Saturday, June 29, 2013

TW Steel - Sahara Force India Formula One Team collection

Having first announced its status as ‘Official Timing Partner’ to Sahara Force India back in February, the Netherlands based watch brand TW Steel has unveiled the design of its all new six-model Sahara Force India Formula One Team collection. These dynamic new timepieces elegantly reflect the successful TW Steel Pilot model DNA, with bold, stylish, clean looks, while incorporating subtle yet powerful design accents to marry them to the Sahara Force India brand – including featuring the team’s patriotic logo, both on the dial and engraved on the case backs.

The three new looks unveiled, available in both 45mm and 48mm executions, differ primarily from the regular Pilot collection thanks to the use of the Chronograph Big Calibre Miyota 6S20 movement – accurate to 1/20th of a second. Offering an event sportier appearance to the watch face, the theme of Sahara Force India is further incorporated courtesy of a stylish carbon fibre dial, complete with the flag logo of the team placed neatly below the famed two-dots logo of TW Steel.

All models in the new collection, TW428 (45mm) / TW429 (48mm) / TW432 (45mm) / TW433 (48mm), with the exception of TW430 (45mm) and TW431 (48mm), sport a masculine brushed steel case with shiny steel bezel, while the aforementioned exceptions instead boast a sandblasted steel case with PVD dark titanium coating and a shiny bezel – also with a PVD dark titanium coating.

These watches like their other Pilot counterparts are clearly legible due to the bold, crisp white numbering and hands used. They all feature bold red aluminum pushers and all models are 5 ATM water resistant.

A notable featured of TW428 and TW429 is the use of a white silicon strap featuring the Sahara Force India logo in grey – this has been double injected and layered on top of the strap for an even more distinguished finish. TW430 and TW431 feature a dark grey leather strap with a PVD dark titanium coated clasp while TW432 and TW433 enjoy a stylish black leather strap with red stitching and a brushed steel clasp.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio (47mm)

The start of a vintage yacht race is a moment of remarkable beauty. The boats of every class, with timbers sometimes a hundred years old or more, gather together at the starting line between the buoys, driven only by the wind which fills the sails and by the skill of the captains and crews who with a few simple instruments must carry out complicated tactics to master the sea, the wind and time. Timing in particular is crucial: in the minutes preceding the start, marked by the ritual of the strict countdown signalled by the judges’ flags, the Lords of the sea must line up behind the buoys without crossing the imaginary line before the race has started. It is not a simple operation for yachts which are often tens of metres long with an immense sail area exposed to the unpredictable nature of the elements.

These are passionate moments at the start of which Officine Panerai is well aware, given that since 2005 it has sponsored the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the main international circuit of races for vintage and classic yachts. From the most beautiful locations of the Mediterranean Sea to the waters of the Solent, from the Caribbean Sea to the coast of New England on the East Coast of the United States of America, Officine Panerai gathers together each season hundreds of vintage yachts and thousands of sailors to celebrate the beauty, elegance and uniqueness of yachts which have been part of the history of sailing, since the end of the 19th century to which many of them date back.

From the union of Officine Panerai and the world of classic sailing the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio was born. This is a chronograph with an automatic movement and a three-day power reserve, fitted with the Regatta countdown function, specifically created for yacht racing starts.
The remarkable simplicity of using the Regatta countdown function is evidence of the excellence of the technical innovation achieved by the new P.9100/R automatic chronograph calibre, the movement of the new Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio. An orange push-button at four o’clock moves the central orange chronograph minute hand back one minute at a time, until it is at the correct position in relation to the length of the countdown. On starting the chronograph, by pushing the chronograph stop/start button at ten o’clock, the relative hands begin to move, indicating first the minutes and seconds which remain until the start, and then, when the countdown has finished, the time elapsed since the start of the race. The push-button at eight o’clock ends the time measurement, returning all the chronograph hands to zero. Alternatively, if it is operated while the hands are still moving, it activates the return-to-zero (flyback) function of these hands, thus enabling a new time interval to be measured immediately without having to operate the stop and reset buttons.
The black dial of the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio has the sandwich structure and the classic Panerai design distinguished by the large linear hour markers and figures, enriched by the elements enabling the indications of the chronograph functions to be read.
The chronograph hands are central and distinguished from each other by different, easily recognised colours, while the orange hand of the hours rotates within the small dial at three o’clock, mirroring the small seconds dial at nine o’clock. The flange carries not only the scale of up to 15 minutes for the countdown to the start, with the five final minutes picked out in orange, but also the tachymeter scale expressed in knots which enable the speed of the yacht to be measured over a defined distance.
The Luminor 1950 case has the characteristic Panerai lever device for protecting the winding crown and it is 47 mm in diameter. It is made of brushed titanium, a material which is light, strong and non-allergenic, contrasting with the polished bezel.
On the back, a wide sapphire crystal window reveals the P.9100/R movement, with its rotor which winds the springs of the two barrels while oscillating in both directions, providing a power reserve of three days. The open back also permits the admiration of other details of the sophisticated chronograph movement, with its column wheel and variable inertia balance which oscillates at 28,800 alternations/hour.

Water-resistant to 10 bar (about 100 metres), as is to be expected of a professional sailing instrument, the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio (PAM00526) is part of the Contemporary Collection. It is supplied with a rubber strap with strong sports connotations, using a patented Officine Panerai system enabling it to be easily replaced by means of the little tool provided with the watch.

Technical details
Model: LUMINOR 1950 REGATTA 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK TITANIO – 47mm
Reference: PAM00526

Movement
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9100/R calibre, executed entirely by Panerai,
13¾ lignes, 9.55 mm thick, 37 jewels
Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour
KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device
Power reserve 3 days, two barrels
328 components

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds,
Fly back chronograph, regatta countdown
Knots scale for calculation of boat speed, seconds reset

Case
Diameter 47 mm, brushed titanium
Engraved brushed titanium buttons for the chronograph functions at 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock
Brushed button and orange surface for the regatta function at 4 o’clock
Bezel: Polished titanium.
Back: See-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as trademark) Brushed titanium
Crystal: Sapphire made of corundum, 1.6 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~ 100 metres)

Dial
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
Chronograph hour counter at 3 o’ clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands

Strap
PANERAI personalised rubber strap and trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle
Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool for changing the strap and a steel screwdriver

P.9100/R
Officine Panerai has for many years promoted the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the most important international circuit of regattas for classic and vintage yachts. It has dedicated a series of watches to it which today have become cult items among collectors. The fascinating world of classic yachting shares with haute horlogerie the extraordinary ability to arouse great emotion and passion through a unique blend of history, technology, craftsmanship and beauty. Values which make every vintage yacht unique, as well as every Panerai watch. To celebrate its special link with the world of classic yachts, Officine Panerai has created the P.9100/R calibre, the first Panerai watch with a function specifically associated with the world of sailing: the Regatta countdown function for the start of the race. The P.9100/R calibre is a development of the P.9100 automatic calibre with chronograph function.

With its flyback chronograph with vertical clutch and column wheel, the P.9100/R is identical in architecture and diameter (13¾ lignes) to the P.9100 but it is a little thicker (9.55mm) and it has 26 more parts (328 altogether) as a result of the greater constructional complexity resulting from the addition of the Regatta countdown function.

The indication of the countdown to the start is displayed by the two central hands, and it is controlled by the push-button at four o’clock. The minute hand moves backwards by one minute each time the push-button is pressed, until it reaches the position required for the duration of the countdown. At this point it is only necessary to press on the push-button at ten o’clock to start the chronograph function. The hands begin to move, indicating the minutes and seconds which remain before the start, and when the countdown is completed, they continue to measure the time, thus displaying the time elapsed since the start of the race until the chronograph is stopped.

The device which enables the minute hand to be moved backwards on operating the countdown function is controlled, like the whole chronograph, by the column wheel. This is taller than the one in the P.9100 calibre so that it can engage the correcting lever which is mounted higher up, because it is located on an additional plate.

Functions
• Hours, minutes, small seconds
• Chronograph fly-back
• Regatta countdown function
• Seconds reset

Technical specifications
• Automatic winding
• Power reserve of 3 days
• 328 components
• 37 jewels
• 13¾ lignes in diameter
• 9.55 mm thick
• Two spring barrels
• Column wheel
• Vertical clutch
• Oscillation frequency 4 Hz
• KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device

DeLaneau Tourbillon Collection (2012) - Tourbillon Dôme Full Moon, Tourbillon Dôme Blue Night, Tourbillon Dôme Red Stars, Tourbillon Dôme Cacatuas, Tourbillon Dôme Parrots, Tourbillon Dôme Feline & Tourbillon Dôme Guardian

A decade ago, DeLaneau decided to break entirely new horological ground by making the first ever tourbillon wristwatch designed specifically for women. Working with the legendary creator of haute horlogerie complications, Christophe Claret, DeLaneau devised and created a small series of hand-wound, tourbillon watches with cases and dials enhanced by the delicate gem setting and enameling techniques for which the brand has become renowned.

Launched in 2012, to mark the 10th anniversary of that first women's tourbillon wristwatch, this new tourbillon line offers truly remarkable and exceptional collection of seven one-off creations based around its celebrated, rectangular-cased Dôme model.
Tourbillon Dôme Feline
Each unique piece in some way celebrates nature - and the skills of DeLaneau's master enamellers, engravers and gem setters. The two models Tourbillon Dôme Full Moon and Tourbillon Dôme Blue Night (which have cases set with either diamonds or sapphires) depict the rich indigo of a star-studded night sky in a combination of exquisite Grand Feu enamel with gold and silver paillons for the moon and stars; the”Tourbillon Dôme Red Stars” version, meanwhile, features a beautifully engraved sunray pattern enhanced with stars formed from 11 rubies.
Tourbillon Dôme Blue Night
Two other models show different pairs of birds, their exotic plumage brilliantly captured in multiple layers of Grand Feu enamel and complemented by a case set with diamonds and pink sapphires (in Tourbillon Dôme Cacatuas version) or diamonds and emeralds (Tourbillon Dôme Parrots).
Tourbillon Dôme Cacatuas
The two remaining designs evoke the majesty of the jungle, with miniatures which respectively depict a hunting leopard and a resting panther. Again, both images are meticulously painted in Grand Feu enamel and enhanced with gem setting of the highest level. The Tourbillon Dôme Feline (leopard) model has a red gold case set with 39 chocolate baguette diamonds and 224 diamonds plus a chocolate diamond set into the crown.

The Tourbillon Dôme Guardian (panther), meanwhile, features a white gold case set with 39 black diamonds and 224 diamonds plus a black diamond set into the crown.
Tourbillon Dôme Guardian
As well as being truly remarkable works of art, these tourbillon editions also represent an exceptional horological achievement because they are the first watches ever to feature movement plates which are set with precious stones.

Each plate is adorned with 80 stones, comprising a combination of baguette diamonds with either further diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires. The setting of each plate takes many hours and requires the use of only the finest and most accurately cut stones, all of which must be of a uniform shape in order to fit perfectly into the mechanism of the watch and ensure its mechanical integrity.

ALTANUS PRESTIGE

Swiss watch maker Maison ALTANUS Genève unveils their new classic model, PRESTIGE. The company, with its century-old experience, offers a watch with a determined and solid style, able to convey the right mix of reliability and taste.

PRESTIGE, with its essential and clean design, is being presented today in solo tempo and chronograph versions, in which attention to details is obvious and indisputable.

Once again ALTANUS plays around with volume and with a slightly oversized solution, which has already given gratifying achievements. The new creation has a round polished stainless steel case with a sandblasted bezel. Its diameter is of 42 mm, it contains a Swiss quartz movement and is covered by a sapphire crystal. PRESTIGE is waterproof to 10 atm. The dials are available in classic colours such as silver, black and blue and have straight index and date at six. The straps, are coordinated in real alligator with covered buckle, and as usual, are handcrafted. PRESTIGE is also proposed with a stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.

ORIS conducts an exclusive free diving workshop in Mallorca hosted by new Brand Ambassador Anna von Boetticher

In order to launch the new diving range and in particular the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge, Swiss watch brand Oris extended an invitation to international partners to attend an exclusive free diving workshop in Mallorca, hosted by new Oris Brand Ambassador Anna von Boetticher.

The guests, the vast majority of whom had never before gone free diving, were excited to learn a new skill, especially at the hands of a professional such as world record holding free diver Anna von Boetticher. Anna taught guests the theory behind her sport, including breathing techniques and movement underwater, before taking to the water with them.

Participants were initially wary of the water and anxious about the depths to which they were aspiring, but learned that with the right training and guidance they could accomplish more than they thought possible.

While diving, guests were given the opportunity to test the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge, experiencing first hand the functionality of the gauge and how it indicates the depth by allowing water to enter into the sapphire crystal. Testing the timepiece in the water also allowed them to experience the benefit of the enhanced visibility afforded by the domed sapphire crystal and the Super-LumiNova applied hands and indices. Oris Aquis Depth Gauge is the first wrist worn diving instrument that can measure depth by a special feature build directly into the sapphire crystal.

Guests went away from the event astonished at the intense but liberating experience of free diving, pleased with what they had achieved and impressed by the simplicity of the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge and the elegance of its execution.

The event encouraged attendees to push the boundaries of their personal experience, learn a new skill and witness the might of the Oris timepieces in action.

West End New High Tech Quartz Collection

Swiss watch brand West End Watch Co. introduces New High Tech Quartz Collection equipped with Sowar High Precision Swiss Quartz Movement.  This quartz movement is regulated by a quartz crystal that vibrates at the very high frequency of 32 kHz. Thanks to this high technology, a quartz watch is extremely accurate. Its daily variation is equivalent to less than 0.50 second per day.

The Darya Sowar Quartz Chronograph
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Chronograph functions and date calendar
Stainless steel case, bezel set with a double range of zircons
Diameter 44mm
Water resistant to 50m
Sapphire glass
Black dial

The Darya Sowar Quartz
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Stainless steel case, bezel set with square zircons
Diameter 40mm
Water resistant to 50m
Sapphire glass
Silver dial with zircons

Ceramic Quartz Chronograph
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Chronograph functions and date calendar
Ceramic case and bracelet
Diameter 42mm
Water resistant to 100m
Sapphire glass
Screwed case back

Alexandria
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Extra-flat stainless steel case
Leather strap
Diameter 38mm
Water resistant to 30m
Sapphire glass
Velvety white dial
Also available with bezel set with VS1 diamonds
Also available in a luxury gift set with a Sheaffer® pen

Everbright
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Diameter 38mm
Water resistant to 50m
Sapphire glass
Everbright also available in Lady Version

Everbright Chronograph
Superiorly accurate Swiss quartz movement
Chronograph functions and date calendar
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Diameter 40mm
Water resistant to 50m
Sapphire glass

PANERAI - Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback (44mm) & Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Oro Rosso (44mm)

Officine Panerai presents the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback, a new chronograph with a flyback function and an automatic movement with a power reserve of three days. Available in a purely sports version in steel or as a more elegant one in red gold, the new chronograph is the first to be made by Officine Panerai using the new P.9100 calibre, developed and produced entirely in the House’s manufacture in Neuchâtel.

The flyback function, controlled by a push-button at eight o’clock, instantly returns the chronograph hands to zero and simultaneously restarts without it being necessary first to stop them and return them to zero by pressing the stop and reset buttons. To make the times clear and easy to read, the chronograph minutes and seconds hands are both positioned centrally on the main dial and distinguished from each other by being different colours: the seconds hand is blue while the minute hand is steel or gold in colour, advancing instantly in one jump every 60 seconds. This choice of colours makes it possible to preserve the quintessential design for the black dial, with simple bar hour markers and numerals at the cardinal points, a date window at three o’clock and a small seconds dial at nine o’clock. The structure of the dial is that designed by Panerai in the late 1930s to ensure high visibility even in very low lighting conditions, and it is formed of two superimposed plates, the upper one being perforated corresponding to the markers on the dial so that the luminescence of the Super-LumiNova® can emerge.

The case of the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback is 44mm in diameter and water-resistant to 10 bar (about 100 metres), or 5 bar (about 50 metres) in the gold version. The materials used are of absolute excellence: the steel is AISI 316L stainless steel, extremely resistant to corrosion, and the red gold is 5Npt, an alloy with a high percentage of copper, which gives the colouring greater intensity, and a proportion of platinum, which helps to prevent any oxidation.
Executed in the same case material and with a brushed finish, the characteristic bridge device with its lever for sealing the winding crown helps to ensure the high degree of water-resistance of the watch.

On the back of the case, the 12-sided caseback has at its centre a sapphire window which reveals the manufacture P.9100 movement. This is the first automatic chronograph calibre developed and made by Officine Panerai, and its sophisticated construction is revealed by numerous details. It has a vertical clutch, a column wheel, two spring barrels connected in series which give the watch a power reserve of three days, a rotor which winds the springs of the barrels by moving in both directions, and a variable inertia balance which oscillates at 28,800 alternations/hour. Consisting of 302 components, the movement is 13¾ lignes in diameter and 8.15 mm thick.
The Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback (PAM00524) and the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Oro Rosso (PAM00525) are part of the Contemporary Collection.
The steel model is supplied with a black leather strap and the red gold one with a brown alligator strap. The straps are easily changed by means of the button fitted in the lug of the watch, which is operated by the special tool provided.

LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK - 44mm - Reference: PAM00524.

Movement
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9100 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 8.15 mm thick, 37 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour
KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device
Power reserve 3 days, two barrels
302 components

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds date, flyback chronograph, seconds reset

Case
Diameter 44 mm, AISI 316L brushed steel. Brushed steel buttons with engraving for the chronograph functions at 8 and 10 o’clock.
Bezel: Polished steel.
Back: See-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as trademark) Brushed steel.
Crystal: Sapphire made of corundum, 1.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~ 100 metres)

Dial
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands

Strap
PANERAI personalized leather strap and trapezoidal brushed steel buckle
Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool for changing the strap and a steel screwdriver

LUMINOR 1950 3 DAYS CHRONO FLYBACK ORO ROSSO - 44mm - Reference: PAM00525.

Movement
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9100 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 8.15 mm thick, 37 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour
KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device
Power reserve 3 days, two barrels
302 components

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, flyback chronograph, seconds reset

Case
Diameter 44 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold
Polished red gold buttons with engraving for the chronograph functions at 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock
Bezel: 18 ct. polished red gold.
Back: See-through sapphire crystal.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a trademark) 18 ct. brushed red gold
Crystal: Sapphire made of corundum, 1.4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 5 bar (~ 50 metres)

Dial
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands

Strap
PANERAI personalised alligator strap and 18 ct. polished red gold buckle
Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver

Calibre P.9100
The P.9100 calibre is the first automatic movement with chronograph functions developed by Officine Panerai and it is produced entirely in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, with materials and standards of workmanship at the peak of the sector in terms of technology, quality and reliability.

With a chronograph with a vertical clutch and column wheel, the new calibre is unusual in that the chronograph minutes are displayed by a central hand which jumps forward once every 60 seconds. It also has the useful flyback function. This enables the chronograph hands which are already running to be returned instantaneously to zero and restarted without it being necessary first to stop them and return them to zero, then to restart them. This function is controlled by the push-button at eight o’clock, which is also used to return both hands to zero when the chronograph has already stopped.

The P.9100 calibre is 13¾ lignes (31 mm) in diameter, it is 8.15 mm thick, it has 37 jewels and it is made up of 302 components. The two spring barrels in series give a power reserve of 72 hours, equivalent to three days. The choice of the double spring barrel enables thinner, longer springs to be used, which is beneficial for the duration and evenness of the supply of energy. The automatic winding is carried out by a bidirectional rotor on ball-bearings operating two narrow arms terminating with hooks, which wind the springs of the barrels with every movement of the rotor itself. Supported by a single bridge with a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device, the Glucydur® balance wheel oscillates at 28,800 alternations/hour (equivalent to 4hz) and it is the variable inertia type, with the regulation carried out by adjusting four square-headed screws fitted in the outer perimeter of the balance wheel; the spring is therefore free, without the curb pins which can be a source of irregular timekeeping.

Functions
• Hours, minutes, small seconds
• Date
• Chronograph flyback
• Seconds reset

Technical specifications
• Automatic winding
• Power reserve of 3 days
• 302 components
• 37 jewels
• 13¾ lignes in diameter
• 8.15 mm thick
• Two spring barrels
• Column wheel
• Vertical clutch
• Oscillation frequency 4 Hz
• KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device

PAUL PICOT MEDITERRANEE

The Mediterranée collection from Paul Picot welcomes new models every year maintaining the original and iconographic concept. Its pure lines and wide surfaces are the ideal base for adapt itself to the new and most trendy tendency in colors and style. This year, the Mediterranée collection for ladies offer a big choice of crocodile straps combined with colors and radiance of diamonds and natural sapphire.
Technical details
Diameter of 32 or 38mm
Case in steel, setting bezel in diamonds and natural sapphires in 6 different colors
Quartz movement with date at 3 o’clock
Chronograph or classic function
Dial with or without
Diamonds in 10 different colors
Crocodile straps in 10 different colors or rubber
Available in metal bracelet too

PAUL PICOT PLONGEUR 48 HELIUM VALVE BLACK Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Paul Picot introduces a limited edition model of PLONGEUR 48 HELIUM VALVE, a professional grade diving instrument. The original design concept allows to the case of this Concept Diver watch a perfect makeover. A new Arabic dial emphasize the sporty touch for the 48mm titanium case. A new Helium Valve version in 43mm will be also introduced in stainless steel case with an elegant silver index dial.

Technical details
Diameter 48mm
Caliber PP 1600, Self-winding chronograph movement day/date
Case and buckle entirely in Titanium
Helium valve
Water-resistant 300 meters
Antireflection sapphire crystal
Black or yellow rubber strap with deployment buckle
Limited Edition of 500 pieces

PAUL PICOT PLONGEUR SERIE

This year, Swiss watch brand Paul Picot introduces new Plongeur 43mm models including the Classic version with a little technical and design difference. Unlike the previous, the new Plongeur classic/2 will be equipped with an automatic movement without certificate COSC, as already are versions of 38 and 32 mm.

As regards the quadrants will slightly change the graphics, always of mold ultra sport, and a version in white with white rubber strap will be also available. These professional grade diving watches are equipped with unidirectional bezel and have water resistance up to 300 meters. The chronograph model also displays the Day and date indication at 3’o clock and the classic version has a date window at 3’o clock.

CHRONO
Diameter 43mm
Caliber PP 1600
Self-winding chronograph movement day/date
Stainless steel case and buckle in steel
Unidirectional bezel
Pushers and crown screwed down
Water-resistant 300 m
Antireflection sapphire crystal
Rubber strap with deployment buckle

CLASSIC
Diameter 43mm
Self-winding movement with date at 3 o’clock
Stainless case and buckle in steel
Unidirectional bezel
Pushers and crown screwed down
Water-resistant 300 meters
Antireflection sapphire crystal
Rubber strap with deployment buckle

Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013 Quartz

The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013 is a stylish sports watch inspired from the world of MotoGP. Its details provide it with its bold style. The blue stripes on the black strap along with clearly visible white counters give it that sporty look. To this comes to add the prominent indices 12, 8, and 4 that will glow as you move into the dark, thanks to their Super-LumiNova® properties. This is to make surethat even in darkness you may keep track of time. Details go all the way to its packaging. This limited edition piece comes in a stylish helmet box. The odds are definitely in favour of the Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013.

Technical details
Swiss made
Quartz movement
316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating and silk printed glass case back
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistance up to a pressure of 10 bar (100 m / 330 ft)
Silicone strap with folding clasp and push-buttons
Limited edition of 8888 pieces
MotoGP presentation box

Laurent Ferrier - Galet Secret Invisible Set With Baguette-Cut Diamonds

This one-of-a-kind edition of the Galet Secret offers a splendid demonstration of the skill of Laurent Ferrier, always extremely sensitive to artistic craftsmanship. At its heart beats the reliable and efficient double balance-spring tourbillon calibre, chronometer-certified by Besancon Observatory and housed within a solid white gold case. A first opaque black dial opens onto a second secret dial entirely paved with 4.06 cts of diamonds. Its gem-setting is highly complex, with mysteriously fixed diamonds that appear to hold in place as if by magic. Only their deep, intense radiance is clearly visible.

Highly demanding diamond selection, extreme precision in cutting, adjusting and individually setting each of the stones concentrically so as to entirely carpet the precious metal beneath: this stunning achievement calls for a wealth of meticulous and patient gestures. The graphic appeal is further enhanced by the 25 facets of the 154 baguette cut diamonds. Above and beyond this geometric effect, the unique sparkle of this shimmering paving adds that little extra touch of soul that enables precious stones to compose a truly exceptional creation.
As in its previous versions, the Galet Secret is equipped with its now famous dial opening and closing device. This jewellery watch is capable of remaining discreet and concealing its assets; the diamonds are unveiled only at the wearer’s wish. A clever device pivots the black dial to reveal the invisible setting. The 240¢X dial opening, for which a patent is pending, may be activated on demand by pressing the push-button place on the crown. Two opaque sapphire crystals instantly pivot like the unfurling of a fan to reveal the full beauty of the invisible-set secret dial. The window also opens in passing, meaning automatically. In addition, the mechanism is activated daily at a predefined time that is set during the movement assembly. Like a sunrise, it takes about 60 minutes for the shining decor to be fully revealed in all its splendour.

The Galet Secret is equipped with the famous Double Balance-Spring Tourbillon calibre entirely designed, developed and crafted within the Laurent Ferrier workshops. The double balance-spring, along with the tourbillon mechanism that compensates for the effects of gravity, ensures extremely accurate rating. Complemented by the opening mechanism, this calibre defies the laws of horological construction. Making it calls for meticulous dexterity and stringent checks. While the conception of such a high precision mechanism is inspired by the finest examples of classical horology, its modern and efficient construction guarantees it a degree of robustness and precision worthy of the finest chronometers.

The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the refined beauty of the workmanship, thereby confirming a determination to adopt a resolutely subtle approach as evidenced through bridges adorned with Cotes de Geneve, interior angles, polished screw heads, etc. The finishing is performed in keeping with the finest horological traditions. The mechanism, which may be admired through the case-back, is thus protected from daylight that tends to deteriorate the lubricants and thus the rating precision. It also ensures a certain discretion regarding the treasure harboured within this gem of a complication. The movement is hand-wound and guarantees an over 80-hour power reserve corresponding to over three days.

The solid white gold case adopts the pebble (hence its French name galet) shape of the sophisticated and understated generously sized models characteristic of 19th century horological history, and notably pocket watches from that era. Witness its ball-shaped crown as well as the absence of the winding-stem pull-out piece spring, replaced by a lever. The model is fitted with a black alligator leather strap that perfectly moulds the curve of the wrist.

Technical details

Case
210 Pd 18K non rhodium-plated white gold
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 15.20 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
210 Pd 18K white gold crown
Glare proofed sapphire crystals

Dial and hands
Dial opening
18K white gold entirely invisible-set with 154 baguette-cut diamonds (4.60 cts, of TW-IF to VVS quality)
Assegai-shaped 18K gold hour and minute hands
Functions and displays: central hours and minutes
Roman numerals painted on the sapphire crystal

Strap and buckle
Black alligator leather strap with Alcantara lining
18K white gold folding clasp or pin buckle

Movement
FBN Calibre 916.02
Mechanical hand-wound
Tourbillon with double balance-spring
Swiss lever escapement
Diameter: 31.60 mm
Thickness: 7.02 mm
Number of jewels: 23
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 80 hours
Bridges adorned with Cotes de Geneve
Chronometer-certified by Besancon Observatory

Rotary Watches - New Models (2013)

Rotary watches, Swiss watch brand promoted by Dreyfuss Group welcomes new models in 2013. Rotary, nominated as UK consumer Super brand in 2013 unveils new models from its Jura, Revelation and Aquaspeed collections.

Ladies Jura carries Rotary’s proprietary movement’ CALIBRE R.1000.21’, a truly exceptional collection of entirely Swiss Made, automatic watches with a stunning dial opening feature. Warm rose gold PVD, gold PVD or sophisticated stainless steel cases are either plain or set with shimmering Austrian crystals and are available in a selection of luxury 7-link bracelets and classic leather straps. This delightful range delivers style and elegance.
An extension of the Jura range –rectangular Shaped Jura carries Rotary’s proprietary movement ‘CALIBRE R.1000.21’ which has been created through dedicated watch manufacturing and a commitment to advancing technologies, resulting in an exceptional collection of entirely Swiss made, rectangular skeleton dial, automatic watches. All 3 styles have luxury leather straps that are married with rectangular cases in rose gold PVD, gold PVD and stainless steel.
The innovative watch family Revelation for men and women consists of two watch faces that can be set with two different time zones. Slick, differentiating coloured dials with sapphire glass set within detailed cases make these watches a design revelation. With a luxury leather strap, the Revelation family has dual style as well as purpose. This exceptional timepiece is ideal for globetrotters.
A skeleton model is also available that rotate to reveal the beautiful skeleton movement. Swiss made, automatic watches complete with dial & open caseback showcase the inner beauty of the timepiece. This exquisite watch is a stylish classic with a luxury leather strap and rose gold PVD casing, sapphire glass and deployment clasp (also available in gold PVD and stainless steel).
The new Aquaspeed model, dedicated to diving professionals, is inspired from Rotary’s rich archive of past models. The overall aesthetic is based on the original watch, inspired by retro 60’s design with a distinct go faster stripe perfectly positioned on the watch face. Being automatic with high quality rubber straps and sapphire glass the new Aquaspeed model is the ultimate accolade to driving enthusiasts.  Speeding ahead, the new Aquaspeed has been streamlined with a Swiss made dial rotor.
Rotary Aquaspeed has also announced the renewal of its sponsorship as Official Timekeeper of the unique Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013/14 after a highly successful global campaign in the last edition of the biennial year-long international event.

Venus Watches – Brand profile, History and Products

In 1902 at the very heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry, in a village named La Chaux-de-Fonds, a master craftsman by the name of Paul Arthur Schwarz and his wife Olga Etienne-Schwarz, two visionary watchmakers, launched one of their very first collections: The VENUS collection. It was immediately noted for its elegance and refinement. The values expressed by the brand quickly became synonymous with innovative design and manufacturing achievement. By the 1930’s VENUS had begun manufacturing chronograph calibres, which are still being used by many other brands today. It launched numerous lines of extremely successful collections worldwide. The pursuit of this path in innovation and elegance culminated in Venus historically achieving international acclaim at the Basel fair of 1950 by winning 1st prize for one of its attractive designs.

By the mid 1960’s Venus was a well-established brand, with a global distribution network and hundreds of popular ladies and gents designs. The company organized glamorous public relations events and VENUS watches were notably worn by celebrities such as the Hollywood actress Jane Mansfield. They were also worn by important personalities and political figures such as Leonid Brezhnev, the leader of the Soviet Union at the time. The Vatican famously placed an order of one hundred Venus mechanical self-winding timepieces in white gold.

Kept in respectful guardianship for many years by its new owners, the decisive moment of VENUS rebirth finally came in 2011. With its headquarters now in cosmopolitan Geneva, VENUS is back in the spotlight. Through unique creativity and the fusion of state-of- the- art technology with elegant design, VENUS combines the traditional strengths of the brand along with truly innovative watch making. These advantages of the brand are enhanced by the reasonable prices, creating the perfect choice.

Collections (1902-2013)
111 years since the establishment of the brand. Faithful to its international reputation and rich history, VENUS continues its enthralling journey in time, with 4 exceptional new collections that combine not only recent evolutions in Swiss state of the art technology but unrivalled aesthetics as well: “Classico”, “Genesis”, “Slim” and “Chroma”.

Gents timepieces of good taste include classical and sport models whereas Ladies creations are styled to be worn as cherished everyday luxury. Each timepiece possesses sapphire crystal, screw crown offering a water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet) and a serial number engraved on the case back. The high quality is combined with impressively attractive prices.

The successful union of old and new time gains fresh meaning through models, which are characterized by authenticity, credibility and precision. This is accomplished through innovative design and of course the tradition behind every individual mechanism (automatic or quartz), setting a high standard for the Swiss brand. Inspiration is always keeping derived from the brand’s namesake, the planet Venus which is the only planet that rotates in a clockwise direction, in just the same way as the hands of a watch.

Contact details
Montres Venus S.A.
19A rue de la Croix d’Or
CH-1204
Genève – Suisse


Official website: www.montresvenus.com

SWISS MILITARY HANOWA – Brand Profile & History

With its robust and sporty lifestyle watches, quality Swiss brand Swiss Military Hanowa stands for an individual and quality-conscious lifestyle. In 2013, the brand celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Hanowa.

The history of HANOWA goes back to 1963. Established by Hans Noll in Biel, the brand name features the initial letters of Hans Noll Watches. HANOWA quickly gained a reputation for offering excellent Swiss quality and precision combined with an unusually sporty design. The expertise in sport, performance and lifestyle watches led to the founding of SWISS MILITARY HANOWA in 1990. It is a brand that combines reliable timekeeping and the highest precision with current lifestyle trends. For exceptional value for money it offers striking watches for people who know where they’re going.

The history of Hanowa begins in 1961, when Hans Noll starts as sales manager for a medium sized watchmaker in Biel. With a distinct entrepreneurial spirit Hans Noll is soon able to fulfill his dream and in 1963 he launches his own company with his wife Elisabet, naming it Hanowa – composed of HAns NOll WAtches.

In 1990 Hans Noll launches a brand which bases itself on the original quintessence of Hanowa and combines Swiss-made quality with sporty design. The add-on of ‘Swiss Military’ emphasizes the core qualities of the watches, which target an active group with their robust case and water resistance. SWISS MILITARY HANOWA watches epitomise the exceptional values of the Swiss military through attributes like robustness, endurance and high precision as well as the ability to function in extreme outdoor conditions.

After the successful launch of SWISS MILITARY HANOWA in the 1990s, in Switzerland, the dependable Swiss-made precision chronometers soon conquer the international market as well. Swiss businessman Christian Frommherz, a visionary and longstanding business partner, took over Hanowa AG in 2010 and now continues the tradition of the brand.

SWISS MILITARY HANOWA RANGER LADY

In 2013, SWISS MILITARY HANOWA is introducing colourful women’s models to its RANGER line. The RANGER LADY features an ultra-light fibre glass case and thanks to the rubber watchstrap, the watch sits extremely comfortably on the wrist. The colourful watches available in deep blue, bright red, intense black and discreet white are the perfect accessory for outings in all kinds of weather.

The rotary bezel with minute index can only be turned counter clockwise and therefore guarantees precision recording of remaining time. Aside from the calendar display at 3 o’clock, the Swiss precision quartz movement serves to move the three hands, which ensure exact-to-the-minute timekeeping.

The marine blue model is a special version of this watch. This RANGER LADY is an expert at ship communications: the bezel design was inspired by a compass. And with indices that look like signal flags, nothing stands in the way of a fun boating or sailing excursion.

Technical details
Movement: Swiss precision quartz movement RONDA 505
Functions: Hour, minute, second, date indicator, water-resistant up to 5 ATM
Case: Fibre glass, Ø 38 mm, rotary bezel
Watchstrap: Polyurethane strap (PU)
Versions available: White dial with white, blue and red watchstrap, black dial with black watchstrap

SWISS MILITARY HANOWA - Flagship Chrono IP Black

The FLAGSHIP CHRONO in the new colour IP Black is being presented at BASELWORLD 2013 comes in matt black with a dark dial, which emphasises the dynamic character of this timepiece. Both the stainless steel case with a diameter of 42 mm and the stainless steel watchstrap feature black ion coating, which not only gives the chronograph a robust look,it also protects it from scratches.

The bezel, which is also black and features an embossed minute scale, the prominent 15-minute indicator and illuminated dot at 12 o’clock, all give the FLAGSHIP CHRONO IP BLACK a special sporty touch. In addition to the stop-second in the centre, which makes it possible to record both split and total times, the three totalizers feature a small second, a 30-minute display and date indicator.

Technical details
Movement: Swiss precision chronograph quartz movement ISA 2330-103
Functions: Hour, minute, second, date indicator, stop-second in centre, 30-minute indicator, small second,
Case: Stainless steel finished with IP black coating, Ø 42 mm, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, bezel, crown and push piece feature IP black coating
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM
Watchstrap: Stainless steel strap finished with IP black coating
Versions available: Black dial, partially luminous indices, partially luminous hands

CHRONOSWISS Artist’s Collection

In honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Chronoswiss, the brand has created an in-house handcrafted watch edition featuring rare crafts. The three models of the Artist’s Collection are dedicated to the traditional crafts of guilloché, skeletonization and enamel. The resuscitation of these historical, to a degree almost forgotten, handcrafts are something that is near and dear to the Chronoswiss CEO. The special thing about the Artist’s Collection is the incorporation of these various demanding techniques in one watch. Only very few artists are in a position at all to unite these traditional crafts in a single watch.

The Artist’s Collection, which launches in 2013, comprises three models, each of which is outfitted with a movement decorated with skeletonization and guilloché. The dials are first lavishly decorated with guilloché and then lent a fascinating depth and three-dimensionality thanks to transparent enamel. These treasures are created by hand in a specially outfitted workshop within Chronoswiss’ headquarters in Lucerne, partially with the aid of historical tools; such as an antique rose engine, for example, built in the year 1924 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Together with a somewhat younger straight-line guilloché cutter from the 1960s, they build the heart of the workshop.
The dial blanks are clamped to the machines and decorated with the characteristic guilloché patterns by hand. This embellishment alone is already exquisite decoration for the watch models, but Chronoswiss takes it further for the Artist’s Collection: the next step is to enamel the dials with transparent enamel. This step is extremely time-intensive as an aesthetic result necessitates five to six firings in the kiln. Before the enamel powder is applied, it must first be purged so that a clear, transparent color is created. The enameller rinses it up to seven times to ensure that all cloudiness and impurities are removed. Only then can the powder be mixed with water and applied to the dial.

However, caution is also the order of the day: every layer of enamel must be carefully and evenly applied so that there are no surface irregularities during the firing. During this lavish process, the reject rate is relatively high as any damage is irreparable.

While the dial as the “face” of the watch receives a lot of attention, the insides of the timepiece, which are visible through the transparent case back, also create a great amount of fascination. The historical manually wound movements of the Artist’s Collection originate in the 1970s and are lavishly decorated: with goldsmiths’ saw and file, the skeletonizer goes to work; bridges and plates are later embellished with guilloché décor. Regardless of the side that you begin with when looking at the models of the Artist’s Collection, you will always see a work of art created by hand.

ALTANUS REPLICA AUTOMATIC

Swiss watch brand ALTANUS Genève creates REPLICA, a new timepiece, which is connected with the company’s spirit, the right mix of Swiss century-old watch-making experience with a contemporary twist.

The style is clean and a little “retrò”, which allows the admirer to rediscover today the charm of a watch of the past, but always timeless in taste. REPLICA is a gents’ automatic watch with stainless steel case with a diameter of 42 mm. The dial with Arabic numerals interspersed with applied spear index is protected by an antireflection sapphire glass.
The watch bears the date window at 3. The back case has a see-through window, which reveals a Swiss automatic movement ETA 2824/2. The watch is proposed with silver dial, black and charcoal gray, this is a new colour in ALTANUS’ production.

REPLICA is water resistant to 5 atm. The strap is made in leather crocodile print, skilfully handmade and always matched to the dial.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Michel Herbelin – New Models (2013)

In 2012, Michel Herbelin, the traditional watch brand from France celebrated its 65th anniversary (1947 -2012). After 65 years of history, Michel Herbelin is still innovating in terms of its design and techniques, creating timeless quality models to appeal to both collectors and followers of fashion alike.

In 2013, the collections further developed within the brand’s flagship series (Newport Yacht Club, Interchangeable Antares and Heritage), which have contributed to the prestige of the Michel Herbelin brand and its international renown. A brief information on the prestigious timepieces unveiled this year by Michel Herbelin is given below. The Michel Herbelin  timepieces can be purchased through online store.

Newport Yacht Club Chrono
The Newport Yacht Club watch is the iconic item which helped forge Michel Herbelin's global reputation. This flagship model is now presented in brown and champagne. A sporty and elegant model, it combines refinement and strength. More than just a watch, this model precisely conveys the DNA of the Michel Herbelin brand.
Reference 36655/AP27
Movement
12 ½ Ronda 5040 B Chrono Quartz
Hours, minutes, large date window, Small second hand
1/10 second and 30x minute counters
Intermediary and additional times

Case
Diameter: 42 mm – Depth: 10.80 mm
Polished stainless steel 316L
Black high grade PVD
Tachometer engraved on the bezel
Bezel: polished
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water-tightness: 10 Bars (100 m)

Strap
Width: 21 mm – brown leather
Double folding clasp

Inspiration City Chrono
This new model from the Inspiration range combines energy and elegance. An enigmatic model all in black and edged in bright red from the strap to the face calibrated in white steel. A virile model inspired by the world of cars and with that sporty temperament which defines the innovations from the Michel Herbelin workshops.
Reference 36669/N14

Movement
12 ½ Ronda 5040 B Chrono Quartz
Hours, minutes, large date window, Small second hand
1/10 second and 30 minute counters
Intermediary and additional times

Case
Diameter: 42 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Black high grade PVD
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 10 Bars (100 m)

Strap
Leather

Odyssée Chrono
2013 will mark with the arrival of new strong series: Odyssey. An octagonal-shaped model, unprecedented for Michel Herbelin, which inspires you to travel: as timeless as every model from this family company. This timepiece is distinctly masculine and is coated in black, copper and champagne tones. The innovative DLC coating gives it resistance to shocks and scratches. Circled with rivets and set on a steel and black PVD strap.
Reference 36630/BNA47

Movement
12 ½ Ronda 5040 B Chrono Quartz
Hours, minutes, large date window, Small second hand
1/10 second and 30 minute counters
Intermediary and additional times

Case
Diameter: 43 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Black DLC coating (similar composition to diamond; ultra-resistant)
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 10 Bars (100 m)

Strap
Stainless steel 316L
Black DLC coating (composition close to that of diamond; ultra-resistant)
Folding clasp

Odyssée Gent
This watch from new Odyssey range is featured here in a dual colour version. The elegant, masculine model combines the colours of gold and steel, emphasized by a pure white face.
Reference 12230/BT11

Movement
11 ½ ETA F06.111 quartz
3 hands
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Diameter: 40 mm
Stainless steel 316L, high grade PVD 2N
Glass: sapphire
Water tightness: 10 Bars (100 m)

Strap
Stainless steel 316L, high grade PVD 2N
Folding clasp

Inspiration City Automatic
This classic City Automatic model from Michel Herbelin has been an essential part of the collection since its creation in 2012 and is now available in an all-black version. A watch which elegantly incorporates the expertise of the watch-maker and the understated Herbelin design. Its pure lines reveal this to be a simple yet sophisticated piece which represents the hallmarks of the brand with finesse. The automatic movement is visible through the bottom of the case and lends this creation the aesthetics and timelessness of a great model.

Reference 1669/04

Movement
11 1/2 ETA 2824 - 2/ Automatic
3 hands
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Diameter: 40 mm
Polished stainless steel 316L
High grade PVD
Glass: anti-reflective sapphire
Water tightness: 3 Bars (30 m)
Decorated movement visible through the back

Strap
Lug width: 21 mm - Black leather

Inspiration Ikone
This new model from Michel Herbelin symbolises minimalism and elegance. The Ikone watch is plunged into black, with the finesse of its white digits and hands as the only marks upon its face. A classic and pure model with a beauty of infinite duration.

Reference 17015/N24

Movement
5 ½ FE 5120 Quartz plat
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case
Diameter: 36 mm, width: 5.7 mm
Stainless steel 316L, high grade black PVD
Water tightness: 3 Bars (30 m)
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire

Strap
Black leather

Héritage Metropole
The Metropolis has a heritage dating back over more than 65 years and 3 generations of expertise and embodies the very essence of Michel Herbelin: appearance, design and quality. A heritage enhanced by a combination of gold and silver alloys on the watch face and elegant Roman numerals.

Reference 12243/T08

Movement
11 ½ ETA F06.111 Quartz
3 hands
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Diameter: 38 mm, width: 7.45 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Bezel: high grade PVD 2N
Water tightness: 5 Bars (50 m)
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire

Strap
Black leather
Traditional clasp

Antarès Interchangeable
The Antares Interchangeable strap model enables women to switch from one style to another by offering a range of steel and leather straps, according to the latest trends. Whether for a unique or everyday occasion, the patented Michel Herbelin system enables the watch to be adapted to any personality and occasion. This unique process perfectly combines feminine elegance with the demands of high-class watchmaking.
Reference COF.17048/01LP

Movement
5½ Ronda 751
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case
32.2 x 19 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Diamond versions available
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 3 Bars (30 m)

Strap
Leather
Patented system
A box of leather straps and bands is also available to further extend the possible options
Folding clasp on the steel strap

Odyssée Lady Diamonds
This new series from Michel Herbelin is featured here in an ultra-feminine version. The octagonal shape of the Odyssey Diamonds watch defines the Herbelin difference. A white steel model with a strong and original character.

Reference 14230/B89

Movement
8 3/4 ETA F04.111 Quartz
3 hands
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case & dial
Diameter 27.8 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 10 Bars (100 m)
Watch face in genuine mother-of-pearl set with Top Wesselton diamonds (0.06 carats)

Strap
Steel 316L

Classique Epsilon Diamonds
A flagship and sophisticated model of the Michel Herbelin Company, the Epsilon Diamonds watch is available in a black mother-of-pearl face and a case set with real diamonds or in a larger format. This sober yet sophisticated watch embodies all the hallmarks of the company to create a timeless piece which blends perfectly with different styles and emphasises the wearer’s femininity.

Reference 1043/99N

Movement
3 ¾ ETA 280.002 Quartz
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case and dial
Diameter 25.50 mm
Width: 4.95 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 3 Bars (30 m)
Bezel: polished steel 316L set with 60 SI Top Wesselton diamonds
Face: genuine mother-of-pearl set with 4 SI Top Wesselton diamonds

Strap
Black leather
Folding clasp with security push-buttons
Reference 17343/99BR
Movement
5 1/2 RONDA
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case, dial & strap
Diameter 30.5 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Strap material: Leather
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water resistance: 3 Bars (30 m)
Genuine mother-of-pearl face set with 12 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.048 carats)

Inspiration Féminine
A true jewellery watch, this new edition from the Inspiration range is characterized by its finesse, design and quality. It is based on expertise given a feminine slant with its looped bracelet strap and small face in real mother-of-pearl.

Reference 17474/B19

Movement
5 1/2 RONDA
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case, dial& strap
Diameter 22.5 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Strap material: Stainless steel 316L
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 5 Bars (50 m)
Genuine mother-of-pearl face

Héritage Équinox
This watch from the Michel Herbelin company with vintage fifties accents is a model full of curves and femininity. It has now been re-invented in a new format. The Equinox model is revisited here with a genuine mother-of-pearl face set with 4 diamonds.
Reference 17477/89TA

Movement
5½ Ronda 751
2 hands
Hours, minutes

Case, dial & strap
Diameter 30 mm
Stainless steel 316L
Strap material: Leather
Glass: scratch-proof sapphire
Water tightness: 5 Bars (50 m)
Genuine mother-of-pearl face set with Top Wesselton diamonds (0.02 carats)

Laurent Ferrier Only Watch Dove

Laurent Ferrier, Swiss luxury watch brand based in Geneva, unveils a one-of-a-kind special edition timepiece for Only Watch 2013 Charity auction. Christened as Laurent Ferrier Only Watch Dove, this unique timepiece beats to the rhythm of the very first movement of the second version of the Tourbillon Double Spiral – meaning number “000” of LF Calibre 619.01. The calibre is encased within a steel “pebble” framing a hand-painted grand feu enamel dial depicting a dove, while the gold-rimmed small seconds subdial bears a tone-on-tone painting of the Monaco coat-of-arms.
The “Assegai-shaped” hour and minute hands together with a baton-shaped seconds hand and three hour-markers set the finishing touch for this spectacular timepiece. The movement finishing and decoration can be admired through the transparent case-back. The inscription “Only Watch” is engraved on the barrel drum.
The manual winding mechanical movement LF Calibre 619 has a power reserve of 80 hours.  The manual-winding system of the Galet Classic Only Watch appears without the modern winding-stem pull-out piece spring, replaced by a “long blade” ratchet pawl with a smoothly round-polished finish hand-crafted in the in-house workshops. This component may be admired through the back of the case, protected by a sapphire crystal that also provides views of the manual finishing of the calibre – performed in harmony with the most demanding standards of traditional Fine Watchmaking. The bridges are adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, the mainplate is circular-grained, the sharp edges and interior angles are chamfered and hand-polished, and the screw heads are also bevelled and polished. Finally, the drum of the barrel is delicately engraved with the inscription “Only Watch 2013”.

The Galet Classic Only Watch is fitted with an Alcantara-lined beige alligator leather strap fastened by a steel pin buckle. The model is housed inside a presentation box featuring a commemorative plate showing the Principality of Monaco on a world map. This exceptional new creation vividly demonstrates the exceptional capacities cultivated by Laurent Ferrier in the field of horological techniques, watch exteriors, as well as its responsiveness and its will to maintain autonomous development.

Crafted in keeping with the highest standards of traditional Swiss Watchmaking, the Laurent Ferrier Only Watch Dove will be a showstopper at the grand Monaco auction of exceptional and one of kind luxury watches that will take place on September 28th 2013. Profits of this auction will benefit to the research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Technical Details
Movement
Calibre reference: LF 619.01 – series number “000”
Hand-wound movement, chronometer-certified
Diameter: 14’’’ (Ø 31.60 mm)
Thickness: 5.57 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: 100 hours
188 parts
23 jewels
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage pivot
Tourbillon carriage visible through the case-back

Tourbillon mechanism
Tourbillon, two top-to-tail balance springs
Two Geneva-type balance-spring studs
Laurent Ferrier Swiss lever escapement with steel escape-wheel and lever
Variable-geometry balance with gold adjustment screws
Peripheral tourbillon carriage driving system

Case
Steel parts
Three parts: case middle, bezel and snap-on case-back
Size: Ø 41 mm (50 mm including the lugs)
Thickness: of the material 9.50 mm / including the sapphire crystal 12.50 mm
Sapphire crystal case-back
Water-resistant to 30 metres
“Ball-shaped” steel crown

Dial
Sand-coloured grand feu enamel on 18K gold, depicting a dove
3 “teardrop” hour-markers in 18K white gold (12, 3 and 9 o’clock)
Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock depicting the Monaco coat-of-arms and the map of the Principality

Hands
210Pd 18K white gold
Hours and minutes: “assegai-shaped”
Seconds: baton-type with counterweight

Strap
Hand-sewn beige alligator leather, Alcantara lining
Steel pin buckle

MICHEL HERBELIN – Timepieces “Made in France”, Since 1947

MICHEL HERBELIN is an Independent, Family-Run, Traditional French Watchmaking Company that manufactures exceptional timepieces. As well as a name and a brand, Michel Herbelin is also a durable and reliable design and quality: a brand which represents 30% of the French watchmaking market within its price range.

Michel Herbelin has been established in Charquemont, in Haut-Doubs, on the Swiss border for more than 60 years. It is a small town with a strong watchmaking tradition where only 50 years ago there were no less than 30 watchmaking businesses. Today, only a few continue to uphold the watchmaking tradition. Michel Herbelin makes use of only Swiss movements in their timepieces to which they then add the luxury and the refinement of French art de vivre.

A post second world war export boom in the watchmaking industry led often to the erosion of quality. Michel Herbelin, a shopkeeper's son, had a passion for watchmaking. He decided to embark upon further studies and to abandon his parents' plan for taking over the family business.

After a few years spent working as a foreman for a local company, whose quality of workmanship was not up to his standards, he refused to carry on working in these conditions, aspiring to restore prestige to traditional French watchmaking. Michel Herbelin started out with vigour and enthusiasm by setting up his own, eponymous business. He wanted to build his business on strong, distinctive values which his staff could share and aspire to: creativity, high quality, humanity, stylishness, and rigorous management. Michel Herbelin soon acquired a reputation for his universally applied high standards.

By way of an anecdote, the first watches to be sold were named “impec”, the founder's way of promoting their impeccable quality and reliability. It was the beginning of the Michel Herbelin story or of that of timepieces made in France.

It’s a great anniversary for a company that has been crowned with some great successes, and is still supported by the Herbelin family, which continues the tradition and is involved in the company's development. This development is guided by family values and a passion for traditional watchmaking.

Michel Herbelin, has passed on his passion and the brand to his sons Pierre-Michel, the Chairman of the company, and Jean-Claude, its CEO. 65 years later, the 3rd generation is now also represented in the company, since two of Michel's grandchildren have started working in its marketing department.

The company has produced over 10 million watches since 1947 and the brand is now available through 3,000 outlets in 50 countries. The company employs 80 people and 500 watches produced in their facilities in France every day.

The Fifties/Sixties: Michel Herbelin became known as the French specialist in mechanical watches. His name became a brand synonymous with technical prowess, high quality and precision. The first Michel Herbelin logo was created in 1965.

The Seventies: Jean-Claude Herbelin joined the company. His eye for aesthetics enabled the business to make considerable progress on the world market. The brand began to distinguish itself and to flourish, particularly with its subtly designed quartz watches. It was one of the pioneers of the dress watch. The Scandinavian range was one of the first in the category of “jewellery” creations by Jean-Claude. The following anecdote recounts one of the great successes of the company: Tommy Nilson, a young Swedish 6 novice watchmaker went to Bijorhca, in Paris, a trade fair which was normally reserved for French jewellers. His appearance did nothing to portray his talents as a businessman. He decided to establish the brand in Sweden by opening the “Tic Tac Tommy” shop in Göteborg. It was an instant success. Extremely fashionable, the models of the Scandinavian range were in great demand: the fashion-conscious all wore a Michel Herbelin watch with a solid strap. They became famous throughout the whole of Scandinavia and beyond: in Germany, in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland.

The Eighties: Jean-Claude Herbelin succeeded his father at the head of the company. Pierre-Michel, his brother, came to join him then, to be responsible for the technical aspects as well as production.

1987 - Birth of The First Newport Watch: The Herbelins' passion for the maritime world, its seascapes and sailing ships, came to life through the creation of the Newport range. This elegant, sporty collection drew attention because of its unusual design, which is characterised by its central strap attachment. Several different variations followed: ladies', men's, quartz, automatic... Today it is still highly successful with customers. It has become the brand's flagship product.
Newport Automatic
The Nineties: Constructed a hundred meters from the family home, where the first workshops were housed, the factory, built in 1977, tripled in size.

The Beginning Of The 21st Century: Launch of the Newport J-Class range. The different models proposed were equipped with automatic movements, fashioned by hand with casings and bands in stainless steel and gold. Accompanying this collection, the Newport Royale range, aimed particularly at women, with its finish in stainless steel, gold and diamonds was also launched.

2008: The brand launched the Newport Trophy Grand Sport range, solid yet elegant, designed to withstand extreme conditions.

2012: After 65 years of history, Michel Herbelin is still innovating in terms of its design and techniques, creating timeless quality models to appeal to both collectors and followers of fashion alike. In December 2012, Michel Herbelin worked together with Les Rhabilleurs and Vincent Daveau to design a new collector’s watch: the Newport Yacht Club Regatta (limited edition of 25 watches).

In 2013, the collections further developed within the brand’s flagship series (Newport Yacht Club, Interchangeable Antares and Heritage), which have contributed to the prestige of the Michel Herbelin brand and its international renown. Various inspired projects are currently in the preparation stages at the Charquemont workshops with the aim of offering quality ‘Made in France’ watch-making with ‘Swiss made’ movements.

After sales service
The after sales service, provided by the Michel Herbelin team at the French site, is one of the company's other strong points and is considered to be one of the best in the world for reliability, price and also turnaround. In the workshops, qualified and experienced watchmakers carry out very high quality work and requests are dealt with within 8 working days. The workshops of the Michel Herbelin Company guarantee a restoration of watches, which is less than ten years old. Beyond this period, repair is done depending on parts still available.

Official website: http://www.michel-herbelin.com/

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo - 47mm

Two years after the extraordinary international recognition given to its first watch with a bronze case, Officine Panerai presents the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo, a new Special Edition produced in the same material with its eternal fascination and its decisively nautical associations.

The bronze of the Luminor 1950 case is CuSn8, an alloy of copper and tin in the pure state, highly resistant to the corrosive action of sea water and the atmosphere. As well as its high degree of structural robustness, this material preserves its original warm tone while acquiring, with the passage of time, a seasoned appearance as a result of the patina which covers it. This patina is the result of the bronze’s reaction to external agents (air, humidity, heat and wear); it does not alter the properties of the material but simply marks the ageing process, making each example unique and personalised. The size of the case is the same as that of the classic of Panerai watches, 47 mm in diameter, and classic too is the bridge device with the locking device which seal the winding crown.
Immediately evident on the dial of the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo is the important new feature which distinguishes this model: the display of the power reserve of three days on an arc-shaped indicator positioned at four o’clock. This very useful function joins the date display, the device for zeroing the seconds hand that is invaluable when synchronising the watch with a reference time signal, and the system for rapidly adjusting the time, the hand of which can be moved forward or backwards in jumps of one hour without affecting the running of the watch.
The dark green dial, with applied hour markers, is surrounded by a studded bezel in bronze with the scale for measuring the length of the dive. The bezel is connected to the case by a special system designed and patented by Officine Panerai to ensure that the ratchet moves precisely from one click to the next.
The sapphire crystal back is fixed by a titanium ring, a metal chosen for its non-allergenic characteristics. Visible through the back is the Panerai P.9002 calibre, developed and produced entirely in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. Consisting of 237 component parts, the P.9002 automatic calibre has an oscillating weight which rotates in both directions winding two spring barrels connected in series which accumulate a power reserve of three days. The balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 alternations/hour and it is the variable inertia type, fitted with four regulating screws arranged radially.

The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo (PAM00507) is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres) and is completed by a brown leather strap with stitching of a subtly nautical character and a titanium buckle. It is a Special Edition produced in only 1,000 units.

Technical details
Model: Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo - 47mm
Unique edition of 1000 units
Reference: PAM00507

Movement
Automatic mechanical, Panerai P.9002 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai,
13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 29 jewels
Glucydur® balance
28,800 alternations/hour
Incabloc® anti-shock device
Power reserve 3 days, two barrels
237 components

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, seconds reset, power reserve indicator, calculation of immersion time.

Case
Diameter 47 mm, brushed bronze
Bezel: Brushed bronze with polished edges, anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel with graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion and ratchet click at minute intervals
Back: Brushed titanium with see-through sapphire crystal
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a trademark) Brushed bronze
Crystal: Sapphire made of corundum, 2.9 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~ 300 metres)

Dial
Green with applied luminous hour markers
Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, power reserve indicator at 5 o’ clock.

Strap
PANERAI personalised leather strap and trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle
Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver

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