Monday, March 31, 2014

RJ-Romain Jerome - Spacecraft Black

RJ-Romain Jerome’s Spacecraft is now available in a Stealth version inspired from the F-117 Nighthawk, the famous stealth combat aircraft of USA. Mr Manuel Emch, the CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome has entrusted the responsibility of the Spacecraft Black project to internationally renowned designer Mr Eric Giroud, and expert watchmaker Mr Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

With its Darth Vador look, the unusual trapeze-shape timepiece features a black, matt facetted, PVD-coated titanium case. Form and function are perfectly aligned and give time reading a whole new dimension: the hour display is revealed on the slice of the case with an orange indicator and is read laterally.

The minute indicator is featured on a black rotating disc with an orange cursor on the top of the case. The Spacecraft Black is equipped with a unique mechanical self-winding movement that has been exclusively developed for RJ-Romain Jerome by Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor. It combines four different complications – lateral, linear, jumping and retrograde. To finish off the complication, the time-setting has been designed as a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock.
Limited to 25-pieces, the new Spacecraft Black is supplied with a sporty black buffalo strap with orange stitching and titanium pin buckle.

Technical details
Model: Spacecraft Black
Reference: RJ.M.AU.SC.002.01
Collection: Creators Legends

Movement
Caliber: RJ2000-A – Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 v/h
Jewelling: 54 jewels
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance : 3 atm (30 meters)

Functions  
Linear, retrograde and jumping hour indicated by an orange-lacquered cursor

Case, dial and strap
Case: 50 x 44, 5 x 32.85 mm
Black PVD-coated titanium
Beadblasted black PVD-coated titanium plates
Anti-reflective metallised sapphire crystals
Dial indication: Dragging minute black disc with white indicators
Metallised lateral sapphire crystal with black transferred hour indicators
Hands: Hour indication by orange indicator with Superluminova C1
Crown: Black PVD-coated titanium screw-lock crown, beadblasted, engraved RJ logo
Strap: Black buffalo strap with orange stitching and titanium pin buckle
Limited edition: 25 pieces
Retail price: CHF 23,900.-/ EUR 23,500.- / USD 29,500.-

RJ-Romain Jerome - Nose Art DNA Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome introduces the Nose Art-DNA, a new addition to its flagship DNA of legends collection of timepieces. The new Nose Art-DNA watch is inspired from the famous WW II bomber aircraft Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the pin up arts used in combat aircrafts by pilots of the World war era.

The Nose Art-DNA collection offers two timepieces. Launched in January 1945, the Boeing B-17, also known as “Pink Lady” served many missions during WWII under the US army based in Great Britain. After the war, the “Lady” participated in multiple exploratory missions all over the globe and became the star of many motion pictures.

Prized for her loyalty and bold spirit, the “Pink Lady” is also recognized for her compelling Nose Art. This Art form first appeared on Italian and German aircrafts during The Great War. However, the golden age for Nose Art is reported to have taken place during WWII. Many soldiers developed a strong bond with their aircraft during that time and affectionately decorated them with paintings of pin-ups or shark-mouths. The paintings were tolerated in many countries in an effort to boost the esprit de corps. Nose Art was thought to bring luck and courage to the soldiers. Pin-ups were rapidly praised for their beauty and became the soldier’s secret talismans.
It is with this spirit that each Nose Art-DNA watch plays a shy game of hide-and-seek with beautiful and seductive pin-ups of its own. Inspired by the famous Varga girls, the pin-ups on the case-backs of each timepiece add a burlesque twist.

Housed in a new 46mm case, the black PVD-coated steel timepiece highlights an original green and brown camouflage dial whilst the aesthetic nature of the red gold model is enhanced by a grey camouflage pattern. The minutes and second counters at 3 and 9 o’clock recall a cockpit with its reading instruments in the shape of satinbrushed minute and hour hands. The case of the watch is enclosed by a specially designed flat sapphire crystal while the watch’s engine is composed of a mechanical self-winding Valjoux based chronograph movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. Each case back hides its own individually painted pin-up, delicately tucked under a transparent sapphire glass.

Inspired by aviator straps, the brand has added a calf NATO strap to both new models. This specific design was created to prevent the watch from sliding off the wrist while in the line of fire and was chosen by soldiers for its durability.

Limited edition, the Nose Art-DNA collection offers a selection of unique models to choose from the 99 timepieces per edition.

Model: Nose Art Black , Reference RJ.P.CH.002.01
Case: Ø 46mm
Dial: Camouflage background; Black coloured numbers, inner bezel and counters
Hands: Black satin-brushed hour & minute hands with Superluminova C1. Black chronograph second hand enhanced with Superluminova C1, black and satin brushed second hand
Bezel: Black PVD-coated satin finished and polished steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated satin finished and polished steel
Pushbutton: Black PVD-coated steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with black rubber
Case-back: Unique pin-up painting with sapphire glass
Strap: Black Nato calf strap with PVD-coated steel pin buckle
Limited edition : 99 unique pieces
Retail price: CHF 9,950.-/ EUR 9,950.- / USD 12,500.-

Model: Nose Art Red, Reference RJ.P.CH.003.01
Case: Ø 46mm
Dial: Camouflage background; Red gold numbers and counters, black coloured inner bezel
Hands: Red gold coloured satin-brushed hour & minute hands with Superluminova C1. Red gold chronograph second hand enhanced with Superluminova C1, red gold coloured and satin brushed second hand
Bezel: Red gold
Paws: Black PVD-coated satin finished and polished steel
Pushbutton: Black PVD-coated steel at 4 o’clock, with red gold insert at 2 o’clock
Lugs: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel with black rubber
Case-back: Unique pin-up painting with sapphire glass
Strap: Grey Nato calf strap with PVD-coated steel pin buckle
Limited edition: 99 unique pieces
Retail price: CHF 12,950.- / EUR 12,950.- / USD 15,950.-

Movement
Caliber: RJ001-CH, Mechanical self-winding movement
Jewelling: 27 jewels
Rate Frequency: 28,800 v/h
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 3 atm

Functions  
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock, chronograph, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

IWC Schaffhausen - Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Ref. IW390406

For the eighth time, IWC Schaffhausen is supporting the good work carried out across the globe by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation with a limited-edition timepiece in characteristic Laureus blue. With the Portuguese Chronograph Classic, the Swiss manufacturer is using a classically inspired timepiece to sponsor a charitable organization that exists to give children all over the world a chance at a better future.

IWC Schaffhausen has been a driving force behind the organization since 2005 and traditionally launches an exclusive special edition each year. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these timepieces goes directly to the Laureus Foundation and contributes to the funding of its projects.
The unmistakable Laureus blue used for the dial of this eighth IWC “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” special edition once again makes it clear that this watch has an additional, emotional value.


The Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW390406) in stainless steel is limited to 1,000 watches and, with its extraordinary elegance and classically inspired design, dovetails seamlessly into the popular collection. The watch is water-resistant to 3 bar and features the robust IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement, which has a flyback function, an imprint at the edge of the dial with a quarter-second scale for recording cumulative times, and an analogue display for longer stop times on an inner subdial.
With its characteristic appliquéd Arabic numerals, railway-track-style chapter ring and slender feuille hands, this sophisticated timepiece retains the identity and cultural legacy of the legendary original Portuguese, first manufactured in the 1930s. The traditional arched-edge front glass makes the 42-millimetre diameter appear smaller, and gives the watch a classic, balanced look. The black alligator leather strap by Italian high-end shoe manufacturer Santoni perfectly complements its stylish flair.
One of the hallmarks of all Laureus special editions is an engraving on the case back. In keeping with a revered tradition, IWC Schaffhausen organizes an annual children’s drawing competition within all the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects worldwide. This year, the jury’s verdict went to a drawing by 16-year-old Masha Nikulina from the Russian Federation. Her artistically ambitious picture shows happy children skiing and playing around in the snow. The illustration is a compelling interpretation of the theme of this year’s drawing competition, “Time to play”, and emanates a sense of harmony. The engraving is a reminder that a portion of the proceeds from sales goes to help Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects in some of the world’s most problematic regions.
Masha Nikulina, the winner of the children’s drawing competition, is a participant in Special Olympics Russia. This organization has taken it upon itself to train children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Olympic disciplines, and to give them a chance to enter sporting competitions.

In Russia, the integration of the intellectually disabled into society is still very much in its infancy. Special Olympics Russia demands that politicians take a stand against inequality and intolerance, and that they recognize the capabilities of people who have intellectual disabilities. The sport organization’s work encourages young people to discover their own talents, to learn what it means to be valued as part of a team and to make friends. By forming mixed teams of athletes, both with and without intellectual disabilities, it helps overcome prejudice and strengthens the participants’ self-esteem.

In addition to the Special Olympics Russia project, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation supports over 140 projects worldwide and has so far given around 1.5 million children the chance to lead a better life. With the help of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an association of famous sportsmen and women who between them account for over 100 Olympic medals, 100 world champion titles and 200 world records, the Foundation continues to highlight the issue of social inequality. The annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony, which is currently taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, gives the Foundation a very public platform for its work across the globe.

Technical details
Model: Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Ref. IW390406

Special features
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding – 68-hour power reserve when fully wound – Date display – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Back engraving depicting the winning picture in the “Time to play” drawing competition – Limited to 1,000 watches in stainless steel

Movement
IWC in-house calibre   89361
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding:  automatic

Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case, blue dial with rhodium-plated hands, Santoni strap made of black alligator leather, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: sealed case back with special engraving
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm

HUBLOT King Power “Special One”

Swiss luxury watch maker HUBLOT is presenting King Power “Special One” to honour its brand ambassador and football coach José Mourinho.

This large size (48 mm), yet sleek and sporty timepiece which is either available in titanium or 18K King Gold, boasts a unique bezel with dark blue carbon fibre that grabs the attention of onlookers. Realised using an innovative technical process,  the colour is  directly  integrated  in  the  fibres  arranged  in  the  mould,  and  the  whole  assembly  is  then  pressurised. The visual effect is emphasised  by  the moulded  bezel  -  also  blue  -  and  the  rubber  inserts  for  the  push-buttons  and  crown.  The counters, hands and minute track are in the same blue, and the piece is completed by a navy blue alligator strap which underscores the unique character of this watch. Moreover, blue is the favourite colour of José Mourinho, who is known as Special One among his followers. His signature also appears on the back of the watch.
The special one timepiece houses the Manufacture's UNICO chronograph movement, entirely designed, developed, machined and assembled by the micro-mechanical engineers, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot. 
This Flyback chronograph features two push buttons and a date indication.  It  is  distinguished  by  the  position  of  its  mechanism  with  a horizontal double clutch and the famous "column wheel" visible on the dial side. A central 60-second counter and a small 60-minute counter at 3 o'clock offer the wearer excellent functional visibility.  The  pallet  fork  and  escapement  wheel  are  made  from  silicon,  whose  lightness guarantees excellent performance.
The movement's 330 components benefit from high reliability, with several of them produced using LIGA technology. These are manufactured via material growth, which ensures precision production down to micron level. In addition to the precision quality, it also offers the possibility of creating original shapes and designs. The frequency of 4hz/28,800 vibrations per hour and the immaculate finish are also a guarantee of high chronometric quality. Finally, its automated production, which includes automation of the machining,  stone  fitting,  oiling  and  numerous  assembly  operations  also  ensures  consistent, controlled quality.
Two versions of this exclusive model were presented at Baselworld: titanium or King Gold.

Technical details
References   
701.NQ.0137.GR.SPO14 – Limited edition of 250 numbered pieces
701.OQ.0138.GR.SPO14 – Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces

Case     
"King Power" - Diameter 48 mm in Titanium or 18K King Gold
Bezel: Dark blue coloured carbon fibre with blue rubber moulding
6 black H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lugs: Black composite resin - Lateral inserts also in black composite resin
Case-back: Open – Titanium or 18K King Gold with José Mourinho signature transfer
Crown: Titanium or 18K King Gold with blue rubber insert
Push-pieces: Titanium or 18K King Gold with blue rubber moulding
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 metres

Dial     
Sapphire with date window at 4 o'clock
Hands: Satin-finished, rhodium-plated or gold-plated with dark blue luminescent material

Movement    
HUB1240 self-winding Unico Manufacture Flyback Chronograph
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours

Strap     
Adjustable, blue alligator sewn onto black rubber with deployant buckle

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

German watch manufacture Glashütte Original reveals the fascinating art of fine mechanical watchmaking with a new chronograph movement designed and hand-crafted entirely in its own manufactory in Glashütte.

The new Calibre 37-01 column wheel chronograph debuts at the heart of the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date in two versions, one with a platinum case and hand-finished silver dial and the other with a red gold case and lacquered silver grained dial. Conceived as a permanent part of the collection, both timepieces feature the watchmaker’s classic Senator dial visuals and are presented at Baselworld 2014 as part of the manufactory’s Art & Technikpillar.

Glashütte Original embodies the historic tradition of fine mechanical watchmaking dating back to 1845 in the Saxon town. The manufactory is renowned for a number of extraordinary complications, among them exquisitely engineered chronographs; the new Calibre 37-01 is the first it has conceived and built specifically as a chronograph movement. The manufactory’s inhouse design team has successfully integrated a unique combination of features: central stop seconds hand, 30 minute and 12 hour counters with flyback mechanism; small seconds counter with power reserve indicator (70 hours), and Glashütte Original’s compelling implementation of the Panorama Date display.

In contrast to more complex constructions, the automatic 4Hz column wheel Calibre 37-01 has been designed to be as simple and compact as possible. With a diameter of 31.6 mm and an essential simplicity, the movement has an increased stability and is less susceptible to interference, resulting in superior performance over time.

The simplicity and elegance in design is clearly evident in the classic harmony of the Senator dial visuals. The new Senator Chronograph Panorama Date will be available initially in two versions: The first model features a superb silver dial with laser-engraved black tachometric scale, railroad chapter ring and Roman numerals; all engravings are filled in black before the gold dial is polished in preparation for subsequent silver plating. The process, known as "silver plating by friction", involves the application by hand of a fine silver powder, resulting in a beautiful, durable and unique dial. This lustrous silver dial edition is presented in a polished and satin brushed platinum case; a blue sapphire is mounted on the crown. A second version in this debut edition features a lacquered silver grained dial with black railroad chapter ring and black Roman numerals set within a satin brushed and polished case in 18 carat red gold.
The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date displays the signature symmetrical harmony of the manufactory’s classic yet contemporary Senator line. The dial presents an elegant 12 hour chronograph counter at 12 o’clock, while the Panorama Date display with black numerals on an ivory ground is positioned at the centre of the lower half of the dial. The small seconds dial with black and white power reserve indicator appears at 9 o’clock, the 30 minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. All hands are in blued steel, and the dial is framed by a slim, elegant bezel and case in satin brushed and polished platinum or red gold.

The new chronograph presents a greatly simplified column wheel mechanism with fewer individual parts. The movement features a bi-directional rotor; the 70-hour power reserve is managed by a single spring barrel. Regulation is performed using four gold screws on the balance rim; the absence of a regulator on the spring allows the movement to run continuously over a much longer period of time, resulting in increased precision.

The chronograph start and stop functions are activated by the pusher at the upper right side of the case, the flyback mechanism by the pusher at the lower right. Pressing the flyback pusher halts the on-going chronographic time measurement and the chronograph hour, minute and second hands jump back to zero. The time measurement does not stop, however, but rather begins immediately a new measurement as soon as the flyback pusher is released.

The new manufactory chronograph from Glashütte Original presents characteristic features and finishings for which the Saxon watchmaker is famous. A domed sapphire crystal, antireflective on both sides, protects the dial side, while a second sapphire crystal set in the case back opens up the automatic movement for closer inspection. Among the exquisite features on view are the rotor and chronograph bridges mounted on the Glashütte three-quarter plate; Glashütte stripe finish on the automatic bridge, blued screws, and the central skeletonized 21-ct gold rotor with double-G logo.

Also of interest to connoisseurs is the novel oscillation system regulated by four gold screws, easily visible through the case back’s sapphire crystal.

The platinum version of the new Senator Chronograph Panorama Dateis fitted with a blue Louisiana Alligator leather strap and fold-over clasp in platinum; the red gold version is fitted with a mat black Louisiana Alligator leather strap and fold-over clasp in 18 carat red gold.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

German watch manufacture Glashütte Original introduces the new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, the most recent addition to its popular 20th Century Vintage Collection, featuring an entirely new chronograph movement designed and built in the German watchmaker’s manufactory in Glashütte. The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date debuts at Baselworld 2014 in three versions with dials in galvanised ruthenium, galvanized silver or blue. All three timepieces feature the Seventies collection’s characteristic soft-cornered square stainless steel case and bezel complemented by a range of bracelets in stainless steel, leather and rubber.
Glashütte Original embodies the historic tradition of fine mechanical watchmaking dating back to 1845 in the Saxon town. The manufactory is renowned for a number of extraordinary complications, among them exquisitely engineered chronographs; the new Calibre 37-02 is conceived and built specifically as an integrated chronograph movement. The manufactory’s in house design team has implemented a unique combination of features: central stop seconds  hand, 30 minute and 12 hour counters with flyback mechanism; small seconds counter with power reserve indicator (70 hours), and Glashütte Original’s compelling implementation of the Panorama  Date display.

In contrast to more complex constructions, the automatic 4 Hz column wheel Calibre 37-02 has been designed to be as simple and compact as possible. Mounted within the Seventies Collection’s 40 x 40 mm stainless steel case, its moderate size and essential simplicity enhance its stability and render the movement less susceptible to interference, resulting in superior  performance over time.

Glashütte Original created the Seventies Panorama Date with the 1970s in mind, an era of exciting new shapes and developments in design. The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date renews the spirit of the collection, presenting essential, elegant dial visuals: the small seconds dial with  black and white power reserve indicator appears at 9 o’clock, the 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock. A somewhat smaller, very stylish hour counter shows Arabic numerals from 1 to 12 in a window  centred just below 12 o'clock, harmoniously counter-balanced on the lower half of the dial by the  Saxon watchmaker’s signature Panorama Date display.

Three dial versions present refined variations of understated elegance in galvanised blue, ruthenium or silver with sunburst finished surfaces. The indexes are in white gold, the hour and minute hands in white gold with Super-LumiNova highlights for improved legibility. The dials are framed by a polished, soft-cornered square bezel and satin brushed case in stainless steel that underscores the distinctive, vintage Seventies look and feel.

The new chronograph movement presents a simplified column wheel mechanism with fewer individual parts. The oscillation system features a bi-directional rotor; the 70-hour power reserve is managed by a single spring barrel. Regulation is performed using four gold screws on the balance rim; the absence of a regulator on the spring allows the movement to run continuously over a much longer period of time, resulting in increased precision.

The chronograph start and stop functions are activated by the pusher at the upper right side of the case, the flyback mechanism by the pusher at the lower right. Pressing the flyback pusher halts the on-going chronographic time measurement; the 12-hour chronograph disc and the chronograph minute and second hands “fly” back to zero. The time measurement does not stop, however, but rather begins immediately a new measurement as soon as the flyback pusher is released.

The new manufactory chronograph from Glashütte Original presents characteristic features and finishing for which the Saxon watchmaker is famous. A sapphire crystal, antireflective on both sides, protects the dial side, while a second sapphire crystal set in the case back opens up the automatic movement for closer inspection. Among the exquisite features on view are the rotor and chronograph bridges mounted on the Glashütte three-quarter plate; Glashütte stripe finish on the automatic bridge, blued screws, and the central skeletonized 21-ct gold rotor with double-G logo. Also of interest to connoisseurs is the novel oscillation system regulated by four gold screws, easily visible through the case back’s sapphire crystal.

The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date models are available with a choice of straps: blue, grey and black Louisiana Alligator leather straps complement the blue, ruthenium and silver dial models respectively; a functional black rubber strap is available for all three, as is the sporty stainless steel link bracelet.

HUBLOT Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve

For the first time, Hublot unveils a Classic Fusion timepiece with an 8 day power reserve.

With just 4.40 mm thick and comprising 209 components including 33 jewels, the brand new movement developed by Hublot for this timepiece is one of the flattest in the industry, with its power reserve indicator, date and small second on the dial side.
The manually-wound movement ensures accurate, reliable operation of the watch for 8 days - 192 hours - at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The movement can be admired through  the  transparent  sapphire  crystal  case-back,  which  reveals  the  beauty  of  the  mechanism.
Its 45  mm classic fusion case boasts a  harmonious  and balanced black dial with a sunray satin finish produces subtly plays with the light and, with its baton indexes and gold- or rhodium-plated hands, goes beautifully with either King Gold (extra precious gold containing 5% platinum) or titanium, which are the two versions available for this new model.
The  Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve is supplied with a strap with a deployant buckle, in black alligator leather sewn onto tone-on-tone rubber for comfort, flexibility and increased durability of the leather. Water resistant is up to 50 metres.

Technical details

References   
516. OX.1480.LR – King Gold Power Reserve version
516. NX.1470.LR – Titanium Power Reserve version

Case     
 "Classic Fusion" – Diameter 45 mm – 18K King Gold or Titanium
Bezel: 18K  King  Gold  or  Titanium  with  6  H-shaped  titanium  screws,  countersunk, polished and locked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: 18K King Gold or titanium with engraved H for Hublot
Case-back: Open with sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective coating, 18K King Gold or titanium
Water resistance: 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres

Dial       
Black with sunray satin finish
Polished gold-plated or rhodium-plated baton indexes
Polished gold-plated or rhodium-plated hands

Movement  
HUB1601 Hand-wound movement with 8-day power reserve, date window at 3 o'clock and small second counter at 6 o'clock
Components: 209
Jewels: 33
Frequency: 3HZ (21,600 vib/h)

Strap     
Black alligator leather sewn onto black rubber with black tone-on-tone stitching
Clasp: Deployant buckle in 18K red gold or black PVD steel

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot presents its second Tourbillon Minute Repeater equipped with a brand new 100% in house Manufacture movement with double cathedral chime.

Born of the desire to pursue an independent route enabling Hublot to design  and produce its own  movements,  the  brand  has  now  unveiled  its  second  Minute  Repeater  coupled  with  a tourbillon.  Exhibiting  a  marvellous  balance  between  the  classic  style  of  its  two  major complications, a symbol of watchmaking art, and the dynamic, modern  design of the Classic Fusion 45 mm, this piece is a fine exercise in style that demonstrates the principle of fusion between Tradition and Modernity.
Entirely designed, developed and produced by the micro-mechanical engineers, engineers and watchmakers at Hublot, and this new Grande Complication is the result of 24 months of R&D. Fully  remodelled  and  optimised  since  the first  version  appeared  in  2010,  the  new  Tourbillon Minute Repeater retains all of Hublot's DNA.
The sapphire dial reveals the HUB 8001 hand-wound mechanical movement, with its tourbillon escapement and the Minute Repeater mechanism.  Among the notable new features  are  the newly designed time setting function and a traditional tourbillon with its 13.6 mm diameter cage, which rotates once every minute, and boasts a highly stable construction thanks to the barrette  on the dial side.

The assembly of its 319 components -  bridges, cams and springs, racks and hammers, gongs and snails, cage, wheels, jewels, screws  -  is a unique decorative element in itself, beautifully complemented by the watch's hands, which are red gold- or rhodium-plated, like the case.
One of the technical feats achieved on the Minute Repeater, whose construction requires a level of expertise possessed by only a small number of manufactures, is the complete integration of the  trigger  piece  in  the  left-hand  bezel  lug  of  the  Classic  Fusion's  case.  This  means  it  is  no longer  an appendage  -  as is usually the case  -  but rather a cleverly integrated function which results in a watch with a particularly harmonious appearance.

The  power  of  the  double  cathedral  chime  and  the  exceptional  clarity  of  its  tone  has  already brought it to  the attention of connoisseurs. Finally, the Tourbillon Minute Repeater, which has a power reserve of 5 days, is water-resistant to 30 metres  -  a highly complex achievement at this level,  and  much  sought  after  by  connoisseurs.  The sound of  the  chime  no  longer  relies  on airborne transmission, but rather resonates through the material of the case.
With it's aesthetically pleasing case of 45 mm diameter, this timepiece looks beautiful in King Gold (extra-precious gold containing 5% platinum) or titanium, the two versions in which this new model is available. It is completed with a strap, with a deployant buckle, in black alligator leather sewn onto tone-on-tone rubber for comfort, flexibility and increased leather durability.

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater

References   
504.OX.0180.LR – King Gold version limited to 50 numbered pieces
504.NX.0170.LR – Titanium version limited to 99 numbered pieces

Case      
"Classic Fusion" – Diameter 45 mm – 18K King Gold or Titanium
Bezel:18K  King  Gold  or  Titanium  with  6  H-shaped  titanium  screws,  countersunk, polished and locked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: 18K King Gold or titanium with engraved H for Hublot
Case-back: Open with sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective coating, 18K King Gold or titanium
Water resistance: 3 ATM, i.e. approx 30 metres

Dial       
Sapphire
Polished gold-plated or rhodium-plated baton indexes
Polished gold-plated or rhodium-plated hands

Movement  
HUB8001 hand-wound movement
Double Chime Tourbillon Minute Repeater
Components: 319
Jewels: 30
Frequency: 3 (21,600 vib/h)

Strap     
Black alligator leather sewn onto black rubber with black tone-on-tone stitching
Clasp: 18K King Gold with black PVD steel blades – Deployant buckle

Friday, March 28, 2014

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Tourbillon Vitrail

HUBLOT unveils Classic Fusion Tourbillon Vitrail, an exceptional timepiece inspired by the Art Deco era coloured stained glass windows. By introducing this colourful yet classic timepiece, Hublot connects the past with the future and connects respect for tradition with a 21st-century creative vision. Here, a first in watchmaking a colourful stained-glass window is miniaturised in a skeleton watch.
The HUBLOT Classic Fusion Tourbillon Vitrail features a HUB6017 movement made by the Manufacture, a skeleton tourbillon comprising  251  components,  a  5-day  power  reserve  and  a  contemporary  graphic  design;  there  are  no  fewer than 15 small spaces  –  15 tiny openings housing a sliver of glass secured with O-rings  which grip the glass, ensuring that it does not break through heat expansion. Technically, this is a very high-tech glass which is used in physics to filter the different frequencies or colours of light.
It is Swiss Made, and this special quality guarantees exceptional stability and durability. It is precision laser-cut to the nearest micron, and its shades of colour will not fade over time. The interplay of colours and shades is thus almost infinite.
The first 4 references in this collection will be available in red or blue tones. This technology already offers 10 colours of translucent glass, and several shades are possible for each colour making the way for thousands of possible colour combinations, potentially guaranteeing each customer a unique watch. 
With this unique concept, patented by Hublot, there is an endless range of possibilities  to  create  a  different  watch,  which  today  plays  on  its  highly  colourful  translucency. 

Technical details
Model: Classic Fusion Tourbillon Vitrail

References   
502. NX.0001.LR – Tourbillon Titanium Red Vitrail, Limited edition – 20 watches
502. CX.0001.LR – Tourbillon Ceramic Red Vitrail, Limited edition – 20 watches
502. NX.0003.LR – Tourbillon Titanium Blue Vitrail, Limited edition – 20 watches
502. CX.0003.LR – Tourbillon Ceramic Blue Vitrail, Limited edition – 20 watches

Case      
"Classic Fusion" – Diameter 45 mm – Black ceramic or titanium
Bezel: Titanic or black ceramic, 6 H-shaped titanium screws; countersunk, polished and locked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: Titanium or black ceramic with black rubber insert with "H" for Hublot
Case-back: Open with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating, Titanium or black ceramic
Water resistance: 3 ATM, i.e. approx 30 metres

Movement  
HUB6017 Hand-wound Skeleton Tourbillon movement produced by the Manufacture
5-day power reserve
Components: 251 (19 jewels)
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)

Strap     
Black alligator stitched onto black rubber with black stitching
Deployant buckle in 18K red gold or black PVD steel  

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Tourbillon Firmament

HUBLOT unveils Classic Fusion Tourbillon Firmament, an exclusive mechanical timepiece with osmium crystal dial. Discovered in 1803 by Smithson Tennant, Osmium is a rare metal on our planet. It is for the time in the watch making industry, a manufacture incorporates this rare and highly precious material into a timepiece.
The origins of osmium date back to the formation of the Earth and the primitive solar nebula. Metal alloys from the same group –which have a very high melting point – must have formed at depths over 2900 km where the temperature is sufficiently high to melt these elements. Convection movements raised these materials to the surface, almost unchanged since the formation of our planet. Osmium is part of the platinum group and is therefore found in the same places as platinum, mainly in Russia and South Africa. Approximately 10,000 tonnes of platinum ore will contain approximately 28 grams of osmium. It is estimated that there are some 200 tonnes of osmium reserves, compared with 13,000 tonnes of platinum, which is itself a rare metal.

As well as being the rarest metal on Earth, it is also very hard; it  is  also  the  densest  and  heaviest  metal  at  22.6  g/cm(heavier  than  platinum,  iridium  or rhenium).In its compact and crystallised form, it becomes inalterable in air and its brilliance will never fade.
Its blueish sparkle is unique amongst metals. And there lies the wonder of osmium crystal dials: osmium crystals vary in size from tenths of a millimetre to just a few millimetres, making osmium in its crystal form one of the greatest new developments in the precious metals market.

Thanks to the research of a team of scientists and researchers based in the Swiss Canton of Valais, osmium is crystallised using a highly sophisticated process; this enables it to reach its melting point (3,033 degrees Celsius), changing its structure and transforming it into osmium crystal.
Technical details
Reference: 502.CX.0002.LR – 45 mm

Case
Case: "Classic Fusion" in polished black ceramic
Bezel: Black ceramic with 6 H-shaped titanium screws; countersunk, polished, locked
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug: Black composite resin
Crown: Black ceramic with black rubber insert with "H" for Hublot
Case-back: Open with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating, black polished ceramic
Water resistance: 3 ATM, i.e. approx 30 metres

Movement  
HUB6017 Manufacture Hand-wound Skeleton Tourbillon movement
5-day power reserve
Components: 251 (19 jewels)
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)

Strap     
Black alligator stitched onto black rubber with black stitching

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull

Part of Hublot’s skull series, in this Skeleton tourbillon, the most legendary compilation, which is created using the pure traditional watch making methods successfully merges with an appealing exterior made with most modern material such as ceramic coated aluminium.

The ceramic coated aluminium, which is new to Hublot, is obtained through a treatment known as MAO (Microarc Oxidation) which consists of a surface conversion through plasma discharge in an electrolyte bath. This forms a ceramic layer which is hard, dense and adhesive. The micro-blasted finish is obtained  through  manual  sanding  which  gives  the  case  a  distressed  look  and  ensures  each piece  has  a  unique  finish.  Finally,  this  material  has  a  high  hardness  rating  of  around  1000 Vickers. It has excellent resistance to corrosion and friction, and is twice as light as ceramic.
The Manufacture's famous manual winding  skeleton tourbillon movement with its 5-day power reserve  –  entirely  designed,  developed  and  manufactured  in  the  workshops  at  the  Hublot Manufacture – has also seen several transformations. This is particularly true of its bridges and plate which have undergone 3-D machining: a laser machining phase has transformed the flat bridges, creating a relief on these components.

A very delicate technique to perform, it creates a 3-D look which is also quite rare in watchmaking as, generally speaking, bridges are flat. The components’ white surface treatment is obtained through an electroplating process.  The components  are  rhodium-plated  then,  to  achieve  this  white  appearance  (instead  of  retaining their metallic colour), the decoration stage is carried out using micro-blasting which turns them white.
Their bone-shaped design with skull-shaped minute tourbillon barret (which rotates fully in one minute)  creates  a  surprising  and  different  piece:  the  perfect  fusion  of  the  traditional  and  the modern, the craftsmanship of the past and a 21st-century creative vision for watchmaking. One last small detail adds further interest to the piece, if that were needed: the indices are in Roman numerals, which is also a first for Hublot.

Technical Details
Model: Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull
Reference: 505.UC.0170.VR SKULL
Limited edition of 50 pieces

Case      
Classic Fusion – Diameter 45 mm
Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look
Bezel: Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look
Bezel screw: H-shaped – polished and locked
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating, metallic Hublot logo
Composite elements: Black
Crown: Ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look
Case-back: Open, ceramic-coated aluminium, micro-blasted finished with distressed look.
50 pieces engraved with "LIMITED EDITION", with grey lacquer.
Case-back crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Hands: Skeleton, black galvanic treatment, micro-blasted
Water resistance: 3 ATM, i.e. approx 30 metres

Movement    
Hublot HUB6014 hand-wound calibre, Manufacture tourbillon
Components: 146 – 19 jewels (Frequency 3 Hz - 21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approx. 120 hours

Strap      
Vintage black calfskin - Black stitching - Black rubber deployant buckle

TUDOR Heritage Black Bay (New Version - Reference 79220B)

TUDOR Heritage Black Bay was first presented in 2012  and it the  following  year  it  was  awarded  the  “Revival”  category  prize  by  the  jury  of  the  2013  Grand  Prix  d’Horlogerie  de  Genève.  The TUDOR Heritage Black Bay returns in 2014 in a new version which exalts the original purpose of the TUDOR Submariner tool-watches and their use on the wrists of divers serving in some of the world’s greatest navies.
The Heritage line by TUDOR is distinguished by the unique creative process of the brand’s Style Workshop as well as an exceptional attention to detail. The very opposite of a mere re-edition, a Heritage product is the powerful result of a true temporal and stylistic encounter of past, present and future.  The aesthetic codes that contributed to the renown of the historic models are preserved and injected with modern touches to update its iconic status.

The  TUDOR  Heritage  Black  Bay  embodies  the  pinnacle  of  this  creative  approach,  since  its inspiration  is  anchored,  not  in  a  historic  model,  but  rather  in  the  nearly  60  years  of  the brand’s emblematic divers’ watches.

The  TUDOR  Heritage  Black  Bay  derives  its  overall  lines  and  its  domed  crystal  from  the brand’s first divers’ watch, the TUDOR Submariner reference 7922, launched in 1954. It also owes to its ancestor its domed dial, a feature shared by the first TUDOR Submariner models, but which had since vanished. Its imposing winding crown is a nod to a model presented in 1958 under reference 7924 and dubbed “Big Crown” by collectors. Its characteristic angular hands,  known  by  connoisseurs  as  “Snowflakes”,  were  seen  from  1969  to  the  early  1980s. These  multiple  references  to  the  brand’s aesthetic  heritage,  combined with  contemporary design  elements  such  as  the  robust  41  mm  steel  case  with  a  refined  finish,  a  coloured, anodized aluminium crown tube, as well as superbly crafted interchangeable bracelets make the  TUDOR  Heritage  Black  Bay a  watch  with  a  powerful  identity that  vividly  embodies  the brand’s renewal process.

The 2012 TUDOR Heritage Black Bay, with its black-chocolate dial, its pink-gold hands and hour markers, its creamy luminescent material and its burgundy bezel, is reminiscent of the gentle warm patina of an antique watch.

For  this second  version, TUDOR’s  Style  Workshop  sought  to  convey through  design  details  the  intention  governing the creation of the brand’s first divers’ watch: namely, to produce a technical and reliable divers’ tool-watch. The result is an antithetic and yet complementary TUDOR Heritage Black Bay,  presented  in  cool  colours  accentuating  this  model’s  inherent  virtues  of  fine workmanship, finishing and precision. While the first version radiated gentle, soft warmth, the face of the second is icy with sharp lines infusing it with a decidedly high-tech allure. Its deep-black dial strikes a cold, marked contrast with the silvery hour markers and their white luminescent material.
The silver-coloured, luminescent hands feature the same contrast as they cut across the dial with surgical precision. Finally, the bezel in midnight -blue, matching the  colour  of  the  crown  tube,  tempers  the  vibrancy  of  the  steel  case,  while  lending  an aquatic  and  highly  functional  dimension  that  echoes  the  military  past  of  certain  brand references.

During the second half of the 20th century, the French Navy was equipped with TUDOR divers’ watches, which were generally blue. Like all models in the Heritage line, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay comes with two bracelets or straps: an adjustable black and blue fabric  strap  with  a  sophisticated  weave;  and  the  other  a  choice  of  either  a  midnight -blue distressed leather strap matching the bezel, or a satin-finished and polished steel bracelet. Both come with a folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Tudor Heritage Black Bay
Reference 79220B

41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
Unidirectional rotatable steel bezel, matt blue disc
Self-winding mechanical movement, TUDOR calibre 2824
Power reserve of approximately 38 hours
Screw-down winding crown in steel engraved with the TUDOR rose, with blue anodized aluminium crown tube
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
Steel bracelet or aged leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch
Additional fabric strap with buckle supplied with watch

HUBLOT Classic Fusion Skull Pavé

Hublot's diamond skull series shows its rebellious streak, brilliantly thumbing its nose at those with an overly conservative outlook. This watch will be a sure-fire hit with rock-star fashionistas on the stage and in the city. Measuring 45 mm in diameter, this Hublot watch is the surprisingly perfect  fusion  of  a  modern  rebellious  spirit  with  the  grand  tradition  of  setting. 
Its 1168 diamonds, totalling over 5 carats, shine with a carefree and insolent glamour, lending the piece a bold, confident elegance.  It  is  available  in  two  versions,  each  limited  to  just  50  numbered pieces:  the  first  is  in  titanium,  set  with  white  diamonds;  the  second  is  in  black  PVD-treated titanium  set  with  black  diamonds. 
Both versions feature a white gold dial.  The watch is equipped with a HUB 1110 self-winding mechanical movement comprising 63 components and 21 jewels. Water resistant is up to 50 metres.
Technical Details

References   
511. NX.9000.LR.1704.SKULL (Limited edition of just 50 pieces)
511. ND.9100.LR.1700.SKULL (Limited edition of just 50 pieces)

Case      
 "Classic Fusion", diameter 45 mm, titanium or black PVD titanium, polished sides
Set with 218 diamonds weighing a total of 1.41 carats
Bezel: Titanium or black PVD titanium, set with 126 diamonds weighing a total of 1.41 carats , 6 titanium or black PVD titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lugs: Black composite resin
Crown: Titanium engraved with "H"
Case-back: Satin-finished titanium, sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 5 ATM or approximately 50 metres

Dial       
White gold set with 824 diamonds weighing a total of 2.19 carats or
Black PVD-treated white gold set with 824 black diamonds weighing 2.19 carats
Hands: Rhodium-plated or black rhodium-plated, faceted , polished

Movement    
HUB 1110 automatic movement
No. of components    63 (21 jewels)
Frequency : 4 Hz (28,800 Vib/h)
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Strap  
Black alligator leather stitched onto black rubber.
Deployant buckle in steel or black PVD steel

Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Collection - Bloom

Swiss watch Manufacture Girard-Perregaux has selected the poetry of an exquisite flower to adorn the dials of its new steel Cat's Eye collection: the peony. A generous flower boasting captivating beauty, it tops the various dial versions of this model named the Cat's Eye Bloom.

Cultivated for thousand years and originating in China, it is said that the peony was the first flower to be domesticated by man. It has since remained intimately linked to his destiny. Timeless and perfect for any occasion, its beautifully ruffled petals and its infinite variations of colours have set the tone for decorative arrangements and have served as artists' inspiration. The Ancient Greeks also believed the peony to have healing powers. During the Middle Ages in Europe, Benedictine monks cultivated this flower in the gardens of their monasteries.
The peonies of the Cat's Eye Bloom watch seem to bloom forth from its dial. Fine and fragile, they appear in the form of lace that is overlaid onto a hand-polished beige or natural white (depending on the model) mother-of-pearl dial. To accomplish this, the Manufacture Girard-Perregaux developed a new way of using a well-known method. Each embroidery-like design consists of seven layers of material that are successively applied to create volume and the desired three-dimensional effect.
Depending on the model, the second-to-last layer is also given either a gold or silver powder coating to create a shiny effect. Comparable to three-dimensional printing, this process showcases the spirit of discovery that is unique to Girard-Perregaux. The reference to lace is also seen in the "net motif" style background that covers the entire dial case-back.
Made from delicately polished steel, the oval case is set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and is fitted with a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Its open case-back reveals the refined interior of the GP03300 mechanical movement with self-winding. Conceived, manufactured and assembled in the Manufacture's workshops, its steel oscillating weight is engraved with the letters "GP" to create a tapestry-like decor with pearlescent bridges and mainplate. It features hour and minute functions and offers 46 hours of power reserve.
Especially fine and delicate, the grey or beige alligator strap is closed by a steel folding buckle.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Bloom
Reference: 80476D11A701-CK7A and Reference: 80476D11A801-CK8A

Case, dial and strap
Case: steel set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds,~0.95 ct
Dimensions: 37.84 x 32.84 mm
Dial: natural or beige white mother-of-pearl
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Grey alligator leather strap, Steel folding buckle (Reference: 80476D11A701-CK7A)
Beige alligator leather strap, Steel folding buckle (Reference: 80476D11A801-CK8A)

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0097
Mechanical, self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1/2’’’)
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Pink Gold

The revolutionary Constant Escapement L.M.: the Aiguille d’Or award winning timepiece at the 2013 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève is now available in pink gold.

Girard-Perregaux’s Constant Escapement L.M. debuted in 2013, marking one of the brand’s most exciting innovations in its history. As the culmination of several years of research and development, it was the very first constant force escapement to be successfully placed in a wristwatch. The feat is an advanced and sophisticated solution to a quest that has perplexed clockmakers and watchmakers since the beginning of time, constant force – as such it is a victory over decreasing power in traditional mechanical watches to achieve greater precision and regularity.
To accomplish this, Girard-Perregaux watch masters have integrated an intermediate device into the escapement, consisting of an extremely thin silicon blade that stores the energy up to an invariable threshold bordering on instability, and then transmits it all instantaneously, before recommencing the cycle.
This groundbreaking timepiece is now available in a pink gold case with a softly domed, varnished white dial that exudes timelessness and elegance in every respect. The warm hue of the 18K pink gold version compliments the traditional architecture and intricacies within this masterpiece of watch mechanics.
The faceted Dauphine hands and applied hour markers have also been redesigned in the same spirit and colour. Despite its 48 mm diameter, the sleek case with softly curved lugs gently hugs the wrist for perfect comfort.
The Constant Escapement L.M. with the new pink gold case is worn on a matte black alligator strap with pink gold folding buckle.
Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Pink Gold
Reference: 93500-52-731-BA6D

Case, dial and strap
Case: pink gold
Diameter: 48.00 mm
Bezel: circular satin-brushed, interior satin-brushed
Crystal: domed anti-reflective sapphire
Dial: domed, varnished white color, with 6 applied indexes and applied GP logo in gold
Hands: dauphine style
Crown: pink gold with embossed GP logo
Case-back: sapphire glass, secured by 6 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Black alligator leather strap with hand stitches
Pink gold folding buckle

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP09100-0002
Mechanical, manual winding movement
Diameter: 39.20 mm (17 1/2’’’)
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 6 days
Jewels: 28
Number of components: 271

Functions
Hour, minute, central second, linear power reserve

Los Angeles Based Jewellery Designer Sunny Jain unveils the jewellery collections at Baselworld 2014

Since 2008, Sunny Jain has been designing modern and bold jewellery collections that cater to a mix of both Hollywood insiders and collectors of fine gems from his design atelier in Los Angeles, California.

Jain’s talents lie in the brand’s distinctively contemporary jewellery interpretations that challenge the relationship between precious gemstones and the finest quality metalwork, while maintaining a balance of old and new world metalworking techniques.  When honed and polished, a Bavna handcrafted pair of earrings, necklace, pendant, ring, bracelet or cuff is coveted as a collectible piece of wearable art.

The process begins by scouring the world’s mines and exotic locales for the perfect gem to spark Jain’s creative process for transforming raw, natural stones and simple metals into much more than just pieces of jewellery.   From diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires to esoteric opals, blue Paraiba and pink tourmaline, each and every gemstone in a Bavna design is selected for its raw, innate beauty. Jain carefully crafts each gem into a setting that accentuates its natural appeal with unique rose cuts and brilliant slices, while delivering the quality and pride of craftsmanship that are the hallmark of the brand.
Family also plays an integral role in the origins of Bavna.   Jain grew up working in his family’s fine jewellery business and it was there he first began working with 18kt gold and raw diamonds that stirred his passion for jewellery design.  Jain chose the moniker Bavna to pay homage both to his mother Bhavna Jain and their lineage traced to ancient Sanskrit teachings.  The translation of “Bavna” means “of good intentions” and represents the core essential values Jain makes tangible with every handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Bavna design. 

Some highlights at BaselWorld 2014 include:
The Soleil Collection:  Delicately handcrafted earrings and neck pendants with yellow rose cut diamonds set in 18K rose and yellow gold, accentuated with white brilliant cut diamonds.

The Sabbia Collection: Champagne diamonds yield “statement piece” earrings, necklaces, cuffs, bracelets and rings dramatically set in 18K yellow gold detailed with intricate metalwork.

The Bianca Collection: Elegant and striking is this grouping of earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets crafted with brilliant natural rose-cut white diamonds in a choice of either 18k white gold or rose gold.

The Rustico Collection: The intrinsic beauty of natural rough cut and sliced softly hued diamonds is offset in both 18k yellow gold.

Harrods and Fabergé Team Up With Miroslava Duma for ‘A Fabergé Easter at Harrods’ and Unveil the Fabergé Cinescope

Style icon Miroslava Duma has teamed up with iconic artist jeweller Fabergé and Harrods, the world’s most famous department store, for ‘A Fabergé Easter at Harrods’, an exclusive collaboration running from 1st to 21st April 2014.

The  collaboration  will  see  the  famed  Brompton  Road  windows  retell  the  story  of  the legendary jewellery house. A luxurious pop-up salon will feature Fabergé jewellery collections and an interactive digital lounge giving customers a chance to style and share Fabergé jewels.  In addition, an ‘Egg Bar’ will showcase the iconic precious egg pendants. Finally, an exhibition space will present among other historic pieces the original 1901 Fabergé Apple Blossom Egg never seen before in the UK.

Miroslava  Duma,  the  digital  pioneer behind  the  successful  online  platform Buro  24/7,  will  launch  the ‘Fabergé Cinescope.’  This interactive social media led experience will celebrate the world of Fabergé.
The ‘Fabergé Cinescope’  will enable visitors to try Fabergé jewellery via a digital mirror  and create a one-of-a-kind  animation  portrait  of  themselves  that  can  be  shared  across  social  media.  The digital concept is inspired by a popular Victorian novelty that creates a pre-cinematic form of animation.  The animated portrait is based on the trompe-l’oeil optical effect created by two images placed on either side of a disk creating an illusion of being one image when rotated quickly.  The ‘Fabergé Cinescope’ is also inspired by the prominence of portraiture in Fabergé eggs or other historic Fabergé pieces.

Marrying  innovation  with  tradition  is  what  Fabergé  excels  at  –  creating  contemporary jewellery collections  inspired  by  its  illustrious  heritage,  and  now  transforming  a  period  toy  into  a  digital-age concept.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Girard-Perregaux - Cat's Eye 10th Anniversary Edition

Girard-Perregaux celebrates the tenth anniversary of its sparkling Cat's Eye Collection, a favourite high jewellery timepiece among the elite clientele. Featuring an oval case and adorned with sparkling diamonds and precious stones, the Cat's Eye collection features a complex range of Haute Horlogerie features.

The new Cat’s Eye Anniversary watch celebrates the collection’s ten year anniversary with a dial blanketed in shimmering, metallic rays. Available in two versions, it offers eye-catching motifs exploding with precious gems. The Swiss Manufacture invites all lovers of fine watchmaking to be carried away by their glittering auras.
To create a dynamic effect on the dial of the Cat's Eye Anniversary watch, the point of origin for the rays was shifted from the center to the 9 o'clock position. Thanks to this asymmetric effect, which resonates with the oval-shaped case, the rays of light assume a variety of lengths, creating a breathtaking sparkle. Each teardrop-shaped tip points towards the outside, and their centers are set with one jewel, sometimes two when their dimensions allow for it. Overlaying these hand-polished rays requires very special and demanding expertise due to the delicacy of these elements. 
The black version features a hand-polished onyx dial and 73 brilliant-cut diamonds. On the opaline version, the rays shine forth from a hand-polished white mother-of-pearl background that has been dyed gray. They also feature 73 sapphires at their tips in shades ranging from bright to pastel pink. These sapphires are selected with extremely careful attention in order to create a subtle and harmonious gradient effect.
In both versions, the leaf-shaped hands are domed to give them beautiful volume and a distinguished character.
Made of white gold, the iconic oblong case of the Cat's Eye collection is adorned with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds set around the bezel. It also features a domed anti-glare sapphire crystal. The open case-back of this special edition is engraved with the words "10th Anniversary" and reveals the refined interior of the GP03300 mechanical Manufacture movement with automatic winding.
Conceived, manufactured and assembled in the Manufacture's workshops, its pink gold oscillating weight is engraved with the letters "GP" to create a tapestry-like decor with pearlescent bridges and mainplate. It features hour and minute functions and offers 46 hours of power reserve.

Especially fine and delicate, the black or garnet alligator strap is closed by a white gold folding buckle.

Technical details
Model: Girard-Perregaux Cat's Eye Anniversary
Reference: 80489D53A601-CK6A: Black alligator leather strap, White gold folding buckle
Reference: 80489D53A602-CKHA: Garnet alligator leather strap, White gold folding buckle

Case, dial and strap
Case: white gold
Dimensions: 35.44 x 30.44 mm
Dial: onyx or mother-of-pearl
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back: sapphire crystal, secured by 4 screws
Water resistance: 30 meters (3 ATM)
Black alligator leather strap, White gold folding buckle or Garnet alligator leather strap, White gold folding buckle

Setting
Case: 62 brilliant-cut diamonds, ~ 0.85 ct
Onyx dial: 73 brilliant-cut diamonds, ~ 0.36 ct
Mother-of-pearl dial: 73 pink/red sapphires, ~ 0.41 ct

Movement
Girard-Perregaux movement GP03300-0101
Mechanical, self-winding movement
Diameter: 25.60 mm (11 1/2’’’)
Frequency: 28,800 Vib/h - (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Jewels: 27
Functions: hour, minute

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