Saturday, November 30, 2013

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Selfwinding Chronograph

Introduced in 2008, this classic Jules Audemars selfwinding chronograph features a lacquered dial that strongly evokes the 1920s, lending it a discreetly vintage note while radiating an array of casual and chic touches blending classic and contemporary aesthetics.
Pervaded by the characteristic free-spirited attitude of contemporary design, the style of the dial is inspired by the past and allows us to relive an entire era.
The numerals conducive to optimal readability; the elegant leaf-shaped hands; the chronograph seconds handfeaturing a hollowed counterweight; the minute track with its red indications surrounded by a tachometric scale; the presence of two horizontally aligned small seconds and 30-minute counters; the entire range of details are arranged with infinite subtlety and elegance.
Instead of the white dial matched with a pink gold case and brown crocodile leather strap, retro enthusiasts will be tempted to opt for the model combining an eggshell-coloured dial with a white gold case and black crocodile leather strap.
In both cases, the sapphire crystal serves to admire both the movement and the finishing, including the particular care lavished on the gold oscillating weight. Proudly bearing the family crests of the Audemars Piguet families, the latter adds a truly distinguished signature touch to this exclusive movement.

Technical details
Model: Jules Audemars selfwinding chronograph

26100OR.OO.D088CR.01 - 18-carat pink gold case
26100BC.OO.D002CR.01 - 18-carat white gold case

Calibre: exclusive AP 3124/3841, selfwinding
Total diameter: 29.92 mm (13 lignes)
Casing-diameter: 26 mm
Thickness: 7.16 mm
59 jewels
400 parts
Over 60-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and flat balance-spring
Geneva-type mobile balance-spring stud-holder
Two-position winding crown
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand; rhodium-plated, bevelled, circular-grained mainplate, bridges adorned with a “côtes de Genève” motif

Hours and minutes
Small seconds
Chronograph with central seconds hand, 30-minute counter
Tachometric scale

18-carat white or pink gold
Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 12.60 mm
Water-resistance: 20 m
Sapphire crystal caseback

White-lacquered or off white-lacquered dial with black transferred Arabic numerals
Black leaf-shaped hands

“Large square-scale” hand-sewn brown crocodile leather with 18-carat pink gold
AP folding clasp; or black with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Chronograph

Introduced in 2008, the Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Chronograph is a sturdy and highly functional timepiece crafted in blackened titanium. This ultra-light material has been chosen for the case and the surrounding elements: studs, pushpieces and pushpiece guards, crown and oversized strap buckle. The same goes for the medallion back featuring a special non-slip texture. Titanium also shows up on the lower part of the octagonal bezel, while its upper part opts for ceramics. The latter is distinguished by clearly marked vertical grooves reminiscent of the characteristic satin finish of the Royal Oak Offshore collection.
The strap is made from vulcanised rubber, an indispensable part of the extreme sports universe. Its matt black granular surface accentuates the adventurous camouflage-type look of this chronograph issued in a limited edition of 1,000.
Each detail is meticulously designed to ensure a blend of efficiency and lightness. The perforations on the bezel lighten up the structure without compromising its sturdiness. The hollowed pushpieces equipped with a security look ensure user-friendly handling. In a similar vein, the generous size and notched rim of the crown, as well as the ratcheted case edge, facilitate getting a quick and sure grip on this exceptional instrument. The conical shape of the pushpieces guarantees instant activation of the chronograph function, while the skeleton hands, luminescent hour-markers and silver-coloured small seconds counter guarantee optimal readability by day or night. And finally, since nothing is left to chance, a careful observer will note the apertures on the case middle and studs.
The Royal Oak Offshore signature features
  • Strongbox-type case water-resistant to 100 metres, with antimagnetic system designed to protect the mechanism from any hostile element
  • Hexagonal socket-head screws echoing the legendary hexagonal screws of the Royal Oak Offshore models
  • Exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” guilloché pattern on the dial, matched on this model by the chequered motif on the strap
  • Strap perfectly integrated with the case 
The Royal Oak Offshore Survivor houses the exclusive Audemars Piguet selfwinding Calibre 3126/3840, guaranteeing sturdiness, reliability and precision rating:
  • Up to 60-hour power reserve thanks to a mainspring which, by supplying constant force over a longer time-span, ensures enhanced rating accuracy
  • A cross-through balance-cock reinforcing the stability of the movement
  • A balance-stop mechanism serving to immobilise the seconds hand and thus enabling time-setting to the nearest second
  • A variable-inertia balance equipped with eight inertia-blocks enabling precise and stable adjustment;
  • Fast date correction with an integrated security system avoiding any risk of date disc blockage when the adjustment occurs at midnight
  • Bidirectional automatic winding of the mainspring by means of a 22-carat gold rotor mounted on a ball-bearing mechanism.
Technical details
Model: Royal Oak Offshore Survivor
Reference: 26165IO.OO.A002CA.01
Limited series of 1,000

Calibre: 3126/3840, selfwinding
Total diameter: 26 mm (11? lignes)
Thickness: 7.16 mm
59 jewels
365 parts
Up to 60-hour power reserve
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Variable-inertia balance with eight inertia-blocks and a flat balance-spring
Geneva-type mobile balance-spring stud-holder
Three-position winding crown
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand; mainplate rhodium-plated, bevelled and stippled; bridges adorned with “côtes de Genève” motif

Strongbox-type case with antimagnetic system, cone-shaped pushpieces, hollowed pushpiece guards, crown, crown guard and studs in blackened titanium
Perforated ceramic bezel
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 15.65 mm
Water-resistance: 100 m
Medallion back in blackened titanium with non-slip motif, titanium zone engraved with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore Survivor – Limited Edition

Matt black, exclusive “Méga Tapisserie” guilloché motif
Snailed hour-circle
Luminescent skeleton hour and minute hands
Luminescent applied hour-markers

Hours and minutes
Small seconds
Chronograph with central sweep seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Tachometric scale around the flange

Vulcanised rubber with chequered motifs and oversized buckle in blackened titanium

Audemars Piguet - Carnet de Bal Haute Joaillerie Set

Introduced in 2008, this unique jewellery set of diamond studded wrist watch and choker, which has emerged from the Audemars Piguet Haute Joaillerie workshop, is an invitation to close your eyes and allow yourself to daydream for a few moments.
The floral theme, embodying quintessential femininity, was the inspiration behind this jewellery creation. Nature is expressed here in all its abundant exuberance, almost as if one were actually witnessing the opening of buds or the unfurling of petals and stems. It is no coincidence that this creation so perfectly reflects nature itself, since Audemars Piguet has its very own Haute Joaillerie workshop.

In this propitious environment, experienced specialists begin by finding the purest gemstones that talented jewellers then display to their best advantage through the noble art of gemsetting. The design gradually takes shape, as at each stage the various craftsmen assess the volumes, readjusting shapes to achieve a perfectly balanced and harmonious whole. For the Carnet de Bal jewellery set, several diamond cuts have been finely fashioned: marquise, pear, and baguette and, of course, brilliant cuts. These admirable gems are further enhanced by different types of gemsetting using closed, claw or grain techniques.
The white gold necklace, which alone called for more than 500 hours of work, is composed of 1,039 diamonds. Yet what first strikes the observer is its sheer volume: the composition of the flowers adorning the choker is delicately cambered and tipped with mobile stems of varying lengths. Thanks to the extremely fine interlacing motif, the curve of the necklace is a fascinating blend of softness and flowing motion. The flowers and foliage of the cuff-watch sway with the same ease, their stems spreading over the hand in a graceful lacy plant-like motif.


Calibre: 2046, hand-wound
Total diameter: 15.70 mm (63/4 lignes)
Casing-diameter: 15.30 mm
Thickness: 2.90 mm
18 jewels
85 parts
Power reserve: up to 42 hours
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Finishing: all parts decorated by hand; circular-grained plate; bridges rhodium-plated, bevelled, snailed and adorned with “côtes de Genève” motif

18-carat white gold set with diamonds, oval-shaped

Floral motif engraved on white mother-of-pearl, diamond hour-markers

18-carat white gold, semi-rigid, composed of floral elements and set with brilliant-, pear-, marquise- and baguette-cut diamonds
Pendants on flexible stems set with brilliant-cut Diamonds
Safety jewellery clasp in 18-carat white gold
Customised adjustment in the Audemars Piguet workshops
Gemsetting: 481 diamonds (~ 59.53 carats)

Hours and minutes

18-carat white gold set with 1,039 brilliant-, marquise-, pear- and baguette-cut diamonds
(~ 86 carats)
Weight: ~ 185 g

Friday, November 29, 2013

Glashütte Original and Jaquet Droz open shared boutique at Rue du Rhône in Geneva

The Rue du Rhône is the most exclusive shopping district in Geneva. The elegant street, close by the shores of Lake Geneva below the enchanting historic city centre, hosts sophisticated cafes and exclusive boutiques run by international luxury brands. Since Wednesday November 27, 2013, Swatch Group brands Glashütte Original and Jaquet Droz are represented here by a single shared boutique.
In close proximity to sister brands Breguet and Blancpain, the new store is located amid world-famous Haute Horlogerie brands. A great number of watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs had accepted invitations from the two firms and enjoyed a tour of the new boutique’s well thought out and superbly designed interiors at the official opening on Wednesday evening.
The boutique links the two brand worlds in a harmonious manner: on the left in the new boutique Jaquet Droz welcomes its guests with an elegant combination of colours in back, grey and silver, while Glashütte Original on the right presents a successful mix of materials in dark moor oak, beige enamel surfaces and light-coloured leather. Both brands are thus able to create, with their elegant and minimalist style, an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming at once.
From today, visitors to the 60 square metre former Tourbillon Boutique are invited to explore the exclusive collections of the two prestige brands. In addition, during the first few weeks, exceptional treasures of both Glashütte Original and Jaquet Droz are on display for illustrating the art of watchmaking and to mark the opening of their shared boutique.

The Saxon watchmaker will show the most complicated and expensive watch that the manufactory ever developed: the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon. This fascinating timepiece straps the world and its 37 time zones onto the traveller's wrist.
This exquisitely complicated wonder enables the world traveller to track the time of day or night at home and on the road simultaneously, in any two of the official 37 world time zones. The ingenious time machine can handle even a change from March 1st to February 29th or 28th , with no additional manual intervention required. It is an absolutely extraordinary combination of hand-crafted complications – an astonishing achievement, and a world first for mechanical watches. This exclusive masterpiece is limited to 25 pieces worldwide.

Boutique address
Rue du Rhône 40
CH – 1204 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 319 23 49

Opening hours
Monday – Friday   10:00 – 18:30
Saturday 10:00 – 17:30

JEANRICHARD Aquascope Boat Race Limited Edition – Official Timepiece, the 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race challenge

On 24 October 2013, at the Autumn Reception held at the BNY Mellon Headquarters and accompanied by the official timekeeper JEANRICHARD in London, the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs accepted the new challenge acknowledging the start of 2014 season of the prestigious BNY Mellon Boat Race. They agreed to face each other on the Thames on Sunday 6 April 2014 in a challenge laid down by the Cambridge University Boat Club President after they lost in 2013.

As the Official timekeeper of the famous rowing competition, the Swiss watch brand JEANRICHARD participated in these kick-start proceedings. This partnership, entered into under the aegis of the brand’s Aquascope collection, is based on the common values of team spirit, endurance, passionate commitment and a particular Philosophy of Life.
It has inspired the development of an exclusive new Aquascope model designed in the race’s traditional colours, with a minute-circle and double hour-marker at 12 o’clock reproducing the two shades of blue corresponding to the two teams (Dark Blue for Oxford, Light Blue for Cambridge), a blue rubber strap with a finely-ribbed surface, and a seconds hand adorned with an arrow referring to the logo of the Race.  
Available from November 2013 at authorised JEANRICHARD sales outlets, this Aquascope “Boat Race” model with its self-winding movement is produced in a limited series of 160 watches, as a tribute to The 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race, which will be the 160th to be held.         
Technical details

Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case with blue PVD coating
Circular satin-finished stainless steel bezel
Unidirectional rotating bezel
44.00 mm
Height: 13.05 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back, screwed-down, engraved
Screwed-down crown
Water-resistant to 300 m

JR60, self-winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 26
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours

Hour, minute, second, date

Grey vertically satin-finished dial
With “The BNY Mellon Boat Race Oxford and Cambridge” inscription
Applied rhodium-coated indexes with luminescent material
Light and dark blue indexes at 12 o’clock
Light and dark blue minute-circle
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material

Blue rubber strap
Stainless steel folding buckle

Limited and numbered edition: 160 pieces

RADO - Esenza Ceramic Touch

Swiss watch maker Rado has introduced a breakthrough in timing technology with the launch of the new Rado Esenza Ceramic Touch. The Rado technical and materials teams worked with a team of watchmaking experts to ensure the touch sensitive technology was flawless – just like the design of the watch.

Rado’s more than 25 years of expertise with ceramic was an immediate advantage as ceramic is a natural insulator. As ceramic does not conduct electricity it is an ideal material for a touch sensitive device.
The quartz movement, made up of a number of essential components, includes two chips, which are loaded with the software that governs the watch. The movement sits neatly inside the high-tech ceramic case. Nestled between the movement and the monobloc ceramic case is four electrodes.

The detection of the movement of a fingertip in a certain sequence on the case instructs the chip to allow the motor to move the hands, thus allowing the time to be set and reset through touch alone.

This touch controlled watch in full ceramic is made exclusively for women. The latest technology and the most emotional of all the human senses unite for this unique, stand-out product.

Not many companies develop new technology aimed specifically at women. Rado shows itself once again to be both typically unconventional, and streets ahead of the competition with the Rado Esenza Ceramic Touch.
Controlled by the gentle touch and sweep of a finger along the side of the ceramic case – left for hours and right for minutes – time can be made to fly by or can be turned back in a single stroke.The monobloc construction of the case, the production of which is carried out under high pressure using a sophisticated injection process, ensures the success of the ceramic touch technology.

A watch case made from metal would act as a shield between the outside world and the circuits inside. As high-tech ceramic is an insulator this watch gives the wearer the power to influence the electrical circuit at its heart. The electrodes embedded in the ceramic can ‘feel’ the presence of a fingertip on the case through the ceramic.

The six new models in this collection - three black and three white - represent the first references in a series of product developments to come.

11’’’ ETA F10.101, quartz, 5 jewels, 2 hands, touch without crown, no date

Black models
Ref: 277.0093.3.071/277.0093.171/277.0093.3.015

Polished black high-tech ceramic pressed-on stainless steel case back with black PVD coating
Toric sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30m)

071/171: black, lacquer, 4 diamonds, 120/125, Top Wesselton, full cut, 0.028 carat silver coloured printed Rado logo
015: black, lacquer, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes silver coloured printed Rado logo

Rhodium coloured

071/015: 3-row polished black high-tech ceramic titanium 3-fold clasp
171: black satin fabric, Stainless steel buckle

White models
Ref: 277.0092.3.071/277.0092.3.171/277.0092.3.001

Polished white high-tech ceramic pressed-on steel case back
Toric sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30m)

071/171: white, lacquer, 4 diamonds, 120/125, Top Wesselton, full cut, 0.028 carat silver coloured printed Rado logo
001: sun-brushed silver, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes silver coloured printed Rado logo

Rhodium coloured

071/001: 3-row polished white high-tech ceramic,Titanium 3-fold clasp
171: white leather, stainless steel buckle

33.0 x 42.0 x 8.4 (WxLxH in mm)

Activating Setting Mode
In order to avoid any unwanted changes in setting, there are two steps to the setting process.
1) Touch the case at 8 o’clock for approximately 2 seconds. The minute hand will move slightly.
2) Immediately slide your index finger down the right hand side of the watch case from top to bottom. The watch will emit a short ‘beep’ and the minute hand will move slightly again.

Setting the Time
Setting the hours/changing time zone: Slide your finger along the left hand side of the case clockwise = +1 hour, or anticlockwise = - 1 hour.
Setting the minutes: Slide your finger along the right hand side of the case clockwise = + 1 minute or anticlockwise = - 1 minute.

Confirmation / Exit Setting Mode
Touch the case at 8 o’clock for approximately 2 seconds to confirm the changes made to the time setting in step 2. The minute hand will move slightly and the watch will emit two ‘beeps’. Setting mode is now deactivated. Without this confirmation, the watch will automatically exit setting mode after 10 seconds and will not retain the changes made in Step 2. The watch will return to the previous time setting.

Melbourne Watch Company – The Flinders Automatic

Melbourne Watch Company is a new Australian brand which is specialised in the production of highly reliable mechanical timepieces that come in affordable price tags. Melbourne Watch Company is founded by Sujain Krishnan, an enthusiast and collector of affordable mechanical watches, who originally started his watch making career through building homage style pilot and military watches for the online enthusiast community.

The brand, inspired from the traditional watch making methods, has announced their debut watch model – the Flinders, a perfect mechanical dress watch with classic looks. This timepiece is scheduled to be released in February 2014.
The flinders watch reflects the elegance and style of Melbourne, one of most beautiful cities in the world. Equipped with state of the art Miyota 9105 automatic movement, this timepiece offers normal time keeping functions and a date indication at 3’o clock.
 The Flinders boasts standard high end features of today’s affordable mechanical luxury timepieces such as sapphire crystal, a multi-layered dial and a high quality leather strap. Dial, which feature a multilayer pattern has stainless steel hour markers.
The sweep seconds hand has a unique ‘M’ logo. The display case back offers the view of mechanical movement that ticks inside the timepiece.
Currently, this timepiece is in development with prototypes already received and full production and customer delivery targeted for late February 2014. The Melbourne Watch Company is now accepting the pre-orders for the Flinders automatic timepiece, which is priced at $395 Australian dollars. Shipping charges will be extra. Additionally, the Flinders carries a 12 month warranty.
Technical details
40mm 316L stainless steel case, 9.8mm case height
Miyota Cal. 9015 automatic movement
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and display case back
Multi-layered dial with stainless steel markers
Hour/minute/sweep second hands with unique “M” logo
Date complication at 3 o’clock
Genuine leather strap with stainless steel buckle

HUBLOT - UK Exclusive Limited Edition Big Bang Ferrari

Swiss luxury watch maker HUBLOT has unveiled the first UK exclusive limited edition Big Bang Ferrari. A true tribute to Great Britain, the timepiece fuses design, materials and mechanics in way that uniquely addresses the respective DNA of Hublot and Ferrari: innovation, performance, technology and exclusivity. This very exclusive limited edition will only be available at selected luxury watch Hublot retailers and Hublot boutiques in Great Britain.

Clad in a shade of distinctive red– red hours, red minute indexes on the dial in a titanium case with a black ceramic and anodized red aluminium lower bezel, and a white-on-black rubber and Schedoni leather strap with red stitching – it is a nod to not just our national colour but also an homage to the Ferrari prestigious signature. With just a rarity of 50 numbered timepieces available, the case back of the watch also features the discreet legendary Prancing Horse.
The Big Bang Ferrari UK Limited Edition (45.5 mm in diameter) houses a titanium & black ceramic case with a cylindrical bezel that dramatically showcases the in-house flyback chronograph UNICO movement (can be reset at any time) visible through the sapphire dial.

The UNICO movement can be compared to the best possible engine to power a racing car, and that it was selected, then designed and developed by Hublot to power the Big Bang Ferrari. With no fewer than 330 components, the column wheel and dual horizontal coupling appear on the dial. Frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. 72 hours of power reserve.

An indexed crown (with Hublot’s ‘H’ logo automatically positioning itself to remain in line) features elongated push buttons, fixed along a rotating axis like the pedals in a car whilst carbon inserts give the case distinctive look. Each timepiece will come with two interchangeable straps, in black or white Schedoni leather stitched onto black rubber, with an innovative quick-change system inspired by the safety seatbelt mechanism. The red stitching is a nod to the signature upholstery craftsmanship typical of Ferrari.

The absence of superfluous accessories brings out the fusional and rational aspects of the Big Bang Ferrari UK’s unique design, a pure expression of Hublot value of The Art of Fusion with innovative spirit from Ferrari.

Technical details
Reference: 401.NM.0123.VR.ENG13
Only 50-piece limited edition

Diameter 45.5 mm in vertical satin-finished titanium
Bezel: Vertical satin-finished Black Ceramic and Anodized Red Aluminium Lower with 6 H-shaped Black PVD Titanium Screws
Crystal: Red sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lugs: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin with carbon insert at 9 o'clock
Crown and Pusher: Polished Titanium with Black Rubber Insert and Red Lacquered Ferrari Logo on the StopPusher
Case-back: Circular micro-blasted polished titanium featuring the Ferrari prancing horse. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM, or 100 metres

Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer
Rhodium-plated Ferrari prancing horse appliqué
Satin-finished rhodium-plated and Ferrari red-coated indexes
Hands: Satin-finished rhodium-plated with red luminescent & Red chronograph hand and minute counter

HUB 1241 Unico movement developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot
Automatic flyback chronograph with column-wheel visible on the dial side
Calendar display at 3.0’clock
Power reserve: 72 hours

Delivered with two straps: White or BlackSchedoni Leather on Black Rubber with Red Stitching
Clasp: Deployant Buckle Clasp. Titanium with BlackCeramic Insert

JEANRICHARD - Terrascope Patrouille des Glaciers 30th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Swiss watchmaker will partner with the legendary Swiss alpine team competition Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) in Spring 2014. The PDG is the worldwide biggest ski race through mountains/ski alpinism race and takes place every two years – starting in Zermatt and leading through Arolla to Verbier in Switzerland. This mountaineering ski race dates back to the 1940s and challenges participants to verify their physical preparedness and technical proficiency in tough high-altitude terrain.

Official watchmaker and timekeeper of the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers, JEANRICHARD, is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Alpine Skiing competition by launching a limited edition of 100 Terrascope watches.
In order to accompany the extreme adventurers on the "high road" leading from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, the iconic JEANRICHARD model features an exclusive light grey dial with engraved altitude curves, a reminder of the heights scaled during the race, as well as a comfortable sturdy bracelet in dark grey rubber. The steel case, housing a self-winding mechanical movement, blends an extraordinary robustness with a magnificently distinctive design, adorned with alternating "vertical satin" and polished finishes.
The engraved caseback bears the legend "Patrouille des Glaciers 30ème anniversaire 1984-2014" and the individual series number.
Technical details
Polished and vertically satin-finished stainless steel case
Dimensions: 44 mm
Height: 12.60 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back screw-down, engraved
Water-resistant to 100 m

JR60, self-winding
Calibre: 11 ½’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 26
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours

Hour, minute, second, date

Grey engraved dial
Applied rhodium-coated indexes withadditional luminescent dot
Rhodium-coated hands with luminescent material

Grey Rubber strap
Stainless steel folding buckle

Limited and numbered edition: 100 pieces
Available from December 15, 2013

About Patrouille des Glaciers
Patrouille des Glaciers is an exceptional race from either Zermatt to Verbier or from Arolla to Verbier. This unique event is characterized by its length, high average altitude, as well as by the profile of the route. The participants not only require a real mountaineering experience but also need to master extreme weather, mental and physical conditions.

Teams consist of three competitors. The minimum age is 20 years for competitors of Course A and 18 years for participants of Course B.  In recent years, the number of participants under 30 years has exceeded 45%. In 1984, turnout averaged just 5%. This proves that ski mountaineering is a dynamic booming sport among young people. This legendary event attracts around 1 400 patrols throughout the world. The Patrouille des Glaciers, which takes place every 2 years, involves 4500 participants from around the world working in teams of three. The event next takes place in 2014 in late April/early May.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph

AkriviA, the young Swiss luxury watch brand based in Geneva is specialised in the manufacturing of exceptional haute horlogerie timepieces. Founded by master watch maker Rexhep Rexhepi, the brand now unveils their first timepiece: the Tourbillon monopusher chronograph.
It was during his apprenticeship at Patek Philippe at the age of 14 that Rexhep Rexhepi first felt an intense desire to express a personal philosophy of watchmaking with an approach that would push the boundaries of execution and mechanism to new levels. A decade of experiences after that daydream about the future would see AkriviA become a reality. AkriviA’s goals are simple: uniting the heritage of the Geneva watchmaking traditions with a contemporary approach that interprets timekeeping for the 21st century.
For the first masterpiece from the brand, Rexhep Rexhepi has chosen a stunning combination of two complications:-
  • Tourbillon –Most beautiful and complex mechanism in horology and also the most challenging complication to create.
  • Monopusher Chronograph – Chronograph is most desired watch function that suited to the typical timing tasks of everyday life. The Monopusher Chronograph has a history that dates back to 19th century and is rare and one of the oldest among various types of chronographs available.
The watch maker has combined the Tourbillon and monopusher chronograph complications in an elegant manner for a contemporary watch design and result is a high end complication watch integrated with a useful function.
AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph is equipped with Caliber AA-01, a manual winding movement developed in Geneva. The movement which has a power reserve of 100 hours boasts functions such as tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator.
The chronograph mechanism is built up on the dial side, which is quite rare in the world of watchmaking. All of the bridges, springs, plates and the tourbillon cage, the balance with its gold timing screws, the chronograph wheel and many more details - have all been re-designed and for this reason many new parts were created from steel, which allows a high level of finishing as well as providing extensive longevity regarding wear and tear.
Some of these changes were purely visible in order to follow all the codes for the Geneva Seal; others were undertaken in order to optimize the monopusher chronograph functions for perfect chronometric results and the elimination of backlash when stopping and starting the mechanism.
The case of the watch, which is available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold, is inspired by the classical traditions; however, it is not copy of particular look or style of case design from the past. The case design recalls the elegant cases of the past only by indirect inference, yet its design is firmly rooted in the more dynamic lines of the 21st century.
And with an eye to the user, in order to make the  watch comfortable to wear, a lot of attention was paid to such details as the creation of  a streamlined, ergonomic case form and outline, the shape of the pusher as well as the  angle and direction in which the fingers touch the case when using the chronograph  functions. The anti-glare treated sapphire glass front and back provide the perfect window on the movement’s key features and the attention given to each detail.
With a philosophy identical to that used in the movement, the case is extremely finely finished in every detail as well as complex in its realization with more than 30 separate parts.

Technical details
Manual winding movement, Caliber AA-01
Tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator
Diameter: 30.00mm / Thickness: 7.40mm
Number of parts (Complete movement) : 286 parts
Number of parts (Tourbillon cage): 63 parts
Number of jewels: 33, Olive-domed and plate jewels
Power reserve: 100 hours / with chronograph engaged: 72h
Frequency: 21,600 vph

• Engages directly with the Tourbillon cage
• Column-wheel
• Snail type gear-trains design by AkriviA
• Steel parts decorated by inward angles and sinks
• Chronograph wheels and parts decorated by hand

Main Plate
• Interior and exterior flanks finished with angles and sinks polished by hand.
• Manual circular graining
• Rhodium finish

• Interior and exterior flanks decorated with 10 inward angles created and polishedby hand.
• Angles and sinks with hand graining and polishing by hand
• “Côtes de Genève” decoration
• Manual circular graining even on non-visible parts
• Finishing of all steel parts with handmade blocked and facet polishing
• All inscriptions engraved by hand (“AkriviA”; N°, “Manufacturé à Genève”, logo)
• Nickel-rhodium finish
• Hand-engraved inscriptions finished in 3N gold

Tourbillon Cage
• Cage pillars in Titanium
• Bridges in hand blocked and facet polished steel
• Eight handmade and polished inward angles
• Swiss anchor escapement
• 60-second rotation
• Weight of the cage: 0.45g

Balance wheel
• Gold timing screws
• Diameter 9.60 mm

Hour and minute
Chronograph minutes and seconds
Segmented power reserve (100 hours)

Available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold
Front sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Lateral tab at 9 o’clock provides optimal ergonomic positioning of the fingers when engaging the chronograph
Case composed of 30 parts
Transparent back of sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Hand engraved inscriptions placed on the circumference
Case dimensions: Diameter: 43mm/ Thickness: 12.90mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30m / 100ft)

In steel or 18K 5N red gold with engraved and polished AkriviA logo
Engraved circumference with “clous de Paris” decoration

Black PVD–coated German silver base
Silver pigments for the hour and minute markers (steel version) or blue pigments (red gold version)
Brushed and rhodium finished minute and seconds display
Brushed and rhodium finished power reserve sector
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative inset at 12 o’ clock
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative insert around the tourbillon cage in steel

Sword shaped hour, minute, seconds and chronograph minute hands in AkriviA design
Hands with Rhodium finish
Power reserve in brushed German silver with rhodium finish and red lacquer

Strap and Clasp
Hand-sewn black alligator
Choice of 18K, 5N red gold deployant clasp or pin buckle, both with hand-engraved AkriviA logo and hand stitched alligator strap

Victorinox Swiss Army - The Original (New Versions)

The Original, the iconic watch of Victorinox Swiss Army, dons a new look in 2013. Still military-inspired, monochrome in tone and effortlessly easy to read, it is now modernized and urbanized by a new modular leather strap. The color is reminiscent of the case of the original Swiss Army Officer’s knife. The chronograph version, in a limited series of 1989 pieces, is endowed with an additional element: a removable hood, also in leather, that can completely encase it.

The Original occupies a special place among the watch collections of Victorinox Swiss Army. It is the very first model of the watchmaker house, launched in the United States in 1989. Since, it has never left the catalog, rising to the rank of a true icon. It has constantly evolved over the years, yet has always maintained the strengths and values of the brand: simplicity, clarity, assertive design, superior quality, durability and attractive price.
The Original now comes in two forms. The Original is a watch with three hands and a date window, animated by a Ronda quartz movement. The Original Chronograph has three central hands, date window at 4 o'clock, three sub-dials and an ETA quartz chronograph movement.

The military origin and monochrome color of the two models in no way gives them a severe aspect. On the contrary, subtle details indicate that they have long since left the wrist of soldiers for those of active urbanites seeking a more contemporary and versatile watch. The brushed aluminum bezel gives a trendy touch. The second hand (central seconds hand) is adorned with a delicate touch of orange. Finally, the NATO fiber strap has been replaced by a stylish twopiece leather (Original) or three-piece (Original Chronograph) strap, giving a completely new look.
In both versions, the natural leather strap can be worn in the traditional way, or else with the addition of a cuff that fits over the base strap with two loops. The chronograph - a limited and numbered series of 1989 pieces (the number refers to the year of birth of the first model) – has an additional design element: a removable hood, also in leather, covering the housing assembly. This casing is a nod to the military wristwatches of the first half of the 20th century, which were protected by a grille or a lid. Today, it is a stylish accessory. The two- and three-part straps also pay homage to Victorinox’s famous Swiss Army Officer Knife, whose original case was manufactured in leather of the same color.

The watch’s military DNA is also expressed through its 40mm "dark grey" case, forged in an ultra-shock-proof nylon whose lightness is only matched by its robustness. The crown protection indicates that this is watch capable of enduring harsh conditions. The dial design has been conceived to provide maximum legibility. Indexes and numerals are oversized and look stencil drawn - like the lettering on a box of ammunition. Recessed and covered with luminescent material, they stand out with great clarity. The Original model also displays military time. The Original Chronograph version features three counters (1/10th of a second, 60 seconds and 30 minutes) and the traditional buttons on the right side.

Technical details
Swiss Made
Original Version
Original Chronograph Version (limited edition 1989 pieces)

40 mm (same size for both versions), in “dark grey” nylon Mineral glass Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM / 330 feet) “Dark Grey” Aluminum bezel Stainless steel screwed-in caseback

Dials & Strap
Original: Dark grey dial, with military hours, and straps Brown leather strap
Original Chronograph: Dark grey dial, with brown leather strap and adjustable protective cover Skeleton hands, luminescent hands, numbers, and markers

Original: Swiss Made Quartz movement, Ronda 515
Original Chronograph: Swiss Made Quartz movement, ETA G10-211
Functions: 1/10e of second counter at 2 o’clock, 60 seconds at 6 o’clock, 30 minutes at 10 o’clock

Spring 2013

Refined Hardware - The Robber Baron

Refined Hardware, the Los Angeles based watch company unveils their latest limited edition Made in USA timepiece – The Robber Baron. The 42 mm unique 6-piece forged case houses a Swiss Made electro-mechanical movement. The dial is highlighted with hyper-reflective gold finished hands and 3-dimensionally cut numerals.

The Robber Baron is highly durable, waterproof, finished with a beautifully guilloche engraved bezel/crown, and pure sapphire crystal. Limited to 500 edition, each timepiece comes wax sealed, hand numbered, and with a personalized manual and hand-laid carbon box.
Technical details
6-jewel, 40-month power reserve
Electro-Mechanical ISA Swiss 238/101 movement in a gold finish

316l hardened stainless steel
42mm in diameter and 9.5mm in thickness
Guilloche engraving
Crystal: 2mm pure sapphire
Fasteners: polished and hardened 316l stainless steel
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres

Limited edition: 500 total pieces

22 x 3.5mm deployant aerospace grade steel mesh

12 month full maintenance warranty against manufacturing defects

BUBEN&ZORWEG - Time Mover® Handwound – A Fascinating High-Tech Solution for Precious Handwound Watches

BUBEN&ZORWEG, the innovative high-end manufacturer of elitist masterpieces has introduced the new TIME MOVER® HANDWOUND, a “watch winder“ for handwound watches that sets new standards.

BUBEN&ZORWEG and the legendary TIME MOVER® models have been at the pinnacle of the world market for watch winders for automatic watches for many years. The devices for handwound watches available to date were so far unable to meet the strict requirements that BUBEN&ZORWEG places on quality and performance. However, there was and still is a clear demand: prolonged periods of standstill are as detrimental to the valuable calibres of precious handwound watches as they are to the inner workings of automatic watches. The TIME MOVER® technology provided the solution that has long since prevailed by the collectors and lovers of luxurious automatic chronometers.

One of the most difficult hurdles common to handwound watches was the lack of a safety clutch: the force applied to the spring increases continuously until it reaches its ideal tension. The TIME MOVER® HANDWOUND is equipped with state-of-the-art, electronically controlled sensors that monitor changes in spring tension until it reaches the ideal point. The winding process stops in a matter of milliseconds as soon as this point is reached. BUBEN&ZORWEG has therefore basically relocated the safety clutch externally to the watch winder system, so to speak, where it reliably prevents any over-tensioning of the spring.
Lovers of these fine timepieces have a natural feeling for a perfectly wound watch in their fingertips… and fingertips are precisely what the creative developers at BUBEN&ZORWEG used as a benchmark. They were supported by the young science of Bionics that looks at Nature‘s optimum solutions and incorporates them in innovative technology. The winding rollers that clamp the crown of the watch are a prime example. A very special rubber mixture was developed for the rollers; they grip the crown with the sensitivity of careful fingertips and transfer the measurement data to the electronic control system with more feeling and control than even the most sensitive human hand could ever achieve.

The operating modes of the TIME MOVER® HANDWOUND are equally aligned with the strict requirements upheld by the proud owners of precious handwound watches.

In “speed winding “mode, the machine winds the watch quickly allowing it to be taken from the device and worn after just a short time. No matter how little or how much tension the watch has: it is always wound until the spring is fully tensioned, but not a pinch more.
Watches in the “collector‘s mode“are kept moving over extended periods to preserve their value and maintain their functionality. A sophisticated algorithm ensures the watch remains within the ideal spring tension range. The torque remains constant and the highest accuracy is achieved.

A matter of course for BUBEN&ZORWEG – although the development of the TIME MOVER® HANDWOUND is based on scientific principles and a great deal of skill, the device is nonetheless convenient and simple to use, and its intelligent software reliably prevents incorrect operation.

Highest operational safety
Automatic deactivation when the watch is fully wound
Intelligent control system keeps the winding spring within an ideal tension range
Easy to operate
Universally suitable for virtually any hand-wound watch
Universal adjustment settings for power reserve and speed winding
Mains and battery operation
Made in Germany
Dimensions:  180 x 280 x 230 mm

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Antiquorum Announces Its December Auction Featuring Rare Patek Philippe & Rolex Watches

Antiquorum has announced their next “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" auction on December 11th at its US headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York City. 

A selection of 343 collectable timepieces will be presented in the sale highlighted by a Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 and a Patek Philippe Ref.  3974. In addition to the star lots, the sale offers a wide variety of timepieces from the world's leading watch brands appealing to both the casual enthusiast as well as the avid collector.  Prior to the auction, previews will be held in Hong Kong, Hangzhou and New York.

The highlight of the sale is an extraordinary Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 Tourbillon Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar with Honey Gold Dial in Platinum. Sold in 2009, this exceptionally rare and important wristwatch features a one-minute tourbillon regulator, instantaneous perpetual calendar and moon phases. It is further accompanied by a mahogany fitted box, Certificate of Origin, additional platinum caseback, as well as technical and instructional documents. Estimate: US$ 650,000 - 850,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 5207
Another top highlight of the sale is the highly sought-after Patek Philippe Ref. 3974 Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar in Platinum. Produced in 1992, this extremely rare minute-repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch also features a leap year indication and moon phases. Accompanying the watch is a service box, Extract of the Archives, correspondence from Patek Philippe and various booklets. Estimate: US$ 600,000 - 800,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 3974
Also offered is the Patek Philippe Ref. 5033 Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar in Platinum, sold in 2008. Exceptionally fine and rare, this tonneau shaped Art-Deco style timepiece is offered with a mahogany fitted box, the Certificate of Origin, an additional caseback, technical and instructional documents. Estimate: US$ 400,000 - 600,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 5033
Additionally, Patek Philippe fans will want to bid on the Patek Philippe Ref. 5102 "Celestial" in yellow gold. A stargazer's dream, this outstanding watch with meantime indication features a nocturnal sky chart of the Northern Hemisphere, moon phases and moon orbit, and time of the meridian passage of Sirius and the moon. It is accompanied by the original fitted box, Certificate of Origin, and technical and instructional documents. Estimate: US$ 150,000 - 250,000

Also sure to attract the ardent Patek Philippe collector are exceptional examples of the Patek Philippe Ref. 3971 and Ref. 3970.

Patek Philippe Ref. 3971 Sapphire Snap-Back Case in Yellow Gold, made in 1988
Fine, astronomic wristwatch with round-button chronograph, registers, perpetual calendar and moonphases accompanied by an Extract from the Archives. This is the first example of a Ref. 3971 with both the transparent caseback and the rare snap-back to appear on the auction market, representing a unique opportunity to complete a 3970/71 collection. Estimate: US$ 80,000 - 120,000

Patek Philippe Ref. 3970 in Yellow Gold, made in 1988
A fine, astronomic wristwatch with round-button chronograph, perpetual calendar, moon phases, leap-year indication, 24-hour indication accompanied by a Patek Philippe fitted box and extract from the Archives. Estimate: US$60,000 - $80,000
Patek Philippe Ref. 3970
Marking the end of the 50th anniversary year of the celebrated Daytona model, Antiquorum is pleased to offer Rolex fans three outstanding examples of the "Paul Newman" Daytona in the December sale.

Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Black Dial in Steel
Made in 1964, stainless steel wristwatch with round-button chronograph, registers, tachometer accompanied by a fitted box and a service estimate document from Rolex Watch USA dated November 8, 2013. Estimate:  US$ 70,000 - 100,000
Rolex Ref. 6239 Paul Newman Black Dial in Steel
Rolex Ref. 6263 Paul Newman Steel
Made in 1969, fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with black bezel, round-button chronograph, registers and tachometer accompanied by a fitted box. Estimate: US$ 50,000 - 70,000

Rolex Ref. 6264 Paul Newman Steel
Made circa 1968, stainless steel wristwatch with anti-reflective black tachometer bezel, round-button chronograph and registers. Accompanied by a fitted box, service pouch, service guarantee dated 09/24/2013 and service invoice. Estimate: US$ 50,000 - 70,000

Auction & Preview Schedule
Auction: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
First Session (Lots 1-160): starts at 10am
Second Session (Lots 161 - 343): starts at 2pm

Hong Kong Preview & Valuation Day
Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29, 11am - 7pm
Antiquorum Hong Kong
Rm. 2505, No. 9 Queen's Road
Central, Hong Kong
Tel:  + 852-2522-4168

Hangzhou Preview
Sunday, December 1st, 10am-6pm
No. 57 Changsheng Road
Shangcheng District ,Hangzhou City.
Tel:+8621 63351269

New York Preview
Sunday, December 8, 12 pm - 5pm
Monday, December.  9, 10 am - 6pm
Tuesday, December 10, 10 am - 6pm
Antiquorun USA
595 Madison Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY 10022

Hublot - King Power Black Mamba Gold & Black Ceramic Limited Edition and King Power Black Mamba Gold & Black Ceramic with Diamonds Limited Edition

Hublot welcomed its brand ambassador and 15-Time NBA All-Star, Kobe Bryant, to an exclusive dinner in West Hollywood, California to unveil the newest edition of the King Power Black Mamba.

Inspired by Bryant’s magnetic personality and celebrated career, the timepiece is a more precious version of Bryant’s first namesake watch. With a King Gold case surrounded by a black ceramic bezel, it includes red gold indexes and hands, as well as a silver colored snake around the counter at 9 o’clock, with Kobe’s jersey number, “24” at 6 o’clock.
Held at the RivaBella Ristorante, Greg Simonian, President of Hublot’s Beverly Hills boutique, welcomed Bryant and presented him with the newest Hublot timepiece, which will be available exclusively at the Beverly Hills location.
This is the second Los Angeles event the brand has held in conjunction with the Lakers guard – the partnership was first announced in March 2013 at an event on the rooftop of the London Hotel West Hollywood where the first limited edition King Power Black Mamba was released. In addition, Hublot became the first official timekeeper of the illustrious Los Angeles Lakers in January of this year.
Los Angeles influencers and VIPs joined Kobe and Vanessa Bryant to celebrate and to get a first look at the two new versions of the timepieces – one in King Gold and one in diamond set King Gold.
Technical details
748. OM.1118.PR.KOB13 - King Gold & Black Ceramic (Limited edition of 15 numbered pieces)
748. OM.1118.PR.1704.KOB13 - King Gold & Black Ceramic with Diamonds (only 3 numbered pieces)

“King Power”, diameter 48 mm, in vertical satin-finished King Gold
Bezel: Black micro-blasted ceramic and titanium, 6 black PVD H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment, purple number indication
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Crown: Black PVD titanium with Hublot logo 3N Gold 18K with black rubber insert
Push-buttons: 2H in black PVD titanium, rectangular in polished steel with black rubber inserts; 4H in titanium satin-finished and “reset” engraved
Case-back: Open micro-blasted black ceramic with Kobe Bryant signature on sapphire

Sapphire dial with 4 zones of 12 minutes in black and gold
Indexes in satin-finished Red Gold 18K with black SuperluminovaTM
’Snake’’ appliqué polished black PVD
Hands: Satin-finished 3N Red Gold plated hands with black SuperLuminova™

HUB 4248 Mechanical self-winding, chronograph with central 48’ counter
Date: Trapezoidal window at 4.30
Components: 249 (28 jewels) – Frequency 4 Hz (28,800 Alt/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Python snake strap sewed on black rubber
Deployant buckle clasp in micro-blasted black PVD titanium and ceramic

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