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Thursday, October 25, 2012

SEIKO Launches the Astron GPS Solar Watch at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, London

On Thursday, September 27, 2012, the Seiko Salon in Tokyo opened its doors as usual, but visitors were greeted with a dramatic new display, featuring the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar. The center window of the Seiko Salon in Tokyo’s landmark Wako store in Ginza featured a huge montage of images displayed on about 50 screens, all showing the new Seiko Astron and its remarkable functionality. In addition, the store’s famous clock tower was lit up in blue, symbolizing the global reach of Astron’s astonishing GPS technology, extending to every corner of our planet, with its deep blue colour as seen from space.

October 10, 2012, sees the international launch of the new Seiko Astron at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, a setting steeped in horological history. Just as the Harrison chronometers that are housed at the Observatory set a new standard of precision and made international travel so much safer, so the new Seiko Astron redefines modern timekeeping by adjusting to every time zone on earth.

The new Seiko Astron is the world’s first GPS solar watch. It requires no external power source and is entirely self-sustaining. Using just the power of light, it connects to the GPS network, and tells time with atomic clock precision, adjusting at the touch of a button to all 39 time zones on earth. It took almost 10 years to create the new Seiko Astron and to package its advanced functionality in a watch that is beautiful to look at and comfortable to wear.

Like its illustrious predecessor, the 1969 first quartz watch, the new Astron GPS Solar will change the way that the world tells time. To develop Astron, Seiko developed several new technologies and over 100 patent applications have been filed. Only Seiko can deliver what the international traveler has long wanted, a watch that understands and adjusts to time zones.
Special features of Seiko Astron
1.The ultra-low consumption GPS module
In order for Astron to identify its location and maintain atomic clock precision, it must receive signals from at least four of the GPS satellites that orbit the Earth at a height of around 20,000 kilometers. The challenge was, of course, power; it was necessary to generate up to 10,000 times more power than needed in a standard quartz wristwatch, and about 200 times that of a radiocontrolled watch. After an R&D process that took six years, Seiko finally succeeded in developing a highly efficient GPS module especially designed for wristwatches that, when hunting for signals, does not waste energy tracking satellites for which reception conditions are poor. In this way, the new Seiko Astron GPS module realizes a spectacular saving of power consuming about one-fifth of the electricity of a conventional GPS module.

2.The high sensitivity ring-shaped antenna
Right from the very start of the project, Seiko determined that the new Seiko Astron must be conventionally sized and easy to wear. The question was how to house the antenna in a watch case. Both the chip antenna, which is widely used in GPS, and the thicker patch antenna have the twin problems of poor receptivity inside a metal casing and large size. Seiko set about designing an entirely new type of antenna that would solve these difficulties. The solution was to invent a highly sensitive ring-shaped antenna that can be stored on the outer part of the round wristwatch case. By placing the antenna under the dial ring, Seiko succeeded in enhancing its receptivity to the maximum degree, a characteristic that is further enhanced by the use of ceramic on the bezel, as this material is superior to metal in the reception of radio waves.

3.The small & ultra-low consumption power source
Seiko Astron uses a lithium ion battery, similar to those now used in mobile phones and other devices. However, size and reliability over time were the challenge, as such cells can break if they are recharged and discharged too often. Astron employs a new lithium ion secondary battery so small that it can easily fit into the watch case and its reliability is assured by a new IC that monitors and regulates the power charge and discharge to ensure the long life and safe operation of this rechargeable battery. This IC uses one tenth of the power consumed by mobile phone IC’s.

4.The sensor that thinks.
Seiko Astron has a sensor that manages the automatic time adjustment by judging the amount of remaining energy and previous signal reception conditions. In this way, it conserves power and ensures maximum efficiency in connecting to the GPS network. Once a day, when the sensor detects solar light or other strong light, Astron automatically connects to a GPS satellite and, if necessary, adjusts the time to maintain its astonishing precision of one second every 100,000 years.

When the watch is hidden by clothing or in times of low light conditions, the sensor remembers the time of the last successful time adjustment and seeks a satellite signal at that time. If the stored energy is adequate, the watch receives a signal every day. If the amount of remaining energy is low, however, the intervals between automatic time adjustments are automatically extended to conserve power. In addition, automatic time adjustment is not carried out when the indicator is showing “E” (for inadequate energy) or when the “in-flight mode” is activated. Astron’s ‘thinking’ sensor adapts to the world around it and to its wearer’s lifestyle.

The new Seiko Astron collection is being presented in many of the world’s leading retail outlets including the Seiko Centers in Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and elsewhere. After its highly successful presentation at Baselworld, Astron is being marketed this year in over 50 markets of the world and its distribution will increase further in 2013 as production capacity increases. In 1969, the Quartz Astron ushered in a new era in watchmaking. Today, the second Astron revolution is under way.

Technical details
Model: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Caliber 7X52
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment

Hour, minute and second hands
Date calendar
Perpetual calendar correct to February 2100
Signal reception result indication
World time function (39 Time Zones)
Daylight Saving Time function
Power saving function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a time signal and in temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)

Case
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST001/007)
High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel (SAST003/005)
Stainless steel with ceramic bezel (SAST009)
Stainless steel with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST011)
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Band
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST001/007)
High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST003/005)
Extra-strength silicon with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST009/011)

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 2,000 - 3,300
Limited edition: 2,500 pieces (SAST001)

RAYMOND WEIL maestro Phase de Lune Semainier

Swiss luxury watch brand RAYMOND WEIL unveils the maestro Phase de Lune Semainier, a unique complication watch model that indicates seven functions: the phases of the moon, the month, the week, the day, the date, the hours and the minutes. Seven elegant midnight blue hands that travel across the heavenly dial of this exceptional timepiece take care of the timekeeping and the calendar functions plus moon phase indication.
As heir to this great watchmaking tradition, the maestro Phase de Lune Semainier concentrates time and space within a 41mm case diameter. On an almost lunar galvanic dial, seven blued steel batons orchestrate the whole. The four large hands indicating the hours, minutes, seconds, weeks and months revolve around the central prt of the dial with its “clou de Paris” decoration. The three small ones indicate the date, the moon phases and the day of the week in three small counter displays (at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively), like astral bodies in orbit around the sun.
To regulate the measurement, four push-pieces are very ingeniously set in the polished steel case. This correction system which needs only a simple pressure of the finger was developed by RAYMOND WEIL’s watch designers. The center of this complex system comprises an automatic winding mechanical heart, generating a power reserve of 42 hours that can be seen beating through a sapphire crystal. This marvel of precision and elegance is mounted on a black crocodile-style leather strap with an ardillon buckle, in the truest watchmaking tradition.

Technical details
Model: RAYMOND WEIL maestro Phase de Lune Semainier
Ref 2859-STC-00659

Movement
Mechanical, RW3600
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 42 hours
Jewels: 25

Functions
Central hours, minutes and seconds
Date counter at 3 o’clock
Moon phase counter at 6 o’clock
7 days counter at 9 o’clock
12 months and 52 weeks indicator with moon-shaped central hand
Correction by simple digital pressure on buttons incorporated in the case at 2, 4, 7 and 10 o’clock

Case
Round – polished steel
Diameter: 41.5mm
Thickness: 10.85mm
Bezel: Polished steel
Crown: Polished steel – fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Snapped, sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Dial
Silver galvanic, central zone in Clou de Paris
Indexes Black transferred Roman numerals

Hands
Hours / Minutes: Steel type, blued, in the most classical watchmaking style
Counters day and date: Steel type, blued, leaf-shaped
Week and Month: Steel type, blued, with moon-shaped pointers

Strap
Black alligator-style calf leather strap, with saddle stitching and polished steel ardillon buckle

Breitling Frecce Tricolori Chronomat 44

On October 18th, Breitling and the the Italian airforce aerobatics team Frecce Tricolori met up at the Italian air base in Rivolto to reaffirm the longstanding partnership and to reveal a new Chronomat 44 bearing the flight team’s livery, along with a limited edition featuring the same design.

Among the many exceptional squads that are associated with Breitling, the Frecce Tricolori – the Italian airforce aerobatics team – holds a place of its own. In 1983, the brand with the winged B was chosen by the “tricolor arrows” to design their official watch. In doing so, Breitling worked closely with pilots in order to create an authentic aviation chronograph. A year later, in 1984, it was based on this ultra-functional, original and elegant watch, that the brand launched its famous Chronomat – that has since become its star model and was recently reinterpreted.

Almost 30 years later, Breitling is perpetuating these ties by creating for the Frecce Tricolori a special version of the Chronomat 44 customized in the team colors.
For devotees of high-flying feats and aviation in general, the firm is also offering a 1,000- piece limited edition with the same exclusive design. Its black dial (like the original 1983 model) bearing silver-toned counters with red hands is distinguished by the team logo emblazoned at 12 o’clock. Composed of three arrows in the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag, it is topped with the inscription “P.A.N frecce tricolori” (P.A.N. standing for Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale).

The case back bears the engraved silhouette of the ten Aermacchi aircraft composing the squad. The ultra sturdy steel case and the bezel with black rubber-incrusted numerals feature satinbrushed tops and polished sides. Water-resistant to the exceptional depth of 500 meters (1,650 ft), the watch houses Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, a highperformance chronograph movement entirely developed and produced by Breitling, and chronometer-certified by the COSC. It is available with a choice of wristbands notably including a new black rubber strap with embossed Breitling signature.
The Frecce Tricolori Chronomat 44 and the limited edition were presented during a special event organized at the patrol’s Rivolto airbase in north-east Italy. It was attended by team pilots, a number of Breitling guests, along with members of the military, leading personalities and key representatives of the national press.

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

Case: steel. Water-resistant to 500 meters/50 bars (1,650 ft). Screw-locked crown and pushpieces. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm.

Dial: Onyx black.
Strap/bracelet: rubber Diver Pro III (with Breitling signature) / Pilot.

HANHART Pioneer Collection - Racemaster GTM, Racemaster GT & Racemaster GTF

Hanhart is harking back to its close association with motor racing in the 1960s and 1970s with the launch of three new chronographs from its Pioneer collection. The Racemaster GT, the Racemaster GTM and the Racemaster GTF, with their sporty, technology-inspired design, are the first models produced by the Swiss-German watch brand to feature watch cases made from HDSPro® steel, which is 100 times more scratch-resistant than conventional stainless steel.

Legendary tracks, famous names and unforgettable racing cars – the early days of motor racing were characterised by a sense of adventure and something truly extraordinary. While fearless drivers revved up their engines and raced round and round the circuit, battling for position, team managers, engineers and race directors would record their lap times. None of this would have been possible without mechanical stopwatches – specifically, mechanical stopwatches from Hanhart!

Ever since the first stop watch was produced in Hanhart’s workshops back in 1924, the Swiss-German watch brand, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2012, has been closely associated with motor racing. In autumn 2012, in homage to the fascinating, adrenaline-fuelled sport of motor racing, Hanhart is expanding its Pioneer collection with the launch of three new Racemaster mechanical chronographs.
Right from the start of the design phase, it was decided that the look of these chronographs should be inspired by sporting technology. Their appearance should pay tribute to the design of vintage racing cars: dynamic, cool and daring. The result is a watch with an eye-catching case and a distinctive leather strap in a racing design with a red lining. The dial is clearly reminiscent of early speedometer displays – thanks to its neat style, with luminous arrow-shaped hands, simple and perfectly readable Arabic numerals and applied hour index marks, coloured subdivisions into individual segments and Hanhart’s characteristic display format with two counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, a tachymeter scale around the edge and the unconventional circular element in the middle. And, of course, it also features the hallmarks of Hanhart design – the asymmetrical button arrangement and the red reset button.

Watch cases made from stainless steel that is 100 times more scratch-resistant To keep the sporty, technology-inspired look of the Pioneer Racemaster watches in perfect condition for as long as possible, Hanhart is manufacturing the cases from an innovative kind of stainless steel. Hanhart is the first watch brand in the world to use this steel, which offers an ideal combination of hardness, resistance to corrosion and nickel-free composition. A special finishing process gives this steel its distinctive surface structure, which is at least three times tougher than before, resulting in a more than 100-fold, and thus more than 10,000%, improvement in scratch resistance. The use of this finishing process is patented for the watch- and jewellery making industry under the brand name HDSPro®.

Aside from its exceptional scratch resistance, this processed steel is also distinguished by its outstanding resistance to corrosion, which is comparable with any of the highest quality stainless steels available. Since the steel is not coated during the finishing process, the authentic look and feel of the material is retained and, moreover, there is no risk of chipping any layers of coating that have been applied. Last but not least, this steel does not contain any nickel, so watch cases made from this material do not pose any known allergy risk.

To introduce this new range, Hanhart is launching three Racemaster watches with cases measuring 45 millimetres in diameter. These models are differentiated by the design of their movements and dials, but all three have their own exclusively and elaborately converted automatic calibre. This makes it possible to position Hanhart’s characteristic 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock displays in an aesthetically harmonious arrangement right at the edge of the generously sized dial. The aesthetic appearance of the Racemaster models thus corresponds perfectly with the style of the Hanhart chronographs from the 1930s, which owed their distinctive design to the unusual 15.5-ligne size of the early manufacture calibre.

Pioneer Racemaster GTM
As a single-button chronograph, the Pioneer Racemaster GTM is based on the years of experience accumulated by Hanhart in manufacturing this kind of timepiece. All the chronograph functions – start, stop and reset – are performed via the same button and they always follow strictly one after the other. Unlike its two-button counterpart, the seconds hand on this model cannot be resumed after it has been stopped; it invariably jumps back to its initial position the next time the button is pressed. The movement has therefore been slightly reengineered: the lever which sits directly beneath the point where the button at 4 o’clock would normally be has no function, so a large shift lever is responsible for the third strike on the chronograph cam. This cam has also been modified so that it has an additional tooth on its lowest level, enabling the shift lever to control not two, but three positions.
Technical details
  • Model: PIONEER Racemaster GTM (Ref 737.670-001)
  • Movement: HAN4212 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; increased crown-to-button spacing and single-button conversion; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 31 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, tachymeter scale
  • Case: HDSPro® stainless steel; red button; convex sapphire glass, anti-reflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Anthracite/blue; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova® coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Calfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin buckle

Pioneer Racemaster GT chronograph
On the two-button Pioneer Racemaster GT chronograph, the small round display at 9 o’clock is not simply reserved for the small seconds, as would normally be the case; it also accommodates a practical 12-hour counter. This model thus remains true to the bicompax display format, yet it also features all the functions of a tricompax chronograph. The upper chronograph button, positioned asymmetrically in relation to the lug, is a striking feature that is unique to Hanhart. In order to achieve this arrangement, Hanhart integrates a specially designed lever into the case. This redirects the force from pressing the button located at 2 o’clock by the required number of millimetres.
Technical details
  • Model: PIONEER Racemaster GT (Ref 736.600-001)
  • Movement: HAN4011 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 35 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, tachymeter scale
  • Case: HDSPro® stainless steel; red reset button; convex sapphire glass, antireflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Anthracite/white; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova® coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Calfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin buckle

Pioneer Racemaster GTF
As for the Pioneer Racemaster GTF, this model also features a flyback function. While on a conventional stopwatch one button controls the start and stop functions, another is used for setting the relevant hands to zero and an intermediate stop is required for a restart, this flyback mechanism makes it possible to simultaneously stop, reset and restart the chronograph by pressing a single button once. The chronograph hand thus returns to its starting position and immediately resumes its time measurements; there is no need to restart the watch after it has been reset.
The colour scheme used for the dial reflects the colours of the legendary racing cars of the 1960s and 1970s: the anthracite tinted middle section provides a strikingly contrasting backdrop for the bright red hands and is surrounded by a ring-shaped minutes scale, which is white on the Racemaster GT, light blue on the GTM and orange on the GTF.

Technical details
  • Model: PIONEER Racemaster GTF (Ref 738.630-001)
  • Movement: HAN4312 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 34 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Flyback function, small seconds and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, tachymeter scale
  • Case: HDSPro® stainless steel; red reset button; convex sapphire glass, antireflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
  • Dial: Anthracite/orange; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova® coated, luminous numerals and hands
  • Strap: Calfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin buckle

It is also worth taking a look at the back of the three new Pioneer Racemaster models: the closed case backs, as conventionally seen on instrument watches, are decorated with an elaborate engraving of a starter’s flag crossed with a chequered flag.

Bremont SOLO Collection (New Models)

This year, British luxury watch brand Bremont welcomes new models to their increasingly popular SOLO collection, launched in 2011. Inspired by pilot’s watches from the 1940’s, the classically designed SOLO Is a beautiful chronometer housed in the classic Bremont 43mm Trip Tick three piece case and powered by the modified BE-36AE movement.

Each case is also hardened in the UK to over2000 Vickers making it over seven times more scratch resistant than normal watch grade steel, making the SOLO an obvious choice for anyone interested in the allure of mechanical watches, especially when one considers its technical specifications. This month the white dial SOLO will be available in stores presenting a new addition to the 43mm SOLO collection.

As with the original black dial releases, this is a beautifully classic design with subtle attention to detail. Extending the range further is the launch of the SOLO-37. This model still showcases all of the conventional Bremont principles but is housed in a 37mm case.
Smaller than anything Bremont has previously produced this mechanical chronometer appeals to those who wish to wear something slightly lighter on the wrist. And with various finishes to the case available the SOLO-37 may have particular appeal to women.

The SOLO-37 is available with a white-dial in a stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold top bezel. It also comes with the choice of applied silver or rose gold coloured indexes. Bremont will also be releasing a black dial 37mm with white indexes.

All watches in the SOLO collection are housed in Bremont’s Trip Trick® case, with domed sapphire crystal which has nine layers of hardened anti-reflective coating on each side, water-resistant to 100m and each watch in the SOLO collection has an exhibition case back.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Frederique Constant Table Clock

Swiss luxury watch brand Frederique Constant has, in a relatively short span of time, become renowned for creating technically brilliant and visually stunning watches.  Timeless in appearance, these watches are crafted from the finest materials known to man, coupled with scientific advances--many of which have been developed in-house by passionate Frederique Constant artisans, engineers and craftsmen--that offer unsurpassed performance, reliability and durability.

Now, the brand unveils a stunning and all-new table clock.  The glamorous clock incorporates all those characteristics that both identify Frederique Constant timepieces and at the same time ensure they will still look striking yet understated, modern yet timeless, and elegant without being pretentious, 100 years from now.

The brushed and polished stainless steel case of the new Frederique Constant table clock would be an outstanding addition to any desk top.   Rather than the square or rectangular shapes normally associated with table clocks, this unique timepiece is shaped just like a very large watch face, right down to the inclusion of a "crown" on the right hand side.
The highly brushed and polished 94 mm stainless steel case accommodates a stunning silver dial with a beautiful guilloché decoration.  Large Roman numerals are printed around the dial, and the time is presented by hand polished, deep black oxidized hands. The clock contains two quartz movements, and offers world travellers a second time zone setting at the 6 o'clock position.  The clock's base, which looks for the entire world as though a giant strap should be attached there, but which instead is attached to the protective lid, which doubles as the watch stand.

Priced at just €495, the new Frederique Constant table clock carries on the company tradition of providing stunning, premium quality timepieces at affordable prices. 

Technical details
Reference: FC-208MC7TC6
   
Case           
Polished stainless steel case, diameter of 94 mm
Protection lid / stand

Movements: Two quartz movements

Dial           
Silver dial with central “guilloché” decoration, printed roman numerals
Hand polished black oxydized hands
Second timezone at 6 o’clock

EDOX Chronodakar Limited Edition

Swiss Jura-based watchmaker Edox is the official timekeeper of the 2013 Dakar Rally. Founded in 1979 by Frenchman Thierry Sabine, The Dakar rally is indisputably the greatest rally raid and human endurance contest in the world. Originally located in Africa, in 2009 the rally moved to South America. The 2013 race will take place in Peru, Argentina and Chile, attracting close to 740 competitors across all categories (car, truck and motorbike).
Edox presents the Chronodakar Limited Edition, and extremely limited edition watch with just 200 pieces to be produced worldwide. This second Dakar model now offers truly state-of-the-art features, and its sets the standard for the forthcoming collection of timepieces bearing the renowned Touareg logo.
This new off-road challenger boasts a wealth of car-like attributes: powered by a robut chronograph movement, measuring a generous 45mm in diameter, featuring ultra virile PVD coating and, most ingenious of all, "start" and "stop" pushers that recall engine functions.
The black and red theme marks this out as a decidedly modern and sturdy watch. Built to withstand the extreme desert conditions, the new Chronodakar Limited Edition is the perfect watch for racing car drivers and fans of rallies and racing.

Technical details
Functions: Display of hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph.
Calibre: Edox 103, based on Ronda 5021.D
Diameter: 45mm
Finishes: 316L stainless steel, black PVD coating, Red "start" button, black "stop" buttin, Touareg engraving on caseback. Limited edition number engraved on the case flank. Black steel bezel, red numerals.
Water resistance: 100 meters / 10 ATM / 300 feet
Dial: Black, red and white numerals and markings
Crystal: scratch-proof and glare-proof sapphire crystal
Strap: structured black rubber, 316L stainless steel buckle, engraved Edox logo
Limited Edition: 200 pieces worldwide
Suggested retail price: CHF 1950.00 / EUR 1790.00
Available: End of 2012 - worldwide

JEANRICHARD – Highlands (New Model in Sand-Blasted Stainless Steel Case)

The new Highlands timepiece by JEANRICHARD belongs to globe-trotters who live a philosophy oriented towards exploration, exchange and respect, and guided by nature.

Its case, a shape within a shape, is ready for any adventure. The sporty revolving notched bezel encircles the case middle with an assertive aesthetic underlined by the polished satin finish. The generous proportions (44.5 mm x 40 mm) underline the robust construction, confirmed by the screw-down crown and water resistance to 100 meters.
The luminescent dial boasts masculine hands also impregnated with luminescent material, providing excellent visibility in all circumstances. The time is displayed with Arabic numerals that have a resolutely 21st-century design. The date is discreetly placed at 4:30. Driven by the JR60 caliber self-winding mechanical movement, the new Highlands has a leather strap with folding clasp, a perfect reflection of the collection’s venturesome spirit. This model is also available with a white dial.

Technical details
Sand-blasted stainless steel case
Dimensions: 44.50 x 40 mm
Height: 11.96 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back secured with 4 screws
Water-resistant to 100 m
Screw-down crown
Bidirectional rotating bezel

Movement JR60
Self-winding
Caliber: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: minimum 42 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date

Luminescent dial
Arabic numerals
Luminescent hands

Khaki leather strap
Stainless steel folding buckle

DAVOSA Gentleman Automatic

Swiss watch brand DAVOSA incorporates all the features a classic dress watch into their new model range Gentleman Automatic – their successful interpretation of a true gentleman’s watch. The Gentleman Automatic will be available from October 2012 with the dial colours black, silver and blue, and will retail at 698 Euros.
In the Gentleman Automatic, DAVOSA employs a dial with a sunray finish in winning combination with hand-applied figures and indices. Inside the watch resides a flat Swiss quality ETA 2892-2 movement. It ensures the case remains less than 10 millimetres high, with a moderate diameter of 40 millimetres and a weight of only 70 grams.
The six-fold screwed glass back reveals the flat automatic movement and high-quality, resilient sapphire crystal glass protects the front of the gentleman’s watch from unforeseen scratches. All in all, the DAVOSA Gentleman Automatic is designed to be an archetypal suit watch – which does not mean you cannot wear it every day.

Technical details
Reference numbers: 161.510.54 (black), 161.510.14 (silver), 161.510.44 (blue)

- Flat Swiss automatic movement (ETA 2892-2)
- Dial with subtle sunray finish
- Hand-applied, satined figures and indices
- Brushed, matt hands with fine Super-LumiNova insert for good night-time readability
- Elaborately crafted, three-part case of stainless steel (316L) with polished bezel and back, and satined mid-section
- Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- Six-fold, screwed glass back
- Flat, seamless, crocodile grain, calfskin leather strap
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Height: 9.8 mm
- Weight: 70 g
- Recommended retail price: 698 Euros

Monday, October 22, 2012

SPEAKE MARIN - Dong Son Limited Edition

Independent watchmaker Speake Marin unveils the Dong Son, a specially commissioned, limited edition timepiece featuring an 18k red gold dial with etched motif inspired by ancient prehistoric bronze drums of the Dong Son culture in the Red River Delta of Vietnam. The intricately detailed dial is complemented by the drum-like Speake-Marin Piccadilly case in 18k red gold, further evoking the beauty of the ancient Dong Son drums. In addition to the signature Piccadilly case, the Dong Son possesses other quintessential Speake-Marin qualities including characteristic pleated crown and mystery winding rotor, and features the new, automatic-winding Eros 1 movement with five-day power reserve.
Dong Son drums are bronze drums crafted by the Dong Son culture in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam between about 600 BC and the third century AD. The Dong Son people were highly-skilled bronze casters and their drums are considered to represent an artistic level that few cultures of the time could match. Weighing up to 100kg, some drums would have required the smelting of between one and seven tons of copper ore. Since the late 17th century, more than 200 such drums have been discovered from eastern Indonesia to Vietnam and parts of southern China.

It is generally thought that the Dong Son drums were used as musical instruments in festivals, in prayers for rain and for good harvest, in rituals such as weddings and funerals, and for rallying men for war. The sides and top surface of the drums were usually decorated with geometric patterns and realistically inscribed scenes depicting daily life, for example war, animals and boats.

These traditional patterns and iconography provide the inspiration for the highly-intricate dial motif of the Speake-Marin Dong Son. In fact, the Dong Son dial motif takes its cues from some of the most revered Dong Son drum creations, including the Hoàng Ha drum, Co Loa drum and the most important of all due to its well-preserved nature and intricate decoration, the famous Ngoc Lu drum. The top surfaces of these drums are adorned with a central starburst and concentric circles within which are repetitive images of armed warriors and flying egrets as well as geometric hatching.

The dial motif of the Speake-Marin Dong Son follows a similar pattern to these historical masterpieces, with an outer ring of graceful egrets complemented by an inner ring featuring plumed warriors holding their weapons between the 12 points of the eye-catching starburst. These 12 points also form a neat horological reference for the central pomme hands indicating hours, minutes and seconds.
It is not just the iconography of the Dong Son drum motif that gives the Dong Son dial its vitality, but also the spectacular precision of the etching in the 1.0mm 18k gold dial. The etched areas are 0.3mm deep and boast a matte finishing which impresses when applied to the natural red gold and when the dial is treated with an ‘all white’ or ‘all blue’ process that provides a breath-taking contrast with the circular-grained, red gold motif.
The Dong Son features an 18k red gold Piccadilly case with soldered lugs, bearing all the hallmarks of Speake-Marin’s meticulous quest to create classical masterpieces that endure – just like the Dong Son drums themselves.
At first glance the three-piece case appears similar to the original Piccadilly, but on closer inspection it can be seen that this one is much slimmer – just 12mm in height and 38mm in diameter – an elegant design made possible by the new Eros 1 calibre.
The Eros 1 calibre is an automatic winding movement and features a long, five-day power reserve and the signature Speake-Marin ‘mystery’ winding rotor. The large-diameter, circular-grained movement dominates the view through the display-back and provides a technical backdrop for the beautifully finished rotor.

Technical details
Dial and Hands:
• 18K 5N red gold dial decorated with fine etching inspired by Dong Son drum motifs
• Central pomme hour, minute and second hands

Movement:
• Calibre EROS 1, automatic-winding mechanical movement
•Central hours, minutes and seconds
• Dimensions: 30.40mm x 4.35mm
• Power reserve: 120 hours
• Jewels: 35
• Twin barrels
• Frequency: 28,800vph / 4Hz
• Three position crown: manual winding, rapid date correction and stop-second time setting
• Signature Speake-Marin ‘topping tool’ mystery rotor
• Blue winding rotor

Case and strap:
• Iconic Speake-Marin Piccadilly case crafted in 18K 5N red gold
• Three-piece case construction
• Dimensions: 38mm x 12mm
• Front and display-back sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating
• Case-back circumference engraving: “Speake-Marin – The Piccadilly”
• Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100ft
• Genuine, natural alligator leather strap

TWCO Technical Watches - TWCO Sea Rescue Diver

TWCO® is a Netherlands based new and contemporary watch brand specializing in high quality professional watches. Founded by Robbert Suurland, the brand specialized in the manufacturing of exceptional watches that combine an outstanding design with quality utilizing top tier materials and craftsmanship. Recently, the brand has introduced their first model, the Sea Rescue Diver range, a classic 60 ATM/600 meter SS diver with accessories and tools.
TWCO® Watches are only available online.

TWCO® always stands for:
• Appealing designs,specific design features,quality movements and materials.
• Professional ‘technical’ but very 'wearable' watches.

The Sea Rescue Diver is the introductory model from the brand and the first 50 pieces will be delivered in a very solid waterproof explorer case in orange safety color. Each rescue diver will be supplied with: Full solid SS bracelet with diver’s extension, Extra silicon strap included (orange) with a SS heavy duty TWCO buckle, Extra/spare pair of SS pushpins, Screwdrivers for adjusting the bracelet and the spring bar tool for putting on the silicon strap.

Technical details
Model: TWCO Sea Rescue Diver
Movement: Miyota 9015. 28.800 Beats per hour (4HZ). 24 Jewels. Power reserve over 42hours. Automatic winding.
Case:  316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel. Sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective (AR) coating on the inside.Bead blasted finish.
Dial: Hands & dial indexes with Super-LumiNova®
Crown: Screw down crown with triple Viton® protection seals.
Case back: Double Viton® protection sealed caseback.
Water resistance:  600m (60ATM)

Measurements:
Case Diameter 43 mm
Bezel Diameter 44 mm
Thickness 15,5 mm
Lug to Lug 51 mm

Functions
Date display @ 4.5H.
Hours, minutes and central second with balance stop (hacking).
Unidirectional 120 click bezel with 20 minute marked and luminous dot at the triangle of the bezel insert (0/60minutes).
Inner bezel with 60 minute markers
3 minute radio silence markers.

Retail price
€665.00 Incl. VAT
€550.00 for non EU

TAG HEUER Aquaracer Collection - Aquaracer Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph Limited Edition & Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16 Chronograph

Led by the stunning Aquaracer Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph Limited Edition, the new Aquaracer Collection pays tribute to two of TAG Heuer’s proudest achievements in aquatic sports: the Aquaracer’s 30-years reign at the luxury helm of yachting elegance, and the brand’s Official Partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA in the 34th America’s Cup. The collection completes with a non limited edition of Aquaracer Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph and the Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16 Chronograph, which is available in two different model variations.

As the oldest sporting event in the world, dating back to 1851, the America’s Cup has a sporting pedigree as longstanding and illustrious as TAG Heuer. The brand’s commitment to sailing and the open sea is as deep as its motor-racing heritage and love of the open road.
  • 1892- 1972: In 1892, the Swiss brand patented its first water-resistant case. Many competitive sailing launches followed: the YACHT TIMER stopwatch (1930); the SOLUNAR (1949), a tide-reading watch with a lunar dial; the SEAFARER (1950), the world's first chronographs with tide and regatta indicators; the NAVIA (1955), a boat dashboard clock; the AQUASTAR REGATTA (1965); and the automatic SKIPPER sailing chronograph (1972).
  • 1967: TAG Heuer was the Official Timekeeper of Intrepid, the America’s Cup winner.
  • 1980: TAG Heuer launched the 1000, a series of regatta and diving watches.
  • 1982: The 2000 COLLECTION, a series of professional diving watches designed by Jack Heuer that is the predecessor of today's famous AQUARACER line.
  • 1983: Launch of the Formule TAG, one of the first kevlar and carbon fiber catamarans. Helmed by sailing legend Mike Birch, it set the world record for the longest distance covered in 24 hours, logging up 524 miles during one lap of the Quebec – Saint-Malo race in 1984.
  • 1993: Titouan Lamazou skippered the “Le TAG Heuer”, the world’s biggest monohull, during the Jules Verne Trophy.
  • 1995: The TAG Heuer Challenge (NZL59), helmed by Chris Dickson, reached the Vuitton Cup semifinals.
  • 2002: TAG Heuer and ORACLE BMW Racing Team were narrowly outpaced by Alinghi in the 31st America’s Cup. That same year, TAG Heuer launched the AQUAGRAPH. A professional diving chronograph with patented auto-lock turning bezel and optimized underwater readability, it was rigorously tested — and fully approved and endorsed — by the Navy SEALs, the Special Operation Forces of the United States Navy.
  • 2003: TAG Heuer turned the 2000 Series into the AQUARACER, a versatile and sophisticated reinterpretation of the 2000 series, faithful to its technical and design codes, but with a higher-end finish and the luxury spirit of a stylish accessory.
  • 2005-2007: the brand hosted the "Trophée TAG Heuer Aquaracer" in St-Tropez, France, and became official chronograph, timekeeper and sunglasses partner of the China Team Challenge, the first Chinese team to vie for a challenger spot in the America's Cup. That same year, TAG Heuer brought out the AQUARACER CALIBRE S CHRONOGRAPH, the world’s first electro-mechanical movement with regatta mode — a unique, backwards-turning hand for regatta countdown.
  • 2009: It launched its most charismatic collection of water sports-inspired watches yet: the AQUARACER 500M, a diving chronograph with automatic helium valve, water resistant to 500 meters. Endorsed by TAG Heuer spokesperson and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio, it is one of the most successful timepieces in the brand’s history.
  • Now, in the exciting run-up to the 34th America’s Cup, which will be held in San Francisco in 2013, TAG Heuer is crewed with defending champions ORACLE TEAM USA. To celebrate, and demonstrate its prowess on and in the water, it proudly launches its most impressive AQUARACER to date: THE AQUARACER Calibre 72 Countdown chronograph.
Aquaracer Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph
The advanced-tech Aquaracer worn by the ORACLE TEAM USA pays homage to an exceptional legacy. Avant-garde engineering sets it apart, as does the quality of its manufacture: each is subjected to TAG Heuer’s full arsenal of operating tests--the most exacting and rigorous testing procedure in the Swiss watchmaking world. Inspired by its past and its partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, the AQUARACER CALIBRE 72 COUNTDOWN CHRONOGRAPH is a marvel of 21st Century technology, and a faithful interpretation of TAG Heuer’s pioneering sailing heritage. It is a must-have design object, an interpretation of the great Heuer yachting watches of the past, beautiful to the eyes and a pleasure to wear. First and foremost, however, it is a sportswatch, inspired by and designed for the best sailors in the world’s most prestigious race.

Ruggedness and reliability steer the aesthetics and performance is the core concern. Jack Heuer’s famous TAG HEUER 6, the six crucial design characteristics of the original AQUARACER and the standard for all aquatic sportwatches ever since, are complimented with new components and an unprecedented level of functional luxury.
The new Aquaracer carries the classic TAG Heuer features that make the Swiss brand the undisputed world leader for sports chronograph design and performance:

  • Easy-read black dial with red chronograph and 30-minute hands and a five-windowed countdown counter at 12 o’clock. With three different colors corresponding to three intervals of 5 minutes, this function can be used either as a 5, a 10 or a 15 minutes countdown;
  • Unidirectional turning bezel in ultra-resistant black ceramic with silver numerals and “COUNTDOWN” engraved in lacquered red;
  • 43mm case in alternate fine-brushed and polished steel, screw-in crown with double safety gaskets, easy-grip black rubber pushers & crown and a screw-in case back decorated with a special stamp of the ORACLE TEAM USA boat;
  • Water resistance guaranteed to 500 meters and automatic helium release valve in polished steel at 10 o’clock, for professional divers operating at great depths for prolonged periods of time;
  • Three-row fine-brushed steel bracelet with polished edges and fine-brushed steel folding clasp with safety push buttons to prevent accidental opening. The edition also comes with a new exclusive black rubber strap with a steel pin buckle—another first for the Aquaracer.
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment.
AQUARACER 500M Cal. 72 Countdown Chronograph (43mm) Limited Edition
Movement
TAG HEUER Calibre 72 – Chronograph – Countdown – Date

Dial
• Black dial with horizontal streak effect
• Countdown function at 12 o’clock
• 2 black counters:
- Chronograph minute at 9 o’clock
- running second at 3 o’clock
• Luminescent markers on hands and hand-applied indexes
• Skeleton hour and minute hands for perfect readability of countdown
• Red chronograph and 30-minute counter hands
• Running second hand with a triangle-shaped tip
• Hand-applied TAG Heuer and TEAM USA logos at 6 o‘clock
• Angled date window at 12 o’clock with a magnifying lens
• “AQUARACER – SWISS MADE” white lettering on the dial

Case
• Case diameter: 43mm
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel case
• Unidirectional turning black ceramic bezel:
- Engraved, silver lacquered numerals on bezel
- Engraved, red lacquered ”COUNTDOWN” on bezel
- Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
- Polished chimney, fine-brushed base and polished studs
• Black rubber overmolding on pushers and screw-in crown with TAG Heuer logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
• Screw-in case back with a special ORACLE TEAM USA boat stamped decoration
• Polished steel automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
• Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
• 3-row fine-brushed steel bracelet with polished edges
• Fine-brushed steel folding clasp with safety push buttons
OR
• Black rubber strap with 2 horizontal streak effect decorations
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel pin buckle

Availability
March 2013 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

AQUARACER 500M Cal. 72 Countdown Chronograph (43mm)

Movement
TAG HEUER Calibre 72 – Chronograph – Countdown – Date

Dial
• Black dial with horizontal streak effect
• Countdown function at 12 o’clock
• 2 black counters:
- Chronograph minute at 9 o’clock
- running second at 3 o’clock
• Luminescent markers on hands and hand-applied indexes
• Skeleton hour and minute hands for perfect readability of countdown
• Chronograph and 30-minute counter hands with blue tip
• Running second hand with a triangle-shaped tip
• Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo at 6 o‘clock
• Angled date window at 12 o’clock with a magnifying lens
• “AQUARACER COUNTDOWN CHRONOGRAPH 500M / 1660 ft – SWISS MADE” white lettering on the dial

Case
• Case diameter: 43mm
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel case
• Unidirectional turning black ceramic bezel:
- Engraved, silver lacquered numerals on bezel
- Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
- Polished chimney, fine-brushed base and polished studs
• Black rubber overmolding on pushers and screw-in crown with TAG Heuer logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
• Screw-in case back with a special stamped sailing winch decoration
• Polished steel automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
• Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
• 3-row fine-brushed steel bracelet with polished edges
• Fine-brushed steel folding clasp with safety push buttons
OR
• Black rubber strap with 2 horizontal streak effect decorations
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel pin buckle

Availability
June 2013 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Aquaracer 500m Calibre 16 Chronograph
The other must-have chronograph in the new Aquaracer fleet has the same bold black dial and finishes as the Oracle team’s Calibre 72, this time with white or yellow-green luminescent markers on the hands and hand-applied indexes. Other standouts: the generous, 43mm steel case and black ceramic bezel and the black rubber overmolding on the pushers and crown. Helium valve at 10 o’clock, water resistance guaranteed to 500 meters, angled date window at 3, and three black counters-- chronograph minute at 12, chronograph hour at 6, running second at 9. The bracelet options: triple-row steel bracelet with folding clasp with safety push buttons, or black rubber strap with 2 horizontal streak effect decorations and the first-time ever steel pin buckle.
AQUARACER 500M Cal. 16 Chronograph (43mm) - White luminescent markers on hands

Movement
TAG HEUER Calibre 16 – Chronograph – Date

Dial
• Black dial with horizontal streak effect
• 3 black counters:
- Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
- Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
- running second at 9 o’clock
• White luminescent markers on hands and hand-applied indexes
• Chronograph and running second hand with a triangle-shaped tip
• Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo at 3 o‘clock
• Angled date window at 3 o’clock highlighted with white square printing
• “AQUARACER – 500M / 1660 ft – CALIBRE 16 AUTOMATIC – SWISS MADE” white lettering on the dial

Case
• Case diameter: 43mm
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel case
• Unidirectional turning black ceramic bezel:
- Engraved, silver lacquered numerals on bezel
- Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
- Polished chimney, fine-brushed base and polished studs
• Black rubber overmolding on pushers and screw-in crown with TAG Heuer logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
• Screw-in case back with a diver stamped decoration
• Polished steel automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
• Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
• 3-row fine-brushed steel bracelet with polished edges
• Fine-brushed steel folding clasp with safety push buttons
OR
• Black rubber strap with 2 horizontal streak effect decorations
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel pin buckle

Availability
March 2013 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

AQUARACER 500M Cal. 16 Chronograph (43mm) - Specific yellow-green luminescent markers on hand

Movement
TAG HEUER Calibre 16 – Chronograph – Date

Dial
• Black dial with horizontal streak effect
• 3 black counters:
- Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
- Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
- running second at 9 o’clock
• Specific yellow-green luminescent markers on hands and hand-applied indexes
• Chronograph and running second hand with a triangle-shaped tip
• Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo at 3 o‘clock
• Angled date window at 3 o’clock highlighted with white square printing
• “AQUARACER – 500M / 1660 ft – CALIBRE 16 AUTOMATIC – SWISS MADE” white lettering on the dial

Case
• Case diameter: 43mm
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel case
• Unidirectional turning black ceramic bezel:
- Engraved, silver lacquered numerals on bezel
- Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
- Polished chimney, fine-brushed base and polished studs
• Black rubber overmolding on pushers and screw-in crown with TAG Heuer logo
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
• Screw-in case back with a diver stamped decoration
• Polished steel automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
• Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
• 3-row fine-brushed steel bracelet with polished edges
• Fine-brushed steel folding clasp with safety push buttons
OR
• Black rubber strap with 2 horizontal streak effect decorations
• Alternate fine-brushed and polished steel pin buckle

Availability
March 2013 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Anniversary -Timer Limited Edition

For a decade now, the Mühle-Glashütte S.A.R. Rescue-Timer has been supporting crews of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service's vessels during their missions in the North Sea and the Baltic. To mark this anniversary, this successful nautical timepiece is now joined by a very special model: the S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer, in a limited edition of 2 × 250.

The maritime environment presents particular challenges for a wristwatch. For this reason, the captains of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service's fleet were closely involved in development of the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer's design and function.

Mühle's background – stretching back over 140 years – in the construction of measurement instruments, combined with the needs of the ocean search and rescue services, led to the creation of an exceptionally robust watch that was and still is absolutely unique in its function and design. Sapphire crystal glass four millimeters thick, watertightness to a depth of 1,000 meters, and the shockproof automatic movement with Mühle's own fine regulation are capable of withstanding tremendous water pressure and even strong shocks. In addition, the steel case with rounded edges, rubber bezel and the special position of the crown at 4 o'clock mean that the watch cannot injure a wearer who is being pulled out of the water.

Ten years of sustained testing on the high seas revealed very little scope for improvement to this timepiece. As a fitting tribute to this nautical watch, it is to be joined on its anniversary by a sporting re-interpretation in the form of the S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer.
The S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer embodies the virtues for which the S.A.R. Rescue- Timer is notable: absolute robustness, exceptional precision, and unrivaled readability. As befits the marking of 10 years' service, the limited special edition features a representative design. The case, with its diameter of 44 mm and sporting style, is available in two versions: stainless steel, and stainless steel with a black, shockproof DLC coating.
The two models share a fine reflective black ceramic bezel that puts the timer at your disposal at all times: whether for maritime rescue or indeed for any other purpose, whether sailing or surfing, backpacking, or even in the office.

Like the Rescue-Timer upon which it was modeled, the S.A.R. Anniversary-Timer features Mühle's shockproof woodpecker-neck regulation, and is watertight to a depth of 1,000 meters. Each case version has its own matching dial design. The black version features prominent red indices and hands, whereas the silver version is characterized by white hands and hour markers. Both models set a shining example when it comes to readability, with intensely luminous hands, numerals and indices and the prominent position triangles, which clearly reflect the needs of maritime rescue.The time can thus be read at a glance, even at night or in heavy seas.
The characteristic signal red of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, which is found in both the design of the dial and on the rim of the bezel, lends the final touch to this sporting timepiece and illustrates once again what it represents: a look back on a successful nautical watch that has proven itself for ten years under the most adverse of conditions. It is also an expression of thanks to the crews of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, who with their nautical experience made S.A.R. timepieces from Mühle-Glasshütte possible in the first place.
Technical details
Movement:
SW 200-1, automatic; Mühle version with woodpecker neck regulation,
Mühle rotor and characteristic surface finishes
Stop-second.
Fast date correction
38 hour power reserve.

Case
Stainless steel or stainless steel with a black DLC coating (diamond-like carbon)
2.5 mm thick, domed and anti-glare sapphire crystal.
Transparent case back.
Screw-in crown.
Water-resistant to 100 bars.
Dimensions: Ø 44.0 mm; H 12.2 mm.

Strap
Rubber strap with a stainless steel safety clasp and an extension.
Screwed strap attachment bridges.

Dial
Hands and indices coated in Super LumiNova.
Face Colour: Black

Price
M1-41-43-KB (stainless steel case): 1790,00 €
M1-41-53-KB (DLC-coated case): 1890,00 €

Edition
Limited to 2x250 pieces

BLACKSAND – Uniformity Joaillerie Limited Edition

For this Christmas season, Swiss luxury watch brand BLACKSAND presents a jewellery version of its Uniformity collection. Geneva based luxury watch brand has created this jewellery execution for women by adorning the two overlapping lugs with 284 Top Wesselton diamonds totalling 3.40 carats. This new interpretation accentuates the volumes of the pink gold case, while losing nothing of the brand’s cherished identity.

Powering it is a proprietary COSC- and Chronofiable-certified calibre. Twin barrel, an oscillating weight in tungsten carbide and an exclusive ruthenium décor: the brand makes no compromises on technology, even on a model intended for women. Each detail expresses an authentic determination to stand out, like the dial on which the hands and hour-markers light up in the dark with an iridescent green glow – an aesthetic differentiating feature that reveals the brand’s authentic spirit of perpetually blending respect for time-honoured expertise with a more contemporary vision. 8-piece limited edition.
Technical details
Movement: Automatic, Blacksand Calibre 1970, 13¼ lignes, 35 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, twin barrel with 5-day power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Case
5N pink gold, 46 mm, framed by two lugs set with 284 TWWS diamonds (3.4 cts)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back
Water-resistant to 100 m / 10 ATM

Dial
Two-dimensional, opaline bottom plate and vertical satin-brushed upper plate
Hour-markers gold-plated and coated with green-emission white Superluminova
Date window at 6 o’clock

Strap: Interchangeable. Black alligator or high-tech rubber with 5N pink gold triple folding clasp, ceramic pushers

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NIVREL Coeur de la Sarre (Anniversary Model)

Renowned Swiss/German watch brand NIVREL has announced the launch of special anniversary model in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of NIVREL being a German brand from the Saarland region. The special edition anniversary model will bear the name Coeur de la Sarre (French for: the heart of the Saar).
Gerd Hofer, fourth generation of the jewellery entrepreneur family Kraemer/Hofer from Saar-brucken/Germany acquired the Swiss watch brand NIVREL in 1993, together with his wife Gitta. They seamlessly integrated the watch production into the entrepreneurial structures of the Kraemer/Hofer family.

Today, their children continue to lead the family tradition: goldsmith Sven Hofer is the managing director of the Kraemer jewellery store in Saarbrucken, his sister Anja Hofer is CEO of NIVREL and manages the watch company together with her partner Guido Grohmann. In 2013, NIVREL will celebrate the 20th anniversary of NIVREL being a German brand from the Saarland region and the anniversary watch model will bear the name Coeur de la Sarre (French for: the heart of the Saar).
Historically, NIVREL originated from the brand Marvin. Marvin was founded in 1850 by Marc and Emmanuel Didisheim in St. Imier, part of the Swiss Jura region. In 1936, the company introduced a new brand, NIVREL. NIVREL featured men’s watches with chronographs and calendars, as well as small ladies watches. Movements were either provided by existing suppliers, or produced in-house. In the 1970’s, with the so-called “quartz crisis,” came big changes to the Swiss watch industry. Many big brand companies changed hands or died out completely. Unfortunately, Marvin and NIVREL also vanished from the market; lying dormant for nearly 20 years until Gerd and Gitta Hofer from Saarbrucken revived NIVREL in 1993.

NIVREL has found excited customers for individual watches from Saarbrucken all over the world. That’s why the company is able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the watch production in Germany today. A wonderful occasion to dedicate a watch model to the Saar region and its people: The new Coeur de la Sarre!
The special edition model for the 20th anniversary of being in the German Saarland region bears the name: Coeur de la Sarre (heart of the Saar). This slogan has been an integral part of the NIVREL brand logo for many years. It expresses our close relation to our personal roots in the Saar region. The Coeur de la Sarre is the new model within the Replique edition. It comes in four different, limited dial executions.

The executions are named after four cities in the Saar region, two on the German ’Saarland‘ side, two on the French ‘Lorraine’ side. The four cities all bear the Saar River in their names: Sarrebruck (Saarbrucken), Sarrelouis (Saarlouis), Sarreguemines (Saargemünd) and Sarrebourg (Saarburg). On the watch dials, the names are spelled in French as reminiscence to brand’s closeness to the French neighbors and to their joint, laid-back lifestyle, the ‘Savoir Vivre’ as we call it. Even more, 2013 is not only an anniversary year for NIVREL. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the Franco-German Friendship Treaty (Élysée-Treaty) on 22nd January 1963 that has had such a positive effect on the Franco-German region.
As all watches within NIVREL’s Replique Edition, the Coeur de la Sarre engages with the history of the brand. Since 1994, watches in the Replique edition have always picked up the design of an older NIVREL model from the 1940ies and 1950ies. While the first models have always been chronographs, the new model Coeur de la Sarre is the first one to be reminiscence to a classical three-handed watch. The Coeur de la Sarre picks up a design that could be found on most NIVREL models from the older, Swiss era of the brand. A round case with a domed crystal (Plexiglas on older models) and a dial which shows the time by Arabic numbers in the positions 2, 4, 6, 10 and 12 o‘clock. The positions in between are marked with applied indexes.
Technical details
Model: NIVREL Coeur de la Sarre

Reference:
N 130.001 CAADS (execution Sarrebruck)
N 130.001 CASDS (execution Sarrelouis)
N 130.001 CABDS (execution Sarreguemines)
N 130.001 CAAHS (execution Sarrebourg)

Movement
ETA 2824-2, blued screws, rotor with Côtes de Genève
Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep second
Operating elements: Crown to wind up the movement and to adjust the time

Case
Case: Stainless steel 316L, water-resistant to 5 bar
Case dimensions: Diameter: 42 mm, height: 12,5 mm
Glass and case back: Curved, hardened mineral crystal, stainless steel case back with window.

Dial
Dial with sunburst guilloche, applied indexes, luminous with Superluminova C3.
Sarrebruck: Silver-coloured. Labelled ‘Sarrebruck‘ at 6 o‘clock. Silver-coloured, Arabic, applied numbers.
Sarrelouis: Black. Labelled ‘Sarrelouis‘ at 6 o‘clock. Silver-coloured, Arabic, applied numbers.
Sarreguemines: Blue. Labelled ‘Sarreguemines‘ at 6 o‘clock. Silver-coloured, Arabic, applied numbers.
Sarrebourg: Champagne-coloured. Labelled ‘Sarrebourg‘ at 6 o‘clock. Rosegold-coloured, Arabic, applied numbers.
Hands:Losange-style, luminous with Superluminova C3

Strap
Handmade vintage leather strap in black, chocolate brown, dark grey or light brown
Buckle:NIVREL signature buckle

Price (incl. 19% VAT): 599,- EUR
All four executions are limited to 200 pieces

DuBois et fils Concept 1 Chronograph and Big Date

DuBois et fils, the oldest watch factory in Switzerland  starts a new era with a new collection, in which watch lovers can participate as co-owners of the manufactory. The concept 1 is the first watch of the new collection - CEO and owner Thomas Steinemann presents the timepiece in the tradition of the company: chronograph, big date, high quality guilloches and many details characterize the watch.

Only at second glance you will see the many details of the automatic watch - the guilloche of the bezel is adapted and continued by the dial. All components are manufactured with high quality by the best suppliers. All digits of the dial are appliqués - the most expensive way of producing the face of a watch.
The timepiece will be equipped with the automatic caliber 2892-A2 of the Swiss ETA SA. The movement is supplemented by the Dubois Dépraz module 4500, offering a two-disc large date and the chronograph mechanism with measurements up to 12 hours. The case with a diameter of 42.5 mm (without crown) is water resistant up to 5 ATM and made of high quality stainless steel 316L. Anyone who has already been involved in the crowd funding campaign as co-owner of DuBois et fils, can be pleased: they will be the first to be able to buy the watches - each of them limited to 99 pieces - at a high discount.
A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the watch dial, equipped with Superluminova for the hour markers as well as the hands for the normal time display. Next year, the watch will be available with a leather or rubber strap. Interested parties can still participate in the crowd funding project to become a part of the company. With various packages at prices from 500 to 10,000 francs, the watch lovers can acquire shares - and will be able not only to buy the watches at a special price but also to special quantities.

Philippe DuBois & Fils SA is the oldest watch factory in Switzerland. Since 1785 watches have been sold under that name. For 2013, a new collection of quality watches with strict limitations is planned. In addition to that, watch lovers have the unique opportunity to be part of DuBois et fils. They are able to acquire shares of the factory at a discount model by a crowdfunding project. Different packages enable the costumers to enter the world of watches. A professional team headed by CEO Thomas Steinemann designs the watch collection, continuing the tradition of DuBois et fils.

ORIS Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition

Swiss watch company, Oris, pays homage to the Polish team who won the 1932 Challenge with the introduction of the Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition Watch.

The Challenge International de Tourisme was the third FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) tourist plane contest that took place between 12th and 28th August 1932, in Berlin, Germany. A fearsome challenge, the contest consisted of three parts: technical trials, a rally round Europe and a maximum speed test with at least two passengers required on board at all times. A Polish victory by pilot Franciszek Żwirko and his mechanic Stanisław Wigura was the result of not only their aviation skills but the technical design of their RWD-6 aircraft. Their win secured their place in Polish history, becoming national heroes for their effort.

The series showcases the Big Crown casing with a coin edge top ring which is synonymous amongst watch enthusiasts. Iconic in the World of Aviation, as a tribute to start No. 6 of the Polish plane the counter weight of the central second hand shows the No. 6.

Limited to 1932 pieces, the Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 is fittingly presented in a beautiful box with a certificate and Zippo Lighter; another icon which was founded in 1932. A unique set, which symbolizes an outstanding Polish achievement cemented in Aviation history.

Technical details
Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932
Limited Edition
Ref. No. 733 7669 4084-Set,  Ø 44 mm
Limited to 1932 pieces 

•Automatic movement SW 200, 28’800 A/h, 4 Hz, 26 Jewels, power reserve 38 hours.
•Stainless steel case with double curved sapphire crystal with non reflective coating on the inside, water resistant to 10 bar / 100m
•Stainless steel screw down crown
•Case back with engraved limitation number (0001/1932 to 1932/1932), a silhouette of the famous airplane and a special grinding, reflecting the grinding on the engine and on the running gear cover.
•Black dial with applied polished numerals and polished Nickel hands with Superluminova inlay and second hand with number 6 as counter weight.
•Dark brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle.
•Set with special box, Zippo lighter and certificate.
•Swiss Retail Price CHF 1’600.-

Saturday, October 20, 2012

PIAGET Exceptional Pieces Collection - Ref: G0A00685, Lime Light Haute Joaillerie Classique Watch

Exuding exceptional stylistic purity, the Haute Joaillerie Classique watch from Piaget’s latest exceptional pieces collection, brilliantly reveals carefully shaped and calibrated diamonds. From dial to case to bracelet, harmony reigns supreme: not a single trace of gold interrupts the seamlessly integrated design.

The baguette-cut diamonds are claw-set to provide ample space for the gems. The Parisian mesh bracelet ensures an impeccably comfortable and supple feel on the wrist. The presence of open-back stones set along the profile of the case and bracelet endow the model with an ultimate touch of refinement.
Its dial is also distinguished by a sunburst setting of 32 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 5.6 carats and calibrated to form triangles fanning out around the hour-wheel. It took no less than 150 hours to set the 277 diamonds totalling 49.7 carats. The full measure of Piaget’s creative and jewellery-making passion has been expressed in an astonishingly light and airy manner on this exceptional piece, thanks to the slenderness of the 40P ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement driving the hour and minute functions.

Technical details
Case
In 18K white gold set with 34 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 10.6 cts)

Dial
Set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.6 cts). Bracelet in white gold 18K set with 211 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 33.5 cts).

Movement
Manufacture Piaget 40P ultra-thin mechanical movement with manual winding.
Functions : Minutes, Hours
Power reserve (in hours) : Approx. 36
Frequency (vph) : 21,600
Frequency (Hz) : 3
Diameter (lines) : 6.25
Diameter (mm) : 14.2
Number of jewels : 19
Thickness (mm) : 2
Number of components : 97
Finishing: Mainplate circular-grained by hand, Straight Côtes de Genève, Blued screws, Bridges bevelled and drawn by hand.

PIAGET Exceptional Pieces Collection - Ref: G0A37039 (Emperador Tourbillon Gem Set Cushion-Shaped 49 mm) Limited edition

As a part of their latest exceptional pieces collection, Swiss luxury watch brand Piaget introduces a jewellery version of Emperador Tourbillon watch epitomising the brand’s genetic heritage: unique competence in the field of ultra-thin movements, combined with a determination to develop consistently innovative and creative complicated calibres.

Calibre 1270P is Piaget’s first ultra-thin automatic tourbillon movement, measuring a mere 5.55 mm thick. Fully revealed through a sapphire crystal dial, this feat is also highlighted by exceptionally sophisticated gemsetting. Baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the case and its sides, including the exhibition case-back revealing the tourbillon carriage and the power-reserve display, as well as the folding clasps and the rings surrounding the oscillating weight and the Tourbillon. Over 140 hours of gemsetting were required to craft this numbered model featuring 18.4 carats of diamonds.
Technical details
Piaget Emperador tourbillon cushion-shaped – 49 mm Limited edition
Ref: G0A37039

Case, dial and strap
Case in 18K white gold set with 136 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 9.9 cts) and 875 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 6.1 cts)
Dial set with 107 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct)
Crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.3 ct) and 8 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct)
Bracelet in black alligator. Buckle set with 24 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 1.7 cts)
Small sapphire crystal case back

Movement
Manufacture Piaget 1270P self-winding ultra-thin tourbillon mechanical movement with power reserve indicator.
Functions: Hours at 5 o'clock, Minutes at 5 o'clock, Seconds, Power reserve indicator
Ultra-thin movement, Off-centred micro-rotor in gold, Flying tourbillon at 1 o'clock, Titanium carriage
Power reserve (in hours) : Approx. 44
Frequency (vph) : 21,600
Frequency (Hz) : 3
Diameter (lines) : 15.50
Diameter (mm) : 34.9
Number of jewels : 35
Thickness (mm) : 5.5
Number of components: 269

Finishing: Mainplate with guilloché and satin-brushed sunburst motif starting at the Hours and Minutes, Circular Côtes de Genève starting at the centre of the Tourbillon, Circular-grained mainplate and bridges, Mainplate drawn by hand, Bridges bevelled, circular-grained and drawn by hand, Bridges with satin-brushed sunburst motif, Circular-grained wheels, Barrel-cover with satin-brushed sunburst motif, Blued screws, Gold oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget coat of arms.

PIAGET Exceptional Pieces Collection – Ref: G0A37020 (Emperador Perpetual Calendar Gem Set Cushion-Shaped Watch – 49 mm)

From the workshop of Georges-Edouard Piaget, created in La Côte-aux-Fées in 1874, to the international-scale luxury brand it has now become, Piaget has succeeded within almost a century and half in developing an exceptional two-fold watchmaking and jewellery expertise. Located in two sites – La Côte-aux-Fées in the Neuchâtel Jura region and in Plan-les-Ouates near Geneva – both of which have made a speciality of one of these skills, Piaget presents exclusive models that transcend the constraints of time.

This technical virtuosity is brilliantly highlighted in the Emperador Perpetual Calendar model which houses the 856P Manufacture Piaget ultra-thin movement, combining a perpetual calendar and a dual time-zone with retrograde date and day displays, with classic displays of the months and leap-years. The indications appear on a particularly elegant black mother-of-pearl dial.
The case (including the profiles), the hour-markers, the rim of the sapphire crystal case-back, the buckle and even the oscillating weight that may be admired through the transparent case-back, are all lavishly set with baguette- and brilliant-cut diamonds. The admirably elegant case and sides are enhanced by ideally calibrated baguette-cut diamonds beautifully moulding the cushion shape of the case. Over 100 hours of gem-setting were required to craft this numbered model studded with 560 brilliant- and baguette-cut diamonds totalling approximately 15.3 carats.

Technical details
Numbered edition
Ref: G0A37020

Case, dial and strap
Case in 18K white gold set with 120 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 10.3 cts) and 380 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 2.2 cts)
Black mother-of-pearl dial with hour-markers set with 12 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.3 ct)
Crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond (approx. 0.3 ct) and 8 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 0.3 ct)
Bracelet in black alligator
Sapphire crystal case back

Movement
Manufacture Piaget 856P self-winding ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar gem-set mechanical movement with retrograde day and date and second time-zone display
Movement set with 25 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 ct)
Gem-set oscillating weight, Retrograde day and date displays, Balance with screws, Double barrel
Power reserve (in hours) : Approx. 72
Frequency (vph) : 21,600
Frequency (Hz) : 3
Diameter (lines) : 12.50
Diameter (mm) : 28.4
Number of jewels : 38
Thickness (mm) : 5.6
Number of components : 343

Finishing
Circular Côtes de Genève, Circular-grained mainplate, Bevelled bridges, Mainplate engraved with the Piaget coat of arms, Blued screws, Oscillating weight engraved with the Piaget coat of arms.

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Small seconds at 4 o'clock, Retrograde date display at 3 o'clock, Retrograde day display at 9 o'clock, Second time zone at 8 o'clock (12 hours), Day/night indicator at 8 o'clock synchronised with the main time zone, Month at 12 o'clock, Year at 12 o'clock