Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BOVET Pininfarina Cambiano Cambiano Chronograph Special Edition

It was in 2010 that the partnership between BOVET 1822 and Pininfarina was formed. The meeting of Pascal Raffy and Paolo Pininfarina, and the human values they share, gave rise to the now legendary BOVET by Pininfarina collection. With the complementarities of two family Houses, each respected for its unique talent, came a shared and heartfelt desire to redefine genuine luxury: a level of excellence synonymous with good taste, attained by constant and meticulous attention to detail. It was only natural therefore that this shared determination to express time differently should bear fruit, as evidenced by the OTTANTA®, OTTANTADUE and OTTANTATRE tourbillions, and also the Cambiano Chronograph, universally acclaimed by collectors since it first appeared in 2011. Success was evident and so great that two years later the two Houses decided jointly to create a new milestone in their collaborative venture.

Accordingly, at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in March 2012, the Turin-based company presented its first “concept car” designed and produced entirely in-house. It is a sporty, electrically-powered luxury saloon whose design and quality of finish are on a par with work that has forged the reputation of the Italian designer over the decades. Called the Pininfarina Cambiano with good reason, this prestige vehicle features as its dashboard clock none other than the special edition Chronograph of the same name.

Patented by the House of BOVET in 2010, the Amadeo® system, which can be found on all Fleurier and BOVET by Pininfarina collections, allows owners to convert their timepiece into a wristwatch, a miniature table clock or a pocket watch without the need for any tools whatsoever.

The ingenious nature of this convertible system designed by Pascal Raffy showcases the versatility of the Cambiano Chronograph to still greater effect in its role as a dashboard clock. Indeed the centre console of the “concept car” is equipped with a housing in which the timepiece can be secured by its emblematic bow and attachment at 6 o’clock. When the driver leaves the vehicle, it takes only a few seconds to convert the dashboard clock into a wristwatch.
To mark the launch of this first vehicle in fitting fashion, and in special association with it, the limited edition Cambiano Cambiano Chronograph employs superior quality materials already present in the car’s passenger compartment. Its strap, normally rubber, is lined with the same leather used for the vehicle’s upholstery. In a rare departure, the car features solid oak parquet flooring, using timber from the pillars on which the city of Venice is built. The same wood, renowned for its robustness and stability, is used for the counters of the Cambiano Cambiano Chronograph.

Each of the eighty pieces of this limited edition is numbered on the oscillating weight of the movement, whose splendid decorative detail can be admired through the sapphire crystal of the case-back.

Whether through its conception, its design, the technical excellence infused by the artisans of BOVET 1822, or the exceptional beauty of its finish, the Cambiano Cambiano Chronograph merits superlatives of every hue and will once again surprise and astound the most demanding of collectors. At a time of ever-increasing globalization, they will find with this chronograph a new reference in terms of exclusivity, technical mastery and aesthetic harmony.

Technical details
Model: Pininfarina Cambiano Cambiano Chronograph Special Edition

Case
Type: AMADEO® Convertible (wristwatch, table clock, pocket watch, sports counter)
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 15.45mm
Case-band: Circular satin-finished steel
Bezels & bow: Ball-milled steel
Crown & push-pieces: Polished steel
Water-resistance: 30 metres

Strap
Leather
Buckle: Steel

Dial
Rhodium-plated with solid oak counters sourced from the piles on which Venice is built.

Movement
Type: Self-winding chronograph
Diameter: 31.00mm (13 ¾ ‘’’)
Thickness: 8.40mm
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours

Monday, May 27, 2013

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44 mm (Ceramic Case Model)

The first series-produced chronograph in the offshore collection to feature an all ceramic case-middle and bezel, this extremely sporty 44 mm-diameter model accentuates its effective and virile design through the intensity of its black colouring.

The choice of ceramics for this chronograph is above all due to its exceptional toughness and durability. This material is far harder than steel and resists scratching by anything but diamond. The technical corollary of this performance is that each ceramic element requires a far longer machining time. It takes almost 12 hours to make the case middle of the Royal Oak Offshore chronograph, while the bezel also calls for over eight hours more work than the same part in steel.
This highly sophisticated finishing work on ceramics equals the quality of the finishes performed on the steel parts. It confirms the expertise developed by the Manufacture Audemars Piguet in the field of innovative materials such as Cermet, tantalum and ceramics that are featured in its high-performance sports models. Driven by a concern for detail and in order to minimise any risk of scratching, the Audemars Piguet engineers pursued their quest for excellence right down to the smallest details by also choosing ceramics for the pushpieces and crown of this model. Only the case-back with its sapphire crystal and the strap-fastening studs were produced in titanium while the bezel screws are made of steel.

For this model exuding an aura of rigorous strength, the Manufacture in Le Brassus has chosen a black dial bearing the “Méga Tapisserie” motif typical of Royal Oak Offshore models, with the small seconds subdial appearing at 12 o’clock and the chronograph counters at 6 and 9 o’clock. The latter are easily identifiable by their red hands – a shade echoed on the tip of the central chronograph seconds hand.

This sophisticated chronograph with its incisive design features a wealth of opulent detailing. The manually applied hands and hour-markers are made of white gold with a luminescent coating ensuring optimal readability in the dark. The date window at 3 o’clock complements the functions of this instrument powered by Manufacture Audemars Piguet Calibre 3126/3840, endowed with a 55-hour power reserve. Some of the 365 parts of this selfwinding movement, equipped with an openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight featuring an anthracite galvanic coating and engraved in the centre with the AP initials, may be admired through the sapphire case-back.
This masculine chronograph with its resolutely virile design is teamed with a black rubber strap fastened by a titanium pin buckle.  Boldly representative of modern times, this instrument is water-resistant to 100 metres and virtually unalterable thanks to the choice of a high-density technical ceramic material. It reveals the Manufacture Audemars Piguet’s forward-looking approach by enriching the collection with this sporting timepiece radiating unequivocal luxury and a contemporary spirit that is at ease in any situation and equipped to handle all kinds of conditions.

Technical details
Movement
Proprietary Calibre 3126/3840, selfwinding
Total diameter: 29.92 mm (13¼ lines)
Movement thickness: 7.16 mm
Number of jewels: 59
Number of parts: 365
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 55 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Case
Black ceramic case (44 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, titanium case-back fitted with glareproofed sapphire crystal pane, black ceramic bezel and crown, titanium studs, water-resistant to 100 m.

Dial
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” motif, black counters, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, black inner bezel ring.

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Specific Characteristics
Balance-stop device when setting the time
Oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings
Diamond-planed bevels on the bridges
Reversed circular Côtes de Genève motif on the bridge pavements

Strap
Black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle

Reference
26402CE.OO.A002CA.01

Audemars Piguet - Jules Audemars 33 mm

Dedicated to women with a taste for the finer things in life, the Jules Audemars 33 mm watch comes in a pink gold version with a new bracelet perfectly tailored to dainty wrists.

This adoring and captivating model exuding a powerful charisma features a delicate silver-toned dial with a central guilloché motif and gemset hour markers. To preserve this aesthetic harmony born of well-considered minimalism, the only elements gravitating above this outstandingly pure watch face are hands driven by the fascinating Calibre 3090.

Visible through the glare-proofed sapphire crystal case back, every detail of the diminutive 2.80 mm thick hand-wound proprietary mechanism beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour reveals the impressive expertise of the Audemars Piguet watchmaking artisans. The Jules Audemars 33 mm model is presented with a pink gold bracelet, but also comes with a brown alligator leather strap.
Technical details
Case
18-carat pink gold case (33 mm)
Gem - set bezel
Glare - proofed sapphire crystal andcase-back,
Water-resistant to 20 m

Dial
Light silver dial, guilloché decorative pattern, applied gemset hour-markers and pink gold hands

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds

Movement
Manufacture Audemars Piguet hand-wound Calibre 3090
Total diameter: 21.40 mm (9½ lignes)
Number of jewels: 21
Number of parts: 148
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 48 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21’600 alt/h

Strap
18-carat pink gold bracelet with AP folding clasp

Gem-setting
60 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 0,66 carats (bezel)

Reference
77239OR.ZZ.1270OR.01

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Audemars Piguet - Selfwinding Royal Oak 37 mm

Introduced for the very first time in a self-winding version, this 37 mm-diameter Royal Oak featuring a white gold case and dial set with 152 brilliant-cut diamonds is clearly intended for women with exclusive tastes.

It is an lovely jewellery watch destined to magnify the beauty of women wishing to project a free-spirited image, while also indulging their penchant for ultimate luxury. That is precisely why the Audemars Piguet watchmakers decided to equip this dainty model with the outstanding proprietary mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre 3120. This beating heart of the timepiece, hand-assembled and decorated in harmony with tradition, comprises a 22-carat gold rotor that winds it automatically on the wearer’s wrist.
It offers women a refined and distinctive fine watchmaking gem, set with 2.46 carats of diamonds and teamed with a blue alligator leather strap. It owes its magnificent radiance first and foremost to the exceptional quality of the diamonds selected by the Audemars Piguet gem-setters.
This watch with its powerful design is endowed with pure lines and watchmaking qualities that are bound to appeal to women looking for a time-measuring instrument suitable for wear on all occasions, as well as ladies who are connoisseurs and will see its self-winding movement visible through the transparent case-back as a determining factor that will make this a true heirloom destined to span successive generations.

Technical details
Model: Selfwinding Royal Oak 37 mm

Functions
Hours, minutes, centre seconds, date.

Movement
Manufacture Audemars Piguet selfwinding Calibre 3120
Total diameter: 26.60 mm (11¾ lines)
Number of jewels: 40
Number of parts: 280
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 60 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Case, dial & strap
Case: Full-set 18-carat white gold case (37 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal and case-back, screw-locked crown, water-resistant to 50 m.
Dial: Diamond-pavé dial, applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands in white gold with luminescent coating
Strap: Hand-sewn blue alligator leather strap with large square scales, gemset 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp.

Gemsetting
152 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 2.46 carats (case, bezel, clasp)

Reference
15452BC.ZZ.D019CR.01

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BOVET – Pininfarina OttantaTre - 5-Day Tourbillon with retrograde Minutes with Reversed Hand-Fitting

The 2013 edition of the BOVET Collection by Pininfarina is named OttantaTre. This fourth creation in the line brings the third tourbillon in the Collection, in the 83rd anniversary year of the Italian design house – making its name an entirely logical and natural choice.

The DIMIER 1738 movement (BOVET’s Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale) ideally accentuates the identity of the two houses, while perfectly meeting the demanding set of specifications jointly agreed by Pascal Raffy and Paolo Pininfarina. Tradition and avant-garde vision, technical sophistication and craftsmanship, design and Haute Horlogerie : such are the apparently antagonistic criteria that BOVET and DIMIER have succeeded in orchestrating into an entirely consistent whole.

There is certainly no doubt about the lineage of this Tourbillon OttantaTre. The 12 o’clock positioning of the crown and bow, along with the Amadeo® system, mean that even a quick glance is enough to identify it as a BOVET timepiece, while the flat bezels, the black cylindrical crown and the black rubber strap immediately confirm that the OttantaTre Tourbillon belongs to the Collection by Pininfarina.
Since Pascal Raffy and his teams wished to give a new interpretation to reading the time, they developed and manufactured a tourbillon movement with jumping hours and retrograde minutes. One of the main secrets of BOVET timepieces does indeed lie in their development protocol. Throughout the 20th century, watchmakers became accustomed to developing movements including the desired functions and complications – and then creating the exteriors in a second phase. BOVET watchmakers and DIMIER do the exact opposite by entirely designing each new creation before finding the technical solutions to achieve the desired result. This choice, which entails far more constraints for the constructors, nonetheless guarantees the unique balance and coherence of BOVET timepieces.

On the OttantaTre Tourbillon, the hours are displayed in the center of the timepiece. The jumping-hour numerals on the disc are literally cut out from the latter. When the hour numeral to be displayed reaches its aperture, it places itself above a super-luminova dot that lights up the time. The minute and power reserve indicator hands share the same axis as the hour disc, and each travels across a segment of a circle where its respective indication is displayed in an original way. 24 times a day, the hour disc and the minute hand begin a new hour cycle by an instant jump. Complemented by the seconds hand appearing on the upper pivot of the tourbillon carriage, all the indications are positioned along the vertical axis of the timepiece, further underscoring the perfect symmetry of its movement.

The mechanical architecture gives pride of place to transparency and is structured around straight lines forming a taut, angular whole. The tensions of this distinctive geometry are resolved in the curves of the case, testifying to the brilliant ability to “square the circle” demonstrated in equal measure by the Pininfarina designers and by the watchmakers of BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738.

Clothed in a case incorporating the convertible Amadeo® system, the second face of the OttantaTre Tourbillon indicates the hours and minutes via two conventional hands. That means there are five distinct indications sharing the same axis and spread across the two faces of this timepiece. A particularly remarkable feat, especially in that this impressive concentration has not made this new calibre unduly thick.

Available in red gold or white gold versions, the OttantaTre Tourbillon is issued in an 83-piece Limited Edition, all of which are liable to swiftly find an honorable place among the most prestigious collections.

Technical details
Case, dial & strap
Case type: AMADEO® convertible
Diameter: 44mm
Thickness with glass: 15.20mm
Thickness without glass: 13.45mm
Water-resistance: 30m
Case material: 18K red or white gold
Strap: Rubber lined with leather
Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon

Movement
Calibre 16BM02AI-HSMR
Type: Mechanical hand-wound
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Diameter: 16 ⅓’’’
Tourbillon’s carriage diameter: 13.50mm
Tourbillon’s carriage weight: 0.49gr
Power reserve: 5 days
Tourbillon: 1 minute
Number of components: 421

Functions
Jumping hours, retrograde minutes, seconds on the tourbillon, power reserve and reverse hand-fitting

Edition
Limited Edition of 83 timepieces

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AUDEMARS PIGUET - Royal Oak Quartz 33 mm

This slender, daintily elegant model in white gold, set with 648 diamonds totalling   10.70 carats on the case, bezel and bracelet, is a first in the Royal Oak collection.  The resolutely jewellery-oriented approach to which it has been treated is as timely and relevant as ever.
 
It reveals the perfect geometry of this watch with its inimitable design that was subtly revisited in 2012 in a return to the original identity codes dreamed up by Gérald Genta in the 1970s.
Unveiled at SIHH 2013, this luxurious watch from Audemars Piguet’s new women’s collection, with its sporty lines features a light silver-toned dial graced with a gemset white gold chapter ring and hour markers, engraved with the “Grande Tapisserie” motif and featuring a slim date aperture with beveled edges ensuring its seamless integration. This jewellery watch is equipped with highly reliable quartz Calibre 2713.
Also available in a pink gold version featuring a case and bezel set with 172 diamonds, this appealing model features a silver-toned dial engraved with a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern and bearing simple luminescent hour-markers and a gemset double marker at 12 o’clock.
Technical details
Model: Royal Oak Quartz 33 mm

Cases
Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1262BC.01: Entirely gemset 18-carat white gold case (33 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 50 m.
Ref. 67652OR.ZZ.D011CR.01: Full-set 18-carat pink gold case (33 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 50 m.

Dials
Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1262BC.01: Silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” motif, applied gemset white gold hour-markers, Royal Oak hands in white gold with luminescent coating.
Ref. 67652OR.ZZ.D011CR.01: Opaline silver-toned dial with “Grande Tapisserie” motif, applied hour-markers in pink gold with luminescent coating and gemset 12 o’clock marker, Royal Oak hands in pink gold with luminescent coating.

Functions
Hours, minutes, date.

Movement
Quartz Calibre 2713
Total diameter: 18.79 mm (8¼ lines)
Number of jewels: 7

Straps
Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1262BC.01: Gemset 18-carat white gold bracelet with AP folding clasp.
Ref. 67652OR.ZZ.D011CR.01: White alligator leather strap with large square scales, gemset 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp.

Gemsetting
Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1262BC.01: 676 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 4.90 carats (case, bezel, bracelet).
Ref. 67652OR.ZZ.D011CR.01: 172 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 1.89 carat (case, bezel and clasp).

Monday, May 20, 2013

Audemars Piguet Lady Cat Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

The new Lady Cat Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph models presented at the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Genève reflect the spirit of independence cherished by Audemars Piguet, along with its taste for elegance.

The two models, bearing the colours of the racing catamaran sponsored by the Manufacture from Le Brassus, come in steel and white gold versions respectively issued in 150-piece and 10-piece limited editions. Their dials harmoniously associate the new boat colours: black, gold, and green – with the latter featured on the subdial hand. The back displays the Ladycat logo, celebrating the only boat in this sailing category competing with a woman at the helm.
The white gold version of the Royal Oak Offshore Ladycat, with its black mother-of-pearl dial counters, is adorned with a gem-set bezel, case and folding clasp totalling 323 diamonds (approx. 5.82 carats). The black rubber strap provides a perfect foil for the sparkle of the gems, which are as ever chosen by Audemars Piguet from among the highest-quality stones. The steel variation is equally appealing with its pure lines accentuated by the brilliant-pavé bezel and the likewise gem set studs that merge smoothly into the strap.
The sturdy 37 mm case houses a mechanical selfwinding movement capable of measuring short times over a 12-hour period, on demand and as often as required. Efficient, accurate and finished in keeping with the finest traditions, this mechanical heart has a 40-hour power reserve and is automatically rewound by its owner’s wrist movements.
Representing a further token of the Manufacture’s determination to cultivate luxury right through to the smallest details, this intensely feminine chronograph is equipped with an 18-carat gold oscillating weight.

Water-resistant to 5 bar, the superlative Royal Oak Offshore Ladycat Chronographs clearly establish themselves as the ideal watch for women looking to assert their taste for challenges.


Technical details
Case
Stainless steel case (37 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, case-back engraved with Ladycat logo, Royal Oak Offshore logo and the inscription “Limited Edition”, gemset bezel and studs, black rubber-moulded screw-locked crown and pushers, water-resistant to 50 m.

Dial
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” motif, applied numerals and Royal Oak hands in pink gold with luminescent coating

Functions
Chronograph, hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2385
Total diameter: 26.20 mm (11½ lines)
Movement thickness: 5.50 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Number of parts: 304
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 40 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Strap
Black rubber strap with stainless steel AP folding clasp

Gemsetting
64 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approx. 1.69 carat (bezel, studs)

Reference
26211SK.ZZ.D002CA.01

Sunday, May 19, 2013

BOVET Récital 9 Tourbillon Miss Alexandra 7-Day Tourbillon with Moon Phase

In 2011, BOVET presented Récital 0 which, in its 41mm diameter version, was the first BOVET ladies’ watch powered by a movement equipped with a tourbillon. It was such a success that Pascal Raffy and his teams have chosen to broaden their range in 2013 by launching the Récital 9 Miss Alexandra Tourbillon.

This new timepiece clearly proclaims its sense of belonging to the Dimier Collection, despite a number of innovations and an array of resolutely feminine aesthetic codes. Thanks to his strong ties with collectors, Pascal Raffy is keenly aware of women’s interest in Fine Watchmaking and in Grandes Complications. This closeness is indeed one of the countless little differences that forge authentic luxury in the noblest sense of the term. It is these precious exchanges that enable BOVET to offer timepieces perfectly tailored to collectors’ expectations. This means that the precision of the initial technical specifications established by Pascal Raffy are able to encompass the entire set of characteristics, functions and even the problems that will need to be resolved in order to ensure that each new creation harmoniously combines reliability, precision and the decorative arts. It is the controlled mastery and rigorous exactness devoted to these crucial stages that make BOVET 1822 timepieces both unique in terms of the infinite number of personalisation options, and unifying by embodying excellent taste and exemplary quality.


These origins are clearly apparent from the very first glance at the superbly balanced and exquisite beauty of the Récital 9, Miss Alexandra Tourbillon. Its movement provides the finest response to the specific nature of woman’s demands, which often imply making compromises. The main key to this success lies in the size of the movement. The latter is at once small enough to elegantly embrace the daintiest feminine wrist; and, when sufficiently wound, large enough to supply a full 7-day operating autonomy to the tourbillon – of which the precision is further enhanced by its balance beating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

Movement architecture is one of the cornerstones of the contemporary identity pervading all creations from the Dimier 1738 Manufacture. Like the other DIMIER calibres introduced since 2011, the movement of the Récital 9 Miss Alexandra Tourbillon is built between two three-quarter plates. Alongside the technical advantages of such a construction, it offers a generous space for the tourbillon carriage. This in turn means that the diameter of the tourbillon carriage and of the balance, as well as the latter’s inertia, may be increased to as to achieve even better precision timing results. More than ever, the large bridges of the tourbillon carriage treat observers to a delightful smile-like effect. The seconds hand, which normally appears on the upper pivot of the tourbillon carriage, is exceptionally replaced in this model by a diamond featuring facets which, as they rotate, send sparks of light playing across the shimmering polished surfaces of the movement. Hours and minutes are displayed by new central hands specially designed for the Récital 9, Miss Alexandra Tourbillon. The mystery of their unusual shape is revealed every hour, when the minutes hand comes to rest on top of the hours hand and their combined shapes form a heart…

The upper part of the vertical axis of this timepiece offers a lyrical interpretation of one of the horological complications most favoured by women: moon phases. This virtually universal indication not only reveals the age of our natural satellite, but also provides precious information relating to natural science, astronomy and religions of all kinds.

The moon phase display has been entirely rethought to present a face that is as realistic as possible. The exact cartography of an entire moon face has been engraved on a mirror-polished steel plate, and the hollows of this engraving have been meticulously filled with a luminescent substance. The sky surrounding the moon is then engraved on a blue PVD-treated nickel silver plate that thus appears to be naturally studded with stars. To enable more intuitive reading, the traditional crescent-shaped aperture has been done away with.

Instead, the moon remains in a fixed position and two pallets featuring the same finish as the sky serve to cover the moon and thus show its age. The power reserve indicator is also presented in an original manner and appears to be mysteriously rising from the moon-phase sky. To reach this goal of cleverly combining uncluttered readability and elegance, the DIMIER watchmakers achieved the feat of placing the power reserve on the same axis as the moon phase.

The power reserve hand is thus fixed to its pivot below the moon motif. Only its far end can be seen protruding from the outer edge of the moon phase sky background. The arc of a circle over which the indicator travels creates a symmetrical balance with the bridges of the tourbillon carriage.

An anthem to femininity, the Récital 9 Miss Alexandra Tourbillon is the first timepiece by BOVET 1822 to be graced with an oval-shaped case. At 41mm long and 37.5mm across, its size and proportions ensure optimal comfort while exalting feminine beauty.

The concern for perfection of details is a given when it comes to developing a new BOVET timepiece. It is vividly revealed here in the fact that the usual corrector for adjusting the moon phase does appear along the case middle – thus ensuring that the latter remains delightfully pure, while avoiding any potential water-resistance issues and also meaning that the moon phase can be rapidly adjusted without resorting to tools. To achieve this feat that women are bound to appreciate, the corrector has been placed concentrically with the winding and time-setting crown. The function can thus be adjusted simply by pressing the centre of the crown which is exceptionally adorned with a flat sapphire to ensure absolute comfort. The aesthetic success of this timepiece doubtless lies in the fact that the sophisticated engineering, the multiple technological accomplishments and the daunting complexity of its movement fade gracefully into the background so as to give pride of place to visual magic and poetry. The Récital 9 Miss Alexandra Tourbillon is destined to honour timeless love – symbolised by the heart formed by the hands and the diamond – while flying the wearer to the moon.

Technical details
Model:  Récital 9 Tourbillon Miss Alexandra 7-Day Tourbillon with Moon Phase
Edition: Limited Edition of 50 timepieces in red gold and 50 in white gold

Case, dial & strap
Case type: DIMIER
Diameter: 41 x 37.2mm
Thickness with glass: 12.40mm
Thickness without glass: 11.20mm
Water-resistance: 30m
Case material: 18K red or white gold
Strap: Hand-stitched, full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon

Movement
Calibre 15BM01-MP
Type: Mechanical hand-wound
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Diameter: 15’’’
Tourbillon’s carriage diameter: 13.50mm
Tourbillon’s carriage weight: 0.49gr
Power reserve: 7 days
Tourbillon: 1 minute
Number of components: 351

Functions
Hours, minutes, power reserve, precision moon phase
Tourbillon

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42 mm

Conceived in the research & development department of the manufacture Audemars Piguet, the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver with its impressively taut, virile lines boldly proclaims its sporting vocation.

This instrument developed to meet the requirements of diving enthusiasts or those looking for timepieces able to cope with intensive use, decisively pushes the envelope in terms of performance. Rugged and resistant to the pressure sustained at depths of 300 metres, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver maximises the main technical characteristics of instruments intended for use in underwater activities, in order to guarantee users unfailing reliability at all times.

Fully compliant with the NIHS 92-11 (ISO6425) norm, this selfwinding model with its powerful design, built for subaquatic use in conditions where rough estimates are not an option, appears this year for the first time with a case, bezel and easy-grip crowns all made of deep black high-tech ceramics. Machining this avant-garde material, around seven times harder than steel and which only diamonds can scratch, calls for the use of special machines and tools equipped with diamond-tipped milling-cutters. The case middle is also treated to polished and satin-brushed finishes that represented a daunting technical challenge to achieve this degree of quality, due to the inherent resistant to abrasion of this composite material.
This reliable and efficient timepiece, for which the developers focused firmly on functionality, was thoroughly researched to ensure optimal suitability for use in diving conditions. For example, to improve the readability contrast in the ocean depths, for the first time its black dial bearing the traditional “Méga Tapisserie” pattern is fitted with a luminescent orange hand matching the diving scale appearing on the rotating inner bezel ring, which also features an orange zone between 12 and 3 o’clock. This vivid shade enables instant readings of all essential information.

The rotating dive-time pre-selection device, unusually positioned inside the case, is technically far more complex to make than a traditional unidirectional exterior rotating bezel. It offers the advantage of reducing the parallax error and protecting this element – which is vital for divers in monitoring the duration of their immersion – from shocks and aggressive external factors such as water, salt or grains of sand that might jam the bezel. To adjust this dive-time indicator, the Audemars Piguet watchmakers have developed a mechanism enabling it to be controlled via a watertight external crown positioned at 10 o’clock along the side of the case middle. This system as a whole represents a significant safety feature since, once the crown has been screwed back in, the dive time cannot be inadvertently modified. Equipped with a system of innovative water-tightness gaskets, it may be handled during immersion.

This technology that has also been applied to the winding-crown will enable the diver to perform various operations under water if necessary.
This watch also providing a central seconds display and a date indication at 3 o’clock is driven by Manufacture Audemars Piguet mechanical selfwinding Calibre 3120, which may be observed through the titanium case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal – also a first in the Offshore Diver collection. The latter highly sensitive element, that must be able to withstand the underwater pressure exercised at a depth of 300 metres, is secured to the case middle by screws and serves to reveal the 22-carat solid gold oscillating weight, along with some of the meticulously finished movement components including its balance beating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

This rugged, graphically designed, ergonomic and almost unalterable timepiece focuses on essentials – which is exactly why it is worn on a rubber strap equipped with a titanium pin buckle. This simple and efficient, tried and tested fastening system enables the user to adjust the strap at any time to ensure a comfortable fit, whether directly on the skin or when wearing the instrument over a diving suit.

Technical details
Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42 mm

Movement
Proprietary Calibre 3120, selfwinding
Total diameter: 26.60 mm (11¾ lines)
Movement thickness: 4.26 mm
Number of jewels: 40
Number of parts: 280
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 60 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Case
Black ceramic case (42 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal, titanium case-back fitted with glareproofed sapphire crystal pane, black ceramic bezel and crowns, titanium studs, water-resistant to 300 m.

Dial
Black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” motif, white gold hands hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, black rotating inner bezel ring with diving scale and orange zone running from 12 to 3 o’clock.

Functions
Hours, minutes, central seconds hand, date.

Specific Characteristics
Balance-stop device when setting the time
Oscillating weight mounted on ceramic ball bearings
Diamond-planed bevels on the bridges
Reversed circular Côtes de Genève motif on the bridge pavements

Strap
Black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle.

Reference
15707CE.OO.A002CA.01

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

BOVET Récital 10 ( 7-Day Tourbillon)

The House of BOVET launched in 2006 the Dimier collection in honor of the craftsmen of the eponymic Manufacture.

The origins of the inspiration are clearly spread between the two muses of this ultimate Récital model. The dial, the hands and the indications are from Récital 1, while the tourbillon carriage and the already emblematic shape of its bridges come from Récital 0. Observing the movement through the sapphire crystal case-back provides proof that the noblest expression of this fusion stems from a full-fledged new development. The centrings of the two barrels and of the going train are spread between two bridges that occupy an equal surface on the upper part of the mainplate. The design of one of them evokes the Récital 1 movement, and that of the other is reminiscent of Récital 0. Their respective outlines form two wings united in the centre of the movement and which literally send the airy, feather-light tourbillon soaring to heights of elegance and refinement.

While, as one has come to expect from DIMIER watchmakers (BOVET’s Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale), each detail of each component is decorated in accordance with BOVET’s specific aesthetic and quality criteria, it is the discretion and understatement of this Récital 10 Tourbillon that most vividly express its qualities. The emotion conveyed through each BOVET timepiece leads Pascal Raffy to say that they are made to be experienced. The enchanting, almost human and vibrant expression of the face of this Récital 10 certainly confirms this reality more powerfully than ever.

The indications are distinctly laid out to enhance readability. The central hours and minutes are displayed by the House’s legendary pair of serpentine hands. The identically shaped power reserve hand at 12 o’clock marks off the 7-day autonomy on an exquisitely rimmed circular indicator.

The symmetry, the balance and the proportions must indeed be experienced in order to appreciate their extreme perfection. Another subtle symbol of this fusion lies in the seamless integration of the arms of the upper carriage bridge – stemming from Récital 0 within the perfect cut-out shape of the dial borrowed from Récital 1. The finely bevelled edges of these two elements are aligned with a precision that only a human hand could achieve. The contrasting colours and finishes between the two components sublimates each of them and at the same time contributes to achieving harmony between the two original inspirations. Finally, the circular Côtes de Genève adorning the dial radiates out from the tourbillon axis rather than from the centre of the timepiece itself.

After checking the time that is indicated, the gaze is naturally drawn to this concentric layout to the very heart and soul of the timepiece: the centre of the tourbillon which smiles at the collector in an infinitely appealing manner – once again confirming that this new interpretation by Pascal Raffy and his teams effectively celebrates the perfect juxtaposition between fine craftsmanship and technical sophistication as well as between historical heritage and innovative future.

Technical details
Model: Récital 10 7-Day Tourbillon

Case
Case type: DIMIER
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness with glass: 12.80mm
Thickness without glass: 11.50mm
Water-resistance: 30m
Case material: 18K red or white gold

Strap
Hand-stitched, full skin alligator
Buckle: 18K red or white gold ardillon

Movement
Calibre 15BM03
Type: Mechanical hand-wound
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
Diameter: 15’’’
Tourbillon’s carriage diameter: 13.50mm
Tourbillon’s carriage weight: 0.49gr
Power reserve: 7 days
Tourbillon: 1 minute
Number of components: 363

Functions
Hours, minutes, power reserve
Tourbillon

Edition
Limited Edition of 50 timepieces in red gold and 50 in white gold

AUDEMARS PIGUET - Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph Limited Edition

AUDEMARS PIGUET, the legendary Swiss watch Manufacture based in Le Brassus unveils Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph, a limited edition timepiece model equipped with complications and clothed in a case inspired by that of a 1920s cushion-shaped pocket watch belonging to its private museum.Unveiled at SIHH 2013,  the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph is produced in two  10-piece limited editions: one in pink and white gold, and the other in titanium and white gold.

The first version, featuring a pink gold case middle topped by a white gold bezel, associated with an anthracite dial, pink gold hands and hour-markers, lends the model an original and timeless charm.  The other version with its titanium case middle and white gold bezel offers the wearer the best possible auditory experience when the minute repeater is in operation. Few people are aware that the quality of the sound emitted by a watch largely depends on the metal from which the case is made, as well as its volume. The larger the case and the lighter and harder the materials, the more it enables the acoustic waves to expand. The 47 mm titanium case thereby maximises the sound volume, thus enhancing connoisseurs’ listening pleasure.
In addition to its original design, this extraordinary instrument also houses an exceptional movement combining highly sought-after horological complications including a tourbillon regulator and a minute repeater mechanism. Assembled within a single mechanism and complemented by a chronograph function, they form a rare and outstanding whole.

The appealingly curved case of the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph accommodates a mechanical hand-wound 13 ¼-ligne (29.90 mm) calibre that is  7.65 mm thick and comprises 504 parts – of which some of the individual elements and mechanical subsets are visible through the transparent case-back. Moreover, the  83 parts composing the one-minute rotating tourbillon with its balance oscillating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour may be admired through the dial opening, thus enabling the owner of this fantastic instrument to revel in the sight of this 0.4 gram regulator of which the constant revolutions are designed to enhance the precision of the watch.
This exceptional timepiece is also superbly crafted by hand according to the highest Fine Watchmaking standards in order to reveal meticulously worked parts fully respectful of tradition.

The patient finishing work, to which specialised artisans devote hundreds of hours, is clearly visible through the transparent case-back. Finishes such as bevelling, recesses, sinks and sandblasting are required countless hours of fine craftsmanship and incredible dexterity, in a process amounting to around one-third of the price of the movement. Among the techniques used to make this movement visually appealing, bevelling is undoubtedly the most highly appreciated manual technique, as well as that which requires the greatest accuracy. This exercise, which calls for years of experience, consists in using a file to cut down the edges of components and in polishing them with a slightly curved burnisher, so as to highlight the rim by enabling the light to play across the bevels. These finishes serve historically functional purpose, by protecting the movement against dust and humidity, and thus any risk of oxidation. Nonetheless, these finishes and decorations will only effectively magnify the beauty of the mechanism if the technique involved in this art is fully mastered. It is indeed a form of art fully mastered by Audemars Piguet and continually applied to our products. Functionality meets aesthetics in these infinitely delicate operations. This aesthetic treatment of the mechanism powerfully reveals this meticulous workmanship, executed to perfection at Audemars Piguet.
In the case of this model, each part has been treated with infinite care. Some components, such as the hammers of the minute repeater striking mechanism which are visible through the case-back, combine two finishes entailing highly complex execution: a mirror polish that is so fine that artisans even joke among themselves that “a glance is enough to scratch it”; along with a bevelling featuring interior and external angles embodying the ultimate expression of the artist’s mastery. These specific angles, which can be easily pinpointed in the mechanism, may be viewed as the secret signature of the artisan, and provide undeniable proof of the authenticity of a work performed by hand because no machine could possibly produce this type of finish.
These two intense and exceptional models, with their cases featuring a particularly distinctive design, share the same Manufacture Audemars Piguet hand-wound Calibre 2874, partially visible through the case-back and ensuring a 48-hour power reserve. This watch interpreted in pink and white gold version fitted with an alligator strap is secured to the wrist by a pink gold folding clasp, while the titanium and white gold version of this Tradition watch comes with a white gold folding clasp.

Technical details
Movement
Proprietary Calibre 2874, hand-wound
Total diameter: 29.90 mm (13¼ lines)
Movement thickness: 7.65 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Number of parts: 504
Minimum guaranteed power reserve: 48 hrs
Cadence of the balance: 21,600 vph

Case
Titanium case (47 mm), glareproofed sapphire crystal and case-back, 18K white gold crown, bezel, pushpieces and case-back.

Dial
Silvered opaline dial, pink gold applied Arabic numerals and hands.

Functions
Tourbillon, chronograph, minute repeater striking on 2 gongs, hours, minutes, small seconds.

Specific Characteristics
Triple complication movement
Column-wheel chronograph mechanism
30-minute counter
Hand-finished bridges and mainplate
Hand-finished cut-out parts (polished bevels, straight-grained on top and matt surface underneath)

Strap
Hand-sewn black “large square scales” crocodile leather with 18K white gold AP folding clasp.

Reference
26564IC.OO.D002CR.01
10-piece limited edition

Friday, May 3, 2013

TUDOR Heritage Advisor

This year the TUDOR Heritage Advisor, which was first presented in 2011, features a two-tone dial in shades of velvety black with a modern, contemporary spirit enhancing the strong character of this highly technological watch.

A true expression of TUDOR’s vintage spirit, the Advisor is a modern version of the emblematic 1957 alarm watch. Its movement is equipped with a mechanical alarm clock module, exclusively developed by TUDOR and featuring a perfectly uniform crisp clear sound.

With added modern flair, this timekeeper conserves the original shape and proportions of the middle case, lugs, and bezel, the familiar Dauphine hands and bevelled hour markers, as well as the characteristically shaped red alarm hand.
The case diameter has been increased from 34 mm to 42 mm to suit today’s tastes. The disc at 3 o’clock indicates the status of the alarm power reserve. The alarm function is activated via a specially shaped pusher at 8 o’clock, and its ON/OFF indicator is displayed in a dial aperture at 9 o’clock. The date is indicated by a hand on the counter at 6 o’clock. The winding crown at 2 o’clock is engraved with the name ADVISOR and is used to set the alarm. The crown at 4 o’clock is delicately decorated with the TUDOR rose from the original dial and is used to access the winding, time-setting and date-changing functions.

The watch is fitted with either a vintage-size satin-fi nished three-piece link steel bracelet, or an alligator leather strap with a folding clasp and a safety catch. For an added touch of elegance and refinement, the new Advisor also comes with an additional black fabric strap decorated with raised rows of interwoven satin. This retro chic strap represents the innovative nature of TUDOR. By uniting weaving and watchmaking for the first time, TUDOR showcases a traditional craft and brings a new dimension to the watch, expressing a style that is both unique and exceptionally comfortable to wear.

Technical details
Ø 42 mm titanium and steel case with polished and satin finish
Smooth steel bezel
Self-winding mechanical movement, TUDOR calibre 2892 with additional mechanism for a mechanical alarm clock, exclusively developed by TUDOR
Power reserve of approximately 42 hours
Steel winding crown at 4 o’clock, engraved with the TUDOR rose
Steel winding crown at 2 o’clock for the alarm function, engraved with ADVISOR
Steel pusher at 8 o’clock to activate the alarm function
ON/OFF indicator for the alarm function in an aper ture at 9 o’clock
Alarm power reserve shown on a disc at 3 o’clock
Date hand and counter at 6 o’clock
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 100 m (330 ft)
Steel bracelet or alligator leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch
Additional fabric strap with buckle supplied with watch

TUDOR Glamour Date 26 mm

A striking expression of the brand’s trademark retro-chic style, with its hallmarks of elegance and sophistication, the TUDOR Glamour line offers a broad range of features and functions: from the 42 mm Double Date models to the 36 and 31 mm Date watches and the 39 mm Date-Day models, the selection is exquisite and varied. A 26 mm model, an irresistible object of seduction, has now been added. Smooth, suave and suggestive, the latest newcomer to the TUDOR line will enhance the daintiest of wrists.

Waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), and fi tted with a self-winding mechanical movement, the new TUDOR Glamour Date 26 mm is offered in two versions, in steel or a gold-and-steel combination, with matching bracelet and a folding clasp, or on a black patent leather strap, also with a folding clasp.
Technical details
References 51000 and 51003
Ø 26 mm steel case with polished finish
Steel or steel and 18 ct. yellow gold double bezel with polished finish
Self-winding mechanical movement, TUDOR calibre 2671
Power reserve of approximately 38 hours
Screw-down winding crown in steel or 18 ct. yellow gold with the TUDOR logo
Date at 3 o’clock
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 100 m (330 ft)
Steel or steel and 18 ct. yellow gold bracelet with folding clasp and safety catch; or leather strap with folding clasp

TUDOR - FASTRIDER BLACK SHIELD

The new TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield features an extraordinary totally black mono-bloc case in high-tech black matt ceramic. It is also an extraordinary – totally black – timepiece. It is a chronograph with a fiery temperament adding its energy to a TUDOR line dedicated to speed and top performance. So much so that, if it were compared to a dream motorcycle, throbbing with power and feeling, the TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield would undoubtedly be associated with a bike without equal.

In this spirit, and to accompany the launch of the TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield, TUDOR – in collaboration with its partner, Ducati – has customized the one-of-a-kind Diavel Carbon model with a black matt finish on the whole motorcycle and signature red highlighting on the details. These two mechanical machines, statements of extreme strength and masculinity, call for being presented in a world of untamed power and elements unleashed.
Monolithic and scratch-proof, the TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield’s monobloc case in matt black ceramic is an archetype in its genre. It is fashioned using high-tech injected ceramic – not ceramic applied to another material as a coating – entirely in one process. The whole case is produced as a single piece – a unique operation for watches in this segment. In addition to the noble aesthetics of this chronograph, the extremely complex procedure adopted for its manufacture – a result of technological expertise acquired in perfecting the bezel for the Pelagos line – ensures that both the middle case and bezel are exceptionally reliable and resistant.

Waterproof to a depth of 150 metres (500 feet) and fitted with direct-action pushers and a screw-down crown in PVD-treated steel, the 42 mm case houses a self-winding chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The matt finish selected for this monobloc case shows off to particular advantage the clean curves and taut lines of this chronograph. It also accentuates the watch’s dimensions and the tachymetric scale engraved on the bezel. The strength emanating from the case is highlighted by the red features – including the luminescent material – that punctuate the dial. A red seal placed under the sapphire crystal – evidence of rigorous attention to detail – enhances the presence of this model, a perfect tribute to TUDOR’s colour codes. A unique statement of precision and performance, this chronograph is available with either a rubber strap or a leather strap with red stitching.
TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield is also offered in a version combining the matt black of the case and dial with a bronze tint on the hands and hour-markers. This version is available with either a rubber strap or a beige Alcantara® strap with black stitching

Technical details
Ø 42 mm matt black ceramic case with bead-blasted finish and monobloc middle case
Fixed matt black ceramic bezel with engraved tachymetric scale
Self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, TUDOR calibre 7753
Power reserve of approximately 46 hours
Screw-down winding crown in black PVD-coated steel engraved with the TUDOR logo, double water-proofness system
Chronograph pushers in black PVD-coated steel at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock
30-minute totalizer at 3 o’clock and 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock
Small seconds hand at 9 o’clock
Date at 4.30
Rapid date corrector with PVD shield motif at 9 o’clock on the middle case
Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 150 m (500 ft)
Leather or rubber strap with black PVD-coated folding clasp and safety catch

URWERK UR-110PTH Limited Edition

After Platinum bezel UR – 110 PT model, URWERK now unveils the blackened platinum-bezel limited edition of the UR-110.  The UR-110PTH is a timepiece of contrast: red on black to be precise. With its imposing, reinforced blackened bezel, sand-blasted for a stunning matte finish, the UR-110PTH just oozes strong character. URWERK were pioneers in blackening platinum with the UR-103 Blackbird back in 2006. With the metal’s natural sheen disguised, only the weight of the UR-110PTH betrays the presence of the platinum.
Technical details
Case
Case in Grade 5 titanium
Bezel: 950 blackened platinum
Limited edition of 20 pieces
Two-position crown with integrated crown protector
Water resistance: 10m/30'/3ATM

Movement
Caliber: UR 9.01 mechanical, automatic winding
Balance: Monometallic
Frequency: 28,800 vph, 4Hz
Jewels: 46
Balance spring: Flat
Power source: Single barrel
Power reserve: 39 hours
Winding system: Uni-directional winding rotor regulated by two turbines

Indications
Revolving satellite complication with rotating hour/minute modules mounted on planetary gears. Control Board: “Day/Night” indicator; “Oil Change” alerting service intervals and small seconds.

Cuervo y Sobrinos - Historiador Flameante

At Baselworld 2013, Cuervo y Sobrinos unveiled a new model based on a vintage exemplar: an ultra-thin watch Cuervo y Sobrinos designed in the 1950s. The new Historiador Flameante is a contemporary reworking of an exquisite design with formal harmony that also reveals the brand’s know-how and technical skills. The name of the watch derives from the special workmanship on the dial, a prized and exclusive “flamed” effect (“flameante”, in Spanish).
Its ultra-thin (only 2.5 mm) manually wound movement with second hands is housed in a pink gold case that is perfectly proportioned (40 mm in diameter, 6.2 thick). From its sapphire crystal caseback you can admire its careful detailing: the Côtes de Genève pattern on the movement plate, the anthracite-treated balance bridge, and the azure-coated screws. The words “Testimony of style since 1882” engraved around the movement emphasize the impeccable taste that has always distinguished Cuervo y Sobrinos styling.Completing the look is a premium Louisiana alligator strap.
Technical details
Model: HISTORIADOR FLAMEANTE
Model Ref 3130.9

Versions available
3130.9FA argenté
3130.9FG gun metal

Movement
Manual-wind, ETA 7001
Height 2.50 mm
Diameter 23.30 mm
17 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Anthracite-treated balance bridge and fan-out "Côte de Genève" pattern on the movement plate
'Testimony of style since 1882' engraved around the movement

Functions
Hours, minutes, with second hand at 6

Case
18k gold 5N
Diameter 40 mm
Height 6.2 mm
Convex crystal with anti-reflection treatment
Water resistant to 3 ATM
Caseback in transparent sapphire crystal

Dial
CyS logo embossed at 12
Hours and minutes with superluminova

Strap
Louisiana alligator
Buckle: In 18k gold

ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland – Introduction

The new Swiss watch brand - ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland- is founded by the famous watch designer Rodolphe and Sylvain Bourgeois in 2012. Reflecting the spirit of the brand, the models are contemporary, easy going and combine strong design with the high quality of the finishes. Dials and bracelets are proposed in a multitude of contemporary and attractive colours. Totally trendy, the watch ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland is beautiful and pleasant to wear.

ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland has given itself the mission of designing quality watches with elegant and refined finishes. The models want to be contemporaneous, harmonious and accessible. ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland has, as a vision, to create constantly « unique » collections, with a strong identity. Quality of work, respect of the materials, attention to details and satisfaction of the customer are the fundamental values of the brand.
ROD CAMOUFLAGE - DEEP FOREST-  SPECIAL EDITION
Decorated with exclusive screws, the watch cases are made out of stainless- steel. Presented in three sizes that combine polishing and fine-brushed, a subtle mix, which illuminates the purity of the lines of the models. The original dials are structured in levels and their profiles intensify thanks to the various colours. The Swiss movement guarantees an extreme precision. The screw-in crown is protected by a protection which ensures comfort to the wrist and gives character to the models.
ROD iCONIC CHRONOGRAPH

ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland was born from the association of watch making know-how and of the common passion. Marc Corven, marketing specialist, and Sylvain Bourgeois, engineer, spent twenty years at the service of the famed names of the watch industry. In 2012, they decided to establish LuxRod SA in Neuchâtel and to put their creativity, technical and innovative qualities at the service of a new brand which they want to be just like them: daring and generous but also respectful and rigorous.

Founders - Marc Corven & Sylvain Bourgeois
Marc Corven, CEO LuxRod SA, began his career in the watch industry in 1991, at Seiko Yema (France). In 1997, he becomes Chef Financial Officer at Mauboussin group. Right arm of Richard Mille, he develops products and sales network around the world. Three years later, they create a company of consultancy and marketing, which designs and manufactures “Private Label” watches. Specialist in marketing and management in companies, in 2005, he settles down to Dubaï and opens a marketing company for watches, jewellery and writing instruments. In 2007, he is named General Manager of Al Sayegh Jewellery in Abu Dhabi, a chain of stores for which he sets up the strategy of development. In 2012, rich of varied experiences, he starts the brand ROD ORIGINAL DESIGN of Switzerland in Neuchâtel, in collaboration with Sylvain Bourgeois.

COO of LuxRod SA, Sylvain Bourgeois is Engineer and business manager with a strong experience in the watch manufacturing. He began his career in 1994 at Rolex SA in Geneva in research and development and later also in production management. After nine years, he joined the family business and he took part in achieving famous watch movements as Harry Winston’s Opus 10. He is also credited with the concept of De Grisogono Meccanico DG. For five years, he was teaching watch engineering at the Technical School of La Vallée de Joux. In 2012, he decided to found LuxRod SA in Neuchâtel, in collaboration with Marc Corven.

Collections
- iCONIC Grande Date
- iCONIC Chronograph
- Special Editions


Official website: www.rodwatches.ch

DeWitt - New Academia Steel - Grande Date and Hora Mundi

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Manufacture, Dewitt is demonstrating its innovative side by launching the very first steel version of its iconic Academia timepiece in a limited series of 200 in 2013.

With a young, contemporary and trendy feel, the New Academia Steel updates the Dewitt DNA with an avant-garde "sporty-chic" design, targeting a young, dynamic clientele, passionate about watches.

The New Academia Steel meets the very highest standards of finish adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture: satin-finished, polished and chamfered surfaces. This high quality work can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back, also revealing a delicate DeWitt rotor.
Featuring the famous DeWitt imperial column motif and with the exclusive notched bezel of the Academia, the model either comes with a sleek steel strap, a first for the watchmaker, or a resolutely contemporary rubber strap. There are also two small "W" signatures on the crown and on the buckle.

There are two equally avant-garde ways of telling the time on offer, with the Grande Date and Hora Mundi versions of the dials, crafted in their entirety at the Manufacture and illustrating once again Dewitt’s watchmaking excellence. The New Academia Steel celebrates the anniversary of the Dewitt Manufacture with all the artistry and expertise of the great Swiss tradition of watchmaking.

ACADEMIA STEEL GRANDE DATE (NAC.GDE.001)
Movement
Calibre: Reference DW1501
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 30 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, big date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: Dewitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Jewelling: 48 jewels

Case
Case: Round with 24 DeWitt Imperial columns on the bezel
Material: Steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.21 mm
Crown: Steel, Dewitt design, polished, embossed “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water resistance 30 metres

Dial
Black dial with sunray pattern
Silvered Roman numeral appliques
Date aperture at 12 o’clock
Hours engraved on silvered central appliqué
Silvered flange with index appliqués

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the shape of doubleedged swords
Seconds: black

Bracelet
Bracelet Steel or rubber strap
Buckle Folding clasp, polished, engraved “W” signature

Edition
Limited Edition: 200 Pieces

ACADEMIA STEEL HORA MUNDI (NAC.HMI.001)
Movement
Calibre: Reference DW2021
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, dual time zone
Power reserve: 42 hours
Rotor: Dewitt design with “Côtes de Genève” pattern
Vibrations: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Jewelling: 46 jewels

Case
Round case with 24 DeWitt Imperial columns on the bezel
Material: Steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.21 mm
Crown: Steel, DeWitt design, polished, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs:  21 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black dial with sunray pattern
Roman numeral appliques and grey colour tone railroad
Silvered central applique with date
Dual time zone and the indication of 24 international cities

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the shape of doubleedged swords
Seconds: black

Bracelet
Bracelet Steel or rubber strap
Buckle Folding clasp, polished, engraved “W” signature

Edition
Limited Edition: 200 Pieces

DeWitt ACADEMIA MIRABILIS (New Models)

The DeWitt Manufacture is marking its tenth anniversary by unveiling two new interpretations of its Academia Mirabilis watch, which this year comes robed in pink gold, white gold and titanium, matched with the soft hues of bronze- and glacier coloured PVD coating.

The Academia Mirabilis continues to flaunt its powerful masculinity with its uncompromising geometry, alongside DeWitt’s traditional 24 imperial columns sculpted in the flange, the notches on the bezel and the open-worked dial giving a plunging view into the heart of the movement.
Like the four o’clock flower, also known as Mirabilis, which opens at dusk, the subtly drawn open-work between 7 and 12 o’clock offers a view of the delicate gear trains, the fine sand-blasting of its main plate and its hand-crafted finishes. The layering of the various levels on the dial adds relief and gives the watch an impression of depth. The sunray decoration creates a uniquely shimmering effect. The 18 carat pink or white gold rings set off the notches of the titanium bezel with its bronze- or glacier-coloured PVD coating, giving it a very distinctive geometric look and an uncompromising aesthetic.

The 44 mm diameter case has a highly developed four-piece construction requiring over 200 operations, and houses a self-winding mechanical movement with a 48- hour power reserve. The watch’s 28,800 vibrations per hour ensure an extremely high level of accuracy. The black rubber strap also helps drive home its technical and avant-garde aesthetic.
At every level, this new timepiece lives up perfectly to the very high standards of finishing adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture, with surfaces polished, bead-blasted and bevelled. There is also a “W” engraved on the crown as well as on the buckle.

With its subtle associations of materials and colours, and stark masculinity, the new Academia Mirabilis watch flaunts its pure DeWitt aesthetic without compromise.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre: Reference DW0090
Mechanical self-winding movement
Diameter: 30.40 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds
Power reserve: 48 hours
Rotor: DeWitt design in rose gold colour tone with open-work “W” signature
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Balance: 3-armed, made in Glucydur
Spiral: Flat
Escapement: 50° angle of lift
Jewelling 23 jewels
Number of components: 174

ACADEMIA MIRABILIS (AC.MI.003)
Case
Round case with Dewitt Imperial columns on sides and bezel
Material: 18-carat rose gold and titanium with bronze PVD treatment
Diameter: 44 mm
Total thickness: 13.25 mm
Crown: Titanium with bronze PVD treatment, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water resistance 30 metres

Dial
Dial Brown with sun motif at the centre, sunray motif on the rim.
Open-work between 7 and 12
Large Roman numerals at 3 and 6
Large and small rose gold colour markers between 12 and 6

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of doubleedged swords
Seconds: thin, elegant central hand

Strap
Wristband: Black rubber
Buckle: Pin buckle in titanium with bronze PVD treatment, polished, engraved “W” signature


ACADEMIA MIRABILIS (AC.MI.004)
Case
Round case with Dewitt Imperial columns on sides and bezel
Material: 18-carat white gold and titanium with ice-blue PVD treatment
Diameter: 44 mm
Total thickness: 13.25 mm
Crown: Titanium with ice-blue PVD treatment, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water resistance 30 metres

Dial
Dial Black with sun motif at the centre, sunray motif on the rim.
Open-work between 7 and 12
Large Roman numerals at 3 and 6
Large and small rose gold colour markers between 12 and 6

Hands
Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of doubleedged swords
Seconds: thin, elegant central hand

Strap
Strap: Black rubber
Buckle: Pin buckle in titanium with ice-blue PVD treatment, polished, engraved “W” signature

DeWitt TWENTY-8-EIGHT TOURBILLON Limited Edition (New Models)

Conceived and sketched out for the first time one August 28, the Twenty-8-Eight watch is a friendly nod to Monsieur Jérôme de Witt’s illustrious ancestor, Napoleon Bonaparte, proclaimed “Emperor of the French” by the Senate on the 28th day of Floréal in the revolutionary calendar. The new Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon also harks back to Monsieur de Witt’s imperial heritage, and above all to the deep passion for watchmaking which has stayed with his family down the generations.

Equipped with the calibre DW8028 incorporating the first tourbillon movement entirely developed and produced within the Manufacture, its rather classic construction relies on tried and tested ancestral technical parameters: 18,000 Vph and 72 hours of power reserve. The movement has a Swiss lever escapement with a variable inertia balance wheel and a Breguet overcoil balance spring sequenced at 2.5 Hz. The balance wheel, escapement wheel and pallet are in 18 carat yellow gold.
Its stylish aesthetic plays on contrasts with a bold combination of noble materials with innovative style: 18-carat pink or white gold and titanium with a bronze- or glacier-coloured PVD coating. The new dials of the Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon have a two part design. On the upper part, the two vertical appliques are inspired by a very masculine and imposing Art Deco construction with a futurist touch. The lower part of the dial opens onto a beautiful large circular-grained circle which frames the heart of the movement displaying the visible beating of the tourbillon.

On the two new bronze and glacier versions, the crown, buckle and the case attachment screws are in 18 carat gold. The Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon lives up perfectly to the very high standards of finishing adopted by the DeWitt Manufacture. Entirely carried out by hand, the finishing work is of a rare quality and can be observed through the sapphire glass back. The barrel and the tourbillon carriage bridges are painstakingly bevelled and decorated with “Côtes de Genève”.

A small plaque bearing the signature of the master watchmaker is to be found on the back of the watch, on the barrel bridge, a token of the passion and extreme care put into making each timepiece. If forges a direct link between the customer and the master watchmaker. Indeed, to ensure perfect quality of the finished product, DeWitt makes it a point of honour that each watch is assembled, adjusted and tested by a single master watchmaker from start to finish.

The two new Twenty-8-Eight Tourbillon models are produced in limited editions of 99 pieces each.

TWENTY-8-EIGHT TOURBILLON (T8.TH.015), Limited Edition: 99 Pieces

Movement
Calibre: Reference DW8028
Mechanical manually-wound movement integrating a Tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 33 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 18,000 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Spiral with Breguet curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 19 jewels
Number of components: 185

Case
Round case with DeWitt Imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat white gold and titanium with ice-blue PVD treatment
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness: 10.28 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between: lugs 21 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Dial Grey featuring two ice-blue “Art Deco” appliques. Index,
Roman numeral and Arabic numeral appliques in rose gold colour tone.
Large rose gold colour tone circle embracing the Tourbillon movement
Hands: Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of double-edged swords

Strap
Blue alligator
18-carat white gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

TWENTY-8-EIGHT TOURBILLON (T8.TH.016), Limited Edition: 99 Pieces
Movement
Calibre: Reference DW8028
Mechanical manually-wound movement integrating a Tourbillon manufactured by DeWitt
Diameter: 33 mm
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 18,000 vph
Balance: Variable-inertia balance
Spiral: Spiral with Breguet curve sequenced at 2.5 Hz.
Escapement: 44° angle of lift
Jewelling: 19 jewels
Number of components: 185

Case
Round case with DeWitt Imperial columns on the sides
Material: 18-carat rose gold and titanium with bronze PVD treatment
Diameter: 43 mm
Total thickness 10.28 mm
Crown: 18-carat rose gold, polished, ring in blackened titanium, “W” signature
Case back: Sapphire crystal with safety screws
Distance between lugs: 21 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Dial Black featuring two “Art Deco” appliques with a bronze PVD treatment.
Index, Roman numeral and Arabic numeral appliques in rose gold colour tone.
Large rose gold colour tone circle embracing the Tourbillon movement
Hands: Hours and minutes: open-work hands in the form of double-edged swords

Strap
Black alligator
Buckle: 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, polished, engraved “W” signature

IWC Schaffhausen - Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013”

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC has recently unveiled  a Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013” model to honour the world famous Tribeca Film Festival with.  As the Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, the iconic watch brand confirms a clear connection with the filmmaking industry in the country that was home to its founder, Florentine Ariosto Jones.

The Festival has screened more than 1,400 films from over 80 countries since its inception in 2002. It was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district.

IWC Schaffhausen is producing 100 pieces of the Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013” in stainless steel, together with a unique piece in platinum, which is reserved for auction by Antiquorum. The entire proceeds will go to support the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). TFI is a nonprofit arts organization that supports filmmakers with grants, professional development, and resources, while also helping students to discover film and filmmaking.


The Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL2013”, whose timeless elegance is matched by its technical perfection, makes a grand entrance as an example of classically beautiful watchmaking at its finest. With outstanding mechanical features, including the Pellaton winding system,7- day power reserve, and date display, it demonstrates that greatness is not only a question of size. The 50000-caliber family of large IWC-manufactured movements was originally developed for the Portuguese Automatic to mark the start of the new millennium, and once again featured the Pellaton winding system and 7-day power reserve. The movement subsequently received a date display, which has made the Portuguese more practical for everyday use. With its small seconds display at “9 o’clock” and its power reserve display on the opposite side of the dial at “3 o’clock” – both claret-colored –, the special edition commemorating the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival sets the tone for a spectacular event.

The hands, numerals, and hour markers set against the slate-colored dial are rhodium plated, and the see-through sapphire-glass back provides an unimpeded view of the fascinating movement. The 18-carat gold medallion bears the logo of the Tribeca Film Festival and the milled lettering “One out of 100” is a reminder that only very few watch lovers will be able to secure this extra-special edition. The Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL2013” will be available exclusively from official IWC retailers in the USA.

Technical details
Features
Mechanical movement with automatic Pellaton winding system and 7-day power reserve
Date display
Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock
Breguet spring
Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion bearing the logo of the Tribeca Film Festival
Limited edition of 100 watches with the engraving “One out of 100”
Available exclusively from official IWC retailers in the USA

Movement
Calibre 51011
Frequency 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Jewels 42
Power reserve 7 days (168 h)
Winding automatic

Case, dial & strap
Materials: stainless-steel case with slate-colored dial, claret-colored small seconds and power reserve subdials, black alligator leather strap with stainless-steel folding clasp
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: see-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 42.3 mm
Case height: 14 mm
REF. IW500126

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