Monday, November 19, 2012

Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils new boutique at South Coast Plaza

On the cusp of celebrating the 180th anniversary of its Manufacture, Jaeger-LeCoultre continues its impressive retail expansion in the United States with a sparkling west coast addition at South Coast Plaza, long known for defining the upscale shopping experience with amenities and service.  Set to open on November 19th, 2012, it will serve as an extended home for La Grande Maison and celebrate a grand opening with community leader Michelle Janavs, director of The MMJ Foundation.

The Costa Mesa boutique will be the first in the U.S. to feature a refined new retail concept, with luxurious features that draw from the art deco influences of the Grande Maison.

To further honor Jaeger-LeCoultre’s evolution and growing appeal to both men and women, the boutique boasts a new interior design, conveying luxurious warmth and welcoming elegance to devoted and new aficionados alike.  Horological creations beckon, showcasing works of precision:  Over 1,000 different calibres and 400 patents since Antoine LeCoultre began his work in 1833 at the legendary Vallée de Joux Swiss Manufacture.

As favor and appreciation for refined timepieces and detailed watchmaking grows, Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to open new horizons with its innovation-based values.  The recent successful launch of Rendez-Vous, a timeless and sophisticated day-to-evening watch for women, adds a new facet to the visage of the brand and echoes the heritage of decorative arts reflected in the Manufacture’s Haute Joaillerie collection. The unique and technical Duomètre line continues to re-write the rules with its unprecedented dual-wing concept. 

Classic form meets function with the elegant Master line, while the Amvox pushes boundaries with advanced automobile technology in homage to Aston Martin.  The Atmos clock, which lives on air, is a breathing testament to perpetual motion.  Finally, the iconic Reverso line continues to define Jaeger-LeCoultre’s past with its story of invention - and with its dual faces and endless option for personalization, shapes its present and future as a favorite for collectors everywhere.

As Jaeger-LeCoultre nears a crucial anniversary it remains in a strengthened position as a leader and influencer to continue sharing its nearly 180 years of passion with fellow watchmaking enthusiasts - in the U.S. at South Coast Plaza and beyond.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

F.P.Journe Chronomètre Optimum

The new masterpiece of the Souveraine collection, the Chronomètre Optimum, joins the iconic timepieces of Haute Horlogerie.

Combining a rich knowledge of the history of time with modern technologies and the example set by the great masters, the Chronomètre Optimum most certainly joins the great iconic timepieces of F.P.Journe Haute Horlogerie, in an ongoing quest for precision, innovation and excellence.

The Chronomètre Optimum symbolises the very essence of precision for a wristwatch that incorporates the finest components in the history of watchmaking.

- The double barrel with its two springs ensures the stability of the driving force of this emblematic movement made of 18ct rose Gold, a specificity of the brand.

- The constant-force remontoire (patent EP1528443.A1) balances the driving force applied to the escapement to make it constant. By adding an extra gear representing an independent system wound in short spurts by the mainspring, the escapement ensures the balance's isochronism. This remontoire, made of titanium for the first time, maintains its balance in different positions, for greater efficiency.

- The EBHP High-Performance Bi-axial Escapement has also been patented (patent EP11405210.3). This two-wheel direct impulse escapement functions without oil and is the only direct impulse escapement to start up on its own. But not only does it function without lubricant, it also has far greater output than the majority of escapements: 50 hours without loss of amplitude. Many dual-wheel escapements have been created in the past, the most efficient being the "natural" escapement invented by A-L. Breguet (†1823).

- The balance with a spiral with Phillips curve guarantees better equilibrium.

The Chronomètre Optimum encompasses a majority of exceptional components brought together for the first time in one watch: two barrels in parallel, the constant-force remontoire, the new EBHP revolutionary escapement, and the natural dead beat second. The extraordinary technical expertise put into the watch, contributes to its fundamental quality, that of giving the time … with almost complete precision.

The aesthetics of the hour, minute and small second displays and of the 70-hour power reserve are in perfect harmony with the visible wheel of the constant-force remontoir on the face of the dial. The back of the 18ct rose Gold movement reveals, through the sapphire back, a surprising natural dead beat second defined by a seconds circle screwed onto the movement's bridges.

The Chronomètre Optimum comes with a 40 or 42 mm Platinum or 18ct red Gold case, with a white Gold or red Gold dial, on a leather strap, Platinum or 18ct red Gold bracelet.





CHRONOMÈTRE  OPTIMUM _  Technical Specifications

Movement
Calibre 1510
Manuel winding
18K rose Gold

Dimensions of the Movement  
Overall diameter:       34.40 mm
Casing-up diameter:       33.60 mm             
Overall height:           3.75 mm             
Height of winding stem:    2.395 mm             
Diameter of stem thread: S1.20 mm

Balance  
Chronometric balance with inertia weight
High Performance Bi-Axial escapement adjusted in 6 positions
Hair spring with Phillips curve
Mobile stud holder
Free sprung
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600v/h (3Hz)
Inertia:   10.10 mg x cm2
Angle of lift :   58°

Amplitude :  
0h dial up : > 260°
24h dial up : > 280°

Main characteristics
1 second remontoire at 11h, very light in Titanium and balanced
Natural dead beat second on the back of the movement
2 mainspring barrels in parallel
2 position crown
Time adjustment in position 2
High performance Bi-axial escapement with arbor and wheels in Titanium, functioning without oil, (inspired by that of A.L.Breguet created in the XVIII Century)
Off centre hours and minutes
Small second at 9h00
Power reserve at 6h00

Power reserve: 70 hours

Finishes  
Circular graining on baseplate
Geneva waves on bridges
Polished screw heads with chamfered slots
Pegs with polished rounded ends

Case  
Platinum or 18K red Gold   
Diameter :   40 or 42 mm
Total height :   10.10 mm
Dial : Gold and Silver guilloché clous de Paris


Number of parts  
Movement without dial : 240
Cased up with strap :     264
Jewels  : 

Fabergé Matelassé Collection – New Designs

Fabergé extends its much loved Matelassé collection to include new polished and matt rings, earrings and a lariat necklace. The new designs will launch in Fabergé boutiques and online on 24 November 2012.

This evocative design, with its soft, tactile, gem-set quilting, represents the perfect marriage of heritage and modernity that is so much part of the ethos of Fabergé today. Superbly sculpted, the luscious cushions of white or rose gold, conjuring the cocooning warmth and texture of quilting, are studded with diamonds or multi-coloured gems.

The new Bandeau ring is a highlight of the collection. Its sculptural yet sleek design contrasts with the softness of the sensual polished gold cushions, punctuated with white diamonds. The Bandeau is available in a wide statement style or a delicate slim version. The range comes in variations of matt or polished white and rose gold, studded with white diamonds or coloured gemstones from£3,628.



The Matelassé collection takes its inspiration from the sumptuous furnishings of the great Romanov Palaces, evoking the intimacy and comfort of Empress Alexandra’s favourite salon, the Mauve Room, in the Alexander Palace in Tsarkoe Selo. The trellis-like lines of the quilted pattern, some trailed with diamonds, recall the classical century-revival style that dominated decorative design at the turn of the century, from Paris to St Petersburg.

Reminiscent of luxurious button-backed furniture, of Belle Epoque opulence, at the same time Matelassé possesses a strong fashion flair, fusing fabric and jewel, mixing nostalgia with a contemporary edge.
Fabergé offers High and Fine Jewellery collections as well as timepieces and men’s accessories. The collections are available at Fabergé boutiques in New York, London and Geneva, as well as at concessions within Harrods in London and Lane Crawford IFC in Hong Kong. Selected items are also available via Fabergé’s online boutique at Fabergé.com.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX7 Chronograph

The eighth anniversary of the partnership concluded between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin is being celebrated with the presentation of the AMVOX7, the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a radial power-reserve display. Developed by the Manufacture from the Vallée de Joux, the AMVOX line has for almost a decade been appealing as much to devotees of fine watchmaking as to motor sports fans. The AMVOX7 Chronograph displays the signature characteristics of an iconic collection within a new case featuring an even more ergonomic shape, and testifies to the avant-garde spirit of an alliance entirely dedicated to aesthetic and technical innovation, inspired by the prestigious British car maker.


Before inviting closer inspection, the AMVOX7 Chronograph immediately draws the gaze to the motif adorning its dial and featuring the pattern of the radiator grille of the Vanquish, the brand-new model unveiled by Aston Martin last June. Nonetheless, this obvious similarity served as a background canvas against which to undertake formal research entirely in tune with the technical characteristics of the watch. The Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers and artisans have devoted particular care to creating refined decorations. The diversity of the finishes enhancing the various surfaces lends remarkable visual depth to a black dial with anthracite grey counters featuring red and white accents ensuring optimal readability.

A new function makes its entry into the AMVOX line: the radial power-reserve display. On the AMVOX7 Chronograph, this indication appears through two apertures in the upper part of the inner bezel ring, on either side of the black dial. When the watch is wound, the red powerreserve discs draw closer as if to embrace the 12 o’clock numeral, and as the barrel winds down, they disappear again in order to gradually reveal the chronograph levers. Once again, this instinctively perceived display mode is entirely in tune with the sense of immediacy created by a sporty driving mode.

The grade 5 titanium case is enhanced by supremely refined technical finishes. The bevels of the lugs are meticulously polished, while the ornamentation of the crown and the trigger are distinguished by alternating shotpeened, polished and satin-brushed surfaces. Finally, the case middle and the underside of the lugs are delicately horizontally satin-brushed.

In 2005, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the brand-new vertical-trigger chronograph. It represented the first intuitive technique serving to measure short time intervals. Before the start of an event, the user no longer needs to hold the push-piece down in order to ensure instant activation of a race start, because a simple press on the watch glass is enough to pivot the case along its horizontal axis and thus immediately start a new measurement. Like all revolutionary inventions, this system appeared so simple that sports enthusiasts keen to time the progress of their performances already wondered how they could have done without it.

A press at 12 o’clock starts or stops the chronograph mechanism, while the same operation performed on the lower end of the dial resets the chronograph hand to zero. To avoid any inadvertent handling, a trigger located on the side of the case serves as a control lever: when placed in its central position, all the chronograph functions operate according to the above description. Conversely, the locked position, when it is pushed upwards, blocks the chronograph, while the lower position serves to start or stop the chronograph, but also to deactivate the resetting function.

This intuitive immediately is not confined exclusively to the watch mechanism, but also extends to the displays. The chronograph counters on the openworked black dial appear in anthracite grey, the two colours making a perfect contrast with the white hands and numerals. The everuseful movement operating indicator occupies the lower part of the dial, above the date window at 6 o’clock.

Moreover, the bodywork of this high-tech device built for fine performances has also been the object of meticulous care, and the case of the AMVOX has been given a complete facelift. It now incorporates lugs in the shape of a monobloc construction that enabled improved integration of the strap to ensure an optimally ergonomic fit. The crown has undergone a similar evolution: also integrated into the case, it now offers the two-fold advantage of an easier grip and more accurate handling. However essential, these characteristics must nonetheless not divert attention from a crucial breakthrough achieved by the subtle change in the shape of the case in order to facilitate improved positioning on the wrist. The addition of a new element on the case-back enables the wristband to maintain a perfect curve and thus guarantee the ergonomic fit of the watch on the forearm. This proves a decisive asset on the road as well as in other situations of daily life where even the slightest discomfort may be a hindrance to taking immediate and appropriate decisions.

For both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin, it would have been inconceivable to stop there. While others might have been satisfied with the result achieved, the development team of the AMVOX7 Chronograph further enriched this prodigious range of innovations with a system enabling quick and easy wristband change according to the mood and the needs of the moment: a metal bracelet will prove a worthy companion for sporting feats and outdoor activities, while the sobriety of its leather counterpart will accentuate the distinction of a watch that smoothly adapts to the most elegant circumstances.

Such sterling qualities call for an “engine” endowed with characteristics on a par with the expectations generated by such an impressive appearance. In this field too, connoisseurs will appreciate the Jaeger-LeCoultre mechanical automatic Calibre 756. With its frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and its 65-hour power reserve, it displays an impressive track record in terms of sturdiness, reliability and precision. What else would one indeed expect from a mechanism of which the performances will necessarily be compared with those of the new Aston Martin Vanquish?

An association is fuelled exclusively by the momentum injected into it by each of the two partners. While it may seem simple for a prestigious watch brand to enter into an alliance with a renowned car manufacturer, the flame of enthusiasm unanimously sensed when signing such an agreement soon dwindles to nothing in the absence of shared values. The partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Marin is more vibrantly alive than ever as it enters its eighth year.

This association has already given rise to some exceptional creations embodying major progress in the field of technology. The secret of this long-term success is firmly based on a shared vision, nurtured from both sides by an authentic passion for innovation.

Technical characteristics
Movement
Mechanical automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 756, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
65-hour power reserve
335 parts
39 jewels
7.39 mm thick

Functions
Hours, minutes
Date
Vertically-triggered chronograph: hour and minute counters, central seconds
Radial power reserve
Movement operating indicator at 6 o’clock

Dial
Black openworked
Applied numerals with white/blue SLN
Anthracite grey chronograph counters
Grille: representing the radiator grilles of Aston Martin Vanquish cars
Aston Martin logo on the inner bezel ring
Date at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indication on the inner bezel ring

Hands
H/M : rhodiumed, and enhanced with white superluminova, lengthwise brushed
Operating indicator at 6 o’clock
2 red lacquered hour and minute counter markers
Red lacquered chronograph seconds hand

Case
Ø 44 mm, grade 5 titanium
Thickness 15.64mm
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos engraved on the case-back
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Wristband and buckle
Interchangeable wristband
Black calfskin
20 mm folding clasp


Reference: 194 T4 70

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