Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Beijing Watch - Tai Chi II Double 90° Tourbillon

Chinese luxury watch company Beijing Watch unveils their new model “Tai Chi II”, which is equipped with TB04 movement, the 1st 3D tourbillon movement in China and independently developed by BWAF (Beijing Watch Factory). This exceptional 3D tourbillon rotates on two axes.  On the back of the watch, users can enjoy its beautiful enamel moon phase.The beautiful dial features dual zone, date and power reserve indication.

Founded in 1958 at Changping, Beijing, the Beijing Watch Factory is a major horology company in mainland China that is specialised in the manufacturing of mechanical movements and mechanical luxury watches under brand name Beijing Watch.

In 1995, the brand independently developed its own tourbillon watches. In 2004, the company introduced a sold limited edition rose gold tourbillon watch, and became the first Chinese brand to offer limited edition luxury watches featuring precious metals and highly complicated tourbillon movements. In 2005, the Beijing tourbillon unveiled the Oriental Tourbillon. Today Beijing watch company independently carry out the production of tourbillon, double tourbillon, Minute repeater tourbillon and double 90°tourbillon.

In 2006, the brand showcased their oriental tourbillon Platinum Diamond watch "playing dragon and phoenix" at the International Watch Fair in Basel, Switzerland. Following this success, the brand displayed more models in Basel world 2007, which includes - The spring of 2007, the enamel tourbillon movement, "butterfly and flower", enamel double tourbillon "Beijing 2008", oriental tourbillon the running time have eight days watch and a gold watch enamel watch. In April 2008, Beijing Watch factory introduced the all the gold movement deep anaglyph watch, "Athena" and Minute repeater tourbillon at Basel World.

BUBEN&ZORWEG Grand Aficionado

It is no secret that luxury brand BUBEN&ZORWEG as the market leader in the field of TIME MOVER® watch winders not only delights passionate collectors with exclusive watches, refined humidors and luxury safes, but also combines these objects in the form of the renowned OBJECTS OF TIME® to create unique and multi-functional masterpieces.
Innovative brand BUBEN&ZORWEG has made use of the opportunity to present the Grand Aficionado not only to launch the new business area of "Wine&Cigars" but also to unite the passions of discerning enthusiasts and collectors of precious objects: the passion and enthusiasm for precious watches, select wines and fine cigars accompanied by the exclusive sound of a German high fidelity system with Bluetooth functionality. As with every Object of Time® the Grand Aficionado is crowned by a Fine Timepiece at its heart: the BUBEN&ZORWEG signature clock with an 8-day spring-driven movement.
The joy of owning exquisite objects finds expression in a collection of the best cigars and finest wines just as it does in a passion for precious watches. In addition to the carousel for presenting and storing eight bottles of select wines, the Grand Aficionado features 12 TIME MOVER® units in the lateral satellites.
Additional features of the multi-functional luxury object include a humidor, a bar and a display unit for presenting wine corks and writing utensils. These passions are namely often found in one and the same person. A safe with a German security certificate sets the mind at rest.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

QUINTING - Street Art Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand Quinting introduces their Street Art Collection inspired from the graffiti art. This collection offers unique timepieces dedicated to iconic and most famous streets such as Nanjing Road (China), 6th Avenue (New York), Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington), Binjiang Dao (China – Tianjin), Oxford Street (London)etc....

With more than a decade spent taking up challenges just as complex each one, Quinting evolvesnow with new collections both loyal to its original convictions and one more time outside the box. Since 2000, the ingenuity of Quinting timekeepers has been well proved, thanks to the realization of traditional Swiss horology’s oldest dream: seeing the hands floating on the wrist in a 100% see-through watch. Today, the Manufacture assumes its choice to go through an artistic path with the Art Collection, within each model is a unique masterpiece hand decorated with enamel.
With the Street Art Collection, Quinting does not only pick some popular designs but creates unseen motifs directly coming from the brain of its exclusive artists. All the models are unique pieces, hand-decorated with enamel and involve four different scenery pieces, two fixed, one turning at the speed of hours and one at the speed of minutes.  Each watch is declined with exclusive paintings on canvas and the watch box. All three pieces create together a real work of art, a coherent whole different for each watch. All the designs comport superluminova elements to create different motifs day and night, just as the different faces of a street the day or at night. All Street Art Collection watches use a Quinting-Tech 5 Movement.
Street Art Collection - Models
Q5SL56SA – Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road -China
60 Diamonds 1.38 ct, TW/ VVS

Q5SL56SA-6thAvenue
USA - New York
Steel Case, Steel Dial

Q5SL51SA – Pennsylvania Avenue
USA - Washington
Steel Case
White Dial

Q5SL53SA- BinjiangDao
China - Tianjin
Steel Case, Red Dial

Q5SL51SA – Oxford Street
UK - London
Steel Case, White Dial

Q5BRGL53SA - Old City
Switzerland - Geneva
Black PVD Coated Steel Case
Red Gold Bezel - Red Dial

Q5SL51SA- MakkahRoad
Saudi Arabia - Mecca
Steel Case, White Dial

Q5SL52SA- BroadStreet
Barbados - Bridgetown
Steel Case, Blue Dial

Q5BSL55SA- Sixtine
Vaticano - Viale Vaticano
Black PVD Coated Steel Case
Black Dial

Technical details
Functions
• Hour Hand
• Minute Hand

Case
• Stainless Steel, Black PVD Coated Stainless Steel, Yellow, White or Pink Gold 18 ct
• Blue, White, Red, Black, Brown, Chrome or Pink Gold Dial
- Without diamonds -OR-
- With diamonds on dial and horns (1.136 cts, Top Wesselton VVS)
• Round Bezel
- Without diamonds-OR-
- With 60 diamonds (1.38 cts, Top Wesselton VVS)
• Total Diameter: 43,80 mm
• Total Height: 14.00 mm
• Water Resistant: 50 meters (5 ATM)

Movement
• The unique transparent movement is patented
• Composed of 7 perfectly parallel sapphire discs with an anti-reflection coating
• Diameter: 39.00 mm
• Height: 8.60 mm
• Guarantee: 2 years

TOKYOFLASH JAPAN - Kisai Neutron

Japanese LED Watch brand Tokyoflash Japan unveils Kisai Neutron, a new limited edition LED watch with an integrated motion sensor, pulse & wave time display options and an 'always on' light-up animation.
The digital time presented in a new and innovative form. Kisai Neutron features sub-surface LED light bars that curve around your wrist like a time piece from the future. A customisable design, you can choose whether the watch displays the time by pulsing in & out or waving up & down. Integrated motion sensor technology means you can activate the display with a flick of the wrist or at the touch of a button.
Kisai Neutron is a USB rechargeable watch with time & date, an 'always on' animation and is available in black, gunmetal and gold at the special release price of $139 (€106, £89).
Technical details
Displays the time (12/24 mode)
Date mode (DD:MM or MM:DD format)
Two display modes: fade & wave
Motion sensor (can be turned off)
USB rechargeable: unscrew & connect to your computer
USB cable and screw driver included
Always On Light-Up Animation (can be turned off)
Hard plastic & stainless steel case
Adjustable stainless steel strap
Minimum wrist size: 100 mm (approx.)
Maximum wrist size: 230 mm (approx.)
Case Dimensions: 34 mm x 64 mm x 14 mm
Weight: 140 grams
Battery: KC302323 rechargeable watch battery
English instructions
One year warranty

Monday, July 29, 2013

Termitime - Introduction

Termitime Sarl is a Swiss Horology Company specialised in the assembly of top of- the-range movements and complications. The Termitime Company is located in Brügg, Switzerland, on the outskirts of the watch-making city of Bienne . Termitime has been working with major Swiss and international watch-making brands since 2008. It offers dedicated, flexible solutions offering the best value for money on the market.

Thanks to the network of experienced top-of-the-range partners, Termitime can offer clients quality of service in the manufacture of movements and assembly within excellent lead times. The company treats quality as a top priority, and its watchmakers provide you with a very high level of service. For all types of project and the design and development of movements, its expert team can devise movements with intricate complications as well as entire series, working with you to create the distinctive features of your brand.

Backed by these skills, Termitime is active in the installation, dismantling and assembly of simple and complicated movements, industrial manufacturing classes and project monitoring. The company also holds specific evening classes in watch-making and micromechanics.

The company’s skills comprise T0, T1, T2 and the assembly of large and small series of all types of calibers and watches. ETA calibers and more can be purchased in small quantities.

Termitime offers all types of horology solutions, as well as the assembly of intricate complications such as tourbillons, day of the month, perpetual calendar, repeater, etc. combining all the skill of its watchmakers and prototype designers. Termitime also designs and customise various caliber ébauches according to customer’s specifications.

Contact details
Termitime Sàrl
Mattenstrasse 6
CH - 2555 Brügg

www.termitime.ch

SEIKO Ananta ‘100th Anniversary’ Chronograph

This year SEIKO unveils a special edition Ananta ‘100th Anniversary’ Chronograph featuring a hand-painted lacquer dial in a deep blue, a colour never previously achieved with lacquer. The crescent moon on the watch dial is inspired by the helmet worn by Masamune Date, the 17th century daimyo.

Even among the many remarkable daimyo’s, or regional barons, of the early 17th century, Masamune Date’s is an outstanding story. He fought his first campaign at the age of 14, he succeeded his father as daimyo at 17, he founded Sendai, one of Japan’s great cities, and he was the driving force behind a sea-borne diplomatic mission that reached as far as the Philippines, Spain and even the Vatican City in Rome. As a warrior, he was as merciless as he was successful and he was renowned for the distinctiveness of his armour. His Samurai helmet was topped with a large crescent moon emblem and it is with this most distinctive look that history remembers him today. Masamune Date’s crescent moon helmet is the inspiration for the new Ananta chronograph.

Ananta brings together two rich traditions. Honed over 100 years, Seiko’s watchmaking skills are fused with the cultural history of Japan to create a collection that is both unmistakably Seiko and uniquely Japanese. For 2013, a new chronograph is added to Ananta with a design that evokes the age of the Samurai.
The dial of this new chronograph is a perfect expression of Seiko’s dedication to ultimate refinement and innovation. Each dial is painted by hand by Isshu Tamura, a noted artist and expert in the Kaga Makie style of lacquer, but it is the colours that make this watch unique. The dial itself is a deep blue, a colour never before achieved with lacquer and it evokes the richness of the night sky, against which the crescent moon, also painted in lacquer, shines brightly. The effect is stunning; a combination of power and serenity that is the perfect visual metaphor for the richly varied life of Masamune Date.

Inside this new Ananta creation beats Seiko’s finest mechanical chronograph caliber 8R28. It is equipped with a column wheel and vertical clutch system for precise operation and also incorporates Seiko’s unique three-pointed hammer which ensures the perfect synchronisation of the hands’ fly-back. The beauty of the color on the dial is perfectly visible, thanks to Seiko’s proprietary antireflective coating which eliminates 99% of light reflection, even in bright sunlight.

This new Ananta chronograph is offered in a limited edition of 300, each with its own serial number engraved on the case back. It is part of the Seiko 100th anniversary collection, which celebrates the centenary of Seiko’s very first wrist watch, the Laurel, created in 1913.

Technical details
Model: Ananta chronograph
Ref. RLS1304-04
Specifications: SRQ017

MovementCaliber 8R28
Automatic Chronograph up to 12 hours, Column wheel and vertical clutch
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: over 45 hours
Jewels: 34 jewels

Case
Diameter 42.8 mm, Thickness: 14.2mm
Stainless steel with blue hard coating
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Band: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-clear Coating

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
Euro 4,300

Edition
Limited edition: 300 pieces

Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition

In celebration of 100 years of Seiko watch-making, the Japanese watch brand recreates a Grand Seiko classic timepiece 0f 60’s.  In 1967, the Grand Seiko 44GS was launched it established a new look for the collection as it was the first Grand Seiko watch to embody and express the design ideas that a young designer had recently defined for the brand.

When the very first Grand Seiko watch was created in 1960, its sights had been set on the purely functional goals of precision, practicality and comfort, and its appeal rested on the engineering excellence of the movement. In the early 1960’s, a young university graduate who had recently joined the company saw that this focus on movement engineering was not enough. As he studied the watches on display at the Wako luxury specialty store in Tokyo, he realized that Seiko needed to create watches which sparkled more brilliantly and he determined to set a style for the brand. He invented the “grammar of Seiko design” and the 44GS was the first watch designed to this new specification. The distinctively sober, but sparkling, look of Grand Seiko was born. The razor-sharp edges to the hands and hour markers are signature characteristics of Grand Seiko.
The “Grand Seiko Style” is at once typically Japanese and yet unique to Seiko. In its serenity, it reflects the subtle and restrained sense of beauty that Japanese culture values most highly. However, this calm quality to the design is complemented with a very strict insistence in every detail on the pure essentials of watchmaking: precision, durability and legibility. The combination of these ideas is at the heart of the Grand Seiko aesthetic. The watches gleam brightly and yet are restrained and refined. At the cornerstone of the “Grand Seiko style” is the aesthetic consciousness in Japan of the beauty of light. The Japanese treasure the subtle gradation of the infinite number of shades between light and dark. This is why, for example, Japanese forms such as folding screens and shoji (paper screens) are made of what seem to be simple, straight lines and flat surfaces, but in fact are constructed in such a way that they make possible a wide variety of shades of interwoven light and dark depending on the place and the time. The radiance of every Grand Seiko watch is also attained through this unique Japanese aesthetic consciousness, and consequently while simple, is highly distinctive with its distortion-free polishing adding sharpness to every light reflection.

The new Limited Edition replica of the 44GS is as faithful as can be to its predecessor. It uses a hand-winding movement, carries the emblem on the case back and is the same size. In the stainless steel execution, the dial, hands and indexes are identical.

There are four models in the collection. All use the 9S64 caliber, first launched in 2011. It is a high accuracy 8-beat caliber (+5 to -3 seconds a day) with a 72 hour power reserve and 24 jewels. Three pieces are in gold (white, yellow and rose) and one is in stainless steel. The cases are 37.9mm in diameter and the sapphire crystals have Seiko’s proprietary anti-reflection coating on the inner surface.

Thanks to the precision of Seiko’s latest machining and polishing techniques, to hold and to study the new 44GS is to experience the quiet perfection of traditional craftsmanship re-invented for a new era.  The craftsmanship and skill of the polishing create the clean edges and perfectly flat surfaces of the Grand Seiko case. The Grand Seiko 44GS replica is available in three tones of 18 carat gold.

Technical details
Model: Grand Seiko 44GS Limited Edition
Ref. RLS1304-02
Versions: SBGW043, 044, 046, 047

Movement
Caliber 9S64
Driving system: Manual winding type
Vibrations: 28,800/hour (8/second)
Power reserve: over 72 hours (when fully wound)
Jewels: 24 jewels
Loss/gain Mean daily rate: -3 to +5 seconds

Case
18K White Gold (SBGW043), 18K Yellow Gold (SBGW044), 18K Rose Gold (SBGW046), Stainless Steel (SBGW047)
Diameter: 37.9 mm, Thickness: 11.5 mm
Water resistance: 3 Bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Glass: Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on inner surface.

Band
Crocodile with buckle 18K White Gold (SBGW043), 18K Yellow Gold (SBGW044),
18K Rose Gold (SBGW046), Stainless Steel (SBGW047)

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
18K White Gold (SBGW043): Euro 20,000
18K Yellow Gold (SBGW044): Euro 19,000
18K Rose Gold (SBGW046): Euro 19,000
Stainless Steel (SBGW047): Euro 5,700

Edition
Limited edition: 700 pieces of SBGW047; 70 pieces each of SBGW043, SBGW044, SBGW046

Sunday, July 28, 2013

SEIKO Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition

In 2012, at Baselworld watch fair Seiko launched the Astron GPS Solar, a remarkable wrist watch, which connects to the GPS network and adjusts to the exact time in all 39 time zones on earth, using just the power of light. This hi-tech timepiece caught the imagination of watch enthusiasts worldwide and became an instant hit.

In 1969, the original Astron changed the watch industry forever, bringing quartz accuracy and reliability to the world. The new Astron takes this revolution a further and major step forward. If you can see the sky, you can know the local time, wherever you are on earth, to a precision of one second every 100,000 years, and no battery change is ever required.

2013 sees a further expansion of the Astron collection and the launch of a very special edition that commemorates 100 years of Seiko watch-making and honours the memory of its founder Kintaro Hattori. The Kintaro Hattori Limited Edition Astron GPS Solar carries some historical milestones in the history legendary watch brand.

Never before in Seiko’s history has a watch carried Kintaro’s name, nor the six words that define his vision, “One step ahead of the rest”.
This innovative, practical and easy to wear timepiece needs no more exposure to light to deliver perfect timekeeping anywhere on earth. The case is made of high-intensity titanium with black hard coating, its crown is tipped with onyx, the crystal is coated in Seiko’s proprietary anti-reflective finish and it is offered with a crocodile strap and an additional titanium bracelet. The case back evokes the century old tradition of Seiko’s watchmaking, with the original “S” mark engraving.

The Kintaro Hattori Special Edition is the first watch ever to carry Kintaro’s name and motto. They are set around the first ‘S’ mark logotype, registered by Kintaro in 1900. This extraordinary watch is offered in a limited edition of 5,000. It will be launched simultaneously all over the world in September 2013.

Technical details
Model: Astron Kintaro Hattori Special Limited Edition SAST100
Ref. RLS1304-01

Movement
Caliber 7X52
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Hour, minute and second hands
Date calendar
Perpetual calendar correct to February 2100
Signal reception result indication
World time function (39 Time Zones)
Daylight Saving Time function
Power saving function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (without receiving a time signal and in temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)

Case
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 17.4 mm
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel
Water resistance: 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m

Strap
Both a crocodile strap and a titanium bracelet are attached
High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release

Glass
Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Only in this special edition is the crown tipped with onyx and the ‘TYO’ symbol in gold.

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
Euro 3,500

Production
Limited edition: 5,000 pieces

Astron collection 2013
In addition to this limited edition, the Astron collection for 2013 is enriched by the addition of no fewer than six new models, thus doubling the size of the range. While the functionality remains the same, the ease of use has been increased by the printing of 26 city names on the bezel where they are more legible. Three models are in steel and three in high-intensity titanium. The high- intensity titanium creations have a ceramic insert in the bracelet whose colour is echoed in the bezel.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber 7X52

SAST015, 017, 019
Case: High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 16.5 mm
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Band: High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating

SAST021, 023, 025
Case: Stainless Steel with ceramic bezel (SAST021, 023)
Diameter: 47.0 mm, Thickness: 16.5 mm
Stainless Steel with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST025)
Water resistance 10 Bar, Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Stainless Steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST021, 023)
Extra-strength silicon strap with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST025)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating

Approximate recommended retail price range in Europe
Euro 2,100 (SAST021, 023, 025)
Euro 3,000 (SAST015, 017, 019)

Carl F. Bucherer - Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition

By unveiling the Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition, Swiss watch manufacture Carl F. Bucherer defeats one of the greatest challenges of the watchmaker’s art. Introduced at Baselworld 2013, this premier complication from the Manero range, underlines the brand’s skilled craftsmanship at the very highest level.

The Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition now combines for the first time the classic elegance of the Manero range with the masterpiece of the watchmaker’s art which is the tourbillon. An opening in the dial at 6 o’clock provides a view of this fascinating mechanism. The filigree delicacy of the complication makes it a centerpiece of the very highest quality. In addition to the tourbillon itself, further special features have also been integrated into the watch. From the center, the date is indicated by a hand. The numerals of the date scale change orientation at 3 and 9 o’clock, so that they can be clearly read at a glance. Another unusual feature of the Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition is the above-average power reserve of 70 hours. The remaining energy can be read off via the power reserve indication at 9 o’clock. The final refinement on the dial is the 24-hour indication at 12 o’clock.
In spite of the large number of functions and indications, Carl F. Bucherer has ensured optimum clarity of the dial in the Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition. This was a challenge that the designers fulfilled by means of generous proportions and the incorporation of different levels. With the strikingly positioned, wedge-shaped hour markers, the striking letters and numerals typical of Carl F. Bucherer, and the tapering hours and minutes hands, the traditional complication of the tourbillon has been given a contemporary interpretation. This elegantly luxurious look is skillfully continued in the case, which is made of fine rose gold.

The high level of exclusivity of the Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition is ensured by the strictly limited edition, with only 188 of these prestigious timepieces available worldwide. With this new model from the Manero Collection, Carl F. Bucherer has succeeded in creating a watch to delight all connoisseurs who value traditional watchmaking artistry combined with optimum functionality, presented in a classic yet impressive exterior.

Technical details
Model: Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition
Reference number: 00.10918.03.13.01

Movement
Hand wound, CFB T1001
Diameter: 33 mm, height:  6.2 mm, 35 jewels,
Power reserve:  70 h

Functions
Tourbillon, power reserve, 24 hour indication, date, hours, minutes

Case, dial & strap
Case: 18 K rose gold, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, caseback with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30 m (3atm),  diameter 41.80 mm, height 12.52 mmDial: silver
Strap: Louisiana alligator leather, hand-stitched, 18 K rose gold folding clasp

Limited edition: 188 pieces

DeWitt - Twenty-8-Eight Automatic (New Model in 18-carat rose gold and grade 5 Neo-titanium)

With its subtle blend of character and refinement, the Twenty-8-Eight Automaticwatch joins the prestigious lineage of iconic models from the DeWitt Manufacture. Since 2010 this collection, with its poised, urban design, has enjoyed playing with contrasts by casing up in rose gold or white gold, along with innovative materials and a wide range of refined hues for its dials.

DeWitt is marking its 10th anniversary year with a new creation, a feast of refinement, dressed in exquisite pink gold and decidedly contemporary grade-5 Neotitanium, both enhanced with a bright and sumptuous white dial. Its 43 mm round case adorned with the famous imperial columns, houses a sturdy and reliable automatic movement running at 28,800 vph and with a power reserve of 42 hours.
The hours, minutes and seconds are set against a backdrop of a dial artistically divided into two guilloche zones, giving this model a soft light. There is a small flame motif at the dial’s center, surrounded by an elegant radiating pattern, the two separated by an appliqué circle of rose gold color tone. The time is indicated by Roman numerals at the four cardinal points connected by discrete appliqué Arabic numerals positioned at 5-minute intervals.

Like all of its creations, Twenty-8-Eight Automatic perfectly meets the very high finishing standards adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture: brushed, polished and beveled. The small "W" signature also appears on the 18 ct rose gold crown and on the buckle.

Bridging classicism and innovation, the new Twenty-8-Eight Automatic watch harmoniously combines materials and shades, proudly joining the ranks of DeWitt’s iconic models.

Technical details
Model: TWENTY-8-EIGHT AUTOMATIC
T8.AU.014

Movement
Reference DWT8AU
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Rotor: DeWitt design in rose gold colour tone with open-work “W” logo
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: 51° angle of lift
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides and the bezel
Material: 18-carat rose gold and grade 5 Neotitanium
Total thickness: 10.28 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal, secured by screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water-resistance 30 meters

Dial
White dial with two guilloche zones: internal with flame guilloche pattern, external with sunray pattern
Circle applique in rose gold colour tone, large Roman numerals at four cardinal points and small Arabic numerals positioned at five minutes intervals

Hands
Hours and Minutes: open-worked hands in the form of double edged swords
Seconds: thin and elegant

Wristband
White alligator strap
Buckle: Grade 5 Neotitanium pin buckle, engraved “W” signature

DeWitt - Furtive Automatic Petite Seconde (Small Second)

Swiss luxury watch brand DeWitt welcomes a new member to its FURTIVE collection, the brand’s first line in steel launched in 2013. Inspired by the world of sports, the new Automatic Petite Seconde (Small Seconds) model stands out with its noble appearance and contemporary allure.

With its high-performance automatic calibre and a power reserve of 42 hours, it is distinguished from the other models in the collection by a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. It’s perfectly produced dial demonstrates once again how DeWitt expertise is preserving the great tradition of Swiss dial making.
On the upper part of the dial, a discreet black sunray motif highlights the silvered index appliques, subtly suggesting a speedometer or the bridge of a ship. On the lower part, the stripes of metallic appliques against a wood-colour background create a geometry that beautifully highlights the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock.

This design thought continues on the curved 42 mm steel case where polished and satin-finished surfaces contrast with the black PVD to reinforce the graphic and optical effects.
The new FURTIVE line meets the high standards of finish adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture since its creation: satin-finished, polished and chamfered surfaces. The high quality of finishing work continues on the case back, stamped with "Clous de Paris" decoration and featuring a medallion carrying the brand logo. There is also a “W" engraved on the crown.

Offered on a metal bracelet or a black rubber strap for greater freedom, the new FURTIVE Automatic Petite Seconde watch is the perfect companion for getting away from it all.

Technical details
Model: FURTIVE AUTOMATIC SMALL SECOND
FTV.PTS.001

Movement
Reference DW.HMS
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: Dewitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Jewelling: 21 jewels

Case
Round case with DeWitt imperial columns on the sides and bezel
Material: Steel, black PVD treatment on the sides
Diameter: 42 mm
Total thickness; 11.40 mm
Crown: Steel, polished and satin-finished, “W” signature
Case back:  DeWitt design with “Clou de Paris” pattern
Distance between lugs:  21 mm
Water-resistance 30 metres

Dial
Black dial with sunray pattern
Roman numerals and Arabic numerals in silvered appliqués
Line pattern on lower part of the dial in wood tone and silvered appliqués
Black seconds counter

Hands
Hours and minutes: 18-carat white gold, open-worked hands in the form of double-edge swords
Seconds: 18-carat white gold, thin and elegant

Wristband
Steel bracelet or black rubber strap
Buckle: Polished, engraved “W” signature

Girard-Perregaux Calibres

The Girard-Perregaux Manufacture, the pillar of its independence and creative force of the legendary Swiss watch brand conceives, develops and produces the components and the movements of its watches. In the logic of this global approach, it joins forces with the Group’s case and bracelet factory, the “Ateliers Bautte”, whose ultra-modern machine park enables the processing of a wide range of materials. Particularly innovative calibres are developed thanks to the Research and Development Department, as evidenced by its collection of fascinating “Haute Horlogerie” complications.

Girard-Perregaux is thus able to offer an extended range of both mechanical and quartz movements. It has notably a complete range of automatic mechanical movements. Symbolic of the Manufacture’s wealth of own production facilities, the four families presented here can equip all types of gents and ladies watches.  

  • GP2700, self-winding mechanical movement – 8 ¾ ‘’’
  • GP 3200, self-winding mechanical movement – 10 ½ ‘’’
  • GP 3300, self-winding mechanical movement – 11 ½ ‘’’
  • GP4500, self-winding mechanical movement – 13 ¼ ‘’’
These four base calibre models act as the back born of Girard Perregaux mechanical timepieces. A brief description about Girard Perregaux calibres and complications is given below.

GP033Q0 – Perpetual Calendar and world time indication
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre: 27.40 mm
Height: 7.03 mm
Jewels: 26
Frequency: 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, world-time display with day/night indicator, perpetual calendar, moon phase indicator

GPFAY08 – Jackpot tourbillon
Mechanical, manual winding
Calibre: 38.60 x 32.60 mm
Height: 8.92 mm
Jewels: 38
Frequency: 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 96 hours
Functions: Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small second on the Tourbillon, slot machine with chime mechanism

GP9600 – Tourbillon with three gold bridges, Automatic
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 28.60 mm
Height : 6.22 mm
Jewels : 30
Frequency : 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 48 hours
Functions : Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small second on the Tourbillon

GP9600CS – Tourbillon with three gold bridges, automatic, rectangular
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 28.60 x 28.60 mm
Height : 6.22 mm
Jewels : 30
Frequency : 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 48 hours
Functions : Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small second on the Tourbillon

GP9600S – Tourbillon with three gold bridges, Skeleton, automatic
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 28.60 mm
Height : 6.22 mm
Jewels : 30
Frequency : 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 48 hours
Functions : Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small second on the Tourbillon

GP9600.0S – Tourbillon with three sapphire bridges, Automatic
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 28.60 mm
Height : 6.22 mm
Jewels : 31
Frequency: 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 48 hours
Functions: Tourbillon, hours, minutes, small second on the Tourbillon

GPME9899 – Opera I
Mechanical, manual winding
Diameter: 27,60 mm
Height: 7,69 mm
Frequency:  21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Jewels: 37
Power reserve: min. 75 h
Functions: Tourbillon, hour, minute, repeater on four gongs (hours, quarters and minutes - Westminster chime), small second on the Tourbillon

GPME0980 – Opera II
Mechanical, manual winding
Diameter: 28,00 mm
Height: 8,92 mm
Frequency:  21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Jewels: 37
Power reserve: min. 75 h
Functions: Tourbillon, hour, minute, repeater on four gongs (hours, quarters and minutes - Westminster chime), perpetual calendar, small second on the Tourbillon

GP00950 – Opera III
Mechanical, manual winding
Calibre : 31.60 mm
Height : 7.60 mm
Jewels : 45
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 50 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, music upon demand or on the hour, melody selector, power reserve indicator for the music

GP2700
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 19.40 mm
Height : 4.00 mm
Jewels : 32
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 40 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, date

GP3200
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 23.90 mm
Height : 3.20 mm
Jewels : 26
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 36 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, date

GP3300
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 3.20 mm
Jewels : 27
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, date

GP4500

Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 30.60 mm
Height : 3.97 mm
Jewels : 28
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 56 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, date

GP033CO – ww.tc chronograph
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 30.00 mm
Height : 8.48 mm
Jewels : 63
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, world time with day/night indicator, chronograph, date

GP033CO – Column wheel chronograph
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 23.90 mm
Height : 6.28 mm
Jewels : 38
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 36 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, column wheel chronograph

GP033GO – ww.tc power reserve
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 5.46 mm
Jewels : 27
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, world time with day/night indicator, power reserve indicator, date

GP033LO – Moon Phase
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 4.55 mm
Jewels : 32
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, moon phase indicator

GP033M0-AL – Full Calendar
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 4.80 mm
Jewels : 27
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, full calendar (date, day, month, moon phases)

GP033M0-A0 – Triple Calendar
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 4.80 mm
Jewels : 27
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, seconds, triple calendar (day, date, month)

GP033MO.QL – Annual calendar and zodiac calendar
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 mm
Height : 4.85 mm
Jewels : 40
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minute, small second, annual calendar, zodiac calendar and moon phase indicator

GP03300MO.QE – Annual calendar and equation of time
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 26.20 x 28.80 mm
Height : 4.85 mm
Jewels : 44
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, annual calendar, equation of time

GP033WO-0022 – ww.tc small seconds
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 27.40 mm
Height : 5.46 mm
Jewels : 32
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, world-time display with day/night indicator

GP3330-6LM00 – Large Date, Moon Phases
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 25.60 x 28.80 mm
Height : 4.90 mm
Jewels : 32
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second, large date, moon phase indicator

GP3330-RLM00 – Large Date, Moon Phases, power reserve
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre : 25.60 x 28.80 mm
Height : 5.00 mm
Jewels : 35
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, small second,
large date, moon phase indicator,
power reserve indicator

GP03390 – Bi Retro (retrograde seconds, retrograde day of the week, moon phase indicator, date)
Mechanical, self-winding
Calibre: 27.00 mm
Height : 4.55 mm
Jewels : 36
Frequency : 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : Hours, minutes, retrograde seconds, retrograde day of the week, moon phase indicator, date

GP03300-39
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Jewels: 28
Functions: hour, minute, small second, date

GP033M0
Mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute, central second, full calendar with date, day of the week, month and moon phase indicators

GP033Q0
Mechanical self-winding
Calibre: 26.20 mm
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Jewels: 26
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar and moon phases indicator
Balance: Microvar, variable inertia

GPE0201
Mechanical with manual winding
Calibre: 15 1/3 ’’’
Fitting diameter: 34 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
Tourbillon: 113 components, 0.80 grams, one complete revolution in 3 minutes and 45 seconds
Variable inertia balance fitted with gold adjustment screws
Balance spring: Phillips curve; Geneva Stud
Jewels: 28
Nickel silver main plate
Pink gold barrel bridges and central bridge
Power reserve: min. 72 hours, two quick-turning coaxial barrels
Functions: Bi-axial Tourbillon, hour, minute

GP13500 – Quartz
Quartz Movement
Caliber: 11½ ‘’’
Frequency: 32,768 Hz
Jewels: 7
Functions: hour, minute, central second, date

FURRER JACOT – Glamoureux Solitaire Ring Collection

Switzerland base FURRER-JACOT is known as the world's leading brand of wedding rings. This year, its chief designer Lucas Ruppli has expanded the range with a new solitaire ring collection, which creates a bridge between classic diamond engagement rings and contemporary solitaire rings.

The highlight of new collection is the "Glamoureux" solitaire line. The four-pronged 3-carat solitaire version with a pronged-mounting and pavée on ring and prongs is very probably the most outstanding piece. It symbolizes FURRER-JACOT’s individual design language and its commitment to offering customers truly unique pieces.
As a design adaptation, this mounting style is presenting for diamonds in an Emerald or even a very precious Princess cut. The ring must not necessarily be a full pavé diamond cut. Subtle understatement may be achieved with the double-grooved setting of an elegantly accented and un-mounted solitaire which is particularly appealing to purists.

As with all FURRER-JACOT collections, the pieces in the "Glamoureux" line are distinguished by their attention to detail: the expert craftsmen of FURRER-JACOT fit each diamond precisely so that all the reflected light shines in the same orientation of the ring.
These brilliantly appointed diamond-mounted rings are simply dazzling and at their most impressive with diamonds of 1.5 carats. A less-adorned variation of the four-pronged ring is also available from 0.3 carats. The clear and elegant style transforms the rings in "Glamoureux" line into timeless companions.

As a special feature FURRER-JACOT presents diamonds from 0.5 carats and up from Zipangu, the only Swiss diamond manufacturer. All diamonds are cut by Zipangu in Switzerland and the brilliance of their unique finishing is simply breath-taking (see box). It goes without saying that all diamonds are delivered with GIA diamond certificates. Naturally coloured diamonds, for example, Fancy Light Yellow, are available for mounting if desired.

FURRER-JACOT offers its models in red, white or yellow gold. Solitaires are shown to their best advantage in Platinum.

Edelberg Haute Manufacture - Sloop

Switzerland based Edelberg Haute Manufacture Suisse introduces Sloop, an original, exclusive and powerful collection of ball point pens.

Original because their design, a result of the outstanding design attitude of the company’s managing director Carlo E. Naldi, is inspired by sailing boat hulls. A circumstance which is unique on the present writing instruments scene.
Exclusive because Edelberg's Sloop pens are the result of the application of the formidable Swiss craftsmanship and no less superlative and just as Swiss expertise concerning watchmaking technology. A tangible sign of the latter is the use of materials such as Super-LumiNova, used in watchmaking for giving dials luminescence; on some of the writing instruments in the Sloop collection this is usedto enhance important elements like the company's logo, or the lines running longitudinally down the body of the pens incised using a CNC miller. It is the first time that this material has been used in the creation of a writing instrument.
They are all equally refined and powerful - the materials used for the 12 models of the Sloop range: steel, sometimes coated with pvd, sometimes plated with 5N pink gold, and, depending on the model, shiny or matt carbon fibre, or even precious resins and lacquers. Similarly to other pens made by Edelberg, the pens of the Sloop collection are distinguished by their excellent qualities of balance and ergonomics making writing particularly fluid and natural.
Absolutely safe usability is guaranteed by a special retractable clip: as the point comes out the pen's clip retracts into the barrel, this not only confers greater dynamism on Sloop writing instruments, it also prevents the typical damage caused to clothing by placing pens with exposed points in pockets. Every Sloop writing instrument is numbered, guaranteeing unrepeatable uniqueness.

Edelberg Haute Manufacture – Brand Info

Edelberg is a Switzerland based manufacturer of premium writing instruments and luxury accessories.

With a unique way of looking at things, Edelberg is for those wanting something fresh, something different. For individuals who appreciate design that is unique and who delight in owning beautiful objects that are striking and original. Edelberg understands the power of individuality and this is reflected in their captivating range of Swiss made high-tech writing instruments and Italian accessories. Combining passion, design and innovation, the pieces are as unique as those who own them.

Over the last few years, Edelberg has focused on planning and creating a breathtaking range of products and have invested heavily in developing new materials and modern mechanisms.

Edelberg is founded by Carlo E. Naldi, an Italian entrepreneur with a keen eye for design and a lifelong collector and lover of beautiful pens and accessories. That’s why Edelberg creates pieces that delight the senses, stir up exquisite emotions and make a statement to the world. It is this dedication to and appreciation of beauty and fine design that has inspired Edelberg’s original and distinctive style.
 
Each concept is brought to life by a team of highly creative minds and then lovingly crafted by skilled artisans at Edelberg factory in Geneva, Switzerland. Only the finest and most modern materials are used, including carbon fiber, precious resin and even photo luminescent components from SuperLumiNova® that magically light up after dark – the first time it has ever been used in a writing instrument - as well as more traditional ones such as gold, steel and rhodium. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and traditional craftsmanship are employed at every stage to produce the coveted writing instruments with each piece undergoing rigorous quality and durability testing.
USB Key
The name Edelberg is actually formed from two words - Edelweiss and Gutenberg. Edelweiss, the noble white flower and national symbol of Switzerland - one of the many flowers which add to the beauty of the picturesque Swiss landscape, and Gutenberg in honor of Johannes Gutenberg, global inventor of the mechanical printing press. This invention by Johannes enabled the revolutionary transformation of the written word into print, a remarkable step in the dissemination of knowledge to the world at large. Thus the name Edelberg reflects natural Swiss beauty, quality craftsmanship and innovation which are all core values of the brand.

Contact details
Edelberg Haute Manufacture Suisse
Neugasse 7 – 6300
Zug (Suisse)

www.edelberg.ch

BISSOL for iPhone 5 – Horology meets iPhone

Vancouver, Canada based luxury accessories brand Bissol® has created a new concept in watchmaking that will revolutionize the idea of what a timepiece can be. With the development of two patents, Bissol has been able to invent a unique precision mobile instrument for the iPhone® 5, in turn resulting in the creation of a new horological category.  The Calibre 788 is the first movement of this class. Recently Bissol has enhanced its product line with the Calibre 788 gold model.


Calibre 788
Case: Anodized aluminum with painted sapphire crystal
Movement: Moon phase, Swiss made, gold plated

Calibre 788 Gold
Case 24: Carat gold plated brass with painted sapphire crystal
Movement: Moon phase, Swiss made, gold plated

Bissol is a registered trademark owned by PTB Design Corp.


Website: http://www.bissol.com

AVIATOR Professional Pilot’s Watch

Functionality, precision and reliability: these are the attributes, which characterize the Professional Pilot’s watch. The simple case and the dial’s classical instrumental design make this watch look like an extension of a plane’s dashboard. With its oversized push buttons, it is easy to use chronograph by pilots wearing thick gloves. Additionally, the black-and-red or steel-and-red buttons help aviators to quickly distinguish the chronograph’s pushers in the most extreme conditions. Big numerals and hands accentuated by a luminescent coating guarantee optimal visibility and readability even in the poorest lighting conditions.
Another striking feature is a wrist cuff style strap that can be adapted onto the gloves. Everything in this watch is designed to be practical and convenient for pilots.
The 7750 Valjoux movement, which is universally recognized as one of the best chronograph movements, will certainly ensure flawless precision and excellent performance. The professional line also offers quartz models.


Automatic Model
•ETA 7750 Valjoux movement
• Hours, minutes, second, date at 3, chronograph
• Stainless steel / Black coating
• 42 mm
• 10 ATM
• Anti-reflecting Sapphire Crystal
• Black Dial / index colour variations
• SuperLuminova luminescent indexes and hands
• Black leather strap / Stainless steel bracelet

Quartz Model
• Hours, minutes, second, date, chronograph 1/10s
• Stainless steel / Black coating
• 45 mm
• 10 ATM
• Anti-reflecting Sapphire Crystal
• Black Dial / index colour variations
• SuperLuminova luminescent indexes and hands
• Black rubber band

ORIS WilliamsF1 Team 600th Race Limited Edition

The WilliamsF1 Team has reached its 600th race in Formula One and its partner Swiss watch manufacturer Oris is celebrating this landmark achievement with a unique limited edition timepiece.

Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, Williams has secured 297 podiums, 114 race wins and 16 World Championship titles over the past 36 years. Nine of these titles have been won in the Constructors’ Championship, with the remaining seven titles being Drivers’ Championships won with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. WilliamsF1 achievements earned Founder and Team Principal Frank Williams a knighthood in the 1999 New Year’s Honours List to augment France’s highest decoration, the legion d’Honneur.

To celebrate this accomplishment of the WilliamsF1 Team, the Swiss watch brand is introducing the Oris WilliamsF1 Team 600th Race Edition. Inspired by the high-tech cars of Formula One, the new chronograph is intrinsically linked to motorsport.
Featuring a multi-piece stainless steel case, the timepiece has a tachymeter as top ring coated in black DLC. The minute recorder at 12 o’clock and the hour recorder at 6 o’clock, along with the date window at 6 o’clock, also illustrate its sporting pedigree. The black matt dial with blue elements and the WilliamsF1 logo illustrate the strong connection. The innovatively designed flexible horns respond with the same adaptiveness as racing suspensions.
Limited to 600 pieces and presented in a luxurious wooden box, the Oris WilliamsF1 Team 600th Race Limited Edition epitomises Formula One design and function.

Technical details
Oris WilliamsF1 600th Team Race Limited Edition
Ref. No. 773 7685 4184, Ø 45.00mm
Limited to 600 pieces

•Oris automatic mechanical movement 774, based on Sellita SW 500 with Chronograph function and date window at 6 o’clock
•Multi-piece stainless steel case with stainless steel pushers and screw-in security crown. Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
•Top ring coated in black DLC
•Flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside
•Case back with mineral crystal, special engravings and limitation number
•Two-piece dial with applied elements. Nickel hands with Super-LumiNova inlay for the hours and minutes
•Rubber strap with stainless steel folding clasp
•Swiss Retail Price CHF 3,100.00

Saturday, July 27, 2013

SUISSEMECANICA - Introduction

SUISSEMECANICA is a Swiss watchmaking brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It designs, develops and produces timepieces in limited editions only, all featuring a distinctive aesthetic appearance and unique design.

Founded in early 2010 by watch designers and enthusiasts Juliana Arbeláez-Renoult and François Renoult, the brand’s objective is to create timepieces in the unadulterated tradition of those who have written the history of Fine Watchmaking. For its first SM8 collection,  SUISSEMECANICA has developed a number of innovations, including a brand new, patented system for protecting sliding crowns. SuisseMecanica embodies the perfect balance between the highest quality watchmaking, technical innovation and powerful design.
SM8 Collection
SUISSEMECANICA relies uncompromisingly on the best craftsmanship partners in the Swiss Jura, capable of meeting – and even surpassing – the most stringent Swiss Made requirements.

The brand unveiled their products for the first time at Belles Montres in 2012, and at BaselWorld 2013, made its debut in the circle of independent watchmakers. Finding itself located right from the outset alongside the leading players at the event,  SUISSEMECANICA aroused the enthusiasm of even the most experienced observers. Retailers, visitors and professionals all found reasons to like SuisseMecanica’s first collection.

Having passed the Basel test with flying colours,SUISSEMECANICA now needs to build on this success. Today, the brand is distributed in France by expert retailers who have identified the brand’s potential, such as Romain Réa. Being selected by one of the greatest names on the Parisian watch scene has of course been noted by many of the store’s counterparts, both in France and abroad. Negotiations for sales agreements are in the advanced stages throughout the rest of Europe, Asia and the United States.


With careful selection of its watchmakers, SUISSEMECANICA moves at best trademarks registered in the Swiss watchmaking tradition. SUISSEMECANICA is characterized by the production of very limited series, which allows the manufacture of position itself as one of the few capable of produce real exceptional pieces.

Horology professionals like Jean Yves Jug, for the technical development of all Innovations Housing, Valerian Jaquet, for development of templates, or Jean-Marie Donze for the assembly and the development of the whole of timepieces, help realize each of SUISSEMECANICA creations. This team work is distinguished by its rich experience, a sense honed to perfection by its effectiveness and the unfailing patience, essential quality in the Haute Horlogerie.

CONTACT DETAILS
SUISSEMECANICA WATCHMAKING S . A .
AVENUE LÉOPOLD-ROBERT 75 / CH - 2300
LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS -

SUISSEMECANICA FRANCE S . A . S .
64 RUE DES TILLEULS / 92100 BOULOGNE
BILLANCOURT


Website: http://suissemecanica.ch/

SUISSEMECANICA - SM8 Collection

Officially launched at Belles Montres in November 2012 in Paris, the SM8 collection by Swiss watch brand SUISSEMECANICA was one of the important revelations of the show thanks to the powerful and ingenious design of the timepiece cases; highly resistant, made to protect the extremely efficient mechanical manufactured calibers. Inspired from this success, SUISSEMECANICA unveiled their debut collection at Basel world 2013.

The SM8 collection has a completely renewed design with a sliding crown protector patented system (SCPSy), unreleased to this day. This innovation distinguishes it from all other timepieces.It also differs by other innovative technical prowess, as the double inner turning bezel (calculation of immersion and Dual Time) under the convex sapphire glass, and powered by two conical and ergonomic crowns at two and four o’clock. The SM8 collection FIRST EDITION is available in two models, the SM8 and the SM8 chronograph, 50 pieces each and all individually numbered. Produced in steel and with 200 meters water resistance, these instruments are also available by order in gold and titanium.
The soul of the SM8 collection is rooted in the seventies, under the influence a design considered experimental or explosive this pivotal time; this generation of watches with surprising curves were then created by designers irreducible and original. Three and a half years of development and testing were required to be released in 2012 workshops SUISSEMECANICA of Watchmaking SA SM8 collection, FIRST EDITION, available in SUISSEMECANICA SM8 and SM8 SUISSEMECANICA Chrono with 50 pieces each.
Resolutely turned towards the future with its modern and sharp curves, the SM8 collection Auto mechanics is characterized by innovative and unique technical prowess, as the double inner rotating bezel (Calculation of immersion and Dual Time) as domed sapphire crystal, and powered by two conical crowns and ergonomic two and four hours. These crowns are sheltered by a patented sliding crown guard – named "Sliding Crowns Protector System (SCPS)" - unreleased system. Ultra masculine, the SUISSEMECANICA SM8, is designed to meet the highest requirements of men.
Form and function blend to give a unique identity to each piece. Materials, colours and shapes were chosen in the rules of the art and the response to different functional needs. The result is a true time measuring instrument that appeals and gives pleasure to the admirers. All the elements that compose protect and sliding crowns, rotating bezels ... fit perfectly the middle due to their design. Sharpened edges and "perfect" curves - merge boldly to give the masculine and elegant that characterizes this collection.
 The SM8 is equipped with ergonomic, easy to handle crowns thanks to their size and conical shapes. Two reflective curved sapphire crystals on the front and back to the middle, respectively 3.82 mm and 2.24 mm thick each, also provide the characteristic resistance of the collection and SM8 possible to appreciate the subtle details of the velvety black dial. A beautiful buckle closes the set and follows the same aesthetic codes and robust powerful character of the SM8. The first edition of the collection is SM8 made of steel circular satin finish; it is also available in titanium and precious metals control.

The shock sliding fundamental innovation and exclusive collection of SUISSEMECANICA SM8 is a crown protector that slides in 12h-6h double meaning. This piece is surprisingly strong and flexible manufacture both, very nice to handle. This patented system, SCPSy (Sliding Crowns Protector System) protects the crowns of shocks, ensuring and proper operation. It makes the watch more comfortable on the wrist. In the central position, protects crowns lock functions at 2 and 4 hours, allowing only access to the central crown the winding, setting the time and setting the date. Protects the sliding rings down, the 2h ring is released, allowing the adjustment of the dual time function and the activation of the pusher chrono model. Finally, slide the crown to protect the above, the crown at 4 o'clock is released, allowing adjustment calculation based on Immersion diving.
Two functions that characterize all variations the SM8 collection: Dual Time and Computation Immersion Diving. These two functions are realized two rotating inner glasses activated thanks to the side at 2 and 4 o'clock crown.
The Dual Time function is as a "Bezel dial" 12 hours bi, which once positioned on the second zone, provides simultaneously reading a double shift. More commonly this is an additional complication represented by an additional hand. The Dual Time function of the SM8 is simple and effective. The calculation based on Immersion Diving well known by all diving enthusiasts, presents also as a rotating bezel, but unidirectional according to safety standards, although bigger than the bezel Dual Time, readability impeccable with numbers and inserts covered Luminova C3, clearly visible in immersion.
The housings of the first edition are respectively individually etched 1/50 to 50/50, for SM8 SM8 model and Chrono. This marking, coupled with the caliber of a 4-digit number, ensures the uniqueness of each piece and facilitates traceability. Indeed, the clever combination of number series of case with the caliber makes it virtually impossible to counterfeit.

The manufacture movements SM1-2222 and SM1-2022M, which equip the SM8 and SM8 Chrono models respectively, are developed by movement manufacture CONCEPTO exclusively for SUISSEMECANICA . These mechanical automatic movements, have been realised in the highest quality standards. Bridges and the mass are completed with the utmost care to provide aesthetic conformity to male codes the SM8 SUISSEMECANICA collection.
These movements are visible through sapphire glass case back and have been decorated with a specific "premium" finish, as their oscillating weight adorned with a black ruthenium finish name of the factory, the plate and bridges sandblasted finish "Black Gold" and polished angles.
When comes to its performance, one of the key points of the collection is advanced through all features and characteristics of robust build. Strong and powerful, the SM8 is submersible up to 200 m. The sober dial with subtle details offers optimum legibility of the dial.  The hour and minute hands are also consistent the DNA and offer a true SM8 comfort reading day and night, because of their skeleton design and Luminova C3 application.
The SM8 SUISSEMECANICA collection is composed of two models for men, watch SM8, three hands, hour, minute, large second and date, and SM8 Chronograph, hour, minute, small seconds, date and chronograph. The first edition of the collection, is made of stainless steel circular satin, it is also available in titanium and precious metals on order.

With variations of black or steel domestic glasses Dual Time and Calculation of Immersion Diving collection SM8 is available in four different versions: black DIVING / DUAL TIME steel, steel DIVING / DUAL TIME black, black DIVING / Black DUAL TIME DIVE steel / steel DUAL TIME.

For "gentlemen" version, straps are made of Mississippi Alligator skin, Made in France, hand-sewn and colour matte or matte black carbon finish. The "sportsman" version comes with black vulcanized rubber bracelets. Both types of bracelets are provided with SUISSEMECANICA SM8 and are interchangeable with a simple gesture.The SUISSEMECANICA watches are guaranteed for 3 years.

SUISSEMECANICA SM8
Model SM8, the first collection immediately reveals its strong character and offers four different versions that fit the particular style of individual. The SUISSEMECANICA SM8 is powered with  SM1-2222, automatic movement.
Technical details
Movement
100% SWISS MADE
CALIBRE SM1-2222
Automatic mechanical movement by Valerian Jaquet, Manufacture CONCEPTO, exclusive developed for SUISSEMECANICA.
Diameter: 13 ¼'' '30 mm. Height: 7.90 mm
Twenty three Jewels (23)
28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Hour, minute and second major, date window at 6 o'clock
Correction rod, 3 positions
Specific finish "high end"
Automatic Bridge: Sable Black Gold, polished angles, consecutive No. engraving
Bridge balance, Barrel Bridge & anchor bridge: Shortbread Black Gold, polished angles
Rotor: perforated, sandblasted black ruthenium, engraving SUISSEMECANICA Watchmaking

Case
100% SWISS MADE
Circular steel satin finish, engraving Serial
Construction in 3 parts
Protects crowns sliding in the vertical direction (12h-6h)
SCPSy (Sliding Crowns Protector System) Patented system
Bidirectional Rotating inner bezel l for DUAL TIME
Unidirectional rotating inner bezel for DIVING
Ratchet system
Luminescent Luminova C3 on the main cylindrical inserts embossed 0, 15, 30 and 45, and
that the webs (5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50 and 55)
Central Crown for winding, setting the hour and minute setting the date
Crown at 2 o'clock to adjust the rotating bezel DUAL TIME
Crown at 4 o'clock for setting the rotating bezel DIVING
Top antireflective curved sapphire crystal, carved block of 3.82 mm
Case back:  anti-reflective sapphire crystal, carved block of 2.24 mm
Dimensions: 43mm diameter without SCPSy. 48.50 mm SCPSy
Water resistance: 200 meters

Dial
Two superimposed parts velvety black Arabic numerals 12, 3 and 9 luminescent
Hands: Hours and minutes skeletons, luminescent

Strap
Matt black alligator or black matt finish "carbon" large scales, hand-stitched with engraved buckle
System modules fixing pin to facilitate the exchange of bracelet styles

SUISSEMECANICA SM8 CHRONO
Very masculine, the SM8 Chrono complements the qualities of the first model with two chronograph counters. The push button is placed on the same axis as the crown at 2 o'clock, which will host three Start / Stop / Reset functions, and thus provide a true comfort in handling. This complication undoubtedly increases the versatility aesthetic that characterizes the SM8 collection. This exceptional chronograph is equipped manufacture caliber SM1-2022M, mechanical automatic winding.
The SUISSEMECANICA SM8 CHRONO model was selected to compete for the prestigious Montre de l'Année 2013" award in Geneva. This Timepiece is one of the 40 finalists for the final vote and will be exhibited at the evening Awards 2013 which will take place on October 25 in Geneva.

Technical details
Movement
100% SWISS MADE
CALIBRE SM1-2022M
Automatic mechanical movement by Valerian Jaquet, Manufacture CONCEPTO, exclusive developed for SUISSEMECANICA
Diameter: 13 ¼'' '30 mm. Height: 8.40 mm
Twenty seven Jewels (27)
28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Hour, minute and small seconds at 9 o'clock, minute counter at 3 o'clock, date window at 6 o'clock. Correction rod, 3 positions
Single-button chronograph controlled 2h
Automatic Bridge: Sable Black Gold, polished angles, consecutive No. engraving
Bridge balance, barrel bridge, anchor bridge: Shortbread Black Gold, polished angles
Rotor: perforated, sandblasted black ruthenium, engraving SUISSEMECANICA Watchmaking

Case
100% SWISS MADE
Circular steel satin finish, Serial number engraved
Construction in 3 parts
Protects crowns sliding in the vertical direction (12h-6h)
SCPSy (Sliding Crowns Protector System) Patented system
Bidirectional Rotating inner bezel l for DUAL TIME
Unidirectional rotating inner bezel for DIVING
Ratchet system
Luminescent Luminova C3 on the main cylindrical inserts embossed 0, 15, 30 and 45, and
that the webs (5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50 and 55).
Central Crown for winding, setting the hour and minute setting the date
Pusher at 2’clock to adjust the rotating bezel DUAL TIME and chronometric functions
Mono-pusher START / STOP / RESET
Crown at 4 o'clock for setting the rotating bezel DIVING.
Top antireflective curved sapphire crystal, carved block of 3.82 mm.
Case back:  anti-reflective sapphire crystal, carved block of 2.24 mm.
Dimensions: 43mm diameter without SCPSy. 48.50 mm SCPSy.

Dial
Two superimposed parts velvety black Arabic numerals 12, 3 and 9 luminescent
Hands: Hours and minutes skeletons, luminescent

Hands
Matt black alligator or black matt finish "carbon" large scales, hand-stitched with engraved buckle
System modules fixing pin to facilitate the exchange of bracelet styles

Antoine Preziuso - Matterhorn Day and Night

Matterhorn Day and Night, the latest timepiece designed by Antoine Preziuso, celebrates one of the most spectacular mountains not just in Switzerland but in the whole of Europe, and a UNESCO world heritage site: The Matterhorn.
Mont Blanc and Mount Everest have already been showcased in the same series and are now to be found on the wrists of countless watch connoisseurs. Mount Fuji will be joining them soon. Antoine Preziuso has designed the series for all mountaineers who share his philosophy: Aim For The Top. Matterhorn Day and Night comes with a solid gold dial with an opening to the sky that, during its 24-hour cycle, evokes Day with the symbol of the sun, and Night with a crescent moon and constellation of stars.
The inscription on the dial evokes the motto Carpe Diem, inviting us to ‘seize the day’ without worrying about tomorrow.

Features
Steel case
18-carat solid gold dial
Steel bracelet
Registered design
Price: CHF 28,000

Friday, July 26, 2013

IceLink Watches – Introduction

Geneva-based IceLink is the maker of luxury timepieces for the style-conscious, globally-connected consumer.  The company’s Swiss made watches infuse the craziness of Los Angeles, hometown of creativity, and the universe of the Swiss watch-making industry and its century of know-how.  IceLink timepieces are conceived and crafted to epitomize the parts and the sum of their name.  As cool and essential as ice itself, as strong and precious as diamonds, these watches are globally linked in attitude and timeless in design.  Not afraid to rock the boat of conventional watch-making, IceLink continues to take watch aficionados by surprise.

IceLink timepieces are conceived and crafted to epitomize the parts and the sum of their name for a look that is fashion-forward, fun, and instantly recognizable.   As cool as ice itself, as strong and precious as the diamonds they unapologetically flaunt, IceLink watches are a unique fusion of the jeweler’s art and the watchmaker’s craft.

It’s not easy for a newcomer to make a splash in the traditional and rarefied world of fine watch-making, but that’s exactly what IceLink did in 2007 when it unveiled its 6Timezone piece at Baselworld.  This iconoclastic model would soon become an icon, and shake up a notoriously staid industry, both literally and figuratively. 
IceLink 6Timezone Snow

IceLink’s creator, Andy Sogoyan, a jeweller by trade with a taste for all things extravagant, decided to suspend dozens of diamonds in one of the oversized watch’s six dials.   Using an invisible liquid called IceFuel®; the diamonds appear to float across a field of fresh snow, sending mesmerizing sparks of sunlight out with each movement of the wrist. 

IceLink quickly became the go to watch of movers and shakers, including a raft of celebrities who shared Sogoyan’s affinity for all that is big and bejewelled.    One of the first famous fans of the 6Timezone “Snow” watch was the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, who landed the timepiece in hundreds of magazines and newspapers.   Sogoyan attributes an ever-growing list of celebrity aficionados to his willingness to take luxury to its pinnacle.   He has created diamond cell phones, tiaras, cufflinks, and of course, over-the top custom watches for the likes of Fergie and Will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas),  Khloe Kardashian and Kyle Richards.
Subtlety has never been part of the IceLink lexicon, and when it comes to designing watches, Andy Sogoyan proudly refuses to censor himself.   But he’s not just catering to his own larger-than-life and luxury-driven aesthetic.  Before the IceLink launch, Sogoyan personally market-tested prototypes to overwhelming response from strangers in stores and airports around the world.

IceLink’s logo depicts a lioness, chosen for its symbolic meaning and attributes.   Like a lioness, the Sogoyans and the IceLink brand thrive on pride, invincibility, non-conformity, courage and beauty.   The lioness also conveys messages that are particularly resonant to the Sogoyans – stand tall, show authority, and lead with a loving heart.
The lioness holds a torch emblazed with the word “ice” – a material that is solid and enduring, and an essential element that preserves and sustains.   “Ice” also connotes the diamond, a strong, beautiful, and timeless precious stone. “Link” is the connection between all that is essential and all that is cool, as well as the bridge between the wearer and the global time zones on his or her IceLink watch.

The number 6 is an important recurring theme in the IceLink brand, and one that has great significance to the Sogoyans.   The number 6 has always been auspicious to the family and the company.    Founder Andy Sogoyan was born on 06-06 in the 60’s.   He started his business on 6th Street in Los Angeles, and now IceLink’s flagship boutique is located at 666 North Kilkea Drive in the same city.   Most importantly, however, the 6 Timezone watch has become the IceLink signature.

Sogoyan followed a somewhat unusual path to watchmaking stardom.   Born in 1963 in Yerevan, Armenia (USSR at the time), he comes from a long line of jewellers on his mother’s side of the family.   When only thirteen, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, and worked in his uncle’s jewellery store while attending Hollywood High School.  His uncle only made jewellery for women at the time, but Sogoyan offered to help him design a line for men as well.   Buoyed by the success of the line, inspired by his Hollywood surroundings, and crazy for diamonds, Sogoyan embraced the talent that was in his blood.

In the early ‘80s, his own jewellery manufacturing company, CA Links, Inc., would become one of the largest urban jewelry wholesalers in the world.   Taking design cues from the pop culture of the day (Sogoyan was a huge fan of Mr. T from “The A Team”), he began to think big and bold.   Sogoyan’s exuberant pieces, exquisite materials and impeccable quality were met with enthusiasm. He embraced early hip-hop style, and his rope chains, anchors, and big flashy crosses were among the first to market.   Today, CA Links remains a leader and Sogoyan’s son Dino has taken the reins.

As the jewellery business grew, Sogoyan began to take note of renewed consumer interest in high-end watches, and he became intrigued with the idea of producing a gem-inspired version.  It was a natural linkage and progression, so he set out to create watches that could easily double as jewellery.  But he realized the timepieces needed to be as impeccably crafted on the inside as on the outside, and so began a long series of trips to Switzerland to study the craft of horology.    The crossover into fine watch making was facilitated by Sogoyan’s passion for the finest materials and meticulous finishing.
   
It was also bolstered by his daughter Suzy’s passion for the business.  For the past several years, IceLink has been very much a family affair.   Intrigued by the operations at the factory from a very young age, Suzy would beg her father to let her come to work.   She quickly found her place in what at the time was a male dominated environment, and literally grew up with the brand.  Today, with an M.B.A. from Woodbury University, Suzy manages all brand development.
IceLink continues to evolve, surprise and delight both jewellery and watch aficionados everywhere.   Some consider the generous gems to be the icing on the cake of a fine Swiss-made watch, while others see the diamonds as the cake itself.   Either way, with IceLink, Sogoyan has created a gem of a timepiece for anyone who shares his belief that “life is too short not to shine.”

IceLink’s headquarters are now on Swiss soil, but the brand will the style and attitude of Sogoyan’s adopted and much loved Los Angeles.

IceLink products can be purchased by visiting the IceLink boutique located at 666 Kilkea Dr. in Los Angeles, at authorized retailers or by visiting the official website.

IceLink USA
666 North Kilkea Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048

www.icelinkwatch.com

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