Thursday, February 28, 2013

Romain Gauthier - Prestige HMS

Introduced in 2012, the Prestige HMS – Hour, Minute, Seconds – by Romain Gauthier is a perfect blend of the traditional and the contemporary watch making. Hours and minutes are clearly legible in the large sub-dial, while cut-outs in the main dial reveal the intricate workings of the precision micro-mechanics of the in-house manufacture movement beneath. The visible oscillating balance wheel at 7 o’clock and open seconds’ wheel at 5 o’clock add vibrancy and animation to an already rich visual experience of mechanics, texture, colour and composition.

The dial of the Prestige HMS is a series of circles within circles. Working from the outside in, we have a chapter ring on a band around the perimeter of the dial. Inside that there is the off-centre sub-dial of the hours and minutes, its centre a harmonious composite of the engraved R. Gauthier logo on light grey, anthracite sun-ray guilloche radiating outwards and an opening allowing visual access to the movement below. A semi-circular ring arcs over the lower portion of the hour/minute sub-dial and indicates the seconds.
The elegant 41mm diameter case is distinguished by clean, unbroken lines around its full case perimeter and it is the remarkable absence of a crown that reveals just how special the movement is. Placing the crown on the back increases winding efficiency and water resistance also reduces wear and stress of components. The large-diameter flat crown enables the watch to be easily wound, even while on the wrist.

The movement was entirely conceived, developed, designed, produced, assembled and regulated by Manufacture Romain Gauthier. Virtually every component bears Roman Gauthier's distinctive touch: from the Vallée de Joux style finger bridges that catch both the light and the eye with their seductive polished curves; the bespoke gear wheels with their circular arms; the polished screw heads with their distinctive S-slot; the delicate balance wheel with its distinctive curved arms and calibrated eccentric weights has been designed and manufactured by Romain Gauthier; and right down to the triangular pallet lever (a Romain Gauthier invention). In fact, the only components not designed by Romain Gauthier in the movement are the mainspring, balance spring and jewels (and even the latter are oversized to his specifications).

Prestige HMS is available in a 41mm diameter red gold, white gold or platinum case and a 43mm titanium case

Technical details
Indications
Off-centre hours, minutes and small seconds

Case and strap
Case materials: red gold, white gold, platinum or titanium
Dimensions: 41mm x 12.1, 43mm x 12.1 (titanium)
Water resistance: 10m /1 atm / 30’
Strap and buckle: alligator leather hand-stitched in Switzerland with pin buckle in metal to match the case.

Movement
In-house manufacture movement Calibre HMS
Power reserve: 60 hours
Number of jewels: 22
Number of components: 128
Balance frequency: 28,800 bph / 4Hz
Fine finishing including hand polished screws and jewel countersinks; Geneva waves, hand bevelled and polished bridges.

Friday, February 15, 2013

ZENITH – New El Primero Tourbillon Chronograph

Swiss luxury watch brand ZENITH offers their new 44 mm diameter Tourbillon Chronograph, the tourbillon combined with a chronograph caliber with a calendar – another watchmaking complication – and a high frequency, a third challenge. It is the only watch on the market with such a complex mechanism, aiming to attain the most precise chronometric performance possible.

This tourbillon is unique in more than one way: it shows off its rotating carriage in the upper left-hand part of the dial, including a built-in calendar. This asymmetry aesthetically highlights the tourbillon’s mechanism, visible through an opening in the dial, while maintaining fine proportions and elegant lines. The date is displayed – in a patented system – by means of a disk around the circumference of the carriage.
The El Primero chronograph’s automatic calibre is the heart of the movement. While the high frequency assigned to this exceptional motor generates greater precision, it also demands increased power. To protect performance, ZENITH designers have developed an in-line escapement that shifts the balance spring to the outer edge of the rotating carriage. The result is a tourbillon and a high-frequency automatic chronograph with over 50 hours of power reserve. The calibre is composed of 381 components, including 67 for the rotating carriage.
The tourbillon comes in two models: steel or rose gold, with counters at three and six o’clock. The seconds hand in the tourbillon carriage rotates with it in 60 seconds. A true mechanical masterpiece and a technical exploit, to date, the ZENITH tourbillon is the only one to beat at a high frequency, with a quarter more vibrations of its balance than other constructions.
Let us examine the unique characteristics of the ZENITH tourbillon. The case’s middle is formed using a double stamping process, which creates one curve at a time along the length and depth. The olivette makes it easier to grasp the crown. The magic of the calibre in movement can be seen through the Sapphire glass.
Technical details
Model: New 44 mm diameter Tourbillon Chronograph
Automatic movement with the unique and patented Date around Tourbillon carriage
El Primero 4035 D Caliber: 381 Components, 35 jewels & 36’000 VpH

References
03.2050.4035/21.C630
18.2050.4035/01.C631

Movement
• El Primero 4035 D, Automatic
• Height: 7.55 mm
• Components: 381
• Jewels: 35
• Frequency: 36’000 VpH - (5 Hz)
• Power reserve: min. 50 hours
• Finishings: 18 carat Gold or metal oscillating weight with «Côtes de Genève» pattern.
• Caliber: 16 ½ ``` (Diameter : 37 mm)

Functions
Hours and minutes in the center

Chronograph:
Central Second hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

• Tourbillon:
The carriage is positioned at 11 o’clock
The carriage makes one turn per minute
The small second is on the carriage
The date is positioned around the Carriage

Case, Dial & Hands
• Material: Rose Gold or Stainless Steel
• Crystal: Box-form Sapphire glass with anti-reflection treatment on both sides
• Case-back: Transparent Sapphire glass
• Water-resistance: 10 ATM
• Dial: Black Sunray or Silver Sunray
• Hands: Rhodium Faceted with Superluminova SLN C1 or Gold plated for Rose Gold version
• Case Diameter: 44 mm
• Opening Diameter: 39 mm
• Indexes: Rhodium Faceted with Superluminova SLN C1 or Gold plated for Rose Gold version

Strap & Buckle
Alligator Leather strap lined with a Rubber protection available also on triple folding buckle

Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown

Swiss watchmaker Alpina has announced the launch of a new Sailing Yachttimer model which fits perfectly, both on the wrist of the owner and in the world of yacht racing. The Sailing Yachttimer Countdown comes with a host of features that makes it ideal for those who participate in maritime racing.

The wide, 44 mm diameter stainless steel case surrounds the impressive black face, which in turn contrasts beautifully with the luminous white hour and minute hands. And because when you’re racing yachts, it’s the seconds as opposed to the minutes that really count, the Yachttimer Countown’s triangular, fluorescent orange second hand truly stands out and is especially easy to read. The sapphire crystal case back allows an amazing view of the intricate AL-880 caliber.
Additional features found on the Yachttimer Countdown include countdown windows. The countdown to the start of any yacht race is the time when pulses quicken, muscles tense and all senses seem to become sharper and more finely focused. The Yachttimer has countdown windows from 10 to 1, leading to the fluorescent START indicator, when the action really begins.

The sapphire compass bezel turns in only one direction, to help eliminate the mistakes that can be caused by bezels which turn in both directions. As you would expect from any Alpina sport watch, the Yachttimer Countdown is water resistant to a depth of 30 atmospheres, or 300 metres below sea level. With a view to both functionality and style, the black rubber strap can easily be replaced by the optional metal and metal mesh bracelets. Alpina will present each of these new limited edition (just 8,888 pieces will be produced) watches in a specially designed gift box, which also contains a stunning, miniature Extreme 40 yacht.

Technical details
Model: Sailing Yachttimer Countdown
Reference: AL-880LBG4V6
Delivered in a special gift box with an Extreme 40 boat miniature

Movement
Automatic with yacht timer function, caliber AL-880
PVD Black coated Alpina rotor

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, yacht timer function.

Case
Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
Sapphire crystal, see-through case back
Unidirectional turning sapphire compass bezel
30 ATM Water-resistant

Dial
Black dial, countdown luminous minute indication
Coutndown windows from 0’ to 4’, with fluorescent START indication
White luminous hands with fluorescent orange triangle second’s hand

Strap
Black rubber strap (metal bracelet and mesh bracelet available as spare parts)

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds and Date

Since its creation, the models of Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 collection have had a timeless appeal. This year, the magic continues with the latest watch featuring a date and a small second display at 9 o’clock. This simple, yet elegant timepiece is equipped with state of the art GP01890-0003 automatic movement

The inspiration is classic yet expressive of its belonging to the modern world. With its pure lines, its elegance is revealed in the attention to detail. The meticulous and subtle finishing draws on all the specialist expertise of the brand’s watchmakers and craftsmen.
The aesthetic is softened by the case, curved dial and a slightly spherical sapphire glass. The pink gold 41mm-diameter case boasts a diamond-polished sloping bezel which enhances its finesse. The applied hour markers which hem the dial have faceted ends to mark the slope.
Under the foliate hands, the small second adopts a diamond-cut lattice which gives it depth, while the date sits opposite it at 3 o’clock.  The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second and Date watch is available in two versions of the dial, one in silvered opaline and the other in cognac with the sheen of a sun-brushed finish.
The case’s sapphire glass on the case back opens onto the automatic mechanical caliber GP01890-0003, designed in the Manufacture’s R&D department, entirely made and assembled in its workshops. With its 54 hours power reserve, it winds itself with the help of its pink gold  rotor.
Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Seconds and Date

References
49543-52-131-BKBA (silvered opaline dial)
49543-52-B31-BK6A (cognac-colored dial)

Case
Case in pink gold
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
Case back: sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 30 meters

Movement
Girard-Perregaux Movement GP01890-0003
Automatic mechanical movement
Caliber: 13 ¼ ’’’
Frequency: 28.800 Vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 54 hours
Jewels: 28
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second

Strap
Alligator strap available in brown or black
Folding buckle in pink gold

deLaCour - The City Cadet II "Sun and Love" Limited Edition

The City Cadet II has been refined; its case edges and thickness have been reduced, giving this timepiece more sophistication and style. An inner bezel around the perimeter of the dial accentuates the beauty of this watch. The back has a smoky sapphire crystal which allows the wearer to admire its automatic movement.
 The City Cadet II "Sun and Love" is the subtle fusion of two symbols in perfect harmony. The bezel of the watch is set to the end of the lugs. The inner bezel is set with diamonds and accentuates the glow of the dial. The City Cadet "Sun and Love" is also available in rose gold.
Technical Details
Model:The City Cadet II "Sun and Love" Limited Edition
Dimensions: 42 x 41 x 12 mm
Case Material: Rose Gold with diamonds
Crystal: Sapphire and a smoky sapphire back
Movement: Automatic DC 251
Power Reserve: 36 hours
Functions/Dial: Dual time, day and date indicator
Bracelet: Hand-stitched crocodile
Limited Edition

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blancpain – New Chronograph Large Date for Ladies

A pioneer since 1930 in the creation of ladies’ watches equipped with self-winding movements, Blancpain pursues this path and regularly introduces models developed for women sensitive to watchmaking complications. Loyal to tradition, the new Chronograph Large Date associates a dainty mother-of-pearl face and a self-winding heart with several complications within a model featuring generous gem-set lines.

Right at first glance, the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a minute track reveals a two-part composition delineated by two waves of 17 variously sized diamonds rippling out from the centre with its chronograph seconds hand. At 12 o’clock the off-centred time display featuring Roman hour and minute numerals on a mother-of-pearl subdial creates a dynamic counterpoint to the Arabic numerals on the chronograph counters; while the double-disc large date display appears through twin apertures 6 o’clock.
The new Chronograph Large Date houses Blancpain Calibre 26F8G, a mechanical selfwinding movement composed of 495 parts. The 38.6 mm-diameter case in 18-carat red gold/white gold set with 40 diamonds is water-resistant to 3 bar. Its sapphire back provides an opportunity to admire the finishing lavished on all its parts and reflecting that of all Blancpain movements, as well as to admire the graceful femininity of the petal shaped oscillating weight. The crown is set with a diamond. This model, available in red gold/white gold and steel versions, is fitted with a white ostrich leather strap and also comes complete with a second strap in a different colour and material.
Features
Women's Collection, Chronograph Large Date, off-centred hour,
white mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds, self-winding

Case
18-carat red gold/ white gold or Steel
Carat weight (including dial & case): 2.235
Sapphire crystal back

Movement
Calibre  26F8G
Power-reserve in hours: 40
Rubies: 44
Components: 495

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin dressed by Valextra for St. Valentine’s Day

Keeping pace with trends, Jaeger-LeCoultre dresses its Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin with a double-tour strap by Valextra in new season’s colors. A red “ribes”, green “muschio” or beige “cannetè” strap will accentuate the Reverso’s unique and elegant look, turning it into a trendy accessory. Three new color bracelets will be available at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques around the world starting from St. Valentine’s Day in February 2013.

The Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin, a model paying homage to women’s dreams, remains faithful to the very essence of the timeless classic Reverso watch, embodying an ideal blend of Art Deco style and elegance. Wearing the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin expresses a certain vision of luxury, of glamour and appreciation for high-end watchmaking. It also conveys a taste for an independent attitude and for self-affirmation.
The Reverso watch provides a unique space for personalization through engraving and gem-setting. There is an infinite variety of motifs that may be used to personalize a Reverso, including initials, a drawing, a lucky number or a portrait. A wealth of exceptional moments immortalized in a watch that is uniquely able to establish intimate emotional ties with the person who wears it day after day.

Sharing the same vision of creativity, Jaeger-LeCoultre, the reference in Swiss fine watchmaking, and Valextra, an internationally renowned luxury Maison, keep creating unique accessories for ladies expressing luxury in every detail and crafted with utmost care. The two Maisons started their collaboration in 2012 issuing the first totally new double-tour bracelet for the ladies’ Reverso. Later on, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Clutch by Valextra was presented as a unique way to wear one’s watch.

VALEXTRA
A leader in the luxury leather goods sector, Valextra was founded in Milan in 1937 and owes its success to its founder Giovanni Fontana, a far-sighted man with great entrepreneurial flair and the capacity to transform a vision into a creative idea.

Specializing in leather products with distinctive shapes designed for the comfort of sophisticated and cosmopolitan travelers, Valextra, during its history, became an internationally renowned luxury Maison and its name synonymous with a timeless style, challenging trends, exquisite craftsmanship: most of its creations became historical bestsellers, some being celebrated as icons of design in various museums of modern art worldwide, such as the famous travel piece the “24h ”, awarded the prestigious “Compasso d’Oro” Prize in 1954 and which was entrusted in history the name "24 Hour Bag”.

Being faithful to the spirit of Giovanni Fontana, today Valextra interprets the times and develops products by means of an ancient art, responding to the needs of the moment and in continuous synergy, combining tradition and innovation, supreme quality and functionality to its essentially linear and elegant forms. A proverbial quality guaranteed by the finely skilled craftsmen who are able to modernise whilst maintaining a respect for tradition.

Today Valextra is distributed in Italy, Europe, Japan, South Korea and USA through a network of flagship stores and shop in shops.

Monday, February 11, 2013

IWC Schaffhausen - Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition (Ref. IW502639)

The red gold Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition comes with a perpetual calendar and the original 46.2-millimetre case diameter of the Big Pilot’s Watch launched exactly 10 years ago. An impressive time machine with a gold-plated dial featuring the time as well as displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and double moon for the northern and southern hemispheres.
The 51614-calibre automatic movement has a 7-day power reserve. The time remaining is displayed on the watch dial. Equally unique and typical of IWC is the independent, mechanically programmed calendar with its complete, fourdigit year display, which will require no correction until the year 2100 and can be advanced, together with all the other calendar displays, in one-day steps via the crown. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition, the biggest of the three models in this special edition, also comes with a sapphire-glass back. It is limited to 250 pieces.
Technical details
Model: Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition 
Ref. IW502639

Big Pilot’s Watch in 18-carat red gold case. Independent, mechanically programmed perpetual calendar with four-digit year display, double moon display for the northern and southern hemispheres, automatic movement with Pellaton winding system, 7-day power reserve, hour and minute display, small hacking seconds, power reserve display, date display, display for day, month, year and moon sequence, rotor with an 18-carat “Probus Scafusia” gold medallion

Movement
Calibre 51614
Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Jewels: 63
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Winding: automatic

Watch
Materials: case and folding clasp in 18-carat 5N red gold, gold-plated dial, gold-plated, luminescent hands
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: transparent sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Case height 16 mm
Limited to 250

IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012
The Boutique Exclusive Edition from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference. All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques from November 2012.

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition(Ref. IW323312)

The Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition recalls an exciting era in IWC’s history: during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the company’s legendary Technical Director Albert Pellaton developed the first IWC automatic movement with a pawl-winding system. The mechanism was named after him and is still used by IWC today.
The 80111 calibre, which replaced it several years ago and was developed specially for the modern versions of the Ingenieur, is now even more robust. It is also the driving force behind the Boutique Edition with its brown dial and red gold indices, and can be admired through the sapphire-glass back in the original Ingenieur’s 42.5-millimetre red gold case. This model is limited to 500 pieces.
Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition Ref. IW323312
A watch reminiscent of the first Ingenieur watches of 1955 with an IWC-manufactured 80111 calibre specially developed for the new Ingenieur collection with an automatic pawl-winding system and improved integrated shock-absorption system. Central hacking seconds stopped via the screw-in crown, date display

Movement
Calibre 80111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 28
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: automatic

Watch
Materials: case and buckle in 18-carat 5N red gold, brown dial, appliqués in 5N red gold, gold-plated, luminescent hands
Glass:  sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: transparent sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 42.5 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
Limited to 500

IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012
The Boutique Exclusive Edition from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference. All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques from November 2012.

IWC Schaffhausen - Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition (Ref. IW545409)

Introduced in November 2012 by IWC as a part of their Boutique Exclusive Edition, the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition comes in a 44-millimetre Portuguese case fitted with the 98295 calibre. Back in 1939, its predecessor was the first pocket watch-sized model designed for the wrist. This model, with its unusual dimensions, unconventional movement and understated elegance, established a whole new genre in watch design.
The pocket watch movement of the Portuguese Hand- Wound Boutique Edition has seen further improvements but still includes many of the design cues found in the first movements developed by company founder F. A. Jones. These include an elongated index, which is used to set the effective length of the balance spring and extends from the balance cock over the three quarter plate. The watch, featuring a sapphire glass back, silver-plated dial, red gold Arabic numerals and slender “feuille” hands, will be limited to just one thousand pieces worldwide.
Technical details
Model: Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition (Ref. IW545409)

Portuguese Hand-Wound in a red gold case: in terms of style and technology, a modern reflection of the first Portuguese watches of 1939. The hand-wound 98295-calibre movement also includes stylistic references to the first F. A. Jones pocket watch movements, such as an elongated index and a three-quarter plate. Small hacking seconds at 6 o’clock stopped via the crown.

Movement
Calibre 98295
Frequency 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
Jewels 18
Power reserve 46 h
Winding hand-wound

Case, dial & strap
case and buckle in 18-carat 5N red gold, silver-plated dial, appliqués in 5N red gold, gold-plated hands
Glass sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back transparent sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant 3 bar
Diameter 44 mm
Case height 10 mm
Limited to 1,000

IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012
The Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012 from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference. All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques from November 2012.

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Automatic

Of all the watches in the 2013 Ingenieur collection, the Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. IW323902, IW323904, IW323906) in stainless steel is the model that most visibly reflects the features typically associated with this watch family. The watch, with its three hands, has a timeless, clear-cut design.

The conspicuous bores in the bezel were the brainchild of watch designer Gérald Genta. In the case of the legendary Ingenieur SL unveiled in 1976, he placed the five functional holes directly on the bezel, where they originally served to hold it firmly in position. The bores, the entire structure of the case and the logo, incorporating the stylized bolt of lightning, soon became the hallmarks of the Ingenieur family.
Because of its low case height, the Ingenieur Automatic is fitted with the slim, automatic 30110-calibre movement. Water-resistant to 12 bar, the case also accommodates a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. This technical feature was responsible for the watch family’s name because, in the 1950s, engineers, who were often exposed to magnetic fields in the course of their work, were among the potential buyers of the original Ingenieur from IWC Schaffhausen.

In order to guarantee protection against magnetic fields, the inner back plate, casing ring and dial are made of soft iron, which conducts magnetic flux lines around the movement. The protection provided – up to 40,000 amperes per metre – is more than eight times the minimum required by the Swiss standard for antimagnetic watches. Despite its elegant appearance, the Ingenieur Automatic is robust and ideally equipped for everyday use.
With a case measuring just 10 millimetres in height and 40 millimetres in diameter, the Ingenieur Automatic is equally well suited to a slimmer wrist. The slightly chamfered bezel features an integrated step, the overall effect being to make the watch look slimmer. All the surfaces of the case feature a matte finish. The various edges, most of which are polished, underscore the watch’s simple elegance.

The chunky screw-in crown is generously sized and shielded by solid protective shoulders. The raised inner circle on the dial has exactly the same radius as the hour hand, while the minute hand circumscribes the middle section with its purist hour markers. The central seconds hand extends as far as the outer chapter ring. Here, too, we find clarity and functionality down to the last detail, qualities underscored by the date window at “3 o’clock”.

The Ingenieur Automatic is available with a silver-plated or black dial. The silver-plated version comes with rhodium-plated or rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, while the rhodium-plated hands and appliqués form an attractive contrast to the black dial. The watch is fitted with a solid stainless-steel bracelet. A black rubber strap with a pin buckle is also available on request.

The new Ingenieur Automatic is the most classic Ingenieur model in the current collection. Elegant, functional and conscious of its tradition, it consistently reflects the design elements defined by legendary watch designer Gérald Genta.

Technical details
Model: IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Automatic 
Ref. IW323902, IW323904, IW323906

Mechanical movement – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Central hacking seconds – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields up to 40,000 A/m – Screw-in crown

Movement
Calibre 30110
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 21
Power reserve 42 h
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap
Ref. IW323902: stainless-steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Ref. IW323904: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Ref. IW323906: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp

Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Case height: 10 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

With its Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil, IWC breathes fresh life into the legend of the historic Mercedes-Benz racing car. The designers took their inspiration from the illustrious W25 while the technicians equipped the chronograph, as only fitting, with a highly efficient IWC-manufactured movement.

An old black-and-white photograph taken at a motor race in Bern in 1936 records a very special moment: it shows Albert Pellaton, IWC Schaffhausen’s future Technical Director, walking along the Mercedes-Benz pit and a line of W25 Silver Arrow racing cars. In the background we see the Mercedes team mechanics and even Mercedes’ well-known racing-team manager, Alfred Neubauer. It is a brief encounter between men with a passion for engineering: men who use that passion – in both watchmaking and motorsport – in the pursuit of excellence, and who write technological history. To this day, the two disciplines are united by an obsession for precision technology and the quest for higher efficiency and performance.

Albert Pellaton went on to design a pawl winding mechanism for IWC that was named after him. His 85-calibre movement featured the world’s first bi-directionally wound automatic movement. Unlike conventional winding systems, which functioned only when the rotor was moving in one direction, his mechanism wound in both directions and was significantly more efficient. Pellaton’s invention gave IWC a technological edge over the competition in the 1950s and has been continuously improved ever since. Today, it plays an important role in the Ingenieur watch family.

The Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow dominated international motorsport in the 1930s and in 1954/55, thanks not least to its mechanics. By the standards of the time, their contribution was simply remarkable. The Mercedes Silver Arrow’s success story has lasted to this day and began with the W25 at the Eifel GP on the Nürburgring in 1934. It was there that Manfred von Brauchitsch was first past the chequered flag in a cigar-shaped car that developed 354 h.p. and was capable of speeds up to 300 kph. The car had already created a furore in the Mercedes pit before the race even started.

During the official technical inspection, it proved to be exactly one kilogram heavier than the permitted maximum weight of 750 kilograms. At this, von Brauchitsch is said to have suggested stripping the white paint to reduce the weight to the permitted limit. And overnight, this is precisely what the mechanics did. This revealed the gleaming aluminium bodywork, which from then on gave the W25 and its successors the name “Silver Arrow” (German: “ Silberpfeil”).

In 2013, IWC Schaffhausen brings together the illustrious names “Ingenieur” and “Silberpfeil” in its new Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil. The thing that strikes you most about the chronograph in its stainless-steel case is the design. One of the most conspicuous features is the circular-grained dial in silver (Ref. IW378505) or brown (Ref. IW378511).

Circular graining, or “perlage”, is a cloud- like pattern of small overlapping circles that is usually reserved for plates and bridges. Here, it is a tribute to the legendary Mercedes-Benz W25, whose instruments were mounted on a dashboard with a circular-grained surround. The pattern creates a fascinating play of light and reflections and gives the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil its high- quality, technically inspired look. The red elements on the silver-plated or brown dial take up the design of the tachometer and revolution counter. The date display is integratedinto the lower counter, thus maintaining the perfect symmetry of the dial.

The efficient IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre is one of the best that fine watchmaking currently has to offer. The movement enables stopped hours and minutes to be read off as simply as the time on a subdial, while the central stopwatch hand records short stop times of up to a minute. Used in combination with the tachymeter scale, this provides the speed at which a reference distance of 1,000 metres is completed.

Another practical feature for anyone who frequents the world’s racing circuits is the flyback function for measuring pit-stop times: simply pressing the reset button causes the chronograph seconds hand to jump to zero and immediately starts another timing sequence. This eliminates the complicated business of successively pressing the stop, reset and start buttons. The further-improved Pellaton winding system builds up a 68-hour power reserve in next to no time. Its automatic double-pawl winding mechanism is 30 per cent more efficient than the one designed by Albert Pellaton: an enhancement of which the ingenious inventor would wholeheartedly have approved. On top of that, the watch’s accuracy is unaffected when the chronograph is running or when the flyback function is activated.

The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil has a wristband with a brown leather inlay. This likewise takes us back to the world of motor racing in the 1930s, when sturdy leather straps – on the drivers’ overalls as well as in the cockpit and on the car’s bonnet – were virtually omnipresent. Unlike those, however, the chronograph’s high-quality strap is made of finest calfskin, which is bonded with hardwearing rubber on the inner surface. In this way, the traditional leather look is combined with the comfort and long service life of rubber. Another option is the stainless-steel bracelet with a fine-adjustment clasp. An elaborate engraving of a historic Silver Arrow racing car can be found on the case back.
Between 1934 and 1939, Mercedes-Benz won countless Grand Prix victories and championships with the Silver Arrow.In 1935, Rudolf Caracciola was crowned European champion driving the W25: a feat he repeated with its successor, the W125, in 1937, and in 1938 with the W154. Until 1939, he and the other members of the team, such as Manfred von Brauchitsch and Hermann Lang, dominated international motorsport’s premier discipline. And in 1954, Mercedes-Benz celebrated the return of the Silver Arrows to Formula One™ with a one-two victory at the French Grand Prix.

The winner, Juan Manuel Fangio, won three more Grands Prix with his W196 R, and the world championship. The W196 R dominated the 1955 season too. In the seven Grand Prix events that year, the team won five races, four of them one-twos, and Juan Manuel Fangio retained his Formula One™ crown. Teammate Stirling Moss became a living legend when he won the 1955 Mille Miglia in a new record time. After this, Mercedes-Benz retired from motorsport to focus on series production. Since 2010, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team has been vying for points again, and is now supported by its Official Engineering Partner, IWC Schaffhausen.

Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
Ref. IW378505 & Ref. IW378511

Mechanical chronograph movement – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance via the crown – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Screw-in crown – Limited edition of 1,000 watches each, once with silver-plated and once with brown dial

Movement
Calibre 89361
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial & strap
Ref. IW378505: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap with brown calfskin inlay, pin buckle in stainless steel, engraving on case back “ONE OUT OF 1,000”
Ref. IW378511: stainless-steel case, brown dial, black rubber strap with brown calfskin inlay, pin buckle in stainless steel, engraving on case back “ONE OUT OF 1,000”

Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Chronograph Racer

IWC Schaffhausen set to enter the motor-racing season in 2013 as the Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. To mark their cooperation, IWC is launching the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer in stainless steel with an engraving of a Formula One™ racing car on the case back.

For one of the parties in the venture, time is a genuine ally; for the other, a powerful opponent. Nevertheless, the engineers and designers from IWC Schaffhausen and the mechanics with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team have the same vision: they repeatedly push the boundaries of mechanical engineering and redefine the limits of precision technology. The two companies have a name for this untiring quest for perfection: performance engineering.

As part of this joint venture, IWC is dedicating the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer (Ref. IW378507, IW378508, IW378509, IW378510) to the Formula One™ racing team. Recording periods of time of up to 12 hours, timing pit stops and calculating the average speed attained over a measured distance: there is virtually no time-related task to which the watch is not equal.

The set-up of a Formula One™ racing car and the assembly of a high-precision timepiece exemplify the art of engineering at the highest-possible level. The development of the 89361 calibre is a perfect example of the crucial role played by passion and expertise in the quest to achieve a leading position in the Constructors’ Championship for watch manufacturers.

A team of engineers at IWC Schaffhausen spent four years developing this superb movement. In the beginning was a vision: the members of the team wanted to develop a chronograph display that would eliminate the mental arithmetic needed to calculate recorded times of over one minute using both the hour and minute counters. In addition, they set themselves the ambitious goal of making the ingenious Pellaton winding system, one of the most outstanding watchmaking achievements ever to emerge from Schaffhausen, even more efficient.

Recorded hours and minutes are combined in a single totalizer which has two hands and is read off like an analogue watch display:for example “8 hours and 52 minutes”. Shorter recorded times, i.e. those less than a full minute, continue to be shown by the central chronograph hand. In order to put this simple but revolutionary idea into practice, IWC’s engineers had to develop a completely new movement based on the Pellaton winding system. They also found a brilliant solution to their second task.

The mechanism, which is known as double-pawl winding, no longer has just two pawls in series but a total of four – two sets of double pawls – assembled diagonally to the pawl wheel. These transmit the push-and-pull movements generated by the rotor to the barrel. The arrangement eliminates dead spots during winding and boosts the system’s efficiency by a measurable 30 per cent. Even if the chronograph displays a recorded time for a protracted period, the amplitude remains constant and the watch’s accuracy is unaffected. Additionally, the pawls are not fitted with springs but designed as springs themselves, and rest against the pawl wheel with precisely the right degree of tension.

The pawls are controlled by a miniature drive shaft – similar to the crankshaft in a car – which is set in motion by the rotor. For this reason, it is only logical that the 89361 calibre is now the driving force behind the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer.

With the help of the tachymeter scale on the chronograph’s bezel, it is a simple task to calculate the speed of a car: if a measured distance of 1,000 metres is covered in 30 seconds, the tachymeter scale shows 120. The vehicle’s speed over the kilometre is thus 120 km/h. Thanks to the flyback function, pressing the reset button brings the stopwatch hand back to zero and immediately restarts timing, making it perfect for recording pit-stop times.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Racer is available with a slate- coloured dial and black totalizers or with a silver-plated dial, silver-plated totalizers and blue hands and appliqués. The red “60” in the chapter ring was inspired by the digital display on the steering wheel of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ racing car, which shows the selected gear, oil temperature and lap times during the race. The engraving of a Formula One™ racing car – a modern Silver Arrow, of course – decorates the case back.

The watch comes with a robust stainless-steel bracelet fitted with a special fine-adjustment clasp, which allows the wearer to make minor adjustments to the length of the strap at any time. All he needs to do is press gently on the button with the IWC logo in the middle of the clasp cover and to pull or push the bracelet slightly. The timepiece is also available with a sporty rubber strap with a textile inlay. While the material on the upper side is very attractive to look at, the rubber on the inside makes the strap enormously durable and pleasant to wear.

Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Chronograph Racer
REF. IW378507 • IW378508 • IW378509 • IW378510


Mechanical chronograph movement – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Screw-in crown

Movement
Calibre 89361
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials
Ref. IW378507: stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW378508: stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial, stainless-steel bracelet with fine-adjustment clasp
Ref. IW378509: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW378510: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, stainless-steel bracelet with fine-adjustment clasp

Glass: Sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium (Ref. IW386501, IW386503) & Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium (Ref. IW326403)

Materials used in Formula One™ inspired the cases of the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium and Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium. Technically speaking, too, the two timepieces are ideal for the motorsport’s premier discipline. While the Double Chronograph records lap times, the Dual Time helps to keep track of the time during the racing season despite constant time-zone changes.

The new design line in the Ingenieur watch family is easy to identify: instead of the characteristic bores, the bezels of these distinctive sports watches feature five screws. These secure the bezel firmly to the cases of the Ingenieur Double Chronograph (Ref. IW386501, IW386503) and the Ingenieur Dual Time (Ref. IW326403), which are made of titanium. Titanium is one of the materials IWC first introduced to the watch industry back in the early 1980s and has several outstanding properties: only half the weight of stainless steel, it is corrosion-resistant, antimagnetic and particularly skin-friendly. In both watches, therefore, the crown, crown protection and push-buttons are made of titanium, which is painstakingly coated with rubber.
Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium
In Formula One™ racing, lap times provide information about technical parameters and the course of the race. During qualifying, the driver with the fastest lap time is awarded pole position, on the inside bend at the front of the grid. So it was clear that the new Ingenieur collection, which is dedicated to the partnership agreement between IWC Schaffhausen and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team, would have to feature a double chronograph.

The split-seconds hand can be used to record two intermediate times within a given minute while the stopwatch hand with its blue or white tip continues to run. When the push-button at “10 o’clock” is pressed again, the split-seconds hand instantly catches up with the chronograph hand and runs synchronously with it once again. In this way, users can record as many lap times as they choose. The stopwatch display at “12 o’clock” is divided up into 30 minutes and contains a jumping minute counter. In the course of an hour, its triangular tip completes two revolutions.

The hour counter in the totalizer at “6 o’clock” marks off stop times in half-hour segments. The recessed totalizers, which closely resemble tachometers, give the watch its consistent, instrument- inspired look. With so many displays, it goes almost without saying that, apart from the date, there should also be one for the day of the week. The Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is water-resistant to 12 bar, available with either a silver-plated or black dial, and worn with a rubber strap.
Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium
The new Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium takes the hard work out of it by showing a second local time of the wearer’s choice. On the dial, we see the current local time. This can be advanced or moved back in one-hour steps, even beyond the International Date Line.

While the white- tipped seconds hand relentlessly circuits the dial, the white triangle in the outer 24-hour ring shows a second time and ensures that the wearer’s home time is always visible. To make it easier to differentiate between day and night, the upper half, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., is darker than the lower half. The Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium retails with a black rubber strap.

Model: Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium
REF. IW386501 • IW386503
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding – Date and day display – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Small hacking seconds – Split-seconds hand for intermediate timing – Screw-in crown

Movement
Calibre 79420
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 29
Power reserve 44 h
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials
Ref. IW386501: titanium case, silver-coloured dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in titanium
Ref. IW386503: titanium case, black dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in titanium

Glass sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 16 mm

Model: Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium
REF. IW326403

Mechanical movement – Self-winding – Hour hand adjustable in one-hour steps (TZC = Time Zone Corrector) – 24-hour display (second time zone) – Date display – Central hacking seconds – Screw-in crown

Movement
Calibre 35720
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials: titanium case, titanium-coloured dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in titanium
Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 13 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic (Ref. IW322503 & Ref. IW322504)

Since the start of their cooperation in 2004, IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG have forged a strong partnership. The precision, efficiency and manufacturing quality of AMG cars and the Ingenieur watches from IWC hold an irresistible appeal for technology enthusiasts. In 2013, IWC is dedicating the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic to the two companies’ many years of cooperation.

Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance brand owned by Mercedes-Benz and domiciled in Affalterbach, Germany, makes the most powerful series-production models in the company’s portfolio. At irregular intervals, AMG adds a highlight to its range with the “Black Series”, which is inspired by motorsport. Formula One™ fans are also familiar with Mercedes-AMG from the Official F1™ Safety Car that has featured regularly on the world’s racing circuits since 1996. Despite being made for the track, a “Black Series” vehicle from AMG boasts all the features typically found in a genuine Mercedes-Benz: quality, reliability, everyday practicability and a long service life. They are the same attributes that apply to the new Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic timepiece from IWC (Ref. IW322503, IW322504).
IWC’s designers created the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic as a tribute to its namesake. One of the two versions of the watch is finished entirely in elegant black, with the exception of the white hands and indices. But the “Black Series” models made by the car manufacturer are available not only in black. This explains why a second version of the watch features a brown dial, beige hands and appliqués as well as a rubber strap with a brown calfskin inlay. The purist design of the watch, with its three hands, is an expression of the philosophy jointly held by IWC and Mercedes-AMG: uncompromising performance, functionality and no gimmicks. Some of the surfaces have a high-gloss, piano-lacquer-like finish while others are silky matte. This intriguing interplay ensures that the timepiece is an attractive eye-catcher. Clear-cut, meticulously aligned contours underscore the watch’s chic, sporty appeal.

Inspired by the high-performance ceramic disc brakes found in premium AMG vehicles, the case (water-resistant to 12 bar) of the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, including the bezel, crown and solid protective shoulders, is made entirely of black zirconium oxide. IWC discovered the high-performance ceramic for the watch industry back in 1986 and, as a result, has the technological expertise needed to machine this extremely hard material. In view of its hardness of 8 on the Mohs scale, the case blank can be machined only with diamond-tipped tools, which register 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. Apart from being extremely scratch-, heat- and corrosion-resistant, zirconium oxide is skin-friendly and weighs about 30 per cent less than steel, making it ideal for watch cases.
Ten titanium screws with striking ceramic heads hold the two sides of the case securely together, referencing the DNA of the modern Ingenieur watches. This is because the original five bores in the bezel – the brainchild of world- famous watch designer Gérald Genta – were inspired by diving helmets, which were secured to the diver’s suit by screws. In the mid-1970s, IWC commissioned him to design the legendary Ingenieur SL, whose decidedly technical appearance has given the Ingenieur family its face and left its stamp to this day.

Rather like an AMG Mercedes vehicle, which is as much at home on the track as it is on the road, the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic is ideally equipped to meet the stresses and strains of everyday use and of extreme situations. This is thanks, not least, to the IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre, one of the most rugged movements manufactured by the Schaffhausen-based company. It boasts an integrated shock-absorption system, which effectively protects the rotor bearing against impacts and vibrations.

Before an IWC movement earns the right to be called “shock-resistant”, it undergoes a daunting series of tests lasting weeks, during which all the parts are subjected to forces of up to 5000 g (the unit used to measure the earth’s gravitational pull). The watch is thus well equipped to withstand the breathtaking acceleration of the current SLS AMG Coupé Black Series: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.

A glance through the transparent sapphire-glass back at the watch’s precision “high-performance engine” reveals a movement with Pellaton winding, 44-hour power reserve and blackened rotor, underscoring the watch’s technical appeal. Geneva stripes and circular graining adorn the bridges and parts of the bottom plate. The rubber strap with its textile or calfskin inlay combines the attraction of a genuine eye-catcher with the wearability and durability of rubber.

Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic (Ref. IW322503 & Ref IW322504)
Mechanical movement – Pellaton automatic winding – Integrated shock-absorption system – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Central hacking seconds – Screw-in crown

Movement
Calibre 80110
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 28
Power reserve 44 h
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials
Ref. IW322503: ceramic case, black dial, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in titanium
Ref. IW322504: ceramic case, brown dial, black rubber strap with brown calfskin inlay, pin buckle in titanium

Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm

Girard-Perregaux Presents its “Limited Edition Sea Hawk Mission of Mermaids Wristwatch” to Support Japan Chapter of the Global Ocean Conservation Organization “Sailors for the Sea"

In cooperation with the Swiss watch Manufacture Girard-Perregaux, the Japan chapter of the non-profit ocean conservation organization “Sailors for the Sea” held a charity reception at the Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo. “Sailors for the Sea,” based in the United States, was founded by David Rockefeller, Jr. to raise social awareness about marine issues and the need to protect the ocean environment, and is now expanding its activities in Japan. Amongst some 110 distinguished guests are Japan’s first lady Mrs. Akie Abe, Ms Yuriko Koike, a former Minister of Environment.

David Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Susan Rockefeller, who flew in to Japan to take part in this event, welcomed one hundred guests and enjoyed a pleasant social evening over cocktails followed by dinner and classic concert. Susan Rockefeller’s documentary film “Mission of Mermaids” was shown during the dinner. Through the eyes of the mythical mermaid, the movie explores the current issues facing the marine environment, including ocean acidification, overfishing, and water pollution.

Emceed by famous television announcer Naomi Uemura, the event was focused on “Protect what is Precious” credo initiated by Susan Rockefeller and meaning Family, Art and Nature.  During the reception, Girard-Perregaux presented its limited edition Sea Hawk: Mission of Mermaids wristwatch. This exclusive timepiece, designed in collaboration with Susan Rockefeller, is inspired by forest green and ocean blue embellishments on the dial, which complement the mysterious mermaid carving on the case back, embodying the wish for ocean protection.

A charity raffle was later held, boosting the atmosphere within the venue to become ever more enthusiastic. All benefits were donated to the Japan chapter of “Sailors for the Sea.” To beautifully end the evening was a live opera performance by Kumi Taniguchi, recipient of l’Ordre national du Mérite (Chevalier class) of France, who thrilled the event guests with the beauty and sophistication of her voice.

About Susan and David Rockefeller
Susan Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker, author, jewelry designer and avid conservationist.  Deeply committed to nurturing our planet, Susan is a board member and chairs the Ocean Council for Oceana, is a member of the global Leadership Council for Natural Resources Defense Council and serves on the program committee for the Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture.  Always a creative and positive force, Susan’s other efforts include producing and directing the HBO documentary Making the Crooked Straight, which received a 2011 Christopher Award, and co-producing the internationally acclaimed A Sea Change.  She launches her signature jewelry collection on June 8, 2012 as an extension of her work in support of World Ocean’s Day and Oceana; each piece is meant to be a beautiful tool to spark a conversation about ocean conservation.  For more information please visit www.susanrockefeller.com. 

David Rockefeller, Jr., director and former chairman of Rockefeller & Company, is also an active participant in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of philanthropy, environment, the arts, and public education. His former foundation affiliations have included service as Trustee and Chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, President of the Rockefeller Family Fund, and a Trustee of the Boston Foundation. Mr. Rockefeller is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Susan Rockefeller are parents of four children.

Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and local waters. Protect What is Precious is a simple credo initiated by Susan Rockefeller. To Susan, this means - Family, Art and Nature. These are three things that she holds very dear.

Mission of Mermaids is a film celebrating director Susan Rockefeller’s relationship with the ocean. It’s both a poetic ode to the seas and a plea for their protection. The film evokes the archetype of the mermaid, a mythical creature that embodies the ocean’s enduring mystery. The film honors the women and men who live from and for the seas—artists, activists, performers, divers, fishermen, and sailors.

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Mission of Mermaids Limited Edition
Case
Material: Steel and rubber
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height:  17.10 mm
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire
Case-back: Screw-down
Water resistance: 100 ATM

Movement
Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0074, mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations / hour -(4Hz)
Jewels: 27
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, power reserve indicator.

Strap
Material: rubber
Size: 30.00/20.00 mm
Buckle: steel, folding

Reference: 49960-19-1219SFK6A
Launch date: February 2013

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance (Ref. IW322401 & Ref. IW322402)

In 2013 IWC Schaffhausen starts a 3-year period as Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. Worldwide, the two companies stand for outstanding craftsmanship, innovation and performance engineering. To mark their cooperation, IWC presents a new timepiece in a carbon case. Available with either red or yellow design elements, the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is limited to 100 watches in each version. These timepieces were unveiled as the part of IWC 2013 Ingenieur Collection at this year’s edition of SIHH.

When the red lights go out in front of the new MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team car in Melbourne for the first time, it signals the start of the 2013 Grand Prix season. The set-up of a Formula One™ racing car is cutting-edge precision work achieved by a team of racing strategists and technicians who scrutinize every detail of the technical data streaming across their monitors.

Like the engineers at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, the designers, technicians and master watchmakers at IWC Schaffhausen work tirelessly to achieve a level of perfection known to both companies as performance engineering. In 2013 IWC is launching a timepiece that underscores its commitment as Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDESAMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. The material used for the outer case is demanding, and the way in which it is processed only confirms IWC’s reputation as a manufacturer of timepieces of the very highest quality.

In the early 1980s, the use of carbon fibre revolutionized the manufacture of Formula One™ racing cars. No other material is as suitable as carbon for making the safety shell (monocoque) and bodywork. It is twice as rigid as steel and, volume for volume, just a fifth of the weight. A Formula One™ car monocoque consists of up to twelve layers of carbon-fibre matting and weighs less than 60 kilograms. The material is extremely rigid, which makes the carbon shell practically indestructible and plays a key role in the safety concept behind modern Formula One™.

Carbon has become a hallmark of Formula One™ and at the same time a symbol of state-of-the-art materials innovation. Today,even the steering wheels found in racing cars are made mainly of carbon. So it seems only apt that IWC Schaffhausen should unveil a new timepiece in a carbon case to mark its cooperation with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS: the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance (Ref. IW322401, Ref. IW322402). 
The three-part outer case is based on the same principles as those used for the monocoque body of a racing car. Fibre matting is soaked in epoxy resin, moulded to the desired shape and then baked at a high temperature with overpressure. Finally, the resin is cured. A closer look at the webbing reveals individual fibres five times finer than a human hair.

The black dial of the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is coated with carbon-fibre webbing in a twill weave: each strand of the weft thread is woven twice over and twice under a warp strand. This produces the characteristic pattern found on the steering wheel of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ racing car. The black carbon-fibre webbing complements the authentic Formula One™ look perfectly and gives the watch a dynamic surface with the added dimension of depth.

The five screws securing the outer case and carbon bezel to the water-resistant titanium inner case further enhance the technical look and feel of the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance. The screw heads are a reinterpretation of Gérald Genta’s design language. He created the legendary Ingenieur SL (Ref. 1832), which was housed in a sporty steel case and launched in 1976. It has remained one of the watch industry’s great designs to this day.

Taking his inspiration from a diving helmet, Genta made no attempt to conceal the screws and bores integral to the design, and placed them in full view on the bezel. Together with the lightning-bolt logo, the bores in the Ingenieur SL’s bezel have become a hallmark of the Ingenieur watch family. In much the same way that contemporary diving equipment influenced Gérald Genta, IWC’s design technicians have now taken many of their ideas from Formula One™. The classic range of materials traditionally found in a Formula One™ racing car inspired the choice of materials for the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance: carbon for the case and dial; ceramic for the crown, crown protection and screw heads; titanium for the screws; and, finally, rubber for the strap with its textile inlay.
The strap has signal-yellow or red thread stitches reminiscent of the yellow stripes on the outer walls of soft slicks and the red stripes found on super-soft slicks used in Formula One™. In motor racing’s leading discipline, the choice of tyres is strategically decisive. The colours help spectators to identify the six different kinds of tyres more easily. The stitching on the strap matches the colour of the yellow or red numerals showing seconds on the flange, which differ in the two versions of the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance. The rotor can be seen at work through the transparent sapphire-glass back, and was modelled on the pistons in a Formula One™ racing car. In this case, the engine is the IWC-manufactured 80110-calibremovement with the Pellaton automatic winding system. The powerful drive ticks away reliably and has a 44-hour power reserve.

When a Formula One™ driver hurtles round the track at speeds of up to 300 kph, he encounters impacts and vibrations that could – literally – leave him shaken up. In the bends, his body is subjected to centrifugal forces of up to five times the pull of gravity. Without a muscular physique and an effective suspension, it would be virtually unbearable.

In the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance, the job of counteracting impacts and vibrations is handled by the integrated shock-absorption system. It means the 80110 calibre is one of the most robust movements to make it through IWC’s gruelling series of tests, which simulate everything that can happen to a watch in both normal and extreme circumstances. The process known as “qualifying” in Formula One™ has similarities with “qualification” at IWC. In the workshops in Schaffhausen, the term stands for an extremely tough testing programme lasting several months.

Only timepieces that emerge successful from countless tests involving impact, abrasion, climate, corrosion, UV and practice will make it to the marketplace, where they are measured against the rest of the competition in the field of haute horlogerie. The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance has passed with flying colours. This impressive example of high technology is limited to 100 examples each with yellow or red numerals for the seconds and stitching on the strap. The case back ring bears the engraving “ONE OUT OF 100”.
Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance
REF. IW322401 & REF. IW322402


Mechanical movement – Pellaton automatic winding – Integrated shock-absorption system – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Central hacking seconds – Screw-in crown – Limited edition of 100 watches each, once with yellow and once with red numerals for the seconds and stitching on the strap

Movement
Calibre 80110
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 28
Power reserve 44 h
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap

Materials
Ref. IW322401: carbon case, black dial, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in titanium, limited to 100 watches with yellow numerals for the seconds and stitching on the strap, engraving on case back “ONE OUT OF 100”

Ref. IW322402: carbon case, black dial, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in titanium, limited to 100 watches with red numerals for the seconds and stitching on the strap, engraving on case back “ONE OUT OF 100”

Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379201)

The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month from the IWC 2013 Ingenieur Collection comes with a large date display, a sporty design and a case made of titanium aluminide. Like the hybrid boost button on the steering wheel of a Formula One™ car, its quick-action switch supplies maximum power precisely when it is needed at the end of the month.

The sight of an original MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS steering wheel is intriguing – and not only for motorsport fans. Dozens of displays, levers and buttons are arranged in the tiniest of spaces. At first sight rather confusing, they are so clear to the driver that he can operate them intuitively, even at speeds of up to 300 kph. The instrument look was the source of inspiration for the designers and engineers at IWC when they created the new Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379201).

The black- and-white dial looks every bit as complex as a Formula One™ steering wheel. Four totalizers are grouped around the central axis, dominated by the oversized numerals in the perpetual calendar, which shows the date and month on a large digital display. The perpetual calendar is one of the most impressive mechanisms ever invented by IWC Schaffhausen.
The angular numerals underscore the technological aspects of the chronograph. Cut-out sections in the middle of the subdials reveal the arbors of the sophisticated disc mechanism. The 4-year leap year cycle is also shown digitally. On top of this, there is another new feature in the design of the perpetual calendar: the dial has semi-transparent sapphire-glass inlays over the date, month and leap year discs, which enable the wearer to observe the complex interplay of the discs as they advance.

On New Year’s Eve, the five displays begin to move simultaneously. It is a complex technological feat that no lover of mechanical complications will want to miss. The perpetual calendar is mechanically programmed to take the 29th day of February into account every 4 years. Only on 1 March 2100 will it require intervention by a watchmaker, because that year breaks with the conventional 4-year cycle and will not be a leap year. Despite its complicated mechanism, the perpetual calendar can be set easily using the crown.

When it comes to the use of state-of-the-art high-tech materials, the competition in both watchmaking and motor racing is fierce. For the first time ever, IWC Schaffhausen unveils a watch case made of titanium aluminide (TiAl) and underscores its passion for innovative solutions. IWC discovered the use of titanium for the watch industry as a case material as early as 1980. In motor racing, titanium aluminide is used for pistons and valves: this is because the alloy is lighter and tougher than pure titanium and very well suited to the extreme temperatures generated in the combustion chamber. Machining this high-performance material for case blanks is a major technological challenge.

A team of specialists at IWC worked on it for 3 years until they mastered the process to perfection. Push-buttons, screw heads and the crown and its protective shoulders on the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month are made of black high-tech ceramic (zirconium oxide). IWC was also the first watch manufacturer to use this antimagnetic, acid-resistant and scratch-resistant material for a case – that of the Da Vinci Ceramic (Ref. 3755) – back in 1986. Composites using ceramics have established themselves for the use of brake discs in Formula One™ because of their resistance to heat and to mechanical wear and tear. The combination of titanium aluminide and ceramicin the case is not only an indication of IWC’s engineering prowess but also of the special affinity between the Ingenieur watches and motor racing.

When a Formula One™ driver needs more power, he simply presses the hybrid boost button on the steering wheel to unleash his engine’s potential. At the end of the year, the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month is called upon to advance two date and two month display discs as well as the leap year disc. Unfortunately, it cannot simply push a boost button. Mastering the technological challenge presented here took a team of IWC watchmakers and design engineers no less than 4 years. They developed a mechanism to store the energy separately: a quick-action switch, as it is known.

Every night, when the date display advances, this sophisticated mechanism siphons off a little of the energy, stores it and then discharges it precisely at the end of the month. At the end of the year, five display discs – including the one for the digital leap year display – have to be advanced simultaneously. Needless to say, this must have no effect on the watch’s accuracy, even if the tension in the mainspring is almost exhausted or if the chronograph is also activated at the same time.
The innovative “watch-within-a-watch” was designed for the rapid, intuitive display of stop times between a minute and 12 hours. While stop times up to 60 seconds are shown conventionally by the central chronograph hand, the hours and minutes recorded by the stopwatch can be read off on the totalizer at “12 o’clock” as easily as reading the time on an analogue display.

The integrated flyback function allows wearers to return the running stopwatch hand to zero and to start another timing sequence immediately. To turn this practical chronograph function into reality, the design engineers equipped the IWC-manufactured 89802 calibre with a particularly efficient automatic double-pawl winding system. The movement consists of 474 individual parts and can build up a power reserve of 68 hours.
As an acknowledgement of IWC’s involvement with motor racing in 2013, the rotor takes the shape of a wheel rim and can be seen through the transparent sapphire-glass back on the reverse side of the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month. The attractive black rubber strap with textile inlay ensures that the watch is extremely comfortable to wear and has a long service life.

Technical details
Model: Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
Ref. IW379201


Mechanical chronograph movement – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Perpetual calendar – Large double-digit displays for both the date and the month – Leap year display – Screw-in crown – See-through sapphire-glass back – Rotor in the shape of a wheel rim

Movement
Calibre 89802
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 51
Power reserve 68 h
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials: case in titanium aluminide, black dial with sapphire-glass inlays, black rubber strap with textile inlay, pin buckle in titanium
Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 17 mm

IWC Schaffhausen - Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon (Ref. IW590001)

Unveiled at SIHH as the part of IWC Schaffhausen’s 2013 Ingenieur collection, the spectacular Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon integrates the patented constant-force mechanism in a tourbillon.

Haute horlogerie and Formula One™ motorsport have one thing in common: only if the engineers adjust the individual parts to interact perfectly can they get the most out of their machines. And only then, whether they’re designed for the wrist or the racetrack, will their performance be spot on. While V8 engines are built for extreme acceleration and braking power, the hand-wound mechanism of a mechanical wristwatch should ideally supply energy at as constant a rate as possible. But because the mainspring in a conventional hand-wound movement is under more tension when freshly wound than when running down, the amount of power it generates varies constantly.

IWC’s team of engineers, watchmakers and designers sought an answer to the problem for 10 whole years. The result of their efforts is a highly complex constant-force mechanism integrated in a tourbillon. And in 2013, IWC’s invention makes its way into the Ingenieur watch family for the first time in the form of the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon (Ref. IW590001) in a platinum and ceramic case.
Positioned at “9 o’clock”, the impressive constant-force tourbillon provides a fascinating view of its layered construction. Connoisseurs of precision mechanics will particularly enjoy watching the complex interaction of the springs, wheels and pallets. The striking black tourbillon bridge is calibrated to facilitate reading off the seconds and, like the black screws, underscores the dial’s high-tech look.

As a captivating contrast to this we see the delicate, gold-coloured Glucydur®* beryllium alloy balance with its high precision adjustment cam on the balance arms. The tourbillon revolves around its own axis once every 60 seconds to offset the influence of gravity on any positional error in the balance and its adverse effect on the rate.

Down in the depths of the tourbillon we see the constant-force mechanism, the true heart of the watch. This intricate assembly allows the escapement to be uncoupled from the gear train, which keeps the amplitude of the balance – and thus the watch’s rate – virtually constant. The energy is stored temporarily in a balance spring and dispensed to the escape wheel. This balance spring is put under tension once a second, as we can see from the one-second advances made by the tourbillon hand.

After every five beats of the balance, the stop wheel and the tourbillon cage are also released. The stop wheel turns and causes the tourbillon cage to rotate with it, which puts the balance spring under tension again. After about 2 days, the watch moves from constant-force mode into normal mode. Now, the seconds hand advances smoothly every one-fifth of a second. The constant-force tourbillon guarantees a regular and precise rate over a period of at least 48 hours.

The new 94800-calibre basic movement was developed entirely internally by IWC. It features two barrels, which provide the energy for the higher torque required to drive the constant-force tourbillon. It also provides the moon phase module with the necessary power. IWC’s hallmark double moon display for the northern and southern hemispheres also makes its debut in the new design. If its position on the dial is a bold statement in itself, the incredibly realistic depiction of the moon is even more daring.

IWC used a special 3-D laser technique to render the surface as authentically as possible. As a result, even tiny craters are visible to the naked eye. The countdown display on the outer ring of the totalizer shows the number of days remaining before the next full moon. A new departure for IWC is the retrograde design of the power reserve display between “4” and “5 o’clock”, which has a triangular indicator to show the power remaining. The connecting bridge was designed in such a way that the IWC logo is not concealed at any point during the watch’s 96-hour run time.

The three totalizers protruding into the bezel were inspired by dashboard instruments and underscore the watch’s sporty character. In keeping with the cool, technically inspired look are the finely nuanced shades of black on the dial, the black, high-tech ceramic lugs and the solid crown protection in platinum. In the inner circle is the traditional pattern consisting of interlocking capital “I”s with elongated serifs. The letter stands for Ingenieur and lends an unusual depth to the relief.
If we look at the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon from the movement side, it’s like peering into a sports car’s engine compartment. Complementing the bores in the bezel on the front side are five titanium screws with ceramic heads, which secure the sapphire-glass back firmly to the case. On the bottom plate, the lively interplay of blasted and satin-finished surfaces combined with polished edges is reminiscent of a high-performance Formula One™ racing car. Perforated sections reveal the intermeshing gears, while engravings provide the technical details. All the design elements are meticulously harmonized and radiate power and pure dynamism.

Technical details
Model: - Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon
REF. IW590001


Mechanical movement – Power reserve display – High-precision moon phase display – Double moon phases for the northern and southern hemispheres – Countdown display showing phases until next full moon – Tourbillon with integrated constant-force mechanism – Glucydur®* beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms – Screw-in crown – See-through sapphire-glass back

Movement
Calibre 94800
Frequency 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
Jewels 43
Power reserve 96 h
Winding hand-wound

Case, dial & strap
Materials platinum and ceramic case, black dial, black alligator leather strap, pin buckle in platinum
Glass sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 12 bar
Diameter 46 mm
Case height 14 mm

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