Friday, February 28, 2014

TIBALDI - CLARI VIRI Collection

Luxury writing instruments brand TIBALDI introduces a precious pen collection, celebrating the most powerful and influential leaders the world has ever known. The TIBALDI CLARI VIRI collection spans the gamut from Abraham Lincoln, Louis XIV, Genghis Khan, Richard the Lionheart and the scientist Avicenna. Each writing instrument is hand painted with a portrait on the barrel and a symbol of the great leader on the cap. Designed, painted and produced with supreme precision and craftsmanship, TIBALDI pens are ornate accessories and masterpieces of technological innovation. TIBALDI pens embody the ancient concept of the Divine Proportion, or Phi, to every minute detail, resulting in writing instruments of sublime elegance.
Avicenna (c. 980 – 1037)
Legendary Persian polymath Pur Sina, known as Ibn Sina, or as Avicenna, wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 are known to have survived. His body of work included discourses on philosophy, logic, astronomy, alchemy, geology, psychology, physics, mathematics and Islamic theology, and as well as poetry. Among his greatest contributions to benefit mankind were his studies of medicine, the most famous of which are The Book of Healing, a philosophical and scientific encyclopaedia, and The Canon of Medicine, an encyclopaedia of medicine in five volumes, completed in 1025. The Canon of Medicine provided a complete system of medicine according to the principles of Galen and Hippocrates, presenting a summary of all the medical knowledge of the time. It served as a standard medical text at many medieval universities as late as the 17th Century. Avicenna is rightly regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Golden Age of Islam.

Richard the Lionheart (1157 – 1199)
Third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death, as well as the Duke of Normandy, of Aquitaine and of Gascony, while holding other noble titles in France. He is best known as Richard the Lionheart, a great military leader and warrior. By the age of 16, Richard commanded his own army, quelling rebellions in Poitou against his father. Most notably, and an aspect of his life celebrated in literature an on screen, Richard was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, leading the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. Richard achieved notable victories against his Muslim counterpart, Saladin, although he did not wrest Jerusalem from Muslim rule. Richard was regarded as a pious hero by his subjects, and remains one of the few kings of England known by his sobriquet, rather than his regnal title. He continues to be remembered an enduring iconic figure in both England and France.

Genghis Khan (1162? – 1227)
Born Temujin, Genghis Khan was the founder and Great Khan, or Emperor, of the Mongol Empire achieved power. After founding the Empire by uniting many nomadic tribes of northeast Asia, he set about conquering of most of Eurasia. Beyond his military accomplishments, Genghis Khan also advanced the Mongol Empire by decreeing the adoption of the Uyghur script as the Empire’s writing system. He also promoted religious tolerance and created a unified empire from the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. His khanate grew to be the largest geographically contiguous empire in history. Genghis Khan died in 1227 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Mongolia at an unknown location. His descendants went on to establish the Mongol Empire across most of Eurasia by conquering or creating vassal states out of all of modern-day China, Korea, the Caucasus, Central Asian countries and portions of modern Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Genghis Khan and his empire have a fearsome reputation, yet present-day Mongolians regard him as the founding father of Mongolia.

Louis XIV (1638 – 1715)
Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV of the House of Bourbon ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death. An adherent of the divine right of kings, Louis sought to eliminate the remnants of feudalism persisting in parts of France. He became one of the most powerful French monarchs, exercising absolute rule that endured until the French Revolution. During his reign, France was the leading power in Europe, fighting three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg and the War of Spanish Succession. Louis encouraged and benefited from the work of prominent figures such as Mazarin, Colbert, Molière, Racine, Boileau, La Fontaine, Marais, Le Brun, Rigaud, Bossuet, Le Vau, Mansart, Charles and Claude Perrault and Le Nôtre. Upon his death just days before his 77th birthday, Louis was succeeded by his five-year-old great-grandson, Louis XV, as all of his other heirs predeceased him. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of a major country in European history.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)
As the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865, Abraham Lincoln led his country through the American Civil War. It was the war that abolished slavery and reasserted the strength of the Union. Lincoln came to symbolise the power of the American Dream. Born to a poor family, he was self-educated, became a lawyer, entered politics in his 20s and served as a member of the House of Representatives during the 1840s. Lincoln secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1860. His election prompted southern slave states to secede from the Union to form the Confederacy. After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on 12 April 1861, Lincoln’s goal was to reunite the nation, while pursuing the ending of slavery. This resulted in the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which permanently outlawed slavery. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history, an eloquent statement of the nation’s dedication to equal rights, liberty and democracy. Lincoln has been consistently regarded as among the greatest of U.S. Presidents.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TW Steel - New CEO Tech David Coulthard Special Edition

TW Steel, the global lifestyle brand ‘Big in Oversized Watches’, has unveiled the latest editions to sport brand ambassador David Coulthard’s name.  With 2014 marking the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Grand Prix star’s debut in Formula One, TW Steel has created a new CEO Tech David Coulthard Special Edition to commemorate the occasion.

Available in two sizes, CE4019 (44mm - £575 / €639 / $899 US) and CE4020 (48mm - £595 / €679 / $949 US) these stunning watches are the third editions representing the collaboration between Coulthard and TW Steel.  They follow the success of the first models introduced to the CEO Tech range in 2011, CE4001 (44mm) and CE4002 (48mm) followed by 2012’s CEO Diver David Coulthard Swiss Automatic Limited Edition (CE5005).
The 2014 CEO Tech David Coulthard editions feature a stainless steel brushed case, complimented by a sandblasted PVD black coated bezel with steel screws.  The case houses the powerful, state-of-the-art Miyota 6S20 chronograph movement while David’s name features on the case back.
With an acknowledgement to David’s famed motorsport heritage, including 13 Grand Prix victories, these pieces sport a sleek, masculine carbon fiber design on the dial with the visually distinctive larger chrono eyes furthering its appeal.  Complete with sapphire crystal and 10 ATM water resistant, a black silicon strap with brushed steel clasp finishes the bold look of Coulthard’s latest executions.

TW Steel is a private, family-owned company founded in Amsterdam in 2005 now retailing in over 100 countries and counting worldwide.  The brand is the ‘Official Timing Partner’ of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team, and is an ‘Official Sponsor’ of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in MotoGP.

MB&F Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang

Swiss luxury watchmaker MB&F unveils their latest timepiece from the Performance Art series in association with world renowned Chinese artist Xia Hang. The newly announced Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang is a limited edition of 12 pieces in red gold and 12 pieces in white gold. Each Machine is accompanied by a pair of stainless steel sculptures: large-scale versions of Mr. Up and Mr. Down signed by Xia Hang.
Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang (LM1 Xia Hang) retains all of the 19th century pocket watch inspired features of the original LM1, including the majestically suspended slowly oscillating balance wheel and dual time indications that can be set completely independently, but with a twist: the power reserve is indicated by a miniature, highly-polished aluminium man, designed by talented Chinese sculptor, Xia Hang. The man sits up straight when the movement is fully wound (Mr. Up) and gradually slumps over as the power diminishes (Mr. Down).
The in-house movement powering LM1 Xia Hang bears testimony to the enormous talent of its creators. Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode developed the LM1 calibre, which features the world’s first vertical power reserve and allows completely independent setting – including minutes – of both time displays. Acclaimed independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen was responsible for the aesthetic design and for strictly ensuring the utmost respect for tradition and finish.
LM1’s ingenious three-dimensional movement was specifically developed for MB&F from Maximilian Büsser’s sketches by Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode in Le Locle, Switzerland. The balance wheel and spring are at the very heart of any mechanical watch movement and are responsible for regulating timekeeping accuracy. Büsser has long been fascinated by the large, slowly oscillating – 18,000bph compared with the 28,800bph common today – balance wheels of antique pocket watches, so it was no surprise this was his starting point from which to let his imagination roam free. What was surprising though is just how radically he re-interpreted tradition by relocating the balance wheel from its more usual position hidden at the back of the movement to the top, majestically floating above the movement… even floating above the dials!

While the location of Legacy Machine N°1’s regulating organ may be considered avant-garde, ‘tradition’ is upheld by the large 14mm diameter balance wheel with regulating screws specifically developed for MB&F, balance spring with Breguet overcoil and mobile stud holder.

Another very special feature of the LM1 movement is the ability to set the two time zones completely independently. The vast majority of dual time zone movements only allow the hours to be independently adjusted, while a rare few offer setting to the half hour. Legacy Machine N°1 allows both hours and minutes of each dial to be set to whatever time the user wishes.
The vertical power reserve indicator on LM1 Xia Hang is driven by an ultra-flat differential with ceramic bearings, allowing for a slimmer complication and a more robust and longer wearing mechanism.LM1’s power reserve complication was modified to enable Xia Hang’s comma man to seamlessly transition from slumping right over when power is low to sitting up straight at full wind.
Xia Hang first created full-size sculptures, which MB&F then scaled down to a height of just 4mm (1/8”) and then developed the articulation required. The head, shoulders, back and chest of ‘Mr. Up’ (as the power reserve indicator in known when wound), all bend down – thanks to a concealed hinge – towards the horizontal as he becomes tired and Mr. Up becomes Mr. Down. The tiny micro-mechanical sculpture is crafted from aluminium to minimise energy requirements. A very high polish ensures that the little man both catches the light and the eye, as well as remaining faithful to Xia Hang’s original conception.

The rate-keeping of the twin dials is controlled by the same regulator (balance and escapement) so that once set, the two times stay perfectly synchronised with each other. Both the hours AND minutes on both dials can be set to any time desired via their respective crowns.
Complementing the three-dimensionality of the balance floating in space, the dual white dials with their bright blue gold hands float above the top of the movement. The dials are gently domed with a translucent, high-gloss lustre created using a “laque tendue” process in which multiple layers of lacquer are applied and heated, causing them to stretch over the surface of the dials.
To ensure aesthetic purity of the dials and their traditional Roman numerals, a sophisticated fixation underneath negates the necessity of visually obtrusive used screws. A fine golden perimeter circumscribing each dial elegantly reinforces their timeless classicism.
Acclaimed master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen assumed responsibility for ensuring the historical accuracy of the style and finishing of the Legacy Machine N°1 movement. No easy task with such an unconventional suspended-balance design from which to begin.A finely engraved sun-ray pattern on top of the movement plate (dial side) subtly catches the eye at certain angles without distracting attention from the twin white dials, floating balance or vertical power reserve. But it is in the style and finish of the bridges and plates visible through the display on the back of the movement where Kari Voutilainen has excelled in providing exquisite historical fidelity in both the shape of elegantly curved bridges and the traditionally wide space between the bridges and between the perimeter of the bridges and the case.
On the back of the movement, over-sized ruby jewels set in highly-polished countersunk gold chatons provide striking visual counterpoints to the Geneva waves traversing the sensually curved bridges. While providing historical links with the large jewels seen in high grade antique pocket watch movements, the ruby bearings have a practical application in reducing wear/increasing longevity by accommodating large diameter pinions and holding more lubricating oil.

In a spontaneous gesture by Xia Hang, each of the 24 pieces of LM1 Xia Hang – 12 in red gold and 12 in white gold – are accompanied by a pair of full-size (approximately 15cm / 6” high) sculptures of Mr. Up and Mr. Down in polished stainless steel and signed by the artist.

Technical details
Engine (Movement)
Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively for MB&F by Jean-François
Mojon /Chronode with aesthetics finishes specified by Kari Voutilainen
Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power reserve indicator: a little man designed by Chinese artist Xia Hang
Power reserve: 45 hours
Balance wheel: bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holder
Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
Number of components: 274
Number of jewels: 23
Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks
Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style; internal bevel angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings

Functions
Hours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials
Unique vertical power reserve indicated by a highly-polished little man in aluminium
Left crown at 8 o’clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 4 o’clock for setting time of right dial and winding

Case
Available in 18k red gold or 18k white gold
Dimensions: 44mm wide x 16mm high
Number of components: 65
Sapphire crystals: High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Strap & Buckle
Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with gold tang buckle to match case

Behind the scenes
Concept: Maximilian Büsser / MB&F
Product design: Eric Giroud / Eric Giroud Design Studio
Artist for power reserve man: Xia Hang
Technical and production management: Serge Kriknoff / MB&F
Movement development: Jean-François Mojon / Chronode
Movement design and finish specifications: Kari Voutilainen
R&D: Guillaume Thévenin / MB&F
Wheels: Jean-Marc Naval / Rouages SA
Balance wheel bridge: Benjamin Signoud / AMECAP
Balance wheel: Yann Le Martret / µdec
Manufacturing of power reserve man: Sébastien Keller and Alexandre Gillet / Mutech
Plates and bridges: Rodrigue Baume / Damatec
Hand-engraving of movement: Eddy Jaquet and Sylvain Bettex / Glypto
Hand-finishing of movement components: Jacques-Adrien Rochat / C-L Rochat
Movement assemblage: Didier Dumas, Georges Veisy, Anne Guiter, Cyril Fallet and
Emmanuel Maitre / MB&F
Case: Bertrand Jeunet and Dominique Mainier / G&F Chatelain
Buckle: Erbas S.A.
Dials: François Bernhard and Denis Parel / Natéber
Hands: Pierre Chillier, Isabelle Chillier and Félix Celetta / Fiedler
Glass: Martin Stettler / Stettler
Strap: Olivier Purnot / Camille Fournet
Presentation box: Olivier Berthon / ATS Développement
Production logistics: David Lamy / MB&F

About Xia Hang
Xia Hang was born in 1978 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. He started painting when he was just 10 years old and went to Art College in 1997. In 2002 Xia Hang graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in China.
His graduation work was a cluster of comma-shaped men made from mirror-polished stainless steel, the first of the highly distinctive forms that have now culminated in the power reserve indicator of Legacy Machine N°1. Xia Hang also graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China.

Hublot King Power Paris Saint-Germain

Following the official announcement on 26th September 2013 of the partnership between luxury Swiss watch brand Hublot and Paris Saint-Germain, French Ligue 1 Champions, Hublot has recently unveiled the official club watch: King Power Paris Saint-Germain.

Paying tribute to the famous club's iconic blue and red colours, Hublot has developed a King Power equipped with a chronograph movement featuring two chronograph hands positioned in the centre, in addition to the hour and minute hands. This makes for better readability - quicker and more efficient. The wearer can keep track of both hands at a glance; the first indicates the seconds, and the other hand, specially developed for football, indicates the time elapsed out of the 45 mins in each half.
With a sapphire dial, the movement – here in an Aero Bang version - features exquisite new skeleton working to reveal even more of the working parts of the watch and its fine mechanics. The  topside  retains  only  the  material  necessary  for  it  to  function.  This is coated with black ruthenium for a beautiful overall effect of homogeneity, and clearer reading. A minute track, a time counter at 9 o'clock and a date window at 4 o'clock all feature on the predominantly blue piece, which is stamped with the famous Parisian emblem incorporating the Eiffel Tower. Much attention has been lavished on the King Power case, which is 48 mm diameter in highly shock-resistant micro-blasted black ceramic. The moulded black rubber crown is flanked by two push-buttons in blue and white rubber. In a final reference to the club, and adding an attractive touch to the piece, the black rubber strap is decorated with a central blue line directly inspired by the Paris Saint-Germain graphic charter.
The  chronograph  is  available  in  a  limited  edition  of  just  200  numbered  pieces.  An exclusive timepiece  in  the  club's  colours,  which  pays  tribute  to the  passions  and  values  it  shares  with Hublot.  Each watch comes with a certificate guaranteeing its authenticity and an official Paris Saint Germain shirt signed by all the players.

Technical details
Model: Hublot King Power Paris Saint-Germain
Reference: 716.CI.0123.RX.PSG14
Limited edition of 200 numbered pieces

Case     
King Power - Diameter 48 mm in micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic with black rubber moulding; 6 H-shaped relief black PVD titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin with push-piece guard at 3 o'clock.
Case-back: Open - Micro-blasted black ceramic
Crown: Black PVD titanium, with black rubber insert
Push-piece: Black PVD titanium with black and blue rubber moulding
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Dial     
Sapphire with PSG logo at 3 o'clock and date window at 4 o'clock
Hands: Satin-finished, black nickel with blue luminescent coating

Movement    
HUB4245 skeleton chronograph with central 45’ counter, Mechanical self-winding
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap     
Adjustable black rubber strap with blue decoration
Clasp: Black PVD titanium deployant buckle
Micro-blasted black ceramic decorative plate

About Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain has become one of the most prestigious club's in Europe.  In the 2012-13 season,  the  club  won  the  third  French  Ligue  1  championship  in  their  history.  The  club  also reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 UEFA Champions League.Paris  Saint-Germain  boast  a  very  active  media  department,  with  PSG  TV,  available  on  the internet, and  PSG.fr, that averages more than 15 million page views per month (with over 20% from  overseas).  Paris  Saint-Germain  is  the  market  leader  of  French  sporting  club  on  social media  with  25  million  fans  and  followers  (club,  teams  and  players  combined).

About the partnership
In  September  2013,  Hublot  was  appointed  Official  Timekeeper  and  Official  Watch  for  Paris Saint-Germain.  This  will  provide  the  Swiss  brand  with  a  strategic  presence  within  the  Paris club's  grounds,  at  Parc  des  Princes.  The  public  will  be  able  to  watch  the  match  time  count down on the Hublot chronometers on the upper level LED perimeter displays, and a number of clocks will also be installed at key locations in the stadium.

Thanks  to  this  partnership,  Hublot  is  continuing  to  strengthen  its  presence  in  the  world  of professional football. The first luxury brand to become involved in football in 2006, Hublot has since then worked in close collaboration with FIFA as Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FIFA World Cup™  -  the countdown has already started  in Brazil, visible to all on the giant Hublot  clocks  designed  by  the  celebrated  architect  Oscar  Niemeyer  and  installed  on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, in Brasilia and in Sao Paulo.

Also the Official Watch of Euro 2012, Hublot now works very closely  with a number of clubs, including Bayern Munich in Germany, Juventus in Italy and Ajax in the Netherlands, to name but a few in Europe.

Vacheron Constantin announces its presence in the European Artistic Crafts Days (JEMA) 2014

Swiss luxury watchmaker Vacheron Constantin will be participating for the fourth consecutive year in the European Artistic Crafts Days (JEMA) that will take place on April 4th to 6th 2014 in Paris, throughout France, as well as in London, Milan and Western Switzerland. This event has become an eagerly awaited must-see since it provides a broad public with an opportunity to discover the practitioners of age-old skills.

For  Vacheron  Constantin,  contributing  to  the  vitality  of  Artistic  Crafts  is  not  only  a commitment  but  a  duty. Which it sees as it is a means for the Manufacture to underscore the universal relevance of these sometimes little-known or neglected crafts and appreciate the emotional impact the crafts objects can produce.

Each year, various crafts and skills vanish into oblivion. Each year, rare crafts are orphaned because training schemes are abandoned. Knowledge, promotion and the transmission of such crafts are sadly lacking today. Keenly  aware  of  this  situation,  the  Manufacture  Vacheron  Constantin  has  undertaken  to  help  make  these artistic  crafts  better  known  and  better  understood,  notably  through  exhibitions  around  the  world.  The Manufacture  wishes  to  encourage  training  and  the  transmission  of  expertise,  support  excellence  in craftsmanship,  and  highlight  the  Artistic  Crafts  by  demonstrating  the  important  role  they  play  within contemporary design. This is one way of securing their future.
At the Palais de  Tokyo  in  France,  where  Vacheron  Constantin  is  also  a  patron  of  the  "L'état  du  ciel"  season,  the Manufacture's partnership with the National Institute of Artistic Crafts (INMA) is supporting the "Period Room" Exhibition, which vividly demonstrates how the Artistic Crafts are an integral part of contemporary creativity.

In  London,  the  Manufacture  has  joined  with  Walpole,  the  UK’s  benchmark  organisation  for  furthering   the interests of the British luxury industry, to support the exhibition project “Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional”. Focusing  on  the  theme  of  excellence,  it  brings  together  works  by  young  artistic  craftspeople  at  the  Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens.

Under the patronage of the city of Milan, Vacheron Constantin, in partnership with the Cologni Foundation for Artistic Crafts Professions, is sponsoring a number of ateliers that will open to the public. The highlight will be an exhibition that features photographs by Tiziana and Gianni Baldizonne,  « Transmettre, Percorsi di Sapere »,exploring the transmission of the know-how around the world, at the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Thanks to a partnership with the City of Geneva, the public will be able to view craft demonstrations in various cultural institutions in the Canton of Geneva, as well as the main exhibition held at the Maison Tavel. For the first time, Geneva’s neighbouring Canton of Vaud will be taking part in the JEMA and will open the doors to several artisans' ateliers.

The French National Institute of Artistic Crafts is a State-run organisation dedicated to Artistic Crafts. Its role is to anticipate the future of this sector of  the economy and of French creativity by establishing the conditions that  will  ensure  its  enduring  development.  The  INMA’s  mission  is  to  inform,  study  and  encourage  the transmission of skills as well as to support and promote artistic skills. It is within the framework of this mission that the INMA is the national coordinator for the European Artistic Crafts Days.

With  :  Steven  Claydon,  Isabelle  Cornaro,  Glass  Fabrik,  Martino  Gamper,  Elias  Guenoun,  Anthea  Hamilton, Michel Heurtault, Jean-Louis Hurlin, Philippe Millot, Chloé Quenum, Clément Rozielski.
From April 4thto 21th2014
Gallery: Haute of the Palais de Tokyo
Curator: Gallien Déjean

The exhibition takes its inspiration from contemporary attempts to decompartmentalise disciplines like design, visual arts, fashion, and graphic design. It aims to incite the participating artists, artisans and a scenographic architect to imagine what a Period Room of the contemporary era might look like.  Their joint endeavours will give rise to a reciprocal exchange of knowledge and competencies between visual arts and applied arts.

The Period Room will bring together six collaborative efforts between artists and craftspeople, along with the participation  of  an  architect  (Elias  Guenoun),  a  designer  (Martino  Gamper)  and  a  graphic  designer  (Philippe Millot). The visual artists taking part were chosen by Gallien Dejean, curator of the exhibition, and include both up and coming and well-known artists on the international artistic scene. The list of artistic craftspeople was compiled by drawing upon the expertise of the French National Artistic Crafts Institute. Each collaboration is to produce a one-of-a-kind creation or a limited series.

deLaCour - Promess Vitrail

A newcomer in deLaCour Collection: the Promess Vitrail combines beauty and fantasy to the most exquisite and precious gems. Like a stain glass window, this timepiece allows the surrounding light to freely influence the luster of the dial. Designed to enhance the fluidity of its shape, this new watch is presented in a round pink gold case; set from the bezel to the tip of its horns. The diamond set dial inspires an unequalled sense of jewellery elegance.
Each flower shown on the dial consists of four pear-shaped diamonds, a simple but very graceful composition, encircled by round-shaped diamonds. The gems are meticulously chosen in order to obtain an immaculate splendour; set in an intricate fashion worthy of the greatest craftsmanship.
The diamonds stand out thanks to a backdrop of carefully selected gems, creating an intense three-dimensional effect of twinkling lights. The total diamond settings amount to 2.67cts. There are other versions of the Promess Vitrail available. Always bedded on a fine diamond backdrop, the flowers are featured in citrines, rubies, pink tourmalines, blue topaz, amethyst, tsavorite and onyx.

Technical Specifications
Dimensions: 40 x 47.5 x 9 mm mm
Case Material: Steel or Pink Gold
Glass: Sapphire
Movement: DC 221
Dial: fine diamond backdrop, flowers featured in citrines, rubies, pink tourmalines, blue
topaz, amethyst, tsavorite or onyx.
Functions: time.
Bracelet: Hand-stitched crocodile
Water Resistant: 5 ATM
Limited Edition.

PANERAI Pendulum Clock (Reproduction of Galileo Galilei’s Pendulum Clock)

Unveiled in 2014 this PANERAI Pendulum Clock pays homage to Galileo Galilei’s famous Pendulum Clock. The pendulum of Galileo Galilei, the “measurer of time” which marked a turning point in horology because it opened the doors of the modern era, now beats again thanks to Officine Panerai and its new Pendulum Clock. This is a faithful reproduction of the instrument designed by Galileo to demonstrate that the law of isochronism of small oscillations of the pendulum – the period of oscillation of pendulums of equal length is constant regardless of the amplitude of oscillation – could be applied to the measurement of time.
Galileo’s discovery in the 17th century represented a real revolution, because it enabled clocks to progress from an error of several minutes per day to one of just a few seconds. The escape wheel designed by the Tuscan scientist is recognised as the first free escapement in history and the Pendulum Clock therefore represents an operation of exceptional historic importance and technical mastery, underlining once again the link between Galileo, Florence, Science and Officine Panerai.

The application of the pendulum to timekeeping is a long and painful story: Galileo could not develop his intuition of 1641 since he was by then almost blind, so its realisation was entrusted to his son Vincenzo. Galileo died in the following year and the project lay dormant for a long time until, in 1649, his son decided to complete it. A blacksmith made the iron frame and the wheels and pinions in their crude state while Vincenzo Galilei himself cut the teeth of the escapement. Unfortunately he too died a few months later and the model, still incomplete but probably operational, remained in oblivion for some time.

It was in 1659 that Vincenzo Viviani, friend and biographer of Galileo, recovered the model at the request of Leopoldo de’ Medici and brought it to the Florentine prince together with a drawing. And it is only the latter which survives, because all trace of the machine itself has been lost: the drawing now preserved in Florence illustrates the structure and the principle of operation of this instrument which gave physical form to the intuition which Galileo had had years earlier and to the formulation of the laws of isochronism.

The Pendulum Clock is based on the model made by the Florentine clockmaker Eustachio Porcellotti in 1887 from this original drawing, a model which is now preserved in the Museo Galileo in Florence. The winding system and the dial are not shown in the drawing. Galileo believed that isochronism had resolved all the defects of clocks: this was the fundamental point of his discovery, and he was therefore not concerned with what type of motive power should be used or with the design of the dial. For him these were secondary details, which, however, may have been hinted at in the model shown to Prince Leopoldo de’ Medici because a writing by Vincenzo Viviani mentions a “clock of iron, unfinished, with pendulum, Galileo’s first invention”. Porcellotti added both a barrel with the mainspring and a dial with Roman numerals to his model, thus completing the instrument by indicating hours and minutes.
The remarkable new Officine Panerai production interprets Porcellotti’s work almost exactly. The height of the Pendulum Clock is 35.6 cm, the width 18.5 cm and the depth 11.1 cm: the dimensions of this table clock are taken from the original drawing and they are confirmed by the few other reliable reconstructions. The frame consists of two main plates, which are made not of iron, as in the original model and Porcellotti’s, but of brass, plated with nickel-palladium, and they are joined by crosspieces at the top and the bottom fixed in the traditional way by taper pins.
The upper crosspiece carries the escapement and the pendulum suspension, while the lower one connects the lower parts of the frame plates which are formed into four scrolled feet. Between the base and the dial is the spring barrel, the drum of which contains a spring 4.10 metres long which powers the clock for eight days. The clock is wound by turning the square winding arbor with a key, while a ratchet with its related spring is mounted above the centre of the spring barrel to prevent it unwinding. Higher up is the dial with Roman numerals, like that of the 1887 model, with black lacquered hands. The wheels with their hand-finished teeth, the bezel surrounding the dial, the spring barrel and other details are all gold plated.
The fundamental part of the clock is the regulating pendulum and escapement designed by Galileo. This consists of an escape wheel with 12 pins fitted to its side and 12 teeth cut in its perimeter, and three levers, one on the left as you look at the clock and two on the right. The one on the left, the longest lever which ends with a hook, is the stopping lever; the two on the right, arranged like scissors, are the release and impulse levers. While the wheel is in its stopped phase, the pendulum is completely free from any contact with it, and for this reason the device is called a “free escapement”. The pendulum itself consists of a rod terminating with a gold plated ovoid lenticular bob, with the screw for adjusting the period of oscillation below it. On the lower crosspiece is a place for keeping the key for winding the clock.
The Pendulum Clock is mounted on a mahogany base, with a hinged plate on the front on which the name of the model is engraved; underneath the plate is a bubble level, indispensable since the clock must be perfectly horizontal to run accurately. The base is levelled by turning the four adjustable feet of the wooden base. Completing the Pendulum Clock is a glass case, with a black-lacquered aluminium frame and a door at the front enabling the clock to be wound and its hands to be set.

The Panerai Pendulum Clock is made in 30 numbered units, sold only in the Officine Panerai boutiques around the world.

LOUIS MOINET - QATAR TOURBILLON (World premier timepiece that incorporates fragments of Qatar 001 meteorite)

Swiss luxury watchmaker Louis Moinet has unveiled their latest model, QATAR Tourbillon at prestigious Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition.

The QATAR Tourbillon presents two fragments of the one and only meteorite ever found in Qatar, finely inlaid into a hand-engraved dial depicting two bent swords and sand dunes, a tribute to Qatar.  According to the Meteoritical Society, the meteorite’s official name is Qatar 001. It originated from the asteroid belt situated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and travelled more than 260 million kilometres before landing in the area of Jariyan al Batnah. Luc Labenne, the highly-regarded meteorite hunter of international renown, says of it: “It is a chondrite type H5, very rich in metal and showing visible chondrules – distinctive round grains.”

This is a world first and an exclusive model, since no other meteorite has ever been found in Qatar. Louis Moinet has acquired this precious meteorite to turn it into horological art.

The Qatar Tourbillon features the essence of this wonderful Middle Eastern country: A hand-engraved applique around the periphery of the dial, depicting sand dunes, and two Qatari bent swords. It also features the oldest known fossil on earth, three-billion-year-old red stromatolite, which is found in the centre of the dial, between the tourbillon at 6 o’clock and the visible mainspring at 12 o’clock.
The QATAR Tourbillon is presented in an exceptional 18K white gold case composed of 59 different components and equipped with the Louis Moinet signature crown guard. The latter invention consists of an independent stem integrated within a watertight system and held with a plate secured by four screws. It represents a major advantage in facilitating servicing, compared to traditionally soldered stems.

The view through the QATAR Tourbillon display-back is almost as spectacular as the dial side, with the ‘octopus spring’ of the winding and setting mechanism taking centre stage. This ingenious component is effectively three springs in one – pull-out piece spring, lever spring and click spring – all radiating from the centre like the swirling legs of an octopus. The movement plate is engraved with Louis Moinet's “Côtes du Jura” motif.
Jean-Marie Schaller, Louis Moinet CEO and Creative Director with Qatar 001 meteorite & QATAR Tourbillon
Louis Moinet has been exhibiting at Al Fardan’s booth during this, the 10th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition. The event, which runs through March 2nd, marks the start of Louis Moinet’s partnership with Al Fardan, one of the most prestigious watch and jewellery retailers in the region.

The QATAR Tourbillon is available in an exclusive limited edition of 12 pieces. 

Technical details
Model: QATAR Tourbillon
Limited Edition of 12 pieces
Reference no.LM-14.70.21

Features and functions
Qatar meteorite 001, finely inlaid into a hand-engraved dial
Exclusive tourbillon escapement
Central hour and minutes

Movement
Winding: Manual
Mechanism visible through the case-back with “octopus” spring
Oscillations: 21,600 vph
Frequency: 3 Hz
Lines: 14 ½
Power reserve: 72 hours
Tourbillon cage: One full rotation every 60 seconds
Jewels: 19
Escapement: Side lever
Decoration: “Côtes du Jura” ® engraving, blued steel screws

Case
Original design by Louis Moinet®, made up of 59 parts
Material: 18K white gold
Case diameter: 47 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Caseback: Secured with 6 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings
Crystals: Two anti-reflective sapphire crystals

Dial
Hand-engraved dial depicting two bent swords and sand dunes, set with Qatar meteorite 001

Strap
Louisiana alligator leather, hand-sewn, width between lugs : 24 mm
Buckle: 18K white gold & black titanium folding clasp with Louis Moinet symbol

Presentation box
Extra large Louis Moinet Book, hand-written warranty

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paul Wild Precious Stones Collection – Explore New Trends, Discoveries & Combinations at Baselworld 2014

Germany based precious stones supplier Paul Wild OHG is exhibiting their inventory of precious stones at this year’s edition of Baselworld watch and jewellery fair. The Company will be unveiling the new trends, new discoveries and new combinations.

Trend - Tanzanite’s characteristic purple is the colour of the year 2014
Tanzanite is very much on trend, as well as an extravagant classic. Paul Wild shows a number of other rarities: unheated Paraiba-tourmalines and rubellites in “radiant orchid”.

Playing a fascinating game of hide-and-seek, tanzanite stones provide an elusive, brilliant display that gives rise to mounting anticipation of a sighting of the colour of the year for 2014: “radiant orchid”, the name chosen by colour system specialists Pantone for a tone between purple and light reddish violet. This exciting colour is difficult to achieve and a real rarity among precious gems. The deep blue tanzanite shimmers and flashes with this secondary tone.

Markus Paul Wild, CEO of Paul Wild OHG, Kirschweiler explains: Tanzanite is very much on trend, as well as an extravagant classic.”This venerable business with a tradition stretching back almost 400 years is an international market leader in high-grade coloured precious stones and will present jewellery and collector’s pieces in almost every possible size and cut at Baselworld 2014.

Paul Wild is presenting a wide range of jewellery-grade tanzanite stones in sizes of up to 40 carats in Basel. As well as sets for earrings and cufflinks, the stones on show include a 14.56 carat drop-shaped tanzanite with a clear “radiant orchid” center.
Drop-shaped 14.56 carat tanzanite
First discovered in 1967, this “precious stone of the year” continues to increase in value, as the world’s only known source in Tanzania seems almost completely exhausted: fewer and fewer superior crystals have been found in recent years.

Unheated purple Paraiba tourmalines
Paul Wild’s “treasure trove” includes a number of other extravagant rarities in this unusual colour, such as a 19.26 carat drop-shaped rubellite.
Drop-shaped rubellite, 19.26carats
Neon-light radiant orchid: tourmaline, antique form, 11.77 carats
Weighing in at 11.7 carats, the red antique-cut tourmaline has an almost neon quality. Also on show in Basel will be rare purple spinels and unheated Paraiba tourmalines from Brazil: thus, a bracelet made from heated and unheated Paraiba tourmaline cabochons combine the much sought-after radiant orchid colour with fluorescent turquoise.
Bracelet made from heated and unheated Paraiba tourmalines in radiant orchid and turquoise
In addition, Paul Wild will be showing precious stones that perfectly complement the color of the year: padparadjas, kunzites or spinels are the perfect partners for contemporary fashions, classics that never lose their value and desirability.

Markus Paul Wild is confident that “radiant orchid” will be a lasting trend: “The finest gem stones in colors between red and blue are real rarities and very precious. They are going to become increasingly sought-after in the coming years,” predicts the head of this international business.

New finds - Demantoids
Paul Wild presents new demantoids from Africa; luminescent colours and unusual sizes up to 12 carats / continued strong demand for all green-colored gemstones.

 “Some people love demantoids for their horsetails, while others prefer to see the fantastic green of the stones without the fine needles.” Markus Paul Wild, CEO of Paul Wild OHG in Kirschweiler, is familiar with two types of demantoid enthusiasts. That’s why the company, international market leader in high-quality colored gemstones, now also offers its customers African demantoids without horsetails.

Paul Wild has owned mines in the African south and south-westbfor many years. The company relies on its own mines and direct business relations with other operators. This means that the company can offer its customers top-quality colored gemstones without using dealers, resulting in significant price benefits.

The colour of African demantoids ranges from a lively yellowish green to an intense blue-green. These stones often have more luster than their Russian cousins “Just as the Russian demantoid unmistakably originates deep in the heart of the country’s mysterious forests, African demantoids exude the heat and temperament of the local landscape,” says Wild, explaining the differences between the finest of all garnets. “The African side of the demantoid family has made these gems not just the ‘Stone of the Czars’, but also the ‘Stone of the Stars’ says Wild with a wink, pointing to the motto on his advertising posters.
Classics: two brilliant cut demantoids (10.87carats)
A rarity: an antique form demantoid (6.16 carats)
African demantoids are more common in sizes of two to three carats; stones or more than eight carats are very rare indeed. Paul Wild is showing sets and solitaires in a variety of shapes and cuts and in sizes up to 12 carats at Baselworld. Rarities like the 6.16 carat antique cut demantoid have a particular sparkle. The sets include, for example, a pair of two round 10.87 carat brilliant cut stones that would be suitable for either earrings or cufflinks.
22 carat set of African demantoids for glittering drop earrings
The six-demantoid set that Paul Wild has assembled for earrings is something quite special :a round diamond-cut stone, combined with two navettes, almost 22 carats in all. The stones are particularly successful when set as drop earrings, allowing their “diamond-like” qualities to shine through.

As well as demantoids, Paul Wild will be showing a number of other green stones at Baselworld: Markus Wild expects the peridot to maintain its dominant position from last year. In Basel he will be presenting some blue-green stones from Burma and some gold-green examples from Pakistan in a wide variety of cuts and sizes up to 50 Carats. The Company will also be showing tsavorites from the fine African garnet family, as well as classic emeralds, tourmalines and green berylliums. “Green is very much on trend – the tone never goes out of date,” says Markus Paul, describing the world’s favourite gemstone colour.

Coloured gemstones

Paul Wild’s “treasure trove” can provide coloured gemstones to satisfy a customer’s every wish / swift responses to the latest trends and solutions to supply shortages/ specialists develop new combinations for extravagant sets.

Abaroque cut Paraiba set: 16 stones in neon colours from turquoise blue and emerald green to yellowish green and luminescent yellow. Or a trilliant cut tourmaline in warm pink combined with an oval pastel pink morganite stone to create a pair of earrings. Or a bracelet made from heated and unheated Paraiba tourmaline cabochons combine the much sought-after radiant orchid, Pantone’s colour of the year, with luminescent turquoise.
Neon-coloured 523.13 carats: 16-piecebaroque cut Paraiba set from turquoise blue and emerald green to luminescent yellow
Paul Wild has been presenting multi-coloured sets for 30 years, assembled from coloured gemstones of solitaire quality. These come in pastel tones or strong colours and in tone on tone or contrasting color combinations: the sets caused quite a surprise when they first appeared and were quickly imitated.
Trilliant cut tourmalines and oval morganites in an elegant tone-on-tone combination: 65.54 carat set for earrings
Wild explains that the gemstone market tends to be influenced by long-term trends, although current fashions can also play a role and can be reflected in demand. Thus, for example, the combination of pastel tones and luminescent colours is a major trend for summer 2014. Paul Wild will be presenting a range of such pairs and sets at Baselworld 2014.

Swiss Jewellery Manufacturer Frieden Ltd. announces their new brand THOMAS FRIEDEN

Frieden Ltd., the traditional jewellery manufacturer from Switzerland will be launching the debut collections from their new brand THOMAS FRIEDEN at Baselworld 2014, world’s leading watch and jewellery fair.

Baselworld is not only the world’s most important show case for the watch industry but also for manufacturers of exclusive, precious jewellery. Prestigious exhibitors transform the fair halls into a glittering paradise with their precious metals, diamonds, gemstones and cultured pearls.

In 1954, 8 leading Swiss manufacturers founded the Swiss Jewellery Pavilion at the annual Swiss Industry Fair in Basel. One of the founding members was Willy Frieden, the father of Thomas, today’s owner of the traditional manufacturer which was founded in 1898. Today, Frieden is the only remaining founding member, who continuously has presented their unique creations to an international clientele for over 60 years at Basel.
Frieden Ltd. Creative Design takes advantage of their 60 years anniversary at Baselworld to internationally launch their new brand THOMAS FRIEDEN with the two collections “Feuille Divine” and “Oeil Magique”. A third collection will be presented at the upcoming exhibition.

The new brand pays homage to the king of precious stones, the diamond. Besides the unique designs it is the extraordinary stone material that gives the THOMAS FRIEDEN brand the exclusivity. All the different cuts can be found on the same piece of jewellery: from rough octahedron crystals, medieval cuts to the modern brilliant cut.

The traditional jewellery manufacturer Frieden Ltd. Creative Design has been in business for over 100 years. Besides the new top brand THOMAS FRIEDEN exclusive jewellery lines are designed and produced in their workshops in Thun, the city of the Alps: “Diamas”, a unique line with rough diamonds, “Rivière”, an extraordinary diamond jewellery collection, “Rainbow”, a line with natural sapphires from Madagascar and exclusive clasps for pearl necklaces. All these can be found at around 250 exclusive jewellers in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Near East.

Frieden has become an important supplier of precious stones and cultured pearls, ranking among the top pearl dealers of Switzerland. Owner and managing directors Thomas Frieden and René Lauper are both gemmologists G.G., GIA and experts in precious stones of the Swiss Gemmological Society. Their frequent buying trips and old established personal connections to gem-mines and pearl farms provide them accurate market information. The precious stones and cultured pearls used in the Frieden jewellery therefore make every piece of jewellery unique.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

OLIVIER JONQUET - ELIE

OLIVIER JONQUET is a young luxury watch brand based in France. The brand has announced the launch of its debut model Elie, an elegant timekeeper which beats to the rhythm of a genuine and historical movement manufactured in France.
This limited edition timepiece is made with a Stainless steel 316L cushion-shape case featuring a sapphire crystal, an enamelled dial, blued steel « Breguet » type hands and supplied with a leather strap totally handmade in a Parisian crafts shop. The design of this watch is inspired from watches of the 1910/1920 era.
The project has been realised with the involvement of some prestigious firms, talented watchmakers and craftsmen from the France. The first model of the brand is proposed exclusively through internet and only 50 copies will be produced after receiving all subscriptions.
The cushion-shaped stainless steel case offers a contemporary and retro look. The satin case back is engraved with OJ logo, name of the model and the serial number of timepiece.
The highly legible white enamel dial, inspired from Fob watches, does not display the logo or brand name. The « Breguet » type hands in blued steel add elegance to the dial.
For this project, the brand has acquired a well preserved lot of 70 France Ébauche FE 233/69 movements. These legendary movements were made in France but assembled in Switzerland. These historic movements are then reworked and adjusted in Haut-Doubs (France), before integrating into the timepiece.
Positioned in the affordable price range, the limited edition OLIVIER JONQUET ELIE timepiece is available for 1 890 Euros (excluding delivery costs). This timepiece can be pre-ordered now by visiting the OLIVIER JONQUET website.

Technical details
Model: OLIVIER JONQUET - ELIE
Limited edition of only 50 pieces

Case
Satin or polished cushion-shape
Dimensions: 38 x 38 x 9 mm (without crown)
Material: stainless steel 316 L
Case back: satin with OJ + serial number engraved
Water resistance: 50 meters
Crystal: sapphire crystal
Special strap attachment (strap width 22 mm)
Crown: polished « Thumbtack » and OJ personalised crown

Dial
White Enamelled dial with black Arabic numerals
Hands: blued steel « Breguet » type

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical France Ebauche FE 233/69
17 jewels
21600 alternations/hour
Power reserve of 52 hours approx

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second at 6 o’clock

Strap
Black calf leather - fully handmade - Hypo allergenic
Optional Straps: vintage ammo pouch leather of the French army dating WW2 and a chocolate caiman leather. These bands are fully hand made in Paris.
Buckle: polished & brushed steel OJ personalised

Price
1 890 € (excluding delivery costs)

Contact details
OLIVIER JONQUET
21, chemin Fond de Garrigue
30650 SAZE
FRANCE

http://www.montres-oj.com/en/

Stubbs&Co. Bridal Suit Collection - Wedding Rings - Rosemoor and Montpelier

Rosemoor and Montpelier are two new ranges of matching solitaires, eternity and wedding bands that Stubbs&Co. will be unveiling at Baselworld 2014.

The Rosemoor is a classic and subtle four claw solitaire with elegant ribbed detailing in the setting to go with the softer 'Bombe' profile of wedding band. The matching eternity ring echoes the detailing to create a tactile yet eye catching design.

The Montpelier solitaire and matching eternity ring offers a delicate crossover of micro claw set diamonds showcasing a Princess cut centre stone. According to designer Shona Marsh, Montpelier is designed to be light on the finger and is an excellent choice for those looking for an elegant alternative to the Brilliant cut Diamond. 


Rosemoor and Montpelier are part of the ‘London’ range of matching solitaires, eternity and wedding bands offers a unique and elegant selection of designs each with their own character and style. Inspired by the heart of London, its fashion, architecture and style each ring is designed to be individual yet timeless. All designs are produced to order in the Stubbs&Co.’s London workshop, in 18ct rose, white or yellow gold or platinum

This is the third time Stubbs&Co. is at the show.  “Exhibiting at Baselworld has given us exposure to a global market,” says Director Eran Shem-Tov.  The firm has opened accounts with top jewellers in Europe and beyond.  Eran credits ConfigureRing, the in-store sales app for part of the firm’s success. 

This tablet based system, branded with the retailer’s logo, allows staff to show a ring from stock to a consumer and then illustrate how it can be personalised using thousands of design possibilities.  Once a purchasing commitment is made, the ring can be produced in Stubbs&Co.’s London workshop in as little as three days.

Speake-Marin - Spirit Seafire

English watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin has been creating mechanically superlative, aesthetically distinctive high-end timepieces out of his atelier in Switzerland for over a decade. Today, the Speake-Marin collection has grown to include complications such as jumping hours, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and minute repeaters. Now the watchmaker unveils a chronograph timepiece for the first time.

The Spirit Seafire is Speake-Marin’s first ever chronograph. In addition to its chronograph counters (central elapsed seconds; elapsed minutes subdial at 12 o’clock; elapsed hours subdial at 6 o’clock), it features central hours and minutes; date at 3 o’clock; seconds wheel at 9 o’clock in the form of the Speake-Marin ‘topping tool’ logo; and signature Piccadilly case in polished grade 5 titanium with straight-grained sides.

The Seafire’s three-dimensional hour markers, minute chapter ring, chronograph subdials, date and tips of the hands are all in a bright white Super-LumiNova that contrasts superbly against the matte black dial. The white Super-LumiNova glows an atmospheric green in the dark, creating an exceptionally legible display, both day and night.
The Spirit Seafire is inspired by the Supermarine Seafire, the first modern carrier-based airplane fielded by the British Royal Navy to protect its fleet when it debuted in 1942.

A casual aura, high legibility and refined display make the Seafire an unmistakable Spirit. The white-on-black indications are highly legible during the day; their green glow in the dark gives perfect visibility during a night flight.

Peter Speake-Marin has put considerable thought into optimising the Seafire’s legibility. Not only has he skeletonised the central Speake-Marin signature ‘Foundation’ hour and minute hands, but he has also designed the counterweight of the central chronograph elapsed seconds hand as an open circle. Such design features ensure clear, unobstructed views of the chronograph counters.

It is rare to see Roman numerals feature on chronograph counters, but here Peter has used them for the subdial at 6 o’clock. This touch of refinement echoes the other models in the collection and helps to distinguish elapsed hours from the elapsed minutes in Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock.

Seconds can be monitored via the circular cut-out in the white-lacquered ‘topping tool’ wheel at 9 o’clock – set flush with the dial – as it passes by a vertical Super-LumiNova white line. This line is set into the surface, as are the Speake-Marin name and chapter ring railroad-tracks, while the Roman and Arabic numerals as well as the hour and minute indicators are in three-dimensional Super-LumiNova, creating a multi-level dial profile.

To create the Seafire’s dial, a three-dimensional mould of the multi-level dial elements was produced to make a negative mould in which lacquer and Super-LumiNova masks were successively applied by hand, ensuring the correct materials and colours were in the right places. When set, the one-piece dial face was removed from the mould and bonded to the dial plate. 
The Spirit Seafire is powered with an automatic integrated chronograph movement which offers a power reserve of 48-hour power reserve.  As the first Speake-Marin chronograph, the Spirit Seafire required a new Piccadilly case. Polished pushers gleaming at 2 o’clock (start/stop) and 4 o’clock (reset), bear testament to the complication within, while the bezel has been raised to accommodate the additional hands. The three-position fluted crown enables manual winding, rapid date change and hacking seconds.  And for added protection, Peter Speake-Marin has set the crown slightly into the caseband.

The Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire is available in a 42mm grade 5 titanium case.

Technical details
Features and indications
• Central hours and minutes
• Chronograph: Elapsed central seconds; elapsed minutes; elapsed hours
• Date window at 3 o’clock
• Highly legible, three-dimensional dial
• ‘Topping tool’ seconds wheel flush with dial
• 42mm titanium Piccadilly case
• Spirit motto “Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on caseback

Dial and hands
• Skeletonised ‘Foundation’ hour and minute hands in polished German silver, black PVD-treated
• Central chronograph elapsed seconds hand, black PVD-treated
• Chronograph elapsed minutes subdial at 12 o’clock featuring ‘Spirit’ Arabic numerals
• Chronograph elapsed hours subdial at 6 o’clock featuring ‘Spirit’ Roman numerals
• All hands featuring hand-filled white Super-LumiNova tips
• ‘Topping tool’ seconds wheel, hand-lacquered white at 9 o’clock
• Matte black resin base dial
• White dial elements in Super-LumiNova, in 3D relief and inset into dial

Movement
• Calibre C99001-D
• Automatic-winding mechanical movement featuring two-pusher chronograph and date
• Single barrel
• Frequency: 28,800vph / 4Hz
• Power reserve: 48 hours
• Number of jewels: 25
• Height: 7.9m

Case and strap
• Piccadilly case in polished, grade 5 titanium with straight-grained caseband
• Polished grade 5 titanium chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock (start/stop) and 4 o’clock (reset)
• Dimensions: 42mm x 15mm
• Screwed lugs
• 3-position crown: manual winding, rapid date change and hacking seconds
• Spirit motto “Fight, Love and Persevere” engraved on caseback
• Front sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating
• Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100ft
• Hand-made brown leather strap
• Hand-waxed cotton NATO strap by Suigeneric available (sold separately)
• Pin buckle in titanium; folding buckle available (sold separately)

Caran d’Ache - Limited Edition “Year of the Horse”

Chinese New Year started on 31 January under the sign of the horse. Haute Ecriture brand Caran d’Ache marks the occasion by unveiling its newest creation, Year of the Horse, bringing together the art of Chinese lacquer and the art of Fine Writing.

After the dragon and the snake, it is the turn of the horse to inspire the designers and craftsmen of Caran d’Ache, and the limited edition fountain pen and roller pen they have devoted to it capture its magnificence with elegance and expertise.

Produced in the pure manufacturing tradition of Fine Writing, the instruments are superbly artistic objects. The noble animal emerges in an engraving that is highlighted with ivory Chinese lacquer, creating a fascinating contrast with the body of the pen in black Chinese lacquer. 

This decorative technique that dates back to around 1400 BC calls for a level of expertise that very few craftsmen have mastered, even today. Successive infinitely delicate coats are applied, followed by a specific drying time and final polishing. Everything is done by hand, giving the writing instrument an echo of the timeless wisdom and serenity of the Orient.

As an ultimate dedication to Chinese culture, the Year of the Horse edition is limited to 888 pieces.
The “Year of the Horse” Limited Edition is one of the exceptional items in the Caran d’Ache Artist collection. Its masterly use of noble materials is the very embodiment of the expertise of the Maison de Haute Ecriture. 

Technical details
Available in 888 fountain pens and 888 roller pens, all with gold-plated trim
Body decorated with successive coats of ivory and black Chinese lacquer
Polishing brings out the incomparable brilliance of the black lacquer
The body is engraved to depict the horse in ivory Chinese lacquer
Swiss Made and the Caran d’Ache logo are engraved on the ring of the writing instruments
The fountain pen can be used with an ink pump or Caran d’Ache cartridges, as preferred
The rhodium-coated 18-carat gold nib of the fountain pen is available on request in several widths (M, F, B)
The roller pen is used with the Caran d’Ache roller point cartridge.
Numbering is located on the tip of the cap.
Presented in a superb lacquered wooden box and accompanied by a Limited Edition certificate and a certificate of the authenticity of the Chinese lacquer.
Manufactured according to the strict criteria of Swiss Made quality, a guarantee of long service life. Each pen is also covered by an international lifetime guarantee.

The “Year of the Horse” Limited Edition is available from the start of 2014 in all retailers specialising in Fine Writing.

Monday, February 24, 2014

SWISS TIME – ST 760 Royal Series

Delicate as a drop of morning dew, the ST 760 Royal Series embraces the wrist in a gentle caress. Time floats by on a mother-of-pearl dial, illuminated by the rays of the rising sun. Highlighting this harmonious composition, the case follows an oval curve, accentuated by a ribbon of crystals which wrap themselves around the case band then spill onto the dial. Deliciously feminine, both watch and jewel, the ST 760 Royal Series is carried by the magical shimmer of mother-of-pearl, the contrasting sparkle of crystals, and the majesty of a case and bracelet embellished with accents of gold.

Technical details
Movement
Ronda quartz

Functions
Hours, minutes

Case
Polished stainless steel with yellow gold PVD treatment, 31 x 46 mm
Crystals on the case band
Mineral glass
Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)

Dial
White mother-of-pearl, golden yellow, copper-toned or golden pink
Crystal hour-marker at 12 o'clock
Sunburst pattern

Bracelet
Stainless steel with yellow gold or pink gold PVD treatment, two-tone steel and steel with yellow gold or pink gold PVD treatment

FRANC VILA - FVn19 Neo Alta United-States Patriot

Swiss luxury watchmaker Franc Vila is adding a new patriot edition, in the “Neo Alta” collection, dedicated to United States of America. This watch is animated with 50 stars in tribute to "the Star and Stripes", name which is sometimes given to the American Flag.

This unique collection embodies the third evolution of the famous case that is so characteristic of the brand’s “Esprit Unique.” While leaving its DNA intact, the proportions of the case have been revisited to give the timepiece a more neo-classic design, one that might have seen the light of day in the 1970s, with a classic, streamlined, and pure appearance. The Neo Alta represents a return to the basics, with a simple yet refined carbon fibre dial that highlights the classic display of hours and minutes. As for the seconds, they are displayed on a disc placed at 6 o’clock. The bracelet has taken on a more modern look with a very durable woven synthetic material called V-Tex, which is quite comfortable for the wearer.
The Neo Alta evokes all the codes and identifiable features of the Franc Vila brand. Although a contemporary timekeeper, it represents traditional watchmaking with a resolutely recognizable design.

Technical details
Case
Case and bezel in DieHard Extreme steel or in black DLC
Special “Esprit Unique” shape with an elliptical and circular bezel
Sapphire crystal and case back with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistant to 100 meters

Movement
High-quality self winding Fvn19 mechanical movement, hand-assembled and finished
FRANC VILA Exclusive « Gold Concept Rotor »
21 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour
Power reserve of 42 to 44 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Dial
Black carbon fiber with imbedded indices in white and red
Blue disk of seconds at 6 o’clock animated the white 50 stars of the American Flag

Bracelet
Black V-Tex material with blue, red and white stitches
Doubled leather black calf velvet with fold-over clasp in DieHard Extreme steel or black DLC

Edition
Limited edition of 18 pieces

Longines Hong Kong Masters 2014 - Highlights

As the title partner and official timekeeper for the second edition of the Longines Hong Kong Masters, the Swiss watch brand presented Conquest Classic, the official watch for the event. Dedicated to Longines' passion for equestrian sports, this watch in steel and rose gold represents the classical and timeless beauty that has forged the brand's reputation and success all around the world. The Swiss watch brand presented two highlights of the event: the Longines Speed Challenge, won by Kevin Staut on Quismy des Vaux H D C on Friday 21 February 2014, and the Longines Grand Prix, attended by Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aaron Kwok and won by Henrik von Eckermann riding Gotha FRH on Sunday 23 February 2014.
Like all the models in the Conquest Classic line, the official watch for the 2014 Longines Hong Kong Masters is fitted with a self-winding calibre. With a diameter of 40 mm, this model in steel and rose gold houses the mechanical caliber L619. Its silvered dial is set with 3 Arabic numerals and 9 applied indices with Super-LumiNova® and displays the hours, the minutes and the seconds as well as the date at 3 o’clock. Just as the entire collection Conquest Classic, this timepiece is water-resistant to 5 bar and its screw-down case back is fitted with a sapphire glass.
Aaron Kwok, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, at the Longines Hong Kong Masters 2014
Longines was proud to present this model, dedicated to its passion for equestrian sports, during the Longines Hong Kong Masters. The 2014 edition of the event was held from February 21st to 23rd 2014 at Asia World-Expo (Hong Kong).
Longines Hong Kong Masters 2014: Aaron Kwok, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Jane Richard, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, and Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines.
On Friday, the company presented the Longines Speed Challenge. In this exciting contest, the challenge for the competitors is to achieve the fastest time, knowing that 2 penalty seconds are added for each pole that is knocked down. French rider Kevin Staut on Quismy des Vaux H D C won this competition in 65.37seconds, meanwhile his compatriots Simon Delestre riding Napoli du Ry and Julien Epaillard on Mister Davier arrived second and third respectively. All three winners received a beautiful Longines watch for their spectacular achievement.
Prize-giving Ceremony of the Longines Grand Prix Prix at the Longines Hong Kong Masters 2014 with Mr. Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director SwatchGroup (Hong Kong) Ltd., Aaron Kwok, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Katharina Offel, second at the Longines Grand Prix, Henrik von Eckermann, winner of the Longines Grand Prix, Ludger Beerbaum, third at the Longines Grand Prix, Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines, Mrs. Fernanda Ameeuw, Masters Grand Slam Ambassador, and Mr. Christophe Ameeuw, EEM World President.
Longines Ambassador of Elegance and great horse lover Aaron Kwok attended the event on Sunday. He had been able to admire the great performance of the winner of the Longines Grand Prix, the Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann on Gotha FRH.
Katharina Offel on Charlie during the Longines Grand Prix at the Longines Hong Kong Masters 2014
The Ukrainian Katharina Offel riding Charlie and the German Ludger Beerbaumon Chaman secured the second and third places of this prestigious competition.
To honour their success, the three winners were presented with elegant Longines watches by Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines, Mr. Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director Swatch Group (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Aaron Kwok.

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