Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Girard-Perregaux GP 1966 Lady

The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady proves that mechanical time knows how to dress up and catch the eye. Driven by a manufacture mechanical movement, the watch’s refined finish casts a special glow on the passing hours.  The new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady embodies the calling of traditional watchmaking: to give time a face and a heart that beats in time.

Its pink gold cladding is picked out with a border of diamonds extending to the lugs. Within its 30 mm diameter the slender aspect of the case is enhanced by the alternating satin and polished finish. With a delicate guilloche decoration, the dial is lit by an hour chapter of brilliant cut diamonds and Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock. The foliate hands sweep this picture with their unchanging regularity.



Visible through the sapphire back, the caliber GP03200, the handiwork of the Manufacture’s watchmakers, boasts an oscillating mass in pink gold engraved with the Girard-Perregaux logo. It turns to reveal a main plate and bridges meticulously drawn, beveled and decorated with Côtes de Genève.

Technical details
Case in pink or white gold
Bezel: set with 80 diamonds, ~0.73 ct
Diameter: 30 mm
Glass: anti-glare sapphire
Back: sapphire glass
Water resistance: 30 meters

Movement Girard-Perregaux GP03200-0005
Self-winding mechanical
Caliber: 10 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h-(4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours minimum.
Jeweling: 26 jewels
Functions: hour, minute

White calfskin band
Reference: 49528D52B171-IK7A
Pink gold pin buckle

Black calfskin band
Reference: 49528D53B171-IK6A
White gold pin buckle

Christopher Ward Limited Edition C7 IRR Rapide MK II in Italian Racing Red

Christopher Ward’s Limited Edition C7 IRR Rapide MK II in Italian Racing Red combines the style of 1950s motor racing watches with the colour that sums up Italy’s passion for motor-racing.  The colour was first used in the Coliseum by Gaius Appuleius, the most successful charioteer and, in real terms, the best paid athlete of all time.  Rosso corsa – or ‘racing red’ – was formerly adopted by Italy in the 1920s by the forerunner of the FIA. The distinctive red has since become synonymous with marques such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari – all of which have raced in rosso corsa ever since.
Just the colour of the C7 IRR Rapide MK II in Italian Racing Red is enough to make Ferraris spring to mind. Every detail adds to the sense of motor racing heritage – even the reverse of the watch has an exclusive steering wheel design engraved on the back plate.

Powered by a Ronda 3540.D quartz chronograph movement, the C7 IRR Rapide MK II has 1/10th second split timing, a tachymeter bezel and SuperLuminova™ indices and hands. With a 42mm case, the watch is also water resistant to 100m and comes with a choice of a "Toro Bravo" leather deployment strap (£399), a stainless steel bracelet (£450) or a black rubber strap (£399).

Only 500 of the Limited Edition of the C7 IRR Rapide MK IIs in Italian Racing Red will be produced.

Techné Instruments - Harrier collection

Techné Instruments unveils the Harrier, a modern interpretation of the classical fliegeruhr (military pilot watch).

Two years in the making, the display of the Harrier borrows cues from iconic navigation and timing instruments of the 20th century. The oversize minute tracks and Arabic numerals are inspired by altimeters and vintage German pilot timekeepers. The hollow luminous hands are borrowed from navigation compasses and the two dots by the 12 o'clock mark are borrowed from the British Wrist Watch Waterproof standard. The flagship model of this new collection is the reference 363, powered by a novel self-winding mechanical calibre supplied by Citizen Holdings, the world's number 2 watch company.
Founded in 1918, the Citizen watch company released their first truly efficient shock-protection in 1956. Nineteen years later, they released a 11½ calibre that proved so reliable it is still in demand today. After 1975, this calibre 8200 allowed Miyota to develop 12 variations, of which the 8217 is used in a custom version by Techné since 2010.

During the first decade of the 21st century, Miyota began developing of a new 11½ calibre that would exceed the 8200 in terms of performance, refinement and slimness. Miyota relied on their near-centurial experience in industrial watchmaking and proprietary technology to design and industrialize the new calibre 9000.

Positively reviewed by watchmakers, the cost-efficient Miyota 9015 calibre offers a thinness of 3.90 mm, a high-torque, a generous power reserve of 42 hours and the accuracy of a high-beat inline anchor lever paced at 28,800 alternance per hour.

All 9015 movements used by Techné are manually fine-tuned in three positions to run within COSC rates (-4 to +6 seconds per day), which entitles the watches to bear the “Opus Manufactum” label (Latin for “hand-worked”).

Measuring 41.0 mm in diameter with a total thickness of 11.1 mm, the Harrier comes with a scratch-proof front sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflection coating. The reference 363.0 comes in brushed surgical 316L stainless steel and the reference 363.1 comes with a sand-blasted finishing and an aeronautical surface-hardening PVD coating. Both versions use a screw-down crown, are water resistant to 5 bar, and are available on a choice of 15 different straps.

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