Thursday, October 31, 2013

OMEGA Inaugurates Their Newest Flagship Boutique in Hangzhou, China

Swiss watch brand OMEGA has recently inaugurated its newest flagship boutique in Hangzhou, China. The grand opening function was attended by film star Zhang Ziyi, supermodel Qiqi, designer Alex Wang and President of OMEGA Stephen Urquhart.
Zhang Ziyi at Omega Boutique, Hangzhou
 This newly inaugurated three-story, 668-square-metre boutique is the world’s largest OMEGA Boutique. The boutique’s showcases and dazzling display windows incorporate themes of sun, water, earth and time – elements that are a part of the brand’s design concept and can be found in OMEGA’s flagship boutiques around the world. Upon entering, visitors will be warmly greeted by a team of specially trained sales associates and will have the opportunity to browse and shop from OMEGA’s full range of men’s and women’s watch families including the Ladymatic Luxury Edition timepieces that were introduced at the event.
Following a press conference at the OMEGA Boutique, the brand hosted a gala event at Pins De La Brume Hotel to celebrate the launch of OMEGA’s Ladymatic Luxury Edition line. Guests enjoyed a captivating Kunqu Opera performance on the stage in the centre of the garden whose elaborate decoration suggested an enchanted garden. Exquisite timepieces from OMEGA’s newly launched Ladymatic Luxury Edition line were creatively displayed in the trunks of ornamental white trees.
The timepieces from the Ladymatic Luxury Edition collection are adorned with diamond-set bezels and remarkable dial designs and equipped with a revolutionary OMEGA Co-Axial calibre.

At the gala dinner event, Zhang Ziyi wore a stunning 18K Sedna™ gold Ladymatic with a mother-of-pearl dial and a bracelet whose central links are inlaid with precisely-cut extra white mother-of-pearl. Qiqi flaunted a unique 18K yellow gold Ladymatic with an imaginatively designed dial with mother-of-pearl marquetry and diamonds set in the shape of a flower made up of five interlocking OMEGA logos.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

BijouMontre Guardian Star Collection

The Guardian Star Collection by Swiss luxury watch brand BijouMontre perfectly embodies the most representative Notre Dame de Paris with unique cushion cases and longitudinally symmetrical lugs, inspired by carefully and perfectly symmetric Gothic architecture. Originating in the 12th century, Gothic architecture is known as the most prominent example of French architecture style and praised by its beauty of symmetry as well as nobility.
BM 56010T
The design of the arch-shaped lugs is inspired by the Gothic arch; the embedded Top Wesselton / VS diamonds are splendid as well as elegant; the circular design of indexes and centers on the dials are just like the well-known rose window of Notre Dame de Paris; the combined small seconds increase the practicality, and the mother-of-pearl dials balance out the indexes; together, the collection demonstrates a sense of brightness and artistic delicacy.
BM 56011T
The designer, by means of her unique perspective, concisely portrays this representative architecture of French civilization and presents this beautiful collection, in which classical and modern style perfectly combine.
BM 56030T
BM 56010T / BM 56030T
Original Swiss quartz movement
Swiss 316 L stainless steel case
Case dimensions: 26x31 mm
Sapphire crystal dual-bridge surface
White mother-of-pearl dial
Top Wesselton / VS diamonds (0.58 ct.)
Water resistance to 3 ATM
BijouMontre 316L stainless steel bracelet
The model is limited to 999 units worldwide.
BM 56031T
BM 56011T / BM 56031T
Original Swiss quartz movement
Swiss 316 L electroplated rose gold case
Case dimensions: 26x31 mm
Sapphire crystal dual-bridge surface
White mother-of-pearl dial
Top Wesselton / VS diamonds (0.58 ct.)
Water resistance to 3 ATM
BijouMontre electroplated rose gold bracelet
The model is limited to 999 units worldwide.

BM 56053T
BM 56053T
Original Swiss quartz movement
Black PVD case
Case dimensions: 26x31 mm
Sapphire crystal dual-bridge surface
Black mother-of-pearl dial
Black spinels (0.58 ct.), Purple topaz (0.39 ct.)
Water resistance to 3 ATM
The model is limited to 999 units worldwide.

PANZERA Watches - Introduction

PANZERA , the new German watch brand was developed with a vision to bring a new level of price competitiveness to the watch and men’s fashion industry. The challenge was to produce a range of unique and stylish designed products that would challenge high-end brands in both quality and appeal whilst being extremely price accessible for consumers.
Panzera is based in Germany. With similar levels of product quality to Switzerland, Germany does not carry the same premium for production and operational costs. Components are sourced globally with carefully selected manufacturers combined with meticulous quality control standards, focusing on high levels of accuracy and durability throughout final assembly and production.
Flieger 47
Every piece of a Panzera product including the packaging, are created to provide a pride of ownership not normally achievable at this price level. For example each Flieger 47 watch has a unique laser engraved serial number, highest levels of antireflective glass; 50M water resistance, exceptional accuracy through superior calibration testing, and a beautiful soft touch leatherette case.
The limited edition Flieger 47 models are packaged in a handmade wooden outer crate that adds to the 1930’s vintage experience. In addition Panzera offers a level of warranty and after sales service that is unmatched in the watch industry.
Panzera watches represent exceptional value for money and a new level of quality at the price point. After the phenomenally successful introduction of the Flieger 47 range, there are several exciting new product launches ahead. Recently released PanzeraKaliber 50 Bullet pen collection consists set of striking solid brass bullet shell shaped writing tools that are designed to match the military heritage and design of the Flieger 47 watch collection.

Further ahead, a new minimalist designed watch collection called the “Bauhaus” is planned for release early next year (2014). This is a stylish range of large diameter but slim style dress watches, that inherits the minimalistic design made famous during the Bauhaus movement in Germany in the early part of last century.
Despite its heritage the watch looks strikingly contemporary. It also introduces the first Panzera mechanical chronograph model and one of the first mechanical chronographs available at this price level.

Also in development is an exciting diver’s watch collection due to be released before the end of 2014.
PANZERA FLIEGER 47
The term “Flieger” means “Flyer” or Pilot in German. In the late 1930’s the German Reichsluftfahrtministerium (Imperial Air Ministry) wanted a standard aviation watch for its pilots to use in navigation and timing during flights. It came up with its own design that was simple, functional, and most of all easy to read in all types of conditions. The distinguishing feature of an original 1930’s Flieger was the large size, black face with white detailed indexing and crisp Arabic numerals.
The most unique highlights of the design however were the triangle and two dots at 12’oclock position for easy orientation at night, as well as an enlarged serrated diamond shape crown to enable adjusting and winding even when wearing flying gloves.

There have been many modern incantations of the original Fliegerdesign which has never gone out of style as a classic timepiece ever since its inception more than 70 years ago.
The PanzeraFlieger 47 remains a true homage to the original German pilot’s design while adding a number of more modern features desirable for civilian use. These include a display back, power reserve display, and water resistance.
The PanzeraFlieger 47 is part of a timeless piece of history, a watch that will always remain both functional and fashionable when many other designs have come and gone. Prices start from $399.
Models
  • F 47 – 01: ARADO
  • F 47 – 02: WULF
  • F 47 – 07: DORNIER
  • F 47 – 06: KLEMM Limited Edition
  • F 47 – 05: SIEBEL Limited Edition
  • F 47 – 08: HEINKEL Limited Edition
Technical details
Case
Fine grade 316L brushed and polished stainless steel or
Fine grade 316L brushed and polished stainless steel with matte black IP/ IP rose gold finish/hardened matte grey titanium finishing depending on models.
Antireflective hardened mineral crystals
Exhibition display back
Diameter: 47mm
Water resistance: 5 ATM

Functions
Hours, minutes and running seconds counter at 6'o clock
40 hours power reserve meter at 12'o clock.

Dial
Luminova indexes and hands

Movement
Automatic P-2542 - Calibre 2
34 jewels
Power reserve: 40 hrs

Strap
Genuine leather strap with deployment clasp

Contact details
www.panzera-style.com

Pelé, The King of Football, is Hublot’s Brand Ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, has announced at the famous annual Football Extravaganza Awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London, took the opportunity to announce that Pelé would be joining the organisation as Hublot’s Brand Ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

During the evening, Pelé - The King of Football - was also presented with the highly prestigious Legend of Football Award, a tribute from the entire international footballing community in recognition of his extraordinary career and lifetime achievements. Hublot was the Key Sponsor of the evening's event, which will likely be remembered as one of the greatest nights in the footballing calendar.
Pelé, the best player of all time, is the only footballer to have been three-times world champion, in 1958, 1962 and 1970, with the Brazilian team. He amassed an incredible array of honours with the two professional clubs he played for (Santos FC and New York Cosmos), winning the Intercontinental Cup (1962 and 1963), the Copa Libertadores (1962 and 1963), the North American Soccer League (1977) and the São Paulo championship (ten times) in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Since his retirement from sport, Pelé has been an ambassador for the UN and UNESCO for Education, Ecology and the Environment. He was Brazil's minister for sport from 1995 to 1998. However, he has not retired from football altogether, and still serves as a spokesman, ambassador and philanthropist. He is actively supporting his country in its preparations for the 2014 competition.

Hublot is Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

Louis Moinet Scott Dixon Limited Edition (Two Pusher Automatic Chronograph - Legends Collection)

Swiss luxury watch maker Louis Moinet honours the motor sports legend, Scott Dixon by unveiling a limited edition two-pusher, automatic chronograph named after him. The Scott Dixon features high-visibility hands; tachymeter scale engraved on steel and carbon fibre bezel; chronograph pushers inset with carbon fibre; Indianapolis 500-inspired engraving on case back; and fitted with supple natural rubber or elegant black leather strap.

This sporty, two-pusher automatic chronograph is packed with racing-refined features and offers exceptional legibility; a tachymeter scale engraved around the high-tech bezel made from stainless steel and carbon fibre; and chronograph pushers inset with carbon fibre and decorated with a chequered flag motif.
The caseback engraving of a winner’s wreath evokes Dixon’s 2008 Indianapolis 500 triumph, while two smart strap options are available: driver-friendly natural rubber or elegant black leather with bold red stitching.

The Scott Dixon forms part of the Louis Moinet Legends collection which features timepieces developed in collaboration with legends who made indelible marks by excelling at the highest level in their respective field.

The Scott Dixon has been designed with racing drivers and motorsport enthusiasts in mind. The extremely legible dial has bright counters and bold hands and numerals that contrast superbly against a black backdrop. Rhodium-plated central hour and minute hands – filled with white Super-LumiNova glowing an eye-catching green in the dark – are accompanied by highly-reflective, metallised hour indices and there is a seconds subdial at 9 o’clock.
The central chronograph hand is complemented by a seconds chapter ring (measuring intervals down to an impressive quarter of a second), 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. The counter hands are in visually-arresting red, as is the tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel, useful for calculating speed or distance when monitoring racing performance.

All three subdials contrast strongly against the jet black dial. The lower half of the dial features Geneva wave finishing reminiscent of the vertical grill design on historic racing cars.

The dial is completed by the Louis Moinet logo at 12 o’clock and, naturally, Scott Dixon’s signature logo at 5 o’clock, in a cool shade of blue reminding us that Scott’s nickname is the “Iceman” due to his calm and contemplative manner.

The red and white on the dial are neatly evocative of the red and white IndyCars and driver’s overalls that Scott has worn with such distinction while representing the Target-Ganassi Racing team over the past decade.

The Scott Dixon case design takes its cues from recent developments in motorsport technology, with the six-screw, stainless steel case incorporating a high-tech, carbon-fibre lower bezel.
Carbon fibre is also used to form the inserts for the chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. To enhance grip, the pushers have been engraved with a chequered motif reminiscent of the iconic finish-line flag that Scott has taken 29 times to date in his IndyCar career. The pushers take the form of champagne corks for a ‘podium finish’ experience – and in the case of Scott that means a lot of bubbly: So far Scott has been on the podium 48 times in the 90 races he has completed.

Turning the Scott Dixon over, the tinted sapphire crystal display-back reveals beautifully finished plates and bridges as well as a distinctive open-worked, black rhodium-plated, ball bearing-mounted winding rotor, the design of which echoes that of the brake discs on high-performance cars.
Around the periphery of the caseback, an Indianapolis 500 Winner’s wreath is engraved – extremely appropriate because, as the accompanying inscription reminds us, Scott Dixon was the winner of this famous race in 2008. Also engraved are '2003' and '2008', the two seasons Scott was the IZOD IndyCar Series Champion.

The Scott Dixon is available in a limited edition of 365 pieces, presented in a deluxe case with black, carbon fibre-style interior.
Born in 1980, Scott Dixon is a modern-day motor racing hero. The New Zealander has won the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship three times, in 2003, 2008 and 2013, including the Indianapolis 500 race in 2008. Since 2007 he has never finished outside the top three in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He now has 29 wins and his ratio of wins to career starts is the all-time best of regular drivers in Indy car racing history. In recognition of his achievements, he was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012.
He won his third IndyCar Series Championship this year, after he finished 5th in the last race of the season in Fontana, California on Saturday, October 19th.

Series champion in both 2003 and 2008, Scott heroically clawed back a 49-point deficit in the penultimate race of the season, the Houston Grand Prix double header, to leapfrog his rivals in the standings. For the eighth year in a row, the title went down to the wire, and Scott kept his cool to secure the top-five finish he needed in a nail-biting finale to claim his third championship title.

Technical details
Features and functions
Chronograph with tachymeter
High-legibility dial with Scott Dixon signature logo
Racing-refined functionality and case design
Racing-inspired display-back engraving

Hands
Rhodium-plated central hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova
Highly-reflective metallised hour indices
Small seconds in subdial at 9 o’clock
Red central chronograph seconds hand
30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on bezel
Scott Dixon signature logo at 5 o’clock
Louis Moinet logo at 12 o’clock

Dial
From 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock: Black smooth
From 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock: Black with Geneva wave finishing

Movement and finishing
Louis Moinet automatic mechanical chronograph movement
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Lines: 13 ¼
Power reserve: 44 hours
Number of jewels: 25
Blued steel screws

Case
Case: Original Louis Moinet six-screw case design
316L stainless steel, polished and matte finishing
Carbon-fibre lower bezel
Tachymeter scale on bezel
Diameter: 45.60mm
Height: 17.10mm
Champagne cork chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock inset with carbon fibre and adorned with chequered flag motif
Patent-pending Louis Moinet crown
Water resistance: 50m
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Display-back featuring engraving of winner’s wreath around periphery
Width between lugs: 24mm

Strap
Black natural rubber or black leather with red stitching
Buckle: Double folding clasp in 316L stainless steel

Packaging
Deluxe presentation case
With black carbon fibre-inspired style interior

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Wins 2nd Place in the ‘Watch of the Year 2013’ Awards by Montres Passion

Arnold & Son was among the winners of the competition ‘Watch of the year 2013’ held by the Swiss watch magazine ‘Montres Passion’. The winners were announced in a glittering ceremony on 25th October 2013.

For twenty consecutive years, the Swiss magazine ‘Montres Passion’ has hosted the ‘Watch of the year’ ceremony in Switzerland. The presentation ceremony was accompanied by a cocktail reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva. The event was attended by distinguished high profile guests and brand representatives.

Arnold & Son’s Time Pyramid was awarded 2ndplace in the category “Watch of the year 2013”.
Deftly demonstrating its British heritage and ingenuity in watchmaking, Arnold & Son’s Time Pyramid unveils a watch movement with unique architecture. Conceived, designed and developed in-house the skeletonised pyramid-shaped movement A&S1615 seemingly floats between two sapphire crystals.

The Time Pyramid is a masterful rendition of technical prowess and unparalleled elegance. This superbly engineered wristwatch is part of the brand’s Instrument Collection that combines instrument precision with classical styling.

BUBEN&ZORWEG Opens a New InShop Boutique in Taoyuan, Taiwan

BUBEN&ZORWEG delights lovers of fine timepieces with unique masterpieces of craftsmanship, now the Austria based company has further expanded its presence in East Asia by opening an InShop boutique in Taoyuan in the north of Taiwan.  The "Rich Watch" retail store in the lively and vibrant "Taoyuan Arts District" has international top brands on display in a fascinating ambience measuring some 1,300 square metres. From high-tech TIME MOVER® to fascinating OBJECTS OF TIME®: the generously dimensioned InShop boutique is the best possible invitation to an encounter with the universe of BUBEN&ZORWEG.
The new BUBEN & ZORWEG InShop boutique is the first in Taiwan and one of the many that present the masterpieces "live" around the globe. The reputable manufacturer is represented in exclusive shops and stores on every continent (with the exception of Australia).
The opening in Taoyuan caused quite a stir: the ceremony started with a traditional dragon and lion dance intended to symbolise and bring good fortune and wealth. After the ribbons had been ceremoniously cut, the guests were invited to a spectacular show featuring an elegant and impressive presentation of luxury brands.
People from Taoyuan and the surrounding areas meet in the "Taoyuan Arts District" to go shopping and to spend their free time there. The owner of "Rich Watch", Mr. Lin, estimates the purchasing power and interest of Taiwanese and Chinese tourists in the segment for luxury items and objects to be very high; his assumption is backed up by the many luxurious dwellings in the greater Taoyuan area. The city of some 400,000 inhabitants is one of the most important computer industry locations in the world and is therefore a point where streams of high-class international visitors intersect.

Boutique Address
RICH WATCH CO.,LTD.(Flagship store)
No.208, Sec. 1, Daxing W. Rd., Taoyuan City
Taoyuan County 330
Taiwan

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

IWC Schaffhausen to bring the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Simulator to the Great Room of The Galleria in Abu Dhabi between 31 October and 7 November 2013

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has announced that IWC Friend of the Brand Nico Rosberg from the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team and Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, will kick off the 2013 Abu Dhabi racing week by test driving a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Simulator at The Galleria on 31 October. The Simulator will be presented at the Great Room of The Galleria, home to the newest boutique of IWC Schaffhausen, on Al Maryah Island between 31 October and 7 November 2013.
Coinciding with the 2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX race, the exhilarating Simulator will give visitors the exclusive opportunity to experience as closely as possible the real-life feeling of driving on a FORMULA ONE track. The driver recording the fastest lap on each day will have the chance to win a prize.

IWC Schaffhausen became the Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team in 2013. This is truly an alliance of greats as both entities reinforce each other’s values of precision, performance and technology. Inspired by the intriguing and diverse world of its partner, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, IWC’s timepieces are crafted with materials characteristically used in the sport, such as titanium, carbon fibre and ceramic. Lending a deeper touch to the partnership, IWC Schaffhausen welcomed team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as Friends of the Brand earlier this year.

BOUTIQUE ADDRESS
IWC Boutique The Galleria
Level 1, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE


BOMBERG 1968 Collection – Sports Watches and Chronographs for Real Men

BOMBERG, the young watch brand from Switzerland produces spectacular timepieces specially designed for discerning male. This mid price range timepieces stands out with their muscular design, sleek industrial lines and the manly attitude.

Made its debut in 2013, the BOMBERG introduced three models – 1968, Maven and Semper – the superior timepieces made for those men who live a red blooded life and possess an uncompromising sense of style.

The BOMBERG 1968 collection consists of 22 timepieces featuring cutting edge, slick black look with smooth, burnished lines and a striking asymmetric watch case and available with both chronograph and automatic movements.

The chronograph models equipped with highly reliable Miyota OS11 movement, offer high functionality and ruggedness of a sports timepiece. The unconventional positioning of crown and pushers adjacent to the lugs is very interesting, also easy to handle. The 44 mm, round, sandblasted PVD case along with black leather strap and sand blasted PVD buckle displays the bold character of the timepiece. The black sandblasted case back is screwed down thus ensuring the exceptional water resistance of 100 meters.
These models are available in various dial colour versions such as black, green and orange. Indexes, counter and hands are applied with Luminova to increase the legibility of the timepiece. In the functional side, this BOMBERG 1968 model features a Tachymeter scale, chronograph counters and day and date indication.



Inspired by its initial success, BOMBERG is gradually conquering the markets worldwide. Now the brand has launched a special campaign only for the customers from USA and Canada by offering the models from their flagship collection 1968. The chronograph models, priced $675, can be purchased online by visiting the BOMBERG online boutique. The BOMBERG 1968 collection also offers automatic models.

About BOMBERG
BOMBERG is a new comer to Switzerland’s tradition rich watchmaking industry. Headquartered at Neuchâtel, the nerve centre of Swiss horology industry, this revolutionary watch brand offers exceptional timepieces in mid price range without compromising on quality and trustworthiness.

Three exceptional collections - 1968, Maven and Semper - with their resolutely male attitude enrich BOMBERG’s inventory. Each timepiece comes with BOMBERG’s uniquely exceptional customer service, and a two year warranty.

BOMBERG‘s ambassadors are Austin Trout (WBA Junior Middleweight Champion of the World), Martin Fuentes (Mexican racing drive) and Chris ‘The Birdman’ Andersen (superstar basketball player for NBA champions Miami Heat).

Tokyoflash Kisai Xtal Limited Edition

The LED watch brand Tokyoflash Japan has just released its latest watch, the limited edition Kisai Xtal which combines a crystalline shaped stainless steel case with a faceted mineral crystal lens and an LED time display that looks like alien code but is in fact very simple to read.
Kisai Xtal has two different time display modes (digital and cryptic), date mode, alarm & six different user-selectable animations. The design comes in four vivid LED colors in black or gold stainless steel. The watch was originally a concept submitted to the Tokyoflash Design Studio Blog by Sam Jerichow from Germany.
Kisai Xtal is available at the special release price of $139 (€104, £89) for 48 hours only, until Thursday October 31st at 11:00am Japan time. It will be $169 (€126, £108) after this time.

Technical details
Displays the time (12/24 hour modes)
Date mode
Two time display modes: normal & cryptic
Alarm mode
Six user selectable animations (can be turned off)
USB rechargeable: unscrew & connect to your computer
USB cable and screw driver included
Stainless steel case
Adjustable stainless steel strap
Minimum wrist size: 100 mm (approx.)
Maximum wrist size: 210 mm (approx.)
Case Dimensions: 36 mm x 33 mm x 13.8 mm
Weight: 140 grams
Battery: PL301517 rechargeable watch battery
English instructions
One year warranty

Monday, October 28, 2013

RAYMOND WEIL Freelancer Lady Urban Black

Swiss watch maker RAYMOND WEIL unveils their new model the freelancer Lady Urban Black. This exceptional, elegant and audacious watch with an “all black” appearance, continues the fantasy by matching the black diamonds on its bezel with the black PVD coating of its case.

This ultra -feminine piece of watchmaking is a fusion of horological know-how, and the play between its materials and the magic of the black diamond charms its audience with its off-beat urban look.
At first glance, the freelancer Lady Urban Black captivates by its distinctive appearance - both complex and mysterious. The completely black watch fully exploits the interplay of the materials composing it: the light reflecting on the various elements gives it a form and volume progressing from anthracite grey to a deep black. RAYMOND WEIL pushes chic and elegance to the limit: even the 86 diamonds set on the bezel and horns of this watch-jewel are black.

For the first time, the Swiss watchmaking Brand is offering a feminine timepiece in black PVD. Thus, the steel of the 38 mm diameter case and the folding clasp of the freelancer Lady Urban Black are covered in this coating. Like the rest of the watch, the dial, the Arabic numeral indexes, the hands and the sharkskin-style leather strap of this urbane article are black. The automatic winding mechanical movement, visible through an opening at 12 o’clock, is the only exception.

« So chic, so black », the freelancer Lady Urban Black provides its own interpretation of the urban style.

Technical details
Model: Freelancer Lady Urban Black
Ref. 2750 BK1 05208

Movement
Mechanical – RW4200
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 26

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Case
Round – steel and black PVD set with 86 black diamonds
Diameter 38mm
Thickness 9.65mm
Crown: Steel and black PVD - fluted with RW monogram
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with dual-sided antiglare treatment
Case back: Screw down, with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Galvanic black sunray, visible balance wheel at 12 o’clock
Indexes: Black Arabic numerals appliques
Hands: Black steel type, shiny, barrel-shaped

Strap
Black shagreen-style calf leather strap, black PVD folding
RW clasp, with a double push-button security system

Fabio Branca wins the Premio Longines Lydia Tesio on Charity Line

Longines, Official Timekeeper of the Capannelle racecourse in Rome, has announced the victory of Fabio Branca on Charity Line at the Premio Longines Lydia Tesio last Sunday. The Swiss watch brand and Capannelle reaffirmed their collaboration for the third year on 24 October 2013 during an elegant event held at the Ara Pacis Museum in the centre of Rome.

That same evening the Premio Longines Longines Lydia Tesio – Le Signore dell’Ippica were awarded to seven women known for their exceptional commitment to the equestrian world. The Official Watch of both events was the elegant Longines DolceVita.

In the warm Roman autumn, the Capannelle racecourse was the stage of the Premio Longines Lydia Tesio, an international group 1 race of 2000 meters for mares aged 3 years and up, on Sunday October 27. Fabio Branca on Charity Line won this race in 2’03’’06. The jockey, the owner of the horse and the trainer received a Longines watch. Longines’ slogan « Elegance is an attitude » was echoed by the elegance of the colourful hats and stylish outfits of the racegoers.
The Premio Longines Lydia Tesio is dedicated to the memory of Donna Lydia, the first Italian woman in horseracing history. She was the wife of the famous thoroughbred breeder Federico Tesio. It explains why the “Premio Longines Lydia Tesio - Le Signore dell’Ippica”, a prize meant to reward the exceptional commitment of women in the equestrian world, was awarded on the same week to seven women.
During this week, Longines presented a watch that embodies its philosophy: Longines DolceVita. The elegant Longines DolceVita collection is dedicated to those women inspired by the irresistible Italian way of life and who want to add the zest of DolceVita to their own daily lives.

The official watch of the event is a quartz timepiece in steel and rose gold. It is set with 32 diamonds (0.269 carat, Top Wesselton VVS) whose sparkle emphasises the rectangular form and harmonious proportions of the case. The white dial features ten indices, an Arabic numeral 12 and rose hands that indicate the hours and minutes, with a small second at 6 o’clock. This elegant, contemporary model is mounted on a steel and rose gold bracelet.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Montblanc Men’s Jewellery - Montblanc Graphic and Montblanc League Collections

Montblanc adds two new assortments to its growing Men’s Jewellery Collections. While both collections bring innovative design and the finest craftsmanship to the fore, each has its own distinctive theme and inspiration. The Montblanc Graphic Collection, carefully cut from stainless steel, is inspired by the unconventional elegance of contemporary architecture where clean shapes and graphic detailing collide with surprising results. The Montblanc League Collection, created with the forward-thinking man in mind, brings sleek contemporary shapes and colours to those who do not fear exploring a universe of surprising materials whether stainless steel with red-gold colour PVD finish or titanium.

Montblanc Graphic Collection
The shapes and design cues of contemporary architecture are the inspiration behind this Men’s Jewellery assortment. Visual simplicity and elegance are the guiding principles for these perfectly symmetrical creations, using the most advanced techniques to deliver a unique graphic effect. Like the finest architectural design, the appearance of these accessories changes depending on the perspective they are viewed from.
The rectangular cuff links are divided in two by their opposing textures. One half’s surface in polished stainless steel, is engraved with the Montblanc brand name; the other half displays an intricate skeletonised graphic motif.
A pendant featuring the same structure hangs from a masculine black leather cord. The collection is completed with a stainless steel ring, combining the purity of the polished surface with the greater complexity of the hollow graphic design, cut away with the greatest attention.

Montblanc League Collection
This Fine Jewellery Collection is centred on the novel use of distinctly masculine materials, often associated with advanced technology and high performance. The combination of titanium and carbon delivers a bold effect. When these materials are enhanced, the stainless steel with a red-gold coloured PVD finish, or diamonds, the result is absolute refinement while always dominated by a very contemporary twist.
Two pairs of cufflinks in an elongated bar shape alternate a red-gold coloured PVD finish, with either stainless steel or titanium for a more industrial appearance both feature a brilliant diamond set within a Montblanc emblem. This Montblanc collection talks above all to the 21st century man who is looking to indulge himself with a different style of jewellery, and be noticed wherever he goes.

The Montblanc Graphic Collection and Montblanc League Collection are available from October 2013 in Montblanc boutiques and authorized retailers worldwide.

Jaipur Watch Company - Exquisite Hand Crafted Watches from Pink City

Jaipur, also known as Pink City, is famous for its Historical Monuments, Palaces of Maharajas, Temples and Forts. This city is also well known for its art crafts such as traditional jewellery making, miniature painting, pottery, stone and ivory carving etc. Now, thanks to a brand new watchmaking venture, the city is going to be listed in the map of horology Industry.

Based in Pink City, Jaipur Watch Company is India's only manufacturer of Hand Crafted Watches. JWC Uses Genuine Antique Coins, Hand Painting (Different Forms), Austrian Rhinestones for its spectacular Watches. JWC Also undertakes custom Orders. It is glad to see  that a watch brand from India is seriously involved in the art of hand crafted watches.
Jaipur Watch Company is Export Oriented Company and since all watches are Hand Made they take approximately 3-4 Weeks for delivery. Due to exclusive Hand Crafted work some of models are made in very Limited Numbers.

Currently the brand is offering 10 watches on sale for its Facebook Friends. Among these models, King George VI Watch is an exceptional stainless steel timepiece featuring a Genuine Antique Silver Coin (Period 1940-44) dial, a node to British history.
The blue colour hand painted hands and Gold plated exteriors add elegance to this quartz timepiece equipped with Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement.
JWC is also offering timepieces targeted to young customers under the brand name MINI. The Secret Garden and Back To School are the two models from this line.

Next offer is an exceptional collection watch models made with Australian Rhinestone and Crystals offer a spectacular display. The Rhinestone Eye, Crystalised Horse and Rhinestone Tiger are notable models from this line. These models cost approximately $400 and available with multiple colour options.
JWC also make watches in wood and wood/metal combinations. These watches are available for both men and women.
All JWC timepieces are equipped with Japanese quartz movements and boast a water resistance up to 30 meters. The timepieces are shipped in an attractive wooden box.
 How to order
The timepieces can be ordered by contacting the company on their email address.
Technical details as follow:-

King George VI Watch
Stainless Steel Strap, Back, Buckle
Water Resistant 30 meters
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Dome Sapphire Glass
Genuine Certified Antique Silver Coin (King George VI)
Blue Colour Hand
Painted Watch Hands
Crown Mantled With Genuine Sapphire
Crown, Strap, Buckle – Gold Plated
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty 5 Years
Price per Unit: (Subject to Availability) USD $ 350 (Approx Price INR 21,700/-)

Secret Garden
Stainless Steel Case
Water Resistant 30 meters
Quartz Moment
Mineral Glass
Clay Dial
Diameter: 40 mm
Warranty 1 Year
Price: $ 150.  (Approx Price INR 9,300/-)

Back To School
Stainless Steel Back, Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 metres
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Hand Made Clay Figures
Leather Look Strap
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty: 2 Years
Price: USD $ 150 (Approx Price INR 9,300/-)

London Watch
London Bus, Camera made using Clay
Stainless Steel Strap,Back, Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 metres
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Clay Figures – Hand Made
Mineral Glass
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty 2 Years
Price per Unit (Subject to Availability): USD $ 150 (Approx Price INR 9,300/-)

Rhinestone Eye
Watches made using Austrian Crystals
Stainless Steel Strap, Back, Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 metres
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Austrian Rhinestone Genuine Certified Crystals
Multiple Color Options
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty: 2 Years
Price per Unit: $400 (Approx Price INR 24,800/-)

Crystalised Horse
Watches made using Rhinestones
Stainless Steel Strap, Back, Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 meters
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Austrian Rhinestone
Genuine Certified Crystals
Multiple Colour Options
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty: 2 Years
Price per Unit: $400 (Approx Price INR 24,800/-)

Rhinestone Tiger
Watches made using Austrian Crystals and Rhinestones
Stainless Steel Strap, Back, Buckle
Water Resistant 30 metres
Japanese Miyota 1 L36, Slim Movement
Austrian Rhinestone
Genuine Certified Crystals
Multiple Colour Options
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty 2: Years
Price per Unit: $400 (Approx Price INR 24,800/-)

Truly Yours THY Wood
Unisex Watches Made using Bamboo Wood, the crown winder is also made using wood.
Bamboo Strap, Back, Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 metres
Japanese Miyota Movement
Bamboo Wood
Date Function
Crown Made with Wood
Warranty 2 Years
Price per Unit (Subject to Availability): USD $175 (Approx Price INR 10,850/-)

Wood Metal
Watches made with wood and metal
Stainless Steel Wood; Strap,Back,  Buckle
Water Resistant: 30 meters
Japanese Movement
Bamboo Wood
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty: 2 Years
Price per Unit: $125(Approx Price INR 7,250/-)

Gold Wood 
Watches made with mixed Gold Polished alloy and Wood. Available for Both Men and Women
Stainless Steel, Wood Strap: Back and Buckle in Steel
Water Resistant 30 mtr
Japanese Movement
Bamboo Wood
Date and Time Function
Mineral Glass
Large Wooden Packing Box
Warranty: 1 Year
Price per Unit (Subject to Availability: USD $ 125 (Approx Price INR 7,250/-)

Contact details
www.jaipurwatches.com
www.facebook.com/jaipurwatchcompany
info@jaipurwatches.com
jaipurwatchcompany@gmail.com

Torsten Nagengast Timepieces (TNT) - The Challenger - Black Luna Full calendar Chronograph with Moonphase

Torsten Nagengast Timepieces (TNT) announced to produce a very special, limited edition of the latest Challenger model: The LUNA.  This time, TNT requested FORaSEC to team up again and to handle the sales and customer service for this project.

The production of samples has already been started and the watches will be ready before the end of March 2014. The Triple calendar and the moon phase complication are custom made and have never been produced by Valjoux or ETA themselves in this combination. The Moon will be filled with Super Luminova for maximum visibility. Fixed lugs and the coin-edge case body give the watch a nice vintage feeling.

The unique movement enables an incredible number of functions: Day and month display, date, chronograph function and a fantastic Luminova Moon Phase.

Production is limited to only 85 pieces worldwide and will be offered in three different dial colours : black, blueberry or silver.

Technical details
Case Material: Stainless steel 316L, coin-edge design with fixed lugs
Diameter: 43 mm without crown, height 16,1mm, lug to lug 54-55 mm (to be confirmed after sample test)
Bottom: Stainless steel, screwed with display to see the movement
Water resistance: 10 ATM (Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports)
Movement: Hand-wound Valjoux 7734 chronograph, modified to include triple calendar and moon phase function
Decoration of the movement: Perlage
Functions: Hour, minute, central second, chronograph, calendar, moon phase
Limitation: 85 pieces world wide
Dial: black, blueberry or silver
Hands: white with brown luminova
Glass: 3mm thick Borosilicitate crystal (Pyrex): 8 Mohs hardness (and no easy smudging with fingerprints like on sapphire)
Strap / Size: Nylon nato type strap (24mm).
Warranty: 24 months

Pricing
€ 1.198,- excluding V.A.T. (outside European Union)
€ 1.450,- including V.A.T. (European Union)
Shipment: € 15 within the European Union (Incl. V.A.T.), €25 for the rest of the world.
First deposit (order intake) is € 500,- excluding V.A.T. / € 605,- including V.A.T.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

With the spectacular ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 presents a new masterpiece that can be described without exaggeration as a world premiere in the world of watches. This model offers an unprecedented combination of numerous horological complications: a large balance positioned outside the tourbillon’s rotating cage, a chronograph with split-second function, and a three-dimensional regulator dial in gold and grand feu enamel.
Grandes complications are one of the playing fields on which Swiss watchmakers celebrate their globally unique status. This is a terrain that can best be characterized as the “home stadium” for the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. The latest example of Montblanc’s expertise, which will debut at “Watches & Wonders” in Hong Kong, adds new challenges to familiar and avidly coveted complications. Unlike a conventional tourbillon, Montblanc’s ExoTourbillon frees the large screw balance from the burden of the rotating cage.

Rather than offering a mere chronograph, the new model encases a split-second chronograph with two column-wheels and a classical double clamp. And instead of an ordinary face, the watch’s dial is a fascinating three-dimensional arena of massive gold and grand feu enamel. This masterful combination of the traditional watchmaker’s art and trailblazing innovations comes with an 18 karat white gold case and a regulator dial. The exceptional novelty shows the time in a second zone, includes a day/night indicator and is manufactured in a limited edition of eighteen timepieces.
Rattrapante or split-second chronographs justifiably rank among the so-called grandes complications. It’s quite likely that the first split-second chronograph was built by the Swiss watchmaker Louis-Frédéric Perrelet, the grandson of the watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet of Neuchâtel, who invented automatic winding by means of an oscillating weight in the 1770s.

Louis-Frédéric Perrelet presented his “time counter with double counter” in 1827. This invention included two second-hands positioned one above the other: one of them ran continually whenever the chronograph function was active; the other could be momentarily halted at the push of a button to measure an intervening interval. When this button was pressed again, the temporarily halted hand would catch up and return to synchrony with its companion. The French verb rattraper means “to catch up”, so Perrelet named his ingenious mechanism “rattrapante”.

Other sources credit the invention of the split-second chronograph to the Austrian watchmaker Joseph Thaddäus Winnerl, who settled in Paris in 1829. In Perrelet’s device, after the rattrapante-hand has been halted and an intervening interval has been timed, a spiral spring draws the hand back to its continually running counterpart. Winnerl, by contrast, devised a construction with a heart-disc and a heart-lever that exerts pressure to return the rattrapante-hand to the desired position. The system with a heart-disc, which is still in use today, inspired the two Swiss watchmakers Henri-Féréol Piguet and Adolphe Nicole to create a zero-return mechanism for chronographs around 1862.

Ordinary chronographs define the upper limit of so-called “everyday” or “petites complications”, but split-second chronographs are grandes complications in the truest sense of the phrase. Extraordinary mechanical complexity and almost 70% more components than for a conventional chronograph mechanism are needed to enable them to perform their useful function, i.e. momentarily halting the split-second hand to indicate an intervening interval without interrupting the ongoing measurement of an elapsing interval by the chronograph’s elapsed-second hand per se. The watchmakers’ efforts are all the more laborious for delicate steel parts, which impose the utmost demands in manufacturing, finishing and assembly.

Fabrication at Montblanc in Villeret occurs almost entirely by traditional manual craftsmanship, so significantly more time and labour are required. All this prior to the “mise en fonction”, when hours or days of meticulous work are lavished on all functional parts of the chronograph and split-second mechanism, which are finely adjusted and, if necessary, delicately abraded. The “mise en fonction” is performed on the fully assembled mechanism: the desired function is triggered and the interplay is scrutinized under a loupe; after noting even the slightest irregularities, the watchmaker disassembles the mechanism and finely tunes it, e.g. filing away a mere 1/100th of a millimetre or making a miniscule shift in the position of a lever; the movement is then reassembled and re-examined under magnification. This process may need to be repeated five, six or more times until everything interacts as expected from a movement made by Montblanc in Villeret.

The result is a split-second chronograph movement that elicits sighs of rapture from every watch aficionado who beholds it. When a connoisseurs trigger the chronograph’s functions, many of them will peer through the pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case and admire the column-wheel (which controls the basic chronographic functions), the split-second column-wheel (which opens and closes the brake-clamps of the split-second wheel), and the manually bevelled steel levers (which, when the corresponding buttons are pressed, transfer their commands to the column-wheels and thence to the gear-coupling, the zero-return hearts and the brake-clamps).

Also visible are the slender, elegantly curved, steel springs that press the rattrapante-clamps against the split-second wheel when the rattrapante button at “2 o’clock” is pressed to allow the user to read the duration of an intervening interval. When this button is pressed again, the clamps spread apart and the zero-return heart automatically returns the split-second wheel to synchrony with the chronograph-wheel so that the split-second hand re-joins the chronograph’s elapsed-seconds hand and resumes running in unison with it.

Villeret, a small village in the Jura Region in the Canton of Bern, lies almost exactly at the midpoint of an imagined line connecting the watchmaking metropolises of Biel/Bienne and La Chaux-de-Fonds. The cornerstone for the Minerva watch factory, which evolved into today’s Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, was laid here in 1858. From its earliest days, incredible dynamism proved that this business was striving for a place among the leaders in its industry.

Most of its competitors were mere “établisseurs”, i.e. they purchased components from external sources and assembled these parts to produce complete watch movements. But the ambitious people at the manufacture in Villeret had already begun developing their own calibres and laboriously fabricating them by hand. These movements embodied the highest degree of quality and were duly awarded prizes at international industrial expositions.

Production expanded to include chronograph movements starting in 1887: these calibres were initially in larger formats for use in pocket-watches, but were soon afterwards also made in smaller sizes for wristwatches. Ongoing specialization in chronographs led in the mid 1930s to the construction of Calibre 19-14, which included a balance that oscillated back and forth 100 times per second and could accordingly measure elapsed intervals to the nearest 100th of a second. Also built were split-second stopwatches, i.e. so-called rattrapante chronographs, which could measure intervening spans of time without interrupting the measurement of an ongoing interval. Successfully used at the Winter Olympics in 1936, these watches formatively contributed to Minerva’s worldwide reputation.

Tourbillon escapements are another specialty of the master watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. Especially when they’re installed in watches with large and massy balances, these devices pose the utmost demands on their makers’ skills and dexterity.

The tourbillon was invented more than two centuries ago to counteract the disturbing influence which the Earth’s gravitation exerts on the steady oscillations of a watch’s balance. A tourbillon rotates the entire escapement around the balance’s staff at an unvarying speed, thus compensating for rate errors caused by slight eccentricities in the centre of gravity of the balance and hairspring when the watch is in a vertical position.

With the Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique, the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 again debuted an exclusive new timepiece that differs in several respects from everything previously seen in haute horlogerie. This is the first wristwatch with a tourbillon escapement that ticks with two cylindrical hairsprings that have identical torques but unequal diameters and that are concentrically positioned one inside the other. This unprecedented device makes it a pleasure to reveal the mechanisms and the mode of functioning of the legendary heures mystérieuses display.

Constant innovation, i.e. the unceasing quest for the new and the unprecedented, is another indispensable element in Swiss watchmaking tradition as practiced by Montblanc in Villeret. This striving again expresses itself in the patented ExoTourbillon, where Montblanc has further optimized the ingenious tourbillon mechanism and made it even more attractive. The Ancient Greek prefix “exo” means “outside”. This exteriority is meant in two senses for the ExoTourbillon from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

First, the rotating cage and the escapement are positioned outside the movement’s plate per se and are located, so to speak, alongside the movement. Second, the balance is installed outside the rotating cage and oscillates on a different plane. Timepieces in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 reap significant benefits from this novel repositioning. The uncommonly large and massy balance would have required a larger rotating cage if it had been mounted inside a conventional tourbillon construction. But the ExoTourbillon cage has a smaller diameter than the balance and rotates beneath the gleaming golden screw balance.
The balance is borne between two bridges, the upper of which has a looped shape that recalls a horizontal figure-of-eight as the symbol of infinity. The tourbillon rotates in a two-point bearing at the foot of the axis.

Another exclusive feature of the ExoTourbillon is the speed of its rotations, each of which requires four minutes. Conventional tourbillons typically complete one rotation per minute. Slowing the speed of the rotations enhances the observer’s pleasure and requires less energy from the barrel, but produces the same compensating effect as a speedier tourbillon. The hairspring with an upward Phillips curvature at its outer end oscillates at the traditional pace of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz) and thus enables this chronograph to measure elapsed intervals to the nearest fifth of a second.

Reducing the tourbillon’s rotational speed by 75% yields considerable energy savings. The rotating cage is smaller and has less mass, so its rotary motion requires less energy as well. Furthermore, the balance is freed from the weight of the rotating cage, which yields a further reduction in its energy requirements. Montblanc’s innovative device requires more than 30% less energy than conventional constructions, and this is advantageous for the functioning of the split-second chronograph. Another essential benefit ensues from separating the balance and the rotating cage: the accuracy of the balance’s amplitude is improved because the balance is not influenced by the inertia of the cage.

Due to the ExoTourbillon’s innovative configuration and despite the greater mechanical complexity of the split-second chronograph, the rattrapante can function more precisely. It can at the same time rely on the same barrel and the same power reserve as the basic chronograph movement. These advantages would not have been possible in a chronograph that does not rely on the patented ExoTourbillon construction. 

Thanks to a patented energy-saving mechanism in the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, the precision of measurements of the overall elapsed time and the intervening intervals by the ExoTourbillon with chronograph function is wed with a cleverly designed split-second function. With the rattrapante mechanism as the most complicated form of chronograph, the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret demonstrates its competence in the most challenging “freestyle” aspect of the chronographic discipline.

The ExoTourbillon Rattrapante shows the ordinary time of day or night as do regulator clocks, the faces of which give the main stage to the minute-hand, while the hour-hand slowly circles its subdial at “6 o’clock”. This is a charming allusion to the historical long-case regulator clocks that kept time more than two centuries ago in the offices of shipping companies at major harbours, in the ateliers of famous watch manufactories and in the ministries of the world powers.

This display is augmented on the dial of the ExoTourbillon split-second chronograph by an indicator for the time in a second zone, a complication which enjoys increasingly strong popularity in our modern era of unlimited mobility. The smaller dial at “6 o’clock” accordingly bears two hour-hands: the upper and skeletonised hand shows the hour in the current local time zone, while its underlying and greyish companion indicates the hour in one’s home zone. These two hands sweep their circles one above the other and indicate the same hour when the wearer is in his home time zone. But when the watch’s owner travels to another time zone, he presses the button at the “8” to reset the local-time hour-hand in hourly increments. The little 24-hour display, which keeps the user informed about the current time in his home zone, is located at the right beside the subdial for the hours.
The new ExoTourbillon Rattrapante doesn’t only spark enthusiasm because of its globally unique combination of complications, but also thanks to its fascinating face, which serves as a grand stage for unconventional mechanisms. Rather than merely peering at a flat dial, the viewer’s gaze enters into an elaborate and meaningful three-dimensional structure that gives a sculptural quality to this timepiece. The excitement already begins where there’s no dial at all, i.e. at the circular aperture through which one can admire the ExoTourbillon.
The ExoTourbillon is positioned outside the movement plate per se, so the partially openwork dial and the transparent pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case offer deep and rewarding insights. The regulator dial is a multipart construction of massive gold. Its primary surface is plated with rhodium and adorned with a grainé décor, the area around the tourbillon is recessed slightly. It is surrounded by a flange (réhaut) that’s calibrated with a readily legible fifth-of-a-second scale for the chronograph and that simultaneously shows the sequential minutes. All other scales are crafted as grand feu enamel appliques.

The applied scale for the continually running second-hand is at the “9”, the chronograph’s counter for thirty elapsed minutes is at the “3”, and the bipartite enamel applique at the “6” hosts the hours display in two time zones and the 24-hour display for the home time. Grand feu enamel ranks among the oldest and most sophisticated techniques for decorating precious timepieces. It’s also the longest-lasting embellishment, which preserves its colour and gleam for centuries.

Laborious handcraftsmanship, performed in accord with the authentic Swiss watchmaking tradition and invested in each ExoTourbillon Rattrapante from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858, naturally limits the number of watches in the series of this grandes complications timepiece. The model is therefore available only in a strictly limited edition of eighteen watches, each with an 18 karat white gold case. The circular gold case measures 47 mm in diameter, is polished to a high-gloss finish, and bears a highly domed sapphire crystal with vertically descending flanks (forme chevée) that optimally complements the distinctive shape of the case.
The screwed back includes a sapphire crystal viewing window through which a connoisseur can admire the full beauty of the elaborate mechanisms of this chronograph with additional split-second function. The chronograph’s column-wheel is visible at “6 o’clock”; the split-second column-wheel can be seen near the split-second button; and between the two, an aficionado will find the artistically shaped coupling-, braking- and heart-levers, as well as the split-second clamps with their springs.

The edges of these components are bevelled, their surfaces are brushed, and their flanks bear fine, elongated embellishments. The perfection of these elaborate decorations is assured only when they’re crafted by hand. Their bright gleam contrasts beautifully with Geneva waves on the bridges, glossy red jewels, and gold-plated wheels.

This new collector’s item which was unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2013 in Hong Kong from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 is affixed to a black alligator-leather wristband equipped with a pronged buckle made of 18 karat white gold.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante
(Ident. 109447)

Movement
Manufacture Calibre 16.61
Type of movement: Hand-wound movement with split-second chronograph, small seconds, second time zone with 24-hour display and separate four-minute tourbillon
Chronograph: Split-second chronograph mechanism with two column-wheels, rattrapante-clamps with springs at both sides and horizontal coupling with sliding gear
Dimensions: Diameter = 38.4 mm; height = 11.9 mm
No. of components: 411
Power reserve: 55 hours
Balance: Screw balance; diameter = 14.5 mm; 59 mgcm2
Frequency: 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour (2.5 hertz)
Tourbillon: One rotation every four minutes
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curvature
Plate: Rhodium-plated nickel silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-plated nickel silver with côtes de Genève (Geneva waves) recesses circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Gear-train Wheels: gold-plated, circular-grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides Pinions: polished faces and toothing, burnished pivots
Displays (watch): Hours in the first and second time zones at “6 o’clock”, minutes from the centre, small seconds at “9 o’clock”, day/night indication with 24-hour display at “4:30”
Displays: Chronograph’s elapsed-seconds and split-second hand from the     centre, counter for thirty elapsed minutes at “3 o’clock”

Features
Case: Limited edition of eighteen watches with 18 karat white gold cases; domed sapphire crystal (forme chevée), screwed back with pane of sapphire crystal   
Dimensions of case: Diameter = 47 mm; height = 17.5 mm
Water resistance: To three bar (thirty metres)
Crown: With integrated chronograph button
Push-pieces: At “2 o’clock” for the rattrapante function and at “8 o’clock” to reset the     time in a second zone
Dial: 18 karat gold with grainé décor, applied scales in grand feu enamel on gold for the continually running seconds, the hours, the 24-hour display and up to thirty elapsed minutes
Hands: Blued steel, chronograph’s hand made of PfinodalTM
Wristband: Hand-sewn alligator-leather strap, pronged buckle made of 18 karat white gold

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