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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Longines Becomes the Official Top Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI (FédérationEquestreInternationale)

Saint-Imier based Swiss luxury watch brand Longines has become the FEI’s first Top Partner following the agreement of a historic very long-term sponsorship deal that will see the Swiss watchmaker become the Official Timekeeping Partner of the FEI.

 Under the new agreement – which marks the biggest sponsorship deal ever brokered by the FEI – Longines becomes the Official Top Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI. Longines will take on a number of key FEI properties including the title sponsorship of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping before the start of the new season in October 2013.

 An official signing ceremony will take place in Lausanne (SUI) on 15 January 2013, when the contract will be signed jointly by FEI President HRH Princess Haya, and Mrs Nayla Hayek, Chair of the Swatch Group Board of Directors. Full details of the agreement will be unveiled as part of the signing ceremony in January 2013.
Longines has been based at Saint-Imier (SUI) since 1832 and is celebrating 180 years of non-stop craftsmanship in 2012. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations.

Longines has established a network of links with the world of sport timekeeping which has enabled it to offer its skilled services to various prestigious sports during the 20th century. Today, it follows its vocation in the field of sports timing, namely in gymnastics, archery, alpine skiing, equestrian sports and at the French Open at Roland-Garros.

Longines’ passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when a timepiece was made with a horse and jockey engraved on the watch face. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with equestrian sports. In 1926, for the first time, the brand was involved as timekeeper for the Official International Equestrian Competition of Geneva. Today, Longines’ involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and flat racing.

Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.

About FEI
The FédérationEquestreInternationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Equestrian sport has been on the Olympic programme since 1912 with three disciplines: Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. The FEI is based on the principle of equality and mutual respect between all 133 affiliated National Federations, without prejudice to race, religion or internal politics.

The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in Dressage & Para-Equestrian Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving & Para-Equestrian Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining. The FEI establishes the regulations and approves equestrian programmes at Championships, Continental and Regional Games, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Federation promotes equestrianism in all its forms and encourages the development of the FEI equestrian disciplines throughout the world, keeping the welfare of the horse at the heart of all its activities.

“The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport worldwide by promoting, regulating and administering humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional equestrian disciplines” - FEI Mission Statement.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

RADO DiaStar 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

In 2012, Swiss watch brand Rado celebrates the anniversary of the legendary Rado DiaStar model. Over the course of a half century, a deep-rooted desire to create lasting beauty has repeatedly led Rado to develop breakthrough materials, including hardmetal, high-tech ceramic, high-tech diamond and Ceramos™. First presented in 1962, the striking design and unprecedented use of hardmetal in the Rado DiaStar established the brand’s reputation as an innovator and industry benchmark for durability and iconic design.

The Rado DiaStar was inspired by a unique vision and the desire to transform purity and beauty into a watch of unparalleled durability and resilience. This desire challenged the skills and imagination of the Rado designers: In theory, hardmetal’s exceptional physical properties—its ability to withstand extreme compressive pressure and its resistance to oxidation, mechanical and thermal stress—made it an appropriate material for a scratch-resistant watch case.

In practice, hardmetal proved extremely difficult to work with, and it would take all of the brand’s visionary audacity to achieve success. In the end, the revolutionary design showed how the use of a new material could help create a new aesthetic ideal. The design of the Rado DiaStar, and of all Rado creations since, underscore the intrinsic qualities of the materials used, which in turn enhance the visual richness of the watches.

The Rado DiaStar was the crowning achievement of years of pioneering experiments and trials devoted to the development of new shapes and surfaces. A composite made of tungsten carbide powder and a metal binder, hardmetal is moulded and pressed at a pressure of 1,000 bar to form the rough case, which is then sintered in a vacuum furnace at 1,450°C.

This process resulted in an incredible hardness of 1,400 to 2,000 Vickers, and brilliance, after polishing with diamond dust that would only add lustre. The concept requiring unprecedented hardness led to a new emphasis on the glass as well, which needed to be as robust as the casing. Sapphire crystal proved to be the solution, with the result that the Rado DiaStar, and all Rado watches since, feature sapphire crystal.

50th Anniversary Limited Edition
In 2012, Rado celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rado DiaStar with a replica edition. Made of hardmetal and sapphire crystal, like the first edition in 1962, the Rado DiaStar Anniversary Edition is offered in a limited and numbered edition of 1,962 pieces.


The Rado DiaStar pays tribute to the power of a visionary idea and to the courage it required to make it real. A timeless inspiration, it is presented in a special, classic deep green coloured Rado watch box, inspired by the original from 1962. Included with this limited edition timepiece is a pair of cufflinks with an integrated Rado signature moving anchor symbol.

Technical details
Model: Rado DiaStar Anniversary Edition, Automatic (Hardmetal, L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2836-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock

Dial
Silver-coloured, 11 silver-coloured indexes
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Applied silver-coloured Rado and DiaStar logos
Hands: Silver-coloured, luminous white

Case
Hardmetal bezel
Stainless steel middle part
Pressed on stainless steel back
Stainless steel crown
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N°XXXX/1962
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dimensions 35 x 42.5 x 11.9 (W x L x H in mm)

Bracelet
Folded stainless steel Novavit style, stainless steel spring buckle with pushers.

RADO D-Star Automatic Collection

Swiss watch brand RADO unveils the new D-Star model inspired from the DiaStar timepiece, which made a startling debut of uncompromising scratch-resistance of fifty years ago. The new generation Rado D-Star, like its iconic predecessor, couples inspired design with innovative material breakthroughs: the two generations are united by their unique oval case shape and material innovations. Together they tell the story of relentless research leading to the use of new materials for unprecedented design innovation.

Its fundamental commitment to innovation in materials and design has led Rado to use three different materials in the Rado D-Star collection: high-tech ceramic, Ceramos™ and carbon diffused steel.

Hardmetal, the scratch-resistant material used in the creation of the Rado DiaStar, is relatively heavy, which spurred Rado on to develop a lighter, scratch-resistant material. In the 1980s Rado pioneered high-tech ceramic, which, in the Rado D-Star represents a statement of intrinsic modernity and ultimate wearer comfort. Further developments in this field have led to the innovation of black, white, as well as platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic offering varied style and design alternatives.

Like hardmetal, Ceramos™, an extremely hard yet lightweight material, required years of dedicated research and development to render it apt for watchmaking. A high-tech ceramic and metal composite, Ceramos™ incorporates the optimal properties of both elements to achieve enhanced comfort and durability. As a result of intensive research undertaken by Rado to push the boundaries of innovation, carbon diffused steel was introduced into the Rado D-Star collection. This steel hardened by the diffusion of carbon is obtained through a heat treatment, resulting in a surface of exceptional brightness and a hardness of 1,000 to 1,200 Vickers.

Its history and innovative spirit encourage Rado to push the limits of technology and materials to extremes. With the Rado D-Star, materials and developments in science and technology have released unprecedented design potential. High-tech ceramic and Ceramos™ have made it possible to create lightweight, scratch-resistant watches that adjust to the wearer’s body temperature, enabling new levels of comfort.

Pure and streamlined, the Rado D-Star is the epitome of power and simplicity with its round dial in a sharp, faceted ellipse case, enhanced by a perfectly integrated bracelet. This extensive collection comprises over 50 style, size, movement and material declinations, all of which satisfy the desire for a watch that will stand the test of time. Five decades of modern design find expression in a contemporary collection that continues to evolve.
Rado D-Star Automatic (Ceramos™, XL)
Movement
11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve

Case
Platinum-coloured Ceramos™ bezel
Stainless steel see-through case back
Stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm)

Dial
Black with wave pattern, 12 silver-coloured applied indexes with white luminous
Black flange with white printed number and minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
White printed Rado and Automatic logos

Hands
Hour and minute: silver-coloured with white luminous
Second: red-coloured with white luminous

Bracelet
3-row solid steel bracelet, satin brushed and polished
3-fold titanium buckle with Ceramos™ pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (Black High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve, decorated movement

Case
Black high-tech ceramic
Pressed on black PVD stainless steel see-through case back
Curved sapphire crystal
Black high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

Dial
Black with 8 black nickeled/rhodium-coloured applied indexes
Black nickeled/rhodium-coloured applied indexes at 3/9/12 with black/white printing
Black flange, cool grey/silver-coloured printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: Black nickeled/rhodium-coloured

Bracelet
3-row black high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with black high-tech ceramic pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (White High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o‘clock, 38 hour power reserve, decorated movement

Case
White high-tech ceramic
Pressed on stainless steel see-through case back
White high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

Dial
White with 8 white/rhodium-coloured applied indexes
White/rhodium-colour applied indexes at 3/9/12 with white printing
White flange, silver-coloured printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: White lacquer/rhodium-coloured

Bracelet
3-row white high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with white high-tech ceramic pushers

Rado D-Star Automatic (Plasma Treated High-tech Ceramic, XL/L)
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 6 o’clock, 38 hour  power reserve, decorated movement

Case
Platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic
Pressed on stainless steel see-through case back
Platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic crown
Water resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Crystal Curved sapphire crystal
Dimensions XL: 46.0 x 42.0 x 11.0 (WxLxH in mm) L: 41.6 x 38.2 x 10.8

Dial
Silver-coloured dial with 8 silver-coloured applied indexes
Silver-coloured applied indexes at 3/9/12 with white printing
Silver-coloured flange, black printed minute track
Rado signature moving anchor symbol
Silver/black-coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: Silver-coloured

Bracelet
3-row platinum-coloured plasma treated high-tech ceramic
3-fold titanium buckle with Ceramos™ pushers

MECCANICHE VELOCI - ONLY ONE COLLECTION - RACE - CAR

The inspiration for the new RACE models is two cars from the prestigious Italian automotive industry, which competed in Formula One. Two single-seater racing cars, which opened a new era of straight victories in the late 1990s and two thousands thanks to their dominance as world beaters.

The seal linking them to the world of speed and racing, Meccaniche Veloci searches for, chooses and adapts the components of these cars, transforming coka and cool panels into aggressive, punchy unique watches. The Only One Collection RACE captures the “fragments“of these formidable cars, inserting them into the heart of its watches.  Dial obtained from the body of F1 single - seater reacing cars.
This collection is available in Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph, 42 and 44 Power Reserve, and Due Valvole versions.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 mechanical automatic chronograph
Functions: Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Dial obtained from the body of F1 single - seater reacing cars
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal

MECCANICHE VELOCI ONLY ONE COLLECTION - RACE - MOTORBIKE

A source of inspiration of the first model in the RACE line (Only One Collection) is the most important competition for young, talented motorcyclists - the Moto GP 250 cc championship. Meccaniche Veloci presents the Quattro Valvole RACE, with the dial inspired by the fairing of a motorbike that competed in the gripping stages of the 2005 championship, which showed all the promise of motorcycling lap after lap as the quickest competitors moved closer to the podium.

The RACE model enables the wearer to re-live all the emotion of the racer aboard his bike, and bursts into the world of speed with the prestige and class of a unique watch. Dial of this Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph model is obtained from the fairing of a motorbike that competed in Moto GP 250 cc.
Available also in Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes and 42 Power Reserve versions.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 chronograph mechanical with automatic winding
Functions: Chronograph
Case: In titanium, also available with black IPB treatment
Back case: In titanium, screwed and locked
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Dial obtained from the fairing of a motorbike that competed in Moto GP 250 cc.
Crown: Screw, in titanium, with rubber lining
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle:  In titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire glass

MECCANICHE VELOCI - ONLY ONE COLLECTION - AIR - AIRPLANE

The Only One Collection from MECCANICHE VELOCI welcomes the AIRPLANE watches made from components of one of the fastest fighter planes in aviation history. This timepiece is made from a flap in magnesium belonging to a fighter plane. This is an airplane which, with its capacity to fly at twice the speed of sound, represents an important step in the evolution of the warplane, taking important roles in delicate war operations -- from reconnaissance, to attack and defence, and advanced training.It is the components of this fearless guerrilla that are incorporated into the dial of the Quattro Valvole.
Available in the three versions, the Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes, 44 Chronograph and 42 Power Reserve, it is a watch powered with energy that imposes itself on the scene with its strong supersonic personality.

Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes (Airplane)
Movement: Four independent movements ETA calibre 2671 mechanical automatic
Functions: Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds, date
Case Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 48 mm
Dial: Made from a flap in magnesium belonging to a fighter plane
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal

Meccaniche Veloci - Only One Collection - Air - Helicopter

Italian luxury watch brand Meccaniche Veloci enriches their Only One Collection with a new Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph model made from a tail boom from an attack helicopter, one of the most popular war aircrafts in the world, made famous by its wide use in the U.S. Air Force and in blockbuster movie scenes.

The brand has selected the helicopter components with meticulous attention, so as to revive them in the dial of these new watches. This collection is also available in Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes, Quattro Valvole 42 and Power Reserve and Due Valvole versions.
Technical details
Model: Only One Collection Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
Movement: Single, ETA 7750 mechanical automatic chronograph
Functions: Chronograph
Case: Titanium, also available with black In-Plane-Bending (IPB) Treatment
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Made from a tail boom from an attack helicopter
Crown: Screw down type, in titanium, lined with rubber
Strap: High quality rubber and leather, integrated in the case via an innovative solution
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal

Meccaniche Veloci - Corsa Corta

Meccaniche Veloci, the Italian luxury watch company, which is now famous worldwide for its celebrated Quattro Valvole, revolutionises its collection range by introducing a new version that is completely different from the famous piston with four dials. The Corsa Corta, a hand winding three hands, that partially reveals the movement enclosed inside the case inspired by the naked motorcycle. The fulcrum of the Corsa Corta collection is the single dial which comes in several colours and the feature of an opening next to the winding shaft to reveal the watch mechanism in pure naked style.
A ETA 6497 (UNITAS) hand winding movement is assembled inside equipped with a screw crown to guarantee waterproofing up to 10 atmospheres The watch is available in several versions: one with a titanium case, also available in titanium with brown finishing, and one with a steel case with black finishing.
In order to create this watch, Meccaniche Veloci has combined aggressive materials and an innate passion for motorcycles. In fact, the name Corsa Corta is inspired by a type of engine where the diameter of the piston is larger than the stroke, a main feature of high performances engines. The distinctive Meccaniche Veloci shapes have successfully interpreted a new piece of the world of high performance motors, in a unique object in the world of watches.
Technical details
Case: Titanium, also available with brown finishing, or stainless steel with black finishing
Diameter: 48 mm
Thickness: 12, 5 mm
Dial: Available in several colour versions, with partially visible movement
Case Glass: Sapphire with anti-reflection treatment
Movement: Calibre ETA 6497-1 (UNITAS) hand-winding
Crown: Push-down, in titanium
Strap: Rubber coated calf leather
Buckle: Titanium
Water Resistance: 10 atmospheres

DAVOSA Military Automatic

Swiss watchmaker DAVOSA unveils their new model, the Military Automatic inspired from the  designs of vintage pilot’s watches . The DAVOSA Military can be worn with a textile NATO or a hydrophobic (water-protected) leather strap, depending on the mission for which you need it – the watch comes with both strap options. The DAVOSA Military is now available in a military green or a black version, and retails at 598 euros.
DAVOSA has opted for a 40 millimetre, satined stainless steel case for its Military Automatic, which gives the timepiece its simple yet classic look. This is made more striking by scratch-resistant, convex sapphire glass, a large and handy crown, and a dial that recalls a cockpit dial. In particular the hands, the large hour markers and the date display in a ‘triple date’ format resemble the features of an aircraft altimeter.
The automatic movement is provided by a trusty Swiss ETA 2824-2 quality movement. The watch is protected against the ingress of water up to a depth of 200 metres thanks to its screwed steel back and doubly sealed crown. Good readability is ensured by large, luminous numbers and markers. The DAVOSA Military Automatic is thus perfectly primed for any special mission – whether conducted at night, above or below the water.

Technical details
• Reference numbers: 161.511.54 (black), 161.511.74 (green)
• Each watch comes with a water-protected leather strap and a textile NATO strap that can be changed
• Stainless steel case (316L)
• Watertight up to 200 metres (20 ATM)
• Screwed steel back
• Convex sapphire glass
• Screwed and doubly sealed crown
• Large, easily readable, vintage-style luminous numbers and markers
• 40 mm diameter
• Height: 12.8 mm
• Swiss quality ETA 2824-2 movement
• Retail price: 598 euros

Baume & Mercier – Linea Automatic Collection (Ref 10113 & Ref 10114)

The Linea by Baume & Mercier is a special and unique watch since its launch in 1987, this collection, available in steel or two-tone, delivers what a woman is seeking- an attractive adornment that offers versatility in its look. As a preview of its new collections for SIHH 2013, Baume & Mercier announces two new automatic models from the Linea Collection.

Delicate and feminine, the new Linea Automatic, available in a 27 mm case, possesses the presence of a timeless gem with the elegance of simplistic time display. It is also imbued with the nobility inherent in watches powered by a Swiss mechanical caliber and automatically wound by the movements of its owner. An automatic movement visible through a transparent case back.
This iconic watch, with its bezel so distinctively engraved in steel or in steel trimmed with gold and carrying the hour figures, has now reinvented its own legend, choosing to partner an automatic movement with innate qualities that well deserve to be revealed through the transparent case back. This final choice will cast its spell over dynamic, multi-talented women, delighting those whose timeless penchant for watchmaking gems will express itself fully in using a movement reputed for passing unfailingly from one generation to the next. That’s why the Linea, a small miracle of sophistication, is worn on a steel or two-tone bracelet, designed with a flexibility that adapts to its wearer’s every movement without calling attention to itself. Yet this bracelet possesses a secret enabling it to adapt to every situation in life, thus meeting the expectations of all owners who are attached to their version of the Linea.

Baume & Mercier have invented a bracelet incorporating a patented mechanism that makes it simple to remove without any tools. The Geneva-based company has also created a whole series of interchangeable straps and bracelets in leather or satin-finish, on offer in a wide range of colors, making this watch unique and in harmony with the tastes of every woman who wears it as a tasteful accessory. Available in top-quality steel or in two-tone, these two new Linea watches are powered by a Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement with a time display including a direct-drive center second hand and a discreet date window at 6 o’clock in the mother-of-pearl dial set with 11 diamonds.

Model: LINEA 10113 (Reference: 10113)
Movement
Self-winding (ETA 2671)
Oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed decor Circular-grained bridges
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800)
Functions: H, Min, S, Date

Case
Round, Diameter: 27 mm, Thickness: 9.80 mm
Polished & satin-finished steel, engraved bezel
Scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment
Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws

Dial: Mother-of-pearl with snailed finishes, set with 11 diamonds (0.04 ct, Ø 1.0)

Bracelet
Interchangeable
Polished & satin-finished steel
Clasp: Triple folding security clasp
Additional bracelet: Interchangeable, Black satin & Buckle: Pin buckle

Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)
Carat weight (guaranteed minimum): 0.04 ct
* Top Wesselton, VS, 32/24 diamonds quality

Model: LINEA 10114 (Reference: 10114)

Movement:
Self-winding (ETA 2671)
Oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed decor Circular-grained bridges
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800)
Functions:H, Mn, S,Date

Case
Round, Diameter: 27 mm & Thickness: 9.80 mm
Polished & satin-finished two-tone, engraved bezel, crown in18K red gold
Scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment
Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws

Dial:Mother-of-pearl with snailed finishes, set with 11 diamonds (0.04 ct, Ø 1.0). Gilt hands

Bracelet
Interchangeable
Polished & satin-finished two-tone
Clasp: Triple folding security clasp
Additional bracelet: Interchangeable, Brown satin, Buckle: Pin buckle

Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Carat weight (guaranteed minimum): 0.04 ct
Gold weight (guaranteed minimum): 7.59 gr
* Top Wesselton, VS, 32/24 diamonds quality

Monday, December 24, 2012

HUBLOT conducts “Hublot Charity Wrestling” event with three time Olympic gold medalist, Saori Yoshida & introduces unique charity piece to raise fund for Tohoku earthquake

In Nagoya- Japan, Swiss watch brand Hublot held a unique charity event, “Hublot Charity Wrestling”, with a famous Japanese wrestling star, Ms. Saori Yoshida, who won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the Women's Freestyle 55kg at 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics and has unprecedented record of 13 consecutive world titles.

This event aimed to convey the message to children on “joy of realizing their dreams” and to help reconstruct the quake-hit area in Tohoku through the positive energy of their dreams.

29 young local wrestlers joined the event and practiced with Ms. Yoshida then had matches with her one by one. By honoring the record of her 13 consecutive victories, Hublot has agreed to donate 130,000JPY for each match won by children. All the funds raised by the event were donated to “LOVE FOR NIPPON” (“Nippon” means Japan), an organization dedicating itself to support the people in Tohoku area, where the huge earthquake hit in March 2011. The children successfully won against the medalist and Hublot donated 1,300,000JPY.
To celebrate this grand event, unique piece of Big Bang 38mm was unveiled. It features white color bearing the symbolic gold colored second hand, which is inspired by Ms. Saori Yoshida’s gold medals.
Its pure white rubber straps allow the comfort, the bezel adorned with diamonds reflects the brilliant achievement, and her autograph is engraved on its steel case back.

Only one piece has been created and will be auctioned at Hublot’s official retailer “Hassin” in order to raise funds for “LOVE FOR NIPPON” to support the reconstruct of Tohoku area.

About Ms. Saori Yoshida
Ms. Saori Yoshida won her third successive Olympic gold medal in the 55 kg women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic in 2012. She holds 13 consecutive world championship titles and it is certified by Guinness World Records.

About “LOVE FOR NIPPON”
“LOVE FOR NIPPON” was founded in March 2011 by a famous candle artist, Candle JUNE. They constantly visit Tohoku area to provide food, health care, beauty care, and workshops etc... They also provide mental health care for children, who are coping with the tough and stressful situation.

Hublot and charity
Hublot is committed to sharing and caring, and engaged in charity activities. Hublot organizes unique charity events with its ambassadors or partners such as Diego Maradona, Usain Bolt or Manchester United. Hublot was one of the first luxury brands to take action for tragic disaster of Tohoku area in Japan, by launching a campaign on its official website to raise funds for Red Cross Society. Then Hublot donated 10,000 sets of colored pencil to KIDS EARTH FUND(KEF) to support their activities and continuously supports the organization.

LIMES Endurance Leviathan

German watch brand LIMES adds the large Endurance Leviathan to its family of fine divers watches. The entirely new Ickler case of the Leviathan has 'grown up' to a remarkable 44.5mm in diameter (not including the crown). The case now has a new crown construction with a screw down tube and two separate O-ring gaskets in the case back provide extra water resistance making this a serious diving watch. The unidirectional rotating bezel is coated with black PVD and has a luminous 60min marker.
The readability of the Leviathan is of course, superb: the large luminous indices of the dial; wide, prominent hands and the internal A/R coating of the thick sapphire crystal, allow easy reading under the most difficult lighting conditions. The Swiss automatic SW 200 movement is precise, robust and reliable.
Despite a serious 300m water resistance rating, the watch is only 13.6mm thick, so can be worn for any occasion or activity in or out of the water. The solid, high quality steel bracelet is comfortable for wearing all day and the security buckle has an extension so that the watch can be worn over a wet-suit.

The prices of LIMES Endurance Leviathan are with steel bracelet Eur 1195, and with leather strap Eur 995.

Technical details
Model: LIMES Endurance Leviathan

Movement
Swiss automatic movement, Sellita SW 200

Watch Case
Diver's case made by Ickler, water resistant to 300m, diameter 44,5mm, thickness 13,5mm, stainless steel, satin finish, sapphire crystal, unidirectional rotating bezel, black PVD plated, with 60 min. scale and luminous point, sapphire crystal with A/R coating inside, solid screw down case back with double O-ring gasket, screw down crown with logo I, screw down tube, screw bars

Dial
Black with white luminous indices
Hands: White luminous hands

Bands
Black rubberized leather strap or stainless steel bracelet with fold-out extension

Saturday, December 22, 2012

SERKET Watch Company - Reef diver 3.0

After the successful launch of the Reef diver 2.0 model, the US dive watch brand SERKET introduces their latest professional grade diving instrument: Reef diver 3.0. While, the Reef diver 2.0 version was equipped with Sellita SW200 automatic movement, the new model comes with a Swiss made quartz movement made by Ronda.

This diver’s timepiece has a water resistance up to 300 meters and equipped with a 120 click unidirectional elapsed time bezel.  The Reef diver 3.0 is available in two different model variations: Brushed Stainless Steel and PVD black steel versions. The case back is engraved with Scorpion and watch identification.
Technical details
Case
316L Brushed Stainless Steel (or PVD) with Polished Accents
Bezel Diameter: 47mm Height: 5.7mm
Width from 4 to 10: 48mm
Lug to Lug: 57mm
Lug Width: 24mm
Total Height: 16.5mm
120 Click Unidirectional Elapsed Time Bezel
3.5mm Thick Sapphire
Diameter: 35.5mm
Water resistant: Pressure Tested – 30ATM/300 Meters/1000 Feet
Caseback: Solid Stainless Steel or PVD Black Steel Engraved with Scorpion and Watch Identification
Diameter: 35.5mm

Movement
Ronda powertech Caliber 515 (Swiss Quartz)
Date Wheel at 3:00

Crown
Oversized Crown at 2:00
Diameter: 9mm
Height: 7mm

Bracelet for Blue and Orange Accented Versions
Brushed Stainless Steel Bracelet: 24mm
Links Secured by Continuous Screws
Engraved Diver’s Flip Lock Safety Clasp

Rubber Strap & Nato Strap for PVD Black Steel Version
NATO Strap-Black with Orange Twin Stripe; PVD Buckle: 24mm
Rubber Strap-Black with Orange Stitching; PVD Buckle: 24mm

Dial
Swiss Tritec Super Luminova Diamond Markers & Hands

Watch Box
Serket Metal Crate with Flip-Lock

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tiburon BlueShark

After the successful launch of flagship model HammerHead, Spanish watch brand Tiburon introduces their latest diving watch model Tiburon BlueShark. This professional grade diving watch is designed in Barcelona and equipped with Swiss made ETA 2824 movement. Water resistance is 200 meters.
The price will be around 389 euros, and will include the watch with a blue rubber strap and a NATO strap. All presented in a dry diver box. The watch will be available for sale in January 2013.
Technical details
Movement: Swiss ETA 2824
Diameter case without crown: 43 mm
Diameter case with crown: 48 mm
Case width: 13 mm
Strap: 22 mm
Lug to lug: 51 mm
Weight: 88 g without strap
Crystal: hardened mineral glass

Gucci Timepieces - G-Timeless Slim with diamonds

Following the launch of the G-Timeless Slim earlier this year, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry has now introduced a more feminine interpretation of this range by adding diamonds to three different styles. In shades of black, grey or white, each G-Timeless Slim with diamonds is offered in a large 40mm size with a flat, slim case.

The all-black version comes with a black lacquer dial displaying the iconic GG pattern, offset with 12 diamond counters and teamed with a black calfskin leather strap. The grey Slim features a grey calfskin strap with a matching grey mother of pearl dial, bearing the GG pattern, 12 diamond counters and minimal, tapered hands.
Both watches show a date counter at 4 o’clock, with the Gucci logo and Swiss Made stamp at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The white G-Timeless Slim is the most precious variant, embellished with a lunette of 80 diamonds. The GG pattern on the white mother of pearl dial provides extra Gucci detailing whilst indexes are kept simple. The finishing touch is the white crocodile strap.

Broad yet discreet, bold yet smart, the G-Timeless Slim diamonds collection provides an elegant interpretation to this classic timepiece.

Gucci Timepieces - New G-Timeless Automatic

Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry announces the introduction of new extensions to the G-Timeless collection. With their mechanical inner movements, these automatic watches represent a truly sophisticated form of timekeeping.

The new G-Timeless Automatic, in a medium 38mm size, is available in two variants: in brown leather with an ivory dial or stainless steel with a black dial with pink accents. The brown variant features a brown Diamante pattern leather strap, whilst the stainless steel model is contrasted with a black dial.
Each G-Timeless Automatic watch boasts a Swiss Made automatic movement, ETA 2824. Both are embellished with refined details on the dial, including Gucci’s iconic diamond pattern, the Gucci logo and the ‘automatic’ mention printed near 12 o’clock. An elongated date counter appears at 4 o’clock, with Swiss Made at 6 o’clock.

Gucci Coupé Timepiece with Diamonds

Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry  introduces a new version of the Gucci Coupé watch, characterized by diamonds set around the dial. This stylish watch is the ladies’ variant of the Gucci Coupé timepiece for men and comes in a refined shade of grey.

Created in a large, 40mm size, Gucci Coupé timepieces are distinguished by their rounded-square case, which gives each piece a vintage allure. This new version of the Gucci Coupé is a precious interpretation of the men’s watch, embellished with a total of 0.42ct. diamonds.
The grey mother of pearl dial is decorated with Gucci’s iconic GG pattern and encircled by 60 diamonds. Elegantly understated so as to showcase the gems, the dial is kept simple, displaying slim indexes, together with hours, minutes and small seconds hands. The Gucci logo appears at 12 o’clock, the ‘Swiss Made’ stamp at 6 o’clock.

The matching strap is in soft grey crocodile skin, with the GG pattern on the inner lining.

Baume & Mercier - Clifton Collection

With few weeks left for SIHH 2013, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Baume & Mercier announces the induction of new models under Clifton Collection. This time at Baume & Mercier the focus is firmly mechanical, with time expressing its full dimension in collections incorporating more sophisticated watchmaking features and re-sized characters to meet the expectations of watch lovers in search of not only serious time-keeping instruments but also jewelry pieces in their smallest detail. Designed for the town, but with that little touch of “seaside living” associated with the Hamptons, the Clifton 1830 is a reference piece in 18K red gold with manual winding (ref 10060).

Together with the two Clifton automatic 41 mm models (ref 10052 and 10053) and even the new mechanical models from the Linea 27 mm collection (ref 10113 and 10114), it combines an unmistakable distinction with an enduring spirit.

Clifton 1830 (18 K Red Gold - Ref 10060)
This new piece in 18K red gold, powered by a manually wound calibre by the manufacture, is the exemplary urban watch intended as the most authentic re-edition of the historical model that has inspired the entire Clifton collection.

Some choices, as soon as they move outside the framework of generally accepted taste, position those who make them as opinion-formers. It is unusual to opt for manual winding in a world where most people still believe that automatic winding is the quintessence of mechanical watchmaking.

But for those who can read between the lines and are familiar with the highest levels of Fine Watchmaking, someone with a hand-wound watch is recognized as a design lover who looks beyond conventional thinking. This simple, refined watch, with its curves and straight lines, merges into the wrist. At first glance, there is nothing to suggest its important difference and its emotional power.

Yet it has been created to form a close bond with its owners. It is a marvelous example of balance and classic design, almost as if inspired by the best of the Maison’s models from the “Golden Fifties” but with its dimensions adapted to meet the requirements of modern trends. This is a discreet timepiece that says nothing about what makes it different; it is firmly a watch of its time, appealing only to the initiated. For this reason, it will be the choice of those who appreciate elegance in the office and will accompany its owners through all of life’s important moments.


This watch is considered the foundation of the Clifton collection. It has a diameter of 42 mm and is made from an ingot of 18K red gold. Its fineness has been created by artists who are devoted to offering the best of traditional watchmaking while meeting the highest contemporary standards. With its polished and satin-finished case, this piece is magnificently presented. Here its dial is curved to match the domed sapphire crystal whose “Chevée” shape is identical to that of the acrylic watch glasses of the past. The domed disc in silvered opaline, with the small seconds counter inset at 6 o’clock, is set with numerals and indices that are individually applied then meticulously riveted from behind.
Delicate and deliberately simple, this watch is fitted with a Manufacture caliber adapted for Baume & Mercier by the La Joux-Perret Manufacture. This exceptional mechanism, ref 7381, has a power reserve of 90 hours once its barrels are fully rewound. Visible through the transparent case back it has all the features that will enable it to survive the passing years without becoming out of date. Each piece has been optimized to avoid any problems, including a balance operating at 21,600 vibrations per hour.

This movement, worthy of the fine chronometers that have amply proved Baume & Mercier’s expertise, is the pride of the watchmakers who created it and will also be the pride of its owners with its superior finishes that meet the standards of a Manufacture caliber. Bridges decorated with “Côtes de Genève”, the circular-grained bottom plate and the delicately blued-steel screws can be admired through the transparent sapphire case back. This new piece, in an 18K red-gold case that is waterresistant to 50 meters, is a demonstration of expertise pushed to the very limit.

To reach the highest possible level and offer an instrument that is both precious and enduring, the Geneva-based watchmaker has used the lessons learned in developing the collection model and applied them to series production. Generations of expertise has been invested in these watches, from the production of the steel case using long and traditional processes to the crafting of the dial, and including the assembly of the automatic mechanical movement on the bench of a specialist watchmaker.
Although this series of watches is produced in greater quantities than the exceptional models, they share the same essential values, such as respecting the principle that a topclass watch should be manufactured in Switzerland with components from the best companies in the Jura region.

But the quest for perfection goes further. All the watches carrying the Baume & Mercier name are produced by the same craftsmen and tested with the same rigor that is applied throughout in the workshops in the heart of the Swiss Jura. They are true to the Genevan Maison’s image in the luxury world: unique yet always within reach.

Baume & Mercier is committed to offering watch lovers models that defy the passage of the years, and the Clifton collection extends the mastery of traditional watchmaking that it has steadily developed since its foundation in 1830.
Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10060
Movement
Manufacture, manual-winding mechanical movement (La Joux-Perret 7381) Double barrel
Movement adjusted to 5 positions: accuracy & high precision
Circular-grained bridges & « Côtes de Genève » décor, circular-grained plate
Blued steel screws
Diameter: 30.4mm
Thickness: 2.7mm
Jewels : 21
Power reserve : 90 hours
Frequency : 3Hz - 21'600 vibrations/H
Functions: Small seconds

Case
 Round, Diameter: 42mm, Thickness: 8.85mm, Polished & satin-finished 18K red gold
“Chevé”-shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystalwith antiglare treatment
Sapphire case back secured with 6 screws

Dial
 Opaline silver-colored, domed
Riveted gilt Arabic numerals and indexes
Gilt and blued steel hands

Strap: Premium black alligator, square scales, double-hemmed finished, tone on tone stitches
Buckle: 18K red gold pin buckle
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)
Estimated gold weight: 34.79 gr

Clifton Automatic, silver-colored dial (10052) & Clifton Automatic, black dial (10053)
Clifton Automatic, hours, minutes, small seconds, silver-colored dial (10052): With its fashionably contemporary 41 mm diameter and traditional look inspired by an exhibit from the Baume & Mercier collections on display in the 1950s, the Clifton watch is a timepiece of enduring value. Its round case, with its thin curved horns of steel for a perfectly snug fit on the wrist has, it is true, a slightly formal edge. But in an era when the disposable nature of things all too often precludes attachment to everyday objects, revisiting such enduring values is a true asset, making such a purchase a real investment in time. Traditionally presented with a black alligator strap plus triple-folding security clasp, the model is adorned with a silver-colored dial graced with Arabic numerals and index markers.

Finely balanced, the traditional look of this timepiece, water resistant to 50 meters, is highlighted by the presence of blue steel hands driven by a mechanical self-winding caliber vibrating at a frequency of 4 Hz for greater accuracy. Visible through the transparent case back, the heart, with its oscillating mass adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” decor, clearly asserts its ambition to target an audience of forceful young executives naturally endowed with a sense of leadership and business.
Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10052
Movement
Automatic (Sellita SW260-1)
Oscillating weight personalized with snailed decor & « Côtes de Genève » decor
Circular-grained bridges
Black & rhodium-plated screws
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz
Functions: Small seconds , Date

Case
 Round, Diameter: 41mm, Thickness: 11.54 mm, Polished & satin-finished steel
Antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws

Dial
Sun satin-finished silver-colored
Arabic numerals and indexes
Blued steel hands

Strap: Square scales black alligator
Buckle: Triple folding buckle with security push-pieces
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Clifton Automatic, hours, minutes, small seconds, black dial (10053): Professionals say of black dials that they tend to lend something of a martial character. This is because most watches intended for use in battle deploy this colour to set off the hands on the dial, thus making them more readable.

In this case, the black treatment of the Clifton watch face imparts a slightly more assertive presence, highlighting its “sturdy” character and by implication, enhancing the virility of the active urbanite who wishes to subtly emphasize his dynamic nature. Presented with a brown alligator strap, this watch with a 41 mm case in steel and indicates the time, the seconds by means of a seconds hand at 6 o’clock, and the date with an aperture at 3 o’clock.
It is powered by a Swiss-made self-winding caliber, of which some of the components, such as the understated finish of the oscillating weight, are visible through the transparent case back. Its sensible size, perfect curvature and the slim, reliable movement of excellent quality selected for this very reason, make it ideal for wear on a dainty bracelet.
Technical Specifications
Reference: M0A10053
Movement
 Automatic (Sellita SW260-1)
Oscillating weight personalized with snailed decor & « Côtes de Genève » decor
Circular-grained bridges
Black & rhodium-plated screws
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz
Functions: Small seconds, Date

Case
 Round, Diameter: 41mm, Thickness: 11.54 mm, Polished & satin-finished steel
Antiglare scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back secured with 4 screws

Dial
 Sun satin-finished black
Arabic numerals and indexes
Rhodium-plated hands

Strap: Square scales brown alligator
Buckle: Triple folding buckle with security push-pieces
Water-resistance: 5 ATM (approx. 50m)

Tangomat GMT Plus from NOMOS Glashütte has won the iF product design award 2013

Out of more than 3000 products, NOMOS Glashütte was able to win over the 49 members of the international jury with its Tangomat GMT Plus. The special feature of this watch, which is based on the design of the classic Tangente timepiece, is a second time zone and a new dial.

The designers of this unusual wristwatch with its automatic winding mechanism have focused on an especially clear and legible dial and simple operation. Inside the watch, the NOMOS movement Xi provides optimal accuracy.

The iF design awards are amongst the most prestigious international design prizes, honoring what are officially designated “Symbols of the Modern Age.” NOMOS Glashütte’s Zürich automatic watch received such an award in 2012. The Glashütte manufactory is delighted to add the latest prize to an already long list of awards for NOMOS’ Tangente/ Tangomat family: For the Tangomat GMT (“Wristwatch of the Year 2012”) and its siblings in the NOMOS catalog, the iF product design award is the 47th award since the year 2000. The iF design awards 2013 ceremony will take place in Munich next February.
Technical details: NOMOS Glashütte Tangomat GMT Plus
Movement: ξ (Xi)—manufactory caliber with automatic winding and world time indicator
Case: stainless steel, five parts; diameter 40 mm; domed sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 10.85 mm
Dial: galvanized, white silver-plated, time conversion disc at nine o’clock (i.e. an indicator showing the amount of hours that separate us from our home time) and 24-hour indicator
Hands: steel, tempered blue
Water resistant to 3 atm
Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan
Reference number 637

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TAG Heuer - Limited Edition “Leonardo Dicaprio” Link Calibre 16 Chronograph

A benchmark of elegance and ultimate comfort since 1999, the best-selling LINK collection has ceaselessly evolved to reflect the contemporary tastes and needs of TAG Heuer men and women.

Today, for men, there is a new watch at the helm: the LIMITED EDITION “LEONARDO DICAPRIO” LINK CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH. The exclusive edition (2,000 pieces) has a magnificent navy-blue lacquered dial and is signed on the smoked sapphire caseback by Hollywood legend Leonardo DiCaprio.
Proceeds from the sale of the blue-dial LDC Limited Edition Link will go to Leonardo DiCaprio’ environmental charity partners in the USA: Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Technical details
Model: LINK Automatic Chronograph (43mm), Calibre 16
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO – NRDC (US) / Green Cross (non-US) Limited Edition , Blue dial

Movement
TAG HeuerCalibre 16 – Date

Dial
Dial with vertical streak effect and blue lacquer
Hand-applied curved, faceted and polished indexes
Faceted polished rhodium-plated minute and hour hands
Luminescent markers on minute and hour hands, and on the flange
Oversized 9 o’clock sub-counter (running second) : allow to check your watch is functioning well at the first glance
“CALIBRE 16” and “SWISS MADE” lettering on the dial
Hand applied monochrome TAG Heuer logo
Angled date window at 3 o’clock

Case   
Case diameter: 43 mm
Polished & fine-brushed stainless steel case
Polished “cushion-shaped” fixed bezel with black tachymetre scale
Polished steel pushbuttons and screw-in crown
Curved scratch resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided antireflective treatment on the glass to ensure the best readability
Transparent smoked sapphire caseback with LEONARDO DI CAPRIO signature and “LEONARDO DI CAPRIO LIMITED EDITION” printing. NOT NUMBERED
Water resistance : 100 meters

Bracelet
Solid steel folding clasp with safety pushbuttons
Fine brushed stainless steel bracelet with polished edges

Availability   
October 2013

TAG Heuer Cameron Diaz Link Lady Trilogy Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer is introducing a new triple-threat watch and bijoux (Jewellery) set named after Cameron Diaz, the beautiful Hollywood actress. The CAMERON DIAZ LINK LADY TRILOGY is the multi-wear watch; bracelet and ring collection reinterprets the LINK’s glamorous lineage and redefines the whole notion of “femininity.”

Superb ergonomics, supreme comfort, effortless elegance: the LINK, with its emblematic S-shapes, is one of the most successful designs in contemporary luxury. Avant-garde in the extreme, it is a pleasure to the eye as much as the wrist.

Its newest incarnations multiply the elegance. Created with Cameron Diaz to bring financial support to UN WOMEN (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), the LINK LADY TRILOGY is a limited edition collection of the newly launched LINK LADY watch, ring and bracelet-designed exclusively for today’s most empowered women.
The LINK LADY TRILOGY is more than a watch, and more than a piece of jewelry. It is the fullest expression of TAG Heuer’s savoir-faire in feminine luxury to date.Nestled in a precious jewel box are three dazzling elements--the LINK Lady Watch, ring and bracelet--co-designed by one of the most daring actresses of our day.
The S-shaped links of the watch’s iconic bracelet are echoed in the the exquisite double-S links of the ring and the single-S links of the bracelet. All three, forged in the line’s signature polished stainless steel, catch the light and sparkle all day, and all night. Wear one, wear all: alone or ensemble, the three stellar bijoux, like the versatile TAG Heuer Ambassador whose signature graces the watch’s caseback, radiate star power.
CAMERON DIAZ LINK LADY“Trilogy” Limited Edition Black MOP DDDB (29mm)
Movement
Quartz Watch RONDA 775 – Date

Dial
Tahitian Black Mother-Of-Pearl
11 TOP Wesselton VS diamond indexes
Diameter 1.20mm
Total 0.075 ct
Polished and faceted hour and minutes hands, with white SLN
Protruded TAG Heuer silver sticker
“LINK” lettering printed on the dial
Date window at 6 o’clock with silver sticker frame

Case
Case diameter: 29mm
Polished stainless steel case
Polished stainless steel fixed bezel with:
47 TOP Wesselton VVS – VS diamonds 1.40mm
Total 0.52 ct
Sapphire crystal with one sided anti-reflective treatment
Polished stainless steel crown
Polished screw fitting case back with Cameron Diaz signature and “CAMERON DIAZ LIMITED EDITION” engraving, NOT NUMBERED
Water-resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet
Solid steel “butterfly”  folding clasp with safety pushbuttons
Polished stainless steel bracelet with round edges

Availability: October 2013

Link Lady Steel Bracelet
Material/Finishing: Polished stainless steel 316L
Elegant and Feminine design inspired by the LINK Lady collection
Polished stainless steel bracelet with round edges
Dimensions: L: 53.7cm;  W:0.3cm ; H: 0.7cm
Availability: From October 2013

Link Lady Steel Ring
Sizes: T52, T54, T56, T58 & T60
Material/Finishing: Polished stainless steel 316L
Elegant and Feminine design inspired by the LINK Lady collection
Polished stainless steel ring with round edges
5 sizes available
Availability: From October 2013

Blancpain Saint Valentin 2013 (Ref 3400-4554-58B) Limited Edition

As few weeks left for the Valentine’s Day, Swiss luxury watch brand Blancpain suggests a token of love from their exclusive watch collection. This is a beautiful watch specially created for the day of love and lovers. This model with its shapes, colours and gemstones inspired by the universal symbols of love is bound to appeal to romantics keen to declare tender feelings for their sweetheart.

Featuring a flurry of hearts, together with a subtle play on textures and shapes, the dial Blancpain has dreamt up for this occasion comes to life at the expert hands of the company watchmakers and artisans. The white mother-of-pearl base is enhanced by diamond hourmarkers. Five red-lacquered mother-of-pearl marquetry heart, distinguished by their strikingly generous volume, lend a vivid touch of colour and brilliance.
The 34 mm steel case is topped by a bezel set with two rows of full-cut diamonds, while the case middle is adorned at 9 o’clock with five liquid ceramic hearts. This technique calls for meticulous application of the liquid matter prior to a firing process that solidifies it. This three-hand model, on which the dainty seconds hand counterweight takes the shape of the Blancpain logo, is equipped with mechanical self-winding Calibre 1150. Also displaying the date and endowed with a 100-hour power reserve, this timepiece offers a successful daily association of useful functions and elegance – right the way through to the rotor which is also decorated with hearts.

A seamless white ostrich leather strap featuring an alzavel lining conceals more dainty hearts, setting the perfect finishing touch to this watch flying the colours of love. The Saint-Valentin 2013 model is issued in a 99-piece limited edition, delivered in a white wooden presentation box encrusted with white hearts evoking the dial design.

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art - The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Snake Watch

Introducing an extraordinary new opus in the ongoing saga of the Métiers d’Art collection, Vacheron Constantin presents The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac – a series of captivating timepieces based on the 12-year cycle. It begins with the Year of the Snake model, a symbol of the periodical nature of time, of seduction and of refinement.
Since its founding in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has excelled in the field of precious ornamental techniques and cultivates passionate ties with the artistic crafts. The latter provide the Geneva-based watchmaking House with the opportunity to highlight its fundamental values – including of course its constant quest for excellence, as well as openness to the world expressed through unconditional support for both native and foreign forms of artistic expression.

China, a land with which Vacheron Constantin first began establishing a trust-based relationship from 1845 onwards, is famous for a number of discoveries including the invention of paper. It also initiated the art of paper-cutting or Jianzhi, a technique that appears on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, and is echoed in Scherenschnitt, the popular art of paper-cutting born in the Pays d’Enhaut region of Switzerland. Sculpted in paper according to the principles of Jianzhi, the animals of the Chinese zodiac provide a remarkable demonstration of the art of using full and empty spaces. A challenge that Vacheron Constantin has taken up and translated into the field of watchmaking thanks to the skill of its experienced artisans. Engravers and enamellers have worked in alternating pairs on the Year of the Snake, models crafted in pink gold or platinum and issued in two 12-piece limited series exclusively available through the brand’s own-name Boutiques.

The leaf motif appearing on the dial and stemming from classic Chinese iconography, is etched directly in the metal. The pattern remains semi-embedded and stands out from its gold base by a subtle stage-setting of variously accentuated reliefs creating a depth effect. The raised leaves appear to be floating over the dial.
With the snake engraving, on which crafting the scales alone represents at least 30 hours of work, the artisan provides a tangible expression of the artistic vision behind this creation. Then comes the stage of Grand Feu enamelling, a technique invented in Geneva and which remains the exclusive preserve of a rare breed of artisans. By applying the enamel in successive layers, the enamel specialist further enhances the visual intensity of the blue or bronze-toned dial. The necessity of maintaining tight control of the colour and the reactions to the firing process that takes place in a kiln at around 800 to 900°C, calls for a specific way of reasoning that takes years to acquire. A final layer of enamel is then applied before a final firing operation that vitrifies the dial and lends a shiny glazed effect that gives added definition to the floral motif. The snake is delicately applied to the centre of the dial, poised as if ready to spring through the sapphire crystal and thus creating a truly striking effect

Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection owes its superb scope for expressing the artistic crafts to Calibre 2460 G4. In keeping with its longstanding tradition of offering a broad variety of original displays, Vacheron Constantin perpetuates the art of watchmaking by providing a handsfree display of time. It does so through four windows respectively revealing the hour, the minutes, the day and the date. The first two indications are of the dragging kind and the last two of the jumping type, and each appears through one of the four apertures arranged around the central dial motif.

Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the mechanical self-winding movement is equipped with a 22-carat gold oscillating weight adorned with a dynamic geometrical motif inspired by the shape of the Maltese Cross, the historical brand emblem. All its parts are treated to exceptionally sophisticated finishing that meets the criteria laid down by the Hallmark of Geneva – one of the highest tokens of horological craftsmanship created in 1886 and recognised around the world. On the occasion of the recent 125th anniversary of the Hallmark, the 12 original criteria governing this distinction were updated. Having previously applied exclusively to the movement, the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria now certify the excellence of the watch as a whole.
The Year of the Snake model, part of the Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac collection, is endowed with that unique touch of soul possessed by watches bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. With this exceptional collection, Vacheron Constantin intends to pursue its special ongoing dialogue with collectors and devotees of Fine Watchmaking.

Technical details
References
86073/000P-9752 - Platinum
86073/000R-9751 - Pink gold
Métiers d’Art The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
Year of the Snake watch
Hallmark of Geneva

Caliber
2460 G4, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter: 31.00 mm (11’’’ ¼ )
Movement thickness: 6.05 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
Number of components: 237
Indications: Hours, minutes, day of the week and date
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours

Case
Platinum 950 / 18K 5N pink gold case
40 mm diameter
12.74 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-Resistance: Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 meters)

Dial
18K gold hand-engraved, coated with “Grand Feu” blue / bronze enamelling
Hand-engraved platinum 950 / 18K 5N gold snake

Strap
Dark blue / Brown Mississippiensis alligator, large square scales, hand stiched, saddle-finish
Clasp: Platinum 950 / 18k 5N pink gold folding clasp
Half Maltese cross

Edition
Limited edition of 12 pieces for each model
“2013” engraved at the back of each timepiece
Only available through the Vacheron Constantin Boutiques

BREITLING Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Breitling unveils limited edition Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow, a powerful and strurdy professional diver’s watch with a staggering water resistance of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft).

The black case is achieved by a highly resistant carbon-based treatment. The Code Yellow refers to the extremely original touches of yellow enlivening the seconds hand, the inner bezel, and the Automatic inscription on the dial. With this 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling has created an exceptional instrument matching peerless performances with an unusual appearance.
Born to face up to the most extreme conditions, this professional diver’s watch has what it takes to accompany toplevel feats in deep waters. The ergonomic case sports a design based on digital simulations. The Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow is equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel and a large screw-locked crown with non-slip grip, protected by substantial lateral reinforcements. It has an ultra-readable dial with oversized hands and large luminescent accents.

A thick sapphire crystal is glareproofed on both sides. A security valve serves to balance out the differences between the case exterior and interior. The ultra-sporty and ultra-contemporary design is enhanced by highly original stencil-type numerals – echoing Breitling aeronautical vocation – and by a rubber strap. Inside this allblack super-diving model beats a mechanical selfwinding movement that is officially chronometer-certified – like all Breitling movements.

Technical details
Movement: Breitling Caliber 17, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vph), 25 jewels. Calendar. Case: black steel, 1,000-piece limited series. Water-resistant to 3,000 m (10,000 ft)/300 bars. Screwlocked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 45 mm. Dial: Volcano black. Straps: rubber Ocean Racer (perforated) or Diver Pro (with raised central ridge).

GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30

With beautiful lines and shapes, the brand new GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30 timepiece pays tribute to the origin of racing, passion for tracks and beautiful mechanics. Powered by an automatic bi-compax chronograph, the new Silverstone collection bears the colours of a certain vintage.

GRAHAM makes one experience the legendary classic racing with new wrist machines which preserve the pure spirit of car technology and watch making refinement. The Silverstone Vintage 30 is streamlined and aesthetically refined to achieve genuine aerodynamics and technology.
GRAHAM wanted to get back to racing origins and put its watches at the centre of the track. As carefully as the cars were built, the Silverstone Vintage 30 watch has been created according to the codes of vintage racing and with respect for each part. The “Clous de Paris” decorated bezel, the thin shaped hands and the beige, brown and off-white colours have been elaborately added to the watch. They reflect the desire to preserve the race spirit and primary values.
Main features include: 47 mm steel case, calibre G1734, automatic chronograph, Date at 7 o’clock, 27 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, black or off-white dial, Steel bezel with “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire crystal case back, integrated light brown leather strap.

Technical details
Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter). Date at 7 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Calibre
Calibre G1734, automatic bi-compax chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4 Hz), Incabloc shock absorber
27 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case 47 mm steel case
Steel right hand start /stop and reset pushers with "Clous de Paris" high grip pattern
Steel bezel with "Clous de Paris" decoration
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
See-through sapphire crystal case back
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m

Dial
Ref. 2BLFS.W06A (GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30 – Off White): Off-white dial and counters, Rhodiated silver hands, black lacquered and beige Super-LumiNova coated numerals
Ref. 2BLFS.B36A (GRAHAM Silverstone Vintage 30 – Black): Black dial and counters, Rhodiated silver hands, white lacquered and beige Super-LumiNova coated numerals

Strap
Integrated brown leather

Price
6'900 CHF

HUBLOT BIG BANG "ZEBRA BANG" Limited Edition

After the success of the Leopard Bang and the Boa Bang models , Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot unveils the Big Bang Zebra, a 41 mm diameter, black ceramic, ultra-feminine watch, its bezel set with 48 topazes and baguette-cut spinels and its zebra-print dial is showcased by eight small bezel-set diamond to capture the light.

Equipped with an automatic mechanical chronograph movement for the connoisseurs, offering practicality with water-tightness to a depth of 100 metres, and finished with a strap made from zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber which is both comfortable and flexible, this watch is will set fashionistas' hearts aflutter. This model is also available in 18K red gold and white ceramic. The Big Bang Zebra is available in limited edition of 250 pieces for each of the three designs.
Technical details
References
341.CV.7517.VR.1975 (black ceramic version)
341.PX.7518.VR.1975 (18K red gold version)
341.HW.7517.VR.1975 (white ceramic version)

Series
Limited edition of 250 numbered pieces for each of the three versions

Case
Big Bang – 41 mm diameter
Black ceramic, white ceramic or 18K red gold, depending on the version
Bezel: Black anodised aluminium, 18K white gold or red gold set with: 17 colourless topazes and 31 black baguette-cut spinels
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lugs: Black composite resin (for the black ceramic or 18K red gold version)
White composite resin (for the white ceramic version)
Lateral Inserts: Black composite resin (for the black ceramic or 18K red gold version) or White composite resin (for the white ceramic version)
Crown: Steel or 18K red gold with black or white rubber inserts
Push-buttons: Steel or 18K red gold with black or white rubber inserts
Case-back: Titanium or 18K red gold
Water resistance: 10 ATM, i.e. approx 100 metres

Dial
Zebra print
Indexes set with eight small diamonds, with a total of 0.14 carats

Hands
Black or white ceramic version: polished and rhodium-plated
18K red gold version: polished and gold-plated

Movement
HUB4300 Automatic mechanical chronograph
Date Trapezoid aperture at 4:30
Oscillating weight Openworked with black PVD coating, tungsten segment
Power reserve Approximately 42 hours

Strap
Zebra-print calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber with black stitching or onto white rubber with white stitching)
Clasp: Steel, black PVD steel or 18K red gold deployant buckle

MB&F Horological Machine No5 (HM5) On the Road Again

Founded by Maximilian Büsser , MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering concept laboratory in which collectives of independent horological professionals are assembled each year to design and craft radical Horological Machines. The brand is renowned for its flagship models such as HM1, HM2, HM3, HM4 and the performance art series.

This time, the brand unveils their first Horological Machine No5, which is inspired from the futuristic designs of 1970’s.

The last decade or two have seen an exponential growth in inventions that have revolutionised our lives. In fact, there have been so many incredible new machines that we have become blasé about innovation. Robots may not cook dinner, but they do build cars, vacuum the home and mow the lawn. Sending a man to Mars is more a question of economics than engineering.  But imagine the excitement and dreams of the future in the early 1970s. Man could fly on the road with a new genre of streamlined supercars; fly on the sea with hovercrafts; fly at supersonic speeds on Concorde; and fly to the moon in Apollo. Everything was possible: humanoid robots, jet-packs and flying cars.

Speed also revolutionised horology with new quartz regulators oscillating 10,000 times faster than their sedate mechanical counterparts and offering unprecedented accuracy, reliability and affordability. And compact quartz movements also liberated watch design from the strait jacket of tradition so that futuristic cases and high-tech digital LED displays flourished. No surprise then that the arrival of quartz decimated the mechanical watch industry.

In 1972, Amida took on the electronic usurpers at their own game. Powered by a mechanical movement, the Amida Digitrend featured a fashionably futuristic tapered case and vertical digital LED-look display. It looked just like an avant-garde modern quartz watch and eventually became an iconic timepiece. HM5 takes these 1970s icons and now, 40 years into the future, puts them On the Road Again.
Inspiration and Realisation
For MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser, growing up as a child in the 1970s meant living in a constant state of awe and wonder. Supersonic jets flew through the air and through space; American muscle cars dominated the silver screen in road movies and fuelled the imagination.

The Lamborghini Miura launched a new genre of Italian super cars that looked as though they could break the sound barrier while standing still (creations that led the young Max to dream of being a car designer). Lasers, transistors, microwaves, hovercrafts and jet-packs gave the impression that the difference between science fiction and science fact was just a matter of when, not if.

And with the arrival of quartz wristwatches, watch designs were transformed from looking like something your grandfather wore, to something Captain Kirk might wear on the Starship Enterprise. HM5 takes these childhood dreams and gives them a new lease of life by putting them On the Road Again.
Case
The unmistakable wedge-shaped case of On the Road Again is direct homage to the plucky Amida Digitrend. However, it also has unmistakable references to the low-slung supercars of the epoch.

The purpose of the louvres on these awe-inspiring cars was to restrict sunlight (and heat) from entering the near horizontal rear window. The functional louvres on HM5 do the opposite in that they open to allow light down onto the Super-LumiNova numbers on the hours and minutes indication disks to charge them. The disks are actually flat on top of the movement (under the louvres), not vertically at the front of the case where they appear to be thanks to some optical magic. Opening and closing the louvres also changes the dial’s light intensity. The louvres are opened and closed by a slide set into the side of the case.
Another distinguishing feature of supercars are large dual exhaust pipes that are usually seen accompanied by a roar of engine noise and smoking rubber. But HM5’s exhausts are not there to expel combustion gases in a throaty roar, but to drain water in case – like James Bond’s Lotus in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ – HM5 gets wet.

And no futurist icon of the 1970s is complete without a jet. HM5’s ergonomically sculptured crown – inset with the MB&F battle-axe motif – looks as though it could just as easily power a rocket to the Alpha Centauri, or the Batmobile, as it powers On the Road Again into the future.
To minimise potential damage, the winding stem of the crown is supported and guided by three radial bearings that ensure it can only be pulled out and pushed in when perpendicular to the movement.

Indications and reflective prism
The actual hour and minute time displays on HM5, i.e. the numbered rotating disks, are relatively simple: overlapping disks (one for hours, one for minutes) are completely covered in Super-LumiNova, which then has large 8mm numerals created by masking all of the lume except for the numbers.

The disks rotate flat on top of the movement and yet we see the time indications vertically in a ‘dashboard’ at the front of the case. To achieve this, MB&F worked with a high-precision optical glass supplier to develop a sapphire crystal reflective prism that bent light from the disks 90° as well as magnify it by 20% to maximise legibility.

The sapphire prism is wedge-shaped with the angles precisely calculated to ensure that light is reflected from the horizontal indications to the vertical rather than refracted (bent). A convex lens at the front provides the magnification. Sapphire crystal is much more difficult to work to optical precision than glass and it took considerable development and meticulous care in production to create crystals that reflected and bent light without the slightest distortion.
Because the time is reflected, the numbers are printed on the disks as mirror images so that they display correctly on the ‘dial’. The glass on the front is not black but dark-tinted so that it is possible to see time arriving and departing and the numbers have an iridescent light-green outline, reminiscent of the original Digitrend (which tried to look as through it had a quartz-like LED display) and the glowing instruments of a supercar on a high-speed road trip at night.

The vertical forward-facing display makes HM5 an excellent driver’s watch as there is no need to lift your wrist from the steering wheel to read the display.

Engine and internal housing
As with any supercar, the best often lies under the hood and looking below the surface of the HM5 On the Road Again case reveals a surprise: another case! Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, peeling away the outer layer reveals a second case beneath.
The reason for housing the Engine in an inner container is for water resistance. Those supercar louvres let in water as well as light − the reason for those dual exhaust ports ¬– so to protect the high-performance Engine from moisture as well as shocks, it is housed in its own stainless steel shell. This inner case is similar to the ridged chassis of a car on which the external coachwork/body is attached.

Jean-François Mojon, Vincent Boucard and their team at Chronode developed the HM5 Engine/complication. It may appear simple, but it’s complicated! The jumping hours are bi-directional, enabling the time to be easily set both forwards and backwards. The two mineral glass disks of the hours and minutes are supported by a flat wide bridge. The disks overlap as much as possible to maximise their diameter and space for large legible numerals.
Turning HM5 over reveals the Engine, with its 22k gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ winding rotor, fast oscillating balance and stunning hand-finished bridges, through a sapphire crystal display back that is set into the water resistant container.

Technical details 
Engine
Three-dimensional horological engine developed by Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode
Powered by a Sowind gear train
Battle-axe 22k gold ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Power reserve: 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800bph/4Hz
Number of components: 224
Number of jewels: 30
Engine housed in a water resistant, stainless steel inner container

Functions/indications
Minutes and bi-directional jumping hours displayed by reflective sapphire crystal prism with integrated magnifying lens
Slide to open/close louvres on case top

Case
Zirconium with internal water resistant steel engine container
Slide button to open/close louvres
Exhaust ports to drain water
Dimensions: 51.5mm x 49mm x 22.5mm
Number of components: 80
Water resistance of engine container: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

Sapphire crystals
Smoked optical grade sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and 20% magnification. Sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.

Strap
Sculptured rubber strap, titanium tang buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 66 pieces in zirconium