Thursday, July 31, 2014

Eberhard & Co. Renews its Partnership with Ice Hockey Club Ambrì Piotta

Eberhard & Co., historic Swiss watchmaking brand, has renewed its sponsorship of the Ambrì Piotta Hockey Club, a team which is hugely popular with a wide range of fans going beyond geographical boundaries to embrace the pure spirit of sport.

HCAP, founded in 1937, is the home team at the Valascia stadium, a sports rink at an unbelievable location - a small village in Ticino canton with less than one thousand inhabitants. The dream of building a competition centre with artificial ice, after years of outdoor ice hockey at the mercy of the weather, finally came true at the end of the ’50s thanks also to the efforts of a generation of sports enthusiasts. Since then the Valascia stadium has become one of the symbol sports rinks in Swiss ice hockey and the home team has become extremely popular, a sporting legend.

Eberhard & Co., with a prestigious position in the luxury watchmaking industry acquired after 127 of uninterrupted activity to date as an independent Maison, saw in HCAP a symbol of enterprise, determination and great skill, fundamental values for those looking for a leadership role in their field. Seeing the Maison’s symbol represented on the athletes’ helmets and inside the Valascia stadium will be an honour and a union between sport and entrepreneurship, which will bring us an exciting hockey season, will be forged.

Eberhard & Co., Swiss watchmaker specialized in the production of highly technical watches, was founded in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Swiss Jura. In 2012 Eberhard & Co. celebrated its 125th anniversary, thus confirming its natural orientation to evolution and growth by simultaneously maintaining its own personality intact and a strong spirit of entrepreneurship without giving up its strong link with its origins and traditions. Eberhard & Co produces around 15,000 timepieces per year with a progressive and well thought out growth strategy and is present in 25 countries from Europe to the United States and from the Far to the Middle East. Eberhard & Co.’s history is punctuated with unforgettable creations from Chrono 4 to 8 Jours, from the Tazio Nuvolari collection to the Extra-fort model. 

Contograf has been added this year to these timeless models, a new edition of a great 1960s watchmaking success which is destined to write a new chapter in the Brand’s history.

Pequignet Moorea Trocadero bicolore

Originally designed as a genuine fashion accessory for women, the "Moorea" collection has been extensively revamped and is available in 7 ranges (4 for women and 3 for men), all named as a tribute to French luxury and representing a total of 150 models. These new models come with a wide range of dials, straps and bracelets and, for some, are set with stones. The "Moorea Trocadéro" line for women takes on precious appeal with its satin steel case and mother-of-pearl dial set with diamonds, along with its two-tone steel bracelet.
Model: "Moorea Trocadero bicolore"
2-hand quartz watch
Satin steel case (316L - 32 mm) 8.15 mm thick
Shafts set with 86 diamonds
Gold-plated 5N bezel
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Dial set with 8 diamonds
Roman indices
Bracelet in steel (316L) and gold-plated 5N beads
Butterfly buckle with fleur-de-lis logo
Ref. 2015509CR1

Kering Acquires Ulysse Nardin

Kering and Ulysse Nardin have signed an agreement for Kering to acquire 100% of the capital of Ulysse Nardin. The brand will join Kering’s ‘Luxury – Watches and Jewellery’ division, headed by Albert Bensoussan, and the management team will remain in place. The deal is subject to the consent of the competition authorities and should be finalised during the second half of 2014.

Founded by Mr Ulysse Nardin in 1846 with its roots in the nautical world, the eponymous watchmaking house was taken over and re-launched in 1983 by Rolf W. Schnyder who transformed it into a highly profitable business in a healthy financial position. The company benefits from a very strong brand identity based on its historical expertise in marine chronometers and ultra-complication watches. Ulysse Nardin has long been one of the most innovative independent watchmakers. The brand was a pioneer in the use of cutting edge technologies and state-of-the-art materials like silicium, which today ensures that it has the in-house expertise, particularly in regulating systems, to produce its own components. Its coherent range of watches positioned in price segments that are growing and its efficient distribution network are also major assets.

This acquisition constitutes a structural development enabling Kering to strengthen its ‘Luxury – Watches and Jewellery’ division with a clearly positioned business that complements its other brands. Over and above the opportunity for Ulysse Nardin’s geographical expansion, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, it will enable the deployment of the numerous synergies linked to Ulysse Nardin’s technical and industrial expertise and itsexcellent distribution network – contributing to accelerate the growth of the whole division.

François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s Chairman and CEO, stated: “Ulysse Nardin benefits from a rich heritage, high profitability and solid growth prospects. Independent high-end watchmaking manufactures are rare. This is an opportunity that we had to seize, particularly because this structural acquisition will enable us to take advantage of numerous synergies with our existing brands. We have great ambitions for this company and we will help it continue its international expansion whilst staying faithful to its roots and its identity. In this regard, I am pleased that MrsSchnyder accepted to remain a member of its board of directors. I have long admired Ulysse Nardin and I am delighted that this brand is joining our ‘Luxury – Watches and Jewellery’ division.”

Mrs Chai Schnyder, Chairman of Ulysse Nardin’s Board of Directors, stated: “Joining Kering is an opportunity for Ulysse Nardin. It will allow the brand to carry on with its international expansion and continue to innovate, while assuring the long-term future of its knowledge and expertise and the retention of its identity. I am delighted that Ulysse Nardin has found the best partner in Kering.”

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Puma, Volcom, Cobra, Electric and Tretorn.

Meccaniche Veloci - New Limited Editions 2014 (GASKET, TYRE, CAR FAIRING and NAKED)

GASKET collection
In the world of speed, every millimetre must be cared for and there are no components of secondary importance. Even a rubber part, such as a gasket, is made and checked by attentive eyes. In this new collection, Meccaniche Veloci takes inspiration from the gasket of the engines and uses its creativity to make it the central feature of the new design of Quattro Valvole watches. The dial, covered with carbon fibre, plays with the curved shape of a gasket surrounding the subdials of the watch.
Model: Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes Gasket
Dial in carbon fiber. Red detail inspired by the gaskets of the engines
Case made of natural or black IPB titanium
Four independent ETA 2671 mechanical automatic movements
Only 250 specimens for each model
Also available in the Due Valvole version

TYRE collection
This  year  the  TYRE  collection,  launched  at  Baselworld  2013,  has  been  given  a  streak of  bright  yellow,  red  and  green.  These  are  colours  that Meccaniche  Veloci  often combines  with  bold  designs  and  innovative  materials,  as  it  plays  with  the  vibrant colour palettes of the sporting world. The  dials,  covered  with  Medium  tyres  from  Formula  1,  are  now  available with  details in  YELLOW,  RED  or  GREEN  in the Quattro Valvole 48  Four Strokes  and Due Valvole models.
Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes (Four independent ETA 2671 mechanical automatic movements             
Due Valvole (Two independent mechanical automatic movements)
Dial inspired by tread of the F1 Medium tyres
Case made of natural or black IPB titanium
Only 250 specimens for each model
Details available in YELLOW, RED or GREEN

CAR FAIRING collection
Three intense colours  –  blue,  yellow  and  red  –  have been brought onto the dials of the  Quattro  Valvole  Three  Hand  thanks  to  a  special  process  of  coating  taken  directly from  the  most  prestigious  sports  car  makers.  The Car Fairing collection has a simple design with a strong personality thanks to these vibrant colours.
Model: Quattro Valvole 44 Three Hand
Single ETA 2824 mechanical automatic movement
Case made of natural or black IPB titanium
Only 250 specimens for each model
Dial refined with BLUE, YELLOW or RED car fairing varnish

The Three Hands version of the NAKED collection
Presented  at  Baselworld  2013,  the  Naked  collection  didn’t  go  unnoticed  by  lovers  of motorcycles  who  appreciated  the  allusion  in  the  basic  Quattro  Valvole  design  to  the almost bare framed motorbikes that were popular in the 1990s. Following  the  collection’s  success,  this  year Meccaniche  Veloci  has  decided  to  launch the skeleton dial with partially or completely visible movements in the Quattro Valvole Three Hand version. One again, a strictly limited edition.
Model: Quattro Valvole 44 Three Hand Naked
Single ETA 2824 mechanical automatic movement
Case made of natural or black IPB titanium
Only 250 specimens for each model
Skeleton dial with partially or completely visible movements

Pequignet “Equus" Homme

In the early 1980s, the brand was associated with the world of horse-riding. Emile Péquignet was a fervent supporter and practised rider and this association led in 1987 to the "Equus" collection, for all those who love horses and beautiful watches.

The saddle-leather straps, the stirrup-shaped links, the silver dial stamped with a horse's head like a coin and the motto "Hominis Noblissima Victoria" (the noblest of men's conquests) all refer to the world of horses.
Retaining the case's original classic and uncluttered lines, the "Equus" range has been modernised and revamped. Designed for both women and men, the new "Equus" watches combine finesse and elegance. A nod to the past: two curved links attached to the leather strap to fit a very flat gold or steel case neatly to the wrist.

Model: "Equus Homme"
Case in steel (316L - Ø 42 mm)
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
White dial with off-centre Roman numerals
Small second window at 6 o'clock and day window at 10 o'clock
Large double date window
Gold calfskin strap
Tongue buckle with the fleur-de-lis logo
Quartz movement
Ref.8350433F/G

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes Luxury

Speed, engines and fierce on-track challenges - these are the elements that make up the world of Meccaniche Veloci and that are expressed in the sophisticated shine of the new Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes in the Luxury edition. In this collection, the Italy’s cutting edge watchmaker has once again found an innovative way of linking motor engineering and precious materials.
The full diamond pavé covering the dial is fixed directly onto the upper surface of the case adding shine and prestige to this new edition. The four independent movements corresponding to four different time zones, are housed under brightly coloured sub-dials each one protected by a sapphire glass.

With this jewel-embellished collection, Meccaniche Veloci confirms its desire to break  the  mould  without  abandoning  the  unique  style  that  has  endeared  it  to watch and motorsport enthusiasts alike.

Technical details
Model: Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes Luxury

Movement
Four independent Eta calibre 2671 mechanical automatic movements

Functions
Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds – date

Case, dial and strap
Natural titanium, also available with black IPB treatment
Setting: Full diamond pavé on the upper surface
Diameter: 48 mm
Sub Dials: Four, coloured
Crowns and buttons: Made of titanium, screw down type
Case crystal: Four anti-reflection sapphire crystal
Back case: Titanium, sealed with screws
Strap: Rubber and high-quality leather, fixed directly to the case
Buckle: With tongue, made of titanium
Impermeability:10 atmospheres

Pequignet Royal Triomphe (Ref. 9020448)

The Royal Triomphe collection from Pequignet symbolises the association of innovation and modernity with rigorous respect for French High-Watchmaking manufacturing traditions. The line of this latest generation from the famous "Calibre Royal" is resolutely Pilot in style, a timepiece of great character with its large Luminova indices and hands reminiscent of the glow sticks used by airport ground staff. Hour, minute, small second, 88-hour power reserve and a day-date window embellish the raised dials.
Regally masculine, this two-tone model is equipped with the famous "Calibre Royal" movement, conferring exceptional reliability and precision. Its black case is lifted by gold on the bezel and the button. Its golden, red or white windows and hands enhance the carbon fibre dial. The black titanium bracelet is punctuated with satin-finish red gold beads.

Technical details
"Royal Triomphe": Ref. 9020448
Black-treated sanded titanium case (Ø 44 mm)
Red gold (5N18) and black titanium bezel
Red gold screw-down crown with fleur-de-lis logo in black rubber
Anti-glare sapphire crystal and bottom
Carbon fibre dial
Hour and minute skeleton hands in gold-plated steel and white Luminova
Second hand needle and power reserve in red-treated steel
Movement: Calibre Royal
Water-resistant to 10 bars 

Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury Gold

Italy based luxury watch brand Meccaniche Veloci translates its trademark design into the new Luxury collection with rose gold. The 100% Italian design and Swiss Made precision movements fit perfectly with this precious metal transforming it into a very original version of sophisticated elegance.

Without neglecting its fundamentally bold character, the shiny gold crown, bezel and buttons of the new Quattro Valvole show how two very different yet complementary worlds can be united.
The perfect synergy between high quality watchmaking and precious metals gives the timepieces of the new Luxury Gold collection a heart of advanced mechanics encompassed in a body that is even more elegant and aesthetically appealing than what watch fans have come to expect of Meccaniche Veloci.
Technical details
Model: Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury Gold

Movement
Calibre Eta 7750 (Valjoux) mechanical automatic

Functions
Chronograph

Case, dial and strap
Case: Titanium with IPB treatment
Diameter: 44 mm
Bezel: 18-carat rose gold
Crown and buttons: 18-carat rose gold
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal
Bottom: Titanium, sealed with screws
Strap: Rubber or high-quality leather, attached directly to the  case
Buckle: With tongue, made of titanium
Impermeability: 10 atmospheres

Also available in the Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes version

Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes Icon

The Icon Collection from Meccaniche Veloci celebrates a return of the past. The Quattro Valvolve 48 Four Strokes with four independent sapphire crystals was the model that made the name of Meccaniche Veloci in the exclusive watch sector. Years later, with requests from watch lovers, VIPs and sports personalities who became fans of this model, the Quattro Valvole is back.

Of course, history never repeats itself in exactly the same way and Meccaniche Veloci, a brand that prides itself on its investment in innovation and research, couldn’t launch a pure copy of the old version.
The Quattro Valvole Icon, with its distinctive design of the upper part of the case left free of glass and the four dials protected by separate crystals, has been crafted in high performance modern materials capitalizing on the brand’s knowhow developed over recent years. Titanium of the upper surface of the case has been crafted with unconventional finishing or is covered with ceramic or carbon fibre. The four dials are made of either carbon fibre or colour combinations that are a reminiscent of the very first models of the Quattro Valvole watches.

The Icon version of Quattro Valvole is a completely Swiss Made watch, not only the four independent movements housed in the four dials. Naturally, the watch is finished with the distinctive wrist-strap fixed directly onto the case.

Technical details
Model: Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes Icon

Movement
Four independent ETA 2671 mechanical automatic movements

Functions
Four time zones – hour, minutes, seconds – date

Case, dial and strap
Case: Made of natural titanium
Back case: Made of titanium, sealed with screws
Case Diameter: 48 mm
Dial: In titanium
Sub Dials: Four, made of carbon fibers
Strap: Rubber, fixed directly to the case
Buckle: With tongue, in titanium
Case crystal: Four independent case crystals

Also available in the Due Valvole version

BUBEN&ZORWEG upgrades its state of the art Watch Winder Technology with new features

With an accent on sleek, head-turning design and cutting edge technology, German luxury brand BUBEN&ZORWEG creates bespoke objects and interiors to showcase watches, jewellery and collectibles in private residences, on yachts and in palaces round the world, in contemporary, traditional and royal settings. If one were to ask a serious watch collector about the best watch winder technology available, his answer would certainly be BUBEN&ZORWEG.

BUBEN&ZORWEG now decided to take its renowned watch winder technology to a new level. Already considered to be the most advanced of its kind, the BUBEN&ZORWEG TIME MOVER® was recently upgraded with a set of new features that render it even more advanced and adapted to the particular demands of today’s most rare and precious self-winding wristwatches.

In collaboration with specialist partner brand ELMA the development process took a team of 10 specialists 2 and a half years of intense research and development. The result is a state of the art Watch Winder Technology that caters to the most demanding collectors and passionate watch aficionados in the world.

The new TIME MOVER® technology now features even less operating sound and energy consumption coupled with greater durability through the use of special ball bearings and new materials that performed flawlessly during endurance tests lasting up to 40,000 hours – the equivalent of an operating lifetime of 45 years.

The watch holders in particular were the topic of meticulous attention by the R&D team. This crucial component of the BUBEN&ZORWEG TIME MOVER® system, more elegant than ever, can now accept self-winding watches with cases of up to 60 mm in diameter, and even examples with prominent crowns will fit the new watch holder.

Not only fine examples of watchmaking with bigger cases like the Royal Oak Offshore from Audemars Piguet or the Master Compressor Diving Pro by Jaeger-LeCoultre, but also watches for smaller mens and ladies wrists will find the new watch holder adaptability particularly tailored to their specific needs.

Also among the extensive list of new features incorporated into the new BUBEN&ZORWEG Watch Winder Technology is the new Safety Catch Mechanism. A particularly practical and convenient arrangement that allows the watch holder to be safely and easily clicked into position.

Added to its already advanced multiple programmable functions, the new features of the latest generation TIME MOVER® are tangible proof that the road to the top is built on a unique idea, and that staying at the top means continuously improving the tried and tested.

Grieb & Benzinger - Pharos Al Arab Imperial

German high-end watch manufacturer GRIEB & BENZINGER´s bespoke timepieces for Middle East customers effectively spiked a tremendous demand in the Arab region. Following the BLACK TULIP SABUDHA and the GREEN INSPIRATION, the masters of GRIEB & BENZINGER have created another custom-designed timepiece for one watch connoisseur in the Emirates: the PHAROS AL ARAB IMPERIAL, inspired by the Arabian Sea.

Anyone who has ever visited the Arabian Sea has certainly fallen in love with its clear water shimmering in various hues of blue and the sparkling spots of sun beams dancing on the water’s surface. Even the iconic Burj al Arab has painted its various hotel floors in shimmering blue tones, with the tinge of turquoise reflecting the beauty of the water’s sapphire hues.

Paying tribute to this, one customer located in the Emirates wished to acquire a glamorous watch that plays with various shades of azure as well as the sparkling effect the sun provides when it touches the surface of water.
The PHAROS AL ARAB IMPERIAL comes in a solid 18K rose gold case with 66 Princess-cut diamonds set in the bezel. This is a timepiece that catches the eye alone by virtue of its amazing appearance: Arabic numerals on the regulator-style upper dial combine with a handcrafted, guilloché, blue-coated base dial that changes color as sun beams touch it. Sparkling royal Princess-cut diamonds cast their reflective beams on the bezel.

The manually wound movement features a three-quarter plate and a blue platinum coated base plate. All parts are decorated in typical GRIEB & BENZINGER manner, which also shows off its beauty from the back: hand-guilloché, hand-skeletonization, and hand-engraving as far as the eye can see.

As with every GRIEB & BENZINGER creation, this is an exceedingly rare timepiece. The price tag of this 18K rose gold watch is approximately€ 82`000.

PHAROS AL ARAB IMPERIAL : Features
Two-part dial, blue hand-guilloché base dial, manually wound movement, skeletonized, guilloché and engraved by hand. Solid 18K rose gold case, bezel set with 66 high grade Princess cut diamonds, 43 mm in diameter, blue alligator-skin strap with solid 18K rose gold buckle.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meccaniche Veloci - Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury

By once again integrating gemstones in its watches, Italy based luxury watch brand Meccaniche Veloci has upheld its reputation for being a “creative timelab”. The brand’s new Luxury Collection sets itself apart by its exclusive mix of Swiss Made craftsmanship and the dazzle of outstanding materials. The famous piston with the four valve cavities which has become the brand’s signature has been elegantly interpreted in the new collection.
Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury
The white and black diamonds give the dial a touch of exclusivity and the repetition of these on the bezel, which is the first  time such a feature has been used in the Meccaniche Veloci range, make this timepiece even more prestigious.
Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury
Technical details
Model: Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph Luxury

Movement
Calibre Eta 7750 (Valjoux) mechanical automatic
Functions: Chronograph

Case, dial and strap
Titanium with IPB treatment, also available with natural titanium case
Diameter 44 mm
Bezel With white or black diamonds
Dial With white or black diamond pavé
Crowns and buttons Titanium, sealed with screws
Case crystal Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal
Crowns and buttons Titanium, sealed with screws
Case crystal High-quality leather, attached directly to the case
Strap With tongue, made of titanium
Buckle Titanium
Impermeability 10 atmospheres

Also Available: Quattro Valvole 42 Three Hand
The Three Hand version of the Quattro Valvole with its clean lines and sober smaller casing has been given a sparkling makeover. In this model the diamond and gemstone encrusted dial and bezel now cast sparkling light from the wrist as the wearer moves. The watch is finished with a fine leather strap.
Model: Quattro Valvole 42 Three Hand Luxury

Movement
Single, calibre Eta 2824, mechanical automatic

Functions
1 time zone – hour, minutes, seconds – date

Case, dial and strap

Titanium, also available with IPB treatment
Diameter 42 mm
Bezel: With pink corundums, also available with balck or white  diamonds
Dial: With pink corundum pavè, also available with balck or  white diamonds
Crown: Titanium, sealed with screws
Case crystal: Slightly convex anti-reflection sapphire crystal
Bottom: Titanium, sealed with screws
Strap: High-quality leather, attached directly to the case
Buckle: With tongue, made of titanium
Impermeability: 10 atmospheres

Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection (64B116)

Combining Swiss made 26-jewel automatic, self-winding mechanical timekeeping and stylish rose-gold ion-plating over stainless steel, this sophisticated design from the Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection offers classic battery-free accuracy. 

Swiss-made, with a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, full exhibition caseback, black patterned dial, rose-gold accents, calendar, red-tipped second hand, screw-back case, black leather strap, double-pusher deployment buckle and water resistance to 50 meters.
 Also available in all stainless steel with silver dial and black leather strap (style 63B148), and with black dial and stainless steel bracelet (style 63B147).

Technical details
64B116, Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection
Swiss-made
26-jewel automatic, self-winding mechanical movement
Stainless steel case with rose-gold ion-plating
Domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Exhibition caseback for a view of classic timekeeping in action
Black dial with integrated swirl pattern and rose-gold accents
Calendar
Classic feuille hands in rose-gold
Red-tipped second hand with tuning fork logo counterweight
Screw-back case
Onion-shaped crown
Black alligator-grain leather strap, padded and stitched
Deployment buckle with double pushers
Water resistant to 50 meters
Dia.:  42 mm  H:  12.4 mm
Variations:  all stainless steel with silver dial and black leather strap or black dial and bracelet. 

Baume et Mercier Linea Straps Fall-Winter 2014 Collection

Swiss luxury watchmaker Baume et Mercier announces elegant and sparkling trilogy of Linea straps which double-wraps to match the alluring trends of the Fall-Winter 2014 collection. Interchangeable in one smooth move, the new straps – compatible with all 27 mm models in the Linea line reflect the trends of this season by combining materials. Offering a harmonious blend of subtly graded shades, glossy leather and satin, either matt or shiny, each version reveals a perfect blend of style and femininity.
Olive Green
This daring and distinctive strap accentuates this winter’s dominant olive green color. Its subtle nature lends itself to multiple variations and reveals with refinement the natural charm and inherent elegance of today’s urban woman.
Golden Glaze
This glowing, delicately powdered strap draws all eyes and reflects the light. It radiates incredible appeal in any circumstances, lending an ultra-feminine touch that lights up delicate shades of beige and intensifies a total black look.
Dark Chocolate
This delightfully glossy bi-material strap radiates a warm and sensual charm. It is a must-have cleverly combining a relaxed feel with an aura of refinement, for beautiful women who are dynamic by day and seductive by night.
As versatile as the women it adorns, Linea celebrates not only their sheer class but also all the milestones in their existence. A privileged partner of life’s precious moments, it is a natural choice to mark a memorable event, to celebrate a wedding anniversary, or simply as a special personal treat. It will illuminate a magnificent day or a festive evening.

The three new straps are sold separately.

Bulova Accutron 63C106 (Gemini Collection)

Introduced in 2011, Bulova Accutron’s Swiss-made automatic mechanical timepiece from the Gemini Collection is equipped with the ETA 7750 Valjoux movement, one of the world’s most renowned classic mechanical chronograph movements.
Including a full exhibition caseback for a view of the 25-jewel movement in action, this handsomely tailored stainless steel design includes a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, black patterned dial, day/date window, red-tipped second hand, screw-back case, double-pusher deployment buckle and water resistance to 50 meters.  Also available with silver dial and brown leather strap (style 63C107), and with rose-gold ion-plating, black dial and brown leather strap (style 64C104).
Technical details
Ref. 63C106
Bulova Accutron Gemini Collection
Swiss-made

Movement
ETA 7750 Valjoux 25-jewel automatic, self-winding mechanical movement
Chronograph

Case
Stainless steel case Domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Exhibition caseback for a view of classic timekeeping in action
Screw-back case
Onion-shaped crown
Water resistant to 50 meters
Dia.:  42 mm H:  15.3 mm

Dial
Black dial with integrated swirl pattern
Day/date window
Classic feuille hands
Red-tipped second hand with tuning fork logo counterweight

Strap
Stainless steel bracelet
Deployment buckle with double pushers

Variations
With silver dial and brown leather strap; rose-gold ion-plating, black dial and brown leather strap.

Mistura Timepieces - Master Edition Collection

US based watch brand Mistura Timepieces announces the "Infinite", designed by Nicolas Diaz of Rayanegra, the first model in their new Master Edition collection. The company only Swiss movement watch is also the first of many designers collaboration's within the "Master Edition".
Mistura Timepieces are handcrafted using renewable resources and configured to the specific requirements of clientele. Combining Elegance, quality and sustainability, each timepieces is individually produced "as Nature intended" with some taking as many as 85 hours to create and are subject to the strictest quality controls.

Mistura Stores are located in Dallas, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Santa Clara, California and Toronto, Canada. Mistura Timepieces will be at the Pooltrade show from 18 to 20 August in Las Vegas presenting the entire new collection.

Bulova Accutron Conqueror Limited Edition

Unveiled at BaselWorld 2011, the Limited Edition Bulova Accutron Conqueror wristwatch is inspired by the famous Lone Eagle timepiece that Bulova awarded to Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927, when he became the first person to complete a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

For over 135 years, Bulova has stood proudly in the vanguard of American innovation. A pioneering force in the industry since opening a small store in Lower Manhattan in 1875, Joseph Bulova transformed how watches were worn and how time was perceived. An independent thinker alert to the era’s risk-taking ethos, Bulova laid the foundation for the company to present one innovation after another, introducing the first full lines of men’s and ladies’ wristwatches, the first clock radio and the first electric clocks, while establishing the first plant dedicated to the mass production of watch components. Unsurprisingly, many adventurers and explorers, including Charles A. Lindbergh, used and endorsed Bulova watches. This commitment to innovation continued with the 1960 introduction of Accutron, the world’s first fully electronic watch, and endures today with such breakthroughs as Bulova Precisionist, the world’s most accurate watch with a continuously sweeping second hand.

This pioneering spirit has also contributed to Bulova’s long-term commitment to technological progress in aviation. Bulova continued by building critical instruments and clocks for planes during World War II. Later, Bulova outfitted over forty NASA satellites with various timing instruments – most famously, contributing its Accutron technology to the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969.

The launch of the Conqueror in 2011 was coincided with the announcement of Bulova Accutron’s new brand ambassador, Sir Richard Branson, an entrepreneur in air travel and space tourism, and Founder of Virgin Group. While Charles Lindbergh accomplished one of the first great advances in the Golden Age of Aviation, Branson’s present-day quest to commercialize space aviation has transformed him into a similar figure for our era. He was knighted for his commitment to innovation, and he embodies the pioneering spirit of the Bulova Accutron Conqueror. Produced in two hundred sequentially numbered collectible pieces, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror honors this dedication to ingenuity and adventure.

The Bulova Accutron Conqueror is certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), as meeting the highest standards of contemporary timekeeping. Featuring a Dubois-Depraz 31340 53-jewel automatic mechanical movement, this distinguished Swiss-made chronometer incorporates a precision chronograph with flyback function for immediate reset, as well as a 24-hour GMT indicator to allow simultaneous independent dual time-zone readings. The COSC certification number is engraved on each movement. Crafted of solid stainless steel, with a smoothly curved tonneau case, engraved to capture the essence of the 1927 original, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror includes green luminous numerals and hands, as well as a Mississippi alligator strap.

This limited edition timepiece is individually numbered on its caseback and includes a certificate of authenticity to attest to its position in a controlled production run of 200 pieces, after which the molds were destroyed forever. Sold globally, the Bulova Accutron Conqueror’s retail price was US$4,900.

NOMOS Glashütte is on its Way to the Premier League of Luxury Watch Manufactures

The FIFA 2014 World Cup proved that win is all about team work, patience and hard-work and Germans grabbed a well deserved win beating traditional rivals. In the same time, in the eastern Ore Mountains, not ‘offside’ but rather ‘off the beaten track’, NOMOS Glashütte is perfecting the art of German fine watchmaking. It took 90 minutes for the German team to prove their credibility as the world champion. But in watch making, becoming world class might take much longer than 90 minutes here, but it also lasts a great deal longer than the victory celebrations—with a little care, forever.
NOMOS Swing System
“This brand can’t do anything wrong at the moment,” was the conclusion of the jury at the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards ceremony held recently in London. This is the latest in a long line of prizes and awards for the German brand from the world-renowned watchmaking town of Glashütte. In fact, watches from NOMOS Glashütte have received over one hundred and twenty awards in the past ten years for quality, value-for-money, and design.
Georg Jost is one of around 170 NOMOS employees in Glashütte who strive for higher things.
 NOMOS Glashütte is on its way to the premier league—as these eleven prove:
  1. The NOMOS swing system: breaking the Swiss monopoly.
  2. Three patents at the calibers’ heart: balance, date, and power reserve.
  3. Over 120 prizes for quality, design, and value-for-money.
  4. Deutscher Werkbund and Bauhaus—design in the highest tradition.
  5. No other company produces more mechanical watches: NOMOS Glashütte is market leader in Germany.
  6. NOMOS Glashütte builds up to 95 percent of its calibers in-house, instead of the mandatory 50 percent.
  7. Adjusted in six positions, promising accuracy to chronometer levels.
  8. Life in the birthplace of fine watchmaking: Only those who love watchmaking live in Glashütte.
  9. Bestsellers for over 20 years—like the NOMOS Tangente and Orion models, for example.
  10. World-class fiddling: The smallest NOMOS parts would easily fit through the space in a small “e.”
  11. 28 kg of fan post from happy customers, each letter nicer than the next.
The UK Watch and Jewellery awards have been one of the most prestigious events in the British watch calendar for over 20 years. The only awards judged for the industry, by the industry, they recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of the UK jewellery and watch business.

deLaCour City Ego Chrono 45 FB

Swiss luxury watch brand deLaCour unveils City Ego Chrono 45 FB, a truly functional chronograph designed to be most efficient for the calculations required throughout sporting events.
Dressed in a massive case and available in Titanium case with pink gold bezel, titanium black case, titanium and pink gold case with Carbon bezel versions, the City Ego Chrono 45 FB is equipped with an automatic chronograph movement which features a fly back function.
The dials’ flange is tastefully decorated with Super Luminova white numerals. The skeletonised dial of the City Ego Chrono 45 FB boasts counters for fly-back chronograph, a power reserve indicator at 6’o clock and a date window at 1’o clock.
The City Ego Chrono 45 FB is fitted with a sapphire crystal front glass and a screw in case back with a smoked sapphire crystal engraved with the brand name.
Serial number of the timepiece and limited edition number is also engraved on the caseback. Both sophisticated and stylish, this limited edition timepiece is destined to please the sport enthusiasts.

Technical details
Dimensions: 55.5 x 53.5 x 15.5 mm
Case Materials: Titanium case with pink gold bezel; titanium black; titanium and pink gold case with Carbon bezel.
Crystal: Sapphire
Backcase crystal: Smoked Sapphire
Movement: Automatic DC 282.
Power Reserve: 40 Hours (without chronograph)
Functions/Dial: fly-back chronograph, power reserve, time and date indicators.
Strap: black rubber
Water Resistant: 5atm
Limited Edition

Bulova Accu●Swiss Kirkwood (style 65B153) Chronograph

This new Kirkwood model from Bulova Accu●Swiss is an exquisite timepiece featuring a skeletonized chronograph dial which reveals the automatic movement with an intriguing touch of a date disc.  This perfectly orchestrated play on transparent effects is topped by extremely refined counters enhanced by a rose gold-toned finish.

The partially skeleton dial features applied rose-gold faceted hour-markers and luminous hands. Hour, minute and small seconds counters are positioned at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock respectively. Equipped with Swiss made ETA 7750 automatic movement, this new timepiece offers chronograph functions and date indication.

Dressed in a polished stainless steel case measuring  42 mm diameter and in satin brushed finish, this timepiece looks great with the gleaming rose gold PVD coated steel Crown and pushers. Elegant and modern, this Swiss made timepiece is fitted with sapphire crystal and supplied with a seven-row bracelet with double-push piece folding clasp.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic ETA 7750 calibre, 25 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph

Case
Stainless steel, polished and satin-brushed finishes, 42 mm
Crown and pushers in rose-gold PVD-coated steel
Stainless steel crown guard
Sapphire crystal
Four-screw exhibition back
Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar / 330 ft)

Dial
Partially skeleton
Applied rose-gold faceted hour-markers
Luminescent rose-gold hands
Hour, minute and small seconds counters at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock respectively
Chronograph seconds sweep
Date window at 4 o’clock

Bracelet
Stainless steel, polished and satin-brushed finishes, double-pushpiece folding clasp

GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT Limited edition

Beautiful motorcycles, legendary riders who risk their lives in the name of passion: TT is a breathtaking experience which never fails to impress. As a long-term timekeeper, GRAHAM brings its advanced watch making knowledge to create typical high-powered racing instruments and ensure an exciting show. The brand shows off modern watch making technology by launching the Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT, a new concept watch dedicated to speed, adrenaline and advanced technology. Enhanced with a lightweight black carbon nanotube composite case, the highly shock absorbing watch weighs less than 100g.
GRAHAM has developed a case, made of carbon nanotube speckled composite. The watch weighs less than 100 grams. The model contains motorsport design connotations, lightweight material to time with lap time functions.
The new Superlight chronograph facilitates the measurement of speed thanks to a specific tachymeter scale based on the TT circuit (37.73 miles / 60.7 km). The yellow indicator on the minutes counter is at 17 min (lap record time, 131.578 mph / 211.75 kmh established by John McGuinness). The chrono starts when the race start is given. When the red minutes hand overlaps the yellow marker, the speed can be read in an instant on the scale. The function emphasizes intuitive and immediate reading. The watch demonstrates again GRAHAM’s expertise and passion for challenge.
The Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT comes in a 47 mm superlight black carbon nanotube composite case (51g). This timepiece is powred with Calibre G1747, automatic selfwinding movement, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve.
The Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT boasts a tachymeter scale with graduation based on the length of TT circuit 37.73 miles (60.7km), lap record 131.578 mph/211.75 kmh) indicated at 3 o’clock, yellow painted indicator on minutes counter at 17 min (lap record time) to help reading speed on tachymeter scale. Other features include domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on both faces, see-through sapphire crystal case back with Isle of Man triskelion (emblem with 3 legs), superlight inscription and limited edition serial number, black techno-fabric strap with red stitches. Limited edition to 200 pieces.

Technical details
Model: Chronofighter Oversize Superlight TT
Ref. 2CCBK.B07A
Limited edition: 200

Functions
Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter). Date at 8 o'clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

Movement
Calibre G1747, automatic chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber
25 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours

Case
47 mm superlight black carbon nanotube composite case (51g)
Total weight of thewatch is under 100g
Black carbon left fast-action start/stop trigger and black rubber reset pusher
Black ceramic bezel
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces
See-through sapphire crystal case back with Isle of Man triskelion (emblem with 3legs), superlight inscription and limited edition serial number
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m /10 bar

Dial
Black, snailed hours and minutes counters
White Super-LumiNova hands and numerals, red chrono, minutes and seconds counters' hands
Minute scale with red numerals
Tachymeter scale with white graduation based on the length of TT circuit 37.73miles (60.7 km)
Yellow inscription at 3 o'clock to indicate lap record (131.578 mph /211.75 kmh)
Yellow painted indicator on minutes counter at 17 min (lap record time) to help reading speed on tachymeter scale

Strap
Black techno-fabric strap with red stitches
Black ceramic pin buckle

Price
7'500 CHF

Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon 12 Jours (12days), Platinum (Ref. 66240-3431-55B)

Developed in the watchmaking workshops of the Manufacture, the new Calibre 242 beats inside the new Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon timepiece takes things to a new level by further improving on the record breaking autonomy of Calibre 25 unveiled in 1998: the world’s first self-winding tourbillon with an 8-day power reserve.

The new self-winding tourbillon movement has an exceptional 12-day power reserve guaranteed by a single barrel. Comprising 243 parts united within just a space just 6.10 mm thick and 30.60 mm in diameter, it  is equipped with a silicon balance spring and pallet-fork horns in order to alleviate the effects of magnetic fields.
For this new model, Blancpain has applied its technical expertise to serving aesthetic elegance.  Each detail of the movement has been designed to highlight the decoration visible through the sapphire crystal. The automatic winding mechanism and the power reserve have been integrated so as to create a thin movement. The oscillating weight has also been entirely open-worked and the “kerbs” have been eliminated so as to provide a broader space for decoration. The bridges and power-reserve disc are entirely decorated with a hand-guilloché motif – an ancestral skill calling for meticulous and accurate execution; while the ratchet-wheel features a bevelled wheel-rim design.
On the dial side, the off-set tourbillon carriage at 12 o’clock has been enlarged to offer a perfect view of the new design of the balance and the escape-wheel. This being a flying tourbillon, the carriage has no upper bridge and thus provides an unobstructed view of this complex mechanism.  It rotates once a minute in order to compensate for the effects of gravity. Reflecting the Villeret collection identity, the dial and the painted Roman numerals are in grand feu enamel, gracefully swept over by hollowed sage leaf-shaped hands.
This timepiece with its double stepped 42 mm case is available in a limited numbered platinum edition. It also comes in 18K red gold teamed with a chocolate brown alligator strap lined with alzavel calfskin and secured by a triple-blade folding clasp.

Maurice Lacroix Welcomes Jang Dong Gun, the Famous South Korean Actor and Musician, As Its New Brand Ambassador

Swiss luxury watch brand Maurice Lacroix recognises the importance of the Asian market and has sought a brand ambassador who shares the company’s style and creativity. The South Korean superstar Jang Dong Gun is the new brand ambassador of Maurice Lacroix. He exhibits incredible skill, mastering his craft and delighting audiences, both in his native South Korea and across all of Asia, with his own unique and popular brand of entertainment.

The South Korean metropolis of Seoul is currently considered a hot spot in matters of trend-setting and lifestyle. Asian citizens, including millions of young Chinese, enjoy the amazing array of South Korean musicians, actors, soap stars and other entertainment artists. Consequently, Maurice Lacroix is very pleased to be represented by one of the best known personalities in Asia, Jang Dong Gun, and reaffirms its pioneering role in trendsetting with this collaboration. The actor and musician Jang Dong Gun has become established as a skilled and popular superstar in the Asian entertainment world in recent years.
Jang Dong Gun stated that he is extremely pleased with his new role: «It is a great honour for me to be the brand ambassador for Maurice Lacroix. This Swiss watch is a lot more than just a watch. It represents a philosophy and its outstanding quality and absolute precision are exceptional.»

Stéphane Waser, Managing Director of Maurice Lacroix, is also delighted with the new partnership. He said: « Through the appointment of Jang Dong Gun, Maurice Lacroix is demonstrating that it is a progressive brand. At the moment, Korea is setting trends in many areas, not only in Asia, but also globally. Besides the fact that Jan Dong Gun is Korean and very successful, he perfectly represents the values of Maurice Lacroix, as he is authentic and stands for style, innovation and creativity just like our watches stand for design, innovation and craftsmanship. We are proud and feel very honoured that we have been able to welcome him as a brand ambassador for Maurice Lacroix.»
Jan Dong Gun remarked, «I simply love the watches from Maurice Lacroix!” and went on to explain, «Their masterful design is modern and classical at the same time.» Consequently, he will wear a watch with a great deal of passion over the coming years, both in private and in public life. The models of the Les Classiques series are currently his favourites from the company’s diverse collection of models.

Within the context of the partnership, Jang Dong Gun will also appear at four Maurice Lacroix events as a brand ambassador.

The collaboration starts with a festive occasion. Maurice Lacroix is honouring Jan Dong Gun for his achievements in the area of film and entertainment with a Your Time Is Now Award. He will accept this award at the Maurice Lacroix Ambassador Announcement during a gala dinner to be held at JW Marriott on 23 July 2014 in Beijing.

Jang Dong Gun, who was born on 7 March 1972 and grew up in Seoul, is one of the first actors and musicians in South Korea to achieve superstar status far beyond the borders of his own country. He became known to a broad public with the two television series, Our Heaven and The Final Jump in 1994. He won the Blue Best Dragon New Actor Award for his first motion picture Repechage in 1997 and again two years later for his role in Nowhere to Hide.

In 2001, he played in the mafia drama Friend, which broke all viewer records. He received another Blue Dragon Award for the film Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War in 2004, which broke all records with 11.74 million viewers. He played in the Chinese version of the classic French novella Dangerous Liaisons in 2012—and learned Mandarin specifically for this role. Jang Dong Gun has also celebrated great success as a musician. He has released four albums so far.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Waltham - High-Precision Watchmaking, Since 1850

Waltham is a legendary American - Swiss precision watchmaking brand, which has been setting modern standards for the production of clocks and watches, and has over one thousand patents in the sector.

The American Waltham Watch Company, founded in 1850 in Massachusetts, created Waltham International SA in Switzerland in 1954. Since 1957, all Waltham high-end watches have been manufactured on the premises in Neuchâtel/Switzerland, 100% Swiss Made.

In 1850, Aaron Dennisson, Edvard Howard and David Davis founded Waltham Watch Company in Roxbury (USA). In 1854 The Company settled in the town of Waltham in the State of Massachusetts, and became the world's first industrial watchmaking "manufacture". In 1870 Waltham created the "Crescent Street" high-precision Railway watch. In 1912 Waltham launched its first feminine wristwatch, the "Lady Waltham".

In 1954 Over a Century after its foundation, Waltham relocated to Switzerland, the leading watch manufacturing country. In 1966 Waltham successfully launched the world's first and only atmosphere proof self-winding mechanical watch in Japan, enabling durable chronometer precision. In 1987 Waltham began the manufacturing of watches with solid gold.

In 2000 For the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the brand, Waltham dedicated its latest creation to women, with a limited edition in pink 750 gold of 100 individually numbered new "Lady Waltham".

The majority shares of Waltham International SA were purchased in 2011 by Antonio DiBenedetto, the current President and CEO. With vast experience in the world of luxury and jewelry and a passion for timepieces, it is Antonio’s mission to deliver the Waltham brand back to its former glory and create high-tech, cutting-edge wrist watches that will “instill today's men with the courage to choose and dare to follow their convictions”. The same bravery that drove the innovative and unconventional spirits of the legendary men who, with a Waltham, were key figures in the greatest achievements of the past 160 years.

Waltham International SA has established offices in Lugano, Milan and New York City. Strategic partnerships with top manufacturers in the industry and an R&D division based in La Neuveville/Neuchâtel allow Waltham to launch its first brand-new collection of wristwatches inspired by its history in the aero-naval sector.

Values
Precision, Innovation, Nonconformity: the values that have guided Waltham since its beginnings. The same values that fuelled the avant-garde spirit of all those men that have been key figures of the most audacious endeavors of the last 160 years. Dennison, in 1850. Lindbergh, when crossed the Atlantic with a Waltham. Shackleton had a Waltham when he conquered the South Pole, as did Peary when he first reached the North Pole. The Top Gun Pilots used Waltham on board of their Phantoms, like the heroes of the Allied Armed Forces, accompanied by Waltham in their epic endeavors at sea, on land and in the air.

Mission
The brand’s mission is to produce high-tech, cutting-edge, Swiss wristwatches that will instill today's men with the courage to choose and dare to follow their convictions. Waltham offers Wristwatches of superior quality, with a mixture of unusual and advanced technological materials and a distinctive angular design, new icons of the contemporary luxury for men.

Collection
Waltham has never been inspired by history; Waltham is a part of history. This is why the models designed since the early 1900s for both the civilian and military aviation sectors have become the impetus for a redesign - now as then - of contemporary, high-precision, mechanical watchmaking.

An angular and bold design, with refined lines and uncompromising features that represent time: the brand-new Waltham Aeronaval Collection is the modern take on the brand’s glorious past, transforming wristwatches into icons of a new concept of contemporary luxury for men. The new collection is based on an innovative redefinition of time measuring functions, in perfect harmony with its bold design, and careful attention to detail that highlights every single feature, resulting in a daring, well-balanced timepiece, where nothing is left to chance.

In 2014, Waltham International SA returned to its origins with the Waltham Aeronaval Collection, featuring two aero-naval watch models that boast innovative design and technological functions, icons of a new concept of contemporary luxury for men. The new Waltham SOLO TEMPO and GMT are the modern expressions of fearless past endeavors, carried out by men who with a Waltham made world history through some of the greatest and most heroic achievements of the past 160 years.
Waltham SOLO TEMPO
Founded in 1850 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, it moved four years later to the small town that would give the company its name. Since its beginnings, Waltham has always stood out for the high-precision and superior performance of its instruments. These characteristics earned Waltham a place with the most important organizations and institutions at the beginning of the 20th Century, including the U.S. Military, and Railroad Companies in 52 countries across 7 continents. Waltham instruments were also selected by the pioneers of the time, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton on his trek towards the South Pole, Robert Peary when he conquered the North Pole, Charles Lindbergh on the first non-stop transatlantic flight, and the Pilots of the Top Gun School. All independent and courageous men who chose to share their achievements with a Waltham.

Waltham has never been inspired by history; Waltham is a part of history. This is why the new Waltham researched models designed for civilian and military aviation since the early 1900s to create a collection characterized by its bold and dramatic angular design, elegance, and uncompromising innovation. Two Aero-naval wristwatches where no feature is superfluous, creating beauty out of functionality: the WALTHAM XA (SOLO TEMPO), the forerunner and iconic model and the exclusive WALTHAM CDI (GMT) featuring the unique civil date indicator.
WALTHAM CDI (GMT)
Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, the pulsing center of the world's watchmaking industry, the new timepieces redefine Waltham's glorious history with style, elegance and technology, starting from their high-end, mechanical self-winding movement.

The wristwatches boast multi layered Titanium G5 cases with ceramic bezels, and other features that are representative of Waltham style, such as the dodecagonal case, the second counter at 12 o'clock in the XA and the GMT with a central date indicator and rapid time zone selector. An innovative interpretation of functions, in perfect harmony with its sharp linear design and careful attention to detail that highlights every single feature, resulting in a well-balanced state-of-the-art timepiece where no detail is overlooked. Genuine volcanized rubber watchstraps for better fit and endurance; sophisticated deployante clasps in Titanium G2; water-resistant up to 30 bar/300 mt, all elements that give these wristwatches great character.

Timeline (1850 to 2014)
1850: Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA, inspired by Aaron Lufkin Dennison, a visionary genius, the first industrial mechanical watch and clock manufacturer in the world is founded. For the first time, clocks and watches were not produced piece-by-piece and later assembled by individual craftsmen but rather, thanks to interchangeable parts and patented automated, precision watchmaking machines, they are produced in series.

1854: The Company moves to Waltham, the town that will give the company its name, and opens a model factory where it employs over 3,000 people at the height of its productivity. From 1850 to 1957, over 40 million timepieces are produced, making the Waltham company the world's leading producer of clocks and watches. The modern American system of watch and clock manufacturing is not the only technique developed in Waltham; it also boasts the forerunner of the “assembly line”. Henry Ford, during a visit, is inspired to develop the automated production line for the legendary Model T revolutionizing, just as Dennison had for watchmaking, the manufacturing process for automobiles.

1863: United States President, Abraham Lincoln, becomes one of the first proud owners of the Waltham model 1857 Serial Number 67613, the first industrialized pocket watch. Currently part of a collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, this watch was presented to the President to celebrate the Gettysburg Address and the historical achievement that no one had been able to accomplish before him: the abolition of slavery.

1870: The first Waltham Railroad Watches are manufactured: high-precision pocket watches that are selected by railroad companies in 52 countries across the five continents, including the Regie Ferrovie Italiane, which adopted the Vanguard Model in 1907. This is the first watch to incorporate the "up and down" power reserve indicator on the dial, a Waltham patent that is still used in hand-wound timepieces. During the golden age of railroads, there were more Waltham watches in circulation around the world than all other brands put together.

1900: The new century begins and Waltham is in search of the highest possible precision for its clocks and watches. Manufacturers at that time had to turn to astronomical observatories in order to verify and certify the precision of their clockwork. Waltham – the first and only manufacturer in the world - decides to build its own astronomical observatory to ensure the quality of its vast industrial production.

1909: Waltham timepieces and precision instruments become faithful companions in exploration expeditions and courageous, ambitious endeavors. In January, the Anglo-Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton treks towards the center of the South Pole, pushing himself further south than anyone had gone before. In April, the American explorer Robert Peary is the first man to reach the geographic North Pole. Accompanying them, was a Waltham: the only pocket watch that could withstand such extreme conditions while maintaining excellent performance.

1911: The Marine Chronometers, Waltham Model 1910, featuring an 8-day power reserve, are chosen by the United States, Canadian and British governments for all military and civilian ships. No other factory is equipped to manufacture such high-performance chronometers in such large quantities.

1915: With the onset of the First World War, Waltham manufactures the first wristwatches for the American armed forces: more practical in the trenches than pocket watches, they are made even more resistant by the addition of a metal cage that protects the case. But the war is also an opportunity for Waltham, and the military, to experiment with flight: the rudimentary military aircraft used in WWI are fitted with a Waltham XA Type 37 Model aeronautical clock.

1916: Waltham begins production of clocks and speedometers for automobiles. Precise and reliable even when exposed to strong and continuous vibrations, these instruments were supplied to Ford, Lincoln, Renault, Cadillac, and even Rolls Royce. In the forefront of this sector too, Waltham and world-renowned scientist Nikola Tesla patent the first Air Friction speedometer, creating the most precise automobile instrument capable of measuring speed, distance and time.

1924: Henry Ford commissions Waltham to build a grandfather clock that adorned his office until his death in 1947, after which it was donated to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn (Michigan).

1927: Charles Lindberg, an unknown US Air Mail pilot, has the instrument panel on board his “Spirit of St Louis” modified in order to fit a Waltham XA Type 37 aeronautical clock. Lindbergh boards his plane in New York on May 19 and lands 33 hours later in Paris, marking the first non-stop transatlantic flight.
Waltham XA Type 37 aeronautical clock
1928: Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, leaves Oakland, California, to land in Brisbane, Australia, completing the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean. The aeronautical clock in his tri-motor aircraft, the Southern Cross is a Waltham XA Type 37.

1941: During the Second World War, Waltham’s experience in the aviation sector brings it on board the most emblematic aircraft of the time. These include the F6F Hellcat, with over 12,000 units built from 1943 to 1945 and fitted with the CDIA Model; the B24 Liberator bomber, the most widely produced military aircraft in history; and the legendary P-51 Mustang fighter plane, used until the 1980s.
Waltham CDIA
1947: Waltham manufactures the Type A11 Navigational Watch. This wristwatch is the first to become standard military issue for all the American armed forces: in a waterproof version for the navy, and a dustproof version for all the other services.

1950: In response to military requirements and in collaboration with the armed forces, in the 1950s Waltham develops the Type A17 Pilot Watch and the wrist compass, standard issue equipment for the US Air Force and Navy.

1954: After more than 100 years in the United States, Waltham establishes Waltham SA in Switzerland, the new pulsing center of global watchmaking, where the Swiss Made brand begins production.

1967: The F4 Phantoms are legends of the US Navy even before they enter into service, setting new records in altitude and speed. They are therefore chosen by the equally legendary Top Gun Fighter Weapons School to train the best pilots in the US Air Force. Their control panels boast a Waltham Type A-13A, the official aeronautical clock of the US Department of Defense during the Cold War, that is fitted on board all American military aircraft ranging from U-2s to the C-130 Hercules.
Waltham Type A-13A
1981: After entering the Asian market at the end of the 1970s with the Vacuum Model, the innovative mechanical wristwatch that works in the absence of atmosphere, Waltham is purchased by the Japanese company, Heiwado & Co. and quickly becomes the most popular brand in Japan.

2000 : The success on the Asian market is celebrated with the incredible Radiant 2000, a model decorated with over 150 carats of diamonds and considered the most expensive wrist watch of the time.

2011: The majority shares of Waltham International SA are purchased by Italian-American entrepreneur Antonio DiBenedetto who sets a new objective: to create high-tech, cutting-edge wrist watches that can instill today's men with the courage to choose and dare to follow their convictions. Inspired by the same courage that drove the innovative and unconventional spirits of the legendary men who, with a Waltham, became key figures in the greatest achievements of the past 160 years.
Antonio DiBenedetto
2014: Waltham introduces its first aero-naval high-end mechanical self-winding wristwatch collection. Inspired by the innovative models of the past, these daring state-of-the-art wristwatches, with sharp lines, and intriguing bold angular design, create new icons of contemporary luxury designed for modern fearless men: contemporary pioneers, innovative and unconventional just as the extraordinary Waltham owners who have taken part in the greatest endeavors of the past 160 years.

Contact details
Official website:http://www.waltham.ch

Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbilllon Double Spiral Diamonds

Geneva based luxury watch atelier Laurent Ferrier unveils a sparkling diamond set version of its iconic Galet Classic Tourbilllon Double Spiral timepiece.

48 baguette-cut diamonds (3 carats) have been set according to a demanding technique representing a unique skill. Invisible setting is indeed extremely complex, with the diamonds mysteriously held in place as if by magic, thereby ensuring perfect harmony around the bezel. Moreover, the stones are arranged in such a way that they appeal to be moulded to the sapphire crystal. The combination of these two processes endows this creation with a highly distinctive aura.
The manual-winding Tourbillon Double Spiral calibre is an exclusive Laurent Ferrier movement distinguished by its concept two head-to-tail mounted balance-springs. This device serves to compensate for the effects of gravity by maintaining the centre of gravity of the balance aligned with its axis.

This movement with its timeless style is inspired by the great 19th and 20th century chronometry models. It features several nods to the competition watches that used to be testaments to the skills of the greatest watchmaking artisans, including a winding system with a very soft, pleasing design that does without the modern spring for the winding-stem pull-out piece lever.

The horological aesthetic also features a “long-blade” ratchet pawl and a smooth-polished finish. This movement is designed to be both accurate and robust. It has been carefully developed right down to the smallest details in order to find its way through time and successive generations, while testifying to an expertise going back more than 200 years.
This finely hand-crafted model is also graced with a number of finishes, such as the many interior angles and smooth-polished surfaces that can only be performed by the expert hand of passionate and experienced watchmaking artisans.

Technical details
Movement
Reference LF619.01, Tourbillon Double Spiral
Diameter: 14’’’ ( Ø 31.60 mm)
Thickness: 5.57 mm
Frequency: 3Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Power reserve: 80 hours 
Hand-wound movement
188 parts / 23 jewels
Central hours & minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage pivot
Tourbillon carriage visible through the case-back


Tourbillon
Tourbillon, two head-to-tail mounted balance-springs
Two Geneva-type balance-spring studs 
Swiss lever escapement
Variable-geometry balance with adjustment screws
Peripheral tourbillon carriage driving system

Case
Case of “Galet Classic” model
18K/750 white gold 210 Pd - bezel set with 48 baguette-cut diamonds (3 cts)
Diameter: Ø 41 mm (50 mm including the lugs)
Thickness: of the metal 9.50 mm / including the sapphire crystal 12.50 mm
3 parts, case middle, bezel and snap-on case-back
Sapphire crystal case-back, view of the tourbillon movement
Domed, spherical sapphire crystals
Water-resistant to 30 metres
Crown:  “Ball-shaped” 18K/750 white gold 210Pd set with a brillant-cut diamond (0.2cts)

Dial
Black onyx on an 18K gold underplate

Hands
Hours and minutes: “assegai-shaped”
Seconds: baton-type with counterweight

Strap
Hand-sewn brown alligator leather, Alcantara lining
Double-blade pin buckle or folding clasp, 16 mm in 18K/750 white gold 210 Pd

Piaget launches new global advertising campaign “Perfection in Life”

Inspired by the Maison’s historical passion for perfection, Piaget unveils “Perfection in Life”, a new global advertising campaign and a seductive invitation to experience a universe of exceptional pieces in the most inspiring locations around the world. Created by BETC Luxe, the campaign demonstrates the savoir-faire of Piaget the jeweller-watchmaker in its pursuit of perfection: the mastery of precious materials, the sophistication and innovation of record-breaking watchmaking, and fearless creativity paired with traditional elegance.

“Perfection in Life” is more than a creative articulation of Piaget’s commitment to excellence through technical and aesthetic virtuosity, it is the promise of a lifestyle that exceeds the expectations of the most discerning perfection-seekers. Piaget creations align seamlessly with the perfect setting of the most exclusive places in the world, magical locations that embody the ideals of a perfect life. In an ethereal glow, set against the eternal perfection of a nocturnal sky, Piaget watches and jewellery light up each iconic skyline, every handcrafted detail and every precious stone masterfully brought to life.

“Piaget’s new campaign is the result of an in-depth identity study, revisiting the brand’s roots and rich personality to develop a fresh and innovative way to communicate the elevated lifestyle Piaget is synonymous with,” explains Philippe Leopold-Metzger, CEO Piaget. “Perfection in Life is a bold expression of our DNA, and our heritage of perfection. Ideals become reality with Piaget, through our claims to legitimacy, audacity, quality and the Maison’s absolute integration expertise.”

The sky, a reoccurring theme featured prominently in some of Piaget’s most iconic advertising campaigns in the past, once again takes a central role, offering a bold backdrop to contrast with the intensity of each piece. In line with Piaget’s historical motto ‘Always do better than necessary’, guiding its pursuit of excellence since 1874, the blue sky embodies the brand’s constant quest for perfection by pushing new boundaries in the art of horology, ultra-thin feats, exceptional design and show-stopping jewellery.

While a night sky conveys mystery, intimacy and the magic of the world of Piaget, blue skies are also the ultimate expression of ideals in life. “Perfection in Life” is the simple and powerful promise that an ideal life becomes reality with Piaget. An ideal brand for the real world.

Perfect Pieces in Perfect Places
The most unique experiences in life result from the perfect combination of extraordinary places visited, and the remarkable and precious pieces worn in those unforgettable moments. Each location featured in the campaign captures the sophisticated, refined and always hedonistic lifestyle of Piaget’s world.
From Geneva to Paris, “La Côte d’Azur” to Los Angeles, each place evokes the glamour that Piaget has become synonymous with since the 1960s when the brand became a favourite of the international jet set and trendsetters. Every distinctive visual from the campaign aims to surprise and inspire the most discerning audiences, those with an appreciation of fine watchmaking and distinctive jewellery signed by Piaget.

Shot by renowned photographer Maud Rémy-Lonvis, an artist celebrated for her simple, precise and elegant still life technique, each of the treatments shines a delicate light on a different hero piece, underscoring Piaget’s expertise in both men’s and women’s watches and jewellery.
The world thinnest automatic watch, the iconic Piaget Altiplano towers above the Manhattan skyline in New York. Above the Hollywood Hills, the Piaget Limelight Gala in white gold set with diamonds shines bright, while a Rose Passion necklace glows above the Lago di Como in Italy. Within view of the Tour Eiffel, the Solitaire Piaget Passion ring lights up the romantic Paris sky.
An Invitation to Share “Perfection in Life”
Perfection in Life, is about perfect products, for perfect people in perfect places. It’s more than an advertising claim, it’s a 360° brand concept that will be strongly supported by social media initiatives.

From August 25th 2014, Piaget is inviting consumers to post pictures of their own city on Instagram, inspired by the style of the campaign visuals featuring the skylines of some of the most iconic cities in the world. By using the hashtags #Piaget and #PerfectionInLife, the submitted photos will be entered into a contest. A special Piaget jury will select 5 winning photos from the 50 that receive the most likes, to be displayed in Piaget boutiques worldwide.

About the Creative Team
Founded in 2005 as the luxury arm of BETC, France’s number 1 creative agency, BETC Luxe specializes in creating unique, but most importantly, meaningful communication territories for today’s global luxury brands. Managed by Claus Lindorff, BETC Luxe has become one of the leading luxury agencies in Paris handling some of the most prestigious global luxury brands.

Born in 1988, Maud Rémy-Lonvis has focused her career on still life photography and works exclusively in the word of luxury. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole des Gobelins, she has always been fascinated by the beauty of objects transforming them meticulously through her lens. Obsessed by elegance and simplicity, she has become an expert at highlighting objects through subtle and refined lighting.

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