Monday, June 30, 2014

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture

Swiss luxury watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin unveils an exclusive skeleton tourbillon caliber incorporating the very latest silicium technology. Celebrating the interplay of light and innovation, this new timepiece reflects the exquisite expression of the brand's pioneering spirit.

With this timepiece, the Le Locle-based Manufacture combines cutting-edge technology with an aesthetic exploration of the themes of transparency and simplicity. The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is an impressive and unique contemporary timepiece that pays tribute to the brand’s prestigious past.
 Skeletonizing is a subtle art that requires both watchmaking know-how and an artistic sensibility. The aim is to reveal the inner workings of the movement by reducing the structure of components to a bare minimum, allowing light to penetrate freely through. Ulysse Nardin’s Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is a brilliant example of this endeavour.
The in-house movement seduces with its refined architecture and perfectly balanced proportions.The barrel at 12 o’clock mirrors the escapement placed at 6 o’clock. Above the latter is a ratchet wheel engraved with the brand name, insignia and the power reserve. Surfaces are decorated with an eye-catching contrast of bead-blasted and polished finishes. Colour variations enhance the visual interest of metallic components. Crimson rubies sparkle among the hand bevelled bridges embellished with a satin-finish “sunray" decoration.
 Each train wheel is rhodium-plated. The blue of the steel screws echoes the azure tone of the silicon components. The specially designed hands are inspired by a gently curved leaf shape and are skeletonized at their tips. Recalling a Ulysse Nardin caliber from 1922, the back bears a screwed-in plate engraved with the serial number, making each timepiece unique.

Since it was founded in 1846, Ulysse Nardin has distinguished itself with its pioneering approach. The accuracy and quality of its timepieces have forged an unrivalled reputation for the brand in the rarefied world of fine watchmaking. Perpetuating this spirit, Ulysse Nardin has been a forerunner in the use of silicon, which it featured in a watch for the first time in 2001.
The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is an elegant showcase for this exceptional know-how: nestled within the hand-wound mechanical movement is a flying tourbillon that comprises a balance spring, anchor and escapement wheel made from silicon. The power reserve offers an impressive duration of 170 hours. The Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture is available in two limited editions: 200 pieces in rose gold and 200pieces in white gold.

Technical details
Model: Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture

Reference  
1706-129 rose gold
1700-129 white gold

Movement  
Caliber UN-170 Manufacture
Escapement wheel and balance spring in silicium
23 jewels, 18’000 V/H
Power-Reserve: Approx. 170 h
Winding: Manual Winding

Functions  
Hours and minutes

Case  
Rose gold and white gold
Dimensions: 44 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Sapphire crystal

Strap
Leather strap with simple buckle

The Glamorous Monaco Hosts Longines Global Champions Tour, the Prestigious Show Jumping Event

After Antwerp, Madrid, Hamburg, Shanghai and Cannes, it was glamorous Monaco’s turn to host a round of the Longines Global Champions Tour. This event offered a great opportunity to discover Conquest Classic, a collection of watches dedicated to the equestrian world.

Glamorous Monaco hosted once again a leg of the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour. Combining elegance and performance, this event took place there from 26 to 28 June 2014. This unique location, enhanced by the magical backdrop of Port d’Hercule and the Prince’s Palace, witnessed the victory of Charlotte Casiraghi on Madison d’Olgy and Edwina Tops-Alexander on Erenice Horta at the Longines Pro-Am Cup on Friday, and of Bassem Hassan Mohammed riding Victoria at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Prince of Monaco presented by HSBC on 28 Jun 14.
 The Official Watch of this year’s show jumping event in Monaco was a lady model from the Conquest Classic collection, a line dedicated to Longines’ passion for equestrian sports. With a diameter of 29.50 mm, this watch in steel, set with 30 diamonds (0.501 carats), houses a mechanical caliber. The dial of white mother-of-pearl is set with 12 diamond indices 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.
Gathering the best riders to compete in some of the world’s greatest cities; this is the essence of the Longines Global Champions Tour. In 2013, Longines and the prestigious show jumping series joined forces as part of a long term partnership. The brand became the Title Partner, as well as the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines Global Champions Tour, inaugurating a new and exciting chapter in equestrian sports. This agreement illustrates Longines’ serious commitment to 5-star outdoor show jumping competitions as well as the values and traditions upheld by both partners. Indeed, the brand and the Longines Global Champions Tour share a passion for precision, elegance and the equestrian world.

Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. In addition, the brand was partnering for the first time with a show jumping competition in 1912. Today Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes, besides show jumping, flat racing, eventing and endurance competitions.

Hublot Classic Fusion Sino-Swiss FTA Limited Edition (The Commemorative Official Watch to Celebrate the Official “Free Trade” Agreement between Swiss Confederation and People’s Republic of China)

Swiss Confederation and People’s Republic of China have recently announced the Official “Free Trade” agreement between the two countries and Hublot has been chosen to create the commemorative Official Watch. This watch will be presented by Jean-Claude Biver and Swiss Confederation Officials in Beijing at the 2014 Sino-Swiss Economic Forum.

The 2014 Sino-Swiss Economic Forum, aims at enhancing Sino-Swiss bilateral trade cooperation and improving competitiveness and sustainable development of the two countries. This signifies the epoch-making Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the People’s Republic of China and the Swiss Confederation enters into force. With its remarkable success in watchmaking business, Hublot has been chosen as the exclusive Swiss watch brand to release Official Watch paying tribute to the moment in the economic cooperation and excellent bilateral relations between Switzerland and China.
Jean-Jacques de Dardel & Jean-Claude Biver
The Sino-Swiss Economic Forum is jointly organized by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss Embassy. Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and President of LVMH Group, Watches Division, was present at the event and joined Ambassador of Switzerland in China Jean-Jacques de Dardel, State Secretary for Economic Affairs of Swiss Confederation Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch,as well as eminent guests from the Sino-Swiss business community, academia and government organizations.

Key topics were discussed on the strengths complementing the economic cooperation, i.e. quality, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability.

Switzerland is a world-renowned high-end manufacturing powerhouse, and Swiss traditional high-end watchmaking industry is the mainstay of the "Swiss-made" heritage. With the Sino-Swiss FTA taking effect and the development of China's manufacturing industry and consuming capacity, the two countries have unprecedented opportunities in economic and trade cooperation benefitting the watch industry.

To commemorate the moment, Hublot presented Classic Fusion Sino-Swiss FTA Limited Edition, an iconic Classic Fusion case of 45mm diameter and satin-finished dial. The chronograph dials are located at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock with Chinese and Swiss national flags carved on.
Adding an attractive touch, the caseback is engraved with "Sino-Swiss FTA takes effect" and "July 1st, 2014", symbolizing the historic moment. The piece is completed with a black rubber strap with black alligator with red stitching representing Chinese national color.
It is available in King Gold (extra-precious red gold containing 5% platinum) with 20 limited pieces, and titanium with 30 limited pieces. As an important part of corporate social responsibility, Hublot will spare no effort in continuously supporting the promotion of Swiss culture and traditions in the spirit of innovation, and plays a driving role for the future of Swiss high-end watchmaking industry.

MIDO secures fourth place in the production of COSC certified timepieces

Following its General Meeting of 6 June 2014, the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) has published its 2013 annual report, including statistics for Swiss movements certified for their high precision. For the third year in a row, Mido takes fourth place, with 72,948 mechanical chronometers certified in 2013.

A chronometer is a movement whose precision has been tested and verified by the COSC, an independent testing body. Only watches whose movements have been certified and numbered by the COSC are officially authorised to use the designation of chronometer.
Mechanical movements certified by the COSC must undergo a battery of stringent tests conducted over 15 days and 15 nights, in five different positions and at different temperatures, which simulate actual conditions of wear. The maximum permitted tolerance for a chronometer is -4 to +6 seconds per day.

Since its establishment in 1918, Mido has stood out for the precision of its timepieces and has thus become, over the years, the brand to offer the broadest range of mechanical chronometers in its price segment.

With 72,948 chronometer-certified mechanical movements in 2013, compared to 61,358 in 2012, Mido has maintained its honourable 4th position first acquired in 2011. The mid-end watch brand thus finds itself just behind the high-end brands Rolex, Omega and Breitling. Other renowned brands such as Tissot, Panerai and Chopard come in behind Mido in this official ranking.

Nearly a century after it was founded, Mido remains faithful to its original values and this result once again underlines the quality and precision of its timepieces. More than a mere technical characteristic, the chronometer designation is a badge of honour which proves that watches certified by the COSC are of a superior quality.

COSC TOP 10 in 2013
  1. Rolex: 804’896 pieces
  2. Omega: 447’477 pieces
  3. Breitling: 102’237 pieces
  4. MIDO: 72’948 pieces
  5. Tissot: 62’830 pieces
  6. Panerai: 21’658 pieces
  7. Chopard: 20’520 pieces
  8. Titoni: 16’669 pieces
  9. Enicar: 15’845 pieces
  10. Ulysse Nardin: 11’213 pieces

Christophe Claret delivers its first Poker timepieces in Asia

Swiss luxury watch brand Christophe Claret has announced that, the first Poker timepieces have been delivered to clients in Asia, versions in white gold/grade 5 titanium and red gold/grade 5 titanium.

Presented in January this year and already available in fine watch boutiques, Poker is the latest in the series of Gaming Watches from the master watchmaker, following on from the brand’s Blackjack and Baccara timepieces. At the heart of this mechanical marvel is a movement capable of orchestrating a complete 52-card game, following all the rules of Poker, specifically its most popular variant: Texas Hold’em. In total, Poker packs in 32,768 different combinations; that’s 98,304 combinations between the three players.
It took more than three years to perfect this intricate complication, with no fewer than 655 components. The principle behind the mechanism is as follows: the cards are dealt by means of pushers which spins the four concentric discs on which the cards are printed to shuffle them. When the spinning stops the cards are dealt on the dial in three windows featuring angled shutters to ensure that each hand is invisible to the other players. In addition, with each press of the pusher, a cathedral gong chimes. And yes, the Poker watch also gives the time! Perfectly legibility is guaranteed thanks to the eye-catching ruby or spinel and black PVD-treated titanium hands. The transparent case-back provides a view of the oscillating winding rotor, which is also a playable roulette wheel.

Poker is available in four versions, each one in a limited edition of 20 pieces:
  • Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium and white gold; with orange ruby and black PVD hands
  • Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium and red gold; with red ruby and black PVD hands
  • Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, with blue spinel and black PVD hands
  • Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, with red ruby and black PVD hands

Gallet – The 75th Anniversary Edition Flight Officer & The Truman Edition Flight Officer

In 2014, Gallet, the celebrated Swiss watch manufacture, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the birth of its legendary Flight Officer wristwatch. To commemorate this special occasion, the most exciting and technologically advanced new version of this renowned timepiece will be available in two limited series.
  • The 75th Anniversary Edition Flight Officer: Following in the pedigree of the original 1939 version with highly advanced new technology and features, the 75th Anniversary Edition will be released in a limited series of only 10,000 sequentially numbered examples and sell at the retail price of 14,500 USD.
  • The Truman Edition Flight Officer: Released as a special preview edition, this small group of only 1000 sequentially numbered examples will have all of the same advanced features as the 75th Anniversary Flight Officer, with the addition of President Harry S Truman’s famous signature on the reverse. This exclusive group of watches is provided at a special reduced price of 8700 USD and is only available to members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the National Watch and Clock Museum.
Originally issued in 1939 to pilots of the United States Army Air Forces during WWII, the Gallet Flight Officer chronograph became the most renowned military pilot’s timepiece of the 20th century. An indispensable aviation timing and navigation device, the Flight Officer was the first wristwatch capable of calculating the current time during flights across multiple time zones. It was also the first wrist‐worn timepiece with a rotating bezel and one of the only chronograph mechanisms protected within a water resistant case.
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of this legendary timepiece. In honor of three quarters of a century of service in the skies, the Gallet Group is producing two special limited edition versions of this world famous wristwatch. Technologically updated for the 21st century, the Truman Edition will be provided exclusively to members and patrons of the National Watch and Clock Museum in a series of only 1000 number examples, with a portion of the sales used to benefit the museum’s yearly fundraising efforts.
Upon completion of the sale of the Truman Edition, the Gallet 75th Anniversary Edition Flight Officer goes on sale to the general public in a series of only 10,000 numbered examples. The response from minimal marketing activities for the new watches by both the general public and the 18,000 members of the National Watch and Clock Museum has been extraordinary.
Due to the connection of the sale of the Truman Edition Flight Officer with the fundraising purposes of the museum, combined with special members‐only reduced pricing, the first series of 1000 examples are expected to sell out quickly, allowing the commencement of production and sale of the full 75th Anniversary Edition to begin in early year 2014.
Truman Edition Flight Officer Chronograph Proposal
This design proposal was developed by the Gallet Watch Group in coordination with the staff and board of the National Watch and Clock Museum. The following criterion was followed in developing this proposal:
1.) That the appearance and function of the new watch corresponds with the appearance and function of the Gallet Flight Officer watch worn by 33rd United States president Harry S. Truman, with technological and functional updates as would be found on more contemporary timepieces within the same genre.

2.) That the watch contain the maximum number of functions available while keeping the discounted selling at 8700 USD for museum members. It has been determined that this price fits within the pre‐determined demographic spending capabilities of a significant number of the 18,000 patrons of the museum, insuring the greatest potential for successful and timely sales of the full edition of 1000 watches.

Technical details
Case
40 ‐ 42mm overall diameter (not measuring the winding crown)
Water resistant to 100 feet of 330 meters
5mm wide bi‐directional 12 position click‐lock bezel
Water resistant screw down winding crown
Water resistant screw‐lock chronograph pushers
Curved non‐glare sapphire crystal

Back Cover
Solid back without exhibition window
Screw down or screw on O‐ring style
Engraving of limited edition details

Dial
Two separate dials, 1 fixed inner and 1 rotating outer
Fixed black inner dial with 3 registers, telemetry and MPH scales, luminous numbers
Crown controlled 12 position rotational white outer dial with 24 world cities

Hands
Skeletonized diamond‐shape minute and hour hands with luminous material in outer section only
Luminous filled diamond‐shape subsidiary register hands
Luminous filled sweep chronograph hand

Movement
C.O.S.C. Certified Chronometer
Basic 12‐hour recording chronograph mechanism
Automatic winding
Crown controlled jumper system for rotation of outer cities dial

Functions
Hour, Minute and seconds
Measures elapsed time down to 1/5 of a second
Calculates the relative speed of a moving object
Calculates the relative distance of a visual occurrence
Calculates the time across all 24 world time zones

Greubel Forsey GF 05 GMT Platinum

In 2011, Independent Swiss watch brand Greubel Forsey revolutionized the field of GMT (dual time zone) watches with their innovative timepiece and its original technique, aesthetics and practicality. Its exceptional precision movement, featuring the 24-second tourbillon with 25° inclination, now comes set against a platinum backdrop.

Driven by a spirit of research, master watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have gone well beyond the conventional time zone display using a window or a hand, by incorporating into their timepiece a terrestrial globe completing each anti-clockwise rotation in 24h - the same direction in which our planet spins.
This planisphere presents all the global time zones in real time from the perspective of the North Pole where they converge. All the information can be viewed at a single glance. A lateral window set in the case offers a viewpoint over the Southern Hemisphere. The SouthPole does not appear since it is the anchor point of the globe, which houses a “flying” pivot system. Greubel Forsey chose titanium, engraved with extreme precision in three dimensions to represent the continents in miniature.

The globe stands prominent at 8 o'clock, while the 24-second Tourbillon also protrudes at 5 o'clock. The platinum case has a third protrusion at 1 o'clock: the main time indications are clearly displayed, overlaid in a cascade across this area of the dial side , with a small seconds at 2 o'clock and then a sectorial power reserve indicator at 3 o'clock. At 10 o'clock is the GMT display for the second time zone.

The back of the timepiece displays universal time for 24 time zones, through an original rotating disc. This bears the names of 24 cities, and providing a particularly legible display, light-colored cartouches differentiating summer time (for cities which follow this system). As a final touch, a symbolic midday sun at the zenith of the world time disc illuminates the caseback, leaving centre stage of the dial side to the Earth.

Utmost care is taken with the decoration of the components, down to the smallest details. The hand finishes take in the entire range of traditional techniques, from frosting to hand-bevelling, as well as the subtleties of hand-polishing, lapping, and straight graining with flat black polished finishes. The domed crystal, the case-back and lateral window are made from sapphire crystal. The hand stitched black alligator strap has a platinum folding clasp.

The GMT calibre is powered by two barrels providing a 72-h power reserve with a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour. The calibre comprises 443 components. It features a 24-second tourbillon with 25° inclination, comprising 87 components for a total weight of 0.36 g.

Besides its chronometric properties and reliability, this regulator system was adopted for its small size, which meant that a calibre diameter of 36.40 mm (16 ½ lines) could be kept. This makes for a new medium-sized case,43.5 mm wide with a total height of 16.14 mm. Made from 950 platinum, it has a slightly lighter hue than the previous white gold version.

Technical details
Functions
2nd time zone GMT display
Tourbillon 24 Secondes
Titanium rotating globe with universal time display
24 time zone world time display
Summer time indicator
World time disc with summer time zones
Day-and-night indicator
Power-reserve indicator
Hour and minute display
Small second indicator
GMT pusher
Equatorial synthetic sapphire crystal lateral window

Movement
Calibre GF05
Mechanical hand-wound movement with patented tourbillon

Movement dimensions
• Diameter: 36.40 mm
• Thickness: 9.80 mm

Number of parts
• Complete movement: 443 parts
• Tourbillon cage: 87 parts
• Weight of the cage: 0.36 g

Number of jewels
• 50
• Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons

Power reserve
• 72 hours: Barrels
• Two coaxial series-coupled fast-rotating barrels (1 turn in 3.2 hours), one of which is equipped with a slipping spring to avoid excess tension

Balance wheel
• Free sprung variable-inertia balance with gold mean-time screws (10 mm diameter)
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations/hour

Balance spring
• Phillips terminal curve
• Geneva-style stud

Main plates
Nickel silver, frosted and spotted, hand-bevelled with countersinks, straight-grained flanks, black chrome treatment

Bridges
Nickel silver, frosted and spotted, hand-bevelled, straight-grained flanks, polished countersinks, black chrome treatment
Gold plate engraved with the individual number
Flat black polished steel tourbillon bridge, hand-bevelledTourbillon cage
Inclined at a 25° angle, 24-second rotation
Cage pillars in Avional
Titanium cage bridges
Gold counterweight

Gearing
Involute circle profile
Conical gearing with corrected profiles

Displays
Hour and minute
Small second
72-hour power reserve on a sector
2ndtime zone GMT indicator
24 time zone world time display
Rotating titanium globe with universal time display
Summer time indicator
Day-and-night indicator

Case
Platinum with asymmetrical convex synthetic sapphire crystal
Transparent back with asymmetrical convex synthetic sapphire crystal
Polished bezel and centre band with hand finished straight graining
Lateral window with shaped synthetic sapphire crystal
Three-dimensional, variable geometry shaped lugs
Platinum pusher with raised polished engraving “GMT” on a hand-punched background
Raised polished engraving “Greubel Forsey” on a hand-punched background
Hand-engraved individual number
Gold security screws
Case dimensions: Diameter: 43.50 mm & Thickness: 16.14 mm
Water-resistance: 3 atm - 30 m - 100 ft (standard NIHS 92-20/SN ISO 22810:2010)
Crown: In platinum with engraved and black lacquered GF logo

Dial
Principal hour-minute dial: in gold, frosted, black chrome treatment
Hour-ring: white gold
Gold power-reserve sector
Gold small second dial
Gold GMT indicator
Applied gold Greubel Forsey logo

Hands
Hour and minute in polished gold, with Super-LumiNova
Small second blued steel and power-reserve in polished gold
2nd time zone GMT indicator, red triangle

Strap and clasp
Hand-sewn blue or black alligator
Platinum folding clasp, hand-engraved with the Greubel Forsey logo

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Christiaan van der Klaauw – CVDK Real Moon Joure Rush Hour At The Moon

The beautifully crafted dial of this new timepiece from Christiaan van der Klaauw was made by Kees Engelbarts, the famous master-engraver. This classical beauty represents a special interpretation of rotating 3-dimensional real moon indicating the true moon phase. The moon rotates around the earth every 29,530588853 days.
The hand-made 3D miniature moon indicates the moon phase so accurately that it deviates only one day in 11.000 years. It is the most accurate 3D moon phase in the world ever incorporated in a mechanical watch.  The rotor of the automatic winding movement is based on the theme of the Real Moon series, in which the Moon is shown in detail.
Technical details
Movement
CVDK7382, automatic winding, 35 jewels, twin barrel, power-reserve; 96 hour max., complication; CVDK Real Moon Joure module

Functions
Hours, minutes, complication; 3D moon phase; the watch is equipped with the most accurate 3D moon phase in the world

Case
Rose gold, ø 40 mm, sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal case-back

Dial
Handcrafted dial made by master-engraver Kees Engelbarts

Strap
Black alligator leather.
Buckle: Logo engraved rose gold buckle.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rado DiaMaster RHW1 Limited Edition

The show-stopping stand out piece in a collection of pared-down design watches, the Rado DiaMaster RHW1 mixes the Rado business of high-tech materials with the pleasure of adding something new in the world of watchmaking - this time an unusual movement for a high-tech ceramic watch.
The case material was chosen for being twice as light as standard ceramic. Si3N4 TiN is a form of high-tech ceramic composite that Rado has researched and developed in its latest quest for innovation.

Made by heating the mixed powders at 1800°C in an over pressure atmosphere of nitrogen, it is known for its superior wear resistance. The ‘old bronze’ colour gives the watch case a rugged, lived-in appearance. The choice of leather for the strap adds to the windswept and mysterious appeal of this undeniably cool and manly timepiece.
The materials may give this DiaMaster its look, but it is the movement that gives the watch its soul. As the Si3N4 TiN that is used for the RHW1 is half the weight of high-tech ceramic Rado usually uses, it was important to develop a movement that was equally light, but that suited the personality of the watch. The first stage was to remove the oscillating weight, so this had to be a hand -winding mechanical watch.
Next the plates and the bridge, which are traditionally made in brass were replaced by lightweight aluminium. Aluminium is known for its low density and, therefore, for its lightness as well as its durability. In order to make the aluminium parts even more durable, they have been anodised to increase their hardness. Anodisation changes the structure of the metal near the surface of the aluminium and also makes it easier to colour. In the case of the RHW1 the plates and bridge are black.
Aluminium movements were used in pocket watches in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries because of their lightness. It was this past trend and focus on lightness that inspired Rado to use such a movement – the RHW1, which is exclusive to Rado – for the first time in an extremely light and high-tech wristwatch.
As ever, the Rado designers have given this limited edition a modern twist to create a watch that oozes 21st century style.

Technical details
Model: Rado DiaMaster RHW1 Limited Edition
Ref: 510.0586.3.115

Movement
RHW1 (modified 16 ½ ETA 6497-2), aluminum, manual winding, 17 jewels, 3 hands, no date, small second, 53 hour power reserve, movement exclusive to Rado

Case
Matt Si3N4 TiN high-tech ceramic
Pressed-on old bronze coloured PVD coated titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Si3N4 TiN high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N° XXXX/2000
Water-resistant: to 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions 44.0 x 52.8 x 11.6 : (WxLxH in mm)

Strap
Black leather
1N gold coloured PVD coated stainless steel folding clasp

Rado DiaMaster Automatic Ceramic Chronograph XXL

The Rado DiaMaster Automatic Chronograph XXL combines both with an added dose of manly magic – in five fantastic versions. For the superhero in you there’s a black matt version, while the shiny black is clean and classic. The three plasma models offer an additional touch of Rado material mastery – without compromising on the ceramic.

This striking metallic look, created in 100% high-tech ceramic, is a patented process and Rado‘s experts have gone the extra mile to keep the shine without adding to the weight. During the plasma process, the molecular composition of the surface of the ceramic is changed by gases activated at high temperature. Scintillatingly scientific and super stylish, plasma high-tech ceramic has a brilliant metallic shine in a warm grey tone, without using any metal.
The five-link high-tech ceramic bracelet design created for this collection is another example of Rado’s expertise with high-tech materials and complex micro construction. With upto 100 individual links in a single chronograph bracelet, this is Rado at its very best. Material and design work together for ultimate comfort as the bracelet’s increased flexibility fits the wearer’s wrist perfectly. This unique, super high-tech construction fits every size of wrist and adds a bold statement to an understated watch.
For the man who prefers a more vintage look, two of the plasma models feature a strap inspired by the design of classic handmade Italian shoes. In grey or in brown the straps have a gentle ombré effect, which contrasts perfectly with the technical shine of the super modern plasma cases.
Technical details
Movement
12 ½ ETA 2894-2, automatic chronograph, 37 jewels, 6 hands, date at 4.30, 42 hour power reserve, small seconds, 12 hour, 30 minute and 60 second counters, black oscillating rotor, decorated movement


Ref: 650.0090.3.019
Case
Matt black high-tech ceramic
Pressed-on titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Matt black high-tech ceramic crown and pushers
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions: 45.0 x 54.2 x 12.6 (WxLxH in mm)

Bracelet
5-link matt black high-tech ceramic

Ref: 650.0075.3.018
Case
polished black high-tech ceramic
Pressed-on titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Black high-tech ceramic crown and pushers
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Bracelet
5-link black high-tech ceramic with brushed links

Ref: 650.0076.3.011/ 650.0076.3.311/ 650.0076.3.410
Case
Plasma high-tech ceramic
Pressed-on titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Plasma high-tech ceramic crown and pushers
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Bracelet/Strap
Bracelet 011: polished plasma high-tech ceramic with brushed links
Strap 111: grey leather
Strap 410: dark brown leather

Rado DiaMaster Ceramic Automatic Skeleton Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Rado unveils three striking DiaMaster Skeleton Limited Edition models for the mechanical watch enthusiast who also needs the comfort and scratch-resistance of high-tech ceramic. Rado’s groundbreaking monobloc high-tech ceramic case features on all three models – each of which is limited to 499 individually numbered pieces.

Polished black high-tech ceramic is a stylish Rado staple since 1986. Smooth, shiny and incorporating the minimalistic DiaMaster case, this is a master class in Rado style. The five link ceramic bracelet uses both shiny and matt links to add texture, depth and complexity to the equation.
Plamsa has been one of Rado’s buzzwords for the DiaMaster collection and this breakthrough material features on 20 models in the whole DiaMaster collection including the new Skeletons. Each individual ceramic piece used to create the full plasma DiaMaster Skeleton – the monobloc case, the crown and each tiny bracelet link - starts life as white high-tech ceramic. The pieces are fully finished to be either matt or polished. The pieces are then placed in the plasma oven where they reach up to 900°C during the plasma process, and where the warm grey metallic colour emerges from the inside out. Technically complex in construction yet minimalistic in design, the plasma version with black leather strap adds an element of futuristic vintage to the collection.

Technical details
Movement
11 ½ ETA 2892-S2, automatic, 21 jewels, 3 hands, 42 hour power reserve
Black oscillating rotor, black decoration (018)
Rhodium coloured oscillating rotor, rhodium coloured decoration (012 & 413)

Ref. 656.0131.3.018
Case
Polished black high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Pressed on black PVD coated titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Black high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N° XXX/499
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions: 41.0 x 48.0 x 10.2(WxLxH in mm)

Dial
Black, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes
Moving anchor symbol
Silver coloured printed minute track and Rado logo
Hands: rhodium coloured

Bracelet
5-link polished black high-tech ceramic titanium 3-fold clasp

Ref. 656.0132.3.012
Case
Plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Pressed on titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Plasma high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N° XXX/499
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions: 41.0 x 48.0 x 10.2(WxLxH in mm)

Dial
Grey, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes
Blue moving anchor symbol
Grey printed minute track and Rado logo
Hands: blue steel

Bracelet
5-link polished/matt plasma high-tech ceramic titanium 3-fold clasp

Ref. 656.0132.3.413
Case
Plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Pressed on titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Plasma high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N° XXX/499
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions: 41.0 x 48.0 x 10.2(WxLxH in mm)

Dial
Grey, 12 yellow gold-coloured applied indexes
Yellow gold coloured moving anchor symbol
Grey printed minute track and Rado logo
Hands yellow gold coloured

Strap
Black leather
Stainless steel folding clasp with titanium openers

Arnold & Son - TES Tourbillon (Royal Collection)

Arnold & Son unveils the TES Tourbillon, with the hand-finished A&S8100 calibre with sapphire barrel bridge. This defining timepiece is part of the Royal Collection which combines classic styling with leading edge technology.
The new TES Tourbillon is a modern take on the distinguished “English” movement design: the barrel bridge for instance has the traditional English wave-form but is made out of sapphire to allow a maximum view on the open worked barrel and wheels. The tourbillon and motion-work bridges are classically triangular but are skeletonised. The combination of sapphire and open-worked bridges gives an incredible depth and three dimensional effect to the watch and thus a modern look. The unique Arnold & Son design is also reflected by the three-spoke wheels.
This same three-spoke design can also be found in the tourbillon cage and the openings in the main plate. The decoration of the main plate is a reminiscence of an old guilloché pattern found on the cases of antique Arnold & Son pocket watches. The main plate is also skeletonised around the barrel and the tourbillon carriage allowing to look through the movement and therefore through the watch itself.
When compared to more conventional tourbillons found today, the TES model is said to be “inverted”, that is to say most technical elements and visually interesting features are shown on the dial side, when those would normally be hidden on the reverse of the dial. Other typically English technical idiosyncrasies will seduce even the most demanding watch connoisseurs.
Take, for instance, the solid gold chatons or the symmetrical layout of the movement; to achieve such a feat requires overcoming a number of technical challenges. Thus the barrel spring and the tourbillon cage are centred along the watch’s longitudinal axis. When examining the winding system, one notes the traditional construction, which uses wheels with long and narrow spokes known as wolf’s teeth, used to improve the smoothness of the overall movement.
Every finishing touch on this striking piece, with such movement decoration as hand chamfered bridges and, even more demanding, hand-chamfered wheels with polished edges has been done by hand by Arnold & Son’s master watchmakers, hence bringing more brilliance and depth to each decorative element.

The new TES Tourbillon will be produced in a limited edition of 28 pieces, in a 44 mm 18-carat red gold case with a NAC grey main plate, a sapphire barrel bridge and rose gold treated bridges, individually numbered and engraved.

Technical details
Model: TES Tourbillon
Limited edition: 28 timepieces
Collection: Royal Collection
Reference: 1SJAR.V01A.C112A

Movement
Calibre: A&S8100
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical tourbillon movement, hand-wound,
19 jewels, diameter 32.6 mm, thickness 6.30 mm, power reserve 80 h,
21,600 vibrations/h

Functions
Hours, minutes, tourbillon

Movement decoration
Nickel-silver and sapphire movement, rose gold treated bridges and NAC grey treated main plate with superlative Haute Horlogerie finishing: hand chamfered bridges with polished edges, A&S specific pattern engraved on the main plate, circular satin-finished wheels with hand-chamfered and polished edges, screwed gold chatons, mirror-polished tourbillon cage and bridge, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads

Dial
Anthracite open dial

Case
18-carat red gold, diameter 44 mm, cambered sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back see-through sapphire, water-resistant to 30 m

Strap
Hand-stitched black or brown alligator leather

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RJ-Romain Jerome X HardNine Choppers

Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome unveils a new timepiece in collaboration with HardNine Choppers, a Swiss based custom motorbike manufacturer. This artistic package contains a subtly luxurious and unique timepiece as well as a one of a kind motorbike under one common denominator: H9C-DNA.  Sold only in a pair, these two unique pieces share common design traits such as purple metal flake paintings, golden components, perforated leather and skulls which are strong biker symbols.

Danny Schneider is the owner and founder of HardNine Choppers. He launched his company in 2002 after a severe FMX accident that put an unexpected end to his career. He was known to be one of the pioneers in Swiss FMX and has now established himself as a one-of-a-kind custom motorcycle builder.

The first part of this incredible custom set is the H9C-DNA timepiece. Housed in a see through 44 mm black PVD-coated steel case, the watch features a red gold bezel with matching hour and minute hands. The generous yet refined case nests a complex five layered skeleton movement that highlights the angled bridges recalling the intricate structure of a V-Twin motor.
Immensely eye-catching, the skeletonised Skull has been delicately applied on the dial, and hand painted in a unique purple metal flake colour allowing the barrel to be seen through H9C’s skull logo depicted on its forehead while the balance wheel is discreetly tucked under gridded teeth. The lugs have been hollowed to lighten the watch and hide a unique case closing system with fewer visible screws. Additionally, a perforated “guidoline” leather strap has been custom made for this unique timepiece recalling the motorcycle’s custom made handlebars.

The second part of this creative package is HardNine Chopper’s latest customisation: a WLC 1943 Harley Davidson 750cc that was originally owned by the Canadian Army. This mechanical piece of art has been entirely reworked by Danny Schneider during a 6 months customization process which consisted of the manual reshaping of the fenders, gas and oil tanks, the front fork, the exhaust pipe and the reconditioning of the original motor.
This rumbling motorbike has also been beautifully hand painted in a purple metal flake colour highlighted by hand drawn pinstripes that have been placed on both sides of the gas tank, fenders and front fork.

Like RJ-Romain Jerome’s timepieces, each detail has been thoroughly thought through to transform this historical object into a unique piece of Contemporary Art. For example, the steering column is subtly decorated, South Park’s famous “Cartman” figurine is used to manually change the bikes’ gears and the name of the hard rock group “Slayer” is cut-out on the grip of the right footstool. Additionally, the lettering “L.A” and the number “9” are hand painted on the visible parts of the motor. This unique set has already been sold.
RJ-Romain Jerome has also created a limited edition of nine H9C-DNA timepieces featuring a mirror polished H9C skull on the dial, keeping the intrinsic design of the original watch in a black PVD-coated steel case.



X HardNine Choppers H9C-DNA
Reference RJ.M.AU.028.02 | Collection H9C-DNA | Universe RJ Capsules

Movement
Caliber   RJ004-M
Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Functions   : Central hours and minutes

Case  
Ø44 mm, black PVD-coated steel with sapphire case-back
Paws: Polished black PVD-coated steel
Bezel: Red gold (5N), polished
Water resistance   3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Black coloured skeleton movement
Skeletonised applique with H9C logo held by two screws
Skull hand painted in purple/metal flake
Hands: Red gold coloured and satin-brushed hands with superluminova C1 “blue emission” on the tips

Strap  
Black “guidoline” calf strap
Buckle: Black PVD-coated steel satin-finished pin buckle

Limited edition  
Unique piece

Retail price  
Watch and motorbike: CHF 110,000.-

Custom Build Harley Davidson by Danny Schneider
Brand: Harley Davidson
Model: WLC
Year: 1943
Production: 20,000 units for the Canadian Army
Engine size: 750cc
Speed: 3 speeds
Colour   Purple metal flakes and pinstripes
Custom made by H9C  
Gas and oil tanks
Front and back fenders
Bars
Pipe
Seat
Triple trees
Grips
Carburettor
Gas caps
Limited edition: Unique piece

X HardNine Choppers H9C-DNA Speed Metal
Reference RJ.M.AU.025.02 | Collection H9C-DNA | Universe RJ Capsules

Movement
Caliber   RJ004-M
Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Functions: Central hours and minutes

Case  
Ø44 mm, black PVD-coated steel with sapphire case-back
Paws: Steel polished
Bezel: Black satin-finished steel
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial  
Black coloured skeleton movement
Skeletonised applique with H9C logo held by two screws
Skull in aluminium rhodiated
Hands: Black and satin-brushed hands with superluminova C1 “blue emission” on the tips

Strap  
Black “guidoline” calf strap
Buckle: Black PVD-coated steel pin buckle

Limited edition  
Limited series of 9 pieces

Retail price  
CHF 17,950.-/ EUR 17,500.- / USD 21,950.- 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TF Est. 1968 ‘Open Side’ Tourbillon cufflinks

The new cufflinks in the Tourbillon range will be hitting the market just this side of summer 2014 as part of a limited edition of 1968 pieces. The newly christened Open Side cufflinks are a play on total transparency in a fun nod to continuous movement.

In a bid to explore the magic of the mix, playing on an array of different colours and a combination of materials, the Tourbillon cufflink family today sees a few new additions. Three individually numbered colour combos are now available: steel against black, rose gold-plated against black and chocolate brown on a ‘vanilla’ ground. Only 1968 sets will be produced for each product reference.
A field leader having seen incredible worldwide success, with over 500 retail outlets and multi-continental distribution channels, the Tourbillon cufflink range enabled the Geneva-born TF Est. 1968 to establish a highly enviable global reputation in next to no time. After being the first to adopt them, watchmaking enthusiasts instantly transformed the highly coveted objects into must-have items. It was then only a matter of time before contemporary man fell under the spell of this ultimate expression of pure masculine elegance.
 TF Est. 1968, in a play on total transparency, leaves open to view a genuine watchmaking movement trapped inside a steel cage adorned with carbon motifs. The mechanism is powered by the movements of the wearer’s wrist and encased beneath a sapphire-treated crystal to ensure quality and resistance. Design-wise, the raised stem gives the object its distinctive functionality, preventing its from turning on its own axis. A smart and snappy spring clasp system holds the piece firmly in place, fixing it securely to the shirt cuff. The especially sturdily built TF Est. 1968 cufflinks are water-resistant, shock-resistant and can withstand all manner of knocks and shocks. They also come in other versions, each referencing the mechanical watchmaking universe: e.g. moon phases in a planetary nod at the world globe.

Each pair of cufflinks is complemented by the addition of matching accessories: Writing implements -Key rings –the T-Fun watch, chronograph or automatic 3-hand model. Available in steel, rose gold or chocolate brown versions.

Grieb & Benzinger - Centurion & Centurion Imperial

Germany based luxury watch atelier GRIEB & BENZINGER presents two new bespoke platinum creations: the CENTURION and the CENTURION IMPERIAL.

As so often the case with GRIEB & BENZINGER’s masterful skeleton watches, these new creations are the result of inspiration from an ambitious watch connoisseur looking for incredible, understated skeleton watches that nonetheless proffer value and handcrafts, but in an “invisible” way. Naturally, they are imposing in a mechanical sense, but the casual observer will already be impressed with their cool looks.

The interesting collector request inspired GRIEB & BENZINGER`s CEO and creative whirlwind Georg Bartkowiak to transfer the brand’s bestseller ― the BLACK TULIP ―into a never-seen-before platinum execution. The classic BLACK TULIP already stunning as it is, has been transformed into a glamorous, yet simultaneously understated, high-end timepiece boasting an all-black appearance.
The idea of the totally understated value of solid Platinum (PT950) beneath a blackened surface in combination with pure hand-skeletonization appealed to this client’s ideal of discreet taste. A lavish, almost cheeky, way of expressing understatement that is as-yet unmatched in the world of luxury timepieces.

Making it even cooler, the masters of GRIEB & BENZINGER combined this understated look with an expressive, eye-catching bezel pavé-set with 66 red diamonds in the exclusive Princess cut to create a second watch.
The CENTURION is remarkable in its understatement, though it remains highly valuable. The dramatic CENTURION IMPERIAL is perfectly topped off with a bezel set with red Princess-cut diamonds.

Skeleton Watch CENTURION: Blackened manually wound movement, fully skeletonized, guilloché and engraved by hand. Solid, completely blackened platinum PT950 case, 43 mm in diameter, black alligator-skin strap with solid platinum PT950blackened buckle.

CENTURION IMPERIAL: Bezel set with 66 red Princess-cut diamonds.

OMEGA Opens its Flagship Store at Oriental Plaza in Beijing

Swiss watch maker OMEGA has recently opened its newly renovated flagship store at Oriental Plaza, one of the most popular upscale shopping destinations in Beijing.

With nearly 1,000 square metres of retail space, the flagship store at Oriental Plaza in Beijing is the brand’s largest OMEGA Boutique in the world. The design of the two-storey boutique incorporates the elements of sun, water, earth and time.
The boutique offers four prestigious watch collections: from the sophisticated Constellation collection to the sporty and robust Seamaster and graceful De Ville timepieces, and of course, the Seamaster family which is known for its legacy involving space exploration and a lasting relationship with NASA.

OMEGA’s Fine Jewellery and Fine Leather accessories are also available at the boutique. Additionally, the Oriental Plaza OMEGA Boutique in Beijing has an exclusive maintenance and repair centre on the second floor, offering OMEGA’s globally consistent premium after-sale services.

Watch In Focus - Rolex Submariner

The development of the Submariner — perhaps the most recognisable watch in history — started long before its release in 1953. Twenty-seven years earlier, a young swimmer names Mercedes Gleitz swam the English Channel with the first ever waterproof watch hanging from a cord around her neck. It was the ‘Oyster, a case sealed with a screw-down case back, a tight-fitting sealed crystal and a double-sealed screw-down crown. Rolex dealers advertised the Oyster watches by submerging them in fish tanks in their shop windows, which made them an immediate success.
The Oyster case had been developed from early pocket-to-wristwatch conversions, which had little more protection than a snap-shut hinged door over its movement. Hans Wilsdorf, father of Rolex, recognised this flaw and, taking inspiration from jar lids, created a watch that sat inside a sealed case whose front section had to be completely unscrewed to reveal the crown. This ‘hermetic’ watch was the inspiration for the watch that Mercedes swam with, using the same principles to seal it from the water.
A further development that helped make the Submariner legendary was that of the perpetual movement. The screw-down sealed crown was frustrating to undo to manually wind the movement, and frequent usage wore the rubber gaskets down, so Rolex, using unsuccessful developments from other manufacturers, invented a self-winding system that used an oscillating weight that spun 360 degrees with the wearers wrist movement. The oft-copied rotating bezel, pioneered on the Rolex Turn-O-Graph, was another feature that made it to the Submariner.
By 1953, all the components were available to Rolex to make the perfect diving watch. The legendary Jacques Cousteau helped to test the prototypes, and can be seen wearing one in ‘The Silent World, the Academy Award-winning documentary about the Mediterranean Sea.

The Submariner was a revelation. Water resistant to 100 metres, it was clear to read, solidly built and classically styled. The bracelet included a divers extension, too, which allowed the watch to be adjusted for use over a wetsuit without the need for tools. To the untrained eye, the Submariner has all but stayed the same since its inception — as they say: if it aint broke, dont fix it.
Subtle changes were made over the years, such as the inclusion of a date window, the COSC certification of the movement and slight dial changes to keep the Submariner looking fresh, but overall the DNA has remained the same. The most significant changes were implemented recently with release of the 116610 in 2010, which features a larger case, ceramic bezel, updated movement, and refined bracelet and clasp. These updates brought the Rolex Submariner into the 21st century. It is a classic watch that represents the innovation of Hans Wilsdorf and is considered pretty much horological perfection.
KEY FACTS

  • The Submariner was the original watch of James Bond, appearing in nine of the films
  •  The Submariner 16610 Lunette Verde (Green Bezel) was released in 2003 to celebrate 50 years of the Submariner
  • One of the rarest Submariners produced is the 168000, made for no more than nine months during 1987



IWC Schaffhausen and Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Support Intellectually Disabled Children in Russia

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, together with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, organized a charitable initiative on 20 Jun 14 in a Moscow boarding school for young sportsmen and women with intellectual disabilities.

Some of the world’s greatest athletes, such as top gymnast Alexei Nemov and synchronized swimmer Angelika Timanina spent an afternoon with pupils, playing basketball and table tennis, giving them courage and hope. After the event, a limited-edition timepiece paying tribute to the partnership with the charitable organization was unveiled in the IWC boutique. This year’s Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW390406) in stainless steel bears a unique engraving on the case back – a drawing by 16-year-old Masha Nikulina from Udmurtia.

For the children of a Moscow boarding school it was a day they will never forget, as international Olympic athletes came to the school to put them through their paces. Laureus World Sports Academy Member, four-time Olympic champion and IWC Friend of the Brand Alexei Nemov and Laureus Ambassador and Olympic champion Angelika Timanina talked to the young participants of Special Olympics Russia and gave them a real sports master class in basketball and table tennis.

Special attention during the event was paid to the winner of the children’s drawing competition, one of a number of worldwide projects organized annually by IWC Schaffhausen in cooperation with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Masha Nikulina, a participant of Special Olympics Russia, created a drawing that won the hearts of the jury. Now her picture depicting happy children skiing and playing in the snow is engraved on the case back of an exclusive special-edition watch, the Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW390406) in characteristic Laureus blue.  The timepiece was officially presented during a cocktail reception at the IWC boutique on Petrovka Street and was well received. Two out of a total of 1000 pieces are available for Moscow customers. The engraving is a reminder that with the sale of the watch, IWC is supporting the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects in some of the world’s most problematic regions.

The cocktail reception in the IWC boutique was attended by renowned Russian athletes, such as gymnast Larisa Latynina, Olympic Champion in synchronized swimming Daria Korobova, and Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation and Olympic fencing champion Pavel Kolobkov.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hotblack – Luxury Watch That Provides Wearers with Real-Time Football Scores

Hoptroff London announces Hotblack, a new luxury watch designed to showcase real-time football scores.  Dedicated to football lovers, this elegant timepiece will be made with the finest quality materials and now available through a crowd funding Campaign. Created by experienced watchmaker and designer Richard Hoptroff, Hotblack is the first luxury watch of its kind that displays both time and football results simultaneously in analogue fashion.
The Hotblack watch features a minimalistic look, with clean numbers and a simple black and white contrasting colour scheme. The band and casing are constructed from 316L brushed stainless steel, used in marine and medical applications because of its toughness and high corrosion resistance.
The face is hand cut from scratch resistant Sapphire glass. It uses Superluminova on the hands and the major chapter marks and has a proper screw down back to protect it from the elements.
Hotblack features four dials, each with a different function. The primary dial will present the time normally throughout the day. The sub­dials on the top, left, and bottom, however, have different tasks depending on if there is a match in progress or not.
When a match is in progress, the top and left -side sub dials present the score of the match while the bottom dial shows how much time is remaining in the match. In the time between matches, the top and left­side dials display the date while the bottom dial counts seconds.



Most of the time, the Hotblack will look and behave like a regular watch, indicating the date on the left and top sub­dials, and seconds on the bottom sub­dial. But when the watch owner’s favourite football (soccer) team is playing, and for an hour before and after, the top dial will show the team’s score and the left dial will show the opponent’s score. The bottom dial shows how much time is remaining.
Hotblack works by transmitting data through Bluetooth technology. Those who purchase a Hotblack watch will also receive access to the Hotblack app. Compatible with both iPhone and Android devices; the Hotblack app allows users an easy way to choose their favourite club teams.  A small receiver housed in the watch receives a signal from the wearer’s mobile phone whenever a match is about to start.
Hotblack is a diffusion line of Hoptroff London, designers and purveyors of elegant and luxurious timepieces. Founded in 2012, Hoptroff has created numerous timepieces. While most Hoptroff watches are geared toward a smaller, more exclusive market, Hotblack is designed to be readily affordable by the general public.  Physicist Richard Hoptroff, who founded Hoptroff Ltd, is a creator of luxury watches that retain a traditional look while steaming with technology under the hood. Hoptroff Ltd is known for pioneering developments, including the highly acclaimed Hoptroff No.10, the first ever atomic timepiece, and 3D printing watch cases directly in gold.
 
The Hotblack watch will cost £990, but Hotblack has already launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign from 23 Jun to 23 Jul 14, and the customers can order this timepiece for early bird pricing of £400 - ­ £700.The delivery of watches will start in September 2014.

Technical details
Movement: Hoptroff No.7
Made in: United Kingdom, from parts sourced worldwide
Moving parts:  Swiss
Case & Strap:   Black PVD coated 316L brushed stainless steel
Glass:   Sapphire
Dimensions:  44mm diameter, height 13mm
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres (50 meters)
Phones supported: iPhone, Android
Battery life:   Estimated 3 years (CR2330 Lithium battery)
Accuracy:   Estimated 10 seconds / year, temperature compensated

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