Thursday, January 31, 2013

CORUM Golden Bridge Tourbillon Panoramique

Featuring 360° visibility, as if suspended weightless at the center of the case by a sapphire mainplate and bridges, Manufacture Corum Caliber CO100 is the true star of the new Golden Bridge Tourbillon Panoramique. This finely openworked translucent movement is equipped with a cantilevered or “flying” tourbillon: freed from an upper bridge, it appears to be levitating above the movement.

The story goes that the farmer-watchmakers, who annually left their fields for the workbench when winter came, drew inspiration from the delicate perfection of snowflakes in creating toothed wheels and gears. With the Golden Bridge Tourbillon Panoramique, reality has never so closely mirrored legend. The delicately openworked parts of the new baguette-type movement from the Manufacture look as if they are governed exclusively by a will to put on a spectacular show. Floating in a revisited tonneau-shaped case and enhanced by a flying tourbillon that further accentuates the weightless effect, this handwound Caliber CO100 only fully reveals its secrets upon close inspection: the mainplate and bridges are in sapphire, forming a transparent hand-polished framework providing 360° vision, like a panoramic snow-covered landscape.
Now an acknowledged style signature of the Corum brand and its Bridges collection, the baguette movement is a in itself a masterpiece of horological mastery. Beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz) and endowed with a 90-hour power reserve, Caliber CO100 is equipped with a highly distinctive tourbillon. A majestic mechanism invented in 1801 to compensate for the disturbing effects of gravity on the regulating organ, it remains one of the most difficult Haute Horlogerie complications to produce. The beating heart of the watch – the balance-spring along with the lever and the lever-wheel – a subtle invention in its own right, is placed inside a carriage that spins on its axis.

Never one to shrink from a challenge, Corum has opted here for a so-called flying tourbillon, meaning with no upper fastening point. The entire device, adorned with a finely engraved Corum key, is held to the sapphire mainplate by its base alone. This results in a disconcertingly light and exquisitely balanced effect, as if a spinning top were twirling in slow motion, yet without ever tipping over.

An ethereal mechanism featuring certain gear trains equipped with “wolf’s teeth”, a sure token of tradition and quality, Caliber CO100 has one of the smallest time-setting systems on the market. The screws are directly secured to the various sapphire parts that are hand-polished – a particularly demanding task given the delicate nature of sapphire – to ensure a perfect fit. The movement is housed within a tonneau-shaped case typical of the Corum Bridges collection.
Water-resistant to 30 meters, the new Golden Bridge Tourbillon Panoramique is interpreted in three variations naturally issued in limited editions: ten with an 18K red gold case; five with a baguette-set 18K red gold case; and five with an 18K red gold case set with round diamonds. Each version is delivered with two hand-sewn crocodile leather straps – one black, the other brown – secured by an 18K red gold triple folding clasp engraved with the Corum logo.

CORUM Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand CORUM unveils Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica, a world première equipped with four gongs and four hammers, simultaneously striking in pairs.

With the extraordinary Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica, Corum presents a minute repeater equipped with a four-hammer movement. Already considered in itself to be one of the most sophisticated horological complications thanks to its tiny racks, cams and snails, the striking mechanism of a minute repeater watch is magnified here by two additional gongs. For the first time in watchmaking history, two gongs instead of one simultaneously strike the gongs on demand, thus generating not a note, but instead a chord. This splendid object will be issued in a ten-piece limited edition, including a white gold version entirely set with 650 diamonds.
The audible indication of time is the most ancient of all horological complications. In an era when the darkness was lit up only by candles, some of the most talented watchmakers undertook to make time speak out – or rather ring out. As early as the late 15th century, there are records of the first pocket-watches striking the hours “in passing”, like church bells. 200 years later came the invention of the quarter repeater mechanism chiming the hours and quarters on demand; and subsequently the minute repeater, providing an additional audible indication of the minutes.

It takes exceptional skills to create this complex system of “mechanical memory”, especially since it is miniaturized so to fit a wristwatch format: feeler-spindles pick up the information on the hour, quarter and minute snails, and then transmit them to levers triggering the hammers. Each note is hand adjusted, a process calling for a very sensitive musical ear. On the Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica, the two lowest-pitched gongs – C (do) for the hours and E (mi) for the minutes – have been placed on the back of the movement, while the highest-pitched ones – G (sol) for the hours and C (Do) one octave up from middle C for the minutes – appear on the upper side.

An additional touch of technical refinement is lent by a device designed to guarantee the model’s water resistance at 30 meters: the mechanism, which has its own power reserve thanks to a dedicated barrel, is activated neither by a pusher, nor by a sliding bolt, but instead by pivoting the bezel by 27°.

By way of example, at 3.35 am, the watch will strike three C-G chords for the hours, twice with a combination of the chords for the quarters, and five E-C chords for the minutes. Such a device is not only melodious, but also distinctly more audible than that of an ordinary minute repeater, since two gongs on either side of the watch resonate simultaneously at each strike.
The magnificent hand-wound CO 102 caliber powering the Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica, which is exclusive to Corum, is beautifully staged within the legendary twelve-sided case that has forged the legend of this collection. The absence of any dial highlights the hand-finished movement featuring bridges and a mainplate that are satinbrushed, circular-grained and adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif. Surrounded by the acoustic rings, topped by an inner bezel ring engraved with nautical pennants, it may also be admired through the glareproofed sapphire crystal pane set into the exhibition back. Endowed with a 100-hour power reserve, it drives the hour and minute hands, and of course the minute repeater function.
This exceptional model with its generous 46 mm diameter will be produced in a 10-piece limited edition: six in grade 5 titanium fitted with a black alligator leather strap secured by a pin buckle; three in 5N 18K red gold on an identical strap; and an 18-carat white gold version set with 614 round diamonds adorning the case, the crown guard and the pin buckle, as well as 36 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel – composing a grand total of 11.91 carats.

HELVECO - Introduction

A brilliant history of success and a worldwide reputation which started over 72 years ago, in 1939, in Biel (Bienne), Switzerland - the cradle of the Swiss watch making industry.

1939 was the year that Sir Arthur Imhof, who was then the Managing Director of the Manufacture de Pendulettes d’Art Arthur Imhof, launched a brand “which would go down in the history of Swiss watch making”. He called it - HELVECO - in reference to the old name of his mother country, Helvetia, attributed to it when it was founded in 1291 and used until the creation of Switzerland that has succeeded so well from the 17th century up until the present day in turning the craft and skill of watch making into a true art. As soon as they appeared on the market, HELVECO clocks and watches gained a reputation for excellent quality.

Although at first the timepieces only indicated the hours and minutes, many special devices were subsequently added such as striking mechanisms and alarms, thanks to which they became references of both beauty and technology not only in Europe, but also in Asia, Japan, and North and South America.

The team behind HELVECO of today has set itself the aim of perpetuating the approach adopted by the founder of HELVECO located in Biel (Bienne), at the heart of an area of Switzerland which has produced generations of master watchmakers. HELVECO is the heir guarantor of Imhof’s watch making skill.

Emphasizing on every small detail and aiming at technical perfection, the brand also pays attention to the beauty of its products and the choice of materials used. HELVECO is indeed a brand that typifies the distinction and high quality of Swiss watch making.

Besides the use of a Swiss designer who has a touch from the brand’s origin, a French and an Italian designer were involved to complete the elements of beauty, luxury and precision.

The injection of life to the HELVECO brand was then made possible by taking the decision of adding writing instruments, leather goods, and accessories for both ladies and gents and forming the new product mix that gives it a unique character of multi product brand with luxury outlook for daily living.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph 41mm Blue Dial

This Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph model is a pure classic in the great Carrera tradition, with an uncluttered blue dial, discrete hour markers and elegant 41mm case size. Counters are at 12, 9 and 6. The chronograph pusher has superb operating feel and the overall look is very masculine and elegant, and very Carrera. This timepiece can be secured with classic leather strap or new curved steel bracelet.



Technical details
Model: CARRERA Calibre 1887 Chronograph (41mm)
Blue dial
 
Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887
Manufacture movement
Automatic Chronograph
Date

Dial   
Blue dial with 3 counters:
- Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
- Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
- embossed running second counter at 9 o’clock
Applied rings around chronograph counters with azurage at 6 and 12 o’clock
Hand-applied faceted indexes
Polished silver hands
Hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Protruded monochrome TAG Heuer logo
Tachymetre scale on the flange
“CARRERA – CAL. 1887 – SWISS MADE” lettering on the dial
Date window at 6 o’clock

Case   
Case diameter: 41mm
Polished steel case
Double-antireflective curved scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Polished bezel
Polished crown and push-buttons
Scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet   
NEW CURVE 5-row alternate fine-brushed and polished steel bracelet
- Fine-brushed steel for row 1, 3 and 5
- Polished steel for row 2 and 4
OR
Blue alligator strap
Solid steel folding clasp with safety push buttons

Availability   
September 2013

TAG Heuer CARRERA Calibre 1887 Chronograph “Racing” (43mm)

The Carrera Calibre 1887 Racing Chronograph is an authentic racing timepiece with serious design flair. New detailing include a sandblasted black titanium case, ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, re-engineered black folding clasp for the high-tech “soft-touch” alligator strap. The caseback, now in smoked sapphire, offers full viewing of the impressive Calibre 1887. The counter-inspired numerals are in hand-applied black gold, as is the date window.



Technical details
Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887
Manufacture movement
Automatic Chronograph
Date

Dial   
Black with 3 counters:
-    chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
-    chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
-    running second at 9 o’clock
Hand-applied black gold* arabic numerals
Polished black gold* hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Red chronographs hands
Polished black gold* running second hand
Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
 “CARRERA – Cal. 1887”  lettering on the dial
Hand-applied black gold* date window at 3 o’clock

Case   
Case diameter: 43mm
Sandblasted Titanium Grad 2 case with black titanium carbide coating
Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale
Scratch resistant smoked sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 m

Bracelet   
Hi-tech soft touch black alligator strap with red stitching and lining
Titanium Grade 2 Folding Clasp with safety push buttons

Availability   
October 2013



* black gold is the name of plating bath. It doesn’t means that they are gold

TAG Heuer Carrera Heritage Calibre 1887 Chronograph (41mm)

A new Calibre 1887 with the beloved “Heritage” dial on a standard-size case, replete with larger, very stylish and easy-to-read Arabic numerals, blued hands and a new curved steel bracelet or traditional blue leather strap. The Calibre 1887 is an integrated column-wheel watch movement that vibrates 28,800 times per hour and has a 50-hour power reserve. Among it’s 320 components, is an audaciously re-engineered version of its inspiration, the brand’s 1887-patented oscillating pinion, along with a matching blue column wheel. The oscillating pinion, patented in 1887 by Edouard Heuer, works in tandem with the column wheel, in much the same way as an automobile transmission.   The column wheel, which coordinates the start, stop and return-to-zero functions of the chronograph hand functions like a gearbox. The oscillating pinion works like a clutch.



Technical details
Model: CARRERA Heritage Calibre 1887 Chronograph (41mm)

Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 – Manufacture movement – Automatic Chronograph – Date

Dial   
Silver dial with “flinqué” effect
3 counters:
-chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
-chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
-running second at 9 o’clock
Embossed chronograph counters with azurage at 12 and 6 o’clock
Protruded polished blue arabic numerals
Polished blue watch and chronograph hands
Protruded & polished blue TAG Heuer logo
 “CARRERA Cal. 1887” lettering on the dial
Date window at 6 o’clock

Case   
Case diameter: 41mm
Polished steel case
Polished steel fixed bezel
Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment
Polished steel crown with TAG HEUER logo on the face
Polished push buttons
Scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet   
NEW CURVE 5-row alternate fine-brushed and polished steel bracelet
-Fine-brushed steel for row 1,3 and 5
- Polished steel for row 2 and 4
OR
BLUE alligator strap
Solid steel folding clasp with safety push buttons

Availability   
June 2013

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph with Ceramic Bezel – 43mm

This model is dased on the bestselling Calibre 16 design but outfitted with the superlative Calibre 1887 movement and a host of other new technical elements - ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, fine brushed and polished steel case and innovative H-shaped steel bracelet. The Arabic numerals - inspired by vintage counters--and the date window are hand applied.

The Calibre 1887 is an integrated column-wheel watch movement that vibrates 28,800 times per hour and has a 50-hour power reserve. Among it’s 320 components, is an audaciously re-engineered version of its inspiration, the brand’s 1887-patented oscillating pinion, along with a matching blue column wheel. The oscillating pinion, patented in 1887 by Edouard Heuer, works in tandem with the column wheel, in much the same way as an automobile transmission.



The column wheel, which coordinates the start, stop and return-to-zero functions of the chronograph hand functions like a gearbox. The oscillating pinion works like a clutch.

Technical details
Movement  
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 – Manufacture movement – Automatic Chronograph – Date

Dial  
Black or anthracite dial with 3 counters:
- Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock
- Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
- running second at 9 o’clock
Hand-applied Arabic numerals
Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Red tip on chronographs hands
Polished running second hand
Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
“CARRERA – Cal. 1887” lettering on the dial
Hand-applied date window at 3 o’clock

Case  
Case diameter: 43mm
NEW Polished and fine brushed steel case
Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale
Scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 m

Bracelet  
Black alligator strap or 3 rows multi faceted steel bracelet. Finishing: alternated polished and fine-brushed central row and fine-brushed lateral rows with polished edges (Grand CARRERA bracelet)
Steel folding clasp with safety push buttons

Availability    
June 2013



TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE 1887 Jack Heuer 50th Anniversary Edition (45mm)

This model is a stunning tribute to the CARRERA’s creator, TAG Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer. Like the CMC Concept Chronograph, the asymmetrical case design comes from the Carrera Mikrogirder, and the technical details from Formula One and aeronautics: black titanium carbide steel in the 45mm case, hand-brushed and polished to a high sheen; polished, a fine brushed and sandblasted steel cage; tachymetre and pulsometre on the dial. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature decorate the smoked sapphire caseback, through which can be seen the audacious 39-jewel Calibre 1887 movement.

The CARRERA  Calibre 1887 “Jack Heuer” Chronograph (45mm) is based on MIKROGIRDER 10’000 , DESIGN winner of the prestigious "Aiguille d'or " at Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2012.

Technical details
Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887
Manufacture movement
Automatic Chronograph
Date

Dial   
Silver internal part & dark grey external part dial with sunray effect and 3 counters:
-chronograph hour at 3 o’clock
-running second at 6 o’clock
-chronograph minute at 9 o’clock
Dark grey chronograph counters with “azurage” and polished edge at 3 and 9 o’clock
Hand-applied faceted indexes
Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Red central chronograph hands
Hand applied TAG Heuer logo
Pulsometre and tachymeter scale on the dark grey flange
“CARRERA CAL. 1887” lettering on the dial
Date window at 6 o’clock

Case
Case diameter: 45mm
Specific stop watch inspired case constructed in 2 parts
-Fine-brushed black titanium carbide coated titanium case –  polished and fine-brushed black titanium carbide coated steel bezel
- polished, fine-brushed and  sandblasted  steel  cage
Double-antireflective curved scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Polished push-buttons at 11 and 1 o’clock
Polished steel crown overmolded with rubber at 12 o’clock
Scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water-resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet   
Hi-tech soft touch black alligator strap
Steel folding clasp with safety push buttons

Availability   
October 2013



TAG Heuer Carrera CMC Concept Chronograph

Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer unveils the first watch fully manufactured in Carbon Matrix Composite: 19g of Technology. The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is one of TAG Heuer’s most futuristic interpretation yet of the iconic Carrera, the motor-sports inspired watch designed by Jack Heuer in 1963. Made of the identical space-age carbon composite pioneered in Formula One and the aerospace industry, and powered by the brand’s in-house designed and manufactured chronograph movement, the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is super light and unbelievably resistant. With a case inspired by the award-winning CARRERA MIKROGIRDER, the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH pushes watchmaking design and technology to a new extreme expression of the avant-garde.



The primary source of inspiration for the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is the original 1963 Carrera--the first sports chronograph designed specifically for professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts. The case design, however, is based on 2012‘s breakthrough CARRERA MIKROGRIDER, which was named Swiss Watch of the Year at last November’s Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, winning the prestigious Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking most coveted distinction.

The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH shares the Mikrogirder’s distinctive asymmetrical “bullhead” case with base horns design. The crown and chronograph pushers are mounted at 12 o’clock, like a classic stopwatch. The fundamental difference, however, is the material used -- Carbon Matrix Composite -- and the extremely complicated miniaturized manufacturing process required to use it -- both world firsts in the watchmaking industry.

The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH’s case, back and bezel are made from thin carbon fibers organized as on an isotropic matrix. The reinforced fabric, which is only 0.007mm thick, is structured to build the components into 3D form, then heated and compacted to transform by a means of a chemical reaction the soft, flexible layers into a super rigid form.

The TAG Heuer manufacturing method, which until now was primarily used in F1 and aeronautics, facilitates watch production, and allows for intricate detailing and machining with fewer geometrical constraints and an exceptionally high degree of precision. The edges of the case middle, for example, are astonishingly detailed. Having passed all of TAG Heuer’s rigorous quality controls, the timepiece will also age much better than a conventional watch, with fewer scratches and signs of wear. Its extreme lightness also translates into ultimate comfort.


Inside ticks the famous CALIBRE 1887, TAG Heuer’s first movement built in-house. Manufactured after 4 years of intensive R&D in 2011 to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary, the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement contains 320 parts. It is a radical re-engineering of one of Edouard Heuer’s greatest contributions to watchmaking: the oscillating pinion of 1887.

Technical details
Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre 1887 – Manufacture movement
Automatic Chronograph
Date

Dial
Carbon Matrix Composite dial with 3 counters:
-chronograph hour at 3 o’clock
-running second at 6 o’clock
- Chronograph minute at 9 o’clock
Hand applied ring around chronograph counters with polished edge at 3 and 9 o’clock
Hand-applied arabic numerals
Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Red tip on central chronograph hands
Tachymeter scale
“CARRERA CAL. 1887” lettering on the dial
Date window at 6 o’clock

Case   
Case diameter: 45mm
Specific stop watch inspired case in Carbon Matrix Composite
- Case: 10.5g
- Caseback: 4.35g
- 2 bladehorns: 2.77g
- Bezel: 1.23g
Double-antireflective curved scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Black titanium carbide push-buttons at 11 and 1 o’clock
Black titanium carbide crown overmolded with rubber at 12 o’clock
Smoked scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water-resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet   
Hi-tech soft touch black alligator strap
Steel folding clasp with safety push buttons

Roger Dubuis Velvet Collection - Velvet High Jewellery

The Velvet collection is a hymn in praise of charm and poetry, an expression of discreet but genuine luxury that enhances femininity with a dash of daring spirit.

The confident elegance of two new models reinforces the highly successful charm of the collection. Or seen from another point of view, it’s as if the sudden arrival of glamour makes all the difference. The constant appearance of the word “daring” in the history of Roger Dubuis indicates how determined the Geneva watchmaker is to avoid monotony at all costs. The Velvet collection demonstrates this brilliantly. It shows that a line can be synonymous with elegance and luxury together with a delightful feeling of misbehaving. Its models include strong, easily identifiable creations that define the codes of an alternative femininity and bring a new energy to watchmaking. These creations will always be associated with the world of the Diva.

The Velvet collection owes its special aura partly to the original design. With highly graphic dials in relief on two levels, elongated Roman numerals, and symbolic attachments that allow the bracelet to flow naturally from the 36 mm case, the watches playfully revisit the Roger Dubuis codes with a new sophistication. A round/barrel-shaped trompe l’oeil case together with charismatic power creates an audacious style. Precious touches caress the curves, another strong point of the collection.

Behind its inspiring design, its precious material and the vibrant spirit it radiates, a strong mechanical heart is beating. With its commitment to maximizing reliability, Roger Dubuis has fitted this line with a latest generation calibre, the RD821 mechanical movement with automatic winding. Designed, developed and perfected in-house, it has been produced according to the purest traditions of watchmaking. Decorated with “Côtes de Genève” it comprises 172 components, runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. To complete its ultra-demanding approach, Roger Dubuis submits its movements and watches to a leading independent control authority. As a result, every model in the Velvet collection is stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

The Velvet Collection is a true icon of glamour that brings a blend of mystery and elegance to the watchmaking scene. In these pieces it integrates High Jewellery with Fine Watchmaking, as demonstrated in a model imbued with spirit and taste.

Velvet High Jewellery
This is a complete timepiece: both watchmaker and jeweller. The Velvet High Jewellery in white gold is paved with diamonds and is testimony to the unrivalled expertise of Roger Dubuis.

It is a magic blend of technicality and preciousness, with 304 diamonds arranged in invisible settings that seem to magnify the precious stones that total approximately 13.61 carats. 138 diamonds (7.5 carats) cloak the case, mixing 24 sizes of baguette-cut diamonds, with 136 others of 50 sizes (5.20 carats) echoing them on the dial. To complete this truly exceptional piece, 2 cut-to-measure cushion diamonds of approximately 0.4 carats embellish the strap attachments and, as a final touch, the folding clasp radiates the "re of 30 diamonds (0.91 carats). The femininity, glamour and sheer sparkle of this watch places it unmistakeably in the world of the Diva.

Roger Dubuis Homage Collection - Tribute to the Minute Repeater

With the Homage collection, the Geneva brand shows its admiration for its founder, Mr. Roger Dubuis. This exclusive collection is dedicated to lovers of Fine Watchmaking and fully meets the standards of the most prestigious precision objects. The Tribute to the Minute Repeater model, limited to 8 exclusive pieces, leads the way in a line that incorporates the entirety of the brand’s founding spirit in a single case. Like the master watchmaker himself, this model not only has style but also depth and a strong character.

Above all, it shows how he gradually developed his product philosophy, creating a synthesis of form, content and function in his unique, powerful timepieces. This Homage collection, designed to meet the great technical challenges, echoes the original collection he created in 1995 with the same name. A concentration of the entire master watchmaker’s experience, its watches will make their mark in the watchmaking history.

Tribute to the Minute Repeater
This major complication, produced in a limited series of 8 pieces, embodies all the values that characterise the brand: personality, excellence and technical expertise. Its requirements, both in mechanics and design, impose demanding new manufacturing standards. Combining high tech solutions with traditional watchmaking skills, the piece calls for the manual dexterity and know-how of the finest craftsmen.
The subtly daring form of its 45 mm case and the simplicity of its design are a celebration of symmetry. The pink gold case is a statement of elegance while its openwork dial displays the purity of its movement and the beauty of its flying tourbillon positioned at 5:30. The elusive concept of time is captured in the intricacy of its mechanism and the nobility of its materials. Its calibre RD808, an automatic mechanical movement with a double micro-rotor in platinum, incorporates a minute repeater with a centrifugal sound diffuser.

The beauty of the watch delights the eye and lifts the spirits as the time is displayed on an anthracite grey ring. This exclusive, intimate watch offers a perfect world of elegantly mastered time, and its authenticity is guaranteed by the demanding requirements of the Geneva Seal.

Like the minute repeater model, the Tribute collection forms a hyphen between past, present and future. It tells the compelling story of the brand moving from one discovery to the next, from one technical achievement to another, a brand where constantly trying the impossible leads to avant-garde discoveries.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 36 Collection - Excalibur 36 steel and diamonds & Excalibur 36 jewellery

Wearing an Excalibur 36 is a way of reading the time gracefully. The hours, minutes and seconds are displayed in beautiful contemporary cases that effortlessly incorporate the line’s design codes. For the first time, bracelets in steel and pink gold add their own elegance to this subtle collection in which design and superb watchmaking come together.

Throughout the history of the Excalibur 36 line, elegance has been one of its permanent characteristics. The pure design of its graphic 36 mm case reveals the true nature and watchmaking pedigree of this iconic collection. It retains the characteristics of expertise and controlled power that distinguish the world of the Warrior that has inspired it.

Just as the skills of swordsmanship were constantly practised, the smallest details have been analysed and refined to fully convey the richness and balance that characterise this watch. With its new bracelets in steel and pink gold, the Excalibur 36 infuses contemporary style with a lively new spirit.

An experienced eye soon sees that the Excalibur 36 uses simple lines to express its true brand’s DNA. They reveal dials that are satin-brushed in a sunburst pattern and finished with a semi-matt varnish or a rhodium coating. The dial, with strong graphics in black, white or blue, seems to have blossomed to open up to the world. The 36 mm case of the Excalibur 36 in pink gold or steel emphasises its shape and curves with alternate polished and fine-brushed finishes. Its transparent sapphire case-back reveals the careful finishing and “Côtes de Genève” decoration of the Roger Dubuis mechanical calibre RD821.

It comprises 172 components, runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. To complete its ultra-demanding approach, Roger Dubuis submits its movements and watches to a leading independent control authority: the Geneva Seal. It remains the only Manufacture whose entire production is stamped with this prestigious Seal.

Excalibur 36 steel and diamonds
In the Excalibur 36 collection, the three Excalibur 36 steel and diamonds models have found their ideal role. Their steel case gives them a timeless appeal and a graphic identity which incorporates the collection’s DNA.
The first model, with its bracelet in blue alligator matching the tones of the dial, represents elegance in every situation. The other two watches with a steel bracelet seem to echo the sequence of night and day with their respective black and white dials. The steel bracelet, with polished rows outside the satin-finished centre, gives the two pieces a unique, precious finish.

Excalibur 36 jewellery
The emotional impact of this piece begins with the superb case in pink gold. It extends into the magic of the satin-finished bracelet, the DNA codes that are echoed in the collection and the grace of the entire presentation.

Two unique models make a jewellery collection in which design and beautiful watchmaking are perfectly combined. By giving these two pieces a satin or a matt finish, Roger Dubuis shares its vision of precious watchmaking that cleverly enhances the wrist. With its deep commitment to continuity, the Geneva watchmaker has imbued these two creations with the daring that has distinguished it since its foundation.

The first is an icon of jewellery offering a beautiful mechanism and a powerful design. The brand’s craftsmen have raised the bar in developing an ultra precious piece – its bezel is set with 48 diamonds (approx. 0.99 carats) – whose charm is matched by its virtuoso performance.
The second model represents the avant-garde spirit of Roger Dubuis in a piece of true jewellery excellence. It embraces beauty and extreme preciousness with its bracelet: 708 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling 4.25 carats, form two symmetrical rows on either side of the polished centre. The magic continues on the bezel set with 48 diamonds totaling 0.99 carats. Echoing this flamboyant display, the pink gold of the watch continues up to the Roman numerals delicately applied on the dial and on the circle around the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Collection - Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon, Excalibur 42 Chronograph & Excalibur 42 Automatic

With two new calibres, original metal bracelets and an unusual skeleton tourbillon in a 42 mm case, the Excalibur 42 collection opens a new chapter in its history. Unveiled at SIHH 2013, this collection offers three new models: Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon, Excalibur 42 Chronograph & Excalibur 42 Automatic.

The Excalibur 42 collection pays homage to power and design. Roger Dubuis infuses the collection with undeniable daring style and technical prowess by equipping it with two original movements – RD640 and RD681 – as well as new metal bracelets and, for the first time in a 42 mm case, a skeleton tourbillon calibre, the RD505SQ. Its technical features set it apart and its design fully meets its expectations. The three new models present the iconic codes of the Excalibur line: the triple horns that attach the bracelet, the immediately recognisable fluted bezel, and the elongated Roman numerals. In the automatic versions, the small seconds counter is perfectly positioned at 9 o’clock, the chronograph alternates black and ivory dials – or even blue or chocolate dials in the boutique special series – while the minimalist purity of the skeleton tourbillon shows once more that the skeleton movement is truly embedded in the brand’s DNA. It comprises 165 components and displays a 60-hour power reserve.

The other two latest-generation calibres incorporate the hour and minute functions, a small seconds at 9 o’clock, the date and micro rotor (RD640) at 6 o’clock, a semi-instant 30-minute counter and a tungsten micro rotor at 3 o’clock (RD681). Because of the firm conviction at Roger Dubuis that the quality of a work of art can be seen in its smallest details, their finishes are superbly refined. Decorated with “Côtes de Genève”, they comprise 198 and 280 parts respectively; they run at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz) and have a power reserve of 52 hours. All three movements have been designed, developed perfected, assembled and regulated in-house. And, as the final step in this ultra-demanding approach, the watches they drive are stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

It is the world of the Warrior with his masterly skills that has inspired Roger Dubuis to develop these three versions of the Excalibur 42 imbued with strength, rugged character and technical expertise.

Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon
A deliberately extravagant demonstration of style and watchmaking expertise, the Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon incorporates two unmistakeable features of Roger Dubuis creations: the flying tourbillon and the skeleton. In fact, the Geneva watchmaker is alone in offering this combination and it has become a real speciality of the brand.

The Excalibur 42 houses a skeleton tourbillon of exceptional quality and unusual design that incorporates the identifying codes of the Excalibur collection: sharp angles and a strong visual impact linked to a perfect mechanism. The ergonomic 42 mm case offers an alternative to the Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon.
Its plates and bridges are reduced to the absolute essentials and the RD505SQ calibre offers a light, spacious display of advanced mechanics in action. With 165 components, it is a perfect combination of technical performance and visual magic and, fitted in a pink or white gold case; it demonstrates how Roger Dubuis has given the art of skeletonising an unmistakeably contemporary architecture. The exceptional mechanism, beautifully finished, offers a modern interpretation of Fine Watchmaking. The two Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon models in pink or white gold are both stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

Excalibur 42 Chronograph
The dynamism of its design and the superb mechanism it reveals combine to give the Excalibur 42 Chronograph that special character and touch of extravagance that set it apart from others in the world of Fine Watchmaking. Its strength also lies in its exceptional movement: all six models of the Excalibur 42 Chronograph are powered by the new automatic chronograph calibre RD681 with micro-rotor. It displays the hours, minutes and small seconds in a dial at 9 o’clock and the date in a window at 6 o’clock. Designed, developed and produced in the Roger Dubuis Manufacture, it contains 280 components.
Both its aesthetics and performance meet the demanding standards of Fine Watchmaking and, in addition, it carries the prestigious Geneva Seal (certification in progress).

Excalibur 42 Automatic
The automatic versions communicate their authority immediately with transferred Roman numerals standing out on the central dial. They are both appealing and highly readable: the hour and minutes are indicated on the main dial, the date appears in a window at 6 o’clock and the seconds in a small counter at 9 o’clock. The watches are powered by the automatic mechanical movement RD640 comprising 198 components. The shaped case in steel or pink gold is enhanced by rhodium-coated pink gold appliques and its elegance extends perfectly into the new steel or pink gold bracelet.
In the tradition of uncompromising excellence that has built the reputation of the Geneva watchmaker, these models are all stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

Just as the skills of swordsmanship were constantly practised, the smallest details have been analysed and refined to fully convey the richness and balance that characterise this watch. With its new bracelets in steel and pink gold, the Excalibur 36 infuses contemporary style with a lively new spirit.
An experienced eye soon sees that the Excalibur 36 uses simple lines to express its true brand’s DNA. They reveal dials that are satin-brushed in a sunburst pattern and finished with a semi-matt varnish or a rhodiumcoating. The dial, with strong graphics in black, white or blue, seems to have blossomed to open up to the world. The 36 mm case of the Excalibur 36 in pink gold or steel emphasises its shape and curves with alternate polished and fine-brushed finishes. Its transparent sapphire case-back reveals the careful "nishing and “Côtes de Genève” decoration of the Roger Dubuis mechanical calibre RD821.

It comprises 172 components, runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. To complete its ultra-demanding approach, Roger Dubuis submits its movements and watches to a leading independent control authority: the Geneva Seal. It remains the only Manufacture whose entire production is stamped with this prestigious Seal.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon

With the new Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon unveiled at SIHH 2013, the Excalibur collection reveals the beauty of the complication that has become a signature of the brand: a double flying tourbillon, in a skeleton structure. A genuinely architectural creation, this exceptional watch is available with a case in pink or white gold, as well as a version in pink gold with a black ceramic bezel, limited to 188 pieces. Its character is clearly revealed in the strength of its signature codes.

Over the years the Excalibur line has steadily confirmed its position by developing different case sizes and offering increasingly noble, audacious complications. The line that was launched in 2005 is produced with a constant concern for perfection and has written some of the most beautiful pages in the history of Fine Watchmaking. It’s imposing round case, its fluted bezel, its strong crown guard, its triple-horn strap attachment and its expressive Roman numerals are still immediately recognisable signs of its identity. Its dynamic shapes, sharp edges and powerful design make the collection a synthesis of powerful aesthetics and mechanical perfection.
The Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon incorporates the Excalibur identity codes and embraces elegance and beauty in two versions in pink gold and white gold as well as in an exclusive series in pink gold with a black ceramic bezel, limited to 188 pieces.

Its 45 mm case has been subtly redesigned to offer better ergonomics and greater comfort on the wrist. The new case is 12% thinner and the crown guard has been refined to create an ideal contrast with the black ceramic bezel and the screws.

This deliberately extravagant exercise in style and watchmaking expertise is fitted with two of the brand’s signature features: the double flying tourbillon and the skeleton. Roger Dubuis is the only watchmaker to produce a double skeleton flying tourbillon and has made it a real speciality of the brand. The plates and bridges of the RD01SQ movement have been refined to the limit in a dazzling display of extreme technicality.

This calibre, comprised of 319 parts, ensures greater precision thanks to a differential system that averages the rates of the two tourbillons. This perfect combination of technical performance and visual magic is housed in a masterpiece of design, demonstrating how Roger Dubuis has given the art of skeletonising an unmistakeably contemporary architecture.
The Excalibur 45 Double Skeleton Tourbillon, a superb expression of technical expertise and design, is stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Round Table

In 2005, Roger Dubuis launched Excalibur, a line that has written some of the most beautiful pages in the history of horology. Its dynamic forms, its sharp angles and the sheer power of its designs have reshaped Fine Watchmaking. In 2013, the brand honours this iconic collection with some exceptional creations including the Excalibur Round Table timepiece.

The Knights of the Round Table had a solemn motto “Courage and generosity”. This motto succinctly captures the life philosophy at Roger Dubuis. Drawing inspiration from the exploits of King Arthur’s knights, the Geneva Manufacture has created a series of 88 exceptional pieces distinguished by their boldness and steeped in history.Created with meticulous craftsmanship, twelve of these heroes, armed with their faithful swords, have been cast in gold to form a perfect circle around a magnificent dial in grand feu enamel. Underneath this ‘round table ‘ beats the heart of the automatic movement RD821. The scene is highly symbolic; the adventures of the famous knights were planned while seated at a round table.
From the Middle Ages to the modern day, the legend of the Wizard and the Knights of the Round Table has always been very popular. The story of their exploits has marked history and honoured the cardinal values of strength and respect. Roger Dubuis designers have drawn their inspiration from a reproduction of the Round Table made for Henry VIII and placed in the Grand Hall of his castle at Winchester.

The legend of King Arthur has been the inspiration for the Geneva watchmaker’s latest wonderful creation: the Excalibur Round Table. Produced in a limited series of 88 pieces, this watch presents a perfect reproduction of a scene from the Round Table.
It fits the legend with its 45 mm case in pink gold and respects the design codes of the Excalibur collection: over-sized case, fluted bezel, robust crown guard and triple-horn strap attachments.

With its dynamic shape and sharp angles, the watch has a dial to match its strong, symbolic design. Twelve figures representing the legendary Knights of the Round Table with their swords make a perfect circle replacing traditional hour markers. Each figure is a three-dimensional casting in gold with its fine details carved by hand. This breathtaking miniaturisation, the work of highly skilled passionate craftsmen, produces 12 quite different knights, only 7 mm tall. This watchmaking masterpiece is a unique example of its kind, made with a precision that can only be appreciated by examining it through a jeweller’s eyepiece. The artists worked closely with watchmakers to create this alliance of both traditions.

In the centre of the scene, a dial in precious grand feu enamel forms a kaleidoscope of colours that adds even more to the evocative power of the piece. On the back of the watch, the solemn oath, together with a lacquered coat of arms, is engraved in a circle as a tribute to the bravery of the Knights of the Round Table.
Among its list of technical achievements is the latest generation of the automatic-winding mechanical movement, the RD821 that displays the hours and minutes. And because Roger Dubuis is committed to the ceaseless pursuit of excellence, the movement and the complete watch are stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - ExoTourbillon Chronographe

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2013) in Geneva, Montblanc unveieled two new and exclusive ExoTourbillon Chronographe models from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

The ExoTourbillon Chronographe adds another extraordinarily exclusive timepiece to the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858. This regulator wristwatch combines a large minute-hand and elapsed-seconds hand at the centre of the dial, a small off-centre circle for the hours, a second time zone with day/night indication, a small hand for the continually running seconds and a chronograph with a counter for 30 elapsed minutes.

This Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 Tourbillon first attracted admiring attention with its patented construction in 2010. Its balance is larger and oscillates on a different plane than the rotating cage. This exclusive timepiece now debuts in an attractive new edition which gives an entirely unprecedented look to its spectacular mechanisms. The 18 karat gold dial, which has a distinctively three-dimensional effect, is available with either black or silver-grey décor and with a finely grained texture that contrasts tastefully with shiny hands, applied subdials and polished steel components.

The ExoTourbillon Chronographe is the first watch in Montblanc’s Villeret 1858 Collection to unite two of the most avidly admired horological complications: a chronograph function and a tourbillon. Mastery of the difficulty of crafting these complications numbers among the distinguishing characteristics of the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, which has here combined the two complications in a highly unusual fashion: the chronograph upholds the lovely tradition with a column-wheel and horizontal coupling, and the four-minute tourbillon.

But what exactly does a tourbillon accomplish? Due to the subassembly’s architecture, the center of gravity of the balance and balance-spring in every mechanical watch is never absolutely collinear with the center of the balance’s axis of rotation. This off-centeredness causes a disadvantage when the watch is in a vertical position: the oscillations of the balance are disturbed by the influence of gravity on its eccentric center of gravity. The ingenious tourbillon mechanism was invented to solve this problem: the balance is borne inside a cage that continually rotates around its own axis.

The eccentric center of gravity accordingly orbits the tourbillon’s axis of rotation at this same rate. The accelerating effect caused by the Earth’s gravity on the center of gravity during the first 180° of the tourbillon’s rotation is compensated by an analogous de-accelerating effect during the second 180°. The long-term result is a movement that runs at a regular rate.

This clever mechanism underwent further optimization for the ExoTourbillon Chronographe: the balance has been separated from the cage to isolate it from the disturbing movements of the escapement. This separation made it possible to create the world’s first tourbillon in which the rotating cage is smaller than the balance, which oscillates outside the cage and on a higher plane. This architecture also inspired the watch’s name, which includes the Greek prefix exo, meaning outside. The balance in this unconventional configuration is borne between two jewels - it is neither cantilevered (“flying”) nor is it borne between two bridges - while the tourbillon turns at the foot of the axis in a two-point bearing.

The reason for this most elaborate construction is that the traditionally large and massive balance would have required a comparably large rotating cage if it had been positioned within a conventional tourbillon. A smaller tourbillon has less mass and consequently requires less energy for its rotations. The rotating cage is also freed from the weight of the balance, which further reduces the amount of energy it consumes. This architecture requires about 30% less energy than conventional constructions. The energy saved here can be used to power the chronograph’s functions.

Another essential advantage: Being separated from the rotating cage, the balance is not adversely affected by the inertia of the cage and consequently oscillates with greater precision. This innovation is entirely in accord with the statutory task of the Institut Minerva: namely, to cultivate the authentic Swiss watchmaking tradition and to combine it with ongoing innovation, thereby assuring a bright future for this noble and artful handicraft. It goes without saying that this invention has been registered for patent protection and that it will be used exclusively in the timepieces which comprise Montblanc’s Villeret 1858 Collection. The owner of an ExoTourbillon Chronographe can enjoy the spectacular vista of a large balance (with weight screws along its rim) that’s free to oscillate in all its beauty and turns around its own axis, without being cramped inside the narrow confines of the tourbillon’s cage. With commensurate self-confidence, it proudly presents itself in a large aperture cut into the dial at the “12 o’clock” position and above a plate that has been manually embellished with circular graining.

To honour these spectacular mechanisms, Montblanc is launching the unconventional monopusher chronograph with ExoTourbillon in a strictly limited new edition of eight timepieces in 18 karat white gold and eight wristwatches in 18 karat red gold.
Tourbillon Chronograph with New Regulator Dial 
Each model has the typical face of a regulator timepiece with a large minute-hand (and the chronograph’s elapsed-seconds hand) at the dial’s centre, complemented by an off-centre subdial for the hours with a pair of hour-hands for two different time zones: the hour in the local zone is shown by a golden hand with the same hue as the case; a blued hand indicates the hour in the other selected time zone. Various shapes arranged on different levels give the dial a strongly spatial effect that’s impossible to overlook. Time merely becomes the fourth dimension on this dial’s three dimensional stage. The performance begins with the clearly visible ExoTourbillon: its bridge is firmly screwed to a manually circular-grained plate and it offers an unobstructed view into the depths of the movement. The plate is coated with rhodium for the white gold watch; a layer of red gold gilds it in the red gold model.

The main dial is crafted from solid gold and adorned with a finely grained grainé décor onto which all displays – except the small continually running second-hand at “9 o’clock” – are added as appliqués in the same colour as the case. The subdial for the hours at “6 o’clock” has an outer and an inner numbered circle: these annuluses are separated from one another by a slightly inset zone with a fine sunburst pattern; both calibrated rings are circularly satin-finished and bear black Roman numerals. A slender raised border surrounds the subdial for the hours. A similar frame encloses the chronograph’s counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “3 o’clock”, where hands of different lengths and different colours serve two differently coloured scales for 0 to 15 and 15 to 30 minutes.

At “4:30” is the finely encircled 24-hour subdial with a blued hand – matching the blued hand for the second time zone This subdial’s semicircular scales are coloured either pale or dark to match the corresponding half of the day, and two greyish segments signify morning and evening twilight. The words “LEVER” (rise) and “COUCHER” (set) indicate the beginning and the end of the daytime hours at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

Monopusher Chronograph with Column-Wheel Control
The Calibre 16.60 is a chronograph movement with a large and centrally axial counter for the elapsed seconds, a counter for 30 elapsed minutes, a classical column-wheel and horizontal coupling. The chronograph lever is elaborately finished by hand, and the mise en fonction is likewise accomplished manually: the surfaces where the chronograph lever contacts the column-wheel and the heart disc are observed through a watchmaker’s loupe during the operation of the chronograph’s functions and are gradually and meticulously abraded to a tolerance in the hundredths-of-a-millimeter range. The steel parts and the chronograph bridge (in the “V” shape typical of Minerva’s products) are manually beveled and polished.

A finely grained stone is used to polish the lever; the bridges are manually adorned with Geneva stripes. The large and massive balance, with weight screws along its rim and a Phillips curve at one end of its balance-spring, oscillates at the classical frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz), which makes it possible to measure brief intervals to the nearest fifth of a second. The chronograph’s start, stop and return-to-zero functions are operated sequentially by depressing a button in the crown.

Second Time Zone and Day/Night Display
Frequent flyers will appreciate the fact that the ExoTourbillon Chronographe can display the time in two different time zones. The skeletonized hour-hand on the hours subdial indicates the local time, while the tip of the blued steel hour-hand points to the hour in the wearer’s home time zone. When the watch is worn in the home zone, these two hands are always positioned one atop the other; when the wearer travels to a different time zone, he or she can press the button at the “8” to advance the local-time hour-hand in single-hour increments until the hand indicates the correct local time. The current time at the wearer’s home is shown on the little 24- hour dial with day/night indicator and blued steel hand.

Collector’s Items in a Limited Edition
Also because they’re manufactured in strictly limited editions, the chronographs in Montblanc’s Villeret 1858 Collection are ardently sought rarities. This distinction is further enhanced by the extremely unusual combination of a chronograph and a tourbillon, and even further refined by the presence of a unique tourbillon construction. Only one unique piece of the ExoTourbillon Chronographe will be manufactured in platinum, along with limited editions of 8 pieces each in 18K white gold and in 18K red gold (5N).
Each of the impressive 47-mm-diameter cases is high-gloss polished and fitted with an arcing bezel that securely holds a highly domed sapphire crystal with vertically falling flanks (forme chevée). A pane of sapphire crystal is integrated into the back, which is screwed to the case and protected by a hinged cover which is opened by a patented mechanism concealed between the horns. Each watch is engraved with the words “Edition Limitée,” “Montblanc” and “Fait main à Villeret” (i.e. handmade in Villeret). The interior of the hinged cover is signed “Demetrio Cabiddu Maître Horloger,” thus identifying by name the technical director of the manufacture, who led the team that developed the Calibre 16.60.

This bears the gold-filled engraving “Minerva Villeret” and can be admired by peering through the pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the watch when the cover is opened. Naturally, the Montblanc logo hasn’t been forgotten: the familiar six-pointed star, which symbolizes the six tongues of the glacier that covers Europe’s tallest mountain peak, has represented the utmost in European handcraftsmanship for many decades. The same stellar emblems, executed in genuine motherof- pearl, grace the watches’ winding crowns.

These new collector’s items in Montblanc’s Villeret 1858 Collection are affixed to alligatorleather straps, each of which is equipped with a pronged buckle made of either 18K white gold, or 18K red gold, depending upon the material of which the model’s case is made. The new Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Chronographe will be available starting in January 2013.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - ExoTourbillon Chronographe
Ref 109150 und 109151

Movement
Calibre: MBM 16.60
Type of movement: Hand-wound with chronograph, small seconds, second time zone and four-minute tourbillon escapement
Chronograph: Monopusher mechanism with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Dimensions: Diameter 38.4 mm; height 10,34 mm
No. of components: 341, including 51 components for the tourbillon cage
No. of bearing jewels: 32 (hemispherical, domed, olive-cut)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, Ø 14.5 mm; 59 mgcm2
Frequency: 18'000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz)
Tourbillon: One rotation every four minutes
Balance-spring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-plated nickel silver, circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Rhodium-plated nickel silver, côtes de Genève
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, hubs with diamond polished surfaces

Watch displays
The hours in the first and second time zone are shown at the “6,” the minutes are indicated from the center of the dial, continuous seconds on a subdial at the “9,” day/night indicator with 24-hour display between the “4” and the “5”
Chronograph: Centre seconds, 30 minute counter at 3 o`clock indicators

Case
Case 18 K white or red gold; domed sapphire crystal (forme chevée), transparent pane of sapphire crystal inset into screwed back beneath hinged cover
Dimensions: Diameter 47 mm; height 16,67 mm
Water tightness: To three bar (30 meters)
Horns: With patented mechanism to open the hinged cover on the underside
Crown: With integrated button to operate the chronograph and mother-of-pearl emblem
Pusher: In the case’s flank at 8 o`clock to adjust the second time zone

Dial
18 K gold with grained anthracite decoration (109150) / grained silver-plated decoration (109151), polished, satin-finished counters and Roman numerals
Hands 18 K gold, chronograph’s elapsed-seconds handmade of PfinodalTM

Wristband: Hand-sewn alligator-leather pronged buckle made of 18 K red gold or 18 K white gold
Limited edition: 18 K white gold and 18 K red gold, limited to 8 pieces each

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - Seconde Authentique “Pour Elle & Lui”

Unveiled along with Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - Seconde Authentique models at SIHH 2013, the “Pour Elle & Lui” pair watches expresses togetherness. Like a set of wedding-rings, these two watches share the same look and differ only in their diameters, which measure 36 mm on the lady’s wristwatch and 39.5 on the gent’s model.

Calibre MB M62.00 animates both watches and assures that their hearts tick synchronously at a pace of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 Hz). The cases are made of 18 ct red gold 5N: this alloy’s distinctly reddish hue gives it an especially romantic effect and automatically associates it with traditional values. All contours are harmoniously rounded: from the gently arcing horns, through the concave lines of the bezel, to the circular shape of the case.

The round dial is embellished with a miniature marquetry artwork crafted from red goldplated inlays and mother-of-pearl. The hour scales are made of a soft red gold tone with black Roman numerals; the same combination is used on the flange (réhaut) with its slender minute indices.
White mother-of-pearl intarsias adorn the recesses between these scales as well as the subdial for the seconds at “6 o’clock.” Hands made of 18 ct red gold sweep their arcs above this work of horological art. But as aficionados have come to expect from the watches in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858, this is by no means the last of the beautiful details. A pane of sapphire crystal in the screwed red gold back invites connoisseurs to admire the manually-wound calibre MB M62.00.

The rear view of this hand-wound mechanical movement clearly reveals why the traditional Swiss art of watchmaking is globally unique. The rhodium-plated nickel-silver bridges are beveled by hand and are manually embellished with Geneva waves (côtes de Genève) which contrast beautifully with gleaming red jewels and a golden screw balance.

The large diameter of the balance gives it an ample moment of inertia, while its manually counted hairspring contributes to the stability and regularity of the movement’s rate. Although the other delicacies are visible only to a watchmaker’s eyes, these tidbits reaffirm the extremely high craftsmanly standard upheld at the manufacture in Villeret. The movement’s nickel-silver plate is manually adorned with circular graining on both sides; its flanks are beveled by hand. The wheels are plated with gold and have faceted arms. These elaborate embellishments, which demand great skill and dexterity, transform each of the manufacture’s movements into a little treasure.
Every Seconde Authentique “Pour Elle & Lui” wristwatch is a jewel that puts a crowning touch on a cherished relationship. These wristwatches are affixed to hand-sewn dark brown or white alligator-leather straps secured by 18 ct red gold pronged buckles. The Seconde Authentique watches for couples are available only in sets of two, thus making them the perfect gifts for two people who love to spend their time together and enjoy every minute of each other’s company.

Strapping the appropriate watches to their wrists is a lovely way to express this togetherness, but only 58 lucky couples around the world will have the rare opportunity to crown their togetherness with a matched pair of Seconde Authentique wristwatches from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - Seconde Authentique « Pour Elle & Lui » (Ref 109931)
Limited edition of 58 sets

Case, dial & strap
18 K red gold 5N; cambered sapphire crystal, screwed sapphire crystal case back
Dimensions
-Gent`s model: Ø 39 mm, height 9,6 mm
-Ladies’ model: Ø 36 mm, height 9,6 mm
Water Resistance To 3 Bar (30 Meter)
Crown: With Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl
Dial: Mother-of-pearl "marqueterie" with red gold inlays
Hands: 18 K red gold
Strap: Hand-sewn alligator strap,, 18 K red gold pin buckle

Movement
Manufacture calibre MB M62.00
Movement Type Manually wound with small second
Dimensions Ø 24 mm, height 3,9 mm
No. of components 162 (complete movement)
No. of jewels 19 (hemispherical, domed, olive-cut)
Power Reserve 50 hours
Balance Screwed, Ø 9,7 mm; 15 mgcm2
Frequency 18.000 Semi-oscillations / hour (2,5 Hertz)
Spiral With Phillips terminal curve
Plates Rhodium-plated German silver, circular-grained on both sides,  hand-chamfered edges
Bridges Rhodium-plated German silver, “Côtes de Genève”, recesses circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-Train Gold-plated, circular-grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides Pinions: polished faces and toothing, burnished pivots
Indications Hour - minute - small second at 6 o'clock

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858: Seconde Authentique & Seconde Authentique Diamonds

Unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2013) in Geneva, the new Villeret Seconde Authentique watches from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 are expressly conceived for feminine wrists. Each model from this collection is limited to 58 watches.

With the Seconde Authentique and the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie, the master watchmakers in Villeret now devote themselves to the to ladies’ wrists. The thoroughly feminine Seconde Authentique embodies the typical traits of the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858, thus assuring that these new ladies’ watches preserve the collection’s identity. The dial has an unmistakable look with mother-of-pearl intarsia and an upwardly shifted hour scale with black Roman numerals. Likewise instantly recognizable is the boldly concave bezel, which is polished on the Seconde Authentique and set with brilliant-cut diamonds on the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie.

The 18 ct red gold case is perfectly sized for an elegant lady’s wristwatch. With a diameter of 36 mm, it’s large enough to exert its full effect and to show the time in a readily legible manner, but not too dominant, thus assuring that the rules of distinguished elegance are always upheld. The appearance is further enhanced by gently curving horns with contours that develop harmoniously from the round arc of the case. A domed sapphire crystal, which has received antireflective treatment on both its surfaces to prevent reflections and glare, protects the dial, which boasts appealing tone-in-tone intarsia that have been manually assembled from paper thin flakes of white mother-of-pearl.
The dial is also printed with black Roman numerals, its periphery bears a wreath of minute indices, and the seconds are shown on a subdial at “6 o’clock.” This pretty face is framed on the Seconde Authentique model by a concave polished bezel, while the bezel of the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie is adorned with 144 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.93 carats.

Each model`s crown bears a legendary Montblanc diamond: its 43 facets are cut to form the brand’s emblem. The pure white summit of the Mont Blanc with its six glacier tongues provided the inspiration for the shape of this incomparable diamond. Its extraordinary patented cut reveals, in perfect refraction, a second star deep within. On the diamond-studded model, the crown is additionally embellished with a wreath of 38 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.11 carats. Both watch models are affixed to a hand-sewn white alligator-leather wristband. A pronged buckle made of 18 ct gold secures the strap.
A lady’s wristwatch from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 is a uniquely special piece of jewelry. The classical elegance of its exterior, with a gorgeous dial and the incandescence of brilliant-cut diamonds, is matched by the uniqueness of the timepiece’s inner life, where the aesthetic thrives mostly in concealment and reveals only a fraction of its perfection to the viewer who peers through the pane of sapphire crystal in the case’s back. This makes it all the more important for the lady who owns this watch to know that artistic craftsmanship indwells the timepiece that she has chosen to adorn her wrist.

The mechanical hand-winding calibre MB M62.00 embodies the traditional Swiss art of watchmaking, which is seldom seen in such uncompromisingly superlative quality nowadays. This especially applies to the large percentage of manual effort invested in finely adjusting and ennobling the many individual parts which collaborate to make this watch tick. The rhodium-plated nickel-silver bridges are beveled by hand and the Geneva waves are likewise applied with traditional tools.

The manually adorned plate boasts circular graining. The watchmaker who determines the active length of the balance’s slender spiral spring by “counting the hairspring” is an experienced artisan who relies solely on her sharp eyes and steady hands to perform this exacting task. Even the gleaming red ruby pallet-stones are manually pressed onto the lever with the aid of a so-called “pallet-stone press” into precisely the correct positions with a tolerance of a few thousandths of a millimeter so that they can perfectly mesh with the escape-wheel’s teeth.

Each individual movement is crafted with an expenditure of skilled labor on a par with that lavished on the finest examples of haute joaillerie, so one can rightly describe the watches in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 as haute horlogerie. Only in this way can timepieces be created that have inner values which spark enthusiasm combined with that evoked by the classical beauty of their exteriors.

The Villeret premieres for ladies’ wrists will be available in series limited to 58 Seconde Authentique watches and 58 Seconde Authentique Joaillerie watches.

Technical details
Models: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 - Seconde Authentique & Seconde Authentique Diamonds (Ref 109182 & 109184). Limited edition of 58 pcs. each

Case, Dial & Strap
Case: 18 K red gold 5N; cambered sapphire crystal, screwed sapphire crystal case back Model „Diamonds“: Bezel set with 144 diamonds, total ~0,93 ct
Dimensions: Ø 36 mm, height 9,6 mm
Water Resistance :To 3 Bar (30 Meter)
Crown: With Montblanc Diamond ~0,055 ct.; Model: „Diamonds“: Set with 38 diamonds, total ~0,11 ct
Dial: Marqueterie with white mother-of-pearl
Hands: 18 K red gold
Strap: Hand-sewn alligator strap,18 K red gold pin buckle

Movement
Manufacture calibre MB M62.00
Movement Type: Manually wound with small second
Dimensions: Ø 24 mm, height 3,9 mm
No. of components: 162 (complete movement)
No. of jewels: 19 (hemispherical, domed, olive-cut)
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Balance: Screwed, Ø 9,7 mm; 15 mgcm2
Frequency: 18.000 Semi-oscillations / hour (2,5 Hertz)
Spiral: With Phillips terminal curve
Plates: Rhodium-plated German silver, circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-plated German silver, “Côtes de Genève”, recesses circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-Train: Gold-plated, circular-grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides Pinions: polished faces and toothing, burnished pivots
Indications: Hour - minute - small second at 6 o'clock

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Lady Gold Bracelet

The new Patrimony Contemporaine collection hosts a lady’s watch with a diameter of 36mm. Two versions give free consent to the marriage between style and technique. In the new design, the clean lines of the case are softened by the warmth of pink gold, which goes admirably with the complexion of both models.

The first crowns an opaline silver-toned dial framed by a bezel circled with round diamonds. The original, diamond-set minutes scale is another feature that ties the watch to the spirit of the times. The fine applied hour markers and slender hands for the hours and minutes are curved to follow the external curve of the dial. The central seconds hand sweeps over diamonds and gold while the date display at 6 o'clock sets the finishing touch to a demonstration of harmony and balance.
Urbane elegance extends to a pink gold bracelet with links that gently hold the wrist. The case’s display back gives a superb view of the mechanical self-winding calibre 2450 movement that was developed and built in Vacheron Constantin’s workshops.
The second version, paved with almost 800 diamonds, pays a further tribute to the Maison’s expertise in jewellery. The gems take over the entire surface of the dial and invade the bezel and the outside of the bracelet. The proprietary calibre 2460 shows off its exceptional workmanship through the display back.
Unveiled at SIHH 2013, these two Patrimony Contemporaine models comply with the new requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève). Institutionalised by the parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886, the hallmark is an umbrella guarantee of provenance, workmanship, durability and skill.  

Technical details
Reference
85515/CA1R-9840
86615/CA2R-9839
Patrimony Contemporaine Lady gold bracelet
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Caliber 2450 Q6 / 2460 SC
Energy Self-winding
Movement diameter 26.20 mm (11’’’½)
Movement thickness 3.60 mm
Jewels 27
Number of components 196
Frequency 4Hz (28’800 vibrations per hour)

Indications
85515: Hours, minutes, center seconds and date at 6 o’clock
86615: Hours, minute and center seconds, Power reserve Approximately 40 hours

Case
85515: Diamond-set bezel (68 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.80 carat)
86615: Diamond-set bezel and lugs (76 round-cut diamonds, approx. 1.00 carat)
18K 5N pink gold
36 mm diameter
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water resistance Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
85515:
Silvered opaline convex external zone, diamond-set minutetrack (48 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.16 carat)
86615: Fully paved gold dial (606 round-cut diamonds, approx.1.80 carats), convex external zone
Applied gold hour-markers and leaf-shaped hands

Bracelet
18K 5N pink gold polished / 18K 5N pink gold polished with diamond set external links (92 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.63 carat)
Clasp 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco 2013 - Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic & Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie Automatic

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco pays homage to Gracia Patricia, the Princess of Monaco. Grace Kelly Patricia (1929 -1982) was a glamorous Hollywood actress who travelled to the Côte d’Azur to wed the prince of Monaco nearly 60 years ago and became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco.

Montblanc’s designers and jewelers were inspired by the grace and preferences of this European-American style icon to create a palette of new models. In accord with this endeavour, the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco has been augmented with new models that combine the exquisite look of this collection with equally impeccable automatic movements crafted in accord with the finest Swiss watchmaking tradition. Positively effervescent with elegance and sophistication, the cases have slender silhouettes and classical beauty that recall Gracia Patricia. The gorgeous spectrum features a most precious and unique haute joaillerie wristwatch and the perennially appealing combination of red gold and diamonds.

With the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco, Montblanc has created an irresistibly feminine and extraordinarily elegant watch collection that covers a broad spectrum in which each model epitomises style and class – just like Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco, who set equally elegant standards whether in a simple daytime dress or an elaborate evening gown with diadems sparkling in her coiffure.

This watch collection also supports the Princesse Grace Foundation-USA, which the princess personally established to encourage up-and-coming young talents in the genres of acting, dance and film. Her foundation awards stipends, arranges educational contracts and offers ongoing scholarships.

The watches in the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco have a very contemporary diameter of 34 millimetres. A perfectly round dial and a simple circular case acquire fascinating excitement from the elliptical bezel and flange (réhaut) along the longitudinal axis from “12” to “6”. This too alludes to the unforgotten Monegasque princess, whose inimitable style was based on straightforward forms and uncomplicated gestures which she skillfully combined to produce an irresistible grace that was unmistakably Gracia Patricia.

Viewed from the side, the case has a dynamic silhouette with a concave back and sloping horns that perfectly conform to the wearer’s wrist. The same contour is repeated by the domed sapphire crystal above the dial. This reiteration helps to make the design look as though it had been cast from one mould. Each of these new wristwatches has a finely channelled crown and, unlike previous models, harbours in its back a screwed pane of transparent sapphire crystal which reveals an important innovation.

Mechanical self-winding movement MB 4810/409 inside the new Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco models is a fine quality movement in the best SWISS MADE tradition, which relies dually on centuries of experience and continual innovation to assure that it perpetually remains state-of-the-art. The self-winding movement automatically rewinds the mainspring by capturing energy from the motions of the wearer’s wrist. The calibre ticks with a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz), has 25 rubies and a running autonomy of circa 42 hours, shows the hours and minutes from the dial’s centre, and comes – depending on the particular model – either with or without a central second-hand and date window. These characteristics enable the calibre to cater to the demands of many women who want a genuine, timeless and reliable watch that is not only conceived for the here and now, but simultaneously also recalls the past and points toward the future.

At SIHH 2013, Montblanc unveiled two new models from Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco: Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic and Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie Automaticline with two one-of-a-kind specimens.

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic
The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic is an exceptional diamond studded watch that perfectly suits each situation in life as though it had been custom-tailored for specific occasion. The delightfully warm hue of its 18 K red gold case elicits nostalgic feelings and emanates distinguished elegance. The fire of 126 brilliant-cut diamonds, set in one and two rows along the oval bezel and weighing a total of circa 0.618 carat, needn’t fear comparison with even the most exclusive soiree, yet simultaneously preserves the understatement demanded by discreet elegance. This is beautifully matched by the gentle shimmer of white mother-of-pearl on the dial, which not only bears brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of circa 0.54 carat, but also boasts a rose-shaped pink sapphire (ca. 0.02 carat) and an applied numeral “12” plated with red gold. This watch’s face is simple, beautiful, prestigious and outstandingly legible with a date window at “3 o’clock”, a feuille hour-hand and minute-hand plated with red gold and, at the dial’s centre, a slim second-hand bearing Montblanc’s logo as a counterweight.
This world-famous symbol is also present on the finely channelled red gold crown, where it appears in the form of a patented 43-facet Montblanc Diamond cut into the shape of the brand’s emblem and weighing 0.055 carat.

The Mechanical movement ticks inside the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic is of the finest Swiss quality. The aesthetic of its mechanisms – a freely rotating winding rotor, a shiny golden balance and gleaming red rubies – can be admired by peering through the screwed sapphire crystal in the back of the case. This noble timepiece is affixed to a white alligator-leather wristband secured by a pronged buckle made of 18 K red gold.

Technical details
Model: Princesse Grace de Monaco Red Gold Automatic Ref 109275

Movement
MB 4810/409
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
No. of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hours, minutes and seconds on center dial, date in a window at the ‘3’

Case
Case in 18 K red gold
Bezel: 18 K red gold bezel set with 126 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.618 ct)
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Case back: 18 K red gold case back with sapphire crystal
Crown: 18 K red gold with patented Montblanc diamond (~ 0.055 ct.)
Dimensions: Diameter 34 mm; Height 10.8 mm
Water resistant: 3 bar / 30 m

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial with red gold-plated numeral ‘12’, 9 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.054 ct.) and teardrop shaped pink sapphire (~ 0.02 ct.) at the ‘6’
Hands: Red gold-plated feuille hands, seconds hand with Montblanc emblem

Bracelet
White Alligator skin-strap with pin buckle in 18 K red gold

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie Automatic : “Pétales Entrelacés Motif” & Pétales de Rose Motif”
Traditional artisanal professions such as those practiced by watchmakers, casemakers, cadraniers, chainsmiths and jewellers have been closely interrelated for centuries. Creative collaboration among these metiers repeatedly results in unique artworks with an aesthetic that evokes every bit as much enthusiasm as the fascinating mechanical clockworks that control the motions of timepieces’ hands. The newest examples are two one-of-a-kind specimens of haute horlogerie in the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco. Outstanding craftsmanship and skills created the “Pétales de Rose Motif” in 18 K white gold with 810 diamonds weighing a total of circa 6.763 carats and the “Pétales Entrelacés Motif” in 18 carat red gold with 360 diamonds weighing a total of circa 8.1571 carats.

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco “Pétales Entrelacés Motif”
The appeal of this unique timepiece derives from its masterful combination of opulent luxury and discreet elegance. Its precious materials are absolutely lavish: 18 karat red gold, white mother of- pearl and 360 diamonds in various cuts. Simplicity and understatement, on the other hand, distinguish the clear shapes of the case and wristband, while strict discipline is preserved by the arrangement of the diamonds.

The bezel is encrusted with 44 baguette diamonds that have been precisely cut to conform to the oval contour and that continually taper from the “3” to the “12” and from the “9” to the “6”. The bracelet is composed of interlaced (entrelacés) links: each is shaped like a rose petal and together they form a horizontal figure-of-eight, i.e. the mathematical symbol of infinity or, when considered in the context of timepieces, a signifier of eternity. This provides the perfect allusion to the bevy of 173 everlasting brilliant-cut diamonds on the bracelet of a wristwatch that one gives as proof of eternal love. An additional 130 brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the flange around the dial. The crown is topped by a patented 43-facet Montblanc Diamond shaped like the brand’s emblem. Last but not least, the twelve hours on the white mother-of-pearl dial are marked by a dozen diamonds, each of which is encircled by a red gold rose petal contour.
This watch’s face is a gorgeous example of the art of the cadranier (dial-maker), for whom processing hard but fragile mother-of-pearl ranks among the greatest challenges. As if this weren’t difficult enough, the dial on the “Pétales Entrelacés Motif” model has two levels.

Creating the slightly inset inner circle in this fragile material is extremely demanding, but gives the face an impressively sculptural appearance. The outer circle boasts a complex pattern of mother-of-pearl intarsia, each element of which is painstakingly hand-cut and polished to fit closely alongside its neighbours in a seamless mosaic. The result is a fantastic stage for the inexorable passage of time, which flows in synchrony with the steady ticking of a Swiss mechanical movement. The calibre draws its energy from the activity of its wearer’s wrist, which causes an oscillating weight to rotate: the weight’s motions tighten the mainspring. A transparent pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case invites the owner to view the rotor’s motions and the tirelessly regular “breaths” of the little balance.
Technical details
Model: Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie automatic
Unique piece „Pétales Entrelacés Motif“

Movement
MB 4810/409
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
No. of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hours and minutes on center dial

Case
18 K red gold
Bezel: 18 K red gold bezel set with 44 baguette-cut diamonds (~ 2.04 ct.)
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Case back: 18 K red gold case back fixed with 4 screws and bearing an engraved Princesse Grace monogram
Crown: 18 K red gold with patented Montblanc Diamond (~ 0.055 ct.)
Dimensions: Diameter 34 mm; Height 10 mm
Water resistant: 3 bar / 30 m

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.153 ct.)
Flange set with 130 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.312 ct.)
Hands Red gold-plated feuille hands

Bracelet
18 K red gold set with 173 Top Wesselton diamonds (~5.596 ct.)

Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco “Pétales de Rose Motif”
The exclusive and unique “Pétales de Rose Motif” (rose petals) is dedicated to the noble blossom which ranks among the most beautiful expressions of love in our climes and which was also the favourite flower of Princess Gracia Patricia. The shape of the rose petals determines the design of the refined wristband, where invisible joints connect individual petal contours to create floral loops that conjoin to form an exquisite linked bracelet. The entire ensemble is made from 18 karat white gold artistically set with 555 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The play with delicate petal contours likewise adorns the dial, where the fire of 80 brilliant-cut diamonds scintillates across an expanse of white mother-of-pearl. The face is surrounded by 130 brilliant-cut diamonds that are meticulously set by hand along the flange around the dial’s periphery. This masterpiece of the jeweller’s art is surmounted by a bezel that proudly bears 44 baguette diamonds. A most exclusive diamond thrones upon the crown: this superlative gem is cut with 43 facets and embodies the emblem of the Montblanc brand.
Connoisseurs who peer behind this opulent foreground of 18 karat white gold and 810 diamonds weighing a total of 6.763 carats will discover a mechanical SWISS MADE selfwinding movement that functions entirely without a battery. Its mainspring is automatically wound by a rotor which is visible through a pane of sapphire crystal in the case’s back. The rotor transforms each motion of the wearer’s wrist into a paragon of Swiss precision timekeeping. If this wristwatch has been left unworn long enough for the movement to exhaust its reserve of power, its mainspring can be quickly and easily wound by manually turning the crown. A masterpiece of the jeweller’s art, this wristwatch is an utterly unique piece of jewellery that has been crafted for eternity and will never be repeated.
Technical details
Model: Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco Haute Joaillerie automatic
Unique piece „Pétales de Rose Motif“

Movement
MB 4810/409
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
No. of jewel:  25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indication:  Hours and minutes on center dial

Case
18 K white gold
Bezel: 18 K white gold bezel set with 44 baguette-cut diamonds (~ 2.04 ct.)
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Case back: 18 K white gold case back fixed with 4 screws and bearing an engraved Princesse Grace monogram
Crown: 18 K white gold with patented Montblanc Diamond (~ 0.055 ct.)
Dimensions: Diameter 34 mm; Height 10.55 mm
Water resistant: 3 bar / 30 m

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial set with 80 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.258 ct.)
Flange set with 130 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 0.312 ct.)
Hands: Rhodium plated feuille hands

Bracelet
18 K white gold set with 555 Top Wesselton diamonds (~4,097 ct.)

The new unique watch models in the Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco will be available starting in January 2013.