fine regulation on the front side as well, creating a much more appealing Heart Beat design. This construction was new - allowing Frederique Constant to obtain a patent.

In 2008, Frederique Constant introduced its first Tourbillon Manufacture movement with Silicium (Silicon) Escapement Wheel. There are three main advantages compared to a regular escapement wheel:

-No oiling necessary
- Ultra smooth surface
- Weight 1/5th of steel

As a result, the Frederique Constant Tourbillon has an amplitude of over 300 degrees in dial-up and dial-down positions. Even in the crown-down position, the amplitude is over 275 degrees, which is substantially more than the performance of other high-end tourbillons.

In 2009, Frederique Constant launched a new in-house base caliber (FC-700). Component rationalization and assembly efficiency were the top priorities for the development of this caliber.

Result was an overall 30% cost saving compared with the earlier Heart Beat Manufacture caliber. Various new technologies were incorporated. For the first time, a Swiss watch manufacturer introduced a watch with a manufacture caliber below €2’000 retail.

Frederique Constant Factory
The Frederique Constant production facility in Geneva measures 3'200 square meters, divided over four floors, offering an attractive working environment in the sectors of caliber component production, caliber assembly, watch assembly, and extensive quality control. Numerically controlled machines of the latest generation are located in a large atelier in the basement, where all component manufacturing is concentrated. Caliber and watch assembly, as well as state-of-the-art quality control is primarily organized on the first floor of the Frederique Constant building. The building also serves as the brand's international headquarters.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Breitling Chronomat 41 Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Breitling, world renowned for its highly reliable and professional grade aviation timepieces, presents the new Chronomat 41 limited edition chronograph model equipped with their in house developed manufacture movement Caliber 01.

This star model in a 2,000-piece limited series will appeal more strongly than ever to enthusiasts of original designs. The sporting touch is accentuated by a black dial with a red central chronograph seconds hand and red counter hands. An authentic, understated and powerful instrument panel. The original and generous lines of the steel case are enhanced by all-polished finishes – as are the bracelet and the rotating bezel engraved with exclusive numerals.

The transparent sapphire crystal caseback affords the rare privilege of a chance to admire Breitling Caliber 01, the world’s finest chronograph movement, entirely developed and produced in the brand workshops. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft), the Chronomat 41 Limited is naturally chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) – as indeed are all Breitling models. A strong, unique and quintessential design, combined with all the performances expected of an authentic “instrument for professionals”.

Technical details
Movement
Breitling Caliber 01, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 47 jewels. Over 70-hour power reserve. 1/4 th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers. Calendar.

Exterior
Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft). Screw-locked crown and pushpieces.
Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on
both sides. Diameter: 41 mm. Dial: Onyx black. Bracelet: steel Pilot.

Christopher Ward C7 Rapide Chronograph MK II British Racing Green Limited Edition

British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward presents Limited Edition C7 Rapide MK II timepiece in British Racing Green, which combines the style of 1950s motor racing watches with the colour that’s associated with so many of Britain’s most glorious victories in the sport.

Just the words ‘British Racing Green’ conjure up images of old Bentleys and Jaguar D-Types thundering around Le Mans. Add the distinctive design of the C7 Rapide MK II with its three chronograph eyes, inspired by fuel gauges and rev counters, and the British watchmaker’s latest motorsport watch takes on a life of its own. Every detail adds to the sense of motor racing heritage – even the reverse of the watch has an exclusive steering wheel design engraved on the back plate.

Powered by a Swiss made Ronda 3540.D quartz chronograph movement, the C7 MK II has 1/10th second split timing, a tachymeter bezel and SuperLuminova™ indices and hands. With a 42mm case, the watch is also water resistant to 100m and comes with a choice of a Spanish "Toro Bravo" leather deployment strap (£399), a stainless steel bracelet (£450) or a black rubber strap (£399).With only 500 of the Limited Edition British Racing Green C7 MK IIs in the world, you had better be quick off the mark and pre-order one now for delivery in September.
The History of British Racing Green
British drivers first adopted British Racing Green for the Gordon Bennet Cup in 1903 – nearly 110 years ago. The rules stated that components for each car should be made in the country being represented and painted in a ‘national’ colour. The British Napier team could not opt for red, white or blue because Italy, Germany and France (respectively) had already taken them. Motor racing was still illegal in Great Britain so the race was staged in Ireland and Napier decided to paint their cars shamrock green – partly as a mark of respect for their hosts. The colour stuck from that moment on.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thomas Prescher “Nemo Sailor” (The First Watch from Nemo Triptychron” Series)

Swiss luxury watch brand Thomas Prescher unveils “Nemo Sailor” , the first timepiece of “Nemo Triptychron” series, as a part of their prestigious and sensational Archaeological Project.The newly introduced “Nemo Triptychron” line is inspired by Jules Verne’s “20’000 Miles Under the Sea” and different steampunk and art nouveau influences.

To create this exceptional timepiece, Thomas Prescher dived into a cosmos of images and stories of the late 19 th century. Surrounded by a collection of material of these topics he created a fantastic story around all the things he found and published it every few days like a diary about a new sensational archeological discovery.

A lot of attention was paid to this new way of letting the public participate in the creative process. It was clearly indicated that the story was invented but many readers were so fascinated that they have taken it for real. So the entire project became a fabulous success.The “Nemo Triptychron” story will be continued soon with the models Officer and Captain.

Important design elements are the porthole look of the bezel and back. Nameplates and index rings are inspired by old steam engines and steam punk design. The design highlights the materials used. For the lugs and front and back bezels saltwater resistant copper bronze was chosen, it has the right look and it ages with time to a wonderful patina. When softly re‐polished it gains the charming look of ancient things. Together with the stainless steel a fabulous contrast is created.

For the appliqués, on the dial but also on the case, a soft copper found its way into the design. The copper’s warm red color together with the traditional method of engraving the letters and filling them with paint round out the design to perfection.

The balance between free spaces on the dial and many little details gives the eye time and place to recover before starting again to discover the high end craftsmanship in the finish and the contrast between brushed surface and polished chamfer or the nameplate of the series in copper embracing the case at 9 o’clock.

For the oscillating weight an Art Nouveau window by Arnold Lyongrün gave the inspiration. It is a lovely composed detail as a fully closed slice. The transparent case back shows perfectly this special Nemo rotor with its copper appliqué and the white rhodium nameplates.

A really breathtaking detail is the crown. Inspired by the form of historic valves it is a bit the cherry on the cake of this marvel. The case measures 44 mm in diameter and 12 mm in height. Clients have the possibility to choose their own movement. Depending on the movement the height may differ a bit.As usual Thomas Prescher uses hand cut and hand sewn straps with crocodile leather on both sides.

Thomas Prescher makes hand‐made watches to the very highest standards and their finish is among the best available. So is his service. He offers modifications to client’s wishes for all his models.. His clients are accustomed to the fact that even their most exigent dreams are fulfilled.

Technical Details
Case
Material:Copper bronze, nickel‐ and lead‐free, stainless stay‐brite steel case
Case diameter: 44 mm
Case height:Depending on the movement, around 12mm

Dial
Material:Metallic grey rhodium plated
Nameplates: Copper, letters engraved and paint filled.
Index ring:Rhodium plated, letters engraved and paint filled
Number plates:Copper, letters engraved and paint filled
Appliqués in copper, plates rhodium plated, letters engraved and paint filled

Movement
ETA 2824‐A2 or the client’s choice
Winding: depending on the movement, automatic both directions
Special oscillating weight
In‐house Nemo rotor: metallic grey rhodium plated.

Strap
Hand cut and –sewn alligator skin uppers and lowers
Buckle: Copper bronze

Monday, August 13, 2012

MB&F HM3 Poison Dart Frog Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand MB & F unveils HM3 Poison Dart Frog, a limited edition of 10 pieces inspired by the spectacular yellow-banded poison dart frog.

The deadly potential of the poison dart frog is camouflaged in the tropical rainforest by this amphibian’s exotically-patterned black and yellow skin. Similarly, the high-tech zirconium case of Poison Dart Frog is disguised by a sleek, black layer of PVD. The black case contrasts spectacularly with the animated rotor – framed by an over-sized date wheel – on top of the Jean-Marc Wiederrecht- designed complication.
The protruding eyes of real-life, amphibious frogs enable them to see in many directions without having to turn their head. The bulbous hour and minute domes of Poison Dart Frog create a similar effect, though in this case it means the wearer can easily read the time from a variety of angles without having to turn his or her wrist.

The hour and minute domes had to be meticulously machined from solid aluminium, chosen for its optimal strength to weight ratio – the domes weigh just over 0.5g. First, they are milled from the outside and then the inside to arrive at a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28mm, ensuring their energy requirements are kept to an absolute minimum.
Protecting the hour and minute domes are two semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes that had to be shaped and polished with utmost precision as the slightest imperfection in the sapphire could produce a disconcerting magnification effect.
HM3 Poison Dart Frog may portray the time and date playfully, but there is nothing but serious attention to detail regarding the fine hand-finishing of the highly-tuned engine that purrs away inside. This limited edition is available exclusively at The Hour Glass. The HM3 Poison Dart Frog features black PVD-coated zirconium case, 22k gold rotor and 18k yellow gold screws.

Technical details
Movement
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor; Powered by a Sowind base
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph
Battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
HM3 Poison Dart Frog: Rotor in 22k gold
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304

Functions
Hour on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
Date around the movement

Case
HM3 Poison Dart Frog: Black PVD zirconium case, 18k yellow gold screws, limited edition of 10 pieces
Screwed-down crown
Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 47mm x 50mm x 18mm
Number of case components: 53
Sapphire crystals: Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces

Dials
Rotating aluminium domes – 0.58g

Strap
Black hand-stitched alligator with 18K gold & titanium custom designed deployment buckle

Sunday, August 12, 2012

GoS (Gustafsson & Sjögren) Watches - Nordic Seasons

Johan Gustafsson and Patrik Sjögren led Swedish mechanical watch brand GoS presents – Nordic Seasons – a new series of watches that are designed with inspiration from the rich contrasts of the Nordic seasons. This is the first GoS series to feature a case in stainless Damascus steel.

The design of the case is based on the previous distinctive GoS cases to accentuate the the Damascus steel features. One unique feature of the GoS case is the larger diameter of the case back and bezels, which highlight the curved surface of the Damascus steel case and mirrors the pattern on the polished surfaces. A Damascus steel bezel inset frames the dial. The trademark oversize crown in Damascus steel has a larger diameter than previous GoS models but the height has been reduced to increase overall wearability as the case diameter is 45mm.

The hands of the Nordic Seasons are in the GoS spear shape, which premiered with the Stockholm model. Johan Gustafsson and Patrik Sjögren have designed an index ring with similarly shaped hour markers to complement the hands. All hands and index rings of the Nordic Seasons watches are made in solid 18 carat gold with a nuance
selected to match the colour scheme of the season dial.

Nordic Seasons will be produced in a limited edition of 20 pieces with 5 pieces for each season. The Nordic Seasons watches are the first GoS watches with a Damascus steel movement as an option. Four movements are currently planned for the series and the first movement has been fitted into the first version of the Autumn model, No 1/5. The finishing that Patrik achieves is unlike anything else in the watch industry as it combines a raw Damascus steel finish with traditionally finished bevelled edges and holes. To our knowledge, this is the first time watch movements with bridges in solid Damascus steel have been produced.

Johan Gustafsson and Patrik Sjögren have fitted the Nordic Seasons watches with a strap in soft and velvety Nubuck leather. The natural-looking surface of the straps blends well with the Damascus steel finish. These GoS straps are handmade in Switzerland by a Swedish artisan and are fitted with screwed lugs.

Technical details
Watch series - Nordic Seasons
● Case: Stainless steel and stainless Damascus steel 44/45mm × 10mm (10atm)
● Lug width: 22mm
● Glass: Flat sapphire glass with AR coating and the GoS logo printed on the inside
● Movement: Swiss manual ETA 6498
● Movement refinement: Refinished and improved to chronometer grade by the Swiss company Soprod
● Dial: Hand-forged Damascus steel
● Index ring/rehaut: Solid gold, shaped and polished by hand
● Hands: Solid gold, shaped and polished by hand
● Crown: 9mm in fine-grained stainless Damascus steel, double gasket crown inset
● Case finishing: Stainless Damascus steel, high-gloss polish with GoS logo engraved on case side
● Strap: Handcrafted strap in soft Nubuck leather, fitted with the GoS stainless steel buckle

Damascus steel movement
● Movement: Swiss manual ETA 6498
● Movement refinement: Improved to chronometer grade by the Swiss company Soprod
● Movement modification: 3/4 bridge and balance cock made in solid hand-forged Damascus steel
● Limited edition: Four movements planned, available as an option with the Nordic Season series
Watch Model - Nordic Seasons Spring
● Dial: Hand-forged explosion Damascus steel, tempered to receive a yellow nuance
● Hands: Solid 18 carat gold with red Swedish gold nuance
● Index ring: Solid 18 carat gold with red Swedish gold nuance
● Limited edition: 5 pieces

Watch Model - Nordic Seasons Summer
● Dial: Hand-forged wildflower Damascus steel, tempered to receive a red main nuance
● Hands: Solid 18K gold in the red Swedish gold nuance
● Index ring: Solid 18K gold in the red Swedish gold nuance
● Limited edition: 5 pieces

Watch Model - Nordic Seasons Autumn
● Dial: Hand-forged ladder Damascus steel, tempered to receive a main nuance of blue/purple
● Hands: Solid white gold
● Index ring: Solid white gold
● Limited edition: 5 pieces

Watch Model - Nordic Seasons Winter
● Dial: Hand-forged explosion Damascus steel, in natural steel finish
● Hands: Solid white gold
● Index ring: Solid white gold
● Limited edition: 5 pieces

Presentation Box
● Individually crafted box of birch wood using the svepask technique
● Coloured with natural pigments mixed in linseed oil
● Covered with high-grade natural wax and polished to a deep finish
● Protection box of black and grey card
● Guarantee certificate, two-year guarantee

The cases for the Nordic Season watches are manufactured by the best watch case maker in Germany. Highly skilled local artisans develop wooden presentation boxes and display material to GoS specifications. The watch straps are handmade, e.g. the straps for the Nordic Season watches are handmade in Geneva by a Swedish artisan.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

ROGER DUBUIS Excalibur Collection - Excalibur 42

Swiss luxury watch brand ROGER DUBUIS enhances its Excalibur collection with new Excalibur 42 line consists of new automatic models reflecting the Haute Horlogerie and avant-garde spirit that embodies all ROGER DUBUIS timepieces.

The iconic Excalibur collection's 45 mm and 36 mm models are now joined by the 42 mm version with a new interpretation of the line’s signature codes. The Excalibur 42 watch challenges contemporary notions of elegance, using the power of its design to show its watchmaking pedigree and declare its unique identity.

The world of the Warrior that inspired ROGER DUBUIS to create the Excalibur collection is dedicated to nobility and control, with an atmosphere of chivalry and almost choreographed power in which duels and combats are demonstrations of bravery. With a more refined design than the earlier 45 mm version, the Excalibur 42 is the ideal companion for contemporary knights as they confront their daily challenges.

With its audacious designs and its extraordinary mechanisms, the new 42 mm version retains the distinctive features of the Excalibur line: triple strap-attachment horns, an immediately identifiable fluted bezel, and Roman numerals stretched to the limit. It keeps the unique character and the touch of extravagance that sets it apart from all others in the world of Haute Horlogerie. The Excalibur 42 watch is available in three versions: Automatic, Automatic Jewellery and Automatic Precious Dial.

The four models of the Excalibur 42 Automatic have an immediate appeal: over-size transfer Roman numerals stand out in the centre of a sunburst satin-finish dial on a silvered or grey background. Yet the watch is not only attractive, it is highly legible. The hours and minutes are read on the principal dial, while the small seconds are displayed in a round counter at 9 o’clock, a signature of the exclusive new movement of the ROGER DUBUIS RD620. The slick case, in steel or pink gold, is enhanced by a silvered or anthracite flange and by pink gold or rhodium-coated appliques. The whole design extends gracefully into the genuine alligator strap, hand-sewn with a folding buckle in steel or pink gold.

For those who truly admire beauty, ROGER DUBUIS decided to create special versions of the Excalibur 42 with unique dials featuring precious materials. The strong character and daring lines of the watch are now complemented by the purity of a rare and beautiful mineral with all the emotion that comes with it. The chosen stones - mother-of-pearl, onyx and lapis lazuli - were formed over centuries, making each model subtly different. Among these Excalibur 42 models, the delicate mother-of-pearl balances the raw power of the onyx while the intense blue of the lapis lazuli is an invitation to explore other horizons. These three limited series of 188 pieces immediately stand out. Their pink or white gold cases are complemented by a black strap of hand-sewn, genuine alligator leather, and are fitted with the extraordinary RD622 movement.
There are several facets to the four Excalibur 42 Automatic Jewellery models: a white or pink gold case, a sunburst satin-finish dial, a bezel that sparkles with 36 diamonds (approx. 2.09 carats) and a folding buckle set with 17 diamonds (approx. 0.12 carats). The genuine alligator straps are available in various colours to appeal to men and women. As with all ROGER DUBUIS watches, the Excalibur 42 Automatic Jewellery carries the Geneva Seal.
The case of the Excalibur 42 mm model with alternate polished and satin-finished surfaces is a piece of graphic art. It is available in 11 versions, in gold or steel, with or without diamonds, each of them water-resistant to 3 BAR (30 metres).
Its movement is the RD620 automatic calibre with COSC certification (Official Swiss Chronometer Control) displaying hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock. A version without small seconds is also available, fitted with the RD622 calibre. Because ROGER DUBUIS believes that a true work of art is recognised by its smallest details, it has taken finishing to the limits of perfection and the two movements are decorated with “Côtes de Genève” guillochage. They comprise 184 and 179 components, respectively, with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a power reserve of 52 hours. They have been designed, developed, perfected, produced, assembled and adjusted within the Manufacture and both are certified with the Geneva Seal.

As with every model by Swiss watchmaker ROGER DUBUIS, the Excalibur 42 meets the latest requirements set by the Geneva Seal. Awarded by the State of Geneva to the rare few who meet the challenge of the Geneva Seal’s strict standards, it’s an official guarantee that the watch’s mechanical movement was made by hand, assembled and adjusted in Geneva. In 2011, the Geneva Seal celebrated its 125 th
anniversary.

Today, this time-honoured certification has evolved to address the entire watch: in addition to the 12 historic criteria relative to the movement, specifications linked to the watch’s casing and performance have been added to the official regulations. For ROGER DUBUIS, the Geneva Seal is one of the fundamental elements in its quest for excellence. There is no doubt as to why ROGER DUBUIS is the only watchmaking manufacture to be 100% certified by the Geneva Seal.

deLaCour Reef Saver

Keenly aware of the breakdown in the marine ecosystem, the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand deLaCour came up with the Reef Saver watch in a move to promote the preservation of our oceans. The 55.5 mm diameter round watch uses materials designed not to compromise water quality.

The case is made of titanium, a hard, lightweight material that does not tarnish over time and, above all, does not react to the acids unfortunately present in our oceans. The strap is made of 100% natural rubber. The unidirectional bezel is encased within the dial, thus offering increased protection and, more importantly, greater legibility. The bezel may be adjusted from a screw-down crown at 10 o’clock.
The watch has been designed to cope with depths of up to 500 metres and contains an automatic movement. This sporty, functional, aesthetic timepiece has been produced in a genuine concern to strike a harmonious balance between time measurement and the preservation of our oceans.

Technical details
Dimensions: 50 x 55.5 x 12.5 mm
Case Material: Titanium
Bezel: Titanium Unidirectional Internal
Crystal: Sapphire
Movement: Automatic DC 265
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Functions: Date indicator
Bracelet: Natural rubber, ardillon buckle
Water Resistant: 50 atm/500 metres/1640 feet

Thursday, August 2, 2012

SEIKO Velatura Collection – Designed for World's Sailing and Marine Community

Since its introduction in 2007, Velatura, the new marine collection by SEIKO has found favor among the world's sailing and marine community with its distinctive design and its high functionality. The 2007 collection included two new calibers, the Yachting Timer and Kinetic Direct Drive. SEIKO Velatura is a collection of eleven high performance marine watches for men and women, each of which combines innovation of function with refinement in design. The Velatura collection 2007 comprised 11 models, with 4 calibers, 2 of which are new and designed expressly for Velatura.

Since the creation in 1965 of its first diving watch, SEIKO has many times accepted the greatest challenge to the watchmaker's skill - the challenge of building watches that can withstand the demands of ocean life. In 1975, SEIKO made the first diver's watch in the world to have a titanium case and to be suited to saturation diving to 600m. Velatura continues a several decade tradition of watches built to take the strain of life on the high sea.

Velatura Collection 2007
SEIKO Velatura Collection (2007) - Kinetic Direct Drive
Professional and recreational sailors alike require one thing above all else in their choice of watch: reliability. They have to be able to trust their watch to perform, year in and year out, without fear of it winding down or of battery drain. For the most demanding watch users on the high seas, Kinetic Direct Drive is the ultimate technology of trust. Wear it and it maintains perfect time. It is recharged by the wearer's motion, but Kinetic Direct Drive can also be wound by hand. When winding the crown, the wearer can see the precise amount of energy generated on the Direct Drive indicator. Leave it for a few days and you can wind it to see the power being transmitted to the watch in real time - the perfect re-assurance that the watch is both operational and adequately charged.
Kinetic Direct Drive is an expression of SEIKO's emotional technology. It is built to allow maximum interaction with the wearer. It takes its energy from its wearer and allows him or her to relate in real time to its functions. To wear Kinetic Direct Drive is to experience time in a human, visceral and emotionally satisfying way. Like Velatura itself, Kinetic Direct Drive is built for the oceans.

Caliber
Kinetic Direct Drive, Caliber 5D44
Hour, minute and second hands with calendar
Retrograde day-indicator hand
Direct Drive indicator hand
Power reserve indicator function (fully charged to 1 month)
Real-time power indicator function showing the generated power status
Hand winding capability

Features
Kinetic Direct Drive (SRH)
Caliber 5D44
Case: Stainless Steel (SRH001/SRH003) or Stainless Steel + Black IP (SRH005)
Band: Stainless Steel(SRH001/SRH003), Stainless Steel + Urethane(SRH005),
Clasp: Three fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 Bar
Retail Price: €950-990

SEIKO Velatura Collection (2007) - The Yachting Timer
Sailing a 49er or any other racing yacht is a precision skill in which every wave, every gust of wind and every second is a vital opportunity to gain speed and time. And nowhere is this more important than at the start of a race. The SEIKO Yachting Timer is the instrument the racing sailor needs to hit the mark at the exact second of the start. Designed in consultation with top sailors from around the globe, it has a pre-race timer that sounds at 10, 6 or 5 minutes before the race start. These intervals are clearly shown on the brightly colored dial and the center hand that counts down the minutes and seconds is large, bright red and legible. After the race start, the chronograph takes over automatically and records the elapsed race time.
Caliber
Yachting Timer, Caliber 7T84
Hour and minute hands, small second hand, calendar, Mode selector hand
Pre-set countdown timer (10/6/5 minutes)
Free-set countdown timer
Minute/second timer hand(center)
Two hands at 6 o'clock position's functions
Minute/Second timer hand
Hour/minute chronograph hands
Hour/Minute alarm hands
Hour/Minute local time hands
Daily alarm

Features
Yachting Timer (SPC)
Caliber 7T84
Case: Stainless Steel + Black IP
Band: Stainless Steel (SPC005) with three fold clasp with push button release ,Urethane strap(SPC007)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 Bar
Retail Price: €600-720

SEIKO Velatura Collection (2007) - Alarm Chronograph (SNA)
Caliber 7T62
Case: Stainless Steel (SNAA89/91/92) or Stainless Steel + Black IP (SNAA93)
Band: Stainless Steel (SNAA89/91/92), Stainless Steel + Urethane (SNAA93), three fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 Bar
Retail Price: €550-590

SEIKO Velatura Collection (2007) - 3 hand with Calendar (SXD)
Caliber 7T82
Case: Stainless Steel with 36 diamonds
Band: Stainless Steel with three fold clasp and push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 Bar
Retail Price: €630-670

Velatura Collection 2008
In 2008, the Velatura collection welcomed a new Diver Chronograph and new design innovations in the collections for both men and women. In addition, the 2008 Velatura collection included an important automatic chronograph which is offered as a limited release special edition. In total, there were no less than 12 new timepieces in the 2008 Velatura collection, incorporating 5 calibers.

SEIKO Velatura Automatic Chronograph SRQ001 (2008)
Introduced in 2008, the SEIKO Velatura Automatic Chronograph SRQ001 houses Caliber 8R28, one of the most advanced automatic chronographs ever built. This model was offered as a limited edition of just 2,000 pieces in the Velatura range. Caliber 8R28 has all the attributes of the world's best chronographs. It has a column wheel and a vertical clutch system to ensure maximum accuracy and precision operation. It has an industry-leading power reserve of over 45 hours and it has one entirely new innovation - a thin one-piece three-pointed hammer which allows all three chronograph hands to re-set instantly and in perfect unison.

This model has all the attributes that have made Velatura such a success, especially the use of the combination of materials that optimizes performance in the very best sailing craft. The case construction brings together stainless steel, carbon and urethane. The dial is made of carbon and the bezel of carbon and steel, while the bracelet combines urethane for lightness and steel for strength. The Velatura Collection is the choice of the fastest of the Olympic sailing classes, the 49er. The technical perfection of the movement is reflected in the high quality of the engraving on the rotor, which is visible through the sapphire case back.
Caliber
Automatic Chronograph Caliber 8R28
With column wheel and vertical clutch
28,800 vibrations per hour
34 jewels
Hour, minute and second hands with calendar
Instantly changing date
Chronograph measurement up to 12 hours
Power reserve for more than 45 hours
Hand winding capability

Features
Automatic Chronograph Caliber 8R28 (SRQ)
Case: Stainless Steel + Carbon fiber plate with carbon fiber dial
Band: Stainless Steel + Urethane (SRQ001)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 Bar
Screw crown and screw buttons
Screw see-through caseback with sapphire crystal
The recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 2,500

SEIKO Velatura Collection 2008 - Diver Chronograph (Ref SNDA59 & Ref SNDA63)
The chronograph caliber 7T92 is well suited to the Velatura design and the 200 meter water resistance offered by the screw crown, screw button, and screw caseback completes this diving timepiece. Perfectly designed for all marine sports, the Velatura Diver Chronograph has all the features that have made the collection so successful - the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, the high-legibility dial, and the design touches that reflect the world of high performance marine sport. It is offered in two executions, one with a urethane strap and the other with a steel bracelet, inset with urethane panels.
Features
Movement: Chronograph Caliber 7T92 (SND)
Case: Stainless Steel
Band: Stainless Steel + Urethane (SNDA59) with three-fold clasp with secure lock and push button release adjuster, Urethane Strap (SNDA63)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 200 meter diver
Screw crown and screw button
Screw case back
The recommended retail price in Europe: Euro600-720

The Velatura Women's collection (2008)
In 2008, the women's Velatura collection enhanced with a chronograph caliber. 4 new timepieces were added, each with SEIKO's celebrated 7T92 caliber, offering the convenience of a 12 hour chronograph within a steel case. The leading models have 42 diamonds on the bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial with 11-diamond hour markers. In addition, three new three-hand women's models are added, bringing to seven the number of new women's Velatura styles. SEIKO Velatura Women's Chronograph SNDZ37
• Case: Stainless Steel with 42diamonds on the bezel (SNDZ37)
• Band: Stainless Steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNDZ37)
• Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
• Water resistance: 10 Bar
• 11diamonds on the mother-of-pearl dial
• Screw case back
• The recommended retail price in Europe: Euro470-920

New Kinetic Direct Drive (SRH011) and Yachting Timer (SPC041) models were added to Velatura for 2008, each with a luxury leather strap. SEIKO has supported both the World and European 49er Championships in 2008.

Kinetic Direct Drive Caliber 5D44 (SRH)
• Case: Stainless Steel
• Band: Leather strap (SRH011)
• Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
• Water resistance: 10 Bar
• Screw case back
• The recommended retail price in Europe: approximately Euro 920

Yachting Timer Caliber 7T84 (SPC)
• Case: Stainless Steel with Carbon fiber dial
• Band: Leather Strap (SPC041)
• Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
• Water resistance: 10 Bar
• Screw case back
• The recommended retail price in Europe: Euro660

Velatura Collection 2009
In 2009, five new creations joined the collection, each offering the same high level of specification as their illustrious predecessors. For 2009, SEIKO’s support of the sport of sailing at the very highest level is also expanded. In addition to renewing the agreement with the 49er Association, SEIKO has concluded a new agreement with the 29erXX Association whose new-design skiffs are fast becoming accepted as the most exciting new class for the world’s leading women sailors. This new agreement is celebrated in the launch of a new series of Velatura models for women.

Velatura collection 2009 - Velatura Yachting Timer
The undoubted star of the 2009 Velatura collection is the new Yachting Timer. The new version is even more robust than its 2008 predecessor. The case is made from titanium, covered with a new hard coating. The watch has a new screw-in crown system that ensures water resistance to 20 bar and it features a new combination strap in which leather and ballistic nylon are combined to offer a unique blend of elegance and strength. The dial with the pre-set start times highlighted in bright yellow and blue for even easier legibility.
Features
Yachting Timer
Caliber 7T84
Case: Titanium with black hard coating
Band: Leather and ballistic nylon strap with titanium buckle with hard coating (SPC049)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 20 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 950

Velatura collection 2009 - Women’s Velatura collection
A new look graces the Velatura women’s collection for 2009. This striking design combines functionality and elegance to create an unforgettable design. The 12-hour chronograph caliber sits within a 10 bar water resistant case, and 16 diamonds add sparkle to the mother-of-pearl dial.

Features
Women’s Chronograph, Caliber 7T92
Case: Stainless steel with mother-of-pearl and 16 diamonds on the dial (SNDZ19)
Stainless steel with 16 diamonds on the dial (SNDZ20)
Band: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNDZ19)
Leather strap with stainless steel buckle (SNDZ20)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 590-640

Kinetic GMT
Caliber 5M65
Stainless steel case and bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release (SUN011)
Stainless steel case with black hard coating with leather strap with stainless steel buckle (SUN013)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 690-750

Velatura Collection 2010
In 2010, the Velatura collection was further expanded, with four new creations, all of which are aimed at the young sailor, professional or recreational, who seeks to win.

Velatura 49er Class Chronograph (2010)
In 2007, SEIKO was selected as the Watch Partner of the International 49er Class Association. To mark the fourth year of SEIKO’s partnership with the International 49er Class Association, SEIKO launched a new model in the Velatura collection, housing the 7T62 Alarm Chronograph caliber. The crown is protected from accidental shock, the case is 10 bar water resistant, the glass is sapphire and the strap is made of a polyurethane compound of great strength. To ensure that the timing information is clearly visible even when racing, the sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and the chronograph hands are in a distinctive yellow color. The case back carries the legend ‘49er class’ and the watch is presented in a special presentation box that contains a message of gratitude from the International 49er Class Association.
Features
Alarm Chronograph, Caliber 7T62
Case: Stainless steel with black hard coating
Band: Polyurethane strap with stainless steel clasp (SNAE17)
Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNAE21)
Case: Stainless steel with blue hard coating
Band: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNAE19)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 600-670

In addition to the 49er Class Chronograph, the 2010 collection included two other chronographs on steel bracelets and a Kinetic Direct Drive model whose black strap and black hard-coating case create a distinctive and unique appearance to match the unique Kinetic Direct Drive technology within.
Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive (2010)
Caliber 5D44
Case: Stainless steel with black hard coating
Band: Polyurethane strap with stainless steel clasp (SRH013)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 1,030

Summary
Velatura is built for the oceans and all its design details draw their inspiration from the instruments and mechanisms used on the world's best and fastest yachts. The super-secure crown protection system allows the mechanism to be wound without the crown being unscrewed and pulled out. The bezel screws have the shape of the locks on marine devices, the use of steel and urethane in the bracelet fuses lightness and strength just as racing yachts seek to do and the case back echoes the shape of the wheel on large racing yachts. Every detail is fit for purpose, and every watch is built to endure.

World class racing is the ultimate test of a great marine watch, and no class of sailing is more demanding, for a sailor and his watch, than the 49er class. One of the fastest boats on the water, and capable of speeds of over 32 knots, the 49er is a fast-growing Olympic class which now attracts the best young sailors in the world. SEIKO Velatura has been chosen by the International 49er Class Association as its sponsor and watch partner and many of its leading athletes will be relying on Velatura in their 2007 racing. SEIKO is proud to support this dynamic sport and will continue to evolve its future Velatura designs based on the needs, advice and experience of the word's best 49er sailors.

In 2007, SEIKO was chosen as the watch partner of the International 49er Association and Velatura has become the watch of choice for the leading exponents of this, the fastest of all Olympic sailing classes. In 2008, SEIKO and the International 49er Association renewed the agreement and the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the 2008 World and European Championships in Australia and Spain respectively, received Velatura Yachting Timers in recognition of their achievements. The feedback from the 49er Class Association and its leading sailors will help to shape future generations of Velatura designs.

In 2009, SEIKO and the International 49er Association renewed this agreement and the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the 2009 World and European Championships, in Italy and Croatia respectively, will receive Velatura Yachting Timers in recognition of their achievements. Because of the success of this association with the world of super-fast skiff sailing, SEIKO has extended its support to the fastest skiff class for women, the 29erXX. This fast-growing class is on the verge of Olympic recognition and is attracting ever-increasing numbers of women to its ranks, right across the world. Feedback from the 49er Class and 29erXX Class Associations will help to shape future generations of Velatura designs for both men and women.