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℃)

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

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)

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

Patek Philippe Reaffirms its Long Term Commitment to China with the Inauguration of the World’s First Maison Patek Philippe in Shanghai

After more than two years of restoration and significant revamping, Patek Philippe is opening the first Maison Patek Philippe in China in the historic Bund area of Shanghai. This new exclusive venue marks seven years of growing success in the Chinese market developed with long-standing partner Melchers Group. The company’s presence in China began with the inauguration of a Patek Philippe Boutique in Shanghai in 2005, now to be replaced by the Maison Patek Philippe, and of a second Boutique in Beijing in 2008. The Maison Patek Philippe will offer Chinese watch collectors and enthusiasts an intimate place to share views and knowledge of fine timepieces as well as to experience the exceptional brand heritage of the famous Genevan watchmaking company.

Opening Ceremony of the Maison Patek Philippe
The official opening ceremony of the Maison Patek Philippe was hosted by Patek Philippe’s Honorary President Philippe Stern, alongside current President Thierry Stern and Managing Director Claude Peny, in the presence of Zhou Wei, Mayor of the Huangpu District, and Matthias Claussen, Managing Partner of Melchers Group. “The new site of the Maison Patek Philippe has a unique geographical advantage and cultural background. We wish to demonstrate our brand history and values to a growing number of watch lovers in China. Buying a Patek Philippe watch is also about sharing the passion and dedication of several generations of a family-owned watch company,” said Thierry Stern.

The ceremony took place at Shanghai’s Waitanyuan Cultural Square situated behind the Maison Patek Philippe. Attending guests and government officials had the opportunity to discover the world of Patek Philippe in Geneva through a 3D projection “mapping show” on the building’s façade. It conveyed a sense of the brand’s identity and traditions embedded in a universe recreated at the Maison Patek Philippe in Shanghai. In the grandstand structure built for the event, guests were invited to enter the world of Patek Philippe in Geneva, complete with live lake views recreating the outlook from the Geneva Salon’s 5th floor. In special themed workshops, guests enjoyed a demonstration of the sublime sounds of minute repeaters presented by trained watchmakers and explored a unique exhibition of the chronograph collection – a truly memorable experience for watch lovers.

A Patek Philippe Home Away From Home
The Maison Patek Philippe creates, for the first time in Asia, a venue serving a similar function as a Patek Philippe Salon. It highlights a remarkable display of beautiful timepieces with an invitation to experience the legendary history and values of Patek Philippe as well as its outstanding customer service. In this distinguished location of Shanghai, the first Maison Patek Philippe bears a unique status and architectural style that will delight enthusiasts of beauty and art.

As opposed to the existing Patek Philippe Salons in Geneva, Paris and London, the main purpose of the Maison Patek Philippe in Shanghai is to bridge the vast geographical distance between Europe and China and create a new Patek Philippe home away from home. “We want to welcome our Chinese guests in a place that is unlike any boutique or shop, one where they will feel totally at home,= personally hosted by Patek Philippe,” said Philippe Stern. “This marks our intention to enhance our service-oriented market strategy along with our brand’s commitment to China.”

With the upgrading of the Service Center in Shanghai, Patek Philippe reaffirms its long-term dedication to offer professional service to Chinese customers. The new Customer Service Center, with its entirely independent space of nearly 1,000 square meters situated near the Maison, has been significantly improved to guarantee consistent business operations and customer service following the strict standards specified by the Geneva headquarters.

Beautiful Architecture and Interior Decoration
The Maison Patek Philippe is located in the historic Bund area, a neo-classical and colonial style district offering spectacular views of Shanghai. It shares ground with the former British Consulate built in 1849 and embodies a blend between Chinese and Western cultures. The Maison Patek Philippe is housed in the former British Consul’s Residence, a building that dates back to 1884, at No. 33 Waitanyuan, on the converging point of two rivers. Shanghai opened up its port to foreign trade at this historical starting point. Great care was taken in the restoration phase to preserve the original two-story wood and brick structure of Roman and Corinthian styles, thus restoring the former brilliance of a historic landmark in Shanghai.

As is a tradition in the family-owned company, Gerdi Stern, wife of Philippe Stern and mother of Thierry Stern, put her whole heart into the interior decoration of this new Patek Philippe home. All the furniture and artistic ornaments come from Switzerland, France and Italy, adding a touch of grace and nobility. The invitingly warm salon atmosphere is reminiscent of the classical elegance of Napoleon III, accented with Louis XVI antiques. Crystal chandeliers tailor-made by Bagues, a purveyor to the French royal court, were installed in the halls and display rooms. The showcases are built in wood and finished with paint and gilding. Every detail and work of art was carefully selected to allow visitors to experience the Patek Philippe universe of aesthetics, culture and hospitality.

Covering an area of 1,227 square meters on two floors, the Maison Patek Philippe spans nine rooms including the main exhibition hall, which accommodates the complete Patek Philippe current collection, the largest collection on display in Asia.

Special Collection of Timepieces
To commemorate the opening of the Maison Patek Philippe, the brand organized a special one-month exhibition displaying twenty-two rare handcrafted objects of art including a cloisonné enameled Dome table clock, a Dome table clock in hand-engraved Baccarat crystal, a hand-engraved pocket watch and two unique Haute Joaillerie wristwatches. All of these timepieces are unique treasures of art that traveled from Geneva to Shanghai to celebrate the inauguration of the Maison Patek Philippe.

Moreover, Patek Philippe specially designed a limited edition series of four commemorative watches in platinum celebrating the Year of the Dragon with a cloisonné enameled dial featuring a Dragon motif. In addition, a special Shanghai World Time model was created in a limited edition of 50 pieces, 25 pieces in rose gold and 25 pieces in white gold with a 24-timezone dial indicating Shanghai in red instead of the usual time zone indication of Hong Kong.

The legendary Star Caliber 2000 timepiece was also brought from Geneva to Shanghai for the inauguration ceremony. With 21 complications, this exceptional timepiece is the world’s third most complicated pocket watch. These special watches highlight the rare and superb traditional craftsmanship, technical innovation and legendary timelessness for which the brand stands.

The World of Patek Philippe
Since 1839, Patek Philippe has been continuously perpetuating the tradition of Geneva fine watchmaking. As an independent watch manufacturer, it enjoys total creative freedom to design, produce, and complete what experts agree to be the finest timepieces in the world. The company’s precious, classically elegant watches, proudly handed down from one generation to the next, are the result of advanced technology combined with ancestral watchmaking know-how. Relying on its extraordinary experience, Patek Philippe’s tradition of innovation is crowned by an impressive portfolio of more than 80 patents.

A Little History
1849: Completion of the first British Consulate building situated at the origin of the Bund
1882: British Consul General Residence start of the building – current Maison Patek Philippe
1884: British Consul General Residence completion of the building – current Maison Patek Philippe
1994: Former British Consul’s Residence classified as “Historic Monument” of Shanghai – current Maison Patek Philippe
2004: Start of the rebuilding of the Bund area by the Government
2010: Patek Philippe seized the opportunity to renovate this historic building
2012: Opening of the Maison Patek Philippe in the renovated historic structure

Interesting Facts and Figures
-    Over 20 different craftsmen completed the project within the scheduled production time of 10 months.
-    Over 60 local and foreign suppliers provided proprietary materials to meet the uncompromising Patek Philippe quality requirement and Chinese safety regulations.
-    Over 1,000 hours were spent to laser cut a unique pattern on some 150 meters of brass panels, to be used as air conditioning and ventilation grilles, resulting in a stunning and unique rendition.
-    The more than 100-year-old classified house took 6 attempts to establish the correct ceiling level and 5 more to build the base for the new flooring.
-    All made-to-order furniture had bases adjusted on site in order to look straight against the uneven walls, while standing on a sloping floor and under an inclining ceiling. Every unit has its left side height different from its right. At some spots, there are 20 cm of difference in height to make everything look straight.
-     10 painters with restoration training worked for 10 months on site to restore over 100 doors and windows and their respective frames.

Building Layout Description
Total floor space: 1,227 square meters on two floors
First floor: Hall and reception, 2 sales and showrooms, exhibition room 1, VIP room 1, back office
Second floor: Hall, exhibition room 2, VIP room 2, bar with outdoor terrace, function room, exhibition space for dedicated events, back office.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Awards Best Actor and Actress at Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Black Pearl Awards

In celebration of the partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre was actively involved in all the highlights of the event, adorning the stars with its finest creations and presenting a personalised Reverso watch to the winners at the Black Pearl Awards; best actor and best actress, celebrating talent from the Narrative Feature Competition. The pieces feature a lacquered engraving of the “6th Abu Dhabi Film Festival”, handcrafted in accordance with the finest traditions.

The best actress award in the Narrative category was awarded to German actress Franziska Petri for her performance in Betrayal (Russia) and the best actor award went to Mexican actor Gael García Bernal in No (Chile, USA).
Regional Brand Director Renaud Pretet presents Franziska Petri with a Jaeger-LeCoultre personalised Reverso for her performance in Betrayal
Throughout its history, La Grande Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre’s affinity has embraced not only the film industry’s development and heritage, but also its key characters; gracing the wrists of many famous cinematic faces as well as starring in several projects throughout the years.

Hence, its collaboration with prestigious festivals in Venice, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi not only provides a platform for Jaeger-LeCoultre to pledge its support to the world of cinema, it also provides an opportunity for Jaeger-LeCoultre to present its most beautiful High Jewellery Collections and most impressive High Complications, on and off the wrist. Some of the Maison’s creations were spotted on the wrists of the festival’s stars like Polish beauty Agata Bobola, Egyptian acting legend Ilham Shaheen, jury president Shabana Azmi, and Chinese actress Qin Lan.

“Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long standing connection with the film industry, and a strong commitment to supporting and promoting cinematic culture. As a major player in watchmaking history, celebrating its 180th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a true watchmaking legend, respected for upholding watchmaking traditions and maintaining the spirit of invention. A perfect fit in a region with shared regard for tradition and heritage mixed with modernity and the ultimate quest for perfection.” said Jérôme Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Girard-Perregaux partners with Hour Glass to support the Fight Cancer Foundation

On 20 the October, Swiss luxury watch brand Girard-Perregaux was honoured to partner with the Hour Glass Group, sponsor of the Fight Cancer Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, the Red Ball, held in the Palladium Ballroom at the Crown.

The Red Ball is one of Melbourne’s premier events attracting more than 1,300 guests including Australia’s most distinguished. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Red Ball, the Fight Cancer Foundation was thrilled to have their Patrons and internationally acclaimed stage and screen actors, Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, wearing his Vintage 1945 watch in attendance.

All proceeds from the Red Ball will enable the Fight Cancer Foundation to continue their life saving work in giving hope to children and adults with leukaemia and other life-threatening cancers through treatment, research, care and support programs. Included in the live auction was a Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar timepiece.

The evening’s highlight saw the one and only Hugh Jackman perform a special preview of his latest sensational Broadway hit show “Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway”. Accompanying Mr Jackman and flown in all the way from New York for this special performance was Musical Director, Mr Patrick Vaccariello who has overseen 16 Broadway productions including the legendary “West Side Story” and “A Chorus Line”.

Also in attendance, Mrs Fay Duncan, “FCF” Vice President & Red Ball Chairman, Mr Eric Wright, Managing Director Fight Cancer Foundation, Ms Bebe Choi, Boutique Manager Hour Glass Group and Mr Steven Rom, CEO of Avstev, distributor of Girard-Perregaux for Australasia.
The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar features a 40mm rose gold case. It houses a Girard-Perregaux manufacture automatic movement with full calendar with date, day of the week, month and moon phase indicators.

The Fight Cancer Foundation is dedicated to providing care, treatment and support for people with leukaemia and other forms of cancer and funds research into better treatment methods, early detection tests and to find a cure for leukaemia and other cancers.

Founded in 1989 as the Bone Marrow Donor Institute by a group of families who had experienced first hand the devastation of leukaemia, with the aim of establishing a bone marrow donor registry and finding a cure for leukaemia, the Institute broadened its scope to include a number of programs which support patients with leukaemia and other cancers.

GIRARD-PERREGAUX - Chronograph White Ceramic Character with Contrasts (Limited Edition - Reference: 49820-32-712-FK6A)

The latest timepiece from GIRARD-PERREGAUX, the new chronograph white ceramic shows its contrasts. The bold white ceramic case set against the black rubber push buttons and crowns. The perfectly coordinated light-colored dial with its dark counters highlights the time Indicators. Lastly, the smoked sapphire glass reinforces the look of the piece. Adding to the effects of contrast, it vaunts its non-conformist side and underlines the creativity of the Manufacture’s designers and developers.

Behind the design, the last word in intelligent engineering. While the “world times” function displays all the time zones simultaneously, the date, the small seconds, the chronograph function with flyback and day/night indicator complete the information of this formidable timepiece: time flows, is measured and lived to the full, without compromise.
Visible through the case’s sapphire back, the manufacture movement GP3300-0028 sits inside a protective titanium housing, developed by Girard-Perregaux’s engineers. This self-winding 13’’’ caliber offers 46 hours of power reserve. All finishing was carried out by hand in the Manufacture’s purest tradition: the mainplate is pearled, the bridges and the oscillating weight are decorated with Geneva Stripes, and the screws are in blued steel.

The instantly eye-catching look of the chronograph white ceramic is only rivaled by the excellence of what’s inside. Perfectly legible, perfectly functional, the watch asserts its difference in a style of its own, an avant-garde look which does not however depart from the collection’s intrinsic elegance.
Technical details
White ceramic case (internal container in titanium), bezel in steel and white ceramic
Push buttons and crowns covered with black rubber.
Diameter: 43.00 mm
Case-back: black DLC coated titanium closed with 6 screws, sapphire glass
Water resistance: 100 meters

Movement Girard-Perregaux GP3300-0028
Self-winding mechanical
Functions: hour, minute, small second, world times with day/night indicator, flyback chronograph, date
Caliber: 13 ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 46 hours minimum
Jewels: 63 jewels

Black rubber strap
Clasp: folding, titanium

Limited edition of 20 pieces
Reference: 49820-32-712-FK6A

Jaermann & Stübi - The Queen of Golf (First Golf Counter Watch for Lady Golfers)

Swiss horology brand Jaermann & Stübi, which specialises in mechanical luxury watches for golfers, has supplemented its successful collection with new, luxurious models for ladies. Five years after launching its first golf counter, the brand now presents the Queen of Golf range especially for ladies – smaller, more delicate and with great attention to detail.
A survey among golfing ladies played an important role in the development of the Queen of Golf timepiece. The majority of ladies requested, for example, a case smaller than 40 mm. They also placed importance on an easy-to-read dial, practical usability and an attractive design. For these ladies, Jaermann & Stübi has reinvented the golf watch with its mechanical counter. The new Queen of Golf range stands out with its elegant, feminine 38 mm case with rounded buttons, a mechanical counter for recording the number of strokes per hole and a totaliser for the score after 18 holes have been played.
The Queen of Golf, like all golf counter watches from Jaermann & Stübi, has the Caliber A10-2 automatic movement, protected by a shock absorber within the 38 mm stainless steel case and visible through the glass back.
Modern golf balls made of rubber were developed at the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1930s, so-called “mesh balls” with square and partly rounded dimples took over. These golf balls inspired Jaermann & Stübi to design a special dial in an Art Deco style. The Queen of Golf is offered in three different design variations with various dial colours and materials, as well as precious stones: Classic, Art Deco and Modern Art.

Technical details
Hours, minutes, large seconds, strokes per hole, total score

Stainless steel with brushed and polished finishes, 38 mm, shock absorber, water-resistant to 50 metres/5 bar, scratch-resistant sapphire glass

Mechanical golf counter JS04, two counter mechanisms, ceramic ball bearings, 4 rubies.

Automatic, mechanical, Caliber A10, 25 rubies, Incablock, 4 Hz/28,800 alternations/ hour, 42-hour power reserve.

Leather or rubber with buckle

Baume & Mercier Presents 2012 Novelties at Jewellery Arabia

At this year’s Jewellery Arabia, Swiss luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier showcased its 2012 novelties from the Capeland, Linea and Hampton collections. Capeland men’s watches enjoy a modern sport-chic design, and Linea is an iconic women’s watch with distinctive soft lines and confident luxury. The unmistakable core messages of the Hampton timepieces are relaxed and seaside living, as well as authenticity and lineage - this stylish and uniquely alluring collection for both women and men features a refined design and timeless appeal.
The Capeland 42mm line of chronographs has been enriched, and some 44mm models added to the line; the highlight of the collection however is the new steel bracelet on offer. The Linea 32mm segment was enhanced with two new automatic and three quartz timepieces; with its gracious curves and beautifully integrated interchangeable straps concept, the Linea for women is easy to wear, chic, and can embody many styles.

The men’s Hampton line is now on offer with steel bracelets, and the women’s pieces have been extended to offer a series of three elegant Hampton small watches that make a truly feminine statement, whilst still underscoring the chic elegance the Hampton line is renowned for.

The famed Swiss Maison d’Horlogerie is a world renowned lifestyle brand with roots dating back to 1830. The brand’s universe is centered on values of timelessness, conviviality, and sharing, expressed through family, friends, and loved ones; Baume & Mercier has always considered itself as a privileged partner for life’s precious moments.

Perrelet Appoints Asia Jewellers as Exclusive Distributor in Bahrain

Swiss master creators of exquisite luxury timepieces, Perrelet, unveiled another facet of their strategic regional expansion plan by announcing the appointment of Asia Jewellers as exclusive distributors for the Kingdom of Bahrain. The partnership was finalised with a formal contract between the two companies at the ongoing Jewellery Arabia 2012 at the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Asia Jewellers’ well attended stand at Jewellery Arabia showcased a range of Perrelet’s fine watches available in the region including the newly launched Turbine Diver which is being presented for the first time in the region along with the rest of the exquisite Turbine family of watches for men and women.

Blancpain Retrograde Calendar

Swiss luxury watch brand Blancpain enriches their Women family of watches with an elegant Retrograde Calendar timepiece. Developed in a resolutely romantic and contemporary spirit, the Retrograde Calendar is a perfect expression of refinement and watchmaking know-how. Attention to detail shines through in this elegant timepiece, where technique is placed at the service of beauty.

Aesthetically innovative, the new Retrograde Calendar delights with its surprising dial, featuring mother-of-pearl marquetry and extraordinary detailing. Hour and minute counters are decentralised at 6 o’clock. The calendar is indicated by a retrograde hand, which consistently jumps back to the first day of the month. The ensemble of technical functions are driven by an automatic movement; rendering the timepiece a fine companion for active, modern women.
A dreamlike quality is introduced by the moon phase at 12 o’clock, which nestles in a starry, diamond-studded sky. Echoing the whimsical mood, the serpentine blue hand is tipped with a star, ensuring clear visibility of the date, displayed in the upper section of the dial. The lunette, set with 40 diamonds, plus the white strap, accent the femininity of this piece, with the final flourish seen in a diamond-topped crown.
The sapphire display back showcases the charming flower-shaped oscillating weight, and the beating heart of this timepiece, the calibre 2650RL.

Ref 3653-1954L-58B
Off-centred Hour Retrograde Calendar, moon phases, blue mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds, self-winding

Ref 3653-2954-58B
Off-centred Hour Retrograde Calendar, moon phases, white mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds, self-winding

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.

Conway Stewart Jaguar Limited Edition

British writing instrument brand Conway Stewart announces their latest model: Jaguar Limited Edition, a new finish to compliment their sold out Elegance Aztec limited edition. Each pen from the Elegance range has a unique design and is produced to the highest standard of English craftsmanship. The Elegance range is based on the popular Model 100, a classically shaped pen that has won awards for its design, and is produced by a dedicated team of craftsmen.

The exclusive enamel designs featured on the Elegance model are hand crafted at Conway Stewart factory in Devon, England from rods of solid sterling silver. Each pen is carefully engraved with intricate patterns and further accented with a hand applied rich enamel by award winning craftsman Robert Glover, whose work has been published in numerous industry titles and who is the recipient of many notable awards and presentations.

Crafted from solid sterling silver, the Jaguar features precise engraving in an intricate pattern of abstract diamonds that recalls the classic look of the Art Deco period. Each panel adorning the cap and barrel is filled with hand applied translucent enamel in vibrant orange and rich grey. The underlaying engraving patterns show through, leaving a design that is both refined and elegant, yet also eye catching under any light. Further design attention is given to the cap and barrel ends by the engraved channel and hand applied enamel decorative bands of deep grey enamel.

Just like the Jaguar's predecessor, this new design is not only a magnificent pen in terms of looks, but a perfect daily accessory. The hallmarked solid sterling silver construction of cap, barrel and front section are set off with our popular 18 carat gold nib, accented with rhodium plating and available in a choice of eight nib grades offering the ideal choice for your individual handwriting style. Ink is delivered via the reliable converter cartridge system.

Every attention to detail has been taken to ensure that the Elegance Jaguar limited edition is not only a visually perfect pen, but one ideally suited for everyday use. The Elegance model is crafted to be ergonomic in shape, slightly tapered and is a mid sized pen that rests perfectly in the hand, a perfect harmony of balance and elegance for ease of writing. The Jaguar is available in a limited edition of only 100 pieces offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the finest in English craftsmanship in a truly exclusive fine writing instrument.

DuBois et fils - Concept TWO Collection

After the successful launch of Concept ONE with big date and chronograph, DuBois et fils, the oldest watch factory in Switzerland announces their second collection: the Concept TWO. This new collection will consists of chronograph models, which reminds costumers of the 70s. With colorful accents in orange the watch sets new standards -interested parties can have an exclusive look at the watches here:

With a sunray bezel and the change to an angular shaped case, the watch interprets the classic models of watch making history, and thereby forms a special autonomy. The case is made of stainless steel. This watch also shows high quality guilloches on the dial. The orange luminous material on the dial and the hands show confident sportiness.

Since 1785 DuBois et fils produces watches in Switzerland - after more than 225 years the company has already entered a new era. Watch lovers can participate as co-owners of the oldest watch factory in Switzerland - and acquire different shareholder packages of 500 up to 10,000 francs. This is associated with the right to get a discount on the watches, which will be available for the shareholders first. The watches limited to only 99 pieces per model are already highly desired.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CONCORD C2 GraffitiGrey Circuit Limited Edition

After the successful launch of C2 GraffitiGrey chronograph, Swiss luxury watch brand CONCORD has recently introduced the limited edition C2 GraffitiGrey Circuit collection. Officially introduced in the Old Shoreditch Tube Station, one of East London’s coolest underground venues and the hub of UK street art, the C2 GraffitiGrey Circuit challenged a number of real urban graffiti artists from Paris, Milan and London to come with their own creative and personal interpretations of the C2 Graffiti Grey dressing up heaven spots in the urban world.
The C2 GraffitiGrey Circuit is in sync with CONCORD’s ear-to-the-street approach to the C2 GraffitiGrey –a tag in the world of contemporary watchmaking, combining 21st century style with an edgy monochromatic elegance. Coloured like the works of street art commissioned in its honour, the C2 GraffitiGrey’s 43mm diameter case is dressed up in black PVD-coated stainless steel with grey décor, presented on a black-stitched grey alligator strap with horizontal, tubular attachments.
Technical details
Model: C2 GraffitiGrey Y-12 Edition
Ref 0320190

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

Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph

Black PVD treated stainless steel case and grey 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
Black PVD treated stainless steel pushers with grey decors
Secured with 6 screws, engaged “Audace– Savoir – Faire – Avant-Garde” with C2 embossed logo
Water-resistant to 100 meters/10 atmospheres

Black dial
Super-LumiNova®-enhanced hour markers, and hour and minute hands; seconds hand
Chronograph 30-min counters at 9 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, Date window at 6 o’clock
Small seconds on permanent rotating disk

Grey alligator strap with black stitching
Black PVD-treated stainless steel deployment buckle with embossed Concord cover

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
Polished stainless steel case, diameter of 94 mm
Protection lid / stand

Movements: Two quartz movements

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

Abingdon Co.Jet Black Amelia Limited Edition

The Abingdon Co., the US watch brand, which introduced the first ever aviation/traveler watches made exclusively for women, now unveils a Limited Edition Amelia timepiece in Jet Black with a new dual time movement.  The combination of gloss and matte black case and band are a strong statement for any wearer's wrist.

Always keeping the traveler in mind, The Abingdon Co. has changed the movement of the Amelia from the Miyota movement to the famous Ronda movement which is featured in the Elise models. It is a much simpler movement to use and is so intuitive that it was almost decided not to have a manual with this watch.
Limited to 100 pieces only, the Jet Black Amelia will only be available online at Orders can be placed now, but deliveries will not begin until November 14th.  Just in time for the Holiday Season, Amelia gets Reborn in Jet Black with an easier than ever to use new Rhonda Movement.  These aviation/traveler watches are designed by a female pilot Chelsea “Abingdon” Welch, who heads the company.

JEAN RICHARD - New Aquascope (New Model Featuring Black PVD-Coated Stainless Steel Case & Aluminium Bezel)

The case of new Aquascope, with its robust design reflects the wearer’s determination. In black and aluminium, it embodies daring and fortitude that lead to the greatest victories and accompanies the greatest challenges.

In aluminium and black PVD-coated steel, the Aquascope’s one-piece case has a winner’s assurance. Its impressive dimensions (44.50 mm x 40 mm) accentuate its geometric lines which make light of conventions. With a round cushion-shape opening, the watch gives an impression of amazing strength. Its strong character is enhanced by its visual balance and perfect legibility. On either side, integrated crowns face each other. The bidirectional revolving bezel adds a note of resolve.
Placed on a black dial, the luminescent hours put the accent on legibility. The sporty hands are also coated with luminescent material, while the second hand elects to be red. The self-winding JR60 caliber provides accurate running for a watch intended to tame the sea spray. Water-resistant to 300 meters, it extends into a black natural rubber strap made to ensure smooth sailing. This model is also available with a polished stainless steel case or black PVD-coated case.

Technical details
Black PVD-coated stainless steel case, aluminium bezel
Dimensions: 44.50 x 40 mm
Height: 11.85 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back secured with 4 screws
Water-resistant to 300 m
2 screw-down crowns
Bidirectional rotating bezel

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

Black dial
Luminescent Arabic numerals
Black hands with luminescent material

Black rubber strap
Stainless steel folding buckle

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
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

JEANRICHARD 1681 Ronde Collection

A union of heritage, historical expertise and manufactured movements: the 1681 collection from JEANRICHARD is immersed in the authenticity belonging to a fascinating world where the wheels of time are designed with philosophy.

In tribute to Daniel Jeanrichard, considered one of the founders of the Neuchâtel region’s watch industry, the JEANRICHARD brand draws strength from its creative energy and promotes independence as a way of life. The 1681 collection boasts the year that Daniel Jeanrichard manufactured his first watch. It takes a fresh look at traditional watchmaking in a contemporary style while staying true to the old watchmaker’s precepts, allowing no compromise, whether technical or aesthetic.

Born in the end of the 17th century at Les Bressels, on La Sagne lake in Switzerland, Daniel Jeanrichard took an early interest in small mechanisms. Chance gave him a watch to mend. With perseverance and patience, he studied the timepiece, dismantled it and decided to reproduce it. It was his first contact with watchmaking. What began as a fascination quickly became a passion for the young man, who was just 14 at the time. This autodidact was later led to work on other timepieces. Bit by bit, he acquired the working mastery and the techniques necessary for making timepieces. In 1692, he was qualified, for the first time, as “Master Clockmaker”, the very first in the region. Three years later, building on his knowledge of silversmithing, he took the titles of both Watchmaker and Silversmith.

His contribution to the development of watchmaking in the Neuchâtel region of the Jura Mountains is undeniable: apart from the invention of various tools and machines, he was the creator of the system of division of labor, with different workshops and factories for assembling watches. Considered a pioneer in the field, he worked towards keeping the profession alive, and in 1701, hired his first apprentices, thus building the bases of a regional tradition that survives today, and is celebrated in the 1681 collection.

The 1681 watches are “timekeepers” in the true meaning of the word. They have preserved in their heart the expertise inherited from the industry’s pioneers. Their hours turn with faultless regularity to the beat of a self-winding mechanical movement, the famous JR1000, created and developed by JEANRICHARD in 2004 after 4 years of research and development. With a diameter of 11’’’1/2 and only 3.77 mm thick, it offers excellent timekeeping performance and perfect running stability, even with added modules. Grand master of time, the caliber sits in a choice housing whose face recalls the finest classic watches, with a touch of modernity setting it firmly in the 21st century.

The 1681 Ronde watch epitomizes all the elegance of traditional watchmaking. Symbolizing authenticity, it turns the idea of balance into a true discipline to impose its hours. Driven by the famous caliber JR1000 self-winding manufacture movement, it comes in two versions; a three hands and date or a small seconds with date. Refined style and contemporary dimensions are the salient features of the 41 mm-diameter case.
In pink gold or steel, it provides a simple frame for the time display in a classic presentation, reduced to its clearest expression. Here, legibility rules on a white lacquered dial that eschews attempts at superfluous decoration. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock while the traditional leafshaped hands are highlighted with luminescent material. The baton indexes accentuated with phosphorescent material add a touch of urbane modernity. The pink gold version has additional applied Arabic numerals whose design blends harmoniously with the shape of the indexes.

Behind the scenes, with well tested regularity, beats the manufacture JR1000 caliber, with a new rotor bearing the brand’s signature visible through the sapphire back. Its purified design responds to the spirit of time. An alligator strap with pin buckle and hand-rolled edges gives the piece a final touch of elegance.

Conventional but clearly contemporary, the 1681 Ronde watch remains true to the brand’s watchmaking origins. Its design coupled with the Manufacture movement confirms its resolve to go for the essential, to give time its most fitting expression.

Technical details
1. Model: 1681 Ronde Central Second - Pink gold case

Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 10.06 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistant to 30 m

Manufactured movement JR1000
Caliber: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: minimum 48 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date

White lacquered dial
Applied indexes and Arabic numerals
Luminescent hour markers
Luminescent hands

Brown alligator strap
Pink gold tongue buckle

2. 1681 Ronde Small Second - Stainless steel case
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Height: 10.96 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire case-back
Water-resistant to 50 m

Manufactured movement JR1050
Caliber JR1000 with small second module
Caliber: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 36
Power reserve: minimum 48 hours
Functions: hour, minute, small second at 6, date

White lacquered dial
Applied indexes
Luminescent hour markers
Luminescent hands

Black alligator strap
Stainless steel tongue buckle

RJ-Romain Jerome by John M Armleder

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome, in association with internationally renowned Swiss artist John M Armleder, presents a collection of exceptional timepiece collection consisting ten unique pieces that reflect the successful alliance between contemporary art and Fine Watchmaking. This masterpieces feature a recurrent motif in John M Armleder’s work: the skull. Already featured in mural paintings and as a cut-out on a mirror, this skull inspired by Amerindian culture is now featured on RJ-Romain Jerome watch dials in an unprecedented collection.
John M Armleder is a Swiss visual artist born in Geneva in 1948. His internationally renowned work is above all an attempt to transform the status of works of art in terms of how they are perceived and received. The complex relations that a work can create with different environments and the interactions to which it gives rise are key to the artist’s approach.

In 1969, together with two other artists involved in the Fluxus movement, Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner, John M Armleder founded the Ecart group. Their ambition was to master all the phases involved in artistic production, from creation to presentation and dissemination of the works. They went on to found an art gallery in 1973 that was also named Ecart.

The performances he staged at the time were marked by the influence of Fluxus as well as by a detached and amusing neo-dada spirit. They influenced his approach which played on the integration and disturbance of places. Collage later led him to evolve towards the more geometric abstraction that marked his initial paintings, which were "freely formalistic". Associated with the neo-geo trend, from 1979 onwards he developed his own vocabulary combining abstraction with the re-use of furniture, creating pieces midway between painting and sculpture which he called Furniture sculptures.

John M Armleder has represented Switzerland at important international events and exhibitions such as the Paris Biennale in 1975, the Sydney Biennale in 1986 and Open Ends at Moma, in New York in 2000. He has taught at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne – Lausanne School of Art) since 1994, and at the Braunschweig Art Academy in Germany. His many apparently disordered works feature a number of different approaches. Irony, detachment and apparent indifference are some keys to understanding this work, along with an enormous sense of jubilation. John M Armleder lives and works in Geneva.

Manuel Emch, CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome, is a keen collector of contemporary art. He has always admired the work of this Geneva-based artist, who refuses any form of classification of his work, preferring instead a principle of constant "questioning" conducive to hybrid interpretations of various genres. The two men thus naturally decided to unite their talents and ideas for the benefit of art.
Conceived like veritable works of art, these Art-DNA pieces are made of polished steel. The skull motif appliqué is raised and serves to decorate the hammered, polished dial. The underside of the applique is lacquered with a colour revealed by a subtle play of shimmering reflections on the dial. Each unique piece is a different colour. The back of the watch is numbered and bears an engraved medallion with the artist’s signature.

Technical details
Reference: RJ.T.AU.AR.001.01 to RJ.T.AU.AR.001.10

Caliber RJ-001A
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency 28’800 v/h
Jewelling 23 jewels
Power reserve 42h
Water resistance 30 meters
Functions: Central hours and minutes

Ø46 mm
Polished steel
Engraved medallion with the artist’s signature on the back of the watch
Bezel polished steel

Polished and hammered dial. Skull motif applique raised on the dial. Underside of the applique lacquered with different colour
Hands Rhodiumed and satin-brushed hours and minutes hands with superluminova "blue emission"

Hornback alligator

Limited edition: 10 unique pieces of different colours

Retail price: CHF 19,000.-/ EUR 17,500.-

Nautica BFD 103

Building on the Nautica brand's connection to the sea and sailing, Nautica introduces its latest addition to the BFD watch collection, the BFD 103. The BFD collection is a signature line that leverages seasonal color and new textures to create clean bold designs with a sport casual appeal.

The BFD 103 is a great addition to the traditional BFD collection and is highlighted by the ocean-weathered Nautica logo. The new canvas strap is backed with genuine leather for comfort and durability and includes stainless steel rivets and loops to hold the buckle in place. The BDF 103 is available in four options with matching dial and strap colors. Hints of a matching secondary color also adorn the straps, multifunction hands and the signature 12 o'clock marker, adding an air of adventure.
Featuring a 44mm stainless steel case with multifunction day and date movement in a unique side-by-side placement, this relaxed timepiece combines clean modern design with a bit of intrigue. The BFD 103 finishes with the Nautica brand's signature J-class logo on the top of the crown, as well as luminous hands and markers, and is water resistant up to 100M.

The BFD 103 is a casual watch with a sun-soaked look that makes a statement of comfort and contentment.

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Giuliano Mazzuoli Trasmissione Meccanica

The Trasmissione Meccanica is the latest mechanical timepiece from the house of Italian watch making brand Giuliano Mazzuoli. This extra ordinary timepiece has been inspired by the mechanical parts of a gear. The gear became the case of the watch. I transformed the disc of the clutch into an original dial while the crown of the watch is identical to the spline shaft (Tuscan mechanics call it “sedano” (the celery stick)) that transmits the rotations of the engine to the gear shift. The hands of the watch are like the ones on the compass found on the mechanic’s bench.
Technical details
Case: Steel; diameter 43 mm
Finish: brushed natural or brushed gunmetal
Movement: automatic, ETA 2824/2
Dial: in three levels composed of 21 elements
Crown: screw-in crown
Functions: hours, minutes, and seconds
Crystal: convex sapphire crystal antirifl ective
Strap: in calf-skin leather or in rubber
Water Resistance: 5 atmospheres (165 feet / 50 meters)

Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino

Italian luxury watch brand Giuliano Mazzuoli presents their new watch collection: Manometrino. The “Manometrino” concept is dedicated to all the people, especially women who admired the Manometro timepiece despite its large dimensions. “Manometrino” was conceived in a smaller size (27 mm diameter) respecting the design and the form of the original timepiece.

Inspired from the trend of the1960s and 1970s, “Manometrino” does not have the aim of re launching a trend in small watches, but to transmit a feeling of renewal from its small dimensions. Besides the classic leather strap, a series of suede leather straps in various colors are available.
Technical details
Case:In stainless steel; diameter 27 mm
Finish: polished natural, polished gunmetal or brushed gunmetal
Movement: ETA quartz
Dial: ivory, black or slate color
Crown: screw-in crown
Functions: hours, minutes, and seconds
Crystal: convex sapphire crystal, antirifl ective
Strap: in suede or calf-skin leather
Water Resistance: 5 atmospheres (165 feet / 50 meters)

HUBLOT unveils the Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold for the First Time in Hong Kong

On 22 Oct 2012, Hublot, the unique Swiss luxury company, symbol of the Art of Fusion in watchmaking and official watch of Ferrari, unveiled the first watch designed in partnership with Ferrari - the BIG BANG FERRARI MAGIC GOLD - for the First Time in Hong Kong.

To celebrate the official launch of Big Bang Ferrari Launch in Hong Kong, Hublot is having a 7-day exhibition with the theme of “the world of Hublot & Ferrari” at Landmark, the most prestigious mall in Hong Kong. With many special guests and fans of Hublot & Ferrari in attendance, Mr. Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, presents the all new Big Bang Ferrari timepiece at the opening cocktail.
The Big Bang Ferrari is unlike any other Big Bang. To start with, its design has undergone its first evolution since it was launched in 2005. A larger case (45.5 mm in diameter), more power and more mechanical features, a cylindrical bezel which offers added depth to showcase the movement which can be seen through the sapphire dial, an indexed crown (with the H logo which is automatically positioned to remain in line), elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car, carbon inserts on the case profile, two interchangeable straps with a highly innovative quick change system, the principle for which was inspired by a seat belt, and featuring tone on tone stitching like that always used on Ferrari upholstery.

All details have been designed and crafted using a principle which is a fundamental part of the DNA of both Hublot and Ferrari: innovation, performance, technology and exclusivity. No useless gadgets. The design is functional, logical. As for the dial, the Prancing Horse is featured discreetly in relief at 9 o'clock. A minute counter is positioned at 3 o'clock (completed by a yellow date window), and the hand and the style of the indexes are inspired by the counters in a Ferrari, perfectly in line with the Italian manufacturer's sport DNA whilst adhering to Hublot's graphic codes.

Finally, and as a world first in terms of material, Hublot has decided to endow these new Ferrari-endorsed pieces with the very best its R&D department can offer by using the famed Magic Gold, a scratch-resistant 18-carat gold unveiled just 3 months ago in the Hublot foundry.

All the innovations the watch featuring emphasise their affiliation to the automotive world, and should make this Big Bang more streamlined and more mechanical - a new signature. This concept has even been extended to the presentation case for each watch – a true showcase inspired by an engine valve support, made from aluminium, with a built-in rotary system. In addition to the Big Bang Ferrari timepieces, Hublot will also exhibit the 2012 novelties as well as the latest Formula One King Power limited editions.

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