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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

BOMBERG 1968 Collection – Sports Watches and Chronographs for Real Men

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

RAYMOND WEIL Freelancer Lady Urban Black

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

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

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

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

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

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

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

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

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

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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jaipur Watch Company - Exquisite Hand Crafted Watches from Pink City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Sinosphere – Limited Edition

The Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Sinosphere is based on the Hemisphere world-time watch, which was launched earlier this year, depicts all 24 time zones at a glance, and is available in two models – one for the Northern and one for the Southern Hemisphere.

For the TimeWalker World-Time Sinosphere the Northern Hemisphere model - on which the names of places and cities in the Northern Hemisphere represent the world’s 24 time zones - was naturally chosen as basis. Exclusively on the World-Time Sinosphere, the UTC +8* time zone is not signified by Beijing or Hong Kong (as on most other world-time watches), but by the word “CHINA” clearly printed in red.
The specialness of this new timepiece is also evident in the design of its dial, the centre of which is occupied by a gleaming red gold appliqué depicting a map of China surrounded by the pale grey contours of its neighbouring land masses. Rotating around the Middle Kingdom is the entire world, or rather the world-time ring with its 24-hour scale which, using red for nighttime hours and grey for daytime hours, shows the hour and the time of day or night in whichever zone is oppositely positioned along the dial’s periphery.

A red gold plated sword-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, each with luminous coating, sweep above this scene, as does a slim counterpoised second-hand. This trio shows the time in the wearer’s current zone by sweeping past Arabic numerals and indexes coated with red gold and applied along the dial’s periphery. To further express the exclusiveness of this special model, which is made in a limited series of 88 timepieces, the words “CHINA EDITION” appear in golden micro-print at “7 o’clock”.
The dial is surrounded by a 42-mm bicolour case with a middle piece made of stainless steel and a bezel of 18 karat 5N red gold. Likewise made of 5N red gold, the finely fluted crown is inset with Montblanc’s emblem, which for decades has already adorned the writing instruments of countless heads of state. This watch is worn either on a brown alligator-leather strap with large reptilian scales and a stainless steel pin buckle or on a bicolour metal bracelet made of stainless steel with 18 karat red gold caps and secured by a triple-folding clasp.

A sapphire crystal in the back reveals the winding rotor and the movement, which boast the quality characteristics of Swiss watchmaking tradition. Self-winding mechanical Calibre MB 4810/410 shows the hours, minutes and seconds in the selected local zone, as well as the times in all 24 of the globe’s time zones. The date appears in a window at “6 o’clock”, is coupled with the dial-train, and refers to the local time shown by the hands. After celebrating its world premiere at Watches & Wonders 2013 in Hong Kong, this model will be available starting in January 2014.

With regard to the rules governing time zones, China is one of the most interesting nations and relies on a globally unique system. Russia, which extends 9,000 km from east to west, spans ten time zones (UTC +3* to UTC +12). The USA, which stretches 4,500 km from east to west, is divided into four time zones (UTC -5 to UTC -8).

But despite the facts that China extends 4,200 km from its easternmost to its westernmost province and spans five different time zones, the whole country uses China Standard Time CST (UTC +8). This means that people who live in eastern China tend to rise too late in the morning and that their countrymen in western China must awaken several hours earlier than is customary – along with all the advantages and disadvantages when their clocks tell them to quit work each evening.

Unified timekeeping is one factor that has contributed to the speedy and powerful upswing that China has undergone during the past thirty years. To enclose a huge territory and 1.3 billion residents in just one time zone also means that everything functions, and everyone works and communicates, in a unified time system. Attendance times are uniformly valid nationwide in offices and factories, as well as in agriculture and transportation.

When someone phones from east to west in the morning, he always encounters open ears – even if day has long since dawned in the east and night still reigns in the west. With China Standard Time, this export-oriented economic power also offers its foreign trade partners a decisive advantage when they contact Chinese partners: a foreigner needs only to bear in mind the time difference between China and his location, and he needn’t consider any time differences within China. It’s a small but important part in the mosaic of China’s economic success.

Universal Time Coordinated is the basis for officially valid time worldwide. UTC is measured from the prime meridian, which starts at the North Pole, passes through the observatory in Greenwich (England), and ends at the South Pole. UTC ±0 prevails throughout England.

Time zones located to the east between Greenwich and the 180° meridian are designated as UTC +X, where X is the time difference in hours between Greenwich and each easterly zone. Zones situated to the west between Greenwich and the 180° meridian are similarly designated UTC -X. For example: Beijing is eight hours ahead of UTC ±0 and lies in the UTC +8 time zone; Los Angeles is seven hours behind UTC ±0 and is situated in the UTC -7 time zone.

UTC is always the same and doesn’t distinguish between summer and winter time. Its passage is measured by caesium clocks, which err from perfect timekeeping by only one second every twenty million years.

Introduced at Watches & Wonders 2013 in Hong Kong, the Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Sinosphere time-zone watch is available in a limited edition of 88 timepieces.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Sinosphere – Limited Edition
(Ident. 110323/ Ident. 110324)

Movement
Calibre MB 4810/410
Movement Type: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of Jewels: 21
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hrs.
Frequency: 28.800/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: flat
Indications: Central hours, minutes and seconds, world time indication with 24 hour time zones and 24 hour hour-disc, date window at 6 o‘clock

Features
Material: Stainless steel, 18 K red gold bezel, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Dimensions: Ø 42 mm; height: 12,05 mm
Water Resistance: to 3 bar (30 m)
Dial: Silver-coloured dial with red gold-plated numerals and indexes, China highlighted in center of the dial and on the peripherical ring and «China Edition» secret writing at 7 o’clock, red gold-plated luminescent hands, flange with 24 city names of the northern hemisphere
Central 24 hour hour-disc with day/night indication
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem
Strap/Bracelet: Model 110323 - Brown alligator-leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Model 110324 - Stainless steel strap with 18 k red gold caps and stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem

Unveiled at “Watches & Wonders” exhibition in Hong Kong on 25 September 2013,  the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem is a classically beautiful watch that combine this brand’s unmistakable aesthetic and the traditional Swiss art of watchmaking.

For more than fifteen years, the distinguishing features of the Montblanc Star Collection have been classical forms, materials, techniques and embellishments with a beauty that has been appreciated for decades and that will continue to be admired in the future. This tradition continues with the new wristwatches in the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem, which will be manufactured solely with stainless steel cases. This cool, hard and brightly gleaming metal has long since leapt from casual, sporty, daily use and into the domain of luxurious elegance. This collection’s models range from a sleekly simple self-winding three-handed watch through the Chronograph UTC to the Quantième Complet: three different mechanical timepieces that share a unified look and the common denominator of an eye-catching red second-hand from the centre of the dial to symbolize “carpe diem”.

Carpe diem: few people have never heard or read this familiar Latin phrase, which is usually understood in its Epicurean interpretation as meaning “use the day”, i.e. as a reminder to overcome lethargy and get to work. But “carpe diem” is interpreted differently by the many people for whom life is an art. Construing the Latin aphorism to mean “enjoy the day”, they freely indulge in a bit of well-earned hedonism. Does “carpe diem” stand for an austere work ethic or lusty joie de vivre? None but its author, the Ancient Roman poet Horace, can ultimately answer this question. In the final lines of the “Ode to Leuconae”, which Horace wrote in 23 BC or thereabouts, the bard urges his readers to enjoy the brief span of their lives and not to wait for tomorrow: “Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, i.e. “Seize the day, putting as little trust as possible in the next”. Whether Horace meant this as an appeal to industriousness or to the pleasures of the senses remains to be determined by historians, classical philologists and literary scholars, who have spent the past two millennia debating this question and failing to reach a consensus. We prefer to assume the validity of both interpretations and to focus on the heart of carpe diem: namely, the here and now. Our lives are finite. A day, after it has been spent, is forever gone and never returns. Time unalterably passes by the hour, the minute and the second, a fact that can be observed on the face of a clock or the dial of a watch, where the second-hand sweeps its circles and leaves the past irretrievably behind. The long, slender, bright red second-hand on the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem watches accordingly guides our gaze and reminds us, with each glance at these timepieces, that our lives occur here and now. What came before is past. What lies ahead is an uncertain future: we cannot predict what it will bring. That’s why Montblanc echoes Horace and proclaims: “Carpe diem!”

Carpe diem confronts Montblanc’s watchmakers with a twofold obligation. As masters of fine mechanics, they continue the centuries-old tradition of measuring the physical dimension of time with maximal precision, thus making it useful for human beings. Time measurement is a pillar of physics, without which such achievements as accurate navigation, industrial production, global commerce, communications satellites and much more would never have been possible. But time at Montblanc is also inseparably linked to its philosophical aspect. How do we deal with time, how do we use it, how do we cope with the contradiction of the endlessness of the phenomenon of time on the one hand and the radically delimited finitude of our own time on the other? Montblanc’s watchmakers devote their hearts and minds not only to watches as instruments for measuring and displaying time, but also to the contemplation of that which watches measure and display: precious time itself.

Both aspects motivate Montblanc’s watchmakers to seize the day, to use time wisely, and to enjoy their lives by practicing a profession that is also their greatest passion. For the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem, they have indeed made excellent use of their time and created precise timepieces that embody the best Swiss-made quality. And they have equipped each of these watches with a slender red second-hand whose ceaseless motion reminds us of time’s diverse aspects and priceless value.

A classically round wristwatch with a full calendar (i.e. date, day of the week, month and lunar phases) is a rare species. Either its calendar shows only the date or else the watch boasts a full-fledged perpetual calendar and costs several tens of thousands of euros. Montblanc closes the gap between both extremes with the Quantième Complet of the Star Special Edition Carpe Diem.
The name is indeed descriptive. Francophone watchmakers use the terms “quantième” to describe the calendar function and “complet” to mean “complete” or “full”. This latest model in the Montblanc Star Collection has a classically elegant dial that shows both the time of day or night and a full array of calendarical data. The date is indicated by a hand which culminates in a little red crescent that sweeps along a wreath of thirty-one digits around the dial’s periphery. In accord with the best tradition, the day of the week and the month appear in little windows arranged along a horizontal line at the “12”. The lower half of the dial is reserved for the moon-phase display, which also emulates the changing phases of this heavenly body during the day, when the real moon is either pale or entirely invisible. All this takes place on a dial that boasts all the attributes of timeless elegance. The centre bears a fine guilloche décor. The brand’s name is written on a cartouche at the “12”.

A wreath of black Roman numerals indicates the hours. This circle is concentrically succeeded by the minute-ring with its segmented scale. As already mentioned, the extreme periphery hosts the date-ring, which is calibrated from 1 to 31. A set of blued steel hands orbit above this noble background: the hours and minutes are indicated by feuille-shaped hands; the date by a baton hand with its little red crescent.

Completed by the red second-hand with its skeletonised distinctive Montblanc emblem as counterweight – that reminds us every second with 8 little movements: Carpe diem.

This classically handsome face is framed by an elegant, round, 42-mm-diameter stainless steel case with harmonious proportions. The dial is protected by a slightly domed sapphire crystal, which has received antireflective treatment. A screwed back with a transparent pane of sapphire crystal forms the case’s back and offers an unobstructed view of high-quality, self-winding, mechanical calibre MB 4810/912 which, with quintessentially Swiss precision, controls the displays of both the time and the calendarical information. If the watch has not been worn for a longer period of time, its movement can also be manually wound by turning the fluted, readily grasped crown, which is topped by Montblanc’s emblem. The date, day of the week, month and moon-phase displays can be quickly, simply and individually reset by pressing the corresponding buttons, which are built into the flank of the case. These buttons can be pressed with the tip of a little corrector wand that is delivered along with each watch. This timepiece is worn in the classical manner on a noble black alligator-leather strap that is closed and opened by a pronged buckle.

With its new Star Quantième Complet, Montblanc launchesa timepiece that possesses all the attributes of a genuine classic and combines sovereign elegance with masculine flair.

Quantième Complet a Chronograph UTC
The Star Special Edition Carpe Diem includes next to the Quantième Complet a Chronograph UTC with 42mm diameter case and a three-hand mechanical timepiece with a 39mm case, that is available either with black alligator strap or with stainless steel wristband.

Star Special Edition Carpe Diem (Ident 110703)
Movement
MB 4810/912
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
No. of jewels:25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hours, minutes and seconds on center dial
Date by hand
Day and month in window on a line at the ‘12’
Moonphase at the ‘6’

Features
Case: Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Stainless steel case back with sapphire crystal fixed by 6 screws
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in precious resin
Dial: White silver-coloured dial with central guilloche pattern, black indexes and numerals
Hands: Blued steel feuille and baton hands; red second-hand
Dimensions: Diameter 42  mm; Height 12.17 mm
Water resistant: to 3 bar / 30 m
Bracelet: Black Alligator-skin strap with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Star Special Edition Carpe Diem (Ident 110704)
Movement
MB 4810/503
Type of movement: Automatic chronograph with second time zone
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 46 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hour - minute - continuous second hands
Date display
24-hour display with second time zone
  
Features
Case: Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Stainless steel case back with sapphire crystal fixed by 6 screws
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in precious resin
Dial: White silver-coloured guilloché dial with black numerals
Hands: Blued steel feuille and baton hands; red second-hand
Dimensions: Diameter 42  mm; Height 14,72 mm
Water resistant: to 3 bar / 30 m
Bracelet: Black Alligator-skin strap with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Star Special Edition Carpe Diem (Ident 110705)
Movement
MB 4810/409
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hours, minutes and seconds on center dial
Date display by window
      
Features
Case: Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Stainless steel case back with sapphire crystal fixed by 6 screws
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in precious resin
Dial: White silver-coloured dial with centre guilloche pattern, black indexes and numerals
Hands: Blued steel feuille and baton hands; red second-hand
Dimensions: Diameter 39  mm; Height 9,95 mm
Water resistant: to 3 bar / 30 m
Bracelet: Black Alligator-skin strap with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Star Special Edition Carpe Diem (Ident 111090)
Movement
MB 4810/409
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
Number of jewels: 25
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Frequency: 28'800 bph (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Indications: Hours, minutes and seconds on center dial
Date display by window
      
Features
Case: Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Case back: Stainless steel case back with sapphire crystal fixed by 6 screws
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in precious resin
Dial: White silver-coloured dial with centre guilloche pattern, black indexes and numerals
Hands: Blued steel feuille and baton hands; red second-hand
Dimensions: Diameter 39  mm; Height 9,95 mm
Water resistant: to 3 bar / 30 m
Bracelet: Stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Friday, October 25, 2013

HUBLOT - Big Bang Ferrari Mexico Limited Edition

Hublot has unveiled an exclusive Ferrari-Stamped Hublot watch, a collector’s piece especially dedicated to Ferrari fans.

In 1980, Hublot pioneered the combination of gold and rubber, igniting a revolution in horology. Since then, Hublot has come to symbolize the Art of Fusion in watchmaking with its unique aesthetics. In November 2011, Hublot and Ferrari announced their partnership, with Hublot becoming the exclusive watchmaker of Ferrari.

This was not a simple question of creating a tie-in product, for licensing or sponsorship. It is a comprehensive agreement covering the full branding, marketing and communications spectrum, including “Official Watch” of Ferrari,“Official Timekeeper” of Ferrari, “Official Watch” of Scuderia Ferrari and “Official Timekeeper” of the Ferrari Challenge.

Mexico will now receive its very own set of exclusive limited edition Big Bang Ferrari timepieces. A true tribute to Mexico, 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 Hublot retailers in Mexico.
Clad in a shade of distinctive Green & Red housed in a 18K King Gold or Titanium casewith a cylindrical carbon fiber bezel, and black rubber and Schedoni leather strap with Red & Green 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 25 numbered timepieces available in 18K King Gold, and 50 numbered timepieces in Titanium, the case back of the watch also features the discreet legendary Prancing Horse surrounded by the National Mexican colours.
The Big Bang Ferrari Mexico Limited Editions (45.5 mm in diameter) showcases the inhouse 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.
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 with an innovative quick-change system inspired by the safety seatbelt mechanism. 72 hours of power reserve, water resistant to 100 metres. The absence of superfluous accessories brings out the fusional and rational aspects of the Big Bang Ferrari Mexico’s unique design, a pure expression of the values that characterize the sports spirit of Ferrari and at the same time the inimitable Hublot style.

Technical details
References
401. OQ.0123.VR.FMX13 (25-piece limited edition
401. NQ.0123 VR FMX13 (50-piece limited edition)

Case
Diameter 45.5 mm in 18K King Gold or Titanium
Bezel: Carbon fiber with 6 H-shaped Titanium Screws.
Crystal: 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: 18K King Gold or Titanium with black rubber insert. Black PVD Titanium with Black Rubber Insert and Red Lacquered Ferrari Logo on the Stop pusher
Case-back : Circular micro-blasted and polished 18K King Gold or Titanium featuring the Ferrari prancing horse and flag’s colours of Mexico. Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 10 ATM, or 100 metres.

Dial
Sapphire with white Hublot logo transfer
Rhodium-plated Ferrari prancing horse appliqué
Satin-finished rhodium-plated and green-coated indexes

Hands
Satin-finished black-plated with white luminescent
Green, white & red with white luminescent chronograph hand
Red minute counter hand

Movement
HUB 1241 UNICO movement, developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, automatic flyback chronograph.
Date: Calendar display at 3 o’clock.
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap
Black rubber, black schedoni leather
Green or white central sewing, with red exterior sewing
Clasp: Titanium with Carbon fiber or 18K King gold insert
Deployant Buckle Clasp (two kinds available)

NOMOS Glashütte - Lux and Lambda

German watch manufacturer NOMOS Glashütte is unveiling two new watches in October, in which both the attention to detail and the effort involved in production and watchmaking has been brought to perfection. Lux and Lambda are the names of the two new hand-wound models “Made in Glashütte, Germany”. These two exquisite watches will be available in white gold. The Lambda model also comes in rose gold—and with a dial that is silver-plated by granulation.

The timepieces, which will be produced in very small numbers, combine Glashütte fine watchmaking with NOMOS characteristics and simply timeless design.

The Lambda model is round, while Lux has a classic Tonneau shape. The light-colored dials under the curved sapphire crystals are refined, understated and as fine as pencil drawings: the Lambda model is cream, while the Lux model comes in blue and off-white. The caliber side, which is visible in both cases through the generous back, is more refined than ever: featuring a swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated three-quarter plate, edges angled and polished by hand and fine sunbeam polishing, which is only to be found in this particular style at NOMOS Glashütte. As well as screwed gold chatons, a screw balance and hand-engraved balance cock that reads “Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt” (lovingly produced in Glashütte).

The calibers at work within these flat watches are the fine hand-wound movements DUW 1001 (Lambda) and DUW 2002 (Lux). Constructed in-house in the NOMOS atelier, where they are also mounted and adjusted in six positions, equivalent to chronometer standards. DUW stands for “Deutsche Uhrenwerke NOMOS Glashütte”- a new name, with which the boutique watchmaking firm is presenting its credentials as a producer of in-house built movements to a wider audience. Thanks to the twin mainspring barrels, both DUW 1001 and DUW 2002 have a power reserve of 84 hours—in DUW 1001 this is shown sweeping across the dial, while Lux manages with only three hands.

The design of these classic watches has also been paid an exceptionally high degree of attention; a high quality team was engaged in the task over the course of three years. Designers from the Zurich-based Studio Hannes Wettstein drafted the flat and wrist-flattering gold case, while Prof. Axel Kufus, Michael Paul and the team from the NOMOS design office Berlinerblau in Berlin drew up the fine dials, hands, and the cambered straps from fine Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan.

NOMOS Lambda (Rose Gold/White Gold)
In mathematics, the Greek letter Lambda is a symbol for intrinsic values. At NOMOS Glashütte, it is the name of a highly precise instrument, constructed according to the rules of science and those of the watchmaking craft in the NOMOS workshops. For all this logic and reason, it remains a timepiece that calls forth the highest emotions. In white gold or, as shown here, a tick warmer in rose gold: a fine choice between two watches, both exemplifying handicraft of the very best kind.
DUW 1001, Lambda’s caliber differentiates it in many ways from all other (equally fine) watches. The rubies of the movement, in which the staffs of the wheels turn, are held in polished gold chatons (18 karat), which are in turn screwed to the three-quarter plate with two or three blued screws. The edges of all the cocks and plates are angled and polished by hand. And the three-quarter plate is decorated with a stripe polish that catches the light beautifully, which is only to be found in this particular style at NOMOS Glashütte: the fine sunbeam polishing. Twin mainspring barrels ensure an extra power reserve—this extremely precise watch only requires winding twice a week. This is displayed on the dial side in the most aesthetically pleasing way: DUW 1001 has a 84-hour power reserve indicator.

Lambda Rose Gold (Reference number: 930)
Case: Rose gold 18 kt, tripartite; diameter 42 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.9 mm
Dial: white silver-plated by granulation
Hands: gold-plated
Water resistant: to 3 atm
Strap: Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan dark brown, hand stitched; solid rose gold 18 kt buckle clasp

Lambda White gold (Reference number: 931)
Case: white gold 18 kt, tripartite; diameter 42 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.9 mm
Dial: galvanized, white silver-plated
Hands: rhodium-plated
Water resistant: to 3 atm
Strap: Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, hand stitched; solid white gold 18 kt buckle clasp

Movement
DUW 1001—in-house built NOMOScaliber with manual winding and power reserve indicator
Diameter: 14 ¼ lines (32 mm)
Movement height: 3.6 mm
Power reserve: approx. 84 hours
Characteristics: 29 jewels, of which six in polished and screwed gold chatons, twin mainspring barrels, hand-engraved balance cock, screw balance, 21 600 a/h, adjusted in six positions (equivalent to chronometer standards), balance spring Nivarox 1A, swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated thre equarter plate with fine sunbeam polishing, angled and polished edges

NOMOS Lux White Gold
This model in white gold is the boldest, most impressive watch in the new selection from NOMOS Glashütte. The dial is light blue, like the sky over the city on fair days, and graced with fine detailing on its white face.  The Tourneau case flatters the wrist, giving the caliber plenty of room. The Lux Whitegold hell version is without the light blue print on dial.

The twin mainspring barrels in Calibre DUW 2002 ensure that this watch only needs to be wound once every 84 hours, or twice a week. Further special features include the swan neck fine adjustment and the screw balance in the hand-engraved balance cock (which reads “Mit Liebe in Glashütte gefertigt”, meaning “lovingly produced in Glashütte”), the fine sunbeam polishing developed by NOMOS Glashütte and the five screwed gold chatons that, rather unusually, are positioned in a line across the movement: everything about this calibre radiates the joy with which it was constructed.
NOMOS Lux White Gold(Reference number: 920)
Case: white gold 18 kt, tripartite; size 40.5 mm by 36 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.95 mm
Dial: galvanized, white silver-plated, light blue printed
Hands: rhodium-plated
Water resistant: to 3 atm
Strap: Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, hand stitched; solid white gold 18 kt buckle clasp

NOMOS Lux White Gold Hell (Reference number: 921)
Case: white gold 18 kt, tripartite; size 40.5 mm by 36 mm; sapphire crystal glass; sapphire crystal glass back, height 8.95 mm
Dial: galvanized, white silver-plated
Hands: rhodium-plated
Water resistant: to 3 atm
Strap: Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, hand stitched; solid white gold 18 kt buckle clasp

Movement
DUW 2002—in-house built NOMOS calibre with manual winding
Dimensions: 32.6 mm by 28.8 mm
Movement height: 3.6 mm
Power reserve: approx. 84 hours
Characteristics: 23 jewels, of which five in polished and screwed gold chatons, twin mainspring barrels, hand-engraved balance cock, screw balance, 21 600 a/h, adjusted in six positions (equivalent to chronometer standards), balance spring Nivarox 1A, swan neck fine adjustment, rhodium-plated threequarter plate with fine sunbeam polish, angled and polished edges

The watchmaking company is therefore taking another significant step on its journey with these new watches. Since 1990, NOMOS has been building prize-winning timepieces in Glashütte, watches that have long been recognized as classics—namely Tangente, Tangomat, and Ahoi, Orion, Tetra, Ludwig, Zürich, and Club. Lux and Lambda with DUW 1001 and DUW 2002 are now emblematic of this progression, which took place over the course of many years: the quintessence of those already firm favourites.

The two golden watches and their calibres will be presented to the public for the first time at MUNICHTIME at the beginning of November—and sold from then onwards in selected retailers worldwide.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HUBLOT SHAWN CARTER Collection

Swiss luxury watch maker HUBLOT has announced the exclusive partnership with Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter and to mark this association with one of the most important cultural icons of our time, the brand is releasing two stunning timepieces as part of the newly unveiled, Shawn Carter Collection.
Brought to life through the artist’s holiday collaboration with Barneys’, “A New York Holiday,” the limited edition collection will be available exclusively at Barneys New York and at select Hublot around the world beginning 20 November 2013.
The Shawn Carter by Hublot 45mm timepieces, both on black alligator straps, fall on the high end of the Barneys collaboration, with a yellow 18K gold timepiece and a black ceramic version. The starburst like emblem is the official logo of the artist’s newly minted Shawn Carter collection that will include three additional luxury pieces: a travel humidor, cognac and fragrance. Carter elevated his Hublot collaboration by singling it out to continue beyond “A New York Holiday” which will run from November 20th through January 3rd.
Twenty five percent of all sales from the Barneys project will go toward the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Shawn Carter Foundation is a New York-based charity which awards post-secondary scholarships to students facing socio-economic hardships.
Technical details
SHAWN CARTER Timepieces by HUBLOT
For this exclusive limited edition created for Shawn Carter, Hublot uses for the first time yellow Gold 3N.

References
515. CM.1040.LR.SCH13 - Ceramic – Limited to 250 numbered pieces
515. VX.4001.LR.SCH13 – Gold 3N – Limited to 100 numbered pieces

Case
Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm
Black Ceramic or Gold 3N, polished and satin-finished
Bezel: Ceramic, or Gold 3N with vertical satin-finished
6 H-shaped titanium screws, countersunk, polished &locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: Polished ceramic, or Gold 3N, with Hublot logo
Case-back: Polished ceramic, or Gold 3N satin-finished
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment

Dial
Mat Black, or Gold 3N plated dial
Satin-finished black-plated or Gold 3N plated appliques
Opened Shawn Carter exclusive logo at the center revealing the movement
Black coated, polished or Gold 3N plated indexes
Hands Polished black-plated or Gold 3N

Movement
CLASSICO HUB1300 hand-winding skeleton
Thickness: 2.90 mm
Components: 123 (23 jewels)
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approximately 90 hours
Water resistance: 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres

Strap
Black alligator stitched onto black rubber with black stitching.
Clasp: Deployant buckle in black PVD steel or Gold 3N

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

du Maurier adds new models to collection for Christmas release - The “Daphne Signature” model for ladies & The Maxim Black for Gents

Paying homage to one of the greatest British writers of the last century, the grandson of the late Dame Daphne du Maurier, Ned du Maurier Browning, celebrates his family legacy with a unique, Swiss-made watch collection. Blending 20th century English story-telling heritage with 21st century design, du Maurier Watches announces the launch of new models in the limited edition collection for men and women, available exclusively from www.dumaurierwatches.com and selected retailers.
   
The “Daphne Signature” model
Inspired by a literary legend, du Maurier Watches has created the Daphne Signature model for ladies. The watch has been designed and created to embody the character and personality of one of the UK’s best loved authors, Daphne du Maurier. Designed by her grandson and the founder of du Maurier Watches, Ned du Maurier Browning, the process of designing the watch has been an enlightening journey into his memories of the past; “The style and design of the watch really came together based on what I remember about Daphne, what she wore, her personality, her character and her inimitable style. To me this very embodies her and I know she would have loved it.”
The watch takes design notes from the 40s and 50s featuring a vintage style, golden cream coloured face with gold index markers and elegant, lancette hands. The small second hand sits perfectly balanced on the curved dial covered with domed sapphire glass all enclosed in a neat 32mm gold case.
The delicate onion crown and smart wire lugs blend beautiful detail and contrast with the brushed leather strap with gold pvd etched buckle, completing the vintage feel.
The highly polished steel, screw-down case back reveals not only the Limited Edition serial number but also Daphne du Maurier’s personal signature engraved for all time.

Technical details
Swiss made, numbered limited edition of 300 pieces
Swiss quartz movement – ETA 902.501 small hand
Case diameter – 32mm
Gold (PVD) index markers and hands
Curved vintage style golden cream dial
316L stainless steel case with gold PVD
Anti-reflective double curved sapphire crystal
Screw down steel back plate
 3 ATM waterproof – (30 metres)
Unique engraved “Daphne” signature on case back (actual signature)
Choice of black or antique tan brushed suede calf leather strap
Gold PVD strap buckle with etched logo
Luxury presentation box, 2 year warranty card and branded microfiber cloth.
RRP - £425.00

The Maxim Black
Elegance and sophistication combine in this stunning timepiece presented in deep black and striking silver. A new, bold version of the original, the Maxim Black, like the man himself, is stylish, sophisticated and classic.
The Maxim shows timeless style and quality with non-reflective sapphire glass, silver markers and elegant slimline hands. The elegant flash of the small second hand adds unique interest whilst the beautifully textured jet black dial gives the piece outstanding presence. This watch is designed for all occasions and will ensure you stand out from the crowd.
Only 50 pieces of first edition Maxim Black watches are made. Available for a short time only, this limited edition Maxim offers a rare opportunity to own a covetable, collector’s timepiece for only £445.00.
The Maxim Black is available with black strap.

Technical details
Swiss made, limited edition of 50 pieces
Swiss Quartz movement – Ronda 1009 small hand
Date calendar
Small second hand
316L surgical grade stainless steel case
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Silver index markers & hands
Screw down back plate with deep-etched engraving
5 ATM water resistance: 50 metres
Italian calf leather strap with feature logo etched on buckle
Luxury presentation box, 2 year warranty card and branded microfiber cloth
Price - £445.00
Available for pre-order October 19th - Delivery November 2013

The collection will be available exclusively through www.dumaurierwatches.com and selected retailers.

du Maurier Watches
There is no shortage of design inspiration through the du Maurier heritage with Ned’s great-great grandfather, George du Maurier, who wrote ‘Trilby’ and was the famous Punch cartoonist whilst also being grandfather to the 5 boys who inspired JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’; Ned’s great grandfather, Gerald, an acclaimed actor whom du Maurier cigarettes were named after; and, of course, his grandmother, Daphne, whose many works include Rebecca, The Birds and Jamaica Inn, all of  which were adapted into Hitchcock films, Rebecca winning two Oscars in 1941. A new BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn is currently being filmed whilst DreamWorks pictures are scheduled to create a Hollywood remake of Rebecca.

Prices: from £425.00
www.dumaurierwatches.com